I am a Mormon stay-at-home-mom of six. Yeah, I know, "that's a lot of kids"! Sometimes it truly is A LOT. Most of the time it's not. It's simply put...our normal. On my page you'll find spiritual thoughts, tales of trials, happy moments, recipes, funny stories, and more. Enjoy!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Irrationality strikes again

Autism...you never know when their irrational fears will emerge and rear their angry heads. Yikes!  Not exactly a fear but an attachment.  Attachment to things.  Things that have been on his shelf for years....untouched...collecting dust.  

HOLY COW... is what I'm thinking.  We are getting things ready for a garage sale tomorrow and Mr. Mischievous just HAD to tell Mr. Happy that we were selling two of his toys.  I had just told Mr. Mischievous not to tell his brother. So what does he do?  Marches right into the house and tells him.  Oh my goodness.  

Mr. Happy come screaming through the door...I heard him coming....deep breath.  Let the meltdown begin.  He went on and on about how much he loves these toys and how we was going to play them soon.  Over and over again.  Screaming, slamming, stomping, tears pouring down his face, wailing like he's being hurt.  This went on for several minutes.

Finally after a lot of exceedingly loud and crazy insanity coming from one person, my husband picked up our 11 year old, Mr. Happy, and sat with him on the couch,cradling him, holding him tightly.  It's what we call a "squishie".  But he's getting so big that it takes a whole lot of muscle to make sure that during all the thrashing and tantrum throwing he doesn't hurt himself or someone else.  

The poor kid is just crushed.  He loves the toys and wants to keep them.  He ate dinner in tears.  After dinner I sent him to rest and watch a show.  I hope someday he'll be able to understand more than he does now.  

Monday, April 22, 2013

Being Active

Baby Number 6 has really thrown me for a loop.  She is the most fussy baby I've ever had.  I sit a lot with her. Not only that, just before she turned 3 months old my husband had to go away to Technical School for the Air Force for 10 months.  It takes several months after having a baby to get into a routine again but without my husband there to help me it has taken much much longer.  There were many days that I just sat and held my fussy Littlest Miss.  Even now that he is home and has been for 4 1/2 months, I still don't get the things done that I was able to after my 5th baby.

All this sitting has not helped me get active again.  And age doesn't help the inches to come off any easier either.  She is now 17 months old and I am feeling a great need to get fit again. Most of the baby weight is gone now, after a lot of hard work and daily dedication, for which I am very grateful.   But my endurance is much lower than it has ever been before. I used to be constantly moving, never sitting.  Now I think I find myself in a chair or couch much more often then I would like to.

I have to remember that there is a time and a season for everything.  This is my time and season to take care of my little ones.  Even if that means sitting more than usual.  It's okay to sit and hold my sweet babies while they are young because it won't last very long.

Even though there are lots of things that are left undone there is a lot I CAN do. Exercising can help me to feel better.  It helps to boost your metabolism.  It boosts your mood!  It gives you energy to get through your day.

Don't ever allow yourself to rationalize your way out of exercising.  There are many different types of workouts for many different skill levels/abilities.  Find what works best for you.  And once you get comfortable doing that particular workout, find something different that can push you a little.  Keep changing it up.  When we change our workouts it helps our bodies get stronger.  Interval training workouts will bring better results faster. They might kick your bumm at first...haha....but they work!

And when you're doing all this exercise DON'T forget to drink plenty of water.
"You need water to metabolize stored fat!" Leslie Sansone in Walk Away Your Waistline.

So even though I'm not getting as much done as I used to, I am DETERMINED to get fit again.  Take care of my children/family is my first focus and my next is getting fit.  The rest of the s t u f f can and will wait.  The laundry, dishes, vacuuming and all the other wonderful tasks that make up taking care of a household can wait.  Take care of what's most important first.  The rest will fall into place eventually.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Getting Healthy

After baby number 5, little miss Curly Girl, I struggled to lose the weight more than I ever had.  First, I had never gotten back down to my pre-pregnant weight since my first child.  Second, I was now in my 30's.  I have heard for years that it is harder to lose weight once you hit your 30's but I hadn't yet seen those issues myself.  I was beginning to think that people said that to help themselves feel better for not being able to lose weight.  BOY was I ever wrong.

After Curly Girl was 6 weeks old and I was able to safely begin working out again, I was up and at 'em.  I worked out 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day.  The numbers on the scale were not dropping.  In fact the numbers were climbing.  Those numbers were making me want to get more and more serious about my weight and health.

Most people need to go out to the gym or join a group like Weight Watchers to lose weight successfully.  Having a support system is very important for weight loss.  It's not easy to do on your own.  My Mom, Gramma, Mother-in-law, sister, and a good friend had all gone to Weight Watchers and I had seen their success.  But I was SO sure I could do it on my own.  After a lot of frustration and gaining more weight I finally bit the bullet and started Weight Watchers.  It has been the best thing I have ever done.  It works for me.  But you have to find a weight loss program that works for you.

It took me 2 years to finally lose all the weight from having 5 children.  2 years of faithfully counting points and exercising.  I like to exercise at home.  Again, that is what works for me.  I have found that I like certain workout DVD's.  I like walking workouts, and kick boxing workouts, but not all of them.  It can get very costly to keep buying DVD's only to find out you hate them. I gave several away.  I mean, come on, some of the instructors are ridiculous, or annoying.  Some of them don't explain what their doing very well.  And sometimes I just don't enjoy the workout at all. I found a great website that has all kinds of different workout DVD's.  They rate them and have a fairly good description.  But the best part is that they have little clips you can watch to see if you'll actually like it.  This has worked really well for me. I rarely purchase anything from Collage Video but I use their site to get information.  Then I go to Amazon to make most of my purchases.  Once in a while Walmart of Target will carry the DVD for less and I'll grab it there.

I have found that what works best for me is to reward myself with a new workout DVD every 3 or 4 months.  This method has built up a nice DVD workout library that allows me to switch up my workout on a daily basis.  PLUS I am not paying for a gym membership and spend a whole lot less doing it this way.

If you have a hard time motivating yourself to workout, find a friend or two who are willing to do it with you.  Set dates and times to workout together.  Motivate one another to get healthy and fit!

One of my favorite instructors who is easy to follow and upbeat is Leslie Sansone.  She has some great walking workouts for all people.  She has some for beginners and some for those who have been working out for a long time.  Some people find her fairly annoying and on some days I do too, but she is positive and is motivating for me.

Today I finally pulled out my 4 mile walk DVD.  I didn't think I could do it yet, but I actually got through it and I feel great!  I am THRILLED to have reached this point again! I didn't think it was going to happen after baby number 6, Littlest Miss. It's scary to lose all the weight and then get pregnant again.  I was a HUGE fear of mine that I wouldn't be able to lose the baby weight this time.  But, thankfully, I am almost there!

If you want to find out if you like the walk workouts here is a Leslie Sansone workout on Youtube.  You can find several of hers on Youtube....here is another one.

The other instructor I enjoy is Jillian Michaels.  But I don't like all of her DVD's.  I like the kick boxing style workouts.  One is Kickbox Fastfix, and the other is Cardio Kickbox.

What ever kind of workout you choose to do, do something that you like, that you enjoy, that makes you feel good and makes you happy.  Now go kick some butt and have an excellent day!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

STOP the yelling!

Something I have been trying to overcome for YEARS is yelling, or snapping at my family....saying the first negative thing that pops into my head....instantly getting angry...you name it... I need more patience.  Today my mom forwarded me a link to this blog and I am in LOVE.  It's what I need.  A reminder that we CAN stop the negativity and yelling.  It can be done!

I want to create my own system for keeping track and reducing the yelling, snapping, quick tongued monster from emerging.

Let's try to create a more peaceful atmosphere in our homes.

Monday, April 8, 2013

My mission...to De-Stink-ify

In an effort to de-stink-ify my eldest son, Mr. Artist's, room...cause holy stinky cow...IT WREAKS...I started looking up information about Febreze.  I don't like it. It costs WAY too much and it's too strong for my super sonic nostrils.  Plus, I am POSITIVE it has things in it I don't like...trying to be all-natural...ya know.  So, I found a recipe at this blog. Which sent me to this blog.

As I read the ingredients I thought...ugh...I don't want to use fabric softener.

A new search began....to find out how to make my own fabric softener.  This search led me here, where I found a recipe with the most 'natural friendly'  ingredients I could find. There are plenty of recipes on the net. Choose what you like.  This one sounds like it'll work great for my purposes...making homemade fabric refresher.

Since I have a random bottle of Febreze on my shelf for some odd, strange, and weird reason, I will use it up.  I'm not a waster of things. And since I totally spilled about a quarter of the bottle down my pant leg whilst being a dork...I won't have as much to use up.  Haha!

I can acquire the necessary ingredients in the next couple of weeks and then make my newest concoction.  I figure it can't hurt anything.  I already make my own laundry soap which I LOVE and costs me a fraction of what a bottle of Gain does.  Having boys I found that they stink so much more than girls and the clothing doesn't come out smelling clean unless you use the expensive soap.  NO MORE.  The homemade version is awesome, amazing, and stupendous. The recipe on my other blog calls for Dr. Bronner's bar soap; an all-natural bar soap.  You can also use Tom's of Maine for a less expensive, also all-natural, option.  

So, there you have it!  Happy cleaning and refreshing!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Drinking fountain

This morning Mr. Mischievous gave us a GREAT idea!  He said, "Mom, why can't we have a drinking fountain at home?"
I replied, "Well, the reason they have them at school and church is because it's easier than washing a bunch of cups and it's more convenient."
Mr. Mischievous said, "But if we had a drinking fountain we could get a drink easier." He left the room, thinking it was a lost cause.

Then my husband, who was listening in, said, "It WOULD save on all the cups all over the kitchen."

Well that is TOO true!  There are cups all over the place in our kitchen.  They are empty, partially full, half full and filled to the top.  They get tipped over and spilled by the cats and the humans.  They are a mess.

I decided to look it up.  There are a few options on the internet but this one looks like it'll be the least expensive and the easiest to install.

It looks like this will be added to our budget for next month!  What a great idea Mr. Mischievous!