Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baseball Has Begun

This month has been a little crazy at our house. We started off the month with spring break, buying a new to us car, our computer crashing, we threw in some baseball practice and then we also threw in a new work schedule for Brad.

Because of the computer issue I haven't been able to blog. Between all that has been going on, I've also needed to download all my old programs onto my new computer. It took 4 days to get my old printer downloaded and compatible with my new computer. Thankfully it worked so I didn't have to buy a new one. Then I needed to get my Checking Account back up and running. Today I finally got my Photoshop loaded so that I can download my pictures.

I feel like I get to start from scratch so I should take my time and figure out a better organization system. I think I've already ruined that idea. Oh well.

But as I mentioned........we threw in a baseball practice schedule this month as well. This is our first year with Little League. Joshua has been so excited and loves going to practice. Isaac decided he didn't want to play this year. Maybe next year for him.

This past Saturday was opening day. The day started with a parade. But thankfully Joshua decided it was better to stay in our warm house, so we actually skipped that. His first game was at 5:30 and we bundled up, brought our blankets and endured the cold. Only for my son will I sit out in the cold temperatures. In case you don't know, I'm not a fan of the cold.

Here are some pictures of the momentous occasion!

First time at bat. Struck out. Second time at bat....line drive straight to the pitcher's mitt who actually caught it. Bummer!

It's fun to watch him just because of his excitement for the sport. I'm excited to see how he progresses this year as he gains confidence.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Few Recipes

I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the food I made for Easter dinner but I thought I would share a the links to a few of the recipes I made.

These recipes would be great for Spring entertaining or for Mother's Day which is coming up soon.

I've made this fruit salsa recipe a couple times now. Serve it with the homemade cinnamon chips or it is equally delicious with graham crackers! I omit the raspberries and throw the rest of the fruit in the food processor to chop it. It isn't as pretty but it sure is easier than chopping by hand. I used 1 Tbsp of brown sugar and 1 Tbsp of white sugar and for the fruit preserves just throw in a little Strawberry Jam. I guarantee everyone will love it!

We aren't huge fans of ham around here but I made one for Easter. Normally I am one that goes for the cheapest thing but decided that if I was going to make a ham, I was going to buy a good one. I got a great deal on one and made this delicious Brown-Sugar-Glaze. It was delicious! I just brushed it on about every half an hour as it baked. My only complaint would be that it has 4 sprigs of mint. I had to spend $3 on the mint and now I have no idea what I'll do with the rest of it. I might just make it without the mint next time. I have tons of leftover ham, so now I just have to find some good recipes to use it in. If you have any, please share.

I love making cakes! This Strawberry Cake was amazing! Everyone loved it and it is the perfect cake for this spring! It uses fresh strawberries in the cake and in the homemade buttercream icing.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you can also find all of these recipes on my board.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Break In a Nutshell

Last week was spring break over here and I had planned a couple days of activities and hoped to have a nice relaxing fun week with my kids.

Well.......that didn't really happen.

Brad was supposed to move to the day shift last week for the next 4 months. was decided that he would stay on the afternoon shift for one more week. No, it was not his decision!

Since Joshua was starting Little League practice this week as well, this change in schedule meant that I would be taking care of baseball practice.

Also, since the change in schedule and since Brad's parents were coming back from Florida and needed their car back, we decided it was probably a good week to really step up the car search.

On Monday we spent the morning driving to every local dealership and had absolutely no luck. Even though I had been searching for a month for a vehicle online, we now knew that we were going to have to drive a little farther to get a car.

At night we went to Texas Roadhouse for supper. Brad had taken half the day off so that he could take Joshua to his first Little League practice. This dinner was a celebration of good report cards and was supposed to be the celebration of Brad going to days, so that was just a little premature. Then it was time to start Little League.

Tuesday, I took the kids to Lincoln Park Zoo with some friends.

Wednesday was a day to actually be home and prepare for what was to happen on Thursday. Then another baseball practice and Burger King in the car on our way to church for our last AWANA night. Alex told me that this was the best supper ever. Why do I even try?

On Thursday, we headed out to Wheeling, IL to test drive a Ford Expedition that I had found online. We were pretty sure we were going to buy it, so I had to have everything in order so that we could make the trip as quick as possible and bring the vehicle home with us. We left at 7:30 am and got home about 45 minutes before Brad had to leave for work. (There will be more on the car in another post.)

Friday morning was spent at my sister's house so that the kids could play and then the afternoon was spent at a friend's house so the kids could play.

Saturday was a day spent grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning to prepare for our Easter guests, Brad's family. Unfortunately in the morning as I was sending an email, my computer screen went blank and I noticed a small flame and smoke.

Yep, that was the end of my computer.

I am very thankful for my Kindle Fire since all but one of my recipes was saved on Pinterest, otherwise I'm not sure what my guests would have eaten on Sunday.

Monday the kids still had off but I spent my morning computer shopping. I do now have a new computer but I am still in the process of adding all of my programs to it. I had edited all of my photos from the zoo the day before the computer died. So as soon as I get Photoshop back on my computer I will have some more interesting posts about our week. Or who knows, maybe they won't be interesting. But at least they will have pretty pictures.

Now that I'm done typing all about our week, I feel that it looks very boring but believe was anything but boring. I enjoyed having the kids home all week and they enjoyed being home but we are glad to be back into the swing of things and back to our school schedule.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

There are good birds and then there are just plain crazy birds!

These are the good birds. They come every year and swim on top of our pool cover. They are nice. They are quiet. They hang out for a little while and then go away. We enjoy their presence. The kids named them Brad and Melissa.

Then there is this bird. 

Last Thursday she was flying around with her mate. I pointed them out to the kids and we all admired the 2 cardinals.

Then she took a turn for the crazy.

She repeatedly rammed herself into our sliding glass door. That was Thursday morning. 

I left for work, came home in the afternoon and there she was, at it again. 

Friday morning she was back. Now I first wanted to assume that she was being a submissive wife. Her husband told her to do it. She listened. After she did all the hard work of breaking through he was just going to follow her in.

But then I noticed that HE was no longer with her. He knew she was crazy too. 

It has now been 5 days and she still hasn't given up. Although, I did see HIM again today. 

She has pooped all over my railing and deck and has messed up my windows. 

Hopefully one of these days she will just give up. Until then, I will listen to Crazy Bird hit my window repeatedly throughout the day. (And just so you know, closing the curtain doesn't help.)