Thursday, June 25, 2009

Buford wyoming

Smallest town in US. Population 1
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Casa bonita

You just have to experience it to believe it.
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Hey toto...

We're not in kansas any more!

Kansas seriously lacked in rest areas. Another big problem was many of the signs indicating an exit had a gas station (and a bathroom!) were out dated. The gas stations were boarded up. Not at all helpful.

We are visiting for dinner tonight.
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Monday, June 22, 2009

On the road

This is the first of my on the road blog posts. We left at 8 and haven't even gone 60 miles yet. We've stopped 6 times now. Four times for a mystery rattling noise, once for a tire check and now for a potty and feed the baby stop.

D is going crazy. He is like his dad...he thinks he needs to go go go and you just can't do that when traveling with 6 kids.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009


We leave tomorrow morning!

We're getting the house sitter situated tonight and we're heading out shortly after the butt-crack of dawn. If my FIL were in charge, we'd be leaving an hour before the butt-crack of dawn :P

Still left to do:
pack food
finish the laundry
finish packing the clothes
finish the apron, the stroller cover and the elastic casing on a dress
sew two pairs of shorts for the 5 yo
bake 3 different kinds of muffins
bake 2 different kinds of cookies
mix up a batch of rice crispy treats

Then we have the normal household chores like cleaning the house, dishes and dinner.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This is a test

Testing out mobile blogging so everyone can be up to date on our vacation!
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The blessing gown is done!

She's not too happy about being in the dress. She was very tired. Hopefully she'll be all smiles when she's blessed.

I love the pattern. It's from an otto, tho I can't remember which one. I did it in the smallest size with the largest size's length and then added another two inches.

It's done in a nice white linen.

More sewing to come. I have a lot to finish before we leave Monday morning!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

recipe review: Taco Pasta Bake

Tonight, I made The Psychotic Housewife's taco bake. I told the kids it was homemade Taco Hamburger Helper. They are pretty used to my trying out from scratch versions of boxed meals.

I ended up doubling the recipe to feed my brood. It must have weighed at least 5 lbs as I popped it in the oven. I told D that surely this is going to be a have people over for dinner recipe because the lasagna pan was filled completely to the top. I told the kids they could eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

The problem?

Everyone wanted seconds. Alex wanted thirds, but we told him he had to leave some for D's lunch tomorrow.

Next time I make this, I will definitely pair it with a salad, some bread and a fruit or something. Part of me doubts this will make much of a difference. It was a huge hit.

A brilliant tip was included with the recipe that in all my years of cooking was a real DUH moment...With the tomato paste, cut open both sides of the can and push it through. You get all the paste and you don't have to deal with using the little scraper to get it out of the can.

The only thing about the recipe I didn't like was the use of packaged enchilada sauce powder. Those are usually pretty high in sodium and have extra ingredients that aren't necessarily good for you. I'm going to be looking for an alternative to the powder for the recipe. I may just add my own mix of cayenne, chili powder, cumin, onions and garlic and see what I come up with next time.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Busy busy

I had to take my van in to the shop Monday. The check engine light is on and apparently there are more than 1700 items in your vehicle that can cause that to happen. It's a nice vague warning that something is fishy with the engine.

The good news being that the problem with my van was only going to cost $25 in parts. The bad news being they have to tear apart the entire engine to install said part. The worse news? It was supposed to be done yesterday and it's still not done yet.

I have a huge list of things that have to get done and we can't do any of them without the van. So, my work this week has been focused on at least getting the house organized.

This trip is also nickling and diming us to death. It's always a $5 trip to walmart or something that turns into a much bigger trip.

Our plan right now is to camp all the way to Seattle.yeah, that ought to be fun :P

Monday, June 15, 2009

hot dog kebobs?

I found myself on twitter following the Rachael Ray magazine official site. They posted a recipe for Hot Dog Kebobs.

That's strange and yet oddly appealing. Maybe we'll try this as camping food on the trip?

because this is just funny and awesome...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cleaning out the fridge

So we're at T-minus 8 days til we leave. I'm in a mild state of panic. The car has to go in for repairs of all things! the timing couldn't be worse. I have no idea when it's going to happen and how long it's going to take. This means I have to be ready with all my errands done tomorrow.

This week's meals are all about clearing out the freezer. Of course our neighbor was kind enough to bring buy a garbage bag FULL of veggies from his garden since mine once again died. I swear I have a black thumb.

Sunday: BBQ chicken (which I burned, thank you very much)
Monday: Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife: Recipe: Mexican Bake
Tuesday: Hawaiian Haystacks
Wednesday: taco salad
Thursday: tuna boats
Friday: pancakes
Saturday: Spaghetti

As you can see, I'm so hectic this week, I have no idea what we're eating most nights LOL My main priority this week is cheap and no leftovers! The kids are going to be loving it since most of the meals are very quick and easy and fun. The less time I spend in the kitchen this week, the more time I have to get everything organized. Plus, it's supposed to be in the upper 90s most of the week. yuk.

I have a ton of sewing to do this week, too. I still have to finish Millie's blessing gown and two more little girl dresses. Then, I promised Ben shorts (but those take about 15 minutes) and travel bags for each child. Phew.

I'm going to need a vacation from this vacation!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer time

We are down to 11 days before we leave on vacation and summer is in full swing here. It is HOT. Not only hot but humid. The humidity has decreased since this morning, down to only 46 percent.

My poor garden is looking very thirsty, so I let the kids outside to play in the sprinkler so long as the garden also gets watered in the process. I know by the time we get back from vacation the garden will be gone...unless it actually rains.

Hubby and Alex are at scout camp and having a good time. Alex is trying to earn his rifle merit badge. Alex and guns...a scary thought. He may want a membership to the NRA for his birthday. *shudder*

Meanwhile, I'm trying to get all my sewing done before the trip.

I want to sew for my little nephew, so we may make him a little toy. Something easy for Leelee to do. Now, I'd love to make something cute for my other sister's baby, but the baby is still baking and as of right now, we don't know whether the baby has indoor or outdoor plumbing. ;) I guess we'll find out eventually. But I'm thinking she's having a boy. I hope she has a boy because someone needs to use the cute boy stuff I have for the baby boy I don't have!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Travel organizing/camping

We leave for the big trip in two weeks. It's a bit daunting, organizing a cross country road trip with six kids.

We've been slowly getting items for the trip, and like any good frugal person, we've been borrowing and checking thrift stores for the bigger items. There is an amazing thrift store an hour from us and we can always find what we need there.

I'm a minimalist when it comes to what we need, which isn't always a good thing. I'd rather have to buy it if we absolutely need it, rather than pack it with us. DH on the other hand, likes to travel with everything but the kitchen sink.

When we first got married, D worked hard to convince me to go camping. I swore up and down I did not want to go camping. When I was a kid, camping consisted of a tent, a sleeping bag, and a campsite. I remember fishing and cooking up the fish on over the fire. And the bathrooms were little more than port-a-potties that stunk like you wouldn't believe. Why on earth would I want to subject myself to that?

I finally relented and was in for a big surprise. D's family camps in style. His dad built these camping boxes that contain all the cooking supplies. We have overhead tarps, air mattresses, and really good food. It's nothing like camping that I grew up with. In fact, camping is truly a vacation for me. D takes care of everything. I don't cook. I don't clean. The kids are having a blast so they need much less supervision and there's less fighting! So yes, I do love to camp now!

When I brought up camping along the way for the big trip, he immediately said it was impossible because we couldn't bring all the gear. Thankfully, with KOA campsites, bringing all that gear isn't necessary. KOAs have so many amenities that it makes camping a lot easier.

Also to help along with our travel plans, the wonderful blog Org Junkie has saved the day with this travel checklist. The list is only for up to four children, but we can work around that.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

blog rating...uh oh

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
yeah. My blog is rated PG because I used the word dead and knife.

ohhhhh scary.

Or maybe it's because I let my brain dead kids play with knives.

brain dead

I'm just wondering if all 12 year old boys are completely brain dead!

Alex is leaving for scout camp in the morning and he forgot to give us his permission slip and supply list. Thankfully, we made it to the church on time last wednesday so he could have his scout physical, the one he forgot to tell us about.

He is acting completely helpless and it driving me insane. Apparently in his 12 years of life, he has never figured out how to roll a pair of socks together??? I know I've taught him how to fold his laundry and socks are part of that.

The other kids are looking forward to having him gone all week. LOL I know that just losing one kid for the day makes things run more quietly, so I'm hoping it will be a relatively quiet week around here. I really need it so we can get read for this trip. We leave in two weeks!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Oh yes he did

My not so sweet husband is currently in the dog house. You see, he invited people over to our house without telling me. Not only that, he told them to come at dinnertime. While I wasn't expected to feed them (and they weren't expected to be fed),I still have to wonder why he felt possessed to do this!

He confessed to me that they had called while he was in the middle of playing a computer game the night before and he wasn't really paying attention to what they were saying to him. I was with Alex at scouts or else I would have been sitting in the room with the husband when the call came in.

So when the doorbell rang as we were sitting down at the table, the kids ran off to tell their friends they couldn't play. Instead, I hear "It's the home teachers!" and the husband saying "oh no! I forgot they were coming!" I'm sure if I wasn't stopped like a deer in the headlights I would have had daggers shooting out of my eyes. I had already gotten out of my day clothes and was quite comfortable in my night clothes and ready for an evening of lounging around.

Just as mortifying was the fact that I had left to run errands in the late afternoon and took some of the kids with me, leaving the oldest at home to babysit. And while he did keep the kids alive, he allowed them to completely trash the living room. When hubby got home, he was supposed to have the boy clean up the mess (popcorn all over the floor, toys everywhere, the couch cushions all discombobulated...) but the boy and the husband firmly planted themselves in front of the computer. Husband did manage to start dinner, at least. He figured I'd crack the whip I got home and get them cleaning after dinner.

So this was the general state of chaos in my home when the home teachers (husband and wife couple) arrived.

Needless to say, my husband is very much in the dog house. I am not sure yet what he is going to have to do in order to get back in my good graces. The boy tried this morning by making me breakfast in bed, but then husband and the boys had to go to Atlanta and the breakfast mess is still on the counters. They are acquiring a large amount of "better make mama happy" debt. I have a feeling to make mama happy again, it's going to take Costco cake, an afternoon of uninterrupted sewing and perhaps a trip to the scrapbooking store.