Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Fun

We found this cute little project on Skip To My Lou, but wouldn't you know it, we didn't have any orange tissue.  Of course, there is always a plethora of white tissue, so we made the ghosts instead of pumpkins.  Still oh-so-cute!

We carved our pumpkin today.  I mean, I carved our pumpkin today.  I cut the top off and asked Caleb to help me scoop the guts our with his hands.  That didn't happen.  He thought the insides were too gross.  When I moved on to the carving stage, Caleb told me what shapes he wanted for each of the face parts.  Can you tell which pumpkin is real?  I'm sure you can.  The fake looks too good to be true!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sneaky Peek

I couldn't resist taking some pictures of Sarah in her new ballerina costume!  We needed (wanted) one for the upcoming Fall Festival and visiting the in-town relatives on Halloween.  It's actually a swimsuit, that hope will fit her next summer.  Shhhh!  Don't tell anyone it's a swimsuit.

Oh, and she's learning how to stand on her own..finally!  She's also been taking a few steps in the last few days.

I also got some cute pictures of Caleb as well.  Enjoy!

Crazy Close-up!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Curtains for the Master Bedroom

I used the tutorial from Design Sponge.

I used home decor fabric that I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics a few months ago.  I still feel like I spent and arm and a leg, but it was 50% off of the regular price.  I had to special order the fabric and wait a few weeks for it to come in, but that gave me plenty of time to research how in the heck I was going to fashion myself some curtains out of the fabric.

Without further ado...

What's For Dinner?

  • Monday: Baked Chicken and Mac & Cheese...this was scrounge night before Tuesday's grocery store trip.
  • Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas...mine are as the recipe describes, Caleb's are chicken and cheese only...Jadie's are chicken only.
  • Wednesday:  Spaghetti...I keep the meat unseasoned and assemble by the bowl.
  • Thursday: Soft Tacos...I'll use the left over meat from spaghetti.
  • Friday: Tater Tot Casserole.
  • Saturday: Fajitas...I'll use the remaining tortillas, cilantro, etc from the other Mexican food from the week.

Monday, October 11, 2010

We Have Words...Sort Of

Sarah's being pretty vocal these days....

Bah-Bah:  Belly Button (she says this as she pulls her shirt up and tries to find her belly button)

Uh-Uh No-Muh:  Uh-Uh No Ma'am.  Do you think she's heard that a few times?

Duh-Duh:  Either Dusty or Daddy.  This might be interchangeable.  I haven't quite figured this one out yet.

Mah-Mah:  Mommy, of course!

Buh-Bah:  Brother

Weekend at Mom's

It's been entirely too long since I've been to mom's, and even longer for Jadie.  But we had a wedding to attend, so that got us there.  Since Caleb's started soccer, we're committed to being home every Saturday morning, so Jadie was on duty for the soccer game this weekend.  I got my wonderful friend Gail to take care of Caleb Friday afternoon until Jadie could get home that evening.  So I split and headed to mom's with just Sarah!!!

We went to see Kristin's new place in Ft Worth--which was totally cute!  It's another older home full of charm.  You'll have to see pictures by visiting her blog.  It was just the girls for Friday night.  Awesome.  I loved it!  We went to dinner at Mercado Juarez and tried watching the movie Babies.  Sorry, but that was a snoozer.  And I'll take the blame.  I brought it and I'll admit, it was SLOW!

Kristin and I headed out in the morning to search out some shoes for me to wear to the wedding.  I never found anything that quite fit what I needed, but I found 2 pair for everyday wear.  Isn't that the way it always works?  Well, I bought to 2 for everyday wear anyway.

Jadie got to town and Mom finished what she was doing at home and so we all met up for lunch and then headed back to the house.

The wedding was beautiful and I'm excited for their life together to come.  It's not unusual for me to have a stupid moment.  Usually involves me saying something stupid or doing something equally stupid.  Well, apparently it was stupid to give the groom a hug.  when I pulled away, the straight pin from his boutonniere was stuck in my face.  Ummm....Ouch!  I had a hard time trusting Jadie and Scott to pull it out of my face.  Every time they pulled on it, the skin was really holding on to it and I could feel them turning it the wrong way.  By the time Scott's Aunt Joy was able to get to me (she's a nurse), the pin finally came out easily as we pulled the jacket away to show her.  So totally embarrassing.  And if you know me at all, you know I cried through it, of course.

I was also able to meet with my friend Nicole on my way home and visit with her for a couple of hours.  I love that girl.

Sarah and I stopped at an antique mall to look around.  The lady at the counter was so adorable.  I told her I was looking for a neutral brooch, something in black or clear rhinestones.  She talked with me about an episode of Pawn Stars where a lady brought in a Tiffany and Co. brooch with no idea that it was so valuable.  Anyway, I thought she was so funny--that old lady watching Pawn Stars!  She also helped me get to the car with Sarah and the stroller since there were only stairs from the building to the parking lot.

All in all, I had a wonderful weekend.  It was full of family, friends, and driving!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Update On the Homemade Pizza

A few notes:
1. The homemade pizza turned out great!
2. I used a round, metal, 12.5-inch pizza pan that I picked up at HEB a few years ago.
3. I used 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour and 3 cups all purpose flour to make the dough.  We liked it just fine.
4. It took approximately 1.5 hours for my dough to rise to twice its size.
5. The dough recipe made 3 dough balls for me.  I made 2 pizzas that fed 3 adults and 2 children, and I tossed the 3rd dough ball in the back of the freezer in a freezer bag.
6. I used a jar of marinara for the pizza sauce.  There's no sense in buying that tiny jar of "pizza sauce."  What a rip-off.  I used the remaining marinara to make spaghetti the next day.