Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mil-Spouse fill in Friday

1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed? I wish I would have taken time to stay in touch with friends. One of our favorite sitters passed away this week and it reminded me of just how precious every minute is. 2. What was your favorite thing that happened in January? I had a amazing date with my husband. The date was nothing special but we had a hard talk, an intimate talk. A talk we both needed. A talk we were both scared of having and so grateful that we had. 3. What are you looking forward to in February? I am taking a gun safety/carry conceal class. I do not plan on really carrying to go to Target. But it would be nice when I am out walking the dog. 4. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I have no idea. Thinking I should call and reserve a sitter now. I do not care what we do as long as we are together. I love my husband and he tries hard to make me feel loved every day. 5. What is your best advice for a MilSpouse whose spouse is deployed for Valentine’s Day? Do not take it so seriously. Have fun with it. Take a friend to dinner. Go shopping and buy something pretty to wear when your husband comes home. Do something for someone else like babysit for someone whose husband is home. Arrange for a massage that day. Pamela

Feeling Beachie

1. I was probably the only kid in the world who _had a mother who could do cart wheels down the middle of the street. ___ 2. __Orange juice__ is my favorite juice; seriously I only like orange and apple. 3. I never thought I would_drive a big vehicle___until I_child 5 and 6 came and now we have to get a even bigger vehicle. _ 4. I have always wanted to_learn to swim____ but__I have trust issues and do not trust I will continue to breath under water. ___ Pamela

Thankful Thursday

Tonight I made dinner for my husband and it felt good. Actually twice this week I have made dinner for my husband. I even did the dishes right after dinner. One of my favorite things to do is to care for my husband and my children. It is something I do not take lightly. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to have a family to care for. I have not talked about this on my blog but my family has been going through trials the last few months. Trials make it sound so much easier than it is actually. I kind of feel fake blogging like everything is perfect when really things are scary, things are unknown. So back to making dinner, for much of the last couple of months I have shut down when my husband walks in the door. Honestly, lots of days I have shut down before he gets home. Oh I do my errands and talk to friends and smile and put on my fake face. I keep up with the house in a reasonable way. But inside (well and most days on the outside) I am crying. On Sunday night I was having a rough night full of anxiety. Anxiety has had me not sleeping well. Combine that with being tired from being pregnant and well it is not good. Anyways, I knew we had an important meeting on Monday so at some point in the night I was up worrying about the meeting. I am a planner. So I had it mapped out that if A happened then we would do B but if B happened then we would have to do B and C. Over and over I went over all the bad ways this meeting could turn out. That’s when it hit me. Why do I not trust? I have never been left alone, I have never gone hungry, and I have always had what I needed. I decided then that from now on when Satan is telling me all the wrong things I have done and all the bad things that are going to happen I will stop then. I will instantly start reminding myself of all the praises in my life. Of all the times he has been there for me. For example: When my brother died I was in the states visiting my dad which meant I was able to spend those last couple of precious days with my brother. We were stationed in Germany. When my baby boy was born I said I wanted no one in the room with me. Yet 2 friends showed up. So when my son was born and was ill I had them there to pray with me while my husband stayed with our boy. When we lost a baby he gave me a friend willing to keep my other child so I could grieve and deliver our precious blessing. The same friend who had just delivered a precious baby days before. When we had our preemie and I was in the hospital for 5 weeks he made it possible for my mother in law to be there to take over. She had recently lost her job. The job she had had for almost 20 years. When we were given our two precious boys there were a million ways he was there. First, we needed money for legal fees. We had exactly $1208 in savings. Would you like to know how much the first legal payment was? That’s right $1200. When we brought them home and had nothing he provided friends who jumped on it and gave us beds and toys and clothes. He gave us everything they could need or want. When I was in high school I was in a pretty serious car accident. At the time my mother did not drive. I was 3 hours from home. He provided someone to stay with my mom and then drive us home. Who did he provide? I will give you a hint. That man is the same man that I cooked dinner for tonight. So why do I lose sleep, why do I set and cry over the unknown. So for today I am going to praise. I am going to remind myself of how God has been there for me every step of my life. I am going to turn on my praise music and enjoy what I have. I am going to cook my husband dinner and snuggle my children and take a deep breath. That does not mean I will not cry. But I will continue to trust and have faith that he is there. That he knows what will happen over the next few weeks or months and he will give me the strength to handle it. How do you handle stress? How do cope when you feel hopeless? Today I turn to the word of God. Today, I ask you to pray for our family. Pray that we will make the right decisions. Pray that as we go through this we will grow closer and lean on God and remember that we cannot do it alone. Pamela

Super Baby to the rescue

He may not be leaping over tall buildings but he has lept into my heart. Pamela

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tasty Tummy Tuesday

I have to be honest and say that I do not like eggnog. Really because my husband makes it and the thought of raw eggs scare me. So when I saw this recipe I thought it would be a great compromise. Can you guess where I found the recipe? Ding Ding Ding you are right on Pinterest. This actual recipe I found right here. Imagine a eggnog cookie with a eggnog glaze. It does not get any better than that. Pamela

Thursday, January 24, 2013

5 Question Friday

1. Do you embrace or dread snow/cold weather days? Right now our heat is broken so I dread it. Really I only like snow days when I can stay home and bake. 2. Which game show or reality show could you totally win? Hmm, not are you smarter than a fifth grader. Maybe wheel of fortune. 3. What is your preferred climate? Spring and fall have to be my favorite. Not too hot, not to cool. The time of year when you can open the windows and clear out the house. 4. What do you buy every time you walk into the grocery store, no matter what? MIO, they are a new favorite in my house. Oh and we better not forget toilet paper. As a matter of fact I wonder if I should run out now and buy some more. 5. If you see a spider/bug in the house, are you brave enough to kill it, or do you call for your hubby? If my son is available I always call him. He is our protector. Then it would be my husband and then my 10 year old daughter. Pamela

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1. Making _the most of our stress___ is _the only way I keep from screaming and hiding in a closet.___ 2. I get _defeated __ easily 3. The number of emails in my inbox is _crazy ________ and __bugs the tar out of my husband.__________ 4. Traveling __in a car for more than 10 seconds____ makes me _nervous, jittery, stressed, worried and prayerful______________. Pamela

Can I scream now

Can I scream now? Yesterday morning a certain little boy complained the potty was getting big. I am telling you this boy clogs the potty all the time. I did not think much about it. A few minutes later my baby girl went to take a bath and came out complaining that there was urine in the bathtub. Yep, the septic tank was backed up. You know the septic tank we did not know we had. The plumber comes a hour later. He then calls the septic man who does not come until 7pm. That is 9 hours with no bathrooms. NINE HOURS with a house full of kids and a pregnant wife and no bathrooms. NINE HOURS of not being able to do laundry or dishes. The septic tank is drained or whatever it is called and all is right in the world. For days I have complained I am cold. For days I have sat in front of the fire trying to get warm. Today we realized that the heater in our home is not working AT ALL. Can you say instant freeze? At first they told us they could not get to us today. 3.5 hours ago the repair man called and said he would be here in an hour and a half. Hmm, maybe we will have heat tonight and not have to sleep in a hotel. Frankly I am too cold and tired to pack everyone up and go to a hotel. Although, a nice soak in a hot tub does sound good. Wait, pregnant ladies are not supposed to use a hot tub. I am just wondering when it is okay to throw your hands up and scream. Well today I will not because I know there are bigger problems in the world. Heck we have bigger problems in our own home. Today I will give thanks. So here is my thankful list: We are safe We have food to eat We have a fire place and strength to chop wood We have a house We are healthy We will have heat again soon when so many will not I have a God who can fix our hurts, calm our fears and warm our bodies and always takes care of us. Pamela

Welfare Cheese

Growing up we always got welfare cheese. I thought it was embarrasing and not worth it. The other day my husband made me a grill cheese and all I could think was I wish I had some welfare cheese. I can only dream of a thick cheesy sandwhich. What childhood food do you miss? Pamela

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordfull Wednesday

If I do not look like myself then maybe they will not notice I am not doing my chores. Pamela

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tasty Tummy Tuesday

Do you know the name of these cookies I love facebook. I ask for a recipe and WAMMO a friend finds it. This recipe is one of my mother in laws favorites. So I wanted to make some for her. I knew most of the ingredients but could not find the recipe. 2 c peanut butter, 4 c sugar, 2 stacks crushed Ritz, 2 t vanilla, 1 c evap. milk, 2 stick butter. Put sugar, butter, and evap. milk in pan and boil 5 min. Add other ingredients, mix, and drop. oh man, these cookies may have accounted for some of my weight loss over the holidays. Pamela

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Miscellany Monday

This week has been about food. One night a friend came over and kept the kids while my husband and I went out. She not only babysat but she brought dinner and left me some leftovers. I have not had KFC in a long time. On Sundays this momma naps. So on Saturday I came home from church and went straight to bed. I napped until dinner and then ate dinner in bed. After dinner my baby girl came to me and said mom are you going to make dessert. How do I say no to such a beautiful girl. So I woke up and made milkshakes with m&m's in them. YUMMY! Pamela miscellany monday at lowercase letters

Joining another Family

Our friends were doing Advent a couple of weeks ago. Grace was having a rough morning. So I let her set with my friends. It was kind of cute, my friend whispered and said Grace could go up with them. I had not even thought about that. So the Chaplain announced that the John's family was going to be doing Advent that week as they walked up and then he looked up and said "and Grace". Glad she acted okay and did not embarass them. Pamela

Friday, January 18, 2013

5 Question Friday

1. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along? Books would be my Bible and 4 Karen Kingsbury books. People would be my husband and my oldest 3 kids because they could hide the youngest in their back packs, foods would be my wheat, a barrel of peanut butter and chocolate (hidden in my backpack), chickens (still alive) and maybe a pregnant cow. 2. What is your thought on year round school? Honestly, for me it is an easy yes because that is what my kids do. But for my homeschool friends I think it is stupid. How do you find childcare for a week at a time? What about kids getting summer jobs. What about all the amazing teachers who need more than a couple of weeks break? 3. What is your most embarrassing potty story? (Can't be one of your kids' potty stories either!) Hee Hee! This cracks me up and stems from a HILARIOUS twitter conversation...I was pregnant with number 2 (as in just left the hospital with pre term labor). We are setting in the back of a HUGE hangar waiting for my husband’s promotion ceremony to begin. His boss comes back to ask if I am okay. As they walk away (remember 200 soldiers standing at attention) my son says “mom are they boys” then he screamed “Do they have a penis”. I about died, I felt so bad that these men could not laugh. 4. What's the temperature where you are? On Monday it was 70 degrees and sunny, this morning we have ice on the ground and it is 31 degrees. CRAZY! 5. Are you a winter/spring/fall/summer person? Spring and fall, not too hot, not to cold, no layering clothes, no sunburns. Oh and the beautiful flowers and fall leaves. Pamela

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1. I am a _very unhealthy eater___ 2. Sometimes I don’t know when to _to stop telling stories and I am sure my friends wish I had a mute button.___ 1. My two favorite words lately are ___freakin__ and__ crap__. Okay they are not my lately words, I have been saying them for a while now. 2. I would like _pregnancy better___ if __pre term labor___ didn’t happen. Pamela

Sleepover Fun

My friends daughter spent the night recently. She was so cute, she asked my husband to beat her up when her up when he was wrestling with Grace. I feel bad for her parents because we sent her home in a crazy outfit with crazy make up. Hopefully there is not pay back. Pamela

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Why does someone who does not own animals buy a 50 pound bag of feed corn? To make hot pads of course. I love these hot pads. I made the ones for the kids 10*10 and then I made some that are 9*13. The 9*13 was a idea from a friend. She said then you can use them to keep your food warm or you can use it to protect your table from a hot pan. I did not add any oils to these because the people I am giving them to are sensitive. Pamela

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Miscellany Monday

Can I ask you a question? If I eat reduced calorie Oreo's can I say they do not count against daily calories. This week my daughter drew a picture of me. She said this is how I dress. I wonder where I was when I dressed like this. Sometimes a boo boo needs a big ice pack. Poor baby miscellany monday at lowercase letters Pamela

Saturday, January 12, 2013

How do tell your Spouse you are Pregnant

How did I tell my husband I was pregnant? It was nothing spectacular. We have never stopped blessings from joining our family. It has been 7 years since I was pregnant. Every month I take a test which drives my hubby batty. Only because he knows it will upset me when it says negative and I also can be three minutes late and take a test. I normally do not keep up with when I have my cycle. I know it is around the first of the month or so. Well now that there is more than one of us having more cycles in the house I decided last month to write it down. A few days before I tested I thought hmm I should be starting soon. A couple of days later I realized I should have started a couple of days ago. Weird for me to not have realized. I realized I was about 5 days late and decided I would test the next day. So I woke at 5:40am, went in bathroom and actually remembered. Normally I test and then stare until I see the negative and then want to cry. This time I tested and sat it down and went on about things. A couple of minutes later I looked down and saw 2 pink lines. I looked again. Then I pulled out the instructions to see if 2 lines really meant pregnant. As if I had never taken a test. As soon as I realized it positive I woke my husband who was enjoying not having to wake at 5am (OOPS). He walked in the bathroom and I pointed to it. He looked then rubbed his eyes and then looked again. I cannot remember what he said and then he hugged me. I was nervous he would not be excited. He has totally proved that theory wrong. He has sent me baby name ideas. He has already said he wants me to take the gender prediction test at 10 weeks. He is so cute. I love this man. I love him enough to have many more children with him. I wish I would have come up with a better more exciting way to tell him. How did you tell your spouse? How do you tell family? Pamela

Crumbly Cookies

I use to babysit this little angel. I miss her like crazy but really she is where she needs to be right now. She came over before Christmas and we had cookies. I think something was not quite right with the cookies, they seemed a little crumbly. Oh I know, they were store bought. So funny the other day we had Lasagna and my daughter got up set because it was not real. She kept asking why I could not just make her lasagna. The funny thing is, is that I have NEVER made homemade lasagna. I guess she had just never seen the box. What is something you always buy instead of making homemade? Pamela

Thursday, January 10, 2013

5 Question Friday

1. Flu mist? Flu shot? Or take your chances? I have not gotten any of them but now that I am pregnant I am considering it. Any suggestions? 2. Do your kids have iPads? What are some good educational apps? Price? HECK NO, but I am begging for one. I heard there is a new thing; your spouse should get you a push gift. So I am thinking I should get a IPAD. 3. What are your favorite boy/girl baby names? Hannah Joy and call her Joy. I would love to have the guts to name my child Mercy. I love the name Mercy. 4. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, which apple do you choose to eat? (red/green, gala, red delicious...) red and right now I splurge and by apple dippers for myself. 5. What is your favorite place to escape to for peace & quiet, to think? Why? Honest, it is my bed with the door shut, the fan blowing right on me and under a pile of blankets. Pamela

Baby Seven

I am so excited to tell you that baby seven will join our family this fall. We are very excited and ask for your prayers. As you know my last pregnancy ended with my water breaking at 26 weeks and delivering at 31 weeks. Pamela

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1. When I _am on the elliptical_ I _promise myself I will eat better so it is worth it. __ 2. It is pretty funny that _I love pickles but not cucumbers and love ketchup but would never eat tomatoes.___ 3. It may be strange but _I love being pregnant, as in 8 months and big as a house pregnant.__ 4. How __my husband____ made me __pregnant, I will never know____. Just teasing! I know how it happened. Pamela

Thankful Thursday

Oh the difference a year can make. Last year we went to the beach for a retreat and this was me. A couple of months ago Grace jumped in my arms. A couple of minutes later she said mom I can wrap my legs around you. It took me a couple of minutes to understand what she was talking about. I am so glad she can wrap her legs around me. I love this baby girl Pamela

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

What do you mean set in this stroller why you see all the fun things in the store. Pamela

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Yummy in my Tummy Tuesday

Do you remember when I got my Wheat Grinder last summer. I was nervous that using my fresh wheat would mean I would have to give up my yummy cookies. I was so mistaken. This recipe came from the BreadBeckers cook book. The recipe is so simple and I love it because any time I can add flax I do. This is the recipe tripled: 3 cups butter 7.5 cups soft milled white flour 3 c sucanat w/ honey 3 cups sucanat 6 eggs 1 Tablespoon vanilla 3 cups oatmeal 1.5 cups flax seed 3 teaspoon baking soda 3 teaspoon baking powder 1.5 teaspoon salt 4.5 cups unsweetened coconut (I never add it) 4.5 cups chocolate chips or combination of what I am in the mood for. 1. combine butter, sucanat w/honey, and sucanat until you have a mixture 2. add eggs and vanilla 3. mix dry ingredients and stir together 4. add coconut and chocolate chips 5. bake 350 for 10 minutes. Really it seems to take about 13 minutes for me. YUMMY! Pamela

Monday, January 7, 2013

Miscellany Monday

What a week. This week we spent a couplepf days working on a quilt with my daughter. She got the material for Christmas and helped me put it together. I love that she wanted a quilt for Christmas. I love that she wanted to help make it and spend time with me. I am trying to get more fruits into my diet. The other day I left the grocery store with banana's and chocolate. I chose the banana. Sadly I had to work hard to get that banana open. I always gave up and had the chocolate. Pamela miscellany monday at lowercase letters

Sunday, January 6, 2013

How Do Your Children Learn

Do you ever wonder if what you are teaching your children is sticking? I wonder if they are even listening. The other day we went to the Living Museum. The lady let the kids touch the starfish. She wanted to tell them all about the star fish but before she could Jason told her about how each leg has eyes on it. How do your children learn? How do you encourage them to learn? Pamela

What does cinnamon +applesauce equal

I would like to give you a exact recipe but really we just kept adding things until I got the right conistancy. I would say a cup of cinnamon (I buy at Sam's Club) and 1/2 cup applesauce. Mix ingredients together until it can be rolled out about 1/4 inch thick Make sure you put a whole in the ornament using a toothpick. Bake for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees or you could just leaving them lay out for a couple of days. Pamela

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fill in the blank Friday

This week’s statements: 1. Every time I see a _baby___ I oh an ah…can someone please tell me why my body has not made another baby in the last 7 years. 2. I don’t have a _crazy__ bone in my body. I am the most boring person you have ever met. I have never done anything crazy. 3. I like _cheese, ketchup and pickles__ on my burgers. I know pretty boring. 4. If I had one more hour in the day I would __probably fold more laundry or WAIT, take a nap. A nap sounds amazing_______ I promise I am not a boring as I make myself sound. Can someone please take me sky diving or to even better to a crazy spa Pamela
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