Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Not Much

Not much new going on around here
wanting to spend lots of time at home
it has been a year without many extra curriculars or field trips
it has been a year of simplifying
(though, really, the more I give away, the more seems to come in)
have had not much to say, and yet a lot to think about
we still have 3 cats, silky white mama kitty and her 2 grown babies
one white and one tabby (purr babies)
they are turning into very sweet cats, but nothing can seem to replace the 2 lost ones (they don't even seem to like yarn...)
we had a very peaceful fall semester of school, with very little sickness
I am very thankful for that
I am very thankful for Christmas break, for that matter
Resting is very good
Thinking and not worrying is very good too
I find myself not worrying or being anxious, and that is good too
This has been a year of practicing letting things go, things out of my control
I like letting go of things out of my control
I like the idea that you can do what you want, and I don't have to let it bother me
I like the idea that you can think what you want, and I can too. No big deal
I like the fact that I don't have to be like you
I like it that my family does not have to be like yours
I like the desires that God has given me, to create beautiful things for my family and to give away, to be a blessing to others, to give someone else a smile or a laugh or a hug
So anyway, I say "you" but don't take it personally, I mean the whole world and not just you, whoever you are, just now......that reminds of the story my dad always tells, that he really thought that Carly Simon song really was about him :).....

so here's another Carly Simon song, just for fun

thank you to the Background Fairy for my new pink damask background :), very pretty (it did kind of mess with my pics from previous posts, but it will take me a while to go back and fix that)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Trying something new...

My first try at crocheting snowflakes, and yes, in some of the later pics one of the bigger ones looks a tad stretched if some random curious 2 year old came by and pulled the snowflake.....still very pretty though and I am happy with this first attempt, so much so that I will do this again. I used a pretty simple recipe for stiffening them- one part white glue and one part water. One of these is for a friend in an ornament exchange I am in, and the other 2 are for the kids. I still have to make another one for Natasha. Who knows, you all may be getting snowflakes and potholders for Christmas, ha ha!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The End of an Era

The end of one stage of my daughter's life is coming to an end, and a beautiful new one is beginning. My Natasha is now 8 and is nothing like a baby girl anymore. She reads chapter books and does multiplication. This week she made us baked apples in the oven. They were so good. Somehow, in recent weeks it dawned on me that she was ready and able to start using the oven. She has enough maturity and safety-mindedness that I thought, "Hey, why not?" So, she made up her own recipe, and it was so good.

Now I did core the apples and cut them in half for her, and I did get them out of the oven. Other than that it was all her. She looked up recipes and then just picked which parts of which recipe she liked, and then made up her own (just like mommy).

I taught her how to make Ramen noodles on top of the stove the other day, and today it was frozen pizza. I know, I know, it is a lot of processed junk, but hey, you gotta start somewhere....and she already knows how to make Spaghettios for her brother and sister in the microwave, too, ha ha.

Anyway, back to the apples...she put the halves skin side down and put some margarine on each one (we were out of butter or she would have used that). Then sprinkled on sugar, cinnamon, and then drizzled on some honey. Then she put them in the oven, preheated to 350 degrees, and baked for 45 minutes. After that, I turned the apples over, skin side up, and baked for 15 more minutes. We ate them after they cooled about 10 minutes or so. All the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and honey, made a yummy syrupy glaze in the bottom of our dish that we spooned over the apples.

You are probably not surprised, but there were no leftovers :). I can imagine that they are very good with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I also know that she will be making this again :).

I am also finishing up nursing my youngest child. He is very close to the age the girls were when they weaned themselves. It is going to be a new thing for me to have no babies to nurse and change. He is totally potty training himself, too. I know that there is the possibility, slight though it is, that there will be more children, someday...But for now, we are saying that we are done. There, I officially said it. For now, we are done. Whew, that was hard to say. I am not sure I really meant it, either...

It won't be long til all my children are school-aged too. I am spending this time dreaming about the future. What new things does God have for me to do? Don't get me wrong, we are a homeschooling family, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I am not wishing away my children so I can go and do something else. It just dawned on me one day that there are ways for me to grow as a person and keep learning at this point in my life. I thought, Hey, that's pretty cool.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday in the Kitchen

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with cold milk for the kiddos with cartoons

another failed attempt at making cookies for me, ha ha
After the infamous "cumin is not really cinnamon" incident, I was feeling brave and decided to have another go at Oatmeal Raisin cookies. It's infamous because it just happened today and thankfully I caught my mistake before adding all the ingredients.
Unfortunately, in spite of all my best cookie efforts (butter not too melted, pans not warm/hot), my cookies looked flat and too brown around the edges. I didn't even have the heart to take a pic, haha. I tried to google you a similar pic, but apparently not very many people mess up their cookies and take pics, hardy har har har. Oh well, I will try again another day. I decided to freeze the rest of the dough and now I will have some in my freezer for a rainy day

Now I am off to google what to do with that pound of hamburger in the fridge....maybe meatballs with something? maybe mini meatloaf things?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The good thing...

Hey, you know....the good thing about ice cream cones is that you don't have to get a bowl dirty AND you get to eat the bowl. How cool is that?

Hey, Jelly, this one's for you :) ....though of course, as luck would have it, I am totally out of ice cream cones, and in fact, am having to sacrifice and eat my chocolate ice cream out of a bowl, ha ha :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Full Speed Ahead

School is in full swing already. The girls are doing very well and are very excited about school. There have been tons of distractions and side roads already, especially with family things. My husband just moved into a new office space, and then immediately got very sick with what they think is lyme disease (though they are not saying that definitely). He is finally back to work but still has lots of pain. He is on a very strong antibiotic. Natasha just missed a couple of days due to sickness but is up and running. Yay! Not much school missed there, thankfully.

Unfortunately we have had other sad family news already this semester. My husband's grandmother passed away and that was a hard way to start the semester. It was right before school started. His mom also found out she has cancer the very same week. My heart is very heavy for her and lots of prayers are sent up around here daily for her. Not only has her husband recently passed away (almost 2 yrs ago), but her mom died and she found out she has cancer in the same week. She is very optimistic and has a good outlook, and that is very good.

All that happened before my husband got sick. He missed a whole week of work when he was feeling so bad. Those of you who know my husband know that for him not to go to work is a big deal. I also knew how serious it was when he headed to the doctor just a few days after he started feeling bad.

We also just found out that my husband's other grandmother, Nana, fell down in her yard not long ago, and bruised herself up pretty bad.

My mom is doing much better though she is still recovering and doing physical therapy. Needless to say, I am very glad we are homeschooling and school is portable. The children were very happy recently when we packed up our school books and had school at Grandma and Grandpa's for 2 days.

As far as crocheting, I am still working on small, easy to finish projects like potholders. I found patterns for little sweaters for the girls that will be very pretty to wear to church this winter, but I have not started that yet. I have been trying a couple of patterns for a fall sweater for Talon, but have not settled on one yet.

Just wanted to stop by here for a sec, have tons to know how it is when people have been sick at your house, everything seems to pile up while you are busy taking care of everyone. I am very thankful everyone is feeling better already. I am very thankful for loving parents and grandparents. I am thankful for a joyful, loving, hard working husband. I am thankful for my happy helpful children. What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

"It's My Birthday!"

Note: This is a guest post by my daughter Natasha :)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Perennial Surprises

Let no feeling of discouragement prey
upon you, and in the end you
are sure to succeed."
- Abraham Lincoln

lots of these surprise lilies are blooming in my yard
unfortunately there are very few black eyed susans (got mowed over)
and zero hibiscus this year (again, lawn mower tragedy)

I guess that's what happens when you let other people mow your yard.....
oh, well, they will grow back next year :)
that's what I love about perennials

Monday, July 13, 2009


I finally got the hexagon baby afghan finished this afternoon (just in time for the baby shower this evening). Here are some blanket testers gave this one a 2 thumbs up :)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Summer Creations

Here are some of the things I have been crocheting this summer. The pattern for the market bag is here. It is a printable from Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn. I used cotton yarn from Wal-Mart for all the kitchen things. The blue/white set has 4 washcloths/dishcloths, 2 square potholders, and 1 round potholder. I made up a simple pattern for the washcloths and square potholders (which are 2 pieces single crocheted together). I just looked through my pattern books and found a round potholder pattern and made 2 and crocheted them together. The rainbow one is a smaller potholder made with some leftover cotton yarn.

The yellow, blue, green, and white hexagons are for a baby afghan I am working on. The yellow/white zig zag is something I made up for a friend for a baby shower.
For the girls I have been making squiggly hair ties. Natasha is beautifully modelling all of them at once :). If you look closely you can see the patriotic red, white, and blue ones I just made :)

The blue/white kitchen set is available for sale, as well as the market bag, and the multi-colored potholder. If you are interested please make an offer. Almost forgot....the blue/white kitchen set also has a matching swiffer cover I made (forgot to take a pic of it, the girls were testing it out for me) :).

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Almost the 4th of July

been busy around here...summer is flying by
it is almost the 4th of July

kids have been to Quilt Camp and Basketball Camp
they are going to the local Summer Reading Program

I am busy getting the house and school room ready for the fall semester. I am busy making lesson plans, too.....

will be swimming and grilling at grandma and grandpa's next week
be blessed and don't forget those who have sacrificed for the Independence and Freedom of our country

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Race Car Birthday Star


We had a blast at Talon's 2nd birthday party. Beach balls, race cars, train table, ice cream, race car cake. What more could you want?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Got Milk?

Our homeschool group went on a field trip to a local dairy farm. The kids had a lot of fun learning about Holstein and Jersey cows and feeding the calves.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mother's Day Surprise

My sweet husband and babies surprised me last night. He had taken them all to the grocery store to get some "milk" and this is what they came back with (well, and milk and chocolates and a 17 pound bag of fruit loops, ha ha)

I love my sweet babies! This is us assuming our usual position on the couch. Are you feeling the love yet?

Here is Talon working really hard to open my chocolate covered pretzels. I also got a huge Hershey's bar, raisinets, mounds bars, and mint 3 musketeers :). Sorry this is the only pic of the chocolate we managed to get :)

Not sure how my husband can watch the basketball game with all those fingerprints, ha ha

Pink Roses! My favorite. You know they made me cry :)
Thank God for my Family. Happy Mother's Day especially to my Mommy and all the other mommies out there.