Sunday, April 30, 2006

Oh, Isn't That Just Wonderful?

Question: How long can a purse and diaper bag sit on the trunk of the car in the driveway before getting stolen?
Answer: In my neighborhood, about 3 hours.

That's right folks. We went to see a neighbor yesterday after getting home from church, and when we went inside I forgot the stuff on the trunk. To be fair, usually I park in the garage and so it isn't a big deal, but really! It's not like there was a "FREE" sign on the items or something.

Thank God, they did not steal the car.
Thank God, I got my keys and attached driver license and check card back. (A neighbor was driving down the road and saw them in the road, and drove them back to our house this morning).

How stupid can I get?

Argh.

So the 2 credit cards have been canceled, the cell phone has been disabled, the shot records (which up until now I had never lost for either kid) are gone, and my beautiful blue purse also gone.

Ironically, it was just earlier this weekend that I "graduated" from a huge backpack diaper bag to a more traditional purse and small diaper bag.

Guess I have to go shopping.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Recipe for Chicken and Dumplings

Finally I am living up to the name of this blog and posting a chicken recipe.

Chicken and Dumplings

4 chicken breasts cut into chunks (or equivalent amount of chicken thighs)
1 pkg frozen veggies
1 small onion chopped
2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon thyme
pinch nutmeg
1 pkg mushrooms (8 oz) quartered
2 cloves minced garlic
32 oz (4 cups) chicken broth
1/2 c Bisquick (all-purpose baking mix)
1/3 c milk



Place everything except oil, Bisquick, and milk in dutch oven and heat to boiling. Note- if chicken is frozen, wait until the water is boiling to add veggies. Reduce heat, simmer till chicken is white through.

Mix 1 cup all-purpose mix and milk in bowl. Set aside.

Remove chicken and vegetables from Dutch oven. Skim 1/2 cup fat from broth; reserve. Transfer broth to large bowl; reserve 4 cups.

Heat reserved fat in dutch oven over low heat. Stir in remaining baking mix. Stir constantly until smooth and bubbly, then add remaining broth.

Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Add chicken and veggies, reduce heat to low, and heat until hot.

Drop dumpling dough (baking mix and milk) by spoonfuls onto hot chicken mixture (not directly into liquid). Cook uncovered over low heat 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The weather here has been lovely the last few days- 60s and 70s, almost tempting us to wear warm clothes.

I did Pilates for the third time, and while I was still pathetic at it, I did not feel as though I would die this time.

Maybe that means I am doing some good for my body.

Joel is in the midst of building a rock climbing wall in our bedroom. I'm sure I will post a picture when I'm done.

I finally updated the pictures on our living room walls. They look really good!

Emmy's 4th birthday party is in the works- we are looking at a butterfly/snowman theme.

Denali has popped tooth #9, and can climb up on the couch and other assorted objects. Look out, world! He's also saying more words "up" "open" "Emmy".

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Good News

Well I found out the reason for the construction at the junior high behind us. It's going to be a music magnet school. This means that it will be a better place for the kids if and when they ever go there. :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Frustration

I am tired. The kids are tired. Joel is at a meeting. I want to clean the house. Guess what? Not only do the kids prefer to not clean the house, but they want to actively mess it up.

That is not surprising.

I am just tired! And I am sick of having a messy house.

I wish Joel were not at his meeting.

Admission

I admit. I'm addicted to wind chimes. But not necessarily the ones that make the beautiful melody. I'm addicted to the pretty ones with nice flowers and butterflies. I've purchased two in the last two weeks. They weren't too expensive, and that only brings the total up to 3, but still.

In other news, the rosebush we transplanted is blooming, the peach tree is FINALLY blooming, and the wildflowers are a good six inches tall in places. The tomatos have reached the top of their cages, and I see baby tomatos.

The kids are upstairs for quiet time.

I had an epitome yesterday thanks to Supernanny and a blog authored by the mother of an autistic boy. I need to get back to spending quality time with Emmy while Denali takes his afternoon nap. To that end I went and purchased some inexpensive cooperation toys to get us back on track. We had fun this morning.

Well, time to go through the mail!

Monday, April 24, 2006

The graham-cracker-eating-shaggy-haired-monster


Look Out! He might goo you!

One of those days

Today was just one of those days. I was almost late for yoga. It turned out to be power yoga (oops!). But I didn't find that out until the end. I ended up spending about half the class in child's pose (a rest pose). Then I tried to pay for something with a canadian dollar. then I took the goofiest route to lunch. Then I was so late to lunch that the other people barely talked to me before leaving to take their kids to the game room.

Blah.

I have just risen from my nap and hope this afternoon to be better than this morning.

Rain?? Maybe.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Severe Weather

Well, today was fun- we got to sit in our "storm closet" for a few minutes while the 1" hail came down. Nothing more than that, but there's still potential tonight, and we are under a tornado watch till 10 pm. That might not seem like a lot to you Oklahomans, but to this California girl transplanted to TX, it is a lot.

My husband is fixing the gutters before the rain returns. The kids are in bed and the Pilates exhaustion + storm adrenaline is starting to even out and I feel a little better than I did an hour ago.

It really helps that Joel is home.

Guess I'll go watch the TV for a while.

Wonderful Neighbors + Gardening

Well, it is really nice to have such nice neighbors as we have. C and H are a retired couple with a gorgeous garden- she gardens and he takes pictures of all the bugs and flowers. They have grandsons about the same age as our kids, and they really are very sweet. She is very generous with her excess plants.

Today I went over there to take them some chicken and dumplings, and came back with a huge rosemary bush, some bulbs for Grace, and a cactus cutting. With the rosemary bush I planted last weekend, these three plants will fill up the front trashy corner of our "lawn." It's by a fire hydrant, water mains, and our neighbor's not-so-great-lawn, and it's between the sidewalk and the street. We had been mowing the weeds there, and now we should be able to take out the wire and quit mowing. It will be a very nice xeriscape. Xeriscaping is landscaping where you use native plants and in our case water resistant plants to create a self-sustaining garden.

Our tomato plants are doing well. I see little green tomatoes. Our peach tree is FINALLY making some leaves and buds. My wildflowers are about 4 inches high. Our honeysuckle is so fragrant and lovely smelling.

All in all, our yard is slowly getting to be a place where we want to be!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Rain


Well, we got rain last night.

Joel and I had a good talk about some things.

I got to sleep uninterrupted (because the monitor was turned too far down).

Today is Ladies' Bible Class.

Things seem to be looking up for the day.

I present to you a picture.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

WHAT?

Since when does it cost $200 to remove a "nasal foreign body?" That's crap.

I don't think I like this "Health Savings Account" crap. It's still expensive and now we have to pay all of it. Stupid bead. And plus it was in her ear. Is it more expensive to remove it from her ear or her nose?

Poop.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Something Cool

Went to my first Round Rock Express game. Turns out one of the players went to junior high with me. I think that qualifies as the most famous person I "know." I realize that's pretty pathetic, but I still think it's cool. Of course I don't know how to get in contact with him without sounding dumb.

Roly Polies continued

Well, Emmy's fascination with these things continues, and they continue to eat my veggie plants.

Our cucumbers are basically gone, and the cantaloupes are now under attack. I know now why people start seedlings inside before letting them out to grow.

Hopefully, as our tomato plants got a nice start, and they are container plants, we will still get tomatos.

Trying to clean my house. Went grocery shopping and came back with a whole lot of food. On the menu this week is frozen pizza, chicken and dumplings, and some sort of seafood.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Grrr.

This morning I found out what was eating my baby cucumber plants.

Roly-polies!

I thought they were harmless, and got frustrated with Emmy when she played too hard with them, and now I discover them eating my cucumbers!

Turns out that's what they do- work to decompose things. They just don't know the difference between my trash and my baby plants. Hmph.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter

Thank you all for your support while Joel was gone. He's back now safely, and our family is whole again.

Today we are dying eggs, making Easter cookies, making banana bread, and probably doing some yard work. I'm also going to the garden store with Grace whenever she gets here.

Joel is cutting his hair and one more thing that I forgot. Then this evening we are going to the Easter service at church.

Last night we went to watch the Passion at church. It was heart-breaking and the only way I could get through it was knowing that Jesus rose again and lives forever. The Passion was definitely something we ought to see but not something I wanted to see.

Off to put on another Fraggle Rock for Emmy.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Countdown

Joel will supposedly be home tonight after the kids are asleep. I say supposedly because I never saw the actual itinerary email and I believe it's too late to contact him. According to my calculations he may already be at the airport.

So today is "finishing touches day". I am going to get a massage, shave my legs, vacuum the house, clean the counters and mirrors, and other types of things. I want the house to look good. I want it to be clean when I get home from trips and I assume Joel would want the same.

I am telling the kids, however, that he will be home tomorrow morning. I do not want Emmy to be staying up or anything like that.

Well I guess my day has begun. Talk to you all later!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Grandma was so helpful!


"Who wants an egg? (Bang bang bang)"

EDIT: "bang bang bang" is the sound that the cute little Easter Bunny was making by slamming her Easter basket against things.

Easter Bunny

We got a couple surprise visits from the Easter Bunny today.

One was in the mail- Bunny stuck some Easter candy in with some books for mommy. Those are going to be saved for a different day.

Also on our doorknob was a bag from the Easter Bunny, complete with green grass (the plastic kind, not the smoking kind). I got to show Emmy about Silly Putty and we ate some candy.

I guess this week is surprising in many ways. Mommy has already consulted with the EB about some stuff, and knows some of what will arrive on Sunday.

Now I have to figure out how to tell her the real story of Easter.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Caffeine Dissertation Part 2

The problem is even though I am not in any way tired (had caffeine at lunch), I am not thinking too clearly either. So I can't do anything that requires brain power, for instance using a knife or scrapbooking. I am limited in what my nervous energy can let me do.

A picture from my trip to Papua New Guinea in 1997. I'm the white girl on the very left.


Shortly after my last entry there was a loud crash. Turns out my daughter was trying to take the pillows off the couch to make a fort and she bumped two of my plants to the ground. I must admit that I lost it a little bit. She got banished to the back porch while I tried to figure out who to call. I called one of my friends and got Denali off of the couch. Then my friend came over, my grandma arrived, and since then my weekend has been very pleasant.

Grandma is helpful, and sweet to have around. Mainly I just appreciate a warm body to converse with on adult topics and the fact that I can run to the store for a couple minutes and not have to load up the whole world.

Thank you Grandma and thank you Beth for rescuing me in a time of need. I especially appreciate the reading material "Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers." I recommend it as a much-needed laugh and advice book for those of us with toddlers (which they define as 1-4).

This afternoon we tackled the garage, and while we didn't organize the tools or anything, we got some stuff up to the attic, got most everything off of the floor, and put some boxes in the garbage that had been sitting out there since Christmas. Grandma also swept for us so we have less leaves, styrofoam pieces, and dead bugs to walk on.

Emmy's wearing my Fraggle Rock shirt that is just too small and too short on me. On her it could almost pass for a dress. She just told Grandma that she looks like a teenager. Yesterday she told Zebra that he looked fat "just like mommy."

Yay.

I've scanned a few pictures in, watered the plants, and soon I will mow the lawn. By mowing the lawn I mean I will take the robotic mower out there and let it mow.

Happy Palm Sunday!

Friday, April 07, 2006

And Time Crawls By

Turns out Joel is staying an extra week in Germany. So instead of getting home on Sunday he will get home next Friday or later.

I'm about out of ideas for these kids. They are simply exhausting and I just don't know what to do with them. My grandma is coming to help this weekend, but I really just want Joel back.

Hope he's having fun there.

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We got a little rain last night and today it is (at 7 pm) 88 degrees. We played on the back porch in the wading pool for a while.

I am just tired of kids, tired of chores, and ready for a break. I honestly don't know how military wives do it. I would go insane.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Quick Note

I just have to say that today I win. I had less dirty dishes than Amy AND I vacuumed today and she didn't. So there.

Something you don't hear every day

As Emmy walks out of the bathroom:

Mommy! My poop came out in little balls! Ha ha!


And you thought life was boring with an almost 4 year old around.

Something Cool

And now for the interesting part. On Wednesday, at two
minutes and three seconds after 1:00 am in the morning, the
time and date will be

01:02:03 04/05/06

Of course, this is for countries that put the month before
the day in their dates.

For those that format their dates as day/month/year, you
have to wait till May 4th.

This won't happen for another 100 years. Isn't that special!
:) Enjoy!

Received from Lynn Klase.

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Also, it's a lot easier to keep the house clean when Joel isn't here to distract me. But I miss him so much! Which is better, a clean house or a husband? I think I vote husband.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Seattle Pictures

This was taken in Olympia. The forest was beautiful and a complete difference from TX. Can you see the moss?


Crazy cats on a vacation.