Aware of Angels is a non-profit organization that supports children around the world who have chromosome/genetic disorders as well as children who are still searching for a diagnosis. Aware of Angels’ goal is to feature as many of these children and their stories as they can. The organization wants to raise awareness, connect families, and promote research for these children and families in need.

My sister in law, Season Atwater, is the founder of Aware of Angels. She started the organization for her daughter, Asia Skye who has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, 2q23.1 microdeletion syndrome (which took 5 years to diagnose). You can read more about their story here.

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These children are so special and unique with beautiful personalities and attitudes, they are truly Angels and deserve as much recognition as they can get. Season is a professional photographer. The Aware of Angels photography project provides those in need with a service that in turn may raise awareness, promote research and give her work meaning. The photography project puts a face and a life with these disorders. Season loves working with these families and considers it an honor to be involved with such special children. You can see pictures and read more about the photography project here.

Find out how you can help Aware of Angels spread awareness and raise the money they need to help these families. Go here to help show people that there is a need for research and awareness!
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WE LOVE YOU, Asia Skye

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Noah: I feel BAD! At the end of this month is Halloween, except that is not why I feel bad. It’s just you’re NOT GETTING ME A GLASS OF MILK!!!

*In his defense he has asked me at least 3 times already

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Noah to his Auntie April: If you are about to die I will trip the guy who’s about to kill you. No really, I’m trained a lot …I even trained myself.

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Noah (6): Do bad guys say prayers to Satan?

Maddie (9): Why did someone make it bad to stick your middle finger at people? Is it because it was the only finger without a purpose? Pinkie finger, Ring finger, Pointer finger….Swearing finger???

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Noah: Mommy? So…you’re fat because of the baby growing…but why is daddy fat??

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Scripture study review question. Good answers get Jelly Bellies. Noah got one sympathy Jelly Belly. He was clearly listening lol…

Rob: What do you have to do to get the vail lifted?
Noah: Um, go to hell?

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Talking to Maddie about the name Robert….

Rob: It was common back then to call a man with the name Robert, “Bob”.
Noah (chimes in): So you’re saying your dad was a scientist?
Rob: Nooooooo. My dad went by Bob and I went by Robert.
Noah: Was he a builder?

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Robert: Joanie! Come here.
Me: I can’t! I’m fat.
Noah: You’re not fat! You’re skinny!
Me: *GASP* Oh thank you, Noah!!! *hugs and kisses him*
Noah: Welllll, the truth is you ARE fat but I WISH you were skinny.

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Noah just woke up…
Noah: I’m 6 now!
Mommy: Happy Birthday!…you’re not gonna wear pants on your birthday?
Noah: When my birthday starts and you celebrate it I will put my pants on

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Maddie: “EWWW! That’s disgusting!!”
Me: “What?”
Maddie: “These fries are made with sea salt!! Fish poop in the sea!!!”

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After making waffles Maddie said, “You’re the best mom EVER. HOLLA!”

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Noah: If I was 32 I would be sad.
Mommy: Why?
Noah: Cuz I would miss you if I was 32 and grown up.
Mom: Well I will still be alive when you are 32, and you can come visit me whenever you want!
Noah: Well I don’t know where your house is.
Mom: Well I’m not going to move away and not tell you where I live.
Noah: I know but I will be sad. I don’t want to grow up. I want to stay 5. I want to be 18…to have a girlfriend….STOP LAUGHING!

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I texted this to Noah’s Kindergarten teacher:

“Noah just told me that you told him ladders were made of metal and cookies were made of weed. Busted!”

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This post is sponsored by WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats. All opinions are strictly my own.

photo 5I’ll be honest, I am not a huge fan of summer time. I can’t stand the heat, but it’s nice to have a fun new treat to help cool down and amuse the kids with. Also, if you’re like me then you really don’t need a good excuse to eat ice cream. You can enjoy it any time of year :)

The WONKA™ Brand, owned by Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company, recently announced it’s latest innovation: WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats.

Wonka-Peel-a-PopThey contacted me and asked if I would like to throw a little party to celebrate the announcement with my kids. I love throwing parties for my kids. It’s just fun for me, so I agreed. I was sent some really fun party favors and decorations, some vouchers for the Peel-a-Pops, an American Express gift card, and a GOLDEN TICKET :)

When I first saw these frozen treats I thought that the peel was made out of Laffy Taffy, which would have been awesome if that were the case. It is fun to peel the treat open and the vanilla inside is delicious. I just wish the peel had been Laffy Taffy.

fat-babyEach Peel-A-Pop is only 70 calories so you don’t have to feel guilty when eating it, but let’s be honest, I never feel guilty eating anything if I like it, and my scrawny kids certainly don’t have to worry about the calorie count. Well… the only child who DOES need to watch his calorie intake can’t have dairy yet ;)

My favorite of the two flavors is the Banana. If the peel had been made out of Laffy Taffy I would have enjoyed both flavors equally. The center ice cream is the same in both. My kids and I did not love the texture of the outside peel but they did keep going back to the freezer to get a Peel-A-Pop because they thought it was fun to peel and the inside is really yummy! If you think that you and/or your kids would enjoy this frozen treat then grab a box and try them out. You can find them at your local Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, or Kroger  :)

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So basically, these shirts fit my personality pretty spot on. I love food and praise and who knows what I’ll say when I’m HANGRY! Unfortunately, I really shouldn’t be embracing this mentality anymore. I did lose weight with my whole Omron Fitness campaign that I did with Mamavation, but after baby number four I have gained it back. I will be trying to drop some weight here soon…I mean, my diet started yesterday, it’s just that Rob went to Costco and bought cake bites, I ate all of them, plus lots of cookies and quite a bit of candy…it’s complicated. My diet starts tomorrow. Wish me luck again. Really all I need to do is stop drinking soda and start walking every day and I am sure I will see a big change EVEN if I have the occassional cake bite binge once in awhile ;)
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Easter Sunday

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The kids got new Easter pajamas and new church clothes from their Auntie April. Super cute! Thanks, April :) They also got some fun stuff from the Easter bunny. Maddie got a small sewing machine. Noah got a Spiderman plush doll/pillow. Janie got a Disney Princess skateboard…who knows why Rob thought that was a good idea lol. And they all had fun hunting for eggs in the backyard with their cousins…except for Jude ;)
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I think Jude looks a lot like Noah did, because of his nose shape. The older he get, though, it seems he is looking more like Rob and my daughter Maddie. Either way he is the sweetest happy boy. He is so perfect. Chunky, even-tempered, and pretty much never spits up. Such a nice change from Janie. Janie used to throw up every time she would get too upset. Bed time was horrible with her. With Jude, everything is easy xoxo.

 

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Robert Jude Atwater was born on 4/4/2014. Pretty cool birthday if you ask us :) He weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 19.5 inches long. His original due date was April 10th, which is my sister’s birthday, but I am glad he has his own birthday and we are glad to have our lil fat head a week early <3

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I bought my son one of those “design a super hero” kits with markers. He was so excited her ran off to his room and started working on it. I checked on him later and noticed that his eyebrows were uneven. I asked him, “What happened to your eyebrow?”

He replied nonchalantly with, “Sometimes when you draw you just get dirty.”

OH! Okay. You just accidentally colored all over your eyebrow with red marker. Got it. Well, have fun, bye.

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Week 4 of the Omron Fitness Challenge by Mamavation has begun and so far I am still only down 8 lbs for the entire challenge. I didn’t lose any weight this last week (partially because I hurt my knee snowboarding). That is disappointing but I am still motivated to keep going until the twitter party for the Omron Fitness Challenge. That is when our final “after” weight counts for the contest for most weight lost. Of course, I will continue trying to lose weight even after that as I will not be at my goal weight by then. I am hoping to be able to lose maybe another 12 pounds and be down 20 pounds by the end of the challenge. I will still have a ways to go but being down 20 pounds will be really motivating.

We received our strapless heart rate monitors from Omron this weekend. The strapless heart rate monitor makes it so the tracking is all in the wrist and there is no annoying chest strap to worry about. I have not had a chance to use it yet but I have tried it on and it is comfortable. I have been enjoying my Omron HJ-323U USB pedometer and  510W scale. They have been helping me keep on track with my weight loss goals.

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Features of the  Strapless Heart Rate Monitor HR500U:
• No Chest Strap— Just put it on your wrist and you’re ready to go
• Heart rate—Receive continuous monitoring of your heart rate
• Pace & Distance—Accurately tracks pace & distance during a run or walk
• Calories—Tracks calories burned during your workout
• Color LCD Heart Rate Zone Alert—Programmable zones warn you if you’re too high or too low with a simple, easy to read color
• Software – Upload data to your personal dashboard on www.OmronFitness.com with a USB cable
• Clock—Automatically resets; start with a clean slate each day
• Timer
• Backlight
• Water Resistant
• Rechargeable Battery
• Washable/Breathable wrist strap—Lightweight strap for added comfort

Here are my “Before” and “After” measurements. I have a long way to go but I can tell a difference so far.

BEFORE:                                       AFTER:

  • Bust: 45″                                   43.25″
  • Waist: 41.5″                             39.75″
  • Belly Button: 47.5″              46.25″
  • Hips: 47.5″                              46.5″
  • Right Thigh: 30″                    29.25″
  • Left Thigh: 29.5″                    29″
  • Right Arm: 14.25″                 14.5″
  • Left Arm: 14.75″                    14.5″
  • Neck: 14.75″                            14.5″

Omron Fitness and Mamavation are having a twitter party with the 25 bloggers included in the challenge and we would love for you to join us!

Who: Omron Fitness & Mamavation
When: Wednesday, February 20th
Time: 8-10pm EST (6-8pm MST)
Hashtag: #iheartOmron
Theme: Workout SMARTER instead of longer

More Details, Giveaway Prizes, and RSVP Form can be Found HERE!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.

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