Thursday, September 30, 2010

Updates from thoughts at 7:10 a.m.

Matthew eye is crazy swollen still. I took him to the Urgent Care this morning because he was experiencing blurred vision in his other eye. It turns out that his 'good eye' is just over compensating for his swollen one and it is tired. They prescribed prednisone to get rid of the swelling.

I still need to vacuum.

Lastly, a new thought...

I can play the penny whistle. I taught myself and it's AWESOME! I'm going to do put on a concert for my family. They don't know it yet and they probably won't be excited, but I'm going to do it anyway. muhahaha

WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO! It's a school production of a great broadway play AND in honor of this song, I made Nicole write a summary of the book Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. (Mother of Harry? haha)

Things on my mind at 7:10 a.m.

After watching the show Hoarders I feel the need to clean my house...NOT because it even remotely resembles a Hoarders house, but because I am GROSSED OUT!

I think we're going to take Matthew to the Dr. for his eye. It's not going all.

I love the sound of sqeaky clarinets and screachy violins in the morning. It's 'music' to my ears.

I love homeschooling!!

I need to vacuum.

General Conference starts in TWO DAYS!!! HOORAY!

In memory of...(don't worry, no one died)

When I had only been married about a year my mom gave me a waffle iron. I LOVE my waffle iron! Do you know what you can do with a waffle iron? A lot more than make waffles, that for sure.

A little over a year ago, June 9, 2009 to be exact, our ward did an Enrichment Meeting (now known as Relief Society Meetings) where each sister brought their favorite gadget from home and gave a little 'infomercial' on it. I was stumped on what to bring until my genius friend, Liz, suggested I bring my waffle iron.

Why do I love my waffle iron so much? Because, like I said only 2 paragraphs earlier, you can do a lot with a waffle iron. Here is a short list of the things you can make/cook/iron in a waffle iron:
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Fried Eggs (not with a soft center)
Chicken (boneless)
lastly, but not most importantly...
waffles (I don't heart waffles...unless they have my sister's homemade blackberry jam on top of them. Last night I heart-ed my waffle!)

At the Enrichment Meeting I decided I was going show the world (The Great Bend Ward) how to make cake in a waffle iron...german chocolate cake to be exact and I even bought the yummo frosting to go on top. When it was my turn to present, a horrible thing happened. My beloved waffle iron of 11 (ELEVIN!!) years would not heat up. It was a sad moment. Luckily because of the interest my friend Gloria had in my waffle iron demonstration, she quickly produced hers for me to borrow. (We were in her home. No, she doesn't just carry her waffle iron around with her. BUT, if she did...I'd love her even more.)

Her waffle iron was a fancy belgium waffle maker and it quickly heated up, much faster than mine ever did...even when it wasn't ancient. The german chocolate waffle cakes were a hit. There may have even been a run on waffle irons that evening at the local Wal*Mart. The only sad part of the evening was I left with no waffle iron, only the memory of it, and later a picture that was emailed to me by Liz...or Ben.

NOW, imagine a whole year without a waffle iron. I missed it and wanted to make lovely waffle-ey treats and lunches for the famdango, but alas, we were unable to replace it. When I moved out of Kansas, a few of my closest friends threw a little going party for me. We all wore aprons and ate delicious food outside in Linda McCowan's lovely yard, including waffle cakes for dessert. My going away gift, from Gloria, was A NEW WAFFLE IRON! (Say it like Rod Roddy used to say it on The Price is Right. RIP Rod.) Not just ANY waffle iron either, it was a fancy belgium waffle maker. I love it. I've had it for 4 months and used it many times already. We learned last night, that it does make good waffles.

This is my old waffle mortem. This is my new waffle iron, after it made lovely waffles last night. I tried 4 times to get a picture that would show how shiny it was, but the only thing it really shows is the dirt spot on the bottom left side. Whatever. I love it!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Is it bad when....

This morning at 6 when I was waking Nicole and Matthew up for school Matthew responded to my morning greeting with, 'Is it bad if my eye is so swollen shut that I can't open it?' I told him it was definately not a good thing. I quickly went to the store to buy benedryl (and batteries for my dead camara).

Matthew was stung by a bee yesterday during P.E. They asked him over and over if he was allergic and he told them no...which is kind of true. His breathing was not affected. He was stung by a yellow jacket about a month ago for the first time. We got home and I gave him a shot of Nyquil. It had the histamine blocker, pain killer and knocked him out for 3 hours as a bonus. When he woke up he didn't even remember he was stung. (this ad is brought to you by Nyquil.) Apparantly I should have done that for him again yesterday.

This picture doesn't give his eye justice. It swelled up to the size of a golfball.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dress Up Clothes

The latest addition to Nicole's dress up collection is a wedding dress. I made it for her this weekend. As I finished each piece she would put it on. Sleeves over her shirt, the bodice without sleeves as a vest, ribbon tied around her waist. She was really cute. She wears it while doing homework and puts and apron over it to sweep the floor. It's a hit.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Look what I did!

3 lines on every side. Extreme Awesomness--or nerdiness. I'll accept either.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Goodbye Facebook.

I quit Facebook. You aren't blocked, ignored, shunned or super annoying to me. I am just tired of Facebook, so I deactivated my account. Soooo, I'll see you soon! On my blog.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Best Cookies EVER!!

Preheat your oven to 375¤

1/2 C. Butter (softened)
1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda

Cream all of the above

1 C. White Flour
1 C. Whole Wheat Flour


2 1/2 C. Oats (I use quick oats)


1 C. Chocolate Chips


Drop onto pan by rounded tablespoons. Bake for 9 minutes. Cookies will look half-baked but leave them on the pan for about 5-6 minutes longer before you move them to a cooling rack and they'll be perfect. Makes 4 1/2 dozen.

*Note-the dough was kind of dry, but when the cookies were done baking, they weren't dry at all.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

I am trying to teach myself Spanish. I'm doing it by reading the Book of Mormon Spanish, then English-one verse at a time. I'm LOVING it and I actually think it's working. When I finish the BOM, I'll subscribe to the Liahona in Spanish to learn more vocabulary.

In other news...
*School starts on Wednesday.
*I made the best cookies EVER today.
*Ken fractured his #4 Lumbar (vertebrate ?). He's going to be okay though. Light duty for a few weeks and a few Dr Appts and he'll be ornery as ever.
*I'm looking for the perfect color to paint my bedroom. I'm thinking something tropical. Suggestion?
*My favorite President is Abraham Lincoln. I'm reading another book about him right now. He's fascinating!

Good night for now. Sorry no pictures...again.
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