Archive for April, 2014

A Straw Poll

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by by

One of the things I tend to struggle with is drinking enough water during the day. And when nursing and providing anywhere from 21-28 oz a day for bottles at daycare for Squishy Baby, drinking water is really important.

I found that I would fill up my Nalgene water bottle at the beginning of the day, carry it with me everywhere, and barely drink half a Liter.

Then, I read some anecdotal evidence that drinking out of a cup with a straw increases your daily water intake. So, I took the only cup we had with a straw to school. The problem was that the only cup we had happened to be the freebie I got from the hospital when I had Spark. It had pictures of babies on the side and my 8th graders made fun of me and told me it was creepy.

Babies or not…I drank a TON more with a cup with a straw. I told myself that if it really worked (more…)


Mixed Feeling about a Toddler

Friday, April 18th, 2014 by by

I was so excited that Mini started walking. I worried for months that she wasn’t walking and all of the other kids her age were. Was there an issue with her hips or her legs that she couldn’t walk unassisted? I thought about over and over.

Let me preface this by saying that I love the toddler phase. A good friend of mine said that she “doesn’t have a favorite child, just a favorite age.” I love seeing the growth of the toddler and how fun they are as they learn about the world.

Now I will just say it, I am sad that Mini is no longer a baby. I have two kids and no baby.

I made the longing eyes at Mr. BBH and he said “NO!”

Instead of focusing on what I miss, I am going to focus on the exciting things that Mini does. She loves animals and the walking freedom gives her more things to do and look at. (more…)

Madeliene’s Brocco Rice-Passover Dish

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by by

I tried this really easy recipe to get my kids to eat more veggies. I saw the recipe on Madeliene’s blog and decided to try it.

You use either broccoli rice or cauliflower rice for this alternative to rice and it would be a great addition to any table that doesn’t want to eat any rice.

1 head of broccoli or cauliflower
1 Clove Garlic
1Tbl Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Onion

*You also need a food processor*

Cut your onion and cut into rings. Lightly brown it in a pan. Set aside. (more…)

The First Cut Is the Deepest – My Messy Beautiful

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by by

Brutal starts, beautiful outcomes.  Kellan and Larissa: 5 & 7 years later.

Originally posted, July 2009


A week ago I was sitting at the edge of the pool holding Larissa and watching the other kids swim when I caught a glimpse of a silvery thread on my arm. I thought it was maybe a stray hair that had settled there until I tried to brush it away and it wouldn’t budge. It was then that I noticed there was more than one. As I laid my eyes closer to my arm to get a better look I suddenly realized what those barely-there lines were. They were the shadows of my former scars; I was startled to see them. Maybe it was the angle of the light, maybe it was the contrast of the white of them against my summer-tanned skin. Or maybe it was just my imagination. Because just as suddenly as the lines appeared, they disappeared and I couldn‘t see them anymore no matter how hard I looked.  Seeing those lines made me realize it’s been a long time since that Very Bad Time™ and for that I’m very grateful. I basked there in the sun, surrounded by light, counting my blessings. (more…)



Monday, April 14th, 2014 by by

“So, Alessandro our car is really old.”

“Really? How old is it, Bob?”

“It was made in 1996.”

“Wow, that’s super old. Well, my mom was born in 1987.”

“My Mom was born in 1964 that’s why she’s almost FIFTY years old, right Mom?”

BEST Gluten Free Passover Cake!

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by by

This cake is incredible. I took a recipe that had that included baking soda and baking powder and modified it for Passover. The frosting is INCREDIBLE. I would use this for any recipe. It is so easy and much healthier than buttercream frosting plus no added sugar and it tastes rich and creamy. (more…)

Spring Bird Using Child’s Footprint

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by by

I thought this was adorable. The Younger made this in class, so I wanted to share it. It looks easy enough, and I think it would make a great Easter project/gift for Grandparents or other family members. Maybe even a good gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!


Proving the Pythagorean Theorem for KIDS

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by by

what really is the pythagorean theorem and how to do it for kids

Math Nerds and People who think they hate math unite! This is really cool and helps me to understand something so abstract as A2+B2=C2. An it is also something that is simple enough for young children to understand and do by solving puzzles.  Plus by teaching you, I am helping to learn it better myself! (more…)

Spring Cleaning……Also Known As Torture

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by by

I hate cleaning. It’s just so tedious, I have no time for it. Problem is, I’m the only one who really knows how to clean. Todd cleans, he does the litter boxes, dishes, folds the laundry and puts it away, and he straightens up, but he does not know how to clean. I like to spring clean. I open windows, move furniture, get behind the book shelves, I vacuum every inch of my house. Nothing is safe! You may be asking yourself “If this woman hates cleaning so damn much, why does she clean so damn much?” BECAUSE I HAVE TO!!! I was an Army Brat growing up, with a very strict/scary mother. Sunday mornings in our house was torture. Up at 7am, no breakfast till your chores were done. GRAB A TOOTHBRUSH!! And that is how I became this. I can’t help myself!!

So it has begun. Spring cleaning in my house always starts with clearing out old toys, clothes and things that are just lingering around with no purpose. And there is a lot of that lingering around here. I blame my hoarding son. I ask that if you have it in you, you should definitely pray for poor Todd. He thinks this weekend is date weekend, it is not. It is SPRING CLEANING WEEKEND!!! Grab a toothbrush, Todd!


Dear Ranger Dave,

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by by

Hello there. Yeah. You. The one in the ball cap Ranger hat. Oh, is that Lady Ranger next to you? Yeah. She is included in this, too.

We only have 3 days left for you to sign up for RAGBRAI on our team, so I going to present my case of why you should sign up for the full week.

Exhibit A: Watcha gonna remember in 10 years?
Are you going to remember staying home and tending to your desert garden or are you going to remember having the time of your life with the All Star Team Beaver? Yeah. You know the answer.

Also, one time I was on RAGBRAI when I was 6 weeks pregnant. B asked me the “Watcha gonna remember in 10 years?” question and this was the result: (more…)