Saturday, June 29, 2013

This Is the Best.

Lake life is where it's at, friends. 

We've had two days of glorious weather and today,it's lousy and cool. Boo. 

Last evening we went fishing and slaughtered the crappies...that's "crop-ees", for those of you that think maybe I'm excited about catching poop. Fish. Not poop.

I've decided that owning a resort would be the perfect business venture for the Mr. and I. I could live my dream of lakeshore living and my entrepreneur husband could work his ever loving butt off as resort owner.

Win-win, right?! :)

I've been a slacker with taking pictures with my "big-girl" camera and have been turning to my iPhone camera more often than not...a glimpse of the last couple of days:





Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Busy Bees...

After preparing and packing for a vacation...we NEED a vacation!!

Holy man. This is a lot of work!

The pink eye saga continues...last evening the 4th of 5 children fell victim. Thank you to whomever recommended the tea bags (I'm too lazy to go look right now!)...while they don't seem to be shortening the course, the kids all say they are super soothing to their irritated eyes!

On Day 4 for Hambone, his eyes are not quite as fiery red, but still swollen and goopy.


I'm now certain that we're dealing with viral pink eye...the doc said Hambone had "hemorrhagic conjunctivitis" (sounds horrible, huh?!) which is most commonly caused from a virus. Seeing as how the drops aren't really helping one bit, I think she's spot on. Call me a horrible mother, but I was actually HOPING that we were dealing with a bacterial conjunctivitis, 'cuz then the drops would've helped quickly.

Instead...we're left to run the course.

Boo.

I'm busting out my inner hippie and using some oils in addition to the tea bags!

Okay, we've got a van to cram full of stuff and I'm CERTAIN I'm gonna forget something, so I'm signing off! 

Prepare yourself for loads of lake laden photos!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Pink Eye...and Other Maladies.

Last Tuesday, at a baseball game, I noticed my baby girl's eye was awfully boogery. By the time I had wiped away said eye boogers for the gazillionth time in approximately 15.3 minutes, it dawned on me that, perhaps, something was going on with her eye.

As in, PINK EYE.

Never had that before, round these parts. 

I watched it, it didn't seem to bother her, so I decided to just wait it out. Then, Saturday afternoon, I received a text on my lunch break at work that said, "Hambone has the same thing in his eyes that Baby Girl had"...and I shrugged my shoulders and continued to snarf down my lunch.

What I wasn't prepared for when I saw my baby boy was how bad his eyes looked. Already, on Day 1, his eyes were worse than baby's had EVER gotten. I, however, being of the "nurse mom" variety that refuses to visit the ER unless it's for a heart attack or missing limb (well, and for abdominal pain, too, I've learned) dug my heels in and knew we'd have to weather the weekend until clinics opened up again on Monday.

Turns out, I work on today (Monday), so I thought I'd just wait and see how the day went and maybe shoot for a Tuesday doctor appointment...until...

Until Hambone was taking a bath and called me in, "Mama, I had a deer tick." he calmly told me and pointed to a funky looking spot on his butt.

I then rapid fired questions at him, "Are you SURE it was a deer tick?" "How big was it?" "Was there blood in it?" "Where is the tick?" "You FLUSHED it?!?!?!?!" "Next time, you need to show me!" "Oh, baby, your eyes." Okay, so yeah...they weren't all questions.

And thus, my doctor decision was made. Raging pink eye AND a tick bite? That calls for a little PTO for mama and a doctor appointment for the boy. (Thankful my job allows me that flexibility!)

In other news, when I mentioned that Hambone had pink eye, Baby Girl said, "Mama, he doesn't have pink eye...I have pink eye...HE has red eye."


Touché, Baby Girl, touché.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Five Question Friday! 6/21/13

Happy "Official" First Day of Summer!! In 6 months, we'll all be scurrying around trying to finish our Christmas "To Do" Lists!


Sorry. ;)


Hoping for a beautiful day...would love to take the kids for another jump in the river!


Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you discovered your muses are relaxing and don't want you to bother them. 

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, June 21st: (Special thanks to 
Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Juli (@kneatfreak) from The Pickle to MeJennifer (@JenniferOvery) from The Days of a SAHM, Brooke (@hallbro) from Brooke and Michael and me for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so follow me on Twitter (@5crookedhalos) and/or like my Facebook page and watch for my Thursday shout out plea for questions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)


1. Have you ever been robbed and how did you handle it?

2. What do you do at a kids function when Parents don't behave? Meaning they are the ones being impatient and rude.

3. Have you heard of a potty party? Will you/have you had one for your child(ren)?

4. How young do you think kids should be when they start taking swim lessons?

5. What makes you happy?


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1. Have you ever been robbed and how did you handle it?

Thank God, NO. I haven't. I know that I need to do the "copy your credit card" and keep it handy so that I can cancel them in the event of theft, but I keep forgetting.


I have heard SO MANY people getting robbed or mugged and it FREAKS ME OUT. 


2. What do you do at a kids function when Parents don't behave? Meaning they are the ones being impatient and rude.

Oh, this is a hard one. I would probably passive aggressively frown at them but not confront them because, CONFRONTATION?! Oh no. Can not do.


Mama + confrontation = Not gonna happen.


Now, if you're being rude to my child? I've recently found my inner b-word and oh, hell yeah, I will say something. Just ask the dressing room Nazi at Aeropostale.


He'll tell ya.


3. Have you heard of a potty party? Will you/have you had one for your child(ren)?

Um. What's a potty party?


Like, we all get together and pee on a potty chair? Shout and whoop it up when the kiddo pees on the potty?


People are weird, nowadays. How about, buy your kid a matchbox car and give 'em a high five when they take a digger on the pot. A party?!


Really?


So, yeah...no, haven't and would not have a potty party for my child, if indeed, that is what a potty party is!


4. How young do you think kids should be when they start taking swim lessons?

I guess I don't have a specific age in mind. I was never one of those that was for taking your infant to swimming lessons...it always kinda creeped me out when I'd see photos of wide eye'd babies under water, but meh. To each their own.


I DO believe that at some point, ALL children should have lessons. Water safety is so important.


My kids are "catching up" with lessons...the oldest two got a little behind, what with mama being busy with little ones, but now Belle is caught up, Pal is a decent swimmer just by exposure and with the one or two sessions of lessons that he had.


He started balking at lessons when he was 4-5 years older than the rest of kids in his group! Bad mama, he has.



5. What makes you happy?

My kids. My husband. The sound of rain on my roof top at bedtime. A swim in the river. Sour patch kids. Fun music. Friends. Twitter. New babies. Sunshine. Flip flop tan lines. Kids chattering in their beds. Baseball. Church. God. Cucumbers. My "new" room. Dreams.


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Have a wonderful weekend!!




Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday Night 5QF Sneak Peek!

Whoo...spent a little too much time relaxing after the baseball game and now the sneak peek is late!

Currently listening to the rain pouring down...love summer storms. Speaking of summer...it's June 21st. "Days start getting shorter from here on out." Gah. I always HATED it when people said that!



TO THE QUESTIONS!!

Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you discovered your muses are relaxing and don't want you to bother them. 

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, June 21st: (Special thanks to 
Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Juli (@kneatfreak) from The Pickle to MeJennifer (@JenniferOvery) from The Days of a SAHM, Brooke (@hallbro) from Brooke and Michael and me for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so follow me on Twitter (@5crookedhalos) and/or like my Facebook page and watch for my Thursday shout out plea for questions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)


1. Have you ever been robbed and how did you handle it?


2. What do you do at a kids function when Parents don't behave? Meaning they are the ones being impatient and rude.

3. Have you heard of a potty party? Will you/have you had one for your child(ren)?

4. How young do you think kids should be when they start taking swim lessons?

5. What makes you happy?

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See you tomorrow!!



Attack Of the Ginormous Ant

The other night, I was >thisclose< to being asleep when I felt something on my shoulder. I brushed at it, and in the moonlight, saw something dark move on my bed.

GAH!!!! I sat up quickly and flicked on my bedside lamp and saw...nothing. "Huh, that's weird." I thought when suddenly, from under one of the pillows, the biggest, blackest, most gigantic ant I've ever seen in my life scurried out, RIGHT FOR ME.

You know how they say that ants can carry, like, a thousand times their body weight? Well, I'm convinced that that ant was trying to carry me away, back to his queen where they'd perform some sort of human sacrifice ritual for the ant gods.

Anyway, I gasped, fearful for my life, and smacked my dead to the world, sound asleep husband, who woke in a stupor and began hitting the bed in an attempt to get the creature that was about to steal his wife in the still of the night. Only, instead of actually making contact with the ant, he'd hit near it, it would bounce up, move a little bit, fall on it's back, try to get away, all the while my dear sweet hubby kept attempting to kill the dang thing.

I think, in his not quite awake state, that he must've seen about 8 ants, the way he was willy nilly smacking at the bed.

I finally squeaked out, "JUST GRAB IT!!!" (Okay, it was more of a SCREAM.) He listened to me, grabbed it, and threw it on the floor...and then stood there, staring at it and scratching his head. "SQUISH IT WITH A SHOE!!!!" I squeaked again (and by "squeak", I mean...well, see above), instead, know what he did?

HE WALKED OUT OF THE ROOM.

The nerve.

But, he quickly came back with some toilet paper, snatched up that (apparently injured and not moving fast...I guess he must've hit it with all that willy nilly bed smacking) would be kidnapper ant and flushed him down the toilet.

Saving his princess from a certain demise.

Then, he came back to bed, and promptly fell back into a deep and peaceful sleep...while I slept with one eye open and kept feeling like something was crawling on me all night. In fact, scratch that "I slept"...'cuz I don't think I slept a wink.

Sometimes, I wish I could sleep like a man.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In the Kitchen with Gram...Laura's Bok Choy Salad!

Technically, this is my soon to be cousin-in-law's salad, so I'll technically call it "Gram's Laura's Boy Choy Salad" because I've started a theme that all of our recipe's start with "Gram's" and if I don't follow that theme I'll break out in hives and start sweating profusely.



Excuse my OCD.

In any event, you will want to promptly make this salad...it is one of my absolute favorites, and even more of a treat when Laura brings it! (Doesn't food always taste better when someone else makes it?!)

Okay, here we go...(excuse the camera photos, I forgot my "big girl" camera at home and didn't have time to run and grab it!).

First up, the most tedious part...chopping.

Chop up the Bok Choy into, as Laura says, "frustratingly small, but delicious" pieces. :) Add in sliced green onion, and set aside.



Let's make the dressing next.

Oil, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar:



Whisk it together and set aside.



Now, time for the crunchy bits!


Melt some butter in a pan, and add in the ramen and the nuts:




Then the sugar.



Right now I'm going to give you a very important piece of advice. When making your crunchy bits, do not, I repeat DO NOT think that you are safe to walk away from them. They will go from not at all brown to BURNT CRISP in .0003 seconds and you need to babysit them.

Please, do as I say. Not that, you know, I've learned my lesson or anything. Ahem.

Carrying on...

After your crunchy bits are browned, spread them on a paper towel to cool. Make sure to cool them pretty well, or your greens might wilt when you add them together!

When you're ready to serve, add in the crunch bits to the chopped greens, pour the dressing over the top and toss! (Wow. Is THAT ever a great photo, or WHAT?!)


Transfer to a pretty dish, and ENJOY! This salad is so crisp and crunchy and salty and sweet...it's like a party for your senses!! So, so, SO yummy!




Gram's Laura's Bok Choy Salad 

Salad Greens:
2 lbs (or more) Bok Choy: washed, dried, chopped into very small, frustrating, but delightful pieces
4 green onions, sliced
Toss Salad Greens in a bowl. Set aside.

Crunchy bits:
½ cup (or less) butter
2  3oz packages uncooked Ramen noodles, no seasoning, broken into small pieces
3 oz sliced, slivered or chopped almonds
¼ oz sesame seeds
2 tsp sugar

Melt butter in pan. Add remaining crunchy bits ingredients and sauté until golden brown. Cool on paper towels.  When cool, break into pieces.

Dressing:
¾ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
½ cup sugar

Combine dressing ingredients and whisk (or shake in jar) until sugar dissolves and oil and vinegar are well mixed.

Toss salad greens with shaken dressing to taste. Add crunchy bits before serving to maintain maximum crunchiness.

Enjoy!! 



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's 10 o'clock.

And Mama is POOPED, y'all.

I think my baby girl has pink eye. Her first symptom was just eye boogers like crazy...now, it's red and starting to bug her a bit. Diagnosis, anyone?


Can I tell you how thankful I am that it appears as thought summer has actually, legitimately arrived? Sunshine and warmth are good for the soul. Now, if only I could find the energy to get this flabby butt in gear and try to get into shape!


Well, the energy and some sort of miracle to combat the mosquitoes...GEEPERS CRIMENY they are out in full force! If you don't live where mosquitoes do, consider yourself lucky...they, seriously, just about drive a person insane when they are bad like this.


Have you heard about the grandma that shot at an intruder? She had a Rottweiler...a ROTTWEILER, people, barking by her side and the dude STILL tried to get in. Well, tried until she shot at him (she missed) but it wasn't until then that he finally retreated. There's something about this lady I love...she seems so sweet and kind, but when it came to protecting her disabled husband, WATCH OUT! Here's one of the videos I found, from ABC News.


We had yet another tree fall in our yard. Well, technically, I guess this one was a branch, but heck, it was still just as big as a tree! My poor husband...working his ass off at work, where they are completely swamped, then the repairs at home just never end.


Ever.


Anyway, watch for the delicious Bok Choy Salad recipe tomorrow!


Oh, and check out who won the Tupperware!





Monday, June 17, 2013

So, There's This Book...

I still remember when I stumbled upon her blog...it was a post about when she was in church, looked down and caught a glimpse of her "girls". It was a proud moment for her...and the way she so candidly talked about her "assets" within the story, I had to laugh.

And I was hooked.

Leah Campbell, author of the blog "Single, Infertile Female" has penned a book by a similar name, "Single, Infertile Female: Adventures in Love, Life and Infertility". She contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing it and having followed her blog since that fateful day when she spoke so lovingly of her tots, I, of course, said "YES!!".



The book "Single, Infertile Female" tells the heart wrenching, funny, brutally honest story of how Leah (or, "SIF", as I know her!) had her fertility taken from her by the horrible disease, endometriosis. As a young, single woman who knew, deep in her heart, that she wanted to be a mother and seeing her biological clock frantically spinning because of the destruction the disease was causing in her body, she took matters into her own hands and dove, head first, into fertility treatments to try to bear the child she so desperately wanted.

She walks us through her dating life, takes us on the emotional rollercoaster of IVF, and gives us an honest and transparent look at the toll fertility treatments can take on not only a woman's body, but also on her heart and her mind.

Her story is well told, emotional, and gripping. While we might not all agree with the path she took on her quest for motherhood, I think we can all agree that her story is well written and quick to draw the reader in.

I know the ending to Leah's story...the ending beyond the book, and I am so happy to see where she is at in life! So very, VERY happy for her. :) (How's THAT for a cliff hanger?)

(***Disclaimer: Leah provided me with a free copy of her book to review. I was not compensated for a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own and are the ding dang truth. Above link to her book is an Amazon link, but I am not an Amazon affiliate. Over 'n out.)



Friday, June 14, 2013

Five Question Friday! 6/14/13

Story goes that my weather app is telling me there are 10 days of sunshine after today. I'm not holding my breath, but man ALIVE would that be nice! I can't tell you how sick and tired of grey, gloomy, wet skies I am.



This weekend is shaping up to be a fun one! Parades and festivals and Father's Day and, did I mention sunshine?????

Let's get started!

Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you discovered your muses are busy itching and scratching their mosquito bites. 

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, June 14th: (Special thanks to Jennifer (@JenniferOvery) from The Days of a SAHM, Lindsay (@ninjalindsay) the "Cheesy" from Mac or Cheesy
Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie and Kate (@KatieB38) from Kate's Life for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so follow me on Twitter (@5crookedhalos) and/or like my Facebook page and watch for my Thursday shout out plea for questions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)


1. What do you appreciate most about your children's Dad?

2. Do you always wear your seat belt?

3. Do you dream and do you remember them?

4. What is one thing you swore you'd never let your kids do before having them, that you have now changed your ways about?

5. If you could be granted one wish, what would it be?


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1. What do you appreciate most about your children's Dad?
Oh, my friends...where do I begin?!


I think what appreciate MOST about my children's dad, is his faith. He has helped me to deepen my own faith and I am so grateful that he made me realize how important it is to have God in our children's lives.

But, there's also his work ethic. 

His kindness.

His eyes.

And I also really appreciate his butt. :)

2. Do you always wear your seat belt?

Always. Unfailingly. It is just a movement that happens when I get in the car...I reach over and buckle up.


I am also anal retentive about my kids and their buckling habits. And, I'll make sure all passengers have their seat belts on before we leave.

Occasionally one of them will buck me, but my response? "Well, if you won't do it for yourself, do it to protect my kids...'cuz I don't want your flailing body injuring one of them as you're being thrown around the car if we get in a crash.". :)

3. Do you dream and do you remember them?

Oh boy do I dream.


Seems like I dream less now...or, maybe I just don't remember them as much anymore, but yes.

Lately, Twitter and/or blog friends show up in my dreams in little cameos. So weird, isn't it? Like just the other night I dreamt that Kate and I were talking on the phone...I can't remember what we were talking about, but we were talking on the phone nonetheless.

4. What is one thing you swore you'd never let your kids do before having them, that you have now changed your ways about?

You know...I'm not sure I can think of anything!! Maybe jumping on the bed? I don't let them do that now. I know, mean mom.


I think there are more things I DON'T let them do that I thought I would. Like constant time at friends or having friends over (I like my family around me...without ALWAYS having extras around), or sleepovers (paranoia) those are the biggest, or dances for my 5th grader (oh, heck no).

Since we don't live in town, we're not exposed to other things like walking in town (my heart seizes up with fear at that thought) or biking to friends' houses (ugh...DANGER!!!).

I'm overprotective, aren't I?

5. If you could be granted one wish, what would it be?

My Belle was watching me get the sneak peek ready and know what she said? "Mom, if I could have just one wish, I wish that Verd could come back." Bless her heart.

But it made me realize...my wish wouldn't be for material goods or oodles of money...don't get me wrong, it sure would be nice, but my wish would be for health and safety for my family.

That's it. Just for them all to be healthy and safe always.

And forever.

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And with that, I hope you all have a healthy and safe weekend!




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