Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fire Under Your Butt

I was helping the boys clean their room this evening. Gavin was messin' around, off in his own world, not helping his brother.

Then I did the unthinkable. I quoted my father. "Boy, I'm going to light a fire under your butt if you don't hurry!"

Gavin (age 4) burst into tears. "NO MOM! Please don't! I might DIE!"

Ooops. I felt horrible for scaring my baby but couldn't help but laugh at the whole situation.

First, the fact that that came out of my mouth. Then his literal translation. Ahhh...the joys of parenting.

Identical Twins

When the girls look at themselves in the mirror they say "Sissy!" or the other twins name. It's so cute. This has been going on for a few months now and I think they finally get that they look like one another.

I've always wondered what it would be like to have an identical twin. When I was younger I even wished I was one. I went as far to even make up this horrible story. It was a dark and stormy night and we were trying to scare my youngest sister Rebekkah...poor girl, it's a wonder she's not in therapy now. I was eleven and she was only five. I told her I had an identical twin sister, but she died long ago. Her name was Michelle. I even had a picture of myself standing by a mirror to prove this tall tale. I also told her not to mention it to Dad because he got really upset when he thought about his long lost daughter. Nice job covering my tracks, huh?

Oh, it gets worse.

I told Rebekkah that "Michelle's" ghost would come back and take over my body when it was a full moon....and yes, it just so happened to be a full moon the night I told her this story. Michelle was angry. Angry at the sisters who were still alive.

It was straight out of a Steven King novel. I fell onto the floor and started to have convulsions. Rebekkah came to check on me...only now I was Michelle. Don-don-don. <----that's my spooky music.
Me & Rebekkah...she looks like she has forgiven me, right?
Not my proudest big sister moment. I blame my actions on a combination of being from a broken home and a very dramatic child. *sigh* Not to mention I have an evil streak.
Sooo, my question to my readers....this is normal sibling behavior right? (please say yes) What mean things went on in YOUR house when you were a kid? I want to hear something juicy.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I get that little boys are "lucky" and can go to the bathroom almost anywhere.  It used to be cute how Gavin would drop his drawers and pee on any tree when the urge came.  Heck, it's better than peeing his pants, right?

Well this Momma has to draw the line. 

I'm afraid my second son will be known as #2 for a new reason.  Yup. That's right.  Gavin POOPED in our front yard!!  Oh, a mother has never been so proud. 

Seriously?!  I just don't get it.  What was he thinking??

He was busy playing with the neighborhood kids.  Ely was doing yardwork.  Gavin comes comes around the side of the house with his pants around his ankles headed for the front door.

"What are you doing?!"  Ely asked him.

"Going to wipe my butt." I need to look on the bright least he has the decency to WIPE! 

I'm afraid the poor guys reputation is shot.  Their is no way his older brother or the other neighborhood kids are going to let him live this one down.  He will be forever known as "the kid who pooped in his front yard and then got in trouble and had to clean it up in front of everyone"!

That should be punishment enough...right?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

US vs. France

This is the sign on the boys door to their room.  "NO BaB"  (no babies)
Last week I had a GREAT find at The Salvation Army....a $14 Thomas The Train Table!!  The boys have been having a blast playing with it.  Funny thing is, it's just the table.  Not all the trains, tracks, and bridges that some of their friends have. 

Just a table.

But according to them they have made it a country.  France to be exact.  The throw carpet in their room is the USA...everything in between is the ocean of course. 
They have set up a very elaborate stage.  Sadly the US and France are in war right now....and French are wooping butt.  Honestly, I don't think America has a chance.  The French army consists of Jedi's, dinosaurs, and Batman. 

Gavin's 4th birthday is next week and I thought about getting him a train set.  But why?  I love going into their room and seeing what their little minds have created.  They seem to be having fun without it!  Pure joy and imagination. 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

And the WINNER is...

Thank you to all who entered my 1st giveaway!
Hopefully there will be more to follow.

And the winner is...

Melony is a mother of SIX GIRLS!!  What a BEAUTIFUL family you have Melony!
How does she do it?  Well, check out her blogs...

Congrats Melony!  Email me at and I'll tell you how to claim your prize!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Zucchini-Raisin Muffins

We don't eat a lot of meat in our home for several reasons. Don't worry...I'm not going to get on my soap box and lecture you why....but if you want to learn more check out Food Inc. It seriously changed the way I feed my family.

I'm sure my kids would love it if I served PB&J everyday for lunch. But I have to get creative to keep me and the old man from getting bored.

Here is a great instead-of-sandwich muffin to throw in a lunch box with some yogurt and some fresh fruit. It sweet yet hardy. My boys beg me to make them. My husband prefers them for a quick breakfast.
Without further ado....Zucchini-Raisin Muffins

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup of wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup natural sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder **did you know that most baking powder has aluminum in it?! Go check the ingredients! Next time you go grocery shopping look for aluminum free baking powder!**
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of organic vanilla yogurt (I've used plain & vanilla...both turned out great...vanilla was obviously sweeter)
  • 2 tbsp of light veggie oil
  • 1 cup of firmly packed grated zucchini (I peel mine)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 350.

Combine first 6 ingredients in mixing bowl. Make a hole in the center of your dry ingredients and add yogurt & oil. Stir together until smooth. Stir in zucchini, raisins, and optional nuts.
Put in 12 muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes...or until tops are brown.
I got this recipe from if you want to browse some more yummy veggie recipes.

Let me know if you try them!!