Friday, March 27, 2009

My Seven

My sis-in-law Chelsey tagged me a while back to do a list of "7" here are a few tidbits about moi! I tag anyone else who is reading this...and they need to be different than the "25 Randoms" everyone posted on Facebook if possible.

Not in any particular order of importance or anything...

1. I have only been a bridesmaid ONCE in my 27 years, and may not ever be one again, I am afraid. Most of my girlfriends are already hitched so.......Cory Bufkin is really the only candidate left.

2. I guess #1 is a good lead-in...because I was not present at any of my siblings weddings. My sister eloped in Jamaica, my brother married while I was on bed rest with River, and my younger sister got married this past winter and we had some flight delays/cancellations/issues with 5 ft. of snow! It is a sad truth....but I was there in spirit for sure. Love you guys!

3. I could sew all day long, or paint, or collage, or photograph stuff...but that never happens! I am a little obsessed with fabric, and I really LOVE all the things I have made for my kids and customers. I just love a good project period...and someday will have a room all to myself, devoted to my crafts. It really gives me a lot of joy....geeky, perhaps, but oh so crafty!

4. I tried out for Deal Or No Deal....which required standing in a line ALL DAY. At least I wasn't next to the craziest of the crazies out there that day....but it wasn't the most pleasant experience. How do those American Idol people do it? I made it through two call backs, but in the end never heard from the "people". I guess it is just one of those things you do, but really never want to do again.

5. I have a real sappy one for the list.....I really feel like Justin is my soul mate. We have crammed so much living into our 7 years together that it feels like a lifetime sometimes. We have traveled Europe twice, both times being incredibly stressful/adventurous/wonderful/enlightening...we survived going to school full time and working full time and living together at the same time...we picked up and left everything we knew and loved to join the Air Force (and enlisted at that)....we have been separated for months at a time....we have managed to squeeze in getting pregnant and having two amazing kids....and on top of it all, I still love him more and more everyday. We work at it, and it is wonderful! I feel so lucky....

6. My dream job, and when I say this I don't mean it "for real"...because I really don't think I would be that good at it, but my dream job would consist of being a host lady on HSN. If it is something I am passionate about, like a great purse or a must-have pair of heels I could talk for days. I have fantasized about this for many years....really...sad, I know! You should hear me promote COSTCO....I should get a check from them for all the promoting I do....

7. I can't stand heavy breathers.....sorry, I am sure some of you out there have this problem....and I love you just the same, but I just couldn't marry one. A lot of the guys I dated before Justin were heavy breathers and it bothered me sooooo much. I know it is my OCD taking over, but it was kinda what I like to call a deal-breaker for me.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Here comes the Sun, do dun do do...

We got a few minutes, and I mean "minutes" of sun the other I rushed the kids outside, grabbed my camera, and for a brief moment felt like a million dollars....and then the clouds rolled in and it rained.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009


Noelle,Me,Cousin Quinn,Cousin Lawren..maybe 85' ??

Sick Days

We all have been feeling a bit under the weather lately...don't quite know why(possibly because it is still snowing out!!!!), but it seemed a good idea for the kids and I to have a lazy morning in bed. Poor River is just miserable, but he still manages a smile.....Paige on the other hand is all grouch! Check out that rug burn on the tip of her nose...ouch!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sugar on the Brain

Is it gross that I think these look soooo good...must be the 8 year-old in me creeping out...

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
Zest from 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups Froot Loops
Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and/or line 12 muffin cups.
2. Using a mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to cream for 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. mixing in well.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into the butter mixture alternating with the milk in 3 batches (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour). Add orange and lemon zest to batter.
4. Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into each muffin cup of the prepared pan, and sprinkle the tops with a generous amount of cereal.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cupcakes are puffed and firm in the center and light golden brown on the edges. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the muffin tins for about 10 minutes. Remove from the tins and allow them to cool completely before sprinkling with powdered sugar. Makes 12 cupcakes.

Feel Good

I came across this shop and I LOVED her idea of a feelgood list. I love lists...even if I never complete everything on a given day, there is something in me that just loves writing things down and crossing them thrills, right?!
You can buy them from her and she will customize them for you...or you could just make your own and save $20 :)
I am all over this one....especially the fruits and veggies, and laughing with my hubby bullet points.

On another feel good note, I bought these two little "grow kits" from the dollar spot at TARGET a while back, and they are starting to sprout!! One will hopefully be a strawberry plant, and one is an assortment of flowers. I can't wait for them to keep growing, and then hopefully move them into our quasi-garden. Paige has gotten a real thrill from seeing the little sprouts pop up.

Paige has two new tag lines she drops whenever possible...even though they are rarely relevant...she likes to say "Life is not fair", and "that's not true"...pretty silly coming out of this little face!