Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday we made our yearly trip to the Pumpkin patch.  We went last year to Hubbard Farms and loved it.  It is in Coupeville on Whidbey Island and the boys love the tractor trailer rides and this year they made a little maze out of hay bales. 

We each got a pumpkin for carving and then a few little white ones that we painted today with glow in the dark paint.  Tomorrow I will have to see if Ace has some better glow in the dark paint however! Our little white pumpkins aren't very glowy!

Creamy Herbed Pasta

The other day I was short on time with 3 hungry boys and nothing ready for dinner! So what do you do? You open up a box of pasta and a cook book, boil some water, close your eyes and point to a recipe and make it.  And that's how I found this!

Creamy Herbed Pasta

about 4 cups Pasta
1/2 cup snipped fresh Basil or 4 T dried Basil, crushed
4 cloves of Garlic, minced
1T Olive Oil
4 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup snipped fresh Parsley

Cook pasta according to  package directions.  Drain, keep warm.  In a medium saucepan cook basil and garlic in hot oil about 30 seconds about 30 seconds.  Add cream cheese, cottage cheese and parmesan cheese.  Heat and stir until nearly smooth.  Stir in water and parsley.  Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.  Serve sauce over hot pasta. 

OK, so here's the thing we didn't have most of these things, but what we did have made for some good stuff!  We did the pasta, dried basil, olive oil, cream cheese, fresh shredded parmesan cheese and water.  Logan loved it and ate half of it and our neighbor came over and had a bowl too!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My craft project

A while back I saw this idea somewhere online where they framed pictures from a children's book and I loved the idea, but not so much the price.  So I got to thinking what I could do to make these still look classy without the classy price tag.  And I thought about how they put pictures on foam board and how great that I figured why not try that.  So I found myself so not so cheap (almost $6) foam board from our local craft store (first mistake), my modge podge and foam brush and got to work.  It is so quick and easy to do and although they aren't perfect, I don't think people will be putting their nose to my nursery walls!
First I put glue on the foam board and then put the page on and then glued the top making sure to get the edges really well.  I did notice that it bubbled a little with the glue, but I wonder how it would work if you used card stalk behind the picture to stiffen it.  I might have to try it later.
Next I got out my box cutter, omnigrid, my moms mat and got to cutting!
Hanging it was my only question...that and it had warped a little when it dried.  So after I cut them all I put them under my stoneware from my kitchen for a few days which worked beautifully.  After I had my flat artwork I chiseled out little slots in the back of my pictures for hanging purposes.  Now I want to put up a few vinyl quotes from the book to finish it off.  I will share when I get that done.  Won't be tomorrow!

 Oh before I forget, I used the book Where The Wild Things Are and I took it to Sound Business Center to get the binding cut off.  That's a great little tool they have! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Today I got to spend some one on one time with Logan while James was at preschool.  Sometimes I use the time while James is at preschool to get things done, but today since my one on one time  is running out I ignored all the stuff that needs to get done and spent some time with my Logan. 
We had sandwiches for lunch and although I offered him a turkey sandwich with thinly sliced tomatoes he had something different in mind! That bagel was left over from breakfast and he took the half tomato that I had set aside and used it to make his own sandwich.  He really has a thing for tomatoes! Good thing we planted 5 plants! Now if I can remember to water...
Isn't he a cheese ball?!?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'd like you to meet cross eyed Bob!

In middle school my favorite teacher was Ms. Campbell and she had a boyfriend that we nicknamed cross-eyed Bob.  Maybe all babies do the cross-eyed thing, but I don't think mine have, so every time I see him doing it all I can think of is her boyfriend, cross-eyed Bob


Tonight we had BLTA sandwiches on this great bread I found.  I love the thin bagels and they have thin hamburger buns too, but I just found these and they are fantastic too! These ones had a picture of a hot dog in them, but I have seen the same looking ones that are called subs.  I tried giving them to the boys with hot dogs in them, but they didn't take my new find.
Today was another story! Add bacon to anything and he will ask for seconds, so tonight we had BLT's with a little A (avocado) just to jazz it up! I toasted them up and they were perfectly soft and warm, like brand new!
Oh course James just had bacon on his, but nothing changes around here!  FYI the last picture is not for the faint of heart! James is proud of his love for bacon.

The boys new toy

The other day my mom had the boys while I was at an interview and she helped them install the kiddie swing to a level they could actually use.  Ever since then they play on it all the time! James hasn't seemed to mind that he is the one pushing while Logan is enjoying the good rides.  Logan just laughs and laughs and James likes being run fact he might like getting run into more than Logan likes being flown around.  I think I bought this for them a year ago, but never found the right place to hang it.  I still need to get it on there a little better, but it is perfect for today and that is all I can worry about now!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I know many a mom that has had difficulties with their babies socks...and I am one of those moms.  I have tons of socks because I tried so many different brands with Logan.  He was such a chunky baby that everything cut off the circulation.  Even now he is wearing size 3-4 socks and he's not even two yet! Any way, Carson has had a hard time keep his socks on.  They fall off and then you loose one.  But I realized even though these socks are way too big, they look great! They are kinda like leg warmers now! They never fell down.  I did his socks at 7:30 this morning after a bath and lotion and at 10:00 when I took this picture tonight they were still on his feet without any adjustments.  I love this idea! I surprise myself sometimes.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Last time I was at Target I found these cloth diapers.  I love cloth diapers, but they are so expensive to get into.  I figure that babies don't hang around in just their diapers, so pink or blue it doesn't matter.  I got a lavender pair too, so check him out sometime! We don't mind!


Growing up we had popcorn every Sunday for dinner, or at least that's how I remembered it.  It was always a real shock for me when there was an actual dinner.  My mom always told us that it was Sunday, therefore it was the maids day off.  My dad would make this giant thing of popcorn and we would just eat for hours watching the Disney movie on channel 4.  I decided when I got married and had kids we would do this, but it happened maybe once or twice and I never got back into it.  So tonight we didn't have popcorn, but we did pull out the microwave popper and used some cute bags that Shelly MacMillan gave us and enjoyed the outdoors together.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
Of course you can't have a nice day without a popsicle.  We were watching our neighbors little boy and she brought a big bag of popsicles for us and we were more then willing to enjoy!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Morning

This morning instead of getting to church on time we did some family pictures! We walked in along with a crowd prior to the opening prayer but after the opening song...sorry mom.  It is difficult getting 4 people together all looking in the same direction.  It was hard with 3 and now just one more person with an at times over stated opinion.
I only attempted 2 with all four of us, but I was just amazed that I was able to get the three boys all looking in the same direction! Yeah maybe I chopped off half of Carson's head, but that's just a fact of life!

Friday, June 25, 2010

My wee one

Carson has been such a wonderful baby, but then again so were his brothers! I am beginning to understand what people have said about the third baby though...its like he doesn't exists.  I have not taken the time to take lots of pictures everyday like I did with James and Logan.  Poor kid.  At least I have filled out his baby book, well I completed the birth portion.  Didn't fill out the pre-birth data...anyway, I have a few new pictures that my sister helped me take the other day.  I hope to do better with Carson's pictures and put them in books too.  James are all in books, Logan's are printed and dated (mostly) and Carson is just here, healthy and happy!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thanks Mom!

I grew up with a mom that believed that "Hallmark Holidays" are just that for Hallmark.  On that note its not Mother's Day, but I just wanted to say thank you to my mom.  Today James was outside playing at the neighbors house and I realized it was dinner time.  My mom has dinner planned by 6:30 am everyday...or soon thereafter.  I have never taken that from her, although that would be nice to have one less thing to worry about with kids screaming and food to prepare.  But what she did teach me is how to cook on the fly with what you have.  I opened the freezer and pulled out 2 chicken breasts, frozen Asian vegetable mix and threw some rice on to cook.  Next I tried to figure out what kind of chicken would work with my kids and rice.  So teriyaki is always a great fall back, but I am out of vinegar, so that was up was orange chicken, which I've never made, but the recipe I had called for orange marmalade...and I don't have that.  Third times a charm.  We had Sweet and Sour Chicken for dinner.  James of course just had rice and chicken, but he really really liked the chicken! I must say it was so moist and it was a good combo with the Asian vegetable mix and the flavor packet I cheated with.  We cut up some watermelon, made some pink lemonade and sat down for a great dinner together! I am glad meals were so important growing up.  I am grateful that I can now share that with my boys and someday they can share that with their families. So thanks Okaasan!

Monday, June 21, 2010


Our friends the Hunt's have started their own little farm and my kids love to visit and play with all their animals.  Their 2 newest members to the farm are two Dexter (small) Dairy Cows (well one cow, Effie, and one bull calf, T-bone) and we got to see them milk Effie today! I was really surprised how comfortable James was around them.  He was even bumped into when Jason was moving Effie around after milking her and James didn't seem to mind.  Logan on the other hand kept his distance.  He wasn't fussy about it, but just watched at a distance.  James even got to feed her and pet her.
It's fun to see people using the resources around them! Christina just made ricotta cheese from the fresh cow milk :)

Look MOM!

Its been raining here for the last few days and look what you find when it rains in Washington.
James was so proud of his find.  He carried it around in a cup for hours until I made him put it in our little garden.  It was a sad good bye!

My Favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Back in 1991 my home ward put together a Cookbook that has become a favorite and I use it more then my prized Betty Crocker cookbook!
Melt In Your Mouth Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c. Shortening
1/2 c. Peanut Butter
1/2 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 t. Baking Powder
3/4 t. Baking Soda
1/4 t. Salt
1 1/4 c. Flour
1 c. Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven and cooking stone to 375.  Mix thoroughly shortening, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg.  Blend in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add in chocolate chips.  Cover and chill (optional).  Place balls on a greased cookie sheet or stone, flatten with the bottom of a glass and criss cross with a fork.  Bake for 10-12 minutes and cool on paper towels or cooling rack.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

These cookies are so wonderful.  I have never had them not turn out for me.  I didn't flatten or criss cross this time.  I was cooking with two 4 year olds one of which had a cough, so I went as fast as possible with as little food handling as possible! The original recipe does not call for chocolate chips, but I believe everything is made better when you add chocolate!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My Baby

We got home yesterday and its been a whirlwind! Life continues even when we aren't ready for it! My family has been great and helped us a lot.  Yesterday when I got home my dad was napping James so we just had 2 boys to feed and nap.  We had a good dinner with the 4 of us and then bedtime.  It seems like babysitting that little baby has really helped the boys understand babies and thus it has been much easier on me then I expected. 
Today we didn't have gymnastics so my mom picked up the two big boys and took them out to the tide flats for 2 hours, which gave me time to make banana bread, clean up the kitchen a little and give Carson a bath.  Carson wasn't really sure about the bath at first but seemed to enjoy the warm soak after a bit.  Taking him out was another reason to scream however! Poor kid. 
Carson also found his thumb today! At the hospital his hand was constantly in his mouth looking for that thumb.  The nurses said he must have been doing that before he was born.  In this picture he has his pointer finger all bent out of shape.  My mom knows someone that has a slightly misshapen finger from doing that as a baby...we will have to monitor that finger! I am sure that today it was an accident that it even made it in there.
I brought a cheesecake to the birthday party celebration for Peter and Logan thought that he needed to drink the blackberry topping I made for it.  Looks good!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm holding him!

No pictures to post, but I thought I would just let my friends know that at least he is here and handsome!  Carson Lawrence was born yesterday at 10:37 and because its amazing I will even share his story!

7:00 My sister and I got to the hospital for my schedule inducing and started antibiotics
9:15 Broke water at 4cm and 70% effaced
10:15 a friend came to visit, had my first REAL contraction and I started feeling pressure
10:30 Nurse checked and I was 8cm and ready to push
10:37 Carson was born 8 lbs 7oz and 21 3/4 inches

At first it took him a long time to pink up so his apgar scores were a little low, but eventually he did, but they ran a CBC (complete blood count) to see why it took so long and found out that he was Coombs positive (a blood issue caused by mom and baby being a different blood type.  I am +O and he is +A so my last push of antigens were basically fighting his on the way out the door).  I was given the clear to go, but we are sticking around Coupeville until he passes all this tests!  We are watching for Jaundice and so tomorrow morning we will do another CBC to check his levels again and if they haven't spiked too high we can go home! My sister was great to have here with me and almost missed it when she was walking Wendy Baesler to her car and getting a book to read! That would have been very sad!  Things went so fast that my doctor almost went into surgery and the pediatrician almost left the building! Good thing my nurse acted quickly and pulled everyone together!

This morning my mom brought the boys in to meet their new brother.  I knew it may not go well, but the both came in and climbed up on the bed with Carson and I and we cuddled and ate ice chips together and graham crackers.  They did really good.  James even held him and Logan didn't freak out when I held him.  Good day for the Kincaid family!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Today I went to Safeway and stocked up on a few things and I thought that getting treats for the last day of our threesome would be fun! So, we got some doughnuts to share! Who would have thought that a couple of doughnuts could have made these boys day!!!
Such a happy boy!
There is also ice cream on Logan's face!

Baby Watch 2010 Update

I had my last long awaited appointment today.  I am measuring a full 3 cm now and he said I was ripe...I guess that means we are ready to go! During the ultrasound he seemed a little concerned about my fluid levels, but then said that we could do this tomorrow. I told him, why not today? He said that he didn't want me to have this baby in the middle of the night.  I told him I appreciated his concern, but I figured the 3 hours head start I would get by starting the process tomorrow was unnecessary.  He didn't go for it though! The current plan is to have my mom come in the morning to stay with the boys, so that they could sleep.  Emily will drive me up to the hospital and my dad will drive James to preschool.  From there I am sure there will be someone watching Logan and  Amy and helping with the Campbell clan's daily activities.  I am hoping to be home and back to normal on Thursday and will update this when life permits! Think happy thoughts!

Monday, June 7, 2010

In Preparation

I have seen this on different blogs and of course Martha Stewart. So I decided in preparation of this baby coming, eventually, I would do something about lunches.  I have something like this already with prepackaged items, like granola bars and fruit snacks, but i thought this would be a good prize box too.  James has really enjoyed helping make his own lunches and this way he can pick out something with dried fruit in it and crackers and maybe a bag of cookies.  These have also been nice to grab for in the car while we're driving to give to the boys too!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Baby Watch 2010

Here in the Seattle area we love our weather forecasters.  Each year we have "Storm Watch 2009." It usually turns out to be nothing more then a little rain, but we cancel school and people flock to the local stores to stock up on water and candles.  That's what I feel like this baby business is.  I have stormed the grocery stores for grapes and water...don't need candles.  I know that he will come when he is ready and I have actually found myself OK with him taking his time.  I understand that there are just a few things we can't control, you know (I paraphrase) on the Lords time not ours.  This one is on the Lords time.  Last week I didn't have the blankets washed, this week I might even fold them! I have paperwork I need to get into order.  I kinda wanted to have a will put into place, not that I am expecting anything more then a simple, yet painful, delivery I want to know that my boys are taken care of. 

Anyways, I do have a status update. 
On Wednesday I had contractions every 15 minutes all day...until I went to bed.  I woke up at 3:30 with Logan and was made it was 3:30! Having contractions makes me nervous, I've never gone into labor on my own before!  I even learned there are different kinds of contractions!  
Friday I had a doctors appointment and he checked me and wondered why I haven't had this baby yet. I am 2-3 Cm dilated, 50% effaced, and minus 2 station.  But still not a single contraction!!!

When I left the doctors office he said, "See you this weekend!" "Unless you decide to hang on to this thing as long as you can!" Its funny because I have been telling him for months that with all my other babies I had to have my water broken and then the rest is the same.  My next appointment is on Tuesday morning and he will strip my membranes and probably schedule me to be induced on Wednesday, because he's on call at the hospital. He also listened for the first time that I accidentally wrote the wrong LMP by a month! According to my period I was due on the 19th of May.  My first ultrasound, in office, said June 3 and my second, in hospital, said May 31st.  My bags are packed and the car seat is clean and in the car so if he wants to come now I am...ready!?! My house is still a mess, but I can survive that.  I took a nap today so I am even "rested!"

James has really loved this belly! I am excited to see him with his new brother!

Friday, June 4, 2010

We love Strawberries!

I remember growing up and having a hot breakfast every morning and a packed lunch everyday for school and all my school friends being jealous.  To me it was just how my day goes, but to them I was lucky.  That's when I decided that I want to be that same mom for my kids.  Wednesday while James and I were on our date we stopped by Costco and picked up some strawberries.  So yesterday we made some waffles, cut up strawberries and got out some whipped cream! James thought it was such a treat.  We have waffles all the time, but its been a while since we had strawberries and whipped cream on top!
This morning when Curtis called James told him all about it.  Its funny what kids think are important! Meanwhile that Costco sized strawberry crate is pretty much gone! In two days my boys have managed to eat the entire thing!
Logan is hiding while playing with hair...I thought he was done with that fetish, but it's come back to town again!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

For those of you that live in the Pacific Northwest I am sure that you enjoyed the rain today as well.  We had all these plans to go to the beach and play at the playground, plant some vegetables in my planter box and just enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer. 

Around 11:00 my mom called and said we were going feed the kids! So we threw some food together and I attempted to lay 2 boys down for naps, but that didn't work.  We had a wonderful time at the Oak Harbor pool.  It was only an hour swim and I am sure that the kids could have enjoyed another hour or two and still be sweet...until we left at least.
Logan wasn't really sure about the water at first and had to be held, but after 20 minutes or so he took to the water really well.  He even went under a few times and was able to recover himself really well. 
Claire loved the inner tubes.  Emily and James bought some just for today's activities!
Amy, Claire and James did a really good job including Logan in their fun.

After the pool the Campbell's got everyone some ice cream and we played at the beach, until Amy and James fell into the bay.  All in all it was a wonderful day.  We even timed everything perfectly well.  It started to sprinkle as we were getting into our cars and then there was a down pour as we were driving out of town! I love having family so close that we can all spend time together.

Hawaiian Haystacks

While on my mission to Texas I found this great recipe! Its great for getting kids to eat their vegetables and its one of  those wonderful things to have when your going to have a crowd over.  Everyone can make it as they like it and everyone comes out winning!

What you need is
Green Onions,
Mandarin Oranges,
Dried Cranberries,
Red Peppers,
Sliced Almonds,
 Shredded Chicken and thickened Broth,
 and Cheese.

This is all I had on hand...but if I had it I might have added avocado, crispy asain noodles, and well, whatever looks good.  My mom usually sprinkles on some soy sauce on hers.  I have been meaning to try it with a tart apple, but the possibilities are endless.  Its amazing how quickly it all adds up on your plate, so be careful! All the fresh stuff is a nice change from the everyday processed stuff we eat.  The nice part about this meal is now you have lots of things cut up for future meals and left over rice.  My kids like to eat the shredded meat with the thickened broth alone.   
Logan loved it so much that he ate his and his brothers!