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Wednesday, August 30

Not in the Shower!!

Lately Logan has been showering with us. He really enjoys just standing under the shower-head, letting it soak him. It also makes it easier than listening to him scream outside of the shower while we rush to at least get a little clean. This morning after I had showered and we had eaten breakfast, Mike decided to shower. I was going to get Logan dressed while he was doing this but as soon as Logan heard the shower running he ran into our bedroom because he didn't want to miss out. We stripped him down and threw him in there.

I went downstairs to clean up from breakfast and about 3 minutes later Mike yelled for me. I went up into the bathroom, opened the door, and saw Logan standing there, and underneath him lay a.pile.of.poop! Yup, my child pooped in the shower. And even though I wasn't the one showering with him I still had to clean it up. I guess looking at it in perspective it was one less poopy diaper to change!


Tuesday, August 29


I think I'm almost done tweaking, rearranging, adding, and editing stuff on my blog.  I would like to say hello and welcome to everyone who has stopped by!  Thank you to all my MSN friends who have come by and left such wonderful comments and for changing your links!!  I was so worried none of you would come to my new little spot.  I didn't realize that you have to register with Blogger so I apologize for that - I hope it's not too painful to do. 

Sit back, relax, and stay awhile.  I would like to give you a little tour of my new blog home.  I hope it's easier to get around on this site than it was on my MSN one.  Hopefully things won't lock up or run slowly for you while you're here.  Please let me know if you're having problems with anything here.  I love to hear feedback!!

Ok, on with the tour:  how do you like the new banner?  I designed it this last week and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I thought it was pretty fitting since we have "little prince" items in Logan's room.  Then on to the left sidebar - most of this is the same from my MSN site - but much easier to navigate (at least I hope it is!).  My blog entries are, of course, in the middle, along with a "Google" search bar.  If you need to find anything on the web just type it in here - I get credit for it somehow.  Not quite sure how it works yet but we'll see I guess.  Speaking of credit - if you look at the right sidebar you'll notice some ads along there.  Some are by Google and some from Amazon.  If you click on the Google link over there I will get credit for that too.  It's much easier than the ads you can put up from MSN - you only have to click on it once!  Which is awesome, since you don't have to spend a lot of time perusing through the ads and it will help me out :)  Which is always appreciated!!  The Amazon link will take you right over to their site where you can order books, CDs, etc.  My Flikr account is also over on the right - this is where I'll be putting new pictures of us (aka Logan) up there.  Feel free to leave comments on the pictures - you all should know by now that I love the attention!  You'll notice that there are 2 Windows Media Players.  The titles of the videos playing are located below the video.  You'll have to hit the "play" button to get the video running.

I think that about sums up my site - oh, one more thing - don't forget to sign my guestbook.  (I know, again the attention).  I hope you all have a great time when you stop by.

Here a couple of new sites to check out:                                                                 

Spaces Cookbook - stop by to see the new recipes added weekly - you can even submit your own!!

Mommy Central - a new site set up by a fellow Mom.  I haven't had a lot of time to check it out.  But there are some forums over here to check out.  Recommended by Deb.

One last thing and then I'll wrap this entry up:  Christina has mentioned a fashion show that will be taking place in Bellevue towards the end of September.  So far there are three of us bloggers that will be going to it.  Any others that live around here are more than welcome to attend.  You can find all the details about it here.  We will be attending the event on Saturday, September 23rd.  It would be wonderful if some of you from around here could join us!!

Ok - I think I'm done, for now!!

Sunday, August 27

We Finally Met!! (and it was G-R-E-A-T)

This weekend it finally worked out - Logan & I were able to meet Mo!! I was worried it wouldn't happen since Friday night (or Saturday morning depending on your perspective) I didn't go to bed until 1:30 AM, and THEN, Logan decided to get up. So truth be told, I really didn't go to bed until around 2:30 AM. My trusty alarm clock (aka Logan) woke up promptly at 9 and began demanding my attention. We got dressed, ate and we were on the road by 9:30. Before we went to visit Mo at the pet store we stopped at Osh Kosh since they were having a killer sale this weekend. I picked up a couple of rompers for Logan - they were on sale for $3.99!!

Then it was off to the pet store. While walking over there all of a sudden I began to feel nervous. I have no idea why - it felt like I was going to a job interview. I was so worried it would be awkward to actually meet a blogging friend in-real-life. But it wasn't (I'm such a worry-wart) - to me it just felt like two friends getting together for a visit. There were no introductions needed, I instantly knew who she was and the same went for her.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure Logan had his charm turned on FULL BLAST!! He even did the eyebrow raise. At first he was a little shy but seemed to overcome that pretty quickly.

I'm so happy we got to meet and hopefully her & Heather will be able to come to "fashion week".

Mo, on the way home I saw a woman holding a sign that said "Save Boobies" - how funny is that? (To understand this please read this entry of hers)


Thursday, August 24

Logan Updates

Since I'm still bashing-my-head-against-the-wall working on getting my new site in order, here are some new updates on Logan (most are not good things - see Austin you're not alone):

  • Last Tuesday he managed to bonk his head while at the pool
  • On Friday he tipped over a steaming bowl of egg drop soup (his fingers are fine now)
  • On Saturday he fell down the stairs in our house (and not the small set - the huge one)
  • On Sunday he fell while at the park and managed to scrape his nose - he looks like Rudolph
  • On Tuesday, while walking on the beach, he got overly excited and wiped out. Managing to eat a mouthful of sand in the process.
  • He has learned that if he makes a big enough scene at the store he will get his way
  • He insists on pushing the shopping cart - do you know how hard it is to get your shopping done with a one year old pushing the shopping cart??
  • He has learned to stick out his tongue - and he thinks it's cute (well, we do too. for now)
  • While out garage-saling I bought a 1-2-3 Elmo sprinkler and he loves it!! Check out my flickr! account for more photos of his experience.

I think that's it for the updates - how horrible of a Mom do I sound like now? Logan didn't have this many bumps and bruises his whole first year of life!!


Tuesday, August 22

Incompetent Buffoon!!

On Friday I somehow convinced Mike to go to some garage sales with me.  We found some pretty decent ones and came away with quite the stash for Logan.  Not that he needed anything - but look at the stash!  All for under $20!!

After a productive morning of finding some good deals we decided since we were over in Duvall we would just eat some lunch there.  I had gone to a pretty decent Chinese restaurant awhile back over there and thought we would try it again.  It was already almost 2 PM so their lunch rush was over which was nice since Logan was past his naptime and we needed quick service!!  We got in, sat down, and ordered.  Since we ordered from the lunch menu we got soup with our meal.  We each ordered the egg flower soup and it arrived promptly.  Logan was sitting at the end of the table in his high-chair, waiting to get some grub in his tummy.  Once the soup was sat on the table he wanted some - so he did what any little person would do..............he grabbed at the bowl.  And the twit of a waitress that we had had put it close enough to him on the table so that!!  You know how sometimes you see things happen in slow motion and you can't react fast enough - yeah, that's what happened to me.  There was Logan reaching for the soup and before I knew it the soup had spilled all over the table.  Mike grabbed his hand and I put my hand against the soup so that it would not run onto Logan's legs.  Mike grabbed a napkin and began to clean the soup off of Logan's fingers - and that's when the blood-curdling screams began.  The poor little guy was in so much pain - he couldn't stop screaming - I've never heard that sound from him and I never want to again!  Mike took Logan out of the high-chair and had him on his lap.  He took the napkin off of his fingers and I saw these little white pieces hanging off of Logan's fingers.  I thought it was his skin!  Thankfully though it was part of the napkin clinging to his wet hand.  My heart was breaking - I felt like the worst mother ever since I had not prevented this from happening.  Mike decided to take Logan outside to see if he would calm down out there and after about 5 minutes he was able to rejoin me at the table.  Logan did eat quite a bit of lunch (I'm sure he worked up quite the appetite after all of that screaming!) - which I was thankful for.

Here's all that the waitress said to me about the whole incident - "Sorry, I didn't realize it was too close to him".

So here's my warning to all the other Moms who read my blog - please make sure that you move your plates out of the way of your little one immediately because the second you look away they will grab at the plate/bowl/cup.  Logan's fingers are a little red but once we got home he took a 3 hour nap and woke up as our happy little one again.

Monday, August 21

You Paid What For That?

While out hitting some of the local garage sales on Friday, this is what I picked up for Logan. The grand total of all the new loot?? Less than 20 bucks!! The Mariners shirt only set me back 50 cents - how great of a deal is that??
I think I bought over 20 books for him and the firetruck is big enough for him to sit on. Now if you'll excuse me I'd like to pat myself on the back for awhile. Hahahaha

First Trip to the Pool

Tuesday afternoon we took Logan to the pool for the first time. We knew he would have a blast since he loves anything to do with water. And after the pressure washing afternoon we were assured he would love it! We went over to the Snohomish pool and it wasn't as packed as we thought it would be - which was good. We got changed and took Logan into the pool - he immediately loved it! They had all sorts of water toys for the kids there - floating noodles, balls, and kick boards. They also had a separate kiddie pool which only went to 1 1/2 feet deep - that's where we spent a majority of the time. At first Logan just wanted us to hold him but after 5 minutes he wanted to run around. Meaning he wanted to run - in the pool. Of course this is impossible for him since a) he's just learning how to walk and b) unless you already know how to kind of swim there is no way that you can also run in the pool. He looked so funny though - he ran between Mike & I - and occasionally he would slip and take a little dip in the pool. He thought that was even funnier - he loved getting soaked.

But then he noticed that he could get out of the pool. Just climb up the steps and you're on the cement! Not good for a kid just learning how to walk. At first he did OK but then he started getting excited and that's when he couldn't seem to keep his balance. All was fine though since he's used to losing his balance and falling but then he spotted a ball on the floor that he had to have. He got to the ball and must have misjudged the distance because before we knew it he had tumbled over the ball. He ended up scraping his head on the cement and receiving a nice little fleck of road-rash. He cried a little but once he was back in the pool he just wanted to play - he almost instantly forgot about trying to exfoliate his face. It is almost all cleared up - it is now about a nickel sized dot in the middle of his forehead.



My Chocolate Caramel Bars

1 pkg. yellow or white cake mix
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs 32 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9" pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs; blend well. Stir in chocolate chops and vanilla chips. Press half of mixture in bottom of greased pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine butter, caramels, and sweetened condensed milk. Cook over medium-low heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally. Slowly pour caramel mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Top with remaining cake mixture. Bake an additional 18-22 minutes or until top is set and edges are deep golden brown. Cool 20 minutes. Run knife around outer edges to loosen. Cool 40 minutes. Refrigerate 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

*You can add other things besides chocolate chips. This recipe is also good with toffee bits or peanut butter chips. Might also try walnuts.


1 cup corn meal

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1-2 eggs (depending on size)

Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Combine milk, oil, and egg. Mix well. Pour into a greased 8" square baking pan. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.

Hamburger Stroganoff

1 pound hamburger

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup butter

2 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp (or more) garlic powder

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

2-3 cups hot egg noodles

Cook hamburger and onion in butter. Stir in flour, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Stir in soup; heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Simmer unconvered, for 10 minutes. Stir in sour cream; heat through. Serve over hot noodles.

*May need to thin with milk.

White Enchiladas

2 lbs. ground beef or turkey 1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 medium diced onion 1 - 6 oz. jar taco sauce

1 small can (4 oz.) green chilies


2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1 can water

1 small can (4 oz.) green chilies 1 - 12 oz. container sour cream

2-4 Tbsp. diced onions

Brown meat, add onions and chilies. Salt and pepper if desired. Add taco sauce and seasoning. Roll up in 16 tortillas and put in two 8x10" baking dishes. Boil sauce ingredients together and simmer. Pour sauce over tortillas with 1-2 cups shredded cheese sprinkled over top and bake 15-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Aunt Gail's Peek-A-Beans

1/2 lb. bacon, cut into pieces 1 Tbsp. vinegar

1 lb. ground beef 1 - 16 oz. can pork and beans

1 medium onion, chopped 1 - 16 oz. can kidney beans

1 cup ketchup 1 - 16 oz. can black beans

1/2 cup brown sugar

Brown bacon. Add ground beef and onion. Drain. Add remaining ingredients, minus juice from kidney and black beans. DO NOT throw juice away. Add enough of the reserved juice to keep mixture from sticking to the pan. Heat to boiling. Cover, let simmer 20-30 minutes. Add liquid as needed.

Giant Ginger Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 11 minutes Oven: 350 Makes: about 24 cookies

3 ½ cups all purpose flour 4 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. baking soda 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves ¼ tsp. salt

1 ½ cups shortening 2 cups sugar

2 eggs ½ cup molasses

¾ cup sugar

In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the cups sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses until combined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture.

Shape dough into 2" balls using a ¼ cup measure or scoop. Roll balls in the ¾ cup sugar. Place 2 ½" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 350 oven for 11 to 13 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops are puffed (do not over bake). Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.


Saturday, August 19

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