Such a cool dude!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Such a cool dude!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
List of things I need to be a Victoria Secret Fashion Model:
1. The strut
2. I need to grow about 6-8", mostly in legs
3. Drop about 10 lbs
4. Grow boobs three times current size
5. Stop lactating
6. Learn how to wink without looking like I have something in my eye
7. Get a 'tude
8. Grow long, lustrous hair (or at least buy some)
9. Face transplant (they now do that in America, I hear)
10. Glamorous new name
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
This past week Maggie started crawling. I thought she might do the Will scoot, but she just does the classic crawl. Will has become very protective and jealous of anything that she picks up, whether it is his toy or not. Maggie flips out whenever Will takes something from her, so I have been trying to keep peace in our house. I know this kind of behavior will last for at least the next 20 years so I need to get used to it.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
$9.00 for cards from last year's Christmas clearance (I could have bought a few bags of Ghirardelli chocolate chips for the same amount)
$0.00 for card pictures because I didn't have the photographer's permission to reprint. I know it's stealing. I apologize to artists everywhere who have their livelihood stolen because of technology. But, not being able to pick up my pictures at Walgreens took the last shred of desire I had to spend any more time or money on doing Christmas cards. So instead of sending everyone cards, I would just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
So, all we could do was to sit, sit, sit, sit!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This past Saturday, Greenfield had their annual Christmas parade and lighting of the courthouse Christmas tree. We went with our neighbors, the Fryes, and their two young boys. It was a "cute" parade with floats that included a school bus decorated with lights, decorated dump truck, miniature horses pulling ladies in tiny carriages, the local nursing home bus complete with residents, and "Blue" the Colts mascot on a 4-wheeler. Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special entrance on a fire engine. I thought this would make Will excited, but he was "sceered" of everything but the mini horses. Oh well, this will probably be an Ellis family tradition until the kids start to think it's lame. We power-walked home because we were so cold. I thought my toes were going to fall off.
I have started to do my Christmas cards. I find this a curious custom and also wonder if there were no females on earth, would there be such a thing as Christmas cards? Do any of you know of any man that sends out his own cards of his own free will? I know Tyler would never take the time to do such a thing, yet he requests several people be sent a card.
The devotional just started! Ooh, I do love hearing everyone sing, "Joy to the World".
Monday, November 24, 2008
Cream of Artichoke Soup 4-6 servings AntiquiTea, Pittsburgh
1. ½ cup chopped green onion
2. 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
3. 2 stalks celery, chopped
4. ½ cup butter, divided
5. 1 bay leaf
6. ½ tsp thyme
7. ½ tsp oregano
8. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
9. 4 cups chicken broth
10. 4 oz. can sliced mushroom, drained
11. 14 oz. Can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
12. 3 tbsp flour
13. 1 cup heavy cream
14. Salt and pepper to taste
-In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion, carrots celery in ¼ cup butter.
-Add ingredients 5-11 and simmer for 15-20 minutes
-Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter over low heat. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Stir the flour mixture into artichoke mixture.
-Slowly add the cream, and salt and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes or until slightly thickened and heated through.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Steak and Black Bean Chili 6 servings
¾ pound sirloin steak
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 cube beef boullion
2 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp sugar
1 cup chopped tomato
2/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
6 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream
1. Remove fat from steak. Cut steak into ½ inch cubes. Heat oil in large nonstick saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add steak, onion, and garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Add beans, diced tomatoes and juice, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, boullion, chili powder and sugar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered 30 to 45 minutes.
2. Top with chopped tomato, green onions and sour cream.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tyler is gone this week to a trade show. We are leaving for Goshen to spend Halloween with the Kreuter clan. My mom's birthday is on Halloween. We are going to Michigan City to the outlet mall, as well as attempt a cousin picture with a 6 year old, two 2 year olds, a 10 month old, 7 month old, and a 3 month old baby. How well do you think that is going to go?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I just looked at the thermostat and it said that the temperature in our house was 60 degrees. Shouldn't I be feeling cold? I am just wearing a long sleeve shirt and a light jacket. Before I had kids, my fingers and toes would turn a dead gray (Reynaud's syndrome) until I rinsed them under warm water. But my hormones or circulation must have changed for the better, because that rarely happens anymore. I am nervous about turning on that boiler. What if it blows up, or sprays steaming hot water out of all the radiators? Our heating guy checked it out last month and said it was good order, but still... I will just have to wait for Tyler to get home. Besides, none of us feels really cold. Will still rips his socks off or sits his bare bottom on the cold tile floor of the bathroom. BRRR!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This evening while Tyler was packing and I was changing Maggie's diaper, we heard Will start to count and he actually counted to ten. I have been trying to get him to count with me, but he usually only makes up to two or three and then gets distracted. Perhaps ignoring him is a better way to get him to do stuff.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This morning, Will awoke at 4 and I barely heard him leave the room, but I heard him call for Yammy and I realized he was going to wake up my parents. Fortunately, I was able to stop him in time. He went back to sleep after that. We are planning to leave this morning so Tyler can catch up on his homework. We won't make it to General Conference at all, but it's ok because we were never able to focus on it much now that we have a couple kids. We will just have to read the Ensign really carefully next month.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Today, we came to Goshen to visit my family and also attend the wedding reception of my cousin Brad and his new wife. They are having a bonfire on Saturday, so I'm going to gorge myself on toasted marshmallows. Tyler is traveling in Minnesota and Wisconsin and he is going to meet us here. My Dad is a pilot and he picked us up in "Dappa's airplane" today. Will was in little boy heaven as we took off. He talked nonstop and looked around at every little detail of the plane that no adult would ever notice and asked what they all were. After we were above the clouds, I put him in his own seat and buckled him in. He quieted after that, no doubt pondering the wonders of air flight, as well as very successfully picking his nose. Cousin Ethan and Auntie Tracey came over for some Manstinko's grinders and then we decorated Halloween cookies. I did not get to use my Wilton cake class skills, though. The cookies are looking pretty rough, but at least they taste good. Then, Will got his first taste of playing with Play Dough. They have made a huge mess, so I better get out there and help Yammy clean up a bit. Also, my beloved HGTV is on, so I must watch.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Maple Creme Brulee
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup pure maple syrup
7 egg yolks, stirred together
-Heat oven to 325. Boil a pot of water for water bath.
-Cook and stir cream and syrup together over medium-low heat, just until bubbles form. Remove from heat
-Slowly whisk cream mixture into the egg yolks. Strain through fine mesh sieve. Pour into custard cups
-Put custard cups into a large pan and add boiling water until it reaches halfway up the cups. Put in oven.
-Bake for 50-55 minutes or until it slightly ripples when shaken. Take out of water bath and let cool on wire rack. Refrigerate.
-When ready to serve, crumble sugar on top and melt with a torch or put cups under broiler for a short time.
My all-time favorite brulee is from family fun magazine. It's called maple pumpkin custard. Check it out!
I got Will a Halloween costume today at Marshall's. It's a monkey. It seems very fitting that he should be a monkey since he seems to be obsessed with Curious George.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Much to Tyler's chagrin, I started stripping wallpaper in Will's bedroom. This wallpaper had a sun, moon, and stars border and then a plaid wallpaper. It only went up to about shoulder level, so it wasn't hard to get off. I will have to paint the ceiling since it is blue, so that's going to be really annoying.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Also, I tore out all the noxious weeds/groundcover from our gate gardens last week. See before and after. I got two "radrazz" shrub roses (1/2 off, of course) from my new favorite lawn & garden center, Frady's, and planted those a few days ago and mulched this morning.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We went to Target today and they had some cute stickers that were 50% off. So, I got some for Will along with a notebook and alphabet flash cards. This is what he chose to do with his stickers.
We also went to the library for 2.5 hours this afternoon to escape the heat of our non-air conditioned house. You could tell that other people without air conditioning were there, too. A boy came up to us with a gun made out of Legos and said "check out my muzzle loader!" Then he proceeded to show us how to use it. It was quite informational.
Monday, September 1, 2008
We actually had family home evening. We aren't very good with that, what with Tyler in classes on Mondays; or at least that's my excuse. In WIll's Curious George book, it shows you how to make a boat out of paper. So, we sang Nephi's Courage, told Will about how Nephi built a boat(he ran around the living room while we tried to tell it to him, so I don't think he benefited from it), then Tyler tried to build a boat following Curious George's instructions. You would think if a monkey could do it, we could do it, but that was not the case. TYler had to watch a video on the internet. Then we tried floating it in the "dink", but it almost immediately fell apart. WIll had a fit, so Tyler tried to make another one, which fell apart again. Our conclusion: Heavenly Father should have taught Nephi how to build an airplane. THey are much easier to make out of paper.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
We are babysitting Nanny for a bit today while Poppy has a meeting in the area. Then Nanny is taking Will to Muncie for the night so I can get some things done around the house. We are still working on our dining room. We don't have the crown molding up yet, because we need to address the papered ceiling. There are some cracks in the plaster that tore the ceiling paper (yes, white wallpaper on the ceiling) and we need to do something about it before we put the molding up. I think we should texture the ceiling, but I don't know if you can just slap the plaster on top of the paper. I tried steaming the paper, but the first layer wasn't going to budge without a fight.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We did have some excitement when Tyler came home and walked into his office. There was a dead bat in the middle of the floor! We can't figure out he got there. Old house woes, I guess. That's one thing that is kind of annoying about old houses. Vermin. And I envy anyone who can go around their home, opening windows up willy-nilly. No struggles with sticking windows or broken sash cords sending the weights plummeting into the nether regions of the wall. Oh, and lead paint worries. I could go on, but I will spare you. In spite of all that, we still really like our house and are glad we bought it.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Yesterday morning I walked with the kids to the farmer's market at the courthouse. I felt so urban. All I need now is to start taking public transportation. I love walking around downtown Greenfield. There are some fantastical houses. My favorites are the Victorian Era houses that are painted wild colors. I no longer think of these houses as crack houses where the neighborhood drug lord lives. There are at least a couple painted pink, one painted various shades of purple, and yet another that is painted shades of bright blue. It's a good thing we don't live in a paintable house, or Tyler might come home one day to a bright pink house.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Maggie has her 4 month check up tomorrow. After that, we are leaving for Goshen and central air! I can hardly complain, though. It is warm during the afternoon and early evening, but with the box fans going in the windows at night it actually gets kind of cold. We were freezing last night. August is a miserably hot month and I don't know if I can make it.
The electricians started today on our new wiring in the upstairs. They will probably be here all week. We went to Castleton mall to get out of their way. Will had fun playing at the playground in the food court. He pooped his pants, but fortunately i brought backup undies. Then we went to Calico Corners to get fabric for the dining room chairs that I am going to reupholster. Hopefully I will do a better job than the last time. Some of the fabric got all bunched up. I got a black and white damask outdoor fabric. I hate to admit it, but I didn't do any measurements and decided I better get 6 yards of the fabric; one yard for each chair. Do you think that's too much? Probably. Well, maybe I will go all HGTV on you and make some wall art out of the remnants.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This week we are going to Goshen to visit the family. Wednesday, we are going to see the Wiggles in Ft. Wayne. We have limited basic cable, so we don't get Disney or Nickolodeon anymore. Will misses his shows, but I would rather have him just watch PBS.
Friday, August 1, 2008
The amount of poopy diapers has dramatically decreased in our house. Will has gotten surprisingly good about going on the toilet and Maggie poops less than once a day. Another small victory for me. Well, I have to go. Will has finished his English muffin, or rather, finished eating the PB and jelly from off the top of it. Stinker!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It came off all too easily. I don't even have anything to complain about, which is unusual for me. So I got that border down by the end of Monday night.
Tuesday afternoon, Will and I were playing cars in the living room. One of them happened to make it into the dining room (wood floors are great for playing with Hot Wheels). We scooted into that room. A loose piece of wallpaper happened to catch my eye. I started to pick...
I suppose there are worse things in life to pick than wallpaper. I always get mad at Will for picking at things, but he obviously gets it from me.
The window air conditioner in our house has finally given up the ghost. The instruction book that came with it said that it was installed on 7.7.1977. I think it has served long enough. We will give it a good burial with the good folks at CGS.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
My mom, sister, and nephew came to visit for a couple days. Will loves Ethan. He goes nuts whenever they are together. We went to the zoo and the children's museum. It's nice to live closer to Indy.
Tyler and I had our 5th anniversary yesterday. What a great 5 years it's been! To celebrate, we went to a restaurant just 6 blocks away from our house called Carnegies. It's in the basement of the old Carnegie library. The food was delicious. It was nice to go out with each other without the kids. Nanny and Poppy came down to watch them and they took Will home with them. We slept in till about 7:30. Well, gotta go unpack some more!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The plumber came on Wednesday and installed a new toilet and the tub glazer came this morning and reglazed our tub white. When we took down the glass door, we broke a few tiles, so we will have to retile the tub. But that's what happens when you start changing things, you have to keep on going. The bathroom smells like you just inhaled a bottle of nail polish remover.
We're spending the rest of the day at our apartment. With temperatures in the 90's and no AC going at the house right now, it's just too hot. We'll get the window units going on Friday and hopefully those will keep it bearable.