Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Household Rule #1


If the dishwasher is more than halfway full, run it. Our dishwasher uses little enough water that it's worth it. Invariably if I don't do that, a day and a half later, when I get around to loading it again, there will be too many dishes to fit in one load and I will kick myself. This way our dishes get cleaned in a timely manner.



Dogpile on the daddy!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Preschool

This is mind-boggling.
I am looking at preschools for Emmy for the fall, and it's just so confusing! So many choices, so many different curriculums and times that they meet and pricing schedules. I don't know whether to tour the school first and then look at the price, or look at price first, or curriculum.

Christian or not?
How many days a week?

AACCKK!

I don't even know where to begin. Not to mention that I don't want her to go yet, so I don't want to think about it yet. Argh.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Toothy Grin


Here's a picture of Denali's four teeth.

We're back from Abilene. It was a good trip although the weather has been so dry it makes you ache for rain.

I saw our old loveseat out in front of our old house. I guess that even though it's been broken for years, it took this long to get it thrown out. It made me a little sad.

Denali's walking record is six steps now. He's also started "whooping" with his hand. They used to call it Indian war whooping, but that's not PC anymore. Any ideas of what to call it?

It was fun to see other people's boys who, even though they're the same age as Denali, look so different. Even my friend's baby looks completely different from D, when she and I look like twins. I'll see if I can get permission from her to post the picture Emmy took of the four of us.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Miscellaneous

Trying to pack and clean for a weekend trip.

Got some sleep finally.

In answer to a question I got, we are not still using More Hands Maids. It cost us about $200 to clean our house, and that's just excessive. We do not have that kind of money.

Laundry is running, daughter is talking, son is sleeping.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Four Things...

I've been tagged by lady arden to do this. I probably won't tag anyone but if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged.

Four jobs I've Had in My Life:
> Library Worker (my favorite)
> Office Gopher
> Substitute Teacher
> Fabric Store Employee

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over, and Have
> The Princess Bride
> Labyrinth
> Fifth Element
> West Side Story

Four Places I have Lived
> Austin, TX
> Abilene, TX
> Hayward, CA
> Long Beach, CA

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch
> Super Nanny
> Monk
> Biscuit Brothers
> Reno 911

Four Places I have been on Vacation
> Australia
> Italy
> Alaska (sort of)
> Mexico

Four Websites I Visit Daily
> snopes.com
> Every link to a friends page (listed already on the right)!
> web pages that suck
> miss manners at washington post.com

Four Favorite Foods
> Pizza
> Chicken and Dumplings
> chocolate anything
> gelato

Four Places I would Rather Be Right Now
> library or book store
> California
> Alaska
> Papua New Guinea

People I tag (to do this next)
> no one. i'm too lazy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Why?

Why is my son waking up at 2 in the morning and refusing to go back to sleep? anyone? Anyone?

Chicken, Rice, Broccoli and Cheese Recipe

Before you say "yuck," let me tell you that any vegetable you would normally eat with chicken can be substituted for broccoli.

Here's what you do (it's really so easy!).

To feed 2-4 people, you will need:

2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
3 cups cooked rice (instant or normal, doesn't matter)
3 cups of your veggie of choice
8 oz cheese (or less if you want less)
paprika
salt

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Get your rice cooking if you haven't already. Follow the directions on the package.
3. Get a dish to bake your chicken. The chicken can be thawed, but the cooking time here is for frozen. Lay your chicken in the dish and sprinkle paprika and salt thickly on the top side of the chicken. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
4. While the chicken is baking, shred your cheese.
5. Turn the chicken over, sprinkle the other side with paprika and salt, and put it back in the oven for 30 minutes.
6. Check your rice. Is it done?
7. Cook your veggie (I use broccoli).
8. Chop up the meat into bite-sized pieces.
9. When everything is cooked, get a big casserole dish and layer the food: rice, half of the cheese, meat, broccoli, the rest of the cheese.
10. You can eat it immediately or heat it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 300 degrees.

This is a very easy recipe and I often increase the amounts and use it to cook for others too. You can add more spices if you are a spicy person.

:)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Rain...

Whoever said little boys shouldn't stand on the table?



An attempt to get them to sit still for maybe one minute...



Daddy's sideways face



We finally got rain this morning at about 6. It has been so long since I've been woken up by a thunderstorm rolling through. I didn't recognize the sound of rain on our roof for a minute. I am so thankful for it.

Last night Joel and I ate at Red Robin for dinner while the kids visited their friends. Then we went to visit his dad, and to end the night we went out for ice cream. The teenagers working at the ice cream place had been jamming on their guitar out in front and came in to serve us.

Well I know this is short but my boy is complaining for more food. More later maybe.

Friday, January 20, 2006

MMM.

Homemade scalloped potatoes. Looks yummy. I think we'll have spinach and salad and croissants on the side, and lemon-blueberry bread for dessert. Delicious!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Exercising...

Well I'm going to the gym again today to do "circuit training" where you do about 30 minutes on the weight machines (like Curves sorta). Last time I was only able to go through the circuit once, and you're really supposed to do it twice. But when you're in the kind of shape I'm in, it's too hard to do the circuit twice. Even just once, and a few days later I'm still sore from it.

Yesterday I made a fool of myself asking around at the gym to see if any of the trainers on staff had actually even been out of shape or had to lost weight. You know, so they could know where I'm coming from. Evidently I'm living in a dream land with that one. Oh well. It's just difficult to talk to some of them and not get empathy. I'll say "it's just so difficult to do the elliptical trainer!" And they give me this blank look. Blah.

Emmy and I are coloring together. It looks... nice...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Blessing Your Husband

The first and most important thing to remember about your husband (or other people in close relationship with you) is this:
You cannot change your husband. Only God and he can change him. No amount of begging, pleading, yelling, passive aggressive behavior, or logic will change him until he's ready.

So what do you do when there's something going on with him that you feel is wrong or that you want to change?

You pray. Constantly. Ask everyone you pray with (on a confidential basis) to pray for him and for you to have patience. You don't have to share details, but if you do, make sure that you're sharing them in a loving, non-judgemental, confidential environment. And if you share the details, and cry with these other people, when things finally do change, the rejoicing will be that much greater.

Disclaimer: I am not referring to abusive behavior. Abusive behavior needs a counselor. I'll find what the author wrote about that and post it.

Negotiations

I require that my daughter at least try new foods before letting her eat other foods at dinner. For instance, the other day we had some people over and the provided food was chicken spaghetti. I require that she try a bite of it, even if it's new, before saying "I don't like it. I want a sandwich."

Anyway the last few days she has refused to try anything new. So she's been going hungry a lot.

Yesterday afternoon we finally talked about it.
"I think you should try new foods," I said.
"Well I will, mommy. When I'm six," she said.
"I think you should try new foods before that, so that you get into a healthy habit," I returned.
"Okay, mommy. When I'm four I will," was the return bargain.
"I want you to try new foods right now! Not in the future."
"Um, I'll think about it mommy. Can I have a sandwich?"

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Rapunzel Dora looks down from her tower.


Aren't cans of peaches supposed to be chairs?


The tower included a ladder to the window, a ladder to the roof, and a bridge between the two.

Assorted and Sundry Things

I have actually gotten fairly decent sleep and light exercise in the last couple of days; therefore I am up at 6 am this morning. First I did my Bible study. I am so excited about this! In a couple weeks I will be speaking at a church function on Monday evening. It's for women, and the theme for this month of February is "A Heart of Love for my Husband". Joel and I have been through a lot in the last couple of years, and to be able to look back on our struggles and see what God has done is really going to be exciting. The study I'm doing in the mornings relates to that. The book is called "Blessing Your Husband". It really has some good tips and Biblical principles that I hope to be able to apply in our lives, and it also has a chapter that affirms what I'm going to talk about in February.

I did about 500 loads of laundry yesterday (oaky, maybe only 6 or 7). I put most of them away. Today is Ladies Bible Class, and I'm all dressed (6:45) and ready for the kids to get up in 15 minutes.

Denali took his first official step the other day. He stood, took one step, balanced, and then fell. We think that counts. He is really close to walking.

Emlyn is learning principles of stable buildings by using her duplos. It's awfully hard to explain to a 3 year old why we need to use longer blocks and stagger them in order for the walls not to fall down. We made Rapunzel's tower yesterday.

Oh and evidently very large cans of peaches from Costco make good seats for small kids.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

How can I be this tired?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

A great Day

Today was so fun!
First I spent 4 hours at church with friends learning how to pass my faith on to my kids. Got lots of good ideas there. There was free daycare where the kiddos got to play with their friends and make crafts that would, later in the day, ruin my new pants (more details in a second here).

Then My Dear Husband watched the kiddos while my sister and I went out all by ourselves. First we went to Costco with the rest of the world and picked up a couple things. Then we went out to lunch at a cute little cafe where a 17 year old Adam Sanders look alike was our waiter.

At lunch we got to talk uninterrupted (except for Adam). We ate slowly and politely. Nothing got spilled on the floor and I did not have to take anyone to the potty. We lingered for an hour there. It was lovely.

After lunch we tried to go to the best undergarment store in town but they were so busy that it would have been a misuse of our limited time. So we went to the mall in search of pants. After three stores and much frustration I finally decided on a pair that is almost slacks but casual enough that I could wear it most days. Here's my problem with pants right now- I'm an 18 Misses. Barely anyone carries 18 Misses. They assume if you are that "fat" that you are also 50 years old and don't care about the cut of your jeans. Mostly you have to jump from 16 misses to 16 women's, and that's a BIG jump.

Anyway we had fun and I picked up a good pair and an idea to order some jeans online.

I got home and went upstairs to play with Emmy after changing into my new pants to show them off. About 5 minutes after changing I stepped on the aforementioned art project which was: a ziploc baggie full of dyed shaving cream. Green. That's right. That's what I stepped on. Of course it exploded and went all over my new pants. Maybe they're not ruined, but now I have to wash them and pray they are still okay.

All in all it was a full and fun day. Now I'm going to start a load of laundry (with my new pants in it), sit down with my library book (Eragon), and drink my caffeine-free Dr. Pepper. Good night!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Frustration

Argh.
I just found out that I am supposed to be doing professional development in order to renew my teaching certificate in 2 years. I have had it for 3 years already and I didn't know about the requirement. I had always heard vague information about it but nobody seemed to know any specifics. So I have two years to do 150 hours of professional development. I don't know if I can get it all done. I just feel so out of the loop because I got my certificate and then went straight into staying at home with Emmy, and yet I need this certificate for when the kids go to school so I can work. I feel like a dork here, the world passing me by while I raise kids. Yes, it's important for them that I concentrate on them, blah blah blah, but sometimes I just feel stupid. I can't carry a coherent conversation about anything except kids and pregnancy, I don't make any money, and I'm fat and out of shape. Blah.

Denali's well check went well. He got 4 shots and weighs exactly the same as Emmy did at 1 year. They are both skinny and tall for their peers. It's sorta cute that he's following in her footsteps.

Thank you notes need to be written for Christmas. Hurray.

A Meme

I've been tagged by Jenny to do this meme. Yay.

Here are the rules: “The first player of this game starts with the topic ‘five weird habits of yourself’, and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says, “You are tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.”

1. When I chew food I alternate sides of my mouth between bites. I favor my right side with especially good bites.

2. I prefer to clip my nails in the living room and leave the clippings on the floor (I will vacuum in the next week! What's the problem?)

3. I don't like barbeque or football and I live in Texas.

4. I make up songs and sing lines of songs almost constantly. But they're not especially good ones.

5. I have very precise places for most of my things and get frustrated when they don't stay there.

All right. Tagging

Robyn
Susan
Chris
Mandy
mom

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Happy Birthday Denali!





Well, I now have two toddlers. Denali turned one today, and while he's not walking yet, he's close, and he's definitely now leaning towards big kidness.

We had a little party for him (okay it was really just growth group with cookies) and he seemed to think the candle was intriguing. He really liked the cookie and had his fists full of it.

I am so exhausted I can't hardly think. Emmy was a gem today- not too grouchy even though I could barely make a coherent sentence and she didn't really get any attention at all. And Joel helped out a lot too. I just wish I could sleep for like 3 days straight. Anyone up for hibernating with me?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Peekaboo!

Food?

My daughter is not a big eater. She eats like her dad, which is whenever her blood sugar drops too low to read she decides to eat a couple of things. It makes it easy because if she's hungry she'll eat anything and if she's not she just won't eat.

Denali on the other hand has not turned down any food in the last two weeks. He will eat until his little belly is chock full and then he might start turning down a bit of food. Then 20 minutes later he's up again wanting more. He says "nananana" for food.

What do you think? Is it a growth spurt or a fundamental difference? Tell me about your boys...

Monday, January 02, 2006

Well our New Year's was nice. We got to hang out with our friends the Fryars and generally have a good time. Over the last few weeks we have had lots of visitors- my youngest sister Ruth, my friend Shannon and her family, and then Joel's mom and sister and brother-in-law were here. I love hosting and since Denali is almost a year old I am not nearly so crazy as I used to be. I didn't cry in front of anyone! Yay!

I went to the gym today and that was good. I am altogether too out of shape for my tastes. It smells like smoke here from all the wildfires that are burning in Texas and Oklahoma. I hope we get some real rain soon. It is so dry.

My laundry is mostly caught up and my lunch is ready, so I will sign out.