Friday, December 26, 2008
Thank goodness my boys are old enough now to fix their own breakfast, go to the bathroom all by themselves, and best of all entertain themselves--basically they can leave me be so I can try to recuperate. But then there's that sweet little princess who still needs lots of Mama help. She did do something really amazing this morning, though. She slept until 8:30 am. Never happened before and probably never will again. I took complete advantage of the situation and began the doctoring ritual in peace.
My kids just don't know how good they have it. When they are sick, I wait on them, give lavender baths, make soup...the list goes on and on. But when I am sick, I have to wait on myself as I am sure most Mamas do. I am fortunate to have a very helpful hubby in my times of need, but from dawn till dusk I am on my own.
In between bouts of rest on the couch, I've been loading myself up with grapefruit seed extract, rubbing my swollen glands with Lympha Rub,and sipping hot peppermint tea, wassil and chicken noodle soup. I have also tried hanging my head over a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil a couple of times. I have even resorted to sniffing warm salt water up my nose just to be able to breathe. I hate breathing out of my mouth!!!
After having to sleep all night with my mouth in that uncomfortable position, my jaw and fake teeth hurt. And my head feels like it is going to explode out my ears. Ugh. My eyes are puffy and watery. I look and sound like a scary monster!!!
I should be getting ready to attend my brother in law's surprise 30th b-day party but am stuck here feeling quite miserable. I am hoping there is still a chance that I may be well enough to go shopping with my mom tomorrow. I hate missing shopping days with mom!:(
Well, I better go and herb myself up some more...
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Identical Clone Trooper Voice Changers and Clone Trooper Blasters.
We had Mark's family projected onto our TV. The kids thought it was so cool! It was nice being able to see everyone.
One helmet ready to go--these also required parental assembly. And of course that always means Daddy!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
What makes it so special is that she made it. And they can actually play with it!!!
2004-- Lincoln and Mullin dressing up at The Alpine Village at their Pa's church.
2005-- We were incredibly blessed to be able to add a beautiful Christmas princess to our family!!
2006-- First Christmas in AZ--living at my mom's house. A very sad and happy time all mixed together.
2007-- Last year, we were so glad to be able to set up our tree in our very own home again!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Fry's is my local grocery store (otherwise known as Kroger) conveniently located 2 minutes from my house. Even though it is rather new, I can navigate this enormous store like a pro, mostly due to the fact that I rarely peruse the inner isles. I spend an ample amount of time in the produce section carefully selecting a rainbow of beautifully colored fruits and veggies loaded with natural goodness. Then, I usually camp out in the healthy/organic section for a while loading up my cart. I do appreciate the modern convenience of prepackaged foods, but I want them to be as healthy as possible--no artificial colors, preservatives, additives, hydrogenated oils etc... Anyway, my point is that I am not as familiar with the rest of the store. All that has had to change as of October 29th.
Last week I had the privilege of joining the WIC club, which was a whole other Comfort Zone Issue, but anyway, I got the brilliant idea that I would take my kids to the store with me to purchase the items on my WIC voucher. While I am thankful for the extra help during this difficult time, the foods listed on the WIC voucher are government approved not ME approved. It is no secret that the government and I sing to a different tune when it comes to health. Okay so, the cereals listed on my voucher are not the ones I typically buy, in fact, I don't even go down the major cereal isle at our store--man, is it huge!! Took me a minute to even find the cereals I could purchase. In this isle, I keep telling myself that a bowl of Cornflakes is better than a bowl of nothing. And as for juice, we normally just have not-from-concentrate oj for breakfast. My kids drink water the rest of the day, but WIC says I can buy 3 containers of Juicy Juice. It's free, so it goes into the cart. Oh yeah, the kids are excited about it. I think the milk that I had to buy was by far the most difficult for me to put in the cart. My only choice, according to WIC, was 1% inorganic milk. I won't even go into my views on milk here, but I definitely don't buy 1%, and I don't buy anything but organic. Even further, I rarely even buy milk from the store at all. I buy it organic and RAW from a real dairy farm!!!!!!
After I have found all of my WIC items--it was sort of like a treasure hunt, only not as fun--I decided to cave in and buy some Kraft macaroni and cheese b/c it was on sale for $.50 a box. When your food budget has been cut by more than half, you just do what you have to do, so there I was in search of this product. I couldn't find it, and all the while my kiddos are trying to keep up, son #1 keeps accidentally bumping into son #2 who is on foot b/c his sister won't let him get into the cart shaped like a motor vehicle. Kids are fidgety, mom's about to snap, and the grocery shopping experience turns sour all b/c I wasn't able to stay in my cozy little corner of the store!!!!!!
Lessons learned: Stop breaking my vow of only shopping ALONE and starvation is just as unhealthy as eating Cornflakes and Kraft mac & cheese. Okay, okay starvation is much worse than what I just wrote.
I am determined to be thankful for the food that is in my pantry and that my kids are not going hungry even if I have very strong opinions regarding the health of that food.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Every December my kids look forward to this festive treat!! Really it's just hot chocolate with Christmas flair.
In December it is finally cool enough to actually enjoy a hot drink here in the desert. Notice I didn't say cold enough, though!!
Okay, so here's what I do to make it extra special during the holiday season:
- First, I just make the hot cocoa, homemade is best!
- Next, top with fluffy whipped cream.
- Sprinkle red and green sugar crystals on top of whipped cream.
- Last, I adorn the side of the Christmas mug with a small red and white candy cane. This not only adds a beautiful touch but a hint of minty taste as well.
Of course everyone has to have a Christmasy mug, and Tamra just so you know, I still use that elegant Christmas mug from Starbucks you gave me a few Christmases ago. I absolutely love it to pieces, and I use it on a regular basis in the month of December. In fact, it is sitting here on my night stand, empty of course!! Yes, I sneaked myself some Christmas cocoa during the kids' rest time!!!
Christmas cheers to everyone!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It is nice to have a change from Annie's macaroni and cheese, so a few months ago I decided to give Bob's Red Mill Couscous a try. Let's just say it was a hit with all 3 kids!! Gotta love that.
I found the bag of Couscous in the organic/healthy section of the grocery store. Looks sort of like yellow sand. It is loaded with protein and it is ready in a flash! All I have to do is boil 1 and 1/4 cups water, add 1 cup couscous and 2 TBS. butter, cover pan and take it off the burner, and then let it stand for 5 minutes. That's it. Well, I do like to add a little sea salt and restaurant style pepper before serving.
I have also seen a box of wheat couscous by a different brand name, but I couldn't buy it b/c of the allergy warning: made on the same equipment as peanuts. Sigh.
Couscous works for me!!!
**If anyone else out there eats couscous, let me know how you like to prepare it!
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I love Snapfish, the on-line photo service, that lets you upload, store, and purchase your own snapshots without ever having to leave the house!!
Snapfish is so much more than just a place to upload and order prints, though.
I have been using Snapfish's services for many years, now. I love their prices and their service. I think $.09 for a 4x6 is a great price, especially since I don't have to go to the store and stand in any lines!! Just recently I ordered a 5x7 shot of my daughter, and the corner was a little bent. They immediately gave me a credit so I could order another one at no charge.
I do a lot of scrap booking so I am always ordering the regular 4x6 prints for personal use. And almost every year I use Snapfish to order our Christmas cards. I have also ordered photo calendars as gifts, which turned out so cute!! They offer many other personalized gifts/products as well.
I was especially thrilled when I received an email from them last month for an amazing Christmas card offer, which was--order the first 20 cards for 1 cent each!!!! This offer came at the perfect time in our lives. My husband had just lost his job and I didn't think we were going to be able to order any Christmas cards this year to send to family and friends. I usually order twice that many, but I thought 20 was better than zero! So we were able to order 20 cards for 20 cents!!! Now, the hard part will be cutting our Christmas card list in half!
If I had more time, I could go on and on about Snapfish, but if you don't have a free account already, head on over right now and check them out!!!
Many thanks to Shannon for hosting this great series!!
Monday, December 01, 2008
The place was huge, so all 10 kids had a blast running around.
The kids watched Polar Express while they ate.
More running and going berserk!
Anyway, poor Mark stayed home, but I am sure the Cowboys kept him company. (I promise I won't go off on a tangent about how I HATE sports on holidays!)