Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Well we did trick or treating last night (pics to come)so tonight we're ordering pizza and I'll be doing my best to keep the kids from going into candy comas.
As you can see from this shot they're well on their way.(that's a small portion of what they actually raked in)I've had to hide it all at this point.

When they go to bed I'll be watching one of my fave movies with my oldest girlie.I saw it for the 1st time about 3 years ago and we try to watch it every year on Halloween.
I love the music and the house is just my dream house, it's all cheesy but sooo fun to watch!

The house~

Have a safe evening!Trick or Treat!

Monday, October 29, 2007


Good Morning!

Finally hot chocolate weather people!

Gosh it's chilly here today!It got down in the mid 30s last night.It seems that we went from the 80s to jacket weather overnight! My middle son has a pumpkin carving party this morning,back later with pics.
Happy Monday!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

How to know you're a mom of many

Ok,seeing as though I'm a mom of 7 this really hit home and made me giggle.

1. You know where the bathroom is in any major store you visit.

2. Your car has more seatbelts than windows.

3. Your grocery budget is higher than your house payment.

4. You do most of your thinking and praying in the bathroom.

5. Creative decorating means lots of bookshelves and bunkbeds.

6. You no longer carry a purse, but use the diaper bag instead.

7. Your idea of good commercial building design means a comfy mother's lounge.

8. You constantly find yourself marveling how short the time is between birth and toddling, birth and schoolage, birth and graduation, etc.

9. Even your two year old knows that they must hold someone's hand in the grocery store.

10. You have a routine for stopping pacifiers, toilet training, cup training, and every childhood “phase”.

11. You have at least three witty replies to "Are they all yours?"

12. You just really wish people would not think they were clever for saying, "Don't you know what causes that?"

13. You have forgotten how many times you have been asked, "Are you Mormon or Catholic?"

14. You are still afraid to tell your husband how many more kids you want!

15. Your food storage takes up more room than your entire kitchen... And that is just for this week!

16. You have so much laundry that when you finally get to the bottom of the pile, it's actually stuck to the floor!

17. You spend a lot of time at church in the foyer or mother’s lounge, wondering why you can’t just stay home and listen to the baby fuss there!

18. You spend more money on diapers each month than you do on entertainment!

19. You instantly sympathize with any woman who is obviously pregnant in the middle of summer.

20. You are up to double digits in years that you have spent with a baby attached to you in one way or another!

21. Taking the kids grocery shopping with you makes you feel like a mother duck.

22. You hate carpools because you know who is going to get stuck doing the driving.

23. When you see photos of castles and grand mansions, all you can think is how many bedrooms it has (YES!), and how much space all those other rooms provide for the kids to mess up (NO WAY!).

24. You know that every time you move the couch or couch cushions, you will find Cheerios under them.... Even if you have not had Cheerios in the house!

25. You know the “law of crumbs”. “Any food item that will crumble will produce twice its own weight in crumbs.”

26. You know by experience that paint NEVER dries until it has been spread around in all the places you did NOT want it to be.

27. You know what to use to remove lipstick, shortening, and indelible marker from any surface.

28. You know how to get smashed raisins out of a carpet, and how to get bubblegum out of hair, and so do all your older kids.

29. You are certain one of your kids is sneaking rolls of toilet paper out of the house and selling them because you know there is no way they could be using that much of it, even if there ARE a lot of bottoms in your house.

30. When you go to order fast food, you order 6 hamburgers, one with ketchup only, one plain, one with no pickles or onions, two with no pickles, onions or mustard, and one with nothing but cheese, plus one fish sandwich, one chicken sandwich, one large hamburger, and one large hamburger with bacon. You then have to repeat yourself three times so the person at the window can get it right.

31. When your kids are learning a foreign language, you wonder how it is that they can find the words to insult each other faster than they can find the words to say “I'm sorry.”

32. If two kids bring home identical toys from their kid's meal, you know you have to put names on them first thing, or they will fight over whose is whose, even if both of them have one in their hand.

33. You spend a lot of time looking at the little kids, urging them on to the next step, while still wishing they could stay little just a bit longer.

34. You have a full baby book for your first two children, half of one for the next one, and nearly empty baby books or none at all for the later ones.

35. When the many-times-handed down clothing is finally too worn out to hand down again, you still have a hard time letting it go because it has so many good memories attached.

36. You don't have a wardrobe of “fat clothes” and “skinny clothes”. You have "regular clothes”, “pregnant clothes”, and “nursing clothes”.

37. When a child outgrows something, you put it away in a box in the closet or garage, even if you don't have a younger child of that gender, because you just know you are going to need it eventually!

38. Your idea of a great dining set is one that has lots of expansion leaves. When you see a corporate boardroom on TV, all you can think is what a great dining table the conference table would make.

39. You can list at least three different technological advances in diaper design which you, personally, have used on your kids.

40. You have at least one specialized medical skill because at least one of your kids has some kind of potentially risky condition which you deal with.

41. You sometimes wonder how it is that other moms get really nice gifts for holidays, and you end up with 6 pieces of cardboard with “I love you Mom your the best.” written on it in crooked writing. And you have a box in your closet that you put them in.

42. You cook dinner in pots large enough to bathe a baby in, and frequently lament over the insufficient size of convenience appliances like mixers, waffle irons, and crock pots – and you compromise by owning two of each.

43. Your car is large enough to hold the entire family, but if you go camping, you have to rent a trailer just to hold all the camping equipment.

44. You can't believe with the size of the larger RVs out there that they couldn't fit more beds into at least ONE of them, and you really wish they'd design one with two bathrooms!

45. If you see a home design with a Master Retreat room, you think what a great nursery it would make.

46. You can quote entire pages from Dr. Seuss without having to pause to think about it, and can sing any number of Raffi or Disney songs from memory.

47. You can think of more than three great Christmas gifts for a child of any age... Because you always have a child close to the age in question!

48. You have at least one story stored up for each of your kids which is guaranteed to embarrass them if you recount it in public.

49. You know, and are thankful, that when they get too old to send to their rooms, that possession of the car keys gives you the ultimate power!

50. When the first two kids move out, you can't believe how much smaller your family feels.

51. You think that a mini-van is just too small to be a practical family car - but you wish they'd make a shopping cart about that size!

52. Getting the whole family to fit into the Wal-Mart photo booth, and then getting a picture when nobody is crying, making bunny ears, blinking, or sticking their finger in their nose is a major triumph!

53. Your stretchmarks might better be described as "pleats".

54. Your kids don't need as many toys, because they always have someone to play with.

55. Other people dream of buying a Porche or other sports car, but all you can think is that it wouldn't be good for anything because it is not cheap enough for your husband to commute in, and it doesn't have enough seats for the family, and there's no WAY you are going to let your teenager drive that!

Written by Laura Wheeler~

Friday, October 26, 2007

Peanut Butter Cups solve everything

Ok,they are my ALL time faves,I'm not a big candy person but I can't turn one down.
My youngest had never had one before today,(I'm not sure how he's survived 18 months without one but anyway)My middle girlie brought some little ones home from a halloween thingy at school yesterday so I gave them all 1 today.He just kept looking at me and holding his little cute hands up so I gave it to him.He's not been feeling well and been awfully cranky this last week but boy he perked up after this!
I knew it all along,they really do work miracles.

the 1st PB cup

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Chicken soup please?

Well,I'm sick,I've been fighting it for days hoping I would get better on my own but I finally broke down and went to the Dr today.I've had a cough,sore throat,congestion,fever,etc etc He said I have bronchitis and a slight case of Pneumonia and gave me a shot of anti-biotic and a prescription to take for the next 2 weeks.I have pretty much zero energy and every muscle in my body is aching right now.
These are the times that I wish I could put on my robe and get in bed with some hot tea and rest,but that's not likely to happen.If I tried to get in the bed it would be less than 5 minutes before I had at least 2-3 kiddies in there with me stealing my pillows and forcing me to watch spongebob.

LOL ;o)

Amy --

Visually addictive
'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My new yard decor

Yep,that's right folks,this is the ghoulish scene I awoke to this fine Sunday morning.The trees,the bushes,they spared nothing.Lovely isn't it?

Get this,not only were we lavished in TP but are you ready for this....we were also PLASTIC-WARED!!!They actually took boxes of plastic spoons and forks and stuck them in the yard,all upright in rows.It reminded me of a little utensil graveyard.I'm tellin ya,teenagers these days are creative!I haven't gotten upset about this really due to the fact that I myself partook in a TP adventure a time or two in my day,but shoot it was nothing like this.
In fact at 1st glance I assumed that this was the handywork of my teen sons male friends but upon closer inspection I'm inclined to believe this could be the work of (GASP) GIRLS! He and the friend that stayed over last night were gabbing on the phone with the 2 females that live within walking distance of our house,also the detail and time that was put into this TP job,it was meticulous almost DECORATIVE!
The way they draped and layered,the strategic placement of the empty cardboard rolls,no 14 year old male would have been capable of this display.Not to mention that inspiring use of plastic-ware,truly amazing.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Autumn at the Pink House

I am loving this chilly weather,it's pretty dreary and dark out today but fall is definitely here! There are festivals all over this weekend and I'm hoping the sun will come out at least.What a wonderful weekend it would be for the pumpkin patch!

Monday, October 8, 2007

I have surely died and gone to fried food heaven

One of my friends was telling me the other day about ordering fried mac n cheese at a fave restauraunt and it sounded too good to be true.(drool drool)I haven't been able to get that heavenly vision out of my mind. I think I've actually seen it on a menu before but never tried it.I decided to look it up on the food network site and came up with this.......
Holy cow,could we get any better than PAULA DEENS fried mac n cheese!!!!!!!!!
I'm going to have to try this,it's not something I would eat often and I'm pretty sure 1-2 pieces would put you over the reccomended daily fat-intake for humans but hey,we only live once right!!!??

Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Peanut oil, for frying
1 recipe "The Lady's Cheesy Mac" prepared, chilled in the refrigerator overnight, and cut into 15 bite-sized squares, recipe follows
Flour, for dredging
1 egg, beaten
Plain bread crumbs, for dredging

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.
Dredge each Cheesy Mac square in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs to coat. Fry for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.

"The Lady's Cheesy Mac":
4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained
2 cups grated Cheddar
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot, add the Cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese, if desired.

I would love to take a walk down this road,wonder where it would lead me?


Sunday, October 7, 2007

What the heck?

Isn't it October people?? Geez Looweez it's hot here! I don't like it,not one little bit.I'm waiting patiently for the crisp chilly fall air that should be coming by now,they say it's on it's way by the middle of the week.It better be!
Well,today I've been doing some heavy duty cleaning that I know my back will be sorry for tomorrow morning but I can't look at all the mess and kid grime any longer.
The baseboards and floors,etc etc etc It never ends around here.
There was one job that's been facing me for months and I finally got it done today.I'd been using my dining room table for a catch-all since around February and it was loaded up,I couldn't even make out the tablecloth on it anymore. I cleared it all off,put it all where it should be and did it up for fall/thanksgiving.I'll post a pic when I get it a little more prettied up.I'm sooooo happy to get that done,I had been avoiding that for as long as possible.
I got another couple pumpkins from our garden,that makes 8 in total!WOW! I'm amazed.
The raccoons and deer gobbled all the corn tho,I got one ear out of all that I planted.Oh well.I know I planted beans too,hmmmm wonder what became of those???
It's spaghetti night here and I'm looking forward to 2 of my fave shows,"Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters",LOVE them!
No school tomorrow so I'm not even going to fret about baths and homework tonight.
Maybe I'll turn the air on really low and make some hot chocolate,I can dream can't I??!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Make your own pizza night!

I try to let the kids do this every couple weeks and they LOVE it!I think they enjoy making them more than eating them.Sometimes we use pizza crusts,other times english muffins or even those flat pitas work well too.I'm amazed at the interesting topping combos they come up with.My youngest girlie insisted she wanted fruit snacks and mushrooms on hers but we just went with mushrooms in the end.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We all probably know someone,a friend or family member (or perhaps even yourself) that has been touched in some way by this.
I know a few survivors myself and one of them is someone very ,very close to me.
I had a lump several years ago and thankfully turned out to be nothing but back then(9 years ago)we weren't as vigilant as we are now.I thought for sure it was a death sentence,now I know that it doesn't have to be.
One of the wonderful ladies blogs that I visit is fighting right now,I've found her posts very encouraging and she shows strength that I'm not sure I could.
In honor of the month and all the courageous women who have fought or are presently fighting,I have so much admiration and respect for all of you.
Please click this link,every time we do more money is raised for mammograms.

This time last year some of my wonderful family and I attended a "Horizon of Hope" luncheon at The Longaberger Homestead,it was amazing.There was a woman speaking who was also a survivor and I learned so much that day.I thought I knew alot about it but we can always learn and know more.
Be aware
Be informed
Do your self exams!
Have the mammogram

Hello October

Well,I'm still here,it's been a bit crazy around here lately.I won't go into all of it but I'm hoping and praying that things calm down soon.I need them to.
I so love this time of year but it's been difficult for me to really "get into it" so far.I'm decorating the house for Halloween but I'm usually done by now,just not as motivated as I've been in the past.I know I still have a little time and I'm really trying.I've always adored Autumn but never was a huge fan of Halloween itself till I had kids.I think they look forward to it just about as much as they do Christmas!
The costume debates go on for weeks,they love decorating and the spookier the better.The pumpkin carving is huge and the night before Trick or Treat night I doubt they even sleep.I've really learned to enjoy it so much more over the years.
I've gotten several new magazines in the mail and I just love the fall/halloween issues!I have found a few recipes that I want to try,one for pumpkin rice krispie treats that will be going to the school "fall party".
Here it is,they just look too cute!

3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 (10 ounce) package marshmallows (about 40), or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kelloggs Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 tsp. orange food coloring PLUS 10 extra drops

You will need:
Pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to make the pumpkin shape

For the Stems:
Green apple licorice (about 4 1/2, cut into 1-inch stems)

1. Melt margarine or butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add the rice krispie cereal and orange food coloring. Stir until well coated.

3. Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated well with cooking spray. Using the pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, cut out treats. Let treats cool and place the green apple licorice pieces on top for the stems. Enjoy.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Miss me?

I'm experiencing a blog-drought.
Have no fear I'll be back.;o)