Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Initially, there was more eating than painting...
Then they painted...
And ate some more...
But when I encouraged them to paint on themselves, they wanted nothing to do with it. In fact, when I smeared some pudding on Ryan's back, he stormed off, begging to go inside...
So I tried a different angle. "Wanna paint Mommy?"
It took Kaylin a minute to catch on, but soon she joined in the fun...
Then - LIGHTBULB! Kaylin finally started painting herself...
Soon she went after Ryan, but that didn't go over very well...
So she chased him around the patio...
Ryan didn't think that was quite as funny as I did, so I distracted Kaylin by asking her to paint my legs again...
Finally, it was time to hose everyone down. I think the water was a little cold because Kaylin burst into tears and went running for the kitchen door...
Is it wrong that I think those big crocodile tears are adorably hilarious??
Friday, September 26, 2008
After dinner, we went to see the new movie Fireproof. It's a low-budget movie with mostly (maybe completely?) volunteers for actors, but seriously guys...it's totally worth seeing. This is exactly what I decided to do with my own marriage a few weeks ago, except I didn't have a guidebook and my marriage is no where near as rocky as the couple in this film. But I was (and am) willing to do what it takes to make my marriage better. If I plan on staying with my husband for the rest of our lives, we may as well enjoy those years, right???
For my non-Christian readers, this IS a Christian movie, but it's not offensive or overly "Bible beating." They really did a nice job keeping it real and relatable. There are some great, practical concepts throughout the film that can be applied to everyone's marriage, regardless of where you are spiritually. I laughed, I cried (several times...again STUPID HORMONES) - please, see it for yourself. With your spouse. Or at least check out the trailor (remember to pause my playlist on the sidebar before you hit "play"):
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Old McDonald: "Oatmeal Donald had a fom. E-I-E-I-O. And on dat fom he had a chitten..." It's always chicken. 100% of the time, chicken. With Ryan, he defaulted to cow until just recently.
Little Bunny Foo Foo: "Lil bunny foo foo - hoppin' on a furnace, coopin' up da feed mice and BOPPIN em on a head. Down came a GOOOOOOOOD (high pitched voice) faiwee..." She also just mastered holding her hand with just two fingers showing...which also impersonates little bunny foo foo. She's so proud.
If Your Happy and You Know It: "Iffer happy in no-no it, clapper hands..." (clap, clap)
The Farmer in the Dell: All sorts of things are sung to this tune, thanks to a desperate mommy trying to make boring life events seem fun. "We goin' a pick up Ryan, we goin' a pick up Ryan...hi ho a dairy-o, we goin' a pick up Ryan. Do do ta do do do...we goin' a pick up Ryan!" She now sings this kind of thing without prompting. Whenever I tell her what we're doing next.
Happy Birthday: Unfortunately, she now sings this really well. We had at least one birthday celebration per month from May to September with multiple repeats for Ryan and Kaylin's birthdays. It used to be "Habirfday oo you..." It was the cutest.
* Let's see how far I can get without having to re-boot. My computer has been terrible lately! I have no idea what's going on, but the issue is either with Explorer or my PC memory. I get kicked out of the Internet at least twice a day. Incredibly frustrating. Any suggestions???
* Can I quickly say how much more difficult it is to be a kinder, gentler wife and mother when I'm PMSing??? I keep hoping my period would just start already so the zits will fade (I have one in my arm pit - what's that about???), I'll be less hormonal and my crazy attitude will disappear. I seriously had thoughts this morning such as, "Why do my kids talk so much? Why can't people just stop talking? What's with the stupid questions about the cartoon? If I hear, 'Mommy? Hey Mommy?' one more time, I swear..." then 20 minutes later I was tossing Kaylin around and loving life. Psych. O.
* I haven't documented the thing that I love hearing almost more than "I love you" from Kaylin: "I so sited!" She says that with raised eyebrows and a huge smile and sometimes wiggles her shoulders. Today I took her to a pottery painting place to paint a piggy bank and she told me how "sited" she was several times. Of course, she was also "sited" to go to Target afterward...she's a low-maintenance kid. She loved the 5-pack of bracelets that I bought her from the $1 bins at Target even more than the piggy bank.
* Speaking of, I'M so "sited" that The Office is back on t.v. tonight! I am completely addicted to that dumb show. Love it. Laugh out loud, jaw-dropping funny. Anyone with me?
* An update to my recent photo printing post: Money Saving Mom just posted about a deal with Shutterfly that if you sign up with them, you get 50 free 4x6 prints, plus free shipping, plus a free photo collage. And she mentioned another new site that's offering 50 free 4x6 prints when you sign up. It's called PhotoMama. You have to pay shipping, but their regular priced prints are 8 cents, so it's worth checking out.
* One other update: for now, I think I figured out my cleaning dilemma. My new-ish neighbor friend suggested that we utilize each other to trade babysitting favors on a weekly basis. BTW, she's the same neighbor who cooks for me every other Thursday and on opposite Thursdays, I double the recipe I'm cooking and bring it to her family at 5:30, hot and ready to eat. It's a sweet deal! Anyway, every other Monday, she will start bringing her kids to my house for 2 hours in the morning and opposite weeks I bring my kids over to her house. This week was my week. I have to say that I work well against the clock, so as soon as I came home, I started cleaning like a madwoman. You'd have thought the Queen was coming for tea. I was a scrubbing, wiping, cleaning machine...I think I'll reserve this time once a month for a deep clean of the house and the opposite weeks do something relaxing that I can't (or won't) do with the kids around. Like scrapbook. I'm getting used to this swapping concept!
* Where did September go? I think our short vacation made this month seem short. The weather is getting a bit cooler in the mornings and Mike's parents gifted us with a security door that's getting installed Monday. (For everyone outside of AZ...it's the same as a screen door. But metal. Yeah, I don't get it either, I just enjoy the cross-breeze in my house in the fall!) I'm busting out the fall decorations this afternoon. I think the kids will get a kick out of helping with that.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Today is the last of the colors: Brown Day. We had french toast with whole wheat bread for breakfast, tan dinosaur nuggets for lunch and we're having a golden brown chicken pot pie for dinner. There isn't much brown in my kids' summer wardrobes, but I pulled out a little pink and brown pants outfit for Kaylin and found a plaid shirt for Ryan. I'll probably make something chocolate for dessert...you know...in honor of brown day. Not because I'm PMSing. At all.
Tuesday - Healthy Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday - Chili and Cornbread
Thursday - Garlic Chicken Farfalle (I'm going to sub in turkey bacon and evaporated milk for the heavy cream, plus I'll throw some veggies in there - we'll see!) and I'm going to try a new Homemade Bread from my little friend Emily
Friday - Date night - no cooking! Leftovers for the kids and my mom.
Saturday - Chicken on the grill with veggies from the co-op and a salad
Sunday - Vegan Shepherd's Pie
- Spread the beans evenly over the bottom of an 8x8 or glass pie dish.
- Combine mayo, sour cream or yogurt and taco seasoning. Spread over the bean layer.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook 3 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and corn and heat through, about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and add the cilantro, sprinkling the mixture over the sour cream layer.
- Evenly sprinkle the diced tomatoes, then finally the shredded cheese on top.
- Chill before serving with tortilla chips.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
He was shocked. Not for the reasons you think, but because he truly believed that I had been an impossible witch to be around for the last week. I knew with every fiber of my being that his opinion was completely untrue, but unfortunately, he was stuck in an old mindset of me.
The problem up until this point has been that, even though those were my intentions, when Mike didn't respond to the whole "You gave Ryan his cup when I told him 'no'" situation, I took that as him agreeing that it wasn't a big deal. Instead, he likely decided that it wasn't worth the battle and was quietly frustrated that I undermined him. Thinking back, I'm sure there were feelings of resentment that spilled over into other areas of our marriage.
Some of these changes are slow-going, but they're so worth it. I'm ready to be the wife and mother my family deserves. Are you?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Mike is a money guy. He's an Accountant, it's in his blood. So when the economy starts getting all crazy, he gets tense. Here's the thing: we are very blessed to have rental homes (Mike's 2 previous houses...the one he had when we got married and the one he had straight out of college) but if Mike could have it his way, we'd sell them, take the money and sock it away somewhere. But we would take a huge loss selling either house in this market, so we continue renting them out. It's working out fine, but it's just another burden to him.
OH - and get this: somehow during these last few months, I've managed to gain 7 pounds. And Mike's been complaining about his waistline, too. What's going on here??? My first thought was that, somewhere along the way, we must have increased our portion sizes. I can see this happening because I've been trying new, healthy recipes and some of them are delicious, but even healthy recipes have calories. This could also be directly related to our budget: if I make a meal intended for the four of us intending to have some leftovers and we end up eating it all, well...the extra meal is gone and we've retained all of the calories. Lovely.