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Friday, December 4, 2009

Do I Look Like I Care?

Dang, 7am came WAY too early. Especially since I went to bed at 3am the night before. Definitely tired! I somehow managed to get my kids dressed, somewhat fed, ready, and out the door. I let Jake sleep in until 8ish, and I sat down on the couch to check my emails. It was fun looking through all the orders :) You guys rock!

It was a slow morning at home, and that was ok with me. I was still dragging. Oh yea! I forgot to tell you! So I started my diet on Monday morning, and I weighed 159.2 lbs. So, I weighed on Thursday morning, and I was 154.4 bls. That's almost 5 lbs!!! I'm SO winning the bet - LOL! It almost makes the "your body fat is being eaten away from the inside out" feeling worth it - LOL! Hunger pains suck. But you know, my stomach isn't growling, so I know mostly it's in my head. It's my body throwing a fit, wanting to make me eat things and amounts that I'm not supposed to. See here, body. I'M in charge, not you :)

I'm not sure what all we did in the morning, but it seemed to pass quickly. Andrea and I were texting and Skyping back and forth all morning long. AND, I got a shower. I know, miracle of miracles. See, I'd bought this cute new red scarf on Wednesday, and I wanted to wear it. SO, I had to take a shower and get all pret-ty!
And that sweater? Yep, it's the one that I bought for Eme yesterday at the Dollar Tree. hehehe. I just put a long sleeve white shirt under it, and it worked perfectly. The bracelet, earrings, and scarf were a dollar each. What a cheap outfit.... I LOVE it :)

So eventually it was lunch time, and I cooked the kids lunch, and Andrea came to pick me up, and we headed out on some errands. First errand? Lunch at Chick Fil A. Yeah, my kids got to eat lunch out yesterday, and I just sat and watched. It was my turn to eat - LOL! I got the Southwester Grilled chicken salad. Mmmmmm, tasty! I left off the dressing, and the croutons, and chips, and just ate the salad/cheese/tomatoes/carrots/salsa (with corn and beans- very small amount). It as quite tasty. And a soda, of course. Diet Dr Pepper. I've fallen off the No Caffiene wagon, I'm afraid. I think I can only change one bad habit at a time, and if I'm dieting, then I can't concentrate on the No Caffiene thing. Baby steps, right?

After lunch, we went to Vitamin World to get Captain Americas vitamins. He's found a MIRACLE cure for his on again off again breathing problems here in El Paso. Quercetin and bromelain. They're vitamins. He takes a certain combo of them 3 times a day, and has NO problems breathing. I'm SO glad he found something that works :) A lot of people have a hard time breathing in El Paso. BAD air.

After the mall (where Chick Fil A and Vitamin World were), we headed out on some errands. Andrea had to stop by the library, and return a few books, and pay a fine. I sat in the truck with the baby, since he'd fallen asleep. I had my MP3 player in my purse, so spent some time listening to Eclipse. Next, it was on to the Post Office. Again, sat in the truck with the baby and listened to Eclipse. I didn't mind at ALL! hehehe.

Finally, it was on to the commissary, so Andrea could get Birthday Candles for Sam's cake. We got home at 2:30pm, and I told her that I'd pick up the kids today so she had more time to prepare for the family birthday party. She seemed very grateful.

I went home to my kids for about 1/2 an hour, then took Jimmy and headed out to the school. It was a super cold day, for El Paso. After having SUCH hot weather all summer, I find myself freezing here when it gets below 60. I know, I'm a wimp, says you folks in the frozen north. Whatever! It's COLD here :)

We picked up Joe and Eme and Tom, and Ben. Sam was staying for Extra PE class, so we headed home. We found Hunter and Braxton (Leslie's kids) walking home, and picked them up as well. Can't let perfectly good seats in a warm truck on a cold day go to waste, right? LOL!

I dropped off Leslie's kids at her house, then Ben at Andreas house. She showed me Sams cake, which was really fun! Great job, mom! I like it :)

I came home, and got the kids a snack, and made them do their chores, and went and laid down in my room with Jimmy. I was SO tired. I ended up sleeping from 4-5:15, and Jimmy too. I got up, and snuck out of the room. I had to make cookies for the Pack meeting, which started at 6:00pm. Crap. I should have got up a few minutes earlier. But the nap felt SOOO good :)

So, I had a package of chocolate chunks in the cupboard, so I decided to make chocolate chip cookies. Remember when I complained that I didn't know how to make them that looked pretty? Well, a few of you emailed me with your recipe, and I picked on of you, Mandi, and tried her recipe. OMGosh, they were fantabulous! Girl, I LOVE that recipe :) Here it is :

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter

Cream together for 2 minutes.

2 eggs
1 TBLS. vanilla

Beat for 5 more minutes

3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 pkg. chocolate chips

Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes

They will look not done at 10 min. don't over cook. I really think it makes a difference to cream the ingredients for that amount of time. Hope they work out for you. Have fun making them! Mandi.

So, I followed the instructions to a tee, and guess what? Fabulousness. Seriously. Check out the pic that I took of them.

They were perfect. All the way done, soft, gooey, no burnt parts, no thinning and crispy parts. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks again, girl! You ROCK!

Captain America called, and wanted me to bring his scout uniform to the pack meeting. He was leading it, so needed to be in uniform, and didn't have time to come home. Jim was still asleep, so I asked Jake if he minded staying home. He said he wanted to get online and play with the Uncles, anyway. I was SO glad that I didn't have to wake up the sleeping child - LOL :)

So Joe, Eme, and Tom and I headed out to the pack meeting. Dang, it was cold. Winter jackets were definitely in order. We got there, and Captain America was already there, and a ton of other parents too, just not the one with the key. LOL!

We finally got in, and got started. I have SO much fun at Cub Scouts because Andrea comes too. We have such a great time together :) Captain America led the Pack Meeting, and did a great job. Good job, honey! I'm proud of you! Here's Joe getting a bead.

After the pack meeting, the kids all gorged themselves on cookies (yeah, there was a TON of cookies), then we all loaded up (my family and Andreas), and headed out to McDonalds for Ice Cream. And it was snowing. What? I thought it was supposed to be in the 60's right now. This is DEFINITELY not in the 60's. Definitely.

Andrea stopped by her house and picked up Sam (who didn't come to the pack meeting), and I stopped by my house to pick up Jim and Jacob. Jim was awake, and I thought they'd have fun at McDonalds.

We got to McDonalds, and since the kids just got a hot dog for dinner, I decided to give them a choice of McDonalds food. They could have one item. The kids from the pack meeting could NOT choose ice cream, since all of the cookies. The ones that stayed home (although they did get a cookie in the truck on the way to McDonalds) could choose ice cream.

Eme and Jim picked a hamburger. Jake and Tom picked a McChicken. Joe wanted a parfait, and I got one for Jimmy too, since he'd just woken up, and missed his hot dog. Me? I hadn't had time to fix dinner since I woke up so late from my nap (yes, 15 minutes is SO late from my nap, thank you very much. I run a tight schedule, don't ya know!), so I ordered a side sald. And 2 McDoubles. I took off the buns, and the cheese, and dabbed all the grease out of the burger, and sherdded 3 of the 4 patties over my salad. There's my protein, and my veggies. Close enough, right? And an apple. Captain America had brought me one from home. What a sweet man.

Here's Andrea and I at McDonalds. I think my phones camera was dirty. Cause it was really blurry :)

Andrea and Captain America and I sat around and chatted, while the kids terrorized McDonalds. Luckily there weren't very many people there. It had started snowing a lot harder. When we first got there, the kids ran to the playland, but within 5 minutes they closed it, because it was snowing harder. And Jim and Joe had TAKEN OFF THEIR SHOES!!! What? In an outside playland in the snow. Sigh. So I moved them all inside.

We left, and came home, and Captain America went back to work. Poor guy. Works so hard :) I put the little kids to bed, and read them a story. I said that I was gonna read them "The Red Carpet", but Jimmy wanted "The Small Pig". I found another story that I hadn't read yet, and wanted that one. Jimmy said "OK, mom, I'll read "The Small Pig" to you!".

So, he sat down, and opened up the book, and seriously, started reading it. OK, so it wasn't really reading. He'd memorized the words from his dad telling him the story. He even used the same silly voices that his dad used. Like the SSSSSSSsssss of the snake, and the "Southern Belle" accent of the Farmers Wife. I stopped him after 3 pages, and ran for the video camera. Luckily, he felt like playing along, and started over.

I capture the WHOLE thing on tape. 5 minutes of him "reading" his favorite story. It was precious. I'm in the process of uploading it, and will link it here when it's done. He's SO precious!

I sent Joe and Eme and Jake to bed after that, and sat down at my computer to do something productive. I kept getting distracted with things like Happy Aquarium and Happy Pets (or whatever it's called), but did get a bit of work done.

Captain America got home at 10:30pm, and wanted to park the car in the garage. I went out to help him rearrange the junk so that the car would almost fit. We moved it, then he dusted off the thick layer of snow blanketing his car, and we pulled it in. If fit! But just barely. hehehe. It'll be nice for him to get in the car in the morning and be able to quickly go to work, rather than dealing with scrapping off all the snow.

I showed him the Jimmy video, and my "these balls are huge" photo and story from yesterday. He laughed and laughed. He said it reminded him of an old AC/DC song, Big Balls, and, of course, had to find the video on YouTube for me to watch. Too funny :) So that, of course, launched us into video after video of AC/DC. Blast from the past for Captain America - hehehe.

So here it is, 12:30am, and I'm tired. And I still have to design. And it's still snowing. I wonder if they'll delay school again, or just cancel it? That would be nice. A LONG weekend would be nice :) We'll see. It's supposed to snow up till 5am. And here I thought I lived in Sun City - ROFL!

Ha! I'm getting fast! This one was done in 9 minutes :) Designed, saved, and preview made. See, I'm lightning fast again! Even tired - LOL! I guess I'm feeling frisky, cause here's an attitude WordArt for you all!

Click on the links below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks!


Denise said...

I haven't said anything before but now my mommy brain is yelling at me to say it - YOU AND ANDREA LOOK LIKE SISTERS! There! I said it! My best friend and I look very much alike so when people ask if we're sisters, she'll say no and I say "Yes, but she just doesn't claim me."

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on Dec. 04, 2009. Thanks again.

Mandi said...

Love your post!! you look Fabulous, LOVE the scarf and outfit. You know how to dress and get a bargain. I'm so glad you LOVED the cookies and I'm glad you posted the recipe. It's the best one ever that i have found. Those look so yummy i might have to make them tonight. mmm. i'm salivating. :)

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 04 Dec [LA 02:00pm, NY 05:00pm, UK 10:00pm] - 05 Dec [OZ 09:00am]).

Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Bev said...

Thanks for the freebie, it fits my teenage son so well!

Crissie said...

Bethany, you are so wonderful! You share so many great freebies and from reading your posts, I feel like I've known you forever.
LOVE that cute sweater and scarf and I must try my hand at those cookies!
Have a great day!!

kc71595 said...

I watched your video of Jimmy 'reading' :) That is SO adorable! I wish I had thought of recording when my son, who is now 13, used to 'read' Freight Train. They grow up SO fast! That video will definitely be something to treasure. Thanks for sharing. Made me sit and smile for a full 5 minutes! :)