Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First Day Of School


So last night was the first day of school. How did summer go by so fast. I live in Lake Tahoe, California just to reiterate. We had an especially longer winter this year and summer was real short. It's hard to get back in the swing of things of going to school and nights and even having less time when I get off work to go the home duties, and dinner rolling for the night. I've doing some thinking and realized that I need to make sure that I'm taking care of my family even while I'm attending school.



This semester I'm taking 4 classes and going to school 4 nights a week and I work 5 days a week. You can already see the time I don't have already. However, it's important that I still use time management skills and be as organized as I can. 

Here are my promises to my family....

1. Keep to the Meal Plan
2. Stick to my cleaning schedule
3. Be positive, even on less sleep then normal
4. Try and do homework when mackenna is sleeping


It's going to be a tough semester, but I'm lucky to have my Ian, my mom and brother
to support and help me with Mackenna. 

Cheers to a good semester. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wedding, School, Hair, Makeup

Wow, I haven't had a spare moment to blog in the last couple of weeks it feels like. My friend got married this weekend and school starts for me today for the next 15 weeks. I'm taking 12 credits. Yikes. I'm sorry I've let my readers down with lack of posting, but I will be on top of my game this week. I promise.

Everyone have a good monday!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Support & Rock...My Grandmother.


I give a lot of credit to my mother's, yes I've had a couple of mom's. :) But, when I sit and really think about the make-up of my life and who were my supporters from day one like my (mother's). There is one person that is most incredible woman ever, my grandmother. She remarried close to around when I was born to her now husband Herman. She has always been MorMor to me since I took my first breath on this world. 

MorMor,

I'm writing you this letter to remind you of how much of an impact you have had on my life. You are an amazing, loving and caring woman. From the day I was born you were there. You have introduced me to so many things and told me that I can do anything I put my mind too. You taught me to sew, bake, play piano, shop for a good buy. You are the most unselfish person I know in this world, and your love is something everyone should have in their life. 


I remember when we bought my first pair of saddle shoes and I wanted you to make me a poodle skirt to match. You have spent countless nights of sewing dresses all night, so that I could show off my new dress for church the next day. Memories, like these, are ones I will never forget and will remember for the rest of my life. 

When I was little, I have so many memories with you I can hardly pick just one. I used to come and visit you almost every weekend. We would go shopping, the movies or get lost in your sewing room. I'm sure it was easier when I was younger and sweeter. We went out for ice cream, or to the beach. 

As I got older, I became more and more independent, but I still had time to give to you. Most recently in the last 5 years, since that day I moved in with you. I was a very angry and broken person. You helped me pick up the pieces of my falling apart life. I swear if it wasn't for you, I would not be the person I am today. No matter how depressed and angry I was, you still tried to be my MorMor no matter what. I have to apologize, because there were some occasions, where I didn't treat you well or was angry at you for no reason. I'm sorry, for those moments, but I'm glad you didn't give up on me. You took care of me and made sure I had everything I needed. Even when I moved to California, you still helped me. Although, you freaked everytime you saw in the newspaper or news that we were going to get 2 Feet of snow and you called me to check to make sure I wasn't burried, you did it because you cared. I know at the time I would say, " Oh MorMor, don't be silly." and we laughed about it, I know that you did it because you care and love me. 

You are a worrier, and overly cautious person, but these are your best qualities. God gave you those qualities for a reason, and you have always used them for everyone's best interest, including mine. You are a irreplaceable person and I want to remind you how special you are to me. You have had such an impact on my life, and I want you to know that. We've always joked that you will live to be 100 or more and I would have to tape your crumb of body to my dashboard of a car, but who knows by then they might have something even better than tape. I just wanted to say I love you MorMor, and thanks for being there for me no matter what. 

Love,
Kristina


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm Tired.... New Cleaning Schedule



Do you ever feel like when you get home from work, you have so much to do and you do to much, that you don't finally sit down for a break until 4-5 hours later. I've been feeling like that lately. I've decided that I'm doing to much on any given day. I understand that I have to clean everyday, but there has to be a method to my madness. It is time for me to have a cleaning schedule. I love organizing and being organized. Now I will spend 45 mins max a day cleaning... hopefully, because I have to fit in cooking dinner and hanging out with Mackenna when I get home.


Sunday: 
Laundry
Wash Bedding
Clean out cars

Monday: 
Dust/wipe down house
Vacuum Living area

Tuesday:
Bathrooms
Mack's Room
Deep Clean Kitchen

Wednesday: 
Mack's Laundry
Mop/Sweep Floors

Thursday:
Vacuum Bedrooms

Friday:
No Cleaning
Meal Planning and grocery list

Saturday:
Bathrooms
Grocery Shopping


The things I can't avoid are picking toys up every night before I got to bed, and cleaning the kitchen and dishes after dinner. I wish those things could do them all by themselves. Ha, dreaming.. :) How do you other mama's out there keep your house's in order and clean? What is the method to your madness?



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An evening after work


Yesterday after work, Mackenna and I just played in the grass.
After working a 12 hour day, how can you not be in a good mood when you 
see you daughter laughing and playing like this. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Meal Plan





I've been slacking on my organizing of my families meal plan and haven't followed through with hardly
any of my meal plans. When you are both working parents and there is things such as overtime,
friends, family and just plain out trying to have a life, our meal plan turns into a jumble mess on whatever
I decide to cook for that night. I'm starting school in a couple of weeks, yes summer went fast and too short
as always. However, since I'm taking 4 classes this next semester I really need to be on my A game and follow
through with my meal plan for my family. Otherwise, I'm going to go nuts. :)

Sunday: Kiwi Style Sausage Rolls
& Salad

Monday: Homemade Chicken Strips 
& Salad

Tuesday: Pizza (Softball night)

Wednesday: BLTA's &
Ta-tor Tots

Thursday: Last Truckee Thursday's
(Eat downtown). This is a local event
held downtown Truckee where we live. Music, good eats and local merchants.

Friday: Family out to dinner night
(decided the 3 of us haven't gone out to dinner
in a while, so tonight is the night.)

Saturday: Bake Cookies with Mackenna
Turkey Loaf, Salad and Homemade Scalloped Potatoes.

Sunday: Rice, Chicken, Cheese Casserole 


Hope everyone had a good weekend. 
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Friday, August 13, 2010

I Bought a Hot Mama Bag


It must be around 2-3 months ago, ok maybe not that long ago, that Alysha had a free giveaway
@ thetarrpit for a Hot Mama Bag. I didn't win, but that how it goes with giveaways right... :)

Yesterday, I jumped onto Etsy and remembered that I wanted to take another look at her shop:
Hot Mama Bags
and see if she had additional patterns that were more recent or new. I took a browse and
I finally purchased one yesterday.



I choose this one!


I love the pattern




Not Actually, mine, photo from her shop...



Also, I got a really cute Key Chain to match the Bag as well. 

I will get back to you and let you know how it works and do a little review for you all. I haven't been
asked to do a review by the seller, but I really want to, because they are too cute of bags and I
want you all to see what you can fit in there. 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Potty Training in Full Swing


My daughter now 2, is ready to be potty trained. I'm ready too. You finally reached a point where you do not want to deal with buying diapers anymore, cleaning the mess up when you child decides they don't want the diaper on anymore. 

For the last couple of night's when I get home from work I've been changing Mackenna out of her diaper and slipping on her training underwear. They are actually really cool. The ones that my Grandma sent to me are made from Gerber. They are like underwear, except they have a padding in them, So if they start to go, it's not going to make the biggest mess they kinda soak up the pee in a way. She seem's to really like it and enjoy getting the diaper off when I'm home. 

I've set up her portable potty in the living room, in case we need to make a mad dash to get her on the potty if I start to see she is peeing. She kinda squats or stands perfectly still and looks down. That's my Queue. We also, have in our bathroom a 2 step stool and a little seat that sits on the bigger seat of the toilet.


{My Tricks}

1. Running the water with the faucet while she is sitting on the toilet. 
2. Having the portable potty in the living room
3. Sticker Chart, she get's to put a sticker on paper after she goes potty 
(or every time she sits on the potty)



I think the most important thing to do when potty training is to always be encouraging them and never get mad if there is an accident. Also, trying not to get anxious and being calm. If they feel your anxiety and feel pressured they will not be interested. What have you done with your toddler's during potty training? Anything that's worked for you?



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Monday, August 9, 2010

100 Followers


Thanks to all of my awesome followers and reader's I've hit 100 followers.
This is so exciting. 
Thank you to everyone that has followed the Mack to My Cheese.


This weekend recap....
Friday night I went out to the bars with my sister-in-law and Jenny, for some drinks to celebrate,
my sister-in-law Amber's 30th Birthday. I even sang karaoke. :)
Saturday I really enjoyed doing not much of anything. I've been so busy at work, I feel
like I'm never at home. So, when I'm home I don't feel like doing much of anything, but
being a couch potato. We rented movies, and watched movies all day and I slept like crazy.
It's weird after I look back on those days I feel guilty for doing it, but in no way did I feel that 
way on Saturday. Everyone needs a lazy day.. Right!?!

Hope everyone has a good week!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mack's 2nd Birthday Party Recap



Dear Mackenna,
You have been our pride and joy for the last 2 years. I never thought I could love someone unconditionally, and you have shown me I can. You bring smiles to my face no matter how tough of a day I had. You have made Daddy and Mommy so happy, and we look
forward to continue to watch your grow. 

Love, Mommy and Daddy

















My daughter turned 2 on July 25th, 2010. We had her birthday the following Saturday. Here are some of the photos for those two days. It turned out to be a really good party. 


Monday, August 2, 2010

Meal Plan Monday


This weekend was a very successful weekend. We had Mackenna's 2nd Birthday Party on Saturday, 
and my dad left yesterday after being here since Wednesday.

Here is the meal plan for the week

Monday: 
Cheese Burgers, potato salad

Tuesday:
BLT's

Wednesday:
Chicken & Rice Casserole. 

Thursday:
Orange Chicken and Pot stickers

Friday: 
BBQ Chicken and Salad

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday: 
Pork Chops, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cesar Salad


Here is a photo from Mackenna's Birthday.....
I promise to post photos from this weekend soon. 



Birthday Girl and her Cake.


Daddy and Tyson sleeping after the cake was over. :)

Hope you had a great weekend!


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