Saturday, September 10, 2011


Saturday morning Colin woke up with two very important questions:

Colin: "School?"
Me: "No school today, 2 more days until school."
Colin: "Party?"
Me: "No party today, buddy."
Colin: silence
Me: "Everyday is wonderful but some days are just extra special so we have parties!"
(This certainly made an impression on my party animal.)
Colin: "Whit (Colin's friend Whitney) party! Slide! Pool!"
Me: "Yes, like Whitney's birthday party."

We have been going to so many fun birthday parties that Colin thinks life is a BIG party. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011


We have been talking a lot about poop in our house lately. First, we got some great books for Colin's birthday. Much to David's dismay, they are all about poop. Colin LOVES "potty talk" and every time we read books he asks for them by name. If you have the stomach for them (and a sick sense of humor) here are Colin's new favorite books...

Also on the subject of poop, we had an interesting run-in with one of our neighbors this week. Let me first say that we love our neighborhood and almost everyone we have met is SO warm and friendly...except one "special" neighbor.
We take a family walk every evening (David, Colin, Monster and me) complete with the BOB stroller, water bottles, bug spray, flash lights and doggie bags. We always pick up the Monster's poop (which Colin is quick to point out) and Sunday night was no exception.
As we were walking past a particular house on our street, a grumpy neighbor (who will remain nameless) was glaring at us from her window. She immediately opened the door and yelled, "I assume you pick up after your dog!" David and I kept walking, not quite sure why someone would be yelling at us (the model citizens that we are.) Then our crazy neighbor started running after us screaming, "Don't walk away while I'm talking to you." My stomach sank because I knew this comment would not be tolerated by David.
David immediately put the brakes on the stroller and turned around. He said, "You are very rude." Which was followed by "I'm just protecting my property sir." David then said, "Well go back to your property." Then I heard some snide remark from her about "...interesting way to raise a child...blah, blah, blah." Now THIS comment got under MY skin. I probably should have held my tongue, but my blood was boiling at this point. Then I said loudly, "Lady, I'm going to poop in your yard if you don't leave us alone!" Pretty classy, huh?
I have a feeling we won't be invited to her holiday party this year. And I'm 100% okay with that! Although she may be getting one of these from a bag of coal...I mean poop.


Colin started pre-school today, finally! He's feeling much better, but as I predicted David and I are coughing and complaining. I popped two Advil on the way out the door and David grabbed a box of tissue. We were absolutely determined to get our boy to school today!

As we were walking into the building he said, "Mama shop, Daddy work, Col go school." Just melts my heart! I guess I need to get to the mall quick because I don't want to disappoint (we all know he's talking about the HEB.)

Thanks Amy for Colin's new backpack and matching lunch box!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mr. Messy

Sometimes life is messy...especially after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Day of Preschool

ABSENT! That's right, Colin was absent the FIRST day of school. This is the day I was looking forward to ALL summer, and Colin was sick with a runny nose and a low grade fever. I have to admit that I was SO ready to have a few hours to myself that I thought about taking him anyway and using the old "it's just allergies" excuse (not seriously but the thought did cross my mind.)

That kind of attitude certainly won't earn me "room mother" for the year. After all, a few more days at home with Colin won't hurt anyone. Well...I say that as I'm being sneezed on and used as a human handkerchief. Something tells me that I am going to be sick on Colin's second day of school. :)

Here is a pic from meet the teacher night. Who looks happier, Colin or mommy?

Oatmeal Muffin Recipe

For Colin's birthday party, I made oatmeal muffins instead of cupcakes - partly because the party started at 10 am but mostly because Colin LOVES eating them. I even added a little cream cheese frosting to make them more festive.

Here is the recipe! One bowl - minimal mess. Enjoy!

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix well:
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg (or 1/4 cup yogurt)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
A few dashes of cinnamon

Fold in 1 cup flour gently, just until mixed (over mixing will make them gummy)

Put in muffin cups (2/3 full or so) and bake at 350 for 22 minutes or until lightly browned and set.