Computer issues….

So, when I finally decided to get going on this blog again, my computer is having issues. Ugh!!! I kept hoping it was going to get better, but it hasn’t. I am typing on my phone right now…. But uploading pictures and previewing doesn’t work very well in this format.

So when we figure out what’s going on with our computer, I’ll be back!

Hope you all are enjoying this Spring weather!! Less than 4 weeks of school left!!!!!!

XOXO
TA

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12 on 12: April 2013

Hello there!! I have something a little different for you guys today.  One of the few blogs I follow pretty regularly, by Elizabeth Kartchner aka Dear Lizzy, has been doing a photo challenge off and on over the past few months…  12 on twelve: Daily Dozen.  The rules (for lack of a better word) are to take 12 everyday pictures through out your day on the 12th day of the month.  After admiring hers and a little nudge from a friend, I decided to take part this month.  A fun way to get a look at the day-to-day things that are often forgotten.

So, here it goes…

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Started our day watching cartoons… Pound Puppies I think.

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Baylee and I finally painted our nails this morning. We had planned to for a few nights but Reese has had a rough week and required some extra attention.  Afterwards she found my make-up drawer and had a so much fun looking at it all.  Apparently my organizing is rubbing off on her…. I found it nicely reorganized later in the day. 🙂

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Laying in the driveway looking up at the clouds, until they realized I was taking a picture. It’s getting to be flip-flop weather here in NM!! Drew finds it entertaining that I take pics of my feet!

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Drew got a good bike ride in… he’s getting ready for a big ride in Colorado coming up in June.

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Bill paying day.  I probably should give my desk some attention… my scrapbook table looks just as bad.

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We had some errands to run in the afternoon.  Reese had to sit in the van with Daddy… I think this fit was over me picking her up out of her car seat to go in.  Something I always do.  I would normally blame this on being a toddler, but she has not been feeling well.  However, she managed to calm down before we got our Friday slushes at Sonic!

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All of our kids are very into Star Wars these days.  Baylee has been working hard making some art for her walls.  Love the spelling!!!

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It was shower day…  My kids take after their Mama in this department.  If it doesn’t fog up the mirrors, it’s not hot enough. 😉

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Story time with Garner and Daddy… Reese too.  I love this picture because you can see all of the things that Garner sleeps with.  His Mario, his ‘baby’ (the small triangle blue satin on his shoulder), Bluey the dinosaur, and his new bunny from Easter.

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Facetime/Video chatting with Aunt Robin.  It’s quickly becoming one of Reese’s favorite things to do.  Probably my sister’s too!

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Drew’s way of relaxing some evenings, after the kids go to bed, is playing a little Playstation.  This pic tells a lot though…  He’s wearing his fav lounge T-shirt from Baker University, he’s got his Livestrong bracelet on to always show his support, the black bracelet tracks his steps and sleep patterns (I think… I can’t keep up with all of the gadgets.) and his wedding ring on his thumb.  He moves it so it doesn’t rattle against his controller.

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And my way of relaxing!!  Drew fixed my bath, lit the candles and chilled my fav wine cooler… LOVE HIM! (It had been a pretty emotional day.) That book is my bath time reading material.  I have been reading it for a while, but only in the tub.  And on this particular evening I didn’t get very far, instead I soaked and text vented with my good friend Carrie.  Check out her 12 on 12 post here!!

Well, there’s a peek into the daily stuff in our family, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!  The afternoon got away from us a little, so I did a little catching up at bedtime. I will try to do this again in May!!(Mother’s Day)

XOXO,

TA

Food and ‘Purpose’

Hello All!  Sorry it’s been a while since my last post.  I could give you 1000 excuses for not posting, but really there’s just one. The content in which I have posted previously hasn’t pleased everyone.  I know, I know… If I can’t handle criticism I probably shouldn’t have a public blog.  Something I have been debating for several weeks now!! Well, I have decided that I can!!  I can handle it, and I won’t quit doing something I really enjoy because of it.  I really just want to reiterate AGAIN…  This is MY personal blog.  Although I may post pics of my children and some family, this is really just for me, from my point of view.  My way of sharing what I want to, when I want to.

So, now that that’s all taken care of, let’s move on.

When I told a good friend of mine that I was finally going to write another blog post, after complete shock I’m sure ;), she asked what was on my mind.  I told her, food and ‘my word’ (Purpose).

Why Food?? Because I am learning more and more about it.  I took a class about Nutritian and Migraines earlier this year to help me understand what I can do to help prevent them.  Something that I’ve been battling for over a year now.  And other than getting one the very next day (they’re usually triggered a few days before you get one), I haven’t had a single one!!  Yay!  It is such a blessing to know that if I control what I put in my body, and in my case mainly eating enough, then I can keep my migraines under control.

So with that knowledge, I wanted to learn more!  I have spent countless hours on the computer reading blogs and studies about all kinds of food and how it affects our health. I have several books downloaded to start reading… I will let you know when I’m done if I would recommend them to you.  All I can say at this moment is that there are going to be some changes in what our family eats.  I’ve always thought that since we rarely eat out and usually eat home-cooked meals, that we were doing pretty darn good.  I have been very mistaken.  I wish that I would have cared to learn more before we had kids… it is going to be a steep, uphill battle.  But, maybe teaching them now, they’ll not be 32 yrs. old trying to figure it out.

Now usually when I decide I want to do something, I go at it 100%, then sometimes fail.  I don’t think that type of approach is going to work for this.  It’s going to take time for habits to change and to get rid of all of the food we already have in the pantry.  (I have a problem throwing it away.)  So we are going to eat it and maybe donate some.  Then we’ll take it one step at time… ok, maybe a few steps at a time.

Here’s where we’re starting:

1. We are not going to replace the snacks in the house with the same things.  We always have easy to grab snacks for school lunches and at home.  Currently we’ve got little snack bags of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches, Teddy Grahams and Oreos.  We also have Goldfish Crackers, Granola Bars, Rice Crispies, and Fruit Snacks.  Now looking at it typed out, I kind of feel like a crappy mom… but they all like different things and usually only have one a day, along with many other healthy foods. And as much as they all enjoy these snacks, they honestly get more excited about a bunch of raw veggies with ranch dip.  So why in the world do I keep buying all of these highly processed, sugar filled snacks??? Because they’re EASY and CONVENIENT!  Only healthy snacks will be kept in this house very soon!

2.  When buying meat, I will no longer buy the cheapest I can find.  We can’t afford organic all the time, but we can buy chicken without added hormones and other meats that are less processed.  The hubby has found a local butcher he really likes, so he may be getting more of our business very soon.

3. Overall, when shopping, I will be looking for less processed foods.  Hoping to at least be able to pronounce all of the listed ingredients.

Sounds like a good place to start! 😉

Now about my word… I think these changes could be part of living this life with ‘purpose’.  I want to purposefully choose the things that our family ingests, at least where I can.  (They are completely overloaded with sugar at school for one reason or another!!  That’s another post!)  Instead of choosing what’s easiest and most convenient, I want to make choices based on what’s best for our health and well being.

Anyways… that’s what is on my mind today. 🙂

I made this flavored water.  Inspired from another recipe I saw on Pinterest.

Lemon/Cucumber Water

Ingredients:

Water, thinly sliced lemon and cucumber.

Directions:

Slice the Lemon and Cucumber, add it to a pitcher of water, and refrigerate.

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Simple!!!

The recipe I found also had mint leaves in it. You can find it here.  She explains all of the health benefits of it.  I really just wanted something with some flavor to drink, and this seemed like a good start.  It’s very refreshing!  I may add some strawberries next time.

XOXO,

TA