Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The previous post was intended to highlight (once again) my various shortcomings in a comedic fashion and was in no way making fun of anyone but me. I stand in awe of you ladies who can do it all, when it seems that I all can do most days is bathe, and keep my kid from strangling a dog. please take no offense- me and my big mouth just seem to get carried away.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Today Laney and I went to Costco with Jess and Emers. Yesterday I had taken out my Costco fl yer, cut out the coupons I would use and put them in my wallet. Today, at the store I took them out several times to make sure I'd bought the items I had coupons for. Then I went to checkout (and in all fairness, was too busy giving the box lady the evil eye for being rude to notice anything was amiss) I paid my bill (YIKES) and waited for Jess to be done. I was standing there, in the afterglow of my shopping venture wondering why I didn't have that content feeling that comes for using coupons to save $5 on my $200 (give or take) Costco bill... when I realised... THE DAMN COUPONS WERE STILL IN MY POCKET!!! Yep- that's me- forget to give them to the checker. Nice work!
And while we're on the topic- a little food for though...
I'm all about coupons- when they're convenient. I go through the Sunday ads (which usually ends up costing me money "hey and dvd player for the car for $115- don't we need one of those?") I clip the coupons we will use and usually remember to use them. I probably save a buck fifty a week with coupons- but hey- I can tell my husband "We had a coupon" to justify the need for a dozen donuts... Anyway. I hear about people who are saving hundreds of dollars, doubling coupons, shopping around (my friend Jodi just went to Kmart and actually left with the store owing her money) etc.
I'm impressed but I just have to say- in my world- if I could get it together to clip coupons from 3 different papers, go to 4 stores, double my coupons, buy in bulk, organize everything the I'd bought to make sure I didn't buy it again next month, feed my kids, plan meals for a month and keep my house clean, I'd get a job. With that kind of drive, organization and energy- I'd be CEO of a company and pay someone else to buy my damn groceries (and cook them for that matter!) I'm just saying...
Then on Sunday, Ryan made a big dent in his honey-do list and got me some wine barrels to use as planters and filled them up with gravel and soil- it took him most of the day- but I'm pretty excited. We also put together a slide for Laney- which she loved- until she discovered the dirt.
This is my girl, not afraid to get dirty, but still kind of a princess when her hands get dirty- she would get dirty, look disgustedly at her hands then walk to her daddy and have him rinse them off with the hose.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Which brings us to the new love of my life... The Kindle 2. My parents had originally ordered it for Christmas but it didn't come so they surprised me with it for my birthday. For those of you who don't know it is like and IPOD for books. You can download books instantly... I LOVE IT!!! I'd sleep with it but with a kid, and two dogs our bed's a little full.It has, however, resulted in this...
A giant pile of laundry I have yet to fold. I just have three questions....
1. when did we get all these clothes?
2. When did my evil twin decided to wear them all...
3. and when is my house elf going to appear and fold it all for me?????
Friday, March 20, 2009
I had a really nice day- We started out the morning at Laney's playgroup where she had a breakthrough. For the first time she held onto another little girl's hand during ring around the rosie. She might turn out to be social after all...
Then after a beautiful day (maybe spring is finally here!), and an afternoon nap Ryan and I went to Anthony's for dinner. Fran was nice enough (and brave enough) to offer to watch the Laney Bug so Ryan and I could go out. We had a great dinner (yummy huckleberry slump for dessert) then came home to a clean baby, with jammers on, ready for bed. Fran says no tears were shed, so all in all I think it was a pretty great birthday!
Thanks again Fran!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Laney went to the doctor yesterday for her 18 month well-baby (I know, we're a little behind!) She weighs 25 pounds and is 32 inches tall. No shots- so we left without tears, but much to laney's disappointment we also left without a sucker.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wearing a hat- she will dig through her drawers, find a hat and wear it around all day. That day she even found one and put it on her baby but I missed the picture. It cracks me up to see her in jammers and a pink hat!
A few weeks ago, I was desperately trying to get some sewing done so I put a tv and dvd player in the sewing room trying to keep Laney entertained- it never worked. Then this weekend I moved her little chair in there and now she won't leave! I spend all day trying to convince her to do something else. So, I made a fort out of a few sheets and our kitchen table and she moved all of her dolls in there and played for most of the morning...
But by the afternoon- she was right back in her chair! I finally just shut the door and everytime she walked by it she threw a temper tantrum... me and my bright ideas!
We have joined a play group of sorts on Fridays- at first Laney wasn't so sure but by about 10 minutes in she's running around like crazy! She particularly loves the balance beam and the paracute, but she's not so sure about sharing all these new toys with the other kids... can you say only child?
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
so I thought I'd share the recipe...
Herb Marinated Loin of Pork
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh olive oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 pork tenderloins (about 1 pounds each)
Freshly ground pepper
Combine ingredients in a gallon bag, add tenderloin, seal and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours but preferably overnight (I let it go overnight and I think it makes a big difference). Then grill, browning all sides for 15-25 minutes (ours takes longer more like 35 min) until the meat is done according to your preference.
Hope you like it- it might be the only recipe I ever post! :)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Ryan and I just got back from our trip to Vegas- we had a really great time! It was the first time that we've left Laney for more than one night, but it was good to get away and have some time together without a munchkin and a diaper bag. I had a hard time saying goodbye but thankfully Jess called right when I was really feeling sad and was able to talk me off the ledge with a funny cat story! My mom and dad kept Laney and she had a great time- I don't really think she even missed us at all! A big thanks to them for keeping not only our daughter but our two dogs!!
We stayed at the MGM Grand. It was nice but it was kinda far away from everything so we spent a lot of time on the bus. The picture above was the view from our room. The weather was wonderful, it was about 70 degrees everyday which was a nice change from the 40 degree weather we'd been enjoying in Hermiston.
And here is a picture of my winning combo at a slot machine. We were just playing while we watched the end of the coug game and all of a sudden my machine started to go crazy- and I turned up a winner- who knew?!