Friday, February 27, 2009

Rags to Britches Updated

I posted a couple entries to Rags to Britches this week. FYI.


When Evan was Lizzy's age, i was always perplexed at friends who told stories of their little ones climbing on everything. The thing that flabbergasted me most was their renditions of turning around to find their cute little innocent one year old ON THE DINING ROOM TABLE!

"Oh," i remember thinking, "how in the world can they let their kids get all the way up there without noticing?!"

Yeah, that was me being incredibly haughty i guess! Turns out, Evan was just NOT a climber.

Turns out...this one is!

This is her "backing up" into the chair after being fussed at to get down (after i had taken pics first, of course).

i tried to stop her by making sure all the chairs are pushed up all the way. That worked until this week. Ya know, when she figured out all she had to do was pull the chair out first. Imagine that.

And yes, she usually has clothes on, i promise. She does not enjoy a wet shirt. Can we say "High-Maintenance"? I have NO idea where she gets it.

She may be ready to climb Mt. Everest, but she's definitely not ready for a big girl cup. ;)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Little Artist

Nate brought a self portrait home from school the other day.

Looks just like him! :)

Nathanael 3 1/2 years old

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Very Odd Coincidence

Just had to share:

The phone number we've had for the last (oh, i don't know) 4 years ended in 0932.

I got a cell phone about a year later that ended in the digits 0239. I still have it. That was hard enough for me to keep straight.

We got a new phone number recently. I was typing it out today cause i was changing my itunes info. D was looking over my shoulder and we both gasped/chuckled at the same time. We hadn't realized it, but it ends in 2390.

I mean seriously, what are the odds of that?!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I've gotten brave and started letting the rabbit out during the day. With the dog out too. At first i let KC out only when Kai was put in our bedroom. Ya know, just in case.

But, they seem ok with each other. Kai was very interested at first, but just ignores her now. Rabbit just totally ignores dog period. She's not scared of her at all. Anyone else think that's odd?

KC even went after Kai when she went down the hall. Brave bunny or dumb rabbit? I still haven't figured it out.

Monday, February 23, 2009


I know there are a couple of you who are Lost fans too. A friend of mine told me the other day that there is a Lostpedia. You know, like Wikipedia, but it summarizes EVERYTHING about Lost.

If you watch the show, this may be a great resource if you find yourself as lost (really, no pun intended) as we are.

Just type in who or what you're confused about (um, No you can't type in everything at one time!) and it MAY shed a little light on the subject. OK, maybe not, but it's still interesting.

And then on the other hand, who in the world took the time to do all this?!?! Seriously, it's all a bit much for me.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


17 months ago...

Messin' Round

I downloaded a trial of this program. I'm thinking i love it! Too bad it's $50 bucks a year. :(

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Little Cinderella...

...minus the rags!

Yesterday was the first time she wore her fairy princess outfit i found at a garage sale last year. I put it on her months ago and she hated it. I got smart this time and put a shirt and sweats on underneath so the tulle wouldn't itch. Viola! Instant princess.

And how did the royalty in our house decide to spend her morning? She helped her mommy do chores. Notice she's inspecting the dishes to make sure they're clean. Then licking all the tops to the sippy cups to make sure they still work. And she took the vacuum right out of my hands! Then she needed a blankie break.

Thanks, Princess Elizabeth! What a helper!

17 months old

Friday, February 20, 2009

Just so you know...

Rabbit turds and purple trix are NOT the same thing.

Computer Nerd in Training

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Look, Ma!

All four in the same room!

No, really. If you know me at all...this really is a miracle that i know where they all are at the exact same moment in time.

Won't last long. But i had to take a picture to commemorate the moment.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

30 Years Ago Today...

there was a snowstorm. No really, hang with me.

My mom went into labor and Dad wanted a heavier car to drive the hour to the hospital in the snow, so he went to the funeral home (i promise, i'm not making this up) to borrow my family's dark blue car (no, not the hearse, that really would have made a funny story, huh?). I guess i should include the fact that my grandparents ran the funeral home. Does that help at all?

When they got there, the doc my mom had seen all the way through her pregnancy wasn't on call (it was a sunday) and so a different doctor walked through the door. The same doc that delivered her! He had also delivered mom's friend Jill who was a nurse in training and needed to witness a birth. They told the doc this. His reply? "Oh @*%$. It really is time for me to retire!"

Dad said the doc hummed "How Much Is That Doggy in the Window" the entire time (mom has no recollection of this, go figure--she was a bit distracted) and when i came out Dad said, "That boy you promised us sure is missing a few parts, Doc!"

I heard all these stories from both my parents this morning for the first time. I had to record them before i forget. Maybe (you know, when i get around to it) it'll make a great scrapbook page.

And i definately need to scrap this...

My aunt Beth is a photoshop wizard and sent me this yesterday. How cute! And check out the mullet i was sporting? Trendy, right? ;)

Check out Beth's website and blog.

Thanks Aunt Beth, i love it!!!


I sat down on the couch to read the boys the library book Ev brought home yesterday. I got two whole pages in when...

toddler curiosity interrupted.

Half the box all over the place. And so proud was she.

My first instinct was to take the box away. But then i thought, "Nah, give it back and take a picture first." Duh. Gotta keep the blog up. ;)

She's shaking it out to make sure she got em all.

K9 vacuum to the rescue! Who needs a mop?

Kidding, Beth! ;)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You Gotta Try It

For the last couple years, we've gotten together with a few friends to celebrate Christmas. My friend Bekah makes this killer breakfast casserole that it so yummy! Another friend is having some people over for brunch to celebrate her daughter's first birthday this weekend and asked for advice and this is the first recipe that came to mind. I was typing it out for her and thought i'd share with everyone.

Southern Living's Brie and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

1 8 oz round of brie (bekah uses more than this)
1 lb ground hot pork sausage (use mild if needed)
6 pieces white bread slices
1 c grated Parmesan cheese
7 lg eggs, divided
3 cups whipped cream, divided
2 cups fat free milk
1 Tbs chopped fresh sage OR 1 tsp dried rubbed sage
1 tsp seasoned salt
1tsp dried mustard

1. Trim rind off brie-cut into cubes
2. Cook sausage til crumbles
3. Cut crust off bread slices and place evenly in bottom of 13 x 9 bkng dish
4. layer bread, sausage, cheeses
5. Whisk together 5 eggs, 2 c whipped cream, milk and next 3 ingredients
6. Pour over casserole. Cover and chill at least 8 hours
7. Whisk together 2 remaining eggs, 1 c whipped cream and pour over chilled mixture.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until casserole has set

Cinnamon rolls or monkey bread on the side make for a nice healthy, well rounded brunch. Oh, and i guess you could serve fresh fruit too. ;)

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Blog

Check out my new Blog, Rags to Britches.

Look at the Talent!

Yes, yes. She's playing AND singing at the same time. I guess the video camera would have been more effective, but i grabbed the regular camera like i always do. Ah well. Maybe next time.

"You're bothering me, Woman." Is that what you see on her face too?

And add "able to climb onto the piano bench all by herself" to her list of talents. She certainly is a little monkey.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Great Flood

ok, so it's not really that bad!

yesterday morning, i discovered a puddle of water in the office doorway. i kept looking around for the cup of water that had commited the crime. And then (Duh!) it dawned on me that the basement had flooded.

D checked the storage area and sure enough, the sump pump wasn't working. Half the storage area was wet, as well as half of the office. But the two halves weren't connected. Weird, right?

So, long story short, we called a plumber who was so backed up they couldn't be here until 1 ish, so we did what we could with our neighbor's wet vac (including me lugging bucket upon bucket of water to the rear of our property-fun, fun) and we thought it wasn't that bad until D stepped on a damp stop in our new (gasp!) area.

I called another neighbor to help me move furniture and turns out another neighbor got in on it and knew what he was doing. He took out the sump pump, realized it wasn't the problem, but a frozen pipe was. He told D to heat it with a hairdryer and it worked. The water stared draining (yah! and no plumber fees!) but the damage had been done.

We got a restoration (insurance approved) company to come in and they got here around lunch time yesterday and they discovered that the water had actually gone around the entire perimeter of the basement. The "perimeter drains" had thankfully kept most the water away from our furniture (which would NOT have been covered by insurance-- we need to update our policy) and so they had to move all the furniture and take the pad out from the living area and the office. That's why the new carpet only felt damp. When we finished the basement last year, we upgrated the pad and it had soaked up a ton of water--totally ruined.

There are anout 8 or 10 fans and a dehumidifier that ran all night and will need to run until Monday. They think the only causality we suffered was obviously the carpet pads, and one of the two desks in the office. The particle board (in the cheaper furniture) soaks up water and the veneer surface prevents it from drying out, so it will have to be tossed.

An assessor will come out next week, assess the damage, submit the claim to our insurance, then the restoration people will come back out and replace the carpet pads.

It could have been soooooo much worse! So, praise the Lord for that.

And in the meantime, this is the disaster we have to deal with for a couple weeks. And unfortunately it's our main living space. We had no idea we had this much stuff down there. Wow.

Here's my new sewing table. Stuck in the middle of all that mess. :(

And here's the link to the post from last March when we finished the basement. It's Done!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mr. Frosty

The weather dudes said that is was supposed to warm up significantly in the next few days, so Saturday Evan and i went outside to build the snowman he's wanted to build since the first flakes fell. When it first snowed last week, the snow was so powdery there was no way a snow man would have stayed together, but it was perfect Saturday.

Lizzy watched from inside while i ran to get the camera. Daddy and Evan were having a snowball fight.
I bundled her up to get pics of her in the snow in case it's the last snow of the season (here's hoping!) and she did not like it. At all. See the last picture.

So, here's Mr. Frosty. Evan named him. Not too bad for my first attempt in years, huh?

Too bad all that was left was a little snowman booty the next morning. :(

She stood there and cried til i came to rescue her. So much for being a snow baby.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

In My Own Little Corner

So a quick update... Dustin is doing better. I see improvement each day. We went by his office yesterday morning to drop off dishes from the wonderful meals his coworkers provided us this week (seriously, i've never had so much food in BOTH my fridge's at one time!) so it was good for him to get out for a bit.

Nate is better too. Antibiotics are wonderful, huh?

I called the doc on Wednesday for Lizzy. She was miserable and glued to my hip and thankfully they just called her in some medicine so i didn't have to take her in too. I think she has strep AND the stomach virus Nate and Ev had. (oh, D caught it too). She's also making baby steps. She slept all night last night for the first time in over two weeks. PTL.

So, on another mom came up that first week D was home from the hospital and i had told her D's idea about making me a crafting/project area in an unused corner of our newly finished basement. We searched online and my scrapbook mags for ideas and then went to home depot and found this unit on sale! We had to go to a couple different stores to get all the pieces (since they were on clearance they were running out) and Mom bought me the whole unit for my upcoming big 3-0.

A couple neighbors came over and helped mom and i bring it in and put it together (D can't lift anything more than a gallon of milk for another two weeks!) and i added some decorations to it and...

I LOVE it!!!! I brought ALL my scrapbook supplies and sewing stuff to the basement (it only took about 50 trips! ; ) ) and organized it all. I know where everything is...i don't have to crawl over stuff in the guest room closet to find my stamps anymore. It's great!!!

Oh, and now i can watch HGTV while i work on a project. Come on, it doesn't get much better than that! ;)

Oh, and i found this basket at a garage sale this summer for a buck and had it stuffed in The Dreaded Black Hole (aka the guest room closet) and realized it was perfect to hold the fabric for Lizzy's quilt. Well, until i start it anyway. It's in the corner of the cubby hole for the desk part of the unit.

Awesome, right?