Blogtember – Bucket List

Welcome readers … sorry I have been slacking with keeping up this week, however, I have eventually gotten to each and every post.

Today is day 10 of Blogtember – Bucket List is the topic.

Brave Love Blog

 

So here we go:

  1. Go Sykdiving
  2. Finish the Bible this year
  3. Go to all the MLB stadiums and watch a game
  4. See a World Series game
  5. Go to Australia
  6. Be debt free …. sorry feel like this is a catch all for everyone but we are almost there and it feels so good
  7. Get my license.  Yes this one may sound dumb, however, I am 28 almost 29 and still have no drivers license.
  8. Write a book
  9. Go on a mission trip
  10. Go to Florida

ok there you have it.  There are 10 items on my bucket list.  What is on the top of your bucket list?

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Mel

Favorite Fall Receipe

Today I am linking up with Blogtober where you blog each day in October.  I haven’t completed each of the days, however, I have been looking into the ones that I feel are intriguing to me and this is one.  I am excited to see what everyone comes up with.  These are super cute and hit for all ages.

candy-corn-jello-cups

 

Creamy Candy Corn Jello Cups for Halloween
Prep
Total Time
Author: Cat Davis | FoodFamilyFinds.com
Type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 small box orange flavored gelatin (JELLO)
  • 1 small box lemon flavored gelatin (JELLO)
  • 2½ cups water, divided in half
  • 1 cup milk, divided in half
  • 1 large tub Cool Whip, Extra Creamy
  • 6 – 9 oz clear plastic cups
  • handful of candy corn
Instructions
  1. In a small pot bring half the water to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. Whisk the lemon gelatin powder into the water for 1 minute and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk half the milk into the pot and pour into the cups in equal portions.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until the Jello has set.
  5. Repeat the same steps with the orange gelatin and refrigerate over night.
  6. Top with a big dollop of Cool Whip and garnish with candy corn.

Mel

HAPPY HALLOWEEN & November Photo A Day

First, I want to wish everyone  save and happy Halloween.  I thought about going down memory lane with my costumes but it seems everyone is doing that and what kind of parent would I be if I didn’t post a picture of my kiddos so here you go :

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We let the girls decide what they wanted to be and they chose Strawberry Shortcake and Doc McStuffin!! They were at first going to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but this is what they went with instead.  Sorry daddy!

NOVEMBER PHOTO A DAY!!

  1. sand
  2. computer
  3. tongue
  4. five
  5. blanket
  6. glitter
  7. cone
  8. fruit
  9. something that starts with U
  10. what you’re working on
  11. red, white, and blue
  12. stick
  13. dozen
  14. ball
  15. plate
  16. soap
  17. something gold
  18. radio
  19. something that starts with a V
  20. street light
  21. sink
  22. magazine
  23. jar
  24. football
  25. tile
  26. children
  27. hinge
  28. something you’re thankful for
  29. speaker
  30. clothes

Have fun and remember to use #photoaday11 if you are on twitter.

Mel

How do you want to be remembered?

day 30 of blogtober – What are 10 things you hope to be remembered for.

I hate this question with a passion.  I hate it because it makes me think of death and who wants to think about that.  It also makes me think about if I died right now, my answer to this question is going to change as I change.  As I get older I will have more life lessons under my belt and will learn more and more things about myself as I go so the answer truly will change.

  1. Being a good mom – this is by far the most important to me.  I hope if nothing else that I am remembered for taking care of my kids to the best of my ability and that I was the best mom to them that I could be.
  2. A good wife – we all strive to be perfect for our spouses and we aren’t, I will be the first to admit that I have made mistakes and royally screwed up, however, it works both ways and we all are going to screw up at one point in time or another, it’s how we work through the screw ups and how we become stronger as a couple that matters.
  3. hard-working – This one is a little tricky for me.  I haven’t technically worked since the end of 2009, however, when I do work and have worked in the past I have always been a hard worker, I learn fast and can step into a fast-paced environment quickly.
  4. athletic – this is one that really doesn’t “matter” all that much to me, however, it is what I am known for, if you ask 9 out of 10 people they would more than likely say I am sporty.  I was voted most athletic in high school and I guess it has just stuck with me.  I am not a fanatic and make people workout all the time, but I am athletic and like to stay in shape.
  5. That I have a big heart – Everyone likes to say they have a big heart and would do anything for anyone, however, a lot of people who say that are lying.  Most people wouldn’t do things for their enemy.  Ever since having the girls, I have really enjoyed opening up about our struggles and really trying to help others.
  6. Generous –  Every year we set aside so much money to donate, I also volunteer when I can for the march of dimes.  I feel that if more people took their spare time and worked to help others this world would be a much better place.
  7. A blogger – My blog is still small but growing each day.  I started my blog in 2009/2010 after having the girls with intentions of helping others going through what I went through, however, I realized I wanted it to be more and have since been blogging about our life in general.  I really started focusing on my blog this year and hope it continues to grow.
  8. A preemie parent – I am happy and proud to say that I am a preemie parent.  I wouldn’t wish what we went through and what some parents go through on anyone, however, it was an experience I will never forget.  I wish when we were going through our NICU stay that we had other parents telling us things they went through, because I will be the first to admit we struggled … BAD. I cried daily not knowing whether my child was going to make it or not and really had to lean on those closest to me to get through this dark time.  I now blog for Hand to Hold and love that we are able to help other preemie parents out.
  9. That I was adventurous – I am one that likes to take risks, I love to try things at least once.  I have always been known for being loud and outgoing and would love to be remembered for that.  A lot of people live their life in fear and never take chances and in my opinion you aren’t really living unless you relax and put yourself out there.
  10. That I never gave up – I hate giving up and will never quit.  If I start something I am going to finish it no matter how bad it could/will end up.  Things are not always going to go as planned and we are going to hit bumps in the road, however, you can’t give up and you just have to keep pushing forward.

What do you want to be remembered for?

Mel

Being a smart ass and being rude are two different things …….

Day 29 of blogtober – what do people misunderstand about you most?

This was a pretty easy post for me today, as many people think the same thing (in my opinion).  I come from a very sarcastic “always right” family.  We love each other but I think more than that we love to be smart-asses to each other and pick on one another.  We all know it is out of love and I will admit at time we take things a little to far, I think all the girls in the family have cried at least once over our constant nagging.

I think what most people misunderstand is that they think I am mean because of my sarcastic remarks.  I am not one to sit around and let you pick on me or talk crap and not saying anything back.  I will fire away right back at you, I am not afraid to speak my mind.  I think a lot of people think I come off as rude because I am like that when really I am just trying to have fun and give back what you are giving to me.

I hope that most people know I am not rude and am a pretty friendly down to earth girl once you get to know me.  I would never be mean intentionally to anyone, even if I don’t care for you. 🙂

P.S. I am a little burnt out on blogging every day with a script so … thankful October is almost over 🙂

What do people misunderstand about you?

Mel

 

Discovering your Love Language

Day 28 of blogtober – What is your love language? Click here to find yours.

At first when I thought about taking this, I was thinking to myself, “this is not going to be accurate at all.” Lets face it most of them aren’t.  After going through the test and the results I actually found this to be some what accurate.  Here are my results:

Your Scores

  • 5 Words of Affirmation
  • 9 Quality Time
  • 7 Receiving Gifts
  • 2 Acts of Service
  • 7 Physical Touch

Interpreting Your Profile Score

The highest score indicates your primary love language (the highest score is 12). It’s not uncommon to have two high scores, although one language does have a slight edge for most people. That just means two languages are important to you.

The lower scores indicate those languages you seldom use to communicate love and which probably don’t affect you very much on an emotional level. Learn more about your primary love language and how to put it to use next to the corresponding badge below.

Not what you expected? If the results don’t seem right, discover some other ways to determine your primary love language.

Quality Time

In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there – with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby – makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. Quality time also means sharing quality conversation and quality activities.


Physical Touch

This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face – they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive. Physical touch fosters a sense of security and belonging in any relationship.

Receiving Gifts

Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous – so would the absence of everyday gestures. Gifts are visual representations of love and are treasured greatly.

Words of Affirmation

Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important – hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Kind, encouraging, and positive words are truly life-giving.

Acts of Service

Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. Finding ways to serve speaks volumes to the recipient of these acts.

What is your love language?

Mel

Thunder-thighs!!!

Day 27 of blogtober – favorite part of your body and why?

Legs, legs, legs …. for as long as I can remember I have HATED my legs, always.  They have always been huge and I have always wanted skinnier legs.

Now that I am older I love my legs and they are my favorite body part.  I wouldn’t change them now if I could.  I have some of the strongest legs ever.  I impress myself each time I workout using legs and strong I truly am with them.  I know it is something most people hate and  I once was there but like I said I have grown out of that phase and grown to love my legs.

**image taken from google.

What is your favorite body part?

Mel

Your weight and being positive.

Day 26 of blogtober – what popular notion do you think the world has wrong?

WEIGHT!!!!!

It is as simple as that.  Times change and people change and the other part of them that always changes is their weight.  For as long as I can remember people have always been obsessed with their weight.  Society has everyone thinking one thing or another.  At first it is if you aren’t as skinny as a rail then you aren’t skinny and now it is any size is beautiful.

** image taken from google.

I think we have it all wrong and that people should just be happy with how big or little they are.  Now, I am not saying you should eat whatever you want and weight 600 pounds, I believe that people should really focus on themselves and focus on eating right and healthy instead of whatever junk they want.  If you eat right and still aren’t a size 0 then who cares.

We put a lot of pressure on each other for being “perfect” and to be honest, no one is perfect.  We are all special in our own unique ways and no matter what we look like or how we feel someone is going to be out there thinking negative of us, it’s life … deal with it and move on but always stay positive about yourself!!

What notion do you think we have wrong?

Mel

History and Dinner

Day 25 of blogtober – If you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be with and what would you eat?

I am not sure who I would want to have dinner with.  If I am thinking strictly from history I think I would have to go with George Washington, I think I would like to learn about how the times were different back then and the things they struggled with as opposed to what we struggle with today.

Someone else I would like to have dinner with would be Martin Luther Kind Jr., or Rosa Parks.  I admire them both for what they stood for and how they showed how brave they were by standing up for what they knew in their hearts were right.  I wish I had the courage they did at times, I feel that I know what is right in my heart but sometimes never have the heart to stand up for what I know is right and just sit back and watch.  I wish I had the courage they did and would love to get to have a conversation with them, because I know they endured more than I ever could imagine.

Now, for dinner I think I would have to have my favorite spaghetti with breadsticks, boring I know, however, I couldn’t imagine a fancy meal (I am a picky eater anyway).

** all images taken from google.

Who would you want to meet and eat with?

Mel

childhood vs. parenthood

Day 24 of blogtober – childhood dynamic vs. your family now

My childhood:

I was active from a young age, we are a sport family so I was always learning something new.  I had two working parents who let me live life.  As I have been told by my parents I was a very stubborn, obnoxious child.  I was loud and not afraid of anything and learned from doing things …. and then getting in trouble or hurt.  I remember eating breakfast every morning before school with my dad, probably until about my sophomore year in high school.  My parents were my supportive backbone,they were there to support everything I have ever done, I don’t think either of them missed a game.  I grew up very close to my sister until she got in high school and then hated me 🙂 .. don’t worry we love each other again!!

My parenting:

Since my kids are still young, this is a little hard to create.  I would like to think that my parenting skills are similar to my parents.  There are many differences though, the first being the girls are growing up with a stay at home mom and a working dad.  They get to spend time with both of us in the morning while they eat breakfast instead of just one of us.  I would like to think I am a little more “scared” of what is going to happen to them, I am way more protective in I don’t let them be crazy, although Brooke still is.  You know that saying when you have kids you get payback for how you were as a child, well Brooke is definitely giving me a run for my money.  My parenting has been a little more effected by the girl’s birth story, there are things that we had to go through that my parents never did, so I think that is why I am a little more protective over them

There are many similarities as well as differences, however, the one constant thing between my childhood and my parenting is the love.  In both situations there is so much love to go around.  One thing is for sure that in both scenarios, love is there and always will be.

What was the differences between your childhood and parenting?

Mel