Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wow I was party of God's humor today!!!Did I bite off more than I can chew

So my lovely day started out so much as the last month plus and minus some TMI stuff. I knew God had plans for me about the time My husband kissed me goodbye today.. I screamed out in pain, hum could it have been the thin mint DQ blast- and the small pint of potatoe salad last night... Man I am craving some food aka benging. Anyways , I have not been sleeping, the hives gone while on medicine, but no sleep and every skin follicle above the knee brings me to tears. How did I get this was so fast, well sometimes when I ask questions God gives fast answer- Phone rang and it was the Dr wanting me to come in at 1;25 to see him. He thinks he has it figuired out. Glad he does because I am aging fast. I did'nt mention that even my clothes hurt and the includes the ones folded and more so the ones that aren't. Those were dragged up the stairs in a fitted sheet for hiding because my father in law arrived her today at 145. So I went in the office he did the trigger point test- the gentle version because he wanted to live today and he saw fear in my crying eyes. Yep, he said not just fibromyalgia- he said severe and I quickly went from 8 pills to 3. Finally-I had a pill for every symptom now just one illness explains it.  No more treating weird symptoms we are treating the evil demon.  So in all this 2 things occure I realized I have not been to the store, so no drinks in the house for company- my social butterfly has been  ate by whatever eats butterflies.ha and I decided this was Abby's last gluten weekend...See I didn;t know my body was going to fail me. I think I heard God litterly laugh at my situtation. Am I really going to do this gluten thing and that means going to the store-OMG my bra hurts I will not survive the store. So Peopod got a nice order from me with gluten free snacks. Oh when I am trying to excite Abby I told her 2 things- I am buying you special Abby snacks so your  tummy wont hurt andyou wont poo so much and she is going to love her special foods. She returned fresturated and said Awe mom can;t I just have 10 minutes later she yells loud with company in ear shot MOM I AM POOPING AGAIN. Thanks Abby.

So as the day progressed I realized yes God is faithful in my life- proven only 100 times, but in times he is a concerned father and to ease my mind my symptoms increased. It was like he was showing me his direction and proof of the fibromyalgia. I am thankful for being a beliver I could'nt even image life without him.

Recipe idea:
pork loin ad Dr peper

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Screaming from the roof top-Fire safety can you hear me!! Taco Taco

GO Wickless-
Candles are one of the most common causes of house fires in the United States, as well as in our own community. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when burning candles:

Use candle holders that are sturdy, non-combustible, and will not tip over easily.

Keep candles away from combustibles (paper, boxes, clothing, flammable liquids).

Do not burn candles in children's rooms, or leave children unattended with burning candles.

Do not place lit candles near windows or doorways, where a draft could bring combustibles in contact with flame.

Almost one half of all candle related fires start in the bedroom. If you burn candles in the bedroom, place them at least two feet from any bedding, curtains, blinds, wallpaper, upholstered furniture, clothing or reading materials.

The best way to prevent a candle related fire in your home is to never leave a burning candle unattended! Extinguish all candles before going to bed, or leaving the room.

I decided to throw together chicken tacos but without thinking I had no taco seasoning. Here is an easy recipe that saved dinner tonight and allowed for no leftovers!!

If your recipe calls for taco seasoning and you don't have a package handy, use this easy-to-make substitute.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

1.Spoon 1 tablespoon of minced dried onions in a small bowl or cup.

2.Add 2 teaspoons of chili powder.

3.Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.

4.Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

5.Add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

6.Add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin.

7.Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot paprika.

8.Stir to blend.

9.Makes the equivalent of a 1 1/4-ounce package of taco seasoning mix.


1.Not just for tacos. You can use taco seasoning to spice up meatloaf, burgers, tomato sauce, casseroles, and dips.

What You Need:

•2 tsp chili powder

•1 1/2 tsp salt

•1 tsp garlic powder

•1 tsp cornstarch

•1 tsp ground cumin

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

List of 10 things they wish we knew before we became mothers

Women of Faith is asking Bloggers to share their  List of 10 things they wish we knew before we became mothers- so here's my list!

1. I wish I knew I was going to have all girls!!!I love it and boy do we have bins of clothes~
2. Why is it poop is considered a toy until after age 3, and did I say I had 4 girls.
3. That everytime I got pregnant my husband was going to get a promotion and move us.
4.That having kids in sports is so expensive, and lets not even talk about dance or recitals.
5. That my body may never repair itself.
6. That having a child with special needs, can be a joy and a challenge. I do know the amazing thing is God knew I can handle it becuase he picked me. Blessings
7. That I can never remember how old I am. So I guess  am 29 forever.
8. Getting shower alone or going to the bathroom is never going to happen.
9. That I never thought I would have 4 kids. Weird, I don't now what I thought but 4 under 7 is a little crazy, just sayin.
10. It is amazing to hear my kids light up when they talk about Jesus. They fill my heart with joy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Teacher appreciation

Where has the year gone!! and don't forget the teachers!

I got a notice from Hannah's school 26 days left. What!!!! I am going to be a sewing crazed person this summer. I am excited to make the girls cute little dresses.  So since I last posted I had two ER trips for hives and throat swelling which required epi shots and prednisone IV. My doctor sent me from his office. As of today no hives since 2:30 am. Finally, I am excited not to be scratching and my husband telling me to have self control. On a side note I think  he is the reason for the hives. lol I am looking forward to my business growing leaps and bounds and excited I am learning how dangerous and unhealthy candles with wicks are. So wickless is the only way to go.

My parents and neices and nephew left  Saturday, I was so sad to see them leave, but summer is right around the corner and they will be back. I am their seasonal mom. They have had a tough road and I have haad them every spring break and summer since they were itty bitty. Their paretns haven;t always done the right thing but they may finlly be matuing. We will see.

So back to the hives. I have been given awesome advice to treat them. A few are baking soda and water form a paste and put on skin. Lavender oil and zyrtec, and my mom said to put a little cream of tarter in my mouth. Of course Grace poured out my cream of tarter and I have yet to replace it.

ONLY 22.50
Ok teacher appreciation month is approaching quickly. May is the month. So don't forget the teachers young and wiser. I am getting my kids teachers something special of course from scentsy and helping wth food for that week. However on an important note what about our teachers. Most of them are retired by now. All they did was educate us and mold us or at least play a part in how we turned out, what about them. I sent my second grade teacher something special.  She is retired now and  recently lost her husband. Think about this for a while. They worked everyday to educate us always surrounded by kids, when all of a sudden it is time to retire. The days come and go and most are probally quite. So I am asking each of you to stop and write a note to them. Find them on facebook or even call your old school and ask if you mail the letter to them can they forward. Remind them they are not alone and they are missed. They never got paid much but they did alot for us. Not to mention the money they spent out of their pockets. So don't forget them drop them a note or gift card or better yet order thema scentsy ABC warmer lol.
Mrs Ballard 2nd Grade

yummy chicken everyone one loves!!! Applebee's sante fe chicken

Friday, April 9, 2010

What an awesome day!!!

Finally got to take the big kids to the skydeck in Chicago. Awesome-however long lines. I am glad I bought tickets on the internet. The kids had a blast. Then we got our Easter/Spring/Cousins picture done. I am glad Brittany was able to be here for this one and Harmony. I think the outfits I came up with are awesome. I made the skirts and I ordered the shirts from She is always very accomidating on what I need. She even shipped quick.
If you are afraid of heights this is not the place for you. We were on the 103rd floor adn even got to see the view fromt eh plexilass box off the side of the building. The cars under my nephew look like ants.

A big pat on the back for myself made lead consutant this month. It is final. Wahoo. I have the best team ever and it is growing everyday adn the orders are flying in. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support. I have been very blessed with this business.

A awesome easy spoon licking dessert- my husband calls it cloud, my sister called it melt in your mouth, I just call it empty pan dessert because I  NEVER have had leftovers. lol

Chocolate Cream Cheese Dessert

Serves 8-10

This dessert has four yummy layers. Trying to think of something to serve for staff or work parties? This will win everyone over. This is also great for hot summer days.

1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 8 oz container of cool whip
1 4 oz package instant chocolate pudding
1 4 oz package instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk

Layer 1 (crust)

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter, flour, and chopped nuts together and press in a 9 X 13" pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.

Layer 2

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 cup of cool whip (save the rest for the top.) Spread over layer one.

Layer 3

Mix chocolate and vanilla pudding and milk together well. Spread over layer two.

Layer 4

Spread on the rest of the cool whip. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Slice and serve.
You can also make this recipe in a light form.
For the following items use a lighter or fat free version of the product.
cream cheese, cool whip, milk and vanilla/chocolate pudding.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Scent of the month club=FREE Warmer!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rain rain go away we can't craft anymore today!

started the day with taking the big kids to the sky deck- downtown Chicago.  It was a nice waste of time hazy day We couldnt see anything from the 103rd floor.

It was a neat experience and because my need for funny didn't work out, we went for some deep dish pizza at Giordanos. Yum.
It was such a yucky day we ended up at hobby lobby and my crafting germs spread to my niece and nephew. My nephew tried out wood burning and it looked great. I was very impressed by his wood working.

Brittanay made shirts for Hannah and her and Hannah did some finishing touches.
I have decided to whip out the new sewing machine and make a cushion for me new bench for the table.

Easy lemon cake
lemon cake mix
instant lemon pudding
Cool whip
make as package instructions in between cake layers put pudding and cool whip on top- tada done

Have a blessed day- spend time with the ones you love... I AM

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April Showers and blisters on the feet

Well last night my niece's and nephew talked me into taking all the kids minus the babies to the skate rink. That included Abby.  I initually was laughing internally when I found out it was 80's 90's night.  It was just like I was at Great Skate in Phoenix, Az yet I was much older and not as cool. ha. My kids stared in awe as I was 1) able to get skates on and 2)  able to skate backwards. I truely believe in their minds skates were invented sometime after I was married. To their surprise I was a rock star.NOT. Yet there were so many people older than me that surprised me. I was at least there with my kids to most people this was their over 30's hang out on Monday night. lol. It was great exercise though. I only fell once with Abby's She did well and never gave up skating around and even thought to try backwards which she did great at. I really enjoyed the mommy moments of seeing true happiness in their eyes. Hannah was awesome and had so uch fun.

Today we were suppose to go to the Sky Deck down in Chitown, but Brittany (niece) became a puker at 4 am. So we will reschedule todays events. I am sure it is just a bug. So now to find something to do with the others today.

Brittany did get to work on her own skirt for the kids photoshoot on Thursday. It is going to be so cute. She loved doing her own crafts. She is such a joy and she loves spending time with me helping even with my business. We call me the kids seasonal mother. I get them spring break and usually most of the summer. They love the visit and always hate to leave.

I even manage to take the lid of the pooh baby hamper and change it to lady bug to match the little ones room.I think I always have been crafty I am just know taking it up a notch.

While my paretns have been visiting my husband bought the kids a trampoline and my Dad being the amazing father he is bought me a very cool tool box. I am so excited to have the right tools I need to fix the things I need to fix. I will upload an awesome picture as soon as my silly computer quits giving me an error code.

A yummy recipe!!

Off to enjoy the family and get my sweet niece feeling better

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Backwards dinner and crafting success- a little spring cleaning did't hurt

Well first off let me just say trying to find the garage door opener, that you know for sure didn't leave the van but cannot find at all has driven me into a cleaning frenzy. That and the fact that my neat/clean freak mom( whom I love dearly) has arrived. So the days leading up to today have been madning.Of course I had soot mess, the mud wrestling in my garden mess and then just the everyday poo makes the best finger paint-come on why play in the poo. Ayways found the garage door opener between the winter liner in the infant car seat. Why in the world didn't Caroline tell me. Ha, and of course Grace kept it to herself and Hannah acted like she knew it was there and chuckled like she forgot. That is a big WHATEVER. April fools came and went and so did the fun dinner I made.

They loved the meatloaf of course it was cheesy meatloaf recipe.

I also was able to make the cute craft from using the small canvas' so very cute and easy. I had so much fun doing an adult craft without the kids. I enjoy the kids crafts but its nice sometimes to spend some mommy time alone.

I did some decorating and rearranging of things. I am really starting to feel like things are falling ino place and you certainly can tell that Caroline is my last baby. A little sad sometimes but its nice to have control over the house again. I even got into the vinyl wall decor movement. LOL.

Happy Easter- remember that Jesus forgives and forgets, you just have to ask!!!!