Monday, January 31, 2011
Well, this is the last of the 30-day blog thing. I hope that I continue to blog more and share what my family is up to. It's not been easy for me, but I've just got to suck it up and make time for it!
This year Danny and I plan to lose weight. It's our number one goal. We need to get in shape and become healthy role models for our children, especially Tommy!
We also need to get our roof and fence fixed, and re-seed our front lawn. We have been dreaming of getting new flooring for the living areas and re-painting the walls, but we'll see if that's in our budget this year. We would like to have our home in "for sale" condition by the end of the year. Not because we're planning on moving, but we'd like to be ready just in case. You never know.
That's about it. There's other stuff like: attending the temple more often, going on a family vacation this summer (ideas of where to go anyone?), helping Anna pass the TAKS, Tommy work on his organizational skills, and Eddie graduate from speech.
I know the church is true and I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and I know that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. I know that I will be with my family forever, and I will see my loved ones again in heaven.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
When I was in high school, my sisters and mom volunteered at Concerts in Garden with the Fort Worth Symphony. We did it so we could see free concerts! It was pretty awesome. Anyway, these concerts are outdoors, so there are no bathrooms, just port-a-potties. There was one concert that we went to without fail: the super hero-themed concert with fireworks. It was always really good, but there were always lots of kids there! After my duties during intermission, I ran to the bathroom before the concert continued. I finished what I needed to do in the port-a-potty and went to open the door, but it wouldn't budge!! I pounded on the door and shoved it really hard thinking that it was just stuck, but the movement caused the port-a-potty to rock! For a moment I thought it was going to tip!! I panicked. Then I started pounding on the door yelling for help. A security guy opened to door with a scowl on his face. He told me that he found some boys putting sticks through the deadlock slots in the doors locking people in. He was going around taking the sticks out and chasing the boys away. I was really shaken and rushed back to my family. When I got back they asked me what took me so long, and when I started telling my scary story, I discovered that it was actually quite funny and ended up laughing hysterically with everyone else!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Hmmm....I don't have anything super interesting. The most recent traveling that my family has done was to Austin and San Antonio last summer. Danny had a performance at UT with his trombone choir and the kids and I decided to tag along and go to Sea World after the conference. Well, the day we got to Austin was the day of the World Cup Final. We couldn't check into our hotel until 4pm, and the final was at 1pm. Danny had rehearsal and check-in that morning, and the kids and I had gone on a tour of the capital. We were tired and hungry and decided to look for a place to eat when Danny was done at noon. Danny called and drove around looking for a place that would broadcast the final, but he couldn't find anything. We finally decided a Burger King for the kids and went in. As soon as we walked in Danny saw that one of the eating areas had a large TV in it! He asked the manager if they could switch the channel to the World Cup and she was more than happy to oblige. After all, the entire staff at Burger King was hispanic! So, we spent more than 2 hours that day at Burger King watching the World Cup Final!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I don't like to cook. I REALLY don't. I have to be in a special mood to want to cook. There are days at a time where I refuse to cook and we eat frozen pizza or go out to eat. Seriously. But, I do have some recipes that are super easy, don't take much time at all, and I love! My kids LOVE this one! When I make it they run to the table and eat like they haven't eaten for days! You should see Tommy eat this! He seriously lowers his head to his plate and shovels the noodles into his mouth!
1 (12 ounce) package of your favorite fettuccine noodles
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
A pinch or shake of nutmeg
1 pint heavy cream
3 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
Boil enough water in a medium-large stock pot for a package of noodles. Add noodles and bring the noodles back to a boil. When boiling, again turn off the burner and cover the pot. Noodles will be done in about 12 minutes (or a little earlier if you like them al dente).
While the noodles are cooking, melt the butter in a deep saute pan over medium heat. Add seasonings and whisk gently to mix. Add the heavy cream and heat thoroughly. Sprinkly in about an ounce of cheese to the mixture stir to incorporate before adding more cheese. Repeat two more times.
Drain the noodles and gently toss them in the Alfredo sauce until coated. Transfer pasta to a warm serving bowl. Top with more grated cheese and serve immediately.
*My additions: I usually add garlic and herb seasoned chicken to the alfredo at the end. It's really yummy!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Well, I have many. Here are some that I'm working on this year:
Yelling when I get frustrated, and major impatience. Yikes. Not sure if it's technically a habit, but I think it is.
Eating when I'm bored. I'm really working on it, and hopefully it will lead to some weight loss this year!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
1. Take the kids to Disney World.
2. Visit New York City!
3. Buy a new van or SUV! My current van is functional, but I need something with more than 4 cylinders, something that's NOT red (not a fan), and perhaps an SUV. I'm not really a van type of girl, but we'll see.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
When Danny and I were in Costa Rica we had lunch at the Los Suenos Resort right outside of Jaco, and just fell in love with the area. There's a large hill that overlooks the bay and there were these beautiful homes on it, and we always joke that if we won the lottery we would move there. So, we're dreaming, right? We found this one and it's beautiful! It has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and 3600 square feet for a cool $2.5 mil.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Well, this landed on a school holiday, so it's going to be way more exciting than a regular school day!
4am-ish - Eddie crawled into bed with me and Danny.
5:35am - My arm is killing me where Eddie is sleeping on it, so I scoop him up and take him to the couch. I get him something to drink, then rub his back until he goes back to sleep.
7:25am - Danny gives me a kiss and leaves for school while I am still snuggled in bed. The boys are already up and playing Gamecube in the office, and looking at Transformers online.
8:20am - Wake up and help the boys with their Wii game, then go back to my room and read my Joseph Smith book for 15 minutes.
8:50am - Go to the kitchen and fix breakfast for everyone, and break up a fight between Eddie and Tommy.
9:15am - Head to the office to check my e-mail and listen to Anna practice her recorder. Resist the urge to correct every little mistake. We work on reading notes and rhythms.
9:45am - Gather laundry from various corners of the house and start a load of darks. Do the breakfast dishes and start the dishwasher.
10am - Change Eddie's diaper and take him out of his pj's.
10:30am - Explain to Tommy that we can't make Eddie disappear and have him come back only when Tommy wants him to, and no we can't trade him in for a Wii game. Tell Anna for the 1000th time to get started on cleaning her room.
10:45am - Order Tommy's book order online. Yay for not having to write a check!
10:55am - Go into the living room to find that Eddie has taken off his poopy diaper and sat on the couch with his poopy butt. He also wiped his poopy hands on his shirt and carpet. I clean the couch and carpet and seriously consider running to Ikea for a new couch and Lumber Liquidators for new floors. Move the clothes from the washer into the dryer and start a new load so I can wash Eddie's poopy clothes. He has NEVER done this before!
11:05am - Listen to Anna cry about a missing charm bracelet. She screams and won't listen to me, and runs into her room still crying.
11:10am - Anna is still crying. Charm bracelet still missing.
11:20am - The boys pick out a movie to watch and I straighten the living room.
11:30am - Help Anna look for her bracelet and help her clean her room for a little while. She has stopped crying.
Noon - I make lunch for the kids, and start reading "More Perfect than the Moon".
12:30 - Switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer, and make lunch for myself.
12:45 - Anna practices her recorder again and yells at me and says the recorder is stupid. I only said her recorder is not broken, even though she swears it is. She's getting frustrated with her practicing. The movie is over and now the boys are playing Super Mario Brothers Wii.
1:15 - Put away some laundry and finally take a shower.
2:20 - Finished reading "More Perfect Than the Moon." and started watching the lat 2 episodes of the Sing-Off that I haven't gotten to.
3:00 - Anna played for me again and got mad and stormed off. She argued with me and is now being punished.
3:12 - Changed another poopy diaper, but this time he didn't get it all over the place.
4 - Just finished watching my shows (I really wanted Street Corner Symphony to win, oh well), and got the kids a snack.
4:30 - Call Danny and make dinner plans while the Eddie and Anna play in her room and Tommy plays outside.
5 - Meet Danny at Chick-Fil-A for dinner! Yum!
7 - Get home from Chick-Fil-A before Danny, and the kids bombarded Danny's car with snowballs when he got to the driveway. Yep. We still have some snow left! Crazy. Then let the kids watch Ninjago before bed. It's their new favorite cartoon.
Okay, so I'm going to end here. If I don't, I won't remember to post this tonight! Did any of you make it to the end?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Hmmm...I really don't have a favorite quote. There are several that I like, such as:
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Samuel Clemens
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." Bill Cosby
I was reading "A Little Princess" last year and this passage jumped right out at me:
"Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temperwhen she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage. 'It makes me feel as if someone had hit me.'"
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Top 10 Pet Peeves:
1. I CAN NOT stand it when people say "me likey." You sound stupid when you say it, and I will forever think you're a moron.
2. Stupid drivers. I was stuck behind a driver who was going too slow, shifting a bit too far right or left, and tapping randomly on their brakes! I finally got around them to find that it was an older woman with a puppy ON HER SHOULDER, and she was petting it and giving it kisses! Grrr.....
3. My children cocking an attitude.
4. Students who don't pay, and parents who won't call me back!
5. Pee on the floor of my bathroom. Tommy is my number one offender in my house, and I hate the smell of urine! Blech.
6. School politics. They SUCK.
7. Stupid teenagers at the community pool who don't know how to follow simple rules.
8. Teenage fashion on 10-year-olds and younger. It's just wrong.
9. Gum smacking. I can't stand it.
10. Tom's shoes. I just don't get why they are so expensive and popular! I understand that he has a great cause and everything, but seriously, most of the shoes are UGLY.