Saturday, June 30, 2012


Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

1c water
1tsp sugar
2.25tsp yeast
(allow yeast to activate)

3tbs olive oil
3tbs honey
salt, garlic, Italian seasonings all to taste.

2c ww flour
2.5-3c w flour (knead last 1/2c in)

Mix together, then knead.  allow to rise until doubled in size, punch down and knead again.  allow 2nd rise.  Bake pizza at 400 for crispier crust.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

lonely times

I miss living in a place where I have friends.  I know I've written about the suck ass spouses group here before, and how I've tried to give it a chance, but it's a 'square peg in a round hole' sort of sitch.  I've stuck it out because I really wanted to have a playgroup for the kids to be a part of; there for a while, I thought it might work out, and maybe I would make some friends.  We were going to events and I started to get to know a few people.  Then the playgroups petered out.  I don't know why.  They went from April 3rd until June 13th without having any playgroup events.  Just more and more of their goddamn starbucks coffee dates.  Well, now they've decided you have to pay to be a member.  I guess this will be the end of it for me.  I can't justify paying to stay in their lame group.  I'm sad honestly.  I feel like I don't know how to make friends, and I really miss the friends I moved away from in NC.  The one lady I tried to make friends with at our church seems to have left her husband and moved away from the community as best I can tell- she's gone at any rate, and certainly didn't let me know what was going on.  I so wanted that one to work out.  She was my only prospective friend.  I felt like I really tried.  But how many times do you have to invite someone over before they'll come by?  *sigh*

J's been talking about getting out in the spring (his current enlistment will be up), and moving us back to TN.  I've been sorta hesitant about it up until now, because I love our house and we'd have to sell it before we could move.  And thinking about moving again makes me want to cry.  But maybe I'd be happier living in a place where I know people and can feel connected and be part of a like-minded community.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Proud parent mush.  Excessive gushing over mundane child events will follow.  You've been warned.

The kids and I met J for lunch in town today, and it was one of those places that brings crayons and papers for the kids to have while you wait.  R was sitting there coloring, and started writing a bunch of letters we'd been practicing in his Kumon book.  He'd never written most of them outside of his workbook.  I was SO excited!  He's learning after all, LOL!

How is it possible that he'll be 4!! in two months?  He looks like such a big kid now, he's gotten so tall since the first of the year.  He doesn't look at all like the chubby baby that he was.  He's been awfully clingy and needy lately.  I feel like I spend as much time holding him as I do B.  I love his snuggley little self, but I get overwhelmed when they both start crying and whining and pulling on me to be held at the same time.  When B naps, I frequently end up with him snuggled up on my lap, talking my ear off about his cars and trains.  Or sometimes we build a train layout together.  He loves to help with that.  He's actually pretty good at doing them all on his own now.

B is awesome.  She's totally becoming a toddler though, and she has her cranky toddler moments.  She and R and double trouble.  They really love each other.  And it's heart-melting to watch them love on each other.  She has gotten very affectionate lately, and they get to kissing and hugging and being cute and silly together.  I took them to a playdate at a park yesterday, and she was so funny following the bigger kids around, doing her best to be in on the action.  R is good about including her most of the time.  I heard him introducing her to one of the other kids.  "And this is my sister!  Her name is B____"  He told me the other day that sister was his best friend.  I really do think it's amazing what having a second child has done for our family.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

sock monkey hat

Personally, I am not a fan of the sock monkey.  They sorta creep me out.  However, other people think they are adorable and cute so here is my first attempt.  the mouth should probably have been smaller for this size hat.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

one week old

We had 9 out 19 eggs hatch last weekend.  The chicks are about a week old now, and doing really well.  they have gotten a lot bigger just in the last week.  Their flight feathers are starting to come in.  They're really active, hopping around their hutch.  They'll come up and eat out of J's hand.

This weekend I started a cute baby sweater with cabled owls.  I have two friends expecting babies later this summer, so I get to make some cute itty bitty baby things.  Pics when I am done of course, which should be soon.  The owls turned out to be really easy.  I usually avoid cabled things, I don't especially like doing them.  But this was too cute to resist.  This sweater is for a baby boy, and I thought the owls easily would cross the gender line.

The kids are doing well.  B is starting to act like a toddler.  She and R have started having some mommy jealousy.  I can't hold one without the other climbing me too.  She throws little tantrums sometimes, when she doesn't get her way.  They seem so benign compared to her brother's.  B has been a book lover for quite a while.  She loves to sit and "read" to herself.  Lately though she's discovered an equal love for being read to.  It's really sweet.  The look of pleasure when she brings me a book is such a joy.  She's not talking much yet, but she does say "uhoh" and "hey" and I think I have heard her say "thank you" and "kisses."  She really gets a kick out of giving kisses too.  They are all wet and slobbery and open mouthed, but so, so delicious!