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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Free As A Bird

Oh if only today's WordArt were true... hehe. Just kidding. I don't wanna be free. I don't.... Convince me - ROFL!

See, I woke up this morning, BEFORE my alarm, because the kids had to come in and tell me THERE'S SNOW OUTSIDE!!!!! Sigh. Ok, snow outside.... I checked on Facebook (yeah, I go to facebook BEFORE the news...) and my friends were all saying that EPISD was closed for the day. No school. AND Ft Bliss was closed for the day too. Well, at least I could go back to bed!

So I tried to go back to bed, but the kids kept coming in, wanting to go outside. And I guess they finally did, because soon Jimmy came back in FREEZING. I snuggled with him to get him warmed back up, chatted with Captain America for a few minutes on Skype, and got up. And got the kids properly dressed for playing outside. Because it was like 7 degrees or something like that. Yeah FREEZING!

Oh yeah, and when I said that it had snowed, I meant about an inch. hehe. And all of El Paso shuts down. Jake was like, Why don't they buy snow plows. And I had to explain how we only get snow once every few years, and the tax payers don't wanna pay for snow plows to use only every few years. I don't know if he understood or not, but it made sense to me - hehe.

And then I really looked at the house. And yeah, it was SO messy! Take a look at Jim/Joe/Eme's room. Pitiful!

Yeah, we were DEFINITELY gonna have a "clean the house" day. I made the kids come inside at 10am, change clothes, get warm, and we started on chores. I had Jake and Tom clean the dining room, and Eme/Joe/Jim work on the living room. And I took the kitchen. I did a load of dishes, swept, and went through the cupboards. I rearranged the spice cupboard, and straightened up a few other cupboards. And felt REALLY good afterwords.

So I decided to make some cookies. See, I'd tried to make cookies last night, and got distracted. So I left the Brown Sugar and butter in the bowl, and got back to it today. And yeah, NOT a good idea in El Paso. Cause it's SO dry... Yeah, my brown sugar was a ROCK. NOT good... I tried to reconstitute it, but yeah, NOT working.

Looks like dog poop in a bag - hehe. I was SO concerned with getting it to useable again, until I realized that I could always get new brown sugar. Duh! hehe. So I got a new scoop, and made my dough.

See, SOOO much better!And then I decided WHY my cookies and things hadn't been working lately. I hadn't been wearing my apron! The second I put it on, EVERYTHING magically turned out! hehe. See, it IS lucky!

The cookies were SOOO good. Too good. I ate WAY too many. I just kept telling myself that they were small, so it wasn't so bad. hehe. Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies with pink frosting. OMHeavens! I put some sprinkles on them, and packaged up 2 dozen for Captain America's Valentines box, and the kids and I ate the other 6 dozen - wow, that sounds REALLY bad.... THEY WERE SMALL! hehe :)
You can find the recipe HERE.

And then at 11am, I had the kids clean their rooms. OMHeavens, they were ALL messy. The rest of the house was looking pretty good, though... I finally had to come and help Joe and Jim got their parts done. Eme was pretty good. Jake's room was by and far the cleanest. Tom's was the worst. But, they were all passable around lunch time.

I made mac n cheese and hot dogs for the kids, and had my cheese sandwich and cucumber. And too many cookies - hehe. I'll do better tomorrow, right?

Oh yeah, check out this NEW Herbal Tea I found. It's SO yummy!
I went outside with the kids in the afternoon, after rooms and chores were done, and walked the dog, and took pictures of the kids playing in the snow. And yeah, I can't get the memory card to download them onto my computer, for some reason.... So there's no pictures of the fun time in the snow.... Sigh.

We all came back inside relatively soon, because it felt like -2. Seriously. -2 degrees in El Paso! Warm cider all around, and I opened up electronics for the kids. Jake did school (yeah, he wasn't happy about that), and the kids took hour shifts on the laptops. Eme and Tom first hour, Joe and Jim 2nd hour. And I watched some Star Trek, Next Generation for a while, and designed. I ended up getting 5 WordArt packs done!

And then it was dinner time. I was supposed to make chili, but soup and biscuits sounded better. So I made soup. But see, the kids HATE soup. So I had to have a "gimick". I put a bunch of water in the pot, and added 2 packs of Basil, Garlic, and Tomato Marinade. I added chopped celery, and onion, and potatoes, and garlic. And then I took a lb of turkey sausage, and Tom and I rolled it into tiny little balls. And dropped it in the boiling water. And it made little tiny meat balls. And they LOVED it. Eme helped me make the biscuits. And then we all had dinner together. And back to the electronics they went.

I went into my room for an hour, and designed. And told the kids to not bother me - hehe. And then chatted with my mom for a bit. But then I heard the kids playing Just Dance 2. And yeah, it didn't take long before I'd put away what I was doing, and joined them. And I played from 7:30-10:30pm. HOLY CRAP! That was a LONG time to play - hehe. I have high score on all songs but one. Eme was getting more and more upset the longer I played, because I was beating ALL of her high scores. hehe. And as much as I wanted to feel bad, I didn't really - hehe. Sorry, Em!

I put the kids to bed at 10pm (yeah, no school AGAIN tomorrow...), and danced for a bit longer, finally turning it off at 10:30pm, and grabbing my computer. And here it is, almost 11:30pm, and I'm done blogging. And just need to host the wordart for tomorrow, and I'm done. And going to bed. Because 3 hours of Just Dance 2 can really wear a girl out! hehe.

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Very cool, Sharon! Lovin' the colors!!!


Unknown said...

Wow Bethany what a day x I am a mum of 5 too! and I certainly understand x Leigh x

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on Feb. 03, 2011. Thanks again.

Denise said...

Thank you!

deb said...

Great word art. I too would like to be "free as a bird." As for the snow, I'm still waiting for it in Pensacola!

Marilou said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

That tea looks and sounds scrummy! I love herbal and fruit teas!

Linda Sutton said...

Thanks so much.