Archive | December 2012

Working On My 2013 Goals (A Little Early)

I have been trying to take my 2013 goals seriously.  I have a tendency to start out great and then fizzle out.  I thought, that putting them here on the blog,  I might actually follow through with them!  My goals are here if you want to see them.  I have been baking zucchini bread and pumpkin bread.  I also have been making homemade bread to have with our dinners.  I used this recipe from  I have 2 bread machines so I can make 2 loaves at a time.  I use the dough setting like she says. I use white flour for now, but I hope to start sneaking some wheat flour in soon.   It turns out great!  The kids love it and it really helps to stretch our meals.  I enjoy doing this baking and cooking when I have the time and energy.  It helps when the baby cooperates.  Hopefully, I can get ahead of the game and then if the baby is having a bad day it is no big deal.

Here are a couple of pictures of my work.

Three loaves of zucchini bread.  The zucchini was pre-measured and frozen in my freezer.  It was from my garden.

Three loaves of zucchini bread. The zucchini was pre-measured and frozen in my freezer. It was from my garden.

Three loaves of pumpkin bread.  I bought this canned. It is from this fall.  I want to use it up.

Three loaves of pumpkin bread. I bought this pumpkin canned. It is from this fall. I want to use it up.

I have been trying to use up our leftovers too.  If you know me, you know that I don’t really like leftovers.  Thankfully, my kids do.  I am trying…I even ate my daughters leftover oatmeal (that is how serious I am about this goal!)

What do you hope to accomplish in 2013?

Winter Weather

Trying out our new snow blade and tire chains that we bought for our Polaris,

Trying out our new snow blade and tire chains that we bought for our Polaris.


Plowing the driveway.

Plowing the driveway.

More plowing.

More plowing.  I think he is having fun, and calling it work.

Enjoying Time With The Kids





It has been a great week off with the kids. We did some Chistmas baking, we went up to see my side of the family for Christmas, we braved a snow storm on the way home. We enjoyed another snowstorm last night and the kids are loving all of the snow.

I am enjoying not running around all of the time. We still have another 9 days off of school. Yahoo.

Things Are Coming Together…And Goals For Next Year

All of our Christmas stuff is coming together now.  The money that we donate each to the family of my husbands’ friend is in the mail and will be delivered Thursday.  I think that is the last thing that I had to do except teacher gifts for the kids and they are bought and packaged and just waiting for their parties on Thursday.

We are going to my parent’s for Christmas this year.  Usually we go for the long Thanksgiving weekend, but with the baby being due, we weren’t able to travel.  My mom said that everyone is excited to see us, and of course the baby.

Speaking of L, my husband weighed her and she was 10# 3 oz. with her clothes on, so I am figuring around 10 pounds or so.  She is growing beautifully!

I am enjoying feeling better and better every day.





1.   I want to make sure to use up all of the leftovers.   My kids are really good about eating leftovers, so that isn’t the problem.  The problem is finishing up every little bit of many different items without anything getting bad or lost in the refrigerator.

2.  I want to try some new recipes.  I am going to try for 2 new recipes each month.  I think food prices are going to go way up soon and I would like to have some cheap, filling meals that the kids like and will eat.  I have found that as my boys are getting bigger, they eat a lot!  They aren’t too into casseroles, but they have been really open to trying my food experiments lately.  If I come up with some good recipes, I will post them on the blog for others to try.

3.  I am going to try making more stuff from scratch.  I want to try to cut my grocery bill.  With 5 growing boys, it will be tough, but I think with smarter choices, it can be done.  I want to make at least 2 things from scratch each week.

4.  Learn how to can with a pressure canner.  I am getting the canner for Christmas.  I want to learn how to use it and fill up our basement shelving unit with the stuff that I have canned.  I want to have 10 jars canned each month.

5.  I want to keep track of some of the frugal things I am doing to help save time, money, or gasoline.  I will try to update one time each week.

6. ETA: I also want to be able to run a 5k without stopping by the end of the year.

I want to challenge myself to use our resources wisely and not be lazy (which I have a tendency to do when I’m tired.)  I will be using the older children to help me out and hopefully teach them some cooking, canning, and grocery strategies that will help them in the future.

Here’s to a great 2013!

Busy, Busy, Busy

It has been a busy week!  We have had some sort of kid activity each day this week.  Monday there was the Cub Scout Christmas party and J’s drum lesson.   Tuesday, was Boy Scouts plus J had his band concert for school.  Wednesday we had the American Heritage Girls Christmas party for my daughter, A.  Thursday we had the Christmas band performance for R and T.  Today R and T are doing a field trip for MRDD that I will attend so that I can see the performance as my husband went last night.

I am soooo ready for the weekend!  I need a little down time.

R performing at the MRDD concert.

R performing at the MRDD concert.

T with a "Santa" belly performing at the MRDD concert.

T with a “Santa” belly performing at the MRDD concert.

L slept through most of the concert.

L slept through most of the concert.

A loves all kinds of concerts.

A loves all kinds of concerts.

Reading to A before bedtime.  Our new routine is that A holds L during her story.

Reading to A before bedtime. Our new routine is that A holds L during her story.

S in his school Christmas program.  He is holding the heart.

S in his school Christmas program. He is holding the heart.

S freezing at the Cub Scouts Christmas party.

S freezing at the Cub Scouts Christmas party.

A at her American Heritage Girls Christmas party.

A at her American Heritage Girls Christmas party.

Only 4 school days until Christmas vacation!!!  Have a great weekend!










A’s Thanksgiving Field Trip

Our group of Indians celebrating Thanksgiving!

Our group of Indians celebrating Thanksgiving!

I am trying to back track and post some of the things that happened in the later part of my pregnancy that I don’t want to forget about.

A had a wonderful Thanksgiving field trip at a local outdoor lodge area.  They played some games that the Indians might have played.  They had a sack race, they did an obstacle course, they learned about indian drums, music, hunting styles, and wigwams versus tepees.   They also sang songs and colored a teepee centerpiece for our home Thanksgiving table.  Then they  had a huge Thanksgiving feast!  It was about a 3 hour outing.  I held up pretty well considering I now know that I was 4 days from delivering our baby, L.

There was a lot of walking around, but nothing terrible.  It was a wonderfully warm day.

A getting ready for her turn at the obsticle course.

A getting ready for her turn at the obstacle course.

A super excited to have her chance to do the sack race.

A super excited to have her chance to do the sack race.

Singing with Mrs. H.

Singing with Mrs. H.

A enjoying the wagon ride.

A enjoying the wagon ride.

What a wonderful day!

This entry was posted on December 9, 2012, in A. 1 Comment

We Have Two Inductees Into Honor Societies

My oldest J, was elected into his high school National Honor Society.  He is a very good student who does a great job inside and out of the classroom.


I was never chosen, so this is a proud moment for me.  I was never very serious about school work while in high school, so it is no surprise that I didn’t make it!

Also, my husband was the only Doctoral Candidate at his university to be inducted into Tau Beta Pi, a National Engineering Honor Society.  He was inducted last night.


I am really proud of both of their accomplishments!

Trying To Get Back To My Regular Schedule

This is my first week back to our normal schedule.  My husband went back to work.  Boo.  My mom left to get back home too!  Boo!  I had to get everyone ready and to school on time.  I wasn’t sure how it would be with the baby, but thankfully so far it has gone really well.

I have a big list of things to do since I have been taking it easy for a week or so.

I dropped off the presents to my friend who is running an adopt a kid for Christmas.  It is for needy kids at the Career Center.  We got our “needy guy” 2 pair of jeans, a pair of gym shoes, 2 long sleeve thermal shirts, 2 polo shirts, a fleece jacket, a winter vest to wear with the fleece if it is really cold or wear the fleece jacket by itself if it isn’t too cold, a nice collared dress shirt, and a pair of sweats.  We also got him a football.  We wanted to get him something fun. (There was nothing fun on his list.  It was all very practical.)   I am thankful to be able to help someone in need right here in our community.  I think it helps our kids to realize the difference between wants and needs.  He only asked for needs, there was not one “want” on his list.  Our kids wrapped the gifts and helped me purchase them.

I then had to get S cupcakes for his birthday.  He is 8.  How can that be?  We have to buy our birthday treats with the ingredients listed because we have so many food allergies at school.  I also bought his birthday cake so that I wouldn’t have to go back.

I still have several things that I need to accomplish, but they will get done this week.  I am feeling stronger each day.  The baby has been doing pretty well with the switch from being up all night to sleeping all night (with feedings of course).  Her biggest problem is that she has the hiccups several times each day as well as overnight for the past couple of nights.  She doesn’t cry with them, but she can’t sleep either.  Once they go away, she is able to nurse and go back to sleep.  I am tired from the lack of sleep, but getting used to keeping moving no matter what the night was like.  The day still goes on like it or not!

I cannot say enough how blessed I am.  These wonderful children are a huge blessing.  They keep me on my toes and keep me grounded to what is important!  Many would say my life is not easy, and a lot of times it isn’t, but my family is what keeps me going.  They know my strengths and weaknesses and love me anyway.  That is a wonderful feeling!

It’s Been Too Long…

Sorry I have been gone so long, but the good news is that L our newest addition is here safe and sound!

After I had the version to turn her head down and nothing went wrong, I had kind of settled into being pregnant for a few more weeks.  I had people telling me that I had dropped, etc. but I felt the same as always.  My energy was low for the last several weeks, but I was able to keep going with the necessary activities like cooking, cleaning, and driving the kids around.

I was able to get through all of the fall commitments too.  J was in a play at school and the date for it was November 17th.  Cross country finished and everything kind of ended with the play. We did have Thanksgiving coming up, but we cooked the turkey  and made everything else from a box.  Pretty easy, but after I got it together, I was exhausted and rested the rest of the day.   My parents were planning on coming down for Thanksgiving since we couldn’t go up there.  It is three and a half hours away.  I talked them out of coming when I realized that my doctor was going to induce me on Monday the 26th if I didn’t go into labor on my own before that time.  I was sure I would be induced.

Black Friday was uneventful except my tailbone hurt so badly.  My husband wanted to go to a couple of stores and get me up and off of the couch.  We went to Tractor Supply and Lowe’s.  I walked all through the stores with no problem.  We ate dinner.  I was tired and didn’t load the dishwasher.  The kids watched a movie and played some video games as it was a long weekend, and we weren’t rushed to get them to bed.   I sat on the heating pad for my tailbone.  About 10 pm we were getting the kids to bed and I got up and felt a gush of fluid.

My husband wanted to go to the hospital that minute.  I kind of lost my head and I had to think about what I should do.  (I didn’t think my water would break for some reason.)I finally remembered to call the doctor to tell him about the situatiuon.  While I was waiting for the doctor to return my call I was loading the dishwasher.  My husband was wondering why I was doing that and I was thinking I needed to leave the house clean because I wouldn’t be back for a couple of days.  While I was loading it, J, my oldest son said that he would load it, which he did.  The doctor called and asked if I was having contractions yet.  I said no, and he told me to make my way to the hospital.  I asked if I could take a shower before coming in and he said yes, so I did.  My husband was ready to leave…now.

I hopped out of the shower, got dressed, and we headed to the hospital.  On the way there I did notice some contractions, but not terrribly long or intense.  After going to triage where they could obviously see that my water had broken, they put me in a room.  They gave me until 4 am to have some regular contractions or they would start some  pitocin to get the contractions regular.  Of course, I needed the pitocin.

From 4 am until about 8:30 I was doing pretty well with the contractions.  I was a 5 cm and decided that I was ready for an epidural.  The thing that I forgot is that sometimes the aneshesiologists are busy taking care of someone else.  Between 8:30 and 9:15, the pain was getting more and more intense.  It was almost unbearable for me, but I had no choice but to endure until the pain relief arrived.

Thankfully, I knew all about epidurals and I was sitting up and ready to go when she got in the room.  It was the fastest epidural ever.  This lady was fast and awesome at giving epidurals.  She even gave me a compliment saying that it was going so fast because I was “thin” and she could see the epidural spaces easily and without feeling around for them.  Yeah me!

Once the epidural kicked in, I was ready to go.  The pain subsided, and within 30 minutes I was ready to push.  I had her out in less than 30 minutes.  She had an apgar of 8 and 9.

We are so thankful that she is healthy.  We are amazed by how God can create such a miracle.  It is beyond comprehension.

Her stats:


7 # 12 oz.

19 1/2 inches.

With 7 kids, we are getting crowded here.  We have been shopping for a bigger house and plan to move next summer.