Monday, July 26, 2010

this rocks!

I just took these pics from my backyard. heard some darth vader sounds and went out to investigate. this is what I saw:

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standing in my trampoline (because that was the best place to get a good shot), I could wave at the passengers and they waved back!

then I noticed this one, rising over my neighbor’s house, taking off from the park across the way.

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perspective: my messy backyard :: balloon!

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kid birthdays

so… BAD MOM! I realized that I totally forgot to post about my kids’ birthdays! I posted all the pictures on facebook, so it’s likely that everyone has already seen them, but I should probably put them up here… even if only for my own personal record.

layla turned 5 on the 11th, shane turned 11 on the 12th. we did relatively low-key birthdays this year. each got to pick a restaurant to go to for a birthday lunch or dinner w/ just mom and dad, then we got together w/ the other non-birthday siblings and grandma and grandpa for gifts and treats.

layla chose lunch at red robin. then we all met here at home for birthday cookies.

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shane chose dinner at olive garden. then we all met at my parents’ house for ice cream sundaes. apparently cake was not ‘in’ this year.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

birthday addendum

check out THIS gorgeous bouquet that dave brought home for me:

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thanks baby!

hello, tooth fairy?

well, it finally happened last night! layla has lost her first tooth! it was a late night and required a lot of wiggling, and help from daddy, but it finally came out!

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I got some advice on facebook from a college friend about putting a tissue over the tooth and pulling it out that way. so we grabbed a tissue and IT WORKED! out in one yank! she was so excited! here she is on the phone with gramma laurie!

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and then there’s the required cheesy faced photos showing the ‘hole’.

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I am happy to report that the tooth fairy did visit our house last night. layla is now the 4 quarters richer!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

mom birthdays

well, it’s my birthday today. it’s been a bit of an odd day, nothing too exciting, but really, that’s okay. big shindigs and the like make me feel flustered and stressed, so this will do just fine. REALLY!

to start with, God gave me an absolutely gorgeous day. it’s warm, sunny, pleasant. perfect. nothing can lift my spirits like a sunny day!

I had the pleasure of being awakened this morning, by my wonderful husband, starbucks cup in hand, at 5:40. YES, I did want to get up then! I then got to sit in a pleasantly quiet house while I drank my coffee and read my bible… (I like to think of this time as ‘having coffee with God!’ Winking smile a date I try to keep every morning.)

after that, I had to make some rolls and soup for a mom in the MOMS club who has a new baby. I signed up to make a meal, and my turn fell on today. so I set my bread machine to mixing, and I started the soup. I made a triple batch, so I had kim’s dinner, our dinner for tonight, and a batch in the freezer for another time. I LOVE cooking in bulk. it felt a little bit odd to be making white chicken chili at 7 in the morning, but it comes with the added bonus of having to do nothing this evening, but put a pot on the stove!

after that, I spent some time organizing medical supplies like bandaids and ointments and such, and then moved on to the kitchen medicine cabinet. a weird thing to do on one’s birthday, but I’m kind of random like that. I needed to put a bandaid on a nasty mosquito bite micah had, had to dig through 5 half-empty bandaid boxes, and a tub full of random tubes of ointments and lotions and stuff just to find the right size bandaid and some neosporin. this inspired me to solve that problem. so I got rid of all the stuff that isn’t ‘medically’ related, tossed sunscreen bottles that are like 5+ years old, bandaid wrappers that got left in there (ahem), etc. I put ALL the bandaids in a big ziplock, ALL the ointments (hydrocortizone, benadryl, neosporin, etc) in a smaller ziplock, so they’re all together and don’t require digging through a HUGE bin full of junk. I put them, along w/ some bottles of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, bug spray, and sunscreen in a smaller bin. YAY!

of course, I pulled a couple of thermometers (“peppershirts”) out of the bin, and thought it didn’t make a ton of sense to keep those there. I should keep them up with the tylenol and that stuff. of course, that was a mess too, so I had to organize it as well. so DAVE, so you know, the thermometers are now located in the big ziplock that is full of ‘kid medicine’ up in the cupboard… if you should need them! Smile hopefully not anytime soon!

ANYWAY… from there, I made the kids lunch and took them to the park. it was toasty there!

so that brings us to now… shane is off w/ a neighbor, building or fixing something… layla is getting ready to go in the pool – after she does her ‘swimming exercises’ (whatever those are), and micah passed out on my lap, eating the rest of his sandwich.

think I’ll pour myself some more lemonade, grab my knitting, and go watch my daughter swim from the shade. aahhhh……

Friday, July 9, 2010

garlic chicken stir-fry (or something like that) recipe

i got a request for the recipe for a stir-fry i made a couple weeks ago, so i figured i’d just post it here.005

i actually got the recipe out of my better homes and gardens cookbook, but like i said, i was throwing this together by the seat of my pants and basically adapted the recipe to work for what i had on hand… and somehow, it worked. i’ll post the real recipe, as it’s published, along with what i did. i haven’t tried the actual recipe, so i have no idea if it’s better, worse, or even remotely comparable to what i made. all i know is that we liked my version.

  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (i used maybe 6 or 8 thawed chicken tenderloins from costco)
  • 1 cup water (i’m not sure i actually noticed this – can’t remember)
  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce (mine was regular soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar (i had red wine vinegar)
  • 1tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil (i used EVOO)
  • 10 green onions, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces (i think i had 3 in the fridge, and just chopped them up)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms (YUCK!!!)
  • 12 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped (and i suppose this is why they call it GARLIC chicken stir-fry – that seems excessive to me, but what do i know. i think i had 2 cloves on hand, plus i threw in a couple good shakes of garlic powder and called it good)
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (again, YUCK!!!)
  • (i also added sliced carrots, peas, and some shakes of ground ginger)
  • 2 cups hot cooked white, jasmine, or basmati rice (i used brown)
  1. cut chicken into 1/2 inch pieces. place chicken in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. for marinade, stir together water, soy sauce, and vinegar. pour over chicken; seal bag. marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. drain chicken, reserving marinade. stir cornstarch into reserved marinade; set aside. (this part was all done rather frantically as i was doing step 2… i didn’t know we were having this 30 minutes ahead of time, so the marinating process was abbreviated. i missed the water part, put the soy sauce and vinegar in a bowl, which i threw the chicken pieces into as i got it cut.)
  2. pour oil into a wok or large skillet. (if necessary, add more oil during cooking.) heat over medium-high heat. add green onions, mushrooms, and garlic to wok (carrots and peas); cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until tender (mine probably got cooked a little longer since i was frantically chopping chicken at the time). remove vegetables from wok.
  3. add chicken to wok; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. push chicken from center of wok. stir marinade mixture; add to center of wok. cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. (this happened almost immediately and got a little thick and gloppy… which i now see is because i was missing a whole cup of water! duh!) push chicken into center of wok. return cooked vegetables to wok. add water chestnuts (or not). cook and stir about 1 minute more or until heated through. serve with rice.

hmmm… now that i’m thinking about this, it sounds really yummy… might have to make this for dinner tonight! this time w/ the sauce made right and the chicken marinated for the right length of time!

 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

the swimsuit rant

i’ll forewarn you that most averaged-sized women will probably not appreciate this post very much. i understand. i’ve been (either directly or indirectly) the object of various hatred more than once.

i am not an average-sized woman. i’m only 5’1” on a good day, and i’ve never donated blood because most of the time (when not pregnant – and therefore not allowed), i don’t weigh enough to do so. i do not ‘diet’, so to speak, nor do i work out compulsively. i try to eat healthy food, for the most part, and i try not to sit on my butt all day. this is just the way i am. our current culture views me as ‘lucky’ to have this body type. whatever. a couple hundred years ago, people would have considered me ‘unhealthy’. i am what i am. i am small woman.

as the Lord has seen fit, i am a small woman who has given birth to 3 children. as i see fit, i am a small woman who wishes to exercise a bit of modesty, even when swimming.

unfortunately, the swimwear industry, seems to think that the only people my size fit neither of those situations.

i went looking for family swimwear last night. i came home with something for everyone but myself.

apparently, people my size are only allowed to wear triangle tops and string bikini bottoms. ::sigh:: okay, that’s a little bit of a generalization. you can actually find some full length tops. not many.

what i was mainly looking for is bottoms. i have a little ‘skirt’ type bottom, but i really don’t like the way it fits, and it’s kinda shorter than i’d like. i’d love a pair of board shorts or, even better, a board skirt… my experience in shopping for these items is less than satisfactory. it seems that the offerings of these items is also discriminated by size. yes, you can find them in my size. they are a good inch and a half to two inches shorter than the IDENTICAL shorts or skirts in women’s sizes grrr! what is with that? i’m not looking for something that will barely cover my butt! the relative size of my butt has nothing to do with it.

so yes, i’m frustrated.

i actually tried on a pair of trunks that i bought for dave, which wound up being too small for him. they actually fit me perfectly… except for the fact that they hang to about 2 inches below my knees and therefore look ridiculous! why is there no happy medium?

summer is FINALLY here!!!!

011 first one in the pool this year!019 second!022 my 3, plus some friends from down the street. pool = best. thing. ever. they were out there ALL day. and even after dinner.023 shane actually went in again when he got back from soccer practice… he was ticked that i took this picture, because he was being a smart-alec and decided to shove his skinny legs through the leg holes in micah’s (from 2 years ago) crab floaty. one of these days, he’ll figure out that when he pulls stunts like that, I WILL TAKE A PICTURE, and it will likely wind up on the INTERNET! ahh, mom’s sweet revenge for cool stuff like labor, sleepless nights, attitude problems and eye rolling… HA!

anyway, all this fun in the sun/water, sent me running out to target and fred meyer tonight to secure some rash guard-type swimming shirts so my pink-shouldered babies can swim again tomorrow.

while i was there, i browsed suits for myself… but that’s a whole rant post of it’s own…

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