Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Notebook Solution.....?

I'm back!  Well not really...maybe, I don't know.  But for all you previous email subscribers who have received a mysterious email and are thinking "whoa, where'd she come from" it's really me, but don't get your hopes up.   Looking back at my not so little anymore goobers have been fun,  AND this little ham is the result of the monster belly you see in the last post.
These little munchkins aren't so little anymore either!

I'm actually here looking for a solution.  I have notebooks, LOTS of notebooks.  Notebooks full of lists, stories, plans, prayers, full notebooks and notebooks waiting to be filled.  They're on the counters, in my purses, the car, in drawers and stacked in the closet.  They look like this....

Just these, they're the ones I like.  So much so that when I told Luke to pick me up some gold polka dot notebooks at Target he needed no further explanation and knew just what I meant.  He grabbed me one of each color (see how well he knows me!).  Anyway, as we move through life I jot down stories, things the kids say, and other tidbits I want to save for my documenting projects.  Each year I "complete" a One Little Word album, Project Life Album, Week in the Life Album, and December Daily album.  Often the tidbits get written down and then lost in the land of the notebooks never to be seen again.  So I was thinking....I wish there was a place where I could keep all of our stories together, but I want to be able to access it anywhere, and I want it to be organized so I don't have to flip through endless pages of random grocery, shopping, and to-do lists to find them.  Hey, wait a minute...that sounds an awful lot like I'm describing a blog.  Oh yeah, a blog, I have one of those.

So, this blog started as a way of sharing our photos and stories with family.  Perhaps that will still happen, but I'm really looking for a way to document stories, the things I'll forget before putting them in their respective albums.  I'm thinking it will be more of a place of random ramblings vs a cohesive story of our lives, and definitely don't expect and regular schedule of posting!  The problem with the blog is I'm a writer, not a typer.  I was the kid who had to write out a report on paper before typing it.  I think better with a pen than a keyboard.  But, I'm giving it a shot, maybe it will stick, and maybe I'll be back in 2 years with another post about how much the kids have grown....we'll see.

If you're still with me here they are in all their Halloween glory.

Cora was a pink power ranger.  The girl loves pink, lip gloss, makeup, and sparkles but that's about the extent to her girly side.  Ask her to put on a tutu, princess dress, or otherwise frilly items and she's underwhelmed.  She wants action, sure a princess dress is pretty, but a pink costume that turns you into a spinning, battle fighting, ninjaesque (what exactly is a power ranger?) warrior...that's more her style right now.  She actually went for the Merida (from Brave) costume first since it was hanging next to a bow and arrow accessory.  I explained that she could be Merida, but we weren't getting the bow and arrow because she needed her hands to carry her candy.  Her response..."oh, well then I don't want to be her!", and the power ranger costume was snatched up. 
 I found a witch costume for Sylvie and tried it on her in the store.  When she refused to take it back off I knew it was the one.  Yes, I was left handing the cashier the tag, hanging my head in shame as the mom who can't get her kid to take of a costume.  It was either that or risk tearing the mesh sleeves while I ripped it off a screaming fighting toddler and then purchasing a torn costume.  I opted for choice A, judge away...pick your battles people!  
And then there's Beau.  He actually chose a Ninja Turtle costume and wore that to his school festivities.  However, when trick or treat time rolled around he opted for last years black ninja costume.  He and one of his daycare buddies had grand plans of being ninjas, sneaking around in the dark, and hiding to "trick" people when they answered the door.  None of that actually happened, but who am I to squash the Halloween dreams of a 7 year old.  
And it's there that I'll leave you.  5:45am on a Sunday and the kids are coming alive.  Gotta love the time change.  Whoever decided it means you get an extra hour of sleep obviously does not have children living in their household!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Voted

Beau came with me tonight to see how voting works. When we left he said it didn't look very hard, so why do you have to be 18?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

After 3 helpings of a new corn recipe she had to make sure she got every last bit. Her brother on the other hand wouldn't touch it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hello Monday, I don't know how you always get here so quickly but here you are again.  We spent Saturday morning at Sekapp Orchard getting pumpkins and apples.  We usually go to Northwoods Orchard, but they didn't have many apples this year due to frost and hail so we tried someplace new.  Now the OCD in me was a little disappointed that I wouldn't be able to get the kids pictures in front of the same growth chart, BUT Sekapp's had a growth chart too and I've meditated on my "it is ok" mantra.

 Anyhoo...Sekapp's actually turned out to be really great.  We had to be taken by wagon out to the pick your own apples which was fun since it was more like you were secluded in your own little apple orchard.  They had corn and straw mazes that were the perfect size for the kids, plenty of pumpkins and (bonus) mums!
The kids' favorite part was being able to taste test all the apple varieties straight off the trees.  Luke's fav was the Honeycrisp, while the rest of us liked the very sweet Fireside.

My little perfectionist searching for the perfect apple. 

 Pinterest Trial
I decided to start posting some of my pinterest trials on here.  I've recently been on a muffin kick, strange for me since my muffins are usually the Betty Crocker variety.  I'm never been a big bread baker either, I always get frustrated because I can't seem to get it to cook evenly.  The edges always seemed overdone while the middle was mushy.  Well, then one day I was talking to my incredibly ingenious sister who told me she made one of our pumpkin cake recipes in a muffin tin.  (She doesn't put the frosting on so she can call them a muffin and eat them for breakfast....since one of the two main ingredients is cake mix the jury is still out on whether this counts ;)  Anyway, as she was telling me about her cupcakes, er I mean "muffins" I had an aha moment and wondered why I don't turn more things into muffins.  So the overripe bananas that had been patiently waiting in my freezer quickly turned into banana muffins.  No burnt edges, no mushy centers (and only 20 min to bake!).  Que the muffin kick, which leads us to this weekends Pinterest attempt.  Beau helped me make these apple muffins.  I was skeptical since there was no butter in the recipe (I'm not a big baker but isn't here usually butter included on the ingredient list?).  Well I guess the amount of oil must make up for it,  and even though we didn't have quite enough sugar they still turned out great!  The brown sugar topping makes me feel like they are more of a dessert vs. a muffin you'd serve for breakfast (at least as a nutritious daycare meal...I have no problem scarfing them down for "breakfast"), but overall they were really quick and easy to throw together, tasted great, and I'd make them again.

And if anybody has any good bread/muffin recipes send them our way way!

Friday, September 14, 2012

"hey guys there's a new iPhone out"
"yeah! This one mom?!"

Yep I'm pretty sure they used that same design Cora!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dirty Feet

She's not wearing her flip flops....

Monday, September 10, 2012

Me Bag

Beau came home from the first day of preschool with homework.  They decorated a "me bag"and over the weekend we had to find 3 things that would tell his class more about him.  His items included:
1.  A family photo with ultrasound picture attached to the back
2.  A Lego truck he made
3.  A fork....yes a fork.  Those of you that know him should not be surprised that he wanted to bring a fork.  Why you may ask...because he "loves to eat" of course.  I can't wait to see what his teacher thinks of that, he'll probably be flagged for an eating disorder, but I really couldn't argue.  They said they wanted to know him better and anyone whose been around him for more than about 5 min knows he wants to eat ALL the time.  (He really is a healthy weight, I promise!)