Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
- 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
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
"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...."
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 :)
Cosette: Yes, me too. But why does it have a skirt?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
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
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.
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
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.
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.
3 cups warm water (110 F)
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.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Going for a bike ride
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
- 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?
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
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 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
---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
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
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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