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It’s a rainy day around here, and has been for two days now, so we’re all rained out. Boo. My boys are outside so much now that they’ve got the cutest little farmer tans (despite all the sunblock that I slather on them). I’m one proud Momma when my little ones ask to go outside more than they ask for TV or video games.

But all that fresh air and sunshine brings about the best side effect of all: naps!


So I went into the kitchen for some more tea, and this is what I found:

Yup, that’s my littlest (he must have plumber in his veins) with a contraband box of cheez-its hiding underneath the kitchen table. He must have known I wouldn’t have approved it for his snack, so he went into hiding. I thought it was too cute so I snapped a few pics. The sound of the shutter snapping got his attention.

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I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy meals, especially since I don’t like to cook particularly and my children are inevitably picky eaters. One meal that I can get them to eat is Stuffed Green Peppers. I inherited this gem of a recipe from my mom but I’m not sure where she got the original. → Read more

So I’ve been absolutely terrible about writing on here. Which is sad. I really like opening up and posting designs and “meeting” wonderful people. There’s such a wealth of information on the internet and I meet some of the most amazing people through here. At any rate, things here have been hectic. I guess that goes without saying. I’ve had two sick boys, a sick husband and a sick me to take care of. You can guess which one got put on the back burner.

I know my last message was kind of dark, well, really dark for me, but I guess you could say I had the world’s most horrible birthday. It was pretty awful and I guess the real problem is that I had expectations. Whenever you set yourself up like that, you’re bound to be disappointed. It wasn’t that I wanted anything amazing or outlandish; just to be recognized. Without two sick kiddoes would have been great too. I hate when my babies are sick.

Speaking of sick, we’re finally (KNOCK ON WOOD) over everything, I think. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully. Took Link to the doctor today to check out his rash; in my opinion it should have gone away and not gotten worse over the weekend. They were calling it a medicinal reaction rash, but if that’s true and his last dose was Wednesday, why was it so bad on Saturday and Sunday?!

We took him to the doctor today and he’s not convinced that it’s a medical reaction but he’s not convinced otherwise either. Very helpful. (sigh) It’s actually looking much better today so we’re just keeping tabs on it. The doctor says that it most likely isn’t anything else since he just had strep throat and scarlet fever so he shouldn’t have any other bug. To me, that’s ridiculous logic. I would think that his immune system would be compromised so it’s perfectly logical that he could have something else (like fifth’s disease). But our doctor is mostly..well, I won’t go there because it just makes me upset. Going to go online today and request a new doctor. That should fix atleast some of our problems! Hopefully you all had a much better week of things!

I can hardly believe that four years ago my oldest son made me a Mommy. I feel so blessed to have him in my life and it’s amazing just the depths of love that I have for him. He’s been here just four short years, but it seems like I’ve known him my entire life. He makes me want to be a better person, one that is deserving of such a sweet little boy. On this his fourth birthday, we celebrated.

Can you guess where we went?


Anxiously watching the ball go down the lane (be it ever so slowly).

I’m so disappointed I wasn’t on him for this shot. Still really cute of the moment when he knocked all the pins down.

Link’s turn!

Eagerly awating the results.

Woohoo! I hit them!

Way too cute. Love this expression on his face after he knocked the pins down.

Today, Drake is FOUR!

Mommy helps Link and Drake bowl.


Blow out the candles… Relight the candles, and this time sing Happy Birthday, and THEN blow out the candles. 

Every present was, “WOW!”

From his Uncle back stateside. He loves building.

Link doing what he loves: shovelling food into his cute face. We had a wonderful day and I’m so thankful that I got to spend it with my two boys and my sweet husband. Happy birthday, sweet baby Drake!

With my new job which keeps me away from home until well past 6pm, I’m thankful for my new crockpot. It means I can have dinner on the table as soon as I hit the door, and that’s a good thing with two toddlers who are often starving and impatient. Here’s my latest foray into my crockpottery: Easy Crockpot Chicken: What You’ll Need: 1 to 2 lbs. chicken breast or tenderloins (I used frozen)

1/2 cup Italian salad dressing1 teaspoon Italian seasonings (basil, oregano and garlic powder)1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated4 medium potatoes, coarsely chopped2 carrots, coarsely chopped2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

What You’ll Do:Mix salad dressing, seasonings, and cheese together in measuring cup or bowl. Pour half of the mixture into the bottom of your crockpot. Then add your chicken into the bottom, and top with the remaining half of the mixture. Throw in the assorted vegetables around the chicken. Set the crockpot on low setting, and let cook for 6-8 hours, until chicken is cooked and potatoes are tender.

This serves well on a bed of rice or with rice as a side dish. Enjoy!