It was so pretty I had to take a picture!
March 30, 2010
March 29, 2010
8 slices bacon, crumbled (we prefer turkey bacon)
8 russet or idaho potatoes, scrubbed clean
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 green onions, sliced
Preheat oven to 400. Prick your clean potatoes and rub the skin liberally with canola oil. Place on baking pan and bake 45min-1 hour until fork tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon, shred cheese, and slice onions. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scrape out the inner flesh of the potatoes, leaving a small margin of potato in the skins. Brush both sides with canola oil and salt both sides of the potato. Place skins cut side down on the pan and bake 7 minutes. Flip potatoes over and bake 7 minutes on the other side. Sprinkle cheese and chopped bacon into each potato skin. Return to oven just until cheese melts. Just before serving sprinkle green onions on top and serve with sour cream! Enjoy!
His 18 month stats: 79%ile for height, 67 %ile for weight, 97%ile for head circumference. He weighs 27 pounds!
March 27, 2010
I'll never hear the end of this loss with so many WV fans on Andy's side of the family!
March 26, 2010
Luke's crazy pose!
But Thursday. That was a little worse. Thankfully Andy redeemed us and took care of everything. Let me just remind you that the past two weeks have been very busy for us. Ahem. So Andy went to drop Luke off at school on Thursday and as he pulled up he noticed tons of parents inside. That is not normal. He figured it must be the easter party day. He drove back home (like 2 minutes away) and found the newsletter that I had printed off, but not transferred the party date to our calendar. Saw that yes it was indeed party day and Luke needed 12 plastic eggs with candy and his easter basket. Thankfully, Luke's party didn't start until 11. So they had time to prepare. Ran to Walmart, got the eggs and candy. Came home and stuffed the eggs. They got his basket out and headed over to school in time for the party. Luke was fine with the whole thing. Andy had to change his plans for the morning but willingly did so. It all worked out...but it's haunting me! I don't want to forget important events for my kids, especially don't want to send them without what they are supposed to have. Thankful for a good daddy who took care of everything!
I got the April newsletter email today and the dates are already on the calendar. I'll try my best to ensure this doesn't happen again. But I'm not perfect :)
March 25, 2010
On Tuesday it was beautiful outside! We are thoroughly enjoying the spring weather. We took a short family walk around the court and when we got back to the house Wilson had decided he was ready to take off his training wheels. He had already run into the garage to find the right size wrench. Once the training wheels were off Andy helped him start and he just rode his bike! We couldn't believe it - I thought it would be hard at first and take several attempts. But he just started riding! Andy ran in to get the camera and shot this video. He rode again on Wednesday and did great then too! Wilson definitely has coordination!
Today Wilson did wonderfully at the dentist! He generally has a tough time and worries a lot. But today Andy said he did so well. He is learning to deal with his anxiety better. He kind of froze up when they called him but after some reassuring he sat in the chair and was fine. That is so huge. Before it has been pretty bad. So thankful he is learning how to be in control of his emotions/thoughts! He got to join the cavity free club! Luke did well at the dentist and is also in the cavity free club! I'm thankful that Luke helps Wilson to be so brave. His easy going spirit really helps Wilson feel at ease. Luke is loving t-ball and just gets out there and participates. It is amazing to see how he can start something new without it bothering him! It is a welcome change.
This is a long post. That is what happens after two BUSY weeks! We did survive and got all of the major things done (consignment sale, poetry cafe, conference day, Andy out of town for part of last weekend, report cards, etc) . Andy has been diligently working on the laundry room. I can't wait to post the final pics when he is done! I will be so thrilled to have a completed laundry room. We had a positive comment from a lady while we were out to dinner. She came up to me and said "I just want to tell you what a nice family you have. Your children are so well behaved!". It meant a lot even coming from a stranger. I just looked at Andy after she left and smiled, saying it is nice to know we're doing something right with this whole parenting thing! Because so many days you don't feel that way...
March 15, 2010
March 14, 2010
Consignment Sale- All items have to be entered in the computer by midnight tonight. I think I have that part done. Now I'm ironing and hanging clothes. I ran out of hangers so as soon as I get more I can continue. Tomorrow I will print tags, cut tags, and pin them to all the clothes. Then they will be ready for Andy to take to his work shift Tuesday night. Monday may be a late night.
Poetry Cafe- On Wednesday each 2nd grade class is having our annual Poetry Cafe! It is one of my favorite things we do. The kids have been writing poetry for the last several weeks at school. Now we are publishing our poetry on cute paper and preparing to share a poem out at the cafe. I cover the tables with tablecloths in spring colors, put flowers on the tables, and have refreshments out. So, lots to do here. Finish publishing with the kids, practice reading their poem outloud for the BIG audience, make the program, and figure out the food...Tuesday will be a late night!!
Conferences- On Friday the kids are out of school so I'm using the day to get as many parent conferences completed as possible. At this point I think I have 13 signed up! Yea! Makes my life after-school a lot easier with kids of my own. I need to get report cards filled out and print test results to prepare for these conferences. That will be my plan on Wednesday/Thursday...
March 12, 2010
Andy brought Luke and Tyler in this afternoon to see the chicks. I knew Luke would want to see them. Wilson has been spending a lot of time in the back of my room watching them. Luke held a chick and Tyler was very interested in them. It was so cute to watch! Tyler put one finger out and patted a chick on the head. He kept wanting to look in the box and see the two chicks. Can't wait to see how many more hatch this weekend. So thankful to Gayla for going to check on our little babies this weekend!
March 11, 2010
With boys, it's always an adventure!
March 7, 2010
Saturday night I went out for dinner with friends which was so much fun. It was nice to hang out, chat, and laugh a lot!
Today we went to church and then I took a long nap. It was wonderful. Then I took the boys to the park after Andy went to work. My mom went with us which was nice. Tyler was again Mr. Independent which resulted in a bump on his forehead but we all had a blast! So thankful for a beautiful weekend full of sunshine, family, and friends.
March 2, 2010
Yesterday Andy took the Jeep to get new tires. They've needed to be replaced for 1.5-2years probably. You know it's bad when your parents are both sides are telling you that your tires are needing replaced! So, a year or so later we've gotten it done! I do feel safer driving the Jeep now that the tires actually have tread on them. Thankful!
Also, we've been waiting on our new windows since about November. We finally made the official decision then and today our windows were installed. They were 6-8 weeks behind for installation back in November. Then add in all the freezing cold temps and tons 'o snow and we finally have our windows on March 2nd. But hey, no complaining, we're just glad to have them installed. They look great! I got home and walked in every room oohing and aahing over them. It was like a brand new house! We had original windows (~31 years old) single pane glass. They were old, drafty, & noisy (in the boy's room 1 window rattled loudly in the wind). So thankful! So now you know where all of our tax return went plus some!!