Sunday, July 15, 2012

And, this is what I'm addicted to this summer!

I love tea.  Always have.  Mostly iced tea, but I love a good cup of hot tea every now and then.  I grew up drinking sweet tea but recently I read how many calories are in a glass and was shocked!  A 32 ounce glass has about 400 calories!!  Um, no thanks.  I'd rather use those calories elsewhere!  After my discovery I started drinking my tea without any sweeteners.  I still enjoyed it but I did find myself getting a little bored with my beverage of choice.... until I found this. 

Stash makes this Superfruit Tea Sampler and I love it.  There are 3 Acai Berry, Blueberry, Yumberry, Goji Berry, Mangosteen, and Pomegranate Raspberry Green teas in each sampler.  While these aren't sweet they give just enough flavor to make my boring tea happy again without the calories!  There are a couple different ways you can prepare it but i tend to just pop a bag in a mug of water and microwave it for a couple of minutes, let it steep a while and poor it over ice.   Super Yummy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

SAY CHEESE... Right Now!

My son, the camera hog.

  Andrew has a new found way to annoy me passion.  Photography.  Behind or in front of the camera, it doesn't matter as long as he is "with camera" or iPhone as the case may be since I won't let him so much as lay a finger on my camera!  He takes pictures of everything and everyone.  He's not biased.  He doesn't play favorites.  Heck, his favorite person to photograph is himself, hundreds and hundreds of times! 

He has started "posing" random objects around the house and photographing them.  

But one of his favorite things to do is to sit me on the couch with him and have me take the pictures while he instructs me on what kind of face to make!  This could go on for a couple of minutes or nearly an HOUR like it did yesterday morning, depending on if I do a "great job" or not! 

This was the first picture of this "series" yesterday morning.  He looked at it and said, "you did a great job but I need a shirt."  NO LIE!  The kids ran and got a shirt and on it went.... for over 30 more minutes!

Pretty much had enough.

By this point I couldn't see a darn thing!  

Last night:
 "Mommy, be happy." (he had to sneeze so he wasn't satisfied with this one)

 "Now, be angry."

 "Now be excited!" 

   He managed to snap 349 pics yesterday!
Future Paparazzi?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weary Wednesday

This is what the last 3 days have looked like at our house.  Both of the boys' asthma is flared up so there has been a line at the nebulizer!  Ethan missed school yesterday and Andrew has missed all week so far. I love Fall but I hate the sudden weather changes it brings,  it does the boys in every time.  When they have a flare up it can turn ugly quick so I typically set my alarm to go off every 90 minutes to 2 hours during the night so I can stay on top of the breathing treatments to hopefully avoid a trip into the ER.  I am completely exhausted but it works.... usually!  Hopefully they are better by the weekend and we can all get some rest!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tricks and treats!

Well,  Halloween has come and gone and I think it's safe to say we're all pooped!  I hate when it falls on a school night.  I feel like I am not able to fully be "in the moment" because I am constantly watching the clock, worrying about baths, bedtimes and morning alarms that will come much too early for my liking!  But, nevertheless, we made the best of it.  We got a pretty early start and set out before the sun set in effort to keep it an early night.  I LOVED the costumes each of the kids picked out this year because they fit their personalities just perfectly. 

Hannah chose to be Dorothy this year and I was thrilled.  I think I have secretly hoped she'd choose Dorothy every year since she was 3 years old!  I LOVE the blue checkered dress and the red sparkly shoes!  This was my the year!  She has fallen in love with musicals and singing, even more than before, since she has started voice lessons, so when she saw that Dorothy costume that was it!  I had to laugh though because she wasn't thrilled with the typical Dorothy shoes.  She wanted something a little more "her" so this is what she came up with:
An old pair of Converse and some red glitter and there you have 'em!  She made a beautiful Dorothy just like I always knew she would!

Ethan wanted to be a Rock Star, which is certainly ironic if you know Ethan.   When you think "rock star" one might think of someone really outgoing and social, sometimes loud and boisertous and maybe a little self centered..... 
I know what you're thinking.  That doesn't sound like Ethan.  Ethan is quiet, likes to keep to himself, hates conflict and would do anything to please the ones he loves!  Yes, that is all true but this kid LOVES music and can play a mean air guitar.  And of all three of my kids, Ethan is the most likely to have a full sleeve of tattoos when he gets older.  This kid is so used to getting poked with needles it's nothing to him anymore!  So, when he saw this costume I knew it was so "him", tattoos, piercings and all!  Once he put it on his little personality just lit up and this confident kid came out and I loved it. 

 Then there is Andrew.  Was there any doubt that he would be anything other than "Super Duper Mario Kart?"  Umm, I think not!  If you know Andrew, you know he eats, breathes and sleeps Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Koopa Troopa, so he didn't have to tell us twice.  This kid goes through life just like Mario, with reckless abandon.  Without fear and full speed ahead is just his nature and I wouldn't have it any other way!

In the grand scheme of things we had a great time, aside from the little cold Andrew woke up with.  That was certainly no treat!  He made the best of it though and was the last one of the little ones to want to come in from trick-or-treating, as usual, although he did request to be carried back because he was "too tired".  
Andrew with his cousins Emma and Izzie.

The big boys had a great time coordinating their costumes this year.  Since Ethan decided to be a Rock Star his cousin Jacob decided to follow suit and be a Rapper!  These two were hilarious and it was a riot watching people's reactions as they opened their doors to this motley crew!

This was the first year that Hannah went out with a big group of friends rather than us.  She has a fantastic group of friends who are all very kind, respectful and responsible so I wasn't at all apprehensive about letting them trying it out without an adult this year.

Once we got the boys home and showered they just had to go through their bags to see what needed to be eaten immediately, what could wait until tomorrow and what had nuts and needed to be traded with Hannah when she got home!

Everyone must have had a great time because all 3 of them were asleep within 5 minutes of being tucked into bed!  

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Scary Good!

Okay, I'll be the first to admit, I don't really enjoy cooking with my kids. There, I said it. It's not that I don't enjoy spending time with them, because I do. I can just think of 1000 other ways that I would rather do it! It's not the kids that make it unenjoyable, it's the actual cooking itself.  Heck, I don't really even like cooking without my kids! I hate the preparation but even more than that, I hate cleaning up my mess!  I'm not a "cooker", never have been.  I do enjoy baking, but even that manages to stress me out if done in large doses! 
 But, I thought in honor of Halloween I'd suck it up, put on my Perfect Mom costume and do a few fun and easy Halloween cooking projects with them!  We found a couple of recipes online and got cookin'!

Hot Dog Mummies
(Makes 10) 
These were so stinkin' easy!  The kids literally did everything themselves.  All they really needed me for was to get them in and out of the oven and Hannah probably could've handled that if I had let her.

1 can of refrigerated breadstick dough
10 Hot Dogs
Mustard (optional)

*Separate the dough into individual pieces. 
*Use scissors or a knife to cut each raw breadstick into 2 strips
*Wrap the strips around each hot dog, starting at the bottom, to cover the hot dog like a wrapped bandage.

*Leave a small area unwrapped at the top (this will be the “face”).

*Wrap a final piece of dough around the end of the mummy in a turban fashion.

*Place the wrapped mummies on a cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 15 to 18 minutes until the dough is golden brown.

*Let cool for 3 or 4 minutes, then use the mustard to draw a face on the exposed area of the hot dog.
 Mummy in your tummy!

Tombstone Cupcakes
Makes 20 - 24
These were more work than the Mummies but the kids had so much fun making these!

*1 box cake mix
*16 ounces chocolate frosting
*3/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (we used oreo’s)
*Milano Cookies (or any oblong shaped cookies.  We used some vanilla sandwich cookies and pulled them apart.  We scraped the frosting out of the center and we got 2 “headstones" out of each cookie.)
*Black piping gel (you can find this at almost any grocery store.  Wilton and Betty Crocker both make it)
*Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes.

*Frost the cooled cupcakes, then, cover generously with the cookie crumbs.

*Use the piping gel to write "RIP" (or Mom, and the names of every person in your family, like my kids did!) on each cookie.

*Stand each cookie up and push down into the top of the cupcake to create a headstone. 

Enjoy your Graveyard!