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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Little Bit of Everything

Well, it is already Tuesday once again and I can't believe almost an entire week has come and gone since I have last posted. I must admit, the weeks seem to be just flying by. 
I am still in disbelief that I am now 32 weeks into my pregnancy. On Thursday, I will start week 33 of this pregnancy, which means these sweet little baby boys will be here within a month... a MONTH!!! Where does the time go?
 Last night, I enjoyed a sermon on television by Charles Stanley. He shared this scripture from Joshua...

I love this scripture and find such hope and security in it. I felt the need to share it with you and hopefully it will help one of you my dear readers, as you continue your week. 

An Afternoon For Bunco

This past weekend, under my doctor's okay of course, I attended what will probably be my last outing and grand hurrah before I become a mother of three boys!! (I might add, as I always do... three small boys... ALL under the age of  THREE!)  My best friend, Summer and her dear and ever so delightful mother, Judy; hosted a Valentine's Day Bunco!  I love Bunco and in the past, I was part of of a military wives monthly Bunco group. I asked my doctor if I would be able to sneak away for just a few hours to participate in the Bunco party. After all, I would mostly be sitting. My doctor gave the okay and I had a fabulous time, (as I always do when I am with Judy and Summer)  My Mom was invited along with several other close friends. Daddy and Grandpa took Robbie for the afternoon and it was nice to have a little mommy time! I even won the "Most Bunco Wins" prize of $32.00! Hey, you can't beat a fun afternoon with food, friends and money!

 We are now thinking of making our Bunco Parties a monthly deal as we rotate to different homes. I am all for themed bunco parties!! I don't have any photos of our Bunco afternoon because I brought my camera and sadly, as I went to take a photo, I realized that I forgot my memory stick at home.  :(


Aside from the Christmas song, "I want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" there isn't much that I like or even find intriguing about Hippos.  Robbie has been interested in Hippos this past week. We have this little bean bag game that we play called, "Toss & Stomp & Learn Animal Bean Bag". Robbie loves this game because each bean bag has an animal picture on the front with a word movement example: (Stomp like a Hippo) which indicates that once you turn over that particular bean bag, you must act like that animal. Well, the Stomp like A Hippo bean bag has received quite a laugh with my little guy! After playing our bean bag game the other morning, Robbie threw his arms around me and said, "I love you Mommy Hippo! I am the baby Hippo and I love you!" I am sure that the fact that I am humongous right now, much like a Hippo,  had a little something to do with this enduring new pet name my son has given to me. Ha ha! 

That's okay for now, because I wouldn't want to be any other person's "Mommy Hippo" but his! :) 

Valentine's Day Kissies 
With Valentine's Day coming-up this Friday, we have been working on all things hearts, love and Valentines in the homeschooling department.
Robbie's Bible Memory verse for the month of February is "Love one another." It comes from the scripture, John 13:34-35...
 ... “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I am one of those weirdo, and a bit of an eccentric moms who loves to send all the grandmas, grandpas, Aunties & Uncles, holiday photo cards of my child. Robbie loves helping me make the cards and he adores posing for the pictures! 
This year, my Mom and I had the great idea, (or so we thought) to dress-up Robbie and kiss him all over his face with bright red lipstick kisses, or as he calls them, "Kissies" 
Well, here is his Valentine's Day photo for this year... 

I know... the kisses look more like a bad case of the Chickenpox, but oh well, his Valentines are all made and addressed and are going out on the 4 o'clock mail truck for delivery! So family and close friends, if you receive a Valentine from little Robbie, now you know the back story. 

Sticker Book Activity For The Two Year Old

I labeled this activity for the two year old target age, but I am sure most children 2 to 5 years of age would find this activity most intriguing! 

We have a very kind family friend, Roberta (above is a picture of Roberta and Rich at my baby shower while pregnant with Robbie)  Roberta has know my Mom since long before I was even born. Roberta was a Montessori teacher, director and owner of a school for years. Since having children, Roberta has shared many wonderful homeschool/Montessori activities with me. Robbie loves Roberta and fondly calls her, "Berta". The other day, Roberta dropped off a few wonderful activities to keep Robbie learning and busy while I finish out this pregnancy and prepare to have these babies! There were two great learning activities in Robbie's gift bag, today I will share one of them with you. 

Roberta made the sticker book below for Robbie along with the box of stickers.

Box filled with stickers.

 Roberta even color coded and placed a color code with each sticker page theme .

 For example: Here is the triangle page, where Robbie will place any triangles shaped stickers he finds. 

Below are just a few of the other categories in Robbie's new sticker book; 

Today, we worked on Robbie's dog sticker page. This is such a great activity to teach little ones the concept of sorting, grouping and labeling. It keeps little hands busy for a good half hour or so.

Here is Robbie sorting through all the stickers in search of doggie stickers. 

Placing them on the page, very carefully. 

Today's finished page! 

So creative and fun! Thanks Auntie Berta! 

Nesting, Nursery and Nostalgia...

... Maybe it is because I am so close to delivering these babies and my hormones are out of control, or perhaps the fact that Rich and my parents, (well really mostly my Mom) have been so hard at work this week preparing the new nursery for the twins? But there is something about all of this baby talk, baby clothes, baby furniture and nursery furnishings that takes me back down memory lane with thoughts and fond memories of my first baby boy. We will soon be a party of five and as I am so looking forward to meeting our two new little family members, I am trying to enjoy every minute with our original three amigos! 

As we have been unpacking all of this baby gear, 
with each item, I have a sweet memory of my Robbie and me! 

Twin nursery pictures to post soon!! :)

Our Search For A Family Car Continues

We are a Dave Ramsey family all the way! We started, "The Financial Peace University" a few years back when some friends introduced the concept to us in 2009. Since then, we have aimed to live a debt free life. We started small by collecting and saving our first $1,000 dollars in the bank, which I might add was a struggle for a young newlywed couple. Then, we moved on to the next step which was to pay down debt and to save at least six months worth of paychecks in the bank. We are now at a place where we have paid off loans, most of our school debt and only have one credit card for emergency use only. We own both of our cars with no car payments which is a HUGE relief and one less monthly expense to worry about! We also have a little nest egg and we feel like we are on top of things! We do not live a lavish lifestyle by any means and we try to shop and live as frugally as we can. I urge you to learn about The Ramsey plan!

With the news that our family was going to grow from three to five in a matter of months, we soon realized that our Jeep was not going to cut it. I am hoping for a mini van all the way. Rich was not at all sold on the idea until a  month or so ago and now we are looking at previously owned.( used) vans and large SUV's. We believe in the Dugar's motto, "Buy used and save the difference." We do not want any loan payments so we will be paying cash for this car, which means we will accept a car with a few miles on it. We like the Toyota Sienna as well as the Honda Odyssey, the Ford Expedition and the Toyota Sequoia. Do any of you readers out there happen to own one of these vehicles or have an opinion on which you prefer, or perhaps know of one for sale? 

Have a great week! 


Daigle Family Happenings said...

We had a Pilot and moved into the mini van world last year. We went with the Odyssey and I love it. (I do wish we had gone with the Pilot because I LOVED that car, but I wouldn't give up the van - and it pains me to say that!)

ASHTON said...

We have an Odyssey and really like it. We have the model with 6 seats in the back which might be nice for you so you could have all 3 kids in the middle row and not have to reach into the back for buckling. also, you can fold down the back seat and have lots of room for twin strollers and baby gear.

Anna said...

I love the sticker book idea. My son is too young now, but I'll have to remember for the future. They grow up so fast. I understand that phrase better now as a mom.

We are doing something similar to The Dave Ramsey plan. I would love to Herr from you about how you saved 1,000. Did you use some of the money from a tax return? Would you recommend that?

Anna said...

*here whoops! Silly tablet ;)