Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Way Back When - esday I

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Dateline: Around the 3rd week of June 2008
Child and Age: Cheyenne, around 8 months old

I had bought all 6 kids red, white and blue clothing to wear for the 4th of July. So, I decided around the middle of June to take them to a park and take photos of them in their patriotic colors along with red, white and blue flowers and American flags. I must have picked a bad day because Cheyenne was my only cooperative model!

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What I Learned -- Random Edition

I love to learn. Yes, you heard that right. I love to learn. Educational, random, pointless, it doesn't matter. I will research something I become interested in until I know it like the back of my hand. But, sometimes we learn things spontaneously. Things we never would have thought of. So, here is a list of random things I have learned this week.
  • I have learned that my kids are actually sweet, well-behaved children - when they are apart from one another.
  • I have learned that when the power goes out for 2.5 hours, meaning no TV, no modem and your Nintendo DSi battery is dead, you can (and in my case will) tweet via text updates about there being no power. (Just visit my personal twitter and check out the tweets from 6/28!)
  • I have learned that some people will never grow up and will continue to create drama - simply because they feel they earned that right (I must've missed that sign up sheet during creation!)
  • I have learned that a World Cup soccer game can be interesting -- in small doses. (My fave - USA - got knocked out, so I am now cheering for Spain. I don't know why.)
  • I have learned that my 12 year old daughter LAUGHS during a horror movie when people are getting their heads cut off (What? What is on TV these days? Worse yet, it was on Sci-Fy so it was science fiction horror!)
  • I have learned that Facebook applications hate me. I cannot get them to load for anything.
  • I have learned that by using the pound sign (#) on twitter enables you to reach 1,000s of other people (#worldcup, #thingsihatedoing, etc)
  • And finally, I have learned that we can impact people's lives and never even know it. I got a private message from a friend who thanked me for being a positive influence in her life. And, honestly, I can't think of how that could be. I was just being me. But, I am grateful that she thinks that way of me. And that message will always be remembered in my heart.....

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's What's For Dinner: Potato Bowls

Ever since my kids first tried KFC's Mashed Potato Bowls, they have loved them. I don't know what it is about them, but I guess the mashed potato, chicken, corn, gravy and cheese mixture tastes good.

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Well, at approximately $7 a pop for these bowls (let's think -- 6 kids + 1 mom = 7 people. So, 7 people X $7 = $49. Ummmm... no thanks!), I thought of a way to make these at home and for way less. Granted, they are not as tasty as KFC's or even as eye-appealing, they are a suitable substitute for a penny-pinched mommy. I use the same staples as KFC. Sometimes I use homemade mashed potatoes and sometimes I use the tubbed Country Crock Mashed potatoes. Buy some bagged popcorn chicken, a can of corn, a jar of chicken gravy and some shredded cheese. And bam - homemade potato bowls. These are also very easy to make in the microwave so its a good meal for leftover potatoes or for a time-crunched meal. I have also made them with grilled chicken breasts, just took the chicken and cubed it after cooking and used it in place of the popcorn chicken.
For tonight's meal, I used the tubbed potatoes, bagged popcorn chicken, a can of corn, a jar of Home style chicken gravy and some shredded mexi-blend cheese. I was also in the mood for a quick meal, so I microwaved them. Just put everything but the cheese in a bowl, microwave until desired temp, sprinkle with cheese and heated again for 30 seconds.

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Little Man Turns 4 Months old!!

Mr. Connor Jamison turned 4 months old today. My how time flies! It's hard to believe that he is already that old! He's growing up way too fast! So, here's what he can do or what we are doing:
  • Rolls over (both back to belly and belly to back)
  • Helps pull himself from a propped sitting position to a sitting position.
  • Can sit on own for a minute +.
  • Coos.
  • Gives "kisses"
  • Can hold pacifier in hand and most times get it in mouth.
  • Recognizes name
  • Recognizes our voices and follows them
  • Can hold bottle if it has 4 or less oz.
  • smiles, laughes, giggles
  • He gets 1-2 tsp. cereal (rice with mixed fruit) in bottle. We were advised to do this because he began spitting up. Since adding this, there has been no spitting up.
  • He has tried green beans and carrots in baby food. He has also tasted table mashed potatoes/gravy and alfredo sauce.

I am sure there is more, but this is all I can think of right now.

I LOVE the way he sleeps!!

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Connor Jamison!

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Talking to me

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Letting me know he was upset he was getting big people food for dinner!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

QOTW -- Kids and Restaurants



How do you handle taking your multiples out to restaurants?

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Charlee and Caitie
July 2009 (3 years old)

■How often do you take your children out to eat, and how old are they?
I have 7 children -- ages 12 year old girl, 7 year old girl, twin 4 year old girls, twin 2 year old girls and a 3 month old boy. We used to eat out a lot but now its once a month, maybe twice.
If we get a fast food meal, then we get it to go and either bring it home or go to a park and eat. The only places we ever go inside and eat as a family is Golden Corral, Ryan's and Denny's.

■Do you have any tricks for keeping them entertained?
Usually we don't need to entertain. The majority of places we go are buffets so there is no wait for food. At Denny's, we get the crayons they offer and the kids color on the paper placemats.

■Which restaurants do you find are the most family-friendly?
Buffets usually are. Denny's is as well. We usually go there on Tuesday or Saturday evenings when Kids Eat Free (usually from 4 - 10 pm). Its much easier when we only have to pay for 4 rather than 8.

■How do you handle tantrums in restaurants?
Oddly, we haven't had any tantrums. My kids are always the most well behaved people there.

■Do you ever venture out to restaurants without having extra adults to help out?
We only go as a family so its just me and the husband.

■Do you think it's better to take your kids out to restaurants, and get them used to the experience, or refrain from eating out until they are old enough to understand the right way to behave?
I have always taken them out from infancy.

■Be honest- do you pick up the cheerios?
Most times, yes. Or else I leave a nice tip for the waitress.
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Connor ~ 9 weeks - 3 months old

It has been awhile since I shared photos of little man. The last time I shared photos was when he was 8 weeks old! So, here are a sampling of his pictures from 9 weeks to 12 weeks/3 months old!

9 weeks:
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King of the Remote (9 weeks):
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10 weeks:
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With Mommy (10 weeks):
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11 weeks:
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How does he sleep like that?? (11 weeks):
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Cheyenne decided to crawl into my bed next to Connor (11 weeks):
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11 weeks:
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Found him sleeping like this (11 weeks):
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Eating green beans (11 weeks):
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11 weeks:
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Sleeping away next to Mommy (11 weeks):
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12 weeks:
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Eating carrots (12 weeks):
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3 months old!:
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Shirt (I know my finger is small - but mommy is still wrapped around it) No truer words have been spoken!:
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Long Time, No See......

It has been close to forever since I have last posted anything at all. I have been so tied up with......... work kids school housework . Oh, who am I kidding? I've been too busy with Facebook games. Yes, facebook games. I am addicted to them. I play so many as it is, then I find new ones. Some I keep, some I don't like. My kids are even addicted to them. Then when I'm done cooking, farming, mining, zookeeping, gambling, building, treasure hunting, etc. I pull out the Nintendo DSi for some Brain Age training and Sudoku. You know, all between raising 7 kids...... I'm still upset because I want my other blog back. That was like my baby and I feel like someone stole it from me. It's taken me awhile to warm up to writing in this one. I have to get this one set up like I want it. I'm still tracking down all the blogs I once followed, etc. It'd just be easier to HAVE MY OTHER ONE! I'm just set in my ways I guess....... So, look for more posts from me especially with pictures of Mr. Connor-boy. He has gotten so BIG!

Until next time.......