Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Here are the links if anyone is wanting to work on family history.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Ok, I did not get anything done on friday but purchase some stuff for my current craft/gift projects and I took the rest of the day to relax with the love of my life and 3 crazy kids. Saturday was a different story. I woke up and did some laundry and then headed over to a friends house to spend the entire day (did not know it would take that long) making Princess's Christmas present from me. It is a rag doll that is supposed to look like a lalaloppsy doll. It was a fun day and I hope that she loves it. I then went grocery shopping and came home to get started on the rest of my saturday list. Mike and I canned 5 quarts of chili and 2 quarts of beans, organized our pantry and pulled everything for the next days canning out and got it ready. On sunday I took advantage of the extra hour and woke up early and canned 15 pints of chicken and 1 pt of black beans. I also (with mike's help) hung up our Family Home Evening board I had made and our new Menu Board. I also put up our Tree of Thanksgiving and got the kids caught up on each leaf of the month so far (we were 6 days behind) and had a good FHE Lesson with them on giving thanks. We went to church and then came home and had a wonderful dinner with some friends and I got caught up on a month of coupons that needed to be clipped.
I feel much better knowing these things are done and that I can focus on the rest of my list. The days of thanksgiving are really helping me focus on what is most important and on that note I would like to share the scripture from our FHE yesterday.
Doctrine and Covenants 136 verse 28
If thou art merry praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sad, I know but I truly love my nook. I never go anywhere without it and it is rarely more than a few feet from me. I am an avid reader and fought the ereader for a long time until my husband got one for me for christmas last year and I fell in love. I have books at my fingertips and I don't have to lug around a bunch of books when I go on trips. Plus the apps are pretty helpful too. My favorite part of my nook is that I can download books from my library from home and not have to worry about late fees or any of that. I also love the read to me books for kids. The kids love these books and will read along with the nook and play the interactive games too. This is the most important gadget in my life. I might leave home without my phone by accident but it has yet to happen with my nook.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I am thankful for my friends. They know who they are and they also know that they are few in numbers. I am a very private person and though I am very loud and out there on the top layer I am a shy person on the inside. I have friends that don't let me hermit myself too much and for that I am thankful. Sometimes a girl needs someone besides her husband to talk about lifes trials with and so it is important to have the type of friends that I do. The ones that will listen and tell you if you are being stupid or just let you vent while they remember that chocolate and vicks vapo rub will cure any of your problems if just for a moment. I don't open up much but even getting random texts or emails are what I need to remember that when I do need to open up they are there for me. Thank you, friends, you have no idea how often in my life you have been needed and though I never told you at the time you saved me on those times.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I really love this new website. I am a crafter and also love to bake so when my cousin Mary started talking about this website I knew I needed to try it out. (we usually like the same things) I can't believe I have been functioning without this site. I know that seems a bit over dramatic but if you looked at my yahoo mail folder you would see that I email myself links all the time of things I want to try, learn, bake or just remember and Pinterest allows me to just pin the link onto my board and recall it, in an organized way, when I need it.
Some people make the comments that they like to use pinterest to pretend to be creative but I really have been doing the things I am pinning. I am also able to get to know some of my friends a little better by seeing where they dream of visiting or how they want their dream home to look like. I am also learning new things to do with my kids too. I don't spend that much time on the website everyday, just about 30 minutes, so I don't think I am addicted but I have fallen in love. This is a working and stay at home mothers best wish come true. Or at least mine.
If you need an invite to the site send me your email.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Last night after correcting Beau in his piano practice I decided that I needed to put a stop to my neglect. I needed to teach my children by example on how even when you are old you still need to practice and protect your talents so that they are ready at a moments notice. After he got done I pulled out my Italian book of songs and chose an old favorite. (I will not admit that I did not warm up my voice) I sang the song and it sounded weak, flat and not at all like Italian but I will say this....... it felt wonderful. Not only because I had that feeling that only an artist can understand. You know, the one where you know you are part of something or that you are creating something that is wonderful. No, it wasn't just that feeling. It was one little princess. She was playing with her brother when I started my first song and I noticed that she was standing and staring at me. By the second song she had pulled a chair up to the piano and after the second time through the song she was looking at me like I was the most wonderful singer in the world. She never uttered a sound just sat there staring at me with a smile on her face. I realized then that I wasn't just hurting myself and God by letting my voice die but I was not letting my kids see a part of me that I love. Sure I sing to, with and at my kids all the time but there is a difference. I didn't realize how big a difference it was until I saw the look on my daughters face when just for that moment her mother was the best person in the world. I am still unable to sing in front of others comfortably but I will sing for her whenever I can and with my real talent not a diluted version of what it once was.
The moral of this story is to find your talents that have started to fade and bring them back. You never know who might need to feel its touch and you don't want to wait until it is too late.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I have been spending the past two weeks writing recipes in the book because I want hand written copies on hand and typing each one because if the book is ever lost we still have the book. Also, embarrassingly enough, I have really terrible handwriting and no one can read it so that is another reason to type. One day my grandkids will be looking through my stained cookbook and wondering if I was a serial killer. Only of calorie counters, kids! Anyways, it has been harder than I thought it would be because of the fact that we cook off memory and ab lib quite a bit. I have no idea the measurement in my lasagna nor do I really know how much pepper I use in my chicken pot pie. I just put it in and it works. We are taking note now while we cook and adding to the book. Hopefully, when all is said and cooked we will have a wonderful ever growing cookbook for our children. I am also writing in notes for certain recipes about which kids likes it and how it came to be or how I watched my mom or his mom cook it. So in a way I guess it is a cooking journal to be enjoyed by my terrified grandkids. Maybe I should throw in a slasher recipe just to insure the serial killer vibe.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
We have been eating a ton of the fall foods that I have already posted about and it has not gotten old yet. There is nothing better than that first bowl of chicken and dumplings for the first time in months. It makes you want to curl up in a blanket and slow down. We have also had quite a bit of hot chocolate since Beau has learned how to boil water and is addicted to adding flavors to the hot chocolate. Really I think I might need to intervene at some point.
The kids are finally able to play for extended times outside since it is no longer 100 plus degrees outside. This goes for the grown ups too. We have started letting Beau watch the kids for about 45 minutes while Mike and I go on a walk 2 or 3 times a week. We are enjoying the time to be able to chat and flirt without mini eyes watching and laughing.
Crafts are itching to come out of me right now. When the weather cools down I feel the need to start crafting again and this year is no different. The difference, however, is that I don't have time. I am now finding myself searching for quick crafts that are easy and fun to do and aren't lame.
Yeah, I know this a random post but I really love fall and I just realized today that we are halfway through september and I better get to cracking on my fall decorating or I will miss it completely and be putting up christmas instead!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I hope all of you are healthy and keeping the school bugs at bay!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Friday night over dinner we told the kids that if they picked up the front room then that night that we would have more time to play on saturday and since it was a treat on saturday they really wanted that extra time. While they picked up Mike and I put together a plan for the weekend and our menu for the next week. After that we sat as a family and watched some shows that have been on our DVR forever and then I went to bed while Mike and Beau stayed up to play video games. I know the video games don't seem like something productive but for a man that has always loved them but never gets to play them and has a son that keeps begging for him to play them it was much needed. Beau got lots of game time with his dad this weekend and he seemed like the happiest kid ever. We play boardgames and stuff like that all the time but I think it was something about getting older kid time with his dad and something he loves that tipped the scale.
Saturday we woke up and did laundry and then coupons and then shopping and then it was time to go to the water park in town. The kids love it and the kids section is huge and 3 ft deep allowing mike and I to just lounge in the kids area and watch Link and Princess while Beau runs around anywhere he wanted which seemed to be right next to us. Link is amazing in his swimming skills. He is three and will dive under water and just swim away. The first few times we went swimming I could tell people were nervous but he has proven to the world that he is a born aqua lad. Princess is not as daring but when she can no longer put up with link getting the attention she will try something too. It is funny to watch.
We then went home and canned 6 quarts of beef stew meat and while it processed I made bows with Princess (Beau actually made some too) while Mike and Beau played a few more games. Link had passed out pretty early, we thought it was because of all the swimming but........
Sunday we woke up to a sick little boy. Link has had a runny nose all week but with the weather I figured it was a sinus issue. It might still be but he was running a low fever and slept all morning. We did cook a big breakfast and cleaned and canned 7 quarts of red beans before church and since we still had not figured out that Link was getting worse we headed to church.
We only stayed for Sacrament because I figured out that it was a fever and so we high tailed it home. That gave me more time to can 8 pints of black beans and keep doing laundry.
It was such a relaxing productive weekend and I hope that I get a few more before this mind of mine burns out. Mike starts class back tonight after only 2 weeks off and it is right back to crazy town. It is nice to know that if I had the time I could be one killer mom/ house wife.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Link has adapted well to preK and loves it! It helps that his classroom theme is sheriff Andy from Toy Story and we know how much my little boy loves Toy Story. He comes home from school in smiles everyday and he is so excited every morning to go to his big boy school. We are hoping that being around all of the kids will help him continue to improve on his speech skills and I know that the kids will be blessed to have that little ball of sun in their class.
Princess and Beau are both at the same school now which means that Princess finally got her wish. She now rides the big "lellow" bus with her big brother. She was nervous at first and told Beau and I that she was scared of being hurt on the bus. The look of fury that went through her Hero's eyes would have scared any would be school bus bully and Beau let his sister know that if anyone picked on her they would have to go through him first and they did not want to do that. It really was sweet to watch and anyone that knows B knows that he is a hero at heart and that little girl will be safe from anything.
Princess loves going to big kid school. She keeps informing me that Link goes to her old school and she now goes to Big Kid school. She runs to the bus every morning and even enjoys picking out her uniform in the morning. This was a worry of mine because I have a little fashionista and I thought it would be a fight. We know mix up her school look with bows, socks and belts. She is trying to convince her dad that she needs another pair of shoes (she has like 20) but he is not buying that kool aid.
Beau was nervous about being in the 5th grade. This surprised me since he is a very advanced student and school has never been an issue. After some questions I discovered that he was worried about his new teacher. He did not know any of the 5th grade teachers and was worried that he would get a mean teacher that would not be nice but so far so good. I called the school (didn't tell him that before I did it) and asked about the teacher and was told that the one he got was actually the best one for that grade. She told me that if we liked his 4th grade teacher (whom we loved!) then she was right up our alley. I told B that and it helped calm his nerves. It also helped that he has a few of his friends in there too. True to his word he takes the bus business serious and uses that time to quiz his sister about her day so that he can answer her questions for her at dinner (we had to tell him to let her talk about it) and he lets her take a nap too because he said that Kindergarten used to tire him out too.
Mike never really stopped the school year and finished the second summer session with another A. I really am amazed at how gifted he is and I know that one day the future students of broadcasting are going to be lucky to have him as a teacher. Now, lets just make it through this year and get one step closer.
Me- I have not been a student for a long time but I still miss the new school year excitement. I thought it would get better over the years but every August I get that itch to go buy paper, pens and over priced books that I will read before the class even starts. I guess that is why I buy enough school supplies to send extras to the kids classes. Oh well, one day I will no longer here the siren call of a school bell but will instead think about how free I am to not be worried about juries, finals and papers.
I hope everyone has a great new school year!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
After a few months of shopping and clipping Mike started to get interested and was even more supportive he is even known to go shopping for some of my stuff for me. We work together to decide what we want and will clip and sort the coupons together (when I let him). Our kids even like to get the little blinkie coupons from the machines in the store or look through sale ads and pick out things they hope I have a coupon for. I am just glad that I am teaching my kids how to save money. Beau even goes so far as to do the math for me and remind me of stackable coupons I can use to make it better. My mom made the mistake of taking the kids to the store and when she would try to buy something they would tell her that she would get a better price if she bought a different brand and used such and such coupon. She listened to them and got some good deals.
We have built up a pretty stocked pantry from coupons. I have stored (in mylar lined 5 gal buckets) pasta that was free and rice that was only .25 a pound and have been able to add on to our food storage. I have also been able to stock up on canned veggies, soups, pasta sauce and lots of other things. The favorite thing of the kids is when I get cookies or chips for them (not something we usually keep around). Our stockpile grew so much that Mike and I had to start rethinking storage and get inventive. It helps that we have a big washroom/pantry with built in shelves but we quickly realized that we were not organized or utilizing it to its highest potential. Now it looks great and behind each of those cabinets is a ton of shelf stable food for us.
What I love about coupons is that you don't even have to use it for food but you can stock up on health and beauty, first aid and cleaning supplies. We have a large amount of TP and paper towels that I paid less than .10 per roll for and free toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap. My favorite is when I find make up for just a few dollars when it is normally 10 bucks! Lots of options for saving money.
As you can see my new hobby is helping our little family. We don't hoard anything and we only buy what we know we would use. We do get enough that I can store it properly for food storage but since we rotate our storage I know that it won't go bad. Added with our canned meat we are getting pretty good at being prepared.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
- We bought a hybrid camper and took it out for a really long weekend. It was great. We were tent campers before but once I entered my 3 decade of life I discovered that I am just too old for sleeping on the ground in the heat.
- Beau placed in the district chess championship.
- Princess is preparing for Kindergarten and is telling everyone that will listen that she is not in pre k anymore and that she will get to ride the big bus with her big brother next year.
- Mike has taken a class each session this summer meaning he is not around mon-thur nights and he is not happy about missing summer. He thinks that the whole point of going to school is to enjoy summer vacation but that is not the case when you are working on a masters.
- Beau turned 10. That's right..... double digits. He had a paint ball party and even covered in bruises he had a blast. He is quick to let me know that he is wanting to get back out there and cover his dad in paint. He had lots of friends and family show up to both the war and the cookout and you know that is what he wanted the most. He also enjoyed getting enough money to buy a new DS since his old one passed on to the arcade in the sky.
- Princess is still doing great in Gymnastics and I am truly amazed at how that shy little girl can whip herself around a bar or skip down a beam. She really loves it and reminds us every Wednesday that it is nastics day. She has even been teaching Link how to tumble but he is taking things a bit to far by doing actual back handsprings. Scared the crap out of me the first couple of times.
- Speaking of Link.... He will be starting the 3 year old pre K school here in town. We lucked out that the stars lined up for a split second and allowed him to slide into a spot. He is really excited about going to a real school and I am feeling old since all my kids will now be official school kids. Sigh.
- I have been a hard working woman. I have helped Beau earn 18 of the 20 badges for webelows, been a taxi cab, cook, housekeeper, full time worker, nurse, YW president, understanding and loving wife and most of all mom all summer and I am about worn out. I might talk mike into a weekend get away as soon as we get a free moment...... might be in a few years if I wait for a free moment.
This is a rough sum up I know but I am still busy and will try to at least update once a week. Hope you are all having a great summer!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Father's day is this week and I already have mikes stuff bought. I hope he loves and that he actually is surprised instead of already knowing what he is getting. The kids had fun picking it out too. Sorry, i can't say what it is because Mike is always watching.
Mike and I are both speaking in church this sunday and we are talking on fathers. I just finished my talk and in light of fathers day I want to post a few of the personal bits.
My husband is an excellent father. That is a plain and simple truth that no one could argue with. I joke with him that he is a better homemaker than I am but like I always tell him there is a little truth behind most jokes. Because he is such a great person I sometimes forget that he is not superman. I forget that he is juggling so much in his life right now that he can’t do everything. He is a student, full time worker, husband and father. He has expressed to me recently that he feels like he is not doing his job as a father because he is so busy but his family knows that it is not the case. He only sleeps a few hours a night then he goes to work. When he gets home from work he works in the yard, plays with the kids, cooks dinner and even picks up the house. He then goes to class and then comes home and stays up way later than someone that woke up at 3am should just to be with me and the kids. On the weekends he tries to spend as much time as he can with us and making sure that we are together. He is not very selfish with his time and he is always willing to work on his ever growing honey do list for me. With everything that he does for us we try and show him how much we love him and we try to do little things to make his life a little easier. I also, as his wife try to be understanding that sometimes I will need to take out the trash because he was too busy or that I will need to figure out how to text the play by play of a ball game to a dad that is stuck in class but still wants to know every detail of the game.
and a little further down in the talk.
Since it is father’s day I would be remiss if I did not mention my thanks for the fathers in my life. There are three of them. My father Dale Rowe was the first father in my life and he set a very high standard for those to follow. He is not a very expressive man and yet I always knew that he loved me. He would take time to teach me how to work on cars, help me write papers, teach me ghost stories and most importantly he worked with my mother to teach me how to be the woman I am today. He also showed by example how a father should lead the home and how he should work with his wife and love her. By watching him as I grew I was able to see what kind of man I needed to look for to marry. I inherited my father’s lack of emotional expression but he knows that I love him and that I am blessed to be his daughter.
My second father is Ed Taggard. He is Mike’s father and because of that he is mine too. This man never once questioned the fact that his son loved a loud, dramatic and bossy girl and he always greets me with a hug full of love. One of my favorite things is to listen to Mike and his family talk about the old days and stories from when they were young. They are always great and show that he was born of goodly parents. His father leads the house in a loving way and each of his children and grandchildren respect him and love him. I don’t think I could have asked for a better man to be my second father. I hope he knows that too.
That leads me to my husband. He is the father to my children. I have already embarrassed him enough in this talk so I will keep this short and simple. I am the luckiest girl in the world. I found a man that is a wonderful husband, friend and father. I do not tell him that enough but I showed it today by actually taking my allotted time and not leaving him with an hour to speak.
My kids are blessed by all three of these men and all of their uncles too. I hope that we are able to continue to strengthen them as fathers. I wish all of the men in our ward a happy father’s day.
If you didn't notice my talk is on strengthening fathers through support, love, respect, understanding and thanks. Sometimes Fathers are overlooked and moms are the ones given all the credit and that is what this talk is about. Happy Fathers day to everyone!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We have been so blessed as a family that we have emergency plans in place. The kids know what to do in storms and in fire emergencies and it helps as a parent to know that we are doing something right. We also have a box of candles and matches for when lights go off, food storage and have prepared ourselves with first aid and CPR training. People always laugh at us when we talk about emergency preparedness but you will never see us running to the grocery store before an ice storm or sitting in the dark during a storm. Those of you familiar with my church know that Latter-day Saints like to be prepared for everything and I am thankful that we have heeded that advice.
Even if you are not a member of my church I would encourage you to take the steps to prepare for emergencies. Here are a few good links
My thoughts and prayers are with anyone that has been in the path of these storms and floods.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
You guessed it, Chuck E Cheese! The place that is overcrowded and where Mom gets stuck watching the table and food while everyone else has fun. No, it really is fun. The kids had a blast and they earned enough tickets to get plenty of cheap plastic toys. We did have one scary moment when I realized that the blong curly head that I was watching was not Link but some random kid and we had to find him. As you can see above we found him and then my heart started back up. Here are a few more pics.
We then went home for a game night and to recover. It was a fun day. We spent the rest of the weekend just working around the house together, playing games, baking and having a great time together. I hope all of you had a great time too.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A - Z
(A) Age: 30 but I tell others that I am 26
(B) Bed Size: 3/4 of a Queen (mike gets 1/4)
(C) Chore You Hate: sweeping and mopping
(D) Dogs? One not so smart big dog
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: snooze button
(F) Favorite Color: hot pink
(G) Gold or Silver? Silver
(H) Height: 5'6"
(I) Instruments You Play: a few
(J) Job Title: Buyer
(K) Kids: 3
(L) Live: Arkansas
(M) Mom's Name: Gwen or Amma
(N) Nicknames: Desilu, mom, Des, Baby Girl.... I could go on but some are for the bedroom only.
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? a few
(P) Pet Peeve: Spontaneity
(Q) Quote from a Movie: Hello, Gorgeous. (funny girl, I say it every time I look in a mirror
(R) Right or Left Handed? Left, and I resent living in a handist world.
(S) Siblings: Three
(T) Time You Wake Up? 5am
(U) Underwear: Most of the time
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Broccoli, um yuck.
(W) What Makes You Run Late: My husband and or kids
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: teeth, leg and hand
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: not the healthy kind
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: those fish, you know the orange and white ones that you can feed.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Monday, March 14, 2011
First of all my band size was smaller so I am now a 44 DDD instead of a 46? ( I always got them smaller to push them together more) and I learned that my breast tissue is shallow (I carry it more in the bottom than the top) so I should wear Demi cups for the best fit. It was very interesting and I was comforted that I still have breasts. I have already told my husband that if my boobs are ever below a D we might start talking implants. I just like my breasts and think that they look great on me and I would be sad to see them go. My butt on the other hand can take a huge flying leap off of a cliff and I would throw a little party.
I hope that all of my female readers go and get fitted for a correct bra and that my male readers don't die from the image of my boob sling. Have a great DST/monday!
Monday, March 7, 2011
We stopped off before we got there to partake in some traditional Memphis dry rub BBQ. We stopped off at the much praised Rendezvous. The atmosphere was great, the service was great and the alley entrance was great. The food, however, was not. For those of you that like vinegar in your coleslaw and as the marinade for the meat you might like it but we did not. It was OK and I am glad we tried it but we will not be back. Next time I am in Memphis (my Birthday!) we will be eating at the melting pot. Our best friends Ed and Aria have nothing but great things to say about the place and we love some fondue, so we are very excited.
Overall, we just had a wonderful family weekend. We are continuing it by having a mardi gras party for Family Home Evening. We are eating red beans and rice, corn bread, kings cake and watching the princess and the frog after Mike gives a long winded, I mean great explanation about why that tradition was started and what it really represents for other faiths. We will not teach the kids how they get beads in the big easy!!!!
Have a great week!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Sunday: Church and other church meetings
Monday: Baseball, FHE
Tuesday: Chess, Night Classes, Baseball
Wednesday: Church, Night Classes
Thursday: Gymnastics, baseball
Saturday: Baseball, Golf, and death from exhaustion
These are only our permanent activities and do not include random responsibilities. Sigh. No wonder this mom is dead tired. I also workout for 30-40 minutes a day, cook dinner, clean, and do all the other duties of a mother and wife. Enough about me time for some updates.
Mike- He is still rocking it through the semester and I think he is starting to get used to all the research and homework. I worry about him getting enough rest and I am trying to find ways to give him more "Quiet" Study time. So hard with 3 kids.
Me- Still me
Beau- He won his Book character day contest at school by dressing as Edmund Pevensie from LW&W and was pretty proud of himself. He is excited about golf and baseball starting too.
Princess- is still loving her Manastics and has learned how to spell her name. She has also learned about attitudes. Heaven help me!
Link- It is hard to believe that only a month ago we went hard core into potty training him. He is doing great and I am still amazed at how much he has accomplished in the two years we have loved him.
This is our family and we are busy but full of love and laughter. I hope all of you are doing well too.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Today is valentines day and I want to take a moment to let the world know just how blessed and lucky I am to be married to Michael Taggard. He is the best thing that could have happened to me and even after being in love for 12 years he still makes me blush and giggle when he winks at me. I know that we are an eternal family and that our marriage will last forever and that makes what we have even more special. He is a great father, husband and best friend. Happy valentines day, Lover.
In other none mushy things, we had a great weekend in Springdale visiting Justen, Amber and Baby Ryan. He is getting so big. We went shopping and ate out a lot. We even got to visit with Eddie and Aria!!!! It has been so long since we have been able to sit down and chat since we seem to keep missing each other either in Arkadelphia or in Fayetteville. Their son is so cute and is getting so grown up. It amazed me to hear him talking and even using sign language. He is going to be a great kid. I just hope mine don't scare him off!
I hope all of you have a great valentines week!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
We had such a beautiful spring like weekend this past week and the Taggard Clan had to get out and enjoy the sun. We decided that after doing a bit of cleaning and shopping on saturday that we would head over to the zoo. The kids were really excited about seeing all the animals and Link wanted to bite a tiger so we headed out.
We had to look at everything! Even the birds that are not even part of a habitat. The favs were the elephants, apes, giraffe, naked mole rat, lion and penguins.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Cheesy Taco Soup
1 lb ground beef (browned and drained)
1 lb Velveeta
1 can rotel
1 can (15oz) of ranch style beans
1 can corn (drained)
1 1/2 cups of water
Cube the Velveeta and add everything into the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours. It serves 4-6 people and tastes great on its own or over chips. Also if you want it soupier you can add water until it is the consistency you want.
Friday, January 14, 2011
This is a tale of a three year old boy that refuses to be completely potty trained. He is a bit delayed and so I have been really laid back about pushing him. Well, I realized that I have been changing diapers for a decade and decided that it was time to stop. We have been having him use the potty but kept the pull ups so that if he had an accident there would be no problem. The pull ups ended up being a problem. We were using them as a crutch and would not stay on top of Link like we have the other 6 kids we have potty trained. So this weekend I did it. I put him in big boy pants and set an oven timer. We had 2 accidents in 4 days and are still doing pretty good. He is in pull ups at school but I am going to send a bunch of unders and pants on Monday and explain that he needs to switch up. As you can see he really loves his big boy pants!
So Beau got moved up another level and got the mess beat out of him. Not really, he won 3 out of 6 games but it was enough to not place. However, he is in the highest level for elementary age kids so maybe it will challenge him a little more. Here is a pic of him and his two friends playing DS between rounds.
Mike and I canned 25 pounds of chicken and 20 pounds of ground beef on Sunday. We do this to build up our food storage and it is just really convenient to have already cooked meat in our pantry for dinner on church nights and nights that Mike has class. It is hard having him in grad school but with the easy dinners it will be less hard. Mainly I just miss him two nights a week now.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Christmas eve and day were perfect. We had family over and just enjoyed the whole weekend with the kids. Everyone loved the gifts, especially me! Mike got me a Nook color for christmas and I have been in heaven since. It is so much fun to play with and to read on. Beau has already figured it out too and will pick it up when he is bored. We took our time on gifts and let the kids play with them as they opened each gift. Link is just at that age where the magic is new and strong. Everything was so exciting to him and we laughed so much at him that day it was just too funny. My folks came over and of course the kids had to show off everything and like all good grandparents they enjoyed the show. My BIL Neal and his boys came up and it was food and games from that point on. Just a great day.
Day after- not good. Don't remember much and I blacked out over 12 times. My parents took the kids and mike took me to the hospital. They rehydrated me through IV and wanted to admit me but I did not want to stay in the hospital so after a promise to come back if I get worse we went home. I then spent the next day in bed or on the couch barely able to move. Mike was so great and took wonderful care of me. Honestly, I do not deserve such a knight as he is.
Tuesday- We had taggard Christmas. We went to arkadelphia and enjoyed a day of family and fun. I would say food but I did not get to eat much since I was still recovering. I still had to stay seated and if I stood up too long would fall down and be dizzy. Luckily, no one had an issue with me not moving much and the kids were well behaved. It was a great day.
NYE- LOL, we went to bed at 8:30. We had plans of staying up with the kids and having a grand old time but We were both just too tired. I was still having some issues and mike had just done everything all week. The kids forgave us and we woke up saturday morning to a new year.
2011- I have big hopes for the next year. I know that as long as the Taggards continue to love and support each other we will be a happy family. Happy New Year, Everyone!