Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Giggles...

I have no idea if this story will play out as well in print as it did in real life, but I'm gonna give it my best shot!

But first, a couple of backstories:

Backstory #1: You know the whole "I love you/I love you more" game we play with our kids? Well, one day I told them I could prove it that parents love their kids more than their kids love their parents. I said, "Parents never leave their kids, but kids grow up and leave their parents. See? I proved it." And now it's part of our "I love you/I love you more game".

Backstory numero dos: Hambone is HORRIBLE with his money. Super generous to others, which is good, but can't hold onto money for nothin'. He'll buy treats for his siblings, he'll buy eggs from his sister (and no, I don't make my kids buy their own food...he just wanted in on the egg business), he just can't hang onto it...and I'm frequently telling him to spend his money wisely.


So...last night at bedtime, we were bedtime snacking away and Hambone was getting barked at left and right by various family members, and letting it all roll off his back...finally, I pulled him to my side, kissed his head and whispered to him that I thought he was a being a great sport...and then I said, "I love you".

To which he promptly responded, with a grin, "Love you more!!"

"Oh nooooo." I replied, "We've already been through this...I PROVED that I love you more, remember?!"

He retorted in his quirky little way, "I'm not gonna moooooove out. I'm not good at spending my money...I probably won't be able to afford a house!!"

And I died.

And he's right.

He'll be my 30 year old kid, living in our basement, watching movies and quoting obscure movie lines all day.

Great. ;)



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sometimes...

Sometimes, I just feel like writing. Even when I have nothing important or earth shattering or silly or smart to say. I guess maybe I just like hearing myself talk?


Who knows. What I do know is that I miss this place. This outlet. This teeny little voice of mine on the world wide web.

I took some photos of a sweet 6 month old last weekend...he has the most amazing blue eyes and best chubby little rolls you've ever seen! 


He reminds me of my Dubya...laid back little chubba.


Speaking of Dubya, he missed out on joining a travel baseball league last year...and has been pestering us ever since to sign him up this year. So, we contacted coaches, discussed pros and cons and decided, yes. What the heck, let's give it a go.

That same week he "won" (earned is probably a better word) a Kindle Fire from a school fundraiser for selling the most raffle tickets...special thanks to my mom and dad's friends that helped support his endeavor and purchased oodles of tickets from him. OH, and Father Nick...Father Nick bought him out of tickets...TWICE!

AND ALSO in that week the Confetti Cake Blizzard was released at the DQ and so Dubya 1. Learned he got to be on the traveling baseball team, 2. Discovered he would receive his Kindle at the end of the week, and 3. Was treated to a DQ because his mama JUST HAD TO TRY the new blizzard.

In Dubya's words, "BEST. WEEK. EVER!!!!". Gosh dang, do I love that kid.

My biggest boy also just committed to my alma mater...I'm a little nervous that he's not going to get the financial aid he needs, but praying that it all works out! I think it'll be a great fit for him!

And, friends, GET THIS. The eternal winter that Disney set off with "Frozen"? It looks like it's coming to an end!! Forecast says 70 degrees today...if you need me, I'll be out on the deck, reading a book.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Big Day...

Yesterday we celebrated Hambone's First Holy Communion. It was a day filled with family and focused on our sweet (goofy) boy.



We had an awesome brunch with loved ones, followed up by mass...have I mentioned how wonderful our priest is? He's amazing. He captures your attention and gives his homilies in a way that is engaging and relatable.

And, he looks like Jesus.



OH, and, he thumps kids with his hymnal when he recesses out after mass...this has sort of become legendary and the kids clamber to the aisle seats to get smacked by Father. :) It's hilarious.

While we were snapping photos of the boy of honor with various relatives, it dawned on me that the last First Communion that we celebrated (whoa...the "last first", 'cuz that's not confusing), which was 2 years ago,
looked like this:



See all that green? Yeah, we're still battling with a decent amount of snow on the ground...that is dwindling by the hour with the warm temps we've been having!

And gosh, wouldn't it be embarrassing if you wore the same exact thing two years later?



Oooops, nevermind, Mr. Wonderful. ;) (To be fair, I was *this close* to wearing that very outfit that I'm wearing in the "2 years ago photo"...I forgot I wore it to Dubya's!)

Anyway, back to warmer temps...look what we have in store for us:



EEEEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!! Spring is on it's way! I'm trying to remain cautiously optimistic (as opposed to "ridiculously excited"), as last year we had a "snow day" in May. Gracious, I hope that doesn't happen this year!



Monday, March 31, 2014

Cruel Joke.

Five years ago (hard to believe I've been blogging that long...) Mother Nature played a nasty April Fool's joke on us (the good news is that 2 1/2 weeks later it was in the 70's...could that actually be in our future?! Also...that link is my 3rd post. Ever. 3. Whoa.). She dumped HEAPS of snow, forcing schools to declare a snow day. In April.

Not funny, Mother Nature, not funny.

Well, guess what, my friends?

We're under a Winter Weather Advisory. Again. For April Fool's Day.

Please hold me, I'm going to cry. (And it's gonna be ugly. Ain't no pretty cryin' over here.)

Currently our back yard looks like this:



(And yes, that is a path through the snow to the trampoline...raising tried and true Minnesotan kids over here.)

Let's see what it ends up looking like by 8 am tomorrow morning...

Sounds like the wind will be the bigger factor tomorrow, not a ton of snow, but rain, turning to ice, with snow on top and high winds. You're jealous, I can sense it.

Just in case you're not jealous enough, look what's in store for Friday:


Yay us.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why Are We So Busy?

Life. It goes by so stinking fast, doesn't it?

And it gets clogged up with so much...stuff. Parties and sports and dance and commitments and meetings and appointments and this and that and OHMYGOSHLEAVEMEALONE. Right? 

I mean, seriously.

When I took my new job, I was really looking forward to the extra family "down time" we'd have on weekends and evenings. Family meals are so important to the Mr. and I and so often, when I was working a weekend, I longed to be home with my family. Doing whatever it was that they were doing.

I have those weekends free now (well, most...I'm still picking up an occasional weekend at the hospital) and guess what?

Ain't no downtime to be had. Feels like we're busier than ever before! It's constant...and I'm wondering, did life get busier or did my new weekend availability now create a debacle in which we say "yes" to things that we would've said "no, I'm working" to before?

There's a part of me that thinks life has just gotten, legitimately, busier. The kids are older, more involved in activities. Pal is a senior so there are a lot of "It's his last ______ (fill in the blank)" that I feel like we can't miss.

But then, I wonder...I don't recall being so blasted busy on weekends before. So many commitments and obligations...and I think, many of the "commitments" are things that, when I was working weekends, we were  "validated" in saying "no" to them. Now, however, when we don't have a legit reason to say no, I think we feel guilty and like we "have to" go to commitment X, Y, or Z because we don't have a reason not to.

Know what I'm saying?

Add in our vacation and our annual couple's night out in the Big City and our kids are ready to tie us up and never let us leave the house again! I feel bad, because we're not normally big "go-er outers" and lately it's been SOOOOOOO often.

I need downtime. I CRAVE downtime. I don't like being so busy and having my kids feel like we're leaving them all the time.

And I just can't help but wonder...are we TRULY busier or are we just more AVAILABLE now?




Friday, March 21, 2014

Five Question Friday!! 3/21/14

We're kickin' it old school today...bringing back 5QF for another ride around the block!

Also...I'd like to give Happy Birthday Shout Out to my amazing and wonderful husband, Mr. Wonderful. 41 years young today...love you, handsome! (Your own birthday post is coming later...)

Kinda excited about doing 5QF again...absence makes the heart grow fonder, perhaps? Been over 6 months since the last 5QF, hard to believe!


Okay, let's get this party started!

Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you want a fun, easy post to get you through your writer's block! 

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP! 


Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!


Questions for Friday, March 21st: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie
Kate (@KatieB38) from ~Kate's Life~, Gassy Mama (@gasfamily) from The Gas Family(for the win, with TWO questions!!) and little ol' moi (@5crookedhalos) for these 5QF question suggestions!)


1. If I had 5 minutes alone with Mother Nature I would tell her?

2. If you could eat only one thing for a whole week what would it be?

3. What is your favorite season and why?

4. Do you have a meal that you are AMAZING at making? If so, share the recipe!

5. What has changed in your life since the last 5QF? (8/2/13 was the last one! Wow...over 6 months!)


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1. If I had 5 minutes alone with Mother Nature I would tell her?


Oh, boy. Boy oh boy oh boy would I LOVE 5 minutes alone with Mother Nature. I would sit her down and get all pointy-fingered at her and tell her to BACK THE HECK OFF and give us a break, already!


Sheesh. This is the worst winter many of us have ever lived through. Brutal cold, massive dumps of snow. Ugh. Oh yes. I'd let her have it. And then I would demand that she promptly deliver spring to us. NOW.


(Although, let's be honest...I'm kind of a wimp and I'd prolly be all, "Oh, yeah, sure. You betcha I love this weather. The snow is so beautiful. Oh, you want to send more? Sure. That'd be great." I'm not real good about standing up to people.)


2. If you could eat only one thing for a whole week what would it be?


Hmmmmmm...only one thing, huh? Well, I've learned something about my body, and that's that I can't go without protein. I get all carby and crash and burn if I don't have a little protein to temper my carbs with.


So, I'm gonna go with this...The Incredible, Edible Egg. We've got a back yard full of 'em (see question #5) AND their super versatile. Egg salad. Fried eggs. Scrambled eggs. Deviled eggs. (And right about now I'm feeling like Forest Gump...)


3. What is your favorite season and why?


Summer!!!! Especially this upcoming summer! (Again, see answer #5.) I love the heat. The swimming. The time with my kids. The late nights and late mornings. The 9 pm sunsets. S'mores. Campfires. Camping. EEEEEEKK!!!!! Is it summer yet?


The only thing I don't love about summer is that it's not long enough.


4. Do you have a meal that you are AMAZING at making? If so, share the recipe!


I do! I have a couple of "signature dishes"...my most requested being my grandma's Swedish Meatballs. They are putzy but SOOOOOOOO worth the effort...trust me on this one! It a pretty common birthday meal request around here...which reminds me, I haven't made them in quite some time! (The last couple of birthday parties had to be "brunches"!)


My other favorite is "Carrot Gravy"...named so by a 5 year old me. It's a Swiss Steak type of a dish that is so wonderful.


Both of the above dishes are served with mashed potatoes, which places them firmly in a "comfort food" category...and who doesn't love comfort food?!


5. What has changed in your life since the last 5QF? (8/2/13 was the last one! Wow...over 6 months!)


Well...for one, we are now the owners of 25 layer hens. Did you a chicken lays 1 egg every 25 hours? Do the math...that's 2 DOZEN EGGS a day. We have a lot of eggs these days. It's actually Belle's business that she started with the Mr. Kind of a fun little project for them!


And...I am now a school nurse! I traded in my Labor and Delivery cap for a "Jack-of-all-Trades" school nurse cap! Less stress, better hours...a good trade! I'm loving my new co-workers and I kept my employment at the hospital so I can get a baby fix when I need it!

Best of both worlds! The kids are loving me being home when they're home...and can you say HELLO SUMMER!!! Can't wait. I'm already scheming up ways we have fun! Thinking about a giant road trip out to CA (via the northern national parks and back home via the Grand Canyon)...visiting the Mr. bro and my baby bro along the way! Sounds glorious to me!


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Well friends, there you have it! That was fun...maybe we'll have to bring 5QF back every now and again! Have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday Night 5QF Sneak Peek

Yup...you read that right! Five Question Friday is back this week! After a few requests to bring 5QF back for a week, I thought, hey, why not?!

So here we are...back in the saddle...let's see if I can remember how to do this!


Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you want a fun, easy post to get you through your writer's block! 

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP! 


Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!


Questions for Friday, March 21st: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie
Kate (@KatieB38) from ~Kate's Life~, Gassy Mama (@gasfamily) from The Gas Family (for the win, with TWO questions!!) and little ol' moi (@5crookedhalos) for these 5QF question suggestions!)


1. If I had 5 minutes alone with Mother Nature I would tell her?

2. If you could eat only one thing for a whole week what would it be?

3. What is your favorite season and why?

4. Do you have a meal that you are AMAZING at making? If so, share the recipe!

5. What has changed in your life since the last 5QF? (8/2/13 was the last one! Wow...over 6 months!)

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Wow...okay, now to remember my LinkyTools info to get the linky up tomorrow! Looking forward to blog hopping like it's 2010! ;)



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