filed under: I Am Mommy on March 8, 2014

Life has been crazy.

I have been stressed and calm and happy and sad and excited and dejected and that was just today.

Since updating my mommy blog has been something I have been wanting to do forever but have been woefully negligent in doing so, I am just going FULL BOAR on it tonight.




This little man is growing up.  In less than a month he will be 3 and I cant handle it.  He is my snuggle bear and so stinking cute and makes us all laugh on a daily basis.

I have started taking our sweet Eddie to speech therapy once a week.  It was a tough choice because he is so small and because it’s quite expensive and our deductible is very, very high so we pay for most everything!  But he is worth it and I am hoping to see some improvement soon.  He seems to have a hard time with “sm” words and “pr” words.  He also drops words and doesn’t care to identify ‘he’ and ‘she’ correctly.  All fixable, and the prognosis is very good.



This sassy malassy is a stinker winker bear.  My sweet Audrey.  Full of spirit and words and energy, I find that she is my greatest challenge everyday.  Not only does she love to get dressed up as a princess ( but she is now obsessed with Elsa from Frozen and is constantly asking for us to tie blankets around her so she can have a long cape.  Not that the cold bothers her, that is.


Cookies on Blue Plate by Parker


 Cookies on Red Plate by Colton

I have been trying to teach Colton and Parker photography basics.  So far we have started on food photography, and they are LOVING it.

The above assignment was for the kids to pick any props they wanted and they had to “style” the shoot.  Once they got everything laid out they way they wanted, we put the camera on a tri-pod and talked about lighting.  How light bounces and reflects and shadows and natural vs. artificial.

This has been challenging because I am always learning as well!, but youtube has some great tutorials.

Secretly I am hoping one of them really has a passion for photography and I can start asking them to take all my blog pictures for me!

Intentional Parenting


I started writing a series on Intentional Parenting.  I have two weeks done now, and its really making a difference in my life!  Just hoping to do some more research and get some life experience before I share it.  Hoping it will help others as much as me!

I have also started running.  As in, running.  I know that is hard to believe as anyone who knows me knows I HATE RUNNING.  One day I just woke up and said, “I think I need to like running.”  And I did.



This was the first time I ran over 2 miles.  I think I had a permagrin that whole night.  It felt SO good to reach that goal!

Tonight I ran 4 miles in 52 minutes.  That actually equals out to be a slow jog, like a 13 minute mile, but its a big deal for me.  A BIG deal.  The night before last I ran for one hour straight.  No stopping.  An hour!

I look forward to my run everyday and have thankfully avoided injury thus far.  My biggest challenge to date is mental.  I get bored.  I get distracted.  I get tired. (da)  So hubby downloaded The Biggest Loser and I watch that.  It’s been REALLY helpful and inspirational.  (I tried running without it and was only able to go a mile… that goes to show how mentally weak I am!)

Just hoping I can stick with it and get healthy (er).

Surprise Inside Cakes Cover1

image credit susan powers

Last but not least is this guy.  Officially on the book store shelves in 2 days.  Talk about a labor of love!  I have developed such a huge respect for the people in this industry.  The literary agents and publicists and publishers and editors and copyeditors.  Wow.  Those folks are such a talented and creative and AMAZING bunch.  I hope to have the opportunity to know them more in the future.

That being said, if you have not purchased the book do it NOW! (please)  I want to share this experience with you and read it with you and bake cakes together!


And with that I am headed to bed.  (And I didnt even talk about homeschooling!  I have some big changes to report on that front.  Hopefully soon!)

Be blessed!

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  • TidyMom says:

    you know what my favorite part about my trip to Minnesota was? hanging out with your kids! They were so cute and so fun!! i need to come back for that ride on the four-wheeler!!

    oh…….and guess what I finally got to hold in my hot little hands yesterday!!! the book is GORGEOUS Amanda!! I can’t wait to sit down and go thru the whole thing!

    Happy Sunday!

    • Amanda says:

      YAY!!! So Glad you got it finally!!! The kids would LOVE for you and Steve to come out… we should plan on the fall when the boys can hunt and we can shop and maybe even enjoy a bonfire outside! 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I love that you’re teaching your kids about photography!! That’s so awesome. And I have to say, your book is amazing. LOVE it! Congratulations Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much!!! I am so happy you like it!

  • Jess says:

    Love reading the updates! Miss you guys. You MUST come here or disclose your location. I want to get together!! 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Well DA! You guys are invited over anytime you want to head this way! We are about an hour west of the church. Lets plan something when it’s a bit warmer and the kids can RUN! (while we relax!)

  • Vera says:

    What a wonderful idea to teach photography to your kids! Great project. Congratulations on the book!

  • brenda says:

    great project with the photog. lessons.
    That cute red head looks older than three. Prayers for successful speech therapy.
    What a family!!!

  • Kim | Just For Clicks says:

    Your children are precious… and I love that you are encouraging them in photography. One of my favorite things is to take walks with my Middle School son and share the camera snapping shots of things we find. Your kiddos did great on their pics! CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful book!!!!!

  • Ashley says:

    The Biggest Loser is by far the best show to watch when on the treadmill! It is the only one I’ve found that helps me forget that I’m running. 🙂

  • Linda says:

    Hi amanda. Just got your book today and I love it. You explain everything so well. And the illustrations are great. I love fargo. I am from selkirk mb and we go there usually 3 times a year. God bless. Linda

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Linda! What a small world! Thank you so much for the kind words! If you are able, feel free to post a review on Amazon of your thoughts on the book. It would be much appreciated! Blessings, and maybe we will run into each other sometime! 🙂

  • Karin Rooney says:

    Just purchased your book after reading about it
    on Pioneer Woman! Oh my goodness, what a
    surprise it was for me! I never saw anything
    like it. Also just started reading your blog.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Karin! So nice to “meet” you!

  • Laurie F. says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful book – I can’t wait to get it! I found out about it on Crazy for Crust, and the recipes sound fantastic! You seem very talented and hard-working.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Laurie! It’s nice to “meet” you! 🙂

  • Aqiyl Aniys says:

    Keep up your good work running. Like you I hated running but something happened. I don’t know what, but something happened. Don’t worry about your speed. The more you run, the faster you will become. That is how I started off. I started running at 10mph per hour. I concentrated on building the amount of time I could or would run. I eventually got up to running for an hour. I never thought I would ever run for an hour straight. Once I got up to an hour I started working on my speed and not I am up to 7mph. Continue your hard work and you will see greater improvement in no time. Well maybe in a little time.

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