Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Movie Reviews, Recipes and Other Things

 This past week we went to the zoo!!
To the Zoo!  To the Zoo!
(anyone have that book?)
Anyway,
 Are my kids the only ones that do not know how to smile and look into the camera?
(at the same time)
I mean, come on.


This was our first time going in over 14 years without 
a stroller.
I felt kind of like I was forgetting something.
It felt really weird and kind of sad.  


But it was really fun!
 
 I ordered this for our Art this year.
I love it!
And better yet, 
The kids love it!
You can order it 
 Guess what the 2nd lesson was?

 Yep.
A mailbox!
They had me at mailbox.
I love that all ages can do this.
It's fun to see each of their levels of drawing the same thing.
 Aren't these fun mailbox pictures?
 Oh, don't worry, we caught them before they ran into the street!
One of the many reasons I love mailboxes, the excitement it brings.
Here's a close up
(you're welcome!) 
 Local Farmer's Stand
I can't garden because we have so many deer
so I buy local!
See that zucchini in the upper left of this picture?
 Yeah, it became this.
Gave away a few loaves
I always pray that God puts the right people in my path to give my baked goods to.
I wanted to give a loaf to a homeless person,
but every time I drove anywhere with the bread, it was raining 
and no one was out.

My recipe?
 I saw this on Facebook this week and totally loved it!
Can you guess which one I am?

Oh, I love just about everything happy. 
And Christmas is happy. 
Even in September.
 I've got to try this.

 Country Fried Steak
Almost my whole family's favorite recipe

but 5 out of 8, makes this a hit!
Recipe 

 Am I the only one in the world that 
automatically thinks of this scene from The Office
when people say "I'm going to get my hair done"?

One of the funniest episodes.
Ever.


 The sky is on fire!!
Oh, this has to go down as one of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen
This picture does not do it justice, it was amazing!


 We watched this movie this past weekend!
Loved it!
Really good and clean
(it is PG-13)

 My husband and I are watching this show, via Netflix.
We are on Season 2
(Season 1 was a really short season)
We are really liking it.
We are waiting for the last season of Person of Interest to come out
in September!
(on Netflix)

I am watching this show!!
Did any of you watch it when it was a mini-series?
I remember parts of it 
I don't remember it being this long
(it's like 8 discs)
Fun to see the actors now

(Patrick Swayze is not alive though anymore)

Kind of funny, this mini series was before Dirty Dancing.

I am loving this song!
I love the CLEAN version of course, 
which is why I had to put this particular one on
What is wrong with singers nowadays?
Why do they have to push the limits and swear in every stinkin' song?
I call this song "Pretty Pretty Please"
You don't want to know the real name of the song.

Any Lord of the Rings fans?

Oh, gosh, I live for Jesus.
I am on Fire for Him
I look so forward to my holy hour each week, 
where I get to be with Him.  

All the Saints had a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

"Oh, God, Thou art all powerful, Make me a saint!"
-St Alphonsus de Liguori



I have a beautiful girl turning 10 today!
I'll be back hopefully soon with pictures of her and her day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

5 Years Old

 My little Sweetie Pie turned 5 on Sunday!
I admit it, I get sad inside a little bit when I say that.
My aunt asked me if she was my "favorite", she said, "you know if you 
could have a favorite, would she be it?" 

All I'm going to say is I think about that conversation a lot.
(and I love all my children equally, really)

 I changed as a mother after my 5th baby.
It, somehow, got easier
(and then got harder again)
I can't even explain it in words,
because, obviously the work got harder,
I mean each baby adds another load of laundry, right?
But things were easier in my mind.
I didn't get as stressed when they didn't pick up their toys.
The house didn't have to be perfect before I went to bed.
(although, I do still like that)


Maybe it is because I turned 40 right after she was born
(Yes, that means my 45th birthday is coming up!)
Around age 40, I started knowing what worked and what didn't
and not really caring what other people did.
It all (raising children) became a "This is what works for us"
kind of thing.
 Maybe it's all the love and joy she has brought to our family
 Both these little ones have.
Children do that, babies do that,
they make people happy, they bring so much love and joy.
They love like we are supposed to,
unconditionally and fully.

When a child hugs you,
they give it their all, nothing is held back.
Oh, we need to love like that.
 
I think, I finally, when she was born,
realized how quickly time goes
(I'm a slow learner)
Those sleepless nights?
Fleeting!



(What a ham)
I learned to cherish that time up in the night
It was our special time
(except the nights it was more than 3x, those were not so special)
 How amazing it is to have little ones around.
The joy and excitement they bring to the little things 
helps us to be a little happier
 And Thankful
So very Thankful.
So hug those little ones.
Hold them a little closer.
Sit down and watch them, be with them
Read them some stories.
Because there will come a time 
when they will no longer want that.


Oh, how I love you Sweetie Pie!! 
God bless you my sweet girl.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Electronic Devices

I have a few questions about electronic devices.

This one in particular.
It's an iPod Touch 5th Generation


This model has:
music/radio
internet access
instant messaging
apps 
Face time
camera
And much more
 

Questions
  1. Would you let your child buy this (with their own money)?
  2. If so, what age would you let them?
  3. What rules would they have if you let them?




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Few Quick Things

I told you in my last post, I'd post this recipe!  
 White Pizza

Pizza Dough
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup self-rising flour (actually you will need much more)

Mix and knead the dough for 5 minutes
Here's where you'll need more flour, keep adding it 
til you can make a good dough

Roll it out

1/2 Tbsp olive oil, drizzled on top
1/2 tsp course sea salt
(I also added course pepper, ground onto it)
Mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups)
Ricotta cheese (about a cup, maybe more)

Dollop the Ricotta cheese all over
Bake 450 degrees for 10minutes or til golden brown like above!

I made 2 of these, and on the other one,
I put fresh minced garlic and sprinkled some fresh red pepper flakes on 
before the cheeses.

Everyone voted (and we had extra kids(boys) here that night)
Verdict:
The recipe above, no added spices, surprising, huh?  
Sounds kind of plain, but it wasn't, it was delicious!


 Borox cleaned my shower!!
Actually, I cleaned it using Borax.
(and it was bad, really bad)
I thought it would never come clean, 
I thought we'd need to buy a new shower in order to sell our home.
I was wrong.
is something I pinned a long time ago
and finally tried.
It 
(the dirt and grime and shower soap scum) 
came off like butter.
Really, I kid you not.
OK, not really butter, but it was really easy.
 Seriously, is there any parent out there that actually likes this 4 year old bald kid?
Well, when my 2 year old says,
"Ci Woo, Mama, Ci Woo, Mama"
I melt and give in and let him watch the stupid show.

 Why does the donkey have so many names?
  1. Donkey
  2. Ass
  3. Mule
  4. Burrow
Do you think Adam had a hard time deciding what to call this animal?

 Has anyone seen this?
I watched it the other night.
It has me thinking, it really has me thinking.
If beans didn't make me fart so dang much, 
I might give this vegan thing another shot.

Really interesting, I give it a thumbs up.
 Movie review!!
Good movie, pretty good movie
Especially if you like Kevin Costner
 And I do, so I liked it.
I didn't like the weird boss lady he had though, that was a really weird part.
Other than that, it was a pretty good movie, with some cute stuff to make it light hearted 



 Why do cookies get flat like this sometimes?
I rarely bake homemade cookies 
so when they do this, it bugs me
(no one complained)
I could google it, but I thought it would be more fun to see what you'all 
would say.
 My baby boy.
He's a cool dude.
He's so fun and busy right now

and not that red anymore.
(yes, that's a bruise between his eyes...he got hit with a frisbie)
I just want to keep him like this forever, 
fun and busy and in love with his mama.

This little girl, my baby girl will be 5
(YES 5)
on Sunday
My heart is sad, I admit it. 
I don't want her to grow up.
(I'm selfish that way)
She's spunky and full of giggles and she says funny things
and wants to do anything FUN.
And she's a cutie pie.
I mean, look at those curls!



Have you heard of this "ice bucket challenge" thing?
I've never heard of this before this year.
It's for ALS, to raise money to support research for ALS
This HERE
explains the type of research they do

Now when I read something like that, 
I have this moral conscience thing that will not let me let go of it.
I can't read something like that and ignore it, like it's not a big deal.

It's a big deal!!

We need to do our research before donating to an organization
that might be using embryonic stem cells.
You can go 
for an updated list of organizations that do this.
(their website is down, but the address is there)


 It's issues like these that I get tired of being unpopular.
Why don't people care about this?

Don't get me wrong here, I really think the bucket challenge thing
was an awesome idea, what a media frenzy!

What a way to spread the word.
It's just the particular organization that is profiting is not so up on
the up and up.

SO, what is a person to do?
Go HERE

There are options, a few different options.



And remember...



Spending our time at the beach, where there are no distractions,
just the beauty of young hearts enjoying summer.


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