Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Currently: February & March 2016

So it's been a hectic past month!  Here's what we've been up to lately...I'll start with the not-so-fun stuff first:

I've been in and out of the doctor's office a lot lately.  My endometriosis has been slowly becoming very painful again, so it's time for another surgery this Spring.  This will be my third surgery of this kind since 2009.  Sigh.

We're also digging a little deeper into several of my already known issues to see if there is anything else going on.  For example, this week I had a food sensitivity blood panel done.  It's a strong possibility that certain foods may be causing more internal inflammation, which aggravates the endo.  And this leads me to what I'm...

I am not looking forward to finding out just one thing on that food sensitivity panel - if I'm sensitive to milk!  I love milk!  Like addicted.  I literally crave it when I haven't had it for a day.  Sigh, but I'll do what I have to.  And I will try to be pleasant about it ;)

Craving and Eating
I want to eat everything that is bad for me right now before I find out what I can't have for awhile!  My 5 faves: chicken club pizza, authentic Mexican food, Amish donuts, Texas Roadhouse, and potato chips with French onion dip...I will most definitely enjoy these treats often over the next month!

Thank You!
Before I move on to the fun stuff that we've been up to, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for all of the encouragement, support, and prayers since I mentioned what we've been going through a month or two ago.  You guys are the best.

Also, the doctor has a few concerns since some of the endo is wrapped around my large intestine, but we're hoping for the best.  So we need all the prayers we can get!  Please continue to pray for us, especially for good results, emotional and physical healing, and a quick and full recovery from surgery.  We greatly appreciate it!!!

Loving and Wishing
Spring is almost here!  Right?!  We are so ready for it after having two sunny and 60 degree days this past weekend.  What a beautiful tease it was!  (Especially since we're supposed to get 3-6 inches of snow tonight!)

We loved getting to be outside so much this past weekend.  J and B had a blast riding their ''bikes".  But it was especially fun watching L.  The last time it was warm enough to play outside, he couldn't even sit up yet.  Everything we did outside was like a whole new world to him.  I love seeing life through my children's eyes!

Having fun being L's chauffers

Well, it's that time of year where I might be wearing a parka one day and just a fleece jacket the next.  But I'll take it since we're heading closer and closer to short sleeves and sandals!

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Reading and Learning
I'm reading Everyday Sacraments: The Messy Grace of Parenting by Laura Kelly Fanucci with my Mom's Group.  It has been excellent so far!  It's a quick read, easy to understand, funny, and relatable. I love how Laura has filled this book with everyday mom moments and then shows us how to view them through the eyes of faith.  I would highly recommend this as spiritual reading for moms.

Also, will you please keep the author in your prayers?  Laura is pregnant with twins and just discovered they have twin-to-twin transfusion.  Please pray for her, her husband and sons, and their unborn girls! a family, we've been reading/learning a lot about Lent!  I wrote a little more about what we're doing specifically here.  I feel like we've all been learning a lot together!

Looking forward to
L's 1st birthday is in one month!  I can't believe it has been a year since he suddenly came into our family.  What a blessing you are to us, little (big) L!

Those lips, those eyelashes, those cheeks!

What have you and your family been up to lately?  What are you most looking forward to this upcoming month?

Happy Wednesday!

Just a beautiful sunset from this past weekend that I had to share!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Features (Tuesday Talk #60)

It's been a very busy last few weeks at our house with my doctor's appointments and the fun stuff of everyday life.  Tomorrow I'm going to share a little of what we've had going on, but for now...on to Tuesday Talk!

I can't wait to see what you'll be sharing with us this week!  Have a blessed day!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Best of Pinterest: My Favorite Pins

I love Pinterest.  I'll occasionally have a fail, but for the most part, Pinterest has given me so many amazing ideas for recipes, decorating, living the faith, crafts, DIY projects, and more.

I could probably give you a hundred or so of my favorite pins!  But I narrowed it down to one fave pin for 5 different categories: Recipes, Holiday, Kids, Faith, and DIY Projects.

Ok, ok, so I tried to narrow it down.  I added in a few sub-categories and had a few ties too!  Pinterest is just so awesome - it's hard to choose just one!

Favorite Appetizer Recipe

Dill Cucumber Dip
I found this while specifically looking up a cool and refreshing dip for the summer.  It is fabulous.

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Bonus:  It's 'fancy' enough for a wedding or a baby shower, and it's 'hearty' enough for an outdoor barbecue or a game watch with friends.  It is perfect for any get-together!

Favorite Soup Recipe

Sausage and White Bean Chili
This chili is unique and has the perfect amount of spiciness.  It tastes amazing.  End of story.

Bonus:  It only uses 1/2 lb. of sausage, so it's a fairly cheap meal to make.  Plus, it freezes very well so I always double the recipe so then we will have one for a later date.

Favorite Dinner Recipe

Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole
We love Mexican food so this is one of many Mexican recipe pins I've tried.  This is by far our family favorite.

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Bonus:  It only uses 1/2 lb. of hamburger (so it's a cheaper meal), but it is still hearty.  Also, it can easily be converted to a meatless meal, which is perfect for Fridays for our family.

Favorite Kid's Meal (Tie)

Pancake Muffins
I could never get a hang of flipping pancakes.  I always, always burned them.  Plus, I was stuck next to the griddle making pancakes while everyone else was eating dinner.  These pancake muffins took care of both of these problems in one easy swoop.

Bonus:  They can be frozen, so they are perfect to make ahead for busy days.

English Muffin Pizzas
So easy.  So versatile.  Everyone in the family loves them.

Bonus:  They're fun for the whole family to make together.  And they're freezable.  I'm all about make ahead meals for the busy days.

Favorite Dessert Recipe

Christmas Cranberry Cake
I tried this recipe on a whim.  It is hands down the best dessert I've ever made.

Bonus:  It only takes 6 ingredients.  Yes, you read that right - only 6 ingredients!

Favorite DIY Project

Hand Painted Dresser
I wanted to paint a tree on our kid's dresser as soon as I saw it on Pinterest.  It is so beautiful and so unique!

Bonus:  It was well worth the time, and it's something the kids (and I) will cherish forever.

Favorite DIY Home Decor 
and Organization Project

Wet Bar turned Craft Space
Several pins came together to give me this idea.  Framed display area for the kids' crafts.  Mason jars for storage.  Spice rack turned into storage for craft supplies.  And so much more!

Bonus:  It's beautiful and organized and my favorite space in our house.

Favorite Holiday Pin (Tie)

Hobbit Halloween Costumes
As soon as I saw this pin, I knew this was the perfect Halloween costume for our curly haired kiddos.

Bonus:  It's a no sew project!  And the cloaks are one size fits all (for kids) so they can play dress up with it for years.

Shamrock Hair Bow
How cute is this for a little girl?!  Dainty, cute, and oh-so-easy to make.

Bonus:  It is incredibly easy to make.  Plus, we're Notre Dame fans so our daughter wears it all year.  Go Irish!

Favorite Faith Activity for Kids (Tie)

Prayer Sticks
My sister Katie came across this awesome little faith activity for the family.  It's a great way to get kids involved in prayer!

Bonus:  It strengthens your family prayer life.  Need I say more?!

Felt Nativity Scene
I came across a Felt Nativity Scene when I was looking up ideas for a Felt Christmas Tree, and I fell in love.  I had to make it for my kids!  So one Christmas, Katie and I had a Pinterest Day and made it together for our little ones.

Bonus:  It's a fun, hands on way for the kids to learn about the Nativity Story.  And something they can play with for years to come.

Favorite Indoor Activity for Kids

Coloring a Box
Katie found this one as well and shared it with me - it is pure genius for giving kids a creative outlet when you're stuck inside in the winter!

Bonus:  The box keeps little ones contained.  It entertains the big kids for hours.  And you can do this activity outside with sidewalk chalk too!

Favorite Outdoor Activity for Kids 

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint
This is so easy to make, and there are tons of sidewalk chalk games and activities that equal hours of fun for the kids!

Bonus:  It's edible and washable because well, kids put everything in their mouths and they tend to make messes!

These are just a few of the awesome pins I've found over the years! 
So how about you?  What are your all-time favorite Pinterest successes? 

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