Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Disney is offering full-length movie streams to Web viewers following their original showing on Saturday night. Right now it is "Peter Pan." It looks like we might be to the end of this run (darn it) - so sorry I didn't learn about this/bring this info to you sooner! But if I know Disney, they'll be more Disney goodness to come on Disney XD in the near future!
1. Click on this link: http://disney.go.com/dxd/index.html?channel=66142
2. Wait for "Disney XD" to load (the numbers will change to 100%)
3. Click on "The Wonderful World of Disney" small window on the left-hand side to see the schedule of movies playing on TV. The movies will play on the website for a full week starting sometime after the movie plays on TV.
4. The movie will start playing now, after about 1 minute of advertisements/promos.
5. You have the option to watch it full-screen (no ads).
Monday, July 28, 2008
Yesterday (7/27/08), Grant reached the ten-month mark. Wow. Over the last month he's gone from soft, cuddly, Mommy-adoring baby to a more independent (NO!), ACTIVE, loud, wild man (who still adores his Mommy - yeah).
He giggles and plays and antagonizes (if you can believe it) his big sister Lauren. He eats anything and everything, including non-food items. He has two more teeth through the gums. For those of you keeping track - that makes four teeth. Two up/two down.
We've begun telling him "NO!" and he totally gets it....but turns when you say it and gives you a devilish grin. Oh - what a stinker! He pulls to a stand, kneels, crawls like a mad man, bounces like nobody's business, pulls hair, kisses, hits, drops toys over the edge of his saucer and/or high chair ON PURPOSE, voices verbal complaints when he's unhappy, still takes a bottle 3-4 times a day, hates afternoon naps (Lord help me on this one!), and gets up way too early in the morning.
He still patty-cakes and claps but now also gives the baby kiss, waves and says "Bye-bye!" He also takes his hand and plays with his lips while making sound (not sure what that is called). He refuses the "so-big" trick so far...and isn't interested in walking - he'd rather get down and move FAST. He DOES walk around furniture though - usually across the couch. He loves batting a ball around the floor, loves dumping the toys out of baskets/bins...he doesn't play with them...just enjoys the loud and messy dumping out part. (great). It is funny to watch him turn from baby to BOY....and I mean all-boy. Loud, gutteral, physical, etc. Sterotypical, I know...but so true!
He's so different than the girls were....but also perfect in his own sweet way. The year is flying by...as experience has told me to expect...but still it happens way too fast. I'm making every effort to just enjoy today and to look forward to what tomorrow brings. Grant - you make me soooooo happy and I'm so happy to be your Mommy.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The worst part is that is her thumb-sucking thumb...so now she's trying to suck her right thumb and twirl her hair with her left hand....and it isn't working out and she's miserable. Now I know she's going to be 3 and that it is probably time to break her of the thumb-sucking habit anyway....but this is just sad.
I also HAVE to catch up with a few friends whom I've neglected (LISA!!!) - but I can't seem to find the time to even send an e-mail off.
Ok - off to start something - anything. Wish me luck!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Anyway, some of the people I met with last night have retired, some were also interns that went on to work there full-time and some have just moved on. I haven't seen most of them in years, yet I consider each one a dear friend.
I spent most of the day thinking of all the reasons I couldn't go. They included:
1. All of the house projects that aren't done.
2. All of the laundry that isn't done.
3. I could barely hold my eyes open by 5 p.m. - the kids, plus not much sleep, plus items 1 & 2 above WEAR ME OUT!
4. Bailey & Mark would have to miss their guitar lesson
5. And other random excuses.
Well, I talked myself into getting ready and going...and you know what? I wasn't 5 minutes down the road and I was already feeling energized. Now everyone knows that it makes sense to get out of the house now and then...away from the kids....but why is that so hard? No one is telling me I can't....but yet I feel like I shouldn't. What is wrong with me? I had an awesome time and want to do it again...hopefully next time I won't have an internal battle about whether or not I should go.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I'm also hoping to find time today to do some touch-up painting in the dining room and basement. Last night I finished applying KILZ to the unfinished-ish room in the basement. What a difference a little white makes!
I also need to do some laundry, plan some meals, take Bailey to turn in cans (she can't wait - not) and find my kitchen counters (AGAIN!).
Sorry no pictures yet today - but thank you for reading til the end of the post! (who did...anyone?)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
While watching the new H.S. Musical contest where they are looking for kids across the country to star in something H.S. Musical - or something like that....Bailey heard a song performed that she loved. She quickly printed a chord sheet and set off to her room to learn it. Within an hour she had it worked out! This time I asked her permission to record her...and she said YES!
I'm so proud of her - to be able to play guitar and sing will be something she can use throughout her life no matter what she does in the future career-wise. Her determination is amazing. This was the same determination that caused me to pull my hair out when she was 3....maybe it WILL pay off! =-) (hoping, as Lauren is the SAME WAY and fast approaching 3).
Anyway, here's my girl....singing "Leave the Pieces" by The Wreckers
Friday, July 18, 2008
I'm pretty sure Overwhelmed is a very close relative to depression. I wonder if he needs a visit from Uncle Prozac? Probably not - I think he'd rather see Aunt Cleaning Lady, brother handyman and Grandma & Grandpa realtor and home stager stop by for a visit. That would probably do it.
In all seriousness, I'm just sick to death of getting the house ready. It seems other people just decide to list - then list. They stick a sign in their yard, sell and move on. We, on the other hand, although making significant progress/improvements....we just can't ever seem to get all the way there. It is frustrating and overwhelming.
Stay tuned - I'm praying we can get this thing listed before school starts...which, by the way....4 weeks away. It isn't because I hate this house - not at all! I'm just absolutely in a funk about not being able to "settle" anywhere. I've lived here going on 4 years....3/4 of which has been shuffling things from room to room or getting ready to sell. I just want to feel like I can LIVE in our home. If I buy something decorative - I want to know that it will stay there until I want to move it...not because we need to move it so it will show better. You get me? This isn't anyone's fault, this feeling I"m having...it just is what it is. Anyway - enough whining - it's FRIDAY!
On my list today to contribute toward our goals:
* Re-hang stair rail to upstairs and reaffix light switch plates I took down when I painted
* Measure/Shop for new stair runner carpet for basement stairs
* Buy a ton of sponge brushes to repaint floor boards in the entire !#$^% house
* Mop laundry room floor (yeah, right...as if the laundry will EVER be off the floor so I can mop that room.....do we even own a mop? Swiffer-ing counts, right?)
* Call carpet place for measuring/install estimate (its either that or an allowance and I think maybe replacing it would work more to our advantage - someday when we call a realtor we'll know I guess)
* And of course the usual....laundry, picking up toys, loading/unloading dishwasher, etc. And, as usual...I won't have time to do any of this because...well...have YOU tried to get anything done with a 2-yr-old and a 9-month old around?
Man - I'm annoying this morning, aren't I? Just ignore me and carry on.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
And Lauren? WILD WOMAN! She's just all sorts of activity this morning. She couldn't even sit still to eat her waffle (her favorite!). And when I dropped her off at school she told the teacher "I told my Mom my tummy hurts." (Great. She DID....but she is NOT sick...she is hungry because she couldn't sit still to eat her waffle!).
I think it is going to be a long day.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Last night we had this:
Corn Bread Chicken
1 package (8 1/2 oz) corn bread/muffin mix ( I used a box from Aldi)
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1 cup milk
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 T. vegetable oil
In a large Ziploc, combine corn bread mix and salad dressing mix. Pour milk into a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in milk, then place in bag and shake to coat. In a alrge skillet over med-high heat, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Cook, uncovered, over med. heat for 6-7 min. per side or until juices run clear. Dee-lish!
Next time I'm going to try to bake it instead - a little healthier and hopefully equally yummy.
Next up - tonight's meal:
Mozzarella Beef Roll-Ups
1 lb. ground beef
1 med. green pepper, chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce
28 slices pepperoni (I didn't use this many - and I quartered them for smaller pieces)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
6 flour tortillas (10 inches), warmed
6 pieces (1 oz. ea.) string cheese
In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the pizza sauce, pepperoni and oregano.
Spoon about 1/2 cup beef mixture off-center on each tortilla; top with a piece of string cheese. Fold one side of ea. tortilla over filling and roll up from the opposite side. Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 10 min. or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Next time I'm going to try it w/ground turkey breast to healthy it up a bit.
Try 'em! You'll like it!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
2. Here we have a nice shot of a mid-70's rear windshield....aka bed-in-motion. We LAID on that little shelf thingy right in the rear window.....while the car was moving! Yeah - that was safe.
4. Maybe this was a "boy" toy...but I had one....and I LOVED it! I especially loved that little puff of smoke with each pull of the trigger. Not TECHNICALLY fire...but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the safest toy option out there.
So - here we are - 20/30 years later....we made it. Please post a comment telling me some of YOUR 70's/80's dangerous toys/practices/etc.