Thursday, March 29, 2012
When these two wake up before Jillian Michaels is done yelling at me to work faster, try harder, stop being such a wimp, don't cry so much, etc., they often cuddle up and get cozy under a blanket on the couch. Sometimes they even offer helpful hints to me such as "Why aren't you going as fast as the ladies in the video?" or "But they aren't taking a break right now!" or "Look, I can do leg extensions faster than you, Mommy." Inspirational I tell you. I sure do love them!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I melted quite a bit and said, "Oh honey, I love being your mom--you don't have to pay me to do that!"
His response, given with a hug, was "But I just think you're the best mommy in the whole world and I want you to know that."
And guess what, since the Lord blessed him with sisters and not brothers I was able to truthfully tell him that I think he's the best little boy in the whole world : )
No gift he could ever give me could compare with those words. I sure do love my treasure of a boy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
If you were at the Kirkland meeting room last Friday night, you know whether I made her change or not. That afternoon she said "Mommy, do you know why I put this outfit on today?" "Oh please, do tell!" I replied. "Wellll, I knew we were going to dinner at the meeting room tonight and I thought that I should put on something pretty."
And really, who am I to tell her what is pretty? I'm sure there are days when she is a teenager that I will wish to be seen with her in this very outfit rather than what she'll have on. And I can think of a dozen specific outfits that I wore that must have hurt my mom's eyes. And for all I know--this very outfit will be featured in Anthropologie's next catalog.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
And it's a also a great reason to curl up under a blanket and read to your kids. The Shining Sword is our current addiction. I love it. While your kids are occupied with books, you can make some of this delicious soup for supper.
My camera was dead for the first few steps, thus no pictures. First of all you are going to melt half a cup of butter in the largest stock pot you have. Add 3/4 C of flour and mix well. Next, pour in 3 quarts of water--yep, you read that correctly--now you know why you need your largest stock pot. Dump in 1/2 C of beef stock granules and give it all a good stir. Turn the heat to medium and let the potion brew.
While that mess is warming up, chop up 1 C each of celery, carrots and onions. I usually do extra of all the vegetables. I do not add extra water, flour or beef stock, just lots of extra veggies. It's a great way to have even more soup for the freezer in a healthier manner.
Finally, you add the frozen mixed vegetables. The recipe calls for 10 oz of frozen veggies. I buy the large package--I think it's around 32 ounces. And I add it all.
1 C butter
3/4 C flour
1/2 C beef stock base--granules
3 quarts water
1 C each chopped--celery/carrots/onion
10 oz frozen veggies (I recommend much more)
1 pound stewed tomatoes
3/4-1 pound browned ground beef
One package OR 1/2 recipe frozen egg noodles
Melt butter and add flour. Mix well. Add water and beef granules; stir. Bring to a rolling boil and add egg noodles. Cook noodles until they are firm and floating--about 15-20 minutes. Add fresh veggies. Boil another 10 minutes or so. Add ground beef, frozen veggies and stewed tomatoes . Cook until warm--about 20 minutes.
Monday, March 12, 2012
There are more toys I could share with you--but I think this is enough for now.
A few words of wisdom to end on:
If you have rice bags in your house and if you like to heat them up, don't do it for twelve minutes and thirty four seconds. That is too long. And if you take a shower (how dare you take a shower!!!!) and if when you get out it smells like the house is on fire, and if you panic remember--rice bags are not meant to be heated up that long. If you come downstairs and find that one of your munchkins was heating up a rice bag for the baby sister who got "an owie" and the munchkin happened to punch in "1, 2, 3, 4" for the time on the microwave, try not to blow a gasket. The munchkin was only trying to help. The munchkin will be horribly freaked out when you show him/her the smoke billowing from said rice bag and when you show him/her the scorched holes in the bag. They will promise never to do it again--with real fear in their eyes. A lesson will have been learned. Don't forget to praise the Lord that the house did not burn down and that the kids are alive and unharmed--other than the small, insignificant ouchie the baby got while you dared to take a shower. And also that you did not have to run out of the house wearing only a towel in front of all the neighbors and fire fighters. And have to explain it to your husband later. Ya know, if that ever happens in your house. I'm sure it won't. I'm sure you don't dare to take showers.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Sometimes when you have two girls obsessed with painting their toe nails (and entire foot, in some cases) you just have to allow science to save you.