Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Adam had to go potty, and proceeded to sit on the toilet (intending to poop we assume, since he usually stands to pee). The lid & seat were up, but I guess Adam didn't notice and he sat down anyway. He started to pee and then fell in...while peeing...pee flies into the air and the poor little boy is soaked from taking a dip in the toilet. It is then that Joe notices that Adam had been holding a roll in his hand. Yes, a roll, as in bread, from dinner. So the toilet-water-soaked boy in the pee-splattered-room is still holding a soggy dripping roll that has just had a dunk in the toilet. Joe, who is distracted and trying to help Brendan with something else at the same time, helps Adam, tells him to throw away the roll, and then sends him in to his room to pick out dry clothes. Then he goes back to finish helping Brendan. Fast forward several minutes...Adam is in his room in dry clothes, all seems well. That is, until Joe walks in and sees Adam chewing. On a roll. Yes, *that* roll. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday swimming lessons started up again for the boys. My two nephews signed up this time too, so the boys got to see their cousins and I got to chat with my sister during the lesson. So that was fun. That morning we also picked up our AFM food, and the church we picked it up from was having a yard sale too, so we got the boys a few things from that.
Sunday I finally had a weekend day that I didn't have to be anywhere, yea! I worked on catching up with laundry, dishes, and took some "me" time to waste away part of the day on my new addiction- facebook. lol Thanks to Briana for the extra push to join last week, now I'm completely obsessed and having so much fun finding old friends and neighbors from all different parts of my life, some from elementary school even. How fun!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
At the luncheon, people were getting up and telling stories and things that they remembered about him. The stories and memories people shared were not about what he did for a living or big things he accomplished in life, or anything like that. The main things that repeatedly got brought up were little things he had done to help family and neighbors, how he made sure to be at family events, and his laugh. A niece of his told about remembering when he and his wife would come play cards with her parents when she was a kid, and she always loved to hear him laughing in the other room. It was a memory and comforting thing that she had always carried with her even now into adulthood. Several others mentioned his laugh as well, in various stories and thoughts and memories. He himself probably never knew that his laugh meant anything to anyone, and he probably never thought that it would be brought up and talked about repeatedly at his funeral either. Isn't it funny how something as simple as your laugh can touch so many people and you never even know it? Kinda makes you stop and wonder...what will you be remembered for?
Monday, September 15, 2008
This is normally a field with cows. It was completely under water and looked like a lake, not a field.
This is one of the roads we usually drive on to get out. Looked like a waterfall going across the street and down the hill into the field.
This was our little creek on our property, it is normally ankle deep, and sometimes dried up with little to no water...it looked more like a river this weekend. But still NO WHERE NEAR our house which is on the other end of our property and way up on a cliff about 25-30ft higher. Have I complained on here about the whole flood insurance issue we are dealing with? I can't remember. The bank is trying to say we have to get a huge amount of flood insurance, and it would raise our house payment almost $200 per month!!! When we bought the house it was not considered in the flood zone, but after Katrina, FEMA apparently redrew some lines and suddenly we are considered in the flood zone. Any idiot can look at our house and property and know that there is no way we would ever flood from the creek. During the Great Flood of '93 and everything before and since it in no way shape or form came even close to having water near it. It is ridiculous to have to pay that outrageous amount for flood insurance when we will NOT flood. Ugh! It is very aggravating. It has been a long process of arguing with the bank, etc, but to make a long story shorter, right now we are trying to fill out the LOMA form for FEMA to try to get things taken care of. It is so unfair that we have to have the burden and expense of proving something that is so obviously clear.
Anyway, there's a lot more to that story, lots of things we've tried and conversations had with the bank and FEMA, etc, but that's the basics of it. It is very frustrating. And we certainly cannot afford to pay that much more per month. *sigh*
Friday, September 12, 2008
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
B: "So I can trade them."
Me: "Trade your games? Trade them for what?"
B: "Pokemon cards"
Me: "WHAT?! You traded Game Boy games for POKEMON CARDS?!"
B: "Yes. I don't have a Game Boy to play them on anyway."
Me: "Brendan! How many did you trade?! Where are the rest of your games? Please tell me you did not trade ALL of the rest of them?!"
B: "No. I don't know."
Me: "Tell me the truth"
Me: "How many- how many games are gone?"
Me: "SIX?! How many Pokemon cards did you trade them for?"
OMG! I was so mad. I tried to explain to him that six Game Boy Games cost around $100, while four Pokemon cards cost about $1.00 and very sternly told him he is NOT to trade Game Boy Games or anything else for Pokemon cards. And I told him he needs to return the Pokemon cards and ask the boy for his games back. I just hope the boy will be a good person about this and do it. So far he has "forgotten" to bring them back to Brendan the last 2 days. *sigh*
And I thought what Brendan did was pretty bad...until I found out what Adam did this morning. Apparently sometime after I left for work this morning, Adam got a hold of one of Brendan's crystal rocks, and threw it at Brendan. Only, Brendan moved, so he missed. And the crystal rock hit the glass panel window by the glass door instead. Shattered into a million little pieces. This is no small window, this is a window panel about 5 ft tall! The entire thing is completely shattered. The pictures don't really do it justice, but here's an idea of the damage:
Monday, September 08, 2008
Both boys loved seeing the penguins!
Adam said the monkeys were his favorite.
I like the way this photo of one of the bears turned out...it's almost like he's looking right at the camera, posing for me :)
I've been meaning to take the boys to the zoo for a long time now, so I'm glad we finally did.
Now on to Menu Plan Monday...
Monday: Llyod's Shredded BBQ Chicken on whole wheat buns
Tuesday: Balsamic Chicken w/ Mushrooms (recipe below)
Wednesday: Quinoa/Shrimp/Veggie dish (my own thrown-together creation)
Friday: Pizza/family night
Saturday: Jennie-O Turkey & Gravy roast
Sunday: Whatever we feel like at the time
Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms
2 tsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 large garlic clove(s), crushed
1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces
2 cup mushroom(s), small, halved (we use combo of mushrooms & pieces of bell pepper)
1/3 cup canned chicken broth
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crumbled
In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. In a medium bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar, the mustard and garlic. Add chicken and turn to coat. Transfer chicken and marinade to skillet. Sauté chicken until cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a platter and keep warm. Heat remaining teaspoon of oil in skillet. Sauté mushrooms for 1 minute. Add broth, thyme and remaining tablespoon of vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are deep brown, about 2 minutes longer. Serve chicken topped with mushrooms.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
MONDAY: Deer burgers
TUESDAY: Chicken Lo Mein
WEDNESDAY: Crockpot Chicken Tacos
FRIDAY: Pizza/family night
SATURDAY: Ham crockpot dish
SUNDAY: Everyone grab whatever they want
Well, we didn't exactly completely tackle it, but Joe made some great progress on our new mudroom (where our washer/dryer used to be, we are turning it into a mud room).
Peeling off the awful pink/flowery wallpaper the previous owners put up (I'm not a fan of pink or flowery!)...
Joe had to redo/redirect the ducting, since the vent was going to be *in* the closet if he left it the way it was, so he redid it so that the ducting would come out of the front of the new closet at the bottom, and he built a sub-floor to accomodate it...
Drywall going up and wiring run for switch and light...
We are on our way! We'll be putting in this closet and a bench next to it and shelves above the bench. Should make it SO much easier for getting everyone out the door in the mornings and having everything we need right by the door. I can't wait!