Monthly Archives: August 2012

and then it got better. and worse. and then better.

I really should write things out more often. You know, remember that it helps me. Because after my post this afternoon and Lucas chilled out from waking up on the wrong side of the crib (like always), I vacuumed. And it felt good.

And then it got worse. I picked up the kids from school and the minute I dropped the neighbor boys off, Alaina made Cami cry because she gave her a knuckle sandwich that was WAY too hard. And then as Alaina was getting out of the car, I noticed that she had colored her 1/2 the side of her hair with yellow highlighter during school. During a lesson that she had finished before the rest of the class. She wondered if it would work, and when it did, she just kept coloring. Nice. So happy she’s utilizing her extra class time well.

But then it got better. We went shoe shopping and I got a new pair of running shoes – the same pair as my current worn-out ones that I love – in a great blue color. And for 40% off, which was even better. Then I got paid for my elephant ear stand work at the fair, which more than covered my shoes. Even better.

We had a great family dinner. Laughed at my kids till I cried. Twice. We decided to go to the park to run off some of their energy.

And then I locked us out of the house.

And our friends who have a spare key weren’t home and the sitter, of course, didn’t know anything about where our key may or may not be. (We weren’t totally sure if they still had the key in the first place.) So we borrowed an extension ladder for our friends down the street and Adam climbed into our 2nd story bathroom window, and Alaina shouted “Daddy! Don’t fall into the toilet!!”

Thankfully, I ended the evening with a great 2 mile walk with a friend (the same friends who graciously let us interrupt their dinner to dig the ladder out of lock-up and drive it to our house so Adam wouldn’t have to carry it 2 blocks by himself). Great conversation and a good exercise always make me feel better.

Another thing you’d think I’d remember…


It’s the best word to explain how I’m feeling right now. I don’t know if it’s the rain today or the extra 5 pounds I’ve put on this year (despite exercising more than I have in years) or what, but I’m doubting most of everything about myself right now.

I’m doubting the choices I make daily as a parent.

I’m wondering why I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere anymore.

I’m trying to figure out why I don’t feel like I can commit to a new church, even though I love it.

I don’t understand why I won’t get off my butt and make myself look better.

I’m uncomfortable in most situations right now. This is not like me. I’m normally quite flexible and enjoy being in new places with new people.

I’m not totally content with our (recent) choice to not have any more kids. Yet, I feel totally uneasy about having another.

I’m tired. My house is a mess. And instead of cleaning it I’m writing this instead. Doesn’t make sense to me, yet here I am doing it.

Maybe it’s just a back-to-school transition. I don’t know. But whatever it is, I’m ready for it to be gone.

And cue Lucas to wake up from his nap right when I’m in the middle of doing something.

after-school snacks

a.k.a. “The Death of Me”

My girls head back to school tomorrow and even after a great summer, I am so ready for a normal schedule to be in place. The one thing I’m not looking forward to is the complaining about not having good after-school snacks.

So this year? We’re nipping it in the butt early. This week we’re making some easy and healthy snacks for the girls to munch on while doing homework. And I thought I’d share them with you (of course, hoping you would share some with me too!).

The first one is so so simple: Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Sandwiches. Simply cut a banana in half, lengthwise and spread with peanut butter to your liking.

Replace the other half of the banana on top and cut in half. Place on lined cookie sheet and freeze for a few hours. Once frozen, put them all in a freezer safe bag in the freezer for eating.

Of course, they would be really good with mini chocolate chips in them too, but I try to keep the sweets consumption minimal until after dinner.

With one exception: Power Balls. This is the second snack that is a must-have in our house.  And they have chocolate chips in them, which the kids love. 🙂 One of my favorites about these: Alaina (almost 10) can make them almost entirely on her own. 

I got this recipe from my friend Christina when we visited Holland, MI last month. And we’ve made these several times since.

Power Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 balls

Power Balls


  • 1 cup peanut butter (with no or low sugar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (I just use raisins)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups rolled oats (I use 1 3/4 cups - I think it depends on the PB you use.)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Once all the dry ingredients are wet, roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. (Make them however big or small you want. I made this recipe into 24 balls and they were a perfect size.)
  3. Refrigerate until completely set, then transfer into an airtight container to store in the fridge.

I’m hoping planning ahead with snacks like these will make the transition back to school more seamless. We’re also going to make blueberry zucchini muffins and hard-boiled eggs to help with breakfast choices. (Cami is completely fine with cereal or oatmeal every morning, but Alaina decided she doesn’t like cereal this summer. Of course.)

Have any quick and healthy snack options? Please share!!!

Mosquito bite cure!

We have always had so many mosquitoes in our yard. It’s like we live in a freaking forest or something. And everyone in my family gets eaten alive every spring, summer and fall.

Somehow, over the years, we learned the secret to making mosquito bites vanish. Yes! VANISH!


I’m totally serious. If you get a mosquito bite, rub deodorant 3-4 times over the bite as soon as possible. The faster you get to the bite the better it works.

Today, I was bitten several times while picking veggies out of the garden. I put deodorant on my bites and within three hours every one of my bites was gone. Itch and all. Here’s proof:


Of course, we still use bug spray before we go outside, but on those days we forget, or when the kids bolt outside without spray, we rub deodorant on newly bitten body parts right when they come inside.

For those of you wondering how it works? Deodorant contains some form of aluminum chloride which somehow neutralizes the itch and the swelling from mosquito bites. Pretty cool, huh?


(for more DIY health and beauty tips, check out Basil Momma’s post.) 

loud = toddlers and motorcycles (a giveaway!)

This little guy?

He’s kicking my butt.

He’s destroying my house. He’s not sleeping well. He’s throwing fits (you know, because 2 really starts when they’re 20 mos old). He’s running. Constantly. Everywhere. Fast. He’s loud.

But man do I love him. He gives me happiness that only a toddler can. He gives me kisses, even in public. He says “love you” when I tell him I love him. He gets so excited when I play baseball or basketball with him. And when I suggest racing cars down our small wedge mat? He races away to get anything with wheels.

That’s why I’m so excited to take him to the Red Bull MotoGP race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 19th thanks to Indiana Dairy. He’s going to FREAK OUT when he sees all those motorcycles in one place! I can’t wait to see his face. This boy is going to have so much fun seeing those bikes get up to 200 mph, especially since race day consists of several sprint races.

Wanna sit with me and Lucas at the race? 

I’m serious! Indiana Dairy has provided me with 4 tickets to the race – two for me and two for a lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment below stating why you want to go.

You can earn up to two extra entries:

  1. Share this giveaway on Facebook and come back leaving another comment telling me you did so.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway and come back leaving another comment with the link to the tweet. Here’s an easy one: “Win 2 tickets to the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race @IMS with @katieunscripted thanks to @INDairy.”

The giveaway is open through noon on Sunday, August 12th. One winner will be randomly chosen to receive 2 tickets to the race on Monday, August 13th and contacted via email, so please make sure you leave an email address that you check regularly. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Come on! It’ll be so fun. Even if you don’t know me. I promise. I don’t bite and I’ll even wear deoderant. 🙂