Shopping score! I've been wanting to get a canopy for the sandbox, but they are so expensive. I got this $70 canopy for $33 at Linens 'N Things...yippee!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine the egg, milk, oil, banana, and applesauce in a separate bowl. Stir this into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips. Fill greased standard-size muffin tins two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from tin to a wire rack.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I've been thinking for a few months now that I wanted something really fancy. I still do, but the fact of the matter is, I have a lot to learn before I head in that direction. I have my eye on this camera, so I think I will start saving for it, and maybe sign up for a photography class of some sort.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Camden loved his teachers, Miss Sandi and Miss Sharon, and I know he is going to miss them quite a bit. We were lucky to have such a great preschool, just one block from our home.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I finally got Riley a new dog bed. Unfortunately, Roy thinks it is a new kitty bed.
Camden's idea of fun: Fill clean pool water with handfuls of dirt, then use the dog's toy box as a boat. And, yes, he is holding a fishing pole.
First shot with my new camera
Reading with Daddy
It was 92 degrees here today. Frozen margaritas were in order.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I find myself at a very odd stage with the boys right now. Camden is about to turn 5 (gulp), and Griffin is just over 1 1/2, and boy can those two go at it. I find that I spend most of the day breaking up squabbles, drying tears, trying to get to the bottom of who "touched" who first, etc. It is madding, I tell you! I know all of you moms out there with more than one child know exactly what I am talking about. I don't like this stage. I am not enjoying it. Please tell me it gets better! What I struggle with is having the patience to deal with it. I constantly find myself wanting to climb on top of the dining room table and scream, a la Rodney King, "Why can't we all just GET ALONG??!??"
One thing I am realizing is that balance plays an important part in all of this. If one of the boys is being particularly challenging, the other seems to get lost in the shuffle. When that happens, then there are hurt feelings and more acting out. So hard to keep everything running smoothly, at times. Yesterday afternoon, when I thought for sure that my head was going to explode, I realized how badly I wanted some "alone" time with Camden. I seriously don't remember the last time the two of us shared some special time by ourselves. So, when Steve got home from work, Camden and I headed for Sonic (his favorite treat spot). Then, we took off for the Big City to get new cowboy boots and Wranglers for him. We did a couple of errands to take care of while we were out, and we spent that time holding hands, giggling, talking about pirate ships, and just being happy. Gosh, I love that little boy. It is painfully obvious to me this morning that both of these little guys need individual attention on a regular basis - - something that isn't always easy to pull off, but I'm determined to make happen.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Notice the champagne glass. Oh, and the lovely glare on my glasses.
We took Camden to D & B yesterday, to try on some cowboy boots, and some Wranglers. Steve got Camden a new hat, and as you can imagine, he hasn't taken it off his head since.
The Tour of Homes was a lot of fun on Saturday. The house I had was absolutely gorgeous. The owner let me take a bunch of pictures, but I probably shouldn't post them since I didn't ask her permission. Needless to say, I drooled over her antiques, her decorating, and her beautiful home. I fell in love with her china pattern, and someday...someday, I will acquire a set for myself, I tell you.
It is Royal Crown Derby, and the pattern is "Brittany". I just love the cherries. I also had the pleasure of "co-hostessing" with a local woman, who, as it turns out, knows my home very well. Our house was built for her in-laws back in the early '50's, so that was a really neat coincidence.
The Tony Bennett concert was amazing. I seriously cannot get over the beauty of his voice. I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to see him perform. I've been trying to post a video link to YouTube for like the past 30 minutes, but I can't figure it out.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This afternoon, I'm acting as a "hostess" for our city's annual Tour of Home, which is a fundraiser for our library. Each year, the Friends of the Library select a handful of local homes, and offer tours of them to the public. When I picked up my info packet the other day, I found out that I had been assigned to one of the big, mansion-y type homes, so I am pretty excited to get over there and check it out. It should be fun, and I'm glad I get to help out with the fundraiser. Tonight is the Tony Bennett concert, and I don't have to tell you how much I am looking forward to that.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Here are your random numbers: 12
Timestamp: 2008-05-09 14:46:56 UTC
(check out Random.org...it is pretty nifty!)
That means Jen F., you are my winner! Congratulations! Your package (minus the chocolate) will be in the mail within the next day or so!
I can't promise I will get to the post office today, because, oh joy! I am dealing with Griffin and his very bizarre case of gastroenteritis. Ick. He's been sick since Monday, and has suddenly taken a turn for the worse around 3:00 this morning. Let's just say his bottom is pretty much a faucet, and I am going through a TON dipes and wipes. Blech!!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The boys and I were in the kitchen yesterday, when Griffin casually disappeared. Things got awfully quiet, and when things get awfully quiet, that is usually a good indication that Griffin is up to no good. In the span of about 30 seconds, he'd gotten up to the dining room table, found my bag of goodies, zeroed in on the chocolate, unwrapped it, and, as you can see, went for it.
So, no chocolate for you. At least not Starbucks chocolate, anyway. And Griffin doesn't feel the least bit bad about it.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Today, however, I spent all kinds of time fondling the handbags, sniffing candles, caressing the housewares, and wandering up and down the aisles. It was glorious, I tell you!
My shenanigans ended at Target, because really, if you are going to go shopping, you have to go to Target. Oh Lordy I love that store. Soon, I was on my way home, back to a house full of boys. I didn't forget about you while I was away, though - - I brought back a few treats from my adventure, and if you'd like to receive a little package in the mail next week, then just go ahead and tell me so in the comments. I'll draw a winner at random, using Random.org, on Friday. Here's what is up for grabs: