Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday Manifest on Tuesday

Things We Did WIth The Kids Today That I Loved

  1. They unrolled an entire roll of tin foil.
  2. They both fell asleep on my lap at 11:30am.
  3. They stole bell peppers from me as I chopped them up for dinner.
  4. They played with our mini shop vac for over hour.
  5. They played with a squirt bottle for 45 minutes.
  6. Sonya chose to be naked the entire day.  
  7. Teddy ran across the room multiple times to to get a cuddle and a kiss.
  8. They practiced taking turns and sharing.
  9. Teddy imitated Sonya.
  10. Josh and I squirted whip cream directly into their mouths.
  11. Gave them a bath....it had been since last Thursday.
  12. We all danced around the house to Christmas carols, with all of the lights turned off except the Christmas tree.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I Heart Faces- Scenic B & W

This week on I heart Faces the challenge is scenic black and white.  
This photo I took this Fall at the pumpkin patch. 
Here is my cute family making their way through the pumpkins. 
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I Heart Faces.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My New Baby

My wonderful loving husband gave me my Christmas present a little early this year.  
Let me introduce you to the newest member of my family.
Here is a closer look.
I have wanted her for quite some time, and now she is mine.  
I wanted to give her a nice 1950s housewife name, but with all of my naming abilities, I was stumped.  
My sister Gretchen suggested Doris, but that didn't fit.  
I have taken to calling her Lady, but we shall see.  
Now that I have an amazing dough hook, for Lady's inaugural run I decided to make a rustic Italian bread.  
I am still figuring out all of how to use her the best of her ability, but the bread turned out divine.

Be prepared for a lot more baking posts.  
If you have any baking requests let me know.  
I would be happy to oblige and bring it to you, so I don't look like I am smuggling loaves of bread down the back of my pants.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Manifest

What I Think The Old Venture at Deer Creek Should Be Turned Into

  1. Ikea
  2. Costco
  3. Babies R Us
  4. Roller Rink
  5. Sky Zone
  6. Indoor Waterpark
What is your dream for Deer Creek?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rainbow Bath

On Sunday Sonya discovered my gift wrapping box full of ribbons, wrapping paper, tissue paper, glitter, name tags.  Needless to say my stash was destroyed.  I tried to salvage what I could, but she kept getting the box out.  Basically all that was left was the tissue paper, and by Tuesday it was strooned about the living room.  I happen to be babysitting for my friend Katy's little girl Claire.  Katy was just busy, giving BIRTH.  Claire was blessed with a beautiful baby sister Mary-Jane Grace Martin.  Ok, back to the tissue paper.  With two toddlers and one three and half year old the on my hands, the tissue paper became the best way to pass the time.  Sonya proceeded to create the game, Rainbow Bath.  Rainbow Bath was basically Claire and Teddy laying down in my gift wrapping box with Sonya throwing the rainbow colored tissue paper on top of them and jumping on them.  They were loosing their minds, and thought it was the best game ever.  
Here is the proof.
(Embrace the grain in these photos.  My house is really dark this time of day.)

Teddy kept stealing Claire's binky, too.  
He thought it was hilarious to put it in his mouth.
Claire didn't find it too funny.

The last photo is my favorite. 
 Maybe I will pull this out for their rehearsal dinner someday.  

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Manifest

What I Bought At Penzeys Last Week

  1. Freeze Dried Shallots
  2. Hot Chocolate Mix
  3. Mexican Vanilla
  4. Garlic Salt
  5. Sunny Paris Seasoning
  6. Shallot Salt
  7. Northwoods Seasoning
  8. Cinnamon Sugar
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Sweet Hungarian Paprika
  11. Sesame Seeds
  12. Adobo
  13. Fajita Seasoning

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bits of Our Day

Today was one of those days I decided the kids and I needed to stay home. 
 I thought it would be a good idea to make these cookies.
It really wasn't.  
Teddy just screamed and pushed my legs away from the counter until I gave him a spoon to lick.
Sonya had very hard time listening while we were baking together.  I ended up yelling and freaking out about the measurements being wrong.  
Then she looked at me said, "Mama, I just want to bake wis you."  
Parenting fail.    
After the baking debacle, Sonya pulled out the $5.00 costumes from Old Navy I bought two weeks ago.  
The perfect remedy for a cranky morning.  
They were ridiculously cute.
First the giraffe

Now the monkey

I have talked about our backyard before, but I can't say enough about it.  We have a great deck and awesome play set that the kids love.  
I think my kids would love to be pushed on the swings for hours.  
I can only stand it for five minutes. 
Here is a look at their favorite activity.

 This is the new favorite activity Sonya and Teddy like to do together.
They love to swing and twirl on their bellies.  I love seeing them together like this.
When the costumes came off they spent some more time whining, and then we played peek a boo with my two colanders from the bakers rack.  They thought it was the greatest game ever. We had a little lunch leftover Imo's, grapes, cantaloupe, and bell peppers (sorry no photo).  After the our lunch, they drew on the chalkboard.
While they drew on the chalkboard, I noticed my kitchen floor.
These photos were taken at 12:30pm.  
When do you think I last washed my floor?
6:00pm the the night before!!!  
My floors could be the death of me.  I did mop, again, today.   
I am sure by tomorrow you would never know.  
Anywho, back to our day.  We made it to nap time, barely.  
Luckily Sonya C.  fell asleep in the chair, so I could catch up on my shows.  
Here she is.
I hope you enjoyed a look at random parts of our day.
I forgot to mention I wore my pajamas all day, and didn't brush my teeth until 6pm.
Don't be jealous of me.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Heart Faces- Orange

This week on I Heart Faces the theme is orange.  The color orange holds a special place in my heart because my high school colors were orange and black.  There aren't too many schools around that support those colors, or have our mascot the Statesmen.  I love that we were so different than everyone else.  The Statesmen were my inspiration for this particular theme.  The football team is currently undefeated for the second year in a row and on the road to win the state championship again.  They had a playoff game this past week, so I headed over to our favorite babysitter, Gracie's house before the game because I knew she would be decked out in orange.
I think she looks stunning.
Check out all of the other great orange entries by clicking the button above.
Click here to the rest of the orange photos of Gracie.

More Orange

This week on I heart faces the the theme was orange, and I photographed our friend/babysitter Gracie before she headed off to the WGHS football game.  
I loved how they turned out.  
Since I could only submit one photo, I wanted to show the rest of my favorites from our little shoot.  
Here are the rest of the orange photos.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Smells So Good

Now that the weather has finally changed here in the Lou, and fall is here with winter quickly approaching, 
 I had to pick up a can of this,
  and a bottle of this.
This is one of my favorite ways to make my house smell delicious, without adding another five pounds to my backside.  
All you have to do is add four or five tablespoons of the mulling spice to a medium sized pot.
  Today I added the entire bottle of wine (hence the reason for the three buck chuck) because I knew I wanted to simmer the wine all day.  
It is so beautiful all mixed together.
  Then you bring the wine to a simmer, keep the heat really low, and give it a stir every once in a while.  
Basically, it is a homemade potpourri pot.  
This is one of those things I hope my kids remember about our house when they grow up, the smell of mulled red wine.  Scent is one of the greatest memory triggers for humans.  I better start doing some pretty awesome stuff, so that is what pops in their brains when they encounter this smell as adults.
Happy mulling.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monday Manifest on Thursday

Foods I Wish I Liked:

  1. yogurt (I like frozen yogurt)
  2. beans (I hate all types)
  3. seafood
  4. smoothies
  5. some pasta dishes
  6. oatmeal (I have really been trying this to like this one)
  7. eggs
  8. whiskey or scotch straight up (something that a "braud" would drink)
  9. cheesecake
  10. guacamole 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Faces of Yoda


We had a really great Halloween this year.  We could not have asked for better weather, or a more fun group of people to spend the night with.  But first, here are the treat bags.  I love them, and I think they are ridiculously cute. 
 This is warning, there a LOT of photos in this post.
Can you guess whose is whose?

  I am sure you all have figured out that Sonya loves Star Wars, in particular Yoda.  
So her costume was a no brainer.
Big baby T was a super cute hamburger from Old Navy.
Josh picked out this costume because the little boy on the website looked just like Teddy.
Here is the image from Old Navy.com
(kind of a blurry picture, sorry)
Before our night of trick or treating I tried to get some nice photos of my two kids.  They are getting so big and really becoming friends.  
I love seeing their faces close together so I can see how they can look alike and so different at the same time.

  Here in the Lou it is tradition to tell jokes to to get your candy.  I didn't think to prepare Sonya with a joke until about 4pm Sunday afternoon, and we were leaving at 5pm.  So I googled Star Wars jokes for kids, and I found two jokes that would be easy for Sonya to tell.  I tried to explain the how a joke works, it took a while. 
At first she made up her own joke which was,
"Who rides in the Millennium Falcon?"
Then she just listed who rode in the Millennium Falcon. 
"Han Solo, Chewie, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi Wan Kenobi."
The two jokes she told were,
"What is a star wars character's favorite toy?'
"A yo-yo yoda."
The second joke was a big hit and the one she told most of the night.
"Which Star Wars character likes to chew gum?"
By the end of the night she was a joke telling pro.
We ended up trick or treating in Warson Woods.  Lets just say it is the place to be on Halloween.  Our good friends the Hogans parents live in WW and they were having a great party going.  A fire in the fire pit, sandwiches, chips, wines, soda, water all in the the driveway of their beautiful home.  I think there were 10-15 families there, and between all of the families 30-40 kids.  We all descended upon the neighborhood at the same time, quite a scene I must say!!
  What is great about WW is, it is a land of good candy, with some houses giving out KING size candy bars.  They also give "liquid candy" out to the adults.  To quote Josh from FB, "As I was walking down the street with stacked Bud Selects, a cop stopped me not to ask about the beers, but to give me glow necklaces for the kids.  I LOVE this place."
  Even though our group was so large, everyone went at their own pace.  We ended up sticking with our good friends the Murphys.  Sonya and Winnie held hands all night.
Big Baby T, just wanted to eat candy all night.  He didn't quite get the concept putting the candy in his treat bag and not just eating it.  He literally whined or cried unless we let him eat the candy.  This was one of those nights, where we gave in and gave him about 15 pieces of candy over the course of one hour.  He didn't even wait for the wrappers to come off half the time.
All in all it was a great night.  
Looking forward to next year.


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