This + That....Friday.

I'm down 10 pounds from my heaviest weight last year!
Six pounds came in the last three weeks. Those little saddle bags are shrinking. Yippee.

Last night I went to bed early so I wouldn't eat every piece of sugar in our house.
I was grouchy. That combined with my sugar craving made me tell Dave we are on Day 1 of 3 of my PMSing. I'm trying to be more rational {or stay quiet} during those days to be fair to my family.

I can't take anymore rain. Monday I wanted to quit everything...FVL, blogging, creating. Then I realized I was just tired and these grey skies aren't helping any. I live in California because I crave sunshine. It's suppose to be 70 by next Thursday. There is hope.

Our weekend is wide open, except for a baseball game for Blake on Saturday morning. I'm pretty sure it is going to be cancelled because of rain. I'll be working on filling my shop with more new items. Specifically those magnetic chalkboard/recipe holders. They might go fast. If you want one, you might want to check back often. I'll update twitter when they are posted.
{psst....today is the last day to use LOVELY for 10% off}

Today is the first day of Spring Break for us. I told my children that they are going to learn how to work during Spring Break. They balked loudly and told me that they already knew how to work. I told them 'I'll believe it when I see it...starting with their bedrooms!'

We will be catching up today on laundry. {Which really means 'my children'...another lesson in working! Except that I will state right here that Kaia is an amazing folder.} For the first time in our 16 years of marriage, we have been pulling clean clothes from a pile in a laundry basket. I have never done that. We usually fold straight from the dryer to not get backed up and to keep our clothes from being wrinkly.

If there is any fighting this next week during Spring Break over the TV, I will just turn it off. They can either go play in the rain or WORK. And, there will be no warning, which means there will be more balking loudly.

We have made the big transition from diapers to pull-ups full-time. They are working and Blake has finally agreed that they are more comfortable. He is feeling more like a big boy too and taking a little more responsibility for starting his cathing on his own. So now instead of heading to the bathroom every 3-4 hours, I'm heading to the bathroom every 3.2 - 4.2 hours. It's so nice for him to get started and then yell for us to come in and help him finish up. I've complained of buying diapers for 8 long years only to now complain that I'm getting less pull-ups for more money! Whatever.....it's for the cutest little boy ever.

I wrote an email to a friend that is going through some challenges and came up with this....'It seems that we rise to the occasion with whatever challenges God gives us. Then changed it to 'whatever challenges God TRUSTS us with!' I believe that God knows what our challenges need to be for our own personal growth. To say I welcome them would be lying, but instead I say I accept them and try to make the best of them . Because....He does TRUST us!

And that my friends is a little of this and a little of that!
Happy Friday!

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  1. I love what you said about God trusting us with challenges so that we can grow. I really needed to read that has God has trusted my family with some challenges lately. Thanks April!

  2. Congrats on the weight loss....you go girl!!! And, we had a rough day on Wed....I feel your pain...I need this rain to go away!!!! Happy Spring Break to you!

  3. Good for you on the loss of the ell-bees! I am trying to do better too.

    Only two more weeks! :)

  4. hey, april! congratulations to you on all your accomplishments and milestones! i took a few minutes to read your older posts about blake. my heart broke, i cried, i laughed...i thanked God for the blessings i have. and for the trials. you are so right when you say He TRUSTS us with challenges. it's hard to remember that but it's so true. your faith pours out of every word you write - you're such a shining example of that lesson and i thank God for you.

  5. You guys have the rain, we have the snow....sprinkles and flurries and just too darn much! It has to end, sometime....right? 10 pounds is amazing, great job! I'm just trying to maintain...it's a challenge, esp at night! Congrats to Blake!

  6. Awesome job on the weight loss! It's amazing how different a few pounds will make you feel. Love your shop and love your blog!

  7. girrrrrrrrrrrl, congrats on the poundage loss!
    and hooray for pullups! that is huge for your little guy.

  8. Congratulations on being down 10!
    I feel you on the going to bed early just so you don't eat thing. Makes me mad that i want food THAT BAD!
    We've been cold here in michigan but with sunny skies. I'll take it. A winter full of gloomy days just get's to ya after awhile.

  9. Are you doing a cone enema for Blake yet? We highly recommend this as it really helps avoid embarrassing bowel accidents in school.

    We no longer use pull-ups but 'Tena fitted small briefs' as these are easier to change and DS finds it more comfortable. Much more absorbent and easier on his skin, particularly at night. The web site is http://bit.ly/f7hEZQ

  10. Ughh I think I am up 10! I like. no LOVE food way too much.

    Your booth looked amazing. So kitschy. You are so talented. I love your blog!

  11. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who feels like quitting it all sometimes! Makes me feel normal! Hope the sun starts to shine soon...for you there in CA and for me here in NC (they actually mentioned the S word on the news tonight--not sure I can bear it!)
    Have a great week!

  12. congratulaions! it's hard, trust me, i KNOW! i've lost 40 lbs since last year and its so hard to keep it off. i adore you blog! I don't even know you, but i'm so proud of you! 10 lbs is SO much to accomplish! :)

  13. April,
    Great going on your weight loss! Seriously!! I can totally relate to the sugar cravings and late night snacks. Emotional eating, I call it. I hate it. I found your blog today and really admire that you are able to be honest and real through your postings. I've tried blogging but have always retreated because of the vulnerability. I, too, suffered from post-partum depression 25 years ago which never really resolved. And my 10 year old son has special needs, too...not visible to the eye but apparent when you are around him. It's refreshing to read your blog. I wish I had your guts and spirit.


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