Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Made the List!!!

Tonight at dinner Bo was having Carter list off his favorite Superheroes. Number one was Spiderman, of course, number two was Batman, followed by Mr. Incredible. After this, there was a short pause, and then the pronouncement, "than it's YOU Mama!!" That's right people, I have officially made it into the top 5 of Carter's favorite Superhero list! I didn't know I even had it in me.

I'd like to take this moment to thank my family, for believing in me. Thanks also to my friends, for the support. It's to these people that make this moment possible.

Be on the lookout for endorsement offers. They're coming, I'm sure of it.


As for the picture for this post, Carter picked me some lovely "flowers" from our yard today. I absolutely love the look he's giving me for the picture too. That's right ladies, watch out, he's a charmer, that one. He already has one little girl claiming he's her boyfriend.
p.s. Bo is number 5 on the Superhero list. Good job Bo!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Recipe

I thought about putting in the recipe in the last post. Looks like I should have. So, for those of you interested, here you go:

1/3 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. Whole Wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. quick cook oats
3/4 c. choc. chips

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a med. bowl stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until well combined. Stir in oats, then choc. chips. Roll inot balls and put on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10 - 12 min. Makes about 30 cookies.

Notes: I flattened the cookies a little after rolling them in the balls. And the cinnamon is so yummy in this.

Monday, February 22, 2010


(Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal. SO yummy and my kids love them. And yes, that is banana bread in the background. I was on a roll today. Do you see the little "snake" cookies? Those are Carter's contribution.)

I used to hate making cookies, and to be honest, sometimes I still cringe at the thought.


Let me tell you. You see, growing up, I was the cookie maker in the family. Not by choice, either. My mother was always making me make cookies. And not just any kind of cookies, but the cookies SHE wanted, which happened to be the ones that I detested. Snickerdoodles, peanut butter, and occasionally I could make chocolate chip cookies-with semi sweet choc. chips. I still to this day cannot have snickerdoodles or peanut butter cookies, and when making chocolate chip cookies, they have to have milk chocolate chips. :) What can I say, it's one of the perks of being an adult.. . . I can choose what kind of chocolate chips to use. hahaha. I wasn't allowed to make any other kind of cookie, unless approved by her. I never got to make the roll out sugar cookies (with cookie cutters) because she didn't like them, if I ever made sugar cookies they were this gross, stiff, crunchy kind that weren't cut out, but rolled into balls.

I'm sure you're still wondering why this would scar me. What's the big deal? Sure I had to make some cookies I didn't like, but what's the big deal?? The big deal is she would make me QUADRUPLE the batch. REALLY (I have four older brothers). And I couldn't drop the cookies by the spoonful either, I had to roll out every. single. cookie ball. Imagine. You'd cringe too.

So here I am, years later, wanting to make some yummy cookies, with milk chocolate chips, where I only have to make one batch and it's not that much, and yet I still cringe. . . . .. but not for long. Because they are cookies I like and I don't have to spend HOURS (no exaggeration) in front of the oven to make them. Nope. Just two trays of cookies.

And when it comes to the point in my life when I have a big family and quadrupling the batch is necessary in order to give them all lots of cookies. . . .well, I'll make Megan do it.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Meg's New 'Do

Megan's hair is FINALLY long enough for these:

I'm loving this whole having a girl thing!! She is SO FUN! I love doing her hair!! Thankfully she has the patience to let me play with it (of course she didn't have a choice since she was trapped in her high chair. hahahhahaaaa (insert evil laugh) )

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Extreme Sports-- Four-Year-Old Style

Goal: To Parachute in the kitchen.
Theory: If one has a bunch of plastic bags and is thrown up into the air by a Dad, while holding onto the plastic bags, he should be able to parachute to the ground safely.
Results: After three attempts, it is with much regret to say that the parachuting was unsuccessful. However, it was discovered that the Dad used in this experiment is very strong, and that one can still have lots of fun flying through the air even if parachutes fail to work. As long as the "Parachuter" is safely caught in the end, of course.

Valentine's Day

Sharing the love on Valentine's Day!!

Megan has figured out you're supposed to say "cheese," and smile, when taking pictures.

We had a fun Valentine's Day! I got lovely flowers from Bo, along with super yummy chocolates. We gave the kiddos some flashlights with removable tops that have prints on them. They were a big hit. Bo got chocolates from me, I went all out. :)

This weekend was really busy, so Bo and I weren't able to go on a date. Sad day. We did, however, make yummy sugar cookies with the kids. That was a big success as far as the kids were concerned.
That was our day. Way low key. We love each other though. I have the best family. I love my husband so so much. My kids are darling and I love them to pieces. I love that my kids love each other so much too. They really are best buddies. Meg will give Bo and me hugs maybe 50% of the time, but she will ALWAYS give Carter hugs and kisses. She adores him. He loves her too, that's why he's constantly grabbing her cheecks. really.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Carter just told me I'm his favorite Mom.
It's a good thing he only has one, otherwise I'm pretty sure I would be the last on his list.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A quote from Carter

(What Carter does when left to his own devices in his room)

I want to try and post more of Carter's sayings. He says funniest things, or at least Bo and I get a kick out of them.---humor us.

"My heart grows way, WAY big, because I eat my candy." --he says this while eating Sweet Hearts.

One of my favorite Carter saying is "last night ago" which usually means the other day.

Carter-"Ponce a-Ponce a time"
Cassidy-"No, it's Once Upon a Time"
Carter-"ohhh, Once a-ponce a time"
Cassidy-smacks her own forehead

The Manns

As mentioned on the previous post, our friends, the Manns, came to visit last weekend. It was so good seeing them!! Unfortunately I didn't get too many pictures. While they were here we played Rock Band, went to the park, went to a parade, had a barbeque, and pretty much let the kids run wild. It was great!! We love it when friend visit us!! *hint, hint*

Mardi Gras

I just don't get this "holiday". I don't. One of my Young Women, who goes to Catholic school all-knowingly informed me that the point of it was so that every body could get all of the bad stuff out in preparation for Lent. WHAT??? Does this make any sense to you? To me, seeing all the stuff going on here, makes it sound just like an excuse to "eat, drink, and be merry." It sorta seems like by doing all that bad stuff and then doing something good like Lent, makes it kinda cancel each other out. I thought the point of Lent was to make yourself better. Of course, I'm not Catholic, and so I might also be way off base. I DO recognize that half of the people out there partying the night away are probably not the most devout of Christians. And I really do like the idea of Lent, just not the stuff that seems to go on before.

I guess I just don't agree with the idea that because someone is going to give up something, it is okay for their behavior and their thinking that flashing someone to get beads, walking around drunk and everyone thinking its awesome, talking crudely, and just about everything else rude is OKAY.

With that being said, I'll get off my little soap box.
My friends, the Manns, came last weekend to visit and to see the firetruck Mardi Gras parade. It was so fun having them. We played, chatted, and ate yummy food. The only disappointing thing was the lack of beads from the parade (no flashing involved--this was a rated G one). Usually Carter comes away with TONS. This year the only one he got was given to him by a lady after the parade was over. Luckily he wasn't too disappointed. Thanks to the Manns for coming to visit!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Spidermen Don't Get Sick!

Carter is obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with Spiderman.
He has two Spiderman shirts, which are worn almost every day. If I can't wash them fast enough, you can find him digging in the dirty laundry for them. He loves them that much.
Last week I took the kids to Dr. for check ups and Carter ran inyo another little boy who was also wearing a Spiderman shirt. Carter was so excited! He hurried and unzipped his jacket so he could reveal his Spiderman shirt too. He ran up to the little boy and both just looked and admired each other's Spiderman apparel. Really. The little boy even said, "That's cool!!!" hahaa. I have a Spiderman song that Carter has me play all the time. He'll then run around the house singing, "Spiderman, spiderman," while holding his hand out pretending to shoot his web.
So here comes the "Spidermen Don't Get Sick" title.
Late last week I was scrubbing my shower. I had sprayed Tilex and the fumes were a little overpowering. While cleaning, Carter came into the bathroom asking me why it smelled. I proceeded to tell him that I was cleaning and that I didn't want him in the room because I didn't want the chemicals to make him sick. He left with no comment. Seriously TEN MINUTES LATER he comes running into the room and tells me "Mom, SPIDERMEN DON'T GET SICK."
What was I supposed to say to that?

The Beus Gang

Bo, Cassidy, and Carter Beus