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ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas shows!

Yeah, it’s Christmas time!  I love all the fun Christmas shows on TV this time of year.  They always get us in the mood for Christmas!  Watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and Polar Express together at Christmas time has become a family tradition for us.

I thought I would post ABC’s 25 days of Christmas TV schedule in case anyone is interested in getting their DVR set up for the good ones!

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Movie Schedule {2013} | Christmas Your Way

Sunday, December 1
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(8:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Buddies
(12:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Monday, December 2
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 3
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Three Days

Wednesday, December 4
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls – ABC Family Premiere
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas

Thursday, December 5
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Friday, December 6
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Prancer

Saturday, December 7
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(8:30–10:30 AM ET/PT) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
(10:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(12:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas
(2:30–4:30 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(4:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls

Sunday, December 8
(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) Christmas Cupid
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Snowglobe
(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby
(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) 12 Dates Of Christmas
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) Holidaze – ABC Family Original Movie Premiere
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs

Monday, December 9
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Holidaze
(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat
(12:00–2:00 AM) 12 Dates Of Christmas

Tuesday, December 10
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Snowglobe

Wednesday, December 11
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs
(8:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) Melissa & Joey – All New Christmas Special
(8:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Baby Daddy – All New Christmas Special
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Thursday, December 12
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Baby Daddy – All New Christmas Special
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Melissa & Joey – All New Christmas Special
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas

Friday, December 13
(4:00–4:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(4:30–6:20 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story
(6:20–8:20 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 2
(8:20–10:30 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 3
(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror!
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Chasing Christmas

Saturday, December 14
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day
(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too
(8:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh—Abc Family Premiere
(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(10:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(11:30 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(1:00–1:30 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(1:30–2:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror!
(2:00–3:50 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story
(3:50–5:50 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 2
(5:50–8:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 3
(8:00–9:45 PM ET/PT) Disney’s The Little Mermaid—Abc Family Premiere
(9:45–11:30 PM ET/PT) Disney’s The Little Mermaid
(11:30 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 15
(7:30–9:00 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(9:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(10:30–11:00 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing
(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) Disney Prep’s & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice
(11:30 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Deck The Halls
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Scrooged

Monday, December 16
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Snow
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(1:00–1:30 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing
(1:30–2:00 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice

Tuesday, December 17
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Three Days
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Unlikely Angel
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express

Wednesday, December 18
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Holidaze
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) Secret Santa
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(8:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Mary Poppins

Thursday, December 19
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Eloise At Christmastime
(9:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Mary Poppins
(12:00 –2:00 PM) 12 Dates Of Christmas
(2:00 PM–4:00 AM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs
(4:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(7:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls

Friday, December 20
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Chasing Christmas
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) Christmas Every Day
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Christmas Do-Over
(1:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(4:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(5:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Saturday, December 21
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) The Little Drummer Boy
(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Pinocchio’s Christmas)
(9:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus
(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
(10:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph And Frosty’s Christmas In July
(1:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(2:30–3:30 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones

Sunday, December 22
(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Unaccompanied Minors
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(5:00 PM–7:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Monday, December 23
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) A Dennis The Menace Christmas
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Deck The Halls
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Scrooged

Tuesday, December 24
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(9:00 -11:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Wednesday, December 25
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(7:30–8:30 AM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Keep Track of You Keys!

What a day… seriously!

It started out normal enough.  We got up and left the house at 630 am to drive my 2nd grader 40 minutes to school.  Yes, I know that is crazy, but I promised him he could finish the school year in his same school when we moved.  Anyway, we dropped him off and picked up my nephew that I babysit then headed over to my sister’s house nearby to wait until school gets out.

We got to her house and I realized hubby had borrowed my key to their house and didn’t put it back.  So I have 8 hours to kill with three kids and no where to go.  I call my other sister who I know has a key and works a few miles down the road.  She agrees to meet me in the parking lot to hand over her key.  I get there and she holds up her keys to show me that someone had borrowed her key and she doesn’t know why it isn’t on her key chain anymore.

Now it stands out!

Now it stands out!

Awesome.  So I have no choice but to call my brother-in-law who is a PE teacher to get his key.  I got lucky and he actually responds to my text that his class is outside and has me pull up along the outside fence.  I get there and he jogs over and hands me several keys through the fence.  He is pretty sure it is one of those keys, but he never remembers which one.  Awesome again.

Luckily one of these keys worked, but of course this is after driving around with three kids for 3 hours.  I vowed to never have a day like this again!  I painted the top of the correct key with black nail polish so I can see at a glance if I have the key with me or not and know which one it is!  I also made copies of all my keys and color coordinated them with different colors.  Here’s hoping this solves some of the madness!!!

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Just in case you haven't seen this before.  I have no nails and use this to get my keys on and off the key ring.

Just in case you haven’t seen this before. I have no nails and use this to get my keys on and off the key ring.

 

A Great Way To Take Someone Dinner

I just had my third kid. Third girl in less than four years. Third csection too. Enough said right?!

I honestly think people feel sorry for me. We were doing our newborn shoot last weekend and this lady asked me “are all three yours?” I said “yes” and her response was “Looooord, you’ve got your hands full.” Not only this, but people have been over the top kind and generous to us and I’m sure they’re thinking they need to help me out (ha, maybe they do). One way is that we’ve had SO MANY dinners brought to us. NOTHING is better than a home cooked meal that you haven’t had to cook. They have all been so delicious and have made my heart melt that we know so many kind people.

My next door neighbor told us a few days before it that she wanted to bring us dinner. All she said was that it was going to be BBQ. Hot dang. We love BBQ. So, she brought over a basket of food. It was covered with a hand towel. We opened it and WAHHHHHLAHHHH. Look at this beauty. She put everything in Mason jars.

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There is BBQ with two kinds of sauces, chips, buns, baked beans, cole slaw, mac n cheese, potato salad, and the best bangin’ dessert – chocolate lovers delight

I bet you wanna know what’s all in here right. There is BBQ with two kinds of sauces, chips, buns, baked beans, cole slaw, mac n cheese, potato salad, and the best bangin’ dessert – chocolate lovers delight.

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Look at this presentation. She put it all in Mason jars with fabric and she labeled each jar.

 

Here are a couple more pics.

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The girls getting ready for some grub!

 

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We put a nice dent in it, but there were plenty of leftovers!

Look at how great this looks!

Thank you sweet Marin for making me a Mama again (and not just for all the tasty food)!

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Why is my 3 year old freaking out?!?!

Wow… so the past couple nights have been something else!

My three year old is really giving me crap at bed time.  The other night it took him two hours to go to sleep!  Jumping on the bed, throwing his stuff, trying to go tackle big brother, and just being a total maniac!

First of all let me remind you that we are talking about the kid who just last month, stuck his hand into a wet cement bucket he passed by.  Stuck it right in there and then smeared it all over his pants and legs.  I tossed him in the bath at home and it still didn’t come off him!  We had to wait a few days for it to completely dry out and crumble off his little fingers! No joke!

I feel like I have tried everything! Re-direction, snuggles, taking things away, time outs, positive reinforcement.  I could have written the book on positive discipline after my years of working in childcare, but even this has me stumped!

My little monster in angel's clothing!

My little monster in angel’s clothing… finally asleep!

The same approach never works twice with this kid.  For example, he will hand over his special lovey and tell me its because he is going to do a trick on his bed (he got it taken away for doing this last time).  Or he tells me he can’t wait until he gets to sleep on the floor again (had to do this after continuing to jump on the bed)! Note:  we have also tried letting him earn tv time, treats, and special things as well.

So last night I again exhausted all my efforts…

I began scouring the internet for good ideas!

I found this, “caught ya doing something good” jar on pinterest from wolfelicious.blogspot.com and will be putting this into action very soon.  I used this in the classroom years ago to build class unity and team work, but hadn’t thought of using it for my own three year old.

**Wolfelicious**_ _Caught Ya_- Positive Reinforcement

Basically, you get marbles, cotton balls, or pompoms.  Every time you catch them being good, you reinforce their behavior by putting one of the marbles in the jar.  The idea is to fill it up with marbles to earn something special!    Great way to use positive reinforcement!!!

I haven’t decided what the prize will be after filling up the jar.  Possibly a camping trip, ice cream party, or pizza party.  I want to let them help pick the reward so its something they are really excited about.

I also came come across a daddy blogger  (Jasongood.net) who obviously was trying to interpret the many reasons why his three year old freaks out as well.  It was hilarious.  If nothing else, it did make me feel better!  Turns out, a lot of these three year olds are very similar!

His sock is on wrong.

His lip tastes salty.

His shirt has a tag on it.

The car seat is weird.

He’s hungry, but can’t remember the word “hungry.”

Someone touched his knee.

He’s not allowed in the oven.

I picked out the wrong pants.

His brother looked at him.

His brother didn’t look at him.

His hair is heavy.

We don’t understand what he said.

He doesn’t want to get out of the car.

He wants to get out of the car by himself.

The iPad has a password.

His sleeve is touching his thumb.

He doesn’t understand how popsicles are made.

The inside of his nose stinks.

Chicken is gross.

A balloon he got six months ago is missing.

A puzzle piece won’t fit in upside down.

I gave him the wrong blue crayon.

The gummi vitamin is too firm.

Netflix is slow.

He jumped off the sofa and we weren’t watching.

He’s not allowed to touch fire.

Everything is wrong with his coat.

There’s a dog within a 70 mile radius.

A shoe should fit either foot.

I asked him a question.

His brother is talking.

He can’t lift a pumpkin.

He can’t have my keys.

The cat is in his way.

The cat won’t let him touch its eyeball.

The inside of his cheek feels rough.

Things take too long to cook.

He has too much food in his mouth.

He sneezed.

He doesn’t know how to type.

The DustBuster is going to eat him.

His mom is taking a shower.

Someone knocked over his tower.

He got powdered sugar on his pants.

The yogurt won’t stay on his spoon.

EVERYTHING IS TOO HOT.

 

Easter Seals Fashion Show!

I just attended my first Easter Seals Benefit last week.  This benefit is a fashion show that benefits children with disabilities in Florida.  My sister’s law firm buys tickets to the event every year and this year I got to go as her guest!  It was so much fun!

First you get all dolled up.  Heels, dresses, the works!  Then show up to the event for makeovers!  They provided lunch catered in by Brio Tuscan Grill.  It was really yummy!  I ate lunch next to one of their male models.  He was very funny and flirtatious as I am sure he was meant to be… the models are in charge of collecting donations!

The male models walk around with trays carrying designer shoes to be auctioned while other models walk the runway wearing designer fashions.  The shoes were all auctioned off for $1,500 to $3,000!

Some of the models auctioning off designer shoes!

Some of the models auctioning off designer shoes!

One woman who helped organize the event had bought a pair of the shoes to be auctioned.  As the model walked around with her shoes she kept bidding on them herself.  In the end she won them!  She said she loved them and had to have them for herself.  She essentially bought the same pair of shoes twice!

My sister bidding on some shoes... we liked to bid around the $300 range while it was safe.  The packages all sold for $1500 to $3000.

My sister bidding on some shoes… we liked to bid around the $300 range while it was safe. The packages all sold for $1,500 to $3,000.

We also got to meet one of the kids that this benefit is for.  Chase, a 5 year old child with cerebral palsy, came to the benefit last year as well.  This year though, he came and showed everyone how he had learned to walk since he was last there.  It was amazing to see him and his accomplishments.

We also got all these great goodies in our gift bags.  Coupons, gift cards, and samples, were included in our bags!  It even had a $25 gift card to Tory Burch.

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A great event serving an even greater purpose!  The three hour event raised $53,000 for disabled children!!!  Hopefully I will be able to attend next year as well!

 

A Day In The Life Of A Stay At Home Mom

The moms that don’t stay at  home might not ever want to after reading this.

Here’s how my day went today.  It usually goes at this pace pretty much every day.  I hope I don’t scare anyone away from having kids!

7:45: Wake up courtesy of my 3 year old…. Before you judge me, wait until you see the rest of my day BEFORE you wonder why I get up so late.  Real story is that Ella has school on Mon/Wed/Fri so we all sleep in a little on Tues/Thurs.  She’s ready to get going.  I go downstairs and get the coffee going and tell her to let the pups out.  I feed them and get bfast going.  Breakfast is no joke in the Patterson house.  See below.

Coffee first, followed by dog breakfast, kid breakfast, mommy breakfast.

Coffee first, followed by dog breakfast, kid breakfast, mommy breakfast.

While I’m scarfing down food, I get some news in.  Hooray for Robin Roberts being back!  Followed by this, I fold some towels and took the laundry upstairs that I folded yesterday.

Laundry on washer and dryer is what I folded yesterday, but didn't get to.  In basket is clean, but needs to be folded.

Laundry on washer and dryer is what I folded yesterday, but didn’t get to put away. In basket is clean, but needs to be folded.

After we eat bfast, I go upstairs and get ready for the gym, make bed, put laundry away, iron my 3 year old’s shirt (crazy I know, but it takes less than a minute and looks SO much better) and lay her clothes out for her to get dressed.  By this time, it’s 9:00.

I have to wake my 1 year old up.  She went to bed at 7:30 last night.  Such a sleeper/grower.  I take her downstairs, change diaper and throw the girls laundry in.

I wake this child up at 9 and grab her laundry.

I wake this child up at 9 and grab her laundry.

She eats bfast (real fast) while I get Ella dressed and iron her shirt.  I get her dressed, pack a snack and we head out to library.  It’s 10 am by this point.  We finally get ready to get out the door to the library for some new books to take to Grandma and Papa’s this weekend.

Fun time at the library.

Fun time at the library.

We get to the gym around 10:50 and I’m on the treadmill by 11:05.  I s-l-o-w-l-y get my 3 miles in.  Hey, better than nothing right?!  My stomach is getting more and more in the way.

I'm all gross, but 27 weeks.

I’m all gross, but 27 weeks and welcome 3rd trimester.

I pick up girls from childcare and head home for lunch.  We get home around 12:20.  I threw the girls clothes in dryer and all of our jackets in the washer (they were a little too much on the dirty side), made lunch, did dishes and ran dishwasher.

Throw nasty coats in washer, make lunch, do dishes and run dishwasher.

Throw nasty coats in washer, make lunch, do dishes and run dishwasher.

We read some library books and I put Anna down for a nap around 1:30.  Unfortunately my 3 year old doesn’t nap unless I want her up until at least 10 pm.  So, I have to try to entertain her and get things done at the same time.  I took a shower while she played with magnets and colored.  She came upstairs bored at the end of my shower- go figure right?!   No time for drying hair and forget make-up.  I threw some clothes on, put darks in the washer, got out her puzzles, folded their laundry and she helped me pack their bag for their grandparents house this weekend.  I kind of multitasked by packing the clothes that I just folded.  I probably could have found some cuter outfits to pack, but this was easy and convenient AND I didn’t have to put most of them away.  My butt felt oh so good to sit down and fold laundry.

Laundry folding, bag packing, puzzles and some delicious healthy green tea.

Laundry folding, bag packing, puzzles and some delicious healthy green tea.

Next, my toenails needed some help so I painted both of ours along with doing a couple of thank you cards for the people that made me feel special on Sunday for turning dirty 30.  I let Ella help with the cards.  She put letter stickers on them (learning letters right?!?!).  I’m afraid this is the last time my belly allows me to paint my toes.

I like to call it letter learning and painting nails.

I like to call it letter learning and painting nails.

Right after finishing up our toes, Anna woke up around 4.  I got them a snack and put the dishes away in the dishwasher while they ate and watched Barney.

Snack!  Pirates Bootie.

Snack! Pirates Bootie.

After this, we went down to the basement so they could play and I could yet again fold a load of laundry.  I folded while they jumped in the bounce house.  They had just enough bounce house when I had two pieces of laundry to fold (never a dull moment).  We also played dress up and play-doh.

Releasing some energy, looking pretty and being creative.

Releasing some energy, looking pretty and being creative.

After killing time til dinner in the basement, Brian finished work.  I sent asked him nicely to go upstairs and put the new baby’s dresser together, I’m such a wonderful wife.  I got the girls and myself some dinner.

Ella eating, poor husband putting dresser together and my dinner.

Ella eating, poor husband putting dresser together and my dinner.

When dinner was over, Anna said she poo poo’d.  I took them upstairs and gave them a bath and got them ready for bed.

Bath and show in mommy's bed.

Bath and show in mommy’s bed.

While they watched a show in my bed, I put laundry away and then clipped their nails.  We also gave our small dog a bath.  Finally, they were ready for books and bed.  I was done with this around 8:00.  I came downstairs and put some orders in for a catalog party and then started this post.  It’s now 11 pm and I still need to finish picking up the house and would love to put the baby’s clothes in her new dresser that I washed.  Maybe I will get to bed by midnight!

Anyone wanna say that stay at home moms are lazy?  I do believe that I could sit around and let my kids watch shows or movies all day, but for my sanity and theirs, we like to get out of the house and do fun things.  Not all days are this crazy busy, but most days add some sort of craziness!  There are some days when I wish I could go back to work and get a break from the home life, then I quickly realize that life is too short to not enjoy every minute I can with my kids.

A couple of things to take note of:

  • I did not sit down all day unless I was scarfing (literally) food down OR folding laundry.
  • I did not have any other adult interaction (barely any with my husband either).
  • When I was folding laundry, I was either singing or trying to make conversation with the girls.
  • There were several things that I didn’t get to that I should have – i.e. call doctor about them not filing insurance on a claim.  ugh.
  • Forget a phone conversation or fun internet breaks today.
  • I’m leaving for Florida for 4 days in 2 days, I have yet to pack a thing for us.
  • I love my friends, I really do and I know one day they’ll understand why I’m so MIA all the time.

There you have it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Get Active with Your Kids!

Trying to be active as a family can be daunting!  I have not been great at it in the past, but have set my goals much higher this year!  Previously, we would all work on being active on our own;  I would take kickboxing and zumba classes at the gym, Danny would run, and the kids would play sports during different seasons.  It isn’t that we dont still do these things on our own, because we absolutely do, it’s just that now we would like to also incorporate having active lifestyles into our family activities as well.

It takes more effort and planning, but is way more fun and rewarding!  We have made a lot of changes to how we spend our free time and you can to!  It doesn’t matter how old or young your kids are.  These ideas will work for all families with old and young kids alike!

1.  Sign up for a race.  Start off easy, like the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving or another 5k or shorter.  Have your kids train with you!  My kids loved wearing a kids pedometer as they ran/walked.  It was still a bit hard on my five year old so he road his scooter beside us as we trained.  Fun and non competitive races are great for younger kids and for getting started.

We just ran the Color Me Rad Run this past weekend.  They have these all over the country.  They basically spray or throw paint at you as you run by so at the end of the race you are tie-dyed!  The kids loved it!  It was very laid back as far as the run goes.  It wasn’t timed, it was just a good time out getting exercise with the family.  There were lots of kids and even parents pushing strollers.

My niece, me, and my 7 year old getting ready to start the Color Me Rad race.

My niece, me, and my 7 year old getting ready to start the Color Me Rad race.

 

Here we all are at the finish line covered in paint!

Here we all are at the finish line covered in paint!  I didn’t bring my younger boys to this one as this was the first time running this one and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I will for sure bring them next time!

 

2.  Plan active things to do on the weekends.  Instead of the usual dinner and/or movie, we try to plan more active outings.  We go to the beach, the pool, hiking, fishing, roller skating, ice skating, the park, the zoo, camping, bowling, … it doesn’t matter as long as it is an activity that keeps your family having fun and on their feet.  It was hard to detour from our typical weekends of eating out and sitting at movies.  We still do these things from time to time, but as a general rule we try to make more ACTIVE plans.

3.  Invite friends over to play games rather than just to eat and sit around.  Meet at a park or plan to be in the backyard playing wiffle ball.  Set up a slip’n slide for the kiddos to play on while you BBQ.  We recently went to our church with some friends in the evening when there were no other activities going on and played freeze tag using the entire building where  adults and kids together would run, hide, and take turns being it.  It was a blast!  Even my three year loved it… he thought he was pretty cool going and unfreezing all the big kids!

4.  Get a basketball hoop!  This is a great way to have something active to do each night!  It doesn’t count if you just send your kids out there to shoot hoops (not that there is anything wrong with this).  The goal is to be active as a family, so go out there and play some HORSE and elimination with the kiddos.  We even set up a mini Little Tikes hoop for our three year right next to the big hoop so he can be part of the game too!

5.  Support your kids in their own sports!  We try to have each of our three boys pick a sport to sign up for each season (as much as funds permit).  We bring the entire family to each game to watch and cheer as much as possible.  Sometimes their games overlap and we have to split up, but more often than not we spend our Saturday mornings going from one game to the next.  It is really important that the kids know we feel what they are doing is important and that we are all there to watch and support their hard work!

6.  Take walks or go on a bike ride after dinner.  This is hit or miss for us because we often have practices on weeknights, but we love to just walk around the neighborhood and talk while the boys ride their bikes beside us.  Taking family walks are never overrated!

7.  Bring back the old school games!  We recently taught our kids how to play Kick the Can.  It was a huge hit!  They are obsessed with it and have all the neighborhood kids coming over after school to play it!  Not a fan of Kick the Can… try dodgeball in the backyard, capture the flag, SPUD, wiffle ball, or even a good old fashioned water fight!  Bring back all those games you use to play around the neighborhood before iPads, wiis, and xboxes ruled the world!  You might feel silly playing these along side the kids at first, but after the first round you will be in it to win it!  Our kids will spend their lives trying to beat us!

8.  Start a garden!  The kids love this!  They are all about weeding, planting, and of course watering!  Gardening helps them take pride in eating healthy home grown produce as well as taking care of the yard.  Each weekend we bring the kids out to help clean up, water, and take care of the garden and yard.  My littlest guy loves pushing around his toy lawnmower while my husband mows the lawn.

9.  Sign up for some adult co-ed sport leagues.  They have everything these days!  You can do softball, volleyball, kickball, flag football, etc…  Bring the whole family to the games to watch and cheer!  It is fun for them to see their parents participating in the same type of organized sports they do!  Last year I did softball.  It was a blast.  We brought Grandma along with us to the games to keep an eye on the kiddos while we played.    The kids loved going to the games and running around with their cousins (whose parents played on the team).  I think we will sign up for kickball next!

10.  Take up tennis!  Tennis is easy because most communities have courts you can play on for free.  These days, you can also get a decent racket for $20.  We like to take the whole family to the courts and play around.  The younger kids mostly just run around the courts throwing tennis balls around while the rest of us practice.  Either way, it is a fun and a free way to be active with your family.

These are just a few ideas and I would LOVE to hear what you do with your family to stay active and healthy! Change takes time, effort, and planning, but this change is so rewarding that it is really worth the fuss!

An active family is a happy family!

Casey and his Daddy after the race!

Casey and his Daddy after the race!

 

I couldn't resist posting this one was well!  It is not often that we get a cute picture like this!  Thanks to my seven year old for taking it. :)

I couldn’t resist posting this one was well! It is not often that we get a cute picture like this! Thanks to my seven year old for taking it.  Maybe he will be a famous photographer one day or maybe he is just particularly skilled with the iPhone!  :)

 

 

Book Review: Stephen King’s 11/23/63

StephenKing.com - 11_22_63

I know I dont often do book reviews on this site… it is because I like to save them for books I especially enjoyed!  This one is definitely in this category! I loved it!!!

Historical fiction novels have always been my thing, but this book is especially great because it is historical fiction with a bit a of science fiction.  LOVE!  Stephen King did a ton of research in this book giving it a plausible feel to the history during 1958 to 1963, a time period I think most of us have all been interested in.

The hero , Jake Epping, is a 35yr old English teacher from Libson Falls, Maine in 2011.  He also teaches evening courses for adults working toward their GEDs.  The book sucks you in immediately when you meet Harry Dunning, a man working on his GED.  Harry’s entire family was brutally attacked when he was 10 years old by his drunk father.  He is now a janitor with a lopsided head and a horrible limp.  His story is the first part of the book.

In part II of the book Jake’s friend Al tells him of a secret staircase he has been using to time travel back to 1958 to buy beef at the 50′s prices and bring back to his restaurant each week.  He urges Jake to go down and take a look and to finish the job he wasn’t able to do…  stop JFK from being assassinated.

This is not a “what if” book… as in what if JFK was never assassinated and the world that would create.  It is more of the journey it would take to change history and the possible butterfly effects that could occur as a result.

It has everything a great book needs to keep you hooked from start to finish:  great characters, entertainment, wit, a little brutality, research, and love.

Give it a go a let me know what you think!  I would love to discuss!

By the way this book is on sale for kindle right now for $3.99 on Amazon.  Read it on your kindle, tablet, phone or computer using the free kindle app.

 

Give Your Guest A Smile With A Towel Elephant

If you’ve ever been on a cruise, it’s so fun coming back to your room after they’ve made it up each evening to see what towel animal you get.  Well, I came home and was dying to know how they made some of the animals and thought it would be cute to have a surprise waiting for my guest.  All you need is a hand towel and bath towel of the same color.

towel elephant

Add some sunglasses too!

I found this easy tutorial of how to make an elephant!

Try it and I bet your guests will remember your house for sure!