Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from my crazy little bunch!



As you can tell the fun never ends here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Law of Attraction: Step 3 Recieve

Don't just imagine or day dream about what it is that you want. You have to put feelings into your it. Feel how you will feel once you have it.

Before I had my daughter, as I imagined and felt myself holding her so realistically that it was some times painful to come back to reality! To "wake up" and not have her there. As I would lay there, day dreaming about her, I would put so much feeling into those dreams that I could actually feel myself holding her in my arms. I had never wanted anything like I wanted to have a little girl, someone to dress up, fix her hair and all the little girl stuff.

I really and so grateful for my boys but I knew my family would never be complete till I had my little girl. And now I have her!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Law of attraction: Step 2, Believe

In The Secret they say to imagine that you already have what ever it is that you are asking for. After you ask for something you must believe that it is already yours, that it is on it's way.

Before I had my daughter, I guess you could say that I was a bit obsessed with having a girl. I did every gender diet I could find, I took cranberry pills, I drank so much milk that it literally made me sick just to look at it! Most of all though I imagined holding a tiny baby dressed in pink pajamas.

You have to believe that you will get what ever it is that you are asking for. Say thank you for what ever it is. Every night as I would imagine myself holding my little daughter I would say "thank you for my girl, thank you for my girl" I know it seems sort of funny but after having 3 boys I was so desperate for a girl I would try anything, and well, something worked!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Law of Attraction, Step 1: Ask

The law of attraction says that you can have, be and do anything you want. All you have to do is ask! Before you can ask you need to know exactly what it is that you want.

To know exactly what you want you need to figure out what you are greatful for now, then go from there any decide what you want to change in your life. Is money important to you? Is having a specific experience important? What about a certain career? Education? Friends? Before you can ask for what you want you have to know what it is that you really want. According to The Secret and the laws of attraction, how the how isn't important, just the what, the how's will work themselves out later.

To learn more about the laws of attraction there are multiple free sources. You can search the internet, go to your local library and check out materials, you can also talk to people who understand and apply the principles of the law of attraction to thier lives every day.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jack Canfield



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Just trust me!

My friend put this up on Facebook today. It is hilarious! You've just got to try it! (when I called the phone rang like 20 times, just wait for an answer, it's so worth it!)

Need a laugh today? Just call the Nestle Crunch Hot line at 1-800-295-0051. When you are asked if you want to continue in English or Spanish, just wait quietly for about 10 seconds and you will smile. Promise! (if you comment on this after listening, don't give away the surprise) keep going and press 4 listen to the options....then press 7, hilarious!!!

The Law of Attraction

I love this video and this subject. It's strange how things just seem to go the way I want them to when I follow the laws of attraction.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Life

Why does life have to be so hard? If anything I have learned that nothing can be more precious than life. It can be changed or altered at any moment. It can be taken in the blink of an eye. At any given moment you may receive news that will have altered your life forever. We need to cherish each good moment and live our life in a meaningful way. We all need to strive each day to be a kinder, better person, to see others the way they need to be seen, as living breathing human beings with thoughts and feelings of their own. We need to learn to be grateful for the things that we have in our lives. We need to banish all selfish thoughts and feelings. We need to all love every living being on this planet for the person that they are.

Life is a precious thing. Don't take it for granted any more.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Such a fun toy!

This is what happens when you mix a curious baby with a new box of pop up baby wipes!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Doughnut Falls

We went up to Doughnut falls a few weeks ago. Here's the pics. We tried to get a pic of her next to her brothers but she just would not hold still long enough. At least we did her her in the same pic!

And, she was so happy to be walking! She loved it up there! Next summer we'll have to go up in the mountains more often.

Makin Dinner

The kids helping to peel the corn for dinner.
What a pose.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Potty Training!


Maddie has decided that she's done with diapers! Here she is on her potty. What a big girl!

Tracy Aviary

Here's a few pics of the free day at the Tracy Aviary. (I accidentally erased a few of the pics but here's what's left.)

Chilaquiles


Step 1: Take about 4 large tomatoes and boil till skins crack.


Step 2: Stick them in a blender and blend on high till smooth consistency.

Pour into large skillet, add 2 to 3 cups of water or chicken broth. Cover and let simmer for about 30 minutes to enhance flavor. If you're using water you will want to add chicken flavor. I like this one the best for all Mexican style cooking. (you can get it at just about any store in the international foods aisle.) Step 3: Take about 10 dry corn tortillas per person and break them into chip sizes. To dry the tortillas you can either leave them out overnight to air dry (preferred method) or you can stick them in a 250 degree oven till dry, be sure to make single layers only to ensure even drying. I prefer the Guerrero brand white corn tortillas. (Flour tortillas do not work for this)

I've never seen anyone use tortilla chips from the store so I wouldn't recommend even trying it.
Step 4: Heat a large frying pan or skillet with about 1/2 inch of oil. Fry the tortillas till golden brown (be careful not to burn them though)
Step 5: Mix the tomato broth with the fried chips. Cook till chips are tender.

This step is not something that you can do ahead of time. If you do they will get very soggy.

Garnish with cheese, chopped fresh cilantro and sour cream. ( I used grated mozzarella cheese but the best for this is Queso Fresco, a crumbly Mexican cheese)


Now doesn't that look good! Enjoy!

I forgot to add that if you want it spicy boil 1 or jalapenos with the tomatoes.

Catherine, We also add fried eggs on top for breakfast too.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Water Colors!

I came across this recipe yesterday on how to make water color paints! As you can see it works great! I used an old ice cube tray to put the paints into and the neon cake decorating gel color that I already had on hand so I didn't have to spend any money on the recipe.

Enjoy!

Making water color paint:


1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 tablespoon glycerin
plastic bottle caps or paint pans, or styrofoam egg carton
red, yellow and blue food coloring

1.Mix vinegar and baking soda together in a small bowl.

2.When mixture stops foaming, add cornstarch and glycerin, mixing well.

3.Pour mixture into bottle caps or paint pans

4.Add several drops of a different food coloring to each pan or cap or carton cup. Stir until the color is well-mixed. Be sure to add plenty of coloring, since the tint will lighten upon drying. Mix primary colors to make secondary colors. For intense colors, try kool-aid or food coloring paste (Wilton makes great food coloring pastes).

5.Let set overnight to harden.

This makes a good substitute for purchased watercolor sets, but tends to be more powdery.

water color paint

Contributed By www.frugal-moms.com

I found the recipe here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Great Pre-Fall Harvest!

Did you know that you can eat the flowers from squashes? Zuccini and pumpkins are the best! I've seen them fried but I LOVE them sauteed with onions and stuffed in quesadillas or just fresh in sandwiches, especially turkey sandwiches! Also great for garnishing fall dishes.

They say it's best to pick the flowers in the mornings while they are still big and before the bees come out. If you get the ones in the long stems it doesn't interfere with how many squashes you get. The ones with the bulbs underneath are the ones that turn into squash. Eat the petals only, take off the stems and pistols.

Will turn into pumpkin, don't pick this one!

Great for picking. This one is almost ready. Probably tomorrow!

A little broken but I had already picked all the good ones today.

They have a great nutty flavor! Wash and keep in a bowl of water or in the fridge. Use within a few days.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back To School!

Ok, I'm REALLY late on posting these pics. Anthony started 2nd grade this year and Isaiah Kindergarten. Here's some pics of their first days!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Longing...

I have been so homesick for the ocean for the longest time now. I was born in Spokane, WA and grew up mostly along the Wa/ OR coast. I miss the green, the salt air blowing in my face, and even the rain. I also miss the mild summers and winters. So, here's a few pics of the pacific northwest that I so long for.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So Far So good!

Ok, I know I planned on posting all the days with the weaning but I must admit that I didn't post as planned. Well, after the last day I posted things still weren't going very well at all. Maddie was still crying almost constantly for her beloved milk so I caved! I totally gave in and tried to nurse her. I know, I know. BIG MISTAKE! Well, lucky for me at that time she had decided as well that she was done. (or maybe not so lucky for me) She took a few last sucks for old time sakes then che BIT me! Now, she's been a biter for a while but this bite.... I thought I was going to cry!

So, yeah, that was the last of it.... Almost anyway. She is now completely weaned during the days but does still nurse a bit at night. I'm now working on getting her weaned in the nights. We're working on her going back to sleep but you know how it is, when it's 2 AM and you've already been awakened 5 times by a baby crying for milk, that's when I cave in and take her to my bed. She's happy and I'm, well, I'm sleeping. But, this weekend I will have my husband able to help me out since he won't need to wake up early for work. So, hopefully, if things go as planned Thursday night will be her very last beloved milk.

Now, she still has the option of taking a bottle, sippy cup, or (her favorite) being spoon fed the milk so it's not like she has to go completely on nothing. She just won;t get a spoon at night because I will be asleep and she will be in bed with both a bottle and a cup!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Positive Day.


Ok, if you haven't heard all about this you can go to my hair blog to get the full explanation on how it all came out.

(I didn't want to write all this twice so I just copy and pasted from my hair blog to this.)

Well, right now I certainly have a lot to be positive about. I have started a line of all natural lotions and perfumes. I had a store ask for samples of my products! It's not a huge nation wide chain but this store is in 6 states and has almost 30 locations! This would be a huge deal to me! I am sure that when they get the samples and see the quality and care I put into every bottle of lotion they will put them in the stores!

I am also very greatful for my kids. I have 3 wonderful boys and a precious daughter who means everything to me! I love my boys dearly but having a girl is just so much fun. She's just starting to walk, will be turning 1 in less than 2 weeks and is just so stinking adorable!

Next month my oldest will be going into second grade and my second in Kindergarten.

I have a lot of friends in my neighborhood, live very close to a wonderful park, and within a few hours of some of the country's most beautiful national parks.

I am very greatful for my family's health. My kids all LOVE thier vegies! It's normally the meats that I have to fight them to eat! They know at a young age the importance of eating healthy foods and geting good exercize.

Right now though, most importantly, I still have my home! (because of a terrible mortgage company we've had a few close calls.) Maybe it's not as nice and fancy as what other prople have, or as I would like it to be, but it's mine! There's nothing a few plants outside and a few gallons of paint can't fix!

I can't end this post without mentioning my husband either. He really is a wonderful man and father.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Weaning, Day 3

Yesterday Maddie did a bit better. She was still emotional all day but she didn't really put up too much of a fight at all to go to sleep. I am still nursing her at night though so mornings are a bit harder on her. I think tomorrow we are going to start weaning her at night too.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Weaning Days 1 and 2

It's that time already! My baby is about to turn 1 and with all the fun stuff a birthday brings, it also brings time to wean!

We started on Monday. It has been a very traumatic time for her. Monday, it took hours to get her down for a nap, and to sleep at night. She's not used to going to sleep without nursing so it was a very long night for both of us. After about an hour I had no choice but to put her in her bed because she just wouldn't stop pulling on my shirt. Her dad picked her up and she was sleeping within 10 minutes!

Day 2, yesterday, she started out pretty bad, a very emotional day for her. But by night, I gave her milk in a cup (regular because that was the only way she would drink it) and sat with her in the rocking chair. It took a total of about 15 minutes to get her to sleep! It was amazing! She didn't fight to nurse or anything!

Now, she is still nursing at night this week. Next week we will start nursing every other time she wakes up (she still normally wakes up 3 to 4 times a night!) and then every night take away 1 feeding till she is (hopefully) sleeping all night without waking up, or accepting a bottle or sippy cup with milk. Whichever comes first.

I am so excited to be done! Maddie is my last baby so that means my body finally belongs solely to me!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kids Art

Anthony drew this lovely picture today of him and his brothers jumping on the trampoline next to the house. Notice the grass, dirt, worms and monster eyes. I asked him about the monster eyes and he said that it was "because it's dark and scary under the dirt."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hair cuts!


I cut the boys hair today! It's the first time I've cut hair using scissors but it worked great! I think tomorrow I'm going to trim Isaiah's hair a little shorter though. I think it's still a bit long.

What handsome boys!

How to remove grease from Soup!

Everyone that has ever made soup before knows that you get that inevitable grease floating on the top. A few years ago I was making soup and accidently dropped a paper towel in the pot. I was sort of surprised to see how the paper towel absorbed all the grease floating on the top!

The other day I made a pot roast soup in the crock pot. Here's how it works!


Pot of soup with grease spots.

Drop in the napkin or paper towel
Leave it just till it soaks the grease (only a few seconds)

Pull it out
Just look at the difference!
Repeat if needed.