Saturday, January 24, 2009
PS When we visit, could all of you who have moved away as well, please visit when we do:)?
After the Nativity we read the night before Christmas, set out our cookies and off to bed they go. Then I get our cinnamon rolls ready for the next morning. They are SO good. After we set everything out then off to bed we go ready for what the morning will bring us!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Hmmm, what are the chances of potty training a four month old???
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A few months ago around September, Jadeyn was ready and willing to potty train. I, however, wasn't. I know it sounds crazy, but I was VERY pregnant and I did not want her to revert back after the baby had come. So I put it off. I mean technically I guess she still did it herself. She did a very good job training herself by herself. I never once reminded her or asked her to go. Most mornings she woke up dry as well as after naps, although I did put diapers on her when she slept...I am not crazy! I have enough work to do around here other than clean up pee!
Anyway, now we are serious around here. I am ready to not change 4 diapers every second of my day. I am ready for a break, I am ready for a "raise"! Going from 4 kids into diapers to one kids in diapers, we could start a college fund!!!
I believe that the best way to train kids is let them decide when they are ready to be trained. That is what I did with Bennett and he did it all on his own and NEVER had an accident even at night. He was almost three, but as long as he trained that was all I cared about. So now with these kids I just waited till Cortland was ready since J has been ready for so long. So he is always wanting to be on the toilet now and Maddox has followed suit. We will have to see how serious he is about it, but every single time he gets on the toilet he squeezes it out! He is so cute! Anyway, we will see how it goes, and by the end of the night I will be sure to add some photos of our day!!!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
First let's just say that crock pot meals are really my best friends, because since I am a girl who likes to plan ahead I love that by noon the dinner is already on it's way to being done and yum! This meal was SUPER easy and SO good!
In a crock pot set on low add:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 fresh salsa
1 Tablespoon Cumin
6 ounces sprite
Add all and mix together. Bake for 5 hours. Shred chicken and keep warm till ready to use.
We made them into taco salads. I made taco salad bowls and added lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, the chicken and tortilla strips I just baked in the oven. SO good.
If you want it a little spicy use medium or hot salsa. We used mild. If you don't like sweet things don't use the whole 1/2 brown sugar. You can use whatever white soda and if you want to use diet that will work too. You could use the chicken and make it into tacos, or enchiladas, or nachos or burritos, which ever your little heart desires!
The best part of the meal to me was the recipe I found for Cafe Rios cilantro dressing! This stuff is SO UNBELIEVABLY good, but really really bad for you! But SO worth it. So we topped our salads with the dressing. We all loved it every single one of us devoured it! However, if you did not want to make this ranch would work perfectly.
The cilantro recipe
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (dry mix)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2- 1/3 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1/2 - 1 small jalapeno (remove seed)
1 cup mayo
1 tsp. lime juice
1-2 tomatillos (remove outer papery skin)
1 garlic clove
Blend all ingredients in blender!
See pretty easy, but pretty fattening. The only bad thing about this recipe is that is calls for items that I don't normally have in "stock". It is worth it to make an extra grocery trip though. You will not be sorry!
Stay tuned for more recipes to come. I have decided that I need to step up my menus and make things that are new to us!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
PS...We are officially growing it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you don't know we are pretty much Disney fanatics around here. We pretty much love everything Disney. Truly there is something just magical about everything they do. I love that my kids are big fans too!
It was so much fun. They were entertained the entire time. They each got a treat and we had some cotton candy, popcorn and Bennett got a snow cone. It was all so good, the show was amazing. I wish they would have showed more cars. The kids loved that. Little Mermaid was good too.
On a side note, on the way over there we told the kids we were going to see Mickey Mouse and they thought we were going back to Disney World! I wish! Funny thing is, I STILL have not posted about our Disney trip! How can that be. It was like 7 months ago! I am ashamed!
His second party was really fun too. This time I ventured out to make an Elmo cake along with Elmo invites. The invites looked pretty cute, the cake not a master piece, but he loved it and that is all that matters. I don't know why I even attempt to make cakes because I am NEVER satisfied and I am just embarrassed by the outcome, but as long as the child likes it then I am good. He got some great things at this party too. It is funny because in true Maddox fashion is was almost like he didn't like being the one in the spot light. Not like he was mad or not good, just indifferent and would not have minded if it were someone elses birthday. Everyone commented on how good he was at the twins party and didn't feel left out at all, but that is his personality. Just easy come easy go. Am I lucky or what!?!He got several outfits and an Elmo thing that you put together that he has loved, a bounce back racer which has been a hit around here, a little people garage, a scooter, rain boots and many more fun things. He had such a great time.