Saturday, January 30, 2010

Whatever works

Wish I could get as excited as they do about vacuuming!
Looks like we have found a new chore for the boys :)

Turning over a new leaf in discipline and got a good pep talk from a friend who has been through the struggles of raising two most wonderfully strong willed but sweet boys. She even came over last night in sub zero temps when I was in my PJ's and had no makeup on (I warned her not to be frightened) offering to bring cookies. What a woman. My goals are consistency and to not let Baylor have too many freedoms. He is a very strong willed child and is pushing his limits by walking all over me. I'm the boss and his behavior will not be tolerated. This is what they call tough love isn't it?

Happy weekend, enjoy the sun (even if isn't not shining where you are!)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Parenting for Dummies

If only it were that easy. I simple reference manual for us parents telling us what to do. With chapters such as What to do when your child refuses to put their clothes back on and Screaming, tantrums and defiance: what to do when your child won't listen. This has been such a challenging week from a parenting standpoint. I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that we have not been able to get out of the house and therefor have a lot of pent up aggression. Aggression with the boys towards each other and aggression from me towards my kids. I know everyone has bad days and frustrating days, but it seems like every single day this week has been more challenging than the next. The boys have been fighting constantly, talking back, being defiant and not listening along with obeying to say the least. I feel like since they are with me ALL THE TIME, they feel like they don't have to listen to me any more. I feel like such a failure when this happens. I know that parenting is an adventure to say the least but this adventure isn't turning out the way I want.

So I will try and try again.

Going to read my manual now.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

At least he's practicing!

How do you discipline this? He's practicing writing his letters (sure they're upside down, but not to him!)

"Baylor your E looks great....please don't write on yourself!"

If this keeps him interested in reading and writing, I'm game.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Today is Wednesday.

These are my new bowls. You know you're getting old when you start getting excited about cooking utensils for your birthday. You should have seen our old nasty stained white (kind of) plastic bowls. These even have little rubber bottoms so they don't slip when you mix in them. I'm in love.
This is a photo I took of a block. I also took about 15 other photos of different toys in the house that reside in different containers. I then made labels with big words (for Baylor) and photos of the toy that is inside the box (for Brody) Hopefully this will aid in the picking up process, because I'm fairly certain I am doing it all myself sometimes!
And here we have our homemade bird feeder made with two wooden spoons (also used for "panking") a two liter bottle and bird seed. We have been digging for projects to do inside since we have been stuck here for what seems to be a lifetime. I hung it up on a tree outside that we could see from the window. So far the only thing that's eaten off of it is our friend Hammy the jumpy squirrel. He's in big trouble.
Finally, we have a birthday photo of me and crazy smile Baylor. It's a tradition that I get a bottle of Keri Lotion on my birthday. My name is common but the spelling isn't. So my dad always gets me this for my birthday, just in case I forget how to spell my name. It's happened before.

Now on to the facts:

Today is Wednesday.
Today Brody will not have taken a nap in a week.
Today it's snowing.....again.
Today marks 51 days until spring, 144 days until summer and 331 days until Christmas.
Today Baylor took his clothes off to go number two.....again.
Today I got a birthday card from my sister in law Christina who is going to have a baby soon! I'm going to be an aunt and I can't wait.
Today I ate the last of the Christmas chocolate and contemplated moving on to the baking chocolate.
Today is hump day. Not sure how I feel about this name yet. It might rank right up there on my list of words I do not like along with moist, crevice and uvula.
Today I am super sore from doing a kettlebell workout with my new kettlebell weights.
Today I painted my nails red. I'm a nail biter and have been trying really really hard to grow them out. I'll probably end up chewing the polish off.
Today I was so thankful that Baylor and Brody BOTH stayed in bed (after one minor pee/kiss/check at midnight) last night.
Today I went to Bible Study Fellowship and God really taught me a lot.
Today is Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bedtime battles the saga continues

Oh how I have been in a funk these last few days. The sun has not showed it's beautiful glowing face until today after a week of gloom and doom. The boys have been fighting non stop and Brody hasn't taken a nap in a week which means evening melt downs. I have been super grumpy and just plain down. We have also been having sleeping issues with Baylor EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. I am beginning to feel like I have a newborn again with the amount of time that he is up. They begin the night fine but then around midnight Baylor wakes up screaming and saying he is scared, thus waking up his brother and freaking him out too. After finally calming him down, he insists on one of us (usually me) sleeping with him (a big no no) Then starts crying all over again. After he FINALLY falls asleep he usually wakes up again at around 4 and comes into our room asking to get in bed because he is scared (also another no no) By this time, I am so out of it and exhausted that I say yes (which is also a no no) I am grumpy and tired every morning and angry at Baylor. He is also grumpy and angry and that makes for very long days. He is 4.5 and needs to learn how to sleep with his brother.....alone....until the morning. I need help. Help! Advice? Getting desperate.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Clutter rules

*Deep breath in.......and out* Whew! It's Monday. We're alive. I'm one year closer to 30. I got to work out this morning. I also ate a piece of chocolate for breakfast. Score.
First of all, I want to thank you for all the birthday wishes and cards and goodies. I have some amazing family and friends that love me! I felt truly blessed on my birthday! I also gained the 10 lbs back that I lost being sick thanks to Coldstone Creamery, my mother's cooking and my boys who bought me a box of chocolates! EEK!

Secondly, I was taking a shower (yes, at do what you have to do) and giving my legs a long overdue shave and looking at all of the bottles of shampoo and soap and body wash and face scrub and shaving cream and face mask that reside in our shower. I hate clutter. I am allowed to use that word (hate) because I truly believe that clutter is bad. You don't want to end up being defined by your, "stuff " or ultimately having people not want to come to your house because they feel overwhelmed by things. Simple is good. I believe that it starts to take over your life when you least expect it. I'm fortunate enough to be married to someone who also does not appreciate clutter either. We have clutter rules in our house and I thought I'd share them so maybe you can clean out some of the clutter in your house and feel good about it. Some people have a hard time letting go of certain things (as do I ) but just think of the want and need rule. Do you really NEED it, or are you just holding on to it because you want to? If you thought I was a nerd before, wait until you read these :) Here are some of our rules.

1. What little mail we get goes right into the recycle bin, bill pile or garbage right away. That way it doesn't stack up. File things that need to be filed and move on. If you know you're not going to read it, seriously....throw it away. Lots of little papers all over the place equals lots of big piles of crap later.
2. Things to be donated to Goodwill or the local clothes closet go in a bag or a bin that is easily accessible. We usually go once every two weeks with a big bag of stuff to donate. Some rules for donating things:
a. If you haven't worn it in over 1 year it needs to go. You won't wear it again. I promise. If you keep holding on to your, "fat jeans" then you give yourself the out to actually, "get fat" again. That doesn't go for pregnancy stuff though.
b. If toys are broken or missing pieces that make them not playable, then they get tossed. If the boys have out grown them or simply do not enjoy them, we donate them.
c. Donate books that you enjoyed reading but know you won't read again. Keep the ones you read often or go back to find certain useful things. Let someone else enjoy the book instead of holding on to it. This goes for cookbooks, DVD's and CD's too. Those are easily transferred to computer or iPod and then you can re-sell or donate.
d. Give toys, books or clothes to families you know will use them. We love giving them to people we actually know and will appreciate them.
3. It is true to have a few good things for storage and emergencies but you have to draw the line somewhere, especially if you don't have storage space. We don't have a garage and very little storage space, so I get to use this excuse when getting rid of stuff. Do you really need 15 bottles of lotion and 25 hairbrushes? I think not. Do not get in the mindset, "oh, I'll use this someday...." that will get you into trouble.
4. Go through each room of the house one day at a time. Start small and think big. Keep things you actually use. Sort through, toss and organize the things you use often. We also keep a basket at the bottom of the stairs for things that need to go up and misplaced items. That way they can get put back where the came from. Things need a place to live. Shoes need a home, balls need a home and paintbrushes need a home. Give them a home.
5. Throw away outdated cosmetics, cleaning supplies and food depending on the date on the back. Some cosmetics should only be kept for three months (mascara) because you could get an infection from the bacteria the builds up.
6. Enjoy how it makes you feel after you've completed one room. You'll feel lighter and less cluttered and just cleaner!

I know, I'm crazy but I have seen too many people fall victim to their stuff. Don't let it happen to you :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's my birthday baby!

Ah, it's my birthday baby. I love birthdays. I don't care how old I am ( year left in my twenties, then I suppose I have to start acting like an adult eh?) It's been wonderful so far. I had celebratory donuts and coffee (thus making us very late for church, but totally worth it) that Lonnie brought me after he let me sleep in a little bit (actually I wasn't sleeping, I was just listening to my boys laugh and play together downstairs which is music to my ears) Last night my parents took the boys while Lonnie took me birthday shopping. I picked out a few choice items like new bowls (really, bowls....more on those later) and some kettle bells (totally awesome) and a new purse. A totally-not-me-hot-pink-hip-mom-purse. Along with some Old Navy super clearance clothes and I got measured for a road bike for my triathlon dreams. My mom and dad then took the boys shopping at Wally world for gifts for their mom. They had to earn their spending money, so she put them to work. They made me a cake (in which I will be partaking of very soon) and were very good. We are celebrating with ice cream cupcakes, cake and steak (a most perfect combination and after losing 10 lbs the awful way, I think my body deserves it) I didn't have to clean up any puke (so far so good, Baylor still hasn't gotten it...praying!!) My Internet is working (for right now at least) for the first time in a week. Amazing how isolated you feel with no contact to the, "outside" world via email, Facebook or blogs?! I was having withdrawal, but now I'm better.

Beside the fact that we're having MAJOR napping/sleeping battles that might drive me to the brink of insanity, it's been wonderful, thanks for all the birthday wishes and goodies. You rock.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Oh, where do I begin....

Well, the Internet has been out at the Speidel house and my dear husband and I were camped out on the bathroom floors, curled up next to a toilets. Brody decided to share his stomach bug with us and boy did he share. We always seem to get this at the same time, which makes it near impossible to watch our kids. To spare you gross details, I don't remember being so sick and lost 10 lbs. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, it was awful. The boys raided the pantry, ate Popsicles and suckers for every meal and watched more t.v then they have watched in their lifetime.....but you do what you gotta do. Baylor has seemed to miss the bug (so far) I'm almost wishing he would get it and get it over with. I have a permanent bucket placed by his bed just in cast. We are amongst the living (sort of) today but recovering slowly! Going to have my first piece of solid food in 36 hours....

Oh yes, I went to the Dermatologist before I came down with the evil bug and he concluded that I had Chilblains Pernio as a reaction to cold. Apparently (like this was a big surprise!) our house is too cold. It's a result of bad circulation and a few other things including cold tootsies. I'm supposed to take a baby aspirin and buy new socks and slippers. The heat will stay low, especially after last month's heating bill, but I will wear warmer socks and slippers.

Now that you have a complete medical rundown of our family, it's time to lay down.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Dear Jesus,
Thank you for keeping the pukies away from the rest of the family so far. You rock. Let's keep it that way, deal?

I've always had a special place in my heart for old hymns. I miss the days where we used to sing along at church, when the pastor said, "Open your hymnals to page 356." Where there were no drums or praise bands (but oh how I love praise bands!) just a piano or an organ and Aunt Maude singing so off key in the pew behind you. If you've ever actually read through the hymns and looked at some of the words, they are truly beautiful. I have been so inspired by them that I am using a lot of them in my art. They are works of art in themselves. Here are some of my favorites.

Be Thou My Vision:
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Amazing Grace:
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

His Eye is On the Sparrow:
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me

I surrender All:
All to Jesus, I surrender
Humbly at his feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me Jesus, take me now

I want someone to sing this at my funeral when I die...and since we're on that subject, I want a party. I don't want crying, I want a party. With balloons, good music and a chocolate fountain. I kid you not.

I hope you can take away something from these hymns, even if it's small! Thanks for your continued prayers for the healthy of our family, they are much appreciated!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Impending doom

I knew it was inevitable that we would have to deal with the stomach bug sooner or later. Last year it was all four of us and it was on my birthday. This year, it's a week before my birthday and so far, it's just Brody. He's been throwing up since 6 last night and it's 2. First we have croup, then ear infection and now the stomach bug. I have sanitized every surface I can think of and needless to say, we had a VERY long night. I'm praying that it stays contained to one child, but that may be asking too much. My WONDERFUL amazing mother has the day off today and she sacrificed her day off and her health to take Baylor so I could be home with Brody. You are the best mom! So if you are sending some health prayers up today, think of us!

Is spring here yet?!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Car games gone awry

Sometimes to pass the time in the car, the kids and I will play games like, "I spy" or "I'm thinking of a word that starts with the letter A" It's fun for both of them and it helps with reading and spelling for Baylor. We had been through two games on the way home from my parents house and Baylor wanted another, so we decided on the, "I'm thinking of a body part that begins with the letter..." game. Totally loaded gun by the way.

I start the game with the letter L and before I even get the letter, "L" out of my mouth, Brody yells, "PEE PEE!" from the back seat.

Nice try son. Apparently we need to work on Brody's alphabet.

So we continue on with our little game and it's Baylor's turn to think of a body part and letter.

Baylor: "I'm thinking of a body part that starts with the letter, V!"
Me: (in my head, frantically thinking if we've had the boy and girl body parts conversation recently) "V, really...don't you mean, B?"
Baylor: "No, mom...I said V"
Me: (crap, there is no way he knows that know...the lady parts word?) "uh....uh....uh....head?"
Baylor: "No mom, head starts with the letter H."
Me: "Indeed it does.....I was just testing you. Can you give me a hint?" (dear Lord, let it not have the word "private" in it!)
Baylor: "No way, you have to guess."
Me: "Okay....uh...vuh...vuh....vuh......." (now I can't stop giggling)
Baylor: "It's VEINS!"
Me: *sigh* "Oh, how could I have forgotten veins?!"

Moral of story: Do not play body part games with your kids....unless they're studying for med school.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti on my heart

I have had Haiti in my prayers and on my mind this week, as I'm sure most of us have. This morning in particular, my husband mentioned something about the orphans that survived the earthquake and my heart just broke. I couldn't imagine the pain that these children will and are going through losing their parents. Here is some information that our church has put out on getting our senators to pass a open border adoption policy.

You can contact our Senators (info below). One of the great needs that will come out of this disaster is orphans. Huge number. And most of them will die. Contact Senators Grassley and Harkin and suggest that for this crisis they try to create an "open border adoption policy" that will allow families to adopt Haitian children in an extremely expedient manner...minimal paperwork, minimal-to-no-cost. Maybe others would be encouraged to contact our legislators with similar requests. That is something you can be specific in prayer about as well as even praying about adopting an orphan.
Senator Chuck Grassley - (319) 363-6832 Cedar Rapids office, (202) 224-3744 Washington DC office, or send a message at
Senator Tom Harkin - (319) 365-4504 Cedar Rapids office, (202) 224-3254 Washington DC office, or send a message at

Maybe this will strike a chord in your heart today, I know it did for me.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Favorites update

Name: Baylor Michael
Age: 4.5
Size: 5T/6 extra small, 38lbs, size 11 shoe
Likes: Fruit (just ate 1/2 a watermelon for lunch) dressing up in his cowboy outfit and chasing his brother across the room, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, looking at Venus fly traps and nature videos on YouTube, taking ALL of his clothes off when he goes to the bathroom and teaching his brother how to read.
Dislikes: Wearing clothes after 4 p.m, staying in HIS bed at night, anything that might resemble a green vegetable and not being in control.

Name: Brody Stephen
Age: 2.5
Size: 2T/3T, size 8 shoe (almost) 31 lbs
Likes: Tractors, trains, screaming so loudly that dogs come running, being overly dramatic, building things, breaking the baby gate (we're on baby gate number three) and playing hide and seek.
Dislikes: Anything that is good for him, juice, brushing his teeth, taking naps and staying close to a parent in the store (apparently the isles are made for sprinting instead of shopping)

Name: Keri Lynn
Age: 29 on the 24th
Size: Not in a million years
Likes: when both kids take naps, good coffee, dark chocolate, drinking her vegetables, running outside, watching those ghost hunters shows on t.v (I know, i'm weird) when both kids sleep through the night in their OWN BEDS and playing games with her husband (as in Scrabble not mind)
Dislikes: Arrogant and obnoxious people, Migraines (feel one coming on now....grrrrr) being a referee and her husband's poopie coaches schedule until June.

Name: Lonnie Alan
Age: 34
Size: He'd kill me
Likes: Beating his wife in computer solitaire and gloating about it, snoring (not that he really likes snoring, he's just really good at it) The Saint Louis Cardinals, playing hide and seek with the boys, scaring the crap out of them by saying there are crazy banshees in the house and coaching.
Dislikes: Eating leftovers, having his socks rolled, listening to whining, not having an official place to pile his things and sleeping on the very uncomfortable couch.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On

'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid. Do not lose heart... Isaiah 7:4a

I have found my new slogan, to be placed around my house and meditated on! Although the verse and the poster are two completely different things, I found them both to be comforting this morning.

Brody man is still sick. Up all night coughing again (though not as barky as before) and very lethargic and whiny this morning. He complained that his ear hurt, so we went ahead and got him put on antibiotics to see if this is something bacterial. I just want him to feel better! Even if it is just a nasty cold, it is very draining on everyone when a member of the family doesn't feel well. Especially when you've been stuck inside for long periods of time.

On a positive note, I just wanted to say how God has truly blessed our family this week extraordinarily (fever or no fever!) I am in awe each day of what blessings He has in store when I actually take the time to realize them. God is good. We hope we can pay the blessings forward!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Oh, croup.

Brody is winner of the, "Had croup the most in one winter" award.

Poor little guy was up ALL night coughing his little head off. He sounds much like a barking seal and just as he starts to fall asleep, he begins to cough again. He even coughed so hard that he puked all over me....twice. I tried EVERYTHING.

1. Breathing and nebulizer treatments round the clock (check!)
2. Stood outside in the cold air (while shady neighbors watched) (check!)
3. Steamy shower (check!)
4. Steroids (check!)
5. Walk around the block in cold air (check!)
6. Called Dr, nurse and mother (check!)

It is viral, so we're just waiting it out but I just feel so helpless and want to help him stop coughing! So say a little prayer for Brody man tonight when you go to bed.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A little bit of this and that.

Just a little advertising here, so bear with me. Myself and a few other local artists are going to get together with Just Jill's Espresso 134 to host an art night and wine tasting. All local wines and artists. Perfect place to find a valentine gift or new artwork for your walls! Mark your calendars.
Thank you Great Aunt Nina for these lovely cowboy boot slippers! They are hilarious and Brody didn't want to take them off. Yes, those are big boy pants....don't get too excited. He wore them all morning and held his pee until finally he couldn't any longer. He did get to feel what it's like with wet pants. I'm pretty sure he's not ready yet, but he's getting close. We're aiming for this summer as a diaper free zone!
After taking some time off from art over the holidays, I lugged some of my frozen paints out from the mudroom and began to work on a few projects. I borrowed a sewing machine from my friend Nickie and want to incorporate some sewn things into my artwork if I can just figure out how to work the machine....oh yea, I need some thread too. Nickie, I lied....I need your help and your thread.
This was one of the boys projects since we have been stuck inside because of the weather. Brody is going to be my little engineer, he loves to build and take things apart and is very careful when he does it. They built this castle for dragons. Amazingly enough it managed to stay up for longer than five minutes.

A few other side notes: I LOVE my new dishwasher. I can't say that enough. It's been about six months without one, which wasn't the end of the world, I just felt like all I was doing was dishes. I have so much extra time and I'm less stressed about dishes after a meal! Thanks again to the Benders and Handy man Darryl for installing it. What a blessing!

God has certainly taught me a lot this week whether I like it or not. I've learned to be more patient with my children but also to help them learn to do it themselves. We have been unknowingly doing the little things for Baylor and now he either refuses or says he, "can't" do it (a major no no in our house) It has been rough, but after a twenty minute roll on the floor whining battle, Baylor put his pants, socks and both shoes on by himself. I've also learned that
people will continue to disappoint and make obnoxious statements, but they are human and God still loves them (even if it makes me want to kick them in the shins and run) Sometimes our standards and Christians are way to high even towards other believers and we have to realize that perfection was only attained by one man. Sometimes biting my tongue and smiling will have to do. God also taught me to appreciate my husband a little more. Besides working hard for our family and being a pretty awesome coach and father, he takes time out of his busy day to get down on the floor and play with kids. They may not show appreciation now, but they will later.

Finally after reading a verse in Job about how we come into the earth naked and leave the earth naked, I am convinced that my children are just fulfilling their portion of this, by completing the middle section (obviously that was left out of my translation) that states that they should remain naked. Because that's what they are most of the time.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I need your help....

...because I am special like that.

Okay, do you see how I have a new fancy template for my blog?

Now do you see how the post section and right hand side (where the music and widgets are) are slightly cut off and not wide enough?

I would like to expand them to fit the middle column....and I have no idea how.

I've tried looking on website, but to no avail. So if you could help me do so, that would rock.

Thanks in advance!!

I gots me some swollen toes

(Disclaimer: the first part of this may a. gross you out or b. completely bore you to death.....but you can't say that I didn't warn you)
I rarely go to the doctor unless I really know I'm sick or that something is wrong. My mom is a nurse and she is very good at an over the phone diagnoses. We were both stumped at the fact that my toes have become increasingly red and swollen over the past few weeks. They hurt to walk on in the morning and running on them has been quite the challenge too. Thinking it was frostbite or athlete's foot or even a corn (I know, this is really gross and somewhat embarrassing to talk about) I decided this morning I really needed to see a professional with M.D behind their name. Now, I probably have some of the ugliest feet ever (I apologized to the Dr before I flashed her my tootsies, I didn't want to scare her) scars from running and soccer have left these somewhat stumpy looking feet in rough shape. So I braved the snow and drove into our local family practice to get them checked out. I left with a dermatology appointment, a stumped doctor, some blood work holes in my veins and no definitive answer as to why my toes were acting this way. The doctor did find a suspicious looking mole on the bottom of my foot (I'm covered in moles (I call them beauty marks) and used to play connect the dots when I was bored in class) and wanted me to get that checked out too. My father has had skin cancer twice and having over 50 moles puts me at a high risk for skin cancer. So I'll head to the dermatologist later next week to see if we can figure out the mystery and to get a skin cancer screening. I hope you all check yourself out.....really! It's better to be safe than sorry. I also never wore sunscreen in high school and frequented tanning beds (doooooon't dooooo it!!) Thanks for continue to read, sorry if I totally grossed you out. Hey, it's life.

Apparently we live in the arctic these days. It snowed another 8 inches last night and the wind has picked up so the wind chills are expected to be somewhere in the -30 range. Oh boy, I can't wait! It's really put a dent in my trying to run outside and I am forced to run on the indoor track where the air is so dry it makes you gag. I've snagged a road bike for the summer and have slowly started to train for a triathlon (thinking this one) along with adding miles and high hopes for a half marathon. Now I just need the weather to start cooperating!

The boys and I have been having fun inside. They are still finding their Christmas toys interesting and if they get bored they just switch with each other. Yesterday we built a fort in the living room and made a huge castle for dragons out of blocks. I love that they are at the age where they can engage in more activities with me, but also sad that they are growing up so fast. Baylor kicks my butt in Go Fish and Memory just about every day. I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with them so I can watch them and be a part of their life! Thank you Lonnie :) I will eventually go back to work (speaking of work, need some credit hours to keep my teaching license! eek!) but am very thankful for this time with them.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Silence is scary

Any mother knows that silence can only be good when the wee yahoo is sleeping. When silence occurs during normal play, there obviously is something fishy going down. My "I'm up to something," silence happened this morning in the car. Brody usually talks and sings or yells at his brother, but this time there was complete silence.
I turned around only to see him, boot removed, licking the bottom of it like an ice cream cone. Yum-my! We'll know in a few days what sort of ailment he has contacted through boot licking.

Monday, January 4, 2010

She barely tolerates people...

...."she barely tolerates people," were the words that came out of my Kindergarten teacher's mouth when describing my attitude towards my classmates. Of course the words brilliant and creative also came out of her mouth, but these came first. Apparently, ever since I was a wee little girl I have had a problem tolerating certain people's behaviors and attitudes. I myself having a high strung and hard headed attitude along with a very competitive spirit. Now there are certain people in life that you want to pinch or box their ears but in the words of mama Koser, "God still loves them!" She would utter those words to me after I would come home from school grumbling about someone who annoyed me. True, God still loves them and I should too (and I do) but it doesn't make me want to box their ears any less. Call me feisty, call me scrappy, but when someone enters into my list of pet peeves, it's hard to not want to flick them in the nose. Also, not advocating violence to solve your problems, just mine. Now my list of pet peeves isn't too long, some include people who drive in the left lane (the passing lane) and stay there driving unspeakably slow, people who always make a point to tell you or show you that they are right, people who walk in the EXIT at Wal-Mart when it clearly says EXIT, bad grammar and people who don't wipe their nasty butt sweat off the exercise equipment at the gym (I totally saw you!) Do having these pet peeves and low tolerance for stupidity make me a bad person? I don't think so, but I'm sure I could also use a smidgen of humility and empathy at certain times during the day. I think my spunkiness has gotten me far in life and I refuse to apologize for it. Like today. I'm having one of those low tolerance of stupidity days. I'm sure it will pass.......

That is all I have to say about that, carry on and stay warm.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mice, mice baby...

Baby, it's cold outside. REALLY really cold outside. If I were a small varmint such as a mouse, I would probably find a nice warm place to hide at night. A nice warm place such as the glove compartment in a 2003 Toyota Carolla.
A few months ago, much to my dismay and horror (I live for music) the radio in the car just went kaput. I mourned and thought it to be a short in the wires. When colder months arrived and we put on the heat, we realized it would only work if the car was going over 25 miles per hour. Then the clock would start to flicker and the check engine light out periodically come on. Yesterday, while searching for a Kleenex to blow my son's nose, I opened the glove compartment and found the source of all the car troubles. He had made a little nest out of Kleenex and I'm sure enjoyed a nice snack of wires. We're hoping to solve this problem quickly before any more wire chewing occurs! I guess that is what happens when 1. you live in Iowa with sub zero highs and 2. You don't have a garage (I also find it amusing that Baylor asked the other day what a garage was)

Now for something completely different. A very good soup recipe! We had this at our New Year's eve party and it was amazing.



  • 10 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chickenbroth
  • 1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheddar, for garnish


Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the soup is bubbling gently and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, pick off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup when it has been simmering 10 minutes. cook until the soup is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the garnishes.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Been farmin long?

Okay, take a good look at this photo. Cute, huh? My grandma used to have it hanging in their bathroom on their farm and I loved looking at it every time I was....well, you know. The caption read, "Been farmin long?" Awesome.

Then look at this photo.......
....if I only could have found his striped overalls!
This look is better fit though. Apparently we're raising a little terrorist. Just look at those manly shoulders! He will certainly have his daddy's broad shoulders and burly arms.

So the masked man above has had a high fever all day long. I think it's just a cold but one can never know. Baylor had a high fever a few days ago so I'm assuming that is what is ailing him. It was a VERY long night last night with him and I'm hoping the ibuprofen piggy backed with Tylenol will help him sleep better.

So my new year's resolution of drinking more water was successful today as I only peed about 235 times. Why yes I have the bladder the size of a walnut. Be jealous.