Friday, February 29, 2008
Tomorrow will hold many activities. Sledding, birthday party with cake and ice cream, presents, and dinner with family. I'm glad that my mother likes to over plan, because we're expecting somewhere between 20 -30 people tomorrow. And most of them are adults. But, nevertheless, it will be a fun time for everyone. I'm glad so many people will be there to celebrate with Zachariah. And I know he'll love all the attention.
I will catch up with you tomorrow. Have a great weekend.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
We took Zachariah out Monday looking for presents and ideas for a cake. (Nope, still haven't decided.) I was strongly leaning towards the tractor thing. He looked at the tractor cake supplies and gave me an uh-huh-that's-nice-mom kind of reaction. Then he saw cars "CARS!" and Elmo "MELMO!". Which lead him to saw "Monsta? Cookie Monsta?". Nope, no cookie monster things. Then he started asking for "Eam gurk?" which means "teamwork" with means Wonder Pets. Nope, no Wonder Pets. Ahh. So we kept looking. The two places I looked for gifts didn't have much at all. Maybe they haven't restocked since Christmas or something.
So, no cake idea. And no presents. I spent the rest of the day Monday looking online for cake ideas. I found things for Elmo, Cookie Monster, and of course Wonder Pets. I did find a few do-able ideas, but I wasn't sure. Then I called my grandma to invite her to the party and my sister too. Zachariah heard me talking about his "birfday" on the phone and started saying "tractor tractor". Back to square one. I guess he has settled on a tractor theme. I found some cute ideas and was ready to get things for a tractor tonight. My mom called last night and saw a cute idea for a barn cake. Now I think I'm going to do that. And I'll buy a little toy tractor to place beside it (and then he can have a new tractor toy). So that settles the cake. (I'll be sure to take photos, because I have some great embellishment ideas.)
Presents. I have a few ideas and I'm hoping to get something tonight. I have my night out for choir tonight, and it's a good time to stop at the store by myself on the way home. So, we'll see what I can find, because time it running out.
I feel a bit frazzled, but I know it will all come together without too much craziness. Let's hope that Matt and Zachariah are both feeling better by Saturday too. (Matt came back home this morning sick. He is exhausted and has an upset stomach. Zachariah has a bit of a cold.) I'm still not sure why things got put off so badly this year, but I'm frantic and determined to get things back in order in my life. Time keeps ticking away.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
It's almost overwhelming when I think about resolving this problem though. I see plenty of places where I should start, but then I think about all the other "hot spots" (to borrow a phrase from FLY lady) that need putting out. I know I can't do it all at once. And it seems rather convenient (sarcastic) that when I'm in the mood to start on some projects here that I can't do a whole lot with a sore, out of whack, back.
And why the sudden interest in taking care of these things? Matt and I were discussing the "one year rule" about clothes the other day. Basically if you haven't worn it in a year, then get rid of it. And I know we both have a lot of work we can do in that department. Then I see all the baby clothes that are still in Zachariah's closet (in bags) that should be stored.
So maybe this is all a pre-nesting thing. We have been talking about trying for another baby. I figure if I can't keep things organized with one kid, what will I do with two. And we've accumulated a lot of things for this one kid. Much of it I've let pile up (or shove it all in manila envelopes to save) and it just plain needs sorted.
I have work to do, and I may as well get started while I have some motivation. Since Zachariah's birthday is only a week away, I think the best place to start is to begin organizing and sorting his toys. And I can organize some small areas with storage containers/organizers that are sitting in our garage unused.
Our small group is having a garage sale at the beginning of May. The proceeds are going to Matt's Mali trip. I know as I'm organizing and sorting I will find things to put aside for the garage sale. I'm glad to know I have something to do with these things, and I know they won't sit in boxes in the garage for more than 2 months. I think we can handle that.
My mission this week is to pull out the empty storage boxes/units that I have. Then I will get some of Zachariah's old baby things put away. I know I will eventually move his dresser into his closet, then I'll have more room for him to have toys to play with in his bedroom. I think toys are a good place to start. Plus I know he'll be getting more for gifts next weekend.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Matt was a gem, and he met me at the chiropractor's office today during his lunch break. He took Zachariah out for lunch while I was being adjusted. We planned this yesterday, so I told Zachariah this morning that he could have pizza for lunch with Daddy. He talked about it all morning long. He was excited. Then by the time we got home, it was way after his naptime so he went right down for a nap. He woke up telling me about having pizza for lunch with Matt. So cute.
Matt's been offering to help out more and do things around the house so I can rest. He does when I ask him. I hate to ask. I guess I can't handle the being babied thing like he can when he's sick. I should milk it for all it's worth.
I feel like I'm getting better after being adjusted and I will probably need to go back next week. Let's hope I can get back to working out soon. That's the only way I can get healthier to make this better in the long run.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
5. Leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.
My random/weird facts:
1. Matt and I are addicted to Big Brother. We've watched it loyally every summer since Season 2 in 2001. Right now we're happy to have a winter season to watch. Although, I have to say that this season isn't too great for me, but I still watch each and every episode.
2. My sisters and I all used to pile in a twin bed together once in a while and thought it was great fun. Oh, I should mention it was the top bunk. Ha. I usually bailed first (but it was my bed).
3. When I went into the hospital to have Zachariah, a group from a local school came in to present me with 2 new Dr. Seuss books. It was Dr. Seuss's birthday, so they were giving books to all the babies born that day. Zachariah wasn't born until the next day though. I was just there for observation the day before and then was induced the next morning. They still wanted to give him the books. I couldn't refuse. I love children's books.
4. Did I ever tell you that Matt crawled out from behind a rock when he proposed to me. He was taking too long back there (we were hiking and I was waiting to take a photo), and I thought he was going to scare me with a bug. I was surprised though.
5. I know how to play the French horn. (I wish I'd gotten the chance to play it more when I could.)
6. My baby sister just turned 22 this week. I remember the day she was born (or night rather). It was in the middle of an ice storm.
7. As a kid my first job was delivering newspapers. I did it for 7 years! It was a good way to learn about responsibility and money.
Tag, you're it now.
1. Devan at All D's - because, like me, she's bored that no one has been posting new blogs to read.
2. Mommy Brain - because she's been MIA for a while, so I'd like to see a new post from her.
3. Kelsey at Midwest Mom- because she's on bed rest, and maybe this will give her something new to do.
4. Shannon at Cerebral Palsy Baby - because she's been quiet, and I think she does have things to say.
5. Sarah at No Whey, Mama - because she just had a baby a month ago, and I need to hear more about this new little one.
6. Emily at Katydid - because she's one of the cool kids who I'd love to meet IRL some day.
7. And Misty at Rainy Day in May - because she's suffering with allergies and needs a little love.
Of course if you haven't been tagged by anyone else and would like to do this, do it. I can add you to my list if you want. ;)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
8 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
1 package (7 ounces) small shell pasta, cooked and drained
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 bread slices, cubed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Toss bread cubes with butter; sprinkle over top.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
So, go check out his AI site, and vote vote vote for him. :)
For the record his hair was short and spiky when I knew him. I think he hasn't cut it since I knew him in 5th grade.
I'm sad that this happened. I'm scared that it happened. Am I scared to go back to a place where I've worked for 4 years? No. Am I scared to take my son with me? Not really. OK, maybe a teeny tiny bit more now. What really scares me is that I left late that night. Less than an hour before this happened. I'm sad because I know this boy. He doesn't come in for our after-school program, but I see him around often. He also helped us a lot this summer. And I know his younger sisters well, since I work with all three of them.
The boy is OK for now. I don't know how serious his injuries are, but I know that he had surgery to repair damage done to his colon and bladder (maybe stomach too). I know he was shot in the back. I know this family is already dealing with more than their share of issues. They lost their mother 6 years ago and now live with their grandmother (and whoever else of the family lives there). I just pray for this family that things will work out. I pray that the boy is OK. I pray that he will heal quickly. I pray that the person(s) responsible will be caught.
I decided not to link to local articles about this boy, because it would give away too much about where I live and tutor. But if you're someone who regularly reads this blog (and I feel like I know you) or you know me in real life, I'd be happy to give you the links via e-mail. And I'd be happy to keep you updated with what's happen. I know that the police have no suspects. I know they haven't had a chance to talk to the boy. I hope he can help them, and I pray that justice is served.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
2. My husband isn't the only romantic. Saturday on my way home from a friend's house, I stopped to get Matt a bouquet of beautiful purple tulips. He loved them. (OK, so I enjoy having them on my dining table too, but that wasn't the purpose.)
3. Zachariah has a great memory. One night last week when I was putting him to bed, I saw a spider on the wall beside his bed. I called Matt in to kill it. Then he went to sleep no problem. The next night as I was laying him down he was trying to tell me something about Daddy and pointing to something. I couldn't figure out what he was saying. Then it dawns on me, he said "Daddy... pida...wall". He wanted Daddy to kill the spider on the wall. I had to then convince him that there was not a spider on the wall tonight. Funny that he remembered it though.
4. I tried another new casserole recipe. I'll post it next week for my new recipe. We liked it.
5. Zachariah has a black eye. Have I told you that yet? Poor guy, everyone asks him about it. He points to his eye and makes a pouty face, then says "bauck" meaning "black". Ha ha. He even told Grandma about it on the phone last night.
6. Speaking of grandmas. Happy 49th Birthday to my mom! It was yesterday. She didn't get to go out to dinner with my dad, because the roads were a mess with all the snow we got yesterday. He still stopped at her favorite Chinese restaurant on his way home and got dinner for them. He's so sweet. I'm sure he'll make it up to her this weekend and take her somewhere really nice. (My dad is the type of guy I always wanted to find for myself. I don't think I did too badly.)
7. I've been trying to read a book a week. I'm doing well. I love to read, but I normally go in spurts. I'll read lots and lots of books, then I won't read for a month. I want to keep this up all year. And I want to expand my reading horizons. I'll be posting more about that some other time, because I'll need your help and suggestions.
8. A new season of Big Brother started last night. Yeah! My best friend and I love that show. We talk about it all the time while it's on. And we don't usually agree on our favorites, so we argue about it too. It's great fun.
9. I saw on KatieBug's blog that someone commented about making homemade Samoa cookies. What? Awesome! I'm going to try them! I'll let you know what I think.
10. Do you have plans for Valentine's day tomorrow? Do you give gifts to your kids? What do you give? Matt has something planned for this weekend. We don't have any babysitters here, and it's hard for us to take Zac out during the week. So, we'll do something later. I haven't gotten anyone anything yet. I think I'll get Zachariah a little box of chocolates.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I realized after the first two days that I was going to need new workout clothes. What I have is fine, but I only have one sports bra. And I don't like to wear it twice in a row after it's all icky and sweaty. So, I made a deal with Matt. I had to keep exercising daily until today, then we would go buy some new exercise clothes for me. I did it. This is a good commitment to him and I. And he didn't even expect me to workout over the weekend. I knew I had to if I wanted to keep the momentum going.
So, here we are a week later. What changes am I noticing? Not too many. I have more energy. I feel strong enough to do the workouts now. I feel more fit. But I still have a long way to go. The point of this first step (of exercising every day) was for me to get more fit. That's an important step for me. And I needed to develop this daily habit.
What comes next? Next is the hard part for me. I need to focus on losing weight. I need to start eating better. I have started on this, but I'm not there. Here's what I am doing: drinking more water, eating good breakfasts, eating better lunches. Our dinners aren't too bad. What I really need to concentrate on is more fruits and vegetables during the course of the day, less snacking, and cutting out evening snacks (I get pretty carried away there). So, I have some more steps to take. And I know what they are.
Then I have a weight goal. This is just a starter goal for now, and I will keep working at it. This will in no way make me skinny, because I have twice this to lose. But it will give me a good start and make me healthier. My current goal is 40 lbs. My reward for reaching that? Matt has agreed to start trying for a baby. :D I'm very happy about that, so I need to keep on this track. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Please, pay no attention to the dust settled on the television. (I don't think you'd see it if it weren't for the little fingerprints smeared on it.) OK, I'm getting up and dusting the TV right now.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Mostly I'm looking for ideas for a theme of sorts, especially for a cake. Last year I went with Winnie the Pooh. His nursery is decorated in Pooh, and he had many Pooh things as a baby. Now my baby is growing up. He'll be 2 in less than a month. I'd love to do something that he loves, but he likes many different things. Some are non-commercial, and he's started watching a few TV shows that he seems to like. So those are some ideas to start with, but nothing sticks out as a particular favorite.
Here are some things he likes: cars, trucks, trains, planes, tractors, animals, books, Pooh (still, but I'm steering away from that since we did it already), Elmo, Cookie Monster, Wonder Pets ("Eeem gurk" is how "team work" from the show comes out. Adorable, I'll have to get it on video sometime.), Dora, Diego (but not as much as Dora), Thomas (but he likes Percy the best), and that's all I can think of right now.
So, any helpful suggestions. If I can just decide on what to do, I'm sure it will be no problem making the cake (or perhaps cupcakes). I just can't make up my mind. HELP!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
9 whole cinnamon graham crackers, halved crosswise *
¾ cup unsalted butter, cut up
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely shopped
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
35 regular-sized marshmallows
1. Heat over to 350˚F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange graham crackers over bottom of pan, overlapping slightly or breaking to fit, if necessary. (Depending on the shape of your pan, you may have part of a graham cracker left over.)
2. Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until blended. Stir in eggs until blended and smooth; stir in flour. (Batter will be smooth, thick and shiny.) Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon and gently spread over graham crackers.
3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until top is just set and toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached.
4. Heat broiler. Place marshmallows on their sides evenly over top of brownies. Broil 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and tops are golden brown. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
Where have I been hiding? As you know I haven't blogged much this month. I'm not sure why I don't have the desire to write much. Then last week we found out about the death of an old family friend.
Helen was 82, but very healthy until about 2 weeks ago. She got sick and sick very quickly. They found she had uterine cancer and it was already stage 4 when she went in. The family knew she was probably going to die quickly. This woman was our neighbor next to the house where I grew up. My parents moved into the house when they were first married. They just moved out (only about 5 miles away though) about 2 1/2 years ago. So, we've known this couple for a long time. They live in Florida in the winter and in Ohio in the summer. Her family was able to go to Florida and spend her last days by her side. Sunday I went to the funeral visitation with my family and Zachariah. It was very nice. It's been a long time since I've seen that many people from the community where I grew up.
Matt's been pretty sick. He was feeling sick a week ago and rested a lot in the evenings. He stayed home from work on Friday and slept off and on all day. Saturday he went with me to run a few errands, and that wore him out. Sunday he went to church (while I was up with my parents), came home and slept all afternoon. He did come to out Super Bowl party (YEAH GIANTS!), but he was exhausted by the time we got home. Monday he tried to get up for work and felt worse, so he got a doctor's appointment. He has a sinus infection and now has medication to clear it up. He looked and sounded better this morning, and he went ahead into work. I'm sure he'll be worn out when he gets home tonight, but at least he's getting better. That has kept me busy just trying to get him things he needs so he can rest, and then I have to do everything else by myself. Exhausting, but I'm doing fine. I'm just thankful Zachariah and I are healthy.
I'm trying to lose weight. I've known (for a really long time, actually) that I need to get to work. Matt and I have talked about it a little, and he's willing to start trying for a baby if I can lose some weight first. That was actually my idea, but he was OK with it. He's very supportive when I am trying hard. Last week I started by drinking more water and eating less. I still need a lot of work on my diet, but I'm changing things bit by bit. I think that will be best for me for now. Then today I got out the exercise videos and did 20 minutes of The Firm. I wish I could have done more, but I thought I would die if I did. I plan to try to get farther each day. I'll push myself to do as much as I can. I think the biggest problem today was that it was a new workout for me. I did pretty well keeping up with the instructor at first, but then I started losing her. It was getting more complicated and I was wearing out fast anyway. The more I do it, the easier it will get for me to follow and the better shape I'll be in.
I have an idea to try a brand new recipe every week for a while and post about it on here with a photo. I like sharing recipes, and I love trying new things. This weekend I made S'more Brownies. They were really yummy. I think I'll start with that one. Plus SaLy requested casserole recipes, and we just got a casserole cookbook for Christmas with some yummy looking recipes in it. I have yet to try any, so now would be a good time.
I hope I feel like posting more often. And I do enjoy reading your blogs. I miss writing too. I will be working on that as well.