Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nada...Zip...Zero...Ziltch

In college, while rooming with my best friend Bethany, we were given a bag of old clothes and things that my brother was getting rid of. I still don't know why he gave it to us, but we went through it anyway. Inside, we found something that puzzled us. It was an elastic band with two other thin elastic bands coming off from it. The name on it said "Pure Ziltch...the Art of Doing Nothing"

We concluded that it was indeed, one cup shy of a jockstrap. Hence, it did NOTHING. Zero. Ziltch.
Jockstrap
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A jockstrap (also known as a jock, jock strap, strap, supporter, or athletic supporter) is an undergarment designed for supporting the male genitalia during the performance of sports or other vigorous physical activity.
So we spent the next few months hiding it amongst each other's belongings. I would embarrassingly find it in my backpack at school, or she would pull it out of her underwear drawer in the early dark morning. I would find it in a shoe, or she would find it hiding in the sleeve of her jacket. It was fun.

Then we decided to do a little modeling with it. Here are some pictures (I think I have Bethany's approval to show these!)










Finally, we decided to send it to my sister Kim. We were already in the habit of mailing HUGE underwear to each other, as a joke, so we thought this would fit right in.

Some years later, I discovered it amongst my household belongings. She had snuck it in, and written on the waist band that she had left it for me, and I was to do the same with one of our other sisters, until everyone had it. And so it was passed on a few times, until eventually, we couldn't remember who had it last. It was lost. Somewhere.


That is, until yesterday, when my sister Courtney, the newest sister to join the blogging family, found it, and made a post on her blog about it. That reminded me of the pictures I had taken in college...hence this post.

It was at that time in college that I was first into scrapbooking. I had made a layout of THE ZILTCH. Please don't laugh. I have evolved with my scrapbooking. Anyway, I had written a poem to go with the layout. Here it is.
When Jamie was going through his DI clothes, he noticed one particular article that had too many holes.
"It's called the Ziltch," he said "Please take it away." So we did, and in our room we put it on display.
For months it was transferred from bag to bag, until finally, we said "Enough!" and up went the white flag.
In a drawer it stayed until one really late night.
Bethany was looking for a bra when she pulled this out with fright.
The temptation overcame us; we gave it a try.
Bethany went first. See the pictures? They will clarify.
With a little support, Shaina went next. But I don't think that style would work for the opposite sex.
The next day, we sent it to Kimmie for her pure enjoyment.
And the rest of the story is beyond comment.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Another Weekend of Exploration


This weekend, we went to Folly Beach. We really liked this one. It had sort of an inlet area that formed a little 10 foot wide island of water that was about 5 inches deep, so it made a perfect little kiddie pool. I could have stayed there all day. Next time, I'll bring a good book and a blanket. Guess Heath will have to be on kid-watch for a bit.
Notice the order of my kids?? I'm telling ya...everywhere they go they stay in order. So wierd.

The No-Binkie thing went ok. We had a good couple of fits on the first day, one of them being from me. Not sure if I was ready. The binkies really pacify George when I need her to be good, but I think it is for the best. She had a little struggle when it was bedtime, but we kept her busy enough all weekend, that she was pretty exhausted at night. I think we are through the rough phase. Next step: Potty training!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

We threw away the binkies.

Heaven help us!

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Mole

Did you ever watch THE MOLE, on ABC? It was on about 5 years ago. It was when the start of all the reality tv was happening. It was by far, my favorite reality show (well, pretty even with the Amazing Race)
Have you been catching the glimpses they've been showing? It's back! I think it will start airing this summer. It's a show about these people that do certain challenges and stuff to accumulate money towards the pot and the winner takes all. Every week, they have to figure out who is the mole. Who is the person that is subtly sabotaging the challenges? One person gets eliminated every week; the person that is wrong about who they think the mole is when they take their private questionnaire about the week's challenges. Can't wait!

On another note, I found a new mole yesterday. Weird. It's big and red and bumpy and I swear it was not there when I went to bed the night before! I have lots of moles on my body, but this new one really bothers me. How can such a big ugly mole pop up in less than 8 hours? It's on my tummy and I hate it.

Maybe if I tried out to be on the mole, that would be the kicker that gets me on the show. "Yes, I'd like to try out for the mole. By the way, I have quite a few moles myself...."

playing with circles




Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Guess what I got to do today?


I babysat 4 little kiddos, this one included. He is about 6 weeks old. When I told Kolby we were going to have friends come over, he said "What friends! We don't have any friends!" I think he's been listening to me a little too much! Now I can officially say we have some friends. I told this little guy's mom that I fully expected to have him over on a regular basis. Good thing they live in our neighborhood! Makes it easy to drop by unexpectedly to get my dose of newborn smell. Love it.

High School Hottie



Not really...

Heath and I went to High School together, but we were just friends. We actually enjoyed each other's company. We just never dated.


I found these pictures of Heath that he got taken at Sears in 1994. He would have been a Junior. I was a Senior (though we are only 4 months apart in age).

So here is my High School Hottie. I'm so glad we have aged well!


Love ya babe!

Monday, April 21, 2008

We {heart} Napoleon Dynamite


All right. We must let it be known to the world that we are Napoleon Dynamite's biggest fans. There is nothing that we do where we cannot use a Napoleon Dynamite phrase for. The kids have picked up on it as well, and Kamy has even gone so far as to ask me to do her hair for school in a beautiful side ponytail like Deb. Well, I guess I have to draw a line somewhere...but as for the wonderful catch phrases that are sprinkled throughout that movie, they are all up for grabs.

So tonight, Kamy and I were playing the Wii and the boys were watching. They did not clean their rooms last night (but Kamy did), so their punishment was to sit and watch Kamy have fun playing. Worked like a charm. They were very much interested in cleaning their room tonight so they can play tomorrow.

Anyway, Kamy and I were playing, and I hit a pretty sweet homerun, so I said with my best Napoleon voice "That's what I'm talking about!" Heath and I give a high-five to each other, and then we hear Keaton, in a grumbly-but-still-Napoleon-voice say "That's what I'm NOT talking about" It was the funniest thing we've ever heard.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

New Recipes

Hey friends! I just posted four new recipes for you. I tried to post what you said you were interested in. So I have a salad, a grill sauce, some black bean taquitos, and a strawberry dessert. I'll post some cookies another time, but I do have a quick and yummy drizzle to go over fresh fruit. This works well in a fruit salad or just one fruit.

Tonight at dinner, I cut up a honeydew melon, and after tasting it, knew it needed something. It had no sweetness at all. All of it tasted like the white part of the melon. So I zested a lime, used the juice of that lime, and added 1-2 tbsp of honey. I poured that over the melon pieces and it tasted so good after that! The honey and lime really brought out the flavor of the fruit. So this will work with any fruit you have, to enhance the flavor. Enjoy!

Chicken and Berry Salad

This recipe for salad is my favorite. I've been making it for years. I got it from a Pampered Chef recipe book.

Chicken and Berry Salad
1 head romaine lettuce, torn
2 cups cooked chicken (leftovers or rotisserie chicken work well)
1/2 pint fresh raspberries (I substitute strawberries, and my sister likes cranberries. You pick)
1 cup sugar snap peas, cut diagnally
1/4 cup toasted pecan halves
1/4 cup red onion, sliced very thin

Citrus Vinaigrette
1/4 cup oj concentrate, thawed
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard

I wait to add the dressing until just ready to serve. It tastes fantastic! I always get compliments on this salad. Don't forget to toast your nuts. It brings out the flavor so much more!

Strawberry Dessert

Got this recipe from a Rachael Ray Magazine, but I think it was in an add for cool whip. (Jenni, this recipe is for you!)

Strawberry Whipped Sensation

4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tub cool whip, thawed, divided
8 oreo cookies, chopped
1 tbsp butter, melted

Line bread loaf pan with foil. Mash 2 cups strawberries in large bowl, stir in condensed milk, juice, and 2 cups of cool whip. Press into pan. Top with chopped cookies and butter mixture. Press into mixture. Cover.

Freeze at least 6 hours. Invert onto plate, remove foil. Frost with remaining cool whip and top with remaining strawberries, sliced.

Quick marinade for grilled chicken

This recipe also came from the Cooking Light Taste of Homes recipe book.

Citrus-Glazed Chicken Thighs

1 cup orange juice
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp garlic
2 tsp ginger
½ tsp lime zest
¼ tsp to ½ tsp ground red pepper
12 skinless boneless chicken thighs
1 tbsp flour
½ tsp salt

Place 1st 7 ingredients in Ziploc bag. Add chicken and seal bag. Marinate for at least 1 hour, turning occasionally. Remove chicken and reserve marinade.

Cook chicken on grill until done. With reserved marinade, pour into a saucepan with flour and salt. Whisk until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook 1 minute until thickend. Serve sauce with chicken.

You don't have to use chicken thighs if you don't want to. Use chicken breasts, legs, or whatever you want. This would also be great for fish, if that is your thing. This could also be cooked in the oven instead of on the grill.

Chicken and black bean taquitos

I got this recipe from a Taste of Homes Cooking Light recipe book. My kids love it. While you are at it, make a double batch and freeze the rest. I love preparing once, and using again and again.

Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos

1 ½ tsp olive oil
1 pound ground chicken (or 1-2 cups of cooked chicken, diced)
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small can of diced green chiles
1 Tbsp cumin and chili powder
10-20 flour tortillas (depends on how much filling you use for each taquito)
Cooking spray

Heat oil, brown chicken. Place chicken, cheese, beans, green chiles and seasonings in food processor and pulse until beans are coarsely chopped.
Spoon about 3 tbsp of mixture across lower third of each tortilla and roll up. Slice in half, secure with toothpicks if needed, and flash freeze on a cookie sheet until frozen. Then, remove from freezer, place in a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

To bake them, line the taquitos on baking sheet, spray with cooking spray, and Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes until golden. We like to serve these with a side of spanish rice. Also, Tostitos has a jar Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce that makes a perfect dipping sauce for these taquitos.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

No plans


We don't have a single thing on our list to do today. How nice. We are just going to enjoy being together. Hope you all have a great Saturday.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A little news

We have a scrapbook store about 20 minutes away, and really, the only one I have found in this area. I found the website online, and noticed that they were having a Design Team opening. So I went last week to get a looksie, and just "happened" to bring an album of some of my favorite layouts. So I asked if there was still an opening. She said Yes. Then I got my album to show her my stuff. She liked it!

"I really like your style. I would love if you would do some design work for me."

So there ya go. All you have to do is promote yourself! I should try that more often. Who knows what might happen!

Telling Tales

Kamy drew another picture. Well, she always does, but this one had a twist. Take a look, and see if you can tell what she's thinking.

So initially, I assumed that the beautiful princess in the middle of the picture was Kamy, and she was being held captive by the (clears throat) motherly woman to the right. (Clearly this was drawn after she got sent to her room the other night) She is befriended by her loving animals, as well as Prince Charming. Then there is the window through which the evil Queen makes her presence known. Scary.
In reality, I may be letting my kids watch one too many movies. This drawing is a representation of two movies interacting. The first is Enchanted, and the second is Stardust. So if you haven't watched either of these yet, it is high on Kamy's recommendations. You should check it out.

The Migration of Mammals

Ever wonder why the instinctive habits of mammals is so powerful? It's something that just happens, and you don't really question it, but yet, I am intrigued.


I've been in the habit of watching my children for many years now, and I've noticed something from the time that I started saying "kids" instead of "kid". They tend to migrate in a hierarchy. This is not just when they are playing, but if they are sitting down on the ground playing, or if they are at the kitchen table, or if we are walking outside, or riding bikes... they are almost always in order of birth.


I was watching them yesterday, eating some frozen popsicles outside in the backyard. They were not speaking to each other. They were too busy eating their frozen goodies. But as I watched them, when Kamy turned one way, Keaton would turn, and then Kolby would turn, and if George was close by, she turned too. Then the silent act would repeat itself. I'm sure they don't intentionally do this. It just happens. I find it very interesting.


George was behind Kolby, just a few feet away. She is still learning what is expected of proper mammal migration.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Best Hug


I don't know if you've ever gotten a hug from this little girl, but she just squeezes the life out of you and it is so, so, so wonderful.
And I love these pictures of Kolby playing in the snow in Utah.

So I need to post another recipe. It's been a while. What are you in the mood for?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Georgie's First Bike Ride

Now that the boys can ride bikes without training wheels, we can all go for family bike rides. The only problem was Georgie. So we got this little hookup for the back of my bike so she can enjoy the bike rides too.

Oh my goodness! She was so excited! Heath put it together last night, and she wanted to go out so bad. But it was raining, not to mention 9pm at night, so she had to wait. Today, Kolby and I took George on her first bike ride. She was in heaven.


Alas, I think I am doomed to have windblown hair in every picture I take. I really hate the wind!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Boardwalk vs Boredwalk


This weekend we decided to have a little family day. No schedules. No set plans. Just be together. So we went down to Charleston for the first time since moving here. We went to Riverfront Park that extends along the waterfront and has swings and water fountains, and lots of fun things for the kids. Well, that is what we heard, anyway. In actuality, it was like walking along a pier with benches every once in a while. It wasn't what the kids were interested in. In essence, they were "bored".



So we moved inland a little bit, to the market place. Lots of little vendors smooshed together under some tent-like buildings. The kids weren't interested in that either. We also forgot the stroller, so it was a challenge with George. While we were there, we tried to find a place to eat with the kids. All they had were "adult" restaurants, bars, and so on. Nothing that would be welcoming to kids. So we got loaded up a bunch of grumpy kids to try to find them a beach they could play at.



We ended up at Isle of the Palms, which is a very nice resort-like beach. The kids played and played. They loved it. The water was very cold. It was very windy, and very humid. A storm was approaching, so we didn't stay for a long time, but it was nice. Just what the kids wanted.



We got a thumbs up from the kids, so I guess that meant we did a good job entertaining them for the day. So now we can say we actually have moved coast to coast, now that we have set foot in the Atlantic Ocean. But I must say, it looked just like the Pacific Ocean.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Two more



Just two more layouts to show you. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another day at the Funny Farm


Look at how she is idolizing her big brother! They've been spending a lot of time together, since he is at home now instead of preschool. They really get along well. Kolby is very patient with her. It is actually really sweet to see how he treats her. They also have the same interests: getting into food, sneaking food, eating food, and then asking for food after they have already gobbled everything up. Seriously!! I feed them about 12 times a day.
Turns out, their blue lips are from a treat I gave them for being good at the store with me. It was like a taffy something or other. I hope it tasted as good as it appears!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Trouble


This is what Heath and I get for sleeping in on Saturday. We should have assumed that George would get into the bathroom and spread the whole tube of desitin all over the rug, stairs, walls, and herself. We were quite impressed at how even she got the coverage around her face. She sure has been watching daddy shave!

I put her in the bath to wash her up. I tried her baby wash three times before I realized I needed something stronger. The next step was T-Gel. Smells yucky, but it's strong shampoo. It left the bathwater orange, but there was still desitin all throughout her hair. So next came dishsoap. It's selling point is that it cuts grease, right? Didn't work. Next, my smart husband decided to put some de-greasing hand soap on her hair (the kind that mechanics use after they've been working on the car). After two shots of that, her hair was beautiful and soft again.

And this is the reason, dear friends, that we still call her George. Dang it all if she is anything but curious!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

So...I cleaned!

Thought I'd take a quick video of our upstairs so you can see how our house looks. It is a quick video, since our camera only takes about 30 seconds at a time, and the first time I did it, I didn't even make it through the first room before I ran out of time! So it's a rapid video, but here ya go.

video

Monday, April 7, 2008

I've got to stop!

I just keep ignoring my household responsibilities for the love of scrapbooking. I've really got to find a balance, since I am hating how messy my house is! But since I have no friends yet, and nobody comes to visit me, I don't have to stop just yet.
I haven't shown this picture before that we took in Hawaii, but it was one of my favorites. It was this natural stairway up to a path at Waimea Falls. So pretty! (sorry for the shadow again)
I finally scrapped this picture of Heath at the corner of Heath Court and Heath Drive. Pretty sweet street!
Finally, Kim (sign in name is Kdaygirl) is my older sister and my bestest friend. She doesn't want to scrapbook (ever) and she doesn't like flowers and things. She's going to hate this layout!

If I don't get friends soon, well, there will probably be more layouts for me to post!

Another Drawing

I asked Kamy to write a thank you card to Oma, for making her baptism dress. She did. Then she decided to draw a picture for her too. I hoped she would. I always love to see what she is drawing. Gives me a good idea of what's going on in her head. So here is her picture.


Heath is baptizing her, but I have to laugh because he isn't even holding on to her. He's standing there paying no attention to the fact that she is completely on the bottom of the font, behind him no less, and she is holding her breath. So funny. I love this picture! By the way, this is NOT how it happened!!

I've missed blogging!! (winner announced)

Hello! I know I only went a few days without posting, because the last post had a deadline of Sunday, but man oh man...I missed making a post every day!! So we will play a little catch-up.

First off, thank you everyone for the lovely comments on the last post. I loved reading all your ideas about blogging in general, as well as the love you gave me for my blog! I picked four winners this morning, and they are:

Chloe (Sara)
Ande
Queen of Chaos (Autumn)
Jen Sue Wild (Jennifer)

So congrats to you all. I'll send out a bracelet to each of you.

Friday, April 4, 2008

" I know A LOT about frogs, momma!"

Friday night, after dinner, we went for a walk around our neighborhood, and we discovered a pond. As soon as we sat down to enjoy the view, Keaton tapped me on the shoulder and said:


"I know the life cycle of a frog! First they start out as a frog egg with a black dot. Then it changes and becomes a tadpole with a big head and a long tail. And then it grows back legs and then front legs and then it's a froglet. Then it grows into a frog and during winter time, they can't find any food, so they hibernate under the pond. And then when it's spring time, they find a girlfriend so they can lay their eggs and start all over again. Remember, it's called a life cycle because it changes and changes and then starts all over again." (this is exactly what he said, word for word)


I have a pretty smart little guy! What a memory! All those big words, like hibernate and life cycle. Very cool. My favorite part? Finding a girlfriend so they can lay their eggs.



I need to send his teacher an apple! She's doing a great job.

7 Habits of a Highly Successful Blogger

What do you think they are? I'm not going to make a list. I have just been thinking lately about why I have my blog. I started it so I could have a fun journal of our family activities to perserve. I just have never really been successful at writing in a journal. Plus, I love to include pictures and stuff, so it seemed the easiest way in this day and age of computers. I also wanted to have an easy way to update friends and family on what's been going on with us. It is much easier than sending out an email to 40 people every week. And though I hadn't anticipated this when I started, I really really love getting comments back from everyone! I love seeing how many people visit my blog, and where they come from, and if they come back to read some more! I also love putting my recipes up to share. I think a good recipe is a treasure!

As much as I love getting comments, I love reading other people's blogs and leaving them comments. I figure if I like something, like a comment, then other people like them too! So if I know you from a message board, or friends I know, or my family, I leave comments. I do have some blogs that I read that I usually don't leave a comment. Those blogs are from people like Creating Keepsakes Designers or whatnot.

So what is your style? What makes you leave a comment one day, and then just be an onlooker-lurker another day? If you've never left a comment on my blog before, would you leave me one today? I'd really like to know where the 70+ visitors everyday are coming from.

If you normally leave me a comment, thank you so much, and don't stop!! It really makes my day. It's like getting mail everyday and I love that. Tell me what you like about this blog. Do you want more recipes? Less jibber-jabber and more pictures? I aim to please. On Sunday, I'll pick 4 random comments to get a pretty bracelet.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Conversation between spouses

Heath: "Hey babe, did you work out today?"

Shaina: "Uh, nope. I went back to bed after I got the kids off to school. Then I had a handful of their fruit loops for breakfast. Then we went to Walmart. McDonalds was right there, so we had Happy Meals for lunch. I ate mine, then finished what the kids didn't eat. I'm stuffed."

Heath: "Oh."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Just another layout for you.

Ya aren't getting tired of them, are you?

So yesterday, it was pouring down rain! Heath drove up, and Kamy ran to the other room to get an umbrella for Heath so he wouldn't get wet coming in. She was so excited to run out there and help him! Well, I grabbed my camera, expecting to capture a sweet picture with both huddled under the umbrella. Instead, Heath grabs the umbrella from Kamy and makes a run for the front door, leaving Kamy drenched in the rain and fending for herself without any cover.

The funny thing is, Heath didn't even realize what he did! When I called him out on it, he looked back at Kamy like he had forgotten she had just handed him the umbrella! He said "Oh! Sorry Kamy. I just wanted to get inside quickly without getting soaked!" Yeah, I'll bet Kamy wanted to do the same thing! Too bad.


(this time, got the scanner working, but it got wonked out with the depth of the brads on one side of the page. Sorry for the shadow!)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Boys and their Bikes

Well, for the last week or two, the kids have been enjoying having their bikes back; especially the boys. Keaton already knew how to ride a two-wheeler, but he had yet to master the skill of starting off on his own. He always needed a push, and no matter how hard we tried to teach him to get going by himself, he would start crying and say it was too hard for him. (can we say Mr. Sensitive?) We kept telling him that if he stopped crying and just tried, then he would be able to do it.

Well, he took our advice and finally did it last week. I made a layout about it. The journaling reads: Keaton, you were so timid to start off on your own without a push from me or daddy. You would sit and cry because you were too afraid to try; too afraid you would fall over. But today, You Did It! When I asked you how, you said... "I tried, not cried".


Next, Kolby went from four wheels to two wheels without missing a beat. He rocked at it! It was amazing the change in his appearance when that happened. He was no longer a little boy. All the sudden, he was so grown-up!

I did a layout for him as well. The journaling reads: Yesterday you were a wingless Buzz Lightyear who still needed training wheels. Today you are so grown-up riding your two-wheel bike with such confidence. I wonder how you will amaze me tomorrow.


I also took a video of Kolby learning to turn around, instead of crashing into someone's car in order to stop. Enjoy.


video

Welcome Back My Love!

ODE TO MOVIES
For two months, you've been on hold
The DVD player has been lonely and cold.
But today is the day that we've anticipated,
For our netflix account that we have participated
Is ready today to send us some more;
More movies. More love. Right to our door.
I Love you Netflix. It's been so long.
Home with me is where you belong.
Never again will I distance our bond
Even if we move to a land far beyond.
With me is where you must stay.
Our trusted mailman will show you the way.
Today marks the journey of our passionate affair,
With you in the player, and me in the chair.
So I'll get the popcorn popped fluffy and hot,
And we'll be together more often than not.
I love you Movie! I love you.