Cooking and cleaning day

Today I have been busy with chores. I have washed many loads of laundry, baked a cake, loaded and emptied my dishwasher and apparently prepared a dinner nobody wants to try.

Here is a picture of the fudgy banana oat cake I made.

It looks odd, but I think it will be yummy.

Dinner however, looks gross!

This is Creamy Cooker Chicken. The sauce is quite runny, so I have my crock pot set on high with the lid off to thicken it. I’m serving this with pasta and mixed vegetables. Hopefully we will all be surprised, and enjoy it.

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Been Busy Living

Life has been hectic lately. The family has been fighting illness, we lost power for 3 days due to a wind/rain storm, the baby has learned to screech and we’ve been spending regular time with our friends.

I also ventured out with my 3 boys to a public event. We watched nerds play with robots! Lol!

They were high school students from New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. My son had heard about the competition in school, and really wanted to go. I was up the day before at 2:30am, and we had guests over until 11:40pm. There was no way I could possibly get up and out of the house for the start of the competition which was 8am. We left the house at 12:15, and made it to the competition by 12:30. It was held at a nearby high school. We stayed until 5pm, and it wasn’t quite finished when we left. We enjoyed what we saw, but since we weren’t really rooting for any particular team we felt ok leaving. It did get my son excited about possibly joining the group when he gets into the school in a couple of years. He wants to learn more now, to be prepared when the time comes. I told him we will look into purchasing some of the build at home kits. He has built a couple, but I am hoping for find some that are a bit more complicated.

My son appreciated me going out of my comfort zone to bring him to this event. It made me happy to see and hear him happy. I wish I didn’t have to drag the babies along, but they handled it pretty well.

Another Birthday Celebrated

My middle child is now 3 years old! If you were to ask him how old he was you might get a different answer. For some reason he wants to be 5. 😛 I told him if he was 5 he’d have to use a toilet instead of diapers. It was wishful thinking to expect him to want to start using the potty like a big boy.😞 I don’t want to force him, and make it so that he sees using the toilet as a stressful, negative experience. I am just so done changing his diapers.😝

We let him choose his own cake. He kept saying he wanted a white cake for his birthday, but when shown several options he chose a blue one.😀 It was a vanilla cake, so he sort of got a white cake.

We don’t really celebrate much, so the only other thing we got him was a remote controlled car that he has been having a lot of fun with.🚘

There happened to be an agricultural fair being held in a neighboring state, so my husband and I brought the 2 little kids to that the day after his birthday while my oldest was in school. The little boys enjoyed seeing the animals, but our oldest would have been so bored. It wasn’t for his birthday, but it was nice to get out and do something special.😊

Now, I am the only one in our family who needs to celebrate a birthday in 2017. Mine is Tuesday. After one more cake we can start eating healthier.😉

Home Renovation and Organization

My husband has been busy in our kitchen lately. We have our laundry area in our kitchen. It used to be housed behind bi-fold doors, but the area isn’t very deep, and couldn’t hold our new washer and dryer as is. We made the decision to keep the machines exposed to the kitchen, since we aren’t looking to impress anyone. We just need the area to be functional for our family. Our kitchen also had a very tight eating area that we never used at one end. That area has become a visible storage mess. We have boxes piled up in it, cluttered bookshelves, a new bathroom vanity in its box, tools and so much more. Our plan is to put up a wall, and door to have storage out of sight. (Hopefully organized too) 😉

Tomorrow is the day we will purchase some materials to get it framed up and hopefully we’ll start working by Tuesday.

I am really excited to have the kitchen completed…besides new flooring. We don’t have the money to get that done just yet, but eventually we will. 🙂

I wish I had taken pictures of what things used to look like. We had a center island which we removed, and placed where our fridge used to be. We had to attach the island to an existing cabinet, and buy a new top that would fit them both. We kept the cabinet that was above the fridge, and built a shelf below it. We moved our fridge into what was our pantry. The fridge fits perfectly. (After hubby did a bit of adjustment by trimming drywall.) Because the fridge isn’t as tall as the pantry doorway he repurposed the shelves and created a deeper shelf to go above the fridge. Right now we have drinks there, but we might change things after the storage room is completed.

We stacked our new washer and dryer to maximize space in our laundry area. This gave us the opportunity to put a cabinet and counter in that area. We purchased a new cabinet, but were able to repurpose the kitchen island top. I thought it might be nice to have a corkboard on the wall for lists, menus, important numers etc. Hubby found one that fits the area, and was inexpensive too. With a few hanging rod brackets, and a board we were able to build a shelf to house all of our laundry chemicals up and out of reach of our little ones, and a perfect place to keep our hangers. What we keep in the cabinet below might change once we have the storage room, but for now it holds soda cans, kitty litter, trash bags etc.

I’m happy with the changes we have made to make our house function better for our family’s needs. We now have a dining area in our kitchen again too. We probably won’t use it as one, instead it will most likely be used as a place to play board games. We are using some old folding chairs around a round table we had in storage. It will look nicer once we find some wood chairs, but function matters more than appearance to us.

No Longer Nursing

The time has come. I have stopped breastfeeding my little guy. 😦

It has been hard for me the past couple of days. I am not having any discomfort, because my supply had dropped already. When I am gone all day, then come home to him the temptation to nurse him has been strong. I just want my snuggle time with him. He was always soothed easily by nursing when he was upset too.

This morning he was awake around 4am, and very cranky. I would normally bring him to bed to nurse and either keep him with me for a couple of hours or put him back to bed when he fell asleep. Instead, I warmed him a bottle of milk. It was very tough to do when I was completely exhausted, and knew we could both just doze while he nursed.

He has been drinking whole milk, juice and water from bottles or sippy cups for quite a while anyway. He is doing fine. He did seem to grab at my shirt/chest the other day after work, but it may have been my imagination. 😉

He’s One!

My little boy had his first birthday Wednesday.😀

We didn’t really celebrate. We had to have cake though. 😉 We did sing Happy Birthday, but the almost 3 year old was screaming through the whole song. He settled down when I asked him to blow out the candle. I only lit the candle because I had one. I didn’t expect the baby to blow it out.😛

Jacob enjoyed the cake. He squished it in his hands, put it up his nose..down his shirt and in his hair. He got his birthday bath once he stopped eating.

Maybe the toddler will do better with the singing in a couple of weeks when he’s the birthday boy.☺

A productive morning so far

Today was my first day getting up and sending my son to school by myself. It went smoothly, even though the baby woke up to nurse. I didn’t actually help my son get ready, besides making some suggestions on what to pack for snack, what to have for breakfast, and verify that his clothing choice matched enough.😉

Then I knew my husband would be texting 15-20 minutes after the bus came, so I stayed up. After his text I called him to chat during his break. By that time I had already been awake more than an hour so the idea of crawling back into bed seemed like a waste. I turned on the tv to see some updates on Irma, read some blogs, fed the lizard, took care of dishes and laundry. I did make myself a pot of coffee to fight off the crash I am sure will hit in a few hours.😉

I’m now sitting by my koi pond draining it some, so I can add some fresh water before we winterize it. I don’t want to lose any fish this winter, especially due to poor water quality that I can prevent.

Next, I think I will check on our rabbit and clean his enclosure…as long as my baby monitor stays quiet.

There are some traffic and construction sounds, but the “quiet” time is nice. I know in less than an hour the boys will be up, cartoons will be on and the screeching/squealing will start. Some of it is adorable, but some of it is frustrating.😛