Friday, July 31, 2009

Worms in Your Belly

Jackson has developed a penchant for drinking bathwater out of his tub toys and it grosses me out beyond belief. In a moment of sheer desperation the other night, I told him that drinking bathwater will make you get worms in your belly.

He was less than thrilled about that.

He wanted to know if there were worms in his belly right then, so I put my ear to his tummy and listened for a second. I assured him that he didn’t have worms in his belly, and that he was fine, but that he could get them from drinking bathwater.

A few minutes later when I was drying him off, he put his ear to my tummy and said, “Uh-oh Mommy! I listened to your tummy and you have snails in your belly!”

Maybe that’s why I feel so sluggish…

So now between a shark in the living room, and worms in his belly, I feel sure that his future therapist will have plenty to work with!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Big Changes For Our Little Man

About two weeks ago we got a notice that Jackson's preschool was going up on their rates again. This would make an increase of over $20 a week since we got Jackson enrolled there when he was 8 months old. We love the school and his teachers and we were getting prepared to pay the extra amount when we got a phone call yesterday that he had finally gotten in with a preschool that he's been on the waiting list for since I was 5 months pregnant. Yes, you read that correctly. I was 5 months pregnant when Jackson got on their waiting list and we just now got the call 2 weeks before Jackson's 3rd birthday.

So I took the open spot and I've been stressed ever since.

I'm not stressed about the decision, because I truly feel this is the right choice for our family. God is providing a way for us to save over $2,000 a year while at the same time have a great place for Jackson to stay. It's a wonderful Christian environment at a Baptist church just around the corner from us, and I've never heard a complaint about them. For Heaven's sake, the waiting list is 3 years long! I dropped by yesterday afternoon and met the director and his teacher. Both seem very nice and I felt like he would be very well taken care of.

That being said, I'm still very stressed and anxious.

I'm mostly stressed about how Jackson is going to take the change. He isn't a very outgoing child until he warms up, and for him that sometimes takes a little while. He is very reserved and doesn't handle new things very well.

And I'm stressed about Jackson having to say goodbye to his friends and teachers.

And I'm stressed about taking Jackson to a new school where he doesn't know anyone.

And I'm stressed that although I know that Jackson is going to have to learn to make transitions in life, it doesn't make this immediate change any easier on him or us.

So keep us in your prayers. Pray specifically for an easy transition time for Jackson and that he will love his new school and teacher. Pray that he is able to make new friendships easily.

Pray for his Mommy and Daddy when they take him the first few days.

We drive by this school all the time and he loves the playground. He'll say, "When I get bigger, I'm going to go to that school and play on that playground." So right now we are really playing up the "you're bigger and you'll get to play on a new playground" aspect of things while at the same time trying not to let Jackson see how stressed I am for him.

It's times like these when I really wish that children came with a handbook for tough decisions...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Jackson has Flip Factory at school every Tuesday afternoon at school. He has learned so many tricks from his gymnastics classes. He loves it, and we love seeing him show us his new skills, when we can actually get him to show us what he's learned!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A "Sogoodyou'llwanttoslapyourmama" Recipe

I get the Taste of Home magazine and it had a recipe in it this month that I just had to try. It's called, "Secret's in the Sauce" BBQ ribs. The name caught my eye because of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, but fortunately, the secret ingredient is NOT the same with these ribs!

Seriously y'all, words cannot describe how good these ribs were. I made them on Saturday and my mouth is watering just thinking about them now. The meat was so tender that it was falling off the bone in the crock pot! Absolutely finger-lickin good! Jeremy was devouring them and he normally thinks ribs are too much work to worry about. Jackson even liked them, once I showed him how to eat them. And the best part: you cook them in the crock pot and the recipe only calls for 5 ingredients! Gotta love it!

"Secret's in the Sauce" BBQ Ribs

2 racks pork baby back ribs (about 4-1/2 pounds)
1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
2-1/2 cups barbecue sauce
3/4 cup cherry preserves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced

Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; sprinkle with pepper. Place in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with sauce.

My only adjustments to the recipe were that I used Sweet Baby Ray's original barbeque sauce, but you could use any sauce that you like. I also don't like mustard, so I didn't add the Dijon mustard, and since I wouldn't have the faintest idea of how to mince a garlic clove, I just bought the jar of minced garlic and added 1tsp.

Give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Moment of Silence

Remember when I told you about our furry little friend that had taken up residence in our home.

Remember how I thought we had gotten rid of him?

I was wrong...

Over the past couple of days we had discovered some, ahem, evidence that he was still lurking around our house. So while I was at Wal-mart on Saturday I went ahead and bought some mousetraps. I don't like them, but I also don't like having a mouse running loose in my house.

Before bed last night Jeremy set two traps and baited them with peanut butter. As a side note, it was pretty funny watching Jeremy try to figure out how to set the traps. A few times it snapped, but luckily his fingers weren't near it at the time.

It did however scare the daylights out of Jackson.

And now neither Jackson nor I are a big fan of the mousetraps.

And it's times like these that I'm so glad that Jeremy's in the funeral directing business.

So without further adieu, let's take a moment of silence for our furry little friend....

Mouse, A. Harry, passed away suddenly at his home in Wade's World at 3:29 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2009. He was enjoying his final meal here on earth when God snapped his fingers and called him Home. His former family likes to imagine that he is enjoying his days staring at Cheese-puff clouds, eating gourmet Swiss, and swimming around pools of melted Velveeta. He is survived by family and friends, who if smart, will be packing up and moving out of Wade's World as we speak. He was a smart, well educated mouse; he knew a glue trap when he saw one. He taught us much during his short life, the most important lesson being that choosy mice choose Jif. He will be fondly remembered as "that mouse that ran across Jeremy's foot." In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wade Family Disney fund.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Question of the Week?

Can you guess what man in my life has worn big boy underwear all day, everyday since Sunday?

Besides Jeremy.

That's right!! Jackson has been in big boy undies all week and he's only had 1 accident, if you don't count a few drippy pee pee accidents here and there. In fact, Jackson absolutely refused to wear a pull-up to church on Sunday. I'm so proud of my little man, and let's face it, little boy underwear is so stinking cute!!
So keep your fingers crossed for us. I'm thinking we're about to jump off the pull-up band wagon!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Keeping It Simple Recipe

I have an amazingly simple and easy recipe that I wanted to share with y’all. It’s for Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. My Aunt Nett cooked it over Memorial Day weekend and I’ve been holding out on y’all since then, even though I’ve cooked it about 10 times! What’s so great about this recipe is that it only has 4 ingredients and can be mixed and matched for your taste preferences as far as the spice level is concerned. It’s delicious!

Normally I make this with a block of Mexican Velveeta and a can of Petite cut diced tomatoes, but last night I used the original Velveeta and the diced tomatoes and it was still really good. In fact I think that I liked it better than when it was spicy. If you like really spicy things, use the Mexican Velveeta and a can of Rotel, just don’t blame me if it gives you heartburn!

Here goes:

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
1 regular size Velveeta cheese (either original or Mexican, cut into cubes)
1 can of either Rotel tomatoes or Petite Cut diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can of diced white meat chicken (drained)
1 package of whatever spaghetti noodles you like (I use angel hair)

In a large sauté pan add the can of tomatoes and cubes of the Velveeta cheese. Drain the chicken and take a fork to break the chicken up into fine pieces so that it is almost shredded. Add to the sauté pan. Turn on low heat so the cheese doesn’t burn and stir frequently until the Velveeta is mixed through.

While the sauce is heating, cook your noodles. When the noodles are done, drain and mix into the cheese sauce. Combine everything really well and serve with a salad and rolls.

The whole meal, start to finish, can be cooked in less than 15 minutes, and I’m all about that! Try it out and let me know what you think. Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Guess what!!!

We're going to Mexico!!!

My Mom, Dad, Jason, Kellyn, Jeremy, Jackson and I will be taking a cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy ship in September! We had been talking about taking a family vacation for awhile, but this happened really quickly. Jeremy and I took a cruise for our 1 year anniversary (way back in 2002) and had been talking about taking another one. I was so happy that this cruise worked out for everyone's schedule, and we're so excited to be heading back to Mexico!

New Orleans to Cozumel

Putt-putt on board

Water slides on board!

And since I'm all about keeping it real here at Wade's World, I'm also really, really excited about this! It's going to be amazing, and we can't wait for September!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

70 Questions

I found this survey online and couldn't resist. Enjoy!

1. The phone rings. Who do you want it to be? Jeremy, cause he's my best friend in the whole wide world. Or my family because I love them. Or Miranda because she's always ragging me about something!

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? If I'm within a reasonable distance of the buggy stall because by that time I've already put Jackson in his car seat and he's hollering to go!

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? I definitely like to talk, but I'm also a listener.

4. Do you take compliments well? Sometimes.

5. Do you play Sudoku? I stink at this game although my sister Kellyn and my Dad are Sudoku masters. They can even play with a pen. I'm so jealous!

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? It depends on how long I was out there. More than a few days, probably not!

7. What is your favorite number? 8 because it's perfectly symmetrical.

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Yes, GA and Girl Scout camp. I loved both!

9. What was your favorite game as a kid? Candyland, Uno, Operation

10. Would you slow dance with someone that you knew was married? It depends on who it was and the circumstances.

11. What is the best/worst movie you have ever seen? Best is Dirty Dancing, worst was Ground Hog Day, the first time I saw it. I loathed that movie. It's okay now though.

12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you? I dated a guy who was Catholic, although not practicing, and a guy who was Church of Christ, so yes I did, but I married a Southern Baptist!

13. Do you like to pursue or be pursued? I'm married.

14. Use three words to describe yourself? friendly, neurotic, outgoing

15. Do any songs make you cry? Yes.

16. Are you continuing your education? I would love to eventually get a masters degree.

17. Do you know how to shoot a gun? No. I've tried before and the recoil left a big bruise on my shoulder.

18. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed? Jackson of course!

19. How often do you read books? All the time!

20. Do you think more about the past, present or future? I think about the future a lot.

21. What is your favorite children's book? Charlotte's Web

22.What color are your eyes? Brown

23. How tall are you? 5'7"

24. Where is your dream house located? By a lake.

25. If you had to be an animal, what would you be? A cat. They have it pretty easy.

26. What is your favorite type of food? Japanese.

27. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Of course!

28. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? A few weeks ago. I love their Eggplant Parmesan.

29. Where was the furthest place you traveled today? To work

30. Any weird habits? I practice typing words on my legs. It started in typing class and high school and I still do it today when I get bored.

31. Worst food you ever ate? Oysters.

32. Do you like mustard? NOO.

33. Do you prefer to sleep or eat? Both equally, although with the insomnia I'm having lately I would rather sleep right now.

34. Do you look like your mom or dad? I definitely favor my Dad, and my sister favors my Mom.

35. How long does it take you in the shower? 10 min.

36. Can you do the splits? No.

37. What movie do you want to see right now? Julie & Julia

38. What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. It was amazing!

39. Worst song on the radio right now? Poker Face by Lady Gaga

40. Do you think The Grudge was scary?I don't watch scary movies, and I refer you to number 33.

41. Do you have a tattoo? Not yet.

42. Do you own a camera phone? Yes, but I never use it.

43. What is your favorite color? Navy Blue.

44. Was your mom a cheerleader? No, she was a majorette though.

45. What's the last letter of your middle name? "H"

46. How many letters in your entire name? 12

47. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? I would love 8, although once again I refer you to number 44.

48. Do you like care bears? Of course! I even have one of the movies.

49. What do you buy at the movies? Popcorn and a coke until I saw the prices on our last visit. Sheesh. As if a $8.75 ticket isn't enough.

50. Do you know how to play poker? No

51. Do you wear your seat belt? Always

52. What do you wear to sleep? big t shirts

53. Anything big ever happen in your hometown? It was once home to the world's largest cotton gin.

54. How many meals do you eat a day? 3.

55. Is your tongue pierced? That would be a no.

56. Do you always read MySpace bulletins? I don't use myspace anymore.

57. Best place you've ever visited? Puerto Rico.

58. Do you like funny or serious people better? Funny!!

59. Ever been to L.A.? Nope.

60. Did you eat a cookie today? Actually, yes.

61. Do you use cuss words in other languages? No.

62. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads? I don't download music.

63. Do you hate chocolate? I love dark chocolate.

64. What do you and your parents fight about the most? I don't fight with my parents. They're amazing!

65. Are you a gullible person? Unfortunately, yes.

66. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy? Nope, I'm married. I'm very happy!

67. If you could have any job (assuming you have the skills) what would it be? To be a best-selling author.

68. Are you easy to get along with? I think so.

69. What is your favorite time of day? I love the time after supper and before Jackson's bath time when we get to just relax as a family. After the dishes are done, of course.

70. If you could do anything by yourself for a day what would it be? Where to begin. Sleep until at least 8:00, go swimming on a tropical beach, read books, get a pedicure, take a nap, eat Japanese food, and then head home for a bubble bath!

Now, I tag Candy, Miranda, Rachel, Leigh, and Kristi! Have a great day!

Monday, July 20, 2009

When I Get Bigger

Jackson had us cracking up laughing last night. It all started with Jeremy went to give him his dose of allergy medicine. Jackson grabbed the medicine dropper and told Jeremy that he wanted to do it "ALL BY MYSELF!" Well, Jeremy had to help him anyways, and as soon as he swallowed the medicine, Jackson jumps up onto the couch, points his finger at Jeremy and (as he's shaking his pointer finger at Jeremy) says, "Next time I take that medicine I will be bigger and I will do it ALL BY MYSELF!"

Jeremy and I started laughing so hard. Without missing a beat, Jackson looks at both of us and said, "Seriously, you guys, you need to calm down!" The only thing that would have made it cuter would be if he had used the phrase, "y'all" instead of "you guys." No offense to my Northern readers, but "you guys" is so Yankeeish, and for the life of me, Jackson will not say, "y'all" no matter how much I try to get him to repeat it. I'm working on it though!

And y'all, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was such a good movie. It wasn't exactly like the book, but I have to give them credit that they did a really good job on the movie. I guess it's rather difficult turning a 700 page book into a 2 1/2 hour movie, but I was definitely pleased. I'm dying to go see it again! Have a great Monday!

Friday, July 17, 2009

You Asked For It!

I had a couple questions the other day and here are my answers.

Michelle asked, "If you are in the woods alone and a tree falls "Who yelled 4?"

I'm thinking this is a trick question, but I'm gonna have to say that if I'm in the woods alone, and a tree starts to fall, I'm going to be too concerned about getting out of the way so the tree doesn't hit me, so therefore no one would yell 4.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...
"If you had to choose one TV show to watch--and only one--which one would you pick?"

This was a tough question. My first thought was that I would have to break things down into categories like the Emmy's even though that is kind of cheating. But it's my blog so I guess I can cheat!

Drama: House, Law & Order SVU, CSI Miami,
Comedy: The Office
Reality Show: The Bachelor/Bachelorette, America's Next Top Model, Top Chef, Iron Chef, American Idol, and Project Runway.

I'm going to have to also add a "Reruns" category.

Reruns: Friends, Golden Girls, The Cosby Show, Gilligan's Island, and I Love Lucy.

So the winner in each category is....(Drum Roll Please!!)

Drama: House
Comedy: The Office
Reality Show: The Bachelorette
Reruns: Friends

And the overall winner of the show that I would watch if I could choose only one show to watch would be Friends. I can quote entirely too many episodes. It's rather sad but I love that show, even after all these years. I even cried when the series ended. Apparently I'm pathetic.

And guess what's going on tonight?

I know you are dying from suspense.

Kellyn, Jason, Jeremy and I are all heading to the movies to go see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I'm so excited!! It's been 2 years since a HP movie has come out, and I can't wait!! I seriously debated about drawing a lighting bolt on my forehead but Jeremy burst my bubble and told me that I was being silly. Half-Blood Prince was really a turning point for the tone of the books, and was one of my favorite reads in the entire series. If you haven't read the books (or seen the movies), you really should give them a try. They may just surprise you! I'll give an update on the movie later.

And just to follow up on one more thing, The Debate of the Century is over, and I'm pleased to say that iced pop tarts were the clear winner with 86% of the vote!

Does that really surprise anyone other than Jeremy and the other 3 people that voted for plain pop tarts?

Y'all have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

If You Give a Mouse A House

You know we have our house on the market.

And you know that someone has been interested in it.

Well, apparently there is more interest in our house that from just that buyer. We have a mouse that has taken up residence in our home. Considering that we live very close to some woods I'm surprised that it hasn't happened before now.

It all started on Monday morning when Jeremy was heading into the kitchen. I happened to be right behind him to ask him a question when all of a sudden he jumped about a foot off the ground.

Our little visitor had run out from under the refrigerator right across his foot and into the laundry room.

Had it been me, Jeremy would have been announcing my funeral plans right now.

So Jeremy put out some of those little glue traps around the fridge and in the laundry room.

For the record, and so PETA and ASPCA don’t come chasing me down, I hate traps. I hate the thought of a mouse trap and I hate the idea of a glue trap. Both seem very painful, and either way it doesn’t fare so well for the mouse.

But having a mouse in my house doesn’t fare so well for me.

So we put the traps out and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And nothing happened.

Then late Tuesday night Jeremy and I walked by the laundry room and caught a whiff of something really bad. We both thought that our little visitor had met his demise and had died in our laundry room. So Jeremy and I proceeded to move stuff out of the way, and I laid down on my stomach with a flashlight while Jeremy tilted the washer and dryer up so I could look underneath them and see if we had found our mouse.

I learned two things from this little experience: First of all, our dog Macy sheds a lot. I could have made a fur coat out of the hair underneath the washer and dryer.

Second of all, it’s extremely hilarious to tickle the back of Jeremy’s leg when he’s on a mouse expedition.

At least it was funny to me.

Jeremy wasn’t laughing.

So after checking out underneath the washer and dryer, we came up empty handed, but we could still smell something really bad. Then my eyes glanced in the direction of a bag of Wal-Mart bags. We always collect them and take them to Jackson’s preschool. I noticed that one of the bags looked kind of yellowed, so I held it out to Jeremy and asked him to check it out.

I may or may not have asked him to sniff the bags.

And Jeremy may or may not have sniffed the bags.

Let the record show that if someone asks you to sniff something, it’s probably not a good idea to do it.

After Jeremy went running from the kitchen dry heaving, it occurred to me that it looked kinda like milk that had spilled into the bag.

We haven’t seen or heard from our mouse friend since then.

And apparently the smell of spoiled milk works better than a mouse trap any day.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Jeremy's parents came into town this past weekend and after supper on Saturday night we had a great time playing t-ball with Jackson in the backyard. Here are some pictures!

Jackson laughing at Papa playing t-ball!

Daddy helps Jackson pitch

Strike One!!

Jackson decided he could do it "ALL BY MYSELF!"

It got really hot so Jackson started playing ball in the sprinkler!

Forget t-ball: This is much more fun!

Such a cutie!

And I just wanted to give you a heads up that tomorrow will be another installment of "Ask Amy" so think of some hairbrained, off the wall question and ask it in the comments section! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fish Tales

Before nap time on Sunday, Jackson and I were laying down just talking for a few minutes when he sat up really quickly and said, "The other day I was fishing and I caught a really big fish. I reeled it in with my fishing pole and was about to throw it back in the water when someone came and took it from me. They ate my fish!"

When I asked him how big his fish was, without missing a beat he said, "It was thiiissssss biiiggggggg!"

Such a big fish for such a cute little boy!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Guess What?

I've been holding out on y'all and sitting on this very exciting news for a week now, and I've finally gotten permission to tell the good news!!

I'm gonna be an Aunt!!!
My sister Kellyn and her husband Jason are expecting their first child! I'm so excited. The baby is due on March 7th, and I can't wait to see how cute Kellyn is going to be pregnant!

Jackson has already started spilling the beans at church! Yesterday his Sunday School teacher started telling him that he needed to tell his Mommy and Daddy that they needed to have a baby. Jackson said, "But I'm already gonna have a baby cousin!"

We are so excited and can't wait for this new addition to the Moore family. Please keep Kellyn, Jason, and their little peanut in your prayers!

Now it's time for Kellyn to finally start a blog!

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Debate of the Century

Jeremy and I have a marital conflict. It turns up every now and then, especially when we are shopping together. Here it is:

Pop tarts: Icing or Plain

I'm an icing girl. I adore icing. In fact, I think I probably eat more icing than I do cake whenever I can get my hands on it.

Jeremy is much more of a cake person. In fact, he doesn't even really like icing.

How sad...
Let's have a side by side comparison:

It's not even a contest as to which one looks better!

So whenever it's time to by the breakfast of champions, pop tarts, we have to debate back and forth until we have wasted entirely too much time over such a trivial matter.

Or Jackson puts the Blueberry Iced Pop Tarts into the buggy. Whichever happens first.

So I'm putting it out there as a boggy poll to end our debate once and for all; Which pop tart is better: iced or plain?

So click on my poll on the left side of the screen and share your thoughts in the comment section.

And I know y'all aren't going to let me down on this...

I've got way too much riding on being "right" on the Pop Tarts!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Only A Preschooler....

See the jacket Jackson is wearing? Can anyone offer an explanation as to why he has started insisting on wearing it in the middle of July? Anyone?

Me neither, but that didn't stop him from wearing the jacket to church last night and taking it to school today.

It's not easy explaining a jacket when it's 95 degrees outside, but at least he's not insisiting on wearing it with the infamous jeans. I do have to put my foot down sometimes!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Here are some pictures from the 4th of July. We went to the local parade and just happened to park right next to some friends of ours from church, so Jackson got to enjoy the parade with his buddy Noah.

Jackson and Noah

Maddie, Noah and Jackson

Jackson and Noah watch for the parade

Jackson loved the motorcycles!

Noah's Dad, Mike, was part of the Honor Guard.

An old fashioned firetruck that has plants growing all over it!

Jackson did NOT care for how loud the firetruck was!

Tata and Jackson wait for the fireworks show

Jackson waiting for the show

Jackson and Jeremy

I didn't get any pictures of the actual fireworks show because Jackson was freaked out over how loud they were. He did however tell me as we were buckling him into his carseat when the show was over, "I'm not gonna cry anymore over those loud fireworks!" so apparently he isn't too scarred!!!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Pie That Wasn't Meant To Be

I decided to make a strawberry pie on Friday night to take over for lunch on Saturday. The recipe I found was courtesy of Shannon over at Rocks In My Dryer. Apparently it was not in the cards for me to make this pie.

Here’s why…

Shannon’s recipe makes 2 pies, so I told Jeremy that since he had to work on Saturday I would send him to work with one of the pies and I would take the other to my parent’s house. He was excited about that and so when we got home from Wal-Mart around 7:45 that night I began making the pie. Here’s the recipe I used:

2 containers fresh strawberries, sliced and washed
2 pie shells (homemade, if you're fancy, store-bought if you're me)
17 oz Sprite or 7-Up
1 pkg strawberry Jell-o
1 1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp cornstarch

Bake pie crust, set aside to cool.

In a sauce pan, bring Sprite, sugar and cornstarch to a boil. Cook over low heat until it thickens (5-10 minutes).

Remove pan from heat. Stir in Jell-o until dissolved. Mix in sliced strawberries. Chill mixture in fridge for 20 minutes.

Remove from fridge and pour into two pie shells. Cover with saran wrap and chill for at least three hours before serving.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Did you read the first line of the instructions? The one that says, “Bake pie crust…”

Yeah, I didn’t read that line.

I skipped right over it.

I had bought a store bought pie shell because I never claimed to be Betty Crocker. I had this gorgeous yummy strawberry goodness ready and poured it into the pie shells. I wrapped them in saran wrap and started walking over to the fridge. I was patting myself on the back for being such a happy little homemaker with my homemade strawberry pie when my finger touched onto the pie crust and a thought crossed my mind…

How is the pie crust going to harden in the fridge?

Answer: It won’t.

I immediately dumped the strawberry pie filling back into the sauté pan and asked Jeremy to come help me. He suggested that I just scrap the pie filling out of the shell and then bake them. I knew that that wouldn’t work because every time I scraped some of the filling out, the dough started getting gooey and falling out of the pie shells.

So Jeremy went to Winn-Dixie for me at 9:00 that night to buy more pie shells because he loves me. And he really wanted some pie.

I started preheating the oven while he was gone so when he got back I popped the pie shells into the over and prayed that the filling wouldn’t start to harden before I could get it into the shells.

After they cooked I set them out on the oven to let them cool.

And after 10 minutes or so I picked up a shell to test and see if it was cool yet.

And apparently I tipped the pie shell just enough for the entire pie crust to dump out onto the floor.

And then I started laughing. Like a maniac.

Because there wasn’t anything else to do at the time.

And then Macy ate the pie shell.

So I came to the conclusion really quick that Jeremy just wasn’t meant to take a pie to work, and he was fine with that seeing what I had gone through. I would have DIED if I had sent my husband to work with a pie crust that was dough. And that would have been really hard to live down, especially with some of his coworkers.

So I dumped as much of the filling as I could into the last pie shell standing and then Jeremy and I proceeded to eat the leftover pie filling with a spoon straight out of the saute pan.

And since Jeremy couldn't take a strawberry pie to work, I saved him a really big slice of pie on Saturday.

And he loved it.

It was amazing, and so worth the trouble.

And I’m going to make it again this weekend at Jeremy’s request for his parents, but this time, I’m going to actually re-read the directions BEFORE I start cooking!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

30 Day Shred (otherwise known as, "Torture for Dummies")

I tried on a swimsuit at Target on Thursday night. As soon as I got myself out of the Lycra body image destruction device, I walked down to the fitness section, threw Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD into the buggy and dared Jeremy to ask me any questions.

We got home and I began to Shred. About 25 seconds into the video, I was questioning why I had decided to do this.

About 3 minutes into the video I was dying.

Jeremy thought I was kidding until I made him do the video later.

Then he quit joking on me.

And neither of us is laughing anymore.

How can 20 minutes be so torturous?

I'm so sore right now that I skipped doing the exercise last night because I couldn't move.

In fact, I'm having to hunt and peck right now as opposed to typing because my arms aren't working.

I've found muscles that I didn't know existed.

And I'm 2 days out from doing the video and I still can't walk.

So Jillian's 30 Day shred may turn into Amy's 60 day shred.

And I would laugh at my misery, but it hurts too bad.

Happy Independence Day!

I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July today as we celebrate living in the greatest country in the world. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

We've Got a Bite on Our House!!!

We had someone come look at our house on Tuesday and we got word from our realtor that she was really pleased with the house. It was the only house out of the 4 for sale in our neighborhood that she really liked. She asked her realtor to come back and take more pictures of our house yesterday and the realtor just called me back and said that her client wants to come back to our house on Monday at noon with her mom to see the house again.

And another realtor just called to say that he is showing our house today.

I'm excited about these prospects. Please keep your fingers crossed for us that our realtor can reel them in!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

While I was busy tending to this...

and taking pictures of these...

Jackson was busy playing with this....

and having the time of his life...

and quickly ended up like this....

having an even better time!

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