Toy Bins

Is your toy room as messy as ours usually is?? Today the older two and I cleaned the toy room. It is so much nicer to play when it is cleaned up. And they can find their toys better also. But today I decided to make durable labels, with pictures so they have no excuse for not keeping it clean.

These are a few of the ones I made. The kids are enjoying their tidy playroom. Apparently the animals are having a race.

What are tips and tricks you have for keeping a today playroom?

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Thai Yellow Curry

I LOVE YELLOW CURRY. Whenever we go out to get Thai food I always order the yellow curry with chicken. It is a mix of delicious coconut flavors with a hint of spice, potatoes, chicken and onions. Well after my anniversary trip to Minneapolis where I had the most amazing yellow Thai curry I was inspired to make it at home. I am not great at concocting recipes on my own, but I am the queen of Google and searching for the best and replicating. So here it is.

I borrowed the recipe and the photo from Pinch of Yum. Click the photo to get to the original blog post. I am copying the recipe down here so I can have it forever. It is seriously that good!

When I made it I actually doubled the recipe. Which made enough for an army. We invited some friends over and still had leftovers. You MUST MAKE THE YELLOW CURRY PASTE!! It is a bit time intensive but so worth it. Check out her blog for the link to the curry paste. Even with doubling my recipe the first time I still have 4 more servings of curry paste in my freezer.

I couldn’t find Thai dried curry peppers at my local grocery store so I went to an Asian Grocery store for that. The guy checking out ahead of me offered to buy my peppers. I think he felt sorry for me trying to buy one item, and hauling all 3 kids around with me. I told him it was not necessary but he did it anyway. I felt a little weird about it, but thanked him and left. I didn’t feel so bad when I saw him walk out and get in his Audi. He could afford to pay $1.38 for a bag of chili peppers.

For my curry paste I only added 6 Chili’s. Next time I will add more so that it has more heat.

Recipe for the best yellow curry ever.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • half a yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup yellow curry paste
  • 10 baby golden yukon potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut cream (it’s like coconut milk, but even more luscious)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • cilantro and rice for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium low heat. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes until the onions are fragrant and softened. Add the chicken and curry paste; saute for 3-5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir to coat with the curry paste.
  2. Add the coconut cream and 1/2 cup water to the pot – simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are fully cooked, adding more water depending on the consistency you want for the sauce.
  3. Stir in the fish sauce and brown sugar to really take it up a notch. Seriously – so good. Serve over rice.

A few notes.. I did not add the fish sauce. I also used one 1 can of coconut cream and 1 can coconut milk (because I doubled the recipe).

Who wants to come over next time I make it? The hubby wants it in the regular rotation!

Surviving Tonsil Surgery

Oh boy. This has been a rough week for our family. Little Deano got his tonsils out a few days ago, and it has been a rough recovery. He is terrible about swallowing pain meds on a good day, so there was no way he was going to this time. Lots of suppositories for this boy.

Thankful to have a friend helping in the surgery today

I did all the things I thought would help. Stocked up on soft foods: pudding, jello, applesauce, scrambled eggs, popsicles, ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc. But dear little man doesn’t want to eat anything.

A few tips for you if you have a child or friend having this done.

  • Don’t freak out about the smelly breath. It is awful! But completely normal, and does get better. If they will let you brush their teeth/tongue do it a few minutes at a time, and frequently.
  • Keep them hydrated. It is hard. But they need to drink to heal, as well as not get dehydrated. Whether it is juice, milk, water, Gatorade. Just get them to drink.
  • Stock up on straws! And not the sippy cups with straws. (The force to suck those is harder and hurts when your throat was just sliced)
  • Get lots of soft food options.
  • Set them up with a soft spot to watch TV, read books, play with little toys. Deano loves to watch Little Einsteins on Netflix. So we have been doing that alot. They are not supposed to exert themselves for over a week because of the risk of bleeding.
  • Plan to just hunker down for awhile, you little one is not going to feel up to going anywhere. (We are going on 5 days of not leaving the house). So make sure you have lots of food in the fridge.
  • Buy lots of pain meds ahead of time. I would suggest getting Tylenol and ibuprofen both. They can be alternated. Deano won’t swallow, so I use Tylenol suppositories for him. Stay on top of regular meds. They really hurt! (Walgreens was running a BOGO this week on children’s pain meds)

Has anyone else dealt with this and have other tips to share?

We are ready to get some life back into our sweet little man.

Right before surgery

An Adventure at Sea (with kids)

Where do you and your family like to go on vacation? We recently took our little family on a Caribbean cruise. It was a week of firsts for our little Wribbotts. First time on an airplane, first time seeing or swimming in the ocean, first time on a cruise ship, first time finding shells in the sand, and the list goes on.

It was such a joy to see the wonder in their eyes at the size of the ship. Though I think I need a vacation to recover from our vacation.

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Packing for five

As a mom the job of prepping and packing for a trip is something I take quite seriously. We have known about this family cruise for a long time so I have had time to think and plan what needs to be packed where. Thankfully this is something that runs in my veins, as a 7 year I packed 6 weeks in advance for our family trip to Disney World.

You may be wondering why or what I packed, and how to know how much you need to bring. I tend to over pack in case of emergencies. Right now, in this stage of life, I have 1 still in diapers, and 1 that still wets the bed frequently and should wear pull ups at night but doesn’t like to. So these things require extra space in our luggage.

For our family of 5 I packed 4 roller suitcases, 1 garment bag, a carry-on bag, a backpack diaper bag, 3 back packs for the kids, and our stroller. Teddy still takes naps daily and I wanted to be able to let him nap while we were on the deck if possible. On the air flight down, my carry on bag and backpack contained snacks and games for the kids and myself and my husband. But because we had to stay overnight in Florida one night before boarding the ship, the next day I also added our swimsuits and sunscreen, glasses, and anything else we would need immediately upon the ship. Often times when you check your luggage with the ship it can take awhile for it to be dropped off at your room. And I knew the kids would want to swim right away.

I made a packing list for each member of our family with the clothes, shoes, other items they would need so I could check them off as soon as they were packed. This allowed me to begin packing early and not forget anything. If you are unfamiliar with cruising, you often need more formal clothes for your evening meal. Being aware of the dress code requirements allowed me to be more prepared.

I do think that Joy over packed. She wanted to bring all her favorite dresses instead of just picking 5. But she was so excited I couldn’t say no.

Don’t be like me. Don’t over pack. Especially when the room you will be staying in is quite small. We had too much luggage. I brought along several cute summer outfits for day time. While 90% of the trip during the day I was wearing a swimsuit and cover up. I also should have only brought enough dresses for 1 a day, but I wanted choices. My husband did better. He didn’t over pack. He brought just enough to not wear the same shirt twice. But thats it. I definitely learned alot about packing this week.

One of my favorite traditions of travel was started by mom when we were young and that was car surprise bags. Little bags full of treats and snacks and maybe some toys.

Those are the ones I made. I included:

  • Melissa and Doug Water Wow books
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Playing Cards
  • Cookies
  • A few Dum-Dum suckers
  • Fruit strips
  • Applesauce squeeze pouches

Having young kids traveling they are always hungry and wanting snacks. And airport food is 4x more expensive. So I packed extra snacks in my bag. If you are not familiar with the Water Wow books, and you have young kids, you need to be. They are mess free and completely reusable. Check them out HERE. My 3 year old loves them.

Here is my biggest piece of advice for packing for a cruise. Put together outfits and keep them together (use ziplocks for easier packing) for each day you are gone. For example, for Deano, he insisted on wearing tennis shoes every day even though we were on a boat, he doesn’t like sandals. So for him each day I had a pair of shorts, top, undies, and socks. And for the evening he had to wear a collared shirt for the dining room. So we also had either nice shorts or dress pants.

Here are Joy and Deano ready to hit the pool.

I also packed 2-3 swim suits for each person because nothing is worse than trying to put on a wet swimsuit after you’ve gotten dry.

This is my list of the top 10 things to pack for your cruise:

  1. Swimsuits/cover up
  2. Casual clothes
  3. Dress clothes (for dinner)
  4. Sunscreen & Aloe (I recommend THESE)
  5. Sandals
  6. Cash for tips
  7. Sunglasses & hats
  8. A good book
  9. A sweater or sweatshirt (evening breezes can get chilly)
  10. Passport/ID

My mother in law had advised us to bring cash, particularly in small bills. This was great advice because you don’t realize how many porters or shuttle drivers you need to tip. For us we tipped shuttle drivers $5 and the porter who helped us get our bags through customs $10. Once on board you can pay tips with your seapass card. Also alot of ports of call do not accept credit cards, so you need cash to purchase souvenirs or drinks off the ship.

DO NOT LOSE YOUR SEA PASS CARD!!

For those who have never cruised before a sea pass card acts as your room key, dining pass, also your access on and off the boat at the Ports of Call. Your sea pass card can also be connected to your credit card and you can use it to purchase drinks, or souvenirs.

If you have any questions about packing for a cruise. Please message me. I’d love to help you!

Letter N 

My daughter is in preschool. Each week they focus on a new letter. This week they are on letter N. Joy also got to be the helper today. Which means she gets to bring Show and Tell and snack. As well as be the line leader. 

As a mom I always try to coordinate snack with the letter of the day. Well the only N snacks I could think of was nuts. And Joy didn’t want to take nuts. 

My husband reminded me about nest cookies. So I went to my favorite spot, Pinterest, for inspiration. Here is how it turned out. 

I think they turned out great! What do you think?

Here is my recipe.

Bird Nest Cookies:

(Makes 16 nests) 

  • 3 cups Chinese chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • White sixlets
  • Cooking spray
  1. Using a double boiler, combine chips and heat until melted. Stir frequently to avoid scorching. 
  2. In a large bowl slowly combine noodles and melted chocolate. Stir carefully to combine until the noodles are fully coated. 
  3. Spray a muffin pan to avoid sticking. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of mixture to each muffin tins. Use your fingers or spoon to mold the mixture into a nest-like shape. (Bowl shape) 
  4. Add your eggs. I used white sixlets, but you could use Cadbury eggs or jelly beans. Whatever you prefer. 
  5. Chill. 
  6. Enjoy!In nature, nests are imperfect. So don’t fret if yours all look different. 

Christmas is over. 362 days until next year. 

Christmas 2017 has come and gone. Another great year with family. We were so blessed to be able to spend time with my parents, sisters and their families as well my husband’s side. 

Something I have loved at Christmas is the joy the kids get on Christmas morning. There is something so special about seeing them be so excited about gifts. Because we don’t wany Christmas to be all about the  gifts they get, we try to follow the 4 gift rule. Have you heard of that one? Each child gets 4 presents to open. 

  1. One thing they want
  2. One thing they need
  3. One thing they want
  4. One thing they read

It helps to limit the amount of useless toys they get. This year I didnt do a great job following that rule. We are headed on a family vacation cruise in a few weeks so we got the kids Kindles for Christmas. I bought them on Amazon Prime day so they were much cheaper. But I really wanted them to have something they could take on the plane. I also didn’t need to buy them clothes this year since their auntie bought them all Christmas PJs and their grandparents got them a few new outfits for the boat trip (as it is lovingly referred to by Joy.) 

I was very blessed by my husband this year and got 2 new pairs of boots (1 dress, 1 snow), a new charm for my Chamilia bracelet (Teddy’s birthstone) and I got a curling wand.. have you ever used one? I have not quite figured out how to use it just yet, but it is fun to try! 

How many presents do you give for Christmas? How do you know if it is too many?

Our kids are very blessed with generous relatives so this year they received between us and others:

Joy:

  • Our Generation doll Anya
  • Kindle
  • Clothes
  • Hatchimal
  • Doll Cradle
  • Moana costume 
  • Bath stuff

Deano:

  • Kindle
  • Lego dinosaur kit
  • 2 boxes duplo legos
  • Robin Hood movie
  • Dinosaur and Jurassic Jeep & helicopter
  • Batman sweatshirt
  • Clothes

Teddy:

  • Play/learning phone
  • Mega blocks truck set
  • Books
  • Paw patrol ball pit & extra balls
  • Clothes
  • Alvin & the Chipmunks movie

What were the most sought after toys you or your kids wanted this Christmas? Most of the things Joy got she had requested. But the Kindle was a surprise. 

    Every year we watch White Christmas while decorating our (live) Christmas tree. In the 6 years Justin and I have been together we have always purchased a live tree. I love the smell and funof them. I love White Christmas.. It is definitely one of my favorite movies. This year we introduced them to a few new favorite movies including The Grinch, Elf, Home Alone, The Santa Claus, and Charlie Brown Christmas. 

    This year Joy and Deano helped me roll out and cut out sugar cookies. That was lots of fun. We haven’t had enough snow for sledding yet. But hopefully soon. I had also wanted to have a chance to make gingerbread houses. But we didn’t get to it this year.

    What are your Christmas traditions? Please share them in the comments, if they are good I might borrow a few. 

    We Are Called

    This week I was reading in Romans chapter 7 and 8. There is so much goodness in these verses. Time and again we are reminded that if we believe and accept Christ, we are adopted into God’s family. This is something that can bring great comfort.

    “All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by who we cry out, Abba, Father!” Romans 8:14-15

    “and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ…” Romans 8:17

    Wow! Heirs of Christ. What an image that gives. I think about a child that is adopted into a family. They received that gift through no work of their own. It was not based on merit. As is the case with us and God. We do nothing to deserve this inheritance, it is entirely dependent on God’s grace. The Spirit gives believers the assurance of membership in God’s family by bearing witness to their inmost being that they indeed are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

    “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

    Having three children of my own, that I love more than I love myself, these verses mean so much more to me now.

    I was incredibly blessed to have a very warm, loving mother and father growing up and still do. My parents love God and taught me to as well. But for those who were not as blessed to grow up in such a way, the idea of God as a Father may or may bring comfort. I pray that for all those who do not know God may come to. Especially as we approach the holidays and are reminded everywhere about Jesus’ birth.

    Daily Prompt – Calling

    My Worst Day

    To me, writing is therapeutic. You may wonder why I would want to share this experience. I debated not writing about it, but for me, I can process better through written word. And I never want anyone else to experience what I did.

    December 11, 2017  started like any normal day. We played, had lunch, did some grocery shopping. A normal day as a Stay at Home Mom. In the afternoon I put Deano and Teddy in the bathtub for a little water play/quick bath. I stepped out of the bathroom for a few minutes to open the front door. My mom was dropping something off. I heard Deano yelling something so I went to check on the boys after only being gone a few minutes, that was when my worst day began. Continue reading “My Worst Day”

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