Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Picture Frame Menu

Here is what my menu usually looks like. Well, since we moved into the new house. In our last house, I kept a large white board in the pantry. It seems as the kids have taken claim to it as it's in Ansley's room with "Ansley Rocks" and "ChaChi's Cool" all over it. 

I spotted this frame at Target today and thought it would look great in my kitchen.

 What do you know? There is a Michael's right next to Target. I was originally looking for a cool chevron pattern. They didn't have anything so I thought it would be a good idea to just get some "themed" scrapbook paper and change them out monthly. So I got this for February.

I just took the insert that comes with the frame and laid it on the scrapbook paper, decorative side down. I used a small piece of tape to hold the insert in place while I was cutting it to shape.

I went ahead and picked up some shamrocks for March.

I can't decide if I want to get some vinyl letters to put on the glass. I don't usually do my menu on the same day every week. 

ChaChi wanted to jump right in and fill out our first menu.

He thought it should start on Sunday, even though today is Tuesday.

Finished Project

Here is a translation: S - Pizza and Salad
                                 M- Enchiladas 
                                 T- Buffalo Chicken Wrap
                                 W- Fajitas (so funny) Fuheatu hahaha
                                  T- Grilled Cheese and Soup
                                  F- Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese and Green Beans
                                  S- Lasagna and Salad

ChaChi has already asked if he can fill out the menu for next week. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stay at Home Moms

I haven't worked since I was seven months pregnant with Ansley. Ryan works a crazy schedule and I'm not real keen on leaving my kids with anyone. As I mentioned before, I don't have any real skills so we decided I'd stay home to care for our trophies. It cracks me up the things people will ask me to do for them "because I don't work."

I wonder, do all stay at home moms get this treatment? I get asked if I will keep people's kids while they work a full time job. I'm like, do you even know me? I don't just love kids. I love my kids but that is pretty much it. I can understand asking me this once but I make it very clear that I am not interested and they continue to ask. I chose to stay home to raise my kids, not yours.

I've been called last minute to see if I could just swing by and decorate for a birthday party. I've also been called and the person will say, "so and so just had a baby,  and how they would just love to be able to take a meal over but they work...so could I do it for them?" I'm thinking my kids will be lucky if they get some Ramen thrown at them and you think I have enough groceries in my house to whip up a nice meal for someone in a few hours?! Don't get me wrong, I will help someone in need. I just don't appreciate people "suggesting" what I should do.

I recently had an older lady that lives with her son's family, ask me if I would teach her to drive! What? Are you serious? What does that even mean? I'm just standing there like a deer in headlights with all these thoughts racing through my mind. Have you had a nervous breakdown and your family doesn't want you to have a license? Why are you asking me and not them? Oh yeah, I don't work and they do. Whose insurance would cover you if you crashed my car? What would Ryan say? How do you even respond to such a request? That's when I remembered I'm late to pick up a kid from school and leave abruptly.

It has even been suggested that maybe I shouldn't be such a fat butt because I'm a SAHM. I suppose I could spend countless hours at the gym, you know because I don't have anything better to do. I'll admit I really should get back in the gym. I keep telling myself I'll get back. I'm taking baby steps right now. I recently started getting up in the morning and putting my workout clothes on. I'm trying to build up to driving to the gym, if I could only make it inside...but that's a whole other issue.

What blows my mind more than anything is the requests are almost always prefaced with, "I know you don't work" or "since you stay home..."

To clear up any doubt SAHM's don't really just stay at home and twiddle their thumbs all day! Obviously, I have time to blog and fb with the occasional Pinterest thrown in. I try to watch as much television as possible and nap, oh the naps. Seriously though, when I worked I probably thought the same thing. I remember ditching work  having the day off and going to the mall and seeing all the other moms there pushing their little strollers around and I just thought they had it made! Staying home and working moms both have their own perks. I think SAHM's just volunteer for more things and we do "work" we just don't get paid for what we do.

So, if you are a stay at home mom, have you ever been asked to do something because "I know you don't work?"

If you're a working mom, what's your take on the subject?

I've been both and I really thought working a full time job was easier. However, that was with one child and I was much younger. Now, I see moms that work with multiple children and I seriously wonder how they do all they do. Maybe that's why they ask me to drop off their dry cleaning.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Quick and Easy Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole


2 cans of tuna
2 cups of elbow noodles
2 cups of shredded cheddar
2 cups of frozen veggies (what ever your family likes)
1 can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of milk

Preheat oven to 350.

Bring pot of water to boil. Cook elbows according to package. I put my frozen veggies in the same pot. I figure the fewer the dishes I have to wash the better. You can cook them separately if you prefer.

Flake tuna in casserole dish. I use the casserole dish because I hate to wash dishes so why dirty extra dishes.

Drain noodles and veggies.

Put noodles and veggies back into the pot. Mix the tuna, veggies, noodles, soup, 1 of the cups of cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese and milk. Mix well. 

Lightly spray casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Put into a casserole dish and top with the remainder of the cheddar cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

Super easy and quick!

Forgot the parmesan cheese and milk but you get the idea.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Tucking the kids into bed.

We have always tucked our kids in at night. When they were smaller we would rock them to sleep. This progressed into reading before bed to get them to settle down and relax. Now that the kids are both into some kind of activity year round, I notice we are more in a rush to just shower and get into bed. Usually we say our prayers, hug and kiss and lights out. Every now and then they will just come in our room, hug and kiss us and put themselves into bed.

Before the Christmas break, I had a headache and didn't tuck them in. Later, I felt a little guilty about it and made my way to their rooms. From the outside of the door I could over here Ansley reading the Bible to ChaChi. I just thought, I'm so glad I didn't miss this.

Over the break, I made it a point to go into their rooms to hang out with them before they went to sleep. We all piled into bed and would take turns reading. It seems like we must have all been giddy and laughed so hard I cried. Ansley said, "I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard." Another night I fell asleep to Ansley reading.

One night I walked in ChaChi's room to find both the kids had blankets tied around their wrists and ankles. They were jumping off the bed like flying squirrels. ChaChi jumped off the bed and said, "I think I felt it work a little." Ryan's mom was here and we were cracking up! Ansley wouldn't let me film her, haha.

The more I thought about it, I realized that as long as I continue to do this the better off we will all be. I think at the end of the day their little minds naturally unwind giving us the opportunity to have conversations we may not have throughout the hectic part of the day. It's really special time together to share our day, the fun moments, or perhaps to hear about how annoying the kid is beside them at school.

I just get lazy sometimes and don't want to make that trek to their room. I realize those may be the nights I may need to get laugh or an extra hug or kiss in the most.

If you don't already put your kids into bed, give it a try. If you feel the same way, I'd love to hear your routine or some of the fun stuff your family does before bed.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Eek A stupid mouse!

A few weeks ago we found evidence of a mouse in a hallway and in our master closet. For whatever reason Ryan put out a "catch and release" trap. I'm guessing Ryan was thinking maybe he'd go back and tell all his little mouse friends not to mess with us.

Instead, I'm afraid the mouse told his friends of a nice cozy place with all the food you could eat. Because, Sunday I found mouse poop in my pantry! This was no constipated mouse either! Anyone who knows me for five minutes knows that I am crazy OCD about certain things. This would be one of them.

Sunday, I started taking EVERYTHING out of my pantry and washing it. When we built our house I knew I wanted to have a really large pantry because I like to buy in bulk. I can't tell you how many times I thought to myself, "you just had to have a big pantry." I'm pretty sure I could be mistaken for a doomsday prepper I have so much junk in my pantry.

So this is what I did on Sunday and New Years Eve.

 In the midst of my pantry debacle, good ole Herb was back to finish my backsplash! I love it!
Finally, all cleared out!
There was even poop on the wall! I don't even want to know how it got there. Because in my mind, I can just imagine a posse of mice making bets on who can shoot their feces the furthest. Kind of like an episode of Jackass but only for mice. So after I got everything out, I bleached everything! The walls, the shelving and the floors!

Yes, poop on the wall!
ChaChi thinks he is hilarious! He put this in the pantry for me to find!

I got everything cleaned up and back in my pantry. Only this time I didn't leave anything on the floor. I've never had trouble with mice so I never thought about them climbing on the items on the floor to get to my food. I didn't have anything on the floor that wasn't food, except for potatoes. I have learned my lesson...the hard way.

I'm still super traumatized. Now that I have everything mouse proofed in the panty I'm scared he'll move into my kitchen! God forbid. I can't even sleep at night because of this stupid mouse! I wake up thinking I can hear little mouse footsteps. Yeah, I know they are tiny and I wouldn't be able to hear that but in the middle of the night it makes sense to me.

Sidebar: My tree was still up until this morning.