Storm Damage

Sunday evening we had just finished dinner, when we noticed some really dark clouds moving in and everyone’s phone started going crazy with severe thunderstorm warnings and then the wind picked up, the rain came down and then the hail. It was insane! The power was knocked out and kept coming and going until Wednesday afternoon. The cable and internet was out until this morning and (fingers crossed) everything is back in working order!! In other news, since the internet was down this week and my phone is incredibly slow and useless without WiFi, I started reading again.

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

I have some pictures on my camera that I took before we all went into the basement, but here is one I found on a local news channel from the storms rolling in.

Five Things Friday {9}

Good morning…even though it’s Noon in 4 minutes. Having all of these snow days is totally throwing me off, I never know what day it is anymore. It’s taken me all morning to realize it’s Friday and not Tuesday.

Total random of 5 things for today, here we go!

1. 78 days until my due date! Until I have the c-section scheduled, this is the date I use. I can’t believe that it’s getting so close.

2. My youngest is turning 6 on Sunday and he LOVES all things Captain America (or really anything like that really), he’s going to be so excited for this present.

3. Speaking of his birthday; here is my little snow minion. So excited to be able to play in the snow yesterday after school.

4. The husband celebrated 5 years at his job this past September and was able to pick a gift from a list of things; I love that instead of getting whatever he wanted, he told me to pick. Cuisinart griddle/grill/panini maker for the win! We tried it out last night with pancakes. Loved it!

5. This book. It’s out of the Teen section (don’t judge…), but it was REALLY good. It really makes you think about how 1 single moment in your life can impact so many people. I highly suggest reading it, I finished it in about a week, it was hard to put down.

Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family’s yacht, where she’d been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.

That wraps up this week’s edition of Five Things Friday. Have a great weekend!

Marvelous in My Monday {7}

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I last posted. I had some really bad insomnia and was a walking zombie during the day, so getting online was kind of the last thing on my list. But I’m back with another edition of MiMM.

Marvelous is…under 100 days to my due date! The c-section hasn’t been officially scheduled yet, so I’m still going with April 19th until a date is set.

Marvelous is…this new Fiber One Cranberry Almond Granola.

I had some this morning with Strawberry Banana Carbmaster yogurt and a sliced banana.

All mixed up.

 

Marvelous is… a full week of school for the kiddies! Last Monday it was -40 and we were shoveling a foot of snow. Today it’s in the 40’s and everything is melting. I’m just happy to have a normal week around here!

Marvelous is…These Kashi bars I found on clearance the other day. They are the perfect mid-morning snack.

Marvelous is… The library opening up again! Last week due to the snow and ice, they had some plumbing and busted water pipe issues so they were closed for a few days. I am not an e-reader kind of person. I want real books, dang it!

I picked up these two books today, yep, from the Teen section. Don’t care. Sometimes you need a little light reading.

Marvelous is… the most epic lunch in a very long time.

On the bottom is a baked potato and it’s topped with salsa chicken (chicken breasts cooked in the crock pot covered in taco seasoning, chicken broth, diced tomatoes with jalepenos and black beans) and a little pepper jack cheese on top. This will be my lunch all week, I’m glad it tasted good, totally thrown together on the weekend.

Marvelous is…a local grocery store sent these in the mail last week.

After I picked up the oldest from school, we went and grabbed our bag full of goodies. I was surprised at how much was in there! Be still my heart, I’ve been craving a pineapple for days. Can’t wait to cut into this beast!!

Now it’s time for an early dinner, showers for the crew and then off to the 6th Grade Orchestra concert. My oldest plays the Cello and he’s been practicing so hard for this concert.

Five Things Friday

Fingers crossed this is the last day of Christmas vacation. These three little kids of mine had their last day on December 19th. ALL of us are ready for the school routine again. We are supposed to get hit with another round of snow this weekend, so there is a chance for a snow day on Monday. We spent the last two days cooped up in the house because the roads were so bad, today we are busting out of here! My daughter turns 9 tomorrow (I swear she was JUST born) and I need to pick up a few things.

In no particular order;

1. Cereal. I have never been a huge cereal lover until the last week or so. Honey nut Chex of Frosted Mini Wheats with a banana and cold milk. Yes, please.

2. Citrus. I am so obsessed with oranges and grapefruits right now, I think we have 10lbs of grapefruits and two giant bags of oranges.

3. Soup. My lunches have been a variety of soup with a piece of fruit on the side. Easy, but so delicious.

4. Cloth Diapers. The cost was a HUGE factor in deciding to cloth diaper this time around, but seriously, how cute are these?! I have a few more coming and that will bring our stash to about 20.

5. Books. I set a goal to read 100 books this year, and I have already started with this one.

The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always “the princess” of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn’t work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.

After the divorce, Angie moved back to her hometown and rejoined her loud, loving, slightly crazy family. In West End, a place where life rises and falls in time with the tides, she will find the man who once again will open her heart to love . . . and meet the girl who will change Angie’s life.

Lauren Ribido lives in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town with a mother who cares more about her next drink than about her daughter. At seventeen, Lauren knows that her aspirations in life may never come to pass.

From the moment they meet, Angie sees something special in Lauren. They form a quick connection, this woman who is desperate for a daughter and the girl who has never known a mother’s love. When Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie doesn’t hesitate to offer the girl a place to stay. But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. In a dramatic turn of events, she and Lauren will be tested in a way that mothers and daughters seldom are. Together they will embark on an intensely moving, deeply emotional journey to the very heart of what it means to be a family.

Have a great night! Want to post five things you’re loving this week? Leave a link in the comments.

Five Things Friday

Today’s Friday 5 is brought to you by the word RANDOM! This has been a pretty boring week around here, so here are 5 things that I’m loving on this week.

1. Baby girl and I are officially halfway through this pregnancy! The first half was pretty rocky and emotional, so fingers crossed the 2nd half is boring and routine.

2. This book that I’m reading:

Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Dianne Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and her darkest hours. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband, Tim McIntosh, received the news every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea, leaving Dianne with a newborn—almost alone.

It was Tim’s brother, Alan, the town pediatrician, who stood by Dianne and her exceptional daughter. Throughout years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother’s wife. But one of the many hard choices Dianne has made is to close her heart toward any man—especially one named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them all that love comes in many forms and can be received with as much grace as it is given.

As lyrical and moving as the poetry of nature, Follow the Stars Homeis a miracle of storytelling that will take your breath away. If words alone can dare us to confront our fears and to choose joy over sorrow, then Luanne Rice’s magnificent novel is a benediction and a call to celebrate our lives.

3. First baby girl purchase

4. Christmas tree is up and shining bright.

5. World’s greatest Christmas sweater.

Beachbody

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A few years ago, when I was really into Turbo Jam, I was contacted by a Coach for Beachbody and asked if I was interested in becoming a coach as well. I jumped on that and was really excited to get things going. Unfortunately, things happened in my personal life and after losing my Dad, helping others lose weight was the absolute LAST thing on my mind. Along with everything else, I turned my back on Beachbody and drifted in a depression that I think I’m finally over coming.

I signed back up with Beachbody again today to be a coach, but I’m taking a different approach this time. I’m focusing more on my own journey before trying to help others. I want to show people that these products DO work and when you become a coach, you get out of it what you put into it.

With that being said, I’m not a sales person. I have no intentions of trying to recruit anyone or making every post about how awesome Beachbody is (even though it is…). If you have questions, feel free to ask me! I will be talking about the workouts I’m doing, because that’s what this blog is about!!!

I’ve been kind of missing the past few weeks, I’ve just been trying to get things in order with myself, my house and my family…and then I read the book that’s been changing everything for me.

NightRoad

This book is about a family friend who makes a mistake one night in judgement and being the one who had the least amount to drink at a party drives home and hits a tree, injuring herself and her boyfriend and killing her best friend who is also her boyfriend’s twin sister. As I read about this family grieving, mourning and trying to move forward, I saw a LOT about myself that I needed to change. I have spent the past two years mourning, grieving and essentially keeping myself pissed off and in a bad mood. I’m really surprised anyone still talks to me. I’ve decided that it’s time. It’s time to pick myself up and move forward, not move on, but move forward. Remember the good times, the happy memories and keep his smile in my heart.

This post has gone on long enough, so I’ll end for tonight!

Remember Me?

Sorry, I have been non-existent the past couple of weeks. We’re trying to get ready for a garage sale this weekend, my sister and her family are coming to visit in a few weeks and then my period was here and knocked me on my butt for most of last week. For my book club this month, I’m hosting and picked a book that sounded pretty interesting; Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.

StillMissing

I started it on Sunday and finished it Monday afternoon. One of the best books I have ever read. I couldn’t put this book do

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

Still Missing is that rare debut find–a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

This book had so many twists and turns I found myself wanting to scream and cry at the same time and I never saw the end coming!

I started another book Monday night and I’m about 100 or so pages in so far, it was kind of a slow start, but it’s really picking up now and I can’t wait to read more tonight. Night Road by Kristin Hannah.

NightRoad

For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices.
To hold on…
To let go..
To forget…
To forgive…
Which road will you take?

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids safe and on track for college. It has always been easy– until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.

Has anyone read either one of these books? Thoughts?