Sunday, September 14, 2014

My little artist.

The kiddos know Gangsters time with us is short, maybe 1 more week...just depends on how comfortable we can keep him. They cry off and on every time we talk about what is coming, they talk about him going to the spirit world....and they draw pictures of him.
This is one Haddie did, she is walking Gangster...and obviously they are both very happy :)
We made a white vegetarian crock pot lasagna today...it was good, but needs a little tweaking, it came out pretty soupy but the noodles made it without going soggy which is funny.
























1 12-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets
3 1/2 cups reduced fat shredded Italian cheese blend
3/4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
18-20 oz light Alfredo sauce (this could be made healthier next time)
1 8-ounce container light sour cream
1 12 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 cup Parmesan cheese
16oz reduced fat cottage cheese
1 egg
***shredded chicken and mushrooms would go excellent in this, may add them next time.

 1. Cook and drain broccoli as directed on package, using minimum cook time. In large bowl, 2 cups of the cheese blend, the pepper, Alfredo, sour cream, and broccoli.
2. In a separate bowl mix cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, and an egg.
3. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spread one-fourth of the broccoli mixture in slow cooker. Layer with 3 of the uncooked noodles (breaking noodles as needed to fit), 1/4th of the cottage cheese mixture and sprinkle some of the cheese on top. Repeat layers until everything is used up. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
4. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 hours 30 minutes or until bubbly and noodles are tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional freshly ground pepper, if desired.

Fall is here...even if summer is having a hard time letting go this year. I don't usually complain...but I am kind of ready for fall. And all things PUMPKIN!
So today I made some little personal crescent pumpkin pies.
















2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1 19oz can Pure Pumpkin...not pie filling
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. all-spice
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp +/- melted butter
1/4 cup +/- sugar plus a little pumpkin pie spice
**If I had some cream cheese on hand I might have added some. I just did half this recipe since I was only making 1 can of crescents.

 Preheat oven to 375.
Mix pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, all-spice, and brown sugar in a bowl and set aside.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cover outside of crescents with melted butter and sugar + pumpkin pie spice mixture.
Spread a spoonful (or more) of pumpkin mixture onto the wide end of the crescent roll and roll up, leaving the tip of the triangle face-up.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.


We had our first Scentsy casualty LOL poor thing.

Okay, so I was on some sort of cooking trip today. We had breakfast for dinner...a fave around here. Raspberry with white and milk chocolate chips pancakes. They were fabulous!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Girls night out!*

Girls night, with Lisa and Jeana, to see Katy Perry whoop whoop!! Our plan was to grab some pre concert drinks, see the concert and then go out afterward and sleep over at my friends work suite. Our tickets and plans have been in place for months and months...I did not plan to get sick a couple days ago. Thankfully I was well enough to go and have 2 drinks, which if you know me you know that is keeping it lighter than light. I was far from 100% and of course I forgot my tylenol and Dayquil so after the concert I was not able to do any of our other fun plans...next time for sure.

We got a little silly.


























Stop 2 on our pre concert tour...oh look the Police Hahaha. I was still feeling great here and we made plans to hit up Darcelle's after the show. I am so bummed that we ended up not going, it is in the works for our next night out.
We were within walking distance of the Moda Center, thankfully it was a beautiful day for a walk...it was still beautiful after the concert on our walk back.
























Obligatory photo with a mini Katy Perry figure.

























I had no idea who was opening for Katy Perry, I also did not know the name of the singers on a new fave song around my house since the kids Auntie Allie purchased The Lego Movie for them...so you can imagine my surprise when the opening band finally played a song I knew LOL. Yes, yes "Everything Is Awesome"!!! I had to record it for the kids. What is even more wild, at the second stop on our Katy Perry warm up bar tour this exact song came up in conversation, we were all laughing when it started.
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Ready to get this show started!

Katy opened with Roar and closed with Firework...they were excellent, as was every song in between. She puts on a good show, and is really funny. At one point she brought a probably 9 year old boy (there were a lot of young kids there...not something I would take my kids to unless they were at least 11 or 12 but whatevs) up on stage, to give him a pizza...she explained that she can't eat it because of the gluten, then said she picked him because he was surrounded by women down there and told him he "needs to feed those hunnies" LMAO! I like most of her songs but never really considered myself a big Katy Perry fan, tonight was more about getting a night out with my girlfriends...but the show has me tempted to watch her movie.

























Her set design was very cool for each song. I had to record a little of Xander's fave.
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Of course one of the girls faves...thanks to the Chipette's LOL.
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It was a great show, wish I was feeling better so I could have been more into it...I would be down to go again. Next time we will go all out and totally dress the part. I had no idea how festive Katy Perry fans are...the costumes and hair tonight were awesome! Good times!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throw back Thursday.

This day is always just a depressing one...can't believe it has been 13 years since the attacks on our country. I am having a hard time knowing when my kids are old enough to learn about this horrible day, I do know it is not this year, so we didn't have any live TV on today, no replays of coverage from that day for us. I will never forget, but I couldn't take it this year.

Today is Throw Back Thursday though...so I decided to dig up some oldies, but goodies, of G and the kiddos.
He has loved them since day 1.

He has always wanted to be right up in the mix.

He has always watched over them.


He has always been a best friend.

I can not believe it is almost time to say goodbye...this is going to be so hard :(
School is still going great for the trio...they love it and enjoy telling us all about their day. Tonight was back to school night, we got to go tour a little more and chat with their teacher. It has only been 4 days, so she didn't have much to say other than so far the kids are doing great. The girls are super super easy, and Xan needs a little more attention and feedback during his day. Neither come as a surprise to us LOL.
The kids love their story time, I figured Hayden and Xander would...they love when I read them their chapter almost every night, we have less than 100 pages left in the first Harry Potter book, but I was surprised to hear that Lily sits and listens well too, she is not very interested in the book I'm reading.



They liked showing us all over their classroom, and telling us about all the special things they do every day.

Xander is quite popular with the little girls already it seems. On our way in another family was coming out, their little girl got all excited and ran over to say hi to Xander. We got to hear from her Mom, Dad and even Grandma how much she likes Xander and that she talks about him so much they were really glad they got to meet him and put a face with the name. Little Dude never mentioned Maddie to us...hmpfh, and I thought my girls were going to be trouble LOL.

Jericho had fun checking out the room too...he gets to start Pre-K in one week!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lily needs a drama club.*

Lily, Lily, Lily. This girl needs a drama club and her own phone. This is a post dedicated to what Lily does every chance she gets. She steals her Dads phone and starts snapping photos and making movies. They are usually super awesome...but they also fill up our phones like crazy.

Bug does a little Winnie The Pooh song. She cracks us up.
This one is almost as good as her 'In Summer' rendition from a few months ago. I think when summer is over we are going to seriously look into getting Lily into a drama club...I think she is a natural.
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She loves to take pictures of herself with different facial expressions too.

The trio are doing AMAZING in school....they love it. Actually when they get home they tell us all excitedly that they "get" to go back tomorrow...they also add it is boring here and they want to go back to school LOL.

Silly Lily.

The old man gets a photo too. We got more bad news from the vet...looks like he does have cancer in his bones too. The vet misses it on the xrays, but when the radiologist looked at them he saw it. Mast cell does not go to bone, but it does do all the lumps and bumps that he has, so it is likely he has 2 types of cancer going on. The vet is not optimistic about his prognosis. She feels if we don't see a big improvement after a week on the meds that we aren't going to and since he is in a significant amount of pain it would be kinder to put him down. This is the bad side to pets, this is the sucky side...my kiddos are going to be totally broken to say goodbye to him :(

More Lily Bug captures.



Selfies with Momma...she hates when I delete crappy photos too LOL.





My crew...they are keeping me on my toes.


Monday, September 8, 2014

A new beginning, and the beginning of an end.

Today was both wonderful and awful. The wonderful part...today was Xander, Hayden and Lily's first day of Kindergarten!!! They were super excited, jumped out of bed and were over-all pretty cooperative....I bet this changes in the years to come LOL.

I painted these adult size large T's...the idea is to get a picture of the kiddos in these every year, should be a neat project.

The trio lended a hand, I hope to get their other hand print when they start 12th grade...holy cow.

Bug was super excited...she loved her lady bug.

Haddie was so-so on her butterfly, since it wasn't pink and purple LOL.

My big 6 year olds look pretty small in these large T-shirts.

Too cute!

Class of 2027...wow.


The chalkboard signs they helped me make, turned out pretty cute.

Believe it or not, I didn't cry. Maybe it is because they are only gone 3 hours a day, probably helps at least.


School was a little bit of a mad house...but they were so excited, I don't think they even noticed.



They walked right in, sat down and were like bye y'all Hahaha.


While the trio were in school we took G to the vet. This is were the awful part comes in. The vet agrees it is probably cancer, but since we don't want to do any chemo or surgery, they aren't going to try and delve in too deep to find out what kind...but probably mast cell. They don't think the cancer is the cause of his joint and bone pain...at least that doesn't fit with mast cell, so there is probably something secondary going on too. They took Xrays which looked normal to the vet but will be read by the radiologist tomorrow to know for sure. Gangster came home with antibiotics, steroids and tramadol (pain meds) which we will give along with the tincture (we are already seeing a slight improvement in him since starting the tincture!) The game plan is for comfort, not a cure...so sadly the old man is dying, now we just hope to keep him with us and comfortable for as long as we can. I am going to set small goals, right now I hope he can make it to the new year...we shall see.

Thank goodness the vet office had a nice little toy corner, Jericho was a wild man today.

After the vet it was time to wait at the bus stop for the trio, Jericho spent the time acting like a nut and rough housing with his Dad.


The bus was a little over 30 minutes late...to my credit Jason was freaking out and ready to call the school at 20 minutes late, I held him off LOL. The kiddos were so excited to see us waiting, they were waving so much they took forever to get off the bus.

They had so much fun and are really excited to go back again tomorrow. We got to hear all about their day and new routines...pretty exciting stuff :)


We took them out to lunch as a special treat. My big kids!

Not too big for balloons of course LOL.

It is so strange to have such a happy day and such a sad day all in the same day...that is life I guess.