Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Score One For Me!

Mornings around here suck! I mean seriously SUCK!! It is a constant battle getting the mouthy teens butts out of bed and ready to leave in time for school.
I have threatened, grounded, and blown alot of hot air. Just couldn't find the right motivation/threat to get them to school on time. And then last week it hit me...The cell phones! They are their lifelines to the outer world!
So last week when we were driving to school and I was lecturing for the umpteenth time I finally gave them a ultimatum. If they are late one more time..lose the phone for a day. next time after that for a week and so on!
So yesterday once again mouthy teen number one comes strolling out to the car fifteen minutes late. I smile and put my hand out. The stupid/blank look was priceless! So was the pissed arguing/begging!
I stood my ground and confiscated the phone. And I didn't give in early even with the constant badgering! AND!!!!!!! Today~Mouthy teen was ready and in the car TEN MINUTES EARLY!!!
Wow! I won the battle. Not the war, but hey I'll take the victory anyhow!
So Whoohoo! Point for me!
Here's the tally so far!
I think I'm gaining on them here!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lovin Black Friday Ads??

Not me! Dang! So far I haven't seen anything that is such a smokin deal that I am going to drag my sorry butt out of bad at 4 am!
Now I have done this for many years but I am just not feeling it this year! is it me? Am I just cranky and not in the holiday mood or does anyone Else think the sales aren't as fabulous as usual?
Walmart does have a pretty good deal on kids Pjs and Slippers. They are only $4.00 BUT the Pjs are originally only $9 and the slippers are only $ 7 so I'm thinking it's not worth it for just those things!
Maybe I'll hit the Disney store later in the day! They always have fantastic Black Friday deals.
It feels a little sad not going but I like my sleep too much to give it up for one or two things!
Sooo....Who is going to hit the black Friday sales, and what are you after that is so fabulous you are going to risk your life in the running of the bulls people?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This Is Fall????

What the heck is going on around here folks? I hear it is fall. I see the decorations. I know it is almost thanksgiving. Logically I know it is fall. But sheesh!!!! 85 degrees in November? It sucks! I want to wear a sweater. I want to turn my heater on. I want to make soup and then want to eat it cause I'm chilled! I WANT FALL!!! WAAAAAAHHHHH!

Don't even get me started about Christmas~ I already know what to expect and just thinking of it I am chanting..go to your happy place...go to your happy place!

Monday, November 17, 2008

He's finally Met His Match!

Zach had a sad tale to tell tonight. Seems there is a girl at school who is mentally retarded and is in a wheelchair. He thought she didn't like him but he wasn't sure and he didn't know why.
Well today there was no question about her feelings for him. She tried to run him over with her wheelchair and told him "Move it Fat A$$!!"
He was speechless!
He wanted me to be sympathetic. He was embarrassed.Unfortunately I laughed.
I guess he's finally met his match!

52 Blessings Project~ Week 46

This Week I Am Grateful For~ A Sunday Without Chaos!!
I usually hate Sundays. Yep, hate them. I fight with the kids and yell and am frustrated that they won't get in the shower, can't find their tie, can't find their shoes. Won't help get the diaper bag ready.
Doesn't matter that Saturday night they were supposed to have their clothes laid out and ready to go. Often they claim that they are only to find Sunday that they aren't! Ugg!
So, by the time we get to church~usually late I am ticked off. And then wrestling my lil ones trying to keep them quiet often adds to my mood. Some days I sit there and wonder why we even try.
BUT~ we have made the commitment. We ARE going to try. Each and every Sunday. Even if it sucks. Church is where we need to be. What our family needs.
So I began the prep for Sunday on Saturday. Bought everything for the dinner. Crockpotting it. Bought new tights for the girls so I didn't have to look for old ones. Bought Ethan a new shirt so I wouldn't have to dig through laundry to find one of the few ones I have for church.
I actually checked to make sure the older ones had clothes ready.
And now for the really big part here.....On Sunday I got up early (gasp!)
I got in the shower first thing and got myself ready. Yes I think that is the secret for me.Once ready I had time to get the dinner in the crockpot, make cornbread, bathe the lil ones, get them dressed, Bugged older ones to be on time and get crackin and I even got someone to get that dang diaper bag ready before we were ready to leave.
I didn't have to scream once. I didn't have one single argument with one person. It was smooth sailing around here!
Best part???? We arrived almost 20 minutes early! First time evah! BOOYA!
I wasn't angry, or frustrated. I was calm. And it was a fantastic feeling to watch Zach up there as a priest helping to bless the sacrament. I was so grateful. Our ward is a lil pushy with him and even if he protests a little they keep on him. So he did it! Yah I totally love this ward.
So even if the lil ones were still a bit wild I was able for the first time in a long long time able to go to church without all the Chaos and frustration and I actually had a great day!
~For That I Am Very Thankful!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Little More Patient

Tony is out of town tonight. Back in Colorado doing some training. And Bailey and Grace are still on one. You know the uncontrollable crying. The Mommy I want you. And I am feeling a little pitiful myself. Wishing Tony were here so I could pawn them off on him. Yeah the past two days have been hairy. But~ that is life. The good has some bad. And we persevere and we laugh and we hold onto the frayed ends of sanity.
Now the kids are finally asleep and I am able to slip into bed with my laptop to wind down and chill. I log onto to cox and I read the latest headline that is put out there through the associated press?
Nebraska parents rush to abandon children before lawmakers rewrite ill-fated 'safe-haven' law
Has the world gone mad? I read a little more and feel so incredibly sad. It tells how lawmakers in Nebraska had a law that allows parents to drop off their children that they don't want. The law was intended to save 'dumpster babies' but instead parents have been dropping off older children.20 teenagers, and 8 children who are 10 or 11! Wow! Do you wonder how our society has come to the point where they can drop their children off like a donation to good will? I really hurt for these kids.
And this has softened my heart a little and made the past two days not seem as awful. I sat here after reading this article and thought about my kids and the good and the ugly. And I smiled thinking about how Ethan is so snuggly right now. He likes to push anyone on my lap off so he gets me all to himself. He then wraps those fat little arms around my neck and he squeezes with all his might. He will then sometimes kiss me or he will pat my back over and over.
Or how about Grace telling me with a big smile on her face that she was going to torture me tonight because her owie was hurting.Or how she offered to wipe for me when I went to the bathroom and told me it won't be too disgusting. And Bailey was so delighted because she was sneaky and put some of Hannah's deodorant on and Hannah didn't even see her and do I want to smell her pits? And Mouthy teenager wanted to go to the store with me tonight. Didn't need anything. Just wanted to hang out and talk a little. And Hannah told me about 5 times before she went to bed how much she loved me. Or other mouthy teenager busting out the kitchen and the bedroom before heading to bed.
I was so focused on the constant screaming the past two days that I wasn't paying attention to the good stuff too.I like a saying I heard once~I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. That's life right? Our children often give us mothers something to laugh about.And if we take the time it makes up for the things they will inevitably do to make us cry.
I don't know about you but tomorrow I want to be a little more patient a little softer and I want to make sure that there is no question in any of their minds that I love them so much and am grateful that they are a part of my family.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Due to financial restraints, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice

Oh yeah..it's been one of those days! I keep thinking hmmm it's got to get better soon right? WRONG!
Ok.. Here's a little taste of what crazy looks like!
Get up with the lil ones and head into kitchen. Start making breakfast and notice Ethan is missing. Find him in the toilet swimming. Clean him up, put new clothes on him and go back to breakfast. Ethan has meltdown when I put him in highchair so I let him down and just give him a bagel. Go to the bathroom and come back out to find him having dumped all the cat food out and he is snacking on it! Sick. Put him on the couch and head into laundry room to start load of laundry.Come back out to find him IN the sink with the water running. He is soaked and water is going onto the floor.
Phone rings. It's new visiting teachers. They want to come over. NOW! Umm NO! I give in and we agree to them coming in a half a hour. Put lil ones in tub. Get them out. Get Bailey and Ethan dressed. Grace is having meltdown at thought of putting pants on. Getting boogers all over me (yeah..Ethan and Grace are sick)
Doorbell rings. They're here. Ethan and Grace have meltdown together. Screaming together. LOUD! VT asks if they are always like this. Umm NO! They are irritated and say they can see I am having a hard time so they aren't going to give a lesson, just want to know if I need anything as they are standing to leave. NOPE.I betcha that is the last I ever see of them.I don't think they were liking crazy!
Go to drop Bailey off at the carpool. Lady driving forgot I was meeting at her home. Mad dash to get Bailey to other kids home so she can go. Blood pressure is borderline stroke level.
Run a few errands with crying boogery lil ones. Pick up mouthy teenagers. Get email from old landlord. She is hosing us and keeping most of deposit. Lucky me. Small claims court here we come. Mouthy teenager won't get out of shower so he doesn't have to go to mutual. We turn off the water to the house (clever eh?) Mouthy teenager starts to do his job in kitchen and breaks a glass of vinegar. Complains I have to clean it. Nice little discussion. Ethan wiping boogers all over me and crying. I get him in his PJs and try rocking him. He pukes on me.Bailey and Grace are clawing each other and screaming as I am wiping puke off us. I am suddenly laughing in a crazy sort of way by now! Ever had one of those days?
Ahh Tony.. just hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt.
Today without question I am the statue and not the pigeon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

52 Blessings Project ~ Week 45

This Week I Am Grateful For~ Having A Microwave!
When we first moved here the microwave was not working. We went two weeks without one! At first I thought no biggie, we would get a new one on the next paycheck. But Oh my heck! I thought I was going to die without it! What was I going to do when I forgot to put the butter out to soften? Or can you cook Hot Pockets in the oven? Do I admit that I actually burnt canned ravioli on the stove top?
Fact is I am a domestic retard without that sucker and since the broken one has been replaced I find myself smiling each and every time as I soften a cube of butter or cook a corn dog for lunch and for that I am very grateful!

Need Ideas ASAP!!

Tony and I are on our new wards activity commitee. They had a christmas program planned. It was going to be christmas in Zarahemla. They were going to have the ward choir perform and have a mexican buffet. It doesn't make sense to me. BUT the choir has backed out and we just got a email asking for suggestions of themes for the party.They need ideas that are cheap and put together quickly. Does anyone have any suggestions that they have? Are there any Christmas parties that really stood out to you?
Let me know since we have to email them back today!!

Tip Junkie Giveaway!

Do you love a good giveaway? Well check out the one Tip Junkie is doing! it's called 12 Days of Junkie! She is giving away something everyday for twelve days. And she always has cute stuff so who doesn't want to win.
Thanks shelli for telling us about it!

Monday, November 10, 2008

We Did It! Finally...

I had a best friend in high school who lived just down the street from me.We hadn't seen or spoken to each other in 20 years ~We recently have gotten in touch again. And we have just happened to find ourselves neighbors again . Small world eh?

How cool is that? She googled my name and found me through my blog (scary!!) and got in contact! I am so grateful that she did!

So we did it finally. We got together. Wow. After 20 years!

We went out to dinner Saturday night with our husbands to a Cuban restaurant here in town. I was nervous to see her of course. Would she be the same? Would we have anything in common? Would she think I look old and haggard? See...I was worried Ü

Well, it was fantastic! We had a lot of laughs. She is the same fun gal I remember only better! Her husband is delightful as well. He's a funny, easygoing guy. And.. she is a blogger through and through! These pics are courtesy of her. My husband made me leave my camera at home but she brought hers. See Tony..every moment is a blog moment! I am glad she brought hers.

It was great to see her again and it felt like we just picked up right where we left off. It's funny how I always feel that way about my real /good friends!

Thanks Claudia and Bo! We'll have to do it again..That is if we didn't scare you off!

PS..kinda sucks that she looks so much better than me after 20 years. Luckily she was nice enough that I can forgive her Ü

Why I Supported Prop 8 and Prop 102!!!

OK, I totally poached this from brother Jim's blog but I just had to! I have been seething angry over prop 8 and 102. I can't believe the venom that is being directed towards us Mormons. I felt as if my religious beliefs were being trampled and we simply defended them. We NEVER wanted to take away any rights from anyone Else we just wanted to protect ours. And yet people are threatening to "take out" anyone they know is Mormon. Or burn our houses down. Or burn our temples down. All because we exercised our civic right and voted. What the???
So, because of my angry frustrated state of mind even though I have tried to post how I feel or why we voted the way we did, I end up deleting the post because I don't want to respond to venom with venom. And yet there is so much out there on the web that is lies and sick and demeaning and threatening to members of the LDS faith that I wanted to post our reason why.
So today Jimmy posted this on his blog. A friend of our family Kraig wrote it and it says it perfectly as to WHY we voted for prop 8 and prop 102! And he does it without any anger. The way I could not since I am upset with the attacks.
So here goes. It is long but if you were wondering why here it is folks...

I decided to write this memo in response to some of the questions I have seen posted. I am not sure if you really want an answer or if you were just being rhetorical, but your questions seemed very honest and I thought they deserved honest answers. I may not be the best spokesman for this, and I certainly have no authority to speak on behalf of the LDS faith, but I am a member of the LDS faith. I am also a licensed therapist and I have worked with people with same-sex attraction. I care about my clients and I strive to help my clients reach their goals based on their personal set of beliefs, not to impose my beliefs onto them. That being said, I am allowed to have my own beliefs and I feel it is my responsibility to vote according to my conscience and belief. Also, I am not writing this to force my beliefs on you (as that lame anti-Mormon commercial would have you believe – you know, the one with the evil missionaries invading the home of the lesbian couple). I am only writing this as a response to your question. If you don’t want to hear the other side of the issue, then don’t read this. If you do read this, please make the effort to understand my point of view rather than criticize.My purpose is not to persuade you of these beliefs. Please don’t read this with the idea that you are going to “catch” me in discrepancies of logic. Religion is not a logical thing. Instead, I am only hoping to show that the support of proposition 8 is not based in meanness and to try to help you understand the point of view of some of us that supported Prop 8.Before I get started on religious issues, I would like to point out that the people of California voted on this same issue 8 years ago. It should be concerning to all Americans that the supreme court in California decided to ignore the will of the people and make their own decision. Regardless of the sensitivity of this particular issue, it is VERY scary that the people of the state can make themselves clear through a democratic vote and then be overruled by a few elitist judges. Regardless of the issue, it should upset all Americans that a few judges in positions of power are dictating their will on the majority. It is a good bet that there are people so upset by the judges’ decision to legislate new entitlements against the will of the people that they voted YES on Prop 8 this year in order to demonstrate to the activist judges and to the Supreme Court that California is not a dictatorship. This will hopefully make a point to the judges that they are to rule on law, not create law. This may make supporters of gay marriage angry, but they should keep in mind that next time it could be a policy or law that they oppose that is ruled legal by rogue judges. This political activism by judges is a serious threat to democracy and it is critical that it not be allowed regardless of the issue (and in this case, it probably backfired on them).I should also point out that though the LDS faith has gotten much more media attention than other faiths involved in the Prop 8 controversy, it is by no means the only Christian faith involved. That being said, I will only attempt to explain theology based on LDS or “Mormon” beliefs.First, it is important to note that Mormon’s have a religious right to believe in traditional marriage being defined as a marriage between a man and woman. To deny this right would be just as prejudice as trying to deny the right of a Hindu to hold the cow sacred, or the right of pagans to worship the various gods of nature. Whether they should get involved in proactive politics is a completely different subject. In other words, there are two questions being asked. The first is, “Should Mormon’s vote based on their religious beliefs?” The second is “Why do Mormon’s believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman?”1. Should Mormon’s vote based on their religious beliefs?The first concern to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the legal ramifications in regards to performing marriages. If same-sex marriages are ruled legal, it is very possible that all churches will be required to perform same-sex marriages in their chapels and temples. Failure to comply to perform legal same-sex marriages could possibly result in loss of their legal status as a church, including their federal tax exempt status. The problem Mormons have is not that they want to shape the law. The problem is that failure to support Prop 8 will result in the rule of law shaping their practice as a church. By the way, when the founding fathers wrote about separation of church and state, using the government to dictate how people worship is exactly what they meant to avoid. They were not talking about keeping the faith of people out of government; but instead referring to the government intervention in the doctrines of people’s faith. At the time, the English monarchy had a long history of controlling religious beliefs for the purpose of gaining power over the people. Evidence of this is in the phrase, “In god we trust.” Placing this on nearly every founding document shows that the intention was not to keep faith out of government, but instead to keep government out of the business of dictating faith. For instance, if homosexuals wanted to start a new tradition of civic unions and give it a new name besides “marriage,” Mormons would likely be very tolerant and indifferent to the whole thing (as long as you don’t teach it to their kids or require them to participate).Second is the problem with teaching children about marriage. If same-sex marriage is legalized, will a church be allowed to teach that it is immoral or will they be forced to tolerate what they consider as immoral? (Again, their right to view same-sex marriage as immoral is not in question – America was created for the purpose of tolerating different religious views). This also creates the problem of the effect this will have in schools and society as a whole. Mormons will be faced with a choice of homeschooling their children or having them exposed to a belief that is directly opposed to their moral values. Remember, regardless of whether you agree or not, people have a right to determine their religious and moral beliefs. Mormons also believe it is wrong to drink tea and coffee. If there was a measure on the ballot trying to force them to serve tea and coffee in their church or require schools to teach that tea and coffee are good, than the Mormons would likely oppose that also. For this reason, every time an elementary teacher takes a group of children to witness a same-sex marriage it reinforces the fears that Mormons have (and other traditionalists) that these immoralities will be overtly preached to their children. Again, this is an example of how liberal activists really are hurting the homosexual cause in the eyes of the traditional Christian majority due to the perception that they are actively striving to influence the perception of children. I have heard repeatedly the mantra from the picket line to leave homosexuals to live their lives and in return they will allow Mormons to live their lives. However, the above examples are a clear testament that this is simply not true. The homosexual community will never feel they have equality until their agenda is taught to children as being completely acceptable. Where is the right of the traditionalist to maintain their values? How is teaching immorality to our children, forcing churches to perform same-sex marriage, and being called a bigot for our beliefs leaving us alone? Where is the ACLU to defend the rights of Mormons to practice their religion? Is it possible for Mormons to hold their concept of Marriage sacred without being judged as homophobic or bigoted?Next, is the concept of worthiness within the Church. The Mormons have a number of ordinances (such as performing marriages, passing the sacrament, performing baptisms, etc.) that must be performed by a member of the church who wholeheartedly upholds all the values, morals, and commandments of the Church. If same-sex marriage were legalized, would the church be allowed to discriminate and determine who can and cannot perform these ordinances or will the ACLU and other activists begin to file lawsuits forcing the church to allow those legally married homosexuals to perform all the ordinances that a heterosexual can perform? Again, remember that it is not acceptable to change the doctrines of our religion to fit the world’s values. This is truly the violation of state dictating to church that the founding fathers were trying to prevent.Remember, my purpose is not to persuade you to subscribe to the Mormon beliefs. I only hope to help you understand why Mormons resist the legalizing of same-sex marriage and what it means to our religion. Our support is not an attack on anyone, it is a whole heartedly defensive measure designed to keep the government from dictating how we must practice our religion. Ironically, from the Mormon point of view, our way of life is what we feel is under attack.This brings us to the second question that I asked above:2. Why do Mormon’s believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman?I should make it clear that having an attraction to the same-sex is not considered a sin (any more than if a heterosexual man or woman had an attraction to a person of the opposite sex). It’s when someone acts on any sexual desire outside the bonds of marriage that creates the problem. This is where it gets a little complicated. Obviously, if Mormons would simply change their beliefs to include same-sex marriages, the problem would be solved. Why don’t they do this? In order to understand this, you will need to understand two things: The first is that everything we believe is based around the eternal unit of the family and the sacred privilege to bear children within the bonds of marriage. The second is that we believe in modern-day revelation.Mormons are not just giving lip service to the concept of a prophet. As insane as the rest of the world may consider this to be, we really believe that the president of our church is a prophet of God who currently receives direct revelation from God in all things. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not a democracy, but a restoration of the very same gospel that was on the earth during the Old and New Testament. There are members of the Mormon Church that may wish that same-sex marriage would be made “OK.” However, their faith requires that they make the choice to either accept the teachings of the prophet or not. There is no in-between. The Church is either true or it is not true. If it is not true, then I might as well leave it and do as I want (and believe me, the temptations of life do beckon to all of us). However, if it is true, then I need to have faith that the doctrines are also true and it does no good for me to work to change those doctrines. Who am I to change the doctrines of God? I would never force someone to have the same beliefs as me, but I must, in good conscience, exercise my right to define and defend the most sacred covenant of marriage.I would like to share with you that I have worked with several clients (and a close family member) that are strong members of the LDS faith and are also struggling with same-sex attraction. It is heart wrenching to see their pain. They explained to me that they seem to be faced with the choice of turning their back on their beliefs, living a life without a partner, or living life with a partner of the opposite sex that they are not attracted to. I admit I do not have a suitable answer to this dilemma. I do know that I am not worthy to judge them for whatever decision they choose and I offer them as much love and support as I am able. As a therapist, I do not steer their beliefs. Indeed, some of my clients asked if I am a member of the LDS church and some did not ask until after they had explained their feelings to me. Also, though every group of people has a few bad seeds, the members of the LDS church that I know are very loving and supportive of homosexuals. The problem lies in the basic fundamental difference of belief that same-sex attraction is a “problem” to overcome rather than an acceptable way of life. I understand how this is offensive to the mainstream “gay” community. I wish it wasn’t. It is not meant to offend any more than it should offend anyone to have a different religious belief than someone else. It is just a different belief, not a wish for any ill will towards others.So, when you ask why people are so mean that they would vote for Proposition 8, I would say that it is not based on meanness. It is based on religious belief and a determination to act on that belief rather than sit idly on the sidelines while the government redefines a covenant that we hold sacred. I hope you have read this in the spirit of trying to understand the other side of the issue. I put a lot of time into this letter and I hope it is seen as an effort to build a bridge rather than as a tool of divisiveness

Thanks Kraig! This says it perfectly! You did what I could not!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Wild And Crazy Guy!

OK, I'm not talkin Steve Martin here folks, nope, I'm talking about Anthony! I know that when I am with him I know that I am always going get a good laugh! I guess that's why the theme for his 18th birthday was "Pretty Princess"! It would get a good laugh and he would go along with it fantastically! Plus, he is kinda pretty don't ya think?

Anthony, Anthony! Happy Birthday! Here are a few things that we love about you!

Lauri~ I love that you seem to have really found yourself. I can see that you are really happy! You are confident, funny,and kind. I can see why people tend to look up to you! I am so proud of the young man you have become and they choices you have made ! Plus, like I said before I love that you make me laugh! I miss you!

Ashley ~ I love how he thinks he's "Rico Suave" with the ladies and how he always thinks he's funny (even though he's not). And he's so caring and compassionate, he's always looking for nice things to do for others. No, really!

Liz ~ I love that he's a hopeless romantic, and that he'll cry while watching chick flicks with me. And I love that he includes me with his friends even though I'm a Freshman and he's a Senior.

Eric ~ I love that Anthony cries while watching chick flicks. Man, I wish I'd known that sooner. I love that he thinks he's better than me at everything. I really enjoy his company. He's always so down-to- earth and attractive, it makes for a good time.

Zachary~ I love that Anthony cries during chick flicks. I love that he is outgoing and so easy to be around. He is a very relaxing person to be around.

Rachelle~ I love Anthony cries during chick flicks. (thanks for sharing Liz!) I love how nice he is to everyone. I love how fun he is to be around and I love that he is so caring to me.

Hannah~ I love that he cries while watching chick flicks (giggle!), I like how he always will drive me places and he is so nice to me!

Bailey~ I love to play with him. That's it. OK He is so cute too.

Grace~ That he gives me apples and candy

Dad~ I love that as a child he had curly hair. He always has a smile on his face.He is a good example in the choices that he has made. I am proud to be his father!
We hope you had a fun, wonderful 18th birthday Anthony! We wish that we could have been there to share it with you!
Happy, Happy Birthday!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Update On The Hair!

I've had alot of people asking for a update on dumb and dumber so here it is! As you can see from the pictures the paint came out, but so did lots and lots of hair!
We had to have the girls put conditioner in their hair and then we had to pick it out piece by piece. With the pieces came hair!
They still have little chunks of paint in it but not too much!
Rachelle said she wants to go get her hair trimmed to get rid of the ragged looking ends!
I'm thinking they won't be doing this fun trick again!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fun Through Blogging

Do you find that you meet the nicest people through blogging?
I do and I love it. One of the fun people I have met is Debbie from Texas. She has a fun cooking show and blog called Dishing With Debbie
I had made a comment on her blog and she used it for her show. Nice Eh? Even nicer? She sent me this cute salad bowl and serving spoons!
Thanks Debbie! I love reading all those yummy recipes and I really love my prize!
Fun people like you makes the blogging world a fun place to be!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

52 Blessings Project ~ Week 44

This Week I Am Grateful For~ A Backyard They Can Play In!

Wow! I had no idea what we were missing around here! We haven't had a backyard that the kids could play in by themselves for years and years!

Every morning when the lil ones wake up they have some breakfast and then the first thing they want to do is play in the back yard.
They climb on the swing set and they climb on the walls. They dig in the dirt and they pick the flowers. They play in the sprinklers and they play with the hose!
Bailey and Grace have made friends with a little girl who lives behind us. They climb up on the chiminea and she climbs onto the wall and they talk and talk all day long! They are delighted to have a new friend. I told them when I am not sick we need to have her over to play.

Today one of the great new finds in the back yard is that we have worms in the flower bed. The girls are so excited that they have "the most cutest little pet ever. Wormie" Nice! I reminded them that wormie would be broken hearted if he was brought into the house. He loves to be outside. ONLY outside! Hmm we'll see how that goes!

I have enjoyed sitting in the chair on the back patio and watch them play and listen to the laughs as they discovered new finds! It is delightful to enjoy a cooler evening in the back yard. Tony grilling on the BBQ and the lil ones tearing it up out there. I have loved having them occupied for a bit so I can get things done!

I had no idea what we were missing and I am loving having a back yard that is safe that they can play in and for that I am very grateful!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dumb And Dumber!

Rachelle and Bobbie decided for Halloween they were going to buy some hair color to do their hair crazy and they also bought some paints to make matching shirts.

Unfortunately they had a total brain fart and they used all the hair color to decorate their shirts. So Rachelle and Jaycee had a solution... They decided to use the shirt paints to decorate their hair!


Cute? Yep.

Stupid? OH YEAH!

You should see them today. We have been laughing at them all day as we have been trying to salvage the hair! The paint won't come out and Rachelle is getting worried she is going to have to cut it all off! But hey Rachelle~ at least you looked cute for Halloween right?

Oh yeah..Way to go Dumb and Dumber Ü

What are Witch's Fingers? And The Recipe!

My friend Corrine made these for me one year and I have been making them ever since.

They are a recipe from Martha Stewart and they taste like a pretzel or kind of like a bagel.

My kids love them and we have them every year. Usually we have them with Chili but in 90 degree weather I just have no desire to make Chili! So we had Chicken Noodle casserole and the fingers.

They are time consuming but totally worth it!

Red or green food coloring (optional, for fingers)
24 blanched almonds, halved lengthwise
2 cups warm water (110 degrees), plus 3 quarts, plus 1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
Vegetable oil
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 large egg
Sea salt

Boil some water in a small pot. Add the almonds boil for a minute or two. Immediately drain and put almonds in a bowl of water with Ice. Then you can remove the skins of the almonds super easy. They slide off. Cut the almonds in half lengthwise.Now Martha has you put food coloring in a bowl and paint each almond with a paint brush but that takes to long so I put the food coloring in the bowl and add the almonds. Let them soak for awhile. Drain them and put on a paper towel to dry. I usually make these the night before.
Pour 2 cups water into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment. Add sugar; stir to dissolve. Sprinkle with yeast, and let stand until yeast begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Beat in 1 cup flour into yeast on low speed until combined. Beat in coarse salt; add 3 1/2 cups flour, and beat until combined. Continue beating until dough pulls away from bowl, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup flour. Beat 1 minute more. If dough is sticky, add up to 1 cup more flour. Transfer to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, 1 minute.
Coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning dough to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap; let rest in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a 6-quart straight-sided saucepan over high heat; reduce to a simmer. Add baking soda. Lightly coat two baking sheets with cooking spray. Divide dough into quarters. Work with one quarter at a time, and cover remaining dough with plastic wrap. Divide first quarter into 12 pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece back and forth with your palm forming a long finger shape, about 3 to 4 inches. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Or, to make toes, roll each piece so that it is slightly shorter and fatter, about 2 inches. Pinch in 1 place to form the knuckle. When 12 fingers are formed, transfer to simmering water. Poach for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fingers to the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough, blanching each set of 12 fingers before making more.
Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush pretzel fingers and toes with the egg wash. Using a sharp knife, lightly score each knuckle about three times. Sprinkle with sea salt . Position almond nails, pushing them into dough to attach. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on wire rack. Fingers and toes are best eaten the same day; or store, covered, up to 2 days at room temperature.
If you try them let me know what you think!