Don’t Read this if You are Eating

So yesterday, the boys requested apple juice with their breakfast, as per usual. I noticed the liquid hadn’t disappeared in all of 5 seconds, and tried to encourage them to drink it up. Then Drew informed me, “the apple juice tastes like diarrhea!” Which I promptly rebutted, asking him how he knew what that tasted like. The incident passed and I didn’t think much about it. I even served them more apple juice with their lunch, which went strangely un-drunk. It wasn’t till I was washing the dishes later, which included the empty apple juice pitcher that I realized what the problem was. Smelling the strong rotting smell that was emanating from the pitcher, it was clear that the juice had somehow gone bad (though I’m not sure how?) and this “mom of the year” had been trying to get her kids to drink it. Then I thought Drew had come up with a good description of how it tasted, and must have a pretty good imagination. Although, I’m sure the taste of bad juice didn’t require that far of a jump!


Menu, Week of December 29

Monday- Burritos

Tuesday- Thai Tacos with Scallion Rice

Wednesday- New Years Eve… hamburgers, IZZE soda, and yummy junk-food-ee chips! And maybe blackberries and vanilla ice-cream for dessert.

Thursday- Cayenne Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Friday-Beef and scallion stir fry

Saturday- Veggie Spaghetti with a salad and garlic bread

Sunday- Mushroom Tarts


Early yesterday morning, I was in that sleeping but somewhat conscious state of mind.  I knew that my alarm, which is my cell phone, would be going off soon, maybe my internal clock is kicking in…  And then it did, but wait?  I was thinking, “that is not my alarm tone!  My phone is ringing!  Omigosh! It must be my sister!”  Indeed it was, and she was in labor, and calling me to come to the hospital if I wanted to see that baby be born.  I pulled Selah to me, who was sleeping in between Kevin and I, and began to nurse her, so she wouldn’t be hungry while I was gone.  Then I proceeded to inform Kevin, who couldn’t think of a worse day for himself to have to watch the kids.  It was his very last day at his job, and he had a goodbye lunch and three meetings to attend!  I told him not to worry too much, I was pretty sure Ariel would be done by eight.

Lookin' like her sis

This is Isabella Joy, my second niece!  She was born yesterday morning at 7:13. She weighed in at 6lbs. 3oz. and is 18 3/4 inches long.  She had an hour and forty-five minute labor, and I made it back home in time to kiss Drew goodbye before he went to school.   

More pics on flickr.  

Random Bits

– I am still a little bit under the weather. I was doing quite a bit better every day since last Wednesday. Then Saturday and Sunday, I had a little bit of sugar. And, lo and behold, this morning my sore throat is back. Sugar is really not so good when you’re trying to hold down and infection of some sort. Tea is being drunk, and sugar is being left out of the menu, and the sore throat is abating already. Whew!

– We celebrated my parents 30th Wedding Anniversary Saturday! I’m so proud of them, and blessed that they are my parents. Pictures to follow soon!

– My sister is due any day now! Which makes me really happy. For Christmas this year, we will all get to enjoy the company of a snugly newborn baby girl (sonogram says.)

– The same sister, is also moving out of town as her hubby will be taking a new job out of town. While I’m very happy that he was able to get such a great job, I’m sad my sister will be moving away. She is my one of my best friends, my confidant, my style consultant, my sounding board, my reality check, and sometimes baby sitter. I will miss her terribly, and hope that she will be back in town sooner than later!

– Also, congratulations to my friends Sara and Josh who had their very first baby boy last week! I have known both of them since the 5th grade, and have to admit, it is interesting to see the different paths our lives have all taken.

– There are 6 more days left until my other sister, Hannah, and her hubby, Darin, from Phoenix gets here to spend a week through Christmas with us. I’m sooo looking forward to seeing them!

– Here in our little Western Colorado town, we finally got some snow this weekend! Woohoo! I thought it was never going to happen. It is freezing now as well, so I think it will stick around for a bit. Maybe we will get to go snowboarding this year after all!

– And in closing… I think it’s going to be very hard to abstain from sugar this week, seeing that I’m scheduled to make Christmas cookies with friends, and so on… Wish me luck, or just pray for me (and all my other internet sick-ee friends) to get better.

Professional Nutcrackers

This Christmas season, the boys have both taken quite an interest in nutcrackers. (I wonder if they would like the ballet?) It’s pretty obvious why; they’re little soldiers and usually carry some sort of a weapon, and some of them actually do crack nuts! So last weekend, our town had a Parade of Lights, where all the business and high schools, etc. make floats out of Christmas lights and parade down Main street for all to ooh and aah over. We had the good fortune of having a friend with an upstairs office that overlooks Main street, so we could be warm and watch at the same time. It was a really good time.
But I must get to my point…my point? Oh yeah… as we were looking down on the parade, a local chapter of Marines went marching by, and Beau exclaimed, “Look! Those are REAL nutcrackers!” Nutcrackers, indeed. 😉

Handel’s Messiah

So yesterday was successful! My hubby and I did make it up to see Handel’s Messiah, and it was a really awesome performance. My favorite parts were when the whole choir would sing, and their voices would hit you like a wave and send tingles up your neck! The small stringed orchestra sounded really rich as well. They sounded a lot larger than they were. I do have to say that someday, I would love to see it done in a big city like New York, or even in Europe somewhere, but that is probably a while off. 🙂 I do still have a cold today, but it lifted for a few hours last night, and I didn’t have to cough once during the performance.
The only thing that was a bit annoying, was the teenage girl who brought along her aluminum knitting needles, and started clinking out of time with the rest of the music. We’re in an acoustic room, honey, do you think the rest of us can’t hear you? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for knitting in public, but this wasn’t the place or the time. At the very least… get some quieter needles! Ha ha! Fortunately someone was kind enough to get her to put them away for the rest of the show. 🙂
All in all, it was a very good night, and not your average date for Kevin and I. Thank you, Mom and Dad for watching the kidlets! We crawled into bed late, and are still tired today, but it was well worth it.

Creative Outlet

Here’s what I was working on last week! It’s a “mantel” piece, that’s not really on a mantel, and a homemade advent calendar for my kiddos!

I got these sparkly red balls at Sam’s Club last year after Christmas, for around $2 (for all 6 of them) I believe. They are actually tea light holders, but candles are not always of great use at our home, for various reasons. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 being my children! Sooo, I got a string of lighted garland and perched the balls on the lights, and then took all our little wooden ornaments and placed them here and there throughout. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

For the advent calendar, I bought miniature Chinese food take-out boxes at my local craft store. Then I decorated the fronts with a number (these count down from 25) and the backs with, “Days Left”, and “Until Christmas” and such.

We open one box each day (of course) and then flip it around when we hang it back up. So the boxes that have been opened will say whatever message is on the back, and the ones that have not, have the number facing forward. I’ve put various things in each box from candy, to small toys, to chap stick. And we only have one advent calendar, so I put three things in each box, and the kids take turns opening the boxes and passing the treats out. I also told them that the treats do not appear in the box till right before it’s time to open them, to deter them (mostly Beau) from opening all the boxes one morning while no one is looking.

Here is the Christmas tree this year. (It was free, fake, and still sheds like crazy! I think I’d like a real one next year…) Anyways, this year it is decorated with mostly shatterproof and unbreakable ornaments. This has proved to be a wise choice, as I have already spent many a morning redecorating the bottom third after Selah has pulled off several of the ornaments and thrown them about the house. The glass ornaments that I couldn’t bare to spend Christmas without (yes, I’m like that) I hung up around a couple of our windows in an artful way (I think.)

So that sums up my creative endeavors from last week. The house is quite cozy, and I often wish I could leave the Christmas decorations up all year, because the house feels kind of bare without them. I’m working on remedying that problem…

As for how my little ultimatum for being sick is going… I’m at about 50% today, maybe 60%. I will not be held down though, I’m still planning on going to see the Handel’s Messiah… maybe it’s just what my body needs to hear to get over that last 40%!