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Monday, January 31, 2011

Things need to change.

This was me a few months before I became pregnant with Braeden.

I was 19 . . . 109lbs.

I didn't diet, exercise or anything and I certainly was not anorexic [as I've heard many people say about me]. This was just me, naturally. So it's hard for me to come to terms with how I am now. I have to lose a lot of weight. I am embarrassed with how I look now.

Yes, I have had three [large] children in four years.

Braeden 9lbs 5oz 22 inches

Jack 8lbs 4oz 21 inches

Logan 8lbs 10oz 21 inches
and yes I am much older now and it's expected that my body will have changed, but last night I stepped onto my grandmothers scale and was shocked at what I saw. I weight as much as I did at the end of my pregnancy with Braeden. I am not saying what that is, but it's a big number.

This needs to change. I don't want to be embarrassed with how I look at the age of 24, that's crazy. I know that I am still young enough that I can loose this weight pretty fast. I just need to do it. I am no where near obese or anything, but I am big, for me.

I am setting up a goal for myself, and I really think that I can reach it. I want to get down to 120 by my birthday [April 28th]. I think that is a reasonable weight for myself. I am 5'6" and I believe I have read that anywhere between 118 and 130 is a healthy weight for my height. I would love to be as skinny as I was when I was 19, but I don't think a weight of 109 would be healthy for me at this stage in my life.

So with this goal I have around 12 weeks to get down to 120. I really think I can do it, if I dedicate myself. I am going to try and eat better too. I will cut out all soda, because I know that stuff is horrible for you and I will have to work on my portion control.

I know it's not going to be easy, but I look at shows like Heavy and you see these morbidly obese people and they can loose so much weight, it just shows that I can do it too. I will take pictures of my progression, from start to finish. I will not post these pictures till I see results though.

Day 1 of my goal. I will do an hour of Yoga today. I have this great Yoga video that I did while in North Carolina and I did it everyday for an hour and started to see results pretty fast .... and then I got pregnant with Logan lol. I will be doing some Jillian Michaels workouts too, which I also did in North Carolina. So wish me luck. It's time to feel comfortable in my body again. Till next time :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Logan Joseph

Today at 4:22pm my baby boy will be one year old. In honor of his birthday I will share his birth story . . . it's nothing too graphic, so don't worry lol His birth was actual the easiest of all three of my kids. I woke up on the 17th with really bad cramps and pains and I thought they might be contractions but I wasn't totally sure. After about two hours of not being able to even stand up without being in pain, I knew it was time to go to the hospital. I told me my mom and we got ready to go. We got to the hospital around 10:30am and admitted immediately, the floor was completely empty, there were no mothers giving birth that day. They confirmed that I was having contractions and that I was 4cm. They proceeded to give me an enema, which was the worst thing of my entire life .. and they said it was "standard procedure" yet I had never had it done with my other two kids. There is no pain like having contractions and completely emptying your body at the same time, horrible. 

Once that was over with I believe I got an epidural because the pain was getting pretty bad. It was an awful epidural though because I still felt every contraction . .  but couldn't feel my legs. As i suffered through contraction after contraction Brendan was busy watching FOOTBALL. Yes. Wanted to kill him. The rest of the labor went pretty smoothly, really not much to write about, I kept feeling my contractions really badly and asked them to up my epidural but it never really made a difference. 

By 4:00 I 10cm and ready to push, (I turned off the football) and within 22 minutes he was out and a beautiful 8lb 10oz baby was born at 4:22pm. I remember shaking uncontrollably after having him for about a good hour or so and I think they gave me one last dose of the epidural or something because  I remember my legs  and butt being completely numb when I went up in my room. I was in no pain though,  it was a very simple and easy birth, the way it's supposed to be. 

Logan is the same way he was born, simple, easy and wonderful. He is the sweetest little boy I have ever known, don't get me wrong I love Braeden and Jackie and they are little sweethearts but there's something about Logan. He's an old soul or something, he's just so sweet and lovely, I can't get enough of him. He is the perfect edition to our family. I love my baby boy and so happy he's here and a big one year old, we are completely blessed. 

As most of you know we had his birthday party yesterday and it went so well. It was so nice to have a birthday party at home for the first time, not having to rent a place or anything, it was so relaxing and easy, I loved it. We blew up 100 ballons and put them on the floor for the kids to play with and they loved it. We all ate baked ziti [made by my mother in law] and ceasar salad along with some pizza for the kids [from Mozzarellas], everyone sat around and chatted and hung out, it was a really nice environment, very chill and fun. 

We then went onto the HUGE cake, we sung happy birthday to the little man . . . he was looking around like " .. going on??" lol We then cut him a huge piece to devour ... yet he just took little bites out of it and poked it lol We then moved onto the montage, which was so nice to watch on an actual TV instead of a projection screen where you can't really see it or here it. Everyone seemed to love it and I was so super proud of it. After that we all kind of just chilled and enjoyed Logan and watching the other kids play and we opened presents. 

It was a really nice time and I am so glad he had such a nice birthday party. I am so blessed that I have so many people in my life that love my children so much. 

Today we're not doing much, I am having my grandmother and mother over for dinner and some [more] cake, since we have SO much left over. I am making a huge pot of chicken and dumplings in the crockpot, I figure that will be soft enough for Logan to enjoy. I am hoping that Brendan can come home at a decent hour so he can spend some time with the birthday boy too. 
Alright well enough chit chat, time for pictures and the online premiere of A Year in The Life of Logan :)

The dining room and decorated

Baby Mickey Mouse Decor <3

One year of three brothers collage
12 Months of Logan Collage

Logan's one year pictures collage [my favorite decoration]

All the balloons for the kiddies
Logan's 1st year balloon [that he loved]

The birthday boy!!

Confused as to why all these bouncing things are around
Figured out that they are fun to play with

My little man

 Enjoying some yummy food

He thought this was hilarious to do lol

Singing Happy Birthday

Blowing out the candles

Going in!

Num Num Num

Must be good!

Making a mess, what he does best ;)


Balloon was bigger than him!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blogging is better than cleaning.

I really should be cleaning my house since Logans party is on Sunday ... but I would much rather blog and eat pizza. I have however done three loads of laundry . . . that should count for something right? Been a while since I've blogged but, I've been consumed with finishing up Logans one year montage and I finally finished it up last night. I changed the entire opening last night too haha typical. I really love it though, I watched it on the "big screen" this morning and it looks fabulous. So excited to premiere at his party then post it on here for all my mommy friends who couldn't be at the party. I think his party will be lovely, not too many people coming, keeping it small. My mother in law is making a tray of baked ziti and I'll make a salad. There of course will be a huge cake too, and I figure I'll show the montage once cake is served. That way people wont notice that it's 30 minutes long!

I've also been cleaning massive amounts of snot out of my children's noses [and mouths] blegh. These are things they don't tell you when you have your kids, you will wipe their snot with your own hand or sleeve to prevent it from going into their mouths ... forget running to get a napkin or tissue because yes, they will just let that gooey loveliness slowly stream into their mouths and never even think anything of it. Disgusting. Logan and Jackie have been sick for the past week, coughing, sneezing, stuffy, cranky, not sleeping well. Thankfully, they are feeling better now and back to their wonderful selves. Just in time for the party too. Phew. 

I did however get a break from being mommy for a couple hours last Sunday! It was glorious, felt like I was in Disney World. I left the kids with Brendan to go to the Deer Park Outlets with my girls, we ate at Millers Ale House, then braved the FREEZING cold to go a store or two and then headed over to the movie theater to see Black Swan. I was told that it was a trippy movie, but I did not expect what happened in the movie, I really enjoyed it and I totally love Natalie Portman. It is so nice to get those breaks from being mommy, as I am sure all you mommies reading this know. I don't think people that don't have kids . . and even dads . . I don't think they understand how being a mommy is 24/7 job, there is no end, no break, you are always in mom mode. So, once you get to go out, and get out of your mom area, it is so refreshing and relaxing. I think it also may be a bit worse for me since I do not drive. But, it was a really nice time out with my girls and I hope that I can do more "girls nights" outside of my house!

We got hit with MORE snow on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning . . . and when I mean more snow, I mean a shit load more snow!

My god, I have never seen this much snow in a looooong time! It is literally up to Brendans knees . . Brendan is 6'1". Yea, crazy amounts of snow. I have yet to let the kids go out and play in it, I feel it would only end in disaster . . . I am sure Braeden would love it but it's just far too much snow for me to deal with. 

I've started to work out . . . well I am trying to. I did Yoga on monday and I have a whole work-out schedule set up, but the week before your sons 1st birthday is not the week to start working out, it's just been too busy trying to clean everything and get everything ready for the party. Once I reach my goal I will post my progression pictures, and only when I've reached my goal. I am so embarrassed at how I look now. I was looking at old pictures, from before my babies and I was so super skinny that I can not even believe how I look now. Horrible. I really want to get back to my "old" body and I  know I can do it because I am not THAT far away from it, I just have to dedicate myself to it. I should probably start to eat better . . I usually don't eat breakfast and if I have anything in the morning it's coffee and there are some days where I wont eat till dinner, and it's not on purpose, it just happens. Time for a change, my friends. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. 

Now time for some [probably unhealthy] recipes! Enjoy :)

This is a recipe I kind of just made up in my head. It tasted okay, there was something missing, it did not taste perfect but it was still pretty yummy. Whenever I get a chance to cook it again and improve it, I will post it again. Also, feel free to try it out and improve it and let me know if you figured out what's missing!

Till next time :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuits 

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  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes
  • 1 cup of cheese [I usually use mexican blend]
  • 2/3 cups of milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
Mix and set aside for brushing:
  • 3 tablesppons of melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Preheat oven to 475. 

Stir all except milk and butter, combine milk and butter in a different bowl, mix together and add to flour mixture. Stir with a fork until it forms a sticky dough. Place heaping tablespoons of dough onto parchment paper lined baking pan. Bake 10 - 12 minutes, until slightly golden on top.

While cooking, combine the melted butter, parsley flakes and garlic powder. Once biscuits are done, take them out and brush them with the buttery mixture, put back in oven for 2 minute to "set" it. Enjoy! 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole (last nights version):

  • lb. of ground beef
  • 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 packet of McCormick Brown Gravy
  • 3 cups of Tater Tots
  • 1 cup of Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
  • Water
Preheat over to 350. Brown ground beef. Drain. Place the beef back into the saucepan and add the cream of chicken soup and brown gravy, fill the empty can of cream of chicken with water and add to the mixture. Stir. Cook on high until bubbly. Put the beef mixture into a 12x8 shallow baking dish, add frozen vegetables. Add the cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and top with tater tots. Cook for about 30 minutes, until the tots are a golden brown. If you like the extra crispy (like most people do) turn on the broil setting and leave in for no longer that 5 minutes (since I have burned many things while underestimating the power of broil.)

These are the things I will always remember

That pretty much sums up the day, it snowed ..  a lot and it was beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen such big flakes. It was almost surreal being outside in them. Today was a really great day.

Brendan stayed home from work. 

We did some painting

We all ate the worlds largest cookie.

Took the kids outside [briefly]

and I took some awesome pictures, that I love.

I love the snow because that means my husband gets to stay home. Till next time :)

Friend Finding Fridays

Friday, January 7, 2011

"Snow Covered" Brownie Cookies

"Snow Covered" Brownie Cookies

  • 1 Pkg. Brownie Mix [ I used Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate]
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 C. Oil
  • 6 oz Pkg. Chocolate Chips [if your brownies don't already have chocolate chips in them]
  • Confectioners Sugar
Preheat over to 350. Grease cookies sheets. In large bowl combined brownie mix, eggs and oil. Stir until well mixed. Add chocolate chips. Dust counter with confectioners sugar and drop rounded teaspoons of cookie mix, coat well with confectioners sugar. [ it helps if you coat your hand with confectioners sugar to reduce the stickiness of the cookie mix] Place each on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cookies will be soft so let them cool for a bit before removing them from cookie sheet. Sprinkle extra confectioners sugar on top while still hot if desired. 

This was also a random, very yummy recipe I made up. I was out of flour so I could not make chocolate chip cookies and then Brendan suggested I use brownie mix to make cookies. Great idea, these were so delicious, almost like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies but a lot less work! 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

"And in my day we used joysticks!"

I noticed a lot of people, mostly mothers posted Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know  today on Facebook ... I actually just had this conversation with Brendan when we got the Kinect, our children will never NOT know this technology. We'll tell them that we used joysticks and big bulky controllers and they'll laugh and call us dinosaurs. I am sure they will even phase out the controller in the next 10 years and every game will be played through technology like Kinect. My two year old knows how to use a touch screen phone [as seen above] and he'll never know any different, Braeden can sit down on the computer and zip around and find exactly what he wants, no problem. It's amazing to think about what the future of technology holds us, our children, and our grandchildren.

I am glad that they have come up with interactive technology like Kinect though, it really is a work out to play the games .. or at least the ones that I've played so far. All of them require you to move, jump, dance around in order to win the game, great way to get kids exercising. You can say all you want that your kids "won't be like that" but with all this technology around, there is no way that your child will not, one day be sucked into it and want to stay in their room instead of going out to play. Of course it's still important to get them away from the technology and get them outside playing, but ultimately if they're going to be doing it, they might as well be getting some form of a workout. Perhaps the obese epidemic will decline at least a bit? Who knows.

Well, now that I've gotten that out of my head. Today, my horoscope inspired me. Yes. "Responsibilities become problems. Get your house in order. Squatters have to go now." Those squatters were my dishes. They've been squatting in my sink for two days and it what time for them to go! As soon as I read that I knew what had to be done. I cleaned the entire kitchen, dining room, living room and bathroom. Not going to lie, felt good. I've been slacking a bit on my house work ... I don't know why ... I think having things kind of thrown out of order by having Christmas here just really threw me for a loop. I feel now that things are back in order and I can get back to my daily cleaning routine. Maybe it's just me but I really get upset when my house is not clean and then I am like, well I am not happy, so I am not cleaning now ... and it's a cycle. Bad.  So thank you Facebook Horoscope. You inspired me to get my shit together.

I shall go eat my third brownie now. . . Don't judge me. I did Yoga today . . . so it doesn't count. Right? Damn. Till next time :)

Parmesan crusted Tilapia (great for kids!)

Parmesan crusted Tilapia (great for kids!)

  • 6 Tilapia Fillets
  • 1/2 C Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Cooking Spray
Preheat oven 425. Make sure Tilapia is thawed. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. On a different plate, pour lemon juice. Place tilapia in lemon juice, dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place in 13x9 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Drizzle a little bit of remaining lemon juice over fillets. Cook for 20-30 minutes until the tilapia flakes with a fork. I also put on the broiler for a couple minutes to make them a little crispier. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Baby Bye Bye Bye

Today was the day our house said goodbye to Christmas and honestly I was so relieved! Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, the tree, the decorations, but after awhile ... after all those damn pine needles fall all over the place, it all looses it's shine. I started doing before Braeden went to school and the kids kept saying "Mommy, why are you doing that! It's Christmas!", so I decided to opt out of being called The Grinch and decided to do it when Brae was at school and Jackie was taking a nap.

Good plan.

I put on some trashy afternoon TV and happily took down every ornament, wrapped them in paper toweling and put them ever so gently into The Christmas Box. Once that was all done, I unscrewed the poor tree and dragged it out the door, to the curb. It was a lot lighter than I expected. I was all done and just cleaning up the mess from dragging the tree across the house and out the door when Jackie woke up. He didn't even notice that huge thing standing in the corner of the living was gone.

Even though I am very pleased that the droopy tree and fake garland is all packed away, I have to admit that my house is pretty bare now. We really have to get on painting and decorating, make it feel a bit more like home in here. What colors though? Hmm.

Tonight was a pretty peaceful night, the kids played with their tinker toys [Logan too] and I worked on finishing up Logan's 1 year montage. I made hot dogs and "crabby patties" for dinner and the kids ate every bit of it. Then bathtime and now they're in bed ... talking to each other. Hey, as long as their not getting out of bed and causing trouble, they can talk till they fall asleep, doesn't bother me!

Well, I figured I would do as promised and update more frequently. Now it's time for a shower then playing cards and watching a movie with the hubs. Good night if you ask me. Till next time :)

Well Hello, 2011

My goodness, it has been a long time huh? Sorry about the long hiatus, things got very busy with having Christmas at my house!

First off, Happy New Year!! 2010 was a bitter sweet year for us, We had to leave our home in NC, but had a beautiful baby boy soon after, then we struggled for a bit and now we're in our own beautiful home and it's 2011 and I feel that it is going to be a good year!

As you can see, I've changed the layout, it's January which means it is Logan's birth month so the blog layout will be dedicated to him. When it's May and June the blog layout will be dedicated to Braeden and Jackie! I forgot how fun it was to design a website, I was a bit rusty on it but once I got all the right codes it was a snap to put it all together.

I guess we'll start with Christmas. Christmas was a very big event, my house and myself are still recovering from it! I guess I underestimated how crazy hosting Christmas can be! I am very thankful for my sister and her boyfriend for coming early and taking me around to get everything done, Christmas would not have happened without their help! Me and my sister got all my Christmas shopping done the day before Christmas Eve. . .while her boyfriend watched all three kids, which was amazing of him to do! We tried to head out during nap time, but my smart ass kids knew that mommy wasn't home so nap time was not mandatory. Sneaky kids, poor Will. But, I had to say that Will handled all three kids very well, even though every-time he called we could tell the kids were climbing all over him. Since we knew that there was a huge likelihood of Will ending up tied up and roasted by the kids, we tried our best to get our shopping done fast. We first hit up CVS to get some cheap little toys for the boys ... turns out CVS toys are more expensive than you would think! I got them a whole bunch of art supplies [crayons, markers, paints, paint brushes, drawing pads], an awesome roaring, moving dinosaur [that the kids love] and some other stuff. We then headed over to Kmart, where we got the rest of the kids gifts along with all my secret Santa gifts, thank god for Kmart because they have EVERYTHING. We then headed over to a Toys R Us Express [which is scary place] to get Brae's "Santa" gift, a Cho-Cho-Train [apparently it is not easy to find a non-Thomas-The-Train train set] We ended up finding a really cute one and then headed over to Payless Shoes to get Jackie's Spiderman Shoes; which he asked Santa for since Braeden got Spiderman shoes. Love how he already wants to be like his brother. We then headed over to Family Dollar to get stocking stuffers, then picked up pizza and headed home. I think we did it pretty fast and it was very nice to shop without three little ones in tow, I could not imagine doing all that shopping with them, pretty sure we would have stopped after CVS. My mother came over later that night and we wrapped all the presents and planned out the menu and grocery shopping for the next day.

On Christmas Eve we spent the day with my mother-in-law, we went out to brunch and then went back to her house where she spoiled the kids with amazing gifts! She always goes all out for Christmas and it's always Disney stuff, which I love [and they love]!  She even got Brendan and I a bunch of stuff for the home, including new pots and pans and a beautiful clock! While we were having Christmas with my mother-in-law, my family was back at my house getting it all ready, and doing all the grocery shopping, which I am so grateful for and I feel so bad that I was not there to help them out. They did an amazing job making my house all Christmas-y, my sister brought over all her Christmas decorations and my Grandma brought over a bunch of painting and miscellaneous stuff to make our house feel a little more welcoming, since our walls are still pretty bare. My mother also brought over all her Christmas plates and serving dishes. Once we got home I put the kids immediately into a bath and set up our traditional Christmas PJ's and ornaments on their beds. Braeden got a Charlie Brown ornament [he love Charlie Brown Christmas], Jackie got a Scooby-Doo ornament and Logan got a Baby's 1st Christmas ornament with a picture of him in it. Super cute.

Once they hung their ornaments and set out Santa's cookies and milk I put them into bed, they were so excited for Santa coming, it was adorable. I am surprised that Jackie [who is 2 1/2] fully understands Santa and Christmas, but I guess that's because he has an older brother. I then dyed my hair brown [I had to get rid of the horrible faded red color] while wrapping the rest of the gifts, set them all up under the tree and then we all headed to bed.

Christmas morning was great, the kids woke up at about 7am and were very excited to see their presents... actually I think Braeden was more excited to see if Santa ate his cookies then seeing the presents! I think they had a very nice Christmas, got new Buzz and Woody dolls from my father along with some tinker toys that they absolutely love to pay with!

Braeden loved his train and Jackie was so excited about his shoes, but I think Jackie's favorite gift was a huge plush Bolt doll, he is still carrying it around everywhere. We also bought the boys a Kinect for the Xbox, along with Kinectimals, Sonic and the Adventure game that came with it. It was Logans 1st Christmas and I think Logan enjoyed it, even though he had no idea what was going on. He loved the little toys and glowing bear that we bought him. I think next year's Christmas morning is going to really fun, all the kids will be fully aware of Christmas, it should be very exciting.

Once Christmas morning was over, it was time to get started, everyone was due to come over at three, so we had to make sure everything was done, on time. I honestly can not remember how it all came together, all I know is that it got stressful for a bit, the ham got into the oven when it was supposed to, the potatoes cooked when they were supposed, Will made a delicious dessert and Erin and I set up the living room with all the hor devours beautifully.

It was not easy keeping the kids from eating all of them before the company came though, especially Logan, he was ready to eat, and no one was stopping him! Once everything was cooking and on track, I got myself and the kids dressed, thankfully, Anne gave the kids adorable dress shirts that were perfect for Christmas.

Once everyone started to arrive, things calmed down a bit and all we really had to worry about was serving drink and make sure the ham was warm enough. Everyone loved the house and kept saying how wonderful and beautiful it was. I was extremely proud to show it off, I just feel that Brendan and I have finally done something right, we finally got our own place and it's gorgeous. I am very proud of this house. Which I am sure I've already said in previous posts. Thank goodness for our outside deck . . . we just kept putting all the drinks out there to keep them cold and we also put all the dirty dishes outside on the bench around the deck, very useful when trying to keep the kitchen from looking like a train wreck! Everyone sat down to a lovely dinner, the kids sat a their small table and ate wonderfully. After dinner it was time to open gifts, the kids got some great clothes and toys and we got a beautiful framed family portrait from my Aunt.

Brendan gave me a beautiful diamond bracelet and a pin with the children's birthstones on it, so beautiful and sweet of him. We usually do not exchange gifts for Christmas, or at least we haven't since the kids have been born, so it was very sweet of him to get me such beautiful jewelry. I'll just have to get him something extra special for his birthday :)

After gifts was dessert and then everyone just hung out and talked, all in all, after all the stress, I think it turned out pretty nice. That is until I saw how many dirty dishes there were! We knew it was supposed to snow pretty good the next day so we had to bring in all the dishes from the porch and holy crap I've never seen so many dirty dishes before .... and for some reason I volunteered to wash them all! Well, actually I would much rather wash dishes then cut up the rest of that ham, yuck. Erin put on her Ke$ha playlist [let me just say that I hate Ke$ha, she's freakin nasty but her songs are pretty damn catchy] and I washed all my mothers and grandmothers dishes and silverware, Erin and Will cleaned up the house and Brendan put away food and cut up the ham. Took us about three hours, but we got everything all cleaned up from Christmas before we went to bed! Which was awesome, I strongly dislike waking up to a huge mess in the kitchen.

The next day, we got that snow storm and we all got snowed in together, Brendan, Erin, Will, My mom, Three kids, and Myself, Wowza. It was a pretty serious storm too, the wind was blowing like crazy and it came down so fast! Braeden loves the snow and kept asking to go out in it but it was far too cold and too crazy to go out in, so we had to wait till the next day. We just hung out, played the Kinect with the kids, the kids played with all their new toys, I cleaned a bit, nothing too exciting.

By the way, if you have an Xbox 360, I highly recommend that Kinect, it is amazing. The Kinectimals game is so freaking cute and the kids love it. They are the owner of the animal and they make it perform tricks by doing things with their body and it's really an adorable game. Highly recommended for children...and adults. Those damn animals are so cute! The adventure game it comes with is pretty kick ass too, adults and kids can play it...together. Awesome. The dance game is also pretty awesome, I have not played it and probably wont [because I have no rhythm] but Brendan and Billy played it for like three hours the other night [freaks] and it's a great game. Sonic is actually a bit hard, but once you get used it, it's pretty fun.

The next day, Braeden got his wish and we went outside to play in the snow. I love playing in the snow with the kids, but I hate, no loath getting them ready for the snow. It takes probably about an hour, hour and a half to get all three of them all bundled up, shirt, pants, socks, snow pants, snow boots, snow jacket, gloves, scarf and hat. By the end I am so frustrated I don't even want to take them outside! But their so worked up it's great to just throw them in the snow and have them burn off that energy. It was Logans first time in the snow and he really did not mind it at all, he kinda just sat there, looking around. Braeden is like a puppy and runs around the whole yard, doesn't mind snow at all.

Jack on the other hand . . . he likes snow but he has to be in the mood for it. That day, he was NOT in the mood, he would just sit in the snow, and cry, I would get him to start playing a bit, but then he'd like fall over and it was just done. Jack and Logan went in after like 15 minutes [after all that work!] but Brendan, Brae and myself stayed out for a bit longer and had a bunch of fun.

Now that Christmas is over, I realized that I had to start getting Logan's birthday party planned and get the invitations out. I took his One Year Cupcake Smash Pictures right before Christmas [thank god because I would have never gotten them done]. I am so proud of how they came out, I am not a photographer and I would never claim to be, but I think these pictures came out really beautiful and almost as good as a professional. He was so good when I took them too. I just sat him on the table, gave him the cupcake and just shot away, took like 20 minutes. I don't think it has ever been that easy to do a "photoshoot" with any of my kids. Anyhow, I made his invitations last week and sent them out on Sunday, I think they came out super cute. I got them printed up through shutterfly and picked them up at Target, they look amazing!

I am also almost done with Logan's One Year Video Montage, which I am also super proud of. I think it's come out so nice, I love all the music from it and I just feel it really captures Logan. It's about 27 minutes long I believe, which is kinda long, but hey, I think the guests at the party will enjoy it while they eat cake. I think I forget how much I enjoy designing things and being creative on the computer. I think I am pretty good at it and it's fun for me. Everyone tells me I should make money from it, but I have no idea how to go about that. I could make invitations and 1 year montages for money . . . I don't know anyone who would want those services though. Hmm. We'll see I guess.

New years kind of snuck up on us, I think just because the house was still upside down from Christmas and we were all so tired and busy that we kind of forgot about it? We didn't do much, just got Chinese, played Kinect with the kids, and then watched the ball drop. The kids were so excited about the ball dropping, and then we got an impromptu firework show right outside our living room window! The kids went nuts! We also called everyone and as soon as they picked up, I made the boys say "Happy New Year" in their adorable little voices. It was nice, simple, but nice. Since it's the new year I decided to start the 365 project [4 days late shhh]. So you can follow that Here. Should be interesting. I wonder if I can remember to keep up with it?

Braeden just went back to school on Monday, that was a long break. It's hard adjusting to having all three kids, all day long, when Braeden has been in school everyday for so long. I kept them busy with all the arts and crafts we bought, playdoh, crayons, markers, paint, they love it and we have the space to do it now. We also watched a lot of TV, yea I said it, I let my kids watch a lot of TV. Call CPS, I am melting my children's brains! It keeps them quiet and for the most part, from fighting. I think we are both glad he's back in school, I think he was getting cabin fever being home all day. Even if we did go in the snow a bunch.

Alright, this is the longest blog ever. Kudos to you if you're actually still reading this. I promise to update this more often, with shorter entries! I am going to leave you with a yummy recipe that I made last night that even Braeden ate! [Braeden is a super picky eater . . . I also told him it was chicken] Leave some love, let me know what you think of the new layout! :)

Till next time :)