Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In loving memory of Carter.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 soup can milk
1 pkg of cream cheese (I only used 6-7 oz.)
frozen corn (however much you like.
2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
Brown beef, onion and garlic; drain. Add soup, milk and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and smooth. Add corn. Heat through. Stir in cooked pasta.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Devon called an Emergency Dental place and they said they could pull it but they don't have x-ray machines for a 2 year old so that's all they could do for us. I wanted a dentist to look at it and see if they could save it and an urgent care place would probably just pull it too so I just watched her and woke up all night every hour making sure she wasn't choking on it and was still breathing.
Monday morning first thing I called around and was looking for a dentist for her to get in to. While I was on the phone, she must've lost the tooth. I was taking her upstairs to get dressed and she was talking to me and I *GASPED* noticed her tooth was gone. We ran back downstairs and looked all over for it but no luck. I bet she swallowed it. :(
Thanks to my friend DeAnn, we already had a tooth fairy pillow so we put that out and the fairy found it. Mady came running to me the next morning and said, "Mommy, look! Monies!" She's been carrying the pillow around (with money still in the pocket) ever since.
So, it was no longer an emergency so she had her first dentist appointment today. After lots of explaining what everything in the dentist's office was (light, dentist tools, etc.) and showing her the tv on the ceiling turned to her favorite cartoons, there was still some blood curdling screaming involved when they went to do the x-ray. She didn't think it was so bad, however, when getting to pick out her prize (playdoh) for being "good."
Luckily, I found out I am not a bad mother and didn't let her eat too much candy already in life. She got her first two bottom teeth at 2.5 months old. The dentist said that when they get their teeth that early, they hardly have any root to them (he showed me this on the x-ray.) So if they barely get bumped, they can come loose and fall out. Turns out she bumped it last week on some kids' head - but it wasn't that loose then. But nothing to worry about, just sad that her tooth is gone!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
How stupid is that? What a freakin' whiner. I have no sympathy for that woman. If you get a healthy baby, you're lucky. This woman got two healthy babies! Don't complain cause you didn't get a girl. You don't choose what you get!
And the advice from the doctor/writer about having a mock funeral for the daughter you never had is ridiculous. Just a slap in the face for those who have had a real one.
Then she writes that she wanted the baby to die when they found out their second baby was a boy as well. That woman needs to go in a mental hospital.
Some people are totally clueless - and should be glad that they are.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
What can I say? New Kids on the Block still have my heart.
After our new friend, Bobby, the weird guy at the hotel (there for his brother's wedding), took our picture and got a cab for us, we arrived at the Allstate Arena, psyched for our first ever NKOTB concert. (Well it was my first real concert ever and I don't need to go to another after it - it surely won't be as good.)
Natasha Beddingfield was the opener and she can sounded good live. (You know how some people just don't sound the same?) I love her New Zealand/British accent.
The boys (now grown men) put on an awesome show. I couldn't have imagined better. Jordan and Joey can still hit all the high notes. But there is still just something about that bad boy Donnie! (Hence my new "Property of Donnie Wahlberg" t-shirt.)
We had so much fun singing and screaming. I hardly have a voice. The atmosphere was so incredible. So many fans (97% female), around our age, mature enough to not be annoying like little teenage girls would be, all eager to hear their boy band from their early youth. So fun! Here is a picture of us glowing after the concert (this was before our mile walk to the hotel obviously. Haha.)
It was a dream come true!
We started our full day of shopping at the bottom of Michigan Avenue. The first good store we got to was Forever 21/XXI Forever. Some thoughts about the stores on the Magnificent Mile: HUGE, GINORMOUS, OVERWHELMING. I recommend going on a Monday/Tuesday and not on a weekend. It takes 10-15 minutes during the mid-day weekend rush just to stand in line to try on clothes and then you have to wait another 10 minutes or so to check out. Speed shopping is NOT possible. Do NOT attempt!
If you have a daughter, I highly recommend the American Girl Place. So freakin' cute. The girls can bring their American Girl dolls to get their hair done, go to the doctor, eat lunch at the cafe with them, etc. The entire place is red and pink, even the bathrooms have toilets and sinks that are kid sized. So adorable!
By the end of the afternoon, we were shopped out. H&M was our last shopping stop and none of us bought a thing!
We did get to do one touristy activity by going to the top of the John Hancock Observatory to get a view of the city (see pic). We got our picture taken with Sears Tower in the background. It was a nice clear day. Now... on to the CONCERT!!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Poor Tish. She has bad luck! She made it to the airport and parked and then somehow locked her keys in her car! Devon to the rescue - he drove to the airport, got her keys out and car unlocked and helped her work with the ticket counter to get her on standby for an early morning flight Saturday.
I hope it is something that she can now laugh about. But it sure wasn't funny at the time!
On the way into town, we asked him to tell us about the tall buildings. I pointed to the Sears Tower and asked which one that was. He said, "That one is my house." Me "Can I have a tour?" haha He said "I'll have to make sure my wife isn't home first." EW - not that kind of tour, buddy.
We then went to Gino's East for the best pizza in the world. The sauce is on top. The crust is all flaky, thick and crispy on the bottom (all at the same time). What more could you ask for? We felt bad throwing half of it away - we ordered way too much!
During dinner we were chatting about where we would eat on Saturday prior to the concert. I said we can't eat something too greasy or heavy (like the pizza we just had) before going to the concert. I didn't want to be all bloated for NKOTB! Tiff said, "Donnie, rub my belly!" So that is our continued joke from the weekend.
The security guard said to me, "Are you laughing at her? We don't make fun of people! Get in here!"
Haha. So I got patted down too.
Then, the other security guard saw Chelsey gathering her things and said, "Don't laugh. Don't laugh." Chelsey giggled. "We've got a laugher!"
Needless to say, all three of us were in the glass security area at that point. We have the best picture of us with our arms out with the security guard. I will post it here as soon as my sisters send it to me. Started the trip off right.
Then... it went downhill temporarily. Our flight was cancelled due to a mechanical problem. So they sent us back downstairs to the counters and rerouted us through Southwest airlines on a later flight. People were so grumpy! (except us - we somehow kept our giddyness the whole day.)
Arrival time in Chicago: 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It's a great day when you start it off with a laugh!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Then while I was making pasta salad, Mady turned around from her cute pink chair and had a black face! She had drawn all over her face with a black crayon. Luckily, crayon is easy to clean up.
Later we will be going to a fireworks show.
Happy 4th of July!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
She wouldn't go into the blow up inflatable that you bounce in - it was for kids her age and she wouldn't go in even tho I told her it looked like a princess castle. Devon took her down the slide and I think she thought that was okay.
She doesn't like fireworks - but her Daddy protects her. She sat on his lap and said "scare me".
Friday, June 27, 2008
Our plants in the front yard that we planted just weeks ago are destroyed. Plants in the back are okay. Mady's tent on her swingset has a hole in it now. We were lucky, some neighborhoods looked a lot worse.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Her language is really developing. This morning when I went to make her usual Fruity Pebbles for breakfast (she will not touch pancakes, waffles or anything else I make her.) she said "Don't want that kind - I want Einsteins." As in Little Einsteins cereal we had a month or so ago. She said those two complete sentences as plain as day. I've tried to find that kind of cereal at the store again and apparently they've stopped making it - so I reminded her. Her response was "Oh."
Tonight we were driving home from the restaurant we ate at for dinner and the balloon she had received at the restaurant popped. She cried briefly but then she repeated the story when we got home about 100 times - "Balloon" "Pop" "Car" "Broke It" "Balloon" "Pop" "Car" "Broke It". Toddlers have a one track mind.
She's too cute.
Friday, June 6, 2008
I bought Mady this super-cute craft box: My Giant Busy Box from this toy store down the road from our house. It has paper bag puppets, sticker art, crayons, dough, tissue paper art, etc. One of the tissue paper art projects in the box was defective (i.e. not sticky) so I wrote to the company that made it to request a new one. They said they couldn't just provide me with the part that was broken - they sent a whole new box for us to play with! How nice is that? I highly recommend it - it's for ages 2+ (and I'm not just saying that because they gave us free stuff).
Mady really likes the E-I-E-I Dough projects. They provide printed punch-out animal parts and different colors of dough and you can make/decorate the animals. Here she has made a pig-dog (pig head with dog legs, I think there is a horse part mixed in there too.)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
There is this goofy toy that my sisters and I pass around. When you press its hand, it plays the chicken dance (see video for demo - make sure you have your sound on for the full effect). We hide it in car trunks, suitcases, bedrooms, etc. I last gave the chicken to Chelsey to open as a present during her graduation party (thanks to Paige for the idea!)
When I was doing my laundry the other day, I found the chicken in my clothes basket. Now, how did that get there? I will find out who put it there and will get revenge. Muhahaha...
P.S. it made Mady cry this morning when I played the chicken to make this video. Whoops!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Tonight during dinner, Mady was sitting with us at the table in her booster seat by the window and she spotted the bunny eating the grass right outside. She goes "Bunny!" and that was the end of her dinner that had only just begun. When the bunny hopped to the back of the yard, she ran over to the patio door (which she can now get open by herself) and yelled into the yard "Where Bunny go?"
Now every time she looks out the window she asks about the bunny (which sounds like Barney so I always get confused. :P)
Hopefully it won't eat Devon's vegetables that he planted (I'm sure it will and we'll have to get a bunny barrier!)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
- No major meltdowns by Mady since she didn't take a real nap the whole day. Too many new toys and people around to keep her busy.
- Mady blew out the candles on her birthday cake with a party blowout during the Happy Birthday song. It was priceless.
- Good company with family and friends present.
Low points included:
- Nutmeg getting hurt. The wind outside and the garage door being open created a vacuum effect and his nose and paw got caught in the door. Sad. :(
- The top tier of the cake sliding off on the way home despite driving very slowly. Thanks to Hy-Vee for sending over a decorator to fix it. (Devon tried to fix it but he didn't have a spray gun for the icing.)
Friday, May 16, 2008
Devon planted some rose shrubs in the back. He also planted some peppers and tomatoes in the back.
Mady was a good helper and watered the plants. I also found a nightcrawler and she held it in her hand and giggled.
We learned a lot about plants today that's for sure! I do not have a green thumb but my Dad says anything will grow down here with the humidity. We'll see about that!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Devon said she will be fearless!
On another note, she barely took a nap today (just in the car on the way to lunch at the CCF). I tried to get her to take a longer nap but I think I was the only one that fell asleep for a few minutes. The end result - her falling asleep in her highchair after dinner. Aw...
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Mady and I just had the most fun ever! First we fingerpainted - her very first time. It was a progressive thing. She used one finger first, then two, then finally, the moment I was waiting for, her whole hand to spread around the paint. Then, Mady got out her bubble-maker and we danced in the bubbles like crazy people to the Enchanted soundtrack. What a magical time! I will remember her face laughing at me in the bubbles forever!
Now we are watching Caillou "on demand" and she is getting mad at it when the muppets come on instead of the cartoon. Haha.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Today, Mady and Devon went fishing at Two Rivers. Devon bought Mady a fishing pole with Dora the Explorer on it. They caught their limit of four trout within the first hour so I will say that was a successful fishing trip! I'm sure Mady was tickled getting to see the fish.
On the other hand, later this afternoon they went mushroom hunting. They didn't find any. I'm hoping Devon finds some next week when the weather warms up so we can fry them up. Yum-yum! Good luck honey!
Monday, April 28, 2008
So I asked Mady what kind of party she wanted for her birthday. She flat out said "Abby" (as in Abby Cadabby off Sesame Street). So - Abby it is! Although, I think I will try to do a combination of Abby/Elmo so Noah doesn't feel left out with all the girlie decor!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
P.S. Noah was a very good baby.
Guess it’s funnier if you could hear it but I thought it was the cutest thing!