Sunday, March 18, 2012

Boring week

Not much happening in the Moylan household as of late.  We have passed the halfway mark of B's night shift stint and March 15th was the 2nd tax deadline at the office.  All my corporations were extended despite have 2 of the 4 done.  I have one individual and one corp left in my office, so I mostly get to spend the week finishing up some audits.  I was supposed to be out of the office this week, but a tragedy struck in a co-workers family and she had to go out of town. It was a rough week for friends in family, and there is nothing else that can quite put things back into perspective for you.

I took Willa and a buddy to a birthday party on Saturday and they were quite hilarious on the ride there.  We really don't do too many playdates so it was nice to see some little kid interaction.  I was exhausted by the end of the party though as I am not used to having to keep track of two children.  They had so much and afterwards we hit up the St. Patty's Day parade.  Willa got to hang out with some more friends and eat some candy.  We were both ready for a nap by the time we got home.

She has had some great phrases lately.  One should not break any traffic laws with her in the car.  She is the stoplight police, running through them quickly as soon as we get in the car.  Red stop, 'ellow slow down, green means go!  There are several Phineas & Ferb quotes as well, especially "Where's Perry?"  "You're my best friend" and "You're not invited to my tea party." are the most frequent things we hear everyday.

One of my best Black Friday purchases thus far is finally being used.  I bought a Dr. Seuss matching memory game.  She has fun every night finding matches.  They are picture side up, but her favorites are the grinch, max & green eggs & ham.

Top O the week to you all.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Washing & Drying

I believe I have discussed my penchant for doing laundry.  Since it's the only thing I am good at, I try to do it well.  After we got married and were moving into base housing, B had a friend that was PCSing (or maybe divorcing, I am not sure), but we purchased his washer and dryer.  For the last 7 1/2 years they have worked like champs.  Probably 6 months ago it seemed like the drying was starting to die.  I have been babying it a little, but in the last few weeks more often than not I have had to "touch up" every load.  Annoying, no?

Brandon checked out some sale deals on Saturday while I was at the office.  Based on the texted photos, I thought he and Willa were going to come home with a John Deere.  I knew I didn't want front loads, but the non-agitator top loads seemed pretty cool.  Now, not only do we have smart phones we have smart appliances.  Both have sensors for how big the load is and how wet the clothes are.  They are pretty nifty and there is even a light in the dryer.  That means I don't have to turn the overhead light on in the laundry room.  Saving even more energy right?  The best part though was moving out the old.  Over $10 in change came out of the bottom of the dryer.  Willa was in heaven.  She was jumping for joy to feed her piggy.

It was beautiful out today so we took the opportunity to clean out the garage.  We trashed a ton of trash and have a little pile to donate (to go with the pile of stuff in the house).  We even took a little time to play some catch and play a little t-ball.  It is hard to believe the s-storms have been so mild this year and the weather is so nice in March.  B took Willa to feed the ducks and play at the park while I was working on Saturday and before we bought the washer/dryer we went to two more parks.  Now that she is such a little person and can climb and do things herself, I think we will be checking out several parks in town. 

The decluttering journey continues and I keep finding motivation in some neat blogs.  Is anybody else spring cleaning?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Baby Quilt #1

There was a new baby born in the Moylan family and we had to wait until he was here to find out who he would be.  Willa and I moseyed on up to Joann's and found these cute fabrics that despite being apart of the same line were not grouped together.  So I felt pretty pleased with my self that I put them together despite the challenge.

I skipped the Accu-quilt this time because I knew I wanted bigger squares than what I had, so I used the rotary cutter to cut 8 1/2 inch squares.  My parents were here and taking advantage of free child care I set the machine up at the kitchen table and pieced it together.  After Willa went to bed, my mom helped iron and pin it the batting.  She then helped me quilt it.  I had stitched the ditch on a previous quilt, but saw some where they stitch outside the ditch so I did just that about 1/4 inch on either side of the seams.  I used the plaid fabric to cut the binding and it was done.  Pretty neat to finish the entire thing in one night. 

I took advantage of some coupons and got a yard of each of the fabrics, which was about 1/2 too much on the one with the animals.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chicken Tortellini

My mom thinks I need more food posts.

One of my friends from Bunco made this dish and I wrangled the recipe from her.  However, I didn't have everything she had so now I just make it on the fly with whatever I have.

Make tortellini according to package (I like the 3-cheese or the spinach ones)
A little olive oil
Chicken Breasts
Canned mushrooms (she used fresh)
Roasted red pepper (she had her home grown, frozen sun-dried tomatoes)
Jar of Alfredo sauce

Dice up the chicken and cook in a little olive oil in a skillet.  Remove chicken, add a little more oil and cook zucchini, onion and garlic.  Add back chicken and include peppers and mushrooms.  Add in about half-three-quarters a jar of the Alfredo and let simmer.

Top tortellini with sauce and Enjoy!

This could be made with any veggies on hand, but these are the ones I enjoy.  I feel like such a good veggie eater when I make this and there is always enough for lunch the next day because B is not a fan of any pasta dish that is not spaghetti.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Ick

I have never seen a sickness hit so fast I don't think.  I dropped Willa off at daycare at 8:00 last Thursday and headed out to a clients.  I was getting all situated, greeting my boss that made an appearance that and at 8:30 got the call that she was ill.  Ill she was, all day.  Brandon came home so that I could go back to work, but he was also ill.

I went back to work on Friday and worked a little on Saturday to get ready for my trip on Monday.  Sunday night after dinner I learned you can feel fine before dinner and like you are going to die after dinner.  Luckily it seems the dieing part only lasts about 12 hours so I left town Monday morning.  We stayed in a really cool restored house of the clients, which any other time would be pretty awesome.  Except when you are sick and would like a little more privacy than shared living space with your co-workers.

Willa and Brandon seemed to bounce back pretty quickly, whereas I have had a lingering headache and have been pretty exhausted.  The JCCS kids at daycare did a fine job of keeping it amongst themselves, so I guess there is that.

B had guard drill today so that meant if I wanted to get anything done Willa had to go to work with me.  I figured if she could hang out until 11 I could get a few things done.  She lasted until 11:20 so I treated her to some McDonald's.  I think we are going to have to go back tomorrow, there is plenty I need to get done in the early half of this week.  Darn sickness slowed me down.

I hope everyone else is staying well, because it sucks!