Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cason is our little man


Such a sweet loveable little man. He is the cuddler that I wanted and didn't get with Rayelle.

I just wanted to make note of some of his tendencies that make him Cason.

· when he gets sleepy or is sad, he wants to hold his own unique way. He likes to stick his finger in between two of yours.

· he likes to randomly help clean...except for when you want him to.

· he thinks it's especially fun to make random messes around the house.

· when he knows that he needs to say sorry, he will give hugs...since he won't talk.

· he loves to take care of Aspen.

· he consumes more dairy than any person I've ever heard of.

· he can also scream higher than must people

· he loves to hang out with me and Matt after-hours and watch movies and eat popcorn with us.

· he has a super cute and slightly mischievous smile

· he gets frightened at any loud sound or raised voice

· and anyone who knows him can feel his sweet spirit. He is such a softy and I love him for it! I'm so glad he chose to join our family!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Things I'm grateful for

It is so nice to just be able to sit back and count my blessings. Sometimes I can't even believe how blessed I am. And I know that most of the time I'm not as grateful as I should be. So I wanted to take this time to count my blessings and say "Thank you Heavenly Father". caring husband who works so hard to take care of our family beautiful children who remind me how fun exploring the world can be friends who listen and keep me sane when life gets overwhelming that keeps me connected to the outside world and helps make life easier
5.other moms/bloggers who inspire me to be a better person and mom
6.a home that provides for our needs and is in a neighborhood we love
7.that we were able to get a bigger vehicle for our growing family and it's been running great
8.all the small things that make life great that I can't name right now because it's 1:48 in the morning and I'm tired.  :-P

Thank you Heavenly Father for taking care of me and my incredible family!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Life is beautiful!

Today was definitely the best day that I have had for little while. Last night I re-committed to not yell at my children. I know that it makes a difference because I committed to it before and followed through for about a week. But a bad habit is a slippery slope. It's better to just stay away before you spiral down out of control. But today was nice.

I woke up and told myself to only use my kind voice. When the kids aren't behaving, instead if yelling I will simply put them in time-out. But only after I ask them nicely to fix the behavior.

I caught Rayelle telling at Cason and told her that we only use kind voices. I noticed that the kids along better today. Aspen was happier today. I felt more calm for the whole day.

It its such a blessing to have a calm and happy home. I know that this is a tough journey to stop yelling. But I know it is completely worth it.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Overprotective Big Sister

Rayelle is a girl who loves people. And if you know her, you know that she loves everyone and everyone is her friend.

She often times will wonder off in a store or run far ahead of me without a worry in the world.

So last week we took the kids to play at the mall since they have an inside tree house with a slide and some dinosaurs and rocks to play on. Rayelle thought it was funny to run all the way down the strip of the mall to the play land and not stop when we called after her.

When we finally caught up we made her sit on the bench for time-out and we tried to explain "stranger danger" to her. I'm never quite sure how much she soaks in when I talk to her. But apparently she got all of it.

So for the past week she has been freaking out when she can't see Cason. Or when he falls a little behind us when we're walking. She literally cries and/or screams and calls out Cason's name and asks where he's at. Last night when we were at a family dinner she wouldn't calm down until Cason sat next to her on the stairs to eat his ice cream. And she wouldn't come in the house because Cason was outside and she didn't want him to get lost...even though the rest of Matt's family was outside with him.

But she is like this constantly with him. She always has to know where he is. And panics when he might get lost. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not. Is this a normal stage out did I scare/scar her too much?

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tomorrow's gotta be better than today...

We've all had one of those days when it seems like it can't possibly get any worse, yet it never gets any better. That was my kind of day.

I have had a cold for the last 3 days, so I woke up not feeling too great for starters. And Rayelle and Cason fight all day long. I had some errands that I needed to run since I haven't left the house since Tuesday. And Aspen was super fussy all day. With everything mixed together, I just felt overwhelmed and stressed.

I hate days like this for my own sake, but even more for my kids. When I'm stressed out I turn into a beast that I don't recognize or like. I find myself yelling at these little children that Heavenly Farther gave me, who don't even realize what they are doing is annoying or stressing me even more. They truly are innocent, beautiful little creatures who just want to have fun. And love me unconditionally.

And so I look forward to tomorrow...a new day where I get to start over. I get to try to be a better mom and a better me. Hopefully the universe is on my side.

But until then, I look forward to some good sleep.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Potty Training.....Again!

So we started the potty training process written Rayelle again this week. I felt horribly mislead when everyone told me that girls are easier to potty train. Obviously they never tried training a girl as stubborn as Rayelle. But she is finally following through with it this time!

On Tuesday we had a few errands to run. We had to get some ink for the printer and she had an accident outside the ink shop. Thankfully it was outside so I didn't have to clean that up...just her. Then we left there and got to Sprouts. As we walked in I asked her if she needed to use the potty and she said no. So we headed straight back to the produce and as we got there she told me she had an accident. It was only 20 seconds prior that I had asked her if she needed to potty. So I cleaned that up and put her in a diaper since she already used her extra panties.

But yesterday she only had one accident and today she hasn't has any! I think we're moving on to better days! And we'll only have 2 kids in diapers instead of 3.  :-)

It is so cute to see how excited she gets to put a sticker on her chart. And when she fills up a row she gets to pick a special price of candy. We let her pick some out at WinCo. And everyday when Matt gets home she is do excited to show him her chart. And when we went to run errands Matt asked her if she wanted to wear a diaper so she wouldn't have any accidents and she almost lost it and told him she's not a baby anymore! So proud of my big girl! Pin It

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Alternative Protein

So in my attempt at budgeting and saving money for my family...I need to figure out some frugal / yummy protein alternatives.  

The cost of good meat is just getting too expensive most of the time.  Every once in a while I can find boneless/skinless chicken breast on sale for a good price.  But once we run out of what I have in the freezer, I have to check the adds weekly waiting for it to go on sale again.

And good quality ground beef seems to never go on sale anymore.  So I've been forced to start to pay the higher prices and it makes our budget suffer.

So I'm in search of some alternatives to meat protein to add to our meals.  

I came across this list that lists practically every food that contains protein alphabetically.
And then this website has the foods separated by category.  And if you look around the website you can find  some extra info too.

There are some foods that have decent amounts of protein that I didn't expect!

Let me know if you have any tips or recipes that you guys use.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

So this is a recipe for homemade taco seasoning that I have been using instead of the packets for about 6 months now.  My husband thinks it tastes even better than the packets so it'll be a keeper.

Reasons for making it homemade:
no weird products/chemicals
what other reasons would you need?...   ;)

I buy all my spices at Winco in the bulk section for unbelievable prices!

1/2 C + 2 Tbsp chili powder
2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp paprika
1/4 C + 1 Tbsp ground cumin
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp black pepper

This makes enough to fill a large spice bottle.  It might seem like a lot but when you're using 2 Tbsp at a time for a recipe it takes a chunk out.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Menu Plan (8/27 - 9/1)


B:   toast / orange juice
S:   grapes
L:   pizza / green peppers
S:   no bake energy bites
D:   spaghetti / salad   (in case you haven't noticed by now...we love salad around here!)


B:   cereal / plum
S:   grapes
L:   pepperoni rolls / cucumbers
S:   yogurt
D:   loaded baked potatoes / broccoli


B:   flax carrot apple muffins / orange juice
S:   strawberries
L:   mac & cheese / broccoli
S:   no bake energy bites 
D:   peurto rican beans & rice / salad


B:   oatmeal / strawberries
S:   fruit leather
L:   hot dog / carrots
S:   cheese
D:   mexican summer salad


B:   flax carrot apple muffin / orange juice
S:   plum
L:   apples w/ peanut butter
S:   rice cakes
D:   date night


B:   toast w/ peach raspberry jam
S:   craisins
L:   tuna sandwiches w/ apple and cucumber slices
S:   nut crackers
D:   leftover bar


B:   oatmeal / orange juice
S:   rice cakes
L:   chili dogs / carrots
S:   yogurt
D:   mushroom sausage penne / green beans
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Menu Plan (8/20 - 8/26)


B:   toast / orange juice
S:   plum
L:   potato soup / corn   ...Rayelle asked for "white soup" :)
S:   nut crackers
D:   lasagna / salad   ...we never got to this last week


B:   cereal / pear
S:   apple
L:   cheese quesadilla / cucumber & black olives
S:   rice cakes
D:   ham fried rice / mixed veggies


B:   flax carrot apple muffins / orange juice
S:   carrots
L:   apples & peanut butter
S:   yogurt 
D:   chef salad


B:   oatmeal / craisins
S:   fruit leather
L:   hot dog / cucumber
S:   cheese
D:   chicken spinach pizza / salad


B:   toast w/ raspberry peach jam
S:   plum
L:   ham roll / green pepper
S:   pretzels
D:   sausage w/ white pasta / salad


B:   cereal / plum
S:   peach
L:   peanut butter toast / apple
S:   nut crackers
D:   fish fillets / sweet potato fries


B:   flax carrot apple muffins / orange juice
S:   rice cakes
L:   smoothies
S:   yogurt
D:   left overs / green beans
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Menu Plan (8/13 - 8/19)

B:   flax carrot apple muffins / pineapple
S:   Fruit Leather
L:   tuna w/ crackers / carrots
S:   yogurt
D:   chicken quesadilla / corn


B:   oatmeal / craisins
S:   plums
L:   ham, cheese, cucumber kabobs
S:   nut thins
D:   ham & white pasta / salad


B:   cereal / pears
S:   strawberries
L:   hotdogs / corn
S:   pretzels 
D:   vegetarian taco soup / salad


B:   toast / strawberries
S:   applesauce
L:   tomato soup w/ toast
S:   sweet potato chips
D:   chicken quesadilla / mixed veggies


B:   smoothies
S:   peach
L:   apple slices w/ honey / cheese
S:   rice cakes
D:   beef lasagna / green beans


B:   flax carrot apple muffins / pears
S:   plum
L:   mac & cheese / carrots
S:   yogurt Dots
D:   tuna pasta salad / salad


B:   oatmeal / peaches
S:   dried apples
L:   PB&J / apples
S:   flax cracers
D:   family dinner

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Flax Carrot Apple Muffins

It was a very busy afternoon around our house during nap time today.  Our house was turned into a bakery!  I found a couple of muffin recipes that I wanted to try out.  Mainly because they are super healthy and I have been looking for snacks that I store away for when we get the munchies.  

The two that I tried today were:


Lets just say that the fruit and veggies ones will never be made again.  I probably added too much broccoli on my part.  

But the flax carrot apple muffins were so delicious!  I even made them using Rayelle's gluten free flour so that she can enjoy them too.  And she completely gobbled it down.  So I don't see the point in making the fruit and veggie ones when the flax carrot apple ones are so yummy.  And yes, those are cranberries inside them too!

You will definitely have to make some for yourself!

But be warned...this is probably what your kitchen will end up looking like:

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Family Fun

I went to a meeting after church yesterday and the topic of journaling came up.  It was a subject that was spoken on in sacrament meeting last week also.  I used to be a good journal. writer.  I kept a consistent journal up until right before Matt and I got married.  I got sketchy about the time we got married and eventually stopped writing all together.  So I don't have many documented memories of our newlywed years.  And I only have a couple entries about Rayelle as a baby.  And I don't have any entries about Cason.

Well, seeing that I'm haunted by the topic of journal writing, I figured I better hone in on my jouraling and write a few more entries about my family.  I could hand write it, which would be cool for my posterity.  But it's just quicker and more realistic that I type it up.  And I can add pics that way.

So I've decided to share with you all some pics of my family over the last couple of months.


Rayelle fell asleep after she scribbled on her Etch-a-Sketch

Cuddled up backwards with her beddig

She likes to play in the baby's swing

Look at Cason's big smile

He likes to pull on Matt's ear

Rayelle is obsessed with's her new nail polish

She is so cute all cuddled up with her baby


Rayelle's first time at a beach...she made a new friend

She got brave and went in pretty deep

Rayelle got the ingredients out for chocolate milk

But the milk jug was too heavy

I found them cuddled up like this on Father's Day when I woke up

Then later that day Matt took a nap and Rayelle went and got her blanket to cover him up

At the park she got into someone elses fire-pit soot

Cason just learned to use a sippy cup

He was so excited to be next to his daddy

We took Rayelle to ride some rides and Cason got to sit in with her

I woke up to Rayelle yelling for help...I found her in the bathtub too soapy to climb out on her own

She rubbed shampoo all over herself

She put Matt's socks on while we were folding laundry


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Bento Lunch #10

Sometimes I just feel like throwing something together really quickly and I just don't think they all deserve a pic.  But I do think I'll take the time to post about a variety of lunches so you can see an average moms attempt at feeding my kiddos.

*diced peach
*chicken nuggets (gluten-free)
*root beer flavored milk

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Bento Lunch #9

"I Love You" Lunch

This is my attempt at using a cute background.  Sorry the pic isn't the best.  I'm still trying to figure out how to take better pics.  I just have a basic digital camera.

But onto the lunch.  It turns our Rayelle likes celery.  Who'd of thought?!

*celery w/ peanut butter (actually it's "toasted soy spread" since she has a peanut allergy)
*heart pepperonis
*heart cucumbers
*orange slices

She ate everything!  She has quite the appetite these days.  :)
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