Thursday, April 29, 2010

I did it.

Yesterday, I ordered a brand new, shiny, never been turned on laptop. Then, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. Ok, not really. I can pretty much ALWAYS sleep. But I am excited and I thought I should warn you of what you have coming. Be prepared to get sick of seeing my chickens, garden projects, yard beautification, remodel and probably food. Oh, yeah and I'll probably post pictures of my kids a few times too. Oh my stinkin heck I 'm excited.....now we just have to get the phone company to get here and hook up our internet so I can actually use my new computer! Anyway, have a wonderful, beautiful, glorious day.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

KayCee-ism

Yesterday Kevin was changing the spark plug in the weed eater. She asked him what he was doing and he told her "trying to make the weedwacker run." She patted him on the back and said, "do a good job daddy, I want to hear this kitten purr!"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Is this really happening?

We loaded up the kids yesterday to go check out the Redwood National Forest and to maybe hit the coast fir a while. Um, yeah. What really happened was that by the time we hit Crescent City we were NOT driving any farther for a while. It turns out most of my kids get carsick. I'll leave it at that and spare you the nasty details. I would like to point out that by this time though we had used up all the extra outfits we had, except one for KayCee and one for Lainee. So, we decide that it is a gorgeous day and we are just going to go to the beach. Get everyone out, go down the trail, head for the water. Lainee falls down in the surf and gets soaking wet, but it was ok, the kids had a lot of fun at the beach. Then we loaded up for home. The LONG way home, with a far less winding road. Needless to say, after 11 hours being gone, puking and sand everywhere, we were glad to be home. We learned a few things and are more prepared for next time around. All in all a good day, puking aside. Can't wait to do it again!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Forget Trying To Feed The Birds

My neighbors are old. He retired as a bridge builder in California and moved here in 1977. You try to figure out how old he is, I gave up. He and his wife love nothing more than to feed the birds. A very noble passtime if you ask me. I'll be outside and see them sitting at their table having coffee and watching the birds. It's all very cozy and sweet. Unless you are the one trying to feed the birds. You will not be able to compete with the virtual bird feast they have laid out. I have never seen anything like it, hanging bags of thistle, feeders of oiled sunflower seeds, suet cakes of every shape and size. That's not even counting the birdseed she told me they really like, some sort if magical mix of dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Almonds, cashews and walnuts to be exact. I think they feed them trail mix. Did I mention the hummingbird feeders? Last count: 11. We gave up feeding the birds, now we just watch them eat all of the neighbors seed. Which is ok with me, it's cheaper that way :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Apple Blossom Time

My trees are blooming! I am so very happy to see that our extensive pruning this year seems to have paid off. There are quite a lot less blooms than in previous years, but I am hoping that results in larger apples. I have plans for those little beauties too. Apple sauce, apple butter, dried apple slices and dried apple pies, fresh apple pies, apples right from the tree and the big one: apple cider. I'm especially looking forward to having my own cider to mull in the wintertime. So, as you can see, I have big plans for my little apple tree. It really is amazing because when we moved here it was little more than a stick and now its top is nearly to the second story window. This year it should provide a bit more shade for the lawn and give the kids a place to sit and play. I love my apple tree. If it ever stops raining I will get out there to take a picture of the blossoms before they are all gone. So tell me, what fruit trees do you have/wish you had? What would you do/ do you do with your fruity goodness???

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Do not read this if you are easily offended by bodily functions!!

There really is no easy way to jump into this one, so here we go. My kids think farts are like, totally hilarious. But things have changed a bit since the 'watery fart' tragedy. Names have been withheld to protect the innocent. About a week ago, one of my children came running down the stairs and says to me, "Mom, I don't know what to do, everytime I fart water comes out." Now, I tried really hard not to laugh, because she had been sick, but it was too hard. I turned towards the sink and hid my laughter replying, "Well, honey maybe you should stop trying to do that." She looked at me with awe and wonder and said, "Do you think that will make it stop?" Fast forward to yesterday when one of my kids was licking a spoodle that I used to make cream cheese frosting the night before. I told her it would make her sick and ole runny drawers pipes up and says, "Yeah, remember when I had bubbly farts? Don't do it, it's not worth it!" So my dear readers, there's a lesson to be learned here. I'm just not sure what it is.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

KayCee-isms

It's springtime here and that means just one thing: roadkill in mass quantity. We were driving to the big city about a week ago when KayCee spotted something on the side of the road. "Daddy", she screached from the backseat, "was that just a MONKEY smashed back there?!" Kevin just laughed and told her no, that was a raccoon. Then a couple days ago she went to the dump with Kevin and she spied something else. "Daddy, why was that so red and meaty looking?" Again, Kevin just laughed and told her because it was a skunk that had gotten smashed. She usually is so worried about any animals safety that I'm kind of amazed at her fascination with dead stuff. But, I guess everyone has to have something that interests them. So what if it's blood and guts right? RIGHT?! It's totally normal. I hope.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Cleaning

Is spring cleaning on your list this month? Do you spring clean? Does ANYONE spring clean anymore? I am going to start tackling one room at a time this week, cleaning and sorting, and maybe do a little organization/dunging out for the trash bin. The thought of spring cleaning is kind of making me excited, I have to admit. I can't wait to get the stuff back where it goes, throw some things away and have a little more room to kick around. So, I am starting today. Upstairs in my kids room. I figure if I am going to do this thing I might as well go all in. Wish me luck. On a totally different topic, it looks like we might be getting a new laptop in the next month or so. Why should you care? No more posts without pictures, thats why! It will be much more interesting for everyone involved when I can put pics of my projects/crafts/garden/kids up. So, now I'm off to get going and I hope you all have a wonderful Monday.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Suprise, Suprise

In February I had bought some different sprinkles to decorate sugar cookies for Kevin. I had noticed that the jars were mysteriously disappearing. I didn't think much of it because there are only two people in my house who would steal them. I knew that the next time I cleaned the girls' room I would find my jars. And, oh, did I ever find them. Yesterday I went up there to gather their mound of clothes up and I spied a row of jars under the oldest kids bed. I pulled them all out and realized they were full of...something. On closer inspection there was what seemed to be celery leaves and bits of stalk floating in water. I was about to chuck them out when I spied it. There wasn't just celery and water in there, there seemed to also be several unfortunate maple bugs also suspended in liquid. I asked the girls about it and I found out that maple bugs love to be in water, they eat celery and that my children had intended to make them pets forever. I really hope I don't find anymore "treasures" this week.

Friday, April 16, 2010

It gets me everytime.

Yesterday, I went to the big city to get my Kevins perscription filled. (He had some dental work done.) While I was waiting, I went down to the Co-Op to get some guinea pig food. When I got there they had chicks. Fluffy, puffy, peeping, chirping. Oh, and ducks, pheasants and banty chickens. I was in baby animal heaven. We were going to get a couple more chickens for the garden this year anyway, so I just scooped me up four lil babies and scurried home. They are currently living on my dryer, under the lights. I chose a Rhode Island Red hen, a Silver Laced Wyandotte and two Buff Orpingtons. Those are my favorite I think, I love their soft tan color and easygoing disposition. Not that the rhody isn't pretty, they are. And the wyandottes are pretty with their blackfeathers tipped in white. But those Orpingtons, they speak to me, man. Love, love, love them. Anyway, this is just another sign that spring is on its way. I love to have chickens, and they give me something to do. As if I don't have enough to do already! :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where'd You Get Those Peepers?

Meet Henry, Big Rhonda, Penny and Rhoda. Won't our older hens be surprised??? Just got them today, will post more tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening. Mine is full of tiny peeps already!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stink, Stank, Stunk

Ever have a smell in your house that you just can't find? I searched for the smell day and night. I scrubbed the kitchen clean, bleached the fridge out, cleaned the drains. Nothing helped. What was the smell and where did it come from? Did something die under the house? Did a mouse die in the wall? Did I forget to put something away on grocery day? (That has happened before.) Yesterday I couldn't take it any longer, I started taking everything out of the cabinets, sorting through it, wiping the shelves down and putting everything back. I was on my last cabinet when I was struck by the fumes, it was here somewhere. I took all the pots and pans out expecting to find a dead little critter. But no, there wasn't one. When I was putting everything back in, I picked up the bread machine and heard something rattle inside. I opened the top and KAPOW there was my stink. One of my children had put a potato inside and it was now swimming in a pool of nastyness. Mmmmm, potato bread anyone? Glad I found it and it's gone!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's In The Air

Spring. I can almost smell it in the air. It makes me want to bake a pie, make beans for a bbq, feed hummingbirds, devil some eggs and plant some veggies! Spring is probably my favorite season, the world is fresh and new after a long dormant winter. It isn't as hot as summer, everything is green and lush and I can work in the garden. I am especially looking forward to it this year since all of the kids are mobile and everyone can be outside. Outside, what a wonderful thing. It's my sanity saver, "Everyone outside and play!" Off they scamper leaving me to my chores and a small bit of quiet time. If you can count kids screaming at each other to get off the bike, KayCee playing the air guitar on my bbq basket or the dog barking at birds quiet time. I do. I'm desperate here people, I take what I can get. I can hardly wait. But, off I go now, the zoo needs fed and medicated, and we have to clean their cages. Oh, and remember: April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring? PILGRIMS!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Drive By

I was pooped on by a bird. While in a car. DRIVING down the road. Yup, that's right. I was a victim of a drive by pooping. Kevin had a convertable car when we got married, I won't tell you the model of car because it was not very manly and I don't want to tarnish his very masculine image. ANYway, we had gone to Medford to shop for the day, and on the way out of town had decided to take the old highway home. It was a beautiful early summer day so we had the top down. We were driving along, minding our own business when all of a sudden BAM!!! something landed in my hair. I started screaming "There's a bug in my hair!! Get it out, GET IT OUT!" He just laughed. I didn't want to keep the little bugger on my head, so I reached up and felt around only to discover something wet. I knew. It was poop. "STOP THE CAR!!! There is bird poop in my hair!!" "WHAT?" was his reply,"is it on the seat? IT WILL RUIN THE LEATHER!" Let's just say the rest of the ride was.........quiet.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring has Sprung!

Our apple tree. I am going to post a pictue a week so we can watch it's development through the spring and summer. Enjoy!

Lainee-ism

This morning at breakfast, we were having a discussion about fruits and vegetables. Now, we have no problem getting our kids to eat either of those, but I like to ask them what their favorites are so I can feel like a super good parent when they rattle off a list. This morning, however, when I asked Lainee what her favorite vegetable was, she replied "PIG!" I told her a pig was NOT a vegetable. She smiled sweetly at me and said (in her best possessed by the devil voice) "It is when ya cook it!!!" So there ya have it folks, Pork-the other vegetable. Enjoy your Funday Sunday!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bee-You-T-Full

So my parents are gone this weekend and I am watching their house and dogs. The kids have been sick so entertainment has been scarce. On that note, world I would like you to meet Boone, Boone meet the world. Boone is 5 years old, enjoys long walks on the beach, high fashion and chasing cats. He doesn't like small dogs, taking his medicine or electric fencing. Tomorrow- he explores his feminine side. Ta-Ta for now!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Let's Go Explore!!

My crazy mind. It works in mysterious ways. I have wierd hang-ups, especially at night. I can't go to sleep if the closet door is open. Not even open a crack. Ours was open when I went to bed last night. I started imagining waking up in the middle of the night and having some sort of crazy hobgobblin standing over me, his creepy neon green eyes glowing in the dark. Or, and this is my personal favorite, I always imagine that if the door is even open a crack it means that someone broke into the upstairs and is hiding in the closet. He obviously has the door open a crack so he can see when we are asleep to attack us all. There are more, but it is just too ridiculous to admit anymore of them, they just get sillier. Anyway, I just laid there last night until I couldn't take it anymore. I rolled over, poked kevin and said "Honey, I think I hear a mouse in the closet, would you go look? Oh, and while you're up, close the door please." Ahhhh, works everytime!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Last of the Good Stuff

Yesterday I opened my last jar of sweet pickles. The day before I used my last jar of caramel apple sauce. I do have several quarts of whole tomatoes left. What does all this mean and why am I telling you about it? It means it is time for me to start deciding what I want to plant in my garden this summer. Why am I telling you? Because I just want to share. I didn't know what to can last year really, I just guessed at what I thought we would need. It was a good place to start, but I found out what we really eat and what we really don't. This year I plan on making more applesauce, more sweet pickles, more dill pickles and switch to canning spaghetti sauce instead of whole tomatoes. I am also going to make my own sweet pickle and dill pickle relishes and try my hand at zuchinni relish. And mock pineapple, that interests me. This time of year, the planning of the garden, the washing of empty jars makes me feel excited to get started again. There is nothing like growing, preserving and eating your own food!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wishy-Washy

Laundry. I hate it, it haunts me in my sleep. There is always a pile in the bathroom. Whenever I think I see the end in sight I have to change sheets, wash blankets or something. I don't understand laundry. I don't know how I get so much stacked up, where it comes from or who in my house has this many clothes. I think laundry breeds in the night, or maybe its like Gremlins and a drop of water makes them multiply. Not only do I HATE washing and drying it, nothing is worse than spending hours folding it and putting it away. I prefer the stack-it-in-the-laundry-basket-in-an-unused-corner method. I have even been known to make my family live off laundry on the couch, but since we only have four places to sit I try not to do that very often. Plus the dog sleeps in it if I throw it on the couch. Oh, well. The other option is going naked and while the rest of my family would hop on that wagon, I respecfully decline. I'd rather fold laundry, thank you very much. If you don't hear from me tomorrow, the laundry got me.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The mouths of babes

Spew some nasty words around here. My girls can cuss a man to shame. Not that I am proud of that, mind you, but they can really bring it. The part that amazes me is their ability to use such horrible, nasty vulgarity in such perfect context. I have the hardest time not laughing when I hear them use swear words in casual conversation. For example Kay was driving the tractor the other day and I asked her if it was fun. She said "Yeah it was fun, I was driving the hell outta it!" Or there is the famous "Get your hands off my !@#$%&* barbie!!" That one was my middle kid. She puts a sailor to shame. I'm not sure why I felt compelled to share this with you all today, it certainly doesn't make my parenting look all that stellar. I just know that every little kid says bad words, and while you may not burst out in laughter like I do, or are halfway proud that they can use them correctly we all have stories like this. So, I say it's ok, have a chuckle. At least you know they listen to you at least some of the time!

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Personal Hell

Migraines. I get them. In fact, I had one last night. Obviously chocolate is a trigger food for me. Also triggers: caffeine, stress, excess salt, dehydration and I also suspect some preservatives. For anyone who gets these massive headaches I don't even need to explain them to you, you are aware of just how bad they can be. For you lucky folks who don't get them, they are the worst feeling ever. EVER. I can feel mine start to come on at the base of my neck, then it quickly spreads to behind my eyes. That tells me to get ready. When I start to get sick to my stomach I know I am in for it. These are realatively new to me personally, although my dad suffered from them a lot when I was younger. So, after having had one yesterday, I get to walk around like a zombie. It just knocks me on my butt and makes it so hard to function. The worst part is the lingering headache that could turn into another migraine if I let things get out of control. Happy Monday, and here's to taking better care of ourselves this week!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Prep: part 2

Happy Easter everyone, I hope your morning is going as well as mine. We are all just hanging out in our pj's and eating candy. You know, all the normal stuff. I am going to get busy here in a bit and get some jello done and start my rolls. We decided to have pork loin, mashed potatoes, asparagus, rolls, deviled eggs and jello. We might make some sugar cookies later, we will have to see how the day goes. Also, a quick note on the salad spinner egg dying doohicky. It worked ok, the kids liked it a lot. I wasn't that impressed but I did think it would be good for really little kids because the dye is all enclosed. They would have a ball pushing the plunger and watching the egg hurl around in there. Anyway, this is going to be short today, I want to go hang with the family. Hope you all have a wonderfull day!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Prep: Part 1

Today is going to be busy. The kids are going to go hunt eggs in our little park in town. That sounds easy and fun right? I'm sure it will be. It's just that it takes so long to get four kids out the door and into the car. It never fails that one of them thinks they have clean pants and they don't. Or we will FINALLY get everyone dressed and one shoe will go MIA. Then there will be the fights about who gets which identical easter bucket, who gets to get in the car first, who gets out first, who gets to hunt eggs with EE. I am exhausted and we haven't even started yet. But, and this is the most important part, they will have a blast. Then we will come home and they will eat candy until they pass out. And later, when daddy gets home we will dye the eggs, my favorite part of Easter hands down. So much fun to watch them get excited when they lift the egg out of the dye and see the color. This year we have a salad spinner type thingy for dying eggs. I'll give you an update on how that goes later! HAPPY EASTER!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Dinner

Or lunch or even brunch. I want to know what you all are doing for Easter. Are you making a full Easter dinner? A more casual lunch? Maybe brunch after you hunt for eggs? Do you hunt for eggs? Am I the only adult who still enjoys hunting eggs? I have questions people and they need answers. What do you cook for Easter and what are some of your traditions? I haven't decided what we are having yet, I need inspiration. I usually make the BIG meal, ham, mashed taters, green beans, jello salad, rolls, candied yams, deviled eggs and at least two desserts. Not to mention the cheese ball, crackers and dip I put out before. This year I want to have a nice meal but without so much fuss. It's a lot of work and I just don't want to slave away over a stove all day. I am even thinking of doing something totally different, like maybe bbq some ribs. Who knows, I still have today and tomorrow to decide right? So, help me out and tell me what you are planning to cook. Have a great weekend and enjoy the holiday!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fool me once

Because it is April Fool's Day and because I missed yesterday, I thought I would share with you my april fool's day stories. Two years ago today we found out we were having twins. And no one would believe us. That was one of the most exciting and scariest days of my life. Now, tell me, what was the best prank played on/by you? One time I put salt in my moms sugar canister. That was pretty funny until they glued my butt to the toilet seat with extra strength hairspray....for cows. That stuff is like super glue in a can. I left a little piece of my behind behind that day, literally. So there, you have my best fool's day stories, now share yours!

Unplugged

Yesterday was busy. So busy that I didn't post anything. That was partly because we were busy and partly because I made the decision to stay off my phone, leave the tv off and spend better time with my family. Let me tell you, yesterday was the most relaxed and stress free day we have had for a long time. Kevin was home and we just got STUFF done, it was great! We talked about it last night and I think we are going to "unplug" at least once a week. It was amazing let me tell ya. I am starting to see that tv is a giant drain on me. Not only do I do nothing when it is on, I will put off doing anything just to watch something stupid. Ever catch yourself changing the channels and not finding anything good? Me too. And the worst part is that I will just find something to watch untill something better comes on. No more. This is my spring resolution: THE TV NO LONGER CONTROLS MY LIFE. There, I said it. I feel much better, care to join me??? Just turn the tv off for a hour today and see what happens, I dare ya!!