Ode to Fall…and A Bit of Randomness

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This little nugget turned 2 last week!  I still remember birthing the 10lb 2.5oz lad like it was yesterday.

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I’m sure everyone knows who the annoying as all heck Caillou is.  I let my first born watch him a couple of times, until she started to talk baby talk like he does and then I banned it for a loooong time.  My middle child was introduced to it at age 3 and was only allowed to watch it if I needed to get something done.  (Yes, I bribed him.)  Now to the third child. Listen up here ladies and gents.  By the time the third child arrives, you just don’t really give a crap any more give in and let them get away with whatever because you’re already going gray and would rather listen to that annoying little cartoon voice than a crying child any day of the week.  The End.  Signed ~ Searching for Sanity.

The kids have been begging to go bowling for a while now and we decided to do just that one Friday afternoon.  We had so much fun and we’ll definitely be going again!  They are seriously the cutest.  Love them.

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Some days 5 o’clock in the pm at our house looks like this.

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I am so glad that Fall is here because that means soups and stews in the slow cooker. Although, I don’t think AZ got the memo because it hit 105 here yesterday and is supposed to be 107 today.

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I love to read, but don’t get a chance to do it near as much as I used to and it’s taken me like 3 weeks to read 100 pages in ‘Gone Girl’.  I’ve been dying to see the movie, but wanted to read the book first.  It’s due back at the library this Saturday and I have very little faith that I’ll finish it.  So far the book is right up my alley, but I guess the movie will have to do.

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I like to collect globes and this is my most recent purchase.  I really want to put it on the bookcases in my living room, but the problem is that they’ve been sitting in my garage for about, oooh 9 months now, waiting to be sanded and painted.  I wasn’t able to work on them over the summer because the temp is too high to do any sort of painting out there.  I plan to use the spray gun.  It will be my first time and I’m a little nervous.  Wish me all the luck!

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Sugar cones.  Aren’t they the best?  I’ll take mine with Peppermint Wonderland ice cream please.

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I got these puppies in the mail yesterday – woot!  My old running shoes were about 6 months past due.  I can’t wait to try these out.  Although, to be honest, I haven’t been running for a couple of weeks now.  Boo.  I’ve just been so focused on house projects that I haven’t put in the time to workout.  I best get my rear in gear though because I’m running another half marathon (see my first one here) in January.

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I made some of Linguini with Shrimp Scampi last night for dinner and it’s pretty much my new favorite.  If you love lemon, garlic and shrimp…you’ll love this.  It’s pretty quick and easy to make too.  Recipe found here.

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Who’s ready for an awkward photo?!  Look at me and the hubby standing tall and proud next to our HUGE new tree.  So proud of our $23 Lowe’s purchase.  Lolz.  We plan on taking a photo every year until it’s 50 feet tall.  I’m sure you all cannot wait.

Anywho, that’s what we’ve been up to.  Happy Wednesday!


My Girl Turned Six Years Old

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It was bound to happen sooner or later.  I now have a 6 year old.  In case you weren’t aware, that requires two hands to show everyone who asks how old you are.  It’s kind of a big deal.

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I used to go all fancy with ribbons, bows and cards.  Now?  Sharpie to the rescue. Classy, I know.  If we had a fourth child, I probably wouldn’t even bother with wrapping paper.  Target bags would suffice.  OR maybe I could just put everything in a pile and cover it with a blanket.

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Gosh, she really is my child.  PROUD :-)

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Someone is always up to something around here.

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Her first pair of ER visit thingamabobs roller-blades!

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‘She says she wants a picture.  Oh, I’ll give her a picture alright.  How’s this mom? You like the way I stab my cake and give it the death stare?’ ~ Thoughts by Allison???

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Since her birthday was on Easter weekend, we didn’t celebrate with friends until the weekend after.  She was so excited to invite school friends to her party!  They all had such a great time :-)

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Whenever I ask this kid what is favorite part of anything is, he always replies with, “I wike da pop and food da best.”  Just like me, the kid loves food.  I heart him so much.

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Sometimes you just want to hang out at Peter Piper and eat your ice cream on the table.  Oh and he may or may not have been swinging the light fixture above his head right before this.

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This little guy screamed his head off after he found this basket that the bunny had left at our house.  Also, his poor nose ;(  He took a little spill in the dirt and although it looks pretty banged up, he cried for all of a minute and was back to playing again. Tough little soldier.

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Here are the big kids before the egg hunt in our community.  They both collected tons of eggs.  I don’t think my little lady could have had a better weekend.  We all had a terrific time celebrating her birth and Easter.  Cheers to getting back to normal and slower times now.  ;)

Getting Ready for Easter

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Let’s just say that when it rains at our house, it pours.  Actually and figuratively speaking.  It all started with that shoe on the wall.  Oh wait, nope, wrong story.  Dr. Seuss wrote that one.  It all started with the girl getting pink eye and a cold, which trickled down to each one of us one by one.  Now, I’ve never experienced death, but I think it may have been touch and go for a bit.  I had to call the hubby to come home for part of the day because I was so bad off.  I can deal with a lot, so you know it’s bad if I had to call for reinforcement.  On top of all the sickness, we were getting company for a week, so needless to say, it was a disaster around here.  Hot dogs and frozen pizza for all!

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It rarely rains in the desert.  But when it does, the kids beg to jump in the puddles. There are seriously like two puddles to jump in when it’s done raining.  Now two puddles and three kids just begs for a fight.  Hence the reason this fella looks less than thrilled.

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He just had to taste the rain water.  Sure, why not kid.  I probably would’ve rushed the first one to the doctor to make sure she didn’t ingest any sort of germs, but with the third kid, we’ll call it a sip of water.  Heck, maybe he even ate some dirt.  We could call that lunch.

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Since we were less than productive for about a month, I figure it was about time to get the kids excited for Easter.  Growing up, one of my grandmas would always let us help her decorate an Easter tree.  This is probably the cheapest/easiest craft you could do.  It cost me a whopping $4.

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Step 1:  Cut branches from your tree in the backyard.

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Step 2:  Spray paint said branches white and let dry overnight.

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Step 3:  Place the branches in some sort of vase/bucket that is tall enough and sturdy enough.

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Step 4:  Have the kids decorate the tree with the Dollar Tree eggs and let the fighting begin because someone got to hang the green and yellow egg and they didn’t.

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And there you have it…an Easter Tree.  Clever, huh?