Friday, October 28, 2011

Family Photo Fun

 If you're my friend on facebook (and you really should be) you've seen at least the thumbnails of this, but trust me, this is WAY better. And way way more pictures :)

We had the same BRILLIANT photographer, Ivy, and she did and even MORE brilliant time this time around! If you know my kids (and really, you should) you can imagine how hard it would be to take a picture of them.  Any of them.  Alone.  So try and imagine taking pictures of them TOGETHER.  No thankyou.  I'll leave that to the professionals.

Once again, I tried to weed it down.  I was working with one hundred and seventeen AMAZING shots. That's the best part, she doesn't just get a few good ones, she gets ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN USABLE PHOTOGRAPHS.  Can YOUR photographer do that? If she says she can, she's probably lying.  CALL IVY.

Anyway.  I crammed most of them into my collages.  Family, if you're looking for pictures in the mail...ain't gonna happen.  I'm getting ready for my packout over here yo! I will be sending each of you a copy of the disc, you are going to have to drive yourselves to the walmart and print these suckers out your own selves.  Sorry yo.

We had these done at Tarague Beach, up at Andersen.  We started in the grassy area that will FOREVER remind me of going to a lake in Michigan.  Have I ever BEEN to a lake in Michigan? I don't actually think so.  But this must be what I imagine it's like.  I'm so stupid.
Guess who is SMILING? And does NOT look like a serial killer?!?!??
I know most of you have babies.  I am truly sorry that your babies are not this cute.

Although her attitude makes me cringe, her superficial beauty still takes my breath away.

No, the grass is not THAT green.  It's Ivy guys!!! I'm not exaggerating when I tell you she's BRILLIANT!!!

Well HELLO there!

Then we moved down to the beach.  We don't go beachin at this beach because it's full of rocks and the surf is pretty rough.  But that makes for some great pics.  Even when we all have dumb looks on our faces.

Oh. My. Word.  I forgot to tell you.  I had Daisy June in some jeggings.  JEGGINGS!!!! We had to PAINT them on!! She is SO fat.  It was LITERALLY the cutest thing in the ENTIRE WORLD, I almost died right then and there.

That would be the Taylor Swift Heart. We get that in our pictures a LOT.
Hey there Handsome.
Girl LOVES her Daddy.

The Original Three Engelbrechts.

As Good as it Gets- with four kids five and under...

Scott spent a lot of time telling Ms. Ivy how much he loved her. 

Warren spent a lot of time making stupid faces. 

These were our family shots.  I had the middle one framed.  I know it's unconventional and not one single person is looking at the camera, but I REALLY feel like it sums us up.  THAT'S what Team Engelbrecht is all about, you know?  Although I really do love Scott's expression in the top, and Ava's body language in the bottom.

Could this picture BE more perfect?

Could this picture better say "Hey, it's me, Scott!"?

Could this picture be the only one I had left of Warren to fit in here?

She took a LOT of pictures of me and Nick.  I didn't want her to, but she insisted.  I'm way fatter than I thought, and I don't really like any of them.  It's hard to sit in the wet sand and relax while your kids are playing on the rocks near the Endless Pacific Ocean.  But I do like this one.

And she also wanted to do some Santa Hat Shots.  It wasn't really my thing, but she seemed pretty excited, and I thought it would be cute.  It was! Again, it's not really my style, but I guess when you have kids, you have to stop being such a bitch and just be tacky every once in a while, right? Ugh. 

I'll give you this, if Daisy was our first, I would have probably used these for our Christmas card.

And fine, I WILL be using this one.  I mean, come ON!!! She's so fricking cute!!!
And there you have it.  Four and a half hours of my life spent on the computer.  You're welcome. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Weight Check Wednesday

Up half a pound.  I'm devastated.  I actually cried this morning when I got on that scale. No, of course this isn't my first gain.  But I worked my ass off this week!!! I tracked EVERY SINGLE BITE that I put in my mouth.  I worked out EVERY DAY except Saturday.  I ate a cup of cabbage for breakfast every day people!!! CABBAGE!!!

Please, don't leave me comments like "Hang in there, muscle weighs more than fat, smiley face parenthesis!!" Or "Maybe you need to eat MORE so your body doesn't think you're starving, smiley face parenthesis!" I know y'all love me, and are trying to make me feel better, but those comments are LITERALLY like a knife to the gut. I don't know why.  I've been doing this for SO LONG, I know all the tricks.  I know what fatties tell themselves to try and make themselves feel better.  I know weight loss takes time and it's a lifestyle, not a diet, and more than ANYTHING, I know that I just shouldn't have gained seventy pounds with each pregnancy.

But knowing all that? Doesn't make me feel that much better.  I'm sort of thinking that maybe this is my new normal.  Some people are just fat, right? They just walk around, being fat, living their lives.  Maybe that's me now.  A fatty. Maybe I should just give in and accept it?

My goal of 158 by Hawaii (how do you like THAT, Past Jenn?!?! Ever dreamed a weight loss GOAL would be one fifty eight!?!?! YOU SUCK!!! STOP EATING SNICKERS!!!) is all but impossible now.  It's eleven pounds, and I'm leaving in about eight weeks.  So that'd be a pound and a half a week, no gains.  And we've got Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we're having Prime Rib for both.  So that's TWO mini goals, both easily attainable and reachable, that I will not have made.

This isn't fair.  Being a grownup sucks.  I can't even wallow on the couch in self pity because my stupid kids don't care, they want all this annoying crap like FOOD and HELP WITH THE POTTY and CLEAN DISHES and DRY CLOTHES.  Ugh.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flashback Friday

And it's ACTUALLY Friday!! That's rare for me.

Anyway.  Let's flash WAAAAAAAAAAAY back, shall we?
I don't even know what to say. Except check out how skinny my arm is!!!  I'm not sure what look I was going for.  Maybe 'woman who is trying to work up the courage to have a sex change operation'?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Weight Check Wednesday

Down one point five.  That puts me at exactly one half pound fatter than I was when Nick got home.  Five weeks ago.  Ugh.  But he's gone again, so maybe I can get back on track.  Don't get me wrong, I love that dude, but it's just so easy to be driving around in the minivan, pimping it out, holding hands and being all in love, and say "Ooooh, let's run through Wendy's and get a large frosty, and then let's go across the street to the McDonalds for fries to dip in it." Twice a day.

So yeah.  Back on track.  Ya'll know how much I love my strawberry slash spinach slash protein drink smoothie? Well, we got a vitamix, and now I can add even more veggies! For instance, in the mornings, in my quest to become a coffee drinker, I have two cups of coffee, a chocolate protein shake, and, wait for it, a cup of green cabbage.  Wanna barf yet? I'm telling you, that vitamix all but liquifies the cabbage, and I think cabbage is tasteless, so alls adding a cup does is make the drink a little thicker.  It's a little weird, I know, but it's a three point breakfast, that takes ALL morning to drink, and keeps me full.  Seriously.

And I've also FINALLY got back into that place where I get high from working out, and I feel like crap when I don't, so that's an added bonus.

In other news, I'm finally watching season two of Glee, and while I think it sort of sucks, I really like Blain.  Remember Blain from Pretty in Pink? And Ducky says "That's not a name, that's an appliance." What appliance is a Blain? Got me.  Anyway. Watching Glee has given me this uncontrollable urge (nervous tick) to end all my ranting montages with "And that's how Sue...sees it."  It's quite obnoxious actually.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crockpot Burritoes

Again, I'm sure I've posted this recipe.  Sorry.  But this week, they're giving away a crockpot!!! Now, I LOVE my basic, no bells, no whistles crockpot.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I had the two hundred dollar all clad, I had the hundred fifty dollar kitchen aid, I had a who knows how much cuisenhart...all either went back to the store, or to the curb.  The kitchen aid? I took it back to the store THREE TIMES before I called it quits.  The ceramic part kept cracking!!! And no, it wasn't because I was going from burning hot to ice cold.

As long as we're off topic, I'm posting this from the macbook.  Nick put a new...uh, something or another on it...operating system? Anyway.  It's autocorrecting my typing, like the iPad does.  See that? It turned my little p into a BIG P.  HATING THAT.  Anyone know how to turn that off?

Anyway.  So here's my recipe for this entry, crockpot burritos.  Mmmm. PS It just autocorrected burritos.  That just annoys me.  I want it to tell me it's wrong, and let me worry about fixing it.  Cybernet anyone? Ha, it can't figure out what to do about that.  Ironic much?  And also, the scrolling is backwards.  Does that make sense? It probably won't, unless you use a macbook.  I need help ya'll!

1 lb beef roast (I usually use a chuck, because PW says chuck is best.  And I usually have more than a pound, because who sells a pound of roast?)
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 cans refried beans
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
3/4 cup water
Flour tortilla
Fixins of choice (lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa, black olives)

Mix first 5 ingredients in a greased crock pot. Cover and cook on low 6-10 hours. Place in flour tortillas with your choice of toppings;roll up, and enjoy :)

So there you go.  I got it online somewhere, tweaked it to my needs, and now I'm using it to try and win free stuff.  Oh, also, I usually cook the meat and taco seasoning and water and tomato sauce for about four hours, then add the beans for the last three or four.  I have no idea why, that's just how I roll.  

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by West Bend

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pinnable Me

So. Regular bloggers use pinterst (and their blogs) to find the inspiration to sew those hideous pilowcase dresses, to make a headboard out of soggy cardboard boxes they find at the dumpster, and to use tree sticks to frame inspiring quotes.  Then they brag out it on their blogs and everyone comments about how ADORABLE and CHARMING and SWEET and CLASSIC they are.

Who's got two thumbs and uses pinterest to make fun of people and feel even more bitter and superior than usual? THIS GIRL.

Here's what MY pinterest boards look like.  MOM- please don't read these, there's LOTS of swear words.  I would NEVER swear, but I can't help but be exposed to this stuff.  It's because you didn't homeschool me.

There's not very much Game of Thrones stuff that's funny and sarcastic (yet) but they're working on it.  Here's what I've got so far. And obviously, if you haven't read them, you won't get it.

MY FAVORITE LINE from the first book.  Not really, but it's top fifty, easy.  In the show it was different, but in the book, her brother gives her a little sword, and asks if she knows anything about how to use it and she says yeah. Stick 'em with the pointy end.  Then later, everyone's trying to lop her head off, and she STICKS 'EM WITH THE POINTY END.  She is a TOTAL badass!!!! READ THE BOOKS JUST FOR HER!!!

 And here, GOT meets Office Space.  Um, are we in heaven?

Then here's just a few that regularly put a smile on my face.

Let's throw in a little Auburn pride, so you don't think I'm a total bitch.

I LOVE THIS.  Think how much better life would be if that loser had just HIT HER with that car.  Sigh.

And, as ALWAYS...

You're welcome.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Creamy One Pot Pasta

I'm POSITIVE I've posted this recipe before, but I can't find it, and I need to have a link so I can post to My Baking Addiction and try to win a free pot. Because I got my (BELOVED) le creuset when we were a little family of four, with two babies who weren't eating.  So now I need a grow up sized one.  And free is the best deal I can find online, so here goes.

Creamy One Pot Pasta

4 large garlic cloves, peeled 
1 jar (7 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, undrained 
3 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth (5 1/4 cups) 
1 lb uncooked penne pasta 
1 head broccoli (2 cups small florets) 
2 medium carrots, peeled 
4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel) 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper 
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese and snipped fresh basil (optional) 

Thinly slice garlic. Place garlic and 1 tbsp oil from sun-dried tomatoes into an 8qt stockpot. 

Cook garlic over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until garlic is golden brown, stirring occasionally. 

Remove from heat; add broth. Return to burner; increase heat to high. 

Cover and bring to a boil. Stir in pasta; cover and simmer vigorously 8-10 minutes or until pasta is almost cooked but still firm, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cut broccoli into small florets; Cut carrots in half lengthwise; thinly slice crosswise on a bias. 

Drain sun-dried tomatoes; pat dry with a paper towel. Slice tomatoes into thin strips. Toss carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes into pot.

Cut cream cheese into cubes, toss in pot.

Stir until cream cheese is melted and fully incorporated. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook an additional 2-4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 

Serve immediately.

If desired, top with grated fresh Parmesan cheese and snipped fresh basil. 

Yield: 6 servings

 So that's the real recipe, but I ALWAYS slice up one of those hilshire farms turkey sausage things and let that heat up way back when you add the broth.  You can also throw in whatever veggies you have on hand that you need to use up.  It sounds simple, and a lot of times simple equals yucky, but it really is FABULOUS.  We eat this eat least once a month.

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Le Creuset.

Come join the fun at My Baking Addiction and Good Life Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Le Creuset.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weight Check Wednesday

Up a pound.  I'm going to just pretend it's some sort of fluke.  Maybe the scale needs to be balanced? Sure, it's digital, but you never know, right? Because I feel good.  Like, GOOD.  I mean, yes, I overate a little this week.  By which I mean, we keep a dish of M&Ms for when Warren uses the potty and I ate all of them, repeatedly.  And I didn't track more than two or three bites.  BUT I drank a TON of water and I worked out every other day.  So, seriously, I feel pretty good.

Now I'm torn.  I feel good, but I didn't stick to the plan.  I feel good, but I didn't lose, and my pants are getting tighter.  Guess I can't go by feeling alone? I mean, don't get me wrong, it's great to feel good.  In WW, they call that a Non Scale Victory.  BUT, I don't think you can claim a Non Scale Victory if you ate four bags of M&Ms, two bags of chips, and countless peanut butter balls.  Sigh.  Who knows.

Anyway, this makes my Ten Pounds Before I Leave This Godforsaken Island Forever On December Twenty Second goal twelve pounds now.  Ugh.

In other news, I'm still going with the 30 Day Shred.  I think (KNOW) that you're supposed to do it ever day for 30 days straight (duh) but that just ain't happening.  At all.  But I've been doing it every other, and I did day seven yesterday.  Now, Jillian is sort of a bully, and the workout is (for me) VERY VERY HARD.  Like, about to have a heart attack hard.  BUT, at one point, she sort of laughs and says 'Now, those of you on day five or six or seven, you're noticing a change in your endurance, right?' And normally, I start crying and gasping for breath, but yesterday, it was actually a little easier!!! No joke.  Maybe one day I can try to get up to level two? Not holding my breath for that one.

Anyway.  Up a pound.  I considered not checking in with ya'll, but since I don't go to meetings, this is basically the only way I can get any accountability.  So there you have it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Daisy June

I have nothing fun or witty to say.  Life is trudging along one hellaslow second at a time.  Same thing, every day.  Needless to say, I cannot WAIT to go to Hawaii, just for something a little different!!!

So, in leu of cleverness, I'm just gonna fill this post up with pictures of Daisy June.  Otherwise known as The Absolute Cutest Baby Around.

I mean, really? I DARE you to find a cuter baby.  Double dare you.

Except here.  I thought maybe putting it in black and white would distract from that stupid look on her face, but it didn't.  Then, I considered not posting it, since she looks so stupid.  But who are we kidding, looking stupid is ALMOST as cute as looking...cute.

Here, she appears to be on my stove.  Not sure that's the safest place for babies to hang out...but I've been in charge while three other kids made it to preschoolerhood, so I'm sure she's fine.

Then there's this.  A little backstory, if you please.  She can crawl for realsies, and she's just figured out how to go from crawling to sitting on her butt, with both legs out in front.  Took a LONG time to get that second leg out from under herself.  So now, naturally, she's going from her butt to her knees, and she's trying to pull up.  Sort of.  So we've got this cabinet in our island, and instead of a crappy regular shelf, it's a pull out.  FANTASTIC.  It's full of her bottles and other tupperware, so if I'm in the kitchen, I'll open the doors and let her play with the tupperware and spare nipples.  Teeheehee.  

Anyway, today, she managed to get on her knees and pull that drawer out.  So it just plowed her over!!! I heard her shrieking, so I grabbed my camera and shot away.
Then when I finally rescued her, I realized that not only had she knocked herself over, her legs were bent!!! So she was laying on her calves, folded back onto her thighs.  While her mama laughed and took pictures.

Whatareyagonnado, right?