Magpies

When we moved into our little house last year, there was lots of work to be done. There still, but that is part of home ownership. My absolute favorite part of our home is the front of the house. While it still needs to be painted badly, it has great bones. I adore the porch, when we were young and had no children we rented a house with a lovely porch. We sat on the porch every evening, that porch is probably one of my favorite memories. It was something we both wanted to have again. My husband has worked diligently in modifying the porch on our new home.

ylcsxuj684260069.jpgWhen we moved in there was a small hole in the porch, we discovered a family of magpies. My husband wanted to patch the whole up, it was not a priority for me. My rule for nature is if it is not bothering us and not destroying our space I say let it be. Of course they moved back in this spring. I enjoy laying in the hammock hearing that sweet little tweet tweet. Unfortunately we have lost two sweet little babies yesterday. Our cat got a hold of one, we put him back. The Momma would not care for him, then a second one started coming out of the hole.  Using something we put nudged him back in.  Then yesterday they both were off the porch.  Luck for us the children were not home to see this. A lesson in porch birds was learned, sometimes it is kinder to let the cat have a snack then try and save a baby bird.

Love, Momma T-REX

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ASSHOLE CAT in Question

Molar Pregnancy Anniversary

6 years ago today I had a D&C.  A Molar Pregnancy is complicated,  an emotional grey area. I spent a year struggling, angry, hormonal, with a broken grieving heart. I was blessed. Medically it could have been worse, Emotionally I was destroyed. I was lucky to have friends to help me rebuild myself. Encourage me to tell my story so that I could work though it. I found a support group, knowing I was not alone made all the difference. mymolarpregnancy.com

I always remember today and my due date. Both days are extremely hard, I grieve for what could, should have been. I practice as much self care as I can muster.

Love, Momma T-REX

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#hammocklife

Summer is in full swing at the T-REX house. Kids are playing outside, all the chores are done for now, I am Swinging in the hammock as I type this. It is a lovely way to start the summer, Birds are singing, slightly chilly Oklahoma day. I could not ask for a better day to mentally prepare for the next few weeks. The Beginning always seams to be the busiest. Then we get lazy in July, and in August it is all about back to school. I have high hopes for this summer, science experiments, Library reading program, Camping, hiking, hopefully a little fishing, art and music. It is probably a little ambitious, but I really do not want the kids getting their lazy on this summer. I am sure at some point when it gets to hot we will be Netflix-ing and holding the couch down. Once it gets hot we loose the will to leave the house.

I am trying to meal plan, I always seem to have a hard time when I have to plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner too. We already mean plan for dinner, the kids eat school. Honestly I forget to eat about 90% of the time. Having a plan each day would probably be really good for me. I know my lack of eating habit is why I have such a hard time losing weight. Making the plan is hard when you have the kids who prefer processed foods, while my Husband and I like fresh.

Also Sister T-REX has a Birthday Friday, the 10! We are planning her favorite dinner. Tacos, then a solo trip with mom to the book store the next day. Birthday pictures in the book store. She has no idea. I am pretty excited. I hope she has a good time 🙂

Love, Momma T-REX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is in full swing. Porch sitting, birds singing, kids playing, swinging in the hammock as I write this. It is a chilly day for Oklahoma. Quite nice was to start the summer. Mentally preparing for the next few weeks. The beginning always seams to be the busiest, then we get lazy in July. August is all about getting ready for school.

I have high hopes for the summer, with science experiments, library time, museums, parks, hiking. There is a very good chance that we will end up Netflix-ing and holding down the couch. Once it gets hot we seam to loose the will to leave the house.

Summer is Coming…

Tomorrow is the Big Day! While I am excited. I am scared, it is happening. Prepared or not. Tomorrow is the last day of school. I like to be ready for anything, I am far from ready. I had a plan, it was a good plan full of fun stuff. Then my car had other plans. Now I am just trying to figure out what to do locally instead of what we had planned. In the famous words of Tim Gunn “Make it work” that I shall sir.

Today was the Graduation party at Head start, Baby T-Rex had a melt down we bailed so fast. It became super clear that I need to get him use to crowds. The Summer Reading program became a necessity. It is free and hopefully he will get use to hanging out with groups of people.

Now Sister T-Rex thinks she will spend the summer connected to the internet. I am afraid that I will break her heart. She will spend the summer mad at me and with any luck with her nose in a book on the porch enjoying the fresh air.

Summer is coming… Wish me Luck

Love, Momma T-REX

it is what it is

 

Baby T-Rex Zoo Trip

Baby T-Rex’s head start had a field trip to a near by zoo. We have a hard time scheduling individual time with the kids so this was the perfect opportunity to spend a little extra time with him before the summer starts. He really seamed to enjoy himself having our undivided attention. As you can see by his smiles he liked the animals too. He behaved himself, held our hands. He was just to sweet, until he was sleepy.

I have been obsessed with birds for as long as I can remember. I even have a bird tattoo. They were a

 

ll posing perfectly for me. Lately Flamingoes have been my bird of choice. I found the saying “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons” and been in love ever since. I mean I’m a pink loving girl. It was a nice reminder of how much I love photography.

Love, Momma T-REX

Happy Mother’s Day!

I have been a mother for 10 years now. I am always amazed by my children. My oldest is a grumpy tween, so hardly any love there right now. I know patience, understanding and when she is 30 she will love me more consistently 😂. Baby T-Rex loves me about 90% of the time, mostly because I can open bananas. We spent the day cleaning, rearranging the living room to fit my mother’s day gift from my Daddy T-Rex. A cute sectional that I have always wanted, but kids so I never went for it. A friend offered it to him for free, I could not say no to free!

We spent the evening with my mother in law who is practically my mother. We mowed, and helped her plant a tiny garden. Played in the back yard. Had a lovely dinner. The whole point of this story is Baby T-Rex gave us all a wonderful gift without even knowing it. This sweet boy has been in speech, we have been working with him. Sometimes it feels like the world is passing him by and he will never catch up. While we worked in the yard, he made fast friends with the neighbors. Introducing himself, showing his toys off, explaining what the toys do. This momma was in full tears, even miimii T-Rex was teary-eyed. By far the best mothers day gift I have ever received.

love, Momma T-REX

 

MARRIAGE

My husband and I have been married for 12 years today, We have been together for 16 years. Which really isn’t that much time if you think about it, but we have been lucky enough to have spent over half our lives together. We meet in high school when we were 16. We have lived in multiple houses, had roommates, our share of pets, multiple jobs, infertility, pregnancy, molar pregnancy, surprise baby, tackling our sons speech issues, losing grandparents, taking care of my grandfather. There has been so much we have done, all while having my favorite person holding my hand. I would do it all over again without a second thought, there is no one I would rather be on this journey with. Learning Love with him…

I fell in love with the Sun, he gave me the moon and the stars. ❤

love, Momma T-REX

Bake Sale

Sister T-REX had a Cheer Bake Sale. I helped organize it, MiiMii T-REX was our sponsor and host. The ladies made $300! Not bad for a afternoon.

I found these adorable Printable s, they were super helpful. Best part they were free!  If you are having a bake sale I highly recommend them, they really helped me make a plan and stay organized. While we did not use them all, having them was nice.

https://blog.worldlabel.com/2012/bake-sale-printable-labels-set.htmlBakeSalePreview

I made Rice Crispy Treats, Oreo pops, Cake balls, and No Bake cookies.

I used this recipe for my Rice Crispy Treats because she did all the work of converting everything for a Large cookie sheets worth.Plus she suggests that you do not refrigerate them to cool them and she was right. They were a hit! We sold out of those. They have been requested again.

http://lifeshouldcostless.com/2015/07/full-cookie-sheet-rice-crispy-treats.html

Oreo Pops are so simple, I wish I had discovered them sooner. I think they would be excellent for birthdays or even as little gifts.  Simply put sucker sticks in the cream (I used double stuff to have more cream), Freeze, then dip in melted Chocolate candy melts, add sprinkles. Bam, Cute, Cheap, and Yummy treats.

 

The Cake balls are pretty simple too. They are not great for a bake sale, they melted. Daddy T-REX took them to work and sold them. I think they would be better for parties.   https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/67656/cake-balls/

Now I must say with the no bake cookies I changed it up and used a different recipe then I normally do. I was told they were so creamy. I did add a extra cup of Oats. I was asked to make them again for the next bake sale.                  https://www.browneyedbaker.com/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-oatmeal-cookies/

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Overall we had a great day. Sold some yummy baked goods and made some Uniform money.

SUMMER is coming

 Like all mom’s I am in a panic. 18 days left of school, how are we going to survive the summer? I am a planner, I love a schedule. My husband’s company is working on a new venture, which means I’m on my own. My son needs routine, the slightest upset can send him into tears. All while my daughter loves to sleep in, lazy days. I love that about her but that doesn’t work with little brother.

  I am currently working on a Cheer bake sale, which will continue on and off all summer long trying to raise money for uniforms. I have been Pintresting my heart out as a nice distraction from the busy and end of school looming. How am I ever going to make a schedule out of this mess? Well frankly I have no idea 😂. I am determined to make the best of it.

My plan of action!

  • Find out the local libraries schedule, our library normally has a wonderful summer reading program that lasts a month.

  • Pick a Birthday party day! Both children have summer birthdays, having them help make decorations could fill some time with something productive.

  • Camping. We love to camp, and we love to camp with friends. Picking out a few weekends of camping can keep everyone busy.

  • Ice cream and park dates with friends.  Simply the cheapest and best way to pass a afternoon.

  • Make fun t shirt’s to wear when we go on outings. Makes it easier to find them in a crowd. Here is my shirt design.

Of course I will have to plan crafts for myself, I have tons of things I need made for around the house. Having a plan always puts my anxiety at ease.

Love,

   Momma T-rex