September 30, 2009
September 28, 2009
To all of you who have read my blog and then came back to read more, I say "Thank You!". I am always amazed people actually come back to read about my life with my family. I don't think my life is all that interesting so you can see how surprised I was to have someone not only come back to read more, but to give me an award!!! Words failed me when I found out I had been given an award. Then I got my second one! All in one day!!! WOW!! I'm so happy, y'all don't even know.
I was awarded the Splash Award from Momma Such at Raising My 4 Sons . This award is given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive and inspiring blogs. I didn't even know my blog was any of these things! LOL! If you haven't checked out Raising My 4 Sons yet, What are you waiting far. This blog was my blog of the week!
I am passing this award on to:
Mellisa @ Getting all my Ducks in a Row
Rebekah @ Outnumbered
The second award that I was blessed to receive is Best Blog Award! I was given this award from Niki at Nocturnal Queen . You know Niki! Her blog was my very first blog I highlighted in my blog of the week! I hope you've been keeping up.
1. To accept the award, post it in your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
- Sarah @ 15 Minutes of MommyTime
- Lisa @ All That and a Box of Rocks
- Little Miss Muffins Cakes @ Surrounded by Boys!
- Courtney @ Women Living Well
- Chele @ The Bona Fide Life
Again I would like to thank everyone who reads my crazy stuff! I do have a question if anyone can help educate me a little on blogger. How do you post a picture from the web? Like the awards I have above. The only way I can do it is to copy the picture to my computer and then put it in that way.
I may just be a lost cause, but I would really appreciate the help. I would love any tip about blogger!
Yesterday we where on our way home from Mee Maw's house and Will was insistent on closing those eyes. It was only 6:45 pm. Much to late to take a nap with bed time coming up. So, we have come up with a way to keep him awake on the ride home.
All the way home we make it a game to see who can fined tractors along the road first. This game is great because the farms are separated by big fields and tractors are plentiful. We probably saw about 25 to 30 tractors in a 20 mile ride! We all just yell out TRACTOR!!! as we see one. We get very competitive as we go. It's a lot of fun and keeps Will up!
How do you keep your kids awake when they are determined to take a nap in the car at the wrong time?
September 27, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 25, 2009
You see I learned something Sunday form my hubby. It isn't often that I admit I am wrong, but this is one of those times. I have always been a bit of a control freak when it comes to what I allow Will to do and not do. I don't know why, but I have struggled with letting him do some things that seem crazy to me.
One of those crazy things was washing the car. I always allowed him to help me, but to a degree. I never let him "clean" over the part of the car Mommy already cleaned. It would leave streaks!!! And I limited his time with the water hose. Why would I let him soak himself and me? This was just a normal reaction from me. I tried to control it all. In the end I always ended up with a headache and Will got upset! We where both in a bad mood after all that.
After watching my son have such a good time helping Daddy wash his truck Sunday, I realized that I need to let go. So, today was the day! He helped Mommy wash her car. He washed and rinsed. He mostly played with the water hose. Boys and water!!! I'll never get it!
I will never admit it to my hubby, but he taught me something invaluable. Who cares what my car looks like or how wet we got. Will had a blast and nobody got hurt!!
September 24, 2009
September 23, 2009
September 22, 2009
September 21, 2009
This is the little trucks he rode last year and loved. He rode them just as much this year!
We made our trip to the Allen Parish Fair on Saturday. Will was jumping out of his shoes he was so excited. This is only his second year to go to the fair. He was way to small before, but this year he knew what to expect and he knew he could ride! Last year he would only ride one ride. This year he rode on four different ones a dozen times each! He got to play the pick a duck game and won a stuffed dolphin he has named Flapy. He is also the new owner of an orange and yellow striped sports cup that we purchased full of strawberry kiwi slushy. All in all he had a great time.
He loved the little jeep!
This is Will and my hubby on the bumper cars! They both loved it!
After the fair we decided to go to my dad's camp. This is something else that Will absolutely loves. Knowing we where going to the camp made leaving the fair a lot easier! At the camp he got to play with the other kids that came and roast marshmallows at the camp fire that night. Sunday he got to see all the great fish everyone caught.
Sunday evening we did yard work and then made a Bar-B-Q with Paw Paw Billy at home! What a great weekend!!!
September 18, 2009
September 16, 2009
September 15, 2009
The great series that I have more recently found is just as great, but in a whole different way! I have read the Red River Of The North series by Lauraine Snelling. The books in this series are the kind of book that you just can't put down. This series has 6 books in it. The first book begins with two families that immigrate to America from Norway to settle the free land in North Dakota Territory. Only to fined that the land is not free. It is paid for with their own sweat and blood. Their story is filled with the hard ships that they encounter. Their belief and love in God is what helps them make it through the hard times.
As you read the first book into the last you can't help but feel like the characters are people you know and love yourself. I have laughed and cried with them. I have never read a book that has renewed my spirit and belief in God like these books have. The best part is that the author went on to write another series called Return To Red River. There are 3 books in this series and they continue the story from the point of view of the younger generation. It goes on to show how time changes everything, but the love of God is still there.
So I encourage you to meet Ingeborg Bjorklund and her family as they make their way to their free land in the year 1880. You will not be disappointed. The first book in the series is called An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling. Happy reading everyone!
September 14, 2009
I consider myself some what crafty. So all these books are hand made (not the covers). Scrapbooks where always fun for me, and I thought wouldn't it be nice for him to have known his mom took the time to make this for him.
I also started writing all my feelings about Will growing up and all the things we did together in a note book. Hubby said I was just going to make myself cry later in life when I read it. I just didn't want to forget how I felt at that moment. I filled one up and started a second. That is when I thought "why not put it on a blog?" This is working. I update a blog more than a notebook. The only problem is that I don't get as personal with a blog update as I did with my notebook. With the possibility of the whole world reading it and all. Not that my life is all that interesting.
Through this blog I have realized how blessed my life really is. I have read other blogs and felt like I' m not the only one out their who has crazy moments. I laugh and cry with other moms and I LOVE getting comments about what I wright. I feel like others really do read and care about my family. I feel the same about the blogs I read. And I pray for the others moms who are having a hard time as I know they also pray for me.
This afternoon I have been printing all my post that are about Will, so that I can put them together for him to read later in life. This will be a new addition to his baby books. Less pictures and more stories. I hope he will like it in 20 years and be happy I did it for him.
So my message to Will is Mommy and Daddy love you, and you will always be our lovable little boy who makes us laugh, cry, sing, and pull our hair out all at the same time. I thank God every day for giving you to us!
Mom and Dad
After hubby got home and I told him about the call he reminded me about the LSU game plans. I did not see the problem. Then he asked me "Who is going to be here when our friends get here? I will be at work." Well this was a problem. Her party started at 3:30 and is an hour away. The game started at 6:00. So, I called her mom back to get the voice mail. (She never answers the phone when I call anymore. I wonder if she can't stand talking to me that much or what's going on?) I left my message that since the plans for the LSU game where made at least a week or so in advance I would not change them and I would give our nice her gift later.
Come to find out later the men decided to watch the game over at out friends house and my hubby got sick at work so came home early. On top of all that it rained ALL DAY! I felt like it rain inside me and outside me that day. I hate to feel like I can't do all the things everyone wants me to do. The birthday party turned out nice form what I herd and lots of people where there, but I still don't like the idea that my son couldn't be there with his cousins.
I didn't feel better until today. Monday is such a normal day. No rain, no football games, and no birthday parties today! Hubby at work and just me and Will at home! Sorry if this sounds like I am venting. I didn't even know I was going to write about this until it started pouring out.
By the way both LSU and the Saints won!
September 11, 2009
So when he wanted to know what I was planning for Christmas I was in shock. I must admit, in the past I would be planning and have half of my Christmas shopping done by now. But, these past few years have been harder on our budget. Now I wait for big Christmas sales and Black Friday sales to start.
I have no idea what we will have planned for Will. He got his John Deere tractor as everyone knows (and is probably tired of hearing about). So what now? He has been saying now he needs a Case tractor. Ha! Ha! Keep dreaming buddy. It took us over a year of saving for the first tractor.
So what do I do now? He needs winter clothes, but I plan to get him some before Christmas and, what kid wants lots of clothes from Santa? This will be something that plagues my mined from now on. And just to know that hubby is wondering makes me scratch my head. What to do now? It is a good thing I have 3 months to think about it. I will try to put a countdown to Christmas on my site, but since I have not figured out how to put a "follow me on Twitter" button on it I don't think it will be today or anything. Lol!!!
September 10, 2009
Recently I found a blog called Unfinished Mom. In this blog she tells about how she plans a menu for a month and then goes out and shops for it all. WOW!! That is all I could say. I asked her for a few tips. She told me make a list of my family's favorite meals. Then talk it over with the family and see what thy would like. Next pick from things off the list. That sounded easy enough.
I decided to try planning for two weeks at a time. This is more reasonable for me since hubby gets paid every two weeks and two weeks will be a bit easier than a month. We did this yesterday together and today I shopped! I think this will help me with the old "Whats for dinner?" problem and help save a little money. This way I will buy what I need to make dinner and not what I don't. Today I spent $130.00 on two weeks worth of food and house supplies. This did not include items that would go bad before I use them, like bread and eggs. Those I will buy as I run out of what I have and need more. The weekends are left open too. I may have to buy extra depending on what we do or if we have company.
I am sure this will save me money just buy my trip today. Usually I would spend about $120.00 a week. Keep in mined this includes household items such as shampoo and toilet paper. I did have a total of about $27.00 in savings today though! Wooo Hooo!!!
I will update this post to show if it worked for me or not. I may eventually try a month like Unfinished Mom if it works. I'm not a Diva like her though!!! She rocks!!!
September 8, 2009
September 7, 2009
Sunday I went to church. It was a great service. I did not have Will with me and so I could concentrate a little better. Will wanted to stay home and ride his John Deere Tractor. Since I thought It would rain that day, I let him. As you can guess it rained everywhere but our house. You could literally see the rain from our house pouring on our neighbors down the road.
Sunday night we had planed tacos. This is my hubby's father's favorite. He canceled on us but we made them anyway. This dinner turned out to be so funny. We sat at the table and was eating when I started telling hubby that I found my favorite flavor in Dr Pepper. I said it was the 24th flavor. Knowing they only advertise that it has 23 flavors, he looked a little sideways at me. So I explained I liked the way a cold can of it tasted better than in a cup or bottle. My favorite flavor then is the taste of cold aluminum. This was not the funny part. The funny part was that Will was listening and trying to make this work in his mined.
He said "Well, I like the way a Dr Pepper taste in a Coke can."
I said "Well I wonder what the people at Dr Pepper would say to that.'
He then changed his voice to be a bit deeper and said "They would say, Then you never had a Dr Pepper."
I don't know if this is as funny now as it was then, but he has never had Dr Pepper or Coke. He only drinks juice and kool aid. And the way he changed his voice made me laugh even harder. To think that is exactly what the Dr Pepper people would say to him. I laughed so hard that I think the taco I was in the middle of eating came out my nose. This made us all laugh a little more. Don't worry though I am ok! I know you were concerned! Lol!!
I hope everyone had something that made them laugh this weekend! And a big Happy Labor Day to you all! Hubby had to work today :( We are just planing today like any Monday.
September 5, 2009
Well now he is 3 years old and has never stayed even one night away from me. This has turned into a bigger problem than I ever thought it would. My cousin and I have been discussing this and came up with this solution. I would leave him with her and her 10 month old son for 30 minutes or so to go the local grocery store. This should work. That is what I told myself. So, Friday that is just what we did. When he heard I was leaving him at her house he held my hand and said "don't leave me mommy" with a soooo sad look on his face. I just told him to go play I was just right here. I never said I would stay. After about 15 minutes I decided to go before he noticed I was gone. Aunt Jenny (the cousin I was leaving him with) did not think this was a good approach. So I did tell him I was going to the store and would be right back. That he was to stay and play with baby Jaydon and Aunt Jenny.
To my surprise this worked. She told him lets go play and he just said "Ok" and went into the other room. No tears, no please don't leave me, no good buy even. I was gone for around 40 to 45 minutes. He was good. She had no problem with him. The little voice in my head kept telling me that I was just over protective and he didn't need me as much as I needed him. This voice may be right this time.
I could not help but think that this will work. We will continue this for a few more times before moving on to staying longer or at different places. Of course I don't have anyone else who could keep him even if I did want to just leave him with someone other than my hubby. Thank the Good Lord for Aunt Jenny! She is my hubby's cousin and has become a great friend to me.
If anyone has any suggestions for me please let me know. I welcome any comments!
September 4, 2009
To calculate what I spent to make this meal I break down how much the ingredients cost and how much I used divided by how many people I fed.
A 5 lb bag of potatoes = $1.99 / 5 or 6 potatoes = $1.00
A 2.5 lb bag of chicken breasts =$6.00 / 3/4 the bag = $4.50
One tomato = $0.75 (hubby doesn't like tomatoes so I didn't need much)
A small container of sour cream = $2.00 / 1/2 = $1.00
A small container of butter = $1.75 / 1/2 = $0.88
A bag of shredded cheese = $2.00 / 3/4 = $1.50
Bacon bits = $1.46 / 3/4 =$1.09
The total is $10.72 and I divided into 4 (hubby, Will, myself, and hubby's lunch for work).
That is $2.68 a person. This about right because some of this is rounded and no tax is added. Keep in mined that I got a lot on sale and used coupons.
I also did this Thursday night. I made Fried Pork Chops with Great Northern Beans and Rice.
This is my break down:
Pack of pork cops at $0.99 a lb = 3.36
A 5 lb bag of flour = $2.50 / 2cups = $0.14
A dozen eggs = $0.99 / 2 = $0.16
A 1 lb bag of beans = $2.00 / 1 cup = $0.50
1 lb of sausage = $3.75 / 1/2 = $1.88
A small bag of rice = $2.92 / 2 cups = $0.35
The total is $6.39 and I divide it by 4. That is $1.60 a person. Again I did get some of this on sale and used coupons. This is a rounded number and does not include tax.
I think I did great! Let me know if you have any ideas of how to keep this going. If you post about making meals for $5.00 or under let me know. I would love new recipes, and your comments.
September 3, 2009
September 2, 2009
One of my favorite posts on her blog is called Housework. This made me laugh and realize that I try to hard to keep up with housework. Sometimes you have to just look at it a different way. Niki made me see that I was just causing myself that much more stress. Now I just tell myself that our house looks lived in.
This is a passage from her blog.
"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." -- Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966
I hope you all check her blog out and like it as much as I do.