Friday, February 20, 2015

Lately?

I know, I've been neglectful again.  Truth is, outside of birthday planning and party throwing, life has been pretty normal and calm.  We've been battling a cold and apparently a stomach bug as well for the past week or two.  Ben's the only one with the stomach bug though, and Rylie and Shawn are the only two who have managed to avoid the head and chest cold.

I'm typing this from my couch in my pajamas still (at noon) with cup of coffee carefully balanced in my lap and a stack of unused tissues on my knee.  I'm waiting for my cold meds to kick in, so we can get up and do what we need to for the day.


I do have laundry going and I've vacuumed the floor, but purely out of necessity.  The cat must be angry with me, for either the dog taking over her territory and being inside the actual house way more than normal, because I shut her out of the bedroom the past couple of nights, or because she feels neglected by me because of my attention to Scotland.  She showed her anger for me by pooping on the floor in the living room, as well as the living room blanket that goes on my couch, and in front of Scotland's toys.  Yup, that was a definite sign.  It was also a sign that if she doesn't watch herself very carefully she can find herself locked in a kennel every night, and while I'm not home.  I don't want to have to rehome her because the kids really love her, and I love her, when she isn't using my carpet and blankets as a litter box, but if this continues for too long, I may have to.  I can't risk Scottie finding the poop before me.  Everything goes in her mouth, and EWW!

Ben's going to be in his first and only wrestling tournament this year.  We just didn't feel that he was ready since he literally knew nothing a few short months ago.  The season is at an end and he really wanted to participate in a tournament and the one in town is this weekend, so we signed him.  He has his singlet and everything but I still need to go out and get him his headgear.  We're going to run to Dick's this afternoon and pick up some so he'll be all prepared.  I'm excited and nervous, but I'm not telling him I'm anything but excited.  He looks so cute in his singlet, and no matter how well he does, I'm still proud.


I should add, while I'm doing an update, all of our family news, since God only knows when I'll post another real update.  Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

The kids will be playing soccer again, starting next month-ish I believe.  We gave them the option and both Ben and Sydney jumped on it.  Also, Rylie is finally old enough to "play" soccer.  I think it's cute that they say at age 3 they play at soccer not play soccer.  Very cute and she's so excited.  It's been torture for her watching Ben and Sydney playing last year and not being allowed to play.  We have to get all the kids new shoes as well as Rylie's ball, bag, shin guards and athletic clothing.  I can't wait either.

Shawn got a new job.  He'll be at home more, and his office will even be here in the house.  He will still have to travel but not across the country very often.  Only Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.  I'm so excited!  He's been in Boston all week for training and orientation.  It's been a rough week without him, due to illness going around the house.

This week started Lent.  Once again, I'm trying to give up my potty mouth.  I don't accept it from my children, and to be honest, too much cussing just sounds trashy and classless.  I'm not opposed to some cussing and I'm not one to wince or even judge those that do it, but I just don't want to be the person throwing F bombs all the time.  I can't promise I'll be perfect but I can promise I'll try.  This year for Lent, the kids are also going to do meatless Fridays although I'm not making Ben do it at school.  I'm already going to be eating meatless and I do most of the cooking here so why not. Especially since I've been trying to get the kids to be more adventurous eaters and I also made the resolution this year to be more adventurous as well, including but not limited to, eating more fish! I also just want to step out of my comfort zone a little more, not just with eating and to take care of myself more.  I'm joining a gym this year, even though I can't promise I'll be the best at going or even lose weight.  I just want to take care of myself, and get some me time.

Valentine's Day was last Saturday.  The kids did valentines for their class and our family.  Sydney's class had their party on Thursday.  They exchanged valentines and made pizzas.  Ben's class party was Friday.  For the party I made heart shaped sugar cookies, brought sprinkles, (another mom brought frosting), raspberries with white chocolate chips, and water bottles to drink.


I found these really cute paper straws at the craft store and had to have them for the kids water bottles.  Aren't they cute?  At Ben's class party, they got to play 2 different minute to win it games, and decorate and eat cookies before exchanging valentines and going home.  The games were really cute.  One was to take a stack of solo cups and turn it into a pyramid in one minute.  It was more of a group activity which was a really good idea for team work.  The other game might be my favorite part of the whole party.  They had ping pong balls in a tissue box tied behind their backs around their waists and had to dance and shake all the balls out in one minute.  It was soooo fun and cute to watch.



Shawn surprised me with the biggest bouquet of gorgeous flowers I've ever seen, as well as my favorite chocolates.  Christopher Elbow are so delicious and beautiful.  The best treat.




And, really the last thing I can do for an update, is talk about my sweet Rylie.  She turned 3 last Saturday, on Valentine's Day.  THREE!!! Can you believe it?!?!

Here's the post I made announcing the pregnancy.
Here's the post I made introducing her to the world.
Here's the post I made about her birth.





For her birthday party she wanted Sheriff Callie theme.  In case you aren't familiar, Sheriff Callie is a calico cat who is Sheriff of a town in the Wild West.  She rides a blue horse named Sparky, and her best friends include a red bird named Peck and a cactus named Toby.  We were giving her a big girl party for her first time, at Chuck E Cheese so I didn't have to provide food or many decorations.  The first present she received from us was a pink hat and bandana.  She opened all of her presents from us in the hat and bandana in the morning and then she got to play with all of her new stuff.


When we went to Chuck E Cheese, I set up the table with the centerpieces I had made.
 
I also made giftbags for each of the kids attending that looked like bandanas.  The gift bags included a bandana, a sheriffs badge with their name on it, a foam picture frame they can put together themselves, party blowers that had bandana paisley on them, a heart bracelet, some heart suckers, and a bag of Sheriff Callie's trail mix that contained popcorn, pretzels, mini marshmallows, and pink and purple sixlets (a chocolate candy that are similar to m&ms).  Each kid also got cowboy/cowgirl hat.


Shawn bought extra tokens for the kids when we got their, and I participated in the ticket blower thing with Rylie.  Rylie also got a cape and a special cup.  I think and hope everyone had a great time. I know we did.





















It's always fun to do birthday parties where the adults can be kids too.  The only thing is that we have to pay per kid so we kept the kids at the party to just the close cousins, my sister's kids and Shawn's brother's kids.  The next party we throw will be Sydney's and luckily we are doing it at Laugh Out Loud so we can invite more people.  We rent the place after hours so we don't have to worry about kid amounts.  Sydney wants to invite her whole class and we can invite the whole family.  Then right after that comes Scotland's 1st birthday which we are going to do at home.  As crowded as it will be, it will be fun.

Alright, it's time to get dressed, and head off to Dick's sporting goods for this head gear so I can get back home.  Hubby just called.  He's on an earlier flight so he'll be back in town around 8 as opposed to 10:30.  It is an extra hour to hour and half after he gets off the flight to get home since we don't live near the airport, but even the 9 or 9:30 isn't so bad.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good morning everyone!  I suppose it's almost noon though.  Hope everyone is having an alright day.  I personally am feeling a bit under the weather.  Shawn doesn't have work today, well, because he's an unemployed bum for a day and starts his new job tomorrow.  He'll be in Boston all week, which unless you've been living under a rock for the whole winter season and particularly the last few weeks, I don't have to tell you that I'm worried about him getting in and out of Boston.  Hahaha!  Alright, lets get to it.  Here's my Happy Homemaker Monday post.



The weather outside is::::
It's so cold right now! And it appears it will be all week long...



On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Blueberry oatmeal with a banana cut up in it, half of a pear cut into slices, a plum, a glass of mighty mango juice and a cup of coffee with Italian sweet cream creamer.  A fruit filled brekky.


As I look outside my window:::
The sky is white instead of blue, the ground is mostly covered in snow and it just looks cold.


Right now I am::::
Avoiding housework, sitting at the kitchen table, listening to Sydney and Rylie bicker back and forth, while waiting on Shawn to get home from his physical.
As I look around the house::::
I have some breakfast dishes and some glasses from last night needing to go in the wash, I have a load of laundry to fold and one to throw in the dryer, as well as a load of diapers to wash. The living room blankets are all unfolded and thrown on the floor, the beds aren't made and the playroom looks as if a tornado has blown right through it.  Scottie is sleeping in her highchair so soundly next to me though. She's so sweet.


On today's to do list::::
Laundry....I have a load to put away, a load in the dryer, one in the washer and a load of diapers to go in the washer.   
Cleaning....Make beds, fold the blankets in the living room, do the breakfast dishes, sweep the kitchen floor, clean the downstairs shower.
Sydney to dance
Ben to wrestling... it's his last week 
Help Shawn pack for his trip this week


Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones when I get the chance.


On the TV today::::
Sydney has had me watching Mako Mermaids or something on Netflix with her all morning.
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Minsky's Pizza
Tuesday -  Meatballs and rice with veggies
Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Thursday - Grilled Cheese and tomato soup
Friday - 
Saturday -
Sunday - 


What I am creating at the moment::::
Nothing currently

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
I did a Chicken Curry with Rice that was amazing last week.  I have that recipe as well as a few others to post so I'll hopefully get that done this week.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
My beautiful girl on her 3rd birthday, Saturday.  She really is amazing.



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Monday, February 9, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday!  Woke up this morning, still completely exhausted.  Obviously it was another rough night for me when it comes to sleeping. I just can't seem to sleep well lately, and that's with the kids sleeping through most of the night.  So, cheers to a day full of coffee to keep me going.  Hope you all are having a better start than I am.  Alright, on to Happy Homemaker Monday.


The weather outside is::::
It was so wonderful this weekend.  I mean 60 degree weather! It's going to be a tad cooler this week but still a little warm for the season.



On the breakfast plate this morning::::
A cup of coffee with the last of my Cinnamon vanilla creamer, toast with a little lemon curd on top, and a clementine. 

As I look outside my window:::
It's so gloomy and cloudy right now.  Everything is brown and it's sort of miserable, although if I didn't have to go anywhere today and could lay in bed or on the couch and watch movies while drinking coffee, this would be great.

Right now I am::::
Sitting at the kitchen table drinking my coffee and typing this post while Scottie sits next to me in her highchair finishing her brekkie of yogurt melts and puffs.


As I look around the house::::
My house is actually in pretty good shape.  Thankfully my husband and I got the housework caught up last night.  We spent the weekend getting his office and the garage in order, so until yesterday, most of the housework got pushed to the side.  The kids playroom, however, is in shambles!  They will be working on that later today.  I have boxes of gifts I ordered for Rylie's birthday piling up in the office as well.  As soon as the wrapping paper and ribbon arrives this week, I'll be wrapping them to cut down on the mess.


On today's to do list::::
Laundry....I'm going to throw a load of diapers in the washer in a minute or two and then I'll have a load of clothing tonight.
Cleaning....In the kitchen....I need to unload the dishwasher and put the breakfast dishes in.
In the living room....I really need to vacuum and dust!
In the bedrooms....The kids beds need to be made and their room needs a quick pickup
In the bathrooms....Clean the downstairs shower this evening before Ben gets home from wrestling.
Sydney's Dance
Ben's Wrestling 
Order Rylie's birthday cake!
Also, this week....Sign Ben, Sydney, and Rylie up for Spring soccer, sign Rylie up for preschool for the fall, and get Sydney enrolled for Kindergarten next year.

Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.  I actually got to read a tiny bit this weekend and it was magical. Hahahaha!   

On the TV today::::
I really need to get caught up on a few shows and Sydney has already been begging this morning to watch Parenthood.

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Tacos with Rice and Beans and melon
Tuesday - Chicken curry with rice and roasted broccoli
Wednesday - Breakfast casserole
Thursday - 
Friday - 
Saturday - Chuck E Cheese for Rylie's birthday
Sunday - 


What I am creating at the moment::::
Centerpieces for Rylie's birthday party currently

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
I actually achieved my goal of Chinese that is a healthier but just as tasty version of take away.  Seriously! I made chicken chow mein that was to die for.  I'll be putting that recipe up later today, hopefully.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
My biggest and littlest, sledding together in the backyard.  May not have had much snow, but we made the most of it.




Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::


Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather outside is::::
Cold!!! It's about 5 degrees right now, but the windchill is -8.  




On the breakfast plate this morning::::
I've not had anything yet.  I'm thinking about a bowl of oatmeal with some banana, a coffee, and some green machine.

As I look outside my window:::
It just looks cold.  The ground is coated in frost and a tiny bit of snow. If only I didn't have to leave the house today.

Right now I am::::
Snuggled up on my couch, watching the Today show, and just trying to keep warm.  Typing up this blog post and dreaming about coffee.

As I look around the house::::
The house is pretty well taken care of although Scotland did just dump her tote of diaper wipe packages and diaper cream all over my living room.  Sydney is laying on the chair on her iPad watching the Office.  Rylie is still asleep upstairs in her room and I can hear Maya snoring in the kitchen.  
On today's to do list::::
Laundry....I'm going to throw a load of diapers in the washer in a minute or two and then I'll have a load of clothing tonight.
Cleaning....In the kitchen....I need to unload the dishwasher and put the dirty glasses from the sink in the dishwasher.
In the living room....I have a blanket to fold, and some pillows to throw back on the couches. Some wipes and diaper cream to pick up, and some wii controllers to pick up as well.
In the bedrooms....Beds need to be made and the kids room needs a little picking up. 
In the bathrooms....I washed them yesterday, so just a cleaning of the shower this evening.
Sydney's Dance
Ben's Wrestling


Currently reading::::
Game Of Thrones and Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder still.

On the TV today::::
Some vlogs, Miranda (which I'm almost through with but super obsessed) and I promised Sydney we'd start Parenthood over together.  We are so sad it's over and she hasn't seen it from the 

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Leftover BBQ from last night
Tuesday - Bloody Good steak and veg
Wednesday - Chicken chow mein 
Thursday - Tacos with rice and beans
Friday - Chicken Curry and rice
Saturday -
Sunday - 


What I am creating at the moment::::
I haven't made any progress on my bunting, but maybe this week!

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
I bought a couple of kid friendly recipe books this weekend that I'm so super excited about.  They are for cooking with small children and quick and easy family cooking.  Two recipes on my meal plan this week, chicken chow mein, and chicken curry and rice, are from the Children's quick and easy cookbook.  Also, this weekend, Shawn took me out shopping and I went into a extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar store.  I bought these amazing oils and vinegars.  I'm talking balsamic vinegar I could just drink from a cup.  I'm so excited to use that on my bloody good steak recipe.  I think the great quality in the vinegar will improve an already great dish.

Favorite photo from the camera::::



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
This one is actually for my husband today.  My family and especially my husband could use some prayers right now.