Monday, May 20, 2013

Top Ten Tidbits

This post is for Sandy....she misses my ramblings.  Silly girl!  You asked for it!

1.  I went to the farmer's market this Saturday with my girl Beth.  I purchased a bounty of produce.


2.  I am using this produce as fast as I am buying it in my handy, dandy juice machine.  My juicer is getting a workout! 


3.  There are two days left till my little Chipster turns eleven.  He is stoked.  Jazzed.  Excited.  Oh, to be eleven again.

4.  Hubby is playing softball tonight.  He hasn't played in years.  The boys were so excited to go watch him.  I can't wait to hear how it goes.  I told him to remember he is old and not to slide into second and come home bleeding!

5.  I took Chip and Harry shopping on Saturday.  Harry is in need of a 'fancy' outfit for the Thespian Banquet.  That means he can't wear athletic shorts.  Anyway, while we were shopping for dress pants and a dress shirt he ran across some electric blue shorts that he wanted.  I mean BLUE - Bright Blue - Fluorescent Blue.  Do you understand how these are not regular blue shorts.  Not Navy. Not Royal blue.  Not Light Blue.  Chip looks at him and says "Really Harry? I guess now I know what it is like to have a sister."  We all cracked up and then Harry chased him around trying to clobber him.  Brothers.

6.  Harry survived his first solo shift at work without a trainer.  Lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions all made their way to the correct bun.  Good work Harry!

7.  Our Ten for Him group in the neighborhood is awesome.  I Love it.  Love it.  Love it.

8.  Bob and Lana are setting out on a 30 day trek driving across the U.S from Alabama to Washington to take an Alaskan cruise.  I can't wait to hear the stories.  It should be epic!

9.  Ping pong has had a rebirth in our house.  We played at the Templeton's house this weekend and the very next day the dining room table was cleared off, the net was found and put up, paddles and ping pong balls are every where.

10.  My backyard is a disaster area...but isn't this rose bush pretty?   Why is the picture distorted?  I have no idea.  I should call the help desk.


I must go cook dinner for the softball player and his entourage!  They should be home shortly!

Hope your week ahead is brilliant!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boys and Beans

Chip had his DARE graduation last week.  Drug Awareness Resistance Education.  One boy and one girl from each class were selected to read their essay about all the great things they learned in DARE this year.  Chip was the boy reader and did a great job! 






He was awarded a medal and was very proud! 


Chip and Dad at the ball field. 


Guess what the primary ingredient is in this Deep Dish Chocolate Pie I made tonight? 

Are you ready?

It is a doozie....

Would you believe....

GARBANZO BEANS!!! 

Yep, two cans of beans, drained, rinsed and blended up with oatmeal, applesauce, vanilla, sugar and some other ingredients.  Never in a million years did I think my boys would eat these.  And, not in two million years did I think they would like it.  

They ate it.  

I told them what was in it.

They kept eating it.  

They LOVED IT!

It is most definitely not a vegetable side dish, but how fun that I made something with healthy ingredients and they ate it!  It will be making an appearance at Thanksgiving, Christmas and other special occasions around here!  

So what has been up with Harry, you ask?  He is working!  At his job!  He has a funny story every time he walks through the door.  Very enjoyable. 

The other night I went in to tell him goodnight and he said "Mom, is this it.  Now I will be working for the rest of my life?"  I said "Maybe".   He said "You were so right....I should have enjoyed the nothingness more!"  Yep, he is growing up.

He is also learning physics.  He had to build a rocket.

I called in Mr. Knowledge to give him a hand.  Here is Mr. Knowledge now with some expert advice for our student. 




I hope one of them learned something! 

Happy Hump Day! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Luckiest Mother in the World

Today, my sweet little Chip walked out of school and pulled a homemade Mother's Day card out of his backpack for me.  He said "This is the one the teacher made us write...I am going to do another one for you at home".  Well after reading this jewel, I am not sure it can possibly get any better....

Happy Mother's Day Mom

Dear Mom.  I love you so much because....well I don't feel like listing them all unless you want an infinity page card, so I will try to keep it short and sweet!

The Top 27 Reasons I Love My Mom:

1.  Your my mom.
2.  You let me juice your food.
3.  You play with me.
4.  Your funny.
5.   You help me through times of struggle.
6.  You cheer me on, on and off the baseball field.
7.  You let me do stuff I want.
8.  You help me when its 1:30 a.m. and I am hurling in your toilet multiple times (roll tide).
9.  I just do.
10.  You are always there for me.
11.  You let me have a pallet...(sometimes)
12.  Uh, you pay for clothes and all that.
13.  You are the kindest lady person I've EVER met and will meet.
14.  You love my dance moves.
15.  You have a American Idol voice p.s. (why the h*** did Angie go home?)
16. You love watching The Big Bang Theory p.s. Bazinga
17.  You are always proud of me.
18.  You are honest.
19.  You got SWAG.
20.  You ROCK!
21.  You love my b-ball tournaments.
22.  You are helping me through my health run.
23.  You don't get mad at me....HA
24. You drive me where I want to go.
25. You helped me eat a grilled chicken salad.
26.  You like it when I go "Time to juice, juice, juice, juice!"
27.  I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOU!!!

Sorry I ran out of room.  I asked Mrs. Harden if I could rip out all of the pages of our six dictionaries but darn it, it wouldn't be enough.

I LOVE YOU!

Love,
Chip




Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blitz Blog

1.  Bob and Lana came and conquered many, many items on the home improvement "to do" list.  That included refinishing the dining room table, fixing the downstairs toilet leak which resulted in replacing the entire toilet, painting the laundry room, helped me pick out a new washer and dryer - watching Chip play four games of baseball and that was just in a short six day visit!  We were busy and I loved having them here.

2.   Harry got a job at The Gap, then before he even started, he got a better job at Mighty Fine.  He starts work on Wednesday.  He has to wear Dickies pants and safety non-slip shoes.  He is going to look precious.

3.  The weather is spectacular.

4.  I volunteered at a food kitchen last Monday and it was the best Monday morning ever.  So enjoyed it and am going back tomorrow.  Little twelve year old kid named Jesus was also volunteering and he worked harder than anyone in that building.  I loved him.

5.  Chip rocked his Texas State Academic Tests...got commended on both!  You go, boy!  He said he thinks he might be Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.   I think that is a stretch. A big, big stretch.

6.  Harry got invited to his third consecutive Academic Award presentation in High School.  Super proud of him.  Where did these kids get their smarts?  He celebrated along with some of his good buddies.


Then they were photo bombed!  Get out of there JV!



7.  Hubby has arthritis in his knee.  Doc told him to give it a rest for 6 - 8 weeks.  He does not like resting.  He has been walking instead of running and is complaining that walking hurts his hips.  Me?  I could walk all the live long day.

8.  I am starting Dr. Oz's two day cleanse tomorrow morning.  Going to clean the toxins out of all kinds of important organs...it is going to be epic.

9.  We went to see the Rangers and Red Sox with our friends the Templetons in Arlington yesterday.  The Red Sox got spanked.  It was fun anyway!  Chip and Blake photo bombed two girls sitting in front of them that were taking a picture of themselves.  The girls turned out to be teachers who were very good natured (or inebriated) and thought it was hysterical that our two boys were making funny faces behind them.  One of the girls boyfriends fist bumped the boys cause he thought it was awesome.  They asked them to do it again.  There was also a 24 inch pretzel that was a big hit with the crowd.  That is a pretzel!




10.  Giant moth by the front door.  It was no joke.  Looked like it was from the Jurassic period. That is a standard size brick that he is spanning!  Look at his antennas and his feet!  I would have beat myself to death if he had flown into my hair when I walked by.



11.  Chip's little select ball club got moved up to the next highest division.  What the heck?  We haven't even won a tournament yet!  That doesn't seem fair!  Competition will be tough.

12.  I got my hair cut and colored on Friday.  I told my girl...I come from Trailer Park country and I want my hair to look like it!  Put some big old highlights in there!  She did and I love it!

13.  I recently watched Food, Inc. and Food Matters.  It was scary, enlightening, educational and scary.  Did I say scary twice?  Yes.  Yes I did.  It was.

14.  As a result of #13, I am getting interested in Super Foods...like goji berries, chia seeds, acai and wheatgrass.  I have requested a juicer for Mother's Day!  Can't wait to see what I can whip up for my boys to try.  Do you think they will try any fruit or vegetable juice?  Please vote.  I am cautiously optimistic.  For the rest of you who I am not personally able to torture with nutrition packed juices...please take a vitamin.  Seriously, at least a multi-vitamin.  AT LEAST!

15.  Chip had a field trip last Tuesday and has another one tomorrow!  Go Chip!

16.  The fellas are going to the Spurs playoff game tomorrow night.

17.  My craft lady Lakeside visit is this Wednesday.  We are painting frames.  I must get organized!

18.  I do not miss the litter box.  At all.

19.  Astro celebrated his 9th birthday last week.  He was still recovering from an overdose of bones given to him while Mer was in town, so it was a low key celebration with just some extra petting of the ears and belly.

20.  Chip has a birthday coming up this month.  His list is long.  Never a shortage of items on the wish list for the Chipster.

That is all I have for now!  Hope to get a few more pictures posted soon, but for now Hubby is home with some groceries and the new dryer is playing a tune that means...get up and get the clothes out of the dryer.  Seems to me that someone needs to invent a dryer that folds.  I would buy that.  Even if it was expensive.

Have an awesome week!