Category Archives: Chubbs

Happy Birthday, Chubbs!

Today my youngest daughter, aka Chubbs, turns 8. I have been her Mom for a little over 7 years now, and it has been such a blessing. She is beautiful both inside and out. I pray that she has a life full of laughter and joy, that she sees the positive side in trying times, and that she shines bright with the light of God each and every day. We won’t be having her party until next week (today is our weekly swap day), so we will be celebrating 3 birthdays (Chubbs, Big Puppy, and mine) at once next weekend…hopefully we’ll have some awesome pictures!
Join me in wishing Chubbs a very happy birthday by leaving a comment below. Thanks & HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHUBBS! =)

What a way to start the weekend…

About 10 minutes after I got up this morning, I get a call from the school. Chubbs threw up on the bus & I need to go get her. I threw clothes on, got Froggy ready, and headed out the door. Not cool to have to show up at your kids school unshowered and with sleep creases on your face. I can tell you she looked worse than I did…pale and weak sitting in the chair clutching her backpack. I signed her out & we headed home. She hadn’t eaten breakfast, so I gave her a piece of toast and some juice. She only ate about half the toast, but sucked down the juice. I had her take a shower & get into her pj’s, braided her hair, and now she’s snuggled in a blanket sleeping on the couch.

Sleeping Away The Sick!!!


Praying whatever stomach bug she has doesn’t spread to the others, and that she’s better tomorrow…we have fun family plans!

100′s Day

At Chubbs’ school they celebrate 100′s Day.  This is the 100th day of the school year, and they do all kinds of stuff dealing with the number 100.  It’s been pushed back a few days this year because of the weather, but that was good for us so we had plenty of time to work on her poster.  Her assignment was to bring a poster with 100 things on it.  We thought about it, and came up with her ’100 Favorites’.  We had a brainstorming session to come up with 10 different categories, then 10 items in each category.  This project became a ‘Mommy Nightmare’.  We don’t buy magazines, so I didn’t have an abundance for her to cut from.  We ended up going online to find most of the pictures.  I spent an entire evening saving pictures to my computer, uploading them to snapfish, and making them into collages so we could pick them up from Walgreens, cut them out and attach to the poster.  Well, Walgreens wouldn’t print my collages because I didn’t have rights to all the pictures.  My fault for not knowing that, but I was furious anyway.  So, on to plan B…hook up the photo printer & print them off myself.  After a frustrating hour of trying to get the photo printer to do something other than growl and flash lights at me, we moved on to plan C…use a friend’s printer.  That worked, although the pages got progressively worse as printing went on since they were almost out of ink.  At that time, I was to the point of ‘Who cares!? It’s going on the stinking poster!’  I spent another few hours helping cut and glue everything on.  She hand wrote the labels, drew pictures of a few things that didn’t make the printing cut, I got to use my Cricut to make the letters for her title, we glued on some marshmallows, cinnamon stick, a vanilla bean, and voilà!

Chubbs with her poster.

Big Puppy called me on his way to work to let me know that she was positively glowing walking into school with her poster.  I am so pleased with the way it came out, and that she is proud of it.  She worked very hard on it, and we did have a lot of fun…minus the printing issues.

Snow Day Prank

Last night after 3/4 of our kids had gone to bed, we got the automated call…no school again tomorrow due to snow.  Princess2T & I devised a not-so-evil plan to prank the other 2 school age kids.  Since Princess2T is the ‘manager’ of the other kids, she makes sure they get all their morning duties done & that they’re ready to leave for school at the right time.  She was to get up & get ready just like any other school day, and make sure Pickle & Chubbs did the same.  This is what went down when they were ready to leave…

Snow Day

When the snow is good, I love everything about a snow day.  I’m probably just as excited as the kids when school is called off.  I absolutely LOVE snow.  Of course, since I don’t have a typical job, I don’t have to get out in it, which as I remember is a total bummer.  Aside from that, snow is wonderful.  From the first beautiful snowflake floating down from the heavens, to packing billions of snowflakes together for forts, snowballs, or a snowman, to making snow angels while cold wet flakes land and melt on your face, to the hot cocoa after coming into a warm house & peeling wet clothes off the kids…I love it all.  Most of all, I love sharing the experience with my kids.  I hope these are the kind of things they remember forever.

Today, we bundled up – 3 shirts, 2 pants, soccer socks, hats, gloves, coats…we quite resembled Randy Parker from A Christmas Story. (I wear my snowboarding gear, so I can stay out longer…and the snowboarding boots are heavy & give me quite a workout!)

Decked out in all my layers & crazy heavy boots!

Outside, we started building a snowman, but ball #2 fell apart so it turned into a snowblob that they just climbed on.

Chubbs standing on the 'Snow Tower' aka snowman fail.

Princess2T lookin' pretty!

The kids made snow angels, attacked Pickle while she was posing for a close-up, and ran around flinging snowballs.

Froggy making a snow angel.

Pickle being attacked!

Snowball Fight!

After a little over an hour, I came in & started the 3 different versions of cocoa…gotta love having kids with conflicting allergies!  They stayed out about 15 more minutes and then were ready for cocoa.  They thoroughly enjoyed the cocoa, especially the adorable gingerbread man & snowman marshmallows!

Mmmmm...Hot Cocoa, Hot Vanilla, & Hot Cocoa w/ Soy!

Gingerbread Man & Snowman Marshmallows

Here’s the recipes for the cocoa’s I made:

Mexican Hot Cocoa – (for me and the ‘normal’ children)

3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

3 Tbsp. baking cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 1/3 C milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, & cinnamon.
  2. Over medium heat, gradually stir in milk & stir constantly until hot, do NOT boil.
  3. Remove from heat & stir in vanilla extract.  Beat w/ wire whisk until frothy.
  4. Pour into mugs, garnish w/ marshmallows, serve immediately & enjoy!

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Hot Vanilla – (for Chubbs who’s allergic to chocolate & soy)

3/4 C milk

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Heat milk to just below boiling point, approx. 1 1/2 min. in microwave safe measuring cup.
  2. Stir in sugar, vanilla, & cinnamon.
  3. Garnish w/ marshmallows & extra cinnamon if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Hot Cocoa w/ Soy Milk – (For Pickle who’s allergic to milk)

1 C soy milk

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. baking cocoa powder

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe mug.
  2. Heat to just below boiling point, approx. 1 1/2 min.
  3. Garnish w/ marshmallows, serve immediately, & enjoy!

First Day of School 2010-11

No matter what age you are, it seems like the first day of school is exciting. Whether you are a Pre-K, off to your first day away from Mommy & Daddy, or are a 30-something beginning your first day of college, there’s just something about going back to school. The excitement is contagious. I don’t know if it’s the newness, or just a change in routine that ignites that spark, but it was all my kids talked about for almost the last 2 weeks of summer. I am an over preparer, so all school supplies were purchased, labeled, and ready for school weeks ahead of time. New shoes were bought & hidden away to surprise the girls with, backpacks were personalized & packed full of supplies. As the day drew nearer, open houses were attended, new haircuts were scheduled, and the anticipation grew. We adopted a new ‘back to school’ schedule to help us with what could only be described as partially organized chaos. (The kids were excited about this new routine, it is the Flylady Student Control Journal…I would highly advise you check it out if you have school age kids.) The first day of school went off fairly smoothly, kids were up and ready, looking beautiful with their new haircuts, clothes, and shoes.

Ready for 1st day of 2nd grade!

Ready for 1st day of 3rd grade!

Ready for 1st day of 5th grade!

Traffic was ridiculous as expected. We dropped Kara off first at her school which is in the process of being remodeled, so there was mass confusion as to where to pull in to drop her off. The first week is always insane because everyone thinks they need to drive their kids to school. There are parents who’s kids are not typically car riders, so they have no clue as to what to do. The construction zone did not help matters.    The kids started getting a little crazy waiting in line.

Insisting on a silly pic while waiting in line.

The other half of silliness...

After dropping her off at her school & snapping a few pictures while pulling away, as to not cause any more delay in the line for the other parents, we headed across town to take Trinity & Kylie to their school.

Happy to finally be out of the car & @ school!

Trinity & Kylie’s school is brand new. They are the first 3rd & 5th graders to attend the new school. It is an fantastic campus with all kinds of amenities. They arrived right on time, and eagerly ran up to the building.

Heading in to the new school for the 1st time!

And that was it. All the planning, and anticipation for such an anticlimactic moment. Grayson & I drove home feeling a little lonely, but satisfied at the same time. Grayson asked about their day, and we played ‘school’ so he wouldn’t feel too left out. We fell right back into our typical school-day routine from the previous year, and anxiously awaited for time to pick them up so we could hear all about their first day.

2:30 rolled around and we left the house to go pick up the girls. Grayson was very impatient with the pick up line, and there was good reason. The way it is supposed to work, is there is only one in and one out to pick up 1st & 2nd graders at Kara’s school. Once the line gets backed up to the street, the people turning left into the school use the turning lane on the road, and people turning right into the school just stay in the right lane. Anyone needing to get by coming from the right, go around in the turning lane. It is not a difficult thing. The problem began when someone coming from the right decided to use the turning lane as to not block the through traffic…evidently this parent had not done this before.

And the cavalry has been called in...

Less than 1/3 of the line for 1st & 2nd graders.

Traffic began to pile up in the turning lane & the right hand lane…both thinking they were in line. The cops eventually showed up, and attempted unsuccessfully to unclog the street. Once the line began to move, I noticed that the traffic for the left turning people had stretched back through the intersection and had once again drawn the attention of the cop. It was a total mess…I was really glad I had arrived early and wasn’t a part of this mass confusion. Picking up the other 2 was not nearly as bad…it seems as though the school staff had thought out the traffic flow a little better. After picking them up, the girls excitedly chattered all the way home about their teachers, new classrooms, new and old friends, and all the events of the day. I drove home smiling and thanking God for my kids, and that they had a great day & were looking forward to a new school year.

Allergic to what?!

Well, Wednesday morning I took Kylie & Kara to get their allergy testing. I tried to explain a little what was going to happen, since they were asking every question they could think of. I told them it wouldn’t hurt, but might be uncomfortable. I brought their DS’s to distract them and keep them still for the test. We’d gotten to the point where the culprit of the non-stop sniffling, coughing, snorting, and dark circles under their eyes had to be discovered.

Kara went first and was perfect, no wiggling, not a peep when the allergens were introduced, no complaints…AWESOME. Turns out she’s mildly allergic to LOTS of stuff, and does need a daily allergy medicine.
Kylie was a total wiggle worm and said ‘Ow!’ every time the nurse touched her (which was pre-planned…I heard her telling Kara ‘when she does the thing to your back say ‘Ow!’.’ What?! Why? I guess my kids are just weird…) anyways, aside from all that she made a huge deal about having to take off her shirt. This was after I explained they would get a paper gown, be laying on their stomachs…and assured them that no one would see their ‘boobies’. She was a total drama queen, but ended up being still enough to get accurate results. *whew* And the big problem…Kylie is allergic to milk. MILK. Greg actually made me spell it when I was relaying the results of the test. Yes, milk you drink…it comes from cows…is in nearly everything delicious…M-I-L-K. We’ve made the switch over to soy milk…which she likes, but she slightly freaks out when I name something she can’t have…cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. I have explained repeatedly that anything yummy that is made with milk (such as pudding, smoothies, etc.), I can make hers separate with the soy milk. We are new to this whole ‘no dairy’ thing, so I haven’t discovered all the substitutes. I know there are other kinds of milk she can try besides soy, that there is soy based yogurt, cheese, etc. We will eventually get this down. One added problem is that Kara is slightly allergic to soybeans, so I do have to prepare different things every time I cook.
In addition to various trees, grasses, and milk, between the two girls, they’re allergic cats, dust mites, horses, pecans, mold, household dust, chocolate and penicillin…could we have a few more allergens to deal with? Sheesh. So our allergy adventure will be a long one. We are hoping to get the rest of us tested soon so we can all start feeling better, and get the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, snorting, and watery eyes cured.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Kara losing her first top tooth (3rd tooth total) …after begging me for 2 days to pull the grossly dangling tooth, out it came.

She was very proud of her tooth and that she was going to get her picture taken putting it under her pillow (a tradition at our house) for the Tooth Fairy.
Just in case you were wondering, the Tooth Fairy found the tooth very valuable and left Kara $1.42 under her pillow.

Party! Party! Party!

Well, I survived the weekend…barely. =)

On Friday night, we had a Hershey’s Bliss Party. This party was sponsored by Hershey’s/Houseparty.com. They sent a party pack.

This was the first party I have hosted, and I think it went pretty well. The guests were James, Tera, Conner, Ray, Tina, Makenna, Brandi, Keegan, and our crew. It took a little bit to get going, but I think everyone had fun. The kids watched Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and the adults played the Wii. Ray won the “Guess how many” game…the vase filled with bliss chocolate. He won a yummy smelling candle and then traded it back to me for the contents of the vase…which was fine by me. I actually wanted the candle for myself, then decided I had to have a game with a prize…plus, like I need anymore chocolate! The food turned out really well. I made a chocolate fondue using the Hershey’s Bliss Dark Chocolate (which was delicious), a fruit dip, a chip dip, and strawberry slush punch.

On Saturday, I worked on cleaning up and preparing for Kara’s birthday party on Sunday. The most difficult thing was the Marshmallow Fondant. It turned out awesome, but making it is a chore. I also finished the Wacky Zingo Pinata…which I must add turned out perfectly. It was a bit tougher than we thought it would be, so Greg ended up having to whack it to release the candy…the girls did do a good job of denting it though.

Kara’s dog bowl cake turned out better than expected, but I had to improvise a little on the “dog food” because I didn’t have any food coloring. I used powdered cocoa to color the fondant as “dog food” and it looked great. I also served chex mix in an actual dog bowl, banana slush punch, and “dog bone” cookies. We also had a craft activity where the kids got collars for the stuffed animals they brought…they turned out really cute. The kids played outside for awhile…mainly chasing the balloons (it was a bit windy). Her guests were Erin & Erica, Sarah, and our crew…which was plenty! I don’t know what I would have done if everyone invited showed up…

Overall, I had a good weekend. A little stressful at times, but so worth it. I’m now on to planning for Trinity’s birthday party in June…wish me luck. =)