July 21, 2010

because 1991 was a good year...

for whatever reason, back in 1991, i begged my mom to take me (and my sucker of a friend, Jessica) to the mall so that some stranger could dress me, fluff my hair, apply over used pink lipstick, and then take creepy photos. this wonderful place was Glamour Shots, and yes, they are still in the business of taking creepy photos of teenagers. i'm not sure what's worse, the hair, the outfit, or the huge amount of metal in my mouth, but man i was happy teenager 19 years ago (thanks Mom)!

(that's me on the right)

July 19, 2010

my sister came to visit...

i think i showed her a pretty good time....
we celebrated her birthday all week! and did you know that if you're wearing one of those silly flashing, feather covered birthday hats, you get free drinks? must say this is the best idea ever...i'm keeping that thing in my purse and using it every time we go out!
as for the rest of my sister's crew, i think they had a good time too. of course, getting all 5 kids to sit together for one picture is nearly impossible (sorry Nana). we pretty much spent the entire week outside in the 100 degree heat, but that's what the cold beer is for...
(shopping and drinking...pretty much how the last 6 days were spent)

July 14, 2010

if your squeamish, look away...

no joke, what you're about to see is pretty damn disgusting. yesterday i made the mistake of drinking too many glasses of wine before i even started dinner. i'm being honest here...too much wine can be a bad thing, especially when handling sharp kitchen utensils, you know, like a KNIFE!
would you believe i found the missing piece in that pile of onions?

i was just trying to be nice by cooking my sister a nice dinner, and this crap happens! after a quick clean up, bandage, and another glass of wine we managed to get dinner finished. thanks to my sister and Jess for helping me actually prepare dinner, because this one handed stuff is hard.

Shrimp & Lemon Pasta

today when i woke up the pain was unbearable. i made the mistake of not putting any ointment on the bandage before going to bed, so when i woke up this morning the whole thing was stuck. it was the kind of pain that makes you want to vomit and then pass out. thankfully i have a friend who's a nurse and she came over to assist (thanks Kat for the searing peroxide pain). this has got to be one of the nastiest things i've done. i'm warning you now, if you are easily disturbed by the sight of bloody things, then  i don't recommend reading anymore...

my poor finger nail is gone

but on a lighter note, today is my sister's birthday. and poor her (one who is easily grossed out) has to take care of gimpy me...

Happy Birthday E

July 9, 2010

we like chikin yes we du....

today is Cow Appreciation Day, which means FREE CHICKEN!! and by free i mean we went to Chick-fil-a and ordered our usual (3 kids meals and a #7 with sweet tea) and i didn't even open my wallet. this only happens once a year, so, if you're reading this and wondering how to get your free chicken...gonna have to wait till next summer. of course the place is a mad house, but the kids love it! i think i love it more that i can take my kids out to lunch for free, but that's just me. oh, but wait...there's a catch to getting the free food. in order to enjoy a full table full of goodies for zilch, you have to dress in your best cow attire. for us it's just a shirt and some homemade signs, but it works. (starting to wonder why the homeless aren't in on this idea)
it's now become tradition to dress silly and eat fast food with the Devenny's 

July 5, 2010

independence day...

other than Thanksgiving, the 4th of July has got to be one of the best holidays. it's the most stress free holiday we have, no worries for finding the perfect gift, who cares what you wear, and there's plenty of eating and drinking all day. although, the 4yo kept asking why there were no presents at the birthday party, because we explained to him that the 4th of July was America's 234th birthday...still confused when we put him to bed at 11pm!
(what party wouldn't be complete without a tromp in the mud)

what kind of summer BBQ wouldn't be complete without baked beans?! thanks to my mother-in-law i have a great no leftovers recipe (but no pictures because beans are not pretty to look at and they were all gone):

GaGa'a Noise Makers
1 pound ground beef
1 lg onion
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
can of pinto beans
giant can of plain baked beans
bottle of your favorite bbq sauce

brown the meat (drain) and continue cooking with the onions and peppers. mix the meat and beans together in a big baking dish. stir in the bbq sauce and a couple squirts of ketchup. cover with foil and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes. ENJOY!!

Jess, made us some Watermelon Margaritas, but unfortunately those were gone in less than 30 minutes, so no pictures of those either. hopefully she'll be posting on K is for Kitchen later today...

the ladies
(minus Kat...we missed you!)