— George Orwell (1984)
— George Orwell
I think we have a budding actress. Hailey recorded herself with her itouch as though she was talking to like a person. In the video she attempts to talk the itouch into protecting itself from the ever present threat of little siblings. Pretty funny.
Kaitlin and Karlie were so excited to get a new pack of construction paper. Did they want to craft flowers or pictures of princesses? No, they created a Star Wars masterpiece. Kaitlin made the Millennium Falcon at the top and Karlie made Darth, Yoda and R2D2. Hank was thrilled as he watched the scene unfold. It is pretty much Star Wars everywhere, all the time around here. I think Max is pretty happy to change up the princess and horse scene we have been riding for a little light saber battle before bed and repeated movie nights with his childhood favorites. May the Force be with you...
Kids do the darnedest things. Max and I couldn't stop laughing at this Freudian comment Hank made. Max asked him what he was doing and he exclaimed, "I have a lightsaber in my pocket!"
He was so proud of himself for finding a holster for his "lightsaber" (better known as a bubble wand). He and Kaitlin put on summer swim hats so they could be Stormtroopers. You can see Kaitlin in the back holstered her shooter in her nightgown.
And Hank, well that's all I have to say about that one.
Serves 4-6 people
- 1lb of pork cubed and browned
- 1lb of Chorizo browned and drained (rinse lightly to remove excess grease)
- 2 - 30oz cans of hominy
- 2 - 10oz cans of Rotel mild
- 1- 4oz can diced green chilies
- 1 pkg onion soup mix
- 1 tbsp ground cumin seed
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 tbsp cilantro
-1 can of chicken broth
Combine in crock pot for 6 hrs on high or low for 8hrs. You can also use a standard pot and simmer on low 3-1/2 hours or until the hominy is tender.
I like to serve it with flour tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, diced jalapenos, diced red onion, and fresh squeezed lime juice.
If prepared in the crock pot, it creates an amazing aroma that makes you eager for dinner all day! It is a great soup to make for company as all the prep is done in advance and it creates an easy, beautiful meal. Enjoy.
Karlie wanted me to do a post letting you all know that it is time to get your Girl Scout Cookies! Shoot us an e-mail or give us a call if you would like to order from her. This is her first year in Girl Scouts and she is very excited to sell cookies. She has already hit up all her teachers and neighbors and they have only been allowed to sell since this morning. She would love to tell you about the cookies and how much they are and what her goals are. :0)
Kaitlin came up with her own Maya wrap with the scarf we got her from Paris. Karlie was quick to catch on. They have been loving wearing their baby dolls. Seeing them do this with their dolls reminded me of when I used the Maya. The Maya wrap was as essential to diapers to me with Kaitlin and Hank. Oh how I wish I had it for the first two as well.
Babies love nothing more than to be snuggled against Mom or dad's beating heart.
Often putting colicy Kaitlin in the Maya was the only thing that would soother her. Even Max put some miles on the Maya. It was so good for us to be able to wear the babies and get stuff done. Ok, I need to go hold a baby now. :0)
With a fresh year in front of me, it is time to make those goals for 2011. I should check my 2010 resolutions to see what needs to get rolled over. :0)
We were going to go up to our friends' cabin in the mountains for New Years but the first real snow storm this winter was blowing in with extremely low temperatures and created very icy roads. So we canceled the trip and had our friends come spend the night with us. They are always so much fun to ring in the New Year with.
We started the night with Posole and margaritas. The boys graduated to scotch and the ladies to wine.
We played Just Dance on the Wii. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Watching everyone dance was as much fun as dancing!
All the kids but Hank made until midnight where we toasted with sparkling cider and poppers.
For New Year's day we always play a new game. This year it was Guess Who Mix and Mash. This a fun game for kids and adults alike. Even Kaitlin could play it even though it says for 8 and up.
On New Year's morning we went sledding and snowboarding in the 10 degree weather.
Our friends bought snowboard sleds for their kids for Christmas and brought them along. Max decided to bring his snowboard and try it. He makes it look so easy. Must be rough to be good at everything.
He put Hank on the board and went down a few times with him. Hank loved it (mama was nervous)!
Hailey was so determined and got back on until she figured it out. She can't wait to go for real.
Crash Karlie also loved it and wanted to keep going long after all the other kids had turned into popsicles and were warming up in the car. Karlie just kept on going and going.
Our new food to try was Sushi. Luckily for us, only Hailey liked it. These kids are expensive enough, we certainly don't need them to like Sushi!
For our something new to wear: