Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Truth be told, I just couldn't do it all. (I know!) So, I didn't. Instead, I have been enjoying time with family who is visiting for the Holiday. More on that when I feel like getting out of bed to get my camera and download cord. Know what I mean? All this hub-ub has contributed to my latest pregnancy challenge, cankles. (I am sooooooooooo not posting a picture of those!)
I hope yours was MERRY and BRIGHT! More plus pix when I get outta bed. Please pray for my cankles.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wade was pretty excited to see Santa, as you can see in this video. . . His excitement seemed to disappear sometime between the video and this picture. . .
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Stir your popcorn, almonds and candy in a BIG BOWL.
Spread it on a cookie sheet to dry. (Grease the sheet with butter to avoid sticking)DON'T leave it on the edge of the counter where a crafty 21 month old has learned to climb up and retrieve whatever he darn well pleases. (Look at the intensity in his face!)
Temper some milk chocolate in the micro (remember 40 seconds, then 20 at a time until is is melted. Stir vigorously after each heating. Don't overheat. Remember slow melt.)
Then shake with a spoon over the popcorn.
Now do it with White Chocolate. Same process... Mmmmmmmm Good. Don't be stingy.
Put in a super cute package and DELIVER!! :) JUST IN TIME!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I found this opened package in our food storage room, which just happens to be across from Abby's room downstairs. I noticed a little trend.. .10:30 at night, Hall light on... Pantry Door open, but it took me a while to figure out what was going on in there until I went down to search for some canned mushrooms.
Jaxon was the first person interrogated. He denied having ANY part in the missing noodles.. but you know, he IS my SNEAKER.. so he has a pretty BAD WRAP for sneaking food. Especially contraband, since he is on a Gluten Free Diet . (I am going to do a Gluten Free Progress Post soon)
Next was Abby, (the shelf was too high for Wade) she has been on a little "lying" streak lately, so, before I approached her I said... Just tell me the truth, FIRST. This seems to work, and it is easier to show clemency when the truth comes out, isn't it? She admitted plainly that after she is tucked into bed, she goes in for a "mid-night" snack, because she is hungry.
She had blazed through almost an entire bag of dried spaghetti noodles all on her own for what she CLAIMS was about a two week period. . . . Weird, since there were LUCKY CHARMS on the top shelf... Just a little more climbing, and her "mid-night snack" would have been a LOT more rewarding.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Ok, just so you are up to date. There is a new director for "New Moon". That is right, no indy female director for this baby.. However, the NEW director directed movies like... AMERICAN PIE... Hmmmmm, Weird.
So, moving on. I know there are MANY of you out there who did NOT like the choice for Jacob and are hoping for someone new.. (You know who you are) Well, just so you are up to date with all things celebrity, People Mag has given you an alternative and Iwant YOU to vote... So do it, exercise your right.. Make yourself HAPPY by NOT choosing Taylor Lautner... Just do it!
Plan "B" is lookin' MUCH better to me.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Zen, you simply take your crepe, add ze sauce and top with powdEred sUgEr, and Whip cream and VOILA! Zuddenly you are a FRENCH CHEF! And, your breakfast looks so....... oh lala! Yet, it iz not!
(Sorry about ze dIrty plate.. I did not get our ze cAmerA until round two!)
Your childrEn will smile with GLEE because who does not like WHIP CREAM FOR BREAKFAST, NO?
Be careful with ze wee one's because fruit crepes are VERY messy... VERY.....
Enjoy your CREPES! It is a fun festive idea, No?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
My MIL was just in town for Thanksgiving... I just went to post a link of their visit and I don't have one! They were here for 10 days and we really packed it in while they were here. My MIL is the goddess of all things sewing.. and somehow, I persuaded her to help me sew a dress for Abby to try to knock off the Shabby Apple look. I have never sewn clothing.. so I leaned on her for help, DESPERATELY.
First stop: Joann's - At the time, their dress patterns were $2 (that is right, I said $2) What a deal! We were looking for Amy Butler Fabric as well (because that is what the Shabby Apple uses) but, we couldn't find any at Joann's or even the specialty fabric stores around here. So, we just got something that looked similar and went for it. Here are the results...
I say, not so Shabby Apple... after all, it ended up only costing about $12 vs. $36. I think it turned out pretty cute.. Maybe I will be inspired to create looks for Abby and our newest addition to model TOGETHER!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I love those little berry circular things. (I obviously don't have a formal name for ANYTHING) They looked much better in my (ahem) Noble, but I shoved 'em into the bushy tree somehow, and so far, they have stayed.
My husband and I fought about colored lights vs. white lights for oh, I don't know, 5 years or so... He finally gave up. My concession was the bubble lights and guess what. I like 'em. Oh, and the ribbon... it is perfect.. It is green on one side and red with green polka dots on the other. I only found one spool so there are no bows.. just draped ribbon on the tree stuffed into the branches now and again.
Of course, most of these items were purchased at the Mecca Tai Pan. Just get there.. Quit making excuses. I love the funky stars and fun letters they have to stuff in the tree.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Peter came back a few minutes later and said, "I promise, he came up with all of these poses on his own." I can attest to that because although they were around the corner, I didn't hear ANY instructions being given by Peter. Here is what I found on the camera.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Toast yourself some raw almonds. 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes.
Put your stuff in a pot and add the candy thermometer. Cook until it reads 300.
(See, I told you it was easy)
Add 1 cup of your chopped Almonds to your candy goo and stir... pour it into a buttered dish. I used a rimmed cookie sheet, but, you could use somethin' else.
Temper your chocolate (no picture) just heat it slow, stirring often in the mircowave... 40 second the first time, less than 20 seconds every time after that. Stir it after each time. Make sure your candy has cooled a bit and spread the chocolate over your candy. Sprinkle one more cup of nuts over the chocolate. If you want to be REALLY fancy, like Martha, you can chocolate both sides.. (her recipe tells you how). Let the chocolate cure in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
If you have buttered your pan, you should be able to lift the roca out of the pan and chop it up. If you have already scored it, it will break along the lines, (do that while it is still warm) if you have not, it will break into random pieces. Store in the refrigerator.
NEXT STEP MOST IMPORTANT: *Lay on your couch, with your airtight container propped on your unborn child and eat Almond Roca until your tongue is raw and you have developed sores all over the inside of your mouth.. Ahhhhhhhhh.. Candy.
*(note feet and body in prone position on said couch)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thanks sooooooooo much Calibosmom! It arrived today, perfectly packaged with no breaks or spills! You are the best!
Isn't the blogosphere GREAT?
Monday, December 1, 2008
We sold it before we left. Hopefully this will minimize the complaining around here. One out of two ain't bad, is it? BESIDES, we DID get some of the white stuff on Thanksgiving.
Do you see it? LOOK CLOSELY! It is hail. Isn't that close enough? You better believe I made them go outside and play in it.. It IS a form a snow after all. They were dreaming of a white Christmas and GOT ONE! :)
Here is to more answered WISHES this Holiday Season!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Now he is shorn, and I hate it. Now he looks older, and I hate it. Now, he has almost voluntarily given up his binky and started saying a TON more words almost simultaneously with his hair cut and I hate it . My friend from church said she hardly even recognized him and was so sad that his curls were gone... .I almost cried. A few months ago, I didn't think this day would come! But now, it has come and gone, and although he is still professing MANY toddler issues, I miss my baby. Good thing I am having another one I guess.
Good bye baby Wade, we will miss you. TONS. I wish you would drop the drooling as part of your growing up phase! :)
*Why did I do it? It was starting to lose its curl, and beginning to look like a complete rats nest. You can only prolong growing up for so long...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Make a turkey, ham and Swiss sandwich
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
They loved sloshing around in it and I have to admit, I didn't have a problem with it. I let them jump in puddles with their school shoes and sock on... Wade even ran around outside with no shoes on, soaking the bottoms of his pajamas. When the grandparents started to get concerned, I said, "Don't worry about it, they don't see rain that much" ME!!! I SAID THAT! I couldn't even believe it came out of my mouth!
This is someone who when it rained, kept the kids inside, swore I would lock them up if they got their school shoes wet and DESPISED muddy footprints ANYWHERE! Truth be told, my kids have been complaining that there is no snow here. I can't believe it. Who would complain about NO SNOW? (Besides my husband) Apparently they have forgotten about the 15 inches of slush on our street last year from January to March. I HAVEN'T and I DON'T MISS IT! I will admit, it is kind of hard to get into the Holiday season when you look outside to palm trees, cactus and 80 degree weather, but that is not a complaint, it is just a reality.
I have promised the kids that in the future, we will spend the holidays at the grandparents houses where there is a much better prospect for snow.. and I will MOST CERTAINLY push them outside with all their snow gear and when they want to come in after 15 minutes I will say, "OH NO! NO YOU DON'T! You miss the snow! Remember? You complain about missing it all the time! So, go play in it.... and you can come back inside in an 2 hours and tell me how WONDERFUL the snow is, and how GLAD YOU ARE that you got to stay outside and enjoy it." Think that'll happen? humpf.
In the mean time, the rain today DID add a little to our Holiday season. Just made it feel a little more like fall.. and I guess I kind of enjoyed it. (For once)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Our deal when we got married was that he would "BE A FAN" which means that whenever I got a crazy hair to do something fun i.e. party, parade, or other wild crowd related activity he would oblige. Little did I know, he has his limits... Like attending this. There is no way that he would have attended that in this life time OR the next. I guess that is ok, you can't win 'em all.
I get in trouble sometimes with Peter re: THE BLOG. He was NOT happy when it went from a "Family Blog" to my personal place for self expression. He doesn't like it much when I say our kids look like me either...So, in an effort to not step on any TOES, I decided to ASK Peter what the answer to these questions would be. It started off kind of racy so I mentioned it was "for the blog" and he fixed it up a bit.
5 Things he loves to do:
Play Games - (He LOVES playing games and I sometimes don't LOVE playing with him. He recently played an 86 point word on scrabble against me)
Watch Movies (He has been Tivoing black and white movies on AMC and watching them at night)
Eat his Wife's Cooking (What can I say)
Playing Basketball (Too bad the guys in our ward here play at 6:00 a.m!)
Tickling the Kids (This would happen to be a nightly activity. He likes tickling me too, but of course didn't state that because I HATE IT! )
5 Things on his to do list ** Again, I did NOT make this list.
Quit eating so much of his wife's cooking
Do Nice things for his wife (He is very good at this)
Do Home teaching
5 of Favorite Foods
PIE- (unfortunately for him, Pie doesn't float my boat. But, I accommodate him at least a COUPLE of times a year!)
Frog Eye Salad (Again, I make this twice a year. Thanksgiving and 4th of July... Just for Peter)
Pizza (No brainer... we love FRIDAY NIGHT PIZZA NIGHT!)
Sushi (Why else do you think I married him?)
No Bake Cookies
5 Things People Don't know About Him
He is an AMAZING lover (Again, his words)
He can paint! (I have been meaning to blog about this, but have been waiting for a photo of a picture he recently painted of his parents. He has also illustrated a children's book for my mom and has painted pictures hanging in his Aunt's house and in his office.)
He used to be in a band and played the bass for a band in Seattle (grunge hair doo and all)
He has watched every Marx Brother's movies and has hundreds of their quotes memorized and does a great Harpo impersonation.
He was going to teach English in Japan instead, he decided to stay here. (Because of this, he didn't end up with a very small Asian woman.. he ended up with a VERY TALL AMERICAN woman.)
5 Things he Doesn't like
People in the kitchen when he is cooking- (He HATES it when I even ENTER the kitchen if he is in there. He routinely makes grilled cheese tortillas after church on Sunday and is known as the SANDWICH MAKER in our house)
Getting up early
Speeder upper slower downers (You know who you are... you people on the freeway that refuse to use cruise control)
An angry/mad or sad wife
Going to bed- (Because this would be prime time for watching his movies or playing games. )
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
You MIGHT know him if you have been to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV. He created the chandelier that is hanging in the entry.. he has created thousands of glass sculptures and luckily, we get to have his display here at the Desert Botanical Gardens. I was sooooooooo excited when I found out that Peter's parents would be here during the display. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to "SURPRISE!" them with it because they had already read about it on the plane. Oh well.
Right before I dropped my camera (WHICH HAPPENS TO BE MY BACK UP BACK UP CAMERA) and it broke.