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Charlie says…

3 Jan

So how many pounds did everybody gain over the holidays?

Every time my mom picks up a Christmas cookie for breakfast, I give her this look…funny faceI call it my dead eyes judgement face…. and I think it’s working.

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Hair

8 Dec

Sometimes I like to imagine myself in a world where I’m not being
berated by the person cutting my hair. Perhaps, “Wow, it’s really
really fine” would be replaced by “I’ve never felt such soft hair!” or
“Can I top off your champagne?”… Call me crazy, but someday I’d like
to be wealthy enough to pay to have a stylist lie to me. I know my
hair is fine, thin and lifeless, thankyouverymuch. And, no I have
not ‘treated’ it in awhile which is why I have roots the size of Texas
(no offense, lonestar) and split ends for days. I’m pretty much only
getting a haircut today because I didn’t feel like washing and drying my own hair. It’s exhausting; all for the same end result- thin and lifeless.

Of course, I didn’t say any of this. I even politely nodded when he
exclaimed, “No body! No body at all!” while trying to give my hair some shape with a round brush and a hair dryer. I almost apologized. This was clearly traumatic for him.

After a few more mumblings and an apology for pulling my hair (it was
my fault because my hair was too fine for a detangler) he turned me to
the mirror and to my surprise he actually gave me a great cut. It has
movement, bounce, dare I say, LIFE?? I was visibly happy even as he
closed with, “Well, we did the best we could, right?”

We did. Yes, we did.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheese-y

14 Nov

Avert your eyes, Nana… I’m about to make Mac and Cheese in the microwave.

Full disclosure: this is not your family’s homemade baked macaroni and cheese. It also lacks the Kraft surprises you secretly enjoy like the tiny bit of butter that never melted or a bite of powdered cheese cluster. However, it is fast, super easy, and you probably already have all the ingredients. You also cook the pasta in the microwave, which I, naively, didn’t even know was possible. If you prefer to boil pasta the old-fashioned way, just start with Step 3 below.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheese-y

Ingredients for a Single Serving*

  • 1/3 cup pasta
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Process

  1. Combine the pasta and water in a large microwave-safe bowl
  2. Heat for 2 minutes, Stir, Repeat until the water is absorbed and pasta is cooked. (For reference, I “repeated” three times, but I also own the first microwave ever invented.)
  3. Stir in milk and cheese
  4. Heat for another minute or so.
  5. Mix well and enjoy!

*My husband learned the hard way that “winging it” with the ingredient measurements doesn’t work for this recipe. You’ve been warned.

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Fridays

9 Nov

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Charlie Says

5 Oct

Apples? I think you can clearly see how I feel about apples below…

Not a fan

How about something a little more… cheesy?

Happy Birthday Charlie!

27 Sep

Happy 1st Birthday Charlie!

Soon after you were born, your dad and I made a little motto for you-
and us. Be good, be brave, be funny. Be a GOOD person- get in trouble
and get dirty- but be kind. Be adventurous and BRAVE. It often takes
bravery to be a good person and do the right thing. Be FUNNY because
the world is a crazy place and everyone needs a good laugh.

You turned 1 today and you are already all of these things and more.

We love you so much and look forward to watching our good, brave,
funny boy grow. Try to slow it down a little though- this year went
way too fast!

Readers: I recently started following an insanely great blog called Momastery and in August she wrote (much more eloquently) our exact feelings.
 
 
 
 

Charlie says…

10 Aug

Who’s ready for the weekend????This guy!

Anyone going to try any Lauerland recipes this weekend? My folks are going to make the honey cilantro salmon dish that Aunt Jac suggested. I’d try to sneak a bite, but apparently I’m not supposed to eat honey until I’m 1. Won’t be long now…

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