Monthly Archives: March 2010


There are many factors that people use to measure their self worth. I have been challenged in this area lately, and not in a good way. I calculate my self worth in many ways, but the major ones are my job as wife and mother/stepmother, my relationships with friends and family, and my home. I take pride in my performance in my ‘jobs’, and when I’m criticized in these areas it really delivers a blow. Now, don’t get me wrong, constructive criticism is important and needed in every aspect of life, but what I received was in no way constructive. I’ve taken strides lately to just let things go rather than be defensive, but it seems I haven’t actually let go. I’m hoping by writing this post, it will be in some form therapeutic and allow me to get my warm fuzzies back. What I mean by ‘warm fuzzies’ is that, typically I am the kind of person that works hard for my family, I strive for excellence, and it makes me feel good. I may be seen as a perfectionist or a little OCD about some things, but that’s just the way I am. I want my kids to have healthy self-esteem, good work ethic, and most of all a strong relationship with God, us, and each other. Yeah, I have high standards, but that doesn’t make me a bad mother. I work with my kids, and do what it takes to help them be the best they can be, but I don’t do everything for them. That’s not my job. My job is to lead them. To teach them right and wrong, and to pray over them. I do what I can for my kids, and I pray it is enough.

Ahhh…I do feel better. I actually had a huge rant paragraph that had a few too many details about stuff, but felt it was a little too much to post. DELETED. It felt good just to type it though. Sorry for the ‘downer’ post, but I needed it.

Allergic to what?!

Well, Wednesday morning I took Kylie & Kara to get their allergy testing. I tried to explain a little what was going to happen, since they were asking every question they could think of. I told them it wouldn’t hurt, but might be uncomfortable. I brought their DS’s to distract them and keep them still for the test. We’d gotten to the point where the culprit of the non-stop sniffling, coughing, snorting, and dark circles under their eyes had to be discovered.

Kara went first and was perfect, no wiggling, not a peep when the allergens were introduced, no complaints…AWESOME. Turns out she’s mildly allergic to LOTS of stuff, and does need a daily allergy medicine.
Kylie was a total wiggle worm and said ‘Ow!’ every time the nurse touched her (which was pre-planned…I heard her telling Kara ‘when she does the thing to your back say ‘Ow!’.’ What?! Why? I guess my kids are just weird…) anyways, aside from all that she made a huge deal about having to take off her shirt. This was after I explained they would get a paper gown, be laying on their stomachs…and assured them that no one would see their ‘boobies’. She was a total drama queen, but ended up being still enough to get accurate results. *whew* And the big problem…Kylie is allergic to milk. MILK. Greg actually made me spell it when I was relaying the results of the test. Yes, milk you drink…it comes from cows…is in nearly everything delicious…M-I-L-K. We’ve made the switch over to soy milk…which she likes, but she slightly freaks out when I name something she can’t have…cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. I have explained repeatedly that anything yummy that is made with milk (such as pudding, smoothies, etc.), I can make hers separate with the soy milk. We are new to this whole ‘no dairy’ thing, so I haven’t discovered all the substitutes. I know there are other kinds of milk she can try besides soy, that there is soy based yogurt, cheese, etc. We will eventually get this down. One added problem is that Kara is slightly allergic to soybeans, so I do have to prepare different things every time I cook.
In addition to various trees, grasses, and milk, between the two girls, they’re allergic cats, dust mites, horses, pecans, mold, household dust, chocolate and penicillin…could we have a few more allergens to deal with? Sheesh. So our allergy adventure will be a long one. We are hoping to get the rest of us tested soon so we can all start feeling better, and get the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, snorting, and watery eyes cured.

To-Do Tuesday 2010 – Week 9

Well, I’m almost over my cold…sneezes are not quite as brutal, but I do still have crazy coughing fits that leave me gasping for air. Hoping by next week I will be back to 100%. I didn’t do as good on my list as I would have liked, but that’s how it goes…some weeks I can rock it out, and other weeks I fall flat. This was a flat week, so there’s a lot of roll over. I’m also going to split the list to things that are permanent “to-do’s”, and things that will come and go.
1. Declutter T & K’s room.
2. Schedule auto repairs for Greg’s car & windshield repairs for both vehicles.
4. Install washer handle when it gets here…so I can stop hurting myself doing laundry!
5. Sew patches on kid’s Lowe’s aprons.
6. Take inventory/photos of ALL completed items for my soon-to-exist Etsy store.
7. Make something with sewing machine.
8. Bake/Freeze crescent rolls, english muffins, & pizza dough.

Permanent To-Do’s
1. Stick with the Family Challenges!
2. Stick to weekly menu plan.
3. Keep up with/follow budget using
4. Remember to update progress on To-Do List!

5. Stay consistent with working out in the gym and/or EA Active.
6. Keep flying with the FlyLady!
I ‘stole’ the following from Crazy Adventures in Parenting…the fearless leader of To-Do Tuesday. =)

Would you like to join us this week for To-Do Tuesday? Start with just a few things. Don’t over-do it your first couple of times. You’ll grow to become a list-a-holic later, start small now, though, k?
Just so you know, you can join us at anytime, it doesn’t have to be on Tuesdays – the list will go up every Tuesday for you to link to, but you can make your list and link to us at any point in the week!

Remember, with “To-Do Tuesday”, we’re attacking our to-do lists each week, blogging about our lists and what we’ve got going on, and sharing it with each other to help keep each other accountable. Everyone should come back here to link up in the MckLinky as the central “To-Do Tuesday Hub” so we can visit who’s participating and offer encouragement to each other throughout the week. Don’t forget to add the “To-Do Tuesday” button to your post, linking back to this post!

Let’s continue to cross items off our list as we go and help support each other in completing our lists! Don’t forget my useful HTML tutorial on how to effectively “cross-out” or √ “check off” your items on your to-do list!

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Menu Monday

Well, this week started off with me being totally unmotivated to do anything productive, so…my menu got pushed aside. Shame! I did challenge myself to at least post it before midnight, even though tonight I picked up McDonald’s as a treat for the kids. You will start to notice repeating recipes, but I figure rather than try to come up with new stuff each week I’d post our actual menu plan. For those of you just now discovering ‘Menu Monday’ here at ‘Life @ 30′, I will always post the link to the recipe whether I have done so in the past or if it is a new one. That way, no one is left in the dark.

Ranch Burgers (I don’t really have a recipe for this one…I put an egg, Ranch Dressing Mix & shredded cheddar cheese in the meat before we grill.)
Breakfast for Dinner (I usually make banana pancakes or gingerbread waffles, and scrambled eggs, but since we have fresh pork sausage & bacon, this should be a good one!)
Honey Ginger Chicken (Haven’t tried this particular recipe yet, but sounds interesting!)
Chicken Tortilla Chowder (This is a new one as well…a suggested recipe from my Mom!)
Pan Fried Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce (This is for tofu’s second chance…since I couldn’t taste the last time. And it’s a totally different recipe, but sounds delicious!)
*Bonus Semi-Nutritious Snack that the kids LOVE!*
Protein Snacks (I substitute oats for the sesame seeds, double the recipe, and keep them in the freezer…YUM!)
I hope I’ve helped make your week a bit easier and that you find some new recipes to enjoy…if you have any you would like to share, please leave a comment!