Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Birthday baby!

My youngest is officially one.  I can't believe that one year ago I was holding this teeny, tiny little baby in my arms.  I was so excited to have another little girl.  She has proved to be the most amazing baby ever.  She is so content and peaceful.  She loves her mommy so much.  I have never had a child so attached to me that whenever I am not within eye sight she cries.  That may sound annoying to other people, but I love it.  I love how she always wants to cuddle with me, play peek a boo with me, and how she always cracks a smile with me.

My baby girl slept through the night at 3 weeks old!  I could not have felt more blessed, I love my sleep and with three other kiddos to take care of, I was so glad I could get a full night's sleep.  Nursing was hard at first but once she got the hang of it, she never looked back and is a beautiful chubby baby!  My baby girl never complains.  When it's time to get in the car, she is happy.  When it's time to eat, she is happy.  When it's time to sleep, she is happy.  I love how "go with the flow" she is.

I feel so blessed to be able to be her mommy.  I am so excited to watch her grow and learn.  I can't wait to see how she will be in a year, two years, five years and more.  But right now, I am excited for her to learn how to walk.  She has been working so hard walking from chair to toy to couch, etc.  I am so blessed to have such a beautiful baby and can't wait to watch her blossom.  There will be some sadness in my heart, as there always is, when she is not the baby anymore, but I am excited to see what kind of a big sis she will be too!  Thank you God for choosing me to be her mommy!  Happy birthday baby!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Where are all the Christmas lights?

We live in small town suburbia and as I was driving with my kids to the store tonight I noticed how few houses were decorated with Christmas lights.  We decorate every year, of course, with small children it is their favorite part of the season, seeing all the lights.  But even if we didn't have kids, I would still decorate, maybe not as much or maybe not as meticulously, but I would at least throw something festive on the house and bushes.

So where has this lost art of Christmas light decorating gone?  Is it just too much of a pain to go out in the cold and put lights up for a few short weeks only to have to either take them down in the cold or leave them on the house until spring?  Is it too much to expect the other houses in the neighborhood to help the festive mood by adding some twinkle to their normally mundane houses? 

I can remember as a kid how fun it was to drive around at night and see all the houses lit up.  Now, if you want to see lights you have to go to a special "Enchanted Park" or a "Candy Cane Lane" where houses are all decorated.  I understand we live in a world where not everybody celebrates the same holidays and I'm certainly not suggesting that everybody need decorate their house, I'm only saying that it feels that we are becoming lazy in our holiday output and could afford to kick it up a notch.  I mean, how can you not smile and feel like a kid again when you see a row of finely lit houses?  Maybe it would put a little more of the "holiday spirit" into us all.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Why it's been a while.


kids half day, making two kinds of potatoes and veggies for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving, hour and a half drive there and back, spent an hour and a half waiting for iPad 2 at Best Buy, dog shit in the laundry when we got home, kids in bed waaaayyyy too late!


Black Friday, gone from sun up to sun down (without kids!), exhausted by the end of the day


All fam grocery trip (bad idea), picked up xmas tree, decorated outside with xmas lights, son and husband puking and pooping with flu


My turn with the flu :(


Today, totally tired, trying to get back into the swing, kids stayed home (just in case), finally able to relax and get back to normal?!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Quick bit of advice.....

Never kiss a sick baby in the dark!  This might sound silly or absurd but I assure you this is good advice.  My baby was in her crib this morning and woke up fussing just a little.  I very quickly brushed my teeth and then went into her room to get her.

I knew she had a cold, she's been battling it for a few days now but I just love that little kiddo so much I always kiss her good morning!  One thing I should say first is that I am totally paranoid and anal about noise and light waking up sleeping kids so I did not turn her light on out of fear that the light pouring into the hallway would creep under the door of my sleeping toddler.

So I grabbed my beautiful baby, wrapped her up, and planted a big smooch right on her lips!  Unfortunately what I got was a mouthful of runny, slippery, wet, nose snot.  It was like kissing a puddle of slime, I thought I was going to drown!  Blah!!  I couldn't wipe my lips fast enough.  So just to save anyone else from having a similar experience:  Never kiss a sick baby in the dark!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A midnight run, of a different kind....

I know I posted yesterday how much I hate to see my babies suffering from these terrible cold germs that have wreaked havoc on their tiny immune systems, so because of that I found myself in my pajamas, putting on my shoes and coat to try to get to the store before midnight.  I can remember back in the day, when my friends and I would worry so much about getting to the store before it closed because we needed refreshments to keep the party going.  Funny how priorities change....

Both of the babies woke up just before 11 and while I gave the baby some acetaminophen to reduce her fever and rocked her until she fell asleep, my husband soothed out two year old by giving him some Zarbee's for his cough and tucking him back in bed.  From the babies room I could still hear him coughing.  I had a feeling that we would be in for a long night so when I finally got back into the bedroom I asked my husband if he thought a humidifier would help our toddler.  He said, "Sure, but it's late, your not going to go and get one right now."  I said, well why not?  What good does a humidifier do tomorrow if he needs it tonight?  I want to get a good night sleep and so does my toddler.

So I put on my shoes and coat and ran out the door.  Walmart was like a ghost town but I found what I needed right away.  A warm mist humidifier.  I was home within 35 minutes and set up the humidifier in my room to make sure it worked and that I knew how it worked.  My husband used a flashlight to help me find an outlet in the room and we were able to plug it in, turn it on, and sneak the f* out before our little guy made so much as a peep! 

Now I don't know if it was because of the humidifier or not, but my little man slept without coughing all night long!  He was surprised to see the humidifier in his room in the morning and until he realized it was something he liked, he was adamant about getting it out of his room!  So cute!

Funny how light night runs have different meanings as you get older, have children, and obtain different priorities.  I wonder when it will swing back around again.....

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Sick babies:(

My two littlest babies are sick today:(  It is heart wrenching to see your kiddos with even so much as a cold!  I could tell my youngest was sick the second I got her out of her crib.  She was so hot and her eyes looked droopy and red.  She was miserable all morning.  When she gets sick, all she wants is for me to sit on the floor and to lay on my chest. 

My two year old woke up with a horrible cough and his chest sounds congested and sore.  He was worn out and crabby all morning.  We stopped at the store after dropping the big kids off at school and picked up Zarbee's.  If you have never heard of it, buy it!  I love it.  It is all natural and safe.  There is an infant's version and toddler/big kid version.  It really does help the cough.  We are also big fans of VaporRub in this house and I am so glad they have an infant one too!

I thought about buying a humidifier for my two year old but am not really sure it would help.  What do you do with sick kids?  Any other great homemade remedies or natural soothers?

Hopefully my little ones will be better soon, my heart aches for my sick babies!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Go Pack, Go!

Well, another Packer Sunday is here.  What was supposed to be a primetime game is now a local afternoon game due to the fact that the Packers barely have any first string guys on the field and the Giants, well, their record speaks for itself.  Aaannnyyywwaayyyy......if the game sucks, at least the food will be good.  Today I made my husband's favorite-coconut shrimp with pina colada dipping sauce (non alcoholic of course!).  I also made one of the kids' favorites-caramel corn.  And to round it out, some hot crab dip with crackers.  We have all eaten our yummy food, washed it down with some hot cocoa (one of my favorite things about winter), and now are thoroughly full and in need of a nap!

The coconut shrimp is a recipe from my mother and the dipping sauce is the actual recipe that Red Lobster uses!  Sooooooo gooooooood!

I use the biggest shrimp I can find, tiger prawns work too, the bigger the better.  The shrimp can be raw or cooked.  I just happened to use raw this time, it depends on what is on sale at the time.


I dip the shrimp in a flour mixture, egg mixture, and then coat in coconut.  Get plenty of coconut!  Today I ran out!


Arrange the shrimp on a pizza stone, they can be plenty close together, and pour melted butter over the top.  Bake for 10-15 minutes, I also like to broil mine on low for about 3-5 minutes just to get the coconut nice and crispy.

The best part-the dipping sauce!  I always double the recipe and it's never enough!
Easy crab dip, great with crackers, perfect pairing with the shrimp.  It doesn't make a ton but is easy to double.
This is a fall favorite for the kids, it takes a long time but is worth it.  I like to use microwavable kettle corn, it compliments the caramel really well.
Go Pack, Go!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

First snow of the year!

We had snow all morning today!  My two year old was so excited he went to every room in the house and looked out to see if it was snowing everywhere.  He was so anxious to go outside and play he practically wanted to sleep in his boots and snow pants!

My husband took the kids outside after school and they had a blast!  They had beautiful red cheeks when they came in!  Yeah, winter is here!  Ugh....winter is here:(

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Poor, poor Packers:(

Another lousy Packer game!  I can't believe we lost again!  And how many players can possibly get hurt in one year!  Oh well, at least the Packer food was good!  Here's what we had today:

I made a super easy meatball and weenies recipe.  A jar of chili sauce, a jar of grape jelly, frozen meatballs and a package of weenies in the slow cooker for about 3 hours on low-so good and so easy!

Then I made some apple dip since it gets some fruit into the mix and the kids love apple dip.
Since I am now exploring new cookie recipes I decided to try a caramel fudge cookie recipe.  I
substituted the pecans for cashews though since no one in our house likes pecans.  They turned out great!

So here's what my plate looked like while I watched the poor, poor Packers lose once again this year!
Hope everyone else had a great Sunday!
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Poop and washing machines

There's never a dull moment in our house.  I was sitting in the TV room with my 6, 2 and 10 month old helping my six year old study her spelling words on the computer.  It was about 6 p.m. and the baby just dirtied her diaper so I promptly changed her and then decided to let her air dry for a little while because she has had a stubborn rash on her bottom and baths would be in a little bit.  BAD IDEA.  I should know by now that letting any child that is not potty trained hang out without a diaper on is really just inviting trouble in.

My husband and four year old were busy in the laundry room taking the washer apart because we had an error message about socks in the drainpipe.  He is on the floor, tools out, taking everything out from under the washing machine (we store all our winter clothes in the drawers underneath) while my four year old keeps track of the bolts and screws.  Since the drain was clogged, he also had to have a bucket to drain all the water from the machine into.  Luckily, or maybe unluckily, he has had to do this repair before so he knows what to expect and is prepared for the water that comes gushing out of the machine.

As soon as I hear the water begin to flow I look over at my baby and think, "That's weird, she has some avocado on her chest..."  While I wipe it off WITH MY FINGERS (!), I realize that it's not avocado, it's poop.  Yup, poop.  But that's not all folks!  My two year old is sitting and playing in the exact spot she pooped in and wiping it on his shirt trying to get it off of his fingers.  I immediately call for my husband and he says, "I'm in the middle of something really important right now."  So I respond with, "I have something that is even MORE important, trust me!"  So he comes in and I immediately tell him to help my two year old take off his clothes and throw them in the washing machine.  While he does that I wipe every inch of the baby with a baby wipe and then hand her to him.  Then for the next 10 minutes I am on my hands and knees, scouring every inch of the TV room floor (with it's brown carpet!!) for any poop.  Thank God for our Spot bot!!

I finally found all the little poop spots scattered around the room, mark them off and begin placing the cleaner and let it do all the work.  BTW, anyone who doesn't have a Spot bot but has dogs and/or kids, has to get one.  It is the best investment we have made to keep the house clean.  As I bent down to pick up the baby's blanket, a nice little turd fell out and I discovered the original place the baby first began going potty.

All my husband and I could do was laugh and thankfully he was able to fix the washing machine just fine because after that, we had a lot more laundry to do!  After all that excitement, I couldn't even stay up for the Packer game!  Oh well, Rodgers got hurt, Packers lost, but I was busy dreaming away......

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Why we use carseats...

I love to have a blog filled with the fun and joy of having and raising children but Saturday we had a very serious experience and I have to hop on a soapbox in my post for today.

I have had so many conversations with other moms who complain about their kids' car seats.  "They are so big!"  "They are so expensive!"  "My kids don't like them so I barely tighten the straps."  There are a lot of reasons that car seats can be obnoxious but I have always been a worry wart so I am way overprotective about what car seats our kids use.  Even though my four year old is big enough and old enough to use a booster seat, I still have him in a five point harness because he still fits in it (the shoulder straps can move two notches higher!) and it is way safer for him!  I wait to turn my babies forward facing and when my kids complain that the buckles are too tight I tell them if they are tight then they are safe.

On Saturday we were all driving to the grocery store and when we stopped at a red light, we were rear ended with everybody in the car.  There was no sound of tires screeching so the person who hit us was not slowing down, they were accelerating.  I screamed at the moment of impact because I felt the back of the headrest hit my head and was immediately confused as to what was happening.  I also screamed because your brain wants you to turn around and look at your children but your body is unable to move by your own doing because it is busy being moved by the force of the collision.  My four year old began to cry and continued for about 20 minutes.  He was hysterical and inconsolable.  Everyone else was fine.

The other person's speed was not "that" fast, but even a collision like that is scary, especially with all your little ones in the car.  My body was shaking and I was so scared but being the Mommy, I had to just hold it all inside because I didn't want to scare any of the children.  As soon as we pulled over, I got out and examined each kid.  My beautiful baby never even made a peep!  The damage to the vehicle is still unknown and we are taking it in today.  It's unclear how badly damaged the bumper and tailgate are.  I immediately filed an insurance claim and all four car seats have to be replaced due to being involved in an accident.  I couldn't believe that!  But I am so thankful all of my kids were in five point harnesses.

It's easy to want to move your kids up to the next car seat because it's easier or they are older or they are bigger but you know what?  I don't care!  I want my children safe, as safe as they can possibly be so I will continue to put my children into car seats with a five point harness until they truly outgrow them, not when the law says they are big enough to not use them.  I am convinced that if my four and six year olds were in booster seats (that most don't have anchors on), that they would have had injuries from the force of the impact.  A seat belt has to feel an impact before it can brace against it, a five point harness doesn't.  We have always talked to our kids about being safe in the car and I know most people around us think we are way too strict and anal, but Saturday was more than enough for me to feel justified in keeping my kiddos in the safest car seat possible.

Someone once told me when my oldest was a baby, "Remember that each upgrade in a car seat, backward to forward facing, five point to booster, booster to just a seatbelt, is a DOWNGRADE in safety."  I always remembered that and now I pass that on to you.  Please buckle your kiddos up nice and tight because you love them enough to do so!

That's all for my soap box rant today and thanks be to God for keeping my family safe!!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Playing catch up.

Oh my gosh!  I can't believe how long it has been since my last post.  Halloween weekend was CRAZY!  We had such a blast trick or treating with the kids even though by the end of the night we were all exhausted.  Even though it is Wednesday, I feel like I am still recovering from the events of the weekend.

Here in Wisconsin, you never know what kind of weather you are going to have.  I was so happy that we had beautiful trick or treat weather.  My two year old was soooooooo cute going up to every house and saying "twick o tweeeeet!"  He didn't even care what was going in his pumpkin, he just liked having people give him something.  He also loved seeing all the other kids in their costumes and had a blast handing out candy too.  My four year old is so funny, he had a lot of fun but tired really quickly while my six year old could have trick or treated all day and all night!  The baby, well, she was purty cute in her pumpkin costume and made it almost all the way around the neighborhood before deciding she was done being on display.

All in all, it was an awesome weekend!  I can't wait to do it all over again next year!!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Are you ready?

It's about to be one of the craziest weekends of the year.  HALLOWEEN!!  We are busy getting all of our Trick or Treat stuff ready.  Window clings?  Check.  Pumpkins?  Check.  Costumes?  Check.  Plastic candy holding pumpkins?  Check.  A fear of overly sugared up small children?  Check, check, and check.

Tomorrow we will be carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin seeds, an annual tradition at our house.  Sunday we will be going to my parents house to make caramel apples (a tradition I would like to start) and trick or treat, then back to our house for trick or treating with the neighbors.  Get ready people!  It's going to be a stressful, crazy, exciting, picture filled weekend!

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Monday, October 21, 2013


Holy cow!  I am up to my elbows in apples!  Since I have so many apples and don't want to them to go bad, I have had to become creative in using them.  My kids love smoothies so for the last few days I have been making apple-y smoothies.  Here's my bare bones recipe for a smoothie that can be added to by any kind of fruit or yogurt, you could probably throw some veggies in too!!

1 - 8 oz container of Yoplait light yogurt, any flavor will do, I usually choose a flavor that meshes well with the fruit I plan on using
1 cup skim milk
1 cup crushed ice
1-2 cups of fresh sliced fruit, some of my favorites are blueberries, strawberries, bananas, raspberries, and of course, apples!

You can add some splenda if you prefer a sweeter smoothie but I leave them plain when I make them for the kids.  Also, if you like a chocolate smoothie you can add a package of chocolate Carnation Instant breakfast.  My kids also love chocolate smoothies.  If you have any favorite smoothie recipes, please send them my way!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Go Packers!

It's another Packer Sunday and another day for Packer food!  Today we had an "orange" theme.  I don't usually stick to a theme of any sort but it just sorta worked out that way.  I made orange cream cookies, orange dip (an oniony chip dip handed down from my grandmother), and some spicy molasses drumsticks.  My mom and dad came over too and brought some cheese spread and crackers and different types of fudge. 

Turning chicken after broiling 12 min.
Putting chicken in slow cooker after broiling.

The kids were crazy for the first half hour of my parents being over.  I'm not sure why they all have to act like they just ate some pixie sticks and washed them down with Mountain Dew but it is inevitable that they will act crazy whenever company comes over because they are just so excited.

Boiling and reducing sauce from slow cooker.

Serving chicken!
I was able to make my cookies and dip last night and just had to make the chicken today which is actually really easy since it is a slow cooker dish.  I also like to wait until the drumsticks go on sale.  15 drumsticks for four bucks is a great price.  Everybody loved the food and the Packers won too, so all in all, it was a great afternoon! 

An update from yesterday's blog:  The kids love the applesauce!  I think I might make a bunch of applesauce and freeze it, we do tend to eat a lot of applesauce in the winter and the baby likes it too!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Forts and Applesauce

What a great fall day today!  A friend of my husbands has five apple trees in his yard and he gave my husband two HUGE bags filled with apples.  Now I have a dilemma of what to do with all these apples!  I made two apple smoothies this morning that were really yummy.  I made an apple crisp-ish thing for breakfast tomorrow.  And of course I made applesauce!  I have never made applesauce before so of course I went to my trusty Betty Crocker app to find a recipe.  Anyone who likes to cook or try different things should definitely be on the Better Crocker website or have the app on their phone.

The kids helped us much as they could and when their help was no longer needed they made forts in the living room with my hubby.  As my two year old would say, "Busy, busy, busy!"  Here's my pics from the applesauce.  It was too hot to try tonight so I will have to wait until tomorrow to see if the kids actually like it.  I have never peeled so many apples in my life!  If anyone has any good apple recipes, please send my way!  Come back to my blog tomorrow for more recipes from my Packer Sunday blog.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Getting ready for winter!

Oh man, the past three days I have been going through all my winter clothes for the kids trying to figure out what I need to buy and what we already have.  First I sorted all the clothes into separate piles of hats/mittens, coats, snow pants, and boots.  Then I lined them up by size to see what I all had.  Then I started to pull what I needed for each kiddo and made a pile for each child.  That way I could see what each child needed and wrote down what and sizes of things to buy.

Then I went to the store and bought all the things on my list and brought them home for the kids to try on.  This literally takes FOR-EV-ER!  After they try things on I figure out what sizes are wrong and what needs to be returned, exchanged or bought.  I am exhausted!  It does get me excited for winter though, I love playing in the snow with the kids and seeing the amazement on their faces when snow starts falling for the first time!

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Monday, October 14, 2013


I was watching Oprah once a long time ago and there was a SAHM on who said if she had to sit and play with play-doh with her kids one more time, she was going to shoot herself.  I didn't think much of it then because I wasn't a SAHM, but now that I am I realize that there are moms who want to stay at home and enjoy all the mundane every day activities that come with it and there are moms who are truly not fulfilled by staying at home.  I think it's great if you can stay at home and do, but I think it's only good for your kids if you are happy staying at home. 

We as moms are put in such a hard position.  If we stay at home we "just" stay at home and the things we do for our family are overlooked or over simplified.  "Of course you have time to do such and such, you just stay at home!"  I hate that!  I am so busy everyday with my kids and taking care of the house, not to mention if there are errands to be done that day.  Moms who go back to work are also made to feel bad because they are giving their kids to someone else for 8 hours each day.  They have demands on them not only from the workplace but also at home, trying to keep up with the daily responsibilities of having a family.

For me, I don't really care what moms choose to do, so long as they are happy I believe their kids will be happy.  No one wants a mom around all day if she is grumpy and no one wants a mom at work if she's unhappy not being at home.  So, here's to all you mommies!  I hope you are able to tune out the rest of the world and do what is best for YOU and YOUR family!

Btw, I love playing with play-doh with my two year old!  Everything is so new and exciting to him!  It is so neat to see him playing with all the cool stuff in the play-doh bin.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

When will my house be clean?

Do any of you other moms ever wonder when your house will be clean for more than a half hour?  And even that is a long time for my house to stay clean.  I know, I should know better than to expect my house to actually be and stay clean with four little kids running around.  And I wouldn't trade the kids in to have a cleaner house, I would just like the house to stay clean long enough for me to enjoy it.  It seems like as soon as I vacuum up the crumbs from snack, someone is running in from the backyard with sand all over their clothes.  And then, as soon as I get the sand vacuumed up, someone else is spilling a glass of milk in the kitchen.  When I am finally done wiping up the milk, someone else has spilled crumbs all over the floor.  Ok, you get it. 

I know that the more children I have I should probably loosen up more, become a little less anal about how tidy the house is, but it seems quite the opposite for me.  Maybe because there is so much more to clean up when there are more people to pick up after.  Maybe it is because I really love to organize and make sure that things are tidy.  Whatever it is, I don't see this condition getting better any time soon.  I may even be passing this on to my kids.  My two year old is obsessed with changing his clothes if they get dirty, putting things where they belong, and washing his hands.  Now if they could all be like that (especially my husband!), I might not have to be so concerned with cleaning the house every day!

It is just a really nice feeling to see the kitchen after it is clean or the basement when all the toys are put away.  I find enjoyment from having a floor so clean it is squeaky and a pile of laundry neatly folded and ready to be put away.  I guess with all these kiddos there will plenty of enjoyment for the next 18+ years that comes from cleaning but what I am really going to enjoy is the day when I can clean my house and it actually stays that way!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Go Badgers!

What an awesome day today!  My uncle took me and the baby to the Badger game today and the rest of the fam to a tailgate before.  My mother's side of the family was all there and we always have a blast.  We are all funny, sarcastic, and have so much fun together!  The kids were awesome at the tailgate and hubby hung out with the three big kids during the game while I sat practically on the field.  Best tickets EVER!!  We were so close to the action and there were a lot of big plays right in front of us.  Weather was amazing and the baby was so good.  Now I am completely exhausted and can't wait to fall asleep in my recliner!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A laundry list of kid tales.

Kids are so cool!  While I was sitting outside watching my beautiful children play, I spied my two year old pleasantly eating his crackers at the bottom of the slide.  While I watched him lovingly, enjoying his beautiful innocence, he tenderly outstretched his arm, cracker in hand, and gave the dog a bite.  He patiently waited for the dog, who ever so gently was taking a nibble off of his cracker, and then proceeded to put the cracker back into his own mouth, taking a bite before sharing again with the dog.

Good thing he's not my oldest, I wouldn't have freeeeeaaaked out back when she was little.  Now I don't stress the small stuff.  I can still remember being on the phone with the Health and Safety Center reporting a case of salmonella that my husband was recovering from when I had to run screaming across the yard after my then two year old (now four year old), to "Stop playing with poop!  Put that back on the ground!  Yucky!  Blah!  Yucky!"

And then today, before going outside, I looked over and saw my two year old with the "Elmo" phone (an old iPhone that only works as an iPod) to his ear pretending to be in a deep and intense conversation.  When he saw me look over he said, "Sorry momma."  With a shrug of his shoulders and as serious as the plague.  I thought I would get in on the game and put my phone to my ear and pretended to be calling him but he stopped me abruptly and said, "No momma!  I on my phone!"  I don't think I'm on the phone that much but is he trying to send me a message?......

And one last little story.  We had haircuts the other day and my husband decided he wanted my oldest son's hair to be cut short.  I didn't want to but said "ok" since I always choose the kids' haircuts.  Now, however, I wish I had said "NO!"  I know that hair grows back and it's not a big deal, but I HATE IT!!  That is definitely the last time I let him make hair decisions!!  When a child has beautiful hair, DON'T CUT IT!  Now I am stuck wondering how long hair takes to grow back on a little boy. :(

That's the end of my laundry list of stories, hope you enjoyed reading them!

Busy Mommy Blogger

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Danger! Pull Ups crossing...

There are some things that can only be experienced by being a mother.  No, I'm not talking about the beauty of birthing a child, the tenderness of nursing a baby, or the happiness that comes from hearing a toddler say "mommy".  I'm talking about random, bizarre sh** that only happens when there are kids in the house.

Take this morning for example.  I asked my four year old if he threw out his pull up after waking up.  He assured me he did.  I said, "Are you sure?  Because I am usually rushing around doing something and really despise stepping on a wet pull up."  "Oh yes, momma, I threw it away right away!"  Ok, great!  Big smile on my face as I enjoy hearing the chitter chatter of my children getting dressed and eating breakfast before school.

Everything was smooth sailing.  I got the baby up, nursed her.  Kids were dressed and ready to go in plenty of time.  I checked to make sure everyone was buckled in and tightened up.  Thumbs up, we are ready Freddy!  I got in the car, buckled up, threw the car in reverse, and when I looked up to make sure nothing was behind me, I saw a (gasp) pull up on my windshield.  That's right folks!  A wet, yucky pull up was stuck smack dab in the middle of my windshield.  I carefully got out, grabbed it and threw it in the garbage that is literally right outside the garage door.

When I got back in I turned around and said, "Hey buddy, how come your pull up was on my windshield?"  And he says, as if nothing I said was weird or unusual, "Well, I tried to throw it down but my arm went up like this (swinging his arm upwards like a female fastball pitcher) and it landed on the car."  "Ok bud, well, next time just drop it in the garbage can instead of trying to throw it up and have it land in the garbage, mmk?"  "Ok mom, I'll try.", he says, shrugging his shoulders and sounding exasperated by my preposterous request.

Whatever, at least I noticed it before I started driving!

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Go Packers!

Another Packer Sunday is here!  I have been cooking all morning, which I actually really love doing.  I enjoy making tasty treats for people and bringing people a little bit of joy!  I also like to send treats for the teachers at the kids' school.  It is a really small school with only about 20 staff and teachers so I found a new recipe online to send for the teachers on Monday.  The last two years I have found and made several bar recipes and now I am moving on to cookies.  Maybe next I'll learn how to make cheesecakes..... Anyway, here's what I've been up to this morning!

I made these S'mores Thumbprint cookies from Betty Crocker for the teacher's at the kids' school.  Super easy and very tasty, plus it makes 60 cookies. 
Here's how they look before going into the oven.
After they bake for 10 minutes you put two marshmallows on top and then pop them back in the oven for 2 more minutes.

 Then take them out and put a square of chocolate on top.  After about 3-5 minutes, spread the chocolate with a knife. 

For our Packer Food today I made Velveeta Salsa dip, pigs in blankets, and dump cake.  So good!  Go Packers!  Hopefully the game goes better today than last weekend!

The picture above is the dump cake before it is baked.  The one below is what it looks like once it is cooked.  You can also top it with ice cream or whipped topping.
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