March 30, 2012

Shift Work

I think whoever invented shift work should be hurt.  I was going to say shot but that sounds cruel. Then again, shift work is cruel.  Cruel and unusual punishment for all parties.


I'm growing tired of attending functions by myself or as a 3rd wheel.  

Guess I just have to continue to deal with it since that's my future...

Just venting. Because I can.

March 29, 2012


I love to write.  In 10th grade, my creative writing teacher got me interested in it.  Ever since then, I have loved it.  I wish I had more time to write.  I miss it.  I have so much going on in my head that I just need to stop and write it all down.

That never seems to happen.  Sigh.

One day I will get back to it on a more regular basis.  I hope.

So if anybody still reads, know that I am constantly thinking of things to post.  I just never make it to actually posting...

March 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Who cares that it's March and we wear our Christmas PJ's? Sorry these are blurry. Took them with my phone while holding a busy 7 month old.

Maybe she will be a ballerina?

March 27, 2012

Tip Tuesday

Tell someone you love them today.  Better yet, tell them you love them every single day.  Our days are numbered on this earth.

One of my favorite songs on my workout playlist is from the musical Rent.  It's called Seasons of Love.  I can't listen to it without thinking of my college advisor and favorite professor, Lora DeFore.  They sang it at her memorial service after she passed away from a long and courageous faithful battle with cancer.  

525,600 Minutes - Take just 1 minute a day to say I love you!

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love

Seasons of love. Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes!
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned,
Or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died.

It's time now to sing out,
Tho' the story never ends
Let's celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love!
Remember the love!
Seasons of love!

Oh you got to got to
Remember the love!
You know that love is a gift from up above
Share love, give love spread love
Measure measure your life in love.

March 23, 2012


You know, some days are better than others at our house.  It's not all roses and chocolate.  Ok, maybe lots of chocolate, but not roses.  


We are blessed.  I know this.  I see this.  I acknowledge this.  Thanks in part to lots of prayer and the good Lord above, we are blessed.

- I have 2 beautiful and healthy girls.

- I have a wonderful husband (although I complain about him all the time) who has a wonderful job with super crappy hours.  Our relationship is stronger than ever, even after almost 10 years of marriage, and over 16 years together.  Communication and laughter are the keys to us.

- I have YET to buy a single diaper or wipe for my 7 month old.  That's pretty awesome.  We have great friends and family.

- I have some pretty amazing friends in my life.
- I have the BEST parents and in laws a girl could ask for. They are SUCH a big help, as is most of my family.

So when I get down and want to have my pity party, which sometimes happens quite frequently, I just have to tell myself (thanks Lisa!) that there is always someone else out there who has it worse off than I do!  I might be a single mom most of the time, but there are true single moms out there that struggle.  I'm lucky to have a husband at home some of the time.

So just remember, you are too blessed to be stressed.  
One of my favorite sayings!

March 22, 2012


On the way home from school the other day, Big Sister was watching Aladdin.

She asked me some questions.  The conversation went like this:

Her, "Mama, are there really any genies here?"

Me, "No, there is no such thing as a genie."

Her, "Well, there is one. ME. But I'm not a magic one. I can't make things disappear.  Only when you close your eyes can I make things disappear!"

That girl. She has an imagination, that's for sure!

March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Just a regular Saturday at our house, some taken while Baby Sister naps.

Puppet show for Sister

March 20, 2012

Tip Tuesday

This tip right here might actually save your life. Seriously.

Thanks to my Mom and Mrs. Faye for introducing me to these!

You never have to clean your crock pot after usage.  Well, ok, eventually you will but not after every use! Just pull the bag out and throw it away.

You are welcome.

March 19, 2012

7 Months

Yesterday, my sweet angel turned 7 months old.  I cannot believe it.

She is the sweetest baby I could ever ask for.  She's so laid back, yet so busy all the same.

We've had a BIG month.  Baby Sister has learned to sit up so she gets to take a bath with her giant Big Sister and they both love it.  She just splashes and splashes and plays the drums on the bucket.

Now for the boring stuff:

Diaper - Size 3

Weight -  No clue? 16-18 pounds if I had to guess.

Clothes - Mostly everything is 6-9 month size

Activities -She's a pretty active baby. Not crawling yet but seems to be pretty close.  BS was 6 months when she started crawling.  She rolls and rolls and rolls all over the place.  She can swivel on her belly to get to what she wants. She can grab things and everything immediately goes in her mouth. She slobbers on everything and chews on anything and everything. No teeth in sight though.

This month she learned to say "Mamamamama" and "Dadadadada" although she has no clue what it means.  I wasn't going to say anything when I heard Mama first, simply because I wasn't so sure because it was more like mamamamamamamama but Big Sister heard it and came running out of her room saying, "Did you hear that, she said Mama!"  I take great pride in this since Dada is usually first, as was the case with Big Sister.  Needless to say, Dadadada wasn't long after.

I'm sure some other things happened this month that I am forgetting. That happens a lot lately.

We learned to sit up this month too! I knew there was something else I was forgetting. It was a BIG month!

Oh, we got our first diaper rash this month.  It was a doozie!  Aren't you glad I share???

Eating - She takes a 6 ounce bottle about 3 times a day. She takes an 8 ounce bottle with cereal in it at night. She eats mostly all stage 2 foods. She still does not like the ones with meat or any texture to it.  She loves carrots, squash, green beans, peas, mango, pears, and is now getting into some of the mixed fruits (apricots and apples, etc.) and a few different veggies like sweet corn casserole.  I tried some organic brands this month simply due to the fact that there were more options.  She has yet to turn much of anything away.  She loves the puffs but eats them slowly.  She has not mastered her sippy cup but we aren't pushing it.  She likes to chew on it and play with it. Hey, if it keeps her occupied while we eat?

We are very very very blessed to have 2 beautiful and healthy girls.  Each and every day I see people with sick kids and I thank God that both of mine are healthy and happy.  We've been extremely lucky and I know it.  We could not ask for more.

March 14, 2012

March 13, 2012

Tip Tuesday

So, here is how my life looks lately.

 Yeah, and that's 2 servings. I like breakfast.

 And yes, I cheat a bit. It's fruit. A few extra pieces of that won't kill me.

Everything, well not everything, but most of what I eat these days (especially at work) is pre-measured.  That makes it easier in calorie counting.  I usually do this on Sundays to get ready for the week but sometimes it doesn't happen that way.

It does make my life a lot easier when I can just grab a bag of Cherrios and know that's what I will be having for breakfast.  Now, if I could just remember to take more milk when I run out.

I do this with snacks for me and the kids.  I can control how much Big Sister eats (preferably not the WHOLE bag of Goldfish) and how much I eat.

March 8, 2012

Another Gem

So, we have some friends that are expecting and just found out Monday that they are having a boy.  MAK, I'm talking about you.

On the way home from school Monday, I was telling Big Sister that her friend who 'drives that golf cart' was going to be having a baby and it's a boy.

You should have seen the look on her face!

Her response, "Well, too bad they aren't having a girl. Girls are easier, right Mama?"

I had no response except, "I only have girls so I wouldn't know the difference."  
I was so trying NOT to laugh at this point.  She was sooooo serious.

Lord, help the world if all kids were like mine.

March 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

2 separate days, 2 separate photo shoots. What I learned?
1) My 5 year old looks HUGE compared to my 6 month old
2) My phone photography skills leave much to be desired
3) My house is a wreck and I don't care
4) My girls REALLY love and adore each other. Warms my heart!

March 6, 2012

Tip Tuesday

Sleep is overrated. Caffeine is not.

This is what my morning looks like at least once or twice a week.

And, it only costs $1 til 11 am! You can't beat that.

And, no, I don't do coffee.  I've tried.  When I used to work at a hospital and had to be there at 6 am, meaning I left home at 5:30 am (I was in college and well, you know, early mornings aren't really a college person's strong point), I tried it black, with tons of cream, with tons of sugar, and nothing was appealing. 

You are welcome for this great knowledge I bestow upon my friends!

March 4, 2012

Time Management Help

Ok. Any working mom's (or dad's, I don't discriminate) out there that can share some time mananagement tips?

There are a few things I've struggled with in my management. I am OCD which is good and bad, all the same.

I feel like every day is just a struggle to get anything accomplished. I have learned to let some things go, like having a clean house. yeah, it's Sunday and my house didn't get cleaned again. Oh well. I swept and did laundry. I'm working on it.

I'm basically trying to figure out what to juggle and where?

When do you moms have time to run? If I don't do it on my lunch hour, it's not happening. And lunch is when I do all my errands like grocery shop, etc. I would love to get up at 4 every morning to run and do my quiet time but once I go to bed at 11 or so, I can barely drag myself up at 5:30, especially after getting up at least once or twice a night.

No, this isn't a pity party. Ok maybe. But I'm seriously asking for tips and advice. I know I cant do it all but I want to live each day like I've accomplished something or made a difference.

Side note: Excuse typos. Just typed this all on my Kindle Fire.

March 1, 2012

Happy March!

Well, another month has come and gone.  I am sad to report that I did not lose any weight this month.  I knew in my mind that once I got back to pre-pregnancy weight, the real hard work would start and I would falter slightly.  I gave in to too much Valentine's candy.  My will power has been all used up over the holidays, etc. that I didn't have any left.

The good news is that I didn't gain any weight either.  I've plateaued.  I knew it was only a matter of time. I don't have the want to run or work out or be creative anymore.  I'm slowly trying to get back to it though.

I only have 1000 excuses so I'll spare you the details of all those and just promise that I will do better this month.  I have to figure out a way to change my life.

On another note, Big Sister still had money left from her birthday and it was burning a HOLE in her pocket, or purse.  Every single day after I pick her up, she wants to know where we are going. She must hate going home!  The past week or so she's been asking me to buy her a toy. I told her I had no money.  She told me she had some, which she did.

Long story somewhat short, last night we made a super quick trip to the store in this town I despise with every fiber of my being.  You know, the one that starts with a W and ends in 'I hate this place.'  Yeah, we've all been there.

She came home with a Minnie Mouse phone and some other MM car or something.  On the way home from church last night, she HAD to have it opened and insisted that she play with it.  That thing is annoying.  She felt the need to tell me every conversation she was having with Nana, MeMe, Hayes, etc.  She told Hayes that the phone just kept calling her and no one was there.

I swear to you I almost stopped the car and started recording her.

This is what I have to look forward to in a few short years.  Legs crossed and her saying, "You have got to be kidding me."

Sigh.  I have a padded cell on reserve.

Then she said something I was happy and surprised by.

"Mama, I'm talking to God."

Me, "That's good. What is He saying?"

Her, "He is telling me to be good. Oh, but he text me that."


Then this morning she wanted to take a pic of her Baby Sister so everyone could see it on Facebook.


I think everyone must tell her they see her pictures on there.

Here's the pics she did take.
Yes, that's her finger on the left.


Still, hard to believe.  She's 5 and knows WAY more than she should.  Probably my fault somewhere in there.

Happy March y'all!