Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WE HAVE MOVED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!

We have relocated to our own domain! That's right, we can now be found at NinjaMommers.com! We will still feature all of our segements as well as some new stuff so check it out guys!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Right Now I would Chew My Arm Off For....



Today I Would chew my arm off for...

"A Giant Peice of Chocolate fudge Cake with Chocolate icing"

Seriously.. I am dieing here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Little Man's Funny Quote Friday!


This Week's Little Man's Funny Quote Friday is brought to you in part by a sick Little Man. He's had a cold for 2 days now and been up both nights coughing and hacking. Last night he woke up for the 20th time at 4:30am, and now those of you that know Little Man know this is odd behavior as he usually goes to bed and stays in bed until its time to get up, no ifs ands or buts. But at 4:30.. even though nothing seems like it can be funny at that time in the morning.. he amused the heck outta me. He opened his door and said:
      
"I can't like sleeping Mommy, I need to party with my cars"


He said this in between coughs and hacks and telling me his throat hurts. What's funny is that he said it all mopey and tired like.. he then crawled back into his bed and tried to sleep muttering something about his cars are awake and he "no feel well"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Potty Training, its a pain in EVERYONES arse... LITERALLY!

Well, as you all know I have been going through the potty training trials for about a year now. To push him or not to push him, that was the question. He seemingly had no interest what so ever in using the potty no matter whether it was number 1 or number 2 or if I offered him a plethora of treats and toys in exchange for doing it. He just wasn't interested and this made me wonder. Do I push him now? Or just wait a little while longer? I opted to wait as all the research I did basically told me to hold my horses and he would tell me when he was ready. The research was right, and all those people that gave me dirty looks because my Little Man wasn't potty trained at 2 1/2 were wrong. TAKE THAT!

He started peeing in the potty and now has barely any accidents and is actually going through the night without wetting a diaper for the most part. Yahoo! Let me tell you I really dislike the fact that he is still in diapers, and have been waiting for this day for the last year so I must say I feel very enthusiastic about this transition. There is now only one thing holding him back from graduating to big boy underwear and being fully "Potty Trained." And that one thing is Number 2.

So Now I have Started my research on why he seemingly is having a huge amount of trouble and seems terrified to go Number 2 in the potty and I have found good news people... It's TOTALLY normal! In fact, it may just be something to do with the fact that your child's BM's have been too hard or he/she has been constipated and therefore associates having BMs in the potty as being painful. Especially if you catch them mid-BM and try to shuffle them off to the toilet because by that time they start to hold it and then can't go to the potty once they get there and straining is uncomfortable and they start to become constipated. They may therefore associate having a poop in the potty with pain and diapers with comfort, and no amount of bribing or cheering will help clear that association. In fact, the majority of cases in which a child refuses to have a BM in the potty are associated with constipation. It can take weeks, sometimes months for a child to get over having a painful BM or being consitpated, So what can be done to ease the problem!? I will tell you... just be patient Geez....

  • Soften the consistency of the child's stools by providing a diet full of fiber and monitoring his/her intake of dairy products (Sorry Little Man, very little cheese for you anymore, you'll thank me later when you aren't pooping in your pants because your still afraid to use the potty at 24)
  • Once BMs have become soft and comfortable for the child, begin by keeping track of when your child has a BM in his/her diaper. There may be a routine or time-line in which they have BMs. This will give you the opportunity to encourage your child to sit on the potty when it's about time for a poop.
  • Continue to let him/her have their BM in their diaper if you notice they are going, but empty the contents into the Potty afterward and show them that their BM belongs in the Potty NOT in their diaper.
  • Take the time to read children's books about Potty training to your youngin'. This may encourage them to use the potty like the characters in the book.
  • Have your child sit on the toilet numerous times a day. Do NOT pressure him/her to have BM. Your main goal is to get him/her to relax while sitting on the potty.
  • And last but not least PRAISE! Lots of it! Always remember if your Little One isn't able to have a BM on the potty but at least tries.. that really is a positive thing in itself!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

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Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!




This week’s “Little Man’s Funny Quote Friday” is being published on Saturday. Yes, I know. If it’s Funny Quote Friday then I should be publishing it on Friday and not Saturday because then the title of the segment doesn’t make any sense.  However, Yesterday I encountered some technical difficulties which would not allow me to post and I refuse to let this week’s go unposted.
Little Man has quite the sense of humor lately and is totally saying some really interesting things especially considering that he has started using the potty, so this week has presented me a with a plethora of funny quotes to publish and I have had a hard time picking just one. But of course, I have had to choose. So now, without further delay I present to you; “Little Man’s Funny Quote Friday – Temporarily on Saturday!”
The other day we were getting ready to go out for our daily walk. Little Man went and grabbed his shoes and then dissapeared. He came back to me and Dropped my flip flips on the floor beside my feet and started trying to put them on for me.  I looked at him and asked him why he was doing that and he replied with:
"Mommy, don't hurt Baby Girl. Relax."

I am not sure if this should be considered funny because I honestly almost cried. It was so sweet that he wanted to help me do something because he knows I am pregnant. I wasn't quite sure that he got it until then. He must hear his Daddy telling me to relax and take it easy sometimes because of Baby Girl. But I thanked him and gave him the biggest hug in the world and we giggled that Mommy was Cinderella.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Little Untruths, Sudden Realizations and Sharing

Sometimes we all tell those little stories to our children that encourage them to behave, or take a liking to something, or to even just eat their dinner. Sometimes the stories we tell are the truth and some are a twisted version of the truth. Either way, We ALL do it at one point or another no matter what anyone says. If you don't then you are just the perfect Mother, and well... I am not worthy.

Now, as a Mother I am well aware of these things, Husband/Daddy knows this as well. In fact, so Does Jay Jay (Mom's In Law). However, Papa (Father In Law) seemingly forgets and I have to admit it makes me giggle.

We went for a visit a couple of weekends ago to go see Papa and Jay Jay. Litle Man LOVES going for visits and gets incredibly pumped every single time. We were all sitting around the dinner table on a Saturday night enjoying a meal and Little Man finished his dinner. Jay Jay offered him some cheesies and of course Little Man was all for that, anything with cheese in the title is fair game for that kid. So as we are sitting around chatting and enjoying our after dinner drinks (of course mine was water... Mmm water how sick of you I am) Jay Jay looks across the table to Little Man who was sitting in between Papa and I and says: "Hey Little Man, Did you know Papa's favorite snack is Cheesies?" Little Man looks at Papa with big wondering eyes and my Little food monger broke a cheesie in half, looks at Papa and says: "Here Papa, you have it." Of course Papa eyed it suspiciously, considering it was a little slobbery and I mean who likes a soggy cheesie.. Hey, better him than me... but of course Jay Jay gave him the look and Papa gulped it down big huge grin still in place and said Thank you to Little Man. What a good Papa. Little Man continued sharing all through his bowl of cheesies, he never offered anyone else one, he only shared with Papa, because they are his favorite.

After the cheesies were finished we started speaking about bedtime. I told Little Man that bedtime was on the horizon, thats when he started making a little bit of a fuss that he had to go to sleep. Jay Jay looked across the table and said to Little Man: "I have something special for you that Papa loves that you can sleep with tonight." Of course Little Man lit up at that thought, but at the same time Papa said: "What are you talking about?" Jay Jay made a face at him and said : "You know that thing you like to snuggle." Papa started getting this confused look on his face. The whole time Jay Jay is reassuring Little Man that yes it's something special and all the while Little Man is going on and on about how he gets to snuggle something special of Papa's. Jay Jay sends Papa another "Why don't you get what I am doing" Look at which point Papa turns to Jay Jay and says: " I still have no idea what you are talking about." Finally he looks at Jay Jay and realizes what's going on and says: "Ohhhhh You're Lieing!"  Little Man's still going on about something the something special. And the rest of us burst out laughing. Took you long enough Papa! Sometimes I swear Men are clueless at this sort of thing and watching the look on Papa's face and the tone in his voice was priceless. Thankfully Little Man didn't catch on and went to sleep that night happily snuggling "Papa's Favorite Teddy Bear."

Shocking Days, Equal Battles and Potty Parties!

Well, it has been a while since I have written. Been pretty busy with all kinds of crazy things going on, but have finally found the time.. no, MADE the time to sit down and update my blog.

Last Friday I went and had my Gender Ultrasound and found out what we are having. I have to admit, because my policy is honesty.. that I was SHOCKED! Not disappointed, or upset... but SHOCKED! I spent the entire ultrasound thinking one thing, the heart rate seemingly confirmed my belief and at the end of the ordeal the technician told me the gender and I admit... I stopped breathing for a second. I honestly looked right at her and said: "REALLY!?", "Are you sure!?" The technician then pointed out what confirmed her analysis and I just sat there in shock for a second. I was so sure. But, I was wrong! It took me a while to come to grips with the fact that there is a little girl growing in my belly. A GIRL!? Is that even possible? I am such a Tom boy I just assumed that I'd end up with two boys to rough house and play together. I have spent the past week looking at girly stuff for baby girl online, buying a few pink things here and there and trying to picture my life with a little girl in it. And I have finally convinced myself that yes, there is in fact a girl in my belly. Now, that the shock has worn off and the wave of terror rolled off my back (Terror because I feel like if it were a boy I would have know a bit better what to expect, and now I am back to square one.) I am feeling so excited I can't even contain it. A GIRL! Ha Ha Husband/Daddy your dreams of 3 against 1 have now turned into an equal battle of the sexes and Baby girl and I will win with our sweet smiles and long eyelashes. This is going to be a totally different experience! I am pumped. Little Man seemingly understands that it's a girl in my belly now, he is excited too! I am glad he's excited! Husband/Daddy's reaction was nothing short of dramatic. He's excited but also thinking way too far in advance. His response was: "What if she get's pregnant at 16!?" My response: "Dude, she not even born yet, lets worry about diapers first." But, we will be having a girl and she's going to have him wrapped around her little finger. Daddy's Little Girl. Let's hope she's luckier than I and gets to spend a lot more of her life with her father than I did. My Dad passed away when I was 14 and I was a Daddy's girl myself.

On Another note Little Man is making me super duper happy himself. I have been trying to get him potty trained for a year now and he just wasn't receptive to the idea. He had absolutely NO interest in using the potty and sadly even bribing him with treats wasn't working. In fact, there was one day back when when he decided that he would at least try to go potty and after that day, things went back down hill because he never once actually did his business in the potty. Well, Ladies and gentlemen Little man has decided that he is ready. He has done really well in the past 3 days telling me when he has to pee pee. He has yet to poop in the potty yet but I am just happy that he has been going pee so often that he has only really wet a diaper a few times in the last three days, and then he tells me he had an accident. It all started with Little Man in the Bathtub. I told him he wasn't allowed to go Pee Pee in the tub or his bath was over, happened once before he realized I was serious and decided that while in the tub he would tell me if he had to piddle. Once having peed for the first time in the potty and realizing the sensation he put all the pieces of the puzzle together (and got a big treat) and now he's doing it frequently. All that work and had I have just waited until now I would have been far less stressed because he's pretty much doing it himself. I guess he wasn't ready before. Lesson of the day for me? There was no need to push him, he told me he was ready." Clear as day!

Well, I am off... Let's hope he can poop in the potty soon, I am REALLY sick of diapers and have a whole new batch coming in October... Sheesh!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What's For Dinner Wednesday!


Welcome back to What's for Dinner Wednesday! I will be your lazy pregnant Host Ninja Mommers. Today is going to be a full day.. We are going to the Zoo. Yep, I will take pictures as I am sure there will be a lot to blog about with an all day adventure such as this. And I also have some amazing news in the potty department... but that will have to be saved for later as I am running out the door balancing a carseat, a phone and apparently a computer trying to blog...

Tonight dinner is going to be as easy as possible.

Ninja's Smokey Burger


Stuff to use:
  • 1 cup egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce... (Who REALLY knows how to say that properly!)
  • 1 clove garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Hamburger buns
Glaze For Yer Burger!
  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

Directions

  1. Whisk the egg with the onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble in the beef. Mix gently. Chill the mixture for 15 minutes; then divide into 4 equal-sized patties. Preheat the grill to medium-high and grease the grate. Set the patties on the preheated grill and cook, covered, for 6 minutes.
  2. Flip the burgers and reduce the heat to medium. Mix glaze ingredients. Brush burgers with some of the glaze. Grill, turning and brushing with glaze, for 6 to 8 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 180 degrees F (90 degrees C) when inserted into the side of the patties. Brush with any remaining glaze and top with cheese before removing from the grill. Serve on buns with whatever you usually use as garnishes.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Well, the results are in..


I had my ultrasound to determine gender on Friday May 27th at 10:30am. I really do have to tell you.. the water that they make you drink has been totally unneccisary both ultrasounds I have had so far. In fact, I have gone to both feeling like I was going to explode and then was told to go ahead and empty my bladder. So what exactly was the point of going with a full bladder and sitting in the waiting room legs crossed crying tears of fear, hoping that I didn't have to sneeze? There wasn't one.

Finding out it was a girl surprised me an insane amount. I have to admit I was thinking boy and when the technician said girl I nearly fell off the bed! I am so pumped, this is going to be totally new to me and our family is now balanced!

So, that is my update for the day! I will have more to write later! Just thought I would let everyone in on our news!




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's For Dinner Wednesday!




Today I felt like doing something different, I LOVE chili. LOVE and as long as I have a huge container of antacids on hand I can eat some! Here is a good hearty vegetable Chili, Helps me to get the family to eat a ton of vegetables... as they wouldn't otherwise.


Ninja's Totally Vegetable Chili




Stuff I Use:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, diced
2 small zucchinis, chopped
1/3 jalapeno pepper, chopped (you can add more if you like a l
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
28 oz can plum tomatoes
1 cup water
1 packed tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can corn, drained
1 1/2 cups frozen baby lima beans



Do This To Make It:

1. In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and saute it until it begins to brown, takes about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, jalapeno and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables soften, usually about 10 minutes. Add the sweet potato, chili powder, cumin and paprika and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, water, brown sugar and salt and bring to a simmer.

2. Partially cover the chili and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Add the kidney and black beans and simmer for 15 minutes more. Stir in the corn and lima beans and simmer until heated through.



Serve with a garnish of Chopped Red Onion, Cilantro, Sour Cream and TONS of cheddar Cheese! I also serve this with my homemade garlic bread and a spinach Salad! Enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2011

What Is Wrong With Men? No Seriously..

Can I just ask a question that has been getting to me for a long time? I am going to anyways...

"What the hell is wrong with men!?" NO... SERIOUSLY!?

The Men get you pregnant... even a second time after having dealt with a pregnant wife once already.... and STILL act surprised at what pregnancy entails? Is it just mine? Is he just a slow learner? Are men slow learners in general!? Or are they actually THAT ignorant?

Now,  I am not slamming Men in general. I happen to quite like men, they are very useful for... umm.... erm.... well helping to procreate... and um..... well... Keeping you on your toes..... and...

Ok we will just leave the list of what Men are useful for, for another day. My Mother always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, Don't say anything at all and I am in quite the mood right now.. 

It seems like Husband/Daddy does things deliberately that pissed me off BEFORE I was pregnant and then wonders why my reaction is stronger right now than ever! Umm could that be because I HAVE A PERSON IN MY BODY!!?? Might it have something to do with the fact that my hormones are raging, my boobs hurt and I want to eat everything in sight? Might it have something to do with the fact that you KNOW that these things drive me nuts, that you KNOW that these things make me crazy, and that you are well aware that I cry at cereal commercials and get mad at dinner when it doesn't cook fast enough yet expect me to be ok when you come upstairs at night carrying my measuring cup full of water because you say all the cups are in the "Dishwasher"? NO genius they are NOT in the dishwasher, they are right beside your freaking side of the bed because as usual you can't take your cup down with you in the morning!

Is it just me!? Seriously, am I the only woman on the face of this earth than is married to a caveman in 2011?

Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!


Welcome Back to "Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!" This week was funny as heck. I was standing in the kitchen doing dishes and Little Man was off playing in the living room. He all of a sudden came flying into the kitchen. I turned off the water and dried my hands thinking he wanted a snack or a drink or something of that nature. I got down to his level and said "Little Man, What do you need?" He said:

"Ummm, I need a Haircut"

And then he started running his fingers through his hair. This made me laugh. I have no idea why he said that, where he got it from or how he knew it was true.. but it was just so random!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Right Now I would Chew My Arm Off For....





Today I would chew my own arm off for... 

"A Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich dipped in Maple Syrup"

Seriously... You heard me right..

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Right Now I would Chew My Arm Off For....



I have decided to keep you all updated on What this Ninja Mommers Is craving. So Every Craving I have will be posted. This is more for fun and personal use to look back on and laugh after I have baby. 


Today I would chew my own arm off for... 

"A Meatball Sub, Smothered in Cheddar Cheese with Ranch Sauce on it"
Seriously... 
 

What's For Dinner Wednesday!

Welcome back to "What's For Dinner Wednesday!" This week is going to be quite simple. Tonight I am just going to make some Canneloni and a Salad. Mmmmmm.


Spinach And Ricotta Cannelloni
  • 1 3/4 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 600g Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
  • 250g frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2 cups grated parmesan
  • salt and cracked black pepper
  • 6 fresh lasagne sheets
  • 3/4 cup Tomato Sauce extra
  • 1 cup grated low fat mozzarella 
What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Lightly grease a 20cm x 28cm x 4cm-high ovenproof dish. Pour in 1 cup Of Tomato Sauce, reserve the rest. Make sure to Spread it evenly over the base.
  2. Place ricotta, spinach, parsley, basil,  1/4 Cup of Parmesan, salt and pepper in a large bowl, and mix to combine.
  3. Cut each lasagne sheet into 14cm x 16cm pieces. Place 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture along length of each lasagne sheet and roll up to form a tube. The mixture should make 8 tubes. Lay tubes side by side in the dish. Spoon over extra tomato sauce to coat. Sprinkle with cheeses and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.


    *Note: I like to serve this with a very light salad. It's a tasty dish. Yummy!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!


Welcome back to this week's funny quote Friday! This week's was NOT hard to come up with at all. In fact it was quite amusing. Now, this DOES give me the "Bad Mommy" award but I have to admit my faults and we all do/say things that we wish we hadn't every once in a while.

Last weekend was very busy, we had lots to do and lots of places to go. Husband/Daddy was playing with Little Man in the living room and I was cleaning the kitchen and getting dinner organized. Husband/Daddy went and laid down on the couch and said: "I could fall asleep right now." My response was a quick: "If you do that I will punch you in the face." Now, of course I was joking but honestly, I am so sick of him falling asleep on the couch when I am in the middle of doing something, and then of course Little Man comes and bugs me right in the middle. So I continued cleaning, all of a sudden I hear a couple snores come out of the living room... so I look out and sure enough Husband/Daddy is falling asleep. That exact second Little Man hears his snores too, walks up to Husband/Daddy pokes him and says very sweetly:

"Daddy?! Punch in the face!?"

and then proceeds to poke him gently in the nose. (he doesn't know what punching is... thank goodness) Now Of course, that is wrong, and on so many levels just hilarious, and I had to tell Little Man that wasn't nice and he hasn't said it since.. Thank goodness. I learned my lesson that day..

Friday, May 6, 2011

Little Man's Funny Quote Friday!


Welcome back to "Little Man's Funny Quote Friday!" This week`s quote was awesome! Children are so innocent it makes me smile. The other day when we had to take a cab home because it was raining so much... Yep, that wonderful Monday! Well We got into the cab. Little Man got all buckled in. The Man was a nice older man with a big old bald spot in the middle of the back of his head. Little Man Looked at me and said very loudly:

"Mommy, That Man has hole in his hair!!"

I shhh'd him the best I could and Thankfully the cab driver thought it was funny... and we all got home safely.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GIRL OR BOY? Ultrasounds and Poking and Prodding!



Ok, So I am offically 16 weeks as of today. I took this picture a few days ago so I thought it would be sufficient to post it.

Yesterday I had my Doctor's Appointment, When I went in I got poked and prodded as per usual when you are pregnant. Sheesh.. you have to get poked and prodded to GET pregnant and then for the entire 9 months after you are poked and prodded by a plethora of different people!

It was an interesting appointment. Grandpa M Watched Little Man while I went in to get all this stuff done. Considering they did a full physical. My weight gain has been minimal so far which is a positive thing. I am eating enough, just not bludgeoning myself like last time so that's good! All Positive stuff so far!

They also booked my Ultrasound for gender determination! I will be finding out May 27th if I am having Another Little boy or a Little Girl. My Sister is currently Pregnant too. She is 19 weeks, she had her ultrasound today and called me... IT'S A GIRL! I knew it, I could tell by the way she is carrying! I am excited to have a little girl to do fun girl stuff with and spoil! It's kinda nice to know I am an Aunt now and don't have to be the disciplinarian to this one! I can just be fun Aunt Ninja!

So everyone...... This is the question. Based on how I am carrying in the picture (Low and all out front, my shirt is very long so it looks higher up but my belly ends just before my lady parts begin lol and the shirt covers my bum!)......

Am I Having A Girl Or Boy!?


Please post your guesses in the comment section.. I sure would love to know the predictions of those that don't know me personally.

What's For Dinner Wednesday!

Welcome back to "What's For Dinner Wednesday!" Today is going to be a fun meal that Little Man can participate in creating!

Ninja's Homemade Pizza Recipe 


Pizza Ingredients:
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • Thinly Sliced Mushrooms (But Only on 1/2 a pizza because Husband/Daddy will cry)
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Pesto
  • Pepperoni, thinly sliced
  • Onions, thinly sliced
*These are just the toppings we chose to use, you are more than welcome to be creative and use whatever toppings you prefer!


Special Stuff You Require!
  • A pizza stone, highly recommended if you want your pizza dough to be crusty like your Husband.
  • A flat baking sheet
  • A pizza wheel for cutting the pizza, which is not required just recommended.. Makes cutting the Pizza SO much easier!

What Ya Gotta Do!:

Creating The Masterpiece That Is Pizza Dough:

Honestly? Since I don't have a heavy duty mixer or any of that fun stuff I usually buy the prepared dough at the grocery store. It's already made and just ready be rolled out. Saves the trouble of making it yourself and gets dinner on faster. If you prefer to make your own dough then go on ahead and find a pizza dough recipe to use. I'm not stopping you, just jealous at all the time you have!

 

Making The Artwork Of Pizza:

1 Place a pizza stone on a rack in the lower third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 450°F for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour.

2 Follow the Directions on your dough package. Or if you chose to make your own follow the recipes for preparing the dough. Again, I commend your ambitious nature.

3 Get your favorite toppings ready. Note that you are not going to want to load up each pizza with a lot of toppings as the crust will end up not crisp that way and then you will end up with mushy crust EWWW. About a third of a cup each of tomato sauce and cheese would be fine for one pizza.. (This coming from someone who could eat a brick of cheese in one sitting so trust me) One to two mushrooms thinly sliced will cover a pizza, so don't over do it and Prep too much!

4 Working one ball of dough at a time, take one ball of dough and flatten it with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough to 1/2-inch thick. Turn and stretch the dough until it will not stretch further. Let the dough relax 5 minutes and then continue to stretch it until it reaches the desired diameter - 10 to 12 inches. Use your palm to flatten the edge of the dough where it is thicker. You can pinch the very edges if you want to form a lip. This is usually universal no matter what kind of dough you use. But again, check the package directions or use your recipe for any dough prep.

5 Brush the top of the dough with olive oil (to prevent it from getting soggy from the toppings). Use your finger tips to press down and make dents along the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Let rest another 5 minutes. You can Repeat with the second ball of dough.

6 Lightly sprinkle your flat baking sheet with corn meal. Transfer one prepared flattened dough to the pizza peel. If the dough has lost its shape in the transfer, lightly shape it to the desired dimensions.

7 Spoon on the tomato sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and place the toppings you want on the pizza.

8 Sprinkle some cornmeal on the baking stone in the oven (watch your hands, the oven is hot, trust me I learned this the hard way!). Gently shake the baking sheet to see if the dough will easily slide, if not, gently lift up the edges of the pizza and add a bit more cornmeal. Slide the pizza off of the baking sheet and on to the baking stone in the oven. Bake pizza one at a time until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes. If you want, toward the end of the cooking time you can sprinkle on a little more cheese.




YUM Pizza! 


I will be serving this with Garlic Bread and A Salad!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Broken Eggs, HUGE hearts and Waterlogged!

Well, of course yesterday was Monday! What a day! I dislike Monday's on many levels but yesterday was interesting to say the least. Have you ever heard the saying: "No use crying over spilled Milk?" Well, I am wondering.. what about crying over dropped egg? Little Man and I decided to make a Carrot cake yesterday, It's Husband/Daddy's favorite and Little Man LOVES to help Mommy do things so he volunteered his services right away.

We got things all organized and I pulled out the eggs. I told Little Man: "Don't touch these please they will break and make a HUGE mess." He looked and me and said "Ok Mommy..." YEAH RIGHT. Well, I turned for one second to grab the flour and there was already an egg on the floor, which somehow managed to not only just hit the floor, but the counter, the cupboards, Little Man's chair he was using to stand on to get to counter height, his hands, his hair and his clean shirt. I turned around and he looked shocked. I am not sure why since I warned him that would happen! I was also shocked. I know Little Men don't ALWAYS listen, but I didn't think he'd do the complete opposite of what I wanted him to do in so little time. I Looked at him and said: "Little Man, Mommy ASKED you NOT to touch the eggs! Look What Happened NOW!? He started to whimper and I did the first thing that I thought to do which was grab him off the chair, pull his clothes off and wash him down with soapy water from head to toe to make sure I got all the egg goop off of him and gave him a big hug and just reassured him that he needed to be a good listener from that point on. I then sent him packing into the living room so I could clean up, but that didn't work very well, because for some reason as that moment I started to cry! I know, I know. BAD MOMMY! I have no idea why I started to cry, it just happened. I sat there covered in Little Man's Egg mess, tears streaming down my face. Little Man tip toed into the kitchen and said in his nicest voice: "Ok Mommy?" I told him that I was OK and that I was sorry for getting upset with him and he said "It Ok Mommy, Don't cry." This made me cry harder. My Little Man is so sweet. At that moment he cupped my face in his hands and said: "Smile Mommy!" And something dawned on me. I MUST be doing something right. He has such a big heart, He is so loving and caring! At that moment I did just as he asked. I smiled at him and then told him how much I love him and sent him packing again to clean up that silly little mess in the kitchen. I know it's normal to make mistakes, but lordy I always feel like an awful parent. Maybe I am just too hard on myself! I then finished with the cake and took Little Man up to the Bathtub to get him really clean. 

I got him in the tub and he started splashing all around, he then picked up the cup and went to pour water out of the tub. I nicely reminded him to keep the water in the tub. At that same moment I ended up with the cup full of water over my head instead. Sopping wet I looked at Little Man....he gets the cute thing from me but he gets this defiance thing from his Father. I was an angel child.

*Disclosure:* If My Mother is reading this I am pretty sure is rolling on the floor laughing at that last "I was an angel child" bit and also feeling a little triumphant that I am not having the easiest time parenting in the world... Well Mom, SHUSH YOU!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday.. the Not so Fun Day!

Well the Weekend is over and the daily grind starts again. Husband/Daddy is back at work and I am back to trying to get things done. The house is always a mess after the weekend and I hate utilizing Monday's to clean but I do it anyways.

This morning was not our typical Monday morning. Little Man was up at 6am this morning. He hasn't been feeling well lately and although he seems to be getting better he woke up this morning with a stuffy nose. I tried to get him to go back to sleep but by 7 he just wasn't having it and Husband/Daddy had to go to work. So, Husband/Daddy grabbed him and brought him into our room and then left for the day. Little man was telling me that he was "Sick" so I tucked him into our bed and we drifted off to dreamland together. It was glorious. I Have not been the kind of parent that co-sleeps but as long as he sleeps in his own bed at night time, if he's not feeling well he is more than welcome in our bed in the morning to snuggle and watch some cartoons. I woke up around 9:30 and he was still snuggled in beside me. He asked me if we could watch some cartoons, I was kind of shocked so I asked him: "Don't you want to get out of bed and go get some breakfast?" He replied with a: "No Mommy, I sick, I snuggle in Mommy's bed." So, I grabbed him some water and we snuggled a little longer and watched some cartoons. Around 10 we headed downstairs where I fed him some cereal and he reluctantly ate it. I then check the Weather and decided that we would be ok to go for a walk to the grocery store and get some stuff we were missing as it wasn't supposed to rain until later this afternoon. Pffft, I should have known. We got 3/4 of the way there and it started to POUR! We ran into one of the local stores and bought a cheap umbrella since we don't own one and started across the street to the grocery store. Well, the wind picked up and the umbrella wasn't doing anything. We ran into the store and grabbed what we needed and ended up having to cab it back. POOP. The walk would have been cheaper but I didn't feel like letting the umbrella carry us away because in NO way am I Mary Poppins.

Once we got home the sun came out and it looks rather beautiful. So much for THAT weather forecast!

This weekend was a full one. Saturday was beautiful and after a whole week of being trapped in the house because of the rain we decided to take full advantage of it. We went to the park and played for hours. Little Man enjoyed it so much, and I got to soak up some much needed Vitamin D. Husband/Daddy and I have been looking around at baby furniture lately and trying to get some deals since the last year has left us at a loss for an abundance of funds. But we are managing and always will. We obtained a crib over the weekend thanks to my Mother In Law. (Gramma T). So that's a good thing, one less thing to worry about.

Now, I think I am going to clean a little like I usually do, throw some laundry in and then perhaps Little Man and I will head outside to enjoy this weather.. if it doesn't start randomly snowing or something.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Sanity, Infants, and What THE F*cK is WRONG WITH ME!?

I am sitting here presently questioning my sanity. I have volunteered my body for yet ANOTHER human life to be created and come flying out on whatever day they chose. I am a vessel. And Yes, Childbirth IS beautiful and Yes, I AM lucky to get to experience such a beautiful thing.. especially twice. But, that also makes me wonder if I am a little crazy! I mean I have done this once already! The Diapers, the wipes, the crying, the breastfeeding gone wrong, the years spent worrying about development, the sickness... I could go on all day. No, I am not questioning whether I want to be pregnant again because I DO! I am just questioning if that makes me CRAZY! And Yes, the funny thing is Little Man WAS indeed an amazing baby! And not just in the "Oh, he's my baby so he is fantastic!" kinda way. I Mean in the Slept through the night fully by 4 months, went 12 hours one night randomly by himself and has been doing that ever since kinda way. (Excluding the few times he's been sick). He actually barely ever cried.. especially as an infant, and he's always been a very happy go lucky Little Man.  I have to admit.. this Ninja has had it VERY easy with him!

So as I sit here reflecting it makes me wonder. What if this one is colicky? What if this ones never sleeps? What if this one makes things VERY difficult and I am not prepared for it? What if I say What if too many times and Drive myself CRAZY!! When I got pregnant with Little Man I had all these feelings and more, because I didn't know what to expect and since I just thought it was customary to never get to sleep again after having a child, and have to listen to crying for hours, I had tried to prepare myself for that. But since Little Man was so easy I am wondering if this will make it HARDER this time around. I am wondering if this will change my expectations, even if I try to let it not to. I am hoping that I will be prepared for whatever happens because I KNOW every baby is different! But to what extreme do I know this? I mean Little Man was so laid back that if this one comes into the world kicking and screaming and giving me what for, I am afraid I will be shocked without meaning to be! I am unsure of how to realistically prepare myself for this all over again without having unrealistic expectations that this is going to be as easy as it was the first time. I know, I know.. I complain all the time that Motherhood can be difficult.. and believe me IT CAN! I am NOT by any means saying that Little Man is always easy to parent NOW, because THAT would be a lie. He IS still a great Little Man with fantastic manners and a good heart though and that's really all that matters! Any difficulties I have been having with him as of late are all circumstantial and age related. He has found his voice and I am glad he has.. most days.

Here I go, babbling on again in a pregnant onslaught of terror ridden thoughts. I am obviously just going to figure it out anyways, as I want another. I Don't want it to sound like I don't want another baby, because I do. that's why we tried again, thats' why I am pregnant.. because I always have wanted another one, and if that means colic and exhaustion then so be it.. if that is all I have to worry about and baby is otherwise healthy then bring it on. (Please don't misconstrue that as me asking for any of those things because I am not, I would of course prefer it to be sunshine and lollipops AND have a healthy baby if possible. Thank you) <-- Really have no idea who I was talking to right there but it made me feel better. See? I am going crazy.

Last time I gained 60 + Lbs and ended up looking like a road map. Not that it wasn't worth it but knowing what I know now I will do things a little differently this time around. Meaning, I will not eat 4 cheeseburgers with fries on them dipped in ranch sauce in one sitting, although I certainly want to now... There are so many things that I forgot about being pregnant and having a newborn. Lets just hope I make it through with a little of my sanity in tact by the day baby decides to come flying out of there to see the world.

Aside from that worrying, yes, I will probably have posts like this more frequently until my hormones return to normal and I can stop panicking. Sorry.

Little Man is still not feeling well, although he slept pretty well last night which was a comforting thing because I swear if I didn't get some sleep I was going to lose it. The up and down peeing, mixed with the up and down of checking on a Little man was too much for me the other night!

Anyways, I should go and get lunch on now. Let's hope I can AT LEAST do that without over thinking it.... I wouldn't put money on that.

Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!


This Week's Quote was as always a difficult one to come up with. He always says so many funny things and I just don't know which ones to pick to post. Well the other day we were driving in the car and the moon was out. Funny thing is it wasn't night time or anything. When Little Man noticed this he started commenting on it. I said: "But Little Man, it's not night time what is the moon doing in the sky?" He replied with:

"I talked to the Moon and Telled it to wake up!"


My Little Man speaks to the moon. I laughed pretty hard at this one.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stuffy noses, Alarm Clocks and Cough Medicine

Oh well, here we are again. I was up all night last night because someone is sick now. You guessed it, it's Little Man. He is usually a great sleeper, but you always know when he is not feeling well because he's up every hour on the hour! He hates having a stuffy nose, so he gets frustrated with it and wakes himself up. Let me tell you its not pretty either, because he wants to be awake about as much as I want him to be awake, so not only is he grumpy about his stuffy nose... but he's also quite unimpressed that he's awake in the first place. We have a cool mist humidifier in his room that helps a little bit and I propped up his pillow so he wasn't laying flat, but alas he was STILL up every hour on the hour until 6am when he FINALLY fell back to sleep. That allowed me to fall asleep until about 7am when Husband/Daddy's annoying alarm goes off. It ALWAYS wakes me up! He uses the cell phone alarm and it's the MOST annoying sound I have ever heard. For some reason the alarm doesn't wake him up right away. So, I always find myself punching him and telling him to turn the damn thing off and get the hell out of my bed! Which in turn wakes me up fully and I then have to attempt to fall back asleep. And no, I don't get up with him and make him breakfast before he goes to work everyday. I am a Mom, a Ninja and a Wife not a Maid.

I finally fall back asleep around 7:45am to be awakened at 8:30am by Little Man. Granted, he slept in a little but considering how often he was awake last night, He didn't sleep in enough in my eyes. I was still exhausted so being a bad Mommy I let him come into bed with me where I turned on a few episodes of his favorite television shows and he snuggled up to me and we laid there quietly. We were both drifting back off to dreamland when the phone rang. I answer it and it's my Brother In Law, he's outside of my front door here to pick up his cough medicine he left here from the weekend when he came over for Easter Dinner. He was apologetic for waking me and I know it wasn't planned to make my day suck or anything so I hold no blame towards him, that's just the way the day seems to be going. So I traipsed downstairs, grabbed his cough medicine from the cupboard and handed it to him wearily, closed the door behind me and headed back up to bed. I climb back into the nice warm bed where Little man is still cuddled in the blankets, clearly awake but comfortable and I start drifting again. The phone rings. Its Husband/Daddy. Ok, I am seconds away from throwing the entire phone out the window. I chat with him for a second and decide that it's time to just get up, make the bed and continue my day downstairs. So, I get out of bed and the phone rings again. This time it's my Grandma. Being the wonderfully thoughtful person she is, she makes the conversation quick, as she can hear Little Man getting frustrated with how long I am now taking to get organized.

I have to say, being sick has never bothered me until I had a child. If I am up all night with him, then him and I are both exhausted the next day, which complicates EVERYTHING. I can't just sleep or relax all day like people without children because even if I wanted to it's not possible. In fact, a nap isn't even possible anymore. And if I get sick right now.. (which I inevitably will because Little Man is sick and I am with him all day and when pregnant your immune system is lowered)... I can't take anything to feel better, no cough medicine, no anything. In fact I was advised against even sucking on a damn throat lozenge. So unlike those of you that can at least medicate yourselves, I on the other hand have to suffer through it. Not to mention a fever is bad for pregnant women as a prolonged high raise in body temperature can harm the baby. I won't even get into what happens if it turns into bronchitis because the only safe antibiotic for pregnant women is Penicillin and I am deathly allergic...

I am not looking forward to the next few days.. Lets just hope this Ninja can evade the evil virus that has penetrated my home.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hey FATTY, Don't stress out!

The main thing I keep hearing when I announce to people that I am expecting my second little hellion... erm... angel is: "Don't stress, it's bad for the baby." Oh really? Well, Thanks for that, does that mean that you are volunteering to raise my almost three year old Little Man for the next 6 Months? Does that mean that you will also take in my Husband and feed him, make sure he showers and clean up after him too? Does that also mean that you will put up with his video games and snide remarks? Because if that's what that means then I will be sure not to stress. Stress is inevitable people. It happens all the time. It happens when you least expect it. It rings your doorbell at 1pm on an otherwise sunny, bright day to tell you that you that you have an unexpected visitor who has invited themselves in to critique your appearance and the cleanliness of your home, and guess what? You had opted out of washing the floors that day to cuddle with your Little Man on the couch after a long visit at the park and a very messy lunch making excursion that lead to you changing into your pajamas and your hair is all over the place caked in peanut butter. Yet, there you are at the door staring stress in the face and you can't just shut the door on it. So, yes ladies and gentlemen while I know that being in a stressful situation is not optimal when pregnant...(Heck is it optimal when you aren't?) The possibility of stress is everywhere and you have to face it head on most of the time, pregnant or not.

The Next Peice of advice I Can't stand: "Don't gain too much weight this time." Oh thank you, Ya know, I really enjoyed the fact that I justified to myself that eating 4 cheeseburgers in one sitting while I was pregnant the first time with Little Man was a good idea, only to lead to an over 60 pound weight gain with me only losing 30 of it prior to getting pregnant the second time. I think I will do it again! Trust me, I am NOT going to do it again, but I also REFUSE to obsess about my weight. There is NOTHING wrong with indulging once in a while, so if you are out with me and I decide that I want to eat a plate of fries smothered in gravy (yep there are those fries and gravy again I just can't get them out of my head) then perhaps keep your mouth shut and instead of assuming I am eating like that ALL the time, consider the possibility that I have been craving that same thing for WEEKS and have finally given in. I AM pregnant after all and pregnancy cravings are like nothing I have ever experienced before and I refuse to completely refuse myself of everything all the time.

Sometimes People just have to trust that I know what I am doing. I am not a complete turd brain.

Like Father Like Son, Fries and Gravy

"Can you take the garbage out?"

- I will do it later

"I am going out this evening, when you put Little Man to bed can you give him a bath?"

-Does He really need a bath tonight?

Why is it that when I request that something get done its always an argument? Why can't he just do it? Worst part is that Little Man has now adopted this approach.

"Little Man clean up your toys please."

-5 More minuets Mommy

"Little Man pick that block up off the floor"

-Later Mommy, I busy.

Of course Little Man never gets away with that as when Mommy says to do something you are expected to do it now not later and certainly not whenever you feel like it. Unfortunately for some reason Husband/Daddy doesn't seem to get the message. He continues to do these things over and over and then forgets to complete the task I asked him to because he said he would do it later but he never remembers to, How convenient. Of course, I end up doing it anyways and while it's not worth the argument anymore I really am starting to feel taken advantage of.

Little Man has decided that he's a show off. My friend Em came over yesterday and hung out for a little while and Little Man decided he was going to do everything I asked him NOT to do and totally refuse to listen to a word I said.. the entire time. Of course he got a Time-out but what I think he really needed solitary confinement. I hate it when he acts like that, he's usually so sweet when it's just him and I, and although he still tests boundaries, and patients he seems to do it a lot more and put a lot more effort into making me nusto when someone else is around.

I have decided this pregnancy is the same but different. I have not gained much weight.. yet. And am hoping that I do not. However, I have been craving things so much that it's actually making me INSANE! I mean seriously all I want all day and night is fries and gravy. I am not sure why.. But that is what I want. Pickles aren't bad either. I am currently 15 weeks in and am showing like crazy already. I am huge! And No, Its not twins...

Awww man I gotta go, I just heard something crash and the dog is running around the house like a Mad Man, I need to go figure out who did what.

What's For Dinner Wednesday!





Welcome Back to "What's For Dinner Wednesday!" Tonight I have decided to do something I haven't done in a long time. I have been thinking about it, and Husband/Daddy mentioned it a little while ago because he wanted me to make it.. so I Will surprise him tonight and make it.

 Homemade Cheese and Potato Perogies

First you need to make the Perogy Dough....

Stuff Ya Need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Do This:

  1. In bowl, whisk flour and salt together.
  2. Whisk together egg, water and oil; stir into flour mixture, add up to 2 tbsp more water if needed to make soft but not sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, about 10 times. Halve the dough; cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rest for about 20 minutes.


Then Move Onto the filling... and actual cooking of said recipe:

More Stuff Ya Need:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • The Perogy dough you just made
Filling:
  • 1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Now, Do this:

  1. Filling: In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until they are tender, which usually takes about 15 minutes. Then drain and transfer them to a large bowl. Make sure to Mash them well.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat; cook the onion until its golden and tender, which takes about 5 minutes. Add mixture to the potatoes. Stir in the cheese, salt and pepper. Then Set aside.
  3. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time and keeping the remainder covered, roll it out on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.
  4. Using a 3-inch  round cutter, cut into rounds. Place 1 tsp filling on each round. Lightly moisten the edge of half of the round with water; fold over filling and pinch the edges together to seal it.
  5. Place perogies on flour-dusted cloth; and cover with tea towel. Repeat this process with remaining dough and filling, rerolling scraps, to make about 36 perogies.
  6. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook the perogies, in batches and stirring gently, until floating and tender, takes about 5 minutes.
  7. With a slotted spoon, remove them  to colander to drain.
  8. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion until golden, about 8 minutes. Then, Add perogies; cook them until golden.




Now, you are done! I usually do up some bacon and cut it into little pieces. Portion some sour cream and grate a small amount of cheddar cheese for the top. I will be serving this with a garden salad with Balsamic dressing. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cereal Commercials, Independence and Dog Poop

OK. So this week has lead me to believe that time goes by REALLY fast when you don't want it to. Seriously. I spent my entire youth waiting to grow up, have a husband that I love and loves me and have beautiful children that I get to watch grow. And now that I am there, well, it just seems to be going by too fast! SLOW DOWN TIME AND LET ME ENJOY MYSELF! Little Man is already so independent and yes, I am blessed to be having another baby but that wasn't meant to replace or make up for the fact that my first born has been growing at such a rapid rate that I can't seem to keep track of it.. and it won't make up for or replace that because it will be a separate experience with a different child. 2 1/2 years from now I will be thinking the same thing about both my children. Little Man will be 5 and Baby will be 2 and I am sure I will be wondering where the time has gone and what I am supposed to do with myself when they go off to College. Yeah, I know, I am nuts. One child is only 2 1/2 right now and the other has still only been in my belly cooking for 14 weeks yet I have already been wondering... What will I do after my children don't need me as much anymore? When they have their own endeavors, their own lives, and eventually their own families? Sheesh, I am sentimental today. Pregnancy has taken over all the funny bones in my body and replaced them with mushy ones that aren't very funny at all and cause to me cry at Cereal Commercials. Yes, I have done that.

On a more realistic note, as I don't think worrying about something that won't happen for years to come is very realistic, Today has been rather interesting. Husband/Daddy is off at work and Little Man and I have been just hanging out playing and watching movies. This weather is something else. It can't seem to decide what it is that it wants to do! It's crazy talk, its been snowing all morning and started clearing up and getting sunny. So Little Man and I went outside and started drawing with some chalk. Until he stepped in some dog poop that the lovely neighbors left on our lawn. I mean come on. They have a little chihuahua thing and it poops in my garden and on the lawn. I dislike it when people just let their dog poop somewhere and then refuse to pick it up. So we had to cut that short to clean up his shoes and stuff! I almost wanted to take his shoes over to their front door and wipe them all over their glass door.. but I refrained, next time they might not be so lucky. And I might be in a worse mood. And I might ring the doorbell and in turn wipe the shoes on their faces and say.. "PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG!" or better yet, let my dog out on their lawn who has the most massive poops I have ever seen, and just let her go to town and then leave it there... OR I could even put our dogs poops in a paper bag at their front door, set it on fire, ring the doorbell.. and well, you get the picture. Clearly I am upset by this.

Yesterday was Easter. So the Easter Bunny came for Little Man, whom might I add was so excited by the idea of the Easter Bunny that this morning he woke me up again with a "Mommy The Easter Bunny Came!" I had to tell him that was yesterday. I spent the entire day in the kitchen yesterday cooking an Easter dinner that consisted of a Ham, a Turkey, and a ton of sides. It was a great dinner but I must be honest when I say.. UGH... tiring to cook such a meal for sure. But I enjoy cooking. I also made a carrot cake, which might I say, I was flipping good! Made from scratch with Cream Cheese Icing made from scratch! NOM NOM NOM!

Anyways, I am gonna go hit the road and hang out with Little Man some more.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!



Welcome back to "Little Man's Funny Quote Friday!"

This week has proven to be rather insane. The Internet on my phone is all I have had all day and waiting it out has proven to be a waste of time. So today's funny quote will have to be fixed as soon as I can get on a computer. But until then:

The other day Husband/Daddy turned to Little Man and said: "aww you're my muffin" lovingly. Little Man turned around, gave daddy the look of pure anger and said:

"I'm not a muffin, I'm Little Man!"

And he was very serious and obviously offended. It was amusing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What's For Dinner Wednesday!



What's for dinner Wednesday was done last minuet from my phone tonight! I had the kind of day that will make for a long blog post tomorrow! But I will leave that for tomorrow because today is almost over and I am sleepy and sitting in bed writing this.  So, this is what we had for dinner tonight.... You can make it tomorrow if you want to! If you don't, then fine.

Asiago and Broccoli Pasta

Stuff you require to make said pasta:
  • 1 cup cooked Penne Pasta
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup  steamed broccoli
  • Salt
  • Pepper 

What to do to cook your food:

1. Cook the pasta in boiling water with some salt.

2. Drain it, add olive oil, toss it.

3. Add the cooked broccoli and cheese, toss again. Season and stuff your face!! Serious! Yummy!

Pair with garlic toast and a salad. YAY!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!






Welcome back to my weekly "Little Man's Funny Quote Fridays!" This week was certainly hard to figure out. But I finally have one. It's rather simple, but I found it to be rather comical. Little Man and I were walking around the house this evening cleaning up his toys before bed. He looked up at me and said:
 "Mommy No bed" and when Daddy piped up from the kitchen and said "Little Man it IS bedtime." Little Man Looked back at Husband/Daddy scrunched up his face in an angry little scowl and said:


"No Daddy, I talkin to Mommy please."

It kinda cracked me up because 1) He thought my response was going to be any different than Husband/Daddy's... (and it wasn't) and 2) Because I have NO idea where he got that from!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2011 Gas Boycott!? Will You Help Make A Difference?

I have read Something very interesting that one of my favorite blogging teams Annette and Christine posted on their site and decided to write about it myself to raise awareness as much as possible as I think this is an issue that NEEDS to be addressed.

Have you recently driven past a gas station to look at the price posted on the sign and nearly pass out?

"Back in my day gas was .46¢/liter"

In most locations the price of gas has now risen to over $1.33/liter which is fine if you are rich and can afford to put liquid gold in your gas tank, but come on people, we are NOT all rich and can't all afford to drive to work, school or daycare using every last penny in our wallets to accommodate the climbing gas prices!

Now there IS something WE can ALL do. We can all team together and put an end to these ridiculous gas prices. On April 15th 2011 everyone throughout the world is teaming together to put an end to this insanity by refusing to purchase gas on this day.. Yep, it's tomorrow! Millions of people have decided to give the finger, (Including myself, in fact I have 1 finger on each hand they can have) to the Middle Eastern Oil Industry with high hopes to take back control of the terribly high gas prices they are forcing us to pay in order to drive anywhere. They seem to have a hold on us! THAT needs to change. If you have been affected by these high gas prices please take a stand with my friends at MommyMatter and with Me, your friendly neighborhood Ninja Mommers.

There are already several groups on Facebook teaming up in the fight against high gas prices. You can find a few of them here and here.

If we all team together and refuse to visit the gas pumps on April 15th 2011 then it would take almost 3 billion dollars... YEP, 3 BILLION Dollars... out of the oil companies pockets for just one day! So, join us all in the gas boycott and refrain from visiting the pumps tomorrow. Maybe this can make a difference!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Duties of A Ninja Mommer, Broken Glass and Spilled Milk

Well, today has gone back to being interesting. Husband/Daddy is out working today and all of a sudden the weirdness I call life has picked up again to unfold into something more eventful than when he is home. "No Hunny that is NOT a hint that I want you not to come back or anything like that, you know I love you! But would it KILL you to PLEASE clean up after yourself, even a little?!"

Yes, as a Stay at home Mom it IS my job and my duty to take care of the house. It is my job and my duty to take care of the children. And it is my job and my duty to make sure dinner is on the table every night. BUT, it is NOT my duty to wipe my 24 year old husband arse after he goes to the bathroom and although it hasn't gone THAT far yet, I am afraid that's where this is headed. When it gets to the point that he can't do anything for himself or anyone else it has gone too far. I thought that writing him a complete list of what I do all day would possibly help him to understand that when he doesn't do the things that are required of him he complicates my day. That worked for a minuet or two, but then he got WORSE! I am far too young to have a 24 year old child and absolutely refuse to baby this man child. I will have to plot out an idea of what I can do to make him realize what he's doing is making things complicated for me to do my job. Any Suggestions? Anyone?

This morning started with Husband/Daddy leaving for work. Little man was still asleep and since Husband/Daddy makes so much noise getting himself organized for work (I am a light sleeper) I woke up and crept around the house getting things organized. What launched me into my previous rant about Husband/Daddy's annoying habits is that I managed to blindly bump into the dresser, which would be fine if Husband/Daddy didn't have a cup on top of it that decided to go flying off the top, making a lot of noise and shedding a lot of broken glass all over my bedroom. Now, of course I wasn't wearing slippers, and also couldn't see so I had to hold on to hope that I didn't step on the broken glass while fumbling for the light switch so I could go get the broom to clean up the mess, thankfully the ruckus didn't wake Little Man. Once that mess was cleaned and all serious injury as a result was avoided I moved on to the bathroom, where Husband/Daddy had yet ANOTHER cup. Really? How many cups does this man need? Worst part is, he could take them downstairs on his way but doesn't. So, I get everything organized and cleaned up and move to the spare room to strip the bed and wash the sheets and comforter. I start lugging those down the stairs and you guessed it, the comforter tripped me up I grabbed onto the railing in time to save myself from tumbling down the stairs but the other cup from in the bathroom I was also carrying didn't fair so well, and yet again I had another glass mess to clean. Little Man finally woke up, opened his door and the first words out of his mouth were "Ok Mommy?!" I love how there was no good morning, or the sun waked up this time. This time it was pure concern for my safety. Who can blame him? I am sure by now he knows how accident prone I am. After reassuring Little Man that I would survive and cleaning up the glass mess, I proceeded to go get him and come back down the stairs to feed him breakfast. He went and sat down at the table and I somehow managed to spill the entire jug of Milk all over the floor and go for a slippery skate in my Kitchen which resulted in me landing on my bottom covered in Milk, taking the bowl of cheerios with me, which consequently landed all over me as well.

Today's Lessons:

"Husbands suck sometimes, Placenta Brain combined with being accident prone is a BAD combo and Milk and Cheerios belong in a bowl NOT on the floor"

Whats For Dinner Wednesday!


Well, Wednesday is back with a vengeance and I feel like I could eat everything on the planet today... But I won't.. I Will save some for everyone else.

So, Here I am. I am actually going to admit what's for Dinner tonight and I am NOT embarrassed one little bit.

Tonight's menu will include but not be limited to the following:

NINJA'S INCREDIBLY CHEESY SPINACH CASSEROLE

 Stuff to put in this Casserole:
  • 1 package medium seashell pasta
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 jars tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 4 Cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Do this to cook the stuff:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, and cook the spinach 4 to 6 minutes, until tender.
  3. Place the cooked pasta in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and oil. Toss the pasta with the cooked spinach, egg mixture, and bread crumbs.
  4. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with 1/3 of the pasta sauce. Pour half of the pasta mixture into the baking dish, and cover with another 1/3 of the pasta sauce. Sprinkle with half of the Cheddar cheese and half of the mozzarella. Layer with remaining pasta mixture, and top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the rest of the Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
  5. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly browned. 
I will be serving this with a VERY LARGE salad to make myself feel better about all the carbohydrates and cheese that I will be consuming.. Pfft, Who am I kidding? I don't care! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ultrasounds, Assault and Spanish

So today was my first ultrasound. I opted to participate in the IPS (integrated prenatal screening) to check for trisomy 18, down syndrome and spina bifida. I went in Thinking I might be able to get pictures of baby but apparently as per the technician the radiology department for my area did not invest in a printer to allow people to take pictures home... How nice! I am sure they don't make enough money to afford printers.... I mean those printers are so expensive! If they were to charge for pictures it's not like the printers would have paid for themselves in one day or anything... Sheesh. Cheapskates. 

I love ultrasounds in fact I was very excited to see baby for the first time. But, honestly that liter of water they make you drink is so not necessary! They include a little note on the back of the ultrasound requisition that explains how to prepare but it's too short, what it should really say is the following;

"Dear mom to be,
Please be prepared to fill your bladder With one liter of liquid hell one hour prior to your appointment. You may NOT piddle for 2 hours prior to your appointment and once your appointment begins with a full bladder please be prepared to have a technician push as hard as possible on your bladder while baby in your belly pushes on the opposite side therefor forcing your bladder to threaten you with leakage all over the table. Halfway through your ultrasound you will be told to empty your bladder because baby isn't cooperating with the full bladder anyways. In Which case you will go to the bathroom and relieve your bladder that currently hates you and return to the room to continue your ultrasound. This will be where the baby decides to cooperate and the technician will laugh and say the full bladder was unnecessary. This note is to warn you of what's to come so that at that point you do NOT reach over to the technician and beat her relentlessly with the ultrasound screen. We know you will want to. 
Sincerely,
The ultrasound department"

I really think they need to warn people of this. Someone could get hurt pretty badly. Thankfully I restrained myself. 

Little man stayed with Gramma T this morning while we went to the appointment. He had a blast. And his language Development Is really coming along and a lot of what he says is too funny. In fact he has got quite the sense of humor and thanks to a television show we all know and love (or love to hate sometimes, those sometimes would be when you find yourself singing the songs in the shower) Little man knows a ton of Spanish. In fact he can count from 1-10 in English and Spanish and knows the difference between the two languages. Lets hope he doesn't learn to swear at me in Spanish because I will end up congratulating him without realizing he just called me a bad word. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rude People Terrible Two's and Vultures!

I love being pregnant don't get me wrong. I actually thoroughly enjoy carrying a baby around in my stomach for 9 months, having my baby steal my looks, my body, my energy and sometimes my food.... Seriously! I do!

What I do NOT enjoy is RANDOM people at the grocery store asking me "Are you expecting?", "How far along are you?" and "Was it planned?" ARE YOU SERIOUS!? What if I was not expecting and just carrying around some extra weight? What if it wasn't planned? And What if I am only 2 weeks pregnant but look 22? "Does that mean that you, the nosy lady at the grocery store are offering to pay for a personal trainer as well as a psychiatrist to help treat the low self esteem that you just contributed to? Or if the baby wasn't planned... were you offering to fund the pregnancy and raising of said child or planning to burn me at the stake?" No? Didn't think so. SO MIND YOUR OWN BLOODY BUSINESS.

On another note, for those of you out in internet land that are wondering the same things.. YES I am expecting... I am 13 Weeks Pregnant as of yesterday and YES this was planned.

Little Man has been especially pushy lately. His new favorite thing to do is ANYTHING that pushes my buttons. No, it's not the hormones talking.. I am serious. For example today I asked him to do something in respect to cleaning up his toys and he decided that he was going to reply with a very stern "I'm Busy!!" Wow, my 2 year old is busy? Interesting, I would like to know what it is that ties up a 2 year olds agenda? He must have so much required of him that when asked to do one little thing he can't possibly comply... maybe he's doing what Husband/Daddy does and Imagining cleaning or even helping out just a little but not actually moving. Because, I am sorry  Little Man but sitting on your derriere on the couch driving a car on your knee doesn't constitute as a full schedule to me... so MOVE IT! I think he's had more Time Out's today than my internet connection.. which is rare because I usually get that stinky message frequently that my "blah blah blah has had a connection error... blah." Not to mention that the pregnancy has me dragging my butt come Noon. I could use a nap, whether I slept all night or got up 10,000 times to pee, by Noon I feel like I need toothpicks in my eye lids and coffee to keep me awake. Instead I have natures Alarm clock.. A 2 year old. Because there is nothing more reassuring than starting to drift off only to be poked by a little finger and told that it's not bedtime yet.

Yep, Pregnancy is different this time around. Because last time I don't recall being nearly this tired. But that could be because I slept and ate all day... which would also be a great contributor to the 60 + Lbs I gained with Little Man. Hey, at least this time I can't sleep nearly as much as I have Little Tooth picks to keep my eyes open that I like to refer to as Little Man, and A vulture that flies by every time I have a meal or a snack and scoops up half of it... also referred to as Little Man.