Zombie Apocalypse, Milk Jugs & Day What? #NaBloPoMo

One of the drawbacks to me being overwhelmingly busy constantly re-organizing our home after the 3 males living here trash it is that I never know what day of the week it is. EVER. Especially when the week is short because someone was home sick, then it was election day. And next week is short too because of Veteran’s Day, so I’ll more than likely think it’s Tuesday on Sunday. *sigh*

We are also dealing with a toddler version of the zombie apocalypse at our house. Kyle has figured out not only how to climb out of his crib in 2 seconds flat, forcing us to replace his crib with a big-boy bed, but he’s also manage to climb over every gate in the house – including the extra-tall one I put in the doorway hoping to keep him in his room and safe when he wakes up at 3am rather than trashing Connor’s room and waking everyone in the house. Needless to say, there is lots of excess baggage around the eyes of those living with the dreaded toddler-zombie.

Yesterday, I was thankful that my mom has such a good sense of humor and that we can make each other laugh about stuff that would normally push us over the edge (thanks Mum!).

Today I’m ever-so-grateful that Kyle is the kind of kid who will see you doing something a particular way a few times (like getting ready to bring Connor to the bus), then insist on that action being done exactly the same way for the rest of eternity. Yes, I’m totally serious! He knows how to help us empty the dishwasher (although he does want to put away dirty dishes quite often), he knows how to load the dryer (again, sometimes it’s not clean laundry he wants to load), and going out is easier than ever as he knows we have to put on his coat and that he needs to go onto the porch for me to pick him up and put him in the truck (even though he does sometimes make a dash for the sandbox). It makes life SO much easier now that he’s cooperative and wants to help!

My “Going Green” mission today is to save as many milk jugs as I can to organize Connor’s crayons, colored pencils, and craft supplies. I figure I could save about an acre’s worth of jugs from making it into landfills just with this project alone! I got the idea from one of my fave websites…Pinterest! Check it out…

Yesterday, we saved a ton of food from going in the garbage by eating the leftovers of our “camp-out stew”. Seriously – it’s so easy to make and is delicious! The best part is that it gets young kids active in preparing their dinner, and they have control over what they have to eat (to a point, lol). I’ll be posting the recipe after this weekend…I’m going to another Cub Scout Leadership training tomorrow. :-) Thankfully, this one is indoors and is only 4 hours, but probably won’t be as fun as the last one.

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Back to School, Donations, Roasted Apples & #NaBloPoMo

Although I love Connor dearly, and he is my cuddle-bug, today I am ever so thankful that he went back to school! It’s great having him around the house, but with him at school, Kyle will actually take a nap (God forbid he miss anything his big brother does!), and since he’s on inhaled steroids for the pneumonia, he talks NON-STOP. Seriously. Every. Minute. Of. The. Day. Peace and quiet are definitely under-rated!

We also donated a large play kitchen to The Epilepsy Foundation along with some toys that go with it today. Some child is going to love that kitchen as much as Connor did, and I hope they pass it on when they’re done playing with it like we did.

And as a bonus today, I’m going to give you a super-easy recipe for Roasted Oatmeal Apples!

  • 1 Apple per person
  • Quaker Instant Cinnamon Oatmeal (1 package makes around 2-3 apples, depending on how much oatmeal you want)
  • Butter
  • Raisins (if desired)
  • Brown Sugar (if desired)
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Peel and core apples – do not slice.
  3. Tear pieces of foil large enough to wrap each apple.
  4. Pour oatmeal into apple centers, top with a small pat of butter. Cover butter with more oatmeal and brown sugar if desired. (I didn’t use brown sugar, and they were still delicious!)
  5. Top with raisins (they aren’t necessary, but boy are they good!).
  6. Bake until the apples are soft (usually around 10-15 minutes for red apples, longer for green apples).
  7. Enjoy!

The beauty of the recipes I’ve been giving you is that not only do they minimize the number of dirty dishes you use, but they can also be prepared over hot coals if you enjoy having backyard campfires!

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