Saturday, June 29, 2013

End of T-Ball Season

So T-Ball ended a while ago and I am just now getting a chance to share the pictures with you from the last game.  Sammy grew leaps and bounds this season and really enjoyed playing by the end of the season. 

He was really starting to consistently hit off of the pitcher towards the end of the season:

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I actually got a picture of him hitting (see the ball out in front of him):

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His coaches this year were really great and patient with all of the kids.  They taught them a lot about baseball.  Like where to throw the ball when they fielded it, how to run the bases, how to catch, and how to throw just to name a few.

Sammy getting his medal for playing that season.  He was (and still is) very proud of his tball medal.

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The Marlines:

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The Marlines and their wonderful coaches:

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Healthy Living for A Healthy Pregnancy….and Beyond!

A few weeks ago Katie emailed me and asked if she could do a guest post for me.  I was trilled to have her ask and I said yes.  I planned on writing a whole series on my new healthy living adventure.  Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get everything to come together for the series.  However, I wanted to share Katie’s wonderful post on healthy living for a healthy pregnancy.  I hope you guys enjoy the post!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

For a pregnant woman, taking care of your body has never become more important than when you find out you’re expecting. Staying healthy during pregnancy will depend your own habits. There are several factors that could contribute to having a healthy pregnancy. Two of the most important factors are good nutrition and proper exercise routine. With a few simple changes to your established habits, you can be sure you’re giving your baby the best start to life.

Proper Nutrition During Pregnancy

Eating for two” is a common phrase that most women take to mean that they should eat twice as much. A mother really only needs to consume an additional 300 calories per day starting in her second trimester compared to the caloric intake of a non-pregnant woman. Good nutrition would also necessitate eating a balanced diet with attention to essential vitamins and nutrients that help ward off birth defects.

Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy during pregnancy:

•Cut out excess sugars, chemicals and processed food from your diet.

•Eating foods that are high in fiber like whole grain breads, pasta, rice, cereal as well as fruits and vegetables will keep your digestion moving along.

•While fruits and vegetables come with vitamins and minerals, additional vitamin supplements may be taken to ensure that the mother and the baby are getting the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals daily. A health care provider may prescribe a good vitamin supplement.

•A pregnant mother should also eat or drink 4 servings of calcium rich foods like low-fat dairy products. This would ensure that 1000 mg to 1300 mg of calcium is taken daily during pregnancy.

•Iron rich foods should be eaten daily as well. It is recommended that at least 3 servings per day should be included in the meals. This will ensure that the pregnant mother gets 27 mg daily.

•A pregnant mother should also choose foods that are a good source of Vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin A daily. Options for vitamin C would include papaya, grapefruits, oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, and many others. Good sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables. Other sources of folic acid include legumes and veal. A good source of Vitamin A are options like pumpkins, carrots, water squash, potatoes, spinach, apricots, beet greens, and cantaloupe.

•While there are some recommended foods that contribute to healthy nutrition during pregnancy, there are also some foods or drinks that must be avoided. Alcohol needs to be avoided by a pregnant woman. Caffeine may not be eliminated but should be limited. A pregnant woman should take no more than 300 mg of caffeine per day.

Healthy Exercise Routine for Pregnant Women

In addition to eating healthy, maintaining an exercise routine is also necessary to help a pregnant woman stay healthy during her term. With regular exercise, proper posture is improved which helps to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts, like back and leg pain. Exercise can also relieve stress as well as build more stamina that is needed during labor and delivery.

It’s recommended that at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise be performed daily to help improve your energy levels. Most exercises are actually safe to do during pregnancy, provided that the exercises are performed with caution. The safest and the most common exercises are brisk walking, swimming, indoor cycling, as well as low impact aerobics. Yoga was my favorite exercise during pregnancy because it was also very relaxing. My delivery process was uncomplicated and I attribute that to my focus on exercise during my entire term.

Consult Your Health Care Provider All The Time!

If you are a first time mother and you are having some doubts regarding the proper foods to eat and the proper exercises to perform, you should consult your health care provider. Your health care provider can provide you recommendations on the foods that must be eaten, prescribes a good vitamin supplement, and suggests some safe exercises that you can perform at home. I developed a great rapport with my doctor as soon as I learned I was expecting and felt comfortable bringing him a lot of questions about my changing body and upcoming motherhood. He helped me explore options for during and after delivery—things like delivery method, cord blood banking, and breastfeeding were just a few of the things discussed in my appointments.

A pregnant woman is responsible for her health and the health of the baby on her womb. Thus, it is very important for her to take care of her health during the pregnancy period. Having a healthy pregnancy is indeed something that can be achieved through eating a healthy and balanced diet and performing healthy exercises in moderation.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Children’s Bible Learning Cards

While I was at the HEAV convention I had the pleasure of meeting Vicky Enright the illustrator of a wonderful children’s product, Children’s Bible Learning Cards.  These cards are helpful for scripture memory and comprehension.  On one side of the card is a picture depicting a problem, a scripture reference and a theme (courage, friendship, peace, and faith).  Then on the back of the card is the actual scripture, a picture resolving the problem and something to discuss.
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Sammy has a really tough time with scripture memorization and comprehension.  These cards have really helped him work through some fears and internalize scripture.  I have been using one card in particular to help Sammy overcome a few fears.  Sammy has a tough time overcoming his fears when doing something new.  The verse we have been working on is 2 Timothy 1:7:
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.”
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We discussed this verse and looked at the pictures before Sammy’s first outdoor swim lesson. When we got to the pool I re-read the scripture and Sammy bravely walked in and started his lesson.  Do I expect him to not fear something ever again?  No, of course not.  But I think it will help in some of the small fears.

I received a discount on these cards in return for an honest review of the product.  All thoughts are my own and I highly recommend these bible learning cards. 

Product Details
  • The cards are 5" X 7" 
  • Very durable 
  • The cards are wipeable (we got something sticky on ours and it wiped off great)
  • You can purchase them on CBD (not an affiliate link)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This and That

So things have been a little quite on the blog haven't they!  Sorry about that!  Life has been crazy over here.. some good some not so good but nothing terrible! So what have I been up to for the last (almost) month.. Well glad you asked *winks*

  • I had a total blast at the HEAV convention and learned a ton about homeschooling, parenting, and being a good wife.  I also have lots of really awesome homeschool goodies to share about on the blog very very soon! 
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  • Tim ran sound for a Christian summer camp every night last week and it wore us both out!  I was there 2 nights because we were suppose to get bad storms and Tim thought he might have to go into work!  I was flying solo at home 98% of the time and man does a change in routine take you some time to adjust.
  • We have been swimming a ton in the pool!  Well, until last Friday when Sammy wildly jumped into the pool and irrupted in tears and screams.  We got him calmed down enough to make it through his lesson.  I thought he would just have a bruise on the bottom of it.  It never bruised and he was limping on it ever since.  Yes, that means he has been limping without putting weight on his heal for 5 days.  He would, however, put weight on it if you asked him to but just walking around he would favor that foot.

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  • So this morning we made our way into the doctor's office to get it check out.  They agreed we should get some x-rays done.  So off we went for that.  Sammy handled it like a pro and got a stuffed bear out of the deal! Good news is its not broken!  Bad news is it still hurts.  So lots of ibuprofen and rest.  Asking Sammy to rest is like asking someone to not breath!  I did engage him in some Legos at the table for over an hour tonight with his foot up on a pillow to remind him to rest it!  
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  • Tim is in training this week (for 3 days) so its another atypical week and we are all feeling the wear after the long week last week.  However, he is learning a ton about a new product they might start using at work.
  • One of our puppy adoption agreements was for the puppies to be fixed.  Yoshi was fixed before we adopted him (since he was the one we went to get originally).  So yesterday I took Peach in for her surgery.  She seems to be doing pretty good!  So good in fact she things she can play today.  I had to banish her to the e-collar (cone of shame) and put her in the crate so she wouldn't hurt herself!

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  •  I will be retiring in 7 business days *squeal* and I am super excited to be home full time! I have been working around 20 hours for the past 6 years and I am read to hang up my "worker's hat"!  
  • I have never broken anything the company owns for the 7 years I have been there.. until last week!  Thankfully they were very forgiving! 
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  • We have been working on our Summer Fun List and I really hope to post an update soon! But tomorrow I will be sharing a really cool scripture card product I found at HEAV!

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