Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reviews!

 My 10 year old and I went out for some "mom time"
(we used to call them "mommy dates" 
but now that the kids are older, well, um...it's changed)
We went out to eat and then shopping and then onto see this movie!
At the movie theater
(so this one is not out yet in video)
IT WAS SUPER!!!!

I loved it.
Steve Carell was awesome in it.
And
 Jennifer Garner was in it.
  (need I say more?)
(I like her)
Laugh outloud funny!

(my other Steve Carell favorites, besides The Office?
The Way Way Back, and Dan in Real Life)


 Mommy date
Can anyone say Maude?
Seriously, I look like Maude. 
This is what I wore Sunday. 
I look like Maude.
If you don't know who Maude is, you are too young, just look at me.
If you do know who Maude is, then,
 you know I'm right.

 Failed selfie...sunlight...shadows...oh, well!
 TV Show review!
I am watching The Glades on Netflix.
I am really liking it.
The first couple shows, the main character, Jim, I was not so sure about.
But as each season has gone on, I've liked him more and more.
It's a murder mystery type light hearted show.

 Toilet paper!!
We all use it.
We all need it.
But not all toilet papers are the same.
This is the kind I like to buy.
It's soft, thick enough for the job and I've literally used it all my life, 
as my mom buys this kind too.

This is the best toilet paper out there.
 The problem is my toilet paper causes our new toilets to get stopped up
(with a little help from certain little people that like to use lots and lots of it,
 but do not like to flush)

Our plumber told us
(he frequents our home)
that we should switch to Scott toilet paper.
My heart sank.
Have you tried this stuff?
It is gas-station-paper thin!!

I'm sorry in advance, if you come to our home,
for our toilet paper.
You can use a ton though, even choose to not flush 
and it will not stop up our toilets.

 THE BEST THING I LEARNED ALL SUMMER:
(Thanks Amanda)

If you wear skirts and your legs rub together and sweat
 (and you are tired of wearing biker shorts under your skirts)
put deodorant between your legs. 

Yep.
It works!  


 Onto more movie reviews!
These are all in video, we watch via Netflix!

X-Men!!

Well, I suppose you'd have to already be a fan of  the X-Men to like these.
I am.
So I loved it.

But with this one, I didn't like that because Wolverine went back to the past,
the future was changed (which was the point of the whole movie) 
but, I want to know what the new future was, which is now the past, 
because it ends in the present.

Follow me?

(Like did Mystique end up being good?)

I'm excited they could make a lot of new movies because of these questions.
Right?
 This movie was pretty good.
Different, but good.
I think Tom Cruise did a really good job at showing a man
be kind of a jerk and humble himself, by dying over and over again and again.


Now I'm probably going to get in trouble with you for this one.
I did not like this one.
I'll repeat that I did NOT like this one!
half way through, I was ready for both of them to die.
(it's about 2 terminally ill teens)
The sleep together, they show them take each other's clothes off .

Why do they do that?
They did not have to do that for this movie.
They can fall in love without sleeping together.
It happens in real life, really, it does.

But that was only one thing I didn't like about the movie.
I actually didn't like the movie.
It was slow and like I said, I wanted them to die already.

I don't know...I just didn't like it. 
(I'm the happy ending person, remember?)
(which is why I wanted them to die, so I could be happy) 

 Here's another thing I did not like!
I love to workout, really, I do.
I've been trying to work out again
(see above Maude picture)
But, I just don't like her personality, especially while I'm working out. 
Every day.
She's obnoxious.
Maybe she needs to workout in Hawaii or something.
Maybe she'd be happy then.






Like him
I love him.
OK, I don't really love him!
But I sure love his workouts!
This is Gilad.
We do not have TV anymore, we just do Netflix.
I have a couple of his videos, but they are not the same 
as the shows they have on FitTV at 5:30am

Gilad's Total Body Sculpt
(Below)

I don't know, he's just friendlier, happy, 
yet he gives a really good workout.

I signed up for this monthly streaming thing.
HERE
I can get any and all of his TV shows streamed onto my computer.
for $9.99/month.
(yeah, Tom was not happy with that)
But, it's cheaper than a membership 
and it makes me happy.
(and I can cancel anytime I want to)



Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Breathe

We've had a week filled with a lot of little stresses.
You know, family things.
We all have them.
things we can't tell the world on a blog.
 We've got anxiety issues  and
depression issues.
We've got oppositional behaviors and ADHD

It's heartbreaking when you are the parent, the wife
and are helpless
except to deal with it as it comes.
 We have 8 people living here each with a different personality.
Everyone needs some kind of attention
Some are needy and show it
Some are needy and demand it
Some are needy and pretend not to be.

We had cut fingers, runny noses and sick kids this week
 I had one day this week where I really wanted to go to the noon Mass
but 
one particular child made me late
So late, I ended up leaving without her
but by the time I got to the church it was already 10 minutes after 12

SO
I decided to go to the Adoration chapel instead
(at another Catholic church)

I was mad, but as I got out of the van
and started walking towards the chapel,
the anger completely left and I felt it lift away 
as if Jesus took it away for me.

I knew in that instant, that I was not mad, 
it was my own fault I was late
I am the adult here, I could have left sooner
(it was not this sweet girl pictured, just so you know)
 Once inside, I kept hearing these words
Just Breathe
Just Breathe

And you know what?
I did.
(this is the song I kept hearing while in the chapel)

And Jesus filled me with
His Graces
His Joy
and 
His Peace

 Hard things happen to us all.
Every day
 It's up to us to turn to God
 Beg Him for His mercy
just waiting there for  us to ask
And Thank Him for all the blessings He has given us
like these little ones


without a problem in the world.
 Except those temporary runny noses, cut fingers and little kid things

Oh, and type 1 diabetes and a cleft lip/palate, but who's counting those?


Life is pretty great 
  video

Remember to
Go to God
He makes all things new.

Go to any Catholic church, 
find the Tabernacle, and sit in front of it.
(you know the gold box with a red candle lit by it)
If your church has Adoration, go visit Jesus.
He waits for you and I

(this is in my neighbors backyard, perfectly in my view)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

September Thankful

 I know it's not September as my title suggests it is, 
but I'm trying to stay as close to summer as I can!
Ha!
Kidding, but I am always late (and a dollar short)
It's 54 degrees today, but in the pictures I'll show you today,
it was beautiful fall weather!  (that lasted about a week here in MN)
 I  like warm, what can I say?
We enjoy a local lake park in town
Thankful for this old tree that is there, we've taken pictures in it every year!
I even used to take my daycare kiddos there and take pictures!
Fun tree!

 We love to feed the ducks!
Thankful everything is so new for these littles!
He laughs and giggles every time he throws the ducks bread, it's so cute!

 He always wants to chase the ducks!
Thankful for big helpers!
 We love to walk around this little lake, it's so beautiful
(some of us like to unicycle)

 They have a little swan pond, so pretty in the fall
 As is our backyard
Thankful for beautiful fall colors right outside in our yard
Thankful for my front view from the school table

 Thankful for my fall mailbox
 Thankful for my fall home

 Thankful for my inside view from the school table
 Why, yes!  It is quite loud and distracting.
How did you know?
Thankful for loud and crazy littles!

 Thankful we are blessed to be able to homeschool!
My school room here.
 We moved the middle girls in here with me
and the oldest 2 are with Dad in the living room, at the table. 
Tom is helping with the oldest 2 this year 
so I am able to focus on the middles and the littles.
It put the Joy back in homeschooling. 
Let's just say, I've struggled with that joy thing for a while.
(with homeschooling)
It's the perfectionist in me.
And it's a "Mary" thing.

You see, I left it up to her.
I prayed a lot.
A lot.
Like for years.

I've prayed like this:
"Please be a mother to me, to my children, you love them more than I,  you know them"
"If you want me to do this, you have to make it work, I'll do anything, just lead me"

Because it was not working.
Sometimes there are blessings in very hard things in life.

Like all the hard things my husband struggles with
and has struggled with for years.
There have been blessings in it all.
Thankful for the love of my life, the biggest blessing and gift God has given me
besides my faith.
 Thankful we celebrated the feast of the Archangels with this Devil's food cake, 
complete with pudding frosting and fresh raspberries....


Pudding Frosting
1 package instant pudding (any flavor)
1 cup milk
1  -8 oz container of Cool Whip

Mix and frost
Oh, yeah, we crushed Satan's head with our swords... 
Thankful I found this awesome yellow frame for my yellow girl at Wal-mart!
 Thankful It only took me several years to realize I could spray paint my ugly blue bench
to make it look pretty nice...
 Way better!
 In fact It turned out so nice, I did more....
(they were bright blue before)

Thankful for bubble blowing



Thankful for second cousins!
What a treasure 2nd cousins are!
Thankful for tractor rides with cousins!
(my cousin's daughter)
My cousin's husband Bob gave a ton of tractor rides!
 Thankful for my cousin and her mama (my aunt Darla)
Thankful I got to see and visit with my grandma at my cousin's home!
And celebrate double birthdays!!
Her kid's birthdays are only a week apart
They are such sweet sweet kiddos!
















 Speaking of sweet....
 Thankful for sleeping toddlers.
On a mattress.
On my bedroom floor.
We need to get him a bed and figure out where he can go, I know.
 Thankful for big kids to help littles with praying and counting during our family rosary
 Thankful this little girl will always be my  kitchen helper, even when all have given it up!
(making Chipotle Pork Tacos here)

Thankful some flowers are still blooming...
October Thankfuls coming soon...

Thankful for big and small things and everything in between.

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