Saturday, December 26, 2009

She made it..

It took about a year and a half.. but pepper made it in the house. Jennifer even "looked" at a dog bed to put in front of the fireplace.



PICTURES

Christmas

Every year I say the same thing, we will get less and do less. And every year we do the opposite of what I say.

We did have a fantastic Christmas at home, just the way I like it. Olivia and I have been under the weather all week, but besides that, it was a grand time. Christmas Eve we all got dressed up and went to Church. This is the first year Abbe Mae participated in the festivities by singing in the Church choir. She really like it and did a good job. This is also the first year Tyler didn't do any extra and just attended Mass. I must admit, Church is one of my most favorite things about Christmas. After Church, we went by Olive Garden and then on to my parent's house for dinner. We came home and each got to open on gift - which is the standard new pair of jammies.

The kids went to bed pretty easily, well except for Tyler who tried to peak downstairs for hours. Santa came and dropped a bunch of toys. One funny side note is Abbe Mae did tell me she was a bit nervous about not getting presents cause she "may have been naughty." She should've been nervous.

Christmas morning Olivia climbed into bed with us, per usual. Funny thing is she walked right past the tree and the loot and didn't even notice. I toyed with the idea of trying to get her back to sleep cause it was only 7:30 am, but instead I whispered, "Livi, did Santa come??" and in 30 seconds flat the entire house was wide awake. Olivia was SO excited.

All the hard work that went into putting Christmas together was worth it to feel that excitment and joy from my kids.

Merry Christmas!

Peppers Second Christmas

Ol Pepper getting a little Christmas rubs.




Saturday, December 19, 2009

Craft Room

My craft room is ALMOST complete. It is the bomb!! I have two 32" in flat screens in it that can be used as computers or TVs. I have lights every where. I have lots of counter space. AND I got a NEW embroidery machine for Christmas!!!

I'll post pictures soon.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Been Busy!

So much going on this time of the year. The regular things with dance, guitar, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, work, husband, laundry, etc. Then my drive too and from work is wearing cause it's 45-50 minutes each way. My day starts at 5:45 am and I don't get a chance to actually relax until 9:00 pm every night, and by then, I'm exhausted.

Throw Christmas and the parties, gifts, bring-this or donate-that into the mix. The kids have their standard Church functions too except this year Abbe Mae has decided to sing in the choir. While I'm excited for her, practice is once a week - Wednesday night. So that means with everything else we have going on, we are only home one night a week, which is Thursday. And this Thursday we will be finishing up some last minute shopping for the school parties and Boy/Girl Scout parties we have on Friday.

Is is December 26th yet?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Fancy Party

Whew! What a busy weekend! We went to Sarah and Elijah's Baby Jesus party on Friday night. It was a lot of fun and the kids didn't want to leave.

Then today we had our Fancy Party for the girls and invited Santa Claus again. There were a ton of little kids and it went by pretty fast (which I like)! We didn't do the chocolate fountain cause I was nervous about it being flu season, but other than that, it was the same as last year. Abbe Mae was thrilled cause both her teacher and speech teacher came to her party!

When I have more time, I HAVE to post about these two little kids that go to Olivia's school. There must of been a mix up with the invitations or something and some of the mother's were sassy! I'll share later.

But for now, here are some pictures!






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Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Jason



Enjoy your special gift, even if it's a week early.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Elf on the Shelf

We got The Elf on the Shelf last year from Nana before Christmas. It's a story about a magic elf (which you name) that flies to the North Pole every night to tell Santa if you've been naughty or nice. The book comes in a box with a little glass headed elf doll. The elf sits next to us when we read the story, then we put him on the shelf before we go to bed. In the morning, after he flew to the North Pole, the elf is in a different place than he was the night before and the children have to find him.

This year, Abbe is in LOVE with this book. Last night after we read it, it was all she talked about all night. Even to the point where she got up around 9:30 pm and came out to check on the Elf (whom we named Mr. Ringly Red-Nose). Then this morning, the first thing out of her mouth was "Did he come back??"

So much fun these kids are!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thankgiving!

If you really know me, you know that I'm an emotional sap. If you're hurt, I'm hurt. If my kids cry, I do too. Family and friends are my heart.

Thanksgiving is such a great day to enjoy family. Honestly, it shouldn't be any different from any other day, but it does give us the opportunity to see people we haven't seen in a while. Today we are making an hour long trip to a city in Tennessee to meet up with some of my mom's cousins. Some family from Chicago will be down and we will celebrate together. But it won't really feel like the Thanksgiving I'm used too.

While growing up, we were always close to my Dad's side of the family, spending holidays, birthdays and summers together. The holidays make me miss them all terribly. I wish my kids had the cousins, aunts and uncles around like we did. It was the best feeling in the world. Now, everyone is so spread across the country, we don't have that opportunity. It also makes me miss thos who are no longer with us and it hurts.

I've also been following a blog of little girl in my Church that is Tyler's age. Bishop has been battling cancer. I read her blog this morning and she's finally home, but I can't imagine the things they are facing makes it any easier for her parents and brother. I think about her often and the struggles she faces and have a hard time understanding it.

So whether your spending today alone, with family, or friends, be thankful for your past, present and future.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, November 23, 2009

About "my heart is aching" post

No worries - I didn't take it down cause the differences of opinions or passionate responses. I honestly am thankful to hear everything everyone has to say. It makes me think of things I might not of thought of, to think of other perspectives.

I took it down cause I didn't want anymore embarrassment. In case family or friends read it and said something out of compassion or worry.....I didn't want any more hurt feelings.

That's it!

Thanks for the continued support and love! <3

Monday, November 16, 2009

FYI My Birthday

Just a heads up.. my birthday is December 8th. A few weeks of shopping left. My wife has already got me a present :) Thanks! Pick it up Friday in Greenbrier TN.

Christmas

I'm excited for the holidays. I love the traditions we've created with my little family such as the children's play at Church on Christmas Eve, followed by a trip to Olive Garden for a to-go order pick up, lighting our fire in the wood burning fire place and then opening one present (which is always new jammies for the holiday). We wrap up Christmas Eve with a nice hot coco and a story about the Magic Elf. On Christmas day we wake up to warm sweet rolls and Christmas music as we gather around to open presents. I look forward to the excitement the holidays bring to all of us.

We have a busy schedule this year with parties, parades, shopping and church. Jason and I talked about gifts for the kids. I'm honestly tired of them not taking care of nor appreciating stuff. Tyler got the IPOD touch last year and although he used it a ton, he cracked the screen. The girls, well they play with stuff for a day or two then it's ignored. This year, as YOU are my witness, I will not go nuts and buy all kids of worthless stuff. I want to stick to a three gift minimum and then maybe a group gift (a new trampoline cause our other one broke).

I've also planned our Fancy Party for the girls and their friends. We've secured a visit by Santa Clause so I have to get invitations together this week. I picked up some Ghiradelli's chocolate for the fountain, bought stockings and crafts so I think we will be set.

The girls are thrilled that we are going to Elijah and Sarah's "Baby Jesus Birthday Party". Olivia told me she was going to be Sarah's best friend at the party.

All of the kids are also scheduled to be in the parade this year. Olivia for her dance class, Abbe and Tyler for Scouts. It's going to be a busy Saturday!

Ahhhh, I really do love this time of the year!

Now if I can just my Christmas cards out this year!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Craft Room

My craft room project had been put on hiatus. I should say my husband went on hiatus. But we are finally on par to finish it up soon and I'm so excited!!! I have lights, lots of lights! Recessed lights, track lights and fluorescent lights. I have a flat screen mounted on the wall with a Bose Soundwave underneath. I have a computer monitor on order. I'm psyched. I'll finally get to use last year's Christmas presents....a steamer, new iron, small shop vac, etc. etc. And most importantly, I get to craft again!

I can't want for the woman cave to be complete. I may never come out.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Olivia Update

Doctor called yesterday to follow up on Olivia's H1N1 diagnosis. Said it was not necessary for her to get her booster vaccine. I had the pleasure of notifying her daycare of her illness. Proud to say we are the first case.

Anyhow, she's doing much better today. She'll run around a bit, but wears out easily.

Keeping my fingers crossed Abbe Mae and Tyler stay clear of it. So far, so good.

I think I'm going to go on to Chloe's

My adventurous Kindergartner.

Imagine how my heart sank when Jason called me yesterday at work and said Abbe Mae didn't get off the bus. Tyler stumbled up the drive way minus his five-year old sister.

Abbe Mae told him she was just going to go on to her friend's house, Chloe.

And he let her.

Jason was frantically trying to load my H1N1 infected three-year old up into the car so he could chase the bus down. I was frantically calling Chloe's grandmother, the school and the transportation department.

I get the Assistant-Principal at the school, and tell her what's going on. She says, "Well we didn't put her on the wrong bus, what do you need me to do." Ummmm, I need you to stop placing blame and get a hold of that damn bus driver is what I need you to do. But we had a little "talk" earlier this week about fundraisers so I know what I'm dealing with here in Hicktown, USA.

Finally the school gets a hold of Chloe's grandma just as Jason pulls into her driveway. Three minutes later, Abbe Mae stumbles off the bus and realizes how much trouble she's in. Although when I got home and quizzed her on it, she decided she wasn't going to talk about it.

I'm irritated the whole way around. I'm disappointed she thought she could "go on" without permission, I'm irritated Tyler let her and I'm wonder WTF the bus driver was thinking??

I'm not proud to say these people are educating and taking care of my precious cargo.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

H1N1

Olivia tested positive for it today. Poor thing is really sick. Y'all say a prayer that I can get this Tamiflu into her (only 3 mil).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Olivia

"Mommy, Abbe has a bad attitude."

No kidding.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Roll Tide

I'm really into this Alabama football thing. Jason laughs at me cause I know nothing about the team. I just don't care for UT, and I love to say: ROLL TIDE!! Not to mention, the color scheme is way cuter than orange and white.

I think I may get a flag for the outside of my house.

December 21, 2012

Really?? Come on! Do you know what this is?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Father/Daughter Dance 2009

Tonight was a special night for Abbe Mae and Jason. They attended the 2009 Princess Ball in our community. They had a fancy dinner, did the twist and danced and father/daughter dance together. I have to admit, after they left, Tyler, Olivia and I did a drive by of the place to check it out. I teared up thinking about this and how fast we've gotten here.

Life is good.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

H1N1

We did the mist today for the kids.

Ugggh. The stress of it all.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

Can't wait for this Disney movie to come out! My girls are giddy with excitement every time they see the previews.

'Bout time Disney, 'bout time.

Aqua Blue



Olivia has said several times she wanted her ears pierced. I've never really followed up with her cause I figured she wasn't serious, and honestly, I didn't want to deal with a one-earring girl.

Abbe Mae's ears were pierced when she was about four months old. I didn't have any problems or concerns with them, just with three kids, I never had time to do Olivia's. Before I knew it, she was one and I didn't want to do it at that age cause I was afraid she'd mess with them too much.

So Saturday after a trip to Yankee Candle, she said it again. I took her into the jewelry store and she bravely sat in the chair, picking out the March "aqua" blue birthstone earrings.

The lady put the purple dot on her ear lobe perfectly on both ears. We talked about the lollipop she was going to get afterwards. I told her it was going to pinch a bit and asked her if she really wanted to do it.

She bravely said YES.

The first ear was a shock. She cried. I knew we had to continue on and we did. She was pissed for ten minutes and gave me some mean looks, but now she's proud. She came home and called her grandma & grandpa in Maine to share the news! Then she called her Nana & Grandpa here and told them. She's been cleaning and turning them several times a day.

She's looking adorable these days!

Christmas

Abbe Mae: Mommy, I want an I-Phone, a new laptop and some makeup for Christmas.

Me: Me too, Abbe Mae, me too.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Update

We've been so busy lately! It seems to never end. Olivia is performing her Halloween dance on Tuesday so I will post pictures. Tyler is starting guitar lessons and we purchased a fancy black guitar for him. Abbe Mae is loving Daisies and we attended a fancy Mommy & Me Tea last week.

Seems like it never stops! Birthday parties, fall festivals, work functions, school functions....busy as can be!

Halloween weekend we are doing our standard neighborhood Halloween fire/drinks/dinner. We have several families coming over and will be cooking chili over the fire with Cider and Schnapp's for adults and hot coco for kids, followed by trick-or-treating. Tyler is some scary Halloween monster that has a hand-held blood pumper, Abbe is the fanciest witch I've ever seen, and Olivia is Cinderella equipped with these blue light up glass slippers.

For work I've talked six people into dressing up with me and doing the Thriller dance for our Halloween party. It's going to be fun.

Jason and I got to sneak out to a movie this afternoon thanks to our neighbor Jodi offering to watch the kids for a while. We went to see "Law Abiding Citizen" with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Remember when we recently went to California last month, I stood outside the Chinese Theater for the world premier of this movie?? Jamie and Gerard are practically family because of it!

Jason is set up for his sleep apnea machine this week. Hopefully it will help with his sleep issues.

The weather here is starting to get chilly. We've already had a fire in our fireplace twice this year.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Break

Mommy: Abbe Mae, tomorrow you'll have to get up early for school.

Abbe Mae; NOOOOOO! I don't want to go to school.

Mommy: You have to go! You learn so much at school.

Abbe Mae: I already know everything!!

Don't know where she gets that from?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

California Love *in my best Tupac voice*

We had a great trip to California. The flight was very long. Five hours long going out because of the winds. A bit over four coming home. But well worth it.

We arrived in LA on Saturday. We picked up the minivan and drove to Disneyland and checked in our hotel. The two hour time change didn't hit us immediately, so we went shopping in Downtown Disney.

Sunday, the time change did hit! We all woke up at 6 am California time (8 am Nashville time). But we had a busy day planned so it was okay! We arrived at Disneyland before the gates opened. The girls had appointments at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutque at 8:10 am. Abbe Mae chickened out right before her turn, although I wasn't surprised, I was a bit disappointed. Her big thing is she's not into "princesses" and is afraid to have people brush her hair cause it's so curly. Olivia sat right up there and got the full treatment. It's amazing how much they cater to these little girls. It was pretty damn magical if I do say so myself. Problem was, Olivia would NOT change into her Cinderella dress. I think it's cause Abbe Mae was being sassy about it and it made Olivia a little hesitant about the process. So needless to say, Olivia is going to be Cinderella this year for Halloween cause I'm getting my money's worth and girlfriend is wearing the dress. But back to the BBB experience, they do take really good care of the girls in the salon, calling them princesses and there is even a magical reveal at the end. I thought it was neat.

After the BBB, we had to rush over to California Adventure for our Princess Breakfast at Ariel's Grotto. It was great cause you truly do get more one-on-one attention at the character meals. We were able to get autographs of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Bell and Cinderella. It was a grand time. The girls were beyond thrilled!!

We ended up staying the rest of the day at California Adventure and had a great time. Early evening, we decided to head back to the hotel to sleep a bit (time change and all the excitement started to wear some of us thin). We wanted to make it back to Disneyland for the fireworks! And I'm glad we did! The fireworks display was amazing. I've been to DW and seen some good shows, but this one was by far the best. It was a Halloween theme with all of the villains casting spells and such. We originally planned to stay at Disneyland late cause the park was open until midnight, but we ended up leaving after the fireworks. We were all tired.

Monday we went back to Disneyland for the day. Rode all the rides, face painted and most importantly got to hang out with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc. Tyler got to ride some of the bigger rides so he had fun.

Some of our favorites were the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show, HSM, jellyfish drop, teacups and Tyler and I loved the Tower of Terror!! I had so many people tell me not to be disappointed in the size of Disneyland compared to Disneyworld. I have to say, I think I like Disneyland a bit better! It's so much more manageable. It's so close together. Disneyworld is TOO spread out. There's nothing like having small children that are exhausted and overstimulated and having to drag them six miles to the hotel or parking lot by the way of tram/boat/shuttle. I loved how close together the parks were and that Downtown Disney was attached. Disneyworld is not like that at all. The castle isn't as exciting at Cinderella's but in the grand scheme of things, Disneyland is so much easier. Except they don't have the double rental strollers in DL!! Boooo!

Tuesday we headed out to LA to stay with my brother. We spent the day on Venice Beach. The kids LOVED it. They played in the water and sand for hours. Then we walked over to the playground for another hour. Not sure if it was the time change catching up with us, all the excitement or the ocean air, but the girls were in full breakdown mode. We left the beach area and planned on grabbing a late lunch, but scratched that idea because of behavior and went on to my brother's apartment for naps.

Let me tell you, my brother lives the life. The single, I make a lot of money with no kids life. He lives on the corner of Sycamore and Hollywood Blvd., just a few short steps from the Chinese/Kodak Theater. Right in the heart of LA. After well needed naps, we walked around and looked at the STARS in the sidewalks. That evening I snapped a few pictures of Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler (melt!) as they were in the area to promote their new movie. It was pretty dang cool.

Wednesday, we decided to hit up Universal Studios. It was nice cause the lines were only five to ten minutes for each ride. We rode EVERYTHING in the park and were all done by 5 pm. (Again, compared to Orlando, US in CA is one park and in Orlando it's two parks.) My brother had plans to take the kids to dinner and to see Toy Story in 3D so Jason and I got to go to dinner alone and shopped at the Grove.

We started our long journey home on Thursday.

It was a great trip. I really enjoyed Disneyland. We took over 700 pictures on the Rebel alone so once I sort through, I'll post some pictures.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Abbe Mae's Room

Because it rained all morning yesterday, I decided to redecorate Abbe Mae's room.

Now you've got to understand her personality a bit. She's not into pink, princess, flowers, rainbows, butterflies, etc.

She likes black and skulls. She like to wear jean skirts, black leggings with her black skull Converse (which are boys but she didn't care). Don't get me wrong, she likes to look pretty, but not in a typical, pink/purple fashion. Let's just be thankful they have to wear uniforms in our school district.

I blame Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, but that's another post.

Anyhow, we took down all the butterflies, folded up the cute pink and green quilt, disposed of the sparkly window treatment cause it too was pink and green and started fresh. I painted her room a light blue/green color, added a black "Rockstar" comforter set, rearranged her furniture, changed her curtains, and added a few items such as a new lamp and some pictures.

It looks so "big girl-ish" and it makes me a bit sad cause she's five. But she's Abbe Mae and that's what she wanted. Thank goodness Olivia likes princesses.

Lookout Disneyland!

Here we come!

I ordered *some* stuff from Disney.com and it arrived last week. I wanted a head start on shopping and wanted to be prepared from the minute we arrived at the parks. So the three autograph books/photo albums along with matching character pens arrived and are ready to be packed. Our Mickey shirts are washed and folded. All of Olivia's princess gear fits and is set. Speaking of princess gear, I ordered Olivia a new Cinderella dress along with these crazy, clear glass slippers that light up with this blue light when she walks. Jason and I giggled watching her prance around all while thinking they slightly resembled hooker shoes.


So we leave on Saturday for LAX. I'm glad it cooled down some and am looking forward to a good time. That is, if we stay healthy and can make the four hour flight with Olivia and Abbe. Oye.

Parking

Jason has worked hard today to clean out our garage. Now, I've asked for almost a year and a half to have a clean bay to park my car in. The whole reason we spent the extra money on the three car garage was so we would be able to park in it! Also, the whole reason we had to add the shed in the back was so we could make room to park in the garage.

Well, now we can. I'm sure it's because of the Hummer, but I'd like to think it's cause winter's coming and my husband doesn't want me or his kids to get cold. Either way, I like it.

Both cars are in the garage tonight. I hope I remember to open the garage door before I put the car in drive tomorrow. Holla!

Sick Kid!!

Yesterday, Tyler said he had a sore throat. Then at 3 pm he said he was going to lay down. I knew then, it was not good.

After a wake up call early this morning, we went off to the minute clinic this morning. Although he didn't have a fever, I knew he was sick. I've been to this minute clinic several times and have always had great service. Except this time. This rough-ass looking PA came out to get us. Y'all know how it is when you have a sick kid and you've waited a long time, so we were already a little stressed. The lady says, "I need your drivers license and insurance card." I look in my wallet and thought, crap! Jason took the insurance card for his sleep study last week. I tell her I didn't have my card and ask her if she can look me up since I've been there before. She replies, "No. I can't, I can't see you. You'll have to leave."

What the hell.

First of all, you don't know me. My kid is sick and you WILL see him. I waited for you; a professional to take care of him. You are disrespectful and rude. So in my most direct, momma bear voice I responded, "No. You WILL see him. I will pay cash. I waited for you, he's sick and you will see him." She gave me an evil ass look and said, "FINE".

She was very nice to Tyler, lucky her but a complete bitch to me the entire time. The topping on the cake was at the end when she asked me if she wanted me to call the meds into another Walgreen's. I said, "Yes, call it into the Mount Juliet one so we don't have to wait." She then responded, "No, I can't do that, it's too late they close in THREE HOURS and he needs his medicine now."

Tyler, please wait out side cause shit is finda hit the fan. And it did. And it will tomorrow when they call me for the check up call. Grumpy rude people should not be in healthcare. My reaction to her did freak Tyler out a bit and that I am sorry for. But at the same time, it's hard not to react when it comes to my kid.

My poor son has Strep throat. He had a field trip tomorrow at the Hermitage, which is the home of President Andrew Jackson. He was going to dress up in costume and direct visitors. He'd been practicing his lines for weeks. WEEKS.

Thankfully, he's on medicine and will hopefully be better before Disneyland next week. Hopefully the girls will stay healthy. *fingers crossed*

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A change of heart

My tree huggging neighbor down the road wasnt talking to me when i first broke the news that daddy was nailing a Hummer. She is very environmentally aware and felt driving a hummer would only pollute the world more, killing all life form and basically ending the earth. So, taking that into consideration, i cancelled the carmax order, put my tail between my legs and walked away. Judging by the picture, she seems to appreciate this car a little more.... a 2009 Hummer H3, 5 speed manual, i should get a extra gallon on two MPG wise..

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This weekend

Thought I'd give you an update of this weekend's exciting happenings.......

Friday night Jason had his sleep study. We decided to score a Logan's Roadhouse before, you know, so his belly was full before the study. He left for the hospital at about 7:00 pm while the kids and I headed over to Old Navy for a little shopping. We all landed a little treat at ON. We came home and the four of us slept in my bedroom. Ahhhhh!

Saturday we had a busy day. Gladefest is a local festival held at our school and the little town area we live in. Lucky for me, both Abbe Mae's Girl Scout Troop and Kindergarten class wanted "homemade" baked goods. But, if you know me, you know that I am not a great..urrrr....good cook. So, of course in typical Jennifer fashion, I bought tubs of cookie dough and baked some cookies. Some may call that shady, however, I call it participation. Thankfully, Tyler's class asked for gift card donations and THAT I can handle. :) We had to help volunteer for two hours at the school so I covered Tyler's class and Jason covered the Girl Scout booth. We spent the entire day at the festival and it was fun. We hooked up with the "P" family and it made it even better.

Speaking of the "P" family, we had our standard drinking and dinner set up at my house Saturday night afterwards. Standard I say cause it's the same thing we typically do when we hang out (it's not a negative statement, I really have fun with it!). Jason and Jodi fight, Josh ignores everything and cooks, and I drink. Well, Abbe Mae must of been exhausted from Gladefest so she came home and fell asleep at 6 pm. I was shocked (and scared). Olivia and the "P" kids played all night. When it was time for them to go, Olivia threw her standard tantrum and said she wanted to spend the night. Jodi told her to come on. I hesitated, but thought, sure, she'll go down for a bit and come home scared, crying for her mommy. That didn't happen. She went down there and spent the night. Now, another thing about me is I never, EVER, EEEEVVVVVVEEERRRRR let my kids stay anywhere. Just a fear I have. I'd rather have them here with their friends. Tyler has had countless sleepovers at our house (including one last night) but I don't let them go anywhere. Especially, Olivia. She's my baby. Well she went and she stayed. And she didn't even ask for me once.

Today we all piled up to see "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs". It was cute, but there was a sound problem in the movie. Because I complained about it, we got a set of free movie tickets. :) Again, you've got to know me.

Now we are gearing up for a busy week. Girl Scouts, dance Tuesday, all five of us have dentists appointments on Thursday and Muffins with Mom/Abbe Mae on Friday. Busy, busy, busy.....but all enjoyable.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Margaritaville

Isnt it a thing of beauty?






Monday, August 24, 2009

Finally

The school system has approved speech therapy for Abbe Mae. I'm beyond thrilled and have been beating my head up against this battle for years. I'm tempted to say some really crappy things about the school system from last year and a few other obstacles I've faced, but I refuse to focus on the negative. I'm just thankful someones finally noticed. I only had to ask her teacher this year ONE time about it and she was all over it. She'll be going one hour per week for the remainder of the school year.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fantastic Time at the Fair



The kids, my parents and I went to the county fair today. The weather was perfect. The kids were well behaved. And my mom won 3rd place in the stained glass catagory. It was such a perfect day!!

The 3rd firing

Last night was Abbe's birthday party, but rather than discuss the birthday party, lets discuss the 3rd firing of the pizza. The pizza in smoker idea has come a long way in a short time. It started off on a pizza stone, which produced great crust, but cracked within the first five minutes because of the heat. Then it went to left over 2 1/2 inch thick fire brick left over from the fire pit a few years back. That produced good results, but took a long time to get the bricks up to 500 degree's. And the current.. 1 1/4 inch thick firebrick, Publix's dough made in the bakery, homemade sauce and a assortment of toppings.

The sauce idea came from Woody Friday afternoon. Woody, who is a pizza connoisseur, had a one on one conversation with a pizza shop owner in Atlanta earlier in the week. They discussed pizza in the barbecue and gained some valuable knowledge in the sauce department, which was Woodys main source of concern. The shop owner advised him, use canned plum tomatoes, some basil, salt and pepper and garlic, put in the blender and cook.

The results of the sauce were excellent.. I believe that will be the go foward strategy from here on in during the sauce preparation.

I'm still working on the pizza toss deal, im working a "roll/throw" technique to stretch the dough out. 1 dough ball yields 2 pies. (fancy word for pizza)

After stretching the dough. I lay it on the pizza peel thats been covered with a generous coating of corn meal. The corn meal provides the lube to skid the pizza off the peel and onto the hot brick in the smoker. A light coating of olive on the dough.. and your ready for the sauce.

Josh bought me a nifty sauce / kitchen gadget tool to spread the sauce over the dough in a even coat. My current theory on the amount of sauce to put on the pizza.. enough to cover the dough, but not so much it "puddles" (technical pizza term)



I went with straight mozzarella cheese, although woody suggest getting the bricks of cheese and hand grating it over the pie. Perhaps he can elaborate in a comment. I like the cheese to cover the saiuce, but not too much...



A Youtube video said to place the pepperoni's on a angle so the tips point up. This methods causes the edges of the pepperoni to crisp up. I shook a little Italian seasoning on the pizza and its ready to cook.
After its slide onto the brick, the lid is closed and in about 5 minutes its checked and a little wrist action is used to spin the pizza around in a circle for even cooking.



This is about 5 or 6 minutes in, a little wrist action to turn the pizza and the lid was again closed.

After about 10 minutes the pizza is pulled off and ready to be cut up.

This is the crust, nice and crunchy, touch of "burn" (technical pizza term)

Im looking to upgrade my cutting board, all I had in stock. Josh was nice enough to buy me a Kitchen Aid pizza cutter (thanks!) i think he took pitty on my walla walla one.

Woody would appreciate the nice greese trail.

A bottom view....

Cut up and ready to serve.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Princess Breakfast

Just booked the following for our upcoming Disneyland trip:



Ariel's Grotto-Featuring ‘Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration’

(Park admission required)
Located at the entrance to Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure Park. Join Ariel as she hosts a Princess celebration like no other. You may be surprised by a royal visit from Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and/or Sleeping Beauty. A must do for the ‘Princess’ in your family. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Typical dishes include battered fish, chicken biscuit pie, pastas, soups, salads, burgers, as well as kid’s menus. You can eat inside or outside. The d├ęcor is “under the sea.” The food is good and character interaction excellent. *Priority seating reservations recommended.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Abbe Mae's little birthday

Jason threw together a small birthday dinner for Abbe Mae last night. It was VERY last minute and then to top it off, it stormed like crazy. We will be celebrating her birthday in a few weeks with a party at our house with all of her friends, but thought it would be nice to have some dinner and a few cupcakes for the regulars. Here are some highlights:





4J's



JOSH, JODI, JENNIFER & JASON (Pictured above is J2 & J4)
BFF
Whoooo - hoooooo!!

School

She cried. Yes, I expected it and she did it. I didn't cry, but she did. I had to leave her with big ole' crocodile tears in her eyes. But I left her! When I picked her up, she was laughing and playing and being snotty. She had a great day. Funny thing about the backpack - she didn't want her Hannah Montana, Tinkerbell, HSM backpack, instead she took the PGA Golf backpack ole' Harold gave Jason.

I do really like her teacher. She is a very nice lady. Here are several standard shots of both kids on their first day.

Abbe Mae - Kindergarten






Tyler - 4th Grade