Saturday, March 31, 2007

Field Trip

So I took the kids to OMSI on Wednesday and on the way there I realized that it was spring break. But it was too late, I had already told Reagan, so there was no turning back now.

OMSI stands for Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, it is way cool with a discovery room just for kids 6 and under and in that room there is a large sand box, a water table and they provide water proof aprons and rubber boots of all sizes. There is a craft room, baby areas with a fish tank and stuff or the little guys, a puppet area, building block area, snack area, a new wildlife area with animal dens and a cave, it truly is a fun place to go for kids and adults.

So we played in there for about an hour, took a break and had lunch and then explored the rest of OMSI which includes a giant ear and aging machine, bugs and insect room, a bone room, water and engineering area, weather station so you can be the weather man.

There is also a whole other wing that is for older kids with a science lab, physics lab, ball inventors room, wind station, I can't even remember all the different hands on projects kids can do, it was again so much fun, oh and there is also an Imax theater and a submarine.

On the way home Reagan said, "Mom that was a great day, thank you Mom for taking us to OMSI." And it wasn't too crowded and we did find a close spot to park, but that is because we always pray for a "sparking spot."

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Car...old car...a prayer...and a knock

So about 6 months ago we bought a Toyota Prius because Tim commutes about 45 miles to work and our old car was just that old. He did get great gas mileage in the Civic but compared to over 50 miles to the gallon it was a no brainer for our family. Plus we still have our Odyssey which we love!! So then a bunch of things happened and the person that was going to buy the civic ended not being about to afford it.

So it sat in our garage for 6 months and a couple of weeks ago Reagan asked who was going to get the red car and I said I don't know but lets pray that someone will see it and ask to buy it because we haven't had the time to get it ready and advertise it.

Two days ago there was a knock at the door just after I put the kiddos down for their nap and it was our neighbor who just had twin boys back in September. She asked if we bought a new car and I said yes and she then asked what we did with our old car and I said it was in the garage. She then said that they wanted to buy it....... My jaw is just open and I said you haven't even looked at it and she said I think it is exactly what we have been looking for. So later that night her husband came over and said, yep this is exactly what I want, and Tim said well let me get a new battery and a tune up.

Yippee, praise the Lord!!! I get my garage back :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Walk on by

So Lincoln is now a full fledged walker, he is on the move like nobodies business. He kinda looks drunk half the time and makes really wide corners and turns and is not so good backing up, but he just keeps on going and trying harder and harder.

He has also started to bite.... manly his big sister, I'm not sure if it is because he is teething or he is mad at her, we just aren't sure yet. We tell him "no biting Lincoln" and then turn him around or away from his sister, mean while she is screaming her head off and in pain.

I am looking forward to the weekend and church on Sunday......hello free child care!!!
We do love church though and our shepherding group which is mainly married couples with kids around the same age, we go to get fed (spiritually) and to know that.....okay we aren't the only family with a 3 year old who won't poop on the toilet.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Monday night dinner.

I only used 2 chicken breast and cut off the flap that is on them. I will let you know after dinner how it all tasted....it looks pretty good.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • seasoned bread crumbs
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese, or more
  • 1 jar (16 oz) spaghetti sauce
  • Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION:

Whisk together the egg and milk. Dip the chicken breasts in milk and egg mixture and then in bread crumbs. In a skillet with a little olive oil over medium-high heat, brown on both sides until golden. Set chicken in a baking dish.

Slice 8 pieces of mozzarella cheese and put two on each chicken breast. Pour 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce over all. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a little more mozzarella and bake at 350° for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly. Serve with spaghetti, garlic bread and a nice green salad.
From Colleen Haass

Friday, March 16, 2007

What a week....

Lincoln has been sick for 2 weeks with a cough and we are going a little stir crazy in the house, so today we are going to the free indoor park at a local church. Its wonderful, the kids play in this huge gym with riding toys and play kitchens, slides, cars, baby dolls, and they give them a snack all for free. The mom's sit on the side and talk and play with the kids....I love this place.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Reagan's prayer at dinner tonight

We had Tim's birthday dinner at his mom's house tonight with his brother's family and Reagan just started praying even though her older cousin was just about to start but our little Reagan beat her to it. So she said.....
Dear God,
Thank you for the food, and the trees, and the and the and the our privates and the park with the spiders, Amen.

Yes, you read correctly, Reagan thanked God for our privates. That is what we call the girl parts and the boy parts on our bodies, she will learn the correct name but for now they are just our privates. We laughed so hard we were crying, his brother was rolling and you just don't know what to say after that.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Reagan said....

"Daddy....you have grass in your nose."

I laughed so hard.....it was great.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

He has tubes

So, the hardest part of the whole ordeal is the waiting 1 hour before the procedure. Lincoln was hungry, head banging on my chest, trying to get into my shirt hungry which he never does because he is almost weaned. Just at 8am, the nurse came and got him, talked to the anesthesiologist and by 8:15am I was nursing a very hungry and groggy baby and by 8:33am we were in the van and on the way home. He has had no side effects and is wonderful, but he still has a cold that he had started to show signs of on Sunday but at least we won't have an ear infection. The doctor did say that he had scar tissue from all the ear infections but he shouldn't have any side effects from that and in a couple of weeks they will check his hearing to see where he is.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

I love Giada!!


Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta) i use salad pasta, the kids love it!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes) i bread the chicken then cook it, even thou it falls off it still gives it a great flavor.
1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice i use some paul newmans marinara sauce too.
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. I found that if I cook it at a lower heat for longer the chicken is really moist and tender...tastes better too I think. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.


I just love this recipe, its so easy and the kids love it!!

Tubes part 2

The doctor had a cancellation and Lincoln will get tubes Tuesday morning, no eating after midnight and we have to be there at 7am with surgery at 8am. He had a hearing test on Friday that showed his hearing could be better, so hopefully after the tubes are in, his hearing will improve. To top off the week, Lincoln had a high fever and a rash, that the doctor's don't have a clue to what it is and he has had diarrhea all day Saturday.