Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009


I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! We are sitting around watching the Thanksgiving day parade and cooking. Well, Mom is cooking and Laura and I are helping out. I have to give Jeremy credit too though, he did chop onions. Hope you guys have a great day, there is always something to be thankful for!

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a bit of a problem

November 24, 2009

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This morning when I got up to clean the kitchen...which I should have done last night. I noticed something. Every single night, reguardless whether they sleep in our room or somewhere else, the dogs insist on pushing every pillow off of the couch...except for the middle one with a different pattern. Every day I also refold the same blanket and set it back onto the window seat and every night Ellie takes in upon herself to unfold, and sometimes flat out move it. Seriously weenie dogs? Must you constantly untiddy everything I tiddy up! Honestly though, Maddie hates cleaning. I'm not joking, if I mop she sits outside looking in the doggie door waiting for me to stop...and yesterday when I was vacuuming she sat outside looking in for the cleaning to end.

I know I've talked about this before, but these two are the opposite of that Clean Sweap show. Good thing long legs only unmakes the bed completely every night{when I make it, I have given up making the bed everyday}, if he started messing up pillows too I just may go crazy.

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November 23, 2009

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One of my all time favorite The Far Side comics.

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November 21, 2009


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{hodge podge}

November 20, 2009

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Like Erin @Blue-Eyed Bride I have had a hard time thinking of things to blog about...but yet have had a ton of things going on...but none seems exciting enough to blog about. I liked her hodge podge of a post so much I am going to copy cat;)

-After lunch today I started to feel a little sick, it has now turned into a full blown cold. Yay.
-The Old Navy commercials that have been on TV lately have me itching to buy cardigans...a few to many dollars later I have a little more than a cardigan. Thanks Old Navy...you took my money by hypnotizing me with your flashy commercials.
-The new chew proof dog bed I bought at Sam's is awesome. Maddie has yet to chew through it. And trust me she has tried.
-The more pregnant ladies I come in contact with lately the less I want to ever get pregnant. At this point I can imagine ever wanting to get pregnant. Child birth and the kid turning 5th grade age is a baby turnoff.
-I am starting to notice that due to the tone of my voice people don't always hear exactly what I am saying. Sometimes concern sounds negative from me.
-Life never turns out how you think it will. This whole year has been proof of that.
-My sister is having a baby in January, perfect excuse to shop as Kelly's Kids. Oh I love Kelly's Kids.
-The five pounds I have put on since August has me freaked out, I really don't want to put on my winter weight again this year. If I could get back into working out I could lose it.
-Jeremy is graduating in a few weeks and I really want him to go to school in south Louisiana so we can move, but I have a lot of fun at my job and would hate to leave.
-Finally, I kinda got a complaint...a parent said something about us treating the kids like they are in military school{granted I do act like a drill Sargent some days when they kids aren't compliant}...but a few weeks ago I was told I just needed to put my thumb down on them. So what is the happy medium? 

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November 19, 2009

Two school days left until Thanksgiving break! Whoo hoo!

I finally got my Smart Board installed yesterdsay...that thing is WONDERFUL. If anyone knows of any good Smart Board websites let me know.

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November 18, 2009


This picture was taken after I had moved into my second apartment in Janurary 2006, where I lived alone. I can't believe how little my Ellie was. Oh and the toy in her mouth is one of the long dog's from Petco that had just come out, she loved it to death and carried it around everywhere. I so miss her puppy days, she wasn't like crazy Maddie, she was sweet and played and caused little trouble...once she was house broken. Which took some time considering she is so stinking stubborn.

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Let the countdown begin!

November 17, 2009

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As of midnight tonight it will officially be three school days until Thanksgiving break...and it has been a good 5 years since I have experienced the full week holiday that elementary and secondary school has to offer. Whoop whoop! I seriously need this break, I feel like the life has been sucked out of me. What is really bad is that I now prefer sitting in a meeting all day even though I know tomorrow will be chaos trying to recover from whatever they think they can get away with after having a sub. Oh the chaos...that is the one thing they have down pat. I honestly haven't wanted to workout regularly in about two months, crazy how much this drains out your brain. If anyone loves to put up laundry, I have finally started to put up stuff...but nowhere near done.

And do you know what is even more fun than no school? Planning the Thanksgiving dinner(or lunch in our family's case). So tell me...does your family eat a Thanksgiving dinner or lunch? So far on our menu Mom and I are making turkey, ham, a mushroom brioche stuffing{we both hate cornbread and are always trying something new}, and I found a good green bean recipe that sounds good. But I sure am going to miss Nanny's brisket. I swear she started my horseradish addiction with that brisket. I rarely want to eat beef, but when I do I want horseradish with it.

I feel like driving through Arby's now just to have something to put horseradish on.


The Knot {dot} com/the wedding planning bible put up a list of bouquets you'll love...and on the first line of pictures was this:

...and yes, I love it. It look exactly like mine minus the white peonies. Gosh I love peonies! 

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Di Vinci vs Dicaprio

November 12, 2009

A child actually said this today:

What is the difference between Leonardo Dicaprio and Leonardo Di Vinci?

I literally sat there and stared at the kid for a bit, then the kid went on to say...

Was Leonardo Di Vinci alive when you were born?

...at this point I was about to fall out of my chair. Then...out of nowhere...my little goofball said this:

(yelling) You know that weird janitor who looks at teacher's butts? He goes to my church and looks at people's butt's there too!

At least tomorrow is a half day...or I just may die. By lunch I was ready to be taken to the nut house. Oh and has anyone else ever had a kid poop their pants and get mad when they are forced to call home. Or one that has a wet spot from front to back that could only have gotten there from urinating on one's self and swearing it was from the water fountain. All I have to say is six school days until Thanksgiving!

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{seven cake trends}

November 8, 2009

I must admit I love cake. I have actually been looking at a box of cake flour all day wanting to make something. And after finding the 7 Hot Cake Trends on The Knot I am convinced now I must make a cake. According to The Know the seven big trends now are:

1. Butter cream frosted cakes. My mom is probably going to love this one. She hates most fondant cake, but I must admit, I too have had a few raunchy fondant cakes...one being my shower cake Gabby and I tried to save, skanky fondant from WalMart is never good.

2. Chocolate cake for the brides cake. Apparently chocolate isn't just for the grooms cake anymore. Funny though after all my fuss over cake I only had that one bite of the wedding cake and never made it to the grooms cake.

3. Playful lines and two-dimensional style pop art flowers. 

4. Dramatic colors. The one they had on theknot.com was white and charcoal.

5. Cake trios


6. Global patterns like Spanish tile. The Knot suggest you use this to honor your heritage.

7. Sophisticated monograms. Monograms seem to be a trend that is going to stick around for awhile, but they are pretty, so why not.

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Louisiana State Fair

November 7, 2009


Like all skinny girls with a fat girl trying desperately to escape I have compiled a list of vendors I plan to hit up today at the state fair.

Beef n' Taters : Sweet potato fries and beef empanadas--Who could pass that up!
Dippin Dots: Um duh. I could eat those things till I exploded.
Stanley's Gyros: anything Greek is straight up my ally.
Barb and Jacks Cook Shack: Boudin--again I could eat this everyday all day.
Festival Food: cookie dough on a stick---Never had it but I might have 3.

I am going to quit now, I don't want to list the other 32 places I plan to eat at...someone would likely insist I post before and after pictures of the event. I just may need an electric scooter to get out of that place today. Who knows how I am going to make it to the hockey game tonight, I am bound to be in a food coma by 5.

Oh I love state fairs! Hope y'all have a great Saturday! And Happy Birthday to my cousin Rebecca!

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catch up

November 5, 2009

Can you believe tomorrow is Friday? I sure can't! It's bitter sweet though, I also have a grad school assignment due, dang teachers. It has been a long and interesting few days though, and luckily there are only about 11 schools days left until Thanksgiving break{whoo hoo}. This week has been fun, but darn busy. I can't even remember what I did Monday but Tuesday I went to Haven at the BCM with my friend Kendra...it lasted later than we were both wanting it to but they had a great message that night about marriage and commitment. Last night Jeremy and I helped with the junior and high school service at church, it was so much fun, the band was awesome. It is so nice to finally have busy weeknights, but gosh I am tired. I was doing so good at waking up before my alarm went off but these past two mornings have killed me.

I am not completely sure what we are doing this weekend, Jeremy said he took off Saturday. But I think it has something to do with a hocky game and the state fair with some friends...considering I'm a horrible listener we could be going cow tipping in Jonesville for all I know though.

Well I hope everyone has a great Friday...and weekend! I haven't been this excited about Friday's since high school.

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{sunday lunch-shrimp creole}

November 1, 2009

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Yesterday was great, Mom and I went shopping...and used our new Sam's cards. But on my Mom's way here she saw a guy selling shrimp for about three bucks a pound and decided to buy us some, yum yum. So after my lovely husband cleaned and put the shrimp in freezer bags I decided to find a good recipe for lunch today. This shrimp thing is totally up Jer's ally, he loves sea food, I on the other hand like it but am deathly afraid of getting food poisioning yet again. Paula Dean just so happened to have a simple and easy recipe for Shrimp Creole, and since I have never tried to make it I had to give it a go, and it was delicious!

Shrimp Creole
Recipes courtesy Paula Deen

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced green bell peppers
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (14-ounces) can tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
Green onions, for garnish
Preheat crock pot on high.

In fry pan, heat olive oil. Add peppers, onions and celery. Cook until softened. Add chili powder and saute until caramelized. Remove from heat and pour into crock pot. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire, white sugar, salt and pepper.

Cook for 3 hours. Add shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes. Serve over rice. Top with chopped green onions.

This recipe so super easy and I already had the majority of the ingredients on hand. I totally forgot to add the green onions at the end though, we attacked the food when it was ready. After we ate lunch Ashley, Philip, Jeremy, and I went to the Christmas Open House in Antique Ally. The poor guys were probably ready to jump in front of a car by the time we went home, I know Jer was prolly ready to throw me in front of one because when the boys caught up with us he grabed my hand and jingled the car keys{haha}. There were about thirty things I wanted, maybe ole Jer will get a good Christmas hint. Or even better...he may get a few antique things from Santa.
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