Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Rewind

I saw that Michelle from Snapshots participated in a new blog hop this morning and I thought this would be a great way for me to tell about my weekend.  Tami is hosting this brand new hop.  Go check out her page, here.

Little Moments Like This

So this weekend I had a garage sale (you can read about it HERE) that started on Friday so I had to spend a lot of time preparing for it.  I normally don't like to have garage sales because it is usually a lot of work for very little profit.  This time my goal was to make enough to pay for the kids to get their passports.  I ended up making about $270 so that was enough to pay for 2 1/2 of them.  

Saturday, once again, started off with the garage sale.  Later in the day, though, Hottie Scottie and I headed down to the Scottrade Center to watch Game 1, Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs where the Blues took on the Kings.  Unfortunately, the Blues lost (BOO!).  That wasn't the only bad thing of the night.  There were some horrible storms that came through St. Louis that actually ended in one fatality.  Thank God we were ok but our car received a lot of hail damage.  We've only had it one year THIS WEEKEND!  

We woke up Sunday morning and just kind of lazed around.  Sunday night, though, we had went to see Van Halen featuring David Lee Roth and with opening act Kool and the Gang. Obviously we didn't realize 2 months ago when we bought the tickets that the Blues would also be in the playoffs at the same time or we would not have gone to the concert.  Anyway, we went ahead and went and I thought it was OK.  We have seen Kool and the Gang before and they were great.  David Lee Roth was  . . . something??  I've got to be honest, I am not a big Van Halen fan but if I had to choose between DLR or Sammy Hagar, I definitely now know that I would pick Sammy.  I think DLR has forgotten that he isn't in his 20's or 30's anymore and it was almost embarrassing at times some of his motions and dances.  He did sound pretty good, though, and Eddie Van Halen played a great guitar solo.  Plus, they played Panama so I was happy.

Hope your weekend was more relaxing than mine!!

Bye Bye Baby Gear

This past Friday and Saturday we had our subdivision garage sale.  I'm not a huge fan of having garage sales but I had a lot of stuff to get rid of and I knew that this was the best way to do it.

Most of the stuff that I needed to get rid of was baby stuff.  All of this stuff has been down in my basement for a while now and I finally decided it was time to just get rid of it all.  I spent time cleaning, washing, and adding batteries to all of the bouncies, swings, and push toys.  I lined them all up and then . . .
I got really sad.

This was Kanin's bouncy chair when he was a baby.  The little guys on the top don't make music or light up anymore but the chair still vibrates.  I remember getting this at my baby shower for him.  All 3 of my kids sat in this chair.

We bought this swing when we had Grace.  Kanin loved his swing (it matched the bouncy) so much that it stopped working.  Both Caleb and Grace spent many days rocking in this swing.

The bassinet.  We got this for Grace so that she could sleep in it right beside my bed.  This one made me really sad.

And, the exersaucer.  Gracie and Caleb both LOVED this thing and would bounce and jump and scream and laugh whenever they played in it.

I know what you are thinking and NO I do not want another baby.  I am glad that all of these items are going to people who will actually use them.  Selling this stuff opened up a workout area for Scott and me down in the basement but it does feel like little pieces of my babies just left the house.

I am excited for the next phase with the kids, no strollers or diaper bag but I absolutely love the baby phase.  I know growing up is part of life but if it were up to me, I'd need to use all of this baby stuff forever.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Recipe: Pioneer Woman's Guacamole

We have really been enjoying this the last few days, even my kids ask for it!

After making the Pioneer Woman's pico de gallo, I wanted to go ahead and make her guacamole so I added 4 ripe avacados.

Here's what you'll need:  (Click on the above link for the pico)

Cut around the avacado down until you hit the pit.  Twist the avacado open and pull out the pit.

Scoop out the meat of the avacado.

Use a fork to mash up the avacados.  You can make it as smooth or as lumpy as you prefer.

Add the mashed up avacados to the pico and mix.

Here's what you'll end up with:  (I sprinkled with a little more coarse salt to finish)
Our Thoughts:
I could go on and on and on about this guacamole.  It was fantastic.  NEVER buy store-bought or pre-made guacamole again.  It is way too easy to make this fantastic recipe.  Seriously awesome!

Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kanin's 1st Baseball Game

Ever since I laid eyes on my firstborn son, I wanted him to be a baseball player.  I love baseball (couldn't you tell??) and I just knew that he would love it, too.  Up until this year, though, Kanin just never got in to baseball.  Somehow over the past year he caught the bug and finally, finally I got to see my boy play baseball.

It actually worked out great this year.  Since Kanin has never played baseball before, Scott and I were worried that he would be far behind the other kids when it came to skill and understanding of the game.  I know most of the kids on his hockey team, including him, have been ice skating and playing hockey since 3 or 4 years old so I just figured baseball was the same way.  We got lucky, though, because a lot of kids on his hockey team also play on the same baseball team.  They needed extra boys this year and they were happy to have Kanin join them.  It was great because he already knew some of the players and coaches and we knew that he would fit right in.

Thursday night was Kanin's first baseball game with the "Orange Crush" team, Juice.

The boys each got to pick their own numbers and he picked #42 because of Jackie Robinson.  He's old school like that.

Here he is at his first at-bat.  Momma was nervous but . . .
his first EVER at-bat and the very first pitch and Kanin hit a double!

Here he is after being driven in by a teammate right after his double.  Look at that smile.  He told me later, 
"I just couldn't stop smiling."

It was a great first game.  Kanin had a huge cheering section.  I now see my summers being taken up by baseball and my winters by hockey.  Guess I can't complain about either one of those.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Opening Day 2012

Friday was the day that every Cardinal fan lives for . . .
Opening Day.

Last week it was in the '90's here in St. Louis.  Wouldn't you know it?  Opening Day comes around and it is barely 50 and pouring down rain.  Did that stop us?  No way!

I got down to Busch around 9:15am (game was supposed to start at 2:30pm) and all of the parking lots around the stadium were already packed.  I ended up finding a spot but it was nowhere near where I was supposed to be.  Oh well, I just had to go with the flow and get all of the stuff out and start setting up.  Luckily, my neighbor had this tent that I thought to throw in or it would have been one miserable day.

At one point, we had close to 20 people underneath this little tent.

Once it was time for the opening ceremonies to start, Flat Stanley and I made our way up to the ballpark.

The Cardinals have a great tradition of having a player parade before Opening Day.  Normally, the Budweiser Clydesdales lead off the parade but since it had been raining for 4 hours, they didn't make it.  Fredbird comes by and then out come the Hall of Famers.

Lou Brock

Bob Gibson

Red Schoendist

Ozzie Smith

Bruce Sutter

Whitey Herzog

And, of course, Stan "The Man" Musial

We were still celebrating last year's World Series win.  It was so foggy and rainy on Opening Day but if you look to the far right, you will see the 2011 Championship Flag flying.

Participating in his first Opening Day as the Cardinals' manager, Mike Matheney.

The Secret Weapon, Jose Oquendo

Mark McGwire

"Puma" Lance Berkman

Chris Carpenter

Kanin's favorite player, closer Jason Motte

Matt Holliday

New Addition, Carlos Beltran

After sitting out in the rain for an extra 2 hours because of a rain delay, I really wasn't in my normal Opening Day euphoric mood.  Scott cleaned up the tailgate and met me inside.  We saw the first Cubs player bat and then it started raining . . . AGAIN!  I just couldn't do it.  My socks were soaked, I was freezing, my pants legs were wet up to my knees.  I looked at Scott and said,

"There are going to be 80 more games after this one.  I can't sit out in the rain anymore." 

So, yes, we left . . . in the top of the 1st inning.

We couldn't head out, though, before grabbing one quick pic from us.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blues Playoffs, Game 1

Thursday night was the first night of playoffs.  Scott wasn't able to go so it was a perfect chance for a little Mommy-Kanin time. 

His class read Flat Stanley and each student got their own Flat Stanley.  We have him for a whole month and then we have to create a poster board of his travels.  This was Stanley's first trip.  Not too bad, huh?

We stopped outside at the Al MacInnis statue to take a quick pic.

Unfortunately, we lost that first game but came back and beat the Sharks last night to tie the series 1-1. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Playoff Hockey is Back in the Lou!

Can I get a "Let's Go Blues"?

Tonight is Game 1 in the St. Louis Blues' quest for Lord Stanley.

On the eve of what should be a Missouri state holiday (St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day), the St. Louis Blues are back in the playoffs.  What a fantastic two days of sports for our town.  I'm taking Kanin to the game tonight since Gaga has to DJ.  He is so exicted and so am I!

Let's Go Blues!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter, Part 2

After the sickness and Easter outfit debacle, we headed out to Debbie's house for a fantastic dinner.  I thought it was great because there was a lot of Pinterest inspiration and extra creativity going on (sorry I don't have links):

After stuffing ourselves, it was time for the kids to hunt for Easter eggs.

The kids had fun hunting eggs but they missed Ali, Aidan, and Kenzie.

After hunting eggs, it was time for dyeing some.

Later, the kids had fun just playing outside and then a very unexpected visitor showed up.

Hope you all had as Blessed, and hopefully less stressful, as Easter as we did!