Archive for June, 2011

Easy Lunch: Simple Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by by

This week, our grocery store was having a sale for bone-in chicken, buy one get one free. Whereas I normally buy whole chickens, it was cheaper this week to buy chicken breast and take advantage of the sale. Once I got it home, it was easy to remove the meat from the bone and skin, then I had endless recipes.

For a quick lunch, I made a simple chicken and broccoli stir fry.

About 1 lb chicken breast cubed into even pieces
1 or 2 stalks of fresh broccoli
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
dash of curry powder

In a wok or non stick pan, heat the olive oil under medium heat. Add the chicken, stirring almost constantly. Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes or until you can’t see any pink on any of the chicken. Add the broccoli, salt, pepper, and curry powder to the pan and continue to stir it while it cooks. Cook for about 5-10 minutes longer, or until the chicken is cooked through and starting to brown a bit, and the broccoli is  a bright green.


Jedi Camp

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by by

Today, Bob and two of his friends started “Jedi Camp,” a five day, three-hour morning program offered through our town’s parks and rec department. Jedi Camp convened at 9:00am in the main room in the building next to the baseball field. A dozen small-ish Jedi-wannabes (technically, Padawans) stood in a row to meet their master, a baby-faced young man in robes who introduced himself as Obi Wan Kenobi.

Obi Wan formally greeted the group by shaking hands with each of his young students and quickly learning their names. He committed to a faux-British accent for the duration of the class, God love him.

According to Bob, the class went by too fast.

“Mom? I love Jedi Camp!”

“That’s great, Babe. What did you do there ?”

“There was a coloring part and an outside games part and an inside light saber part and a snacks part. It was super-cool.”

“That sounds amazing. What was your favorite part?”

“Meeting the real Obi Wan Kenobi. He’s a Jedi master, Mom.”

“That he is.”

Big Shoes

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by by
Daddy’s got some big shoes to fill when he has to be gone for work.
But we had this crazy little guy running around the house who was willing to do the job, despite still being sick.

There was a wee bit of confusion straight out of the gate as to who’s shoes he was supposed to be filling…. (more…)

Cora’s shelf again.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by by

It still isn’t up.  It’s a little hard, but it’s okay at the same time.  It’s a great emotional improvement on my part, I think, that I’m getting everything else unpacked first.  Once I get my bedroom completely unpacked, all I have left is my craft room and the pictures that go on the walls.  So Cora’s shelf will go up as soon as my room is unpacked.

Still don’t know where, but I’ll find a good spot.


Baseball and Bridging

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by by

I was out shopping the other day and gasped at all of the July 4th decor already out on the shelves….until I realized that July 4th is literally around the corner. The retailers aren’t early – I’m just late! I really thought that June would be our “slow” month, the month we’d use to ease ourselves into summer. WRONG. June will not be undersold.

The real time sucker was Little League Baseball. This year, Hayden’s team played 6 more games in the regular season than they did last year, and they had a tournament thrown in there to boot. The weather also participated by being rainy and uncooperative for much of the season, forcing the rescheduling of several games.

Hayden warms up.

Local Events – Simon Kidgits Club

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by

When I first got married, I had NO friends with kids. So the only time I interacted with other moms, and Yvette with other kids, was during SImon Kidgits Events! We loved them. They were held at our local Simon mall every month or so. We made that day a Mommy & Me day…. just so much fun!

With summer officially here, I wanted to share about this “Club” with ya’ll. Here are the upcoming events. Click HERE to see when your local mall will have their events.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, July 9th, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Let’s go to the Movies – Lights! Camera! Action! Enjoy the movie experience with your Kidgits friends – a movie classic, popcorn, and fun!

Saturday, August 13th, 11:30am – 1:30 pm
Back to School – Join us as we gear up for the 2011 – 2012 back to school season!

Some tips…. Get there early. If you are a member, just bring your Kidgits Card and you go right in. There is always new kids signing up, so that line is always longer! You can also buy two years up-front online for a discounted price!

Take the kids out this summer!!


Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by

“Mom? When will I not have chubby cheeks anymore?”

“Who said you had chubby cheeks?”

“Coop said that maybe I can’t be Harry Potter for Halloween, because I have chubby cheeks.”

“Your cheeks are beautiful and perfect.”

“What does chubby mean?”

“When you’re talking about cheeks, chubby means round. You know who used to have chubby cheeks?”


“Your mother. I’ll show you a picture of baby-me.”

“You had those cheeks? They’re not chubby now.”

“Your cheeks might change as you get older, but they are outstanding cheeks, no matter what.”

“I’m going to be Harry Potter for Halloween.”

“You’ll be a terrific one.”


Thankful Tuesday

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by
I am thankful for VACATIONS! Even the mini ones.
Our weekend trip to Orlando was a blast. It was also hot and sticky and ohmigod HOT, but it was a great time. I expected that we would take a bazillion or so pictures, but I was so wrong. On the first day, I was actually worried because I forgot to bring the camera charger, but that worry was for nothing (as usual) since we took probably less than twenty pictures over the three day trip. I blame the heat. It was just too hot (have I mentioned how hot it was?! Hotter than hot!) to stand out in the sun long enough to pose for pictures, or to even bother with taking the camera in and out of my backpack. That was precious energy that I need to keep myself from passing out from the heat. Also, those pictures probably wouldn’t have been pretty anyway. I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a window and, uh, you guys don’t need to see what I saw anyway!

We arrived in Orlando Saturday afternoon and, (more…)

What I Love About Sick Days….

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by

No one likes a Negative Nancy.  So I’m being Positive Polly… or whatever Nancy’s happier counterpart is called, after this brief rant. We’ve been sick for over a month straight around here.  Lawson kicked off the latest sickness with a bang gag at the beginning of the week.  I’ve been avoiding the eyes of death so far and have been dealing with an overall lack of wellness in the way of exhaustion, achiness, stuffiness, and ears that feel like I just blasted into the stratosphere without being able to pop them.  This, combined with Lawson being sick and needy and Naomi potty training and needing to pee multiple times in the night, has left me seriously in need of some quality shut-eye.  And also a little cranky, if I’m honest.
Friday found us saying goodbye to Dustin for the weekend as he flew off in his jet to Florida for the weekend on a cross country flight for “work.”  So far, his work has led him to bars and beaches.  Sounds like fun!  Good for him! I’m not bitter.  Our fun weekend started off just hours after he left.  Naomi woke up with pink, nasty eyes.  Thanks to being Friday afternoon and a “new patient” in the practice we just switched to, (more…)

Due Dates and adoption

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by

Based on EDD’s (estimated due dates), I should have an almost 4 year old (in Oct), a 3 year old (next week), a 2 year old (in less than a month), and an 8 month old (tomorrow).

I hate July. It’s one of those months that provides a strong reminder of what I’m not allowed to have for whatever reason. I know we’re working toward adoption, ever-so-slowly, but it’s not the same.

Do I doubt that I’ll love the adopted child any less? Not at all. I’ve always wanted to adopt. In fact, I wanted to adopt LONG before I decided I wanted biological children. It’s more the fact of knowing that my genes will never be carried on, nor will my husband’s. I will never create a life that gets to live outside of my womb. I will never feel a baby kick inside me. I won’t feel those first bouts of the hiccups. I’ll never have my water break. There are just so many things you cannot do with an adopted child that you could with a biological child during those first 9 months of the baby’s existence. I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss that.