Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Important Documentation

Blue Sky
It's still there
(after an extensive game of hiding)
and I feel great hope that it will return again!
Blue sky

I Heart Teenagers!

What do you get when you add 10 years to the craziness of toddlers?

A house full of big eaters, laughter, friends, homework, high emotion, highschool and middleschool, loud music, facebook, texting, people who find ways to make almost anything fun, intelligent conversation, more laughing, a few tears...
And so much joy you think you might explode.
Today I'm thankful for my teenagers (one almost)
AND their friends!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Do you love to clean?

I don't. I love a clean house but the process of getting it there, not so much.

I'm also kind of a cleaning slob. If I wore an article of clothing to clean in, there is a good chance said clothing will have a bleach spot somewhere. Yes. I have sweatshirts, t-shirts, jeans and sweats all sporting white and/or miscolored spots enhancing their look. (Also, anything I have ever painted in: total history)

Today I had my first experience in Green Cleaning. Somewhere in my travels on the information superhighway I ran into a blog by the Green Cleaning Coach Leslie Reichert. She also has a book called The Joy of Green Cleaning that I got for just a few dollars on Kindle.

With just a little lemon juice, vinegar and Borax I got rid of the grime and pink mildew that seem to appear in my bathroom the day after I clean. And... even though I (of course) got some on my shirt, it washed right out!
Check out her blog and cough up a few bucks for the book, it's worth it. Who knows I might actually remove all cleaning chemicals from my house!

And, it might just prove to be the saving grace for my wardrobe!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day

Shopping for a Delicious Valentine Dinner
with my boy.

Sunday Naps

With Church at 9am, one of our favorite Sunday family activities is an afternoon nap!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cinnamon Biscuits

I came downstairs for my bowl of granola this morning, preparing for my (indoor) bike ride. (it's cold, windy and rainy today. nuf said)

Turning the corner into the kitchen I heard the familiar sounds of Saturday morning TV. Danger looked at me in her sweetest, "Aren't you happy to see me?" face and said, "Since we're all up and cheerful, will you make us breakfast?"

How can a mother say no to that. But, I had fitness plans that I knew if delayed would end up replaced. So, an hour or so later I returned for their order. The unanimous choice was Cinnamon Biscuits.
In order for you to also be a Super Mom and be prepared for next Saturday. Here's the shopping list:

Pillsbury canned biscuits
Butter or Margarine

Place 1/2 to 1 cube (depending on how gooey you like it) butter in 9x13 pan and place in oven. Turn oven on and set at 350. The butter will melt while the oven preheats and while you prepare the biscuits.

Open the biscuits and carefully tear each in half. I don't mean for you to take a full moon and make two halves. I mean for you to tear it down the center so you now have two full moons that are just a little skinnier. Today I didn't have any Pillsbury in the fridge so I quickly whipped up a batch of Easy Dinner Rolls and made them about half size.

When the butter is melted, remove pan from oven and sprinkle in enough sugar to soak up the butter. Then sprinkle with cinnamon. These amounts are undefined. In other words, I have no idea how much to add. Enough to make a nice goo that tastes yummy. Then add a teaspoon or two of water and stir around the bottom of your pan.

Lay one biscuit at a time into the goo and flip over so both sides are good and gooey then line up in rows in the pan. Bake according to directions on biscuit package - about 10-15 minutes.

Serve with milk.Return to bike and ride for another hour.

Friday, February 11, 2011

We love Fridays!

February 11, 2011
Fridays are good for hanging out, chillin and being glad there's no school manana.
And... today we spent the afternoon anxiously awaiting a call from our cousin to find out where he's going on his mission.
2 years teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
Somewhere out there, anywhere in the world!
Finally, at 8pm the envelope was opened...
Kobe, Japan
We're so excited for A. He'll be a great missionary!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Great News for Danger

February 10, 2011
Danger is growing up {sniff, sniff}
This morning Cycle Guy and I found an email for her.
We were so excited that we called the school so they could pass on the good news.
Tonight the family took her out for dinner to celebrate. After being seated we all removed our jackets to display our shirts.
For Christmas 2009 Danger made us all matching shirts with her head on Superman's body.
To her dismay, we like to wear them at the same time.

February 9, 2011

Ready for an interview with the newspaper for
The Strawberry Festival Pageant

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 8, 2011

Cover Orange.
Dude, I can't beat this level.

Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7, 2011

What did you do when you were home from school with a cold?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

February 6, 2011

Super Bowl 45
Packers or Steelers?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

February 5, 2011

When your Saturday job is cleaning the kitchen...
you have to find just the right flick on Netflix to keep you motivated.

Friday, February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011

Ipod Touch
Danger can find an app for ANYTHING!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 3, 2011

Could be homework...
Could be book face...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 2, 2011

New Haircut by her friend at the beauty college.
What a fox.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Photo Month Mate

My friend Emily is doing a fun project for 2011.

A photo a day.

It makes me wonder what my life in pictures is like...

So let's see:
February 1, 2011
1/2 hour a day.
I love to listen to my children practice.
This is the Fashionista on her flute.
These walls have heard the piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, guitar, drums, harmonica, electric guitar, air horn and kazoo. We hear
voices too, but that's a subject for another day.