tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-41393677940814885092012-01-18T09:00:17.567-05:00ME-Mommy EtcThis is a blog about my life as a mommy and all the other things that I am and do. I am also going to be including my reviews to the numerous books that I am reading. Keep up with me and my crazy life and maybe give me some advice along the wayMomma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.comBlogger148125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-34487638964684720892012-01-18T09:00:00.000-05:002012-01-18T09:00:17.581-05:00The stars are aligning and not in the good wayOk so warning this is a total pity party post but I figured I should do it and get it out of my system. Also, a wee bit of TMI depending on your outlook. &nbsp;So as I have mentioned before things around our house are crazy and that really hasn't changed. &nbsp;Two weeks ago I found a lump....tried not to panic because from nursing two kids or a year each the girls shall we say are not as smooth and perfect as they used to be. &nbsp;So I went to the Dr and come to find out apparently is the birth control I am on that is sending my system out of whack so she suggested an IUD (which if it works correctly I may not have a certain visitor for the next five years. &nbsp;So I am lucky enough to schedule this for Monday which I have off. &nbsp;Well the Dr was delivery two sets of twins and was running two hours late, oh well what can you do. &nbsp;So I go in get this done and lets just say it was a wee bit more painful than the Dr indicated but no big deal....well at least I though so until I was scheduling my follow up appointment and started to pass out. &nbsp;So here I am in the waiting room slumped in a chair and had to be helped by the Dr back to the exam room to sit for the next hour. &nbsp;Apparently, this is normal just most women do it right after its put in not ten minutes later. &nbsp;So I finally get home and am resting because the light cramping that the "educational pamphlet" mentioned wasn't light it was more like hey I remember cramps like this...I was in labor. &nbsp;So I finally fall asleep and the phone rings and its my dad. &nbsp;He is calling with bad news. &nbsp;Apparently the heart murmur he has always had may be turning into something serious. &nbsp;Something with his Aorta. &nbsp;So although I am desperately trying to not freak out (I am the queen of unnecessary freak out) I am barely holding it together. &nbsp;So not only am I a hot crampy mess, not I am trying not to think about this thing with my dad. &nbsp;So I am home today with the kids because my dad has to have some tests done and am trying to get my mind centered and calm. &nbsp;I have tons and tons of school work that is backing up because things have been crazy at home and my senior grades are due by Friday for the semester. &nbsp;Oh yeah and I have to make up an final exam by Friday too. &nbsp;I am trying not to sit in the corner in cry, although I did have a cry fest with the hubby and told him I am just so pissed because all I want to do is eat cupcakes and ho-hos, and Cheetos till I feel better. &nbsp;Which I know won't make me feel better but I still want to. &nbsp;I am going to try and get to the gym today with the kids or perhaps tomorrow we shall see. &nbsp;OK I feel a bit better now that I had my pity party. Thanks for bearing with me!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-3448763896468472089?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-80004900737725716232012-01-07T07:00:00.000-05:002012-01-07T07:00:03.017-05:00Gracie's Gift-A Review<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #c27ba0; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Ok-I am the world's luckiest mom-I get author's sending me great children's books to review. &nbsp;I was chosen to review a sweet girly book called Gracie's Gift by Andrea Trosclair. &nbsp;It is about a young girl who does not want to wear a bow in her hair. &nbsp;Then her mother explains why she loves for her daughter to wear a bow-because it is her way of thanking God for her special baby girl. &nbsp;Of course I get all misty reading this book but for two reasons. &nbsp;As a mom we all know how important it is for our children to know we love them and what better way then a daily reminder about love. &nbsp;Second, my baby J will not wear anything in her hair (well provided you aren't counting food because she always has food in her hair). &nbsp;This is a really sweet book and best of all a portion of all the books sold goes to the MS Association of America (a disease that the author suffers from herself). &nbsp;I really loved this book and so did both of my kids (even my son loved it and wanted to know why boys didn't get to wear bows). &nbsp;So please go c<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Trosclair/e/B006PKO0CI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1325713931&amp;sr=8-1">heck out the authors website at www.trosclairtales.com </a>or stop by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Trosclair/e/B006PKO0CI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1325713931&amp;sr=8-1">amazon to pick up a copy of Gracie's Gift</a></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-8000490073772571623?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-3935639112952172222012-01-05T07:00:00.000-05:002012-01-05T07:00:05.249-05:0012 Goals for 2012-Status Update<div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-size: x-large;"><b>12 Goals for 2012-The Status</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">As of January 4, 2012</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">***All updates are noted in Red</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1. &nbsp;No Soda Except on my Birthday-</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">4/4</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2. Eat Dairy free-My stomach has been awful this week because I haven't been</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. Scrapbook Josie's first 12 Months </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">0/12</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. Finish Dylan's first 12 Months scrapbook (he is almost five and all) </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">9/12 (slight cheating since I was on 9 when I made this goal)</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">5. Exercise 3 times a week (166 Times this year) </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">0/166</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">6. Read 30 books </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">0/30</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">7. Make 12 projects with my grandma's group on Facebook (not that I am a grandma but we do grandma type projects)</span>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">0/12</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">8. Make an effort to connect with those people I care about. &nbsp;Call, Email, or write a good friend once a week (52 times this year) </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">0/52</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">9. Make 100 posts this year on my blog </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">2/100</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">10. Spend more time being present with my kids-Be in the moment with them put down the phone&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">11. &nbsp;Finish at least four more graduate courses to bring me closer to maxing out on the salary scale at my job</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;"> 0/4</span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">12. Be kind to myself-No negative nasty voice in the back of my head</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-393563911295217222?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-41387188680972245332012-01-04T16:33:00.001-05:002012-01-04T16:33:15.170-05:00Dang this New Years Business is hard!!<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">So we all know making resolutions is fun-But shit its hard to keep up with it!!! &nbsp;I rejoined weight watchers and realized just how much I have been eating. &nbsp;Its amazing I only gained four pounds in the last two months-Yikes I could have done some serious damage. &nbsp;The eating well thing has been tough for no other reason then when you eat junk for a long time you miss it when you don't. &nbsp;No other reason than that! &nbsp;Also, now that I am back at work finding time for projects, the gym, and calling people is a tough tall order. &nbsp;Yet, I am up for it. &nbsp;Maybe not the Gym this week (I am the person who doesn't want to go to the gym because it is crowded with everyone swearing they will go to the gym! &nbsp;I am working away on finishing a scarf for my nephew for Christmas (we are celebrating this weekend) he lost the one I made last Christmas and was so sad so I am making one to match the Bruins hat I got him for Christmas. &nbsp;I bought yarn to start a new scarf for myself and hope to get to that starting this weekend. &nbsp;How is everyone else doing on their New Years Resolutions? &nbsp;I hope you are all hanging in there too!</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-4138718868097224533?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-16713792620572286642012-01-01T20:33:00.000-05:002012-01-02T20:35:16.346-05:00Bistro MD-The Final Review<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">So the final verdict-I would still say that I am exceptionally lucky for having been asked to sample all of the great food provided to me by Bistro MD. &nbsp;Overall I thought that the quality of the food was amazing and that for the most part the taste was wonderful. &nbsp;There were those few meals that I didn't care for but if I had been in charge of my own food selection I would have never chosen those meal selections. &nbsp;In my perfect world I would love to do Bistro MD for my lunches and breakfasts but still would enjoy cooking my own dinners. &nbsp;Not only because it was hard to figure out what to have my kids eat, but also I love to cook. &nbsp;I don't know if I could eat all three meals a day for seven days a week. &nbsp;I do have to say thought it did help me to realize what was a healthy portion (especially of grains and proteins). &nbsp;Overall I think that Bistro MD would be a great fit for someone who is single or more importantly someone who eats out a lot and doesn't cook. &nbsp;This would be a much better alternative to skipping meals or trying to figure what to eat out. &nbsp;Again I want to thank the wonderful people at Bistro MD for allowing me to try all of their tasty foods. &nbsp;Such a wonderful opportunity, thank you again.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-1671379262057228664?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-90528456497012893022011-12-31T20:32:00.001-05:002011-12-31T20:32:10.859-05:0012 Goals for 2012<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">So I am not a huge resolution fan so I decided to make my self goals for 2012 and why not 12 being it is 2012 and all. &nbsp;Also as a teacher we are required to set smart goals for ourselves and students (this is a fancy way of saying you set a goal that can be measured) so most of my goals for 2012 are ones that can be measured and I figured I will keep a running tally of these on my home page to sort of keep myself in line. &nbsp;I decided for the first time in ages I am not going to do any weight loss goals (although I am restarting weight watchers along with my clean eating more on that later) &nbsp;So here are my 12 Goals for 2012</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1. No more Soda-Except on my birthday if I Choose</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2. Eat Dairy free-My stomach has been awful this week because I haven't been</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. Scrapbook Josie's first 12 Months</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. Finish Dylan's first 12 Months scrapbook (he is almost five and all)</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">5. Exercise 3 times a week (166 Times this year)</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">6. Read 30 books</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">7. Make 12 projects with my grandma's group on Facebook (not that I am a grandma but we do grandma type projects</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">8. Make an effort to connect with those people I care about. &nbsp;Call, Email, or write a good friend once a week (52 times this year)</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">9. Make 100 posts this year on my blog</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">10. Spend more time being present with my kids-Be in the moment with them put down the phone</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">11. &nbsp;Finish at least four more graduate courses to bring me closer to maxing out on the salary scale at my job</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">12. Be kind to myself-No negative nasty voice in the back of my head</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">So there you have it folk, my 12 in 2012. &nbsp;I hope you are all enjoying your new year! &nbsp;May this year bring you all that you are hoping for and then some!</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-9052845649701289302?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-27045563301596065122011-12-29T09:00:00.000-05:002011-12-29T09:00:12.926-05:00Christmas Recap<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">So I finally have a few seconds to post a recap about my Holiday. &nbsp;We have had a lot of sickness in the house plus add to that some emotional stuff going on with my husband and son it was very hard to get into the holiday spirit. &nbsp;But when the time came who can not help but get into spirit when you have to great kids who love gift and are so stinking cute. &nbsp;So for your holiday enjoyment. &nbsp;A photo of my son playing with a science kit in his jammies and my new favorite picture of my baby girl-She looks so grown up here. &nbsp;Also I have included a picture of my favorite gift-Ugg boots from my parents. I know I am spoiled and 17-All my student's wear them but shit they are comfortable and I might sleep in them if Papa Hunt wouldn't judge me for it! &nbsp;Hope you all had a great holiday and I am looking forward to the new year!</span><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_05UD7hzdcA/TvvCdgHYf2I/AAAAAAAAAFE/kPaoIHAveC8/s1600/Boots.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_05UD7hzdcA/TvvCdgHYf2I/AAAAAAAAAFE/kPaoIHAveC8/s320/Boots.jpg" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Mu new boots</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JXVwK1dK8wE/TvvCfboiYHI/AAAAAAAAAFM/c8iEL1uNI48/s1600/Dy+with+science+kit.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JXVwK1dK8wE/TvvCfboiYHI/AAAAAAAAAFM/c8iEL1uNI48/s320/Dy+with+science+kit.jpg" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dylan with Papa Hunt-enjoying our science kit</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sghwwl9VGis/TvvCgBSV7wI/AAAAAAAAAFU/zX2TXPm8dsc/s1600/Josie+good+one.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sghwwl9VGis/TvvCgBSV7wI/AAAAAAAAAFU/zX2TXPm8dsc/s320/Josie+good+one.jpg" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My beautiful Girl</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nj0AZR_Ad0U/TvvCidd-BoI/AAAAAAAAAFc/XmzooO9sEqo/s1600/Livy+with+xmas+tree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nj0AZR_Ad0U/TvvCidd-BoI/AAAAAAAAAFc/XmzooO9sEqo/s320/Livy+with+xmas+tree.jpg" width="239" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Had to add this one, the puppy standing guard around the tree</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-2704556330159606512?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-24068261374717995402011-12-28T20:13:00.000-05:002011-12-28T20:13:14.802-05:00Day Four-Six-Bistro MDSorry this post comes well after the last ones but I have had a sick baby and the holidays means one crazy Momma!<div><br /></div><div>So the menus</div><div><b>Day Four</b>-Stuffed French Toast, Turkey with Cranberry Quinoa, Salmon with Pepper Coulis</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Day Five-</b>Spinach and Ricotta Crepe, Roasted Turkey Breast with Fruit Chutney, and Beef with Broccoli</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Day Six</b>-Jungle Chicken Crepe, Turkey Chili, and Chicken stuffed with Brown and Wild Rices</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Stuffed French Toast-</b> &nbsp;Super yummy both Ryan and I liked these. &nbsp;I really loved the Berry compote to put on top, it sort of made up for the fact I had to scarp out the cream cheese filling. &nbsp;It even had a soy sausage that was excellent along with the sweet potato home fries. &nbsp;Yummy</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q6edikd8iXw/Tvu9b1bKAZI/AAAAAAAAAEs/XAvlC7uXAlY/s1600/Stffed+French.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q6edikd8iXw/Tvu9b1bKAZI/AAAAAAAAAEs/XAvlC7uXAlY/s320/Stffed+French.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Turkey with Fruit Quinoa</b>-YUMMMMY-First I recently discovered quinoa and love it! &nbsp;This was great with hunks of cranberries. &nbsp;The turkey was tender and moist which is almost unheard of in frozen meals. I loved it. Papa Hunt was a big second on these meals as well! &nbsp;Also lets for a minute discuss the love of the butternut squash side-So good! &nbsp;So Good!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oDHHiABJdO0/Tvu9oTqGZAI/AAAAAAAAAE4/MJVZiuJLyDw/s1600/Cranberry+Quina.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oDHHiABJdO0/Tvu9oTqGZAI/AAAAAAAAAE4/MJVZiuJLyDw/s320/Cranberry+Quina.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Salmon with Pepper Coulis-</b> The salmon was really good I just hate olives and there were olives in the side dish. &nbsp;To me it tainted the entire side dish. Now again this is just me and my crazy hang up on olives. I thought the Salmon was great. &nbsp;Perfectly cooked great mild flavor. &nbsp;Minus the olives it would have been a winner</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Spinach Ricotta Crepe- </b>&nbsp;So I did not eat this because of the cheese so only Papa Hunt, his verdict if he liked spinach it would be great-He of course did not like it because of the spinach. &nbsp;Oh well can't win them all!</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Roasted Turkey Breast- </b>Papa Hunt thought this was just ok, I on the other hand thought this was one of the best meals we had. &nbsp;The Turkey was tender and the fruit chutney was so good, it was like a mini thanksgiving. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Beef with Broccoli</b>- &nbsp;We both really enjoyed this traditional Chinese food dish. We both have been consistently surprised with the quality of the meat that comes in these meals. &nbsp;I thought it was great that despite the fact that it was frozen it still was tender and had a great sauce.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Jungle Chicken Crepe</b>-Only Papa hunt ate this one and he was not a big fan. &nbsp;Nothing per say wrong with the meal just not really his taste for breakfast. &nbsp;A bit too spicy for him and he prefers more of a sweet breakfast.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Turkey Chili</b>-Papa Hunt did not eat this because he does not like spicy stuff. &nbsp;I was really looking forward to this meal, and was really disappointed. &nbsp;My reasoning, it didn't have much flavor. &nbsp;It had great chunks of meat in it, nice beans, and a thick sauce to it. &nbsp;For some reason it just lacked a lot of flavor. &nbsp;I still have one left in the freezer and I think I will add some salsa to it to kick it up a notch</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Chicken stuffed with Brown and Wild Rices</b>-This was a nice meal, but not one of the better ones. &nbsp;We thought it lacked some of the other meals rich flavors and needed a little something. &nbsp;I did love the Ratatouille that was served on the side. &nbsp;This hit the spot.</div><div><br /></div><div>Stay tuned for my over all review tomorrow (if I am lucky) and I apologize for a lack of pictures at the end. &nbsp;Two kids at meals are crazy add the Santa factor and sickness I am lucky I got to eat sitting down! &nbsp;</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-2406826137471799540?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-87455834345281954782011-12-20T08:08:00.000-05:002011-12-20T08:08:00.452-05:00Day Two and Three-Bistro MD<strong>Day Two</strong><br />Breakfast with Santa, Lunch Cheese Ravioli for&nbsp;Pap Hunt&nbsp;and Moroccan Chicken for Me, Dinner was Grilled Chicken with Spinach Orzo<br /><br /><strong>Day Three</strong><br />Breakfast-Spinach, Pepper and Feta Omelet, Lunch Papa Hunt-Steak house wrap me-Blackened Tilapia, Dinner-Pulled Pork Caroline Style<br /><br /><strong>Cheese Ravioli-</strong>Papa Hunt liked this and said it was tasty but he could have used a bit more, again I mentioned that this is what a portion of pasta really looks like<br /><br /><strong>Moroccan Chicken</strong>-I thought this super spicy and sweet chicken was yummy.&nbsp; Yet, upon tasting it I clearly knew why Papa Hunt did not like this meal.&nbsp; He is not a huge savor and sweet fan and from the raisins you get a sweet tasty and it was middle eastern spicy which he is not a fan, but I liked it.&nbsp; The chicken was perfectly cooked<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tEBNqf0car8/TvCIMHgbVwI/AAAAAAAAAEg/IvDPVGM6rIs/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tEBNqf0car8/TvCIMHgbVwI/AAAAAAAAAEg/IvDPVGM6rIs/s320/photo.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><br /><strong>Grilled Chicken and Orzo</strong>-We both thought the chicken was good as well as the Orzo our only complaint was it was a lot of spinach and Papa Hunt really does not like spinach and for these past few days there has been spinach in everything!!&nbsp; Again the chicken was cooked really good and reheated well. To me the best part was the veggies, super good squash and eggplant my favorite combo<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m5MiEJr9TtY/TvCIIhFoqiI/AAAAAAAAAEY/Bm-3Fj4PSS4/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m5MiEJr9TtY/TvCIIhFoqiI/AAAAAAAAAEY/Bm-3Fj4PSS4/s320/photo.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><strong>Spinach omelet with turkey hash</strong>-I loved this-Now I did have to scrap out the feta since I can't do dairy but the eggs were surprisingly tasty for microwaved eggs.&nbsp; Plus the shredded turkey with potato hash was a great edition to my omelet<br /><br /><strong>Steak House Wrap</strong>-Papa Hunt loved it, only complaint was that it was too soft to pick up and eat and you needed a knife and fork<br /><br /><strong>Blackened Tilapia</strong>-I hate to admit this because I really have liked the food, I threw it out!&nbsp; It was way to spicy for me and I usually love spicy.&nbsp; Plus I was bummed because I never get to eat fish because Ryan doesn't like it.&nbsp; So I am having my dad eat the Tilapia this week for lunch while he is watching the wee one since he likes super spicy.<br /><br /><strong>Pulled Pork-WINNER WINNER CHICKEN (I mean pork) dinner.</strong>&nbsp; We loved it.&nbsp; We both had never had okra before and although it was a bit slimy it was super crunchy and squash like.&nbsp; Also the baked beans and pulled pork were and excellent combo!&nbsp; This was another favorite of ours.&nbsp; YEAH!!! Just bummed I forgot to take a picture of it<br /><br />Well off to eat my breakfast, see you tomorrow with another update<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-8745583434528195478?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-44148941336203936782011-12-19T07:57:00.000-05:002011-12-19T07:58:44.158-05:00Days one and Two of Bistro MDSo as I posted before I was Lucky enough to be given sample meals from Bistro MD to try for a week.&nbsp; Since we didn't know when they were coming we already had a lot planed so we are working the plan into our lives.&nbsp; So far so good!&nbsp; We are really liking the meals the only complaint that I have (and its my own fault) I did not tell them that&nbsp;I was lactose intolerant so some of the tastier looking meals I have had to trade with my hubby because I can't Wait them with all the dairy in it.&nbsp; So below are the meals that we have eaten and some brief commentary and pictures.<br /><br />Friday-<br />Erica-Berry Crepes, Lunch was out, Dinner-Beef Tips<br />Ryan-Berry Crepes, Moroccan Inspired Chicken, Beef Tips<br /><br />Saturday<br />Erica and Ryan-Sweet Potato Pancakes, Chicken Sausage with Mustard, and dinner was out<br /><br />Ok so here our thoughts and a few photos to help you visualize<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Berry Crepes-They smelled amazing and tasted really good.&nbsp; We both were actually surprised how good the turkey sausage was alhtough Ryan who doesn't like spicy things felt that the sausage was a bit spicy for the am<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xgxAHBogp7c/Tu8z8VUy0JI/AAAAAAAAAD4/owdcyF7CLfg/s1600/crepes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xgxAHBogp7c/Tu8z8VUy0JI/AAAAAAAAAD4/owdcyF7CLfg/s320/crepes.jpg" width="239" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Moroccan Inspired Chicken-Papa Hunt said it was good quality food and tasted ok but the flavor combos were not something that he would really choose to eat on his own.&nbsp; He prefers more traditional flavors.&nbsp; So he wanted me to point out this was not a flaw with the good it was more a personal flavor choice<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dwvrYxIEeww/Tu80HKJ4yoI/AAAAAAAAAEA/-ITYXPr0wHg/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dwvrYxIEeww/Tu80HKJ4yoI/AAAAAAAAAEA/-ITYXPr0wHg/s320/photo.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><br /><br />Beef Tips- The beef tips were super yummy.&nbsp; Nice big chunks of tender beef, with wide egg noodles and an amazing blend of mushrooms.&nbsp; This was by far a stand out in the last few days for both me and Papa Hunt.&nbsp; Although Papa Hunt and mushrooms are an evil combo but it was tasty enough to deal with the aftermath<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5AEv_BjdwAk/Tu80MgW5duI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/2AjHA6WvaRg/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5AEv_BjdwAk/Tu80MgW5duI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/2AjHA6WvaRg/s320/photo.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Sweet Potato Pancakes0I was in love.&nbsp; Breakfast doesn't get any better than yummy pancakes, syrup, and some sausage.&nbsp; I&nbsp;actually thought that sweet potatoes because of the cinnamon tasted a bit like pumpkin pancakes which I am in love with.&nbsp; Plus a tasty&nbsp; little sausage dipped in sugar free syrup so good!&nbsp; Papa Hunt wasn't as big of a fan but his complaint had to do with size-He didn't think that three small pancakes was not enough but I reminded him that this is part of the plan learning what portion sizes are!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KrWl8d_-bA8/Tu80JlB3VcI/AAAAAAAAAEI/GZ9BiLqjRGM/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KrWl8d_-bA8/Tu80JlB3VcI/AAAAAAAAAEI/GZ9BiLqjRGM/s320/photo.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><br /><br />Chicken Sausage with mustard sauce, braised cabbage, and mushroom barley-BEST MEAL EVER.&nbsp; This was so dang tasty.&nbsp; Be both loved it and our plates looked literally like they were licked clean.&nbsp; The sausage was flavored perfectly and the mustard sauce was not over powering.&nbsp; The cabbage with apples was out of&nbsp;this world and the barley was so yummy!!!!&nbsp; I want to eat this every day.&nbsp; Sadly even though this was my favorite meal-we don't have pictures of it because....well sausage looks a little ummm....like sausage so no pictures!<br /><br /><br /><br />We have really been enjoying the food I will update Sunday's meals tomorrow!&nbsp; Have a great day everyone<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-4414894133620393678?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-40813720427166227742011-12-16T07:38:00.003-05:002011-12-16T07:38:32.641-05:00The Bistro MD Experiment<span style="background-color: #f3f3f3; color: #38761d;">I am so excited to post about this....a few weeks ago I was contacted by Bistro MD about testing out their products and reviewing them here on my blog.&nbsp; We I got lucky and was chosen and was also lucky enough to get meals for my hubby-Papa Hunt to review as well.&nbsp; I keep using the work lucky because lets be honest not cooking or having to buy groceries the week before Christmas is nothing but friggin lucky.&nbsp; So for the next week you can be expecting pictures and details about my food.&nbsp; The program was recently featured on Dr. Phil-and anyone who knows me knows I am a Dr. Phil Junky!&nbsp; So we got our delivery yesterday in the mail and I was super surprised.&nbsp; Not only did the food look to be of good portion size, it looked really tasty.&nbsp; Most of the meals looked to be around 300 calories and a way bigger portion then the light frozen meal I just ate for dinner last night.&nbsp; It was half the size for 300 calories.&nbsp; Well I can't wait to go heat up my breakfast and take some photos of it!&nbsp; I will keep you all update on my journey!&nbsp; Yeah for new and exciting things!</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-4081372042716622774?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-87463225427588097042011-12-14T10:05:00.004-05:002011-12-14T10:05:44.222-05:00Musher's Night Before Christmas-A Review<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="color: red;">Ok so I am sucker for any children's book and then add in the fact that this is about Alaska and I am in heaven!&nbsp; I have a thing for Alaska-I loved it when we visited plus you all know I am slightly obsessed with Deadliest Catch!&nbsp; Well I was offered to review Musher's Night Before Christmas and I was so excited-forget the kids.&nbsp; But you know what...my son fell in love with the book. He has been taking it to bed to read before he goes to sleep for the last two weeks since it arrived.&nbsp; This book is based on the classic <u>Night Before Christmas</u> but has an Alaskan flair.&nbsp; It features eight champion Alaskan sled dogs and their owner.&nbsp; I think I loved reading about the historical basis of the story even more than the story itself.&nbsp; The Author-Tricia Brown does an amazing job weaving in these traditional Alaskan elements to this age old story.&nbsp; Also, I loved the illustrations by Debra Dubac because they bring the story to life in a realistic cartoony way.&nbsp; Not only is the story great, the book itself is gorgeous to look at.&nbsp; This is a great book and would make an amazing holiday gift!&nbsp; Heck look at us reading it the day it came in the mail!</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S_ehHbPIvkE/Tui6_WY2ydI/AAAAAAAAADs/r9FEcIr_n-k/s1600/Book.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S_ehHbPIvkE/Tui6_WY2ydI/AAAAAAAAADs/r9FEcIr_n-k/s320/Book.jpg" width="239" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-8746322542758809704?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-60703157425580209332011-12-08T09:44:00.001-05:002011-12-08T09:48:10.787-05:00Quick updateThere is a plague upon my house.....no seriously.&nbsp; I am starting to think there might be some type of allergeren or something in my house that is causing this horrendous run of sickness!&nbsp; My kids are still gross, the hubs is still gross, and to top it off I got a stomach bug this past weekend.&nbsp; Awesome doesn't even begin to cover it!!!&nbsp; Yet, we are hanging in.&nbsp; This past Friday we went for our first therapy appointment to help us deal with D's sleep issues and that went much better than I thought and we are headed back this Friday without the wee one in order to work on some strategies for dealing his anxiety and sleep issues.&nbsp; It is nice to at least feel like we are making some postive moment.&nbsp; I will keep you all posted and hopefully things will settle in and I can start to blog a bit more.&nbsp; Also, don't forget I am a featured mommy blogger over on the #mefirst website so check me and the other momma's out over there! <a href="http://mefirstblog.com/2011/12/using-finding-nemo-as-my-inspiration/">http://mefirstblog.com/2011/12/using-finding-nemo-as-my-inspiration/</a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-6070315742558020933?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-11715358092222631122011-11-28T19:53:00.001-05:002011-11-28T19:57:03.944-05:00Belated Happy Thanksgiving<div style="text-align: center;">Had a great turkey day and hope you did too! &nbsp;Things have been a bit rough around here Check out my post recent post and I will post more later. &nbsp;So below are the things I am most thankful for!</div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VAs8fHpvXbg/TtQtMVTsgtI/AAAAAAAAADM/RNVuCiN_BBk/s1600/Dy+Turkey+Day.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VAs8fHpvXbg/TtQtMVTsgtI/AAAAAAAAADM/RNVuCiN_BBk/s1600/Dy+Turkey+Day.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dylan working it</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KKFPoUZ3xAI/TtQtNvERp-I/AAAAAAAAADU/mTqRQkKYzYA/s1600/Josie+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KKFPoUZ3xAI/TtQtNvERp-I/AAAAAAAAADU/mTqRQkKYzYA/s1600/Josie+2.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Josie rocking out with her Maracas&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7l0FtgWqVko/TtQtRVeKbKI/AAAAAAAAADc/gC-BETrMiuQ/s1600/Turkey+Photo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7l0FtgWqVko/TtQtRVeKbKI/AAAAAAAAADc/gC-BETrMiuQ/s1600/Turkey+Photo.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Turkey all Golden and Brown</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2gZdePjn2M8/TtQtb6iCmgI/AAAAAAAAADk/PJ6xP20dhJ8/s1600/photo-6.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2gZdePjn2M8/TtQtb6iCmgI/AAAAAAAAADk/PJ6xP20dhJ8/s1600/photo-6.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Josie dealing her Sesame Street Cards</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-1171535809222263112?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-75703301272516227312011-11-23T07:00:00.000-05:002011-11-23T07:00:12.802-05:00The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes-Review<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KHvuC4GBKXQ/Tsu_bG1a_gI/AAAAAAAAAC4/5o8UApiwS4M/s1600/slow+cooker.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KHvuC4GBKXQ/Tsu_bG1a_gI/AAAAAAAAAC4/5o8UApiwS4M/s1600/slow+cooker.jpg" /></a></div>Once again I was lucky enough to be asked to review a great book.&nbsp; The publishers at Robert Rose sent me a copy of <u>The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes</u> second editon to preview.&nbsp; I was so excited when I got it in the mail.&nbsp; Not only did it have amazing recipes it had tons of pictures.&nbsp; I am such a foodie, I am drawn to pictures.&nbsp; They even had an entire section on soups and chilis, which living in New England I love soups and chilis for lunch in the winter.&nbsp; The only thing I was concerned with is tha tsince I am eating healthy would any of these recipes fit my new guidelines, and the answer is yes.&nbsp; Lots of recipes were "clean" and others would be made clean but a few easy subsitutions.&nbsp; Some of the recipes that struck me as super yummy were the Chinese Style Braised Pork, Two Bean Turkey Chili, Delectable Apple-Cranberry Coconut Crisp (stay tuned for an update on this it will be making an appearance during the holiday season) and the recipe I chose to test Turkey Sloppy Joes.&nbsp; Since the hubby had mouth surgery and was limited to the types of soft squishy food he could eat, we went with this.&nbsp; It was a super easy recipe with basic ingredients.&nbsp; It smelt so good I am not going to lie that I had a wee sample before dinner that night.&nbsp;&nbsp; Below is the image of our dinner.&nbsp; If you are a busy mom like me this book is a must have.&nbsp; It also includes sections on what you can make ahead as well as how to half the recipes in case you need a smaller quantity.&nbsp; Check it out my friends.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fI7sToWpnko/TsvFpsaU7FI/AAAAAAAAADE/e3IzMgjh9m4/s1600/food.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fI7sToWpnko/TsvFpsaU7FI/AAAAAAAAADE/e3IzMgjh9m4/s320/food.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-7570330127251622731?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-84937062740246103882011-11-22T08:28:00.000-05:002011-11-22T08:28:19.426-05:00No sleep for the weary<div><div><span style="color: #006600; font-family: lucida grande;">So for the past week and half I have been sick. The kind of sick that sicks your ass. Despite my best effort I ended up having to stay home from work one day last week. In addition to that my wee one Dylan hasn't been sleeping. I wish I could say this is a phase, I wish I could say it has been week, but it has been three months. Yes you read that correctly, three months of not sleeping through the night. He wakes up several times during the night and says he has to go the bathroom (he goes three drops), he is scared, he needs to be tucked in. After numerous calls to his doctor for suggestions she has said that he is doing what is called checking and has been so helpful trying to give us suggestions that have worked for her or others. Sadly nothing works. No amount of reward or punishments will get my little guy to stay in bed all night long. </span></div><div><span style="color: #006600; font-family: lucida grande;"> </span></div><div><span style="color: #006600; font-family: lucida grande;">In my heart I have known for awhile that this is some sort of anxiety issue surrounding all the major changes in his lift. He has started a new school, my dad (who is his hero) takes him to school now but drops him off and then spends the day with his little sister, his daddy had surgery and was really sick for awhile. It is a lot for a wee one to deal with. Heck it was a lot for me to deal with and I am 30! So i have known for awhile that despite how much I want to know the answer of how to fix this for him and make him feel better and get him to sleep I don't. After much talking and discussion we have decided that we need to call in the reinforcements. I need to ask for some help from someone who is qualified to deal with these issues in children. For all the moms out there, you can just imagine how much I hate the thoughts of having to admit that I am failing as a parent. Now wait....I know that by asking for help with my children when I need it is doing what is best for my child and it isn't failing....but is sure as hell feels like it. </span></div><div><span style="color: #006600; font-family: lucida grande;"></span> </div><div><span style="color: #006600; font-family: lucida grande;">So yesterday with a sad heart I called my pediatrician and asked her to call me back with some names of specialists who could hopefully get us on the right track to helping our wee man. I know that I am doing what is best for my kid, but it is never easy to admit that you need help or that your baby isn't perfect</span>.</div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-8493706274024610388?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-30274348775002124542011-11-17T09:46:00.001-05:002011-11-17T09:52:36.916-05:00Sick-Mom's don't get sick<span style="color: magenta; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Yeah I wish-This momma is sick.&nbsp; The kind of sick that you would be hiding under covers except for the occasional cup of tea or chicken noodle soup.&nbsp; The kind of sick that as of my 645 appointment today will warrant two trips to the doctor.&nbsp; But sadly this Momma is at work...why you ask?&nbsp; I used all my sick time taking care of my hubby during his surgery, when my kids were sick, and last week when my dad was sick and couldn't care for the baby.&nbsp; So here I am a high school teacher with no voice, coughing up a lung, and running on two hours of sleep because I am so damn sick I can't sleep.&nbsp; Please excuse me while I have this pity party for myself and curl up into a call under my desk at work!&nbsp; OK deep breaths....I am moving on now!&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><a href="http://www.mefirstblog.com/" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: magenta; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img alt="The" border="0" class="size-full wp-image-1424" height="200" src="http://mefirstblog.com/files/2011/11/me-first-mommas.png" width="200" /></span></a><span style="color: magenta; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">On a much lighter and happier note my bio was published for the #mefirst blog that I was selected to write for.&nbsp; This is an amazing opportunity for me and I couldn't be more excited.&nbsp; Check out the link below to see my bio and the other wonderful moms who are participating in this journey with me.</span>&nbsp;<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-3027434877500212454?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-68851352491213596582011-11-08T10:03:00.001-05:002011-11-08T10:03:46.742-05:00We Survived<br /><a href="http://mefirstblog.com/files/2011/09/i-put-me-first-02.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="The" border="0" class="size-full wp-image-1424" height="125" src="http://mefirstblog.com/files/2011/09/i-put-me-first-02.png" width="125" /></a>As many of you have heard with my rantings on face book and twitter we lost power in that big October storm. &nbsp;We lost it for ten days!!! &nbsp;So crazy. &nbsp;I will post more about that later this week. &nbsp;But in the midst of the ten days with no power I get some exciting new news. &nbsp;I was selected to be a member of the #mefirst Project. &nbsp;This is an amazing opportunity that I just had to try and get my hands on. &nbsp;I was so bummed when I did not get voted to be the prior fat girl blogger over at Jen's site <a href="http://www.priorfatgirl.com/">Priorfatgirl.</a> &nbsp;But as she stated to all of us she believed in us and wanted us to continue on our weight loss journey. &nbsp;I have been, although I haven't lost a much weight since this summer I have been working on living a healthier lifestyle. &nbsp;Yet I often find myself getting lost along the way. &nbsp;Between work, the kids, the house I often find myself stressed to the max. &nbsp;This project is meant to work with women like me and help us figure out how to take time for ourselves and how that can aid us in our over all healthiness journey. &nbsp;I am so excited for this so stay tuned for more on my journey. &nbsp;Also why not stop by the <a href="http://mefirstblog.com/about/">#mefirst Project website&nbsp;</a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-6885135249121359658?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-48406332615841987882011-10-26T07:52:00.000-04:002011-10-26T07:52:01.467-04:00Being mad it hard for me-Odd I know<span style="color: #e06666; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So yesterday started out as a fairly good day.&nbsp; Although in our house we have been dealing with major sleep issues with our oldest who is four, things are good. We are getting ready for a Halloween party at our house and I actually had some time to get some cleaning done.&nbsp; After the kids were in bed I snuck out to snag some leggings to go under my costume and was feeling really good.&nbsp; Then the shit hit the fan.&nbsp; The hubs and I got into it good, mainly over how to handle the kid and his&nbsp;major sleeping issues.&nbsp; I got mad, really mad.&nbsp; Something I hardly ever do...something up until a few months ago I never allowed myself to do.&nbsp; I have always shied away from getting mad at people because in my mind if I got mad at someone they would stop liking/loving me.&nbsp; I know this is sort of crazy thinking but I am one of those good girls who always has to be liked.&nbsp; I have been working on this and I got mad.&nbsp; Like swearing and screaming mad.&nbsp; Although looking back I can say we both had a right to get mad and upset....it was really good to be mad.&nbsp; I am still a bit pissed but to quote Dr. Phil you have to decide if you want to be right or do you want to live a happy life.&nbsp; Meaning that if I want to hold a grudge and be mad about something that really wasn't that huge of a deal typical married life stuff (which by the way when I got married no one put this shit in the brochure) then it will create an unhappy household to live in and carry on anger about something that isn't honestly worth arguing anymore about. We are both at our wits end about the wee one and his lack of sleeping and we are starting to turn on each other.&nbsp; Which we know we can't do.&nbsp; So I have decided although it was good for me to get mad...it is time to move on.&nbsp; Thanks for allowing me to vent.&nbsp; Also for those of you who know me...I am sure you are getting a laugh at the thought of me getting pissed off enough to yell and swear about anything!&nbsp; God I love having a place to leave everything and move on.&nbsp; As my school's principal is fond of saying...onward and upward!</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-4840633261584198788?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-44782174372238059212011-10-24T13:28:00.003-04:002011-10-24T13:28:45.998-04:00Z-Access Display Frames-So CoolA few weeks ago I was contacted by Z-Access Display frames.&nbsp; They offered me a sample of one of their products to test out..and let me tell you I loved it.&nbsp; This is a super cool way to display unusual items that do not typically fit in frames.&nbsp; For example your kids art projects, baby toys, baseballs, awards, college keepsakes.&nbsp; The sample that I was sent was a beautiful frame with an inner frames that basically allows you to shrink wrap your keepsake.&nbsp; I chose to use one of the signed baseballs my uncle has given my son.&nbsp; Normally, these baseballs go in one of those boring clear squares-Blah.&nbsp; So i quickly unwrapped the frames, followed the super idiot proof instructions (which I loved by the way) and my baseball was so displayed in a cool rotating frames.&nbsp; I loved it...all I could do was think about how I can't wait to use a few more.&nbsp; For example, I would love to put a few of my son's art projects that are not flat in it.&nbsp; Also, he has several more signed baseballs (my Uncle and Hubby are huge baseball fans) and I love this frame so much more than than those generic cubes.&nbsp; Below are the photos I took of my frame.&nbsp; My favorite part about it, it spins so you can see whatever is in the frame from 360 degrees.&nbsp; So cool.&nbsp; If you are interested in this frame check out their websites, they have different sizes and types for all of your display needs.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.displayit3d.com/">www.displayit3d.com</a> &nbsp;Seriously go, check it out.&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HJ145euM_g8/TqWf1_G6BzI/AAAAAAAAACI/BVtn2Tlfb_s/s1600/Baseball+one.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HJ145euM_g8/TqWf1_G6BzI/AAAAAAAAACI/BVtn2Tlfb_s/s320/Baseball+one.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nW7aK-tpgcA/TqWf-ZkJ5lI/AAAAAAAAACY/f_6vz_c43U4/s1600/Baseball+2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nW7aK-tpgcA/TqWf-ZkJ5lI/AAAAAAAAACY/f_6vz_c43U4/s320/Baseball+2.JPG" width="239" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-4478217437223805921?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-26089124708407793202011-10-24T07:20:00.000-04:002011-10-24T07:21:14.140-04:00No Me time makes Momma A cranky PantsSo as I have mentioned before the Hubs had surgery a few weeks ago and although we both did better than I thought with him being out of commission...it is startin to catch up with me.&nbsp; I am feeling really run down between being the one woman show. Not only do I have to do the stuff I normally do, up until three days ago Ryan was not driving so that meant I had to pick up Dy at school every day, run every errand, and in order to help Ry not go crazy take him to a few fun places when I got out of work.&nbsp; Add to this that Dy is still having some major sleep issues and since up until three days ago Ry was on pain meds this means I am the one who gets up every single time with him.&nbsp; I am tired.&nbsp; I also haven't been working out because there hasn't been time for that and Ryan could not be left with the kids.&nbsp; I finally snuck out this Saturday am to get my nails done...I desperately needed them filled.&nbsp; Finally, we are being evaluated at work...something that happens every ten years to high schools across the nation.&nbsp; This means that as I type this I am at work on a Sunday waiting to be interviewed for this reevaluation and will be here for three hours, plus two days this week after school we have hour and half meetings.&nbsp; It is crazy busy.&nbsp; Without being able to take any time for myself I feel like a cranky pants.&nbsp; So I have promised myself once I get through this week I am going to be dedicating some time to myself and to my health and get back to eating as clean as possible and working out several times a week.&nbsp; I can't wait to get back to having some me time!&nbsp; <br /><br />What are your thoughts on me time?&nbsp; Do you take it?&nbsp; Do you take enough of it?<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-2608912470840779320?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-34498855225856910432011-10-20T08:34:00.001-04:002011-10-20T08:34:38.145-04:00Chobani-My Love!-A GiveawayAs many of you know I have a fairly severe dairy issue these days and I can honestly say more than anything I miss eating, I miss my pinapple Chobani..More than all the icecream in the world what I crave is that darn yogurt.&nbsp; Well recently I was contacted by Chobani about an event that they held in my area called Chobani Champions.&nbsp; It was just another reason for me to love Chobani.<br /><br />Earlier this week Chobani Champions and its partner KaBOOM!presented the Hartford Women’s League Child Development Center with anImagination Playground in a Box! The gift of this playground is to encouragecreativity and play and is part of a larger engagement from Chobani Championsto help celebrate what it means to be a “Champion.” This fall, allover the country, Chobani Champions has set up a variety of activitiesincluding a mobile bus tour, a mobile application, augmented reality, social mediaand more.<br /><br /><br />Why might you ask are they doing this.....well Chobani believes there is more to being a Champion than simplycrossing the finish line- Champions are caring, creative, imaginative andactive and deserve to be celebrated!<br /><br />While I was not able to attend the event due to my hubbies surgery, it looked like a great time, one I am sad I couldn't attend with the kiddies.&nbsp; Here are a few pictures from the event<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_FCkLyBVxwc/TqAUthtwLBI/AAAAAAAAABw/7Pbhe3m4OiA/s1600/Chobani+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_FCkLyBVxwc/TqAUthtwLBI/AAAAAAAAABw/7Pbhe3m4OiA/s320/Chobani+1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sAGYtbxRw6w/TqAUvV4qo6I/AAAAAAAAAB4/OpSUjKLBBo8/s1600/Chobani+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sAGYtbxRw6w/TqAUvV4qo6I/AAAAAAAAAB4/OpSUjKLBBo8/s320/Chobani+2.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EwaFMKAZh_c/TqAUwtp-6fI/AAAAAAAAACA/hxxvuF0IfdI/s1600/Chobani+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EwaFMKAZh_c/TqAUwtp-6fI/AAAAAAAAACA/hxxvuF0IfdI/s320/Chobani+3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Are you a Chobani Champions fan? One of mylucky readers can enter to win a free case of the Chobani Champions yogurt in either of their deliciousflavors --Honey-Nana or Verry Berry. To enter this giveaway please enter your name and an email address.&nbsp; If you are a follower of my blog you please indicate that you are and you will be entered twice into the drawing.&nbsp; The winner will be chosen on Nov 4th.&nbsp; <br /><br />Check out <a href="http://www.chobanichampions.com/">www.chobanichampions.com</a> for&nbsp;more information on events, yogurt and cool activities for your Champions!<br /><br />GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-3449885522585691043?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-69421177356223257902011-10-14T08:30:00.000-04:002011-10-14T08:30:38.336-04:00Can online friends be real friends<div><span style="color: #009900; font-family: lucida grande;">So I am hoping that this might start a wee bit of discussion but I have been pondering this for awhile now. Can we form real and meaningful friendships from social media outlets like twitter, facebook,and blogging? Now I will be the first to admit that if you had asked me this a few years ago I would have laughed and said not that friendships are the kind where you get together, hang out, spend time together and you can't do that through social media outlets. Well over the past few years my life has changed. I have had children, my close friends have had children, and some have moved away. That has left my circle of people who I get together with and spend time with is now very small (not including the people that I work with). After having my daughter a year and half ago I focused more attention on my blog and the blogging community and over <span style="background-color: yellow;">the</span> last six months I have really gotten into twitter. I have met a lot of great people. Perhaps not people that I would refer to as true friends, but dear acquaintances. I have met some who are helping bring me support in my journey to healthiness. People in my real life are either doing their own thing, are too judgemental, or are not interested in living a healthy life style. I needed to seek out support elsewhere and found that online. I also met an amazing group of women who we share a common interest, OK lets be honest obsession, with deadliest catch. From that I have begun to get to know these women and their real lives. It makes me feel like part of a community. This if course is all wonderful....the question I pose is this...is this healthy</span></div><div><span style="color: #009900; font-family: lucida grande;"></span> </div><div><span style="color: #009900; font-family: lucida grande;">I think for me it is. I am a super social person. This is why I love my job I get to work with an amazing group of people and I get to interact with over 100 teenagers every day. Yet now that I am older and have my family responsibilities and so do all my friends, those close friendship although they are still there are just not as readily available as they were when I was 25. So I feel that for me the social media outlet gives me a sense of community and interaction with others. I think it keeps me from feeling isolate. Yet, there is always that piece of me that questions whether these are real friendships....the kind where you truly care about the other person and their life. If i am being honest this is what I don't know the answer too. </span></div><div><span style="color: #009900; font-family: lucida grande;"></span> </div><div><span style="color: #009900; font-family: lucida grande;">Yet, I will say this, one of my favorite activities is in the am before the frenzy of my day starts at work I take a few minutes to check my twitter feed and read a few blog posts. Then at night I check the daily twitter feed and read a few more blog before bed. I feel it is sort of the same as me sending my best friend a text while eating breakfast and again at night while snuggling on the couch with my dog. So what are your thoughts, can our online "Friends" be real Friends?</span> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-6942117735622325790?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-35682126858287008652011-10-08T10:55:00.005-04:002011-10-08T11:30:11.087-04:00The Social Network Diet-Book Review and Giveaway<span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><div class="data" size="13px" style="margin-bottom: 0px; display: table; padding-left: 2px; padding-bottom: 6px; "><div class="title" size="14px" style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding-bottom: 6px; "><a class="title" href="http://www.amazon.com/Social-Network-Diet-Change-Yourself/dp/1607460777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1318085766&amp;sr=8-1" style="font-size: 15px; color: rgb(0, 75, 145); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; ">The Social Network Diet the: Change Yourself, Change the World</a> <span class="ptBrand" style="font-size:100%;">by Miriam Nelson and Jennifer Ackerman</span></div></div></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><div class="data" style="margin-bottom: 0px; display: table; font-size: 13px; padding-left: 2px; padding-bottom: 6px; "></div></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"><img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HinvoCq7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg" id="prodImage" width="300" height="300" border="0" alt="The Social Network Diet the: Change Yourself, Change the World" /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><div class="data" style="margin-bottom: 0px; display: table; font-size: 13px; padding-left: 2px; padding-bottom: 6px; "></div></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of this book. I will say that I was hesitant at first to read it because I have been so happy with my clean eating life style. Yet, I love reading so how turns down a free book! So as I started reading this book really hit home with me. It was a book about how the people we spend our times with (our social network) can affect our lifestyle. The book is laid out wonderfully by introducing the reader to the topic of social networks, identifying your social networks, figuring out the positive and negatives of your social network, and making changes to that network. Plus what I really loved about the book is they gave great examples in the book of not only people who worked at changing their social networks, but also suggestions for how to change your own even if you can't do something such as move to a new area or get all new friends.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><div class="data" style="margin-bottom: 0px; display: table; font-size: 13px; padding-left: 2px; padding-bottom: 6px; "></div></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; "><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; "><br /></span></div>Now as many of you know I don't have the greatest social network which is why I am greatly drawn to the online forums and communities that I have joined. This book has helped with some great suggestions about how to change my "real life" social network and I am I excited to use this book as a tool on my healthiness journey.<br /></span><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; "><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">GIveaway Information: If you are interested in winning a copy of this book please leave your name and email in a comment below. Also, if you are a follower please let me know and you will be entered twice into the giveaway</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-3568212685828700865?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4139367794081488509.post-64144118978523423352011-10-06T15:18:00.002-04:002011-10-06T15:34:01.668-04:00Some things are gone others are gained<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:georgia;font-size:130%;color:#cc6600;">I know I have been a bit off the grid lately at least blogging wise (I am an official tweet-aholic and need a program). My husband this past Tuesday had surgery to help with this sleep apnea and snoring. For the past few months this momma has been one tired girl. Between sleep issues from my little guy and the snoring from the hubby I was more tired than when I had a new born at home and was getting up to nurse every three hours! Well after several sleep studies and doctor's visits my husband decided for a radical surgery to have his tonsils, adenoids, uvula, and part of his soft palette removed. For anyone who has had their tonsils out as an adult can tell you this is exceptionally painful experience...but to have all that out is bit time shit to say the least. So this past Tuesday we got up early (4am) and headed to the hospital. I did the good wife thing and stayed with him for most of the day in recovery and then came home to take care of the kids. Although it was hard to leave him, my kids needed me too. I went and picked him up yesterday and he has been home ever since. I have to say he is doing much better than expected...to be honest he isn't the best with his pain tolerance so I thought this was going to be a disaster to say the least. Well things have been going oddly well.....and then it dawned on me while getting my nails done. Yes, I am totally that person who drugged up her hubby and snuck out to get a mani/pedi while he slept it off. No judging!!! It dawned on me that for the first time in a long time we are ok...I mean both of us were really ok.</span><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:georgia;font-size:130%;color:#cc6600;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:georgia;font-size:130%;color:#cc6600;">As many of you know three years ago Ryan suffered a horrible bout of depression and has been working hard at coming back from that. In fact this week he stopped taking his anti depressant and will be stopping his therapy sessions at the end of the month. I have finally begun after much time with my own therapist have started to get over what was one of the worst periods of my life. Having a one year old child and a severely depressed husband leaves some scars. Scars that make you doubt yourself and your ability to be a good wife, mother, and person. I have been spending my last few sessions not working on getting over this horrible time in our lives but working on me. I have been working on me because I am finally getting over the hurt and anger that has been associated with this time in my life. I have been working on how to accept myself how I am as I am right at this minute. Which for many women is a hard thing to do. To trust ourselves and love ourselves is not easy to do but I am starting to realize the valdity of doing so. So when getting my nails done and holding hands with a stranger for an hour I realized that I am ok. That what normally would have been a monumental task of taking a huge chunk of time off from work, planning to be out, doing the hospital thing, and the single mom thing while he recovers would have sent me over the edge. In fact a year ago when Ryan had hernia surgery I was over the edge. Yet, this time I have a sense of peace about me. That I am capable of doing whatever it takes and that it will be ok I just need to trust in myself and surround myself with people who can help me deal with the situation (thank you to my real life friends and the twitter gang for the mental release). I have gained the ability to know how to ask for help and allow others to get to know the real me. </span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:georgia;font-size:130%;color:#cc6600;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:georgia;font-size:130%;color:#cc6600;">So although my poor (very busted and sore hubby) has lost a few important body parts, I have gained the knowledge that I am strong enough to handle this or anything else that might come my way....</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4139367794081488509-6414411897852342335?l=www.me-mommyetc.com' alt='' /></div>Momma Hunthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05773666200423327880noreply@blogger.com2