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YAY Spring!!

Well I am beyond happy to report that we survived another March without sickness in our family. Jason did have a cold and a sinus infection, but atleast but the kids never got sick and NO ONE had the tummy bug!! Our God is so good and he keeps blessing  me more then I could ever deserve. I am so thankful!

So now that we are almost to mid April, Spring has sprung and I am very optimistic that it is going to be a beautiful season with the anticipation of the warm summer that is coming! I love this time of year, there is so much hope!

I have been excited working on Aimlee with school lately. She is learning so much and almost always likes to do school. This week we used Easter eggs as her addition manipulatives. I have been using crafting as a good incentive to get her “hard” math or language “works” done. Some days she gets both math and language done- but usually just one or the other for now- she is only 4- so I try to not push her too hard, but rather encourage her. I have been starting to research homeschool Kindergarten programs- preparing for the Fall- can’t believe she will be in Kindergarten!!!!

So pouty after a temper tantrum!

Even has suddenly decided he is TWO and wants to be a part of the “Terrible Two” group of toddlers. He has always been such a sweet boy, and still is- BUT now he likes to throw full blown temper tantrums. Usually it’s about wanting a certain shirt or color cup- or a toy at the store or not wanting to get buckled in the car. Some days I do not even know what the problem is. Jason says he does not thrown tantrums for him- apparently he just saves those for me.  All I know is there is a lot of tears and screaming and then suddenly about 10 minutes later he is perfectly fine. I’m hoping this is a quick phase! He is still so cute though- even when he is screaming. It is hard not to laugh sometimes- or cry too!

I have been so busy working 2 jobs for about 2 months now. Hence the infrequent posts.  Most weeks I work 6 days and a little over 30 hours. I don’t really want to work 2 jobs-(who does ?!) but it is what we need to do for now. I have been working early, early in the morning and on evenings and weekends- I am super thankful that I get to spend the weekdays with the kids and do school and play! I have been super tired though and LOVE getting a day off!

I am super disappointed and discouraged about my weight and motivation the past few months. I wanted to lose 10 pounds a month ago and still am only 0-2 pounds depending on the day. I feel like I am eating healthy and always hungry- which to me would mean I should be losing a little- ugh! I really need to start working out consistently. I started a weekly dance class so hopefully that will help motivate me. Some days I just give up on dieting and think “I don’t care because I am frustrated”. I am hoping to see some results or motivation soon!

Jason has been gaming quite a bit lately. Watching him play is so funny to me. He gets so passionate and loud- and if you know him- that is not usually what he is like at all. He is really good at gaming though! I try to be an understanding wife and let him play without complaining too much- since that is what he likes to do for fun! I do miss talking to him or anything on the days/weeks that he plays non-stop while he is at home.

Well, I am so excited for the Spring weather and fun holidays and activities to come! I am so grateful for the blessings of God and the hope of each day! YAY SPRING!!!!

Halloween Party

I co- hosted a Halloween party with my Brother in Law this year. He had the space at his house this yea20161021_210352r and earned free catering, so we thought it would be fun. This was my first Halloween party I have hosted ever. It was really fun. I was on a bit of a tight budget. Since the food was mostly taken care of, there was not a ton of other things that I needed to spend money on.

20161021_210345We had some fun games, including glow in the dark beer pong- which I don’t think anyone actually played with beer (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/525443481508385891/). Also we had giant Jenga and a fire pit outside.  We kept  most of the rooms dark (seems to be a good ambiance for Halloween) except the kitchen. We used glow sticks 12/ $1.00 to add light around the room.  We also replaced our normal living room lights with black light bulbs.20161021_222222

I made super cute candy necklaces for favors, so everyone went home with candy (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/525443481508386136/). This seemed much more fun then the traditional candy bags. I also made some fun decorations made out of cans. This is such a fun idea and cost me nothing. We ate a lot of soup and beans the few weeks before. Then I used my acrylic paint and painted the main color- some took more coats then others. Then I used white paint for the eyes  and black paint or sharpies for the eye balls. I made many of these and used them for décor around the house.20161020_153920

Almost all the décor, candy and tableware I got was  from the Dollar Tree, they have some amazing deals.  Most of the party decorations I either made, borrowed or bought for super cheap. Remember I was on a super tight budget (my husband was already complaining for how much a spent on my last party). One of my favorite decorations, was made from table cloths (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/525443481502594717/). This is such a fun way to add color and dimension to any party space. I made some that were short to cover windows and some that were long for the photo op and to divide the party space from the bathroom and bedrooms.

One of the most fun things you can do with a Halloween party is the use of pump
kins.  You can use them for a cooler and put ice a drinks in it (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/115334440432846501/) or as a dip holder (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/24206916724191934/). I put queso in a white pumpkin.  You can use them as bowls or décor or even as part of games. There are so many fun things to do with pumpkins. The best part is, now I have some cute uncarved pumpkins that I am going to use as décor for Thanksgiving. img_3865

I think everyone had a fun time at the party. The key to a good party is always the people.  Once the guest list is made and the invites go out- I focus on all the details. These are the things that made the party festive and fun. It was a successful Halloween party, especially for being the first one I have hosted.


 

More then Numbers…

Ah, I absolutely love the time of year. The weather is starting to warm up and the sunshine- oh I love the sun! I am so addicted to those beautiful warm rays. We spend a lot of time outside this time of year. The kids love to play on their bikes and in the water. They will get to have a sand table this year – thank you hand- me- downs! I slather the kids in sunscreen and put on their hats! I do try to keep them in the shade too- they are very pale! Not me, give me the sun- I know- so bad!

Usually about March I get crazy Spring Fever and start to prepare for the summer. This year, I wanted to achieve my goal that I set for my 30th birthday- http://cameoirons.com/?s=30th to lose my baby weight. This is not typically something that I would share so openly, but I wanted to be honest. When I got married, I felt like I was at my  ideal weight. I was about 126- the skinniest I have ever been throughout my adulthood (which was really exciting because I my weight had fluctuated about 20 pounds in the 5 years prior).

As typical with married couples, I slowly started gaining weight and was about 145 pounds when Aimlee was born. I only lost about 8 pounds or so before getting pregnant with Evan. When Evan was born, I weighed almost 160. It took me over a year to get down to the high 140s (which is where I was when Aimlee was born).

I had wanted to lose weight, but never really had the motivation- in fact sometimes, did not care at all, and liked the way comfort food made me feel. J When we decided to move in with my mom, I knew I wanted to focus on achieving some goals- http://cameoirons.com/2016/05/21/a-look-at-progress/ and losing weight was something that my mom and I both needed to do.

So, in March I started a program called Isagenix- http://www.isagenix.com/?sc_lang=en-US . We do alter it as we see fit (typically just one shake a day instead of two), but have seen such amazing progress in just 2 ½ months. I started in the mid 140s and weighed in at 133 yesterday. My 30th goal was to get down to 135. The funny this is, my body is so different then it was when I was at that weight before- I of course have- what I call my “Kanga pouch” from my lovely babies, and my boobs seem to be smaller (ugh, really?). Best of all, I feel super healthy. I feel like I want to put great food in my body and keep out the bad.

Most importantly, I feel like I am able to make better and healthier choices that affect my whole family (minus my crazy picky husband) J. I honestly don’t care very much about numbers because I think what is important is how a person feels about their body and their health. Plus, I don’t feel like you can compare your weight to other people, as everyone has a different body style. I think it is most valuable to celebrate your little successes- no matter how small! So my journey will continue … we’ll see what happens. J

Grumpy Me!

This weekend I was pretty grumpy was a little loney because a new release came out for Jason’s video game. This means he’s played as many as 18 hours a day and almost every night until wee morning hours. At least he took a break for a ten minutes dinner. Lol! I’m glad I have two cuties to spend time with all the time.

I rejected an opportunity to do something that was outside of my comfort zone, but could have been really fun; and because of my nerves. I decided not to do it. Often times I take that as a sign from God, to not do something when I feel really uncomfortable about it, because He’s spoken to me many times that way. It would have  been an opportunity once a week to get out of the house and do something for me and even get a little bit of money for doing it, but decided it wasn’t worth it because  I was worried about being away from the kids, and missing out on something fun with my family. I rationalized its by saying it wasn’t enough money for the time it would take me- which is true. I have no choice, but to trust my initial instinct, since I was praying for God’s answer, but I do feel some amount of regret, that I am not brave enough- but at least my worry is gone!  I think I’ve lost a bit of myself after having kids. I love my family more than anything in the whole world. And my babies are so important to me. I just don’t feel like a ‘me’ sometimes.I feel like a mommy machine. All day, all night. I have so much respect for moms who work full time and our mommies too. I can’t imagine how hard that would be, to leave your kids all the time. I couldn’t even do it once a week. I feel so silly for complaining because I am so lucky that I don’t have to do that, it is a true blessing.

I am so thankful that the sun finally came out, I’m sure that a lot of my feeling blue this weekend was because of the rainy weather. A girl can only take so many gloomy days. I need some vitamin D! I’m hoping my I’m in a better mood this week! 🙂 

April Showers…

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As promised, here is my weekly post. This week was a good one-

IMG_2934nothing too exciting to report. We spent a lot time doing chores and crafts this week. We also took some Spring pictures of the kids in our yard. It has been super rainy the past couple days, but I don’t mind unless I have to go out!

I have had quite the little helper with everything I do! I have been trying to think of ways that this 2 ½ year old can learn while feeling like a participant. One of the best things she helped with this week was the dishes- my least favorite choIMG_2868re! and she ACTUALLY helped! She washed her cups and even helped put them away the next day! She also helps me empty the dishwasher (I take the silverware- so there is nothing sharp, and then she hands me everything else to put away)- it’s fantastic!  She also assisted with laundry, helping put the clothes into the washer and dryer. It makes chores a lot more fun, it sometimes takes a little longer, or an extra mess to clean up. but think of the lessons she is learning. Plus we sing together while we work! IMG_2879

2015-04-30 11.44.00We also did lots of painting this week! We worked on projects for each of the kids rooms, our living room and mother’s day. We experimented with hand and feet prints. I had a large canvas for Aimlee to paint on, while I was finishing up my project!

Evan has been eating 2015-05-02 22.41.05solid food everyday! He is almost up to one jar a day- this is quite exciting! Aimlee and Jason both took turns feeding him this week. We also gave him his lovey blanket for sleeping this week. We have a few good nights and a few “normal” nights, but he does seem to like lovey! He is so close to crawling. He keeps getting on his knees and rocking back and forth. That makeIMG_2894s me a little nervous. He’s gonna start to MOVE!

This weekend was some sort of important weekend for  Jason’s video games- so he played games practically every moment he wasn’t working in the garage. This gave me lots of special time with the kids, but we definatly missed him.

I have been trying to do a cardio workout every day during nap time. This is a challenge because some days, naps don’t always come at the same time. Especially since the 2 year old didn’t nap a few days last week. I don’t mind her playing in her crib, but when she puts her leg over the crib rail I get nervous she is going to know she can get out (we have a video monitor, so I can watch her)! So I rush upstairs to make sure she doesn’t. Quite the interruption during my workout. I still managed to do my cardio workout for 4 days last week which I was pleased with.

This week is Mother’s Day and I am enjoying preparing to celebrate our mothers! I love this time of year- beautiful Spring and summer’s coming!

weddings and love

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My sweet friend C.O. made this for me

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one of the Engagement pics

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At my cousins wedding

 

I was just recently a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding.  It got me thinking how much I love weddings. Like, LOVE weddings.  In fact,  it made me question,  why I am not a wedding coordinator. Jason said I’m not bossy enough to be,  but I definitely have good ideas and crazy organization and planning skills.

 

The past month has been so fun (and a little crazy) with all the wedding stuff. We hosted a bridal shower, attended a Bachelorette party,  arranged flowers,  had dress issues (I had to hem mine the day before, and it was too big) and then it finally came to the big day.

 

It is so wonderful watching two people who love each other,  plan their life together.  It made me think back to 4 years ago when I married the love of my life.  We had already been dating for 6 years and had planned a future together.   We were engaged for a year and 4 months. It felt like forever,  but I wanted our wedding to be everything we could ever imagine (on a budget)! That was one of the best years of my life.

 

When it actually came to our wedding day, we were so excited.  Everything was perfect!  I can still remember so many details. I keep begging Jason to build me a slide show video of our pictures (with video clips too), including all our special songs and everything….  Someday. 😉

 

As I look back at our love, before we were married,  when we got married and now – it’s true, love really does grow. We are still building dreams and working together to achieve them. Of course there is the occasional hiccup,  like a new baby or new video game,  but we learn to adjust and I think we even end up with a stronger relationship then before.