Monday, July 28, 2008
Another year older...
Word Play ~ K
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Already getting ready for the new school year!
And this is just a cute random picture of the girls getting along snapping the ends off green beans. Of course, the getting along didn't last long, and the younger two lost interest about 1/2 way through, so Mallory ended up finishing by herself. All three ate the finished product, though!
Word Play ~ J
Jacob ~ Jacob is Clara's bestest friend. They have been having so much fun together this summer! Here's a cute pic from today of Pirate Jacob & mommy!
Ji-normous (okay, so I know technically it's not a word, and if it were it would start with a G, but I'm having trouble here) ~ the size of the pile of laundry sitting across the room staring at me.
jpeg - a common photo file extension. I shoot in RAW and convert to JPEG. Why not start in jpeg? It's a losse (sp?) file, meaning every time you open and close it, it looses a little bit of data whereas a RAW file is more like a negative that never changes.
Jellies ~ Crocs of the 80s. They were oh-so-cool.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Fideo - a How To
Next pour in a can of chicken broth,
And depending on how much of a kick you want, you can stir in salsa, a whole or half can of Rotel (at varying temperatures), or just some diced tomatoes. I happened to have just finished making some fresh salsa, so that's what I used.
I also like to add some cumin, which the label clearly states has no nutritional value, but adds a nice flavor:
So, now it looks like this. Turn your heat back on high until it starts to simmer.
Then cover the pan and reduce the heat to low:
You can remove the lid and stir a couple times to keep it from sticking to the pan. After 15-20 minutes or so (longer for rice) you have your finished product!
Another trip to Froberg's brings out the Betty Crocker in me...
Friday, July 18, 2008
Word Play ~ I
Internet - I could go for two weeks or more without the television and not miss it. (I'm telling the truth - just ask Kevin!) But take away my internet access for an hour and I'm a mess! Aside from the work I do with my photo cart online and email, I also frequent Google Reader, dpchallenge, and Facebook pretty much daily. I know, it's an addiction.
Insects - Something my 7 year old can tell you pretty much all you need to know about because she's quite studied on the topic.
Intelligence - Something we value highly in our household. When we were first dating Kevin told me he wouldn't ever marry anyone who wasn't smarter or at least as smart as he was. I'll take that as a compliment, I suppose. Although he may question his decision now and then!
Ipod - I do not currently own an ipod. Well, I suppose if we're being technically honest we do have a cheap ipod shuffle that we got when we signed the lease on our transitional apartment when we first moved to Pearland - but we don't use it. Lately, Kevin's been putting all our cds into digital format, and I have my eye on the Zune... but I'm not completely sure yet. Comments or input on that?
Incredibly cute and Innocent-looking - Well, I had to get a picture in somehow!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Word Play ~ H
Haircut - If you hadn't noticed in some of the latest posts, Lila has a new summer haircut that I big puffy heart, LOVE! I think it suits her personality to a tee! I'm so glad she wanted it cut short. Even though Daddy wasn't so sure at first, he admits that he likes it too.
House - We've been doing summer cleaning around the house & it's looking better! I have supercleaned all but our bathroom & closets (a weekend event all on their own), the hall closet, and the girls bathroom. It's still not perfect, but we're getting there!
Houston - one of the reasons we love Pearland so much is its close proximity to Houston. We can be there in 15 minutes. It's so nice having the perks of a big city without all the daily traffic!
Hot - Baby, it's HOT outside! I think it reached over 100 degrees yesterday.
The Blog Book
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The week in review...
First and foremost, we're working on big changes at the Odom house! I'm tired of all the excess and clutter that constantly help make our house a mess. For the past couple of weeks I've been slowly working through the house one room at a time doing a good spring cleaning and decluttering. The playroom was my biggest accomplishment as it was in the worst shape. It's amazing how much better the kids play in there now that it's actually clean and organized enough for them to know what they have!
Some random pics of my task... this was our yard the night before trash day... we also gave away or donated over 10 bags of toys and clothes.
The FLOOR in the playroom. (Believe it or not, this is HUGE):
Another thing we did this week was to go to Froberg's Farm in Alvin. It wasn't a farm, farm - like with cows, horses & pigs like Clara thought it should be - more of a large Farmer's Market. But the produce was super-fresh & the prices were awesome. (Not to mention the melt-in-your-mouth fried pies!!) We'll definitely be going back. They had this beautiful tree with a low branch at the entrance & I (ever the photographer) thought it looked like a good photo op. While we were there I learned that Amanda had never made fried squash, so like any good southern girl I made it my mission to teach her. We came home and fried up a batch using the squash and fresh-ground cornmeal we had just purchased. Yum!
So those were the highlights. Other things did happen this week... (like my laptop got stepped on by a cute almost-three-year-old and is now slowly becoming a POW. We looked for a replacement today but haven't decided on anything yet. In the meantime, I just minimize my windows so it doesn't matter that the upper right-hand 1/4th of the screen is completely white with cracks & lines shooting across the remainder of the screen.)... but nothing quite so exciting as the aforementioned events. Next step is our bedroom. Look out world!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Our 4th, part 2
Friday we went to my parent's for the All-American meal of hamburgers and hot-dogs (I wonder how many were sold this past week?!) and enjoyed an afternoon of fun. Despite the ominous weather, the girls were able to play in the pool in the back yard and had so much fun! Uncle Travis even jumped in at one point and did some spashing!
Something you may or may not know about my husband is that he likes to take the "long way" home and loves to explore new/uncharted roads. On the trip back home, despite several dead-end signs, he figured "GPS knows best" and led us down roads where we ended up turning around. I think the trip from Angleton to Pearland took about 2 hours.
Here's an example:
Of course we ended the night by going to the carnival and fireworks display at "The Rig" (Pearland Football Staduim). The girls had a great time. Clara told me "The fireworks make me happy."
They even slept until a quarter to 9:00 this morning, which made ME happy!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Another Cute Quote
Lila: "Are we going to Dallas?"
Kevin: "Do you want to go to Dallas?"
Clara: "NO! I want go to Sonic!"
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
This is Mallory's class tap dance. The zoom feature wasn't working when we recorded this one and Kevin didn't want to stop in the middle, so the quality isn't as good.
Clara's Bedtime Quotes
Clara: "Lila - Quiet! I crying!"
Clara: "Mommy? Daddy said no talking?"
Me: "Yes, no more talking."
Clara: "Moses said 'Let my people GO'!"
Mallory's Tap Feature
Petunias - Lila's class ballet rotine
Recital Video 1
Watch out world, I figured it out... The recital videos!
This one is Mallory & Lila's ballet duet. They were the petite & budding poppy. The recital performance was actually a little better - they ended in the correct "pose".