Monday, November 30, 2009

M.O.M.

M.O.M. - three little letters that mean so much.

Mom's are called different things around the United States:
  • ma
  • mom
  • momma
  • mommy
  • mother
  • mum
The Job Titles of Mom's are never ending:
  • parent
  • cuddler
  • snuggler
  • bather
  • nurse
  • pharmacist
  • teacher
  • entertainment director
  • disciplinarian
  • chef
  • chauffer
  • bus driver
  • event planner
  • manicurist
  • dental hygenist
  • secretary
  • maid
  • friend
  • field trip planner
  • birthday party coordinator
  • clothier
  • art teacher
  • phonics teacher
  • math teacher
  • science teacher
  • Bible verse teacher
  • story reader
  • referee
  • judge
  • advocate
  • bank
  • psychiatrist

This past holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to simply observe and think. How many times a day do my children yell M....O....M? How many times do I get frustrated at hearing it? How many times do I welcome it?

God has answered my prayers . . . the prayers I have said over and over for children. God Blessed me, giving me children . . . children that were in HIS ultimate plan just for me and my hubs. God knew there would be wonderful days and days that I could barely manage to get through. God is there to see us through.

The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time to reflect . . . a time to give thanks . . . a time to appreciate those God has surrounded you with.

I am a MOM . . . A MOM to FIVE Children . . . GOD GIVEN children of whom I am Blessed . . . and they call me MOM. Being a Mom is the hardest, but most rewarding thing I will ever do.

A GREAT EVENING AND END TO THE HOLIDAY

Tonight we ended our Thanksgiving Holiday by watching The Polar Express. I popped up popcorn, added extra butter and watched as my children simply engulfed themselves in the movie. After the popcorn a peach cobbler cake was served with whip cream on top - real whip, not oil! The kids absolutely devoured the yummy dessert and continued on with the movie. By the end of the movie I had all of my boys next to me on the couch. What a wonderful evening of family togetherness. In face, our second son came up to me before bed and said, "I really liked tonight, it was really a fun time!" Our youngest was too excited for words . . . when he gets excited he get louder and studders a bit. The other two boys talked and talked about the movie as each had a special part that they liked.

Tomorrow, we return to normal week activities . . . the kids are back to school. Hubs is back to work and our youngest and I are on our own. Who knows what tomorrow will bring for us.

My Hubs has a birthday on Wednesday . . . I bought him a Craftsman Creeper Seat. He has been wanting one for a while now. I am at a loss as to what, if anything else I would get him. He is HARD to buy for since he goes out and buys whatever he wants.

Well, the hour is late and my brain is running on empty . . . time for bed.

Friday, November 27, 2009

This and That

Today has been "one of thoe days." That said, first I want to say . . . I am truly Thankful for my children.

Our day began with early bird children, one of which was throwing up and had diarrhea. The good news is that he made it to the bathroom each time and has been fine since early morning.

Hubs and K began assembling the Christmas Tree . . . it is beautiful. The kids are excited because it is "TREE TIME" according to our 3 year old AND because Max has begun his visit. Max is our little Elf on the Shelf tradition that we began a few years ago.


Max begins his visit the day after Thanksgiving and stays until Christmas Eve night. Max moves around the house and is fun to find each morning. This morning he was in the kitchen hanging out on one of the cabinet knobs.

Today was a day of movies . . . we tried to have an easy day. The kids even were outside to play for a while, however the kids have a bit more energy and naughties than we have energy or patience. Tonight after Avantis dinner we will watch a Denise the Menace Christmas. K wants to watch the Abbott and Costello Christmas.

I was able to get in a snooze - I fell asleep during Star Trek. I guess I was tired . . . I finally went upstairs and slept in bed.

We didn't get any mail today  . . .  I kind of thought that was weird . . . no mail on Black Friday? hmmm

We didn't go out and join the masses shopping today. I think people are absolutely crazy! We did look online a little, but didn't find anything worth while.

Have a great evening . . . in whatever you do.

Hugs



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

PIE PHOTOS

The pies are baked and look yummy!

Pie # 1 is Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie - my Dad had a lady that he worked with that would bring in "the best sweet potato pie ever!"
That was years ago, but I, his daughter am on a mission to make him the most WONDERFUL, BEST AND YUMMIEST SWEET POTATO PIE ever!
I wonder if this beauty will be the one?





Pie #2  and 3 are Yummy Apple Pie - a requested pie each and every year! My daughter (sis) made these pies and did a wonderful job! Can't wait for a taste!


Happy Thanksgiving

LET THE THANKGIVING HOLIDAY BEGIN!

The kids have 1/2 day of school today, I have a nail appointment and then will pick up a few things from the grocery store. Late this evening . . . Sis and I will be making pies . . . sweet potato and apple . . . totally homemade.

Sis absolutely loves to bake pies . . . she will be working on those along with me.

I am excited to begin our yearly tradition of "The Shelf on The Elf" - we named ours Max. The kids love to see where Max is hiding for the day as he moves around for the kids to find each day. It is such a cute little tradition.

We also try to watch Christms videos beginning at Thanksgiving. Some of our favorites are:
  • ELF
  • Home Alone
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Nativity
  • Tangerine Bear
  • Charlie Brown
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • A Christmas Story
  • National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  • Christmas With the Cranks
  • Christmas Shoes
  • Santa Claus
Friday, we will put up our Christmas Tree. We have several artificial ones . . . Last year we bought one from Frontgate in the animal safari theme and we will put that one up again this year.

Much to do, so I should say Happy Thanksgiving everyone - have a safe and happy holiday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

TO SEND CHRISTMAS CARDS OR NOT

It is that time of year again . . . it is the time to think about whether to send Christmas Cards or not. Is it just me, or do you struggle with this issue each and every year too?

How did the Tradition of sending Christmas Cards begin?

A form of Christmas card began in England first when young boys practiced their writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents, but it is Sir Henry Cole who is credited with creating the first real Christmas card. The first director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Henry found himself too busy in the Christmas season of 1843 to compose individual Christmas greetings for his friends.


He commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley for the illustration. The card featured three panels, with the center panel depicting a family enjoying Christmas festivities and the card was inscribed with the message "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You."

Apparently, things never change . . . everyone is ALWAYS too busy to do one thing or another.

Generally, I send out Christmas Cards with photos of my kids inside and occassionally have added a Christmas Letter to accompany the card. It takes a bit of time and energy, but I usually feel a huge sense of accomplishment.

There are ways to speed up the task of sending Christmas Cards . . . you can:
  1. send them by email
  2. print your greeting on the inside to labels and then affix them to the card
  3. have the cards and greeting all printed by a printing service - you can even include the photo in the printing
  4. write one Christmas letter and add a little clip art to make it your Christmas Greetings and do a mass mailing
So, what about you? Will you be sending Christmas Cards?

Me, still undecided.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

SENDING LETTERS TO OUR COMPASSION CHILDREN

We received our packet in the mail yesterday from Compassion. We were so excited to see pictures of the children we sponsored and read about them.

When we chose the children to sponsor, we tried to match the child in El Salvador with our children. We were successful to choose one 16 year old girl and then boys ages 7, 6, 5 and 3.

Today, I read the kids the information of each child that came in the Introducing Your Child pack. The kids were so excited! I then had each child tell me what to write (except for Katelyn - she did her own) to their new friend. The kids were so very excited! After we were finished writing to each child, the boys sat down to color or draw a picture to send to each child.

I was really proud of them and their enthusiasm to reach out to children around the world.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

BACK WE WENT . . . TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM

Katelyn had the packing removed from her nose yesterday about 3:45 p.m. We made sure she stayed quiet and rested last evening and today. She said she slept very well as she was very tired.

The day today has been one of sorting and tidying Cody's room. The boys were to get their rooms tidied up as well. While I was in Cody's room, Katelyn yelled up to me . . . her nose was bleeding again. Within five minutes we were out the door and off to the Emergency room again . . . the third time this week.

We arrived at the E.R. and they sent us right into the nurses check in room. Blood pressure, temperature and info was taken once again. More signatures . . . then to the ear nose throat room. The nurse was there immediately and began getting everything out for the doctor. He came in right after the nurse was done. He soaked some cotton with a medicine to both numb Katelyn's nose and to stop the bleeding and then left the room to wait for 15 minutes for the meds to take effect on her nose. The nurse came in to get a blood draw to check Katelyn's Hemoglobin count. The doc came back in to check Katelyn, the bleeding had stopped. He then got his nasal thingy to look up her nostril (the other doc had not done that) and he found the area that had been bleeding. Apparently Katelyn's nostril had gotten very dry - probably the weather changes, the furnace and fireplace contributed along with her allergy medications. The ER doc found the area in her nostril that had been bleeding . . . with the dryness, the nasal area erroded thus causing the bleeding. He immediately cauterized the area with two touches of the cauterizing stick - it was a little painful and caused Katelyn to jump. She immediately told him that he found the spot. We sat for a few minutes to make sure the bleeding had stopped and he put some vaseline soaked gauze up Katelyn's nostril to help moisturize it. We sat for about 10 minutes to make sure the bleeding didn't return. Then she was released to go home.

Monday I am to check in with Doc Tosi to let him know what is going on and to see if he wants to see her. No lifting or bending over for another 24 hours. Tomorrow we can remove the vaseline gauze around 3:00 p.m. They also sent more in case she needs it.

Her Hemoglobin count was good - up from Wednesday. The ER guy said she was in great health and her body was doing exactly what it was supposed to.

She is resting tonight and is much more comfortable than the first time from the ER.

Prayerfully, the cauterization has solved this problem.

Friday, November 20, 2009

HOUSEHOLD HELPERS

How do you feel about household helpers? You know those little machines that make our lives a bit easier . . .

For centuries, man has been trying to make chores a bit easier . . .

The ole washboard was finally replaced with the ringer washer and now we have our washers that can wash and dry if you get a combined model. We have washers and dryers that can do just about everything but sort, fold and put away.

The old woodburning stove was used for cooking and heat . . . replaced by ovens, stoves and fireplaces. Now you can buy ranges that turn themselves on and off.

Wooden spoon and bowl are replaced by Kitchenaid appliances.

Washing dishes by hand has been replaced by dishwashers - apparently now days, it is recommended that you don't even scrape and rinse your dishes.

Iceblocks were replaced by big refrigerators with automatic ice and water dispensers.

Grandma's straw broom was replaced by vacuum cleaners.

Modern conveniences are absolutely wonderful! Anything that can make those chores easier and faster to do are A1 in my book!

Today, I received a new maid . . . we gave it the name Walter. Walter is an iRobot Roomba . . . professional series.

Walter was plugged in and charged . . . he is having his first go of our main floor. He definitely has his work cut out for him!

The dogs are not to sure about Walter. Take a look:

Meet Walter . . .




Kamie's ears are in full alert! What in the world is that?



Emma closes her eyes in hopes that it will go away!




Mia isn't quite sure of Walter either . . . she better be careful so Walter doesn't suck her up!


So far, Walter is doing a pretty good job. I will keep you posted on his vacuuming abilities. Gotta love technology!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

El Salvador's Children Need You and Me

This past week, a group of people went to El Salvador with Compassion International . . . four were bloggers including Kelly Stamps (Harper's Mom) and Dad. Kelly saw first hand the living conditions in El Salvador and she wrote about it on her blog . . . kellyskornerblog.com take a look!

Many of my readers know that I have five children. Yes, FIVE. My heart always held a large family in its future and now I am living it. Although my heart loves children, unless God directs in a mighty way, we have all of the children we will have. Our home is quite busy, noisy, etc.

That is where sponsoring a child comes in. When thinking about sponsoring a child there are questions that go through your mind:

  • What specific benefits will the child I sponsor receive? The child you sponsor through Compassion will receive opportunities and services that most of the world's poorest children will simply never see.
These opportunities and services include the following:

  • The opportunity to receive an education: In some cases, this means providing the cost of school fees, clothing and supplies. In other cases, it means providing tutoring, help with homework, encouragement and, if necessary, participation in a literacy program outside the classroom. Your Compassion sponsorship will allow one special child to stay in school longer if formal schooling is an option and get the most out of his or her education.
  • The opportunity to be healthy: The health of the child you sponsor will be monitored and care will be provided as needed. Children are taught about hygiene and how to maintain personal health. In addition, and according to their needs, many Compassion children receive supplementary food.
  • The opportunity to develop self-confidence and social skills: The child you support will be part of a church-based program where Christian adults offer love, guidance, personal attention, guided recreation and safety.
  • The opportunity to hear the gospel and learn about Jesus: Most important, your Compassion sponsorship provides the child you sponsor with regular Bible training and encouragement through a local church committed to Christ and the children in its community.
Compassion International is God centered. Compassion International has sponsors across the globe like:

Max Lucado, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Geoff Moore, Caedomon's Call, Point of Grace, Mercy Me and more.

There are children all over the world that NEED someone to pray for them, love them and sponsor them. There are children in poverty in the USA and abroad that need your help. Where ever your heart is, seek out and find a place that you can help children. God will Bless You!

For information on Compassion International, visit compasssion.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

WALKIN AWAY THE FAT AT MY HOUSE and ME TIME

I am so excited! A few weeks ago, I ordered a treadmill . . . a very automatic treadmill. It arrived on Tuesday and we put it together today. We had a bit of help getting it to the basement and then it wouldn't fit through the basement door. Bummer . . . so, dear hubs and I disassembled what Sis and I had assembled this morning. We finally got it through the door and put back together. We swept and mopped the area that was to be its home. We gently moved it in to place. I am so excited . . . Here is a a few pictures from the website . . .



The treadmill is a Sole F83 and is programable. It features speakers for the ipod, automatic workouts, and then programmable programs, incline and personalized workouts. I love that I can put one hand on each of the silver handles and get a pulse rate and the readout will tell me calories burned, time walked/run, heartrate, distance walked . . . etc.

Tonight I walked on it for almost ten minutes and got my pulse rate up to between 75 and 80% according to the read outs. Sis had her ipod plugged into it and I walked to Christmas music. The time simply flew by - I was really suprised!

I am so excited to be able to walk INSIDE away from the extremes of the weather - extreme hot or cold . . . and to be able to walk while my little guy plays is wonderful. Enjoying music or podcasts on my ipod is a plus as well. PLUS A LITTLE ME TIME - DID I SAY HOW WONDERFUL AND EXCITED I FEEL?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ANOTHER DAY IS HISTORY . . .

It is so hard to believe another day is ending . . . tomorrow will be November 11, 2009. Mid November already . . . my kids are already counting down to Christmas! They continue to ask how many days until Christmas comes. Doesn't it seem like we just celebrated the New Year?

I have two costumes to get made for the Thanksgiving Feast at school. I am not revealing any information until the night before the feast - Next Wednesday Night. I will be making a trip to the local Hobby Lobby to get the final items to put the costumes together. I am excited to be able to make the boys costumes . . . one of the boys - our third son - decided he just wants to be an Indian like last year, so that is why I won't be making three.

My new treadmill arrived today . . . tomorrow we will be recruiting helpers to get it to the basement. It weighs over 300 lbs and is too heavy to move with just hubs and I.

Not much else going on in my area of the world. How about yours?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

STALKING

The geese are STALKING our yard. There were six or seven of them in our backyard this morning . . . that was until we sent our personal goose deterrent outside to shooo them away. Our three year old, with an audience of six went down the deck stairs into the yard and down toward the beach and patio area where the geese were. He was armed . . . with a Star Wars Light Sabor!!! With the Sabor in the air our little man went after them and the knew they were no match for him! They honked with disgust, but waddled their way back into the lake. Now, three hours later they are swimming directly in front of the beach trying to get up enough courage to evade THE THREE YEAR OLD WITH THE SABOR.

Truly a sight to behold!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

INDIAN SUMMER DAY

Saturday morning activities have begun in our house . . . it actually started around 6:30 a.m. for the first little feet that hit the floor and daddy was nudged back into reality by our three year old. One by one the other kids began waking and soon the house was full of busyness.

I sit with my nice yummy cup of coffee, listening to all of the camaraderie in the house and smile. Life is great!

I checked Ebay this morning - several more auctions are ending and my sales so far have almost reach two thousand dollars. I am simply amazed that people actually want items that have been previously owned. I must say, I now have an addiction . . . it is Ebay listing and selling. I get so excited to see items bid on and then ship out! I know that I am getting more money out of them than I could with a garage sale, people are getting items for less cost than new and we are getting rid of items we have stored for a while that we will probably never use again.

Life in our house today will include cleaning the upstairs and laundry. Yes, laundry is pretty much a daily task. Hubs wants to wash and wax the cars . . . two suv's and an edge. I wish him all the best in that endeavor!!! Hey, Uncle S . . . what are you doing today? Too bad you are down south, we could really use your washing and waxing abilities!!! Sorry Ding Ding, we don't have a ton of laundry, but we could use your smiling face and chat!

The weather is to be beautiful today . . . it is already 62 degrees. I guess we are having an Indian Summer Day.

Better get to it around here! Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Old Fashioned Yummy Goodness . . .

Tonight we had Old Fashioned Yummy Goodness for dinner. That is what we call any home cooked comfort food. This afternoon after school, K and I put together two huge loaves of Meatloaf (our family will eat one entire loaf at dinner) and a huge baking pan of scalloped potatoes along with a salad. The smells in the house are divine! The leftovers won't be left over for very long . . . Sis already has dibs on some for school lunch tomorrow as does oldest son, age 7.

How do I make meatloaf? Well, I just throw in a little of this and that and pop it into the oven. O.k., O.k. you are twisting my arm to share, so here you are:

For my family of seven I use 3 lbs of ground beef (we bought 1/2 of a cow a few months ago).

Recipe: for large family - will feed seven healthy eaters with leftovers
  • ground beef - 3lbs
  • oatmeal - 2 cups
  • onion soup mix package - 1
  • eggs - 2 beaten
  • tomato sauce 1/2 can
  • salt
  • pepper

mix all together well and place in a large loaf pan - I have a special meatloaf pan that I love, love, love!

Preheat your oven to 350

mix the glaze for the top:

  • brown sugar 3/4 cup
  • ketchup 1 1/4 cup

pour and spread the glaze over the ground beef mixture

place the loaf pan in a preheated oven for an hour and 20 minutes for the family size - if you do not have a meatloaf pan that keeps the drippings, put a drip pan under the loaf pan to prevent spill overs.

Now Onto My version of scalloped potatoes: will feed seven healthy eaters.

Recipe:

  • 5 lbs of potatoes, cleaned and sliced
  • cheeze whiz - 2 jars
  • cream cheese - one package
  • butter - 1 stick

layer sliced potatoes in a buttered casserole or 9x13 pan

melt your butter, cheese whiz and cream cheese in a sauce pan and mix until melted and blended

pour over potatoes and place in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender

I hope your family enjoys this meal as much as mine do!

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