Saturday, February 19, 2011


i know i'm way behind but better late than never, right?

we had our own little superbowl party despite days of ice and snow and sick kids.  we went to sprouts and picked out a bunch of good snacky foods and we told the boys they could stay up late and watch the entire game if they would take a nap.  they happily obliged.
 we had lots of good food....burritos, pizza, guacamole, 5 layer dip, homemade salsa, chips and margaritas.  well, john and i had the margaritas.  the boys had milk and water.  can you guess who had what???  we spread out a blanket to have our own little picnic in the living room floor.
we had lots of fun cheering on the teams.  the boys were rooting for the packers so i decided to cheer for the steelers.  bad choice on my part, ha! we played a few games of uno.  and we ate and ate and ate.  we had a great time as a family!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

kids say the funniest things

last week when we were iced/snowed in for four days, i took the opportunity (finally!) to do a little organization on the ol' blog.  in doing that, i took the time to read some old entries and was laughing out loud at some of the funny things the boys have said.

this one and this one and this one were some of my favorites!  and this may be my favorite of all time!

after laughing my head off, i was feeling a little sad because i was thinking we've sort of outgrown this stage of life.  well, i was wrong!

the other night when we were having our own little superbowl party (pictures to follow soon), we were playing several games of uno.  both noodle and burrito are pretty good game players and i don't have to prompt them very often to play the right number or color in the uno game.  we were enjoying playing all the draw 2, draw 4 and skip a turn cards on each other so when it came to noodle's turn, he played a skip card to skip john, though it was the wrong color.  when we explained he couldn't play that one, he said "why can't i play the nnntttt (insert a buzzer noise here, i'm not sure how to type that kind of sound!) card????"  we just died laughing!

here's what the new skip card looks like:
it sort of looks like a symbol that would indicate a "sorry that would be incorrect" sound of buzzer.

and then today at lunch, noodle had some yogurt on his shirt sleeve and john was instructing him to clean it up.  burrito chimes in and says, "noodle, just lick it off!"  i give him a stern look and explain that using a napkin would be a much better choice.  his reply:  "well, in the burrito club, you would just lick it off!"

the burrito club....ughhh.  i am definitely NOT a member!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

slowing down

one of the best things about the past 4 days of being iced in has been being able to slow down.  we're already not overly scheduled people by nature, but to slow down even more was a real gift.

the boys and i already loved to watch the birds who frequent our backyard feeder for a snack, but to be able to do so with snow falling down while we were in our jammies was a real treat.  we had a challenge over those few days to try and catch a cardinal out on our feeder and snap a few pics.  we saw several but by the time i had retrieved the camera, they had flown on.

until yesterday.  i finally got smart enough to leave the camera out by our backyard windows so we would be ready.  and first thing in the morning, we spotted a female cardinal, along with a host of bluejays, doves and squirrels!

one of the many bluejays
 the bluejay is still here but the female cardinal is at the top of the pic
 the bluejay gets spooked off by the dove and the cardinal joins him
 and this gluttonous squirrel was around all day too
 lo and behold, the long-awaited male cardinal
 the female and male together
 just love these guys!
we love our birds!

Friday, February 4, 2011

snow day part 4

if you had told me last weekend when it was 70 degrees outside that we were going to wake up to a snow and ice storm that would span at least four days, beginning on tuesday, i would not have believed you.  nope.  no way.

but that is exactly what happened.  john and i woke up at 3:45 tuesday morning to the sound of freezing rain and sleet pelting our two bedroom windows.  the mystery of whether or not we would have school and work that day was too much to allow us to return back to bed.  we watched in disbelief as the metroplex turned into a huge skating rink.  now we've had ice before.  that's not new.  what's new is the ice lasting more than a day or two, and certainly never four! 

the temperatures have been below freezing since early tuesday morning, thus creating the perfect conditions for some quite treacherous driving situations.  we had to venture out on thursday to retrieve more antibiotic and we were surprised at how icy the roads were even after two days.

last night, the local meteorologists were warning of more snow, but just predicting a light dusting for our area.  you can imagine my delight and surprise when we awoke to several inches of snow!  even though noodle is recovering from sickness and burrito now has whatever "it" is, we just couldn't resist the opportunity to play in some real snow and not just ice!

here are my little snow buddies

 here they are perfecting their snowball-making
 okay, now they're warming up for a big fight...
 the face-off
 and it begins!
 and of course, the big snow buddy had to get in on the action!
 i was a second too late in snapping the shot but john surprised noodle by hitting him with some snow
 and he hit him right in the face!  poor guy!
 but the fight continues...
 and noodle sneaks in for some retribution!
 i love that this man gets in on the action so i can snap some photos!
tomorrow will be the first day we've had temps above freezing so i'm not sure how long this pretty white stuff will last but it sure has been fun!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

my little handsome men

they've been begging me to buy them a tie, so when we found these shirts/ties set at wally world for $10, i couldn't resist.  i could just eat them!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

hello snow (well, really ice) day 2011!

just because one son has been sick and another would soon fall to sickness too, doesn't mean we wouldn't take advantage of the rare occasion of playing out in the snow.  and i say "snow" with tongue in cheek because it was more ice than anything, but hey, in texas you take what you can get!

and thank goodness for the snow because that has helped assuage my downcast spirit in being home so much with sickies!  let's just say every closet has been cleaned out, every baked good has been baked, and even my files are in order!

now that's what i call looking at the bright side, ha!

while we probably won't venture out today, the boys couldn't wait to get outside yesterday and i couldn't resist taking a few (and quick, it was cold!) pictures.
 hope you and yours are staying warm today!