Guess who found my hot cocoa? Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

Baby chocolate

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Now that the kids’ books are on the table… Monday, Mar 16 2009 

and I cleaned up the pantry floor

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she' decided to climb into the kids' school buckets and do her own school. I'm getting all the exercise I need just keeping up with her. She's so much fun!!!!!

Guess what the baby was doing… Monday, Mar 16 2009 

while I was setting up the kids' school books at the kitchen table 🙂 Maybe I can turn this into a Math lesson for my first grader.

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Happy Saint Valentine’s day Saturday, Feb 14 2009 

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I'll get my own M&M's, thank you very much!

(baby on college daughter's desk laptop)

So much for my organized kitchen :-) Friday, Feb 13 2009 

Mess 

I would much rather have a baby making a mess in my kitchen than an organized one :-) 

Isn’t this cute? Saturday, Feb 7 2009 

Last night the kids and I went to Mass while my husband was at work playing Wii. When we got home the kids noticed their daddy was already home, so they all ran to the door to see him, but it was locked so they started knocking over and over but he didn't answer. When I finally unlocked the door and we all came in we saw this:

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He was playing Mario Kart on the Wii. All he could yell say was, "I"M SORRY! I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PAUSE THIS THING. I'M ON A ROLL!" He had a great big grin 🙂 Isn't he cute?

Now I know why my kids like to cook Saturday, Jan 24 2009 

126_0002 This afternoon my 6 year old Angela was helping me make dinner. We she made rice, Salmon and French Onion soup. I made the rice in our rice cooker, I got the easy job, and Angela made the soup and Salmon. Of course, I sliced the onions, but she put all the ingredients in the pot and stirred to make sure it didn't get lumpy. She also flipped the fish until it was completely cooked on both sides.

I started getting anxious about not being able to help her make dinner. It's the controling nature in me. She wouldn't let me do anything. She kept saying, "No, I'm making dinner tonight." Finally, I asked her one last time if I could finish making the soup and she said to me, "No, you can't do it. You always burn stuff." Maybe this is why my kids like to "help" with dinner 🙂

Do you think it’s time to buy new toothbrushes? Monday, Jan 12 2009 

Warning: the picture you're about to see at the end of the post is a little gross ;-)

Children # 4 and 5, no names to protect their privacy ; ) were rough housing in the house again and child #5 punched child #4 on the nose and caused quite a bit of bleeding. Of course, this happened while child #6 was throwing up, the baby was crying due to constipation and I was making dinner 2 hours late!

Now, why couldn't the injured child have at least thrown away the bloody toilet paper or rinsed off the sink and wiped off the wall and mirror? Better yet, he could have blown his bloody nose in the near by toilet, or move the toothbrushes out of the way. I'm certainly not going to use that toothbrush anymore. Boys will be boys. I'm learning a lot about this subject right now 🙂

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Comments open for anyone who would like to give me some encouragement. LOL

Wii finally got one! Friday, Jan 9 2009 

And who has been playing it for the past 2 hours tonight? My husband and our 19 year old daughter 🙂

Hooray for Costco! I was able to get one yesterday morning. We have all been having a great time with it. I've only had a chance to play bowling and baseball, but I like it a lot. I think I'll try golf next. It's Bernie's favorite game. He had a chance to play with all the kids tonight. Now that they're in bed he's playing by himself while I nurse the baby in bed. She just woke up from all the racket fun because we have the Wii in our bedroom. I'm beggining to reconsider having it in here. It's 11 o'clock and waaaaay past my bedtime. My head is pounding. I can't handle staying up this late. I'm sitting here in bed with my laptop watching him play. It's actually kind of cute to see him swing the control. He's going to be sore in the morning! I know I would be. I'm so out of shape. We might have to eventually get the Wii Fit. It looks like a lot fun.

I’m so bummed! Tuesday, Oct 14 2008 

Last Sunday night the girls and I stayed up until 10:00 pm baking 4 loaves of our favorite pumpkin bread. We make this bread at least twice a week and the kids eat it in about 2 days. We also make it into mini muffins and they snack on them all day long. Last night I was planning on baking garlic bread for dinner and I turned the oven on, but forgot all about it. Unfortunately, I was storing the bread in the oven and one hour later, the house smelled incredible and I knew then what I had done. Luckily, I have the ingredients to make 4 more loaves tomorrow.

Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Bread

Ingredients:

5 cups brown sugar
2 cups vegetable oil
6 large eggs
32 ounces canned pumpkin
6 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour four 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts, if desired.

Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes. Using sharp knife, cut around edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely.

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