Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PhotoScape Pics

I really want Photoshop or PS Elements. But, right now I'm settling for a free program called PhotoScape. It'll get me through this hump without PS.

Here are a couple of before/after pics I used PhotoScape to alter.









Monday, February 22, 2010

Overheard: Ryan's Flatulence

I overheard this conversation while the boys were sitting on the rug and watching TV and doing some stretching.

Ryan: Charlie, you know I've never farted in school ever?

Charlie: Oh. I fart all the time in school.

Well, isn't that swell?!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Last Satuday vs. This Saturday

Saturday, February 13th

Saturday, February 20th

Lesson Learned: Hyper Dogs and Lots of Water Don't Mix Well

Q: What do you get when you mix three dogs, three bowls of water and three minutes of crazy, hyper play?

A: Three piles of water vomit. Ewwwwwwww!!!

Lesson Learned: Do not give dogs water when they are hyper. They will throw up. Then you will want to throw up. Then they will eat it and you will want to throw up again. See this vicious cycle? Remember the throwing up blueberry pie incident in "Stand By Me"? That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Lesson Learned: Jalapenos and Eyes Don't Mix

So, I was making these to die for, yummy jalapeno thingies with cream cheese and bacon. I've heard the warning to wear gloves when removing the seeds from the jalapeno pepper. Did I heed the warning? Um, no I thought I might be smart enough to wash well enough after handling them and of course smart enough to not touch my eyes afterwards. So I scrubbed and scrubbed, certain that no more hot, singeing poison was left of my hands. Wouldn't you know it; about two hours after the scrubbing, I rubbed my eyes and that darn burning, stinging, scream-your-head-off pain took over.

Lesson learned: Always wear gloves when you seed a hot pepper or you'll pay for it later in the day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Before P90X

After P90X

Tru dat!

Anyone need an informercial spokesperson?

 We're available!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I Love You Pancakes

Since today is the day of love and hearts and all things lovey-dovey, I made the boys heart pancakes for breakfast. I filled a medicine syringe (you know, the ones they give you with all of the kids' prescriptions at Walgreens) to make the outline of the heart. It sat in the medium-hot pan for a few seconds then I filled it in with pancake batter. They were happy little lads to have the special pancakes!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow in South Carolina!

Finally, the weathermen got it right! This has been about the fifth warning of wintery weather we've gotten so far this winter, yet it's the first (and most certainly) the last snow fall of the season. For a couple of Southern boys and their Yankee parents, it was a real treat!

It started on our way to pick up our foster pup, Chloe. While in the van we could see a flake or two float from the sky to our windshield. The excitement was nearly tangible! When we arrived home, Charlie went straight for the deck to start his snowball. Well, not exactly. I forgot that we went to Taco Bell's drive thru, but the sauce on Charlie's face reminded me that we did that before we came home.

You can tell that Ryan was beyond happy to actually be feeling snow on his face! His eyes just have that twinkle in them.

Of course Kurt had to get in on the action. He might just be the biggest kid of the three of them. Snow has super powers. It makes him quickly revert to his childhood days of playing for endless hours in the snow. It's fun for us to reminisce about our snow days as kids. The boys just cannot fathom that we used to have enough snow to make actual snow forts or that they snow would last for months and not just seemingly disappear the next day.

Let the snow ball fight continue....

They sled down the hill on wake boards (generally used at the beach!) and cardboard football guy cutouts.

Kurt was truly happy in the snow.

Next came some generous portions of hot chocolate with marshmallows. After that we sat down to watch the Olympic opening ceremony. Not for long though because the power went out. It was out for about four hours. So we just went to bed.

The boys awoke with the sun. For the sake of the neighbors' sanity, we made them wait until 7:30 AM to go outside and play. The sun wasn't even fully out in this picture.

I had forgotten just how bright the reflection of the sun off the snow is.

And, how pretty nature looks covered in ice and snow.

I'd have to say that as long as we waited for this day, it went by too fast.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The only thing good about being sick is....

with how you feel there's no way you can reach how many calories you should have in a day. A few days of that, and one should lose weight, right?
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