Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Simple, yet so profound

My Bible study group of young moms is going through the book "Created To Be His Help Meet" by Debi Pearl. I had read the book before, but am getting even more out of it the second time around. You really have to swallow some pride to read this book, because Debi puts things just like she sees them---and most of the time, she is right! If Scripture says to do such and such, she doesn't pussy-foot around it or try to soften it, she simply accepts what Scripture says and teaches it to you in her book. This week, we are reading a chapter on ''The Beginning of Wisdom" The next section from her book is so simple, so obvious, and yet I miss it all the time.

"Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. Peace is that tangible presence of a relaxed, confident feeling a person experiences when everything is right (even when things are not right)."
"When you feel yourself beginning to have a critical spirit, stop, take a deep breath, silently ask for wisdom, then think of something that is on your thankful list. This is remolding a habit, and, in time, practice makes it perfect."
I desire to be an encouraging, joyful person for my husband to be around, yet so often, I find myself getting tired and letting negative thoughts creep in. I'm trying to stop that. For instance:
When I start to think: " Good grief! I just washed this same pot two hours ago, and here it is, dirty again! Doesn't anybody notice that I'm washing this SAME pot again?"
I will try to redirect my thoughts and think: "Yes Lord, YOU know the work I do each day, and YOU desire for me to do it with a joyful spirit, willing to serve my family, even in the mundane chores of every day life. I am grateful for a kitchen full of cooking utensils and wonderful items to fix food for my family with. Thank you Lord."
Yeah, I know, sounds just a little cheesey maybe, but it really does work to re-direct my thoughts and heart into thankfulness instead of negative attitudes.
I'm not perfect with this yet----but I'm working on it :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Random happiness from my life

Things that are making me smile:

  • We went to a beautiful outdoor wedding yesterday. It was in the evening. Beautiful! The weather was perfect, the ceremony was lovely, the yard was gorgeous, the food was incredible, the bride and groom looked perfect together, and I fell in love with my own man all over again....as usually happens when I attend a wedding!

  • I had a surprise visit today from one of my best friends who lives out of town. How cool is that??

  • I raced my sister today in the yard and BEAT her. (Love ya, Kristin). She'll try to tell you that she let me, but she didn't :) I was a full two yards ahead of her :) Seeing that she is a good four inches taller than me, this made me very happy ;)

  • My menu plan is already done for this week AND I don't have to go grocery shopping until next Friday or Saturday.

  • The second Pink Panther movie. It cracks me up! Steve Martin is just hilarious. I watched it today during the kids nap-time, and laughed the entire time. It's just one of those movies! Pretty much the only other movie that can make me laugh like that is "Father of the Bride II", another Steve Martin movie. They're both hilarious in their stupidity :)

  • I am thanking God that my brother is safe and sound after being in a bad car accident yesterday. He was not at fault---another driver drifted over into his lane and hit his car, then swerved to correct herself, and hit his car again, which caused him to spin all over the place, and then her car flipped. Thankfully, they both walked away from it with not more than a scratch. God was really watching over them both! (Their cars, well, are not so great, but cars can be replaced!)

  • Noah is this close to being weaned. Okay, this one is making me smile AND cry all at the same time. Tomorrow, we cut out another feeding, so we'll be down to just morning, afternoon and night. If we keep going at this rate, he should be about done and completely on cows milk by his birthday. Yay! *SOB* ;)

  • And finally, there are left-over homemade blueberry pancakes in the freezer for breakfast tomorrow. (Hey, I didn't say "Things that are incredibly exciting", I said, "Things that are making me smile", and this one is :)

(I know, I know, you all want some new pictures.....I'll try to take some this week :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Redeemable (Or, this day has just GOT to be blogged about)

First, five bad situations:


1. I was nursing Noah this morning when I heard Cosette let out a blood curdling scream. Honestly, I thought for sure she had cut her arm off or something. It was so loud, it made Noah cry! Turns out, she had stuck her tongue out at Eli, who had in turn retaliated and tried to bite her on the back (or so she said, although Eli denied it.) Trust me, there was a lot of screaming, yelling, accusing, and arguing going on.


2. Eli was being careless this morning and shut his finger in the screen door. He completely tore off the first layer of skin, it bled, and he cried and cried. I was afraid it might be broken.


3. I had shopping that had to be done before this weekend. With three kids. In 90 degree weather. In and out of stores. No fun.


4. Having successfully completed the shopping trip, I decided to treat the kids and let them get some m &m's. I decided, after considering my day so far, that I 'deserved' a kit-kat bar. When I got to my van, the kit kat bar was just...gone. Not in my shopping bags, not in my purse....nowhere. NO kit kat bar.


5. Being pretty bummed about the kit kat bar, and the kids desperately needing some ice water (seeing that their sippy cups were now empty and they'd been in and out of stores in hot weather), I decided to run through McDonald's drive through and get a bottled water for them, and an iced mocha coffee for me, since I'd lost my Kit Kat bar. (Can you tell I really wanted that Kit Kat bar??) Pulling out of McDonalds, I looked down and realized that they'd given me a HOT mocha coffee. In 90 degree weather. Being rather ticked off, I gulped too big of a gulp of my HOT coffee, and realized too late that it was, well......hot---VERY hot. I burned my tongue and the roof of my mouth so badly that I wanted to cry. In fact, I did start to whine pretty loudly, because Cosette said ''Mommy, don't cry, here, have an M&M!


And NOW, how those situations redeemed themselves, in the same order given above:


1. Discipline was given for Eli and Cosette's temper tantrums, and they both apologized. One step closer to raising mature, responsible, God-fearing adults. One baby step, but still, one step closer.


2. Eli's finger was cleaned up, bandaged, and it turns out it was NOT broken. Plus, he got a little extra Mommy-lovin' attention from it, which he sometimes misses, being the middle child.


3. We all survived the shopping trip. I even found a new pair of sandals for Noah for FIVE bucks. Even cheaper than the last pair that he lost last week in Walmart.


4. I later found the Kit Kat bar on the floor of my van. It had fallen out of my purse. It was melted to mush, but hey, chocolate is chocolate!


5. My mouth is slowly recovering from it's nasty burn. I could even taste my dinner! Plus, I brought that awful hot coffee home and put it in the fridge. Then, after dinner, I added ice and whipped cream, and, "Whala!!", my iced mocha coffee!

Any situation is redeemable, depending on how you look at it :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Conversations......

It was early this morning, and I was sitting at the computer, working on our budget before the kids woke up. Cosette was the first one awake, and came out to the kitchen, rubbing her sleepy eyes.

"Mama, what'cha doin?"
"I'm working on the budget, sweetheart. Good morning."
"Good morning, Mama. Is that your computer or Daddy's?"
"Well, it belongs to both of us."
"But you use it more"
"Well, yes, but that's just because I'm here more. Daddy has a computer at work that he uses too. But Daddy paid for this computer with his money, so it's his computer too."
"OH......" (She still looked a little confused)
"You see, Cosette, when you get married, that's how it is. When Daddy and I got married, we started to share things with each other---our house, our car, our money, our food.....and we don't mind sharing, because we love each other."
"Oh, I see.....just like you share me and Eli and Noah!"
"Yes Cosette, you and Eli and Noah are the BEST things that me and Daddy share...."


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Eli: "Hi Mama! I'm cowboy Eli!"
Mama: "I see. Well, do you have a horse?"
Eli: "Yes, Mama, his name is Teddy"
Mama: "Oh, well, tell Teddy that it's time for Cowboy Eli's nap"
Eli: "No, Mama, Cowboys don't take naps, they just rest on the couch :)
********************************************


I had just told Cosette to go back to her room and change out of her dirty play clothes into nice clothes for dinner. I turned around to see her in nothing but her underwear, turning around from the front door.

Me: Cosette, WHAT are you doing??
Cosette: Talking to that nice little Amish kid going up the road.
Me: But Cosette, you're, um...naked.
Cosette: No I'm not, Mama, I'm wearing underwear!
Me: But still, Cosette, you were talking to a little girl walking up the road!!
Cosette: No Mama, it was a little BOY, and don't worry, I only stuck my head out the door ;) (We have a GLASS front door :)
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Me: Cosette, I like your new bathing suit with the little skirt on it.
Cosette: Yes, me too. But why does it have a skirt?
Me: Well, I think it looks nicer and more modest like that, don't you?
Cosette: (giggling) Yeah, but I've seen big ladies wear ones like this (motioning with her hands), and you can see their bellies
Me: You mean a bikini?
Cosette: Yep. Do you like those?
Me: Well, not really. Mommy doesn't wear one, and neither does Aunt Kristin, or Aunt Bekah, or Aunt Lisa...(trying to call on her normal group of role models)--we don't want people to see our tummies. Would you??
Cosette: No, I wouldn't! But, I might wear one when I get to be a Mommy, I haven't decided yet. But I'll let you know when I do :)
What will they come up with next???


Monday, June 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


So, here's what we'll be eating for the next while. Joel went grocery shopping with me last time, so I 'stocked up' and did a little extra planning. :)
Monday: Turkey-Swiss-Pear Wraps, Veggie Skewers either broiled or grilled, and fruit
Tuesday: Pan-Seared Salmon, Cous-Cous and Roasted Asparagus
Wednesday: Chicken Rolls Cordon Bleu (using turkey ham of course ;) Brown Rice with feta cheese and steamed broccoli
Thursday: Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches, Frozen Fries and Strawberry Banana Sorbets
Friday: Grilled Beef Skewers, Mashed Potatoes, Peas
Saturday: Frozen Pizza, Carrot and Pepper sticks
Sunday: One-Pot veggie pasta, salad
Monday: Baked Lentils, Frozen Corn, Homemade Foccacia Bread
Tuesday: Turkey- Reuben Sandwiches, Sliced Cucumber and Tomato with dip, tortilla chips
Wednesday: Beef Burrito Casserole (using ground turkey), Frozen Veggie
If you want to see other menu ideas, go to I'm and Organizing Junkie

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celebrating the man that this family adores....

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


Eli is sporting a shirt that says "My Dad is my Hero", and Cosette
is wearing one that says "My Dad is Awesome!" Noah had one too,
but he was too wriggly for the picture :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

The shoe episode

As we were getting ready to leave for the store tonight, Eli couldn't find his left sandal. We hunted everywhere. It wasn't on the shoe rack, or by the back door, or in his room, or behind the couch, or on the back porch, or by the swing set, or on the front porch, or in the yard. It had simply...disappeared.
Then, on our way out of WalMart tonight (Yes, us crazy people went to Walmart on a Friday night!!), Joel looked down and said "Oh look, Noah is missing his shoe!" And so he was. His left shoe too! "I'll go back in and look for it", Joel said. But, finding an infant size five shoe in WalMart is like finding a needle in a haystack---he didn't, in other words. In was only after we were pulling away that I laughed and said ''Joel, why didn't I think to tell you to just pick up another pair of sandals while you were in there?" (The missing shoe was for a pair of sandals that I had bought only two weeks ago! Good grief!)
So, both of my boys are missing their left shoes. I guess their left feet will be pretty dirty for a while ;)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

They've stolen my heart

I just read this quote on another blog, and I LOVE it:


"Having a child is like having your heart walking around outside of your body"

Does anybody else relate with this?? Multiply that by three, and I suddenly understand why I feel so emotionally drained at the end of the day sometimes---my heart has been walking outside of my body all day, in the form of three little people!!

I worry about what they eat, and if it's good for them.
I wonder if I'm helping them to fully understand God's Word and develop a relationship with Him.
I hope that Cosette's front teeth and gum will fully heal from the many crashes/traumas that it's had.
I wonder if I reminded Eli to hold on to Grandma's hand when he went shopping with her.
I spend all day trying to fill their little heads and souls with wholesome, enriching ideas and activities.
I pray for their physical and emotional well-being.
I struggle to find ways to help them get along and not argue.
I spend my days teaching them, training them, caring for them, and loving them.

Is my heart walking around outside of my body? Yes! And that makes it three times as large, three times as fulfilled, three times as loved and three times as fully satisfied as it could ever be. They've all stolen my heart.....and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My favorite hobby (Or, how to make home-made bread)

Growing up, my mom taught me so many useful skills that I would later use in my own marriage---cooking, baking, keeping a house, managing a budget, planting a garden, basic sewing, etc. However, there was one thing she just could not teach me how to do---bake bread. Poor mom! Every time she tried, well, let's just say she didn't succeed. (Sorry Mom!) She so, so, so wanted to make homemade bread for us, but the dough wouldn't rise, or it wouldn't get elastic enough, or whatever. I remember her looking in distress at her big orange bowl on the counter, fill yet again with sunken bread dough. "Well, Jaime", she said. "If you are ever going to learn how to make bread, ask Rhoda Curtis to teach you." :)
Fast forward several years, and I am happily engaged to Rhoda Curtis' eldest son, Joel :) It wasn't long after our wedding that she had me down to her house and we baked a batch of bread together. She showed me all her tips and tricks for making bread like hers, which I always thought was incredible. And, wonder of wonders, my bread rose, and it smelled wonderful, and it tasted just as wonderful. And I was hooked. I have been making bread ever since. Now, grant it, I do have two wonderful things at my disposal that my poor mom never had, that make baking bread oh so much easier.




THIS:



AND THIS:


The Bosch mixer (which Joel's parents gave us as a wedding gift), makes mixing and kneading the dough so much easier. No, it's not a bread machine, simply a fancy mixer. And the instant yeast...well, it's almost fool-proof. It's hard to get your bread NOT to rise when using this stuff!! So, there you go, Mom---I do have a few advantages.

Over the past 5 1/2 years, I have become addicted to bread making. I LOVE the smell of it in the oven, and it puts store-bought bread to shame! I've made whole wheat bread, white bread, pita bread, foccacia bread, Italian herb and cheese bread, cheese-stuffed bread, French bread, Bread Ropes, Rolls and Batards. (See, I told you I was addicted)

The best part is, Cosette and Eli are learning too. They love to help me add the ingredients to the mixer, and can even shape a loaf fairly decently. Their favorite part by far, however, is when it's all done baking and ready to be sliced. They hang around the kitchen like hungry little puppy dogs. I'll usually slice them off a little piece of the end and add some butter and jam--oh my, not much else tastes better than that! Even Noah is learning to get in on the fun. He walks around and pulls on my pant leg and grins his sweet grin until I give him some bread.

I've decided to post below our current favorite whole wheat bread recipe. It is wonderful for sandwiches, toast, or just by itself. This is very, very close to the original recipe that Joel's mom gave me, but slightly different. I switched to this one because it does not use Olive oil, which is expensive, and the other recipe did. They turn out tasting almost exactly the same, however. Also, we prefer to use a very light, whole wheat flour. If you purchase your flour from the store, don't use a general 'King Arthur's' whole wheat flour, because it will be too dry and heavy. Try instead to go to a 'specialty' shop and find a lighter whole wheat flour instead. If you can't do that, you might try blending just a little bit of white flour in with it, which might make it less dense.

Our Favorite Whole Wheat Bread

3 cups warm water (110 F)
2 (.25 oz) pcks yeast (This works out to 1 T instant yeast)
2/3 cup honey, divided
7 1/2-9 cups whole wheat flour
3 T butter, melted
1 T salt
1-2 T soy lecithin (This is optional. If you choose not to use it,
your bread will be just a little less soft.)

Mix water, yeast, 1/3 cup of honey, and slowly add 5 cups of flour. Stir until mixed, by hand or with Bosch. Add butter, 1/3 cup honey, lecithin and salt. Slowly add rest of flour until blended in and not sticky. If kneading with Bosch, knead for 5-6 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead for 8-10 minutes, or until it is nice and elastic and not sticky any more. Shape into 3 bread loaves, place in greased and floured bread pans. Poke each loaf several times with a fork, making sure to poke all the way to the bottom of the loaf. Cover with a light towel, and let rise for about 30-35 minutes. It is best to let it rise in a warm, non-drafty area. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes, or till done. When cool, lightly spread a scant amount of olive oil on top of each loaf, which will prevent it from getting hard on top.

Note: This bread can be sliced and frozen in freezer bags---it thaws really well, and can be toasted straight from the freezer.
If you decide to try this bread and have any questions, just leave me a note in my comments and I'll try to answer you :)






Sunday, June 14, 2009

Un-loading my camera

Cute little boy behind a screen :)

Going for a bike ride

Yes, of course Noah goes too!


Hmmm...I do hope you all would tell me
if there was a green-bean on the end
of my nose......


No, never mind, I like it there!


Some of Noah's first steps that I actually caught

on video :) This was a few weeks ago. He's gotten

much better since then :)

Eli's rendition of 'Bob the Builder'

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thoughts on a Saturday Night

Running through my mind...

  • Okay, Joel totally ruined my fun and brought home some kind of natural iron-phosphate stuff to sprinkle on the green-bean plants instead. Bummer!! I was really looking forward to seeing if the beer-thing worked (See previous post if you've no clue what I'm talking about)

  • I made bread today. Usually when I make bread, I resist the urge to eat it right away and stick it in the freezer for future enjoyment. However, the batch turned out SSOOOO perfect, I couldn't resist it. I am happily munching on homemade toast with strawberry jam right now.

  • We took all three kids for a bike ride this afternoon. Cosette and Eli were strapped into the kid carrier behind Joel, and Noah was strapped into his car seat, and then into the kid carrier, behind me. :)

  • Joel helped me do our budget this morning. That is usually my job, but when he can help out, it's always a treat for me :)

  • We had sauteed veggie wraps with brown rice for dinner---yummo! (To borrow Rachael Ray's incredibly annoying phrase!)

  • Eli patted me on the head this morning and said "I like your hair, Mommy!" :)

  • I let Cosette paint her toe-nails today, because I'm a good mommy ;) She then asked me if she could polish her new sandals :)

  • Noah refused food for the first time ever today. Joel offered him a bite of his oatmeal this morning, and he simply closed his lips into a cute, sweet smile, and shook his head a determined 'no'. I didn't even realize he knew how to shake his head no! We could NOT get him to open his mouth! But he was so sweet about it! Good grief, in spite of his being so stubborn , we were having trouble not laughing at him!

  • I need new clothes. Okay, my husband says 'New clothes are a luxury, not a need'. Regardless, I NEED new clothes :) The T-shirt I'm wearing today I purchased when I was 17!! However, all my favorite web-sites for clothes (April Cornell, Christopher and Banks, Lands End), are way to expensive right now. I just don't have 79.00 budgeted for one white blouse!! (Does anybody?) Do any of you have any other favorite, cheap(er) clothing stores you like?

Amusing

I just sent my husband on some errands. While he was out, I asked him if he could please pick up some of this for me:

Now, before you go jumping to conclusions, let me clarify. The beer is not for us to consume. Not that we have anything against anybody who chooses to,(since my husband does enjoy a glass of wine every now and then when we're eating out) but the most potent thing in our house is usually just Root Beer :) The real reason for the beer are these things:




Slugs! Ewww!! They are intent on destroying my green bean plants! Trying to avoid any nasty pesticides, we googled natural remedies for slugs. Apparently, if you put a cup of beer in your garden in the evening, by morning it will be full of slugs!! I will have to let you know how it works :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Old Friends, New Friends, and the Best Sister Ever!

It would not be right to start out this post without starting at the beginning--my sister. When I informed Kristin last week that I planned on making a trip today with the kids and visiting some friends, as well as shopping for some things the kids needed, she was all-game to come along---even though she knew it would be a long drive, and that she'd probably end up carrying around my children all day, which she did :) Sisters like this are hard to come by!!

Here is Kristin, swinging with Noah

Now, for the next part of the story. Audra and I had been reading each other's blogs for quite a while. However, we never realized that we live fairly close to each other. When we both found this out, we decided to make a day of it, and actually meet each other! This was so fun! We both drove halfway, and 'met in the middle' :) It was so nice to meet Audra, after e-mailing and 'blogging' for so long! We met at a park and let the kids play on the play-ground and had a picnic lunch. Audra has two little boys, almost exactly Eli and Noah's ages.

Here is Audra with her youngest boy


And here are our two older boys together


After visiting with Audra and her boys for a while, Kristin and I headed to a near-by shopping center and searched and searched for sandals for my children. Now, you all might already know that I'm not much of a shopper, and get frustrated when I can't find what I'm looking for! However, after much walking around, we finally found what we were looking for, as well as a cute little sun-dress for Cosette and a new bathing suit, which she really needed.
After the shopping adventure, we headed over to another friend's house, who lives in that area. Julie and I have been friends since elementary school. She had a baby in December, and I had been waiting ever since to get a peek at her!
Here is Julie and her little girl

After visiting there and enjoying some of Julie's yummy baking, we headed for home. We even ran through a StarBuck's drive-through for some Tall Java Chip Frappucino's, which made me very happy :) Noah cried most of the way home, because he was so utterly exhausted! He finally fell asleep as we pulled into our town :)

It was a wonderful, fun, event-filled day, and I'm so glad we took the time to do it! We are already looking forward to a future visit with Audra and her family, hopefully taking our hubbies along next time :) My three kids are now sound asleep in their beds, and I imagine they will be sleeping in late tomorrow morning! (At least, that is my hope and prayer!)

Thank God for wonderful friends!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Filling you in

Our life has been very busy lately, and looks to be so for the next few days. Here's whats happening--some good, and some bad :)

---My sister-in-law had a baby boy last week. He is so adorable! We had her little girl here with us for a few days last week.

---We had a family Reunion and get-together, which took most of the day on Saturday. It's alot of work getting a bunch of little kiddos and food ready for these kinds of things, although the time spent with family is always worth it.

---My Great-grandmother passed away last Friday, so we have a viewing for her tonight, and the funeral tomorrow morning. This was sad, of course, but we are so happy for her to be in a happy, healthy place now. She had been in a nursing home for several years.

---My brother was taken to the hospital by ambulance last night with severe stomach pain and throwing up, which made us think maybe a kidney stone or appendicitis. The doctors don't think it was either of those things, although we have yet to hear a final word on what exactly is wrong. Pray for him!

---And finally, I am spending some time with my sister on Wednesday and we're going to visit a friend with her kids, and hopefully have a fun day. I'm greatly looking forward to this---hope to post some pictures on that later in the week!


Until then, loving life..... :)

Friday, June 05, 2009

Following in Daddy's Foot-steps


I always knew that Joel would make a good Daddy someday. I would think "What a great role-model that man would make to some little boy!" And, it makes my heart soar to see his oldest son following in his foot-steps already. I love my Eli-guy so much. At first glance, he's just an energetic, busy little boy. But, when you get to know him better, you see that he has a gentle spirit, just like Joel. Here are just a few examples of things that have happened recently to prove my point:


Today, Cosette was being goofy and managed to drop her plate of food all over the floor. When I turned around, there was Eli, on his hands and knees with the dust pan, sweeping it all up for her, without even being asked to!


This morning, as I helped him get dressed, I was feeling a bit sentimental, and said 'Eli, when you're a big man like Daddy, will you still give mama kisses?' He replied "Nope, cause I'll be superman!" I said "Oh, does Superman not give his mommy kisses?" Eli said "Nope, 'cause I'll be saving you!" (From what, I don't know---and where has he ever learned about Superman??)



As we were sitting reading on the couch yesterday morning, out of the blue Eli said "I hope Daddy will be okay!" I frowned and said "Eli, what do you mean? Daddy is at work". He said "Look! It's raining! He might get all wet!"


Before nap-time, I gave all three older kids (my niece is still staying with us) a string-cheese stick for a snack. Well, Danielle ate hers before Eli did, and I mentioned that Eli was the last one to finish up his cheese stick since the girls were done. He walked up to Danielle, pulled of a big piece of his and said ''Here you go, you can have some more of mine!"


When going to see my new nephew on Tuesday, Eli was just soooo excited about the new little baby! He had the sweetest, most gentle look on his face the whole time we were there. His Uncle Jesse let him hold the new baby, and Eli was just in his glory! He looked down at his new cousin with absolute love and adoration! He has such a soft spot for babies!


And that, folks, is just a few of the reasons that I love Eli so much! He is turning out to be just like his Daddy, in more than just looks----he's good natured, patient, loving, ready to forgive, a gentle spirit, eager to help, etc, etc. If Eli can grow up to be just like Joel, nothing would make me happier.


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Random Pictures

We're loving our new picnic table! This is last Saturday,
the day we bought it. My good friend Liz was visiting,
and she got to join us for our first picnic :)

This is just a photo of the most handsome ten-month
old walking the face of the planet right now (at least,
in my opinion :)

This is Cosette and her Cousin Danielle. Danielle's
Mommy, Joel's sister, just had a baby boy yesterday,
so Danielle is spending a few days with us :)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

When life hands you a spare lemon....

Make Lemonade!

No, Eli is not praying in this picture, although it sure looks like it! He is actually using all of his might to squeeze the juice out of the fruit. Since it was a warm day (and I found a few lemons and limes in my fruit drawer!), I decided to let the kids try making their own lemonade. Might be something we do more frequently now that summer is here :)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Monday Menu (Or, yes, I went grocery shopping today because my mother-in-law was kind enough to help with children...) :)


Monday: Steak on the Grill, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus

Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash, Garlic Bread and fresh fruit

Wednesday: Turkey Burgers on the Grill (Yes, it's that time of year...) Chips, and steamed Green Beans

Thursday: Garden Pita Pizzas, Baked Lenils and Rice, Peach Cobbler

Friday: B-B-Q Chicken Legs in the crock pot, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Veggies

Saturday: Family Reunion, planning on taking home-made hummus and pita bread

Sunday: Seasoned Tilapia, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

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