Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jody's Gourmet Popcorn

 Jody's Gourmet Popcorn is freshly popped in small batches, double sifted and hand drizzled with mouth watering premium ingredients so they explode with flavor! They are so good they were featured on the Today Show!

We got 4 flavors and we all tasted them. The double cheddar was definately better than the junk the sell at the grocery store and kettle corn was SO GOOD! But MY favorite was the Carmel corn and the Cheesy Jalapeno~OMGOSH I have never had jalapeno popcorn and wasn't sure if I would like but after the first bite I was in love. It wasn't too spicy so I was able to eat the WHOLE BAG without stopping.

Jacob wanted some the next day and was pretty bummed when he found out I scarfed it down. Oh well guess we'll have to buy some more.

They have so many cool flavors that won't find anywhere else like:
Chocolate Drizzle
Apple Blossom Kettle Corn
Caramel & Cashew
Caramel & Peanut
Cheesy Chilly
Cheesy Ranch
Chunky Choco Toffee Drizzle
Cinnamon Toast
Fireside Cinnamon
Freedom Funfetti
Funfetti Autumn Mix
Jody's Fusion
Movie Popcorn
Old Bay
Red Cross Kettle Corn
Sugar Free Caramel
White Cheddar

If you want to enjoy these delicious snacks you can and for a great price!
Just use the promo code: Jaronale  for 15% off!!!

To My Dad: I know you love spicy/hot food and I am sure you will love the Cheesy Jalapeno Popcorn!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mommy's Photo Shoot

They are all so different yet they all resemble both Chris and I in some way. Their personalities are unique and it is rare to get a picture with all of them smiling. Even though there are days I want to pull my hair out I love these 4 little boys with every part of my body. I cannot imagine my life without them in it. One day they will be grown and gone so I try to capture every little moment. These are unedited pictures I took the other day trying to get them all to smile but just kept snapping the pictures as they squirmed and giggled and made silly faces. Then we lined them up to show how close in size they are (especially Jaron & Jonah). And as I am posting this I noticed that Justus' hair looks like it is getting lighter. ENJOY

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I'm a "Soccer Mom"!

Our boys have been begging us for a couple years to play a sport. Jacob in particular always wants to play whatever the school is sending home papers for that week. So with the help of Oma we signed them up for soccer and they love it! It's only saturdays always in the same location, just 2 miles from home. Practice one hour then play one hour. Jaron and Jacob are on seperate teams and they do have a 3-4 yr old group but we didn't think Jonah would cooperate, He has a HUGE personality. (that's a whole other story post maybe one day I'll tell you about it.)

So today was their 3rd game. We have taken pictures and videos and I will try to post both not sure how many I can add to one post. The organization is i9sports and they are focused on teaching the kids how to play together as a team and no pressure to win. They don't even announce the winner or formally take score. The point is to teach the kids to encourage each other and be a good sport. We love that. It's is also boys and girls. All total it will be 9 weeks of games saturdays only. And it also happens to be the sport my husband played as a child so he loves that too! Jacob is #16 and Jaron is #41.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Horrible Headaches!

I have suffered with headaches since I was 11 years old. I usually get tension headaches, sometimes they are sinus headaches and I have had a few real true migraines. I have had MRI's of my head and been on so many different meds to try to help. I went to the chiropractor for years and that seemed to help my tension in my shoulders and neck. I used to work at State Farm before I had children and I sat at a desk all day long so the tension in my shoulders was always there.

Because I am nursing Justus I cannot take just any kind of medicine. Most everything I put in my mouth comes through my milk in a diluted form but is not always safe for the baby. SO most of the time I have to just deal with the pain. I have become acustom to having a headache most of my life.

This week has been particularly rough though so that is why I haven't posted as much. Maybe I'll catch up next week and tell you all about our boys playing soccer with pictures included.....But for now it's naptime. THE most important time of day.

Monday, September 19, 2011

"Not Me" Monday

Mckmama- Not Me Monday
Well I thought I would try this along with some of my blogger friends.
MckMama writes:
Not Me! Monday is a weekly event born out of my desire to admit some of my imperfections and reveal a few moments I’d rather forget. Why? It’s therapy of the best kind. Plus, reading the embarrassing ways that others sometimes fail makes us feel less alone. Of course, pretending that we so did not do some of this crazy stuff makes sharing a little easier
I did not tell one of our boys to get off the coffee table and then sat down on it myself to tie his shoes. Not Me! I did not offer my husband my "zax sauce" because he forgot his and then didn't let him have it.
I did not watch a movie with the boys while laying in the floor instead of cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. Not Me! I did not get a baby blanket out of the dryer but left the rest of the load all day. And that same load of clothes is NOT sitting here in the basket waiting to be folded. I did not boil 10 eggs to make deviled eggs last week and never made them. (So now the eggs are garbage.)
Not Me!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nine Years & Nine Months Old

How ironic is it that our oldest son Jacob turned 9 years old Sept. 12th and our youngest son Justus turned 9 months old Sept. 1st. They went to their checkups at the doctor together and they are both growing great! Jacob is smart and loves to tell me how he makes "healthy choices" for lunch at school. He loves to eat fruits and vegetables because he says they make him run faster. I try to teach our children that anything God makes for us to eat is very healthy. If it grows on a tree or in the garden you can have all you want. If it comes in a box or bag then man makes it and its not the best choice. Even though we do still buy things in boxes I do want to instill that in their minds. So I try to encourage them to eat healthy so they will form good lifelong habits.

Justus is 21lbs and doing a low crawl on his belly all ove the house. He will run over eveyones toes in the walker because he is so fast! And he's also learning to eat baby food. We had an awful experience with some baby oatmeal over the weekend though. One bowl of that stuff and he puked for HOURS. It was so pitiful and he was dehydrated so after he finally stopped dry heaving I went back to nursing. No pumping no food for the next 24 hours and he was back to his normal self again.

Jacob loves Justus so much he really cannot keep his hands off. I mean he picks him up and carries him but I worry he will drop him so I am constantly telling him "put the baby down". I prefer him to sit in the floor with Justus and hold him or play but picking him up makes me very nervous.

Jacob has always been an awesome helper and this weekend when Daddy was out of town and I pulled a leg muscle and could barely walk~Jacob stepped up to the plate. He massaged my feet with lotion and helped me with every thing. What would I do without him? My firstborn son....He's so thoughtful and has a heart of gold. I love that boy more than he'll ever know.

Friday, September 09, 2011


...does not even describe it.

Today was one of those days. Chris is out of town for his dads wedding and he took Jaron with him to be the ring bearer. So I am here with the other three boys. On a normal day it would be no big deal but today was CRAZY! Jonah has a ruptured ear drum (discovered yesterday by all the blood) so I started my morning with the dreaded eardrops. He cringes when I get them out. And we got Jacob off to school on the bus. I thought I would take the pediatricians advice (against my better judgement) and give Justus some rice cereal around 7:30 for breakfast. And he seemed to like it. He's been eating other baby foods during the day but never any cereal.
So he laid down for his morning nap around 9:00am and when he woke up he was a in a puddle of vomit! Maybe he didn't like it after all. I got him all cleaned up and he puked again! So I changed him again and put a bib on this time. A few minutes later he puked again. And over the course of the next 4 hours he dry heaved stomach acid 10-12 times. Poor baby...it was pitiful. So I finally got him to drink some of my milk and he napped at noon with Jonah then woke up and drank some more.
Then Jonah woke up from his nap still grouchy like he was when he laid down. He has been so rude to me lately and today I was too tired from holding the baby all day to even fuss at Jonah. I just tried to ignore him. If Daddy were here he would not be getting away with it. My empty threats weren't helping. After cooking dinner and cleaning up (with many intereuptions along the way) I popped in a movie hoping to settle the boys down for the evening but wouldn't you know Jonah was not interested in watching it.
So he continued to fuss and complain and talk over everyone else (My Nanny is staying with us). One minute he's hugging me "I love you mommy" and then when I ask him to share a toy with Cari (the girl I babysit) he says "don't tell me what to do, you're not the boss; I'm the boss!" then he stomps off "I don't love you mommy". I think he's bipolar

I just get tired of fussing and spanking and threatening so I focused on the baby and tried to just ignore Jonah. Oh and then we tried to skype with daddy but noone can here because they all talk at once. And Jacob is sticking his finger in front of the camera and Jonah wants his face in the camera. Guess we need to have a skype practice session to teach the boys skyping manners. Needless to say I'm exhausted....but suprisingly I don't have a headache....how weird is that?

Maybe tomorrow we'll have a better day.

Our bedtime prayers included:
asking for forgiveness for misbehaving
asking Jesus to give me patience
asking Jesus to help Jonah be nice
and praying Daddy & Jaron come home safely.

Oh and then came the dreaded ear drops again.

PS: Justus is back to himself and I'm sure there won't be any rice cereal in our future!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Crazy Cote's

It's late and I'm tired so I'll just post pictures for your enjoyment.