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Disney - Day Two - Epcot and Cirque du Soleil!

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Our second day at Disney was spent at Epcot.
I didn't think we would be there much past 1:00 as I thought Epcot was mostly for adults.  I was wrong.  We arrived before they opened and milled around in the crowd waiting for the people to let us through.  Like every other person in the crowd we headed toward the ride Soarin'.  I ended up giving my parents all of the tickets so they could get a Fast Pass to the ride.  I couldn't even get the stroller through the crowd!
In retrospect we should have all just gotten in line for the ride right then and gone.  When we went back later in the afternoon the Fast Pass tickets were sold out and the Fast Pass line took an hour to get through!  The regular line was two hours long!  I was going to do the rider swap that you can do at Disney because Tyce was too small to ride, but on this particular ride I had to wait for my group to go through the line and then get in line again!  I didn't want to make people wait another hour while I r…

It Works! Wednesday - Live better and longer with supplements!!!

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Today I am going to tell you about three supplements that I have taken and love!  It is so important to be on supplements and vitamins to be sure we are supplying our bodies with everything we need!  Don't worry about taking too much.  These supplements are all natural food based so your body will use what it needs and get rid of the rest in a safe and natural way!!


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Vital is a supplement I have been taking daily (well if I don't forget!) for almost two years!  The mint coating defi…

Home Visit #1 done and over!!!

The Social Worker came.  Here is how it went...

When she first walked in Lola wasn't feeling well and said a few grumpy words and hid under a blanket on the couch.  Tyce went with me to give her a tour of the house.  The first thing he told her was that he wanted to show her the "nakey man".  Oh my heavens!!  It's a good thing he told our neighbor all about a nakey man a few weeks earlier or I may have paniced!  He picked out The Hulk to show her.  Anyone that has any part of their body not covered by clothes is considered naked in his three year old eyes!  Whew- so far so good.

It was time for me to answer questions about my childhood and siblings.  You all got glowing reports by the way!  It did feel like deja-vu.  I was asked the same questions 5 years ago when we were preparing for Lola to come home!  Piece of cake!  When my time was up it was time to talk to the kids.  Lola had fallen asleep on the couch so we skipped over here.  Tyce had been hiding behind his …

The BIG Visit DAY!

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Tomorrow the social worker comes to question us and tour the house to see that it is all up to code and we are acceptable as a foster family.  Of course I spent the time I could this weekend organizing and cleaning.  And of course I took out my back on Saturday which rendered me immobile for half of Saturday and slow as molasses on Sunday!
I don't know why I feel the need to make the house spotless and perfect!  I even caught myself getting stressed out because I had a nail on the wall and no picture there!  It has been that way since we moved in and I never gave it a second glance before, but now suddenly it is going to be what makes me a good parent??
Maybe I should be more concerned with having this in my house then an empty nail?!!

Younger Men...

Yes.  I do enjoy attention.  I enjoy attention from pretty much anyone (well to a certain degree).  It always has baffled me how I can be getting attention and not really realize that is what is going on!  Most of the time if a guy is giving me the eye or flirting with me my husband (of all people) is the one to clue me in!

Doesn't it make you feel good when you get attention from the opposite sex, especially if they are a younger?  As I am now closer to my 40s then I am to my 20s that is always a nice complement.

While on vacation I was in the pool with my daughter.  I sat in the shallow watching her play with the fountains.  After about 10 minutes I finally clued in to the fact that a younger gentleman had been trying to get my attention the entire time.  He had been walking back and forth in front of me, making eye contact, and purposely playing his game with his friend so that they splashed me.  Hmm.. this should make me flattered right?  Nope.  Not so much.  The younger gentl…

Start your Engines! Grades Are In!

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Start your engines!

When we came back from Florida we completed Lola's car by putting stickers all over the inside.  It was great fun and she was happy to finally be allowed to sit in it!  We brought the car to school and deposited  it by the other cars.  Of course Tyce and I had to check out all of the cars!  Wow!  So cool!  We have very artistic and dedicated parents in our school district!

Lola was more excited to have popcorn for breakfast!





First Day at the Magic Kingdom

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Our first day at Disney was spent at the Magic Kingdom
If we do this again I would put a buffer day between our travel day and when we start going to the parks.  The kids were so excited to be in the hotel room and on vacation that it took them FOREVER to fall asleep.  I had planned for all of us to be at the Magic Kingdom when it opened, but I didn't want to wake any of the kids to get them going in the morning!  So we ended up arriving about 1 1/2 hours after it had opened.  Not the best plan - and not my original plan!
Another thing I should have done is re-check the open times for the parks right before we left!  The times changed and the Magic Kingdom opened up an hour sooner then the last time I had checked!  So we were even later then I thought!  This resulted in the crowds surging a lot sooner then I expected.  Everyone tells you to go early and they are right!!
I also didn't know that when you park at the Magic Kingdom you can take a tram, but it doesn't take you …

Finally on our way to Disney!!

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I love the look on people's faces when families with kids walk up to the line to go through the security at airports.  They pretty much cringe just like waitresses do because they know it will take us longer to do everything and we will leave some kind of trail in our wake!



I try to help the process along and reduce everyone's stress levels.  First, we put the car seats in bags designed for airplane travel and check them with the baggage.  (you can check car seats for free!)  I actually packed our soft sided cooler and life jackets with the car seats, but it didn't seem to matter.  In the past I have even filled the space in the bags with diapers!  This results in less things going through security and free transport of items! 

Next, I do not bring on any liquids if it can be helped.  I had a very small hand sanitizer that was attached to my backpack and I didn't have to put it in a separate bag.  The less you have to take out and put back the better.  Since you pretty…

Adventures of Embarrassment in Restrooms

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I was in Disney visiting the restroom.  A little boy was in the stall next to me.  I knew this because suddenly he exclaimed, "Mommy!  It came out!"  Then he  he let out the biggest sigh ever!  I couldn't help but laugh!  He then told his mom he could go back to eating more food because he had more room!

I think some of my more embarrassing moments with the kids have occurred in public bathrooms.  When Jackson was little we were traveling to Florida just the two of us so he had to come in the stall with me.  He yelled out to everyone that I was "nakey"!  Tyce once asked me if I was poopin'.  And Lola once declared that it was too stinky and who did that?  Of course they shared their thoughts in very loud voices because who doesn't love to hear their voice echo in the restroom?   Those around us snickered or gave us looks, but after 8 years of being a mom you learn to calmly hold your head high and blame the smell on the person next to you just so you can…

Packing for the Family Trip to Disney

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Some of you may not agree, but I think that packing a family of five for a trip to a different climate via an airplane is much more difficult then packing your home to move!

My packing adventure began maybe a month before our vacation.  I went through the children's clothes to see if they had any summer clothes that would still fit them since we were on our way to Florida and we were still wearing snow suits to play outside for 5 minutes.  Then I went through those clothes to see if there were any without stains or holes in them!  After those were narrowed down, I had to actually see if I could find or make outfits out of their clothes!  Once I had the outfits paired together I had to do the most difficult part of the packing job and decide how many outfits of each kind of clothes they needed!
Do I pack enough clothes for each day with an extra outfit?Do I pack a few pairs of shorts and enough tops for each day?Do I pack long sleeve shirts?Do I pack jeans?Do we need coats?
The list w…

It Works! Wednesday - Weight Loss

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Exercise and a good healthy diet are what every body needs and deserves.  But let's face it - we are so on the go and preoccupied with other things that sometimes neither of those things enter our heads for days! 

To help with those not so good eating habits It Works! has some awesome products!

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I keep this product in my purse to use whe…

Preparing to fill our Rooms!

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I mentioned before in my post It Wasn't in the Plan... that all of our children came to us in different ways.  Our first was meticulously planned after a devastating miscarriage and arrived c-section into this world.  Our second was planned through the way of adoption and travel to Guatemala.  Our third child was a miraculous surprise who came into this world the old fashioned way.
With each child we have had to do different things to prepare for them.  This time around will be no different.  As I mentioned earlier we are currently going through the process of becoming licensed to be foster parents for refugee youth!  That certainly seems like a mouth full, but what it means is that a child who has fled from his or her country and is unable to return safely to their home will become part of our family!  I will become a mother of a teenager most likely!  We will not be able to adopt the children as they may still have family living in their country or elsewhere, but we will become t…

Only 2 Bananas

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Obviously there are somethings that I don't pay very close attention to in this world. When I am at the grocery store with small children there are MANY things I do not pay attention to!
So I tried a new way of shopping the other day. You order all of your groceries online and then go to the store between a certain time of your choosing, call from the parking lot, and wait while they load all of your groceries in the car! What convenience! It takes all of the screaming, stress, and impulse buying out of the grocery experience. I knew exactly how much I would have to pay for everything and I could browse prices easily to comparison shop!

Sounds pretty perfect doesn't it? The only thing is is that I had to go back to the store the next day. I found out the hard way that one of the things I don't even think about while I shop is how many pounds of fruit and produce I purchase. I came home with two bananas and 20 grapes! They were gone by the time we hit the front door!  So much…

It Works! Wednesday - The Ultimate Slimming Body Applicator/Wrap

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The Ultimate Body Applicator is what catches everyone's attention.  Who wouldn't stop and take a second look at something that tightens, tones, and firms where you put it and see results in just 45 minutes!!  I know it got my attention!

I was first introduced to the "wrap" by my neighbor.   My neighbor met a woman on an airplane who convinced her to host a "wrap" party.  To be completely honest with you, I didn't believe it would work.  The company had already been around for 8 years when I was introduced to it and was based out of my home town!  If something so awesome existed why hadn't I ever heard of it?

Of course I had to try it out and it wasn't expensive at all!  After wearing the wrap for 45 minutes each of the ladies walked out of the bathroom with huge smiles on their faces!  They had each lost 3 or more inches around their tummy within the 45 minutes!  I was hopeful, but still skeptical.  We had measured in three places before putting…

Coco Puffs Collector!

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When I was little I remember my neighbor telling us that one Easter he went outside and gathered treasure in a basket.  He filled his little basket with as many chocolaty Coca Puffs as he could find and brought them inside to present to his mother.  I'm sure his mother thought it was wonderful to have a basket full of these treasures in the house picked up especially for her by her son!
You all know they weren't really Coco Puffs but rabbit poop right?  At Easter time in the past my husband has scattered Coco Puffs inside the house saying that that silly rabbit left them behind.  We all giggle and scream when he eats a handful of them!

Today, for the second day in a row, my three year old son has actually picked up Coco Puffs outside!  He has been told that it is rabbit poop and you can't touch it.  He doesn't even know what Coco Puffs are so there was no confusion over that!  He just wanted to touch the rabbit poop!  Of course it doesn't help that his brother laug…

Lady Bugs and Luck

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Today I found a lady bug climbing on our bathroom mirror.  Lady bugs always remind me of luck.  In China a lady bug is a sign of good luck. 
I am a believer in luck and in fate, signs, and divine intervention.  In fact, my husband is always teasing me because I take many things that come into my path as "signs" about things in our life and what direction we are to be heading.

If you are rolling your eyes then tell me what this is?  When I went back to teaching part time I had a child placed in my room who was adopted from Guatemala.  This was at a time when we were in the middle of the process of adopting from Guatemala.  The family also was in the process of adopting their second child.  What are the chances that out of all of the teachers in the school I would be the one to be working with this family?  It doesn't stop there though!  On our visit trip to Guatemala we were in the airport and actually saw them!  They were there taking their child home!

What about this? …

Giving Up

This year for Lent I have decided to give up making excuses!  Mostly I am giving up the excuse to not have time to exercise.  I love to exercise, but have not done a thing since October!  My excuses have been that I don't have a sitter, it is tax season and Ry is working late, and my favorite: I don't have time.

I know that I really do have the time.  I could go on the treadmill while watching a show or get up early.  If I am honest the excuse really should be that I don't want to make the time!  I think that is true in just about everything we do.  If you don't make something a priority you won't make the time for it.  It really isn't that you don't have the time, it is that you don't want to make the time for it!  Basically, that is just a lazy sort of attitude.

You may not agree and start listing all of your reasons that you don't have time for something, but don't kid yourself.  If you mapped out your day you could find some time somewhere t…

It Works! Wednesday - Greens!

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Today I thought I would share my favorite product!
It's Greens!
Not eating your fruits and vegetables like you should? Get what you are missing with Greens, a delicious orange-flavored drink powder with the nutritional value of 8+ servings of fruits and vegetables in each serving.
Greens blends 38 herbs and nutrient-rich "superfoods" to provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes in their naturally-occurring, bio-active, bio-available form. Greens helps to:
Detoxify Alkalize the body Balance the immune system Greens is a pleasant tasting, orange-flavored powder. Simply add to water or juice.*

This is by far my favorite product!  It is the product that made me sign up to distributor for this company!!  My three, four, and eight year old children take this product!  If you put it in grape juice you will never taste it or see the color (it is green).  We prefer to take it in the morning because it does give you energy for the day.  Some of my clients take it mid-af…

Preparing for Disney!!

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Today my four year old daughter asked me if when we leave the house if everything started talking to each other!  I think I have oversaturated her with the Disney movies we have been viewing!
We are taking our first family vacation to Disney World in Florida this month and I have been working at preparing the kids for the adventure!  I wanted them to be familiar with the characters from the movies so that when they see them in Disney it won't just be Mom who is all giddy and out of control!
Watching many of the Disney movies was one way I tried to prepare them for fun.  I have also shown my eight year documentaries about the different theme parks that we found Netflix.  We also made free customized maps of Disney and looked at all of the rides and attractions.  I wanted my oldest to be aware of the rides and events in the parks so that when it was time to leave he didn't suddenly HAVE to do something that we passed three hours earlier!
This may be a little over the top for some o…

It's a Manic Monday - bomb threat!

I woke up this morning like any other Monday to the sounds of the kids demanding this and that. The day progressed normally until I went to drop Lola off for preschool. We pulled into the school parking lot only to find that we weren't allowed into the school!

The parking lot was fill with emergency vehicles and police.  I didn't really think much of their presence because there is always something going on at the school like presentations from community helpers.  I proceeded to unbuckle my son and another parent stopped to fill me in that this was no ordinary morning!

A threatening call had come into the elementary school which forced the police to investigate.  The children had all been bussed to the Intermediate School down the street. 

Now I know that these things are usually nothing.  When I was in high school we went through a time where we had a bomb threat every week.  They eventually found the threats were coming from within the school and who was behind them, but I…

It Wasn't in the Plan....

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When I was young I had everything planned out.  I knew what college I would go to. I knew what I wanted to do when I graduated college.  I knew exactly where I wanted to work and live.  I even had a pretty good idea who I would marry. (not hard since we had dated since we were in high school)  I worked very hard in school and every job I had to get what I wanted and needed in the time I had planned for it.

As many of you know, starting a family doesn't always allow you to do that!  I will get into those stories later, but the important thing to know here is that I had to give up my control to God and change my plans.  Actually I had to stop planning altogether!  Do you know how hard that is??  It definately took me a lot of time and heartache to figure that out, but I finally did!  I once read that we plan and plan and plan and God looks at us and giggles!  He is in control and makes the plans!  God definately had a plan for my family that I couldn't have know when I was 17!

T…