Wednesday, February 29, 2012


….and I'm not talking about the entertainer. Seriously, there's a new adventure every day. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time or clarity of thought to always write about them. Eventually I'll get better at that…maybe.

Yesterday's adventure: Making fresh pasta. I came across a cheap bargain pasta roller a few months ago and regretted not buying it. I was thrilled to find it at the closeout store yesterday when I stopped in (looking for something else, of course). I was so excited to try it out, I changed the dinner menu.

I considered letting the boys help me, but I didn't want to get in over my head. To my surprise it was super easy. Two ingredients and about 20 minutes resulted in some fabulous noodles that were delish with homemade pasta sauce and turkey meatballs. The machine rolls and cuts the dough into various thicknesses. It is manual, but only requires a few passes through each attachment. If I become a master pasta maker I may consider buying the attachment for my stand mixer, but for now I can use the arm toning. JB and MC are excited to help me make more this weekend.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Road Trip

What do you get when you mix three kids, a dog and a few hundred miles? A smelly, noisy mess! We road tripped (again) this weekend and it's official…Baby A is fine for the first few hours, but that last one does her in! Like a damsel in distress, she's accustomed to be rescued by the men in her life. Unfortunately, when we're riding in the car there's no rescuing. This makes for a LONG ride.
Between the three kids, I'm pretty sure we could make the round trip without ever stopping to fill up the tank. I have the gassiest kids ever! I once mistakenly sent the boys to bed for foul flatulence only to later find out it was Baby A…oops!
Anyway, back to the RT.
Through multiple stops for ice cream and restroom breaks, fighting over toys, whining about trouble with video games, singing silly songs and beat boxing, and (lets not forget)…"Are we almost there?", I believe God has worked a miracle. I'm not twitching uncontrollably when we reach our destination. Road trips with a family are drastically different from the B.C. (before children) college days! While I'm still not a fan of road trips, I'm accepting the fact that these inconveniences are the things that memories are made of.

Friday, February 3, 2012

14 Days of Love


As if I don't have enough to do.....I whipped up this cute Valentine pouch to hang on the boys' bedroom doors. I had felt in my fabric tub and this striped ribbon was left over from an old project. I could have embellished them more, but I didn't.
Each day I write them a note detailing one thing that I love about them. I also drop in two Hershey's Kisses. They're probably more excited about the chocolate, but I think they enjoy the notes too.
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