Monday, December 31, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
But the house is cleaned up and I found all the presents I had hidden. I can rest in peace.
I bet Doodlebug is going to be up early. I kept telling the little buggers that the fast they go to sleep, the faster Christmas comes. It worked well on Ticklebug.
Merry Christmas! May Christmas be a day of good food, friends and family. Don't forget to thank God for the first Gift of his Son.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I learned this the hard way one year when we returned from out of town. We needed milk and a few other groceries only to discover the town had shut down. It was only 9pm. We scrounged up some dry donuts and an overpriced gallon of milk at the corner 7 eleven. Not the Cmas breakfast I had in mind.
This will be the first time that I can remember not being at Walmart for one reason or another on Cmas eve at 5pm. I got my shopping finished today. I am going to Kroger tomorrow to get milk and call it a day!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Snugglebug is hanging out with a new sitter while I type this. I am off to clean the bathrooms and a multitude of other things before my brother gets here tonight. It's weird how I am actually looking forward to being able to clean uninterrupted. It's kinda sick and pathetic.
Well, on that note, off I go to make my bathrooms sparkle. Gotta love that Method cleaner, Basic H and Barkeeper's Friend.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A friend of mine who is a single mom of now grown kids told me how she rearranged the kitchen to make it possible for her kids to be more independent. I followed her advice and I moved all the kid sized plates, cups, bowls down to a low cupboard and put my crockpot and other stuff on the cupboard above the counter. I left the regular breakable plates and glasses up high. The silverware is already in a low drawer so that wasn't a problem. In the pantry I moved the cereal, breakfast food, and snack foods down on the lowest shelves.
As a result of the above changes, my kids can now serve themselves and others drinks and food. They can get a bowl of cereal for breakfast with minimum help and they help get everything out for dinner. Doodlebug is 7 and usually pours the drinks. Ticklebug is five and usually get the napkins and silverware. Snugglebug is 2 and she gets the plates out. They can get their own snacks and help pack their own lunches.
No only can they help with meal related things, but also they can now unload the dishwasher because anything that is plastic is within their reach. No more excuses!
I don't feel like a slave anymore and they are learning how to count the correct number of items, gauge how much liquid the cup will hold, and how to work together as a team to get the job done.
I realize the above is possibly a no-brainer but you know how easy it is as a mom to miss the obvious. It's not like we don't have anything on our minds!
For other great WFMW ideas head on over to Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Check out these music DVDs especially if you are looking for a last minute gift for a little bugger in your life. You know how fascinated little ones are with looking at other babies. What a combination-- real life kiddos and praise music. For example, Joy to the World DVD.
Check it out!
Friday, December 7, 2007
1 pound ground pork
8-10 servings if you don't use big servings. Adjust water as needed to reach desired thickness.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007
It was 5 o'clock, and the little buggers said they were hungry --over and over and over and over and over. The cupboards were bare. BUT this day, the day you had planned to take Kroger by storm, you ended up running Junior's lunch to him at school instead of getting groceries. You also took Sue to see the doctor because she coughed all night. You then stopped by the pharmacy, just making it home in time to lay your cranky two-year-old down for the afternoon nap. There was no time to shop.
The best solution to this problem that I have encountered was from a wonderful friend and neighbor, BestBug. Our usual 5 p.m. conversation goes something like this:
BB: "Do you have dinner planned yet?"
MB: "Uh, no. Do you?"
BB: " No, haven't even thought about it."
MB: "Wanna order pizza together? I have a buy-one-get-one-free coupon."
Little did I know that this time the conversation would go something like this:
BB: "Do you have dinner planned yet?"
MB: "Uh, no."
BB: "Here's a gallon of homemade vegetable soup. "
Only a stupid person would say "no thanks, I'll order pizza again". I am not stupid! I took that soup and RAN.
Unfortunately, if you don't have a BestBug in your life, you may have to settle for a 'popcorn night'. We pop loads of popcorn and cut up fruit, veggies, cheese, or whatever we have on hand and watch a movie.
Have you ever been a BestBug to someone and shared your dinner with them? Try it sometime. Knock their socks off with an unexpected dinner offer. You'll make their night!
Head on over to Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer for other awesome last minute ideas!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
SB: Normal, that's normal.
MB: You had a normal day?
SB: yes, normal
I usually get good, fine or silence from the back seat. Today I got a little variety.
She is not even THREE yet. Where does she get this stuff? Guess it comes from having older siblings.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Ticklebug likes the ones in which Calvin pretends he is a spaceman. Doodlebug likes the "gross" ones as she puts it. Basically, the ones involving toilets, bugs, worms, vomiting and general "potty" themes. It is cool to see their sense of humor and ability to "get" a joke develop.
MB: TB, go pack your lunch.
MB: TB, go pack your lunch.
As I am 4-5 feet away...
MB: We need to go buy you some new ears. Yours are broken. Target is having a buy one, get one free sale.
As he looks right at me as I am finishing talking ...
TB: What? (as in "what did you say")
For a split second there I thought he was messing with me. He wasn't. That made it even funnier.
I wonder what he was thinking about or listening to. : )
30 minutes later when I read to him what I had written for this post, he goes "my ears aren't broken, you're just kidding me." He just giggled and giggled.
Doesn't get any better than that.
Aaaahhhh, life with little buggers. I believe our little buggers were stamped with "For Entertainment Purposes Only" on their foreheads when they were born.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
We have continued the tradition in our family of filling up shoe boxes for children around the world who are not having a Christmas. This ministry is Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse-- Franklin Graham's ministry. My grandmother did it years ago, my mom did it, and now we are doing it with our kids.
Throughout the year I buy things on clearance for the boxes then whatever is left we go to the dollar stores and find what we need. This year it really seemed to click with Ticklebug and Doodlebug on what to get and why. I really enjoyed shopping for the items with them. We bought clear shoeboxes so they have a "treasure box" to go along with their treasures. The kids were old enough to help me pack the boxes which made it even easier and fun!
Maybe next year, I'll be organized enough to get a picture of us and a note into each box. I've read that sometimes the kiddos will write back.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
MB: SB, What is your favorite place to eat?
SB: Mimie's house, no, MmmDonald's
Mimie's or McDonald's .... Hmmm. She'll have to settle for the Golden Arches, Mimie is too far away. Believe me, it is settling. You should taste my mom's cooking! She makes good homemade noodles. I tried to make them once 9 years ago. The fact that it has been 9 years since I tried it again, says it all. I'll just have them at her house. Not only can she make noodles but she used to make bologna sandwiches a delicacy! You haven't lived until you have had bologna on WonderBread with chips for a picnic in the car after grocery shopping.
You've heard of kids that can be hungry between bites? Well... let me tell you a little story. SB was in the middle of her breakfast this morning very adamantly stating that she was hungry. She must not have seen the delightful breakfast in front of her. I think it was code for "I would rather have the Halloween candy in the pantry and not this boring toast".
I fully admit that she got those genes from me. I've been known to eat ice cream for breakfast every great once in a while, of course. It has protein and carbohydrates. If I need a little more protein, I add nuts. Of course, I have to wait until the buggers are in school before I break that out.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Our pastor spoke on giving today using II Corinthians 8 and 9 as the main text. He doesn't talk about money much but today he shared how he and his family chose to give and why. I read both of those chapters this afternoon for my quiet time. Although he talked about giving money there are other ways to give too. You can give of your time, your talents, your possessions, and more. Remember how Peter saw a crippled man and when the man asked for a handout Peter said "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." (Acts 3:5-7) "Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong". See, Peter gave what he had. He didn't ignore the need because he didn't have exactly what the man asked for. He looked to see what he could give and gave that.
What God wants is for me to be like him and give of what time, money, things, talents, or gifts that I possess. (Luke 6:38) I realized that what God wants me to give is probably different from what He wants someone else to give. Not only does he want my gifts to be according to what I have, but also to be given without reluctance. (II Corinthians 8:11-12, 9:7). Guilt should not be my motivator.
There is a lot of good stuff in those two chapters. There were verses I have heard all my life and others that jumped off the page at me for the first time. Time for me and God to have a little talk about what I have to give.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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I would not have admitted that to anyone besides by best friend-- if that.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
In honor of WFMW, I would like to introduce you to one of my best friends "Swiffer Sweep and Vac". Swiffer meet the internets.
We met a couple of years ago as a result of a personal ad on TV. I was cynical after how I felt I had been let down in the past. I wasn't sure there was anything out there for me that would help meet my sweeping needs. My last relationship with a broom was more because it was comfortable and convenient as much as anything. I wasn't very content and my kids didn't really like him. In fact, they avoided him every time he came out. Our relationship was a take or leave it kind of thing. And he was ALWAYS leaving it! I just couldn't take it anymore!
When I saw that personal ad, I thought he was too good to be true. I figured he was misrepresenting himself and exaggerating. So I Googled him and then waited 6 weeks before I met him for the first time. I wasn't investing in this relationship without a good coupon to help cover my loss if the bottom fell out.
I was still cautious and skeptical but I brought him to my house to hang out a bit in the kitchen. Wow! He is the real deal! My floors were crumb free in no time flat and we had such fun. I was able to get along all the baseboards and into the corners under the cabinets where the mop can't reach. His swivel head made sweeping under the table and chairs effortless without moving a piece of furniture. I had so much fun that I begged him to stay longer and we tackled the entry and all the bathrooms. My kids loved racing around with him-- even the 3 y/o! How awesome is that! If they get along with him that well then he is a keeper.
He has been a part of our family ever since that day. There was no way I was letting go of him. I know a good thing when I see it!
So here we are today, almost at our two year anniversary. He asks for so little and gives so much. He's the best!
That's what works for me! Head on over to Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer for more tips and ideas. Happy Reading!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
MB: " Where's TB?'
DB: " I don't know. Maybe he died and Daddybug went to bury him."
MB: What? LOL (laugh out loud) Where did that come from?
Ticklebug was sitting in the living room dressed all the way to his shoes with a huge grin on his face. "I beat you, I win". Says the child who had just said earlier "I'm too tired to race".
I will let him win that one any day.
Mimie and Grandpa C were in town when we went camping. Our friends Mr. L, Mr. H, Flickbug and Soccerbug came for dinner around the fire. Daddybug, Doodlebug, and Ticklebug spent the night. We had the best campsite around-- right across from the bathrooms. You know we were there quite often! We have the smartest Daddybug around!
It was a blast sharing our food and fun with friends and family. There is nothing like roasted hotdogs and brats, Doritos and smore's eaten outside in the fresh (sometimes smoky) air.
Although, my favorite part was the fact I didn't have to do dishes!
October was the month of the Kindergarten field trip to a "farm". I use that term loosely. Coming from Indiana originally, this was definitely a city version of a farm. Basically, a local park with a large open area hosted various farm animals as part of a traveling educational farm. The kids got to milk a brown cow that some wondered if chocolate milk came out of it. I took a turn at milking it. No big deal... : )
They watched pigs race, held various ducks, chickens and piglets, chased geese, petted calves, and picked a pumpkin from a pile. The biggest hit of the day was jumping off of round hay bales. They actually used hay for the hayride rather than straw. I think the boys just had fun being outside in the sunshine where they didn't have to sit still!
My little buggers are having such a different life experience than I did growing up. I was a country kid. Never thought I would be a city girl. I've gotten used to shopping and friends being nearby rather than 30-45 min away. If somehow I could get open sky, quiet and nearby shopping and Sonics-- I would be in heaven. Can't have everything... A girl can dream though...
This is AC and DB. Fortunately, we had 2 babies and 2 strollers. DB was helping her wrap the baby doll up. AC's visit made quite an impression on SB. Today as we were shopping at Wallyworld for a sweatshirt, she informed me that we needed to buy one for "the baby". I thought she meant Baby Sally. She meant AC. : )
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
1. Everything is louder in bathrooms-- the sound of the flushes and the comments your kids make that you really wish noone else had heard.
2. The location of the bathroom is always, always, always far away when you need it.
3. If one child has to go, they all have to go. If they don't, insist they do b/c you'll barely get out the door when that child will change their mind.
4. Lean too far over the edge of the sink and a pony tail will trip the sensor on the faucet giving you a shower. (another SB story)
5. Don't bother going at home. They'll have to go the second you pull into the store's parking lot. Save time and just plan on going first thing at the store.
Can you add any more to my list? Leave me a comment.
Some people drive to ONE airport. We aren't in that group. We are 30 min from DFW and DAL both. DB flew out of DFW and back into DAL. The joys of non-revving! So, I picked him up at DAL and drove him to his car. A taxi costs $40 for a 20-25 min ride. SB fell asleep and stayed that way for almost an hour and a half.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
We all made marshmallow sculptures today. Look at TB's m-mallow smile. I don't know which is bigger the real one or the fluffy one. On the left is TB's on the right is DB's. DB's is an alien ship with the appropriate alien family members. TB's is a garage with a gate. This was a great idea from a book I found on clearance at Border's.
She sits very quietly for her lunch of corn. Sally has the best manners and never asks for a thing-- so polite and unassuming.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I did NOT pick out SB's clothes. That is one of her favorite shirts and she prefers to wear only pink. No matter what her pattern choices she looked like a fashionista compared to what I looked like. Be glad I didn't take a picture.
Like how I cropped the picture so you can't see the mess of the kitchen, I mean, so you can focus on the darling children more easily? You aren't missing a thing.
Here are Ticklebug and Doodlebug on Dress up day. TB is a builder and DB is "eggzactly" what she wanted to be. I couldn't talk TB into going as "bacon".
Get it? Bacon and Eggs?
Maybe next year we can do a Dr. Suess theme-- green eggs and ham.
Before you ask, I did NOT come up with the egg idea. It was in a recent issue of FamilyFun magazine. I did go all over creation trying to find the few supplies it called for. Just so you know, foam board doesn't come bigger than 20X30 and 1/4 in. thick. The magazine described a much larger and thicker piece of foam. If Joann's and Michael's don't have it, I don't really need it. I should've reached that conclusion before I went to Michael's! I wonder if there is anything else I can use the costume for????
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Mamabug and Snugglebug -2007 age 2
The girls look a lot alike to me. These were some of my favorite pictures.
I still look the same... at least I changed bandanas. Actually in the first picture, the bandanas are actually cloth napkins my mom made. So what, I wanted to match. The next time around I went for the real thing-- didn't care about matching much. : )
I was getting my exercise as I "assisted" her upstairs to her room for some 'chill out/time out' time. For some reason she didn't want to go. Hmmm? I could tell by the end of the day that we had done it a few times when I would ask "What did you do wrong?", she would reply in a singsong voice and huge grin " I was fussing" or "I threw a fit". I am going to need extra prayer to keep consistent with her.
This is the same child who felt free to tell Ticklebug to "Shut up" at the dinner table. Good thing Daddybug was there to call her on it. I was in shock! How is it that the 2y/o tried that one on for size before the 7 or 5y/o. I have NEVER (not exaggerating) heard the older two use that word or the adults. I am going to have to get over the shock fast before she eats me for lunch. My, are we going to have our hands full!!!!!!
Another introduction is in order. Meet Flickbug age 4- neighbor and friend.
I can't help the fact that my best friend's 4y/o is hilarious and provides ample laughs. At Taco Bueno today he dumped the remaining ice from his drink onto a napkin. Huh?
I jokingly asked him if he was drying it off . His response with a look of DUH-isn't-it-obvious was "YES, It's too wet".
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
My 5 y/o went on to say that "the little kids go first, then the big kids then the medium kids go". "Oh," said S the 4y/0, "Brother is a medium kid."
Makes perfect sense... Why didn't I think of that?
FYI: The recess order goes K-2nd-1st
If 2nd graders are BIG to Kindergarteners. Just wait until they see the 5th graders!