Wednesday, September 29, 2010

On their way to London...

We may have some of the yougest Olympians in history...presenting the
2010 Preschool Olympics!

 Creating the flag
Lucy's torch

Basketball-she did pretty well at this actually, despite her genetics.

Long-junp onto bubble wrap-such a clever idea.

Mrs. Potato-Head relay-Lucy was the arm.

Discus throw



Running the torch around the track

Even though there was tremendous competition-everyone earned a gold medal; especially the organizer-she did an awesome job.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's my blogoversary and I'll cry if I want to.

 5 years. Can you believe that? My First post. Crazy that it's been that long.

I had a bad day yesterday-nothing awful-just general grouchiness I had to work my way through.  I'm not sure what Lu and I are going to be up to today.  I've been making yummy food lately.  I love the Pioneer Woman's recipes.  She is an amazing cook-she really seems to be amazing at everything, but every recipe I have tried of hers has been great.  We've added all of them to our "regular," recipes.  She has the world's best Lasagna recipe and she started me on the crash hot potatoes.  This is why there is a bike in my living room.  

This veggie lasagna recipe comes from the Kraft website.

Oh-another reason to celebrate...Lucy is potty trained.  It all sort of happened by itself.  Once she decided it was time-that was it.  I haven't changed a diaper in 10 days and she's been accident free for 7 days.  She only had two.  I am pretty amazed.  My sister was right-wait until they're ready.  It had nothing to do with me.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Better than Debbie


This Summer, I was reaqquainted with one of my favorite school-lunch treats.  The Little Debbie's Oatmeal Creme Pie.  They remind me so much of sitting in the St. Pat's lunch room.  Almost as much as Country Time Lemonade from the can...I think I drank one every day.  Healthy stuff.  Anyway-I figured I could find a copycat recipe and I came across one with reviews boasting that they were even better than the processed version.  I was skeptical.  I've tried copycat recipes before, like the Olive Garden breadsticks and salad, The Outback Steakhouse croutons, and Buca Di Beppo's Frutti Di Mare.  They've all been good, but never better than the original.  These Oatmeal Creme Pies however, really measure up, and then some.  They are way better than the original.  When I saw the ingredients for the filling-I smiled and realized why I must love them so much-Marshmallow Cream.  The recipe I used can be found @

Friday, September 17, 2010

R is for Road Trip

Come on a road trip with us.  I've said before that I'm raising my best friend and I felt that sentiment again yesterday during our Mother/Daughter road trip.  We sang Twinkle, Twinkle about 100 times, played I Spy, talked, and generally acted silly.  Lucy was the one to spot this rainbow first-it was a great way to start out our trip.  
Here she said, "I'm CRAZY Lu!"
Lucy behind the lens.
And, in front of it.
Hey! Prehistoric Forest!

Bruno's Pizza, yum!

The purpose of the trip was to see a great friend, who was in the area on business.  She loves lighthouses and when we met, I told her she needed to come to the Great Lakes so she could see all the lighthouses here.  This was her first, real-live, lighthouse experience.  I loved getting to see it with her.  Unfortunately, we couldn't go in because it was closed, but it was beautiful from the outside.  The lake is so pretty.  I couldn't have asked for a better getaway with great company, smooth roads, yummy pizza and beautiful scenery and a sweet travelling companion.  Where should we go next?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fun weekend.

A friend of mine hosted a bow-making party this weekend.  I have always wanted to learn how to make those bows and she was a great teacher.  It was fun to have some girl time and crafty time.  While I was gone, Lucy and Tony had a daddy-daughter date.  I'm glad I was out having my own fun or I would have been a little jealous.   

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Happy Back-to-School!


Well, so much for my lazy Labor day.  Did you know preschool starts today and not next week?  I didn't realize that until YESTERDAY!  And I was the teacher!  Ha.  It went great though-I was really happy to see Lucy exceed my expectations.  Preschool is super fun and super tiring.  I think we both need a nap.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Totally Lazy Labor Day

Laboring we are not.  It's after 4pm and I'm still in my pajamas.  The last time that happened Lucy was months old and I was in that white-hot, blinding time of newborn parenting.  It's sort of fun doing nothing.  I did kind of clean up the kitchen so we could function and gather up the miscellaneous toys from around the house and throw them into Lucy's room, but mostly, I've played Plants vs. Zombies.  Let's see, about 5 years ago, I went to Time Out for Women.  It was awesome-good speakers, good companionship (miss you with my whole heart, Ash) good music, spiritual upliftment and all that...Sherri Dew was one of the speakers that day and she talked about one of her recent lazy days.  If I remember right, she was having a bit of a tough day and so instead of going into work and, she stayed home and played Game Boy all day.  It made me feel great to know that she was just like us, and by "us," I mean other non-perfect, about-to-be-translated women.  I have met all my families' basic needs as far as food, drink and diapers, but beyond that-mom is pretty checked out today.  I don't have a child going to school tomorrow and so I won't have that distraction from the chilliness in the air. I'll have to find ways to motivate myself to do something tomorrow but for today, Happy Un-Labor Day.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Check your Cheerios {Saying Goodbye to Summer}

Technically, there are 17 days of Summer left but it seems generally accepted that it ends Labor Day Weekend. I will miss Summer during the cold month of February.  That is where my mind goes as soon as the first cool breezes start.  I'm not thinking about how fun Fall can be, but about the dreary end of Winter.  I'm trying to be more positive this year.  I am looking forward to Cider Mills, Halloween, Birthdays, and Thanksgiving.  Maybe it won't be too bad.  I just hate saying goodbye to all the Summer fun.  We had our movie night again this year and again, it rocked.  "We should do this every year."  We watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and ate yummy treats.  I made HISTK-themed cookies, inspired by Bake@350.  
I love movie night.  In a perfect world-we do it every weekend.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dear Pandora,

Keep being awesome.
I have found so many artists I love that I never would have heard on the radio.  This is one I came across today.  I want to frame the album cover and hang it in my house.