Sunday, January 27, 2008

Cooking in the sink....

No, not me!! :) The boys were having fun cooking supper in the bathroom sink with their kitchen toys and food. I love watching their creativity. They played for a good hour or so. I'm not sure about the mess, luckily it is only water. I think I can handle that.
Lane says "Hot"!! The water was actually so cold that Bryce's arms and hands were like icicles.
"Safety" glasses and all!! You know cooking can be dangerous?!


Crazy Sunday...

It was off to the Quick Care with Bryce after mtg.. Once again for the third morning in a row, he woke up during the night and early morning screaming with ear pain. His buttons(tubes) have just recently fallen into the ear canal and BOOM...first thing you know... we have a ear infection. He has had a cough all week and sinus drainage, so this was just another complication. We left Jay and Lane at Nana and Pawpaw's for pizza after mtg. and a quick ride on the new boat. Little man and I came home after seeing the doctor, took medicine and laid down for a nap.
While it was quiet this afternoon, our little parakeet, Pete, the boys agreed was a good name, started chirping and tweeting...exciting!!:) He ate for the first time this morning while we were gone to mtg.. Both a good sign he is coming around!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

New pet....

My 2ND graders have voted for a class pet ...the results are in: PARAKEET.
So today while running errands, I stopped by the pet store and got one and all the supplies. I surprised Jay and the boys by bringing one home..cage and all. The picture above is just a photo I found. I'll post pictures of ours once the bird becomes acclimated to our household. I am going to keep him here at home for the next 2-3 weeks. I hope to have him finger-tamed and at ease before I put him in a room full of 20 eight year olds. The boys have been checking on him all evening and wonder why he won't eat, drink or fall asleep when they tell him to. We will keep you up to date as we come up with a name and he learns new tricks.

Daddy's New Boat

The picture is a little fuzzy, but you get the idea they are very happy with daddy's purchase!! Jay picked up our new boat this a.m.. This boat is more appropriate with the boys being small and I don't have to worry about them going over the edge, like our last one. Daddy can still take it out fishing, but we can joy ride also. Maybe tomorrow afternoon if it warms up, we will take our first boat ride.
Ahoy, mates'!!
Checking it all out!!


Food on the Brain......

A cold damp morning.......so why not look for good recipes? I've got food on the brain, can you tell?:) This recipe is form the www.elise.com website( Simply Recipes). I am going to fix this this evening with chicken spaghetti. I'll let you know if it is as YUMMY as it looks. :P

8 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 lb shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 to 1 cup chopped green onion (to taste)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp sour cream (optional)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup, 4 ounces), softened to the point of being slightly melted
1 to 2 loaves of French or Italian bread (I used Ciabatta), depending on the size of the loaves
1 In a large bowl, mix together the cheeses and the green onion. Stir in the mayonnaise and sour cream. In a separate small bowl blend the butter and garlic until smooth. Add the butter mixture to the cheese mixture.

2 Preheat broiler. Slice loaf of bread in half horizontally, lay crust side down. Spread cheese mixture over the bread. Place under the broiler until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.

3 Remove from broiler and let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slice the bread with a bread knife. Serve.

Makes 30 to 40 slices.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Saturday's Fun..

Western Wars.....
Lane found a costume from Auntie Peggy in his closet this morning and added his cowboy hat and new play gun from daddy. I love how sober they both are!!:) Off to conquer the West....
Bryce settled for a cloth diaper as a kerchief(sp?).



Quiet play
I found him playing and singing under the kitchen table this morning. He can play off by himself so well. Lane on the other hand is like Mommy and prefers to be where the action is with others.



PLAYDOH FUN

This was a box set with the playdoh and tools from Kohl's after Christmas sale- originally $29.99 for $9.99. This was the first time we got it out and what a hit!! :) Everything has to do with breakfast. Which is one of the boy's favorite meals.


Bryce's breakfast- waffles, bacon, berries, and eggs with a little help from Mommy.



Lane's Creation- breakfast wrap, bacon, onions, and berries.

Snow!! Yes..even in Louisiana


Yes!! It finally happened...it SNOWED!!!:) This is every child's dream(and some adults, too..smile)here in the south. For about 10 minutes last night it snowed big, wet snowflakes. We played outside as long as we could. The boys tasted the snow, but loved throwing snowballs at Jay and I. It very quickly accumulated on surfaces, but nothing to show for it this a.m.. Just too warm:( This video is not the best, but we wanted to catch the boy's excitement!!! If it is choppy, I'm sorry!



video

Little Boy Blue

Lane's preschool class had Nursery Rhyme Day yesterday.... Lane was our Little Boy Blue. They were ask to say their nursery rhyme to the class and then paraded through K-2 classes.
Thanks to my fellow teacher, we borrowed the hat and 100 yr. bull horn to complete the costume. He would not wear the hat during the parade, he had it in his mind that Little Boy Blue didn't always wear a hat. :) Whatever? He had fun!!
The "little old woman in the shoe", Lane's teacher, Miss Dance.

" The mouse that ran up the clock......." I just thought the little girl as the mouse and Ms. Storms as the clock was just darling. ;)



Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tonka Truck Racing

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Just a quick video of the boys racing down our hill in their Tonka trucks. Listen carefully to the boy noises as they race. :) Notice the large satellite dish, this is our internet satellite, the only way to get high speed internet in the country. It is a beautiful day in the low 60's here. No sledding, but this is the next best thing!!:) Bryce's hives are better and he's all about playing today. The doctor put him on steriods and a strong antihistamine. Diagnosis: hives from something.

On a side note: Bryce got angry this morning and told me he was "angrish". I said don't you mean "angry", he very determined said "That is Spanish for angry, my friend at school told me that". Such a funny kid!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Haircuts and Hives....

How do the two go together??? Let me explain. :)

I was closely monitoring the boys last night as they were using the Fiskar scissors and paper. I stepped out to throw in a load of laundry and when I came back in, Bryce was holding a handful of his HAIR!!!!! Aghhhhh!! I would post a picture, but he did a really good job and you really can't see where he cut.... phew!! Thank goodness... this is the first time either of the boys have cut their hair. It doesn't surprise me that it was Bryce first. So that was last night..... this morning, I woke Bryce about 6:30 to get ready for school and suddenly realize that an eye is half swollen shut, his face has red, raised and warm splotches, and his ears have red specks all over them. I called my brother( the Doc.) and said " Benedryl and the E.R. or just watch and see?". He said, benedryl and see the doctor this a.m.. After a dose of benedryl, the redness and speckles are gone, but his face is still puffy and splotchy. Why?... I have not the faintest, I hope our doctor can figure out why at 10:30 this a.m. He is fussy and irritable, so I know it's not over yet.

I am beginning to get gray quick(honestly)!! Lane has been a fairly easy, predictable kiddo, Bryce on the other hand.... where do I begin?! He has add the spice to our lives and I am every so thankful for that!:0 He can make me laugh when I should be ringing his neck and the next minute lay a BIG kiss on your cheek!!! Kids are so different. I should know that as teacher, but when they are your own, you see a different perspective! Parenthood is an unpredictable, yet awesome experience. That's why my parents say to me now, raising small children is for when your young and able. Each day brings the *precious moments* that can never be repeated and then some you want to forget, quick!! Have a great weekend everyone:)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Late nights and sleeping late.....OVER!!!

Today is the last day of our Christmas break.... so thus ends our lazy mornings, big projects, and spur of the moment fun. In two weeks and three days we have done so much and still had time to relax. Let me think: we spent a week with Grandma and Grandpa, painted our bedroom, cleaned windows, hung closet doors, moved our old refrigerator out to laundry room, moved new one in, played games by the fire, made/decorated cookies with the boys, and much more. So as reality kicks in tomorrow, I won't be able to post almost everyday or surf other's blogs, which I have soooo enjoyed!!! Smile!
Technology is scary, but so fun. As I blog hop, I have found so many people I knew and lost touch with. It is so awesome to see alittle into your lives now!! If you found us and have lost touch over the years, please leave us a comment. On this note, to my old friend Jill- So FUN to hear from you again!!!:) Please contact me on my email: jsvallery@yahoo.com

Friday, January 4, 2008

Winter Freeze!!

For the first time in several long days, the boys were able to go out and play outside. It has been so bitter cold with temps in the 20' at night and 30'-40' in the daytime. They were so fascinated to find the water in the trough frozen solid. That doesn't happen to often here in the south. They worked their hardest, but of course unsuccessful in breaking it up!! Great entertainment though!!:)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

More Funnies...

I knew a few more would come to me!!:)
Bryce:
1. "The Indians will take you away"- he means the ambulance will take you away. I don't know how the two are connected? :)
2. "squaretangle"- the combination of a square and triangle- in our terms- a ruler. He was using this as he was working on his workbench.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!!

To all our family, friends and strangers we haven't yet met, our wishes for a healthy and happy 2008!! As you visit our blog this year, let us hear from you. We love to receive your comments!:)