Sunday, March 25, 2012

Goals for 2012

i am a list maker. i can make a list for everything. +simple goals. very simple goals. i love making goals and i love it even more when i can accomplish them. BUT i have a hard time sometimes doing that. i have all these great ideas but can't seem to always follow through with them. i want to make some goals for 2012 and cross them off as they are finished. if i don't accomplish them all, that is okay. as long as i made some kind of progress and i am crossing a significant amount off.

1. pay off car loan. (only $600 more!)
2. pay off visa card.
3. have at least $2000 in savings. (i expect more but we have a few expenses this year that may deplete that savings a bit. so i'd be happy to have at least $2000 by Dec. 31st after all our expenses.)
4. have a baby. *june :D
5. potty train kiera
6. have every room in my house clean at the exact same time then take a nap in it. :P
7. have a successful homebirth.
8. make a financial budget and stick to it.
9. set up the play room.
10. take my state board test for my cosmetology license. (yes, i have slacked.)
11. clean out my garage and keep it cleaned. (LOL)
12. eat out less.
13. lose my baby weight. (gotta have the baby first though.)
14. eat healthier.
15. to not get pregnant again this year. (i deserve a break!)
16. remodel bathrooms.
17. remodel backyard. complete with a sandbox. :)
18. finish the garden planters.
19. grow a successful garden.+++
20. build a composter
21. build a rain barrel

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Cleaning Challenge

I am going to begin my Spring cleaning today with this really cool blog. Click here to go to the blog and read up about the challenge.

I can't wait to get started. This is todays challenge. If you know anything about me, you know that I HATE cleaning. I really really really despise it. So I am hoping that the motivation of this challenge will help keep me going. I have so much to get done before the new baby arrives and I am trying to not get overwhelmed. I am a big believer in schedules and plans. I have always made lists of things to do, my goals, or my plans for the day, etc. I enjoy getting my thoughts out of my head and onto paper in words. Otherwise, I would go insane with all of my thoughts.

I also despise cleaning the bathrooms so today's challenge may not be so fun. I was debating on taking a nap today or get to cleaning. I don't function very well without a nap so I think I will take one and then get started on my cleaning. :D Would you like to join me in this challege? By participating, not only do you get your house cleaned but you also get the chance to win a new LG washer and dryer or a closet organizer, or a steam mop. How awesome!

Go to the site and take a look.

Morning Sickness in the 2nd trimester?

I wake up at 3:45am 4 days a week to be at work by 5am. It isn't that bad! I am usually asleep by 9pm. I shower at night so I don't have to wake up any earlier in the morning. In the mornings, I get up, get dressed and have breakfast. The most annoying thing about getting up so early to work is that I add an extra meal into the day. I have 4 meals instead of 3 which isn't really that bad!

This pregnancy has been great. I had very little morning sickness and I have been feeling great until....the 2nd trimester began and everything has seemed to just go downhill. I realize that I am still not having problems anywhere near what they could be. But I would like to be able to complain just a little bit.

One word... sciatic nerve. I hate you! I cannot believe how bad it can hurt at times. I keep telling myself that I am going to go to the chiropractor and everytime I call to make an appointment he happens to be closed on that day! Really annoying. Oh well. I will eventually get there.

Another problem.. this is really hard to explain. As far as I know, not many people experience this during pregnancy but I have had it happen every pregnancy for the full time. I had it with Kiera, with my 13 wk miscarriage and now I am 26 weeks and I have it this pregnancy. So bear with me while I try to explain.
I get this pain just under my boobs about where my belly begins. It is not surface pain like on the skin but it is deep down further. I hurts when I sit and scrunch up my belly. I have to constantly stretch out and I sleep with my arms above my head. Is this making any sense? I normally can get some relief from this CONSTANT pain by stretching and changing positions but this pregnancy I have had VERY VERY few times where I could get relief. It is actually quite miserable. LOL. I have talked to the doctor and my midwife as well. Neither seem concerned. I a m not sure if it is something to do with my organs being squished, which I doubt because the pain begins the second sperm meets egg. :giggle: Or if it is a muscle cramp or something. Either way, I would like it to go away. I am hoping the chiropractor can help in some way. If not, I do know that the pain will end the minute I deliver. At least that is what has happend previously.

My last but definitely not the least of my problems.... 2nd trimester morning sicknes. YUCK! I was pretty positive that I was out of the woods with this since I passed my 1st trimester with very little nausea. But nope. I was fooled. I get sick almost every morning, definitely the last three mornings. I have a trash can here next to me a work and unfortunately, it has been getting some use. Not cool, not cool at all. But for some good news, the morning sickness seems to last about 4 or 5 hours and then I am better again. Oh thank you!

Just a few incoveniences that we moms sacrifice for out children. Of course, I would not have it anyway and I would endure these annoyances anyday to be able to have the opportunity to create life. I am getting more and more excited for the arrival of this newbie and I really can't wait until I can meet him/her and of course, to find out the gender of the baby! Kiera is growing up WAY too fast for me and I can't hold onto the reins any tighter. She is getting so big. I need a new little one to squish and snuggle with. A child who will fit into my arms again because we all know that Kiera doesn't fit so well anymore. HA! Not to mention, she can't sit still long enough for me to snuggle with her! Busy body I must say!

Last thought, I hope you don't mind the constant blogging. I work so early in the morning and sometimes it is so slow and so I don't have much to do but keep blogging about my thoughts. This is probably becoming more of a journal. Tee hee! Kiera and I have so many fun things planned for the next few months and we can't wait to share them all with you. :D

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Googled What....?

Really irked right now!

I have come to the official conclusion that the Internet is here to corrupt us. LOL. Of course, next month, I will be screaming that I love the internet but right now I am a bit upset.

I googled the most innocent search EVER! IT was about WAFFLES. Yes, the food waffles and the link that Google suggested WAS NOT and I repeat it WAS NOT what I was looking for. Pretty sure that I am scarred for life now. The image that was imprinted in my brain will forever be stained.

And no, I am not going to tell you what I googled. I would NEVER want to share THAT kind of wealth.

Just a thought. Be careful what you search. Just be careful!
:hangs head:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

True Lemon, Lime, Orange

My midwife appointment on Thursday went great. I am measuring 25 weeks. I was only 23.5 weeks pregnant at my appointment. This is a VERY big deal since I never measured over with Kiera. Actually, I never measured on time with Kiera. When I was 40 weeks pregnant...I measured at 33 cm. I never got bigger than that. I had a lot of unnneccesary ultrasounds. Doc though baby wasn't growing but she was doing just fine. She was just helping mama out by not letting me get too huge, although I felt huge! Other than that, everything was just great. I am getting more and more excited for the arrival of our little one. I am also beyond excited to experience my first homebirth and I really hope thinks work out in my favor. Of couse, I am more than willing to deliver at the hospital if we feel needed but I would love to avoid that for not only my baby's sake but for me as well! I don't know if I could even leave Kiera for a few nights. That would break my heart and she would miss me so much, at least I would hope. :P
So, at my appointment my midwife gave me a few sample packets of this new, or at least new to me, product called True Lemon. They have multiple different kinds: True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange and I think they even have a True Grapefruit flavor, True Lemonade, True Raspberry Lemonade flavor.

Here is the site.

They have all sorts of stuff on there. The most impressive? You can use these little packets of lemon, lime, orange, etc.... to make dinner! They have recipes using these packets. The packets are very small and easily totable. The package is about the size of a Splenda package but it is made of a more sturdy material so it is less likely to break. Actually, I lied.... the most impressive part really is that this product is not made with Aspartame (Sucralose). That makes me so happy! We try to eat healthy at home and we try to use very little boxed foods with lots of additives and preservatives. This product is great to help us achieve that. It is basically made with real lemons, like they dry them or something. The Lemonade and the Raspberry Lemonade has Stevia in it for a sweetener but I am pretty sure Stevia does not have asparatame or sucralose in it either.

I know this sounds so silly. I am sure you really think I am psycho now. But I am just soo happy to have this produc in my life. There are very few things in this world better than a nice ICE COLD LEMON WATER. YUMMMM!

I introduced this product to a few friends of mine. One of these friends lives in Canada. True Lemon does not ship to Canada since they are such a small company and can't afford it. So they have agreed to send her and I both some samples and then I will forward those samples onto her in Canada. I can't wait to hear what she thinks of them too.

I can't wait to cook some lemon chicken or lime chicken or something with them. :D I am giddy!

Have you tried this product? Is this a new product or am I kind of late on the bandwagon?

P.s. I should be their sales rep! :D

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Technology really a benefit?

I have been thinking a lot lately. I guess that is what happens when you work really early in the morning. 5am is the perfect time to do your internet surfing. Anyways, I have been thinkingn a lot about how much I would love to have a journal. I would love to write in a journal often. It is fun to go back and read some of my older posts and I wish I could get myself back into it. Yes, I have this blog that I can use as a journal which does work to some extent. But there is just something about handwriting in a journal laying in your bed late at night. It's just nice. I am old school like that, if I can say that. I don't care to use a lot of these technological advances that we have. I refuse to use bill pay through my bank. As much as I hate writing bills, I love writing out that check and physically putting it in my mail. That way I KNOW it was paid because I know that I wrote that check and because I have the duplicate copy of the check. I love being able to hold that proof in my hands. I also love using stamps. I don't know why. HA I also would rather take my scriptures to church instead of using my new fancy Droid phone or use our Touchpad. Again, it is something about having that physical evidence right before my eyes. Plus, I feel kind of bad that the church spends so much time and money printing out all of these books/manuals for us and then we never bring them to church and just use our phones. I love being able to write notes in my scriptures/manuals and use a highlighter. I LOVE a good highlighter. I am a huge list maker too. I always attempt to use my phone of touchpad to make my lists for chores or my to do list but I always end up reverting back to my index card and pen. Can you relate to any of this? Or am I just crazy?!