Friday, August 31, 2007

Excessive laundry? Take a peek.

I need to tell you something. I am not a perfect housekeeper. I do a pretty good job of keeping my kitchen clean. I really really Really need a clean kitchen. I don't like clutter. I LOVE organization. But when it comes to keeping up with laundry, I AM LOUSY.
But I don't think it's my fault.

Most of what I have to wash was probably clean and just thrown onto the ground in a hurry when the kids were trying to get dressed (27 times a day). So what started out as clean, soon gets trampled all over the floor of their room and makes it necessary for me to just scoop it all up in frustration and head to the washing machine. Really, it's better than sniffing through each item of clothing to see if it's clean. Who wants to do that...especially with underwear? Gross.

So after I folded yesterdays laundry, and complained to myself about the enormity of the job, I decided to share with you just a tidbit of my burden. I counted JUST the clothing items that belonged to my BOYS. Here's what I put away, lovingly, back into their drawers without a vocal complaint. (lots of internal grumbling, though) One weeks worth of clothes.

2 undershirts
19 various pajama items
28 undies
35 socks
36 t-shirts
3 long sleeve shirts
4 hang-up shirts
3 dress pants
5 shorts
9 pants
1 vest
1 jacket
Too much.

Did two boys really wear 36 t-shirts in one week? I think not. Excessive messiness. And that list, is the major reason why my kids are grounded FROM their room and why I dread laundry day so much.

Thursday, August 30, 2007's HOT

It's been pretty toasty here for a while. Usually, it's not so bad as long as you stay inside, right? WRONG. I took a picture of our thermostat yesterday. Mind you, this is the temperature INSIDE our house. Outside, it was just a tad bit warmer. Do you see the needle? It's pointing well past 90 degrees. Delightful.

We have central heat but no central air. (cool air, that is) The AF very lovingly gave us this house with a monster swamp cooler (it is so ancient that it looks like it just got lifted from the swampy abyss) and it really doesn't work after it gets to be 75 degrees outside. After that, it just works like a heater. So we keep it off (we are super smart, right?). So, are you enjoying the end of summer? Pretty soon, we'll be crisp and cool. But for right now, Long Live the Shade!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Don't flip the switch!

Alright, so don't lie to me. Don't the hairs on the back of your neck prickle when you think about putting your hand down the garbage disposal? You are cleaning the kitchen like a good wife (any men read this?) and you hear the angry grumble of the garbage disposal, telling you that something besides food is in there. What do you do? The switch is off. It's perfectly safe. But how many of you dare reach your well manicured hand down into the depths of despair? And if you do, do you really trust that it will stay off or are you like me, and think that it will come alive, it's metal jaws chomping at your fleshy hand as soon as you cross the invisible line where smooth chrome sink meets crushing metal parts?

Well, I met that fate and I am here to tell you that I lived. I twinged the whole time, but my hand is safe and sound. My heart still beats a little wildly at the thought of my recklessness, but I am whole. That's what matters. Wanna see the culprit? Unfortunately, this little doll did not get the same justice as the disposal showed me. Poor little headless girl.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Birthday Fun!

Today is my little guy's birthday. Kolby turns 4 years old. I swear he grew an inch yesterday too. I kept looking at him and wondering why he was so big all of the sudden. Keaton's birthday is next month. He will be 6 years old. We decided to join their birthdays and have one big party with a few friends. (ok, so it was more than a few. We invited a few families, but with kids and adults added together, we had quite the get-together) This is a picture of just us before everyone got here.

I won't post pictures of everyone else that came, because I don't have their permission, so I'll just show you a few pictures I took of my kids. They had so much fun! We got them new bikes for their birthday (the major reason we combined their party) so both of them could enjoy riding together.

On thing that really touched me, was in the middle of the excitement of the bike party, Keaton picked some flowers and gave them to me. So sweet! I loved the colors of them too!

They got some great toys but I think the hit of the night was when they got swords and armor to play dress up in. (Looks like daddy couldn't resist either!)

Thank you to all our sweet friends for coming over! We loved it, and the kids still won't let me put away their new toys. It was a fun evening!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I had a little turtle. His name was Tiny Tim

I put him in the duck pond, to see if he could swim.

Heath saw this little guy waddling along in the gutter yesterday. He looked hot and tired but just a little bit curious of me and my camera. I kept having to back away because, believe it or not, the myth about them being slow is, well, just that. A myth. This little guy has some speed!

It seemed like he wanted to be my little pet. I would have totally gone for that, except I knew where he belonged. There is a "duck pond" just a block or two from my house, and it's a fun and happy place for ducks and geese to live. Also, if you are lucky, you might just see a turtle. Up until a week or two ago, we have never seen turtles there, and we've lived here for three years!

So we were happy to see this little fella, but we knew that he needed to go back. So after all the kids got a chance to hold him, they all walked down to the duck pond to take him home. As soon as Heath put his little shell in the water, he took off! Holy cow that's one fast turtle!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Bus Stop

Since we live in a REALLY abandoned part of base, they didn't have a bus stop for my kids. So after talking to the transportation department at school, they agreed to stop down the corner from my house and pick up my kids instead of me having to drive them to the bus stop (which is pretty pointless. I might as well drive them to school).

For the after school drop off for my kindergartener, we have the same bus driver as last year, and she graciously drops Keaton off right in front of our house! She is so great. We hear the bus coming and Kolby runs out the door to see his big brother get off the bus. It is really cute. I can't wait until Kolby has his own school to go to. Something just for him. I'm loving it.

So I ignored the toys all over the kid's room and went to play with my own toys in my scrapbook room. Well, my scrapbook closet...but it's a perfect size for me. So this is what I came up with today. I wanted to do a layout of the pictures I took yesterday. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Freshly sharpened pencils

"If I knew your name and address, I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils." This is a line from one of my favorite movies, You've Got Mail.This is where we keep our pencils, markers, colored pencils, and pens. (the crayons are in a little lunch box) The kids do a great job of keeping them organized, and I can always find a pen or pencil when I need one. I love organizing about as much as I love when all the school supplies go on sale. Aaah. Makes me just smile.

So, the kids started their first day of school today! Whahooooo! Here's what Kamy and Keaton looked like early in the a.m., on their way to the bus stop. 2nd grade and Kindergarten.
They were so happy! The kids need bus passes to ride the bus, and they felt extra important having their own ID cards.
I love school days! I actually got thing accomplished this morning, and I have many great ideas on how to use my time wisely. One of them is to go to the gym......we'll see.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Two for the road

Ever ridden a tandem bike? I did for the first time last week. Some friends down the road came for a visit in their totally happenin' bike and so Heath and I gave it a whirl. Kind of unstable at first, but it was fun. Heath wanted to go fast. I made him stop when we cruised up to 2 miles an hour. Look at the shape of the handlebars. I'd wager that this bike is older than me. It just makes me laugh.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Raccoon tails, creamy soup, and buttons, oh my!

Hi'ya! I have a few random things to share today. First, the kids and I went to the bank yesterday (it's a big deal with 4 kiddos) and when I was driving, my oldest says "Mom, that thing in your hair looks like you have a raccoon tail." Gee thanks, Kamy. So I had her take a picture of my racccoon tail to show you. Incidentally, raccoon can be spelled two ways correctly: racoon and raccoon. Interesting, eh? (I opt for the double c version)
The next thing I have for you is an extremely desirable soup for you to make. My sister-in-law gave me this recipe and I cannot stop making it. We made it for some friends on Sunday, I made it the week before, I brought over a big pot of it to a friend who needed some TLC and the list goes on and on. I had some for leftovers today and I took a picture of it. Make it. It freezes perfectly and re-heats to perfection.

Creamy Wild Rice Soup

7 cups chicken broth
2 boxes Uncle Ben's Wild Rice
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 onion, chopped
2 cups cooked chicken
1/4 cup crumbled bacon
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half

Combine chicken broth, rice and seasoning mix and chopped onion. Bring to boil then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 35 mintues. Meanwhile, chop up your green onions and shred or chop your chicken. When rice is done simmering, in a separate pot, melt your butter, stir in your flour, and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add in your milk and cook (stirring!) until thick and bubbly. Add to your rice mixture. Add your chicken, bacon, and green onions. I then taste it and season with pepper and salt if necessary. Bring up to temperature but do not boil. Add additional chicken stock if it is too thick. Enjoy!

The next thing I have to show you are the goodies I got from my scrapbook night I went to last weekend. A lady from church owns this scrapbook store and she offers it once a month for people to come and work on projects, socialize, and eat sweets. Sounds good, huh. So here is what I got free for having a filled-out punch card. I did a lot of cutting out, of the different patterns, and made this layout of my cute little George. My baby. My girl. Her name is Kennedy but we call her George. Anyhow, here is the layout.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Yummy Food

If you know me, you know I like to cook. I really enjoy expanding our daily menus by watching Food Network or getting new recipe books, or my favorite, getting recipes from my friends. So this recipe came from Erin Lincoln's blog over at Creating Keepsakes Message Board. She posted a recipe from Rachael Ray (30 minute meals) for Thai Lettuce Wraps.

As you also know, if you know me, I almost never stick to a recipe. I like to tweak things and add in my own style to the recipes. So from her recipe... tweaked to mine, here it is.

1 lb ground pork
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix
3 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup hoisin sauce (in the asian food aisle by the soy sauce)
A few glogs of soy sauce
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 cup cooked rice
1 head iceburg lettuce

Add oil to skillet and brown your meat. Toss in the ginger, garlic, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Stir for a few minutes. Add in the cabbage/slaw mix and green onions and basil. Stir-fry for another couple minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and soy sauce. Stir to combine. Add in your cooked rice. Wrap this yummy mixture into the leaf of your lettuce and enjoy! Super yummy. Let me know if you like it.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

This is Me

Hello and welcome to my first blogging party. Hope you enjoy yourself. I'm just getting started here, so have a bit of patience while I tidy things up a bit. Here is a picture of my sweet family.

I'll be back soon with more fun things!