Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Norah tells the Nativity Story

This is the Nativity story as told by Norah (3 yrs).

Once upon a time the camels went up the hill to fetch some water.
One came down and fell and then the other. 
All the wise men and the kings horses couldn't wrap the baby Jesus again.
So they tried and tried to wrap the baby Jesus with a blanket, but they couldn't do it.
So Mary and Joseph took care of baby Jesus with all the animals.

And there you have it folks!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Lunchbox and 1980's memories

We are preparing Helen for kindergarten. She starts next week! Yesterday we bought her a lunchbox. It made me start thinking about when I was in elementary school. I had a HuggaBunch lunch box. I don't know how many years I used it, but it is the only one I remember. It was your run of the mill 80's plastic, squarish, lunch box, with a thermos - that leaked. I didn't use the thermos much, but I do remember a few times opening my lunchbox at school and it had leaked.
This a picture of the lunchbox I remember (someone else's though).

I also remember buying hot lunch. It was back in the day when you had little tickets. Our school district's were red, unless you had the reduced price lunch then I think they were orange or something. Ya, it was way back then when it wasn't mandatory that everybody's ticket look the same. Now each child has a card that they swipe at Helen's school.

Back to the 80's. I remember Huggabunch, Wuzzles, Today's Special (a favorite of mine), Zoobilee Zoo (another favorite), The Adventures of Gummy Bears, and Popples (I had matching Popples pajamas for me and my doll). What about Chiggles? I personally don't remember anything about Chiggles, except that my sister had one and the lights blinked. The other toys/cartoons are fond memories.

I wonder what Helen's memories will be when she is a mom?  Will it be her Littlest Pet Shop lunch box?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One Month in New House

We've been in our new house for one month. No room is completely unpacked. There are unpacked and semi-unpacked boxes in every room. The stress of our home in constant chaos plus regular everyday life is taking it's toll. There is no good place to put the girls'stuff right now (or a lot of our other stuff). Their bedroom was mostly emptied so I could paint. Also, they are sleeping on the floor in the living room while I painted, so the living room is in a state of constant bedding. There were closet doors laying on the floor in the living room too, but now they are propped up behind the rocking chair. Piece of the girls' closet shelves are pretty much everywhere in the house.

There is light at the end of the tunnel though. I have finished painting the girls' room, which should help the mess a lot. Most people get a deer-in-the-headlights look when I tell them what color I painted the room, so you'll have to wait for pictures. This week I am focusing on putting their room together and helping them learn where the toys go now so that they can help clean up too.

The Pizza Guy has been working hard in the yard.  He has repaired the two lines of sprinklers in the front yard and is starting on the back.  He has also moved a lot of rock.  We are hoping to  have the backyard somewhat cleaned up by Saturday as we are going to be having a belated birthday party back there.

Hopefully I will be back with pictures of the inside soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


This past week has brought packing, painting, and cleaning.  Not much worthy of a picture.  But this upcoming week should have all kinds of exciting photos between the move and a birthday.  I am tired of living in limbo and feeling the need to find routine again.  We've reached the point when our girls are asking where some of their stuff is, and, well, it's packed.  I'm glad to know we won't be moving again for a long while.  Now, just to figure out where everything is going to go.

The girls back in January
wearing the owl hats their aunt made them .

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!

We dyed eggs on Friday night.  It was fun.  It was also nice when all the eggs were done so we could dispose of the leftover dye and glitter.

Dying Eggs

So excited!

Waiting patiently

Bright colors

Eggs done, better dye hands, time to clean up!

Yesterday the Easter bunny came (the Easter bunny we know comes on Saturdays, always has, always will).  The girls were thrilled with new toys and candy.  The egg hunt was fun, too.

Lots of surprises!
Chocolate fairy bunnies

Today was a nice reminder at church that because of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that there is a purpose to our being here.  There is a goal to work toward.  There is hope.  So grateful for that.

Pretty dresses

Loving sisters

Easter Eggs

Oops, dropped one.

I made bread this morning and shaped it into 3 different kinds of bunnies.  Two of the shapes did not turn out as cute as wanted.  The last ones did, so those will be used for our Easter dinner tonight.

Dinner rolls

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Fools

  • Mess up calendar - check
  • Hide food coloring under cereal  - check! (didn't work too well though)
  • Paint the bar of soap in the shower with clear nail polish so it won't lather - check!! (nice one!)
  • Make a really great April Fools Dinner - check!!!
Dinner was pie.

Luscious layers of "dessert".

Then for dessert we started with some mixed veggies.

Added some chicken.

And potatoes
Put it in a pie crust with some gravy
and we got "Chicken Pie" for dessert.

Sweet Pea 1 was supper confused all day, but mainly worried why I was going off my rocker for dinner.
Sweet Pea 2 just went with the flow.
The Pizza Guy was just happy to have married his crazy wife.
Hey I fooled even him with the veggies.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bye, Bye, Long Locks

Almost a year ago, Jake quit cutting his hair.

The last time he cut it was the 2nd to last guard drill that he went to.

It has gotten longer and longer.  He loves it, especially flipping it around.

He is also experiencing things I (and most girls) have experienced for a long time: brushing long hair, the need for conditioner, blow dryers, and most notably, going through stages of letting your hair grow out.  Ya, it takes patience.

In January he let the girls (with my help) put pony tails in his hair.

It was fun!  I was hoping Jake would show the girls how to be tough when taking out a hair elastic, but instead he sympathized with them. (We have since bought different hair elastics to help ease the pain.)

Here we are in all our long locks glory in rare photo of both of us together.

Then the inevitable happened.

The scissors had to come out.

And just like that the long locks were gone.

And by that I mean mine were.

Jake's hair is still going strong growing long.  He is almost to a stage where he can put in in one ponytail in the back.  Not quite though.  If he cut bangs he could.  But let's not suggest that to him, okay?

Pasta, Greens, & Beans

We made this for dinner a while back. It was our second time trying this recipe and it was great again! I tore the recipe out of a magazine ages ago.  I didn't take any in-progress pictures, because I was trying to get dinner on the table quickly. My family gobbled this up and we were scraping the pan. I used ham lunch meat because that is what I had on hand, but I think making this to use up a left-over ham would be superb.

I loved it because it was simple, used basic ingredients, and it was a pasta dish (i.e. a toddler's first love) without tomato sauce (i.e. much easier clean-up of said toddler). Good thing there is a picture on recipe website for y'all cause mine isn't the best photo. Can't wait to try the other versions.

8 oz ziti
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 cups chopped cabbage, preferably savory or napa
1/2 cup chopped ham
1 cup sodium-free chicken or other stock or water
3 cups cooked or canned cannellini or other white beans
Freshly grated ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan

Bring large pot of water to a boil over high heat and salt it.  Add the pasta and cook until tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes; drain and set aside.

While the pasta is cooking, place the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; when hot, add the onion and celery and cook until just wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.  Then add the ham, stock, and beans;  sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until everything is heated through. - 5 to 7 minutes.  If it seems dry, add a little more stock or water; it should be moist, but not soupy.

Add the pasta to the bean mixture and stir gently.  Taste and adjust the seasoning, sprinkle with Parmesan.

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