Our Penny had 10 puppies! 6 girls and 4 boys; they are all so cute and fun. They are 2 weeks old in these pictures and opened their eyes the day after pictures... of course, sheesh! Anyway, hope you enjoy!
It's been about a year since I have updated my blog.... at no surprise to me and I'm sure at no surprise to others :P Life has been good to us. We enjoy our family so much it's hard to imagine life being anything but good. We have definitely had our ups and our downs this year but are stronger for them. I started a Master's program and completed 15 credits before returning to work. I found that struggling with work, school and family was a bit much... so we decided to cut out my schooling until better opportunities came our way. Going to work two days a week isn't so bad and I still have time for my family. It seems I get the best of both worlds; however, it comes with a price at times. James continues to work as hard as ever. He does everything he can to make the best life for us. I couldn't have asked for a better man. To come home at the end of the workday and find my house cleaned, my kids fed, and my husband doing homework with the kids. All this after he also put in a days work. He amazes me everyday. James is going to be taking his licensure exam this spring in hopes of becoming an LMSW. We are hoping and praying for the best. Kristin seems to be doing well. She is in the process of moving and we are excited to have her a bit closer to us. She just turned 11 years old and is definitely the best big sister any kid could ask for! Quentin has been doing good in school and enjoying wrestling more as each new season comes around. James was asked to coach at Nationals this spring and we are planning on Quentin wrestling there also. He's still the quarky little 6 year old that you always wonder what he's going to say or do next. He is always good for a laugh! Caroline started preschool and is enjoying learning and trying new things. This last fall she was in a car accident where she broke her leg. She was so tough we didn't even know it was broke! She's our tough, stubborn, sassy, 4 year old girly-girl that is quickly moving onto 16. We better watch out for this one! LOL Kendrick is turning 2 in April. He is the most fun. I can't help but smile everytime I see him. There's a special spirit about him that brings joy to all around him. He's the perfect glue for our blended family! We are going to Primary Childrens at the end of the month to run tests and make sure everything is still good with his kidney. I'm sure everything will be fine. We feel so blessed.
I was out of ideas. My cupboard was full (had just gone shopping) but I forgot a few necessities for some of my meals and was without a crock-pot for the other. I had to improvise. I'm so glad that I did! This was a really great meal that my kids actually thanked me for and gobbled up! Oh, and they named it too. Cute name isn't it? Here's the recipe if you would like to try something new:
Rotini Noodles (use as much as you need for your family, I don't measure ;))
1 lb. of Hamburger
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup (small can)
1 jar of Bertoli's Four Cheese Rosa
Preheat oven to 350 Boil noodles until soft, drain water. Do NOT rinse. (I actually forgot to and it turned out to be a good thing) Brown hamburger (with any seasonings you desire) After it's browned, add in the mushroom soup and Bertoli's Mix the noodles and the sauce mixture together in an 8x13 pan Add desired amount of Mozzerrella cheese on the top Bake for 15-20 minutes This goes really well with Garlic Bread!
My Sister-in-law, Jen, put on the cutest baby shower for my sister Katie. Cute table center pieces, delicious food, and great prizes for your guests! For awesome ideas on how to put on the cutest little girl baby shower, check it out here: Pink and Brown Baby Shower Theme
While searching for a way to make some income, I stumbled across Varolo. It's completely 100% free and easy to do. The way you make money is by watching advertisements and growing a "village" of people who also watch the advertisements. It's pretty simple really. I've found that you can really make this a profit by working on growing a village. Which isn't hard to do! I've been a part of Varolo since the beginning, even before the beta launch, and am pretty excited about all the new things that are coming. Varolo is going to make it's official launch on April 17, 2011. So get your villages going and making money! Seriously, Varolo is not a Scam! I wouldn't be telling you about it if it was!
Baby Mama "I just don't like your uterus." - Doctor "Can I just spray a little PAM down there before the baby comes out?" - Amy Poehler "Did you just stick Gum under the coffee table?" - Tina Fey "I don't know, maybe you did it." - Amy Poehler As she's peeing in the bathroom sink "Something's wrong with your toilet." - Amy Poehler Spongebob "Spongebob, you can't always expect my original stupidity, I like to mix things up. Keep you on your toes." - Patrick "It's okay Squidy, just imagine him in his underwear . . . Oh no he's hot!" - Squidward (talking about Squilliam)