• Recipe,  Thanksgiving

    A Classy Thanksgiving

    I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you did too!  The best part of my holiday is pictured above…Oh, Mr. Man-please stay six forever… Unlike last year, I did not host 237 people at our house. Instead we went to my in-law’s house which meant I had blissfully little responsibility around the whole event.  All I made was this, my favorite Thanksgiving side dish… It’s my version of Classy Green Bean Casserole found on my go to cooking website, Allrecipes.com  You read that right, it’s green bean casserole-only classy.  How great is that?  I feel like maybe Ron Burgundy submitted this recipe… It’s actually a really great version of green…

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    Memory Lane

    For the last couple years I’ve created an annual family photo book at Kodak Gallery.  The books are a lot of work to put together but I’m so glad I do it. They really turn out amazingly cool.  Our 2010 album arrived in the mail today (yes, I realize it’s nearly 2012, why do you ask?) and our family had so much fun pouring through it this evening. It’s unbelievable how much the kids have grown in nearly two years.  And how chubby their faces seemed to be in 2010.  Their 2011 faces are positively gaunt in comparison.  It’s absurd. When I put together the books, I try to make it a photo journal…

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    Pieces of Me

    Have I ever mentioned time management is not one of my strengths?  Yeah, so…it’s not.  As you may have noticed, I’ve been struggling a bit to fit blogging into my crazy little life.  Which is actually ironic given that the purpose, as eluded to by the title, of this blog was to forge out a little something just for myself…looks like everyone else but me has been using up all the little pieces of me.  I’m here again to take a piece back. I have fallen off the “making myself a priority wagon” so to speak…I’m only human.  This past summer and early fall marked the longest time I’ve ever…

  • 9/11,  Book Recommendation

    Never Forget

    This book was just published a few weeks ago…it tells the story of Andrea Haberman, her family, and her fiancee, Al in the aftermath of 9/11/01.  Andrea was 25 years old and grew up in a small town not far from mine in Wisconsin.  She was on her very first business trip to NYC-it was the first time she had ever been there.  She had a meeting at 8:30am on the 92nd floor of the north tower of the WTC.  She was nervous and she got there early.  Andrea never made it out. Al and Andrea met in college where they both attended with my BFF, Lisa, a good friend…

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    Back to Reality

    Reality is eeking its way back into our lives slowly but surely.  We’ve had two partial weeks of school to prepare us for the big five day week coming up.  So far, so good.  I’ve managed to get up on time, get both kids fed and dressed and out the door with everything they need for school, preschool, or day care (depending on the day) and I’ve even managed to shower myself every day as well.  And after I showered, I’ve even remembered to put on an outfit that does not involve my sparkly Old Navy flip flops and my drawstring cargo shorts and go to work.  It’s all about…

  • Friday List,  Gratitude

    Friday List

    I love lists so I think I’m going to make the Friday List a regular thing here at FUMC. In keeping with my theme of gratitude… A List of Reasons Why Going Back to Work Isn’t That Bad´╗┐ 1. I have a freakish love for new school supplies, always have.  I was so excited last year when I got to relive the thrill of shopping for school supplies with my own child for the first time. ( I took that photo, by the way!  One guess how I did it). I added this one just for you THL!  Photo Credit: Tracy Weston Photography 2.  When I go to the bathroom at work, generally…

  • Gardening,  Gratitude

    Sunshiny Day

     It’s not actually a sunshiny morning here in Wisconsin (my part of Wisconsin anyway)-it’s foggy and gross.  The humidity is suffocating.  Thank goodness I don’t have thick, curly hair.  I hear people with thick, curly hair turn into show poodles on days like this.  Days like this actually give me a rare chance to feel grateful for my boring, stick straight locks.  Gratitude.  It’s my new thing. So, in effort to cheer myself (and perhaps, you!) up this fine foggy morning, I thought I’d share a picture I took yesterday of the sunflower I planted near my deck that finally decided to grace us with its presence and bloom already! Isn’t this…

  • Gratitude,  Kid Pics,  summer

    Summer’s End, Peace, and Gratitude

    Summer is rapidly winding down to a grinding halt.  This seems barely possible as it seems it only started a week or so ago.  Summer’s yearly end brings with it big changes for our family.  It marks the end of the Stay At Home Mom portion of my year and begins the Frantic Working Mom part.  Every year I try to enter this transition with gratitude and peacefulness but it doesn’t always work.  Gratitude for the fact that I get to have the best of both worlds…I get to spend the summer home with my babes and I also get to spend a portion of the year focusing on the career I’ve worked so hard…

  • Recipe

    Hamburger Noodle Pleaser

    You know when you read through a recipe and you get to the very end and there’s a note about how that particular recipe would be just fantastic if you doubled it and froze one portion for “a later use”?  Yeah.  I often think to myself that that would be a wonderful and wonderfully practical idea but for some reason I rarely follow through with it.  Something about freezing main dishes and heating them up later just seems overwhelming to me.  I’m not sure why. Logically, I realize that makes no sense.  In the big scheme of life’s overwhelming tasks freezing half of a casserole probably rates very low.  But…

  • A list,  birthday,  My Boy,  sappy mommy

    When You Are Six

    My little boy is not so very little anymore.  Six years old is quite big if you didn’t know this.  When you are six you have a mouth full of missing teeth, you shout weird grown-up-ish phrases like, “Yeah, Baby!”, and you no longer have any interest in hearing The Very Quiet Cricket over and over again before bed but instead, enjoy having the entire series of Harry Potter read to you and you ask intricate questions about plot and character development along the way.  It’s mind boggling. It’s mind boggling because when you are six, your mother still has vivid memories of the extreme heat during those weeks of summer before you were…