Winner Winner, chicken dinner

 
 
 
 

While I was waiting in the worlds longest line, Josiah took the kids (pictured top) to go see the men making chicken. They started well before 3 am. As you may notice the men wore gas masks to breath. Once we got our chicken box (included was leg and drumstick of chicken, chips, banana, ice tea, ice cream, candy, and roll all for $8 a box) we headed over toward the pond to eat and relax in the beautiful sun.

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A great deal!

I took the kids garage sale-ing this past Saturday morning (Garage saling is HUGE Here) and we had a blast. I got some great finds but this book was the best. It is a chalkboard book with chalk, you trace the letters of the alphabet, and when your done you just erase it to do all over again later. It is perfect for our home school times and the kids love it! The best part was that It had been raining that morning and so it got slightly wet and so she gave it to me FREE! Look how good Arwyn’s letters are, she is writing her friend Reese a letter. It just went in the mail today, so Reese be on the lookout!

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Tasty Envangeline

 
 
 
 

So we discovered this other Farm much closer to our house, maybe just 10 minutes outside the city. Pine view had big and baby cows that you could pet. And they had a great store that had flour,sugar, flax seed and other healthy nuts and seeds. All in bulk for so cheap! They had a small section of farm grown veggies, and one thing I will have to get next time was the cookies for ice cream sandwiches to make yourself at home. There were like 20 for $1. That will be a fun thing to make with the kids. They also had home made ice cream as well. I got peanut butter and choc, Josiah got his typical Coffee, and the kids both got chocolate marshmellow….mmmmm…..

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The cow farm

 
 
 

A few Saturdays ago we went to a cow farm with some friend’s. The kid’s got to watch the cows get milked by machines, and then we all headed over to the store and got homemade ice cream, SO good! We also bought some cheap milk, farmers cheese and eggs. It was cool knowing that we were supporting local farmers and getting it fresh and cheap!

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My morning wake up hugs



Nothing wakes me up better in the morning than nice big hugs. As I sat sipping my coffee at the breakfast table I felt a tug on my pants. ” Mom, I love you.”, “come here buddy” I said. He climbed up in my lap and gave me a big hug. I squeezed him tight.

Then I got a hug lesson.

“Mom you have to hug with tight arms and shake”. As I sat wondering if that was how daddy hugs, (I needed to learn this art of hugging), I was informed that Diego hugs the koala bear like this.

I am glad I am learning from the best.

Left out

A had a first two weeks ago, she got to go play with her girlfriend Murphy at her house (three doors down) and M stayed home. It was bound to happen, the sibling “left out syndrom”. But a girl does need some good girlfriend time here and there. The first picture is Josiah cheering M up from being left out, and then frisbee became “so much fun daddy time” in the backyard.

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My top 5 recipes these last 3 weeks

So if you don’t live here in Lancaster you may not know that I am back on “the abs diet for women” from menshealth magazine.Yes almost ALL of Lancaster knows, just kidding, but all my friends here do. CUZ I have been complaining…

But not anymore!

It all started when I purchased the book after christmas. I started it shortly after and was on it for two months. I was picking and choosing which recipes and snacks I wanted and I was working out 3 days a week. I took my measurements at the beginning and then each Friday. I was losing inches which was encouraging but not losing lbs. I know you might say “muscle weighs more than fat, so that’s prob what was happening”. But no, you don’t start gaining muscle weight till you have burned off most of your fat. Which I hadn’t. So I gave up!

I went on a trip and didn’t stick to my healthy choices and I quit. This time around Josiah offered to plan, shop, and cook my meals and prep my snacks for me. He knew that taking care of the kids and cooking for them I just end up eating what they eat and grabbing “quick” not healthy. And I don’t cook something healthy for myself. So I took him up on the offer and am in the middle of my third week. I have lost 5 pounds and lost 1 1/2 inches in my waist along with more in other places.

It’s actually exciting. My goal is to get back to my pre knee surgery weight before we move to India sometime in the fall. But the bigger goal is to be toned and in a habit of eating healthy and small meals. If the saying is true that it takes 21 days to make a habit then I am almost there in the eating small meals and healthy options.

These are my Favorite 5 dinner recipes so far, (not as fun without pictures, but you will just have to take my word for it):

1. Shrimp to nuts
2.Chicken little Italy
3. The orange and gold
4.easy cheesy
5. Italian Chowin

and my top 3 lunches:

1.guilt free BLT
2.Guac and roll
3. hot tuna

and my fav salads:

1.Crunch time
2. <a href=”http://http://recipes.menshealth.com/Recipes
/SearchResults.aspx?WithKeyword=pimp%20my%20shrimp”>pimp my shrimp
3. popeye and olive oil

Not me!

 

I certainly didn’t complain when my hubby, who has been making me 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day for two weeks now, made me breakfast, that it wasn’t big enough nor yummy enough and without my coffee. Not me I am completely grateful that he is SO dedicated to helping me stick to the Abs Diet for Women so I can look the way that I want.

When I picked my kids up from the gym and my son told me he had snot running into his mouth I totally did NOT use the inside of his shirt to wipe it off then have to confess to the childcare worker when she came over with a tissue to find the snot gone. Nor would I respond ” hey!I am washing the shirt anyway!”

And I would never be caught dead wearing my grey sweatpants that have a hole in the rear to the gym because I would rather be comfortable than care if people at the gym saw my undies…( they are white today, they would blend in right?). I have much more class than that!

My oldest

Today we went on a family walk out in Lancatser city for about a mile. Josiah wore Vange in the backpack, and held M’s hand. A wanted to hold my hand. I made a heart note to soak this in.

Lately parenting has been challenging. With both of them. Lots of disobediance, laughter in the face of discipline, physically fighting (knowing that hitting and pushing etc. is something that is not acceptable) and worst of all lying. So coming across a moment where she is glad to be with me is rare.

I loved holding her hand. I can’t believe she is going to be 5 soon! I just recently trimmed her hair to cut back on our night time screams of brushing out tangles. But in doing so I think I chopped the last of the curls off her head! So sad! Something so simple made her look so grown up.

This evening while Josiah was gone I spent about 3 hours just looking through this blog from back when I started it in in 2005! I loved reading the stunts they pulled, the personality that was captured in the pictures and the things they said.This would be my favorite Arwynism. But this is the one that made me laugh the most. I saw pictures (here the title should have been ” a little preview”) of her all dressed up just like she does now, she has just gotten more stuff to put on.

I miss when she was just a little chunk and I could carry her around. Now my cuddling moments are few and far between. That is why I cuddle with Vange every chance I get. Maybe that’s why the baby is the baby. And why everyone can recognize that they are. I will take any cuddling that I can get, usually after nap when she needs to defog from her grump cloud she will climb up in my lap.

Now she gets to do things like, help me change diapers, and cook and go with me to help throw baby showers like below. Sometimes I need a “life” remote so I can pause and rewind and fast forward as I want.