Showing posts from March, 2012

Get your ice cream

We have had a crazy busy week that has included a whirlwind trip to Nashville (more on that in another post) that while it was way too short and totally exhausting, it was completely worth it.  Because of those busy two days, I am finding myself trying to just get caught back up on life stuff.  I have a couple of posts that I am wanting to do, but probably need to be disciplined and actually get that work stuff done.

My main reason for this point is to tell you to go get your ice cream, because Melissa has declared eat ice cream for breakfast day as a way to celebrate it being the one year anniversary of her cancer diagnosis.  I am always a fan of ice cream and while I have never had it for breakfast, you better believe that we are going to eat some for breakfast tomorrow.   Whew, for just a brief instant, my mind traveled back to one year ago today and my heart kind of breaks all over again.  I love my sister so much and am so so thankful for her!  I  plan to celebrate life along wit…

A Day in the Life

I have been feeling badly about not leaving the house and doing 'fun' stuff for spring break.  In our defense, it has literally rained all week long, although the sun is coming out today and we are supposed to begin to have nicer weather.  So, in theory, rain kept us indoors, but also, I realized anew that the boys are a lot like me--homebodies.  They like to be home, to play with their toys, they have their best buddy there with them, what could be better?

Here is a sampling of what one day looked like:
spent time coloringplayed the Wiithey were being very quiet in their room after I heard them say playing 'hide and go seek' and I go in to find them both underneath the bottom bunk with toys piled around them, whispering to each other.  I go over to find out what they are doing?  "Playing Hide and Go Seek and Bear and Red Bear are 'it', but they haven't seen us yet, wanna come play?"     me: "where are bear and red bear?"     boys: "…

Spring Break

So far, our spring break has been characterized by massive amounts of rain.  We had beautiful weather all of last week and there is beautiful weather in the forecast for next week, but this week?  Not so much.  We have had at least 4 inches of rain in the last 48 hours and more predicted for the next 48.  While this has put a bit of a damper on our spring break plans, we are still having fun.  The boys are actually sleeping in a bit later than their normal 7 AM and we are doing lots of reading, puzzles, games, and coloring mixed in with the occasional Wii game and television show.  I am reminded over and over again how sweet it is for them to have a playmate.  For the most part, I am not sure if they would notice that I was gone except for the fact that they get hungry approximately three times a day!

Yesterday, they spent the afternoon with their grandparents having lunch, bowling, and getting ice cream--not a bad way to spend the afternoon!  It also worked out for me, allowing me to…

Black Bean Soup

I figure that any new recipe that I make twice in just over a week is worth a blog post.  A few months ago, I went through the stacks of cooking magazines that I had been hoarding and pulled out recipes that I wanted to try and got rid of the rest of them--yay for decluttering!  Anyway, this black bean soup finally made its way to our menu last week. 

Black Bean Soup (from America's Test Kitchen Soups and Stews 2008 magazine)
Beans: 1 pound (2 cups) dried black beans, picked over and rinsed 4 oz ham steak, trimmed of rind 2 bay leaves 5 cups water 1/8 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt
Soup: 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 large onions, chopped fine (about 3 cups) 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped fine (about 1/2 cup) 3 med celery ribs, chopped fine (about 1 cup) 1/2 tsp salt 5-6 med garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (I used aleppo pepper) 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin 6 cups chicken broth 2 Tbsp cornstarch 2 Tbsp water 2 Tbsp lime juice
Garnishes: lime wedges minced fresh cilantro l…

The Amazing Race

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, the boys were SO excited about us signing up for the our church's mother/son Amazing Race. They could hardly contain themselves all weekend long.  We don't let the boys watch very much television, but for the last couple of seasons, I have let them watch The Amazing Race show with me.  I have watched the show since it's first season (which was a long time ago).  Back then, my best friend and I would watch together and talk about how 'we' would run the race if we were on it.  We still dream of doing the Amazing Race together, but often laugh that we are going to have to be in training for months ahead of time in order to actually be competitive. 

So, Saturday night after many hours of repeatedly answering that 'it was not quite time yet', it was finally time to go to the Amazing Race.    Of course, no event is complete without a photo shoot.  I got Micah to act as my photographer.  I might be biased, but I think I have r…

Grand Plans

I had grand plans to recap our Amazing Race Experience from the weekend, but today has been full of consignment sale prepping, paperwork, running errands, trying not to stress about life 'stuff', so I didn't get all my photos edited and it is now late and time for me to head to bed. I did edit a few pictures from a bunch that Micah took before we left on Saturday and this one just cracks me up! It is us getting our game face on: 

I am hoping tomorrow I can recap it in details because there are just too many sweet moments/details not to record.
Happy Monday!

Ten on the Tenth

Some general randomness:
1.  Someone linked to this video awhile back of actress Kristin Bell on the Ellen Show and it never fails to make me laugh hysterically.

2.  I discovered at some point during this last month that if I will take a few or ten minutes to straighten up my house (get the dirty dishes all in the dishwasher, clear off the counters, pick up random stuff from the end tables, etc.) at night before going to bed, my days start off so much better.  One day this week, I was going through a morning that was a little bit hectic, but I was surprisingly not too frazzled...and I realized that night as I was going through my little 'pick up' routine that I was pretty sure that was why my morning went so well.  Now, if I could only get everyone in my house on that same plan!

3. It has been so much fun seeing/hearing the boys learn to read.  It is just so neat to see how much progress they are making each and every week.

4.  My friend Traci and I have started running agai…

Project 365 Catch Up

Presenting February 2012(and I copied the text below each photo for my mom and anyone else who cares!):


I am not sure where the last few weeks have gone. 

Since my last post, here is a little run down of our activities:
Micah managed to bring some sort of stomach bug back from Africa and share it with both ended up on antibiotics, and about eight days in, I ended up with a full body rash reaction to the antibiotic and had to spend about 4 days hopped up on Benadryl--not my idea of a good time.The boys have started back to soccer practice and had their first game.  It is fun to see the progress they have made since they first started and fun for them to see their little buddies. I can't say I love having practice two nights a week and a game every Saturday though.I finally got caught up on my Project 365 pages.  For some reason, I struggled a LOT in February getting my photos every day.  I decided that the only thing worse than getting behind in staying current on P365 is realizing that you just might not have all the photos you need.  Fortunately, I am back on track. Prob…