Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tips for a great New Year from the kids (December 2008)

Naji's top tips are:
Play a lot.
Run Fast!
Bria's tips:
Wear lip gloss every day (Your teacher will let you put it on in class.)
Be nice.
Kaishon's tips:
Make Friends.
Have fun.
Be as nice as you can be.
I couldn't have said it better myself : ).
Happy New Year!
What is your best tip for 2009?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ABC Wednesday- X for....

Sometimes I think Sabria, Naji and Kaish speak Xhosa which is a Bantu language closely related to Zulu. I can't understand a thing they are saying!
I did understand that they needed to GET out of the house because they had unlimited energy and they were causing CHAOS : )
I don't think there was any xylose (which is a sugar extracted from wood or straw; used in foods for diabetics) in the cupcakes and cookies they were eating at Kidz Rule!

These children do NOT have xenophobia which is an irrational fear of foreigners or strangers. They love just about everyone : ).

X Chromosome : ) Sabria has 2 of them! Love her!
Someday I want a little girl just like her.
Well, maybe not quite as loud : )!
Last, but NOT least, I need some Xanax to help me recover from my adventures with Sabria, Naji and Kaish this Christmas break : ). I kid you not!

Go check out ABC Wednesday for some more GREAT X pictures!
My very sweet friend from college, Danielle, is the number one entry this week.
Go say hi to her. Pretty Please : )!
She is one of the COOLEST and FUNNEST mothers on the planet!

Quince is Coming Home tomorrow!
Thanks for praying!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Baked Crab Rangoon: An A+ Appetizer!

One of my favorite blogs is live.love.eat. I like it because the recipes are scrumptious and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to follow them : ). I know a lot of my readers thought I was a rocket scientist and I am VERY sorry to disappoint you!
live.love.eat participates in this fun thing called Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I thought I would participate this week because my best friend Jen gave me a to-die-for recipe last week and I want to share it with the world!

Before I start, do you get the FREE magazine from Kraft called Food & Family? Go here to sign up if you don't : ). You are gonna LOVE it. (like CRAZY : )!
Jen got this recipe from there. I don't think the magazine has my WAY cool step by step pictures though, so I think you might as well read the recipe right here .

1. Gather 2 cans of 6 ounce crab meat, 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of thinly sliced green onions (I couldn't find any in my house...WHOOPS!), 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, 24 wonton wrappers.

2. Turn your oven on to 350.

3. Mix crab meat, cream cheese and mayonnaise together. Could this be any easier?



4. Spray a muffin tin. Maybe I should have been a rocket scientist : ). Look how good I am at this recipe. Whoooo Hoooo!


5. Press your little won ton wrappers in the muffin pan! Easy Peasy!


5. Put the crab cheesey mixture in the won tons. (I guess I forgot that picture. Please use your imagination : ).

6. Pop your pan into the oven for 18-20 minutes until the edges of the won tons get brown.

7. Pull the out of the oven and put them on a plate : ). How delish do these look?


8. Do Not Eat Them Right Away...like I did. Let them cool : ). Try to serve them warm. Or do whatever floats your boat. I served them at room temperature and my family GOBBLED them up.
9. Do not ask your husband to put them away at the end of the night. He will not carefully wrap them in tin foil or put them in a reusable container. He will throw the plate in the CRISPER drawer of the refrigerator. When you confront him the next day he will say, "I did put them away. You just said "away," how was I supposed to know you meant to put them in a special container. What is wrong with the crisper drawer? They fit, didn't they?"

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A post for my Mommy : )

Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts.
~Author Unknown
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
~Desmond Tutu

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
~Jane Howard
The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape,
nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
~Dodie Smith
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. ~Lee Iacocca
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
~Erma Bombeck

We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. ~Marquise de Sévigné
Family faces are magic mirrors.
Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.
~Gail Lumet Buckley
Are we not like two volumes of one book?
~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Uh Oh! OH NO!! Dog dilemna!


It appears,
that possibly,
the finders of the dog,
don't want to give him up now.


They said
they would
come to dinner last night,
and drop the doggie off for Kaish.


Never came.
Never called.
We were all so sad
feeling kind of bad- What to do?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry MERRY Christmas

Will he get the other wish?
Come back and check on Friday and see : )!
Yes, you are seeing correctly. I wrapped in plastic bags.
I have OODLES of wrapping paper.
But I ran out of tape after the 5th present.
And then I ran out of STICKERS after the 9th present.
Please let me know when you will be filling out my nomination for Mother of the Year...

Kung Fu Panda!
Perfect for my little Karate Chopper!
Hii iiiiiii Ya aaaaaaaa!

Only the BEST mothers buy their children a megaphone.
WHAT was I thinking?

May His PRESENCE warm you
May His PROMISE cheer you
May His LOVE guide you
As you bring the message of PEACE ON EARTH to those you love

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
God bless you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Winter




make my blogging week so fun : ).
Merry Christmas from Baby Sofia and me!
Quince is not coming home for Christmas.
He walked this week : ).
Please Keep PRAYING!
Great Blog giveaway here!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Mom and Coach Purses



A long time ago (like 1999ish) I saw a black leather Coach purse at Marshalls or Ross. It looked just like the purse above.
I wasn't a brand snob, but I did know that Coach was a good brand and the purse was a good deal.
I bought it and brought it home.
I could never use it because it was so expensive and I was worried I would ruin it.
I paid $69 or something- but I looked it up and it was worth $299. Crazy good deal, right?
One day my Mom said she wanted it.
I gladly gave it to her. She was, after all, the best Mother on the planet : ).
About a week later I saw her leaving with a purse.
It looked vaguely familiar.
It was the Coach.
She had CUT off the embellishments on the front of the bag.
She had taken off the Key Chain and THROWN it away...
I couldn't believe it.
I asked her why she had destroyed the Coach purse.
And you know what she said?
"I don't even know what Coach is. I just wanted a simple black purse. You can have it back though. I don't think it has enough room for my stuff."
And that was the end of that : ).
Do you have a favorite kind of purse?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Monday Laughs!

A definition of Christmas:The time when everyone gets "Santa"-mental.

What’s red, white and blue at Christmas time? A sad candy cane!
How do Chihuahua's say Merry Christmas? Fleas Navidog!

What's the best thing to put into Christmas dinner? Your teeth!

What do angry mice send to each other in December? Cross mouse cards!


A Politically Correct Holiday Greeting


Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially
responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral, winter
solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of
the religious persuasion of your choice , but with respect for
the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their
own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a
religion at all; plus... A fiscally successful, personally
fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the
generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect
for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions
have helped make our society great, without regard to the race,
creed color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes.

Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or with-
drawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement
any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility
for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to
those not caught up in the holiday spirit.

Mary Campbell
I say Merry Chirstmas. What do you say?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Lots of Links at Christmas time...



I love this site! It is a great place to get knowledge about MANY things! Lots of good recipes. Lots of good gift ideas.


This would be nice for all my teacher friends that still have school this week.



I should have given these a week ago... WHOOPS!



Scientific Proof about Santa's existence or non-existence.



Do you go to the movies on Christmas day? We are thinking about it this year since my family isn't coming over until the evening. Here is a list of what's playing.




I love this. Always have. Always will.
You are all done shopping right? I hope so!
Kaish and I went to see Quince yesterday.
He is very discouraged and sad.
Please keep him in your prayers this Holiday Season.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Aftermath of Wrestlemania





Grandma J said...
I love the pictures and the quotes about friendship. Nothing got broken I hope :))
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm. Well....
A long time ago when I was posting about my favorite carpet cleaner I got this comment:
gretchen said...
blood? what goes on at your house? ;)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wrestlemania & Friends Forever!

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
Anais Nin
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."
John Leonard

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches,
but to reveal to him, his own."
Benjamin Disraeli

"True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice."
Samuel Johnston
"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
George Washington (1732 - 1799) US Statesman.

"My friends are my estate."
Emily Dickinson


"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him.
If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward.
Is not friendship divine in this?"

Henry David Thoreau