Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This morning was wonderful... After coming home from the park, the girls played by themselves for a full hour! I was able to call a few friends, make my crockpot lasagna, and clean-up the kitchen! Then Natalie was done... so, she and I played and read a few stories, then I made lunch. I then asked Allison if she wanted to join us, and she said she wanted to play in her room by herself. Hmmm... a little suspicious. I kept checking-up on her every few minutes; all was well! Until I found this...
And, for those of you interested, here is our awesome crockpot lasagna recipe. It is yummy!
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 can (29 oz)tomato sauce
1 cp water
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 package (8oz) no-cook lasagna noodles
4 cps (16 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cps (12 oz) small-curd cottage cheese
1/2 cp grated Parmesan cheese
In a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over med. heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, salt and oregano; mix well. Spread a fourth of the meat sauce in an ungreased 5-qt slow cooker. Arrange a third of the noodles over sauce (break the noodles if necessary). Combine the cheeses; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Today's activities included:
- playing with shaving cream
- dot painting
- song time
- story time
Allison had a wonderful time, and is excited to go back. Of course, her favorite activities were the dress-up as well as the crafts. Natalie struggled a bit, but will hopefully get more comfortable. Here are a few pictures:
Allison requested blueberry oatmeal pancakes for her first day of school.
Natalie liked snack time!
So did Allison!
Show-and-Tell. (I forgot to have Allison bring something: oops!)
My two "big girls"
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Daniel: It's about a firefighter
Cara: It's starring Kirk Cameron. (Woot woo!!!)
Both of us: It's a Christian film about marriage
The movie is called "Fireproof" and is in theaters September 26. Here is the link: www.fireproofthemovie.com. So, does anybody want to come hang out with 2 adorable little girls that day? :) They're lots of fun; I promise!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Is anybody else out there as excited as I am that the Fall season is about to begin? What am I looking forward to the most? Great question!
- Decorating the house
- Pumpkin-scented candles
- Halloween costumes for the girls
- Going to the pumpkin patch
- Baking banana bread
- Cooking homemade soups and crockpots
- We have 3 vacations coming up: San Francisco, Texas, and Minnesota/Wisconsin... (Yes, I get to be in the midwest this Fall... is there anything better?)
- Warm coffee on the porch on a chilly morning
- Wearing jeans
- Football season
- Meeting all the new babies that are due this Fall
Ok, I'll stop now to spare you a never-ending list! I hope this got you excited, too!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
"Run around, girls... play... jump in the sprinklers!"
"Look what we found... can we paint?"
Hmmm... more "crafts??" Who would have guessed?? At least Allison had fun in the sprinklers a while before they decided to paint. Even Triscuit enjoyed both the sprinklers, as well as making paw prints with the paint. :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the 5 love languages... while my husband is an incredible "gift giver" as well as an awesome "acts of service" guy, he struggles with the love language of "words." He's great at writing them, but not so great at saying them. So, I have come to not expect much in the way of words, but just realized that God gave me a daughter who is awesome at giving words of love. I remember the first time I was blessed by Allison's words: we were in a dressing room, (not my favorite place), when I heard a little 2 year old voice say, "You look beautiful in that, Mama."
I was reminded of this again 2 days ago while painting the walls. While I am busy painting the walls, Allison paints with me on a paper taped to the floor. As I was painting, I suddenly heard a 3 year old voice tell me, "Wow, mom... that looks really good. You did a great job." Awww... I am so blessed! And, here is Allison's masterpiece:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Some of her more impressive achievements this month include singing her ABC’s, recognizing colors, and repeating almost anything you ask her to say. My favorite part about her maturing, however, is watching the relationship between her and Allison develop. They definitely know how to push each other’s buttons, but more often than not you can find Allison “teaching” Natalie things, and Natalie happily responding. It is so sweet! Of course, since Natalie doesn’t always understand what’s happening, Allison will often tell her, “Natalie, say ‘yes,’” and Natalie will… whether she means it, or not! If you ask Allison, her “best friend” is “NADIES!”
By now you may be thinking that all we do all day is sit around and do crafts and take videos… well, you’re right! The girls beg me to take videos now. So, here is another one for you:
Monday, August 18, 2008
This time, I decided to do giant berry-like branches in our living room. I drew my inspiration both from our curtains as well as an episode of "Design Star." I consulted my good friend who is an awesome painter ahead of time, and she advised me on the type of brush I should use. What a difference! And, I am no longer as nervous, so my hand doesn't shake like it used to.
Here's a sneak peek for ya. I am not done yet, but hope to finish tonight! I love having something creative to work on... it's like a little break from my role as mom!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
My husband is so awesome... I am so blessed! He has been home for 4 days now and here are just a few of the things he accomplished:
Let me sleep-in
Yup...I'm a BLESSED girl~
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Last year we made the mistake of planting too many tomato plants and being overwhelmed with a jungle of tomatoes we ended up letting rot. This year we got smart and planted just one grape tomatoe plant. What made it even more fun was letting Allison plant it from a seed. Yesterday, we harvested almost the last of our tomatoes, and we have thoroughly enjoyed them this season. One of our favorite new recipes we have already made several times, and I have to share it with you:
Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (We got to use limes from our tree :) )
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels, from about 5 ears (I used frozen and it was still yummy!)
1 1/2 cups diced avocado (1/2-inch pieces)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
Step 2: Add the corn, avocado, tomatoes, and onion and toss to mix. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4 to 6.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The good part about all this? Trials, of course, seem necessary sometimes to drive us to our knees. And, I mean that literally... I pray on my knees! But, I decided I wanted "more power" to my prayers. So, I decided I would fast every Monday for my girls.
I really don't know much about fasting, but I want to learn! It's been 6 or 7 weeks now, and I can honestly say I don't like it at all! (I love my food!) But, I believe it's necessary. So far, here's what I've found:
- Self-discipline doesn't come easy, and this is helping in that area!
- Allison is indeed sleeping just fine, again! (But, I'm still praying about it!)
- Scripture seems to come to mind more easily on days I fast.
- Ironically, fasting helps take my mind off myself. (Though, I am still looking at the clock and counting down until I can eat dinner!)
- I recently felt the need to write down some specific things I wanted to see come out of this. Most importantly, I wanted Allison to want to pray. She has wanted nothing to do with praying for several months, now. This is so awesome: This one was answered, immediately! She went from not even wanting to repeat a prayer, to wanting to pray on her own! Wow! I was blown away...
So, I will continue my Monday Fast, despite my lack of knowledge and understanding. I feel God calling me to do it, so I will obey. And, I really am excited to learn more about fasting through personal experience. It is a crazy time to raise kids, but I know God put my family and me in this time and place for a reason and I am excited about watching His plan for our lives unfold. His grace is sufficient!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Ok, I'm off to enjoy my smoothie!