Friday, September 30, 2016

Chase's 5th birthday: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Chase's absolute favorite movie is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  He loves the main character, Flint Lockwood, because he is an inventor (which is what Chase strives to be when he grows up). So, naturally, he wanted a party that would make Flint proud.  

Here we are!  Chase as Flint Lockwood, Adam as Flint's dad, Niki as Flint's friend, Sam Sparks, and Beckham is sporting a spaghetti and meatballs headband, leftover from Chase's Halloween old costume.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Random Ramblings

So, I just needed to take a minute to let my brain unload a dump of worthless thoughts.  Just things that I have been pondering and I am sure you will be enlightened by.

1.  I am feeling defeated by the dirt that is trapped under my son's fingernails.  Despite all of the hand washing, nail clipping, baths, and scrubbing, he still looks like a mechanic that has had his hands in a greasy engine all day.  It is somewhat embarrassing when he goes out in public and people notice his grimy little fingers.  I feel the need to explain myself and that I promise I TRIED to get them clean!  Maybe this winter I can just keep mittens on him at all times.

2.  The good news is I don't have to decorate for Halloween this year because there are so many spiderwebs around here.  The bad news....these webs are formed by REAL spiders!  Crap.  It's time to move back to the suburbs.

3.  I have had goosebumps for the past 48 hours straight.  It's not even THAT cold, but when it goes from 90° to 60° within a week, my body thinks I moved to Antarctica.  Time to break out the scarves!...and the long johns, wool socks, and puffer jackets.  

4.  I just learned how to make the degree symbol °!  If you have a Mac, hit shift + option + 8.  If you have a Windows operating system, I have no idea how to help you.  So sorry.  I don't know much about computers, as you will learn.  By the way you Mac users, do not hit option + command + 8 or you will get a scary warning like this:

Dang!  How in the heck do I have 1422 bookmarks?  I really need to clean those out.

5.  Just when I think my son ate a great dinner last night, I realize that 90% of it ended up in his lap....and then on the floor.  Oh-well.  Better luck next time.


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Chase's 4th birthday: Fireman

Chase has recently shown an interest in firetrucks and firemen, so it only seemed appropriate that we would have a fireman party.  I can't believe this little guy is 4!  Growing up so fast.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sugar Detox: Week 3

This has been the easiest week so far.  I am hoping that my body and mind are getting accustomed to not having sugar and having very limited whole grains.  I do plan on adding back more whole grains as time goes on, but for now, I am trying to limit them.  I usually eat leftovers or a salad for lunch.  If there's nothing in the fridge to eat, then I eat tuna fish with some mayonaise, dijon mustard, and dill relish.  We went to a fish fry at our friend's house, and I definitely indulged in some fish!  But, I stayed away from the rest of the unhealthy pot luck dishes that people brought.  I ate a side salad, fruit, and zucchini with my fish.   You should have seen the desert table!  Oh goodness.  It looked delicious, but I didn't even have a taste.  I was afraid if I had just a little bit, I wouldn't be able to stop and then...10 brownies have gone missing.  Oops!  I know myself too well.  I'm not ready to test my willpower just yet.

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Chase's 3rd birthday: Bugs

Boys like dirt.  Boys like bugs.  My boy likes both.  So...BUG party with a DIRT cake it is!

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Bug Juice / Party Punch

We first made this drink for my son's 3rd birthday party, which was a bug themed party.  So, naturally we named it bug juice.  Every year for his birthday, he requests bug juice in various flavors!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Chase's 2nd birthday: Cord party

Oh, this child of mine.  He doesn't play with dinosaurs or cars.  No.  He plays with cords.  That's right, you heard me.  Electrical cords are his jam.  Ever since he was itty bitty, he would crawl over his toys and head towards the lamp cord or the vacuum cleaner cord.  This is a mom's worst nightmare! Are you kidding me?  My baby wants to play with electrical cords!?!?!?  He could get shocked, or wrap it around his neck!  I tried my best to interest him in other things, but he is persistent!  So, when you can't change it, you should embrace it, am I right?

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chase's 1st birthday: Cowboys

In honor of Chase turning 7 this month, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and post all of his past birthday parties.  I enjoy coming up with themes and working to make each party unique and special for him.

It doesn't seem possible that the first year of life went by so quickly!  Those first few months were the hardest months of my life, I mean, no one really prepares you for the DRAMATIC changes that happen when you bring a baby home from the hospital.  My world was pretty much rocked, but somehow we managed and here we are at Chase's 1st birthday party!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Things I'm Lovin' Lately

I wanted to share a few things that I have really been LOVING lately!

As you know, I've been going through a sugar detox lately, and as a result, I have been eating a LOT more salads.  I used to assemble them on one of my dinner plates because the bowls I have are not big enough for an entree size salad.  But salad always seemed to be spilling off of the plate.  I know, these are major problems I have.  However, I found these bowls while racing down the aisles in Wal-Mart (because the littler time as I can spend in Wal-Mart the better).  Truth be told, I actually try to avoid Wal-Mart if possible, but there are just some things that I can't seem to get at my beloved every now and then I'll suck it up and go early to avoid the crazies and people who haven't showered in a month.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

DIY: Custom Birthday Shirts

It's become a tradition for me to make a custom shirt for my boys on their birthdays.  So far, their birthday themes have been things that they have been very passionate about, so it just seems fitting to make shirt to go along with the theme that they can continue to wear all year long.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

DIY Cord Keeper

I want to show all of the other organization freaks out there what I like to do with my unruly cords.  I know I can't be the only one who gets pleasure out of having organized cords.  At least, I hope I'm not the only one!  It's super simple, and you probably have everything you need in your house!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Sugar Detox: Week 2

Well, it's week 2 of my sugar detox, and I'm still hanging in there!

TMI warning: I have had some bowel issues this week, and I'm wondering if it's possibly my body trying to detoxify.  I am a fairly healthy eater on a regular basis, but I have definitely consumed a lot of salads, kale, veggies, nuts and eggs over the past 2 weeks.  My stomach didn't feel bad, but I've had to stay close to the bathroom for the past few days!  I warned you!...TMI.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chicken in Wine Sauce (Drugs Chicken)

Growing up, I had a few meals that I really looked forward to after a long day of school.  This was one of my favorites.  My brothers and I all loved it! Since the recipe calls for white wine, we jokingly named it "drugs chicken", and the name just stuck.  It was commonly requested for special occasions and birthday dinners.  I remember thinking to myself that I couldn't believe my mom would actually let us eat this meal when it had WINE in it!  I of course had no idea that the alcohol cooks out.  I had a lot to learn.  Actually, I still have a lot to learn.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sugar Detox: Week 1

I have been a sugar addict for as long as I can remember.  I know no limits when it comes to sweet stuff, especially chocolate.  I could eat it until I threw up.  I have never actually gotten to that point, but I have definitely made myself feel sick from over indulging on countless occasions.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Backyard Camping

The boys (mainly Chase) have been wanting to campout on our land, so over the weekend, they finally got the chance!  Adam cleared an area on the back of our property, and he and Chase dug a fire pit.  It turned out to be the perfect little campsite.

 Cooking hot dogs over the campfire

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pig Out Cookies

Just in time for Labor Day weekend cookouts, here is my Grandmother's famous recipe for what she called Pig Out Cookies.  You can't eat just one...hence the name!  Made with just 5 ingredients, they are super easy and always a crowd pleaser.

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