Friday, May 6, 2011

Cake, yummy!

May I say that Avery loooooooooved her birthday cake!

....Ali didn't mind it either! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

so yeah and stuff

So I am not totally devoted to this blogging thing like I used to be anymore.  Yes, I love to stalk my bloggy friends' lives... but I only have a spare moment to do that every once in a blue moon... and you can imagine how much time I have to actually sit down and write on this thing.  In fact, the only reason I am doing it now is because I have been grading freshman research papers for the last 2 hours and I need something, anything, to get me away from them!  They are sucking my will to live...

but anyway.  things are good with me and my famdamily.  Hubs and I are back on track.  It took me a really long time, but I finally came up with a good way to approach him that would not be hostile or accusatory.  We had a really good conversation- turns out he had a few issues with me too (like that could really happen?).  But yea, nothing like a good talk to clear the air and get us back on the same team.

And my BABY AVERY COY turns 1 YEAR OLD TOMORROW!  Can you believe it people!?  I can't - man  a year flew by.  CRAZY.  Absolutely bizzaro! makes me a teeny bit sad that this is the last time I will experience a cute chubby baby of my own...

But anyway- since she was born on Cinco de Mayo, we have decided to host a family birthday party with all the taco fixins. YUMMY and so much fun!  I'm thankful her birthday falls on this holiday as I oh so love because it gives me an excuse every year for a FIESTA!!!!

Hopefully I can find sometime to post on all that she is doing these days... but that will have to wait for another day... the research paper zombies are coming for me....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Funk I've kinda been M.I.A. on this blog for a bit of time... and I'm sure you are waiting with baited breath for me to tell you some really exciting or depressing or crazy dramatic reason why.  Well, be disappointed, people. Because unfortunately, my life isn't that awesome, or crazy, or dramatic.

I am, however, feeling like I am in a funk.  An emotional funk.  I'm feeling burnt out on my relationship with my husband.  Not like I want to leave him, or that I don't want to love him anymore or anything... not like that at all. But more like frustrated because everything that frustrates me, and has always frustrated me about him. still frustrates me.  And it never changes. And I don't know how to change it.  And that makes me feel like I'm in a never ending funk. 

I just don't know how to sort out my feelings and figure out how to feel better in my heart.  It's like I'm living with this personal push and pull and I'm not sure who to talk to about it or how to make it better. 
Oh, I hear you saying- talk to your husband!!  Duh! He's the one making you feel this way! He will understand, and work with you to make it better!  Riiiighhht.  The reason I don't talk to KK, is because I don't feel like fighting, and that is exactly what happens every single time that I try to express to him how I am feeling. 
And I suck at fighting.  I suck because I never say what I'm feeling- or I say it too bluntly, and end of either offending him, or making him defensive.  I guess I suck at expressing myself in a way that gets my point across, but doesn't come across as accusatory or condescending. 
So, that is why, my peeps, I'm stuck in a funk.
 And I don't know how to get out of it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Save $$; Save Gas!

...I apologize for my lack of blogging lately (not that anyone has noticed)... I will return shortly to catch up on life in Jelli's World.. but for now... I want to pass on some much needed tips for saving gas from a great blog called Frugal Mom!

5 Easy Ways to Save at the Gas Pump

Unless you’ve been hiding away in some remote and exotic location, you are more than aware that gas prices are surging. Currently the average cost of gas per gallon is $4 nationwide, but experts suggest prices could continue to increase. Here are some simple tips to help you save a bundle on gas.

1. Go Green

Leave your car in the garage and practice green modes of transportation. Walking and bicycling are often practical alternatives to driving, not to mention great exercise. Use public transportation or carpool with friends and co-workers whenever possible.

2. Ease off the Lead foot

This might be a little difficult for those who are used to driving fast, but this is the easiest way to save on gas. Speedy drivers burn more fuel at a faster rate, so do your absolute best to drive the speed limit. In addition, anticipate your stops more effectively. Accelerating to high speeds and then breaking suddenly is also one of the easiest ways to waste fuel (many people stuck in traffic jams drive like this). If you see that there is a standstill ahead, simply release your foot off of the break so your vehicle naturally decelerates on its own. If you’re the type who happens to have a heavy foot, consider using cruise control—it helps you maintain a constant speed.

3. Lose the Excess Weight

Clean out your car and empty the trunk—you can keep your spare tire, but get rid of all the excess junk. The more your car weighs, the more you will need to accelerate to get the car going. Accelerating excessively burns gas at a quicker pace. Excess weight affects smaller vehicles more, but every bit helps.

4. Fill up in the Early A.M.

To get a better bang for your buck it’s generally best to not only fill up, but to do so in the morning. Gas is cooler in the mornings and therefore it is more dense. As the day warms up, the gas expands and becomes less concentrated. If you fill up your tank in the heat of the day, the gas can expand and potentially overflow.

5. Skip the A.C. and Turn off the Car

If the weather permits, crack open a window. Constantly using the A.C. eats up your gas in no time, so let in some fresh air. If you live in an area where turning off the A.C. is impossible, then at least park in a shaded area so your car doesn’t have to work so hard to cool down. It’s also a good idea to turn off your A.C. a few minutes before you reach your final destination. It’s equally important that you don’t leave your car idle—turn it completely off. According to experts, leaving your car idle for just 3 minutes can waste about a half-mile worth of fuel. Consider this when going through a packed fast food drive through.

Additional tips:

Always remember to use your shoppers discount card for additional savings.

Make sure your fuel cap is ok–you don’t want to risk losing gas due to evaporation.

Know the best gas prices. is a great resource for finding the best prices in your area.

Know how many miles you have left when your gas light comes on. Visit for more information–you might have far more than you think

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday = Snotday

As I sit at home on a Monday... with one baby in her crib, sick,covered in snot, and another baby sitting on the couch watching her beloved "Shrek"... I feel so happy for my girls.
Ali is turning out to be the sweetest little thing.  She is so thankful and kind and, I think, wise beyond her years.  She responds when I simply speak to her if she is being naughty (which I must remember because I do admit to yelling out of frustration way more than I should).   She tells me constantly: "thank you for making my life happy, Momma".  I mean, seriously- that is the nicest thing ANYONE in my life has ever said to me.  I make her life happy!  I make her feel glad and she loves ME!  That means so much to my soul.
Avery is just as fabulous.  At 10 months, her personality is starting to come through.. and I think we've got a little spitfire angel on our hands! She is quite opinionated and sassy.. but also very sweet and such a momma's girl (yes!).
And while I feel a bit guilty because I hate to miss work... I really am loving these precious moments with my girls.  I was reading this post over at a great blog called "The Little Brown House" today and it totally hit me in my heart.
Some days, I do get bored taking care of my girls and the monotony that comes with having a toddler and a baby.  Some days, I wish for my solidarity and freedom to be myself again. Some days, I find myself wishing for nap time or bedtime or wanting to go to work to have that ME time (ok- work isn't really ME time.. since I pretty much am a mom to 150 14-16 yr olds but you get it).
But other days, I find myself almost having a panic attack when I think about people saying "enjoy every moment, because you blink and they're grown"... and I don't want to blink and have my girls be grown! I want this time to go slow. I want to cherish every moment that I have with my girls and be thankful for it and love it.  I love them so much. They bring so much to my life and make me feel love..and loved.. beyond anything I could ever explain (if you're a mom you know what I'm talking about).  I just hope that I can drink in Every moment. Every memory. And not forget the little things- good and bad- about raising these girls. 
They are such a blessing to me. They warm up my heart and I just want to squeeze them until they are a part of me.  I hope they know that- even when I'm not the nicest mom- I hope they feel the depth of my love.
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