Friday, August 25, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Today is my son's birthday. We are having a Gross Theme to the party. We are watching the movie How To Eat Fried Worms. His cake will be a brownie/chocolate cake layered dirt cake. For his present, my mom bought him a Gross Science kit. I'm not sure I'm up for all of this.

Since his birthday is in the summer, right before school starts, it isn't always practical to have a big birthday party for him. We do little parties with the family and then he gets a Halloween party. That way he can invite his friends and classmates. It is a big popularity booster for him, which helps when you move so often.
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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mystery Flower Revealed

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Well since we moved here there has been a bunch of tall flowers growing in my back flower bed. It looks almost like a corn field, so I was rather curious what in the world was growing there. Today I saw the flower of the plant for the first time. I believe it is a White Butterfly Ginger. It smells really good, and is a strong smell. From what I can research online this describes the Butterfly Ginger very well. I can't wait for the forest of these to all bloom.
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Monday, August 14, 2006

Too Much Fun

Ever had so much fun that it hurts. This weekend I think my daughter phrased it right when she said "Mommy, my everything hurts!" The weekend started with a friend of ours coming to town for the weekend. He temporarily works out of state, while his wife lives here. So, Friday night we went to their house and played darts, Foosball, and the timed basketball shoot thing. They did a barbecue, and it was just a grand time.
Saturday my husband had to work, however, the kids and I went to the beach with them. We spent about 6 hours at the beach, most of the time buggy boarding. That is why my arms and shoulders hurt, as if they didn't from the night before.
Yesterday was the perfect day for boating. Our friend had to go back, so we took another friend boating with us. The water was awesome, not to choppy but good for a few bounces. The kids took turns driving, the water was big and open, and the sailboats were beautiful as usual. We went over to see the lighthouse, and ended up seeing dolphins as well.

These are my last two weeks of summer before school starts for me, so I plan on having more fun this week.
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

2 Weeks til School Starts for Me

I can't believe that in two weeks I will be going back to college. I am so excited and nervous all at once. I'm going to be taking day classes, so I'm afraid my classes will be with a bunch of young kids. During registration I was constantly surrounded by kids and their parents. I think I am all ready, I just need to buy my books. I have a friend that is going to watch my kids, because their school doesn't start for a week after mine. I'm taking English, College Algebra, US History, College Prep, and Business. That is a lot to take on, so hopefully I'll be able to handle it all.
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mexican Lasagna

This is a great dish that is easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. It is also a vegetarian dish, which comes in handy nowadays with people's different diets.

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Ingredients:
2 packages of tortillas
1 large jar of salsa
3 to 4 cans of black beans
1 bag of cheese(cheddar or Mexican blend)

Layer the in the following order:

Tortilla - may have to cut to shape
Salsa
Black Beans - I use a can for each layer
Cheese

I just keep repeating until it is done. I cover with foil and depending on how you like your last layer uncover it for 15 mins before done.

Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. I serve it with tomato rice, which is just rice with 1/2 a can of tomato paste and a few shakes of basil, cilantro, and cayenne pepper all to taste.
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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Star Wars Party

Yesterday all the kids in the neighborhood got together for a Star Wars party. One of the moms found a Star Wars cookbook at the library, and ironically I had the sequel. So she made all sorts of foods from it like Wookie Cookies, Light saber hot dogs, Yoda Soda, ect. I made a game that was a lot like Pin the Tail on the donkey. I made a felt board and drew different shaped circles for planets. Then I made the same shape circles in a different fabric. I put velcro on the back of the fabric planets so it would stick to the felt. They had to pin the planet in the right shape with their friends help. Since there was no winning or losing they did the hot and cold game. The party ended with playing with water, which was nice on such a hot day.

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