Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Friday Let's Celebrate!

The weather has been extremely mild for January.
Today it was 65 degrees.
The trees think it is spring and are beginning to bloom.
I can never get enough of these sweet moments.
A very happy girl even at bedtime.  She loves her bed.
Just a matter of time before she figures out how to go forward.
Well, if we can't have snow then these Rice Krispy Treat snowmen will have to do.
Life changing sauce and meatballs discovered at The Long Road to China blog.
So  good my children licked their plates.
Eating this recipe was like going to Italy for the evening.

Well, It has been a great week here at our house.  The children and I watched Dolphin Tales tonight.
A very cute story. 
Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January "Cornerview"

Last Night the President of the United States gave his State of the Union Address. I didn't watch. I know I should be more political, but I was in the middle of putting children to bed.  In the manner of the State of the Union Address, I thought I would give my own address.

The year so far has been good.  I  know it is only one month into the year, but so far things have shaped up much better than I had hoped.  I made these brownies the other night.  So yummy!  The next day I started a health weight challenge.  No Sugar for the next 8 weeks.  I hope I can do it!

I am tired of being the fat girl.  I want my old body back or at least a better body than what I have right now.  Amazingly, I have managed to work out just about every day.  I hate working out.  The only thing I do like to do is Zumba, but the class schedule hasn't been working with mine.

Harris got his braces back on.  He is now doing phase 2.  He wouldn't let me take a photo of him.  His mouth was so sore tonight.  Poor guy!  Winston get's his on next week. 

I made these dolls with the help of my mother.  I found the pattern on-line at a shop called Bit of Wimsey.  Aren't they cute?

This month I managed to pack up three bags to take to the Salvation Army.  It feels good starting the year off de-cluttering my house.  I gave a bunch of baby equipement to a couple at church who are expecting their first child, and I also sent two boxes of baby clothes to New York to a friend who had a baby last month.  It was a little bittersweet because I know there will not be any more babies in our home until one of our children has children.  I am not rushing that one. 

                            How's your January looking?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lost Tooth

Guess who came to our house last night?

The Tooth Fairy!

Kick up your Heels

It's the Weekend!

So kick up your heels

                                                        idea found at lemonade making mama

          and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa!

  • supplies for bar can be found at Ikea.  Excluding food items this cost me $28. A steal in my book.
  • outfit supplied by H&M -won via Mali at Artic Mom.  It is from their new Natural Collections.  Isn't Addy adorable?
Have a Happy Weekend!

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    cornerview "Black and White"

    As an early Valentines gift, my husband bought me an new vacuum cleaner. Now, I know what you are thinking a "vacuum cleaner". Yes, and this means love to me. It arrived last night and I was so excited for it's arrival that I promptly took it out of the box and began vacuming. I have wanted a Miele for years; however ,it was never really in our budget. This baby is going to make my life so much easier because now I don't have to sweep up all the fallen food on the floor under the kitchen table and the dust before moping. Yahoo! Some may want flowers, but I wanted something that was going to make my life easier.

    Monday, January 16, 2012


    • No school today because it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
    • Too cold outside to play today, but didn't want to be stuck in the house.
    • We headed to Monkey Jo's where the boys got rid of some of their energy.
    • Addy learned how to sit up.  She is proud of herself.
    • A morning of playing was followed by pizza.
    • Ice cream was devoured too!

    Happy Monday!

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    6 months


    HI! I am 6 months old now and that is a half a year old. My mommy can't believe how fast my first year is going by and she keeps telling me not to grow up so quick. Did I tell you that I finally mastered rolling over. I took my sweet time learning how to rollover, but I am really good at doing it and can even scoot myself around in circles by using my feet to turn myself in the direction I want to go. I am eating like a champ now too! I adore pears and plums, but not so keen on bananas; however, don't tell my papa because he loves bananas. They call me all kinds of names like Addy cakes, Peanut, sweet girl, and a few others. My brothers are still really in love with me, but I am sure that won't last for long once I am capable of getting into their things. My mommy thinks it is really cute when I purse my lip together and then make a sound similar to an elephant. I think she thinks whatever I do pretty cute. At my last doctor visit, I weighed 13.6 pounds and was 24 1/4 inches long.
    I hope you are having a fantastic day! Talk to you later-

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Ringing in the New "Cornerview"

    Ring Out, Wild Bells
    Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more, Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind. Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. Ring out the want, the care, the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be. 1850 Alfred Tennyson

    I love this poem.  The poem has since been made into a song and is included in our song book at church.  I love when the New Year falls close enough to Sunday that we sing this song.  Have your heard it before?  Isn't it lovely?

    The last week or so I have seen a ton of posts in regards to resolutions. One blog talked about trying something for 30 days based off a talk by some inspirational guy who says if you try something for 30 days you are likely to change the habit you so desire to change. Other people pick a word which to focus on to help them change things in their lives such as Simplify or Gratitude. I have to say I am not one for making resolutions. For some reason, the concept sits with me negatively. Why?
    I am not sure! Maybe because they don't seem to be taken too seriously. However, I am a goal setter, and I don't need to wait for a New Year to set goals. I set goals every day. Goals of being a better mother, A better person, and to try new things with the hope that at my end of my life I will have no regrets. I am sure I will make some mistakes along the way, but the journey only becomes sweeter from knowing sorrow.   So, you are probably wondering what does ringing in the new have to do with beets, goat cheese, and walnuts.  Well, I have been working on for the last month or so of eating more vegetables.  Beets happen to be my favorite right now.  I love how they are sweet!  When combined with creamy tangy goat cheese, meaty walnuts, and  a little salt and pepper they are just simply Divine.  I am not necessarily going to become a vegan, but  I want to be a better example for my family.  Just maybe my boys will want to try some new things too.    We are 11 days into the New Year and I hope the New Year it treating you well.  Did you make resolutions? 

    Too see how others rang in the New visit Francisca who is hosting Cornerview for Jane.

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    The Weekend

    It has been a quiet weekend.

    The boys went back to German School this morning after being off
    the last 3 weeks for Christmas break.
    Next weekend they will take their ATG test which is a test that measures their proficiency.

    I am feeling kind of blah and uninspired.  I don't know why.
    We have had beautiful weather the last couple of days-65 degrees.
    I went to the gym the last two mornings.

    We made Carmel popcorn today.
    It is super easy to make
    Pop 3 quarts of popcorn
    lay popcorn out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
    in a sauce pan mix 1/2 cups of butter with 1 cup of brown sugar and
    1/2 cup of corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon salt
    bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes.
    add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and stir.
    Then drizzle Carmel over popcorn until popcorn is coated.

    The boys watched Harry Potter 7 part 2 in German.

    I am reading Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.
    Kind of a strange book.
    Have you read it?
    What do you think?

    I am in love the the TV show Pan Am
    Have you seen it?

    I also watched the other night back to back all 7 episodes of Downton Abby.
    Love it!
    Have you seen it!
    Season 2 starts on Sunday on PBS.

    Other movies I have watched
    Sarah's Key on DVD
    based on the book.  Very good!  Sad!
    Also, a movie called Arranged.
    So interesting to learn how woman in other cultures view getting married
    and how they come to terms with their religions in a modern world.

    Hope you are having a Great Weekend!

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    Dear Hollywood

    Dear Hollywood, the other day I took my children to see the lovely movie The Adventures of TinTin and we loved it!  The movie was fantastic and we were really impressed with all the amazing 3D graphics; however, we have a problem.  See, when I went up to the ticket counter I almost had a heart attack when the agent announced that I owed him $49  for one adult and three children.  I thought he had it wrong.  How could it cost so much to go to the movies?  He simply stated to me that since the movie was 3D that it was $12 a piece for the children and $13 dollars for me.  I asked him if they were offering it not in 3D and he told me yes, but not until much later that evening.  Of course they weren't offering it in 3D during the day because that would mean less money for them.  I just about turned around and took the children home except I didn't want my children to cry since mommy had promised them we could go see a movie.  I think you stink!  You are counting on us moms not to walk away.  The thing is though many moms who are much smarter than me are staying home because they simply just can't afford to take their children to the movies anymore.  I counted the number of people in the theater and there were a total of 15 people with at least another 135 seats available.  I guess you can't do the math, but that is a lot of tickets unsold.  The theater should have been packed given it was opening week.  I use to think it was the movie theatesr who were jacking up the prices until I read that the theaters make very little money from the actual movie and makes their profit from the concession stands.  No wonder  why it cost practically your first born child for a popcorn and drink.  Here is a suggestion.  Maybe, you don't need to hire famous actors for your cartoon movies.  The children don't care who is behind the voice and actually the parents don't either.  This should save you some money and you can pass the savings on to the movie goer.  I grew up going to the movies.  One of the first movies I remember seeing was Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.  While it wasn't a childs movie I thought it was pretty funny.  The next movie was Pete's Dragon we saw this for Valentines at a drive in movie theater.  I can still hear Helen Reddy singing from the Lighthouse the song Candle on the Water, and I remember hanging on the edge of my seat for Bernard and Bianca who were trying to save Penny from the bad guys in the movie The Rescuers.  I love going to the movies.  It allows you to go on an adventure or visit another country without even having to own a passport.  When I went to see Out of Africa, I traveled to Africa.  When I saw Under the Tuscan Sun, I went to Tuscany and the movie NINE took me to Positano, Italy.  Karate Kid took my children to China.   While I am at it Hollywood, my husband and I can't really afford to go to movies anymore either. It simply is just to expensive by the time we pay for the babysitter.  Tell me why Tom Cruise needs to make $15 million a film.  That is more than some countries gross national product.  Really how can he spend that much money in a lifetime.  Maybe if actors in Hollywood would stop getting married and divorced every other day they wouldn't need to make so much money.  Hollywood, I love going to the movies, but I think I saw my last movie at the theaters. 


    A movie lover!

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    Happy New Years!

    Celebrating with Friends!

    Ringing in the New Year is hard work!  I am tired and ready to take a nap.  How about you?  We began New Year's Eve with an early dinner of  beef fondue and chocolate lava cake sans children or at least most of the children.  Addy kind of wiggled her way into our grown up moment, but she is so adorable that we don't mind.  Have you ever had fondue?  It is a tradition for us.  We use to have it on Christmas Eve, but since we are usually traveling during the Christmas holidays we transferred the tradition to New Years Eve.  Have you seen the big write up in the Wall Street Journal this week on the best places to eat fondue in Switzerland?  If you haven't seen it, you should check it out!  I always file these types of articles away so that when I go visit a country I have a list of places ready to go.  Then for dessert we had chocolate Lava cake.  My son has been begging me ever since we went on a cruise last year to make it.  He was thrilled!    Frank threw out his back a couple of days ago, so the rest of us spent the evening with our good friends Lucy and Stewart.  Stewart made his delicious chili using his secret ingredient chocolate. I made a dip using 2  eight ounces of cream cheese, 4 ounces of blue cheese, a jar of bacon bits, 1 Tablespoon of garlic, 2 Tablespoons of chopped green onion and baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Served with crackers and veggies it was so yummy! Sorry no picture of the dip, but it was so yummy it didn't last very long. We didn't make it to midnight.  The children were getting loopy so I brought them home where later I rang in the New Year watching Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark drop the ball in New York City.  Did you have a good Evening?  I hope so!  Anyway, we had early morning church today so I think a nap is in the works.  Wishing you a very Happy New Year!