8/26/10

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~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!



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I'm Claudia from For The Love Of 4. My blog is filled with funny
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I am a mother to 4 wonderfully blessed sanity suckers and a wife to my hubs
of 8 years. Stop by take a look and say hello.



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so that you know ...

i have been mia and its not because i want to. i enjoy writing and getting the things i want to say out. so i wanted to say that for those of you who i have things to mail out they are coming, my post will be coming more regular, and i will be following my followers and commenting on my friends blogs soon.

between the move (which is way harder then i though) and the fact that my 2 year old nephew is fighting for his life, i am a little well sad...

so thank you for being here for supporting this blog even though at the moment i dont have many fun things going. it means alot so thank you.

8/19/10

thirsty thursday blog hop

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~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!



~For The Love Of 4~

I'm Claudia from For The Love Of 4. My blog is filled with funny
stories, loving moments and great reviews.
I am a mother to 4 wonderfully blessed sanity suckers and a wife to my hubs
of 8 years. Stop by take a look and say hello.



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8/18/10

since i was a yee babe

when i was around 7, alot of great things happened. the one that sticks out the most is what i will talk about today. i went to school one day and had a homemade lunch. i am talking about everything from fruit to gummys. i thought i could get away with eating in the class because i didnt want to wait to eat my gummys. so i sneaked out the pack, and started to munch. since i didnt know anyone because it was around the start of school i didnt think to offer anyone any. then comes this girl who i didnt know who took them from me. now i wasnt one to be bullied but really what could i do?? she took a few then gave them back and i couldnt very well tell the teacher because i wasnt suppose to be eating them to begin with.

what to do what to do?? share them with someone i dont know or tell the teacher and have to throw them away. so i shared. well since this day me and her became best of friends. i mean we were inseparable. i basically lived with her and her family when my family was going through all of its rough times. we spent every birthday together all the way till we were 16, we made homemade talent shows, cooked some interesting concoctions and i think because of her i tried in life. i wanted to be as smart as sweet and as kind as her. she was the first of two who opened the doors to Christ to me.

so come time for high school, we are going our separate ways and we make a promise to be there for each others weddings, children and birthdays. almost 20 years later we have kept this promise for the most part. i have been married but we really didnt have a wedding yet but soon will for our ten year. you know the big to do kind the dress and all. i will invite her to stand next to me the way she had for her wedding. after years of losing contact i got an email asking for me to be her maid of honor. and let me tell you it was an honor. im looking at my dress i wore right now hanging in front of me in my closet. it was a super special night to see someone like her marry to the man of her dreams.

she has been to baby showers/birthdays for my children giving me the chance to meet her oldest son. my lil man my nephew. sweetest baby in the world who at this very second is getting so big. then i heard i was going to be an auntie again. smiles. another lil man. i look forward to meeting him.

i need to make some time to take a drive to go see them. when you have a friendship that has lasted so long, you just dont want to give it up. you may be asking what brought this all up. well i have been having a lot of heart to hearts with close friends. and these two girls that i have them with are like family to me, they are what we now call friends bff's. and usually they start off with me saying, "i know i can trust you with everything and while my bestest best friend is share you are my best friend and i know i can talk to you." People who have never met her know who she is simply by me mentioning her name.

so since recently i have been speaking about her i want to show you all 2 more of my pride and joys. two little boys i am sure will light up your day the way they do mine when ever i see a photo of them.

Dylan & Oliver

MIA - a mind clouding moment

so who would of thought that trying to close on a house, getting things ready for the day you will be moving and buying the things that are need would and could over take you. usually i play catch up because i still take photos and i still write things on my ipod on the go. but it really has been one of those times and i havent done any of the above.

but i have missed blogging, really really bad. this is my outlet of funny, sad and upsetting moments. not having it has left me a little flustered.

so what i have been up to. well everything having to do with the house of course, i have started a new bible study with a friend of mine :), and i am taking on the px90 challenge.... oooo fun :( .

so i look forward to getting back on here tonight. i have a plan. i will be following all of my new followers that i am not following yet (that have left comments), read some of my friends post and comment, and maybe look for a few new blogs to follow that are interesting.

8/11/10

thursday blog hop

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1. Follow your 2 hostesses: Obviously MArvelous and For The Love of 4
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~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!



~For The Love Of 4~

I'm Claudia from For The Love Of 4. My blog is filled with funny
stories, loving moments and great reviews.
I am a mother to 4 wonderfully blessed sanity suckers and a wife to my hubs
of 8 years. Stop by take a look and say hello.



*Leave a comment, grab the blog hop button
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friendships and what they mean

Friendships have come and gone over the years and its the ones that have last through the good and the not so good are the ones you want to keep. I just wanted to take a little moment to thank all my friends.

its the days that i make new ones and the days when a memory pops up that makes me remember something of a old one that makes it easier to understand the importance of one.

sanity for a mom is not only in the time spent away from some one but as well as who that time is spent with.

Giveaway time

Today is a friend of mines birthday, so to celebrate lets do a giveaway. This one will be simple and fun, three ways to earn entries. Dont forget to send a birthday wish to her at Finding Joy in Vegas.

Giveaway
gone gift card crazy

thats right this giveaway will be filled with cards.
5 gift cards $10 each
*target
*walmart
*kmart
*ross


and the winner is

Almost Crazy Coupon Lady

please email me at ochoamomof4@yahoo.com by 5pm 8/13/10 or another winner will be picked.i have contacted you through your website. thank you .


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i dont want to count my chickens before they hatch

i was given a phone call about the house we have been trying to buy... the one that seemed like we would never get it. well they said that the bank approved our offer, they made repairs on the house, and the under writter said it was a go. today we are suppose to sign the closing papers and then friday just maybe we will get the keys.

do i start to do my happy dance yet?? to i spin in circles??? i dont want to get all happy and excited till i have the keys in my hands. its like a dream that i am waiting for it to come true.

so here i will wait a few more days before i get to happy... but for now i will just have a big o smile across my face.

8/8/10

motherhood Moment with 4 sanity sucking blessings

"Motherhood,take it for all that it is and all that it brings."

While most of my post for Seeds of Faith will be about a simple day to day tid bits of my life mothering four children, this first post though will be about my feelings of motherhood. This will be the only way you can truly know where i come from when talking about my children, hubs and life as a mom. I try to live my day to day life with the above quote in the forefront of my head. Does it always work you ask? No, not always. I sometimes feel like all i do goes unseen everyday. That all i do is kind of for nothing { i know this is not true }. Its those nights when i sit back and think of my children and how truly blessed i am that i realize that everything i do is for them and that its all worth it.

Motherhood to me is not the amount of children you have nor the years you have racked up doing it. Motherhood is more of what God has given you, what he has help create with you and the things you learn from your kids. Motherhood is more then a job, more then being a parent. A mother is many things, beyond being a mother or friend. A mother is many titles feelings and heartfelt moments. Here is one of mine.

A Motherhood Moment With 4 Sanity Sucking Blessings

{not for children to read please.}

How often does the conversation of Santa Clause come up in your house? Well in mine its often. My children are in love with the whole Santa Clause thing. We let them learn who and what Santa is from a very young age. Being Christian and a learning one at that i find it hard to celebrate X-mas the way that most people do. We don't celebrate it as a a birthday nor as a day of just receiving. We celebrate it as a day of giving, nothing less nothing more. So that you know i Was a Santa believer till i was 21.

I have this thing about always telling my children the truth no matter if it hurts them or not. so i knew that if any of them would ask me if santa the easter bunny or the tooth fairy is real i would have to say no. My hubs said he didn't agree and that he was against it. I said we would talk about it when the day came. so that day came. After getting the go ahead from my husband, i sat a talked to my oldest (6). Here is how the conversation went.

April- "mom is Santa real?"
Me- "no he's not"
April- "how do you know"
Me- "well mommy and daddy are the ones who buys your gifts, we eat the cookies you put out and we deiced if you are naughty or nice. The reason we say there is a santa because he is the idea of giving with out the need to receive in return."

we then watched the video of Veggietales, "Saint Nicholas a story of joyful giving".

Me- "do you understand April that mommy and daddy are Santa?"
April- "yea mom but can you please call santa and tell him we were good?"
Me- "you got it April, i will call tonight"

The point of this is, i have learned that i will continue to be honest with my children. But when it comes to Santa, The Tooth Fairy and The Easter Bunny, i will tell them what ever makes them smile. That my truth doesn't have to be there's, and i am happy that this conversation didn't ruin what she felt x-mas was all about.

Proverbs 31:10-12, 25-30: "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life ... Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 'Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.' Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."

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8/5/10

parenting - what i need to change and start doing *update*

so the other day i posted on what i felt my parenting was
and what i needed to change. read it here.

so know to let you guys know how i did and how it went
for the first day. So at least i know im not going crazy and
i know that they really have sucked a few bits of
sanity out of me :). so i sat down and spoke with the older
two and i let them know some things will change. mommy
wont be yelling that much and that there will be a new outlook
on how we run our day to day life.

then our day started. it went well for a while and i
thought wow what a difference. now dont get me wrong
i plan on staying on this new track, but i have to be honest
with my feelings. and yesterday, well i felt like giving up.
around 1 pm i have my oldest running out of the room
saying over and over again that her sister broke the
computer desk. i told her to go back to her room and that
i would be there in a min, i didnt think it was possible and
that she may have been over exaggerating.

then i heard it, "dont tell mommy i am trying to fix.
please dont tell mommy". so i got up and went to go
check. the desk was broken. not just a chip or
something like that, a leg was off and can not be fixed.
but here is where the good part comes in. i kept my cool.
this would have been when they both got a spanking,
yelled at and sent to sleep. not this time. i told them i would
wait till dad got home. that i was very unhappy
with what had happened and i would like for them to
sit on there beds or take a nap till he got home.

they listened, i think still thinking they would get a
pop on the bottom.he got hear and we came to the
agreement that we would take the tv and toys away
till 6pm tonight. that they could listen to worship
music and books on cd.we have stuck with the punishment
and it has been great. they understood what they did
wrong, i dont feel horriable for the punishment and
they have listened.they are all napping, that is right all four.
my sanity is safe for now and i am enjoying the fact that
i am parenting the way i want to , not the way the
frustration wants me to.

look forward to the days that will come in this challenge.

8/4/10

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop - Week 2

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop


For The Love Of 4

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This blog hop is hosted by
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1. Follow your 2 hostesses: Obviously MArvelous and For The Love of 4
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4. Click other links on the Linky and follow some new friends

~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!



~For The Love Of 4~

I'm Claudia from For The Love Of 4. My blog is filled with funny
stories, loving moments and great reviews.
I am a mother to 4 wonderfully blessed sanity suckers and a wife to my hubs
of 8 years. Stop by take a look and say hello.



*Leave a comment, grab the blog hop button
& please stop by the other host blog!!!!

parenting - what i need to change and start doing

i see that when i parent my children my voice is at a level where i dont want it to be, my attitude follows the direction of my voice and i am frustrated way to fast. parenting is everything i thought it would be plus some. i knew that it would not be all happy moments and that there would be times that i just want to lock my self in the bathroom{by the way my bathroom has no lock}.

i always wanted to be that mom where my children respected me enough to know their boundaries and love me enough to wanna be my friend around their friends. at the moment while all of my childrens friends like me, i am not sure my children like the everyday mommy that is here now. that is why i want to change a few things.

so here is what brings this on. while my children played baby today with their dolls, i listened to how they spoke to the babies. my youngest girl{2} continuously kept asking her baby if she was ok. while my oldest two {5 and 6} were not so nice to there babies. they kept sending their dolls to there room and saying not now im busy. i feel so bad that this is what my little girls think that a mom is. so now it changes.

i am going to cut down on the yelling as much as possible in hopes others will follow, have more activity time and story time with them, spend less time on me and more on them. i am hoping that these small changes will make a big difference. with these i know that a lot of things will go better once i do that.

so here goes nothing and i hope i can make this change fast for them more then me!!!

8/3/10

and so it will start

so it is time to get the house pre-packed. pre-packed you ask ? Pre-packed means having the house ready to be packed when the time is right. i see no reason to pack up my house until we have the keys to our home. in the mean time i want to go through everything and get rid of the clutter. i dont want to take any trash with me. also i want to get the things that could be better used by someone else out of here as well.

so today i will start this 2 weeks long project. each day tackling a new room going through everything. i think the first room will be the kitchen then the master. we will see how it will go.
wish me luck because i know i will need it.

8/2/10

C.S. Lewis Giveaway - {8/2-810}

Mere Christianity
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8/1/10

August - a new month


For this month i have simply goals. there isnt many and yes one of them includes books. i have already posted about my school goals for my children, read here. With that goal already set there are only a few left to speak of. so i will get right to them. ~link heavy

-School goal and safety talk
- work on my frugal blog more, find even better deals more often
-finish reading the 7 books from a july's goal of mine.
-continue working on my coupon book (learning from krazy coupon lady)
-clean through the clutter and get ready for our pending move to our new home


simply goals that i am sure i will add to. a the moment i am trying to keep them as simply as possible due to the clutter free thing i want to do.