Saturday, October 29, 2011

1000+ Views

I was looking at my stats today and saw that this little ol' blog has been viewed 1,011 times! Wow!

I'm sure that I viewed it atleast 400 of those times.

Anyways I'd like to say THANK YOU to all of you that have come to read what I have to say!

It totally made my day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WTF Wednesday - 10.26.2011

Say what!? Do you think this is really butter flavored? Cause if so AWESOME!!! (I love butter! not as much as Paula Deen though) Not that I need to eat or taste anymore butter, but atleast its calorie free right?

This is linked up at The G is Silent who is hosting this weeks WTF Wednesday


Friday, October 21, 2011

Meatloaf Cupcakes

I've been trying to come up with fun ideas for dinner. I get tired of making the same few things, and all though these are pretty much just meatloaf and mashed potatoes its a fun way to eat them.

And they are super easy to make! Just make your favorite meatloaf recipe and mashed potatoes Ha ha!

Here's my recipe. But I should warn you, I'm not much for measuring and just throw stuff in and call it good.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup onions
1 egg
Steak seasoning
Garlic salt
Ritz crackers

Pre-heat oven to 350
Mix all ingredients together except for the crackers and cheese. Crush ritz crackers over and mix together. Shread or Cube cheese and mix in.

Using foil cupcake liners, put meatloaf into cupcake pan.

Cook for 30 minutes at 350

Next comes mashed potatoes

Peel and cube potatoes.
Boil until fork tender.
Drain water.
Put potatoes in mixer
add butter and milk (sometimes I use sour cream if I have it)
Add seasoning (usually garlic salt)

Mix together until smooth

I was feeling creative so I put the mashed potatoes into a piping bag and used a fancy tip

They were super yummy and really fun to eat!

This is linked up to Frugal Girls

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Someone else's kid

I know that my title says I'm a first time mom. Which is technically true since only one child has come out of my who-ha. But there was a time, not long ago that I was raising someone else's child.

I've been going back and forth on wanting to tell this story. But I think I do... So here it goes.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent (ok or just myself)

6 years ago, my sister D, found out she was pregnant. I'm 99% sure it was an accident, but who really knows. She was shocked, as was her boyfriend. They were only 19. They weren't sure what they wanted to do. I should say, she wanted the baby, the boyfriend, J, did not.

At the time, Casey and I were newly married and pretty stable. We offered to adopt the baby. Knowing full well it would be a difficult situation. We were even going to hire my sister to be the nanny so that she would still be involved. (looking back I now see that was a horrible idea) Doesn't matter anyways because my sister said we were trying to steal her baby and to have our own kids.

9 months later, little D popped out. I didn't get to be at the hospital because I was at the airport picking up my mom, who thought it was a good idea to take a trip 2 weeks before she was due. But as soon as I held little D I was in love.  I cried the whole way home. He was the first baby for either side of mine or Casey's family.

 We spent lots of time with little D. Casey even took him to his first car show at 2 weeks old.

To say we were a proud aunt and uncle is an understatement.
Things went well for a while, D and J even bought a house down the street from us. D stayed home with little D while J worked. Now I'm not really sure what went on, but what I do know is D nagged J a lot about working so much. But D liked to spend the money. Anyways, being 20 somethings played into I am sure and they broke up.
We let her and little D move in with us. They lived here for about 2 months. (she brought a pitbull puppy also that was supposed to be found a home. I think she was thinking we'd let her keep it. But after it ate my brand new deck and the steering wheel of my truck, I was the one that drove the dog to the humane society. And yes I still cry to this day over it because I think they put him to sleep. Oh and yes she did have to pay the $400 for a new steering wheel)

She found a job and went back to work. I had just quit my job and started working for my dad. So, being the awesome person I am volunteered to watch little D free of charge. (he was over 1 by now) We had a great time together going out to the job site and just playing.

My sister decided it was a good time to act her age of 21. She started picking little D up later and later. Lying about where she was (saying she was at work) and soon found herself living in a vodka bottle.
Unfortunatly we watched all of this happen. We had little D 95% of the time. And the other 5 % we worried about what was going on. We wanted to take custody of him. Just so he would have some sort of normal life. He felt safe with us. But I was worried about calling CPS. I didn't want them to take him away from us because of her. (the dad J wasn't / isn't really in the picture. Comes and goes when he feels like it)

As a way to make up all the money I was spending on little D (not that its all about money, I was hoping it would make her more responsible. silly me), I started charging her $85 a week for daycare. Which I never really got paid. But I was to the point where I had to buy him clothes because he didn't have any. Never had any shoes either. I paid for him to go do normal kid activities like go to the zoo, the pumpkin patch, children's museum etc.

We went thru most of his firsts without her being around. I potty trained him, taught him manners and behavior, letters and numbers. Casey family accepted him at all the family events. He was with us anyways. Bought him Christmas gifts, and birthday presents. We took him on family trips to the ocean and camping.

After little D's 4th birthday, I found out I was pregnant with Jakah. We didn't think anything of it. We were excited to have both of them with us. My sister decided to have little D spend less time with us. Said we had our own family now. (which of course wasn't how we felt at all)

Right after Jakah was born my sister found out she was pregnant. And she had lost her job. She lied about the hours she was working and was caught. Really its a good thing she got pregnant because it made her stop drinking. And really look at the choices she made in her life.

Unfortunatly she burned a lot of bridges. Casey won't talk to her anymore because of all the lying. I tolerated her lying, so I could see little D. She moved back home with my parents and doesn't let us see little D as often anymore.

Which makes me really sad. I feel like a part of me was ripped out. It tore me apart. How do you go from raising someone for over 3 years to not being able to see him.  It was a horrible situation all around. And I don't know if I honestly handled it the way I should have. I still cry sometimes because I miss seeing him. When at the store I find myself thinking how much little D would like that toy, book, shirt or food. Now I am forced / blessed to go back to just being his "Awesome Aunt Hottie" (he couldn't say Audie and called me Hottie)

Last weekend was the first time he has spent the night in over 6 months. He went home and told his mom that she was more like his aunt and Casey and I were his mom and dad. and that when she died, he was coming to live with us. As a mom, I can't imagine being told that. But I also don't know what she would expect. She wasn't there for the most important years of his life.

So even though I am a first time mom, I have raised another child who I don't get to see as much anymore.
And I miss him so very much

Of course this is a shortened story of everything that happened because honestly my family is DRAMA

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy 30th Birthday Sally

Today is my best friend's 30th birthday! Which means I have known her for 22 years of our 30 year lives.... We met in 1989, 2nd grade. I had just moved here from Arizona and knew absolutly no one. She was a shy quiet girl in class. We lived down the street from each other and became instant friends!

We have been thru a lot of things, lost touch for a while and then picked up like we had never left. We were maids of honor in each others weddings, which were the same year. Her daughter is 364 days older than Jakah. (Jakah's birthday is Feb 3rd, Daphne's birthday is Feb 4th) They were delivered by the same Dr at the same hospital.

Friends come and go out of your life. And if you are truely lucky you will have a few you will turn to for anything. I am lucky to have Sally as someone I can turn to for ANYTHING. and I mean anything. She is the butter to my popcorn.

So Happy Birthday BFF! Hope you have a wonderful day! And I can't wait to celebrate the next 30 birthdays with you!

Love You!

P.S. Happy 1st birthday to my nephew, and happy 1st birthday to my neice (and no they aren't twins!)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hunting for Pumpkins

Last Saturday was a rare beautiful fall day here in the Northwest. So we ventured out and went pumpkin hunting. We took our nephew D with us, and he spent the night.

At the end of the night we let D carve his pumpkin and Jakah finger painted  his. And since Jakah is obssesed with my air popper we of course had a popcorn and movie party!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WTF Wednesday - 10.12.2011

When does the love affair / obsession with mud puddles end?

Today Jakah decided it was a good idea to stomp / play in the mud puddles while we waited for C's bus. (C is the kid I nanny in the mornings. Jakah loves him)

He was soaked and muddy from head to toe... and being the awesome mom I am had cleaned out the backpack and forgotten to put extra clothes for him to wear back in. Awesome!

Oh and his only pair of tennis shoes are gross and in the washer. Because yes I have bought him rain boots and the damn things keep falling off!

WTF.... 9 more months of rain and mud!

P.S. My other WTF rant for the week is my husband had to take the laptop with him to the bathroom last night because he was looking at a truck to buy.... I am speechless on this...

This is linked up to Funny or Snot

Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Decorating

Jakah and I have been decorating for Halloween! We made puff ball spiders, which I hung from our giant shelf. Jakah LOVES them, and is always pointing at them with a shocked face.

All I did was hot glue the pom-poms together. Hot glued the googly eyes on, and then a ribbon on the butt. Then I cut pipe cleaners in 4ths, and stuck them into the pom-pom body.

I also made the banner out of construction paper and ribbon. I am so crafty yo!

Remember the Dowel Wreath We decorated that too!

I also made spider webs for the windows out of puff paint (I think I have a spider theme going! Actually its all I can make LOL)

First you paint out the spider webs and spiders onto wax paper and let dry.

Then stick them on the window! So easy!

What were you up to this weekend?

Come Together Kids

Classified: Mom
This is linked up to Tatertots & Jello and Come together kids and Mom to 2 posh lil Divas

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Easy, Creamy Pumpkin Pie

I found this recipe in a newspaper "Country Living" that comes to my house. Oh it highlights all the happenings of country life, such as... Who the Dairy Princesses are and where the farm festival is. Awesome! Normally I just recycle them but I was bored, so I flipped thru it. Good thing I did cause this pie is DELICIOUS!

I wish I could give credit to whoever's recipe this is, but there is no name on it.

1 - 9" (6 oz) graham cracker crust
1 Can (15 oz) Pumpkin Pie Filling
1 package (5.1 oz) Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups whipped topping (cool whip)

Combine pumpkin, pudding mix, evaporated milk and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl for 1 minute or until well blended.
Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.
Spoon into crust.
Freeze for atleast 4 hours or until firm.
Let stand in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Top with whipped cream if desired.

Seriously EASY PEASY!! And SO YUMMY!

Here is my picture of the finished pie. Sorry my pictures suck, I am usually trying to chase an almost 2 year old at the same time

Jakah really enjoyed licking the cool whip off the spoon :)

This is linked up to the Chic & Crafty DIY party and Sugar and Dots and Tatertots & Jello