Time-out Tuesday

When I started my last school year in August of 2005, I had only known that I was pregnant for about two weeks. I was beaming with excitment so you can imagine that it was one of the very first things I shared with my new crop of students. And of course, that meant that they all went right home to tell their parents that their teacher (of one day) was pregnant. One of my students told her family that I was pregnant that night after the first day of school. Hearing this, her dad simply said, "She's having twins." Now keep in mind that I didn't find out that I was having twins until the middle of September...this was the beginning of August.

It was only after I found out about the twins that they shared this story with me. We laugh and joke about it whenever we see each other now, but it's that just crazy? Well, the whole reason for me sharing that with you is because at the end of the year they gave me a little book called "Hugs for New Moms". I've kept it on my night stand and sometimes I'll pick it up and flip through...today I happened to flip through and this is what the page I landed on read.....

When motherhood is draining the best of you and you feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped for the responsibilties of caring for your family, look up and remember that I'm your ever-present helper!

Come to Me, and I'll refresh you and recharge your emotional, physical, and spiritual batteries. You'll find that with My help you can accomplish amazing things you could never do alone.

Energizing you,
Your All-Powerful God

-from Psalm 121:1-2; Matthew 11:28; Philippians 4:13


Sweet Tooth

Lately I have an insatiable sweet tooth. I have always loved all things sweet, but folks this tooth has taken on a mind of it's own. I guess I had not allowed myself to go there for so long that when I did all hell broke loose.

One week I was hooked on McDonald's chocolate sundaes...I literally found myself volunteering to go to the pharmacy for that prescription that just had to be picked up. TONIGHT. I would then drive two miles out of the way to the McDonalds, have time to eat the sundae while in line at the pharmacy, and drive home happy. Lee never suspected a thing. And one night they ran out of little plastic cups (probably because they had never sold so many sundaes in one week before) and they had to serve me in a to-go coffee cup. Turns out Karma is real. And she works at McDonalds in Three Fountains.

One week it was Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. My mom never really bought sugary cereals growing up, so since discovering this one I've gone completely mad. This stuff is like a drug...I mean, I even thought about pouring the milk directly into the box to avoid messing up a cereal bowl which only holds four good bites anyway.

Perhaps the best thing that happened to me during this rampage was stumbling upon this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie. It's not something I would just make to have around the house, Oh no...that would be way too deliberate. I was actually inviting people over for dinner just so I could make this for dessert. It's sick...I know.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell*
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pecans (I think this adds to much "healthy" so I just leave this out)
Serve with ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high until foamy.
Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter.
Stir in morsels and nuts and spoon into pie shell.
Bake for 55-60 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm.
Recipe from Nestle Classic Recipes, 2003
* If using frozen pie shell, use deep dish style and thaw completely. Bake on baking sheet and increase baking time slightly.

If I invite you over for dinner say in the next six months or so wear your fat pants.


Time-Out Tuesday

Every Tuesday I'll be sharing all things FAVORITE! Mine, my boys, my friends...so many times I come across things that I'd love to share so here goes nothin'!

I bought this book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, for my boys about a year ago and it quickly became their absolute favorite! The pictures are fabulous and the rhyming words encourage my boys to "read with Mama". Although not as well know as other children's book authors, Anna Dewdney, is famous in our house! Her latest look, Llama LLama Mad at Mama, is just as wonderful as this one. If you have little ones, they will love it and if you don't, it makes a great gift to go along with a bedtime lovie. EnJoY!


And so I'm back....

Why must I break from blogging? Every time I feel like I have to say "I'm sorry" and "I'll promise to do better", then I'm good for a little while and then BOOM! Life happens again and I'm out. So I'll say it again for the 10's of thousands, I mean 10 people who read this...sorry. it won't happen again. i'll promise to do better.

Our complete and undivided attention has been (for the last month) focused on getting our house ready to go on the market. We needed to do some updating (Read: ditching the brass knobs and hinges on every drawer/cabinet in this house) and touch-up painting (Read: actually just pretty much had to repaint the entire house because our boys have been working overtime the past two years to "leave their mark"). All of this and about 1,000 other things that needed to be done have left us tired and stressed, but as of last Thursday we are up FOR SALE! We don't have another house or even a plan, but we will have to sell before we can buy anything so here goes nothing. We'll be bunking at my mom and dads when/if we do sell...just in time for summer by the pool. Good timing.

The boys are great...better than great actually (what is that called?). It's 11:34 pm- I can't think of a better word.

I think about things to blog about all the time, but a lot of time these "things" have nothing to do with the boys. I guess I feel confined to write about them because of the name of this blog. Not anymore. Do you remember that song "I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing"? I'm gonna do that- only with blogging.