Sunday, August 1, 2010


For the past 5 days the Liskeys have been homeless. It started out as just a one day thing. Our contractors are scraping our ceilings, and on Tuesday night they said, "Well, you might not want to be here tomorrow with all of the dust flying around." So I packed a few things and headed down to my mom and dad's. Tomorrow turned into the next day, which turned into the next day, which turned into the next day. On Saturday, after 3 days of finding stuff in Orange County to keep the kids out of the house, we got smart and headed down to San Diego to take the kids to San Diego. Tonight we are back in our house, but it is still a mess with dust still everywhere and everything we own being in trashbags in our front room. It's seriously like we're moving. But there's no new house to go to.

The kids have been troopers, but after 4 nights of sleeping in other people's beds, they are ready to be in their own beds. They are sleep-deprived, over-tired, and melting as the days go on.

So it's time to get creative. Today I remembered an old episode of Jon and Kate Plus Eight (don't hate me, but I like her as a mom) where they camped out in their backyard with the whole nine yards: tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags, and smores. So tonight, that's what we're doing. We'll be camping out in our big backyard. Hopefully, this latest solution will get us some sleep and hold us over until our house is back in order. We'll see.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Date with Mommy

Elizabeth and Daddy went on a date to see "Toy Story 3," so Will and I had a date as well. We went to South Coast Plaza, rode the escalator 2 times, hit a great sale at Pottery Barn, went on the carousel, and had lunch at the Corner Bakery. Both parties were entertained - a key ingredient for a good date.

As I sat next to my son and he ate his peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I realized that he is already two. Two. Two years have passed since I gave birth to him and he entered our lives. I remember life before Will, when it was just Mike and Elizabeth and me, but I cannot imagine life without him. He is such a character right now, parroting everything he hears, running everywhere he goes, cracking himself up at who knows what. He literally brightens my day when I see him running towards me. It's sometimes the best part of my day.

Mike and I have been having regular date nights this summer, but date nights with kids are just as important. They make us focus on the other person and appreciate the little things about them. I'd love to hear your ideas about dates with kids. What do you do?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Lovin'

Here are the things I love about summer:

  • Sleeping till 7 am!

  • Being with my kids from when they wake up until they go to sleep

  • Playdates with great friends

  • Getting stuff done around the house

  • Bike rides with the family

  • Picnic lunches with the kids in their "fort"

  • Barbeque dinners outside

  • Date nights with my husband

  • Watching movies that come in from Netflix

  • Writing in my blog

  • Reading books I've waited until now to read

  • Catching up with girlfriends I dearly love

Happy Summer everyone!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Elizabeth Singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

I have now tried for over an hour to post the video of Elizabeth singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to my blog, and I am sad to say I have been unsuccessful. So, I'll do the next best thing. Here is the link to the video on YouTube. (Hey, at least it got me to finally go on YouTube and sign up as a user!) Enjoy!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bruin Woods 2010

We spent our second week of summer at our all time favorite vacation spot...Bruin Woods! Now, as a Cal grad, I must state that my allegiances are always to my alma mater. However, when it comes to a fantastic, relaxing, and enjoyable family vacation, Bruin Woods takes the cake. We had a fabulous week of swimming, eating, and clapping (the 8 clap, that is). Elizabeth was in the Teddy Bears Group, and she had a wonderful time experiencing the freedom that Bruin Woods allowed her. She also performed in the family talent show by singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and totally stole the show (if I do say so myself!) Mike and I both noticed how much our kids had grown just in one week, socially and developmentally. Will started speaking in complete sentences and made friends with all of the student staffers. We felt so blessed to have these amazing UCLA students not just befriend, but seriously love on our kids and make them feel so special. This was our second year going, and we are so glad this has become a family tradition for us. What a great way to start the summer!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm Back!

Hi all! Well, I've decided that since I've quit Facebook and the summer's here, I'm going to try blogging again. Plus, my dear friend Natalie is blogging about her experience in London this summer, so I'll be logging on to more frequently. I can't promise long entries, but I will try to update photos and share where I am in life right now. To all who have awaited my return, thank you. I will try not to disappoint!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Weight Loss this month (yes, it's been that long since I've blogged): 3.2 pounds
Weight Loss to date: 14.8 pounds

For those of you who worried that I had fallen off the wagon, not to fear! I haven't. I've just been busy. My weight loss is not what I had hoped for so far, but at least I am losing and not gaining. I think to really lose the weight I want to in the time I want to, I'm going to have to step up the exercising. I am exercising at least three times a week, but I think it is now time to up it up to 5 days a week. And now that report cards and conferences are over, I have no other excuse!

Not that I don't have any motivation. The designer jeans are still looming out there. And so is my closet full of clothes that has been stationary for the past year and a half. And then there's Elizabeth...yesterday when I was tired from a long week of work and was very close to wimping out of Tae-Bo, she nearly had a meltdown that we were NOT going to do Tae-Bo. So I got off my sorry butt, and worked out with her. She might just be better than I am at some of the moves.

So my goal for this week is to workout five days this week and to track my food in my food journal (I'm still on Weight Watchers, but I've been lazy and have been keeping track of my points in my head. Not the best when it's late at night and I'm trying to figure out if I have enough points for a Skinny Cow.)

My recipe for the week has become our new favorite. If you love jambalaya, you'll love this one. Enjoy!

Shrimp Jambalaya

2 tbsp. margarine
2 medium-sized onions, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 cup chopped, cooked lean ham
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked minute rice
1 1/2 cups fat-free low sodium beef broth
28 oz. can low-sodium chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp. chopped parsley, fresh or dried
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 lb shelled, deveined, medium-sized shrimp

1. One half hour before assembling recipe, melt margarine in slow cooker set on high. Add onions, peppers, celery, ham, and garlic. Cook 30 minutes.
2. Add rice. Cover and cook 15 minutes
3. Add broth, tomatoes, 2 tbsp. parsley, and remaining seasonings. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
4. Add shrimp. Cook on high 30 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

Makes 8 servings. 3 points per serving.

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