Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Just cut Alvins hair, Paxton is sleeping, just pulled my apple buttermilk cake out of the oven. The house smells fantastic, Quincy is being being quiet and I just have to shower and we will be ready to go to my parents.

My uncle and his wife and son (age 3) came over for coffee this morning: was nice to have some "quiet time" with just them, with out the whole crowd. The boys played so well together this morning and they really enjoyed their aunt and uncle.

I am feeling thankful for many things today. Despite a headache that has been raging for days, I am grateful my family is all in good health. I am grateful to have food, and good food. I am grateful my husband has had steady work, even though I feel we are poor. I am thankful gas is under $2 a gallon. And I am really grateful for my boys...they are what makes me the happiest.

Also, I have really great friends. Friends who give me advice, listen to me complain and don't mind the noise, mess and grief my kids cause.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

Jen wants to know what I am making for Thanksgiving I will share. Since we are having dinner at my parents with a group of people, its going to be potluck. I am bringing bacon wrapped dates, buttermilk apple cake, grandmas crackers (but made with chex cereal, because my kids like it better) and everyones favorite, GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE. No, I don't make the fried onion, cream of mushroom soup variety. Mine is better, and everyone who tries it, loves it. What's not to love.

Here's my recipe:

1/3 chopped onion
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups green beans
3 strips cooked bacon
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup grated swiss cheese

Simmer onion and butter until translucent. Add green beans and stir until hot. Add salt, pepper and flour and cook a minute or two. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream. Put into greased casserole dish and top with cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake 350 until bubbly and cheese is melted (20 minutes?)

You're going to try it, aren't you? Let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I love my husband

Sometimes, I may seem down on Alvin, but I really do love him. Especially after yestrerday. I went to that Handmade Bazaar, which was really a waste of my time and I am trying not to dwell on it, and left Alvin home with the kids all day and with a car with a dead battery. Alvin had to come pick me up and when we arrived home, I was treated to an almost spotless kitchen, even that counter that gets piled hight with stuff, a mountain of laundry folded and laundry in the wash.

Then we went to a movie...TWILIGHT! It was good, but this isn't about that. Alvin listened to the book on his I-pod so we could go to the movie together. But when I commented on disliking the new bags of popcorn (I like the buckets) he rolled the top of the bag down so I wouldn't "scratch" my arm.

Yep, I love him.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

What my kids are eating

I'm in a meal rut. I am trying to accomplish a ton of things and still make foods the kids will eat and it isn't working too well.

One of the things I am working on is a recipe book for my family christmas gifts. It's a collection of Holiday dishes and foods that we grew up eating (comfort food). I wanted to include my grandparents recipes, and the only one I could think of that my grandma made was what we called "grandma's crackers".

I decided to make them yesterday and they were a huge hit (were, because they are almost gone). I let Quincy taste them before I cooked them and he stood at the over yelling "more," "Open" and "please" for 20 minutes. Don't believe me, ask Trish and Jen who talked to me on the phone during the cooking.

You should try them. They are full of salt and oil, but delicious!

Grandmas crackers.
2 bags oyster crackers
1 cup butter flavored popcorn oil (the yellow orville reddinbacher kind)
one package dry ranch mix
1 Teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Toss everything in a large bowl, coating evenly. Pour only a large baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
So good Paxton shared his crumbs with his horse.

Now Paxton and Quincy are fighting over the stool they dragged into the kitchen to get more...It's like crack.

Monday, November 17, 2008


If you are a blogger you now have a mission. As soon as you read this, drop everything, grab your camera and take pictures of where you blog from. NO CLEANING!!! THEN, tag some lucky ducks and spread the love.
I'm going to call it creative tagging...I followed the rules and didn't clean, but I did omit some of the messy parts of the room in my picture. Thanks to the music on Nikis blog, the kids were playing air guitar and dancing. And wearing their new shirts--that I made for our christmas card pictures: can you tell who they are?
I'm going to tag Kim, Niki, Jen, Sarah and Chris . And IF I were smart enough to figure out how to make their names link to their blogs, I would. So just go to the right and click on one of the top 6, if you want to see who they are.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All is Well

Been extremely busy lately: sewing, keeping up with the kids, baking, cleaning, etc.

I am trying to get these quilts made for this craft bizaar and not making a ton of progress. We have friends in town from Utah and would love to get to spend more time with them, so sewing time gets pushed further down the list. And then, of course, I see we are out of bread and have to make more...yada yada yada.

Great news here is that Alvin has patched the hole in the wall between the boys bedrooms. Paxton spend numerous hours playing alone in one of the rooms, tossing toys down the hole and into the other room, then going to the other room and sending things back where they came from. It's only been eleven months, and now there can be noise in one room with out waking a sleeping kid in the other.

More good news, Quincy is sleeping again. Not in his crib, but he seems to be happy sleeping in the bottom bunk in Finns room. Alvin is going to make 2 beds (don't hold your breath) for what is now Paxtons room, in hopes that Quincy will go back there. He still screams when we put him back in the crib, because he gets out of the big boy bed, but at least now we know why. This morning he was up at 5am, but came in our room and got in bed with us, with out waking the other boys.

We have been doing swim lessons with the twins 2 nights a week. They love the water, but not the lessons. Paxton takes to the water like a fish and loves to be dunked; comes up and says, "more please". Quincy shreiks like a hyena when we do the same to him and starts slapping the water off his face. Finn watches not so patiently, wishes he could get in the pool with his brothers, and thinks that he can teach them to swim.

I attempted to donate blood today and once again, had low iron. I tried a few weeks ago too. I guess maybe this is the reason why I am so tired. Think I will get some prenatal vitamins in hopes that the iron helps. More from us when something happens, or when I finish all that I have to do.

Oh, taked to the bus driver Monday and he told me the truck driver that almost hit Finn had been talked to and was in danger of lossing his job but was very contrite and spared this time. Driver also said it was a first for him to look into his rear view mirror and see a truck barreling at him sideways.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Shaken and P'd off

If I could start my own "angry" moms group, it would be MAST, Moms against speeding truckers.

Today while picking up Finn from the bus, we, Alvin and I were faced with horror. Finn was crossing in front of the bus, when a speeding dump truck skidded towards the back of the bus. The truck was able to stop before colliding with the bus, but only because it was perpendicular to the road and bus and able to skid into the other lane. I screamed for Finn to stop while Alvin ran across the street, grabbed him by the arm and threw both of them into the ditch. Alvin just happened to be coming home for lunch as I was walking out the door, so we walked down together.

While there was no accident, and truthfully the truck didn't come super close to us (maybe 15 - 20 feet), it wouldn't have taken much more for the worst to happen. Had the truck been full, I don't think it wouldn't have been able to stop. It's been raining here for 2 days, the roads are slick and driving conditions are not the best.

Granted we live on a curve in the road, but the bus people determined that the visibility there is good enough for the bus stop to be where it is, with cars going the speed limit. However, the speed limit is rarely enforced there and cars are alwasy speeding there. I did call the police today and ask them to put a car close by so hopefully people will slow down. If you live around here, please be careful and slow down.

Tonight I am going to be hugging my little Finn extra tight (he is little for his age and he looked especially little compared to the dump truck) and hope that he is as scared as I was and he will use extra caution on the road. Please hug your loved ones extra tight tonight too.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Which is your favorite?

A friend of mine is doing a craft sale the week before Thanksgiving and asked if I would have anything that I have made, that I would like to sell. I am not usually the type to do this, but I do have a lot of fabric and it won't kill me to make something with it, and make some money for Christmas.
I am not sure who would even be coming to this sale, or if there will be a ton of baby things, but I figure it's worth a shot. And PJ told me over 3 years ago that I need to sell these blankets, because they are so great (a man who isn't my husband got excited over a baby blanket!).
So, my question is which one do you like better? In the past, I have made a lot of blankets like the one on the left, and I will do a few like this with "scraps" that I already have, but which would sell better? And what should I charge?
Please leave a comment - even anonymous is fine. Of course if you hate them and think I should spend more time cleaning house, come to my house so I can poke you with a pin.

Starting to loose my sanity

2 weeks ago I lost my dream sleepers. 2 weeks ago I would put the twins to bed in their room, cover Quincy with his blanket and give him milk, give Paxton a handful of bubbies, 5-8 stuffed animals, turn out the lights and they would go to sleep. 2 weeks ago Quincy decided to climb out of bed and scream at the door for Mommy. He then insisted on sleeping in Finn's room (in the playpen where Paxton usually naps). The he wouldn't sleep there, but wanted to be held. We offered him his mattress on the floor of his room, because he kept waking Finn early and Finn was grumpy. In the middle of all this, Paxton decided that he wouldn't sleep with out the light on. Last night, Quincy did his "normal" musical bed routine, and I turned on and off lights (I think we all sleep better in the DARK), waking several times in the night and still woke up to grumpy kids, up too early.

I've had enough. And quite frankly, I am grumpy. I've decided we are going back to where we were 2 weeks ago, sleeping in our own beds, in the dark and maybe even sleeping in. No more TV after dinner (I'm thinking maybe they saw something scary --halloweenish on tv that started this all). I've taken away the extras they have decided to take bed --It's ridiculous that Paxton has to take 12 things to bed with him and have a special blanket. I've unscrewed the light bulbs, so they can't get out of bed and turn on the light. Tonight at bedtime, don't call here, because I guarantee there will be mass screaming, because if they are going to be grumpy I might as well take away all but one bubby - the one Paxton doesn't like. If you don't think this is too cruel, please cross your fingers for me.

afterthought: Quincy took a 3 hour nap today in the dark. He needed it, so lets hope it helps tonight.

Halloween Photos

As promised (although a little late because I am having trouble uploading photos) here are the halloween pictures. We decided that we would not spend any money on costumes this year, since we had all the above costumes given to us. They might not have been our first choice, but I am glad now to have the savings.

We only trick or treated downtown to the stores and look at how much we still got. 2 big bowlfuls...we were happy to share with mim and bubba after our dinner.

Alvin said he might be home early and if he is I am going to donate blood (save lives, loose's a win win). I am letting the kids have a ton of candy now, so he can deal with them.