Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I have another Dad. One I was blessed with when I married T. He's only been in my life for 8 years but has gone above and beyond to help out our family in any way he can. He is a true Man's man with a kind heart. I can't say enough kind words about him.
I also have a "Friend Dad". I think that's a good way to describe him. He's not so much in my life in the physical anymore but he does a heck of a job being there for me in voice. Someone I can ALWAYS count on to be there to listen to me. When I need to cry, or vent, or just want to talk to someone. He gives the best " makes most sense for me" advice and he always makes me smile. In fact just seeing his name on my phone makes me happy!
Last but certainly not least. I have a Husband. One I am incredibly proud of. He works so hard for our family and doesn't get nearly as much thanks as he deserves. He gets up with the kids in morning 99% of the time. Not because he wants to but because he knows that I am s l o w going in the A.M. . I don't know too many Dad's that do that! ( The 1% that I get up with them is on "his" holidays and when he has to work overnight at the beach. Pathetic I know! )He is the perfect Father to our 3 babes. He always takes time to just be in the moment with them. Whether its playing outside, or laying on the floor picking teams with K. That is something I admire about him and need to do some work on :) I don't think I could put into words all the great things about him but I thank God for him every day!
These are just a few of the Great "Father's" in my life. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing men. I hope you all had the best day ever!
Friday, June 11, 2010
....Keeps the Doctor away. If only it were true for these "Apples"! Thursday was the last day of preschool this year for K and also his "Under the Sea" party. We spent most of the day on Wednesday making "Apple" Cupcakes for his Awesome Teachers. I was really surprised at how well they turned out. They were also really easy. I got the idea from this book> http://www.hellocupcakebook.com/. The one I have is actually the second book, "Whats New Cupcake". I absolutely adore every single page in this book. For anyone who loves cupcakes, it's a must have!
We went with the apples because, well, they just seemed appropriate. J the bus driver also got a box of them.
Even though he still has one more year of preschool, before moving on to the real deal, it was bittersweet. He is growing up so quickly and it makes me sad and happy at the same time. I remember when he was a baby and I would wonder what he would be like at 5 years old. It seemed so far away at the time. Well were there now and I love the little almost 5 year old that he's become! He amazes me everyday and I am proud to be able to call myself his Mom :)
Monday, May 31, 2010
I thought I'd give you all a glimpse of what we do in our spare time here. This is something that occurs on a daily basis. Most of the time it happens more than once a day. In fact it's in motion right this very moment. You have to be ready at any given minute to join in on the fun. This activity, and little boy, does not care if you are in the middle of a poopy diaper change, moping the floor, or trying to write a blog post. When there's a battle to be fought you must drop what you are doing and fight!
First you need to set up the "Dark Side". A few of the key Characters needed are Darth Vader, Darth Sidious ( aka Senator Palpatine), and Darth Maul ( as seen below).
You also need bounty hunters. I'm not sure who the first 2 are but Bobba Fett is on the end.
All there is left to do now is to let the battle begin. You pick a guy from the Dark side, and then a guy from the good side. Then comes the tough decision of deciding which guy is stronger. At the end of the battle, whoever has the most guys standing wins! Then we do it all over again!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
For a while now I have been growing my garden. It wasn't until the past couple of weeks that I opened my eyes and saw what was going on in there. I have been letting the "weeds" and "bunnies" run the show. Letting them dictate how things are going to go. That is a huge problem when you are trying to grow. Now that I have realized what is going on I have to make some changes. Fortunately for me, T and I are both the type of people who deal with change easily. Once we realize there is a problem we HAVE to fix it. It's just our nature.
I thought I had been picking the weeds but now I realize I haven't. They have absolutely no place or right to be in my garden reeking havoc. We will have extra "weed patrol's" on duty from here on out. ;) .The bunnies on the other hand. I love the bunnies. My kids love the bunnies. The bunnies make me and my kids happy. (Except when they are nibbling on my lettuce) I enjoy watching the bunnies hopping around with there babies, Eating the grass in my yard and chasing each other. They don't know that by nibbling on my plants they are causing upset. They are just doing what they know. The last thing I want to do is hurt the bunnies but it's time they hopped their cute little cotton tails out of my garden and back into the yard. I guess the best way to live happily with them is to put up a little fence. That way we can still enjoy each other without the loss of their home here or my lettuce.
Tending to the garden isn't always going to be fun or easy. I do know that if I take good care of it we will have a happier, healthier, more fruit full crop when its time to harvest. That my friends, I think is worth the hard work!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I went out and bought a few flowering plants. Just a couple to start with. I didn't want to get in over my head. Two of my favorites, Hydrangea's and Lavender. I am pleased to say that they are still alive and thriving. My Hydrangeas are popping up with new blooms all the time. I love it!
These are the rhodies that were here before we moved in. They didn't bloom last year. I'm not sure why but they didn't . I'm happy to see them coming out right now!
After I got a little color color going on I started thinking about a vegetable garden. It's something I've always wanted to do, but like I said before, was intimidated by. With the encouragement of a few family members. I decided to go ahead and dive into the world of vegetable gardening. T bought and built the raised bed. Then went out and got the soil. I took the kids and picked out the seeds. Like with the flowers I wanted to start small. We planted a row of romaine lettuce. Then waited. 7 days later we had action. To my surprise the seeds actually grew into little teeny tiny lettuce starts! Since then the kids and I have planted our bed with Onions, Zuchini, Bell Peppers, Snap Peas, Green Beans, and more lettuce. I get so excited to go out to the garden every day and see the new growth. Its incredibly rewarding! Nothing like I thought it would be but better. Its fun for K and M too. They got to plant their own rows and like checking on the progress. I cant wait untill we can actually eat what we've grown!
"Peppers after enjoying a bath"
"Onions making their debut"
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I don't remember the last time the 3 of us were able to just sit, and talk without the distraction of kids or husbands. It was the PERFECT way to spend the morning. I hope we can make time to do it more often.
"M and Mom"
"M, K, and Mom"
The rest of the week has been shaping up to be a pretty good. Happy. Sunny. Low Stress. My kinda week. T is on his way home from the Beach. All inspections passed which is great! Swim school in a couple of hours. Then tomorrow morning K has his first play date with his friend from preschool! He has been looking forward to this for a very long time! I hope everyone else's week goes as smoothly as ours!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
We will also be making a trip to find a plate holder/hanger. Yesterday K came home from preschool with a Plate that he made me for Mothers Day. It is really cute. At least Dad and I think so. That is one of the things that I love about his preschool. They Celebrate EVERYTHING, and he brings home some sort of crafty project almost every day. They also have the little ones help make things like, banana bread, butter, and pies during Thanksgiving. Oh ya, and the Teachers are great too! I think he is in the best preschool out there! I will post a picture of the plate later. I just realized T has my camera at the beach. I hope you all have a good Cinco De Mayo!
Update!! Picture of my Mother's day Plate:
Friday, April 30, 2010
- 1 TBSP Oil
- 1 Large Onion, Chopped
- 1 1/2LB Ground Beef
- 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 3 1/2 TBSP Chili Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 TBSP Tomato Paste
- 2 cans Chili Beans
- 2 1/2 cups V8 Juice
- 1/3 cup finely crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos.
- 1-4 oz can Green Chilis (optional)
- 2 cups freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Additional salt and pepper to taste
- Extra Doritos at serving time and Freshly Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese for topping
Heat a large pot over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cook the onions until tender, 2-3 min. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until brown and then drain. To the browned meat, add the chili seasoning, garlic, and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Next add the V8 Juice, chili beans, crushed Doritos, and green chilis. Do NOT add the cheeses yet. Stir, cover, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer (around medium-low). Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the cheese and stir to combine. Allow the cheese to melt for about a minute then stir again. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as needed. The chili should be rich and thick and the ground beef should be very tender. If it is too thick for your liking add more V-8 Juice or water. YUM!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Since my last post in March of 2008 alot of stuff has happened.
1. We welcomed little L into our lifes in August. He's a pretty amazing boy and is now 19mo old!
2. We no longer live in our Castle. Since then we have moved back home where we are much more comfortable and happy :) Being gone really made us realize how important our family is and how much we love being close to them.
3. The "Man of the House" has taken on a new business venture that we are both enjoying.
4. K and M have grown so much, K is in preschool, and M is in Tumbling. Also both are taking swimming lessons which they really love.
The list could go on but most of you should know the rest ;) I am planning on keeping up with THIS blog. Obviously not to update you all on our life in Castle Rock but as a place to write about Life, My Loves, and my pursuit of the Perfect Meal! I hope you all will stop by often :)
Until next time....Jamie