June 24, 2010

My Accident At The Movies

On Tuesday we took our two older boys to see Toy Story 3 in 3D.  My husband went early to buy the tickets and $66 later (not including popcorn and snacks) we were of to the movies. It was raining so my husband dropped of the kids and me at the front while he went to park the car. While I was opening the front doors I slipped and grabbed on the door handle for dear life at which point the door went over my baby toe.  I fell to the floor as I moaned and blood poured out of my foot. People walked right by me including a guy standing a few feet away on a cell phone who witnesses the fall and just stared at me for minutes.  Seriously if I saw someone injured on the floor I would go and see if they were OK. When my husband walked in and found me on the floor and Alex yelling (he doesn't do blood well) he went to get help. The lady from the ticket booth came over and before she even asked if I was OK, told me it was my fault for wearing flip flops to the movies, gave me crap for wearing them and stated they should only be worn at the beach. Thanks for the fashion advice lady! I didn't know there was a dress code at the movies. She was nice enough though and grabbed the first aid kit, cleaned and bandaged up my wound.

 I wasn't in much pain so we decided to see the movie anyway, I just kept my foot elevated. The movie was great!  I will admit, I did get teary eyed (alright who am I kidding....I was sobbing at the end).  After the movie I realized the gauze was soaked in blood and it was still bleeding.  I went to a clinic and ended up getting 5 stitches!  Needless to say after the stitches I haven't been able to walk painlessly but it was great to spend the whole day on the couch yesterday.   

June 23, 2010

June 14, 2010

Broken Sleep Button On My Alarm Clock?

As Jack approaches the 16 month mark, I thought I'd be sleeping more. Boy was I wrong! Don't get  me wrong he can sleep up to 11 hours at night if I put him down at 7pm, but no matter what time I put him down he's up at 5ish. My older two aren't out till 10pm most nights (bed time is 8pm) and after some chores and a little peace to myself I always end up in bed after midnight. I work part time evenings and most nights don't get home till 1am so those nights I get about 3 hours of sleep.  Jack wakes up hungry for attention and when most mornings I can't give it to him.... Elmo on TV does.  As a mom of 3 and a bread winner husband....my schedule revolves around 4 other people.... Jack being at the top of the list.  If you're a mom of a toddler then you know a cranky toddler is a nightmare! So that means everything has to be scheduled around his nap. Sometimes Jack can take a nap for 30min refuse to sleep again and be cranky all day and sometimes sleep all afternoon (usually when I have a million errands). I've been struggling to put him on a regular nap time but with my work, driving my husband to work, picking up Alex from school, the gym and the boys swimming lessons, we're never at home at the same time. Jack is not  that baby you can easily transfer from car seat to crib without waking either so when he falls asleep in the car I aimlessly drive till he wakes up ( sometimes being stopped too long at a red light wakes him up).  All this sleep trouble makes me appreciated Alex who as a baby, was easily adjusted to our sleeping patterns and Eric  who was and is a great sleeper ( started to sleep through the night at 1 month and who sleeps in till 9am on most mornings). I just wish Jack would sleep in longer. I've tried everything...although getting the dark brown curtains did get me an average of maybe 30min extra... nothing is working.  So my dear friends,  if you have a trick to getting your toddler to sleep in longer..... PLEASE SHARE!

June 12, 2010

Black Bean Brownies

As our "Health Makeover" continues, I've been cooking up plenty of healthy and nutritious  meals. However my entire family has a sweet tooth and I've been searching for delicious  desserts without the guilt. I found this recipe and tried it right away. My very picky boys that can detect "healthy" from miles away LOVED these brownies and I will just keep the main ingredient a secret from them. The black beans are totally undetectable and the nutrients as still there. Happy mommy...happy family.


1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white or brown sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
 1 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds or nut of your choice (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish.

Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

( You can add baking powder for a more cake like brownie)

June 4, 2010

Health Makeover Week 0

We went to the beach last week and I realized how far away my body is from wearing a bikini or even a one piece with a t-shirt over it for that matter.
Last year after having Jack I blamed it on  baby fat but a year later it had multiplied. The white Calvin Klein bikini I bought last summer is far from fitting but will be my inspiration. My goal is to get into in by August. I joined a gym and I'll post my results weekly.  Even though a bikini is my inspiration, I'm planning to make over my families health as well. We joined as a family and will get fit and healthy together.

June 3, 2010


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