Monday, February 28, 2011

Project 64: Catch-Up! Weeks 1 - 8

Wow!  We've built quite a rainbow so far!  We're 8 weeks in over at Project 64 already!  Here's a recap of all our colors so far.

Week #1 Yellow Green


Week #2 Carnation Pink


Week #3 Chestnut


Week #4 Robin's Egg Blue



Week #5 Gray



Week #6 Apricot


Week #7 Indigo


Week #8 Lavender

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cinnamon Bundles

I invented this recipe during Snomageddon.  We were running out of food and getting sick of cold cereal every morning for breakfast.  And I wasn't sure if the 5 mile trek to WalMart would have produced any better since they were continually out of 85% of their products.  So, we had a can of biscuits.  But, hubby wanted something sweet.  So, cinnamon bundles were born.

1 can biscuits (the big ones, Grands)
some butter
some sugar
some cinnamon
milk and powdered sugar for optional glaze

Preheat oven to 350.  Flatten out biscuits on baking sheet until they're about 3 inches across.  Put some butter, sugar, and cinnamon on one half.  Fold in half to make a half-circle.  Put some more butter, sugar, and cinnamon on it.  Fold in half again to make a triangle.  Top with more cinnamon and sugar.  We like ours with lots of extra cinnamon and sugar.  Bake approximately 15 minutes.  Pour glaze over top.  Yum.

I also think you could use apple pie filling or cherry pie filling instead of cinnamon to make kind of a turnover type thing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Northeast Oklahoma Travels

I work part-time for a home health company based in Bartlesville.  I LOVE my job.  Our company serves a 50 mile radius around Bartlesville so, as you can imagine, I drive A LOT!  In the few shorts months I've been there, I've driven from Lenapah to Talala to Barnsdall to Copan and everywhere in between...sometimes all in the same day.  Most people would think that much driving (and to such rural areas) would get old or boring.  Quite the opposite in fact.  I love driving around rural Oklahoma.  I love meeting people that still own the ranches that their great grandfather owned.  I love meeting people who never go out to eat because the nearest restaurant is 40 miles away.  I love small towns where you can be standing in the middle of town in the middle of the day and not hear a single sound except for maybe a bird chirping.  I love small towns where the only landmark is the grocery store / bar (true story).  I (sorta) love getting lost somewhere in Washington county on a county road that looks more like the Oregon Trail, complete with one lane bridge (also a true story).  I love meeting people in their homes.  You get a much better understanding of what people need when you're in their home.  I also love the history and scenery that northeast Oklahoma provides.  Oil, cattle, wild horses, bison, native americans, outlaws and cowboys.  I hope to discover much, much more!


This was taken on hwy 123 between Bartlesville and Barnsdall.  One of my favorite drives!  It's no wonder Frank Phillips chose the Osage hills to build his vacation home, Woolaroc.  I love this picture for so many reasons.  The hills, of course, are amazing but I also love that my car and mirror made it into the picture.  Notice in my mirror how there are no cars behind me.  Love that.


Frank Phillips main home in Bartlesville.  This house is huge.  Oil can buy many things.


A common occurance when driving around rural areas.  This was near Talala.  The train was parked on the tracks.  I had to drive a few miles out of my way to get around it.  One day the same thing happened...only with cattle.  I didn't get a picture of that.


Fall trees.  The trees were unbelievable this year.  I can't even describe how beautiful this yard was.

Project 64: Lavender #8

I have a love / hate relationship with Lavender.  When I saw that this week's color at project64colors.blogspot.com was going to be Lavender I got excited...yay purple!  But it was this week that I bought my 64 count crayolas (bad decision) and learned that Lavender isn't just purple.  It's pinkish with a slight hint of purplish.  Ugh.  There are lots of purple things and lots of pink things but very few Lavender things.

Back to the love...any time I see Lavender it makes me think of my Great Grandma's flowers.  She could grow the heck out of an Iris.  She also had an awesome Wisteria vine.  If her and Grandpa were still alive I'd just hop over there and take all kinds of pictures of her flowers.  But they are not and I don't think the new owners of their house would appreciate me tromping around their back yard.

So, instead of driving myself crazy looking for this funny color I decided to just snap a quick shot of the sunset last night as the storm front was moving in hoping it had a small amount of Lavender in it.  Oh happy day!  When I uploaded it to my desktop, the whole sky was Lavender.  Woohoo!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Twin Things: Are they identical?

Q: "Are they identical?"

A:  Ok, I get it.  It's hard to tell sometimes.  I've even asked this question of other twins myself.  But my girls don't even look like sisters, let alone twins.  In order to have identical twins you have to have one fertilized egg that splits into two embryos.  When this happens the DNA from the first egg is exactly copied to the second egg, thus creating an "identical" copy.  Here's where it gets tricky.  When this happens early enough in the process, you can have two identical embryos in two separate sacks with two separate placentas.  When viewed on Ultrasound they can appear to be fraternal.  Wow.  And the answer is no.  They are not identical.   They are fraternal twins.  Which means that two eggs (for whatever reason) decided they both needed to go to the party and both met guys and well, you know.

So, science determines whether or not a set of twins is identical.  Not the fact that both of them are girls.  Not even if they are dressed exactly alike.  Not if I cut their hair the same.  It's also not because they were born at exactly the same time.  And it wouldn't have mattered if we would have named them similar or rhyming names either.





Picture 'rights...top: Target, middle: me, bottom: our favorite nanny, Ashli.

Project 64: Chestnut #3

This week's color at Project 64 was Chestnut.  There are only two things I think of when I see a dark shade of reddish-brown and that is paint ponies and my dog, Diesel.  And since my neighbor's paint pony, which my daughter named Pinky Pie, wouldn't cooperate for the camera, here's Diesel.
This picture of Diesel was taken long before we had kids.  We used to take him to the lake on the weekends.  I can't remember what kind of camera I even had back then.  It was definitely not an iPhone.

Isn't he handsome?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Project 64: Indigo #7

This week's color at project64colors.blogspot.com is Indigo.  I'm not real crazy about the pics I've taken so far but they have a bit of a story behind them so I'm going to go ahead and post them.

I drive through Dewey a lot for work and noticed that Dewey is somewhat famous for their antique shops.  So I had a little time the other day and decided to stop in one to look for some old chairs and a bench.  The more I looked around the more I realized that I wasn't looking for antiques.  What I really wanted was nice junk.  $95 for an old chair?  Really?  I really want a $10 (or free) chair that I can paint and set out on my front porch.  Anyway, I decided to keep looking around to hide my sticker shock when I started to notice all the blue.  Blue dishes, blue books, blue lamps, blue clothing...

This spool of thread in person was actually more Indigo.  I should have grabbed it and taken it over to a window to get better lighting.  The purple didn't show on my iphone.



Same with the dishes.  They're just looking really Navy to me.  When I see Indigo I think of denim...Wranglers or Rockies to be more specific.  I may need to borrow a cowboy to get closer to the color.  If I find one before the deadline, I'll update.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Project 64: Yellow Green #1

If you haven't checked out Project 64 (project64colors.blogspot.com) here's a brief run down.  Every week Brooke chooses a color at random from a 64 count box of Crayola crayons.  The participants each buy a box of 64 count crayons and find the chosen color each week (I haven't bought any yet).  Having the color in your hand allows you to carry it around with you so you'll always have a reference.  The goal is to match the color as closely as possible, whether you're taking a picture of a thing or something in nature or your kids...the subject doesn't matter.

But, one of the things I've learned from my brother (a professional photographer) is that the subject DOES matter.  In fact, 99% of a great picture is the person behind the camera.  The other 1% being the actual camera itself.  So many things go in to a great picture...lighting, subject, angle, perspective, emotion.  My brother is a huge fan of the iphone's camera.  He has gotten some AMAZING shots on it.  Now, the pictures he makes in to prints come off a camera...not even sure what brand.  The point is...having an expensive "fancy" camera does not make you a photographer.  Some people are just born photographers, no matter what kind of camera they're holding.  To quote my brother..."A telescope doesn't make you an astronomer much like a camera doesn't make you a photographer.  It's where you stand and what you put in front of the lens."

Having said all that, here is my submission for Yellow Green.  I realize it's not a GREAT picture.  I know it could have been better with a flash.  It's a little fuzzy.  But maybe a flash would have taken away that cool greenish glow?  I like it because I captured Kaelyn's personality.  She is a sweet, sweet little girl and that face says it all.  I also like it because it's not perfect.  Her face has cocoa puffs or something on it and her hair is a mess of static.  But that's her.


So, do I think I'm a photographer?  Not even close.  I see pretty things and take pictures of them.  Period.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And the Award goes to...

Me!  I slept all night.  10:00-5:30.  This is a rare occurance in our house and it got me thinking.  They should have some kind of Mommy Awards...like the Grammy's or Oscar's.  We'd all get dressed up in our fancy Target or Old Navy dresses and have a big 'ol ceremony.  The category for sleeping all night would be something like "most consecutive hours of sleep in one night".  It'd go a little something like this...

And the winner for "most consecutive hours of sleep in one night" is... Kim!  (yay, woooo, hooray!)

"First of all I'd like to thank my kids.  All 3 of you had a major part in this accomplishment.  To Kaelyn, thank you for not screaming out that your nose is runny.  And Lauren, thank you for not wetting your bed.  And to Ashlyn, thank you for staying in your bed all night and not sticking your feet down my pants.  I'd also like to thank my dog, Diesel.  Thank you for not barking all night.  And to my hubby.  Just thank you.  And to the smoke detectors for not doing that random beep in the middle of the night thing.  I love you all."

We could also have other categories like "best dinner that every member of the family will eat"  or  "most consecutive minutes without hearing someone screaming 'MOM!'"

It'd be a hit.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  This is my least favorite holiday for so many reasons!  Here are my top 5...

5.  Valentine's cards - those little ones you have to buy for your kid's class.  $4 for a box of paper that they will promptly rip to shreds and throw in the trash.  This is why I buy them for 0.25 after Valentine's Day.  I don't feel as bad that way.  {alternative} Make your own Valentine's cards out of old cards or construction paper.  Or, as before, find some on clearance.

4.  Flower and Balloon deliveries - I remember the library at the high school being FULL of deliveries on Valentine's Day.  My mom never sent anything to the school.  She always made sure we had a little gift first thing in the morning.  No need to make a big production out of it.  It never bothered me that I didn't get a dozen roses in my favorite color from my parents or a boyfriend.  But I'm sure it bothers a lot of kids.  And that's not fair.  {alternative} Make little gestures to your loved ones throughout the year.

3.  JEWELRY COMMERCIALS - those are not real life, people.  Nuff said.  {alternative} Make your own jewelry.  Or have your kids make some.  Or enlist a talented friend like Cindy at WyBeadery.  Or just forget those commercials even exist.

2.  High expectations - some women expect their significant other to go above and beyond to profess their love.  These poor men are scrambling the day before (or the day of) to buy a card at WalMart.  Women get angry if their man doesn't show up with sparkly jewelry or pretty flowers.  I learned a long time ago to set my expectations very low...or not at all.  Then when he goes out of his way to make you feel special it's really because he cares.  Not because he knows you're expecting it and will key his car if it doesn't happen. {alternative} Accept your guy for who and what he is.  Don't guilt him in to extravagant gifts that hold no meaning.

1.  CANDY - just like Halloween and Easter.  The girls end up with WAY TOO MUCH CANDY! {alternative} JUST SAY NO!  We love candy at our house.  Especially chocolate!  But a little goes a long way.  My favorite Valentine treat in Ashlyn's box this year was lip gloss.  Very practical.  Thank you to whoever did that by the way.

Now, with all that being said, this doesn't mean we don't celebrate at our house.  We make heart shaped crafts, wear red and pink all week, I cook heart shaped goodies, and we talk about the things and people we love.  No $999 heart pendants required.

Ashlyn's Valentine bucket for school.  This was a really neat project.  Every member of the family was supposed to help decorate the bucket and then Ashlyn got to share in class who had what part.
Mommy - design, lid and ribbon
Daddy - heart and name
Ashlyn - covered bucket with tissue paper scraps and glittered heart and name
Lauren and Kaelyn - tore tissue paper into scraps

The Valentine card Ashlyn made for our family.  She loves drawing pictures of her and her baby sisters.

Ashlyn decorating her cookie at school.

I was going to take a picture of our heart shaped pizza but it didn't turn out too heart-y.

Project 64: Apricot #6

I've been following Project 64 (project64colors.blogspot.com) since it started but it was last week when Brooke revealed the week's color choice, Apricot, that I decided to join in.  I thought at first this would be a really hard color to find.  In fact, it was starting to drive me a little crazy and I thought about quitting before I had even really started.  My friend Cindy over at WyTography.blogspot.com and I discussed our feelings of self-doubt and the insanity that comes with hunting colors 24/7.  I spent an entire work day hunting down Apricot last week.  Even missed my turn a few times (I drive a lot for a home health company).  Then today I realized I'd been driving past Apricot all this time.  So I snapped a couple of pictures this morning.  I didn't even get out of the car (lazy).





We live in the middle of a hay pasture and when the sun shines through the hay in the morning and evening it has kind of an orangy glow.  Very apricottish.

Here's another I found while hunting through old pictures.  Lauren at the pumpkin patch.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Project 64: Carnation Pink #2

Another catch up post for Project 64 (project64colors.blogspot.com).  This week's color was carnation pink.

When the twins were born we always dressed Kaelyn in pink and Lauren in the other color, whether that was blue, green, or purple.  Kaelyn was always pink.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Project 64: Robin's Egg Blue #4

Bear with me...there will be a lot of P64 posts in the coming days as I catch up.

I didn't read all the rules to the Project 64 (project64colors.blogspot.com) game because it was a lot of words and I really feel I've developed adult ADD since becoming a mom.  So, I have no clue if old pictures are allowed or if I'm supposed to be taking new ones.  Here is my submission for Robin's Egg Blue.



Here's another.

Project 64: Gray #5

I just started this whole blog experience this week so I'm playing catch-up on this cool photo project called Project64 (project64colors.blogspot.com).  Last week's color was Gray.  Here's my submission.

Gray was sorta easy for me considering it's been pretty gray outside lately.  Most people have been pretty disgusted with this whole Snowmageddon or Snowpocalypse we've been dealing with the past few weeks.  Don't get me wrong, it's a real pain in the butt to not be able to leave the house or miss an entire week's worth of pay, but I chose to focus on the positives.  We got to lay around and just be lazy together.  No one had to be anywhere.  People tend to over schedule their lives these days and forget it's ok to just be.  I also happen to think snow is beautiful.  How can you not see the awesomeness in a snow drift, or an icicle, or the sun reflecting off fresh snow?

Went "hunting" through some old pictures and found 2 more.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow Day

It seems fitting to share some snow day pics and activities.  Since we've had what? 42 snow days now?  And what? 82 inches of snow? We made Play-Doh today.  Here's the recipe.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1/2 packet Kool-Aid in the flavor of your choice.
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup boiling (or super hot) water

Mix dry ingredients in pot.  Add wet ingredients and cook over medium heat until dough forms a ball.  Let cool.  I'm not going to include the storage instructions because it never makes it to storage at my house but it's something about air-tight containers yadda yadda yadda.


And also some of my favorite snow pics.




So, I started a blog.

 First of all, my disclaimers.  I am not a writer.  English and Literature were my least favorite subjects in school.  I am also not a photographer.  I know the quality of my pictures is amateur at best.  I'm also not trying to be like anyone else.  I know there are blogs out there about the same things I'm writing about.  I follow a few of them.  Now, on to the reasons for starting this blog.

My kids are freaks.  It's true.  I know what many of you are saying.  "Well, so what.  My kids are freaks too."  I've had so many people say "You could write a book" or "That could only happen to you" that I just feel compelled to share their freakness with the world.  And this is the cheapest, easiest way to do that.  Which brings me to my next reason...

I only do things cheap and easy.  I HATE spending time and money on things.  So, I'll also be sharing some money saving tips, cheap and simple recipes, cheap entertainment for the freaks, and probably my opinion on wasteful spending.

I'm also a mother of multiples.  This makes me an expert on pretty much everything.  If you're a mother (or father) of multiples you totally know what I'm saying.  I could write a book on just twin things.  Maybe someday I will.

Don't be surprised if you also read lots of randomness.  I tend to be random.  And sarcastic.  Very sarcastic.  Which brings me to my final thought (for now)... I say things that people are thinking but are too nice or afraid to say (or type) out loud.  I just can't help myself.  Alright, let's do this.