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Busy weekend ahead!

Are you tired of hearing about our ‘homestead’ yet because I’m not tired of talking about it. We’ve had a busy couple of weeks and a busier weekend coming up.

When we first arrived at our house, we discovered that the previous owners had cleaned NOTHING. It was disgusting. The refrigerator smelled like rotten milk and had mold growing between the shelf and frame.

The bathrooms were equally disgusting.

I say with no small measure of pride that I’ve never left a house looking worse or dirtier than when we moved in. I just assumed that all people would work their tails off cleaning walls and floors. But no, not all people do that, and it seems that some people, once they have the money in their hands, run for the hills without a second look (or a single scrub as is the case here).

Busy weekend

The first couple days were filled with vacuuming and scrubbing before the moving truck got here. I should be ashamed to admit that not all the boxes are unpacked yet, but I’m not. There has been so much more to do!

One of my first priorities when moving out here was to get a garden in. We planted our potatoes last week in the existing garden bed, but we still have a whole stack of seeds. So, I spent the better part of a day building two ‘lasagna’ gardens.

I’ve also been pulling weeds in the existing flower bed, dividing some plants that were already here, and simply taking care of my family.

I’m repeatedly struck with a sense of awe when I step outside in the morning only to realize that we actually live here. Although we definitely have our challenges (What?? No internet?!), and country living isn’t for everyone, it’s a dream we’ve held for so long it seemed unreachable.  I’m back to my country roots, and they feel so good.

This is what the rest of the week and weekend looks like:

  • Finish the chicken coop in the corn crib. It’s the best space we have for them right now, and time is short. J has been ripping up rotten flooring and trying to figure out how to patch the hole in the roof above the ‘oat room’ that will be the coop. DONE!
  • Finish the garden beds and add another if we have time. One of our goals is to produce a significant amount of our food, and this garden is a good way to begin doing that immediately. Not only that, but fresh food that you’ve worked so hard to grow yourself tastes so much better.
  • Head to my parents’. The boys and I have dentist appointments early next week and since we still go to the same dental office I went to as a kid, we make the trip for that purpose twice a year.
  • Cry a little over the fact that I now have two teenagers with driver’s permits. Jeremy was able to transfer his over since he’s had an Iowa one previously, and Punkin just passed his permit test this week. DONE!
  • Help Sweet Pea finish the fence around his pumpkin patch. Talk about a go-getter. He’s totally surprised me with his gumption since we’ve gotten here. Wanting to plant a huge breed of pumpkin, S.P. had to break ground in a new place in the yard. I’m proud to say that he not only measured and staked it all out himself, but he’s done a fine job of running our little tiller to break up the sod. Punkin has pitched in to help with his fence.
  • Same with Punkin, but his is a corn patch. He’s got three varieties to plant-sweet corn, an ornamental that can also be ground for corn meal, and a hull-less popcorn variety .
  • Continue to pick and freeze rhubarb. I’m not even sure how to use all of this yet, but it’s free and it’s here so we’ll find something to do with it.
  • Take the youngest two to the doctor for physicals so they can get back into school. DONE!
  • File for our homestead tax exemption. DONE!
  • Plant some flowers in the bed in front of the garage.
  • Take stock of the food we have, plan our meals for the next month, and see what I have to get the next time I go grocery shopping.
  • Wake up each morning in our brand new huge  and deliciously soft bed, in our little old farmhouse with the stunning views,  and be grateful that I get to do that. EVERYDAY! Oh my gosh, you have no idea 
  • Remember to be thankful to all of those who served and were lost this Memorial Day and every day.

Thank you all for sticking with me as my posting has been so erratic and crazy. Hopefully, as I figure out a schedule, I’ll be able to utilize my time a little more wisely by writing my posts at home then using my library internet time to cut, paste, and schedule them out for the week.

What has been going on with all of you? Is your Memorial Day weekend shaping up to be a busy one?

We have cabin fever

We totally have cabin fever right now.

The kids are being little hell-raisers. I’m getting crabby. The husby is getting tired of coming home to a house of bickering boys and a pissy wife. We have cabin fever! (Of course it doesn’t help that we really do have cabin fever.)

Something like this would be nice.

The weather has been ridiculous. One day winter with a wind chill of -50ºF, then decent winter weather, the next day rain and a flooding basement, and then back to freezing.

Punkin is leaving tomorrow to spend a week or so with my dad in order to go ice fishing. He’s been looking forward to it for weeks now. Unfortunately, some weather models are predicting up to 22″ of snow for that area over the next week!

Yes, I do live in Illinois and yes, it’s pretty typical of Illinois to have weather that runs the gamut but hello extreme temperature swings!

Okay Nature…Joke’s over. You can return to your regularly scheduled weather now.

Oh, and am I the only one who thinks the whole ‘Groundhog Day’ is stupid? I mean, regardless of whether the ground rat sees his shadow or not, there’s still 6 weeks of winter left.

For the record, I do love the movie Groundhog Day. One of my favorites as a matter of fact.

This post is randomness at its best.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

photo credit: Patrick Henson via photopin cc

The Best Christmas Present Ever

14 years ago today, I received the BEST Christmas present I could ever ask for:

This little fella took us all by surprise by coming 2 weeks and 6 days early. Well, it was the second time he took us by surprise since his older brother was only 10 months old when I found out I was pregnant with him ifyaknowwhatimean. Punkin was born on the 23rd and came home on Christmas Eve.

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Punkin got off to kind of a rough start with horrible colic. I tell him that if he wasn’t crying he was eating. When he wasn’t eating he was pooping, and when he wasn’t pooping he was sleeping. Since he never slept, he was doing one of the first three all the time (mostly crying!).

But, Punkin had my heart right from the very start. He had a smile that lit up the room and the bluest eyes I’d ever seen.

Punkin is smart, funny, and has razor sharp wit. I love that about him. He also has compassion for others and a lot of patience with his younger brothers.

Here’s to a very happy 14th birthday Punkin. I love you so very much. You are the best Christmas present ever!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Missy Homemaker Family to yours.

I am grateful for Storm Trooper Humor and the people who also think it’s funny.

I am thankful that my family is healthy.

I’m especially grateful that my dad has a wonderful prognosis from his cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

I am super thankful for my friends Jodi and Rhonda. They both get me.

I’m really grateful that my kids are mine. We drive each other crazy, but in the end we both know who has each other’s back.

I’m grateful people keep reading this blog! Thank you thank you thank you!

And I’m very thankful and blessed to be spending my Thanksgiving with my love and my Peanut while my older boys enjoy Thanksgiving with their dad. And I can’t forget to be thankful for the steak dinner we’ll be eating. I {heart} steak.

Here’s to a fabulous Thanksgiving.

The Family Fridays Link-Up Party is Here!

This has been quite the week here in Casa Homemaker. The biggest thing was my HUGE Wellness Coaching Giveaway that I posted here. Please don’t make another New Year’s Resolution until you head on over there and read that post. Now, onto the Parrttaaayyy!

 Don’t forget to stop by HERE and enter to win 3 months of Wellness Coaching for no cost!

Welcome to Livin’ The Mom Life & Missy Homemaker’s Family Friday Link-Up Party!!!

Wellness Wednesday: I desperately need your help

In planning this week’s Wellness Wednesday post, I had several ideas, but it occurred to me that what I might think is important may not be important for you.

For instance, I struggle with depression and know from experience that what I eat can lessen or enhance depression symptoms. Would information about this interest you?

Or what about sugar? We all know it’s bad for us, but would you like more information as to why it’s bad to eat processed sugar and sugar alternatives and what the best strategies are for getting sugar out of your diet?

Children’s wellness, women’s wellness, fitness, stress reduction…do these topics interest you?

My goal as a Holistic Health Coach (or Lifestyle Transformist as I like to say) is to give you the wellness information that is vital to you and your family.

Let me help you make 2014 the year you transform your lifestyle to become your best version of you.

In the comments below, would you please list the questions you want answered? And if you don’t want to ask them publicly, you can contact me through my contact page here on Missy Homemaker or here on my M-Powered Lifestyles website.

Party Time! Family Fridays Link-Up is Open

Welcome to Livin’ The Mom Life & Missy Homemaker’s Family Friday Link-Up Party!!!

Let’s celebrate the upcoming weekend by sharing some linking love.
Jennifer at Making Our Life Matter is Co-Hosting Family Friday Link-Up Party with us this week and we are so excited she has come to party with us! Please check her out HERE and remember to follow her too!

This week is all about family. Enjoy!
Rhonda at Bitch and Whine discusses how sometimes kids should be rewarded for effort not results. This post tore at my heartstrings and is well worth your time to read.

Bonnie a.k.a. Lady Blogger writes a quick post: Applying to College. It seems it’s a lot harder than it was 20+ years ago when I sent my quick and dirty application in.

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Adelein at Blessed Learners writes about the importance of one of my favorite parts of the day: Having Meals Together as a Family. It’s something my family did when I was growing up and something my family does now.

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Oh did Tanya from Mom’s Small Victories crack me up with her Sharing Moments of Motherhood post. I can totally relate to flatulence being the music of my life. Seriously. Is there something wrong with these kids’ digestive systems?

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I can’t let this day pass without one recipe right? My buddy Melissa at Forever Fitting In has a recipe for an A.MAZ.ING Candy Cane Protein Shake. You don’t have to wait for a workout to make this. Just do it. Now. Yumm-O!

Please also check out the featured posts at Livin’ The Mom Life & Making Our Life Matter!
If you have been featured in today’s Family Friday Link-Up Party, please grab the button below and proudly display it in your post or sidebar!

A Mother’s Letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Dear Miss Lawrence,

Recently it’s come to my attention that certain male children in my household think you’re ‘hot’.  One of my sons has been talking about you quite a bit lately, and the others weigh in with equal fervor and admiration.

As their mother, I have something to say about this and that something is: Thank you.

Thank you for being the kind of young woman that a mother isn’t worried about her teenage boys having a celebrity crush on.

Thank you for being a young woman not afraid to speak her mind in an industry that seems to want to make every young woman a size zero, dumbed-down, sexual object.

Thank you for supporting publicly what I’ve tried to instill in my sons…that a girl is more than her exterior…that she doesn’t have to be a cookie cutter model unwilling to think and act away from the crowd, that she can have a brain in her head, and that the man that supports her will be better off for it.

You, Miss Lawrence, have been VERY outspoken about body image in Hollywood. You declared that although you were told to lose weight for the role of Katniss, that you would not. (Read about that here.) You took up the torch for all the young girls who look up to those on the big screen, but you did so much more.

You are influencing boys to be more confident about their own body image and about how to support the girls in their lives too.

You’ve also given my boys a look at how wrong it is to call someone fat, how wrong it is to expect girls to look only a certain way, and how wrong it is to cut people down for not being “perfect”.

Again, I want to thank you Miss Lawrence for being such a positive influence in an industry that I personally find repulsive. And I want to thank you for being the kind of girl that I hope my sons do find some day.

Sincerely,

Your future mother-in-law (at least in the eyes of one of my sons

8 years ago, I met my Match

8 years ago today, my husband and I went on our first date.

I met my husband on Match.com. Seriously. We were internet love birds.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but back then, text messages were expensive and there weren’t any fancy unlimited cell plans (and my cell phone was an analog phone that weighed over half a pound). I had a landline and dial-up internet so we started talking via Yahoo Chat.

J still has the little scratch of paper that he jotted my name and email address down on.

In my wallet, I still carry a printout of a little message he chatted me.

I knew within two weeks that I wanted marry him.

He swore he wouldn’t get married again before he’d been with someone for two years.

We got married 16 months (almost to the day) after we went on our first date. (J claims I tricked him into it!)

Our life together hasn’t been easy. We’ve been through job changes, an unplanned baby (and thank God for that precious Peanut!), becoming a one-income family, money troubles, job stress, kid stress, homeschool, and so much more but we always seem to make it through and come out stronger.

Happy anniversary to my love. I am so grateful you sent me that message, and I am even more grateful to have the honor to spend the rest of my life with you.

A long overdue update

It seems in life, curveballs are one of the only reliable things. I’ve been thrown a couple of those in the last month which is one of the reasons that I’ve been so absent. There’s another reason too, and I’ll get to that.

I’ve been having some medical issues lately that involve a blistering rash reaction to sunlight, swelling of my legs and feet, joint pain, and a crushing fatigue.
It’s been a total bummer because I’m finally in my dream house, homesteading like I’ve wanted to do forever, and back in a place I LOVE <3.

I hadn’t wanted to go to the doctor, because…well…I just don’t like to. But, because my heart was also acting up (I have this thing where every so often my heart will do this weird thing with racing heart beat–like 120+ bpm when I’m just sitting still, skipped beats, and a really funky rhythm), I decided to go.
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