Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Next we worked in the yard. I might have mentioned before that we've had 2 little boys (who haven't the etiquette yet to not tell the blatant truth), on 2 separate occasions, tell us that our back yard looks like a junk yard. Don't I know it. It still does, though it's better than it was. Anyhow, we were out there for a couple of hours and made some good progress--I cleared out yard debris, and HH worked on weeds, piling up some wood, and cutting up the old (huge) antennae to put in the garbage. The girls worked on picking dandelions, playing with the wagon, jumping on the mini-tramp, raking (Chick), and getting filthy (Monkey). Then Monkey got a bath, and we all had lunch and a few minutes of rest before it was time to leave again.
After a quick stop to Fred Meyers, that didn't turn out to be quick in the least, we went to cousin K's first birthday party. It was lots of fun. I had my camera, but didn't think to take any pictures. This is the only one that I took: (blowing bubbles with cousin Ben)
I did take pictures of the market skirt that I made, though. It looks wide & short, which isn't what I was going for, since K is tall...I don't know how it will fit. I took measurements & supposedly the skirt should fit, but I don't believe it.
After the party we came home and spent some time in the front yard--I weeded the flower beds a bit, HH weeded in the lawn, and the girls played with bubbles and sidewalk chalk. It was a really lovely day.
Today was church. Then Chick and HH went into the backyard for a while to enjoy the sunshine, while Monkey and I took little cat naps. Now the girls are dancing in their pettiskirts and it's time to eat dinner. So bye.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Anyhow, it's Smiling Eyes Photography! That super talented Sarah is doing a giveaway, and I wouldn't tell you about it (decreased odds of winning, of course), except that I get 2 more entries this way!! You can enter until Sunday, March 28th, and it's valid in both the Portland AND Seattle areas. CLICK HERE for the link to the contest posting on the Smiling Eyes Photography blog.
Friday, March 19, 2010
"Love doesn't make the world go round; it's what makes the ride worthwhile."
"I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach"
(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
- I had to deal with her asking to go dance with the ballerinas quite a lot.
- She was really preoccupied during the Cinderella part, because Cinderella is supposed to wear a BLUE dress (she wore brown tatters & then a fancy GOLD dress).
- During intermission she twirled with another little girl in the aisle.
- She was quite taken with the 2 week old baby girl that was sitting behind us, and thankfully the grandparents of the baby were really good with my Chick and even let her help hold the baby & stroke her hair.
- She really was good, but lost interest in the very last (and very long) section. I don't blame her--it was the least "entertaining" and flashy of all of them & it was very long. Plus she was up past her bedtime. That's when she started trying to get into my purse, crawl under the seats, etc. But all in all, I can't complain.
Afterwards, we'd gotten outside and Chick got really sad because she wanted to talk to one of the "ballets" (aka ballerinas). I told her that they were dressing and getting ready to go home to bed, but a man nearby told us that the ballerinas were in the foyer. So we went back inside and met one of the ballerinas. I think the conversation went something like this:
Chick: You have a pretty dress on. I have a pretty dress on too,
Ballerina: You do have a pretty dress. Is it new?
Chick: Yes. You have flowers in your hair.
Anyhow, it was really fun. I'm so glad that I have little girls to celebrate the "girly" stuff with. I'm ready to celebrate boy things too, if we get a boy this time... time will tell. Anyhow, the baby was kicking up a storm...maybe a future dancer or musician that wanted to join in the fun?
Sounds like Monkey had a great time with her Grandparents (and vice versa). So I guess the evening was a success.
Monday, March 15, 2010
The powers that be didn't like the bandaids, though, so I had to revise it and put in a much less bold looking first aid kit.
To kick off "relaxation mode" the girls went to visit my brother & sil for the evening while HH and I went to see Sherlock Holmes. We both liked it. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but still pretty cool.
Today I'm lazy with a cold (or allergies?), but have high hopes of being productive later.........
Anyhow, we are invited to my niece's first birthday party this weekend, and I'm undecided on the gift (the parents claim to never read my blog [as if anyone can keep away! lol] so I'm asking for help on deciding what to give). The poll is in my sidebar.
Option 1: a Market Skirt and bought t-shirt
Option 2: a Can-Can Skirt with matching headband (I ordered the Chiffon a couple of weeks ago to make some for my girls & have enough colors to do something different for all of them)
Option 3: a Headband and bracelet set
Option 4: just buy something (probably a wooden Melissa & Doug toy or a cute book)
Or you can leave a comment with a suggestion of something else.
And, now that I think of it, we have another first birthday party coming up in a couple of weeks, so I guess you can tell me what she should get too (not a little relative, it's a little friend).
Thanks for the help!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I wanted to take a moment to be grateful (especially after reading friends' blogs about the hardships they are going through) that my biggest complaints this week are:
- a slight sore throat today.
- a clever little monkey that has learned from her big sister that chairs can be moved over to whatever she wants to get into. No surface is safe. I might have to start actually watching my kids.
(case in point...)
- Having to see my Chick wear the same white dress every day (or having to tell her NO! every morning)
- & a form vs function difference with HH. He is totally about function. It doesn't matter what it looks like as long as it's still useful. I, on the other hand, find it draining on my psyche to have to look at things that aren't aesthically pleasing (and I'm here all the time, not just for a couple of hours in the evening before bed). [The good news is that he's somewhat reasonable, and I got to give away an entire truckbed-load of totally ugly junk to some "lucky" craigslister].
But really, what insignificant irritations! So I'm taking a moment to appreciate that I have so little to complain about (before the other shoe falls).
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
- We've tried all of the muffins & I don't care for the stuffed pancake ones, but the other two kinds are great.
- I didn't like the meatballs/meatloaf, but no one else complained. I'm going to stick with my family recipe next time.
- The beef enchiladas were quite tasty & everyone ate them well. They aren't healthy, though.
- Today I made baked potatoes and used some of my extra cooked chicken mixed with bbq sauce as a topping. Quite yummy!
- The butterhorn rolls are delicious...we had them with Artichoke Chicken Casserole last night. As for the casserole, lets just say that next time I'll make it all for me, and we'll all be happy. Everyone liked the rolls.
- HH said the burritos were a little dry, but he might have gotten one of the last ones I did--the ones that sat for several days waiting for more tortillas to appear (my homemade ones didn't turn out...that's what I get for actually following a recipe for them!) He said that the burritos tasted good, though...they just needed more cheese or something.
- And today I made the Baked Veggie Wontons, which are YUM-MY. I ate 4...you know, for quality control purposes. Anyhow, I don't know how they'll be after freezing, because they aren't from a recipe meant for that.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
- Sour Cream Banana Bread Muffins (mmmm, delicious!)
- Black Bean Soup (we had one portion for dinner & everyone approved, though it could be thicker)
- Chicken Topping mixes for Chicken Ranch Pizzas
- Curried Chicken Tidbits (oh my, these are SO GOOD! HH wasn't home yet, but the girls & I had samples and we all loved it...and it's so easy! I don't know how it is after freezing, but it was great just when mixed together!!)
- Black bean salsa chicken
- Sauce for one of my favorite meals: Hawaiian Haystacks
- Enchilada sauce
- Brown bag Burrito stuff
- Bisquick mix
- Stuffed Pancake cups (not so wild about these...hopefully HH will be)
- I assembled the Brown Bag Burritos
- Meatloaf muffins & meatballs (again, not so wild about these, but the muffin-sized ones are for HH's lunches...in hopes of replacing the overpackaged, undernourished, overpriced, and undertasty frozen meals that he buys at the store & clogs up my freezer space with. whew. I dare you to diagram that "sentence.")
- Easy Taco Bake
- Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Cups
- Sloppy Janes
- Cook up some tofu for vegetarian chili soup
- Pizza dough
- Beef Enchiladas
- Baked Wontons
- Puerto Rican Beans (for rice and beans)
- Butterhorn Rolls
Though I definitely need the breaks, I'm really enjoying myself. It's always fun to try new recipes, and mixing them with some of my usual favorites + seeing my freezer fill up with yummy easy-to-reheat meals makes me super happy! Thanks, Once a Month Mom!
recipes taped up...
some of the prepped food (makes me feel like a food show star to just grab a scoop of whatever I need)...
what I do with the girls while I'm busy cooking. Just kidding....
**UPDATE: I've posted a part 2 here. Part 3 (with a picture of all of my frozen goodness gathered together!) is still to come.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Here's a picture of what I did while I was there--one or two of these may become pot holders...they are just little practice squares. The figure 8 was the hardest for me. Clearly this is a skill that will take some practice, but it was really exciting to learn anyhow. Thanks, Lia!
On Saturday I put my new knowledge to use and started my first real project (for one of my promised giveaway items). I got it all quilted that day, but haven't finished the binding yet. Since it's a gift, I can't show it to you, but here's a little sample section. The quilting is hard to see--making it a little difficult to quilt it because I could hardly see where I'd already quilted, but it was still really good practice at stippling & was kind of an adrenaline rush to be able to do : )
After I finished that, I went shopping. By myself. Without feeling guilty. ok, a little guilty. but not too much. I went to the thrift store, and the fabric store, and got myself some french fries & a smoothie. And I went grocery shopping, which was the "reason" for me to go out in the first place. Anyhow, at the thrift store I got some cute kid's spoons--regular ole' stainless steel spoons like normal, but they're smaller & are the perfect size for my little munchkins. I also got a basket, which was one of the things that I was specifically looking for...I'll put pictures on later: it's going to have a makeover : ) I also got a lazy susan, which may prove to be useful, but so far is best for HH & Chick to play with (HH: "Lets see how fast we need to spin it to make this fall over" etc). That will also get a makeover, and I'll be posting a poll later to help me decide on color selection.
At the fabric store I got new sewing scissors, as well as some supplies for upcoming projects. The scissors I've been using were cheap ones that I've had for 10 years or so, and which I avoided using because they were so dull. I bought a nice Gingher pair, which work like a dream.
I came home, fixed dinner, and worked on finishing my ribbon spooling project while I watched movies.
The next day was church, and then we had our friends, the Hebers, over for dinner. I made Lettuce Wraps from this recipe. Not the best idea: I've only made them one other time, a couple of years ago. I forgot how long they take to make--lots and LOTS of mincing. Thankfully HH was a good sport about being a sous chef, so we weren't tooo late in getting to the table. But honestly, I think I'll add them to my monthly repertoire, they are SO GOOD, SO GOOD YOU SEE. The recipe says that it's for one person, so I pretty much quadrupled it and we had enough left over for dinner tonight & I'll have more for lunch tomorrow! (good thing I like them).
Today I was tired. I hate that...I slept on the couch while the girls played. But Chick informed me that it was Monday, so we needed to do Muffin Tin Monday. Huh, I didn't know she knew the days of the week? Anyhow, there wasn't a theme today, so they got: cheese, tangerines, carrot sticks, crackers with cottage cheese, hard boiled egg, and a beverage (soy milk for Monkey, juice for Chickadee).
In my unproductivity, I blog-browsed & came across Once a Month Mom...a freezer cooking blog that does a lot of the organizational work for you (menus & prep timeline provided). They're doing a cookoff, and I think I'll do it. It's due by March 8th, so I'll need to decide and get it done pretty quickly.....
I guess that's it.
Here's a little familial felicity.