Monday, December 31, 2007
Hmmm. Life is just full of mysteries.
Friday, December 28, 2007
6-8 slices ham
8 medium potatoes, peeled/sliced about ¼ inch thick
2 onions, peeled and sliced
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper
Layer the potatoes, ham and onions in the crock pot. Sprinkle on a little salt and pepper and cheese. Repeat the layers and pour the can of soup over the top. Cook on low 8 hours or high for 4 hours or til potatoes are tender.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
5 cups Cheerios
1 10-oz. bag mini marshmallows
½ cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
1 T. butter
Melt butter and marshmallows in large pan over medium heat. Add in peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and mix in cereal. Spread evenly in a 9 x 13 pan (no need to grease). Allow to cool for 20 minutes or so before cutting into bars.
We have this a lot for breakfast!
Monday, December 17, 2007
We hosted a Fiesta de Navidad for our homeschool Spanish class this morning. It was a lot of fun. There were 15 kids and 8 adults. The kids had been learning fruits, vegetables and colors. Last week we met at Wal Mart to buy the ingredients for the soup and fruit salad we made this morning. The soup was delicious. We also had 2 pinatas and a spin off of the hispanic tradition of find the baby Jesus in the bread. (I don't know what the name of that is.) But, anyway, I made cupcakes and wrote a J underneath one of the cupcakes. Whoever ended up with the "J" cupcake found the true meaning of Christmas and won a prize. I thiink the original tradition is to put a small plastic Jesus in the bread, but I wasn't sure where to find a small plastic Jesus or how I would get it into the cupcake. This worked out better anyway. We also had fudge, chips, cookies and punch. And, plenty of candy. Somebody talk me down from this sugar high!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Beef Tips and Rice
! can cream of onion soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package of stew meat
Add the stew meat and soups to crock pot and cook on high for about 4-6 hours or low for 8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles. *You can adjust the amount of meat and soup depending on the amount of people you need to feed.
Monday, December 10, 2007
They've already gotten all their gifts wrapped and put under the tree. They always make their gifts to each other and to us. It's very sweet. This year Brittany is crocheting winter hats for everyone. They are turning out so nice. I'll have to post pictures when she's done.
We don't do Santa. We've researched Santa and determined that there was an actual Saint Nicholas, but I felt like if I lied about Santa would they believe me about Jesus? So, we are trying to stick to Christmas traditions that relate only to Jesus, but that's so hard when so much pagan tradition has been melded in.
Anyway, about 2 years ago when Timothy was five, we were all talking about how some people did Santa, but we did not. Timothy says, "That's okay if we don't. He's just a big fat fake anyway!" That's Timothy for ya.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
After I choked down the laughter I promptly told hm it was not kind to call names, and that it was an accident.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
We did a whole little unit on bees and completed all the little diagrams and booklets and things. We made a recipe using honey, a density experiment with honey, oil, water, molasses and chocolate syrup and we are going to make some beeswax candles. We listed some honey scripture, "bee" sayings and uses for honey and wax. We plan to make a trip to a local beekeeper when that trip gets set up.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
When Timothy was about 3 and asked me anything, if anyone else answered he'd say, "I'm talking to the GIRL Mom!"
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
At least we weren't a "show stopper" this time. The first time we came to the fest the royal procession was making it's way down the path. I saw them and I knew what was coming. David had left me standing there with the kids while he was off getting a drink or something so I was on my own.
The procession stopped right in front of us and the King said (to me), "My! Do all of these children belong to you? A regular baby factory!" After the Queen firmly planted her elbow into her Majesty's ribcage, she said, "You have a most beautiful family!" And as we exchanged smiles, the royal procession went on its way.
Farewell until the morrow. I bid thee good eventide. (Translation: Bye!)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
When Timothy was about 2 or 3, he was looking at the case of one of my husband's computer games. It had a skull with wings (It was an ad for another game) He didn't know the word skull, but he knew "bone" and he knew that the skull was a bone. So he said, "Mom, what is that flying bonehead?"
Once when he was about 2, we went into a sandwich shop. I let go of his hand for a minute and he had walked over to someone else's table to sit down with them and try and eat their food. He's always been my friendliest child. :)
Saturday, October 6, 2007
3 jeans and 2 shirts for the boys, 5 playstation games (we do video games, but I'm very particular), 4 books on tape, The Real Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes book, Collection of Beatrix Potter stories with her original drawings, 4 baby board books, 3 books for homeschool, a baseball glove, a Melissa & Doug solar system puzzle, 3 preschool puzzles and a Fisher Price musical chair for the baby.
My daugher found the cutest tea set with china doll in a white wicker basket for $4 (her most exciting find!), an almost unused scrapbook kit for $1, some well-kept barbies and clothes, and some slip-on Keds for $1.
We usually only do the big neighborhood sales in the spring and fall. The other sale we went to this fall was a few weeks ago. I found some Amazing Animals vidoes, a presidential Fandex and some homeschool books for $1 apiece. Most of the kids clothes, toys and homeschool/educational stuff comes from yard sales. You have to be selective and most people are ready to bargain if you ask.
I think that this was the last biggest sale for the fall. We'll have to wait til spring. :( but, we have been very excited with all our good finds. :)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
So........for breakfast this month we'll be rotating pancakes, granola bars, cheerio bars, and french toast & bacon. For lunch we usually do sandwiches with veggies or fruit. Sometimes for a treat I'll buy some inexpensive chips. And this month I splurged and actually bought yogurt! And frozen chicken fingers and fries. (One can only eat so much PB&J). And for dinners, my dh loves beans and tortillas -pintos with cheese and ground beef-it must be a mexican thing :) And he is a very much meat-and-potatoes-no-thanks-for-the-salad-kind of guy. So for dinners we'll be rotating beans and tortillas, grilling out burgers and brats (another dh fave), chicken and rice, homemade pizza and baked mac and cheese. I'll whip up a jello salad and some corn on the cob to go with the grilled stuff and maybe some fresh green beans with the mac and cheese.
Last month Bi-Lo had their pork roast on sale, so I bought 6 of them. We are kind of tired of pork now..........
I keep it fairly simple (I don't really enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy eating) and fairly healthy. I do buy some boxed cookies or crackers to have once a week or so. They can eat an entire box in just one sitting, so I try to make it a special treat. I found it also makes them finish their meals because they haven't filled up on snacks in the meantime. And sometimes on the weekends my dh likes to make rootbeer floats for the kids, so I went ahead and got some ice cream and soda.
And okay, I did buy M&M's to reward my 2 and half year old ds for going potty. Which is going fairly well actually. :)
Monday, October 1, 2007
This is the same sweet little redhead, who when she was around 18 months old or so, would spit when she got mad. She would be sweet one minute and the next spitting mad. It was pretty funny.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Anyway, on to the musings part. Timothy, my 3rd child, is well, he's just Timothy. He's very easy going, social and friendly, and also very sensitive. When he was around 2, he was a handful. If there was a situation to get in, he was sure to get in it. So, one day (while I was pregnant with #5 and dh was deployed) I took the kids to the state museum. We were looking at an exhibit that had a railing around it. Timothy couldn't see so he asked me to hold him, which I couldn't because he was very heavy and I was pregnant and already holding Bethany who was a baby at the time. So, I told him to just look through the railing. Well, he stuck his whole head through the railing, and we couldn't get it out. After visions of museum staff hack sawing the exhibit to free my child, we kneeled and I told the kids to pray. After much manipulating, praise God, his head came free with no damage to him or the exhibit, and without drawing much attention. (When you are pregnant with your 5th, and have four other kids under the age of 7, trust me, you don't need any extra attention!)
Friday, September 7, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
And now for Monday musings.....
When Brittany was 5, I was pregnant with Timothy. She asked me why he was in my tummy. I gave the usual anwers about how he needed to be in there to grow, etc. and how she used to be in my tummy before, too. I thought that was sufficient. She thought for a moment and said with a puzzled face, "Mommy, why did you eat me?"
Monday, August 27, 2007
Bethany (who is now 5) had a friend who broke her arm last year and needed a cast. Bethany didn't think that it would be too much of a problem. She said, "Well. She can go get a new purple arm at Wal-Mart."
Well, Wal Mart does have almost everything.
Monday, August 20, 2007
When you hold Thomas right over the floor he kicks his legs up and down like he's marching. It's so funny. It reminds me of that little dog on America's Funniest Home Videos, that would dog paddle. When the owner lifted it out of the water it just kept dog paddling. March, march, march......
Monday, August 13, 2007
The other night 2 year old Tristan picked up his baby brother's yellow comb and, him being an AVID Wiggles fan, asked, "Did Greg (Yellow Wiggle) give this to you?" I said no, that I had bought it. He said, "Oh. Did you buy it at Wal-Mart?" Where else would it have come from? :)
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I was in denial for a while, then almost depressed, but after a few months I began to think that maybe- just maybe- this wasn't the complete end of my life. David was stationed in the Marine Corps in Hawaii while I was back in Alabama. (I'll post that story another day.) We got married and things began to look up. After Brittany was born I began to think that maybe this baby thing wasn't so bad after all. I became a Christian when Brittany was just a couple months old. When Brittany was a year old, I thought maybe one more would be okay, and nine months later we had a Tyler. We thought maybe we'd have another in the future, but no big rush. About a year later we moved and started attending a church with some awesome Biblical teaching. The pastor's wife encouraged me to simply trust God for what he had planned for us. Hmmm. Interesting concept.
So, I really prayed and felt the Lord wanted to show me he was really the One in control. So along came a Timothy, then 19 months later a Bethany and 13 months later a Brooke. Then about 20 months later along came a Tristan and 24 months later a Thomas. People keep asking if we will have more. And the answer is "Yes. If the Lord gives more, we will take more." No, I am not Catholic, crazy or brave. No, I am not super organized, have easy pregnancies, or supermom. I have just allowed the Lord to give me what he wanted me to receive. He, thankfully, gave me what he wanted me to have, not what I thought I wanted. It has been hard work being pregnant and delivering 7 times. There is a lot of cleaning, cooking, disciplining, sleepless nights, throwing up, laundry, bills, organizing, homeschooling, dirty diapers, and the list goes on. But it is only through the infinite grace of God displayed in my life that I have 7 precious children -and lived to tell about it. :)