Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
The lucky ducks got to go skiing again yesterday. Ellea's Uncle Dave (and Godfather) bought her a punch card so she could go a few times this season. Now if the snow will just stick around, she'll be all set!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The teacher of all things forestry.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
It was a great inspirational talk. He had lots of words of wisdom. He told us having a positive mental attitude was crucial to getting through life. Despite all he's been through, he is just grateful to be here and passionate about living life to its fullest. While he can't ride like he used to (he still rides a little bit--with one arm!), and his life has been turned upside-down, he chooses to live his life very deliberately.
My favorite quote was one of the last things he said:
Friday, January 27, 2012
It made me incredibly grateful that we live where we do. I can't imagine if I lived in a bigger town that I would keep my cool if no one knew where my child had disappeared to! The teachers were frantically calling bus drivers and the other elementary building in town. They were very apologetic and felt badly that he was "lost." I was 99.9% sure that he was safe somewhere. I know a child can be kidnapped in even the smallest town, but thankfully we finally located him at the other school.
I was relieved and annoyed when I found out where he was! There was no reason for him to be on the bus that went to that school. He claims "he forgot" where he was supposed to go after school, but I don't buy that. He's had a stern talking to and won't be pulling that stunt again if he knows what's good for him!
We should hug our loved ones every chance we get and say a prayer for their safety. They're so precious and irreplaceable.
Even if they do silly, annoying things that drive us crazy sometimes!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
We made our first trip to Lewiston in the new van over the weekend. We had to listen to the kids argue about which movie to watch. Excellent. Something new to argue about. Kids can never have too many things to argue about. That's what I always say.
I'm not sure what I was thinking. They watch too much TV already.
BUT, it did make for a delightfully quiet car for me to take a nap in. Maybe it is a good thing. I do love my car naps. I take a blanket and neck pillow any time I think I might get a nap. Which is any time we drive more than 20 minutes!
Monday, January 23, 2012
William Henry Kaufman was born early Saturday, January 14th to Steve and Christina (and big brother, Ben). This big boy weighed 9 lbs, 10 ozs. His mama looks fabulous. Even after experiencing childbirth three times over, I'll never fully understand how the human body can go through such trauma and bounce back so quickly. It's a miracle in so many ways!
Ellea insisted that she be first to hold him! She nearly refused to let Nicole and I have a turn.
He has quite the "old man" wrinkles when he screws up his face! Sure hope he doesn't do any permanent damage!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
His employer has a "Winter Party" every January. Very smart to skip the busy Christmas season, since everyone's so busy in December. We had a yummy meal, lots of delicious desserts and a DJ. It was a fun evening.
I've decided we should strive to go out on date at least once a month. That's not too much to ask, is it? I guess I better mention this plan to Glenn since he's the one I want to go on most the dates with!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
She's like her mom--please don't make me run.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I thought brieflly about venturing out into the snow to get a better angle on the action. Then I came to my senses, snapped the picture from the front porch and happilly went back into the house!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Glenn is so piercing-averse that he ran away when I grabbed the camera. NO WAY was I going to take a picture of him with "earrings!"
Nicole picks up the camera and he smiles. He's not wrapped around his daughters' fingers, is he? Yup! And proud of it, too!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
And we do our fair share of shopping. We rarely leave there empty-handed. We're just doing our part! It's a terrific thrift shop. Very clean and well-organized.
They get some great donations.
Who doesn't love a humongous teddy bear?!
We happened to be there when they were taking pictures for a local business directory. After the big group picture, I insisted on a family photo. Ellea resisted, but once I told her she could find a cute stuffed animal to hold, she relented!
Monday, January 16, 2012
He mostly pushed the pedal, but he paid close attention to the entire process. Thankfully, it moved along quickly. The blanket was finished in about an hour and a half, and Morgan's interest was about spent so that was perfect!
Morgan's Godmother, Donna, picked up the material for this project. It's cute little monkey's throwing snowballs at each other. Perfect for my little monkey! The blanket is just the right size to cuddle up on the couch with. It's his new favorite!
Soon, my children know more about sewing than I do. Maybe then they can teach me!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I provided dessert which is fine by me. I like eating dessert, so I'm happy to make it. I even made my own whipped cream (for the filling) rather than use cool whip. I rarely--no, never, make whipped cream. That stand mixer is so handy!This is a recipe that I don't make often, but should because it's very good. Sorry for the blurry picture. I meant to take a picture of the pie on my own plate, but I was so excited to eat it that I forgot all about taking a picture! I snapped this picture quickly and hurried back to eating!
Chocolate Raspberry Pie
1 graham cracker (or Oreo) pie crust
3 Tbs granulated sugar
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 cups unsweetened raspberries
Combine the sugar, cornstarch and berries in a saucepan; stir over med heat and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 15 minutes. Spread in crust and refrigerate.
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c whipped cream
Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy (not sure about this instruction--I beat it quite a while and never saw much fluff. I decided to beat until creamy instead!!). Fold in whipped cream; carefully spread over raspberry layer; cover and refrigerate at least one hour. (Or, if you always are running short on time, like me, 20 minutes in the freezer!!)
1/3 c semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tbs butter or 1/4 c whipping cream
Melt ingredients in saucepan on med-low. Cool 4-5 minutes. Pour over filling; cover and chill 2 hours (Or, again, the freezer is your friend!!).
I added a few raspberries on top as garnish. And because I'm a big believer in chocolate (that is, I'm a chocoholic), I sprinkled some mini-chocolate chips on top. I would probably add even more mini-chips next time. Maybe even between the raspberry and creme layers.
But that's just me.
I have issues.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
They were in heaven! They were incredibly quiet for about 2 hours! Guess what they want Santa to bring them next year?! I told them to dream on!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Butt Prints In The Sand
One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore,
But then some stranger prints appeared,
And I asked the Lord, "What have we here?"
Those prints are large and round and neat,
"But Lord they are too big for feet."
"My child," He said in somber tones,
"For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait."
"You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know.
So I got tired, I got fed up,
and there I dropped you on your butt."
Because in life, there comes a time,
when one must fight, and one must climb.
When one must rise and take a stand,
or leave their butt prints in the said."
My apologies for the irreverence.
But, you gotta admit--it's funny!! And true, too!!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I couldn't resist snapping a photo of Nicole "holding" her sister the other day. It's so sweet that they get along so well.
Ellea didn't appreciate the photo opportunity, thus the hand in the face!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Then they discovered the fun of pulling each other around with the dog leash.
I Noticed that Nicole's in a dress and Ellea's in her pj's. Not sure what's up with that. To each her own. I'm more of a pj girl, myself!
Monday, January 9, 2012
So, she and I made OUR very first Angel Food Cake.
One of the reasons that I've never actually made an Angel Food Cake is I'm too lazy to stand there with the mixer beating the eggs for three weeks. C'mon. Who has that kind of patience? But, I have a stand mixer. Thank God for that!
The other reason I don't make Angel Food cake is who wants 12 eggs yolks lying around with no where to go? I'm gonna have to figure out what to do with those puppies.
Nicole was amazed at how you separate eggs. And the girls where fascinated to see what happens to egg yolks when you beat them to within an inch of their life. It was very educational.
A little home ec. lesson in my kitchen.
I'm not a big fan of Angel Food cake without fruit and whip cream,but boy, oh boy, add those lovely ingredients and you have a little slice of heaven.
And no chocolate is involved. Amazing!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Recently, the kids tried to help Nicole really get into the lean!
I guess it didn't help as much as they had hoped, but they sure had a good time trying! It's lucky Nicole didn't land on her nose!! She really trusts those two!