Posted in Family, Life, Motherhood

Sunday Snapshot

Happy SUnday Everyone! (or Monday, depending on when you read this!).

This weekend really did fly by. I blinked and it was over, jus tlike that *snaps fingers*.

EVen though it felt short, The weekend was a great combination between relaxing and productive.

We woke up a little late but still made it to church on time! GO us! My kids love theird Sunday school classes so they both had a good time. OUr church has a playground outside so after service I let the boys play for a bit.

I let them play for a bit and then took them to McDonalds for lunch, which they both loved. We don’t eat out very much so when we do it is a real treat. Garris favorite part is getting to have a drink in a cup with a straw. He is so adorable.

It’s the little things guys.

After we finished eating we went home, changed and then I started on some tasks that needed to get done while the boys hung out on the back porch. They have a nice little set up of all their play tents out there and it keeps them entertained for hours.

We finished the day with a quiet family dinner. (we don’t have a lot of those).

ALl in all it was a nice day. Now hopefully this coming work week is as well!

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Ramblings

Within the last 4 months I have started working at a new job. Even with the significant pay increase from my last job, finances are still tight.

I have a hard time not stressing out when money is tight, and tend to think that we just “can’t do anything” or “we can’t go anywhere” because we don’t have a lot of money. Now that it is officially summer I have been thinking like this quite a bit, which isn’t good.

I have been trying to combat my negativity and find inexpensive ways to keep my boys entertained this summer, while on a budget. The trick is, finding ways to make simpel things extra fun.

For example: I work 50 to 55 hour weeks and by the time the weekend comes around, I am exhausted. While I make a point to take my kids out to a park or to McDonald’s for a lunch date on the weekend, sometimes I am just to tired to drive anywhere. On days liek these, I will try to make something simple extra fun.

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This particular weekend, I laid some blankets down on our back porch (we live on the third floor) and set up their play tents. Then I grabbed a book and sat outside reading while they played with their toys in their tents.

We stayed outside for a few hours enjoying the warm weather. I was content in knowing that even though I wasn’t able to take them anywhere fun that day, I could still make the day special for them.

What are some things you do that your kids enjoy, while staying on a budget?

Posted in Family, Holiday

Halloween

I hope you all had a fun-filled Halloween with lots of treats and little tricks!

We had a nice Halloween. To start off with, my husband had the day off so we spent the day with our boys watching scary movies, and when I say scary I mean “Scared Shrekless and Toy Story Tales of Terror and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Halloween Episodes.

The boys enjoyed it. Rhonin especially enjoyed the MIchey Mouse CLubhouse Episodes. Whenever he sees mickey mouse he gets a huge smile on his face. Melts my heart!

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Even though we have lived in our current city for almost 3 years, we still have no idea where the good trick or treating spots are, so we decided just to take them to the local mall. All the stores in the mall give out candy every year and we figured it was a good place to start.

I procrastinated so bad that I ended up not getting costumes for my boys! Ahh!! It turned out to be fine though. RHonin is only 7 months old and Garris still doesn’t quite understand the whole costume part of Halloween. He just gets excited about the candy! I ended up putting the boys in their Seahawks clothing and they went as “Seahawk fans”. It was fun and made me feel a little creative. LOL.

The mall was really crowded and surprisingly very warm. (or maybe not so surprising considering all the people that were there!) Garris held his own candy bucket for the first time! He caught on pretty quick how to get the candy, but still wanted Dada to hold his hand. Rhonin was very intrigued by all the people and costumes.

Halloween 2018

After we were done at the mall, we planned on taking Garris trick or treating in one of the nearby neighborhoods, but Rhonin was very cranky by the time we were done and as it often happens in the Pacific Northwest, it started to rain! So we decided to enjoy the rest of our evening at home.

When we got home Garris excitedly went through all of his candy and ate a few pieces with glee! Rhonin even got to try a little piece. We then had some dinner and then water a few more Halloween movies to end the evening.

Halloween 2018

How was your Halloween?

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Write 31 Days│ Brief│Day 24

Day 24 of 31 Days of five minute Free Writes. Today’s prompt is Brief!

 

BriefWe can hardly expect to go through life without facing some sort of trail, hardship or a rough season. After all, God never promised a life void of hardships, in fact, he promised just the opposite. He said we will face trails.

My baby boy, Rhonin, my second son was born this past March. He is almost 8 months old. Ever since he was born I have been in a sort of funk, I guess you could call it. I have had to readjust how I do things because I now have two children. This has been a challenge for me.

I currently am taking college classes online. Finding the time to do my homework while taking care of my children and my home has been really hard. On top of school I also am tasked with taking care of my home. Cooking and cleaning. Keeping house has always been hard for me. Messes stress me out, and thinking of all the things I have to do can give me anxiety. And it can be crippling.

There have been many times int eh last almost 8 months where I have been so overwhelmed that I just sat on the couch and watch TV. It was easier than dealing with the mess.

Having to work through my anxiety and stress these last few months has been hard; challenging and sometimes overwhelming. But me learning how to deal with this season of my life has been the best things I could ever do.

One of the things that has helped me the most is reading my Bible. Taking the time to be with the Lord every day. IT gives me that much more strength to face the days challenges. It also helps me to remember that this is a season, and it is only brief.


31 days of Five Minute Free WritesThis post was part of the 31 days of five minute free writes series link up at fiveminutefriday.com.

With 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, we provide 31 one-word writing prompts and challenge you to free write for five minutes flat on each provided word. 

–> 31 Days of Five Minute Free writes is part of the write31 days challenge. This is where you write for 5 minutes flat on a one-word prompt every day for the month of October! For a list of prompts and/or to join in on the fun click here!

For the Table of Contents click here.

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Write 31 Days│ Help│ Day 22

Help

Help

It isn’t uncommon while watching the news to see reports of people being assaulted or robbed by a stranger. There are times where these take place right out in the open and the victims say that people just walked right by them and didn’t even try to help the person struggling.

We seem to have a mentality of “mind your own business” today, and while there are times when that is good to put to practice, there are times where we need to stop minding our own business and help others.

We as a society are so focused on ourselves and that we often fail to see the needs of others. We don’t help even when we can because ”it’s their problem”. But I believe God has called us to be better than this.

The greatest commandment is to honor your father and mother, and the second is love your neighbor as yourself. Are we loving our neighbors as ourselves? Are we offering a helping hand where it is needed or are we simply turning a blind eye because it’s easy to ignore than to have a little inconvenience in our day?

As believers we aren’t called to be comfortable, we are called to witness to others, and sometimes we witness by helping those in need.


31 days of Five Minute Free WritesThis post was part of the 31 days of five minute free writes series link up at fiveminutefriday.com.

With 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, we provide 31 one-word writing prompts and challenge you to free write for five minutes flat on each provided word. 

–> 31 Days of Five Minute Free writes is part of the write31 days challenge. This is where you write for 5 minutes flat on a one-word prompt every day for the month of October! For a list of prompts and/or to join in on the fun click here!

For the Table of Contents click here.

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Write 31 Days│Pause│Day 17

Pause

Pause.

Every minute of every day, my brain is running a million miles a second. I am always stressing about the things I have to get done. The laundry needs to be folded and put away, the floors need to be swept. I need to wipe the table down or pick up that sock that’s been sitting in the corner for the last 2 days. I can get so caught up in everything that needs to be done, that I forget to just sit. TO pause. To be in the moment.

I finished my college assignment around noon today, so I decided to take my boys to the park. It was an unusually warm day for October. It was sunny. The leaves were orange, yellow and brown. It was beautiful.

The grass was dry enough to sit on. I put my baby on the grass and let him explore the ground. I watched my 4-year-old excitedly play in the dirt. I took a few good pictures of them, and then put my phone aside and just watched them play. I watched them enjoy natures beauty. I watched them be little boys. and I loved every second of it.

I paused.

Don’t forget to pause. The day is over before we realize.


31 days of Five Minute Free WritesThis post was part of the 31 days of five minute free writes series link up at fiveminutefriday.com.

With 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, we provide 31 one-word writing prompts and challenge you to free write for five minutes flat on each provided word. 

–> 31 Days of Five Minute Free writes is part of the write31 days challenge. This is where you write for 5 minutes flat on a one-word prompt every day for the month of October! For a list of prompts and/or to join in on the fun click here!

For the Table of Contents click here.

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Free Halloween Printables

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Free 8×10 Halloween Printables!

Its October and Halloween is just around the corner!! One of my favorite parts about Halloween is, and lets face it, any holiday is the decorating!

Decorating is lots of fun, especially when you get the decorations for free!

Free 5×7 Halloween Printables!.pngPrintables are a fun way to add a little pop to your decorations! Here are a few free downloadable Halloween printables!

Download for free below!

 

October 31

Download October 31 Printable here.

Halloween 5×7

Download this printable here.

 

Eat

Download the Eat, Drink and Be Scary printable here.

 

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(This printable is the words happy Halloween, on a white background. I added the black border so it was more visible for this post).

Download Happy Halloween printable here.

 

Happy decorating and have a fun-filled Halloween!!

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Write 31 Days│Ask│ Day 14

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Ask

As a mother, its hard for me to ask for help. I think it comes for a place of pride really. I think that as a stay at home mom, I should be able to handle everything on my own. I should have the energy to wake up, make myself look decent, keep a clean home and make every meal from scratch. You know, the “perfect wife” that is always portrayed to us in the media.

This “perfect wife” image is not reality! It took me so long to figure this out, and certain days I still have to remind myself of that! I have to ask for help when I get overwhelmed! This “perfect housewife image” forgets to take into account things like tantrums or when little hands mess everything up that you just cleaned. Or when they dump the clean basket of folded laundry all over the floor.

I had a mentality that I had to do it all, and that my husband should just know when I need help and what needs to be done. This is not real life, at least for me! I can’t do it on my own. I HAVE To ask for help.


31 days of Five Minute Free WritesThis post was part of the 31 days of five minute free writes series link up at fiveminutefriday.com.

With 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, we provide 31 one-word writing prompts and challenge you to free write for five minutes flat on each provided word. 

–> 31 Days of Five Minute Free writes is part of the write31 days challenge. This is where you write for 5 minutes flat on a one word prompt every day for the month of October! For a list of prompts and/or to join in on the fun clik here!

For the Table of Contents click here.

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Write 31 Days│Day 13│ Talk

 

TalkRemember to Listen

 

I love getting together with friends and having a nice chat with them. I love talking to people. I spend the majority of my days at home with my kids, so when I am around another adult I love being able to actually talk with them.

I noticed that I tend to get wrapped up in everything I have to say, I don’t always take the time to actively listen to what my friend/spouse is saying. It’s not because I don’t care about them or what is going on in their lives, I just have a lot of things I also want to talk about.

My husband told me one evening that he felt I never actually listened to anything he told me. THat I immediately forgot what he was saying after he told me, or that I always said “what? Can you repeat that?”. When he first told me this, I was upset because it couldn’t possibly be true. But after I paused, and really thought about it I realized he was right.

I felt ashamed.

I didn’t want to be that type of person. I didn’t want to be so selfish and wrapped up in myself that I only cared about what I had to say. And it was, selfish.

*my 5 minutes ended here, but I’m going to finish my thought*

Sometimes we can do something or be something without really realizing it. By not taking the time to listen to my husband when he had something to tell me, and doing this many times over, it really was being selfish. I was putting my thoughts, and what I wanted to do above him. I wasn’t giving him my time or the courtesy to listening to what he had to say. The ironic thing here is I hate it when he doesn’t listen to me when I’m talking to him.

I know the main reason I have to do this is that I always have so many things going on in my mom brain; all the things I Need to do today, tomorrow, next week. That I let that consume my thoughts, stress me out, and it makes it hard to pay attention to much else.

It needed to change. I want to be a good wife to my husband and a good mother to my children. One of the things I Need to do is to listen to them when they talk to me. Now I make a point of actively listening. I put my phone down. When hubby and I are having a serious conversation, I don’t text someone else while he’s talking. I give him my full attention.

The same goes with my friends. I don’t get together with my friends very often so I want to make sure I am actively listening to what they have to say.  I make sure I’m not browsing social media or texting someone else while they are talking to me. I make a point to make sure I am not always talking, and that I actively listen.


31 days of Five Minute Free WritesThis post was part of the 31 days of five minute free writes series link up at fiveminutefriday.com.

With 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, we provide 31 one-word writing prompts and challenge you to free write for five minutes flat on each provided word. 

–> 31 Days of Five Minute Free writes is part of the write31 days challenge. This is where you write for 5 minutes flat on a one word prompt every day for the month of October! For a list of prompts and/or to join in on the fun clik here!

For the Table of Contents click here.

FOr yesterdays post, click here!

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Write 31 Days│Day 12│Praise


Today is not only day 12 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, but its also Five Minute Friday!

Every Friday I link up with other bloggers from Fiveminutefriday.com and free write on a one word prompt for five minutes flat! Today’s prompt is praise.

Praise

Setting the timer… GO.

Often times when I have been stressing over something, like whether we will have enough money for rent during the winter (the offseason for my husband’s job) and we end up having enough to pay rent on time, I will give the lord praise. Praise because I am thankful we had the finances to take care of our bills.

But do I praise him when things are hard? DO I praise him through the hardship?

most of the time the answer is no. God has been doing a lot of work on my heart the last few years. My little family has had our fair share of hardships. In the beginning, it felt like God didn’t care about my family and was just letting us drown. I got angry and resented him for it instead of looking at it from a different viewpoint.

God allows us to go through hardships in life. We can either praise him through it, knowing he is in control, he has a plan, and we will persevere, or we can blame him and ignore him, and really, learn nothing.

I eventually got to a point where I had to learn to trust God through the hardship and give him praise. I am still learning to trust him, but I will say praising him through the storm, makes the storm more bearable.

Psalm 42:11

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.


 

31 days of Five Minute Free WritesThis post was part of the 31 days of five minute free writes series link up at fiveminutefriday.com.

With 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, we provide 31 one-word writing prompts and challenge you to free write for five minutes flat on each provided word. 

–> 31 Days of Five Minute Free writes is part of the write31 days challenge. This is where you write for 5 minutes flat on a one-word prompt every day for the month of October! For a list of prompts and/or to join in on the fun click here!

For the Table of Contents click here.

To read yesterdays post click here!