Sunday, February 28, 2010
Anyway, to satisfy my craving for big breakfast-type items, we have it for dinner instead. One great thing about being in the hospital so long with Kimble, is that I got to go down to the cafeteria and get french toast every single day. I loved it. Yumm. So that is the recipe I have to share with you today. Heath, upon hearing me rave about the hospital french toast, found this recipe online, and it's very comparative. If you were like me, and always use to just blended together some eggs and milk for your french toast mixture, I encourage you to try this recipe. You'll be delighted.
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp sugar
12 slices of Texas Toast
Blend batter ingredients very well so there are no lumps. Heat up griddle, melt some butter over the surface so the bread won't stick. Dip bread into batter, then cook on griddle for a few minutes each side, until golden brown.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
On another note, have you ever had the crazy, insane, irrational desire to just be spontaneous, throw some clothes in a bag, jump in your vehicle, and just get out of town. Anywhere. Just go. No plans. No preconceptions. No ideas. Just go.
I had that feeling yesterday. It was overwhelming. I tried to call the husband at work a few times, and see if he would be on board with my idea once he got home. However, he was busy at work and not at his desk. Once he got home, I tried convincing him to join in on my spontaneity, and as much as he was being supportive, it just wouldn't have worked out, namely because he has to teach a lesson in church on Sunday, and I didn't want to be limited in our trip, to be back by 9am Sunday morning.
The husband said just Kimble and I could get away, and while the idea was tempting, I didn't want to do that. Then I tried to recruit a friend, another overworked mommy who I KNOW needs some time away from it all. Once again, the timing just didn't work out. So, I ate some ice cream and went to bed.
Maybe a spontaneous weekend getaway needs to be more planned out, to make it work.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I caught Georgie singing a little song the other day. She likes to sit at the piano and push the button that gives a tempo beat, then she starts pushing the keys and singing a song. Today's song choice was "I Love To See The Temple". It's a favorite song the kids sing in church. (Please ignore the fact that I hadn't done her hair yet.)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Actually, that's not true. I've got tons of stuff that I'm juggling. We switched the girl's room to the basement, and brought up the spare bedroom to the girl's old room. With that switch, I've been reorganizing and decluttering and cleaning...but seeming to get more behind everyday.
We also brought all the kid's dressers downstairs to the laundry area, because I was very tired of the clothes mess in their rooms, and the huge process of taking their clean clothes up to their bedrooms. This is my hope that having everyone's clothes in the same place will bring cleanliness to their rooms, and less laundry for me, and more control over keeping everything neat and tidy. We'll see.
So, here are some random things I've been thinking about lately.
1. I hate wearing shoes. I mean, I really and truly cringe everytime I need to put on a shoe. It makes me sad. It makes me feel claustrophobic. It makes my feet feel heavy and burdened. I don't like shoes.
2. I hate bar soap. It's glupy and messy and leaves yuckiness in the shower/bath. I don't like bar soap.
3. I use conditioner to shave my legs.
4. I think I'm turning into a chocoholic. In turn, I think I'm gaining weight after having this baby, instead of losing it. The two are related somehow...
5. We will be changing our home phone number soon. It's really annoying having people call for a doctor's office again and again...and the faxes are the worst because whoever is sending the fax doesn't check to make sure the number is correct. They just keep trying to send a fax again and again...all.day.long. I'm beyond OVER it. Plus, hardly anyone calls my home number looking for me. I'm done.
6. Watching LOST makes me so happy.
7. I'm terrified of Kimble's next heart surgery. So beyond terrified.
8. My baby brother is getting married in June. He was my baby growing up. I took care of him. We were joined at the hip for many years. I'm very happy for him, in making this big step. Go Ian!
9. I really want to take a day and go sledding up in the mountains. However, I don't want to expose Kimble to the cold air all day, but I can't leave him home either. Looks like no sledding for me.
10. I feel disconnected with so many of my friends. Am I being too reclusive? Am I not being a good friend? Somedays I feel very alone.
11.I never eat cheese raw. If it is in something, like a casserole, or melted over something, like a pizza, I can usually eat it. But if it is uncooked, it will never touch these lips. Gross. I especially hate it when it is shredded and sprinkled throughout a salad. It just ruins it for me. Have you ever tried to de-cheese a salad? It doesn't work too well.
Ok, I'm done. Off to start one of my chores.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
But he sure was cute in his little tie!
I asked The Husband for a tie that he doesn't wear anymore, and then asked him to tie it close to the bottom, with the skinny end showing, instead of the big fat end. I made the neck small, and then cut a few inches from the back of the neck part, sewed in some elastic so it would fit over Kimble's head, cut away the second tie piece that comes down from the knot in back, sewed the back of the knot together, and I was left with a cute little boy tie. For better instructions, you can follow this tutorial.PS: This is my 800th post!
Monday, February 22, 2010
He whistles along with music on the little cartoons the kids watch, such as Dora and Diego. He harmonizes with those songs, as well as little jingles that are on commercials or theme songs from shows. He sings different songs, as he researches things on the Internet or chops vegetables for dinner. He sometimes sings in the shower, and when he's in a good mood, he whistles as he works....literally.
I can always judge what type of mood he's in, depending on if I hear him being musical or not. I love his singing voice. He has one of those types of voices that is unhurried, smooth, and perfectly on pitch. He is not boastful about his voice. He holds it in reverence. He has a talent that I wish I had, but I'm satisfied with being able to listen to him all the time.
A really stupid night for us.
Free Summer Movie Drama.
Late Night Cravings.
Freaky Spider Webs.
Being The Assistant.
13 year old sock mistake.
The Jacketless Hood.
Journal entries from when I was 10 years old.
How not to ride a bike and a scooter.
A fishy homicide.
Flying like Superman without the gentle landing.
I got caught riding on the highway.
So I swam with a dead cow. So what?
How The Husband and I got together.
Public Schools can be quite educational, in a perverted way.
Signs of Pregnancy, and Midnight bathroom excursions.
Stupid things I did as a kid.
Hope you enjoyed the read. Let me know which stories you liked.
Friday, February 19, 2010
So for the boys, I found this cool book for them that teaches them things all boys should know. Included, are things like: amazing stories of intrigue and danger, how to tie a perfect knot, the mystery of girls (I chuckled at that one), how to survive in different situations, etc. Turns out, it wasn't a book like I thought, but a book on cd. Three cd's to be exact. It worked out, because the boys (and girls) share this stereo at night, as a privilege if they were good and got everything done during the day. When it's the boys' turn to have the cd player, they now have their very own adventures to listen to when they go to sleep.
As far as the girls go, Kamy likes to read to Georgie before they go to bed. She tries to find short stories that Georgie would be interested in. So, I thought a great big book of fairy tales would be a great gift for them. Kamy was thrilled. Georgie wasn't as happy, at first, because she had some big "Princess" book in mind, but now she's happy. She loves being read to.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Verdict: Uh, there was really no change. Kamy still had tears when we worked on her math (long division), Keaton was still bothered by Georgie, who kept interrupting him when he was trying to read, and Kolby still had fits when asked to write his spelling words 3x's each.
However, our bellies thanked us for the super yummy cookies, as we licked the chocolate off our faces and fingers.
And would ya look at Keaton's fingers? Clean as a whistle. I was super impressed...enough to give everyone seconds. Clean hands=less germs=less sickness for us and Kimble.
Put on your coat, snap a quick picture, and leave the house. Oh well. If people really think I peed my pants, then they obviously have never had the joy of having a baby in their arms...with our without the spit up.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
So with Kimble's two surgeries planned for this year, as well as some other things, we knew that buying a house this year wasn't going to be feasible. So what do we do? We ask the Landlord to change the carpet. Much to our delight (and surprise), he quickly agreed. He likes us after all, and repeatedly tells us we take better care of his house than he did.
Thus, last week we took everything out of our house, minus the kitchen and the basement, and we got new carpet installed. Now, the carpet is great, but it also blends a little too well with our couches. I needed to add some vibrancy and color to our Living Room. On our couches, we have six throw pillows that match the fabric of the couch. I decided to make new pillow covers, so I got a few yards of fabric from the store, measured...cut...and sewed, and viola!! New pillows that changed a drab room, into a colorful room!
Kimble is a big fan of the new pillows.
Turning my attention to the TV room, I saw these two sad little benches. I got them at a yard sale years ago, for 2 bucks. They are originally from IKEA. Anyway...they have seen better days.
Then, last week, after a beautiful snowstorm, we saw a streak of orange run across our backyard, and were delightfully surprised to see our fox return, and bring a little friend with him.
Now we have two foxes running around our yard, being playful with each other, and sometimes just hangin' out for a while. Who needs the national geographic channel when you've got this in your backyard?
Monday, February 15, 2010
Kolby looked back at me and said "What? Nothing."
Then I looked closer at his face. Apparently, our little sugar boy had a lot of enjoyment eating the frosting on his sugar cookie, leftover from his party at school. His sad expression? There was no more frosting to be had. Such a sad day for a sugar addict. The good news?? We still had Valentine's Day to celebrate with the family. Nothing could be better, according to Kolby.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The Husband got me a new quilt for our bed (I absolutely LOVE new blankets...especially quilts) and I got him something, which hasn't come in the mail yet. I'll post about it when it arrives. I also got something for the kids...which didn't come yet either.
Tonight, the kids and I are making a little valentine treat for ourselves...these Frozen Peanut Butter Cups. Yummy!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
If you look closely, I am wearing a dress with flowers on it, and he has a bowtie on. I love that he wrote "i luv you". Thanks Kolby!! You made my day.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Anyway, last night's phase of this ongoing lesson was about being aware. We played a little "I Spy" game by asking the kids what they notice about the living room...what they smell....what they feel or hear...and what they see. Then we talked with them about different situations, and how they can be aware of what is happening around them, and above all, how this will keep them safe.
Then we made sure everyone knew our phone number and street address. I have felt bad for a long time, because my kids didn't know that information. It was about time they knew. So we sang the phone number to the tune of Jingle Bells, and then we showed them the house number on the front of our house, talked about street names, and by the end of the evening, they knew the information necessary to help them find us, if they are lost, or otherwise need to contact us.
We feel it was a great evening of important information for the kids, on how they can be aware.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
"Frost Yourself. The slogan for the campaign."
"I got it off the woman who's falling madly in love with me."
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tights that are too small...mismatching dress shoes....a summer shirt...and her brother's hoodie. Not to mention that her hair is a mess. Quite the mother of the year I am, huh.
Another picture I love: Milky smiles.
I have an old white dry erase board that the kids all love to color on. Here is Georgie, doing her "homework" on the whiteboard, as the other kids worked at the table on their schoolwork.
Then we had bathtime...which I didn't get pictures of.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Yes, today Mr. Kimble is 3 months old. He is gaining weight and has lots of cute rolls to show for it. He still loves his binkie, but I think he's starting to love me even more. He recognizes me now, and calms down just at the sight of me. That thrills me. Oh, and we seem to be sporting the same double chin, based on the next picture.
Whenever we go anywhere, he gets strapped into his carseat and gets his cute little knit hat put on him, which falls past his eyes and rests across his nose. So cute. Some babies hate their carseats. Kimble loves his. He sleeps and sleeps. The other day, I went out with some girlfriends, and he slept the entire 4 hours in his carseat. I think that was the longest stretch of sleep he's ever had!
To celebrate his birthday, we will run errands to the copy store today, then come back and finish cleaning the basement, and I just might have an ice cream sundae to mark the occasion. Happy sweet 3 months my baby!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
1 1/4 yard fabric for the outside
1 1/4 yard coordinating fabric for the inside
2 inches sew-on velcro
2 big decorative buttons
matching thread (scissors, needle, sewing machine, iron)
(When you buy your fabric, make sure both selections are the same width.) Alright. Cut each piece of fabric 1 yard long. (I fold it lengthwise so it's not so wide and unmanageable when I cut it.)
Lay out your material on a flat surface and fold each edge in towards the center, making the two side edges meet in the middle, basically dividing your canopy into thirds. See picture.
Edited to add: I made this cute canopy for a friend's baby girl, and I love it with the Ric Rac. Give it a try! (If you want to do ric rac, you'll need 5 yards of it) Oh, and I also added snaps instead of velcro. Feel free to do whatever your imagination creates.
This is one of my most popular blog posts. A lot of you out there come across my blog through searching for car seat canopy tutorials. If you make one, please leave a comment with a link and I'll come admire it!