Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
I have a MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) meeting this morning. It's my turn to contribute to the spread of yummy goodness that always awates the moms. I'm taking a Baked Frittata with Artichokes, Sundried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese. It looked festive with the green from the Italian parsley and red from the tomatoes, so I thought it would be perfect for our Christmas meeting. :)
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
We had the best family night Saturday evening! Kelvin grilled some veggies and chicken for some bang up good fajitas, and then Cora revealed part of the contents of the first day of our muffin tin Advent calendar. It was a felt cut out of Mary which she placed on our big felt board. We read a short verse about the angel proclaiming to Mary that she would conceive and give birth to God's son. Can you even imagine? I think too often we skim over that scripture without letting it sink in. The girl (probably 12-14) was engaged, and now an angel, of all things, is telling her she is pregnant with the Son of God! I think I need to sit down! My goodness, what faith! And Joseph too! Makes my head spin. After the time of scripture reading, Luke read what the activity was for Day 1, "Family movie night. I see Reeses Pieces in our future!" Some precious friends gave us a the dvd of E.T. Bet you haven't seen that one in a while! Me either. I popped a big o batch of popcorn and during the part of the movie Elliot brings out his Reeses Pieces, we started eating ours too! It was so much fun! E.T. is such a neat movie.
Our scripture time for day 2 was introducing Joseph. The activity behind the number 2 was going to a Christmas parade. Who doesn't love a good parade? Today the scripture time was about Mary and Joseph making the journey to Bethlehem. We added a little "Bethlehem" felt to our board. Our day 3 activity was watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. It never gets old! Day 4 scripture and felt was about there being no room in the inn. Our activity was Cora's Christmas performance (in the dark! The transformer for the church was knocked out during a storm last night. It was sweet!) I love Advent.
What have you been doing to celebrate His birth?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
This evening we enjoyed some more of the the Target desserts with some more friends around the fire pit. I love stree-free days with good friends, good food and drinks and a good fire. I'm looking forward to the week ahead without school for the kids. We get to enjoy two Thanksgiving dinners this year. YUMMY!
Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving. I hope to post more this week, but I don't have a very good track record, so I'm not making any promises. ;)
Friday, November 9, 2012
~~The Joy Dare
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Thankful for our freedom to vote.
Thankful for Christians in places of leadership within our government.
Thankful for structure...someone to organize road construction, health benefits for special needs children and adults, people who work the polling places, people who serve on juries. Thankful that we have a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
~~The Joy Dare
The gorgeous sunshine pouring through the wooden blinds and landing on the hardwood floors on a crisp morning. Thank you for warmth, Lord.
A picture in my kitchen windowsill -- a reminder of a sweet day at the pumpkin patch with my littles...one who is now in Heaven. Thank you for holding me close.
The leaves and acorns falling, and the squirrels scurrying to gather the acorns. Thank you that you provide--for the squirrels and for me.
~~The Joy Dare
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Borlotti (cranberry) beans. I made Fabio's delicioso Pasta e Fagioli Soup (Bean and Pasta Soup) for dinner last night. YUM! Everything in it is little--beans, pasta, chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped onion, chopped fennel--but it packs a BIG punch, and it's great for a fall supper, especially when you have your sweet mama join you. :)
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The first day, Thursday, was 3 gifts eaten...my favorite thing to do! The morning started off with oatmeal on the stove top complete with apples, cinnamon, and walnuts. Thankful for a full belly to start the day. So thankful for Cream Cheese Chicken Chili made in the crock pot, but especially dairy-free cream cheese. :) I love the crunch of the corn with each bite and the creamy goodness swirling around in the bowl. Thankful too for the small chocolate treat after dinner from the kids' trick-or-treat loot.
The second day was 3 gifts worn. I wore a smile as I watched our children play with my friend's kids. They were so cute last night. Thankful for worn-out jeans that fit just right and the way my favorite lip gloss feels on my lips, keeping them from being dried out and chapped.
Today is three gifts that start with N. So thankful for naps the past couple of days, and Cora's long nap today which allowed me to get some work done on her room-to-be. Immensely thankful for my extremely nice mother-in-law who came over to help me with Cora's room-to-be. Thankful for new spaces. I can't wait to finish Cora's room. I'm looking forward to a fresh new color on the walls, baskets for toys, a big girl bed with pretty bed covers, and a space in which she can play and make believe. She is such a delight to listen to. She plays well by herself. It's funny to hear her conversations with her dolls and toys. I love this age.
It doesn't start with N but ends with N. I'm so thankful for our childreN who are excited about the little things, like getting doughnuts for breakfast. I'm thankful they realize it as a treat and don't expect it all the time.
I'm also thankful for filling up my gas tank for under $3/gallon this morning...$2.96, yea baby!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday was full of soccer, a fall fest and a Halloween party at a dear friend's house. Sunday evening was Trunk or Treat at church. Our "trunk" showed It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and gave out loads of candy...fun times. :) Cora has wanted to dress up as Super Why! from the PBS show for months now. I was excited because I knew I could make the costume easily. Well, when her best buddy heard that news, he no longer wanted to be a fireman or Spiderman. He had to be Super Why! too. I told his mama, "Never fear! Super Mom is here! I will make him a costume too!" I didn't really say that, but I did tell her I would be happy to cut him out a mask and cape and iron on a Super Why! logo to a green t-shirt just like I did for our little super hero! Here they are at the church. It is so hard getting them to stay still for a photo. So glad I got this one.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I love food.
Kelvin had dinner with some colleagues yesterday evening, and I am the the lucky one to have a husband who KNOWS me. He brought me some wonderful fare...
|Chicken fried oysters from one of my many favorite restaurants, |
Branch Water Tavern in Houston.
Oh baby! They are gooood!
|He also brought me this incredible chocolately, toffey, pistachio bit of deliciousness! |
This is the last blurry bite.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
We had our first real cool front
Saturday morning was beautiful for Luke's soccer game. He is such a good little player. It's fun watching him learn and improve. His sweet teacher came to cheer him on with us.
After the game we packed a bag and headed to the lake. A friend Kelvin works with hosted a fish fry at his lake house. It was lip smackin' goooood! After all the fun of croquet, golfcart rides, and loverly desserts, we headed to another friend's lake house for the night. The air was crisp Saturday night, and it was such a treat to sit bundled in a blanket on the porch and listen to the breeze blow the leaves in the silver leaf maple next door and hear the water moving on the lake. I love the water. I feel such peace when I'm near it. Sunday brought sleeping late, kids playing and fishing, and a loooooong afternoon nap. I'm sorry to say I didn't take a single photo.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sunshine and Crisp Air
Wagon loads full of pumpkins
Children playing in a big ‘o pile of leaves
flannel and plaid shirts
a warm cozy blanket
Roasted marshmallows when they’re just about to fall off the stick
Curled up on the couch or in the recliner with a good book on a warm sunny day
hot apple cider, hot tea, & hot chocolate
BObBiNg for apples, apple pie, cinnamon & apples simmering on the stove top, caramel apples, and apple dumplins
Melissa over at The Inspired Room did a post about things she loves about fall and asked everyone to link their list too. I spent WAY too much time the other night creating a really cool word art collage, if that's even what you all it, about fall. (If anyone knows of a program, preferrably free, with which I can create said collage, please do share.) I tried making my creation into a picture file, but the fonts didn't transfer. I tried cutting and pasting my creation into my blog post, and that didn't work either. I tried a couple of other things, and none of them worked. So, I just made a list. Funny, the only word that the font did paste was "Blessing." I guess I should be more mindful of those, huh? Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done (good old hymn.) I love fall. Would love to read your list too. Have a beautiful day!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hey y'all! Don't know what to make for dinner tonight? Well, don't make anything! Head over to Chick-fil-A in Baytown and eat some chikin'! We'll be there for Emma's Hugs from 5-8 tonight. Make sure to mention Emma's Hugs when placing your order so we can get 20% of the proceeds. Thanks so much! Have a great day!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Fall=Soup, right? Yesterday we had an awesome one. It's great if you're doing a meatless Monday...very filling! I love Italian spices and the aroma that fills the house when I cook with garlic. The recipe says cook for an hour or until beans are tender. You'll probably want to give a little more like two hours. Wish I liked to bake bread. It would have been scrumptous with this pasta and bean Italian soup. I love fall! :)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
What did you have for dinner?
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
ANYway, I totally digressed. Carleigh found an awesome recipe online. It was such a special time going to the grocery store with her and letting her pick out the ingredients. I enjoyed our time in the kitchen. Everything was made from scratch. I love that she is excited about cooking. Last night she made cupcakes from scratch. Betty Crocker has her place. We did buy her icing, but there's something very cool about making your own cupcakes and alfredo sauce!
As much as I hate to see them grow up so quickly, I like this phase. She is learning so much and liking some of the same things I like. This summer she and Luke both shot up like rockets.
At 10 years old, Carleigh is 5 feet tall and wears my shoes! (I wear a 6 1/2, but that is beside the point. I didn't wear a 6 1/2 when I was 10!)
We ate dinner alfresco on the porch she arranged for us. She's such a sweet little hostess. :) Everyone loved the dinner, except my little Picky Eunice, Cora. Kelvin and I gave it an enthusiastic two thumbs up!
Friday, September 7, 2012
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:27
I wish I didn't struggle with worry. It is such a waste of energy. I am trying to give my worries to God and not take them back. Thank you for your prayer support for Cindy. She will need it even more in the coming days. Will you pray for her husband, John, and her children, Brett and Julia as well? Thank you so much!
And now for something sweet to brighten your Friday!
|getting her toenails painted at the nail salon :)|
Sunday, September 2, 2012
"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Do you plan your meals for the week? I have been trying to incorporate that habit for a while now. This week, I have not been successful, until today (hopefully.) I knew yesterday was going to be tacos because a month or so ago Carleigh asked if we could start doing Taco Tuesday, and I said, "YES!" But yesterday, soccer practice went very late, I had a meeting, and the power was off when we got home. So, Subway to the rescue! Good thing is, I have everything for dinner tonight...Taco Tuesday on Wednesday. :) In case you're wondering, yes, we paid our light bill. Someone said a tree fell on the power lines. The entire neighborhood was down! Ugh! It was kind of fun though. The kids slept on a pallet in the living room, and we had fans going, which always makes me think of summertime on a screened porch by the lake taking a nap. Not sure if I ever did that or not, but that's what I think about nonetheless.
Anyway, I think the rest of the week will look like this...
Monday grilled cheese sammies -- check
Wednesday Chicken Taco Tuesday
Thursday Not Your Mama's Sloppy Joes
Friday fried fish with potato wedges and side salad (maybe we should just make it a poboy??)
Saturday grilled venison steak and veggies with salad and s'mores (maybe, hopefully??)
Sunday Speedy Paella
|One of my new favorite dishes! It's soooo yummy!|
Monday, August 27, 2012
|"When I grow up I want to be someone who swims with sharks."|
|"When I grow up I want to be a teacher at SFA."|
|Emma at Wee School|
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I thought it was a good time to start something new, being the week before school starts for the kiddos and all. The idea behind Hello Mornings is God, Plan, Move. Get up before the kiddos, and spend some time with God, plan your day, and move...as in your body...in some form of exercise. I completely fell off the workout wagon this summer, ate like a horse, and gained 5 pounds!! GRR! I'm totally irritated with myself but inpsired to start fresh. I've managed to get up before the littles the past three days. Didn't manage to fit it in the MOVE portion this morning, so I'm signing off and moving my booty now! Have a good evening!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
So to celebrate, how about some fro yo! I found some of our favorite yogurt on sale yesterday at my neighborhood Kroger store. (Wish I received compensation for that mention, but I don't.)
|Don't ya just love a good deal!?|
And now, for the reveal of the fantastic-deal-frame I referenced here.
I painted it a pretty shade of blue by mixing some craft paint that came in a big box of crafty stuff from my sweet MIL. Then, I added a back and was going to fill it in with wine corks to make a cool cork board. But, when I painted the backing, it started to peel. So, I punted on that idea, and did this instead...
I had some chalkboard paint from a project I did last year or the year before, so I measured the spot on my pantry door and taped it off with painter's tape. I had to use about 4 coats of chalkboard paint before it covered it really well. I'm sure I probably should have prepped the door somehow before I got started, but I'm not very patient, and I didn't have the time or patience to research it, so 4 coats isn't bad. It dried very quickly.
I plan on adding something else to the bottom of the door and putting something on the back of the door as well. I'll update you when it happens. I've wanted to do an organization station on this pantry door for years. I don't know what took me so long. I'm motivated to do some more things around the house, and I'm hoping to make it reflect a little more of me and our family.
Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!