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Summertime With The Kids

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All right folks! Only 9 weeks left of school. Summer is right around the corner. Who’s ready?

NOT ME!

That just means the kids will be home ALL the time. How am I supposed to keep them busy, take care of the house, and run a business all at the same time?

Let’s see if we can help each other out and start sharing ideas of what to do with the kiddos this summer.

What do you normally do to keep the kids busy? Comment below.

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Team Colors

Ah… finally able to post this beauty. As usual life is crazy but I was finally able to finish this gorgeous blanket for a friend who just had a baby. This one was a little rough. You see, I am a die-hard Chicago Bears fan so making a Green Bay Packers colored blanket was torture. Ha Ha Ha OK, it really wasn’t that hard.

C2C is the stitch I used again for this one. This stitch is so easy and makes the blanket look extra cozy. Caron One Pound is the yarn I used.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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I did it

So here it is folks. My attempt at knitting worked. I’m so happy I actually finished this one. In the past I have never been able to finish a knitting project.

My forte is crochet so this is a big win for me. Granted I did miss a few stitches but I’m fine with that. There is still a lot to be learned when it comes to knitting but I think this is a good start.

For this project I used Lily Sugar & Cream yarn and #7 knitting needles.

Leave me a message and let me know what you think.

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Monday wasn’t so bad after all.

Such a busy day today, I was about to give up and go to bed until…

We started off early with getting the kids ready at 6AM.

Followed by running around all day looking for a new water heater since the old one crapped out two days ago.

Then headed to Best Buy to purchase a new router and modem after 3 days of no internet. Who knew we could survive that long!

Grocery shopping was uneventful except that I decided to do it while everyone else in my town decided to go grocery shopping too.

Fixed dinner for the family. Thank goodness it was taco night. Nice and easy. See below for a recipe for rice.

Got some knowledge in for myself by going through a HTML/CSS lesson. I’m excited that I had time to do this today. I have been talking about it for some time and I am finally getting around to it.

By this time, I’m completely exhausted after all of that. Not to mention I’m still not at a hundred percent from going to the snowy Bears game yesterday.

We finally end our day at about 10:30PM by sitting down to decompress and watch a few episodes of Last Man Standing on Netflix and I get such a cool gift from the universe…

While sitting in the family room working online and watching some TV, I get the coolest ending to my chaotic day… There is an owl sitting on my chimney and we can hear it hooting. Loud and clear!  This literally made my day. I LOVE OWLS! After questioning all the crazy annoying things happening throughout the day, this was cool. We even woke up the kids to listen to it. They were excited about it too.  It felt like we were about to get a message from Hogwarts. Of course, I sneaked outside to catch a glimpse of it and as we stepped outside it flew over to the neighbor’s house. What a beautiful animal! It was a good 2ft tall and the wing span was massive.

This experience put today’s events into perspective for me. No matter how tired and discouraged I get, there is always a prize at the end. Whether it’s experiencing the beautiful sounds of nature or getting kisses from your kids before bed or quiet time to get your thoughts together. Life is beautiful. Don’t let the little things blind you from seeing the beauty of what is around you. Just open your heart and let the universe do the rest.

Here is a quick recipe for you… my family really likes it.

White Rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Medium pot with lid

Start by adding olive oil, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and rice. Stir. Add water and heat till water starts to boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and cover. Cook approximately 20 mins or until tender and the water is absorbed. Serves about 6.

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Passing Notes as a Kid

Who remembers passing notes in school when they were kids? I do, I do!!!

Yes, I was that kid! And let me tell you I was great at it. OK, not really… I got caught all the time. Also, I learned that even if you do not sign it with your real name the teacher will know it was you.

Well, today something similar happened at home. The 13 yr got caught red handed by her dad! Yep, she walked right into this argument…

So, it all started when we hollered for all the kids to go bed at their normal bedtime and she walks up to give dad a hug and kiss with her hand in her pocket. Dad asked, “Honey, what’s in your hand?” Her response sends me right back to middle school, “It’s just my notes for class.” Ya, right, NOT! We asked her about 10 times to hand it over and she wouldn’t hand it over. Oh my goodness, it took every ounce of will power not to burst out laughing because I knew exactly what it was. After she failed at convincing us that it was school stuff she handed it over and sure enough it was a note she had written to a boy… Oh ya, 13 yr old hormones are all over this note.

How do you handle this as a parent? I was inclined to be upset that she LIED and worked so hard at keeping this a secret but honestly, I was more amused at myself for not being mad. I remember being a teenage girl trying to find my way around a new school and making new friends. That age is tough to handle. It’s still not OK to lie to your parents.

I must say that I’m very proud at the hubs too for being so calm through this whole thing. This is his baby girl and she is growing up. And, let’s be honest, kids lie. Even the most honest good kids lie sometimes. No, it’s not OK, but it happens. It’s our job as parents to teach our kids that lying gets us in more trouble than its worth. Case in point, we were not angry that she was writing to a boy which is what she thought she would get in trouble for, we were angry that she tried so hard to hide it from us.  If she had just told us what was in her hand the conversation would have gone much easier on everyone. She instead lost her laptop for the night, all due to silly little details.

Some folks may think that we should just have let it go and not made a big deal about it. We on the other hand hope that this will instill values in her that will make her a better adult in the future. Seriously, I blame my parents for me feeling guilty about calling into work and lying to my boss that I’m sick, they are the reason I just don’t do that. And even when I am home sick I still end up working because I feel bad blowing off my responsibilities. Long story short, lying is bad. Don’t do it.

Don’t forget…Be kind to your kids, even when chaos erupts. You were once a kid too.

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Sick Days

On days like today when I’m sitting on the couch with an upper respiratory infection and no sleep for three days it’s even more difficult. As you can see, I could not stay away. Call it motivation or determination or just plain stubbornness but here I am looking for ways to stay focused.

By the way, here is quick recipe for the chicken soup I just made to hopefully feel better quickly.

Easy Chicken Soup

Servings: 4

Time: prep 5 mins, cook 20 mins

Ingredients:

4 cups Chicken Broth

1 cup water

Pinch of salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

3 large carrots, peel and chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1/2lbs. chicken breast

1 Tbl spoon olive oil

1 cup egg noodles

Directions: cut chicken into bite size pieces. Add olive oil and chicken to a medium soup pot and cook for about 5 mins or until no longer pink, make sure to stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick. Add chicken broth, water, carrots, celery, and salt. Cook for 10 mins then add noodles. Cook for another 5 mins or until noodles are tender. Serve.

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