Category Archives: Froggy

Overwhelmed…

So many things are going on, my mind is in a spin.  Mostly just the normal hecticness of our lives, but it seems like things are really hitting me hard lately.

1. The fact that my oldest daughter had her first school dance last night totally blows my mind.  She is growing up too fast, and has really become a beautiful young lady in what seems like a blink of an eye.  She has a wonderful heart, and I am so proud of her and all that she does.

2. The fact that we are going on vacation in a little over a month…to the beach…for Spring Break…and I started a serious diet (which I will blog about in the near future)…right before Valentine’s Day…and I didn’t get to eat ANY chocolate…has driven me partially mad. ;)


Booo!

3. The fact that each day I look at my sweet little boy and know that it is one day closer to him going to school…and me being home all by myself…and it may not happen because I may not be able to let go…and I’ll home school him…and then I feel a little better.

Scary dinosaur face while wearing his 'dinosaur hat'

4. The fact that I often feel so busy that I barely have time to breathe…much less do all the ‘jobs’ I’ve signed up for.  Here lately feel like I’m not doing anything well, just mediocre.  I pray that my mediocrity is just in my head and not bleeding through to my being a Mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc.

Ahhhh…that little vent made me feel better…time to take a breath & strive for excellence.  Wish me luck! :)

How you can tell I’ve lost my marbles…

A few years ago, I got a really good deal on some Legos.  When I say ‘some Legos’ that’s a ridiculous understatement.  I’m talking like at least 50+ lbs. of Legos.  I was visiting family in Texas and was shopping around for a train table for Froggy, who was at the time a HUGE Thomas the Tank fan.  While at the Goodwill store, I found a nice train table for $35.  I was discussing the purchase with my Mom when a lady walked up & asked if I was going to buy it.  I voiced that I was seriously considering it, and she said she had one for sale at her house and that she’d throw in massive amounts of Legos, some Lincoln Logs, and some wooden train tracks for $65.00.  I jumped at the deal and we headed over to her house.  I broke the news to Big Puppy that I was bringing home more crap then I left with…again.  He was cool with it. ;)  Okay, skip ahead to now…Froggy rarely plays with trains, and has now moved on to the Legos.  I attempt to build him the pirate he requested, but can’t locate some of the pieces I need.  So I go on a Lego organizing rampage…which has lasted for 2 days now…and I still haven’t found the elusive pieces I need…and I’m still not finished organizing because someone keeps building things with my organized pieces rather than the bazillion unorganized ones…and I feel like I’m in Lego hell.

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!

Unlimited Cuteness…

There is an endless supply of cuteness that I get to enjoy everyday.  Some days it is like a geyser consistently bombarding me with nearly overwhelming feelings of love and awe that I have been blessed so greatly.  Other days, it is a trickle…brightening a rough day.  Regardless of how it is supplied, it is endless.  Here’s a few instances from the last couple days.

Greg & I were joking around, I punched him in the arm, he retaliated playfully.  Me (laughing): Ow!  That hurt!  You frogged me!  Grayson (acting like I am crazy): Momma! He is NOT a frog!

A few minutes after waking up… Grayson: Momma, I’m hungry.  Can you fix my breakfast?  Me: Yes, sir. Do you want a bagel or cereal?  Grayson: Crackers.  Me: You can’t have crackers.  Bagel or cereal?  Grayson: Cereal. Me: What kind? You can’t have the one with the peaches, you ate it all yesterday.  Grayson: Mom, I don’t want peaches. I want the other kind.  Me: Good, you can’t have peaches because you ate it all yesterday. It’s gone. I threw the box away. Grayson: Mom! I don’t want the peaches kind. I want a different kind!  (This went on a good 5 minutes.  Then he was about half way through his cheerios when I hear…) Grayson (to himself): Ohhhhh! I ate all the peaches!

Grayson: Momma, can I do my homework? I want to write my name.

While eating dinner, Grayson was chatting with the girls, and said something cute (that I can’t quite recall). Me: Grayson… Grayson (cutting me off, sounding exasperated): I know, I’m too cute…and smart. Me (slightly shocked): Uh, yes you are! The girls then erupted in laughter.

I am so blessed to be the mother of my wonderful children.  I know my girls don’t get as much blog content as Grayson does, but that’s just because they’re not with me near as much.  They are all hilarious, and keep life interesting.  I have the most amazing husband on the planet, and I thank God each day for him. I’m not sure how this post went from being all about cuteness to being so mushy, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. ;)

Thrifty Thursday

Well, yesterday I made a Walgreen’s run, and did pretty good.  If you can time things right, and have high value coupons, you can really get some great deals.  Aside from some stuff we needed for our vacation (Goggles & disposable cameras), I was able to purchase 2 Christmas presents…yes, I said Christmas.  We are finished with birthdays until Grayson – 2 days after Christmas, so when I find deals on gift type items, I grab them up & put them in my stash.  They will be Christmas presents unless a rogue birthday party is thrust our way…if so, then some random kid gets a pretty good gift.  Okay, on to the details…

LPS Playset 4.99 on sale from 19.99
Hyper Dash game 4.99 on sale from 19.99
Goggles $5
Chinet Plates on sale for 2/$3 – (2)$1 C = .50/ea
Kodak Cameras on sale for 12.99 – $5 C = 7.99
Schick 5 blade razor on sale for 7.99 – $5 C= 2.99 + $4 RR= $1 MM (+ MIR for purchase price = $9 MM)
Post Grape Nuts Cereal on sale for 1.99 – $2 C= FREE
Listerine 5.99/ea – (2)$2 C & (2) $3WGC= .99/ea (+ $10 Prepaid debit card from Instyle Magazine = $8MM)
(not pictured) VO5 Shampoo/Conditioner .69/ea (used a rain check from last week)
Nivea for Men 5.99 – $1 C= 4.99 + $6 RR = $1MM
Total = Out of pocket including tax 42.55 + $10 RR & $18 in rebates/debit card = Everything above for 14.55 =)

Worms With Ears

Last week, Grayson was taking a bath and began shouting for me. Not a normal ‘Mooooommmm’ shout but a frantic ‘Mom! Mom!’ I ran into the bathroom to find him out of the tub curled in a little shivering ball on the bathmat. He began excitedly telling me about a worm with ears that was in the bathtub. I removed all the dinosaurs and found nothing. He said it peeped out of the silver drain control thing (not sure what it’s technical name is), and looked at him. He said it was black with brown and had ears, from here the story took on a mind of its own. The worm wanted cheese, tried to bite his toe, wanted to watch TV, etc. Of course, none of this made sense, so I kinda blew it off…teased him about being silly, made him giggle to ease his mind, and coaxed him back in the tub to rinse.

Today, I go to start Grayson’s bath…and what falls out of the silver drain control thing? A centipede. My son’s 3 year old description of this creature was pretty good. His large antennae could totally be seen as ears in a child’s mind, and this thing was crazy so, yeah, I might think it wanted to bite my toe if I saw it too. It could have been the hot water I was pouring on it or the fact that I was screaming for someone to ‘get me a shoe!’ I wish I had thought to snap a photo, but I was too busy ‘Ewww! Ewww! -ing. Here’s the closest picture that I could find as to what it looked like.

Ewww.

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday

Evidently my adorable, yet sneaky son decided the wall in our bedroom was boring. I didn’t notice this until I was going to bed, so he was already asleep. We were upset about this misplaced artwork, but it is extremely cute. When he was questioned about it the following morning, he knew he had done wrong, apologized for being sneaky and drawing on the wall, and then proceeded to describe it was a picture of Daddy, Mommy, & himself… I, of course, will remove it from our rented walls, but not before I captured it on film. He’ll only be a sweet, little, 3 year old for so long…I’m determined to capture as many memories as I can.

Grayson’s Two Hugs

Grayson, my sweet 3 year old…it is so weird to say 3 instead of 2…comes up with the funniest things. Yesterday, even though Greg is on vacation, he got called into work for a few hours and upon arriving home asked Grayson ‘Have you been obedient today?’ Grayson replied, ‘No, Daddy. I been good boy.’ Then later while giving Daddy ‘Good Night’ hugs, I managed to snap these pictures. This first one is what he calls his ‘mean’ hug.

He’s been doing this for quite awhile with Greg…just one of the father & son things they do…and I finally was able to get pictures.
This second one is his ‘Grayson’ hug, which he also sometimes calls a ‘great’ hug.
I think it is so cute that he has these two hugs for Daddy. The ‘mean’ hug is always used in a joking manner followed by a big ‘Grayson’ hug…and is almost always reserved for Daddy. Grayson is such an affectionate and loving kid…he is so much like his Dad. I couldn’t have asked for a better father/son duo. I am so blessed.