Monday, October 31, 2011

Bye 9-12, Hello 12-18

So today is Halloween! YAY! I love Halloween! I think it's a great Holiday for the kids to just have fun and get a lot of free candy! Unfortunately it's not nearly as fun as it was when I was a kid. There are time limits....WTF! It's like 5-7 or something ridiculous like that! When I was younger you didn't go out until like 6, and didn't come home until 9ish or even later! It was a lot of fun just walking for hours with your friends and parents. Oh well, I guess times change, I just hope the kids have as much fun as I did when I was younger!

So yesterday we retired the 9-12 month clothing for Savannah and busted out the 12-18 month clothing. she really didn't need to switch because of her size, the 9-12 month still fit good (except for some of the pants were a little short). The main reason we switched is because she just didn't have a lot of clothes in the 9-12 month size. She wore all of the clothes 2 or 3 times, which is pretty good for kids since they tend to grow so fast! Now it's onto 12-18 month clothing, which she has a TON of because of us buying them for her birthday/Christmas, and all of Lily's old clothes that Katie gave us, plus I know she'll be getting more clothing for her birthday & Christmas, so she'll definitely be set for awhile!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Party

So Scott and I just spent the last 2 hours cleaning the house, and it's still gross. ugh.........we have less than a week now until my Pampered Chef party, so we need to get more done! But in the mean time we have to figure out what we want for

So yesterday we went to GG's and had a Halloween Party. We got to eat lots of food while hanging out with the family. The kids got to put on their costumes and look for pieces of a mummy & a witch outside, then they got a "prize" pack, then they got to make a cool pumpkin magnet. The kids had fun and it was fun to see all of their costumes. We had a bride, cowboy, elephant, bunny, bumble bee, zebra, Spider man, Robin, some pumpkins, and not exactly sure what Macy was suppose to be.........but it was fun!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Due Date

So today we had a Halloween Party at GG's house (Scott's grandma, or Connor's Great Grandma - where the name came from!). It was pretty fun. Connor got lots of Candy and we got to play a game and make a cute little magnet to hang on the fridge. We also got to eat lots of yummy food and just hang out with the family. Overall a good time.

So last night we stayed up and watched Due Date. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I knew it would be more "guy" funny than anything, and I was right. It was outrageously over the top but definitely funny. I was laughing most of the time. I can see why Scott really enjoyed the movie because it kind of reminded him of The Hangover. We actually rented the movie from the library, but I wouldn't doubt that we'll eventually buy the movie for Scott to watch more often.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Belated Birthday

So Connor had off of school the last 2 days, so mine and Savannah's routine has been pretty screwed up, oh well! It's nice being able to play with him, but unfortunately with both kids home I haven't gotten much done around the house. I did manage to finish folding the kids laundry and filling out Savannah's birthday invites, but other than that nothing. I really need to finish cleaning Connor's room this weekend!

So last weekend we finally got to celebrate Aunt Missy's birthday. We would have done it closer to her birthday (September 26th), but they canceled Sunday dinner on us twice and then we canceled so we could go to Game 1 of the NLCS. So about a month late I finally got to give her the present we had for her: Chai from Tastefully Simple and a cute little mug I made online. Even though it's late I hope her birthday was great and here's to many many more (Cheers!).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween At The Zoo

Scott is currently giving the kids a bath while I'm playing on the computer. I really should be working on cleaning Connor's room but I do not have any motivation to do it. We did get all the DVD's put away, so that's something at least! There is just always so much to do it's kind of depressing.........does it ever get easier? Will everything ever get done?

So this past Sunday we went to the trick or treating that the Henry Villas Zoo was hosting. The weather was great for it, unfortunately it was a HUGE disappointment. We waited in line for 20 minutes to get 2 tattoo's that Connor ended up losing because he was twisting his bucket around, and then 20 minutes later we came to another person with more tattoos. After that we waited a few more minutes and couldn't even see the next "station", so we left. It was overcrowded, which we expected, but there was definitely not enough stations. There is no reason why we should have had to wait over 20 minutes in between stations. It was ridiculous and it just got me frustrated and pissed off. Will NOT be going back there for Halloween again! That up side was the kids got to wear their costumes and it was fun seeing all the other costumes kids had on.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Market Street Diner

How does Monday always come around way to quickly?? It doesn't help that I was awoken four times last night.........2 times by each kid. I'm not sure if Connor has been having bad dreams or not, but he keeps wineing/crying in his sure if there is anything I can do about it, but it is kind of annoying because it wakes me up! How do I get him to stop?

So after getting pumpkins on Saturday with John & Carol we headed over to the Market Street Diner for lunch. I have never been there before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Saturday & Sunday's from 11-2 they have an all you can eat buffet, so that's what John & I had. Connor had a strawberry pancake, Scott had some sort of chicken wrap, and Carol had a cheeseburger. I thought the food was really good, and the kids devoured theirs, the only complaint I can think of is that Carol was suppose to have bacon on her cheeseburger. I ate a ton of french toast and bacon and topped my meal off with a red velvet cupcake. Yeah...that 3 pounds I've lost this month........pretty sure I gained it all back with this meal! But it was yummy! The price I thought was reasonable, and I would like to go back to try some of their other food! Maybe we'll go back in a couple of months. Thanks John & Carol for taking us!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

So yesterday was fun, and it seems like today is going to be just as fun. We just finished eating breakfast, now we're going to head to the zoo for trick or treating, then to the Moore's for the Dolphin game, then to Aunt Missy's for dinner! The only problem about having a fun filled weekend is that it goes by way to fast, and we're going to wake up tomorrow wondering where the heck our weekend went!

So yesterday we met up with John & Carol and got pumpkins. We decided to go to a new place that I found online called the Mayr Family Farm in DeForest. I thought it was reasonably priced. It was $8 for adults, $5 for Connor, and Savannah was free. We got to play in the Barn (they had a cool slide, some water pumps for some ducky races and some pumpkin bowling). We also got to play in a bouncy house, watch a pumpkin launcher, and we got to go on a horse drawn wagon to the pumpkin field where we could pick any pumpkin we wanted as long as we could carry it to the wagon ourselves. Scott's pumpkin was HUGE, mine was pretty large, Connor's was Small and Savannah's was tiny :). It was a lot of fun and we couldn't have asked for better weather.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bye Bye Bottle

So today was a good day. Got to spend time with family & friends, couldn't ask for much better. Went on a Kohl's run. Got a pair of shorts, capris & a tank top for myself, got Connor 2 t-shirts and a pair of shorts, got Scott a t-shirt & a pair of shorts and something for him for Christmas, all for under $34! Everything was 80% plus I used my 30% coupon! Now that's the way to shop! Gotta love Kohl's!!

So yesterday Savannah had her last bottle, say bye to the bottle! Not that it's really going to be an issue for her, she only has a bottle Monday-Friday, and only one of them. She'll now be using her super cute sippy cup that we got her. I actually have not take any pictures of Savannah with a bottle since she's been born, but that's probably because I've never given her a bottle. So I had to make sure to tell Scott to take a picture or two of her with it, so here it is. The only picture I have of Savannah drinking a bottle, and it's her last one.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Granny Dan

So last night was horrible. Savannah woke up 4 times, and Connor woke up twice. Am I ever going to get sleep? I'm at the point of frustration and sleep deprivation where I'm mean. I'm bitter and angry and I'm just not a happy person. I know if I just got 1 or 2 nights of descent sleep I would be a much better person. Therefore I might make Scott be on baby duty and go sleep in Connor's room tonight. I can get by with waking up 1-2 times a night, but this month has been completely hit or miss in the sleep department and it's wearing me thin.

So yesterday I finished book #24 of the year, Granny Dan by Danielle Steel. This is by far one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. Do you ever wonder who your parents or grandparents were before they had a family? Or as the character in the book realizes she didn't wonder until it was to late. Thankfully a box full of letters tells a story of her favorite Grandma and unlocks the mystery. Taking her back to a time that she didn't even realize existed in her Grandma's life. Filled with love and tragedy lays a life that she never knew her Grandma had. Now onto something different, going to read Full Frontal Nudity.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

So I started (once again) working on cleaning Connor's room. This time I'm going by a new approach. I'm taking absolutely everything out of his room and slowly going to put the toys back and where they belong. Hopefully this will weed out the "junk" that we can get rid of, without Connor realizing it of course, because to him all the stuff is "awesome!" Hopefully I'll get it done by Nov 6th because of my Pampered Chef party I'm having.

So last night for dinner we had Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Pasta Roni, and a Turkey Breast. I have never made a Turkey Breast, but I found the recipe in "The Essential 4 Recipes" cookbook from Tastefully Simple. The only difference is, the recipe calls for a 3-4 pound bone-in turkey breast, well at Woodmans I couldn't find one with the bone, so I bought a boneless one instead. The recipe turned out great. It was quick (well to get it ready to go on the slow cooker) and easy. We immediately cut the meat in 1/2 and put it in the freezer so we can enjoy it again in a week or two. Totally recommend checking out this little cook book, this is the 2nd recipe we've tried from it so far.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Orange Belt

So the Fall semester is just about 1/2 way done. I have my 2nd of 4 tests in my Employment Law class due on Saturday night. I currently have an A, so I hope to continue. I've had 3/7 Marketing Assignments done, and currently holding an A down in that as well. I think I figured out if I pretty much get all A's in my remaining classes and retake my Psychology class and get at least a B in it, I'll graduate with honors! (3.75 or higher :) ) Scott has his final in his Windows 7 class due on Friday, and I think he will get at least a B if not an AB or A! Then next week he starts his PowerPoint Class.

So yesterday at Karate Connor upgrade from the white belt (what you get when you first start) to his orange belt. Scott said he could barley see the "ceremony" because right now the Park & Rec program in Sun Prairie has a class going on, so there is like a dozen kids in Connor's Karate classes during the week. But it's super exciting! I wish they would have given it to him on Saturday so I could see it, but I guess they probably wanted to do it in front of as many kids as possible. He's been going for about 2 months and most weeks he goes 3 times a week, so yay! I'm super excited. The price is so much more worth it than gymnastics was. Not that gymnastics wasn't fun for Connor, but for $10 more a month he gets 2 extra classes a week, and I think Karate will end up being a very good thing for Connor. Oh, and FYI he goes to Karate America, don't know if I mentioned that before or not. I highly recommend them if you are interested in enrolling your kids!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nanny Returns

So Savannah slept almost 7 hours straight last night, yay! I really needed it. The night before she got up 3-4 times so I was dragging really badly yesterday. She went to bed right after 10 and didn't get up til about 5 a.m. If we can get her to go another 2.5 hours that would be perfect. Go to bed at 10 and wake up at 7:30! That would be the ideal situation for us! But even so, if she just gets up 1 time every night I could live with that for awhile....... it's when it gets to be 2+ times every night that I want to scream! The sleep deprivation is really getting to be these days.

On Sunday I finished reading Nanny Returns by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus. I read the first book a few years ago, and I picked this book up at Borders when they were closing for 56 cents. It wasn't my favorite book, but it was pretty fun to read. I wish I would have re-read the first one to remember the characters a little better, but oh well. There were parts of the story that I really didn't understand, but oh well. I don't feel like I've gained anything reading this book, but I don't really think I expected to. So I guess I'll say if you read the first one and enjoyed it, it won't hurt to read this one. I wouldn't go out of my way to read this book, but I didn't hate it. Now onto reading another Danielle Steel book (since I still have a bazillion that I picked up from the St. Dennis Festival this past July).

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Festival

Way to go Cardinals!! World Series Baby!! So glad they made it, sorry Brewers, not your year! I'm so glad we got to go to one of the games (even though it was one they lost). You just can't mess with the Cardinals!! WOHO!! Now time to kick Texas butt in the World Series!

So Friday was Connor's Fall Festival at school. The parents were invited to come watch the kids paint pumpkins, decorate cookies & play outside for awhile. Unfortunately it was pretty windy so I was a little miserable standing around, but it was fun to see all the kids. It was fun being able to put faces to names that Connor has mentioned. We now have a wonderfully painted pumpkin sitting on our front steps!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Apple Butter

It's finally Friday! WOHO! :) Today is Connor's Fall Festival at school, so Scott has the day off and we're going to go meet Connor there in a little bit. After that we're going to head to McDonald's for lunch, and then I'll have to head to work while the rest of the family gets to go home and take a nap.

So after picking apples and making applesauce this past weekend, we used some of the applesauce to make Apple Butter. Apple Butter reminds me of going to my brother's grandma's when I was little, I remember eating it all the time. It was SO GOOD! I really hope mine turned out 1/2 as good as I remember it being. we cooked it down for about 24 hours (we were going to finish it Sunday morning before the baseball game, but it wasn't finished yet so when we got home we had to finish it). I can't wait to try it, and I will also be giving some of it away to a few select individuals for Christmas.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Game 1 - NLCS

So it's just a month and a half away from Savannah's 1st Birthday, can you believe it? Where the heck did the time go? So today I started working on her birthday stuff. Filled out a few invites and worked on putting the gift bags together. It's all so cute, I can't wait! Oh, and her party theme is Care Bears if you didn't know already, can't remember if I mentioned it or not before.

So this past Sunday was Game 1 of the NLCS, Brewers Vs. Cardinals, and I got to go! After both teams won on Friday night I was online purchasing tickets within 2 minutes of the Cardinals winning. I knew we had to be there! So we dropped the kids of Sunday afternoon and drove to Milwaukee. We met up with Derrick & Nikki before the game since they were there too. We sat in section 404, which isn't the greatest, but you could still see almost everything. The game was a lot of fun (even though the Cardinals did lose), and I'm glad we went. Scott and I haven't had alone time since we went to the Gary Allen Concert back in April, so we were due!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Sad news today.......... I tossed out my favorite pair of shoes....... I've had them for over 6 years. You may ask, why did you toss them then? Well they were a pair of chunky black sandals, and the tops of them were starting to peel really bad, so I really couldn't wear them out anywhere...... so in the trash they went. Probably should have tossed them a long time ago, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.

So after picking apples this past Saturday it was time to make all those apples into applesauce. 42 pounds of apples takes a long time to cut, core and cook. Then we ran it through a meat grinder, and since we don't have the type of grinder that separates the skins from the good stuff I (well mostly Scott) had to run all of it through a food mill. It took awhile and we didn't finish until almost 10 p.m. I sure hope it turns out better than last year. I didn't realize the skins weren't taken out last year, so they were left in. I realized it when I finally opened a jar this past week. I'm so sorry to those who I gave a jar to, if you get one this year I promise it'll be a heck of a lot better!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Picking

Can't believe it's Monday already. Isn't time suppose to slow down after summer? Well it sure doesn't seem to be! It almost seems like it's going even faster! AHHHHH!! What are you going to do though about it??

So this past Saturday we went to Door Creek Orchrard to pick some apples to make apple butter & applesauce. We had to get about 35 pounds so we knew we'd be there for a little bit. So we headed out with Jessica & Justin and went to town. We decided since we were getting so many that we would save the 30 cents a pound and pick most of them up from the ground. The kids have fun knawing on some apples and after 2 huge bag fulls we were done.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mondays always come around to fast, don't they? After dropping Connor off at school I've been doing some homework and cleaning around the house. Savannah has been sleeping all morning (unlike her, but maybe she's finally try to get better from this stupid cold she's had for 3 weeks). I'm in the process of going through all the totes of kids clothing that I have. Only 1 size per tote, and if I have more than will fit I'll have to put some of it in the garage sale next year and give some of it away. Have to draw the line somewhere, right?

So for the Zoo on Saturday each family was in charge of bringing something to eat, along with their own sandwiches and drinks. So I decided to try out a new recipe from - Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins. I followed some of the comments advice and used a little bit more of a few ingredients (chocolate chips to be precise). I think they turned out great. I was a little disappointed in the fact I think the in-laws took the extras home with them! I wanted to eat 1-2 yesterday! Oh well I guess, lol, I still have lots of zucchini left over from this year so I'll probably make these again!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Milwaukee Zoo

Enjoying some "alone" time right now. Scott & the kids are over at his sister's house, so I took a nap, worked on the in-laws Christmas Present, now I'm eating an ice cream cone & watching Criminal Minds. Can't believe the weekend is almost over..........they go by way to fast!

So yesterday we headed to Milwaukee and went to the Zoo. I thought I had never been there, but was correctly by Aunt Lori saying I was there when I was doesn't really count, lol. So we went with the Moore's and the in-laws and Betty. We headed out around 9 a.m. and didn't get home until about 4ish. We had a pretty fun time. I wish it would have been a little warmer, but it wasn't to bad, since I had Savannah in my BabyHawk, we were all nice and snugly. It was nice being able to see Elephants (since Villas does not have any) and also some other animals I haven't seen in a long time. It's not somewhere I'd have to go every year, but maybe every few years we could take the kids.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

10 Months Old

Brewers just won the first game of the play offs and now we're hoping the Cardinals do the same! Wouldn't that be awesome for the Cardinals and the Brewers to face off in the play offs? If they do, Scott & I already decided we have to figure out a way to go and see one of the games! It'll be hard though for the Cardinals to beat the Phillie's, but right now they're winning 3-0! (but it's only the first there is lots of game left to play)

So today Miss. Savannah is 10 months old! And what a month we've had! First off, she's had a nasty cold almost all month, boo! She has also gone from 1 tooth to 5 teeth in a matter of 2 weeks! So it's been a pretty miserable month. However, she has learned many new things this month! She learned how to pull herself up, she learned to sit up from laying down and she also learned how to crawl!! Connor didn't crawl until 12.5 months, so this is awesome! She's so tiny so she looks even cuter when she crawls! She isn't very fast yet, that'll take a little time, but she can definitely get around. We just bought 2 new baby gates (one for the stairs and one for Connor's room), and I'm in the process of "baby proofing" the rest of the house! Her favorite "new" foods of the month were probably ice cream & salmon. Hoping this next month isn't quit as eventful, cause we could all use a break! Only 2 months until her first birthday, and all the decorations have been ordered!