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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Big Daddy's House

We watched.

We crossed our fingers.

(Cuz I couldn't stand that squinty-eyed Lisa.)

And we were delighted when Aaron McCargo, Jr. won!

So, of course...we had to try out one of his recipes.

We did Justin's Chicken Tenders Salad
(without the salad, just the chicken because I didn't have all the goodies for the salad)

We really enjoyed them.
Although, we used Trader Joe's spicy stone ground chips...and we would probably go with Doritos like he suggested next time for more flavor.

I noticed that our blog friends Cody and Anna tried it out as well.
But theirs looked WAY better.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Anyone know a good dentist?

I have yet to take Macy to her first dentist appointment.

So, whaddaya think?

Should I schedule an appointment?


Bwahahaha.


It's a love - hate relationship.

I love living in the mountains.

I love having space.

I love seeing actual stars at night.

I love that my children are not plagued with asthma from the valley.

I HATE that we have snakes.

Hate. Hate. Hate.

This is Rattlesnake #4 people.

Now you can see why I have re-occurring nightmares about snakes.

My darling husband and brother (he's single ladies!) killed that snake.
Dead.

Max shot his head off basically.

Awesome.

So this is a warning to all you other snakes out there.
You better steer clear of our place, or we'll shoot ya.




(He's headless...my brother isn't dumb enough to get that close to a LIVING snake.)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Favorite Things Swap!





I'm in baby!
This is the first time I have participated in something like this.
Wanna join me?
Visit BecauseWendiSaidSo to join!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

And this is why I made a pot of coffee @ 4 in the afternoon...

1. I woke up with my ears hurting.
2. Canceled Macy's swim lessons.
3. Put on way too many cartoons so I could "rest" a little longer.
4. Showered at 2.
5. Put a new pair of pj's on.
6. Unloaded the dishwasher.
7. Made a chocolate cake.
8. Found an army of red ants that descended on the jelly from pbj's at lunch.
9. Clean up the ants.
10. Put Macy in a time out for sticking the nose sucker thing in her brother's mouth.
11. Sprayed more ants.
12. Made a pot of coffee. (it's decaf...don't give me grief...it's better than a shot of vodka right?)
13. Re-dressed Macy for the 4th time. (She's wants to be pretty all day....blahhhhh).
14. Put Zach down for his afternoon nap.
15. Insisted Macy have her quiet time so mommy could blog.
***
I would say there was light at the end of the tunnel. But Steve had to go to Costco because we are out of diapers and wipes, so he will be late. PLUS, tomorrow is his next test so he'll be studying all night.

*This does not include the diapering, nursing, "mommy wipe me", "I'm hungry, can I please have a snack," or the many times I rolled my eyes today.

Tomorrow is Friday. TGIF. (I think.)


Thanks for letting me vent. I probably just lost half of my readers.

Monday, August 18, 2008

First.....


MAKING FRIENDS


LEARNING TO CUT


SNACK TIME...YUM!


READING CENTER


YOUR BUDDY, COLE.

My dear Macy,
Today was your first day of preschool. It was as much your first day as it was mine. I worried that I would get teary-eyed, or that you might be a little clingy. Neither was true. You walked in through the doors with more confidence than I have seen in child your age. You amazed me with your willingness to "jump right in." You smiled, you laughed, you listened, and you exuded joy. I was so proud of you, and even prouder to be the mama to this beautiful little lady. So, here's to the beginning of a lifetime of learning. Enjoy the ride.

Love,
your mama

bLoggiN' about bIrTHdaY BunCo!




Steve is officially 29.
We played bunco like crazy.
Thanks to all our friends that joined us and made for a rip-roarin' time!
You're the best!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Steve-O


Happy Birthday!

S:
mart and sensible. You are so rational sometimes it makes me want to puke. Thank you for being my stable rock and for allowing me to make you crazy with my "irrational-ness."

T: icklish. Little known fact about Steve; he is suuuuper ticklish on his neck under his ears. You better not know that about him...because that's MY thing. I enjoy making him giggle when he's trying to be really intimate. You get my drift. :)

E: xcellent sportsmanship. I adore watching you encourage the other team. Your friendliness and willingness to show support speak volumes about your character. (It also helps that you win a lot...that must make it easier to show the other team a little support.)

V: igor for all things sports related. You MUST know this if you know Steve at ALL. He eats, sleeps, drinks, breathes=sports. Not my favorite quality, but soo much of who he is, so I love it anyways.

E: nough Energy. Steve has a full schedule. From a full work day, to studying endlessly for tests so he can get licensed, to keeping up with a busy 3 year old, a lovable 2 mo. old, and a honey-do list a mile long...he packs it in. We are grateful.


O: h, have I mentioned how much I love him? M'kay. Cuz I shhhhhuuuuuurrrrrreeeee do!

Happy birthday honey! Here's to many many many more. YMHD.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What do you do with an UGLY carrot?


You make Carrot Cake with FABULOUS homemade cream cheese frosting.

I picked way too many carrots in the garden tonight, and just bought a fresh bag at Trader Joe's, so we needed to make something with carrots.

Steve found a great recipe and made 1/2 of what the recipe called for with Macy.

I loved watching them shred the carrots and cook together.

I did not like cleaning up.

I did enjoy eating.

Yum.

BIG swim DAY!


Macy's 1st day of swimming lessons with Jennifer!

After much crying and fussing...


She finally learned the "quiet swim"


...and kicking ON the water.

Wish us luck for day two!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday OMA!


Oma, today (even though it's already 11 pm) we celebrate you! (and your brother for that matter).
Thank you for inviting us for a delicious dinner to Tahoe Joe's!

For those of you in bloggyland, here are the top 5 things you need to know about this great mama and Oma:

1. She can cook like it's nobody's business.
Case in point: Snicker doodles, Lasagna, Strawberry Jello, 7-layer dip, Ritzy Chicken, Ice cream cake! For those of you who have had the privilege to indulge, you know what I'm talking about.

2. You need her, she's there.
Pretty self explanatory. If you need a tangible picture of self-less, look no further.

3. Chatter-bug
(Oma...don't be offended here...) She can talk with the best of 'em. There is never a dull moment or awkward pause...there is always something to talk about. I believe it's called spider-webbing and she and I are two peas in a pod when it comes to this. :)

4. She's a modern day "June Cleaver."
She has mended Steve's jock strap one too many times to count, often right before the game...THAT is a GOOD mama.

5. She keeps the "main thing," the "main thing."
It's apparent her relationship with God drives her. She serves, she consoles, she counsels, and she cares.

Thank you Oma for being such a foundational piece in our lives. Happy Birthday!

Bomb-Diggity

We peeled.

We mixed.



We conquered.

I love me some homemade cobbler.


Here's the recipe:

Peachy-Keen Cobbler
1 stick of butter (probably why I loooooved it)
6-8 fresh peaches (or 1 can of the fakies)

topping:
1 c flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c. milk

Melt butter stick in the pyrex pan while you preheat the oven to 375.
Combine the dry ingredients for the topping and mix in the milk until it's lumpless.

Peel and slice the peaches thinly. Pour over the melted butter in the pyrex.

Slowly pour the batter topping over the peaches.
Bake approx. 45 minutes.
At the very end, sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon on top and broil (while you watch it so it doesn't burn!)
And...ENJOY!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I KEA= It Kicks Everyone's Arse


I have never been to an IKEA.
I've always drooled online but never purchased any of their "great deals" because the shipping is totally out of control.
Today, I took the kids to an IKEA here in Santa Ana,
since we aren't lucky enough to have one in Fresno.
(come on IKEA, Fresno would rock your socks).

Have you ever been to an IKEA?
I felt so stupid.
It literally took me 10 minutes just to figure out how to get into the area
where they actually sell things.
I had to ask the "podium person" to help me find my way.
He must have thought I came from the moon.

After that ordeal, I finally made it into the shopping "heaven" that is IKEA.
I wished we had more trunk space for the ride home cuz this mama was in deal spotting mode.
I wanted to get sooooo many of their cute dishes, pillows, containers
(they have LOTS of containers...and if you know me, you know I like containers).
I settled on just a few things that I knew would fit in the car.
I would have taken more pictures, but my camera battery is dead, and the charger is at home. Lame.

Here's the loot:

1. A green circle rug for Zach's room. ($8.99)
2. A lazy susan. ($7.99)
btw...I would never want my name to be susan for fear of being called lazy.
3. A magnetic board ($12.99)
4. A cherry 3 picture frame ($12.99)
5. A new duvet/pillow covers ($29.99)

We were probably in there for over an hour, and it all started to go downhill.
Zach decided he was fussy and hungry.
There isn't any place to go just sit and breastfeed, I had no idea where a bathroom was inside this labyrinth, and I wasn't about to go around asking.

By this time, I am over-the-edge with the most awful cart that I had picked out.
You know the one.
The one that won't steer straight?
The one that looks like you are pushing an over sized flat cart at Costco and have zero control?
That is the one.

Then, Macy started to smell the cinnamon rolls they sell after check out and starting begging for one.
I told her yes, without any hesitation because they have infiltrated my nose-holes as well.
For whatever reason, she decided to cry about wanting one.
I had already told her YES!
She is so used to hearing no, she didn't know what to do about it, so she had to do her whining regardless.
So, we headed for check out.
Good-bye great deal heaven.

The only check-out stands are the ones that are "self-check."
Oh. My. Heavens.
People are so stupid.
I picked the shortest line (only one man in front of me)
He had his pants pulled up to his chest.
That should have been my first clue.
It. Took. For-ev-er.
Then, the "self check" helpers had a lady who couldn't figure out how to scan for herself go in front of me!
What up with that???
I've been waiting...why have self check if you are going to do the checking for someone?
Come on IKEA. Get with the program.
Everyone seems to be a little fussy in the check out area.
Probably because it is taking toooooo long and there are 5 helpers in there just standing around, but no lines open for just regular check out.
Way to go and ruin a perfectly decent shopping experience.
Then, we finally got our turn.
It took me probably 2 minutes, max.
Yes, that's how it's done.

After you feel so successful for having saved some serious cash-o-la, they hit you with a better deal on the way out. Hot dogs for $0.50 and mondo cinnamon rolls for a buck. You heard me right. You can get a heart-attack right there while you wait.

We got hot dogs and a cinnamon roll.
The deal was too good to pass up.
After we got all settled to start eating, Macy lost the dog out of her hot dog.
Refused to eat the bread.
Now the line is deep, so I'm not going back.
She ate mine.
I was drooling, but suddenly go the urge that the bathroom was calling my name, and in a hurry.
(sorry, i know this is a lot of information, but you must understand the entire experience)
No way am I taking a newborn, a full cart, and a cranky kid into the bathroom. Our hotel is only minutes away.
I sprint through the parking lot.
Load the car.
Take a quick snapshot (Macy's face says it all)
Buckle the kids.
Get to the hotel.

Thank you IKEA, while I think your stuff is pretty amazing, and your deals are saaaa-weet, I doubt I will make a special trip down here with a U-HAUL just to do some container shopping. How about building in the Central Valley? Just a thought.

(Yes, I did just fine in our own bathroom...I know you were wondering)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

tHe meLtinG pOt


Yum. Cheese Fondue.


Cookies and Cream Marshmallow Dream...


Mama likes.


Sweet girl hugs.

You want some now, huh?

Welcome to Balboa Island


$1 to ride the Ferry. Awesome.


$1.50 Carousel Ride.
(she wouldn't look at me for a picture)


$7 for Bungee Trampoline.
(free for watching, which we did for 15 minutes!)


$3.75 for a Monster Shaved Ice.
(Blue Raspberry, Cotton Candy, Bubblegum)

$72.76 Disney Princess Bike that Macy spotted and coveted.
(no it is not ours, and I did not buy her one.)

Watching Macy's hair blow in the ocean breeze...priceless.
(You knew that was going to be cheezy didn't you?)

WingNuts



We found this cool new restaurant. Wingnuts.
Find one near you.

sAnTa aNa zOo

We visited this delightful little zoo.
When I say little, I mean little.
The big highlight is monkey row.
My favorite part was meeting our train conductor.
Literally, Elmer Fudd. He must have said the word "Rabbit" at least six times.
I wish I had gotten it on video.


My little Turtle.

She traced every letter with her fingers and said the letter. The teacher in me was so proud.

Welcome to the Santa Ana Zoo.


She would have sat on that turtle all day if I had let her.


Riding the train. She was beyond excited.

...and over here, we have 6 new wittle wabbits. (no joke.)


Turkey Tom (happy thanksgiving!)
bwahahaha.