Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
- prep for Zoe's tea party- Saturday
- clean whole house for open house- Sunday
- drop things off at consignment (leftover from last week)
- mail/deliver new pictures of Tanner to family and friends
- stuffed peppers
- steamed veggies with pesto pasta
- salmon and baked sweet potatoes
- spinach and mushroom quiche
Don't you just love baby tushies?!
Seriously, I thought I'd share a little idea I came up with called "Sunday spa." I always make sure all the kids get a long, thorough bath on Sundays. I stay right in the bathroom (no putting away laundry) and scrub their little heinies. We use the nail brush to clean their nails. I cut their nails (usually paint Zoe's- little diva) and clean their ears really well. Make sure their hair is washed and dried all the way, no soap left over, all that stuff. I definitely allot for extra bath times on Sundays. Now, this may sound like a "duh" thing to you but I found that with #3 came more of everything to do and it was overwhelming. When I did not have a designated day to do all these things (like other chores around the home) I found I was forgetting to do things and lo and behold, it was like the kids had claws and enough dirt in their ears to grow veggies. I do give them baths every day (well Tanner is like every other day, he gets all red and itchy if we do every day) but I have to tell you sometimes I let them do it themselves and well, you can imagine how "clean" they are when that happens. It's just one of those things that I do to make my life easier. Try it, Sunday spa, you can even include yourself when the monkeys are in bed, ahh, long bath, paint your nails, lotion up, sounds heavenly.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I take a 3 pound (or so) boneless pork roast, put it in the crock pot on high, with 3/4 cup of cider vinegar and a little salt and cook it to death. Seriously, cook it forever, hours and hours, I don't think you can cook it long enough. About an hour before you want to serve it, take it out, dump the vinegar. Shred the pork and add your favorite BBQ sauce, put it all back in the crock pot to heat through, you could put it on low heat now. Mmmmmm, so good. I eat this on a bun with cole slaw or oven fries. Enjoy.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I think my right arm must be more flexible than my left one. It has to be. Seven years of stretching to the back seat to find lost pacis, deliver juice cups, and retrieve dropped toys has to make it more flexible, doesn't it? Do these activities count as my daily yoga? Hmm, maybe I can get some activity points if I stretch really quickly. I definitely have worked up a sweat trying to find a Bakugan that has rolled under a seat while I am driving through town. Just wondering...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Seven is so sweet!
This is about as messy as he got, he was not having anything to do with that cake. After that, I am not really sure he is mine! I mean, it's cake, and it's all yours! Dig in already.
All four cakes plus a few extra cupcakes (I sent those home with people who had to leave early.)
I must say a special thank you to Zoe who so graciously agreed to share her birthday party, just as long as she gets to have a special "friend" party later. Always my diva!
- finish laundry from last week (is this always on my list!?)
- mail invitations to Zoe's tea party
- finish my December scrapbook
- finish all birthday thank you cards
- take books and toys to consignment shops
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Just wanted to share a photo.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Ooops, he did it again...
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
OK winter, seriously, I am sooooooo...... over you. Get on with it already. I am freezing my hoochie coochie off and I don't like it one bit. The only thing(s) getting me through this wretchedness is hot tea. These two varieties specifically. I bought all my grocery had left, and I ordered a case from the Celestial Seasonings site. So take that winter, uh, fuggettabouttit, (oh and I am watching way too much "Jersey Shore"). Don't you just love my favorite mug? I know it is "holiday-y" but I don't care, it fits my hands perfectly and it has a Longaberger basket on it, so I use it year round proudly.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
My baby is seven today. How can it be? Didn't I just bring her home with a little pink hat on her head from the hospital?! Zoe is like Lucille Ball, all crazy, thinking about schemes, clumsy yet graceful at the same time, theatrical, talented, smart as a whip and funny, did I mention beautiful? OK, I am biased but she does remind me of Lucy. She is crying right now because she doesn't want to stay home from school (snow day). I think seven will be an interesting year. She thinks she is so big but really she isn't, she just hasn't admitted that to herself. I love all her quirks and nothing brightens my day faster than one of her surprise notes she leaves me.
Happy Birthday little princess.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Ah, a brand new year, a new start, don't ya just love it? I do. I am a weirdo, I love Mondays too. I love to have a clean slate and be able to start anew. I have been wanting to recap 2009 and talk about 2010 but honestly I have been slammin' busy, probably like you have also.
I don't usually make resolutions but I do like to have goals because I think goals are flexible and can be changed or adapted as time goes on. A year is a long time to "resolve" to do something. A goal is something to work towards. See the difference?
My goals for this year are:
write in my gratitude/thankful journal- 4 times a week
increase my coupon savings to 40%
organizing projects- one per month (I'll share later)
fitness- lift weights 3 times per week, run a 5k this spring (ha, that forces me to keep running)
weight- maintain my current "lifetime" status as a Weight Watcher
health- reduce (hopefully eliminate) my Diet Dr. Pepper intake (I'll always be a Pepper!) and continue to buy and eat more and more organic foods
work- after training is complete, I hope to work for Weight Watchers 2 times a week
love-one date night a month with my hubby
kids-one family activity per month (not a scheduled sports or other activity- something fun!)
cooking-try 3 new recipes per month
scrapbooking- just keep it going, I have a monthly breakdown of projected layouts and projects already, too complicated to share with others, basically I just want to scrap a little every week
blog- well, not sure about this one, just to keep sharing with everyone, I hope to share my organizing projects and inspire others to do the same
My one little word for this year (see Ali Edwards blog for more info) is........ME!
I have adopted this practice for the last couple years and it does help to have one word to remember/focus on during those times when you feel overwhelmed. I chose "me" this year because honestly I think I have to. I want to focus on myself, doing things for myself, taking care of me, my body, my mind, my spirit. In doing so, I think I will be a happier mom, wife, and friend. It does seem a little selfish but I think in choosing to be not selfish for the past years has made me put myself last and I don't think that's the way to a happy life. So I guess I'm going to be self-centered this year and it feels completely foreign and strange to say that, I have 12 months (or so) to get used to the idea right?!
Here is a recap of 2009: (I tried to cut/paste this to the top of the entry but my computer is being wonky- sorry)Scrapbooking totals:
lots of mini projects: tags, mini albums, gifts to share (especially at Christmas- forgot to tally), welcome back to school gifts for teachers, etc.
several sewing projects: changing pad, bibs for Tanner, tooth fairy pillow for Zoe, doll accessories for Zoe
$1535.40 in coupon savings
$1122.07 Kroger in-store savings (plus card + sales)
$66.97 Target savings
$216.29 CVS savings
$302.21 Walgreens savings
(total combined $3765.85)
other miscellaneous goals met/achieved:
had a baby (he he he, technically that one was the last three days of 2008- but I think it is close enough)
achieved Lifetime Member status as a Weight Watcher
accepted a position with Weight Watchers as a receptionist
cleaned five years of stuff out of our basement
donated items to Goodwill at least once per month in 2009
helped hubby find a new job (yehaw!)
kept house ready for showings/open houses, let's sell this bad boy!
vowed to be a more "green" Earth resident by recycling, reusing, and driving my family crazy talking about what is good for the environment
Happy 2010 to everyone, good luck in your goals/resolutions/one words/etc.!
Friday, January 1, 2010
- stir fry chicken and broccoli with rice
- smoked sausage with grilled peppers and onions
- spaghetti (Thursday- Zoe's birthday choice)
- pesto something (maybe pizzas?) I am craving pesto
- leftover buffet
- prepare for family birthday party
- get Parker new shoes
- get my house back in order (all things cleaned and dusted)
- order Paul's and Zoe's birthday gifts
- deliver my Grandma's birthday gift
- clean off my desk!