Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ultrasound day!!

Well I couldn't sleep ALL night, anticipating the news today. Finally got out of bed at 6 am. My hubby was already up too! LOL! Started waking the kids up, and getting breakfast and dressed and the like. FINALLY it was time to go! We all went, to the hospital where the ultrasound would take place.

After about 15 minutes of the technician doing everything she needed to do, she said...well would you like to know....uhhh DUH!! YES!!! lol!

IT"S A GIRL!!! Baby Sarah Grace will be here in October! We are so excited to add a 3 rd little girl, and now the GIRLS RULE!! LOL!!

Happy Day, Oh Happy Day!!!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party? I am a TERRIBLE host, no one EVER comes to my parties! BUT I am an excellent Tastefully Simple Consultants! I love doing parties!!!

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you've been to.
Being a consultant, I usually do anywhere between 6 - 8 parties a month, last month I arrived at a hosts house and she hadn't made any of the party food! We had to make everything in like 25 minutes! It was CRAZY!!!

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?
To be in Heaven with JESUS!!!

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?
The warmth that it brings to my face, and the happiness it bring to my kids!

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift? 
I prefer to buy my own gift

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?
CLEANING for sure, any offers!! LOL!

7. What song describes your mood today?
You are my sunshine my only sunshine!

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.)
I have been married for 10 year, we received MANY things we still use today, my breadmaker, our dishes, furniture!

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is? Chocolate Peanut Butter

10. When was the last time you felt "tested?"

11. "[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop."

12. "-----" is the best motivation.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Curriculum Shopping

Well we have finished this year, and I like to be prepared. We would like to still continue using all Abeka books for our kids, but we will see what the LORD has in store for us.

My kids are excited about having a few weeks off, but in August we will start back up. I try to start early, especially with baby 5 coming! Which by the way we will see if it's a brother or sister on THURSDAY!! We are all over excited to find out!!

Any suggestions on books would be great!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Whew, what a weekend!

Wow, can you say Picnic! Friday night was my birthday and we went out for dinner, yum...Chicago Style Pizza!

Then Saturday it was off to the hubs job for a 125th Anniversary picnic for the company. We got to tour the shop, his office, the plant where tanks get fired. Boy was it so cool! The kids had a blast!

The food was so yummy!!! We had salad, fruit, pasta with sauce, pulled pork, bbq chicken, hot dogs, pasta salad, rolls, cookies, frosted brownies. The kids were given bags, and there were many fun things in each bag!

Saturday night, we had a birthday picnic here at the house, for me! Potato Salad, cole slaw, hot dogs, and hamburgers! Cake and ice cream! Double yum!

Then Sunday, my son Zach, had a Boy Scout Picnic! WOW, that was fun, water balloon fights, hose wars,  bottle rockets, games, and fun! We had hots and hamburgers AGAIN! Chips, brownies, cookies, watermelon, veggies and dip, mac salad, potato salad... you name it!

Then we came home, rested for a bit, and went to Garden Factory to purchase our plants for our garden! We planted Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Lady Bell Peppers, jalepeno peppers, sweet basil, and tonight will will plant tomato plants, and cucumbers and zucchini!
I will post pics later tonight!!

Today is the last day for our home school group classes, then we are SO done with school!!! YAY!!!!

Soccer pics tonight with Zach, then home to rest!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Birthday~~~~


This morning started with a birthday kiss from my hubby, he had to go into work early, so he wanted to give me some presents before he left!

I got a very nice Stainless Steel Cookware set! I have been wanting new cookware for sometime!

My girls made me breakfast in bed, ummm yum?? lol shhhh don't tell them!

I am looking forward to going out to dinner tonight, with the family, and then over to the in laws for cake and ice cream. Mom is making me a peanut butter and jelly cake! Should be interesting!

Trying to finish up LIVING WATERS the book I am reading for review, also, and patiently waiting to see if I made the cut for the TOS Crew!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Today is a BEAUTIFUL day! The kids got up early, ate breakfast, did a few chores and went right outside. I am SO proud of how they look after one another.

Today my baby is 18 months old. Matthew is one of the happiest kids you will meet. He smiles at everything, and just makes you crack up!

I can't believe in a few months he will be a big brother!!!He will be about 23 months when his brother or sister arrives!

Tomorrow is my birthday, can't wait! Going out to dinner, then to the in laws for cake!! YUM!!!

This weekend we have 2 picnics to attend, we are so excited! We love picnics!  Family time is the best! We value it so much! We should also be purchasing veggies for planting the garden! YIPPEE!!!!!!

Off to enjoy the sun for now!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch?
My Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole! 6 ingredients, always have them on hand! 

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.)

Makeup on my face!!!
3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting?

My Gram's  house's. The lake house and winter house

4. Share one factoid of your family's history.

Well, I am adopted, so not really too much info there
5. Complete this sentence: "Once upon a time I ...."

Unsaved, and a sinner, now I have the LORD and my life is better
6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be?

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is ...."

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy?

A 2 dollar item!!! lol
9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is ...."

My kids silliness!
10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal?

Get on the phone and make client calls!

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else?

Send them a note, or a small gift

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon?

Our ultrasound next week, to find out if our 5th child is a girl or boy!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Living Waters

I got this book FREE in the mail yesterday, I will be reading it and posting my review!! Stay tuned!

The weather in my neck of the woods:
The Weather was beautiful, high 60's to Low 70's
Things that make me happy: 
My kids and hubby, and chocolate
Book I'm reading:
Living Waters for a Review

Summerset Hill an Amish BookWhat I'm enjoying on TV:
The Duggers

Law and Order
On the menu for dinner:
Chinese Take Out
On my To Do List:
Going to pick up our van

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Stuffed Peppers

In the craft basket:
hmm, what's a craft basket! LOL!!!
Looking forward to this week:
My birthday this FRIDAY!!!!!
Tips and Tricks:
We make our own laundry soap!My favorite blog post this week: 
No blog reading yet.......
Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days:
Align CenterMake sure your spare tire is good, keep the van tidier, to yell less, kids hear me betterOn my mind:
Finishing school, getting the van, friends and family
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Ephs 6:1 Childrem Obey your parents in the Lord for this is right! wink wink!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Scary Ride home!

This afternoon driving home from homeschool group, we experienced a flat tire. Now to some that may not seem a big deal.

BUT let me tell you, WOW! I have never been so scared! We were driving on the expressway coming home and my son thought something hit his window. We all heard a noise, but there didn't seem to be anything wrong.....then Thump, thump, thump....oh boy.......

I pulled over, a saw a right rear flat. The issue, I had all 4 kids with me and we were in rush - hour traffic, yikes! The 2nd issue - the spare was SO rusted to the van no one could get it off. My hubby came to help us, the H.E.L.P. Truck came, the police came! Nope no budging! The Nice man, Dave from the H.E.L.P truck, said I ran over a nail!

My hubby has a small car, can seat 4 comfortably. Umm. we have 6! lol!!! So my MIL had to drive about 25 minutes {in normal traffic} to come and take 2 of the kids. SO after 1 hour and 15 minutes in very dangerous traffic, we finally were in the car on the way home. The van, NOT SO MUCH! My poor van had to wait for a Flat Bed Tow Truck!!! The kids were very scared because of the traffic speeding by!

So that was our excitement!!! Praising GOD for keeping us safe on the highway!!!


We had a fabulous weekend! Friday night I went to a friends house to do her Tastefully Simple Party. This is something I do part time! Saturday I Was at a vendor event called "Pamper YOurself" It was such a blessing to be around all those wonderful ladies! I met some many people! My girls went with me and hula - hooped till they couldn't anymore! LOL!

Saturday night we had a picnic with 2 homeschool families! That was a blessing too. We had 9 kids and 6 adults, hot dogs, mac salad, veggie relish, pink lemonade, and popsicles!

Sunday we went to church, and Emily had a girl scout day at the park, we really missed her all day! After church we went shopping, out to lunch then home for weeding and working on the NEW garden! I am super excited to start planting, but we need to wait a few more days or week!

TOday we have homeschool group lessons, and soccer! Phew, I am tired already!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

ColdStone Creamery


One thing I most definitely love about homeschooling is the field trips! Yesterday The kids and I went to Coldstone Creamery, and boy was that fun. The owner gave our group of 20 kids, plus 8 mom's a free tour, a demonstration in decorating cupcakes, building an ice cream cake, and making our own creations with mixing in yummy toppings!

They also sell chocolates and snacks, I spent way to much moolah, but it was totally worth it! The kids had so much fun learning everything it takes to own your own business and to make the ice cream and everything!

Today is a home day until soccer tonight.

My hubby also started preparing for our very 1st garden. He spent 2 hours last night, removing sod, so he can rototill it tonight! I can't wait to go pick out what we are going to grow!!

Any suggestions would be awesome!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1. Please share one memory of your high school graduation. Pics would be great!
I was so excited to finally be finished with school. I couldn't wait to walk across the stage and move on to the next stage of my life!

2. What is one "emergency use" item you keep in your vehicle at all times?
We have an "emergency Bin" in our van at all times. My hubby keeps it stocked with water, snacks, blankets, flashlight, and other goodies!

3. In your region, do you celebrate graduation open houses? Addendum: (If so,) how many open houses/bridal showers/weddings are on your upcoming events calendar?

I have 4 bridal showers and wedding showers coming up!
4. Tell me one truth you believe about motherhood.

You NEVER stop being a mom, even when your kids are grown and out of the house. They will always be my babies!!

5. What was the last thing you broke? 

A glass!
6. On average, how many pieces of junk mail do you receive daily?

not too much, maybe like 1-2 pieces a day
7. Do you like to shop by catalog?

Yes!!! I love looking at the pictures! I am a visual person!
8. Is lawn maintenance at your house a "his job," a "her job" or "his/her job" or "that's why we have teenagers" job?

That's my hubby's job for sure, until Zach is old enough to do it. He is 10 now!!

9. Which room would you like to redecorate in your home?

my bedroom, we've NEVER done anything in there in 9 years that we've lived here!!!!

10. Do you read a newspaper regularly, or do you read most of your news on line?

I read online news mostly!!
11. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

Oh yes, GOD is totally in control of EVERYTHING in our lives, and he knows the outcomes for everything that happens to us!

12. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

Hmm, that's a hard one, I want to say both! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


We have been enjoying a great day! Even though I am still getting sick, I went to the doctors and heard the lil one's heart beat. What a treat! in 2 weeks we will find out if we are having a boy or girl!

We got the kids text results back today from the state testing! They did AWESOME! My hubby and I are so stinkin proud of them!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

2 words, yucky yuck! I have been sick all morning, please pray for me! Just due to the baby but still sick none the less! BUT my kids have been a HUGE help all morning. I am so blessed to have them around! This afternoon we have homeschool group lessons, praying I feel better in the next hour so we can go! Going blog hopping now to see what's out there!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers days Friends! What an awesome day so far! Got to say in bed until almost 11 am! Yes, we skipped church. Then it was off o breakfast/lunch with the in laws! After that my hubby took me and the kids shopping!! I love shopping! Now we are home to rest for a little before we are off to a Mothers Day celebration with family! CAn't wait for that, spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, and chocolate cake!! Yummy!!

Off to rest a bit before we go!

See y'all tomorrow!!!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Holy Thunderstorm!!!

WOW!! We had an awesome thunder and lightening storm last night! The kids decided they wanted to sleep in the living-room in their new sleeping bags, and BOOM a storm hit! It was so loud, the kids loved it! We thought we might lose power but no such luck! The baby however slept like a ROCK in his crib!!

Today is very windy so in door chores will be on the menu for today! Boo! It's also my MIL's birthday so the kids called her this morning to sing to her, she loved it! :)

I am looking forward to tomorrow, being Mother's day!

Have a blessed day!

Friday, May 7, 2010


Happy Friday Friends!

Looks like some nice weather today cool, but hopefully no rain! Short day of school then playing outside hopefully!
I can't wait for Mothers day this weekend, going out for lunch with my MIL, then spending the afternoon at our very special cousins house! Love spending with them!!  Tonight Emily is going out to for dinner with her grandparents from Ohio! She is so excited!

I joined a lot of groups today! Follow Friday is  my favorite!

Off to start the day, catch up later!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?
Folding the Laundry!!!
2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?
about 1 hour, and NOPE!
3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?
4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?
Lasagna and Meatballs

5. Are you an impulse shopper? 
I can be!
What was the last thing you bought on impulse?
6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?
No tears of sadness!
7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?
Honestly, not throwing up! 16 weeks preggy!

8. What is your favorite type of bread?

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)
10. What trait would you like most to develop?
11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?
Kitchen, it's where all the action is! 

12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?

GOD 1st, family, church, and others!


Today is shaping up to be a good day. Lots of things to do, but so little time! 1st we need to do school, thank goodness we are almost done. We started in August last year to be done in May this year. The kids are so excited to be almost finished! I know I am too!

This weekend ahead looks to be semi-full with Mothers day! I am so happy to be able to be called mom. I am so very thankful for all my lil' chicks! Zach, Emily, Olivia, Matthew and this new life growing inside of my belly!

Happy Mothers day early to all my Mom followers too! You are all so appreciated!!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Today is so beautiful outside we only did school for 2 hours! All 4 kids are outside enjoying the sunshine and eating ice cream!
We have decided to plant a vegetable garden this year. We have never planted anything but flowers! We are all very excited to learn about growing our own food.

I signed up today at to review books for them, my first book is on the way! I can't wait!

We applied to be TOS reviewers as well. This Old Schoolhouse is a favorite in our house, and I think we would really testing lots and lots of products!!!

Tonight we have soccer with Zach, so it should be a fun night!

Dinner tonight is Ham, Mashed potatoes, Green beans and Milk. Not sure about dessert, probably just snack at soccer!! :)

Till tomorrow.....many blessing on you and yours!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We are a homeschooling family with 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls and a new baby on the way. We are all very excited about our new addition and can't wait to find out what we will be having later this month.

My husband, Jeremy and I have been married for 10 years, and are kids are ages 10 to 1. We love homeschooling and live for the LORD.

I am also a part time Tastefully Simple Consultant.

Please check often, for homeschooling reviews, recipes, photos, and family adventures!


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