Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Deceptive and Delicious

Do you remember 2 or 3 years ago when a couple of recipe books came out that were based on pureeing vegetable and sneaking them into food to trick your children into eating their vegetables? Yeah, it was big news for about a week. I never bought it because a) Who buys hard copy cookbooks anymore when you have Google? b) I think it is a terrible idea to replace having your child eat actual vegetables with sneaky trickery. I think you are doing them an injustice whereas they will never 'come around' to liking vegetables which we all do at some point in life.

With that said, I also think there is a lot to say for adding puree to foods. I have actually done this for many years since I started making baby food. I would have a ton of pureed food in the fridge, so I would throw it in recipes as I made it. Like putting some sweet potato puree into your pancake mix. Or any fruit purees into yogurt and a little milk to make a smoothie. It doesn't hurt to add a few extra nutrients, right?

And then I saw Deceptively Delicious on clearance for $3 or $4 and thought, "Why not?" I am trying hard to cook healthy right now and getting ideas to supplement our meals with low calorie options is welcome.

The first recipe I opened the book to was a Meatball Soup which looked pretty good.
Here is my altered recipe:

3 oz. bow tie pasta shapes (you can buy whole wheat for extra nutrition)
Cooking spray
1 T. Olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, with juice
(you can use any kind of canned tomato, they all work)
1/4 c. carrot puree
1 1/2 t. salt
3 c. broth (chicken or beef is fine)

3 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup sweet potato puree
2 tbls grated Parmesan plus more for serving
dash of pepper & paprika
1/2 pound ground beef (use turkey if you can, but my husband can detect ground turkey a mile away)

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside. Set a large pot over medium-high heat. When pot is hot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until onion is softened but not browned. Puree tomatoes and their juice with a food processor. Add tomatoes to the pot along with the purees and broth.

Meanwhile, put bread, eggs and sweet potato, Parmesan and spices in a bowl and let soak until bread is soft. Add ground meat and incorporate until mixed well. Then form 1/2" meatballs and drop into soup. Simmer until meatballs are cooked: 12-15 minutes.

Serve with Parmesan on top.

And, I am happy to report that all 5 people ate it and liked it! Even Annika! The funny thing was Colby sat down and said "Soooo... how did you get the sweet potatoes in here? I saw you peeling sweet potatoes." (He dislikes sweet potatoes!) I waited until after everyone proclaimed their love for dinner before I told him where the hidden treats were.

Again, I would like to reiterate that I, in no way agree with sneaking vegetables into your kids food while not working with them to eat real vegetables. I just think you are setting them up for a rude awakening and a lifetime of food struggles.

But, to add value to your meals, pull out that Magic Bullet and some fresh veggies and puree to your hearts content. You can even grate veggies into things like taco meat or casseroles to cut back on meat and fat/yuck content while adding great nutritional value. Try grated carrots in your ground beef, cauliflower in your mashed potatoes, pureed fruit and yogurt ice pops instead of sugar pops... the possibilities are endless.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday Citar: Reflect

Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.
-Alan Cohen

Go visit Tabitha for more Sunday Citar.

Earth Hour

Just a quick reminder that tonight at 8:30pm is Earth Hour.... so shut off all of your lights and enjoy some quiet time with the family. We did it last year and the kids had so much fun they made us do it more throughout the year.

From the website:

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in this fight, protecting our future and that of future generations. Learn more about how Earth Hour began, what we’ve accomplished, and what is in store for 2010.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Yummy Mommy's Greek Sweet Potato Fries

I haven't shared a recipe in awhile and when I was stuffing my face with these the other day, I thought I would pass these along in case others might enjoy. Does this look good or what?

These are my special sweet potato fries. I love sweet potatoes in any manner. Unfortunately, nobody else in the house does. So I usually make them in some manner for my lunch. Not only do they taste great, did you know 1 cup of sweet potato has 750% of your daily vitamin A, 65% of vitamin C and 25% of your fiber AND ZERO fat! So, when I bake up fries, I can feel good about stuffing a few pounds into my face.

And my new favorite recipe? Adding feta. The blend of the salty feta with the sweetness of the potato is to die for. (Disclaimer: I could probably add feta to my breakfast cereal and still love it.)

Anyhow, this is how I do it:

Preheat oven to 400ยบ Peel the potatoes and slice then into fries ( I like mine nice and fat.)

Soak them in cold water for 2 or more hours. (This is supposed to help make them crispy. I have yet to see it help. I think making crispy sweet potato oven fries is an urban legend. But I like mine all squishy, so it's ok.)

Drain them and dry them off and then mix them in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Spread them evenly on a baking sheet (I highly recommend parchment paper for way easier cleanup) making sure they are over-laying eachother.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes (I have a convection oven, so mine cook very quickly. This also depends on how big you cut the fries.)

Flip all the fries and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and when they are still hot, sprinkle some feta and oregano on top. I use about a quarter of cup per potato.

And then... eat up! If you are like me, you are going to love these so much, you will be making these quite often.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What are Pinkle Toes?

You may (or may not have) noticed that I have been slacking on the blog, Twitter and social media in general. "But why, Michele?" you ask with baited breath. Well, aside from the job, 3 kids and managing a household, my wood photo block business on Etsy absolutely blew up in March. And I mean that in a good way. Thanks to Sassy Designs and Maternal Lens having promotions in early March, I have completed around 180 photo blocks (and currently am working on 80 more.) If that does not sound like a lot-look back at the tutorial and refresh your memory on how much work goes into making these blocks. I am literally working morning, noon and (late) night on these buggers.

One of the best parts is seeing all the gorgeous photography and cute babies. I love me some cute babies- and I have seen a lot these past few weeks. I'd love to share them all with you, but when someone is kind enough to entrust me with their personal photos- I don't want to invade their space and ask to share them publicly... until now.

When I was putting together an order for Michele from Pinkle Toes Photography, I just could not resist asking her if I could share them on my blog because her photos were so fantastic. The children were absolutely adorable and then her eye in her photography was just breathtaking. And she was nice enough to let me share these with you...

And she chose just the right papers for the blocks, so that they came together beautifully.
And she had another set with fun, vibrant colors that I am sure her client is going to adore...
If you are in or around the Austin, Texas area, you really should check her out. I adore her maternity, baby and children's photos.

Oh, and if you are thinking these blocks are a great Mother's Day gift (because they are) please consider ordering soon. I have a feeling these are going to be popular for mommas.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Let the sparks fly. She finally took an interest in reading. Yesterday. It has been months of slow progress... and then I tried something new: chocolate chips.

Ariana had wanted to read at a very young age. She wanted to. There was no real pushing or cajoling, she simply went from us reading to her to wanting to do it herself. At every road sign, she wanted me to stop so she could sound out the letters and learn new words (thankfully it was a very small town and there wasn't a lot of traffic.) She was spelling 5 letter words at age 3 ('plant' was the first.) I remember going to a birthday party when she was 3 and she looked up at the banner and slowly moved her eyes across it as she pronounced, "happy birthday". My cousins, who all have children around her age, were in awe, "How did you do that?" Well, I didn't do more than encourage, read to and with, practice and play with words with her.

Cut to 5 years later when Annika was 3. She started much later reciting the alphabet. She showed zero interest in actually learning her letters. I made up laminated letters and numbers for our morning 'circle time' we had at home. I was lucky to have her read through 3 letters before she tired of it and ran to play something else. But, we kept at it. And it was probably months before she could recognize and write her whole alphabet.

Colby started to be concerned. He thought she was somehow 'behind' in her progress. Or that I was somehow behind in my progress of teaching her. But I stick to the theory that you can't (or shouldn't) push a child to learn at such a young age or they will resent it. But it was an interesting nature/nurture debate since both girls had a very similar experience in regards to early learning. Theoretically I would have expected Annika to be more advanced at an earlier age since I was home more with her and she had an older sister to emulate. But, who knew... none of that really mattered.

It was simply desire (or lack thereof). And, while I certainly don't want to push her and stick to my initial response to let her progress at her own rate, there has come about a situation which might change the urgency. Annika is 4 with an October 7th birthday. The cutoff for kindergarten is September 30th. For all of you that have met her, you know that she is pretty much the most outgoing, gregarious child you will ever meet. I am concerned that if we wait until next year when she is almost 6 starting school, she will overwhelm all of the younger children and might have trouble making friends. I feel that if she is the youngest child, she might not intimidate the others and will fit in better.

Anyhow, there is a testing process that she will need to pass to get her into school so early and I can only imagine that it would include reading. So, in an effort to speed up her motivation to read, I resorted to... bribery. I know, I know... bad mom. But, you know what? It worked. And it worked well. I made the deal with her that for every word that she read, I would give her one chocolate chip. She fell for it hook, line and sinker. She went from not being able to read any words, to sounding them out and reading 3 AND 4 letter words. (Her first word she read to daddy last night was 'cup' and her first 4 letter word was 'spot')

That's my evil little secret. But, she is now reading. Who cares that once she makes it through War and Peace she'll weigh 350 pounds.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My new best friend: Barkeepers Friend.

I know this is completely boring to most... but I am easily enchanted. I love it when I can find a new tool to make my life simple.

My kitchen sink is a nice big, beautiful farmers sink and I love it. But I don't love the way the porcelain has become scratched and stained and just plain ugly.

Exhibit A:

And a close up:

(Note to husband: The cast iron pans you so kindly bought me are iron and DO rust and cannot be 'soaked' in the sink.) See how it is so scratched and just a plain mess? I have researched for weeks the best method to clean/restore a porcelain sink. Everything always pointed to something I have never tried: Barkeepers Friend. But, as it is not a green cleaner, I have been leery. Although, the vinegar and baking soda have not even been able to touch it, so I knew I might have to go with a chemical. I did some research on the oxalic acid which is the active ingredient. Oxolic acid is one of the strongest organic acids. Though it is abundantly present in many plants, it can irritate the lining of the intestines when consumed, and can be fatal in large doses. Still, we all eat some oxalic acid in common foods every day with no ill effects, including black pepper, parsley, spinach, chard, beets, chocolate, most nuts, most berries, and beans.

After educating myself, I thought it was worth a try. The only problem? I had to go to Walmart to buy it! That is pretty much right above getting bitten by a rabid fox on the list of things I want to do. But, I mustered up the strength and went at about 6:30 am to avoid as many people of Walmart as possible. I found it quickly in the cleaning section for under $2.

And this is the outcome:

Extreme close up:

How awesome is that? In just a couple of minutes- it completely bleached my sink and rubbed out the stains! Even Ariana was ooohing and ahhhing at it. She asked if she could use it to wash the stove. Ummm, ok, if you insist.

I will have to find a place to hide it since they kids can't eat it and squirt it at eachother like they do my other cleaning supplies. And it did sting my hangnails when I was using it (although the vinegar and tea tree oil do as well) but unless I can find a greener option, I am keeping this affair going with my new love.

Feel free to talk amongst yourself and share other tricks if you use BF- I have heard that it just might be a wonder cleaner.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fashion Friday

I had a chance to go out last night. Outside of my house. And not to the grocery store... or Target. Can you believe it? I actually went out to grab some great Thai food and a nice cold beer at the local Irish tavern. As I was perusing my closet (which looks like a tornado struck since I have added my summer wardrobe but not yet removed the winter sweatshirt/sweaters/footie pj's, etc.) I was a little overwhelmed. I needed to find something cute because, first off, spring has arrived which always puts me in the mood for a fun skirt and some sandals. And, second, I was going out with C., who always look stunning even when she is just coming to visit for a playdate with our brood of babies.

That's when it hit me that I need to do the annual fashion overhaul to get things in order for warmer days. Time to make a trip to Goodwill (for drop off and a little purchasing), time to put the sewing machine to work to update a few items, time to figure out ways to put things together in a new way so that I feel excited about my choices rather than sick and tired of them.

One of my biggest, and newest, inspirations is a blog called New Dress A Day. This woman is crazy crafty. She takes a thrift shop find every day and sews, dyes, repurposes and rejuvenates it into something fantastic. I wish I had a tenth of her talent. Although, not on her scale, I can take vision from her and look at my thrift store buys in a whole new way. Really, check out at least a few of her creations.

I love to shop at my local Goodwill, but there is also a great ShopGoodwill website if you don't have one near you. As of right now, they have 4000 items in the women's category. Of course you need to weed through a lot of crap, but you can find some great items (even with tags still on) for 4 or 5 dollars.

And, of course, I love Etsy for great vintage finds or to update with cute new accessories. Remember the great upcycled dress my hubby bought me last year from Etsy? I am actually altering it today so I can possibly wear it this weekend.

I found a great link for 50 Green Fashion and Design Blogs- it has a lot of ideas if you have a few minutes hours to waste.

That's it. I am officially going to tackle my closet and get a cohesive spring/summer wardrobe put together. Spring does start tomorrow, after all.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Princess Katie and Racer Steve come to New Hampshire

I have mentioned them before, but I just wanted to remind you that there is something super fun to do with the kids in NH this weekend. The Lebanon Opera House is hosting Princess Katie and Racer Steve.

It is not often that we get fun shows like this for the kids here in NH, so you really should take advantage of it. Tickets are inexpensive. They even offer a family pass for only $20 which is for 1 adult and 2 kids. Seriously, what can you do with 2 kids for $20? I don't even think you can take them to McDonalds for that.

Anyhow, my girls love their CD and DVD. Princess Katie and Racer Steve actually gave me one to give away. All you have to do is recommend some music to me that my girls will love. What do your children listen to? What gets their little booties shakin'?

On our list? Beatles, Jimmy Buffet, Dan Zanes and, in just the past 2 days, my wonderful friend, C. introduced us to the new They Might Be Giants CD (which is Fantastic.)

Give me a good recommendation and I will give away Princess Katie and Racer Steve's Fast & Feisty CD on Saturday.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My baby is gonna be a star.

I don't think I have mentioned it yet, but my baby has made the big time. Acadia is going to be doing a promotional photo shoot for Luck Duck Organic baby snacks. I always knew I had the most beautiful babies in the world.

So, you will have to excuse me if I don't blog as much. Life will probably be getting quite busy now with me taking over the agent role. I mean there will be spray tanning, hair appointments, dance lesson, voice lessons, weight training...

And then we'll probably have to sell the house. I mean, how else can we afford the make-up, teeth whitening, ball gowns, baby bikinis, hair extentions, voice coach, toddle coach, bribery gifts, diet pills... you know, you have to invest in her future. How else are we going to pay for her sisters' colleges?

We've got a lot of work to do here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I had to read through your inane comment and all I got was this stupid post.

Remember a few weeks back I posted about Sarah Palin. And I clearly started the post with "I never discuss politics." Because, I don't. For many reasons.

Cut to 2 weeks later and I get a ridiculous comment on that post. Anonymous, of course. Because what closed minded, short sighted person ever leaves their name when they leave a comment?

I probably have about 50 constant readers. And you all know that this blog is pretty fluffy. Not a whole lot of substance or in-depth discussions going on here... and that's how I like it. It's fun, silly, carefree- just how I want it.

So, apparently a reader sent Mr./Mrs. anonymous to my blog, telling them that, "there would be lots of stuff you'd like." And somehow the first thing they came upon was my measly 328 word post on Palin. You know, one of those, "Here's a fleeting though in my head today that I'll jot down," type of posts.

And, apparently, it really got this persons panties in a bunch. Why? Am I not allowed to think Sarah Palin has issues with public speaking? This person illustrated my point precisely that people have these allegiances to the point of hostility. These people are so tunnel visioned that they are going to read 1 post out of 500 that I have written on babies and TV shows
and tattoos and being naked... and decide who I am and what I am about.

So, dear readers, please don't send your right- winged, conservative tight-assed friends here. There is apparently nothing for them and I don't need their, "I don't have the balls to sign my name" comments.

Oh, and Anonymous, in mentioning Jimmy Carter as some sort of reference to modern politics, I was 4 years old when he left office, so you might want to step a few decades closer if you really want to blame me for having any sort of choice or influence on the " inept unqualified person who has held the office of President."

I knew I shouldn't have taught my mom how to comment!

Friday, March 12, 2010

You are my sunshine...

I recently got two blog love awards from Liz and Katelyn. And since they were both shiny, happy awards, I thought I would combine them into one shiny happy post. I am so flattered to bring sunshine into both of these lovely ladies lives and they both return the favor daily.

What brings sunshine to my day? The list is endless, but I can share a few...

• Discovering new music. And then... listening to that song 400 times in one day because I just can not get enough of it.

• Little reminders like this:
Go to The Bright Side Project and download your own. Hang it somewhere where you might happen it across it during the day and let it remind you that Life IS Beautiful... enjoy it! You can also mail these as postcards to others to help remind them to breathe.

• Handcrafted clothes and accessories... for the girls and myself. I have definitely had fun with this recently with my scarf, bracelet and necklace from Etsy, my own handcrafted skirt, and some crafted clothes for the girls. (Speaking of that, check Katelyn out for a giveaway for an adorable handmade little girls dress. Or don't since I really want it!)

• Cool, vintage stuff. In particular, household items... even more particularly kitchen items. I think current style can be boring and homogenized- I like to mix it up. To me, it makes my home feel comfy cozy.

• The explosion of my Etsy shop for my photo blocks. Although I am spending a lot of evenings with glue in one hand and sand paper in the other, I love that I am bringing a smiles to household across the world. (I know, I have grandiose thoughts in my little head!) When my last client wrote and said, "OMG Michele, I just got my blocks.....HOLY SMOKES girl, they are awesome! Like I can't stop looking at them awesome. Thank you soooo much. You have quite a talent." I seriously beamed.

• Websites like Craftastophy and Accidental Dong, which are utterly mindless and useless but, nonetheless, bring a random smile to my face if I happen across them.

• And the obvious. Watch this video for the next minute and 40 seconds and you will see what brings the sunshine to my life all day every day... and the laughter and giggles and sugar and spice and everything nice....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New England Spring Fever

Spring fever is hitting a bit early this year. I mean it's only early March which, for us New Englanders, means we could easily get more snow any day. Fingers crossed- I really hope not. I have already started my spring preparations. If you are outside of the four season climate, you just have no idea what a hassle autumn and spring are here. No. Idea.

• Wash all of the winter coats, snow pants, gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. and put in storage.
• Store all winter clothing (sweaters, flannel pj's, thermal underwear.) People who do not live here have no idea what a pain in the ass it is to have 2 full, separate wardrobes that have to be switched out every 6 months... for all five people in the house!
• Pull out spring/ summer wardrobes (skirts, bathing suits, t-shirts, etc.) wash them and arrange in closets, dressers.
• Put away snowmobile, snow blower, shovels, rock salt, etc.
• Take out patio furniture, hose, lawn mower, bikes, motorized kid toys, etc. Clean and air out.
• Take out grill (Yay!!!) Get cleaned and make sure propane tank is full or that you have charcoal on hand.
• If you have storm/winter windows or plastic covering windows- those need to be removed.
• We need to rearrange furniture because, as any good homeowner knows, you can have furniture covering heating vents or baseboards during the winter months. This means moving heavy furniture around twice per year to maximize heat circulation.
• If you are like some of my neighbors, it might be a good time to put Christmas decorations away... maybe...
• We have a lot of raking to do in the spring in New England. You have whatever leaves were left when the first snow came too soon, you have rocks and debris left from the plowman, you have limbs and branches broken from ice and snow.
• We have to wash all walls, windows, cupboards to remove the buildup of dust, soot, grime that was blown around from wood stove or baseboards.

This is just a small list of the crap we go through- check out the comprehensive checklist I posted last spring if you want an actual list to print out and work with.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

19 Months and Growing

This is what 19 months looks like. Sweet, innocent, adorable. 19 months is 26 pounds and 34 1/2 inches (at least in this house, which seems to grow giant babies. That is 95 percentile in height and 75 in weight!)

She has just enough hair for piggy tails, but is also just old enough to saw "Ow.Ow!" when I try to put it into elastics.

She has outgrown most of her 18 month clothes, but is forced to wear her Huck Finn pants for a couple of more weeks until we get into shorts and skirts full time.

She loves to run and thinks she can jump- although her feet don't really leave the floor (but don't tell her that!)

She is a constant positive reinforcer. She will clap and cheer for whatever you do. It's pretty exciting to get undressed for the shower and have your audience giving uproarious approval.

What does 19 months sound like? Well, it sounds like she is really starting to get a lot of words all at once. Let me translate:

I la ooh: I love you. (My personal heart wrenching favorite which she is required to repeat at least 400 times a day if she expects me to feed, bathe, play with or change her.)

Ready: Ready (This was oddly one of her first words.)

Buttaw: Buttocks (As in, "Kiss my buttocks.")

Titty: This can be translating into Sissy, kitty or pretty... you just need to look towards the pointed finger.

Peez: Please. With a huge grin and empty sippy cup needing refill thrown in your face.

Yummy: Request for anything suitable for her to stuff in her face. Typically in someone else's hand or plate.

Buddy: Her pink blanket. Although all 3 of our girls have had blankies, she seems to be really attached and needs to have it whenever going to bed. If you put her to bed without it, she will stand in her crib yelling at you , "Buddy!"

She says the standard Mama, Dada, baby and pretty much any other word you say. It is fun to sit with her and have her repeat you. Like when you say, "Picklenoodles," she will say, "Pippynoonoos."

It is just a perfect stage. Still small enough to carry and hold and cuddle... yet starting to get her own little personality and able to just fill you up with her laughter and smiles.

19 months already. Where to the moments go?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weekend Link Love

Have you seen my new About page? What do you think?

Love this adorable printable to watercolor with tea. (Yes, as in tea that you drink)

If you have kids, you absolutely need to bookmark this great activity for a rainy day. We have played it multiple times with the girls (4 and 9 year old) and even when they have had guest over. It has been a huge hit. It's fun, free and I have gotten some hilarious home movies out of the deal.

On my Marriage Ref/Personal Hygiene questions- It was a resounding 7-2 win for me. (I had 1 Twitter vote as well) Colby is to cease and desist any and all toenail clipping outside of the bathroom. Stay tuned for the next installment.

For all of my Maine friends and family: you HAVE to follow this blog. Hilarity. Sort of like a Maine friend on Facebook who said, "saw a sign for taxidermy and a gentleman in a snowmobiling coat at the movie theater... guess where I was this weekend? :)" as if there were any way to distinguish exactly where in Northern New England that might be.

Ok, off to enjoy some of this wonderful fire in the sky.

Friday, March 5, 2010

My Own Marriage Refs

Colby and I watched a portion of the Marriage Ref last night. We both love the concept of the show- but were disheartened after watching it and realizing that it won't last. The host was terrible and the format a little odd- but the idea of getting to be a voyeur into another couples ridiculous squabbles is still fascinating.

And, of course, this lead my wandering mind to the disagreements that Colby and I have in our house and how fantastic it would be to have them settled once and for all in front of a national audience (since we all know that, of course, I would reign victorious in any and all disputes) But WAIT...

I have a national audience! Right here! And how fun would it be for you to be our marriage ref? I am going to start posting some some of our minor squabbles in a fair and unbiased manner while trying to conceal which side each of us are on and see if we can get some votes on which of us is the superior right-fighter.

Episode One: Public Displays of Personal Grooming

We have had a long standing debate with this issue. One of us thinks that personal grooming should be kept in the bathrooms. This includes brushing and flossing teeth, shaving, mustache bleaching, etc. But the most cantankerous subject is the clipping of toe nails. This person feels that it should only be done in the bathroom and might just puke in their mouth a little over the sight of flying toenail bits while the other person feels they own half of the house and if they want to clip their toenails, they have the right to. And the revocation of this right makes their house a f@#*ing prison... on Planet BS in the galaxy of This Sucks Camel D!cks!

So, where do the Marriage Ref's stand on this issue?

I would love for others to join me with this. Post your disputes on your blog and then leave a link so that I can come put in my two cents... to be settled here... in our forum. Please tell me we are not the only people fighting over toenails.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Turning 29 Wasn't So Bad

Yesterday was a fine birthday, indeed. Although, I am not technically celebrating birthdays anymore... you can't tell kids this, they want a party for my birthday, for dad's birthday, for the cats birthday... you know- cake and all that. So I came home from work at 7am... to a clean house! Now that starts the day off wonderfully. Usually my first half hour home is cleaning up breakfast stuff and random messes from the evening before so that the girls have a clean palette on which to make new messes.

And I had beautiful cards from the whole family and gifts! My tattoo was my gift and I didn't expect more, but I got 2 beautiful Lodge cast iron pans! I have wanted cast iron pans forever and somehow Colby remembered this and bought me 2. I am quite excited to cook with them and get them all seasoned.

I also got a fantastic gift certificate for "A Day of Peace and Quiet." Meaning Colby is taking all 3 girls to his parents for a day and night! Did you see that? All three kids! I have not been alone in my house... um... ever. I can stay in bed all day, eat whatever crap I want, read magazines, sit in absolute silence. This is THE.BEST. PRESENT. EVER. Thank you so very much my dear husband. (Oh, and I am totally spending the whole day Friday cleaning so that I don't have to lift a finger on Saturday.)

Ariana and Annika also made dinner (breakfast for dinner: brinner) and cooked me a birthday cake:

And then I was serenaded with a piano rendition of Happy Birthday before I blew out my candles:

It was the first cake my girls have made me all by themselves- and it was yummy. Great job, ladies.

After that I had to take Acadia to get blood drawn... nothing says Happy Birthday like wrestling your 18 month old to have a needle stuck in her.

And then we topped the night off at the library to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

It was a great day. I guess 29 isn't so bad after all.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Daddies Say The Darndest Things (Open mouth- insert foot)

It's not only my children that say things that boggle my mind- my husband is a champ at that as well. Take this conversation he and I had last week:

Me: I entered Acadia into a contest for a photo shoot for some organic baby snacks.

Him: And?

Me: Oh, I haven't heard anything yet.

Him: Oh, well you really should have entered Annika... she definitely would have gotten it.

Me: What?!?!??

Him: Well you know she is so beautiful.

Me: Colby!

Him: I mean, Acadia is cute and all, but Annika has those eyes.

Me: Colby!

Him: What?

I am glad he doesn't save his inappropriate open-mouth-insert-foot comments for just me.


And then, during the Olympics, Michael J. Fox had a television promo.

Him: Wow, Michael J. Fox looks really awkward in that ad.

Me: Colby, he has Parkinson's disease.

Him: I know, but his mannerisms are just.. off.

Me: Colby! He has a degenerative disease that causes uncontrollable spasms.

Him: Come on, they could have had him do another take to try to do better.

Me: (Daggers shooting from my eyes.)

Him: Oh, never mind.

Me: Right. AND I am going to blog about this.


For the record, she is beautiful:

And she is beautiful as well:

And so is she:

All three are the sweetest little girls you could ask for with smiles that light up any room that they enter. We are blessed indeed.