Sunday, July 25, 2010

Something to write home about.

Today was a VERY productive day. Yesterday wasn't half bad, either. My big deal with cleaning today is we (still) have ANTS and they're supposed to come spray. My biggest fear is that they'll walk in and say something snarky like, "You have ants because you're a slob" or something like that. We really are clean people. Yes, there are crumbs on the floor on occasion, but not for long. The problem is that there is an ant village (nest?) right under our building. So, they come in through every available crack. I've been able to hold them off for the most part, but I can only do so much without resorting to really nasty chemicals or cement or something. (Trust me, I've considered the cement) How can I be sure they live under my feet? Other than the constant infestation I've seen them moving the nursery (a line of ants carrying larvae) after a big a hole on the side of my building. Yeah...

So, yesterday I tackled storage. I've been wanting to do that as I can never find anything when I go out there. What used to be 6 bins is now 4 bins. We threw away several paper bags worth of trash and have a large black trash bag to donate. I find myself wondering: Why did we keep all that junk? It's been moved at least 3 times. Whatever, new leaf!

Today I (Well, WE):

- Bleached all the sinks

- Bleached the Guest tub (the bottom was really gross)

- Cleaned both toilets

- Cleaned the Master Bedroom

- Gathered all the laundry (and there was plenty)

- Ran a load of diapers (complete with a strip)

- Took out the trash

- Light grocery shopping to get through until Wed.

- Did a couple of scrapbook pages

- Cleaned Frankie's highchair

- Did 1 load of laundry (it still needs to hit the dryer)

- Cleaned the kitchen (including the floors)

What's left? Of course there are things left to do!

- LAUNDRY (fold and put away...this includes diapers)

- Clean the entryway

- Figure out what I'm going to put in these two empty bins.

We're going out of town Thursday morning so I wanted to get everything done NOW. I know we won't feel like doing anything after a 4 hour drive on Sunday to come home.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

I have to brag on my son

That's him helping me clean up his blocks.

My son is almost 15mo. He has such a great natural helpfulness about him. This is all him, too! Like, I nurture it and whatnot but I don't force him to help.

Examples: I taught him to help unload the dishwasher. He was always so interested in what I was doing and would grab flatware so I started saying, "Thank you, Franklin!" and reaching for it when he did. Now he will pick up one (or two) pieces of silverware (sharps removed, obviously) and hand them to me while I put them away. He recently started wanting to help with plates and whatnot as well (basically anything on the bottom shelf) He loves doing it so much that he will open the dishwasher repeatedly if there are dishes inside until you come help him.

I was putting away towels the other day and he walked in, saw what I was doing, and started picking them up to hand to me. This was totally new.

Just now DH was moving furniture back into place (we cleaned the carpet today) and DS came up and started to "help" push a larger piece. He had a huge grin on his face the whole time and just looked so proud of himself.

He also loves to share food. Like, if he's eating and notices that you don't have any (like if he's having a snack or starting dinner a bit early) he'll hold out a bite for you to have.

It's adorable. I hope this keeps up (or gets better!) for when the next little one gets here!

I just had to brag

Thursday, July 1, 2010

And The Winner Is...


That's right. I won the chili cook-off. My chili may now be referred to as "Award Winning."

The recipe is so simple:

1lb of ground beef
1 onion finely chopped (I almost pureed mine in the food processor)
1 can of Rotel tomatoes (tomatoes with chilis)
1 can of chili beans (or Ranch Style Beans)
1 can of tomato paste
Spices: Chili Powder, garlic powder, pepper (cayenne and black), salt, onion powder to taste.

Cook the meat and onion until cooked through. Add everything else. Simmer for several hours (I use my crock pot) If you need more liquid use a chicken or beef stock. You can also cook it the night before, refrigerate overnight (it helps everything fuse together) and then heat over low for dinner the next day.

Yep, simple and a winner!


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