Well, it’s official! We signed the loan papers on our house Saturday. We now have 6 months (that’s how long the interest rate will be guarenteed!) to build the house, sell the condo and get moved in. I am sooo excited! I can’t believe that after 5 years of marriage we are going to have a gorgeous house and will be saying good bye to our condo. That part is kind of bittersweet. Like I said we’ve been here since we got married, we brought our babies home to this house. We are leaving behind a lot of memories here, but I know we will make new and possibly better memories in our new home!
As we are looking at putting the house on the market we started making a list of things we need to do in order to get top dollar for it. Of course the fact that it is a third floor with cathedral ceilings, a fireplace and a skylight in the kitchen help, but the furnace is about 18 years old, the carpet needs to be replaced, it needs to be painted and I have a ton of clutter do get rid of! We have our work cut out for us over the next few weeks in order to get it listed but I know we can do it! The hard part is going to be keeping it clean and clutter free every day once it is listed because you never know when a realtor is going to want to show it! So, anyone who wants to have a decluttering party feel free to stop in! 🙂
We started sprucing it up today by adding knobs and handles on the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. It’s amazing how much better factory direct cabinets look once you get knobs on them! We already added them on to the cabinets in the master bath and we’re going to put them in the guest bath also. The next project is to clear out the closets and move out extra furniture. And so it begins! But at least we know there is something exciting coming round the bend!
Okay, so at the risk of sounding cliche.. I cannot believe that Heath Ledger is dead! I kid you not when I walked into my mom’s living room Tuesday night and saw his face on the TV screen and the caption reading “Heath Ledger dead at 28” I was so shocked! I started to cry! I couldn’t believe it, and I still can’t believe it! I fell in love with Heath Ledger as an actor in “10 Things I Hate About You” which he starred in with another favorite actor of mine, Julia Stiles. Maybe it was the incredibly sexy Australian accent, or those gorgeous eyes, or that amazing smile…but I was done for! I love him in “The Patriot” where he played Mel Gibson’s son but my favorite Heath Ledger movie of all time is “A Knight’s Tale”. I watch it every time it’s on TV (which is quite often) and I never get tired of it! The only movie he was in that I never saw, and don’t really care to see is “Brokeback Mountain” (so yes, I’m admitting here that I’ve seen “Monster’s Ball”, which I will never see again, and didn’t even really see all of because we had to turn it off!!!!) but I thought he was so gifted and amazing, and I feel like we’ve been cheated because we will never know what he could have achieved had he been given more time. My heart breaks for Michelle Williams and their little girl Matilda! I just hope that the press and the country will leave them alone and let them heal as they will need to following this shocking accident! So friends, that’s all for today. And if you see “10 Things I Hate About You” or “A Knight’s Tale” playing on TV stop and watch it for a while, and think of the amazing talent that is no longer with us! Rest in peace, Heath!
So it’s time once again for another Menu Plan Monday hosted by orgjunkie. This week there are over 200 menus posted so if you need to find something to eat, take a stroll over there and see what other people are having. I get great ideas there all the time:)
This week’s plan is not very well thought out because I’ve been super busy this weekend, but since the cold weather is going to be sticking around here this week I think I’ll be doing a lot of soups and stews. Here is the rough plan:
Monday: we ate with Steven’s aunt and her family tonight!
Tuesday: dinner at mom’s after I pick up the kids (I have class til 6:05)
Wednesday: turkey chili, corn bread or rolls
Thursday: herbed chicken, potatoes, green beans (didn’t get to do this last week)
Friday: beef stew, corn bread or rolls (whichever we don’t eat on Wed)
Saturday: Date night!
Sunday: probably leftovers- or whatever doesn’t get cooked during the week!
Oh, just to let anyone out there know- we got three meals out of the Hawaiian Pork Roast that was on last week’s menu! After dinner with the roast we had an entire half leftover which I shredded and used for BBQ sandwiches one night, and the sauce was like a sweet and sour sauce so we saved that and used it with frozen prepared meatballs one night to make swedish meatballs! It was the greatest recipe- I will definantly use it again! Here is the recipe if you want it:
1 boneless whole pork loin roast (about 3 lbs)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 C unsweetened pineapple juice (I use sweetened and it tasted great!)
1 can (8oz) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C sliced celery
1/2 C cider vinegar
1/2 C soy sauce
1/4 C corn starch
1/3 C cold water
Cut pork roast in half. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides; drain. Place in a 5 qt slow cooker.
In a large bowl, combine the pineapple juice, pineapple, brown sugar, celery, vinegar and soy sauce. Pour over the roast. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Remove roast and keep warm. Let stand for 10 min before slicing. Meanwhile, strain cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins or until thickened. Serve with the pork.
Like I said, this was soooo good and by the end I got three nights (more with leftovers) of meals out of this recipe (and we had 3 adults, a toddler and a one year old eating it!). So if you like pork give this recipe a try! Have a great week everybody and happy eating!!!
So I said I’d post some pictures from the home site when I found my camera. It was sitting on the front seat of my car, which probably wasn’t great for it since it got down to 4* last night, but we’ll see!
These are a couple of pictures that we took yesterday after we signed the contract for the house. The first is of Bri pointing on the map where our new house will be built. The second is of Steven, Jonah, Brianna, Mom and I standing in front of the sold sign on the lot! 🙂 If we look like we are freezing we were- it was 15* out!!!!!!! But we were also sooo excited that we had to get a few pictures for the scrapbook! 🙂 (and the blog!)
And just for one more picture to make you laugh- Mr. Man in his high chair enjoying a banana! Oh that boy loves his food!!!!!
Today is such an exciting day for our family! This afternoon we went and signed the contract to build our home!!!!! We are sooo thrilled and excited right now I can’t even tell you! We will be building about 15 minutes from where we are now with Ryan Homes, a builder who has been building in this area for over 50 years. We bought a large corner lot to make sure that we will have plenty of yard, and a neighbor on only one side of us. We will break ground soon and the delivery date on the house is around the 15th of June. I can’t believe it will be done that quickly!!! We will have a back yard for the summer!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!
We are building the Venice model which is 4 bedrooms 2 1/2 bathrooms. We are adding a morning room off of the kitchen to add some living space on the first floor. Mom is going to be building an aprtment in the basement with a bedroom, an office, a full bathroom, a kitchen and a sitting area. I think by the time we get done with it it will be around 3000+ square feet of finished living space. Now you can see why I am so excited. We’re moving from a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom 1200 square foot condo with no back yard to this! YEAH!!!!!!!!
We took some pictures of us at the homesite but of course I can’t find my camera now so I’ll post them when I find it. And believe me there will be more pictures as we go through the process. But for those who would like to check it out you can find the picture of the Venice floorplan by clicking here.
Classes started back for me yesterday and so begins another semester of craziness! BUT, I keep telling myself that this is my last semester before student teaching so that makes it a little more bearable! (Okay, well alot more bearable!!!!) The only thing I have to make sure of is that senoritis doesn’t kick in, because that would be really bad! So I just have to make sure I keep up with writing things in my planner (I use one of those big teacher planners and that allows me to keep everything per week viewable at once!) and just keep due dates from slipping by.
I am taking 5 classes- math methods (where we learn how to teach math), classroom management, reading and writing across the curriculum (where we learn how to use reading strategies in every content area), geometry for middle school teacher (UGH!! I hate geometry!!!) and my practicum. This semester I will be at Newport Middle school in a 7th grade math class. I’ve never been at Newport, which is a more urban school than I’ve ever been in so this will be a very new experience for me. I’ll keep you posted! Overall I’m pretty excited about this semester, not just because it’s the last one but because all of my classes will be pretty interesting, and all of my teachers are awesome! That helps a lot- having good professors.
That also means the kids started back to the babysitters today. Bri was sooo excited! She loves going to Ms. Kelly’s house. I have already been bombarded by requests to stay late one afternoon so she can go pick up Julia (Kelly’s youngest) from school. She loves Julia and loves to go pick her up after school with Kelly. I love taking them to Kelly’s because I know they will be well taken care of in my absence. That always makes my day go better. And those of you have kids in day care or with a sitter know what I mean!
Well, that’s all for today. Gotta go read through my syllabi that I’ve gotten so far and get things written in on the calender! Start organized, stay organized!!! 🙂
two tickets in the first balcony 4th row: $100
dinner for two: $45
one CD: $28
Getting to see the most amazing Broadway show ever: PRICELESS!!!!!!
Last night I got to see the show that I have been wanting to see ever since it debuted on Broadway 5 years ago- “Wicked
“. For those of you who don’t know anything about “Wicked” it is the winner of over 50 awards- including Tony’s (the Oscar of Broadway) and Grammy’s, and tells the story of how the wicked witch of the west from “The Wizard of Oz” came to be. Basically, it’s the story that you didn’t see when Judy Garland went to Oz! And it is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! We have seen A LOT of shows, but this now probably ranks #1 in my book (and close behind follow The Lion King, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera). I have been listening to the soundtrack for months now, and absolutely fell in love with the music, even though I wasn’t 100% sure how everything fit together! But, nonetheless I loved it! So we were so disappointed when tickets for its 5 week run in Cincinnati sold out in less than 4 hours! We thought for sure we weren’t going to be able to go.
Yesterday afternoon a lady we teach Sunday School with called to say that her husband was sick and wasn’t going to be able to use his ticket. She asked if I wanted to go and I immediately jumped on the chance. She called back a few hours later to say that the other person that was supposed to be attending with them also had to back out and did Steven want the other ticket!?!?! Well yeah!!!!
So 7:30pm we arrived at the Aranoff center and found out seats, in the center balcony, 4th row. We were dead center! The seats were fantastic, even though we couldn’t see faces perfectly- we had a full view of everything that happened on stage! Throughout the show I had to keep reminding myself to breathe! It was so exciting!!! It was also so hard not to sing out loud! I love the music so much that I had to sit there and lip sing with them because I just couldn’t help myself! I loved “Popular
” and “Defying Gravity
“. (The links go to performances of these songs- “Popular” from their performance on the Today show, and “Defying Gravity” from the Tony performance.)
It was an amazing 2 1/2 hours, and I LOVED every bit of it! This is one of those shows that you will never forget- and really REALLY makes me want to be on stage again! If only they could all be this good! So, if “Wicked” rolls into your hometown, and you can get your hands on some tickets (because they will go fast!!!) you need to go! Believe me, you will not be disappointed and you will have an amazing night of great talent, wonderful music, and lots of laughs (even a few tears!) It was one “wicked” night!