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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from 3 of my little turkeys!

Great deal on Blendtec!

If you need a good blender for blenderized diet or just to make awesome smoothies, soups, and all the other fabulous things a Blendtec can do, then you will want to check out the smokin' deal on Amazon right now. They have one model of the Blendtec on sale for 50% off, which makes it $299 instead of $599. Not sure how long the deal will last but I thought I'd share it anyway!

Click here for the $299 Blendtec deal on Amazon!

My girl is growing up ♥

Sometimes I look at pictures of Raya as a baby and I can't believe it's been 4 years already. (just like I can't believe it's been 10 years, 8 years, and 6 years since my other 3 were babies)

Since she's still the baby of the family and has required a whole other level of care than her brother & sisters, sometimes I forget that she is turning into a big kid. (even though she reminds me often) Every now and then, I catch a glimpse of her doing something or hear something that she says and can't believe how grown up she is lately.

On Wednesday I went to pick her up at school and the teacher from the classroom next door saw me and came out of her classroom. She asked me if I had seen the pictures on the bulletin board of the kids playing in the leaves and took me around the corner to show me. She had been in northern AZ and had brought back 9 garbage bags full of leaves for the kids to play in since there aren't really any fall leaves around here. She was …

caught a cold. meh.

Hangin' out on the couch with a stuffy nosed girl tonight. I hate germs.

The rest of the week

We have learned some valuable lessons this week. Of course they were things we already knew but sometimes a reminder is a good thing. (and this will be very long and I don't expect anyone to read the whole thing, it's mostly for my own memory.)

I already wrote about the bizarre experience I had Monday afternoon but the day really didn't get any better from there. Dinner started out fine but turned ugly really fast. We were having roast beef and potatoes with the rest of the leftover breadstick/biscuit things from Sunday, so I made Raya a baked potato in the microwave and let her have some of the corn from Sunday's dinner. She didn't want potato. She ate all the corn that was on her plate (about 1-2 tablespoons) and asked for more corn. Donny told her she needed to eat more potatoes first and then she could have more corn. She didn't like that answer and cried & whined about it but eventually ate another bite or two of potato, so Donny put some more corn on h…

A strange conversation

I've been stewing for a few days now over whether or not to post this but I decided that it may help someone so here it is. (and for the record, I have no ill feelings towards anyone involved and I'm not upset or emotionally scarred or anything.) Monday, the kids were out of school for Veterans' Day. I had several things planned for the day (including dragging the older 3 to the grocery store with me) but then changed plans suddenly when I found out that a friend from my childhood was in town for the day. She invited us to meet up with her and some other friends for lunch, so as soon as Raya's respite provider got here, the other kids and I loaded up and went out for tacos. She and I have been in contact quite a bit in the past couple years as her youngest son has struggled with some mysterious food allergies & GI issues. She has emailed & called me for suggestions & support and she has been a great support to me as well in the past couple of years. She is …

4th Birthday Photo Overload

Raya had a lovely birthday on Sunday. We went to church, which she LOVES, played all afternoon, watched a Charlie Brown movie about the Mayflower, and had a little family party in the evening. I followed her around with the camera all day. *sigh* my baby is growing up...


After I made her change out of her pretty church clothes, we went out front and took a few pictures. Her auntie gave her this silk scarf for Christmas last year and she has decided recently that it is her cape, and she MUST wear it at all times. She LOOOOOOVES her scarf!
Aaaaaand then she pulls one of these on me:

I was in the kitchen working on dinner & cupcakes and turned around to see this:
Since it was Raya's birthday, we had what she wanted for dinner: tater tots, corn (with non-dairy, allergen-free "butter"), and bacon. She was so happy! The rest of us put cheese, sour cream & chili on our tater tots, which was delicious, and we had some biscuits too. Pretty tasty dinner. :)

After we cleaned…

Happy 4th birthday, Raya!

In honor of Raya's 4th birthday today, I decided to post a few of my favorite pictures from all her birthdays. :) BIRTH-day:








First birthday: