The Caffeine Addict

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Masula September 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:15 pm

Our youngest has an imaginary friend named Masula Depending on the day, she migrates living down the street from us or in California. She has a special phone that calls her and most days it is her birthday. This is all very interesting for me because none of the other kids have had imaginary friends.

My first thought was to get her more friends that are real. She is around other kids most all the time but Masula is talked about even when she is around friends and brothers and sisters. She is starting preschool tomorrow so we shall see if Masula is still around as the year progresses.


Finally, home made donuts! August 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:44 pm

Kids enjoying home made donuts
I have been all talk and no action for the last year on making donuts! Finally an overcast day with nothing to do! The girls and I made the dough this morning and let it chill for 2 hours. We had a neighbo over wo of course wanted to help! I used a basic recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook. They turned out pretty good but next time I will add a bit more nutmeg and some vanilla extract.

Home made donuts
We used some leftover frosting – next time I will make a glaze.

Home made donut holes
I love donut holes. Next time I will make them a bit bigger!


Salsa or pumpkin pie anyone?

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Bush early girl tomatoes
These are my tomatoes this year – I am getting a lot!

Sunsugar Tomatoes
These ones are sweet and small.

Pumpkin patch
This is the harvest of what the cub scouts planted.
Baby pumpkin
These are what they start out looking like. I have about 12 of the small ones and two of the above big ones! Last year, we carved the pumpkins and I roasted the pumpkin seeds! Yummy!

Big pumpkin


A little concerning April 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:06 pm

Hello all. Awhile ago, I received what I thought at first to be a funny email from a friend. It was about a major talk show lady being the anti-christ. (I do not want the name up so that it will not come up in a search). Then I saw a YouTube video about a new church starting by this person. I am a previous viewer like a lot of you but please google the real names and do the research.

Okay, enough of the doom and gloom. Darling hubby of mine took me on a fantastic date the other night to the Melting Pot. Awhile ago I posted a question asking if it was worth the money. We did the 3 course meal plus a free coupon for the fourth dessert course – It was so good. He was totally into cooking the meat – me not so much – I loved the veggies! Good thing those were never ending! Go register online for the ClubFondue and you get coupons – the last one saved us $14! Thanks honey for an awesome date!

We are doing well here – I am looking forward to school being out soon! I tested in early March for my orange belt and testing in May for my blue belt. You should see my round house kicks – watch out Danielson!

I slowed down on the cooking thing because I started working at our local 5 star 5 diamond hotel. I worked in an old English pub that was rebuilt here in the states! It was fun but not worth the money and the toll it took on the family by me being gone. At least I know I am still hireable! Hope to post more regularly but I need to go walk to pick up the kids!


Happy Birthday to our oldest! December 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 4:30 pm

Just wanted to let you know that our oldest celebrated 8 years alive! I took him to his recent well visit and he is all healthy. The heart murmur he as had since he was 1 finally disappeared! The kids have the 17th thru the 2nd off from school.

Update – I am a yellow belt in karate! Merry Christmas!


California – here we come! September 4, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 8:34 pm

Right back where we started from…

We are getting ready to see some old friends, go to Disneyland and me – going to the Women of Faith conference. So excited. The first thing we are doing is going to dinner at the Claim Jumper – man I missed that place!

See you there!


Gotta love Texas! August 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 3:18 pm

Courtesy of my Snapple lid, Texas is the only state to accept absentee ballots from outer space.

If anyone finds the new Snapple Iced Green tea made with white tea leaves decaf green apple flavor at the supermarket – can you let me know? I can only find this yummy stuff at 7/11. Thanks!


I love Craigslist August 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 8:37 pm

I have become a junkie. I check it all day every day. I have gotten a lot of awesome stuff for super cheap. I am currently in the process of trying to get our snow stuff for cheap. I have recently started selling as well.

I also frequent garage sales every Friday and Saturday. Yes, you heard it here Californians, they have garage sales on Fridays and a ton of people come! Saturdays are sloppy seconds. Nothing really happens here on Sundays. Thats an adjustment. No one can buy any alcohol, car dealerships are not open and a lot of other businesses close.

Update on my garden – I took out my sad cucumber. I tried planting snap peas and butter head lettuce in its place. I will let you know if I get anything before snow happens. 🙂


I am a gardener! August 13, 2007

Filed under: Hobbies,Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:53 pm

Little gardenWell, totally a beginner. It is kind of fun though. I am growing cilantro, yellow and red peppers, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins. I think I had skipped science class when I learned about boy and girl flowers and how bees help pollinate the flowers. Boy am I learning that now! The cilantro is flowering because I am allowing it to go to seed to get more cilantro plants.


I thought I had failed as an amateur gardener when I have been growing these plants for 6 weeks and no signs of coming fruit or vegetables. Well, after a lovely google search and learning that there is a whole reproduction cycle for plants, it reminded me of that song from Grease 2 “Reproduction” tag line – “Where does the pollen go?”


Now I know the difference between boy and girl plants and I show my kids every day. (Really, I am totally serious) They are still at the stage where they are excited to see the difference in the plants everyday. Pumpkin vines can grow up to 6 inches in one day! I had some other plants with it but had to transplant them so the pumpkin could take over. Right now it looks like I will have about 10 pumpkins. I have used my cilantro in recipes and as a fragrance for my kitchen sink disposal. The peppers are still developing and I have high hopes that I will at least get one before our first frost. I have about 25 tomatoes growing but the picture shows my biggest so far. The heat killed my cucumber and I did not know that it would grow better on a trelis. Oh, maybe next year.


Today the kids started school. They really enjoyed it and have already started learning some French! They know greetings and some colors. I took the baby to a pediatrician out here and she has the official seal that she does not need anymore physical therapy! So excited – doing the happy dance! So excited in fact, I made Jon take me and the kids out to eat to celebrate!

Here’s a couple more pics:

our house

I have been sleeping! August 4, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 3:02 pm

Just wanted to give you an update: We figured out why Rachel kept getting out of bed – she liked the security of being closed in because when she was sleeping in her port-a-crib she would sleep just fine. So, in her big girl bed – we just created the same type of environment. She can climb in and out but it is a little harder to do at night.

She also is completely potty trained. Thank goodness because I kept forgetting the diaper bag anyway. 🙂

We have started a family karate class through the YMCA here. Rachel is in childcare while the rest of us learn karate. We go twice a week and Jon and I are the only adults. That’s okay though because the look on the kids faces is great when we are kicking and punching with them.

We are getting ready for school to start in one week. Two of the three will be in school. The school has an ice cream social the family goes to to meet the teachers and put your school supplies in your desk. S will be learning French this year – I think they get it three to four days a week and then A will get it once a week. Don’t worry – I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy! I think this year I will be a professional volunteer for 6 different places/clubs. Daisy scouts, AWANA, hospital, PTO, and church stuff . I also have recommitted to get back in shape. I have met with a trainer to get my abs back in pre-baby shape and joining yoga and pilates classes thru the YMCA.

We have been finding lots of fun stuff to do around town. Today we went to a BBQ cook off and got to vote on the best BBQ. The whole family loved it! I even ate a bunch of BBQ on a bone. (Normally I don’t eat that stuff) We went to a fountain downtown that plays music on the hour that the kids can play in the water while a teen battle of the bands were happening. All next to a playground to play after. What a fun day! I think Jon and I are even going on a date tomorrow!