Selfless acts, with purpose?!?!

Dear Daddy and Sarah,
Don’t worry about making your bed. ¬†I already did.
I love you. ¬†Your the best. No need to thank me I’ll be in my room.
Love, Skyler

My New Role

I have been writing this blog for nearly 2 years now.  I still love sharing stories of the kids and keeping the family updated on some of our goings-ons.  Throughout this process, my passion for writing has grown even deeper.  I am fascinated with the growing community of mommies on the web.  Mommies searching for community, advice, and fresh ideas.  Also, as a newbie to Omaha I am constantly searching for ways to network with other moms, writers, and the business community as a whole.

In pursuing the Internet the other day for my client, Pin Curl Girls, I stumbled across is a product of the Omaha World Herald Рsee more information on the website here.  They are in the process now of compiling a group of local mommy bloggers to help in the building of their site.  I applied and was offered the position the next day!:)

As a member of the Momaha Team I will be writing some more general blogs about life raising a blended family, life as a mom of 5, life as a step-mom, etc. ¬†My unique roles are quite vast. ¬†I’ll share the links here and hopefully some of you will enjoy!:) ¬†My first post discussed the difficulties of keeping up with the laundry 7 people produces and a new trick I have discovered to help me not despise the process. ¬†I’ll let you all know when the site is live and you can follow me there!:)

Zack’s Adventure in the Kitchen

Last week-end Zack and I ended up spending a lazy morning hanging on the couch together. ¬†It was wonderful until we realized we had two hours before we needed to leave for Lincoln for Grandpa Jack’s birthday. ¬†No one had showered, we still needed to make our culinary contribution, and get 5 kids loaded in the car!

I had decided to make Homemade Macaroni & Cheese from the Pioneer Woman’s web-site. ¬†Please keep in mind that I have just discovered The Pioneer Woman about a month ago and it’s one of my new favorite things! ¬†The author offers a beautiful step-by-step account of each recipe she provides. ¬†The pictures and description allows for a fool proof way to create yummies!!!!!!
So, back to last week-end.  Zack and I were making the game plan of how to accomplish everything we needed to and avoid being late to the party!   He decides he could make the MacNCheese while I take a shower.  Now, this conversation ended up priceless:
Me: ¬†Honey, are you sure? ¬†It’s homemade, you’ll have to make a roux, etc.
Zack: ¬†Babe, it’s this Pioneer Woman, Right? ¬†She has pictures…nobody can screw that up.
Me: ¬†For the record, I am worried! ¬†This isn’t just chop, mix, and plop….
Zack: ¬†I can handle this babe! ¬†Go take a shower and don’t worry about it!
So, I head to the shower all the time thinking of how he was certainly going to burn the cheese sauce. ¬†Zack doesn’t cook….at all. ¬†He MIGHT make quesadillas which involves plopping some shredded cheese and meat on a tortilla and I just knew this wasn’t going to end up well.
I came out of the shower, dressed quickly and dried my hair…still worrying about what was happening in my kitchen. ¬†I finally emerge from the bedroom and to my surprise the stuff looks delicious!! ¬†I was shocked and so pleasantly surprised. ¬†I also felt a little sad, like this is my thing — you can’t be good at cooking too!! ¬†Zack’s a freaking genius. ¬†A controls engineer that can do complex algebraic equations as simply as I would do addition or subtraction. ¬†A guy that tutored and pulled me through my economics, finance, and managerial accounting courses for my MBA. ¬†A guy that is undefeated at both Monopoly and Scrabble when playing with me. ¬†This guy is smart he doesn’t need to steal “my thing.”
I begin cleaning up the kitchen and preparing the children to head out while he finishes the casserole. ¬†Finally, he asks me to taste his dish and he is oh so proud. ¬†He dishes up a small bite and places it in my mouth. ¬†It takes every ounce of self-control I can muster not to spit it out. ¬†AAAAAAAHAHAHAHA it takes like a big pile of gooey mustard!!! ¬†What the heck? ¬†This genius of mine didn’t recognize the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon…..

Yes, I still have my thing. ¬†I am the cook, I’ll forever be the cook, and Zack is no longer trusted in the kitchen alone!!!! ūüôā

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween!! ¬†Our Halloween festivities began Thursday evening at Livie’s Daisy Scout Party. ¬†Friday we attended the elementary school’s Harvest dance, Saturday the older kiddos attended a birthday party, and then we hosted a little mini pre-halloween party followed by a fabulous round of trick-or-treating in our neighborhood….SHEW what a busy week-end!!:)
Skyler rocked out a beautiful angel, Livie pranced around as the quintessential Fairy Princess, Trendon (and most of his friends) wanted nothing more than to be a character from Star Wars — he finally chose Anakin Skywaker, and Abbie happened in to Albert Einstein. ¬†Her original choice was scientist but after I found white hair color spray at Wal-Mart we had to go all out! ¬†She even went home with the best costume prize from the elementary schools costume contest!
We are already thinking about next year’s costumes and Skyler is adamant that I should make hers (like I half way made Abbie’s) so that she was have a chance to win the contest!:) ¬†As of now, she wants to be an artist….the other kids don’t have a clue yet!
What were your kiddos for Halloween?  Did you make or buy their costumes?