Monday, December 29, 2008

Menu Monday...Yeah Right!

So I'm enjoying the whole Menu Monday thang but to be honest with you my life is a bit out of whack right now to keep up with preparing meals for my family. With having the whole house thang shot down last week and being sick and moving at lighting speed shuffling every one to and fro for the holidays I'm a bit tired. My ear is acting strange still and I'm fighting some sort of other sinusy infection...god damn it! But I'm alive and kickin! Anyways...yes Menu Monday not gonna happen this week. I'm going to try to crawl to the grocery store and grab some cheese or stomething and toss it ontop of some sort of casserole or something made out of ingredients I have on hand. We'll see. I know I got some chix in the freezer I could thaw that and bake it. I think baked chix was on the menu last week, yes that's what I'll do!

Now that dinners out of the way...I was thinking that you guys that read this are going to get tired of my melancholy mood right now and bail on me. Listen don't do that. I'm very resourceful and will hunt you down. Just hang on with me as I go through this learning experience (shitty time) and try to hang on for dear life and not slip into a permanent funk and allow my kids to subside on goldfish crackers and eggnog for breakfast (Aye I know there are some vitamins in there somewhere!)

We're still hoping the potential buyer comes through and allows us to move on, although I tired of waiting for someone who doesn't appreciate my abode. Did I mention I hate this whole stupid process?

What's going on this week? Well it's almost New Year's..yay! Time to pull out the new budget mean yay! And the huz is gonna make some fancy alcoholic beverages this week for our celebration on the 31st. We're having a party and it's gonna be in front of the xbox 360-me and the huz drinking alcoholic beverages...that's how we roll. We're such an exciting couple!

Happy New Year!

Oh yeah the huz is turning old on saturday, it's his birthday! We're gonna go fancy and eat at a fine dining establishment. Hopefully the folks will watch the babes and it'll be an enjoyable birthday for him. I'm trying to think of something else fun for us to do that he would feel loved by. It occurred to me to take him to play Laser Tag but I'm kind of scared. I'm thinking we'll injure ourselves and how much does something like that cost anyways? I'm such a wet blanket sometimes. I should just schedule it and we should just go...I'm still kind of scared. I'll let you know if we (I) chicken out and take him to the movies instead.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

So it Seems

So it seems that we could possibly, maybe, perhaps seal this whole house deal after all. The sellers of the house we want to buy got wind of the whole dealio (drama) with the ex potential buyer of our house and now they're offering to pay for the fixes that may need to happen in order for the ex potential buyer to buy our house. Wow crazy! I'll let ya'll know if anything come from this.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I'm not sure what to title this post so for now I've left it blank. I'm just so disappointed at the buyer pulling out of her contract to buy our house. I'm also very frustrated b/c from all appearance she had no idea what she was getting herself into. And also this whole experience thus far reassures me that there needs to be some sort of regulation by the government on Appraisers and Inspectors in the area of real estate.

The reason the buyer pulled out of her contract, well what was communicated to us, is b/c she was overwhelmed by the amount of repairs that had to be done according to the inspector (who is often viewed as God in these situations). We're frustrated though because in the Request To Remedy paperwork she submitted to us she only listed three things she wanted us to perfom-and I got those done the very next day. But she pulled out anyway. It seems she was just really overwhelmed or something I'm not really sure, but nonetheless she committed and refused to be honest (from our perspective) and then didn't follow through with her committment to us. Her pulling out of the contract was legal because she had until the 25th to respond. It really sucks! We just feel like she led us on and it was so rude! What a frickin waste of time! And we were ready to close next week!

What do we do now? Well the contract on the new house is now void b/c we won't be closing on our house (someone pinch me this is not happening.) So at this point we lost our other house...the house. I don't think I can communicate how sad and angry we feel (I'm about to cut a bitch!) We're trying desperately to get perspective though b/c we know there are worse things in this world happening to people. And we are grateful for so much (but this bites the big one!) And whose to say the house we want won't be on the market for a while longer. And maybe someone else will actually like our house and we can still sell and move into the house. At any rate, we're gonna keep on keepin on and relist our house and have showings (ugg truly the worst part with 3 little babes!)

My mom and dad have been so encouraging through this process. I've gotten phone calls and emails over the last few days from the both of them. They keep telling me to keep going or actually mom says, "pull your big girl panties up and keep fightin, your a fighter girl!" She cracks me up more these days as we're learning to understand oneanother better.

So I guess saying this is a waste of time is not actually true. Since I wrote that up there in the second paragraph it's not sitting well with me. We have learned some things about what we will and won't do if we get a second offer. We've also learned how many people care! Our friends and family have been so thoughtful over the last day as we got the news yesterday morning. We really appreciate it! We've also been pretty sick these last few day, my eardrum almost ruptured on monday so I was in a lot of pain with a "raging ear infection" that's what the nurse practitioner called it. The Huz and I both are pretty sure we have sinus infections too. And Super N has pink eye in both eyes and Baby Jin one eye. I thought W had pink eye too but he has managed to escape all of our sicknesses and got to enjoy a day with extended family while we tried to rest at home in our sickness with two sick babes.

Today we're going to go to our Great Grandparents home and celebrate with family (uh more like try to breathe since there will likely be 35 people crammed into a not so large space...ugg.) It should be fun (perhaps I should bring my inhaler?) Or hopefully it will be somewhat relaxing (Oh how I hope it will.) At about 5ish we'll leave the G Rents and go to my parents home and open gifts with them and my sister's family-should be a Merry Ho Time...or something like that.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

And A Merry Christmas To You Too Lady

The Buyer pulled out. We are very disappointed and angry.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mi Vida Loco

I have 3 babes with Pink Eye. The Huz (formerly Hub) and I have raging sore throats with a side of green funk, aka phlegm. If I recall correctly I was sick last Christmas. Sheesh this is not what I had in mind for a Christmas tradition. (Perhaps next year a week before Christmas I'm going to load up on Coldeez to thwart this unwanted tradition.) Hopefully I'll ring in the new year phlegm free. Speaking of the new year I was hoping that the Huz and I could go party it up with friends and have a yummy dinner somewhere but not this year. We've concluded that our gift this year to one another is a house. Oh yeah we're buying a house!

What's up with the house?!

Well let's see. Both houses had inspections last week. We received a request to repair report on ours Thursday evening. Apparently some of the roofing tiles were damaged and some of the seals were broken (ice storm of 05' or hail storm of 06' or wind storm of 08'???) Some of the flashing was not where it should be as well. We also had a piece of soffit that was rotted. Apparently the painters we hired to paint our house for 4k 2 months ago neglected to tell us that we had some rotted woodness going on up there. However they had no problem painting right on over it...MOFOS! At any rate, we also had a small hole in a front gable and some minor electrical issues that will be solved tomorrow by our trusty electrician. All in all pretty easy and now we can breathe a bit. The report on the house that we are in contract with came back pretty clean. It did have 3 small gas leaks (eek!) and a cracked joist in the basement that we asked the owner to support with a piece of wood, we were informed this morning that she has obliged.

In regards to the inspection on the house, we shadowed the inspector and got to hang out in the house for 3 hours. It was really reassuring to walk through and find out that the house was in pretty good shape for being built around 1920. The house also has had some renovations done in the last 10 years that the inspector said were done well. (I actually have a cool story about the guy who actually did those renovations.)

There is a small room with a french door off of the family room (the pic above). It currently doesn't have a heat duct running to it. When I first walked through the home at the end of August I envisioned that room being a bathroom. The Huz agreed over time that this was a good idea. I inquired on whether or not that was a possibility and the inspector thought it was totally doable and would be rather easy since the plumbing for the toilet was directly below the room and the plumbuing was about 3 feet away! How exciting a downstairs pot woohoo! We plan to jump on that right after we move into the house. My dad is disabled and can't do stairs very well at all so having a bathroom on the bottom level will be awesome in many ways for everyone (including Mommabear who doesn't have to run two small butts up the stairs all the time when potty training happens or when she has to go to the pot.)

This last week has been retardedly ridiculous. Momma almost cut a bitch! Naw I'm just kiddin. But I did feel like that cause this mortgage industry is a crock of sh$*t. Let's just say I'm not surprised that so many mortgage companies and banks have went bankrupt...mofos. At any rate, we pushed our closing back to January 13th. Now we can enjoy Christmas a bit and pack in a slower fashion and breathe a little bit. Crazy fool what was I thinking to try to close on Dec 30th...sheesh!

MERRY CHRISTMAS lovely Monkeys!

Monday: Black Bean Soup w/ Turkey and corn thrown in

Tuesday: Bkfst: Dutch Eggs Lunch: PB&J and/or Leftover Marzetti, Dinner: Baked Chix with peas & mashed swt potatoes

Wednesday: Breakfast: Pancakes w/ syrup & Turkey bacon, Late lunch/Dinner: Christmas Eve at G & G's & my mom and dad's

Thursday: Christmas celebration food included (bkfst, lunch & dinner) at Mom & Dad's.

Friday: Bkfst: Oatmeal, Lunch: PB&J, Dinner: Marinated Chix Breasts, oven roasted pot's w/ evoo & garlic, & spinach

Saturday: Brunch: French Toast Souffle Dinner: Stuffed Peppers & Roasted Green Beans

Sunday: Brunch: Baked Oatmeal Dinner: BBQ Chix on English Muffins & Honey Glazed Carrots

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Man life is rough right now! You'd think with selling the house and getting a contract on the house we want life would be roses (or happy crap like that...). But I tell you getting through a house inspection and then waiting the alotted 10 days is murder on the nerves! I'm dying here! Waiting sucks!

Anyways, because we've been running around like nuts trying to get all the necessary paperwork, inspections, insurance papers, appraisels, etc, etc we are pooped. I forgot to mention that we are closing (or trying to) on Dec 30th, yeah I've been upfront about my addiction to chaos. At any rate, can't wait for this sh#$ to be done!

So here's Menu Plan Monday delivered on Tuesday evening, give me some slack it's my birthday already! Oh and I'm STILL doing the Aldi Queen's Menu Plan, it's awesome, so convenient and I love it!

Monday: Leftover Macaroni Casserole
Tuesday: Roasted Turkey Breast with noodles
Wednesday: Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops and Noodles Romanoff (It didn't get made last week.)
Thursday: Scalloped Potatos and Ham (but I'm using leftover Roasted Turkey Breast) & green beans
Friday: Poor Mans Chix Parmesan w/ veggies of some kind
Saturday: Brunch: Pancakes & Turkey Bacon & leftovers for dinner
Sunday: Brunch: Scrambled Eggs or french toast & Veggie Chili (from a box) for dinner

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Do you hear that gurgling noise?

Yep it's my stomach. I think I'm going to barf! We just sold our house!! Yay!! Details later when it's all said and done.

A Day In The Life of Our House..Currently...(Continued)

I quickly grab my 2 year old and carry her to the bathroom, tell her to "wait right there" while I grab a handtowel off of the towel bar and run back to the room. I throw the towel over the pee that has now soaked into the carpet and stand on it with my bare feet to absorb as much as I can. I pick up the towel and head back to the bathroom tossing the towel in the bathtub for my husband to discover tomorrow morning as he gets in to take a shower. I simultaneously grab the training seat from beside the toilet and my still naked 2 year old. I do some sort of juggling act but manage to shove the both of them on the seat in the correct order.

I run downstairs to grab a diaper, the baby sees me fly past him and his screams quiet and then increase in sound as he realizes I'm not there to pick him up. I grab the diaper from the laundry room and run back through the house and back up the stairs to the bathroom. I silently commend myself for not tripping over the large blue rocking dog parked smack dab in the middle of the living room. Grabbing my 2 year old I throw a diaper on her, ninja style, and then take a moment to just collect myself as I fill my heart pounding. Heading around the corner I find the 3 year old, grab his hand then lead them both down the stairs. We head to the kitchen and I turn the under-the-cabinet tv on and plop them on the floor to watch Curious George.

At this point the baby has seen us and has quieted his screams into whimpers. I walk across the dining room, reach down into the pack and play and grab him his whimpers turning into coos. I clutch him to me taking in his warmth at the same time realizing his sleeper has been soaked completely through and up to his neck in urine. I quickly draw him back from me and carry him to the rug in the living room, lay him down and run to get another diaper from the laundry room. The baby starts screaming when he realizes I've left him there alone. I return and try to manuever the urine soaked, cold, sleeper off of my crying baby. I then change his diaper, pick him up and take him to the laundry room to search for dry clothes. While there I grab some tights and a dress for my 2 year old and some underwear, pants, and a shirt for my 3 year old. I trip over the dirty laundry pile on my way out and note in my head that I need to wash clothes. While sitting in the living room changing the baby I take in the mess that has accumulated in the room over the last few days. I immediately feel overwhelmed by it. It's been 15 minutes since I woke up.

Monday, December 08, 2008

I'm currently still using The Aldi Queen's Fall/Winter Menu Planner.

Monday: Turkey Meatloaf w/ Cheesy Mashed Potatoes & Sauteed Spinach

Tuesday: Salmon Packets and Rice Noodle Pilaf (from last week; we were looking at houses and went to a pizzaria for dinner)
Wednesday: Roast Turkey Sandwiches w/ chips and apple slices (from last week; hub and i had a big lunch so we didn't eat dinner, the kids had pb&j for dinner)

Thursday: Ham & Macaroni Casserole w/ Broccoli

Friday: Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops and Noodles Romanoff w/ a veggie

Saturday: B: pancakes, D: quiche

Sunday: B: french toast D:Scalloped Pot's w/ Ham and a veggie

Saturday, December 06, 2008

$5 Starbucks Gift Cards Giveaway Winners

Thank you guys so much for all the great ideas that you have for keeping busy in the winter while indoors with your babes! You've given me some great ideas to keep my own kids busy. I plan to write up all the ideas and post them in a few days so come back and take advantage of this great resource.

And the winners of the 2 $5 Starbucks Gift Cards are...... Susan & Cheryl! Thanks for the great ideas ladies.

A Day In The Life of Our House..Currently

Even though I have ear plugs in my ears I can hear a faint muffle. I barely open one eye and kind of peek out of it to see where the noise is coming from. My 2 year old is standing at the side of my bed in front of me buck naked, with a huge grin, patting my cheek and saying, "hi mommy!" Of course I'm hearing "mamaamam." I grit my teeth send up a short yet pleading prayer of, "please God help me," take my ear plugs out and get ready to face another day. I grab my naked 2 year olds hand and lead her to find her brother who I presume is naked as well. I hear the baby downstairs faintly whining and gooing at the same time. I turn the corner out of my room and see my naked 3 year old bouncing on his box springs, his mattress on the floor, the sheet lying next to it in a heap. I feel my heart rate increase a little as I quickly scan the room and notice that the window is open...again. I let go of my 2 year old's hand and walk across the room to the window. I peer outside and see 2 toys stuck in the gutter. Even though I can't see beyond the roof, experience tells me there is a pile of toys in the driveway just under the roof. I close the window, try to compose myself and turn to speak. At the same time I notice a stream of pee running down my 2 year olds leg as she says, "uh oh potty!" The baby's faint whines have now turned into hungry screams. And we haven't even gotten downstairs yet.
To be continued.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Daydreaming (Is that one word or two?)

So I've been daydreaming about something over the last couple of weeks. This is different from my daydreaming about being a regular on SNL -like I'm that funny. Or when I was convinced I could be a rapper when I was 17 and actually started writing and practicing my rhymes-in my head of course. I also bought some beeswax and dreaded my hair. After a little while I realized that a rapping, white girl with dreadlocks may not fly so well in our culture (or any culture for that matter, except of course Japan cause their f$#&ing crazy...) Some of you don't know this about me. But I have large dreams of doing some wacky shit.

What I've been daydreaming about as of late is being a professional B Boxer (beatboxer). In my head I fantasize about meeting a really good beatboxer who could take me under his wing and critique me and help me achieve my b boxing potential. I then picture joining up with a group of street b boxers and traveling with them and showcasing our talents at some large event (like we're the Cirque Du Soleil or something...which I did want to join at some point. I thought with the right diet and exercise routine, the Hub didn't think it was a good idea.)

The art of B Boxing has totally crowded my thoughts and so I've been practicing a lot. My kids really seem to dig it and it makes them crack up in laughter (of course they're probably laughing at me as my husband was internally but was doing a very nice job at containing it as I told him this secret desire last night before bed.)

Don't be surprised if you see my ass on a street sign or you actually see me with a group of people on a corner somewhere. Just say "hey" and feel free to stop and listen. Of course currently I'm too scared to actually do it in front of people except my kids so don't expect to see me or the signs soon of course. But keep your eyes open in the next 5 years or so.

If you are interested in trying your hand (mouth) at b boxing click Here.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

$5 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

I have two $5 Starbucks Gift Cards to give away.

In order to be entered to win please leave a comment letting me know of a way you keep your kids busy during the winter months indoors. Don't forget to leave your email addy as well!

I will pick 2 winners out of a bowl on friday night and let you know on Saturday morning.

Happy Holidays!

With being a stay-at-home momma with small children my mind is often consumed with meeting their needs and what I must get done in the day. Since having babes it seems Thanksgiving and Christmas just go by without me being able to fully enjoy them. A couple Christmas's ago while out shopping I bought a cd of Christmas music. I think it was Alvin and The Chipmunks Do Christmas or something. At any rate I bought this cd and listened to it and it was if my shoulders relaxed and I exhaled and all the stress of life just lessened. I was able to go about preparing for Christmas and the season in just a better mood with a better outlook. It was so nice!
So what "works-for-me" is Christmas music. Listening to it everyday from November until Christmas Day. We have it on almost every dinner playing lightly in the background and while we're just hanging out at home. My kids and hubby seem to really enjoy it as well. And it helps me to slow down and enjoy Christmas.

Just kidding about the cd being Alvin and The Chipmunks...I'm much too sophisticated for that...HA!
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a caucasian individual, thus starting the 381 days of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She and a handful of others including Jo Ann Robinson, an Alabama State Law Professor and civil rights activist who was waiting for an opportunity to institute a bus boycott, changed history forever because of their courageous actions.

Take a minute and check out this awesome website dedicated to this significant event in history.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Currently I'm using The Aldi Queen's food plan so all my recipes can be found there.

Monday: Dinner with parents
Tuesday: Potato Soup w/ toppings: bacon & cheese
Wednesday: Chicken Delicious, salad & crescent rolls
Thursday: Salmon Packets w/ Rice and noodle pilaf
Friday: Leftover Salsa Chix (from the freezer)
Saturday: Bfst: Pumpkin Pancakes Dinner:Roasted Turkey Sandwiches w/ Blue Chips & apple slices
Sunday: Quiche , Turkey Bacon & fruit

Pretty Things for Girls

I cannot believe it's December already. I was able to do some Christmas shopping this weekend but usually I have it all done by December. I was not one of the many who braved the cold and the crowds on Black Friday to do my Christmas shopping (...those crazy fools..I'll probably do it next year). Instead I sat in a comfortable chair with my cup of coffee and my laptop and preceded to order gifts for my nieces online (and in my jammies I might add). It was awesome! Here are some of the cute items I managed to snag.

Jealous Huh? Where did I get these little lovelies you're wondering?Etsy! You must head over there and check out all of the many handmade items they've got for sale over there. If you are truly looking for something unique to give this holiday season go there!
I got the barrettes, ponytail holders and the birdy ring from ButtonBoutique. I snagged the other ring from katieskreations. It's for my 9 year old niece, Emma, I think she'll love it.