Saturday, January 30, 2010


So, today we had an interesting time. I was making A Swedish Tea Ring for church tomorrow since we are having the big annual meeting and the council is providing the snacks. So. I started working on it, did the kneading for the appropriate amount of time and then just as I finished I realized that I hadn’t added in the eggs. Hello disaster! So, I started getting ready to mix up another one and decided to call my mom and see if she had any miracle cures or suggestions for the eggless dough that I already had.

She suggested that I throw the dough and the missing eggs into the breadmaker on a dough setting and see if it would incorporate or not. So I did. Meanwhile I made another batch just in case. If it was just for the family it would not have been a big deal but I was a little leary of serving the first one to the church if the breadmaker didn’t work.

Just checked on the dough and the one out of the breadmaker is already through the first two rises and ready for to be formed into the ring and set for the third. The second batch that I labored over is on the second and not looking as promising as the first. Who would have thought that the disaster dough would be the winner? Also, if it turns out so much better why am I the one slaving over the mixing, kneading, making sure that everything is at the perfect temperature when the wonderful technology that we have will do it for me?? Not sure if I am feeling smarter than the machine right now.

We’ll see once they bake if the first one is the better tasting one too. Pictures to come tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Saying goodbye is never easy…

We said goodbye to “Auntie Esther” yesterday. It was really sad and we are all going to miss her. It was fun to have my “little” sister here for awhile. I feel like I got to know her all over again.

So, thank you Esther for all that you did for our family! We appreciate it so much!

IMG_7996 Last night, reading one last story together while the car was warming up.





Project Life

I have a confession…. I am a terrible scrapbooker/recorder of memories. I have wonderful intentions and ideas exploding out of my brain but I just never take the time to sit down and actually get it all out onto paper. I have saved everything with the intention to put it all into books and my intention is still to do that.


I feel like I am constantly behind in recording anything about my children (outside of this blog) so I decided to turn over a new leaf. I am going to stop beating myself up about not having the most beautiful scrapbooks for all my children that are all current and start focusing on the here and now.


Enter Project Life.

It is beautiful, it utilizes something that I already do (take lots of pictures) and all that I really need to focus on is taking a few minutes every night before I go to bed to write a few sentences about the day.

Note: this is just how I plan to use it. There are many different ways of doing it and what is right for me may not be right for you…

I love it! I have gotten my mom interested in doing it and she is going to try and start, I got my cousin Virginia interested (hurray!) and Esther. Partly so that I would have accountability to stay on top of it but mostly because I love it so much!


There are so many things to do with it. Even if you don’t like the whole “kit” thing. There is so much you can do to make it your own. Seriously…

Get it on Amazon. It also comes in a digital format if that is more your speed.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Honor Guard

Joe and I were at a funeral for a parishioner today and I have to say that although I am not an overly emotional person,  I have always been moved at funerals. There is just something about a room full of people that are all gathered there with one thing in common.


I find that the funerals that affect me the most are the ones that involve someone who has been in the service. Even watching a movie where there is an honor guard brings me to tears as I hear taps being played after the gun salute.

Today the gentleman who brought us all together was a vet and a member of the American Legion here in town. The honor guard was there.

One of the men stood at the front of the room next to the casket during the entire service. It was hot in the room and we were all sweating. He was an elderly gentleman and about 10 minutes before the service was over he collapsed.  As people were running to the front to help him up and to a seat I noticed another member of the guard quietly walk up to the front, salute the casket and take up his post there until the end of the service. It speaks so much to the character of these men. They honor each other even in death.

It speaks volumes.

I, of course, was a crying mess. Then, as if things weren’t bad enough, they presented the flag to his wife of 62 years, did the gun salute and played taps.

I grieve for the family. They have lost someone close to them-husband, father, grandfather… If you think of it, keep them in prayer now.

Ooops! Little Late!

I forgot to do the update on the kids in December and in January. Better late then never…

Lily: She is living life to the fullest! Her most recent obsession is anything to do with office supplies. I am thinking that maybe a box of various office supplies is in order for the upcoming birthday! She loves to be the little mommy to Jake and Hannah. Sometimes a little TOO much! She got her hair cut recently by choice-at the beauty place. It was not self-inflicted this time. It does look cute and she doesn’t look as raggedy now that it is all getting to be the relatively the same length. Miraculously she is starting to really like to clean up and does a good job as long as she has Jake with her. She LOVES school. She spent the night throwing up and still wanted to go to school the next morning. I have to say that it may have something to do with a certain classmate that she has decided will be her future husband. Apparently he was not as receptive to the idea.


Jacob: He is kind of going through a pouty phase right now. He is super sensitive about everything and takes a lot of coaxing and/or tickling to snap out of it. He is still the best eater of all of the kids and LOVES to clean. He was so excited to have his grandma and Uncle Johnny here for a visit recently. He didn’t take kindly to the bout of stomach flu that he had. “Frowing up” is NOT his favorite. Especially when it is his sister throwing up on him. He loves to help out with setting the table, cooking and pretty much anything that is kitchen related. He really likes to “fweep” the kitchen too. Obviously he still has a little trouble with his speech, the s with a consonant following seems to be the problem most of the time. We are working on that.


Hannah: She is still the sassy little girl. I have to say that she has more attitude than either of the other kids. To say everything is DRAMA is an understatement.  For those of you with a diva in the house, feel my pain. We were picking up the playroom one night while Johnny was here and he was just watching her and laughing. I asked him what was funny and he just said that it was great watching Hannah clean because destruction followed behind her like a cloud. She also loves to clean but the motivation behind it is to put it away and then immediately take it back out. She is a very loving little girl though and is quick to put her head on you and say sorry when she is naughty (which she often is!).


Friday, January 22, 2010

Names for #4

At breakfast this morning Joe and I asked the kids what they were interested in naming the baby. These are some of the names they came up with…

Names Who came up with it
Allison Lily
Rabbit Jake
Lelson Lily
Alice Lily
Banana-head Jake
Racie Lily
Sugar-head Jake
Angel Jake
Matthew Lily
Sleeping Beauty Lily

Clearly there were many giggles and only a few of these were meant to be serious. Jake was really loving all of the …-head names. Anything on the table was up for grabs.

Gotta love the simple moments.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hello Second Trimester!

Wow! It is hard to believe how fast the time is flying by. It feels like only yesterday that we found out that number 4 was a reality and now I am done with the first trimester! It is so exciting!

I am relieved to say that I can say goodbye to the extreme nausea and exhaustion and not so glad to say hello to the heartburn and going to the bathroom every hour at night. TUMS, I love you so!

Jake is still anticipating a baby brother. We are going to need A LOT of time to convince him that a sister will be ok if we find out he/she is a girl. I am still not sure how to approach that one. I know that I still harbor resentment toward Esther and Ruth for not being the big brother that I wanted when they were born. :)

SO, I am sure that there will be many wonderful and not so wonderful changes going on in the next few months. I will post pictures once I am obviously pregnant. I have never been one to take the prego shots but I think I am softening in my old age now.

More to come later…

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Family Updates

We had a wonderful visit with my mom and brother this week (for the most part). We did a lot of projects around the house, went to a movie, built snowmen, did endless coloring projects and crafts, and spent the last few days with the worst stomach flu ever!


It was so wonderful to have them here! I am a little sad that we were missing my dad and Ruthie and Josh but getting everyone together is not as easy as it used to be.


Here are a FEW pictures from the visit! I have to get it together and get things caught up on here! :)




IMG_7882Snow Banana 


IMG_7906Johnny, Lily and Jake with some of their creations.


IMG_7879Working hard to make the head.


IMG_7916  Leaving for the movie and posing with the melted snow people in the yard. One day they’re here, the next they are gone!


IMG_7927 Watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


IMG_7941Last day together! :(


We had such a great time. I always hate saying goodbye when our loved ones leave. Maybe someday we will be closer.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ups and Downs

Down:  Spending $12.99 on pants for the girls and seeing that they are $4.99 today. :(
Up: Spending the week with the kids.
Down: Losing my job.
Up: 12 weeks pregnant today! Feeling great! No more nausea, not as tired.
Down: Need to clean the house.
Up: Have a house and things.
Down: 6 inches of snow outside and frigid temps.
Up: 6 inches of beautiful snow outside, frigid temps with heat on in the house!!


Friday, January 1, 2010


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