Friday, May 29, 2009
This post contains talk of bodily functions. Read at your own risk.
O.K. I'll start by saying that Alex still has no desire whatsoever to get out of diapers. Incentives such as candy, big boy underwear, praise, etc do not do it for him. Oh, he knows how to go on the potty and usually will when you take him but he doesn't care one bit if he goes in his diaper. If someone doesn't check him or ask if his diaper is still clean and dry he would sit in the same diaper all day.
Zachary on the other hand does care - about sitting in a dirty diaper at least. He has gotten pretty good at telling me if he's dirty. He was stuck in the car with Chris last week when he became dirty and cried until he got home because he had to sit in it. Good progress, I think. Unfortunately, the last week Zachary has come to believe that he can clean up his own dirty diaper. We find him bare bottomed sitting on the potty with a dirty diaper and wipes on his bedroom floor. Sometimes he has cleaned him bottom and put the dirty wipes back in the box. Several times now when he's taken his dirty diaper off he's gotten his bed, the floor, and/or his rug dirty. The worst was Monday when he managed to step in it and touch it. My mom was here and put Zachary straight in the bath (she even had to scrub between his toes!) while I changed the sheets on his bed and cleaned the carpet. He pulled off or touched a dirty diaper three times at bedtime that same day. We did resort back to duct tape on the diaper one night. Then a friend suggested putting his diaper on backwards. Hmmm....I never thought of that. I've done it several times now and Zachary thinks it's pretty funny when I have him roll onto his tummy to put on the new diaper. I think he could get it off if he wanted but maybe it's just a little extra work to make him think twice. If I could just get him to tell me before he goes we'd be all set. I still think he'll beat Alex.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Monday - Homemade pizza (I had one in the freezer from when I made the dough last weekend.)
Tuesday - Chicken spaghetti (This is also coming from the freezer. The recipe is below.)
Wednesday - Chicken with sesame noodles (This didn't get made the last two weeks but I really want to try it.)
Thursday - Baked taquitos
Friday - Shake & bake pork
There are lots of different recipes for chicken spaghetti including some with red spaghetti sauces. This is the one I like that my mom makes. It freezes really well and makes a big 9x13 pan that I split in two and freeze half for later.
1 chicken, cooked, boned and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 lb Velveeta cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup (can substitute cream of chicken)
3 cups uncooked spaghetti (1lb)
1 T. butter or margarine
Using the broth left from cooking the chicken, cook spaghetti. Saute onions, celery and peppers in the butter. Drain spaghetti and combine with remaining ingredients and place in 3 qt (9x13) greased baking dish. Bake at 300 for 1 hour until bubbly. *If freezing - freeze before baking. Allow to thaw in refrigerator and bake as normal.
Serves 8 to 10
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tomorrow for the family birthday party we hope to float down the river. I hope the weather is hot and rain free because the river water is cold enough as it is.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The boys are so funny sometimes. One of the morning cartoons/shows that we watch is Imagination Movers and it has a cute little song at the end. Alex and Zachary have started dancing too it. In case you can't hear the T.V. the boys repeat the instructions - stand up, get down, jump up, turn around turn around turn around. At the very end of the song after turning around and getting dizzy they all fall down.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We've still got Animal Planet going on over here. Not only are we seeing squirrels again but we've had lots of turkeys lately all over the yard.Yesterday evening Chris looked out the window and noticed a group of 5-6 deer wandering our way. Three of them came all the way up to our driveway. They were all female but Chris thought he saw a buck out there too.Today I bought a second bird feeder. This one is supposed to be squirrel proof. I don't think the birds like it though. While I was hanging it up I saw this guy in the tree. He was kinda creepy looking and about 5 inches long.Chris has been itching to go to the movies so we made our 2nd attempt at taking the boys yesterday. We saw Monster vs Aliens and it was in 3D. The movie was O.K. but the glasses were a pain. Alex did really well in the movie this time and watched it all. Zachary didn't like the glasses and only kept them on and paid somewhat attention for about half of the movie. After that the glasses were off and he was going from my lap to Chris's lap and back to his chair. He even said he was ready to go home. Oh well. Maybe Alex can have a special movie treat with mom or dad once in awhile.
We're planning a road trip for June. A big one. We're going to drive to California to visit Chris's mom and stop at the Grand Canyon and other places along the way. Chris is going to take off a whole two weeks. Although I'm anticipating that the boys won't be perfect (I'm sure I'll get grumpy in the car at some point too) and that they won't necessarily care about some of the stops I'm still looking forward to it.
Today we got our blinds installed in the house. The boys had their first nap without sunlight streaming in. I was finally able to take the blanket off of Zachary's window. Yea!
O.K., now you're caught up.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Monday - Breaded chicken patties and corn on the cob
Tuesday - Orange sesame pork chops and rice
Wednesday - Paprika chicken schnitzel and probably fried potatoes (I leave the egg & other toppings off the chicken)
Thursday - Chicken with sesame noodles
Friday - Pasta Carbonara Florentine with garlic bread
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Later after I put the boys down for a nap I was sitting at our dining/kitchen table and saw lots of bird activity on the back deck. When I looked closer it was actually just one bird but he was really busy building a nest in our grill. Yup, I wouldn't have thought a grill would make a great birdhouse but apparently I was wrong. We just got a new grill and haven't moved the old one out so this nest isn't in danger of going up in flames. The bird would pick up a twig, fly in a little hole on one side of the grill, and then fly out the other side. While that little guy was flying off looking for more nest supplies a cardinal stopped by to check out our grub. (I have a bird feeder on a tree that overhangs the deck.)Then a minute later he was joined on the deck by a painted bunting that had been chowing down on the bird feeder. The painted bunting has been a regular here for the last few days but the cardinal was new.I'm really enjoying watching all the animals and things but I think I need a camera with a zoom lens. Hint, hint - hubby. Oh wait he doesn't read this. Will somebody please tell him that I need a new camera? Thanks.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - Nacho Chicken, sweet rice and probably green beans
Wednesday - Crab Cakes and sweet potato fries
Thursday - Turkey and artichoke stuffed shells (I froze half last time I made it - works great!) with a salad and garlic biscuits
Friday - Chicken and Sesame Noodles
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
We think we might get a second, smaller boat so that next time we can split the boys up and each take one. Then we won't be so crowded. Zachary kept wanting to jump on Chris so that made it hard for him to row the boat. We're also thinking about getting a couple of tubes (some of them have bottoms on them) to keep on hand for visitors or to try with the boys.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I think it turned out very cute. The boys rooms are still pretty bare so this gives them something on the wall. These are only the art projects we've done at home. I completely forgot about the stack of stuff I've saved that he did at school. I'm going to add a few more things to his wall today.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
This is maybe the 3rd or 4th time he's come by the house. He makes two circles around the house and then leaves. Today was a surprise though. I didn't even know he was flying. Thank goodness we have no super close neighbors but it still might bother somebody. I hope not. The boys and I run outside and wave our arms like maniacs yelling "hi daddy!" like he can hear us. He's told us before that he can see us though. The boys love it.