Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pagan Soccer Mom Giveaway

Over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom she is having an awesome giveaway for for Smelly Washer. You have to check it out! Click here !

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weekend Moments

This weekend was a busy one. We had the girls for Friday night, so we all watched the new Transformers movie, and of course all the kids fell asleep! I loved it... even more than the first one! I also made a recipe that Chris loves, for a Raw Apple Cake. His Mom used to make it, but when she died, she took the secret for the perfect recipe with her. I researched online and tried a few, and finally found one that he deemed as close as anybody is going to get. It was delicious! I'm not skilled in taking food pictures, so I will spare you there, but here is the recipe. It's a delicious dense moist cake with a slightly crunchy top. The next time I'm going to make a glaze for the top, and hopefully I will own a proper bundt pan by then.

Raw Apple Cake
4 cups grated or chopped apples
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Beat eggs. Add sugar and oil. Mix in dry ingredients and blend well. Add apples and mix thoroughly. Bake at 325 for an hour in a greased and floured bundt pan.

On Saturday I finished a craft I've meant to do for a bit. It's a Dreamcatcher kit that I bought from Amazon (one of my all-time favorite websites). I took pictures of the kit, and the finished product. I didn't pay very much, so I am ok with the fact that it is a bit kid-ish. But Isaac had a great time watching me make it.
Sunday night Chris made some delicious BBQ Chicken on the grill. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I loves me my man who makes me yummy food!
That was my weekend. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

Friday, July 24, 2009

What I Am Thankful For

This post is for a contest on Hocus Pocus , one of the many darling blogs I follow. She is asking people to blog about what they are thankful for...
So here goes...
I am thankful for everything.
I know, what a cop-out. But I really mean it. I am thankful for all the happy moments my life has held, all the wonderful people it has brought to me. I am thankful for all the trying times, and shitty people it has brought to me too; for without both, I wouldn't be the person I am today. If I hadn't experienced the deep, soul-tearing heartache of an abusive relationship, then I wouldn't truly appreciate today how wonderful, loving, and respectful Chris is to me. Oh, and I wouldn't have my beautiful adoring son either. If I hadn't been raised in a very strict, personality crushing religion, then I wouldn't now know how important it is to raise my children to be loving and respectful of all peoples, of all religions, and to give them the choices I was not given. I thank the Goddess for all the friends that I have had, for however short a time, that helped me, guided me, and simply loved me through the good times and the bad. I'm so thankful for the beautiful Moon and the strong Sun that give me balance of light and dark and teach me every day. I'm thankful for the food that so many people work so hard to produce so that my family and I can eat. And I'm especially thankful for the person somewhere in the world right now that made a decision that will touch one life, and another, and another, that will somehow touch my life eventually and help me to keep growing and living. I'm thankful for it all!

XOXO Kristina

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bad Mommy Blunder

I was picking Isaac up at daycare a few days ago, and as usual, they gave me a report of how he was that day. I've been taking him there for a while so I know the girls there very well. It went like this:

Teacher: "He was really great today. The only thing is that he said a swear word this morning."

Bad Mommy: "Oh Shit! What did he say?"

Teacher: "He said shit."

This is where I blushed ten shades of red and got the giggles. Wowsa I had that one coming didn't I? Chris and I feel very strongly about teaching our kids that certain decisions and behaviors are appropriate for adults, and not for children. We don't want to be hypocrites and tell them, "Drinking is bad," while we are drinking Pina Coladas. So we explain which things are OK for adults but not for kids. Swear words are known as 'Adult Words' so they know that we are going to say them, but they, as children, are not allowed to. I really do try not to swear around the kids, but unfortunately, they have to ride in the car with me, and that is one place I have to be allowed to swear when traffic drives me crazy! Anyway, all attempts at non-hypocritical parenting aside, I still feel pretty silly when the girls at the day care see me, because they are giggling and mouthing adult words at me!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Suppose I Could Introduce Myself

Hello all! Thanks to Mrs. B (who shares the same first name as me!!!) I now actually have followers, and comments on my blog. I'm tickled pink with tiny white polkadots! I figure if anyone actually cares what I have to say, they might like to know who it is that is saying it. My name is Kristina (with-a-K). I'm 28 yrs old, very soon to be 29. I live in Spokane, Washington State. I have a four-year-old little boy named Isaac-Ian, and a 38-year-old man named Chris who live with me full time, and a five-year-old girl named Ariana, and a 10-yr-old girl named Alyssa that live with us every other weekend.
Chris is my boyfriend, and Ariana and Alyssa are his daughters. We have been together for almost two years now, and living together for almost one. We live in an apartment, but it was built in the 70's (complete with wet bar and gold crackled mirrors), so it seems to sprawl everywhere and feels more like a house. I am madly in love with decorating, reading, crafting, and fairly recently, cooking and baking. I grew up LDS and then defected, so for years I balked at anything that screamed of "sweet-little-woman-at-home-making" but have recently embraced my domestic side. I have recently discovered a Wiccan/Pagan path and it was though I found my authentic self. I work full time, but truly enjoy going home at night and vegging. I really don't even like going out on the weekends, for it gives me more time to enjoy the home we have created.
I am a very passionate person. I'm passionately in love with Chris, I love Isaac in such a strong weird mommy way that I still go in at night and make sure he is warm/cool/comfortable/still alive. The girls are so sweet and wonderful and I absolutely love having them home. The fact that I get to unleash all my unabashedly girly decorating desires in their bedroom and no where else in the house has absolutely nothing to do with it! :)
I have one desperately unmet desire: I need a room for all my crafts, my books, my fabulous Victoria magazines, and all the half-completed crafts, and scraps of paper with ideas on them. I would say studio, but I don't have one specific art that I am dedicated to. I'm a Jane-of-all-Arts!
One last thing about me, I am very long-winded, I tell elaborate, overly-detailed stories, and I drive Chris crazy. He just wants me to get to the point. So I go online, and I blab, and blab and blab, and imagine that someone out there likes a very fleshed out story like I do. If I've managed to keep you interested this long, you might find me very amusing. Even if it's in a car-crash-on-the-freeway-so-freaky-that-you-can't-stop-looking sort of way. I also promise you a few laughs, because my life without laughter, wouldn't be a life at all!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crabbe-y "Pot"ter

Ok that was a terrible pun... but I have to share this delicious tidbit! The actor who plays Vincent Crabbe in Harry Potter was just sentenced for growing pot! Now, who thinks this is just "character study" for the next movie??? Yeah, I thought so too! :) I loves me some dirty celebrity deeds!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dragon Tales

My Sweet Baby

My baby Isaac turned 4 yesterday. I can hardly believe he is so grown up already. So many people warned me about how time flies so fast once you are a parent, but I swore it would be different for me. I promised myself. But some things even promises can't change. At first I tried to write down every detail of my pregnancy and labor process so I wouldn't forget a single detail. Then I tried sharing my story with anyone who would listen, thinking that retelling the story would implant it further into my memory. I still find myself sitting still, sifting through the memories, picking out the ones dearest to my heart, and tying little strings around them so I wont forget to remember. When Isaac was a baby, I would sing a song to him, wanting it to be a sensory memory for him long after his childhood was forgotten. I sang it any time he would let me hold and cuddle him. He wasn't a clingy baby. He resisted me holding on to him. But just tonight, before putting him in bed, we cleaned the room, and I grabbed him "babystyle" as he calls it, and he looked up at me with his big brown eyes. He said, "Mommy sing me a rock-a-baby song." I started to sing Rock a Bye Baby, and he said "No, sing Dragon Tails!" The song is actually "Godspeed" by the Dixie Chicks. The first line is about dragontails, which is why Isaac calls it that. I had to swallow back the tears before I could start singing to him, and when I started, he laid in my lap, looked up at me, and put one hand on my cheek while I sang. That moment is one that I will tie a string around to remember forever. And I know now that he didn't seem to like it when I sang to him then, but the memory is there forever for him, and for me.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Blog Yet Again

I have previously been writing two separate blogs, for two separate parts of my life. I have made the decision to combine those two parts of myself, and I have shared my "other self" with my family and friends, who previously didn't know I was Wiccan; which is why I had two separate blogs. Starting this one is my attempt at sharing all of myself with everyone, and not partitioning off parts of myself and parts of my life. I will include links to both of my previous blogs, but from here on out, all of me is on this page. If anyone is actually reading this, thank you for being so interested in me.... I'm flattered!