Friday, November 30, 2007
So, if you've been checking in every day, I thank you. I've enjoyed all of your comments, and I hope you'll keep them coming!
In other news, it turns out I have a bad filling and need to have it replaced, but that won't happen until Monday afternoon. In the meantime, I'm chewing on the left side of my mouth, and drinking through a straw. I was kind of hoping the dentist would be kind enough to shoot me up with a weekend's supply of painkiller, but no such luck!
Steve has just come in with the Christmas tree, so it is time to decorate - - yippee!! Camden has been asking all day (and all week, for that matter) and we thought he'd explode if we didn't get right to it.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The Christmas decorations will be coming out in full-force this weekend, much to Camden's delight. We've slowly brought out this and that throughout the week, but Camden won't be satisfied until the tree is up. He is already asking, "Is tomorrow Christmas?" multiple times per day, and it isn't even December yet!
I find myself with some sort of major dental malady, so I am off to the dentist at 8:00 tomorrow morning - - can't drink, can't eat, etc., without a massive nerve zing - - not pleasant. Hopefully it is a defective filling and nothing more. All I know is that I want lots of Novocaine and I want it fixed!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Now, Camden is back in the house, and as I was helping him take his boots off, I remembered sitting with my back up against the red refrigerator, while Mum would yank my boots off, feet covered in bread bags, in case of leaks.
Camden is warming himself up with a cup of cocoa, and I must scurry and get ready for story time at the library this morning. Our topic today is "snow", which should be a big hit!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Pumpkin cake ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and the brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a spatula, fold in the flour. Drop by heaping tablespoons full onto baking sheets. Bake until springy to the touch, 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
Cream Cheese Filling
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 cup confectioners sugar
With electric mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese. Add the sugar and salt, then beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spread the flat side of each cake with filling, then top with another cake.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
When we got back home, we went to Rex and Kasey's for a visit, and through some bizarre alignment of the planets, Kasey and I ended up going out to eat ALL BY OURSELVES. Oh yes, we left the little guys with the big guys and took off for a local restaurant where we enjoyed a glass of wine, and some fabulous patty melts. Yum. We must remember to do that more often.
Both boys seem to be on the mend from their sniffles, just in time for me to have a bit of a nagging sore throat. I'm hoping that it doesn't amount to anything, since Steve will be away on business next week. Mind over matter!
Friday, November 23, 2007
I have to admit, I actually did a little shopping today - - I hadn't really planned to, and was even more against it after watching the morning news. The mall in Boise opened at 1:00 a.m. for Black Friday, and they showed footage of people screaming, pushing, shouting, and getting trampled, all so they could be the first ones in the mall. I'm sorry, but I don't get the appeal. Anyway, Griffin and I made a quick trip to Michael's today, mostly because I wanted to check out the Martha Stewart craft supplies there. T.J. Maxx was right next door, so I really couldn't head back home before stopping in there, too. I'm glad I did, because I was able to cross a couple of more people off my shopping list. Yippee! I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping!
I'd like to go to sleep right now, but I'm dying to know if BSU is going to win tonight or not! It's 26-24 Hawai'i right now, with 9 minutes left in the 3rd quarter....GO BRONCOS!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I've been thinking about what I want this blog to be. When I first started it, the purpose was to simply be able to keep my East coast family and friends up to date on what we were doing. I suppose that is still a large part of it. However I am in hopes that this is also evolving into a creative outlet for me - - where I can write about the things that interest me, and hear about what interests you. By my calculations (okay, Steve's calculations - - math makes me mental) only about 8% of the people who read this blog ever leave a comment. Then again, I rarely, if ever, respond to any one's comments! So, I'm working on changing that. I am hoping that this blog will become a little more interactive. I'm interested in what you have to say, so please say it. Just the same, if you are happier lurking (as I do on so many blogs out there), then please, keep right on lurking! I'm just glad that you are here.
Now, for what you won't find here. While this is largely a blog about my experiences as a mother and wife, you won't be finding me complaining about my husband, or what hard work it is to be a stay-at-home mom. Do I argue with my husband? Yes. Do I get overwhelmed? Do I get overtired? To I wring my hands at times, worrying that I'm not doing all that I can for my boys? Do my kids make me nutty sometimes? Do I get so consumed with caring for this houseful of boys that I sometimes neglect myself? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. I get annoyed with day to day life, just like you do, but I really don't feel like blogging about that. Will I whine from time to time? Oh yes. But, if you are a regular reader, then you already know that!
So, thank you, Dear Readers. I appreciate your interest in what I have to say.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Finally, a little video clip of sweet Griffin, showing off his walking skills. He's made great strides each day, and today, he did more walking than he did crawling, so I think he is officially a walker now (sniff, sniff!). This past year has gone by much too quickly, and I'm just not ready to be done with babies. Griffie is, however - - he wants to be a big boy and isn't going to let anything stop him now!
The boys and I had a busy day of errands, topped off by our car breaking down in the parking lot of the new Dollar Store here in town. Of course, since we were "just" making a quick trip to the store, the boys only had fleece vests on (I wasn't wearing a coat), it was dark, raining, I didn't have a stroller with me, and of course, the emergency box that is supposed to be in the back of the car, was on the shelf in the garage. Oh, and it was dinner time, and Griffin knew it. AND, Steve was at drill weekend. I called the few people I know locally, but nobody answered. I'm feeling very thankful for the extremely kind stranger in the parking lot, who asked me if I needed help, then proceeded to obtain jumper cables from another kind stranger, jump-started my car, and sent us on our way. I'm glad I thought to back the car into the driveway, because the battery is dead as a doornail, so I'll need another jump tomorrow, to get it down to the auto shop. Ugh. I thoroughly dislike dealing with cars. I suppose that is what I will be doing tomorrow, though.
Camden and I are having a slumber party tonight, since Steve is away. We are currently snuggled up in my bed, watching the live action version of "Charlotte's Web", and eating popcorn. And, yes - - I am composing this post on my fancy new laptop, wireless and all. Pure bliss!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I thought I had a viable video clip of Griffin walking, but when I uploaded it, it was far too dark. I will keep trying, so, stay tuned. He is walking like crazy and is so proud of himself.
I was just going through my Maine pictures, and I have quite a few that I didn't get a chance to post, so here they are:
Nana and her boys at the Children's Museum of Maine
Apparently, I "spoke" too soon. Blogger isn't allowing me to post any more photos, so that's all I have for today! I really don't know what is going on at Blogger, but many of the editing icons have vanished from the publishing page, and posting photos anymore is a total pain. I'm hoping that they will work out their glitches soon. Maybe I will have better luck tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
***Update: Laptop just arrived
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Yesterday, after I had my hair cut, I decided to color my hair, for some unknown reason. I can't believe how well it turned out, so I was pleasantly surprised. I'd colored my own hair once before, and it was a total disaster. It is darker than I am use to, but it is a nice change. The best part was, my friend Terri said it made me look younger, so that is all I needed to hear!
Must rush Camden home and get him fed and ready for school! I am literally sitting by the front door, waiting for my laptop to arrive!
Monday, November 12, 2007
I have really been enjoying this daily blogging. The only bummer has been that I have a lot of posts written in my head, but can't really type them out yet, because I have no way to attach pictures at the moment. So, in the meantime, you'll have to suffer through my lackluster drivel for another few days, until I am able to kick back on my sofa, in the comfort of my own home, and really do some writing/picture posting!
Must get home and relieve Steve so he can lock himself in his office and get some Army work done this afternoon. As for me, I have some bread to bake, as well as a batch of cookies. I suppose I should think of something to make for dinner, while I'm at it...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I thought today was going to be cold and dreary, but I was pleasantly surprised when the sun came out. I took Riley on a long walk this morning, and then Steve headed out on a long mountain bike ride. He's home now with the boys, and I'm here at the library, gathering things together for story time on Tuesday. Steve has tomorrow off, so I'll have the chance to head into town for a haircut, which I am needing quite badly. I'm thinking I'm going to need to stop at Starbucks for a peppermint mocha, as well.
Griffin continues to make great strides with his walking - - I noticed a huge improvement in his balance yesterday, and today he has been walking quite a bit on his own (without us prompting him). I just can't believe how fast he is turning into a "big boy" - - I sure wish he'd slow down a bit!
Must get some work done, so that I can go home and eat some of that beef stew!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
On a completely unrelated topic, I am currently attempting to rid my home of toxic cleaning products. Why, you ask? Well, I just feel like since there are other options readily available, I want to give them a try. I've been trying a few things from Seventh Generation, as well as Method. I'm also going to try some things from Melaleuca, but haven't ordered anything yet. Yesterday, I bought some Method furniture polish, and it is great! I bought a container of the pop-up furniture wipes, because they were inexpensive, and I didn't want to commit to a big old bottle before I knew whether or not I liked it. I loved them, and a little goes a long way. I'm sure you will all be checking my blog daily, just hoping and praying that I will be posting another natural cleaning product review.
Back to the weather. Days like this make me feel like locking myself in the kitchen and baking all day. This is probably why people pack on the pounds in the winter, no doubt. I just want to bake breads, cookies, and all sorts of other carb-laden goodies. Maybe I will. So there.
Friday, November 09, 2007
1. What, pray tell, should I make of this?
Yesterday evening, husband arrives home from work:
Husband: "Did you see Oprah today - - it was on at the gym while I was working out."
Me: "Yes, I did...why?"
Husband: "No reason, just wondering."
FYI, the topic of the show was "How to Look Great at Any Age", but, if you watched the whole show, you'd know that the topic was, more specifically, Dressing Age-Appropriately, and, Stay-at-Home Moms Who Have Let Themselves Go. Hmmmmmm. Interesting.
2. Attempted to go to Boise today, to do a few quick errands. Intended to be home before lunch time. Very constipated one-year-old son begans screaming and thrashing in the back seat. After some stunt driving, I end up doing a "poop-ectomy" (don't ask) in the parking lot of the Boise Co-Op. Crisis averted, or so I thought. We get in the store, when 4-year-old son suddenly declares that he "has to poop, NOW!" We rush to the rest room, where I am not about to put my baby on the floor, but have to help 4-year-old onto the potty. Twenty pounds under one arm, 40 pounds under the other, both squirming to beat the band. 4-year-old decides that he cannot, in fact, "take care of business" on this particular potty, but that he needs a potty, NOW. So, back in the car we go, where we proceed to drive to Steve's office, which is completely out of the way, but 4-year-old assures me that "Daddy's army work potty" is the only potty he can use.
3. Next, onto Target (finally!!). Let me first remind you that I am the lone female in a house full of gross boys. There have been occasions where, certain males, who shall remain nameless, might perhaps "break wind" and then say to each other, "Who stepped on a duck?" and then giggle and tee-hee like a couple of idiots. Well, while I was carefully reading lables in the cleaning products isle, my 4-year-old exclaims at the top of his lungs, "MUMMY! I HOPE YOU DON'T STEP ON ANY DUCKS IN TARGET TODAY!!!!" Um, yeah, he really did say that, and yes, there were other shoppers nearby. No, my son is not ill-mannered hooligan, but yes, he remembers everything he hears, and usually repeats it. Let me just also say that he is famous for saying really embarrassing things to me, whenever we are locked in a bathroom stall together in public.
4. My home computer is still fried, my laptop won't be here for another week or so, but darn it, I am still blogging every day! I cannot wait to be able to post some photos again, because these photo-less posts are driving me batty.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
On the homefront, Griffin is taking lots of steps but still finds crawling a bit more convenient. He also started saying, "hat" yesterday. Right now, he is sitting in his stroller, screaming his lungs out, so I guess I'd better wrap this up. We've been at the library for music class, now must get Camden home and fed, and ready for school. I am really hoping I can get down to the library sometime soon, after hours, and post something a little more interesting. In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
If you are trying to contact me, email may not be the best mode of communication right now! I'll keep you posted!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut
4 large potatoes, cubed
32 oz. bag of sauerkraut, drained
1 large onion, chopped
1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped
2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. caraway seeds
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast
Put potatoes in slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients (except pork) in a bowl, mix well. Place half of the sauerkraut mixture over the potatoes. Place pork roast on top of it, and then cover the pork with the remaining sauerkraut mixture. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
The roast was really good and I will definitely be making it again. I made a loaf of beer bread to go along with it.
*The other news for today is that Griffin took his first "real" steps tonight. He's been taking one or two steps here or there over the last week or so, but I classify what he did this evening as full-fledged walking. The reason I know this is because I went in my bedroom and bawled my eyes out after he did it. I can't believe how quickly his is turning into a "big boy" - - it's killing me!!
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Yes, it is purple and has bats on it, but it is melamine, and it only cost $2.00! And that, my friends, is my batter bowl story.
Friday, November 02, 2007
As for the boys, here is how they looked for a better part of the flight home:
They were real troopers, I tell you. We've just finished dinner, and Steve and Camden have gone down to the river to throw rocks. Time to bathe Griffie and start unpacking! It feels good to be home, but at the same time, we are missing Maine, and everyone there.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
So, Dear Readers, by November 30th, you will either know all kinds of new things about me, and the twisted workings of my brain, or you will be bored out of your skull. Happy reading!
Since I am still in Maine (and fighting with this iMac), I am unable to include nice, neat, "pretty" links, so, if you'd like to read more about NaBloPoMo, please visit www.nablopomo.ning.com.