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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A potential Munoz abode

We looked at a house today that we really liked. So we prayed and if it's God's will for us to have it then it won't sell to anyone but us. If you feel led, please join us in that prayer.

We literally had to run through since the lady living there was on her way to work. Needless to say, a few of my pics are blurry since I didn't have time to wait for the camera to find the correct focus.

Forgive me: my pics are all out of order and make no sense so it may help to re-read when you've seen all the photos. Sorry. Also, I totally forgot to take a pic of the living room. Oops. Did I mention I was rushed??? So here we go on the ghetto-virtual tour:

a view from the street. The lady of the house was leaving to go to work.
there are a few decorative rocks in the front yard lining the walkway to the front door.
the walk-in master closet
master bath
master bedroom (did you know that this paint almost matches my bathroom paint job that I just did. what the heck was I thinking???? I'm going to need some help because I obviously have crappy ideas!!!

2nd bedroom (between the master bedroom and 1st bedroom)
1st bedroom (at the end of the main hallway)
the cabinets above the washer and dryer. the light was out and it was really dark in there. I just wanted to get an idea...
laundry room that leads out to the garage
the linen closet from the main hallway
main bathroom, the shower is left of the frame
the hallway, I was standing between the living room and the dining room/kitchen area. the first door on the left is the bathroom, the door on the right is the linen closet. 2nd door on the left is the laundry room, the room at the end of the hallway is the first bedroom. then hallway turns right to another hallway that leads to the 2nd bedroom and master bedroom
the kitchen
then I did an about face and here's the dining room
this is the south side of the house- a view from the backyard
the back patio
master bedroom window from the backyard
north side of the house from the backyard
backyard pics

front right of the house
front left of the house

Monday, March 29, 2010

Psalm 105:1-5

Psalm 105

1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.

3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

5 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

I italicized the awesome words that popped off the page for me.

Remembering the hard times...

My amiga, Danielle, suggested I keep the following email excerpt around to remind me of the hard child-raising know, for when I forget how hard it is (which will happen should the Lord tarry long enough). I wrote this last night around 8:30pm:

Nate's been FUUUUUUSSSSSYYYYYY all afternoon. I think he's teething - got the slobber and gnawing on his fists like crazy. I gave him Tylenol about 90 minutes ago so he's trying to sleep now. But the little dude literally keeps throwing himself over so he can sleep on his side. It's kinda funny.
the other kids went to bed but they're still awake. About 45 minutes ago they both got up and pooped - jeremiah in the toilet and beka in her potty - at the same time in the same bathroom. They're tight like that. lol

I'm so tired I'm starting to not see straight. I think it's time to hit the hay.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

This month in pictures

As the month of March draws to a close, I thought I'd share a few pictures that were taken.

Bathtime for the big kids...taken today.

This sneaky girl got into my pantry and stole a box of cake flour. She probably thought it was going to be soooooo tasty since the box had a picture of a chocolate cake. How disappointing it must have been for her.

This kid LOVES to take pictures - especially of himself.

The big kids played dress up with Nate. Poor Nate.

My baby is now four months old.

Oh and since my camera and computer are finally on speaking terms, here's the pics of the clutter I told you all about in my last post. Let me preface these horrific pictures with this: steps have been made to improve the spaces shown. While I have not touched about half of it, the half that has been touched has been decluttered to the best of my 3-kids-under-five ability. Thank you very much.

Microwave area

Dining room table

Kitchen sink

Kitchen table

The post-its I told you about from a year ago; faithfully reminding me to get on the ball!!!

front entry way

obviously the couch

front room - it's set up for Nate's nebulizer treatments...that he hasn't had in about a week now. Jeez, I need to clean this up!

entertainment area - why there's a ton of stuff on top, I have no idea???

this is the dining room but since ain't no way I'm letting the family eat on top of carpet, it has become the toy room. ugh.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fly Lady - take two...or is it 'take 3'...I'm losing count...

Oh an Irisher washwoman hasn't an equal
She rubs a bit, scrubs a bit than other people
She jigs a bit, sings a bit all the day long
And her heart's like a shamrock; it sings a gay song.

I live in clutter.

I HATE clutter.

Therefore, I am not a happy, peaceful mommy...and my poor hubby knows this all too well.

I just can't seem to stay on top of it, and the laundry, and the cleaning. I'm seriously spinning out of control. AHHHHHHHHH!

Remember back when I was doing the fly lady here? I got all the way to day 15 (almost halfway through the month). Then I got pregnant and there went all my energy. And the clutter crept back in.

I need routine. Without it I'm lost. So back to the fly lady and routine.

Although I'm not going to start out with all those days again. Here's my plan:

Every morning I'll get up and get dressed (not to the shoes..I know I'm breaking that cardinal rule but I know myself. I'll be ok.) then I'll work on the morning routine I set up last March. I still have the sticky notes on my kitchen wall to remind me what to do (see, I told you I've got clutter everywhere...stuff that hasn't been touched in over a year! I've got something wrong with me.)

It may take me all day to finish the routine since I'll only have tidbits of time here and there to get it done, but I can't live like this anymore.

I actually took pics of all my clutter: kitchen table, sink and counters (uh ya pretty much every counter in my kitchen), dining room table, kids toy area aka dining room, on top of the tv, next to the rocking chair, the couch, the phone area, the area in front of one of the bookshelves, an entirely separate bookshelf, the trash area in the den (can you even imagine a trash AREA?!?) ...but for some reason my computer isn't recognizing my camera so I can't show you the pics. Let's just say it's wayyyyyyy worse than any of your 'worst before pics'. It's positively shameful! I think I'm 2 degrees away from being a hoarder.

So although I do not enjoy cleaning, I think I'm at a point in my life where I'd rather feel like an Irisher Washwoman than how I feel today.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My Vons Visit

I love the feeling I get when I see the final grocery bill! This morning, bright and early...even with the time change, I went to Vons. It was just me and the stocking crew. Loved it! And when I saw the final bill I was so excited!

Oh and I think I have a coupon angel! When I was in the cereal isle I picked up 3 boxes of Kellogg's Corn Flakes thinking I was going to pay about 66 cents/box. But then the guy stocking the shelves came over and put $1 peelie on each of my corn flakes boxes, telling me I'd get them for just about free now! HOLLA! I know they're just corn flakes, but if you put enough Splenda on them they taste just like frosted flakes. :)

I know my pic is cruddy. I couldn't find my camera (stinkin' kids) so I took the pic with my cell phone.

So here's my list of what I bought:
6 boxes of fruit snacks
2 bottles of apple juice
1 box granola bars
7 boxes of cinnamon toast crunch
1 box honey nut cheerios
1 bag of nut clusters
1 box of crackers
1 box oat square cereal
3 boxes of corn flakes
20 yogurts
2 packages of deli meat
2 lb bag of frozen cooked shrimp
red bell peppers
bagged spinach
2 bags of broccoli and cauliflower
2 bottles of ranch

Total spent: 43.01
total saved: $111.37 Holy mole, spicy crazy is that!!!!!

So can I just say THANK YOU to Kerri! Thanks for doing the hard work for me, showing me what to buy and where to find the savings.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Is spring here yet?

I went to Rite Aid today to pick up prescriptions for 4 out of 5 of us. Thank God for insurance is all I have to say. Those 5 prescriptions only cost us $25. So let's see:

I still have a sore throat so I got a different antibiotic and something that numbs my throat when I gargle with it. Hopefully I'll be back to the gym on Monday. Fingers crossed.

Last week when I picked up my hubby's med's they gave him a partial order so they had to reorder more of whatever he's on, so I picked that up today.

This is a picture of Jeremiah, the only member of the family that's healthy.

Beka has the beginnings of an ear infection so they gave me antibiotics. Huh? Kinda over-kill I think. I had it filled but I'm going to hold off on administering it to her since she doesn't have a fever and her ears don't hurt.

Nate woke up this morning with light green/yellowish goop in one of his eyes. My hubby has an eye infection so I took Nate in just in case. And once again the dr prescribed eye drops to clear it up. Well Beka had green goop in her eye a couple of weeks ago, not to mention it was red, and it cleared up on its own. So I'm going to hold off on dropping meds in my 3 month's old eye until it gets worse.

Seriously, why is my pediatrician so preventative? Did I mention one of the pediatricians got onto me for not putting Desitin on Nate's butt even though there was no rash. I was changing him when she walked in and said to use Desitin or Buttpaste. I asked why? She playfully hit me and asked me if I was going to wait until it got red and hurt him. I was thinking, uh ya, that was my plan. But instead I caved and put a little Desitin on his butt.

I like the doctors in the office but it's getting a little ridiculous.

Anyways, I'll be glad when this winter is over. None of us has had the flu, which is a good thing since none of us had any kind of flu shot. I'd never hear the end of that decision if we got the flu. I know of 2 people who told me to make sure the family had their flu shots. I prayed about it and didn't hear God tell me to do it so I didn't. I don't know, there's something about the flu shots I don't like. But if God ever tells me to get them I will. He just hasn't told me that, yet.

Spring is coming. A new season. A welcomed change.