Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ryan got tagged!

So one of our friends got tagged on one of the blog tags that go around and her hubby did it and then tagged some of his guy friends. Ryan was one of those guys. I told him about it and he told me that blogs are a girl thing (Spencer you have my permission to give Ryan a hard time) and he wouldn't do it. So, I decided that I will do it for him, using "his" answers. Hey, a girls got to find entertainment somewhere and since my hubby ditch me for the boys on a Saturday night, this time it is at his expense. Enjoy his answers, I think they are what he would say!

3 Joys
1. My wife
2. My wife
3. Have I mentioned my wife? Seriously, forget football, have you seen my wife? She is hot

3 fears
1. Making my wife mad enough that she would accidentally put the remote in her purse for an all day shopping trip. I know that day will come sometime.
2. Bugs, I just can't help it, they make me squeal like a girl. My son takes after me.
3. Missing an episode of Gossip Girl, What is going to happen with Dan and Serena? And Chuck and Blair? The suspense is killing me!

3 current obsessions
1. Gossip Girl & 90210
2. My wife
3. Gossip rags, seriously, I need to know what is happening to Britney!

3 regrets
1. Leaving my wife on a Saturday night for a football game. She would have been so much more fun to hang out with.
2. Dating girls before I met my wife. What was the point?
3. Not listening to my wife. She is always right.

3 facts about me
1. I love chick flicks and musicals, my wife digs that
2. My wife is a better driver
3. I still don't know how to text message using T9, it scares me.

I'm not tagging anyone, but I would love to hear husbands answers from the wife's point of view.

Playing catchup

I know I have not blogged in forever! I have been so busy that I haven't even sat at the computer for about 3 weeks until today. Needless to say I have also not been great with my emails (big suprise there, huh). Thankfully my phone gets them so I know that I have not completely ignored anyone!

I have added so many fun things that have happened over the past 2 months, including something new. I have decided to do shoutouts to the special people in my life when they have special occasions. I wanted to start with Madison's birthday, seeing that it is Sept. 2-something (I don't even know the date today) and I didn't do it, I decided to start with Ariane's graduation and Aunna's birthday, both in August. At least I am only a month late with these. Sorry! I am simply a huge slacker! I put songs on both of their slideshows so make sure you stop one before starting the other. If I was more technically talented I might know how to delay one or something. Since I am not you will want to make sure only one plays at a time.

Our family has had lots of changes the last month. We rented out our old house and moved to our new house. We love it! One day I may actually show pictures from the inside, but since I still have a few items that I just don't know where to put so they are out in the open, that day is not right now. Come visit us and I will give you the grand tour (our master closet is droolworthy, trust me). Right now I will settle showing a picture of our old house and our new house.

Happy Birthday Aunna!

My second shoutout is to my favorite soon-to-be lawyer. I can't believe you turned 25! Congratulations! August 28th is a special day on my calendar. Every time we hear Big Girls Don't Cry we think about you and Navy Pier in Chicago. Here are some special pictures for a special sister. I dedicate this song to you and added your favorite picture ever to the slide show and just by itself. I love you and miss you like crazy!

Congratulations Ariane!

Congratulations my sweet Ariane! You finally graduated college, I am so proud of you! Only 3 more years to go, then you will be a pharmacist! Madison came up to me the other day and said "Mommy, I like Ariane because she picks me up from school." She loves Ariane coming to get her when she goes to mother's day out in Memphis. She only wants to be picked up by Ariane. It is so sweet. Ariane always plays with her and she loves that so much. Here is a special shoutout to a special sister, I love you and I miss you! See you soon! I picked the song just for you! Enjoy! I know it is your favorite!

Caution! Domestic Goddess ahead

Yep, that is me. Let me explain why I have given myself that title. Over the Labor Day weekend I drove myself and the kids up to Utah for a week. I needed some time away from the stress of not moving (that is right, I said not moving. I can't stand messes and I could only pack my house up so far in advance of the move in date. I was going crazy not being able to pack. I caught up on all the season's of House. Great show, by the way.) Anyway, since it was full season for corn, tomatoes and peaches I decided to do some canning this year. Actually, I begged my mother-in-law to help me. I love canning, I just don't love doing it all by my self. It is a lot of work.

Day 1: 32 quarts of peaches. It doesn't sound like a lot, but I think it took 2 bushels to get 32 quarts.

Peaches are my favorite thing to can because first, they are beautiful when they are taken out of the water bath.

Second, because my daughter will actually eat them without telling me she doesn't like them first, me trying to convince her that she does, then remind her of the rule of the house is that we take 2 bites of everything before we say we don't like them, and then her jumping up and down with joy and proclaiming that she does actually like them. Who knew!

And third, they are my favorite fruit to eat and can. They are SO easy to can. You can almost do them by yourself without going crazy.

Day 2: two bushels of tomatoes. It came out to about 33 pints. For all of you who know me well know that I hate tomatoes, raw ones anyway. They make me sick, I can't even smell them. This project is torture for me.So why do I do them? I do them because I like stewed tomatoes and they taste so good in my spaghetti sauce and taco soup. The entire time I was cutting them I kept repeating to myself, "it's okay, it is just watermelon." It looks just like watermelon when you cut them up, but does NOT feel like it. I am impressed it did not throw up. The smell was awful! At least I have enough for 2 years (see day 4).

Day 3: Corn. We did 15 dozen ears of corn. It is super easy and didn't take too long, but it was a lot of corn! We got about 90 bags put together and frozen. Tip: use a food saver to store the corn. But, first freeze the corn so the juice does not destroy the foodsaver. And definitely stock up on bags. Corn goes a long way.

This was the first canning experience for my new sister-in-law. She was a little nervous when Kathy and I told her we would be doing 15 dozen ears. Um, I was a little nervous. This was the first corn I have canned/frozen. It was EASY!!! The only bad part is shucking the corn. It wasn't that bad, just messy.

Hunter really dug it, he just gnawed away on the ears. We tried to keep him to just one, but he wanted to see if they all tasted the same. Look at the cute boy!

Day 4: more tomatoes. 3 more bushels to be exact. I was so tired of tomatoes. But it will be nice to have them in my pantry. If I am going to put them in my food they better taste good. Home canned tomatoes are the reason I put them in any of my food at all. I don't think I bought tomatoes the first 6 years of my marriage. About two years ago Kathy roped me in to helping her do some. As a thank you she gave me about 8 or so pints. I honestly didn't think I would ever use them, but what the hey, ask my husband, I can't say no to free anything. Needless to say I did use them. In about 2 months. I then begged to make them again but never hit the seasons right with our trips up to Utah. Until this year. As a result we now have 60 pints of tomatoes to bring home with us in October. We did 83 in all. I was so tired of them, but I will appreciate all of my hard work for the next 2 years. Hopefully by then I will have forgetten the hideous smell and the slimy feel on my hands. Here's hoping....

Here was the dining room table at the end of the week. It was full! The corn took up the entire extra freezer. It's going to take almost the entire back of the car to get it all back in October. Why October? Because Ryan said I could do as much as I want but I was not allowed to bring any of it home until our October trip. Neither of us wanted to move everything twice. I figured it was fair.

Hunter pushing Madison around

I don't know how I ended up getting this on camera. Hunter started out sitting on the ground trying to push the stroller and Ryan came to get me so I could take a look. I grabbed my camera on the way and I am so glad I did. He has never done this before, but it was the cutest thing. I got a few different videos and will share them with all of you. I think it is so amazing that he could pull it backwards and still keep his balance. What a fun trick!