Monday, January 27, 2014

And so it gooooooooees and so it gooooooooooes!

The boys are napping. Ned is trying to Nap.  And by trying I mean he is laying down in bed and being quiet.  He is such a good little boy.  He is following the nap rules. Lay down, be quiet try and go to sleep.  After a while if he hasn't napped, (about an hour or so) I will let him get up.  As long as he has tried.

We had a weird week last week because Milton was traveling. He was out of town for a couple of nights. Everything went well despite my paranoia that he was going to get a migraine in California.  But he didn't. And everything was just peachy.  Except that we missed him. :)

The boys are being cute as ever. Quinten has decide that he must climb anything and everything.  he climbs the chairs in primary and priesthood.  He pushed a toy dump truck over to the couch today and used it to climb onto the couch. I thought that was pretty smart of him.  We have had to move all the chairs to the wall in the kitchen and bungee cord them together so that I don't have to worry abuot him on the table.  so far its only after meals that he gets up there.  I don't understand the excitement. Maybe its just different toys up there? Today I found him playing with a plastic spoon and Ned's bowl of leftover yogurt.

Speaking of yogurt, did you know how easy it is to make?  So easy. Instructions here

Monday, January 13, 2014


Last Friday I had an interesting thing happen. 

I  had a bad morning. Ned did stuff, Quinten whined, Nolan was a sweet boy.  And then Milton came home.  I told him about it and whined about it for a second. But then I had a thought come to me.  I looked at Milton and said, I know I am all whiney about my morning. But I just have to tell you how happy I am.  I love my kids. I love you.  I love our life right now. We have our challenges. But thats just life.

Its true. Life is hard. But I get to go through the challenges with the ones I love most.
Its nap time right now.  Ned is sleeping for once and to change it up, one of the boys isn't.  I can hear him on the monitor.  I'm going to give him a few more minutes and then, well, I don't know. I'll figure it out when it gets to that. Who ever it is has quieted down now, so maybe, just maybe....

Milton finished his meds a few days ago and over the next month we'll see if he has any more migraines.  The doc says the meds will be in his system for around a month after he quits taking them.  so it could be a quiet month.  We'll see.   He has made quite a few changes in the past few months. He has dropped 50+ lbs, and we have changed some habits. We don't eat out very often anymore.  When we do we go to a local Thai place and get dishes with lots of veggies.  Here is our favorite meal:

Strawberry Goat cheese wraps.

Sliced strawberries
Salad (the good stuff, not iceburg.  we like the spring mix at Costco)
sliced almonds
crumbled goat cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
chicken (cut into bite sized pieces)

Marinate your chicken for about 30 min in some of the vinaigrette
Get a small pan, put your almonds in there. Let them get a little toasted and then add some sugar and a small pinch of salt.  Let the sugar melt and coat the almonds.  Make sure they are all coated.  Remove from heat.
Get your salad and drizzle the vinaigrette on it. toss and make sure that the salad is somewhat coated.
Cook your chicken until its done.

Get one tortilla, microwave for about 15 seconds.  this makes it more bendable.
Put a layer of salad on it.
 Add a layer of strawberries, almonds, goat cheese, and chicken.  did I forget anything? If so, add that too.

Put the ingredients on in whatever order you like.

Now roll it.  With practice you'll get better.  Just watch the last 20 seconds of this video for how to - (seriously, I only watched the last 20 seconds or so, so watch the first part at your own risk :) )

Anyway, our family is doing well.  Yes we have our challenges. But we are working together and trying to stay sane. 

Cecilee is working hard at school and loves it. She is such a good student.

Mia is still a worry for me since she is at school more for the social than the learning.  She is getting to be a very good helper and being more responsible, so that makes us happy.

Ned is a quick learner. He is also a pleaser though. so while he gets into things, he is starting to learn some of the rules.  some days aren't great (he got into the lotion today and spread it all over his brother, the couch, the carpet, the Kinect, etc.  And dumped out the dirty laundry several times) but he is so sweet and innocent. he is just exploring.  He also just wants to help and have a job of his own.  I love when he helps. He is also very helpful when his brothers are getting into stuff. He comes and tells us. 

The boys are great. They explore and love following Ned around. 

I'm doing great. Finally getting to where I feel a LITTLE less out of control and like life is resuming a normal feeling.  I have a list of stuff to do that is as long as my arm, and an even longer list of stuff I would LIKE to do. 

A nice thing that happened this month is that we remodeled a little in our front room.  There were some doors, we moved them around. We bought some great used furniture, etc. Now we have a room that is being better used and looks like a million bucks!

One project (almost) down! Just have to paint, and repair a cheap couch.  but we'll get there.