Saturday, February 28, 2009

Last night...

I can't even focus long enough to type so all I gotta say is I have a HUGE hangover headache!
The world was spinning when I closed my eyes at 2:30...must have been those shots :)

And I was still wasted at 6:00 when I got up to pee.

WHEW!! I will post pictures (non-incriminating) ones later. Keep posted.

Seriously girls....THANK ou for a wonderful night of laughs, tears, and fun. It was FABULOUS!

Okay off to get ready for my company who will be here at 1:00!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Letter B Week

Since the girls I watch and my daughter are old enough now to keep attention for about 10 mintues at a time, I started doing letters each week. The oldest gets "bored" and my daughter has no interest in learning letters, colors, shapes, etc. etc...so this is how I can keep them occupied and also get my teaching juices flowing....

Last week Mary and I did letter A but with 4 kids, we didn't remember to get the camera out!

This week I did letter B and reviewed letter A. The girls had fun and they are loving it!

This week we made bird feeders with Cheerios. I got this idea from The Crafty Crow who has all kinds of great blogs listed with crafty ideas from other people. I just LOVE this site and want to share it with you if you haven't already seen it!

Just take pipe cleaners and have your child(ren) put cheerios on them. Make circles and attach. Easy and Fun! Great for hand-eye coordination for younger children!




Thank God for beautiful days!
























We also practiced "writing" letter B. The 4 year old girl I have actually wrote them and I had the other two trace a capital B and a lowercase B on paper and then air.

We then read Troubles with Bubbles and blew bubbles.

Next we did a craft where we made a bumblebee and sang the Baby BumbleBee song.



I had to help Syd with the body and she did the rest. She liked gluing it together better after it was colored and painting her hands for the wings. So on the link there is a colored version that I recommend printing for kids who don't want to sit and color all the pieces or for younger children.




We had lunch with bananas. Then after eating the bananas for lunch, I found this blog with *THIS* GREAT idea which I am going to do anyway on Monday as review of B lol...you can always squeeze it in somehow! During lunch I had them listen to the little Leap Frog Magnet Fridge toy that plays the letter and sings a song about the sound it makes. They took turns pushing the magnet and playing it.

Every word we heard throughout the morning I'd say...Baby! That starts with B! or Balloon! That starts with B!




We listened to a Book on CD of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. The girls loved that!

Finally we danced and sang Laurie Berkner's Buzz Buzz BumbleBee song!

What a fun day! The girls loved it!

The weekend is about to kick off and I can't wait! Friends from out of town are coming in to visit and we haven't seem them in MONTHS!! So the kids of course are excited and so am I. She and I are going to scrapbook Saturday night since ALL my freaking MOMMY GROUP SO CALLED friends ditched me. Just kidding peoples...I get it. I do. And Mary...thanks for not ditching me. But I give an DO NOT FEEL GUILTY OUT for tonight. lol.

And then next weekend is my weekend getaway with my college girl Kim. I am SO pumped about that as well. However I have a lot to get ready before then! Have a great weekend and I will be back Sunday night to catch up on your blogs and see how your weekend went!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

An award? I'd like to thank my Mom, God....


And you Jen!! For an award!! I will gladly accept and follow along....


For I have NOTHING else to blog about! lol
Here are the rules:

List 7 things that you love and then pass the award on to 7 people...tagging them and letting them know they won!
You can copy the picture of the award and put it on your sideboard letting the whole wide world know you are KReATIV!

7 Things I am Loving...

1. My family more than life itself.
2. Quality time with my children...just laughing and being silly.
3. Reading a good book by the ocean
4. Y&R, Gossip Girl, Greys, and Lost
5. Scrapbooking with friends
6. My laptop...love sitting in bed blogging
7. Spending time with just hubby cuddling on the couch.

I nominate:
1. Mary
2. My mom Mary at Ideally Me
3. Debby at Adventures of a Supah Mommy
4. Gorgeous Mommy at Is this what you do all day?
5. Courtney at Mommy Forum
6. Ms Pulp at MsPulp's Bla, Bla, Blah Blog.
7. Liz at Mommy Time

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Noah's first dance



Today was Noah's first school dance. The PTA at his school threw a Sock Hop for the school and today was the kindergarten and first grade. I signed up to chaperone and when I arrived at the school and he saw me. He had a cute little closed mouth smile on his face. You could tell he just wanted big hugs and kisses but knew he had to stay in line.

I stayed back and watched him with his friends. He and his buddy Logan stuck together and both of them were "too cool" to dance like the others. They stood there like the cool guys! He cracked me up. He perked up a bit after he had a bag of cheesies and a water. I enjoyed being with him in the school function. I miss being in the schools and am always happy to have an excuse to get in there!

This is what Noah did the entire 20 minutes of dance.....too cool too cool.

video

What's on your fridge??

Boredom has set in....

house is clean, dishes need to be loaded and I'm not in the mood, laundry is caught up, so I going to make a game....

What's on your refridgerator?

While watching Sell This House, I thought of this because most of us keep TONS of information, pictures, magnets, etc. on their fridge. I know I do. I only kept it cleaned off when we were trying to sell our home, but on normal days, you can't even tell what color my fridge is or where the water/ice is!

RULES:

1. Take a picture of your refridgerator. Do not change anything! Just snap it AS IS.


2. Post your picture. Note a few things you see on your fridge that others may wonder about.

3. Tag 5 others.



Easy huh?? Here's mine. AHH!! Scary!


The front is covered in art work by my Noah and Syd. Also a calculation of my WW points, a note to myself and Noah to remember his library book, and his 100% on his sight words test.

The side of my fridge is more for "me". I keep my SmartShopper here, my calendar, pictures, a picture of Hubby and I from high school, invitations, and lunch menu. As you can see my books are on top of my fridge...I need to get them down so I will actually read them!



After snapping these pictures I spent 10 mins cleaning it off :) It was out of control!

Okay I tag......

1. My Mom

2. MsPulp

3. Courtney

4. Liz

5. Debby

You better do it!! OR ELSE!! :)

TIPsy Tuesday



A friend over at EcOnomical Mom has a great blog on ideas for saving, going green, and just running a household. She also posts her weekly menu and has this Tipsy Tuesday where you share your tips for cleaning, saving, gardening, shopping, you name it! So I am going to participate this week with.....
I am antsy about posting because I assume that my tips are not extraordinary tips and that they are more common sense. I figure most people already do them. But it works for me...so I am posting! :)

DUM DUM DUM.....


Laundry tips
I have a family of 4.
A hubby who changes twice a day for work and basketball practice and my obsession with not being able to use a bath towel more than 2 times a week before it needs to go into the laundry, a 2 1/2 year old who makes a mess of her clothes a couple times a day, and a son who changes his clothes often and I do the "sniff" test to see if they are dirty or clean, so as you can imagine, we make dirty laundry pretty fast!

I do not have more than one load waiting to be washed...how do I do it?
Easy! Here is how I tackle my laundry....hopefully something I say helps you tackle yours!
  • I have 4 laundry baskets and one hamper. The hamper is the master bedroom. One basket in my daughter's room and one basket in my son's room. One basket is under the dryer waiting for new clean clothes and another is in the laundry room with probably a folded batch of clean clothes :) I think the key is to not have TOO many baskets or you will tend to overuse them and hoard clean clothes in the baskets instead of putting them away.

  • I wash my most of my laundry on COLD/COLD to save energy. I do not have a fancy front load washer so this is the best choice I have to save energy. This way I am not running my hot water heater constantly.
  • A load of laundry must be done on a daily basis. If I do a load a day it keeps my weekend laundry to a minimum. Some days I do two...it depends on how much time I have that day.
  • Doing the laundry is only part of the battle. Putting it away can be the most difficult thing to accomplish. During nap time or quiet time, I fold the load and keep it in the basket. Once I have 2-3 loads folded in baskets, in the evening, I take it upstairs to my bedroom and put it away while hubby has my two little ones in the bathtub. I turn my music up, dance away, and put clothes away. This is how I tackle hubby and son's t-shirts. They both tend to DIG through the drawer to find a t-shirt and this works well...less mess :)
same with the undies.....gosh, hubby would die if he knew I put his skibbies on the Internet!!


  • I put it all out on my bed and put hubby and mine away. My daughter's clothes are put in a basket and my sons are put in a basket. Once all the laundry is put away in our room, I move to my sons where I put away his laundry and then move to my daughter's room. They like it at their young age, b/c they LIKE having me in their rooms while they play. So, it works out well.
  • On Sunday evenings when I am putting away clothes, my 5 year old son and I lay out his clothes for the week. I got a hanger at Walmart that organizes his clothes. There are 6 slots. We put Monday-Friday in the first 5 slots and his shoes in the bottom. It works wonderful! He just goes in, starts at the top and picks his clothes. He always knows what he is wearing and it makes mornings easier! As you can see below Monday and Tuesday is missing :) Please excuse his messy closet...he is 5 :)


I would love to get MORE laundry tips. Everything works for me in my household, but I love to hear about how other people tackle laundry! SHARE SHARE!
For more great tips go *HERE*!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

I have your things...

sorry... Pictures, Images and Photos



I have your things and I am very aware of it. I am so sorry. I really really am.
I just have my mind full of "things" to do and I just can't seem to catch up. I feel terrible that I have borrowed your things and haven't returned them yet. I have no excuses....I am ashamed *head hanging low*.
I apologize and I will return them. I promise.
This is my solemn vow that I will get your things back.

Why do I do this?? I should put a huge post-it note on my forehead that reads...."DO NOT LET ME BORROW!"

So here is my list and I am ashamed to type it.

Mom: I have a couple of your books. I am so sorry. I still have them b/c the only reading I do right now is blogs, email, and children's books. I hold onto them because I HOPE to read them soon.

Hilary: See the reason above for Mom. I think I counted right. I have 2 of yours. I meant to give them back to you before you left, but it never happened. At least I remembered to pay you for the Father's Day cookie! WHEW! lol.

Amy: I have your Jeff Duhnam videos in my living room basket. We have watched one of them so I should at least give you that one back :)

Julie: You just let us borrow Toy Story DVD and now I feel bad because look at this list. The only thing good for you is that it will remain in my car DVD player till I come back and visit. It will be right there in my car for you since we never watch much in the house!

Kelli: I still have your Rhyming puzzle you let me borrow for Noah. He can rhyme now so I should return that to you. My goal is to get off here and get it with Sara' stuff so when you pick her up..it's all yours :) thank you by the way lol.

I think that is about it...but I could be wrong. If I borrowed something let me know. I don't mean to do it. I really don't. :( I am so sorry.

Sunday Weigh In

Even though the weekend is over, I feel like I got a lot accomplished yesterday. I was SO busy I never got to get on my treadmill or workout with Jillian, but as much as I was up and down 2 flights of stairs and bending over, carrying laundry baskets up and down, and running from room to room....I had to have burned a few calories! Oh how I hope. Just to double check I jumped on the scale and it was the same as Sunday morning, so that is a good sign!

I lost .5 lbs this week!! I am down 8.5 lbs so far. I am consistently staying the same or losing up to a pound a week. I am telling myself that slow and steady wins the race!! Not bad for only exercising 2 times last week. I spent the whole week trying to fight this cold and had no energy with the kids I babysit having fevers, mine having fevers, and me feeling like poo.

So today is a new week and my routine will pick up where it left off a couple weeks ago.

Monday: Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred Video (Level 2) (3lb hand weights)
Tuesday: Jog 2 miles on the treadmill and exercise ball
Wednesday: Repeat Monday
Thursday: Repeat Tuesday
Friday: Repeat Wednesday
Saturday: Jog 3 miles on the treadmill
Sunday: Off

And I will continue to "watch" what I eat. I call it Lisha Watchers. I can't afford WW but I know the routine. I don't write down, but I drink lots of water, Powerade Zero, and 4C lemonade, watch portions and make good snack choices. So far its working. Wish me luck on my week!

Things to look forward too in the upcoming month!

Scrapbooking with my Mommy friends on the 27th
Scrapbooking Retreat March 6-8
Pokeno Nite with my Mommy friends on March 13th
Mommy group THINK SPRING SWAP for March 21
In a Wedding March 27th!

I am so pumped about March!! Spring is coming...I can feel it in the air, my spirits, my body! It is approaching!

T.G.I.Friday's Buy One Get One Free

Have your printer ready and click *HERE* for a TGI Friday's BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Entree!! WOOHOO!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nothing....except one thing....

There goes another weekend! Can you believe how fast it goes? Like a flash....POOF!!! It's GONE!

Can't God just slow it down and drag it out a good 2 extra hours??? For little ol' me?

I spent most of my day out of town on Saturday. I shopped with the kids. Noah needed new jeans and shirts so I went to Old Navy. Hubby needed socks and undies. So I went to Wally World. Met with Hubby's Aunt and Cousin for lunch at Red Lobster (RUB RUB RUB Jen hehe).
Visited with my friend Julie who used to live by me for the afternoon. The kids played and had SO much fun. I got "adult" time. Went home and relaxed. Syd got a fever. Noah got a fever. I went with my friend to get her wedding dressed altered and learned to do the lacing. Came home. Did laundry. Cleaned bathrooms (germs germs germs). Organized closets. Took a bath. Reading blogs. Yep..that is about it.

But I have good news!!! (no I'm not preggo yet)

I am going on a scrapbooking retreat!!! AN ENTIRE WEEKEND FOR ME!! No kids. No hubby. No cleaning. No laundry. Just me and a bunch of women scrapbooking! Bad news is...I am lettign my girls down for our MNO on March 6. I am so sorry girls. But I know that a lot of you are already cancelling too, so if we have to we can reschedule. But USE that night as an excuse to GET out!! :)

I am going to Pittsburgh from Friday-Sunday. I get meals, a room, jaccuzzi, indoor pool use, scrapbooking time, and time with my girl Kim. I am SO freaking excited. Hubby was SO supportive of me going because of all the stress I have had through basketball season!! Thank you honey! I love you!!

Yep that is about it! Have a super Monday. I will be nursing my kids back to good health!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cute downloads

Go *here* and check out the cute downloads for all kinds of things that are helpful around the house, like Monday-Friday tags to hang on hangers for your kids clothes (cute!), paper crafts, and much much more! I thought her site was cute and wanted to share with you!

I'm it and now you are too!



This is my son Noah when he was 18 months old (he is now 5 1/2). He got this cowboy hat and would wear it around the house forever, but never on top of his head. No, he was too cool for that! lol. This is one of my most favorite pictures of him too! Glad I got to share it! :)

I'm it!! And you are in a minute!! Staci tagged me for this game and since I have nothing else to blog about, this will be perfect! :) And I made my own game...I will post it in later.

Here are the RULES:

1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2. Go to the 6th Folder and then pick the 6th Picture.
3. Post it on your bloggy and tell the story that goes with the picture.
4. Tag 5 other glorious peoples to do the same thing and leave a comment on their bloggy tellin’ them ’bout it


You're It:
1. Mom
2. Mary
3. Courtney
4. Tracy
5. Liz
6. MsPulp

Really tasty Snickerdoodles

During my childhood, I was so spoiled by having my grandmother live next door to me. We usually crashed our bikes closer to her house than our own and she would soak your boo boos in Epson salts and all along you wished you crashed closer to your Mommy where she would clean it gently and kiss it better. But she was really good at mixing up some baking soda and water and lathering up your bee stings to ooze the sting. The butt whooping for climbing up on the roof with my grandfather is one I will never forget! lol.



She would also spoil us with some of THE best recipes in the world. Some of my favorites were: Her dill pickles, her jams, pies especially Sho Fly Pie, her homemade wheat bread (I would watch her in AW with how she would move her hands to knead the dough. She did it the REAL way, no bread ovens for her), molasses and snickerdoodle cookies, and many others. She was sweet in life and in the kitchen.



When she moved to the nursing home, many of her recipes and cookbooks were taken by her daughters and I will never see those recipes!! And many of her recipes are just in her head...hidden away forever. But there is one thing I will never forget and that is how they taste. So when I find a recipe that is close to hers (minus the love she put into it) I get SO excited!



I found this recipe from a blog called Molly Irwin 2009* and I found her from The Crafty Crow. It is a FABULOUS recipe. She has pictures of the cookies if you have never had them! In fact, I am sitting here dipping them in hot tea as I type.



Here is her recipe, but make sure you stop by her blog. Both of the linked ones above have great ideas and crafts for your kids! Be sure to check it out!



snickerdoodles


2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
1 + 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

for dredging:
1/4 cup sugar, mixed with 4 tsp. cinnamon



Bake at 350, 8-11 minutes on parchment lined sheets

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Broccoli rollups

This is a recipe I got from my mother. They are delicious!! But not so good the next day. You probably will not have any left over anyway cuz they are THAT good :)

Broccoli Rollups

1 cup mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 cup cooked chicken
6 flour tortillas (big ones)
1 box thawed broccoli
1 cup Cheddar cheese
1 can Durkee Onion Rings

Combine soup, milk and set aside.
Combine chicken, broccoli, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 cup onion rings, and stir in 3/4 cup soup mix. Place on tortillas and roll up.

Place in a 9x13 greased pan.

Pour remaining soup and pour over tortillas.

Bake covered 350-for 35 mins.

Top with remaining cheese and onions. Bake uncovered 5 mins longer.

I will be substituting things with lower fat mushroom soup, higher fiber tortillas, more broccoli, 1% milk, 2% shredded cheese, yet will be the same great taste!! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!!

Menu Plan

Back to life...back to reality!! Basketball is OVER!! Well...sorta. Hubby has been home more, but still has playoffs next week. Is it bad for me to hope he loses the first game?? Oh that is terrible! Anywho...since basketball is unwinding, I need to get my organized menu plan back in the works. So, I am starting it back up again for my loyal readers and mainly for myself :)


MENU PLAN

Thursday: Skillet chicken breasts (cooked in extra light olive oil, salt, and pepper), steamed broccoli, and baked potatoes

Friday: Out as a treat :)

Saturday: Grab subs for dinner. (Subway..I got weigh in Sunday morning!)

Sunday: Chicken cooked in crock pot (just water, salt, pepper, and a can of chicken broth), waffles, and gravy, and corn. (Save leftover chicken for Thursday)

Monday: Hubby has playoff game (kids and I will eat at home. Me a salad or WW Smart One)

Tuesday: WW Baked Beef Ziti, (using ground lean turkey instead of beef), salad, and garlic bread

Wednesday: Honey-Dijon Salmon, whole grain rice, and mixed veggies

Thursday: Broccoli Rollups and salad

Friday: Haddock broiled with a brush of olive oil, baked potatoes, peas

Saturday: Out :)

Sunday: Vegetable Soup (homemade)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Before heading to bed....

I wanted to give you guys an update on the talk.....

Hubby and I laid there on Valentine's Day night and talked. At first he was very much on board with trying for our 3rd and final baby, but after a couple days of contemplating, he changed his mind.

We both have our own "plans" so what we decided to compromise on is:

It is God's plan. So, I am going off the pill and whatever happens happens. Then we will go from there. I am happy with this plan because my daughter was conceived this way :) So I have confidence that it won't be long.

Again, why am I trying to lose weight?? Oh that is right...to increase my chances of getting pregnant! I am so happy to have you guys along with my might happen or might not happen journey!

After this week of pmsing, Aunt Flo visiting, I will be off the birth control pill!! WOOHOO!!! So, I will starve myself and sweat my chunk off just to add it back on.

Off to bed. I am tired and worn out from trying to catch up with the housework.

Till morning....

Proud Mama once again....


There is one thing my son consistently does and that is making me a PROUD MAMA!


Today as I was standing outside in the dreary weather with my head filling with fluids and it felt like it was going to float off into the sky, I watch as my handsome 5 year old stands up to come down the stairs of the bus. He doesn't even get 2 steps down and he beams from ear to ear. "I got all my words right today!" He says.


I feel tickled all over! I gave him the biggest hug and told him he made me proud once again. He says, "Why do I make you proud?" I said, "Because at the end of each day, I get to say you are MY boy and no one elses!"


Some other things that keep me smiling are:


Watching him help his little sister get a drink

During the wind storm, he crawls in bed with me at 3:00 in the morning and asks, "Don't you wish our house was made of brick Mommy?"

How excited he gets to go to school every morning

When he stands up all his Star Wars toys and I can him playing (reminds me of his Daddy)

The gentleness and innocence he still has at the age of 5


and I don't want to jinx it but......


He has slept ALL night in his own bed without Mommy for the past 4 nights!! Something just clicked one night and boom....he is all grown up!! As most of you know *this* has been an ongoing issue with my son since he was a baby. I have pretty much slept with him since he was an infant and now he is finally breaking loose!


We have been telling him how proud we are every morning and that he is such a big boy. He really likes to make us happy. I hope he always strives to please himself and us the way he does now.


Cheers to you Noah. My little man. The love of my life. My pride and joy. I. Love. You!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Enough already...

What is with the stereotypes of people in wild and wonderful West Virginia. This has been brewing in my mind for a couple years but this forward set me off....now don't get me wrong, I can laugh about it, but I feel for the real rednecks in this state I now call home.

Here's the forward (now it is funny, but it could be in reference to ANY redneck in this country, not just good ol' WV):

Dearest Redneck Son,

I'm writing this slow because I know you can't read fast. We don't live where we did when you left home. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles of your home, so we moved.

I won't be able to send you the address because the last West Virginia family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so they wouldn't have to change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm not sure about it. I put a load of clothes in and pulled the chain. We haven't seen them since.

The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice last week; the first time for three days and20the second time for four days.=0 D

About that coat you wanted me to send; your Unc Billy Bob said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

Bubba locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out.

Your sister had a baby this morning, but I haven't found out what it is yet so I don't know if you are an aunt or uncle.

Uncle Bobby Ray fell into a whiskey vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out but he fought them off and drowned. We had him cremated, he burned for a day and a half..

Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pickup truck. Butch was driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the back. They drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down!

There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much out of the normal has happened.

Your Favorite Aunt,
MOM



Now that is funny. It really freaking is. I cracked up as I read it.

Because there are are people in this world that are really THIS dumb and we can laugh about it, but seriously people the WV jokes are getting old.

Where I live in WV, not ALL people are like this, actually the majority of people are NOT like this. I know in the deeper parts of WV and other Mid-Western states, Southern states, Kentucky, you name it...there are "rednecks". So, I wanted a definition of what a redneck actually is:

One definition I found says this:

redneck definition
☆ red·neck (red′nek′)
noun
Slang a poor, white, rural Southerner, often, specif., one regarded as ignorant, bigoted, violent, etc.: often a derogatory term
Etymology: from the characteristic sunburned neck acquired in the fields by farm laborers

also:

redneck noun
(context, slang) An uneducated, unsophisticated, or poor white person, typically used to describe residents of the rural Southern US.

I know where I live, rednecks are few and far inbetween. Now, we do have some "White trash" or WT we call them.

white trash
–noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.a member of the class of poor whites, esp. in the southern U.S.
2. poor whites collectively

Just so you know...many of us are now falling in the "White Trash" definition thanks to the economy, so you better watch what you say before you turn into one. But I have to admit, people who are WT do not bother me unless they are doing *THIS* or talk down on education and start talking like your kids do not need it and you plant negative thoughts about education into your child's head. You do that....and you have lost all respect from me. Other than that, I have met some really great "rednecks and WT" so, please be kind to your fellow WVians :)

We really are wild and wonderful.

So thank you to the state of WV for treating my family well for the past 9 years living here. I never thought in a million years that I would be here that long but it has given us opportunities, wonderful friends, a beautiful home in a beautiful golf community. So, thank you PA the state I grew up in, the state I had a wondeful childhood in, the state I got my Bachelors degree in, but no thank you for the lack of opportunities to come back and get a job and raise my family. I think we can stay here for awhile!

Monday, February 16, 2009

DING DING DING!!

JEN YOU ARE KICKING BUTT!! (but no more cheating lol)

Top Commenters-Updated

*You guys are cracking me up....it swears that it will increase your comments and get people to leave them. I think I got a lot of you going didn't I?? HEHEHEH


If you look over there to the left by the followers, you will see a box of my top commenters....I am watching and watching to see who keeps the lead....

Should I make this a contest?? Whoever keeps the most comments wins?? Whatcha think??

You should grab this box and get it on yours. It really is fun to see who is battling to be in top 5!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Weigh In

What a hard week...being sick and not having the energy to exercise but ONE time...I know don't look at me like that...I feel guilty enough. But I could not manage to do it. My knees are hurting and it is so hard to bend them to do the smallest things...but all excuses aside. I am going to run more this week and alternate with my video to keep my energy going.


AnyWho...I am down 1 lb. I was down 2 lbs on Friday morning (yes I cheated with the scale...but I was feeling light and I was right!) But with Valentine's Day party and hubby taking me out to dinner last night to Kobe Japanese Restaurant, I put on a lb. My water intake was down yesterday and the food was too hard to resist!! Hubby and I had a good time out though. It was SO nice to just talk without the interruptions. It really was HUGE for us because we rarely go out and spend time together and we missed it. Alot.


Then, as you can imagine, the night progressed as usual. We came home and relieved our FREE babysitter!! Thank you Alison for driving 45 mins one way just to watch our kids for us! You are wonderful and greatly appreciated!! The kids LOVED you and already asking when you are coming back!!


After both kids were tucked in their beds and fast asleep, hubby and I enjoyed the gift from my swap parter, Kirby. She sent me her Sweet Tart Sequin heart pastie from her Good Gals Inc. business. Very cute and Hubby liked....He liked it. Alot.

Your hubby would like it too...not me...the undies and hearts lol lol....
So, after a long Valetine's Day, we sat and talked. We talked about life and babies.
I will post more on our decision we came together on. We are still talking so I can't post anything yet till everything is set in stone.

Friday, February 13, 2009

TGIF for many reasons....

Okay well, hubby went to the doctor yesterday and he has tonsilitis. Thank goodness he listened to me and went. I just had a feeling and I was right. It is floating through my house like madness. Took Noah back to the doctor and he is on the verge of getting pneumonia again. He is back on an antibotic. Syd is healthy and I have a stomach bug...no puking thank goodness but I am dropping weight like crazy! This week's weigh in will be fabulous even though I haven't exercised but once. Then the following week I will have to be careful!

I made Noah's teachers' Valentine's Day gifts. I posted them *here*.

My house looks like this: Couch covers in the laundry, toys everywhere, dishes backing up, SO NOT ME. I can't even believe I am posting this....I will probably delete it once the embarrassment sets in.




But after yesterday having 5 kids, feeling sick, and just trying to keep up, my living room was the last thing I was worried about. The girls enjoy destroying the room but not cleaning it up. So this is the way it stayed for 2 days. Today is my day. I am getting off here in 5 mins and spending the rest of the day giving the girls jobs and knocking the mess to the moon!!


Because tomorrow at 11 I will have 15 kids and 7 adults in my house for a Valentine's Day party. I gotta get my butt in gear! Clean, vaccum, dust, mop, and disinfect. Wish me luck!!


The highlight of my night was when my daughter disappeared for 1o minutes to her room and cam downstairs looking like this:


So that made for a wonderful day despite everything else.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers

I admit it....I scraplifted this idea, actually both, but made them my "own" if you know what I mean.

This is by far NOT my idea, but I thought it was SUPER clever...so here is what my son gave his teachers' for Valentine's Day.






They are hand sanitizer bottles stripped of their labels and decorated with hearts, tags, and ribbons! Very "handy" for teachers!! Add something pretty to their desk :)




Also, I added in....an adorable mug (not your usual ugly mugs that teachers get 50,000 of) but a CUTE one with Hershey kisses. I made a label for the top. I think they will love it...I know I would.

Spoil those teachers! They deserve it!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

No sleep on Caledonia...

I fell asleep at 11:30 pm last night only to awake at 1:00ish am to the strong winds that sounded like my house was falling down. My stomach started to cramp in worry because I could hear shingles stripping from our roof.....then by 3:00 am the banging started.



I told hubby....his advice: There's nothing you can do about it.



Well, that didn't help me. I went and looked out every window upstairs to see if I could see what was banging. I prayed SO hard that it would not be expensive damage.



Finally, in the spare bedroom I peered out to see the gutter which runs the back length of my house hanging at the middle. It hung from the top to my bottom windows and was banging against my house and my breakfast nook windows. I kept thinking they were going to break them. I moved the table away just in case.



BANG BANG BANG BANG



all effin night....I kept praying and praying....finally by 5:30 am God answered my prayers. The gutter blew upward and tucked behind a pipe vent thingy and got stuck. So no more banging. I finally fell asleep from 5:30 till 6:10 when another huge gust blew through and something flew off either my house or a neighbors and hit the outside wall of my bedroom. It was loud enough it woke my daughter (who managed to sleep through the banging outside her bedroom window all night). I cuddled with her for 5 mins and told her it was the wind. Put her back in her bed, put on my sneakers and ran outside.



Verdict: There goes my income tax return we were going to use to do our flooring and our summer vacation. I now have to replace the gutter across the back, a ton of shingles, and possibly replace a vent on the roof.

I am not a happy homeowner right now. Tis life.

Now I am preparing myself to take 4 kids to the doctor's office. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Weight Watchers Baked Ziti

I am posting 2 different Baked Ziti recipes....

The first of which is from WW. I love this recipe! It doesn't skip out on ingredients and goes great with a side salad!! The second is from Allrecipes.com. A little more calories, but you can cut down on the ingredients by going light or fat free. Check them both out!

Baked Beef Ziti

5 points and makes 8 servings

12 oz uncooked ziti
1 tsp olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/3 lb raw lean ground beef
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cook pasta, drain, set aside.
3. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat, add garlic, and saute 2 mins. Add beef and cook unti brown. Drain.
4. Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt, & pepper. Stir to coat beef. Cook about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Spoon a small amount of tomato mixture into bottom of 4 quart casserole dish. Top with 1/2 of the cooked ziti and then layer tomato sauce and 1/2 the mozzarella. Layer remaining ziti on top and top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly. About 3o minutes.

1 cup/serving

Baked Ziti Click link for a photo and nutritional facts

INGREDIENTS
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Dirty thoughts....

Do I just have dirty thoughts or does this chicken fry I ate for dinner look like a penis?


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Swap partner's News!

Okay so my swap partner's business made it on the Today Show today!

Go *HERE* and see her blog with the video! SO AWESOME! I am so happy for her!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Favorite Things Swap....

This was SO much fun and I will have to do it again soon! I am actually going to get my Mom's group involved in one for Spring because it was so much fun to shop for someone else for no reason at all!

I did a Favorite Things Swap through Sarah at It might seem crazy but we call it Life. My partner's name is named Kirby over at Good Gals Inc. She has an amazing little business and if you are looking for something to spice up your love life, get a love life, or for Valentine's Day, go there and order from her....
So, the UPS man showed up today. In fact, he was quite hot....so thank you Kirby for sending some eye candy my way lol. Maybe I could have taken him up on my little ordeal......*sneaky grin*

The package came....she spoiled me with air mail and I jipped her with ground shipping. So she won't get hers till Thursday at the latest. I feel SO terrible...I am SO sorry girl!

Here's the package....If I had more time I would have grabbed the camera for a pic of the UPS guy *did I mention him again out loud? So sorry*



I couldn't wait to rip into it!! What did she have for me?? What could this girly girl living in LA send a lonely, cooped up mother of 2?? Well, let me show you!!

Yummy smelling candle...very classy looking :)




Glass dish...Gorgeous!

This is the box of goodies!

Love the nail polish...I was desperate for a new color and this one is so me! She even sent me Burts Bee the same shade I am about out of!! I LOVE THAT STUFF!!



This is from her business..so order up ladies...or gentleman for your ladies....Good Gals Inc.
This will be my surprise for hubby for V-day!! lol..he won't know what hit him...HOUSEWIFE GONE WILD!! :)

Thank you so much Kirby! I hope you are not disappointed in what I sent!

I need your creative ideas...

I am in desperate need of your creative ideas. No, not a craft idea, not a kid's art idea, not how to get a stain out, or a gift idea.....


BUT creative ideas on how to convince my husband that now is the best time to get pregnant. I don't have to convince him that we should have three, because he already is on the same page with me on that. I just need him to see that it is time.

Most of you know how much we really want a third child and how much I have the desire to start. DO NOT TELL HIM (for those of you who see/talk to him)!

I am trying to convince him. I refuse to trick him into it or do it without his permission, but want him to see how the timing is right.

Here are the details:
  • I have a 5 year old who will turn 6 in April.
  • I have a 2 year old who will turn 3 in May.
  • I want to go back to work, but hubby wants me home another year with our daughter.
  • I worry about the economy and getting a job. He knows that people will always need services like babysitting, so I can continue to do that to make some extra money to pay the bills.
  • He wants me to go back to work in 2 years and take off one year with the baby...so work 2009 stay home, work school year of 2010-2111 get pregnant and stay home one year with the baby when she is born. Then go back to work.
  • I am thinking....get pregnant now and have the baby and stay home 2 years and go back to work for good...no more taking off. To me, that makes more sense. But I need to convince him of that.

How do I do that?? He is a planner. HELP!!

Should I convince the kids first and have them talk about it a lot??
Draw up a 5 year plan?
Make a financial chart?
Do I promise that we can make the baby's sex a surprise like he wants and promise he can name he/she?





BABY Pictures, Images and Photos

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Oreo Balls

Are you hungry?? Are you craving chocolate??





I am.....so here's a recipe for you!

WARNING: These are hard to stop eating! Make sure you don't make them alone...you will eat them all!!! :)





Oreo Balls



1 standard-size of Oreo cookies
1 standard-size of cream cheese, softened
16 ounce package of any kind of candy making chocolate



Crush Oreo cookies into fine crumbs and mix in the cream cheese until no white is showing. The mixture will have a dough-like consistency. Refidgerate long enough to firm up the dough, at least 30 minutes, so that is it is easier to form into balls. Once firm, roll the dough into bite-size balls.

Melt chocolate. Dip the battter into the chocolate and allow to cool on waxed paper. Allow chocolate to set in the refridgerator or freezer. Yields between 24 and 36 cookies.

*I prefer to make them without the choc. covering, so dipping them in chocolate is optional.

ENJOY!! :P

Recooperating....

Wow! What a night!

Let me put it this way. I never thought that it would be that difficult for a 31 year old of 2 children to make it all night at the bar! I was falling asleep sitting at the second bar!

The night began fine. I am a very outgoing person, but when it comes to doing things that I normally don't do, I get very uncomfortable. I'm the one who sits back and observes in a new situation. I find my place and typically fall right into place, however....Saturday night I struggled finding my place.

What I would have given to be able to have a few drinks last night! I was getting emotional over the whole thing...just didn't feel like I fit in anymore. Like I am the woman who sits and finds pleasure talking about my kids, arts and crafts, and whats for dinner. So, after talking to my friend Mary and taking one shot to calm the nerves, I felt much better. I calmed down and the excitment began.......


The festivities began at a friend's house where there was drinks, beer, snacks, and live entertainment...













Now for the live entertainment...I will pick a decent picture for the virgin eyes (like I was till I was tragically corrupted at this bachelorette party).



PREPARE YOUR EYES.....







Oh I have much MUCH worse than this, but I won't share via this blog lol. But let me just say that I saw parts of the man that I wished I NEVER EVER saw!

Then I got drive 15 intoxicated women in a 15 passenger van to two different bars!! I needed a chain for all the women to hold on too (like Jon & Kate Plus 8)! They were everywhere in the bar and trying to get them rounded up to head to the second bar was quite the task. After doing a head count, double checking the tables (just like with my kids lol), and making sure we had everyone, we headed out.

I drove the biggest ass van I have ever driven. I swear I needed a CDL for that thing! Driving was fine, but backing up and parking was quite the chore. And the fact that they all trusted me to drive!!

The night was very much like having children. I had to remind them to use their manners, get their things when we left, helped them in the bathroom, and made sure they didn't get lost.

However, thank God they are pretty responsible women because I didn't have to deal with vomit and them taking off their clothes!

The night was fun until we hit the second bar. It is a local one here and it SCARES me when I am in there! Actually, most of the bars scare me, but this one in particular. So, I fell asleep against the wall for several minutes till I was woken up!

Needless to say, I got home at 4 in the morning! Hubby was wonderful! He let me sleep in till I was ready to get up. He made me breakfast in bed and helped me with the house today. He is awesome!!



BTW: Rough week, but I moved up to Level 2 with Jillian and am doing great! But...I am up .5 lbs!! :( Oh well....I will have a good week, so I will make up for it! :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

BTW


This hot sexy mama is going out on the town for a Bachelorette party!!

LOOK OUT!! oh and I am DD....how bad does THAT suck??

Weekend so far....

This weekend is flying by like a flash....I hate when the weekends do that especially when it is this nice out! My car was reading 68 degrees today as I ran errands. I couldn't believe it!

Friday was fabulous! I finally got some "me" time with my friend Mary. She came over for lunch, playdate, and craft time with the kids. We made some really adorable Valentines with the kids. They had fun! I enjoyed just sitting with her, chatting, and doing a craft. It was quite relaxing even if our kids didn't have as long of an attention span as we did lol.

I blogged this over at my "other" blog..you know the one all aren't following...LMAO...no pressure....unless you feel GUILTY *chuckle*

Here are some pictures from Friday's fun day!

Mary as cute as ever with her creation! Oh wait...I did say this was for the kids right??



Here ya go...Syd and her creation!



Cameron and his..although he made 2 creations...this one and his name in glue on my table lol




The owls.....


The puppies....




We had loads of fun!!

Valentine Cards


Here are some cute ideas for handmade Valentines that your kids can make for their friends.

My son and I made these last year for his preschool class and for his friends. I precut everything and he put them together himself. They are adorable!!




Then I found these on someone's crafty blog and HAD to make those as well!! So easy and very cute!!





The back of them read:







I just free handed the shape of the heart for the Puppy's head and the owl's body. I used my circle punch and heart punch from Creative Memories to make the nose of the puppy and the eyes of the owl.
We just made a pattern and precut the pieces for the kids to put them together. Very easy and fun for the kids!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

5 Chip Cookies

Make sure you check out the Raisin Bran Muffins my mother posted below...don't miss that one! They are much healthier that what I am about to post....

I am sitting here craving something sweet, when I came upon a woman pmsing's dream food.

They are called 5 Chip Cookies. Yeah I will be making these...but not tonight. I am going with Banana Bread.....Still bad bad bad, but I NEED something sweet and homemade :)

If you try these come back and comment what you thought!

Five Chip Cookies
1 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. old-fashioned oats
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. EACH milk chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, vanilla chips and butterscotch chips
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2" apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake @ 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes on baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.

Raisin Bran Muffins

Applesauce Raisin Bran Muffins
SERVES 12
Weight Watchers Points with Recipe Builder 3 pts. each

· 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 2 cups Raisin Bran cereal
· 1 cup 1% milk
· 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
· 1 egg, slightly beaten or 1/4 cup Egg Beaters
· 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
· 2 tablespoons butter, melted (light butter)

Preheat over to 400F; prepare a muffin tin with paper liners or by spraying with cooking spray.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cereal and milk in large bowl; let stand 3 minutes.
Stir in egg, applesauce, sugar and butter; stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy).
Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.
Bake at 400F for 20 minutes or until golden brown, and they test done with a toothpick.
These are really good, not overly sweet. They fill you up too!
Enjoy!

My daughter is....

My daughter is everything I am and everything I am not.
She is silly and finds the funny in everything (just like me), she likes to play babies, dollhouse, and Barbies (just like me), she looks just like me, she is whiny (just like me), loves her bath time (like me), she loves to sleep (just like me), .....
But she is such a girly girl...and I am SO not....

She wants her nails painted, hates having food touch her hands, anything that looks dirty is Ucky, calls herself a princess, dances around, sings at the top of her lungs, loves shoes and dressup, when reading a book she's rather discuss the pretty dress on the girl instead of what color it is or how many of something is on the page....
She is ALL girl!

I just ADORE her for being everything I am and everything I am not. Sometimes I can't stop watching her...she amazes me.



Hubby and I were catching up on our DVRed shows and this is what Sydney did to entertain herself. She lined up her babies on the fireplace and sat and read them a book.


While going through pictures I found this....looks like my little girl got my camera and was taking pictures of herself. We had the NoahCam...heres the SydCam :)