Thursday, June 07, 2012

For a Day Like Today

You know those days when...

the windows are open 
a cool gentle breeze is blowing in
sweet little birds are singing their songs
the house is spotless
the kids are well behaved all day
and they take amazing long naps
and you have time for yourself
to sip coffee and eat bon-bons
and your husband comes home on time
and you all spend a lovely family evening together
and all is peaceful and well

*enter real-life*
It's dreadfully humid and you switch the AC on
but you mutter to yourself (or out loud) about how much $ the electric bill is gonna be
and the only thing you hear coming in the windows is the neighbors' lawn mower/loud kids/the trash truck
that interrupts naptime 
and elevates the already overwhelming *whatintheworldiswrongwiththesenoisykids* volume level in the house
and would they please stop arguing and get along already?!
and didn't I just sweep that floor/vacuum that rug/pick up those toys/fumigate that boys' room/put that toilet seat down?!
and there's no end in sight because Daddy is coming home late tonight

I bet that sounds closer to what any mom's day looks like!

That was a really long introduction to say "I have a really great recipe for you!"

This seriously tastes better than a Rotisserie chicken and it's nearly as easy for a lazy busy mom!

Crock-Pot Rotisserie Style Chicken
1 whole (4-5lb) chicken, skinned (or don't if you forget like me!) 
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
pinch of chili powder
4 cloves garlic
1 yellow onion, quartered

In a bowl, combine all of the dried spices and rub all over the chicken inside and out. Put the chicken breast side down in the crock-pot.
Shove the garlic and onion inside the chicken.
Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low for 8.

If the baby happens to nap well serve with rice cooked with a packet of Sazon and toss in some frozen peas and carrots. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

You're Welcome!

Yes, folks! It's that time in our show for the segment we like to call...

Don't Do What I Just Did!

Today's edition:
*When vacuuming steps do not place the vacuum at the top facing you or it could (and probably will!) fall on top of you! OUCH!*

This is the segment where I completely embarrass myself by sharing what just happened to me so you won't make the same mistake (oh. you're smarter than me and would never do this?! shush and go get me an ice pack!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...About Spring

1. Ceiling Fans
(I don't care what all of the fancy designer people say - I *doubleheart* ceiling fans!)

2. Sockless shoe wearing! For me and the boys!
(Stinky boy sandals? Bring it! I'll take them over washing and folding -- oh! and sticking my hand inside to turn!!!!!! -- stinky little socks!)

3. Open windows!!!!
('Nuff said!)

4. Daffordils! Tulips! Forsythia! No more naked trees!
(that's what the boys call them!)

5. Park playdates!!!
(Friends and sun and fun are good for the soul!) :)

6. Throwing open the curtains/blinds in the morning! I adore bright rooms!!!
(I do this everyday all year long, but there's something about spring and knowing how awesomely beautiful it is outside when that sun comes pouring in the windows! LOVE!!)

7. Boys playing outside so I can {actually, possibly, could it be?!} clean and organize and reclaim my house! :)

8. Seven things just doesn't seem like enough compared to how much I love spring so here's #8 for free! You're welcome! ;)


Friday, September 02, 2011

What I've been up to. by Matias

After coming home from the hospital I had a lot of things to do!

 I had my first bath.
At first I thought I liked it...
...and then I decided I didn't!
The dry off/message time was alright, but I had bigger plans for the morning.
I thought Mom and I could do a little photo shoot.
Even though Mom isn't very good with the camera, I think I'm pretty stinkin' cute!

I went to the zoo for the first time.
Don't I look thrilled?! ;)

I slept through most of it, but my big brothers had a good time!

I've spent tons of time in my swing.
Mommy says she feels bad and it's because I'm #3 and she's very busy. 
Either way, I love my swing!

And I sleep through most of my swing time too! :)

I've done lots of cuddling with the guys.
 and Caleb

 I hang out with my big brothers.
They're pretty cool! :)

I totally rocked the red white and blue at the 4th of July parade

I kind of outgrew the basinet. :P
Mommy said her *friends will be glad to know that I am now in the 
pack&play for naps and my crib at night. 
*you know who you are!* ;)

I smile A LOT! :)

I get LOTS of kisses!

All in all I think life is good!

Whew! That was exhausting!
I think I'll go kick my feet up.
We'll talk soon!

Monday, August 29, 2011


A lot has happened since Matias joined our family:
We celebrated Caleb's 4th birthday with family and  cupcakes!

We had a combined friends party at a local play place for both boys

Caleb's cake.
Oh so many things I would change about it, but he declared it was awesome! :)

Sammy's 6th birthday Yoshi cake

I tried so many times to catch a picture of Caleb sliding, but the kid seriously FLEW down that slide!

 Proof that Matias was there. He slept through the whole party!

 Sweaty happy boy!
I asked Caleb to come smile for me and this is what he did! :P
They had a blast and it was so nice to not have to do any cleaning or decorating since the baby was only 3 weeks old!

School is IN!!

So many things I missed posting about since Matias was born!
One of these days I'll give a full review.

Our most recent happening is that we started school last Monday!

The night before we had a "special" dinner. 
I intended on making a full-out fun dinner, but got so busy getting school stuff ready and making our special dessert (which is, after all, the most important anyway, right?!) that I ran out of time so we had a "school like lunch" dinner. Clear as mud?! ;)
We had ham and cheese sandwiches! :P
 I made an apple to hang above the table

 A No2 pencil cake for dessert.

After the boys went to bed I made a hungry caterpillar to hang above our table 
(where we also do school) 
since we are doing letters of the week for Caleb and started with the letter "C".
He was so excited when he woke up the next morning and saw it! :)

 I can't believe Samuel is a 1st grader!!!

And Caleb is a Preschooler

 Tracing letters and coloring his C is for Caterpillar page.

 His spelling words are 2nd grade words and he knew them after the 1st day!

 Compound spelling words

 Caleb did a Hungry Caterpillar Graph.

 Doing handwriting. My but he needs help with handwriting! :)

 Science: Studying animals and doing activity sheets

 He had a "Kid's Choice" activity for Science and decided to paint a Basilisk Lizard

Caleb was painting Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. 
Unsure as to why he is orange and has a yellow stem, but hey! He had fun! :)