Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Belly Pic


I have been awful about posting pictures as of late. I blame my camera because that sounds better than my real reason: the fact I am a camera snob and hated the camera we bought in May. Matt got sick of me whining and asked the digital imaging guy for another one for me. i am glad to say I love it so you can expect more pictures. Here is me 29 weeks preggers.

Monday, August 24, 2009

School Dayz

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32404017/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/

School crazyness is starting and I am so glad to be spared from the maddness. I have been struggling a lot lately with what I believe to be true about childhood. Here are some of the very loose conclusions I have come to:

- I am a big believer in protecting innocents. Maybe this is the same a "sheltering", I don't know. All I know is I believe my girls have the right to be innocent for as long as I can let them.

- Early childhood should be about play, not stress. Elie doesn't compare herself to other kids yet and I love that. Kids should be playing in dirt, running around, living in a pretend world of there own making.

-I don't care when my kids learn academics. Elie will learn to read and add, I don't care if she is 8 before it happens because no one will care once she is 25.

-Life, education, parenting...none of this is "one size fits all". Don't tell me what is best for my kid and I will trust you to raise yours.

-Boredom is a good thing, it make Elie come up with all kinds of games and activities that she wouldn't do if I had her life scheduled all the time. Today we stayed at home and she sailed my Tupperware all over the world.

I don't see us going "traditional" when it comes to schooling these kids. Who knows where we will end up, but I am glad I have a few more years to get to know my kids before i have to decide.

Monday, August 17, 2009

I am ENTP

Matt is up in Breckenridge doing a training, part of which is a Myers Briggs type test for personality. Not one to be left out, I did one too. This is what it said, and it seems to sum me up well (I added the bold when I thought it was REALLY me):

Extroverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving"
Clever describes ENTPs best. They deal imaginatively with social relationships as well as physical and mechanical relationships. They are alert to what is apt to occur next, and sensitive to possibilities. ENTPs are the engineers of human relationships and human systems.Verbally as well as cerebrally quick, ENTPs enjoy arguing: for its own sake, and to show off their impressive verbal skills. They often have a perverse sense of humour, and play devil's advocate regardless of consequence. They sometimes confuse, even hurt, those who cannot understand the concept of argument as a sport.

Innovative and ingenious at problem-solving, they sometimes manage to outsmart themselves. ENTPs have been known to cut corners without regard to the rules if it's expedient - or it might be the collapse of an over-ambitious juggling act.ENTPs are optimists. They tend to regard problems as personal challenges, and have little patience with those they consider wrong or unintelligent. However, they are often extremely genial and quite charming, when not being harassed by life in general.

Good at analysis, especially functional analysis, ENTPs have a tolerance for, and enjoyment of the complex. Enthusiastic, ENTPs are apt to express interest in everything, and thus unwittingly inspire others who find themselves caught up in an ENTP idea. The ENTP is the most reluctant of all types to do things in a traditional manner.Non-conformists, ENTPs enjoy outwitting the system and use rules and regulations within the system to win the game - whatever it may be.

ENTPs are good at innovative projects and can administer them well if dull routine is not involved. For ENTPs to be manipulated by another is humiliating.During youth, the ENTP may be diagnosed with a variety of ailments and conditions which often emerge as a lack of intellectual engagement. Boredom is the bane of the junior ENTP. Generally immature until their late 30s or early 40s, the young ENTP is a socially awkward animal since they rarely fit in with the herd, and require 40 years to comprehend why this is and what to do about it.Great friends or silent adversary; Court jester or Builder of bridges, the ENTP is difficult to overlook."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Because I have nothing better to do...

My house is never clean. It's not that I don't LIKE it clean, on the rare occasions I find it that way I really do enjoy it. I can't even claim that I don't have time to clean it, my kids play nicely together and I make time for other things in my life that I find important. I think my problem has several layers, the first being that cleaning just isn't fun. I like to play with my kids, cook, chat with friends and do all kinds of other things that take up the "cleaning time". I am also a terrible finisher and don't really mind a bit of a mess, but those are different blog posts.

Back to things I think are "fun". I like crafty things, projects that, when finished, stay done. Unlike my laundry or dishes, which have never in my memory ever been totally "done" for any amount of time.

While figuring out how to make my soon-to-be 3 daughters dresses for my soon-to-be-married brother in laws wedding, I came across this site: http://www.oneprettything.com/ This is going to be the death of all cleaning at my house. I now have a list as long as my arm of things I would rather create (dresses, bags, purses, etc...) than clean. Everyone doesn't really need to wear clean undies every day, do they?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stay-cation


Matt and I have always prided ourselves on being at the very cutting edge of popular culture. We spend countless hours and dollars to achieve this higher goal. These last two sentences would benefit from the use of a "sarcasm font" if such a thing existed. Matt and I are both more than happy if we just have clean clothes to wear in the morning. I am thrilled if I stay presentable until noon. The closest thing we get to pop culture is our free subscription to "Entertainment" magazine. We had to relinquish our "cool kid" cards with the keys to our Jetta in exchange for a couple of kids and a mini van.


Occasionally we participate in a trend and get be "with it" for the duration. After all, if you give enough monkeys laptops they will eventually reproduce Shakespeare's works, so stranger things have happened.


Last weekend, we were cool. We participated in the trend of "Stay-cation". Instead of jet setting to some posh location like we usually do, we chose to budget our time and money wisely, in light of the economic down turn, and stay close to home. We invited Craig and Denise to join us (Matt's folks) and headed down to Colorado Springs.


We arrived late afternoon at our Embassy Suites (we are high rollers, after all) and enjoyed the pool before dining at the local Outback Steakhouse. We came back to the rooms, entirely to stuffed to even consider dessert, put the children to bed and enjoyed some adult conversation.


The next morning we enjoyed a hot, made-to-order breakfast in the atrium before heading out to the local living history farm. The morning was spent in the early 1800's before heading back to real life in Littleton.


Our "Stay-cation" was a success; easy to get to, easy to pack for, and enjoyable. Bonus for feeling oh-so-trendy while doing it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Yum!

I am at the very fun stage of pregnancy where I want to eat everything not nailed down. And if it is nailed down, I might just gnaw on it for a while. Food tastes great, I can think of a million different things I want to eat for every meal. Taking all that into account, I can see why this may not be a really exciting blog post for those of you who are not eating for two. It should also be noted that I am very fond of all things kitchen gadget. This is unfortunate due to the microscopic size of my kitchen. I mean, there are those living in New York City with kitchen bigger than mine, which can lead to some storage issues. It may also be important to note that I hate to clean and usually choose to cook to avoid cleaning and my floors are in a sad state right now. Don't even get me started on my bathroom. But I digress...

I have tonight's dinner cooking already. Some may want to believe that it is because I am so very on the ball, and if you are one of those, please re-read the above. Tonight's dinner will be: scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans from the garden and mixed berry crisp. I can hardly wait. I am so antsy to eat this meal that I thought I might as well blog about it. Besides the fact I am knocked up and ravoness, here are the other reasons tonight's dinner is so exciting to me:

1- I am using my 2 sided crock pot to cook the crisp and the scalloped potatoes at the same time. I also had a great excuse to use my mandolin slicer on the potatoes and onions. That is 2 cool kitchen gadgets I just justified owning.

2-Ham. We don't eat it often but Elie really likes it. I only like it in things, you will never (even while pregnant) find me craving a ham sandwich but I do like it in a few dishes. Ham was on sale, and I love a deal as much as a kitchen appliance (and if the deal is ON the kitchen appliance..) I got this ham for $.88 a pound and that is some cheap protein.

3- I love "fix and forget" meals. This one takes about 4 hours on high or 8 on low. No stress dinner time.

4- I am using 2 new recipes. One that I read in the long check out line at King Soopers (while buying ham) and the other from a fantastic book sent to me by Jenny called "Quick and Easy Gluten Free". I love that girl, she always has my back.

For those of you who wish to enjoy a meal of scalloped potatoes of you own, let me share how I made them. Of note: I am a terrible instruction follower, so this isn't really how the recipe goes. After all, I only read it in the check out line so I was working from memory and a pregnant ladies memory is like a sieve on a good day.

"Easy Scalloped Potatoes"
Potatoes sliced thin (maybe 6ish)
Onion sliced thin
Ham in chunks (about 1/2 lb)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (a cup should do)
Jar of Alfredo sauce
Make layers the ingredients listed above until they are gone.

There you have it. Quick and painless, especially if you have a cool mandolin slicer for the potatoes and a 2 sectioned crock pot you can toss dessert into.