This is a very fun song. Not to make light of the recent flooding in parts of the country, but I have heard a lot of Noah references in the last few days & they made me think of this song.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
My Blitz for today was the hour that I spent in the grocery store. Our grocery store is a Kroger Marketplace, it is HUGE & sells everything from produce to toys & furniture. Being focused while shopping in this store is a MUST. I went in with a plan and was actually able to stick to it. I bought milk, bread, cheese, strawberries, juice, eggs, cereal, everything I needed for tonight's dinner & a few snacks and managed to keep the bill under $100.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I would die without a dishwasher! Washing dishes by hand has never been my thing. I am one of those people who leaves the BIG stuff for a 2nd load rather than washing it by hand. I use my dishwasher to clean plastic toys, knick knacks, just about anything that will fit in it & won't be ruined. But this isn't really about the dishwasher, our rented house has a less than stellar model. What I LOVE this week is my Electrasol powdered dishwasher soap.
When they first came out with the cute little cubes of dishwasher soap & then the cute little gel packs, I was a total fan. I convinced myself that the kids could run the dishwasher without wasting the soap, then reality hit, the kids almost NEVER actually run the dishwasher and those convenient little individual packets (or cubes) are EXPENSIVE. Plus, I could only use them in the dishwasher. A few months ago, I switched back to the powdered form. A BIG box only lasts about 2 weeks for me, but that is because I use it to presoak pans, to get stains out of plasticware, to clean the kitchen sinks & counters and a bunch of other kitchen cleaning projects that it probably wasn't intended for. It is GREAT at cleaning just about any greasy mess that is too stubborn for my old standby vinegar. I have tried other brands by Electrasol is definitely my favorite.....it isn't as expensive as some brands and it works much better than the store brand.Head over to Diaper Diaries to see what everyone else LOVES this week. Click here to go to my Ultimate Blog Party post and here to see my Ultimate Blog Party Food post.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I've been having a GREAT time looking at everyone's Ultimate Blog Party sites. This is my first year participating & I set an ambitious goal for myself. I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to create a party post for this blog & for my food blog. The post for my regular blog was not terribly difficult, but for my Food blog, I wanted to make & take pictures of all my favorite party foods and write out the recipes. A few of the recipes were things that I have gotten from other people or from product packaging, so those were easy. The ones that were the most difficult were the recipes that are stored in my head (or in my Mother's head).
Over the weekend, my kids & I made and took pictures of most of the food. I sat at the computer for HOURS writing down recipes & then tweaking them to be "just right". Next I had to lay out the actual Ultimate Blog Party Post. The editing screen in blogger is NOT my friend, but I finally got it all done and all the links in. This morning, I put the final touches on, took the last couple pictures & finally published it!!!
Check out 5 minutes for Mom to see what everyone else has Tackled this week.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hi!!! This is my very first major Blog Carnival....I am sooooo EXCITED!!!
Thanks for stopping by. I am still fairly new to blogging. I started in September 2008 mainly because I was enjoying reading friends blogs and wanted to participate in all the fun weekly carnivals. I try to participate weekly in Music Monday (something a friend started, I think, that doesn't have any official linky) Tackle it Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Things I LOVE Thursday & 7 Quick Takes Friday. This week I also started participating in Blitz it Friday, it is a cleaning motivator & just what I need!!! I haven't found anything to participate in on Saturday or Sunday yet, but if you know of something I would LOVE to hear about it. Some of my friends also participate in picture based carnivals during the week, but I haven't gotten organized enough for that yet.
I also have a Food blog and participate in Menu Plan Monday, Tasty Tuesday & Tempt my Tummy Tuesday. I haven't been doing as well on keeping up with that blog as I had hoped, but next week I will have a special PARTY post and menu. I'm also looking for more food carnivals to participate in.
Check out all the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party Headquarters.
I've been really struggling to get my house back in shape. Today, I will be spending an hour in my kitchen working on getting it cleaned up. I'm setting the timer and will work the whole time, no computer breaks, no answering the phone.
No pictures, but here is what I got done:
- Loaded the dishwasher
- put in a load of laundry
- swept the kitchen floor
- fixed a shelf in the kitchen cabinet that lost a support
- put all my spices back in the cabinet on the fixed shelf
- Scheduled 2 surgeries for Hubby
- changed a diaper
- moved the clothes to the dryer
- put a load of towels in the washer
- sorted and put away clean diapers and wipes
I hadn't planned to answer the phone, but the Dr's office called to schedule Hubby's leg surgery, so I had to talk to them. He will be having surgery on April 9th and April 30th. This was also on my to get done list for today, so it wasn't cheating. I didn't sit down for the phone call and was able to get the spices back into the cabinet while getting the appointments scheduled.
Check out Organized Everyday to join or just to see what others are Blitzing this week.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I think I am as addicted to this show as my two youngest kids. I LOVE the music, I LOVE the storylines. It is just such a fun show. I've always been a fan of children's TV. We don't have cable, so we have bought quite a few of the episodes on DVD & anytime we have a little extra money, the Backyardigans DVDs are the ones I check the prices on first. I would LOVE to own every episode!
I think my favorite thing about the show is that it introduces kids to so many different music styles. All of my kids get sucked in when we put on a new episode. Some people may think I use the TV as a babysitter, but in reality, I sit and watch (and sing) right along with the kids. My 21 month old's favorite is the Tale of the Mighty Knights. As soon as the intro music starts she knows that it is "knights". You haven't seen precious until you see a baby sing "We're knights, That's right" at the top of her lungs.
Check out Diaper Diaries to share something you LOVE or just to see what everyone else is sharing this week.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is a storage solution that has worked for me even better than I expected it to!!! To see what's working for everyone else visit We are THAT family.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy St Patrick's Day everybody!!! It's Spring Break here. We are going to spend our morning doing a bit of Spring Cleaning. My four youngest kids will all be helping.
1.Get all the dirty clothes out of the bedrooms and into the laundry room
2.Remove all bedding from all the beds, air the blankets and put the sheets in the laundry room
3.Put new sheets on all the beds
4.Eat our Tasty Tuesday cupcakes as a reward when we are all done!!!
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I know the background makes it difficult to read my text & I promise to change it first thing on Wednesday!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Today, I met with Fr. Howard and the director of the nursery. I highly respect both of them and I know that they are not happy about the way this situation has ballooned. They have been talking and trying to come up with a plan that they felt would work, but at the beginning of the meeting I told them about what I had done last Sunday & that I felt it had worked out well. I also told them that I was willing to just not have Baby Daughter in the nursery for the rest of this cycle. This means that she might go back to being in the nursery during church in the Fall, but until then, she will stay with me wherever I am on Sunday mornings. I was assured that this should not effect our ability to participate in Vacation Bible School.
They both understand that this is a difficult developmental phase that she is going through right now and I think they were relieved that I had come up with a plan that seems like it will be a positive solution for everyone involved.....including Baby Daughter. There is one family who's child was bitten by Baby Daughter at the beginning of December who is very concerned about their child being around Baby Daughter & it was suggested that I consider writing an apology to them about the incident from early December. I'm not sure yet what I would say in such a note, but I am thinking about it.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The kids had a blast playing outside today, I really need to get out there & get all the winter debris cleared up. Maybe the babies & I will do that tomorrow.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Tonight the middle kids had a choir concert at church. There are only 12 or so kids in the choir. They sing with the adult choir. Tonight there was also a full orchestra. The entire performance was in Latin & it was very much like a symphony performance that would cost $50 a person to attend, but it was FREE. The kids did fabulous!!! Actually, everyone did fabulous, but I was most impressed with the kids because they are all so young. The music itself was so beautiful. Afterward there was a reception in the Parish Hall. The food was yummy & it was really nice to mingle & listen to how impressed everyone was with our church's lovely choir.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I absolutely LOVE this training & the program itself is so uplifting. I'm still frustrated about the nursery situation with Baby Daughter, but I've come up with my own plan because I can not let somebody drive my family away from this church where we all feel so connected. I have a few theories about who is behind this, but there is no way I can prove it & even if I could, they have more power than I do, so working around the situation & just NOT using the nursery seems to be the best alternative. I will go to talk with the priest about the situation on Wednesday, but until then I've decided I need to just give this up to God & not allow it to keep me from my church obligations or from my children participating in their church activities & obligations.
I received a Get Well card from a group of very caring people from church today. They bought me a grocery store gift card because we declined to have people bring us meals during my recovery from the pneumonia. I am so touched by their generosity. It also made me feel like there are quite a few people who are GLAD that my family attends this church & that they care about us.
I took the kids home at lunch and then went back to finish up my session. Fortunately Baby Daughter was so thrilled to see her favorite brother & sister she didn't get too upset when I had to go back to finish my class. We finished around 2:30 & then on the drive home I saw tons & tons of daffodils in bloom!! I LOVE daffodils!!! I'm a bit disappointed that there aren't any in my yard....I thought for sure we had some, but maybe that was a different house. We have moved a lot in the last few years. I haven't checked the backyard yet, but there are definitely none in the front yard. I'm thinking about starting another blog to work on my Catechesis training materials. I have to write up lesson plans (album pages) for all the level 1 presentations to the kids & I'm thinking it might work really well to have them on a blog. I'm going to search around to see if there are any blogs out there dealing with Catechesis training, if anybody knows of any please let me know.
Tonight is the awful Spring time change. I don't get enough sleep as it is, losing an hour is soooo unfair. Then tomorrow we will have Catechesis and church in the morning. We'll come home to have some lunch & hopefully a nap, then we have to be back at church by 4:15 for the middle kids to get in their choir robes & prepare for their 5 pm concert. Hubby will be coming straight from work to see the concert. Our oldest & his family are supposed to be coming too. The kids are very excited about the concert. I need to figure out something to put in the crockpot in the morning so dinner will be ready when we get home.
Friday, March 6, 2009
On Wednesday, she was in the nursery during the class that I attended & did GREAT. But today, I got a phone call telling me that she is not allowed to be in the nursery anymore until we come up with some kind of plan. It seems that there are families who feel that she is a danger to their children. She is not welcome in the nursery, which translates to me being unable to assist in the level 1 children's program during Sunday school and me not being able to attend church. There is no way she will sit quietly for the entire service & I am not up to enduring the angry stares of the childless & the old people who don't remember what it is like to have an unhappy toddler. I have a meeting scheduled with the priest to discuss all of this on Wednesday. I can't stop crying & don't want to cry during my meeting with him.
I LOVE this church, but I am feeling like it is time to start looking for someplace that we fit in better. My middle kids LOVE being in the choir, my 3 yr old loves her Sunday school program and I've looked forward to getting to attend Catechesis training for years. This is the only church in our area that is currently using this Sunday school program & I think it is so beneficial for the kids, but at the same time I don't feel like Baby Daughter being treated like a leper FOREVER because she went through a biting phase is good for any of us. I don't have anyone to leave her with on Sundays and I want her to have the benefit of being involved in church activities too.
On Wednesday I drove to North Carolina (about 2 hrs away) to see two of my sisters. The youngest lives there & I've been meaning to go for a visit for a long time. The other one lives in Pennsylvania, she drove down for a visit, so it was the perfect time for me to go see them both. We sat in my youngest sister's livingroom for about 4 hrs and just talked....it was really nice.
Also on Wednesday, I started a class at church. It is called Fully Alive Now. I've started an online journal about the class & may share some of the things I learn on here at some point. Spiritual growth seems to be the goal of the class & I've really been feeling a need in my life lately to grow in that direction.
March came in like a LION here....we had lots of unwanted snow during church on Sunday, fortunately it didn't stick. The temps have been pretty cold most of the week, but thankfully yesterday was much warmer & the next few days are supposed to be even warmer. I'm sooooo ready for the kids to be able to go outside to play!!!
I found a very thought provoking blog while looking through links this week. I've been drawn to religious blogs recently and am following some from my own religion as well as some that focus on other forms of Christianity. This post about Lent and this one about Passover and this one about the significance of the Resurrection all struck a cord with me. My church does observe Lent and Ash Wednesday, but other than the class I am taking right now, I feel a bit out of the loop. I have never fasted & it is something that I have been thinking about starting. I feel like I am in a time of growth for myself. In the past, I have relied heavily on my faith in bad times, but not so much during good times, I want to change that.
I'm finally feeling well enough that I've been trying to make a dent in the MESS in my house. This week I found the computer desks, the kitchen table & the kitchen counters. The warmer weather always puts me in the mood to Spring Clean.....tulips & daffodils in my yard would really help, but so far they haven't shown up.
Concert season is beginning. On Sunday evening, the 10 yr old & the 8 yr old have a very special choir concert at church. Next Thursday the entire 3rd grade is putting on a musical performance at the school....the 8 yr old is getting very anxious. The orchestra concert isn't for another month or so, but the 10 yr old is practicing his viola at least an hour every night in anticipation of it, he will also be singing in the choir that night.
I haven't been doing much cooking at all since before my hospital stay, I've finally gone grocery shopping & made something new & very yummy for dinner last night. I'm scheduled to take dinner to a family from church with a new baby next week & I think I'm going to make this new recipe. I'll take pictures & blog about it on my Food blog early next week. It's an enchilada casserole, I'll be making it with chicken for the family, the one we had last night was cheese, olives & Ortega chilies.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I want to start out by saying that I did not come up with this solution. I actually read about it on a message board and was soooo stunned and amazed that I had to try it myself. This is such an amazing, but simple thing that I immediately shared it with Hubby too & even he was amazed and thought it was the absolute best idea he had ever heard.
Update: I found a great zippered lingerie bag at Walmart for my 10 yr old son, it was less than $5...it is made by Tide. It was on the laundry supplies isle with the hampers, clothes baskets & hangers. We keep it in the top of his hamper in his room, he takes it out to put his socks in, puts his dirty clothes in his hamper, then puts the sock bag back on top. I had to remind him over & over & over for a couple weeks to get him into the habit of putting his socks in it, but it is now working GREAT, so this idea does work for both boys & girls!!!!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
There are certain places in my house that seem to accumulate clutter....piles & piles & piles of it. It is the sort of thing that starts gradually, but then suddenly snowballs to the point of threatening to become an avalanche. The computer desks, the kitchen counters & then when it is really out of control the kitchen table.
Update: I was able to get the computer desk, the kitchen table & one of the counters completely cleaned off....It looks sooooo much better!!! I'll spend some more time on it tomorrow & get the rest of the kitchen counters done.
We settled into a routine and kept putting off the actual wedding, thinking that if we waited we would have the money to throw a BIG party & have a fancy wedding. In December of 1986, everything changed....we found out we were expecting our first baby. On New Years Day 1987 we were married by a military chaplain in the recreation room of our apartment complex. It was a simple wedding, with simple decorations. I wore a tea length party dress (creme) from JC Penny. Hubby wore his Army dress uniform. The very first lesson we learned about marriage was that it is about commitment and NOT about the dress, the presents or any of the other material things that seemed important while planning the big day.
I came from a broken home and the ONE thing that I always wanted for my own children was to give them a solid family. I vowed on that day and again on the day that our first child was born that I would do whatever it took to love my husband unconditionally. It had been my experience that when couples have allowed their love to be conditional on the other person fulfilling some arbitrary requirements, the relationship suffers. In this age of female empowerment, there are many people who have told me that I am being old fashioned and should enforce certain requirements on my husband, that I should DEMAND that he do his 50% in everything. This is not the way our relationship works. There are some things that I always do, there are some things that he almost always does and together they make our marriage work.
For us, a 50/50 marriage would mean that each of us was only doing half of what we were capable of. Over the years, I have learned that judging what I think his motives are in any given situation is a recipe for disaster. I support his decisions, he supports my decisions and together we are doing the best job we can. It has not been easy, we have both worked very hard for the happiness we have today. Looking back there were at least 3 REALLY bad years, times when many people would have called it quits and gotten a divorce. We are now 8 years past the worst of those times. I am very thankful that we put in the hard work that was required to save our marriage.
Some of the Christian principles that I work the hardest to observe in my daily life are unconditional love, being non-judgemental and turning to the Lord for strength in tough times.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Tune in tomorrow to see what I've learned from 22 1/2 yrs of marriage.