Sunday, September 30, 2007

Genius


Okay, I'm sorry, but why didn't I think of this before??? Hanging my hats so I don't lose them, and hanging my pashmina in plain sight so I won't forget to bring it to my freezing cold church. And organizing my jewelry?!? Who'd have thought :)


But the real genius was hanging the purse I use most...er...that I wish I used most right there in easy grasp with a stick on hook. Strong.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fresh Pictures

My cuddly Bubba, playing with a box of envelopes.



Tot, immediately upon waking up from her nap.


Can you believe how long Dave's hair is????



Thursday, September 27, 2007

How I'll Be Watching The Office...

Yes, that's right. I heart Jim .
I'll be watching tonights premier with my Jet's Pizza (shazaam!) and some Diet Dr Pepper in my Jim Mug. Here's to an awesome night of TV!!

EEK!!! Fall TV is HERE!!!

The Office ONE HOUR season premier is TONIGHT!! How am I ever going to make it until then?? For the rest of you Office fans, what are you hoping to see tonight? A little Jam? A little Dwangela?

And as if that wasn't enough, Grey's Anatomy is also premiering as well as CSI and My Name Is Earl. My DVR doesn't have enough space! Ack!

I haven't quite decided if I'm going to be a regular Grey's watcher this year. I didn't watch the first two seasons and only started to watch a few shows into the third one. And I loved it up until George and Izzie. That just made me mad and irritated. Also, Meredith is emotionally stunted. And that's irritating, too. So I haven't decided if McDreamy & McSteamy's crazy cuteness outweighs all the other junk.

I don't know...McSteamy is pretty darn good lookin'. Not quite as hot as my David, but close.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

WFMW: Breakfast


I've never been a big breakfast eater. Mostly because I've always been a multiple snooze button pusher, and then never really had the time to eat because I was racing around trying not to be late. I'm pretty sure I didn't eat breakfast the entire time I was in college come to think of it. This habit has stayed with me since then, and it's still pretty rare that I eat breakfast unless I have something very, very handy to eat. My kids, however, don't agree.

My kids are definite breakfast eaters. They will have none of this mid morning snack thing and they want it the minute they wake up or else they'll pay me back with insane crabbiness. This, combined with my utter lack of breakfast sophistication, means I spend most mornings trying to think of something for them to eat because I've forgotten yet again to buy any specific breakfast items. Sometimes I do okay, sometimes they eat goldfish crackers and bananas.

But not this week. No, this week I have finally found What Works For Me. For Tot's birthday two weeks ago, we took her to IHOP for breakfast. She loves going out and eating and loves breakfast, so we thought we'd make a family outing out of it. We had a great time, and as I watched my kids inhale pancakes, I figured I could make a go out of it. So during my grocery shopping, I picked up some pancake mix and some precooked breakfast sausages.

JACKPOT.

Did you know how easy making pancakes is? I sure didn't! All youhave to do is add some water to the mix, stir, and then heat them up in a pan. SO EASY. Since I hate the things regardless of how easy they are to make, I never want them myself, but good heavens my kids can put them back. I don't give them syrup (like they need the extra sugar), and they still adore them. However, I'm not a fan of making a batch every morning and then having to clean up everything.


And this is where I found What Works For Me. What Works For Me this Wednesday, is making HUGE batches of pancakes on monday morning and refrigerating them all week. Then each morning, I just take a few out of the baggie, heat them up for 10 seconds, pour some orange juice, add a banana or other fruit, and my kids are in culinary heaven. If I heat up the breakfast sausages, then they think I am perfection come to life.

It takes almost no time at all, and at least I know that they are starting each morning with something not goldsfish crackers. And that Works For Me.

Ps - Sausages and Syrup are almost enough to make me a breakfast girl. YUM.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Is It Fall Yet??

Okay, so with all the stores putting out their fall clothes (oh, the sweaters and coats!) and the fall home decorations, is it any wonder that I am now totally geeked for fall to be here??

Alas, the great state of Texas doesn't get to Fall until November or so, so I have awhile to wait. Until then, I am doing a few things to prepare for my favorite of all seasons:

1. Fast & Furious Fall Cleaning. I know, I'm a total dweeb, but still. There's something to be said for starting a season with a fresh slate. Clothes in their places, corners cleaned, closets straightened and everything having a place and being in it. I'm starting this weekend with a particular challenge: The Master Bedroom. Dave will be on a trip, so my plan is to try to totally transform the place while he's gone. I'm cleaning it from top to bottom, moving things around and decluttering like a madwoman. The rest of the week I'll be working on the closets. Do pray for me.

2. Fall Decorations!!!! This is by far my favorite part, because I a few years ago I got the most insanely good deals on fall stuff and I bought it all :). So, now I have cute little pumpkins for my house, little centerpieces, pillows and throws. It all ties together to make me feel like Fall really is here, despite the 80 degree weather that Texas boasts most of the time. I think that I'll put this stuff up on Sunday, even though it isn't technically October, so that the pretty-ness will be out for the first day of the month.

3. Cold Weather Preparation. This is where my inner dweeb just has a field day, and I really need a list inside this list to give it justice.

~ I have already started making lists of what the kids will need, clothing wise, for winter weather. Tot only needs a few things, thanks to some insanely awesome hand-me-downs we just got, but Little David needs pretty much everything. So I have a list of all the pants, coats, etc. that we'll need and as I shop for other things, if I spot a deal I can strike viciously.

~ After I hunt and gather clothing, I then start taking stock of our match and candle situation. While we don't have much severe weather, a gal likes to be prepared. Also, they add a certain ambiance that I really dig.

~ Next is the fire logs and stock of S'mores supplies. I try to keep graham crackers and marshmallows on hand through fall and winter because nothing makes a night like a good ole smore. I can't, however, keep the chocolate on hand because it would never make it through the week, let alone an entire season.

~ Then we have the bedding situation. Since summers here are so amazingly hot, we go pretty light on the pj's and blankets. But come winter, my favorite game is "How low can I get the heating bill this month" (for some reason I don't play this game with the A/C...), and so we stock the kids rooms with cozy, warm blankets and long sleeved pajamas. Dave and I switch our sheets to flannel, our quilt for a down comforter, and Dave breaks out the pajama pants as opposed to shorts. I'm thinking that this year I may even get a quilt rack for the living room to hold our blankets.

4. Holiday Preparation!!! Actually, this may tie for my favorite part because there is nothing your Unsinkable likes better than holidays. No matter the occasion (see: Talk Like A Pirate Day), I love to celebrate and make the day fun. Being as this time of year is chock full of holidays, you can bet I'm having a pretty great time. I get to start deciding what we'll all be for Halloween (so far, Tot will be a princess and Dave & Little Dave will be rednecks with matching mullets...sigh), gathering candy to hand out, making fun crafts with Tot, visiting the store displays, and planning for Thanksgiving travels to Missouri. And best of all, this year Tot is old enough to know what's going on and I am majorly geeked to guide another generation towards the full holiday experience.

5. And lastly, the Activities. What is Fall, after all, without a trip to the pumpkin patch, picking out home grown produce, raking leaves (err..maybe not my favorite), going Trick or Treating, carving pumpkins, baking cookies and pies, watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and driving around to see the leaves changing color?


The Chapman family will certainly be getting their full of Fall this year.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Us


Not sure why it's so small, but here we are anyways :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

It's A Ranger Game Day Miracle!!!!

So, you haven't seen many pictures here lately because A) I've been lazy and B) my camera, yes my brand new super nice camera, just stopped working for no good reason.

However, today as I am getting ready to go see the Rangers play with all my little family, Scott & Cheryl and Caleb, and Dave's family, I realized that I had no camera and was quite irritated.

So, just to see, I put some batteries in my old camera and

TA DA!

IT'S ALIVE!!!


Beating heart be still, my first love is back! I love my camera and never wanted to part with it, so needless to say I'm stoked! Be on the lookout for some totally rad pictures!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Taylor 101

Recently, Dave and I bought a new car. It's a 1998 Toyota Rav-4 with only 85,000 miles on it, which is pretty outstanding. I had been driving Dave's 2004 Dodge Ram and he had been driving a clunker. The right time came, and we got a sweet deal on my Rav 4. I absolutely love it, but you wouldn't believe how different it is from the Dodge. It has a totally different set up, it has different controls and it handles much, much slower. Luckily, it came with a very handy owners manual that lets me know exactly what it's supposed to do, what it's not, when something it wrong, and what all the controls are for. Which brings me to my point.

Why do cars, which have only one basic purpose, come with owners manuals while children do not?

It will never cease to amaze me, that when you become a parent, you are immediately expected to know exactly what to do with this thing you just made. You are responsible for teaching every element of life, and giving them every basic form of knowledge that they will need to function as a person. Yet, you are given no instructions as to how best to teach them all of this. Worst of all, is that the only instructions you can find are ones written by people who do not have your child. At best they can be mildly helpful in only the most generic of terms.

Because like cars, every child is different. While your child may fit partially into one category, they will never be "textbook" anything. Because they are unique. A "fingerprint of God". Which sounds nice, but in a parenting context is nothing short of exasperating. You will never know exactly what to do with your kid, you will always be winging it, because as soon as you come to grips and find a solution to your particular problem...BAM...they hit a new developmental game and all of a sudden you are playing a brand new game.

If you haven't yet caught on, I'm feeling a little frustrated with my Tot. I love her to bits, but mylanta she's the most infuriatingly difficult child to walk the planet, I'm sure. She fits in no category, she does nothing with consistency and she follows no time honored patterns.

She hits, she kicks, she bites and she doesn't listen to any direct commands, and she does it all with a smile on her face and gladness in her heart. It's not that she's mean or angry or even willfully disobedient, she just wants to do what she wants to do and that's all she wrote. We've tried every parenting method you can name, we've tried every discipline you can think of. Each time, we are rewarded with an "I'm Sorry", a promise not to do it again, and an almost instantaneous repeat anyways.

We finally settled on an approach, figuring that consistancy was the best option, and that while it may take awhile (a long, long while) at least she will be aware that her actions will indeed cause equal and unpleasant reactions.

And here is where I yell my biggest and most sincere parenting question:

Will Everything Be This Hard????

I am expected to teach my Tot how to have a relationship with God, how to be a contributing member of society, to be a good student, to be a good citizen, to make healthy choices, to make good financial decisions, to be a good wife/mother, to ride a bike, to bake cookies, to read, to add and subtract and to vote republican and right now I'm just having a hard time getting her to pee in one designated spot.
Seriously??

If I'm having this much trouble teaching her the absolute basics of human functioning, how in the world am I supposed to branch out into deeper waters? WHY DOESN'T SHE COME WITH AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL????


Unfortunately, there is an answer to my age old question. No, not everything will be this hard. However, this is, and you just have to muddle through it like everyone else does.

The good news, is that no one is an expert. No one gets a kid and knows exactly what to do with them. Everyone has things that they struggle with and everyone has moments where they know in their heart of hearts that if they make it out of the toddler to teenage years with a functioning adult on their hands that it will be a complete miracle and will have nothing to do with them.

And so, I take a deep breath (okay, many many many deep breaths) and I try to find joy in the waiting. And I remember that thankfully, God started us out with toddlers instead of teenagers. If I was dealing with teaching a kid to drive before teaching them to pee, I think I would die.

It's Talk Like A Pirate Day....ARG!



Ahoy Maties! It be Talk Like A Pirate Day and ye best be followin' it or ye'll be walkin' the plank!

Seriously.

Well, in case you didn't know, today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. I love this day so much that I've had it on my calendar for six months looking forward to it. Today we will be doing a host of pirate-y things, including but not limited to:

1. Actually talking like a pirate, matie. Avast!

2. Wearing pirate-y things (Tot has a hat and I have a shirt).

3. Going to the library and checking out pirate books. And pirate movies if they got em.

4. Coloring pirate pictures.

5. Eating Cinnamon Sugar Pirate hats for breakfast (my own creation).

6. Digging for buried treasure in the backyard (I've got some pennies :) ).

7. Tot wants to see a pirate ship so I'm working on that.

8. Watching the Veggie Tales "Pirate Who Don't Do Anything" silly sing along

9. Making pirate-y food for lunch (anyone have ideas??)

10. And going to church like pirates. Oh, yes.

11. Listening to my cell phone ring that David made that says "Avast Matie! It be talk like a pirate day and yer phone be a ringin'! So ye best be ansering it or we'll throw it from the brig!" Do I not have the BEST husband in the world??? He did it this morning while I was still asleep :)


So, maties, ye'll be joining us, right?? Else ye'll be walkin the plank!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

No No No I Mean It This Time

I have a big fat bunch of posts just waiting in my "edit" folder for all of you. I'm pretty sure there are at least 5 of them. Real posts, not just four line updates.

So never fear, your Unsinkable will be back from her terrible blogging funk as soon as she as 10 minutes to finish a thought :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Kid Funnies...

Tot: Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Guls, I...gibberish..gibberish...make Bubba.....DISAPPEAR!! (waves her arms around)
UK: (laughing) Tot, what are you playing?
Tot: Magic Show, Mommy! Silly Mommy.

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It's a riot here everyday, folks.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Seriously?!?!

Happy Birthday, Tot!!!!


My little Tot turned THREE today!!!


She went from this:


(and apparently I was wrong, I thought we didn't have any family pics so early)





To This:






All in three short years. I simply can't believe it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Fact:

I am faster than 80% of all snakes.


(I might be watching The Office on DVD and I might be addicted. Okay, no mights about it. I am.)

Friday, September 07, 2007

Kid Funnies

(in the dressing room at Steve & Barry's)

Tot: Mommy, You SO beautiful!
UK: Awww, thanks Tot!
Tot: You look just like Daddy!
UK: Uhhh, thanks Tot.

(in the toy aisle at Target)

Tot: TOYS!! I so glad you here! Toys, you are SO beautiful!

(singing in the car)

Tot: A B C D E F G H I have HAIR! I have HAIR! I have LONG BLONDE HAAAAAIIIIRRR!

(again, singing in the car)

Tot: A B C D I love animals! I love all the animals! Look Mommy I see BIRD!!!

(still more singing)

Tot: A B C D E I E I O MNNOP MNNOP MNNOP E I E I OOOOOOOO.


We're still working on that song.


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As for Little David, he's becoming quite the character, too. He laughs all the time, and has just found his yelling voice. He loves to toddle over to me and look me dead in the eye and just yell " AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" until I yell back "AAAAAHHHHHHHH" and then he falls on the floor laughing. Loud, but certainly funny.

And without fail, if I leave the room for a nanosecond, kid is ON TOP of the kitchen table, the computer desk or the arm chair. Mostly it's the computer desk, where I find him pounding away at the keys or trying to work the mouse. Or pouring my glass of water everywhere.


Needless to say, it's busy and a lot of fun around here.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

They Say It's My Birthday Da Na Na Na Na

Happy Birthday to me!!!! Oh friends, isn't this the best day already?

My sweet husband was the first to wish me a Happy Birthday this morning (complete with calling me Unsinkable), and started the birthday smacks early (like, 6:30am early)...only 25 more to go. And THEN he secretly recorded himself singing me Happy Birthday on my cell phone!! So whenever anyone calls, it starts playing him singing! Isn't that the coolest thing EVER?!?

Me with My birthday purse :) --->

Then my Mom called and sang to me, even though she was sick (yes, we passed the sick to her somehow), then Amy Lu texted me Happy Birthday, then Cheryl (er...Caleb) called and sang to me, then my brother called and sang, and my grandparents called and sang, and I got emails and facebook and super great girl blog Happy Birthdays. And it's not even 9am!!! Isn't this day the greatest! I seriously have the best friends and family ever. Ever.

I've had a great birthday weekend with a trip to Lake Tyler on Saturday with my Mom and Dave's family, then Sunday we met my mom's friend Tim and had a great day, and then yesterday we went to dinner with Dave's family at Sake (YUM YUM YUM) and did brownies and presents which were all awesome. Today the plans include having more brownies for breakfast, having an easy relaxing day, then having Scott & Cheryl over for the most awesome Jet's pizza and to watch "Blades of Glory".
And it's raining. My favorite weather!! Seriously, does a day get any better than this?? I didn't think so.

I'm just so very grateful each year as I look around and see so many family and friends that I love and I can't believe that God has blessed me with such great people in my life. It's pretty awesome to be The Unsinkable!