Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Big Yellow Bus

So today was my daughter Lyndze's first official whole day of kindergarten. Yesterday was the first day but they were only there for about 2 hours and there was no busing.

I walked my girls out to the bus stop this morning and you should have seen the look on Lyndze's face when the Big Yellow School Bus came around the corner, it was priceless. Lets just say the look on her face made my heart melt and made being a mom mean that much more. She was jumping up and down screaming "The Bus, the bus". She has wanted to ride the bus since she was a little over 2, she used to try and sneak out with the older girls and then would cry when I carried her back in the house. So today was a big deal to her. It was definitely a good day for her and for me I just can not stop thinking about the look on her face when she seen the bus. Cry Cry Cry :((((((((

Monday, August 30, 2010

School Has Started!

Today school started along with our busy schedules.
I am so happy but also sad that school has already started. I love spending time with the girls but I also really enjoy that they are back at school for the day.  I know how confusing right? Well sometimes I just feel like I need a break but then am so sad that we don't get to go and do stuff because they are gone at school. So this year I have 3 girls in school, yep one just started kindergarten and she was so not ready to let me go this morning she clung to my leg and then finally they went out to recess and she made a friend at recess and then told me I could go, silly thing. So now all I have at home is my baby Jaedyn but I started doing daycare again and so I have another little girl here too who is 16 months old but the house is still so quite, and then for about an hour and a half everyday after school I have a total of 7 girls here. CRAZY I know but I love it.
So back to our schedules:
Monday-K has gymnastics 6-7:30
Tuesday-Madyson has riding lessons 6:30-7:30
Wednesday-Madyson has dance 4:35-5:15, Lyndze and K will have Awana Club 6-??
Thursday-Lyndze has gymnastics 5:15-6 and then she has riding lessons 6:30-7:30
Friday-nothing but Family Night
Saturday-Clean the house day I mean really cleaning the house not just picking up things after the kids lol
Sunday-Get stuff ready for the week, K has riding lessons 6:30-7:30

So busy but so worth it for my girls, so I guess now all I have to do is wait 18 years and then I can relax huh?

Monday, August 23, 2010

My garden

This year I have planted my first real garden, in the years past when I lived in Oregon I had planted some things but mainly just in my front flower garden and they never really turned out. So this year I did it I planted a real one.

First we planted peas and corn but it froze again afterward and killed those so then I planted pumpkins, watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes and jalapeno's.And let me just tell you how excited I am about my garden I go out there everyday and just marvel and how huge my pumpkin and zucchini plants are. I have been picking zucchini everyday I have so much and am so glad I didn't plant more than one plant. I pick one for myself and either cook it that night or shred it up and freeze it and then the next day I pick another and take it to the next door neighbors and on and on...

Our first watermelon

One of our 18 pumpkins

Our tomatoes, they are out of control

Now I can't wait until Halloween and my kids can go right out in our yard and pick their own pumpkins, so far we have about 18 to pick from. So I plan on letting my girls each pick one, then the girls I babysit can each pick one, and then the next door neighbors kids can each pick one so that will take care of about 11 and I guess I am going to have to figure out if I can make pumpkin pie mix and can it.

I made some really yummy zucchini bars yesterday too I will give you all the recipe too. If you have any ideas on what to do with all the zucchini or the left over pumpkins please tell me. thanks

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bars


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat eggs until combined. Add sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil and mix well with wire whisk.
In another bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and mix well. Add to egg mixture and stir just until combined. Add zucchini and raisins.
Spray 9x13" pan with baking spray. Pour zucchini mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-55 minutes or until bars are dark golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bars completely in pan on wire rack.
In small bowl, combine powdered sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, melted butter, and enough milk to make a thin spreading consistency. Spread over cooled bars, and cut into squares.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hello Again

It has been so long since I have any kind of time to post anything I feel like I have been running ragged and like I have been neglecting all of my readers. SO SORRY

Since my last post we got home from our family vacation, the girls and I were home for about a week. My oldest brought her best friend back with her from Oregon so we did a few activities-tie dying shirts, painting letters of their names, and lots and lots of swimming.

We headed back down to Oregon for a stay of about a week and a half. I went to an annual jamboree that I have been going to for a few years now called the Oregon Jamboree there I got to listen to lots of country music including country stars Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to name a few. Now how many of you can say you have sung your ABC's with Keith Urban well I can, its a long story that I just don't really feel like typing, I got to hear Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert sing together which was really awesome too.So this jamboree is 3 days long and thanks to my MOM I get to go she watches all 4 of my girls for me.

Now I also have to get school clothes shopping done for all my kids because I don't like to pay sales tax and since I am already down in Oregon I might as well take advantage of it RIGHT??
So Monday I take my little kindergartner and boy was she easy we were in and out of Walmart in like 30 minutes.

Tuesday I took my 8 year old to the mall and she wasn't as bad as I thought she was going to be, she is usually my really picky one but we were probably done with in a hour in a half. Tuesday we also celebrated her 8th birthday and she requested a tie dye peace sign cake and I actually found one. It ended up being so good too.

Wednesday I took the kids to the fair so they could ride on rides and I am pretty sure we will not be going next year it was a huge waste of money, my oldest was to big to ride the not to scary rides my youngest who will do anything was to small to ride the scary rides without an adult and there was no way I was getting one them. So we will just stick to going to Silverwood every year (post about this coming after Labor Day). Wednesday night I got to enjoy a Jake Owen concert.

Thursday I took my oldest shopping usually I just go and pick out her clothes because she could care less but before we went to Oregon she went shopping to find her backpack and boy was she picky so I decided I had better take her with me and she has to try on pants to because most don't fit her like normal. Thursday night I got to see Clay Walker in concert and boy this was an awesome concert I definitely would love to see him again.

Friday I got to go shopping again this time just me and one of my really good friends from Oregon and we hit up the outlet mall, I might have went a little over board but I got some awesome deals. I mean who can turn down 2.99 shoes, dresses, capris and shirts, NOT ME. Got home Friday night and had to start loading up all the stuff and boy did I have alot.

Saturday morning we headed out to go camping with my parents for a night, I was bringing home my sister in law and her 2 kids too. I really hate camping at a place when they are inconsiderate people on the other side of the camp spot blasting music pretty much all night and all I could think about was if they woke up my baby they were going to hear an ear full from me.I have no tolerance for STUPID inconsiderate people.
Sunday was the long drive back home eight in a half hours later we were finally home. Now I had to unload the car and then head back to town to go grocery shopping and craft supply shopping because Monday I start babysitting 3 more little girls.

So for week one I had a total of 8 girls in my house. It was so much fun too. Friday my in laws showed up-mother, father, sister and her two kids. Saturday I made my 8 year old and her two cousins a 3 tiered cake for their birthday and we had a little celebration here for them. Sunday everyone left and it was just my family again, now don't get me wrong I love having visitors especially family but it was really nice to enjoy the quite with just my girls. The minute they left I started cleaning the house, mopping which was way overdue and then we headed to Costco.

Yesterday my 8 year old had gymnastics which was nice because I got to drop her off and go grocery shopping during her hour in a half practice.

Today I had to take Lyndze to get her teeth cleaned and then my oldest had an orthodontist appt and it sound like she will be getting braces sometime when she is 11 apparently her teeth are falling out faster then they should be so I guess its good she can get them out of the way before she is in high school. So now you are caught up with everything going on in my life. Hopefully I can post something at least every other day or so we will see. Enjoy the rest of your summer!!!!Only 2 more weeks until my kids are back in school :((((( HAHA