Saturday, January 30, 2010

Teachers Choice

When I picked Emma up from school Thursday the first thing she told me about her day was that they had an assembly at school and she won an award. She wasn't sure what the award was but she said it was in her folder.

As soon as we got home I opened her folder and found two awards. One was the Teachers Choice award and the other was The Most Improved Student. On the Most Improved Student it said it was for Emma knowing all of her upper and lower case letters and over half of the Kindergarten sight words. I'm still not sure what the Teachers Choice but it seems like it's a favorite student type of award.

This past week we also got the second nine weeks grade cards and Emma is either right where she should be or above that level. I am just so proud of how well my baby girl is doing in school and I love that she loves it.

Way to go Emma!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Day Off

This morning Dave and I took Ian to his Endocrinologist appointment. We weren't sure how it was going to go so we both took the day off just in case there was blood work that needed to be done.

Thankfully there was none of that and the appointment went well. Ian has grown enough in the last six months to maintain is 3rd percentile curve. A centimeter or two less and he would have been below that and in bad territory but since he is maintaining we are going to continue to monitor. So it looks like we have another 6 months in limbo mode hoping and praying that something is jump started. I know it could be worse but this limbo stuff is really starting to get old.

Since Ian did so well at the doctors Dave told him we would go and get him a new leapster since his stopped working a couple weeks ago. We decided on Walmart because we needed a few grocery items and Dave need a new pair of hair clippers. Since we didn't have anywhere to be we looked around at some other items and then headed for the checkout. We only had a few items so we went through the self checkout which ended up being stupid on our part. We had to wait forever for the attended to come over and type in some code because of the Leapster, then we had to wait again for her to come and check Dave's ID after swiping our card. By the time we had finished checking out Dave was highly irritated and just wanted to get out of there.

Of course as we were walking out the door the stupid alarm went off but we just kept going because we knew we paid for everything. After I put Ian in his seat I noticed one of the greeters standing on front of our car writing our licence plate # down. This was the final straw for Dave and he flew out of the car and confronted the greeter. Dave then went into the store and asked to speak to a Manager. The women Patricia at the Customer Service desk asked what was going on and she laughed as Dave explained the situation. That prompted Dave to come back to get the stuff out of the car and then return it. When he got back up to Customer Service another women was there and she did call a Manger for Dave and he told her what had happen. Of course she was unhappy that the greeter came out to the parking lot like that. This employee had told her that he asked for our receipt which I didn't hear him but regardless that man was not law enforcement so he had no right to treat us as though we were criminals. The manager agreed and she did say that was against company policy. Unfortunately for them they lost a sale because we still returned everything and went to Target.

It ended up paying off for me because the line of kitchen accessories that I have been buying a few pieces at a time were clearanced so I got the rest of what I wanted. That included the napkin holder, 2 trivets, the cookbook stand, and the coffee and sugar canisters.

Minus the walmart incident this day has been a nice day spent with my two boys and I'm glad I took the whole day off.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Worried and Scared

I've been keeping a secret since Christmas because I was asked to by someone very close to me. I'm still being asked to but after today I need a place to talk about it so I'm going to share something here but I wont be saying who this is about because they don't want it known yet. I will refer to this person as Eliza to avoid using the this person a million time.

Eliza had her regular OB yearly appointment and the OB did the normal check up. When she felt Eliza's neck she felt a rather large mass in the area of her thyroid. After a closer exam the Doctor said it appeared to be a tumor and that it needed to be looked at as soon as possible.

Eliza was finally able to get into her regular Doctor today and she confirmed what the OB had said. It is a thyroid tumor and more test need to be ran. From research that's been done and what the doctors have said there are different test you would have done if you thought it was just an enlarged thyroid, those are not the test being ordered for Eliza. All of the test Eliza needs are strictly for Cancer. Eliza's doctor said she was worried because Eliza has not been sick since last fall yet her lymph nodes are very enlarged. Typically with thyroid cancer it first spreads to the lymph nodes so this is not a good sign.

I am trying to stay positive for Eliza and for myself but the signs are all pointing towards this being Cancer. I know that if you are going to get Cancer this is the kind you want because of how easy it is to treat and how successful those treatments are but it's still Cancer. I also know that this still may not be Cancer so I could be worried for nothing. At this point there isn't a whole lot that I can do other than be there for Eliza when she needs to talk but it just doesn't seem like enough.

When I know more I will be sure to update everyone and when this person is ready to let people other than me know about this I will tell you but until then just say a prayer or two for this very special person.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Family Movie Night

Last night Emma's school hosted a family movie night in the auditorium. From the moment I picked Emma up from school until we left for the house Emma asked if we could go. Of course she didn't mention that it was last night until about 15 minutes before we needed to be there. I figured since Dave was stuck at work why not. So we rushed around to get our shoes and coats on and out the door we went.

It only took us 5 minutes to get to her school so we made it there before the movie started. We even had time for us to get some popcorn and water that the PTO was selling for a buck each and Emma was able to say hi to numerous teachers and a few friends. Then we made our way into the auditorium to find some seats. Emma wanted to sit with her friend Haily but the seat around her were all taken. Of course that lead to me being a mean mom and making Emma sit a few rows in front of her. At that moment I really considered turning around and going back home but I didn't. Eventually Emma quite pouting and watched the movie.

About half way thru Hailey and one of the other girls in Emma's class Bethany started running up and down the side isle and Emma asked to join them. I told her no, we are here to watch a movie not play. Again Emma got mad at me but I didn't care to much. I think Emma tried to talk me into letting her up 3 or 4 times and my favorite excuse was that if she didn't get to go with them then Haily would stop being her friend because Bethany was cooler. Eventually the two girls settled down and sat two rows in front of us with no one in between. Bethany turned around at one point and asked if Emma could sit with them and to that I said yes. I figured there was no one between us and I could see her ever single minute so it couldn't hurt. Of course I made it clear to Emma that she was to sit and be quite and if I saw her get up or if she was loud she would have to come back and sit with me. This action of mine returned me to the best mom ever status, at least with Emma.

Of course Ian got mad at me for not letting him go with Emma but I just wasn't ready to let him go sit with someone other than me. Letting Emma sit with friends was a big step for me and I just couldn't do both. I did think it was sweet that Emma asked if Ian could go with her though. I was able to make things up to Ian by giving him a brownie I bought before the movie started and that cheered him up enough to get through the rest of the movie.

I guess I should say a big THANK YOU to the Groveport Elementary School PTO for putting together the free Family Movie Night. It was a great way to spend the evening with the kids.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Playroom

During the moving process Dave and I went back and forth on what to do with the 4th bedroom. At first we thought we would use it as an office, then we thought about a playroom, then it was back to an office, and finally it was decided that it would be a playroom.

At the old house the kids bedrooms were always a mess because all of their toys were in their rooms and of course they had to get all of them out at the same time and never put them back. It was always so frustrating for me at bed time because I would have to walk through all of their toys without killing myself. It also seemed that once their rooms were a mess the toys would start to find their way downstairs and into the living room which then would make the living room seem like a mess.

Here a few toys have found their way down to the living room but for the most part the toys have stayed upstairs. However it seems the toys in the playroom are making their way to the bedrooms. This weekend I thought Emma was being so good and playing nicely by herself upstairs. She was playing up their but it seems she had moved half her toys from the playroom to her bedroom and the other half were in the hallway by the bathroom. I was so looking forward to this playroom and being able to just shut the door when I didn't want to look at the mess but it just doesn't seem to be working that way. I'm hoping that sending Emma to her room to clean until it's all back the way it should be will teach her not to do it again but I think that's probably not the case. Any thoughts on how to make this work? Please!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Yum - O

If any of you are like me you are always looking for something new to add to your selection of dinner recipes and it's always nice when it's easy and quick. If you are keep reading it will be worth it.

Thursday evening after dinner the kids went upstairs to play and I was able to watch 30 Minute Meals with Rachel Ray and I am so glad I had that opportunity. The episode airing was titled Guiltless Pleasures and Rachel was taking a couple of classics and giving them a twist. The menu consisted of Sloppy Buffalo Joes and Mashed Potato Skins. I'm not really sure if she was redoing Buffalo wings and Potato Skins or Sloppy Joes and Mashed Potatos but either way they looked amazing and I decided they had to be added to the grocery list for Friday evening.

I decided that they would make a good Saturday evening meal. This may sounds weird but I prefer simple meals for Saturday like Sloppy Joes, or Burgers so this fit that bill perfectly. They were so simple to make and didn't use too many dishes which is yet another plus. The best part was that it really was 30 minutes maybe even less so I didn't have to spend for ever fixing dinner. Dave was still at work, and still is so he hasn't tried them but the kids and I LOVED the meal and it has already been added to my recipe box.

So if you are looking for something quick, easy, and tasty here it is.

Sloppy Buffalo Joes

2 TBSP EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 Pounds Ground Chicken Breast
1 Carrot, peeled and grated (I used a handful of bagged shredded carrot)
2 Stalks Celery, chopped
1 Yellow Onion, finely chopped
2 to 3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper
2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Worchestershire Sauce
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
1/4 to 1/3 cups Hot Sauce
1 cup Tomato Sauce
1 cup Chicken Stock
8 Buns
1 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles ( i used ranch on the kids and pepperjack cheese on mine)


Heat a large skillet with EVOO over medium high heat. Add meat and break it up with wooden spoon, cook 5 to 6 minutes. Add in carrots, celery, onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, cook 7 to 8 minutes more. In a bowl combine the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce and stock. Pour into the pan and stir to combine. Simmer a few minutes more. (The sauce seemed a little soupy to me so I took some cornstarch mixed with hot water and added it to the mixture to thicken things up.) Pile sloppy Buffalo filling on buns and top with your choice of cheese.

Mashed Potato Skins

6 slices Bacon
2 pounds small Yukon Gold Potatos, halved
1 cuo Buttermilk
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup Fresh Chives or Green Onions, chopped
1/2 cup Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Arrange the bacon on a sheet pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until crisp. Cool and chop.

Put potatoes in a medium sauce pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and season with salt. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash potatos with buttermilk and season with salt and pepper. Stir in chives, Cheddar and fold in bacon. My own special touch to this was to top with sour cream.

I hope you all will enjoy this meal because it really is Yum-O!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Looking Back on a Decade

I just finished reading Tabi Rambles On's latest post about the events of her life in the past decade and thought it was a great idea. So here are is my life in the last 10 years.

2000 - Began planning Dave and I's wedding while attending college in Dayton, Ohio with him here in Columbus

2001 - Moved back to Columbus and Dave and I got our very first apartment. Looking back I can only laugh at how bad that place was but it was cheap and worked for what we needed then. I do owe that apartment though because Shanna moved in across from us and even I hated her in High School we became best friends and things today just wouldn't be right without her.

2002 - This was a big year, I turned 21 and then a month later Dave and I were married after almost 3 years of planning and 6 years of dating. We also had a miscarriage that year which was not easy but it all worked out in the end.

2003 - I spent the first 9 months of this year pregnant and miserable but the last 3 months were spent learning how to be a mother and loving my sweet baby girl. This year truly changed me.

2004 - This was a tough year for Dave and I. We both lost our jobs (at different) times so things were financially hard for a while but clearly we made it through.

2005 - '05 was a very busy year for me. I started working for the Ohio Attorney Generals office that summer and I'm still here. Dave had the opportunity to go to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help and I was able to visit him for a weekend. The biggest and best part of 2005 though was Mr. Ian man being born which again changed me forever.

2006 - The biggest thing to happen to us in '06 was we moved from an apartment into a cute little house that was built in 1861 and had tons and tons of charm and character.

2007- I was promoted at work and joined the Bookkeeping section which is now known as the Accounting section. I was so excited to being moving up and into a different section.

2008 - I really can't think of anything major that happen in 08 just the normal stuff of a working mother with 2 kids.

2009 - This was another very big year for our family. After allot of thought Dave and I bought our very first house which has been so much better than we ever could have imagined and still doesn't seem real some days.

Looking back at the past decade it is really amazing to see all the changes that I have gone through most of which have been good. Even the things that seemed bad at the time turned into something better for us. Hopefully the next 10 years will be just as good or even better than the past 10 years.

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Rose Bowl

I think you all know there is no way I could keep quiet this time. So to set the mood you should watch the video below.

Now all I have to say is who has the best team and who has the 1968 offense? We Ohio State fans have always had to take crap from the national stage even when we win. I know the last few years we have not stepped up when we needed to but this year we did when absolutely NO ONE thought we had even a chance to win. So to all of the haters what do you have to say now?? What? I can't hear you?

Win or lose I will always be an Ohio State Buckeye Fan because that is just who I am but it really does feel nice to have a win to take us into the 2010 season.

Before I end this post I do want to share one of the best pictures I have ever taken of my kids and it's not the picture quality I'm talking about it's the content of the picture. This pic was so good I text it to my sister out in California and in true Buckeye spirit her and her California bread (yes we are converting him to a Buckeye) boyfriend sent this response.

O - H

I - O

As always when concluding a post that has anything to do with my Buckeyes I have to leave you with the Carmen Ohio tradition and this is the team singing it after their win at this years Rose Bowl.


Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas Recap

I know it's been a while but it seems anymore that when I have time to get on here and blog I'm just too tired to do it. Tonight though I'm feeling pretty good thanks to an awesome BUCKEYE win.

This year for us Christmas was different and not just because we are in a new house. My MIL came down with H1N1 which turned into pneumonia and that had her out of commission for the two weeks before Christmas. For the past 12 years Dave and I have spent Christmas Eve at her house but she didn't want us bringing the kids up this year without her having the chance to clean and sterilize her house. Of course Dave and I didn't want the kids up there before she did that either. At the last minute Sharon decided she was come to our house Christmas morning and watch the kids open their Santa presents and then do Christmas with her.

So for Christmas Eve the kids and I hung out at home while Dave was with his Uncles and we did some last minute cleaning, made the cheeseball for Christmas, chopped some onions and celery for other Christmas lunch dishes, and we spread some Reindeer food in the back yard to make sure Santa could find our house. Mostly though we waited and waited for Aunt Stephy to come in from California. Finally around 10pm Aunt Stephy arrived so she hung out with the kids for a while before I sent them to bed. We also ended up with a surprise guest which was Uncle KJ. My mom came down with a bad cold so I agreed to have KJ stay with us Christmas Eve. Once the kids went to bed, Steph, KJ, Dave, and I wrapped all the presents Steph brought with her and all the kids Santa presents. At 2am we all finally made it to bed which made the 7am wake up call from Sharon a bit tough.

Bright and Early Christmas morning Sharon came over and just after we got all of her presents unloaded the kids got up and the crazy day started. The kids loved all their presents and of course had to open everything as soon as the last present was unwrapped. Thankfully my MIL brought breakfast with her so all I had to do was make coffee. After breakfast I started on the food for lunch which consisted of Ham, cheesey potatoes, stuffin muffins, peas, and dinner rolls. While I was cooking my Grandma arrived which was so nice. This was my Grams first Christmas without her husband so we wanted to make things easy for her and thought being with us and the kids would help. It was also nice to have her with me in the kitchen and helping. My love of cooking comes from watching her in the kitchen growing up and this was the first time I have ever cooked her an entire meal. Shortly before lunch Sharon left to go over to her dads, and my brother and his wife came over. After lunch my mom showed up and we all opened our presents. This year was a little bit emotional as my sister, brother Nick, and I all received scrapbooks of our dad. Back this fall before my sister moved her boyfriend came out to meet us all and Steph and I made a comment that we didn't have any pictures of our dad. That gave our mom the idea to make the scrapbooks and they mean more to the three of us than I think we can explain.

After a long day everyone left to go home except my Grams who decided to spend the night with us. The kids of course loved this and took the time to play with her and talk her ear off. The next morning after breakfast Grams left to make her way back home and the kids and I took Aunt Stephy to the airport which was very hard to do. That put an end to The Wilson's Christmas 2009 and it was a very good one.