May 23, 2011

kitchen stuff

So i know to those of you who know me - this post will be very ironic because i do not like being in the kitchen that much - but today i ACTUALLY made a lasagna and it made me think about what i utensils i like in my kitchen and since the lasagna is cooking in the oven i have time to post them- so here they are
I love this mouse hand spoon catcher thing- i have no idea what you call it - but i love it because my kitchen stove gets so less dirty and its mickeys hand- totally the best
I love this set of mixing spoons from ikea- its hard to tell but they are small- almost like for a kids play set but it is the perfect size i think - and also the set of three is only $.99 at ikea- i have three sets i love them that much
Can you tell i love ikea- my kitchen wouldn't be complete without these plastic kid dishes from ikea- i originally got them for gracie but i think the small size makes it so much easier to eat the right portion size so i pretty much only eat from them as well- AND they are colorful - it doesn't get much better!

And my kitchen wouldn't be complete without my cute apron my sister made for me a couple of christmas ago - i love feeling cute when i make dinner and not a frumpy mom- although sadly it doesn't get that much use because i usually only pull it out when i actually bake or cook dinner - not just warm up who knows what in the microwave!

anyhow these are my favorite kitchen things - what are yours?

a break in the rain

after so many rainy days gracie was desperate to go outside and play - and after staring out the window and asking me repetitively when the rain would stop - it finally stopped for about 10 minutes - and during that 10 minutes gracie ran outside with her blanket to have picnic with her friend gabe -
i loved it because if you notice the first picture she only has the blanket - and then the second picture there is quite a bit more toys - those two kids worked fast during their 10 minutes and got quite a bit of toys out and pretended to have a picnic - and then the clouds came back and the rain came down and they were frantically trying to drag all of there stuff inside! hahahah- silly kids i love them

May 18, 2011

what to do, what to do?

So my child is like any other child, i am guessing, and does not like going to timeout or listening to her mother- however, every so often she has major meltdown problems and this last week led to one that allowed me to purchase a new windshield for my brother-in-laws car- so needless to say, after that experience i have decided something must be done!
So any help or advice is nice but in the mean time i have decided to try a button jar- where she can put buttons in for the many good things that she does in order to earn something fabulous - anyhow i haven't decided if i should have her take buttons out when she doesn't listen or if i should focus on the good - anyhow so we will see how it works because really i don't want to have to be replacing any other windshields!

May 13, 2011

San Diego

Right after alex's wedding our family took off to San Diego for a visit- it was so nice and warm the first few days we were there and went to the zoo that first day- i forgot how cool that zoo is
First of all - i thought it was so funny how the giraffe drank the water - but also it was so cute i loved the baby giraffe right next to the momma - it was only 1 week old- it so little -sort of - it was 6 feet tall!
Gracie playing with her cousins- one of the best parts of going to San Diego was being able to play with the cousins!
Loved the panda!

The next morning we woke up early to go watch ben learn how to surf- gracie was all ready to go - even though i tried to warn her that the water was going to pretty cold - but she was already to go
She kept holding up her shorts so they wouldn't get wet
Ben surfing- he did so good since this was his first time!
Ahh - i love my little cutie!
A couple days later we went to Legoland- i thought it was going to be silly -but it so cool i loved it there
Everything was made from legos and gracie loved the kitty and wanted a picture with it

Our family with a few extra people - does anyone recognize the little boy and the man in the red shirt- no? well thats because they are lego people - i loved it!
They had this place where everyone could make there own race cars and then you have races with lego cars- this was my work of art
Gracies car- she was so proud of it- even though it didn't really go anywhere
The three of us at the finish line- i won - but then gracie came and plowed me over me!
I loved the bathroom signs!
Fun rides made out of big legos!
Hanging out with the old man
The last day we went to Sea World- and even though it was a little cloudy we still sat in the soak zone!
The scary shark zone!- it was cool you went through an underwater tube and the sharks swam all around us and over us- it was very cool - but since i am not that great at taking pictures none of them turned out
Another soak zone! picture
Gracie with her new whale! - and then a picture of the real killer whale!
We had such a fun trip- it was a lot of fun hanging out with the cousins and then seeing lots of fun sights! -