Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31st Reformation Day

Just a short clip that I loved from the movie we watched over the weekend.
We will be going to a Reformation Day dinner, documentary, and discussion with our church family.
I can't wait!!!
What are you doing today?

Some Fun Songs!!

The Maccabeats is a group of Yeshiva University students that have made some great YouTube Videos. As a Christian family we believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. I do however think that a lot of people forget that Israel is the land of God's chosen people. We must remember to pray for Israel, and all of those lost without Jesus.  Enjoy the songs!! What a way to stand up for your faith:)

Purim Song


Candlelight - Hanukkah

Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem
Book of Good Life

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The First Month With a New Baby and A full House

When you are expecting a baby you are so happy and excited, how could you not be the Lord blessed you with new life. Over the next 9 months or so you prepare your home and your family for the big day! But sometimes moms forget to prepare themselves ! This is important as the next 6 months after birth are long and sometimes tiring, but full of joy. So this is my list to myself that I would like to share with all of you. The top 10 things I forgot about while expecting a baby and the top 10 things I love about having a new baby.

1. I forgot that I should have gotten all the things on my to do list done before our baby arrived

2. I forgot that nursing babies take almost all of your day up and night as well:)

3. I forgot that I would have no time for me, and that the simple things of life would now become hard things to take care of.

4. I forgot that Showering would be something I need to do fast since the baby wakes up as soon as the water turns on.

5. I forgot that my other children would have to learn to do without mom most of the day, even though I am with them

6. I forgot that taking your vitamins, drinking water, and eating (yes eating)is really a important thing to do while nursing. I forget to do this all the time.

7. I forgot that sleeping is something you do when you’re expecting.

8. I forgot to take as much time as possible to cuddle with my hubby in bed since now I share a bed with our little one. I would say sleep very, very close to him every night if you can and enjoy this time!

9. I forgot that when you’re nursing you really are on a raw food diet, since cooking is almost a thing of the past. You eat as fast as you can the first month and try not to get heartburn,

10. Last thing I forgot was how I would feel when my husband finally did go back to work, I felt scared and I cried a lot because my list of things to do just became over whelming. With 8 kids and a husband that works 12-16 hour days, you must take care of almost everything yourself.

Okay now that I got all of that of my chest I would like to share the Top 10 things I love about having a new baby.

1. I love that the list of things I thought was important really turned out to be nothing but me things, things that really are way less important than my family. Even though I still have a long list I somehow find it less important now.

2. I love that it is me he wants! When my son is crying my daughters and husband always try to help, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. They pass him to me and the crying stops and all is well just by my touch he hears me and knows that mom is holding him. Now that is the best feeling ever!

3. I love that now I have a reason to sit and enjoy the simple things of life. All the easy things that need to be taken care of now I have let go. I have to just so no to the curling iron and yes to a nice ponytail.

4. Showering with your baby can really be such a joy, Thomas loves the water noise and daddy now gets to have some boding time with him. While I shower daddy plays with him in the bathroom which makes a nice time for one on one time with just the three of you.

5. What a joy to know that my wish to raise strong Christian, caring girls has come true. I get to watch and enjoy the fruit I have produced in our home. The girls don't always love the fact that they have to change diapers and maybe make eggs for the younger girls but they are learning. Having a new baby in our home is a blessing to all of us.

6. I love the feeling of just having a new life in my arms. That God has faith in me to help him build his kingdom; the best calling in the world is being a mom and saying yes to God!!

7. I love that I now get to fall asleep with my little prince, nursing makes you tired and your newborn tired so enjoy what God has given you. When you think about it God gives us lots of time to sleep since babies sleep a lot the first couple of months. We must remember to take the time and rest when we can.

8. I never have to sleep alone anymore when my husband leaves for work at 2am!! My favorite time of the day is when I get to climb in bed with my husband; I really don't like it when he's gone. With children you are never really alone! With a newborn who loves to sleep with mommy and get up with mommy at any hour of the night I am always have someone to talk to.

9. I love eating raw food so this really is not a bad thing for me. I just get to now nourish a new human life, he looks to me to keep him as healthy as I can and what a thrill that is. As a mom keeps herself healthy she also gets the reward of keeping her baby healthy.

10. Last thing I would like to say is even though I was scared that I was now alone with all these babies I knew at the end of the day it would be okay.

Pictures from Columbus Day 2011, this year we had Spanish Hot Chocolate and read lots of books!
                                           Not so many crafts this year and I forgot to take pictures. Instead of pictures I got to snuggle my little newborn which I loved more than crafts and picture taking:)
Columbus Day 2011


Monday, October 15, 2012

What to do with sick little ones...

When I started this post all my children were sick and I came up with something to do to help pass the time. Here is my post from went 1 week ago, time really goes by fast when you are nursing a newborn.

As I am sitting here I can hear my girls coughing it must be that time of year again. It never really fails the air gets cooler and the leaves start to fall and sure enough my home is full of sick little kids. So over the years I have found ways to keep everyone relaxed and warm, most young kids will keep going even though they should be in bed.

Here is my list of home remedies and ideas to keeping my little ones in bed when the flu is hitting our home.

First a nice cup of warm tea with honey and many forehead kisses from mom and dad. Put your tea in a Marvel cup or fancy cup like mom or dad and they feel all grown up and love it.

Mix 1/2 tsp of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/2 tsp of honey and have them drink it down. This helps them to stop coughing without the use of over the counter meds that have things in it you really don't want.

Lots of Good homemade Chicken noodle soup!! Which I did not get to make this time since it is even hard to find time to eat these days.

Lots of Kleenex next to them and a small garbage bag on the floor. Along with hand wash if they are too sick to get up and wash their hands. We had Halloween Kleenex boxes something to cheer out little ones up. You can even let your kids decorate the Kleenex boxes for fun.

Lots of travel size games, and puzzles. If you have a laptop board this is great for puzzles, if you have a bed in breakfast tray this would work to.

The Bible, yes my older girls have started to really love the early mornings were they get to study Gods word without little ones running all over. The Bible has so many great stories and so much wisdom; it really should be something we read more often than most of us do.

 In our house books we read include animals, legos, horses, Marvel characters, and for my teen a Twilight Novel or a book on breeding and raising German Sheppard’s.

Books on cd they can listen to or follow along to, these are great all the time.

Maybe some school work, if they are anything like my kids they will pass on this:)

Coloring books, crossword puzzles, sticker books, and lots of fun colors to go along with them

Painting by number kits, you can find many great ones at a local craft store (we use Jo Anne fabrics)

Movie Marathons- in our house Star Wars and Marvel movies are at the top. We really do have 7 girls!! We are a movie family, my husband and I love to watch movies together always have, and now my children love to do the same.

 We always have snacks to go along with the movies if they can handle food, and a bottle of water of juice to keep fluids in.

Work on Christmas gifts or any gifts that are to be done by hand at home

Snuggle with puppies (we happen to have 3 little puppies 5 weeks old in our home right now)

Work on Lego kits, we have kits that our girls love working on (All Star Wars)

If they are up and have energy but are still too sick to go out we have done the following.

Help mom with grocery lists, and grading papers (these can be done at the table relaxing with a nice warm blanket)

Write letters to family and friends they have not seen in sometime

Start a new craft project or maybe learn a new skill maybe using the sewing machine, or working with dad on something.

Sit outside in the warm sun and have lunch, maybe bring an activity to do since by now you may need some fresh air.

Write in your journal

The list is endless really, the best thing you can do at the very top of the list is Love your children!

Claudia and Daddy

Thomas 3 weeks olds

Can you tell they are Sister and Brother?
I thought it was amazing how much they looked alike