Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Everybody, but Super Mom, took the long walk with Dad out to the launch pad.
There was much stuffing of wadding and parachutes, "me turn"s,
showing off of rockets,
and exciting moments!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
We had a great time! Everyone got what they wanted (or what Santa knew they wanted even though they asked for different stuff).
Super Dad and I noticed this summer that Super S' bike was getting a bit too small (they seem to grow all of sudden, don't they). So, Santa got him a cool bike! His old bike will be passed down to his younger brother.
(almost all the presents under this tree where handmade or sent by my Mom!!! She filled our tree!)
Super S and A both received these cool robots from Grandpa!
Super A has never asked for anything for Christmas before. This year he asked for a slingshot. Santa happily brought him one with instructions to talk with his parents for the safety precautions. Sorry, no picture of that Super A can be a little hard to pin down.
Mom, do you see in the picture they're wearing the pin holders? They've been wearing them all day. They really look nice and we are so sad we won't be using them at Disney World next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Santa knew Grandpa was bringing Super L a beautiful american girl doll and made her matching pajamas and skirt for Christmas.
She also received a beautiful handmade dress from my mom. When she pulled it out of the box I almost lost my breath. I knew it would be a pretty dress, but this is gorgeous in person!!
The details are incredible!! You should see the sleeves on this dress... and the underskirt! I'll have to take a closer picture! Really Mom, you've out down yourself!!!
If you're wondering what's all over Super J's face, he had a healthy dose of chocolate for a before breakfast snack.
Super J has been coveting his older siblings back-packs. He has been having hard time learning how to talk, but one of the words he found important to say is back-pack. So, Santa brought him Disney Cars back-pack.
He loves it! He also got this great cars blanket that he immediately wanted to wear.
He also got couple of small cars and some Thomas the Train DVDs. He loves trains and calls them hoo hoo hrains. We are so glad to hear his voice!! So anything that makes him talk excites us!
Super S and A weren't as excited about getting clothes for Christmas as Super L, but Super J after opening up the clothes Grandma sent jumped up and proudy showed us his clothes that were exactly like his big brothers! I think this picture says it all!
So those were the highlights of our Christmas. We spent the rest of the day with dear friends who we forgot to take pictures of, and Grandpa.
We missed the rest of our family though and hope to see everyone soon!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
While cleaning up the floor, ladder, railing, etc. I hear Super L yelling from the next room, "I saw a mouse, I saw a mouse. It touched me AAAAAHHHHHH" She comes running into her brother's room screaming there was a mouse.
What ensued next was/is a mad frenzy of getting rid and cleaning up a bunch of stuff. I even heard mention that parents may be so stressed out that Christmas may be cancelled. (Super Dad explaining to Super S why he should help clean up) Hah!!! As if! I didn't stay home from Disney World just to have Christmas cancelled, (athough we have one mnore person who hasn't had the flu yet so maybe Christmas will have to be postponed....NAAHHH). (I have been trying to get rid of stuff for a long time, but my time is split between homeschool, housework, RS, dinner, lunch, breakfast, and appointments for Joshua, so sometimes tryng to clean up and get rid of the extra stuff in this tiny house is a bit frustrating.)
Yes I love the holidays.... (okay, I really do love the holidays but....good grief).
Monday, December 22, 2008
I've been wanting to recreate a table runner that my Great Grandmother made that has tatting around it and now I'll be able to do that. YEA!!
Thanks Mom!! (Thanks to my Mom to!!! I bought a white shirt to go out in on my Anniversary and still have a little leftover...I'll probably buy the rest of the materials for my runner project). I'm so excited!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I thought you all would like to see what it looks like where we are. Now, keep in mind that we rarely get this much snow.
Church was canceled, so Super Dad took this opportunity to take the kids out and play. (They couldn't go out previously due to the flu). There was a 1/2" of ice over all the snow. So no snowman.
Here's Super Dad
Here's Super J. We can never find matching gloves at our house, thus one blue and one pink.
I told him to put on a coat, but he may be a little warm from the three pair of pants that he's wearing to keep dry.
She wishes we had a good climbing tree.
Super J came in a little earlier than everyone else due to cold hands.
He really likes hot Chocolate. Pure Joy!
Super S came in next. He's showing his cold hands. He has a special treat for you guys a little later so check back in, in a couple of hours or tomorrow.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
So what about that drawing class? Haven't even looked into it.
So, how's that for all that whining I did a couple of weeks ago?
Now I'm off to finish the white elephant gifts for my MIL Christmas party.
Friday, December 5, 2008
-Told to me by Super A
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In the spring leaves
Will bud with
Pretty flowers all in bloom.
A tree is pretty
In the spring.
It is summer. Leaves
Are green, fruits are
are buzzing tree to tree.
It is fall and leaves
are brown and
orange and red. Birds are
from their nest.
Winter comes. The trees
They are now sleeping
Waiting for the spring.
My bike is red
It's tires are black.
I like to use it
It goes fast
My brother's bike
Is shiny blue.
He uses it
To go fast too.
My sister's bike
Is pink and white.
She likes to ride
In the light
The grass is green
It goes woosh
And blows in the wind.
In the summer
The grass is brown.
Super S sat and wrote these poems at the dining room table, one morning this week, trying to stall starting on schoolwork. Pretty Good for just wasting time.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I've been studying how to be an effective teacher and one of the things I've learned is you should decide what you want your students to learn/feel/or do after the lesson. As a teacher, you must have a goal for your students and anything that does not support your goal should be nixed for ideas that will support your goal.
My first thought is to apply this principle, the principle of setting a goal and nixing anything that would not propel me towards my goal. Unfortunately, I live in a world where small people depend on me for almost everything. I am the center of their universe. My decisions affect their lives. Have I missed my chance for growth? Or is my growth intertwined with the growth of my children?
While it is true that my growth is intertwined in helping them grow and learn, I think that God expects us to keep learning about the world around us. He expects us to learn new skills that benefit not only us, but the community around us. I don't think the skills that we want to learn at the moment are always the skills that the Lord needs us to learn for the best benefit of ourselves or those around us. So, that leads me to this place. Right now I should focus on becoming a good teacher, to lead the teachers that I am responsible for and helping them to be the best teachers they can be.
I should stop pining over things I don't have time for, knowing that I will get back to those skills when the time is right. (Or should I try to fit them in 5 min. here 10 min. there?)
I do plan on taking a drawing class at a local community college in about a year and a half. I think I might have a spare evening then.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Homemade Laundry Soap
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.
But I didn't get really good results with it. (But I've heard that lots of people do, so give it a try if you're inclined.) And it takes a really long time to make and requires a really big container. I usually ended up using one big stock pot and whatever other large container I had at the time. I then found that it lumped up quite a bit in the month or two that it took to use it up.
I then tried a larger concentration of Fels Napa, Borax, and Washing Soda. It was a no go, so I did a combination of store bought and homemade.
A couple of months ago I decided to try this recipe:
Powdered Laundry Detergent
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated - you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
- Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
- Use 2 tablespoons per full load.
Then I remembered reading that one person added 1/4- 1/2c oxyclean to this mix and had good results. I tried it and is works great. Still use about 2 Tbl. I love it and it is so much cheaper than store bought detergents!!! It does take a while to grate the soap, but if you have a food processor you can grate the soap and then use the blade to cut the soap into smaller pieces. Easy Peasy!! And Cheap.
This recipe seems to last about a month and a half. I made my last recipe 10/25 and will report back when I finish it. There are 6 in my family. I probably do 5-10 loads of laundry a week.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
My first project was to remove the skirt. I used this tool (I don't know what it's called) that is used for pulling staples out of the floor (you now for when you redo your flooring.) It was pretty handy. If I could get the staples out just a little with a screw driver, I could rock the rest of the staple out with the curved part of this tool. I think it took me about 45 min. to get the skirt off.
Can you see the white spots? I think it may be some kind of mildew or mold. The whole skirt is spotted with it. I wonder what I'll find underneath the main body fabric.
Here's me taking off the back of the skirt, half way done.
Done. Here's the back of the couch. Look how much better the back fabric looks!! It looks new.
Here's the front. Hmmm...maybe I will keep the wings. I think it will look pretty cute once I'm done. I'm not convinced that the navy blue microsuede that I bought, to redo a couch a couple of years ago, is really the right style for this couch, but that's what I have. Can't you just see a sweet gathered skirt? I don't think the microsuede will gather. I can just imagine one of those new designer fabrics like Amy Butler's or Anna Corner's fabrics on this couch. On the other hand, a nice neutral will always go with different designer pillows. (Less expensive too.)
Next the back will come off. Then I'll be able to see what innards need to be replaced. I'm thinking just batting will need to be replaced (judging by the smell.)
Oh just so I remember the skirt was 65" in front + about 4" for folding the edges and 33" on the side.
Ethan Allen Hide-a-bed couch, green.
Not ugly! No stains or holes. Mattress in good condition.
So if there are no holes in this couch just what do you call the lack of fabric on the cushions and right inside arm? Hmmmm...
We bought it anyway. It's not my ideal couch, but it is a sturdy and I don't know if any of you realize, but it is really, really hard to find small couches. This one is 69" and fits perfect in our tiny house. It's about 10 year old and smells like old cushion foam. The smell was undetectable at the house we bought it at, but at our house, when you are sitting on the couch it can be a little overwhelming.
So it is a little old fashioned. I'm not sure if I like the "wing chair" look, (the kids love this look and think it's the best part of the couch) but it's growing on me, kind-of. I found a couch on the internet exactly like this where the owner pried off the wing things and changed the shape of the arms to a more modern look. It looked pretty good. I kind of like the small arms so I don't think I'll change that, but I am thinking since I need to take off the back foam (remember it stinks) I'm thinking I'll change the back to loose cushions.
My second idea is to still remove the wing things, but instead of making loose pillows keeping the back flatish like it is now.
My third idea is to leave the wing things (since the kids love them) and .....haven't gotten that far yet.
One thing I love about this couch is the bottom cushions don't move. Since we put it in the living room Sat. night we haven't had to touch the cushions! I'm wondering if I do put loose cushions on the couch if this will affect that, but I doubt it will because I'm thinking the reason they don't move is because the foam is a tight fit.
I think eventually I'll replace the mattress. The guy told me in one of the e-mails that the mattress hadn't been used more than 10 times. WRONG!!!!! It has been more than that by evidence of the extra egg cart mattress added to the mattress and sheet and pillow stuffed in there. I wonder if he was just a clueless husband or a liar trying to offload this couch.
Anyway, that is neither here nor there because I bought the couch. (size, size, size and hide-a-bed meant everything to me.)
So opinions please. Should I keep the old fashioned look? (It will be harder to slipcover and I'm not sure I'm totally up for that) or should I pry of the wings (and go the easy route) and make it look a bit more modern? I will be replacing the bottom cushions no matter what. (One or two bottom cushions?)
Oh yeah, Even though I'll be taking the couch apart I won't really be reupholstering it, I'll probably staple on muslin to keep everything in place and slip a slipcover over top it.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Well, today I was visiting and saw this link. You have to go and take a look!! Not only can you use it to help gather your 3 month food storage (which is what it's designed for) but you can also use it for a grocery shopping list and to list the price you usually pay for the items so you can get the best deal. It keeps track of the things you have and what you need to buy, your menu and the ingredients. You really have to check it out!!! AND IT"S FREE!! FREE!! FREE!! Did you hear me?? FREE!! It's ingenious! Be sure to watch the tutorial.
So I haven't yet checked out the rest of the site, but I will check it out tonight after I put the kids to bed.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The boys and I met up with Super L on her field trip and watched her get lost in the hay maze, had a hay ride, and watched as she picked out the perfect pumpkin. She found the pumpkin in less then three minutes. Pretty fast! Both Super S, and A took f o r e v e r to find their perfect pumpkins when they were in kindergarten.
Only Super L was able to get a pumpkin today. We have a planned date and time for our next family trip to the pumpkin farm and on that day we will all get pumpkins for carving.
Regarding the last post, The boys had absolutely no help coming up with their movie idea. Super S has been thinking about the skit for about a week and a half. We had no idea what it was about until they actually did it. Super Dad did the video while I went on errands. I just about died when I came home from errands and watched the part of the clip where economy eats the $700 billion. Super Dad and I now go around the house saying,"economy, economy...."
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
2 maybe 3 chimichangas
2 parsley parmesan chicken
2 crispy rice chicken
2 or 3 santa fe chicken
1 country chicken pot pie (we ate this as soup a couple of days ago and it was good)
2 baked chicken fingers
2 chicken in a pot (we ate this last night, not my favorite, but edible and, everyone ate it)
2 Chicken Tetrazzini
2 pork barbecue
I have plans for broccoli cheese soup, quiche, and I bought 15lbs of potatoes for side dishes. I'm also planning on doing some breakfast meals and, if I can find some good recipes, lunch.
Now all I need to do is get every room cleaned up and organized and I'll have tons of free time. Hahahahahahah
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
2 or 3 smaller cookie sheets (to fit in freezer)
2 0r 3 more 9X13 glass dishes
2 gallon freezer bags
snacks and movies for kids
another old crockpot
One more large pyrex bowl
containers that can be used in the freezer and oven.
I'll keep my eye out for these things at Goodwill.
Things I wish I had done
counted up all recipes that needed cooked chicken and cooked it the night before.
Emptied out freezers before cooking
Don't buy bread until all meals are cooked.
redo how I organize meat not yet cooked in the freezer
Oh yeah, did I mention I also made yogurt yesterday too. We love yo-cheese, we substitute it for cream cheese. I'm hoping to learn how to make mozzarella in the future.
Now I feel like I'm behind in homeschooling for taking the last day or two to make meals, but I think in the long run it will free up lots of wasted time, worrying and trying to find ingredients for dinner.
At least, 6 more meals will be added today. I'll need to rearrange the freezer before I can fit any more meals in it.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I really like the new cookbook! We had chicken potpie tonight without the crust, so it was really just soup, but it was so good! Just the right amount of salt and nice and thick for cold, rainy days, just like today. Everyone ate dinner tonight, which just doesn't happen all that often anymore, so two thumbs up!! I'm glad I made a double batch to freeze. While we were eating, Super S said he hoped that this was one of the worst recipes in the book, that way we will be eating really, really good dinners for the rest of the month.
We actually used the recipe for tacos Saturday night and again everyone ate dinner without complaining. I think I've found our family's new favorite cookbook. It only took how many years?Glad I bought it.
Sorry, no pictures of the meal making or the dinner. I'm sure most of you know what those two things look like anyway. :)
Gotta go plan my day and rest up for schooling and meal making. Wish me luck. It's too bad I'm not Super Woman! Then I could do it all before the meat starts to go bad.
So my BIL is taking some classes to become a counselor and needed to have some pictures done by children. He had to have certain things in the pictures. I think they were a house, a tree, and something your family does together.
When I heard this I said, "So he wants us to find some kids?" (We know lots of kids) Super Dad replies that our kids are going to draw the pictures, except for Super J who just scribbles. I said it couldn't be done, There was no way our kids wouldn't draw something weird. Us as aliens, or monkeys flying out of the sky or...I don't know, but there was no way. Super Dad called the kids in from playing outside and tells them what to do and that I said it couldn't be done and to prove me wrong. So they start to draw and every once in a while you'd hear a giggle, giggle. Obviously these pictures were good and funny!!
Super A finishes first and runs over to show me his pictures. (Wish I had taken a pic. David maybe you can get one for me,) He proves me wrong. He draws a picture of the family together, doing something. Can you guess what we were doing? Hah, you'll never guess. Go ahead try. Nope. Nope. Nope. Do you want to know?? He draws his family standing around the living room watching paint dry. Yep, we watch paint dry as a family, cause you know, we just paint our rooms around here all the time, for fun, just to watch paint dry. And it doesn't end there cause there is one of us not standing around watching paint dry. It's Super J. He's actually flying (actually shooting, because there are flames coming off his legs) off into space, presumably to find a family that is more fun than ours. And then on the other side of the paper he draws a tree which if I remember right was growing out of his body, with a house about to fall on him. Hmmm were's Super J when you need him?
Super S' is quite a bit better at least he drew us at the zoo, with only the elephants escaping and pure pandemonium about to ensue when we all realize that we are about to be trampled.
After looking at those pictures, I can't remember what Super L drew. I think it had something to do with rainbows. It must have been a little weird (not as weird as her brothers) because I insisted on Super Dad giving his brother Super J's drawings which are just scribbles that Super J tells me, after he draws them, are ice cream and trains and planes and cows and doggies. NORMAL stuff.
I'm sure they'll be taking those pictures apart piece by piece, really trying to understand why it is that Super J is big while Super Dad is itsy bitsy and just why Super Mom is standing so close to the wall, while it's drying. Let's just hope Freud doesn't come up in the discussion.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Here's the table before everyone arrived.
I made fondant for the first time. It was a lot easier to make than I thought. I found the recipe on Allerecipes.com. (Love that site!) It was a bit sticky. I had to keep "flouring" the fondant with powdered sugar so I could roll it out. When I lifted it to put on the small cakes it
s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d like crazy. Even though the little cakes turned out okay, I was glad that I wasn't taking them to a real event where people over the age of 14 would see them.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I was sitting with too older women while they discussed slow cookers about a year ago. They praised their little old crockpots. They talked about how their food never tasted burnt and always came out tasting great. They had both had new crockpots in the last few years and ended up giving them to their daughter-in-laws, because thier food always tasted burnt. Well...my food always tastes burnt. Even though my big crockpot says it has a low and a high setting, I don't believe it. I think it only has one setting, high. So, for three buckaroos I got myself a little old crockpot. I made a roast with it yesterday. The roast turned out so-so, but I don't think it was the crockpots fault. This big 9lb. roast was mostly fat. It was soooooo fatty that I could feel my arteries clogging as I shredded it for bbq-ed beef. No kidding! As I was checking on the slowcooker, throughout the day it had liquid bubbling up out of it. This liquid turned out to be fat that solidified onto my counter as it cooled. Didn't taste burnt though so two thumbs up!
Pyrex bowels $6.00
I think I overspent. I was pretty sure these were a pair, but the girl rang them up separately, I should have said something, but come on I just got the deal of the century with the kitchenaid and thought I'd cut them some slack. (But that's the last time cutting slack.) I do like them and have needed some nice big bowls. We've used them almost everyday since I've bought them.
Again kind of a lot, but I have seen these nice strainers for a good amount retail. We really needed a nice big one. We have a yucky plastic one that loses quite a bit of spaghetti every time we use it for pasta . Another plus, I love the color!
I now have the colander and the bowls displayed on my garden window in the kitchen. I think they look pretty there. (A whole heck of a lot better than the dead fly I found while wiping it down in preparation for putting up something pretty!)
I would show you but I can't get the blogger picture thingy to pop up.
In other news there is no way I'll be getting the doll done for Super L's birthday, so I told her we would work on it in the coming months together. I do have the totally synthetic inside of the head made up. (Again I would show a pic. but blogger seems to be having a problem.) The kind of doll Super L and I want to make is similar to the waldorf dolls. Waldorf dolls are made out of all natural stuff, the inside is stuffed with wool and the outside is made from cotton knit. Do you know how hard it is to find wool?? Really hard, at least for me. I've checked craigslist and online. All the places I found would sell you the raw unwashed wool, which I take to mean, it would need to washed and carded before I could use it. I don't have a carder! Although my grandma does, or she used too, but she lives way across the country so that's a no go. Oh well, I suppose I'm okay with totally synthetic. I don't really have the money to spend on it anyway....*sigh* especially since I've spent almost every dime at Goodwill.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
And many more things!
Whew....who knew it was such a busy week?