Update…

Thanks to my wonderful 4 friends who actually voted {ha!}, we have made our decision on the family Christmas picture…
It goes completely against my grain to send out pictures where you can’t see us, but this picture is so amazing! I guess everyone else sees what I see in it, so it’s the winner!  {even though it was never in the running bless it’s heart!}
And look who showed up….

Little stinkers. They had been hiding on top of the recipe books and underneath a bag of cough drops. Guess they really felt their time was up as they have never hid from me like this before. So I will do them a favor and allow them to sit there, happily retired. I hope they enjoy it. They will go in the drawer tomorrow and be bid a very sad farewell.
Lastly, tonight we did a Christmas craft, but no family is allowed to see so I will post a “NO FAMILY” post hopefully tomorrow on it. :) But here’s a hint….
1. PJ’s
2. Paint
3. Hair out of the way
Yes, it was messy. VERY. And it was late. EXTREMELY {like 10 PM, please don’t tell Jake’s teachers}, but we had to fit it in after church tonight. You know how that is. 
Anyway…see you soon!
xoxo

Random, Christmas Picture help, and Food Friday!!

Yes, I know, it’s amazing I remembered a Food Friday. Actually, I remember it every Friday…as it whizzes on by and I never have a chance to post anything. I have several Food Friday pictures in my files, but never had the chance to blog about them.
Life is so crazy here. I wish I didn’t have to say that all the time. But it is. I have never felt so exhausted an busy. The last time I felt this way was when I was doing my portfolio for my teaching credential, and even then can’t compare to this.
But, it’s all good.
When Brandon and I realized I would have to go back to work, I was very heartbroken I would have to leave my kids and be stuck in a classroom all day long with no flexibility. But God has made a great little niche for me. I am able to work from home, and although I probably work longer and harder than I would teaching, I can do anything for my kiddos at the drop of a hat {well, ALMOST anything, ha} and that makes me feel like I can keep working night and day. Even when my dining room table and entry way looks like this:
Or when my living room looks like this:
Is there anyone else out there that feels this cluttered while working? I have to give a disclaimer: it does not always look like this. But after my highest selling weekend ever {65 hoodies in two days!!}, I am RUNNING to keep up. So I think I need to give myself some grace, yes? I sometimes feel like I am climbing out of a giant pile daily and just when I finish…another one plops on my lap. I spend many days saying, “I can do all things through Christ!” ha. Thank God for an amazing team. Seriously, God has blessed and definitely taken care of me. So thank you Connie, Katie, Carly, Mecarla, Jen, Bryony, Vanessa, and Kelsey. I would NEVER be able to do all this without you!!
Anyway, enough of that. Food Friday…
I’m sure if you read this blog you have heard me talk about my Nannie. I loved my Nannie. In fact, I wear her wedding ring. She was a very important person in my life, and someday when I have more time I will elaborate about her…but today I want to share her most used recipe ever. It is a total 50′s housewife meal and I’m sure all your Nannies/grandmothers have something very similar. I promise you…Nannies is YUMMO. Total comfort food. I made it tonight and will pay for it on my diet I’m sure.
Nannie’s Chicken Stroganoff
Serves 3-4 and fills one 8×8 pan. I usually double this and use a 9×13 pan. It goes fast!
 
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 C Sour cream
1 C cubed cooked chicken
{left over chicken works really well for this, and Nannie even used canned tuna at times}
2 Tb chopped parsley
2 Tb chopped pimentos
1/4 tea salt
dash pepper
2C cooked med egg noodles
1/2 C milk
Potato chips
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour in pan. Crumble potato chips on top. Cook @300 degrees for 30 mins until heated through.
excuse the horrible picture, and confession: I hate the crumbled potato chips on top, but everyone else in my family loves them, so I always just leave a little off the end so I can have it plain. Ha.
And seriously, it doesn’t look that appealing, but IT IS SOOOO GOOD!! In fact, it’s so good that it was served at many Christmas Eve dinners and at least once a week at my Nannie and Gramp’s house. My Dad can eat the entire pan in one sitting if you aren’t careful. Nannie used to always serve jello with bananas with a dollop of cool whip after we ate this. HA! If that isn’t 50′s I don’t know what is!! :) I promise, my Nannie was a VERY classy lady, this whole dinner scene is making her sound bad. haha.
Anyway, moving on again…
I need help. Usually we have Christmas pictures taken every year. I think this year I might have to settle for the “oh wow, that’s a cute snapshot” picture. Mainly because of three reasons:
1. Lack of time
2. Lack of money
3. Lack of weight loss
Oh wait! Did I say that last one! Why yes I did! ha. Delete that one from your mind, even though its true and probably the #1 reason why I don’t want my picture taken…
Anyway, I have two family pictures that are somewhat decent from the last 6 months. Yes, TWO! How in the world could that be?!? I have no idea, but either Brandon or I are taking the picture or running around after a child who is refusing to be in the picture. Ha.
So here are our options. Can you vote for me? I need a little help…
Option #1
Option #2
Or Option #3…
Break down and get pictures taken!
 
Any thoughts??
And one last thing…As my little team and I were working this week, we chatted about the positives and negatives about having an online business. We all agreed that the positives FAR outweigh the negatives, but one thing we really hate is we never get to meet any of you face to face. It kinda bothers me that I have no idea who some of you are!! When I started this blog I never really thought anyone would read it and when I opened my shop, I never dreamed people would actually really buy! But now, I know all these names and none of them have any faces to them! Sometimes I go somewhere and people will walk up to me, say hi, give me a hug and I think, “WHO IS THIS?!?”I usually get a, “I read your blog” or “I bought a hoodie!”I get so excited to put a face to a name!
 So why am I saying this…
I just want you to know I wish I could have the opportunity to meet you all. I wish I had a little shop with a coffee corner where you could stop in, chat, eat some cookies and drink gallons of coffee {as has been my custom lately! ha}, but right now that is not very feasible. So help me out. If I ever see you in person and act like I don’t know you, it’s probably because I never have actually met you outside of the blogging/hoodie world. PLEASE introduce yourself! And PLEASE don’t get offended if I don’t recognize you from a tiny little blog picture. They are so deceiving sometimes! ha. And if you read this blog, and never comment, please feel free! I’d love to check out your blog as well and it helps me put a face to a name.
Anyway, enough rambling for tonight. Brandon is home from Friday night prayer and my eyes are drooping shut! Don’t forget to tell me which picture you like!! :)
xoxo

Yesterday….

…was a very interesting day. 
Don’t get me wrong there were A LOT of positives in the day, like the fact that I am losing weight {YES!!!} and that my little team and I were able to package up half of the hoodies from Black Friday, Cyber Monday and proceeding orders. Both of these things make me feel AWESOME!
But…
As we started to get ready for church life started to go downhill. Kids started crying, refused to eat, I ate standing up because I was late, and clothes did not fit {on the kids end for once, not mine}. Here’s what happened next:
1. Loaded kids in car. Did not have a chance to make a very important phone call, and the place closed at 8. It was 6:45 and I was heading straight to church. Couldn’t fit in it now. I was very bummed.
2. Drive to church and lug a giant bag of material for one of my seamstresses who was meeting me there. Between trying to keep the kids out of the street, holding my material bag, my diaper bag, Jake’s backpack and Evy’ Blankie that she won’t leave home without, I had to stop every 2 seconds to pick something that fell.
3. Check Evy into the nursery and go find a seat in the main sanctuary with Jake.
4. Brandon finds out that he is doing something in the service which means he won’t be able to sit with me. It’s me against Jake and the service all on my own. FAB.
5. Worship starts and Jake starts pointing and laughing at people while they raise their hands, worship and sing. He pointed at a visitor and could not stop laughing. I promptly moved him to a couple rows away where he could sit with some of his babysitters and be occupied. I WAS DYING OF EMBARRASSMENT.
6. A group from Creed {college ministry} sang a beautiful song about the blood of Christ washing away all our sins, and while they sang it they showed a little video presentation in the background of Jesus being crucified. It was a very beautiful video, but Jake starts freaking out. I have Eli Hernandez take him outside for a walk.
7. JUST as Pastor Bailey was getting up to start his message, Evy’s nursery number flashes on the screen. Thinking it was just a dirty diaper I grab my bag and go to change her. No. She is crying. Lots of crying. Wants to leave. We walk out and into the service, and she promptly starts screaming to get people’s attention. That’s my cue to leave and join the hallway ministry. 
8. Take the kids into the inner office area and sit on the sofas while Evy talks on the phone there in the front and Jake starts rolling knick-knacks from the table down the stairs. I’m too tired to care. Eventually Jake decides to start skipping steps and rolls down the stairs himself and lands in the fake plants to the sides of the steps. Evy starts laughing hysterically. I kinda giggle too. Seriously? What kind of kids do I have??
9. Service is getting close to being over so I take the kids for a walk in the halls. The Kings Kids {school age kids} are waiting in the halls as well to be picked up. Evy starts running in front of the line screaming and waving her hands, and hitting kids on the heads if they don’t acknowledge her. 
10. Meanwhile Jake is showing a little girl a boring picture of a building and the girl is saying, “That’s disgusting!”, making Jake VERY upset to which point he starts yelling, “Mom! She said this picture is disgusting!!” and she responds, also yelling and her voices starts to quiver too, “It is disgusting!! It is!” OH BROTHER.
11. I’m yelling at Evelyn to stop screaming while I grab Jake to put his vest on to go outside. I stop a young girl {thanks Marissa} and have her help me with my bags, my kids and get to the car. This is all happening in front of the line of students.
12. I did not notice while I was putting Jake’s vest on that his pants, which are supposed to be skinny jeans, are too big for him and keep falling off. That’s what happens when you put an already skinny kid in jeans without adjustable waists. Anyway, at this point he had run around so much that his pants were completely past his butt and he was mooning all the students with his Wall-e underwear. The kids were dying laughing. Jake was getting a little self conscious. 
13. I pull up Jake’s pants and while I am holding Evy, I attempt to help Marissa get his vest on. We are still in front of the kids. Evy reaches down and grabs Jake’s nose with a vice grip I have yet seen in her. The kids, and the teachers this time, are DYING laughing. Poor Jake. My heart went out to him. For the first time ever I saw him get embarrassed. 
14. We walk to the car and realize Brandon has the keys. Marissa waits in Brandon’s office while I try to find him. Brandon is praying with a couple who is asking to be baptized. I must wait. Kids screaming outside. I feel like screaming in the sanctuary. Dear God help me.
15. Get the kids in the car and home, bathed and in bed. I for once in my life, am in bed by 10:30. 
16. 2 am rolls around and Evy stars screaming. She screamed for an hour and half while Brandon and I ran around the house trying to give her anything that would help her. We have no idea what is wrong, figure either teeth or ears. Brandon lays on the couch while she walks around the living room throwing toys. Finally, she falls asleep.
17. We just get back to sleep and at 4:30 AM Jake jumps into bed with us.
18. 7:30 AM: “Mommy, can you please get up, I want some cereal”.
And here I am. Tired. Headache. Calling the Dr for Evy to find out why she is crying. Husband gone all day. Lots of hoodies that are staring at me.
So I am taking today off. I am doing the laundry. Cleaning the bathrooms. Picking up the house. Laughing with the kids. Sometimes when life gets too stressful you need a break and taking care of my family is my break!! :)
And this post is coming at you without a picture. I’m too tired find/take one. And nobody will probably read this post anyway. But as I was standing in front of the line of students in the hallway, one of the teachers said to me, “this is great material for your book.” I said, “More like a reality show!” ha. But he’s right. So there you go. You read a chapter in my book entitled The Adventures of The Miraflor Family.  And this chapter would be called “Wednesday Nights”. Because almost every Wednesday is like this. HA.
Hope that makes you feel better if your Wednesdays are the same!!
xoxo
Oh yes, PS. I forgot to mention that while working with one of my seamstress’s yesterday I sliced my finger open with the rotary cutter and it has been bleeding like crazy. Yup, add that one to the book. ha.