Monday, February 28, 2011


I'm laughing out loud before I even start writing this.

Yesterday when it came to making Sunday dinner (which is generally supposed to be the nicest, most delicious meal of the week) I was scrounging around in the kitchen looking for something, anything that you could put together and call a meal. It had been some time since I'd been to the grocery store.

I hate grocery shopping. And I hate it even more if I have to do it in the rain.

Anyway. I found a box of stuffing our neighbors had given us when they moved, one chicken breast, some frozen corn, a few carrotts, a can of cream of chicken soup and some sour cream...

there's a recipe on the back of the stuffing box for "Easy Chicken Bake". So I threw it together and served it up for dinner. When Brandon placed it in front of Carter he took one look at it and yelled, "YUCK!" Alright, so maybe it looked like it had been regurgitated, but it smelled, and tasted just fine.

Then tonight, after grocery shopping (in the rain), I made that italian chicken with the cream cheese in the sauce that you put over white rice. Again, Carter was not impressed with the main course on our dinner menu. He was so stubborn about not eating it that he missed out on brownies after FHE. That's huge.

So, it came as no surprise that his prayer before bed went something like this;

"Deaw Heanly Fadder, thank thee foe this day. Thank thee foe bweafas and not dinnew cuz it's yucky. And I not have bwonies. In name of Jesus Chwis, Amen."
I'll try to come up with something non-yucky for dinner tomorrow. Just for you Carter. :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nap Time

Gavin generally does a bit of fussing when he goes down for his naps, and today was no different. So, after he falls asleep, I always go in and check on him (ie re-adjust his position, cover him up, etc.)...But this is the first time I've had to get him out of a sitting position!

It did bring back memories of this though!

Poor babies!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Jemma has been growing her hair out. For months now, she's talked about having hair like Rapunzel. But the other day, we were looking at pictures of the kids (most of which showed her with short hair) and she turned to me and said, "I think I just want my hair short".
I LOVE short hair, so, an hour later, it was done.

Brandon and I
And so does she. She keeps telling me it feels SO GOOD - no hair on her neck and in her face. And technically, Rupunzel ends up with short hair. So, Jemma's hair is still like Rapunzel's after all!

I have to confess too, I have a bit of hair envy. I'm trying to grow mine out and when I cut Jem's off, I was SOOOOO tempted to call and schedule myself a hair appointment.
I held strong hair cut...yet.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Keepin' busy and tryin' to Simplify

I have been absent from the blogging world for a while. Partly because life is busy and blogging has been X-ed off the priority list and partly because I just want to pretend like my kids aren't changing...

I've always known that time would speed up the older I got - staying busy does that; time just moves faster. But I didn't think that I'd be so emotional over it. Jem's not even in kindergarten yet and I already resent school...the schedule it makes us follow, the routine that gets in the way of just enjoying each other. It's MEGA lame.

So, I've been attempting to SIMPLIFY in an attempt to spend more time with my children - collectively and individually. Here are just a few examples: projects that used to take me a day or two take a week or more now...why rush? The boys get their hair "done" on Sundays and I'm happy if I can see Jemma's eyes. It's just hair. So what if we eat cold cereal 4 or 5 times a week for breakfast? Pancakes are a SuPeR huge deal now. We do laundry when we're out of underwear. (Which means we're doing laundry tomorrow.) We read more books, have more "little talks" (as Jemma terms them), do more snuggling, play more games (CandyLand is Carter's current FAVORITE), sing more songs and dance around more (to the top 5 favorite songs in our i-Tunes Library right now).
So here's to SIMPLIFICATION...and appreciating your children NOW.