By request.. Easter Egg Cozies

Posted November 23, 2014 By Jill
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Susan from Ami Mental is someone I have been following since my first NaBloPoMo quite a few years ago. When one of my invisible friends asks me to post something, then I typically do.

 

I’m not sure how easy to see these are, but there you go. The rabbit is mine from growing up. After my grandmother passed, I happened upon the chick by luck in her house, and my mom got one from somewhere else at like a craft show, etc. I think it goes over a small egg and not a big one, but that’s not really important. I would have used this year’s pictures, but they are the ones that got killed in the hard drive crash.. so.. yeah.

 

I just think they’re a fun touch to the Easter basket. I’m certain they’re probably available on etsy. I think my mom paid a quarter. I bet not so much online. Lol. Gotta love mark up!

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Sure enough, 3 a.m. and I’m up. No chance of going back to sleep. I grabbed my book, my computer, and turned on the coffee. I’ve been awake about 2 hours now. Huh. I see 2 clocks with different times. They were both the same yesterday. I’m going with 2 hours instead of 3, but I digress. I just ate a piece of pizza. Mmm!

 

Shut up, I know it’s bad for me. But I’m either pms’ing or pregnant and pizza has been my craving all week (and since it was pms a month ago and I craved pizza, going with pms, lol)..

 

After finding the weather on (finally), and seeing it was going to be warm, I turned on a show I haven’t caught up on (it’s food stuff, so I can multitask!) and I’ve buzzed through my FB feed, made up some posts for my blog fb page and played my game of words with friends. I entered some giveaway from my newsfeed and just all around enjoyed not having a baby eat my computer. Yes, the kid BITES on my computer. It’s been difficult to even blog because I can’t have the dang thing out when the baby is awake and she’s sleeping less and less!

 

This is me time. I know that in a little while, the big kids will rouse, they’ll wake up my husband (who tried sleeping in bed last night, and will probably regret it–shoulder surgery)… and it will all be a 3 ring circus around here.

 

Anyone have headphones? I’m going to need them!

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I’d like to think that in general, we could live without.. just about anything. We’d find a work around. We could hand wash in the tub and use a clothesline. We could use a gas grill and microwave if the stove quit. Vice versa. We’re able to build fires, have a whole forest of trees we could use, etc.

 

I think overall? A furnace would be the worst to lose. Mostly because of the issues we’d have to deal with in the house.

Read about our trials without power last year when Casey was a newborn in cloth diapers here: P*wer *utage!

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Nightmares… or not…

Posted November 20, 2014 By Jill
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When a kid cries from her room, my husband’s first thought is nightmare.

 

Mine is to go for the barf bucket.

 

Priorities, people.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Mom Problems

Posted November 19, 2014 By Jill
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Talk about it Tuesday: Favorite holiday memory

Posted November 18, 2014 By Jill
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One of the NABLOPOMO topics from earlier in the month was to talk about your favorite holiday memory. Many things I remember aren’t ‘good’ per se, just memorable. But I’ll think about good ones for today. While I am sure most people could solidify something spectacular, I’ll post a few highlights and maybe you can share yours.

 

  • Last year the kids got a power wheels. While they didn’t flip out, they have loved it ever since. It was on deep discount, and we assume it will be in use for about 5-10 more years.
  • Putting the kids in matching PJ’s for Christmas eve service. Footie jammies rock! This works until they got old enough to be asked to sing in the choir.
  • Taking the kids back home post-service, reading the night before Christmas and the Christmas story out of the bible to them. every year. Love it!
  • Every Thanksgiving. Ever. Visiting with my aunts in particular. They’d get to laughing and have trouble stopping. Telling old stories.
  • Hand making (or DIY/semi-homemade) Halloween costumes for the kids. Particularly those that end up as contest winners (click Halloween link for tutorials!)
  • The fuzzy cozy that goes on top of Easter eggs. I have mine, got one from my grandma’s house, and my mom found one for Casey last year. Aww! Glad to pass this one on!

I’m sure there’s a lot more, but for now, my computer is ready to power off. Have a great day and leave your memories below or on Facebook!

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NaBloPoMo Topic: Aging

Posted November 17, 2014 By Jill
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Today’s topic is actually about … umm.. blogging. Several have been about blogging, which seems odd. Most people here don’t want to read about blogging, they want to read ME blogging. But I digress. The topic from Friday was: Do you fight against growing old, or embrace it?

Somehow it has less to do with aging and more to do with the weight fluctuation. The last time I was at my current weight was right before I got pregnant and miscarried, and all the weight I had lost nursing my 2nd kid came back on, with a vengeance. But I had also noticed that when I lost weight lines appeared on my face. It looked weird. I had crevices instead of being round and smooth. I didn’t like that a lot.

I’m not particularly vain. I rarely wear make-up, I do nothing with my hair. I don’t have any clothes that aren’t either oversize t-shirts or more than 5 years old. Most are older than that. I gave away a ton of clothes a few years ago that what a coincidence would probably fit now, HOWEVER they would be a dozen years out of date.. so.. yeah. I know better than to wear dated items even if I ‘kept’ them for a while. Sigh. So I wear the same few things over and over. It’s annoying but not enough to try and get a sitter to go shopping. Because who wants to pay a sitter for torture? But that’s what it’s coming down to. Honestly.

So yeah.. I’m digressing a lot here. I started getting grays over the last year. My last pregnancy was hard (Yeah for my rainbow baby!)– I had diabetes, high blood pressure, placenta previa, pelvic rest, extremely itchy skin and scalp… basically my skin was crawling… inside and out–cranky hubby, plus kids that were bewildered as to why mommy was so sick, making herself bleed daily, and yelled anytime anyone else scratched, because it made her scratch. Oh jeez. It was pretty bad. So, I was not surprised when a few strands of silver started showing up. If I start being called ‘grandma’ to the kids, then I will probably do some hair dye. I considered getting highlights/lowlights but that takes a lot of time and money, which isn’t always available. I’d rather spend on the kids.. so.. yeah.

So I guess I’m not exactly embracing it, but I’m not fighting it either, I’m making it more of a non-issue than anything. It’s normal, it’s expected. I may not like it, but it’s life. With so many blessings, a few grays won’t hurt me. I have started trying to pay better attention to what my body needs as I get older. I’m more careful with my teeth, I recently dropped almost all soda. I still enjoy treats, but I try and balance that with good stuff, too. I realized I was treating my kids WAY better than I was myself. So part of putting myself back on the list was paying more attention to myself. I feel better, which is good I guess. Not nearly so draggy. Still tired. But not exhausted daily. Here’s hoping for better health for all of us as we approach the new year.

 

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Zzz

Posted November 16, 2014 By Jill
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I think the lack of sleep and stress is getting to me. Twice now I’ve referred to someone I’ve known for 4 years by a different name. Also my fly keeps either not getting buttoned, or keeps coming down. I’ve lost a few pounds, so maybe it’s unzipping itself? More than one pair of pants and just recently. Early Alzheimer’s or exhaustion? Either way, not good for trying to mix with people.

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How’s the weather where you are?

Posted November 15, 2014 By Jill
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Today, it snowed!

What’s the rule about what we call ‘willyworms’… they’re the really fuzzy things that cross the road here. Typically we heard that if they’re mostly dark in color, you will have a really rough winter, but I’ve also heard that white ones mean snow. Either way, they’re cute and kid friendly.

 

Are their rules for willy worms where you live? Or is there some other significant animal/vegetable/mineral that you rely on to gauge how your winter will be… ?!?

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I’m getting nuthin’ for Christmas

Posted November 14, 2014 By Jill
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I find it harder every year to come up with something I want for Christmas. I want a lot of things for the kids. My holiday must-have’s end up being: sleep, time with family, chocolate, warm clothes.

 

Everything I had when I was a kid and took for granted. Except maybe cloth diapers. Is it wrong to think those would be for me? There’s some really cute ‘fox’ prints that are screaming at me from the internet. What can I say? I’m trendy?!? Hmm… maybe not.

 

Obviously we have done a little bit of pick me up stuff here and there for the kids. I wish I had a better idea of some sort of budget, but having time to talk about that without the kids around? Impossible! Okay I’m off to see if there’s a particular thing on a particular website- before I forget… Let it Go!…..

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