Friday, September 28, 2012


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Happy Dance Time!!!


So it got late in the day when I was making Salasa on Wednesday so I decided to let it cool off and deal with it later, I was busy yesterday at a Project Linus meeting, yeah I know I've joined another group, I can't help it, lol its for a good cause and the ladies that are part of this group are great so its a chance for me to do something good and have some adult time while Kara has a playdate with the daughter of one of the ladies' in the group. So anyway this morning after packing lunches and getting hubby off to work and the boys off to school I put the salsa on the stove to get hot and started washing up jars!! My 2 batches of salsa yielded 16 pints!!!! I have 7 in the canner right now and another 9 jarred up and ready to go into the canner and I am pretty sure I have enough ingredients for another batch and I really hope I do, I would love to have some pints jarred up to go into the christmas baskets I plan on making my brothers and their families as well as some I want to make up for friends!!!

Then on to the apples, the best part about the apples is that with the new contraption that the hubs bought me for my KA I can just cut out the bad spots, cut up the apples and cook them down peels and all then let the new gadget seperate it all for me after its all cooked!! ♥

I also have the dishwasher going and need to get the washer going as well and I will just as soon as the weights start rocking and I set the timer!!

Busy Busy Busy but loving it!! Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Decided to sit down for a minute and thought I would check in on the blog.

I just put my second pot of salsa on to cook, I am pretty sure I have enough ingredients to make a 3rd batch maybe even a 4th. My back is killing me, lol and I'm out of pots, lol what to do???

I think for right this red hot second I am going to just sit, drink some sweet tea and cool off and relax for a minute!!

I guess I underestimated the amount of work that goes into all this canning. I got up this morning with big ambitions. I knew I wanted to make salsa and I also have some apples that were given to me that I wanted to cook down and strain and then make crock pot apple butter with. Sheesh, no way do I think I am going to get to the apples today.

There's alot of chopping to be done when making salsa, all the ingredients have to be chopped. After I get all this salsa cooked down and canned I probably won't want any for a good while, lol

I'm feeling the effects of being on my feet all day for sure but no where near done yet so I better get off of here and get this all done. And its time to get the boys off the bus!!

Have a great evening!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


How did it get to be wednesday so fast?? Geez I feel like I haven't recovered from the busy weekend yet and here it is Wednesday.

We had a great dinner on Sunday for Tia's birthday and it was really nice to be able to hang out and just sit and talk!!! The kids enjoyed having all the other kids to play with as well!! The cake tasted amazing and she really enjoyed it!!!

Monday we had scouts, Tuesday I had my class and today as been kind of a lax day. I've done dishes and laundry. But not a whole lot else.

I am actually tired, just tired and wanting a nap!!! Oh well maybe I'll get to bed earlish tonight. I've got a pretty easy dinner planned so maybe!!!

Dinner tonight is Pancakes, bacon and eggs, easy peasy!! Then baths and bed!!!

Oh and I've got another cake planned for the end of the week so I'll be sure and post pics of that too!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Much too early on Sunday 9/16/2012

Good early morning!!

Its now 4:27, I've been up since a little after 3.

Kara came to me last night at around 8:30 and said blanky night night, so we started cuddling on the couch, it was such a big day yesterday and I knew she hadn't had much of a nap so I figured she was tired. Well she kind of flopped and flopped and the longer I sat there the more tired I got and to be honest I was getting pretty irritated being wallowed so finally around 9:30 I took her to bed with me. Not sure who was asleep first her or me, but I was out, never heard the hubs or the boys go to bed.

Then around 3 this morning I was wide awake, I got up went to the bathroom and then laid back down and tried to go back to sleep but I was W I D E awake, so I went ahead and got up. I had set the alarm for 6:15 anyway so I could get up and do a few things before going to church because its going to be another long day today.

I've started laundry, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, and turned on the coffee!!

Today will be another full day so I guess I got a head start. :)

How has your weekend been so far?? Ours has been good. A stay at home day, we got alot done. I piddled around in the house, only leaving long enough to go borrow my dad's truck from my mom so I could take her and our trash to the dump, its really convienient living 5 miles from home,lol  Then came home and straightened up a bit and made macaroni salad, deviled eggs and put some chicken on the grill to BBQ and some potatoes in the oven. Mike's gram came over around 3:15 and then my mom came over and we had dinner. It was really good, Mike's gram made "hot bread" as the kids call it, and also a peach cobbler, it was all so good!!

Today we have church, then will probably come home for lunch then back to church for a cub scout committee meeting then home for dinner which I will put in the crock pot shortly so it will be ready  early this evening. I need to decorate a cake before church which is why I wanted up at 6:15. We are having a little birthday get together for Tia, a very good friend!! She thinks she is just taking Brady shopping for his birthday, she got him a gift card to Books A Million  for his birthday last week, and it came with a special shopping trip with Tia, she told him she would take him to spend his gift card, then she'll bring him back here and will just hang out for dinner, but really we are having her a birthday celebration!! Hamburgers, Hotdogs, chips, Barbacoa beef, cilantro lime rice, pinto beans, with all the fixings!! and of course Birthday Cake!!!

So that's our day today, hope you have a wonderful Sunday!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday 9/12/2012

Good afternoon!!

Today is a stay at home day and after yesterday I truely need it!!

My tuesday started off normal:
Hub's lunch packed, hubby off to work
Boy's lunch packed, my boys off to school
My stuff loaded up, diaper bag packed, Kara to the sitter, me off to class
Ya know normal day :)
After class I stopped by my cousin's house to deliver the baby shower gift we'd gotten her and also the carseat base, cause ya know I'm passing on my stuff to the next one in line :) Left there and headed home. Turned onto the road to the sitters, and my phone rang, it was the school, immediate worry washes over me as I answer  and hear the nurse tell me she had my middle son Brady in the clinic, he had fallen during recess and hit his chin when he fell off of the playground equiptment. o.O panic!!! She said he was being a real trooper, she had cleaned him up and steri-stripped his chin shut but she really thought he needed to be seen asap that she thought he needed stitches. YIKES!! I was calm told her I was picking up my boo and I'd be there in a jiffy.
I called dh to see if the flex card for co-pays was at home or did he have it, of course he has it and he's 1.5 hours away from home at work. He said he was leaving and would meet me at the dr office. I was kind of suprised really, I guess I was in shock still from learning my son was hurt and I guess I didn't expect him to take off work because I always have taken the kids to the dr so I was really stumped, the convo went something like this:

Me: Do you have the flex spend card or is it at home?
Him: I've got it in my wallet...why??
Me: School called, Brady fell, busted his chin and probably needs stitches.
Him: ...(silence, crickets, nada)
Me: So I am picking up Kara, and will go get him at school and I'll call you so you can give the nurse the info from the flex spend card, ok?
Him: I'm leaving now, I'll meet you there.
Him: YES I'm Coming Home.
Me:  confused..I always take the kids to the dr...
Him: interupting me -Yes I know but this isn't just a check up Dana your taking my son to the hospital and I AM LEAVING NOW AND WILL MEET YOU THERE.
Me: ok, yeah, good,ok, see you soon.

Oh Boy then it really hit me- this is serious. OMG, cue the total freak out!!!
So I called my bestie, and did the fast-talking-wordsallcrammedtogether-get it out of my mouth as fast as I can spilling of the info.
She calmed me down, told me what to expect and swore me promise to call as soon as I got him home.

I picked him up and he was AOK jabbering away to the nurse and she told me she used steri-strips and it was good to go just keep ice on it and sends us on our way to the dr with a icepack.

We get to the Urgent Care Center, dh wasn't far behind, and then we proceed to spend the next 5 hrs in the Urgent care with a 2 yr old who missed her nap, and a 7 yr old who was completely miserable. We finally get called back, the dr says if its not to bad they can just glue him up, yada yada,  they removed the steri-strips and they looked him over, OH BOY he just didn't have a small cut he had  a gaping hole, totally needed stitches. 5 stitches to be exact. The numbing was the hardest part, I was standing holding his hand and had full view, poor baby, he cried, I cried we were a mess, as soon as she took the numbing needle out she gave us gauze to clean up a bit more, he was bleeding and had the numbing stuff running everywhere. I picked him up off the table and just held him and rocked him. She gave us a minute to get him calmed down and when she came back in, he laid back down, Daddy held one hand I held the other and he laid there like a trooper and took those stitches like nothing. Thank goodness the numbing stuff was working, but what a big boy he was, talking and joking with the dr. A couple times she told him to stop talking or she might sew his chin sideways : )  he would giggle and be really still and quiet.  Being so brave and such big boy through the whole thing earned him 4 Angry Bird Stickers and stamper that says smile!! from the dr.  I think Daddy and Momma will be treating him to icecream at Sweet Frogs too, very soon!!!We finally got out of there and made it home at a little after 6pm. What a day. Thank GOD it wasn't worse than it was, but it was still tramatic..I'm sure it was rough on Brady too, lol

He did great all evening, he did need meds for pain when we got home and then again when he went to bed.

This morning we removed the bandage from the Urgent Care and washed him up like instructed and rebandaged him up and he went to school just like nothing happened :) Man they bounce back quick!!!

I'm spending today doing all the things that needed done yesterday, namely laundry and dishes, there's regular housework to do as well. So far so good no calls from school today, Thank goodness!! They'll be home in a couple hours and hopefully life goes back to normal except for bandage changes. He gets the stitches out in a week, some girlfriends have told me that I can take him to his pediatrician for that instead of going back to the Urgent Care, I'm going to call and find out since I can make an appointment at the pediatrician and at Urgent Care you sign in and wait, if I can avoid another 5 hour wait then I am definately going to his pediatrician besides, it will be good for them to document it in his chart.

And life moves on, back to my chores I go!!
Dinner tonight is Cube Steak, creamed potatoes and green beans!!!

Hope your Tuesday wasn't as exciting as mine :)
Enjoy your day!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday 9/10/2012

Good morning!!

How was your weekend?? Ours was very good. It started out a little hectic and worrysome but it really ended nice!!

Saturday we had planned to have Brady our middle child a birthday party, we'll knew there was rain in the forcast and we prayed that it would hold off till after his party but that didn't happen. Infact the wind blew so fierce and the rain came down so hard that a tree came down on the power lines that run across our front and side yard. The tree blocked the road in front of our house and on the side yard there was a wire hanging out of one of our trees. I called the power company but they wouldn't answer the phone, so then I called 911 to alert them.

We had to cancel the party for the moment, and we were just about to load up and leave to take Brady out to lunch or to do something fun when a crew of power trucks pulled up, taped off our yard with caution tape and went to work. They had that tree cut down off the lines in no time, and reran the wires and got us power back on. I called everyone back to say that we had power and instead of having his party at 2 like we planned we had it at 5, not everyone was able to come because of the storms but he had a great time anyway. Small and intimate but a great day for him.

His birthday was actually on Sunday, my little boy is 7 now!!!

Sunday we got up, went to church, went to youth group and then my best friend Amber and her boyfriend Will and Amber's kids came over and brought burgers to grill for dinner, I had chips, pretzels and such leftover from the party as well as leftover cake and I made some baked beans to go with it all. We ate, they brought Brady a gift and the kids played while the adults sat and chatted and it was a great time. As soon as they left I sent the boys for showers and after the kid were in bed hubs and I watched a tv show, Hell on Wheels, its a show about building the train line back in the day and its got alot of language, adult situations and of course back then Slavery was still an issue as well as the HORRIBLE over use of derogatory name calling so I don't want the kids to watch it. Once it was over we went to bed as well.

Today so far I've baked a huge pan of brownies for Brady's classmates, Packed Dh's, Colby's and Brady's lunches, dh went to work, I took the boys to school so they wouldn't have to take a pan of brownies on the bus, and I've got a load of sheets in the dryer, a load of clothes in the washer and a load of clothes I've already put on the line. I still have a TON more laundry to do, I need to pay bills,  plus dishes and everything else. lol Maybe I'll get to my coupons today maybe not.

I am going to put a roast in the crockpot because tonight is scouts and its an easy way to get dinner made.

Lots to do today, but its great day!! Enjoy your day!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday 9/5/2012

Good morning!!

Checking in here after quickly checking other blogs I like to read before diving in to get my chores done!!

So far today I've packed dh's lunch, and he's off to work I've gotten the boys breakfast got them ready and off to school. Little miss has had her breakfast and is watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and playing while I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher. Then I sat down to call and check on dh's gram, she's 88 and my morning ritual wouldn't be complete without calling to check on her!! I call every morning, drink a cup of coffee and we swap plans  for the day and just talk!! I love her to pieces!!

Now I am checking in here, and then off to get busy in my house!! How productive I will be today with my 2 yr old under foot, who knows but I got to at least try :) I told dh's gram that I also needed to clean Little Miss's room and told her if I didn't call her in the morning she should probably send help, lol Boy she can rip apart a room faster than anything. Her daddy calls her Karacane because after she's done in her room it looks like a Hurricane hit it, lol

I've started working more on Christmas gifts too!!! But only in down times. I have yarn stashed in my car, its for a project I am working on for dh for christmas. Hopefully in the car he won't notice it, lol I've been working on his gift while I wait for the bus in the mornings and afternoons. I've also got a cone of thread set up next to "my spot" in the livingroom so that I can work on crocheted snowflakes in the evenings after dinner when we watch tv. Not sure if the snowflakes will actually make it as gifts or if they will just be put on our tree. I haven't decided yet. I've got some fabric stashed that I would like to make gifts for my boys with. My plan is to pick one day a week as a crafty sort of day and work on things while Little Miss naps.  Speaking of Little Miss I've picked out a pattern for a hooded sweater that I would like to make her and I think I've spied a yarn that I want to crochet it with. I'll need to pick that up soon in order to get it going as well. Hopefully a sale will come or I'll find coupons to make it more affordable. I love making gifts for my family!!!

Well that is about it, I've got to get busy!!
Dinner tonight is the kids favorite Chicken tenders and hm french fries, daddy has a meeting he needs to go to and will pick up a sandwich on the way from work to the meeting so the kids and I will have kid food, lol They are super excited!!

Hope you have a great day!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day

Good Morning!!

Thanks for all the well wishes, the headache did finally leave me, thank goodness. I think it probably was a nice mix of both allergies and bariatric pressure.  I've started taking some allergy meds as well as its been raining so its probably both giving me trouble.

Last minute we decided to go camping. We went to the river and stayed friday night and saturday night and got home sometime around 2pm yesterday. It was nice getting away, a little hectic and alot not well planned but it worked!!! I see alot more camping in our future!!!

We've got no real plans for today other than work around the house, I have alot to do to get ready for my little boy's 7th birthday party this coming saturday. So that will be the focus of my week this week!!!  I have some great ideas for his birthday cake!!! We've spent alot of time on the web looking for ideas!! I think I've got just what he wants in mind and if I can pull it off it will be awesome!!!

I would love to be able to get everything done and have time to do a little sewing this week. I need curtains in our bathroom, Kara's room and in the boy's room as well. Ugh lots and lots to do!!!

We won't be cooking out like normal Labor Days but we will enjoy being home together, a good dinner and getting ready for back to work and school in the morning!!

Enjoy your day!!!