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As part of Aaron’s birthday posts… This is the present my parents sent him. He opened it in the car on the way to dinner. The tip was covered with newspaper and just the handle was sticking out. We both were trying to guess what it was. Aaron thought it was a fire place poker (for a fireplace we didn’t have…) My first guess was that it was a candle snuffer. (Why my parents would buy Aaron a candle snuffer never crossed my mind….)

He pulled the newspaper off the tip and we saw this… a big cinnamon gummy bear. In a split second my mind went through a million thoughts.. Which ranged from.. “Oh.. it’s a gummy bear roaster.” (Someone would normally think that was a weird present.. but not for my parents! They always find the more obscure gifts.. they have a talent!) Then I thought.. “That handle is awfully short for roasting gummy bears.. wouldn’t you burn yourself?” Which immediately rolled over too.. “I wonder what a gummy bear does when you roast it, and why would someone even want to do that?”
It was a couple seconds after that (while Aaron was still staring at it..) That I realized it was a meat turner thingy.. (do you think this has an official name? Let me google it.. please hold………………………….
According to Google.. its called a Meat Hook. And here is the best picture I could find of it in use… Our’s even has our name engraved on it!
And the reason for the gummy bear was just to protect the tip! But we’ll let you know how a roasted cinnamon bear tastes…
On to other things…. Guess what we finally got around to last night?????
Can you tell by the plant matter hanging from his chin?????

Or how about the red splats all over our back porch…..

Or the chop lickin’ goodness!!!!

That’s right.. we picked more tomatoes!! I don’t have the energy to do this very often. We planted our grape tomato plant in the worst possible location! It’s smooshed on 3 sides by the air conditioner and wall and fence. It is almost impossible to pick all the tomatoes off of the back and sides. Not to mention we tied it up so tight that I can’t even get into the middle.

So when I finally get the energy to pick.. I pick almost everything that is slightly red! There were quite a few that were way more than over ripe.. Riddick loved them! He had a really hard time not eating out of the bowl while I was picking.. but every time one bounced out he was right there to swoop it up!

Then we moved on to the roma’s. He was a little confused by those! They are a little to big for his little mouth!

So uhhhh.. an ideas what to do with these now???????

Sometimes I feel like we grew a garden just to say we did. I honestly throw away so much of it. I feel bad, but I don’t know what else to do with them.. I don’t know how to can. And I could freeze them to use in sauces and soups but that would involve peeling them and I’m guessing it’s not that easy to peel grape tomatoes…

One more topic… The baby/dog room. We rearranged the dog’s room a little so we could tuck the baby somewhere in the corner with as minimal damage to the dog as possible! :)

(please don’t ever tell our kid about this.. although I think he’ll realize his place in the family pretty quickly…) (kidding… sorta..) :)

The dog’s bed is on one wall.. and the crib is on the other..

I was just telling my mom how full his crib is right now.. We just keep filling it with baby stuff. It’s a central location to store everything… It’s about 95% fabric right now..

This is what the dog’s room looked like a couple months ago! So we’ve made some SERIOUS progress…
Have I ever mentioned this???? On the wall above where the dog’s bed is now is this really cute vinyl wording.. but unfortunately we aren’t doing a cowboy theme.. and all of the other vinyl removal we’ve attempted hasn’t worked too well. We can get them off just fine, but considering the house is 3 years old, the paint as faded a little, but not under the vinyl! So you can still see it…. I think this is where we will hang the quilt I want to get. (since they don’t make it in crib size..) or I guess we could hang a long picture frame.. or something.. Guess we’ll get creative!
Did I say one more topic?? Sorry.. few more…
We were given this laptop a couple weeks ago because the guy didn’t feel like fixing it. Aaron discovered that it was just the plug where it charges that wasn’t working well. We were able to use it for a couple weeks. It dies quickly.. but it worked just find. He found the parts online and got a killer deal. He took it apart (for the first time) a couple nights ago, put it all back together..and…. it didn’t work..
I believe this is at least the 4th or 5th time its been taken apart.. and un-soldered and re-soldered and put pack together.
I think he may be on the verge of giving up.. but I knew it was getting rough last night when he had to break out the brewskies… (I was sewing behind him so that’s the only reason I got this picture!) oh.. and by the way.. that’s just cream soda.. but it would have to be going pretty bad for him to drink one of his precious cream soda’s. Those are worth more than gold in his family!

last but not least.. the Polaroid from Benihana’s on his birthday… The Polaroid from 2 years ago hasn’t left the side of his computer for 2 years.. yet.. last night when I needed it, it was mysteriously missing.. Oh well!!

I have also been spending a lot of time on the bassinet. I’m not really worried about getting the crib ready since he won’t be sleeping there for awhile anyway. We just need to paint it and finish the bumper pads and sheets.. It’ll be pretty cute. But slightly girly!! :)
I figured, if it is going to be in our room it should match our room. He’s not even going to know anyway! No point in making it all boyish and match his room. So it matches our comforter. It’s cute!! More to come on that later……
That’s all for today…
I think……


  1. I wish our dog had his own room. He sleeps in our bed, and is such a bed hog!! And it’s been so long now that I know there’s going to be no changing him…

    But it looks like you are getting prepared! I’m still not even close!

    And I’m glad it wasn’t a gummy bear roaster – that would be kind of weird!!

  2. Oh… he doesn’t sleep there!! It’s his “day time bed” He has to be able to see out a window and watch the world go by during the day! And he sleeps in there when we aren’t home. It’s also where all of his toy’s live.. (Which take up half the room!!!) But at night he has a big huge bed on the floor on my side of the bed. He used to sleep nose to nose with me before I got married. But Aaron doesn’t like him on the bed.
    Although he does bend the rules when he thinks the dog “isn’t feeling well” (That’s pretty cute!)

  3. Mixed Up Me says

    Well, the gummy bear roaster was almost a Mollie Tongue roaster, so be thankful it just game with a gummy bear!!

  4. So, why does everything in the crib look girly. You are having a boy, right?!? It just looks kindof pink and fluffy, but maybe that is just my computer.
    That birthday present is so funny, but will probably get lots of use. Just funny with the cinnamon bear.

  5. You’re right.. there is an awful lot of pink inside the crib..
    I just have this addiction to girly fabric. I don’t know why… but I can’t stop buying it! Some of it was from when I didn’t know what we were having.. but most of it is new..
    Soooo.. someone I know better have a little girl sometime soon so I can use so of the fabric that I’m DYING to use!! :)

    Right now, there is a blanket I made for Rachel and Zack for the temple and another blanket I am making for another friend that is girly.. but everything else is just sitting there waiting….

  6. He’s (Aaron) going to be fun to play with for years to come and Ryley…If they make it anywhere in the free world…you know what you are getting for Christmas!!

  7. Mixed Up Me says

    What’s she getting?? All I want for Christmas is the Sex and the City Movie!

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