Friday, April 29, 2011

Cheese!

This one's for you, Papa.
Grandpa Jamieson, cover your ears!
Translation below.



Jace: Papa, can you take me deer hunting?
Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!
Mommy: Do you want to go deer hunting with Papa?
Jace: Yeah!
I’m gonna go hunting with Daddy.
Me and Papa and Daddy see a big deer in the woods.
Me and Papa and Daddy shoot the deer so you guys can eat deer meat!
Deer meat is yummy for you.
Yeah, it makes you strong!
And then you play basketball!
Cheese!

Well, I think it's safe to say that my two year old is going to follow in Dad's footsteps and be a deer hunter. He cracks us up!

Happy weekend, friends!

Happy Easter, peeps!

We had a wonderful Easter this year! We attended a beautiful Easter morning church service as a family then headed up north to enjoy a meal with our best friends, the Clarks. The Clark Family was so gracious to invite us and let us visit with their beautiful family, feed us a delicious meal, give us Easter goodies, and put on an Easter egg hunt for the kids. We feel blessed to call you all friends but think of you more as family! My little boys loved all the excitement at the Clark house with all the other little kids!

Here is Jace on Easter morning finding his basket. Behind the curtain... tricky!


He could barely stop to pose for a picture. This boy had some jelly beans to eat!

Notice the Peeps? What's Easter morning without Peeps? But who really likes Peeps anyway?

Posing with their baskets.
Egg hunt! We just had to convince Jace that the eggs were actually balls and whoever scored the most points in the "basket", wins! Ohhh, he gets it now! We have to speak in sports lingo with him. All the time.
The sweetest little Easter baby ever!
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Peace out, peeps!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chowda!

Rain puts me in the mood for comfort food. What's one of my favorite comfort foods you ask? Soup! And since this has been the rainiest April in the history of Aprils (ok, maybe not), I have been craving lots of soup! One of my all time favorites is Potato Corn Chowder. My mom made this for us growing up and would sometimes add clams, but I prefer the less fishy approach. If you are wanting to enjoy a cozy, rainy evening with your family, make this recipe. You will not be disappointed!

Here's the crew:
butter - 4 tbsp. or so
flour - 3 heaping tbsp. or so
onion - 1 medium size
chicken broth - 2-32 oz. cartons
potatoes (red skin or idaho) - 4 cups or so (are you seeing a theme here? I am definitely a dumper)
half and half - until desired color - maybe 1 1/2 cups or so. maybe two :/
frozen corn

Ok. I know those measurements are all very vague but this is one of those recipes where it doesn't matter. you can't screw this recipe up. unless you forget the flour. or potatoes. or burn the milk. but trust me, you won't screw it up.

Here's what you do:
Finely chop onion. Dice potatoes (peel first if using idaho).
Saute chopped onion in melted butter in a large saucepan until translucent. Stir occasionally. Add flour a whisk until well combined (important). Add chicken broth. Turn up heat to medium-high and add cubed potatoes. Stir occasionally. I usually stir with a potato masher and mash the potatoes as they become tender to create a thicker consistency. Once potatoes are at desired consistency (soft!) turn down heat and add half and half until a nice cream color. Throw in some frozen corn. Add salt and pepper. Top with cheese and real bacon (please no bacon bits). I served this with BLT's (it was a bacon fiasco!) but it's definitely hearty enough to serve on it's own.
Oh and I usually have all of these ingredients on hand all the time so this is one of my emergency go-to meals.
Everyone loves this meal. Except for Jace. And Will. Stinkers.
Bon appetit!

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On a less foodie note, why must we travel with 3+ balls everywhere we go? As if sleeping with them wasn't enough, we now have to travel with them?! Boys!

Notice the football in his right hand and the soccer ball sitting shotgun to his left? Will isn't quite as into the whole jock-thing like his big bro. He likes balls, don't get me wrong, but he can read a good book every now and again too.

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!
Oh and this little blondie really likes his oreos.
And puddle jumpin'. Loves his puddles.

One more thing... this desperate mama needs some advice on how to handle her 2 year old who feels the need to deck his younger brother every time they pass. Please advise!

Bye friends!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mr. Teddy

I love this picture.
Not because he is lounging on the couch in his swimming trunks when it's unseasonably cold and rainy out.

And not because he has his beloved basketball sitting next to him either.

It's because he is hugging his bear.

But not just any bear. This bear.
His daddy's bear when he was a kid.

His name is Mr. Teddy Bear (clever!). And Mr. Teddy Bear makes him happy.

And when he's happy, I'm happy.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Manscapers

Check out my manscapers!

Greg did the first mow of the year! The boys "helped" rake by pretty much undoing everything Dad did :) Welcome to my world, honey!




LOVE being outside! Now if only I could keep it from snowing tomorrow.... Ugh, Indiana!!!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nike's and Hawks

I realized I hadn't posted any updated pictures of the boys in ages! Sadly today was the first day I got my camera out in ages. So here are a few I took today.
Will is still more concerned with using the camera as a chew toy than letting his mama snap a few shots of him. I'm not kidding, all of his pictures involve drool hanging from his chin and his arms opened wide, begging for the camera. Come on, Will! Work with yo' mama here!
Jace on the other hand, knows how to work the camera!
Greg got the boys new shoes last week. It's like their thing. They always go shoe shopping together. He got both boys new Nike sandals and these sweet babies for Jace. Get this, they only look like they tie. They actually velcro. How sweet is that?!
I asked Jace to model them for me and this is what he did.
Ok. So maybe he's not the next Vanna White but he can make any pair of shoes look cute. My only question.... why do all my shoes come from Payless and my 2-year old sports Nikes? Not fair!
Will reminds me of Greg more and more each day. He is just the most fun, adventurous little guy. I can't resist styling his hair in a little faux hawk. So darn cute!
That's all. We aren't the most exciting bunch. Just new Nike's and faux hawks.
Bye friends!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Personal Intervention

Whoa! Can you say slacker? Sorry to leave you blog stalkers waiting so long for an update! Well, I haven't actually been slacking, just in the blogosphere world. I will explain.
I have made quite an effort to get more organized. Not in one particular area, just overall, more organized. With two little boys, ages 1 and 2, I found myself in an unproductive slump. I kept blaming it on the cold weather but unfortunately have diagnosed it with pure laziness. I had a mild internet addiction and wasted most of my morning reading blogs, checking facebook statuses, and getting caught up with my family via phone or email. Nap time completely wasted. Entire morning, gone. I would get so far behind that I wouldn't even know where to begin. Anyone relate??? So. I had a personal intervention where I decided it's time for a change. I got myself on a regular workout regimen (Indy mini coming up in 4 weeks!!!), cleaned out my car and home closets, made a laundry schedule, meal schedule, and budget. Wow. I feel so much better. It's amazing what a little organization can do! My days are productive, my kids are better off, my husband happier, and I don't have to feel so guilty sitting down at 3:00 during nap time to watch a little TV (a little obnoxious Rachel Ray anyone???) and browse a few of my favorite blogs. It's amazing how starting your day off with a plan can lead to a productive day.
And I don't tell you this to try and convince you I am some sort of super-mom (remember I admitted to blowing my ENTIRE morning on the internet above), but instead to challenge you to get more organized and disciplined in areas that are weighing heavily on you.
Hope you are encouraged or inspired or just got a good laugh out of what a wasteful loser I have been this winter.
I will leave you with this video of Jace singing Happy Birthday to his favorite guy--Daddy! Happy 31st birthday to my one and only!

Peace out, friends!