Thursday, May 31, 2012

Father's Day Tablet Time iPad or $540 Cash Giveaway



It's that time.  Time for the Father's Day Tablet Time iPad or $540 Cash Giveaway. 


The giveaway starts NOW and ENDS June 15, 2012, at 11:59 PM EST.



Tablet Time New iPad or $540 Cash


Prize Details:

new iPad Option
  • 16 GB Wi-Fi new iPad tablet in black or white
  • polyurethane Smart Cover in dark grey, light grey, prink, green, or blue
  • optional 2 lines of engraving on back of new iPad (up to 28 letters/characters per line)

Cash Option
  • Entrants intending to select the cash option MUST have an active PayPal account.
  • $540 will be remitted to the winner as a gift via PayPal.


Easy to enter via Rafflecopter. 

And remember the more of the
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the more chances to win.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

F.A.T.




So I am a bit fluffy but F.A.T. has nothing to do with my body weight.  I am however working on that (the fluffiness) and F.A.T. for that matter.

Hayden says to me yesterday, "Mom, when we go to the parade next Saturday can we bring some snacks?"  "What kind of snacks do you want to bring?", I respond.  He says, "Like carrots, broccoli and white broccoli (cauliflower)."  And I say, "Of course!"  That's my boy! 

But F.A.T. in this form means something far different.  We moved, if you didn't know a couple weeks back and as I have been going through our stuff I have found one thing that has been consistent.  We have A LOT of paper.  Now I am not a hoarder by any means but I  will be the first to admit we have A LOT of paper that we probably have no need for.  A lot of misc mail.  Old magazines that I probably will never refer back to even though I saved them thinking I would.  Old birthday cards.  Christmas cards.  You name it. 

Therefore I am starting with this new acronym that I ran across in one of my magazines (ironic huh?  a new magazine not an old saved one) where one of their contributors used the term F.A.T. for:

File--important documents

Action---bills to be paid, letters/requests to respond to

Toss--junk mail, solicitations, old magazines, flyers,etc

for paperwork, mail, etc....But make sure to shred anything with personal information.  And some of the important documents that you keep should include tax returns and receipts for AT least 3 years and maybe even longer depending on your own situation.  Visit the IRS website for specific situations where you should keep them longer.

I have a bin by the door now where I am throwing all the paper into and will purge or F.A.T at least once a week so not to get the better of me.  I figure by doing it this way it won't be so overwhelming and I won't misplace important documents (which I have been known to do unfortunately) or miss deadlines.


How do you do away with paper clutter?



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A Baby Dedication, A Zipline & S'mores



This weekend was BLISS.  Just what the doctor ordered.  A productive, yet somewhat relaxing 3 day weekend.  I feel refreshed.  It is a wonderful feeling after a few weeks of chaos.

On Saturday we went to Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery.  It was a beautiful day out in the gorge.  The kids loved seeing all the fish small, medium and large.  There are some sturgeon in the ponds there that are 6 ft long and several hundreds pounds.  And the Rainbow Trout.  Honking large.  We had a picnic and used this little trip as a teaching moment (or tried to as much as we could with a 2 yr old and 4 yr old).




On Sunday our 2 year old, Kaylyn, was dedicated along with 3 other small children at our church.  Kaylyn was so cute up their on stage in her daddy's arms (except when I had to remove her finger from her nose a few times).  Listening to the pastor as he talked with each of the families about their hopes for their childrens futures.  I HOPE that our daughter will continue to walk with the LORD and become a happy, healthy little girl, woman, wife, and mother.  I know "With God, all things are possible" and I pray that she will learn this as well.

On Sunday afternoon we went over to a friends house, a husband and wife that I look up to.  They are such giving and thoughtful souls.  They talk the talk and walk the walk.  Something our family is inspiring to be.  They live on some property out further in the country so the kids had a hay day!  They jumped on the trampoline.  Played in the sand box. Swang on the big swing.  Ate some hot dogs roasted on an open camp fire. Explored.  Ran free.  They were in heaven.


And rode the ZIPLINE.  Hayden, who is usually afraid of going high on the swing, rode the zip line that crosses their cow pasture.  I thought for sure he would be silly scared but he wasn't.  I think since his friend Samantha did it, he had to do it too.  Again and again and again. 





And of course what goes down, must come back up.  He had a bit of trouble at times bringing the seat back up the hill.




And S'mores!  Can't forget the S'mores!  Look at that marshmellow, chocolatey gooeyness.  How you do you make your S'more?  I make a little slit in the marshmellow, slide a small piece of Hershey Chocalate in the slit and then roast with both the marshmellow and chocolate.  Kaylyn loved her S'more. She wanted S'more!


How was your holiday weekend?  What did you do? 

Hope everyone had a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend shared with friends and family.  And to those that have served our country and given their lives for our FREEDOM:  I thank you for your service to our country.


Friday, May 25, 2012

One Is The Loneliest





One by Three Dog Night

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It's the loneliest number since the number one




One lone Iris



No is the saddest experience you'll ever know
Yes, it's the saddest experience you'll ever know
`Cause one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
One is the loneliest number, worse than two

It's just no good anymore since she went away
Now I spend my time just making rhymes of yesterday

One is the loneliest, number one is the loneliest
Number one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
One is the loneliest, one is the loneliest
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
It's just no good anymore since she went away
(Number) One is the loneliest
(Number) One is the loneliest
(Number) One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
(Number) One is the loneliest
(Number) One is the loneliest
(Number) One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

One lone leaf

Foooood



I am bit of a foodie (and it shows).  And Portland is a great place to be one.  So many great places.  Even with taking the plunge of becoming a vegetarian there are still so many options in this city.   From food carts, farmer markets, to the hip restaurant scene, there is never a hungry stomach.

This past weekend we celebrated my birthday, a bit late, since we moved on the weekend of my real birthday.  It was worth the wait though.  We went to a lovely restaurant not to far from where we live on the Sandy River.  My husband had the Seafood Tower while I had the Miso Glazed Salmon. 


How delicious do these look?  I know you want to lick the screen.  Go ahead, I won't tell anyone.  Just make sure you wipe it off.



Seafood Tower

Miso Glazed Salmon


Ohh and did I mention, my friend Jennifer did a brunch on the same day for me and another one of our friends that share a May birthday.  Yeah, Saturday was pretty much an all day food fest.  And this was no ordinary brunch.  She went all out.  She made scones, little tea sandwiches (egg salad and cucumber/cream cheese), mini quiches, Strawberry Parfaits...We dined on the finest china.  We drank tea (pinky up), coffee, foo foo water (Pelligrino) and Lemonade.  I felt like we were having tea with the Queen Mum.  All we were missing was the tiaras and the fancy dresses and the jewels and the money.


Birthday Brunch at Casa Jenn


Are you hungry yet?



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sooooo......



Sooooo, I exchanged several emails a couple months back with a writer from Parenting Magazine/Disneybaby.com about New Mommy Mantras and welllllll....she used some of my stuff.


Sooooo, here it is on Disneybaby.com, pretty cool, huh?  I am #6 of 7 on the pages of mantras.  And no that is not a picture of me.  No photo shoot.  Darn it. 



And while I am tooting horns, would you be so kind to go vote for my friend Jennifer's Double Rainbow picture here.  She is an up and coming photographer.  Her pictures are just beautiful.  I love this picture; the contrast of the bright red building against the dark sky with the rainbows.


Please and thank you!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

House Rules



With our recent move, I am finding my OCD is rearing it's ugly head crawling out from under the covers a bit.  With that in mind, I have decided that I am going to make a list of House Rules.  Of course, I should have done something like this years ago but I think now being in closer quarters i.e. smaller house, it is becoming much more apparent, that I/we need it. 

I have tons of things swirling through my mind.  Some silly unrealistic rules.  Some very much needed rules.  I think I need to narrow it down a lot little bit.  I decided to do some research on the Internet and found a few that are similar to what I have in mind. 

This one is cut and dry, pretty simple.


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This one really speaks to me since it incorporates GOD however I think by about the 10th rule, everyone will have zoned out. (Maybe that should be one of my rules NO ZONING OUT when mom is yelling talking.)

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Here is one that seems to sum it up pretty nicely without being to long winded.  I do think however I would have to then make a formal chore list so everyone is on the same page.


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What do you think?  Does your family have House Rules?  What do you think is the most important House Rule?  The least important?  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Roasted Asparagus



One word can describe this side dish......YUMMY!  It is my new GO TO side dish especially now that the Farmers Market is open for the season.  I bought some this past Saturday when I went. 


To roast asparagus, it is so simple:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Snap or cut off the dry ends of the asparagus stock.
3.  Drizzle some olive oil on baking sheet. Take a napkin and spread around sheet so that most of the sheet is covered lightly with olive oil.
4.  Lay asparagus stocks side by side spread out on cookie sheet.  Do not layer.
 5.  Drizzle a tad bit more olive oil over the asparagus. Mix around if needed so that all stocks are covered lightly with olive oil however not drowing in it.
6.  Lightly salt with garlic salt or ground pepper (or both depending on your taste buds)
7.  Cook on 400 for 8-10 mins.

They should turn out a tad bit crunchy and tasty.  Mine did.






Monday, May 21, 2012

Menu Plan Monday



Monday, all ready? 


It wouldn't be so bad if it came later in the week.  LOL.

The one thing I do look forward to on Mondays is posting my menu plan and then of course perusing  the other plans over at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

Vegetarianism is still going strong in our house.  At home, we all eat vegetarian meals.  When we go out the hubby and kids will at times eat meat but not too much (since we don't go out all that often).


Sunday

Taco Bake with Boca Meat Crumbles

Monday

Cheese Raviolis
Roasted Asparagus (bought at the Farmers Market this past Saturday)

Tuesday

Baked Potatoe Bar
Not Just Your Average Salad

Wednesday

Grilled Cheese
Tomato Soup

Thursday

Yakisoba Noodles
Stir Fry Vegetables

Friday

Breakfast For Dinner (Eggs, Toast, Fruit)

Saturday

TBD

What are you cooking in your kitchen this week?




Saturday, May 19, 2012

Six Word Saturday




Still unpacking boxes, it's never ending!

Short and sweet 6WS.


This has been my life this past week.


We moved last weekend and our house is still full of boxes of stuff.

Hopefully today I can tackle many of them.

And those we don't know what to do with?  In the garage or attic.

Want to play 6WS?


Describe what is going on in your life in 6 words and then link up with Cate at Showmyface.com.



Have any fun plans for the weekend?

Do tell so I can live vicariously through you
since you all know what I will be doing.



Can You Hear It Now?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lenovo. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

My computer speakers are not the best (to put it nicely).  They are the ones that came with the computer I will leave it at that.   I can barely hear anything between the kids running around, the television blaring in the background (with nobody watching it, I might add), the phone ringing off the hook....And I have the volume cranked all the way up and still can not hear half the time.  Yes, I have had my ears checked so I am certain it is the speakers (although with all the other noise it wouldn’t be far fetched that I would be hard of hearing). 

 

I think it is time for me to get some new speakers.

 

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Thinking Out Loud



Time for another brain purge Friday edition. 

T.G.I.F is all I have to say (not really).

I have unpacked 2.5 boxes this week!  Whoo-hoo!  Yeah, for me.  Ha!

I have been taking tons of pictures in my spare time.  And have been playing around with Picmonkey photo editing.  Have you heard of it? (Thanks Laura for turning me onto this).  Best thing since sliced bread.  Super easy to use.  I am not the best photographer by any means but this editing site makes my pictures look so much better.  Here are a few recent pictures that I edited a little bit.

The littles petting our neighbors.  Chante and Bonnie.

I stopped and smelled the roses.

The girls.




My long awaited (only a week but seems like a month) birthday dinner is on for Saturday night.  The husband and I are going out to a nice dinner without kids.  We got a Groupon deal for this really great restaurant near by that although we have been to once before, it is a bit spendy so it is not a normal hangout BUT with the Groupon coupon, it is affordable.  I can't wait.  Good company, good food. 

Hayden is having his birthday celebration at preschool today since his birthday is in the summer.  He picked out cookies for his treat to take to school.  Store bought.  We can't bring home made items.  Not that I would have made homemade ones anyways since baking was not on my agenda for this past week.  Have you seen my kitchen?  (Bad mom, I know). 

I have a new Project Support person at work.  She started last Thursday.  Originally, we were going to have her work on our Help Desk however after seeing her credentials I asked to have her on my team for Project Support.  Everything is going along swimmingly.  Her and I have hit it off really well and she has already deloaded me quite a bit.  I am feeling a lot less pressure at work.  Which is AWESOME.  There for a while I didn't know which way was up at work which didn't make for a very happy employee.

I found a new coffee place not to far from our new house and they are open super early (just for me; I wish).  Of course I am still not drinking coffee but they make a mean hot chocolate.  And it is locally owned!  I saw a couple coffee cups there today with the following quotes which I just love:

"Mornings wouldn't be so bad if they just started later."

"I am not procrastinating, I am just still working on yesterdays stuff."

"Just when I got used to yesterday, TODAY happened."

My dads birthday was yesterday AND I am such a bad daughter, in the midst of the moving, I forgot to send his birthday card.  It is in the mail now but of course it is late.  Better late than never?  I hope he understands, I am sure he will.

The teachers in Tyler's school district looks like they are going on strike this Monday.  No school at this point unless they can come to an agreement by Monday.  Not looking very good though.  This will be the 3rd district in our area to have contract negotiation issues these last couple months.  One settled at the ninth hour, one went on strike for a day and now ours.  Doesn't the school board and district realize all they are doing is hurting the students by not settling with the teachers.  The teachers have been working without a formal contract since last June. And although the board and district like to make the public think it is only about money and raises, it isn't.  There is so much more to the contract that the teachers are fighting for.   It has been said that if they strike, the district might even cancel the rest of the school year.  It is time to get'er done and stop fiddling around. 

Ok, I am done for now...I can feel my blood pressure rising as I type about the strike situation.


Hope you all have a FAB weekend.  Anything fun planned?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wheels For Shannon-Update




More than one million people submitted and voted for their Local Heroes, as part of the inaugural National Mobility Awareness Month. The program is now closed and the top 10 percent of entries with the most votes are being reviewed.


Thanks to you and many others, Shannon Thomas from Portland, Oregon has made it into the semi finals.  Now onto the next round.  Although all of them are just as deserving only three can win. 

The three finalists will be contacted by a National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) representative in the coming weeks, and the three Local Heroes will be announced publicly in early June. Please watch for updates on the NMEDA Facebook page. Should you have questions on the program's rules and regulations, please visit http://www.nmeda.com/mobility-awareness-month/rules.


Let us pray for not only Shannon but also all the Local Heroes that they will find ways to continue to spread awareness about people overcoming their disablities to live an active, mobile lifestyle.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-Country Living




Stuck behind a tractor


This mornings sunrise


Happy Wednesday!
Hope your week is going well.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Numbers




2000 square foot house moved.
1400 square foot house now lived in.
42 boxes still to unpack.
37th birthday celebration postponed.
15 curtains and rods need hanging.
16 blistered feet.
20 droopy eyes.
8 aching backs.
8 paws exploring.
5 loads of laundry need washing.
3 loooong days.
2 tired grandmas.
2 over stimulated littles.
1 exhausted mama.






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Monday, May 14, 2012

What's For Dinner?



And breakfast too.  I know a little weird eating a salad
for breakfast but hey, I am a *little* bit weird. 

And it was sooo good last night,
I couldn't wait for left overs (so I didn't).



A fully loaded salad with
mixed greens,
carrots,
tomatoes,
cucumbers,
broccoli,
croutons
and
ranch. 

All I think I was missing is sunflower seeds.
(and maybe a few other minor things)


If only these items were out of my own garden.  Soon.  Soon I promise.


What is your favorite salad fixins?



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thinking Out Loud



What a glorious morning it is turning out to be.  As I type this I am sitting next to our big window in our living room looking out into the horse pasture next door, listening to the birds chirping a new dawn. No longer am I looking out into our neighbors back yard or waking to the dogs barking in our former neighborhood.  It is so quiet and peaceful our new setting, that we are now calling home.

Our move isn't quite completed yet.  We didn't get as much as we hoped done yesterday.  Most of the big stuff out of the old house but lots of odds and ends still waiting.  And then cleaning.  Ick!  You don't realize how dirty things are until your house is empty.  And don't even get me going on what was under the coach.  Who knew so much could hide underneath there.

My husband is a moving ROCK STAR.  He and a couple guys yesterday worked their tails off, kicked butt, moving the beds, the couches, the dressers...And then he continued on into the afternoon/evening while I tended to the littles.  Thankfully we also had grandma to help with the littles for a big chunk of the day because having two small children running around is not very conducive to moving. 

Now the fun begins at the new house.  I get to reinvent, redecorate, reorganize.  I am kind of excited.  I am thinking a little shabby chic. What do you think?  Have any ideas you want to share?  Having a smaller house I think will help keep me more organized (maybe a little bit?)  which is a good thing and there will be less to clean so this could really work. LOL.  I am also excited to get out into our yard and get things going there especially a garden.  There is lots of weeding, planting and pruning that needs to be done.  Did I tell you we have an apple tree, a plum tree, a kiwi tree and blackberry bushes?  I can taste the blackberry jam already.  Mmm.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday.  And Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.  May your day be blessed.


 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Confessions Of A Non Superwoman #20




Oh my, what a week it has been.  Wake me when it's over.


1.  I actually told my children to go jump on the bed today as a form of entertainment (so I could unpack a little bit in the kitchen).  It worked for a few minutes.

2.  Our old house. Disaster Zone.  That is all I can say.  I know we are in the process of moving but still.

3.  The house is still not totally packed.  Hey, I have til Saturday.  Ha!

4.  I didn't do a major grocery shopping trip this week since the move and now I am paying for it because I haven't been bringing my lunch to work.  I had been doing so good too but this week FAIL.  I have eaten out 3 of the 4 days so far this week.  Ugggh!

5.  The cat box hasn't been changed in a few days.  Ick!  And our laundry room is stinky.  Honey!

6.  I am E.X.H.A.U.S.T.E.D.  Night, night!


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wheels For Shannon

Meet Shannon.  She is a friend of one of my good friends, Jenn who works at Legacy Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Shannon volunteers at Randalls Childrens Hospital and is need of a new wheelchair van to keep her independence.


A drunk driver put Shannon Thomas, Legacy Health System Office, in a wheelchair when she was just 8-years old. Now, 33-years later, she’s volunteering at Randall Children’s Hospital, helping young patients with art projects.  She hopes to show them you can have a productive life in a wheelchair.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What I'm Lovin



I haven't done one of these posts for awhile so I think it is time....


Pinterest.....

Yes, you have heard of it.  It has become a new obsession of mine.  Love it. 
So many creative people out there, who knew?


I have some boards on there so make sure to follow me....If you need an invite, let me know. 


Space savers!  We are downsizing so I am trying to come up with quick, easy and fun space savers. 
And of course found tons on Pinterest.

Check out this cool idea.


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Awesome way to keep the bath toys out of the bathtub and also allow them to drip dry.


 


The sun, ahh the glorious sun.  It has been beautiful here in the Pac NW. 
 Perfect timing too with our move. 
I *love* the sun.
I would marry it, if I wasn't already spoken for. 
Yesterday I think it hit 80!

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Kaylyn got a bottle of this with some
bath toys for a birthday present.
She loves baths especially bubble baths. 
By the time she usually wants to get out of the bath
the water is freezing and
her hands and tootsies are shriveled up.
(Typically, I have to bribe her to get out).



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This was a very good movie. 
My 13 year old wanted to see it, so we
went on a mother-son date this past Sat night.

Zac Efron.  Ahh-umm. That is all I have to say about that.
(I think I might be old enough to be his mom, aren't I?)


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What are you lovin these days?


 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Won't You Be My Neighbor?



It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,
Won't you please,
Please won't you be my neighbor?

Meet our new neighbor.  We haven't formally met him yet. 
But we were able to lovingly gaze at his beauty,
the warm sun glistening off his shiny coat,
as he munched on some grass in the pasture next door.

Isn't he a beauty?





Rough Day




Yesterday was rough.  Stress got the best of us.  Moving is hard work.  I know it is for the better good but it is still a lot of work when you are in the thick of it.  And husband and I, didn’t handle yesterday very well.  We were both pretty short tempered with one another, which is never a good thing.   A few snappy words by one of us (not even sure how it started) and it was ON.   All down hill from there.


By the afternoon, it was time to take a break.  I took the kids over to a friends to hang out and just chill while my husband went to play Frisbee golf to blow off some steam.  I think we just needed a break; we were going, going, going non-stop and we just came to a breaking point. It happens.  Marriage is hard work to say the least.  I know that is not a news flash or anything but sometimes when things are going along swimmingly we I forget how much work it is so on the rough days, we throw up our hands and just become ugly.  (Maybe that is just me).  I really try to live life Christ like in every aspect of my life including my marriage but sometimes the ugliness gets the better of me. 

I know I really need to learn to not be so demanding i.e. controlling.  (Hangs head low; it is one of my personaility traits that I am working on daily).  I have high expectations on myself therefore I tend to put those same expectations on others all to often.  And of course I am type A so when things need to get done, I just like to get them done now, not 5 minutes from now, NOW.   And if they are not done now and to my level of expectations, then I will just do it myself!  It is a tough personality trait to deal with some times most of the time.  I know it is silly because we all do things differently and by now I should know what makes my husband click or clack but yet old habits die slow. 

I wish I could magically move (and unpack) everything like on I Dream Of Jeannie.  A few blinks of an eye, tilt of the head, pony tail flipping and voila.  We aren’t moving very far so it should be pretty easy.  I guess I Am Not Superwoman nor Barbara Eden so onward and upward we shall go.






I leave you with this quote to ponder:

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.
~Sydney J. Harris




What do you and your spouse struggle with the most these days?

Menu Plan Monday



Wow, what a whirlwind of a weekend.  I blinked and it was over. 

Here is what is on our menu for this week.



Sunday

Tilapia
Potato Salad
Rolls

Monday

String Cheese Pasta
Green Salad

Tuesday

Breakfast Burritos
Orange Slices

Wednesday

Potato & Brocolli Casserole
Applesauce

Thursday

Corn Squares and Bean Dressing
Spanish Rice

Friday

3 Bean Chili (Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans)
Cheesy Biscuits

Saturday

?? Moving day

What is on your menu this week?

As always, I am linking up with I'm An Organized Junkie.

Have an awesome week!



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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Six Word Saturday



My 6 words for this lovely Saturday was easy to come up with:

A 2nd birthday, lots of packing.

Our house is a disaster zone.  I need to put a sign like this on the door:




It looks like a tornado has come through it there and back.  Boxes, stuff, books, clothes, you name it, is is strewn about as we prepare for our big move.

You really don't realize how much STUFF you have until you start packing it.  We are not packing it all.  There is no reason to take it with us if it is just going to stay in a box in the garage. So off to Goodwill it will go.  I can see several visits in my near future.  That is the number one rule of moving:  If it is still in the garage or storage after living somewhere for several years chances are you won't miss it.  GET RID OF IT.  (Amen?)

We are going to try and get most of our boxes moved over on Sunday.  Luckily, we are not moving that far (yet).  It is about a mile from where we live now but you would think it was hundred of miles away since it seems as if it is way out in the country based on the surrounding landscape.  I can't wait to show you pictures of it.

And today is Kaylyn's 2nd birthday!  I can't believe it has already been 2 years since we welcomed this sweet baby girl into our lives.  She has been such a blessing to our family.  And in honor of her big day we are throwing a birthday party into the chaos!  Luckily we are having a very low key late afternoon get together with family only and simple appetizers.  This momma is to darn worn out to do anything overly extravagant this year.  Sorry. She wouldn't remember it anyways, right?

What is on your agenda?

Hope you all have a blessed, relaxing Saturday (I envy you; relax is not in my vocabulary anytime soon).


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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Stainless Steel



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After






The day came....Tyler, our 13 year old, finally got his braces on. 
I must say he looks rather handsome with them. 
They have been bothering him the last couple days though. 
Hopefully, the pain and uncomfortableness (is that a word) goes away soon.

He has been on a soft food diet the last couple days so pudding, jello, soup and ICE CREAM have been in abundance at our house.  We are a family so we figured we would share in the pain management.




Pardon me while I go get a bowl of ice cream.  I hate to have him reel in pain alone.


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