Saturday, April 18, 2015

With Weather so Great

An evening walk to the quarry.

Digging out for a dog house.

A very sleepy puppy.

Very happy that Harley stopped jumping up on Olive and now lets her do all sorts of mean things to her.

Still wearing his winter boots. I should go put them away. He has a hard time switching seasonal clothing.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Things the Kids Say

Stuart is 5. We tell him that he will drive a Studebaker when he grows up.
He says he's going to drive a dump truck.
Last week he told me while watching birds while I was driving, "If I was a bird I would fly all the way to Grenada."
He is very obsessed with highways and the turnpike. "Are we on the highway?" he can be heard yelling from the backseat.
This morning he said, "Mom said her legs are going to make her die." I gave him a funny look and it turns out that I did say, "My legs are going to be killing me tomorrow," as I was helping Nate put the flags in the ground and did a lot of squats.

Olive spends most of her days toddling after me with her coat in her hand. She just started to say, "go outside."
The other thing she says all the time is, "Hold It!" which sounds more like, "whole lit!"
It was one of those things I realized I am saying all the time.
I was telling someone about this and they did not even know what I meant by this phrase and then I was even more humbled. I just taught my daughter to say something so dutchy that commoners don't understand it.

 Potato Stamping on some gauze fabric to make a Muslin Swaddle Blanket. 

Some artwork in the NST room that I get to sit in every week. Checking up on baby.

Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fat Busters and Why I’m Loving Plexus

When I was a teenager, I’m going to guess 16 or 17 years old I had a low moment while reading one of those junk mail flyers and I ordered a bottle of pills called, “Fat Busters.”
The company, being very discreet, sent the package to a certain L. Zimmerman. My poor Dad his name is Lester and when this package came for L. Zimmerman he tore it open and thought someone sent him “Fat Busters” as a hint to lose weight. The bottle was really corny looking with a huge fireball on it. I’m not sure how long it went until he mentioned this at the supper table one night and I had to confess (oh the shame) that I had ordered them. I’m pretty sure I never took them.

You might have heard of Plexus by now. I’m taking it and I’m a fan.

  1. Slim
  2. Bio Cleanse
  3. Pro Bio 5

The slim tastes great, has lowered my blood pressure, made my cycle more regular, and best of all has eliminated my sugar cravings. I would take it for that reason alone.

I started taking Slim because I struggle with crashing blood sugar. Also there was the hope of losing weight. I was not serious enough about my diet when I began and there was not an amazing weight loss for me. It did help with my crashing blood sugar.

I went off of slim for a few weeks before I asked my midwife about taking it and was so ready to get back on it.
The same time I started back on it I also cut sugar completely from my diet and limited carbs. This is when I started taking  ProBio5. Maybe it was adding the ProBio that helped to take away my sugar cravings. I’m not sure but I do believe that if you are taking Plexus products you should eat clean and drink a lot of water. You don’t want to waste a good thing. I know for myself I saw a huge difference when I got more serious about my diet.

Please don’t feel like you need to take Plexus if there is nothing wrong with you. It seems like everyone is taking it these days and I do get silly sometimes because anytime I hear about someone’s health I can’t help but think, “Try Plexus.” It feels funny that it helps so many different problems. Do some research on gut health related to the brain and body and you will find that so much of this is related.

Plexus products have helped people with:
Candida (gut health) taking care of a yeast overgrowth takes care of a lot of other issues.
Lyme disease
Weight loss
Hormonal Imbalance
Thyroid problems
Celiac disease
High or low blood sugar
Chronic Fatigue
Acid Reflux
Hay fever
Adrenal Fatigue

I’m sure I forgot something really important. Plexus products are all natural. They are not approved by the FDA. I’m not sure about you but I don’t trust the FDA anyhow. It’s not like you are going to feel awesome on it after one day. Some people do see results that fast but it is a healing process. I like to think that once my body heals I can cut back or stop taking the products. For instance it is recommended to take 4 ProBio capsules if you are fighting off a yeast overgrowth and only one or two to maintain. There is a 60 day money back guarantee. 

You can check it out for yourself here. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mia's Birthday and Harley

Last weekend we worked really hard to get Stuart moved into the "Man Cave" aka: junk room that needed to be de cluttered. I guess I'm having my nesting kick now and things are flying around here. 
Saturday we got a surprise call that a puppy was available due to a buyer not picking her up for weeks due to bad weather.  Only six days before had we gotten our name on this breeders wait list hoping for a summer or fall puppy. We had a hard time getting to this point and had been praying for a puppy so imagine me asking Nate at 3 o'clock on a Saturday if we could get a puppy on Monday? Things were kind of crazy over here.

 Mint Oreo Cake for Mia

Sunday was spent celebrating Mia's 10th birthday which was the next day. Friends came over and we all went swimming to an indoor pool. Good times. We had church in the evening and I laughed at all 5 of these children who looked beat and had bloodshot eyes from all of the swimming.

The long lonely drive to pick up the dog. Monday I drove far to get this puppy like one of those crazy dog people. Shake my head. 

Stopped for gas, yup she's still back there. She was quiet for a few hours and the next time she yelped I jumped so bad. 

 It's been a week now, I told Nate that  I still love him more than the dog.
Stuart runs around yelling at her, "Harley Martin"! 
This morning I mentioned that she needs to get shots and this has Stuart very worried, will she get them in her fluff? Mia telling him that it's called fur.

I had a running list of dog names on my phone that I had been adding too. Stuart and I spent our days discussing dog names and Stuart would mock calling for the dog. So just for the fun of it, here is the list.

Dog names 


Thursday, March 5, 2015

In the Midst of Another Long Winter

Stuart and his dump truck

An organized closet shelf. This would mean so much more if I would have taken a before picture. Imagine horrors in this space. 

My midwife has been on me to keep track of how often the baby is kicking.  (my cord is 2 vessel instead of 3. While everything looks fine now it can cause lack of nourishment) I was wracking my brain to think of an efficient way to get this accomplished without drawing marks on my arm. Even that method would require a pen at all times.  Online I came across some kick counter bracelets. Super cheesy and shiny. My search for a counting bracelet led me to a "stroke counter" for golfers. Thus the happy note that came along.

Strawberry shortcake got us through a few winter blues. 

Hyper girls about to attend their first concert ever. Piano Guys. 

I was scared I would lose Ellie in the crowd and told Mia to hold her hand. Mia being the type that jumps up and down and flaps her arms around when she gets excited, forgot herself and squeezed Ellie's hand so hard that Ellie was crying. Nothing like a little drama while waiting in line. We were just glad to be inside unlike their father who was waiting outside after parking the van. 

Olive entertaining herself.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Olive 16 Months

 All day long she says, Hi! while waving, duck, and please.  She has become quite demanding.
She loves when we sing songs. 

 Olive had the flu last week and was finally feeling better and ready to get out of the house when Mia got the flu. So we stayed home from church and Olive was not very happy about it. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015


 Olive started walking the last week of January. Almost 15 months old. 
Here she is with cousin Boaz who is almost as big as her and stinking cute.

I stole this from Dorcas' Instagram. Super cute.  Love these boys.

Dad and his birthday cake. Tres Leches. 

 Nate's family here for his birthday.

 Gender reveal. Just our family. 
Stuart said, "I want a boy but it is probably a girl, because God picks."