Saturday, December 31, 2011

17 day diet:

Last March I was 163 lbs and lost 35 lbs doing this diet and exercise. Now after my short pregnancy and the holidays...I need to lose about 10 more pounds. I posted some here and here

17 day diet: Gonna start again tomorrow:

Some of the things I eat on the 17 day diet:
tilapia fish
ground turkey
tomatoes (cherry)
celery...I eat lots of this (to keep my mouth busy)
cook everything in garlic and olive oil
green beans (sauteed or baked)
apples (fruit before 2pm)
red grapes
Chobani Greek yogurt
soy sauce
fat free salad dressing
herbs and spices

Thy will be done!!! +JMJ+

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toy Review Tuesday:

We have a house full of new toys...I spent hours on line this year trying to find things that would last and provide education as well as fun. This was a helpful site as well as many others. We have seven winter birthdays and my boys didn't want legos this year so I was in a huge dilemma.

I will let you know what we got each week and get back to you to let you know how they last.

This week I will review HEX BUGS.

I had never heard of these toys but they got good reviews and I was desperate for something for my 10 and 12 year old sons.

So far they love them and we got some extra sets to go with the bugs. We don't have pets so this is really fun for them, kinda a mix between a hamster cage and an ant farm...with no smell or mess. They mix and match their sets too.

This was their favorite gift and they played with it all day!


Sunday, December 25, 2011


YOU GOT TO CHECK OUT Karen on Itsy!!!

Love these shirts!!! I got my son in law a 1 and 1/2!!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Exercising with kids:

Exercising with kids is always interesting...probably why I haven't done it all these years. Well this spring I tried all different times to get to the gym. Since the babies in my house started to wake about 6:15 I would go early. Well...I thought that was early.

I would get up at 5 crawl into my gym clothes and head off to the gym.

Then...the time change came...and my baby started to wake up even earlier. 5:20 to be more specific. I tried going to the gym at nap time, but my four year old would need me. I tried going at night...but I was exhausted from being up so early.

So, since I am a morning person...I got up a little earlier. I go sometime between 4:15 and 5:30am. This morning I went from 4:30 to 5:30am...came home, showered, and had my meditation time.

Guess what...the little bugger didn't wake up till 7:55am! Go Figure!

BTW...when I was a young mom with 7 kids under 10, I would hear people talk about getting up super early to exercise or pray. It was super discouraging to me. If you are pregnant or nursing or have a house full of needy kids...sleep and take naps as much as possible!!!


Thursday, December 15, 2011


First time in 21 years and 9 months...that I HAVE NO ONE IN DIAPERS...don't tell my husband, but it is kinda sad...I know I am a sick woman!!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Our Photo Gallery Christmas Card
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Shutterfly Christmas Cards:

The past couple of years we have used Shutterfly for Christmas cards and just recently for my daughters Wedding pictures and albums. They have been great and fast. I liked their books more than the ones I ordered from other companies. If you go here you will see Christmas Cards. We even have used them for calendars for the relatives. Last year our Shutterfly cards were our favorite and everyone loved them.

I feel like a kid in a candy shop just looking at all the possibilities for any family style or size. This year here are some of my favorites:

Isn't this so could really show off some cute pictures with this one!
I almost picked fun!
Wow, this has great possibilities too!!!
This is classy and fun!!!

This is what we decided on:

Our Photo Gallery Christmas Card
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Once you have an account, you can make photo calendars, photo books, and all sorts of cool gifts. We have had great success with giving calendars for gifts and I love having small photo books in my purse so I can brag about my kids.

I am grateful for Shutterfly who is giving 50 free cards to bloggers!!!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe:

The position of the sash (it's up high) and the folds in the tunic show that the lady is pregnant. The color should be black, which is symbolic of the Aztec maternity belt.

Pattern of the dress: The flor y canto pattern (flower and song) connect her to the native people and suggest divine revelation.

Her dress: A light rose/pale red is for the color of dawn. This color was hugely important to Aztecs, who saw considered the color to be the symbol of life, blood and earth.

Stars on the mantle: The eight-point gold stars are arranged as they would have appeared to Juan Diego in the night sky that winter in December 1531. Mary is also known as the Queen of Heaven, hence the stars.
Mantle: The blue-green color is the one worn by royalty according to the native people. The gold trim is symbolic of royalty and a person meriting great respect.

Moon: The moon was worshiped by the native people. By her stepping on them, it shows how the old gods do not exist, only the one god.

Angel: In Aztec culture, only honored people would ever be carried around on someone else's shoulders. The angel supporting the Blessed Mother show that she deserves the highest honors and that even angels care for her.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Time to heal:

It is time to heal:
After trying to get pregnant...
Then finding out I was 6 weeks pregnant...
Being nervous due to spotting...
Then finding out the baby didn't have a heart beat...
Naming the baby HOPE...
Being grateful for what we have...
Nervous about the D & C...
Not having a D & C...
Slowly passing the baby...
Then today we buried our baby...
Closure and healing time...
Please dear Lord, bless us with another child...


Friday, December 9, 2011

Check out our Christmas Card:

Our Photo Gallery Christmas Card
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TOY REVIEW: Playbmobil

My 6 year old daughter just got this for her birthday: If you like PLAYMOBIL than you will love it...probably one of the top 10 coolest playmobil sets I have ever bought in 15 years

Buy it here...


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Christmas Wish:


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Cecilia:

My Dear CC, we love you so much!!! You are mommy's little helper and help with the babies. God has blessed our family with you. May you always grow close to Him and have Jesus as your very best friend!!! #10 Rocks!!!