The roller coaster life of a stay-home-mom in her early twenties! Hang on tight!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

mmmm recipes!

I really cant wait till Jake gets his co-op! We will finally get some more money in bank account and that means I can really go get groceries. I  mean really fill up the pantry, fridge and freezer. Me and Jake were even thinking about going half and half with his brother and sis-in-law for a deep freezer a while back. I wish I could go out shopping now. But alas we can't afford it right now. With me and Jake working to get outta debt,every penny we make goes straight to bills. If we ever have any left over it goes straight to Amy. So whatever Jake's parents bring home for dinner is what we eat. Don't get me wrong, we appreciate everything they do for us and we are going to be forever in their debt because they have kept our little family afloat for the last 2 years. I just can't wait till we can contribute and have home cooked meals on the table for dinner every night :)  For those of you who don't know me I LOVE to cook! I love to chop,boil, bake, all that jazz. And now that Amelia is starting to eat table food, I really want to make sure she gets the necessary nutrition a growing infant needs. She loves everything from fish to chicken and I want to keep expanding her menu big-time. Well while pondering all this I found some recipes  out there that I would love to try out :) Me and my father in law love to try and experiment with new recipes together all the time (super fun by the way). I have come up with a list of recipes that I think will be a big hit with the family... Here are a couple:

Grilled Salmon

fish tacos
beef kabobs

Crockpot whole chicken
Chicken and roasted red potatoes
chicken cordon blue

And that is only the tip of the ice burg lol :)
Well all this has made me hungry.

God Bless!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy nine months to my lil angel!!!!

Yup another Amelia post :)
My beautiful baby is growing up so fast! She is so very wonderful and the light of my life. She a little monster when it comes to mac and cheese and has a smile that can melt any heart. Yesterday she scared the ever-living daylights outta me and her dad.She decided to take a flying leap outta her car seat when he was readjusting it. Luckily her daddy caught her mid fall and she only had a small bruise. Her daddy was more effected than she was honestly. I tell you what, babies can move at the speed of light when they want to. Amelia is crawling all over the house and follows me wherever I go now. I call her mommies shadow. :) She is so very close to walking that we put up the baby gates. All I know is that my life began when I met her father and our love made our beautiful daughter. Now here are some pics of her first month on this earth and who she has grown into so far. 

God Bless! 

Sincerely a mom that is on cloud nine! :) 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New plans, and a long fun post :)

Well I know i promised zoo pics but alas we didn't get to go this week. Our car decided to give us problems so we got it fixed instead. I know, I was really disappointed too. However it all turned out for the best. We still had a blast hanging out with each other this week. We bought Amy some more summer clothes and some more necessities. We got Jake a new game from game stop. LOVE Gamestop you can trade in old games and pay min for the new game, which comes in handy for a gamer like my husband : ).
 Any way, we had dinner with some new friends and it was a blast meeting them. They had two beautiful daughters. And we are going to cook out with them this summer.
 I also got to have lunch with a couple of old friends of mine I've known since middle school. I have to say it was really neat to see what path all our lives have taken since we graduated. It was really a great visit. I told them how I admired them for going into nursing school and they told me how they admired me for being a stay at home mom. You have no idea how nice it was to hear that outta my friends. They looked and treated me just as successful as they are. It made me realize that success is different for everyone. All I know is that I am a darn good mom and this is my lot in life, to raise my daughter right and in the right environment. Not ragging on all of you working moms, especially the ones raising their little ones on their own. But as for me and mine this is exactly where I need to be, supporting  my husband and raising my daughter in a non daycare environment.
Back on subject lol. Even though it was spring break Jake still had to go to work :( but me and Amelia ended up seeing my mother. I love spending time with my mom. Even though we have had rough times in the past, we are now as close as ever. We went shopping galore and even bought a new camcorder/camera to take videos of Amelia (especially since she is so very close to walking gotta get those first steps on camera :)). We ate at Cheddars and I do have to say Amy LOVED the chicken,fish and rice! She is getting closer and closer to eating table food and ditching the purees. We headed to see my lil sis and low and behold I locked my moms keys in her car. Uggg after I fixed that 65 dollar mess, I only got to spend the last 30 min with her. I missed her so much. She was in rehab and is now doing mountains better. I cant wait for all of us to start going to church together :). Last we went to wally world and got my a memory foam mattress for my mothers house. Since my wreak I cant sleep on anything else. We went home and had a relaxing evening. My mom is so awesome that she bathed Amy so I could get long hot shower. Any mom knows that that is a treasured thing ^^.
Sunday was just as wonderful as Saturday because me and Jake had a date night!!! Depending on money we like to have one once a month. Thanks to my dads Christmas gift (a Monaco gift card) we got to go and see The Hunger Games!

We both read the books and the movie was very good. I do have to day though it is harder to watch a movie when you read the book because you cant help but constantly compare. We had a romantic dinner of taco bell (all we can afford lol). All in all, it was so wonderful to spend some alone time with my love. He really is my other half.

Monday we went to pick up my sister and take her out on a beauty day. She is doing so much better and I loved seeing her again. Me and mom went and ate at my favorite restaurant, Cantina Loreado. I had the best salmon and Amy loved it to lol. I can eat their table top guacamole forever. they make it right there infront of you with fresh ingredients. mmmmmm.
The only thing left to report is Amy officially has her fifth tooth! Poor baby has been up for the last couple of nights with teething. She is getting them like crazy. But hooray the tooth finally cut :)

Well that's my catch up : P


Thursday, March 22, 2012

25 rules for mothers and daughters :)

I came across this awesome blog "". She came up with a wonderful post called 25 rules for mothers and daughters. I love these, and hope I can follow them through Amy's life. I also thought it would be nice to share with other mamas. 

So here they are :)
25 Rules for Mothers of Daughters. 

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself. 

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own. 
4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.

6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children.  Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.

 7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower. 

Source: Pinterest-

8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.

9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors.  Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.


10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.

Source: Pinterest-
12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.

13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.
14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.

15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.

16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.

17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.

18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible.  Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy's feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.

19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat- let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect- she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the bigger -the better- person.

22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words: she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.

23. Mother her. Being a mother—to her—is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother’s love for their children. 

Source: Pinterest-

24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets- no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her...she may just whisper, "I need my mommy."

25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you: welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news: embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you: find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit: tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor- where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile: be home. 

Thank you Sarah for letting me re-post  :)

That's it for today everyone GOD BLESS!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 1 and 2 of the awesomeness that is spring break!!!

Yes I said it, the awesomeness that is spring break :) And here it is:

Day 1 was very uneventful yet VERY relaxing. What did my family do you ask...NOTHING! Yes nothing we stayed home and spent some much needed time together. Amelia loved having both of us there all day to love and cherish her and I have to say we loved it too. :)))))

Day 2 was very busy but so worth it. We went and got family pictures made (something I have been wanting to do for a while) We got ready and I put Amelia in outfit after outfit until I ended up with the original one she was in  lol. In the end it just matched what me and her daddy had on. She was so very sleepy all day (growth spurt???) We were a little nervous about how it was going to go. But the photo shoot was wonderful. Amelia was all smiles, especially with this one photographer that cracked her up. I do have to admit he cracked me and her daddy up as well. :) The funniest compliment/ question we were asked is what product we put in Amelia's hair to make it stick up. I told the man that we don't put any in her hair is just does that. (who puts product in a 8 month's hair anyway). Well back to subject. I was very pleased with the photos and so was Jake, if it were up to him we would of walked outta of there with 1000 dollars worth of photos. He wanted each and every one. He is such a loving dad :) Well enough of this talk time to show off the pics!

There were more but those are the best of the best :)
Well come back tomorrow to read about our family zoo trip today :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring break is here!!!!!!

I am so very excited for this week!  My husband is officially on spring break and spring has defiantly sprung at our house. The days outside have been so very beautiful and warm. We have been taking every opportunity to take Amelia to the park and on walks. I LOVE the spring! (cant you tell lol)

We have so many plans for this week. We are going to the zoo with Amy, fishing and are planning to take her on her first picnic too. I really can't wait :)

Now for a spring time photo bomb :P

I have been so blessed with a wonderful family! GOD IS GREAT! 

Well that is it for today, see you this week for all our adventures :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tasty Friday : P

It has been a crazy couple of weeks as i said in my previous post. So much is happening with my family and I feel so very helpless. On top of it all it is talking everything me and Jake have to stay ahead of all the bills and try and get outta debt. All I can do is pray and hope.

This and other happenings have been why I haven't posted in a while but to catch up I thought I would share a tasty dinner. :)

Now this is the first time I have made Boston butt but I think i did pretty good.
I put in:

  • 1 bag of baby carrots
  • 1 bag of chopped celery 
  • 5 chopped new potatoes
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • and of course a 2lb Boston butt 

 I throw it all in the crock pot with a little bit of water and 2 bullion cubes and cook it on low for 24 hrs.

mmmm and it falls apart at the touch of a fork :P

Cooking it such a great outlet when your stressed, I really do love it.

You know what though, no matter what is going on in my life my husband and daughter always brighten it up. I am so blessed to have them.

Well that's it for today...GOD BLESS!

Monday, March 12, 2012

GOD is my strength!

I have had a terrible weekend! To make a very long and personal story short, my family (as in my side of the family not my husband and I) are having a bad time with a family member and drugs. Our family is being torn apart in all this. We are all so confused on what to do. On top of all of this, my mother is horribly sick with a virus with a temp of 105. The last couple of days I have just felt numb by all of it. And today I had a break down. I felt so lost. 
However today while reading Amelia her daily bible story for lent, I decided that I needed to read and pray hard about the situation. It helped so much to turn to GOD and just give him the problem. I know that if I trust in him and hold true, that this to will pass.

Well that is it for today, please pray for my family. GOD BLESS

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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One Beautiful Day!

We took Amy to the little park at a church yesterday and it was so pretty outside. We had so much fun playing with her. I love it when we get to spend time as a family!

So here is the day in pics ^^
Loves hanging with daddy! 

love that smile :)

hmmmm... mom what is that flying thing ^^

Hey! You snuck up on me!

daddy gets stuck lol

Cute :)
Like I said before, I can't wait until we can take her out everyday! I love these pics (even though I am not wearing any makeup). She gets more and more wonderful everyday, and I couldn't have a better partner to raise her with! 

Well that it for today, God Bless!!!!

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