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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

We had a BLAST in the big city with our big boys! Thanks to everyone who helped out with Parker so we could enjoy a weekend away with the older boys! Here are a few pictures from our wonderful weekend away :)

On our way! Riley was pretty excited!

Jack too!

Mama was bored!

Our muscle men!

Walking on water?

Our boys are 1/2 fish!

:)

2 of our 3 gorgeous boys!

This is the result of shopping and swimming all day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Road Trip!

Tomorrow morning Prince charming & I are taking the 2 older boys to the "big city" for the weekend. We decided it would be nice for them to have some 1 on 1 time with Mama & Daddy. Parker takes so much attention, plus he NEEDS to nap in the afternoon or he is C-R-A-N-K-Y so it just would not be a good time for the boys. (Insert a great BIG thank you to the few people who will be helping with Parker over the weekend HERE :)
Jack woke up at 1:30 this morning puking but when he woke up at 7:30 he was perfectly fine! (No he did not eat too much candy...the kids are only allowed to pick a couple treats from their bag when they get home from school) I am PRAYING nobody else wakes up puking tonight but at least if it is a bug it is very short lived :)
The boys are SUPER excited and have a list of things they want to do...Toys-R-Us seems to be #1 on that list haha.
Well I am off to pack a suitcase...or 4!
Have a wonderful weekend :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Drugs & Halloween

Hopefully the 2 did not go hand in hand for any of you :P

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays

Trying to pick a costume for Parker....any input?

Mickey....

Kangaroo

Or a skunk (he WOULD have black pants on ;)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jenn's Note

Here is Jenn's note! I hope this is as much of an "AHA moment" for anyone who is struggling with these symptoms as much as it was for me!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Update

Sooooo....all my blood work was perfect. At my last appointment I mentioned to the Dr. something called "norepinephrine deficiency." I had never heard of this disorder before but after reading an amazing note on Facebook posted by an amazing girlfriend of mine (which can be read HERE) I was convinced that I was suffering from this. He told me it is "not something you hear much of" (UGH) and quickly dismissed it. Today he changed his tune. He asked me tons of questions related to this disorder (I am guessing he Googled it after my last visit haha). He basically said it sounds like this is what I have (read Jenn's note
for a description of it!) but couldn't really diagnose it as there is no "real" testing for it. He started me on Wellbutrin which should A) boost my energy B) curb my appetite and C) make me a happier me :)
The rest of my afternoon was spent getting new color, foils, haircut and then makeup shopping! My "sister-in-law" is a hairdresser (& an awesome one at that!!) and knows a lot about makeup and colors (which I suck at!) so she came with me at helped me pick out what I needed :) I bought $102 worth of makeup for $27! (Thanks to my wonderul Mother-In-Law and her wonderful birthday present to me back in July :)
So all in all I had a great day!
I am praying these meds work!! Looking forward to the blog post labeled "All Better" LOL

Monday

While most people in the world are hating today because it is Monday, I am actually pretty happy!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Film Friday

Here is a video I think you will all enjoy :) My boys crack me up!
Click HERE for a good laugh :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Little Sunday Blog

I want to blog about how I have been feeling lately. For the past few months how every day seems to be a struggle. How I feel like I am failing at this thing called "life". I want to blog about this just so you know you are not alone and maybe even just for some encouragement. I am holding back right now. I don't want my blog to be a place where I come to release negative energy....but oh how good that would feel. Maybe instead of blogging about how terrible I feel, I will wait and blog about feeling better. Oh how I cannot wait to write THAT blog......


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HELP!

Wordless Wednesday

We went apple picking over the weekend!





Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays Apple Pie Dip & Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

Apple Pie Dip & Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:
2 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple
2 tbsp fresh lemon/calamansi juice
3 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water

Chips
5 (6-inch) wheat tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:
  • You can either cook this on the stove-top or the microwave.
  • Combine all the dip ingredients in a small pan/ microwaveable bowl except the cornstarch-water mixture.
  • Heat for a few minutes until it’s boiling and has extracted juice from the apple.
  • Add cornstarch-water mixture to the “sauce”
  • Put back in the microwave/stove top until boiling and the sauce has thickened.
  • Set aside. You can serve this warm or chilled. It doesn’t matter. It will taste delicious.
  • Cut tortillas into desired size. {wedges}
  • Put in a slightly greased baking pan.
  • Brush the tortillas with butter.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 210ยบ C until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Let them cool...and then dip away :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Today (in no particular order) I am thankful for:

My Family
I don't know where to start on this topic. I love being such a "close knit" family. I love my extended family, my "step" family" and my immediate family. I am SO thankful Grampy is still with us to celebrate today after many "touch and go" days in the hospital last month.

My Parents
Now that I am raising 3 kids of my own...all I have to say is "thank-you." If my 3 boys can turn out as good as my sister, brother & I have, than I owe it to you guys. Thank you for instilling in me the morals that you did, even if at the time I was not grateful. Thank you for being "mean"...for setting rules and teaching me boundaries. (again...at the time I could not have been LESS grateful ;) I love you guys!

My Kids
Some days I am counting down the minutes until bedtime but all it takes is an "I love you Mama" to brighten my day. I have such well behaved boys (for the most part and I am so proud of them :)

My Husband
I don't know what I would do without this man. Such a kind, hard-working, funny, loving, selfless man. I am so thankful God gave me him. I love you baby <3

Health
So thankful for not only my health but that of my boys :)

A Roof
...over our heads :) Even though it is not the "roof" I want over my head forever...it is a home.

I am thankful for so much this Thanksgiving...too much to write about in 1 blog post :)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! What are you thankful for?



Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ambulances & Hospital Admissions

Sorry I have been MIA for a week but I have a really good excuse this time!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Apparently, I am doing SOMETHING right as a parent ;) This made me SO proud of Riley!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Directions

    1. Place the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened.
    I had bought a box of cooked, frozen meatballs (GASP) and needed a quick fix. This sauce was SO yummy :)

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Kids Say The Darndest Things....

    Here are a few "darndest things" that made me chuckle from the weekend :)

    Me: "Jack, your feet stink"
    Jack " No Mom, it is my toot that stinks"

    Riley: "That girl with the fluffy hair (a black woman) was at our school for multi-cultural day last year"
    Me: "Oh what is her culture?"
    Riley: "The bongos"

    Claire: "Bad kids can go to jail you know..."
    Riley: "Noooo, they go to "JOOBY"
    Claire: "What is jooby?"
    Riley: "A special jail for kids. In real jail you have to wear orange clothes, in jooby you can bring your own jammies."

    Jack: "We watched a movie about Terri Fox today at school"
    Me: "Oh really? Did you like it?"
    Jack: " YES it was SO cool...he ran all the way to Ontario..."
    Me: "Wow!!!"
    Jack: "Yeah and guess what, he did it on 1 leg because his other leg is a broom...."

    Parker (while in my bedroom as I am getting dressed): "UH OH!!! Mama penis fall off diaper...hurt??

    Stay tuned for an interview with Riley :)
    Happy Monday everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

    PS I don't know if everyone heard the news....On September 30th, 2011, Facebook will start charging you for your account. To avoid this, you MUST get NAKED, stand on your dining room table and do the Macarena, all the while singing ”I Will Survive”. After filming and posting it to your Facebook wall and YouTube, then, and only then, will Mark Zuckerberg come down your chimney to tell you that your account will stay free. Pass it on, it must be true because someone on Facebook I hardly know told me.....I just had to pass this on. HAHAHAHAHA
    Now please people, stop spamming FB with your warnings that FB is going to start charging...they are not....you can sleep tonight ;)

    Maybe SOMEDAY? Hahahaha

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    2 Years

    2 years ago today I went to the hospital for a regular 38 week pre-natal appointment....

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    The Sky Is Falling!!

    Well, in case you have not heard....the sky will be falling at some point today....I bet Chicken Little is somewhere right now saying "laugh at me now!!"

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Jammies, Coffee & Barney

    The title of this blog has been my Thursday morning thus far. It really isn't a bad day (all Barney aside).

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday

    Christmas is fast approaching. My beautiful niece has already started her list for Santa. The 1st thing on her list this year is............
    ...can you guess??


    If only all she wanted for Christmas was her 2 front teeth..........


    










    

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Tasty Tuesdays Macaroons

    These are SO easy to make and SO yummy! Especially when they have been kept in the fridge :)

    Macaroons (...or Haystacks...or Frog cookies...or Unbaked Cookies...)

    2 Cups Sugar
    1/2 Cup Margarine
    1/2 Cup Milk
    1/2 Cup Cocoa

    Boil (hard) above ingredients for 5 minutes.
    Remove from heat & add 1 TSP of Vanilla, dash of salt, 3 cups oatmeal & 1 cup coconut. (or 3 1/2 cups oatmeal & 1/2 cup coconut)
    IMMEDIATELY drop by spoonfuls on wax paper.

    Warning: These are highly addictive....


    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Church, Bugs & Books

    It's Sunday & the "cold victims" are on the rise....

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Fall & Walmart

    No, it's not "technically" fall but oh how this air is screaming FALL!!!

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    YES!

    6 years ago today, I said yes.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Sick

    Nope...not me....but some people truly are.
    Those who know me know that I am 100% PRO LIFE. However, all abortion views aside this article made me sick to my stomach.
    Click HERE to read the article I am speaking about. I am proud to be a Canadian MOST of the time but this gives our country a bad name!

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Hospitals & School

    Wow what a crazy couple of weeks!

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Money Tree?

    I am currently looking for seeds...the kind that will grow a big fat money tree. Know where I can find some?

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    23 Months

    Parker Thomas, you are 1 month away from turning 2. I cannot believe that my little baby is almost 2. Everybody always told me how fast kids grow but you never seem to notice until you have some of your own!
    What are you up to these days?

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday

    ....At the camp...1 year difference. Where has my baby boy gone???

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Tasty Tuesdays Caramel Cracker Bars

    These really are TO DIE FOR! I made them for the 1st time a few weeks ago for a family reunion and they were a huge hit!

    Caramel Cracker Bars
    2 cup graham cracker crumbs
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup butter
    ½ cup milk
    1 box Ritz crackers (about 80 crackers)
    1 cup butterscotch morsels
    1 cup semi-sweet morsels
    ¾ cup peanut butter (I almost think I would omit this next time, I am not really a PB & chocolate fan as the rest of the world seems to be)
    • In saucepan, heat graham cracker crumbs, sugars, butter and milk. Bring to a boil and continue stirring while boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    • In foil lined (and buttered) 13x9 baking dish, layer Ritz crackers over bottom. Pour half of caramel mixture over Ritz, then lay another layer of Ritz over caramel mixture, and remaining caramel. Repeat with one more layer of Ritz crackers. Refrigerate while continuing with next step in recipe.
    • In small saucepan, melt butterscotch and semi sweet morsels with peanut butter. Stir until smooth and creamy. Pour over Ritz crackers, refrigerate 4 hours or over night.
    • Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy cold!


     

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Summer Vs. Fall

    WOW! Where has this summer gone?

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    Pain In The Bum....

    I know, I know....I am being a BIG pain in the butt. I really need to win this iPad 2. We are 125 "likes" away from the draw. I get that many hits plus more in the run of a day on my blog. PLEASE if you haven't already done so can you (PLEASE) go to the Murray GM Facebook page, click "like" and then write on their wall that "Mean Mama" has sent you. Just for doing this you will also have a chance to win an iPad 2! Pleeeaassseeee help me :) Thanks again!!!

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    SO True!

    I found this link on Facebook this morning and thought I woud share it with all of you :) How true is this!? Click HERE for a great Thursday morning chuckle :)

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Ghost Blog?

    If I don't smarten up, this blog is soon going to become a ghost blog....

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    HELP...Again :)

    I am bugging again! Can you tell I REEAALLLYYY want this iPad?! If every person that reads my blog could do this just once I think I would have a pretty good chance! You don't even have to do it every day...just one time :) For every referral to their Facebook page from me, I get an entry in the draw :)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Murray-GM-Yarmouth-Barrington/191403410875475
    Please please please help me out :) Just click "like" & then write on the wall that Mean Mama sent you :)
    Thanks in advance!

    Tasty Tuesdays Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

    I was at my cousins last week while she was trying to find a dessert recipe for her dinner party that night. She came upon this recipe and it was SO yummy and SO easy to make!

  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

  • 1 3/4 cups flour

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (we used regular size and it was fine)


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
    Sift or stir flour & cornstarch together - set aside
    In a large bowl, beat icing sugar & butter until light & fluffy
    Add orange peel & blend well
    Stir in flour mixture - mix well
    Stir in chocolate chips
    Divide dough into 4 equal parts & shape each part into a smooth round ball
    On ungreased cookie sheets, press or roll each ball of dough into a 6" circle 1/4" thick
    With a long knife, score each circle into 8 wedges.
    Leave in place on cookie sheet & prick each wedge about 3 times with a fork
    Bake for about 20 mins til the edges are very lightly browned
    Cool on cookie sheets 5 mins
    Prick again & cut into wedges
    Place on wire racks to cool completely

    Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 tsp oil in microwave, dip edges.



    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Sunday Ramblings

    Remember I posted here asking for your prayers as we may be starting a new chapter in our life?

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    HELP!

    I need your help :) If every person that reads my blog could help me out I would appreciate it more than you know :)
    Murray GM is giving away an iPad 2. For every referral to their Facebook page from me, I get an entry in the draw :)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Murray-GM-Yarmouth-Barrington/191403410875475
    Please please please help me out :) Just click "like" & then write on the wall that Mean Mama sent you :)
    Thanks in advance!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday

    The beach is SO relaxing!

    
    

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Mumbo Jumbo Randomness

    Geesh I am not doing a very good job at blogging lately!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    ...Wordless Wednesday Take 2?

    Maybe this would have been a better Wordless Wednesday post....as I really do not have any words to describe how this makes me feel.
    Casey Anthony has just got away with murder. I cannot even begin to tell you how sad, angry, and SICK this makes me. Who could do this to their own flesh & blood?? She is also going to be a millionaire with the interviews, movie & book but yet there are innocent people sitting in a jail cell. I just cannot wrap my head around it. Where was the jury during the trial? Obviously not anywhere near the court room! Oh well...her judgement day will come!

    RIP Sweet Caylee

    Wordless Wednesday

    I LOVE watermelon!

    "I asked him if he wanted some, but he said no"

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Summer

    Summer is definitely here and so far, being greatly enjoyed!

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Canada Eh?

    I feel truly blessed and oh so proud to be a Canadian! Happy Birthday Canada!!
    Click here to learn 43 interesting facts about our country. Here is a "cool" little rap about Canada and here is our national anthem. This is a beautiful song about Canada, brings tears to my eyes every time!
    Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians! We are off for a day of fun & celebration :) It is SUCH a beautiful day!




    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday

    The beach was a success! Parker LOVED it!

    My loves <3

    <3

    "I love the beach!"

    Kisses for the baby (his shadow)

    Taking it all in
    Daddy buried Riley
    My 3 boys
    Wave jumping!
    Parker found a dead crab!

    The beginning of a sand castle
    
    Daddy buried Jack....