Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Dinner Recipe

I made a goal to add a few new recipes to my dinner rotation.  The one I chose was fairly simple, but a bit time consuming.  I did manage to get thumbs up from the whole family.  Jack said he preferred the "other" orange chicken that I make.  Shhh, it's no secret that the other chicken is from a Costco box.

Sweet n' Sour Chicken

Did I take a picture of mine?  Of course not, we were too busy eating.  Would I make the recipe different?  I might actually follow it a bit closer next time.  I didn't cook the chicken for the full hour, so my sauce was a bit runny.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's that time of year! As usual, I've waited until last minute to get "cards" for the kids Valentine's Day parties. Luckily, Lily went for her old standby. She'll be putting a sucker in her hand.

Emma tried something new this year and we'll be gluing Hersey kisses on her hand. Done and done!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Unfinished Business

All the stars aligned and I have been finishing unfinished projects around the house. It doesn't hurt that Michael is out of town and I can wear paint clothes all day. I have had the top of my very tall walls mocking me for years. Literally. It's been at least two probably three since I painted the reachable parts. I marched myself over to my neighbors house to borrow a tall ladder before I could think twice. By the way, don't ever have Jack hold the ladder for you. Just sayin'! I was white knuckling it at the top of said ladder and cursing my motivation to finish a project. The weekend isn't over and I'm not done painting, but I'm well on my way.

Friday, February 1, 2013


It's been a busy week filled with too many activities. I felt like I was mostly on top of everything and feeling pretty good about it. Then I remembered that I had signed up to take muffins to school, right about the time I couldn't do anything about it. I completely forgot. In the grand scheme of things, not a big deal. Of course I feel like a flake and secretly hope that I get put on the "don't ask to volunteer" list. There is a list, right?!

Friday, January 25, 2013

sNOw Camping for Me!

Nope, I'm not going camping.  The "boys" are going snow camping, which means it's a girl's night!  Curling up in pjs and watching an old movies sounds delightful.  I may even be brave and break out the nail polish.  I'm just about over a cold, not sure if I can handle the fumes just yet.  I have hot cocoa, marshmallows, and Netflix ready to go.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tooth Fairy

I went to pick up the kids at school this afternoon and was surprised to see my my youngest had turned into a vampire.  She lost one tooth a week or so ago, I didn't realize the other one was close to ejection. Of course, she might have helped it along by eating carrots for snack at school.  I think she was angling for the prize box that the nurse's office has.  Now I just have to remember that the Tooth Fairy should arrive at her pillow @ 10 pm.  With money in hand.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sew sew

I like to dabble at sewing. If I have a small achievable project, especially one with straight lines, that's the project for me.

An upcoming baby shower is just the excuse to go find cute fabric and sew a small blanket. I think I like to look at fabric more than I like to sew. Anyhow, with fabric bought, the blanket was half way finished.

Since the shower is for Emma's primary teacher, she was invited as well. I felt like this was a good project for her to help out. She did a pretty good job sewing straight lines. I think that the fabric was a little slippery and I hope that the cute fabric makes up for the slightly wonky shape.

With a leftover scrap, we also whipped up a burp cloth. No straight lines, and it turned out cute.

One small achievable goal accomplished!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Just One Word

I remembered that I had the brilliant idea (ok, someone else's idea) to try and think of one word to focus on for the year of 2012.  That word was positive.  I think I did a great job...until February.  At which point I think I completely forgot what my "goal" was.  I'd say I had lots of positive moments...and some not so positive.  (Don't we all)  Perhaps having the word at the forefront of my thoughts was how I wanted to approach situations.

So, it's a new year.  New word.


Here are a few synonyms;

cheerful, cheery, merry, joyful, jovial, jolly, jocular, gleeful, carefree, untroubled, delighted, smiling, beaming, grinning, in good spirits, in a good mood, lighthearted, pleased, contented, content, satisfied, gratified, buoyant, radiant, sunny, blithe, joyous, beatific; thrilled, elated, exhilarated, ecstatic, blissful, euphoric, overjoyed, exultant, rapturous, in seventh heaven, on cloud nine, walking on air, jumping for joy, jubilant; informal chirpy, over the moon, on top of the world, tickled pink, on a high, as happy as a clam;

Happy can mean a lot of things.  I especially like the content...and the tickled pink.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Mondays are a great way to start a week.  Kids go off to school.  Laundry gets started. The house sorta gets back to a state of clean...sort of.

Today I should be doing all that, but I really want to sit down and read my current book.  I got sucked into a mystery, "Broken Harbor" by Tana French.  I am reading it slowly so I don't miss anything.  Usually I speed read through a book and know the ending well before I get there.  I have no clue where this book is going.

I think I'll speed through some cleaning then dive into my book.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Year

Happy 2013!

I can tell it's been a long time since I've blogged, I barely know how to log into this account.

I'm still contemplating what goals I would like to make for this year.  I certainly don't want to commit myself to too many goals.  ;)  Mostly I'd like to have a calm, happy, and fun year.  How do I make this happen?