Friday, April 26, 2013

I'm Bloglovin'!

Since Google Reader bit the dust, I'm adding my blog to BlogLovin'! Follow me there! :)

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I stole this from my friend, Stefanie, over at Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, & Dylan Too! Thanks for the idea! :)

I'm watching...House Hunters and House Hunters International. I'm addicted! I love seeing the houses and cost in other areas. Really interesting to see what is important to other people. And, of course, Glee! I'm a major Glee-k!

I'm reading...Fever by Maya Banks. Very 50 Shades-ish. I had planned to read The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (the author of The Mortal Instruments series) but I got sidetracked after re-reading the 50 Shades trilogy. I'll me on to Clockwork in the next day or so though.


I'm listening to...Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Of Monsters and Men for the most part. Or what ever is on the Pop/Alternative station.


I'm thinking about...what I need to do to get on a better schedule for myself and the boys. I waste a lot of time instead of being productive and it shows at home.

I need to...make a daily schedule, cleaning schedule and get the house in order before we go to Hawaii for my sister's wedding. Summer vacation starts right after and I need the house organized by then!

I'm creating...some cake designs. I have my first client in August and I want it to be perfect. I also have Noah's birthday in June.

I'm cooking...not much. It's very difficult to cook now that I'm back to working in the evenings. And I get so out of practice with cooking that on the two nights that I am home, I don't want to. I have been making more crockpot meals for the sitter's nights so they aren't eating frozen junk all the time.

I'm shopping for...nothing but groceries this week! We had to buy a car this week since Jason's is too expensive to fix at the moment and the car he had been borrowing started having problems too. Pretty soon I need to start buying everything we need for our trip next month.

I'm organizing...not enough!! I NEED to organize the entire house. It's getting out of control. The first place is partially done and that's the loft play room. My pantries are next with extra shelves. (My baking stuff takes a full pantry!!)

I'm proud husband! He's doing so well at the job he started in the Fall! He's moving really quickly in the company!

I'm looking forward to...summer vacation! I'll be so glad to not have to get up so early and get 4 kids ready and out the door by 7:45!

I'm loving...having some extra days off in the next few months at work! I miss my family!!

I'm very grateful for...God's provisions! We've had a tough few years and we're finally getting back on track! It's nice not having to struggle so much!

Our plans for this week...I work this weekend but we'll spend some time outside during the day with the kids. Next week is actually pretty quiet too. Now that Nix doesn't have his Doc-band anymore, we don't have to drive down to Pasadena!! So exciting! :) Just gymnastics on Monday and taking care of my fix-it ticket. :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Liebster Blog Award AKA Spilling My Guts

My lovely friend, Elizabeth, over at Must Love Mommyhood was nominated for a Liebster Blog award and had to answer some questions. I decided I'd answer them too! I love Elizabeth's blog and envy her ease at knowing what to blog about. I'd love to have her following! I'd recommend checking out her blog on homeschooling, RVing, autism, TEXAS (hehe) and her crazy, amazing, Z-pack!
Here's my answers. I'd love to know what other questions you all have about me and my family. Feel free to ask and I'll answer!

What are your plans for 10 years down the road?

Oh wow. Elizabeth listed the ages her kiddos will be and it shocked me! So here it goes!

My hubby will be 52. I will be 38. (Insane!). I will have a 17 year old, 15 year old, 12 year old and 10 year old. (Even more insane!) Hopefully there won't be any younger kiddos then that! God willing... I'll be working as an RN in a NICU or possibly even have my Nurse Practitioner license or be a NICU Certified Nursing Specialist. I'm also considering becoming a Certified Midwife instead. I honestly wish I had a homebirth with Nix. I was very close to having one anyway! Performing homebirths would be pretty amazing. I have a big decision to make when I go back to school once Nix is a bit older.

I'm not sure where we'll be living. I'm hoping Jason will become a regional manager and that will guide where we live. I do know that we plan to buy land for our next and hopefully final home and build exactly what we want from the ground up.

I'll be guiding my girls into college choices and encouraging them to go wherever they feel God is guiding them. And guiding my boys to make good decisions and hopefully not breaking any bones at those ages!

Why did you start blogging?

I had friends who blogged. I've been an Internet nerd since I was about 12 so it was pretty natural for me. I tend to fall off the blog train easily though. Using the Internet on my phone instead of a PC really stopped my blogging too. I'm trying to get back on it though!

Are you planning on changing things up on your blog or have you already?

Very much so. I want to start to blog daily. One of the things I'm planning at home is a daily schedule. I don't manage my time well. I'd like to plan a bit of blog time too.

Do you have any favorite “secret” obsessions?

Oh so many. My reading list isn't PG. Books are my biggest obsession!

What is something you’d like to learn more about or learn to do?

I love learning more about cake baking/decorating. I'd love to branch out and sell my cakes. I also want to get back to cooking more from scratch and even growing and canning some produce.

What is something you’ve learned that empowers you when you’re stuck in a rut?

Honestly, I'm kind of in a rut right now. I haven't really learned how to get past being overwhelmed and stay motivated. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

If you had the chance to meet someone (past or present) and ask them any question, who would it be and what would you ask them?

This is such a great question and I really don't know! I can't think of one specific question I would want to know. I think it'd be lovely to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder because I LOVED her books as a kid (and still do). I would just love to talk to her and see what she was like but nothing specific I would need answer.

I would love to see my Nana again and ask her if she things I'm doing a good job with my kids though.

If money were no concern, what would you do differently in your life? Splurge? Travel? Hire a nanny? Save the world?

First off, I would for sure have a housekeeper. I am AWFUL at housecleaning. I get so overwhelmed and just don't know where to start. An organizer would be great too. I would like to travel but I would also love to have an Equestrian Rehabilitation facility. So I could help Special Needs children and adults learn to ride and give them some joy and freedom. (I still hope to do this some day!)

What’s your favorite thing to shop for?

Stuff for the kids, house stuff and BOOKS! Books are normally the only thing I buy for myself. Very rarely do I buy clothes for myself.

What is your favorite thing about yourself? What thing bothers you most about yourself?

My creativity is my favorite trait. I love doing fun things for the kids. The fun lunches, holiday tables, birthday cakes and Elf on a Shelf tricks are so fun for me and the kids love it. I'm hoping these are the things that they will remember and remind them that they had a fun childhood.

I actually have two things that really bother me about myself: my temper and my laziness. I have always had a bad temper. I was the kid that stomped up the stairs, screamed "I hate you!" and slammed my door shut (which has always been a big joke in my family...). I was able to really work on my anger a few years ago and didn't find myself yelling etc as much. I find myself slipping a lot more now. I hate that I raise my voice with the kids and come off in a bad mood. I don't want the remembering that. I think working full time and taking care of 4 kids and a house on very little sleep is really getting to me.

I've always been lazy. My room was a disaster growing up. Even when I first moved out on my own, my house was awful. I learned and got better at cleaning up but I can't seem to stay motivated lately. I'm not an outdoorsy person either and my kids have suffered because of it. They don't go outside as often as they should. It's something I'm working on.

If you had the chance to be your total opposite for a week, what do you think you’d learn?

If it came to not being lazy and getting this house in shape, I'd love it! I SO wish I was a neat freak sometimes. :) I'm hoping to turn into one. I do know that the house being messy irritates me a lot more then it used to.