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Life never goes as planned. I had such good intentions of keeping up my blog while my hubby was deployed, and I was pregnant. It’s been one heck of a ride. I have more time now though, and I can’t wait to share some of our recent experiences. For now, I just wanted to introduce you to the littlest of our bunch. I haven’t thought of a good nickname for him yet, but he’s too adorable not to share. Not to mention, I wanted to share how much Blue Eyes and Snow White have grown. 🙂

My sweet baby boy

My sweet baby boy

Blue Eyes!

Blue Eyes!

Snow White

Snow White

Brothers!

Brothers!

Snow White loves the baby

Snow White loves the baby

Dear Mr. Blue Eyes

Mr. Blue Eyes and his "colors"

Mr. Blue Eyes and his “colors”


My dear baby boy,
You have no idea how relieved I am that you love your little sister so much. Right now, it’s a little frustrating when she gets a bottle in the eye, or when all 24 lbs of you tries to pick up all 10 lbs of her, but I’m so grateful that you have such a loving heart. I love that you want to help mommy take care of her. I hope that you will remember how much you love her when she is big enough to follow you around and get in the way. Right now sis sis is learning to crawl, and I know you don’t like sharing your cars, but I’m so happy you do. Some day she will discover princesses and tutus and then you’ll be left in peace with your cars and planes.
I hope you remember how much you love her when you two are fighting or teasing each other. I hope you will protect her when mommy isn’t around and that you will look out for her when you two are old enough to go to parties. I hope you will protect your sis sis when you both start school. It’s scary for mommy to know you are going to grow up, but you have mommy and daddy to teach you how to be a good boy and man.
Your mommy and your sister are your first examples of how to take care of your future wife. So when mommy is punishing you because you, “don’t hit girls” or making you open the door, it’s not to be mean. It’s because mommy and daddy want you to love and respect your future wife. We want you to grow into a man who deserves the best and knows how to pick someone based on quality not looks. Mommy and daddy want you to have a better life than we could ever hope for you. We want to teach you to be kind and strong. To protect those weaker than you, and care enough to rescue all of your little pup pups. We hope to teach you how to handle money better than we used to, and to value hard work.
Mommy is excited to explore the world with you and your sissy. I can’t wait to take you on adventures, and to dress up to find buried treasure. I can’t wait to take you to see plays and teach you how to have tea parties with your sister. Believe me, even if you don’t like dressing up, mommy will make sure there are plenty of cookies.
Today we color, and play airplanes. Today we pound on the piano, and splash the bathwater all over the floor. We dig in dirt and run around to the “Bananas” song. Today the dirtier the better. We steal sis sis’s hair bows and climb on the counters for cookies….
Someday, you will grow up, but for today, I’m going to enjoy you being my little wild child.
-Mommy

Guestblogger: Why Hipsters are the Most Annoying People on the Face of the Planet

Before you get on your high and mighty horse, the author of this post is in actually a bit of a hipster without meaning to be. Maybe it’s her personality, maybe it’s her choice of dress, but she does tend to be a little on the hipster side. Now, if you excuse my bluntness, be rude to my little sister and I don’t need you to come back to this page, ever. Period. My family is more important to me than some random strangers opinion. I offered her a spot in my blog, because I find her humorous. I find what she says to be dead on sometimes, and sometimes she says what nobody else will. I’m not sure why people lose their respect online, but I won’t allow rude comments on my blog. A blog is an opinion. You don’t like it, don’t read it.

Guestblogger:

Why hipsters are the most annoying people on the face of the planet

Now, I know what your thinking, “I thought fan girls were the most annoying

people on the face of the planet.” Well dear readers, I have taken that into

careful consideration and come to the conclusion that although the constant

squealing is both annoying and confusing, at least the fan girl is more than happy to

live and let live. They don’t care if you don’t see what the big deal with Snape from

Harry Potter is. In fact, most of them actually like the general population not getting

it. It’s their thing and they couldn’t care less who judges them.

No, the most annoying people on the face of the planet award definitely

belongs with the hipster.

4) The Clothes:

The easiest way to instantly identify a hipster is by his or her wardrobe. A

typical outfit in the life of a hipster consists of skinny jeans, boots, a leather or even

pleather jacket, some sort of oversized hat, and chunky glasses. This outfit is the

same regardless of sex.

In and of itself that isn’t a bad outfit, in fact in some cases it’s attractive. The

problem is that every single hipster out there is wearing the exact same thing. The

extent of the variation is to scarf or not to scarf.

If a hipster committed a crime, and ten people were put in a lineup, there

would be no possible way for the victim to ID the criminal. In fact they would not

even be able to narrow it down to sex. I’m surprised more hipsters don’t branch out

for that very reason.

3) The coffee shop:

I am not sponsored by any of these brands, although I do enjoy a good cup of coffee

I am not sponsored by any of these brands, although I do enjoy a good cup of coffee


This part I just don’t get. Hipsters are a group of nonconformists. Coffee

shops are about the most conformist thing in existence. I literally cannot think of a

more conformist thing to do than sit in a coffee shop with your Mac writing a

screenplay. Yet somehow this group of nonconformists has it written in their tool

handbook that that is exactly what they should be doing. How does that make sense?

2) Toolhood:

urbandictionary.com

urbandictionary.com


Have you ever met a hipster that wasn’t a huge tool? If your answer is yes,

then you’ve never met a hipster. Congratulations and where do you live? Sadly the

first rule of being a hipster is that you must, at all costs, be an ass. If anyone has a

different opinion from you it’s because they are ignorant and mainstream. If

someone walks into “your” coffee shop and orders a beverage that is not on the

approved drink list (full list located on page 38 of the tool handbook), they must be

scoffed at. Tool.

1) The music:

just too cute

just too cute


Enough said.

Disclaimer:
My sister (guestblogger) wants you to know the pictures are all me. :0)

If the Disney Princesses were hipster Cinderella, Pocahontas, Snow White, Ariel, Tiana

If the Disney Princesses were hipster
Cinderella, Pocahontas, Snow White, Ariel, Tiana

Mulan, Rapunzel, Anastasia, Aurora

Mulan, Rapunzel, Anastasia, Aurora

Jasmine, Kida, Belle

Jasmine, Kida, Belle

Ain’t Ain’t a word and alliteration is always absolutely awful.

from someecards.com

from someecards.com

My youngest sister has been a reader of my blog since I started it. Often within the first hour I have been notified of any grammatical errors, or something that doesn’t sound correct. I don’t mind since it helps my writing and I really do try to keep my grammar correct. With that being said, she has asked if she can write a small post about grammar. I’ve called her Bing since we were kids, so I will use that name here to give her credit. Happy reading!
-MB

Ain’t ain’t a word and alliteration is always absolutely awful.
By Bing
First impressions are always very important. You would never want to meet an attractive individual while dressed in sweats and covered in powdered cheese, they would think poorly of you. So why not take the same care with your speech? A few quick tips are all you need to know to sound more educated and intelligent in your every day conversations.
1. My apologies to all of the mislead southern readers, but “ain’t” is not a word. It’s true that due to popular use it has been put into the dictionary, however, I feel the most important thing to look at, is the actual use of the word. There is no grammatically correct way to use ain’t. No matter where you put it you will never be correct using ain’t. I strongly suggest cutting it out of your vocabulary entirely.
2. An axe is tool used to chop wood. To ask is to inquire after an answer. Enough said.
3. It feels bad: you feel badly. Never shall the two mix.
4. A double negative is a sentence that contradicts itself. “I ain’t gonna do no work today.” By using both ain’t, and no, to describe your relationship with work, you are actually saying you will be doing work that day. It just does not work.
5. Once more, do to increasingly popular use, the word “snuck” has been added to the dictionary. This breach of the English language breaks my metaphorical heart. The proper past tens of the word “sneak” is “sneaked.” I cannot argue that snuck is not grammatically correct; however I beg you to understand that sneaked is simply more grammatically correct.
You don’t need the vocabulary of Shakespeare* to sound educated, just remember these tips and your speech will spectacular in no time!

*Please note that Shakespeare was known to make up words when he could find nothing suitable. This example is more emotionally than historically based. A full list of words he coined can be found at http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/wordsinvented.html

Pumpkin Scones and Paramedics

My youngest sister has applied to the community college about three blocks from my house. Considering I live the furthest from home, I’m excited about the idea of my sis coming to live here. Bing (old old nickname.) has been struggling to figure out what she wants to do. I remember the feeling. It seems like you have every option in the entire world, how on earth are you supposed to pick one? And then everyone has their own opinion on what you should do. As helpful as people trying to be, it can make the options worse. You become afraid that you’ll end up disappointing someone.

My advice? Either make a bucket list and pick one, or a pros/cons list. Unlike our other sister (we’ll use her hiking nickname Walkie Talkie), who knew what she wanted to do since middle school, I didn’t know either. Upon making a decent bucket list I just picked one and ran with it. When I got bored with that one, I started the next. Here I am almost eight years laters, and just now finding the thing I really really like. But on the plus side, I have a wonderful husband and family I never would have had without some of my bucket list.

Here’s the thing Bing is smart. I mean really smart. She’s been talking about becoming a paramedic. Tough choice. She’ll have her hands full with school, but it will be nice to have someone around who has the same bizzare sense of humor that I do. Plus it’d be nice not to be so overwhelmingly outnumbered by men. Hubby, BIL, Baby Blue, Blackjack, Domino, Bear & Gamble…. yep, I’m really outnumbered.

Explaination of the picture? Bing likes to cook. Yet another talent she has. When she was little, she was winning baking contests against 18-year-olds. One year she made me a chocolate cheesecake for my birthday. Not many people her age would have attempted it, let alone make the best cheesecake ever. When I started talking to her this morning, she mentioned it was tea party day with Walkie Talkie and blue eye’s adorable cousin, baby brown eyes

. Here’s where the pumpkin scones come in. I was absolutely jealous when she mentioned that she was making them. So she sent me the recipe. Maybe I’ll be able to learn more than just some simple peanut butter cookies. It would be nice for Baby Blue to spend some time with one of his aunts too. We live so far, that I feel horrible we don’t make it home as often as I’d like.

Bing’s Pumpkin Scones

via http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/10/27/starbucks-pumpkin-scones/

Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones

Yield: 6 scones

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 15 min

More tender and delicious than the original…

Ingredients:

SCONES: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 cup canned pure (unsweetened) pumpkin 3 tablespoons half and half cream 1 large egg 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

PLAIN GLAZE: 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted) 1 tablespoon milk (any kind)

SPICED ICING: 3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted) 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (any kind) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg pinch of ground ginger pinch of ground cloves

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.  Give it a light dusting of flour on top of that.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (through ginger).

3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half and egg.

4.  Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut butter into the dry ingredients. Continue cutting until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. (You may also use a food processor for this step. Pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs).

5.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then form the dough into a ball. The dough will be wet, but if it seems super sticky… just go ahead and sprinkle a little more flour into the dough until it’s easier to handle.  Remember, you want it to be somewhat sticky, and that’s okay- but you also don’t want it to stick to the baking sheet.  Pat out dough onto the lightly floured baking sheet and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle that is about 9-inches long and 3-inches wide. Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal squares. Cut through the three squares diagonally so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough.  Gently pull the triangles apart, leaving about 1/2-inch space between each one.

6.  Bake 14 to 16 minutes on prepared baking sheet. Scones should begin to turn light brown.

7.  While scones are cooling, prepare plain glaze by whisking ingredients in a medium bowl.  Mix until smooth.

8.  When scones are cool, use a knife to cut them apart and then pull them apart so that they are ready for glazing.  Use a brush to paint a coating of the glaze over the top of each scone.

9.  As the white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing by whisking the ingredients in another medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle this thicker icing over each scone (or brush it on) and allow the icing to dry before serving.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Top Secret Recipes)

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