Saturday, March 19, 2011

365 Project - Days 67 thru 79

Day 67:
Homemade fort
Day 68:
Our new side-of-the-road find
Day 69:
Me: Jordan, did you do this?
Jordan: No, Ben did.
Me: Ben can't reach that high.
Jordan: Oh. Then Ben MADE me do it.

Day 70:
Chicken Pot Pie FAIL

Day 71:

Day 72:
I spent the day cleaning. This was my best friend.

Day 73:
Just before our St. Patty's day potluck dinner.

Day 74:
Enjoying some new cake pops at Starbucks.

Day 75:
I caught them playing nicely!

Day 76:
Hanging outside while we watched baby Leah for a few hours.

Day 77:
At the playground.... Spring is almost here!

Day 78:
I love this cat!

Day 79:
Helping daddy do dishes. She actually really loves doing this and its always her idea.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Current Top 5 Kids Movies

I haven't posted in awhile and my brain is way too tired to think of a clever post or sort through photos. Instead I'm sharing my kids' top 5 movies choices for the past 2 weeks:

1. How to Train Your Dragon (this has been number one for months now)
2. Megamind (we just rented this from red box 2 days ago and Jordan keeps talking about it)
3. Shrek Forever after
4. Cars
5. Toy Story 3 (except the scene with the cymbal playing monkey, that scares my son!)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

365 Project - Days 63, 64, 65, 66

Day 63:
A wonderful friend made these for me!!

Day 64:

Day 65:
He REALLY needed a hair cut! (before and after photos)

Day 66:
Finally received my replacement part for the espresso machine. It only took a month.... It's a GOOD morning!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Things About Me You Might Not Know

  1. Three names you go by: Kate, Mommy, KJ
  2. Three facts about yourself: I am addicted to my Iphone, I still own lots of VHS (and watch them), I love to read
  3. Three things that happened today: I made pizza, I got chased by my two year old who was pretending to be a dragon, My kids played nicely for 40 minutes so I could work out
  4. Three favorite songs right now: I have no idea.... I haven't listened to my own music in awhile!
  5. Three breakfast foods you enjoy: Pancakes, French Toast, Turkey bacon
  6. Three things on your current to-do list: Clean the bathrooms, take boxes of clothes/toys to Salvation Army, meal plan for next week
  7. Three colors you like: blue, green, purple
  8. Three words you think others would use to describe you: friendly, busy, bake-a-holic
  9. Three objects you can’t be without: cell phone, baby wipes, wallet
  10. Three ways to win your heart: sense of humor, like my children, like my fat lazy cat
  11. Three favorite movies: "The Princess Bride", "Nightmare Before Christmas", "28 days"
  12. Three appetizers you enjoy: mozzarella sticks, chili cheese fries, chicken nachos
  13. Three places you’ve lived: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Australia
  14. Three important people in your life: Dave, Jordan, Ben
  15. Three things you want to say to three different people: I miss you, I think of you even though we don't talk often, Call me!
  16. Three that made you happy today: kisses from my children, good/healthy meals, watching my husband play with our children
  17. Three things you want to do before you die: travel out of the states with my husband, own a house, make a bedsize quilt
  18. Three favorite TV shows: Dexter, Xfiles, South Park
  19. Three home-cooked meals you enjoy: Baked Mac and Cheese, Pizza, BBQ pulled pork
  20. Three things the world would be better without: Fast food, violence, ignorance
  21. Three of your guilty pleasures: Starbucks, buying things my kids really want, eating cookies out of the kids' cookie jar
  22. Three things you are afraid of: fire, something bad happening to my children, dying while my children are young
  23. Three places you want to visit: Australia, Italy, South Africa
  24. Three things you do before you go to bed: Play Words With Friends, feed the cats, tidy up the kitchen
  25. Three favorite books: Harry Potter series, Hunger Games series, To Kill A Mockingbird
  26. Three types of deserts you enjoy: chocolate cake, edy's girl scout limited edition ice cream, peanut butter cookies
  27. Three crazy things you wouldn’t mind doing: um, I dunno, I'm not crazy anymore =)
  28. Three things you like about yourself: my creativity... (um... this one is difficult! It shouldn't be....)
  29. Three things that you look for in a partner: humor, loving, accepting
  30. Three life lessons you’ve learned so far: we can get through anything, mistakes happen and sometimes they are for the better, patience is definitely something you have to be aware of all the time or you will lose it instantly
  31. Three ways you bid farewell: bye, see ya, love ya!

Friday, March 4, 2011


If I wasn't losing weight or getting more fit, at least me exercising is providing If I wasn't losing weight or getting more fit, at least me exercising is providing entertainment value through my children!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I'm not sure how well you can see from the photo, but my son is spotted. Lots of red spots... all over his arms, legs, face, tummy, and back. Poor kiddo!

Of course a parent's first reaction is CHICKEN POX. Most parents don't care. I still remember my mom sending me to friends' houses when they had chicken pox so I could get them too. I'm fairly certain moms still doing that. However, in this household, a chicken pox outbreak would be bad. My husband never had chicken pox. That is the SOLE reason my children received the chicken pox vaccine. So, how could a child who had the vaccine get that same disease he was vaccinated for?

Needless to say, poor little guy was rushed to sick call this morning. We checked in and were put in an isolation waiting room (ha ha!). After waiting, we were finally seen... only to be told NOTHING. Seriously, waste of time. I already knew the spots weren't chicken pox because there was no blistering and he was not sick AT ALL. But just to ease my mind, I wanted confirmation. Basically, he has a viral rash that is like the second cousin to chicken pox. So he has spots, but they are not itchy or making him ill. He is contagious but we don't know for how long. We don't even know what virus it is, only that it is a virus so there is NOTHING we can do. Thankfully he has no other symptoms so there is not anything we need to do for him.

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that my daughter does not become spotted so she can still attend preschool. I'm not sure I could handle complete quarantine with both children!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pizza

You can use any pizza dough recipe, or this one here. I happened to use a different dough recipe that I thoroughly liked, just for something different.

3/4 precooked chicken cut into strips. I used chicken from our roasted chicken I made last night.
4 Tbsp sweet and sour sauce
1 pound pizza dough at room temperature (one pizza dough recipe)
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese blend
1/2 small red onion chopped
(1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained... I used less since I am not a fan of pineapple)

Preheat oven to 500F. Lightly coat a 14 inch pizza pan with nonstick spray.

Coat the chicken with the sweet and sour sauce, set aside.

Roll out the dough into a 14 inch circle. Place on the pan.

Scatter the cheddar cheese over the crust. Scatter chicken, onion, and pineapple. Drizzle honey BBQ sauce over the toppings. Scatter colby jack cheese.

Place in oven and bake for 8-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust has browned on the bottom.

Makes 8 servings.

365 Project - Day 62

I have been passing this sign in fron of a closed business multiple days a week for almost 2 years now and it continues to crack me up!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

365 Project - Days 45 thru 61

I am FINALLY caught up with photos! I hope I got them in the right order... I did take a photo every day, but after uploading them all to my blog, I have possibly forgotten which photo goes with which day. I had to upload so many! Thankfully I know the last few are definitely correct. I hope that now I am caught up, I will be posting more often so I don't get as far behind again.


Day 45:
My little fairy. She loves dress up!

Day 46:
Bedtime reading with daddy.

Day 47:
Our duplo dragon house.

Day 48:
Baking sugar cookies with momma

Day 49:
Going downstairs early in the morning.

Day 50:
Sweet siblings.

Day 51:

Day 52:
New (to us) desk... found this being left out for trash.

Day 53:
Where did my kids go?

Day 54:
Loving the melting snow!

Day 55:
"no daddy's hat. ben's hat"

Day 56:
Hanging out with mommy and daddy at Barnes and Noble.

Day 57:
Like father, like daughter.

Day 58:
At the Choo Choo restaurant.

Day 59:
Jordan and Ben playing "bedtime".

Day 60:
Fat cat begging.

Day 61:
A common occurrence at our house.