Snippets

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Catch Up!

I went to the Dr. today.  I'm 30 weeks along and the baby is measuring 29 weeks so take THAT Walmart checker lady who felt the need to go on and on and on and ON.... about how big I am and how I look like I'm going to pop, and WHEN am I going to have that baby, and has the doctor given you any idea how big that baby is?  I mean, how much does he weigh?!?!?!  Seriously.  On her behalf, she was young and had most likely never been pregnant herself.  This is what I told myself over and over.  Not only did I not resort to sarcasm, I don't THINK I even gave her any dirty looks.  Shanna was there though, so she might have a different opinion.  I feel that the square footage of my mansion in heaven got expanded.

More Dr. talk. One time I told mom that I thought I was Dr. Shanbour's favorite patient.  She quickly assured me that I wasn't, that it was merely a sign that he's a good Dr.  Well today Shanbour told me I was one of his favorites, so BOO YEA MOM! *wink*.  So I told him that story and he admitted it was probably some of both.  Good bedside manner + he just thinks I'm wonderful *more winking*.  Really I think all it would take is a patient to consistently be on time and follow instructions.  I did NOT tell him I just got back from a weekend trip that was longer than an 1 1/2 drive...which according to him is a no no after 28 weeks.

We had a great Memorial Day weekend at the lake.  I excepted that lake to be super packed because of the holiday, but it wasn't at all, which was nice.  The water was COLD.  Luke was the only one who thought it was just fine.  Brandon and Kyle went early Friday morning and got the boat in the water, Shanna and I brought the kids up after their naps.  Luke woke up Saturday morning throwing up, but without a fever.  We weren't really sure what to do.  No fever, but sick, and has been begging to go to the lake since before last October...so we stayed and he was fine after his nap Saturday afternoon.  Now we're just hoping no one else catches it. So far we're all fine.

I am now keeping my laundry in the laundry basket and putting that on Luke's activity table so I don't have to bend over to get the clothes to fold them.  I find the floor is getting farther and farther away these days.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Stuff!

With the upcoming arrival of Baby Max we have had some "rearranging" going on.  When we built the house the floor plan called for a separate single car and a half garage.  We debated on what to do with that space.  We didn't feel that we needed 4 car slots, so we knew we wanted to do something else with it.  Gym or guest room was the debate.  Gym won, but as it turns out, guest room should have.  So Kyle headed up the project of converting our gym (treadmill plus my dinky "girl" free weights room) to a guest room.  It's finished.  It's been finished for a while, but I was getting curtains to go in there so decided to wait to post pictures.  I'll have to post more once we get our guest room furniture moved into there.  I must say Kyle did a great job (and I didn't do half bad on the curtains myself *wink*).  He picked out/did EVERYTHING.  The only thing I did was the curtains.

 The closed door on the left is a closet.  Then there is just a cupboard with counter and the open door on the right leads to the bathroom.  
 View in the bathroom from the doorway.

Linen closet to the right and the shower.  Was very hard to get good picture of this side of the room.

 Luke's new curtains.  He's not too sure about them still.  He didn't want new curtains.  He liked the brown sheet we had draped over his window with the hole in it.
 Leta's room.  I LOVE these curtains.  I should've taken a close up so you could see the pattern better.  Maybe I'll do that someday, but not today, she's already down for the night.
Max's future room, but still set up as the guest room.  

Chicken and Bacon Florentine

I got this recipe from the 5 Dollar Dinner website and tried it out tonight.  It was really good and everyone ate it really well.  And for once, Luke didn't try to pick out the spinach.  That's why I love frozen spinach.  It's much harder to avoid *grin*.  I altered her recipe slightly.  And I'm sure I paid more for my ingredients than she did.

1/2 lb short cut pasta (I used rotini, and I always buy the Barilla Plus pasta brand)
1 lb diced chicken
4 slices Jennie-O Turkey Bacon, chopped
1 (15oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
Basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to taste
2 T olive oil
Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Cook bacon, and chicken and cook.  Add spices, tomatoes and spinach and cooked pasta.  Heat through and toss with olive oil.  Serve with Parmesan.

Here's a link to her original post: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2010/07/chicken-bacon-florentine-pasta.html

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Seen and heard

So.  Tonight in the car we get started talking about Coyotes.  I'm not sure how we got on the subject, but we did..  So Kyle is telling Luke what the coyotes do, with Luke asking 'why' every time Kyle pauses to catch his breath.  They chase deer - WHY?- because they're hungry.  And they chase rabbits, and they're afraid of people etc.  Pause in the conversation.

Luke: What else do the daddies do?
Me and Kyle: Long confused pause.  Kyle figures it out first.
K: Did you think I was saying Kyle's?
L: Yes.
K: I was saying COYOTES.  It's two different words.  Coyotes, or Coyotees. Not Kyle's.  I don't chase deer.
M: Laugh uncontrollably until we get home.

So.  It was definitely much more funny in the car.

On another unrelated note.  I was trying to catch a picture of the back of Leta's hair.  She's got some curls.  I only got one halfway decent picture.  The others were blurry.  So. Here are the cute curls. Sorry this picture is upside down.  It's not that way on my computer, but for some unknown reason it's uploading to blogspot that way.

Ham & Potato Frittata

Tried out a new recipe tonight.  It was good and everyone ate it well.  After Luke got going.  And after I realized Leta wanted to run the spoon and feed herself.  By Herself, thank you very much.

Ham and Potato Frittata
1 onion
1 green pepper
3 T oil
3 potatoes
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2-3 cups cubed ham
2 c shredded cheese
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cumin


Dice onion, green pepper and peel and dice potatoes.  Add onion, pepper, and potatoes to large skillet with hot oil. Add S&P to taste  Cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the potatoes are tender and starting to brown.  Layer ham and cheese on top of the potatoes.  In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and remaining seasonings.  Pour into skillet.  place in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Let rest out of oven about 10 minutes.  Cut into wedges and serve.


If you don't have an oven proof skillet, you can prepare this in a casserole dish.


This should be a relatively cheap meal to make, given you get your cheese at a decent price.  And with grocery prices what they have been?  A nice inexpensive meal is just what the accountant ordered.