Tuesday, February 28, 2012


-- Sent from my Palm Pixi

Life on Fast Forward

 After some complaints from certain grandparents people, I figured I better put some pictures up. :) I take more pictures with my phone than anything recently and it's easier to post to facebook than to blogger, so even though a lot of family gets to see them that way, the most important ones (the grandparents) don't. So, here are a bunch of phone pics. This is life these days. Busy...crazy...recovering from sickness...learning...life. We love it (except for the sickness part)!

 After watching The Pioneer Woman just before the Super Bowl, I was asked to make these brownies. They're called Knock You Naked Brownies. Maybe I should change it to Knock Your Socks Off...Anyway, they are amazing. Decadent, rich, and calorie-free! Ha. So when Uncle Windell came to visit, I made them again.

 Jacob was SO EXCITED to see Uncle Windell! He basically talked from the second Windell walked in the door until Jacob went to bed. He talked Windell into playing Mario Kart with him. Uncle Windell quickly found out that it's not as easy as it looks! Jacob "helped" him.

 Windell got a rental car this trip (a Yukon). When we went to Hutch to go shopping, we took his vehicle. Anna and Jacob were soooo impressed that there were TWO movie screens! :)

 Isaac was too tired to be impressed.

 For Sale...CHEAP! ;)

 One weekend there was a Ranch Rodeo in Lyons. Anna was ecstatic to go! Jacob was more interested in running around playing and Isaac just wanted to run (into the corrals...it didn't matter where as long as he was running. That child has no fear.).

 She made a friend...

 I told Aaron it might be time to get a shotgun! ;)

 We had one day recently that was incredible...70 degrees! I think this day wasn't quite that warm, but it was very nice!

 Isaac enjoyed the swing.

 He just looks like trouble!

 I didn't have much luck getting a picture of Anna swinging.

 Yeah, I almost got kicked...

 Got it!

 Aaaand I almost got kicked again!

 But look! I got another one :)

 The kids had been such troopers, being sick for so long. So I got them a new game...Bed Bugs!! All three of them like it. Except Isaac picks up the bugs you get out and puts them back!

 Heaven help us. She actually slept like this for a nap one day. I'm in so much trouble when she hits double digits!!!

 The kids like to play in the crib, except I guess maybe Jacob wanted out here.

 And he didn't appreciate me taking his picture instead of helping him out...

 Uncle Windell got the kids some "color your own" shirts. I told Jacob he didn't color all of his shirt. He said "Yes I did." Okay buddy. Either way, he loved it!

 Anna colored a "Pinto horse" (she means Paint) :) and of course, was so proud to wear it! The greatest thing? The colors wash off and they can re-color them!

 I don't know...

 After almost 3 weeks of sporadic/no school, it feels really good to be back at it!! The kids had a lot of fun (all 3 of them!) playing with these today.

 Jacob was very proud of the flower he made...all by himself!

So fun learning and creating!

So! There you go Papa, Binga, Grandpa, and Grandma! :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sleepless Nights

Somebody in our family has been sick since we got home from Christmas travels. Poor Isaac was sick the entire month of January. I forget who was next, but we've had everything from yucky colds/coughs to the croup (Jacob) to the flu. Non-stop, back-to-back since the beginning of January. I've learned a few things over the last month or so of sleepless nights taking care of sick children or being sick myself.
1. Jacob grinds his teeth in his sleep. Not much, but that's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Ugh!
2. Anna talks in her sleep. A lot. Last night she was in bed with me and she talked/yelled/laughed out loud at least 3 times.
3. I can live on very little sleep. Notice I did NOT say function.....
4. I really hate seeing my babies sick.
5. I hate not being healthy because it means we had to cancel our trip to Papa & Binga's house!
Off to take care of a coughing boy...and girl. :(

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pintrest Success!

I found an delicious, easy, new recipe on pintrest yesterday. We all give it 2 thumbs up! The lady it is credited to doesn't even have a name for it other than "Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken". It doesn't need a name. It's just yummy! And ridiculously easy. Only 5 ingredients: chicken (doesn't even have to be thawed), cream cheese, black or pinto beans (I only had kidney beans and it was still good), corn, and salsa or Rotel!
I used 4 frozen chicken breasts (the recipe calls for an entire bag)-just put them in whole on the bottom and when it's done, you can either leave them whole or shred them. Leftovers are supposedly great on tortillas. The recipe calls for a can of corn, drained, but I only had frozen. Works just as well. And the recipe calls for Rotel, but I only had salsa (lime & garlic to be exact) and it was still delicious. It is pretty soupy so I served it over rice. Supposedly it gets thicker once it sits without cooking for a while. I cooked mine on high for about 4.5 hours, but you can cook it on low for 6-8 hours so it's a great recipe to put in the crockpot after breakfast and you don't have to worry about supper the rest of the day!
Not a good picture at all, but trust me...it is tasty!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Random Words

It's been a long time since I've posted. Probably because my camera isn't working very well (good? I always forget which one to use). Well, that and the fact that I'm insanely busy. Such is life with little ones, right?
We are loving the new house. So much room!! We've had several football parties and the layout is perfect for having little ones around! They can play in the front room or Jacob's bedroom and be as loud as they want. It doesn't disturb the adults watching the game in the living room! We had a small Super Bowl party last night. My kitchen looked like a war zone, but it was fun to have a few friends over and hang out. I made Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's hot wings and brownies. They were both excellent. While I was making them, I thought I'm either really confident or really stupid for making never-before-tried recipes for a crowd! Her recipes are excellent. Her cinnamon rolls are A.Mazing!
Isaac is walking...almost running...all over the place. His favorite is chasing Anna and Jacob around with a toy broom. His temperament is a mix of Anna's temper and Jacob's sensitivity. He gets pretty fired up if he doesn't get what he wants, but he also melts into a puddle of tears if you hurt his feelings. He will not say "mama" or "dada". Instead he says "Mahm" and "Dad". When he says my name, he sounds like he's from the Bronx! It's humorous. He says about 7 or 8 words, along with a lot of one syllable grunts when he's trying to get you to do something for him. He's started pulling on you if he wants you to go somewhere with him. He'll even kind of "pick up" now. And if I tell him to take a toy or something to someone else, he grins really big and takes off to find them!
Anna is playing catch-up with math since we ordered a new curriculum after Christmas. I went with Saxon and I decided to just start from the beginning and do several lessons a day. I think we'll probably pace school out through the summer, too. That gives us more leeway during the school year for breaks and also will help her not forget things over summer! She still loves homeschooling and has said she wants to keep doing it. We'll see where the Lord guides us on that.
Jacob's speech is improving so quickly. Actually, at his IEP meeting in October, he was way ahead of his goals! She wanted him at 40% accuracy and he was already at 60%!  She is mostly working with him on segmenting (syllables) and rhyming to get him ready for reading. He has taken off with it! He still loves all things John Deere. The other day he drew Uncle Terry's name out of the prayer pot and he prayed, "Fank You for Uncle Terry and fank you dat he has lots of John Deere stuff!" :)
The Biggest Loser competition between Aaron & I is a month underway. We set it up so that we're basically competing against ourselves-trying to meet the monthly goal we set for ourselves. So it's not seeing who lost the most, it's who meets their goal. So Aaron won January. Pffft. That man can think about losing weight and he does! Slow and steady wins the race, right?? I'm focusing on changing my lifetime of bad health habits! And I've noticed a big difference. When I eat something not-so-healthy (like at all these football parties we've been having!) I feel so icky! That's good...next step is for my mind to reject them! :) I love the Wii Active Fit workouts that I've been doing. Let me rephrase that...I don't love them, but I love how much they've helped me and how easy it to do them-I don't have to go anywhere, the kids can "do" them with me, I can do them any time!
We've been going to a different church. We really like it, but it's going to be a challenge to get involved since it's in Hutch. Satan loves making Sundays stressful and taking the focus off God! It's easy to do in our house on Sunday mornings!!
Okay, that's more than I have time to write. No proof reading...sorry! Kids are done eating their apples to find how many seeds they have. Back to school! (Sorry there are no pictures!)