Friday, November 30, 2012


last to weekend we went to the country with mom and dad.
we baked cookies, and made candies for cookie trays for the upcoming season.
he girls didn't do too much.  but when they did help it was darling.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

some turkey

well.  we lived.
we all survived sara's first attempt at making thanksgiving dinner. 
it turned out perfect, if i do say so myself.
it was a ton of work, but it was well worth it.
often, when i cook for people it tastes 'like wood' to me. 
this time it didn't...
i would do it again.  i may just do it a random january weekend for the 4 of us.
glad i tried it.

not everybody...but i took what i had at the time. :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

tom. meet sara.'s time.  getting ready to put this little bundle of yum into the oven.
wish us all luck.
~chat soon!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

panic mode....

um hello.
it's me. sara.
and i am a little nervous.
tomorrow night, i we are hosting thanksgiving dinner for adam's family.
i (in a whisper voice) have never made a turkey....never. ever.
i have hosted just about every other holiday, at least once, since we have been married.
things needed to be switched around a bit so dinner is  here. at our house.  i can't let anyone down.
i'm excited, a little energized by it.  bought a new table cloth, a table runner...pretty cloth fall napkins....
but then there is the....TURKEY! that frozen (well, not anymore) little bundle of yum freaks me out.
as my coworkers were laughing and pointing at me, i put it in simple terms....
when you think of thanksgiving, you think of turkey, stuffing, potatoes (sweet and white) beans, cranberries...
and of course counting your blessings.
any other holiday it's simply food.  maybe you can't quite pinpoint it...but always on thanksgiving, there is the above said food....eeks.
lots on the table (pardon the pun)
i couldn't let my semi control freak conscious i GOOGLED basically a manual that has been walking me through this.  hysterical.
but i have to far so good.
i have 2 make ahead dishes done, veggies cleaned, bagged, and ready to go in different sides, table set....and that bird.  sitting on the shelf in the fridge, just WAITING to be cooked.
so think of me tomorrow....and pray for that turkey.  that it is okay.  and yummy....just pray.
~chat soon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

this post was not supposed to be like this....

nothing major. but it was going to be kind of funny...and cute.
but....well, i am just gonna let it roll how it really rolled and you can decide....

this weekend was deer season in missouri.  adam scored a nice deer pretty early saturday morning.  i was happy for him.  if you are a true hunters wife, you know deer season is a pretty huge deal.  he decided to stick it out the rest of the weekend...he came home with just one deer (thank you Lord....)  the weekend was fun.  i had opportunities i don't usually have (photography etc.)  it was busy too.  when adam is gone, i don't cook.  at all.  we eat out.  almost all of the time.  and if we don't i make pancakes for dinner and its a win win for everyone (i know....gross)  saturday evening i took the girls to the park for Christmas card photo's.  they turned out good.  we went to culvers for dinner. (love that place). came home to anne doing a complete 180 with her mood....she got upset because i had already rented the movie that i had rented for the weekend for 'girls movie night'....she just wasn't herself.  she went to bed. as well as kate and i.  no problem.

sunday  morning, anne had to sing in choir.  she did a good job.  they are darling standing in front so tall and proud.  anne then found several reasons (as well as her dear sissy kate) to leave the service.  it took  me a bit to realize there were several tables of COOKIES set up for the advent fair.  both of them lied, or did not tell the truth about why they were needing to urgently use the potty...ugh.  i was not pleased.  they kept coming back with crumbs all over their mouths...i was not catching on.  i finally did.  ugh.

sunday afternoon, anne was still wretched we had tickets for the rockettes.  we were going with her sweet little friend libby and her mom.  all three of us were so excited.  it was a gross, wet, cold something fun and holiday-esq was perfect...we pick up libby and her mom.  everything is fine.  we grab some dinner from o'charleys...things go funky.  kate was screaming because she couldn't have soda. (she hates soda).  they fought over pens, scribbled one each others papers, and anne, especially was extremely sassy.  all girls can be sassy, but generally she isn't in front of people.  i could have croaked.  i finally said, 'anne you need to stop.' anne repeated in that wierd high pitched voice that all girls do when mocking their mothers...'annnne  you need to stoooooop.'  only by the grace of God did I not crawl across the table.  ugh.  
we got to the show late.  the 5 of us got turned around in the venues parking garage and couldn't get out. (don't ask)  the show was awesome.  we walk out and it was raining like CRAZY.  horizontal, and cold as heck.  the girls were good, except for the puddle splashing in the middle of the ally...but we all lived.  long story was dark, raining, and the girls (mainly anne) screeched the whole way home.  she wouldn't listen a lick.  by the time we got home and i put them in bed, i was so embarrassed i cried.  i even said to adam, 'i hope she is getting sick, otherwise i think i may just have to quit!'

fast forward to monday...we all went to work/school...i picked anne up from her afterschool club she goes to once a week...i took one look at her and said OH ANNE!  she was as white as sheet, glassy eyed, and feeble looking...she croaked out 'mommy i don't feel sooo gooood'....she was right, she was BURNING UP!  

we ran through the store real quick to graab some dinner fixings and got home to a temperature check of 102. lovely.  i tried to make dinner...chili as a matter of fact.  i burned the meat, and then realized i only had PART of the fixings for the chili.  WHAT THE WHAT????!?!?!??!?!

adam was running late, i fed the girls some noodle mixture and sat and sulked.  panicking that i didn't have substiute plans.  everything worked out.  i got to work at 6am to create plans for the sub. took anne to the doc, just knowing she had strep to only hear the words....'she has a virus'...(grrrr)....and got a lot of laundry and photo editing done.

i'm sure i lost you in the second paragraph...but that's what happened this weekend.  



Friday, November 9, 2012

spot on.

found this quote and thought it fit the week perfectly.
You're success as a family, our success as a society, depends not what happens in the White House but what happens inside your house. 
this little gem was spoken by Mrs. Barbara Bush.  How true is this????  i need to get this printed and hang it on the wall. 


Friday, November 2, 2012

who's idea is this anyway?

so....halloween, as i have told before, is not my most favorite thing.
my opinion has improved on the subject over the past few years as i see the chicks excitment, but it's a killer on my patience.  between the crazy school kids, the crazy daughters, and then the aftermath...ugh. 
just not my favorite.
so tuesday, we started to carve pumpkins.
about 4 minutes prior to that, anne realized she forgot her whole homework folder.
so anything she needed to do tuesday night would have to be done wednesday  night.
that sent me into a bit of a fit...but we all calmed quickly and just shrugged...what else can you do?
adam is the pumpkin carver, he gets scared when i start cutting on things, apparently i don't hold a knife 'right'...anyway, he has just taken it under his hat of responsibility...
so here we are...
the 4 of us.
coming out of a major i forgot my folder meltdown.
with 4 pumpkins with their lids off.
the girls are supposed to be scooping out the guts.
seeds are flying everywhere.
anne starts crying becasue there is a cut, that is sore from the pumpkin guts.
i'm trying to take pictures, because this is no matter how silly to me, a memory that the girls will want to see...
adam took over the gut scooping.  it was just easier that way.
anne went dutifully to designing her face.  we had kind of said we wanted them to be one of each of us.
but she drew a cat.  we don't have a cat. but what's the big deal?
the big deal is when daddy can't create the cat that anne clara had in her head.
oh boy....more meltdown.
mom has loud voice.
kate gets nervous.
daddy says 'who's idea is this anyway?'
we all settle back down.
i go out to the car and hand over a pumpkin i needed for an activity for the next day at school.
adam creates something suitable for anne.
and we clean up...very helpful kate starts cleaning up the seeds, then she dumps the entire bowl of goo and seeds all over the floor. 
kate sobs.  and sobs. and sobs.
i continued cooking dinner (albeit a new recipe) and said WHO'S IDEAS IS THIS ANYWAY?!
i only grabbed a couple photos...

anne taking pictures instead of scooping.

prior to the pumpkin meltdown 2012

thought this was super cute....
 hope your pumpkin carving was a little calmer then ours. ;)
~chat soon!