Friday, March 27, 2009

Family Favorites...

So, we've got some things around here that I want to tell you about....

A friend suggested that I give this recipe a try. And, let me tell you, it was MMMMMMM Good, a big hit with my hubby and it was super easy!! However, don't bother to even look at the recipe if you're counting calories.

Also, while in the food department, we tried Target brand (Archer Farms) Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa - and it was SO good. I'd almost say the best store bought salsa I've had.

I recently bought one of these - and let me just tell you, it has become my hero. I hate to mop. Especially with this mop bucket. It takes way too much time. With my new friend, I can mop the kitchen and family room in under 10 minutes. Also, it uses no cleaners! However, if there is something on the floor that needs a little elbow grease, I spray a small amount of cleaner and it does the job. I really like that with a baby whose about ready to begin crawling.

My friend Lauren blogged about this and Baby Brother is a big fan.

And, I'm always looking for fun music to fill our day. She has been a fun addition to our library.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"These Are the Days We'll Remember..."

"When you called, all three of us were in the back of the van. Little One was hanging over the back seat, one foot hanging over baby brother's head. I was trying to get Baby Brother buckled in, all of the doors of the van were opened - and rain was pouring down." As I retold the story to my sweet hubby, I imagined to anyone walking by that the situation might have looked quite hilarious. We both smiled and he said "These are the days we are going to remember..." and he's right.

Yesterday was a day I will not forget in a long time. The morning and afternoon had gone particularly smooth and quiet. When the boys got up from their nap I decided to cart us all to the Y so I could get a good workout. Now, to all of you out there who think that going to workout in the middle of the day with kids in tow is a easy thing...I tell you, it's not. Oh, don't get me wrong, I am forever grateful that I have a place where I can drop the kids off and go workout. But, the process and work it takes to actually get to the treadmill is Oh.My.Word.

Anyway, an hour and half later, I walked into the gym and every elliptical machine was in use. Darn. Then, one of the buds on my headphones broke. Grr. While I was working out, every TV screen was broadcasting that there was going to be some severe thunderstorms in the area. OK. Got it. I'm the first to admit that I never take those things seriously. Until now.

After my workout I head to the locker room and hope to take a quick shower before picking up the kids. The locker room is empty. I jump in the shower and hear the rain pounding on the roof. I think I should hurry - but then think that I have extra time due to the weather and letting the storm pass before we go out to the car. Ha Ha Ha. All of the sudden I hear lots of voices and then a lady calls out:
"Is anyone in here?"
"We're bringing all the kids in here because the weather is so bad. I just wanted to let you know."

WHAT??? And I'm not kidding, all the nursery kids, the gymnastics classes, teachers, (males!!) and parents were all crammed jammed into the locker room. And let me tell you, never ever have I been so grateful that I had my gym bag with me and that I didn't have to tread through the locker room draped in a towel. Children were crying - understandably so! So I scurried to get dressed - and wondered where my children were. Rushing out into the crowd dressed, but hair sopping wet, there was my Little One standing with hand in hand teacher with a little red guitar in hand. Baby Brother was being held by another teacher. Phew. By this time, the worst part of the storm had passed and we were able to leave our "shelter".

So, I gather my kids - and we make our way out to the car. It's still a down pour. Little One looks out and and says wide-eyed "Come on Mom! It will be fun!" So, when it lets up a little bit, we make a dash. Thinking I had a brilliant idea, I flung open the tail gate of the van and piled Little One in and just picked up Baby Brother's stroller - baby and all. (Love stow and go seating) Thus, the scene painted in the opening paragraph. Brilliant indeed.

After we got home, I was feeding Baby Brother, and Little One came to me and said "Do you want to see me ice-skate?" And the bathroom floor was covered in hand soap suds - which, does indeed, make a great toddler ice skating rink.

So, here's some photo documentary of our day:
Our backyard after the hail storm.

The ice-skating rink

Little One feeds Baby Brother.
So, yes, it was a day. But faces like this make it completely worth it.

Alternate titles for this post:
Are You Kidding Me?

Yes, This is what I look like when I get out of the shower
A Day In Paradise

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Little One at six months

Baby Brother at six months

Monday, March 16, 2009

Test, Test, Is this thing on???

I don't know if there is anybody out there who might be reading this, as my posts have been few and far between. The deal is that there has been so much going on around here and blogging and computer time is very low on the priority list.

Let me explain. I am in an unfamiliar season. I am in a season of stability - and am learning how to navigate and determine how to set our home and life up. Huh? Does that make any sense? Well, In the past three years I have either been a newly wed, pregnant, a new mom, financially strapped, moving, pregnant and then a momma of two! That's a lot of changes. And in all of that, there has been little time to really determine and establish a lot of things. For example: Our decorating style. What and why we use what we use. (rooms, storage, stuff) Where does it all go? And what kind of routine works for the boys and I? For some strange reason I thought that all of these things just kinda plopped into place. Not so. It turns out I am going back to basics 101. And now, for the first time in three years, I am not pregnant, am getting some good sleep, and have more stability than I've had in a long time. Sigh. It's a good feeling.

And boy, is it hard work. To be honest, there are lots of days that I just fall into bed and am asleep before my head even hits the pillow. There is no energy or time left to blog.

Another thing that is going on around here is that I am trying to shed after baby weight. It's a hard thing - and yet one I am determined to overcome. I have joined Weight Watchers - and through that, I've realized that the food issue is really a heart issue. Enough said on that for now. Perhaps there may be future posts on this issue?

In all of this, I haven't had a lot to say on the blog. I know "blog mode" when walking through everyday life and see or hear something and I immediately start writing a post in my head. It's just not been there.

Until this weekend. And, funny, all of the sudden, I have a whole list of posts stewing. So, maybe I'm getting back into my blog mode. Maybe it's the outlet I need in the midst of all that's going on. I don't know.

Well both of my little men just woke up and need something. Little One was searching for his new Thomas engine "will you help me?"and now is singing row row row your boat and strumming daddy's bass - and Baby Brother is waiting oh so patiently for his bottle. Gotta scoot.

See you soon! :)