Tuesday, April 17, 2012

getting me down....

but not knocking me out....

gall bladder plushie

I'm waiting to see the doctor for the surgical consultation next Monday morning. This really doesn't sound like a fun week to me....

In other news....
--My mom and the girls have started planting the garden, they planted peas and beets. Next will come the radishes.  I'm anxious to start on the flower garden...when I feel up to it.

Plush Toy Sewing Pattern PDF - Peas in a Pod - DIY Baby Toy Pattern
this etsy shop
--I'm still in the planning stages of getting the chickens. I'm probably going to go with the pullet stage, they will be laying faster. I have a chicken coop to build or buy tho'...something I've been putting off

from here...

--We are getting things planned for the girl's camp this summer. They are registered and sooo excited to be going...I must say I'm pretty excited they are going too. L will be going for a week at sleep over camp, and Li will have her first experience at a week long day camp!

--G, the Man of the Frumpy House, & I have our 10th wedding anniversary this summer and we are knocking ourselves out trying to come up with something that is romantic, budget friendly, and meaningful to celebrate....
find here...

On a lighter note, with this gall bladder problem I have been eating mostly fruit, veg and some complex carbs....that has equaled an 8lb. weight loss...finally!!

But, enough about me...How about you? Are you getting all your spring business started? Are you making plans for your summer?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My April Fools...


Wow, 6 years ago this past Sunday was the anniversary of the birth of the Frumpy Houses' youngest child...Liyah (or LiLi as she is graciously called, or Liyah Gail as she is called when not listening)!

SIX!! I can hardly believe it! Hardly believe that 6 years ago we were in Tennessee. Working with MD clients, running 2 households, caring for staffing problems...oh, those were the days (not).

We moved to Michigan when Li was a baby, because that would bring us closer to family. Everyone needs family to help raise kids, right?!

But Sunday, oh Sunday, we celebrated a birthday...a little girlies birthday!

We started out with some birthday pancakes for breakfast....
via Pinterest

They were a big hit!!

After Sunday School and church we headed south about an hour with the 2 Frumpy girlies and Liyah's bestest friend from school...Mia!
I read on another mommy blog about this new place that opened in the Grand Rapids area, Jester's Court. A child's dream come true, with inflatables and playscapes to  beat all inflatable and playscape places!!!!

The birthday girl in the middle doesn't look at all excited...yeah right!!

It was soooo huge!
I couldn't see the end of it all!!!

This area was probably the coolest thing! A projector on the ceiling showed images on the floor....the kids either had to stomp on things (like jelly beans, bubbles, balloons & the less humane things like mice and frogs) or kick a soccer ball into a goal. They came back to this time and again!

We were there by 2:15 pm and only left when they were getting ready to close for the night!!! What a blast, what a great birthday and what a fun time with family and friends!
 Much to Liyah's delight we got to celebrate her birthday with cake and ice cream and presents on Monday night too...since Grandpa and Grandma didn't get back from Florida til 1 am Monday morning!!!

Looking forward to another kiddies birthday in November, glad I spaced these babies out!!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

When Healthy Eating turns

to Crappy Eating...then you know you may have to do something VERY drastic!!!

Well, I've been doing well this year changing the old eating habits. I've cleaned out the fridge, the pantry and the freezers. I've tried my hand at making recipes healthier, even making my own bread (THAT needs a LOT more work)!!

So, what goes down when momma's not in the house to cook? When there is no more of the processed, pre-packaged, mega multi ingredient foods in the house? Well, the man of the Frumpy House, packs the kids up and takes them to the closest fast food place...Ok, if truth be told, I have done the same thing after working a 10 hour day and picking the kids up from the babysitter.

So, I've determined to get back on the healthy, fresh foods, simple ingredient meals...if it kills my kids or not (seriously they think they can't eat this good stuff...).

Enter the "Make ahead Freezer Meal" frenzy on Pinterest....I have pinned 8 different websites/blogs that give you the lists to make anywhere from 10 -30 freezer meals for the oven or crockpot!! It mostly takes 1/2 a day (Saturday with the girls? or more likely on a school day when I can just get it done and cleaned up fast), chopping, measuring and packaging. I also pinned a place that gives you a list of things you will need for freezing your meals (freezer bags anyone!?).

The other day, while driving, I heard a show on the radio (Focus on the Family) with a guest speaker Mary Beth Lagerborg. She has a couple cook books out that are specific for once a month cooking/freezing meals. She believes it is always good to have a wonderful home cooked meal on hand, you never know when you may have company pop in, or your kids might bring a friend home (heaven help me when that day comes). So I popped over to Amazon.com and made out cheap by buying her book used!! Looking forward to browsing that, and getting my cook on!

Don't worry my friends, this does not mean that the meals at the Frumpy House will be pulled out of the freezer from now on! No, on my days off, I plan on continuing my love of all things culinary! I've also been busy pinning recipes to my "Tastes and Treats" board!!

Next up on the stove top will be this delish sounding "Creamy Avocado Pasta"....oh Yeah!!

                                                         Source: norikoburky.com via Jeanette on Pinterest

Would you like to come for dinner?

The only thing that would make this even better is too be cooking on this beauty!

                                                                    Source: relianceappliance.com via Jeanette on Pinterest

Le Sigh!!