Monday, October 28, 2013

My Biker Babe!

Biker Face!
   So she comes running in wearing the enamel bowl we use for chili while camping telling me to come look at her riding her motorcycle.  I tell her I love it and I do!  I love her imagination and her resourcefulness.  She amazes me everyday.  She makes me smile, laugh and feel like a kid again.  It is amazing how fast you can go from that to being a very scared parent.  As you might notice the bowl has a handle that is also metal.  Not too long after this picture was taking she decided to sit up to the table and color.  No biggie does it all the time.  I am in the kitchen cleaning!! Yay for clean dishes!  Also talking to my sister to help me through the cleaning. Yay for sisters!  
   When clang! Screaming child....screaming child and freaking out child.  She had fallen off the side of the chair and hit the bowl on the step up into the next room. The impact dented the bowl just enough that the handle was pulled out and tight against her neck.  Enter me---- dropping the phone trying to stay calm while I try to calm her and figure out how I get the thing off (while in my frantic mind wondering how much air she has, where the bolt cutters are and how long an ambulance will take to get here)! Next is getting her to relax and close her mouth while pushing the handle in and off!  Holy smokes! 
   No permanent damage no temporary either.  And she only continued to cry because I wouldn't let her put the bowl back on her head!  It doesn't actually fit anymore.....good?  And off she ran to next adventure while mom tells herself she did not have a heart attack.
This is my helmet and my motorcycle Mom!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We got your 6 Cody Patterson!

This last Sunday I witnessed something amazing please read about it below.

Today I witnessed an amazing gathering of people.   Thousands of people who gathered together with one goal in mind: protect the peace so that a well deserving family could celebrate the life of a loved one.   Their young man gave his life doing his duty.   And they got a peaceful supported memorial for their son because thousands (thousands!!!) of people showed up.   That is it all they had to do was show up!  They stood proud, strong and united.   People who did not know Cody.  People who drove for hours to stand for hours.   People who do not support the war.   People with their own lives and families and obligations gave their time so that this family could have theirs unmarred by the threats of others.   And it worked.   It worked so well that most of us have no idea if the dealers of threat and hate even showed up.   It was such a sight to see I feel inadequate to describe it.   I just know that on this day love and peace won over hatred. 

http://www.gazettetimes.com/gallery/slideshow-service-for-army-spc-cody-patterson/collection_84a1b006-e185-5cbe-b732-919d7bf444d2.html#22

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/thousands-turn-out-in-show-of-support-at-cody-patterson/article_f2ef48e4-39e0-11e3-a363-0019bb2963f4.html

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chili with Kale

On my quest to be strong enough to surf in Hawaii this year I have been trying 2 new things; Crossfit and Paleo.  The results have been amazing and I will share more another day but today I just wanted to share this amazing new recipe!  It is a bean-less chili and it was so very yummy.  Of course we ruined the Paleo-ness of it by making a batch of corn bread to devour with it.  Oh well baby steps right?

Chili with Kale
Serves 4 generously

1 lbs hamburger
1 32 oz jar of tomatoes
1 onion chopped
1 teaspoon of chili powder (more if you like it hot!)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 dash of pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
1 bunch of kale chopped (stems included)

In  pot bring tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and oregano to a boil.  Turn down to simmer add the kale and cook for 10 mins. In a pan cook hamburger until nearly all the pink is gone and add onion.  At this point you can cook the onions more or less depending on how crunchy you wan them in the chili.  I cooked them for about 5 mins.  Add pepper and salt to the meat and cook one more minute.  Add meat and the rest of the kale to pot and simmer for additional 10 mins.  Enjoy plain, with cheese, sour cream or a nice slice of corn bread!

Monday, January 21, 2013

I am a Librocubicularist



I was the kid that followed the rules

Friday, August 10, 2012

House Rules


I have been joining in on a parenting group here in the valley.  It is called Parenting in the Park and it has been a wonderful way to get out of the house this summer and connect with other parents.  Last week we had a discussion on Loving Discipline.  

One of things we discussed was house rules.  Rules that are set and therefore not a battle to enforce.  That said depending on the age of the child there will be some daily struggle to teach and remind them of the rules.  The following is a quick format of what has been working for us right now.  Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments.


1.       Feeling are ok
a.       Hurting people because of feeling is not
b.      You may stomp your feet or go outside to yell or punch your pillow.
2.       Use your words to have a better day
a.       Use calm pleasant voice when asking for things (no whining or yelling)
b.      Phrases to encourage
                                                               i.      I need some help
                                                             ii.      Please stop
                                                            iii.      No thank you
3.       If words aren’t working take a deep breath and try again or walk away
4.       Respect others turn/wait your turn
This is just a general idea for what we do around our house. 
One of the things that help us the most is to talk things through before the situations happen ie: We are going to walk to the park to day.  I need you to listen to me and stay close because we will be crossing streets with cars and bikes and we want to stay safe.   We are going to have some friends over and they are going to want to share your toys.  Remember when you were at Ella’s house and she shared her toys with you.

Friday, June 15, 2012

First Day of Summer

It felt like a good first day of summer anyway.  Picking strawberries and getting a box full of veggies at the farmers market.  And how could I not let her play in the freezing cold fountain.  Look at how happy it made her!
Who is the grown up little girl?!  She is only and already 3!!!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am giving up Clutter for Lent

No I am not Catholic or any religion that actual observes Lent.  I just like the idea of giving something up to renew your life.  My general plan is to try for 40 bags of clutter/trash/junk out of my house.  I got this idea from Clover Lane (love her ideas and her encouragement for the week posts).  Not only am I getting rid of clutter but going to attempt to fix the problem that created clutter in the first place.  To do this I will buy shelves, place bins, and beautify the spaces.

Now to the first space.  Kinda of a weird one but as my husband put it he was tired of having to put on shoes to go do laundry.  Our laundry room is build into the garage and is very much a little narrow hallway of a room.

Everything cleaned out and my darling husband scrubbing the floor.

As  you can see the floor is very ugly and stained and very unappealing.  And this is after we he cleaned everything out!


This the sink which was full of "things" to be washed.  And those are the cupboards that you hit your head on if you try to use the sink.  My plan is to remove them to the garage, put up shelves that will take up less space and leave the room feeling more open.


Here is a picture of everything that was shoved into the room.

Yes that is a bag full of garbage (#1 of the 40) and the two laundry soap containers are empty I was saving them for the time I would make my own soap......
The pile of clothes are half clean and half dirty (now mostly clean because I can move in the room again!)

On the floor we decide to use the same peel and stick tile that we used in our hallway bathroom. And the change is amazing!




Now I feel the need to fix and paint the walls. And can't wait to move the cupboards out but that is all for another day.