Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Worst Luck EVER!!

So last Saturday hubby and I were lucky enough to have a sitter for all three kids OVERNIGHT since forever ago. I was so excited we were going to go watch the UFC fights over at my girlfriends house and then go out for drinks with a friend of ours. I loaded the kids up and started heading for Grandpa Joe's house via I280 when at 60 mph, I had a blow out and got stranded on the side of the highway with three kids at dusk. Luckily Grandpa Joe got there quickly and the tow truck as well. It ended up only delaying us about an hour since hubby had to come get me from his dad's house when he got off work.

Fast forward to tonight, after working 14 hours, hubby locked his only set of car keys in his car! So now I have to call all over trying to figure out the cheapest way to get in his car. My father-in-law has also had bad luck tonight too. His mini van wouldn't start tonight! I hope tomorrow is a better day!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Tonight we went out to eat with my father-in-law at The Maid-Rite. For those of you who don't know what a Maid-Rite sandwich is, thinks sloppy joe's without the sauce. They are delicious and super easy to make in a crock pot. The restaurant is pretty cool too, it's 1950's & 60's rock and roll themed. There are old 45 records everywhere and pictures of famous actors and actresses on the wall. The kids meals come in these cardboard classic cars, my kids love them.

Afterwards, Grandpa Joe treated my kids to their Halloween costumes at Walmart! My Bub-Bub is going as Scooby-Doo whom he is addicted to right now, Hannah is going as Hello Kitty, and Stella is going as a Baterina ( a ballerina bat). The kiddos were so excited when we got home, they all tried on their costumes and protested when I made them take them off to get ready for bed. Walmart had an awesome selection of costumes this year and they seemed better quality than previous years but still cheap, each kids entire costume was $20 or under!

Maid-Rite Sandwiches
Crock pot
1-2 cans Coke or Pepsi
1-2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup diced onion per pound of ground beef (optional)
 Hamburger Buns
Desired condiments

1) Brown the ground beef and drain fat.
2) Put meat in the crock pot and add onions and 1 can of pop
3) Set crock pot on low and cook for however long you want but I recommend @ 3 hours so the meat absorbs the flavor of the onion and pop, it can be cooked all day though just make sure it doesn't dry out by adding more pop as needed.
4) Serve on hamburger buns with whatever condiments you like!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Beauty of Oxygen

I've had a few brushes with death over the years, near miss car accidents, heart failure all of which were very scary. Let me tell you it's a whole different level of scary when your whole family has a brush with death, including your pets. Last night hubby and I were watching TV in bed, we had just put the little ones in bed with a movie when someone began pounding on our front door. I got up and nervously went to the door because it was pretty late and we weren't expecting anyone to come over. I asked who is it and the response was "Fire Department!" I immediately began to panic and flung open the door. The fireman told me that I needed to get everyone out of the apartment as quickly as possible because they had found extremely high levels of carbon monoxide throughout our apartment building. He told me to open all the windows before exiting but I needed to get the children out immediately.

We ended up waiting outside for about an hour and a half before the levels were safe enough for everyone to go back inside. Come to find out it was a faulty furnace upstairs that was the culprit. I thank god that the girl next door and the people upstairs were home because it was their carbon monoxide detectors that alerted them to the situation. We had a carbon monoxide detector but my son broke it and it was just one of those things that I forgot to replace when we were at the store. Needless to say I high tailed my butt up to Walmart at 2:30 a.m. to buy a new carbon monoxide detector. So hopefully the Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm I purchased will save our lives when needed!