Sunday, September 30, 2007
Sophia is starting to feel better. We're weaning her off the decongestant, antihistamine med. She seems less congested than she's been. Next, we'll be moving the breathing treatments a little further apart to see if she's ready. We've tried a couple of times but it's never worked. Prayers that she stays healthy would be wonderful. We're so close...
Yep, she'll be FIVE tomorrow!
We got her this cake made from cupcakes...
Her very first real bicycle...
And a pinata...
Notice that the older kids weren't too old to participate in the candy haul...
The cupcakes were yummy...
Isaac felt the day went well...
We had a nice day. All the grandparents came over and we ate lunch, opened gifts, enjoyed cake and ice cream, and finally the pinata. I can't believe how old she is! She's also about to lose her tooth. Sad, but true. My Evie is growing up.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here's Isaac getting in on the action...
You ham, you!
Let's get serious, now.
Aww, matching outfits! Too bad they don't make them in Allison's size...snort.
A Christmas Angel...
Isaac's aim is spot on...
A contemplative look...
Today was a hugely busy day. I did the whole back and forth routine to the Y all morning. Made a couple of runs to different Pharmacies, researched curricula for Evie, cleaned a lot, played blocks and cars with Isaac until he destroyed my city too many times, and much, much, more.LOL The older kids went skating tonight after dinner with my Dad and Eric and I took a walk with the little ones and talked with some neighbor friends. Everyone's in bed now and I'll be heading there soon.
This was supposed to be Sophia's Christmas dress. Unfortunately, she's outgrown it. We couldn't even button it in the back.LOL We're thinking of photoshopping her into our annual Christmas photo.LOL Doesn't she look like a princess? I bought this dress for her before she was born, on clearance at Sears for $4.00. I thought for sure it'd be big enough. In fact, I remember being worried that I bought it too big. LOL
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
When Jon was little we noticed that his teeth wouldn't fall out until the new one grew up behind it. We used to tell him that he must be related to sharks.LOL Well, Evie is now growing a new tooth behind her old one and Jon told her what we told him. Pretty cute and now she's not as horrified about losing a tooth.lol
I can't believe my baby is going to loose a tooth already! Where in the world does time go?!?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Look Mom! I'm doing it!
She's going to be crawling in no time. This is soooo not good.LOL
But Bananas are good.lol
Yep. Very good.
Yesterday, we decided to take advantage of the cooler temps and go to the park. It was a very nice time and the kids all expended quite a bit of energy. I just wish I had remembered the camera.LOL
On our way home, I dropped the littles off at Grandma G's house. Evie and Isaac had a great time and it was nice to have a break. Once they got home we started filling Isaac up with as much food as we could get in him. He's a really picky eater and very hard to feed most days but we were able to get him to eat some.
Right now, Isaac is at his surgery. I'm very thankful that we were able to give him such a good day yesterday and I'm praying that he does well during his surgery.
So I went shopping and did much better this week! I didn't need as much since I had stocked up and was able to get out of the store spending only $127.00. I stuck to my list and bought mainly fruit, veggies, milk, and eggs.
I also went to CVS and used my Extra Care Bucks for medicine, paper towels, and toilet paper. They were also having a clearance on their back to school stuff and I picked up a few items. I got 2yr planners for .25 a piece! Pretty cool.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Pot roast w/potatoes, carrots, onions
Chicken nuggets w/homemade mac and cheese, fruit, and salad
Hamburgers w/spicy potato wedges, salad
Minestra soup w/homemade bread
Chicken salad w/croissants
Sunday, September 23, 2007
She could also be called The Forever Awake Baby.
Ever since we gave her the first dose of steroids yesterday morning, she hasn't slept.
She's cute though...
Of course, my brain is about to blow up...
Or maybe just melt...
I think I like Photobucket. :)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
1 cup water
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup flour
Mix first 4 ingredients together and heat just to boiling in a pot. Add food coloring if desired. Stir in flour and mix quickly. Turn out on table and knead as it cools. It will be a wonderful texture and it doesn't stick in carpeting. I got this recipe long ago from a Preschool activity book.
Some not that great news... Sophia had her recheck at the doctors on Friday and her dr was not happy with her progress. She finally prescribed a steroid and wants to see her again on Monday. Too bad the dr couldn't listen to me two weeks ago, huh. We started the yucky medicine this morning and she took it o.k. I know how awful the stuff tastes from when Jon used to take it but I'm so thankful that she's on it. We should see some real improvement by Monday. If not, she'll be going to a pediatric pulminologist because I'm not going to mess around with this any longer.
In other news...I'm beginning to really not like Blogger. I've been messing around with a Xanga account and I may be switching over in the next few weeks. You know, in my SPARE time.LOL Photos upload a million times faster and I really like a lot of the features. I haven't got it all figured out yet but I'm working on it. I'm just so tired of having to upload one photo at a time and getting errors over half the time. I just don't have that kind of time to mess with it. I need a blog to go up quickly or I lose my blogging window.(sigh)
Here's my new Xanga site if you want to check it out...
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Allison made some Mac and Cheese from the freezer and says it's hot.LOL
Jon's ill so no photos of him. Poor guy, he picks up everything.
Sophia's feeling better! She's back to treatments 3x a day and hopefully we'll even be able to go to 2x if she doesn't catch Jon's cold! What a blessing that would be! She's also trying really hard to get around. I'm thinking she'll be crawling soon and I've already begun training the littles to keep the great room picked up. No more food, small toys, coins, paper, and bits of things allowed in there. She's already getting around by rolling and scooting backwards but soon she'll have forward motion and that'll be trouble!LOL
I guess that's it. Lots of running back and forth this morning and I was able to get some cleaning done in between. Now, I'm resting.lol
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I downloaded a course on saving money at the grocery store from Crystal Paine about a week or two ago. I've been slowly working my way through the course and it's pretty good. I have to admit that I've already been doing many of the tips that she shares in the course but if you are new to saving money, this course would definitely help you. You can look it up at SupermarketSavings101 . The biggest thing that she talks about, that I've never been good at, is coupons and going to different stores. I've been trying to incorporate this into my shopping, but I have to say that I keep overspending. Another thing that is different than what I've always done is stocking up on things when they are on sale. I know that should be something that I do but to tell the truth, I've always just stuck to a menu, shopped for that menu, and kept myself from deviating from the menu.lol If I do this, then I know how much I'll spend. When I try to stock a pantry, I seem to overspend.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Genevieve is sick today. She was up all night last night coughing and throwing up. My poor dh took care of her by himself last night, then got up early and went to work. I'm sure he'll be extra tired tonight and I'll see to it that he goes to bed early.
Here are some photos of the little ones...
Sophia being serious...
Isaac being cute...
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
French Toast Sticks
Banana Bread w/cream cheese
Granola and yogurt w/smoothies
Tuna and cheddar melts with apple slices
PBJ or Grilled cheese w/fruit
Ramen w/veggies and dip
Oven baked mac and cheese w/homemade biscuits
Chicken salad, cresant rolls
Hamburgers, fries, salad
Saute chicken, oven baked brown rice, steamed veggies
Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread sticks, salad
Pork Roast and roasted veggies
I'm excited since this week I'm in charge of Breakfast and get the week off on making Dinner.LOL I haven't been shopping yet but I'll post how I did once I get back.
Friday, September 07, 2007
I've found that the best secret to Pot Roast is to start early. I started my roast at noon for it to be served at 5:30. It was so tender, I cut it with a fork.
As for meat, anything labeled pot roast is going to be a tough cut unless you cook it to death.LOL If you're short on time, buy an Oven Roast. Anything labeled for the oven will be more tender even with less cooking. I usually buy whatever doesn't have that weird gummy line of fat running through it (lol) and I buy about 4 pounds.
First, put a little oil in your pot. Get it really hot. Sprinkle your beef with salt, I use Kosher for a better crust. Brown your meat in the hot oil, turning to make sure it gets a nice browning on each side. Don't miss any parts and don't worry if it's a little too brown, it'll be good.
Now add your water. I use about 4 cups at first. Turn your heat down after the water comes to a boil and cover it with a good lid.
Prep your veggies. I use a whole bag of potatoes, almost a whole bag of carrots, one large onion, and a clove of garlic. Chop and peel everything and put it in a bowl full of water. Now add the veggies and the water to the pot. Your pot should be pretty full. Recover, turn the heat up a little until the water comes to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer. Do not touch until 30 minutes before dinner!
30 minutes before serving, taste and season your broth. I usually add about 1 tsp of salt and a good sprinkling of pepper and call it good. I really believe less is more when dealing with roast.
Serve with biscuits and enjoy! It'll be so tender and have great flavor. I usually serve it with the broth over it and some sourcream on the side for dipping. YUM!
*Now, if you want to do this in the crockpot, just brown the meat and then add everything to the crock. Cook 6-8 hours.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
LOL! The kids found my old sparring gear and were giving it a try. Now Isaac is running around trying to hit people. I'm not sure that this was a good idea.LOL
Would you have thought these were ripe?
I almost forgot to take pictures and had already started cutting them up for tonight's dinner. Whew, I'm glad that I remembered. Jon will be happy to see them on the blog. We have quite a few on the vines so I'm guessing we'll be eating them often until the season is over. I somehow bought a variety that doesn't turn dark green and had been waiting for that to magically happen.LOL Well, good thing I decided to cut one off to see if it was ripe. They were almost a little over ripe. I'm going to try Kristine's recipe and I'm going to try pickling a few. I can't have high fructose corn syrup and I really miss sweet pickles. If you look, every single sweet pickle has this in it on the grocery shelves. Bummer.LOL Well, it looks like we'll be drowning in pickles soon enough.
Here are some photos from yesterday...
Evie and Sophia having a conversation...
Genevieve had a great time at PE again today. She's really growing up. Evie helps me get Isaac out of the truck each time we go somewhere and she really looks out for him. She's always making sure that he doesn't forget his blanket or cars or whatever he had to have for the trip.
Jon is feeling better today! He was even able to get some school work done. What a blessing! He's usually my sick one and for him to begin to feel better so soon, is a real gift from God. I'm definitely counting my blessings now a days.
Allison is really moving in her math challenge! She says that she wants to be ahead "just in case" and I'm so proud to see her maturing in this area.
I guess that's it for now. I need to check on that dinner and serve the little ones soon.