Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cute story

Evan had a difficult morning and had two accidents. He is basically potty trained but some days are harder than others. He gets busy and doesn't want to stop what he is doing. This morning he was watching Laurie Berkner videos on the computer and didn't want to be interrupted.

I cleaned him up in the bathroom and then asked him to try and go poopy on the potty. He did and is always happy to do so. Ever since I told him that the poopy goes to a party after he flushes he gets very excited. He said, "Time for the party, Mommy?" Yep, it is time for the party.

After he went poopy today he looked up at me with the happiest grin and said, "Mommy, is Jesus so happy that I went poopy on the potty?"

Trying hard not to giggle, "Yes, Evan, Jesus is so happy for you right now because he loves you."

Where do they get this stuff?

Monday, May 28, 2007

Chicken Tikka

This is a recipe that everyone seems to want and I agree! It is so so Yummy! We took some today to our ward cookout and it was again a huge hit.

All the credit goes to our friend Michelle who gave us the recipe. Good job Michelle!

I also wanted to add that I use large (like half of a thigh) pieces of meat instead of cubes and we love to skewer them on the grill.

Be sure also to grill them on low and cook them slowly and they will be so great!

Chicken Tikka

1 lb (3.25 cups) cubed boneless chicken thighs (you can use breasts, but the meat is a lot drier)

1 tsp ginger pulp (powder can be used in a pinch)

1 tsp garlic pulp

1 tsp chili powder

¼ tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

¼ pint (2/3 cup) plain yogurt

4 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the chicken pieces, ginger, garlic, chili powder, turmeric, salt, yogurt, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro and leave to marinate for at least two hours.

2. Place on a grill (broiler) tray or in a flameproof dish lined with foil and baste with the oil.

3. Preheat grill to medium. Grill (broil) the children for 15-20 minutes until cooked, turning and basting 2-3 times.

These are the directions from the cookbook. I have tried making it on a foil lined tray, but I notice that the marinade gets watery and the chicken boils instead of grills. When I make it, I just grill it directly on the grill and I never baste it with oil to save the extra calories.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

Here is an adorable video of Griffin eating his first birthday cake. Of course there is some growling involved. With him we are lucky to have an hour without some growling. I love it! I think it is the cutest thing. What a kid.

New Pictures

As promised, here are some new pictures of my boys!

Griffin eats grass on a regular basis.
This was a doozy and SO GROSS!

Evan using my lip gloss.
Ain't he purty?

The boys sit while the sprinkler gets them.

Griffin kissing our friends little chicky!
So Cute!

Evan loving the little chick.

Fin crashed hard after the party.

Having fun with the birthday cake!

Birthday Boys!

Ryan and Griffin had birthdays this week and I want to celebrate them!

Ryan is now 30 so this was a big year for him. His birthday last year was basically not at all celebrated. For those of you who don't know, his younger brother was killed in an accident on Ryan's birthday last year. We obviously had bigger things on our minds.

This year I wanted to celebrate in a big way. Ryan has accomplished a lot this year and I wanted him to feel loved. We had a big BBQ on Saturday and it was amazing! People drove in from all over simply to celebrate with us. There were about 50 people there and we just had a perfect day. Lots of food, kids having fun and reuniting with family and friends. I know that Ryan felt so loved.

I am so proud of him and how much he has really taken care of us this past year and always. He is a brilliant teacher and does a wonderful job at work and then comes home and works his magic with the boys. Griffin just grins and says, "Da Da Da Da.....DaD!" He is always so happy when Ryan comes home. Evan loves playing with Daddy as well. He is such a fun loving father. I just love how much our boys adore him.

I too adore him. He is a loving, kind, understanding and protective husband. He is a worthy and spiritual priesthood holder. He is silly and makes me laugh all the time. He is handsome and has a cute butt! (not important but not bad either!) He wants nothing more than for his family to be happy, healthy and loving. He is my dream come true.

Ok, perhaps it is cheesy but it is true. I love Ryan.

Griffin. What an amazing little boy this is. He is so happy go lucky. We call him a child of extremes because when he is happy he is blissfully, huge grinning, giggling happy and when he is sad he is sobbing and weeping wailing gnashing of teeth. When he is excited, watch out! He is just so great to have around. I honestly have never seen such a happy baby. He is so much fun.

We also call him our little noisemaker. He is constantly coming up with new sounds for his mouth to make and makes the funniest faces doing it. He recently learned how to whistle and looks so adorable doing it. I say to him, "No Way. " and he says back, "Way!" It is really cute.

His new thing is eating grass but we are trying to curb that habit. I'll post some icky pictures of that today.

Griffin brought joy in a time of pain and was born 4 days after Graham's death last year. He was born in NJ and although everything about his birth seems like is worked out differently than planned I couldn't have planned it better. I know it all happened exactly as it should have. I am glad he was there to soothe our pain after such a traumatic event.

Happy Birthday my boys!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

My favorite things

I was introduced to an amazing website by a friend's blog and wanted to share it with all of you who love to read. It is a great site that allows you to create a bookshelf and will give you recommendations of good reads based on books you like. I have created a shelf of old favorites and books I want to read as well. Feel free to check it out. Here is a link to the site and to my bookshelf it will take you to my picks! If you know of any other great books always feel free to let me know about them!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Man oh man......

So we are recovering well from all of the strange sickness we have had recently in our home. The impetigo is clearing up well and Evan's eyes are almost booger free. It did end up getting in both eyes, though, which I had expected.

Today Evan had his appointment at the gastro office. We have been waiting for this follow up appointment for some time so I decided to keep it even though he is still recovering. We got ready and he seemed fine. We dropped Griffin off at a friend's house and started the drive to Hershey. It takes about 30 min from where we were. About half way there Evan threw up all over the place.

This is one of his symptoms of his reflux. He will simply vomit for no reason at strange times. It has happened in the car on numerous occasions. It is so gross! It was all over his seat, his shorts, shirt and even down his pant. It was a doozy.

I had shorts and underwear but no clean shirt for him. I did have a sweatshirt jacket that worked. I totally felt like PWT with my kid wearing an obvious jacket with no shirt underneath.

The doctor was not at all happy with how Evan is doing. It is interesting because I thought he was doing well until I talked to the doctor. They decided to try Prevacid which is apparently a more aggressive medication. We'll see what happens. Hopefully he'll do well on this one.

The eating is still great but he is getting the sore throat, cough and hoarse voice because the reflux is damaging his esophagus. Poor kid.

I'll keep you all posted on how this one seems to work.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Our Mother's Day

Earlier last week I noticed that Griffin had a scabby sore on his leg. I thought he had somehow cut himself but couldn't figure out how. Then on Friday and Saturday the sores began to multiply. They definitely weren't chicken pox so I wasn't sure what they were.

Leave it to mom. My mom did a diagnosis all the way from Kansas. She immediately said, "He has impetigo." Mom was correct. I looked it up online that night and it said it was contagious (so church was out for him) and he needed to get on antibiotics as soon as possible.

Sunday morning we woke up and Evan and I got ready for church while Ryan and Griffin got ready to go to the ER. I wasn't really worried about him but I did want to get the treatment started as soon as I could. They gave him a topical ointment and they already look so much better.

After church I noticed that Evan had a massive eye booger. I didn't think much of it and we went home. By the time we got home his eye was all gooey again. I wiped it again and hoped that was it. Well, in the next few hours it was apparent that he had a raging case of pink eye. Ugh. I had already sent Ryan to Walmart to get the prescription for Griffin and now it looked like I was going to have to go back and get something for this poor kids eye.

One of the problems with living in a small town is that there are no little urgent care clinics around. I did not want to take him to the ER but did want him to start feeling better. I got this over the counter stuff that seemed to work well enough. He also started a nasty cough and runny nose. Today he'll see his doctor.

We put the boys to bed and thought all was well for the night. Around 10:30 Evan woke up just hysterical. His eye had so much goo he couldn't see or barely even open his eye and his cough was terrible. He was screaming and crying and just couldn't get himself calmed down no matter what we tried.

We just went to work. One of us had to hold him down while the other washed his eye and put some drops in. Then we had to force some tylenol down his throat. He normally loves his medicine but couldn't be talked into even eating a cookie at this point (and believe me, we tried). He just cried and cried. After so long I was having a difficult time keeping it together. I just felt so terrible for my little guy. Ryan gave him a blessing and he was crying the entire time.

He then said, "I want mommy." I held him and he shuddered and took a few deep breaths. I rocked him and sang, "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...." That was when the tears started. I was definitely choked up. I was touched by his little spirit. He wanted to be strong but was having a hard time. He said, "Mommy, my tummy hurts. " I could here and feel it moving around and he would tense up and take short little breaths. Man, I just wanted to take away the pain.

He finally calmed down and went to sleep in our big bed holding fast to his puppy dog.

Ryan and I went downstairs to finish the show we were watching. (last weeks 24) I couldn't stop thinking about Evan and what had happened and how strongly I felt about him. Stopping the show I said to Ryan, "Evan has been sick many times and I just wonder if it will ever get easier to see. I mean, in reality he simply has a cold and an eye infection that will be gone in a few days, but it was killing me to watch. I just can't imagine how difficult it will be when he has larger pains and emotional pains that I cannot help him through."

Once again I was reminded of how amazing and incomprehensible is the sacrifice that Heavenly Father did for us. He allowed his son to die for us and much more to plead and agonize for us in the garden. How painful as a parent to not be able to stop that or to know you can but need to let it happen for His good and for ours as well. I also think of how every day he watches all of his children in pain, many of us because of our own choices. It makes me want to be better.

Ryan said, "What a crazy Mother's Day. I'm so sorry you didn't get to rest like we planned."

I thought about it and realized that I had a day where I felt my children's love. There is nothing quite like having your child calm down the moment you hold him in your arms. When he says in that tearful, scared voice, "I want Mommy." It makes my heart melt. I was able to snuggle with my child and rock him and sing to him in a way I don't get to every day. I will look at that as a blessing.

We are already having a much better day today. Griffin's sores look so much better already and Evan's eyes do as well. He woke up happy and slept through the rest of the night. Of course, Ryan and I slept on the couch and in his bed. When we went to get in bed Evan was lying lengthwise across it. Leave it to him to take up an entire king size mattress. It was worth it to make him feel better.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


I must write about how gorgeous the weather has been lately! It has been amazing, perfect and wonderful weather. We have spent so much time outside playing and working on projects. We are currently putting together the play set we bought last week and let me tell you it is a doozy. It takes forever!

I can't wait until it is finished and I can send Evan out to play and have fun. We have also been working on the gardening. Just flowers for now. We grill at least every other day and today's fare was Dijon salmon grilled on a cedar plank. So yummy.....Tomorrow will be our new favorite, Chicken Tiki and I think I'll grill some Naan as well. Mmmmmmm......

I just can't get enough of this gorgeous place, Pennsylvania. I love the rolling hills and the gorgeous farm land and the trees. It is simply wonderful here. I am really enjoying living in the country.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

What a stay at home mom is worth

A friend sent me this article and I had heard this before. This is the first time I have seen it in print. I think it is so true and makes me realize how much all the work I do every day is worth. I can't get over the few out there who think that stay at home moms get bored and have nothing to do. I have no idea how I would get it all done and work outside of the home full time. I have a hard enough time working part time in the evenings.

Anyway, enjoy.

Wed May 2, 3:00 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday. This reflected a 3 percent raise from last year's $134,121, according to Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts.

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother's work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.

The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.

A mother who holds full-time job outside the home would earn an additional $85,939 for the work she does at home,

Last year she would have earned $85,876 for her at-home work, it said. compiled the online responses of 26,000 stay-at-home mothers and 14,000 mothers who also work outside the home.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst)

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.