Monday, October 31, 2011

Goblin Snot and Ghost Poo a Halloween Wrap Up!

Thank goodness Halloween is over! I am sure I have gained a gazillion pounds and to be Frank I have had enough of this holiday. I write this as the smell of burnt pumpkin seeds permeates my house-yuck! I seriously almost burnt the house down. Oh well, I guess there is always next year for pumpkin seeds because there is no way that I am going to scrap another pumpkin clean this year. Today the boys had off from school, so how does a mom of three boys keep them out of trouble? She carves pumpkins with them, makes lanterns, and last but not least she makes Goblin Snot and Ghost poo with them. Thanks to Emily on the last one. It was a huge hit. She found the recipe here on this blog.  The boys had fun carving their pumpkins.  Winston made a traditional Jack O Lantern while Roman made one with a design of a haunted house on it and Harris made his with a XBOX logo on his pumpkin.  The boys scored a ton of candy and were happy to give half of it away to the troops.  So grateful to the PTA for that one.  Yahoo!  They were so happy to donate their candy to a good cause.  Last year, I paid them a lump sum for their candy and my husband took it to work.  Well, it has been a long week of very fun activities and I am one tired mommy, so it is off to bed for me.  We hope you had a fun day.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trunk or Treat 2011

Roman as Captain America

Harris a Zombie and the Winston oops I mean Harry Potter

Addy and I "Meow"



Last night, the children and I participated in the church annual Trunk or Treat party. Frank was in Chicago for work. We had a great time. The food was fantastic! We ate pulled pork sandwhiches and potato salad. Afterwards the children played games then it was time for the parade, costume contest, and the finally Candy time. The boys had a great time. Addy wasn't so sure about the whole thing.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Another Weekend!

It's Friday!
Happy Weekend!

 At school this week the children participated in a hat parade.
Each student had to pick a word out of  a hat,
 and their hats had to reflect that work.  His word was crooked 

                                         The boys participated in a Beyblade Championship

Harris is now on the road to black belt.
He earned his second strip on his red belt.
Sunday dinners are a favorite around our house.

Roman and Addy went to the Cardiologist this week
Addy's hole is almost closed.
Addy now weighs 11 pounds 3 ounces and is 23 inches long.
 Roman's MRI report came back saying no surgery at least this year!
                                 Winston  is participating in the Battle of the Books at school.
A trip to Barnes and Nobles was needed to pick up more books to read.
life rearranged

Count Down to Halloween!

You can never have too much frosting.
The architect didn't want to settle for using a milk cart
as a means of support.  He designed his own house.

I think Winston's might be a Janpanese version???
Papa and Addy look on as the boys create their
versionsof Haunted Hauses.
Just setting the record straight, I hate haunted houses.
When I was little I got lost in one because somehow
 I got seperated from my friends.
It was terrifying.

Halloween is just 4 days away. The children are excited. They can't wait for their class parties; especially, Winston because his class is using sling shots they made to shoot mini pumpkins. In preparation for Halloween, they boys made their versions of Haunted Houses. More candy made it in their mouths than on the house. Afterwards, we read the story Halloween Night. Such an adorable story.    The count down will continue with watching The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown , Trunk or treat at the church, mummy dogs for dinner, and last but not least carving pumpkins.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In Awe

Today we went on a walk with Roman's friend Andrew.
They found many treasures, and even found a dead snake-yuck!

My heart feels very heavy today. Yet, at the same time peace. The scenery all around me seems to be saying to me be still and know that I am God. I can't help be in awe.  It is just so beautiful outside right now with the changing of leaves. A tapestry of color. Today, I went to the hospital to visit a friend whose daughter is in the hospital. She has a terrible disease called Mito short for Mitochondrial Disease. My heart is breaking for this family as they watch this disease steal the life of their beautiful little girl. It just doesn't seem very fair. Her sweet mother said that she feels so blessed to have been this little girls mother. I know that we have been better for knowing this sweet little girl. Last night, I ran into the mother of my son's best friend who past away two years ago. Mason was only 11 years old. He battled cancer for 3 years. He would be 13 in a couple of weeks had he not passed away. My son on the way home said, "Mom, I feel sad because I can hardly remember what Mason looks like." I told him that was OK, because the most important part was that we remember him. Mason had a great smile. Even until the last few minutes of his life Mason battled cancer with such dignity. He was always very positive. Showing more maturity than most grown men and woman. I found this quote today that touched my heart, and I hope it touches your heart. I also enjoyed reading this blog post.

"My plea is that we stop seeking out the storm and enjoy more full the sunlight.
I am suggestiong that as we go through life, we accentuate the positive.
I am asking that we look a little deeper for good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm,
that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort." Gordon B. Hinkley

Ok, well, I need to run a couple of boys to Boy Scouts, so thanks for letting me share what is on my heart today. My hope is that something awed you today.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Week #2

Fall Arrived!
Sunday: Pork Loin, roasted potatoes, mixed green salad with Pears, Pecans, and a Gorgonzola vinaigrette.
Monday:  Butter Chicken Indian with Basmati Rice
Tuesday: Leftovers for grown-ups and Mac and Cheese for kiddos.
Wednesday: Apple Pie no joke we had apple pie. 
Thursday: Apricot Chicken with Pistachio Couscous.
Friday:  Went out to dinner Chipolte
Saturday:  Chicken Pot  Pie!

Coming up next week!  Wilted Spinach with Bacon Salad


Ingredients: 2 bags or 5 ounces of baby spinach
10 ounces of cooked bacon chopped
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 red onion minced
1 apple chopped in bite size pieces
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt.
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 tablespoons of cider vinegar
3 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped or quartered
Fry up bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Once bacon is cooked remove from pan and pour off all but 4 Tablespoons of the fat. Then add the olive oil and return to heat until it comes to a simmer. Add onion, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook until onion is cooked. The remove from heat and add vinegar. Pour over spinach and then add egg, apple, and bacon and toss. Bon Appetite!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Best Day Ever!

Lance Armstrong watch out because here comes the next generation of bicycle riders. Today, Roman rode his brand new bike (bike from older brothers didn't survive) for the first time. He rode three miles. It seems like a lot, but that is pretty standard for our family. Our boys are known to ride about 16 miles on any given bike ride, but I think for a 4 year old 3 miles is pretty impressive. He has training wheels on his bike, but I don't think they will be on there for very long. On the way home, Roman whispered to his papa that it was the best day ever.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tickles my Fancy-Cornerview and Communal Global

Today we went with Romans class to the pumpkin patch
I have never seen him so excited about anything
Why I am not sure since we were there as a family a couple weeks ago
He was so excited he woke up in the middle night, and
got dressed in his clothes and went back to bed.
I am so tickled by his excitement.
I am tickled by watching his sweet interactions with his classmates.
I am tickled by my little girl in a orange black tutu.
On another note, Addy is 4 months old and weighs 11 pounds 3 ounces and is 23 inces long
Roman is obsessed with the alphabet and I love when he pronounces W he adds a Q to the ending.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekly Menu

I don't know about you, but I am kind of sick of cooking. After 15 years of marriage, it had gotten to be more of a chore than something that I use to really love to do. So about a month or two, I started a search for new inspiration and new ideas to add to my weekly menu's. Each week, I am going to post my menu to help me remember what I have made and if in the process I inspire you to try something new than great. If you feel like it, you can leave me your menu too and or links to recipes. Maybe, your menu will make it into our kitchen. Do you remember the sweet potato donuts I made last week. They were inspired from a blog called On Hand Modern, but instead of using potato I thought they would taste even yummier using sweet potato. One tip in making this recipe is to cut it in half. It makes a gazillion donuts in which we ended up bring many to our neighbors because there were just to many for us to eat.   OK so here was our menu last week.

Sunday:  Pork tenderloin, homemade applesauce, broccoli and cauliflower steamed.
Monday: Cheese pizza using crust from Pioneer Woman
Tuesday: Pacific grilled salmon on a Ciabatta roll.
Wednesday: Baked french toast.  My children thought I was a goddess for making this one.
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Chili and cornbread
Saturday: Chick fil A  (a fast food restaurant)

What did you eat this last week?

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Days

So glad it is Firday! I am tired. It will be nice to sleep in tomorrow morning even though we still have German school in the morning. Today is a gorgeous day. The sun is shining after three days of solid rain. It is 76 degree, but perfect because there is very little huidity. The trees are just beginning to turn. On Wenesday, I made homemade sweet potato donuts they were delicious. The boys loved them. Pretty simple to make. Tried a new recipe for pizza dough from Pioneer Womans website. It was so simple and really tasty. Had a slummer party with my mom this week since my husband is out of town.  We watched an old movie called Pillow Talk with Doris Day.  How about you have your tried any new recipes this week. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Lately, I have felt the need to Edit. I am not talking about the kind of edit you do with writing though that probably wouldn't hurt either because I have noticed many grammar and spelling errors in my blog post. That is what I get for writing past 10p most nights. Anyway, I am talking about the kind of editing one does with their life. So many good choices out there it is hard to choose; however, after flipping out on my children the other day I think I need to edit how I spend my time. I certainly would not win the Mother of the Year award for the way I acted the other day even though they kind of deserved it, and who can blame me given that I get only about 5 hours a sleep a day The problem is I am not very good at saying no or realizing I can't do it all. One would think by the age of 40 I would have it all figured out, but I guess not. I do realize that I am not alone in this problem, so I will not beat myself up too much. The thing is that at the end of the day what kind of relationship am I going to have with my children if all I do is end up yelling at them all them time because I am stressed out. I think they would much rather go to fewer places or not do as many fun things if the things we do are happy. Do you ever find yourself in this situation? Do you wake up with at long list of things you feel you need to do with your children like read certain books, play certain games with them, crafts you have seen on blogs, places to go on bucket list, and that is all on top of the things you need to just to maintain your home. Speaking of maintaining home, I am slowly learning it is OK not to have a house that looks like no one lives in it. This is a hard one for me because for years I have defined myself by having the cleanest house in the neighborhood. Also, not having a clean house has terrified me because it was just something that wasn't really a priority for my mother and it kind of embarrassed me. Writing this makes me feel like maybe I need to go to therapy. The thing is I am hoping by writing it that I will begin making the steps necessary to begin having a more balanced life. How do you find balance? How do you choose what activities make it into your day? Do you have any tips for me on how I can feel more balanced?
p.s. Roman learned how to write his name.  He is now beginning to recognize the letter of the alphabet and can almost say the alphabet without making too many mistakes.  I love how he writes the alphabet in the air with his finger.
p.s.s. he told me that witches creep him out after seeing a witch in a Halloween book
p.s.s.s. he told me I had great tricks when I made pizza dough last night from scratch.  Boy do I love this kid.  He is way too sweet!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Annual Camping Trip

Going Camping is becoming and annual activity.
Thanks to Nana the big boys were able to stay.
I went home with the little kids.
They had a blast.