Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Want New Glasses!

I was thinking the other day about how much I really need new glasses since my frames are broke on one side and the lense pops out all the time.  
Well, today when I was reading blogs I came across the giveaway on Mommy is Green.  I'm so excited!  
I'd really love to win this.  It would be such a blessing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Seriously?! It's labeled "Cloth Diaper Detergent"! Why is this happening?

I am so angry! And I feel like a horrible mom!  I am NEVER using Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent again!  The first time I used it my diapers stank(a skunky smell) when I took them off my daughter.  I thought I just made a mistake with the washing so I looked into it.  I found out that the first time you ever use it you're supposed to do a soak.  So I did.  I thought the diapers were cleaner.  They did smell better.  I put one on my daughter over night.  She had a rash before she went to sleep.  When she woke up it was WAY WORSE and there was a huge sore.  So I contacted Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent and they told me to wash them again with no soak and lots of rinsing.  I did.  I was confident they were clean.  There was no smell to them at all.  I put a bandaid on my daughter's sore and put a diaper on her for 2 hours.  Only 2 hours.  I took it off her and the smell was HORRID!  It was worse than the skunky smell diapers get sometimes.  It smelled like I had just opened a bottle of ammonia and sniffed it.  I don't get it!  I did what I was supposed to.  Is there something I'm missing?!  It is now going to take me weeks to fix this again?!  That first time I used the Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent every time I washed them I stripped them to get the smell out.  I just finally got it out when I found out about the soaking thing.  Now I have to spend weeks stripping my diapers again because of that stinking detergent! I dug around to find a disposable diaper to put on my daughter for bed.  Then bright and early in the morning I'm going to Walmart to buy a package of disposables.  It kills me but I'm not putting those diapers on her again until I'm confident they're fine.  Even if it takes me pouring pee on them and sniffing every time after I wash them.  I'll do it.  Then, I will never use anything but home made detergent again.  I know that the home made stuff works.  I don't need anything fancy as long as my diapers are clean and my daughter's bottom is safe.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fall Frenzy

On August 27th there will be a Fall Frenzy!  Follow the button and see what it's all about.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tryin to Win Me Some Awesome Diapers

I don't know if any of you have ever heard of Doopsy diapers.  But they look pretty awesome.  Since I have to hand wash my diapers twice a week their inserts look perfect.  They fold inside of themselves.  You have to go check it out.  They're perfect for air drying quickly.
Crazy House, is having a Doopsy Giveaway.  I know there are quite a few of you mommas that like to try new diapers just as much as I do.  Well maybe not just as much because some how through testing diapers for my review blog it has become an obsession for me.  Crazy obsession I know.  But I could have worse hobbies.
Anyway, go check out Crazy House to try to win yourself a Doopsy.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Some days are harder than others.
So in June when I found out that I was pregnant I was so excited because there were lots of people/bloggers that I knew that were pregnant and almost everyone else that I knew had just had a baby.  One of my good friends and several other bloggers all found out they were pregnant within a week or two of the time I found out. I was also excited about that because I had people I could compare my pregnancy to any people I could complain to and not care because they were complaining right back.
Now, everyone else is still pregnant but I'm not.  I get to see their updates but have none of my own.  I just get to sit and think, "my baby could have been like that right now".  
I love seeing my friend's updates.  I'm happy for them.  Any baby is exciting.  It just hurts because I know my baby will never get to reach those milestones.
I still get emails from a few websites with weekly updates.  They all go to my spam folder right now.  I still haven't gotten around to unsubscribing  or going to the sites and taking my baby off of there.  I'm gonna have to soon though.  Cause the more emails and stuff I get the sadder it gets.
I don't really know the point of this post, that's why it doesn't have a title.  It's just one of those things I wanted to write and get out there I guess.  It's weird how things that used to be so private for women, exept for maybe their inside group of friends, are now put out into the internet.  For who ever to see.  It doesn't bother me that I write things like this for others to read.  It's just interesting the way internet has changed the way we all are.
I would like to end with a bible verse that I really enjoy reading when I'm having a hard time.  I like the hymn that was written from this verse too.   It's a very upbeat hymn and it always puts me in a better mood.

 "I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
         My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
         My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 I will call upon the LORD, 
who is worthy to be praised;
         So shall I be saved from my enemies."
-Psalm 18:1-3

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I wanted to share with you.

I want to share with you what has happened to my family this past week.  I want to share with you my emotions and the event that has changed my life just as much as getting married and having Madelynn changed my life.  Last week I lost a child.
On June 3rd I found out that I was pregnant.  I was so excited.  My husband was so excited.  We had been trying for 8 months to get pregnant and we finally were.  We told everyone.  We came up with a cute way to tell our families.  I made Madelynn a "Big Sister" shirt.  Some people got it right away, other people took a minute to get it.  But most of them were excited for us.  I used some online pregnancy calculators and figured out that I was 5 weeks pregnant.  I called the doctor and set up an appointment.  At like 6 weeks I started feeling some morning sickness in the mornings for about half an hour and then some at around 9 at night.  I had cravings for pizza and BBQ.  I was SO tired all the time.  At around 8 weeks I noticed the morning sickness was starting to go away.  That wasn't strange to me because I had NO morning sickness with Madelynn.  I only felt sick for no reason twice with her.  I was still just as tired and hungry and craving things like crazy.  On June 21st I had my 1st doctor's appointment.  I saw the Nurse Practitioner because it was the first visit.  That's the way my doctor's office does it.  She said everything was fine and everything measured correctly.  There was no reason to think there was anything wrong.  On June 28th at 5am I had one bout of very light spotting.  By one bout I mean, it happened once.  It was so light and so little that it was only on the toilet paper.  I called the doctor's office when they opened and they said as long as there was just that one tiny bit there was nothing to worry about and just to take things a little easier.  I was really worried for a few days.  But after it didn't happen for several days I felt confident that everything really was ok.  I went back to doing everything I normally do.  Didn't worry about it anymore.  Then on Friday, June 9th at 11:30pm I started spotting again.  It was light like before.  But instead of it happening once and then being gone it was there every time I went to the bathroom.  I was so scared.  Casey wasn't at home.  He had went to Kansas City with a friend.  His friend drove so there was no way he could come back until Sunday morning.  I spent an hour Friday night crying.  Then my daughter woke up and wanted to sleep with me.  I was so thankful that she did.  I didn't want to be alone while I was scared.  When I woke up Saturday morning I was still spotting.  It was still light pink and not enough to need a pad.  I called the doctor on call and he said since it was still so light I could wait to call my doctor on Monday unless anything go worse.  Saturday was a wonderful day.  Madelynn was perfect.  She behaved and listened to me.  We took 2 long naps.  We watched movies and read books.  We had a wonderful Mommy/Daughter day.  At bedtime she went to bed along but again woke up and wanted to sleep with me.  I wasn't going to object.  I didn't want to sleep along again.  Sunday morning at 7am I was still spotting.  I went to church.  It was an emotional service for me.  Madelynn was really good compared to how she normally does in church.  When we got home we had lunch and I put Madelynn down for a nap.  I went to the bathroom and I wasn't spotting anymore.  I was so excited.  I texted a friend and told her.  I was sure it was all over and everything was ok.  I layed down for a nap.  We slept for 3 hours.  Casey was home when we woke up.  I was so glad he was home.  Casey is really good at helping me feel less stressed and know that things will be ok.  I started spotting again right before bed.  I just layed in bed, prayed, and went to sleep knowing God was in control no matter what was going on.  Monday morning I called my doctor's office.  I told the nurse what was going on.  She asked about the frequency and color of the bleeding and if I was cramping.  I wasn't yet.  My doctor was in surgery that day so I wouldn't be able to see him.  I had to wait for my regularly scheduled ultrasound appointment on Tuesday.  My sister-in-law took Madelynn for the day on Monday so that I could rest.  I didn't really want to be at home alone all day but I knew I needed to rest.  I sat on the couch, watched tv, played on the computer, and worried.  I don't know how many sited I looked up about spotting/bleeding during pregnancy.  I was positive my baby and I were both fine.  Monday night a wonderful friend brought us food so I didn't have to cook dinner.  We all went to bed early Monday.  It was SO hard for me to get to sleep Monday night.
The morning of Tuesday, June 13th, I woke up and before my feet even hit the floor I prayed to God to give me strength to make it through whatever He had for me that day.  I got up got Madelynn and I dressed.  Took Casey to work.  Went to the store to get Casey some milk and cereal for breakfast(be eats breakfast at his first break).  Got Madelynn a breakfast burrito at McDonalds.  She says burrito and it's the cutest thing.  Then I took Madelynn to Amy's.  It was time to go to the doctor's.  I blared JoyFM the whole way to the office.  I was just dependent on God.  Whatever happened in that office I knew that He was and is with me.  I was shaking I was so scared/nervous when I went into the office.  When I went in for my urine sample I noticed that my spotting had gotten darker.  I just got more and more worried as time went.  I had to keep telling myself God has a reason for all of this.  But if you've ever been in a situation like this you know it can be hard to remember and remind yourself of that.  The nurse asked questions and took my blood pressure and left to get the doctor.  It probably took 5 minutes for the doctor to get in there but it felt like FOREVER.  He asked me what was going on.  I explained it all to him.  He's such a nice doctor.  He said that he was gonna see what's going on.  He turned the monitor away from me.  It was nice so I didn't have to look unless I wanted to.  Right away he said, "It's not good".  My heart sank.  He turned the monitor towards me.  I was afraid I would see my baby there lifeless.  Instead all it was was a blighted ovum.  A blighted ovum is just the gestational sac with no baby.  My doctor told me that what causes it is there is something wrong with the baby chromosomal wise.  So the baby passes away and your body absorbs the tissue.  Him telling me that made me feel disgusting.  That's something horrible to think about.  The bleeding started because my body realized there wasn't a baby there anymore.  My doctor was so nice.  He look truely upset that I had lost my baby.  He was so kind when he was explaining everything to me.  He told me that since there is the ovum still there they have to do a blood test to check my hormone levels to make sure this isn't a new pregnancy.  That was the last thing I really wanted to hear.  I just wanted to go to my car and cry.  But no, I had to hold it in and go get blood drawn.  The lady at the registration desk in the lab asked me, "Now are you not pregnant anymore or do they not know?"  Really?  She asked me that?  I wanted to give her a lesson in being polite and considerate of people's feelings.  Instead I just said, they don't know.  Because I was positive at that point if I said the word miscarriage I was going to break down and not be able to do anything.  The guy that took my blood was also very nice.  He talked to me about the song he had on the radio and about anything but my test.  The walk to the car was the hardest.  There weren't other people around.  I didn't have a reason to hold anything in anymore.  I felt like I couldn't breathe.  I also felt like I couldn't get to the car fast enough.  I almost wanted to run.  I got to the car.  Go in, closed the door and let it flood over me.  All of the emotion, all of the fear, all of the everything.  I can't explain how I felt.  I don't know how I felt.  All I know is I wanted my baby and I wanted to cry.  I called my husband when I composed myself enough to be able to talk.  He sounded crushed.  But he just kept reassuring me that God has a reason for all of this, that it will all work out.  It's really hard to remember that when something like this is happening to you.  After I talked to him I sat there for alittle bit before I felt I was ok enough to drive.  While driving I called my sister-in-law Amy.  She was watching Madelynn for me.  She allowed me to take my time and have lunch with Casey and to get my feelings under control.  The rest of Tuesday was just alot of telling people and sadness and not knowing what to do.  Wednesday all I wanted to do was stay home.  I wasn't sure of anything.  I was just so so and whatever about everything.  I was going to go to church Wednesday night but I wasn't ready to face anyone really.  I didn't and still don't know how to tell people what happened.  I stayed home with Casey.  We watched a movie and just tried to have a normal evening.  Thursday we went to Amy's for swimming and funnel cakes.  We had fun.  The kids swam for awhile and then we made funnel cakes.  It was yummy.  Then I had to take Casey lunch.  After lunch Madelynn and I went home for a nap.  On the way home I started cramping.  I layed Madelynn down for a nap and layed in bed and the cramps just kept getting worse.  It felt like I was in labor.  I called the doctor's office and they told me it was normal.  They said that it was because I still hadn't "passed" the gestational sac.  Well shortly after I talked to them I'm sure that's what happened.  There was a blood clot, well that's what it looked like, the size of a chicken egg.  It was horrible.  I was in pain, I wanted to puke, I wanted to cry.  I was still cramping pretty badly so I took some ibProphen and curled up for a nap.  When I woke up the cramps had calmed down.  I was still really freaked out by the clot.    Thursday evening was a semi normal evening after that.  I don't really remember what we did that evening.  I do remember that I wrote this, "I can't think of a title for this post.  I'm sitting here felling like I'm wearing a diaper from this stupid pad.  I am so frustrated angry.  I don't know who I'm angry at.  There's no one to be angry at.  I'm sure not angry at God.  I just have to keep telling myself there is a reason for this.  God knows the reason.  It was better for the baby this way.  It was better for him to go live with Jesus for us to meet him in Heaven one day.  Then he'll be healthy and happy and he'll get to meet his big sister and his mommy and daddy."  I was going to write this post I'm writing now but I wasn't ready to and it just cause me to be more upset than I already was. When Casey and I layed down for bed I just broke down.  Up until that I hadn't cried infront of anyone.  That's just not something I do.  I hate people seeing my emotions.  I had cried off and on when I was by myself either in the car or the bathroom or while Madelynn was napping or at night when everyone was asleep.  But Thursday night the flood gates were open.  I cried for about 2 hours.  I don't know if Casey knew what to do.  I would have been scared if someone cried on me like that for that long.  After that I didn't cry for 2 days.  I was alright.  I was and am settled with the fact that God needed my baby in Heaven more than He needed my baby to stay here with me.  I know that one day I will meet my baby in Heaven.  I will get to hold him and love him.  I so look forward to that day.  
Today I went back to the doctor to make sure there was no remaining tissue and to make sure I didn't have to have a D&C.  The doctor told me everything is physically fine.  I don't have to have any surgery.  He said that I will still bleed for awhile.  And that after I have had 2 cycles we can try for another baby.  
I will always remember and want for this baby.  I will always miss this baby.  But I am able to get through every day because I have an Awesome God, a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter, and caring family and friends that will get me through until the day I die and get to go to Heaven to meet my God and Savior.  Then I will also get to meet my baby and be there with the rest of my loved ones that have found Jesus.

I wanted to write this out for myself so that I will always have a reminder of exactly how I felt.  But I also wanted to share it with you so that if it has happened to you you'll know you're not alone.  
I had never read a miscarriage story so I didn't know what to expect.  I didn't know what was happening to me when I was cramping and clotting.  But now I do.  You can not be prepared for something like this to happen to you.  But maybe you can have more knowledge of what's going on to you and you're not the only one that has this pain if it does happen.  Thank you for letting me share my story with you.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I want an Ergo!

Have you ever heard of or seen an Ergo baby carrier?  They're AWESOME.  I try not to be an envious person. But I do envy the mommas of toddlers that can afford one of these carriers.  My sister-in-law has one and carries Madelynn in it sometimes when she stays over there and Madelynn never wants to get down.  So I know my daughter already loves it.  Unlike the Moby.  That is something I think you have to start your newborn with.  It's to much cloth to all of a sudden throw onto a toddler.  It also didn't help that my baby turned into a toddler at like 10 months old.  So anyway, back to the Ergo.  Newly Wed Newly Bred is giving away an Ergo carrier on her blog.  I want to win one SO BAD.  So just because you're seeing my post about how cool they are and how you could enter to win one, don't do it.  I want to win it.  And if lots of people enter I will be less likely to win it. lol.  Ok, I guess you can enter.  Just know, I will be envious of you too. lol.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Happily Domestic Celebrates the Joys of Homemaking.

Head over to Happily Domestic for a month long celebration of the Joys of Homemaking.  She, "will have all sorts of wonderful reviews of products that make life easier for the homemaker and mother."  She, "will be teaching you some wonderful homemaking skills along the way and of course you will have the chance to win some wonderful prizes for your kitchen and home."

It's definitely something you don't want to miss out on.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From June 21st to July 20th Rayovac is helping you have fun all summer long by providing you with Rayovac Power Your Summer Giveaway Events.
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The first 99 bloggers to promote the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion won a prize package from Rayovac

Also, on June 30th, they are having a twitter event.

Rayovac Powers Your Vacation Summer Promotion Twitter Event

Date:  Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Time:  7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. CST

Location:  #rayovac

The first 99 bloggers to promote the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Twitter Event won a prize package from Rayovac.

8 Weeks to a Clean Home-Week 2 the Kitchen

How'd you do with your living room/family room?  Did you clean it all week long?  Did you clean it last night?  Did you have help?  Did you do it all alone?
I cleaned my living room/family room all by myself.  But I wouldn't have been able to do such a great job on it without my sister-in-law Amy.  She watched Madelynn for me while I cleaned.  It was amazing to be able to get everything done without having to go over it 3 times in 1 day.  I admit, I straightened up and vacuumed again before I took my pictures.  But it stayed this way with a few toys in the floor for the whole week.  It felt amazing to have a clean living room/family room all week.

So I'm just gonna get down to the pictures.  First, are my clean living room pictures.  I'm quite proud of myself for them.

And here are my messy kitchen pictures.  This is definitely not the messiest my kitchen has ever been.  But it for sure needs some cleaning.

I live in an apartment so I did not choose any of the furnishings like the metal top stove, the panel cabinets, the refrigerator with no handle, the solid white doors with the solid white walls, the ugly linoleum, or anything like that.  I didn't even choose my furniture really.  It was all given to us by family. The only stuff that wasn't is the furniture in Madelynn's room.  I got to choose all of that.  But I am grateful for all that I have.
Ok ladies, and Gentlemen if there are any of you reading, now it's time for your clean living room/family rooms and messy kitchens.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

8 Weeks to a Clean Home

I don't know about you but I am so unmotivated to clean my home sometimes.  And now, I'm pregnant.  That makes me even more unmotivated.  Some days I just feel like crap and don't want to do anything but lay on the couch and watch tv.  But I have a house and a family to take care of so I can't do that.  
So, in my desperate need for motivation I came up with a blog challenge to share with my fellow unmotivated mommas.  Each week we are going to focus on a different room of the house.  On Tuesday we will post our before cleaning pictures of the room we are focusing on.  Then the next Tuesday we will post the after cleaning pictures and the before cleaning pictures of the new focus room.  Now here comes the challenge part.  Once a room has been a focus room and has been cleaned you are challenged to keep it clean for the rest of the 8 weeks.  So for example we are going to focus on the living room/family room this week.  This week you will post your messy pictures of your living room/family room.  Next week you will post your clean pictures of your living room/family room and your dirty pictures of your kitchen.  The week after that you will post NEW clean pictures of your living room/family room and clean pictures of your kitchen and then the dirty pictures of the bathroom.  It will keep adding up like that until we have pictures of fully cleaned houses. 

The weeks will go as follows:
Week 1: Living Room/Family Room
Week 2: Kitchen and Dining Room
Week 3: Bathroom
Week 4: Kid's Rooms
Week 5: Mom and Dad's Room
Week 6: Windows
Week 7: Yard and Outside of Home
Week 8: The Whole House!

I'm sure if we can keep a clean house for 8 weeks it will become a habit.  

So let's get started.  My Living Room/Family Room is extra messy because I've slacked on making Madelynn clean up her toys before bed for awhile and haven't gotten around to taking my sewing table down cause I just haven't felt like it.

What you can't see is the granola and raisins Madelynn spilled in the floor yesterday morning that I still haven't vacuumed up.
My hall is included in my living room cause it's so small.

Now it's your turn.  Share what you living room/family room looks like and why you think this challenge will be good for you.
Also, if you're wondering, is there a prize for this challenge?  The prize is that in 8 weeks you will have a clean home and hopefully will have developed enough self discipline to keep it that way.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sausage Breakfast Pasta, for dinner

So I didn't take pictures.  I didn't know it would be this good.  I didn't know what to make for dinner tonight because we are very limited on groceries until Thursday.  I was looking on for a recipe with ground beef and cream of mushroom soup.  I know that I can make hamburger casserole but Casey doesn't like it so much.  He thought it was to plain.  I found a recipe for this zesty beef casserole or something like that.  It got my brain goin.  I didn't have all of the ingredients that went into it.  So I used some of the stuff that it called for and substituted other things to make what I thought sounded good.  So this is what I came up with.

Sausage Breakfast Pasta/Casserole
1 roll ground sausage
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small/medium onion chopped
1/2 to 1 green pepper chopped (it really depends how much you like green pepper.  I would have added more but Casey doesn't like it that much.)
1 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
2 cups of cheese
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

Cook pasta until done. Drain and set aside. 
Brown sausage. Drain. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic.
Cook until the veggies are about half way cooked.  Like 10 minutes.
Add cream of mushroom soup to meat.  Cook for a few minutes.
Add the meat mixture to the pasta.  Stir in well.  
Add cheese.  Mix and then let cheese melt.
If you want to make it into a casserole you can put it in a casserole pan and put the cheese on top instead.

It's delicious and cheesy and tastes kinda like a breakfast burrito.  We all really enjoyed it.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Family Movie Night!

Today was family day.  We did everything together.  It was lots of fun.  We ended the day with Family Movie Night.  We went all out
We bought The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.

We started out with some ice cream.  I only managed to get one picture of that.

After that was all cleaned up we got out blankets and popcorn.  Madelynn was really enjoying herself with the popcorn.  Casey wasn’t enjoying it so much because it was getting stuck in his teeth.
Then Casey tried to hid when he realized I was taking pictures.
She did not let that bowl go.
Daddy didn’t make it through the movie.  He fell asleep about half way through. 
Madelynn and I finished off the whole bowl of popcorn.  I made way more than I should have.  There was still half a pot worth in the kitchen. 

After the movie Madelynn danced around to the music on the credits and then went to bed. 

Casey woke up and we watched 2 movies.  They were both crappy.  I don’t know how/who/why it was decided that movies must contain a curse word every 2 minutes.  It’s like they’re keeping up with a quota.  And action movies used to just be action and not to much for blood and guts.  Now?  They’re disgusting!  I don’t think I will watch an action movie ever again.

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Little Helper Strikes Again!


Madelynn has helped me dust the tv stand
She has helped me make dough for stromboli.
She’s getting better at helping me clean her room.
And now, She helps me do dishes!
She had lots of fun doing dishes.  She did not want to stop.  She didn’t really do any of them.  She just filled measuring cups with water and dumped them out over and over while holding various kitchen utensils.  In these 2 pictures she’s holding a butter knife.  She eventually put that down for a big green plastic spoon.

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My new plan is to get her involved in household chores that way I will keep up with them while teaching her what it’s like to be a housewife and just how much fun it actually can be.  Because I’m sure if someone would have taken that time with me I wouldn’t procrastinate as much on my work as I do now. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Conviction VS Not Wanting to be Left Out

Tonight I found myself struggling.  I am having a hard time telling the difference between my convictions, and my little "but I don't wanna be left out" voice.
Like I know my want to read the Bible from cover to cover came from a conviction.
I can't really think of anything right now that's one of those "but I don't wanna be left out things" other than the want I have to wear skirts sometimes.

Well, while I was typing this I think I figured out my answer actually.  Weird how when I sit down and think about stuff and really inspect it I see God's answer.  
My issue was, "Am I going to wear a skirt to the play date tomorrow?"  Well, yes I am.  You know why?  Because all of my pants have a huge hole in them.  Both pairs of pants are only a few months old but both of them have holes near the butt of them.  So I have had to wear skirts.  That's all I've been wearing for the past week in public.  I have a pair of black capris that I wear at home(and to my SIL's) but not out cause they have a small hole in the knee.  So either God made it where my pants would get holes in them or God doesn't see the need to bless us with the money to be able to buy more clothes.  Because He has for sure blessed us with money in other areas.
I don't even know if I should post this.  It kinda sounds like random ramblings.  But I think I'm gonna post it anyway.  Maybe it'll help someone else work through their thoughts.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for giving us answers when we haven't even asked you the question.  Even when we aren't being faithful and bringing our concerns to You, You still know them.  You still know what we need in our lives.  Thank  You for the great people that You have put into our lives.  Thank You for all Your many blessings and all of the things that You do for us. In Jesus' name I pray.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Coloring and Dough Making with Madelynn

Yesterday was a fun filled day for Miss Madelynn.  After she woke up from her early morning nap (she’s been taking 2 naps again for some reason) she got to color, with markers. She’s never colored with markers before so it was new.  She did pretty ok for her first time with them I think.  Here are the results.
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Then last night she got to help me make Stromboli dough again. 

First she gets to spread the flour on the table while I mix the wet ingredients and yeast together.SDC16196 SDC16197 SDC16198 
After she’s done spreading the flour out she dusts off her hands and insists it’s time for her to add the flour to the wet ingredients.
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So I let her add flour.
Then she gets to help stir.
Then more flour.
She has to make sure it’s all out of the measuring cup.
Then she patiently waits while I start to knead the dough. 
Next I give her a turn.  That open mouth looks like an innocent smile.  But it’s not.
She tried to take a big bite out of the dough.  I was to slow to catch her.  Good thing there’s no egg in that dough.
Attempting another bite.
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Laughing at me because I keep taking the dough away and then giving it back.
Finally helping me knead.
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All done.

Monday, April 26, 2010

All About Madelynn

Madelynn is growing up so fast.  She loves to play with and “mother” her baby dolls almost as much as she loves Baby (Leah).  She loves purses and jewelry.  She loves clothes.  She is saying more and more words every week.  She can do alot of things on her own now.  She helped me cook dinner the other night.  We’re getting ready to start potty training.  She’s just growing.

She can climb the steps on the play ground by herself.
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She can go down the slide at the play ground by herself.

She has the silliest little personality.  I really love her scrunchy nose smiles.
She likes to throw all of her babies out of their basket so that she can sit in it.

Here’s that scrunchy nose smile again.  She loves her sunglasses.

Here is her first official big girl ponytail.  I was so excited and so sad at the same time.

She has made her own daily chore.  One day I was dusting and she was watching me very closely.  I gave her the duster and told her to dust.  She did.  And she does everyday through out the day.  It keeps me from having to dust and keeps her occupied for a little bit.
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Tonight we are making stromboli again.  I will take pictures of her helping me this time and share them with you all.  She is such and awesome little girl.  God has blessed me with a wonderful daughter.