Tuesday, February 28, 2012

an interview with my 3yo (!)

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I'll have a three year old on Sunday. Brecken is VERY aware that his birthday, specifically his birthday party is on the horizon. Every morning he wakes up and asks "is it my birfday pardee to-day?!". Not today, try again tomorrow kiddo.

A few weeks ago I saw something pinned on Pinterest that I knew we had to do: 20 questions you ask your child on every birthday from age 3 on...




So last night, I asked our budding preschooler these questions... he was So Very Predictable, but adorable still. I'll print his answers in his yearly book Picaboo book that I make (which I do to avoid printing thousands of photos).

1) What is your favorite color?
Red
2) What is your favorite toy?
Choo-Choo
3) What is your favorite fruit?
Pineapple (I have no idea when he's ever had pineapple, but he said it so quickly, he must be telling the truth)
4) What is your favorite TV show?
Lightning McQueen
5) What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
Pizza
6) What is your favorite outfit?
Nebraska t-shirt and basketball pants (and woe are the other 6 days a week when he can't wear them.)
7) What is your favorite game?
Animal game (on the computer) (???)
8) What is your favorite snacks?
Fruit snacks (do any 3yo's NOT say fruit snacks?)
9) What is your favorite animal?
tiger
10) What is your favorite song?
ABCs
11) What is your favorite book?
John Deere book
12) Who is your best friend?
Mommy (::swoon:: and I swear it wasn't staged, I even asked repeatedly to be sure)
13) What is your favorite cereal?
Cinnamon cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch)
14) What is your favorite thing to do outside?
play football and basketball
15) What is your favorite drink?
chocolate milk
16) What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas
17) What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
my baby (his puppy blanket)
18) What is yoru favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
pancakes
19) What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese (shocker)
20) What do you want to be when you grow up?
basketball player

Saturday, February 25, 2012

operation organization


My awesome friend Katherine (mom to Jude's twin-brother-from-another-mother, Nolan) is hosting Operation Organization next month and I'm so excited to join her! It's the perfect excuse to spring clean, and hopefully make our every days a little simpler with less clutter to fight with.

It's super simple if you want to join! Just focus on each of these areas for a week and then post our accomplishments on Sundays. Here's the schedule:

March 4:
   -Kitchen
   -Dining Room
   -Entryway
   -Hall Closet

March 11:
   -Living Room
   -Den/Basement
   -Storage/Laundry Room

March 18:
   -Master Bedroom
   -Guest Bedrooms
   -Master Closet
   -Guest Closets

March 25:
   -Guest Bath
   -Half Bath(s)
   -Master Bath
   -Linen Closet

April 1:
   -Front of House
   -Backyard
   -Anything else you didn't have time to finish up in the previous weeks.

Katherine posted her before video (isn't her house adorbs?!) so I promised one too... it got a little long, sorry.



So... are you in?! Hop on over to Katherine's blog and link up!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ABC's of me

Stolen from Mama Bub, because I'm feeling decidedly less than creative, bloggy-wise.

A. Age: 29.5
B. Bed size: King! And it's new (since last Friday) (and oh how I lurve it, it's like sleeping on the pelts of teddy bears) (we may or may not have looked like the Clampetts bringing it home at 8:30pm in the rain and wind, you decide):


(Did I ever show you our finished room after all of my blabber about the horrible (previous) bed we owned and how to make your own headboard and then how it took me 2 months to pick a shade of gray for paint? I don't remember, but I took a photo with our bed made, and that's progress, so here you go...)


C. Chore that you hate: Unloading the dishwasher. I will load it and clean the entire kitchen, but putting the clean dishes away drives me crazycakes.
D. Dogs: Ohh, Zoe. He'll be 7 in May. He's a blue heeler mix. 100% stubborn. Completely huge (110 lbs, even though we were told he'd be 35ish), and sheds like a beast. We love him though, I think. (Yes, it's a he, he has a girl name and an identity crisis.) (Zoe on the left, Jack on the right, Jack lives with our friends now.)


E. Essential start to your day: Diet Pepsi
F. Favorite color: Truthfully? I really don't have one. I like all the colors. I have favorite shades though, currently anything slate blue, limey-olive green, sunny yellow make me happy.
G. Gold or silver: Silver, I'm not sure I own anything gold.
H. Height: 5'10". Ok, FINE, 5'9 3/4"
I. Instruments that you play: Let's define play... my grandma's piano lives in our living room, and I can play it, but I can't play it. And the further removed I am from high school, the less I remember how to read sheet music (as far as which notes are which). This makes me sad and I hope one of the boys wants to take piano lessons... otherwise we have the world's coolest console table disguised as a piano.
J. Job title: Systems Analyst to pay the bills / Owner/Designer of Ten Tiny Toes for my creative outlet / wife and mom to my 3 favorite guys is my only job that counts. (p.s. did you know I have an etsy shop now? click that link for all the goods, more coming soon!)
K. Kids: These two - this photo requires an explanation... B had a whale bath squirter in his mouth, and was being silly. He kept coming at j to make him laugh, and then j started opening his mouth when B got close to him. And then we needed photographic evidence of the awesome:


L. Live: Nebraska! It's much cooler than you think, promise! :)
M. Mother's name: Brenda (Gwama Bwenda, if you're nearly 3)
N. Nicknames: None other than my mom, stepdad, sister, aunt, and dad all still call me Al.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Three... #1 was for a rockstar strep/mono combo in high school, just one night for steroids; #2 and #3 were for the birth of the two peanuts above.
P. Pet peeves: Anything unnecessarily loud - the TV, people, etcetera.; facebook posts that begin with "Well..." or "It's official" or "Well, it's official!"; bad grammar and spelling! learn the correct use of they're/their/there and it's/its; and it's DEFINITELY, not defiantly; and irregardless isn't a word.
Q. Quote from a movie: my most used would be "...our pets' heads are falling off..."
R: Right or left handed: Right.
S: Siblings: One sister who has been with me through it all (except my first 5 years before she was born... ahem). Four stepbrothers and a stepsister.
T: Travel favorite: Yes, travel is my favorite. Oh wait. Germany. I will pack my bags now.
U. Underwear: Yes?
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Hmm, I don't really hate any vegetable, as long as it's prepared in a delicious way. And if all else fails, just put melted cheese on it.
W. What makes you run late: My children.
X. X-rays you've had: Teeth, arm, knee. 
Y. Yummy food that you make: Isn't it all yummy? I mean I don't make gross food. Well except for last night, I made Sesame Chicken and B was the only one who would eat it... the kid who only wants to eat macaroni and cheese ate the really awful sesame chicken. Whatever. It wasn't good. But otherwise? I kind of don't suck at cooking.
Z. Zoo animal: The penguins!

Monday, February 6, 2012

simple meals: italian nachos



These Italian Nachos have become a Super Bowl staple at our house. They're delish - and simple enough to throw together on a weeknight!

serves 2-4
 
what you'll need:
a package of 5 mini pizza crusts (or pita bread, but I like the pizza crusts better)
olive oil
Italian seasoning
garlic powder
pizza sauce
8 oz mozzarella or provolone cheese, shredded
topping options (mix and match!):
1 lb bulk Italian sausage, browned
pepperoni
8 oz sliced mushrooms
banana peppers, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
sliced olives

what you'll do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut crusts into generous triangles, and layer on a cookie sheet (it's ok if they overlap a little, but you don't want to heap them). Brush the crusts with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until crusts are crispier and starting to brown. Remove pan from oven. Change oven setting to Low Broil (or just Broil if that's your only option) and move the oven rack to the lowest position. Top crust triangles with a thin layer of cheese, then your toppings, then the remainder of the cheese. Return pan to oven and broil for 5-10 minutes - watch this closely so it doesn't burn. Remove pan when cheese is melted, bubbly, and golden. Serve with a side of pizza sauce for dipping. Enjoy!