If you know me at all you know I am very sentimental. "A sap" my husband calls me. I can't throw away any of the kid's school work. Even if it is just a math sheet. So when I can pass something down to my kids that was mine as a little girl it just thrills me. I had this dresser as a little girl, in fact it was my moms when she was a little girl. Her father restored it for me when I was little. He signed his name in one of the drawers when he was finished. It says, "Refinished by Curt Trevis--Largo Florida June 1976 at St. Louis for grandaughter Diane." I had that dresser in my room up until I went to college. I remember keeping all my "treasures" in one drawer; pictures of boyfriends, little items that were private and special to me in my teenage years. Now the dresser is my daughter's. My mom painted it for Emma and signed it right next to her father's writing, "Refinished by Carol Trevis Campbell Aubrey Tx June2009 for grandaughter Emma" Ironically she restored it in June just like my grandfather did. I was putting away some of Emma's clothes the other day and sure enough in one of her drawers tucked away in a corner were little "treasures'' ; some shells, lipgloss, pictures...like mother like daughter :)
I love having a girl. I always wanted one. I remember being pregnant with Emma and praying to God to give me a girl. Don't get me wrong I love my boys too but there is something special about having a girl. I love the pink, the purses, girly movies, lip gloss, dresses, even the "girl drama". Emma has the girly side but still "kicks butt" on the basketball court too! I hope Emma and I will have that close bond where we can lay on her bed when she is a teen and talk about anything. Emma also loves sleepovers. We have been having a lot this summer. She is a lot like me when I was her age because I always wanted them at my house. I felt better at home. I love listening to the giggles at night and the singing to High School Musical through her door. I know I will cherish these memories...
If you are like me cooking sometimes can be overwhelming. I never know what to make that everyone will eat. When I do find a recipe sometimes it is hard to follow. I found this awesome website that breaks down into pictures step by step the process of cooking. I have tried several recipes from it and they were so good. I thought I would pass it along. It is http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking
Wow, I can't believe it has almost been a month since I updated my blog! I really think I stink at this. But since school is finally out I think I will be better at updating. Summer has started out with a bang as usual. We have managed to stay busy everyday. Oh, there have been the occasionally "I'm bored" but the rule at our house is if they are bored they can do summer homework (worksheets to review from the year). How quickly they find something to do!
We started the summer with Colin's birthday. We had the family party at the grandparents house with the cousins; Vincent and Gracie. We went to Grammy and Grampy's neighborhood water park (which is huge!!) I would have taken pictures of that but I forgot to bring my camera to the water park. It is really great to take all the kids to because it has something for all the ages--a splash park, sand area for the little ones and large slides for big kids (Curt loves these). Then today we had Colin's friend's party at a place called Peter Piper Pizza. He had his friends from pre-school there. It was fun to watch his first party with friends!
Colin never gets sick so when he woke up Sunday morning holding his throat and crying I knew right away it was probably strep. I took his temp and it was a little high. I gave him Motrin and he became a new kid. Motrin..what did we do before it?? The rest of the day he was fine but when the night came his fever was up to 101 and he felt crummy. I held him but before he fell asleep he looked up at me and said, "Mommy, make it go away". Ouch. That's the worse kind-of pain as a mother is when you can't make it go away. All I knew is in the morning I could take him to the doctor and get him medicine and he would be alright. Sure enough that is what happened. I took him and he did have strep. We came home with the yucky pink medicine and he is going to be alright. I was stressed those two days because my "baby" was sick. Then today everything was put in perspective for me. What if you can't make your "baby" well? Emma has a friend, Alaina, that when she was six found out she had neuroblastoma. She went through all the chemo, radiation and hell it takes to rid your body of cancer and now she is in remission--she is nine now and is still cancer-free. Through her mom I found a couple blogs. They are under my blog list. I just checked the one "what's cook'n.." and they received bad news about their little girl Bree. It hit me that at the exact time I was stressing over Colin's strep they were receiving the news that their one year old still had cancer in her bone marrow. What absolute pain that mother must be going through that she can't "make it go away". I need to remember that even when my situation seems so bad there is always worse. But even if that worse comes to us God will never leave us...even in this mother's darkest hours she is still praising God. In the end that is all we have. That is what I always need to keep in perspective.
What is it with May? Every year it nearly kills me. I have a dry erase calender hanging in our kitchen to keep track of our family activities and May's is overflowing. Every single day has something written on it. It seems as if everyone panics and has to schedule every school event, meeting, birthday party, field trip, picnic etc in May. It is not the only month in the year people!!! Ok, I feel better now :) Anyway the other day I thought I needed to take a moment for myself and slow down. So I baked these delicious banana crumb muffins. The whole family loved them and that is really saying something. The kids even had them for dessert with a glass of milk. If you too are feeling the craziness of May take a moment and bake something yummy. Your kids will thank you. :)
Banana Crumb Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups or line with muffin papers.
2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups.
3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon of butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.
Last night they had Kinder Camp at our elementary school. It was a chance for the future kinder students to meet the teachers and see a real live kindergarten classroom. Colin was not at all keen on going. His Pre-K teacher had an idea to tell him that all the teachers up at Taylor (his new school) were her friends so could he please be nice and say hi to them. Well, that did the trick because he was all smiles after that. He even shook hands with them! So cute! It was just Colin, Emma and I that went because John and Curt had to go to Curt's basketball practice. Emma wants to be a teacher when she grows up and boy did it show! She walked Colin around to each of the centers, storytime area, calendar place and explained what he will be doing at each location. Everyone was so impressed because all the other students were listening more to Emma explaining it than the teacher! There is no doubt Emma will be an awesome teacher. As hard as it has been to let go I know it is time. I just needed to get the signal from him that he is ready..I think I got that last night. :)
I am a stay at home mom with 3 children: Curt 10, Emma 8, and Colin 4. I substitute teach at their elementary school. I have a degree in elementary education and I would love to have a teaching job when Colin starts Kindergarten in the fall of 2009. I have been married since May 25, 1996 to John who is a General Manager for Dave and Buster's in Dallas.