Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekly Menu for October 15, 2012

As usual, things got messed up in our schedule so our menu last week didn't go like it would have. SOOOO that just means we have ham this weekend instead of last weekend! Fine with me!

Monday - Chicken patties

Tuesday - Hamburger Helper

Wednesday - Church Night

Thursday - Southwest Soup

Friday - Ham

Saturday - Ham and Bean Soup

Sunday - Night Out

Weekly Winnings October 8 - October 14, 2012

From Facebook:
- 2 packages of Roland® Lemon Curry Quinoa

From Blogs:
- Funny Face Cranberries

Friday, October 12, 2012

Trains and More Trains

Bubba has been STUCK on trains. We drive the girls to school and he is looking for them everywhere! While we were driving around last weekend, we found one at a park and had to stop so he could see it! He was in love and we had to force him to leave :( Hopefully we will be able to go another time when he will actually be able to climb up in it!

Halloween Costume in Progress

So this year my girls decided they want to be fairy princess kitties. They keep going back and forth on EXACTLY what they want to be but for the most part they want to have wings. I went to Kohl's with my $10 off gift cards I got in the mail and found a cute shirt and some cute leggings. The nice thing is they can wear these whenever they want and have already been wearing them. My next task right now is the tutu. I am almost done with one. I need to make sure I have enough tulle to make the second one. This is what it looks like though! Let me know what you think!!!

My lil sweetheart modeling it for me!

Close up of it, the colors she picked were green, black, light blue, light purple and light pink! I think its turning out a lot better than I thought it could be!

Catch Up Time with My Sweetheart

How old are you?: um.......*then shows me 3 fingers*

What is your favorite color?: green

Who is your best friend?: Taryn

What is your favorite animal?: kangaroo!

What do you want to be when you grow up?: a dinosaur

What is your favorite movie?: Elmo

What is your favorite book?: book about babies

What makes you happy?: tickles!!

What makes you sad?: Lukas

What is your favorite food to eat?: spaghetti!

What is your favorite song to sing?: Elmo's world!

What game do you like to play?: Bunny hop game!

Catch Up Time With Princess

How old are you?: 4

What is your favorite color?:  pink, blue and purple

Who is your best friend?: Taryn!

What is your favorite animal?: every animal!

What do you want to be when you grow up?: ballerina and everything!

What is your favorite movie?: Fairy Secret Barbie

What is your favorite book?: Princesses!!!

What makes you happy?: hugs and kisses

What makes you sad?: doing something spankings!

What is your favorite food to eat?: MACARONI!

What is your favorite song to sing?: every kid song

What game do you like to play?: MARIO

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekly Winnings October 1 - October 7, 2012

I started entering some giveaways again!! Hopefully here soon I will be winning a couple of things so I can show you what can be won! The first thing I ever won was the Step 2 Market/Kitchen! It doesn't hurt to find something you would like and try to enter for it! It just takes a couple minutes. I usually enter contests when I'm bored or trying to procrastinate from housework ;)

Weekly Menu Plan for October 8, 2012

Monday - Chicken Tacos

Tuesday - Pulled pork sandwiches

Wednesday - Church night!

Thursday - Pinterest Idea!!! :) (AKA I am going to look at Pinterest and find a recipe then post!)

Friday - Ham, green beans and potatoes

Saturday - Ham and bean soup

Sunday - Church Small Group get together

Weight Loss!!!

I am working hard at losing all this weight I have put on over the past 10 years. Life gets away from you and I know I have all kinds of excuses to use, but no more!

The last few months I have been going back and forth on it. I finally got put back on some medication to help with my depression and I think that is one thing that is helping me. I am finally able to get up in the morning after a good night's sleep. I am finally able to function and WANT to be up and doing things. I have also fallen in love with swimming and zumba! Two great things to get started on! I am trying to do something new at least once a month too. Tonight I am going to try the Boot Camp they do at the YMCA. I'm a bit freaked out but I know I will rock it as best as I can! 

When I started my weight journey, I weighed in at 292.4 lbs! That is WAY too much for someone my size to weigh!  I know I would love to be 150-160 lbs like the charts say, but I am sure that just wont happen. I know I felt comfortable at 180 lbs and I know this time around I will be the healthiest I have ever been. At the moment, I am keeping my goal of 165 lbs and will just go from there. Either way, I am getting healthy for me and my family.

This is my jar I started a year ago that just sat there. Nothing was really added or taken away. As they say, if you would have started when you said you would, you would be done now. I am sure I would be looking and feeling so much better than I am but I know now is the best time and I can start to see the differences in my look and the way I feel. I am definitely starting to feel more confident!

The difference in these pictures are August 27, 2012 to October 8, 2012

I know I am going to have my husband start taking my pictures once a month so I will look better in them then what the gym ones look like, but at that time, that was my first time in the gym to work out and I didn't feel like him taking my picture! Now I am getting more excited for my picture! We will see what next month holds for me in the weight loss department!

Starting: 292.4 lbs
Current: 277.0 lbs
Loss of: 15.4 lbs!

Apple Pie Time!

The weather got nice and cool here over the weekend! When it gets cool, something in me decides its time to go into baking mode! My hubby of course loves that! He requested an apple pie so I decided that was what I would spend some time on just for him on Saturday.

My lil sweetheart decided that she wanted to be my little helper for the day! She helped me by peeling and coring all the apples for me! Those apple corers are amazing! If you don't have one, definitely something to invest in!

My lil dude then decided that what we were doing looked kind of cool so he decided he wanted to help too! They were very good at getting it all mixed very well and making sure it tasted good too!

Picture of the pie before we put it in the oven. I forgot to take one right when it came out and the family ate the whole thing before I thought about it!!! Next time I make one, I'll make sure to get a picture of after!!!

Apple Pie Recipe
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
* Two pie crusts (I used Jiffy pie crust mix)
- 6 to 8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

In large bowl, put your apples in there. Add the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cornstarch and mix well. 

Add the apples to the pie crust. Take the butter and slice it up and put all over the apples.

Put the top crust on top and push to seal. 

Put some fork marks (or any design since others are probably more creative than me!) in the crust to help it ventilate!

Put it into the oven at 425 degrees for 30-40 mins.

Let it cool for a bit and then slice and enjoy!!!

Do you have a good apple pie recipe?!? Please share as I am always trying to find a better recipe!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Time definitely gets away from you. In the last 3 months we have moved and been trying to get everything straightened back together. I have finally decided that I need some help and am now back on medication for my depression. Depression is a very serious issue and I figured it was finally time to get it back under control. I thought I was under control but instead I was and am spiraling out of control. I can tell that I am starting to feel some control getting back into order. I am actually sleeping all through the night again. I know some of that would be because of the drugs I am on, but at same time, that is a great thing as I wasn't getting more than about 4-5 hours a night.

Weight loss journey had started and then stalled. But as of tomorrow, that is no more. I had lost almost 12 lbs and I'm starting to gain it back. I haven't been to the gym in almost 2 weeks and that has got to stop! I want to feel nice and fit for my birthday next year! I will make it to the gym and I just got to start eating so much better!!!!

Having three kids that are 4, 3 and almost 2 are a lot of work. I am so glad the older two are going to school right now! Our youngest turns 2 on Friday. That I can't believe. I just hit my 29th birthday to turn around and deal with him going to be 2! He is definitely a handful and I am so glad to have him in my life. Hopefully with the change of my mood and getting more into the fall and winter seasons I will be able to be more postful :) I have started getting back into giveaways too, hoping to win some nice Christmas gifts since that would make it a lot more fun! I hope you all have a great week!