Sunday, November 15, 2009
Things I am loving right now:
Being flu free. The babies are well and getting back to their normal selves. Thankful for health, so thankful. Oh, how I prayed last week.
Couponing. I went to a free class and I became very motivated to save us money. My first outing resulted in over $60 of savings.
Story time on Mondays at the local library. We meet friends there, do crafts and listen to stories. Lovely.
Knitting. I finished a sweater for Evelyn and I am now working on one for me. Next it's a hat for Elijah. Wish me luck.
Frozen croissants. Just leave out over night then bake. Easy!
Plotting for Christmas. If I could just pull out the sewing machine and get started!
Sleep. I just wish I got more of it. :)
Being blessed...more then I can say.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
On the road to Sisters, Oregon
Evelyn looking at Aspen leaves, LaGrande, Oregon
I hate to start a post with an apology, I never meant yo be gone so very long. Of course we were out west for nearly three weeks, but I had hoped to post there...it never seemed to happen.
What fun we had, but it was too long to be away from home and from David. I have sworn that I will never travel on planes with my children, by myself. ever. again. Going out was not so bad, but coming home was a nightmare...full on meltdowns with kicking and screaming...delightful. But we made it and since then we have been trying to settle back in...that has been hard too. I took the babies to the doctor today. They definitely have the flu, it may or may not be the swine flu. We will have to wait and see. So I will be tending to little sickies and being a hermit.
I will probably post a bit sporadically for awhile...but, I do have lots of pictures to share, so I may do a few picture only posts for awhile. See you soon!
Note: Colleen, I have lost your new e-mail address...send again please? I don't have access to your blog and I can't leave you any comments and I would like to keep in touch...thanks!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I have been distracted...
It has gotten chilly and I am loving it. Our weather forecast calls for snow this weekend!
I have been getting us out of the house more and making connections with Moms in my neighborhood.
Lots of knitting is on needles as we speak.
I have been teaching a new Mom friend down the street how to knit.
Lots of warm meals have been cooked and baked.
Blankets have been washed and placed in the living room for cozying up.
Cups of tea warm my hands as I sit and watch football with David. Have I ever mentioned that we have football on, pretty much all Autumn and Winter? David is obsessed and I must admit that I am fast finding myself to be a fan of a good game.
I pulled out Elijah and Evelyn's winter quilts and made up their beds to keep them warm and toasty. Winter nights in the Midwest can be brutal.
I found two wool rugs for super cheap and they now grace the ceramic tile floor in the kitchen. Those rugs will be nice this Winter. Plus, they are a cheery red, blue, and green stripe pattern that happens to make me very happy.
I am busy getting ready for Elijah, Evelyn, and I to fly to Oregon to visit my parents, brothers, sister-in-laws, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins. I am very excited. It has been two years since I was there last and I have not met a niece and a nephew. Many lists have been made, snacks decided on and activities planned for the long days of travel there and back.
Sugar cookies have been baked and decorated...pumpkins and Mickey Mouse. Elijah insisted on Mickey Mouse.
Lots of reading of story books. Evelyn has started being more interested in books. I have enjoyed now getting to be able to read to both of them at the same time. This will be a favorite cold weather activity.
Lots of little, sweet moments fill our days...it's not that I haven't wanted to blog about them, I have just been too busy soaking them up to stop and write.
I hope that Fall is wonderful where you are and that your hands and hearts are warmed by the fruits of your labors. I will be back soon with pictures...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
They are addicting to a degree that I have not experienced in a long time. All I have to do is drive 30 minutes to an apple orchard, walk up to a counter, place my order, and instantly I am handed a bag full of hot donuts. I mean those babies are fresh out of the deep fryer and rolled in cinnamon sugar. I have gone back 3 times in two weeks...3 times! The bad (good, for my waistline) news is that the orchard is only open during September and October. If I get a craving in March...too bad for me!
Depending on how much applesauce I get from this, we may make another trek out to the orchard for another half bushel...honest, I'm not motivated by those donuts one bit.
Monday, September 21, 2009
After 9 minutes or so in boiling water and cutting off the kernels, I spread them out onto two baking sheets and placed them in the freezer. I wanted the kernels to freeze more or less individually instead of as whole blocks of solid corn. It worked well. After a day in the freezer I transferred the corn to freezer bags and I ended up with four quart sized bags full. Easy and they will be great in the months ahead.
Taking a page from Leslie, I have been having a little school time with Elijah in the mornings. Today we talked about the letter C and the number 3. C is for Car, so we made a little car with a stick butter box and construction paper and we practiced counting to three and holding up only three fingers. He seemed to enjoy it. So since we are focused on the letter C, I made crackers this morning for our snack. I used a recipe posted by Heather at Beauty that Moves and they were quite good. I have held off buying any crackers at the store the last few weeks because I wanted to make this recipe. I am trying to cut out more processed food from our lives, so homemade crackers was an easy thing to do. A few changes I made to the recipe: I left out the nutritional yeast as I didn't have any on hand and I used dried celery instead of rosemary as I didn't have that either. They are yummy. Elijah kept sneaking them behind my back...so I know I have a winner if he can't stop eating them. I see lots of double batches and variations in our future. I am happy because they are not only tasty, but I know every ingredient in them is fine for my family to eat.
This week we'll be picking apples and making apple sauce...I'm sure you will be hearing more about that in the days ahead.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I had a grand surprise while off on my travels. It was a typical Wednesday, I had just finished making Elijah a grilled cheese sandwich for his dinner when there on knock on my in-laws door. It was my Mother-in-law and walking in behind her was my Dad and Step-Mom. Wow! I cried and cried...I had not seen them in almost a year. I had no idea that they were planning to come and be around for Evelyn's birthday party. We had four + lovely days together. What a blessing...I needed that.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Evelyn turned one (wow!). We had a joint party with her cousin Sierra who is a week younger than she. I will post pictures, I just haven't taken the two seconds to upload them to my computer. I will, it's on my list. OH, BIG NEWS...Evelyn is walking...all.over.the.house. She holds on to something in each hand, like a spoon or a toy and does laps. She doesn't really play right now...just walks. She is also working on two more teeth which makes for a high level of crankiness at times.
I am trying to get back into a routine around the house, but, I am learning that I am going to have to figure out a new one, what with two completly mobile kids...I love it.
I feel like I am moving nicely into fall. I am making plans to take the babies to the apple orchard and I have pulled out my knitting...I am ready for the golden leaves, warm socks, and purple Mums.
Ugh, time to go sort through their drawers, clean out the things that are too small and figure out what their cold weather needs are...anyone want to come do it for me?!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I will try to check in, but no promises...there will be last minute sewing and 1st Birthday planning going on...so it may be September before I get back here.
If so, have a wonderful week!!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I was at the farmer's market last week when I saw them. I knew right then that I had to have them. I would have fresh flowers on my table every week if I could. Flowers from the florist are far too expensive and my flower garden isn't large enough yet. So that is normally a no go...but these were locally grown and an awesome price. They were mine.
Friday, August 21, 2009
That statement always makes me scratch my head. Having never made pasta before, I did not posses the knowledge of the consistency to be desired. So it's times like that when I have learned to just wing it and hope I can figure it out.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Every evening my dad would play out the same ritual. He would periodically go outside to check the temperature. We didn't have a thermometer, he went purely by the feel of the evening air on his skin to test whether or not it was cooler outside than inside the house. If he deemed it to be so, we would run around the house throwing open all windows to get that cooler air moving through the house. I can remember going to bed some nights with it still feeling so hot that I couldn't even stand to sleep with a sheet over me and I have always hated not having at least something covering me, even if it is only a thin sheet. To me that's just as bad as wearing socks to bed, I just don't like it.
Which is the best version, hands down, ever of that story. Anyway, I digress...
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I hadn't intended to be gone so long. I haven't turned on the computer in just about a week. No Facebook, no e-mail, no blogging...it was a nice rest.
My sweet husband had to travel for work and he happened to be going to where his parents live. He took the babies last Tuesday and did not get home until Saturday evening.
As much as I missed them (and boy did I miss them, I don't like sleeping alone in a house anymore), I was a busy, busy bee.
I slept in.
I cleaned. the. entire. house.
I painted a step stool and a plant stand both a crisp white.
I made food only I would eat (tofu, summer squash, lentils, beets...the former vegetarian in me re-emerged).
I went to a movie (Julie and Julia...brilliant, absolutely brilliant).
I weeded the flower beds.
I went to an estate sale and a few resale shops (Cashmere sweaters, linen pants, and a first printing of Ben Hur oh my!).
And I didn't take a picture of any of it...not one!
I had a lovely time, but as soon as I heard the garage door yesterday I ran as fast as I could to open that door, scoop up my babies and kiss my sweetie.
I am rested and relaxed, but so much happier not to have to sleep in an empty house anymore. Plus, now I can get kisses from anyone, anytime I want...I can't get that in an empty house!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
While at Ikea last weekend, I finally got a covered cake stand. I have been wanting one for awhile and I just haven't seen them around very often. So when I saw one (one of only two left on the display mind you) I snatched it up. I just love the look and the homeyness that it imparts...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
On Sunday Elijah somehow got the idea into his head that he needed to have a party. I asked him what the party was for and his reply was..."I want to blow the fire." Which translates into blowing out candles. After pondering awhile, I said "OK, let's do it!" After all he refused to do anything for his second birthday back in February...here was my opportunity.
He and I went in search of a party. He kept asking if we were looking for his party and I would reply every time...yes! We got a little cake and a balloon. He could hardly contain his excitement. When we got home I put two candles on the cake...and you can see the rest in the video below...
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I have seen this pattern floating around blogland for a year or so and really like it. I was able to sew up two versions of this top (I will have to post the other at a later date...in laundry). It's Simplicity 3835. It came together fast and I was afraid that it would be too big. While sewing it, it just looked so massive, but when I tried it on I was very pleased. The way the fabric drapes is perfect, so what seemed like a lot of fabric while sewing makes more sense when on the body.