Friday, January 11, 2013

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So…um, be still my freaking heart, we are going to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live tomorrow. I know they are creepy, I know they totally terrify people, I am pretty sure I have read something about how they are anti-Catholic (fear not, only the freaks think that, they are just weird)…BUT, they bring such joy to my son I cannot.explain.it. And, when he sees DJ Lance walk out on stage, I mean, I can’t even imagine. Two things. 1) I mean every word of what I just said. 2) I understand it makes me a total loser that I am probably more excited for tomorrow than pretty much anything in my life right now

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I think everyone should follow Dave Ramsey’s plan, I really do. If you know me, you know this. And here is why. Every.single.one. of our pennies is accounted for. Every.single.one. We don’t spend unintentionally. I felt weird about spending seventy five cents on a mall ride for Lil’A, because I only get 20 dollars a month called, ‘Mommy Money’ (or money I can do anything with) and .75 of $20 is a lot of money… Anyway, this often times sucks. But let me tell you when it rocks! It rocks when your hours switch slightly, so you only need a babysitter for 6 hours a week, for 9 weeks, and you were budgeted for 9 hours a week for 9 weeks, so you end up getting ‘bonus money’. And, it rocks when that ‘bonus money’ is technically in the ‘baby money’ budget line, so…you don’t even feel bad using that bonus money to buy FREAKING TICKETS TO FREAKING YO GABBA GABBA!!! (the amount of loser that this paragraph indicated is huge…I get that!).

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Speaking of, on NYE I got my nails did and even though I actually barely have nails, it was awesome. And it was $12. So, I was driving two days ago, and I was thinking to myself, ‘when we finally get out of debt, I am going to get my nails did weekly, because it is only $12 a week, and dang it, I deserve it’. But then, I thought about how $12 a week adds up, and I thought about people that would use $12 to eat, and not to do something as frivolous as get their nails did. And I thought, ‘wow, in the US of A, we have really weird ingrained (is that a word?) thoughts about what we DESERVE’. Anyway, I don’t think treating yourself is bad (hello?!?! We are going to see freaking YO GABBA GABBA on Saturday for a ridiculous amount of money), and I am not judging people who get their nails did (it looks so darn beautiful), but that thought process jumped me out of desiring it weekly. Seems I will be a ‘once in a while for special occasions nail did’ girl.

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I have to celebrate my husband for a second. We have been going hard at healthy living, so I have been going to the gym pretty much every day. And the other day I thought to myself, ‘self, it is dang hard to find time to go to the gym daily’. As I kept thinking, I realized that my life was already pretty busy, and now I have added a two hour activity into my day (by the time you get there, work out, get back). And, I was like, ‘dang, no wonder it is so hard’. But, then I thought about my awesome husband, who this week has spent 3 nights alone during the witching hour (5:30-7:30 pm) so that I can go to the gym. And he doesn’t complain, rather he encourages me. Although I am sure it is partly because he is excited for me to get my ‘bangin’ body’ back, I know it is mostly because he is just so darn selfless. He rocks. The.end. Oh, wait, and he is REALLY REALLY RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING.

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Do you think my quick takes are too long? I considered this the other week. That maybe they are ‘suppose’ to be shorter, like 3-5 sentences. If they are too long, I am throwing you a bone with this one.

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Okay, check it. This week’s youth group meeting was on homosexuality. For nine years I have intentionally not done a full meeting on homosexuality (for reasons I was really comfortable with) but last year, I felt like I finally needed to. And let me just tell you, it was FANTASTIC. Like, freaking fantastic. And I’m pretty sure every.kid.loved it. The teens that might identify with same sex attraction, the teens who’s best friend/sibling is gay, the teens who already loved the Church teaching…they all loved it. And it reminded me that our Church’s teachings are actually awesome and super loving, and, when presented right, DO.NOT.ALIENATE, but invite. I kicked myself in the rear end for not doing this meeting sooner and letting bullies scare me out of it. It rocked. Probably my favorite part? Reminding the teens that if they don’t stick up for other people being ridiculed for sexual identity reasons, they should confess it…because it is a sin. So fantastic!

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Finally- tonight, the husband and I are going on a date to St. Andrew’s of Rochester’s fancy couple’s evening with Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest who won Iron Chef on Food Network. He apparently uses cooking to share lessons of marriage. And it got me thinking. Bloggers, I cannot cook. Well, I can, but the thing is I am crazy picky eater, so I only like simple recipes and pretty much only like chicken and salmon. Right now, it is fine, because I am working and our lives are crazy so we eat simple and plain. But, the closer and closer I get to SAHM status, the more frightened I am. Help me, what are some good recipe sites/blogs for simple/healthy food (note simple and healthy) that will taste good to a picky eater????

 Oh, and can you guys all pray for the person who hosts 7 Quick Take? Her name is Jen, she has a really great blog (link below) and she is having some pretty serious health issues right now. I don't think I realized quite how much the blog world was connected until reading about her, beginning to pray for her. Okay. That's it!
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  1. Your husband is freakin handsome. And you're freakin beautiful, no wonder you two make gorgeous babies. Have fun at Gaba whatever, I've never seen it. But we took the kids to see The Imagination Movers a couple years ago (for free - I just had to blog a review) and I can understand how excited you are!

  2. May I give you some assvice regarding #7? Okay. Craft a simple meal plan, and I do mean breakfast, lunch and dinner and repeat it every single weak. Once you have that routine, make one night, like Sundays, your "try something new" night. Then if y'all like it, just incorporate it. When you have a bazillion children, easy is better. I have gone the other direction from fancy cooking to simplicity and it's been a challenge to say the least.

  3. We like Yo Gabba Gabba, too, and we watched it a bunch... until kid #3 came along. He freaks out and cries every time he sees them. Bummer.

    Thanks for the fun post. :)

  4. We did the Imagination Movers too (free tickets for blogging . . . 2nd row) and the boys LOVED it. It was great! So, have fun with those furry, freaky looking creatures!

    We love Dave too and, thanks to you, invested in FPU. We wanted to take it to the next level. Truthfully, the envelopes drive me CRAZY when I am trying to pay for groceries with three kids and a long line behind me (we had just used cash in the past and made sure we were "in budget" for everything. Cannot wait until we get this house paid off!!

    1. So fun! The envelopes drive me crazy as well, in fact, that is one of the main sources of tension between the hard-core husband and the semi-hard core wife. I will use my card (debit) occasionally for the sheer convenience. AND, I never carry the envelopes on me, but we do 'load them up' at the beginning of the month. Then, when it is time to go grocery shopping, I just take more than enough cash out of the right envelope and go!
      And dude, working on the house is going to be fun, though daunting, next step for us. Can you believe that as of March 31st I will be out of FUS debt? So stinkin' excited!!!!

  5. We are going to see Sesame Street Live on Sunday so I feel your excitement! Have fun, and if you can, take a pic of the cute baby's face when his faves come out! Also, I am so jealous of your date night with Fr. Leo! Can you blog about every detail, please?? And, DL my recipe plan. So simple. I am pretty obsessed with it.

    1. Right back at ya with the picture thing. I am sure your little girl is going to flip! Will do on the blog and I totally forgot you sent me the meal plan, consider it a part of the Wilkerson Family Eating :) I just went and got it, so I can get started!

  6. Mary, way to go on Healthy Living. I personally have resolved to work out every day of 2013 and am also making a move to try and eat healthier and plan out my meals. One of my favorite people to follow for advice/ideas all around is Taralynn McNitt, also known as Undressed Skeleton. Here is the link to her recipes: http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/Recipeindex

    I can't remember if it was her or not, but a really good breakfast I have found other than oatmeal is a banana pancake that is literally only 1 mashed banana with 1 egg scrambled with it. It cooks just like a pancake, it just takes a little longer, and it tastes so good! So much healthier too without flour or mix.

    A couple other good sites to peruse are: http://shrinkingkitchen.com/menu-plan-your-butt-off/ and http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/

  7. My two go to recipe places are www.allrecipes.com (LOVE that things are rated) and www.crockpot365.blogspot.com (she used her crockpot every day for a year and has some great recipes). Love #6. And have fun tonight at your Gabba fest...I'm with Colleen, I have no idea who they are but hope it's awesome for you :)