Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Back to Life: My darling husband is leaving me for work tommorrow. He made it to work during the "Artic Blast" almost every day, but last week the company was shut down, but he was required to work on Friday, which he did from home.
Feels like Spring To Me! According to the official national groundhog: Punxsutawney Phil, we are in for another 6 weeks of winter. Today did not feel like winter- it was a beautiful, sunny, warmish day.
Tired: Sums up my life. I took a little break from blogging-- all I can say is tired is the one constant thing right now.
Boys at Play & Ice Skating for Tots: With our tax refund we indulged and put the kids in a few classes thru the Parks and Recreation.
Life is but a Scream- really. I have so much on my mind. Life is really crazy.
Packing is a Funny Thing: Against my druthers, Jeremy is heading out to the wilderness with the two big kids for two nights of wilderness fun.
Quiet: I haven't posted in a while-- well a while for me. Life has been busy. Good Busy. Sad Busy. Emotionally Busy.
Quick Update: So, Little Miss Kathryn came down with *ANOTHER* UTI this past weekend
Happy Birthday Angel Girl: Can you believe this beautiful little girl is my baby?
School Lunch: I think she gets a lunch tomorrow for sure from all the thought process she used to make us that nifty chart.
The Pumpkin Part: Really- is all the extra hub-bub really needed when you get smiles like this?
He is still a miracle I look at this sweet boy I am so honored to care for and raise and I am still amazed at the miracle he is.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I Love Leila and how she completely adopted her new doll and now they are twins, except Leila did put her in time out once for falling on/hitting Kathryn. They are like sisters, except Leila has a bit of authority over her. She was also quite proud of actually sitting on Santa's lap this year(Her first year).
I love Nathan. He was so excited with his gifts, except he still had to ask when the "Devastator" was going to get here. It was so innocent- it was on his list after all. When was he getting it?
Kathryn got a baby doll. When I asked Kathryn what her baby's name was she patted her head. So we call her Patti. :o) She kisses her and loves her- how cute. And don't forget the zhou zhou that both Kathryn and Alli Cat chase.
I love my husband. We both gave each other gifts of needs, or wishful needs since life wouldn't stop if we didn't get them. I love that we are both OK with that right now.
We spent Christmas Eve with a little Christmas Program for just our family that included a viewing of Mr. Kruegers Christmas. We had our usual Beef Stew and enjoyed our time together. Christmas Day was spent with the Frederick's. We had a blast and a cookie exchange. Can you say No to Weigh-In on Monday? Boxing Day will be spent with the Conser's at our home to enjoy more family togetherness.
I have so much. I am overwhelmed with the love in my life.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I find it funny those who start out a sentence with: I am a very caring person... really have no idea what it means to be caring.
You know the person who is just a train wreck waiting to happen? Someone who can cut so deep and hot that it literally shakes you to the core. This person isn't worth it. This person isn't even a friend. No matter how hard you try. No matter how much you invest, or how much you refrain from your own judgements, no matter how many times you are the bigger person, it wouldn't make a difference. This person is not a friend. This person is incapable of being a friend. This person doesn't have a clue.
Time to let it go. Let go of dead weight.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
She is only 10 months old and I feel like she has brought more happiness to my life than I could have ever asked for or imagined.
Her personality is sweet, determined, excited, fascinated, and fun, fun, fun.
She has her eyes on the big kids like a hawk and tries to join in on their play and simply be near them as much as she can.
Now that she is learning the word "No" she is trying her ways of coping by getting us to smile next and will scrunch up her face and sniffle.
Curiosity is definitely a journey she is on, and I have to say I am enjoying it. I love watching her look at things, figure them out, loose interest only to have it captivate her again.
She is still a Mama's girl- I have left her a few times this past month and the reunion is always very sweet.
Here she is playing peek-a-boo on her 10 month birthday:
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I look at his hands, his curls, and his sweet little smile and I am in awe. I feel his sweet tender spirit and his sharing attitude and I am warmed. He has potential that goes above and beyond what I can imagine for him. His world is completely open to him. What a sweet opportunity I have to go with him on his journey.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A trip to the doctor proved she is growing well, and right on track with our others. She weighed in at a perfect turkey weight of 22 lbs, and is 30 inches long. That would be 92 and 99 percentile- which is what our Conser Babies do. She didn't even need any shots at this trip! WOOT!
She started crawling last Thursday and has probably crawled a total of a mile by now. We went thru the toys and pulled out everything choke-able- we hope- we set up the baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. She did find the one outlet without a safety plug in it- but we took care of that. She isn't opening drawers or cabinets yet- maybe another a few days?
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Growing up we loved to bake. I did not meet my Grandpa who was a baker, but enjoyed hearing the stories of living and growing up in the bakery from my mom. Every Sunday afternoon we would figure out something sweet to make. My mom still had several pans and instruments from Grandpa's bakery. I asked mom if I could borrow her PB Cookie press from Grandpa's bakery. Knowing I am such a sentimental sap, my mom told me I could keep the cookie press-- and I am so excited to have it in my collection now.
One day this past summer, Jeremy brought home a few PB Cookies his boss had brought in. They were amazing, chewy, nutty goodness. Since Jeremy's company decided raises were not an option that year, I asked him to beg and plead for the recipe in lieu of $.
Peanut Butter Cookies- Amazing recipe given to my husband in lieu of a raise
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1 t. salt
- 16 T. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, ground to resemble bread crumbs
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
- Beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes with an electric mixer stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. Beat in the peanut butter until fully incorporated, then the eggs (1 at a time), then the vanilla. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture. Add the ground peanuts and stir gently until just incorporated.
- Working with a generous 2 tablespoons each time, roll the dough into 2-inch balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2.5 inches apart. Press each dough ball twice with a dinner fork dipped in cold water to make a criss-cross design.
- Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly brown around the edges, but not on top, 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back on top to bottom halfway through the baking time. cook the cookies on the backing sheets until set, about 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The coaches do feel the need to split up our boys. They are just too excited to play with each other, and despite our telling them you do not "tackle" in soccer, they just don't seem to care.
The girls on the first day wouldn't stop holding hands. When playing the game where the team tries to get the ball from one of the other kids, Leila and Annalina teamed up and hugged each other with the ball between their legs and kept the ball safe.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The other day we were at Mom and Dad's when Zach came home from the baby sitter. He was so excited to see Kathryn. He wanted to hold her and waas quite insistant that he do so. Kathryn was thrilled that Zach would pay attention to her. Look at these cute little redheads!
fantasizing about bringing them to school for show and tell. And in her heart, they were like a new pet.
Funny, we noticed a mosquito laying on top of the water. I thought that was strange since I hadn't seen it before, but maybe I just missed it. I left it in there- I hate mosquitos with a passion. Recalling nights when one would buzz in my ear and feast on my arms. And the grossness of they way they leave big bloody marks after I would squish one that was likely my own blood.
Beth called me the next day with some very bad news. Her boys had taken some home to watch the transformation of tadpole to frog. She reported that these were not tadpoles. These were mosquito larvae. EEEW! I get the creepy crawlings even now writing about it. I thought my drama queen would fall to pieces as certain death was now in Zippy's, Wiggly's, Marks and Nathans future, but we told her what they were, and what mosquitos eat and she didn't bat an eye about getting rid of them.
Jeremy threw them in the neighbors yard. I hope they died and won't come to pay us a visit. Mom ended her mosquito breeding complex by dumping out that water too. Beth's boys were grossed out and disappointed too, but we are all much smarter in terms of larvae.