My Life as Mom

When I was younger, I did not want to have any children.  Kids just weren't for me.  Of course I also thought that I'd probably not get married either!  Oh well best intentions and all.

Now I find myself relishing the fact that I am a mother.  I can't really see myself being anything else.  I am truly blessed to have such healthy children.  I would have said "healthy and happy children", but most of time they are typical "this is stupid!" teenagers.  I never expected that I'd want to be here, but here I am.  The mom running everywhere for her kids.

I love it!

I'd love it more if gas prices were the same as they were back in the days of not having to worry about packing the kids to 400 different places in a week though!

Here's what we did this weekend.

The weekly trip to Wal-Mart, where Rowan does her first solo flight without a car seat.

The parents following the bus on the hour and a half drive to watch our boys play some basketball at the GRVC tournament.

So glad that the Sun graced us with it's presence on Saturday!

Beginning of the game, the game where we beat the opposing team....

...by 43 points!!!

Then we drove over this rickety ass bridge (and I may have cried) to go into Indiana for lunch.

I stopped crying long enough to capture some Kentucky coal on the Ohio River.

On the way home... Owensboro, coal fired power plant.

Throwback Doritos!!
Guess what we are doing tonight?  Making that same hour and half long drive back to Hancock County for the semi-finals of the tournament.  Our game doesn't start until 7pm.  That puts us not getting home until 9:30-ish.  Then back up again at 5:45am the next morning.  This is going to be FUN.  When we win tonight we have to do it all again on Thursday night.

This isn't me complaining though.

I swear.....

Handmade Sunday

Look at this cute Valentine's garland from Seventh Stitch for $28 + $3 for shipping.

This Valentine's basket from Wexford Treasures!  $24.99 + $9.00 shipping.
  
Spotlight Mirrors Two is having a GRAND OPENING sale, for only $2.25 + $2.00 shipping!  You choose between a mirror or a magnet.

This is such a cute idea for garland! If you don't want to make it yourself , you can purchase it from Country Chiq for $8.21 USD, but it's coming from Canada so the shipping is $6.15 USD.    
Ha!  I love that this appeals to my love of Halloween mixed with just enough Valentine's to get away with using it! From  Fuzz On Me for $26.00 + $3.00 shipping.
This glass pendant is... WOW!  It's only $15.00 + $3.00 shipping from Boomwire.

New News

Apparently it's not NEW news that Blogger has now introduced threading in their comments.  FINALLY.  However, I'm just now learning about it.  You can find the Blogger Buzz post about it right here.  Being able to reply to my vast amounts of comments is so awesome. *sarcasm*

Except... wait a minute...  IT'S NOT WORKING ON MY BLOG!!!!

I've done all the necessary do-dads to enable it, but still no dice.  One can only guess that it is due to my super awesome custom layout that I paid $$$ for.  The layout that I just tweaked here and twisted there for the new year.  The layout that I'm now going to have to abandon just so I can reply to comments.  ARGH!  Now I have to go and re-do everything.  I really like my drop-down menu, but I'm not sure how I'll be able to make it work.  Any suggestions, tips, or tricks?

In other news...

My son got a hair cut!!


I know it's not super interesting, but it's big news around here.  This is what his hair was looking like...


In all honesty, it was actually longer than this.  Although he is smiling in the hair cut photo, he is not happy.  He thought he was going to get to avoid the dreaded cut when both barber shops in town were closed on Saturday, but we were lucky enough to spot a shop, the Cut & Curl Beauty Parlor, that was open.  Nice lady too.  She did a much better job than the men at the barber shop usually do and she charged the same price.  Score!!

Overachiever

I guess I should have thought through some of my goals for the year.  Having a goal of blogging more verses a goal of spending LESS time on the internet don't actually work well together.  The good news is that I've succeeded in spending less time on the internet.  I've already read two full books on my son's Kindle and I'm working on my third.  I love that Kindle. Love it, love it.  Must get one for myself.

The bad news is that I've woefully neglected the blog.

Again.

Thankfully I know that most of you understand that I just had a baby a few months ago.  The older she gets, the less time I have to just sit idle on the computer.  This is not a complaint on my part, although she does seem to have computer radar.  Every single time I turn it on.  She'll wake from her nap or just get fussy with her toys.  She's growing so fast though!  Between December 1st and January 12th she gained nearly three pounds and grew 2 inches!  

And then she did this....


It melts my heart.  Every. Single. Time.

Shut the Front Door


Oh dear.  How can my Rowan possibly be six months old already!

I have no words.

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Project 366 Rewind - Week 1

Maybe starting all these projects was a little too aggressive.  In any case... here's my feeble attempt at my first week of taking a photo a day.


I tried to stick with the theme when choosing photos.  This is the first year I've really made an honest attempt at a fresh start in the new year.  Much of it has to do with the fact that I never expected, at 33, to be doing the "baby thing" again.  It's given me a fresh perspective on life.

Top left:  Every morning I go over the calendar while having my morning cup of cappuccino.
Middle left:  Starting working on my crock pot meal-a-week with some chicken.
Middle middle:  The kids started their Spring semester of school.  I made massive amounts of pancakes one day to store in the freezer for quick heat up on school day mornings.
Middle right:  Just chillin' with the wee one.
Bottom left:  Rowan's first "solid" food!  Sweet potatoes!
Bottom right:  I've set up my Buddha area in the bedroom.  Light a candle every morning, say a little prayer.
Naptime Momtog

I am also participating in the January Photo-a-day on Instagram. Here are this week's images via iPhone.

Day 1. You.

Day 2. Breakfast. (yep same photo...)

Day 3. Something you adore.

Day 4. Letterbox.

Day 5. Something you wore.

Day 6. Makes you smile.

Day 7.  Favorite.

**Just a quick note... you may notice that I seem to only own one Western Ky University hoodie.  In fact, I own more than one, AND I do wear more than just that sweatshirt everyday...  I swear!

Project 52 - #4

I'm doing it!  I'm doing it!  Working on these 52 goals is going great!

Yeah, I know I'm only 4 days into the New Year.

DO NOT rain on my parade.  I've made it this far and that's saying something!  I am so glad I discovered this blog through my Pinterest.  We are such a busy family that having supper practically cook itself is a real help for me.

I should note that I'm having to use my larger slow cooker for this meal because I broke the bottom out of the crock on my 5 qt. cooker.  Not excited about it, but it was about 12 years old.  Guess it's time to buy a new one!

I'm not a big fan of chicken.  I don't think there is anything quite as gross as having to handle raw chicken.  The possibility of  getting salmonella is also not fun.  I'm always scared I won't cook it enough and everyone will get sick.  This usually results in my overcooking the chicken.  Slow cooker chicken takes a little of the fear away from me.  I mean, it must be done if it's cooked for 6 hours, right?



Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken and Veggies
Recipe from 365 Days of Slow Cooking


What y'all need:
-- 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (I used 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs)
-- 4 large red potatoes, cut into small wedges (I used 6 small potatoes 'cause the husband bought a big bag of smaller potatoes instead of the larger ones)
-- 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
-- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
-- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (I cheated and used refrigerated lemon juice)
-- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (I didn't measure mine, I just minced up 3 cloves of garlic)
-- 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
-- Salt and pepper


Cook it up:
  1. Mince up some garlic, then add that and the olive oil, lemon juice and oregano to a small bowl and mix well.  Set aside so the flavors can meet each other!
  2. Slice up that carrot, cut up the potatoes.  Place them in the bottom of your crock.  Dash with salt and pepper.
  3. Wash off that chicken!  I used boneless, skinless thighs, but I still had a bit of fat trimming to do.  Put the chicken on top of the potatoes/carrots.  Add a bit of salt and pepper.
  4. Take your olive oil mix and spoon it over the chicken.
  5. Cover and cook 4-6 hours on LOW, or until potatoes are tender.  
Since I used a larger crock I cooked on LOW for about 5.5 hours, added 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of Worcestershire, then cranked it up to HIGH for about an hour.  I probably could have added a little more water, but I didn't want to drown it.  I would have added chicken stock instead of Worcestershire/water if I'd had any.  Isn't that one of those things you are ALWAYS supposed to have in your cabinet?  Oops!

As with everything else, I'm forgetful and forgot to take a photo of the food still in the crock before I began dishing it up.  I remembered about three bites in and scrambled to grab a couple of shots.  

My husband and I both agreed that we would probably have to fix this yummy dish again.  My son ate his plate then went back for seconds... twice.  (He cleaned out the crock!)  Daughter #1 curled up her nose before it was done cooking and didn't even give it a chance.  She did eat a couple of bites, but then said she just couldn't eat it.  Such a drama queen... She's picky about everything though.  This recipe will definitely get cooked again.

Projects, Projects

This is the year of "The Project" for me.  Photo projects, craft projects, "me" projects...  I plan on being busy, busy, busy.

One project is the Project 366 which starts on January 9th.  A great way to motivate me to take at least one photo every day.  There are prompts to follow, but the best part is you don't have to use them unless you want too!  You can find a link to the main link up page in my side bar.  In addition to this photo project, I'm also doing the January photo a day on Instagram.

Another project is a list of 52 things/ideas that I want to get done in the upcoming year.  I believe the first place I saw this idea was last year over at Handbags & Handguns.  She had some great things on her list and I might just have to steal some of those ideas for my list for the year.  This project is kind of a bunch of projects all rolled into one.  Ahh... one beautiful little list!  Let's get started!
  1. Read at least 25 books (that I've not read before!)
  2. Start an Etsy shop.
  3. Write in my journal daily.  Make at least one line of each day about gratitude.
  4. Use my slow cooker to make a least one meal a week.  This should help.
  5. See 5 movies in the theater.
  6. Plant a garden.
  7. Learn to knit.
  8. Save $500.
  9. Visit the beach.
  10. Take a family vacation to South Dakota.
  11. Cook something once a month that I've found through Pinterest and post about it.
  12. Hand write 3 letters to family/friends.
  13. Skype more!
  14. Spend less time on the internet.
  15. Floss, floss, floss!!!
  16. Get in the habit of washing and moisturizing my face every night before bed.
  17. Workout, walk, yoga, do something!  Stay active.
  18. Get all of my photos backed up to discs from my external hard drive.
  19. Visit a National Park.
  20. Visit a State Park.  
  21. Create a monthly cleaning plan.  And implement it!
  22. Create a chore chart for each of the kids.  Rewards through iTunes?
  23. Visit the hair dresser.  More than once!
  24. Finally start on those quilts from old sports jerseys and favorite clothes for the kids.
  25. Paint my bedroom.
  26. Redecorate the dining room. (ie. paint walls, refinish table & chairs...)
  27. Go through clothes and donate what can't/won't be worn.
  28. Drink more water.  In fact...
  29. Go at least 30 days without drinking sodas.
  30. Find time everyday to meditate.
  31. Start recycling.
  32. Start a compost pile.
  33. Re-pot all my indoor plants.
  34. Plant flowers/shrubs outside.
  35. Purchase Photoshop Elements.
  36. Purchase this camera lens.
  37. Purchase this flash.
  38. Sit down with the husband and create a will.
  39. Buy more US made products.
  40. Visit the library twice a month.
  41. Get a new tattoo.
  42. Have family snapshots printed on a monthly basis.
  43. Sit everyone down and take family photos at least 4 times.
  44. Have family game night once a week.
  45. Eat a salad twice a week.
  46. Have fish for lunch once a week.
  47. Clean up our yard.
  48. Build a fenced in area for our dog.
  49. Have the cats spayed/neutered.
  50. Get the fireplace operational.
  51. Buy all new towels.  And cushy, big ones too!
  52. Teach the baby to sign.

Hello New Year!

I never keep any resolutions.  Who does really?  NO ONE! But I need goals.  I need something to keep me on track.  I need a list.  You see I've always been a list maker.  I'm very obsessive compulsive about some things, but others... not so much.  List making is one of those things.  I feel like to efficiently get something done I have to have it all written out in black and white.  Makes getting it done seem all that sweeter.  Plus that whole goal thing...

First, let's start with this.  Actually posting to the blog on a normal basis!  What a grand idea, no?

Rowan says, "Yes, Ma!  It's a grand idea!"

And so we begin....