Friday, December 9, 2011

Crazy Blessings.

I don't normally share with the world when we are able to bless people...but I was so very blessed in return today.
About 2-3 months ago, I was in HEB with the kids, buying groceries. I noticed that the lady behind me was buying a big bag of rice, beans and what looked to be penny pinching meals. I felt like I was supposed to pay for her groceries. I took the kids to the quarter machines while they scanned her items, and then went over and handed the cashier the money quickly... She stood in shock. I said "Have a blessed day!" And we rushed out the door. As you can imagine, it takes a few minuets to load my groceries and 4 kids in the car. I saw her walking to her car, but we didn't speak. Life went on.
Today I was at Whataburger buying breakfast for our family. I paid for the person behind me...and noticed that they FOLLOWED ME...... I debated turning in a different direction than my house, or pulling into a public place. When I stopped at a stop sign, a lady jumped out of the car with a piece of paper and ran up to my window. She had a faded piece of paper with my license plate and description of my car, with tape on it.
She said {in tears} "You paid for my groceries a few months ago at HEB. I had no idea how I was going to feed my family or even pay for the groceries. I wrote down your car info, taped it to my windshield, and prayed for you every time I got in my car. Today you paid for my breakfast. WHO ARE YOU?? I have prayed for you tons."

Ok, don't get me wrong... if it had been a millionaire and gave me $$$ to say thank you, it would have been great... But, I cannot tell you how blessed I was in return, just knowing that she has prayed for my family over and over. God works in awesome ways. Go bless someone today!!!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Learning about the US and other countries

I need your help! Would you be willing to mail a post card to our kids? We want to track our mail and learn about the different places that read our blog. Homeschool gives us a unique learning experience...please be a part of it!! We want to learn about your climate, food, people, cultures, and religions. Email me at:

I will send you our address. Thanks for your help!!! This idea came from an awesome homeschool blog!! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm Bored!!!

I'm borrrrred!!! My kiddos have worn my ears out with those 2 words. So....the fix:

The "Bored Jar." In a large mason jar, I put about 30 strips of paper with ideas on them. They have to draw one strip at random anytime I hear them say "I'm Bored!" The strips say everything from -Read for 20 mins, to Go for ice cream, to Pick up dog poop from the backyard, to clean your room, to craft project, to make your sibling's bed..... It works! :) (Idea from's addictive. Be careful! lol)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Easy Breakfast!

Life with 4 kids, homeschool, soccer, volleyball and other fun things, makes breakfast a rushed meal- 6 out of the 7 days of the week. I love breakfast food, and could eat it for every meal! I also love watching sneakily as my kids eat yummy food with hidden veggies...... {insert evil mom laugh here}
Here is a new favorite for breakfast on the go:
Scrambled Egg Cups

You Need:
Muffin pan
Muffin liners

10-12 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped bell pepper {your color choice- I used red}
1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped squash
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pre-heat oven to 325*
Mix the top 9 ingredients- making sure that the eggs are scrambled in a mixing bowl with pouring spout
Fill muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4ths full
Bake until egg is cooked to your liking

Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on each cup and let them cool a little
Serve on the go :)

We put them in the fridge and heat-n-go through out the week. Enjoy!!

<3 Jess

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Great weekend adventures...

 We went with some family to The Great Wolf Lodge last weekend. Man was it amazing!! What a fun family adventure, that we will definitely do again soon. I recommend it, and will tell you that it is worth the steep price tag... If you are wanting to go, watch their website for deals---
 Inside is a HUGE water park, with BIG slides, kiddie areas, lazy river, wave pool, concessions (expensive), and a gigantic tree house with a 1,000 gallon bucket that fills slowly and pours out... Oh so much fun!!

 Bedtime story every night...come in your pajamas and enjoy mother nature's entertainment. :)
 Our kid's favorite part was the magic wand quest through out the entire hotel. You purchase a wand and quest guide book. Follow the treasure map clues and earn points. The hotel has secret rooms with talking trees and fairies that help you along the way. The wands activate so much as you go. Pictures on the wall talk and light up, treasure chest's open and give clues, animals move, things shake... it was truly magical.

We all can't wait to go back!! :) More of our trip is soon to come. Taylor Swift concert with my sis & niece, LegoLand.... FUN!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Our Great Dane, Lady

Our newest family member is a sweet big 'ol Dane :) My dream dog, running partner, and protector- Lady. AKA Lady Marmalade, Lady Bug, Lady Cupcake..... She is 8-9 weeks old and weighs 23 lbs. It is so entertaining to see her wrestle with our chihuahuas. They get along very well! We love our Lady :)

School time!

All in a day's work...
Jaela just loves math, can't ya tell?? They have been learning about different climates and ways of living. We made igloos out of sugar cubes (manufactured here in Sugar Land at the Imperial Sugar factory!) They will be finished today.
Jonah has a math, question in some way, at breakfast everyday! He is 5 and breezing through 2nd grade math.
I am so thankful for the adventure of homeschool. :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Long time family favorite; Monkey Bread!

MoNkEy BrEaD!


cup granulated sugar
teaspoon cinnamon
cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

cup firmly packed brown sugar
cup butter or margarine, melted

1Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.2Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan.3In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.4Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

                                                                My sweet niece Hayley helped me make it for all the cousins!

                                                                                    I think they all enjoyed it :)

                                                        Jesse Ava loves it so much that she waits for it to cook   :)                                 

Catching up on Crafty

Here are a few of the dry-erase calendars that I have made.

Jonah has been quite crafty lately too   :)

Playing around

We have been super busy with soccer, volleyball, homeschool, joining a new Bible study led by some new friends and our new great dane, Lady... Last week Jeremiah was out of town. I had to have Jaela at practice, and Jonah at practice and keep the 2 younger girls entertained. :) They ran the soccer field and goofed off. I got some cute pics out of it...and 2 sleeping girls at 8pm!!
On another note, we have been working on our sugar cube igloos and will post pics soon! And there is a blog to come about my sweet great dane Lady. My Dad will be getting one of her siblings next week!!! :) Have I ever told y'all how much I love my Dad? A bunch... Very thankful for him and proud of him.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cute idea I saw on a teacher's craft website :) is a website I came across. She is so very creative!! This is from her blog, check it out!!

I'm a sucker for cute craft ideas with a splash of learning and a sprinkle of responsibility...
Grass Head Guys
It’s like the Chia Pet for kids! Each child can grow his or her own Grass Head Guy by checking daily on its water and sun requirements. Hair getting too long? Give them a trim or a crazy hairstyle! This is a great craft that will keep them interested for months to come!
What You’ll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons grass seed
  • Nylon stocking foot
  • 1 cup potting soil
  • Plastic yogurt container
  • Water
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Permanent marker
  • Double-sided tape
  • Card stock, craft foam, and so on, for clothing
How To Make It:
  1. Spoon the grass seed into the stocking foot, and the potting soil on top of the seed.
  2. Tie a knot in the stocking, leaving the excess fabric hanging.
  3. Fill a yogurt container halfway with water and place the stocking head on top with the nylon tail in the water to serve as a wick.
  4. Attach googly eyes to the head and draw on a mouth with permanent marker. To decorate the yogurt container, tape on clothing made from card stock or other materials.
  • Be sure to check the water level in the yogurt container every day, keeping it at least half full.---cue kids responsibility :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From Brazil With Love

We've waited 2 long years, but Jonathan David is finally HOME!!! :) Our Aunt Ednelza and Uncle David have their little family under one roof....but most importantly, on USA soil!! We have enjoyed being a part of this adventure! Jonathan is a bright eyed, happy little one who has a new found love for all things Jaela. I cannot wait to continue this adventure in PERSON!!
We went to the airport to meet them armed with a big "Welcome to America Jonathan!" banner, flags and cameras. Jaela, Jonah, Joelle and Jesse Ava made him a blanket, and a recordable story book. All of us recorded a page in he speaks mostly Portuguese and will be learning English now. We are so very thankful to have them home!

Welcome Home Jonathan David!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Craft Room!

I'm just about finished with the craft room!


After!!! :)

Can you say heaven? I'm loving my little space!