Monday, December 30, 2013

So Long, 2013.


    
 
I'm starting 2 days early: a lovely little diet. I don't usually diet for the new year, but after a solid week of eating the most delicious and fattening food ever, it's a must-do. I'm trying something new: counting carbs, as per my mother-in-law's suggestion. Today was day 1 and I failed miserably: I was scarfing Special K Red Berries by 3 pm. Onward, tomorrow.
 
Actually, I'm starting the whole 'new year' thing in every aspect early. Christmas décor, gone. House projects, started. Vacations, on the calendar. Campaign season, in sight. I just want to get moving in a different direction. 2013 was the most depressing year I can remember having. There were personal and family struggles, indeed, but more impactful than my own experiences was watching good friends and mere acquaintances get knocked down one right after another: deaths, illness, cancer, job loss, money problems, addiction struggles, ect. These things happen - it's just a part of life, but the anxiety I developed because of it was unexpected and forced me to process each trial as if it were my own. After all, we are never guaranteed a obstacle-free existence and you never know when one of these seemingly awful situations will fall right in your very own lap. And so, I am learning. I'm still a baby by way of life experience, but I am ever so aware. Needless to say, I count my blessings daily.
 
So, 2014. I am welcoming you with open arms. And I'm welcoming you with this scripture in mind:
"Be Still and Know that I am God".

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lists.


Sunday night planning sesh this week includes making lists for a thanksgiving meal we are hosting one day after Thanksgiving day, ingredients for a dessert I'm bringing for the actual Thanksgiving Day feast, and food/stuff for a Ninja Turtles birthday party just one day after it all. And regular grocery shopping. 

And another list for things to get done around the house. First up: get the foyer finished. It's been half painted for 2 months. Have I mentioned how much I hate painting?! It's not even that big of a job. But, I swear it makes me feel like I have ADD. Get our guest room ready, organize a few closets and start going through toys. Get a fold out table and extra chairs. Plus, it got cold overnight!! I have to pull the fleece out for my kiddos.

And finally, a list for Black Friday shopping. I'm half done. Almost there. Christmas is right around the corner. 

And that reminds me: I need to pull out the decorations. 

I usually kind of hate this time of year: the hustle and busyness, the cold, all the stuff, but I'm really excited and happy and just grateful to do it all this year. You never know when you won't be able to celebrate these happy times with the people you love. 

Ps. I want to add www.thevintagepearl.com and black uggs Ansley slippers to my Christmas list. That's not asking too much, is it?! 

(I'm joking. It is!)







Friday, November 22, 2013

Annual Christmas List -2013

My SIL reminded me that I haven't written my annual Christmas list this year. I feel sort of silly writing it this year, more than in years past. It's always been just for fun but this year I really just want my friends and family to be healthy, happy, and without so much adversity. There seemed to be a lot of that this year for a lot of people close to us. ...and maybe more time with just my husband. :)

But anyway, here's the stuff I've had my eye on.

This.  All white. Plus, the shams.

One of these. Or something like it for my kitchen. I'm an iTunes radio LOVER. It's on all day.

THIS. THIS. THIS. I've been waiting all year for it and I think my Mom got it for me? I. Love. Her.

Babysitting coupons?

Orange Leaf, Barnes & Nobles, or Hobby Lobby gift cards - I always need another reason to go to these places!

AND - my lost wedding ring to be found. It would be a Christmas miracle.

New Addition to the list: Travis.

Ammo. or guns with ammo. :)

gift cards: dick's sporting goods & strictly shooting

or this.

and this movie. hmm.


2012.
2011.
2010.



What I Want to Remember About Today.

While the elder part of the nation will remember the 50th anniversary of the JFK shooting today, I felt prompted to write down a few of the things I should remember about this time. My boys are growing so quickly - literally just so fast and time is slipping away. Triston suddenly doesn't like action figures anymore like Avengers or Spider man. I'm kind of scrambling at what to buy him for Christmas. He had more fun handing out candy this year during Halloween than trick-or-treating for it and didn't even really care about a costume. He begs  me for his own room and wants to watch football instead of cartoons. He eats more than anyone else in our house.  I knew this time would come - they have to grow up. I just didn't think it would happen at 9 and it's made me more aware than ever that these hard and busy years will be over before I know it. [sad face]

This morning:

Jackson was going a mile a minute about getting to use iPads at school today, computer lab where they get to play ABCYA because it's Friday, and Gym day. Sounds like it will be a great Friday for him.

Bryce was carrying on about having a terrible life because he can't go to Pump-It-Up AND Chuck E. Cheese in the same day. He is only 5, so I'm going to chalk it up as silliness...but I feel a "did you know most people around the world..." speech coming on.

Nash wanted to be held more than normal this morning - while I was making breakfast and packing lunches. Doesn't he know were on a time schedule in the morning?! :) - He said "I'm a baby, Mom". He'll say that sometimes if he wants held or doesn't want to use the potty or gets hurt or wants me to tell him a story. Other times he says he is a big boy. He will also sometimes call a man or woman a "mommy" or "daddy". Example - we were walking in to Walmart this week and there was a man walking in right behind us and Nash kept saying, "That Daddy is going to get us!"

Triston got himself up this morning and got completely ready without me saying "let's go" even once and grabbed a book that he is reading -The Percy Jackson series. He is working so hard on having a good attitude at home and school after a few weeks of being pretty negative. So proud of the progress he is making.


And it's Friday! Which means a weekend full: a movie, some chores, a few friends, basketball games, church, a birthday party, and getting ready for my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving...and Black Friday Shopping with my girls. There's an Anti-BF movement going on this year and I get it. We go late - like actually on Black Friday - and with nothing specific to get so we're just kind of there and if we see a great deal then great and if not, that's fine too. I have mixed feelings about it.

Alright - well you, whoever has taken the time to read this,  have a lovely weekend.



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Eat this.

 
I made this twice in one week because it's amazing. I found it on pinterest, obviously, because does anyone find any original ideas anywhere else these days?

Anyway, it's delicious. Except, my kids said they hate cooked tomatoes to which I replied, "Good. More for me, Suckas." But, I only said that in my head and made them eat it anyway.

Enjoy!

Oh, Hi November.

November 11. This year has gone by so quickly. I can't say that I am too sad about that - it's been the worst year of my life. hyperbole speaking, of course. Actually, no, it really has been the worst year of my life. Some really rotten things have not only happened to our family, but also to a few of my dearest friends.

But.

It hasn't been all bad, as in day-to-day. And if anything, it has opened my eyes in some pretty incredible ways. Silver linings, and all. And all these little kicks in the ribs leave me feeling grateful, and aware, and oh so thankful for a Savior that can pick up the pieces when we can't.

And.

Since it's been sort of cold out lately and I've been sort of not walking great (still!) I've had some extra down time during the day with my favorite two year old and the things he says and does is just hilarious. Yay for me!

Since I no longer carry the camera I just had to have just two years ago, here's some standout moments (and some just normal ones)  throughout the Fall, via my iPhone:
































 
 
I'm hoping to blog some more soon. I have some stellar recipes to share and late Fall through Christmas is such a fun time. Let's talk Christmas next time, yes?!









Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Night Potpourri: Pumpkin Contest & Chicken and Dumpling Soup


 
What does that even mean, anyway? a little bit of this and that, I assume?
 
Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
 
 
This week was our school pumpkin decorating contest. it really is so much fun. Although, this year it just happened to fall on the week that I'm not walking and we hadn't prepared in advance so our pumpkin was pretty sad. I don't even have a picture of it. We submitted a pumpkin with magazine cut outs of facial features - eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, ears, ect. I thought it was okay, until I saw the competition - wow! Serious pumpkin artists out there. Anyway, I snapped a pic of this one during a parent/teacher conference. (Did you think that one was ours?!) It has a real freaking fish in it's mouth! It's an angler fish, if you couldn't tell.


Chicken & Dumpling Soup:
 

                                          
 
So this recipe just kind of happened. I was feeling good about making Pioneer Woman's chicken & dumpling recipe - the drop style dumplings are made with cornmeal instead of a flour recipe - but my husband always says he likes the noodle style dumplings so I tried to deliver. I found a generic recipe for dumplings and just did what I thought sounded good. here it is:
 
1 whole chicken
1/2 c. each of carrots, celery, and onion; sliced
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic
parsley, basil, salt, and pepper; to taste
 
Dumplings
 
2 c. flour + more for kneading
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
I c. milk
 
 
In 2 qt. of water, boil your chicken until done. remove chicken and set aside, reserve stock. In another pot, sauté carrots, celery, onion, and seasonings in butter until soft. Add vegetables to stock and set to medium-high heat. De-bone chicken and set aside. In another bowl, combine dumpling ingredients and mix until soft ball forms. Let dough set for a few minutes, then roll out on flat, floured surface to desired thickness. *You may need to add small amounts of flour at this time so that the dough is not sticky. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips and gently drop into the (should be) simmering stock. Once all dumplings are in pot, add chicken and cook additional 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
 
Yay for cold days - this soup was a treat. I mean, not enough of a treat to stay away from the Halloween candy, but that is another post titled: will power
 
Also: I finally figured out why I just can't get on board the Scandal train. It comes on after Grey's and I half-watch it (like right now) just because it is on in the room, but I just can't get into it. Here's why: First, that show is pretty nasty. Second, and this is the real reason: That dude (the president) is a real jerk and if I were his wife, I would have killed him by now - so there wouldn't even be a show.
 
Right?! I can't stand cheaters.
 
Happy Weekend!
 









Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Things To Do When You Can't Move.

I'm home alone with a toddler today and completely gimpy. My ankle hurts like a B and so basically, this is what I've been doing all morning:


1. Watching TV. Really, its just on for Nash. He has been saying things like "you're my best frwend, Mom" and "I love Thomas and Percy" so I oblige him with another episode of Thomas & Friends and Scooby Doo. And maybe some candy. It's totally awful, but so totally cute. And what else am I going to do with one leg?

2. Christmas Shopping on Amazon. My boys are getting some boring gifts this year - like bedding. They all asked for it though, so maybe they'll be excited. Ninja turtle sheets and a solid color quilt for Bryce and matching camo sheets and comforter for the big boys along with an army print for their wall. They will get some fun stuff, too, like legos and some cool games, but I'm just so tired of wasting money on junk that breaks or gets tossed aside after a few weeks. And can we even talk about how much stuff costs lately?! We are a family with a lot of debt from school that we want get rid of, so I'm not willing to drop thousands on Christmas. I like the 3 gifts rule: Baby Jesus got 3 gifts, but in recent years have drifted away from that. I also found a Christmas planning sheet that says something like "something to wear, something to read, something useful, and something asked for" - love that idea, too.

3. Catching up on the social media monster: blogging, FB, and IG. I have said this before, but I really have a love/hate relationship with social media. I'm a social person so in that regard, I really like the outlets SM provides. But, I also am a person who says ridiculous stuff at times and if you don't know me personally, it can probably be taken out of context pretty easily. example: my close friends and family know I am pretty conservative. I'm not afraid to stand up for my core beliefs because I've spent a long time pondering how I feel about things. I educate myself and research things and most likely have prayed about these kinds of issues. It is my opinion, just one of a few million out there. And believe it or not, my husband and I have differing views in a lot of topics.  I love good old fashioned debate about social issues and current events. And to go along with that, if you are my actual friend, then you also know that I respect other people's opinions, especially when they differ from mine because HELLO! I believe in American individualism and democracy. Vote how you want! Believe in what you want! Because we totally can! (unless you just believe in whatever celebrity you love believes in or because it is trendy, if that is the case, then I have a hard time respecting those opinions.)   However, bc of the reach of people on "friends" list (ie. acquaintances that you don't really know) you really can't talk about issues or compare opinions because someone always gets offended, or takes what you say or post out of context, or really, just gets pissed because you have a different opinion then they have. Just recently, I had a lady I barely know send me a private message "reminding" me that my husband was elected by republicans and democrats and that I should stop posting conservative hate posts. Since I hadn't posted anything I was really confused, but then realized that earlier that day I had liked a photo of Kermit the frog making a weird face while looking out the window with the caption "how I look when I pass someone with an Obama sticker on their car". It must have popped up on her newsfeed that I like the photo. and you know what, it is funny. do I really hate those people who voted for Obama? C'mon. Have some sense, people, and stopped getting so offended. It's okay to have different perspectives. And it's okay to laugh at stuff. Like, this. Even though I think that one is a little over the top. But, Boehner! and Obama looking through the window. ha ha ha ha. But seriously, I kind of hate both parties right now. Get them out of there! In fact, this next election, I am going to hold my vote for the first person to suggest term limits and income decreases on the house and senate. This blog post could go on for days.

4. Catching up on news. Another school shooting. why is mental health not sky rocketing into the forefront of issues? you've probably figured out already that I support the 2nd amendment right to own guns. In fact, when people talk about how they don't own guns it makes me nervous. why not?! Heaven forbid that someone tries to break into your home, but what if they did? and they had a gun? or tried to hurt your kids? I just feel a lot better knowing that at the first signs of someone attempting to get into my house, Travis (or I, if he wasn't home) would meet the intruder with some heat.  But, to each their own. So I fully find fault in mentally ill people having access to guns rather than finding fault that in the weapons themselves. It just doesn't make sense.

5. Daydreaming about all the stuff I wish I were doing: I wouldn't claim that I actually like cleaning, but good grief. My kitchen is a mess. And little Nash needs to get outside and run around. I am fully aware of the fact that HE is fully aware that I am working on one foot here. I wouldn't put it past him to take off on me. I mean, if I had to, I can hop pretty fast. :)

6. Working on church stuff. Never-ending, but good, work.

Monday, October 21, 2013

My #2 turns 8.

 
Our #2 is 8 years old today. The thing I remember most about Jackson's birth is that we had moved to Florida while I was six months along with him, in JULY, and I thought I was going to die. I also ripped a skirt all the way up the middle as I sat down while pregnant with him.  His was the easiest pregnancy and post pregnancy of all 4 boys - he nursed like a champ until he was 10 months old, he was such a happy baby, and showed his mischievous self as soon as he started crawling.
 
We celebrated his birthday last night and 20 minutes before the party was to start, as I was hanging his requested NFL birthday banner, I fell off a chair and had to go to the ER. My in-law siblings and uncle took over and they celebrated without Travis and I and he said his party wasn't ruined. The night before he got to go to his first hockey game of the season and today he brought donuts and milk to his class to celebrate. I'd say it was a good birthday (weekend).



In our church, 8 is a big deal, as that is when kids can get baptized. Jackson has a strong testimony of the gospel and is excited to get baptized this coming weekend.

Happy Birthday, J-Man!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crock-Pot Lentil Soup


                                      

I mean, really. Is there anything better than Fall? Crisp air, soft sweaters, open windows, pumpkin everything, and soups, stews, and chili for days. 

I threw this in the crock-pot this morning, not really sure how it would turn out, but hopeful. And hopeful is really all you can be when coming up with a new recipe. (I've been let down a lot, by the way. Or, should I say that my family had been let down a lot?! Ha, they would confirm this for sure.) 

Any lentil lovers out there? I love lentils. Love. Them. I just always forget that and rarely use them. In fact, the lentils I used in this recipe have been sitting in the cabinet since last summer. 

Anyway, it turned out better than I expected, so I thought I'd share. 

1 16 oz bag dried lentils
2 qt. water
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 c. carrot, diced
1/2 c. celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 packaged ham steak, diced into bite size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. dried parsley 
Salt and pepper, to taste
a sprinkle of crushed red pepper

Add all ingredients in order to crock-pot and mix well. Cook on low for 4 hours, high for 2 additional hours. 

Serve with homemade crusty bread. 

De-freaking-licious. 


Monday, October 7, 2013

Del Monte Winner


                                                


We have a winner! I numbered each name that had left a comment (twice for those that entered twice) and plugged it into random.org. The number generated was lucky number 13: 

Nicol Leckie

Thanks for reading the review and for all of the Halloween suggestions. I think we've got it: a robber, a gorilla, a power ranger, and a race car driver. I'm hosting a party for our church so I'm going to be: a robber (trying to steal Triston's thunder), an old school fortune teller, or a butterfly. Which really, might say something about my unconscious, but that's a completely different post. Excuse the fact that I've been soaking in psychology books lately. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sticky Pumpkin Buns on a Rainy Gerneral Conference Sunday.



It's General Conference weekend and this morning I am getting right out of bed to make these sticky pumpkin buns. delish.

The $50 Walmart giveway from my last post ends tomorrow! Make sure you comment to be entered in the drawing. I will post the winner here tomorrow morning.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers



Let me tell you about a typical day for our little family. We wake up and someone will always complain about breakfast. Always. We get ready for school, I drop the big boys off and then Nash and I head home for a day filled with errands and chores, play time and some basic preschool time, whatever else that we have to do and hopefully a nap thrown somewhere in there, too.

We pick the boys up at 2:45 and then the real fun starts. Between soccer, flag football, tackle football, activity day for church, and chess team - we're hopping all over town. except for Thursdays. Thursdays are usually quite and oh so appreciated!

Throughout all these different activities I have at least 1 hungry kid. (read: whiny, bored, and/or complaining like the dickens.) On these crazy days I usually have dinner waiting in a crock pot, but that could be hours away - so, we stock up on snacks. And my poor van. Well, you can imagine with 4 boys what the inside looks like. (but, it makes for a great weekend chore for the littles so...I win.)

And snacking. Ugh. I really kind of hate it. The things I want my kids to snack on and the things they want to snack just don't allow us to see eye to eye.  Enter Del Monte. Del Monte sent us a gift pack containing their new product, Fruit Burst Squeezers, to try out.

These fun and convenient little squeeze packs contain 1 1/2 servings of fruit puree or a fruit/veggie combo puree. No artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. Made right here in the U.S. and is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. They are available at your local Walmart, in packs of four, for under $3.00.

That's the technical stuff - here's the inside scoop; the stuff that moms really want to know:
 

 
It's pretty good and healthy. Fruitburst Squeezers are a blended purée of real fruit and real veggies. Flavors include mango-peach, blueberry, strawberry, apple-cinnamon, and mixed berry. Our family's most liked flavors ended up being apple-cinnamon and strawberry. The blueberry was a little on the sour side. And bonus: they are even better when refrigerated. 

Super convenient: great to throw in your purse, diaper bag, lunch box or take along on the way to practice, school, ect. I packed one along on my recent doctor's appointment for Nash - even though he is only 2, he was able to eat it completely on his own without help from me. (which...was great. It may have spared me from an awkward moment - I was almost completely naked under the office gown. Ahem.)

And finally, the packaging. What is it about squeezable food that kids love?! My boys think it is super fun. Best marketing packaging ever. 

May I suggest that you try new Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers? Of course I can - it's my blog. Next time you are at Walmart, pick up a pack. Your kiddos (or you- grown ups love them, too) will be glad you did.

Because you finally got to the end of this post - here's a fun giveaway for you! Del Monte is giving away a $50 Walmart gift card to one reader. All you have to do is leave one comment on this blog post answering what you, or your kids, or someone that you know is going to be for Halloween. Completely selfish on my part: I need some ideas!  If I don't know you personally, make sure to leave an e-mail address also so I can get in contact with you. I will randomly choose a commenter on Monday, October 7 and post the winner that day.

UPDATE: I've had several people message me that their comments aren't showing up on my blog. If you've read this post via facebook, my blog facebook page, or instagram and can not leave a message here, please go back to original media post and leave a comment there (or 2 if you are a follower) and I will add it to the drawing. Sorry - tech stuff, UGH.

Bonus: if you "Follow" my blog (over there---->) enter twice by commenting "follower" in a separate comment.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Worries.

As if we don't have enough to worry about as parents - major things like education, instilling morals and values, making sure they are well rounded socially & academically; basic things like making sure they brush their teeth correctly, getting them to ball practice on time, making them take a shower or clean up after themselves; scary things like health issues, kidnappers/child molestors, and safety (ECT ECT ECT in every category) BUT NOW we are going to have to add a couple more to the list.



and for crying out loud, This.  

h.e.l.p. 

Ps. I failed miserably during my "post every day in September" idea. Maybe I'll shoot for Oct? I DID just get out all my Halloween decorations this morning and I'm having tons of fun thinking of ways to scare my kids!

Pps. Stay tuned - Del Monte sent us a new product for review. ...and there is a $50 walmart gift card giveaway for you!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Point of View.



This ^^^^ was my view at one point this morning. The kids and I were in the middle of an epic game of hide and seek and I was tucked away beside the guest room bed and the wall. These boys of mine were in it to win: they conducted a complete clearance of every room and were equipped with weapons - a jabbing stick (an old hobby horse - minus the horse - that we use for a door jammer in our sliding glass door), a toy chainsaw, and a super hero shield that doubled as a blunt force object. It took them a while to find me beside the bed because I had previously hid in closets, behind shower curtains, and behind furniture, so I had the chance to watch them in the hallway  all trailing each other, weapons in hand, carefully manuvering and working together to find their target. And of course, when they did, screams of excitement filled the room and I basically got jumped - including a few jabs from Bryce with the stick. But, I was laughing to hard to stop them or get away and as they piled on, it just got funnier.

We went on to have a beautiful Sunday: celebrating a family birthday, a 4 mile walk on a trail through the woods, a nice family dinner, and almost! finishing a seriously good book. 

Word of the day: blessed. 

Ps. If you're the praying type, prayers for an internet friend tonight? She just found out she lost a baby - 10 weeks along. As I read her story, I wept again for my own babe we lost last month. She described the same strange stillness within the ultrasound room. That will be the one detail I will never get over. God speed, Angi.
















Monday, September 9, 2013

It's Hard Being 9.





The note reads "I will stop being grumpy. I will stop saying rude comments. I will stop listening to Hot 96. I won't have a smile on my face but I will be happy."

This was my oldest boy's punishment yesterday after he was rude and mean-spirited to his brothers several times within the hour. And then grumpy, disobedient, and borderline disrespectful to me while I was trying to correct him. He had to write ways he could change his behavior - serious bummer for this kid because he hates to write things over and over. (i.e. - spelling words) 

Hot 96 is a pop radio station in our area. Whatever is out - miley cyrus, maroon 5, robin thicke, katy perry, ect is played. Not to mention DJs that say some pretty inappropriate things. It is ultimately my fault that my kids even know about this radio station - sometimes it's just on in the car and if it is a song that doesn't have bad words or bad meanings (which is few and far between) I'll let them listen. So when I discovered the older boys listening to it in their room, I immediately said no. And of course, I was met with pleas and lots of complaining. So I made an agreement with them: they can listen to it as long as I am within hearing distance so I can monitor what they are listening to. And as far as I know, they have kept their part of the deal. Except for yesterday when Triston was told to go to his room after being rude to everyone. I went to his room to tell him to come out and he had the radio on listening to Jamie Fox's "Alcohol". Not okay with me. 

A part of me wants to say "just teach him the difference btw right and wrong. Use these bad songs as a teaching lesson" - and believe me. We do. Because you just can't escape everything. But a bigger part of me realizes that I cannot compete, on a secular level, with Hollywood. I can't compete with the catchy & fun songs that glamorize alcohol & drugs, casual sex, skanky women & men,  the me-me-me and entitled attitudes that have been adopted by the masses in this nation, and the ridiculousness of twerking and immodesty that pop music endorses. At some point that's going to be pretty enticing. 

I have these four precious little sons that I know are destined to do great things. And this kind of junk just doesn't fit in the equation. so, sue me. I'm going to be a strict mom on this and probably a whole lot more. I am expecting to get every kind of complaint and hissy fit - especially as they get older. Probably from other adults, too, because I know it seems silly to some - or, a lot - and people love to hear themselves talk. (me, too. I am blogging, after all.:) )

My kids will fail, mess up, & make stupid decisions because hello?! I still do it on the daily, myself. we all do and that is part of growing up and learning. But they certainly don't need the added insight from a culture of immorality. All I can do is love them more and pray harder and keep crap like that out of my house. 

If you're wondering - the writing helped. It's been filed into my arsenal of mean mom tricks.










Sunday, September 8, 2013

chocolate-pumpkin brownies. uh-huh.




Chocolate-Pumpkin brownies. I was totally inspired today and whipped these babies up courtesy if Pinterest. Visitors for dinner have that effect on me: inspired desserts and cleaning like there's no tomorrow. I've sort of mastered that last one. 

Anyway, they were delicious. Not too rich and perfect for September. Next time I am going to add some kind of cinnamon icing. It just feels right.  (okay. so this was my last hurrah. see previous post)

Here's the recipe
 
 
 


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Death by bobas.



Those little pink balls are bobas and they are delicious. But, just in case you were wondering: it is possible to have too many. 

Orange leaf is our favorite frozen yogurt place in the city. Probably, because it's the only frozen yogurt place - we're still catching up to the rest if the world. So we got OL, because we heard they had new dividers for your cup and Hello?! Had to try it out. Here's the verdict: while a novel idea, you can't do as many toppings in each little spot and your flavors start to seep through the bottom of the dividers anyway, so it could become a disaster. You can't have butter pecan and coconut mixing, ya know? But, it's a good way to get more than one flavor without making multiple trips through the line and then lying that your second purchase is for a friend. I've never done that or anything.

Here's what I have pictured: 

 Chocolate with strawberries, blueberries & almonds -my classic go to ; white chocolate strawberries with strawberry bobas - delicious, but rich and seriously, those bobas will get you if you have too many ; birthday cake with fruity pebbles & gummy worms just for funsies - delicious. 

Fyi: If you've never been, it can get pricey, especially if you have a bajillion kids who like to get as many toppings as possible (and that is the fun part) - you pay by how much your cup weighs. Avg cost: $5-$6 per cup. 

And anyway, this was my last hurrah, because *public announcement* I have to get this extra weight off of me. For good. I've got a good 20 pounds that is just there - hanging out since Nash was born 2 1/2 years ago.

So - Here. We. Go. :(





Wednesday, September 4, 2013

a weird addiction.




So this cute little boy pictured here is also very rotten. And completely obsessed with crocs. Not flip flops, or tennis shoes, or church shoes, or any other kind of shoe - just crocs. He has his own crocs (because seriously, who doesn't put their  kids in crocs during the summer?!) but literally, Nash hordes the other boys' crocs. Hordes them. Not even lying. 

When the cousins come over to play, they ask me to put up their crocs because they know Nash will either wear them and try not to give them back or hide them so he can I'm guessing wear them at a later time. It's completely weird and we all crack up. But guys, he isn't laughing about it. 

This past weekend, his little addiction came out in full force. While my nephews were staying with us, they had their shoes put up in our guest room closet. Crocs. Nash knew their shoes were in there, so he would try to get to the shoes if we were all upstairs. (If you are thinking, what the heck??!, you are in good company.)

Sunday morning rolls around and because nothing is ever easy with an independent-minded two year old, Nash throws a holy hell fit in the floor. I'm trying to get things together still and the boys are out in the van already. Nash runs upstairs and things get real quiet.

Like a mad woman, I'm still getting things together and rush upstairs to get this little stinker when he is no where to be found. I called his name and hear a faint little "whut?" behind a closed door. It's the guest room door and it's locked. I run around to find the little key thing to pop the lock and open the door to find Nash sitting on the floor with Logan and Camden's freaking crocs around him. His own shoes and socks are off and he is just sitting there with other people's shoes. I snatch him up, say F his shoes at this point and hurry to the van...little Nash screaming the whole time. 

I buckled him in his car seat, more like wrangle him in his car seat, and head to church. Nash's crocs were in the van so he settled for those and we went in. 

Normal kids might have dropped it at this point but Nash went on to try to get Bryce's crocs off his feet during Sacrament and you guys, he had determination in his eyes and I'm just completely bewildered over this. Bryce finally kicked him off of him and somehow we finished church and went home. 

And then...

While I was getting lunch together, Nash goes missing again. I figured he was in the guest room again, so I opened the door and it's just quiet - no Nash. I called his name - no response, which is unusual for him. I run downstairs - no one knows where he is. I start to panic a little and my sister in law says, "Jen, he's up here in the closet". 

In our guest room closet we have a filing cabinet to one side. There is a tiny space between the closet wall and the filing cabinet.

 Guess where Nash was and guess what he was wearing? 

He had gotten in to the closet, snatched up the crocs, shut the bi-fold closet doors, scaled the filing cabinet, and was hiding in that little space, wearing my nephews bright green crocs, holding my other nephew's crocs in his hands and looking up at me like, "what? What's the problem?" 

Macy and I were mostly wondering how the heck he accomplished that, we only found him because after I walked back downstairs, Macy heard some rustling. 

But, seriously. 

Hilarious or scary? I mean, it could go either way at this point. If he grows up to be a productive member of society,we reminisce and laugh. If he grows up to be a serial stalker, preying on people with ugly rubber shoes, then this is a red flag. 

Maybe because I am over 30 now, but life with a two year old is quite an adventure. 

Maybe it is this two year old, the croc lover. 


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