Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday on the WW: Failed

 
I have failed my promise to myself and to my family.  I realize I constantly do this.  If you have read my blog for any amount of time you know that for YEARS I have struggled to stay committed to loosing weight and getting healthy.  I always say - THIS TIME I WILL DO IT!  Always.  So I am not going to say that again.  I know what is healthy, I know how to do it, I know how to lose weight - but damn it I just have to do it!
 
So here we are.  In my books I started over last night.  That is the only way I can look at it.  The last time I talked Weight Watchers I had just receieved my 16 week charm.  You would think that would have motivated me.  Yeah not so much.  So here we are again.  Starting over.  I have a new weight booklet and I am going to think of it as a clean start. 
 
I beg for you to continue to help me with motivation, recipes, tips, success stories and cheers!!  If losing weight and being healthy we wouldn't be such a fat country!  I keep reminding myself that it isn't JUST me in the cycle. 
 
Weight loss/gain:
Last night was my NEW start.  I have my starting weight and I am working from that number I saw on the scale last night.  Not horrible but not happy with it!  Today is a new day!!
 
Goal for this week:
TRACKING!  Even while we are at the cabin this weekend!!!
 
C25K Update: 
I tried and loved it! This too was set aside.  This I do blame on time, I have tried to find the right way to incorperate the running int our family schedule but I have not succeeded.  I loved doing this program so I really hope that one day I can stick with it.  Our family life and work life is busy.  I dont know how else to explain it.  The problem truely is deciding what to do with that 2 hours of daylight after work - run or spend time with my family?  Run or prepare healthy dinners and lunches.  Run or have playdate with friends.  Run or read a book.  You get the point. 
 
What are you doing differently this week?


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Masticholi Pasta Salad #Recipe

Time for another Recipe Share!  This time this recipe is from my Aunt Beckie.  She makes this salad for most of our family get-togethers because of the amount it makes and the simplicity.  I recently made this for a BBQ and came home with a ton of requests for the recipe.  Here you go!

Masticholi Pasta Salad


Ingredients:

~1 1/4 cup white vinegar
~1 1/2 cup sugar
~2 TBSP yellow mustard
~1 tsp garlic powder
~1 tsp salt
~1 tsp pepper
~1 tsp Accent
~1 TBSP parsley
~1 medium onion (white)
~1 medium cucumber
~1 box Masticholi noodles


Directions:

 1.  Cook noodles as directed.

2.  Put all the other ingredients (expect pasta) into a blender and puree.  You do not need to peel the cucumber.


3.  Pour puree over cooked and drained pasta noodles.


4.  Make ahead 1-2 days for best taste.  Keep refrigerated.  Stir twice a day to mix. 

5.  Serve cool! Enjoy!



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Monday, July 29, 2013

Why Montessori for Jude?

This was originally posted on Terrell Family Blog but I wanted to share it here too. 
 

Why Montessori for Jude?
 
I am Censie, Jude’s mom.  I am the author of a parenting blog called BuildingOur Story.  For any of you that follow my blog you know that Jude, who just turned 3, is my busy boy.  When I have people first meet Jude I often get the question “Does he ever slow down?” – the honest answer is NO!  This boy is on the go from the time he wakes up to the moment his eyes close. 
Since he was about 18 months old we knew that he was going to be a challenge in any classroom due to his high energy and advanced thinking.  My parents are both retired teachers and they laugh at the thought of us having to field teacher calls for the next 15 years.  Thanks Mom and Dad!  I am very thankful for my parents though, their teaching experiences has really helped us decide what we want for Jude with his education, specifically his Preschool years.  We have chosen to become a part of the Montessori education program. 
Define Montessori Education:  Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological development. The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.  Classroom materials {for preschool} usually include activities for engaging in practical skills such as pouring and spooning, materials for the development of the senses, math materials, language materials, music and art materials, and more. (Source:  American Montessori Society)
So what is appealing about the definition above for us and Jude?  Jude will not be expected to SIT in a seat for hours a day and focus on lessons in front of the room.  Instead he will get one on one education with his teacher or classroom aide but then also get to decide what he would like to engage with during his time in the classroom.  When we visited the classroom with Jude he was immediately pulled into some great activities.  Sculpting Play-doh, reading in the tree house, exploring the newly “hatched” butterflies and also matching letters.  Also, he isn’t going be fitting into a box of education.  Montessori is about working at the child’s level and need.  What more could you want for your child’s first education in life?   
(Jude visiting his classroom for the first time.  He was so sad to leave.)
 
Our plan is to keep Jude in this Montessori program that is just up the street from my parents until 1st grade.  At that point we will re-evaluate our options and move forward.  Jude starts Pre-school in just about a month!  EEEK!!  I am so excited for him, I know that this step will be a great experience for him.  I want learning to be a positive feeling for Jude for the rest of his life and I know that the Montessori program is built on that.   
 
Thank you to Heather for letting me be a part of her Montessori Moments – I look forward to many more stories to share with you all!      


 


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Forgiven Hooks Review and Giveaway - #etsy shop

Forgiven Hooks

My “oldest” friend, Kari, started an etsy shop for her hobby of crocheting.  The shop is called “Forgiven Hooks” and you must visit it.  I know you will find something that you need. 
When Kari asked me to browse her shop I found the Farmer Market Bags and knew that I needed one.  I love this idea for fruit and veggies to safe when grocery shopping.  I have also used mine for toys to take on our cabin trip over the weekend – multipurpose!!  Nice!
 
These are the bags, I love them.  Also, look at the great colors of yarn Kari uses!
 
Look at these hats!!  Eek!  Adorable for winter!!
 
Here is Kari’s Story:
About ForgivenHooks: Fulfilling God's purpose!
...to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the work of God. -Titus 2:5
I started my shop to help provide some income in our house. I'm a homeschooling mama who spends her days with her family. In the Bible there are several references about working hard and helping provide for the family among all the other jobs that we as moms have.
In my shop I will be personally making each item that is listed and custom ordered. Please check out my
pinterest page to find more ideas that I have yet to accomplish and list. If you are interested in something off the page send me and email and request information. I will quote you a price and then get started.
I can't wait to see my wonderful creations help brighten the lives of others!”
Another fun thing from Kari -  Binky holders!  Perfect for the Moms on the go!
 
Kari is also a blogger!  Make sure you follow Kari and her family on her blog too. 
Connect with Kari:Forgiven Hooks Facebook Page
Forgiven Hooks Etsy Page
Heart of the Homemaker Blog
Heart of the Homemaker Facebook page
 
GIVEAWAY!!!
Kari wants you to have one of her Farmer’s Market Bags too!  Hello lucky!!  Thanks Kari!  All you have to do is follow the rules on the Rafflecopter form below.  EASY! 
(Disclosure:  Kari gave me 1 free farmer’s market bag for my review purposes.  These are my opinions and are not swayed by monitary gifts.)
 
 
Rafflecopter Form:
 
 
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Vintage Baby! Teagan's 9 Month Photo Shoot

Our Vintage Baby Girl. 
 
I bought this Romper when she was still in my tummy and decided it would be perfect for a photoshoot.  I had no idea that my idea would go this far! 
 
We are absolutely in love with these pictures.  Once again we went to the local Target Photo Studio and were happy with the results.  Our favorite photographer left Target so we were worried but the woman who took these did fantastic!
 
 
Yay for Target having the props of suitcases!!  NICE!

 
She really wanted to eat those pearls!!

 
Baby in a suit case!!

 
My precious girl.  I love her!



Being 9 months is so fun!


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

R&R At The Cabin...sort of

This is THE Cabin. 
Jeremy's Grandparent's built this cabin 40ish years ago.  Jeremy's mother helped as a child.  This cabin is special to our whole family and we are so blessed to be able to share it with Jude and Teagan. 

The cabin is in Leadville Colorado.  It is small but perfect.  This was the first time we have been at the cabin since Jude was about 14 months old - he didn't remember it of course.  So the weekend was fun but not as RELAXING as it used to be when it was just us.  We will take the crazy 3 year old and wild 9 month old over that R&R any day though!

Jude fishing with Daddy on the dock.  This is Home Lake, it is literally steps from the cabin.  Amazing.  

Teagan and Jude on the porch swing.  In a couple of years these kiddos are going to never want to leave this place!  So much to explore!

Be Still My Heart.  
Just enjoying the cabin and family. 

Teagan watching her Daddy and Big Brother fish.  She wanted out of that pack and play so badly!!

WOW!!  Look what they caught!!  Probably the biggest fish Jeremy has caught in years!!  Proud boys!

Taking a hike to another lake.  Beautiful evening walk. 

My kiddos.  We had a great time just skipping rocks and looking at the water. We tried finding Oscar the Moose but he was no where to be found.
Never mind the bad hair day, no showers at our cabin!  ;)

Jeremy and his mountain girl.  She loved the wind in her hair.  

Settling in for the evening.  Reading, cuddling and watching a movie.  

So maybe there were tantrums and nap strikes - but it doesn't matter.  Family get-a-ways are so special.  


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Teagan is 9 months Old!

July 20, 2013
9 Months Old

Teagan is officially 9 months old.  I know I keep saying this - "How is that possible?"

Things I do not want to forget:
~You weight 19 pounds - 1 more pound and you have to go into your big girl car seat.
~You went on your first vacation.
~You went for your first plane ride!
~You went to Arizona!
~You went swimming for the first time.  Loved it so much that you fell asleep in your floatie.
~You have learned to wave HI and BYE!  It is adorable!
~You are army crawling - and you are FAST!
~You are so close to REAL crawling.
~You love standing but aren't big enough for it yet.
~You aren't sleeping great still.  We are sleep training now.  :( It is hard on us all.
~You are wearing 6-9 month clothes but those are getting tight!
~ You are wearing size 3 diapers.
~You are getting better at eating baby food.  3 packages a day.
~You still adore your brother, the laughing that you guys do together is priceless.
~You are getting better at putting "puffers" in your mouth with out gagging.  LOL 
~Just like your brother, you love playing "I LOVE your face!"
~Saying Mama and Dada all the time.
~Still only 2 teeth!!


Alright friends - this means we are 3 months away from a CUPCAKE birthday party!  Yes, the planning has started!

Happy 9 Months Teagan!!


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Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich - #bookreview

I cannot believe I am already writing another book review.  What?!?!  How is that possible.  LOL!   I am on a roll!  Reading is getting easier now that Teagan is able to “play” more.  Woot! 
 
My goal for 2013 reading is actually working.  I am pleased that with this book I am at 6 books read for 2013!  My total goal is 13.  Think I can do it?  I hope so!! 
 
 
Three to Get Deadly
(Stephanie Plum Series Book #3)
By Janet Evanovich
 
 
My Review:

Another great read by Janet Evanovich.  This author knows how to keep me attached to my nook, that’s for sure!  I read this book in about 2 days, and I have already picked up #4 in the series.  Well played Janet! 

Stephanie is a bounty hunter, not a good one.  As I continue to follow her adventures in bounty hunting I am wondering – could I be a bounty hunter?  I couldn’t be any worse than her right?


After a mishap with “reddish” hair dye I have this great picture of Stephanie, outspoken Italian Jersey girl with a gun and pepper spray in her pocket book, ready to catch a criminal!  Comical really.  Her main catch in this book is a “Good Ol’ Man” that owns the local candy store.  His story snowballs as she tries to do her job.  She finds herself being shot at multiple times a day at one point in her hunt.  Something switches, she becomes serious about her safety which means it is time for the black leather jacket and pants…serious!  Uncle Mo has been involved in more than just candy, you will be surprised at the findings.  And maybe laugh a little too.    
 
 
Grandma Mazur wasn’t as present in this book and I missed her but Lulu, an ex-hooker becomes Stephanie’s right hand lady and I sort of like it.  Talk about a vision – an overweight, crazy ex-hooker Bounty Hunter in training and Stephanie going after criminals in the Berg.  Love it.  Stephanie needs all the help she can get. We cannot forget Morelli though, and either can Stephanie.  She is hurt when she feels like Joe is pulling away from her.  She cannot figure it out; maybe a girlfriend, maybe she is getting fat, maybe he is bored with her.  Either way she had to figure it out.  The tense relationship these two characters have keeps me reading.  I want them to be together, yet I love the crazy love hate relationship they have.    
 
 
Stephanie is committed to finding her criminal and goes all in.  I am really enjoying reading this series and I can feel Evanovich becoming more and more comfortable with her characters as the series plays on. 

 
My Recommendations:

This is a pretty intense book.  Maybe described a Chic Lit for the mature.  Janet Evanovich doesn’t hold back.  Sex, drugs, language and blood.  Easy read that will keep your attention.   
 

My Rating:
 

I give this book a 5 out of 5 cupcakes.  Like I stated above, it only took me 2 days to read this!  Deserves 5 cupcakes just for that!!  Enjoy reading!! 

 

What am I reading now?

Four to Score
(Stephanie Plum Series Book #4)
By Janet Evanovich
 
 
Happy Reading!!
 
 

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Make time for Rollie Pollie Bugs

I recently read a fantastic article called “The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up.”  After reading this I started to think about our daily life in our home.  I think we are a pretty average and normal United States family.  Young children, working husband and working wife.  Typical I suppose.  I would admit that our daily lives are pretty packed and full – not a bad thing all the time, mostly packed full of fun and blessings.  When we are getting ready for said blessings I do feel myself running out of time to look down at those rollie pollie bugs that Jude adores or pretend we are riding a horse to the car.
 
Have you read this article?  What things do you think you are missing in your daily life? 
I know I am missing special moments that my son sees as monumental.  Time to chill out and start looking at the world from a child’s eye.  Time to remember why I love being a parent.  Time to decide to be a part of every moment I have with my children.  Time to teach my children character traits of kindness, patience, and imagination. 
Every morning we are running late, Jude hears us say to him “hurry buddy we are late, let’s move to the car!” “No you don’t need to play with that stick” “Come on Jude use your ears, get in the car!”  As a working mom I need to remember that before I clock into work I am mom.  I am Jude and Teagan’s Mommy, which means until the moment I am on the clock I should be in their world – not the work world. 
I vow to myself, Jude, Teagan and OUR FAMILY that I will stop rushing around and start figuring out why we do not have time to stop and look at those rollie pollies in the morning.  Maybe going to bed earlier, maybe setting the alarm for 15 minutes earlier, maybe setting a time for Jude to explore?  Something needs to change.  I do not want my child to feel like his Mommy is bullying him to get to the car on time in the morning.  That is not how I want my child brought up!  I am guilty but now I am changing.  I cannot lie, this will be a struggle for me – I do not like being late.  I will need to gather my patience in order to follow through with this.  Mostly I want to be able to remind myself that these little creatures living in our home are learning and growing every day.  The slowness that I see in Jude is simply him wanting to grasp onto every memory or new thing he can see in our home or outside the home.  These creatures also grow up way too quickly to dwell on being 5 minutes late to work.  I am so appreciative of this article for opening my eyes to my problem.
In what ways do you make the word HURRY not a part of your daily vocabulary with your children?   
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Denver Firefighters Museum

Last Saturday we decided to take a trip to The Denver FireFighers Museum in Downtown Denver. 
Jeremy and I had heard of this museum but neither of us had visited before.  Since Jude is mildly obsessed with all things Fire Truck we thought this would be a fun weekend activity for our family. 
 
"The Denver Firefighters Museum is a non-profit dedicated to preserving the history of firefighting in Denver. If the heart of a great museum is its subject, then the Denver Firefighters Museum is truly one of the greatest in the world! The Museum offers not only outstanding exhibits on the history of firefighting in Denver focusing on the Denver Fire Department, but innovative and exciting hands-on activities that allow visitors to interact with the traditional exhibits. From groundbreaking state-of-the-art gallery space to engaging programs and special events, there is always something new to explore." {Source – Denver Firefighters Museum website}
 
Time to share our visit with you.
 Jude loved dressing up and playing on the FireTruck.  He wore that fire jacket the whole time we were exploring the Museum. 
 

 The history behind these trucks and uniforms in the museum are fasinating.  The history didn't grab Jude's attention but it sure kept me interested.  He did find it pretty cool that a long time ago before there were fire trucks the horses did all the work to get to the fires. 
 
Walking in Denver's Historic Fire Department was really interesting for Jeremy and me.  The upstairs showed the lockers and sleeping quarters.  What a life!  I really appricated not only the history of this place but also the educational piece of Fire Safety. 
 
 He wanted Daddy to try on the masks too. 
 
Jude - our little Fire Man. 

Jude on his Fire Truck.  Ready to jump inside for a ride and a talk on the walkie talkie. 

This museum is very educational for kids too.  At this station Jude learned how to dial 9-1-1.  It explained why he would call that number too.  Also there was a practice area for STOP - DROP - ROLL!  We made him try it. 

 Jude and Daddy got to try to put out the fires and see how heavy some of the fire equipment is too.  Very hands on - great for active kids like Jude.
 
Jude learning how to use the fireman's pole.  He wasn't too sure about this. 
Notice the great looking water pump truck in the background!

 We even found a place for Teagan to enjoy some time exploring Fire Trucks - in book form! 
 
Our cutie and her hat. 
 
 
Review:  This place is great!  I think in the next couple of years Jude will really grow to like this museum because of the exhibits they offer.  I know that we will be back.  I would recommend this trip if you are visiting Denver or if you live in Denver.  Great for ages 2-12.  Adults will love the history too! 
 
 
 
Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored review.  Simply showing off our fun trip to the Denver Firefighters Museum.  


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