Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Never Ever Ever

I am kind late hitting the ball in this one, but I thought this link up sounded fun...

Never Ever Ever will I get caught up with blogging. I'd really like to have a few posts scheduled a week and that doesn't seem to be playing out. Maybe come winter when sports slow down. {haha, who am I kidding?!}

Never Ever Ever will I be able to go without vacuuming just about every other day. {I am compulsive about clean floors}

Never Ever Ever will I be able to go on a carb free diet. I have been tossing around the idea, to loose the extra few pounds that seem to be sticking...and I just can't do it! {I love my carbs!}

Never Ever Ever will I understand why some parents parent the way they do. It's something that shouldn't bug me, but seriously all parents should be made to read a small manual before leaving the hospital. {Just get over it Kelly}

Never Ever Ever will I finish all the books on my Kindle that I have downloaded. My kids play games on there way too much and I have no extra time to read. 

Never Ever Ever would I be able to live without a camera!

Never Ever Ever will I ever stop blogging! I love the 'friendships' I have made and adorable my bloggy friends!

Never Ever Ever will I take family for granted. We don't live nearly long enough, so I'll treasure the time we have!

linking up with Shelly over at Hand In Hand

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You really are...

You are my sunshine...
 my only sunshine...
{well, one of my 4}
 you make me happy...
 when skies are grey...
you never know dear how much 
I LOVE YOU
please don't take my sunshine away!


Trendy Tot Tuesday
Linking up with Trendy Tot Tuesday

Monday, July 29, 2013

If I could turn back time...

...I would probably take time back to 1992. I was 10 years old. My grandmother was still alive and I was at that innocent age where I knew what death was, but not enough to know I would never see her again.

I was never really very close with either of my grandmothers, but my mom's mom, we saw more often and I became attached to her the most. We would go to Colorado to visit and they would come to visit us too. I never really had that amazing bond with my grandparents, since they lived so far away, but I would make sure to spend more time with each of them!

Seeing as how I would go back so far, I would also spend time with the many friends that I have lost along life's journey. There unfortunately have been too many to count and too many that I didn't get to say goodbye to. Some people leave the world way too quick with little or no notice. We often don't get the time to say goodbye and tell them what they mean to us.
I would be sure to do it right this time. Spend the time with the ones I love!

 I would have been 'nicer' to my parents. Being a parent now, I can totally see where my parents were coming from in most situations. I could have given them the respect they deserved, when I was growing up and learned quicker that I didn't always know best.

I would turn back time to when we first got married and I would wait about a year or two have kids, so we could travel. Getting pregnant 4 months after being married kinda put traveling on the back burner till the kids are 'grown up.'

I would also turn back time to tell myself to concentrate more on school and less on boys. I would tell myself that my high school boyfriend wasn't going to be the one (and I knew that), so concentrate on school.

I would also go back and choose a different schooling route. I would tell myself to tough it out and go through nursing school. Don't get me wrong, I love the path life chose for me and I wouldn't change it for anything, but there are those day I really wish I would have lived out my 'tough' dreams.

Would you turn back time? If so, for what?


Linking up with From Mrs. to Mama for 52 weeks of blogging

Friday, July 26, 2013

Coffee Anyone?!

I would admit to you that I haven't had any coffee yet this morning. I am waiting on my hubs to bring me coffee back from his Friday morning 'coffee date' with the guys. Shortly I will be sipping on a skim caramel latte and daydreaming of it being fall. {I really wish fall was 6 months of the year}


If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that the first thing I thought when I woke up was how I felt like I was camping. It is crisp and just like a fall day. I LOVE it! {can't wait for fall} I have all the windows open and I am sitting here in a tank top....actually chilled. This weekend is supposed to be gorgeous here...I am stoked!


I would let you all know that my second born turned 6 on Tuesday and tonight is her all girls 'beauty birthday party.' We are going to be getting beautified! Nails, hair, make-up, photo booth and fun! I can't believe she is 6, I know I say it every year, but man time files!

I would let you all in on a little secret...I really was going to do a vlog this morning, but I am kinda intimidated by them now. Every time I do one, I can hear crickets in my comment section. Maybe no one can understand me because I talk abnormally fast!? Who knows...Maybe I'll try again soon.

I'd tell you all that tomorrow is my soon-to-be SIL's bachelorette party! Girls slumber party, spa treatments, hot tubbin, food, fun and more! I can't wait for a girls night to celebrate my brother's amazing fiancee!
 

I would let you know that I have big decisions going on in my head. {I know, that is mean to say and not tell you what they are} BUT they are still being decided. I hate stress and I am quite indecisive, so I am a bit frazzled lately. Hopefully I will decide soon and I can share my news with you all. {cross your fingers I make the right one}

I would share with you that this week I weeded my flower beds for 2 hours. I hate weeds and for some reason they just keep reproducing in my landscaping. I rarely pull them, mainly cause I know they will just grow back, but they were starting to take over. {not to mention the kids are scared of the 'prickly' ones} Now you can actually see that we have wood chips in our flowerbeds. I am sure my neighbors appreciate the 'change of scenery.'

I hope you all have an amazing weekend...Happy Friday!

Linking up with Alissa for Coffee Date

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Busy Long Weekend!


Remember this post where I was making things for the kids to do on our road trip?!

Well, we headed to Illinois to visit my hubby's grandparents and some more family on the way home.
The kids did great in the car and I think the hubs and I had more fun with the license plate game than they did. 





 
{I  have only been to Six Flags once and it was before Chase was born, so needless to say, we had a blast!}


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Morning walk to the park






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Our kid crew {plus Papa} at the Zoo


Blake LOVED all the animals!

Brothers!!









Best friends!

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 Monkeys in a Barrel



We don't have fireflies by our house, so the kids loved catching them every night!
{It brought back childhood memories}

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

'Yes Please'


Expecting manners from your children isn't expecting much. We need to realize that children learn much more from our actions than our words. We don't want to go about it with anger and getting mad when manners aren't used, rather love and patience. Stay away form the sarcasm and hold firm. If my child ask for milk, 'can I have some milk,' my immediate response is 'please try again.' Then my kids look at me and and usually reply with, 'may I please have some milk mom?'

It is all about the example we set and what we teach them. You are shaping your child for their future, which in the long run will be much 'brighter' with manners. Parents have many responsibilities, two main ones are teaching your child right from wrong and how to act. Your kids need to know what you expect from them. They need to know what is expected, whether at home, out in public or at a friends house. Make a list of the manners you expect from them..
 

 Once they know what is expected, they'll remember when they are reminded by a word or a short phrase you use, if they forget to use their manners.
 
'Excuse me?'
'Please try again'
'Manners?'
'You forgot a word'
'Words'

All simple sayings/words to nicely remind them to use their manners. I rarely have to remind me oldest three to use their manners. I have used manners all my life and my kids are good 'copy cats.' For the few times I remind them, they are usually caught up in the moment of what's going on.
 
There is nothing better than when my kids have a friend over and they use, 'please,' 'thank you' and 'excuse me.' It puts a smile on my face to know their parents are raising them to be polite and well mannered. The same goes for when my children are at a friends house and during pick up I talk with the other parent and they tell me how nice and polite my children were. {pats self on the back}

Often times my hubby has to remind me not to treat him like one of the kids and after he says something, repeating what he said, inserting a 'please' or 'thank you' and emphasize the manner he forgot. {hehe...sorry hunny}

How do you get your kids to use their manners?


Here are three great books I love to help with manners...
 
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
A parent who sets this limit, avoids anger or sarcasm, and holds firm by staying home will see a very upset child in the short-term and a much happier, more responsible one in the long-term. - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
Children learn much more from our actions than from our words - See more at: http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-manners_matter.aspx#sthash.CesXSB9d.dpuf
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