Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
May I tell you that girls are not the only ones who go through crazy hormonal changes at the age of 10, 11, 12 etc...... I love my boy, he is not himself right now. Besides growing pains he is going through changes. Sometimes we can joke about it and sometimes he is so sensitive. I had a crazy thought, when he was first born, that because I had a boy I wouldn't have to go through this, I thought we would have to go through the whole "Peter Brady voice change" and that was it. Boy oh boy was I WRONG!!!!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I made two salads, one was Cesar Salad and the other was just an oil and vinegar dinner salad. Anyway, I paid attention when I was putting together the Cesar Salad Dressing and can share it here it goes:
2 egg yolks
1tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 clove of garlic (peeled)
2 anchovie filets (right out of the can)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper (fresh ground is best)
1 lemon juiced
1/2 cup fresh parmasean cheese
put all above ingredients in a blender to chop and mix until looks somewhat creamy, you could also put it in a food processor, or just chop it all by hand and then mash it up together and then mix.
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Using a whisk: Whisk in olive oil, slowly, whisking quickly adding oil slow, being sure to incorporate it all before adding more, it is very important to emulsify the oil and other ingredients, otherwise you will have a "seperation".
Taste and adjust flavors as necessary to your liking.
Now put together the salad:
Romaine lettuce is best, tear into bite size pieces add black olives, tomato, parmasean cheese, and red onion, mix together and then put in the cesar dressing and get your hands in it and mix the dressing all through!
Croutons: store bought or you can chop up french bread and fry in a mixture of olive oil and salad oil until it looks of a goldenish color, remove and add salt, pepper and parmesean cheese.
Grilled Chicken Breast or Tenderloins: marinate chicken breast or tenderloins in something like lemon juice salt, pepper, garlic (either let it sit up to one day or use immediately). Grill until the markings, grill marks, are pretty, remove from grill put in a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and you will have still juicy all cooked chicken. If you are using tenderloins, just grill and use, they are thinner and more tender so they do not take any amount of time to cook (we really started using these more when I went back to work). Slice up and add to salad.
Steak: Grill to your liking (please season first) slice and add to your salad.
Anyway, we had plain old cesar salad with croutons and I liked it! But I was more impressed that I paid attention to the ingredient amounts that I had to share!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
My baby is on to a "real" school now. He has been attending a private pre K and K class and has done very well at that school. I was a little nervous about how he would take the move. He again arose to the occasion and took it in stride, walked right in found his desk and made himself comfy!!
Another cool thing is that he ran into one of his buds from K and hugged him and was so happy to see him. It is hard for me to believe that he would have any of the 6 other kids attend the same school as he is. They are not in the same class but will be able to attend lunch and recess together!!!
Windy got a teacher, I really don't know all to well, but I have heard about her and I am excited to see her bring out Windy's best. She communicates through email (sooooooooo happy) and all the other ways. I communicate very well through email, because I can do it in the early AM or late late PM and they can respond when it is good for them!!!
I already feel connected to school and the teachers!!
Windy also ran into one of her friends and was happy to see her. She does see her often and talk on the phone to her ofter (already a typical girl). Still they do very well together and it is nice to see them with their close friends. All in all a good meet the teacher and making it a GREAT back to school.
Daddy gets to watch all of them get on their buses tomorrow to the first day. I do miss the awesome coffee clutch in the morning wait for the bus, my neighbor, myself and our 7 children, 3-4 of who were waiting to leave and the others would still be playing outside because we got lost in our coffee and conversation!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
He is sooooooooo handsome!!!!!
Things get put back into perspective. The rippin, runnin & roarin of the weekend come to a halt. I went back to work. Larry took a day off to get the kids some much needed rest (and himself I might add), get their routines back and just in general, take it slower!!
Everyone here is back on schedule, I'm thinking that that is more than my cousin can say for her family. They are 5 hours ahead? (pretty sure). It is hard enough for me to get back on schedule, I can only imagine how hard it is to get children and a baby back on schedule. Please, please pray for my cousin and her family and their schedules. I want them to be as blessed by our weekend as we are. I do not want any regrets or heartache for them. I know that this weekend did not come without sacrifice from them!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The story behind Buddy: He is a dog, I prayed for. We knew we were about to lose our grouchy, came with the marriage, dog Sparky (I actually asked him to finally just die and he didn't). One of my friends and I were talking on the phone and she (who is an absolute dog lover, no children) was telling me about this dog they took in, who was very well taken care of and their neighbors best friend. Her neighbor moved to an apartment and couldn't take Buddy. The person he had left him with, didn't have time or didn't want to do it, they didn't take very good care of him. My girlfriend ended up with him but couldn't really handle another dog. I went to go look at him and fell in love immediately, but wasn't sure if we could fit a "HORSE" inside our house. TWO WEEKS LATER, I went back (with my husband's blessing) and Buddy was one of the family!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Grampa and the kids have moved on to another campground further up into MI culvert campground and they are having a blast. Even, Mitchell, who sometimes misses being home. He doesn't really miss us, he just likes being home and knowing what to expect next. These kids have had so many vacations this year, I hope they are memorable to them and not a pain and not just aspoilin!! I do like to think of them as good kids, but when someone else, like Grampa, is enjoying them and not being stressed out by them, there is a sense of joy (is that what I want to call it), it really, really makes me happy to talk to my dad and find out everything is going good and everyone is doing fine!! It is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa relief or a joy or a somethin or both or somethin, that someone else can enjoy my children the way I do. I am sure they have had their moments and my dad is sparing me, but the two vacations they have taken, have BLESSED me this summer.
You know, I know people hear it and say it all the time, I am out of the diapering and chasing stage, children do grow up so quickly, and not quickly enough for them. I have been told by a couple of teachers, that my Adam is very innocent, this is so awesome and at the same point scary, he is going into 6th grade. Should I have educated him more about life, he really does not want to know, should I have let him seen more, he never really wanted to, should I have kept homeschooling or put him back in private school, that wasn't the direction I was given!!! We go on with the choices that we have made and pray, pray, pray they are right, even when we are sure they are right we still wonder if we did what was best. That part of raising children, I am beginning to believe, is never over and never grown out of. I go through the same with the other two kids, but Adam is the oldest and has such passion, when he is happy, he is out-of-this-world happy and when he is mad it is something else!! He knows he can control it and doesn't always want to (don't know where he could poooosissssssssibly get that from, sorry Adam) He does want you to know he is angry or hurt and he does want you to know he is happy and trying. He really is a good kid with a lot of passion about lots of things.
I have called Adam a gentleman from the time he is born. He is much, much like his father (I always allow his father to be the gentleman he is and have always allowed Adam to be that same gentleman) same passion about happiness and anger, he walks like him and tries to talk like him, I really believe, he wants to be just like him. That country song by Rodney Atkins or that song by Phillips, craig, dean where they want to be just like dad and he isn't perfect both of those are so perfect!!!!!!!!