Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I'm making a blend of two different recipes for dinner tonight. Heavenly Porkchops w/buttered noodles, asparagus, and salad. Hopefully the Porkchops will taste good. I didn't actually read the recipe from Queenbee's blog, thought I could wing it(LOL) and ended up with white sauce instead of a dough-like substance so I just figured I'd combine Heavenly Chicken together with the porkchops. It looks good and smells wonderful so I'm guessing I didn't ruin it.lol
I got this salad dressing recipe off of the Sonlight forums and am going to make it tomorrow. It sounds really good and of course high in fat.lol
Creamy Bacon Salad Dressing
6 sl bacon, cooked and chopped
1/4 c onion, finely chopped (may substitute green onions or chives)
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cider vinegar
1 c water
Cook onions, sugar, vinegar, and water. Cool. Add 4 c of mayo (large jar) and mix well. Yield 1 1/2-2 qts.The original recipe calls for 10 slices of bacon, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of water, instead of the amounts given. Doing it this way makes the yield closer to the 2 qt mark.
From Vincennes University School of Culinary Arts by way of Ezekiel's Garden on the SL boards.
She says it's better than Ranch dressing and since Evie's allergic to ranch I've been looking for something that might work. I'll let you all know if it's any good!
I've also finished half of the wash and because of an impromptu naked baby, I'll be steam cleaning the carpets right after lunch.LOL We have been working on potty training but so far the only thing he enjoys is being naked. He enjoys it so much that he's figured out how to make that happen all by himself. All he needs is a minute or two alone and he's streaking around showing us his favorite body part.lol I've decided that I'm going to steam clean all the high traffic areas since I need to work on some spots made today so I'm getting the big machine out.
I also worked with Evie this morning. We did some preschool focusing on the letter C, finished off some library books that I didn't have time to read, and played with playdough. That's another area that needs steam cleaned today. lol
I think I've decided to let the kids mess with the carseats and see if the van will work out or not. If they aren't happy, then I'll just plan on the tank once the baby gets here. I think that's fair.lol
I guess that's it for now. My lunch break is over and I've got some major work to do.lol
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
As you can see. I was able to get all the kids in the pictures, somewhat smiling and sort of facing the camera. I should get some sort of medal!lol
One of my goals for this week was to get the house back together from the long weekend but the kids and I whipped that out this morning so I'll just check that as done.
Next on my list was the Christmas Photo. I'm still printing them all out and hope to have at least ONE photo that can be used. If not, then we'll try again tomorrow.lol I'm hoping that we'll have one good enough. I think two are promising but I really like to look at the hard copies before deciding.
Finish the Calendar! It has to be completed by Thursday for the discount. We're up to September and I think we can whip out those last few months today and tomorrow.
Finish most of my Christmas shopping by this weekend. I like to leave the little things, like stocking stuffers for the last minute but I usually have all my regular shopping done before Thanksgiving, except for this year. I really would like to have this done! I'll let you all know if this goal was accomplished or not.lol
A related goal would be to finish the Christmas list this week also. One of the reasons Isaac has too much for Christmas this year is that instead of having a list I've just been buying things that I thought he'd like or were cute.lol Without a list my budget can get broken easily! We're going cash only this year and I don't want to break the bank this year. In all of our marriage, we've never had a Christmas that we could afford. This is going to be that year! It would be such a blessing to not have to pay for these gifts for the next year and not be able to save anything for next year. We've already run into some snags but I'm just going to have a talk with the older kids, give them our budget and then let them do some re-accessing of their major wants this year.
I also need to sometime in the next week or two, try to figure out how we will fit everyone into my van.lol I need to get the new baby's carseat out and see how this is going to work. If it isn't going to work, then I need to try out the carseats in the Expedition. I really hope everyone fits in the van. I just don't like driving anything bigger. I'm majorly intimidated!lol I always feel like I'm taking more than my fair share of the road and that I'm going to take the side off someone's car or maybe their mailbox or maybe even a PERSON while driving that thing.lol This vehicle is a blessing and I may just have to get over the whole driving a tank thing but I'm REALLY hoping I can squeeze everyone into my little mini van. I mean, it SAYS it fits 7 people, right?!?!lol Eric really feels that I need to move up to the tank...lol but I don't remember it saying any where that everyone has to be comfortable...lol
Well, those are my goals. I have the basic stuff in my mind also, like laundry and such but these are the things that most need to get done on top of my regular duties. Have a great day!
Really, I think it should be against the law to expect families of more than two kids to poise for a group photo.
At least we have 44 photos of out-takes for the calendar. I'm guessing it'll be hard for Allison to decide which ones to choose, considering she has so many to look through.
Another thing, don't expect a child of 22 months to cooperate when you put him in winter clothes when it's 78 degrees outside. He spent most of the time saying, "Ow! Ow!." lolol
I'll post my favorite photo and maybe my favorite out-take once I've seen them printed out and can look at them together. My trusty PictureMate is churning them out right now.lol
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Here's June. I definitely think Allison is much better at this.lol Her collages just look better.
Split Pea soup (didn't have it last week)
Porkchops w/noodles, salad, and sweet potatoes
Grilled Chicken w/rice, asparagus, and salad
Minestra soup w/bread
Baked Potato Bar w/salad, and steamed broccoli
I'm hoping to go shopping today but will go tomorrow if I'm not feeling up to it today. At least I've got the list ready.lol
Today was the second week in a row that Genevieve and I went to church. She has always had issues with places like this but I felt it was time to see if she could handle going yet. She's doing pretty good, although it seems to set her off for the day. The service is pretty loud and I'm wondering if she'd do better if it was more traditional but I was hoping that since Allison, Jon and Grandma were there, that it would seem more comfortable to her. Also, her friend Sammy goes there and she really likes seeing him. But the service is LOUD and I'm not sure it's the best fit for her. I'm hoping as we go each week she'll slowly adapt and be better afterwards. Eric stayed home with Isaac who is still recovering from the surgery and needs to stay away from illness. His face is looking better and hopefully there will be a good improvement once the spots have faded. This doctor does a much better job of covering the area and he thinks he has the right setting on his laser now. We'll see in a few weeks.
I'm hoping to take the family photo this week sometime.
I finally found a better doctor for myself! He may take me as a patient depending on how long it takes the old doctor to transfer all my records. I'm praying hard that they are sent this week. I called the hospital on Wednesday and talked to some really nice ladies who told me this old dr was bad news and they are the ones who found me this dr, who is supposed to have the best record in the whole hospital. I'll let you all know how things go if/when I get to see him. I went down to my old dr's and signed the release of records form the minute I talked to the new dr office.lol Can you tell I'm desperate? If you all could pray that they send my records this week, I'd be grateful! If it takes much longer, the new dr won't take me since I'm so far along. Boy is this stressful!
Genevieve has pronounced our outside decorations "boring." She feels that we need MORE decorations such as lawn creatures and garland for the house. I may need to go shopping.lol
I guess that's it. I've made the grocery list but don't feel well enough to go shopping so I'll upload the week's menu next and then go rest.lol
Friday, November 24, 2006
I had the kids write the annual "What I want for Christmas list." Topping Jon's list was a potato gun, complete with a supply list and directions for putting it together.lol I'm not sure that even with this much research he'll get one. I don't think that he thought about *where* he could fire something like this without damaging property. He did have some other things on his list so maybe one of those will be under the tree this year.
We ended up going overboard with Isaac this year and I've decided to use at least half of the gifts for his birthday in January. I've bought Evie one of those Littlest Petshop sets for Christmas. We will probably get her some odds and ends for sets that she already has and that'll be it.
Eric and I have decided on Allison's gift this year, but she reads my blog so it'll have to stay a secret.lol
I guess that's it!
Everything went well. We started the day by cleaning up and making sure the house was presentable. Eric went to get my brother, who spent the day with us. Then, I had the over-anxious kids get all the Christmas stuff from the garage. It was pretty funny, they were so excited that it was hard for all of them to keep focus. I don't know why but Isaac just wasn't himself yesterday. He spent the WHOLE day in my bed resting. You could just tell the little guy wasn't feeling very good.
It took the kids hours to finish the tree. It looks very nice and I'll upload some pictures next.
While the kids were working, I started the bread and made another batch of cookies. Really, everything went together without a hitch. After the kids had finished the tree, I set them to work on the Gingerbread Choo-Choo. They finished that right before Grandma and my sil and bil got here. When everyone got here, we set up the extra tables and chairs and ate. I was starving! Next time, I'll set the time for earlier in the day. I was thinking the extra time would be helpful on the cleaning front but really we just sat around waiting for 5pm.lol Everything turned out terrific and it was wonderful to spend the time with family. My sil is also expecting a new baby in May and we sat around discussing baby things. Luckily, neither of us want the same names.lol The guys did the dishes for us and that was so nice! I don't think I could've done one more thing once dinner was over. I ate so much that I had nightmares all night last night.lol Never again will I eat that much at one time.lolol Everyone stuck around until around 8pm just talking or playing or in Grandma's case, sleeping.lol All in all, a very good Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Pictures from my new camera. I'm still taking pictures for the calendar.lol Did I mention that it needs to be completed by Nov. 30th?lol I'm hoping to take the Christmas photo next week. I sure hope it turns out good. My plan is to put the best Christmas photo in the middle of the December calendar and then put all the out-takes around it. Should be fun! I also use the Christmas photo for our Christmas cards. I need to order those asap! Did I mention that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed?lol
I've been able to make two different kinds of cookie dough and have baked one kind. I'll set the kids to making the sugar cookies today since that's the fun part and I'll make the pie. I'm not making the other two batches since I just can't do that much.lol
Isaac's surgery yesterday went great! They do things differently up here and they really make sure that they've prepared him before he leaves the hospital. Down in Miami, he would be really sick and alot of times screaming when he woke. Here they give him an IV after he's been put to sleep and it has anti-nausea meds, fluids, and pain reliever in it. When he wakes up, other than being groggy, he's raring to go! What a blessing! He was also in the first queue yesterday which meant getting his surgery first. He was in by 8am and that meant not sitting for several hours awake and hungry. That's a blessing. He's running around right now acting like his normal self, happy and hungry for the first time in a few weeks.lol
Eric bought me a new camera yesterday. We've been talking about it for a while and finally decided to bring one home and see if we like it. It's a Kodak Easy Share Z650. I looked at the Cannon's and the Sony's and just about everything else but this one was easy for me to figure out and it has GREAT zoom and it takes fab pictures! It was also pretty cheap for a 6mp camera. We paid $225 for it. I've already taken several pictures and I really like it. I have 90 days to decide if I'm going to keep it but I think that I'm already attached.lol
Well, I guess that's it for now. This week has been a good week and I have MUCH to be thankful for this year.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Here is the first month for the calendar Allison and I are making. It's Isaac's birthday month so he's the star du jour.lol You all will have to tell me if the red-eye fix we did isn't right. We tried!lol
Ok, so I'm hoping for a little more than survival but it's a good place to start.
1.Deep clean the house. I'm already working on this and feeling a little overwhelmed. I'm going through each room, decluttering and cleaning. Not on the scale of Emily, (I doubt my baseboards will ever get a washcloth.lol) but really trying to make the house shine this holiday season. I hope to have most of my cleaning done by Tuesday night. Of course I'll need to do some surface cleaning before my guests arrive on Thursday but I don't want to still be cleaning heavy by then.
2.We are in the process of making the traditional photo calendar. It needs to be completed by November 30th to get the sale price from Snapfish. We figured out how to make collages with Photoshop and then only upload the one picture to the snapfish site. It's very hard work but Allison and I know how much it means to the extended family. Usually, we can only get up to 4 photos on a calendar page, but using photoshop, we can make a huge collage with many pictures and it only counts as one photo. We think the grandparents will like the new look.
3.Baking, baking, baking! I need to begin baking by Wednesday but would like to start on Tuesday if my cleaning is almost done. If I can start on Tuesday, I'll make all the cookie dough that day and then do the actual baking on Wed. Most of the cookie recipes need to be refridgerated so it would be great to have them done a day ahead of time. I also need to bake the pie since I won't have room for it on Thursday.
4.Thanksgiving! We're having our guests over at 5pm and I would like to have the house decorated by then. We usually decorate the tree and house on Thanksgiving so it would be nice if they all got to see how nice the house looks. This will be Isaac's first Christmas where he'll be old enough to get into trouble, uh, I mean "enjoy" the season.lol So I need to do some planning or this could become a disaster.
5.Take time to help the kids finish their lapbook. I would really like for them to accomplish this goal, although it may be hard with everything that needs to be done. I'm still going to give it a try.lol
I guess that's it for now. I'm sure that there are things that I've forgotten but I really need to get going! The first thing on my list is grocery shopping...
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I have no idea what we'll have for lunch.LOL We have plenty lying around and I'm not going to buy anything extra. Probably a combo of freezer stuff, boxed stuff, and fruit.(Maybe some canned stuff thrown in for good measure.lol)
Spaghetti w/garlic bread and salad
Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill w/french fries and salad
Split Pea soup w/french bread and salad
Pasta Carbonara w/steamed broccoli and salad
Turkey casserole w/stuffing, white sauce, and cheese on top and whatever leftovers there are from Thanksgiving
Sweet Potato Pudding
Greenbean Casserole(from MIL)
Lemon pie(from MIL)
Cookie tray w/sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal crispies, and candy cane cookies
We'll be having my brother, Mother in law, sister in law, and brother in law for dinner. It should be nice to have company! I'll need to be careful not to do too much but otherwise, it should be fun. I'll start cooking either Tues or Wed and try to get alot of prep work out of the way. Remember to put your Turkeys in the fridge today or they will be frozen!
Friday, November 17, 2006
I wanted to update on the GREAT SALAD EXPERIMENT. lol I made a salad with almost every meal this week and I noticed something. I was able to decrease the amount of main dish at almost every meal! Also, we all left the table full. I mean, I don't feel like dessert or snacking, full. Very worth the extra effort and I plan on keeping it on the menu from now on. My hope is that it will eventually have an effect on our waist lines and on our general health. I am just awful at making things low fat and my hope is that instead of needing to go "low fat", I might be able to offer enough healthy foods with our main dishes and fill them up with that.lol I'm trying to be sneaky.lol Well, I guess that's our Friday. Next week will be very busy with Isaac's surgery, my glucose test, and Thanksgiving. I pray that everyone has a wonderful weekend and that you all remember to put your turkeys in the fridge on SUNDAY!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
She was so proud of her work today. I love the look on her face!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Now for the rest of the day...
I have to make cranberry relish and coleslaw for my dh's work tomorrow. They are having a Thanksgiving luncheon. And the kids have a football game tonight at 5pm! Yikes! They are very excited and are hoping to win this one. I'm sure they'll have a great time no matter what.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
After a breakfast of fresh, hot pancakes, I started the day by finally opening up my new printer that Eric bought me. I printed out the older kids Thanksgiving lapbook and got them started. Then, I printed out Jen's veggie and fruit sorting file folder game. Isaac tasted each piece and deemed them; mmmm, good!LOL Genevieve was anxious to get some school done but every time I got something out for her, Isaac would have a temper tantrum. Finally, I gave him the markers so that we could get to work. He decided that his paper wasn't just right so he colored the table, himself, and his clothing, all while I tried to wrestle the markers away from him. Well, I still wasn't savvy enough to realize that this was the "theme" for today, so I took the markers and gave him his Do-A-Dot paints. He proceeded to paint my table and everything within "painting" distance.lol Oh well, I did do some work with Evie throughout this mess but I feel like I just ran a marathon. We learned about the letter C today and reviewed the letters that we've already done. She's really learning alot, in spite of Isaac, and I think that everything I've pulled together is working well for her.
OH, I finally received my copy of Picture Book Activities from Amazon's Marketplace. It took 2 days to get it used while it has taken me close to 3 months to quit waiting for it new from Amazon. It looks really good and I'm going to incorporate it into our week this week. I happen to have most of the books that it covers and am just going to pick and choose what we do in it. It is not what I would consider a full curriculum for preschoolers but it has some really fun activities in it. Here's a small sample of what it has... First you read the book listed, Corduroy, then you discuss the book, do an arts and crafts activity (button necklaces), then it has a cooking and baking exercise (button cookies), then a section called fun and games (a game called button, button), then Let's pretend (toy store), Music and movement (Teddy bear, teddy bear), play and learn (button play) and then a list of enrichment activities. Pretty cool and I think that it'll go hand in hand with her letter learning activities. She's really enjoying all the books we've been reading together and I know she'll love the activities.
The older kids have been working on their very first lap book about Thanksgiving. I got it free from www.liveandlearnpress.com . They are really enjoying it and hopefully will have it done by Thanksgiving. I'll post some pictures once they have more done.
Right now, the older kids are at PE and the youngers are watching Dora the Explorer to give me a break from the chaos of this morning.lol I'm thinking I just don't have the stamina that I used to have.
Well, that's about it for today. I'm hoping for a less urgent and rushed pace for the rest of our day. I've got some house keeping things that need to be finished and the older kids have some more work to accomplish. I think the littles will spend some time outside and then I'll get out the playdough or paint. (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.lol)
Monday, November 13, 2006
I found some Organic Kraft Mac and Cheese on the shelves today! I usually get Annie's but decided to try this instead. It's good! We are eating it for lunch now.
I also cleaned out the fridge when we returned from shopping. I usually do this each week but unfortunately, I let that go while illness reigned. It was quite a mess and I have a lot of dishes to wash after lunch. Another good reason for not letting things pile up.lol
I plan on starting the wash as soon as I'm done eating. At least I kept up with that. Then I'll begin checking the kids work from last week and scheduling out what they'll do this week. Pretty much, today's a wash for school but at least I'm feeling better today! Yes, that's right, I'm actually starting to feel better! What a blessing! I was beginning to think that the med's weren't going to work and this morning I could definitely feel a difference. Whew! It would be so nice to be back to my normal self.lol Now to begin hooking up my new printer and start putting together more things for the little's preschool and I'm thinking of doing a Thanksgiving lapbook with the older kids. Them getting excited about making butter made me think that perhaps they might not remember all the things we did when they were younger and they may enjoy and learn some things from going back and redoing those kinds of activities. It certainly wouldn't hurt.lol
Well, I've got PLANS and I better get started.lol
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Mac and Cheese
Roast beef w/potatoes, carrots, onions and salad
Grilled Chicken w/rice, grilled asparagus, and salad
Ham and Bean soup w/french bread and salad
Baked potato bar w/shrimp scampi and salad
Salad is the theme of the week.lol I'm going to try to incorporate more veggies into our diets by adding a salad to each meal. I'm also going to continue adding a smoothie day at least 2x this week.
I really haven't done much this weekend. I've just been trying to feel better from this sinus infection and the antibiotics are taking their time in healing me.lol The kids had their game yesterday and I was told that it was a real nail-biter. They lost in double overtime but the kids said it was probably the best game they've even played in. I love that even though they lost, they still came home excited and happy about the game. I think the Y has really helped all the kids to just play and enjoy instead of being upset or worried about who's winning. Good job, Y!
I'll have to give my goals for this week some thought. I'm hoping I'll feel better soon and then I'll be ready to do alot more than I can right now. Well, I guess I know what my main goal will be...getting better so that I can take better care of my family.lol As is, for now, I'll be happy if I can get in my house-keeping and a game day this next week. I also want to accomplish more preschool with the littles this week. I've got some things printed out, so I'll just use those until I'm feeling better, then I'll go out and copy some more.
I hope everyone has a blessed week!
Friday, November 10, 2006
I got some preschool done with Evie today. We worked on the letter B. She glued a paper bear together and learned how to draw balloons. We also added to our alphabet caterpillar. For her snack time, we made some butter. The older kids got involved with that project and it was so much fun to watch them! We've done this project at least 2 times in the past but neither remembered it and they were so excited about the different stages that heavy cream goes through to get to butter. After it became butter, they all sampled some on bread and were impressed.lol Evie wanted to do more but I have to admit that I ran out of gas. I've been battling this sinus infection for over a week and felt so bad I needed to lie down.
Isaac had a doctor's appt at 4 today. He has to have one prior to his laser surgery each time. Eric came home and took him. I was so thankful since I'm just feeling terrible. Isaac came back with a clean bill of health and will have his surgery on Nov. 21. This will be his 9th or 10th, I really can't remember right now. All I know is that it's way more than any small child should have to go through. I am extremely thankful for the children's hospital here. They are soooo good with him and he does so much better here than he did in Miami.
The kids have another football game tomorrow at 11am. They are very excited and will go skating right after the game.
I'm 25 weeks today! It's so exciting to be this close to being done! This has been a good pregnancy so far and I'm praying that my body can hold up all the way to the end.lol So far, so good.
We were finally able to order our new cellphones through Amazon and they should come sometime next week. It was such a pain but the cost was worth it. We got two Razr phones for a penny each and they are going to give us a $75.00 rebate. We went through T-Mobile and hopefully their service will be better than Cingular's. We had wonderful service down in Miami but as soon as we moved our phones were useless.
Our new couch is wonderful and has helped our family spend more time together. I find us gathering in the family room more and more often. It has been such a blessing!
I guess that's it. I'm so glad today is Friday. It'll be nice to have some help so that I can concentrate on getting better. I have plans for next week so I need to get better.lol
1 whole chicken
1 celery stick
1 hand full of parsley
Boil for 1 hour. Remove chicken and debone. Remove the onion, celery, and carrot. Return chicken into the pot and add:
1 celery stick, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 cups frozen mixed veggies
2 small potatoes, diced
2 tsp garlic, minced
Add seasonings. 2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, to taste.
Boil until veggies are soft. Add noodles or dumplings. Cook additional 10-20 min.
LLL Baking Mix
8 cups whole wheat flour
5 T baking powder
1 T salt
1-2 cup dry milk powder
1 1/2 cup oil
combine and use just like Bisquick. Add 2 cups mix to 2/3 cup milk and drop into boiling stew. Cook 10 min uncovered and 10 min covered, on low. Enjoy!
(fast easy version, when you yourself are sick and don't feel like a huge production.lolol)
3-4 boneless chicken breasts,
1 celery stick, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (carrots, greenbeans, lima beans, corn, peas)
2 carrots, chopped
2 small potatoes, diced
3 chicken bouillion cubes
in a pot full of water.
Boil until chicken is done, then take out chicken and chop up. Add it back to the pot.
Add seasonings. I like a liberal sprinkling of Natures Seasonings and about 2 tsp salt.
Now, add your noodles, I like No Yolks brand and I add half a bag. If you are going to add dumplings, add those now also. I just use Bisquick most days for dumplings but Whole Foods for the Whole Family has a good recipe for homemade ones. Boil uncovered for 10 minutes. If no dumplings, then it's done! If you have dumplings, cover for 10 more minutes and then it's done. The soup will turn creamy with the addition of noodles and look like you added cream of something but really no milk was added. It's very good!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I spent the day doing laundry, cleaning the house and making playdough for the swap bags. The older kids got all their school work completed while I worked and Isaac, bless him, kept himself busy with his Geotrax trainset. I took the kids to PE and then mailed the swap bags after lunch. Then Isaac and I spent some time together and before we knew it, it was time to pick everyone up. After getting the older kids, I stopped by moms to see if Evie was ready to come home. She wasn't but I took her anyway.lol As I keep saying, Evie makes a great only child. Too bad she's the third in our home.lolol
Now the littles are playing in the sand box while Allison keeps an eye out on them and I'm making homemade chicken noodle soup since I'm still not feeling well.
That's our very busy day. Not very exciting but very productive.lol
After I got home, my mom took Jon out to lunch for Sushi. He loves Sushi and she's the only other person who'll eat it.lol They had a great time and while they were gone Allison and I got the house ready for our "new to us" couch and recliner! We had to move some stuff around to make room for our old futon to fit in the library and we also vacuumed where the new couch was going. When mom and Jon got done, she came over and picked up Allison and Evie and took them to her house for the BIG MOVE.lol My mom has graciously given us her living room furniture, since she decided to redecorate and get something new for her living room. What an answer to prayer! We really needed something and have been saving for a new couch but to tell the truth, I was a little afraid to BUY something that little people will be using.lol If you only knew how much our little futon has gone through.
When the moving crew got to our house, they had quite the time getting our new couch into the house! My dad had to take the front door off in order for it to fit and I was so proud of my two older kids who, with my brother, were the ones who moved it into the house! It's one of those sleeper bed couches and was extremely heavy but they did it. By the time everything was done, it was time for me to make dinner. What a day! I made split pea soup and while it was cooking, Isaac fell asleep after all the excitement.lol
After dinner, Eric and I escaped for a few minutes to CVS for my antibiotics and to Publix for milk. It was nice to have a little alone time and not have to take someone little.lol Once we got home, I was done. Well, o.k. I did the dishes and then I was done.lol
I'll take some pictures of the new couch and upload it soon. It was a really good day and I'm so happy to have some furniture.
Here is Evie's work from Monday. The top picture is an ant, the bottom is an apple tree and in the middle is our alphabet caterpillar. I already posted Tuesday's work of fingerpainting and well Wednesday didn't go as planned.lol I'll write later.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I made spaghetti for dinner early tonight because I was starving, so the older kids are taking turns doing their chores and playing outside. I have a doctor's appt tomorrow morning and hopefully he will give me something for this sinus infection. I'm considering hiring a Doula instead of trying to change doctors. I've heard that they are great for getting you what you want during labor and for keeping those darn nurses at bay. (You know, the ones who tell you to lie flat on your back during your whole labor and try to convince you that you don't need to go potty even though you've been able to tell when you need to go since you were 2.lol) I can handle this doctor during my pregnancy, maybe, but I know I don't want him to be in charge when I'm in labor. I still have time to decide for sure what I want but I'm trying to consider all options.
Well, Evie's home and I'm really worn out today so I think that it's time to get her settled down and me laying down.
Isaac, on the other hand, was quite a natural. I didn't even have to show him what to do. Of course, next time I'll give him a bigger piece of paper...lol
Monday, November 06, 2006
Here are the Cheese-topped Pork Chops. They were really good! I also did one chicken breast to see what it would taste like and it was good too! The kids said it tasted like Heavenly Chicken and I agree. I grilled the meat and then topped it with the cheese, then baked it in the oven. YUM!
While I was running around like a crazy person trying to keep these two busy, my older kids started a fresh week of school themselves. I checked their work from the last two weeks early this morning, then wrote out their schedules for this week. I'm having some accountability problems with the kids lately. It's really discouraging but I'm hanging in there. When the littles were sick two weeks ago, the older kids just quit working even though I didn't take them from their work. I really think they did it because they knew I was focused on the littles and they figured they could get away with it. Now they are paying the piper and it isn't fun for any of us. I'm really tired of these games.
I am trying to find a balance between home and school, littles and big, inside and outside activities, really, life in general.lol I've got the house figured out, now for the kids.lol
Well, that's it for now. I'm making QB's porkchops right now and I'm starving! I'll let you all know how they turn out.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Mac & Cheese
Cheese-topped Pork Chops (from Queenbee's blog) w/steamed veggies and rice
Roast Beef w/root veggies
Chicken Noodle Soup
Split Pea Soup w/homemade bread
Taco Pie w/toppings
Spaghetti Pie w/garlic bread
What can I say? Today has been one of those days where you WANT to get things done but just can't.lol We woke up to a very rainy-yucky kind of day. I had such high hopes, too.lol Eric and I decided that it was just too risky to take Isaac out in this weather so we began the wait game. I made a list of all the different errands that needed to be run, plus made my grocery list and did some research on the computer. Isaac spent the morning having temper-tantrums.lol The rain continued. Finally, Isaac fell asleep and we ALL breathed a sigh of relief.lol Eric offered to run some of the errands while I laid down since I'm battling a sinus infection. I took him up on his offer and he's out right now getting the groceries.
Eric also went to the office supply place and made copies for me and bought me a new color printer, since ours died and De'Etta said that the veggie/fruit sorting game wouldn't be the same without color.lol He also got me a three-hole punch since ours didn't seem to make the move with us. Don't know how that happened.lol I totally forgot to put file folders on my list for the office store so I think I'll just use the plain manilla ones I have here on hand. Won't be as colorful but they'll do. Still haven't made it to the cellphone store. I needed one about 3 times today while Eric was out but we'll live.lol I guess it'll keep our spending down since I was going to call him for more stuff.lol Guess that's been our day so far. Isaac is STILL asleep and Evie got out of the house for a while. It's been a pretty good day, even though MY plans were thwarted.lol
Saturday, November 04, 2006
All in all, it was a good day and hopefully tomorrow will be even better!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Normally, today would have been park day but we had a cold front move through last night that is producing 20 mph wind gusts and with them just getting better I called it off. It was really nice of my Mom to step in and take them out today. I'm sure it was a real blessing to my kids also!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Genevieve is starting to get cabin fever from the 2 weeks she's been stuck at home, so she's been a bit of a handful today. Isaac's fever finally broke and he's as cantankous as he normally is while ill. lol It made for a good day off, just to focus on resting and finally getting rid of this horrible illness.
I'm hoping to make it to the office supply store this weekend so that I can get some lapbooking supplies. Also, I'm thinking of making a "Good Noodle" chart like on Spongebob. I'm going to glue uncooked noodles to a poster board for each good decision/or job made or done by Genevieve and Jon. I'm thinking Allison is too old and Isaac is too young but will leave room for him as he gets older. I really like the idea of focusing on the positive, instead of always reacting to the negative. This idea comes from De'Etta. It's taken me a while to get to the chart because I've never been a chart kind of person but what I'm realizing is that my two in the middle are very goal oriented and I think this will help them. I want the lapbooking supplies for Evie and Isaac. I'm also going to start more preschool with each of them. I've been waiting for a certain book but Amazon keeps pushing back the estimated delivery time and I'm just going to start without it.LOL So, my plan is to get a lot of copies run off of things I do have and really get started this next week. Evie especially needs this, she's been bored lately and that's never good.lol
Now that my home is where I want it to be, I'm going to be focusing a lot more on the kids. I'm going to be adding in a game day to make sure that we spend enough fun time together, just incorporating fun into our day. Evie's been playing chutes and ladders and candy land lately and is really enjoying those games, it made me realize she isn't so little any longer. That really opens up a lot of options in games and such. I'm thinking we'll play out the games we have and I'll stock up on some for Christmas.
I guess that's about it for now. I have to admit that I'm still sick so probably am not making much sense right now but would like to get these ideas down so that I can remember them.lol I am really looking forward to a normal week next week. Just to have the kids well and healthy will be a real blessing.