Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Top 10 things you learned as a parent that you wish you did not know

              Few things in life will change you as much as becoming a parent. Some of the things you learn along the way are not the kind  information you ever thought would need to know. For that matter not the information you even want to know see #10.

10. Green mucus pouring out of your nose means your sick and clear is just a Tuesday night!

9.  being in the Bathroom alone is a luxuery

8. Day drinking is better then being out late (who would have thought)

7. Little boys will literally pee anywhere and think it's funny. When we were kids my brother killed my mom's indoor plants.

6. Kids Bop cd's are sort of creepy just let your kids listen to the original talented singer  sing the songs.

FYI for those that don't know Kids Bop is a brand of compilation albums featuring kids performing current pop hits. The albums are composed of "kid-friendly" versions of the latest songs on Top 40 radio and are performed by teens and kids.  Wikipedia

5. The Store Justice looks like a Fairy ate a hooker and then puked all over. It is a 6 to tween clothing store that just has the most hideous stuff. My daughter loves it and the only person to let her buy anything from this  store is my mother...........

4. If you are just cute enough you get away with most things in public. My poor Bailey may never live down the diaper and rubber rain boots at gymnastics

3. My dog is the only reason we have clean floors

2. Men can't get enough of talking about their Penises even at 2. I mean come on I get that you have one now lets move on.

1. My i-phone holds the answer to every life problem from a screaming kid, assembling a toy, medical emergency, the schedule of every one in my house including the dogs and even a way to keep up on light reading.

King Zulu
  • 2 oz Lucky Player King Cake Vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 0.5 oz coconut syrup
  • 0.5 fresh lime juice
  • Some soda or sparkling wine to top
Glass rimmed with gold colored sugar
Shake it all with ice and strain into a big glass with ice chunks and rimmed with gold sugar. Top with soda or sparkling wine.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Family Pictures

A few weeks ago we had our Family Pictures done and my children "bless their harts" were acting like I was marching them into the desert with no water or food.

Picture day 1 (dogs and kids only)
Par with his usual course my 2 year old son refused to put on the outfit I had set out for him so instead he put on his old t-shirt lined pants and a gray thermal shirt. I figured why fight him he would look great in the group shots the next day. (little did i know the next day would be full on war) Owen also refused to put on his cute shoes and stuck with the ugly crocks with Lagos on them that have become his wardrobe staple.   My daughter on the other hand played ball that morning and dressed in the ridding pants boots and cardigan I had picked for her. She would not let me do her hair but as they say you must choose your battles. Now that my daughter attends a privet Catholic school and has a uniform she is super easy to dress. As it turns out with all the crying and the winning my favorite pictures came from this day because I had no idea that my son would lose his frigging mind the next day and act like a hillbilly, Nudest, wolf and Satan.  By the way our photographer Christy A is a saint!  http://www.christyaphotography.com

my first to babes

how my son looks after a melt down

This is my fave Pic! I was not supposed to be in any pictures this day so it was nice to see i can still rock no makeup.

My Wally

In this picture Owen actually hit Bailey because she had the dog treats.

Picture Day 2

  On our second day of pictures we added in the wild card of my easily annoyed husband! Let the
good times roll........... The morning started off with a man clothing crises because he could not decide what to put on. Seeing as my two year old was acting like a freak I was not a lot of help and frankly he did not like my thoughts. My rock star of a 5 year old daughter got dressed did her hair and was an over all star this day so I have no complaints about her. But my son that little Monkeys uncle acted crazy and screamed for for 45 min about getting dressed. now he is not much for clothing in the first place and takes off his pants and shoes when he walks in the house but I can normally get him dressed when we go out. Yet after 90 min between my husband and myself we gave up. below are my family pictures with the nudest. Little dose he know all of his  girlfriends for the next 25 years will see this because I ordered a framed 24" x 36" take that my son!

I was standing behind my kids because Owen was hitting his sister. Also I love the panty flash by my daughter. I had it blacked out in the pictures I ordered.

All and all we had some great shots but my son is killing me with his attitude............... The drink I made this day was an old fave I made one night with my girl Alisa the night we showed off the captains coat.

Pickled Dirty Martini

  • 2 sprigs  fresh dill
  • ice
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 2 tablespoons pickle brine
  • 1 pickle spear for garnishing
  1. In cocktail shaker, use muddler or back of wooden spoon to lightly crush dill. Fill shaker with ice. Add vodka and pickle brine; shake well. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with pickle spear.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Some times all you need is LVOv

I have had quite the drama filled 6 weeks at work and man some people are crazy! I am lucky to not be in the line of fier but as anyone who works for a large company knows it hard to make it out 100% intact. So as my retreat from the crazy i went and looked back a pictuers that make me happy! I thought they might bring a smile to some of you as well!

Owen's first hair cut

my girl A's first dance with old Jeff

Bailey protesting getting her picture taken by the 500.00 photographer!

Owen's 2nd birthday!

my daughter and her BFF out to eat

My boy and I at A's wedding

Bailey in Mexico

Monday, June 10, 2013

This has got to be some kind of a joke?

A few weeks ago I was protecting my daughter from falling off of her bike and broke my hand in the process. At first the doctor gave me a half splint with an ace bandage and said I may be able to just keep that on for the duration of the healing process. The doctor changed his mind gave me a full cast that totally covers two of my fingers.

The only drink to numb this pain is shots of Gray Goose !

Monday, June 3, 2013

David Hasselhoff I Love You!

Anyone who has known me longer then 5min knows Mama loves the Hoff! I don't know what it is about this cheesy guy that I love so much. Hoff is super popular in Germany and may I say the Germans got it right this time. I will tell you on a side note i have a recurring dream that i meet the Hoff at the mall. As I tell my husband you Can't help the music that you love!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fruit snacks

My daughter just brought me a fruit snack and asked me to open it. And then after I opened it she shook the open package of fruit snacks in her brothers face. I then asked Bailey if she could go get Owen a package of fruit snacks. Bailey said no she would not get Owen a fruit snack because she didn't like him and he is a bonehead. My answer to this is simple... Boneheads need fruit snacks just go get him one. Her answer to this was a teenage Eye roll even though she is four years old. Sometimes parenting can be such a joy......... And sometimes it can be a test of wills! Today has been a test of wills!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Summer Must Travel spots with kids that will not brake your bank!

I travel all over the country with my kids and these are just a few fun and affordable spots that you and your children will love. I am going to post 4 hot spots to take the kids every week until the end of summer!

Dinosaur National Monument-

I love Dinosaur National Monument! I have been as a kid and as an adult multiple times. This summer I am planing on taking my kids to this fab park.

"It seems like kids of all ages are interested in Dinosaurs and Dinosaur National Monument is a great place to get up close and personal with the fossils of this giant creatures. You can see bones from and learn about Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Diplodicus and Apatosaurus - just to name a few.
Beyond the dinosaurs, there is much more to do in the monument. You can see carvings in the rocks, called petroglyphs, left by the Fremont people nearly 1,000 years ago. You can also take a short hike, go camping, try you luck at fishing or watch wildlife. The monument also has a Junior Ranger program where you can explore the monument while doing some fun activities." (from park website)

Mystic Seaport
Mystic,  CT

Mystic Seaport is just out and out a great day trip or weekend getaway. From the 19th Century village to all the sailing ships in the harbor you can't see and do it all in one day. Mystic is not only a spot for History buffs but shopping and movie buffs as well. You can go to Mystic Pizza made famous by Julia Roberts... the Pizza is really good! Check out the Mystic museum website for all the great things you can do in Mystic http://www.mysticseaport.org

Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse, SD

I recently took my kids to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. My kids loved everything we did in the Black Hills but by far the favorite for them was Crazy Horse.
With a theater that shows a movie that explains the on going work on Crazy Horse you get an understanding of what a great undertaking this project has been for the Ziolkowski family.  The family has refused to take  government funding so the project is payed for by donations from visitors.  On our visit my kids loved the museum and just running around on the observation deck checking out the view.  We also had lunch in the restaurant and the food was wonderful.
 West Glacier, MT
Glacier National Park is hands down one of the most breath taking places on earth. A few must do's at the park.....
                 -Stay at the   Lake McDonald Lodge
                 -Drive the  Going to the Sun Road the most breathtaking drive! 
                 -Check out  the Discovery Cabin in Apgar Village
                 -Hike the  Trail of the Cedars & Avalanche Lake
Check out the park website for 100's of more great ways to enjoy Glacier National Park!

Cannon Beach, OR

From digging in the sand to paragliding Cannon Beach has something for ever member of the family. My personal favorite was walking the beach at low tide and all the sea life. They have tons of great B&B's and rental cottages right on the beach. When I was a kid we would fly Kites on Cannon Beach!

Picture from http://www.cannonbeach.org/

Stars on Ice

1 cup Club Soda (or amount you need to fill your glass)
1/2 of a star friut
1 tsp Essence of Lavender Honey (or any honey you like) 

Mix vodka honey and muddled star fruit
Strain if you want ( I like mine with the star fruit chunks) 
Pour over ice
add club soada
you can use a slice of Star fruit to garnish   

You  can also make this cocktail with Star Fruit infused vodka.... When I go the infused direction I add the juice of half a lime to the cocktail 
If you have not seen one what a star fruit looks like!