Hello my loves. Hope everyone is well. I’ve been a bit busy. Hubby was in the field for three weeks, he’s home again. WHOO HOO!!! A friend and I had been going to this gym on base, the “mommy gym” is what it’s known as. It’s pretty much awesome! Has all the basic equipment in one half of the room and the other half (seperated by a fence/baby gate) is a crapload of toys and books and a slide and cartoons for the kids to keep occupied! In other news, today the hubby and I decided to get our daughter (who is about to turn two) a puppy!! She is puppy crazed and when I showed her the picture, she said “*gasp* MINE!! puppy!! mom!! Its puppy!!! MINE!!” So yea, I think when she wakes up from her nap she will be SUPER excited!! Her name is Neeko. She’s 5/6 months old. A little lab and spinger mix. (isn’t that a weird combo?!?) She looks straight up lab. She is just so cute and so sweet and she has worn my son out in the whole hourish that she’s been here!! Haha. Weather news:: IT’S FREAKIN COLD!!!! Ok, so seriously…. today is high of 32 and low of 18, so it’s not THAT cold yet but it’s getting there!! I snapped this photo the other day!! Crazy huh?!?! It’s *warmed* up some so most of the snow has melted, but give it a few more days and we’ll all be buried in it.
Today is my friend, Jenn’s (she is also currently hosting a giveaway, check it out) 25th bday. Her present came yesterday (and perfect timing too, cuz she was having a craptastic kind of day). But seriously, who doesn’t love forever21?!
This has also been a very busy week for our mailbox! Yes, our mailbox!! My friend, Kadi sent my kiddies some goodies!! These pics show their newest outfits! Super cute huh?! My son also got a little Percy the train flashlist and my daughter got a Kiss me elmo (or MELMO as she calls him). My friend, Kayla sent some goodies for em, I got lots of SWAPSTYLE stuff. (Click it if you don’t know what it is! It’s FABULOUS!)
And tonight I am making another version of the “what’s in my kitchen” soup! Mmmm!! It smells AMAZING already!! Let’s just hope my husband LOVES it as much as I do!! He really doesn’t much care for when I “create” recipes. (And trust me, he has GOOD reason to feel this way. I’ve made a few NASTY creations. Hahaha)
Have you ever made a recipe flop?! Or created your own something wonderful?! Do tell. 🙂
It was lunchtime. We were hungry. I thought, “oh crap…what am I going to feed us?!” It’s right before payday, we didn’t do much grocery shopping last payday and now we have random stuff left in the kitchen…. It’s cold outside, I MADE SOUP!
I had some: Celery Broccoli Carrots Potatoes (canned) Green beans (canned) Cheddar cheese (slices) Fire roasted tomatoes (canned) Salt/pepper Garlic (powder) Cream of chicken (1 can) Chicken broth (can) Water (add as desired)
Ok… So thinking a bit, I poured the chicken broth into a pot, chopped up the celery and carrots. (they need to cook a bit longer to soften up)….. I brought them to a boil, then added the potatoes, the green beans, the tomatoes, the cream of chicken, added some salt and pepper and garlic, let it all cook up for a bit, added the broccoli… then ripped up my cheese slices and melted them into the soup. Added some soup to the bowls, and melted a bit more cheese, I was REALLY hesitant to eat this but OH HOLY CRAP…. it is AMAZING!! Even my son is scarfing it down!! MY VERY PICKY SON!! YAY! I’m on my second bowl now. Yum yum!!
I’m not sure what’s come over me, but I am simply exhausted. I got plenty of sleep, woke up and made breakfast, downed some coffee and still just have no desire to do much of ANYTHING. I’m going to blame the weather. According to my phone app, it is currently 31 degrees outside. (Earlier it said 29, so YAY!?) High of 45, low of 19. Winter is coming to Alaska. Honestly, I’m pretty excited for the snow. (not the NEGATIVE weather, just the snow). Last year we didn’t do much outside, mostly because I wasn’t used to it and because my daughter was still too young to enjoy it. My son LOVED it! He begged daily to go play in it. But this year, we’re GOING to play outside. It’s a must! I was constantly told last winter to get out of the house, go for a walk, go play in the snow, go explore, just GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! If you stay cooped up in doors during this winter, you’re more than likely to get what’s known as “Cabin fever”. NOT A GOOD THING!! I experienced it last winter-my husband and I were at each other’s throats, I cried like daily, I HATED Alaska, my kids were getting stir crazy, it was seriously a horrible experience. This year we are determined to make the most of it. The Santa house, Birchhill, the ice museum and whatever else I can find for us to get into! Oh and I’d like to make a snowman! (or twenty) I want it to be better than this one. This was made back in 2007, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Do you see his legs?!?! or her?! I’m not sure. Not the point though-Pretty awesome snowman huh?!
So since it’s getting colder, I need to get off my bum and go through the kids’ clothes!! I know we need a snowsuit for my daughter. My son’s coat from last year still fits, YAY! I got some boots and pants off of Ebay for a total of $10. WHOO HOO!! And I traded my son’s old snowboots for a pair for my little girl. Pretty good right?! I thought so! Just need a snowsuit. I also need to get em some leggings and warmer pj’s. Maybe some slippers as well. Last year I got some slippers from Old Navy for $4 each! They LOVED em and wore em all the time! And after several wears and washes, both pairs are still in amazing shape. Definitely worth the $8! GLOVES! HATS! Kids need those too! Now I’m making myself a shopping list. Haha!!
In other news, have you ever seen Team Umizoomi? They are currently talking about ice cream pizzas. It sounds pretty disguisting, but the show has my kids VERY entertained. (Oh, and the ice cream pizza is a cookie topped with ice cream and then candies, so not that gross.) But this show is a big math show. It’s pretty cute really. Found on nick jr in case you’re wondering.
I also need to invest in more magic erasers. *sigh* I HATE CRAYONS!!! Ok, so not really… I just hate that my dearest daughter likes to color on walls and on my son’s train table and yea. Grrr.
Today on facebook a friend of mine posted a bunch of different deals and links and savings, (I love her for that!) and in the process of browsing through em, I found THIS. I seriously spent a good 20 minutes browsing the site, completely oblivious to the disaster my kids were making. DVDs EVERYWHERE! *sigh*
Ugh, so this morning I spend a good chunk of the morning vacuuming and moving furniture to vacuum and yea…. it was clean again, YAY right?! Welp, that’s what I thought until I went to make dinner…. and came back in to find this…..
Talk about frustrating…. *sigh* They are currently in the process of cleaning up the disaster or no more “melmo”
Yup…. they managed to pick up some their dinner dishes and a handful of cheetos before they ran off to play. Mommy’s turn. Adios bloggers.
While cooking dinner last night, I began to wonder if I was the only one….. WAIT. Peeling potatoes last night, I began to wonder if I was the only one afraid to slice my hand/finger open. I use a knife. “Why?”, you may ask…. I am afraid of peelers. I’m afraid that I will somehow manage to peel some chunks of skin off. Haha. *phew* now that I’ve shared that…. can I also just add that cheese graters pretty much scare me too?! I just KNOW that one of these days I am going to lose the tips of my fingers and all the cheese that I’ve just grated. Am I the only one with these crazy fears?! My husband will not stick his hand ANYWHERE near the disposal. I’m not sure how, but we always end up with a piece of plastic in there and I’m always the one that reaches in to get it…. NO FEAR! But hand me a peeler and my mind goes insane!! Ha. Do you have any irrational kitchen fears?!
While browsing for that link, a cute baby climbed in my lap taking over one of my hands, OH NO!! So, blog ends here for today.
So today I’m attempting to CLEAN. Ugh. I seriously HATE cleaning. And i’ve yet to completely unpack. (You should see our bedroom, it’s pretty frightening-Clothes EVERYWHERE!). Also, it is nearly impossible to clean and really do anything while trying to clean up the messes of two toddlers. *phew* They’re nutso lately. Little miss is currently going through all the “books” (DVDs) and pulling them out while my son says “NO!!! BAD!” and puts them back!! It’s pretty entertaining. Haha. I need to go sweep and mop. I just vacuumed so YAY ME! I don’t know why, but I really dread when it comes time to sweep!! It’s not like it’s hard, so who knows what my deal is. What do you dread most when it comes time to clean?
And if I haven’t already told you about Swapstyle, you should really go check IT out. My friend, Jenn introduced me to it and I’m addicted!! You swap clothes (and other what nots) with people all over everywhere and you just pay for shipping!! YAY! I’ve already swapped with three people and am sending out my packages on Saturday! Exciting stuff happening in the Mack house! YAY