Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Heat Is On

And I am prepared! Just so you know what heat I'm talking about, here' s a pic. Seriously, isn't it May still?

That's in the sun, it wasn't really that hot. Still, time to break out the sprinkler. We're saving the pool for later. Always keeping tricks in my hat. Can't pull them all out at once ya know what I'm sayin'?

Just so this post is a little more exciting, here's a play-by-play.

Miss A and Miss C: "Look, a sprinkler how fun, let's go play. While we're at it, let's squeal with delight so loud that the entire neighborhood can hear us."

Miss O: "What are they screaming about, it must hurt, I am not going anywhere near that thing! No Daddy No, can't you hear them screaming? Don't make me do it!"

Miss A and Miss O: "Come on, it's fun, it doesn't hurt. We're just squealing to drive the neighbors crazy wondering what could possibly be so fun. You'll get muddy and we'll totally do your chores for the whole week."

Miss O: "Well, if you'll do my chores, then I suppose."

Gardening Update

Because you are all sleepless waiting for an update. This ones for you!

This was about a week ago....

A little rain, a little sun, and now we have, drumroll please.........SPROUTS! In the first bed, green beans, lettuce, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, banana peppers, and jalapeno peppers. BY GOLLY, LOOKIE HERE, them's sprouts y'all....

And in bed number two.....peas, watermelons, and pumpkins! Yes, PUMPKINS! Apparently the birds didn't fly away with all of the seeds after all. Good thing, cause we were totally not beyond the BB gun plan. Now, we will just have to pray them into produce and we'll have ourselves a little harvest this summer, that is if I can remember to water the poor things. You're welcome, now you can all sleep well tonight.

Clearly A Fashion Statement On Wheels

Yee Haw, Y'all. Apparently this is how a cowgirl with no horse gets around, oh and wearing a dress all the while.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Less than 5 hours!

If you don't know who Sawyer, Sayid, Jack, Hurley, or Kate are; then you have no idea what I am talking about. Oh, and you are about to miss the best two hours of television all year. Who is in the casket? I'll let you know tomorrow! I am giddy with excitement.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

That's My Girl!

Miss C.: "Mommy, I think God is talking to you."

Me: "He's talking to me?"

Miss C." "Yeah, God is talking to you."

Me: "Really, what is He saying?"

Miss C.: "I think He's saying you need to eat ice cream today."

Me: "What a relief, because I can think of a bunch of other things He could be saying to me today."

I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really Really Want

Yeah, not really a Spice Girls fan, but that song is just too catchy. Just in case you didn't know, I am the gotta have a list kind of girl and LOVE the euphoria of checking things off as they are accomplished. Since my mind is a little overwhelmed and in list mode today, here's my top ten list of what I really really want today.

1. PATIENCE. Three crabby children. One crabby mommy. Enough said.

2. A COMPUTER POWER CORD. The charger for the laptop went kaput which means I can't blog unless I take all the girls to the basement to play while I work on the husband's editor. Not the greatest setup. That explains the lack of blog posts, reading other blogs that I am addicted to, and getting anything done that requires a computer. Oh, and it totally explains number one.

3. A DIGITAL CAMERA. I know, we are soooo behind in the technology age. Well, we have two professional grade digital video cameras, but no camera. My BlackBerry has decided that it will no longer allow me to send pictures via email and the husband has no time to show me how to do it otherwise, so I have no way of posting pictures on the blog. Which leads me to number 4.

4. A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER/GARDENER. I really wanted to post a picture of the garden because you would be soooooo impressed. It looks EXACTLY like the before picture, yet I have spent countless hours out there working. Well, there are two new vegetable garden beds, but read on. Oh yes, read on.

5. A BB GUN or any other weapon which will get rid of birds. Those of you who know me well know that birds and I are complete enemies. Well, they just launched themselves to a whole new level of enemy. THEY ATE THE SEEDS IN OUR GARDEN! I don't know how the seeds are supposed to grow and provide produce if THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE GARDEN! I told the girls they would know which birds ate the pumpkin seeds because they would be flying around with a big pumpkin in their stomach and then they would not be able to escape us because we would know who they were! WE ARE WATCHING YOU BIRDS! YOU CANNOT ESCAPE US!

6. LYSOL, IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER, ANYTHING ELSE THAT WILL KEEP US HEALTHY! Yep, round 5,672 this season. I can't take much more of this respiratory crap. How can you plug in at church and get to know people if you are constantly stuck at home with sick children? This is for the birds (and I mean it!)

7. OLIVE GARDEN! There isn't one here. I've been wanting it since December. My birthday is coming up. There better be a long drive involved.

8. SLEEP. Seriously an almost 2-year-old should NOT be waking me up at night. I don't remember the last time I had 8 hours of sleep uninterrupted, but what a cute face to see at midnight, 3, 4, 5, and 6. All she really wants is her pacifier back and clean. I would say find your thumb, but I have an almost 4-year-old who needs to UNFIND her thumb and that is not fun.

9. A PERSONAL ASSISTANT. I would give you a list of why, but you don't have time.

10. MOMMY JUICE, A.K.A. COKE FROM SONIC. Just because it might make me less crabby. No, I'm not an emotional eater. Never. Not me. Not a chance. Oh, and I'm definitely not in denial either. Alright, girls, get in the van, NOW!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Yo Hoe Hoe, A Gardening We Will Go!

Yes, I cannot keep a container of marigolds alive, but I am trying to garden. The girls had two requirements for a new house. It had to be pink and it had to have a garden. I will proudly say that the house is NOT PINK, but alas it does have a garden. Well, a very overgrown needs serious help garden. (My sister will testify to this as she has recently seen it.)

There is a very long section of prior garden beds that are seriously overgrown all the way down the back of the house. There are some Irises that are trying to take over the yard, I'm going to have to figure out how to stop them. They're pretty and all, but somebody stop them!

Oh and speaking of stopping, there are these huge bushes taking over the middle of the backyard. My brother-in-law figured out what they were for me. Now we just have to control them or get rid of them. Here, a look at our backyard, for your viewing pleasure...

I'm all about putting a little sweat into your yard and enjoying the fruits of your labor, but I NEED A REAL GARDENER, a serious bona fide landscaper who knows what they are doing and can turn an overgrown yard like this into a usable and fun backyard. Know anyone who does that for free? I didn't think so. Sigh. Sigh again. One more time, sigh. Okay, now want to know more? More you say? Oh, we're just beginning.

There are planters all along one side of the house which pretty much look like the ones in the backyard. Full of weeds and gravel, a true sight to behold if I do say so myself! Would LOVE some beautiful flowers here! Anyone? Anyone? Crikey, I guess I'll be doing that too. And just in case you thought that was all that needed done....

there is the front yard. Another sight to behold! There is a long stretch in front of the porch which looks really hideous when you pull in the driveway and something must be done! There are rose bushes planted there, but they have grown only one, oops, make that two buds so far. I'm thinking of raising this up to cover the hideous brick and then planting some perennials. Any ideas? I don't want anything too expensive or too permanent because we want to eventually add on an actual front porch.

The girls got a head start in pulling out the rocks for us this past weekend, but then I got distracted talking to the neighbors and the rocks ended up in the yard and now they all need removed from the yard before we can mow. (The husband was thrilled!) Here's the girls working on removing the rocks. Well two of them, the other just wanted to eat the rocks, so she was banished from the rock garden.

Here's the plan.....

Supposed to have beautiful weather through Monday. So, we got supplies last night. Planning on getting our vegetable garden going tonight and tomorrow and then tackling the flower beds Sunday and Monday. I know, majorly ambitious, we'll see what happens. Feel free to leave me some pointers. Did I mention that I have NO CLUE what I am doing? Well, other than the millions of questions the brother-in-law answered for me! Thanks Jon!

And just so you know, don't count on a new post until I have after pictures of the garden for you! I know you will just be in complete withdrawal until the gardening is done, but alas, I will return!

Friday, May 9, 2008

In Pursuit of Locke

Oooooh, the episodes just keep getting better! For those loyal readers (all five of you) who don't watch LOST, I apologize that you won't understand this post. And just so you know you are missing the best TV show ever!

The husband had to work late last night, so I watched this by myself. Now you all know that I am the biggest scaredy cat out there, so it was SO NOT A GOOD IDEA for me to watch this before he got home. I should have known when I had to pause it every few minutes to make sure the noise I was hearing was actually on the TV and not in the house.

I don't really have a cohesive thought pattern today, which could be from staying up until 1:00 waiting for the husband to get home so he could summon up the black smoke to protect us if need be. (Not really, the only summoning we do around here is from the heavenly realms.)

So, here' s a few things that excited me or got me thinking last night...

1. Locke has been pursued his entire life. Wonder if he could have gotten to the island earlier and spared himself the miserable life he lived? Not that I'm one for living life with the what ifs, but what if?

2. The Others and Charles Whidmore have been "fighting" over the island for how long? At least all of Locke's life, maybe more? And how much of this is related to time travel? Obviously the never-aging man has been pursuing Locke since birth.

3. Even though he has been rendered useless, I still find that Ben totally creeps me out. I completely expect him to end up being a "good guy" or be playing all of the Oceanic people in this plot.

4. I just love Sayid. Nothing more to say. I just do. His hair blowing in the wind as he floated off to save them. (Oceanic six because only six will fit in his boat?)

5. Where was Sawyer last night? I'm missing him and his nicknames. His sarcasm is the comedic relief that helps me make it through the creepy stuff.

6. I totally expected Claire to be in the cabin with Christian. In fact, when they first showed the chair and silhouette, I thought it looked like a woman and was Claire. Maybe I was just seeing something that wasn't there since I expected her to be there. Didn't she look weird though? The way she talked and looked was just weird. I think she is dead, but I don't know?

7. Hurley is much less of a weenie than me, I would have been in the fetal position crying outside of the cabin if I had to wait around with creepy Ben.

8. I'm getting that Whidmore completely planned the plane crash and orchestrated getting all the people on the plane that needed to be there (Claire and Aaron, Christian (albeit dead), Locke, Walt, etc.), but why is Desmond there? Was that Charles' plan also? Was he just trying to get Desmond away from his daughter or does Desmond have a bigger role in the overall plan? I was so excited to see him stay on the freighter.

9. Poor Michael. The man just wants his son back.

10. Oh my stinkin' heck did you see the previews for next week? My heart jumped when they showed the plane opening. (Yeah, I know, we've already seen who gets off the island, but still!) Though, per usual TV previews, that will probably be the last scene in the season finale. Regardless, I'm sure the next three Thursdays will be fantabulous! It's a good thing because I am totally done with Idol and since the Losers are over, LOST is the only TV I've got.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

A Day at the Zoo

Miss A had one birthday request this year (Well, of places to go anyway. She had plenty of things she wanted to receive!) Her request was to go to a Cardinals game. Well, since the Cards weren't in town (and we had already sold our season tickets for the Cubs game on Saturday), that was not going to happen. So, what did we convince her she absolutely wanted to do more than a Cardinals game? That's right, go to the St. Louis Zoo. Here's a few pics from the trip, still from the BlackBerry, so not the best images, but they'll do. We invited the cousins along, so Mr. N and Mr. I are in the pics too. Thanks for coming boys!

Could there possibly be an animal any more, shall we say, stubborn than Miss O? Apparently so. The girls tried so hard to get him to smile. Meet Mr. Grumpy.....

And just so y'all can see what I'm talking about. Folks, meet Miss Grumpy. See any resemblance to the prior subject?

This is supposed to be of the giraffe, but you can barely see him. Come on people, I'm using a camera phone for crying out loud!

Now, you will begin to notice the lack of Miss C in the rest of the pictures. That's because she threw a HUGE FIT (everyone is staring at me but I'm going to pretend they aren't and wrestle my child to wash her hands while she is kicking and screaming in the bathroom kind of fit) and as a result had to miss the rest of the day at the zoo by sitting in the van with Daddy. Sometimes follow-through parenting sucks more for the parent, okay most of the time! Anywho, the main animal Miss C wanted to see? Yep, the baby elephant. Here's proof the rest of us got to see them and they were having a pretty poopy day too! At one point, the baby tried to eat the aforementioned substance and all the kids (except, Miss C because well remember she was in the van) were grossing out. Not me though, because Miss O has been doing this alot lately and I have become rather accustomed to it. Little did I know she was simply preparing me for a trip to the zoo.
Just a little pic for size reference, just in case you don't know how big elephants really are.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sawyer Has Met His Match

Can I just say my favorite line from Lost last night involved Miles backtalking Sawyer about the restraining order. I laughed my head off. Well, not literally of course, but it was pretty stinkin' funny. I don't have much to say about the episode other than it was probably my favorite ever. All the characters I actually care about were in it and I'm finding myself more interested in the flash forwards than the current island status.

I couldn't help but chuckle when Aaron was found sitting on that little leaf/tree thing. It looked like he could have been at any mall in the USA at the kid's photo place with the cheesy props (you know which one I'm talking about.)

Back to Lost, I am not one for creepy stuff, especially after my bedtime. Because Lost is now officially on AFTER my bedtime. I had to have a Coke for breakfast to make up for it this morning. Ooops, that wasn't supposed to be told to anyone. Anyhoo, back to the creepiness. I was totally creeped out by Miles hearing and digging up the bodies (well, faces anyway). I was even creeped out by the whole smoke detector scene. Seriously, I'm not very good with suspense if this creeped me out.

I loved the conversation between Hurley and Jack. A lot of great religious conversation could be sparked from that scene.

The real reason I liked last night's episode is that I like following the romantic drama. (For a show that the husband watches fanatically, the romance is a lot better than Star Wars. Sorry, George, your romance is just comical.) Just one problem, I don't like Jack and Kate together. We'll see what happens there. Most interesting line, "He's not even related to you!" Hmmmm, what all does Jack know?

If this all turns out to be in Hurley's head or a bad afterlife thing like Hurley thinks, then I will be sorely disappointed. You gotta give me something better than that for all the trauma I have been put through!

Welcome Back Everyone, Food Network Part 2

Semi-Homemade with Miss A.

1. "I'm going to make the party table and then we're going to pick up some seashells at the beach."
2. " I'm going to go to the store and pick up some vegetables and some soup."
3. "Over here I'm going to pick out some strawberries and apples and oatmeal."
4. "Now I'm going to get all the stuff I bought at the store out of the freezer."
5. "Now I'm going to get my nephew and he is going to tell us how he cooks his."
6. "Gonna get some chocolate out of the freezer. Okay, now my nephew is done."
7. "Let it cool off for a minute. Grab a sharp knife. Cut it off. Drop it right in there."
8. "Stir it up. Hurry back. Drop it right in there. Put the seashells on the party table."
9. "Let this be in the oven for 8 minutes."
10. "Grap 1/2 cup of water. Stir that all up. Now this ready. Doesn't that look good?"
11. "Put the crunchy oatmeal in the pan. Crunch it all up. Roll it out."
12. "Grab namecards, rainboots, and umbrellas and make them beautiful on the table."
13. "Oh I smell those vegetables getting cooked."
14. "The kids are here just in time!"
15. "Come in, let's eat!"
16. "I made some soup on a rainy day."
17. "Our drinks are iced and cooled off."
18. "Now our good pie dessert crunchy vanilla. Oh those look good don't they. Delicious!"
19. "Put on your rain boots, let's go play!"

Barefoot Miss C.
1. "My friends are coming over for a picnic today."
2. "That's the door. Miss A is helping with the grill."
3. "No, I don't want to be Barefoot Contessa, I want to be her friend and Miss A wants to be her friend." (Changing roles)

I won't torture y'all any longer. This cooking could go on all day. Well, at least until we go to the video store to pick out a movie for Friday night movie night. Enjoy the delicious food we made for you! :)

Commercial Break

I'm so going to have to get the video camera for this one. Look for a future post!

Food Network Stars in the Making

Maybe we've been watching a little too much Food Network lately. The girls pretend cooking shows this morning went something like this.

Miss A's 30-Minute-Meals
1. "Turn the heat to low."
2. "Put the baking powder in."
3. "Add a little EVOO."
4. "Put the lid back on."
5. "Add a little salt and pepper."
6. "Throw a pinch over the shoulder."
7. "Over here I'm making chicken strips."
8. "Put a little pinch of salt and roll in EVOO."
9. "Put in oven for 6 minutes."
10. "Now over here I'm going to make some dessert."
11. "Put the strawberries in the pie pan."
12. "Put some oatmal on top."
13. "Take the chicken strips out of the oven and let them cool off."
14. "Put the pie cake in there and leave it for 7 minutes."
15. "Pull off the stuff from the mussels and put them in the pot and boil and shake the pot."
16. "Leave it there for 9 minutes. "
17. "Get ready for our oatmeal drinks. Get honey bear and oatmeal out of pantry."
18. "Out of the freezer get some vegetables. Take the top out and put in the bowl."
19. "Put in microwave for 6 minutes."
20. "Put oatmeal in there, shake, put in refrigerator."
21. "I think our mussels are done. Yes, ready to put on the dish."
22. "The pie is ready, I'm going to let it cool off."
23. "Now I'm going to put the chicken strips on a bowl."
24. "See, all this food in under 30 minutes. Yumm-o".

Home Cooking with Miss C.
1. "Get your hole bowl (for those of you who are not in my living room, that would be the collander), stir the sprinkles up."
2. "Put some honey in and stir the honey up."
3. "Add two sticks of butter y'all, lots of butter in."
4. "Put some more honey and sprinkles in and stir it up."
5. "It's a long recipe. Paula has lots of food to make."
6. "Stir the stuff that I made. I put water in there. Now a little more honey."
7. "Grab some strawberries out of the pantry and stir that up."
8. "Out of the refrigerator I'm gonna get some oatmeal and green beans out of the freezer."
9. "Over here I'm gonna get some oranges."
10. "Turn on the sink, get more water in there. I have to do lots of water in my recipe because it's lots of stuff."
11. "Put on the icing on my cake. Spread it on the top. Spread it on the whole bottom."
12. "Y'all I'm gonna have to try a bite."
13. "Mmmmmm, that's what Paula Deen does."

COMMERCIAL BREAK TO CHANGE A DIAPER. (Yes, I said diaper. Apparently she was only a prodigy for a day. Well, she told me she needed to go, we were just in the middle of taping an episode! We couldn't take it anymore because that did not smell like oatmeal drinks, mussels, or anything else we were "cooking" y'all.)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My National Day of Prayer Requests

A few scriptures to pray over today...

For Our Country and the upcoming election...

1. "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1 NKJV)

2. "If my people...pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)

3. "You will live under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away; you will live in peace. Terror will not come near." (Isaiah 54:14 NLT)

4. "I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:43 ESV)

For the next generation...

1. "We have not stopped praying for you since the first day we heard about you. In fact, we always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Then you will live a life that honors the Lord, and you will always please him by doing good deeds. You will come to know God even better. His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything, and you will be truly happy. I pray that you will be grateful to God for letting you have part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light ." (Colossians 1:9-12 CEV)

2. "For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust." (1 Thes. 4:3-5 ESV)

3. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV)

4. "I will put My laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (Hebrews 8:10 ESV)

A Prodigy Indeed

My 21-month-old just pooped on the potty! I am so proud.

Just so ya know, I totally wanted to title this entry Holy Crap or Oh My Stinkin' Heck, but on such a solemn day of prayer, it just seemed, well, a little dirty. :)