Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I think that Alanna had a good photo shoot day
Life certainly goes fast... As I look at these pictures and try to find the right words to say I am in awe at how big my little girl already is... While I think she is my baby, she is quite the little princess!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
For my Birthday, Lara and Amber treated me to a dinner at a Japanese steak house in Tinley Park called Hamada. It was very tasty. I have never been to a Japanese steak house so this was quite an adventure...It was a dinner and a show at the same time! It was fascinating to watch them cook the food right in front of you. (Not to mention enlightening to see how BAD everything really was for you!)
The meal started off with Japanese soup, followed by salad. Alanna loved this part and was able to use the chopsticks like a pro in no time...
Next, we witnessed first hand how chicken fried rice was made, yummy noodles with veggies, and finally, shrimp, chicken and steak.
I have to say this was probably one of the best meals I have had since Disney, lets face it, they know how to cook and set high standards once you are spoiled with the dining plan. I recommend this place to anyone and will definitely go again.
Thank you Lara and Amber for the dinner adventure!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Next... You put your tailfeathers in
Whew! That was an adventure! We also had a wonderful time at lunch with my sister Charlene and my niece sister. It was my birthday lunch and we celebrated at Aurielios...my favorite pizza place. My sister created a wonderful post about it... You can find it here... Thanks again for a great time! Youre the best!!!
I had the opportunity to go to an awesome restraunt in Orland with Lara, Amber, Alanna and my wonderful husband Matt... It was great! I will share some photos of the excitement on a later post... Following all the excitement... Alanna got sick... I totally FREAKED! You would think that me, the nurse, would have better control of myself... Not me. My child was not even holding water down! Fortunately for me, my sister came to my rescue... She is the experienced one that will eventually be my receptionist....
More later...But I will leave you our attempt to take a family photo for one of Alanna's school projects.... Very interesting to say the least!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Sorry for the break... Will post more later. Life has been busy and I needed a bit of a break from blogging the past few days. I missed it though! Husband, children, school and life has happened the past few days... I think my daughters face says it all... Not to mention the movie she is holding is Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang... Looking forward to the extra hour of sleep tonight. It is the only day of the year you are actually blessed with an extra hour in it. (Notice, I am using it to sleep.)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In preperation for things tonight, we were going to eat out again. Ironically, I had to stop at the grocery store for an item and instead, I got stuff to make dinner for the rest of the week.. GO ME!!!
I can do this... I think that my sister and I are going to do the cooking for the month thing... That sounds like fun...
I will post my menu as a side bar now....
Hope all is well...
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Alanna enjoys playing by herself. It is amazing to see how much her imagination has taken off the past few months. While we were at the orchard, she started to pretend to feed the fake horse with hay. She could do this all day long if we would let her! Definitely cute!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have not done too well with the cooking challenge. EEK! Tuesday, we ate out. Last night, we managed to stay at home and Matt and Alanna ate out tonight while I was at work. I really need to go to Sam's club. I guess I will add that to my to do list. I would love to go to a meal prep center... The sad thing is that I don't even have time to do that right now. I am in need for some good crockpot recipes... If you have some, let me know!
Alanna is learning her letters right now... I have to laugh, she is a bit confused. I think it is cute... "KA KA KA...D!" she says with great excitement tonight. So cute.
I think the mind of my daughter is fascinating. Always thinking... Always learning... Always growing.
She is such a bundle of energy. I just wish I have an ounce of it on days like today.
More later... I'm tired again. There must be something about Thursday's.........
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
On Sunday, we spent some good quality time at County Line Orchard. Our first stop... the corn maze. We had alot of fun there. Alanna was determined to get to the other staircase which was on the other side of the maze. Thank goodness for Matt's navigational skills! He was able to manuver us through the maze without any difficulty. About an hour later, we emerged. Thankfully, we did not get lost! I suddenly have a new appreciation for corn fields. The sound of the wind through the corn stalks was amazing. It could relax even the most uptight person, me... Seriously, have you heard the wind through the corn stalks before? If not, I encourage you to do so sometime.
Okay...It's late, but here it is. (Yes, there are alot of repeats from last weeks menu... Matt made frozen pizza and other encores a few times since I am home so late. Hopefully we will do better this week!)
Monday: Chicken and Dumpings (done)
Tuesday: Lasagna Roll-ups
Wednesday: TBA (Probably Matt's Choice)
Thursday: Crockpot Chili
Friday: Chicken and Rice
Here we go again!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Well, after being awake, I decided to point out how I couldn't work for 24 hours straight.. Hmmmmmmm.... I wonder if they would have let me? I offered up a trade and worked days instead. This was a much better deal all around. SO, Saturday happened very SUDDENLY... I think I should take the phone off the hook tonight so Sunday doesn't follow this trend as well.
What to do next... Sleep, study, write my paper or blog more... Life is to short and I need more hours in the day. I have to do a paper now. More later
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Plus... cooking, cleaning, studying, writing papers, playing with my daughter and spending time for my husband... Whew! This multi-tasking queen is wore out! I do not know how some people can do this all the time. Seriously! I just want a nap!
Sunday: work 12 hours
Monday: clinical 10 hours
Tuesday: class 8 hours
Thursday: clinical 9 hours
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Okay, so my sister Charlene and I have decided to have a challenge. While this may seem silly to some, it is reality for us. Reality is that we do not cook enough at home, especially for dinner. It seems to have escaped our daily life. Eating out has become our norm.. To be truthful, I am sick of it. It is pretty bad when you can't decided where you want to "eat out" because you have had it all....
Our challenge? To cook dinner at home Monday thru Friday...AT LEAST... This means no matter what. It means preparing and planning... It means sticking to our guns.
SO, my menu??? Well, that is interesting. I hope to try new stuff and am up for some suggestions. I found myself so inspired that I bought Rachael Ray's new magazine for some ideas...
I am really stuck on trying to find stuff to make in the crock pot or prepare ahead meals. Hopefully, I can build a collection of these... I have a few (most of which will be pulled out the first few weeks of this challenge).
I am going to get creative... How about Menu Monday???
Here it goes...
Monday: Pot Roast and veggies in the crock pot
Tuesday: Pulled pork sandwiches
Wednesday: Lasagna Roll-ups with garlic bread
Thursday: Garlic Shrimp, veggies and rice
Friday: Paprika Chicken and potatoes
Whew... While it is not gourmet, it is a start....
I think my family is going to go into shock! (At least my husband might)
My daughter will probably go through McDonald withdrawal, we will see....
Hope all is well with everyone!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Well, I am going to do this.... And I promise to pass it on when I make more friends in this blogging world!!! (Man... I feel like a loser sometimes!!!) Just kidding... Charlene was tagged already and Marilyn sent it to me... So, here it goes:
It's about Fours....
4 Jobs I've had:
4 Films I could watch over and over:
Bad Boys 2
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
Pirates of the Carribean (Any of them)
4 TV Shows I watch:
CSI: New York
CSI: Las Vegas
4 Places I have lived:
With my sister and her family---in a house
Indiana University---in a dorm
In an apartment with my husband
In my first house with my family
4 Favorite Foods:
Chicken Fried Steak
4 Favorite Colors:
4 Places I'd love to be right now:
On the beach...anywhere
On a sabbatical in Europe
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I am not sure why I decided to look at dogs the other night... I think I scared my husband and was on the verge of making a HUGE mistake...At least, at this point in our lives. Now, I have had this fascination for weimaraner dogs since I was in college in Bloomington. This stems back almost ten years. I think that they are a beautiful breed and would be great pets...At least I thought they would.
I was so interested, I even called a rescue in Michigan for information on adoption. The woman I talked to was really helpful. I even have the application on my computer partially filled out. Keep in mind, this was even after she told me that a weimaraner would do an entire couch in within 20 minutes... I didn't even blink!
Then, I realized what an idiot I was. What in the world was I thinking? Like I need a dog right now! (Plus, I would kill it if it ate my couch right now!) I began to think about it more and realized that if I wanted a dog, maybe it was time for another child. While the two are completely different, they fill a mothers need to nurture and love. Not to mention, I would much rather have a baby than a dog!
Whew! It was a close one. I can't say that I won't completely stop loving the weimaraner dogs though. I still would like one some day. Who knows, maybe when my couches are older!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I think that my family is very similar to a sandcastle. With a few exceptions of course.... After all, my family is built with much more than the components of a sand castle!!!
According to http://www.ehow.com, there are nine steps to making a sandcastle. The ironic thing is that these nine steps directly parallel how we build our family.
Step One: Draw a rough sketch (How often to we "dream" and plan what we want our family to do and to be like?)
Step Two: Choose a site (This is our home; the community we live in.)
Step Three: Dig a hole (This can be viewed in many ways...I think of it as my mortgage.)
Step Four: Scoop wet sand into the middle of it (This is the messy part...It is the part that makes you close. These are the trials and tribulations that you have as a family that make you stronger. They make you better parents, spouses and people. These are the things that build your character.)
Step Five: Work fast, so the sand stays wet (I think this is the journey of life...It's always fast!)
Step Six: Build towers (Finding your "Strong tower", faith and the beliefs to keep your life in line and to live with a purpose. After all, we are not in this for nothing!)
Step Seven: Build walls (This is what makes you stronger as a family...the foundation of the castle becomes sturdy.)
Step Eight: Shape the tower (The values and beliefs that you hold shape your family, their actions and everything that they represent.)
Step Nine: Dig a Moat, protect from invaders (ADT security and prayer....need I say anything more?)
While we dream of what we want for ourselves and our families, and spend many years "sculpting" ourselves and our children, we must never forget how intricate and fragile life is. One wave can change the stability of a sandcastle, and our lives. The important thing is to remember to prepare and strengthen the castle walls and each other to survive the wave(s) of life.
Sometimes it feels as if our worlds are constantly spinning... Never stopping. The reality is, there never is a dull moment in my life, and probably not yours either. While the alarm clock reminds me of the start to a new day, I can't help but think about everything else I would rather do than arise from my bed and do what needs to be done. Vacation and relaxation are always much more appealing than school and work.
I wonder if we lived a life that was all rest and relaxation if we would look forward to work.
It's kind of goes along with that thought of winning the lottery...If you won it, would you ever work again?
This picture was taken at Brookfield Zoo. I think that this racoon has the life. It was actually sleeping upside down in the tree stump. I am still contemplating if the blood rushed to its head or not. One thing is for sure, he looks like he has the life!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
My sister and I have an interesting and amazing relationship. While we are so different, we are very similiar. It is almost scary sometimes. This is especially true since we never really grew up together. Shopping for a birthday card for her is always an undertaking. "Remember when I used to pull your hair out?" cards just don't suit us! It makes me appreciate the special relationship we have!
One thing is for sure, family is special. Regardless of how "normal" or "dysfunctional" and individual feels theirs is, I have come to decide that no ones is perfect...family is only special.
(No, I'm not talking about riding the yellow short bus special either!)
I am blessed to have such a great sister!