Wednesday, January 25, 2012

11 Things

Here's a fun post that Ashley The Mommyhood Adventure tagged me in.
The Rules
1. You must post the rules (and link up who tagged you).
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
4. Tag however many people you want
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

11 Facts about me
1. I have been married for {almost} 4 years. 2/2 baby!!!
2. I have gone to the same church my entire life
3. I played soccer for 15 years, and even played one season in college
4. I spent 6 months living with my SIL in NC while my brother was in Iraq
5. I am TERRIFIED of the ocean and everything that lives in it
6. I could eat Panera
7. I love to be crafty and make things for other people
8. I have never ordered a burger/steak at a restaurant
9. I have an associates degree in Liberal Arts
10. If I could do anything I would be an adolescent counselor
11. I would love to have a HUGE family...just have to get hubs on board :)

11 Questions from Ashley
1. If you could vacation anywhere in the world and money was not a concern, where would you go? I would love to go to on a Mediterranean cruise. That way I could visit multiple places!

2. Who's your best friend? Why? My best friend is Andrea, I have known her for 20 years. We met in Kindergarten and have been through SO much together. We have had a rough patch here or there but she has always been there for me whenever I need her. Day or night. She is my soul sister. I love her to death!

3. Facebook addict or Twitter addict? be honest I still don't understand Twitter.
4. Where is your favorite place to shop? If I am going to be honest it is Babies R Us, otherwise I would have to say Kohls.
5. What is your go-to clothing item? Honestly...a sweatshirt. Don't judge me.
6. If you had to read one author for the rest of your life, whose books would you want to read? Karen Kingsbury. Her series about the Baxter Family is amazing. All of her books are amazing. Go to the library and check her out. GO.
7. If you only had one day left to live, what would you do and who would spend with? That's a tough one. I would spend it with my husband, daughter, sibs, and mom and spend the whole time making sure they know how much I love them. I would tell my daughter how much she means to me and..ok I'm almost crying I can't think about this anymore...
8. Tell us the top 3 items on your DVR list? Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, and Law and Order SVU. I miss Stabler.
9. Tell us the color of the dress you wore to your senior prom? Black..and why yes, my hubs was my prom date!

10. What is your favorite childhood memory? Going to Gull Lake every year with my whole entire family. Spending a week together swimming, playing sports, going to youth group, and spending time in The Word. It was so much fun. I am so thankful for the relationships that I have with my cousins and it is all because we made the effort to get together every year and invest in each other.
11. Mountains or the beach?

1. What is one household chore that you wish you never had to do?
2. When you do laundry do you put it away or does it hang out in baskets for a week day?
3. What is your dream job?
4. If you could do anything, what would you do to change the World?
5. What is your favorite movie?
6. If you could re-do one moment in your life what would it be and why?
7. What is your favorite restaurant, and what is your favorite thing on the menu?
8. Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?
9. Who has been most inspirational in your life and why?
10. What song most describes you?
11. If you could go back and talk to your 16-year old self what would you say??

Now it's your turn! I choose you lovelies {and anyone else who wants to participate}

Andrea at Let it Be
Melissa at Carpenters Three
Tami at Little Moments Like This
Megan at Mackey Madness
Thats a tough one, if it is a beach that is NOT on the ocean then I would have to say the beach. However, I think it would be so fun to go hiking in the mountains, something I think I need to add to my bucket list!!

11 Questions for YOU!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sometimes and Always

Linking up with Megan today for

Sometimes: I tell myself I am going to go on a low carb diet

Always: I have pasta for lunch

Sometimes: I say I am not going to take a nap today

Always: I fall asleep after I put Ellie down for a nap

Sometimes: I make plans to go to the gym at least twice a week

Always: Ellie or I get sick and we're quarantined for a week..or two...

Sometimes: I lay in bed and write a whole post in my head

Always: I forget everything in the morning

Sometimes: I say I can't wait till summer

Always: I complain about how frickin hot it is and wish for snow...then I remember driving in the snow TERRIFIES me and instead wish for the perfect crispness of fall.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sick Toddler

I hate when Ellie is sick.

I hate fighting her and holding her down to suction out her nose
which is stuffy
...yet runny...

I hate how I have to change her clothes multiple times a day because she is drooling like crazy because she can't close her mouth otherwise she can't breathe. (Maybe I should put a bib on her tomorrow duh.)

I hate that it makes sleeping more difficult because she has to choose between her paci...and breathing

I hate that we are stuck at home because I am not going to spread her germs all around to other unsuspecting babies. Of course now that I want to go to the gym I am quarantined.
(Here's a thought, if your kids are sick...keep em home!!)

I would take her place in a heart beat. I hate being sick, especially when I can't just stay in bed and sleep all day...
but at least I know how to blow my nose and I can pop some Dayquil.

Other than the drool soaked shirt and the snotty nose you would never know she is sick. She is still laughing and playing like nothings wrong. What a trooper.

Do you have any secrets or tips for shortening a toddlers cold or getting rid or a stuffy nose??

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Along with my last post

Heard this amazing poem off Facebook today.
God is so good. He knows I'm struggling.

Love God?

Yesterday I went to GEMS (growing every mother stronger) at church and the lesson was really eye opening.
It was about Love.
Loving God, yourself, and others.
I think it was a message I really needed to hear.
We're called to love God "...with all your heart (actions) and with all your soul (feelings) and with all your mind (thoughts)..." Matthew 22:37-38

I struggle with all three of those, but especially my feelings.
I really wonder how God can love me, There are 6 billion+ people in this world how can He really care about me. I am so insignificant, sinful, and unworthy. I don't deserve His love.
But isn't that the point?
"God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8
That seriously boggles my mind. He knew every sin I would ever commit, all the ways I would go against Him and He still chose to die for me.
For me.
I have always had a hard time loving myself, and I think that might be one of the reasons why I have such a hard time believing that God could love me. (Throw in some daddy issues and you've got yourself quite a mess.) I've always felt that I wasn't pretty enough, skinny enough, funny enough, athletic enough...etc.
I have to remember that "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:10.
Who am I to judge God's creation. I imagine it hurts His heart when He hears us belittle His creation; whether it is ourselves or someone else.
He is our Father.
I would be so heartbroken if my daughter talked about herself the way I talk about myself.
So I can only imagine how much it pains my Father to hear what I think about His creation.

This is something that I really need to work on this year. Getting into the Word and really getting to know my Father. Trying to understand His love. How can I know Him if I don't spend anytime with Him?

I just think it's amazing that with all my faults He still loves me and wants a realationship with me.
How amazing is that??

1 John 3:1
" See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

Friday, January 6, 2012

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate...

Posting an article today. Definitely worth the read.

Q: I like to plan ahead, so I've been talking to my daughter's pediatrician about what she'll need in preparation for starting school in the fall. He mentioned a hepatitis B vaccine, which left me kind of confused. Isn't hepatitis B like HIV in that it's transmitted through body fluids? Is my daughter really at risk for something like that? Am I wrong in thinking she doesn't need that vaccination?

Dr. Wright: You're not wrong: The hepatitis B vaccine was designed specifically for "high-risk" groups, like drug users, prostitutes, and others. When these groups wouldn't cooperate with the hepatitis B vaccination program, los Federales decided that, suddenly, children "need" to be vaccinated, even though their risk of hepatitis B is small. But what makes this shift in focus more outrageous is that giving children the hepatitis B vaccination triples their risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

When researchers analyzed hepatitis B vaccination statistics from 163 individuals with multiple sclerosis and 1,604 "controls," they found a correlation between getting the hepatitis B vaccine and developing multiple sclerosis. Specifically, the results indicated that the risk of developing multiple sclerosis was three times higher in the group that was vaccinated against hepatitis B than in the group that wasn't vaccinated. By contrast, individuals given tetanus and influenza vaccinations had no significant extra risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

Of course, even though it was a Harvard study, it wasn't covered in any of the typical media outlets. It just isn't politically correct to challenge the current religion of vaccinating children against every hiccup and hangnail -- regardless of whether it's safe or even necessary at all.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's January?

I feel like I've been totally slacking in the blogging area in December.
It's just been so stinkin busy with birthdays and the 17,656 Christmas get togethers this year.
Ok so there weren't that many
But we did have 6, and I have one more for GEMS next week.

Last Thursday I went to the Melting Pot with some girlie friends for Ladies Night.
We had so much fun! And it was soooooo good. I love fondue.

Friday night my MIL took E for the night so Mike and I went and had a nice romantic date
at the shooting range.
I had never even held a gun before so it was a whole new experience for me.
We walked into the range and it was so frickin loud and I had to keep reminding myself
I'm a big brave dog...I'm a big brave dog...
Mike shot a few rounds then asked me if I wanted to go.
I shot about three and turned around and shook my head. I put the gun down and stood by the wall.
I seriously thought I was having a panic attack.
That many people with that many guns
What if someone made on little mistake? What if they let a serial killer in here? They only take your license so how do they know they didn't let in a maniac?
It was so loud. It didn't help that rambo over in the corner had a grenade launcher.
It would hurt so bad if someone shot me.
I had to get out of there. I didn't want to cry in front of all these guys.
I almost asked Mike to give me the keys to the mom mobile.
But instead I said to myself don't be a (w)uss and to put my big girl pants on.
I told Mike I wanted to try it again and I did pretty darn good if you ask me...or my hubs.
I got 23/26 body shots.
On the way there I had told Mike I was going to be a natural and shoot better than him.
I felt so anxious after we left and it took me awhile to calm down and stop feeling like I was having a heart attack but I think it is something I would probably do again.

Andrea and Jason were coming over for a game night so we stopped at Meijer to get a "few" things I need to make dessert.
I litereally had like 6 things on my list...
$124 dollars later we were checking out.
How in the heck does that happen?
I hate Meijer.
I lie; I love it.

But it was totally worth it because I made these babies and they were DELISH.

Throw in a few more family Christmases and I think that pretty much wraps up the rest of December.
Someday I'll tell you about all my aspirations for the new year.
Maybe in February...
or July...