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Monday, October 17, 2011

I do it in the shower...

Breast Cancer Awareness 2011

In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2010.

No matter who you are or where you do it, remember to check your breasts regularly!

(Couldn't get around getting some baby belly in the pic this year!)

Oops!

I went two days without posting. There goes my trying to post something every day in October! lol

Honestly, things were just getting a bit too hectic for me, and making full on posts was just not working!

Maybe I'll try again next month with just Wordless Posts or something. We'll see.

In other news, tomorrow is the big day!! We find out if we're having another baby boy or another baby girl! I cannot wait! The kids are also SO excited!! I really don't see any disappointment going either way with them, either, which is SO NICE. I was honestly getting a little nervous that they were going to have their minds set on one sex or the other .. so far, that hasn't happened. Although, I do think my daughter is wanting a sister pretty badly.. But, I think she'll be ecstatic no matter what. And I know when baby comes she'll love him or her regardless :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Star light...

Mehkaelie spotted the moon and the first star (that we could see) tonight. We thought it was pretty cool so we decided to take a picture :)

I remember when I was little, looking up at the sky, waiting on that first star.. Making wishes and hoping like hell they'd come true. Because, you know, I NEEDED those wishes to come true. What little girl wants to go her life without a pony or a new outfit just like her friends that cost $300?


So .. make a wish.

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. (And as my kids like to end their wishes..) Please and thank you, Star.

Until tomorrow..

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thirsty

I cannot seem to get enough to drink today! My mouth has been dry since I woke up this morning and I swear if I drink anymore I'm going to drown. Hopefully in the morning, it will be gone and I'll feel better, because on top of super dry mouth, I've also been feeling exhausted and run down. You know, pregnant.


This is just the water tops from the water I've drank this evening. I'm sure I had just as much if not more than that earlier today. I already need to buy a new case of water.

Agh! Moisten mouth! Now!!

Until tomorrow..

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yawn

I have been SO dang tired today. I've been lying around most of the day and the parts that I was up for, well .. let's just say I didn't get a whole lot accomplished. I guess I did get some laundry done but there's still plenty I didn't.

I'm feeling kind of like I'm in a funk. I'm not sure why, just am.. Hopefully it passes soon..

Until then, here's another short and quick post for you.


Cole found this pink Halloween basket tonight while cleaning his room. It's from last year. We've already gotten him a new one for this year so he handed this one to me tonight saying that I could use it. When I tried to explain to him that mommy's don't trick-or-treat we just take our kids around so that they can, he wasn't having it. He told me the baby wanted candy so I have to. Clever boy of mine, yes?

Mehkaelie also cleaned up her room and it looks (and smells!) SO much better. When I asked her what she cleaned some things down with (you could smell it in the air) she smiled and said "The blue shampoo". When I asked her why she used shampoo she said "Because it's gentle and tear free, and it smells like blueberry." Haha I thought it was just too cute. Nothing she wiped down needed tear free cleansing, but hey, I suppose it worked.

I'm off to bed.. Until tomorrow..

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quickie


I swear he poses when he sleeps every night. The other night, his hand was over his forehead like a "swoon" position, one night his hand was on his cheek with his mouth open like he was shocked .. last night he had his little fist under his chin like he was thinking lol

So precious, he is.


Sister being an excellent influence on brother! They love to read, by themselves, together, to each other, to me, with me.. They both always have books in their hands these days. I love it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Crisis Averted, A Ceremony Had

The day started out quite early. Not any earlier than any other week day, though. Just early for "a day off". I woke up, woke Mehkaelie up and got her around and ready for school. Once she was taken care of and off to start her day, I woke up Cole. He woke up surprisingly easy. He seems to really enjoy going to doctor appointments for some reason! We started to wake Joe up, which wasn't as easy. It took a few tries, but alas, he woke up with plenty of time to wake up and get ready to go. Cole had a bowl of cereal and just as I was going to pour one I noticed the time. Not enough time, darn it. Oh well, I would just grab something on the way home.

Before we left the house, I asked Joe several times if I should print off a map so we'd have an idea of where we were going. We've been to Children's several times, but there is construction on some of the major roads that we would usually take. "No. I don't need one, I'm just going to take Penn." was his response every time. HAH! Yeah. That didn't work. We ended up lost in the city, again. Good thing I didn't print off that map, eh?

Something you should know about Joe. He can't stand to make a left hand turn. He just can't do it. Unless we are in a strictly left hand turning lane that is clearly marked and all other traffic is stopped, he is absolutely incapable of making a left hand turn. So, after MANY right hand turns, we somehow end up on a ONE WAY STREET. Joe's response to this? "Oh shit! What do I do?! WHAT DO I DO?!" I'm biting the inside of my cheek SO HARD trying not to laugh at him as I tell him calmly to just chill out and take the next right hand turn he can into a parking lot to turn around or something. Does he? No. One, two, three parking lots later, he finds an intersection and shoots down it. Luckily, it's the way we needed to be going to get back on route. Crisis averted. For now.

We get to Children's and as we're circling, looking for the entrance to the parking garage, we notice a huge loading truck parking the way. Joe gets his panties all in a bunch now. I tell him to just calm down (again, this was a theme in the car today) and we would find another parking garage nearby or something. He decides that he's going to just pull back around and if they're not moved, he's going to make me and Cole walk. Ok, yeah, because that's a better idea. Not wanting to argue, though, I just nod my head. As we're pulling back around they're starting to clear the way, whew! Another crisis averted. Making a pregnant momma and a six year old walk quite a distance in the cold is just not my way of starting a morning right!

We pull in, park, and Cole is absolutely amazed by the sheer size of the building!


Oh yes, we took pictures!


Upon entering, he was even more amazed. It was like discovering a new world! The colors, the art, the "SUPER COOL THINGS EVERYWHERE!" (as said by Cole, himself.). We took more pictures.


Those bubbles behind him in the glass wall - they change colors. Oh yes. It was very cool.


Seriously gorgeous butterflies suspended from the windows on the ceilings. Just beautiful.

And as we're sitting in the doctors office waiting, I realize how absolutely huge my stomach has gotten, even through my hoodie.


Yikes! It doesn't even fit in the whole frame!

- Doctors appointment went great! Cole's healing up perfectly, but still no super active happenings for the next two weeks. But he can start running and playing as long as his head doesn't start to hurt! Yay!

On the way home, we stopped by Joe's parents house to pick up the truck. We'd borrowed his dads car to head into the city since the truck had been acting up. On our way home, the trucks battery ate it. Joe went into a fury. My word. It was like everything that had happened today just welled up in him and exploded. It was quite comical. I'm sorry, but it was. We sat in the parking lot of Subway for.ev.er. because he didn't want to call and ask his dad for a ride or anything. I called my dad, but as he's 4 hours away, it didn't do any good haha. I did update him about Cole and everything, though.

This evening Cole was being honored for being the student of the month for the character trait "Enthusiasm". It was great fun! He was a bit nervous, but overall I think he was super excited! PLUS! He gets to be in the newspaper for the first time! Which, of course, is just super cool in and of itself!! We were so glad we got to share this with his Nana Becky! And we hope Papa Charlie feels better, soon! We emailed pics to Papa George so he can check them out with us!


And that concluded my eventful day. Now, Joe and I are going to watch a bit of Supernatural before bed. Or WoW. I may WoW before I go to bed. Probably will, actually.

Until tomorrow my friends..

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rain

It's been raining here for two full days now and I AM LOVING IT!! It looks like it's about to move out of the area sometime late tonight/early tomorrow morning, though. *sadface* Boo. I'd be perfectly content with the rain sticking around for another solid week or so. But, alas, Mother Nature has other plans, as always.

This evening we went over to the in-laws for some delicious food, fun games, and as always, good company. Joe even changed a few light bulbs! While I'm happy that he helped them out with this, I'm a bit peeved because I can't get him to do it here at home!! Ah well, now I have something to dangle over his head next time a light bulb blows here. *wink*

My mother-in-law invested in some gorgeous lawn lights for her backyard. They're in different shapes, birds, butterflies and the like.. and they light up different colors! They're so pretty, I just had to snap a picture for my daily blog pic. You can also see, it's still raining!


So pretty!

As far as I'm feeling lately, not great. I'm still having headaches that won't stop, my feet are looking more and more hobbit like by the day and overall I'm just feeling completely sapped of energy. I know all of these things are common in pregnancy but I am just concerned with all of them, at once, this early on in the second trimester.

Cole has a neurology appointment tomorrow with the neurosurgeon to be released for regular activities again. I think he's looking forward to it, although he's a bit sad that he won't be having indoor recess anymore.

Mehkaelie is feeling better, too. She bumped her head at school on Thursday and had a pretty bad sore throat and cough but both seem to have cleared up fairly quickly.

Until tomorrow my friends..

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Eating For Two

As any expectant mother knows (or should know), "eating for two" doesn't actually mean doubling up on everything you eat. In fact, you really only need a couple hundred extra calories. Considering the couple thousand some you need regularly, this is not very much. However, a lot of us encourage mommy's-to-be to indulge a little more than we would were they not pregnant. Pregnancy has sort of become a societal pass to the all-you-can-eat food bar of life. And, I'm not alone when I say I've taken advantage.

Take today, for example. After waking up to a cereal craving (Chocolate Lucky Charms, mmm) only to discover once the cereal has been poured that we have no milk, we hightailed it to the grocery store. Upon reaching the milk isle, I remembered that there were a few other things I needed, so we made our way around isle to isle picking up said items. When, wait! There they were!


The Halloween Oreo Cookies are back! Orange colored filling deliciousness and all! The baby did a flip just as I saw them. It was a sign. The baby needed these cookies, and hey, I wasn't about to say no to my unborn child when it came to one of my favorite holiday cookies!


The cookies were had. And they were good!

I'm wondering how long "but the baby wanted them!" will work for .. Hmm.. we'll see.

Until tomorrow my friends..

Friday, October 7, 2011

Their Smiles

Their smiles are all I need to turn a crappy day around.



Sweet, aren't they?

Granted, they've not been wanting to show those smiles too much lately - it seems all they do is snipe at each other lately! Oh siblings.. Such fun :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Exhausted

It's been a long day!

So I'm going to keep this short and sweet .. I'm going to leave you with this picture today. Not food related!

GetGlue.com is a sort of social connection site for hooking up people with similar interests in different things. Anything from celebrity gossip to movies to music to food! It's pretty awesome. Definitely worth checking out!

Once you've accumulated a good "like list" (yes, you "like" things just like on Facebook) you can start "checking in" to things that you're doing. When you watch a movie, check in. When you read a book, check in. So on and so forth .. by doing this it earns you stickers! Who doesn't love stickers? Once you accumulate 20 stickers you can request them to be sent to you and they send them right on, free of charge and everything!


So there we have it. My first set of stickers! Woot! Thanks GetGlue!!

Until Tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Children and Potatoes

Mehkaelie seems to be coming home from school quite upset a lot lately.
At first it was this kid that was picking on her. This is the 3rd year they've had the same class and it just never seems to stop with this kid. At the beginning of the school year, the first full week in fact, I was right up there at the school talking to the teacher and telling her what was going on and finding out what we needed to do to deal with the issue. She separated the two of them and promised to keep an eye out and deal with the situation accordingly. This seemed to work because I've not heard a word about this kid since.
Now, however, it's a new situation. Apparently the teacher has adopted an entire class punishment method for dealing with the louder more talkative children in class. If they talk when they're not supposed to, they have to walk for X minutes quietly at recess while watching the other children play. If they get caught talking while walking they get into more trouble and as such have to walk longer. Mehkie's biggest problem with this is that she feels like she's continuously being punished for no wrong-doing on her part. I'm not entirely sure she's not one of the ones talking, of course, but up until now we've never had a problem with her talking in class when she wasn't supposed to, so honestly .. I'm inclined to believe her when she says she's not. So .. that said.. I'm sort of on a fence here. I do understand where the teacher is coming from with trying this tactic, hoping the talkers will feel bad about taking recess away from everyone, etc but seriously? They're fourth graders.. they're not going to feel THAT bad. And they're going to talk. They're children. Taking away everyone's recess every day is a bit excessive in my opinion, especially for the children that aren't misbehaving.
Oh goodness.. I don't know. My momma bear side wants to rip the teacher a new one for upsetting my little girl but of course, I can't do that. I am going to have another talk with the teacher, though because this is just getting out of hand, I think. My daughter should definitely not come home crying on a regular basis because she got in trouble at school again for something she didn't do. I would understand it if it was every once in a while, but no .. it doesn't seem to be.

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Tonight for dinner we had twice baked potatoes. I debated if these could be their own meal or if I needed to add extra things.. Once I got to making them though, it became clear. They would definitely suffice as their own meal! These things are huge and oh my goodness so good!


The kids loved them, and they had a blast helping me make them!

The Recipe:

Adapted from Kraft.

1 head garlic (I ended up only using 1/2 of this, as delicious as it smelled, it was an awful lot of garlic!)
1 tsp. oil
4 large baking potatoes (2-1/2 lb.)
1/2 cup Sour Cream
6oz VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
4 slices Bacon, cooked, crumbled
Shredded cheese of choice

HEAT oven to 400°F.

CUT thin slice off top of garlic; discard top. Place garlic on sheet of foil; drizzle with oil. Wrap loosely with foil. Prick potatoes in several places with fork. Bake potatoes and garlic 1 hour.

REDUCE oven temperature to 350ºF. Cut small slice off both ends of each potato. Cut potatoes crosswise in half. Scoop out centers, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells. Place potato flesh in medium bowl; mash. Squeeze garlic out of papery shell into bowl with potatoes. Add sour cream, the VELVEETA and Parmesan; beat until fluffy. Spoon into shells, mounding filling as necessary; place in shallow baking dish.

BAKE 30 min.; top with shredded cheese . Bake 5 min. or until melted. Sprinkle with bacon.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Lion King

The kids and I had a pretty great evening watching The Lion King together and munching on chicken nuggets, french fries and gravy for dipping! Yum!

Sadly, the only thing I made was the gravy. We had Tyson Chicken Nuggets and Oreida french fries. Not homemade, but still quite delicious!


The kids loved the movie! I was so glad because it's always been one of my favorites!

Well, that's it for today, short and sweet. I'm beat. Off to bed!

Until tomorrow..

Monday, October 3, 2011

Little Letters

Dear unborn child growing inside of me,

I know it's not entirely your fault that I'm still having morning sickness and my hormones are so out of whack I could probably play an extra on Jerry Springer, but baby, if there is any way you could help tone these things down a bit, I'd appreciate it so very much.


Dear Joe,

Thank you.


Dear Mehkaelie,

I'm sorry that I gave you my tendency to cry at the drop of a hat and feel like everything is such a big deal all the time. I promise, it gets better. I'll help you. Please be patient with me as we work together to learn how, though.


Dear Dad,

You were right. Go ahead and laugh.


Dear Cole,

I'm sorry school starts so early in the morning, I promise you'll be OK though. I wouldn't wake you up and send you off to school every morning if I didn't believe this with all of my heart. I hope you can forgive me when you grow up, graduate college and have a wonderful career to support yourself and your family.


Dear Fall Weather,

You rock. I love you. Please don't leave me.


Dear Crock Pot,

You are a lifesaver. I'm sorry it took me so long to realize your full potential. Forgive me for all of the future abuse you'll be subjected to as I use you a LOT more regularly.


Dear Fancy Rats,

If you could please KEEP IT DOWN in the middle of the night, that would be just swell.


-Always, Tasia

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I should have just called this monthly thing of mine something along the lines of "What We Eat!" It's all been about food so far! And, again, it is still.


Spaghetti with homemade sauce, topped with fresh grated parmesan cheese served with Texas toast lightly buttered with mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar cheeses topped with dried oregano. Mm, mm, mm! This turned out fantastic!

I was a bit concerned with the sauce, to be honest. I'm not one for a LOT of sauce on my pasta and I absolutely must mix it in rather than top it (as you can see). I've never managed to make decent pasta sauce, until now. This turned out so fabulous, I am going to make it again very soon!

Here's the recipe:

1tsp Salt
3/4 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (I used just a dab more)
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 small can diced mushrooms (And then I diced them even smaller and only used 1/2 the tiny can)
1tsp cooking oil
1/4c water

Combine, boil, simmer, done.

I used thin spaghetti noodles tonight even though I generally do not. Why did I do this? Because when you send a man to the grocery store without being completely specific, you live with what they bring home. That's why.

This recipe came out of a cookbook that I received from my mother-in-law that a church congregation put together years and years ago of their favorite homemade dishes. Some of the recipes call for things I've never heard of! Things that have since been discontinued or turned into something else, etc. Very fun to look through!

I hope you all are having a great week! Until tomorrow.. :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekends End

Well, here we go again. Another week is upon us. This weekend went by relatively smoothly around here. The kids enjoyed playing outside in this beautiful Fall weather and I had fun listening to them giggle and laugh and run around. The only downside is that my sinuses have been acting up something awful. I have to wait until tomorrow morning to call my OB to find out what's safe to take, though. With the blood pressure meds and pregnancy and all.

I've gotten back into playing World of Warcraft and I've been finding it surprisingly relaxing. I miss all my old friends that I used to play with and I definitely miss all of the "busyness" that accompanied it with the raids and achievement whoring and what have you, but I'm enjoying rolling my new character, my first Horde!

In other news, Cole has not taken his Woody hat off from his costume since we bought it. He looks adorable, of course, but I'm really hoping he doesn't tear it up before Halloween comes around! I've been able to keep him out of his costume thus far (just barely!).

Today the baby decided s/he wanted No Bake Cookies. Who am I to refuse my unborn child? Of course I caved. I love No Bake Cookies, by far my favorite cookie!


The Recipe:

2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal

Boil together the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal.

Drop onto wax paper by the spoonful and let cool and harden.

Enjoy! But be quick, these go FAST!

I'm not sure where I got this recipe to be honest. I've had it written in one of my recipe books for as long as I can remember! If I recall, I'll be sure to come back and edit this to give proper credit due! I'm almost certain it's my dad's recipe, though!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Until tomorrow..

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy October!

Wow! October! Already!!?

Oh yes, I can assure you that it is. If you don't believe me, check your calendar. My six year old woke me up at approximately 1am (I can't remember what the blurry clock said exactly) to tell me, "Mom! It's October! Which is closer to December! Which is CHRISTMAS!!" Apparently waiting 6-7 hours to tell me this, you know, when we were both awake, was just not an option. But alas, bad timing or no, he's correct. It's October. Which is closer to December. Which is indeed Christmas time. Ew. I'm definitely not ready for Christmas just yet. I'm sure come Halloween I'll be more on board with the idea. Especially since that's about when every store around town will be starting to shove Christmas down your throat, ready or not.

Well, back to Halloween. We picked out the kids' costumes today. They were excited! Cole is going to be Woody, go figure; And Mehkaelie is going to be a vampiress! She was originally wanting to be a Monster High vampire girl but sadly, they do not carry those costumes in her size. I told her it was simple enough we could buy the components and create it ourselves, but I don't think she has so much confidence in my skills. She decided to go ahead and choose something else. Ah well, I think this is much more fitting for her, anyway! Now if I could just keep them both out of their costumes until Halloween..... Yeah, right.

October.
Fall.
Autumn.
Pumpkins, scarecrows, hay stacks, candy.

There are so many things to love about October! One of my favorite things is definitely the cooler weather! Of course, a very close second is watching all of the gorgeous colors come out. Reds and oranges, golds and browns. Natures canvas of awesomeness.

I mentioned previously that I'd been wanting to do a 30's days type of thing again. Well, I decided to start small. Simple. Do something easy that I know I could commit to and stick with. What am I going to do? Pictures. My daily life in pictures. Yes, those of you that have followed previous blogs of mine know that this is something I have done before. Like I said, it's small and simple and easy to commit to! So everyday in October I'm going to post at least one picture, sometimes more, of something going on in my life. I can't wait to see if I can remember to do this or not. My brain has been so fuzzy lately I am forgetting the most basic of things, it seems! But we'll see!

Day 1 - October 1st

Food porn. I'll admit here and now, I'm no photographer. While I love photography and even more so I love taking pictures, I'm definitely no Miguel Gomez.With that in mind...

Lately I've been wanting to make something different. From what, you may wonder? Well, let me explain. My entire grown up life, I've always liked to cook. I especially love to bake. But alas, I was blessed with a family of INCREDIBLY PICKY EATERS. This is not to say that I myself am not a picky eater as well, because honestly, when it comes to meats and the like, I most definitely am. Generally, unless it's ground beef, chicken, occasionally ham or turkey, or bacon, I would opt to steer clear from it. Perhaps it's the pregnancy, perhaps I'm just growing, whatever the case my be, I've been going outside of that comfort zone a little more and fixing full on pure beef meals.

Take tonight. I made French Dip subs for dinner. YUM. Although not Arby's they were quite delicious!


Two pounds of chuck roast in a crock pot of yummy for 7 hours served on warm hoagies with shredded mozzarella cheese. Yummy. I dipped mine in some of the left over au jus that it cooked in all day, fabulous. Mehkaelie ate hers with no dipping and Cole and Joe opted to just eat theirs sans bread all together.

The Recipe:
Adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 can Campbells Beef Consomme
1 packet dry au jus mix
1 packet dry onion soup mix
2 pound beef chuck roast
Hoagie buns
Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Combine beef consomme with both mix packets and one consomme can of water, mix well. Pour into crock pot, add beef. Cook 6 hours until tender. Shred and let remain cooking 1 hour.

Serve on warm or toasted hoagie buns with mozzarella cheese.
Scoop broth from the crock pot into small bowl for dipping.

I think next time I make this, I may nix the onion soup mix and play with something else for that ingredient. While it was quite delicious, the onion and salt flavor from the broth didn't play well on my tongue after a while. We'll see.

I hope you all have a wonderful October! Feel free to follow me through my daily life this month. Who knows what trouble we'll get in to!