Saturday, August 30, 2008

a camping we will go...

well, it's almost time. we are leaving tomorrow morning to head south to portland for our first, family camping trip. pathetic, i know. when dave and i got married, we put all sorts of camping gear on our gift registry. we got sleeping bags, air mattresses, a tent, a camp stove... stuff like that. not to say we haven't used it - well, not the stove - but never at an actual camp site. we've done the backyard camping thing, just to appease shane a few times. the sleeping bags have been thoroughly used... even peed on and puked on a time or two. lovely, i know, but hey, that's life with kids.

i got the cool cookbook i ordered in the mail yesterday. i can't wait to try it out.
http://www.schallertel.net/~rmasters/


yay. meal plans without scrounging through a million cookbooks and trying to figure out what we can actually eat (before 5:30pm). one more aspect of daily life i'm trying to organize.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

can i trade them in???

you know those days...

the kind when you look at your children and wonder where they came from...

the kind when you wonder why on earth you ever thought having children was a good idea?

the kind when you feel like the worst mother in the world because you haven't uttered anything in their general direction that wasn't delivered via yelling?

the kind when you understand why some animals eat their young?

yeah. it's one of those days.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

random diaper musings

do you ever feel at odds with yourself?

i constantly feel like i'm a big wad of contradictions. and being the living-in-my-head, overthinking type i can spend years, i mean hours pondering things. it can really get me down. example: diapers. one would think that this was a relatively easy thing to handle. i've got 3 kids. i'm pretty familiar with diapers. it seems so simple; your baby needs a change so you take the old diaper off and put a new one on. done. right? no. i have this constant dilemma going on. cloth or disposable. i have 25 perfectly good fitted cloth diapers that i paid a lot of money for when i decided a couple years ago that i was done filling up landfills. so micah wears them a good share of the time. but it bugs me that they're so bulky, especially with the covers on and clothes fit funny and that totally drives me nuts. so at home, he just wears the diaper w/ no cover and when we leave the house, i put a disposable on him. not usually a big deal, but it won't be summer forever and then there's the whole pants issue. you can't use a cloth diaper w/ no cover with pants and in january, it's too cold to not wear pants. and besides, baby clothes are so cute and i'm only using the top half of his wardrobe. i also think that the diapers get stinkier when you use the covers (probably because you haven't noticed that they're wet and you leave the kid in them longer) and it also kind of irritates his skin when i use a cover. but there's the environmental issue to think about and then, of course, there's the financial issue. the cloth diapers are already paid for. every disposable used means one more that i have to keep paying for. and then there's the disposable dilemma. i know people (and i mean most people by this) who pick a brand of diapers (usually huggies) when their first kid is born and stick with it until the last is potty trained. not me. when shane was born, i used huggies for awhile and then pampers. not sure why. i think it had to do with what costco carried and what sorts of cool freebies you could get with the points. i had heard that luvs were cheaper, but at the time, they had barney on them and there was no way i was going to have anything to do with that. i told you... i overthink things. so with layla, happily, barney had been dismissed in favor of blue's clues. i like blues clues! this made me happy. luvs are cheaper (especially at target) and they smell good. well, that brings up another issue. what is that smell? that can't be good for your baby, right? and layla has such sensitive skin anyway i hate to put anything extra next to it. not a huge deal since she only wears one diaper a day (when she goes to bed) but still, i decided to get something different. right now it's been the target brand, because they're the cheapest at target and i'm there anyway because that's where i buy the luvs for micah. yes, i know. what about the whole smell issue? still bugging me. but i don't like the target brand for every day. they're not as good of a diaper. not as stretchy and they get all bumpy when they're wet. so i still buy the luvs. but this shouldn't really be a big issue because i'm using the cloth ones most of the time, right? it still requires a great deal of thought, apparently. my latest idea is that i will get a big box of the costco brand diapers next time i'm there. why? who knows. quantity? no smell? price? i really have no idea. oh, and i almost forgot the lesser evil of disposables, the chlorine-free seventh generation diapers. i used those for a long time, but they're so freakin' exensive. i can't seem to justify it lately, even though i know i should and i therefore feel guilty every time i buy a kind of diaper that's not chlorine-free.

and this whole thing occurs to me EVERY TIME I CHANGE A DIAPER!

seriously, i have problems.

Monday, August 25, 2008

how 'bout that to do list?

okay, after a discussion w/ mary about to do lists, i decided to go ahead and 'publish' mine. check it out, it's over there on the right, below my blog list. i had one started in a notebook that i had made in response to something i read in 'the procrastinator's handbook'. the idea is to make a list that's 101 items long. anything you can think of. well, i don't have that many, but quite a few. i put an * by something if it's something that has been worked on but not completed and an X in front of it if it's done. so go ahead and kick my butt if you don't see any *'s or X's showing up.

in other news... now dave is sick. ::crossing my fingers::

Sunday, August 24, 2008

oh yeah... i remember what i was doing...

remember this? well, probably not because it's been so dang long. okay, i know mary remembers because she decided to harrass remind me about it recently.

after 2 months of forgetting about giving up on this project, it was resurrected yesterday. okay, i can't claim responsibility. dave did it. somehow or other he got this bee in his bonnet to go clean out the garage. so he did, for a long time. and made good progress too!

check it out!



better, eh?

and, the MOMS club is having a garage sale in a couple weeks, so i've got two boxes full of stuff i'm going to sell there, plus some baby stuff that we had listed unsuccessfully on craigslist, plus a few kitchen items that we got as wedding gifts and wound up not really needing - also listed unsuccessfully on craigslist. so yay! we just might succeed!

someday...

in other news... now shane has a fever. will it never end???

Thursday, August 21, 2008

hand, foot, and mouth disease.

i noticed the spots on the bottom of one of layla's feet today. the fact that the inside of her mouth is full of sores made me suspicious. she's still having a tough time of it. she bounces back and forth between being almost back to normal and being completely miserable. no fever though, so i think we're on the mend, but the poor thing has got to be uncomfortable.

micah is kind of the same. no fever, sometimes fine, sometimes very clingy and he hasn't wanted to eat a lot today. i haven't noticed anything on his hands or feet and there's no way he's letting me see inside his mouth, so who knows. but i assume he's got the same thing.

they're both sleeping more than usual. layla didn't want to take a nap today, and then at 4, i found her passed out on the floor in the corner of her bedroom. she slept until after 6 and still hasn't totally come to. she's currently snuggling with daddy and watching the preseason niners game.

so loads of fun here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

and now...

... it would appear that layla has shared her germs with micah. joy. i thought he seemed a little off.

layla seems to be feeling better today, but she's super, extra sensitive. right now she's screaming hysterically because shane flushed her poop.

earlier, she decided she wanted to stick a corn poker in her peanut butter sandwich... one slice of bread was too thin and it wasn't working very well, so i offered to help her, which she accepted. i folded the peanut butter side over, and stuck the corn poker through that. she was impressed at first, but then something apparently tragic happened and she dissolved into hysterical crying and kept looking at her sandwich and screaming "it's dead. it's dead." over and over. i had a really hard time displaying appropriate sympathy without cracking up. i have no idea what she was talking about.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

more sickness... more insanity

so this time it's layla who is sick. she woke up whiny today and i eventually became compelled to take her temperature. yup. she's sick. she said her throat hurt and then later she said her ears hurt. well that's a free ticket to the doctor. so we got her an appointment at 4:30. great. well, not exactly. we had a logistical dilemma of epic proportions. dave was at the dentist. we still only have one working car. the dr's office is in bellevue. shane had soccer practice at 5:30 back here in woodinville. so we tried to make it work. it didn't. dave finished with his dentist appointment around the time i was leaving to take layla (and shane and micah, because really, that was my only choice) to her appointment, so i picked him up (fortunately, the dentist is in redmond, which is on the way) and we all went to the dr. i took layla in and dave took the others to a swim shop to get shane's new goggles - yeah, we still hadn't managed to find those. so layla and i sat in the waiting room for like 45 minutes. at 5, i called dave and told him he better just take shane to practice because there was no way we were going to be done in time for him to get there at all. but then he was going to have to come back to bellevue to get us, and somehow get back to woodinville to pick up shane. in an hour. during rush hour traffic. right.

well that wasn't going to happen, so dave worked it out with the coach and our neighbors that the coach would bring him to the neighbors' house when practice was over. as it turned out, we beat them and coach was able to bring him directly here... fun times. we so need to get the toyota running.

oh, layla has.... wait for it.... a virus.

good grief. her ears are fine, but her throat is red and she's got a bunch of little ulcer things on the insides of her mouth. tylenol and fluids.

some people completely baffle me

so yesterday morning, i was forced to get up very early and go wait around the YMCA to sign shane up for his homezone class. after sitting around for like 45 minutes in which time i filled out forms, drank coffee, tried to keep from dozing off, drank coffee, tried to read a book, and drank more coffee, they finally called my number. i gave them my forms and a check and they signed shane up for the proper day, etc. yay. one more thing done.

on my way out, i noticed a beautiful classic VW bug. now, being a bug enthusiast, i took a minute (or 5) to do a walk around and check this bug out. it wasn't in perfect condition, but pretty close. it was red, late '60s i'd say. maybe '67 or '68. it looked something like this:

but without the fancy hubcaps. i checked out all the places that i had 'issues' with mine and typical trouble spots. there was no rust to speak of. no bubbles under the paint near the chrome. the interior was fabulous! and... there was a box of stuff on the floor in the back seat, so i can only assume it doesn't leak! my bug took on so much water you would think i would need to bail!

so as i'm galking at this car, i was apparently standing in an empty parking space next to it. not that this should have been a big deal. but behind me i heard a horn honk. i didn't think much of it, but then i thought it might be someone i knew trying to get my attention. so i looked up. no one i knew, but a woman in a white minivan who was looking at me like i was the biggest pain-in-the-butt on the planet and how dare i stand in a parking space. she does this little "move along now idiot" motion with her hand at me and i quickly walked away toward my car. now it's not like i was parked a mile away or anything and let me just say that i passed at least 4 open spaces on my way to my car! so then i start getting all mad. eventually, i started to find it a little funny. especially when, as i was driving away, i passed another space, even closer to the building, just on the other side of this bug i had been looking at.

so seriously. what was this woman thinking? it's not like it was costco on a saturday morning. the lot was full of other spaces! but she had to have that one. and then i was thinking about it some more and thought what i would do - if i were at costco on a saturday morning and the lot was full, not at the ymca at 9am on a monday - and i most certainly wouldn't honk my horn at someone. that's just plain rude. i think i might put my window down a little and say 'excuse me' or something like that.

geez. the manners of some people!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

a few things that have tickled my funny bone this evening.

3 year old logic is great!

layla was in the backyard today and she came up to the door with her lightning mcqueen bike helmet in her hands and said to me, "when i break my lightning mcqueen helmet, you better get me a princess one." (yes, mary. i am aware that my worst nightmare is unfolding before me.)

dave brought home dairy queen treats when he went to pick up our pizza this evening. layla was very excited about this and wanted hers as soon as she was done with her pizza. we informed her that she had to eat her green beans first before she could have it. she's not so fond of them lately and made a little stink about not wanting to eat them. but we stuck to it and said she had to eat them first. so she turned to me and said, "mommy, you eat my beans so i can have my ice cream."

then there was this conversation:

layla: daddy, i want some blue jelly beans.
dave: you don't need any jelly beans.
layla: but i want some blue jelly beans!
dave: no, layla.
layla: mommy, i want some blue jelly beans. (we were all right next to each other.)
me: layla, did daddy just tell you no?
layla: yeah, but i want some blue jelly beans.
me: then why are you asking me?
layla: because i want some blue jelly beans!

eventually she gave up on both the ice cream and the jelly beans and decided she was going to have another piece of pizza. i was aware of this and she was in the living room with everyone else (well almost everyone else) so i wasn't too concerned about it. but then i heard a strange noise behind me in the dining room. i looked over to see micah sitting, happy as a clam, in front of the rest of the pizza which was sitting on the floor, picking off the olives and eating them. "layla! did you put the whole pizza on the floor?!" "yeah."

and fyi. the anti-bladder-irritant diet has been working wonders. we went from like 5 accidents a day to maybe 3 in a week. and then we decided to reintroduce chocolate. more accidents. i'm not totally convinced of the accuracy of this, because the experiment was a tad tainted. she got ahold of some dried pineapple in a trail mix the other day, and this morning she ate a strawberry. but she has eaten a fair amount of chocolate in the last 4 days so i'm afraid that might be something. poor girl! i hope this is something she'll grow out of.

an eventful weekend

so it's not quite noon on sunday, and already we're totally wiped out. it's been outrageously hot here (for seattle) and it seems like stuff always happens all at the same time. here's just a short rundown, beginning friday afternoon.
1. went to target to buy new goggles for shane - they were out.
2. while at target, layla fell out of the shopping cart. yes, i know. mom of the year, right here!
3. she was okay.
4. went over to sports world since we had to go order shane's soccer shirt anyway. they didn't have any goggles, but i did get his shirt ordered and got him some black shorts and socks. practice starts tuesday this week. aaaaggghhh!!!
5. when we got back in the car, layla managed to get her fingers smashed in the car door.
6. again, she was okay.
7. went to the ymca for shane's swim test. he borrowed some goggles, and tested at fish level... impressive since he finished in june at minnow. he was stoked about that.
8. went to kat's birthday party that night where i 'got my drink on' with some yummy pre-mixed jose quervo margaritas. thank you to my mil for introducing me to these!
9. we stayed til 10!
10. the kids still got up early. ugh!
11. dave went to work on saturday morning.
12. i loaded up kids and brownies later on and went to pick him up and head to west seattle to lincoln park for dave's company picnic.
13. we took our lives in our hands and drove southbound on 99 on the viaduct. (you will only get that if you're from around here.)
14. there was not an earthquake, so therefore we did not have the top of the viaduct collapse on us and squish us, and therefore cause us to die.
15. we got to lincoln park, found a great parking space and went to the picnic. it was fun.
16. dave played football on the beach. a bunch of people in flip flops, playing football on a rocky beach, that slopes significantly toward the water, and is lined on the top side by driftwood and the bottom side (obviously) by puget sound. is this a good idea?
17. layla threw rocks in the water.
18. shane and i joined her - even trying to invent a new olympic event; synchronized rock throwing. it was about as impossible as the synchronized diving. why do they even try?
19. we decided to go get on a ferry and rode to vashon where we walked off and discovered that there was nothing within walking distance but a mexican restaurant and the dog poop that dave stepped in.
20. we got on another ferry and rode it to southworth. disembarked and got back on, rode it back to vashon and then back to west seattle.
21. our car was not towed even though we parked there way longer than 4 hours.
22. we got home to find a box on our porch w/ birthday presents from gramma and papa. yay!
23. we opened the box and trashed the living room.
24. shane, dave and micah went in the pool.
25. we opted for sandwiches instead of cooking anything that would make the house even hotter.
26. after dinner, we ate a lot of jelly bellys. thanks gramma and papa!
27. we watched michael phelps win his 8th gold medal.
28. after like 48 hours of attempts, 3 kids finally went to sleep.
29. around 4am we had some sort of mid-west style, heat-related storm. lots of thunder and lightning w/ no rain to speak of.
30. the kids slept through it, thank goodness!
31. i did not and was awake for about 2 hours.
32. we got up and left for church late.
33. we got there late. duh.
34. we discovered as we pulled into the parking lot that the service was being held outside.
35. there were no extra chairs.
36. we went to the nursery and the kids played.
37. apparently the power had been out so they decided to do church outside.
38. we came home and dave fell asleep.
39. shane went out to play.
40. micah went to sleep.
41. i made a pizza.
42. i ate some pizza and micah woke up.
43. dave is still asleep...
44. i wish i were asleep.

Friday, August 15, 2008

60 Things You Possibly Didn't Know About Me

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now?
which back seat? car seats, trash, the 'jon and kate box' that has spare diapers, wipes, a bib, spare socks for the kids, spare pants and underwear for layla, uhhh... trash, foam animal hats from noah's birthday party, trash, 2 strollers, layla's sandals, some semi-crushed pirate's booty that layla dumped out of a cup, crumbs, dirt, a little potty, a wind-up doc hudson car, trash, who knows what else... trash.

2. When was the last time you threw up
uhh, may 2007. the most awful episode of stomach flu that hit all members of our family.

3. What's your favorite curse word?
dammit or crap, although crap isn't really cursing.

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?
shane, layla, micah (how convenient)

5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
drinking coffee, feeding a baby, listening to layla tell me that she wanted 'milk on her life'

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
wasting time

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now?
taking shane for a swim test, worrying about what i'm fixing for dinner. oh wait! we're going to a birthday party. yay! i don't have to make dinner!

8. Have you ever been to a strip club?
GOOD LORD NO!

9. What is the last thing you said aloud?
stop screaming!!!

10. What is the best ice cream flavor?
mint chocolate chip? cake batter? chocolate?

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
orange soda (oops. i'm just trying to get them out of the house so we can't drink them anymore.)

12. What are you wearing right now?
denim shorts, a tank top with a coffee stain and some smeared raspberries on it.

13. What was the last thing you ate?
2 hot dogs w/ WHOLE WHEAT BUNS

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
don't think i've bought much of anything this week. totally broke!

15. When was the last time you ran?
yesterday across the church nursery to attempt to keep micah from falling on his head.

16. What's the last sporting event you watched?
uh... apparently kayaking is an olympic sport.

18. Who is the last person you emailed?
a lady about a homeschool assesment for shane

19. Ever go camping?
rarely... going labor day weekend this year.

20. Do you have a tan?
uh... does a farmer tan count?

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?
only if there's ice in it. i hate cold stuff bumping into my teeth.

25. What did your last IM say?
"do you know where the top for layla's blue snack cup is?"

- ok, i just had to edit this because i just sent an IM to dave that had me laughing really hard after i realized what i had written...

"can i meet you someplace before you get to kat's so i don't have to take the kids to the liquor store?"

26. Are you someone's best friend?
i think so.

27. What are you doing tomorrow?
dave's company picnic at lincoln park... so basically herding kids and making small talk with people i've met on like 3 different occasions and don't know at all.

28. Where is your mom right now?
probably in bed.

29. Look to your left, what do you see?
a beat up screen door,a green door mat, a half-deflated inflatable clownfish, a blue noodle, a rotting deck, a blue wading pool, a stump, dead grass, dandilions, 3 plastic fish, a towel, a beach ball, a yellow sand bucket, a small brown bird, and a fence.

30. What color is your watch?
silver metal band w/ a blue face (that sounds weird)

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia ?
hot guys w/ cool accents.

32. Would you consider plastic surgery?
in theory, yes. in reality, probably not.

33. What is your birthstone?
ruby

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru?
depends on how many kids i have with me. although, when layla's in the car, the second she recognizes we're in a drive-thru of any sort - this has happened in line for the car wash and at a starbucks - she pipes up with "i want chicken!"

35.How many kids do you want?
oh, i don't know, 1 might be enough.

36. Do you have a dog?
technically, yes.

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
darla, i think.

38. Have you met anyone famous?
brian boitano, rosalyn sumners, debi thomas, tonya harding (yes, tonya harding... she was really nice - but this was years ago), a bunch of other skaters from the late 80's that no one remembers. oh and brad adam and bill kruger in an elevator at safeco field. they're the guys on fsn before and after mariner's games. bill kruger was totally snotty, but brad adam was very nice, even though my dad was a total dork and said something darrell smallbeckish like 'hey you are those guys we see on tv!'

39. Any plans today?
shane's swim test, stopping at target to get him new goggles since he lost his (again), kat's birthday party, putting the laundry in the dryer.

40. How many states have you lived in?
2

41. Ever go to college?
habitually

42. Where are you right now?
in front of the computer.

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
solicitors who leave empty snack packages on your front porch.

44. Last song listened to?
i honestly have no idea.

46. Are you allergic to anything?
dust, mold, pollen, cats, dogs, children, needles, germs, cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, folding fitted sheets, waiting in line, solicitors.

47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
brown flip flops

48. Are you jealous of anyone?
yes. people whose couches don't sag and whose carpet isn't green.

50. Is anyone jealous of you?
uh...?

51. What time is it?
12:47

52. Do any of your friends have children?
they have to. i'm incapable of conversing about anything other than poop, diapers, snot, vomit, crumbs, and chauffeuring.

53. Do you eat healthy?
yes. and i eat absolute crap.

54. What do you usually do during the day?
seriously? make food, change diapers, wipe butts, put away toys, comb hair, bathe kids, break up fights, turn off the tv, play candyland, wipe faces, make more food, do dishes, do laundry, think about cleaning something, feel guilty for not cleaning something, put away toys, yell, put away more toys, drive kids places, nag, put away toys, wish desperately for a nap, make more food, kiss owies, put kids to bed, put away toys...

55. Do you hate anyone right now?
solicitors.

56. Do you use the word 'hello' daily?
among many others.

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
25 again.

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
yes, but that was before it was six flags. they didn't have any flags then.

60. How did you get one of your scars?
do stretch marks count? that would be obvious.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

goodbye ed.

i went to a funeral today. i don't know what to say about it. it was a funeral. it was long. it was a hot day. it made me feel sad. it was a nice service... as far as those things go.

ed kaiser died about a week and a half ago. he was a long-time member of my church, and my dear friend, trudy's father. thank God i don't know what it's like to lose a parent, but when it happens to a friend, it makes you think about stuff you don't want to think about. ed spent a good share of the last year treating lymphoma. part of me wants to say that at least it wasn't a hugely long, painful process, but that doesn't make someone's death any nicer. i don't know what to think or what to say really to my friend or her family. i've not been there, so i don't know what the right thing to say is. 'i'm sorry.' doesn't really express much. well, i guess we should be thankful that ed is done with his cancer now and heaven is a much better place for him to be. but the rest of us will still miss him.

on a less serious, but related, note. i heard this story on sunday from trudy. apparently, during church, robin, 3, was telling pam, the pastor's wife, that her papa died. and pam was sympathetic, but said to her, 'yes, but do you know where he is now?' at which point she turned to trudy and asked, 'where is papa?' and trudy said, 'he's in heaven with jesus.' robin thought a minute and then looked up at pastor at the front of the church and said, 'is that jesus?'

i just love the way kids try so hard to make the intangible so concrete.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

don't ya love it...

...when you have just stuck a spoonful of some mushy, gloppy, sticky substance into your baby's mouth and he immediately sneezes?

all over you.
and the floor.
and the table.
and the chairs.

oh yeah.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

i feel so honored!

ok, so i am a regular reader of dawn's blog at 'because i said so' over there on my blog list. she's hilarious and has a following of like a bazillion readers because of her hilarious ebay listing of pokemon cards that got sneaked into her shopping cart while grocery shopping w/ her 6 kids. anyway, every sunday night she does the 'sunday sound out' where she answers questions that people posted as comments on her blog. well, one of mine made it this week! woo hoo! i feel like i got a letter from the queen of england or something. anyway, there were a bunch of pictures she took from a recent camping trip and one of them was of a particular sign that is quite obviously phallic and therefore hilarious. my comment, the picture, and her response follows...


OMG! the picture of that one sign has me ROFL. where was that and what was it 'supposed' to be a picture of??? i'm totally dying. my husband has to see that. LMAO.


Clearly, it's indicating you should wave your hand when the ultrasonic waves come out of the wall, then someone will pee on you. Or maybe it means that if someone starts peeing on your fingers, you should shake hands with the wall. Or perhaps it means you should try to catch the sound waves emitted from the wall before someone comes along and pees on your hand. At any rate, it's disturbing.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

sludge anyone?

so i had a dinner disaster this week. it actually spanned 2 nights. i found a recipe online for black bean and bacon soup. it sounded good, so i decided to make it. on wednesday. so i soaked the beans over night and all the next day and late that afternoon, i started putting the soup together. everything was going fine until it was time for the soup to be done and the beans were still almost crunchy. huh? i think they left out a lengthy 'simmer' part of the directions on the recipe. so we made a mad dash into town and had a lovely dinner at taco del mar. on thursday evening, i put the pot back on the stove to simmer some more. i was noticing that the excess simmering was causing the soup to look really thick, so i added a little more broth to it, especially since the final direction of the oh-so-trustworthy-internet-recipe said to put it all in the blender and puree it. so when the beans were sufficiently not crunchy, i spooned the stuff into the blender and pureed away.

it looked disgusting.

it looked like something that mike rowe would be scraping out of the bottom of a containment pond on 'dirty jobs'.

it looked like something that i knew i wasn't going to have much luck getting my family to eat.

i spooned it into bowls (still a bit thick) and waited for the comments to start.

shane: i am NOT going to eat that!
me: it looks gross, but it tastes good.
shane: no, i don't think so.
me: quit complaining and help me put the bowls on the table.

layla took one look and ate her bread

dave was polite, but i could tell by the questioning look and the skeptical raised eyebrows that it wasn't going over well.

i did manage to get everyone to eat a little. well, layla was bribed to eat one bite. shane ate about a third of his before announcing that he really didn't like it. dave ate about half before he gave up, citing the fact that the 'texture gets really old after awhile'. i made a good effort, because it really did taste good... but alas, was unable to finish - something along the lines of what dave said.

micah liked it!


come on, you would eat that? right?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

the cutest baby ever...

so maybe it's just because he's the youngest or because he's supposed to be my last and all that yada, yada, yada... but this kid just melts my heart.



i know that everyone thinks their baby is the cutest in the world, but seriously, is he not adorable?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

a new thing i found. let's see if it works.

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the title of the ad is...

"pee"

you have got to be kidding me.

nice.

i think i need to quit writing about bathrooms.

OMG! are you kidding me?

look over there to the right. do you see it? the title of the ad that google has running right now is "public urination". LOL! how do i wind up with these things? somebody click on it please! i'm not allowed to click on my own ads (it's in the rules!) so someone else has to do it.

Monday, August 4, 2008

quote of the day

this one comes from layla...

people in our house eat a lot of life cereal... or actually, now we eat shredded spoonfuls or whatever it's called since i discovered that life has lots of artificial ingredients and we're trying to eliminate as many of those as possible. this is the closest 'natural' stuff i can find. everyone thinks it tastes the same, which makes it a good trade. anyway, we still call it life because it's habit. and besides, there are so many good puns that come from that! like this one:

"daddy, you need to get yourself some life!"

nothing like a 3 year old telling you to get a life!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

colds are lame

so a rather anticlimactic seafair sunday for us. watching the blue angels on tv is just not the same. then again after last year, being right on the water's edge, it's hard to follow up. i woke up this morning with the intention of taking layla and micah to church with me, leaving dave home with shane - who is better, but having an enforced day of rest. i managed to get up, shower and get dressed before i crawled back into bed and told dave i didn't want to go. so he got up and took them. it seems i've been struck down with a stupid cold. it's august! why are we sick?

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