Sunday- A Funday


I wanted to do something fun and seasonal with the boys.  We made it a FUNday Sunday. We made homemade apple sauce.  It was yummy.  It was easy.  It was fun!

All you need is an apple corer/peeler/slicer, about 20 apples and a crock pot. Cute little boys to be in the pictures is not necessary, but definitely a bonus.

Once all of the apples are peeled, put them in the crock pot on high for 6 hours. Stir once an hour.

Dish the hot apple sauce into a bowl and top with cinnamon and sugar. ENJOY!






You Asked for It!


This one is for my sister.  Every time I talk to my sister these days she tell me that I need to blog.  She tells me that she wants something to read. I wonder if she enjoys reading about barf and bed-wetting.  So here it is Courtney, let me know how you enjoy it!  🙂

Until about 15 minutes ago, I was sleeping peacefully. And yes, I do know it is Saturday night and I am okay with the fact that I was sound asleep before 10:00. I was dreaming about something great. Not sure what it is now, but I know it was great. There were vibrant colors and birds chirping.  Suddenly, (we just had a writing mini-lesson in class about how we can grab our readers attention with this word, so I thought I would try it) I heard screaming.  Ugh!  Who is cry? Why are they crying? Is this a night terror? How long will it last?

The cries were coming from Briggs.  As I sat on the edge of the bed to comfort him I was immediately greeted by a stream of projectile vomit. Yes! Straight from the mouth, missing him and his blanket, Other, all over me. I grabbed Other because if Other had to go in the washing machine, I would have a whole nother problem.  Other was safe, towels were being grabbed, wipes were in hand and another stream of projectile goes up into the air and back onto Briggs. All over the face and body and in the hair.

To spare you anymore boring details, Briggs is now sleeping in a “nest” on the floor, the sheets are in the washing machine (the same sheets that ended up in the machine last night from a middle of the night bed wetting) and I am writing a blog instead of sleeping.

Gotta go, Zain is crying…



lots on my mind….. busy, crazy, stressful past two weeks ….  lots to write about but at a loss for good any words…. this has slowly been added onto over the past two weeks so it is a little choppy.

here is the jist…

Mono is the pits.  Two weeks and starting to feel better.  Ugh! I have been prisoner to the house and bed.

Zain is 3 months. He is my chunky monkey.

He smiles and talks. He discovered his toes during our mini photos shoot. He couldn’t reach them though. Too many rolls in the way.

I couldn’t get him to cry (I thought it would be good to have a trend month-to-month).

We went to one of those hotels with the big water parks in them (forever ago).   I don’t have a single picture to prove that we actually went somewhere, but we did.  The lazy river was the biggest hit.  Briggs just rode on my back around and around and Cash was swimming underwater trying to grab our legs.  🙂 Fun times had by all and the boys slept the whole way home.

Touch-A-Truck was a hit.  The boys loved climbing all over the trucks, bus, ambulance, diggers and honking the horns and touching all of the controls. In some of them there were more buttons than Briggs could handle.  Cash scared us all when he honked the horn on the 18 wheeler. Hung out with friends and their kids.   Good times had by all… (I have more pictures but I will have to add them later.  I thought I uploaded one of each kid but my eyes failed me.)

Getting ready to go back to work. I love the first day of school. (I am totally bummed that I missed the first day of school because of the mono.)  I love all of them but the first one still gives me butterflies, the kind of jitters that I got when I was a kid.  I’ve been working in classroom-it is pretty much set up. I just need to go back to organize the library. Bought folders-super pumped that I got them for 1 cent each.  They even let me buy 90. I love Staples. Tonight it is making labels and getting folders ready. Rereading Debbie Miller, Seven Keys and reading a new one-a fluency book. Didn’t get to this yet.

I found a really cool craft on pinterest and I want to attempt it this week. It isn’t my idea but I thought it was neat.  I will be sure to take pics.  I am keeping it a secret until then. (Here it is).

Back to bed…. I hope to be back soon!

Crunchy (Onion) Chicken


Do you have a picky eater? How about a child that doesn’t seem to eat anything?  Well, I have two of them.  One day they fancy green beans and the next day they won’t touch them.  Carrots for lunch are cleared off the plate and then two days later left in the lunch box.  I never know if they will eat what I make.  I use to make two meals.  I learned quickly to only make one meal each night.  They can eat it or they can pass, but that is the ONLY dinner that they get!

As I plan my meals I try to include the kids by asking what they would like to have for dinner. Wishful thinking tells me that if I let them help maybe they will be more apt to eat it.  So a few months ago, as I was planning my menu, Cash told me he wanted “crunchy chicken”.  I had no idea what this was but figured it was a new and fancy word for nuggets!  About 4 minutes later he yelled, “Hurry mommy, HURRY!  Crunchy (Onion- we leave that part out) Chicken is on the T.V” I rushed into the room.  There it was. Crunchy Chicken. On the T.V.  The new, favorite, lick your plate clean dinner at the Warren house. The green beans (no butter) and cheesy potatoes (with pureed cauliflour…shhh) were a hit too!

Here is it.

stuff needed


2 cups (4 oz.)FRENCH’S® Original or Cheddar French Fried Onions

2 tbsp.all-purpose flour

4 (5 oz.)boneless skinless chicken breasts- I cut them into smaller pieces so they are more like nuggets.

1 egg, beaten

Place French Fried Onions and flour into plastic bag. Lightly crush with hands .  Briggs had a blast with this.  It keep him busy for a while. Dump them into a bowl.

Dip chicken into egg; then coat with onion crumbs, pressing firmly to adhere. Place chicken on baking sheet.

Bake at 400°F for 20 min. or until no longer pink in center.