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Target or Kohl’s???

Black Friday. The early morning crazies. Deals, schmeals….There wasn’t anything in any ad that made me want to get up out of my toasty bed to hit the stores early. I had to work anyway but not until 8. So, we slept in. And we were toasty! How about you????

We did some shopping after dinner instead. Emily was in rare form as always. She was cracking me up even before we left the house. She has several cell phones that she plays with. Of course she picked out the largest one of the bunch and HAD to take it with her. The silly thing barely fit into her jeans pocket but that’s where it was supposed to be. HAD to be. After putting it in her pocket 10 times we were ready to go.

We were debating on trying to do some actual shopping at Target or heading over to Kohl’s to pick up a few things but mainly browse. The toddler said we should go to Kohl’s. Not sure why but that’s where she wanted to go. Stephen and I decided that our time out would be better spend actually knocking some items off of our list so we were going to Target. We were stopped at the stoplight when Emily stopped chatting on her phone and heard Stephen and I say that we were heading to Target.

“NO!!!!!!! NO, Target!!!!! Go Kohl’s!!!!! I go Kohl’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

That was one determined toddler. Who knew that a two year old had an opinion on where to go shopping! So, we compromised. We told Emily that we were going to Target first and then we would head to Kohl’s. We get off of the highway, stop at the light before Target and Emily spazzes! “Kohl’s!!!!!!!!!! Go Kohl’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Curious….Why Kohl’s? “Emily, why do you want to go to Kohl’s??” Daddy asks. “I dunno,” answers Emily.

And there you have it. The toddler’s guide to shopping. Go to Kohl’s. Stephen and I think that it has to do with Kohl’s little shopping carts but we are just grasping at straws!

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Thankful heart

Appreciative. Grateful. Satisfied. Blessing. Mahalo. Grace.

Thanksgiving. During this time of year we reflect. We open up our minds, our souls and our hearts and think about God’s blessings. We look back at the past year and really think about what we have been given. We have faced tragedy and struggles. Not everything in the past year is happy. Unfortunately, in our lives, we have to face adversity. It’s how we live. The bad parts do not define us. They make us stronger.

This Thanksgiving, try to reflect on the blessings that you have been given. Try not to focus on the bad stuff that has happened. Try to remember those around you that are less fortunate.

God is good. I know that my life is not perfect but I have been bestowed so many blessings for which I am truly grateful. I thought I would list a few to get me in the *thankful* spirit.

  • Stephen has a job and is able to provide for our family. We are able to live a modest life and I am blessed to be able to stay home with Emily.
  • I am thankful for my family. My family is TOGETHER this year. I have a wonderful husband and daughter. All of my siblings will be celebrating Thanksgiving together. What more could I ask for.
  • I am thankful for Stephen’s family. They are such a huge support to Stephen, Emily and I. They have always treated me as I am one of the family.
  • I am thankful that we have a roof over our head and don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from.
  • I am thankful for my friends. You all have lifted me up when I was down and given me support when I needed it. Thank you.

I know there is much more that I am thankful for. But that’s a start.

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope your travels are safe, the food is good and the company is even better! Eat, drink and laugh. Be thankful. Remember those who are less fortunate.


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Family ties???

Emily and I have been talking alot about Thanksgiving and spending time with my side of the family. She is so excited! She keeps talking about Aunt Heather, Uncle Jason, et al. All week long. She is so funny. I finally decided to get it on camera but, of course, she clammed up as soon as she saw the camera. Normally, she calls everyone by name.

The funniest part is regarding her Uncle Ronnie. I don’t know what she has against him. LOL! Sorry Ronnie!

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Pilgram Hats

The website and magazine Family Fun is great! I have gotten several of our craft ideas from it. My friend Jodi tried out this recipe that we both saw and they turned out really cute so I thought I would give it a try.


What was I thinking????? This might be a good project when I am smart and Emily is older! She had a wonderful time though. They just didn’t turn out like the pictures! I obviously am kitchen challenged as I royally messed up the first batch of chocolate. Maybe cooked it too long?? It turned into a blob and I burned myself! I was determined though to make it work! And Emily was already drooling over the M&M’s.

I finally got the chocolate right and we were ready to go. What a mess! I think Emily got more on her than on the marshmallows. I don’t know if they will taste good (why shouldn’t they? Chocolate and marshmallows??) I must admit though, a few of them kind of look like Shadow presents on a cookie. We’ll just give those to Uncle Richard! Just kidding!!

If I were to do this again, I might take the suggestion of using chocolate icing instead of chocolate unless I can figure out how to melt the darn stuff!


Diet Margaritas

My awesome friend Cindy got me addicted to diet margaritas. I have one word for you “YUM!!!!!!”

They are super easy to make and not loaded with tons of calories! Everyone and their brother might know about them already and I am just living in the stone age but I wanted to share anyway. You can make it as a small serving or a whole pitcher.

For the small serving:

1 can of Diet Sprite (so I’m guessing 12 oz?)
1/8 cup of lime juice
1 teaspoon Crystal Lite Lemonade mix (just the powder)
1 1/2 oz of tequila
Put all ingredients in a blender with 10 ice cubes. Blend. 2 Weight Watcher pts = entire pitcher.
For the whole pitcher:
Note: This is Cindy’s husband’s recipe and he makes ’em strong. We don’t put in as much tequila.
24 oz Diet Sprite, Diet 7 up, etc
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons lemonade mix
12 oz tequila
I am not sure of the points value. Depends a lot on how much tequila you put in.
Enjoy! These are so YUMMY!

Made me laugh…

I have the Google toolbar on the right side of my computer screen. One of my gadgets is a slide-show of the photos on my computer. I love it! I get to see tons of pictures and see how much my life has changed. It’s great.
As some as you know, I am addicted to taking photos. For Emily’s first year of life, we made a 365 album. We made sure that we took pictures every day to document her growth, personality and presence. I love looking back at those photos.

There’s one picture in particular that made me laugh when I saw it come across my slide-show today. I had to share. It shows Emily’s personality then and now. She’s stubborn and knows what she wants. She likes things the way she likes them and is going to fight for it!

I want it my way or no way
I want it my way or no way

 This shows Emily’s pickiness in eating. She was like Goldilocks. The bottle temperature had to be “just” right. She also had to sit a certain way. And that way was never the same. On this particular day, she wanted to be sprawled out, feet up on the table. No matter how you tried to sit her up, she remained laid back.

She’s still stubborn as ever! And I love it!

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Clifford, the big (scary?) red dog

Yesterday Emily was feeling a bit puny and didn’t want to nap well. We were supposed to go see Clifford the big red dog at the library but I didn’t know if we would make it or not. She was a mess before dinner.

But Emily LOVES Clifford. She told her Grandma that’s what she wanted for her birthday; she requests to watch her Clifford shows on a daily basis. Stephen thought that it would help her to feel better if she went to see her favorite dog in the whole wide world. So we went.

We found a spot on the floor, listened to a Clifford story and even did a dance. Emily was having a blast- shaking her booty and everything! They has plenty of Clifford activities for the kids to do- make Clifford ears, bookmarks, color, bean bag toss. It was a lot of fun!

Then she saw Clifford through the doorway. “Clifford, Mommy!!” Emily exclaimed in excitement. The door opened. And the tears started rolling. I think she climbed up my leg before I could even pick her up. She was terrified of Clifford. We thought she would warm up to him so we started off by making her some Clifford ears. That didn’t help. We thought we would ease her into getting a picture. You can see for yourself how that went.

On our way out, we asked Emily if she had a good time. Know what her answer was???? “Yep.”

Go figure.

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Tomato Thief

Making dinner is hard with a toddler. Especially when it’s their “witching hour”. All Emily wants is your attention. Sometimes I will resort to “Clifford” on the dvr but today I thought I’d try play-doh. It worked for a while before she got bored and decided to move on. Sure, I need to incorporate her in meal making more but right now it’s just easier this way.

Anytime the refrigerator opens, Emily is there. Usually trying to climb in for a gummy bear. This evening, I was reaching in to get the vegetables for our salad. I had the lettuce, green peppers and Roma tomatoes. I had the tomatoes. Until Emily snatched one. She started eating it like an apple! Did I mention that she loves tomatoes? Now hopefully, I’ll be able to get the juice out of her shirt!

By the way, she ate the entire thing and was looking for more. I guess I better watch out when I open the door- it might not be the gummy bears she is after!

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Vegetable Beef Soup


My way. I had an idea of how I wanted the soup to turn out but I couldn’t find an exact recipe. So I made my own! Emily and Stephen loved it and it was very filling!

Vegetable Beef Soup

2 cans beef broth
4 cups of water
2 beef bullion cubes
1/2 lb – 1 lb sirloin- cubed and cooked
1 small zucchini, diced
1 small yellow squash, diced
1 russet potato,  diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 small bag of mixed vegetables
1 can diced tomatoes, I used a mexican flavor to give it some zip
a dash of dried basil leaves
a dash of thyme

I put all ingredients in the crockpot and cooked on low for several hours.

Emily is 2-spooing it!!!

Emily is 2-spooing it!!!

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Oddest compliment yet

Emily is a regular in our church. She has only missed 3 masses her entire life for various reasons. Everyone knows her- they’ve watched her grow from a tiny newborn to a crazy toddler. So it not uncommon for people to tell us how cute she is on a weekly basis. Yesterday was no different.

I was waiting outside the sanctuary after mass so I could go back in and collect our stuff (I was Lector). This woman that I really didn’t recognize started walking up to me. I thought she was going to comment on the service or something. Nope. Instead she wanted to tell me that Emily was “edible. Absolutely edible. Just darling and so cute!” Edible, huh? I am used to being told how cute, how beautiful, how big she is getting and even how crazy she is but I have never been told that she is “Edible”. That’s one for the record books.