Thursday, January 30, 2014

LUCKY #13---OUR BABY IS 2 !!!

On April 13th 2012 We were blessed with a "short term" 2 1/2 month old baby. We were working with a group call SAFE FAMILIES and were helping a mom while she got situated. Well she ended up asking us to take custody of this precious one and that is where we are still. We all love him as much, OR MORE, than if he was born of my womb. He is such a blessing and God gave him to our family at the perfect time!!! 
Here is some of our story concerning our MIRACLE!!!
 Ray getting baptized
 Ray with our social worker
 Ray with his God parents and older siblings and Fr. Kevin...who I used to babysit!!!

 Our Raven fan and Redskin fan!!!
 "How did I get stuck in this crazy family???"
 Gimmie a Kiss!!!
 Our First week together!!!
First Beach trip: shirt says, "Are You Really My Relatives?" so perfect!!!
Our baby with his Godmother and constant companion in the beginning!!! TRUE LOVE!!! 



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Birthday to my 21 year old!!!

Happy Birthday to my dear son who turns 21 today!!! Wow, you are so grown up and I am so proud of you and your accomplishments! I know God has great plans for you and you are going to do great things with your future! Just always stay close to the Lord and seek to do HIS holy will.

I think of you whenever I hear this song:
 Number three rocks!!!
I cried reading the following excerpts from your adviser when she wrote about you:

" initiative, confidence and incredible work ethic are what set his apart from fellow classmates."
 " is at ease around people and his calm, warm personality creates a welcoming environment..."

 "is able to build a trustful relationship. "

" is well liked by fellow classmates because of his ability to lead by example. "

is quick to volunteer his time to participate in community service events or to organize an event."

 "ability to teach and interact with people on a thoughtful and compassionate way"

  " able to work independently and completed tasks with accuracy and on time."

 " motivation and focus seemed tireless."     
" leaves the impression of a responsible, enthusiastic, and motivated young man.
 "an individual with a thirst for knowledge and dedication."

Besides being a man of God these are the qualities I always prayed you would have!!!
I love you forever, I like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be!!! 
Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+ 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My exercise Plan

In March 2011 I started off 163lbs, I lost 37 lbs the first time I did the 17 day diet, I love eating, now I actually like eating  healthy and kinda like exercising. With the support of my triathlete/marathon husband I have kept it off.  So for the past year I have been eating what I want on weekends and on Mondays I do the strict cycle one. Then from Tues to Fri I moderate cycle two, three, and four.

My recent hour workout schedule looks a little like this:
Thanks to my personal trainer who helped me make a plan:
Gym 6-7:15 or so
Do HIIT run-looks like this:
warm up on 5 for 2 min
go to 6.5 for one min
go to 7 for one min
go to 7.5 for one min
go to 8 for one min
go to 8.5 for one min
go to 9 for one min

then back to 6.5 and do it again
I do this the circuit three times

Then I go to do weight training:
(do each 15 times for 3 rotations)
1. Chest Fly (on back with 15lb weight in each hand-bring up to each other)
2. Back Row (on each side with 25lb weight, knuckle on bench, knee on bench, back straight, pull up weight like pulling a lawn mower cord up)
3. Shoulder Raise (10lb weight in each hand, stand up straight, lift up arms at the same time
4. Bicep Curls (hold a 15lb weight in each hand one at a time curl up arm-15 sets, so 30 times)

Then I do some ab workouts...sometimes the roman Chair, then some leg lift/crunches, jack knives, and scissors.

On Tues/Thurs (5-6:15am) I use a ARC Trainer.  I use 2lb hand weights in each hand doing arm lifts/boxing punches, and just pumping my arms with them. Not sure how I would do without my ipod. I have an hour worth of Christian pop music that really helps me get moving. Then home to shower and wait for the babies to wake up!

On Sat/Sun I take off, sometimes I do a short run, workout video, or ab workouts. It all depends on our busy schedule.


Monday, January 6, 2014


I read lots of blogs from amazing women who cook up a, their photos could be in a cookbook they look so good.

Do all bloggers have to be good cooks? Well people this one is not!!!

I have pretty much always been a bad cook. Sure I have some things I can make easily, but, it's like brain surgery!!!

So, when I do post a recipe it is usually easy with a few ingredients.

So here is an easy fall back especially in the winter when you want some comfort food.

Chrissy's super easy yummy chicken broccoli casserole:

This is especially good when you forgot to take out meat for dinner and have a freezer full of chicken breasts like I do. This recipe calls for boiling chicken in a pot of water which takes about 30 min with frozen chicken!

Mix together:
2 Tlbs. lemon juice or fresh lemon
can of cream of mush soup
can of cream of chicken soup
(really 2 cans of cream of anything would work)
1/2 cup of mayo (I use fat free-can't tell the difference)
3/4 cup of melted butter
one pack of Italian Seasoning (I think this is the secret ingredient)
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
Pack of chicken breasts or any boneless chicken or chicken meat off of the bone (about 5lbs)
bag of broccoli pieces (you choose how much you want) 

cook on 350 degrees for about 45minutes

My kids all like this even though the little ones get scared when they see the broccoli! Also  they like to dip lots of bread in the self made gravy, so make sure you serve with bread.

Also, the other secret besides me not being a good house is usually a mess and I am not a very organized homeschool mom...(Boy someone is gonna take away my blog license!) But, my husband and kids are really cute and I love them so much!!!