Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Hey there…. I am so excited to get this party started. Come on in, grab you a drink, and let’s start mingling.

Please meet your host Jen Houck:

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Hey ya’ll (southern girl and all ya know), I am so glad to “meet” you. One Moms World is so happy to get to mingle with each and every one of you. What better way to bring in the first day of Spring!

Let’s me tell you a little about myself. I am a work at home mom (since early 2003) of two beautiful girls. They are playing it up at the park now so let’s take a sneek peak at them:

Big Sister:

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Little Sister:

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This has been one more long winter, so we are enjoying this warm weather that has been brought our way by the good ole Mr. Sunshine.

I have been blogging since August 2005 and just have loved it from the first minute I started blogging. It helps connecting with other parents and sharing the journey of the curvy road of parenthood. They say life comes at you fast…. I believe that 100%. There is never a dull moment and I could not imagine life any other way. I enjoy being home with them and seeing them grow.

Also, I am a weight watchers fanatic. As of yesterday, I am down 34.6 pounds. I enjoy sharing videos of easy weight watcher meals here, along with easy weight watcher desserts. I believe in sharing recipes that will help you lose weight, but that also has a really good tasting and are EASY to make. (Moms have limited time ya know!) Hey, if I can get my husband (the pickest eater of all) to enjoy these recipes, you know they have to be good. So keep checking back with new recipes each week. Right now, I would like you to pick up a bowl of our Weight Watchers banana pudding. It is so delicious and you can’t even tell it is missing the fat.

Recipe:

  • 1 Big Box of Vanilla Pudding Mix
    (Follow the recipe on the box for the 5 minute pudding)
  • Add in sliced bananas to the mix
  • A Box of Reduced Fat Vanilla Wafers
    (Layer your 13 x 9 dish on the bottom with Vanilla Wafers)
  • Pour the prepared pudding mix on top of the wafers
  • Sit the dish in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let it set
  • Once set, layer the top with one regular container of Fat Free Cool Whip.

You are all set to enjoy a wonderful guilt free dessert.

While you are here visitng… do not forget to enter our giveaways:

Win an Autographed Music CD

Leave me a comment below so I can come mingle in at your party as well. Happy Ultimate Blog Party 2009. Woot Woot!!!

Also don’t forget to check out the Prize page. I couldn’t believe all the prizes. I am going to put my picks below :)

#58 Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
#1 $100 GC to Pedal Cars/Rocking Horse
#19: Target Gift Certificate
#71 Flip Flops for Mother and Daughter
#79 Cute Clips
#106 Melissa and Doug’s Dress Up

Welcome To Snowy Mountain

Let’s take a journey over to snowy mountain. I promise it is loads of fun :) We have had 3 snow storms in a week and expecting another one tomorrow night. Pretty please old man winter hold off until M’s Thanksgiving program at school.

So I am going to entertain you with a couple of sledding pictures. Yes, ole Jen decided to get on a sled and have loads of fun with her girls during the snow day M was having. I will NOT show you the pictures of me tumbling off of the sled and down into the embankment haha.

Look at our driveway:

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Oh let’s go ahead and give it a try:

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Ok, we are down M. Will you promise to stop us if we get to going too fast?

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Phew that’s enough for this mom. M was ready to go full blast and the faster she could go was the better.

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We top the sledding fun off with cups of hot chocolate. Ahhh this is life in the winter and I would not want it any other way :)

Are You Ready For College Football

We will We will We will ROCK YOU. I live in a college town and we have won the National Championship 3 years straight in a row. Can we do it the fourth time? Oh Yes We Can!!!

To kick off the season, they had the ASU Fan Fest for everyone to come greet the players and have fun with the kids :). We of course had a blast and it has us so pumped up for the season. YAY, I’m in NC this year to experience the games again as well.

Take a peek at the fun we had:

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Ok.. now tell me moms. Are you really a college football fan as well? My hubbs loves I get into sports with him.

Wordy Wednesday – Blueberry Picking

No, I didn’t mis-spell the title wrong. Instead of being “wordless” today, I want to be wordy!

We set out on a little adventure this morning. My neighbors told me about a cool blueberry farm that you could pick your own blueberries for only 5.00 a gallon. I love me some blueberries, and I couldn’t believe you could get a whole gallon for 5.00. You would be paying out you know what… for a gallon at the grocery store.

I was told it didn’t take long to get to, it and was just a few miles. Ummm Hummm? Sorry about that had to clear my throat. HA!. I didn’t realize we were going further up the mountain and on a dirt, winding road.

Thank goodness hubbs, had me take his little car today since he took the Van to get tires. I don’t know what I would have done with our min-van. His car handles the curves much better. So we are going

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and going….

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and oh… is that a house I see? So are we getting close to some kind of civilization?

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I think we may….. so we go a little bit further… OH! There is the sign we are looking for. FINALLY! The girls were screaming YAY… we are here finally mommy.

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So let the fun begin and let’s get to picking.

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The girls were such big helpers. They were grabbing all the berries their little hands could handle.

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Look, at these beautiful blueberries. Yes, I had to taste them. I couldn’t wait. They are soooo delicious.

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Lyndsee didn’t complain one time. Her little hands were just working so hard too.

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After some fun laughs with the girls…

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It was time to head back with our buckets of berries in hand. I had so much fun just enjoying the beautiful nature scenery and the girls having a blast as well.

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Anyone have any blueberry recipes they want to share?

Holiday Fun Re-Cap

We were on the go for pretty much of all week last week. We were trying to cram in so many things because we knew it was only a matter of time that hubbs would be shipping off to Iowa. I am happy that he can help out there to rebuild the cities, but he sure will be missed that is for sure. Please pray they will have safe travels, and have safe building times during the month he is out there. Also for me that I will not lose my sanity hehe ;).

I took loads of pictures to portray the wonderful time we had celebrating our Nation’s Birthday. Follow along on the ride with me!

First off of course, we couldn’t go out and celebrate unless we were all dressed in red, white and blue. The bargain mom, I am got some great deals on 4th of July wear last year at Target during the after holiday sales, that I saved for us this year.

Here is Lyndsee and I posing before we go out the door.

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We head out early for our town’s 4th of July parade. The girls were super excited, but then Lyndsee gave me this look like what the heck are we doing sitting on side of a road.

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But then when she noticed we weren’t the only crazy ones sitting on the side of road she was all smiles along with the rest of our crew.

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As soon as the loud sirens came barreling down the road, I had to jump up and go sit with Lyndsee and hold her ears. She is not a big fan of loud noises AT ALL and will definitely tell you about it.

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After the fun parade was over, we all hurried over to the community watermelon eating fest. I love me some watermelon and you better bet we had some fun eating it :)

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Then, our tummies are starting to growl so we head over to my parent’s house and have a very delicious cookout with my family and my super fab friend Cindy and her family. We always have so much fun with them and I’m so glad we are back from Florida to enjoy their friendship so much more.

This is my dad acting goofy while hubbs is doing his duties of tending to the grill.

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After all our tummies are full, it is time to head right down my parent’s road for the big town fireworks. We had great seats and just had a wonderful time hanging out together and letting the kids play. Cindy brought some sparklers and the girls were enjoying that loads.

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Finally it was the drumroll of the night. Madisyn was so stoked and yea Lyndsee you could tell she was really excited ;).

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Yep! She slept through the whole fireworks display. We all went home and crashed as soon as we hit the pillows. It was such a fun day but we were all tired. We knew we had another day of fun waiting for us the next day so we better get some shut-eye.

Rise and shine early the next morning. We headed out to the town’s festivities. Madisyn was so excited to do the big air jumps with my nephew.

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It was off to the community cookout where we had hotdogs and all the fixings. Just had fun meeting everyone and hanging out. Glad to be back in NC with all the mountain peeps :)

Then we all took our seats for the second parade. We love parades, but what was looking like a good parade.

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was greeted with downpours of rain in the first 5 minutes of the parade. My girls LOVE playing in the rain and I just couldn’t help to snap a couple of picts of course

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God was hearing our prayers and sent us back some sunshine so we could enjoy the rest of the parade.

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We went home and grabbed us a quick nap, so we could go back and settle in on the golf course to watch the second fireworks display of the weekend that the country club puts on.

It was a little chilly so glad we changed clothes to much warmer clothes.

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All in all, it was a FUN-FILLED weekend and much needed time to spend with daddy before he ships off early Monday morning. It’s going to be so hard not seeing him for that long and I know the girls will miss him like crazy. You will see me blogging full force so I can get in my adult mommy interaction in and please talk back to me so I don’t think I’m insane hehe :). Winners coming and a new contest tomorrow :).

I Am Finally Back Online

Wow… I didn’t know that having internet can totally disconnect you from the world ;). We are finally moved in and internet was installed this evening.

The move went pretty good, just glad its over and it did land me in the emergency room Sunday night. I am doing much better though and back on the mend. Ready to go full force again.

Glad to be back and get all caught up with all the moms. I have missed you all!

On The Move Again

I feel like that title has been my song description of my life since year 2008 has began. With the moves from Florida to NC, then NC back to Florida times 2, needless to say I am tired of the moving and the stress that comes with moving.

I do have to say I am finally excited to have my family back again under our own roof and be a family again instead of us living at my mom and dad’s.

Hubbs and my dad are in Florida now at our house loading up all our stuff for the moving truck. Then it will be on to this beautiful outlook each and every day. I know the girls are going to have a blast on these hills :)

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Please wish us luck and pray for us this will all go well and we can finally be settled and have a less stressful life going on.

Beautiful Nature Being Born Right Before Our Eyes

What a fun evening we had right here on our front porch! For the past week, we have been waiting for the eggs to hatch. They finally did TODAY.

You see the bird decided to make nest right in one of my mom’s welcome home signs hahaha. Everytime I would walk out on the porch the mommy bird would dart out right in front of me. Scared me every time.

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She would usually sit atop the roof and wait for the path to clear and then finally fly into the nest.

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The girls were so amazed and intrigued by the little birdies birth. We really had a neat experience talking them through of what they just witnessed. It seemed like every 5 or 10 minutes they wanted to check in on how they were doing. The mommy bird would keep going to get food and bringing it back to the 5 babies and the girls would just crack up when the bird would drop the food into the birdies mouths.

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Makes you appreciate nature even more!

Mommy Discovering a Whole Other Culture

We got a surprise call Friday evening and it has kept us busy since and now we have a feeling of sadness since our surprise is gone.

I have been missing in action from the internet world, but my wheels in my brain were just a turning with learning and excitement.

You see my aunt from the Philippines came over to meet us all for the first time. I fell in love with her instantly and we formed a really huge bond while she was here. We would stay up late talking about all the different cultural changes and how life is so different. It really got me thinking that America is one big spoiled country and what all we take for granted.

It’s no wonder how we live over here that we have so many medical problems. She was amazed that I had been wearing glasses since the age of 14. Just small things like that… I don’t even think about. But my uncle said it best when he mentioned… over there medical insurance is a huge luxury, so they live their lives all around being healthy and doing the best things for their body so they will not have to depend on medical insurance so much.

The cooking… oh the cooking. They cook everything from scratch for every meal she said and we were so delighted for her to cook for us. It was amazing and needless to say all the food was ate and I will be doing more of the cooking she did for us. I told her the next time she is over we would have an American Meal of turkey and ham and the fixins… Hope she likes it hahaha.

We started out the day with all this food:

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Then Estela starts working her magic with the food. The whole house immediately smelled like a wonderful chef kitchen. We would all just delight in all the different scents from the food.

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We were all sure itching to get our tastebuds around all of this food. You could hear all of us just chomping at the bits when she placed the food on the table.

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Madisyn and Lyndsee ate everything on their plates and asked for MORE! They were in love just as all us adults were in love eating. Every bite I took… I kept thinking ok how can I make all this food last longer hehe?

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It was such a fun time all around and Estela’s cultural is all about family time and that is the same way I feel. Family comes first to me and my girls are indeed my life. Estela had the same love for my girls as well and it just warmed my heart.

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You can tell by our smiles of how much we bonded together too.

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We shed some tears yesterday when she left but we made sure we have each other’s cell numbers and emails so we can communicate very often. I already miss her love, joy, learning experiences from her culture so much.

It was a very wonderful weekend and a surprise I enjoyed so much as all the family did.

Trading Palm Trees For Mountains

We are moving from this:

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to this:

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Quite a change right? These are actual pictures that I have taken and just love both soooo much!

So I have been a little busy bee packing and trying to get everything organized. Never fear… Spring Weight Off will pick up where it left off last week next Monday. This week is just so much chaos… phew. I am going to time date some blog posts so subscribe to the feed if you do not want to miss out on any action here at One Moms World.

So… As most of you all know, I have been living in Florida for the last year. I have grown to love it here. It’s nice when you can just drive across the road and walk into a Super Target, or grab a joe at Starbucks, or munch on salsa and chips at Chilis.

Or…take a trip down the road and go to the beach whenever you feel like it. Or… hop into the car and go to disney for the day. It has been an experience and I am so glad that I have got to experience this last year. I have always said I would either live at the mountains or the beach.

The only thing I have missed is my family back in NC and friends. You just don’t really know what you have until you are miles and miles apart. Family and friends are really important to me and I thank God for putting each and everyone of you in my life.

With that said, we are making the move back to NC this Friday. It is such a bittersweet moment, because I have grown to love Florida so MUCH and having everything close by, but yet am ready to be with my family and friends. So its like I am so torn, but I know God is looking out for us and everything is going to be ok! God has got me through everything in my life and I’m not so sure where I would be in life today if I didn’t have him… so I’m thankful for his love.

All my in-laws live down here, so I know we will be back to visit. Florida it has been a good year and I have no regrets. I know we have all the pictures that one day we can look back at all the beautiful memories that we have made here.

The girls are just as torn as I am because they love the water, but I have ensured Madisyn we would make sure she gets her water in NC as well. :).

So here we are starting back on the adventure to NC this Friday and taking plant into the NC Mountains. It’s been a fun ride and I know it will not stop here :).

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