Monthly Archives: May 2010

I heart Primer!


We’ve been preparing to repaint the kitchen all this week. We took the drawers out and the doors off of the cabinets, washed all of it, sanded all of it, washed the sawdust off all of it and then primed everything.  Phew! Now we can enjoy Memorial Day weekend and avoid feeling like lazy poop-sticks!

While I was priming I discovered I have an overwhelming love of primer. I know, weird, but let me explain. There stains in and on the kitchen cabinets that no matter how hard I tried, I could not scrub off. The stains made everything look so dirty and unpleasant. I was starting to feel like maybe moving into the house was a mistake….

Then I started priming! We bought the heavy duty, oil based primer that will kill and block stains (and apparently odors). And boy, did that stuff work. As I watched all of those yucky stains disappear under a thick coat of primer, relief flooded over me. It was such a wonderful feeling to see dirty old cabinets transform into a type of clean white canvases. So, there you go, I heart primer!

Except. . . .when my toes are stuck together with primer. No joke, I couldn’t pull them apart! (I had a close up but my toe hair was too gross! But I might as well have posted it since I told you about it.)

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

So much love,



A Bit of a Break


So, this is definitely one of those “umm, I should probably post” entries.  And really it should be titled making excuses because that is essentially what I am about to do. I just wanted to give you readers a heads up, in case you haven’t notice. I probably won’t be blogging as much, or at least not as consistently as I have been.

Why you may ask? (Here come the excuses)

Well frankly…because I am exhausted. I don’t know how the couple from Young House Love do it!

Brian and I have started working on our house. We started with the kitchen this week. We are just repainting, but geez louise! There is so much work. I will give the details another time.

Oh, and the other reason that I am so exhausted? Umm, I have a baby. Yeah. When we get done for the day we don’t come home and take a bath and sleep for the rest of the day. Nope. Sure don’t. We shower and then play with Elizabeth, make dinner, feed her, bathe her, change a diaper or two and then put her to bed. Then once she is off to bed, then we get to relax or just go to bed.

So there you have it. If you  miss me, well here is my excuse. And if you don’t miss me. . . well, just keep it to yourself and go read another blog! Did I mention I was tired.

Here is a sneak preview of the before pictures:This is the kitchen. And yes, we are getting rid of the poop smeared look.

And that is the baby. She loves to play in the cabinets!



How did my butt ever get this big?


There used to be a point where I would unashamedly wear a swimsuit:There was also a time when I would wear my favorite prom dress:There was a point where I felt confident enough to show off mt shoulders:There was even a time, unbelievable as it seems now a days, when I would wear SHORTS:(I’m in the blue shirt/black shorts, front left)

And now…well let’s just say there is a reason, I don’t like to post pictures of myself. But here I am:I hate this picture; it is the worst but the most honest look at my ridiculous weight-gain.

Since Summer is just about here, I figured now would a great time to try and get rid of that baby weight as well as all of that I-love-chocolate-and-bread-too-much weight.

Here are my top 10 reasons to lose weight.

  1. I’m in love with food. Actually, I have decided to keep being a foodie and to continue my baking habit, I need to start some kind of exercise routine. If I am going make all kinds of sweets and rich foods, I need a way to burn off all those extra calories! Cathy of the blog, Noble Pig writes that she walks “5.2 miles a day just to be able to chow-down on fattening food while maintaining a normal weigh.” I think I will need to work up to that.
  2. I would really like to fit down a normal slide! When we take Elizabeth to the park, I have to wedge myself down the slide carefully because my butt gets clogged in the tube. And let me tell ya, if it’s a hot day, you don’t want your butt stuck in a slide.
  3. Eventually, sometime in the distant future, Hubby and I would like to have another kid. I have got so shed some pound-age before I start that whole process again. During my first trimester, the only thing I could stomach for breakfast was chocolate milk and doughnut holes. Then in the third trimester I was hungry every second of everyday. I would just go stand in the kitchen wondering what I could eat. Needless to say, starting out at this weight could produce disastrous proportions.
  4. I would like to wear shorts again.
  5. I would like to wear a swimsuit again. (Not including boy length shorts)
  6. I think my body would say thank you. My poor ankles, knees and back are really feeling the pressure of all this extra weight. I am pretty sure at 23, I shouldn’t have chronic back pain.
  7. I know my mind would say thank you. I beat myself up every time I look in the mirror. I avoid full-length mirrors. I hate the way everything looks. Looking in the mirror and not wanting to Photo Shop my body into oblivion would be quite refreshing.
  8. I’m at risk for Diabetes. My mom has it and my brother was, at one time, diagnosed with borderline diabetes. I also had gestational diabetes. If I don’t want to end up sticking myself with a needle everyday, I should probably take some action.
  9. I live in Oklahoma. Has anyone ever noticed how freakin’ hot it gets in Oklahoma? Well I have. I would like to dress in such away that I would not become a blubbery sweat-covered mess. I would like to stop dressing like a Puritan because I am ashamed of my thunder thighs, thick calves, flabby arms and poochy tummy.
  10. I love my husband. I love Elizabeth. I love my friends and my family. I want to be alive to love them. I also want to set a good example for my daughter so she doesn’t fall into the same problem that I did. I want to be healthy for the people I love and for myself.

In reality, this post was probably more for myself than you readers. But I hope if any of you are struggling that you know I am right there with you. This is my way of committing to being healthier and losing weight. I hope I will have some positive results to show you. (Although they won’t be as extreme as The Biggest Loser!)


I love my job!


Okay, so do you remember the “Sleep Must Happen” series? It was that traumatizing phase of development where Elizabeth decided she could NOT possible go to sleep on her own, much less with out holding my face? Do you remember this, because I do! I remember feeling like I would never get any work done again. I thought either Elizabeth or I would have to give up a normal bedtime. Either she would have to go to sleep after I finished my homework or I would have to go to sleep at 8pm instead of 11pm. I thought I could never handle her crying it out for less that seven minutes. I thought I would hate myself forever for making her learn to go to sleep on her own. Most of all, I knew something had to change for life to stop being a stressful vortex of procrastination and late assignments.

Do you remember the conclusion to series? It started with one hysterical night where Elizabeth was refusing to go to sleep and I was crying and Brian was desperately trying to drag me to the car so we could drive around and get her to sleep. (I don’t know if I shared those gruesome details or not..) We drove around for two hours. While we drove we talked, argued, deliberated and decided how we were going to fix this problem.

The solution: We enacted a brand new bedtime routing. The routine included a wind down time followed by a bath. Then we went to the bedroom to finish drying off and put on pajamas. Upon arrival in the bedroom, soothing music would be playing and the lights would be low. Then we would hold her and cuddle her. Then it was bedtime. We put her down and slipped out of the bedroom.  She would have to go to sleep on her own.

The plan worked beautifully! Now we do that, sometimes leaving out quiet time or bath time, sometimes adding a snack, sometimes cuddling for an extra few minutes. She is out within a few minutes every night.

Of course we aren’t militant monsters. If she had a rough day or doesn’t feel good we are flexible. We take care of her physical and emotional needs first. And once in a while, if she wants to stay up late and cuddle while we watch a kid friendly movie we let her.

So that was the end of that story…….

Tonight though, I had a flashback to the holding my face days. Only tonight the moment was precious.

I was in bed taking a nap. It was getting close to her bedtime. (Yes, I know, taking a nap around her bedtime is probably silly, why don’t I just go to bed early?) She came into the bedroom and climbed into bed with one of her favorite books. She had be read her book. Then she laid on my shoulder and put her arm under my head. I loved on her and she cuddled with me. I tickled her face and arms. She was surrounded by three lovies (favorite stuffed animals) and chose to cuddle with me. She eventually fell asleep snuggled right next to me.

I stayed with her for  awhile but then I was successfully able to carry her to bed without waking her up. Well, she woke up once, looked at me and went back to sleep.

I love my job!

Now, doesn’t that just make you stick you bottom lip out and think (or say) one of those extended “awwwwwwwww”s?

Sweet dreams!


Crayon Cookies


Elizabeth really loves to color. The problem though, is that she also likes to eat the crayons. And by eat I mean, break the tips off in  her mouth and scare mommy and daddy.

So, we needed a solution….

I took all of her crayons and made them into four of those little circular crayons. I’m sure this is all over the internet, but here is my version.

Most people do this to recycle all of their used and broken crayons. Not me, I used essentially new crayons. First step: Gather your crayons and strip them down. Don’t be fooled this can be harder than it looks. For example, this yellow crayon took me a full five minutes, which can feel like an eternity when you are just stripping a crayon.

I finally decided there had to be a better way…There is! Just soak the crayons in some water for a few seconds. The paper peels right off. Since the crayons are wax, it doesn’t do anything to them. Notice the tiny shreds of crayon paper.Some people just mix up the crayons to make “tie-dye” crayons, but that would drive me crazy. So I put similar colors together. I had to combine colors because I didn’t have enough of each color.

Once you fill up your muffin pan, put it in the oven at like 250°F or something and check it every five minutes or so. You can set the temperature higher or lower and heat the crayons for longer or shorter. I really don’t think it make that big of a difference. If you set the temperature really high, though, you should probably check on them often. I can imagine boiling crayon wax is not an idea. (Also, you don’t have to worry about your muffin pan, since crayons are non-toxic. )Pull them out of the oven when they are all melty and liquified. Then let them cool. Once they are cool, turn the muffin pan over and they should fall out, eventually. Or you can kind of twist your muffin pan (slightly) and that helps them pop out.

And voilà, you have cookie-shaped crayons!And yes, I realize the inherent flaw in trying to get Elizabeth to stop eating crayons by making them shaped like cookies!


Ambrosia Hollow: A Fresh Start


I feel the need to warn any faithful readers. This blog will be taking a detour over the next few months. I will still be posting recipes and fun stories about Elizabeth, but there will soon be a new element.

Friday morning, Brian and I put a deposit down on a house. Okay, so don’t wet your pants yet. We are just renting the house. But we have lived in apartments for the past four years. (Minus three months of hell in a country house-a whole other story for a whole other post). So to be renting a house is a much needed change.

My blog will most definitely feel the effects of this change as I document the way we turn a comfy little room-mate inhabited house into a cohesive and soothing place we call home.

We are only renting so there won’t be any wall knocking out or over-haul type work, but why should we make this any less of home just because we don’t own the place?

I am thrilled to have found this wonderful place. The house is exactly what I wanted. It is spacious and has lots of window which tons of natural light! The set up is almost perfect. I could write a sonnet!

If the place isn’t great enough, apparently the current tenants, who were a blast to meet and hang out with while they showed us the house, call the house Ambrosia Hollow! Brian’s not to hip on the name, but I think it captures the essence of what this house will hopefully be for me. Ambrosia was said to be the food of the gods, brought to them by doves, a divine exhalation of the earth. We looked at so many houses that just weren’t going to work. There was one that we thought would be absolutely perfect but the owner picked another couple over us. So we feel like this is the house God is providing for us and we love it.

My hope is that this house will be a breath of fresh air to me. There is so much space and light. I really haven’t stopped thinking about it since we put down the deposit. I can’t wait to get started making this house our home!

You can look forward to

  • pictures of the house before we do anything
  • pictures of our work and progress
  • after pictures of each room
  • funny stories-because Brian and I will both willingly admit we have no idea what we are doing
  • after pictures compared to the before pictures once it’s all done
  • lots of references to the amazing blogs I am learning from like: Young House Love and Making it Lovely
  • a wonderful journey

Keep reading!


p.s. Sorry for the mini-hiatus. It has been busy.

First Boo-boo!


I know I must be a weird parent. We went to the park this morning and Elizabeth played with her best-ie Joan. After Joan and her mommy left we went for a walk. Now, when I say walk I mean Elizabeth walked off (sort of ran) and we followed her. At one point, in the process of running away from us, she fell down. This happens all the time but today it was different.

She skinned her knee!

She got her first real boo-boo today and you know what my reaction is? Not concern or worry(okay, obviously I was little concerned and worried, but that wasn’t my primary reaction),  no, I felt proud. What is that about? I guess it comes from the fact that I know she is such a trooper. I feel the same way every time I see her scar from the surgery she had when she was two days old.

I remember the doctors tried to comfort me and tell me that the scar would become almost invisible. I was thinking okay whatever. I was actually a little disappointed that she won’t always have it to remind her of how strong she is. That scar represents so much to me: like how she only cried during one procedure, when they pulled out her chest tube, out the many procedures she endured.

And so when she got this beauty,I knew that she would be okay. And of course, she was, after a tearful drive home and some lovin’.

I am thrilled that she is turning into such a brave, beautiful and strong girl. See, she is even poking it. I like to imagine her telling herself that the pain is only in my mind.

A couple of band-aids later and she was doing great.

I know it’s a strange milestone but that’s how we roll…or parent.

That’s my girl-y. Love her.


Southwest Turkey Burgers (1)


Summer is creeping closer and with it comes our favorite summer meal:

Southwest Turkey Burgers and fries!

The recipe is from Cook Yourself Thin, but I kinda do my own thing and make do with what I have.

Admire the grill pan! (an early mother’s day gift)



And for dessert….STRAWBERRIES!

This meal is so easy and great alternative to your normal burger! So yummy.

Southwest Turkey Burgers and Fries

  • Pre-heat the oven-425ºF
  • Slice up your sweet potatoes (and normal potatoes if your hubby doesn’t like sweet potatoes).
  • Throw them in a bowl with some olive oil and your choice of spices. (salt, chili powder, garlic powder and lime is yummy)
  • Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes. Don’t forget to stir them every 10 minutes or so (that way they don’t stick to the pan).

While they are cooking:

  • Mash ground turkey and a can of green chiles all together (I mean take the green chiles out of the can).
  • Make patties (refrigerate the patties for a few minutes, especially if you are putting them on the outside grill!)
  • Cook those patties on a grill pan or outside grill.
  • Assemble with avocado, tomato, lettuce and etc.

Strawberries are just cut up and sprinkled with sugar. Then leave them in the fridge while you eat dinner.

Easy Pea-sy Recipeasy!

What is your favorite summer recipe?


Finals Week Remix


Okay, so I took a personal week. Sorry. I had a number of essays, projects and finals with which to deal. I have one more final exam tomorrow (technically today) morning. Then I have a portfolio of poems to turn in by Friday.

Almost. Done.

Then the summer will officially begin with a whole new set of problems. (like finding a nice place to live. . . .that isn’t an apartment)

Sweet scented Iris blooms from the farmers market added a splash of color and relaxation to our busy week.

Nerd-E is ready for the studious week ahead! (The glasses actually go with a build-a-bear.)

Elizabeth and Daddy are hanging out on the porch, being silly of course.

I love her lovin’!

My little bathtub artist is so inspired.Her final piece.

We are chilling on an off day. Its early and we are still in our jammies.

There was more to our week like studying, running errands and feeding the ducks at Theta pond, but this is what we captured in pictures. Maybe we will get some cute pictures of feeding the ducks next time.

This week marks the end of the school year, but watch out Summer, because here we come!

What do you have planned for this summer?