Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday......7 years later

June 2004 (me and kate)

June 2011 (me and lily)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Miscellany Monday....

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

one. Lily-ism

This weekend I overheard Lily talking to herself when playing....

"this is perfect...just like me"

(how Lily was that?)

two. newborn scent

Friday my friend and across the street neighbor had a baby girl...of course I got to rush over on Sunday when they got home to hold that precious little princess. Little miss Riley was 7 lbs of perfection.... tiny and petite and had these sweet little fingers and toes...and the prettiest little perfect lips. She was so bitty compared to Reid's 10lbs when he was born....yep...I got the baby fever all over again. Maybe this time I won't have a 3m old at birth.

three. toothy

Speaking of Dude Friend....he has 2 little teeth coming in on the bottom. I believe he is the first of the 5 kids to get teeth before 5 months. He has been drooling for months now...and biting everything in sight. Gonna have to train the boy to quit with the biting while nursing...he's doing that scissor sawing back and forth that Lily used to the words of an old friend "Not Goo-gey"

four. love/hate AGAIN

(deep sigh) I ate carbs this hardcore. I knew what I was doing...I wanted to do it...and IT FELT GOOD. Sort of...Little man has started puking again. I'm assuming it's something...maybe gluten in the carb? So point of story. Going carb free (well low..I'm having coffee with my creamer this morning) and gonna lose that last 20 lbs and get my boy to quit puking. Anything for my kid. (grins)

five. hello..can you see me?

This weekend my in laws along with hubs aunt, cousin, her hub, and their kids...came to visit for a few hours. They had yet to meet Lily and Reid...(love them)...Later that evening hubs took my MIL to get her an iphone. She's been wanting one and who better to take her than her son. ( FIL still doesn't get the whole txt'n world so he would be useless)

GUESS WHAT? hubs came home with an iphone for his sweet, wonderful, caring, loving, and always angel of a wife. I was completely overjoyed. I have always wanted one, but always acted like anyone who owned one was silly. He told me he could read through me each time I made fun of iphones ...knowing I really wanted one myself, but acting as if I didn't. (he knows me well)

My MIL and I were having a great time learning how to use our new phones together. We discovered the FaceTime function. Ohhh hello grandparents and family that lives far away...this feature is awesome. I called my little sis and she got to see the little kids...I was giggling like a school girl. Later that night when my inlaws got home I gave my MIL a call with the FaceTalk. She answered and I couldn't see anything. I could hear her, but the screen was black.

me: "GiGi...Can you hear and see me?"

GiGi: "yes, but I can't see anything"

me: "yeah all I see is dark blackness...are the lights on?"

GiGi: "yes, but I still can't see you"

me: "is something blocking the screen?"

GiGi: "No"

(hears my FIL yell in the background)

Old Dad: "yes there've got the phone to your ear silly"

me and hubs: (laughter that doesn't quit)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Foto Friday..Miss Firecracker

This weekend our neighborhood is having their 4th of July celebration.

Of course I had to make Miss Lil a 4th tutu.

We are definitely firework ready.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

People vs Animal Lovers

I'm a people lover. (don't hate)

Some of you know this (aly). I mean I like animals...just don't love them. No hating....I just have a deeper connection to my kids and family and friends than to animals.

I think bunnies, puppies, kittens, birds, bears...(fill in the blank) are all sweet and cuddly. I like to think of them as Grandchildren. Something you can spoil and love on, but then give back to it's owner. I just don't need the mess...

We have a dog ...yes and guess what? I wanted one asked ...not the kids...not hubs...ME.

I just thought a family needed a pet. I guess I forgot I wasn't a dog person.

Hubs and I went to Canton back in July 07. There was Moses...the last sheltie left and I wanted him. We left w/o him and that night I couldn't sleep...I told hubs we had to go back (mind you it's a 2 hr drive) and get that dog. I wanted him. Moses was 10 weeks old at the time and tiny and precious and needed a Mommy....(me) I begged and pleaded and swore I'd be the main person responsible......and I was for the first year. Then I realized dogs are messy. Well any animal for that reason. I mean I don't have the time and energy to follow him around and wipe the surface of everything he lays on or touches or licks. He drools and that grosses me out....I mean dogs don't wipe themselves after the bathroom and .....(list could go on).

Moses is scared of everything....rain, thunder, snow, anything wet, lightening, people, wind blowing trash. He lives to chase birds, but you see he has a sort of asthma called "reverse coughing" it's so sad really....he can only chase something for so long and then he starts gagging. We can't take him on walks b/c people stare...

Yes, the dog loves everyone in the house, but me. (I assume) I'm not bothered by it at all....

Yes, I pet him (occasionally) and say "hey moses I love you" ...but again....I'm not a dog person.

No haters please each his own....I'm just more into People than animals.

When we got Moses he became a downstairs dog only. I didn't want his fur which is EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME 24/7...I CAN'T MOVE W/O SEEING IT on the carpet. So when he was a baby I put a baby gate at the stairs and he was trained NOT to go up. I think he's been a few times...but knows to sit at the bottom. I removed the gate when he was about 4m old and viola!

I trained him the same way to go out to potty. I put a bird bell on the back door. Every time we went out...I'd say "go outside" and make his paw ring the bell. I did this every single time for months. Then one day he started to ring it when he wanted to go out. I ended up taking it down, b/c the little crazy pup would ring it and run off. Ha Ha.

After Lily was born he got out the gate one day and I did have a panic feeling. (So I do love him) I found him, but was a mess the whole time searching for him. Guilt I'm sure

Lily was born and didn't bother him until this past year. She tries to play with him whether he likes it or not. He's so patient and gentle with her. She puts blankets and bunny ears on him and makes him dance....or carry her babies.....

Hubs and I make jokes that he's probably waiting for a chance to run away again to escape Wild Lily....

He really is a good dog...I wouldn't trade him or give him away....I like having him around...but


A couple of nights ago we had a thunderstorm right about the time hubs and I were going to bed. We locked up and headed upstairs....We're in our bathroom washing our faces...brushing our teeth and hubs is sitting on toilet....(yes, TMI...but needed for the story)

All of the sudden Moses pushes his way into the "hello family....can I come in"

Of course I freak out...and being the horrible wife I am I assumed hubs brought him upstairs with him.

I look at hubs and say raise my voice "Why on earth did you bring him up here"

hubs (starts laughing) "oh yes honey...while sitting on the toilet I telepathically sent a message to Moses to come up here to annoy you"

me (stares at him processing what he said...then giggles)

hubs (shakes his head with the 'there my wife goes again' look on his face)

So I herded MoMo down back down the stairs....

I'm guessing the storm freaked him out. Hubs pointed out that I needed to comfort the dog and let him know it was ok. I did...I pet his head and led him to a quiet corner to sleep...

To make fun of me hubs will pretend to send silent messages to the dog to taunt me.....

(deep sigh) I'm living with a comic.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday....Diaper Doo-dy

*thanks to my MIL for the denim huggies. now we're styling.

(did you really think i could go wordless?...puhleeze)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

5 to 2 Kids

My 3 big kids are off to camp for the week. I felt like such a freak packing their trunks. I probably went overboard...and I even put a check list taped to the inside top of the trunk of all the items inside so they can keep track of things. (not in the oldest's trunk)

You see....child #2 and 3 are soooooooooooooo not like me. They could show up with shorts and come home w/pants. I seriously don't know what I will do with them. The oldest child is meticulous about his things. I never have to worry about what he takes....he will always bring it home.

I sent care packages....#1 and 2 got their favorite Breakfast Cookies and Astronaut Ice Cream.

Hubs brought some home the other day and it's weird and yummy at the same time. So I ran off to order more for the kids surprise camp package.

Mine Me got pop rock candy and some other stuff I forgot what....and yes the standard....I miss you sooooo much......letters inside.

I'd say the house has been quiet...but you remember Lily right? I'd like to say the oldest kids are messy (just their rooms), but it's all Lily.

I miss the fighting...the "I'm bored"....the "take me to the pool"....the "can we see a movie" ....the GNI with mini me....I miss seeing their bright faces....I miss my babies. (I also miss my little slaves that help me with some housework)

I can already tell I'm gonna suck at the empty nest syndrome...and I've got years before that happens!

For those wanting to make the marshmallows....go for it....we even made s'mores inside! Yes, I sampled and they were fantastic. Nothing better than a homemade fresh ...not plastic taste fluff!

As for my no/lo carb. 10 lbs as of today. I ate a heavy dose (we had mexican food for Father's Day) and probably more carbs than I should have yesterday....guess what I noticed? Dude Friend started with his puking again. Made me realize that since doing this no/lo carb he barely puked. So I'm guessing carbs are hard on him and I have no choice now but to keep doing what I'm doing. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mushy Smushy Goodness

Yesterday I mentioned trying my hand at Homemade Marshmallows.

It wasn't hard at all just totally messy and gooey.

*Tip...have a sink full of hot super hot soapy water ready to drop pans in. No scrubbing just let it melt off. Makes clean up so much easier.

I wish I had pictures of me making would have laughed as hard as I was. The goo really does put up a fight and I nearly gave up. But I'm determined to make this again and keep perfecting it....I'm thinking peppermint, or maybe strawberry, or chocolate. Hello sticky goodness.

I used the recipe over at


3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 C ice water, divided
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 C corn starch
1/4 C powdered sugar

9 x 13″ pan
non stick spray

Place the contents of the gelatin packets into the bowl of a stand mixer. (Yes, you’ll want a stand mixer, or someone to trade off holding a hand mixer with you- but don’t blame me if you blow out the motor of your hand mixer, you’ve been warned!) Add 1/2 C of the ice water.

Stir gently to combine and then set that bowl aside.

In a small saucepan combine: remaining 1/2 C water, corn syrup, granulated sugar, and salt. Stir mixture to combine and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and then clip a candy thermometer onto the pan. And seriously, if you don’t have a candy thermometer you can grab one for less than 3 bucks at Walmart or even sometimes in the baking isle at the grocery store. It’s well worth the little investment!

The sugar mixture needs to remain on a simmer and come to a temperature of 245 degrees F. It may take 20 minutes or so, so just stir the mixture every once and a while and keep an eye on the temp.

After the mixture reaches 245 degrees, remove from heat. This is where you need to be very careful so you don’t end up cursing my name while treating the third degree burns on your forearms. While your mixer runs on low speed, you need to slowly pour the sugar mixture into the bowl with the gelatin. Now I don’t know about you, but half the time when I try to pour something directly out of a pan (especially when I’m trying to pour slowly) it ends up spilling down the side of the pan and off the bottom and onto the counter, etc. So I choose to dirty one more dish and ladle the sugar mixture into something with a pour spout,

After you add the entire sugar mixture to the gelatin turn the beater speed up to med-high. Continue to whip for 12-15 minutes, adding the vanilla in the last few minutes of beating.

*Also, immediately put your sticky pan and utensils from the sugar mixture into very hot, soapy water. The quicker you get it soaking the quicker the goo will come off!

While your sugar goo is magically transforming into soft, fluffy marshmallows, prepare your pan.

Combine the cornstarch and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with non stick spray and coat the bottom and sides with the cornstarch mixture. Tap excess out and save it.

When your marshmallows are done beating the mixture should be thick and white and luke warm,

It’s kind of like jarred marshmallow cream at this point. (Mine was more sticky...I'm gonna decrease the mix time next time to 8 mins)

Grab a spatula and scrape the marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. The stuff is sticky and gooey and it might put up a fight. Show it who’s boss. And don’t worry about getting every last gooey drop because you won’t! Just pull out what you can and then immediately put that dirty dish in the sink with hot soapy water. I found it helpful to spray my spatula with non-stick spray.

Once the marshmallow mixture is all in the pan you’ll need to spread it out. A lot of recipes tell you to dip an angled knife into cold water first, but I found it much easier to spray the back of a large spoon with non-stick spray and spread it that way. It will be kind of lumpy, but just keep spraying and patting and get it as smooth as you can. (I sprayed my fingers w/pam and used my good ol counting tools)

I lined my pan with parchment paper and then put another layer on top too. (then I wrapped in plastic wrap for overnight)

Let the pan sit at room temp for about an hour (to form a dry layer on the top) and sprinkle a couple spoonfuls of the corn starch mixture over the top. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. Technically, you could cut the marshmallows after 4-5 hours, but I think they work better after sitting overnight. (I agree)

When they’re ready to cut, just pull the marshmallowy sheet out of the pan. It should pop right out. The bottom side will be much nicer looking than the top side!

I used a pizza cutter and cut mine into cubes. Worked just fine!

Once they are cut, dust each marshmallow lightly with the remaining cornstarch mixture. This makes them easy to handle and keeps them from sticking together.

I can't wait to try this again!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

S'mores and More

So we decided to give our hand at different types of Marshmallow goodness treats. I mean it is summer after all so why not dessert out.

(yes, except for me....I'm struggling with my will power right now...I love this lo/no carb has been a huge issue with me. As long as I stay busy baking and then busy myself with other things I am not tempted to try. If I am tempted I just run and jump on the scales to remind myself of the great progress I am making) with that said........

We have made 3 different types of treats...all with Marshmallow Fluff.
The first one was nasty...or so I assume since everyone said it was....

Cinnamon Toast Crunch with fluff (no pic I chunked the dessert)

Next was a big hit with Mini Me and Hedgie
Lucky Charms Fluff

This one I tried last night and the kids are begging for more.

S'mores Goodness

8 cups of Golden Grahams
1 1/2 tubs of fluff
3tbs butter
2 cups choc chips

I melted butter in pan...and added the fluff...melted all that.
Then I stirred 1 cups of chips in with the cereal and dumped all that in with the fluff.
I melted 1 cups of chips and poured that over the mess and stirred again.
Add to pan and inhale.
(I made this recipe up so feel free to change it up to suit you)

I'm giving my hand at homemade Marshmallows today. Wish me well...and stand by for blog on them tomorrow.
I'd kill to make these...(stole pics from etsy)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

one. Nudist

I got a nudist in my house. Her name starts with a L...No, silly it's not me...but none other than the great Lillian. I've never had a streaker before. I am not even sure how to go about this phase. Thankfully she doesn't leave the house like that...just likes to run around inside neekid. I sure wish with this heat I could join her.

two. GNI

Mini Me and I have had 2 GNI Girl's Night In together. Last weekend we watched The American Girl Carissa. Perfectly put since it was about bullies. We've been dealing with those this past year and this was a great teaching tool. All little girls should see this. Popped some popcorn and giggled in the dark. So we decided we would do a GNI every week. Friday night we made Lucky Charm Treats (think rice crispies w/o the rice crispies) and made friendship bracelets....HELLO DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD. Thanks to google I rocked the bracelets again. Kate is wearing the one I made her all summer to think of me when she is away at camp. For our movie we chose Gulliver's Travels. Who doesn't love Jack Black?

three. Lo to No

So yes, today is day 8 of my Lo to No carb 'lifestyle' change. I think it's really hard....Only b/c I am cooking for the family and not everyone (coughs...only me) is doing this. So I'm surrounded by temptation. But the scales are my reminder. 7 lbs obviously it's working. I'm a bit bored of meat though and veggies at this point. I sure hope I can keep it up until the end of Sept. For a special treat I will half freeze my water bottle of Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade to slushie form. Instant yummy

four. Boys and Girls

My oldest as been talking to girls....ohhhhhh ahhhhhh eeeeekkkk. I'm so trying to be cool about it, but deep inside I'm freaking out. I mean after all he is still my baby to me, but sadly he's growing up. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut and my hands to myself. I told hubs I wanted to buy a wooden picnic table and a fire pit so the kids could hang in our backyard to visit at night. I'd rather keep an eye on the group then have them hanging somewhere else. Maybe I could lure the group with my sweets...I mean what teen doesn't love desserts right? (I'm not ready for this phase)

five. Ding Dong

I've had it up to here (points to ceiling) of ding dong ditchers. I told hubs I want him to unhook the bell until ...FOREVER. We have had a sign above it since Lily was born that says...Please Knock baby sleeping. For the most part it's always worked. Until this summer. Kids ring it at all hours (yes even at midnight and 11am) and run off. So surprise... I'll not hear it the next time they do. Joke on them now! Ring away.

six. Sand Pit

I have always been ok with sand boxes...our pool has one and it's huge and fun. The little kids are so precious in it. It was precious until I read an article about how many germs are in the box. It's probably grosser than the kitchen sink and toilet combined. Seriously I'm grossed out. I have no clue what to do, but to pray Lily's immune system is rocking. I want to hose her down with clorox wipes when she's finished. It's her favorite part of the pool. Figures right? I want to yell..."stop touching the sand" but then how do you play? deep sigh. I hate nasty germs.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Raising Teens....Ain't For The Weak

I thought I had it made...

I mean raising babies wasn't that difficult..... sometimes there was crying, fighting, pooping, peeing, nursing, tired, hungry, angry, fussy, and sick babies...and this could be all at once.

That seemed easy....breaking up little kid fights. Wiping tears and bandaging boo boo's.

Feeding their bellies was easy too.

But no one prepared me for the TEENAGE YEARS.

I really thought it would be easy. I mean my kids are sweet (at times) but never ever any real trouble. I was blessed w/decent kids...

(dom dom dommmmmm)

I realize I'm out of my comfort zone. I want to be a tough parent...but sweet too. I want my child to know they can come to me no matter what. But yet I'm still the parent. There are boundaries to living in our house. Simple things like.....

No eating around the house or in your room....only at kitchen table. Not like they can't see the TV from the table...we have a great room Kitchen, Breakfast area, and Living Room all in one....So why do I find bowls around the house or kids sneaking upstairs with food. I mean hello? Have the rules changed since I made them last? And then I'm met with "Ohhh come on Mom!...I'll be careful!" (yeah right!) And get this...they do it anyway. Every day I find food bowls....and I'm ticked off. I mean heck fire it's summer and I don't to have to ground you, but I will not be disobeyed.

Curfews....I'm at a loss here. The pool has teen night once a month from 8-12pm. I feel like 11pm is long enough, but the boys like being with all their friends and so it's this battle of 'Your mom is mean' So I made a compromise...they need to be home at 11:30. The kids walk in groups so I feel ok about that. But I'm the type of mom that can't fall asleep until all little dude's are in their beds. UGH. So that got me thinking about REAL curfews. What on earth do you do when they want to go out with in a car? Deep sigh. Mine growing up was always 10pm. Even when I was a Senior. Try going to do anything for fun? Most kids don't leave until 9pm in the first place. But then again...there is nothing but trouble to get into after 12pm.

Don't get me started with chores. I waited too long to have kids do trash duty, dishes, sweep, (ohh clean up after themselves) pick up the house. If you walk past a piece of trash on the floor...don't walk over it...pick it up and throw it away. I feel like I'm in constant battle over chores. I now find they run from a room every time I need help. I feel resented and taken advantage of. I do so much for them and is it really that much for them to take the trash out for me when it's over flowing. I hear the "BUT I DID IT LAST TIME...SO AND SO HASN'T DONE ANYTHING" Or ...we've already unloaded the dishes twice today...why more. (deep sigh) I have no one to blame but myself for having lazy kids. Surely it's not too late to correct it.

Then we have the dreaded answer..."Does it matter" I swear if I hear my child say that one more time I'm gonna lose it. That's his answer to everything.....It grates on me. For instance, this morning he came home from spending the night at his friends at 7:28 am. WOW that seemed early ...since he usually sleeps until 10am at our house if not later. So all I did was ask..."wow why are you up and home so early?" His answer? "does it matter" ARRRRGHHH yes yes it does. So I pull out the ol' "Yes it does, because I'm your mom" phrase!

I think from now on....when he asks me a question and I say NO and he asks why? I'll say "does it matter?"

The oldest is like your trial an error...your experiment! Although you can't make a can't start over so you can't mess up too badly.

Raising teens seems more challenging than I thought. But I'll never let them know that.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm an Addict


I'm going through withdrawals right now and it totally sucks.

Day 4 no carbs and sweets/sugar

Hubs and I are doing 10 days of the Paleo Diet. Then I'll/we'll slowly add 'good' carbs (if there is such a thing) daily. I've got a plan.

So did I mention day 4. It's the hardest so far. I woke up this morning with the shakes and sweats and felt like I had the flu. I hate that I want them so badly.

Sucks being me since I keep making the kids food. Last night the inlaws came and I made 3 different types of cookies. On the outside I was smiling...the inside I wanted to rip my hair out and jump up on the kitchen island and devour the whole tray like an animal.

Don't get me wrong... I like meat...just not in ♥ with it like my hubs. He could wake and eat steak every not so much. My brain thinks that's a dinner thing.

So for breakfast I've had 2 scrambled sauce galore and 1/2 cup fresh pico. (Would sound even better w/a corn tortilla huh? I miss my tortillas)

Lunch I'm having grilled fajita chicken strips and 1/2 cup pico and purple cabbage and cucumber salad with s/p and red wine vinegar

Dinner...more freakin meat and cucumbers/purple onion/tomatoes in red wine vinegar.

I'm sooooo over meat I tell ya. I'm trying to keep away from fruits for a few days to keep the sugar of that away to drop the weight.

Thought I'd add 1 pasta/rice/bread/or tortilla a day and 1 fruit. Limit my dessert to 1 day a week.

If I do that I think I won't fail! BUT I AM SICK OF MEAT.

Hubs craves it. Good for you! (sorry I'm a bit of an emotional wreck)

I don't think the kids notice my anger. I smile a lot around them and then tell hubs how I want to rip heads of toys off and eat them with chocolate sauce. He just pets my head.

So bare with me and my emotional posts...

Side note....I've lost 5 lbs in 4 days......only 20 more to go! (shakes fists)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Firecracker Ice Pops

I've made these 2 days in a row....I'm about to go for three. They are that good.

The kids have gone gaga over them and I think I need to suck it up and invest in some better ice molds for double and triple batches.

Here is the recipe...I will show what I did to alter in red

Firecracker Ice Pops

1 1/2 cups of strawberries + 1tbs sugar pureed

1 1/2 cups of blueberries + 1 tbs sugar pureed

1 1/4 cup plain yogurt + 2 tbs sugar mixed

Layer in ice pop molds and then swirl with a knife in an up and down motion. Freeze for at least 3 hrs.

I did a mixed berry frozen bag. (thawed) and pureed that instead of the fresh. Fantastic.

We're only on day 2 of summer break and it feels like 2 months. The fighting is insane over teeny tiny stuff (yesterday it was who got a roll of paper towels down and knocked the rest to the floor)

I have turned into the 'mean' mom because I am making the kids do unload dishes or take out the trash or do their own laundry or make their own lunch.

For some reason they think they can eat in the living room or game room. HELLO WE'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT. And when I stare at them like they are aliens from outer space and wonder who changed my child's brain with said aliens.....they get mad at me. Just because it's summer doesn't mean all my rules go out the window.

It's gonna be a long summer.

On a bright note....Pine Cove is in a few weeks. I am getting together their care packages now. Hubs bought some Astronaut Ice Cream the other day when he was running errands. The boys LOVED it. (mini me not so much) So I ordered tons of packages to send in the boys care package. I'm gonna have Mini Me's little girl friends write some letters w/pictures and I'll add those to some weekly mail. I wish I was a kid again! This camp rocks!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Just the 10 + 4 of Us

This weekend we had a BBQ with our neighbors next door. You remember the girl I mention often...we both have 5 kids....had our #4's 3 weeks apart...and #5's are 1 week apart! We joke that we should start planning our 6th baby together. We plan on putting a gate in the fence between our homes to make it easier to walk back and forth! What are the odds you find a friendship like that next door to you? (grins)

We decided to have a 'School is over let's have fun' cookout and take pics of the kids with their momma's. I had it planned in my head....2 long tables with decorations and lots of food. A bucket for drinks and then roast marshmallows to make s'mores. I even thought about getting some yard games to play. The children would be perfect angels and the cookout would be like something you in magazine layouts. (stupid head)

Tara bought a huge tent and set it up in her yard. We thought the babies could sit under it and out of the glorious Texas heat.


The flies were horrible. One of us had to stand at the food table and constantly fan the food. The little 2 yr olds thought the ice in the bucket was more fun out of the bucket than in. Kids were running amuck...and my child #2 of all kids refused to get in the pictures. And the pictures we did get...well try to get 10 kids to stand for a picture...ok 9 since Hedgie ruined it! I was beyond angry needless to say. OH and it was H O T. I must have forgot I lived in Texas.

Here are few photos of our cookout...............

I love Lily's expression in this photo....She loved playing near fire (lovely, just lovely)

here in the upper left hand corner you can see my oldest child in the red shirt heading home...he came for food and left. 14 yr old for ya.

Ollie and Lily with corn and juice boxes and hugs

3 of my 5 (love how Lily won't let go of the drink for a photo)

at one time or another each kid had this whip ...whips and children scare me.

We are definitely doing this again...this time no food....just late in the evening with drinks and s'mores! Those were my favorite part. As my Mini Me said "they're called s'mores because you always want Some More haha

Thursday, June 2, 2011

10 Fingers 10 Toes and Everything In Between

We all think our babies are perfect.....and mine is! (grins)

I could sit and stare at him for hours right now.

He's in that exploration stage. You know the stage where they have discovered their hands. That those wiggly worms are attached to their body and maybe just maybe if they grab something it will make it to those precious lips of theirs. They will catch a glimpse of it bright colored things and their mouth has just got to eat it. He eats just about anything he sees.

I will stick my lips up to him to get some sloppy kisses! Sloppy kisses are the best from tiny lips.

I could inhale him at this stage.

I love his scent....
the softness of his baby fuzz hair

I love studying his little face....his beautiful blue eyes and wonder if they will change or stay the same.
I love studying his little hands and precious edible toes.

I love blowing raspberries on his tummy.

I love seeing his little head pop over the crib edge when I go to get him from his nap.

I love seeing his face light up when he sees me.

I love how he gets all snuggle bunny when he nurses.

I love how he grips my fingers so tightly when I hold his hand.

I love that he is mine.

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