Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
We were in charge of Sharing Time last Sunday. Abram had prepared the lesson, but got sick and couldn't make it. The photo to the left is Abram, despite his infirmities, painstakingly cutting and pasting these little ornaments for me to use for our lesson. I watched him do this Saturday night and it just brought a big smile to my face so I had to take a photo to remember.
- Other than Delsa, no one laughs better at my jokes
- Max and V are extremely happy people, true reflections of their mother
- Kristin experiments in the kitchen like a young Marie Curie, with similar results
- She lives her beliefs so naturally and fully
- Have you seen her wicked cross-over? Yeah, I needed that gene to match the "hustle" gene I provide.
- Have you seen our kids? Not bragging, but they are SOOOO CUTE. She is, and don't read this the wrong way, a fine-tuned baby-making machine.
- She is my angel
- When she's gone, I'm sad and can't sleep
- She loves me for who I am
- She's absolutely without a doubt, the most perfect BFF for me in whole wide world (sorry Garrett).
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Unfortunately, our family were not equally good guests. Considering all the new sleep issues, Max was a disaster, and Abram was sick as a dog. Here is a picture of Max halfway through the nativity story when he has apparently decided to stop the senseless charade.And here he is Christmas morning when he refused to open any presents for the first 45 minutes. He didn't moved from this position on his dad's lap.
I guess he finally figured his cousins might just keep opening presents and there wouldn't be any left for him so he joined in.
On Christmas Eve we opened one Christmas present each - Mickey Mouse pajamas! I've since realized that the problem with getting a child an article of clothing that they love is that they won't take it off.
There were some highlights however. Namely, watching Walt kick everyone's butt at 80's, 90's & Pop Culture Trivial Pursuit, seeing Dan overcome his ham aversion and prepare a delicious dinner with Claire, watching Max follow some random girl around the playground saying "Hi Katie" and looking confused as to why she wasn't responding, and seeing the cousins sit right next to each other despite the fact that they were sitting on the biggest couch I have ever seen in my life.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
- Stacked Enchiladas
- Fiesta Salad
- Taco Soup
- Lemon Alfredo Pasta w/ Asparagus
- California Chicken marinade
- Brown Sugar Pork Loin
- Roast (I use leftovers for beef tacos)
- Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Paula Dean's Spaghetti Sauce
- Chicken Cashew
- Crock Pot Chicken Continental
- Buschetta Chicken
- Sundried Tomato Artichoke Pasta
- Barbeque Spareribs
- Flank Steak Marinade
- Chicken Florentine (or as Abram lovingly refers to it, Amy's Delight)
- Southwestern Chicken Pockets and Black Bean Salsa
- BBQ Chicken Salad
- Chinese Chicken Salad
- Peanut Chicken Kabobs
- BBQ Beef Brisket
- Goat Cheese Chicken Breasts
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Honey Chicken
- Beef Brocolli
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Beef Stroganoff
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
- Progress - We've had limited success over the last five days, but tonight we hit the jackpot. Abram told him he would leave the door open, but if he got out of his bed he would close it for the rest of the night. Max stayed put and fell asleep. Hallelujah!
- Progress - I tried Halibut last weekend and while I didn't like it enough to have a second bite, it was the first thing I've tried that I thought, "if I tried that enough times I could see myself eventually liking it.
- Progress - There are 3 strands of lights up, one of which only has 5 bulbs that work.
- Progress - She is failing miserably. Much to her mother's chagrin, Abram's genes have dominated again.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
P.S. Abram told me that this recipe should be called Baked Chicken Bruschetta because Bruschetta Chicken Bake sounds like it should be wrapped in a bread pouch and sold at Costco.
BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN BAKE
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Place tomatoes in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix, water and garlic; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside.
PLACE chicken (I brown my chicken first) in 13x9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Top with stuffing mixture.
BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
- Alyson Oldham. Well, the whole Oldham family really. While I don't remember any ranting or raving (or blogs dedicated to other's conversion - Larissa), she was the first purest I knew. And I feel like I should mention here how one time I walked into Don's office to chat and asked what he was doing. His reply: "Emailing Steve Jobs." So there you go.
- Kristen Allen nee Razy. Now here is a girl who never partially commits to anything. We're talking email, blogs, christmas letters, everything. And since I have never been disappointed with a recommendation from KA, it only seems right to follow in her footsteps.
- Larissa Kindred. I mentioned Larissa's blog, but this particular post really got me. And let's be honest, I am a sucker for funny advertising and Larissa had a link on her blog to the Mac commercials.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I asked Santa for an iPod classic this year. We were putting up Christmas decorations on Saturday and "Santa" decided we needed some Christmas music, so to make a long story short: I'm the proud owner of an iPod with approximately 50 Christmas carols on it. That's right, this is my first mp3 player ever. I have no music. I suppose I could upload my CDs, but since I haven't bought a new one in about 7 years, I doubt it will be very fruitful. Which brings me to my latest request: What are your favorite songs to work out to? That is going to be my next play list - I'm trying to prioritize here.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Here are a couple of Maxisms I wanted to document so I don't forget about them.
- Max has some sort of mental block about his ability to climb stairs. When he is playing with his friends he will go up and down a hundred times squealing with laughter. However, when it is just him and me, you would swear I was the most neglectful mom alive to see his reaction when I won't carrying him up the stairs. A couple times when I have just left him at the bottom of the stairs screaming, it will finally get quiet 15 minutes later and when I come to check on him, he is laying spread eagle on the floor at the base of the stairs, like he has given up on life.
- Max calls Aviva B for baby. The cutest thing in the world is when Aviva sneezes and he says in his cute little voice, "Bless you B." Sometimes when I sneeze he says, "Bless you B, Mama."
- Max has gotten really good at playing by himself. At times he realizes I'm not around and we yell the following conversation across the house:
Kristin: Yes Max?
Max: Wha you do-ing?
Kristin: Cleaning. What are you doing?
Max: Paying wif toys.
And then we both go back to our business.