Weight Watchers Week 1, June 11 – 17, 2017: 3.4 lb loss! 

This is what I ate this week to lose 3.4 pounds. I’m posting each week on my blog for accountability! Since I am an exclusively breastfeeding (EBF) mom, my allotted points are 52 daily, and 41 weekly. 

Breakfast, 06.11.17, Sunday 

Two turkey bacon (2 sp), 2 scrambled eggs (4 sp), with 1 tbsp ketchup (1 sp), coffee with 2 tbsp fat-free hazelnut creamer (3 sp) = 10 sp total 

Lunch, 06.11.17, Sunday 

2 oz turkey breast (1 sp), 1 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise (1 sp), lettuce & tomato (0 sp) on a Joseph’s honey wheat flat bread (3 sp) with a low-fat yogurt (5 sp) = 10 sp total 

Dinner, 06.11.17, Sunday 

Salad with red onion, carrots, tomato, & cucumber (0 sp) with 1/2 tbsp Italian dressing (1 sp), all beef hot dog (7 sp) with 1 tbsp ketchup (1 sp), 1/2 cup baked beans (5 sp) = 14 sp total 

Bedtime snack, 06.11.17, Sunday 

1 cup Cocoa Peanut Butter Puffs (7 sp) with 1 cup whole milk (7 sp) = 14 sp total 

06.11.17 ending the day 48/52 sp

Breakfast, 06.12.17, Monday 

Two fried eggs (4 sp), toast (2 sp) with 1/2 tbsp butter (3 sp), coffee with 2 tbsps fat free hazelnut creamer (3 sp) = 12 sp total 

Lunch, 06.12.17, Monday 

1/2 cup homemade chicken salad made with shredded chicken, low-fat mayonnaise, grapes, and pecans (3 sp) on a Joseph’s honey wheat flatbread (3 sp) with leftover salad (0 sp) with 1 tbsp Italian dressing (1 sp), cucumbers (0 sp), grapes (0 sp), 1 block chocolate (3 sp) = 10 sp total 

Dinner, 06.12.17, Monday 

1 cup lasagna pasta (13 sp), 1/2 buttermilk biscuit (4 sp), veggie salad with red onion, carrots, tomato, and cucumber (0 sp) 1 tbsp Italian dressing (1 sp) = 18 sp total

06.12.17 ending the day 40/52 sp 

Breakfast, 06.13.17, Tuesday 

Two scrambled eggs (4 sp) with 1 tbsp ketchup (1 sp), 2 turkey bacon (2 sp), coffee with 2 tbsp fat free hazelnut creamer (3 sp) = 10 sp total 

Lunch, 06.13.17, Tuesday 

Leftover 1 cup lasagna pasta (13 sp), leftover salad (0 sp) with 1 tbsp Italian dressing (1 sp), grapes (0 sp) = 14 sp 

Afternoon snack, 06.13.17, Tuesday 

Unknown amount of watermelon (0 sp) 

Dinner, 06.13.17, Tuesday 

Baked chicken thigh (3 sp) with >1 tbsp Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce (2 sp), 1/2 cup cous cous (6 sp), boiled zucchini (0 sp) = 11 sp total 

Dessert, 06.13.17, Tuesday 

1/12 recipe of angel food cake (7 sp), 4 tbsp whipped topping (3 sp), strawberries and blueberries (0 sp) = 10 sp total 

06.13.17 ending the day 45/52 sp 

Breakfast, 06.14.17, Wednesday 

Two fried eggs (4 sp), two turkey bacon (2 sp), dry toast (2 sp), coffee with 2 tbsp fat free hazelnut creamer (3 sp) = 11 sp total 

Lunch, 06.14.17, Wednesday 

1 cup leftover lasagna pasta (13 sp), salad (0 sp), >1 tbsp Italian dressing (1 sp), leftover zucchini (0 sp), low fat yogurt (5 sp) = 19 sp total 

Dinner, 06.14.17, Wednesday 

16 wheat thin crackers (4 sp), 1/2 cup homemade chicken salad made with grapes, pecans, and low fat mayonnaise (3 sp), string cheese (2 sp), lots of watermelon (not pictured for 0 sp) = 9 sp total 


Dessert, 06.14.17, Wednesday 

1/12 recipe of angel food cake (7 sp), 4 tbsp whipped topping (3 sp), strawberries and blueberries (0 sp) = 10 sp total (No Photo!) 

Bedtime snack, 06.14.17, Wednesday 

Grapes (0 sp) 


06.14.17 ending the day 49/52 sp 

Breakfast, 06.15.17, Thursday 

Two slices toast (4 sp) with 1/2 tbsp butter (3 sp), two fried eggs (4 sp), coffee with 2 tbsp fat free hazelnut creamer (3 sp) = 14 sp total 


Lunch, 06.15.17, Thursday 

String cheese (2 sp), 16 wheat thin crackers (4 sp), watermelon (0 sp), 1/2 cup homemade chicken salad (3 sp) = 9 sp total 

Dinner, 06.15.17, Thursday 

1/4 cup corn (1 sp), boiled zucchini (0 sp), boiled baby carrots (0 sp), 1/2 cup baked beans (5 sp), 1/2 cup three cheese Hamburger Helper made with ground chicken (7 sp) = 13 sp total 

Dessert, 06.15.17, Thursday 

Underbaked cookie brownie bar (13 sp) with 1 tbsp whipped topping (1 sp) = 14 sp total 


06.15.17 ending the day 50/52 sp 

Breakfast, 06.16.17, Friday 

< 3/4 cup homemade chicken salad (5 sp), watermelon (0 sp), 8 wheat thin crackers (2 sp), coffee with 2 tbsp fat free hazelnut creamer (3 sp) = 10 sp total 

Lunch, 06.16.17, Friday 

Cucumber, tomato, red onion, & lettuce (0 sp) with 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (2 sp), salt & pepper (0 sp), two chicken egg rolls with sauce (9 sp) = 11 sp total 

Dinner, 06.16.17, Friday 

Two slices frozen pepperoni pizza (20sp) = 20 sp total (pictured, one slice) 

06.16.17 ending the day 41/52 sp 

Breakfast, 06.17.17 

Coffee (3 sp), 1/2 slice toast with butter (2 sp), cinnamon roll with icing (6 sp), 2 scrambled eggs (4 sp), three turkey bacon (3 sp) = 18 sp total 

After that I went “dark” for a day of NO tracking! 

Kindergarten with Ace and Christi 2017-2018, Week 7: Braydon Michael 

Week 7: June 12 – 16 

This week we learned the letter sound “B”, the color brown, more numbers, the order of colors in the rainbow, the concept of off and on, the concept of front and back, and Moses and the Plagues of Egypt. 

On Monday, we reviewed letter “E” and also did a number 3 worksheet. Then Braydon did a test in Word Building (story sequencing), English (letter sounds and recognition), Social Studies, and math. He got 100% in everything! I’m especially proud about his math grade!!! Before the math test I told him to look me in the eye and to go slow so he doesn’t make mistakes. He took my advice and thought through every question before his marker touched the page. So proud! 

Beautiful chaos! 

Layla did “school”. She drew hair on these cartoon heads! 

This beautiful creature got a marker this morning and colored stripes all over her body. We are two weeks away from her second birthday! 

Gluing beans onto the letter B! 

Coloring ONLY the pictures that begin with B. 


This week was a little bit more stressful than usual because of our newest arrival who is just on week 2 of her life! BUT, we ended up finding a groove the last two days of school! Braydon is so patient and I’m thankful for his attitude towards myself and his sisters. So grace giving! We can all learn something from the children in our lives who are often the best forgivers! 

Happy Homeschooling! And, remember! You can do this! You were called to this and the Lord will give you the skills needed to finish what He’s called you to! 

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Lord, Bless Our Home

“Lord, Bless Our Home” Hymn

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Lord, bless our home with peace and love and laughter

With understanding and with loyalty

May we together follow Christ the Master

And know the blessing of His sov’reighty

May every heart receive His loving spirit

And know the truth that makes life truly free

Then, in that spirit may we live united

And find in God our deep security

Forgive the hurts our selfishness inflicted

On whose we love and those who love us best

Christ, heal the scars and draw us all together

In Him whose will is peace and joy and rest

Father, in gratitude for our homes and loved ones

We open now our hearts to all mankind

Grant us Your spirit love for one another

So in Your peace may we our concord find

Summer Spot Discovery 

My parents told us about this splash pad just fifteen minutes away and we had to check it out! With the baby turning one week old, we were all a little cooped up and ready for a fun adventure (especially me!). Baby Raya slept the whole time in her car seat, so I got some really fun pictures. Have a look! 

Sisters 💗

Raya turned one week old! 

One of the kids all-time favorite person is Auntie Lindsay! 

I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are! Here’s to making memories and cherishing our children while they are still little! Take all the pictures, but then put down your phone! Be in those moments and love on them! 

Kindergarten with Ace and Christi 2017-2018, Week 6: Braydon Michael 

Week 6: May 30 – May 31, June 6 – June 7 

This week we learned the letter sound “E”, the color purple, the concept of open and closed, more numbers, and the Bible stories of Baby Moses in the Basket and Moses and the Burning Bush. 

Monday was Memorial Day, so we had a low-key barbecue in the backyard and no school. It was a little chilly and overcast, and then came the rain! We enjoyed some inside activities. 


Braydon did this USA puzzle and I got to explain that this was our land… this is America. The pledge of allegiance, our flag, our country is protected by soldiers who sometimes give up their lives defending our freedoms. Thank you to all the men and woman who have given the ultimate sacrifice! We remember you! 


Later in the evening, I set Braydon up at the computer to do some ABC Mouse. We haven’t been using this educational tool as often as I want to! I am making a point to schedule into our day or at least every other day. Braydon loves the games the best and always looks forward to “computer time.” 

On Tuesday we had a “double day”. Plus, I added these number 1 and 2 worksheets I found online. Braydon is technically on number 9 with ACE PACE work, but he really hasn’t memerized his numbers yet. I feel the PACE work is weak when it comes to learning numbers. We’ll do more of these worksheets throughout the week and soon I hope to introduce the card game Uno as a learning tool. You can find the worksheets here.

He colored his shoes “rainbow”. 


We spiced up this elephant puppet with googley eyes and pom – poms. Braydon’s finger through the hole is it’s trunk! Letter E this week means cute elephants! 


Here’s Braydon’s finger puppet after the glue dried on Wednesday. 

We glued eggshells onto the letter E page. Braydon was so confused at first thinking they were seashells! Haha! 

A few weeks ago the girls would freak out over a fly in the house. They would scream, run, cry, and need me to hold them. So I told them it was our pet and Braydon named him “SnuggleBug”. Now every fly is SnuggleBug and if there are two in the same room it’s always SnuggleBug’s sister or brother. They aren’t scared anymore which is great, but now my son is fascinated by his “pet”. 


Ending the day with our Goal Card all filled out! It’s very satisfying! 

B: “Hey mom, come look at my picture!” 

Me: “It’s looks so good I could eat it!” 


Something really special happened this week… Braydon got another little sister! You can read all about our home birth story HERE.

Technically not a school day, but we did some coloring together on June 5 because a new baby is a hard transition on everyone and I felt like I really needed to give Brady some one on one time. 

Back at it on June 6th with a 3 day old! School went SO well! We even put together a fun Mickey puzzle Braydon’s Marmi got for him. 


Happy Homeschooling! 

Raya Kathryn’s Home Birth Story 

My birth story starts on June 2nd, nearly an entire day before Raya’s actual debut into the world. I was 41 weeks + 1 day and fearful of risking out of homebirth care.

So on June 2nd at around 3:40 pm I took 1 tablespoon castor oil in some orange juice. Four hours later (after cramping and “system clear outs”) I took my last dose of 1 tablespoon castor oil in orange juice. My mom has always mentioned that’s how she got ME out and after lots of research and a talk with my Midwife I decided it was worth a shot. (Even though the statistics for naturally inducing labor with castor oil was only 57%.)


That evening leading up to midnight I began to have what I perceived to be real contractions. We started to track them in an app on my phone.

I called my Midwife after an hour, because they were 5 minutes apart. Michael began to fill up the birth pool. This was happening!!! Yay!!!


My Midwife and her assistant left immidiatly and arrived about 45 minutes later. I walked, bounced on the ball, and had several small contractions that weren’t lasting long at all.

Finally at around 4:30 am they said it was too early. I needed to go back to sleep. They didn’t want me to over extend and exhaust myself. My contractions were ones I could laugh and talk through, so they wanted me to wait it out until they were bigger, stronger, and more consistent. Before she left, I was checked real quick and was 6 1/2 – 7 cm dilated.

I was SO disappointed! At 9 days PAST DUE I was more than READY to meet my baby girl!

But the exhaustion was real and I fell asleep minutes after they left. I was woken up an hour later with the most intense “cramping” of my life. I thought it was delayed reaction to the castor oil, so I headed to the toilet! Sitting there on the toilet the thought crossed my mind, “I must have had a bad reaction to the castor oil – my intestines are going to fall out of me!”

After two strong, painful waves I woke Michael up with the realization that it was actually labor and it was moving very, very quickly.

I called my mom who rushed over in minutes. Michael asked, “Did you call the Midwife yet?” But I just handed him the phone… the contractions were SO bad, so all-consuming I couldn’t talk or A N Y T H I N G ! (Which is what I remember the Midwife telling me was “real” contractions!)

Michael called the Midwife (who had only been home 22 minutes when we called!) She was on her way!

I felt pressure. Honestly, this is where it gets a little hazy. Michael and my mom were flying around me, talking on speaker phone to my Midwife, and I remember I just HAD to get into the birth pool (that was lukewarm now from sitting out all those hours!)

One contraction in the tub, I didn’t feel like I needed to push. My Midwife on speaker was so calm and collected, she said, “Then don’t push. Just when she’s ready.”

Second contraction in the tub, I needed to push. I could feel her head just inches from crowning.

Her head was birthed! It hurt so bad! But, I knew I was created for this! There was a good long minute where my body got a rest. The head was out, and I heard Michael say, “Uhhhhhh, is that okay for her to be under the water like that?” Haha!

At the start of the next contraction I prayed out in the Holy Spirit and then birthed her shoulders. Her body followed and I caught her, pulling her up to my chest! And wow! What an insane moment! I birthed my baby all by myself!

My Midwife was pulling out of her driveway when Raya was born! There was a total of 4 minutes pushing.

Raya Kathryn was born at 5:54 am!

My mom helped me rub her bum and back and suction cup her mouth. We got a little cry, and made sure she was breathing. Home birth babies generally don’t SCREAM like in the hospital setting. Raya definitely didn’t and there was such peace abounding! Such a sweet atmosphere!


I was moved to the couch, but as I was getting there I passed a blood clot as big as Michael’s fist. My poor husband does not do well with things like that, and I remember him saying, “Uhhh, okay.” Hahahaha! I remember his face was just kinda shocked the whole time. He was such a champ though, calm and strong, and continually telling me I was doing great through those short minutes of birth.

I birthed the placenta with my mom’s help and she was able to rub my belly as my uterus cramped.

The placenta was in a bowl, still attached to the baby for all those amazing benefits, and everything was great. Now we were to sit tight and wait for my Midwife to arrive. I began nursing Raya at 6:16 am and she took to it wondefully! My cramping increased drastically while she nursed and while it was painful, I marvel at God’s perfect design of pregnancy, labor, birth, and after-birth.

When my Midwife arrived was when I started to get dizzy, the cramping was bad too. She checked me out and there was no ripping or tearing! Something I specifically prayed for! The dizziness was getting worse and both my mom and Midwife said my color faded. I was SO out of it.

In fact, when Baby Raya had her newborn check and she was in the little hammock to be weighed I could hardly keep my eyes opened! I imagined getting all these awesome pictures of Michael holding the scale up and my Midwife in action, but I was hardly even aware of it. I remember laying on the couch with my head in my moms lap and her rubbing my arms and back. My mom was a rock through everything and so comforting to me.

I had to use the bathroom, but two attempts and I had to sit back down because the dizziness was too bad. I crawled to the bathroom on my hands and knees instead! Haha! My Midwife said this was due to the intensity and speed of labor and all that adraneline to have the baby had worn off. I drank lots of Gatorade and water.

When my Midwife left my dad made a big breakfast of cheesy eggs, hash browns, bacon, and toast. My mom, dad, sister, Michael, and all the kids were around the couch eating together and marveling at our new baby. That was another wow-moment for me, because I had just had a baby and was able to eat good food, in my own environment, with the best family around.

Looking back on it now, I’m so thankful for that false/early labor because had Michael not filled up the birth pool then, there was no way it would have been ready in time when the real contractions hit. I felt such disappointment when the midwives left and I went to bed, but all along God was giving me exactly what I had prayed for since I knew I was pregnant!

I prayed for a fast birth, specifically under 2 hours. We are estimating that from the time I woke up to the time Raya was born was under 1 hour. I also prayed for a water birth, for no rips or tears, and for a really good breast feeder! God answers prayers!

I am feeling SO good just 24 hours after this baby was born. Raya has been filling up diapers and continues breast feeding well. I had the best home birth experience and most likely won’t ever have a hospital birth again.


Raya Kathryn

Born June 3rd, 2017 at 5:54 am

Weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 21 inches long