Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Reading

Well for the last two year I've tried to reach 50 books and while I did get closer this past year I didn't reach my goal.  That is kinda disappointing so instead of setting a goal I'm just going to try and read as much as I can ..... hopefully this year I WILL reach my previous 50 books goal only because it was late in the year last year when I started going back to the library.  That and the fact that I finally figured out ebooks should be a big help.

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Books Read
1.  Christmas at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown
2.  Divergent Series (Book 1) - Veronica Roth
3.  Disconnected - Jennifer Weiner
4.  Whiskey Beach - Nora Robets
5.  Tonight and always - Nora Robets
6.  Insurgent - Veronica Roth
7.  Balancing it all - Candace Cameron Bure
8.  Shirley Jones Autobiography

Currently Reading

5 Love Languages - Gary Chapman

Reading on the side

Fighting For Your Marriage by Howard Markman

Up Next

Allegiant - Book 3
Starting Next - Debbie Macomber
The Midwife of Hope River - Patricia Harman
The Vow - Kim Carpenter
Private Games - James Patterson
NYPD Red - James Patterson
Another Piece of my heart - Jane Green

Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret
Imperfect, An Improbable Life by Jim Abbott.
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison.
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
The Divorce Party - Laura Dave
The First Husband - Laura Dave

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
The Go Giver - Bob Burg
Eat That Frog - Brian Tracy
Good to Great - Jim Collins
Exception Service, Exceptional Profit - Leonardo Inghilleri
Good Strategy Bad Strategy - Richard Rumelt

Thursday, November 21, 2013


For about 3 years now I've have followed Kelle Hampton's blog - Enjoying The Small Things and last month as I was reading I came across this post about an amazing woman.  It was in her writing as a guest blogger that I first learned of Reece's Rainbow a non-profit organization that finds families for international orphans with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.

I have to say I was drawn in immediately.  Having a child with special needs is a conversation hubs and I have had before.  During my pg with buddy boy, which started out as a twin pregnancy we were faced with the potential to make a decision.  Baby B was much smaller than Baby A so we were sent for a CVS test, which is basically an early amnio.  B could have just implanted late thus explaining the size difference.  OR there could be a medical issue present.  We did our reserach and knew we could be faced with the possiblity of reducing the pregnancy.  Depending on what B "had" it could affect A, thus losing both babies.  Our dr prepared us for different scenarios and we knew what we could and couldn't handle.  I guess maybe this was prep work for what may come down the road. 

You see right now we have had talks about expanding to add another baby to our family.  Since coming across the RR site I've wondered if this was God's way to saying an addition could/should happen in another way aside from birth by me.

While skimming the site I fell in LOVE with one little boy.  No matter what I do I think about him constantly and find myself going back to the site just to stare at him.

Lo & behold today someone posted his pic on a FB page saying "someone please adopt this adorable little boy!".  After some  back and forth emails with various different people I've learned that HE may not be in the cards for us, but this little angel has opened up my world in such a short time.  My head is exploding with the knowledge I've gained and everything I need to read over.

I'm not saying adoption will 100% be in our future - man if money were no object I'd adopt as many as I could - but at least my eyes are opened to the possiblity.  As well as another place to add our "christmas thanks" money as a donation.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Smiles & Sleeping

Its amazing how a smile from my little man can totally make my day.  He was up a few times in the middle of the night so needless to say I wasn't a happy camper this morning.  More like a bear covers it.  At 6:30am he was up and ready to go but also whiny.  Man if there is one thing that just sends shivers down my back is whining.  And at 6:30 AM no less??  Eventually he fell back to sleep and my alarm went off. Naturally HE was still asleep but at least it gave me time to get dressed & ready without him underfoot.  I am not a morning person and having him underfoot can easily send this off in a bad direction.

Once everything was ready to go but him I laid in bed next to him to wakey.  He rolled over, gave me truly the best smile and put his arm tightly around my neck.  Its moments like that I'm reminded to not sweat the small stuff.  To enjoy and seek out these moments for they won't be little people for long.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Family Catch Up

Guess I should mention them since this blog IS about our craziness lol.  Little man is 2yo and I'm not sure HOW in the world that happened.  We decided to have just a quiet birthday with him this year since he doesn't know the difference.  His words are exploding left and right thanks to our amazing speech therapist.  We still have a ways to go but I'm confident he will be where he needs to be when he starts school next year.

The big kid begins her last year of grade school next week :(  I can't handle it.  Truly.  She is my baby growing up and I

The big one hurt his shoulder yet again - I see surgery in his future.  Our bumpy road isn't so bumpy right now.  Let's hope and pray it can stay that way.

Fall Resolution

See, its not MY fault.  The universe is trying to tell me something. Here I was all ready to start out September 1 on a good food and the damn supermarket delivery screwed it up!   I spent SO long on Pinterest (yes I'm an addict) going over freezer slow cook meals to figure out what my family will eat.  After much deliberation I printed out meal options, went on the market website site and ordered up everything I would need.  Its a long weekend so I had PLENTY of time to get everything in order.  Right.  Right?

No such luck.  My food order arrived with pretty much everything BUT all the chicken and meat I needed.

At least one thing DID come - ground turkey!  If found this soup which I think will be great to freeze and take to work with me (have I mentioned the diet has once again begun?)  Italian Turkey Soup  can't wait to get home tonight and make it.

Yes as mentioned the diet needs to begin - and I mean truly begin.  I've mentioned this before - ok maybe not necessarily here - I have my own "a better me" blog that's for my whining and complaining.  But seriously, this weekend my wedding rings were tight and that's NEVER a good sign.  I had dropped 8lbs but apparently they came back with some relatives.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back to Routines

I love summer with all my fibers and I have all the intentions of making it a great one every year and I slack miserably.  We never seem to get to do everything I hope for.  Usually lack of money is a big factor, but what about all the "easy freebies" I think of.  Slacker.  Bad mom. 

So with our last few weeks ahead I'm determined to make the most of them.  Reality is my "big" baby is about to beging her last year in grade school.   Next summer will probably be our last without summer jobs being involved.

That said - I'm determined to get into a better routine when schools starts.  There should be something called New School Resolution because honestly I think they're made even more than New Years Resolutions lol.

But where to begin?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Salisbury Steak - YUM!

I'll admit my exposure to Salisbury Steak had always been what I saw on a tv dinner box.  I'm sure over the years I've probably had it once or twice and not been impressed.  That was until I found this online.  I'm on the Crockin Girls Facebook Page and came across a posting for Salisbury Steak.  Well I'm a sucker for ANYTHING in the crock to begin with and the ingredients got me curious.  With two picky eaters in the house trying something new is always a scary prospect.  BUT all the ingredients were things I had on hand and what I know everyone will eat.

Thankfully I made a double batch of the gravy because every last little speck was eaten up by EVERYONE!!!  *insertmedoinghappydance*

On Sunday I took meat out to defrost not knowing what to do with it so on Monday (it hadn't fully defrosted for dinner anyway) I browned the meat and through it into the crock over night.  I'm hoping to see how reheating it will go tomorrow night.  Hopefully it will be just as yummy as if it had just come out of the crock being cooked!

ETA:  reheating in the crock was AWESOME.  Definately going to remember that in the future!