Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday: Family Night (BABY PIGGIES)

All of the pictures were taken at diff. times throughout the month. Just thought I'd share several different things we've done.
Yep, that's us...we're that family that makes gingerbread cookies in March. The kids enjoyed it SOOOO much....{so did daddy}.

Rolling out the dough and eating along the way...fun times!!

We had the "blizzard" this month. The weathermen were calling for anywhere from 6-12 inches in our area, but we got 3-4 inches instead. (I was fine with that.) Unfortunately, we were without power for about an hour this past Friday AND for 6 hours on Saturday. The kids finally got to go outside and play and they had a blast!!

All bundled and ready for sledding behind the golf cart.

Jeff and I took the kids up the street to visit some newborn piglets........I almost had a nervous breakdown because of the CUTENESS. Seriously is this sweetheart not just the most darling thing EVER. {Want it in my lap right now.}

This was the runt, so tiny as you can see....little thing was only about a day old. Ummmmmm, slap my mama {not really mom} CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't you want it? !? ?! I do.

Boy has today been a crazy one and I'm sorry that I'm just now getting this posted. For some of you that do not know, I have set aside one time a month to post about "Family Night" or Family Day, Weekend..., in honor of sweet Tuesday Whitt that passed away from cancer. I really wanted to honor her precious name by doing something with MY family. I think it is so very important to drop the phone, leave the computer, step away from the t.v. and really DO something with your family, it gives children a better sense of security. {Plus, it's just really fun to hang out with your mom and dad!}

I hope that you are all doing well. Please leave me a comment and let me know if you have a "Family" post. I don't have Mr. Linky set up, yet...ugh. So, sorry about that. We can find you through the comments though, ok. Thank you and love ya,
Don't forget to grab my {Family NIght} button and paste it on your blog if you'd like. :)
Please pray for baby Stellan......he needs our prayers desperately and so does his sweet mommy.
Please also, thank GOD for your many blessings.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Tomorrow is TUESDAY, March 31st. I'll be doing my Family Night post in honor of Tuesday Whitt. If you would like to join me (I'd love for you too) and let me know what you and your family have been doing.... tomorrow is the day! Thank you for your participation.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Blizzard Time In Oklahoma

We are suppose to be getting a blizzard here in Oklahoma. The news is telling us that the northern part of Ok; which is where we live, is expected to get up to 6 - 12 in. of snow and possible snow drifts of up to 6 feet. This could get interesting for sure. My children are VERY excited at this point, in hopes that the sled will be coming out and our weekend will be filled with sledding, snow angels, and snowball fights. Me on the other hand.........I'm just hoping that I don't go stir crazy, the kids don't destroy the house, and our electricity stays ON. Don't get me wrong, I love a good snow.............but I also LOVE a warm house.
Our dogs are running through the house like they are in for the race of their lives. Samantha (the Sheppard) is laying down just watching the the other two go at it. Samantha and Aggie (the Great Dane) will do just fine in the snow, Cowboy (the Dachshund mix) on the other hand....I just hope he doesn't get lost in a snow drift. We don't want any frozen weenies around here.
You all have a nice weekend, hope it stays Springy for you all.......just think of us Okies and send us warm vibes. Thanks!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Potting Chair (not potty chair) and Entryway Progress

Need your OPINION: Do you think I should take all of the pictures out of frames and turn them into black and white and paint all of the frames black (spray paint of course)? I will be getting some sort of vinyl lettering (a phrase or saying) to put on this wall and place the pictures around it. I thought the black frames would look nice w/ a black vinyl something up there.
Entry BEFORE paint

The chair rail will be painted a creamy white....toile wallpaper will really pop against the white. Hello wooden columns that I want to come down.

Ok, here is the POTTING CHAIR before. It has a hole in the seat for a large terracotta planter. It has been sitting on our back patio getting quite weathered.

Mama Katy (Aggie behind) with the Potting Chair. (Uh, oh the Camry is STILL here....still waiting for the Mama Van...should be done any day now.)

My 3rd project from yesterday. I had this canvas that L painted several years ago, it was in the bathroom for a while, I rested it and stuck it in my closet....I brought it out yesterday for a little makeover.

B helped me hold the canvas down while I covered it in leftover wallpaper. I folded and tucked the edges around the canvas and used a staple gun to keep it in place.

Entryway during the painting ....the kids played here while mama got her project on.

See my cute new door decor? Cute isn't it. (thanks mom) I want to paint this door BLACK! Awesome.

Oh for the love of paint, the walls were thanking me. Color: Bungalow Gold from the Eddie Bauer collection at Lowe's, Valspar Paint. The door bell thing will be taken off and painted black or possibly replaced....more realistically painted, cheaper option is always better in my mind.

Look at that potting chair now, I decided to let her live in the house to give my entry a nice piece of eye candy. I painted her with a black gloss spray paint.

Potting chair w/ original terracotta pot....I will paint it and stick a fern in it for some nice earthy-ness. Check out the toile covered canvas, it's not perfect....but it does look better than a blank wall. Right!?!

Canvas and Potting Chair....for the love of accessorizing (one of my many purposes in life).

3 things I did yesterday 1. Painted Chair 2. Painted entry and hall walls 3. covered a canvas

The real AFTER pictures will come as soon as the entire paint job is finished, BUT I just couldn't help but show you the DURING photos. Hope you enjoyed and maybe I helped w/ some inspiration for YOUR home.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What? ...Wednesday

I want to know something about you.... WHAT is a fear of yours?

Here is one of my fears........
Someone standing near my bed staring at me. THAT scares me.
So, now it's your turn.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I've missed you and a tid bit about my housekeeper..

Man, I feel like I've missed out on so much lately since I was gone all last week. Hope you are all doing wonderfully and I'll be coming to visit you at your blogs soon.........

Today, my best friend (my cleaning lady) is here. We are catching up on laundry and such, it is lovely. I love her and I love it when she is here...she loves our family and the kids LOVE her!!! I thought that I was going to have to let her go and I still might have to (I really should actually), but I just can't do it. I cannot say it, I get tears when I think about it...she's not JUST our cleaning lady, she has become my FRIEND!

Well, I'll be back to normal posting probably this evening, but for now I'm getting my house nice and tidy.

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Friday the 13th...AND MY............

Here are a few beauties that I WOULD wear today if I was a little girl....well, I would actually wear them now, but they are sized for toddlers and little girlies.

I would throw this pretty little cardigan on over a pretty little white or light blue cami.{crewcuts}

This, I would say is a PERFECT party girl pink skirt, don't you agree....should'nt EVERY girl on her birthday wear this?

And what a DARLING warmer (the black and white Boleyn) that is out right now for my Birthday month. ...of course it's 10% off with the 10% scent of the month. Seriously cute isn't it!! You SO know you want one, so go here www.scentsy.com/22701 .

And last but not least....precious birthday cake, perfect for a 33 year old Fun With the Baker5 Miss Katy!!! I'm not one to let others' know it's MY DAY, but for the past 2 years, I have cried on my birthday. Last year I sent out an email about birthday's...........Birthday's are SUCH a big deal for children, ya know. Well, when you are an adult sometimes you feel forgotten or left out or even let down. Yea, it's kinda sad..........so, I'm proud to say that it is my BIRTHDAY and I'm happy about it!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!

I'm also happy to say that tomorrow night I get to go out with some of my old college friends/sorority sisters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now this makes a mama smile, can't wait to see you Holly, Shannon, and Michelle. (of course, there will be other ladies joining..but these are the blogging ones)

Love y'all people! Have a loverly day ya hear!!!!!!!

Kathryn Ann Baker
8 lbs. 1 0z only 18 inches long....I was short and chubby.
Had pitch black hair, fell out 6 months later and turned white.
Born with a green bow in my hair (seriously..he he)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tortilla Soup Thursday

{Picture borrowed from the Net}

1 4oz. can of green chilis
1 onion (chopped up)
2 garlic cloves (I used a couple of spoonfuls of garlic in a jar)
1/2 jalapeno (I used a whole one and took the seeds out and chopped it up)
2 TBS of olive oil
Saute above ingredients until onions are soft and look done.

In a large pot pour all of this in while you're above ingredients are cooking.
2 14oz. cans of diced tomatoes
1 TBS fresh cilantro (USE FRESH)
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 10oz. can tomato soup
2 cups of chicken (before I did anything I had 3 skinless chicken tenders baking in the oven)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 14 oz. beef broth
1 14 oz. chicken broth
Side Note: I added corn to this, you could also add black beans if you fancy!

When top ingredients have cooked throw into pot of broth. Get your chicken out of the oven when it's done and pull it with a fork and cut into small pieces. Throw it in pot of soup.

Enjoy your soup topped with sour cream and/or sliced avocado. Yum-o-licious!! ...and shredded cheese.

Don't forget to throw some tortilla chips broken up into each person's bowl. Good times folks!!

Avocado Dip/Guacamole
Slice up several avocados...don't mush them up.
Slice and dice up some tomatoes.
Slice and dice up some onion.
Dash in some garlic salt.
Dash in some black pepper.
Throw in salt.
Squeeze lime all over it.
Mix together gently without mushing everything together.


P.S. Have a nice beer with this dinner and you will thank me. Maybe throw a little lime and salt on your cold glass and you'll be even happier. :)
Again: Thanks for shopping!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Few Words Wednesday

My Sweet Sweet Daughter {Sort of looking like Sally Jesse Raphael}

Monday, March 9, 2009

Project Carpet Pull Pics.

Oh, the small glimpse of Parquet flooring......love! The dogs wanted to be in on every aspect of the project. They love us!!!
BEFORE we ripped up the carpet. Oh, I cannot wait to gussy up the room with the new flooring.

I see window treatments in the near future.

Project kitchen will be underway...one of these fine days. We moved almost everything from the front living area to the kitchen...it was like a maze in there. (Mister ceiling fan, I'd like for you to go away and I'll replace you with a pretty/simple chandelier.)

Ooooo baby...nothing better than saying goodbye to carpet. You see, that is plywood subflooring and it will be covered with some really pretty Pergo (laminate flooring). There is Parquet wood flooring in the den, our plan is to sand it and stain it the same color as the laminate that we'll have in the rest of the house.

Trash bags full of carpet and padding and tack boards.

Ummmmm Yummy! Have I told you how much I do NOT like carpet? I don't, it's just not feasible with kids and animals. Ugggh.
Cannot wait to show you the NEW flooring and fun arrangements that I'll be doing.
Oh, man......almost forgot to tell you. This living room has really old wallpaper and I've already started tearing at it. I will paint it BEFORE (hopefully) the new floors are down. It will be so fresh and pretty, I might just have to throw a party.

Projects soon to come:
1. Redo Parquet in the den.
2. Take carpet up in dining room and kitchen (I know, carpet in the kitchen....we've lived with it for four years now....it is def. time to say GOODBYE.)
3. Take up carpet in laundry room.
4. Smile when it's all complete and give one another a high five!! :)
We're hoping (crossing our fingers) that we'll have enough flooring/money to go ahead and do B girl's room and a hallway. Have a loverly day my friendly folk.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Project Carpet Pull

I've already taken my "before" picture of our living room. Jeff just took the kids to his parents, I've moved all small things from the room and when he gets home...Project Carpet Pulling is underway!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will NOT be so much fun, but if you remember correctly...Miss Aggie (the Great Dane) had some "tummy trouble" on our carpet. Carpet is going away....good bye Baker household...hello Dumpster! Now, if we have enough time before we pick up the kids, then we'll have Project Carpet Pull in the Den as well.
*Thank goodness I've already taken my allergy pill.* Have a loverly day my friends. Love ya.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Holy Toledo!

I'm so excited, check out all of these awards I received just yesterday!!! My friend at There's Something in the Glass awarded me the Sisterhood Award. Fun times.

Nominate at least 10 blogs (I'm doing 5) which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

The Sisterhood Award goes to:

1. Where the Green Grass Grows

2. Twice As Nice

3. My Rambling Thoughts

4. The Rambler

5. Mad About Matthews

Kacey at Chronicles of a Mommy gave me these last two awards. How fun are these girls, LOTS 'o fun that's how much!!

Thank you to both of you girls for thinking of me.

I'm passing these two loverly awards on to some fabulous ladies who really make a difference in the lives of others:

1. A House Full of Boys

2. Confessions from an Impulsive Addict

3. Tidbits from Liz

4. A Daily Dose of Davis

5. This Momma's Musings

Right Way: Link all of your nominees names to their blogs.
Wrong Way: Do NOT leave the links to your friends blogs, simply because you are too lazy to do so right now. Girl's I just cannot do it, my mind is tired and so are my fingers. I suck right now...sorry.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Are you kidding me? ...final rose (ha)

(picture borrowed from the internet...Chicago Sun Times to be exact.)
Jason: I'm in love with you Melissa,(in his head) I can't stop thinking about Molly, I'm in love with two women.
Jason: Molly, can we see how things work out with us? Oh, let's kiss, I love you.
Jason: Chris (Harrison), Oh...I think I might be in love with you Chris. Oh, my gosh....I'm so confused!!!!! I think I'm in love with all three of you.
Jason: Oh no, I know this is cruel...but I might be in love with the limo driver too. So many options.

So, who IS he really in LOVE with? So awkward, yet I couldn't help but keep my eyes glued to the t.v. I will be watching again tonight....this is where it will be "Historical" (as Chris kept saying last night)....Jason will tell America that he's really in love with Chris or the limo driver or the camera crew....shoot maybe he'll pick out a lover from the audience.

Funny part last night: When Jason was telling Molly that he basically wants to try things out and she keeps looking around and kind of laughing/smiling. She looked at Chris several times...it was funny. Jeff and I couldn't stop laughing at her reaction.