Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fia Goes Green

Sofia has decided to be "green" about her bubble blowing.
Use & re-use....or just have fun catching bubbles.
video
But really....where did the warm weather go?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Not Me Monday

Is it really Monday again? Sometimes the week just zips by. So again, we have another list of all the things I did not do this week.

I did not listen to bands such as AC/DC, Def Leppard, & George Thorogood in the car with my girls....& belt out lyrics to songs such as "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" & "You Shook Me All Night Long" because they glorify partying, sex, & drug & alcohol abuse.

I did not shove 60 mini marshmallows into my mouth in good chubby-bunny champion form. That is compulsive & exhibits bad eating habits to my children.

I did not deny Sofia a few sips of Mountain Dew because it had caffeine after happily guzzling down an entire pot of coffee.....all my myself.

I did not use chocolate to bribe Stella for kisses. She always gives them to me willingly & does not need chocolate to want to kiss her mother.

I did not tell Sofia that any man who totes a purse or a "murse" is not worthy of her hand in marriage. I would never pass such preconceived judgments about people before I know them.

I did not say anything to other drivers & pedestrians on the way to school or running errands.....so when Sofia says things like..."Come on, move it lady! *sigh* We're gonna be here all day!" & "Get off the road & use the sidewalk!" she most certainly did not learn that from her mother.

I did not take a short video of Stella filling her pants because she makes absolutely hilarious facial expressions & grunts.....that would be a really weird & gross to document such occasions. I do not have an almost identical video of Fia at the same age.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Snapshots

Yes, I hauled my laundry outside to fold it.
Yes, it was probably still too chilly.
Yes, I made Fia eat outside in a small sun patch.
Yes, it made me happy.
Yes, it was worth it.


Go blue.


Return address stickers.
My dad saves them.
Stella loves them.
Fia loves them.....on Stella.
Stella does care so long as she isn't wearing clothes.



Cinderella Stella.


If bored, then color.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Careers in Mommyhood

POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama, Ma, Mommy

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills & be willing to work variable hours, which includes evenings, weekends & frequent 24 hour shifts on call.

Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
  • Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.
  • Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
  • Must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule & be able to go from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
  • Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets & stuck zippers.
  • Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars & coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
  • Must have ability to plan & organize social gatherings for clients of all ages & mental outlooks.
  • Must be willing to be indispensable 1 minute, an embarrassment the next.
  • Must handle assembly & product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, & battery operated devices.
  • Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
  • Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining & updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.
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This was given to me at my first baby shower. After being extremely ill with a very violent virus this past weekend while Peter had to work....I did not get to call in a sick day. Everything gets put on hold & nothing gets done. I finally started to feel better & both Peter & Sofia are now sick.....so typical.

No sleep.
Exhausting double over-time.
Playing laundry/cleaning catch up all day.
Extra messes because of excessive amounts of vomit.
I love my job & would not trade it for the world....see benefits section of job description. ;)

Monday, March 23, 2009

French Toast Bake

Last weekend I made a French Toast Bake for a bridal shower brunch. I love this recipe because it is so easy (Fia could do this by herself), economical (most expensive ingredient was the Texas Toast at $2), & oh-so-delicious! The best part is that it is made the day before so there is no fuss on the day you consume it....perfect for a Sunday afternoon or brunch. This food post will be step-by-step as I take you through the entire recipe with me...as I like to make my own tweeks & people get mad at me for not telling them EXACTLY what I did. *My additions to the recipe will be in red*

Before I begin....I must note that I was making a double batch (two 9 x 13 pans) so the pictures have double the ingredients. The recipe listed below is for 1 pan (9 x 13). Happy eating!!


** For those who are not familiar with Texas Toast, it is thickly sliced bread.  The slices are about double the thickness of standard sliced bread.  For a better description, click here **



Ingredient Checklist
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf Texas toast
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions
1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar....stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan....spread around
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single layer of Texas Toast in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Add 2nd layer of Texas Toast
7. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
8. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
9. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar
11. Serve with warm maple syrup (I don't do the syrup part)

- Crack eggs & get them started (on low)
- Melt butter in microwave
- Add brown sugar & stir together


- Pour mixture into 9 x 13 pan
- Spread evenly to cover bottom of pan


- Add milk & vanilla to egg mixture
- *Add 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar to egg mixture*
- Spread even layer of Texas Toast on butter/sugar layer
- *I cut off the crusts...this is NOT necessary....I just think it looks nicer...it was for a bridal shower*-


- After you have 1 even layer, ladle on 1/2 of egg mixture


- *Sprinkle brown sugar & cinnamon before next layer*
- Spread second layer of Texas Toast
Add Image- Ladle second half of egg mixture
- *Spread thin layer of butter*


- *Sprinkle lightly with white sugar & cinnamon*
(I think the butter & sugar help give the final product a crusty top....I could easily be wrong....but it sure doesn't hurt the flavor....and since this recipe is far from figure friendly...then why not?)
- Refrigerate overnight


- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar
- Top should be crusty, middle should be soft & moist, & bottom is just glorious!


- The recipe calls for eating it with warm maple syrup. I did not do this....it would be way too sweet....instead, I added the Tablespoon of powdered sugar in the egg mixture.
- I personally feel that eating it upside down is the way to go.....that way you don't waste any of the sticky bits of heaven on the plate



Not Me Monday

It's Monday again....so here is yet another list of all the things I did not do....

I did not throw two little hand towels into the washer, start it, walk to Stella's room to get the rest of the laundry & forget my task in the 10 steps (literally) it takes me to get there.....and then realize my forgetfulness the next day when I went to do laundry. That is wasteful. Besides, I am awesome at multi-tasking & never get distracted.

I did not tell Sofia to turn off the water while brushing her teeth because we don't want to be wasteful and then take a long, hot & glorious 10 minute shower after she went to bed.

I did not swerve into an apartment complex parking lot & conveniently park between a conversion van & pick-up truck to hide from a punk cop who caught me in a speed trap. I did not sigh with guilty relief to see the cop pulled over the white Taurus that was behind me. Nope, not me. I never speed & would never do such dishonest tricks to avoid tickets.

I did not take an extra heaping free sample of spinach dip at the grocery store knowing that Sofia would not want it....so I could have two for myself. Nope, not me...that would be greedy & gluttonous.....and break the unspoken free sample rules.

I did not veto 90% of the books Sofia chose at the library because the contained waaaaay too many words per page.

I did not wait until we had guests coming over to finally tend to my gross bathroom & floors....because they were embarrassingly disgusting & I didn't want people to think I we lived in such filth. Nope, not me. I keep a tight weekly bathroom cleanliness & floor scrubbing schedule.

I did not ask Peter the same question 4 times in 30 minutes. Whenever I ask questions.....I always listen attentively to his answers & never zone out.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spit up in Style

For the past few years, my baby gift to friends & family has been my homemade "fancy" burp rags. It's really nothing special. Just a package of cloth diapers adorned with cute ribbons. I must also mention that I do not sew. My sewing skills are limited to knowing how to thread my machine & sewing a straight line. Anything that is more complicated is not even attempted.

The last few weeks (or month) I have been working non-stop on a project for St. Mark's Annual School Auction. I went a little farther than my normal ribbon edges & sewed an entire side with soft flannel. I was in way over my head....it took forever. I hope it makes the school some money.

36 total burp rags
8 different patterns
12 sets of 3 (2 are not pictured, I saved them for gifts)







To make my life crazier....I started a 2nd project in the middle of my 1st project. It's a pain to haul out all my sewing stuff.....so if it's coming out....make way for lots of sewing. The other day I found myself in a boutique located two blocks from my apartment called Snapdragon. I'm not gonna lie....they've got some amazingly cute stuff there. Browsing through some of the merchandise....I found myself looking at a small baby blanket that was $50, changing pads for $40, & burp rags that were 2 for $22. The only thing that I could think of was.....I bet can totally make these!

So began project #2......and since the material was so cheap, I made my "deluxe" burp rags even nicer than the ones in Snapdragon. I backed an entire side with terry cloth, used soft minky dot chenille instead of cotton, & finished them with ribbon edges on both the front & back.




I copied the concept of this changing pad from something I saw in the boutique.....but added ribbon edges & used minky dot chenille instead of cotton.


Rolled up for take along convenience


I must note that my craftsmanship is NOT boutique quality. I would give it a C+. I am okay with this.....as I am not selling them....and besides.....they are made for spit up, drool, or whatever other baby fluids make their way on to them....so really, do they have to be perfect lines? Either way.....I will award my efforts with an A. The best part was that each burp rag only ended up costing about $2. I can see how they make their money. I am glad my sewing is done. My machine & materials are all back in storage & probably won't return for awhile. Whew!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Snapshots

If Fia can do it, then I can do it.


If you're happy & you know it....jump in the air!


Silly in the sun.


Sofia, the bubble master.


Supergirl.
PJ's from Barbara finally fit!


I can't believe mommy didn't give me what I wanted.
I felt that my anger screams should have worked.
Now I am exhausted....and still angry.
 

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