Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Conversation with the Kiddos

Conversation with the kids:

Keaton: Did you know that the moon is made out of CHEESE!?

Me: Did Daddy tell you that?

Keaton: No, I am just smart! I know these things!

This prompts Camden to look up at the moon....

Camden: (GASP) The moon is BROKEN!!!

This prompts quite the conversation about what could have happened to the moon.

Daddy said that someone took a bite out of it.

Tiana's idea was that a huge fire ball hit it and broke it in half.

We mentioned that the Sun was made of fire.

Keaton: Now that is just ridiculous!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Quality time with my Sewing Machine

I have always enjoyed working with knit but haven't done much for my boys.  I have been on the lookout for some cute boy knits though and have found a few!  This one I used to make a shirt for Camden using the LBB Hoodie Pattern.  I love how easy the pattern was and it went together so well!  By the way, if you are ever needing an inspiring story just read a bit of her blog... she is going through so much and maintains such a positive outlook.... seriously inspiring! The Cancer Chronicles on the left hand side will pull up all of her posts about her journey these past few months.
Anyways, I used orange and cream t-shirts out of our "rescued from goodwill" pile for the hood and the pocket.

 My knitting has been going great.  The first washcloth on the left had a few problems and is far from perfect but hey... it is just a rag after all!  The next two look great and I love them.  I am over halfway through my forth and learning a new technique.  I love knitting for being able to pick it up for a few minutes here and there.

Love these two!
 This isn't any new sewing but I wanted to get a photo of her in her ruffle pants with better lighting.  This is one of my favorite outfits on her!

 New shirt!  I used the Oliver+S Class picnic blouse pattern.  It is a quick sew and is very cute on.  I can't say enough about Oliver+S patterns.  The construction is amazing... hands down the best patterns out there!  I really should admit though that this should have been a lot faster... I sewed for 15 minutes one morning and UN-sewed for an HOUR!!!  Note to self: read the directions... even if you feel confident with the construction.  Oh well got that all done, she wore it to Wednesday night meeting and got home... I was hanging it up and I noticed two holes in it!!!!  SERIOUSLY!!!!  She was laying with Izzy on her mat and Izzy's teeth must have caught on the back!  SO... I spent another hour making flowers out of some knit that matched perfectly.  Luckily the front and back of the shirt don't have a huge difference so I was able to turn it around and salvage her brand new shirt that I just spent WAY too much time on!  Needless to say, I have used this pattern again since and whipped out a shirt (in knit no less) in an hour.  Fabric, by the way, is Amy Butler scraps that I had leftover from a bag I made a while ago!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicken Strips Milano

Another recipe that was a hit with the kids and us!
Chicken Strips Milano
sinple&delicious Dec-Jan 2012

12 oz. linguine (or pasta)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
4 1/2 tsp olive oil plus 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
3/4 tsp dried parsley flakes
3/4 tsp pepper, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into strips

Cook Noodles.  Meanwhile saute garlic in 4/12 tsp oil for 1 min or until tender.  Stir in parsley and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Remove to a small bowl and set aside

Combine flour, basil, salt and remaining pepper in a shallow bowl.  Whisk eggs in another bowl.  Dredge chicken strips in floer mixture then dip in eggs.

Cook chicken in remaining  oil over medium0high heat in same skillet for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink.

Drain noodles; place on a serving platter.  Pour garlic mixture over and toss to coat; top with chicken.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

FINALLY some snow!

We have had a week of lazy days with sick kids!  Keaton actually got a cold for the first time in a VERY long time!  He spent quite a few mornings cuddled up with Izzy in the sunshine.

Camden has been really cranky lately (today he got the cold that the other kids had which explains that).  He wanted to cuddle in the morning and I had to finish getting breakfast ready so he cuddled with Keaton!
 Today we finally got some snow to play in!!  The kids were so excited!
It is so nice that Tiana is old enough to not get upset with a snowball fight but try to get even!

A wet but happy puppy.  She ran around all day in the snow, not even taking a break to eat!

And my favorite photo from the day:

Tiana was looking at the tiny piece of snow hanging from her hat!!  It was making her go cross eyed!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


We hear "follow me" when he doesn't want you to just listen but to show you something.
He always asks, "Why because?"  I think we use "because" as an answer too much to all his "why" questions!  Yes we are getting "but why" and "its not fair" from our TWO year old!!
He is always saying "Guess what" and "that was close!"
He tells us 20 times a day "Watch this game" and then proceeds in doing something funny.
If one of his siblings makes him mad you will hear "You not my friend!". (Yes we are working on that one!)
Sandwiches are "Samich"
He "wubs" us.
He will tell anyone who will listen about his birthday that is in a long time and that he is 2, Keaton is 5, Tiana is 3.  He also adds that on his next birthday he will be 3!
He is always reminding us that "I's a big boy" UNLESS he doesn't want to do something and then it is "I's NOT a big boy".
He is now wanting to go potty all by himself... without any help to make sure that he actually gets everything IN the potty!!!  He is BARELY tall enough to do this... makes life interesting!
When he is wrong about something he just adds "Just kidding" as a response... just to make sure we knew that he knew what he was talking about.
He gets himself dressed now with no problems... we just have to lay out his clothes.
He will dip ANYTHING in Catsup or Ranch.
He loves anything spicy.... in fact a favorite is "spicy Catsup" aka salsa!
He is tracing letters now on his Leapster Explorer!!
Favorite color is Green.
He talks very clearly but he also talks VERY fast and ALL THE TIME!  He makes up his own songs and talks to everybody and nobody!  He also is VERY random so I feel like my main job is a translator.  For example... monkeys were mentioned off hand and here is what Camden says "Monkeys, jammies, Nana got em, fire truck ones, like the song, listen to me Mom, listen, FIRETRUCK FIRETRUCK, I wanna ride in a firetruck...(song continues).."  This sentence is all said in one breath with no pauses in between!  I happen to know that Nana got him monkey and firetruck pj's and he loves a firetruck song so it all made perfect sense... however to those sitting around... they were LOST!
And he is very much still a cuddle bug which this Mommy loves!!

A Few New Projects

I used the Silhouette again to make Camden a scooter shirt.  I knew as soon as I saw this stripe at Old Navy what I wanted to do.  The other fabrics were from old T-shirts.

Daddy finished Izzy's dog house and we got it moved around onto the porch.  She LOVES it!!

A few of the Angry Birds we made using this tutorial.

Our bunch.  We made twice this many and Mark and Kyla have a set.  They have been played with every day for hours on end.  They were worth all the time it took to make them.

Goofy puppy... as soon as anyone walks anywere close by her mat, she rolls over with hopes that she will get a tummy rub!
 Tiana didn't have a BSU sweatshirt that fit her and I had one in my closet that I wasn't wearing any more... so I cut it up and made it smaller!!!  I used this pattern which I LOVED!  So easy and fast!

It fits her great and she loves it.  She loves that it used to by Mommy's!

When Daddy was home this weekend they set up the Angry Birds and actually played a couple levels!

Christmas Break

We went to New Meadows during Christmas for a relaxing week.  They didn't have enough snow to ski so we passed our time playing games, ice skating and eating!
Opening one present before Christmas!

I love Tiana's expressions when she opens presents!

Nana made them pj pants and robes!  They are very much loved!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some vinyl to add the dino's to the shirt.

There was just enough snow for the kids and puppies to enjoy.

Izzie wasn't used to the snow so her feet kept getting cold.  After the first day of course she got used to it and loved it!

Talya and Auntie Kyla.

Christmas!  These kids are so spoiled... getting gifts from Nana and Papa, and their uncles and Auntie Kyla

Cute new hats from Auntie Kyla and Uncle Mark.

Playing a new game and playing with Moon Dough!

Meanwhile we were in the middle of making LOTS of Angry Birds!!!

Tiana wanted to go ice skating and since the ski mountain was closed it made the perfect thing to do.

This little guy just HAD to ice skate too!!

The kids LOVED it!

This is the way that it was most of time... Camden hanging on and not even trying to stand up!  He loved it though!

Keaton trying to skate by himself!

 After New Meadows we went to Grammy and Poppy's house for a couple days.  Not many photos but we had some VERY dirty puppies!!!

 We made it home to go to the BSU game and then had Jace, Lily, and Troy over for New Year Eve.

At about 9 we counted down, yelled Happy New Year, and then put the kids to bed!!!  They all went to sleep great and we got to stay up and play games!  So much fun.