Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Amber's Delectable Delights
Sugar and Spice
Adventures of a Cooking Mom
Every once in a while when I try one of the recipes off my favorite food blog sites, I will share it here. A couple of weekends ago, I made this recipe off of the Simply Recipes site (here is the link to the recipe):
1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. In a bowl, combine the minced garlic with the melted butter. In another bowl mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Dip chicken pieces into garlic butter, then into crumb mixture to coat.
3. Place coated chicken pieces on to a 9x13 baking dish. Try to leave a little room between each piece. Drizzle with remaining garlic butter and bake uncovered 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Note that the chicken will get much more browned on the bottom side than on the top.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
So we get home, I put Audrey in my lap with a lollipop and start to get Ashley dressed. Audrey all of a sudden starts crying. I assume she has bitten her tongue, so I take the lollipop away. She continues to cry. So I stand up, turn her upside down so she will open her mouth and look inside.
AND THERE IS A STAPLE IN HER MOUTH, STUCK IN HER GUMS!!!
I freaked out. Ray had just walked in, I told him to go get the tweezers and made him get it out. It actually wasn't stuck in very much, just kind of on the side of her gums. But still.
And no, I don't know where she got it. I assume at school which I will talk to them about when I pick her up today. But she could have easily done that at home too. Needless to say, I scoured the floor last night to make sure nothing but random cheerios were on the floor. I think it might have scared her enough (and caused enough pain) that she might not do it again.
I have a few more grey hairs this morning from this...
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Hayden and Ashley at the beach...
The only downside to the whole weekend was Saturday night. Ashley was having a hard time going to bed and wasn't listening to me. I took her into my room to try and get her to calm down. That only fueled her fire. She screamed at the top of her lungs, keeping every other kid in the house awake. I couldn't get her to stop, and I didn't know what to do. The more I tried to rationalize with her, the more she screamed. The more she screamed, the more I cried. Finally Ray came in and somehow got her to calm down. She was exhausted I know. She was mad and frustrated. And she wasn't listening.
Since then, she has been doing this thing where she growls at us if she is mad. We have started taking toys away from her when she does this and trying to get her to express her anger in a different way. Mostly, we want her to calm herself down without growling at us or yelling sorry at us.
By Sunday night, I was exhausted and emotionally drained. In the midst of her yelling and screaming Saturday night, she had told me she didn't want any Mommy time on Sunday. My feelings were hurt. Of course, she didn't mean it and we did have time together, and I think she even forgot she said that to me.
Please, please tell me this is a stage, just like everything else??
Monday, August 27, 2007
On to Fun Monday, hosted by Lisa's Chaos...
"I’d like to know more about you, what makes you tick. I’d like to know how you started blogging. Did you keep a diary under lock and key safely hidden as a child? Do you still? Do you share the same things on your blog that you would have, or do, in your diary? Why did you start blogging and why do you continue? May as well throw in any roadblocks you have run into while blogging. If you still have your old diaries we’d love to see them."
I am pretty sure I have written a little bit about this before. I started as a way to keep my family in touch with us since we relocated to North Carolina a little over a year ago. I wanted them to be able to read the stories and see pictures of the girls. My extremely internet saavy brother told me to start a blog and gave me an example to follow, Dooce. I used her site to find other bloggers more like me and that I enjoyed reading and the rest is history. I love using this as an outlet to write and I especially love it to find help when I have issues or questions about my children. And believe me, after Ashley was possessed by the devil on Saturday night, I am totally going to lean on you guys to help me out.
I did keep a diary as a kid, and I am pretty sure I no longer have it. And for now, this is my diary. I may not share all my deep dark secrets (like how I have seen Clay Aiken in concert three times), but I pretty much tell all the embarrassing or funny stuff that happens to me. And I can only hope you guys can laugh with me too.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The first is at The Disney Blog. We are to post the answer to the following questions to be entered to win fabulous prizes. Plus, you will get an insight into my mania about all things Disney...
1. Have you ever celebrated your birthday at a Disney theme park? If so, tell us about it.
I have celebrated my birthday at Disney World 3 times, and I am missing celebrating it at Disney World this year by ONE DAY. But I am still counting it cause we leave for Disney on my birthday.
My best memory about my birthday at Disney was my 30th birthday almost 2 years ago (gasp!). I was very pregnant with Audrey, and Ray booked me a pregnancy massage at the Grand Floridian Hotel. Fancy Schmancy. And I got to lay on my stomach because that had that great pillow with the huge hole in it. And I love laying on my stomach.
2. What is your favorite or most useful tip for guests of Disney's theme parks?
One of my most useful tips for guests of Magic Kingdom is for getting into Mickey's Toon Town and therefore getting in line for autographs early. We take that little known path by Space Mountain and wait at the rope into Toon Town. Toon Town normally opens an hour after the park does, and houses a tent that has Mickey in it as well as a tent with the Princesses and other Disney characters. One year, Ashley actually got to hold Mickey's hand as the rope dropped and he led her to the tent. Pretty cool.
3. What is your favorite Disney theme park attraction or show and why?
This is HARD. I really like all of it. But if I have to pick just one, I will take the Tower of Terror at MGM Studios (soon to be Hollywood Studios). It has ghosts, scary things, and is a cool ride based on a show I used to watch with my Dad when I was younger.
And for the other contest I am entering? I really, really want this organizer. Please pray that I win!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Onto other things...today is Ray's Dad's birthday. Who Ray is named after. Who the girls call "Papa Mocha" (their dog is named Mocha). Who Ray and I call "The Muffin Man" as he is the Bakery Manager at a BJ's Wholesale club store. Happy Birthday Old Man!
And yes, I am in the dark. At work. Since this is the second (or third? I've lost track) of oppressive 100 degree heat (four days we have hit the record of 105, including yesterday), they have asked those of us at the hospital who are not in direct patient care to turn off lights and save energy, especially between the hours of 1:00pm and 9:00pm. So here I sit, working at my laptop with only my desk lap on. It's actually kind of nice, but also kind of sleep inducing. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Wake me when it's time to go home.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Ray is excited about this driving excursion. He seems to recall "fun" road trips from his younger years. I think he is delusional. I also think they he fails to remember how as kids we weren't strapped in a five point harness car seat during road trips. We had free roam of the the vehicle.
He also thinks that they kids will love it. Really? Cause I don't know any 21 month olds that love being trapped in a car seat for that long.
We are planning to stop about 6 to 7 hours into our trip on the first day. On the way back, balls to the walls, we are going to do the drive in one day.
What I need your help on is any tips/tricks/products/games/whatever that I can buy/steal/trade to keep my kids entertained. And yes, my van is fully equipped with a DVD player, but I would like to be able to break up the DVD watching with some actual activities so their brains don't turn to mush. Plus, Ray and I can only take so many Backyardigans episodes, even if their tunes are very, very catchy.
So bring it. Tell me some tricks. The planning begins.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Share with us a little white lie that you may, or may not, have gotten away with. Perhaps it's something more sinister than a little white lie - maybe even a deep dark secret that you've kept buried for years! All the better! Now's your chance to get it off your chest and confess: "Yes, I did eat that last slice of cheese cake", "No, I wasn't washing my hair that Saturday", "Those pants do make you look fat"!
This is really the only one I can think of off the top of my head, and it was really Ray that did the lying, although I am as much to blame as he is.
Ashley was only 2 weeks old, and friends of ours that lived down the street from us had asked us to feed their cats for them while they were gone for a weekend. We did it often for them, and it was no big deal. So the weekend came and went, and you guessed it, Ray and I in our sleep deprived state COMPLETELY FORGOT to feed the cats. Our friends hadn't really reminded us about it, and we were blessed with the worst sleeping baby on earth, so our brains just weren't functioning properly. When our friends came home that Sunday, they called to see how the cats did. Ray was completely caught off guard and told them the cats were fine. No other questions were asked, and we are guessing the cats really were fine. We are not sure if they knew we didn't come over or if they thought we did. It still bothers us to this day that we did that as we love animals, but it was only one night and the cats were always left with plenty of food.
I will say this though. These same friends of ours would watch our cat for us when we were gone. We came back from a trip to find 100 pictures of their baby girl in random places all over our house. Including my underwear drawer. We have lost touch with them as they got divorced prior to us moving to North Carolina.
Go visit Uncaring Bear for all the other lies...
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Underneath those pink socks are also pink shin guards.
Her buddy from school is on her team which definitely helped out.
It's really kind of like herding cats.
Audrey decided to be a ham at dinner last night. She is getting used to me and my camera.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Since teachers are so needed in much of the US, you can actually start teaching in North Carolina using "lateral entry" prior to having your teaching license. You just have to be working towards it and have passed the PRAXIS (teaching exam) to be eligible.
What I did not know was that most elementary schools and their principals do not hire lateral entry. If I wanted to teach middle or high school, I would get in no problem.
Anyways, I have had a few interviews, but I have chalked most of them up to practice as the education world seems to be very different from the corporate accounting world. But on Monday, I interviewed with a charter school here in Raleigh and they actually offered me the job. But today I am turning it down for multiple reasons.
First, they couldn't even pay me close to what the first year teachers make in my county. And basically, it wasn't even enough to cover daycare costs. Then, I would have to walk out of my current job as classes start next Wednesday. I just can't do that. And the school. I would be going in as a brand new teacher, no experience, teaching in a school that tests scores have gotten so bad the school is deemed a "low performer" by the state. Talk about challenging.
So this week has been stressful. I would love to teach as soon as possible, but I know that I have to make the right decision in doing so. I can't just jump into someplace just because they are willing to give me a job. Ray has been the grounding voice in all this. He is the one that brought me back to reality and helped me talk through all of it.
After many discussions with Ray and looking at my class schedule and such, I am going to try and accelerate my classes. As in take more than one class at a time. It may mean a couple more late nights for me, but if I can get into student teaching by next spring, then just maybe I can start teaching for real next fall.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
- We often get the urge to move...(can we say 4 houses in 9 years of marriage?)
- Phone calls at dinner
- Scaring me in the car because he is driving and talking and writing down something
- Work hours are not your normal 9 - 5
- Phone calls at dinner
- Getting to look at any house that's on the market (great decorating ideas)
- Not a scheduled paycheck
- Your kids get excited when you mention going to look at a house
- Phone calls at the pool
- Phone calls at dinner
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I received my package from ChrisB for the S.U.M.M.E.R swap CPA Mom organized. I wish I had the card that came with the package as it had a really cool poem in it.
My trip to Virginia Tech Friday and Saturday was great. It was nice to get away, even if it was just for one night. We had been having unbearable heat in Raleigh, and I had forgotten how Blacksburg seems to miss out on the humidity since it's nestled in the New River Valley. The weather was amazing, low 80s, low humidity. It was also nice going back during the summer when the campus was pretty much empty.
Burrus Hall, the main administrative buildingIt was hard seeing the Memorial and being reminded of the tragedy that happened last April. When my friend and I were visiting the Memorial, it is right in front of Burrus Hall and you can see most of the campus academic buildings as well as the church. A wedding was going on, and the sky was a bright blue and we were standing looking at stones of 32 people that had died for no reason.
Norris Hall, the site of most of the shootings
Monday, August 13, 2007
This is my all time favorite candy bar...
But the treat of the month (or I should say last few months) is chocolate ice cream mixed with peanut butter. Honestly anything peanut butter will just about do me in. Maybe it's because I am the only one in my family who can actually eat it, who knows.
On a different note...I will have to catch with everyone tomorrow. Audrey threw up Saturday night and had a fever and Ashley decided to do the same last night. Fun times. So I am home today. Go visit Beckie for all the participants!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Go here (and scroll down to the August 6 entry, I can't get the permalink to work) to see the cool product that was mailed to me for me to try out for free. How cool is that??!! If only someone would mail me a new stroller or perhaps a side mirror for my van, that would be awesome...
Today is another scorcher as it is in most of the East Coast. Yesterday it was 83 degrees outside when I left my house at 6:45am. It finally reached 103 with a real feel of 112...
Tomorrow I am heading out of town. (I will be posting pictures tomorrow, I had Audrey's first haircut done on Monday (sob)). My friend Julie (the one in the picture of me in NYC with my Mom) and I are heading to Virginia Tech to check out the campus, the memorial they are building, and just hang out without kids at our old stomping grounds. I haven't been back in 3 years and am looking forward to see the campus. I am not looking forward to all the feelings that I will have in seeing Norris Hall where most of the shootings took place, but I think this will be a good trip. And maybe I will find a Virginia Tech apron...
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
That's me, second from the left...
I thought I had succeeded in finding something cute and that hid my "figure". I was completely wrong.
Upon returning, I had my annual exam with my OB. I had high blood pressure and weighed the most I have ever weighed (sans being pregnant) in my entire life. Then a little girl that lives on my street asked me if I was pregnant.
I signed up for Weight Watchers the next day, thanks to my Mom who paid for my first couple of months.
And now?? I wear a size 6. I didn't even wear a size 6 in college. I can buy a small or medium shirt, depending on the cut. With my boobs and my weight prior, that would have NEVER happened. I was comfortable hanging out in the XL sizes. And speaking of boobs, I lost a couple of cup sizes as well.
Just ignore the crazy hair and weird smile...
The other nice thing about this? I inspired Ray who in turn lost 50 pounds to match my 60 pounds lost. Together we lost enough weight of a petite adult.
Yes, I totally took this picture at work...I obviously need more work to do...
We have changed our lifestyle. I used to eat McDonald's once a week, now I go months without. Greasy, fried food actually gives me a stomachache, so avoiding it isn't difficult. I haven't had a regular soda in a year. Diet Coke is my champ. I measure out my portions and Ray and I normally share meals when we eat out.
Don't get me wrong, we still treat ourselves once a week to a milkshake from Sonic or ice cream from Cold Stone. We just now know when enough is enough.
And it has been fun (although expensive) changing our entire wardrobes. The outlet mall in Myrtle Beach has been our friend.
I hope Ashley only remembers "skinny" mommy, and not the one who looked like she was stung by a bee in the face.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
By Sunday, everyone was feeling better. But then Sunday night, Ashley was up most of the night and even managed to throw up all over her bed at 2:00am after I made her take some medicine. Just what I need in the middle of the night. So I kept her home yesterday and even took her into the doctor just in case she had strep or something. Nope, just a virus that was probably on the tail end of it. She was of course fine the whole day, and I did get to go to Target and do some much needed laundry.
So I am back, back to work, back to the daily grind. Today here in Raleigh? 101 degrees. Tomorrow? 100 degrees. Thursday? 101 degrees. I think we will be staying indoors in the evenings.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Now off you go to visit the rest of the Fun Monday participants...
Friday, August 03, 2007
The table at the birthday party. Tea party style.
Don't Crocs look great with princess outfits?
The girls playing Disney Bingo.
The band that wished Ashley Happy Birthday
Thursday, August 02, 2007
But Ray has the whole thing down to a well oiled machine. He even makes Audrey an omelete every morning as that seems to be the only thing she will eat for breakfast. They are dropped off at school at 8:30am every.single.day. Right on time, no crying fits, all things in the backpacks (he did forget Ashley's bathing suit for water day a few weeks ago, but neither of us realized it was water day), refills of diapers for Audrey if needed, and he pays the biweekly payment to them (which if I told you how much we pay these people, you would choke on your coffee).
How does he do it? He doesn't give in. Me, well, I tend to give in a little. Although a few weeks ago when Ray was out of town, it all worked out. I had the kids to school on time. I had all their stuff. I even remembered my purse which is the first thing I tend to forget. And no, I did not make omeletes. I gave into Ashley pleas to have cinammon rolls which are super easy to make and Audrey ate them as well.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Ashley promptly came over and starting talking to me.
"Ashley, can Mommy go potty in peace?"
"What are you doing Mommy?"
"Going potty...I will be a minute."
"I'm shutting the door for you, I don't want to hear your poop plop."