Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Debbie is this month's winner. Congratulations! Not only did she clean, she decluttered, rearranged, and really, went above and beyond the call of duty. She really impressed me by her willingness to keep going when the going got tough and by making that room homey and inviting. This has also inspired her dh to work on his own areas, making this achievement far reaching. Any cleaning that inspires others, should be commended. I'm really proud of you!
Because everyone had fun with my cleaning challenge, I've decided to create a second challenge starting August 1st. I'll post the rules and graphic later today or tomorrow, first chance I get.
I am blessed by you all and so thankful that I have so many friends willing to do even the yucky stuff, like cleaning, with me. Keep up the good work and I'll set up the next challenge soon.
I'm telling you now, if you can't see it, too bad. This was as close as I was willing to get even with Jon telling me it was non-venomous.LOL
After the pool, we went to lunch with my Mom and brother at Larry's Subs. Sophia had such a good time.LOL Everyone just loved her. She was talking and cooing and smiling at anyone who came close enough. She's such a great little baby.
Sophia enjoying her new highchair...
I have to admit that I don't do change too well.LOL O.k., that's my big understatement of the day Kristine.LOL It's taken me 5 MONTHS to leave the house with this baby. And to actually do this without Allison is huge. You know I must have been desperate for Adult conversation.LOL
After lunch Jon, Sophia, and I went to Staples and My mom took Evie and Isaac to run errands. We bought way too much. Art supplies are my Achilles heel. Then we headed home. It was Sophia's naptime and I needed to get to the store today. She was really good and slept the whole time I was grocery shopping and Jon did a good job watching the sleeping baby.LOL
Now we are enjoying some down time until Mom brings the littles back. It's been a nice day even though I spent most of it running. It was a blessing to get out of the house.LOL
Monday, July 30, 2007
Crockpot BBQ Chicken, buttered noodles, salad
Crockpot Beef Short Ribs, rolls, broccoli
Ham and Potato soup, bread, salad
Grilled Chicken, rice, salad
Beef Stroganoff, broccoli
BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Lots of BBQ!lol I guess I'm in the mood and it's something that I can just stick in the crockpot and forget. With less help this week, I need simple and something that I can cook when Sophia is napping.(whenever that is...)
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Briana posing while looking for her lost sneakers...
Nic being goofy...
Sophia in her brand new high chair...
Friday, July 27, 2007
For myself, I plan on getting those locks on the cabinets and closet door so that I don't have to keep cleaning this room over and over and over again.lol I would still like to at least get some pictures on the walls this weekend. I wanted to paint but that just isn't going to happen with Allison gone til Wednesday.
I'm very happy that you all want to join me for another month! I'm going to try to tackle a few problem areas this next month. I think I'd like to tackle the laundry room and maybe my room. My room is not good at all.LOL Sophia is growing so fast that a few of the things in my room will be relocated and I'm also going to be tackling all the outgrown clothes. I have 5 kids worth of outgrown clothes to go through. ACK!
Hurry Mom, she's gonna blow! Nanny-nanny boo-boo...
Did you get that last pose? I'm so funny...
I know I'm cute, now take this outfit off since it's all wet...
Thursday, July 26, 2007
from a Swanson broth pamplet...
1 lb chicken, cubed
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 can chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 can small white beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
Cook chicken, til browned. Add onion, garlic, and cumin. Cook til onion is soft. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 20 min.
I served it with a dollop of sour cream for the littles so it wouldn't be as spicey.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
We have had a very busy week. Allison, Jon, and Genevieve went to the water park on Monday with my Mom and the cousins. They all had a great time but ended up sun burned even though they used a whole bottle of sunscreen while there.
Yesterday, I finally did my shopping.LOL I was under budget! Whoohoo! It doesn't happen often and a few of those times it was because I forgot things but when it does happen and I didn't forget anything, it a big celebration around here.LOL
Allison got highlights in her hair yesterday. She's been wanting them forever but we made her wait until she was older.LOL She's very pleased with the look and I think it looks nice also. I'll post a photo later, she's wrangling the baby to sleep right now.
Sophia has outgrow the 6-9 month outfits and I only have two 12 month outfits so I guess I'll be shopping sometime this week.lol She's huge! She's teething again! She needed Tylenol yesterday. I sure wish she'd just get that tooth.lol
Well, I guess that's it. I've got a lot of work to do today. I'm going to install the locks in the toy room, do bills, and I think I'll go shopping with Mom and leave everyone else at home.LOL
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Please help me to decide what to do.LOL
I made a list of the different cuts of meat in the freezer and that helped tremendously. The biggest problem that I see is that not all cuts contain enough for a family of my size. I will need to look for those cuts in the store when I see them on sale. For example, I only got a 1 pound package of short ribs. That just won't do in this family.LOL
Here's the plan...
Southwestern Chicken and White bean soup w/bread
Savory Pot Roast w/veggies
Country Creole Peas and Corn, Cornbread
Lentils w/tomatoes and homemade bread (part of the kids school work)
Meat that I have no idea what to do with...
Beef Strip Steak?
Things I'll need to buy more of...
Short Ribs (any idea what to do with these?)
If you all have any ideas for these cuts of beef, I'd be grateful. Also, if they need extra work, like marinating or cooking twice that'd be great.
Monday, July 23, 2007
and I have no idea what else.LOL
I'm having a hard time planning this week. Before, I've always just looked through the sale ads and then compiled a menu off of that. Well, I just received in the mail 50# of organic grass fed assorted meat. It has sent me over the edge.LOL The big thing I'm noticing is it's not the same cuts I would normally buy and it's not in the same quantities. I'm flummoxed as to what to do with it. Before, I always just bought what was on the list, now I need to work with what I have. Interesting that this would be my downfall.LOL
I do know that I need to get some chicken. I couldn't even figure out what to get at the store this weekend and so I didn't go. I do have the basics but I need to get this list made.LOL
Feel free to leave me some ideas....lol
ps. I think I've realized that buying meat in bulk is not for me.LOL
Friday, July 20, 2007
Now, if you aren't on the list, let me know! We want to be able to visit your blog and torment, I mean, encourage you.
As my kids get older, God has been gently showing me that I need to be firm in my faith and not afraid to share my faith with others. I am blessed that God is so loving and forgiving towards me and I am learning so much. I remember when I first began opening my bible. I used to get so....frustrated!!! What in the world does it all mean? How in the world is this supposed to apply to my life? Why can't this make sense?!?!?LOL Some kind friends would tell me to read what other people said on the different books in the bible and then some would say no, study with the inductive method, and then some would say just read it over and over until it made sense.LOL
What I've come to understand during this journey, is that there is no easy way. It is hard work to understand the writings of God. You must have a desire--a need, to begin to make headway. You must first TRUST in God and He will make His words have meaning to you. Whew, that's hard for me. I've never been good on trust.lol Now I know that there isn't a wrong way to read the bible, God will bless your efforts and someday when you are reading, you'll be surprised that you understand and that it really will apply to your life. Just use what works, pray, pray, and pray some more and God will bless your efforts. I hope this encourages anyone who is frustrated with the bible to keep it up. It's hard work but it's so worth it.
I can now see how a pocket camera can come in handy. It's hard taking your own photo with a gigantic camera.LOL
Monday, July 16, 2007
In this book Jane gets a visit from an old friend. She's dreading the visit but when things take a turn for the worse, she's into trouble again trying to solve the case! Cozy and fun.
This was our next camera. I was not happy with the action shots at all. Many photos were ruined by blurriness. (We gave this one to Allison but she prefers my new camera)
We then moved to a Canon S3IS. My dh traded it in because I still wasn't happy. It was hard getting those moving little ones. I would need at least 10 photos of them just to get one good one. I had to adjust the ISO speed and it helped but then things were grainy. Here are some photos from it...
We finally just moved up the the SLR cameras. This one is my very favorite and I will not be trading it in.lol
It's the Canon Rebel xti (notice it's blurry,lol)
Evie done with her breakfast...
So basically, that's my review of the whole camera finding process we've been through.LOL I love, love, love, my Casio Exilim for being an easy pocket camera. It takes good stationary shots. It's soooo easy, just point and shoot. (We gave it to Jon and he uses it everyday.)
I love, love, love my Canon Rebel for it's action shots, and wiggly little people shots. It has great color and detail and it's pretty easy to use. I also love that I can buy different lenses for this camera.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Steak and Greenbean soup with rice
Taco Lentil Rice
BBQ Chicken, rice, steamed broccoli
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad
Salmon Cakes, salad and fruit
Popover Pizza, salad
Black beans and rice, salad
Friday, July 13, 2007
The littles had a nice moment outback with the hose. It would have been a nice hour or two if the weather man had been correct in his forcast for no rain today...
We have been hanging in there. I haven't been feeling too well since yesterday but I think it's more to do with stress and exhaustion than illness. Sophia hasn't been sleeping and Isaac's been up every morning at 4-5am. I'm hoping and praying for a normal week next week but I've been so thankful that the littles have been so good all week.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Evidence of cookie eatage...
An insuing foot fight resulted from said sandwich cookies...
So that, in a photo nutshell, was our day.LOL
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Hah! Foiled again!
Look at those EYE LASHES!!! At least a mile long. It's amazing that he can keep his eyes open.LOLWhat a sweet guy!
We're having a pretty good day today. No temper tantrums, biting, or hitting.LOL