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Real Concerned

As we prepare to embark on a 7ish hour flight soon, I'm start worrying. And now it is about Abby Sue. It isn't if she'll be good the whole time. It is about food. Abby Sue is going through a HUGE growth spurt and eats nearly non stop. I'm going to need at least two duffles FULL of food to get her through the outbound leg alone. This morning she ate two HUGE bowls (I mean adult sized) of cereal, a cereal bar, two crackers, a yogurt, most a bag of those freeze dried fruit bites from Gerber and a lot of goldfish. And she hasn't been up for three hours yet! How are we going to make it 7 hours on a plane? But once she is full she is happy and cheerful, till she is empty again. Then we start with screams until she is full.

Grand Opening

So, I've dear friends they keep telling me I should start selling my stuff. I'm going to try it. I've opened www.tatertottoys.blogspot.com. I've got a cute bear up and more to come soon. I've just got to get Teagan's and Abby Sue's quilts done. I'm going to relay on word of mouth to spread the word. I got tired of trying to compete on etsy. SO if you like what you see spread the word.

Super Woman off the night

Many friends loving tease me that I'm super woman. But I asked Joseph for the night off (after I got dinner on the table), and I got it! But he did say I'd have to be back on the job tomorrow.

What does it mean when I get the night off? Joseph and kids do the dishes! Now to bask in my 'evening off.'

Bunk Beds

I have this crazy notion. I think Alex might like his bunk bed. And it is possible that Teagan might like the bunk beds too. But you can be the judge.

Oh Happy Night!

I have an unusual talent, and it causes me much stress. My gift is misplacing things. I think it is hereditary, my Grandma has the same gift. See, we place something in a safe place. But then when the time comes, we've no clue where it is. And I can spend days, weeks or in this case months searching. Last night I stubbled on two of those things. One was my bees wax. I was only slightly excited since they are cheap and I went ahead and bought another. But the other was a yard of turtle fabric. I've been looking for that for six to eight months! And it was in the other side of the charging devices basket. What a wonderful place to keep it safe right. Oh well, I've got the fabric and that is all that really matters. Monday I think I need a fabric store trip. I've got a turtle quilt to make!

I've also been sewing up a storm. I've made 7 pairs of pj shorts for Abby Sue. I love being able to go through the "scrap" areas at our local Joanns and spend a buck or less for pj shorts. I've also discovered that Butterick has an easy pants pattern for kids. For Alex I used Simplicity and it was a LONG process, but for Teagan and Abby Sue I used Butterrck and knock those things out SUPER quick. I ran out of fabric before I felt finished sewing last night. So now I've got to wait till either I can start on Teagan's turtle quilt or either finish Abby Sue's Poppin' Posie or start a cupcake quilt. Waiting can be so hard.

By Popular Request

I've had several requests from people for my recipes. Apparently some people think I'm a pretty good cook. You be the judge.

I discovered this recipe in a Taste of Home Magazine.

West African Beef Stew (ignore if your allergic to peanuts)
1.5 lb of beef top sirloin in 1 inch cubes (I used whatever I had on hand. I can get whole shoulders for pretty cheap)
2 med onions sliced
2 tsp canola oil, but most any veggie oil will do though probably not olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup water
4 tsps beef bouillon granules
4 cups shredded cabbage
2 med green pepper julienned ( I just sliced)
1 med zucchini cut into .25 inch slices
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
cayenne pepper to taste (I can't handle much heat so I let Joseph add his in later)
Hot cooked rice (I used brown rice)

1. In a dutch oven, brown the steak and onions in oil; add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the water and bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes till meat is tender.
2. Stir in cabbage, green peppers and zucchini. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Just before serving stir in the peanut butter and sprinkle with cayenne. Serve over rice.

Joseph and I enjoyed this (please note I strongly don't like cabbage unless it is in slaw and on bbq). Kids were a little stand offish, but that is kids the first time a new dish is served. I made brown rice to go with it. The brown rice added a whole new texture.

Oh the fun

Teagan has recently given up naps. Oh big cry from Momma. But that means more problems for me. Like grumpy, whining hour. Usually happens an hour or so before dinner. Make cooking dinner a breeze, a breeze of hot air. But fortunately it passes. And bedtimes are good again.

This girl KNOWS

Abby Sue has surprised me in many ways. Not only does she know if she is being left out, but she is very opinionated as to what exactly she wants. For example, we were at a 3rd Birthday party today. Alex and Teagan got goodie bags and Abby Sue made sure she got one too. But there were two different types, one had playdough and the other bubbles. She was first given a playdough one, but refused and grabbed a bubble one. She didn't see what was in them, just heard the words.

Lately I've been letting her 'read' to me. We skip all over the book, but she gibbers the whole time, pointing to different things and looking up to see if I'm paying attention. Today we were reading "Bear Snores On" and I turned to the Sneeze part (all you Moms know what I'm talking about) and Abby Sue did the sneeze. It was the cutest thing I've heard. Which was refreshingly wonderful considering I had whiny Alex to deal with.

She is also good at mimicking words. She has said Derek, Love You and I'm sure more that I just can't catch. But these haven't been repeated. She loves to use this and that, though they sound more like dis and dat.

She is also reaching a communication frustration. She still screams a lot, so it leaves us guessing. So during snack time, if I can't guess what it is she wants. She'll go get it. Usually it is water, so she crawls up to the table, stands herself up and gets a cup. But she grabs it by the lip and always pulls it down so all the water spills out. So I have wet carpets (who again thought putting carpets in a dinning room was smart? I'd like to change their mind and so would my carpet cleaner.) but also a smile.

More teeth are on their way. One has broken through on the bottom and another few are close behind. So Now there is three on bottom and four on top. Looks pretty cute to me.

Another Stage

is what I'm trying to remind myself. Alex hit the whine tattling stage, and it came on fast and hard. Today during bath "Teagan just touched me," "Teagan moved closer to me," and my personal favorite "Teagan just hit me with water." Teagan was dumping water out of a cup and Alex got a few drops on him. I did have fun overdoing it too. Abby Sue thought it was funny. She was laughing the whole time. But she loves my play voices, she skips most of "Bear Snore On" just to get to the part where the bear wakes up. And she loves "The Monster at the End of the Book." Just another stage.