Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I did not want 64 bags of starter. I didn't want 16. So I got creative. I kept one bag of starter to feed and squish and eventually turn into bread because we love it. Two bags went into the freezer. Not sure what I'll do with them yet but I have a few ideas. The last bag of starter became pancakes and they were good. Very, very good.
Here's my recipe:
1 cup Not-so-Friendship Bread Starter
2 cups Pancake Mix (I used Bisquick)
1 cup water
1/3 cup milk
1 small apple, diced
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix altogether. Use about 1/4 cup for each pancake. You could add some brown sugar but then they'd be really sweet....no syrup necessary. We liked them just plain. Will most definitely make these again.
Those bags in the freezer....I'm thinking something with pumpkin.....to celebrate fall.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Love. Total adoration. That's my niece K with the Baby at 10 days old. She wouldn't even look at the camera. Her eyes were only for her new baby cousin. I love that K!
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
We only have 2 left (not sure what kept getting the babies), but at least we know she's figured out the nesting thing. Her last attempt at nesting resulted in a bunch of rotten eggs.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Once she figured out she could climb out, she was back and forth the rest of the afternoon.
She thought Aunt M was so funny taking our picture.
Thanks sis for catching this moment.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The Bug: snorts. Memaw J? She doesn't even cook!
Me: She cooks.
Bug: Well sometimes. She makes good grilled cheese.
Leeny: She makes toast a different way. She uses the smoke detector to tell her when it's done.
I about choked. Leeny was so serious. I couldn't quit laughing, because it is pretty true.
Outside my window. . .the sun is shining and there is a slight breeze. It should be a beautiful day today.
I am thinking. . .I have a lot to do today and I wish this headache would go away.
From the learning room. . .Bubby and the Bug have finished reading, science, Bible study, copywork and handwriting. We'll have to finish the rest after we run errands.
I am thankful for. . .being able to sleep-in when I don't feel well, my kids, my home and getting to enjoy having a baby all over again.
From the kitchen. . .home made pizza tonight.
I am wearing. . .my usual...black shorts and gray t-shirt
I am creating. . .a HUGE pile of laundry that needs folded and put away.
I am going. . .to buy a new mattress today. YEAH!
I am reading. . .Simple Church and The Treasure Inside Your Child. Both are great.
I am hoping. . .to remain calm and patient today.
I am hearing. . .the radio, the Baby breathing funny, Leeny running through the house and roaring - trying to make the Baby laugh.
Around the house. . .supplies for siding the house are taking over the back porch, clean laundry that needs to be dealt with, blankets that need folded, kitchen floor that needs swept.
One of my favorite things. . .sleeping with the windows open. Hopefully the air will be off again in a couple of days.
A few plans for the rest of the week. . .schoolwork, dinner out with some girlfriends, swimming with Memaw J, going to an afternoon movie with the kids, working on nursery stuff for the church.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing. . .
We need to plan a trip to the Pumpkin Patch this fall and get a new picture with the Baby.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Of course Niece K had to show us her tricks. This was her "dive." Beautiful ;)
Goofballs. They were playing follow the leader and acting like cowboys. They were having so much fun!
Serious discussions. Memaw and Leeny.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Her smile just melts my heart and it's impossible to stay upset with her. She makes the cheesiest faces.
She's pulling up and walking along furniture, getting brave enough to go it one-handed. I fully expect she'll be walking at 11 months, following in the Bug's footsteps.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I have discovered something that seems to be working. A nice compromise, something I can live with. After we finish formal schoolwork (we're never really done learning, right?), I list all the things that need accomplished for the day. Laundry folded and put away, floor swept, trash burned, dishwasher unloaded, chemicals added to pool, entryway cleaned, yard mowed, tomatoes picked and so on. Then we tackle the list. Everybody helps. When we are finished, that is the end of the housework/yardwork for the day. If I think of or see something else that needs done, it goes on the list for the next day.
I know my worth isn't based on what I accomplish in a day. But, as a stay-at-home mom, it's hard to remember that. I mean I'm home all day. People wonder what I do with all my spare time (as if I have so much). It's hard to keep in the forefront of my mind that loving and laughing and living and playing are the most important. That teaching my kids is better. Building relationships are vital.
Cleaning has a place and we are doing it. But my house is going to look lived in. There will be clutter on my counters. Hopefully the bathroom will remain cleaner than a gas station. The kids will have art projects taped to the walls and drying sometimes on the floor. There will be dishes in the sink because I cook and feed my family 3 times a day and sometimes I just can't keep up. Be careful as you walk because the baby will have dumped out something on the floor.
But my kids will be happy. They will be loved. They will love and serve others. And they will know how to work. But this momma is NOT going to make idols out of what my house could look like!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
So what did the kids and I do? I almost feel guilty considering what the Husband had to do. We had the most relaxing day. Other than some laundry, we didn't do anything. I read a book (the whole thing), the baby laughed and giggled and followed her siblings around the house. We played a game, ate a leisurely breakfast and had hot fudge sundaes for a snack. Bubby played in his room and watched a movie. The Bug and Leeny played in the toy room. It was a wonderful day with everyone happy and healthy.
We finally ventured out around 4:00 to see how the Husband was doing. He was still going strong. In fact, he wanted to attend the Truck Pulls. We went. I pooped out before him. By 11 pm, the Suburban was loaded up and I was begging him to leave. After all, the kids and I were tired. ;)
He's finally asleep and I imagine he'll sleep for a good long time. If his phone rings tonight, I might just shut it off.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Recently one of the children had a tough choice to make. The child made the wrong one. While I was disappointed, I understood what had made them choose the way they did. I forgave the child and it was a great opportunity for character development, for both of us.
As the child was going to bed, they asked me if they had my trust. And that's when I realized that they'll probably mess up again....lots and lots of times....probably over the same issue. Because just like their mom, they are not perfect.
I was overwhelmed with the knowledge that God knows I'm going to blow it time and time again but if I was sorry and asked him if I still had his trust, He'd say yes. What a model parent!
Friday, August 6, 2010
After setting up the tent, we took the kids swimming. The water in the pool felt sooo good! It was a wonderful evening of relaxing, visiting and eating. The next morning dawned cloudy. No water park. It rained off and on the whole day and night. Yuck!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Bubby is in 4-H and had to do at least one project for the fair. He chose Meat Goats and Small Engines. We really had planned to start our projects early. But you know how it goes. You put it off for a week, then another and before you know it, the fair is one week away and your son is going to be at camp that week.
Lucky for us, we didn't have to do the small engine project and since he raises goats, all we really had to do was put together a display on one aspect of raising them. Easy enough. Well he went and got a BLUE Ribbon! Yeah Bubby! (A blue ribbon is like getting an A.) Then when we went to pick up his project, we found a green ribbon too. That was a "Best of Show" ribbon and had he been old enough, he could have taken it to the State Fair. He was too young by 4 months.
Luckily, the judging took place the day they were setting up for the fair and we didn't have to go back till the day they were tearing down everything. We got to skip the whole thing! No rides, expensive food, none of it! I didn't make it to the fair at all.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I've been taking a trip down memory lane and wanted to share some of those memories with you. So many happy times and lots of laughter. I wanted you to know that I have lots of happy memories with you (and Bapi). So here goes:
-Rides on the mopeds
-making horderves at Aunt Debbies (don't remember if it was for Christmas or New Years)
-Giant stuffed bunny rabbits as big as we were (we played with those things a lot)
-pretty ruffled dresses
-Playing BINGO around the counter at mom's house- you had real prizes for us kids - IT WAS SOOOO MUCH FUN!
-Staying at the beach the summer of '88 and making sand candles with us
-Coming to AZ by myself the summer I was 16 - we went to Mexico, we laughed till we about cried, you getting me dressed up to pass for 21 (and I did)- remember the blue eyeshadow?, and gambling for the first time. That was a great trip. Loved it!
-Going to Silver Creek Falls - what a beautiful place and you probably hurt so badly, but you walked all those trails with us.
-The A& P Store - that place was so cool. All the candy, hamburgers and Nintendo...a kids dream!
- Seeing mom smile when she was around you - priceless
-You taught me how to count back change - when I taught Bubby, I told him that it was you who taught me. As I teach the rest, you'll be getting the credit.
-Pac-Man - I can still play a pretty good game. I had the high score at the campground last weekend. Wish I could play you a game again.
-Do you remember teaching me how to make cream puffs? I do. We made them in the first apartment in AZ. I still love making them.
- Roast beef sandwiches with mustard and red onion. I remember eating those when we'd come to visit at camp grounds. Every time I eat one of those, it's like taking a trip back in time. Still my favorite way to eat them.
-Lots and Lots of laughter!
-My high School Graduation - I so appreciated that you came back for that. I know I probably never told you, but it meant a lot.
I have so many more memories, but time is running out. The baby wants to be nursed and has no appreciation for trips down memory lane. But, I hope you get the idea that I have lots of good memories that I'll carry forever. I love you Nanny!