Wednesday, March 17, 2010

in the weeds.

i'm in the weeds.
this is what i used to say when i was a server, a million years ago, and i needed help because i had to many tables, not enough hands, and-well, i just wasn't that wonderful a server.

i thought this was a pretty common thing to say when one was busy or overwhelmed with something, but apparently it's not. i know this because 99% of the time when i say it, the person i am saying it to looks at me like i have three eyes.

i guess i'm the kind of person that lets things go for 'just one more day!' it's me. it's worked this long for me, so i figure i won't be improving upon myself anytime soon even though, maybe i should. maybe not, because we went to the library instead and it was so much fun! no, beckham 'couldn't find' a book he liked in the whole library, and he threw the biggest i'm-so-tired-get-me-out here-tantrum ever, we read and explored and it was the perfect afternoon.

i was going through the folders and folders of photos i have taken in the last couple of weeks and i see i have missed sharing some of them. this drives me INSANE. so, instead of posting my spring mini shoots, which were amazing and the photos are darling, i will 'catch up' and post the mini-shoots tomorrow night!

first off, peyton made it clear she wanted me to post her wikistick materpiece. not on her blog, but on mine!
we love them for their possibilities. window decorating looks like a great way to use them, although we haven't yet. this idea is great because the clean up is so easy. we'll try that tomorrow for sure!



my sister, auntie hi-o, came for a surprise visit. she is peyton's do-it girl. she will do anything for peyton's love and affection...it's disgusting;) we love you, auntie heather! come visit again soon, mommy needs a break. LOL!!!



love watching these kids play it up...


check out my girl bustin' a move. she is...amazing. she is what i like to call my sensitive baby, just like her mama. it can be a challenge, but she is so independent these days and i am just. so. proud. i love her nature and her sweet little heart.





and a couple more happy things...

a princess on my couch...it can happen at any time of the day and it makes me smile and hopeful that this spur of the moment wardrobe change will continue for a long time to come.

godiva hot cocoa mix. mix with hot milk. phenom. seriously look forward to this likes its a huge, fluffy-death-by-chocolate-confection-of-gooey-love. well, maybe not, but i try to act like it.

i like to add coffee, whipped cream and a garnish of hershey's syrup...i like...to talk about food, okay!:)

this girl and her camera and how she is kinda like me. makes me happy.



an evening with her when we both needed some girl time. she wanted me and i needed her. we played spa, while the boys went for pizza. we pampered, talked, and took pictures. it was divine!


and this meal...



i am trying to post my favorite meals here so one day, peyton has a collection of my favorite recipes. i have about 20 sets of pictures and recipes, so i need to get posting!

this is mexican chicken soup.
i used leftover rotisseri chicken cut into smaller pieces. add olive oil to dutch oven or soup pot, turn up heat, soften 2 cups chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped celery, and 2 cups chopped onion-cook for 10 min. add 4 large garlic cloves, add shredded chicken, 2.5 quarts chicken stock, 2 jalapenos peppers minced, a teaspoon each of coriander & cumin, salt, pepper to taste. bring soup to boil. lower heat, simmer for an hour.

i added avocado and sour cream to top of my soup-cilantro optional. also, i cut up into triangles and lightly browned flour tortillas in olive oil. added those as a garnish.

i adapted this recipe from this book!
she rocks. she's all about fresh ingredients. mostly local. i just go to publix, but i like to pretend i went to the local farmers market with my cloth and very 'green' produce tote where i'll purchase only what i need effortlessly. i am pretty sure i am wearing white trousers and a white and blue button down blouse where i will leave the store with freshly made strawberry jam and a large, warm french baguette sticking out of the top of my bag...wine, friends, music, candles---i'm a freak!

lastly, before i collapse into bed. i want to say how proud i am of kelle! her interview went beautifully and i can't wait for everyone to see it! it was real, honest, emotional, and lovely...and super fun! love you.

okay, i did a little weeding. no proofreading, but i feel better.
xoxoxo

56 comments:

Kelle said...

Wanna come over and have a weed party today? Because I'm eating weeds now. I love the pics. Love the bike riding ones and those purple boots. Thank u so much for being there last night. You made it...fun!

Tisha said...

cuute pictures! the soup and cupcakes look delish! i love talking about food and looking at pictures of food and your photos belong in a gourmet food mag, so i'm all for more food pics!

can't wait to see the spring mini shoots tomorrow. :)

Nicole said...

ok , can i just say your pictures are incredible!!
thanks for the recipe! i'm so making that this week for dinner!
and , you nailed it on the head, in the weeds! that's totally where i am!

Ana said...

Hi Heidi,
Speaking of talented ladies...Your photography is awesome:-) I just wanted to stop by and say hi and to thank you for your visit and your comment. I do hope you come and visit again soon. I know I'll be back. Oh! And before I go, to answer your question...We got our flooring through Lumber Liquidators. Have a wonderful day.


Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

Heather Polleti said...

the pics!!! i miss you guys SO MUCH. I wish I could have been there girls night especially. luv ya!

Tammy B said...

Ummm, Kelle, a weed party doesn't sound like such a good idea with all those kiddos around :)

Heidi, I'm a huge fan of putting it off for "just one more day" too!

Love Peyton's little blog. I'll have to shoot over there and leave her a comment. Will she think that's weird?

LOVE all your food pics and details. I too think you should be shooting food pics for a magazine. You do an awesome job.

Love the pics of you and your sis, you guys look so much alike!

Hope you have a great day!

dig this chick said...

Love the princess wardrobe change. Sweet pics...makes me yearn for spring.

dig this chick said...

Also wanted to say I love your new blog! Hadn't been here in a few weeks...looks great. x

SDM said...

I think I say the same thing each & every time but I love your photos!!! the one of your daughter "bustin' a move" while the boys are fiddling with tools cracks me up! it's so "a girl thing"... yet she has her pink jersey on so she kind of blends in! I can totally relate -- with three little girlies of my own we can never get enough pink and the more glitzy dress up clothes the better! A good pair of purple fringe boots, a nice bike ride and a mom to capture it all... your kiddies are L-U-C-K-Y!!!!!!!
xo
-s

Domestic Diva said...

i love weeding! yup, i'm weird like that!!

first off, i wanted to thank you for your uber-kind comment on my blog. seriously, thank you for the love. and, yes, carrie is my sister-in-law. friday it will be one year since she passed, at a way too early age of 32. it's hard, but the beautiful weather does help to keep putting one foot in front of the other ... and cherish life ... because it truly is precious!!

now on to your post ...
my kids once ate wikisticks! they thought they were candy! talk about panic!!

love that you and peyton had a spa night. ella and i do that, too, and it is so much fun. what memories are made of!!!!!!!!

great day to YOU!

P-nut said...

wow okay, i seriously need to pack up my 2 boys and hubby and come live in naples!! the weather always looks sooo nice! it's freakin freezing where i live! (Canada)
just to go to library time on thursday mornings takes me an hour to bundle up two kids and me. boots, snowpants, coats, scarves, mittens, hats, diaper bags and then whoops, somebody has a dirty diaper... yay for undressing and redressing!! all for a 30 minute story time. LOL
longest. winter. EVER.

LOVE the bike ride pics too! SO FUN!

i'm SO gonna try that soup!!!

Jewllori by Lori said...

Heidi, you're life seems fun! The two kids(yes tempers and all) seem like they would be alot of fun!! I can't WAIT to one day have a Spa Day with my girlie, oh man, you have no idea how excited I am about that!

The soup sounds delish, and I am always looking for new soup recipes. I'll def. have to try it :)

Cheers!
xox,
Lori

Barb said...

Hey baby!!! I say that too! I was a bartender, and when it got three deep, ya yelled it! ;) I get you, always have! Sending you a big hug. beautiful pics.

Love

Barb

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

Love, love the spa day pictures. Looking forward to those fun days with my baby girl!

Never heard "in the weeds," but I totally get it.

amyc said...
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amyc said...

Maybe one day I will get the nerve to get a real camera like you and Kell. I think I would quit my job and have you teach me microsoft digital imagining and we could make scones, shop at flee markets and I would open a cake shop for cool moms only. "no bitchin' in my kitchen" will be my bakery name. And when I say cool moms only I mean those that drop everything for a friend, love their friend's kids like their own and are okay with a little (or a lot) of clutter. Hope to see you soon!

Kelly said...

I knew I was in the weeds when you saw me and said you actually saw the weeds growing around me. haha Those pictures on the bikes are so precious! They look like they're having a blast!

I love how much Heather loves your kids!:)

Nicole said...

Ah!! I forgot to follow at the new address!! Lil' James Dean on his bike...um...heartbreaker ya think?!! And the girl's night in pics are super-sweet, can't wait to do that someday :)

Leslie said...

As usual...I come to your blog in anticipation for a feeling....a feeling of contentment, laced with inspiration. Inspiration for what you might ask...not sure yet. But I get inspired for something!! Lost in the lines,lost in the music and always loving the B&Ws! I enjoy the visit each and every time.

Jenn said...

Very cute photos! The girl's night looks like fun...I remember nights like that with my sisters. Thanks for the comment! Happy Wednesday.

Rebecca MacIntosh said...

You probably have your pics blown up throughout your house (and if you don't you MUST) but I adore that one of the princess on the couch! Love it!
I am willing to try the recipe, but I'm not too hopeful I'll succeed because I am still incapable of making shortbread, recipes and me? DO NOT GET ALONG! :)
Enjoyed some new reading and eye art!

S.I.F. said...

Oh my gosh, I haven't thought about being "in the weeds" in so long! And you're right, anyone in my grown up life would now look at me like I was crazy if I said that! Your pictures are just gorgeous by the way!

The Manrings said...

seriously i feel like i'm living in the weeds...like when i arrived at work this morning with the ends of my hair all wet on one side...guess i had apparently dunked them in my morning carnation instant breakfast drink. yikes. something about being able to laugh and smile through all the craziness right? your pictures are BEAUTIFUL and i love your new blog site. the ones of you and peyton in the bathroom with your towels and cameras...so sweet and special!! see you soon. xo

Sheree said...

I just found your blog, "in the weeds" I guess that must me a server/waitress saying I knew it... I have to say i didn't read the whole posting (was interrupted by baby) I did enjoyed your pics. your family is very beautiful. I will bookmark your blog and when Colt is resting I will be able to read and enjoy it. Thanks Sheree

Heidi said...

welcome & thank you, sheree! yes, i was a bartender for lots of years and a server for a few...i know the term well! as a mother though...it's still a fave term:)

SDM, thanks for the sweet words:) today, both of my kids said they didn't love me...it should make me sad, but it really makes me laugh. they are mama's kids, they aren't leaving anytime soon!

p-nut...we LOVE canada. go every year to evergreen!

leslie...you made my day with that comment:)

xo

katie said...

I wandered over here from Kelle's blog...which I'm addicted to...and now, after reading yours I can see I'm going to become addicted to you too. You and Kelle are like peas in a pod...from what I can see, you both have amazingly loving and beatiful kids (and hubbys), both write in a way that just makes the reader feel like your best friend, both take spectacular photos...and oddly enough both have family in Michigan. It's great. I will be tuned in for more...

Anna Ruth said...

I love the spa day. Everyone looks like they are having a blast. Your meal looks amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Heidi I love your blog! This is my first time visiting! Your pictures are great, and I love the idea of posting recipes! I need to start cooking again, so any ideas are helpful! Cash and Rocco went to the pool for the first time today. It was so adorable. Rocco misses you :-) See you tom Julie

Vanessa Voth said...

oh my word. how cute are the picturs of you and your daughter in the bathroom! I honestly choked back a tear! So precious! I hope that me and my daughter will have many moments like that yet! And I love the song choice for your blog. And I love the vibrant colours of your pictures. Awesome.

Heidi said...

katie! you are so sweet. the babes on the profile pic look adorable!

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