Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Update on to-do list

Yeah. That list was a bit ambitious. I only got three of the nine things done yesterday. I'm off to tackle the rest of the list today, and tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and the day after that.

And I'll say, "Big Boy B, fingers out of your mouth," about 100 times each day while doing it. Just like I'll say, "Big Boy A, stop picking at your bellybutton," the same number of times. *sigh*

Monday, November 24, 2008

To do: Nov. 24, 2008

1. Laundry, laundry, laundry. Baby Boy has to have clean gDiapers, the rest of the family just needs clean clothes.

2. Peel, boil and rice potatoes for lefse. Let the stubborn Norwegian in me shine through!

3. Grocery shop. We need all the usual stuff, plus some extras for having family in town for Thanksgiving. Hooray!

4. Clean house. Kitchen, bathrooms, vacuum, bedrooms.... you name it, it probably needs to be done.

5. Make a tutu for our niece for Christmas. Maybe find a magic wand and a tiara, too.

6. Figure out what in the heck is for dinner. With Thanksgiving this week, I'm probably not doing anything with chicken so I'll have to get more creative than usual.

7. Check on my burn... I gave myself a nasty one last night making dinner.

8. Make an appointment for our family Christmas picture.

9. Get the "Brainstorming" song from the Imagination Movers out of my head. Thanks, Disney Channel.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Moms Club!

I love, Love, LOVE MOMS Club! It's been a place for me to make lasting friendships and give the boys lots of opportunities to run around with other kids their age. These are the ladies who helped me through the beginning of the year when I was pregnant and Luke was traveling to Sacramento every week... taking the boys to give me an hour or two to myself, or letting me go to my appointments without having to worry about which cupboard the boys would open while I was... um... indisposed. Chances are there's a MOMS Club chapter in your area... we're an international organization with chapters on every continent except Antarctica.

Give our new website a look... we'd love for you to join us!

Practically Perfect in Every Way

No surprise here; Baby Boy is doing great. We went in for his four-month check up yesterday (can you believe it??? Four months old already!) and heard the news that he's right on track for where he should be. He's got that healthy baby pudgy face, and weighing in at almost 14 lbs, he's right on track for the 25th percentile. In fact, his height, weight and head circumference were all right at the 25th percentile. I don't remember that happening with the big boys!

The only black mark on the appointment was the diagnosis of thrush. No, no... not in Baby Boy's mouth... on me. Hooray for prescription drugs!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Caution! Imaginations at work!

About the time that Baby Boy made his arrival at our house, the Big Boys invented some imaginary friends. They are Baby Fire Cat and Baby Train Cat, and these two friends have made life a bit more interesting around here. I'll let you figure out who has invented which friend. (If you've seen their beds, it shouldn't be too hard!)

Baby Fire Cat and Baby Train Cat have been fed, had their diapers changed, been snapped into their car seats and joined us on family outings.

Most recently, though, Baby Fire Cat was bounced because he was fussy and I had a chance to see exactly what the boys think I look like while bouncing Baby Boy when he gets fussy. It was pretty amazing... he had the whole bounce/pat/rock thing down pat!

I'm never quite sure when these two additions to our family are going to make an appearance, but I'm always assured of a glimpse into the Big Boys' understanding of how to care for babies. What fun!

Friday, November 07, 2008

I'm making these this weekend!

I joined a coupon service from Proctor and Gamble called Pssst... and received a coupon for a free sample of these in the mail. I know that their ultimate goal is to get people to buy their products and is therefore not really for the benefit of the consumer, but these look pretty good. We might just have a hot breakfast before church on Sunday morning! Talk about a minor miracle!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Too good not to share

I'm totally stealing this from Wendy. Wendy rocks. She finds the coolest stuff online!

And before you watch, for those of you who don't know, yes... I am totally a music nerd.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

My Beautiful Boys

These pictures were taken by my mom a couple of weekends ago. We had a wonderful family reunion of sorts with my sister, her husband and daughter staying at Mom's and Dad's house along with our family. We also had a family holiday celebration with my grandmother, since she won't be able to travel for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. The only ones in the family not able to attend were my cousin and his wife, but since they live in Colorado that was to be expected.

Each time I look at these pictures, I just marvel at how beautiful my boys are!

I VOTED, and other stuff...

I made sure my voice was heard today. Did you?

And moving on...

Wendy and I were talking on the phone yesterday and she asked for my chili recipe since Luke, being "Texan," never fails to marvel at how good it tastes. (And I say "Texan" in quotes because he really grew up in North Dakota and moved to Texas during his college years.) I gladly shared my secret with her, and now I'll share it with you, too, because it really is a great recipe.

Go to the grocery store. Make sure you cruise down the aisle with the taco seasonings, and find the Caroll Shelby's chili seasoning mix. Buy some ground meat (we use hamburger here) and tomato sauce. Take all of these ingredients home and follow the directions on the back of the seasoning packet.

Serve your marvelous concoction with cheese, crackers, sour cream, corn bread and sliced apples. If you need to cool down your mouth, you have two good options: milk (my choice) or a nice, cold beer (Luke's choice). The whole thing can be done in about 30 minutes and is a great meal for a gray, rainy, cold fall day. (We have this meal quite a bit from October through March.)

The corn bread can be made from the Jiffy mix (because really, $0.33 a box is hard to beat) or you can make Luke's grandmother's recipe. Here it is:

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 c corn meal
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
1/4 c oil
1 egg

Preheat your oven to 425F. Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, egg and oil. Bake in a greased 8" square pan or 6 muffin cups for 15 - 20 minutes.

*I double the recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan. If you like your corn bread to be in thick slabs, double the recipe and bake in the square pan.

Happy meal planning, everyone!

Monday, November 03, 2008

This is my last Halloween post... I promise!

I may be biased, but I think we had the cutest trick-or-treaters on the block!