So, thanks for the vote of confidence. Now go read my post and let me know if you try out the oatmeal cookie recipe. I promise you won't be disappointed (unless you just really hate oatmeal cookies, then I suggest finding another recipe to make instead.)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So, thanks for the vote of confidence. Now go read my post and let me know if you try out the oatmeal cookie recipe. I promise you won't be disappointed (unless you just really hate oatmeal cookies, then I suggest finding another recipe to make instead.)
by: Jessica at 3/31/2009 09:20:00 AM
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tomorrow I am a GUEST BLOGGER on Lexi's blog (yep, someone other then me cares what I say) so I figured I better hurry with the tag so I have time to concentrate on her assignment. (That, and work on the basement some more...the toys have GOT to GO!)
5 things I was doing 5 years ago:
- Learning the in's and out's of raising our first child. Brennan was almost one.
- Planning the best dang first birthday party for that child.
- Scrap booking with Melissa.
- Taking my hot hubby, Bart, to and from work (we shared a car, still do)
- Wishing my neighbor (who I really love and was glad to have as a neighbor) would move so we could have the downstairs apartment with the small patio instead of the upstairs apartment with a smaller balcony.
- Read more of "Magic Tree House" #4: Pirates Past Noon with Brennan. (His reading skills ROCK!)
- Cook dinner (we are fancy tonight: Manwich, tator tots, and pineapple rings)
- Give Ethan a bath...his feet stink!
- Watch "How I Met Your Mother" with Bart. (Same hubby as five years ago, same car as well)
- Put up some laundry! (Who am I kidding? That will be there until Wednesday)
- Get Bart back in school.
- Pay off all the stupid debt we have, esp. every nit-picky doctor bill Bart has acquired.
- Buy a year supply of diapers so I don't have to get them every time I go grocery shopping (those things take up too much room in the cart!)
- Get the 3 month supply of food all stored up, along with the water and savings.
- Go on a tour of America with my family.
- Monroe, LA
- Tooele, UT
- Leesville, LA
- Graham Hall, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, LA
- Omaha, NE
- Toy Store Sales Clerk...During Christmas, at Cortana Mall, in a Seasonal store.
- Tour Guide at The House on Ellicott Hill in Natchez, MS.
- Waitress at Clara Nell's Downtown Deli in Natchez, MS
- Office Worker at LSU
- Teacher, Westdale Middle School,
HellBaton Rouge, LA
- NOT working in Primary.
- Volunteering at the children's school more.
- Belong to the PTA Presidency?
- 100% caught up scrapbooking
- Spending just as much time as I do now with my kids and sexy hubby.
- Jeni C.
- Melissa B.
- Um, I am no good at picking people...if you do it, leave a comment here so I can go read it.
What are your 5's?
by: Jessica at 3/30/2009 12:58:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2009
this is my story it is?????????????????????????????????????????????? star wars!
a long long long time ago a galaxy is at the time of war the jedi! fight for the republic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! watch out for
jabba the hutt
by: Jessica at 3/29/2009 05:34:00 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2009
For those of you who did not win...just come back later, there will be more contests then! Thanks for entering and sharing all the great sites and tidbits about your daily life. Also, if you ever want to order one of Jeni's dresses, just contact me and I will put you in touch with her.
by: Jessica at 3/28/2009 10:47:00 AM
Friday, March 27, 2009
Now, for those of you who watch "Ace of Cakes", you know that Duff and Jeff often go on seemingly pointless trips to "see" what they are making (I bet Duff went and played in a real tank before asking someone to make this one...Karen, don't worry. No fireworks will be hooked to Lexie's cake) and better understand the dynamics of the cake. Really it is just a way for them to get to do things the average Joe would not be able to do on a cable t.v. show.
Because of their example, I felt it in my best interest, when I could not find a picture of what I was looking for, to have a viewing of the movie that the party is themed around.
What movie, you might ask? What movie would cause me to title the post, "Another Secret"? Why are you ashamed of the movie you viewed? I mean, come on...Lexie is only turning four! It can't be that bad, right?
It is. It really, really is.
The theme of Lexie's party, and therefore her cake, is...
So, I start searching the internet, wondering about one specific thing I'd like to put on the cake, but only if they have one at Camp Rock. There were no pictures (that I could find) of the driveway of Camp Rock, where I was assuming a banner of some sort hung. In my mind, I was hoping for a banner draped between two tall wooden poles, hand lettered, declaring that, yep, you've entered Camp Rock.
Bart bravely put Camp Rock on the que at Netflix, causing much better movies (who am I kidding...next up is Spongebob Squarepants and Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist) to be moved down the list.
And tonight, that is right my bloggy friends, TONIGHT, I watched Camp Rock. (Bart wants you to all know HE did NOT watch Camp Rock...he downloaded free music from amazon.com...he actually got a free Dan Zanes c.d. for the boys, which I am secretly pumped about) We put the boys in bed (after watching the season finale of Ben Ten where Bart got really excited that Ben gets all new aliens next season) and I popped that movie in the DVD player, bracing myself for a HORRIBLE time.
After about five minutes, the comments from the computer room started pouring in.
"Haven't you seen it yet?"
"Why are you doing this to yourself? To me? To US?"
Then, I saw it...the sign I was looking for (literally!) It was right there, as they showed everyone arriving at camp...a wooden sign with the logo of Camp Rock, the same one you see everywhere! So, my dream for the finishing touches on the cake (I know Karen, Lexie will love it no matter what, but now I will love it, too) came true. And, along with those dreams, came more calls from the computer room.
"Okay, Jessie, you've seen the sign, why are you still watching?"
"It's been on for 45 minutes. Aren't you turning it off?"
Yep, you guessed it.
My new secret.
Well, maybe I won't run out and buy a tee-shirt and hang a big poster on my wall, but I can see its appeal, even without a daughter by my side, forcing me to watch it. I probably won't watch it again on my own, but if I ever 'have' to watch it for some reason, I won't mind, though I will admit I DID fast-forward through a few of the songs to speed the movie up, just a bit. If you fast-forwarded through all the songs, I bet the movie would be 45 minutes, tops.
So, keep my secret, okay...though I think my tolerance of Camp Rock will bode well with me as I try and find a girl child to "borrow" for a few hours so I can go watch the new Hannah Montana movie and NOT get weird looks as I walk in to the theater, alone.
by: Jessica at 3/27/2009 11:06:00 PM
In a few short weeks, we will be celebrating my blog's second birthday or anniversary. I have not decided which to call it yet...but I have been working very hard on getting LOTS of giveaways for the ENTIRE MONTH! It is going to be great.
What could be in store? Maybe some shoes! (SeeKaiRun)
Maybe a c.d. (Charity and the JamBand, which my kids LOVE)
Maybe even a DVD to learn how to decorate cakes like my mom (well, let's face it...we will NEVER be as good as her, but we can try!)
If you have something you want to do as a review and or giveaway, just send me an email and we will get you lined up!
I can't wait!
by: Jessica at 3/27/2009 02:51:00 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have a husband who LOVES jerky, so I think we will be frequenting jerky.com often to feed his inner mountain man. Jerky.com has free shipping on a lot of items and pretty low prices. There are a lot of animal choices, too, from beef jerky to buffalo jerky to ostrich jerky. (I think one day I might be brave enough to try the ostrich...do you think it tastes like chicken?)
Jackson (who turns three April 6th!) has dropped to the 80% coming in at 36 lbs. and 39 1/4 inches.
Ethan has had quite a growth spurt in the past two months. Remember how I was whining that Ethan went from being my biggest newborn to my smallest two month old? Remember how he weighed two-three pounds less then either other brother at two months? Well, I think I spoke a little soon.
This kid weighed in at 17 lbs. 12.6 oz (95%), was 26 1/4 inches long (90%) and has a head that is 17 1/2 inches round (90%). When the nurse was filling in his paperwork, she was shocked to see he had gained FIVE pounds in TWO months!
He weighs a tiny bit more then Brennan at this age, but E. is taller then B. He weighs a little over one pound less then Jackson, and E. still has the height. I guess that explains why all his 3-6 month pants are high waters.
So, now you know...whether you cared or not. It will be interesting to see if Ethan continues to stick so closely to his brothers growth patterns as he gets older.
by: Jessica at 3/26/2009 12:27:00 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
by: Jessica at 3/25/2009 12:58:00 PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
So, today I conquered the master bedroom. It was the most in need of the upstairs rooms. We often shove things that don't have a home in there if someone is coming over or if we just don't know what to do with them so there was a pile of things to be dealt with (plus a bunch of clothes Bart has failed to hang up).
I dropped Brennan off at school at 8:25 (I forced him to eat breakfast at school, ha!), fed Jack, Ethan and myself, then got down to business. It is now 12:48 and I have fed all three of us again, bought airplane tickets for me and Jackson (since Ethan is free!) to fly to Florida to visit Jamie, put some laundry in to wash, checked my email a ton as a group of friends plans an Easter party, and DEFEATED THE MONSTER of our bedroom.
Now all I need to do is shower (yep, it is 12:49 and I am in my p.j.'s I mean, I don't want to get my "good clothes" all dirty!), pick up the mess Jackson made in the living room while I ignored him, allowed him to watch t.v. and have free reign of the that room, and figure out what to make the boys for dinner and I am done.
Okay, now for the secret...I was using the hose to clean the edge of the carpets in my room...there was a lot of trapped dust in there, when I decided to look under the bed at the head board. There was SO MUCH dust there it actually looked like a spider web or something. In the two years that we have lived in Omaha, I don't believe that particular part of our home has EVER been cleaned. Until today. By me. In my pajamas. With greasy hair. And morning breath.
Gross, I know.
Now, time to beautify.
by: Jessica at 3/24/2009 12:46:00 PM
Monday, March 23, 2009
Darn winter...don't you know nobody wants you? My daffodils are blooming, the purple and pink flower thingies (yep, totally technical term) are coming, and the day lilies are peeking their heads up, too. (See, the pink thingies are pictured, they keep coming back cause this picture was spring 2007)
If winter hurts my beloved flowers, I will throw some ninja-style kicks its way.
I will teach winter to come mess with me in spring.
It is going to rain today, but I am okay with that. Our "yard guy" (really he just did this one project for us and wants to do more, but I don't see it written in our stars right now) just finished digging up the rocks and mulch and overall ugliness that was the side of our yard and filling it in with dirt. See in the picture with Brennan from spring 2007? That ugly is gone, soon to be filled with grass...but first, a trip to Home Depot where I will buy the seeds and place them myself.
I mean, I have a 25% off coupon for Home Depot. What did the yard guy offer for grass seed? Not 25% off. Just the advice that we need more then we think because birds will eat some of the seeds.
Little thieves. Let me catch you eating MY freshly applied grass seed...I just might go Ninja Kung FU UFC on you, too.
by: Jessica at 3/23/2009 02:02:00 PM
Friday, March 20, 2009
She has created (with my initial help, I might add :-0) a truly unique way to decorate some of her cakes and she is creating a DVD to share this technique, along with a few other tips and tricks. When she was visiting for the birth of Ethan, she did two free demos for some friends here...a few I think are actually using what they learned! I know I am! (remember the zebra cake I begged y'all to go vote for? I won!)
These DVD's will be on sale around the middle of April for $25, including S&H. I am sure I will do another post then so you know it is time.
It kills me to see all the fabulous cakes she makes for others, with me stuck here in Omaha...a thousand miles too far for her to create cakes for her favorite grandson's birthdays (though she makes them b.day cakes when we visit, b.days or not).
Maybe, just maybe, if you are really lucky, she will give one away on my blog...but you will have to ask her really nicely and add a cherry on top to see.
by: Jessica at 3/20/2009 10:15:00 PM
so I will slowly feed you pictures from SPD, one post at a time)
Coincidentally, today I decided it was time Ethan was NOT swaddled during nap and night time (well, we will do night time after nap time is conquered). I mean, he IS four months old as of Wednesday and he IS 17.5 lbs...he's busting out of even the best of swaddles some nights(I can swaddle like a rock star, too, thanks to Miss MawMaw blankets) and that is waking him up which in turn is waking me up and making me UNhappy. Meaning...CIO is coming into play once again at our house...Round Three, the FINAL CIO Countdown.
So, today, I laid him down in his bed around 12:15...no swaddling, no swinging (I think we will keep using the swing sometimes, but not always). He was tired because he kept falling asleep while eating, but he was awake.
So far (and it's only been 45 minutes or so but now might be my only time to blog) he has slept restlessly...he'll let out a whimper here, a cry there, but so far there have been no mass hysterics. I am thinking I will let the whimpering go on for a while longer because it is not constant and it is not driving me bonkers...however, if he is not OUT by about 1:30, I might throw him in the swing so he gets a good nap and is not Mr. Cranky Pants tonight for Bart (Brennan and I have a church thing).
Okay...it's One p.m. now and there is no more whimpering.
I will go ahead (jinxing myself, I am sure) and say "Day One, Nap One" is a success. A little premature, yes, but I have laundry to switch out (tomorrow is laundry day and when you see my post about Brennan and Legos, you will see it takes two days for one day of folding) and a kitchen to straighten, so I am OUT.
What's your opinion? Do you let your babies CIO or do you hold them until sleep falls upon their sweet baby head every time? Let me know, but don't be a jerk about your opinions, or I will stick Megan on you as retaliation.
UPDATED: It is now 1:38 and he is crying (madly) right now...hmmm...
UPDATE #2: He stopped all whimpering and mad man crying by 2 and is still sleeping. I hold to my success for day one.
by: Jessica at 3/20/2009 12:52:00 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2009
One of the jobs of being on the yearbook staff is coming up with goofy captions.
Today I have a confession.
Now, I just think them to myself. I do not even share these thoughts with Bart, for fear of the ridicule I will endure.
But, I do it all the time. As in...every time I upload pictures and am previewing them. Any time I see a cute picture on someone else's blog...it's really a disease, I think.
Most of the captions in my head are dorky, like me, some are funny, like me, and some are just plain old brilliant, once again, like me.
I don't know of a cure for this disease, but if it is something I can help the boys not develop, then I need to figure out a way. I'd hate to deny them the fun of creating the yearbook (I still get a bit bigheaded when I look at my Class of 98 Vidalia Vikings one that I helped create from start to finish), but if I can save them the embarrassment of Caption-itis that comes with this extra curricular activity as an adult, I might just have to.
What weird-o quirks do you have and do you fear you will pass them on to your family???
by: Jessica at 3/19/2009 02:42:00 PM
Brennan wanted to talk about something else, but knew we would correct him or ignore him (I did CIO with him, so he has been trained to know that he will be ignored :-) because we are trying to teach him you do not just interrupt someone while they are talking.
We continue our conversation and then Brennan says, "Speaking of X, I want Y." Of course, "Y" was not related, but he had figured out a way to not interrupt, but ADD to our conversation.
Bart and I could not look at each other (probably for the best, I was driving) or Brennan for a minute because it was so funny to us.
I mean, "Speaking of..." I know he didn't learn that one from us!
by: Jessica at 3/19/2009 01:49:00 PM
I recently discovered that one of my MOM friends has a great online store, Midwest Creations. She sells cart covers (to keep the babies safe, I think after my niece's scare with salmonella I need one), diaper bags (I want the one below!), and a few other items.
I absolutely love this shirt. I am thinking of ordering one for a friend who just had a baby girl. Isn't it just the cutest?
Kirsten also has the photography bug. She creates wall art that spells names. Right now on her blog, she is giving one print away...however, the catch is that YOU don't win, it is for you to give to someone else as a gift! If I win, another friend who is about to have a baby girl will be blessed to get one of these neat gifts.
Go here to enter her giveaway. If you win, you can always give it to me if you are looking for the perfect someone to share the love with. Oh, and if you enter, mention that you heard about the giveaway from Jessica a fellow MOM...I just want to see how many of you enter from this site.
by: Jessica at 3/19/2009 09:28:00 AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Enter the contest by clicking on the link on the right...contest ends March 28th and you can enter EVERY SINGLE DAY!
by: Jessica at 3/18/2009 02:45:00 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
See, we have a bathtub, then besides it (seperate) is a shower with two doors of glass that like to get grimmy.
I had been using the Scrubbling Bubbles that comes with the blue lid and is a foam b/c it worked great, took little manpower, and smelled fresh. (I don't know it's name, but it is SB brand) I gave it a rest and tried this out.
Today we ran out of the cleaning solution and I must say...I think I will actually add it to my list for next shopping trip! Though I will still have to clean the shower on occasion, it did a great job (for about two weeks with one cleaner) of cleaning the shower and keeping it basically scum free. Anything that makes me have to clean less is a winner in my books.
I have a few $5 coupons left, so if you want one, email me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get one out ASAP...I will go on a first come, first serve basis.
What is your favorite thing to use to clean the shower/soap scum???
Monday, March 16, 2009
So, without further ado....
- I did NOT lose Jackson at the zoo. No, he was holding my hand (or Candace's or Tessa's or random strangers...) the ENTIRE time.
- A sweet old Asian man (I think he was ethnic) did NOT help Jackson when I found him...in the men's restroom when Jack would not come out of the bathroom.
- I am NOT wishing for a nap. Nope, I went to bed early last night (and the night before that and the night before that...)
- Jackson did NOT eat (?) drink (?) some apple Sauve shampoo this morning because it smelled like apples. He is too smart to think just because something smells good, it does not always taste good, too.
- Brennan did NOT pretend to be sick this morning because he wanted to go to the zoo more then school. Good thing I am NOT smarter then him and did not see his trickery.
- I do NOT always think I am right and have a hard time accepting suggestions from others. I always am grateful for ideas from others. (I really am working on this one, trust me!)
- I do NOT have a play date of some sort lined up every day this week...zoo, St. Patrick's Day party, Relief Society Craft prep at my house, park on Thursday (no school for Bren!), Bounce U on Friday (still no school). I love staying home every day and doing things here, like cleaning the dust out of the corners, putting in gardens (I am planting strawberries and flowers), and allowing the kids to watch too much t.v.
Oh, and I am so excited to be doing a review of pineapple jerky from Jerky.com. Stay tuned to find out more...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here are a few sites I've found (been told about AGAIN by Diana, thank heavens this last time I was by the computer and remembered to look it up) while
Skip To My Lou
Of course, if my pictures SUCK, I can always call in the pros!
by: Jessica at 3/15/2009 10:26:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
my girl frinds are willa ! (My girlfriend is Willa.)
my naem is brennan (My name is Brennan.)
i like star wars
what do u wish
do u wont frinds? (Do you want friends?)
what das your brather want? (What does your brother want?)
do? u hafv ine girlfrinds? (Do you have any girlfriends?)
i love u
what are yourboy frinds? (What are your boyfriends?)
i love u i love you
what is your bratheer,s naem???????????????? (What is your brother's name?)
what is your mom,s naem? (What is your mom's name?)
what is your naem? (What is your name?)
By Brennan, age five
by: Jessica at 3/14/2009 06:47:00 PM
Friday, March 13, 2009
What do you and your family do on Saturdays? I'm looking for free/cheap/easy ideas.
by: Jessica at 3/13/2009 09:27:00 PM
Things I ♥
- Nap Time
- A clean kitchen
- Listening to Brennan read (he is getting so good!)
- Spending time with my family (but not during nap time)
- Yogurt with fruit in it. It makes me want to throw up.
- Below zero temperatures
- Doing laundry
- Brown bananas
- Paying bills
by: Jessica at 3/13/2009 12:53:00 PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thanks SARA of Subjective Beauty for taking my fabulous header made by Karen and running with it. Karen...April 19th...you, me, a zebra cake to exchange hands!
So, if you are thinking about a bloggy makeover, go check her out. Tell her I sent you so she will be happy and know she helped make my blog a better place to
BTW, I now have a BUTTON that you can put on your blog...it's over there on the left. Just copy and paste that stuff into an HTML thingie on your layout page and my little bike riding family will show up on your blog, making your blog that much cuter to look at!
One more thing, don't forget to enter the giveaway, found on the right...and esp. don't forget to order one from Jeni for however many extra points were offered...you can enter once every day!
by: Jessica at 3/11/2009 10:55:00 PM
Not for me, but for the blog...stay tuned as things might be a little messy for a bit...But...Tune back in by Friday and be prepared to be dazzled.
by: Jessica at 3/11/2009 06:10:00 PM
Brennan recently learned the difference between tattling and telling on someone because it is important for an adult to know at school. (Because I NEVER tried to teach him that at home.)
Anyways, today, as Jackson climbs out from under Brennan's bed as I am trying to wrangle him down for naptime, he looks at me and says, "Mommy, Brennan was naughty. He broke his bed and it can hurt me."
I told him not to tattle, I knew his bed had a broken rung. (I may have used Brennan's bed as a step stool when there was no mattress on it and broken one of the wooden rung thingies.)
He says, "But I not tattle. It hurt."
Yep, not tattling, just informing me of a dangerous situation. Never mind the fact that he discovered this by pulling out the suitcases I store under Brennan's bed (where do you store those darn things?) and messing EVERYTHING up...things I specifically asked the boys NOT to do.
I guess Jackson is learning from Mrs. Proctor, too. Maybe he can start attending her sessions with Brennan's school class and learn things.
Does Mrs. Proctor teach a potty training for toddlers class?
by: Jessica at 3/11/2009 03:07:00 PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So, I saw this site on a friend's blog, then on another friend's blog, then on a blog I stalk (but I leave a comment on occasion)...so I figured I should check it out.
Turns out, it was a great time to do so because they have a bloggy carnival going on for giveaways! Go check them out and maybe you will win some great stuff!
They are calling it a Spring Fling and I love it...I can't wait for spring to get here. Today it was SO FREAKIN' COLD I thought we'd fallen back in time to January or the ICE AGE! I mean, it SNOWED! Jackson saw the snow falling as we had the kitchen door open (see, I forgot I spilled fries I'd baked into the bottom of the oven then I turned on the oven the next day to warm up bread from Great Harvest and there was a fire...luckily Brennan did NOT see this happening.) and was freaking out over it. I guess his toddler weather radar told him it was time for shorts and flip flops to make an appearance.
While we are on the subject of crap-ulous weather...I'd like to find that damn ground hog and give him a piece of my mind! Six more weeks of winter. He can...well, this is a blog my son might read (seeing how he is reading EVERYTHING in sight and knows how to find my blog), so fill in the blank...and be very descriptive about what the ground hog from hell can do for causing this intense cold snap to fall upon poor old Southern Belle ME!
(The boys and I plotting out a way to get the ground hog to insure this weather does not continue to happen at the end of winter every year...Brennan has his light saber and Jackson is dressed as Anikan Skywalker...I think we are going Star Wars on him.)
by: Jessica at 3/10/2009 11:34:00 PM
Today Ethan had his last physical therapy appointment! Katie said things are progressing nicely and she does not have to see him anymore. She will call in a month to see how things are going and we are to continue with therapy at home until about eight months, but things are looking fine.
His head is still slightly misshapen in back, but it will continue to fill in and eventually be fine.
In other news, Bart does NOT have Celiack's Disease. Thank heaven's...I was starting to worry about being gluten free for the rest of our lives...I mean, how do we go home to visit family and eat at their houses and say, "Now, you have to go buy some expensive food for Bart"? Of course, we would do what had to be done...luckily we get to keep gluten in our family. I mean, it is an old friend after all...how could I say good bye to Cinnamon Toast Crunch and wheat bread grilled cheese?
by: Jessica at 3/10/2009 11:22:00 PM
Monday, March 9, 2009
I think even if I used the bowling for dummies I'd still score badly!
by: Jessica at 3/09/2009 03:05:00 PM