Thursday, September 27, 2007

One last picture before we move...

Well, I'm back at the house cleaning up. We've had a whirlwind few days, but hopefully by the weekend, things will calm down. Our friends have been so nice by feeding us and helping out in numerous other ways. We are doing fine. A bit stressed, but we are fine.
We still don't know if our belongings will stay put in our house, or whether we are going to get packed up, so I'm just washing clothes and blankets and organizing. I packed up my precious scrapbook room myself, because goodness knows what the movers would have done with my stuff... Dumped everything into some boxes and called it good. No Way! I organized my lovely papers and bagged up all my stamps....I said a little goodbye...hopefully it won't be too long before we can see eachother again.
Today is Keaton's official birthday, even though we celebrated it with Kolby's birthday last month. I went to his class and brought cookies. Tonight Heath's boss is feeding us. So nice!
Hopefully by the next post, we will know more information! Talk to you later!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

We Are Outta Here.

Don't know yet where we will be living, but there is a bigger situation to attend to. I've been smelling something terrible for over a week, and finally called today to have them see if anything happened. The smell was getting stronger. Well, they came..they looked...they left.. and still didn't tell me anything. A few hours later...
We were told to immediately move into TLF (a type of furnished hotel on base) because our sewage line had broken.
So we are off. We'll have to pack up the house later.
It may be a while before I can update you all. Hopefully we'll get a house soon!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Dedicated to the one I love

If you have never seen or used this chapstick, I'm telling you, you haven't lived a full life.

This chapstick is my love. I don't go anywhere without it. When I use it, my lips SING. Oh, it's heavenly. The mentholatum glides across your aching lips and it just soothes and comforts while giving a little tingle...it's the best thing in the world.

The last time I was out, my dear friend stopped by the store on her way to my house and bought out the entire supply. She brought the box, filled with 17 of these bad boys, right up to the register. So great. Thanks again, April!

My supply is running short again. I need to get some more. I keep chapstick everywhere. At any given time, in any given room, I will be able to tell you at least three places that you can make your lips feel happy again. I keep chapstick by my bed, in my bathroom, on my person, in my makeup bag, in my car, in my purse, in my church bag, at my computer, in my kitchen, and on my bookshelf. That's probably why I need to buy 17 at a time.


And SO SAD is the day that I find myself without my chapstick. It happened over Labor Day. I was at the lake. No Chapstick to be found. (sniff). It was all I could think about. My lips! Chapstick! Please help!! A friend came to the rescue with her version of chapstick. It helped, but I'm telling you...If you haven't tried this, you haven't experienced heaven on earth. Go get some!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Don't you love a good haircut?


I do. Just got mine cut. (sigh) It feels so refreshing.

Friday, September 21, 2007

My mansion

If you have ever read over to the right side of this page, I, uh, suggest that I live in a mansion. That was me being very sarcastic.
If you've been a reader of my blog, you know that we are getting kicked out of this "mansion" because they are going to demo it.

And ya know what, this house deserves to be demoed. It's really old and dirty. Here's a picture I took yesterday.
Now...do you want to see a picture of the inside? Here it is. Just a few more days of living here. We actually like the inside, despite it being so old. It's roomy. I like that.

Plus, it has my little scrapbook nook. And I'm going to miss the color I painted. Sigh.



Here's the same room from a different view.

Now...I scrapbooked again yesterday. My room isn't quite so clean as it was in the picture a few days ago. But I made a cute layout for a challenge over on A Million Memories. We had to pull out our stash of foam stamps. The numbers 20 in the layout are foam stamps, and I totally messed up lining them up, but once you put it down, there's no turning back.

These are pictures of George a few weeks ago, when we went to the beach. Right after the first picture, a wave totally toppled her over, and I took the second picture right after I picked her up from the sandy shore. So sad.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Last Unicorn - Now That I'm A Woman [High Quality]

Now that I'm a woman

I know what you are probably thinking with the title of this post, but it's not that.

I am talking about the title to the song from the movie The Last Unicorn. Never heard of it? Good. It is a terrible movie. I hate it. My sister loves it.

In fact, she just called me to tell me she changed the ringtone on her phone. My ringtone. It use to be the song from Say Anything "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. Instead, she changed it to "Now that I'm a Woman". Ugh. I hate that song.

See the above clip to listen to the song...my new ringtone.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Art work

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I see amazing beauty with my kid's artwork. First off, here is Keaton. He is in Kindergarten and it has been a struggle to get him to have any motivation to color, write, or draw. This is his second year in Kindergarten because he was just too young to start 1st grade, and he wasn't ready.
But since school started, he's made such tremendous progress! He is actually drawing pictures now (by the way, this kid is really ambidextrous. Amazing, how he can use both hands equally) and here is his most recent picture. The drawing is more than just a head with arms coming out of it. He can draw a body now! So exciting!!
Here is another picture he did yesterday. So great! Notice how he tried to stay in the lines and he has 5 fingers on each hand. He even tried to write something at the top! Progress!Kamy really loves to draw. She draws and colors CONSTANTLY! It's hard to get her to do anything else. Here is what she did yesterday, after her homework. She would have colored it too, but she ran out of time.
I love it when my kids draw pictures.



Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I am Me and I am OK.

This is why I named my blog ...I am me. It is a little joke between my sister and I. This poster, which is in my scrapbook room, is a copy of the poster my mom gave me when I was a youth. She thought I had low self esteem. Really, I was just fine. Anyway, it's funny to look back on. It's called "I am me and I am ok".

So I told my sister that I would show her a picture of my scrapbook room. She doesn't scrapbook. She doesn't care too. But she humors me because we are best friends.

My room is not really a room. It is a closet. After living in this house for a year or so, I finally realized how to really USE that space. It became my little nook. My craft space. I love it, and it's really the only thing making me sad about having to move. I won't have my own space. Sigh.

So here is my room. Do you like it?



Cherry Dessert Squares

Ok, Michelle. This recipe is for you. Now you'll have to post a comment and tell me how you like them.Mix one yellow cake mix, 6 TBSP melted butter, and 1 cup of oats together in a bowl. It will be crumbly. Measure out 1 1/4 cups of the mixture and set aside. With the remaining amount, add one egg, mix, and press into the bottom of a greased cake pan.
Open one can of Cherry Pie Filling and spread over the top.

Combine your reserved cake mixture with 2 TBSP of melted butter, 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 cup nuts and 2 TBSP brown sugar. Sprinkle over the top.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. These taste really good as they are, cut up into squares, but if you are really going for some jazz, when they are hot out of the oven, serve with vanilla ice cream. YUMMMMM!!

Another First Day of School

This time, it was Kolby's turn! He goes with his friend Caleb and they had a great time yesterday.

That is not him yawning. It's him making one of his many faces. He is very expressionate.


This is me and Nicki after we dropped off the boys. We are FREE!

(wow. My head looks really huge in the picture. Let's just say I was closer to the camera. geesh.)


By the way, no word yet on the house situation. I think I will clean out a closet today.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Come out, come out, wherever you are...

Hello friends! I've had a productive morning. It is not yet 7am and I've already done a workout this morning (with my husband [awww])(a real exercise work-out, ya know, push-ups and pull-ups, running, etc.) took a shower, made breakfast, and read my email. Well, the email thing went fast because, uh, I had none. Too early for people to email me, I guess.

So, we had a lovely weekend, full of all the emotions possible (mostly from my husband) regarding the "no house" thing. I am anxious to see what today brings. We told the kids last night we would be moving, and they were excited to get a house with neighbors. Funny.

I know I have lots of blog-viewers, so this post has been in the works for a while. I want to know who you are. Since I have to wait around to see what house we will get, I don't want to dwell on it all day. I'd rather play a game. So to all of my readers, I say thank you. I'd like to see how many comments I can get from you. Come out, come out... So please, if you've never commented...then humor me. I need some fun in my life right now. Leave a post. Talk to me. Can't wait to see how many of you there are. I'm setting a goal of 30 comments. Bring them on!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Evicted

Yup. We are getting evicted.


We currently live in an abandoned neighborhood here on the Air Force Base. No one lives on our street, or surrounding streets. We really live by ourselves, in the ghetto. Our last "neighbor" moved this week. It's just a street for people to zoom past in their cars, on their way to the more established part of base.


So. A few months ago...we were offered, as well as the few remaining tenants of our neighborhood, a lovely (heavy on the sarcasm) townhouse that had already been condemned on the other side of base because our neighborhood was scheduled for demolition sometime in the near future, but funds were not received yet. Apparently, we could not get a normal functioning house, like everyone else on base. Why? That is a great question. We have never gotten an answer. Man, we feel low class. We either had to move off base, or accept this gift of a townhouse that isn't suitable for anyone to live in.


Our choice? We chose to stick it out and risk the A.F. not getting funds because we will be finished with our service to the A.F. in February. Who wants to move, and then a few months later, move again? Not us. Pretty safe bet, eh?

WRONG.

We were told at the end of the workday yesterday that funds were received...demo would start in less than a month....good luck...get the heck out of your house. By the way, that "lovely" townhouse we offered you...no longer available. You are screwed. (Oh, and I am paraphrasing. Of course, we were told with the utmost, uh, politeness.)


Now we are left with the weekend to dwell on this huge problem of not having a house until we can contact the right people and get this resolved.


Now I'm sure you are saying, "Why doesn't she just move off base?" I'll answer: We can't afford it. Plus, after 1st month's rent, deposit, cost of utilities, new phone line, and contracts (we only have 4 months left), it isn't a possibility.

I think I'll drown out my troubles with salsa.
Any advice?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Salsa!

Here we are...Salsa Queens.
Again, Young is missing. She was sick so she didn't come. Heidi is also missing from the picture. She sliced her finger early in the day, and we shooed her away to the hospital to get glued back together.

We made seven batches of salsa. Believe me. It's a lot! We started around 9am and got done at 4pm. We had six of us working, and 16 kids running around having a blast. Here is our finished product. It almost filled my table. We had quart size jars, pint size jars, and half-pint size jars. Here's another view.

And here is our Protector of all things salsa. Tasha's little guy had fun playing dress-up.
Lastly, I sat down to rest after everyone left, and turned around to see what George was doing. She had gotten cozy on the table and found a little seat on my salsa.Now...I'm off to go eat.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

We Came. We Picked. We Conquered.

This morning, we went to the farmer's market to pick some tomatoes so we can make SALSA!
"Salsa is now the number one condiment. Do you know why? Because people like to say SALSA!!" "Excuse me, do you have any salsa?" "We need more salsa." "Where is the salsa? No salsa?" That is a quote straight from Seinfeld. I miss that show.

So my friend Suzanne (the one in the capris) makes salsa. I begged her until she finally agreed to teach me how to do it. So Tasha, Nicki, Young (not pictured..she left early) and I went out to pick some tomatoes. If you pick them yourself, they are only 20 cents a pound. SWEET! Carolann stayed home with the babies. Thanks, ladie!

Look at those lovely tomatoes. I actually hate tomatoes, but I love Suzanne's salsa!
Tomarrow, we are getting together at my house with a few more of our friends and we will start the salsa-making process. yum. Someone needs to bring some chips.
Gotta get a few more pictures in here. I found a heart shaped tomato. Very cute.

And here are my girls and I, being silly. It was fun. Can't wait until tomarrow!






Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Good Morning Sunshine!

Little George. She just looked so funny this morning, eating her breakfast. I had to take a picture of her. She's going to hate me later for this.

So last weekend at church the kids had a talent show. My boys wanted to do a "drum performance". Ok. So Keaton sat with his drum and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Kolby had a rolled up piece of paper that served as his Trumpet, and he half sang, half tooted through the trumpet. They were mighty pleased with themselves.

Kamy sang a song with three of her girlfriends. But because I didn't ask permission from their moms, I don't want to post the picture. But she's not entirely left out. Here is a picture of her helping me make cookies. She always asks if she can help cook. Cooking and drawing are her two favorite things to do.
Now there is one last picture to share with you today. When Keaton comes home from school, Kolby is not the only one excited to see him. Yesterday, George ran up to Keaton and hugged him soooo tight. She kept on doing it too. It was so adorable. Keaton and George have a thing, where Keaton says "Bugs Bugs, you give me hugs hugs" and then George squeezes him super tight. Here's the picture I took. I pretty much have my camera strapped to me, just so I get shots like this.

I also just wanted to add how much respect and pride I feel for our country. My husband wanted to do something to serve his country after 9/11, so that is how we started our journey to the Air Force. Here is my husband biking to work. We made a good decision.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Happy Happy Birthday

Today is two of my friends' birthdays. Happy birthday Jenni and Nicki! Love you both!





This month is full of birthdays for friends and family. Hopefully I can keep up with everyone

Yesterday we had some visitors to our home. My cousin, his wife, and two of their girls came over for a while. We really enjoyed having them in our home. They are some of the nicest people I have ever met. We made tacos together complete with all the fixin's and had key-lime pie for desert. We have plans to get together next month for a bike trip, and I CANNOT wait!



So here's a recipe for my key-lime pie. Please don't judge it by the picture. I forgot to take out the cool whip from the freezer, and so I tried to manipulate it into thawing faster. Um, it didn't work. I just succeeded in making a really flat, drippy, cream. So, word to the wise, take your cool whip out of the freezer!! You'll get better results. So here's the picture, and here's the recipe. It tastes better if you make it the day before you want to eat it. Enjoy!

This recipe makes 1 pie.

1 graham cracker pie crust.
4 egg yolks
zest of two limes
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whipping cream
Cool-whip (thawed!)

Combine your egg yolks, lime juice and zest, condensed milk and whipping cream. Pour into your pie crust and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Let it rest on the counter for an hour and then refridgerate for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, top with fluffy whip cream!

Friday, September 7, 2007

"That was neat"

That was what the Ultrasound Tech said after a very prolonged and tortuous pelvic ultrasound and, dare I say it, (transvaginal) ultrasound. Let me back up a little bit to tell you the whole story.
In June, my IUD decided to play peek-a-boo so I was sent in to have an ultrasound to find it. Radiology couldn't get me in right away, so about a month later, I had the ultrasound and they discovered that it was just fine. However, upon some investigation, it was discovered that I had a cyst on my left ovary. Come back in six weeks to see if it resolves. No biggie. I'm a radiology transcriptionist (in my spare time!) and I see these reports all the time. They almost always resolve on their own.
So fast forward six weeks. Today. I went in for a followup.
The nice male tech did the pelvic ultrasound just under my belly button. That was just fine except for the feeling that I was going to wet myself because my bladder had to be screaming full for the examination. Then we move onto the second part of the examination...from the inside. Delightful.
Now, the first 10 minutes were bearable. If feels like you are cramping and uncomfortable. I can handle it.
Then he kept going.
My insides were pushed, throbbed, rubbed, tweaked, pulled, maneuvered, shoved, and flipped around for the next 15 minutes and I thought I would scream with relief when he finally said, oh so casually, (as only a male could, who doesn't really understand what he just did to me) said, "Alright. I'm done". I am a silent sufferer. I didn't make a noise. That's how I am when I have babies too. But I tell ya what, I should have gotten a baby out of this for all the pain that was involved. I am not going to be a competent wife for a few days, that's for sure.
So, he goes to check with the doc to make sure there are no more images to be had, and I lay still and recuperate.
He comes back in with another tech. She needs to gather more information, only thankfully, the images are taken from on top of my pelvis, instead of inside. Bless you.
As they are questioning what they are seeing, I started asking them questions.
"I hope you found something good in there for all the probing around you did."
Turns out, my cyst on my left side had gone down. Good news.
However, (bad news) a new cyst on my right ovary had developed in the interim and was GIGANTIC. My male tech had measured, probed, poked, and such for a while, and when he went back at the end of the exam to check again, IT WAS NOT THERE. All that was left was a bunch of "free fluid".
THE MALE TECH HAD RUPTURED MY CYST.
"Good news", the lady tech says happily "The cyst has resolved and you don't need to come back for a followup! We're done!"
Her and the male tech converse for a few minutes in puzzlement and amazement and she turns to me and says "We've never seen that happen before. That was neat".
"Glad I could help" I reply dryly.
After another quick check with the doc, my male tech comes back in the room, tells me I'm done and thanks me.
"It was my pleasure", I reply.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

ARRRR!!



Had some extra time today. I was planning on mopping the floor but our water was shut off due to some construction work up the road...so, no water means no mopping. That's ok! I'll scrapbook.


This picture was from last year on Halloween. We had the clever idea of being Pirates, with baby Kennedy acting as our parrot. We had a fun time.

Don't know for sure what we will be for this halloween, but we've got something in the works. We'll see...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Crispy Parmesean Chicken

Are you looking for something to make for dinner? Try this out. It's packed full of flavor.

Take about 4-5 chicken breasts or 10 chicken tenders and make sure they are defosted. Get three shallow bowls. In one, add 1 cup of flour with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Mix. In another bowl, break 2 eggs and beat to combine with 1 tbsp water. In the third bowl, combine 1 cup of breadcrumbs and 1 cup of parmesean cheese, shredded.
Take your chicken and coat it in flour, shake off excess, dip in egg, completely covering the flour, and then dip it in your bread crumbs/parmesean cheese mixture.
Heat some olive oil in a non-stick skillet and brown your chicken, it just takes a minute or two. Put your chicken in a pan and put in oven at 350 to cook the rest of the way through. This takes about 15 mintues.
While your chicken is in the oven, boil your angel hair pasta and steam your broccoli. When the pasta is done, drain it and drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
You've got yourself a great meal. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Headband Heaven


I love headbands. This one practically jumped into my lap at the store. I just had to get it.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Happy September!




The Labor Day weekend brought on a new month. It's September! We had a good time playing together this weekend as a family, as well as with lots of friends. We went to the lake on Saturday and to the beach on Monday. We have sand up to our ears that will take a few washings to get rid of, but we all enjoyed ourselves. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Come back soon for another great recipe!



Saturday, September 1, 2007

Want a bite?

Went to a party last night and this is what we brought. Looks good, doesn't it? They are called Orange Knots and this is how you make them.

15 Rhodes Dinner Rolls (thawed)
Zest of one orange
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Roll each roll between hands and tie in a loose knot. Dip in butter and then in the zest/sugar mixture.
Let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. (more time may be necessary depending on your oven)

After they are done cooking, brush with Citrus Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP melted butter
3 TBSP OJ concentrate
1/2 tsp vanilla.

Enjoy!