Monday, January 25

Beautiful Friend, Beautiful Flowers

My Best Friend brought us a loaf of bread, while we were under the weather

and also gave me these beautiful flowers!

Sunday, January 24

Peter's View

Friday, January 22

Tummy Bug

This was pretty much - our entire week  . . . 
The boys, watching cartoons while Mom cleaned.
As soon as their tummy's settled down, enough to eat something besides toast and crackers . . I made them some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies . .

They LOVED them!

At one point, Peter actually said to me . . .
"Ahhh . . just like a day in the sun!" - weirdo!

Thursday, January 21

Poor Little James

Here's our Little Guy . . Mr James
He has been under the weather for about a week now.  He's starting to get rotten again today - so, I'm guessing that this means he's turning a corner and getting back to his 'normal' self!!  

He looks like he's praying!  (super cute!)

TWO major hints that we knew James doesn't feel well:

  1. He sits still and enjoys cuddling
  2. He turns down food!

Wednesday, January 20

My Famous Friend

My friend, Erin Chase, has become quit the household name!  She started a blog, a couple of years ago - to challenge herself to make a dinner meal, each night, for $5.00 or less.  She came out with flying colors, and in the long hall, was asked by a publishing company to write and publish a cook book - to which she did!  Here is her book-signing event at a local bookstore. 

Becky-Boo (my BFF) with Erin's littlest one - lucky Becky!

Famous Friend and Me!!

Saturday, January 16

Acting Like Dinosaurs

Guess what sound my boys LOVE to make - ALL DAY LONGGGG??

Pete's Photo's

Friday, January 15

My Morning

  8:15 . . . I'm up, dressed, make-up on, jewelry on (matching my sweater perfectly, of course!) hair done, shoes on - ready to get the kids up - we HAVE to be in the car by 8:45 to be on time today.
  8:20 . . . I get the boys up (I let them sleep in thinking we would have more than enough time)
  8:25 . . . Peter is now getting his clothes on, that I laid out for him.  I'm getting stuff ready for James' diaper change and his clothes for the day.
  8:26 . . . I notice a 'spot' on James' PJ shirt, right above his pants line.
  8:26 and 30 seconds . . . I'm now noticing that James has a total blowout  . . . 

  Let me specify this one - for all of you moms out there - you all have had one of these!
         When I say 'blowout' - I mean, all the way up his back. . almost touching his neck.  There was not a thing in the front of his diaper . . .so if you didn't smell it, you wouldn't have known it.  At this point - I thought it would be pointless to continue to lift his legs and wipe him from front to back, because I would literally have to lift him so high, he would've done a somersault -  . . so, what do we all do??  We strip them down to their nudee-kazudee, of course! -  and clean them back to front in the standing position.  Thinking this would be the best way, and not taking into consideration that he had just woken up and was still a little 'out of it' . . . . 

  8:28 . . . I strip him, wrapping his poopy clothes up in a ball as I'm rolling in over his head, making sure that not an inch of him is touched by the poo.  Being successful, I am now grabbing a bunch of wipes to prepare for, what Tim calls, the 'Wipe Bath' . . .  
  8:30 . . . James sits on me!!!

  . . . .

  . . . .

  8:35 . . . I get redressed.  I redo my hair.  I change my earrings, necklace and bracelets to match my new sweater - which now doesn't match my pants.  I change my pants.  I change my socks.  I throw all of my clothes in the hamper.  I sigh.

  8:45 . . . I grab something from the kitchen, throw them into snack bags, I grab a sippy cup and put some milk into it . . . throw some coats on the kids . . . grab a toy or two for them to play with get into the car . . . 

  9:00 . . . we leave.

Good News - we got there on time - I don't know how . . . 

Now, remind me again . . . aren't blowouts intended to make the kids a mess?!?!?

Wednesday, January 13

Snowy Ohio!

Tuesday, January 12


I am trying to organize my life - better - and more efficient.   So, I am going to try something NEW, every Tuesday.  It could be an outing, a recipe, a craft/art project . . . something totally new and different!

Today's Try-Something-New-Tuesday is

I decided to combine two of my boys' favorites - cheese and rolls - and make my own 'creation' for them to enjoy!!!

  • Take a roll of biscuits, and roll them flat. 

  • Cut a string cheese stick into fourths.  Place one piece into the middle of a biscuit and roll the biscuit up.

  • Roll each biscuit tightly around each piece of cheese, tuck in the ends, place with seal on the bottom.

  • Mix 2 Tablespoons of melted butter with a teaspoon of garlic/herb seasoning.

  • Spread the butter/herb mixture over each roll, until roll is covered.

  • Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until tops of biscuits are lightly browned. 

Peter's Phrases

Peter: "Mom, can you please turn on the light, so that I can put my seatbelt on?"
Mom: "Sure" (turns on light)
Peter: "Can you please turn the light off now?"
Mom: "Sure thing . . . and good job using your good manners, Dude!"
Peter:  "Thanks!  It's like what the Bible tells us to do . . . 'Use your good manners . . . .' (thinking). . . or something" 

Monday, January 11

James' Favorite Toy (for the time being)

James calls this his 'Blue Giraffe' - even though it's obviously PINK!

I know it's super attractive . . .try not to be jealous!
The thing looks like it's been skinned!!!  

Trying Something New

So, Tim and I have been shopping for 'art' - we desperately need some color to decorate our walls.  
Well, while we're checking out different web sites, I thought to myself, "Wow . . . some of these pieces just look like abstract pictures of things around the house" . . . so, I thought that I would try taking some close-ups of some random things around our house . . . here they are (guess what they are!)