Friday, October 31, 2008

By the Numbers

Three shots for Emma Kate for her Eight week check-up

Three pounds gained in Four weeks. She's up to Ten lbs. Ten oz.

Every Four hours, a dose of Tylenol

Two babies under my supervision tonight. Emma Kate, of course, and I'm babysitting my nephew, Corbin until tomorrow night

Two dirty diapers changed in Ten minutes from child # One

One more diaper changed Five minutes later from child # Two

Four shirts I've had to change because of projectile vomiting, from child # One

Learned that trying to feed Two babies at One time by One person is just simply Impossible

One more night with less than Four hours of sleep

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mommy Duties

Ok, so it's the night before Halloween and what am I doing? Making treat bags for 20 little Kindergarteners, of course! I volunteered to be Homeroom Mom for Morgan's class and have been busy the past two weeks assigning parents to various tasks and responsibilities.

I decided to do treat bags because that would be easy, right? Well, you know me, and I don't just take the easy way out and buy the plastic treat bags and tie 'em and go on...Nope, that's not me at all. I found these cute paper bags, filled each one with candy and spiders and fun stuff like that, then in order to close 'em, I decided to punch holes and tie 'em with curly ribbon! Time-consuming to say the least!

Oh, and because I needed just ONE more thing to do...chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles! That have to be bagged and tied as well!

And it's midnight...4 bags down, 16 to go! Better get busy...Morgan's party is at 8:30 am!!! They have to be finished tonight!

From my Kitchen

My family absolutely loves this recipe, so I thought I would share it! Very inexpensive, but super yummy!

Sausage Egg Rolls

1 Roll of Sausage
1 Bag of Cabbage Mix (w/carrots)
1 Package of Egg Roll Wrappers (usually found in produce near the tofu)
1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
Chinese Five Spice (I think I use about a teaspoon, just eyeball it)
Oil for frying (About an inch in the bottom of my pan is enough)
Soy Sauce for dipping

1. Cook sausage thoroughly until no longer pink. Drain.
2. I use my chopper to ground the sausage smaller (Optional)
3. Add Sausage, Cabbage Mix, Chinese Five Spice and Soy Sauce to a saucepan. Cover and cook until cabbage has steamed completely.
4. Drain and let cool. Prep to begin rolling the wrappers.
5. I use about 2 Tablespoons of mix in each wrapper. The directions are on the back of the package, but here are some pictures. (Was a little difficult to take a picture with one had and hold with the other! LOL)
***I use a little water to seal the final corner. If not sealed, they will open up when fried. And soy sauce and heat don't mix well!!
5. While wrapping the egg rolls, heat oil on medium heat. Make sure the oil it HOT! It should only take a few minutes on each side to brown lightly. If the oil isn't hot enough and they have to cook longer, they will be greasy! Trust me, I've had this happen a few times.

6. Enjoy with a little soy sauce for dipping!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

She's growing...

...way too fast!! Her 8 week check-up is Friday! We started her on cereal, just a few tablespoons in her bottle in the morning and before she goes to bed at night. I know, doctors say wait until they're a little older, but she wanted to eat ALL the time! All the time meaning, every hour or so! She's now sleeping about 5-6 hours at night! And holds her head up so good! And she just coos and smiles all the time!! So precious! We are truly blessed in so many ways!

My Great News!

I have been so excited about this, but I completely forgot to post about it! I've been a nervous wreck all month long as I waited patiently each day for the mail to be delivered. Finally, last week my letter came! I am officially going to start nursing school in January!! Yay me! I have orientation in a few weeks, then it's Thanksgiving, then back to school for finals, then Christmas, and before I know it, it'll be January and time to start! I'm actually nervous! I've talked to a few people that have said getting through nursing school was the hardest thing they had ever done. It will totally be worth all the hard work when I finish!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Favorites

And these are a just few of my favorite things...

*I found this new website, PICNIK for picture editing...I love Picasa, but this has so many cool things! Like the collages, so many options...Not to mention, so much fun!!

*Lavender and Vanilla Scent- Oh.My.Goodness, this is the best smell (only second to baby) Not only can you wash your clothes in it, you can clean, freshen fabric and air, AND sweep and mop the floors with it! I LOVE it! I would bathe in if I could! HeHe!
*Holiday Shopping!!! Mistletoe Marketplace is an annual shopping event that's NOT to be missed! It's rapidly approaching and will be here before I know it! So ready! And of course, Black Friday shopping as well! I'm on the look-out for a digital camera this year...hmmm...may be standing in line a Best Buy? Or Wal-Mart...I wish stores weren't so prudish about their ads and would release them early...Oh, well, guess it's just part of the tradition staying up late on Thanksgiving night mapping out our gameplan so we know exactly what we want and what time to be where!

*Grey's Anatomy!! Seriously, this is the best show ever! Did you watch the show last night? Meredith dropped the KIDNEY!! LOL! I was cracking up! Unfortunately, I have class on Thursday nights right now, so THANK GOODNESS you can catch the episodes on the website!

Happy Friday! Here's to the weekend!

"DineSaurs" need naps, too!

Ethan + quiet = I better go find him!
I searched his room, the bathroom (has a fascination with the water in the toilet, likes to "wash" his trucks!), and I finally found my bed, fast asleep! This is his Halloween costume, which he hasn't wanted to take off since we bought it! Had to hide it so I didn't have to walk into Wal-Mart with a "DineSaur". Yes, that's what he calls himself, while he's Roaring around the house! And I'm reluctant about buying Halloween costumes because they aren't worth the price for wearing it one day! Thank you, my little "DineSaur", for putting that $19.99 to good use!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Can we keep her?

This was Hannah's first question after she saw Emma Kate for the first time!
She absolutely LOVES Emma Kate! She is always wanting to hold her and kiss her! I should enjoy this while it lasts! It won't be too long and I will hearing how Emma Kate won't leave her stuff alone and get out of her room!

I haven't been taking enough pictures so we tried to get some good ones today. Emma Kate normally just sleeps and eats, but I was able to get some of her awake today! She is getting so big! Can you count her baby chins!! HeHe!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I'm Determined... get something accomplished this weekend! I have been slacking at cleaning, both inside and outside. I did so much cleaning before Emma Kate was born that we were able to go this long without really cleaning...I did manage to still do the day to day 'picking up', but I can't stand seeing dust balls in the corners anymore! Those last few weeks of my pregnancy I did laundry, cleaned baseboards, organized closets, and it paid off! Alas, 1 month later, and hardly nothing to wear, it's time to get up and be productive! LOL, I know this probably sounds bad, but the NUMERO UNO thing in this world that I hate doing is LAUNDRY! I wish I had one of these to make it all go away!!!! It's pretty sad when you can go this long without doing laundry and still have clothes to wear...I have an obsession with clothes, for me and the kids!

So, back to what I want to get, what I WILL get done this weekend!

~WORK ON THE FLOWERBEDS (totally neglected ALL summer!)
~DECORATE FOR FALL (bought my mums, pumpkins, and scarcrow yesterday!)

I also have a few "extra projects" to work on...antique my kitchen cabinets, paint the kitchen, strip and polish the kitchen floors. We started on the cabinets last night and they look great! It's so easy too. I will post a before and after and a's so easy!

I caught Alan off guard by my "list", but he knows me and I'm sure will go along with all my changing and re-arranging!

***Forgot to post about this....NO SURGERY FOR ETHAN!!...for right now atleast! The doctor wants to watch it for another year and hopes it will close up on its own. He said there's no need to worry because the hole is so small there's no change for his intestines to come through...Whew! With Hannah's stay in the hospital earlier this year and the pregnancy, it's nice to know we won't have another one in the hospital! Thanks for everyones' thoughts and prayers!