The Hubbies AWARD

I have made it!! I feel all of my passion and nonsense ramblings have FINALLY got me something.

No it isn't paid sponsorships {shit should I do that }, no  it isn't paid posts [crap come on peeps don't you want me writing about your stuff and spreading the word] wait for it....

I was  given       
 
   THE HUBBIES award

What is that you may ask?? Well Hubby Jack's Blog ATTACK - go check him out.... He is funny, hilarious, insightful, full of inspiration {or is it crap} and he is the wonderful hubs of this wonderful blog writer...Holly at Where we can live like Jack and Sally and he also does amazing BLOG designs {maybe I should check him out}.

So as I was reading stalking his blog I ran across my smiling face....

LOOK at me my own little award and picture!! So do I get the trophy too???

haha well LADIES and gents go check him out and I am sure if you look at his comments you will see me there :)



HUBBY JACK’S STALKER, I MEAN BEST FOLLOWER AWARDS


It’s no secret that this blog is just a cover for me to flirt with many women who are out of my league…well these women have showed a kindness that prompts me to blow a kiss in your direction…hoping you will catch it mid air, and put it in your pocket for later.

Where is my picture dammit! I even comment on his stupidest posts!


 

Christmas Post...Really

Well for this holiday we actually used a real camera and guess what I actually downloaded the pictures - yeah for me. I have become very relaxed with photos every since I got my iPhone (come on it is with me almost 100% of the time and easy to post everywhere). However, to rectify this problem I am adding a "nicer" camera to my wish list so maybe it will make me want to use it more {here is to hoping}.

So, back to CHRISTmas we celebrate the holidays three times. Two of the times are with my hubs family and [I think I have mentioned this before] but one of my SIL doesn't want her kids pictures put on the web so I don't really have photos from any of  the events that don't contain the kids so I will just write about them.

Our family ready for event #1
The first CHRISTmas event is at my hubs step mom's house. So that would be 4 siblings, 4 spouses and 6 grandbabies - talk about a full house. This year we did a $10 girl and $10 boy gift for the adults and gifts for all of the babies. I went with the cross bracelet theme for the adult gift exchanges. The kiddos got things from clothes to games and everything in between. This night was filled with fun and family and plenty of laughs.

Since, we were off on Monday we decided to go look at some of the CHRISTmas lights. This has been a long standing tradition in our family.

We started Monday with breakfast with my hubs brother and soon to be SIL from Chicago. After breakfast they came to see our house for the first time and spend some bonding time with the babies.

Got to LOVE silly aunts and playful uncles
Monday while the kiddos and hubs napped I got in a great workout [long over due and it made me feel so good!] Then it was time to get ready for CHRISTmas at the MIL's house. This year it was matching PJ's for everyone. We ended up taking the most amazing family group picture - can you believe it 8 adults and 4 children all looking at the camera and smiling - a true CHRISTmas miracle!!! [can't show you but believe me AMAZING].


CHRISTmas eve was so good - it was carefree, fun, loving and included wonderful presents {we got a family trip - 4 days and 3 nights at the Grand California Concierge Level} and so many clothes for the kiddos!! I even created a Hot Chocolate Bar to the night. We then headed home and SANTA came and finally the parents were off to bed..............

Except for me I don't know what happened but I got hit hard with a stomach bug. I was either in horrible pain in the fetal position or throwing up all night in the bathroom. Needless to say I didn't sleep at all. I finally crawled out of bed to watch the babies open their presents. Look how lovely I look in my robe and slippers.
 
what a living room should look like after opening presents
that house is taller then her geez

scooter + ramp =   happy son

riding gear!!

ahh pictures, really...
 

I literally watched them open presents then I went back up to bed for a few hours. Now I don't know if I mentioned this before "we were suppose" to hose 20+ people CHRISTmas day at our house. I prepared all of the food ahead a time [thank heavens] so we ended up moving the celebration to my grandmother's house. My mom came out to do our CHRISTmas exchange and get the food for the family - I think this is the FIRST time I have missed CHRISTmas with my family and I was so sad about that - but being sick wasn't worth spreading it further or leaving our home.
 
auntie and grandee playing games with the babies

family photo time
Now, I am a big matcher (really me??? yes haha) so we had planned on wearing COBALT blue for the day and my brother and SIL kept it up for me - thank you.
 
All in ALL this CHRISTmas season was wonderful.
TONS of family time
The JOY of cute kiddos and their faces when opening presents
The REASON for the SEASON - never forget {Thank you Jesus!!!}
 
So as we leave 2012 behind I can only hope and pray that 2013 is bigger and better and brings a few dreams of ours to light....
 
Now I can't forget about celebrating CHRISTmas with the blogger world. My dear friend Lindsay over at From Nanny to Family sent me a "not" CHRISTmas gift but a friendship gift and I love it so much...
 
Stella Dot friendship bracelet LOVE it

 
I also signed up for a Secret Santa Swap CHRISTmas exchange and here is my gifts
 
CHRISTmas themed - nail polish and movies and such cute goodies... I didn't wait until CHRISTmas to open it hehe

My gift giver was Kailyn over at Sealed with A kiss go check her out.
 
 
Well I am super excited about this - I LOVE CHRISTmas and giving and receiving is just an added bonus.

I did not vlog the gift I bought my swapper but here it is all nicely decorated and ready to send out {hopefully she posts a picture of the gift}.



And my Secret Santa person I was buying for was Esther and she blogs over at Esther Norine Designs
 
 
 
 


No desire to write

So I should be recapping Christmas (maybe I will get to that this week) but instead I look at my posts or lack of and to be honest I just am not in the spirit right now. Nothing bad or indifferent just don't feel like it.
 
I don't take this as a break because when I say that I will be back in full force writing everyday. I think I am enjoying every moment right now and my heart is into other things at the moment.
 
Do you go through these times?
 
Times that writing it down is not a priority?
 
So we will see if this post will turn myself around and prove myself wrong.
 
hope everyone had an amazing CHRISTmas and Hope to chat before the New Year.

Resolution in Motion - DONE

This last few weeks have been all over the board for me. You all remember I had my breakdown a few posts ago if not check it out here and always keep me in your prayers. Well when I went to my therapist she told me that I am doing all I can do and the rest is out of my control. So she asked what am I doing to combat my stress and anxiety?? Well I could proudly tell her two things - my resolution in motions - 1 - weight loss and 2 - pinterest inspired weekly.

I am happy to report that I have done on both of them. I get to control what I eat and what I do to stay active and fit and {most of the time} I get to control what I do on my time.

So for the weight problem I have been able to lose 5 total pounds {only 8 more to my "perfect" "ideal" weight or dream weight}. HOW did I do that???

- Bike rides - check out me and the hubs here....

- #plankaday - if you follow me on instagram @momfittingitallin
- EATING healthy - tracking my points
- Sit-ups
- Elliptical
- Exercise and watching what I eat!!!

As for the pinterest - SAY LOVE it.

Here are a few things that we tried and Succeeded.

- Recipes

Oven Roasted Potatoes  we paired them with peppercorn steak yummy!


 
 
 
 



Then from my friend and fellow blogger From Nanny to Family the chicken and noodles - yummy!

- Great ideas for the house/cleaning

  

 
- Putting baking soda on your mattress!!!

And the best yet cleaning your ceiling fan blades with a pillow case - that's right! Use a pillow case and wrap around the blade and all of the dirt goes into the pillow case - then take it out side shake and wash!! WONDERFUL>>>>>

SO I have to say thank you to the wonderfual blogger community that put this together and gave such support through this.

How did you do????

A little hand and foot anyone??

This weekend I made sure to hug my babies tighter, get upset less and above all make every minute count...
 
Here is a look into our weekend. {If you want more up to date glimpse into our life check me out on instagram @momfittingitallin}
 
On Friday night we went out to dinner with my mom - Vince's one of my fav places ever {yet I don't get their spaghetti which is what they are famous for} I eat their soup and salad!!!
 
On Saturday the hubs went quad riding while I stayed home during the day and nursed my back [hurting bad lately]. On Saturday night we had my longest friend and her hubs and son {four months older then my son} come over. Instead of buying presents for each other we would rather spend quality time together [now if we can do it more often would be great].
 
As the kids ran around craziness style the parents played a 4 hour card game - Have you ever played Hand and Foot??? If not it is a most try... You play with about 7 decks of cards and let the phone begin. The boys enjoyed a little {okay a lot} of beer.
 
 
My hubs has complained in the past that this game sucks however after kicking my ASS hardcore he is a big fan know. Yeap he came in first and I came in last - he takes it TOO far!! I thought the couch was a good suggestion for the night but he had other thoughts....
 
We are thinking of having a New Years Party to include this game and kids!
 
 
Well with the game lasting to well after midnight I was not getting up for the early service at church. I crawled or fell out of bed around 8 am and I was off to work out. After breakfast we headed to the late service {much more crowded then the early service}.
 
We came home and the kiddos were off to take a nap while I baked for our neighbors and teachers.
 
 
Winter Chex Mix for the neighbors and not shown the candy cane's dipped in chocolate and broken candy canes.
Then it was home made dinner {mac n cheese, sour cream chicken and veggies}
 
To end the weekend we all had ice cream and sat down to watch Santa Clause 2 (we are watching Santa Clause 3 tonight).
 
 
 
It was a low key family bonding weekend {I am starting to love our Sunday routine}.
 
Then we woke up to a sick baby girl and the elf wanted to ensure she had her meds to feel better for the holidays {what a sweet elf}
 
 

Silence and Support for New Town Youth and Family Services

 
On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence.

We will post the button and that’s it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.
We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services.

Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:
“Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic
and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their
highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support
groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING.”

Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

FORGET it FRIDAY - Devastation of CT

 
 
Today is a sad day.
How COULD anyone go on a rampage at a school - or anywhere?
 
I am praying for all of those affected by the horrible events this morning.
 
I want to FORGET that this devastation is affecting so many people and that it is making me a MOM want to keep my children in a bubble for the rest of their lives.
 
I am reading so many posts about LETS CONTROL GUNS - PEOPLE kill PEOPLE
 
Making guns illegal will just increase the "illegal" usage as well.
 
I don't have a fix for this problem but I pray that this type of pain doesn't hit anyone else EVER.
 
I love my children so much and I will be holding them more, yelling less and above all loving them with everything I have.
 
So everyone take the extra five minutes:
 
Pray for those that have lost today
Pray for those that have another chance to
 
 
 

Grow your blog BLOG HOP

Good morning and welcome to the Grow Your Blog Blog Hop! This blog hop is all about networking and building your blog.  Each week from Thursday through Sunday I will host the Grow Your Blog link party, along with a few co-hosts, in order to promote blog networking. Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog. 

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THIS WEEKS CO-HOSTS


When you link up to this party:
  • Follow your host and co-hosts.
  • Visit and follow other bloggers. 
  • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed their blog (GFC, BlogLovin, etc)
  • Invite them to visit your blog (be sure to leave your blog web address - too many times have I seen bloggers comment and request a visit to their blog without leaving their blog web address
  • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog. USE THEIR NAME! A simple "I'm so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me." just isn't going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first. 
  • Grab a button and promote the party! The more participants, the more bloggers to network with!
Contact Julie at thisgalcooks@gmail.com and she will schedule you!

A mom and daughter evening PLUS cousin time

Sunday night my daughter and I attended my SIL church's women dinner. I have gone before but I thought it would be a treat for my big girl to attend such a wonderful formal event. Well you know what that means - matching outfits.

My MIL bought my daughter this beautiful gold/red dress and I just had to match her. I luckily found the perfect dress - you know it is all about the dress(es)!

Love her

All smiles

Wonder where she gets that pose from????
After a few pictures in front of our tree {note to self remove the presents before the next shot} we headed over to the families house to enjoy car pool!

We arrived to the event with over 200 other fabulous women attending. The daughter and I attended with my step MIL, SIL and several close family friends. It was a night of laughter, great decor, fabulous food and the spirit of CHRISTmas.

me, stepMIL,SIL, daughter

ok I feel I am short at 5 foot 5 however being around these ladies I feel like a giant.
 
Also, I couldn't end this post without sharing a picture of the kiddos and their cousins. We had a wonderful packed family weekend. On Saturday after our bike ride we headed to pick up the babies at my SIL house and were able to just relax and enjoy family low key time. My daughter is in love with her cousin and wants to hold him all the time as for the son he was like mom do I have to hold her [hehe boys].

boy - 5, girl- 4, little girl - 10 month, little boy - 1 year 3 months
 
 
Isn't family the best???
What did you do this weekend?
 

A couple that rides together stays together

This weekend was just what I needed. My MIL took the kids for a sleepover on Friday so a date was in order. The hubs and I went to dinner at CPK {I love the quinoa salad yummy}. We laughed and talked while not being interrupted or mom/dad this and that. However, there was this lady in her 20's that was sleeping at a table - seriously her head on the table. We asked are waitress if she was okay - she said she told them she was going to take a nap? Really?? In a restaurant - we couldn't believe it. The entire time as th restaurant was filling up no one even approached her - finally as we were leaving someone was trying to make her get up. - unsuccessful.

Enough of that my hubs also surprised me with shaving off all of his facial hair - love him so much. Isn't he so handsome?.


On Saturday since we were kid free we decided we wanted to go on a bike ride and have lunch. We headed out me on my beach cruiser and hubs on his road bike [let me point out my bike has one speed - Sharee speed and that's all - the hubs has over 8]. Off we went and we biked over 22 miles round trip. For the bike ride my app said I burned 822 calories sweet {I also did my sit-ups and plankaday too}. We stopped at a little deli for lunch as well. It was so nice to exercise and be out in the open just enjoying the day.

A couple that rides together stays together














Tag - You're it Christmas Style


My friend Lindsay over at From Nanny to Family tagged me in this Tay - You're It Christmas Style and I tag Dusty at Girls Love Fried Pickles and Karen at Patching Hearts.  

SO here it goes....

Time for a little Christmas Questions and [hopefully} great Answers.


1. What makes CHRISTmas such a special holiday for you and your family?

OK first off I have always been a big kid - so excited for presents, food and the fam bam all together again. HOWEVER, celebrating through the eyes of our little ones is truly amazing. 

2011 - seeing the lights together 
2. Were you told the truth about Santa Claus by your parents or did you find out another way? And..do you plan on lying to your kids (if you have them or plan on having them)? Oh yes…I went there. 

I can remember "believing" in Santa but not when I stopped. HOWEVER, being the oldest child/grandchild on top of being the only girl I kind of was more adult like since a very young age - but I still loved opening presents from Santa. I plan on "believing" with my kids as long as we possibly can. SIDE NOTE: Santa only gets them socks, undies and pj's - the big daddy gifts come from mom/dad hard earned money. 

3. Real tree or Fake tree? 

OMG REAL all the way. I have to have real. WE have for as long as I can remember bought our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and left it up until the day after Christmas. I love the smell, the feel, the look - it is soo wintery. 

2012 - this year we went with the red theme!

4. Do you open presents on Christmas morning, Christmas Eve or both? 

We open SEVERAL times - including Christmas eve and Christmas morning - however for "Santa" and our little families presents we open Christmas Morning. 

2011 first thing in the morning - xmas pj's and all 

5. What is your favorite Christmas movie to watch? Favorite Christmas song to sing or listen to? ( I know…technically two questions) 

We don't really have one favorite but we love watching the 25 days of Christmas on ABC. As for music - umm I am tone deaf, can't carry a note and I can NEVER remember words to a song so I can't help you here. 





Feeling right now

Before we get into what I am FEELING right now I want to say that I struggled pushing send on this message for several reasons -
ONE: I am trying to be a positive - optimistic person and I try to make lemonade out of every lemon that I am given,
TWO: I don't like to discuss anything about my work life
THREE: Debbie Downer has been present in my life so much recently that I didn't want to blast her over this little space I occupy on the web
NOW the reasons I am posting this post -
ONE: This community of bloggers have been AMAZING - helpful, supportive, encouraging
TWO: I am learning it isn't so much what you know but WHO you know
THREE: I don't want to just shine the light on the positive and act like nothing bad happens on my space in life.

So as you read this KNOW that I am being honest, vulnerable and open to CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and support if you have anything NEGATIVE to say move on and move past.

So with my disclaimer listed here you go....


I am FEELING overwhelmed.
I am FEELING stressed.
I am FEELING sick to my stomach.
I am FEELING like I can not see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am FEELING out of control.
I am FEELING

OKAY my emotions are across the board right now. I am in the process of making a BIG change in my life and I cannot control it. I realize things happen for a reason but SHIT sometimes (ok all the time) I would love the script!

To just KNOW would help me. GOOD - BAD - indifferent but to KNOW would be helpful.

I am asking for PRAYERs, guidance and above all I would LOVE to get the answer that I am seeking.

I hate how something can just throw you for a loop. Like you are living life and going down this path happy {maybe my fault - dare I saw it COMFORTABLE} and BAM you get slapped in the face.

It is times like this that I wish I was less controlling, less responsible for the well-being of my family, less in debt and the list can go on forever.

Don't you remember just the other day I wrote this amazing THANKFUL post?? What the hell happened since then??

LIFE happens that's what. I don't like to get up here and vent but sometimes that is all I can do. Because nothing I am doing is changing the fact that this change is happening if I like it or not.

So you ask?? What is she ranting about?? Well let me tell you.....

Well friends my job is in jeopardy - nothing of my doing just another case of the economy. After three years of struggling it is not looking well. I have a family to think about, I have a future to plan for.

PLEASE keep praying for me and my family. {and if anyone knows of a Human Resources position within Southern California that would be greatly appreciated as well}.


Please lord help me...................

A few nights back I had an URGE to write and post this on instagram


and I have to SAY that my friends and followers prayed with me, lifted me up and cared about me beyond belief. I didn't realize how much of a funk I was in. I am PRAYING everyday and hoping that there is a brighter light at the end of this tunnel.

I know that I just have to pick myself up - smile and not put my burdens or fears unto my children. So after posting that - I whipped off my tears and enjoyed a wonderful experience with my babies - Candy Cane making.

I think it was a wonderful NEW experience for our children and to think I thought of canceling just so I could drown my sorrows in my pillow. I am not weak, I am STRONG.

This is why I am strong.... to experience these moments! I know in the large scheme of things my concerns are REAL but small. We can work through it all BUT shit I want something to come easy to me, to us - learning lessons the hard way isn't what it is always cracked up to be.




As I end this post and I stare at my babies eating their handmade candy canes it just makes me know that this LIFE is worth it, that the struggles make us stronger together and we WILL triumph.

Thank you friends, followers, instagram followers, blog community and the good LORD.




7 years and no sign of an itch

My hubs and I just celebrated 7 years of marriage! I was lucky enough to get a second chance at love and this man walked into my life. He is my true happiness!

In 7 years we have grown closer and wiser! We know when to give and when to get. Saying sorry goes a long way and the three words "I love u" never gets old to hear or say.

So as we embark on our anniversary this year we decided a day with our kids at the happiest place on earth is exactly what we needed - and you know what - it was a great day!

The weather was perfect maybe 70 at the most and the park wasn't packed at all. We didn't wait longer then 20 minutes for any ride!

We enjoyed laughing and just being with the people we love the most. We also ate at Tortilla Joes - the best guacamole ever {it better be at $12 bucks}.

Then a stop at the candy making store and we even strolled Carsland.

I can't believe 7 years have flown by! We have endured and conquered so much! And I can't wait to see what the next 70 years has to hold for us - but I can tell you a couple trip is on the agenda for next year!