Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Funnies: Things That Make You Go...Hmmm...


I leave you this week with something to think about...

What hair color do they put on the driver's license of a bald man?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tag, You're It!

I was tagged by Jackie, who I totally just found out that she's been snooping around my blog and unbeknownst to me has a blog too! Shame on you, Jackie! Shame, shame, shame. She is a fellow "Phoenixvillian" from my old days in the 'Ville. Rock out class of '96! Oooooo...has it been that long? Yikes.

She tagged me and so here are the rules:

The rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

So now I have to think of 6 unspectacular quirks of mine...Hmmm....

1. I have this weird obsession with making lists. I like to write "to do" lists, grocery lists, Costco lists, Target lists , "honey do" lists. Then when I start to cross things off the list I make a new list with the remaining items. I like it to look neat and get distracted when there are lines drawn everywhere. I have lists all over the house! It is amazing I remember anything cause I have 15 lists going at one time!

2. I watch TV shows or movies that I really like over and over and over and over and, well, you get the point. Seriously. I once watched "A Chorus Line" every Sunday for an entire year. I know every word in that flick. I have seen "Erin Brockovich" probably 100+ times cause I tune in every time it's on TV. I have seen every episode of Jon and Kate plus 8 and What Not to Wear probably 6 times each.

3. I don't like to buy shirts that don't have at least 3% spandex in them. Since I don't dry my shirts in the dryer (except grimey, loungy T-shirts) I feel like 100% cotton shirts get all misshapen when I hang them to dry and then they fit funky. If they have spandex in them then I never have that problem!

4. I don't like condiments. Ketchup, mustard, relish...nope, not for me. I just started to use mayo on my sandwiches within the past 5 years.

5. I rarely buy books unless it's REALLY good. I think it is a waste of money cause I usually read it once then it goes in a box to give to Good Will. I don't have enough room in my house for anymore clutter. So, I borrow them from the library.

6. I eat really fast. My husband is always amazed that I can eat faster than him. I'm not proud of it. In fact, I know that I need to slow down, but I guess I think that someone might steal my food.

My 6 bloggers:
Trish @ Venturesome Sojourners
Katie @ Stray Raisins
Jolie @ My Little Ragamuffins
Tiffanie @ Our Life
Tracy @ Seed Thoughts
Chandy @ Outstanding In My Field

Thankful Thursday


Welcome to Thankful Thursday. A chance for me to reflect on my week and lift up my thanks for the wonderful, blessed life I live.

  • I am thankful for rain the past few days. It has made the temperatures go down a bit and even has felt “somewhat” bearable. (Have I mentioned I am ready for summer to be over with?!)
  • I am thankful that I am getting organized! Yay me!
  • I am thankful that even though hubs is gone for the week (and I miss him terribly!) this gives me the opportunity to relax and have some needed “me” time when Kaiden is in bed.
  • I am thankful that my back is feeling better. Man, that little boy is getting heavier and heavier each and everyday.
  • I am thankful to have chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer to curb those late night PMS cravings.

Have a Thankful Thursday. Visit Sting My Heart for more!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Lesson Learned

I have been desperately trying to keep Kaiden on a pretty tight feeding and napping schedule both for his sanity and for mine. Although lately it seems that I am failing miserably. Once I think I have it all figured out something happens (as in teething, a cold, or just plain defiance) to throw us completely off track again.

Now if you know me well enough you know that I don't like change. I like to follow rules and schedules to a "T." I like consistency. I like to know that the same things that happened the day before are the same things I can look forward to today. I like to know that if someone says something is going to happen at X o'clock, then by golly I can plan on being there at X o'clock. So when Kaiden all of a sudden starts to throw the whole schedule off that I have worked so hard to establish, thankyouverymuch, it really throws me for a loop. Fortunately, though, the one thing that has always remained pretty constant is his night sleeping schedule. Ever since he was 4 months old he has been completely sleeping through the night. We have him in bed between 6:45-7:00pm and he sleeps until 6:00am.

Until this past week.

For whatever reason he has been waking up around 5:00am. And, of course, I don't go and get him until 6:00 because I don't want him thinking that it is okay to be getting up at the butt crack of dawn. Right? Buuuutttt, then he is tired for his first nap at 7:00 instead of 8, and lately his first nap he is only sleeping an hour (if I'm lucky) instead of two hours. Then, he is hungry for lunch at 10:30 instead of 11 or 12. Then he is going down for his second nap at 12 instead of 1, which gets him up at 2ish instead of 3-4ish. Which makes him Mr. Crankpots the rest of the afternoon. It's all a mess. A total mess.

It's times like this that I find myself wishing away time. "I wish that he would just get all of his teeth in already so he wouldn't be so cranky...I wish that he could walk so I don't have to carry him everywhere. My back is killing me...I wish that he would grow out of his gassiness so I don't have to burp him still ALL THE TIME...I wish that he would sleep until 7 and could get himself up..." I hate myself for thinking that way because I know that all too soon the day will come that he won't want me to carry him anymore, that he won't want to snuggle with me when he is in pain and I know that before I blink again he'll be 18 and running off to college.

So, I'm pretty sure there is a lesson in all of this that I need to learn. I guess it is for me to just let go. To relax and take life as it comes. To have a schedule in place, but make room for variations. To enjoy every minute of my time with Kaiden whether he's fussy or happy. To know that tomorrow is a new day and I can always start fresh. To be patient and understanding. To spend my days feeling calm instead of frustrated and stressed. To pray for strength and patience. To pray for guidance as a mother. And most importantly to pray that my son feels loved, honored and cherished each and every day.

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Apologies

I come to you today to make a public apology. I am embarrassed. Ashamed. Dare I say, even pathetic.

It all started yesterday as I flipped on the TV for some background noise while picking up a bit around the house. I turned on Fox Reality Channel at 9:00am thinking it was a previous episode of American Idol. But the TV guide deceived me. I watched anyway. Then at 10:00 another episode came on. And I watched. At 11:00, yet another. You can see where this is going, right? By the time I knew it, I invested 12 hours into a reality marathon of…dah, dah, daaaahhhh…Temptation Island 2.

Oh, the shame!

I know, I know. I don’t even know if I can bare to look myself in the mirror today. It’s dreadful, simply dreadful! But I didn’t know that shear absurdity of this show would suck me in. I even had plans to go to a friends house to have a cook out and swim. I swear I was going to do something productive with my day. But at 1:00 she called and had to cancel. Secretly I was glad. Is that bad? I mean, at that point, I just couldn’t turn it off. Could I? If I did, I would find out which couples were going to stay together and which were not. Why, I had invested too much of my precious day to do that!

So, I am sorry. I am sorry for supporting that show and keeping it on the air. I am sorry that I killed probably half of my brain cells in one single day. I’m sorry for wasting valuable space in this world yesterday. I sorry for stealing good, clean, refreshing air from those who were living, breathing, productive contributors to society. As I was not. I am sorry. I am sorry. I am sorry.

Buuuutttt, just in case you were wondering: Shannon and John stayed together as I knew early on that they would. Catherine and Emundo wanted to stay together, but after a long talk, they decided that they were better off as friends. Mark and Kelley broke up despite Mark’s desire to work things out. Tommy and Nikkole broke up too, but later I found out that 2 months after the show they got back together. Thought you’d like to know.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mission: Organization

When the cats away the mice will...organize?

Hubs left us this morning to go to a conference in D.C. Gone again you ask? Yeah, that's what I'm asking too. I am beginning to think that he doesn't love us and would rather go on his business trip to get away. Heck, can you blame him? There are some days that I would kill to go on a business trip. It actually sounds like a welcomed vacation to me! Although I know that it's quite the opposite. The truth is that he loves us soooo much that he is working his hiney off to keep a roof over our head and food on our table while I sit here and, well, blog. And quite frankly, after the day that I have been having if I want to take 5 minutes out of my evening to vent while Kaiden is finally down to sleep after I have chased him around all day long and after 1/2 hour of napping he started to cry hysterically then decided to throw up all over me, then so be it.

Yeah. All. Over. Me.

I serioulsy don't know what has gotten into me lately. I have this overwhelming urge to organize everything! My house if usually picked up and organized anyway, although I have never been overly obsessive about it. It's the things that you don't see on a regular basis that I need to tackle. I tend to keep my junk strategically stashed away in drawers and closets and file it as a task "I will get to later." Well, we all know how that goes. Then every once-in-awhile I go through a phase where I just want to get everything organized once and for all! Drawers, closets, cabinets, photo albums, garage, you name it.

In a former post I talked about tackling my junk drawer. Well, one of them anyway. I finally got that completed and it gave me hope that I could tackle some of the other items on my "to be organized" list that doesn't seem to be getting any shorter.

This past week I attempted to organize my pictures. This is not quite completed yet as I was going to go to Wal-mart to develop some other pics on my memory card and then my blogging buddy, Chandy, told me about Winkflash. They will develop my pictures for so much cheaper. Aaannnd deliver them right to your door! Now I just have to get, oh, about 200 pictures uploaded to the site. Ugh. But we are moving in the right direction and at least I have phase one completed on that project.

Today I decided to get the toys under control. You know the toys that we keep buying that Kaiden doesn't care to play with because he would rather play with the stereo, or the wires, or the remotes, or my cell phone or the dog's bowl? Yeah, those toys. I have been really wishy washy about buying a toy bin because I just wasn't really sure what I wanted. But while I was at a play date a couple weeks ago they had a one that I thought was fabulous! As I was running some errands yesterday I ended up and Target and found that they had it there. Score! So I busted out my mad handyman skills today and put the thing together. All by myself. Impressed? You shouldn't be. It was so easy that my dog could have done it.

Before
After

So, I am feeling a renewed sense of accomplishement and am optomistic that I will be able to cross a few more items off of my list. There's the closets to clean out and get the clothes to Good Will, the other junk drawers that need to get cleared out, the boxes in the garage that need to be gone through and thrown out, my craft table that has unfinished projects on it...I better keep going before the wind blows right out of my sail.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thankful Thursday



This has been a tough week. I have been reliving this past weekend's incident in my mind over and over again. I know that I need to just rest my overactive imagination, but it really showed me (1) how quickly the unexpected can happen, (2) none of us are invincible and (3) that it is only by the grace of God that we walked away without a scratch. We previously thought (from the looks of it) that our car went virtually untouched with a few minor dings in the hood and front end. I did take it to the shop for a makeover and they found that there was a bit more damage to the underside of the car than expected. Thankfully our insurance is covering it all and even covering my rental car so that I won't be housebound for the next week. But, seriously, it could have been SO much worse. We are truly blessed!
  • I am thankful that we were unharmed in our accident this past weekend.
  • I am thankful for a husband that is caring and compassionate exactly when I need him to be.
  • I am thankful that some of our activities are starting up again. Our church's moms group met today for the first time since summer started. A welcomed break for me to pass Kaiden off to the childcare staff while I enjoyed two hours (count 'em...two hours!) with other women from my church.
  • I am thankful that I went grocery shopping yesterday and there is food in the fridge. I came home hungry ya'll!

What are you thankful for today? Visit Sting My Heart for more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Just Because

To me. Love, Hubs. Just Because.

"Just because you keep the house clean, the fridge full, the clothes washed, the beds made, the dog walked, the bills paid, the kiddo groomed/fed/napped/entertained, and just because you make my lunch everyday (and even write a little note on my napkin), have dinner on the table every night and still have time to spend with me."

Awww…I love it when Hubs does something for me to brag blog about.

I love you honey! ...No, I love you more…Nooo, I love you more…No, pumpkin, I love you more…

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
In my on-going efforts to get organized before, let's just say, hell freezes over, today I will be tackling my photos. It's a daunting task, but somebody's got to do it. Ho Hum.

I have pictures that have been sitting in my craft room on the floor for months. Okay, years, but who's counting? Pictures that literally go back to 2004 that need to be put in order and stuck into albums. Now, I am not a scrapbooker type of person. While I thoroughly admire those of you who are, most scrapbooking pages only leave room for one to three pictures per page. I just don't have the room to store scrapbooks upon scrapbooks in my house. So, I stick to card making. Same concept but takes up less room.

So, the other day I was able to sort through the pictures, and put them in order according to dates and pile them according to events. Today's task is to get them in the albums.

I also have pictures on my memory card that need to get printed, categorized and put into albums. So, another part of my task will involve a trip to Wal-Mart to finally get them off my camera! Once I get those back, I can do the same and get them into the albums.

In addition to the photos, I will attempt to tackle making an appointment for pest control service, dealing with the car insurance company, get my car in for service, make my grocery list, figure out what to make for dinner, doing the laundry that has piled up.........a woman's work is never done!

What are you tackling today?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday Scare

Before I get to this post I have to start by telling you that majority of our Sunday actually was a really great day. Unfortunately, at the end of the day we had quite a scare. In order to get the whole story I will need to start with the good about our outing before getting to the ugly. So here we go, this may be a long one.

Hubs and I were itching to get out of the heat yesterday and were racking our brain for a short day trip up north. We thought about going to Slide Rock in Sedona but when we called they said that we would not be able to go in the water to swim because of the high bacteria levels. The park ranger did tell us about other areas in Oak Creek Canyon, however, that were not affected that we could visit instead. At this point it was getting later in the morning and we were playing the "should we, shouldn't we" game. Finally, we decided to go. We knew that even if we were only there for a couple hours it would be worth it to escape this heat. So, I put Kaiden down for a morning nap and when he got up at 11:30 we hit the road.

It's a pretty short trip to Sedona from our home...about an hour and 15-30 minutes. We arrived at one of the picnic areas that the guy had recommended to us called Banjo Bill. It was fantastic! The picnic tables were right on the creek and there were many families fishing, swimming and picnicing all around us.

Here are some photos of the day!



Even Paco enjoyed being there!
We wandered our way down the creek a bit where there was a small waterfall that everyone was fishing at. People were pretty successful at catching some small trout, so Chris went back to the car to grab his pole and try his hand at fishing.
Paco, Kaiden and I were sitting in our chair watching everyone fish when Kaiden peed on me! Ahhh, the joys of being a Mommy! Those swim diapers are definitely not meant to be left on for any amount of time, so I told Chris that we were going back to the car so I could change Kaiden and also get into some new clothes myself. (I have learned from being peed on and thrown up on in public places that I never leave the house without a change of clothes for Kaiden and I!) As we were walking back to the car it was starting to thunder and get very dark and dreary. I knew that it would be a matter of time before the rain would start pouring down. I changed Kaiden (and myself) and started to feed him a bottle when Chris and Paco came walking back to the car. At this point it was starting to rain, and it was about 4:15 anyway, so it was perfect timing to pack it up and call it a day. Chris was driving and I was sitting in the back seat with Kaiden (and Paco) as I usually do. As we pulled out of the parking lot we were talking about how glad we were that we decided to come. It really was quite beautiful there and fun to get in the water, get out of the heat and spend some time together as a family.

The rain was starting to come down pretty good at this point and the road that we were on was pretty windy. We were driving through a canyon so basically were driving next to the mountain to our right side which had rocks, trees and bushes covering it. I wasn't paying attention to the road, mostly looking at Kaiden and Paco, when I heard Chris yell. I heard a thud and felt us being jostled around as we drove over something. I screamed, and closed my eyes. Chris brought us to a stop as I yelled, "What the heck just happened?" and looked behind us to see a huge tree lying across the road stopping traffic in both directions. Chris sat there stunned for a second and then asked us if we were okay. He told me that he watched the tree fall, literally, inches from the front of our car. Of course, there was no time for him to stop so we just drove right over it. Convinced that our car was no longer drivable, Chris got out to assess the damage. I thought for sure he was going to say that we had two flat tires, the front is smashed up and we couldn't drive the car anywhere. Since it was raining so hard he couldn't do a full inspection, but when he got back in the car he said, "I can't believe it, but it looks like the car hasn't even been touched." What? Hasn't been touched? But, we just drove over a tree! I mean, we are so lucky that the tree didn't land on top of the car and possibly kill us, but not even any damage to the car? I couldn't believe it! We just wanted to get out of the canyon so Chris decided to get driving so we could find a gas station and take a better look. When we finally got to a station and got out again to look, sure enough, there was no noticeable damage. We made it all the way back to Phoenix without any problems. We were so happy to be home!

As I sit here typing I am shaking. Knowing that had that tree fallen a split second later or if we had been going a mile an hour faster that the tree would have landed right on top of the roof of our car. Who knows if we would have been okay. I mean it was a tree! A large, heavy tree! Upon further inspection at the house out of the rain we did notice a few dings on the hood of the car and a piece underneath that was flapping around. But it is all so minor compared to what really could have happened. We are just so thankful, and blessed, to have gotten out of that ordeal alive and untouched.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday


I must admit, when I knew that I had to come to post my thankful list today I was a little less than thrilled. Seems that I have been feeling a bit less thankful the past few days for no apparent reason, really. Kind of feeling overwhelmed by some things on my "to do" list that have been hovering over my head for the past few months. Yeah, procrastination in full effect. But, I finally decided to tackle one of those projects this morning: Operation Organizing Junk Drawer. I have been using that drawer as a catch-all for all things baby and keep using the excuse, "I will get to that later." Ya know, it wasn't half bad after all, so I am actually feeling a little more optimistic that I can work through those other projects with some "pep!" I think I actually have a renewed outlook!
  • I am thankful that I tackled one more project on my ever-growing "to do" list.
  • I am thankful that I actually won a giveaway at Dawn's blog that I entered! Yay me!
  • I am thankful that my little man is healthy and happy. We went to the doctors on Tuesday for a check up and he is now 20lbs and 29 inches long! A far cry from when he was born!
  • I am always thankful for our health and happiness.
  • I am thankful that my husband appreciates me for being a wife, mother and homemaker.

Have a Thankful Thursday!

I Actually Won!


I never win anything (doesn't everyone say that when they actually do win something?!?!).
But, today I found out that I won a giveaway at Dawn's blog! You know how I love me a new fabulous read, so I am super excited about diving into this book!
Thanks Dawn!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Proud Mommy

This weekend we got a visit from our NICP RN that has been monitoring Kaiden's developmental progress since he was born. If you have been following with us then I wanted to brag update you all on the latest and greatest. If you are new to my blog and have no idea what the heck I am talking about, let me enlighten you.

Kaiden, for whatever reason, was in such a hurry to enter this crazy world that my near perfect pregnancy was interrupted when I went into labor at 29 weeks gestation. Thinking that I would only be at the hospital a few hours so they could stop my contractions and send me home, they found I was almost 1 1/2 cm dilated and admitted me on the spot. I spent a week in the hospital on a Magnesium drip (oh the horror of that stuff!) to try and keep him from coming out too early. Little bugger wanted nothing of that so still decided to make his way out at 29 6/7 weeks (so technical, huh?!). So, while I was released two days later to come home, our bundle of joy had to stay in the NICU for an extra 6 weeks. Which, actually, was not too bad considering that the only thing we were waiting on was for him to hurry up and grow. He didn't have any complications, have to come home on a monitor or oxygen so we have felt truly, truly blessed.

So, anyways, back to my bragging updating. With him being born nearly 10 weeks premature he is at risk of missing developmental milestones. So the state provides a RN that visits us every couple months for the first three years of his life to evaluate (and intervene if necessary) his development to make sure that he is on track for developing properly. Even though Kaiden is 10 months old "chronologically" she evaluates him at his “adjusted” age of barely 8 months old. She was so excited about Kaiden and how far he has come. At her last visit Kaiden was barely able to sit on his own. In two months he is now sitting well on his own, crawling EVERYWHERE, transferring to a sitting position from crawling, pulling himself to a standing position, and saying MaMaMaMa/DaDaDaDa (even though he says it when he is looking at the dog!). From her evaluation she determined that with most of his skills he is on track with his chronological age and the other skills he is on track with his adjusted age.

After she left I had all these crazy thoughts running through my mind. Thoughts like, "Oh, he's a genius, I knew it...I bet that he will be walking by the time he is one...speaking complete sentences by the time he is two...he will probably be a child prodigy on the piano, I mean he goes to town on his Fisher Price piano now...he'll be on Oprah, I just know it...for sure he will graduate high school early and probably be a sophomore in college by then with all the extra college credit classes that he can take...maybe he will invent some new gadget or Internet site like the guy that invented Facebook...that will make him millions by the time he is 21, then he can support us!"
Crazy. I know.

But it gets worse.

Hubs and I went to the mall on Sunday to return/exchange a few items that we picked up last week. As we were strolling around the mall I couldn't help but notice all the babies around. There were a zillon of them! After we did our shopping we decided to grab a quick bite to eat. As we were sitting there I turned to hubs and said, "Ya know, we really do have the cutest baby in the world." It was then I realized I was one of "those" moms. The kind of mom that I always said I would never be. You know the type. The one that thinks their kid is the greatest. The one that thinks their kid is the cutest thing to walk the earth. The one that thinks their kid is brilliant. The one that thinks their kid is PERFECT in every way, shape and form. Yep, that's me. The worst part about it is that I can't help myself. I have spent the past 10 months trying to convince myself that I wasn't "that" mom. Apparently to no avail. So if you were wondering if I think my kid is better than yours, I admit it, I do. I have been told it goes with the territory. I guess when all "those" people out there said, "There is no greater love than the love you feel for your child" you were right. Okay Mom, you can say it...."I told you so, I told you so."

Excuse me now. I have to go hose down my son. Apparently in his genius advancements he hasn't learned to keep the food in his mouth instead of all over his face, neck, chest, hands...maybe that means that one day he will be a chef. Yeah, a chef...like one of those in the really high end restaurants...maybe even have his own cooking show on TV...he'll write cook books that will be on the best seller list and...

*Disclosure* Believe me, I think that all babies are cute. For real. All of them. The only difference is that I think that when God got to making Kaiden He decided to sprinkle a little extra dash of “cuteness” on him. I don’t know why He chose Kaiden to get that “experimental” dose, but by golly, it worked!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Oh, The Things We Do

I was doing laundry this morning and had it all sprawled out on the floor. Of course Kaiden couldn't resist getting into it and I just couldn't resist "playing" along. Oh, the things we will do to our children just so we can get a laugh! (Shhh...don't tell Daddy that Mama dressed you up like this!) HAHAHAHA!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Etsy Giveaway

How super cute is this onsie?!?!? But there is more to choose from! Check out Jolie's blog for a chance to win this fabulous giveaway!

Thankful Thursday



"I tell you not to worry about your life. Don't worry about having something to eat, drink or wear. Isn't life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than the birds?" Matthew 6:25-26

Even though I must remind myself daily of this verse, I am so thankful that when times get hard and it feels like I won't be able to handle what life throws at me, I know that I have a God that has lifted that burden from my shoulders. What a calming thought to know that each day I can wake up and not worry! For if I put my faith in Him, he will provide.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

**Make sure to check out my new real food blog, Keepin' it Real, for more recipes at www.realfood.life


Seriously people, this recipe is a keeper. Super simple and really good. I found this recipe on someones blog and I apologize for not linking back to you, but I can't remember which blog it came from! I believe one of the gals from Thankful Thursday. If this is yours...thanks and Yum-O!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 Tbsp dried leaf basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz fresh or dry cheese-filled tortellini, cooked
Combine all ingredients except tortellini in Crock Pot. Mix well. Cover and cook on LOW setting for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, increase heat to HIGH setting. Add cooked tortellini. Cook 10 minutes longer, until heated through.


I served it with Cheesy Garlic Biscuits.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Mix Bisquick, milk and cheese until soft dough forms. Beat vigorously for 30 sec. Drop by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 min @ 400-425 degrees or until golden brown. Mix margarine and garlic. Brush over warm biscuits before removing from the cookie sheet. Serve warm.








Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday Mayhem

Wow, I am beat today.
Yesterday actually turned out to be a pretty "eventful" day. I mean, for a Monday and all. Maybe that has contributed to my need for a cup 'o joe this fine morning.

We started off Monday at a playgroup. Our playgroups have been few and far between this summer in my Mom's group that I belong to here in our community. People away on vacations, kiddos home from school, and of course, the weather. Everyone is hibernating. So, it was nice to get out, have some adult interaction and let Kaiden play with some of his buds.
But, when I opened the door to leave our house I was met with this:

I had a feeling that there were some birds trying to make a home on our front porch. This weekend I saw some twigs scattered around on the concrete outside my front door. I don't know what it is about our house, but the birds seem to like to make their home here. The problem is this:

Not too long ago we were finding actual baby birds that had fallen out of a nest and died. And not just a couple either. We were going out everyday and finding them on the concrete for a couple weeks. We were so sad. Chris even went up on the roof to see if he could find the nest and maybe relocate it. I'll have to see if he can "encourage" these birds to make a nest somewhere less threatening to their offspring.

So anyways, we got to our playgroup and had a great time (Thanks Davi for hosting!). As the playgroup was coming to and end and Kaiden started to have a meltdown (bless his tired little heart), I knew it was time to go and get him home for a nap. I finally got him down and was starting to make some lunch for myself when a friend of ours from our church neighborhood group called and wanted to know if I wouldn't mind watching her girls for a few hours. I didn't have anything else planned since Kaiden had his fill of activity for the morning (and Mom too!) so I agreed. The girls got here at 1:15ish and stayed until about 6:00. We played with puzzles, played fetch with Paco, watched a movie, ordered a pizza...They were such a joy to watch and certainly kept Kaiden entertained! What good babysitters they were!


About the time that they left Kaiden was ready to go to bed himself. He went down without a fight. He was one tired little boy! This gave me enough time to pick up the house, take my 2nd shower of the day, make hub's lunch for Tuesday, relax a bit and finally make some cookies for hubs who was returning from his business trip. Chris got in around 8:00 and we were able to enjoy some time together while eating our milk and cookies before we retired for the night. It was a long day for both of us and as soon as my head hit he pillow I was in dreamland...ZZzzzzzz.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mall Rat

Hubs left us this morning for a business trip to San Diego. Well, let me rephrase that. His business trip is really just a Sunday night dinner meeting and Monday office meetings, but being the lovely wife that I am, I encouraged him to go today so that he can have all day Saturday and Sunday to enjoy in San Diego. I mean, if they are going to foot the bill to fly him out there, savor all the time you can, right? So, while he is basking in the sun and laying on the beach where it is all of about, oh....75 degrees and enjoying the peace and quiet of his own hotel room where he can sprawl out, watch TV and read without being distracted, we will be here where it is 5 bazillion degrees and I don't even know why I attempt to wear makeup since it just runs off my face and I can barely go to get a glass of water because when I turn around Kaiden has found his way to the dog bowl (AGAIN!) then turned around and has discovered practically every wire in the house that he ISN'T supposed to touch and Paco insists on "protecting" the house and keeps barking at the neighborhood kids that are playing outside. Oh, don't worry 'bout us, we will be just fine!

Bitter, party of one, your table is now available. (just kidding, honey, you deserve every second of this little weekend away. Remember...you love me and you couldn't live without me! *wink, wink*)

Anywho, I had a coupon for a FREE pair of undies from Victoria's Secret and a coupon for 30% off at NY&Co. so I figured while Chris was away for the weekend today would be a perfect opportunity for Kaiden and I to get out and go to the mall. Now, if you read my 101 things about me post, you know that I really hate shopping. I mean, really hate shopping. I don't know why, but I don't have the patience to go to stores and rummage around and try things on over and over again. I have a little more tolerance with the small stores where I can make a quick sweep through, but department stores where there are racks and racks of things to look through are a no-go. It isn't long before I get frustrated and leave empty handed. And stores like TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls....for-get-it. I like a bargain just as much as the next person and while I totally admire those that can go in there and find a bargain, (my mom is the QUEEN of these types of stores!) they are not for me. The thought of having to hunt through racks and racks of clothing makes me anxious just to think about it. So, I guess those are some reasons why I hardly ever buy myself new clothes, even though I desperately need them!

Where was I...oh, yeah...my shopping trip. I think I picked the "perfect" day to go to the mall. A Saturday, when it's hot out and everyone wants something to do in the A/C, and apparently it's the weekend before school starts....it was so crowded! I never said I was the sharpest tool in the shed, did I?!?!? In the course of the 3 1/2 hours that I was there I only made it to three, yes three, stores and by that time I was pretty wiped out. Shopping with a child gives whole new meaning to shopping. Ugh. People were everywhere, my stroller wouldn't fit through the racks and people wouldn't move so I could go around the racks, Kaiden needed to eat, then he needed his diaper changed, I needed to eat, the elevator was full to the max so I had to wait for the next one...yada, yada, yada. But, I must say, I am pretty happy with the purchases that I made and hubs will be happy that I got everything on sale! That should hold me over for another few months when I will have to brave the stores again to shop for next season...phooey.





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Here's Kaiden in the pool for his first "swim."