I finally decided to start blogging and I couldn't think of a better way than to journal about the utmost secret details of our life then on the internet for everyone to read! But seriously, I spend my days cooking, gardening, living as organically and as frugally as possible all while raising my boys and taking care of hubby! So please join me as I venture through the days trying to be like Mother Hubbard instead of Mommy Dearest!

Friday, October 21, 2011


I have had several people ask me about my CSA, so today I thought I'd talk about it. CSA stands for community shared agriculture and in my never ending quest to feed my family healthier and organically I thought a CSA would be the best choice for my family. I am a member of Farm Fresh to You and I love it! They send me a box of organic produce a week for around $30 a shipment. The kids get so excited and can't wait to see what fruits and veggies will be on our doorstep every Friday morning. I love knowing the boys are eating healthy, and are excited about fruits and vegetable and I LOVE not going to the grocer every week. Because of the CSA I now only go to the store about twice a month for milk and other staples. Not going to the grocer every week saves us a lot of money and with organic milk costing $6-$7 a gallon I need to pinch those pennies anyway I can! Now if only I could raise my own milking cow? Hmmm? I'll save that idea for another day, but if you'd like more information or would like to join a CSA you can click here and read more about it and be sure to mention I sent you along with promo code 6164  and you'll receive $5 off your first order! Woo-hoo to that!
*I must mention that a few fruits are missing because Noah snatched the green grapes and Joe took 2 kiwis to school for snacks. Like I said above, the kids act like it's Christmas when the box arrives!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

P is for pumpkin

This month Noah and I have been working on letters that coincide with halloween. Pis for pumpkin, S is for spider, C is candy, you get the picture!  I personally am not a fan of Halloween but it is something that we celebrate for the kids, but they're not allowed to be anything scary...Only happy costumes in our house!
 So in my search for today's lesson, I came across another one of Carissa's amazing ideas. I love the idea of turning Halloween into a lesson about Jesus! So today Noah made a Christian Pumpkin.
 First, he colored his pumpkin orange. Orange symbolizes the bright sun that rose on Easter Day.
Next Noah cut and glued on the stars for the eyes, like the star that shone bright on the day Jesus was born.  Then the nose, which was the cross our savior died on and finally the mouth, like a fish to show that this pumpkin is a Christian just like us!

 Ta-Da! Here's my lil' Picasso's masterpiece! I also glued the symbols and their meanings on the back so Noah can share his project with Joe tonight. 
Now it's time for lunch, crockpot baked potatoes and brussel sprouts! Yum-o!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wild Wednesday

Ugh! In our house we have Manic Monday's and Wild Wednesdays. Everyone close to us knows that these two days are when we get 'er done! Between soccer, preschool, chess and our other obligations we are pretty busy! Today wasn't any different except our crazy day didn't exactly start this morning. It started last night at urgent care, Or "injured care" as Joe likes to call it. Joseph and I spent yet another night at urgent care for a bad stomache ache that wouldn't go away. After a prescription and some rest he was able to go back to school today. As for Noah and I, we took a break from our Wednesday grocery trips and went to a friend's house to work on a poster for Joe's school. We had a blast and came home covered in paint! Now fast forward with me past shampooing carpets and taking Noah to preschool and let's stop at my niece's birthday party. Yup, we squeezed a birthday party in before soccer practice! The boys had a blast until I, "Mother of the Year" gave Joseph pizza for dinner. I gave Joseph, my lactose intolerant child whose been suffering from stomach aches, cheese pizza!! Poor kid, sometimes I really wonder how he's made it this long. As if that wasn't enough, we had another party we were supposed to attend tonight, that didn't happen!

With all that being said and done, tonight I'm going to sleep early. I'm going to climb in my bed that my boys have also decided to call their own and thank God for another Wild Wednesday! We may not have accomplished everything on our Wednesday itinerary and Joe's stomach may hurt more than it did last night but at least we were blessed with another day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

David Beckham, a 4th grade paper & NF

The other day Joseph told me about a paper he's working on in class. The topic for the assignment was, "if you could change something in your life, what would it be?" So all these crazy ideas went through my mind on what my goofy kid picked. But he didn't pick anything goofy, he didn't wish he had super powers or wanted to change his Dad for Kobe Bryant. He chose to change his NF. If Joe had one thing he could change, he would change being born with NF. As I sat at the table fighting back the lump in my throat and the urge to grab him and say I was so sorry and wish I could take this all away, I instead asked how the paper was going. He said he had to write a few reasons to support his topic and he wrote that he doesn't want tumors on his spine and he doesn't want his leg to hurt anymore. That’s a powerful paper for a 4th grader, but it's something he has to deal with on a daily basis. While his friends were probably writing about how they'd change their houses to mansions or have basketball stars and Hannah Montana as their parents, Joseph was writing about not wanting NF.

So what does this have to do with David Beckham? Well not much, but the only soccer player I know is David Beckham and soccer is Joseph's favorite sport. And watching him at practice tonight, I thought about his 4th grade paper. On the soccer field Joseph's not the tallest player, he doesn't make a goal every game, or bend it like Beckham, but watching him on the field and knowing what he goes through and knowing that he was so close to that spinal fusion 6 months ago that wouldn't have let him play soccer this season at all- That makes me so proud of him and his "sick" soccer skills!

He was so happy on the field tonight, not a care in the world and he was so excited kicking the ball around like a mad man. We are Blessed everyday for the fact that we have him, and at the moment we can't change NF in his life but I believe someday we can. Someday we will re-read his 4th grade paper and say, remember when you wrote this? Remember when you thought of this as just a wish and now it's true? Tonight that's what I'm praying for, I'm praying for Joseph's 4 grade paper to come true. And who knows? Maybe we do have the next David Beckham in our hands?
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