Monday, 31 August 2009
Please keep my dear cousin, Heidi in your prayers. She has a blood clot in her lung and is in critical condition.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
We called our activity Journey to the Temple. Everything was outside. Here's what we did:
- MapQuest: they had to identify different temples
- Roadblocks: this was a game made on the sidewalk out of sidewalk chalk that was about things that stop us from progressing to being ready to go to the temple, and things we can do to prepare
- Water Relay that was a race to fill up buckets of water, and a
- Refueling Station where we had watermelon eating contests
All in all, it was a lot of fun. I hope they enjoyed learning about the temple is a fun and active way! I did.
Friday, 28 August 2009
From: Brodart Books
Thursday, 27 August 2009
I have found that my kids really appreciate lunches that vary from day to day. If I send a sandwich every day they start to not eat. I've worked hard to find a variety of things to send in lunches: wraps, pitas, muffins, cheese and crackers and pickles, etc.
One thing we really love is Crazy Bread from Little Ceaser's and today I was doing a little surfing and found some copy cat recipes and decided to give it a go. This is going to definitely be something for us to add to our lunch repetoire!! It's really easy, costs pennies, and tastes sooooo good! It tasted just like the real thing. I also put a little mozarella cheese on them, but I don't think I'll do that next time.
The recipe I found said to use Pillsbury Dough pizza dough - but I made my own. I mixed it, let it rise, laid it out in the pan, and let it rise again. Before baking it I cut it into Crazy Bread strips the size Little Ceaser's does it. After it was finished baking I used a brush to brush on melted butter with garlic salt, and then sprinkled grated parmesan cheese on it. Seriously! You have to try this!
The restaurant by us charges $3.14 for 8 breadsticks. I actually made 24 breadsticks with this - so to buy that would have cost $9.42.
Ingredients for pizza dough:
- 3/4 cup water
- less than 1/8 cup sugar
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 beaten egg
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
Melt and mix together:
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1 tsp garlic salt
sprinklings of parmesan cheese
It costs me about $6 for 10K of flour, and so my guess is for the 2 cups of flour this took it cost pennies to make this, but let's say the cost of the ingredients added up to $1.00. If I make this once a week all through the school year instead of buying it:
148 days of school divided by 5 days of the week is about 29 weeks of school
If I did that every other week that would be about 15 bread stick batches
If I bought those 15 bread stick batches that would be $141.30
To make it would be about $15. I just saved about $126 on those!
(That's enough to go get my hair done 3 times! Wow!)
....next I'm wondering if I could pull off some really good little personal sized pizzas for lunches. Hmmmmm.......
The only thing that brought a little sadness was that Jill filled Peirce in on the exciting fact that this is their last year in the same school - exciting for Jill because she'll move on to Junior High - but terrible for Peirce. For days he has fretted about the fact that next year Jill won't be in his school. He says he never wants this year to end.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Cool things at this playground!
Thanks for the pushes Jill!
Here's Jill doing her "swing tricks"
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
We've borrowed that phrase a lot in our life with Peirce. He's often timid about stuff....and we push and prod as much as we feel we can....and often times we get a, 'Hey! That's not half bad!"
Such was the case with bike-riding.
Peirce didn't really like bike-riding. It was too dangerous. So we decided we'd get a co-pilot. Maybe that would help him get the feel of it.
I think it did...but that was still a little dangerous and he spent most of the time saying, "Slow down Mom." "Don't go on the bump Dad." "Oh no!!! Stop!!!"
So this Spring we decided we were going to have to MAKE him learn.
It didn't go that well. Peirce doesn't take well to being made to do stuff. I have a video of him crying and carrying on....but he doesn't like that video so I decided this picture will just have to do.
So finally we had to promise that we wouldn't ever make him learn to ride...and he could learn on his own.
I truly never thought he'd do it. He was so timid about it! But once again, I was wrong. One night in June Jill rushed inside to tell us to HURRY HURRY! Peirce can ride his bike!!
And sure enough, she was right!!
And what a run summer it has been. Of course, now and then we've had to ground him from his bike for taking off for too long and not telling us where he's going, or for going somewhere he wasn't allowed - but mostly it's been a great summer thanks to his new found skill!! Way to go Peirce!!!
Monday, 24 August 2009
But with us he's so fun!! And he's really quite nice. Here's the evidence for those of you who have only witnessed the nasty side of The Hound from Hell.
I love how Chico teases Peirce sometimes. They have a lot of fun together!
Sunday, 23 August 2009
I sure can stand behind what he said. There is nothing that can compare to a mission. Nothing.
President Thomas got an email from someone about missions that he quoted. One of the comments he read is that this person said that thanks to serving a mission they knew they could do hard things and hardly hesitate when asked to do something difficult.
That's so true!! You spend so much time on a mission doing things that are slightly out of your comfort zone. Well, they're out of the comfort zone of a regular person - but as a missionary it's not that hard (well, some of it isn't that hard)....okay, there's a lot of hard stuff....but somehow missionaries do it - and it's true! Thanks to my mission I'm not afraid to be asked to do hard things.
That's one of many many many reasons I'm glad I went on a mission. I think everyone should do it. Seriously. Everyone.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
There are spiders in there as big as plates, and it shows how big a tsunami is in comparison to Tokyo. Really big!! Oh, and the biggest squid ever found....it was as long as a house!
Inspired by our trip to Shakespeare In the Park, Jill picked up a book called Romeo's Ex.
Here's the summary from the library website: Shakespeare's classic retold from another perspective Rosaline won't let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she meets Benvolio. Where Romeo's words had been hollow and unfounded, Benvolio's are filled with sincerity and true love. Now Rosaline finds herself caught between her feelings, her ambition, and her family's long-standing feud with the Montagues. When Romeo turns his affections toward Ros's cousin, Juliet, their relationship brings the feud of the two houses to a new level. Rosaline and Benvolio hatch a plan to bring peace to the two families. But will they succeed?
Friday, 21 August 2009
The kids were pretty anxious to get at the serious business of Calaway Park, so off we went to cram in as much as we could before 10:00pm. At 7:00 they closed all the rides down and everyone is supposed to go home....but we had these magic purple bracelets that let them know we could still be there - and at 7:15 they opened the rides again just for the AGF contest winners! It was really fun to be able to get on a ride, and then run around to the line and get on again within seconds.
We especially had a good time on the bumper cars!! I think this picture of Allen is hilarious. He's a little intense about his bumper car experience - especially when he can crash into his friends!
This is an old friend, Maureen Snow! We didn't know she worked with PFS. It was fun to see her (and crash into her!)
The kids went on the Merry Go Round just to appease me. I used to like rides...but something has happened to me. I don't like them at all anymore. The Merry Go Round, though, is great!
I love how Peirce makes friends. He would hook up with someone and go on the rides with them again and again and again.
Peirce had such a good time!! He had a big smile like this on his face the whole time.
Jill really enjoyed the scary, go upside down and spin and other foolish stuff like that. Good thing Allen was there to accompany her! They're definitely not for me anymore. Allen and Jill, however, went on all those scary ones at least four times in a row each time. At least they had a good time! She doesn't look like she's having too much fun here....it took her a few rides to get into the swing of things....but soon she was off and running!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I make attempts to encourage my kids to spend time reading and writing all summer long. I seem to always start off with the idea of making a summer journal...and then that dies off quite quickly. This summer, as I started paying attention, I realized that they do plenty of reading and writing in many different ways. Jill can often be found lost in a book for hours - and I can't wait for Peirce to discover the enjoyment that can come from that as well. I've done a LOT of reading chapter books out loud. Sometimes I make him read to me....but mostly he prefers having me read to him (much less cumbersome!)
I don't know how he came up with the idea....but he could often be found with the scrabble board making words from TV shows, or books, or words that just came into his head. Usually he'd leave letters out and make us guess what the words were (kind of like Wheel of Fortune, he said!) The fact that he came up with this idea himself and could often be found doing it for hours on ends gives credence to the whole unschooling idea that I'm intrigued by.
....and of course, there's rock band! He's really good at reading those lyrics. His favorite is "I think I'm Paranoid!"
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
- Memories are not found in stuff....but they're in our heart. We can let go of the stuff!
- Never forget your dreams!
- Don't be afraid to adjust your dreams as you go!
- And dogs are very loyal...but can be very distracted by squirrels :0)
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
I got up in the morning and realized I was leaking. It was like I would pee and not be able to control it. Weird. So I grabbed a big box of thick absorbant pads and went to the office with Allen (of course, right?! LOL) Everyone there who I talked to was aghast that I was even there. Not many of them had any child birth experience so no one has much advise. I called the doctor and after we watched the broadcast and got a few other things done we went to the doctor and she confirmed that my water had in fact broke. She said to go home and go to the hospital when things were moving a little more.
So off we went. We hadn't bought much for our baby. We had to move out of the place we were renting in May and couldn't move into the house we had just bought until August 29. I really didn't feel like buying things as it just meant moving more stuff....so that afternoon I said to Allen, "What do you figure we need for this baby?" We went to Wal-Mart and wandered around and tried to decide what we should buy. Looking back we just laugh at the stuff we bought....nothing really that useful! No clothes. One wimpy little blanket (more like a burp cloth), and some baby powder and vaseline. I really wasn't sure why babies need vaseline or baby powder ...and as it turns out we still have both those containers we bought 11 years ago! :0)
While we were at Wal-Mart we ran into my Vice Principal. She was also aghast that we were shopping while I was in labor....but gee, what's a girl to do??
Then we went out for dinner, and then back home to my parent's house where we were staying. Allen had just come home from a trip to Arizona and was so tired - so he went to bed but I couldn't really sleep. By about midnight I felt like things were probably serious enough to justify going to the hospital - so I woke him up and off we went.
Turned out I wasn't that far along but they kept me there because my blood pressure was kind of high. Keeping me really meant that they put us in a room and forgot about us. Poor Allen was so tired. I was not interested in having my forehead dabbed or my back rubbed. I told him to sit on the chair in the corner and stay there. Poor guy. At one point I decided it was time for some pain relief and sent him down to the nurse's station. He came back and told me they were busy and would get to me soon and I told him in no uncertain terms to go back there and tell them I needed something NOW!
I finally got my drugs - and not long after that it was time to push. By 8:30 our little girl was here! We didn't know if we were having a girl or a boy. I remember being so surprised that it was a girl! I really wanted a girl and was almost afraid to make my wish known in case it didn't happen.
And when I look back, the traits she had as a baby she still has now. She was wide awake as soon as she was born. She would look around the room and gaze at everyone with a look like, "Well, I'm here. Let's get the party started!"
I remember lying in the hospital with her and being so excited to get to know this little girl. And getting to know her has been such a joy. She's still ready to get the party started wherever she is. Her enthusiasm is contagious. And she's good at everything! She hopes to go to the Olympics one day and I won't be surprised if she really does. She's good. She's smart, and she's darn cute. And even people besides her mother seem to agree!
I was so excited to be a mom. I would hold her for hours. I'd hold her when she was awake because she liked to be right in the action. Then she'd fall asleep and I'd think, "Well, I can't put her down now....I'll just hold her while she sleeps." Then she'd wake up and want to be held.....and the cycle went on and on....and it was so fun! I loved being a new mom. And I still love being your mom.
We love you Jill!!
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Time to stop living with regrets and just get back at it!! I'm sad at the things I've missed recording this past month....but it's time to move on!
More to come!