Saturday, October 31, 2009

House Arrest!!

Is what Supermom is on!!  My kids aren't going to let me leave their sight for the foreseeable future.

I  didn't even stay out late last night.  I was cold and ready to come home after the winners were announced.  I tempted Anna with hot coffee and gossip so we left after 2 hours to come back to my house and relax.

We get to my house to learn that Baby M cried for me most of the time.  She would even go to the basement door, get down in the floor to look under the door and cry for me.  Sad huh?????  It broke my heart.

The SpookyBlogapaloozathon was fun.  I was dressed up as a nice witch in heels.  I got to place a few faces with names and such.  I even got to meet Ryan Seacrest.  Okay, no I didn't.  I met Gordon Smith who favors Ryan Seacrest!  Gordon is running for City Council so go vote for HIM!!!  He has our vote!!!!!!!!  Even if he was dressed like a psycho on Halloween.  That may get him a few more votes it you ask me.  We do live in Asheville you know.  I am allowed to say that since I am native to these parts.  The food was fabulous as well.  YUMMY!!!  I am all about the food as you know.

I was a bit disappointed that I didn't win Best Mommy Blogger.  The specifications threw me off.  When I hear Mom Blogger I think of a mom that blogs about her day to day life as a mom every day, which is what I do.  So, I do fit that Mom Blogger Category I just didn't win.  Oh well, maybe next year.

I was a popsicle when I got home.  I changed into comfy pj's, socks and snuggled with my sleeping Baby M.

Today, I took my kids to Fun Depot for the Scavenger Hunt and lunch.  We met friends there.  It was nice.  I then hit Earth Fare to get my grocery shopping out of the way.  We all know how I love to grocery shop!  Said in sarcastic tone of voice.

The kids are out with Superdad trick-or-treating.  I just made 2 beautiful batches of dough and then bread for us for the week.  YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!

Superdad has the camera or I would post some pictures.  I will also post some pictures from last night when they start to surface on the web.

Okay, I'm going to eat some Can-day.  Shhhhhhhhhhh.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The verdict is in...

Best Mommy Blogger in WNC given to Type-A-Mom.

Congrats Kelby!!

Tonight's the Night




























Remember all that voting I asked you to do???  Well, tonight we see if I win for Mom Blogger in WNC area.  I got a sitter.  IE:  Superdad.  My gal pal partner in crime Anna is coming with me all dressed up as a witch.  I'm a witch toooo.

I've never ventured out to a get together with other bloggers/tweeters/FB'ers before so I get to meet lots of new people.  Put faces to blogs and such.  It will be exciting.

I will have my Blackberry with me and will post the verdict!!  I will also be taking my camera with me and will blog all about it when I get a chance.

Yesterday, was a no school day and I felt just yucky!  I didn't really do anything productive.  I was going to make bread but realized I was out of yeast.  SO, I was able to actually take it easy.  Except when Baby M grabbed the nail polish brush from the bottle slinging nail polish all over my living room rug.  Which made me cry!  I love that rug.  I scrubbed with hairspray and remover and got it all up.  (I already had a back up rug picked out though fearing the worst.)

Be safe this weekend enjoying Halloween with your family and friends.

I might post a week in review later.  It depends.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bwahahaha.

Guess what we did last night??

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

It was fun helping the kids carve pumpkins.  I saved some of the seeds so Lil O can plant them in the spring.

Today there is no school and I feel ICKY!!!!  Figures.  I'm going to rest up today because tomorrow night I'm going to get dressed up in my witch costume and head to the blogger par-tay.  A big thank you to those that voted for me!!!!  You're AWESOME!

Okay, off to hold that couch down.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

You call it YELLING. I call it parenting.

I just came across this article  For Some Parents, Shouting is the new Spanking.

I'm torn with the article.
They resort to reminding, nagging, timeout, counting 1-2-3 and quickly realize that those strategies don’t work to change behavior. In the absence of tools that really work, they feel frustrated and angry and raise their voice.
Yes, that is EXACTLY how it works.  I am speaking for myself but I get so TIRED of no one listening to me.  I remind.  I nag.  We have a timeout chair.  I COUNT and they even count WITH ME!!!!  I then get frustrated and RAISE MY VOICE!!!!

It gets their attention.  They know, "Okay, moms had enough.  I better do what she said!"

Half the time they don't even think that.  I am ignored.  SHRUG.

As parents we can only do the best we can at any given time.  We do what works.  If you have to raise your voice then you have to raise your voice.  Enough said.

Off my camera card:

O and M

I'm sad and it's finally hitting me.

Sisters

Yesterday I get this call from my baby sis.  She's my only sis in fact.  She called to tell me that they were moving to SC by December 1, 2009.  Her husbands job was taking him there.  Sort of a promotion.  The money will be better and they so need that right now.

I know it's a blessing for them but I've never lived in a different state from my sister.  Sure SC isn't that far away from me but it's far enough.  No more meeting for lunch spur of the moment.  No more meeting at Fun Depot or CEC for a spur of the moment playdate.  No more her watching this kids while I get a haircut.

~sigh~

I'm not liking this at all!  NOT AT ALL!

I'm going to go cry now.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So this is what it feels like to be an Oreo.

Baby M to my left sleeping and Lil O to my right sleeping.

I'm squished in the middle typing this up on my Blackberry.

Actual conversation:

Lil O - I want to sleep with you.

You cannot?

Lil O - Why?

Because I have to sleep with daddy.

Lil O - He can sleep in my bed.

Then she curled up beside me and went to sleep.

Wednesday is the last day...

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Crocheted Baby Sweater

I bought this great yarn last week with the hopes of making the beautiful sweater on one of the yarn wrappers.  Only to get home and realize it's for a KNITTED sweater.  I don't knit.  I found a conversion website.  Didn't work.  I am here to tell you that you cannot convert a knitting pattern to a crochet pattern.  It didn't work for me.

Crocheted Baby Sweater

So, I started OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had an idea of how I wanted to put it together.  Making it all one piece basically.

Crocheted Baby Sweater

Then you fold it in half and sew up the seems.

Crocheted Baby Sweater

I really wanted it to be an infant sweater but it came out bigger than I had hoped.  That will take some tweaking!!!  I want to  make this sweater for newborns and have matching booties to go with it.  At least now I have a pattern to go by!!!

The sweater is toooooo small for Baby M and she was in no mood to be my model but I wanted to see it on a small person!!!

Crocheted Baby Sweater

Her poor expression!!!!!!

Crocheted Baby Sweater

Opinions??????????

Supermom Cleans ~ 10-Minute Tidy

The other day I shared one of my cleaning tips with my friend Anna.  I thought I would share it with you.

On NON-cleaning days I do a 10-Minute Tidy.  Actually, sometimes it's more or less than than 10 minutes but whatever works.

There are six people living in our house so it can get messy in a heartbeat as they say.  In the morning while coffee is brewing or after I've had a cup I will do my 10-Minute Tidy.  Usually I start in my bathroom by picking up towels and cleaning off things left around the sink.  Then I move to my bedroom to make the bed and put clothes up abandoned by their wearer.  IE:  SUPERDAD

Then I go to H's room.  Sometimes I just shut the door and walk away other times I may pick up clothes and pillows off the floor and shut drawers on her dresser.   Most times I just shut the door, I did today!!!

Then I move onto the other bathroom.  Hang up towels and clean up around the sink.  The kids are bad for not rinsing the sink out when they brush their teeth!!!!

Next is B2's room.  I open his blinds and pick up pj's off the floor.  I also try to NOT mess up the Yu-Gi-Oh cards spread out on the floor.  Most times I shut his door so the babies don't wonder in.

Yes, the above only takes a matter of minutes.  Yet, there's more!!

In the kitchen I may unload or load the dishwasher.  Just put up anything left out.

I make my way through the dining room straightening whatever is messed up.

In the living room I fluff the pillows and tidy up the couch.  Throw toys into the play area.

Play area:  NOT TOUCHING IT YET!!!!!!!!

Office area ~ That's where I am now.  Looks pretty decent at the moment.  Except for the piles and all but it'll do.

There you have it.  My 10-Minute Morning Tidy!  Add a 10-Minute after dinner tidy and you are SET!!!!!!

I have a motto that I tell the kids when they are helping,

"MAKE IT HAPPY!!  GIVE IT A HOME!"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Homemade Bread

Out of my kitchen today:

Pear Bread

Homemade Pear Bread

Homemade Pear Bread

Only Ollie on ESTY

Peach Bread that I made yesterday:

Homemade Peach Bread

Homemade Peach Bread

Only Ollie

WOW!! This is orgasm worthy! HONEST, it is.

I am in a very creative mood today so I am baking/making a brand new bread.  I made up this awesome bread batter using pear juice.  Then in a small bowl I crumbled up butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.  Then I cut up some pears.

I layered it like dough, pears, brown sugar mixture and then poured more dough on top!  It's baking right now.  By just tasting the uncooked batter and eating some of the brown sugar mixture I was in heaven.

I will take pictures and add it to my ETSY shop if anyone else wants to try it.

I've been a busy Supermom this morning.  The house is spotless!  NO ONE BREATH!!!

The kids are happy and playing.  I have bread baking and hot coffee in my mug.

Ahhhh........

What's your plans for today?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I'm awesome like that!

Yeah, I'm modest too.

Yesterday, I worked really hard to get a game plan for Only Ollie on ETSY.  I even went shopping and made a visit to the post office to check on prices and such.  Then I came home and made bread!  Then guess what?  I sold bread!!!!!  I will add another loaf to the shop after I get feedback from the buyer.

It's exciting!

That's the good part of my day.  I have worked for two days on my baby sweater for the challenge and then to put on ETSY as well.  I unraveled it ALL last night to start over.  The pattern I LOVE is a knitting pattern.  I cannot knit.  I was trying to convert the stitches to crochet and it wasn't working for me.  So, what's a Supermom to do???  Start over making her own PATTERN!  That's what I am going to work on today.  Plus, teach B how to crochet.  He's been bugging me about it so today is the day.

Only Ollie on ETSY

Friday, October 23, 2009

Got Bread?

Opening next week for business.

Only Ollie

I even just said this:

YOU ARE COMING THIS CLOSE TO BE GIVEN UP FOR ADOPTION!!!!!!

Yeah, I DID just say this!

I'm going to run away and never come back!

Week in Review.

TGIF!!!  Is all I can say!  Last night I was in bed by 8 PM!!!  Really, I was.  I curled up with Baby M to get her to sleep and I was out like a light.  Since I haven't been sleeping well I am guessing my body was taking over and making me get some much needed rest.  Thank you body.

I am going to try something.  Renee mentioned that I could put my bread on ETSY.  ETSY is for homemade goods.  That's where her Candy Stick Lane clothing is listed.  So, I made an account.  I thought I would give it a try and see how it goes.  I thought I would advertise some of my delicious bread and see what happens.  Superdad said I am doing tooo much.  But I am just trying to find a place for me.  Make sense?

Okay, for your viewing pleasure!  I know that's why you come on Friday's to begin with!  :)



Week in Review. All about Halloween. ETSY. Michelle Duggar.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gooooooooooooooooooood Morning Supermom junkies!!!!

I'm a bit hyper this morning.  I had to get up during the night to take something for a migraine.  I could feel it coming on the right side of my forehead so I wanted to STOP it in its tracks.  That made me restless for the rest of the night.  Well and Baby M kept wanting NINNY!!!!  I'm tired of being a paci!  HA HA!

I had to take more medicine a bit ago so I will be bouncing off the walls in a bit.  So, I am going to make a list and get to marking somethings off!!!  HA HA!!  I have to keep busy or I'll be asleep on the couch letting Baby M and Lil O run the house.  I think not!

This morning I made an executive decision.  NO MORE TALKING IN THE MINIVAN!!! O.M.G.

Lil O talks the WHOLE HALF HOUR we are in the van.  I am really wanting to pull all my hair out by the time we get back home.

Why are we following that car?
What is that?
Where are they going?
Are they going to school?
Why doesn't B go here anymore?
Did he grow?
Why is the grass green?
Do you see that?
Insert 100000000 other questions here!!!!   I really think she does this to mess with me. 

What's up with these kids wanting to talk all the time??  HA HA!!  H won't HUSH.  B2 talks all the time.  Lil O even talks to herself!!!!!  ~deep breath Michelle~

Today, I have a plan.  Start laundry.  There are lots of that.  With six people in the house it's a never ending cycle.  Along with cleaning and cooking.  Speaking of cooking, I'm taking a day off in the kitchen.  I usually live in it most days but not today.  Wish me luck on that one.

I am going to finish up a few craft projects that have been hidden in my craft closet.  I would really like to tie up all the loose ends with them and start on another quilt.  I thought I would use all organic fabric and do most of the sewing by hand.  Would be a nice cozy winter project.

That's all I got. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Supermom & Superdad try to HIDE from the kids!!

Supermom ~ "Honey, quick come here!!!"

Supermom rips the quilt down on the bed and jumps in the bed.

Superdad jumps in too.  We then hear the footsteps running to our bedroom.

We pull the quilt over our heads.  I've got my head on his shoulder laughing.

ALL FOUR kids end up in our room.  B comes to tell us that Lil O hit him.  Lil O comes to tell us that B spit on her.  H goes INTO detail about make-up on the hand towel.  Then B comes running to tell us that Baby M is digging in my avocado plant!!  She then comes in the room with a DIRTY hand!!

So, as you can see we are up.  So much for hiding out in our bed!!!!  They do go to bed soon, right???

My Best Friend.

I've been debating to blog about this all morning.  I feel that it's important so I am.

Yesterday I was having an emotional day.  I was dealing with a couple of things.  I won't go into detail because that's not the issue.

I needed to talk to someone about it.  Someone that only wants what is best for me.  Someone that protects me.  Someone that loves me unconditionally no matter what.  So, I talked to my best friend last night.  My husband.

I told him the emotions I had been dealing with.  I just talked.  He listened.

He was understanding.  He was there for me.

It was awesome to have this closeness with him.  To know that I could tell him anything.

I know I disappointed him a bit.  For that I am sorry.  He also knows that I love him with my whole heart.

We both know our marriage needs a bit of tweaking.  When there are kids in the house you tend to put your needs in line.  Towards the back of everything else.  We both want more out of our marriage together.  Now, to accomplish that.  We are going to make more time for each other.  Go back to doing things together that we used to enjoy as a couple.

So, readers of this blog here's a question for you.

How do you keep the spark alive in your marriage when the kids drain everything from you????

I propose that Superdad take me out on a date.  Woo me.  I am sure he'd be a lucky man when we get home.

If the kids are asleep that is.

Baby M and the pantyliner.

Baby M has an obsession with my travel pantiliners.  If she sees one out she will cry until I give it to her to play with.  She rips off that pink plastic paper like she's opening a Christmas present.

The other day while driving she starts to scream wanting out of the car seat.  Nothing that Lil O did to help made her stop crying.  Since I was driving I wasn't able to console her.  She didn't want ANYTHING!!!!  I was desperate.

I reached into my purse.  Pulled out that pink plastic square!!  BINGO!!!!!!!

I handed Baby M the travel pantyliner.  She stops crying immediately.

A few days later I go to put the grocery bags in the minivan only to find the pantyliner stuck to the seat!!!!!

I'm glad a bag boy didn't help with my groceries this time.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Supermom pregnant??

You get a tummy bug for a few days and the accusations FLY!!!!!!!!!  People are taking bets on:

~ twins?
~ boy?
~ girl?
~ my sanity?

Just so you know.  I AM NOT PREGNANT!!!!!  I was going to wait until next year to see if I could talk Superdad into that.  GEESH!!!!

Pumpkin Bread

IT'S ALL HER FAULT!!!!!!!!

Pumpkin Bread

She made pumpkin bread the other day!  I went digging for my Pumpkin Bread recipe.  So, I just pulled these two babies out of the oven!!!!  

The house smells so yummy!  I cannot wait to cut one of the loaves and add some butter.  I hope I don't eat it all today!

She's a crayoneater...

(Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes) She's a crayoneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes) She's a crayoneater


Monday, October 19, 2009

I have a black eye!

No, Superdad didn't hit me.  No, I didn't walking into anything.  No, ~insert your question here~.

Baby M head butted me Friday.  She just barely hit that bone right under my eye.  Look at the DAMAGE!!!!


black eye

The truth about having a family bed.

I get asked advice from time to time on parenting issues.  I think it's cool that people want to know my opinion on raising kids and such!

While I was on vacation sitting on a warm beach I was emailed by a lovely woman worried about getting her baby out of the bed.  To which I immediately emailed her back giving her my opinion because she did in fact ask for it.

My opinion goes like this:

I have shared the bed with all FOUR of my children.  Baby #4 has never known another bed and still sleeps with us.  She is 18 months old.  Really, I don't see the big deal.  They are babies for such a short time, why not enjoy this extra special time with them???  I promised her that she wouldn't have a teenage son STILL sleeping in the bed with her!!!

H slept with us for four years, until B came along.  She adjusted well to her brand new big girl bed in her bedroom.  I'd rub her back and play music for her.  After a week or so there was no problem.

B had a different opinion.  He liked having his own space.  He would wiggle and wiggle until I put him in the bassinet which was beside the bed.  He'd be out like a light then.

Lil O slept with us even after Baby M came home from the hospital.  It was interesting having four people in our queen size bed.  We loved every minute of it though!  Lil O's toddler bed is in our room so she adjusted well with sleeping in it.  We explained that Baby M needed to breastfeed and that the bed was so crowded.  She took it like a champ.  She will still get up and snuggle with us but she sleeps in her bed during the night.

Baby M at one week old.

Family Bed

All three of my kids had adjusted well with leaving the family bed.  I am the one that took it hard.  Well, Superdad did tooo.  Baby M still sleeps with us so trust me, we enjoy every minute of it!

I get asked about "methods" out there.  Let me say, "I don't believe in any method.  I follow my mommy instinct!"

After giving this mommy my advice weeks ago I get this comment on Supermom's Facebook Page:

Thank you so much for your advice recently on co-sleeping. After your reassurance that I will not have my 18 year old son sleeping between my husband and I, I have been able to just enjoy being close to my baby and not so worried about if I will ever... get him in his bed! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I am so glad I was able to help.  HAPPY FAMILY BED SHARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Adventures of Supermom

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I'm sad and sick.

Yesterday I woke up not feeling well.  I assumed from all the pizza and jalapeno's from the night before.  NOOO, it wasn't the beer because I only had two.

I laid around in bed most of yesterday.  I was only up enough to go to my niece's birthday party at 2 pm.  That's when that awesome picture was take of # 1 Big Sis and # 1 Lil Sis.

Lil O didn't want to leave and cried because she wanted to stay and play.  I wanted to leave ASAP to get back in bed because I felt ICKY!!!!!!  So, we let her stay.  H stayed with her.  I knew that she didn't have her blanket and would be coming home by 10 pm anyway.  She has tried to sleepover before and it failed.  I wasn't too worried about my baby being away for the first time because I didn't think it would happen.

Well, it did!

I was in a sick haze in bed and heard the garage door open, or close.  I had hoped to hear a happy four year old bouncing up the stairs to come look for me.  It was only Superdad closing it because he forgot it was open.  POUT!

I got up FINALLY.  About 8 pm I think.  No Lil O or H running around the house.  I didn't know what to do.  I was restless.  I felt bad.  Etc....  We stayed up to watch SNL and finally retired to bed about 1 am.  We slept in a dark room for ONCE!!  With no Lil O we didn't turn on the nightlight.  Perhaps I wasn't able to rest because she wasn't home.  I really didn't think the sleepover would happen and she'd be here NOW.

Well, she isn't.  Her blanket is on her bed.  It's odd for her to not have it.  I hope she didn't wake up during the night looking for it.  Or for ME.  Or for SUPERDAD!!!  OMG, I want my baby back (youwarthogfromhell)!!

I still feel icky so I am guessing I have a small bug.  Got to love it when school starts.

I'm going to go talk Superdad into going to get the girls!

WANTED:
Folly Beach, SC

Supermom and Sister.

Supermom has a Sister

This was taken yesterday at my niece's birthday.  This is my lil sister.  Well, my only sister.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Doesn't everyone have a big pencil?

Big Pencil

Last night was a BLAST!!!  It was really a fabulous time.  Anna came over with Lil H.  We ordered pizza, nachos and beer from the Asheville Pizza Company.  Yes, they deliver beer!  Who knew?

I had to take notes about the night because I knew I would forget all the fun parts!

During the night Lil O brings out the big pencil.  I didn't think it was a good idea for it to be out with all the small kids playing.  It had emergency room visit written all over it.  It ended up on the dining room table with us Scrabble players.  After a few beers I was happy tipsy.  The time stopped buzz.  Like am I really moving??  Then ANNA starts keeping our score with the big pencil.  H snapped a few pictures with my phone.



We were laughing!!!!!!  Then I tried to talk H into taking the big pencil to school with her today because she was taking the PSAT's.  I told her she could announce she brought her own #2 pencil and whip it out of her book-bag.  She wasn't amused.  I thought it would have been hilarious.  Even now that I am sober I think it would have been hilarious.  Okay, maybe sober isn't the right choice of words.  I was sober last night just giggly happy!

So H played her music for us as we played Scrabble while keeping score with the big pencil.

Every once in awhile we'd hear Lil O say, "Do what I do."  She was talking to Lil H.

Anna say's "Now, those are famous last words.  Like, Watch this or Look what I can do."

We were laughing every time that Lil O would say that.  As she slid across the floor landing with a thud!  Who knew what they were doing.

We ended the night with Baby M eating kiddie blue lipstick. To which she still has blue tinted hands and teeth.

Anyway, I think I had too much pizza, jalapeno's and beer because my tummy doesn't like me today!

My suggestion to you: Go out buy a big pencil, order some pizza and play a good game of Scrabble.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pass the peach brandy please.

Today while making my bread I grabbed the peach brandy from the cabinet instead of the olive oil by mistake.  I thought, hmmmmmmm.

Along with white bread and rolls I tried an experiment.

I took some bread dough.  Poured lots of peach brandy on it, added brown sugar and cinnamon.  Kneaded it up.  After it baked and cooled I sprinkled powdered sugar on it.  I'll tell you how it tastes later.

Peach Brandy Bread

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

~This was sent to Superdad and he shared it with me.~

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...
(Don't Worry About the Small Stuff)

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand..

The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your spouse out to dinner.
Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

What a difference a year makes!

One Year



















I was transferring some photos I took of the new hair cut and noticed how "thin" my face looks.  So, I went back to last October and found a "fat" picture of me.  Then compared the two!!!  I should have known to NOT keep my hair so short since I was so PLUMP!!!!!!!!  WOW!!

I cannot believe those photos are one year apart!  Have I really lost that much weight?

Shouldn't you be happy about this Michelle?" you ask.

Well, I never really noticed the baby weight.  I have always been confident in my appearance that the extra weight never bothered me.  The only time it became a problem was when I had to buy smaller panties because my granny ones wouldn't stay up.  Or when I had to buy smaller pants because the others were to baggy even with a belt.

Wait, I take that back!!!  My after baby breasts bother me.  I have always been a small breasted woman and I LOVED it!  Having these JUGS now makes me unhappy.  Weird I know.  It's true.  I want my A cups back but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that picture with you.  I hadn't realized I was so PLUMP!!!!!

Week in Review.



Week in Review. 365 Challenge. Vote for me. Report Cards. Cheap Therapy. Mrs F.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Introducing:

The Adventures of Supermom


The new and improved Supermom.  Sort of.  She just has better HAIR!

It's cheap therapy!

I've been in a funk the past couple of days.   Or even weeks.  I am not sure.  Yesterday, I woke up and felt like a MOM.  An unattractive MOM.  I just wasn't feeling it yesterday for some odd reason. 

Mrs F came over for a playdate which was just what I needed.  She is such a joy!  I really like her.  I don't have many friends in this little town of mine so it's nice when I can include someone in my crazy madness.  :)

To make a long story short, after I picked up H from school we went for hair cuts out of the blue.  We stopped at this place down the street from us.  It's one of those quick cut places. No bells or whistles.  $12.00 for a cut!  H has had her hair trimmed their before so I knew trimming her hair would be easy.  I took the plunge and had my hair cut as well.  YOU KNOW HOW PICKY I CAN BE WHEN IT COMES TO MY SHORT HAIR!!!  Stressing over finding a new hairdresser when mine moved.  Crying because it felt like I had lost a family member.  I LOVE IT!!!  I told her the shorter the better.  I told her how I wear it and she cut it perfect!!!!!  I cannot wait to spike it today, throw on some make-up and feel all sooo pretty.

I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and bright!
And I pity
Any girl who isn't me tonight.

I feel charming,
Oh, so charming
It's alarming how charming I feel!
And so pretty
That I hardly can believe I'm real.

See the pretty girl in that mirror there:
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face,
Such a pretty dress,
Such a pretty smile,
Such a pretty me!

I feel stunning
And entrancing,
Feel like running and dancing for joy,
For I'm loved
By a pretty wonderful boy! 


Sorry to start singing on you there!  I'll post a picture of the new do later on today!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Supermom needs you.

~insert big sigh here~

I got this IM last night from my friend Tammy, you know the one that encouraged me to buy this domain name, she wanted me to call her today when I had time.  I wondered if I was in trouble.  Was I a bad girl?  Did I forget something as I walk around in my Supermom haze.  You know, I just didn't know.

So, I called her after I had my hair cut.  H had hers cut too.  These are my words, not hers.  I am just telling you how it came across to me.  She meant it in the BEST of ways so don't get angry!!!!

You're not blogging good these days.  I'm not feeling it.  Supermom isn't like it used to be.  We need to come up with a plan to get you back on track!  

I admit, I feel the same way.  I don't have much to blog about these days.  I would totally hate to be a bore telling you every little move I make every day.

Get up.  Fixed coffee.  Dressed kids.  Worked on the computer.  Made more coffee.  Talked on the phone.  Washed clothes.  Made the bed.  Fixed lunch.  Played with kids.  Sat on the couch.  Took a 15 minute power nap.  Get kids from school.  Take B to speech.  Fix dinner.  Give kids a bath.  Drink coffee.  This could go on and on and on and on and on for PAGES!!!!

Have I bored you in the past with telling you these mundane facts of my day?  Did you ever think, "MY GOD Michelle, GET A LIFE!!!!"

Well, have you?  You can be honest!!!  Lord knows I am honest with you!

I don't think I am having a block.  I guess I am just in a place where I am really not doing anything you would probably want to hear about.  Even the kids have been behaving.  DAMMIT!

I'm sorry I have been letting you down.  ~hanging head~

I promise to try and do better.  I'll try to write an insightful post a couple times a week.  Share a recipe with you occasionally.  Even pass on the funniest of jokes!!!!  I will even let you know if I review something cool for my other blog.

That's all I can do.

Bosch Has Twitter.

My blog post from yesterday is automatically posted on two twitter accounts that I have for two different websites.  

I noticed Bosch started following me and then I got this:


BoschAppliances @AshevilleKids That sounds odd. We want to make laundry less scary - can you DM us your contact info.

Spongebob getting MARRIED!!!!!

I happened across this bit of news just now!!!!

EW Exclusive: A first look at the SpongeBob SquarePants wedding!

Wow, I am in shock.  I didn't even know they were dating!!!  DO they practice safe sex???  Will she have lil sponge babies??  Will they adopt Patrick?!??!

My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.


She loves stickers! She really loves stickers.

I LOVE STICKERS

I LOVE STICKERS

I LOVE STICKERS

I LOVE STICKERS

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hot OFF the press!!!!!

The Adventures of Supermom is already leading campaign for votes in a new category, Best Mom Blogger.

Read all about it HERE!!!!


You can vote HERE!


Thank you for voting!!!!!! 

I'm afraid of my Bosch washing machine.

Pathetic huh?  I haven't handed out a cardboard cookie in awhile so today is the day!

Every single time I go to wash clothes I meticulously go through every piece of clothing.  Making sure the baby socks, panties and breastfeeding pads aren't stuck to anything.  I check all the hiding places.  With SIX people in this house there are lots of HIDING places for things I ADD!!!

Remember when I played Tim Taylor and took apart the washing machine?  Only to find out it was a breastfeeding pad!?!?!?!?

It has happened several times since then.  Superdad has graciously taken over taking it apart and cleaning up all the water!!!

I know I should love this expensive piece of equipment that sits in my basement.  Sadly, I have come to not trust it and worry about what mess I will have to clean up next!!!!! 

Homemade Muffin Recipe

I reviewed Ratio by Michael Ruhlman months ago. I love this book. I used his muffin recipe found in Ratio.

8 ounces flour
4 ounces sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
8 ounces milk
2 large eggs
1 stick melted butter

I added one cut up banana, handful of pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Threw it all in my stand mixer for a minute or two.  Bake for 20 minutes on 350.  Or until toothpick comes out clean.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Vote for Supermom!

She makes you laugh. She makes you smile. She makes you thank GOD you aren't in her shoes!!!!!!!

This is the first year that Mom Bloggers is added to the list!! YIPPEEE!!!  Well, of course I want to win.  DUH!

WNC Blogapalooza Voting

Welcome to the official ballot for the 2009 Spookyblogapaloozananny, Asheville's annual gathering to celebrate area bloggers, tweeters and social media junkies.

Now in its fourth year, the event formerly centered on bloggers has been expanded to include Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

The Oct 30 event is a benefit for the AHOPE. Last year, it raised $1,000 for the homeless shelter. With a $10 suggested donation, all proceeds with go to AHOPE.

It will feature music by Its Elephant and Albatross Party and entertainment by jugglers 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth.

Winners in this year's balloting will be honored at Spookyblogapaloozananny, where everyone is invited to come and celebrate. The party will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Pump Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building in the River Arts District.

Need suggestions for blogs to vote for? Check out Blog Asheville's blog roll.

More about AHOPE in a YouTube video here.


To vote CLICK HERE!

Scroll down until you see this:






Then add the best local mom blogger here.  This is where I hope you add me.


www.theadventuresofsupermom.com

I promised everyone kisses that voted for me.  I have decided to take several bags of Hershey Kisses to the party to hand out!  (You didn't really think I'd be kissing you if you voted for me, right?)  I ALWAYS KEEP MY WORD!!  That's another reason why you should vote for me.

Innocent or Guilty? You tell me.

Innocent??

I tried to make them look like they were in a police line-up.

Homemade Bean Burgers

Thought I would share a recipe of mine.  I am sorry I cannot give exact amounts.  It's a trial and taste thing.

Homemade Bean Burger

I made the best bean burgers yesterday.  Even the buns were homemade!


Supermom's Bean Burger Recipe~

1 hand full dried red beans
2 1/2 hand fulls dried pinto beans

Rinse and soak, whatever you usually do.

I put them in my pot, cover in water.  Added lots of salt and garlic to the mix.

Cook until tender.  Optional ~ After they cook for about an hour I add a handful of dried split peas.

Drain and put beans in stand mixer bowl.  Put on low and add everything else.

Add couple handfuls of bread crumbs.  I made my own from some leftover rosemary olive oil bread that I made last week.

Add one egg.  More salt and garlic.  Then make your patties.  (I usually end up with 12.)

When ready to cook just heat some olive oil on med.  Just cook until brown on both sides.  I usually keep the pan covered.  You can even cook some onions in same pan while burgers cook.

These make a fabulous quick lunch and dinner!

Here's a picture of my buns.  HA HA!

Homemade Hambuger Buns

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This made my day! Thank you Mary for emailing it to me.

Count your blessings.

Smell some flowers.

Schedule playtime.

Take a walk.

Sing a song.

Volunteer.

Smile.

Love someone.

Smile and open your heart to others.

Day dream.

Know that God always cares about you.

I'm Showing Off.

365 Creative Challenge

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Swirl Bread, White Bread, Banana Pecan Muffins and Hamburger Buns.

Do you ever feel like all you do is ~insert something here~.

What do you feel you are always doing????  Just pick ONE!!!

I feel like all I ever do is COOK!

I feel like the kitchen is my room!  I know this isn't a bad thing.  Every day I spend lots of time in the kitchen.  Cooking three meals.  Snacks.  Baking.  Preparing things ahead of time.

I have had some great things come out of my kitchen!  Things I am proud to share with my family and friends.  I feel really good when everyone wants to come have a meal here.  It makes me feel good that I am able to make something awesome with a few ingredients.

I love getting my kids in the kitchen to help as well.  Yesterday Lil O helped make cookies.

Oatmeal Cookies

All of my kids love being in the kitchen helping me.  They also love to hear, "SOMEONE COME TRY WHAT I JUST MADE!"  They all come running!!!!  Even Superdad comes for this one.

I thought for Christmas I would make homemade bread for everyone.


If you are a close friend of mine or family member don't read that because it will spoil the surprise!  HA HA!!!

Speaking of the kitchen.  I better get back to my cooking.  I have bread dough rising to make bread and hamburger buns.  I have pinto and red beans cooking to make bean burgers.  I will share my own recipe tomorrow if I get time.  I have muffins to make for the kids to eat for breakfast.  Baby M loves my crackers so I have to make more of those as well.  Yes, I feel like all I do is COOK!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm going to start up a kissing booth.

I promised everyone kisses that voted for my blog as the best mommy blogger in a local contest!!!  

~popping a mint in my mouth~

I always keep a promise!!!!  Who's first?

I woke up this morning with a bit of relief from this headache of mine.  Enough to make oatmeal cookies with Lil O as promised.  Superdad took H and B2 to see Harry Potter at the pizza joint.  It's nice and sort of quiet here.   Except for the dirty diaper smell that just wafted by.  THANKS BABY M!!!!

I guess that's my cue to go.  DAMMIT, I hate being a good mom.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I need to find a better hiding place. Like another country.

I have been dealing with day two of this migraine.  I have been taking my meds like crazy.  I was in the living room, sort of stoned, reading my book.

Superdad was home so I thought I'd head to our bedroom and rest while trying to read.  Try to stop being in pain.

Next thing I know is that B2 is crawling up in my bed with his book to read.

Then H comes to my bed with her book.  We scoot over to make room.

Then I'll be damned if Lil O didn't come in with a stack of her BOOKS!!!

Guess who was next in line?  Yes, you guessed it.  Baby M. 

So, I call Superdad in to show him how my quiet moment turned into a read-a-thon.

I got up and thought I would take a bath.  I opened the door to see the kids and said, "If I end up with four kids in my bath I will be a bit freaked out."

I then locked the door.

Week in Review.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I thought you could use something funny!

This isn't kid friendly.


I cannot wait for the new season to start!!!!  I love you Bret and Jemaine!



Monday, October 5, 2009

How do we teach our teenage daughters about make-up?

I encourage my daughter to go without make-up.  She is a beautiful young woman and I want her to know that it's okay to NOT put all that stuff on her face.  I know that she thinks she HAS to wear make-up and no matter what I tell her she will feel the way she feels.

Here is a photo of me without make-up.  I just washed my face and then snapped this picture a minute ago just for you.

Before

Society has made our girls and boys insecure with the way they look. I think it's terrible! Our kids are being taught by television and magazines that you don't have to look the way you do now. You can have plastic surgery. You can wear all this make-up. You can wear these clothes.

What happened to teaching our kids to be comfortable with the way that God made them?



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Like it, love it or hate it??

I added a new feature to the blog.

I love how Facebook has a "Like It" button to push.  It allows me to let the person know I read their post and I enjoyed it.  Same with adding a picture!  It's faster than leaving a comment all the time.

So, I added a few buttons to each blog!

DO you like how I made your life easier when you show me some love?



It's really not that complicated.

I thought I would spill the beans before someone threatened to blackmail.  Like David Letterman.  You never know when someone might hack the computer and steal a couple of pictures.  Or snap a photo of me and HIM with their phone when we are at a park.  Geesh, people these days.

Supermom and Friend

This morning at the crack of dawn he called because of our playdate plans.  I had just fixed my coffee and Superdad was still in bed.  I round up the three girls and head over.  This is when H snapped the above picture for me.  That's my "it's complicated Facebook boyfriend".  He showed me how to make his famous oatmeal waffles.  THEY WERE YUMMY!  I must buy a waffle iron and start making these babies!  He also had bacon, sausage and poached eggs.  This is when Superdad showed up.  Well, the FBBF did call him like every 5 minutes to get him up!

I think Superdad just gave in and came over to enjoy a great breakfast.

I just got home with Baby M.  She's napping.  I left Superdad, Lil O and H over there.  They are going to hit a park and play.  DO you want to know what I am going to do?  Work on cooking things for dinner this week for my cookbook challenge.  Then fold the mountain of clean clothes. 

Well, you didn't think I would rest now did you?



Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cause I'm good like that.

So, I just got off the phone with my "it's complicated" Facebook boyfriend.  We planned a playdate tomorrow for our kids.  He's wants the Supermom family to come over.  He even OFFERED breakfast!!  ~swoon~  DO I know how to pick them or WHAT?!?  :)

I was so busy today that I totally forgot I even had a blog.  I twisted arms and we made it out the door and to JCPenney's about 9:30 am.  Lil O got a fabulous Fall/Winter wardrobe.  H got another pair of those "it takes 5 minutes to get into" jeans.  I even asked the sales lady, "Where are your BAGGY JEANS?  I only saw skinny and super skinny."  She laughed at me.

I didn't think it was a funny question myself.

We eventually made it home.  I made 2 loaves of bread, chicken noodle soup (I froze most of it) and granola bars.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Now you know...

Ancestry.com = Facebook for nerdy guys

I say this because my husband just woke me UP! He's on the phone with his brother searching the family roots. Did I mention he's on the other end of the house?

Week in Review

Boobie-Thon



Don't forget to send in your boobie pics for the Boobie-Thon this week!

I already sent in mine!

boobie-thon

No, I will not tell you which boobies are mine.  Just know you have to pay to see what I entered!  It's for a fabulous cause AFTER ALL!!!

TGIF!!!!

It is Friday???  I wanted to type up a quick post before I actually got up to do stuff around the house.  Last night Baby M gave us a good laugh.  H was able to catch some of it on my Blackberry.  You will get a good laugh out of it!



I love hearing her say NINNY, PLEASE and YEAH.  She is such an adorable little girl.  She wants her ninny and she'll cry if she wants toooo.

That was the excitement at our house.  I didn't even watch Grey's last night.  I am totally over it and fine with not watching it.  It's weird how I will like a show and watch the new season then get tired and quit.  I guess I am over the Thrusday night drama.  The only shows I really watch are Mad Men and Top Chef <~~which was a RERUN this week!!!!!

I will also watch the occasional, like every day, reruns of NCIS.  ~hanging head in shame~

We all have our hangups so don't judge me by mine.  HA HA!!!

It's hard to believe I was on a sunny beach a week ago!!!  WAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!  This week has been cold.  I cleaned out the summer clothes and got cooler clothes out.  I have been wearing pants and socks.  I haven't been shaving my legs!  SWEET!!!

Time to start making soup and snuggling on the couch with Superdad.  :)

I promise I will do a week in review at some point today.  After I clean the house but before I go grocery shopping.  I hope.  Tonight is going to be a baking night for me.  I am going to try making crackers.  Then make more bread.  AND Superdad wants me to make granola bars.  I think that's it.  For now...

Hand me downs.

Baby M looks so adorable wearing Lil O's baby clothes.  It makes me smile when I remember Lil O wearing it and compare pictures.

It's a good thing baby number four was a girl because a boy would look totally silly wearing this yellow with blue flowers Dora nightgown.

I hope baby number 5 will enjoy it as well.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Don't be angry with me.

This blog started taking paid ads last year I think.  They were links in posts to begin with.  Then they became buttons on the right.  Then they were the actual blog post.  I have always been honest if something was a PAID AD.  I even have a catagory just for them.

Don't be mad at me for doing this.  The money I make goes to keeping my domain names.  It keeps my pro Flickr account going so I can post lots of pictures for you.  It even paid for our food and fun in Washington DC.

Just know I will always be honest when something is a Paid Ad.

Do you still love me?

YouTube is my friend again.

Things are back in order.  Thank you YouTube!  Check back tomorrow for my Week in Review!

What Happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, right?

It’s always been a dream of mine to see Las Vegas.  Packing a bag and driving through the desert in an old convertible with the music blaring.  Feeling the wind blowing through my hair as I dance in my seat.  My money burning a hole in my pocket as I dream of all the wonderful things I’m going to do when I WIN BIG!

Then I see it in the distance.  A huge smile takes over my face.  I’m here!  I’m in Vegas.




October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

I was given a tip about a fabulous event that starts today!!!!!



I think it's an awesome idea!  Yes, I plan on sending in a picture of my boobies!!!!  Don't worry if you don't want the whole world seeing your girls because if you send in your boobs nakie they are put in a special section.  People pay $50.00 to see those and every bit of the money goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

I hope that if you are reading this and you blog that you'll grab a Boobie-Thon button and tell everyone of your readers about this great chance to support an amazing cause.  Men and Women are encouraged to send in pictures!!!!!


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