Saturday, August 30, 2008
I love decorating for Fall! It is so fun and there are so many cute things! I was drooling over all of the adorable things that Gordman's has recently. Although my budget doesn't allow me to splurge on these items it is so fun to look....here are a few cute ones from Terry's Village:
Happy Fall, everyone!!!
Hebrews 13:20-21 (New International Version)
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Carlina has now been taking her medicine for a week but hasn't been sleeping good at all lately. Sometimes when you first get on those anti-depressants, you feel much worse before it gets better. I hate that they take so long to work and I pray that they do work for her.
Garrett hasn't spilled much about school, he won't talk about it at all. He did tell us that 2 boys yelled at him when they were playing with trains together. The teacher put the train in time out and then the boys were able to play together nicely. He also told us he had delicious white milk and a circle pizza for lunch yesterday but didn't eat the pizza. I wonder if he eats anything at all.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Alicia turns 11 this month. She had originally asked for a new bicycle for her birthday, then we found out her cousin might give her the one she had outgrown. It is really nice and in great condition. Now she doesn't know what she wants:) She misses her best friend, Elizabeth, in Florida but seems to be adjusting very well and enjoying 5th grade. She has made some nice friends in church.
Garrett had a good day yesterday. He had fun in Sunday school and then got to play with his cousin, Jewel, all afternoon after church. They have so much fun together. That evening we went to a church family's house for dinner. They have 5 children, including one little boy Garrett's age. He had a blast playing with all of his trains and trucks. Regardless of what he gets to do, he is usually smiling:)
He was so excited and got right up this morning. He had been waiting to wear his new Wall-E tee shirt and asked for that right away. When we got to school he put his blanket and pillow in his cubby and hung up his backpack and jacket. Then he joined the other kids to play. There are 18 4 year olds in his class which meets M,T,Th. I hope he has a good day!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck.
This book is amazing and heartbreaking! It is the story of a peasant farmer and his family in China during the time of the Japanese invasion (WWII). I loved The Good Earth and would highly recommend this one, too. It really brings these people to life and makes you appreciate living in a free country.
1. board games-we love clue,yahtzee and uno
2. cooking-we love to get together in the kitchen and whip up delightful dishes
3. picnic-this is our favorite thing to do this time of year. ***
4. watching the Brady Bunch-we own every season and don't have cable and get two network stations--the kids love it.
***footnote-we went to Southwood Conservation area today for a picnic. It was gorgeous--sunny and 75 degrees. Ollie had a blast running around and got pushed (ahem-accidentally?) off of the dock of the pond into the water and had a fun swim. He proceeded to drag a huge dead rat out of the pond and chase everyone with it. We saw Monarchs and twin fawns. Sorry I don't have a picture of the rat, its teeth were beyond belief!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
To put it simply, it is this little country south of Russia that used to be a part of the Mother country. Why is Russia so interested in Georgia? Some analysts say the oil pipelines, some say the ports, some say Russia just wants to expand her empire again?
On another note, did you know more Georgians live to the age of 100 than in any other country?
On another note, I dropped out of the Bible study that I had signed up for at the church. I had only been one time but it was just too hard to leave in the evenings, esp with Jesse having to help Jim sometimes and Carlina not feeling good. I want to do AWANA this Fall and being out 2 nights might be too hard. I would have loved the study and fellowship but sometimes you just can't do it all.
Jesse is meeting with a home-health care provider tonight, along with his sister, to see if they can work something out for his dad. I hope he is cooperative, but he wasn't keen on anyone coming in to help.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Now for number 8....the girls and I loved Charlotte but daddy did not. He likes Elizabeth and Anna. Julia and Alicia desperately want me to name her Emma Rose. Which is very pretty. I personally love Josephine and would call her Josie, but noone else except for Carlina seems to like that.......more deliberating!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Next, Jesse's dad is suffering from Parkinson's disease and has been having hallucinations, which are par for the course with the disease. He is living by himself right now, doesn't want to go back in to the nursing home. On Wed. he thought someone was in his car and trying to take it. He also sees people in his house constantly. I don't know how long he will be able to live by himself. Debbie took him to the doctor yesterday to make sure he was still on his meds. Jesse stopped there after work and checked on him. Jesse thinks he can do okay for awhile as he is still lucid and can pretty much do what he is supposed to, he doesn't want to force him to move back into the home right now. They instructed him not to drive anywhere at night. That has been very stressful for Jesse. They always talk about the crossroads of raising children and taking care of ailing parents; looks like we are smack in that zone.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time yesterday. I am slow to get to a doctor due to the move and other factors, so it was such a sweet sound at 31 weeks. I can't wait to meet this new little person. I was browsing for baby things on the web and found some neat and weird things. If I had lots of dough I would have this for baby "Gazmo" (Garrett's name for him/her). Pretty different but cool. Also found organic hemp sneakers for baby....huh? The byline said if you can't smoke it anymore you can wear it!!!
Summertime is a good time for pie....any kind of pie with lots of ice cream. I made a cherry pie yesterday with nice tart cherries. I am not a crust making whiz...I know the purists use lard, for nice and flaky crusts. I used a jiffy mix. Unfortunately the picture is not my pie. Mine looks like it has been thrown up in the air against the ceiling and then dangled from the light fixture for a while. It still tastes good...I just need to work on appearance. I love those beautiful pies where people use tiny cookie cutters to cut out pieces of crust and decorate the top. That is beyond my abilities. I found a recipe in a cook book that I checked out from the library for a gorgeous pie called Rasberry Ribbon pie. I haven't tried it yet but want to for the holidays.
2 pkg (3oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confect sugar
1 c. heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 pastry shell, baked
1 pkg rasp gelatin
1 1/4 c boiling water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 pkg frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed
Beat cream cheese, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Fold in cream. Spread half in pie shell and chill for 30 min.
Dissolve gelatin in water; add lemon juice and raspberries. Spoon half over cream cheese. Chill for 30 min or until set.
Set aside remaining gelatin mixture at room temp. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over top of pie. Chill for 30 min. Top with remaining gelatin and chill until firm.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Ollie had fun on the drive, too. Colton decided to stay home...he had blisters from a long walk with bad shoes. Ollie has eaten out both of Colton's insoles...yumyum. We found an old park with a see-saw; those are rare in modern parks. The one room schoolhouse was neat, too. The best part was chowing down on icecream. Jesse had $5 in his pocket and was able to get a half gallon of soft serve at an old-timey dairy queen. She also threw in a bowl of hot fudge for free. We poured it over the icecream and all dug in!
The vacation is officially over for Jesse who started work today. The kids will start school next Wednesday...where did the summer go???!!! Here are some pictures of the fun we had going to Preparation Canyon, Loess Hills visitor center and other fun places recently. The hike about killed me, they way back was all up hill. It is so gorgeous there, I can't wait to go back in the Fall when the leaves have changed color.