The joys of having a first grader....

I love, love, love that Ryder is in first grade. I love that he can write and most of all love that he is reading. He sometimes leaves me love letters and he wrote this one at school for Brandon and I:

Dear Mom & Dad,
I love you so much. I love you to the moon and back. I love my mom.
Love, Ryder

Brandon felt bad I got more attention in the letter than he did. Oh well.

Then sometimes I get this letters like this to put me in my place:

I love you so much. But, be a little nice please.
Love, Ryder


Talking smack......

Ryder just recently started talking back to me......WHY?!?!?!?!??!

For example, when he is crying or whining (this kid is SENSITIVE....and I mean SENSITIVE) and I tell him to "stop acting like your two" he will say, in his best whiny voice "stop acting like your MEAN".

Or like yesterday when I said "maybe later today we can get the Easy Bake Oven out and bake some treats" and he said (with attitude) "yeah right. you say that all the time and we've never baked anything." Oh right.

I can't think of anymore right now...but when I do...I'll let you know. (I'm tired, it's early and I didn't sleep worth a crap last night.)

And WHY, WHY I ask does he insist this song goes like this:

Jack & Jane sitting in a tree (however he is always using different names)
First comes love
Then comes marriage
Then comes baby in a baby carriage


And where he got the last line to the song, beats the hell out of me....he said that's how they all sing it at school. Hmmmmm............

P.S. Kam also talks a lot of smack. However, she BARELY shuts up long enough to breathe. Therefore, I usually block out most of what she is saying.....


Walking with Dinosaurs

As most of you know, Ryder LOVES dinosaurs and has ever since he was itty bitty. He has never grown out of his love for dinosaurs! I have never met a kid that knows more about dinosaurs. When we were in Disney World, we went to Dino Land and Ryder knew more about dinosaurs than the people that worked there. It was hilarious to watch him outsmart the people that worked there! With that said, I took him to Walking with Dinosaurs tonight. It was a surprise so I didn't tell him until we got there. He was so excited when he found out what we were doing he literally jumped on and almost knocked me over...then he kind of humped my leg like a dog. The show was great and Ry LOVED it. The pictures that I took of the show were really dark and blurry, but I got some of this cute little guy:

Another thing Ry has done since he was little is he squeezes his face when he gets excited. (Doc says nothing is wrong with him....but when he first started doing it, I seriously thought something wasn't right.) However, now he proves to be entertainment to everyone around when he gets excited. My sister wanted to go to Walking with Dinosaurs with us just so she could see Ry "squeeze his face off". And guess what...he did squeeze it. Not as much as I thought he would, but this one is for you Christy:

Meanwhile, daddy took Kam to McDonalds to eat and play. Truth be told, I think the makeup Kam put on herself and Brandon this afternoon was still on when they went to dinner. Kam was complete with eyeliner all over her eyes, eye shadow on her cheeks and lipgloss that pretty much extended from the bottom of her nose to her chin!!! Oh...and daddy got the sparkly
pink lipgloss
....and didn't look half bad in it! :)



So, I had some kalamata olives in my pantry (don't know why I bought them) but I decided that I needed to find a recipe to use them in. Google came up with this little diddy and they were delish....

  • 1 pound ground turkey (I use the 99% lean turkey...the other turkey just isn't as good)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (I bought the basil & tomato feta)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced (These are easy to find...I think I bought these at Macey's)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the grill for medium high heat. (I wasn't going outside in the cold...so I did these on my stove)
  2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, feta cheese, olives, oregano, and pepper. Mix together, and form into patties.
  3. Lightly oil the grate. Place patties on the grill. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning halfway through.
Recipe says to either put them on a whole wheat bun OR stuff them inside a pita.

I chose the whole wheat bun with a little mayo, torn romaine lettuce, sliced onion & avocados and I was in HEAVEN!!!


I have a gift certificate to Sportsman's Warehouse for $50...$50.91 to be EXACT. Only problem is...we have had it for a while and haven't used it and probably won't. So, I am wondering if anyone is interested in buying it....let me know if you are! :)



is it that I JUST took my Christmas down today. I have been so busy I just haven't had the time to do it. Ok...I'm lying. I DID try to take it down right after Christmas and Kambree FREAKED out. She loves the tree and all the decorations, so she talked me out of taking it down. Then today as I was taking it down I asked her if it made her sad and she said:

"No, I'm glad your putting it away!"

She cared 3 weeks ago.


WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


is what my 3 year old is capable of doing in LESS than an hour. And guess what? As soon as we pick it up....it looks like THAT in no time at all....AGAIN.

P.S. Zoom in people. You will see:
1) Her train set that you trip over walking into her room.
2) All her drawers open & MOSTLY emptied onto the floor.
3) An empty measuring cup on her nightstand. The contents (peanuts) on the floor next to her nightstand.
4) On her nightstand is also a granola bar box emptied and filled with cheetos, 2 slices of bread (1 of which is the heel) & peanuts. She told us it's her "lunch box" and that she would need it for her bike ride. WHAT BIKE RIDE?!?!?!?!? It's freezing outside....no one is riding their bike!
5) A & D ointment....ALL over her sheets.
6) The mess is spilling out into the hallway. And the closet which you can't see...is even worse.

And, then her little friend came over and let's just say the above picture looks SPOTLESS compared to what it looked like when she left!