“I’m Big!”


These are the words of a 2 1/2 year old that doesn’t want to wear diapers.  I’v been stalling on the potty training with Briggs as I don’t feel like I have the time (having a new baby) or energy (lack of sleep) to dedicate to potty training.  But, this morning, Briggs demanded that he put on his Yo Gabba Gabba underwear instead of a diaper.  “I’m big!”, “I need my underwear!”, “I have to poop!”,  “I’m going to pee!” are just a few of Briggs’ declarations.

We have been diaperless since 8:00, made about 88 trips to the bathroom, climbed on and off the toilet, flushed (nothing) about 92 times, pee about 5 times and one poop which was celebrated with an “I told you I was big!”.  We’ve washed hands, over flowed the sink with suds, used 1/2 of a bottle of foaming soap and had a slip into the potty once.  So far we are off to an ok start but it is only noon!

"I'm BIG!!!"

I will keep you posted!


Sunday Already?


Well the weekend sure went by fast and I didn’t get nearly as much done as I secretly hoped I would. Having a kid free night was nice though.  I think my mom made out nicely as Zain has his best night EVER!  I told her that I would be sending him over for sleepovers more often!  🙂


  • Jenny’s wedding!!!-     done
  • Hair and make-up for the wedding-    done
  • WEDDING!-     done
  • All 3 boys are having a sleepover.  Cash with Aunt Courtney, Briggs with Nana and Grandpa Forest and Zain with Grandma and Papa.  Aren’t we lucky?  Who do you think will sleep in the latest?? I think I know who! –     Although I am the one who did sleep in the latest, I had to get up twice during the night because my body thought that Zain was here and would want to eat.  Even though Zain is my third breastfeed child, I continue to be amazed by how much milk my body produces.  In the 20 hours that I was away from him, I was able to pump and freeze 40 oz of breast milk (he only ate about 20).  Building up my frozen supply is almost turning into a game for me. 🙂
  • Joel did a load of laundry.  I found it in the washer today.  I had to re-wash it.  Thanks for trying to help babe! 

Not much time for stuff around the house today!


  • Milford Memories with mom and Court and the kiddos… not sure how long we will last there… –This was attempted.  The boys were perfect but the weather was not so good.  As soon as the pooring rain started we headed home.  I love my Moby wrap but I haven’t used it in a few weeks because I felt like Zain was too big.  I found a new way to wrap him up (kangaroo hold) and I carried him the whole time and he LOVED it.
  • Wedding shower for Britt- beautiful!
  • Laundry- 2 loads is my goal!  🙂 – I guess I failed to do this since the laundry Joel put in on Friday was still in there Sunday.  I did vacuum though!


  • Meal plan for the week and the grocery shop.  We don’t have milk, coffee or juice in the house so this is a MUST!  Meal planning is done but the meals are VERY basic.  Joel did the shopping so that was a big help.

Meals this week-

  • Meatloaf, potatoes, green beans
  • Island tilapia, asparagus, rice
  • Crispy Chicken, scalloped potatoes, asparagus
  • Tacos/Nachos

  • Maybe clean but I honestly think that relaxing will beat it out. –Not much cleaning.  I did hula hoop today though.  It sure makes me feel like I got some sort of workout in!

All of the boys were in bed and asleep by 8:30!  Yippie!!! 

Here is a peek of the cuties sleeping tonight!

Cash with his "chew" blanket and a book. I am suprised he even made it to the end. He was SO tired.


Briggs always manages to sneak a toy into bed with him. He needs his "other" blanket to sleep.


Zain sleeping soundly. Yes, I know he shouldn't be sleeping on his tummy! 🙂

Happy Friday- Blog Hop


It’s Friday….  What are you doing this weekend?


  • Jenny’s wedding!!!
  • Hair and make-up for the wedding
  • All 3 boys are having a sleepover.  Cash with Aunt Courtney, Briggs with Nana and Grandpa Forest and Zain with Grandma and Papa.  Aren’t we lucky?  Who do you think will sleep in the latest?? I think I know who!

Not much time for stuff around the house today!


  • Milford Memories with mom and Court and the kiddos… not sure how long we will last there…
  • Wedding shower for Britt
  • Laundry- 2 loads is my goal!  🙂


  • Meal plan for the week and the grocery shop.  We don’t have milk, coffee or juice in the house so this is a MUST!
  • Maybe clean but I honestly think that relaxing will be it out.

What are YOU doing this weekend???


More blogging next week.  Hopefully a yummy recipe too!!! 🙂

Chinese Chicken Salad


Four and a half  years ago, just after Cash was born, my friend Marcia invited me over for lunch.  She made this amazing Chinese Chicken Salad.  Since then, I have made this salad close to 40 times.  It is my “go to” salad when I have a party to attend, have my girls over or just because I am craving it.

On Friday I wrote about my “plans” for the weekend and one of the things was to make my salad.  I try to plan my meals for the week (and then I grocery shop ) and prep them ahead of time.  Meals that I know will last a few days I make on the weekend.   If I didn’t plan my meals ahead of time we would be eating cereal for every meal.

So here it is.

I was so excited to eat the salad that I forgot to take a picture when I was done making it.  The only picture I got was while I was eating.  Oh well!  Better than no picture!  🙂


Chinese Chicken Salad (usually serves about 8)

3 chicken breast cooked

8 cups mixed greens

3-4 green onions thinly sliced

3 ounces chow mein noodles

4 ounces silvered almonds

1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

Mix everything together.


4T sugar

2t salt

1/2t pepper

4T cider vinegar

1/2c vegetable oil

Combine and shake.  Pour over salad.

Weekend Recap


I really enjoyed having a weekend plan.  Maybe I should have a daily plan… I might accomplish a LOT more.  🙂  Since a few of you asked how my weekend was I thought I would give you a little recap on how I did. My results are in italic.

Weekend Plan


  • Friday Fun with my teacher friends -done
  • pick up and vacuum main floor while kids nap –done
  • Shepard’s Pie for dinner –done
  • Music in the Park with the fam –Done and I did it with the three boys ALONE.  We actually had a blast.  At first Briggs wasn’t so sure about the loud music.  He had his ears covered for about the first 3 songs.  Zain showed his enthusiasm by spitting up all over me and the moby wrap!  Cash was trying to breakdance even though the music was as far from breakdancing music as possible.  At least he made others smile.


  • At least 2 loads of laundry (make sure clothes for Chicago are clean) pack clothing –I actually did 4 loads.  While I was at it I decided that I should wash all the sheets and towels too!
  • Farmers  Market – Nope, I was recovering from the night before.
  • Hula Hoop (trying out a new “exercise”-see my pervious blog) – Yes!  I love it. 
  • Asian Chicken Salad for dinner- Done- Come back tomorrow for my post and the salad recipe.


  • Pack the rest of the items needed for trip – Done
  • Pack the car – The car is packed and ready, but now we may have a delay as Joel is working on wrapping up one of his work projects.
  • Hula Hoop –Done but only about 5 minutes today.
  • Double check the list….

As I look back over this list it makes me smile because I got so much accomplished and at the same time I feel exhausted…

Good Night!

drip castles


I was at the lake this weekend with some of my favorites…my kiddos….

At first I just enjoyed listening to their laughter, watching their splashes and smelling their sunscreened skin when they would run up to give me rocks for their collections or dump water on my toes.

I just love Briggs' toes


We go to the lake often but this time was different.  Zain was sleeping in Papa’s arms so I jumped in the lake with the boys.  We swam with the noodles, played “motor boat”, Cash was the motor and Briggs was the sail, and then we made drip castles in the sand.

they could have done this for hours

Building “drip” sand castles with the boys brought back memories of being a child.  We use to go to Silver Lake every summer.  We would cook our meals on the fire, stay up super late cooking marshmallows and making up silly dances by the fire, take the boat to the dunes, build in the sand for hours, making “drip” castles was our favorite.  We would build them as tall as we could.  We would drape seaweed to decorate and use sticks as the flag poles.

I am so glad that I got to share those memories with my children and at the same time help them to make their own memories that they will someday share with others.

discovering shadows