Sunday, March 31, 2013

Child Hunger

Hello everyone,
                           I pray everyone is having a wonderful Easter Sunday! Remember the true reason we celebrate this day. God sent his only son Jesus, to die on a cross for our sins, so that we might be saved. On the third day he arose from the grave! Death could NOT hold him! AMEN!!

I wanted to share something with you that is very close and dear to mine and my husbands heart. America has nearly 17 million (as of 2011) children that are food insecure every day. Think about how many more children go without a meal now just two years later. So many children are born into poverty here in the US.
I am not trying to discriminate against helping starving children in other countries, actually I think anything we can do to help is great! I am simply saying we need to step up and take care of our country! Let's work together and feed the children of America. But what if I don't have money to donate you might ask? Well, I'm not asking you to donate. Well then how can I help you might ask? You can help children by simply watching for codes on items you already buy. ConAgra Foods Foundation has made a way we can all help. You might already buy some of these popular brands so please I urge you to watch your boxes / packages for codes. 1 code = 1 meal.  Here is the list of brands that participate:

  • Banquet
  • Healthy Choice
  • Peter Pan
  • Orville Redenbacher's
  • Marie Callender's 
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Hunt's 
  • Snack Pack
  • Hunt's MANWICH
  • Kid Cuisine 
  • Crunch 'n Munch
  • Rosarita
  • Van Camp's
  • Wolf Brand Chili
  • Blue Bonnet
  • Egg Beaters
  • PAM
  • Reddi Whip
  • Ultra Grain
No extra money from your pocket, just simply look for the code on the packages of participating brands, and take the time (maybe 3 minutes) from your day to go to http://www.childhungerendshere.com/ and enter your code. Remember that 1 code = 1 meal. Don't forget to enter your zip code to help out a local food bank. Please help us and so many others fight child hunger across America.
                                                            Until next time, God bless!
                                                                                               Amy

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Toys r us deal

Hello all,
               Hope you are doing well. I thought I would share an amazing deal I just got at my local Toys R Us store in hopes that someone else might be able to use it too. While shopping for my youngest sons birthday present (He is turning 1 in April) I came across a sign that said Fisher Price Toys buy 1 for $29.99 or more get a Fisher Price Toy 24.99 or less free. I chose the Learn and Move Music Station 
and I got the Love to play puppy   for FREE!!! You can click on each one and the link should come up. Now this sale ends March 31, 2013 so hurry and don't miss out!!!

Feel free to share any super deals you might have! We would love to hear about them! As always have a wonderful day!
                                                   Until next time,
                                                                          Amy

Monday, March 25, 2013

So much for plans

Hello everyone,
                          I hope everyone is doing well today. I'm starting to think that mother nature is confused because it is supposed to be spring and here we are in the 30's and have snow on the ground.
So many things have been ruined due to weather lately. Both of my kids got sick at once on Friday. My oldest with a stomach bug, so I had to pick him up from school early. My youngest had the beginning of an ear infection (So glad we caught it early).  Our plans to go to Cub Scouts, and plant trees, and go to the library for the literacy fair, etc... were crushed because they weren't feeling well. I took them both to the doctor. They both seem to be doing great now. I am just glad they are feeling better now. It's no fun having a sick child, try having two sick at the same time. I felt like a rubber band, wanting to comfort both children at once, but my arms just couldn't stretch that far. 

   My oldest was so disappointed that he didn't get to go to Soccer. They canceled due to weather any way. My mother in law came in to visit and bought him everything he needed for soccer as his Easter gift, and he was just so crushed when he couldn't use it yet. I am happy that things are finally starting to get back to normal. Now if we could convince mother nature that it is Spring, we would be alright.

  Well everyone, my laundry just buzzed, it's time to change it over; and I have coupons that await me to clip and file. My wonderful husband went out and bought me three papers yesterday so I didn't have to get out in the yuck of the weather. There are some amazing coupons that I will be using, now just to match them up to the deals! Take care!
                                                               Until next time,
                                                                                              Amy

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Keeping busy

Hello,
              I hope everyone is doing well. Thought I would update on how things are going here. We are getting ready to start Soccer, and have some pretty exciting things coming up in Cub Scouts. We also have a few activities that our local library offers that we plan attending to.

First off Friday 22nd we are having a pack meeting with Cub Scouts. Saturday We have a full schedule with a Cub Scout trip to plant trees in the morning, an Easter egg hunt at the park, pictures and crafts with the Easter bunny, and an early childhood literacy fair. Sunday will be my oldest sons first Soccer game (which he is super excited about). Monday 25th we have reading buddies at the library after school, and a Den meeting with Cub Scouts. Tuesday we have Puppy Tales at the library ( my son really enjoyed this the last time, and can't wait to do it again). Thursday 28th we have LEGO time at the library.

Saturday April 6th is Pine Wood Derby Districts (Which we are still getting ready for. ) Sunday we will have another soccer game. Monday April 8th begins SPRING BREAK for my oldest son. Hot wheels racing at the library. (Can't wait to see my sons face!) Den meeting the same night, and finally..... April 13th my youngest turns 1 year old. :-(     I have all most all of the planning finished, I just have to pre-order his cake.

On top of all that I have to find the time to get a much needed car wash when the weather permits, and a long over due oil change. All the while I am still working on re-organizing parts of my house, and it is driving me crazy that it is moving so slowly! Going through things takes forever, but it must be done, because you can't organize junk!
                                                       Until next time! God bless you all,
                                                                                                            Amy

Sunday, March 17, 2013

M.O.M. = Master of multitasking

Hello readers,
                          Hope everyone is having a Happy St. Patrick's Day today! While spending the day with my kids, and trying to get a few things done around the house, I was inspired to write this post. The more I think about it, the more I find myself guilty of it. Multitasking!!!

            Any one else multitask? I guess I didn't realize how much I actually did, until I became a mother. I have two boys ages 6 years, and 11 months. I am constantly finding myself talking on the phone while cleaning, or folding laundry. Cooking dinner, and talking on the phone, or with a baby on my hip.
Rocking one child and reading a story to another, or helping with homework. There are days that I feel like a rubber band being stretched in every direction. Ever feel that way? I find myself feeling that way a lot with two kids. My youngest is afraid of the loud noise our vacuum makes so I always have to carry him on my hip while vacuuming the house, unless my husband is home, in which he will hold him. He has really bad separation anxiety (usually just with mommy) sometimes he will play quietly while I clean. He is normally okay as long as he can see or hear me. My oldest plays with him a lot when he is home which helps a great deal. I find myself holding him on my hip and unloading/ reloading the dishwasher. Putting him in his high chair to eat while I clean the kitchen. He can see me, and I am close enough that if he should choke I could get to him fast.  

           I like to exercise and talk on the phone, or listen to music while exercising. Sometimes I exercise while watching a show.  Fold laundry while watching a show, especially during commercials. Cleaning while I cook (which makes clean up so much easier) Sometimes I will help my oldest child study for a spelling test while making dinner. Grocery shopping while carrying a baby, a shopping list, and looking through sales ads and coupons to make sure I don't miss out on any deals. (For this very reason I LOVE my baby carrier, although most of the time my baby will sit in the cart)

       One of my favorites is preparing a big meal like on Thanksgiving and cooking multiple foods at once and taking care of two kids, without burning anything. I'm getting pretty good at that one, even though there are times I find myself begging for help from my husband. (He's pretty great and I normally don't even have to ask him) What are some ways you multitask?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

So worth it

I have to admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is my kids laughing and playing together. It really makes every thing I do, all the lost sleep, early mornings, and picking up a million and one toys a thousand times a day so worth it. It definitely makes my job as a mommy a lot easier when the kids get along.
With that said I have to share a video that someone posted on facebook a while back. It put a smile on my face and I hope it puts a smile on yours as well.

 
This lady is amazing! I do not own any rights to this video or song. Just wanted to share a funny video! Thanks for reading! 
                                      Until next time, 
                                                             Amy

Friday, March 15, 2013

Memories

  
   I remember coming home from school and smelling Mr. Clean and Bleach, and Pledge through out the house. I knew mom had been cleaning. She always had dinner on the table around the same time. My favorite meal mom made when I was growing up was pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn. To this day when ever I eat that same meal, it reminds me of growing up. I watched mom work her entire life and raise two kids on one pay check. I watched her work multiple jobs and clean houses on the side. Looking back now I wonder when did she ever have time to sleep? When did she take time for herself? A lot of the time, she didn't. Once in a while she got a break when dad picked us up for his weekend, or when we would visit grandma. Even with mom working multiple jobs, as kids we never felt neglected. It was just the opposite. We had a roof over our head, clothes on our back, shoes on our feet, food on our table, and a wonderful mother who filled our house with love and laughter. She taught me that nothing gets handed to you in life. That you have to work hard for everything you want, and then you have to work to keep it. Sounds like a lot of work to me! We always had what we needed, even if mom had to do without. I will never forget the day when I realized that. Mom had just taken us school shopping and we had gotten new shoes. We didn't need new shoes, we had multiple pairs of shoes we didn't wear just because they were out of style. We wanted them because everyone else had new shoes and we didn't want to be made fun of. When I realized moms shoes had a hole in one of them, and they were both falling apart, I felt horrible! Thank you so much mom for making sacrifices for us. Thank you for making sure we ALWAYS had EVERYTHING we needed and most of what we wanted! I only hope that I can be half the mom to my kids that you have been to us!

   I remember my dad teaching me how to ride my bike at Highland Elementary School. I wanted so badly to give up, but he made me get back on every time I fell. He wouldn't let me quit, and soon.... I too could ride my bike without training wheels. I remember playing baseball with my dad, and Nintendo. I remember my cousin would come over and play Mario Brothers with my dad and they would always beat it. One morning we played a trick on my cousin when he wouldn't get up and folded him up inside the hide-a- bed couch. We used to play tricks on mom. He would have me hide and tell my mom that he couldn't find me (which as a mother is very terrifying not to be able to find your child) He would give me a signal and I would jump out and say boo! We didn't do that one too much because it always got him into trouble! (I can't imagine why?)
There were bad times as well, but I am choosing to only concentrate on the good times for now. The past is in the past, and yes it hurts, but we've been working on it for a while now. I feel like we have actually started to get closer again.

   I remember my grandma singing in the car on the way to and from church every Sunday morning.Victory in Jesus, Oh how I love Jesus, and any other song that may have gotten stuck in her head.  I miss her voice, and often think of her. When I was little she had pulled a trick on me, she told me that I had the power to blow out the red lights and change them to green. I spent half of my childhood thinking that I could change lights. It makes me laugh now realizing that she used it as a way to keep me busy in the car. When we would have a bad thunderstorm she would tell me that it was God rearranging his furniture again, or once in a while he was bowling and kept getting strikes. She taught me so much growing up. Never to give up, and always, always stand up for what you believe in. She taught me to put God first in my life, and then family and friends. To always obey God, and trust that his way was best. I saw her suffer time and time again, yet her faith in God never failed! Not even once! I remember Sunday dinner at grandma's house. Christmas dinner, Easter dinner, Thanksgiving dinner (and you better come hungry!!!). Sometimes I miss grandma so bad it hurts. I feel empty inside, torn apart, nauseated even. I know we all have our time to go. I know she is in a much better place. She is where she worked so hard her whole life to be. HEAVEN!!! Kneeling at the feet of Jesus! I know that one day I will see her again! Until then I will hold tight to the memories that I cherish so dearly!