Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This past weekend we went on a family trip to experience "The Polar Express" at the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, AZ. The popular Christmas story is recreated including: singing waiters, cookies and hot chocolate, a bizillion kids and parents in their pajamas, a train ride to the North Pole and a visit from Santa who gives each child a gift of a reindeer bell.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I always loved this poem as a child. Unfortunately, I have four little ones who probably will not be going to school tomorrow. Sniffles, sore throats, fevers... Hopefully, with a little rest and down time everyone will be well soon!!
by Shel Silverstein
"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay,
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash, and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is---Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
I always loved this poem as a child.
Unfortunately, I have four little ones who probably will not be going to school tomorrow. Sniffles, sore throats, fevers...
Hopefully, with a little rest and down time everyone will be well soon!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
- Chicken (boneless, skinless breasts or pieces)
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 cup coke
Place chicken in the pot and add one cup of your favorite bbq sauce and 1 cup of coke (plain old Coca-Cola). Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. The carbonation in the coke tenderizes the meat. I also use this combination with pork chops. So good and easy. You can alter the amount of coke and barbecue sauce depending on how much chicken you cook, all chicken should be completely covered in the crock pot.
My kids like the barbecue/coca-cola sauce combination over rice along with the chicken and we serve an easy vegetable like corn or green beans.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Well, it's been a crazy week and I don't expect the weekend is going to be calming down much, so I thought I would republish something from the past. In fact, my very first post. Back then I had about one or two readers.
Mother’s day is a time of mixed blessings, a day to celebrate being a mother, but it is also a day of renewal like New Year’s day. On this day, I pledge once again to be a better mother and not to lose the baby in the house…
I lost the baby in the house for a little while today. I wish I could say this was the first time.
I was at my desk completely absorbed in an article from CNN, the baby playing nearby on the floor. My friend from Peru called to say she had passed her citizenship test. I was jumping around and congratulating her. She was telling me how to make Peruvian yellow pepper sauce, and I started to unload the dishwasher. On the top rack, I saw the dog’s bowls and remembered they needed some food and water. I went out to the garage and filled both their dishes. While I was out there, I decided to check the mail. A neighbor drove by and stopped to say hello, commenting on the height of the Century plant in the front yard.
Back in the house, no crying anywhere, just the sounds of my other children playing in the backyard. Where’s the baby? I rush around to all the bathrooms. Maybe she is playing in toilet water, or worse she’s been swallowed up. I lift the closed lids. I check the pantry; she like’s to climb up on the bottom shelf.
I follow a trail of toys out of the office. Multicolored balls from her Playskool ball popper, a blue ring from her wooden stacker, and one of the twin dolls she likes to carry.
“Abbie, Abbie,” I call.
I remember other moments of forgetting the children. After our second son Michael was born I left him in the car. It was in the excitement of a real estate deal. We had put the house on the market and we had three offers in one day. I was still used to having only one child and afraid the deal might get away. I parked at the realtor’s office and ran in leaving the baby strapped in his car seat.
“Where’s your son,” the realtor asked.
“He’s at preschool,” I said.
“Don’t you have another son, a baby,” he said.
There are different ways for children to get lost. My daughter Madeline got lost in a maze of tunnels at a McDonald’s indoors playland. She’s up there somewhere on the higher levels, unable to find a way out.
“Mommy, mommy I can’t get down.”
I’m eight months pregnant, not sure I’ll fit. I burrow through the passages, my big belly dragging along the plastic walls.
“Mommy’s coming,” I yell.
But I’ve reached a dead end. I’m stuck squeezed in like an oversized sausage. A man is having lunch with his young son. He crawls up, dislodges me, and helps me turn around. A giant fat lady, I ride the slide down. I watch as a stranger sets my daughter to the ground.
After a few minutes of searching, I end up in the master bedroom. Abigail is fast asleep on the carpet, a little pink cell phone clutched in her tiny hand. She’s sleeping so peaceful, and I take a moment thankful the baby’s been found.
This Mother’s Day we will go out for brunch, the children will offer gifts, flowers, and freely given love. For the coming year, I will try to offer them a mother who is tuned in, more aware, and at the end of the day knows the whereabouts of all of her children.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
I love the feel of a warm cup in cold hands.
2. A new pair of slippers as I tromp around our tile.
3. Any kind of food involving pumpkins...
pie, cheesecake, soup, roasted pumpkin seeds.
4. The kids in footed pajamas.
5. Colorful leaves.
6. A new novel that's never been cracked
especially if I can read it in my favorite chair
after the kid's have gone to bed
7. Hot bubble baths.
8. Dinners and get together's with family and friends.
9. Sharing with the kids about things we are thankful for
and all of our blessings.
10. Inside activities- Monopoly, movie nights, and stories
11. Outside activities- Hiking at some of our favorite places...
Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Madera Canyon.
12. Holiday Shopping.
13. Getting up in the morning when
it's still dark and watching the sun come up
before anyone else wakes up!
Well, October's had hectic days... economic turmoil, political tension, busy kid schedules and Halloween. My wish in this time of historical change is for a peaceful November.
This quote sums up for me the right attitude towards thankfulness...
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. -G.K. Chesterton
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The two boys have since played at each other's houses a few times and formed a strong new friendship even without the stairs!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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