Olley Olley Oxen Free

23 12 2008

Hello??? Colleen??? Come out, come out wherever you are!!

Hi all, just wanted to let everyone who might be wondering know that¬†Colleen’s internet has been down because of the bad ice storms on the East Coast

I miss her fun posts, but she’ll be back soon ūüôā In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!



Decorating Cookies

18 12 2008

We had fun decorating Christmas cookies yesterday with the kids. cimg4855 cimg4861

Some tips to make it go easier with toddlers…

1.  Tape a sheet of waxed paper down and tell the kids to keep all the decorating on the paper
2.¬† Roll out and bake the cookies the day before so you’re not too tired to keep up with the kids
3. Limit the number of different decorations available- better yet, just mix them all together in one big bowl (green sugar, red sugar, choc. chips, coconut, raisins, sprinkles, etc)
4. Keep each kid’s cookies separate as other people might not want to eat ones that have been licked
5. Don’t let the kids eat the green/red sugar with a spoon
6. Try not to eat all the broken pieces- send them to relatives, they’re going to get broken in the mail anyway
7. Enjoy this moment of relaxing with the kids and not worrying about the mess they’re making.¬† And take pictures!

I’m not ready!

15 12 2008

My two year old learned a new word today:¬† “WHY?”


Congratulations Major!

13 12 2008

Recently my husband was promoted to Major in the Alaska Air National Guard.  His pinning on ceremony was held on November 24.  It was small, but very nice.  The General spoke very highly of him and had some very nice remarks about our family.   Here are a few pictures I wanted to share. 






maj11kwOf course, as my sister pointed out by showing me this shirt, I get a promotion to!¬† I’m¬†going to be known as¬†“Major Mom” now!¬†

I am so proud of my husband and am happy he gets the recognition he deserves for all the hard work he does.  And I appreciate all he does for our family and of course our country.

Congratulations honey!  We love you!

Happy Birthday Little G

13 12 2008

Made it myself!!

Well this is a little late I know, but I wanted to post some pictures for you all to see.  Our little boy celebrated his one year birthday November 22!

It’s hard to believe a year has already past.¬† We had a bunch of our friends over for sloppy joes,¬†brats and cake (a fire engine cake for the kids and a whiskey cake for the adults- hey it’s just as much a celebration for the parents as it is for the baby!).¬† Of course I over estimated how much cake people eat.¬† This, in addition to the cake we have from my husband’s promotion ceremony, means we are going to be eating cake for a very very long time!


Concentrating hard on his first taste of cake

My little boy is growing so fast.¬† I knew to expect it, but for some reason it seems faster the second time around.¬† (And it’s not only because he’s almost 29 pounds!)¬† Maybe it’s because my attention is more divided than before, or maybe because it’s easier to deal with each phase¬†he’s going through.¬† Either way, every day I look at him and see him becoming more of a toddler and less of a baby.¬†


Thanks Mom for the impulse purchase!

We are so blessed to have him as part of our family.¬† He is the happiest baby I’ve ever seen, always smiling and giggling.¬† He can walk pretty well now, and has started to even run, especially after his older brother.¬† It’s fun pretending to chase him because he runs away and giggles so much he falls down!¬† There is a lot of babbling, but no distinct words yet, although he does know the sign for milk.¬†


Hello again

7 12 2008

It’s been a long time since I’ve really¬†posted, I know. I may have to reintroduce myself if I wait any longer ūüôā First our computer was acting up.¬† And then last week was just crazy with the baby’s surgery.¬†

For those who don’t know, last Thursday my little one had his cleft palate repaired.¬† They¬†kept him overnight¬†in the hospital but we got home Friday afternoon and he’s almost back to his normal self.¬† He’s also almost off all pain medication.¬† The surgery went well.¬† We’re seeing the surgeon tomorrow¬†for his first checkup.¬† Now the hard¬†part will be keeping his arm braces on him so he won’t stick anything in his mouth.¬† He¬†quickly figured out¬†how to take them off!¬†

Now it’s on to getting ready for Christmas.¬† This year is going to be simple gifts for people.¬† I have a million ideas of things I’d like to make for people and I torture myself by getting more craft books out of the library (and going to craft shows).¬† That just gives me more ideas!¬† I’m hoping to carve some time out for myself next week to get some of them done!¬†

Hopefully I’ll find some more time to post now that this surgery is out of the way.¬† Christmas baking is coming!!!¬† My favorite time of year!!!

Britax Car Seat

7 12 2008

Still trying to find a quiet moment to blog & get used to the new wordpress dashboard. In the meantime, why not visit Baby Cheapskate and see how you can save a little $ on the little ones. There are some neat giveaways there too!


Meal Plan Monday- AK

1 12 2008

Welcome to the holiday season!¬† I know we’ve been seeing Christmas decor in all the stores and hearing songs starting on the radio, but I see Advent as the official start.¬† We inherited a fake tree from a friend this year so we put that up Saturday night.¬† I used to abhor fake trees, but real ones cost over $40 these days, and they die in a week or so.¬† I’m liking ours already!

This week’s menu is simple because I won’t have a lot of time between doctor’s appointments and the baby’s surgery on Thursday.¬† It started snowing a lot more recently too, so I think this calls for a little comfort food (maybe lighter versions to make up for all the eating we did this past weekend!!)

Monday- lasagna casserole (from my freezer), garlic toast, salad
Tuesday- soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese
Wednesday- Crockpot Indonesion Chicken, broccoli, rice
Thursday- leftovers or whatever we can scrounge up (maybe leftover cake!?)
Friday- pizza
Saturday- something salmon (side note:¬† I need to find a new salmon recipe… we have enough salmon to eat every week, that wouldn’t be so bad if every time I made it we didn’t have to eat it for leftovers twice too!)
Sunday- Greek feta burgers and steak fries (both Cooking Light recipes)

If you’re not too full from your own Thanksgiving dinner, check out more meal plans at I’m an Org Junkie.