sick kids, barbies and baymax

this week has been a little ridiculous. There I let it out and now I can move on.

the bump on the back of my neck (which I talked about in a previous post) is almost completely gone!! It did end up being a lymph node and it swelled up because I had a pretty bad virus going on inside me.  Thankfully I beat it up with my immune system and the lymph node is going down like it should be.

On the other side my middle baby is sick!  she has had a fever on and off for a few days which is weird because she had a fever Monday, nothing tuesday and wednesday a fever again.  She not has a sore throat and boogies and all the fun stuff that come along with this sick season so we missed church wednesday, we missed a date night tuesday and then I got sick AGAIN yesterday.. fun fun. Hubs got me some Dayquil and i am feeling better with that in my system, but I’m really ready for Wisconsin to start melting a bit so we can stop throwing sickness all over.

Because we missed out date night we bought Big Hero 6 and Barbie in Princess Power on Vudu.  Best idea ever! We had my brother and his girlfriend over and I made a chicken cordon bleu bake and it was so fun getting to watch kids movies and stay up a little late on a week night.

Today is cleaning day… which I have been neglecting because I haven’t felt good…. someone want to come do my dishes?! lol.. so you see, i’m posting because this is much more fun than doing dishes.  Here’s watch on the Menu this week:

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

by Creme De La Crumb
by Creme De La Crumb

I have made these before of course and they are super easy and extremely flavorful. They cook all day and make your house smell super yummy 🙂 I have the link in the pic and the title!! try it out! I get a lot of yummo recipes from Creme De La Crumb. Great Site!!

*ps baby break just happened.. he woke up, things got super cute.. it had to happen*

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

by Tasty Kitchen
by Tasty Kitchen

We are trying to do our best to move away from Carbs.   I don’t want to completely erase it form our diet because I feel like when you say you are taking something away it just makes your brain want it more… so I’m trying to make more less-carb meals, if I can. I made a cauliflower crust with my mom once, but we did have this recipe and it fell apart so easily.. this one looks like it will stay to get much easier and so i’m going to make personal pizzas for the fam this week using this recipe.  Wish me luck!!

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

by Pinch of Yum
by Pinch of Yum

Because everyone needs a good salad and this one looks exciting and fresh and summery which is what I need since all I see is 4 feet of snow in my front yard.

Grilled Fish Sandwiches

by Apples and Sparkle
by Apples and Sparkle

Again, I want light and summery.. Do you see the pattern here? I want summer.

Skinny Chicken Fettuccine

by Diethood
by Diethood

This is made with Kefir which my husband loooovvveeeessss so i’m sure he’ll like this too.  I’m also substituting the noodles with spaghetti squash. baha.. we will see about this recipe.. this will be a very experimental one, but I love Fettuccine Alfredo so I hope this recipe really works out!!

I have a special group I am a part of and I want to make something for it each week and update you all on it!! Look for that coming next week, but for now enjoy some food!!



When they tell you that they love you.

Being in love is such an amazing experience.  From the beginning when there are butterflies to the all out lust, then you see commitment and the butterflies become a deep resounding feel of knowing… that love is so beautiful, especially when it works.. you’re able to feel ugly and cry deeply. You can snort and fart and trip and you know that they see the person you inside your sole.

Then kids come along.  That look that they give you when they are babies where you feel like they are looking inside of you and knowing you %100. Then they get older and they grab for you like you are their life line.. which you are their life line as a parent.  Then they get to the age where they can talk and they tell you they love you.  It’s an astonishing thing at first because you think how could they know this love I have in my heart for them and reciprocate it? They do though. My oldest is 6 and even now when she looks at me with those bright blue eyes and tells me she loves me I know she feels that same feeling deep down that God made us with.. that real love.  I’m so thankful to feel God’s love, through Him, through my husband and through my children… i’m one SUPER blessed woman.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

Psalm 127:3-5  NIV

– tlainey

book nerd alert!

I need to use caps.

on that note.

I wanted to share with everyone my Goodreads account!! 😀

I read so much.  I used to work in a high school library and i’m telling you, YA books are the best books in the whole wide world. Just sayin’

My Goodreads Pages

I’m currently reading 3 books.  How you say? Seriously, I don’t know, but I read multiple books at the same time.  The 3 books i’m reading are:

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

This is a different book than the other 2 series he wrote that I know of.  The Uglies series was a distopian sci-fi which was so good and I even read the prequel which I normally don’t do because I love the people in the stories too much, but he kept me reading and i’m so glad I read all of the series. Then the Leviathan series was a steampunk base on a historical event and the book includes pictures so you get to visualize these creations he comes up with so well!  so i’m excited to see what this book will be like! I just picked it up this weekend so I will probably be starting on it tonight!

The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

It is the 2nd book in the Last Survivors series and I have had this on my to read list for over a year and I just kept putting it off, but once I read the first book I knew I would continue reading this series. It’s kind of a dark post-apocoliptic sci-fi that deals with a lot of death and natural disasters so if you have anxiety about the world we live in today, it might be a hard story to read.  If your into books like this though it is great! She really puts you in the surrounding so you really feel you are living in the world she has created and it feels so realistic. i’m about 1/3 of the way into the second one and its just as good as the first and is in a different setting than the 1st book!

Ensnared by A.G. Howard

I’m on the 3rd book of the Splintered Series and this so far has been a very fun series for me.  It’s based on Alice and Wonderland and it is the story of her descendants.  I think the author did a great job of incorporating the series into Wonderland’s world.  I feel like I get to really dig into her story.  It’s dark and twisted like wonderland, but so whimsical! I’m about a a third into this book and i’m caught back into the world once again.

weekend at moms

 I will show you and teach you in the way you should go. I will tell you what to do with My eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8 NLT

We went out to mom’s from friday morning to yesterday late last night.  My parents have company and they went on a vacation for vday so i took over.

Hubs and I got to go out for a few hours on vday and it was wonderful.  We went out to eat (Olive Garden), Target, Gander Mountain & Barnes&Noble.  Those are all stores we don’t have in our little town so every day trips to those places for most people end up being special trips to us. In the end it was wonderful getting away for a few hours with just the 2 of us.

While we were at mom’s for the weekend we got an email from our oldest’s school.  She has a hard time focusing which is something we have been working with ever since she started school.  We see it at home, but since she gets way more one-on-one at home it doesn’t affect her in the same way.  She’s very social and throwing no focus into that, it just gets overwhelming so we have tried doing more at home to help her.  Does anyone else out there have a little one that can’t focus well?  Do you have any suggestions to help with reading and comprehension? She’s in the first grade and we are doing a charter school to help.  She is able to be up and around and be her creative little self, but she just has a tough time with that reading.  It’s already a hard thing to get down. ugh, expectations on little ones gets to me too… there are just too many.

other than all that!!!

We are finally home and i’m exhausted, but i’m happy to back here.  Going to different places is always fun, but home is home.

– tlainey

OMG! Look what he got me!!!!!!!


It’s always been my favorite holiday, but for very different reasons than everyone else has.  When my hubs worked on the road (he was away from home 8 months a year) I would always get to see him on Valentine’s Day because there was a show 2 hours away from where I lived over that same weekend every year.  Most of the time it was the very first time seeing him for that whole beginning of the year! We also conceived our first baby on Valentine’s which ended in a miscarriage.  So, it has always meant so much to me.   There have been years where all I was expecting is what gift I was going to get or where he was going to take me, but this year I wanted it to be different.  Valentine’s Day is supposed to celebrate love. God’s love, love for your significant other, love for your children, your family, your friends… LOVE. I asked hubs not to get me anything, but to write me a letter. All I want this year is something MEANINGFUL.  Gifts are great! I am a huge gift girl, but I didn’t want it to be about what I expected out of him this year I wanted it to be about us, about our family, about sharing love to a stranger, sitting without our phones at dinner, cuddling with our kids during a movie… those things are what Valentine’s Day means.

This is what LOVE is:

  • Love is patient
  • Love is kind.
  • It does not envy,
  • it does not boast,
  • it is not proud.
  • It does not dishonor others,
  • it is not self-seeking,
  • it is not easily angered,
  • it keeps no record of wrongs.
  • Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
  • It always protects,
  • always trusts,
  • always hopes,
  • always perseveres.
  • Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

That is God’s love right there, something I strive to do every day.  I fail a lot, but Jesus is so merciful and SO LOVE.

SO, hug a stranger.  Pay for someone’s gas. Genuinely ask someone about their day and then listen to them. smile. laugh. kiss. cuddle. play!


The great laundry folding of 2015!!!

I tackled it. The folding of the laundry pile. It was high, and ridiculously disastrous, but I did it all by my lonesome. That feat of repetitiveness is the worst job when you get behind. There were like 4 months where I stayed on top of it every day. I’m starting to believe I just made up that time in my head.

Anyways. It’s done.

Im so glad I can put that behind me for the weekend (because you KNOW there will be another pile waiting for me Monday) and go to bed feeling a little bit accomplished.

Goodnight, from an exhausted mom.

Monsters, Toffee and pumping

Today I made valentines monsters for my oldest’s school party.  It was SO fun to do with her and in the end they looked so awesome, but I spent more money on them then I would normally do for valentines days.

vday monstersAs a mom I do feel pressure to do extravagant things when it comes to school.  Until I became a stay at home mom I wasn’t able to make it to things that happened during the school day because I worked at a school myself.  It was like a double whammy, because everyone knew me so I felt expected to make it, but I only had 2 days worth of personal time I was allowed to take off in a year which I saved for school concerts/performances.. so in other aspects where other parents where volunteering I was sending the expensive snacks to school and overdoing a craft or anything to make up for me not getting to be there.   I understand the how there are parents that are not there for their kids, which breaks my hearts, but that same pressure is put on the parents who are working hard so their kids can be able to do that sport or extracurricular activity.

The toffee part of this post in my favorite part.  Our church had a pie auction tonight and I won a toffee heart thats huge..  and yes, that’s bite marks where I have been eating on it during this post.. lol


It was a fun night that I got to talk with friendly people and it leads to my next part of the post!

PUMPING!! lol! yey!!!!


ok ok. So, I have issues with pumping, I can feed my son all day long, but I just don’t pump well. little than an ounce every time I try to pump and now that we have him on rice cereal that is what milk it goes towards.  While I was working I could pump MAYBE 4oz during the day.   I had drank beer, drank mother’s milk tea, bla bla bla, but nothing is happening! So my aunt is watching the kids over valentine’s day and I don’t have any milk for son so she asked another nursing mom at church and we got a couple bags of milk and she gave me some advice on how to get my production which i’m going to start tomorrow.

This part of mommy-hood I love! We should all be there for each other including this!  If I had leftover milk I would so help out another mom.  I know there are moms out there that can’t breastfeed, but want to and I wish I could somehow be there for them.  I have huge props for wet-nurses and I think that they are seriously heroes for some mom’s out there.  AND I understand bottle mom’s too! I had to bottle feed my oldest because I thought she was allergic to my milk and she was throwing up all the time and I was scared and then with my second I had some physical problems that happened that caused me to stop feeding her at 4 months. SO with our son I REALLY want to go until he is a year old! That’s my goal at least!

and now I just finished the the latest episode of switched-at-birth and it was heart breaking

nursing moms – what do you do to keep your supply up?

switched-at-birth fans – what did you think of that episode!!??

anyways.. enough with this jumbled post of crazy.

forgive me for the late night post

oh and here’s a verse:

“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Mark 12:33


Fingers & Toes & 12 Month Clothes


He’s growing so fast and mothers say that about all their kids, but my son just turned 4 months on the 1st and this morning I put him in 12 month clothes!! I can’t even believe it! And it fits him not only widthwise, but lengthwise too! Huns and I are average heights, but both of our fathers are above 6ft and I have this feeling he got the tall gene!

He also ate a teeny tiny bit of rice cereal for the first time last night too! He gobbled it up and took the spoon from me and tried feeding himself lol.

So he’s growing up quick, and he’s the last one, and it’s beautiful to watch just as much as it is heartbreaking knowing he can never be that little again.

Live with Confidence

I have been pretty sick the past few days so I wasn’t able to go to church this Sunday.. Sadly I feel like this has been the norm lately. over christmas there are plans constantly going over the weekends, then in January we got stuck in Stevens Point because the truck broke down, and we were out at my parents one weekend and oldest daughter was sick for like 4 days straight one weekend and then hubs was sick one weekend and now here I am!

SO, since I was frustrated that I have missed so much church I looked up the online sermons that the church we go to on Wednesday’s has (Grace Foursquare).  Pastor Joseph  is so good and on point and I even cried during one part of the sermon.

here is the link to it:

Open for Business : Live Confident

the bible verse used is:

Ephesians 3: 12-21

 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heartsthrough faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I hope this helps someone today to be confident in who God is and what He can do and how much He loves us!


This week’s dinner

Yesterday was hubs birthday! He asked for red velvet cake and cream cheese icing. I went to the oh so delicious red velvet cake this morning and after a few seconds there were some bites missing… we may never know where they went. so last week I made my first post about food.. it is right here. I was able to make everything on the list EXCEPT the fried pork chops, baked spaghetti, and red velvet sandwich cookies.  Hubs wanted a cake instead so we got our dessert for the week and then I ended up getting a coupon for free pizza and my mom brought over mcdonalds too!! So we had extra meals this week we didn’t have to pay for… thanks coupons and mom! Since we didn’t make the pork chops or baked spaghetti last week we will have it this week since we have everything bought for it.  Tonight we are going to have the pork chops and hopefully tomorrow we will have the spaghetti.  That leaves Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (i’m working out at mom’s on the weekend).  I’m going to try to do things a little cheaper this week because we are bringing in less money now that i’m at home instead of at work.  Lets see how it goes! Each Picture is a link to the recipe! Click away! Breakfasts: This month it will be different because hubs has night-shift so I don’t make things that have to be packaged for breakfast because he’s usually not eating breakfast, but going to bed. lol So I will probably get a big bag of cereal for this week and eggs, bacon, bread, butter & pancake mix. Lunches: Funeral Rolls


I have made these SO many times and they are so so good and so fast! I buy to packages of the rolls and make some without the sauce for the girls and the others with the sauce for us.  Also, there is usually leftover meat and cheese for more sandwiches through the week! Salad with Creamy Tomatillo Ranch {Cafe Rio copycat}

by Creme De La Crumb
by Creme De La Crumb

I have made this probably once a week for a couple of months now and it is still not old.  I even got my cousin to eat it who does not like cilantro.. YUM.  in our salads we like: Romain, Iceberg, green onion, cilantro, corn, tomatoes, canned chicken & cheese. Chow Mein

by Damn Delicious
by Damn Delicious

Another go to in our home.. I make enough for leftovers and it lasts a couple of days as a main lunch or even a side at dinner. Dinners: so again we will have the baked spaghetti & pork chops so I need 3 meals! Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Blue

by Freshdreamer
by Freshdreamer

I have made this before and I will already have the ham bought for the funeral rolls so I’m saving money on having stuff that will be similar and this is such a great recipe. Quick Pot Sticker Soup

by SLOcook
by SLOcook

I haven’t made these yet, but it goes with the sesame noodles I will have for lunch that day and everyone loves pot stickers.. mmm Sausage Tortellini

by Rachel Schultz
by Rachel Schultz

oh, do I love this meal. meat, pasta, creme and tomato sauce.. they are all my favorites in a dish and again, little amount of ingredients and so fast!! and of course our desert this week… Carmel Dip & Apples

by iSave A2Z
by iSave A2Z

this will go so fast and probably not even be around for more than a day because of how good this is.. try it!! mmmm have yummy meals this week! -tlainey