Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Yeah, he's a mamas boy...

Anthony came and got in my bed tonight. He brought his blankie, a comforter and two pillows with him and now there's not room for me in my bed. If there were any blankets left in his bed I'd go there...

And then as he's snuggling me I say good night my sweet boy. And he replies, "Good night my sweet mama."

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Anthony told me, "I love you mama. I'm gonna marry you someday." He's such a sweet boy.

Do you ever just want to scream?

It started off as one of those days. Ya know what I mean? From the time I woke up things were going full speed and not in the direction I wanted. The kids had made themselves cereal, and a big mess for me. I got the dishwasher going, and laundry started, and then the power went out. Vacuuming wasn't going to happen, and neither was my shower. I was irritated. And then for whatever reason, I decided to stop stressing.

That little voice in the back of my head reminded me to enjoy this day with my kids. I don't have many days home where we don't have plans. So, it's noon. We're in our pj's. The power came back on and the laundry finished and the dishwasher ran. I scrubbed one bathroom. The other is still dirty and my couch is covered in clean laundry and ya know what? That's okay. I can vacuum tomorrow. The clean laundry can sit one more afternoon. I'm going to go make a craft with my kids. And we'll probably make a mess. And that's okay too.

Friday, November 16, 2012


So technically I missed a day because its 2AM and I'm just now posting. But I'm saying it doesn't count because I haven't slept yet. Breaking dawn 2 tonight. It was great! I had so much fun! Next up I wanna see Les Mis.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies

So yummy! I got this recipe from I messed with it of course, and it turned out pretty well. Here's my version of pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies.


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*1 12 ounce package ( or 2 packages see note below) NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels *

1 cup chopped walnuts

Vanilla Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1tsp cinnamon

recipe yields 36 cookies

Note about chocolate chips. The original recipe called for 2 bags of chocolate chips. I made it that way a few times and it was just so chocolatey that it overwhelmed the pumpkin flavor. So I halved it and my family likes it much better. If you really love a lot of chocolate try it with two bags. Let me know which way you like it best!

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. (18 minutes is perfect in my oven) Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle or spread with Vanilla Glaze.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sing it!

Ant is walking through the house singing at the top of his lungs, " 'pidaman, pidaman, does whatevah a pidah can..." He loves his Spider-Man....

Monday, November 12, 2012

A day off..

No school for the kids and no work for J today, so I got some cooking done (super yummy make ahead burritos, they I'll post about later this week) and j and the kids worked in the yard. The peach tree is no longer taking over the patio. Yay.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wait, whose jeans are those?

I want to post a picture because its hilarious. I went to Zumba and J dressed the kids. I came home and Anthony was rocking his sisters skinny jeans. They're 3 years apart but almost the same height and wait. Apparently Mia's pants ended up in ants room and so that's what j dressed him in. I want to post the picture but someday it would probably embarrass him so I won't. It was pretty funny though. :-)


I missed a day. I was laying in bed, almost asleep last night, and it popped into my head that I hadn't blogged yet. Next thing I knew it was morning. Oh well! :-)

Friday, November 09, 2012


Mia had a rough day today and now she doesn't feel good. So she's snuggling her daddy. :-)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Did I ever post about our latest trip to the hospital with Ant? He was running around at the school and tripped, caused his sister to trip, and they tumbled over each other and he landed on the back of his head on the concrete. I heard his head smack and saw it bounce and knew the wailing was imminent. He screamed bloody murder. I took him into the office to get an ice pack. Then we realized it was bleeding and the lump was huge. Like it completely freaked me out how large this mass on the back of his head was in 2 minutes. One of the ladies in the office felt it ( I thought she'd reassure me that he was fine) and she said take him to the hospital. Go. Now. So we went to the ER. They were sweet and we were seen in a relatively short time. They took 4 X-rays of his skull, (possible skull fracture is not something you want to hear in regards to your child). Luckily the X-rays look good, they just decided it was closed head injury and maybe a mild concussion.

The doctor gave us things to watch for to make sure he didn't have a brain injury and his final words of advice were for the boy to avoid bouncing his head on the concrete for at least a week. I'm pretty sure this boy is gonna make me go prematurely grey.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

People are crazy!

I'm glad the election is over. All day on Facebook and twitter and in tv ads, I've been listening to so much hate. I get that you're happy your candidate won. And I understand that you are upset that your pick lost. But let's act like adults. Calling names, posting derogatory things in all caps every few minutes isn't helping. It's part of the problem. We're all so divided. And really the president isn't the only one with power. We have tons of elected officials and local and national levels you can't place all the blame or all the praise on one person. If you're unhappy do something about it. Volunteer your time to the things that are important to you. Let your representatives know what's important to you and work to get them to support those causes. Give your money and time to those causes. But enough of the hate and meanness.

I had to mute a few people on Facebook tonight. Name calling isn't cool. Hopefully I can remember to unmute them later, it's mostly people I generally have respect for.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Sunday, November 04, 2012


It's been a long day. I went to Zumba this morning and got my workout on. I do aqua aerobics, and the couch 2 5k running program each week and Zumba by far makes me the most sore and tired and sweaty. Yay for the calorie burn!

After Zumba I ran home, got my shower, put some laundry away and got dinner ready for the crockpot. Then I grabbed the kids and headed to a birthday party for one of ant's friends. After the party I ran home to pick up Jeff and went to stir my pasta sauce in the crockpot and apparently, I didn't plug the crockpot in. So I plugged it in, got everyone in the car and headed out to the middle of nowhere to visit my grandpa. He's in his 80's and lonely so we try and visit him when we can. At 4:30 or so I was starving and it occurred to me that with the time change my body thought it was 5:30. So we stopped at some funky fast food Chinese place and got dinner. I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. Dinner for 4 at $16 and none of it made me sick. I've been trying to avoid eating out and anything off of my food plan. I completely avoided all the yummy food at the birthday party so I was frustrated to have to eat out. I did good, I just had 1/2 cup or so of whatever chicken and veggies dish they had that wasn't breaded and fried.

I used to spend so much time thinking about food and eating. Now it's more focusing on the healthy foods and avoiding the hypoglycemia.

Now we're headed back home and the kids will get a bath, I'll tidy up the house and do the dishes. If I'm lucky I'll have time to sit and watch a show and fold some laundry before I fall asleep. And hopefully my crockpot spaghetti sauce will be finished by bed time.

Saturday, November 03, 2012


We went to a local library for a demonstration on robots. We took neighbor child too and the kids had a blast. The coolest part was a remote control wall-E. He talks drives around and moves like wall-e.

Friday, November 02, 2012


It's national blog post month. Are you participating? Leave me a comment and I'll visit your blog too. :-)

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Carving pumpkins!

We carved pumpkins with some friends from Anthony's school. The kids had a blast. :-)