Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Wouldn't that just be cool to win a silhouette machine... really?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My brother Ryan

So I haven't been able to get on blogger for a long time!! But my brother Ryan got onto my computer and it is now working!!! WOOHOO!! Now I need to update things or just start new!! THANKS RYAN!! You are awesome!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


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Monday, June 21, 2010


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Saturday, March 20, 2010

St. Patrick's Day 2010

Majerle Family Dinner

Majerle Dinner

Mom Majerle Rylee Stockton

Stockton and pancake Zoi made kool-aid Lunches

Who says St. Patrick's Day has to be a drinking holiday? I remember growing up and having my mom make us green shamrock pancakes. It was so much fun. Of course we thought they were going to be gross... they were green. But they always tasted like pancakes. The kids class pictures were this day. The picture packet said the pictures would turn out better if your child didn't wear green. HELLO!!! Who doesn't wear green on this holiday!! So, of course, I send my children in green shirts. IT'S FUN!! This year I thought I would be a cool mom and go all out. We had shamrock pancakes for breakfast and I put some cool things in their lunch boxes. They had green and white chocolate dipped pretzels and oreos, Sprite, french onion Sun chips (the package was green) and a fruit snack... it had buzz lightyear on it. They also had to have the golden part, so I put in a Twinkie and a cut up golden delicious apple. For snack time we had green rice crispy treats. The kids chowed those down. For dinner we had worm casserole (died green), green jello jigglers, green beans, lima beans, green lime kool-aid and sprite. The kids enjoyed it (and so did Chris and I).

Stockton's Birthday

Stockton's Cake

Letter from the Jedi Council

On their Jedi Quest

Stockton and his friends

Awesome Jedi Decor

So last Saturday I had 8 little 6 year old boys at Stockton's birthday party. We had to do a Star Wars The Clone Wars party. We had fun decorating. The cake was made out of.... twinkies. Boys: Will, Rhyss, Dallas, Reid, Gavin, Ty, Korbin and of course, Stockton. We had the boys show up and they played the wii for a few minutes. After the wii everyone was there so we had Papa Murphy's Pizza and soda. Then we played a game where they had to keep a balloon off the floor with a light saber. Yes it was harder than it sounded. But the boys had fun. Then they had a scavenger hunt. They read a letter from the Jedi Council that Chris had made up. Then all the clues were written like they were from Master Yoda. So it took them a minute to figure out where to go. At the end of the hunt was their gift bags from the party, that they got to take home. Then it was time to open presents. When that rowdiness was done they had cake. Really only about 3 or 4 of them actually ate the cake... I guess twinkies with purple and blue frosting isn't that appealing to a 6 year old. Then it was time for everyone to leave... I was ready to take a nap. During the party Majerle and Zoi and Daddy got to go on a date. They went to Carl's Jr and played on the toys. Then they went to Old Navy and got sunglasses. Of course, they also went to the dollar store and got something. I'm pretty sure Stockton and his friends had fun. Will came up to me after they got their gift bags and said, "Sis. Dixon, this is the best birthday party ever!"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Zoi's Cat Scan

If you know Zoi at all, the girl doesn't stop! Ever! She hasn't taken naps since she was one, except when I desperately need one and we lay down together. She climbs up everything and is very independent. Yesterday, despite my efforts to keep her down, she climbed up on the table. Which she does on occasion, okay every day. She fell this time and hit her head. She didn't get a bumb, just a bruise. I checked to see if her eyes were dialating, because she kept saying she was cold and tired, and her head hurt. She was okay so I let her fall asleep. She slept about 1 1/2 hrs with me walking by every fifteen minutes to bump her to make sure she opened her eyes quick or moved. Chris gets home, I have dinner ready, and she throws up. Chris went and put her in the bath. She doesn't like puke on her... who does. So he starts feeding the kids really quick as I call the doctor. Dr. Armijo calls me back and says, "You need to take her up now." I just start crying. So we call Gina Mills and she takes Majerle and Stockton. Chris gave Zoi a blessing on the way up. We take Zoi and Rylee up to the hospital. On the way Zoi starts throwing up two more times. We get to the hospital and have to take Rylee's other blanket in so Zoi can have a blanket. Before she checks in she informs us that she farted. Thanks. At least the guy that was checking us in got a laugh. She gets checked in and does really well until they pull the curtain in the room shut so we can have privacy. She didn't like that. She starts crying. I try to put the blanket around her, but she doesn't like it because it's Rylee's. So Chris snuggles her close. She sees the sink and has to wash her hands twice, of course. Then we figure out there's a tv and try to find something for Zoi to watch at eight o'clock at night. Wasn't easy. Finally a nurse practitioner checked her out and said just because it was on the side of her head and she's been throwing up they need to do a cat scan. I'm trying to hold it together. Then I take her back and Chris stays with Rylee. While we are walking away she is saying, "Where's my daddy?" I let her know we need to take a picture and we'll see daddy and Rylee in a minute. So we walk to the cat scan room. I lay her on the bed and they give her a teddy bear. She grabs it quick and holds onto it. Then the lady takes the sheet and wraps it over her from side to side. She then puts the shield blanket on. I almost lost it. My eyes started filling up, but I knew I had to keep it together. I also get a shield on because I got to hold her head still. She starts to cry and I told her this won't take long, we are just taking a picture. I held her face and started to count. She moved a little the first time, so I think that's why they sent her through again. It only took about 34 seconds. They said it would take 1/2 an hour for the results. Then we went back to the room with daddy and Rylee. She sat with dad while I nursed Rylee. Finally the nurse practitioner came in and gave her a nausea pill. Then they finally came in and said there were no fractures and she was okay..... whew! So they discharged us and we went back to the van.... that smelled like puke. Thankfully our little girl was coming home and okay... I can handle the puke smell until it gets cleaned out, TODAY!!

When school had gotten out yesterday Majerle came home and said she got a part in the "Little Red Hen" play that they are doing in April!! She's so excited to be a farmer. We are going to Joann's Fabric and I am going to make her a very cute farmer skirt!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Virgin Chicken Marsala

Okay so I've had a lot of requests for this recipe... yum. Since you aren't checking my blog every week for the new recipe I put on... Oh wait... I haven't done that in awhile... HA HA. JK. So here is the recipe.
I'll cut this down, I triple it for my family size. I also had the left overs on a hoagie bun and toasted it with Provolone Cheese. YUM!! I do it virgin because I don't cook with Alcohol. A lot of people say it cooks out, but my family has just chosen not to help the alcohol industry.

Virgin Chicken Marsala

1/4 c flour

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into strips (I use (1) 3 lb bag of chicken thawed(cut in strips))

2 c sliced mushrooms (we freeze our mushrooms so I use a quart size bag of sliced mushrooms)

1/4 c green onion (again we freeze our onions so I use 1 c frozen onion (minced) Stockton eats it better)

3 T butter

1/2 c chicken broth

Cooked spaghetti noodles

Cooked spaghetti sauce (we use Hunts)

In a shallow bowl stir together flour, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper. Place each breast or strip of chicken into flour mixture. Shake off excess flour. It just needs to lightly coat it. In a large skillet cook mushrooms and onion in 1 T butter. Remove from skillet. In the same skillet cook chicken in the remaining butter. (Last time I made this I cooked it in a little chicken broth instead. Fabulous! Not much, just so it wouldn't burn on pan.) Turning to brown evenly. (I have to cook it all the way through or it grosses me out! And it's not safe.) While the chicken is cooking start the spaghetti and sauce separately. (Don't cook too much spaghetti, it just goes under the chicken mixture on your plate.) Add the mushrooms and onions back in skillet. Bring mixture to a boil. (you don't want this soupy, but sometime you need to add a little more or less chicken broth.) Simmer 2 min. When finished place spaghetti on plate, then sauce, then chicken mixture. We also make broccoli to compliment the meal. So yummy!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

So I haven't posted in a long time. What to say... I find it hard what to say on Facebook. The new and final season of LOST has begun. Sad, but excited. Zoi is trying to potty train... She doesn't like to keep her diaper on, but won't consistently go in the toilet. So we are going to try the candy as a reward for pottying in the toilet... we'll see if that works. Her favorite movies right now are Scooby Doo and Hotel for Dogs (the puppy show). I am so sick of those shows. Majerle is doing well in her rocket math. She is on letter R. Stockton is doing well in school, but tries to hurry on his homework and needs to slow down. He loves going outside and wants to go out every day even if it's cold. Rylee will be 3 months old on Saturday... crazy how time flies. She is a very smiley baby and wants to sit up so bad... she hasn't even rolled over yet. I wouldn't be surprised if she walks before Zoi did (8 months). When I get microsoft word back on my computer I am going to finish my cookbook I've been making!! It will recipes we all love and will have pics of everything too. Can't wait!! I'm sure it will continue to be a work in progress, because one day a week will be NEW RECIPE week. The kids are going to start taking turns cooking too. My goal is to get organized this year. We'll see how well that works. Not very organized if you ask me. I'm working on clutter too. Can't stand it, but with kids sometimes it just happens. I've tried chore charts, lists, things that can be organized, etc... if you know of anything that works for you let me know... maybe I can try it. I am getting a computer armoire... that will help with the computer clutter. I really just need to start filing the papers I have. I made granola bars the other day. I think I'm going to try a peanut butter coating next time. Once I've perfected it, maybe I'll post the recipe. Totally haven't kept up on my recipe of the week... Yeah... I don't have time to post that. I can't keep up with my house any more... Zoi is too quick to dump toys out. Got my living room clean the other day and before I could get the vacuum out she had dumped the basket of baby toys... AAARRRGGGG!!! Stockton is turning 6 in March. He has just realized there is such a thing as scouts. He can't wait until he is old enough to join. Majerle has gotten weaving looms for Christmas and just loves to try things out. She has made a few hot pads. Rylee hadn't pooped for 3 days. Then she decided it was time. I was giving Zoi a bath and Chris said I think Rylee pooped. It was up her back, front, sides all the way up to her armpits. Camera isn't working, but I'm sure she'll do it again. At least it's still breastmilk poop!! gotta love it!!