Tuesday, April 5, 2016

a little, teeny, tiny update

GMac still isn't talking. Although he did say a gibberish sentence the other day. Let's just assume he isn't talking unless you hear otherwise.

We watched The Martian over the weekend.  So good.  I'm 433rd in line at the library for it (we got a Redbox) but I think I'll stay in line so that in 7 months we can watch it again.

While lilies are my #1 go to flower of choice for smelling purposes, Hyacinths are a very close second.

I am currently missing three work outfits. A blue maxi dress. A lime green top. A purple and black top. So today I wore a dress. It was 25 when I got to work (and felt like 17). I'm still trying to warm up.

The good news is that in looking for the MIA clothes, I found a black summer dress I haven't seen since we moved (four years ago).  That brings the things I'm missing from the move down to two: a sauce pan (my favorite too!) and an orange Banana Republic top.

Monkey has summer birthday snacks at school next week and has requested Rapunzel cupcakes. Guess what I'm trying to figure out how to make? Suggestions appreciated.

That concludes today's update.

Monday, April 4, 2016

what we've been eating, part two

Way back when (which was September 8, 2015) I shared our go to recipes.  I thought it was time for an update. While those are still favorites, we've added a few.

Blueberry Muffins.  GMac and I are big fans of these muffins.  Monkey is a fan on making them, but she can't like blueberries.  Can't like them either. Oh well, that just means more for us!

What C and Monkey can like are these Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Last week was Grandparents Day at preschool and I was signed up for muffins. I had planned on blueberry muffins, but my blueberries went bad and I didn't want to truck to the store with the kiddos for a pint of blueberries so I found this recipe and happened to have just shy of a cup and a half of mini chocolate chips. While I've only made these once, I have a feeling these will soon become a staple (C ate three in a matter of twelve hours).

Ravioli with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.  This dish is a bit heavy and I've only made it twice (because it is such a heavy dish), but man is it good. Like restaurant quality good and even better the next day.

Spaghetti with Turkey Meat Sauce. There is no recipe here. Just brown the ground turkey, add a can of tomato sauce and toss with the spaghetti.  We are trying to cut back on red meat and honestly, this tastes like regular old meat sauce.

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan Cheese.  Again, no recipe to link to here.  It's so easy.  Toss fresh green beans in some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast in the oven until almost crispy. Top with freshly grated Parmesan (people, a wedge of Parmesan is pretty much the same as a tub) and viola!*

Viola is a new favorite word of mine as I recently learned how to spell it.

Friday, April 1, 2016

If anyone April Fools me today, just know I hold a grudge for A LONG time.

Seriously. I still haven't forgotten She-Who-Shall-Remain-Nameless for telling me in kindergarten that the only reason why she invited me to the sleepover was because Sally* was at Disney World and couldn't come.

*Sally's name has been changed to protect the innocent.  She-Who-Shall-Remain-Nameless wasn't so innocent. 

I don't know about your weekend plans, but we've got exciting ones at the Elsea household.  Stuff like touring BCI, purging clothes, buying C new work shirts, and going to AT&T to figure out why I pay so much for my cell phone.  I know, you're jelly.

I read a book from the library that was the first in a series.  I emailed them and asked if they could purchase them but their vendor doesn't carry them.  The lady was so nice that I abstained from replying with "but Amazon carries them." She's trying to get them through inter-library loan.

Wednesday afternoon I pulled grass around some of the pavers in the backyard.  The kids loved this as they picked up the chunks of grass and threw them in the playhouse window.

Viola! New flooring!

In other outdoors news, it looks like I can stay home while they go for walks now.

The Easter Bunny brought Skip-Bo.  Monkey likes to play it on my phone so the E.B. thought maybe she could pick up the real game.  The box says ages 7 and up, but she seems to be catching on.

Bless her little 80 year-old heart.

Monday, March 21, 2016

adios winter!

I started this post a few days ago (Friday?) and didn't finished it. I'll cross out the stuff that is no longer current and let you know what is.

Spring may be a few days away yet but we have fully embraced it.  Especially GMac who points at his shoes as soon as he sees them in the morning (as in, while we're walking down the steps from upstairs).  He loves it outside.

Despite having paid almost zero attention to college basketball this year (kids will do that to you), I hastily filled out a bracket at 10:30 yesterday morning and am happy to report I went 13 for 16 last night. I'm sure today will be much different. As the weekend went on I did less well. 

I've been down with a cold this week. This is still storta true...now it's camping out in my sinus. My voice sounds GRRRRRRREAT! Related to the cold, the house is a mess. I hope to rectify that this weekend. House is semi-clean! 

Do you following me on Instagram? You really should.  You can find me here: @rachelelsea. You'll find such things as Monkey's new watch and constant time updates; who Ted Cruz reminds me of; and me walking on my stilts. Definitely stuff you don't want to miss. 

GMac is saying words! Sorta. He isn't consistent with "Da" and "Mama" but he's getting there
Baba = bottle
Ba = ball
Gog Gog = Dog
Meh = Amen (he will say this all throughout the prayer so that he can eat...like it's his "go!")
Da = Daddy
Mama = Mommy

My current obsession is the International Space Station and related. We had every intention of watching a movie on Saturday night but time got away from us as we were distracted by ISS and Space Shuttle YouTube videos.

Monkey thinks that any passing jet is the space station. It's rather adorable.

Yesterday was the first day of Spring for those of use on Eastern Daylight Time. Our first full day of Spring was today. However, if my math is right, and I think it is, the first day of Spring for the Central Daylight Timers was on Saturday (11:30 p.m.) making their first full day of Spring yesterday. Capisce?

Now that I'm blown your mind with time zones and science I'll call it a night.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Then and Now

When we purchased our house the back yard looked like something from the jungle book.  I was 58 weeks pregnant and C and I did not inherit green thumbs (which do exist on both sides of our family).  

With a lot of time and a lot of help from Mama Elsea, we've managed to get some work done.  There is still much to be done (, the back right corner needs cleared out, three of more trees need to go because they will eventually die from being planted too close to other trees, and there is a huge pile of law refuse hidden behind that back fence) but we're happy the yard is a bit more livable. 

(and we're still waiting on a storm to knock a tree on our garage so we can get a new one.)