so little weeds…

So I pulled all these little yellow nasties out of my front yard the other evening,

and I woke up the next morning to TWICE as many smiling at me…

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errrrrr…

but once again I plucked them all up tonight

and the Scotts weed killer is hard at work.

GOODBYE weeds, HELLO grass! (I hope)

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motherhood

I’ve been thinking…

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so a while back my sister in law compared motherhood to running, which let’s be honest I don’t do much of anymore… but she said moms are like marathon runners, we go go go, and dads are like sprinters, they come home from work and spend a short but oh so necessary amount quality time with the kids. we have the long haul (particularly stay at home moms, but even moms that work tend to do quite a lot with work on top)…

so we have to pace ourselves, we can’t do too much or we don’t make it to the end. and dads wrestle and chase and jump go a bit crazy with the kids because that’s what we need them to do, use that extra energy, sprint to the line for us…

and once again it makes me think about how amazing single moms are without a sprinter to go full force for them so the can have a bit of a rest…

and then I got to thinking about a friend of mine, she has three kids but often never leaves them all home with dad. I thought she was crazy, and that he could handle it. but then think about it… their sprinters and they need the coach (wife) close by in case of an emergency and the longer we leave them with all the kids the quicker they run out of steam…

I know last time I left Darin home with these two fireballs he barely came up for air.

what’s this all mean? nothing really. just thinking. glad to be a mom, as long as I keep a good pace.

and sometimes I don’t, and then I fall asleep at 9 b/c I stopped moving and nothing seems to keep my attention.

but I’ll keep chugging along, you too.

This little monster…

(Here’s a bigger Halloween picture Marissa! the collages are cute, but can’t be enlarged!)

This little monster has developed some bad habits since we’ve been away from home. Might be the death of me! (definitely has decreased his chance of ever getting a brother!) Help me if you can…

just for you…

Mom, I added the links for the fabulous coupon queen, and european traveler.

and for those of you who were interested…

CHEESE FONDUE BALLS…

Cube cheese. Make batter. Cook in hot oil.

Batter Recipe:
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 C milk
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1 C + 2-6 Tbsp flour (add a little more til its thick)

YUM! typing it makes me want to have it again tonight!

and since my computer died, and I haven’t backed up recent pictures, that’s all.

but I promise Christina, I’ll get some up soon! Natalie is just a crack up these days!

An Awesome Read…

the peacegiver

Wow. This is a great book. I loved it. If you have just a bit of time each night, you’ll finish this book in a week, yet you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. It’s all about forgiveness, giving a greater insight into the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It really touched my heart. I mean, its pretty much an eye-opening lesson but written through a captivating story, where if you are like me you want the characters to get to that happy ending and you love watching the them discover the steps they need to take, all the while it’s teaching me to do the same thing. Thanks Steph for loaning me such a good book! It’s a must read for all, and definitely a reread throughout my life! I am thankful for the greater understanding I now have of the Savior’s sacrifice and how the Atonement should work in my life. Sometimes I need a read just like this, it makes me look at everything in a new and BETTER light. He truly does give us peace and only through Him can we be forgiven.

A great DEAL day!

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Well, I am happy to be back in the saddle, hunting deals! Today I got all this for $10.75 and that’s because $4.69 of it was tax, so really I go it all for $6.06!! Awesome!  I mean diapers, 2 Neutragena sunscreens, 4 body washes, hair products, paper towels, and candy (that we don’t need and will no doubt become gifts) all for just six bucks, woohoo! Thanks to CVS and RiteAid deals, Southernsavers.com, and COUPONING!

I talked with a great friend/hot momma the other night after Bunco and she is couponing her way to Italy! I love it! Since there are less people in her home, she has kept the same food budget but started couponing and ALL the savings go towards a a trip to Italy in 2012! How great is that?! I decided we are couponing to keep our school debt to a minimum… then we will be couponing to PAY OFF the school debt and maybe one day we too will coupon our way to Europe!

I love saving money and hear about others saving money and helping others save money… 🙂

One

This is a popular number for me right now. Not just one on its own, but ONE a day, or ONE a week, or ONE a month… it’s how I set my goals, and try to focus a little on me and improving myself. I decided to give my goals a voice, and perhaps a little motivation too.  This year I have the goals of visiting the temple ONCE a month and reading the Ensign cover to cover every month.

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PROJECT ONE: TEMPLE

Thus far successfully completed, thanks to my mother and sister and in-laws for babysitting so I could could go and GO WITH MY HUSBAND !! 🙂

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PROJECT  ONE: ENSIGN

This one is fun because I seem to breeze through the stories and articles and love every bit of it! I love the new layout and new “sections.” However, May became a bit of a challenge because I didn’t get it before I left on vacation and it is the general conference talks (its usually the issue I didn’t get all the way through in previous years), thus I gave myself a new project one, to read ONE talk a day (I’ve been pretty good at doing so).  I’ve really enjoyed reading one talk a day to really think more about what was said at conference, and to read what I didn’t hear while taking care of the kids!

I also have a goal to do my VISITING TEACHING every month this year…

PROJECT ONE: VISITING TEACHING

Sadly I totally missed May, I was out of town/country for 25 days, but still I could have emailed or sent a card… sorry girls, I’m recommitting myself!

After Stake Conference today, I’ve decided to add another project…

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PROJECT ONE: SCRIPTURE STUDY

I want to study my scriptures ONCE a day, not just read or breeze through a section, but read, ponder and study. (I’m pretty sure this goal goes back on my new year’s resolutions quite frequently, so thus I resolving once again to do better!)

Now most of my projects appear to be working on improving my spirituality. I guess it’s a big focus for me this year?! However there are a few other projects on the list.

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PROJECT ONE: ADVENTURE

I want to have an adventure with the chicklets ONCE a week, sometimes ONCE a DAY if things seem too boring around the house. Thanks to a great price on a family zoo pass, the FREE play areas in the mall, storytime at the library, playdates with friends, my mom helping us get a family pass to the ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER, and our inflatable pool…I’ve been doing pretty good with this one!

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PROJECT ONE: CRAFT

I also set a goal to craft ONCE a week. This one hasn’t been so good, but I’ve been squeezing in a few projects and I got a list running in my head that I just need to start…

and my other NEW goal to add to the list–

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PROJECT ONE: EXERCISE

For a little bit I was trying to do something everyday, but that petered out rather quickly. SO HERE I AM, ready to jump back on the wagon. I’m gonna do it. 20 minutes a day… I can find that kinda time right?

Well, here’s to goals and projects…

Hope this week goes well!