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Blogging through the Alphabet – R January 12, 2014

Filed under: ABCs,Family,home,Kids — jbuxton @ 6:00 am
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R is for Romance

Ok everyone has got to have a little romance. Especially if you are a mama like me with to littles running around. There are a few things that we do to keep the romance alive.

1st we always kiss good morning and goodnight it may sound silly but some days are so crazy that may be the only contact we have all day. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like some days are so crazy that you forget sometimes to give your hubby a kiss or tell him that you love him.

2nd we plan a date night every week. Now we don’t go out every week but we do designate a night to be together and talk or watch a movie or sometimes have a late quiet dinner. Or go out and get some coffee (decaf so we get some sleep even though we are staying up later then 9pm lol).

3rd we do couch time. Now this may not sound super romantic but it is for our kids…couch time if you’ve never heard of it, it is the time that when my hubby gets off of work and spends time talking with me before he goes and plays with the boys…this shows our kids that we are on the same page and that we love each other enough to take time to catch each other up on what has gone on during the day.

4th we have a big mirror in our room and we write each other notes on it just because 🙂

5th we tell each other that we love (for me) and respect (for him) each other. Because well we do. 🙂

What are some ways you keep the romance alive in your relationship?


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Blogging through the Alphabet – O November 6, 2013

O is for Out of time

Seriously. I feel like as a mom with small kids that I spend my whole life taking care of one kids need and then next kids needs and then my husbands needs….I struggle with feeling like I’m all out of time for myself. Does anyone else feel that way? Well your not alone…I’m right there with ya sister…I as a mom I want to provide everything for my kids and my husband….I want them to have all their needs met. But getting from one meal to the next I don’t feel like I get to think…I feel like for me I’m completely out of time…so I’ve tried to find some time for me in all the craziness that I call my life…

usually I make sure to take some time for myself when my boys are napping and currently my 3 year old taking a nap is a hit or miss but none the less I still try and read a book or watch a little tv or take a nap myself.

I also take a hot bath sometimes after my kids go to bed to just be alone…because any mom knows that you don’t get to go the bathroom by yourself anymore…

And lastly on my hubby’s day off he watches the kids for the afternoon so that I can do whatever I would like to do (isn’t he a sweetheart!).

How do you give yourself a little bit of time?

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Philippine style trunk or treat October 27, 2013

We went to a trunk or treat here in Manila hosted by a moms of preschoolers group. It was lots of fun and our little Reece loved being woody :). So here are a few pictures to let you see how it went….





We decorated our trunk as the zoo. It was super simple and looked pretty cute and I didn’t have to buy anything (thank you Pinterest). There were maybe 15-20 cars and around 50 kids. Over here in the Philippines Halloween isn’t such a big deal as in the states but it is starting to get more popular. Like our subdivision we live in here is hosting a Halloween party for the kids in the neighborhood and then the kids can go trick or treating afterwards so I’m planning to take the boys to that also.

So there you go that is how we do Halloween over here…not too different from back home in the states…

What did your kids dress up as?
Did you go to a trunk or treat? How did you decorate your car?



Blogging through the Alphabet – N October 22, 2013

Filed under: ABCs,Baby,Boys,Family,home,Kids,Motherhood — jbuxton @ 7:35 am
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N is for Night time

I don’t know about you but for us, having a set routine at night helps my boys calm down and slow down and be ready for bed…we have followed babywise with both my boys and have found it to be very helpful and in there it talks about having a bedtime routine to do with your kids. Our night time routine varies a little for each boy but for the most part it goes like this:

Brush teeth
Bible story
Hugs and kisses

This is pretty much what we do with our boys every night. And they are so set in their routine that the min we start it they start to yawn and they start rubbing their eyes.

It’s funny how something so simple as having the same routine makes our night that much easier.

Do you have a nightly routine that you do with your kids? What does it look like for you? If not you might consider trying it and see if it helps your kids wind down and mentally get ready for bed.

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Blogging through the Alphabet – K September 18, 2013

K is for Kids in the Kitchen

I really enjoy cooking but I’ve come to enjoy it even more now that my son comes to help me in the Kitchen. He loves to help me measure things for mixing up doughs or desserts. He also loves washing the veggies and then putting them into a bowl after I cut them up. Reece is my big helper in the kitchen. Do you have a kid that loves to help you in the kitchen?

Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way…

1. Don’t worry too much about the mess – Reece always gets flour all over or when he is washing veggies for me he gets water everywhere it’s just part of having a kid help you…


2. Prepare all your ingredients before hand – I try and at least have everything we will need set out so that I don’t have to leave Reece with the huge temptation to play in the mixed items or measure anything extra into the bowl 🙂

3. Let them be kids (Reece is never in it to get it done and move on to the next thing but rather to enjoy what he is doing then and there)


4. Teach them along the way (counting how many scoops they just put in and how many ingredients you used)

5. Let them taste the finished product (Reece always loves to eat whatever he has made)

Do you have any other tips on kids helping in the kitchen?

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Blogging through the Alphabet – I September 8, 2013

Filed under: ABCs,Food,home,Life Experiences — jbuxton @ 4:15 am

I is for International

As you may know by now if you’ve been reading my blog is that I am a missionary in the Philippines. This means that we lead international lives. We live with two cultures our own culture as Americans and the culture we feel God has called us to the Philippines.

So I want share a few things that I love about living internationally and some things that I love about the Philippines and Filipinos.

I love the tropical climate of the Philippines. This is probably because I get cold really easily and I hate being cold. I love the sunshine and and warm weather all year round. You are probably wondering what the temps are like here well during the hot seasons it can get up in the 100s F and during the cool season it can get down to the 70s (brrr). Most of the year we live in the 80-90 range. I love it. The reason this is the temps is because the Philippines is a tropical country and it sits right near the equator.


I also love some of the foods here, so here’s a short list…

I love adobo


I love mangoes


I love lumpia


Now there also many other foods I love here but these are a few of my favorites…

I also really love the Filipino people they are some of the sweets most friendly people I have ever met…

Well there you go a little international information about me 🙂

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Blogging through the Alphabet – H August 22, 2013

Filed under: ABCs,Family,home,Life Experiences — jbuxton @ 4:45 am
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H is for Home

Home is not a building for me and after what has happened a couple of days ago this was reaffirmed for me. On Monday morning we woke up to lots and lots of rain so much rain that we were scared our house was going to flood and the forecast said we were going to get even more and that many houses had already flooded. It was around this time last year that our house flooded because of all the rain that had come through.

We pretty much were trapped in our house for 3 days and thankfully I had gone to the store recently so we had food and a crockpot to cook food in :). We made it through but I never wanted to do that again. So this year when the possibility of our house flooding happened again we moved all of our things upstairs and it our appliances up on tires and left the house for my moms house which is on higher ground.

After we went through all that I was reminded that my home isn’t my things or the house I live in but the people I share it with. My boys and my husband make up my home and it doesn’t matter where or how we live but that we remember its not all about the things that fill the house we live in but the people that we share it with.

I’m hoping it doesn’t take something as drastic as my house almost flooding again to remind me of that.

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our house did not get flooded this time but the waters did come about 1/2 way up our driveway.


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