I am still alive. Have been in a bit of a blogging slump...and I've been sick with the stomach flu. But I'm back...with a sore throat. Anyways, I think these girls are ready for summer. After the last big rain storm there was a glimmer of sunshine and these girls busted out the bathingsuits.
Let's see. Well you all know that Taylor turned 6 on the 15th. Saturday I cleaned my house like a mad woman because we were celebrating Taylor and my newphew Gunnar's birthdays here on Sunday. Turned out I did all that cleaning for nothing because Saturday at 3am is when my bout with the flu started. Of course Danny was NOT home, and I almost called my sis-in-law at 3 in the morning because at one point I seriously thought I was going to pass out. So I wanted someone to be here for the girls. Luckily none of that happened. Stuff like that scares me though. Not the passing out part, but the part of when Danny is gone and what if something were to happen to me!? At least Taylor is getting old enough that I know she's capable of calling 911, but still.
As I browse through other people's blogs, especially those who are photographer's, their kids are always dressed so cute and bows in their hair, clean faces, etc. REALLY??? I mean do their kids ALWAYS look that cute and clean? Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't mind if my kids always looked like that. But the reality?? It's in these pictures. If it weren't for having to get Taylor dressed for school, these girls would look like this 24/7.
I tried some new receipies this week. Went on to Trader Joe's website and found a few good ones. I would highly recomment this one. I guess it's name says it all. Easy Bake Pasta. They aren't kidding. It was SO easy, only took 25 minutes to bake and can feed a million people. I also made this tonight for me and the girls. Wasn't too sure they would eat it but they did. Again, SUPER easy and pretty yummy. None of those dishes are to die for as far as taste. But as far as getting the job and it being SO easy they are awesome.
I'm slowly making progress on our house and trying to keep it clean and the piles to a minimum. I've been trying to do one load of laundry a day and it's been working pretty well. I used to do a couple loads in a day, but then it wouldn't all get put away so I'd have piles of clean clothes everywhere. Now, with one load a day it's not overwhelming, it keeps up on the laundry and it gets put away. I also planned my meals, still spent $100 at Trader Joe's but came home with a bunch of meals, and didn't stress this week about what I was going to make for dinner.
I hesitate even saying this, because we have gone back and forth SO many times over the past 3 years, but I THINK we are closing the door on me trying to get pregnant. I've had a strange peace about it lately, which I'm not sure I've really ever had. I am SO thankful for the 2 beauties the Lord blessed us with. The reality of me getting pregnant and the long road it probably would be freaks me out. That does not HAVE to be the only path in extending our family. It doesn't HAVE to be a 3rd of our own. In MY plans I never imagined a family of 4, but maybe it's in His plans. Maybe in His plans there will be more. All I know is that I have to let go of MY plans...
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philipians 4:19
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
For Taylor's birthday we decided to do something on the smaller side. Starting school creates a whole new spin on birthday parties. Who to invite and who not to invite!? So, we decided to avoid all of that and Taylor chose just a few friends to take to Color Me Mine and then to Menchies. It was PERFECT! We did it on a Wednesday, which is their early day at school and I had them all back home by 4:00. The girls had a blast and got along SO well. Click the link if you want to see some pics from that day.
***(this is her bday present from us that SHE actually bought half of. she even quit eating at the cafeteria at school every wednesday to save her money for it. even though we paid for the cafeteria. =-))***
Well, my little girl is turning 6 tomorrow. wow. how funny, i just looked at the time and it was 6 years ago right now that i started going into labor and i thought i had "poop cramps". haha and i tried going back to sleep. these "poop cramps" weren't stopping so we went to the hospital to get them to stop. Long story short, I was 9 cm dialated when I got to the hispital and delivered(via c-section) my 4lb 4 oz baby girl at 32 weeks. More to come on her after tomorrow... =)
Praying for a lot of things lately. A friend of my parents just lost her husband to a nasty bought of cancer yesterday morning. She also just lost her son within the last 6 months also. My Aunt is fighting a nasty bought of pancreatic cancer and is having surgery tomorrow to remove her stints. Also been praying for all the people in Japan. Danny has the opportunity through his friends organization called Reach Out World Wide to possibly go to Japan to help out. On standby waiting to hear if/when they are going. Will keep you posted....
So before I start going off on myself, I wanted to share something simple that put a smile on my face today. Just found this flower on the counter. Taylor did this before she left for school this morning and it brought a smile to my face when I came across it. Oh the simple things....
Now for the real reason for this post. Yes, you are reading that correctly. $126.90 spent today at Trader Joe's. On what?? you might ask.... I wish I could say for the next week's worth of meals. But no. I might have 2 dinner's that I can make with what I bought today. I will still have to go down the street to our grocery store and spend even more money on groceries for dinner's. Failure. I failed again today. I know better. ONE Sunday night I sat down and made a list of dinner's for a whole week, wrote down what I would need to get from the grocery store and guess how much I spent that day for a whole week's worth of planned out dinner's?? $60!!!! plus no stress the whole week figuring out what I was going to make. And have I done it again since?? Of course not!! Why would I? It was too easy, stress-free and WAY cheaper. Who wants that?
Reason #2 for this post. Do you see those night lights laying on our counter in the middle of our kitchen? Yeah, those have been there for a couple of days now. Why? Because I'm not sure where to put them. Do I want to keep them? Throw them out? Don't want to throw them out because what if we need them? If I want to use them I'm gonna have to find light bulbs for them and I'm not sure if we have that size so that might mean I'll need to go to Home Depot to get some. So there they sit.
And look at this stuff. I started to do a good thing...about a week ago, maybe longer. I started to clean out our hallway closet. That closet was full, like every closet and cabinet in this house, with stuff that doesn't get used. So I pulled everything out and reorganized. Again, stuff I'm not too sure what to do with. So it has all sat, right there, for a week...or more. And I see it about 50 times a day and every time I walk by, I look, I think, and I don't know what to do with it. SO it sits...right there.
Yet another pile of STUFF. Just sitting. This pile happens to be in our bedroom. This STUFF doesn't have a place. So it just sits. This pile has been there for months. I just don't know what to do with stuff. I don't know what to hang on to and what to give away. I also have a pile of clothes sitting on our dresser of clothes I don't want anymore, but are designer items so I wanted to sell them on ebay and try to be resourceful and make some money I can use towards buying new clothes. But have I taken the time yet to take pictures and list them yet? Nope. So that pile sits as well...for weeks. I'm done. I'm ready to purge and just get rid of things. We have SO much STUFF in this house and our garage....it's time to just get rid of it. I try to hang on to things that "I might need" one day so I don't ever have to buy something that I already had. But enough is enough. I'm hoping that as I get rid of all the "STUFF" it will help me be able to get more organized and start finding places for everything. So meal planning and purging here I come!!
I stumbled across this blog from another blog I follow. The sweetest little girl you will ever lay eyes on. Go read her birth story. Her mom wrote it in such detail I want to read it over and over again. Be ready for the tears to come...
I'm feeling old. I used to be good at technology and computer stuff and I can't figure out the layout on this darn blog. How do I get The Nausha Family back as my heading? Actually I think I know, because I have it set on transparent right now. But if I make it a color I have a banner across the top. Anyone know what I'm talking about and how I can fix it?? Thanks!