Soup and Jeans

July 30, 2012

I am not committing to menu planning every week, but I have got to pull it together a little bit. My grocery bill has been too high and my fridge has been too empty… I hate it when that happens. I am blaming the kids. I was grocery shopping alone until school was out and now that they are with me, they talk me into all sorts of fun stuff at the store.

So now that it is 111 degrees in Oklahoma, I am have a huge craving for soup. Why? I have no idea. The other day for lunch at Whole Foods, I ate a big bowl of chili. I also just want to wear jeans, I haven’t indulged that craving because I already have sweating issues without over dressing. Maybe my body is so hot that it is kicking in an ancient survival mechanism to trick it into thinking it is cold. You know… the Rules of the Soup Jean Law Theory…. google it.


Monday– Dinner at my mom’s… Evyn is in town!

Tuesday– Spaghetti and Meatballs* and salad

WednesdayChicken Crock Pot Chili

Thursday–  Honey Kabobs, rice, broccoli

Friday– out of town

Saturday– out of town

Sunday– Pizza/Movie Night

*Okay, so I made up a super easy way to make meatballs and spaghetti sauce (I seriously doubt I actually made this up, but I hadn’t heard of anyone doing it before so I am giving myself full credit)… I love meatballs, but hate making and baking them. So here is what I decided to do and it was delightful…

1. Make meatballs, I don’t really have a recipe, I just get meat, put an egg, some bread crumbs or crushed crackers, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning  in a bowl and mush it together

PS Don’t forget to take off your wedding ring… I have made that mistake before and it is gross

PPS I mush by hand

2. In a crock pot pour 2-3 jars of spaghetti sauce (or if you are fancy your homemade sauce), and about 8 ounces or so of chopped up summer sausage

3. As you roll the meat in balls, drop them in the sauce

4. Make sure the meatballs are covered, put lid on crock pot and cook on low for 6 hrs or so or high for maybe 4 hrs (I always just start my crock pot stuff in the morning and leave it on until dinner so I am bad with “times”)

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Girls have Virginias

July 26, 2012

Soooo… It was an interesting night….

So far, my stance on sex ed has been on a need-to-know basis. If a question is asked, I answer it honestly. I have been asked, “Where do babies come out of your belly?” And I have answered. So far, no one has asked how a baby gets IN your belly. Last night, the boys were being boys and hiding a bouncy ball spasticly from each other while the other one guessed where it was, of course the it soon ended up hiding in underwear. They started yelling something about PP’s (our short cut for penis) then they just started full on yelling PENIS! PENIS! My mistake was intervening…

Me: Guys, penis isn’t a bad word, but it is a private word. It isn’t something that I want you to run around yelling because you are talking about your super private areas and we don’t talk about our private bodies with people that aren’t the 4 of us. Got it?

Boys: GOT IT!

Nate: Girls don’t have pp’s.

Me: Nope they don’t.

Scott: What do girls call their private areas?

Me: (deep breath, stay natural, deep breath) Girls call their private area vagina.


Nate: Girls have a VIRGINIA! That is so funny! It is like a VIRGINIA!

Scott: (cracking up) Oh man, virginia! VIRGINIA!!!!

Me: (having a deep internal battle, do I let it go? Because how hilarious is this?!) Guys, chill out. The word is vagina and it is also a private word, so please QUIT SCREAMING ABOUT IT!

I am sure this will be repeated in public sometime soon so put earmuffs on your kids if you frequent Target and Whole Foods.

Speaking of Virginias

Nate decided to turn into a 14 yr old girl for about 30 minutes. Some how in the bath tub, Scott’s eye got scratched and he was “going blind” so I quickly got both the kids out to ease the drama. To set the scene, No one was in trouble. I didn’t yell. I just said, “Time to get out.”

Nate: (laying on the ground with his head in his hands fake crying) I need a new family! No one in this family loves me. I am going to live with a family that likes me.

Me: Umm, Nate, what just happened here? No one is upset at you.

Nate: I want to live with a new mom and a new family. None of you love me. Everyone is mean to me. 

Me: I am so confused right now. What is going on? 

Nate: (fake whimpering)

Me: (time to change tactics) Nate, if you had a new mom, she wouldn’t know your secret handshake… I would be so sad if I didn’t have you.

Nate: (looking up with dramatic eyes) I can teach it to her (and I am not kidding he really said this…) DUH!

Me: Okay, well, I would love to read to you before you go to bed, but if you want to lay in my closet and be sad, that is up to you. PS, I hope you don’t go to a new family, we would be super sad.

Nate: Ughhhhhhh….. (comes out 10 minutes later and acted like nothing happened)


I really hope he doesn’t start turning into a 14 yr old girl very often, because I was really excited to have boys and skip all that drama. 

PS Vagina is a super creepy word and so are all the other words to use instead of vagina so feel free to just start saying Virginia because I definitely will be. 

Never a dull moment. Ever.

4 yrs and 7 days

July 17, 2012

Nate is 4!

(and 7 days)


Everyday you make us laugh out loud. You are kind and you are fast runner. You love knights and pretending and Scott. You amaze me with how smart you are. You went off the diving board, the slide, and the high dive for the first time all within two days. You decided you were going to do it and you did. You are brave and strong and your smile lights up a room. Thank you for being ours. I’m glad I don’t have to share you for a long time (although, you do already have your wife picked out, but you promised me that you won’t get married until after college). I love you Nate Keener. I love you higher than the heavens and deeper than the seas.

Thanks Mimi and Poppy!


All about Nate.

Every time we have gone to Target in the last year you have looked at the GI Joe cake and said, “I want that on my birthday!”


For Nate’s birthday, he let me off easy. He wanted to go to Big Daddy’s for dinner and wanted a store bought cake, I felt bad for about 30 seconds. We had a super healthy day of donuts for breakfast, a hot dog and slushy for lunch, and dessert at the pool. He went down the slide over 30 times at the pool! You got a castle and knights, a knight costume, and a new board game. Happy Birthday Nate, we love celebrating you!