Sunday, November 25, 2012

From Bacon...H E L P!!!

Holy sleep regressions! We’re in sleep hell!!!!!!!!

We’re having trouble keeping Gavin in his new, toddler bed.
 
The Bain of my Existence
(I put the bumpers back on so he'd think of it like
his crib that he used to sleep so well in)
My sweet boy used to be sweet sleep just fine through the night in his crib. We (which really means 30% me and 70% Ketchup because the hubs was gone five days a week in the fire academy) sleep trained Gavin at 6 months old. It was a brutal few days but totally necessary because I was miraculously pregnant and needed some rest. {Ultimately, I miscarried at 9 weeks but I was able to enjoy good sleep anyway!)

Long story short*, this week, he managed to get angry enough at the nap idea that he climbed out of his crib (again, despite the mattress being at the lowest point – read: the floor inside the crib!)

After seeing that crib tents have all been recalled (ggrrr!), we opted to switch him to the toddler bed so that he could safely get out of bed. I mean, if he’s getting out of bed whenever he damn well pleases, I’d prefer there not also be a trip to the emergency room for a broken bone.

Well, now there is no nap (except when he falls asleep on my lap and I just lay him on the couch out of desperation) and nighttime sleep is questionable (well, it happens but it’s patchy.)
 
What? You don't nap in a tie?!?

Couch nap!

Couch nap x 2!
The past few nights he’s woken up crying and we bring him into bed. While I don’t really mind it because at least we all sleep (somewhat,) I don’t want this. I want him to return to being that sweet child that sleeps 8:30pm-7:30am in his own bed like a good, little boy!

The first night in the toddler bed was awful!!!

I’m not sure what the actual method is called (torture?) but we decided to lay him in bed and every time he got up, stoically walk him back to bed and tuck him in again. No anger, no snuggles, no reaction. The theory is that they’ll learn there is no reaction and give up.

Not my kid! We did that routine for AN HOUR AND A HALF!!! Lay him down, walk out, shut the door, he climbs out of bed, opens the door, I take his hand, lead him back to bed…lather, rinse, repeat…for 1.5 hours. Sigh. ::wipes brow::

The hubs eventually gave in (while I laid in the fetal position crying…no joke) and rocked him to sleep where he slept until he woke up crying at 5:30am and was up for the day. Ugh!

The past two nights, I’ve been able to lay him in bed asleep and he’s stayed there until 12:30am and 3am before crying and we bring him to our bed. Last night, I was able to get him back to sleep in his bed for five minutes before he woke again and we eventually brought him to our bed.

A few things: Right now he’s fighting the return of the head cold and he’s teething his canines. Neither of which really seem to bother him during the day. Also, we’re going to be moving him to a new bedroom. Half of me is worried that we’ll succeed (the other half of me is pretty certain I’ll never see a full night’s sleep again) at this and then have to redo it all in the new room, next month.

My dream goal: I want to be able to lay him in bed, awake, and him fall asleep, stay asleep, in his bed until it’s time to wake up in the morning. Too much to ask?

So, I need heeeeeeelp!!!!!

Have you sleep trained in a toddler bed? What methods did you use? What worked? What went horribly wrong? If nothing worked for you, tell me! Then I won’t feel like such a terrible mom! (Because I do, I feel awful!!!)

And for the love of all things good and holy, retweet this, post on your own blog sending people my way, shout from the rooftops, talk to your other mommy friends, ask your barista, etc…so I can get some advice, hints, tips, free booze, toddler-safe sedatives (joking! Kinda.) I’ll take any input I can get (but I reserve the right to ignore it or just think you’re nutso.)

HELP!!! (Yes, that called for bold, italics and underline, I'm not exaggerating!!! What's left of my sanity is in question!)

*This really is the short version. The original post was literally three times longer. I shortened it in hopes that you'd all still be reading because I'm desperate for help!

Monday, November 12, 2012

From Ketchup…MM: Cali or Bust Baby!!

The hubs and I are headed back home to Cali on Tuesday night and will be spending 6 wonderful sleeps there. My bro-in-law is getting married (basically a miracle) and we are desperate to visit with the besties.

By desperate I mean we are in need of some real best friend love. We moved to the ‘ho (Idaho that is) 10 months ago and it is the longest we’ve ever been apart. I’m pretty sure before this the longest we’d spent without visiting was maybe 3 weeks. I don’t know how most BFF relationships go but I do know that what the four of us have is beyond family. We share things (overshare by most peoples standards) with them that I would not share with anyone else in the entire world…not even family.
They know the good, bad and the ugly (which works both ways) and we accept one another completely. And not “Oh yeah suuurrreee” and then give them the side-eye. We don’t hold back and we respect eachother for it.

Never did I ever think Bacon would one day become the one person in my life (other then the hubs) that I would feel ‘THAT’ comfortable around. We were basically enemies (it was mostly a mutual friends fault…she’d told us lies about the other [what a bitch!] and she did have MY name afterall) until one day Bacon had the bawls to pull me aside and say…”Hey lets just have a truce.” (I’m pretty sure she thought…’wow, she’s pretty rad, she should be my BFF’) After that we started emailing each other from work, which led to hanging out, which turned into a complete love-fest that still remains 7 years later. I hate that it took us so long to become friends but I feel like it was timing too We are completely ridiculous, over the top nerdy, laugh until your stomach hurts best friends. And we’ve both had our fair share of heartache too, thru it all we’ve lifted one another up and it continues to make us stronger.

Bacon and I are very different people with our similarities but I feel like it’s the differences that really make us a great team. We do find that we intimidate many of our other friends as a twosome because we are so close and even when we try our hardest to not let it happen it inevitably still does. We talked about trying to have a 3rd best friend but the reality is that just doesn’t work for us. At this point we have too much history and have been through too much together that having a third person come in just wouldn’t be fair to them. And I’m ok with that. I know that I’m a one BFF kind of girl. Sure I have other friends but I wouldn’t consider any of the best friends. And because my life is so crazy I know that even if we don’t talk for weeks (which would never happen) Bacon and I can pick right up where we left off and neither of us would be even mildly irritated that the other had been too busy to call.

It’s just easy. Plain and simple. Life is hard and I’m incredibly blessed to have such an amazing woman in my life that gets ‘me’! I love you Bacon!!! There just aren’t words enough to express…I love you!

So yeah although my bro-in-law is getting married and we get to catch up with the hubs family (blah, blah, blah) the real reason we are excited to go back to Cali is for the BFFs. Looking forward to some lazy days and crazy nights. Mostly I just can’t wait to be in the same room and watch tv. That sounds like a perfect afternoon together!

2 more sleeps!!! EEEEeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

From Bacon...Sunday Confessional

Confession: I wear maternity jeans.

I have worn maternity jeans since 2008...and I didn't get pregnant until June 2010.

How it started: We started trying to get pregnant in 2008. I needed to buy some new jeans and figured it would be a waste of money to buy regular jeans since I was going to be pregnant soon (little did I know we'd be trying for two years!)

Why I love them: That first pair of maternity jeans had me hooked!!! Hello, comfy, elastic waistband!!! With a shirt on (because that's how I usually leave the house, FYI) you can't even tell there isn't a restrictive zipper and button.

After I had Gavin, I didn't even attempt to get back into my "normal" jeans. I wanted to get pregnant again right away (I was hopeful) and I didn't see any reason to bust my butt to get into "normal" jeans to just get fat again.

Why I still wear them: Pregnancy left me with this squishy, little pooch up front that likes to find itself over the top of my pants, creating the beloved, "muffin top." Trying to contain it with a zipper and button only angers it and forces more of it over the top.

Nope, stickin' with the maternity jeans. Thankyouverymuch.

From Ketchup…Sunday Confessional

My mommy confession this week is about my sleeping habits. First thing you should know about me is I’m a night owl. I have been for as long as I can remember. It’s not that I can’t sleep because I’m sure I could, I just don’t want to. As a kid in elementary school I used to sit under my covers and read books by flashlight so my parents wouldn’t know I was up. Not joking. I’ve just always been this way.

Most nights I’m up until midnight no matter what time I need to get up. That being said before I had kids I was by no means a morning person. After kids I’m much more a morning person. BUT…(here it comes) although I hear my kids wake up at 6:45-7am I simply refuse to get out of bed and get them up right away. This is how it’s always been for them so they know nothing different but I basically ignore them until 8:30 rolls around.*

I will not get up before that unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. I don’t mind waking up and laying in bed listening to them chit chat away…I just don’t want to start my day before 8:30. And on most days the kidlets fall back asleep for at least a half hour.

Sweet sleeping Colton...it's a little blurry but he was asleep and I wasn't about to wake him up. ;)

My big guy all tucked in!
I didn’t consciously make the decision after having Hunter, it just happened. Hunter was just an easy going baby he didn’t care to be left in his crib to wake up and start his day playing there. The hubs and I have always tried to make their cribs (yes both my kids are still in cribs and THAT is a different confessional…never you mind!) a peaceful place where they can have their quiet ‘me’ time. And they do…from 6:45-7am until 8:30 when I eventually decide to roll my fat ass out of bed. They’re fiiiiiinnneee!!!

Any other moms out there that take some time to start the day and ‘allow’ the kids some quiet ‘me’ time?

 
*And so you know I'm not a complete bitch or neglecting my children please know that we have a video monitor and a regular noise activated monitor so I know exactly what is going on in their room at all times and they're in no way in any danger. Just thought that needed to be added.

Nice and safe...promise!

Friday, November 9, 2012

From Ketchup…Halloween

For Halloween we went to my cousin’s house and enjoyed trick-o-treating with his family. The kids had an absolute blast and it was such a great time! Can’t wait for next year!

My little lumberjacks…


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

We’re Now Offering Ad Space

We are so excited to be offering ad space for the first time EVA! Come check it out! If you are interested in a swap, please feel free to email us for a free promo code. We’d love to swap it up, BUT don’t doddle…space is limited!
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

From Ketchup…Baby Shmizz ‘BRAVE’ Giveaway

Alright folks…one thing you will learn about me is that I have absolutely no shame! Well maybe a little but in this case. Not.a.chance!
Anywho, Shannon over at www.BabyShmizz.com is currently doing a review and giveaway for the Disney/Pixar movie Brave. Now I’ve never actually seen this movie but if she says it’s a good one I’m gonna go ahead and take her word for it.


Plus…PLUS, it’s Disney, I love me some good ‘ole Disney movies. And most of the time we watch only the ones all about ‘boy' stuff being that I’m drowning surrounded by testastorone over here in Kethcup-land. SO…I need this movie in my life, right along with Tangled. So for all your own sakes please don’t enter the giveaway. It’s basically not worth your time and energy because it’s ALL MINE! Back OFF! ;)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

From Ketchup…WW: Messy Marvins

Linking up with Jenni from the Blog!

We played outside yesterday for quite awhile and enjoyed some warmer temps, it's supposed to get really cold by the end of the week. I'm not gonna lie, a little snow might be fun! (Hope I don't regret that statement)

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From Ketchup…Mayhem Monday (On Tuesday)

Whew!! What a crazy past couple of days!

So let’s see. I finished my cleanse and lost a whopping 8 lbs.! 8 lbs.!!!!!! Crrraaaazzzeeeyyy! Now all things considered I knew that some of that had to be water weight and I’ve put back on 4 of those 8, but the POINT is that it has gotten the ball rolling for me on my epic battle with the ye ‘ole operation get healthy, attempt 4,127,899. So here I sit munching on an apple. (MMMmmm…I love apples, no for reals I do)

Anywho…in other news…We took the last of Hunter’s blood draws for his bacteriophage study last Tuesday so it’s only a matter of time before we find out more info on his long term health prognosis. (So EXCITED) Yesterday we did IVIG at home and as always he was a trooper for the nearly 6 hour infusion. Oh and he doesn’t even cry anymore when they access his port! Say whaaa…yup, the kid is so stinking brave. I’m one incredibly proud mama.

Fighting the Benadryl while munching on BBQ chips and Horton Hears a Who!
We are currently living with my parents, mostly in an effort to help us save up some money. The medical bills pretty much decimated any savings we had and the plain and simple is we want to buy a home. This was the best way. So we’ve been here since February. And it’s beginning to feel like we’ve been here since February. The hubs has basically ‘had-it’ with the whole situation and I can’t say that I blame him…BUT (always that damn “but”) he has a potentially HUGE (I mean OUT OF THIS WORLD) job opportunity that should come together in the next 2 months, which would require us to relocate, and it just doesn’t make any sense for us to move just to have to move again. Ya know? Soooo…here we are. Trying to make the best of it and hanging in there…barely!
What else…we had a fantastic Halloween and I’m going to put together THAT post for tmro. The boys were adorbs and Hunter especially enjoyed it this year which was SO FUN! (Yes caps were  necessary!)  

Today is the 6th of November (NOVEMBER people) so make sure you get your booty out there to vote. In all honesty, I’m not a huge ‘rock the vote’ person. I do believe exercising your right to vote is a freedom that lots take for granted BUT I truly believe the system is whack and this country is in a world of hurt that I don’t know that either of these clowns (because lets face it, only Obama or Romney will win) can fix. I will vote and you should too but please make sure you are well informed.
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And because it’s funny…someone found our blog by searching for ‘ketchup bucket’…HA! I might need to google that one myself. ;)
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From Ketchup...Cleanse from Hell

So my brother-in-law is getting married mid Nov which means there will be pictures. Lots of pictures. Pictures that will live on in infamy and because the hubs is going to be in the wedding he's going to be all spiffed out in his tux. Well my fat ass needed to drop, oh about 45 lbs to be half way to feeling fancy!

I've lost about 13 of those 45 lbs that I wanted needed to lose. My sis decided she was going to do a cleanse. I've never done a cleanse. Sure I've looked some up and seriously considered doing one but haven't actually followed through. Maybe that's why I need to lose 45 lbs?! Anyway, we decided to go for it. The hubs, myself, my mom and my sis are all doing it together. Mostly the hubs is doing it because it's easier on me not having to worry about making him meals...isn't that sweet? Eh yeah whatevs!! (I'm such a bitch...it really is sweet that he is thinking of me but honestly the dude has already lost 3 lbs and that was just day 1...jerk!)

So we are in day 3. Day 1 was fruits only, Day 2 was veggies only and a heavenly baked potato with dinner, today is fruits AND veggies! Not only do I despise most veggies unless they are smothered in something more appetizing (read: ranch, cheese sauce, butter...etc) so Day 2 was rough...I had 2 cans of green beans, a handful of carrots and a baked potato. Of course ridiculous amounts of water have been drank, a multivitamin consumed and I'm sick of this damn headache. Go AWAY already! I haven't had a diet coke in days, DAYS! ::sigh::

BUT...(always a but...right?) I'm hoping to kick off the second round of weight loss with this nonsense and in all reality it isn't THAT bad. I'll definitely survive and heck I've got another 3 weeks before the wedding. I'm not delusional enough to think I'll lose even half that weight before the wedding but "MARK MY WORDS" I'm going to lose it, once and for all!!!! I'm sick of living with my fat ass and I'm ready to be done, done for sure! I CAN do this! I CAN...right???? Right?!?!


From Ketchup...WCW: FUDGE! Need We Say More?


Honestly, not much else needs to be said but “little miss wordy” is here to add just a few things.

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My Grandpa makes the best fudge! For serious…no joking, THE best! He usually makes it for the big holiday gatherings like Christmas. Us grandkids would look forward to the huge spread of cookies that my grandma would make and his amazing fudge. It’s always been one of my sister Al’s and my favorites. We’d sneak the bite size pieces into our mouths and let it melt. Granted after a few trips to the kitchen we’d have ourselves a pretty good tummy ache but it was totally worth it, EVERY time!

I knew that making fudge was easy but THIS easy…only one could dream. Especially when “it’s that time of the month” and you just can’t seem to subdue that chocolate craving. Awww…but I may have a remedy. If nothing else it’s a good vehicle to get you directly induced into that sugar coma you’ve been longing for.

What you’ll need:1 lb. powdered sugar (that’s one box or half a bag)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional) In my house it’s not an option! Blech!


What to do:
Mix the sugar and cocoa in a microwave safe bowl. Make a well in the middle, add the butter and milk. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir to blend and then whip with a hand mixer until smooth (if you have one otherwise, get ready for a workout!) Add the marshmallows and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the vanilla and add nuts. Spread in a buttered (do not use PAM) 8X8 or 9X9 pan. Refrigerate for an hour or freeze (for RAPID results) for 20-30 minutes.

Once it’s firm cut it into bit size squares, grab a glass of milk, turn the lights down low and 

ENJOY!!!

Let me know how it turns out!


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

From Ketchup...Boy Mom All Tangled Up

So to know me is to know that I love most all Disney movies, especially the princesses. Before we had kids I even started purchasing those said Disney Princess movies in hopes that I would one day share them with my daughter.

Flash forward 3 years later and here I sit with two boys and absolutely no girls! Now I love my boys and I say on a regular basis that God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave me boys. Let's be honest...if we had a girl we'd be broke. And not kinda sort broke, living-destitue-on-the-side-of-the-road-in-a cardboard-box-broke, but you better believe our little girl would be dressed head-to-toe in every pink ruffle, tu-tu, ribbony, lacy outfit known to man!!!

Getting as close as possible! Making me crazy, but as you can tell...glued to the tube!
 
But I digress...having little boys the last thing they want to watch is some Disney princess movie. They're obsessed with Cars (1&2), Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, Despicable Me (I can't wait for the second one), Monsters Inc, and well you get the picture...all the 'boy' movies! Well, I've been wanting to see Tangled and I finally sat the kids down and put it on, promising of course to put on Kung Fu Panda later in the day. OY!

Anyway, I'm obsessed. We're finally watching it now for the second time, which is great for me because who really has the time to sit and watch a whole movie from beginning to end while wrangling 2 toddlers. Not this Mom. Am I right?!

Dance, dance, dance! (Sorry it's a little blurry but he's a dancing fool!)

To begin with I love Mandy Moore, I want to put her and her voice in my pocket and have her make a musical to my life all day long. The movie is super dooper cute, and I love it! AND the bestest part is that the kidlets are totally into it too. I think there is a enough action to hold their interest because lets face it, these kids love anything that has a good music. Ahem...Megamind.

So anyway, if you're a boy mom and have given up hope like me that all those classic princess movies will never get enjoyed, shake the dust off and try them out. I'm pretty sure Snow White is next on our list, but I'm going to ease them (and their father) into this.

What movies are you and your kids in love with?

Monday, October 15, 2012

From Ketchup...Mayhem Monday

Our mayhem this past weekend was mildly subdue, no complaining here.

The hubs had to work on Saturday, he was supposed to be done by 5:30 but of course in true IT nature (any other wives of IT guys out there) it didn't quite go as planned so what was supposed to be a 8 hour day turned into an entire weekend. The poor guy didn't even come home on Saturday night, which means he worked straight for 36 hrs, not coming home until Sunday at 9! 9 pm people!! Now that is a long work day.

Me and My Guys (minus Dad)
 
Talking to Dad on the dog chew toy bone 'phone'. Ew!!

The kids and I did a few small errands but mostly just enjoyed alone time hanging out watching movies, playing mega blocks and running around outside.

Kung Fu Panda...lazy days!

It is supposed to rain for the majority of the week and I'm so incredibly thankful to be away at my sister's place and enjoying the break from my parent's place. For those of you who have had roommates know that at some point you reach a time when every little thing your roommate does drives you batty, no matter how petty and ridiculous that little thing might be it just gets under your skin. We are at THAT place.

It was THAT kind of weekend, after watching both boys and missing the hubs...this Momma needed a drink!
I LOVE FALL!!

We would move out but we are at a crossroad with the hubs job and to move out now could mean moving again in just a few short months (like 2 maybe) and that is a whole lot of moving and extra expense. Basically...dumb!

So yeah...looking forward to a nice peaceful, lazy week. What are you up to? Are you following us on facebook yet? Check us out!

From Bacon...Mayhem Monday

Oh the mayhem!!!

Remember last week when I told you about how Gavin was sick? Yeah, well that…plus two!

The hubs and I came down with it two days after Gavin. And the only thing worse than a sick toddler is being sick too…but the only thing was than being sick and taking care of a sick toddler is a sick husband!!! I know I’m not alone here.

The hubs is, by far, the biggest baby in the house! Bless his little heart (that’s what you’re supposed to say instead of “good grief the man is annoying the piss out of me!”) he’s a handful. He’s the only person I know that still has a full appetite when he’s sick, which means he’s always asking what we’re eating for the next meal. He’s also fully convinced his sick is worse than anyone else’s. He’ll only take meds if I give them to him. He’ll sit on the couch with a headache for an entire day if I don’t offer him the Tylenol. ::deep breaths::
Family Nap...something we haven't done since G was a baby!
G threw up during nap and needed some big bed time
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 So far Madden doesn’t have it! Fingers crossed he doesn’t get it. The NICU told us that a little cold could land him back in the hospital so this could certainly do it. He has been especially needy though. He used to sleep peacefully on the couch between feedings and now he’s fussing and needing to be held more. Not sure if he’s feeling off or just wanting more interaction. Poor kid is so neglected.

Gavin has developed a nasty little cough in addition to his faucet of mucus of a nose (now that’s a visual!) His cough is very productive and wakes him up. The last four days he’s coughed during nap time and threw up. Poor guy! Thinking I’ll be taking him to the doctor tomorrow.

And the poor fellow had a run-in with the bathroom sink this weekend.

Don't mind the silly face
He likes to stand on the toilet and lean over to the vanity and play in the water. Well, he was in the bathroom with the hubs and slipped. His little face caught the edge of the sink. He cried for maybe a minute and then moved on. He’s such a tough boy! Broke my heart though.

So, yeah, I intend to be back to posting and tweeting more as soon as we’re all better.

Speaking of, are you following me on Twitter?


Thursday, October 11, 2012

From Bacon...SO Many Boogers!

I had planned to post the most delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe yesterday for What's Cookin' Wednesday. But...I'll need a rain check.

I have a sick baby. =(

Tuesday night Gavin had a full blown meltdown (wonder if he got that from his momma?) when we put him to bed. There were lots of tears and heart wrenching sobs. The hubs went in to try to reset him and as soon as he picked him up, he threw up. Yuck!!!

Ice pop to soothe a sore throat
Nice thing is, it all landed on the hubs (I'm sure he didn't think that was the best part!) He showered and changed while I snuggled the sicky for about 30 minutes.

He still didn't go to sleep easy but he finally gave in.

When we got him up yesterday morning he and his bed were both crusted with snot. More yuck!

We've spent two days wiping his little, raw nose, running for tissues every time he sneezes, rubbing vapor rub on his chest, refilling the humidifier, fighting to use the booger sucker (which he used yo love, ugh) and holding him down to take meds (who is this kid that suddenly won't take meds?! So annoying!!!)

I feel terrible that he's not feeling well but it's not taking away much of his energy. Other than being stuffy and irritable, he's still go, go, going and only slows down when the Benedryl kicks in.

Benedryl kicked in!
Daddy was holding another sleepy baby
Here's hoping this passes quickly and Madden doesn't get it (or mommy and daddy for that matter!)

In better spirits after a good nap!


Oh, and also, stay tuned for that delicious cookie recipe!!! You won't want to miss it!



From Ketchup…Crazy Cleaning Lady

I have a sickness…admittedly, I just can’t help myself. I’m like Monica from Friends. Probably not THAT bad but like I said, I just can’t help myself.

In most cases it’s a great thing that I keep things neat, clean and orderly. With Hunter’s medical issues it has only gotten worse. We are I am always so nervous that he is going to get sick it’s become the only thing I can control…I can control the crazy cleaning lady inside me. Well most of the time I can.


So like I mentioned we’ve been given the fantastic pleasure of staying at my sister’s home while she is in Maui. She has a dog. A chocolate lab. And light gray carpet. Can you see where I’m going with this. Now the hubs and I had a dog, a yorkie, once upon a time before kids and I always thought of myself as a dog person. I grew up having a dog and well I like animals. This has changed.
I don’t want a dog. (The hubs was adamant that he gets this in writing, as someday I want the boys to have a dog and he knows this.) I feel like it’s an important right of passage for a boy especially. Well for the time being I will only consider dogs that do not shed, drool, lick or smell. If you find one of those please email me.

Anywho, the boys and I got here on Tuesday. My sister is not like me…she works full time, has lots of extra-curriculars and just isn’t interested in keeping a home. We were both raised in a home where we had chores and I think my mom would agree that she likes things ‘a certain way’. So I cleaned, cleaned on Tuesday and cleaned on Wednesday. You name it and I did it. AND I’m beginning to wonder if my sister had this plan all along…she knows my crazy…bitch!


The crumbs on the hardwood no longer stick to my feet, the fridge doesn’t have a weird stench or goo drips, dust has been removed from nearly all objects and flat surfaces, laundry has been done and dog drool has been removed from the glass door…to name a few. And now my crazy cleaning lady has been put back in check to return as needed.

I’m seriously beginning to think I should charge for my crazy services…anyone need some help? (Fair warning: I’m not cheap but I am good! hehehe)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

From Ketchup…What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

Time for another addition of WCW.

I pinned this recipe to my pinterest quite awhile ago and was just looking for the best time to mix it in with the regularly scheduled programming. Finally had my chance and I decided to serve these sliced baked potatoes with crockpot ribs.

First off you have to slice the potatoes really thin, I used a crazy sharp ceramic knife to do this. {Watch out for those freshly manicured nails...HA}


Then you place them in the pan, drizzle with olive oil, LOTS of salt and pepper (I’ll explain later…not just an addict) and butter.


Stick those suckers in the oven at 425* to cook up nice and golden brown.


Ta-Da!!
 

Alright…now the nitty gritty. These did NOT turn out as I expected and I was NOT pleased at all! First off the damn recipe says 425* for 40-45 mins…try more like an hour and a half! To be fair, I used HUGE potatoes (Idaho spuds) but seriously nearly twice as long as the recipe called for is ridiculous and 425* is hot!

I kept testing them as they baked to make sure they were done all the way thru and the middles never really got there! AND the outside really wasn’t that crispy…at least not like I had hoped for.

Also…I didn’t use enough salt. They kinda tasted blah! B-O-R-I-N-G…for as long as it took I should have just made plain ‘ole baked potatoes. Although, these sure do look prettier don't they? Ugh...whatev...disappointed doesn't even cover it!

No thanks! Won’t be doing THIS one again!!!



Do you have a recipe you want to try and just are sure it’s worth the time and effort…send it to me…I’ll give it a whirl and let you know if it’s worth your time! 

From Ketchup...WW: Being Silly

Shirt Hair!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

From Ketchup…Fall Family Fun!

On Saturday we went decided to check a fall activity from our bucket list and headed out to the local corn maze! I’ve done a few different corn mazes in my time but this one was BIG!

Hubs and I!!
There were 3 different mazes…2 of which we completed, WOOT! WOOT!


Making our way thru the maze!
Colton was so confused why he couldn't eat 'this' corn! Blech!!
Brother hugs!! Melts my heart...poor Colton is trying to hard to turn and say "cheese"!
The kids had a blast running up and down the rows of corn and shaking the bajeebus out of the corn stalks! I don’t think I’ve seen Hunter act more like a rough and tumble boy then he did on Saturday.

Hunter making the corn...shake, shake, shake!
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He was running around like a crazy wild banchee! Cracked me up and made me completely insane at the same time but I’m super glad that we went and that we all had a great time.

Dirty birdie! This happened before we even got started on the maze! Turkey!!
Pretty sure I have a very same pic of Hunter doing the same pose with Dad at the pumpkin patch 2 years ago! Cute, smiley little buddy!! Makes my heart melt! 

We came, we conquered and we went home completely spent! Have you checked off any fall activities off your bucket list?