What bad dreams are made of

AH tossed and turned all night with bad dreams. Even after putting her in bed with us, she kicked and whined. It was like watching a puppy when they’re sleeping and they suddenly start barking in their sleep; you wonder what it is they could be dreaming about.

After trying everything to comfort her so she would be quiet so I could get some sleep sleep soundly, she was still stirring. And by stirring, I mean running her feet up my back as though she were climbing stairs.

She was talking in her sleep, so I asked her what was wrong. I hoped that I could figure out what it was she was dreaming about that had her so upset.

I asked her, “Baby, what’s wrong? Why are you crying?”

Her response?

“I can’t do it. I can’t do it all by myselllfff.”

Ah, of course.
Because what’s more troubling to a 3 year than not being able to something by his/her self?

Absolutely nothing.

Happy blogging,
Adrian

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Easy Peasy Garlic Bread Pizza

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As Mondays go, today wasn’t half bad. Work was busy but manageable; I felt recharged after the weekend.

At some point today, I realized I had forgotten to thaw anything out for dinner. This either means we eat out (and spent twice as much as we would at the grocery store) or I come up with something quick and easy, stat.

I immediately thought of my mom’s “pizza bread” (as she calls it) and dinner was as good as done.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 – loaves frozen garlic bread (I use Pepperidge Farm)
1 – pkg (3.5oz) of pepperoni
2 – pkgs mozzarella cheese
Toppings: onion, Roma tomato, bell pepper, black olives, etc.
1 small jar Ragu Chunky tomato sauce (for dipping)

Set your frozen garlic bread out to thaw. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice your vegetable toppings while the oven preheats. I used tomatoes, bell peppers and onion (Black olives are great, too, but in my mad dash through the grocery store, I forgot them).

Take the thawed out garlic bread and place each half face up on a baking sheet.

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Layer your toppings beginning with the pepperoni and then adding your veggies.

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The last topping you put on your garlic bread pizza is the cheese. You may not need both packages, but we like it really cheesy so one package isn’t enough for both loaves.

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Once that’s done, place your pizza in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until edges are toasty and cheese is melted. I like ours crispy so I bake it the full 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes before slicing. While the pizza is cooling, heat the tomato sauce for dipping.

Serve with tomato sauce and garnish with Parmesan cheese (optional).

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Enjoy!!

Happy Monday,
Adrian

20 Questions can make you think

A couple nights ago, I was coloring at the table with AH when I remembered to ask her the list of 20 questions that I had been meaning to ask her since her third birthday (in April). I’ve already lost the 2012 mother of the year award (probably shortly after the new year began), so, why not fess up to yet another thing I’ve been meaning to do but never manage to remember?

Another confession? This wasn’t my idea but a rather clever notion I found on Pinterest. Shocking, I know. Not that I found the idea on Pinterest, but that I actually completed something I found on Pinterest.

When I sat down, tablet in hand, ready to pen her answers, I didn’t expect complex responses. Some of the questions I already knew the answer to.

-What is your favorite song?
The Spresh Beat Band (The Fresh Beat Band, they were also named fave TV show)
-What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Um…pancakes!

Some of the questions I asked thinking I already knew the answer and was surprised when she said something different than what I expected.

-What is your favorite color?
blue (I’ve asked her many times but this is the first I’ve gotten this for an answer)
-What is your favorite book?
Bony Legs (she’s been hooked on “I Spy” books for weeks)

Some of the answers made me proud.

-What is your favorite holiday?
God! (So proud she knows holidays like Christmas and Easter are about God)
-What is your favorite game?
Letters (I work with her on her letters, numbers, etc. I love that she’s eager to learn.)

But it was the very last question that got me. I hadn’t expected her to give the answer that she did.

I asked her…
-What do you want to be when you grow up to be big?

She looked at me and answered, without hesitation, You.

My first thought was, “That’s so sweet.”

My second thought was, “Oh, no pressure. She just wants to be you when you grow up. No biggie. Except the fact that you have to work more than you get to stay home and be ‘Mom’, you forget things sometimes, you race around like a crazy person trying to get everything done, you don’t have the best patience and you may have uttered the word ‘dammit’ around her once or twice. Probably twice. Crap!”

I had to take a minute and get some perspective. I mean, I can’t be totally screwing this up, right?

That last question is a reminder of how much I’m being watched at all times.

I hope I can always keep that in the back of my mind as motivation to be better for all three of my kids. A better mother. A better wife. A better human being.

I am teaching her by example, every single day. I’m the only mom she’s got. I have to be a lead worth following.

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Happy blogging,

Adrian

Saturday morning Shenanigans

So…this is what JD’s doing this morning.

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He chased Dashy around for a bit in this getup; the dog didn’t seem to find the humor in it.

JD then got tackled by his little sister, AH. They wrestled–he let her win–and then he looks up at her (as though he’s dying) and says,
“AH…I aaam your faaather!!” *collapses head and closes eyes*

Happy Saturday!!

Adrian

Rambo, Two Stones & Olivia Newton John

Somewhat Wordless Wednesday:

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With the red headband and her stern coloring method, Rambo immediately came to mind.

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Her headband and blazer are Keith Richards but her elbows out like chicken wings is all Mick Jagger.

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Once I looked past the booger picking and noticed the 1980’s style headband/ponytail combo, I immediately thought of those old workout videos. Which then led me to singing Olivia Newton John’s “Physical” in my head. And now it’s probably playing in yours, too. You’re welcome.

Happy Wednesday!!

Adrian

Just a couple of Beach Bums

After coming home from our weekend vacation, I had a couple days off. The time off was unexpected so I hadn’t really planned anything for AH and I to do.

Yesterday, we spent the day lounging around while I caught up on laundry from the weekend and straightened up the house.

We jumped on the trampoline, found pictures in the clouds, AH rode her tricycle and we went to dinner with friends that evening.

Today, with all the To Do’s done, when AH woke up, I decided we would make it a beach day.

It took a while for us to actually get on the road (shocker!). After packing snacks, drinks, towels, sunscreen, mosquito spray, baby powder (to get the sand off), lawn chairs, beach toys and AH’s accessories, we were finally beach bound.

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The beaches near to us aren’t white sand and clear blue-green water but I enjoy going just the same. AH loved it from the moment we got there.

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She was hilarious. She waved and said hello to every passerby while we were there. And she was skittish about the waves. She would run up to them and hold her arms out but then once the waves started coming towards her, she would run away smiling.

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We played in the water, built sand castles, drew in the sand, ate snacks, and played some more.

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I love days off when I get to spend time with my kids. Days when there are no plans and no obligations.

AH was sad to leave the beach but it was good to know she had such a good time.

When she woke up from her nap, she hugged me tight and said, “I had fun at the beach, mama.”

Ahh. Made the hour of prep work trying to leave the house totally worth it.

Happy blogging,
Adrian