Monday, November 16, 2009
Monday - grilled cheese and tomato soup
Tuesday - out after swim lessons
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - scalloped potatoes and ham
Friday - early Thanksgiving dinner
Saturday - Not sure, depends on what time I get done with my hair appointment
Sunday - turkey stromboli
Monday, November 2, 2009
Here is the meal plan for the week. I am trying some new recipes so no recipes yet.
Breakfast will be a mixture of cereal, muffins, pancakes, and eggs.
Lunch with be salad most days and leftovers.
Monday: stuffed pork chops, hot crash potatoes, and peas
Tuesday: sloppy joes and salad
Wednesday: couscous and Italian dressing marinated chicken, some sort of veggie
Thursday: pasta bake from Cook yourself thin
Friday: BBQ chicken salad
Saturday: chili and cornbread
Sunday: chicken wraps
Monday, September 7, 2009
Monday - turkey breast, potatoes, veggies
Tuesday - stuffed peppers
Wednesday - out for first day of school
Thursday - lasagna roll ups
Friday - Turkey stromboli
Saturday - grilled cheese and tomato soup
Sunday - goulash
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday - tuna noodle casserole
Tuesday - chicken packets
Wednesday - pasta provencale
Thursday - hawaiian turkey burgers
Friday - pizza roll ups
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
So to recap the summer so far:
We've been travelling to my parents about once a month to help out and visit. My dad is still going through chemo. He is doing as good as can be expected. He is tired and the treatments make him sick, but he is getting through.
Jeremy's parents came out of a weekend and helped us do some work around the house. We put laminate flooring in the living room/hallway, new crown moulding, and baseboard. We also fixed the garage door and did a few other small projects. We are almost done with getting the house ready to sell.
Jeremy has been enjoying his day staff job. It is so nice to have him home every night. With all the schedule changes softball has been iffy at best. It was sad to have him not be able to play as much, but that's the way the world works.
I finished up my course design and handed it off for review. I haven't heard anything back and it's driving me crazy. I can't find a place to teach yet or a way to observe births, but I am trying to work on it.
Cooper is pretty much potty trained. It has been a trying experience to say the least. He is a stubborn child, but I think we finally broke through. That means he can start pre school in the fall. I am scared to death about that because of his nut allergy. I know that it will probably be harder on me than it will be on him. I am still trying to get everything set with them.
Cody is enjoying his summer break. I will be sad to see him go back to school. I love having him home. We've been going to the library a lot for their summer reading program. He is getting better, just needs some more practice.
Colton is growing by leaps and bounds. He has two bottom teeth and knows how to use them. He refuses to crawl because he hates being on his tummy, but he is an expert bottom scooter. He can get to things faster than you think. We've been trying to solid food, but he isn't too interested most of the time. I'm all right with that though since it is less work for me.
I think that covers most everything. I am hoping to be back to regular blogging soon. We've got some things coming up, but once September comes things should settle down. Of course then soccer, swim lesson, gymnastics, and school start so I guess it will still be hectic!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I was excited to check it out because with three boys I figure I will end up in a situation where I don't know whether to it is ok to wait or head to the ER.
The book is full of really good information. It goes through a lot of the common (and some not so common) problems you run into as parents.
There are also chapters on airway, heart, head, eyes and ears, nose, mouth, throat, tummy problems, "the plumbing", body, skin, fever, allergies and bites, poison, bumps and bruises, and major trauma.
I like that she talks about newborns in a separate section because of their unique situations.
She covers everything from a minor little bump on the head to a major trauma and everything in between. I really liked that it was broken into chapters by parts of the body. It made it really easy to find what I was looking for quickly.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the style of writing. It wasn't really talking down to you, but for me I didn't appreciate her brand of humor.
All in all this book is a great reference book for parents to have around. I would still go with your gut instinct in reference to your own kids, but this is a good book to have around just in case.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Starting this week I am going to try and plan out all our meals. With Cody out for the summer we will be trying to have some sort of structure to our day. And I really need to get back on track with my budget so hopefully this will help.
Monday:B: panackes, berries L: cheese, crackers, pepperoni D: out
Tuesday:B: muffins, fruit
L: sandwiches, veggies D: bacon cheeseburger pasta
L: mac & cheese
D: BBQ chicken sandwiches
Thursday:B: eggs & toast
D: beef kebobs
Friday:B: french toast
D: hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad
D: ribs, grilled veggies
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Anyways, on to the craftiness. I found the idea on this blog http://creativeholidaygiftideas.blogspot.com/2009/05/teacher-gift-framed-crayon-letters.html awhile ago and thought it would make the perfect end of the year teacher gift.
It is super simple to make and didn't cost me anything put a piece of paper and the frame.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday: chicken wraps (based on a recipe by Sam the Cooking Guy)
Tuesday: chili and cornbread
Wednesday: pork loin, baked potatoes, and veggies
Thursday: bacon cheeseburger pasta
Friday: hot dogs and beans
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
In March we found out that my dad has colon cancer. He had surgery in April and started chemo in May. It has been and continues to be a long road. He is doing as well as you can on chemo. We've been going down as often as we can which leads to a lot of travelling with three kids.
In April my uncle passed away suddenly. It was my mom's only sibling. It came as quite a shock and sadly we weren't able to be there for the service.
On a happy note I started my training to become a Lamaze certified educator. I attended a seminar in Buffalo the first part of June. It was awesome and I will dedicate another post to just that. Needless to say I am super excited about doing this.
Yesterday I found out that my dad's brother passed away. He had been sick for awhile and had some complications in the past week or so. It is hard because he is in Florida and no one had seen him for awhile. I'm glad that he is no longer suffering, but I feel for all of the family that is left behind.
Cooper was retested for his nut allergy yesterday and the results weren't good. He is still allergic so I guess we will spend the rest of our lives in a constant state of concern whenever he eats something or goes somewhere. I am grateful that it isn't something worse, but it is still a hard thing to live with.
On one other good note Jeremy is now on a day staff job! This means a consistent schedule and most weekends off. He will have to work a few late nights and a weekend here or there, but nothing too bad. I am so grateful to not have to do anymore night shifts.
Overall it has been a very rough 6 months or so. I am grateful for the good things and trying to deal with the bad. I am hoping to get better about updating my blog with some fun lighthearted stuff in the near future.
For those that are still reading, thanks for sticking around!
Monday, June 1, 2009
2 c Bisquick
2/3 c milk
1 68 oz can tomato juice
Pour tomato juice into large pot and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, combine Bisquick and milk. It will be a little dry and lumpy looking.
Once the tomato juice comes to a boil, drop dumplings in. Usually the bigger dollops you put in the less "sinkers" you have. I usually get 8-10 dumplings per batch.
Lower heat to medium and let boil uncovered for 10 minutes then cover and cook for 10 more minutes.
Let cool slightly and serve.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
In high school I was always the shy kid (still am really). I didn't join in much and hated speaking in public. I even failed my high school speech section. As I was looking through the course catalog for college communications caught my eye. I know, sounds weird for someone that hated public speaking, right? What drew me to that major was the options I had. I didn't have to pick a specific major right away.
I eventually chose Public Relations and while the professor wasn't anyone I really wanted to see again, the projects were great and I loved the writing aspect of the courses. I figured I would end up working in PR in the sports world somewhere. Then I took a public speaking course. I found out that I wasn't half bad at it and I had dealt with my fear. I competed on the forensics (speech) team and placed at every meet I went to except Nationals. I had found a new love.
After college I had a hard time finding a job in my major. I ended up working as an assistant to the Maintenance Supervisor at a pharmaceutical company. It wasn't my intended job, but I loved it. I am still heartbroken that my old boss lost her battle with cancer. She was such a huge inspiration for me and the guys that I worked with became like a second family to me. Sadly, when the Navy moved us I had to quit my job. I found out just after that I was pregnant. Because of Jeremy's job we decided that I would be a stay at home mom. It has been tough at times, but something that I wouldn't trade for the world.
Now that Jeremy's job is a little more stable (or as stable as it can be in the Navy), I have decided to pursue my career again.
I have decided to turn my love of public speaking, my desire to teach, and my passion for natural childbirth into a career. I am in the process of working on my certification to become a childbirth educator. I am really excited about this new opportunity. It is scary to kind of start all over again, but I am ready and hope that things work out for the best.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
It was so simple I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner. All I did was take a small piece of foam board and covered it with fabric and batting. Then I bought small hooks and screwed them into the foam board. I have a picture hanger on the back. I will probably add another one because I have a few heavier ones that make it tilt if I take them off. It works so well. I can see all my necklaces and they don't get tangles or lost.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I knew that our neighbors were musicians, but I never really knew that type of music they did. The other day we were talking and they brought over a kids CD for us to listen to. They thought our boys might like it. Boy were they right.
The songs are mostly original. All the songs have kind of a folk feeling to them, but upbeat and fun. My kids were dancing all over the living room and trying to learn the words to sing along the first time we listened.
If your looking for a CD that both you and your kids love listening too check out http://johnandtrish.com. The CD is called Big Rock Candy Mountain and they have a few snippets of songs on their website http://www.johnandtrish.com/newqstep/Big_Rock_Candy_Mountain_CD.html.
Added bonus is supporting local musicians!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
This is by far the worst cupboard. It is poorly designed and just a pain to deal with.
DURING: I pulled everything out of the cupboards and grouped it together on the floor and table.
It's still not perfect, but it is definitely better.
Now like things are together and I put all the stuff I use the most on the bottom and the seldom used stuff on the top. It feels so good to get it done. Hopefully I will be able to get some more stuff organized around here soon.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
It has been rough around here lately. My dad is having some health problems and I'm worried about that. Then my uncle passes away last night. He was my mom's brother and while we weren't really close he was still my uncle. This is the second uncle I've lost in a year. Hopefully things will start looking up soon.
Jeremy is taking some vacation time next week so we can get some yard work done and just little things around the house. I am hoping to take some time to sew too. I have a few small projects that I need to get finished up before I start anything new. I have a little brown and pink quilt that I am eager to start. First things first though, I have to clear off my table and find some space to work.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The first two were, but the third was a definite surprise.
2. How long were you married at the time of birth?
Cody: 1 year 6 months
Cooper: 4 years 6 days
Colton: 6 years 9 months
3. What were your reactions?
I was excited for each, but nervous and scared in different ways. With Cody I was scared because he was my first and I had no idea what was going on. Cooper I was worried about how Cody would react and how I would handle two babies. With Colton I was shocked and just worried about how my body would handle it since I wasn't in the best health.
4. How did your spouse react?
He was excited for all three. He has always wanted 4 kids so it great for him.
5. How old were you?
6. How did you find out you were pregnant?
Cody I was feeling really tired, but we were in the middle of moving so I didn't think much about it. I took a test when we got settled and I realized I was late. Cooper we had been trying so I just kept taking tests until it was positive. Colton I had irregular cycles so I had no idea I was late. I took a test on a whim and was shocked it was positive.
7. Who did you tell first?
Jeremy all three times. Then the parents and sisters.
8. Did you want to find out the gender?
Heck yes. I am a planner and there is no way I could wait to find out.
9. Due Date?
Cody: September 26, induced and born on September 3o
Cooper: March 7, born March 15
Colton: December 1, born December 5
10. Did you have morning sickness?
Yep, all three times. It was horrible for the first three months.
11. What did you crave?
I craved french fries with all three. There were some random cravings, but mostly it was french fries.
12. What irritated you the most?
Anything and everything at times. I wasn't a very nice pregnant woman. The last time was the worst. You looked at me wrong and I would jump down your throat.
13. What was the child’s sex?
14. Did you wish that you had the opposite sex of what you were getting?
Nope, I love my boys. I am sick of people asking if we are going to try for a girl.
15. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy?
16. Did you have a baby shower?
I had two showers with Cody and one with Colton.
17. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy?
Nope, none during the pregnancy. I had some complications after delivery with Cody.
18. Where did you give birth?
Cody: Lawrence & Memorial hospital, New London, CT
Cooper: Wentworth-Douglas hospital, Dover, NH
Colton: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY
19. How many hours were you in labor?
Cody: from start of pitocin to finish was 5 hours
Cooper: 3 hours
Colton: 6 hours
20. Who drove you to the hospital?
Jeremy all three times. Cody was induced so no big rush to get there. Cooper I didn't believe I was in labor so it was a shock and he will never let me forget it. Colton I had a doctors appointment and went to the hospital from there.
21. Who watched you give birth?
Jeremy and which ever doctor/midwife and nurses were there.
22. Was your baby delivered the regular way or by c-section?
Natural all three times.
23. Did you take medicine to ease the pain?
Nope, none, nada
24. How much did the baby weigh?
Cody: 6lbs 11oz
Cooper: 7lbs 7oz
Colton: 7lbs 14oz
25. What did you name your children?
26. How old are your children today?
Cody: 5 years 7 months
Cooper: 3 years 1 month
Colton: 4.5 months
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I started Weight Watchers online again last week. I have lost count of how many times I have started this program. I've always had good luck, but then I get lazy and stop counting and gain everything back. Jeremy is doing it with me this time so hopefully it will stick. I am really trying to focus on making life changes, not just losing weight. I lost 5 lbs so I am excited to see the scale moving.
I have been pretty stressed out about some family things going on lately. Happily it looks like things are looking up on all those fronts so maybe my stress level will even out soon.
Other than that the boys are growing like weeds. I will have to do a picture post soon. Colton goes for his four month appointment this week. These four months have flown by. It is crazy to think he is four months old already.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Taco Chicken Packet
4 chicken breasts (about 1 lb total)
1/2 lb red potatoes sliced really thin
4 tsp taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
3/4 cup Mexican blend cheese
4 large pieces of aluminum foil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out all four pieces of foil on table or counter. Spray lightly with non stick spray. Place potato slices evenly on each piece of foil. Place chicken breast on top. Sprinkle 1 tsp of taco seasoning on each chicken. Distribute salsa evenly into all four packets. Sprinkle cheese over top. Create packet out of foil by pulling up long sides and crimping them together. Make sure that you leave some space between the top and the food or it will stick and burn. Gather up the small ends and crimp tightly. You want to make sure that there aren't any holes. Place on baking sheet and cook for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is done. Let cool a few minutes and enjoy.
I will try to add a picture later today when I get a chance to download pictures.
Monday, March 23, 2009
On Sunday we had planned on going bowling with some friends for Cooper's birthday. We called in the morning and they were like it was fine no problem. We got there in the afternoon and they had conveniently forgot to mention that there was a bowling tournament going on. We ended up coming back here and just hanging out. We ordered pizza and just talked and watched the kids play. It was a nice afternoon even if things didn't work out the way I planned. I am thinking about having a Wii party soon!
This weekend my parents are coming out. I am excited to see them again. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be able to get outside and play.
My plan this week is to get the house back together. We will see how that works.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The other day I went down to my room fully intending to do some sewing. Instead I found myself overwhelmed by all the clutter. I had projects that were just sitting around, fabrics that were stuffed everywhere, and just stuff. I didn't want to work. I was just looking around trying to figure out where to start. I felt guilty ignoring the started projects and yet irritated with them because I wanted to start new projects. I walked out of the room totally disgusted.
After thinking about it I decided that some changes were in order. I wanted to walk into my area and be inspired, but overwhelmed. I wanted to work on things that excited me, not made me feel guilty or irritated.
I went through everything I had. After going through piles and piles of scraps I determined that I am just not a scrappy quilt kind of person. I like symmetry and plans when making quilts. And I found quite a few fabrics that I liked at one point in time, but now they just don't speak to me anymore. I also went through all my old projects and cleared out the ones that I just didn't want to finish. Surprisingly there were only a few that I completely ditched. A few I reworked and decided that I liked the new idea better and there were a few that I really want to finish as is.
Right now I am thinking about listing all the fabrics on craigslist. I want them out of the house. I know that if they sit around long enough they will end up back in my room because that is how things work in this house.
I still have some cleaning to do, but I am excited to get back to crafting soon.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday - Chicken and Dumplings
Tuesday - Beef stew and biscuits
Wednesday - Pizza bubbles
Thursday - Parmesan pasta
Friday -Mac & Cheese http://thedomesticlifeofccmommy.blogspot.com/2008/08/macaroni-and-cheese.html
Saturday - Sloppy joes for kids, dinner out of hubby and I
Sunday - pizza at the bowling alley
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Add onto that that fact that at least one person in this house has been sick just about every day since January and you have a very tired mommy. It started out with a cold which went through all of us at least twice. I was at the doctors office with Colton 3 out of 4 weeks in February. He got so far behind his two month shots that we will have to do a modified schedule for awhile.
Now that we are mostly over the cold we got hit by the stomach bug. Oh my goodness I hate stomach bugs! I will take colds any day. It started out with Jeremy getting sick last week. Lucky for him he was over it in less than 24 hours. Then Cody got it. Of course he waited until we were in the car at the mall to get it. Let me just say that it is not fun to clean puke out of the car. It was everywhere! We spent the weekend mostly healthy. Cody was still a little sick, but nothing too bad. We got home for the inlaws on Sunday and Cooper got it. He was miserable and we ended up having to pretty much clean his whole room. He was like Jeremy and was pretty much over it in about a day. I started feeling sick during the night Sunday and I am still not 100%. I didn't get the whole on bug, just the blah feel like crap part. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Colton doesn't get it.
I am so ready for spring and nice weather. Hopefully being able to air out the house will help get all this sickness out of here.
Once everyone is back healthy I have some really cool things going on here. If you check out the places I waste time at list on the side you will see a new addition. I have been contacted by http://www.jerky.com/ to do a review of their products. Our family loves jerky so I am excited to try out their products. I have a lots of willing test subjects!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday was leftovers
Tuesday - http://comeandpeek.blogspot.com/2008/08/toasty-chicken-squares.html
Wednesday - pork loin, mashed potatoes, and veggie
Thursday - Tuna noodle casserole
Friday - Lasagna, bread
Saturday - out
Sunday - crock pot beef roast with potatoes and carrots
Cody is off school this week so we will be doing lots of crafty stuff as long as everyone is feeling better. It has been a rough few days, but hopefully everyone is on the mend.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I am usually skeptical of "green" products. I've tried a few and haven't had much luck with them. However, I had read quite a few good reviews about Green Works dish washing liquid so I figured I would give it a try.
I am a skeptic no more! This stuff works really good. I would even say it works better than the Dawn I was using before. It makes a bunch of bubbles and they last. I have also noticed that my hands aren't as dried out as before. And the best part besides it being environmentally friendly is the tangerine smells awesome! If I am going to be stuck doing dishes at least it will smell good!
Give this product a try the next time you run out of dish soap.
From left to right: Colton looking cute, stealth cat, Super Bowl Sunday, painted car banks, smiley boy, Cooper's mad face, Cooper enjoying a snack
From left to right: Colton's nebulizer, Cody making faces, Budweiser shootout, Carmel Bars, Sun Chip Chicken, playing laundry catch up, my only craftiness in awhile (flashlight holder)