Monday, January 31, 2011

You Be Nice or Go To the CORNER!!!!

So I'm walking out of the kitchen, rounding the corner into the dining room and notice something interesting out of the corner of my left eye. I stop, and turn to look down at the floor and see the most hilarious site I have seen in some time. I point it out to my husband and we both end up in hysterics!

Apparently he kicked Buzz Light Year and Draven sent him to the corner. Even Storm Troopers have to follow the rules and be nice in THIS house!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Alphabet Time Turns into a Laughing Matter

Mommy: (holding up card of the letter T with a tooth on it)
What’s this?

Draven: I have one!

Kaida: It’s a …

Daddy: (taps on his teeth)

Kaida: TEETH!

Mommy: That’s right! And what letter is it?

Kaida: Ummmmm…

Mommy: What letter does Daddy’s name start with?

Draven: (tapping his teeth)

Kaida: Ummmmm…

Mommy: It’s the letter T. T-t-tooth. T-t-Todd. T.
(next card)
What’s this? (pointing to umbrella)

Kaida: It’s a… (we’ve never actually used one before, even though I have like 4 in the closet, so they weren’t sure)

Mommy: It’s an umbrella. And what letter is this? (pointing to the U)

Kaida: Ummmmm…

Mommy: It’s the letter U.

Kaida: It’s the letter Me.

Mommy: No, it’s the letter U.

Kaida: It’s the letter Me.

Mommy: (laughing) No baby, it’s a U.

Kaida: It’s a MEE! (smiles)

Mommy: (laughing really hard) OK, next letter.
(skipping forward to W)
What’s this? (pointing to a little red Wagon)

Draven: It’s at Grama’s house!!! (eyes light up)

Mommy: That’s right.

Kaida: We pull it around like this… (motioning her arm pulling the wagon)

Mommy: That’s right, and what letter is this?

Kaida: Ummm…

Mommy: It’s a W.

Kaida: It’s a double Me.

Mommy: (hysterical now) No, No, it’s a W.

Kaida: It’s a double Me!

Mommy: (lost for words, laughing at her serious face) No baby a W.

Kaida: (Shrieks out), It’s a DOUBLE ME!!!

Mommy: hahahahahahahahahahaha. OK, next letter…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fifth Grade Assignment

My father-in-law sent me this in an email. I thought it was pretty awesome and wanted to share it with everyone.
A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in 20 ways
to communicate ideas about God.


Here are some of the results.

God is like. 
He works miracles. 
God is like. 
He's got a better idea.. 
God is like. 
He's the  real thing. 

God is like.  HALLMARK CARDS  He cares enough to send His  very best.
God is like. 
He gets the stains out others leave behind. 
God is like.. 
He  brings good things to life. 
God is like.
WAL-MART  He has everything. 
God is like. 
Try Him, you'll like Him 
God is like. 
You can't see Him, but you know He's there. 
God is like.  DELTA 
He's ready when you are. 
God is like.  ALLSTATE 
You're in good hands with Him.   
God is like. 
VO-5 Hair Spray He holds through all kinds of weather 
God is like.  DIAL SOAP 
Aren't you  glad you have Him?  Don't you wish everybody did?


God is like. 
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from
His appointed destination.   

God is like  Maxwell House.. ... . 
Good to the very last drop    


God is like. 
B o u n t y... He is the quicker picker upper. . 
Can handle the tough jobs.
And He won't fall apart on you

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Long, Awaited Day has Arrived!!!

Today is possibly one of the happiest days in a long time for me because today, I walked out of the Sunrise Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the last time. I walked out of there with a smile on my face, tears of joy in my eyes, and my head held high because right next to me was my son, 3 months old, healthy as ever, and finally able to come home with me.

This has been the longest 3 months of my life. It has been the most emotional, the most trying, the most painful, and the most worth it. Many days and nights I would walk out of the NICU, empty handed with a lump in my throat and the most sickening, scary feeling in my gut. Every time I walked out of there, I left a piece of my heart... no, a piece of my soul lying in an incubator surrounded by wires, tubes, and one of the most amazing medical staffs I have ever encountered.

And now it is over. He's home! No more wires, tubes, machines, tests, beepers, timers, schedules, nurses, doctors. Just family. He still has a long road ahead of him. He needs physical therapy, and lots of misc. exams. But he is home!!!

And I'll never have to walk into or out of that NICU again. It's not that it wasn't a nice place, cause it was. It's just that what it means to be in there is heartache, terror, nervousness, sleepless nights, fearing every phone call, being without that life that was growing inside you.

He's home! And now I feel whole again. I have my whole family together at last. This truly is a happy day!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Procrastination Police have found me!!!

So I was trapped. By my dear, sweet Mother-in-law, no less.

So it's not THAT bad. But somewhere in her post, with her brand new, tricky language of BeckyLatin, was a disclaimer stating that if you posted a comment you sold your soul to the unfinished projects police!!!

So, I must make a list! I must make a list of the many unfinished projects I have that I would like to get completed at some point or another. And I must also set a goal for finishing some or all! If you're like me, a P.R.O.C.R.A.S.T.I.N.A.T.O.R. then you'll definitely want to join in the fun. Becky has a game going, or something like that, anyways the bottom line is that you can win stuff!!! And she's always got some awesome stuff!!! So, head on over to her place, Becky's Bits and Pieces become a follower and sign up for this game! She's awesome, and I promise her language is soooooooooooo much cleaner than mine! She's my hero! :)

Without further.. um... procrastination... here is my LIST!!

1. Upload photos of the family to snapfish so everyone who wants to can order!

2. Take Etiquette classes

3. Organize, I mean REALLY organize the craft room

4. Finish dividing up my 400 or so packets of Scrapbook paper that no one is buying.

5. Make as many paperbag albums as possible for the Craft/Scrapbook Expo

6. Look into the next Vegas scrapbook expo and SIGN UP!!!

7. Design something that is going to be amazing and just freaking awesome for my bestie, but I can't tell you what it is cause I know she'll be reading this.

8. Figure out better advertising for my company

9. Blog more.

10. Be more proactive in blogland, I've been lazy and incredibly distracted!

11. Redesign my Scrapbook Shop

12. Finish painting Vision Blooms

13. Paint image for Jana's kitchen

And that's all I can think of for now. I know there are MANY more, but these ones plague my mind the most. So aside from the two busy-as-ever toddlers and the brand new preemie coming home this week, taking care of them, and hubby, and house, and working out to lose this baby weight, I will have at least half of these done by my birthday! Which is June 1st. 

Now head on over to Becky's place and join in the fun. You'll have to read her posts to see how the game thingy works and see what's up for grabs!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Skinny Like Her

So I just got done reading my Bestie’s post on Tips for Getting Skinny this year, and it has inspired me to add on to her tips.

After I had my first son (2nd baby), I was 60 lbs overweight!!! I was determined to lose it and feel great about myself again! So with the Utmost amount of pure, solid determination, I lost it. I busted my ass daily in front of my TV, watched what I ate, drank TONS of water, and I lost it. In the first 4 months I had already lost 35 pounds!!!! Because I woke up one day and thought, “I’m worth feeling good about ME!”

So, can’t take ALL the credit here, but I believe I inspired my bestie to lose her baby weight also. I forced her to do Slim in 6 workouts with me every time I’d go up to visit. Then she was hooked. She decided SHE was worth it. So she lost her 50 POUNDS of extra weight. I give her a hard time now cause she’s RIDICULOUSLY skinny, but she’s healthy. And she lost the weight the HEALTHY way. She counted calories, which I used to laugh about but it WORKS!!! And she works out frequently. She’s slim, healthy, and feels great about herself. So go read her tips on reaching your goals, and then read mine, they’re just an add-on to hers.

Find a Partner who will KEEP you motivated!! If I hadn’t had support, I never would have lost the weight! And here I am again, after the 3rd baby, needing to lose the weight all over again! But I have amazing support. My hubby will weight train with me and make sure I’m not cheating on my diet. My bestie will work out with me and remind me along the way when I forget what all this hard work is for. It’s important to have support! Be it a friend who sweats along side you, a spouse who makes sure the junk in the cupboards is gone and compliments your progress along the way, or complete strangers on Facebook who are cheering you on every step of the way. Whoever you can get, GET THEM! You’ll be happy you did.

Display your goal out in the open! Whether it’s a pair of jeans you’ve always wanted to fit in, a magazine model you admire, or a sexy cocktail dress, Display it! If you don’t own it, BUY IT!!! Go out and buy that goal size outfit you want, then hang it up somewhere you will have to look at it every single day. It will help to keep you motivated to see it every day! If it’s a photograph of how you used to look, or how you want to look, put it on the fridge, or on your bathroom mirror. Trust me, you’ll stay motivated and can thank me later.

Don’t procrastinate! You wake up one morning and are pumped up… get a GREAT workout in, eat right, drink lots of water, it was a great day. The next morning, you just don’t feel as amped as the day before, so you say, “I’ll workout tomorrow.” Tomorrow comes, and tomorrow goes. This becomes a habit. Before you know it, 2 weeks have passed and you haven’t worked out but once the entire time! No way!!! Don’t let this happen to you. I have those days where I am groggy, or just feeling lazy. I don’t have any energy, no motivation. But I suck it up and do the workout anyways. Afterwards I feel sooooo much better, with more energy, and proud that I did it. After a week of working out, I start to notice a difference in the way my clothes fit. After 2 weeks, I completely drop a jean size. So while you’re feeling lazy and teetering on the idea of NOT working out today, remember that it doesn’t take long to make progress. Don’t set yourself up for this kind of failure!

Don’t believe for a second it’s supposed to be easy! Getting fit and staying healthy is A LOT of work. I’m not going to lie to you. The only way Steph and I ever lost any weight was by completely busting our asses. And not only doing so for a couple of weeks, but by making it a lifestyle! Steph is slim as ever, but the only way she remains so is by watching what she eats and STILL working out! She didn’t get skinny and then just stop doing everything. She remains healthy and active. Let her be an inspiration to us all! Now that I am recovered from the surgery and having the baby, I am back on track again. I know it’s going to be a long, hard road, but I am so worth it.

Know the difference between a Gimmick and what actually works! There is NO miracle drug that will make you skinny. There is NO miracle drug that will give you the perfect body. Don’t be fooled by one of the world’s leading money making industries. There are things that suppress the appetite, and things that give you energy to workout, but they REQUIRE a healthy diet and a regular workout routine. Read the labels! I’ve seen people take these drugs that promise tremendous weight loss. And what do you think happens to EVERY single person who was fooled?? As soon as they are off the drug, the weight comes right back on! Because it was a GIMMICK! It didn’t teach you to EAT healthy. It didn’t teach you to BE healthy. It taught you that with enough money, you can buy something to eat away your appearance. Don’t be a fool.

The only way to be thin and fit is to eat healthy, throw out all the junk, don’t cheat on your diet, and bust your ass with a good workout routine. And there IS a workout for everybody. I have a crushed vertebra and broken pelvis, I do cardio routines with Kickboxing and weight training along with Dance routines. Suck it up, get your body strong and toned, and realize that you are worth it!


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