Monday, June 30, 2008

Perspective

There are days when I think to myself that things are just not going right for us. Money is tight, the cars are breaking down, the kids keep getting funky rashes.
It should not take a best friend losing a family member or my experience at Walmart tonight to slap me in the face. We are blessed.

I ran to walmart tonight to pick up garlic bread, milk and a rotisserie chicken. I had no idea I would hug a stranger. Little Man was zonked out in the cart, Munchkin was running into the dairy section when a sweet elderly lady stopped me. She told me my kids were so sweet, she didn't have any grandchildren and always noticed the little ones. Then she asked where I lived and told me where she lives and then started to tear up. He husband passed away 2 months ago and it was her first trip to the store by herself. Her cart was full of food and essentials like toilet paper and paper towels. I asked if I could hug her and she let me and she held on.

I don't know what that sweet lady's name was but please be praying for her. Her heart must hurt so much right now and I am hurting for her. I pray she has people in her life that will hold her and visit her and pray for her.

All that to say, it doesn't matter that money is tight, that our car is messed up, that my kids have funky rashes. We have each other and we are blessed.

Not Happy

My check engine light came on this weekend. I need a new catalytic converter. I already knew I needed a new transmission. So, that bring the total for our 11 year old Honda to $4300. Yeah.....Anyone have an extra $4300 laying around?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Delicious Breakfast

I posted a few days ago about the apple puff pancakes I made for the kids. They both liked them but Munchkin asked if I would make them without apples the next time. I got the recipe here and used the original recipe this morning. I also made them in muffin tins like she suggests. Of course most of my tins are packed in storage right now while we sell our house. So, I only made 12 in my jumbo muffin tins.

They were a hit! Munchkin and Little Man each ate 3. They were so excited to decorate them by themselves. I put out peanut butter, butter, syrup, powdered sugar, raspberries, blueberries and bananas. Munchkin went for raspberries, blueberries, syrup and powdered sugar. Little Man had blueberries, syrup and powdered sugar. He was so disappointed when the bowl was empty. I will definitely be making these again!


Of course no breakfast is complete without diet coke!

Baby Bird Update

I am not sure what happened but we had 6 eggs and got 3 baby birds. Yesterday as we opened our front door I saw a bird sitting on the edge of the nest. As we walked toward the plant it is in that bird flew away. We looked and saw that was our first baby bird flying away!

The other 2 were huddled down in the nest together. I guess we are close to an empty nest.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blurry

Here is a lovely blurry picture of the bat building from the Adventure Science Center. Anyone think I need a tripod? Holding the camera at arms length doesn't seem to be doing the trick.

Spiritual issues

Last night when the kids were getting ready for bed Munchkin called down to me. All of a sudden she was next to me and in a quiet voice said "Mommy, when I was calling you I was in your room. I heard a woman's voice say "did you mean me?". She then followed it up with "but maybe it was just my imagination...".
Well, that completely freaked me out but I suggested that maybe she heard one of the neighbors outside. She held my hand as we walked back upstairs and I turned on every light along the way.
After saying prayers Bobby and I headed back down stairs and I told him about what happened.

Munchkin has been at VBS this week and has come home every day talking about Jesus. Her heart is soft. I feel like Bobby and I both have good spiritual discernment so we prayed for her especially hard last night. We just pray she hears the right voice. That her heart will be soft for the right one true Savior.

Maybe it was her imagination but I have no idea where she would have picked up something like that.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Unlucky/Lucky

Today has been a really long day. It all started with getting the kids to VBS a little bit late. That was actually a blessing in disguise. Little Man has a hard time with transition and also with crazy loud crowds. Yesterday when I was dropping him off he had a really hard time because there was just chaos. I suppose it was kind of controlled but it did not make him happy. This morning, on the other hand, everyone was quiet as the morning video had already started when we got in the auditorium. He went right to his teacher and had a fantastic day.

While the kids were at VBS I went for a walk with my friend Trina. Her little girl is in VBS also so we both have several hours to do what we want. She convinced me to walk 6 miles with her. I think I may not be able to get out of bed in the morning. While we were walking she and I both stuck our cell phones in the top of our sports bras....(sorry guys but it is way more convenient than carrying it). Unfortunately the undergarments that are supposed to wick away moisture wicked all the moisture right into my Pink Motorola Razr. It no longer works...at all. So, after walking 6 miles and picking up the kids I headed for the Verizon store. The guy there was very helpful and mentioned if I had an old phone he could reactivate it for me for the time being. I happened to have my old flip phone in the glove box and ran out to get it. I think the problem I had with the old phone was that it would not hold a charge. That is ok though, as long as I can still call people I am good to go.

After that brief stop we went down to our drummers apartment so the kids could swim. Much fun was had by all...except Little Man. Am I a horrible mother for trying to make him float with Munchkins pink floaties? He screamed his head off and I stuck him back on the side of the pool. That is where he spent the majority of his afternoon. He had his noodle and was fishing for shoes.

I had just enough time to get home, shower, and head out for Bunco. I won $20! Woohoo! Unfortunately I am exhausted. That is OK though I am about to head for bed. Hopefully I will get a good night sleep so I can do it all over again tomorrow!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Camp Rock

So any of you that have little ones probably have the Disney Channel. If you have it on AT ALL I am sure you have been inundated with commercials for Camp Rock, the new Disney Channel Exclusive Movie. There has been a ticker on the screen counting down the hours and minutes until the show.
We happened to turn the TV on tonight to watch Wheel of Fortune (great for kids learning letters) and saw that it would be on. Since it was rated G and on Disney I decided to let the kids stay up to watch it. Little Man has almost all of the Kung Fu Panda toys from McDs so he played with those most of the time. Munchkin was pretty into it though. Now, I know there are parents out there that think "how could she let her almost 6 year old watch that?" Because it is teenagers at camp for the summer I can kind of see their point. Except that it was totally innocent. No kissing, not real flirting, no bare midriffs. The snooty girl said Shut up a few times and we talked about how mean the snooty girl was and that it is not OK to be mean to people like that.
Also the main girl lied about who her parents were to fit in and we talked about that too.

If you can get past the mediocre acting, the complete lack of trying to match up the lips to the tracks, the fact that the main Jonas brother sings a song to the main girl while playing an acoustic guitar and there are BGVs, that neither of the electric guitars are plugged in and there are no amps in sight when all three Jonas Brothers play, that the girl that sings at the end is very obviously not actually playing the guitar, then it is a pretty OK little movie. If you can't get past all of that you might cringe while watching it.

Anyway, it was fun to watch with my kiddos and I wouldn't turn it off if it came on again.

Like I said...

I am loving Stumbleupon.

I think I am making this for dinner tonight. Delicious!

Well, I thought I was going to make the regular ones, but I made the Apple Puffed Pancakes that were listed in the comments. Both of my kiddos LOVED it! Both went back for seconds so it was definitely a winner. Doesn't it look delish? :)

Here is the recipe:

Apple Puffed Pancake

6 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 cup flour
3 Tbls sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cube butter
2 apples peeled & sliced
3 Tbls brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425. In a blender or large bowl, mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until well blended. Melt butter in a 9×13” pan in oven, add apple slices to baking dish and return to oven until butter sizzles, do not let it brown. Remove dish from oven and immediately pour batter over apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and brown, Serve immediately.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stumbleupon

I am sure that Chris, Mike and Bill have probably all mentioned Stumbleupon on their blogs. It took getting an email invite from my friend Joy to actually try it out. I am totally hooked! I have learned about the trash carpet from Greenpeace, found some tempting chocolate recipes, learned how to make a box out of two dollar bills, and found a web site that can make my blog into a book. How cool is that? If you get a chance try it out!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Baby Birds Update

Well, we had six eggs at the beginning. I think one either got taken or fell out because the next time I check there were only 5.



Here is our first little hatchling, letting mama know it is hungry!



A couple of friends

Mama, mama!

The last one finally hatched! This was over about a 4 day period.

This is from today. I think the one in the middle is the same one as the first picture. It seems to be the biggest. I am not sure how many are in there. I only see 3 heads right now but maybe the others are the younger ones and are hiding underneath.

Seriously?

This morning I have been working on painting the basement entryway. My daughter came to the top of the stairs and said "Mommy, why are you painting? It is not Mothers Day, you don't get to do whatever you want!"

Again I say "Seriously?"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

i <3 Sand Volleyball!

Tonight we got together with our Life Group and played sand volleyball. It was so much fun!! I was not sure how well I would do as it has been at least 8 years since I have played. I remember playing a lot at church in high school. It seems like the last time I played may have been when I was working on my Masters degree.

Anyway, turns out I remember how to serve pretty well. Bobby and I were on opposite teams and taunted each other a little bit, but not as much as some of the other couples! Now, if I could play volleyball all the time I would love to work out. Maybe I can find some people to play with more often.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dawn Follows Dark


That is the title of Bobbys bands newest CD. That's right folkies! You can purchase a pre-release copy by going to www.salientband.com and clicking the linky! Have fun! I for one think it rocks! :)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Um...I think you forgot your pants...

I know many people think Walmart is from the devil.. and it probably is but that is not what this post is about.
So, we all know that Walmart is a great place for people watching. It really does not matter what your socio-economic status is. You can get everything you need in one place. Bike helmet, check. Streamers, check. Ice Cream, check. Haircut and a pedicure...well not today...but check.

This evening I took Munchkin to pick out a small birthday present for Little Man as his birthday is tomorrow. We walked in the door and my jaw about hit the floor. There was a woman in front of us that you could help but notice. Everyone around me was looking at each other like..did you just see her? Seriously?
The woman walked in with what I was thinking was her husband and son but on second thought he may have been her p-i-m-p. I am not kidding you, this woman was not wearing underwear. It wouldn't have been so noticeable except her short red skirt was riding way past where the sun don't shine...not to mention she was leaning on the cart. If the guy was her husband and the kid was her son don't you think they should have said something like "um, honey, have time to put on some pants?"
How on earth do you leave your house thinking it OK to go to Walmart with your kid and no underwear?

I steered Munchkin into the card aisle as quickly as I could to keep from scarring her for life and called Bobby. That is just something you can't keep to yourself! So, since I still have seared eyeballs I thought I would share with you too! Ha!