Monday, January 25, 2010

All About Farts

This week has been filled with a-many events.
My littlest one is sick, my oldest is interested in the potty, but not in actually sitting on it
(thus resulting in poop all over the house...)
the house was finally cleaned after the holiday chaos, I'm baking and preparing for a baby shower in my darling friend's honor, laundry of two weeks needed to be done and creating a semi-organized craft room began.

Amongst the chaos of the week, my birthday also occured.

I'm not sad to report that it came and went with nary a fuss my way.
Don't misunderstand, I love a good hoopla, for others, but I prefer less attention focused in my direction on my special day.
A quiet high five is more then enough for me.

I did however receive a wonderfully funny card from my Aunti.
I love my Aunti.
Her humor is lost on some, but she and I are in sync with the randomness of what makes us laugh and smile.
I took the liberty of typing up her card, as it is one that should be shared with the world.
It will put a smile on your face,
and if it doesn't?
well, then you are more mature then I...

A Poem for Your Birthday
"All About Farts"

A fart can be quiet,
a fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful,
poisonous cloud...

A fart can be short,
or a fart can be long,
Some farts have been known
to sound just like a song...

A fart can create
a most curious medley,
A fart can be harmless
or silent, but deadly...

A fart might not smell
while others are vile,
A fart may pass quickly
or linger awhile...

A fart can occur
in a number of places,
And leave everyone
with strange looks on their faces...

From wide-open prairie,
to small elevators,
A fart will find all of us
sooner or later...

But not all farts are bad,
this is simply not true -
We mustn't forget...

Dear, sweet, old farts
like you!

Ahhh, thanks Aunti!!!

Happy Monday world!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

10 Things about ME!

I'm married to one of the best guys around.
I was married to my bestest friend in the whole wide world in October 2005 at the ripe old age of 20 after roughly 3 years of dating.

I'm a stay at home mama.
I have 2 adorable boys and I have chosen to stay home with them full time. It's the toughest and most thankless job I have ever had, but I would not trade it for anything in the world.

I am freakishly territorial about laundry.
I do it. Don't ask if you can do it or offer to help. It's my thing.
...told you... freakish...

I try my hardest to be a positive person.
I find negativity is super contagious and it's not something I like to dwell on.

I like to read.
... like a lot...

I live super far from family.
I suppose "super far" is a bit of a personal opinion (as I know there are some who live even further) but I live about 1,800 miles from "home".

I'm a self taught sewer.
Once upon a time my mom tried showing me the ins and outs of sewing, but I was too cool to continue learning. When we moved away from family I found myself craving something that reminded me of home and the sewing machine did that. I remembered most of the little things mom taught me and the rest has been learned through trial and error.

I'm ridiculously afraid of spiders...
it borders on embarrassing most of the time.

I love to bake.
I am so comfortable and happy behind a big bowl of flour waiting to mix in other wonderful ingredients to make something that tastes as wonderful as it smells. If I could only feed my family baked goods without worrying about being healthy I would.

I am a Christian!
I believe in God and I believe he sent his son, Jesus, to die on a cross for my sins so that I can live eternally with him someday.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sleep Obsessed with a Fruit Smoothie

I own a few books on helping your baby learn to sleep, or at least improving sleep habits of your little one, thus resulting in more sleep for you, the sleep deprived parent. And yes, with my first little man, I opted to read these books on the few occasions that he choose to sleep instead of sleeping myself.
It made sense at the time.

In one of these books, it talks about becoming sleep obsessed. This is when you, the parent, are so sleep deprived that you know how much sleep everyone around you has had in comparison to you.
I would say I am sleep obsessed.
Dare I say I may have even past the point of a sleep obsession.
I would try to think of an enjoyable name for this state of obsession, but I am too tired...

I survived a week alone!
We all survived our week without Daddy.
All-in-all, the week was not as horrible as I had initially feared. Only a few hiccups, my oldest decided he did not need his afternoon nap, my youngest decided he did not need his morning nap, or to sleep at night, and me?? well, I decided the children in my house don't sleep enough!
Someone once told me "to be the parent", to decide when nap time is and stick too it.
Well, I have decided...
But they don't agree...
Whatever do I do now?
Someday, someday they will sleep.

As a result of no one in my house sleeping last week, I needed a few boosters during the day. I turned to smoothies.
I love smoothies.
There is little in this world I love as much as a cold, frothy, thick, fruity smoothy.
Pretty standard on the how to, but a wonderful end result if I don't say so me-self!

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

2 cups frozen mixed fruit (you can mix up your own or buy the mix - I'm lazy and buy the mixed)
1 banana
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp honey

Toss everything in a blender and whizz until it's perfect! If it's too thick for your taste, add a little more milk until your happy!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Basket

One of my closest friends is expecting her first. A little girl. I'm so very excited for her and her husband. Now, I kid not, I know nothing about little girls. I am not a "girly" person by definition. But! I do know babies... well as well as a person can know babies I suppose... well... I've had two, so probably better to say I know a thing or two about surviving with babies! So I put together this little basket for her in preparation for the little one.

I included:
  • 1 knitted blanket
  • diaper liners (she's using cloth diapers, so these are great for when you need to use cream on sore bums)
  • Lansinch Breast Cream - fantastic stuff, this is!
  • Aveno Baby Diaper Rash Cream
  • Tempera
  • 1 second ear thermometer
  • Johnson's Bedtime Bubble Bath and Bedtime Lotion
  • "Taggies" Disney Blanket
  • Teething Ring
  • Wipes
  • Gripe Water
  • Medicine dispenser
  • 0-6 month Pacifier set
  • Outfit

She was excited for the practicality of it, and I was excited with how well it turned out! I think it looks perrrrdy!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cowboy Lacking Cookies

He wishes he were a cowboy...

and I do everything in my power to give him that wish.
So sad my powers are lacking...

I know his birthday was over a month ago now, thus making his birthday party roughly the same distance past, but what can I say? The holidays got the best of me! As much as I would have loved to have had pony rides and real cowboy hats, and real chaps and a real ranch to offer my monkey, those things are very hard to locate in rural Newfoundland.
Alas, he only got $5 straw cowboy hats, and cowboy inspired cookies. Being 2, I'm sure he didn't mind, but my memory will be forever jaded in the lacking of cowboyism-ness.
yes, I made up that word...

A few months ago I made baby shower cookies for a friend and decorated them. I have since fallen head over heals in love with the decorating cookies and have taken to any excuse to do them again. Hubby and my oldest monkey love the cookies, giving me all the more reason to do them up for a big-ol' cowboy lacking birthday party.

Although this is one of the worse pictures in my stash, it's the one that does the best job showing the decorating.
The recipe I use for the cookies is simple and not mine.
why attempt to improve perfection?
Sadly all the credit belong to Elisa Strauss from Confetti Cakes. If you don't already have one of her books you should look into the purchase of one... or both!

I decorated with a Royal Icing:
1 cup water
1/2 cup meringue powder
8 cups icing sugar (1 large bag)

Whip up the meringue powder with the water until peaks begin to form then slowly add the icing sugar. Add more water by the tablespoon until you reach your desired consistancy.
I colored my icing using cocoa powder and it was mmm, mmm, delicious!

Now to start thinking about next year when he'll be 3!!!
...then again, perhaps I can put that off a little longer...