Monday, June 30, 2008
This is a lame post. Joe says all his posts are lame, and that I should just deal with it...
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The other show I'm addicted to is "The Bachelorette". DeAnna is the current bachelorette, and she is such a down to earth girl. I love that she seems to make all the smart decisions when it comes down to whom she sends home. Just the other day, she sent home the guy she has a total crush on, but that would never be marriage material. I was sooo happy. The one guy I'm rooting for, is a single dad of a son of 3. He is so genuine and I can tell he'll make her very happy. I think the choices in men she makes, shows that she was serious when she said she wants to get married and start a family. Going back to the tv watching time: Just those 2 shows take up 3 of my 5 weeknights... I still like to be productive while I watch TV though, by doing dishes or other small cleaning tasks, or laundry folding during the commercials. With the huge amounts of commercials it is amazing how much you can get done!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Ice, or no ice?
tap, or bottled
what about filtered water?
I prefer my water from my fridge (filtered) with a ton of ice. I don't know how people can drink water that's room temperature, unless they just worked out or something. I just don't like the taste of water. I think when there's a lot of ice, it takes away any taste, and it just tastes like ... well nothing really. I think a lot of this preference comes from the fact that I NEVER drank water when I was a kid. I don't know if it's because we always had yummy juices and sodas, or if it's because my parents don't really ever drink water, but I just never did. I didn't realize you're supposed to drink 64 oz a day, which, by the way, I can't accomplish, unless I feel like I'm drinking all day long. Now, I feel pretty good if I can down 4 glasses a day. Since I have started drinking more water, I actually enjoy it (as long as it's icy cold). Anyways,... a random post... but I couldn't think of anything important to write about
Thursday, June 19, 2008
- Dozens of bugs litter the floor, window sill, and bathtub
- A spider is very upset when his home is removed (wallpaper clippings in the bathtub)
- Your niece doesn't want to use the bathroom because it's scary
- When you finally do clean it, it takes a shop-vac and over 2 hours of hard labor
- Your son comes in when you are halfway done and says: "Wow, this sure is clean!"
This bathroom is one of our to-do projects. I want to remove all the floors, tile, counter tops, brass fixtures, flowery wallpaper, and other general ugliness. I plan to replace it with beautiful earth colored tiles, granite counters, and stainless steel fixtures. There's no telling when all of that will actually happen, but that's the plan.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
5 cups Hot Water
2/3 cups Oil
2/3 cups Honey (use same measuring cup as oil, so the honey comes out easily)
2 cups White Flour
12-13 Whole Wheat Flour
2 Tbsp SAF Instant Yeast (kind of hard to find, you might need to order it online. there's a store in Boise that sells it, but here in Texas I couldn't find it)
1 Tbsp Salt
4 Tbsp "Blue Chip Baker" Dough Enhancer *this is the secret to this recipe*
- Preheat oven to 200 (or lowest temperature available)
- Mix Water, Oil, Honey, White flour, 4 cups of Wheat Flour, and Yeast very well
- Let rest 10 minutes
- Add Salt and Dough Enhancer, mix well
- Add the rest of the Wheat Flour 1 cup at a time, 8-9 cups total.
- The dough will pull away completely from the side of the mixer when enough flour is added (it will still be sticky)
- After the dough is mixed, leave the machine on and knead 3-5 minutes
- Place dough on greased surface and divide into 4-5 loaves
- Put the loaves into greased bread pans and let rise in warm oven for 20-30 minutes
- Turn oven on to 350 and bake 30 minutes
This bread is best when hot, but keeps very well in the freezer. And you can prepare a lesson while it's baking!!
This morning is a rare occasion. I'm at home all alone without any kids or husband. I get time alone, but never while I'm at home. Tomorrow I have to teach RS, and I need to prepare my lesson, and baking bread always takes a long time, because of the rising... so, I thought I would be productive and do both at the same time. You know, Read a bit & Knead a bit. It's starting to smell good already, and I need to get back to that lesson! I only teach once a month, but that 2nd Sunday comes quickly!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It's interesting to see the difference between the kids. Winter loves to swim. Sterling is petrified of the water. Ginger takes after Winter and is already jumping in the deep end. Joe is really good about getting Sterling to explore though, and he got him to go in the middle of the pool with arm bands and a noodle. I'm hoping that by the end of the summer all 3 kids will swim as good as Winter does.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Apparently grandpa and Sterling had a great time and not only bought a tackle box, but could not pass by the opportunity to buy Sterling a new fishing rod combo kit that included:
- fishing line
- assorted hooks, bobbers, sinkers, lures, plastic worms, etc.
- stringer line
He was super excited and tonight we used it for the first time. We had a few bites and even landed a small bass using one of his new lures. Good times.
She loves riding the bus to school.
She is a great reader and writer.
She loves to color, and is very talented
She is a daddies girl.
She wants to do gymnastics next year.
She loves to swim.
She is got an "academic excellence" award at kindergarten graduation
She picks up on languages really fast
She is a great speller.
She loves to read the scriptures.
Her favorite foods include pasta, candy, salad
She loves her kittens and dogs
We are scared for her to turn 16
We are hoping to get a baby under 18 months to love and adopt. There's a good chance that we will have several different children before we get one that we can adopt, but we think eventually we'll find the child that's supposed to be in our family.
I have so many mixed emotions about all of this. I am excited, scared, anxious, curious, all at the same time. Luckily my sister-in-law Angela has already gone through this, so I hope to be able to go to her a lot for questions and problems that come up. (presumptuous?)
Since all of the classes have been in Plano, we have been staying with the Ashursts. They are amazing, and have taken care of our kids all 3 days, as well as provided us with a place to sleep, dinner, breakfast, and good company. Thanks!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Yesterday I had a mongo shopping trip. Since Winter is out of school now, I had ALL 3 kids! I don't know what possessed me to go shopping with them, but I kind of had to. Joe was out of town, and I had to go to all the stores to get my super values on coupons groceries. If you wait too long the good items are sold out... We left the house around 10.30. We first went to Lowes, then Target, then CVS. By that time the kids started acting out a bit, so I promised them that if they were good at the next store, we would have lunch at McDonalds. We then went to Albertsons. There was a Wendy's next door, so we went there instead of McD's. The kids wanted to go in...no. They wanted a toy... no. Just a cheeseburger. Whine, whine, whine. We headed to another CVS to get some bandaids, mouthwash, and toothbrushes for free. I wasn't sure if I could keep going. But I still had 3 stores to go! So I mustered all my courage, and kept deep-breathing and headed to Kroger. This store was the worst! I needed to find all the sale items, and wasn't very familiar with the store, so it took forever (or maybe it just seemed that way because I had been shopping for the past 4 hours with 3 whiny/roudy kids). Then we were off to Sam's club. I figured I could run in and out, because I didn't need too many items. I first had to set up my new membership (I switched from costco) and then raced through the store. All the stars alligned, and everything was placed in obvious spots, so we were out of there pretty quickly. By that time, both my coolers were full of freezer/fridge stuff, and I decided that if I also went to Walmart, it would probably spoil. So I hit the road. In the car all I could think about was the fact that when I got home I would still have to bring in all the groceries, and put them away. It was 5pm by now. The kids were great and helped me bring them in, but I left them for today to put away in the cubboards.
Then Sterling came in yelling that cinnamon killed another chicken! The chicken had flown over the fence. So I went balistic. I had read somewhere that you need to beat the dog over the head with the dead chicken. This had (obviously) grossed me out when I read this, but at this moment of rage all my sanity left me and I started beating with the chicken carcass. I seemed to work
Joe came back from a short business trip to Tulsa OK. He drives there several times a month, and always gets distracted on the way home. Last week he stopped at a livestock auction (and luckily didn't bring any animals home in the geo). Yesterday, he found some free roosters on the way home, so he stopped and got them. They are huge!! And beautiful. One of them has already gotten "busy".
The duties of a house wife keep coming. One load of laundry is in the washer and at least 4 more are waiting in line. Why don't I just do 1 load a day, it works great! I guess I was
Sunday, June 1, 2008
At least she likes going to nursery now - A month or so ago, it was a major ordeal getting her settled in there without a lot of crying.
One of the books I checked out is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I'm on page 114, and it's pretty good so far (941 total pages). I have found that I really enjoy the longer books. I hate getting into a book about 150, just to find out only 30 are left. I like to get to know the characters and follow plot lines and twists and character development. Back in college however, I would try to read the shortest books possible. I didn't enjoy reading. I blame that to my teachers. I never read for fun. I just read the books that were assigned, and honestly they were rarely any good. It took me a couple years after getting out of school to actually enjoy a book, and look forward to read another one.