Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Leah is my sister in love, and her Mom died two years ago today.  Leah said that she was going to grow out her hair and donate it in memory of her Mom.  I decided I would join her and for two years now I have been growing out my hair in preparation for this day.  Sandy died exactly two years ago today and here are the picture's of me getting it cut and then some picture's of my new style.  I'm sending my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Two ponytails to donate.



Cutting the right side.







Cutting the left side.



Two ponies both at or around 9 inches long.




               After                                                                             

Before


                                                             
                                                              After back of hair

My HSG

I had my HSG today and well it was quite the experience. It looked like both tubes were blocked. The left one opened up after I rolled to my side and back.  The right one had more trouble.  I had to again roll on my side and back a few times, they took some dye out and then added it back and then some.  It was very uncomfortable but I feel totally normal now.  They would say to each other, she is really extended I don't think she can take anymore dye, "Christy, can you handle more?"  I told them to do what they needed to do to get them open, because I didn't want to come back and do it again. I was praying out loud and just trying to focus on relaxing.  God was there with me and my right tube opened up....praise God!!!

Now I just wait and start the patch "clinical trial" in about 4 weeks.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What I have learned from ants


What I learned from ants
by Christy

  • Some ants dig and some ants don't
  • They get angry when you blow on them
  • They can kill a live fly
  • They groom each other
  • They can look dead when they aren't
  • If one tunnel doesn't workout they just look for different way
  • They take out the garbage to a pile and that is where they put their dead
  • They rest/sleep
  • Some ants don't get angry and won't even attack the wood skewer...very interesting
  • They drink water
  • They are very strong
  • They don't fight
  • They work hard
I transferred all the ants to one ant farm container. Then I removed all the sand from the other farm and dried it out in the oven. After it cooled I transferred all the ants back to the clean ant farm minus the moldy food with dry sand. This time I only added a small amount of water and they seem to be doing well. I haven't clean out the other ant farm container but will soon.

If your curious as to how I transferred the ants all I did was stick a long thin wooden skewer into the farm and the ants would climb on. I would quickly then pull it out and put it into the other farm and then give it a little flick and they would fly fall off.

I really do enjoy watching these ants work.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ABC's.....well not really



Reagan introducing her brother as he attempts to sing
the ABC's.

Ditka


Ditka
Originally uploaded by My Presidents

I said, Grande, 2 pump Vanilla, Non-Fat, Extra Hot, Latte....did you get it this time??

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The ants go marching

one by one, hurrah, hurrah

These ants have provided much joy and excitement, especially when one gets out.


I'm pretty sure they have too much water and
mold is growing from some of the apple or crackers,
and some have started to die off.


They came with a connector piece and watching them go
back and forth between the cages can help pass the time.


Lincoln has named them all Antie.

This is my view from the kitchen for the morning,
then they get too warm so I put them in the other room for the afternoon.



Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

He must be growing

Lincoln must be growing. Today was much better! But later in the afternoon, there was some fighting and big time whining so they both had rest time again. During rest time they can play quietly in there room with the door open, just can't talk to Mom, whine or yell...if you do I politely close the door. Today Lincoln didn't want to be alone and today he insisted that he couldn't play alone, so I told him that it was time to close his door. He got quiet and I moved on with what I was doing.

Then I realize its too quiet.
So, I poke my head down the hall to see him laying there.


I get a little closer and yup, he is asleep.


This boy must be growing.
I better go check him, he is still in underwear...yikes!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today has been one of those days

Today started off pretty good but after we dropped Reagan off at school it all went down hill from there.I told Lincoln we could go to the local childrens museum, but when we arrive we realize it doesn't open up for another 40 minutes.
  1. That is the first tantrum he had today and it was a big one. I realize that I should have known the time it opened and it wasn't fair of me to take him there and then just have to leave. I tried to distract him by going to T.J. Max, however they didn't open until 9:30am, and we had 10 minutes to kill and that is when his
  2. first tantrum either reappeared or it is his second tantrum (I will just say it was his second). We walked to this neat bike store and he loved it. Then we walked back to T.J. Max and we puttered around, found a steal on a toy for Lincoln and then found something for Reagan and some Halloween candy bags. Lincoln is adamant that he wants to go home and see Ditka isntead of going to the Children's museum.
  3. When we arrive home he realizes the impact of his choice and has another meltdown and wants to go back. The only problem is that we have to go get Reagan and we need to let Ditka out because we are meeting my Mom at the mall to buy Reagan some earrings. Lincoln is crying that he doesn't want Ditka anymore and that someone else can pick up Reagan.
  4. We meet Mom/Nana and Lincoln doesn't want to be in Claires because its too girlie and we head off while Reagan stay's with Nana. Lincoln and I are at Nordstrom and try on some shoes, then meet up with Nana and head to the toy store, then head back to Nordstroms and Mom wants to buy Reagan some cute boots. Mom leaves me with her debit card and says buy some for Lincoln too. Well, Reagan didn't like how the boots fit and Lincoln only wanted shoes so he could get a balloon and I said, "we are done." I pack up our stuff and Lincoln looses it, he pushes on me while we try and get on the elevator, he tries to stop me again before we leave out the door but I just keep on moving. Then he doesn't want to hold hands as we cross the street and all I want to do is get to the car or wiggle my nose and reappear back home.
On the way home the kids are chatting about all the things they want to do as if nothing has happened and they have been perfect angles and I am just beat. So, I tell the kids that I'm too tired and exhausted by their behavior that we won't be doing all that they want. And that Lincoln will be having a rest time in his room for his behavior. It was nice and quiet for about an hour. I wish I could say that I feel rested and not frazzled, but I am.

Where did the day go? I don't think I got anything done expect some laundry and dishes and I don't have anything for dinner.

Its raining now and it smells so good, I opened some windows and now I can say I feel a little bit refreshed. I didn't get angry today, I just kept saying a silent prayer. Maybe I should have prayed out loud because that's when the kids know I'm about to loose it.

Its just been one of those days and "Mama said there'll be days like this, There'll be days like this Mama said"

Reagan has been learning to read at home for the past 2 days using hooked on phonics and so I must go because she is begging to finish today's lesson. She can read so much that when Tim and I spell words she can figure them out.....what a scary thought of not being able to spell out our secrets.....we might have to move on to pig Latin.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  1. 1 teaspoon pure chile powder
  2. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1 whole skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch strips
  10. 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  11. Shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream, for serving

Directions

  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the chile powder with the salt, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cornstarch, water and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken, onion, seal and knead gently to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet until shimmering. Empty the contents of the bag into the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.
  3. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a large bowl and serve with the warmed tortillas, lettuce, cheese, salsa, sour cream and lime wedges.

Today I'm going to try this recipe in the crock pot. I have made it before on the stove but thought I would try something different. So far it smells delicious, but Lincoln has informed me is doesn't like "pajitas".

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!!

My Mom's birthday was last Monday and I forgot to make a special post for her.
Here she is in the lower right hand corner.
In the picture are her parents (my grandparents) and her two sisters and one brother.


Also last week, my parents celebrated 45 years of marriage.
They are a wonderful example of what a marriage should be. Thank you Mom & Dad!!
(Mom on their wedding day, my Granddad and her Dad putting on her shoe)



Acapulco, Thanksgiving 2008.
I love my parents, they still hold hands, go on dates and are just awesome!!


Train ride in June 2009


Nana took the kids on a monster truck ride.


I love you Mom and we are so glad that you and Dad are in our everyday life, you both are a huge blessing to us and we are so grateful for you. Happy Birthday Mom!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Just a few of my favorite things

These are just a few of my favorite kitchen/food things.
I have wanted to write this post for a long time. These are in no particular order.....I just love them all.

  • I discovered these pies from a softball teammate about 6 or 7 years ago. You will never have to make a homemade pie again. These taste better than homemade, and will save you time & money because they come out perfect every time. They come frozen, just slip them out into your own pie pan and no one will know the difference. They also have a wonderful selection of "no bake" pies. Someday I might just work for this company selling their pies because I tell everyone about them. Willamette Valley Fruit Company also sells more than just pies, so please check them out.
  • I love our Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. I use it almost daily and I love most of the attachments. The attachments that I don't care for are the pasta ones. I have tried so many times with many different recipes and I just can't seem to get it to work. But other than that I love this mixer!
  • Birds eyes steamers I love these veggies, its so quick and easy and they taste great too.

  • Dino chicken, because without them I think Lincoln might starve.

I started this a couple of days ago and made this list, but now have lost the list and can't remember what else I wrote down because I have been distracted by Reagan's first day of school. Then I fell or tripped over Ditka and landed on my right side squishing my ribs and now it hurts to take a deep breath. I might have been able to catch myself but I was holding our $1,200 camera so I sacrificed myself for the camera...heck we have health insurance.

Then at the last minute I had to go up to the University Hospital with the kids for the clinical trial and pick up some meds so I can have an HSG. I should have the hsg in a couple weeks and hopefully when that test comes back normal then 3 weeks later I will start the clinical trial.

Tonight we celebrated my Mom's birthday and I need to do a nice post for her separately like I did for my Dad.

I also need to tell you about the ant farm the kids received from Nana & Granddad, the ants came today and they are rather interesting.

Friday, September 11, 2009

1st day of Kindergarten

Lincoln had a hard time around 2am and came to bed with us. Then back to his bed and then back to our bed when Tim left for work. I woke up to a tapping on my arm and thought it was a fly in my dream and then I hear in a tiny girl whisper voice "Moooom!" I open one eye and can barely make out the clock, "7:30am". I over slept and then when my eyes focus on Reagan, I realize she is fully dressed and ready for her first day of Kindergarten. She loves school!

Lincoln and I got ready, we ate breakfast and then went to the front yard for our traditional first day of school photo shoot.




This is the outfit I woke up to and the one we had picked out the night before. I just love this picture, and the girl in the outfit, you know she can tie her own shoes now. I love how one of her feet is off the ground a little.


Her best girl friends at school, these three have been to pre-school, pre-k, and now kindergarten together. You wouldn't know it by the picture but Reagan is the oldest and the littlest.


Reagan got a quick trim from my hairdresser yesterday and she always gets a bit of fun color in her hair, she picked pink so it would match her outfit....pretty smart. She loves her desk and everything that goes along with school. She loves homework and can't wait to learn how to read.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back to school dinner

Tonight is the night before Reagan's first day of Kindergarten.
We had a meal to celebrate this big day.
I picked fresh flowers and greens from the yard.
And set the table to look nice and festive.




Reagan choose the menu;
Linguine with shrimp, garlic bread, corn, salad, and green Kool-aid.



I can't believe she is going to be in Kindergarten,
time sure does fly when you are having fun!


She is going to grow up and do great and marvelous things,
God has something special for this girl.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Still here

I'm just working on a post and it is taking longer than usually.  Reagan also starts school on Friday and we are preparing for that.  Be back soon, I promise.

Monday, September 7, 2009

She went back for more

Reagan wanted to Mutton Bust just one more time. She did great and I was able to capture a small video of her on my camera. Its not the greatest because I looked up when I thought she was going to fall....(had to make sure my baby girl was okay).

Reagan also tried the BMX track but had a hard time so we decided to try again next year.

The only thing Lincoln wanted to do was go for a ride in the "Monster Truck", Nana took both kids and well, the ride ended early because our sheep rider got scared. Yes, it was Reagan who started crying and didn't like the ride. Which was okay because it was just the three of them on the ride. Then Lincoln started to act all scared because he sister was, but I know better.



4 days spent at the fair
3 elephant ears, 2 slushies, 20 rides, 3 Muttin Bustin rides,
1 Disney concert, 1 funnel cake, 4 ice cream cones, 1 Monster truck ride
and memories to last a lifetime. Good bye State Fair, can't wait until next year!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mutton Bustin

We went to the fair again today and stumbled across what looked like a kid rodeo. We quickly realized that any one under 56 lbs could enter this Mutton Bustin. Both kids wanted to participate and for only $5, why not.

Below is Reagan, she went for a long time and never fell off. They stopped the sheep and she got off. She got a big round of applause from the large crowd in the bleachers and another crowd that gathered to watch. She was on cloud nine!! She said after ward that she was ready for the bulls now, but only baby bulls. That girl is fearless!!

Lincoln was the youngest rider of the day and he also went alone. I guess two guys can run with you but both kids said they wanted to go by themselves. Lincoln also got a large round of applause, mostly for being the youngest kid to go alone. They also both got blue ribbons. Lincoln was unhappy and wasn't sure about the whole ordeal. It was only till after dinner when he said that he had fun but wouldn't do it again.


Here we are right after our cowgirl & cowboy put on a show. We were laughing about them riding the sheep for hours, it was the funniest thing I have ever seen. I still can't believe how long Reagan held on.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Too big to miss

I love the state fair, I always have. Once when I was about 8 years old I found $20 on the ground at the state fair and I got to keep it. It has always felt like a magical place to me.

This was our second day going, we went as a family on Saturday. My parents bought the kids the wristbands for the special discount rides day. They had a great time.

There is a chair lift ride at the fair that the kids just love, and its cheaper to go on than the farris wheel and since Lincoln is too little for the ferris wheel...this is a perfect alternative.


Reagan and Granddad on the chair in front.


A view from the chair lift.


I love this picture, Lincoln's hands never left the safety bar.



I need to photo shop this one so all you focus on are my Dad's shoes and Reagan's shoes, I think it would be a cute picture.


I'm going to try and upload a short movie from my camera, I'm not good at this so we will see.