My baby is ONE!!

Where has the time gone?!  My baby lady Josie is turning one tomorrow, ONE!  I feel like she shouldn’t be this old yet.  I’m happy shes getting more independent as for as mobility and eating food goes.  I still want my little baby.  I’m sad shes getting so big because she most likely my last baby…….but never say never!  Only God, or the high powers, knows the plan!

A little bit about Josie:

She loves food.  If she had her way she would eat all day.  There isn’t anything she doesn’t like.  Unlike her brothers who are picky, she’ll eat whatever I make for dinner.  Thankfully, Dominic is slowly coming to his senses.  He’s trying more foods and actually liking them.  The only thing we need to be mindful of is she gets constipated very easily.  We make sure she doesn’t eat a lot of cheese or bananas.  She once went TWO weeks without pooping, asides from little tiny rabbit turds that would take all day to come out.  I took her to the doctor and she now gets some juice when we notice she’s having trouble.  Her skin is still very sensitive.  Everything needs to be washed in Dreft and we use Cetaphil.  I tried a different lotion because she had horrible spots of eczema.  She had a allergic reaction to it, all over her little body.  Ugh, I felt so bad.  During the whole thing, she was still a happy go-lucky baby, thank goodness.

Josie started sleeping thought the night around 2/3 months old and never woke up EVER.  Around 9 months when she hit the 9 month regression thing.  She woke up almost every night 3 to 5 times.  Thankfully, now at 11 months almost 12, she wakes up once a night or not at all.  Getting sleep again has been so wonderful and I’m less on edge.  Hopefully this continues!!

Shes been crawling on all fours like a crazy since 9 months old.  Before that, she was army crawling and so she FAST.  She loves to crawl up the steps.  She can climb the stairs all by herself, but she never does it alone.  She does sometimes like to pull a fast one if she sees the gate is down and will make a mad dash for the steps. Usually shes half way up before we noticed.  That’s how fast and quite she is lol.  She keeps us on our toes for sure.

She pulls herself up to standing all the time. She is starting to stand by herself without holding onto anything, which is a good sign.  She will walk along the furniture to get to her brothers, who she loves playing with.  They are so sweet and gentle with her and she will let them know if they’ve made her upset.  She’ll do this loud squeech thing and will kind of start hitting them haha.  Oh how that starts so young. They all love playing in her crib and bouncing around and giggling hard core!  I’m so thankful the boys love their sister so much and love playing with her.  Hopefully, has the years go by it will stay the same but lets be real, we know how siblings are hahahaha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

~God Bless

Angela

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Hospital Bag Must Have’s

I have had 3 babies and have learned by the third time what I all needed for the hospital.  With my first delivery I had no clue what to bring and I brought just a few things like a baby outfit and clothes to go home in for myself, undies, socks and tooth brush.  Yup, that was it.  At that time I wasn’t big into Pinterst and none of my friends had babies or even my family, I was the first one.  So I had no one to help, I packed few things listed above and we brought along the car seat.  So the must have things I’ve learned to bring are:

  • Phone charger
  • reading book or magazine
  • large pj’s for after delivery
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • tooth brush and tooth paste
  • bath robe
  • clothes for going home in
  • undies and socks
  • sports bra or nursing bra
  • brush and hair ties
  • nursing pillow (life saver for nursing)
  • deodorant
  • SNACKS (must, must have!)
  • baby blanket
  • car seat cover
  • 2 new born sleepers
  • 2 0-3 sleepers

I didn’t have a fancy bag, I just packed it all into a gym bag and called it good.  I feel like the less bags to count and worry about the better lol. I packed new born outfits and 0-3 outfits just in case the baby didn’t fit into the new born size and sometimes the brand can make a different two.  I’m pretty sure Josie were a 0-3 home because she was so big.  Feel free to personalize this list, these are just things I brought with me.

~God Bless,

Angela

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New Year, New Goals

I never liked the whole “New Year Resolutions”even though I’m sad to say I participated in this thinking for so many years just because others did it and I felt like I had to do it in order to fit in.  This list of resolutions always felt vert negative and it was.  There was maybe one or two thing on their that were positive MAYBE but otherwise it was always about weight and looks.  Loosing weight could never just be 5 pounds or just toning up, it had to be like 15 pounds or higher and was followed by needing to fight into a certain brand of jeans like Holster or a certain size and looking a certain way.  I do believe that this type of thinking and listing was a learned habit that my mother shared with me and so did so many of my friends mothers.  For so many years society has talked about how women; single, married, and mothers need to look, how to feel, and what to eat that over the years women have become so obsessed and then that obsession was taught to their daughters and so on.  Which is so upsetting!

So when I started my recover in 2011 I learned a healthier and more positive way to right a New Year Resolution.  The therapists had taught us to use a poster board and name it 2020 Goals and you could write lots of goals you wanted to accomplish or have only a few.  You could decorate your board with photos and lots of fun colors and I always did that.  They also taught us to write more positive goals and kick the negative resolution thinking to the curb.  So for example, instead of writing I want to lose 10 pounds, you would write I want to move my body for 20 minutes a day dancing or take a pole dancing class.  That way of writing so much more encouraging!

I have done the poster board goals for gosh 9 years.  The last time was 2018 and that year I discovered Rachel Hollis and her Gratitude Journal.  I listened to her books and her podcast and learned more about her Gratitude Journal and started using it in 2019.  Rachel Hollis suggests you write your 10 goals daily in the Journal and you right them as if you have already achieved them.  So that way or writing and thinking tricks your mind into thinking it as already accomplished those goals and this so much more encouraging.  Once you’ve completed one of the goals you can fill it with another goal. Also, in the journal you right down five things that you are grateful for for that day.  This way of thinking and writing has helped my stay more positive and excited for my goals and putting in the hard work.

** This isn’t an add for Rachel Hollis or me selling her journal.  I don’t even have her journal.  I use her method and layout which she gives away for free and I have it written down in composition notebook.  I’m just sharing this because it has helped me so much in maintaining my positive mindset.

My Goals

  1. Yoga 2 times a week
  2. Move my body for 30 minutes per day
  3. Be more present with family
  4. Be consistent with blogging
  5. Read/listen to 1 personal development book per month
  6. Read/listen to 1 book of my choice per month
  7. Complete 1 sewing project every 2 months
  8. Be more adventures
  9. Schedule 1 day or 1/2 day for myself
  10. Consume 1 shake a day

Others I’ll put in once those or a few are done

  • remove/reduce 50% of plastic from our house
  • raise a beef cow
  • 60% homesteading
  • Be self sufficient

 

~God Bless    Angela

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Meals for the Week

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I’m coming in strong this week with meal planning and I’m going to try really, really hard with following the meal plan.  I’m hoping this will save us some money, reduce the good waste, and be healthier.  I will be sharing the recipes and if the family like them or not fingers crossed.  Stay tuned.

  • Monday: Shepherds Pie and prep beef stew and freeze
  • Tuesday: Enchiladas
  • Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
  • Thursday: Left Overs
  • Friday: Beef Tips with Noodles and peas
  • Saturday: Tuna Casserole
  • Sunday: Left Over

 

I’m trying something new with my grocery list.  I have listed all the departments of the store on the paper i.e produce, dairy, and so on. I’m hoping by doing so will keep more more accountable with only purchasing items off the list and it helps to make sure I have listed all ingredients that I need for each meal I have planned.  I will let you know how it goes!

~God Bless,

Angela

 

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Our Merry, Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas and you were gifted everything you wanted or was able to do the things you wanted to do!!

This year the hubs took a vacation day for Christmas Eve and we were going to go to my grandmas house to celebrate Christmas.  Going to be grandmothers house on Christmas Eve has been a tradition since before I was born and I’m 31 years old.  Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to go the last couple of years do to the hubs schedule and this year it was because I was blessed with a stomach bug the night before Christmas Eve and Dominic was diagnosis with an ear infection, strep throat (again), and croup the day of Christmas Eve.  The never ending roller coaster of sickness ugh!!

At first I was a little sad because I was looking forward to seeing some of my cousins that I hadn’t seen for about a year or so but life happens and we made Christmas Eve fun for us.  The children opened their presents from us and the hubs and I played a board game and it was all awesome.  We ended the night watching The Polar Express with the boys which they loved and were sooo excited for.

I was on Facebook the day after Christmas, looking at every ones photos of their Christmas and I was starting to compare our Christmas to those on Facebook.  I felt like I had jiped my kids of of tons of glories gifts from Santa.  Santa had only given one gift per child this year.  I pointed it out to the hubs and he looked at me and said “Angela, the kids don’t care how many gifts they get from Santa, as long as they got one.  And, don’t you remember how happy they were when they saw the gifts and how happy they were while they were checking out their gifts”.  That’s when it dawned on me, that’s the evil thing about social media.  It pulls us in and we start comparing ourselves to other families, couples, or people.  Isn’t that crazy and sad?!  I more aware of when that thought of comparing or judging comes in I ask myself why I’m thinking that and how can I change that thought process.  So, instead I ask myself why I’m comparing? Were those feelings are coming from?  Those questions have helped me a lot and I think they will over the course of the year.  Getting back to Christmas Dominic was gifted a Titanic Lego ship and a book, Robbie was gifted a dinosaur mat with dinosaurs and a book, and Josie baby Toy Story 4 plastic characters. and a book.  They were soooo excited for their gifts.  I don’t think she really knew what was going on hahaha but she had fun crawling around.

 

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God Bless;

Angela

 

 

 

 

 

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Chili, Chili, Chili

I love me some chili and even more some when its winter time.  Chili can be made so many different ways to make chili.  Hot specie chili, chicken chili, enchilada chili, no bean chili or no noodle chili, thick chili, runny chili and the list can go on.  Chili is a soup you can add whatever you want to it to make it delicious.  This is what my chili looks like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 46 oz can of tomato juice                                   
  • pepper optional
  • 1 pound hamburger meat
  • pre chopped onion and celery
  • 1 box of macaroni noodles
  • 1 can Kidney beans (not in photo)

 

 

 

 

Step one: Brown hamburger in a pan on middle heat and once its cooked remove from the pan and add the pre chopped onion and celery to the pan and cook until they are brown or soft.

                 

Step Two: Pour the tomato juice into a crock pot, I use a 4 quart crock pot.  Then add the browned meat and veggies and sprinkle in some pepper if you would like.  Don’t forget to add the one can of kidney beans.  Then give it a good couple of stirs.

Step Three:  Let the soup cook on low for 5 to 6 hours and then its ready to serve.

Enjoy!!  God Bless

~Angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I did a thing!

Hello!

I did something very out of the ordinary that isn’t me.  The picture of my belly that I posted in the Sticks and Stone post, I also posted that photo on Facebook.

I wanted to share my story for such a long time on Facebook but I hadnt had the guts to do so since I shared it here on my blog.  After I posted it on my blog it took me about a week and a half to post it.  I really had to talk myself up and get those negative thoughts out of my head.  Those thoughts included “OMG look at that belly”, “why would you share something like that”, “Your only doing this for attention”, “Angela really?”, and “ANgela learn how to spell”.  Those were some of the thoughts that flew through my mind every time I thought about posting it.  After I got the photo ready and proof read it a few times I took a deep breath and hit post!

I told myself to not check it tell later on my lunch break and I stuck to it and boy was I surprised to see the response;

“You are amazing! Keep focusing on your beautiful family”

” I love this post! So raw, full of truth and beauty! Thanks for sharing.”

“Love love love this and you. You are SO strong!”

“I love this. I am beginning to accept and love my stretch marks. I keep reminding myself I carried twins for petes sake…and big twins at that”

I love that my post connected with other women and I love the love and encouragement they gave me to keep fighting.  This gives me hope that people are still awesome and aren’t always judgmental.   There wasn’t a single negative comment and agh that was even more awesome!

Never be afraid to share your story and experiences in life.  You never know, someone else could be struggling with the same thing or something similar and them knowing theirs someone else out their going through what they are going through can give them some hope.

God Bless

~Angela

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