Sunday, May 8, 2011

Today is for the Momma's

It's kind of a strange feeling. I am sitting alone in my living room on Mother's day. Mike is sleeping, the dogs are out, and Bennett is at his Aunt's house. I miss my baby. As I got home last night I was overwhelmed by happiness. My house is a disaster but I couldn't help but smile when I walked in and saw Bennett's toys everywhere. I am glad that I have a home full of toys and that it's hardly clean. I'm glad that I get to be a child again through my son's eyes. I love watching him light up when he sees bubbles floating in the air or hear his laugh when he squirts water on me in the bathtub. He's my little man and I cannot imagine a world where he doesn't exist. So, in turn...Happy Mother's Day. I've got to go get my baby!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's Completed!!!

 After two full days of work our swing set is finally up and in use! Who knew they were so hard to put together! Only a few hundred random pieces of wood and tons of different types of screws/bolts/nuts/etc...Also, if you ever plan on putting one up yourself I HIGHLY recommend having multiple people helping. There is no way one person could do it on their own. Anyway, here are pictures! Hopefully Bennett enjoys it and I don't get too many grey hairs from watching his fearless self climb up/on/over everything. My little boy is growing up.

Surveying the pieces 

Hey, Hey, it's progress!!

This is when we realized we put a piece on backwards...ugh!

But this made it worth it!

Daddy's little helper

See what I mean about the grey hairs! No fear at all!

Going down the slide like a big boy!

The finished product!
I mean how do you say no to this little face?

Story before bedtime

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I voted...did u? And other random's.

On Sunday we went with some friends to the zoo. It was Bennett's 1st trip! He was not into the fam photo though

Look at this Mom!

He had a blast!

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Mike, Bennett, Richard, and Caleb. They are looking at the monkey's...or in the mirror..who knows :)

Petting the "snake"

So today was election day. We voted...did you?

Bennett and Cecelia

Such a beautiful girl

This is from my closet-organizing fiasco. Those are all clothes that Bennett has outgrown or are too big still

All the empty boxes from the closet. And  four boxes for Goodwill

The closet after organizing. I need to buy more totes still but it's MUCH better!

Bennett and Daddy

Such a big boy sitting at the table!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools!!

Ok so ever since I was little and snuck to the end of my bed at night and turned on my t.v. with the volume down really low to watch "Momma's Family" I've loved April Fools Day. Why you ask? Where does the connection between Momma's Family and April Fools come in? Well...let me explain. There was an episode of Momma's Family where it was April Fools Day and they did several pranks on each other. Just your typical pranks like switching the salt and sugar containers, putting shaving cream on the telephone, etc. etc. So in the spirit of this "holiday" I served my family a fun and festive April Fools Day dinner.

                     So we had "toast and eggs" aka: toasted pound cake and yogurt with an apricot halve.

                                         And "cupcakes" or meatloaf with mashed potato "icing"

So hopefully you guys enjoyed your April 1st as much as we did and had fun playing a couple good-natured pranks on your loved ones.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A "Seussical" Day

Today is gone. Today was fun. 
Tomorrow is another one. 
Every day,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere. 
~One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish~ Dr. Seuss

Today was fun. We had a visit from Bennett's Aunt Brandi. Went out to lunch (although Ben slept through it!). Began cleaning/organizing all of Bennett's old and too big clothes in the basement (I'll post pic's on a later date for that). Had pot roast for dinner which cooked in the crock pot all day and made the house smell delicious! It reminded me of when I was a child. Finally, I made an awesome recipe I got from another blog (get the recipe  here) for Via Cappuccino Muffins. Oh my goodness! That's all I have to say about these babies....YUM! Anyway, enjoy the pics from today....
Bennett with his mandatory kitchen utensils...can you tell that midnight shifts are wearing on Mike :)

Bennett found this hat in the basement and wore it around for at least an hour today...TOO CUTE!

Such a little man

I gathered my mise en place like a good little cook...haha

Do you see the wet ingredients....that would be the best smelling coffee ever!

Makes you want to lick the bowl

I know, I know, it's a little messy

Final product...a little blurry and trust me photos do not do this is DELICIOUS!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


As some of you know I work per diem for an area hospital's home care unit as a social worker. Well today I visited a woman who is 100 years old. That's right everyone 100 years old! As I sat and watched her daughter in law lovingly help her eat lunch and use the restroom (because the patient has a broken shoulder, not because she's 100 by the way) I thought to myself how I hope I have that someday. Not the broken shoulder or need for help going to the bathroom or even being 100 but that my family would love me enough to do those things for me and to still want me to live within minutes of them so that they can see me daily. DAILY! I don't even want to see me daily. And then here I was sitting and watching this family go through a typical day to day routine and all I could think about was how I hope that I show Bennett as much love and affection as this woman must have shown her son (and daughter in law) to make them want to be there for her now. The majority of my family lives only about an hour drive away and yet most of them I only see on holidays. My grandparents see my aunt more than me and she lives 16 hours away. This is just wrong. We all get busy with the day to day grind but I need to remember that family won't be here forever but dishes will. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Today is St. Patrick's Day and it was gorgeous outside. So Bennett and I decided that cleaning, laundry, and all that could wait. We were heading out...
1st we went to Old Navy (one of my favorite places!) and spent a little money. Hey, I had a 30% off coupon. :) 
2nd we went to visit our good friends Megan and baby Cece and Jeff for like a minute. 
3rd we made a trip to Wal-mart to pick up stuff for dinner. 
4th we went on a walk with Daddy. 
5th we played in the yard. 
6th Grandpa Mac stopped by for an unexpected little visit   
7th we had a yummy "Irish" dinner. (not really Irish but hey, give me a break! lol) 
and 8th we had a bath, read a book, and went to sleep, WHEW! What a day! 

So, enjoy the pics and I hope your St. Patty's day was as fun as ours!  

I love playing in the leaves!

And collecting rocks!

Taking a little break

When I was young I had to walk uphill both ways...

Just too cute for words!

Look Momma!

I love being outside

Helping Daddy fill in the holes the dogs dug up

I just thought his eye was really pretty here :)

So hot after playing outside

Our "Irish" dinner: Reuben's made with pastrami, corned beef, thousand island dressing, coleslaw (instead of kraut) and sourdough bread (because I hate rye), brussel sprouts with bacon, and roasted fingerling potatoes with rosemary...YUM!