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FOUR pounds!

I have lost 4lbs. I am so excited! I’ve (mostly) been watching what I eat and doing some type of work out every day. I also have a nutrition class right now and that is really helping me be aware of what I am eating. Seeing the scale was the motivation I needed to really stick with this. I ate pretty badly over the weekend, but I did get a Wii Fit! I have been using the steps on it and the hula hoop to get a good aerobic work out.

Well, I have to take all the kiddos to the store this morning for groceries. I went the other day, but stupidly only picked up a few things. So back we go again.

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This is the recipe we used. I found it the last time we wanted to make cookies, but only had one egg. It was the only one I found, but it is great!
Ingredients:
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375.

Cream together butter and sugar:

Mixing by hand worked much better than the mixer. It made the dough stick together better.

Then add egg and vanilla (we were almost out of vanilla, so it all went in):

Then slowly add the flour and mix together:

I filled a muffin pan with different things: sugar, sprinkles, cinnamon, and chocolate chips:

Then rolled the dough into balls and let the kids roll them in one of the toppings before baking them:

Morgan figured out how to save time by putting one ball in each ‘cup’ and shaking the muffin pan around (and Dennis figured out how to sneak chocolate chips):

All ready to go into the oven, for 8-10 minutes (we went with 9):

Cool them on the tray for 2 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack.

Here they are in all their yummy glory! My favorites are the ones covered in cinnamon:

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Rain rain go away….

Usually we get one good afternoon rain a day and that is it. But yesterday it rained all day long. And it will again today. Yuck. I don’t want to do anything when it rains, I get so lazy. The kids are going crazy because Nana just brought them a new pool Sunday and now they can’t swim in it.

I am in desperate need of some good indoor activities! They are playing the Wii now, so that is good. Hazel just can’t really play any of the games yet. She likes to play the shooting game, but she isn’t even aiming at the t.v. Don’t tell her that though lol. D is happy just to watch the girls play.

Maybe we’ll bake some cookies! That is a good idea. Messy, but good.

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Ok, my envelope system was working just fine except for one thing. It was too big. There are times when I need to have a few envelopes on me. I wanted something to fit in my purse(on the rare occasion I go shopping with no kids and no diaper bag). I found the perfect thing at Walmart for under $4.

I don’t care much for the color, or the fact that it is see through, but it was the right size. There are bigger ones for the same price that come in more neutral tones, black, gray, etc. But they would not fit in my purse, so hot pink it was.
It came with tabs that have the month on them, but the other side was blank, so I used that to write my categories on.
It opens up really nicely, there is a lot of room in there!

I realize that there are no real envelopes now, but I’m still calling it my envelope system.

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Not too much to be excited about though. We have a flat tire, so that needs to be fixed. Then maybe we’ll get to do something fun this weekend, besides cut the grass. It does need cut again already, so I’ll get some exercise this weekend. That part of the challenge, being more active, is not going so well. Unless chasing kids who don’t want to be cleaned, changed, or other wise groomed, counts?

I saw a freaky/scary/interesting spider yesterday. Since it was on the other side of the glass, I could look at it all I wanted. Usually I am terrified of spiders, but it was slightly cool watching it work on it’s prey. Only the mouth moved, nothing else. It was white, with black/white striped legs. It also had an hourglass marking on it’s belly, orange not red. It’s abdomen was perfectly round and smooth. I would have sworn it was an albino black widow spider. I could not get pics through the glass and I was too chicken to go outside and get near it so no pictures. Hubby killed it last night after I went to bed. It was kind of funny that I went to look for it this morning. I was kind of curious to see if it was a young black widow and was going to turn black. The kids were looking for it too. It wasn’t any smaller than black widows I have seen before, so I don’t know if it was a baby.

I just read book #2 in the Left Behind Series, Tribulation Force (click me). I was kind of disappointed in it. I enjoyed the first one, Left Behind (click me), more. I think we’re going to get #3 from the library this weekend. I know hubby really wants to read the next. I’m not so sure anymore, but I’ll let him read it first and see what he says.

I’m hoping to release some more books into the wild this weekend. I have a box full of them that still need labeled though and I just haven’t had the time. I do have some with Valentine’s day labels on them that I never got around to releasing then. Maybe I’ll release them now anyway lol.

I have to do something active this weekend! The most I did this week, after cutting the grass, was some freeze tag with the kids. Hazy doesn’t quite get that you have to freeze when you play freeze tag, so it didn’t last long. She wouldn’t freeze and the other’s would get mad.

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Something I have never done before AND more than 30 minutes of physical activity. I cut the grass! Yep, that is right, I have NEVER in my 28 years cut grass. I only got the back yard done. It was so hot outside, I was bright red and exhausted. But I did it! Go me! Hubby took a pic for proof, I think he took it more for himself than for me lol.

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Eight years. Sometimes I can’t believe that I have already been married that long and have four kids. Especially when I have an older cousin getting married next month and another married just a year ago. Anyway, we went out to dinner. Just the two of us! Tim’s mom watched all four kids for us and Dennis was fine. I was a wreck, but he was fine. It was the first time in his 16 months that we have left him with anyone. It’s nice to know that he is ok with it. We’ll have to do it again.

We didn’t do too much for the fourth. Tim had the day off so we took the kids to the park in the morning. I bought some ready made breaded chicken and bake a mac and cheese, plus a few other things. My sister and her boyfriend came up for dinner. I had to laugh when my sis said her mac and cheese tastes better than mine. I asked her what recipe she used, then showed her the recipe I use. You guessed it! The are the same recipe. The men folk lit off some fireworks, you know, to ‘scare away the birds.’ The girls helped scare them away with sparklers. Dennis did not dig the noise and we hung out inside. After that, we introduced my sis’s boyfriend to the wonderful addiction that is guitar hero. It was a late night.

My mother is keeping all three girls tonight(good luck mom!). My big plans include finishing my psychology final. These classes end Sunday and the next two start Monday. Cultural Diversity and Nutrition. I’m not sure what nutrition has to do with psych, but I guess I’ll find out. Only 12 of my 60 credits from UPJ transfered, but I’ll take them! After Sunday, I will only have 30 credits left to my AA in Psychology. I am half way there already and it feels like I just started.

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