Monthly Archives: February 2014

Lamenting School

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My little buddy got a bug up his butt on the way to preschool and finally sighed, “I wish I never had to go to school again.”

So I said, “Well, if you never went to school you wouldn’t be my smart little boy. You wouldn’t get to learn all the cool things about the world.”

“I would still know that Spiderman shoots webs!” he retorted.

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Touche, little man. Touche.

However, that argument isn’t going to cut it so now his butt is in class, hopefully making me more self portraits like the one above.

Happy Tuesday!
Colleen

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Camera Hijacking

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I just imported 66 photos to my computer from my camera and noticed that I only took about 7 of them. These kids!

Mine come first and then the kids’. Can you guess which ones they took?

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46 degree day + Perfect packing snow = 1st snowman of Winter. It started melting immediately and my daughter bawled.

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Crankasorous wanted to go out but hated being in the slushy snow. Turns out she had a double ear infection I was unaware of at the time.

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My husband’s best sugar art. He was pretty proud of himself.

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Cookies for my Grandfather’s farewell lunch. It’s back to Germany with his butt until next time.

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Cookies for the Arbonne party I hosted.

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If Amy can sell to them she can sell to anybody! I think in reality she’s trying to keep their little paws off her products!

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Why, hello beautiful…

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“Is this thing working?” Boy does he crack me up!

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Their Great Grammy is always willing to go along with their antics! Nice picture, minions!

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But Mommy says, “Give me my camera you goons or I’ll eat your toes…and your chocolate sprinkle doughnut!”

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Hmm, was I channeling this dino in my last picture? Tell me I’m prettier…

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I wouldn’t want to run into this guy on a street corner.

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But this guy…I think we could be friends.

And then of course there are a ton of out-of-focus photos that just need to be deleted. Thank you children, for a glimpse into  your world. Now keep your sticky fingers off my lense!

What kind of little surprises do your children leave for you?

Cheers,

Colleen

No F***ing Mariachi Bands!

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The only real rule when we went to Mexico, per my husband, was NO MARIACHI BANDS! This was at the top of his e-mail of information that he sent out to all our family and friends that were joining us and it was a rule that he had reinforced for months prior to our departure to warmer weather.

So naturally at our sea-side lunch one day this happened….

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A rule like that is just made to be broken, especially when you run in our circle, so when the band of 4 or 5 hombres walked past our table we couldn’t help ourselves. They played ‘Ring of Fire’, poorly, like a bunch of middle-school band members and needed us to help sing the words. After a few minutes of torture my husband offered them $5 to stop. That $5 stopping fee actually covered the entire performance which delighted all of us at the table seeing as he paid for the mariachi band that broke his own major trip rule. It was one of the best moments of our trip and I’m certain he secretly loved every minute of it! I know the rest of us did!

Boy do I miss the spiny lobster, Pacifico beer and white russians from lunch (it was a wobbly walk back to the villas!)…but strangely not the mariachi band…definitely not the mariachi band!

Salud!

Colleen

 

 

 

 

 

Family-Pleasing Belgian Waffle Recipe

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I could live on  breakfast foods. Pancakes, waffles, omelets, French toast and all the other wonderful options out there make it hard for me to make up my mind when we go out for our morning meal. Lately we’ve been eating out at my favorite local spot a lot and everything I’ve ordered is amazing. Of course my kids stick to the chocolate chip pancakes no matter our location and they often have me whipping them up at home too.

This past Saturday it was no surprise that chocolate chip pancakes (regular for me and the toddler) was on the morning menu but Sunday proved to be a little different. My husband declared it Belgian waffle morning so I shuffled my butt into the kitchen while he corralled the mini terrorists upstairs. I quickly pulled up a recipe I had bookmarked from my last waffle making attempt which went over shockingly well with my waffle connoisseur of a husband.

The recipe I used was the True Belgian Waffles Recipe off Taste of Home’s website although I did tweak it some this time around and the high praise stayed the same. Mainly I reduced the amount of butter and sugar because when you’re topping your waffles before eating them you don’t really need all that stuff in the batter anyways.

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Here’s the recipe I used. Give it a try some morning, you won’t be disappointed.

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Family-Pleasing Belgian Waffles Recipe

2 cups all- purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

2 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks and add the milk, butter and vanilla. Mix well. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. In a third bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter.

2. Bake in preheated waffle iron. I start off on setting 3 and adjust down from there if need be but you be the judge of your own waffle iron. Settings and temperatures vary.

Don’t forget to top those waffles with some strawberry preserves, a little applesauce and syrup, some fresh fruit or whatever suits your fancy!

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These waffles were so good that even my SIL who is dropping weight for an upcoming fight couldn’t resist and had to use it as her cheat meal for the week.

What’s also great is that they reheat wonderfully in the toaster so go ahead and double the batch while you’re at it and throw some in the freezer for the next time you’re having a waffle craving. They’re great as a dessert option too!

Bon Appetit!

Colleen

 

Running Ourselves Ragged

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Thank goodness we had today off of school because after a weekend full of food, friends, fun and late nights we sure needed a recovery day! So what exactly did this weekend entail? Well, there was the annual Montessori School Valentine’s Day Dance Friday night where my husband and eldest daughter thoroughly rocked out on the dance floor. I wish I had photos but left the camera in the car like a dope. We followed that fun up with a family friendly Valentine’s dinner with friends and the fare included things I’ve never eaten at home before; crab legs, lobster tail, calamari and crab cakes. Yeesh! It sure was delicious, I felt a wee bit spoiled and of course I loved every moment of it even if dinner didn’t actually happen until after 10pm but the kids were troopers and we didn’t even have to deal with a melt-down!

The next morning, once we actually dragged our butts out of bed we settled in for a scrumptious breakfast compliments of yours truly. I’ll have to post the waffle recipe soon because it is totally legit and we all ate until we were stuffed (although I eat like that all the time so…)

Lil was about 40 minutes into a book and brought it to the breakfast table to continue. She’s on a mission to complete 360 minutes of reading this month to earn a free pass to Six Flags.

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And once the book was done she could focus on eating… or trying not to fall off her chair while smiling for a picture…

Chair slipping                                     Major relief                                    Ready to eat

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A trip to an indoor trampoline place for a birthday party (imagine adult males pummeling adolescent boys in trampoline dodge ball and you’ll begin to understand the pure awesomeness of this event) and another late-night gathering of friends at our house sums up the rest of our Saturday highlights.

Our energy levels were depleting by Sunday but we had to buck up because there was more fun to be had. It involved a nice, kid-free bridal shower for me and a not-as-nice but equally kid-free grocery shopping trip for my husband. Then it was time for some snowmobiling which was a first for us.

My oldest gal is learning to drive here and the boy behind her is being very patient with her slow pace. Thanks Liam, I’m sure it was painful for you!

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And Bella took her turn helping my boy figure things out. They went faster than Lil and Liam but I’m pretty sure Bella may have actually been in control of the throttle. Odin didn’t seem to mind!

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Our chill day complete with tent building and movie watching

A little play time after snowmobiling and some takeout concluded our Sunday and by the time we tucked our kids in at their actual bedtime of 8pm we were ready to tuck ourselves in for the night as well. Phew! So much fun and good food packed into a long weekend. It’s the type of weekend we love but I’m glad every weekend isn’t this active or else I’d be worthless every Monday…and based on how I feel after this low-key day I’d say every Tuesday as well! Tomorrow may be another chill day, after hitting the gym of course!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as we did and if you were lucky enough to have today off as well I hope it was relaxing like ours!

Cheers!

Coll

 

Sweet Treats for my Sweeties

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Growing up I remember Valentine’s Day fondly. My mom always made us feel extra loved on this day andDSC06300 spoiled us with a good breakfast, treats and cards. I don’t celebrate this holiday with my husband but I love celebrating it with my three little loves.

The gasp of surprise that escaped my son’s little lips as he walked into the kitchen and saw his balloon, treat and card laid out alongside his sisters’ makes it all worth while.

And of course, no special day is complete without some sugar cookies! We get to bring them to the Valentine’s Day Dance this evening. We’re excited to boogy!

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I hope you guys have a love-filled day today full of your favorite sweets and sweeties!

Cheers,

Colleen

Quote of the Day

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We’re back from our week long vacation in Bucieras, Mexico which is just a few miles from Puerto Vallarta and we are trying to keep our sunny dispositions despite being back in the tundra, but more about our amazing vacation later.

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The entryway to one of our two adjoining villas

For now, I’ll just share a quote from my oldest girl that sums up our mind set from the past week which occurred after a few hours of working on  our Valentine’s Day cards for school. My son started the conversation…

Odin: “I’m thirsty.”

Me: “Oh man, it’s been a long time since we’ve had something. What do you want, buddy? Lilly?”

Lilly: “Ummm, I’ll have a margarita.”

 

Where’s our house boy to offer and make us drinks again and again!?!

I guess it’s back to being the head servant in the household. Wamp Wahhh!!

Cheers,

Colleen I-Don’t-Even-Have-Tan-Lines Bailey