Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Yesterday was kind of a rough day for me. The kids went into we-don't-have-to-mind mode and I went in to I-don't-have-to-be-nice mode. Kenley must have really been affected by my bad mood.
When I met her in the hallway after Primary she showed me the paper and yarn necklace that she received in class. "Mine Fairy Godmother gave this to me!" I laughed but didn't think much of it. After we arrived home I told Kenley she needed to remove the real necklace that I had let her wear to church. "But mine Fairy Godmother told me mine necklace was beautiful!"
So, just to be clear: Mom=Wicked stepmother, Nice Primary teacher = Fairy Godmother.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Anyway, I just got on here to
It was snowing pretty much all day yesterday and it was perfect snow with which to build some frosty friends. I was pretty anxious to get started so Kenley and went out first and began to build. The boys came out later, a little annoyed that we hadn't waited for them, and claimed that they would build an even bigger snowman. Our 13-yr old neighbor called out her back door and we invited her to join us. She helped Jack play in the snow and mostly laughed at me as I decided to be pretty detailed with the finishing touches. (My snowlady has a stone necklace and twig eyelashes.) As you can see, the boys went with a more. . . uh. . . simplistic approach.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I've neglected to post about my awesome birthday. I had awonderful day. Really it could not have been any better. I started out by going shopping with my mom and little brother. I had birthday money and cheesecake money to blow so I bought myself a football, The Office - Season 4, a pair of jeans and a bunch of Christmas clearance stuff.
I was treated to lunch at the Mongolian Grill. I love that place. I'm one of those people who loads the bowl with meat and veggies first and then piles on the noodles up top. I'm quite shameless about it. When I got home the house was spotless and the kids yelled "Surprise!" It certainly was a welcome and much appreciated surprise.
Later that day we took our little family bowling. Kenley lost all interest after about 3 frames and spent the rest of the time "driving" the arcade games. Jack wasn't too sure about it either, so mostly we just chased him around and tried to keep him entertained with the air blower. (Watch the video to see how Jack bowled.) Isaac was really interested in the Buck Hunting game at the arcade and came back to the lane only when it was his turn to bowl. Jeremiah and I bowled - which was really fun, since that was what we did on our first date - and I creamed him both games. (Though, to be honest, neither of us had high scores.) Maybe he just let me win because it was my birthday. Either way, it was a blast. We came home and I opened gifts and we had dessert. The kids went off to bed and Jeremiah gave me a footrub - my favorite loving gesture from my hubby - and I drifted off to sleep. Like I said, I had a wonderful day.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
For mutual tonight we are having an adopt a grandparent dinner. The Laurels, whom I am advisor to, were assigned to make clam chowder. Yuck! Clam chowder? Seriously? Do they not know of my intense distaste for anything seafood? Anyway, I just couldn't bring myself to use any of my own personal ingredients on such a thing so I developed my own Corn Chowder recipe instead. I've always loved corn chowder but I've never had a good recipe. Well, today I remedied that as well. I'm sharing my recipe over on my other blog.
So really I'm feeling like I got a lot accomplished so far today. Don't ask me about the state of my family room though. The kids got their own snacks and decided they needed to feed most of it to the carpet.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"Yep," was her matter-of-fact response. And then I worried that maybe I don't make enough of an effort to let her know about true beauty, about being a daughter of God. About how being kind to others shows a different kind of beauty than what you can see in the mirror.
So I asked, "Do you know why you're so cute?" hoping that I could use this moment to teach her about those things.
Her simple, sweet answer? "Because Jesus loves me."
So thankful for her spirit I answer, "That is exactly right."
That is exactly right.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I love this picture. Doesn't my daughter look so sweet and innocent? I was making bread and she pulled out her kit and enjoyed rolling her own dough. I especially love the wisps of flour across her nose and forehead. This is a good time (and picture) for me to remember.
Because Kenley is not always sweet.
The other day the kids had gorged themselves on junk food and I finally put it away. I later found Kenley trying to pull the bag off the counter. I reprimanded her and she walked away. Pretty soon I couldn't find Kenley and the house was pretty quiet. I walked into my room and heard crunching. The kids often play in my closet so I checked there but it was childless. I could still hear crunching. I turned around and found her here.
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
*Sigh* My eyelids are getting heavy.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Yesterday I finally called the massage store(?) and asked if there was anything I could do - short of actually finding the card, or a receipt, or purchasing another massage, or trading my first-born - to get the massage without the card. The great news is that they had record of the purchase on my "account" so I can still go in and get that massage.
Then today I found the card just sitting on the floor in the laundry room. No idea how it got there, I'd already been through all the clothes, yet there it was. Even though I know I don't need it, I'll still feel better taking it in with me.
I never said it was an interesting story.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I bought the bag and then went out immediately to buy my own squeeze bottle to keep my at-home salsa experience authentic. I also bought some delicious stone ground tortilla strips and I am having a hard time eating anything else. The only problem is that about 1/3 of the bag of chips are micro-chips. Although they are too small on which to squeeze any salsa, I committed myself to the task of making sure that they do not go to waste.
So I emptied the bag into a bowl and I am pinching several chips between my fingers, squirting some salsa on the mass and hurrying it all into my mouth before the salsa drips. It was a toss up between that or drenching all the chips in salsa and eating it with a spoon, which would taste just as pleasing but wouldn't be much of a challenge.