Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

I was so happy to find these pretty little flowers yesterday.

I also set my little seedlings out in the sun to soak up some rays.

It was such a gorgeous day, we(my nephew Creighton was over) all took a walk out to the big tree in the field. Genna saw her 1st cowpie, but you probably don't want to see the picture of that.

I planted some onions and peas while the kids rode bikes, played basketball, did sidewalk chalk and even went frog hunting. I didn't take a picture of Connor's muddy pants. "Mom, you have to get in the water to make the frogs jump out."

This winter has been long and so even though I have a house to clean(we're having the Bennett's over for Easter on Saturday) and talks to write since our whole family is speaking in church on Sunday, we had to go out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Happy Spring to you all!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Top O' the Evening to Ya!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! A pesky little leprechaun stopped by last night and turned our milk green. When I ate my granola this morning, it was a little unappetizing to look down and see the greenish tint- but it didn't actually taste any different.

At church yesterday, one of my friend's had made St. Patrick's Day bows for her girls and so I decided to be a copy cat. It was so easy, I did it in about 5 minutes. It was a great way to use up some of my ribbon stash. You just knot a variety of ribbons around a large pony tail holder.

Here it is in action. It's nice that the kids all have a variety of shirts since our school colors are green and white.

We had sauteed cabbage with herb & garlic sausages for dinner. We had leftover red potatoes from yesterday, but I forgot to put them out because we were in such a hurry to rush to soccer practice and parent teacher conferences.

Hope your day was a good one!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tagged Again!

Rebecca tagged me for this little meme...

10 Years Ago...
I was living in Lincoln, getting used to 2 kids, and I think right around this time is when I cut my finger with a hand blender and had to have stitches.

5 Things on my To-Do list today...(it is actually really early Sunday am, I can't sleep)
* get everyone up and showered for Church
* find recipes and make dinner for the missionaries who are coming at 4:00
* make my lunch for tomorrow(hopefully there are some leftovers)
* deal with the 10 lbs. of ground beef I bought Friday- portion some for the freezer, brown and freeze the rest
* return library books while we are in Nebraska City (note find books before church)

Snacks I enjoy...
* peanut butter granola
* pepper jack quesadillas
* raw almonds
* Almond Nut Thins
* toast with Apple Butter

Things I would do if I were suddenly a billionaire...
* Get out of debt
* find the perfect plot of land in the country, build a house & buy some chickens and goats
* take my kids on a Disney Cruise
* Have a real savings account
* travel- I'd like to see Europe

3 of my bad habits...
* procrastinator
* I let my kids push my buttons too much
* I get sidetracked very easily- I guess Connor gets it honestly!

Jobs I've had...
* Buffet's Buffet salad girl
* Telephone Surveyor
* 4am Custodian at the BYU law school
* Grounds Crew with Rebecca* part time Music Teacher for 1 year
* Substitute Teacher

5 Things people don't know about me...
*My office is currently a pigsty
*I like Hannah Montana and will often turn on Genna's CD while doing dishes
*I like making cards, but I am horrible at sending them
*I've currently fallen off the eating right/exercising wagon- I'll hop back on in a few weeks
*I have a piece of led in my right palm from a pencil that I got in 4th grade- Connor had the same thing happen to him this year(he's in 4th grade) weird, huh?

, Nicole, Marissa, Kristi, Amber and anyone else who wants to play- tag you're it!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Crossing Over

It is so hard to believe that Jameson is now done with Cub Scouts. It seems like it was just a short while ago that he was in Tiger Cubs. The years have seriously flown by.

Thursday night was the Arrow of Light ceremony. He received his Indian name Naalnish, which means hard worker and a beautiful arrow that Cheryl, spent a lot of time painting. The different colors stand for achievements throughout their Cub Scout years. He crossed over the bridge into Boy Scouting. He really has been working on his requirements since August, but now it is official.

I don't know about Jameson, but I am really sad that this is the end. Connor has another year left, but it is not going to be the same without all the dear friends who we won't get to associate with on a monthly basis.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Seven S Things About Me

I was tagged about a month ago by Carin and then recently by Kristi, so I thought I'd share a few more things about me. If you didn't see my answers in October when Amber tagged me, you can find them here.

I really did start to write a post in February when Carin tagged me, but sometimes it is hard to think up things about yourself and I ended up scrapping the post. But yesterday while I was subbing in the 5th grade, I jotted a few notes down. I quickly saw a theme emerging and so here you have it:

1. Sorority- I belong to Xi Beta Lambda, which is part of Beta Sigma Phi. I joined when I in my 30's not, during college. Basically we get together once a month during the school year and have lessons(the last one was on identity theft) and conduct business. We currently run a concession stand for local baseball and softball games. This earns the money we need for donating to local organizations and for providing scholarships to Sorority member's children. We also get together to scrapbook, shop and have a few socials a year.

2. Searching- one of my latest whims is dreaming about buying an acreage. We'd have some chickens, maybe a few goats and room for a huge garden.So it's been fun to search the papers and real estate ads for local acreages for sale. We drove out to see this one a few days ago...

it is on 5 acres and has a chicken house, a large pole shed and a detached garage. From the listing, it seems to need a lot of work, which I am definitely scared of. So for now, it is just fun to dream. Plus, I just saw that it has a contract pending.

3. Sprouting, along with starting my seeds, I started some alfalfa sprouts the other day. I am a little scared of sprouts too, but I have been craving something alive. I haven't bought lettuce in a while because I felt like so much of it always went to waste. Most of that could be fixed by better planning on my part, but until then, I'm looking forward to some fresh sprouts on my sandwiches.

4. Swaying in the wind. Right after I posted about it being cold here, it warmed up into the 50's and 60's. So, I took advantage of it and hung a few things to dry outside. I love linens dried on the line. We have a lot of allergies at our house and no clothes line, so it won't be an regular occurrence, but I love getting that line dried smell when I can.

5. Sans Cable. We gave up our cable last month and so far the kids are surviving. They don't really like it, but I really am optimistic that they'll adjust even better once they can get out to play outside more often. We did break down and buy an antenna, so we can still get our American Idol fix, but besides that, we leave it off. It's not fun to watch a snowy picture. It really isn't a huge monthly savings, we only had basic cable, but I really think the other benefits are worth it.

6. Slow Year. I read about this concept on Riana's blog. Here is her description from the flickr group she has set up to showcase pictures from this lifestyle:
A year of non-consumerism. Refurbish, recreate, restyle your wardrobe and life. Slowly. Can, jar, forage and wildcraft foods, grow a garden, bake bread, recycle everything last thing, barter & trade, simplify!
She also had 2 slow months where she didn't buy any groceries and they ate out of her pantry and freezer. It is all very intriguing and while am not really committing myself to it as a lifestyle, I really am trying to incorporate a lot of the same ideals to my life. I need to think out of the box more often- especially when it comes to feeding my family. Less packaging, less trips to the store, and a lot more creativity. My poor children aren't always keen on the idea, but generally speaking our meals have been more hearty and definitely more nutritious.

7. Sunrises- one of the things I love about living where I do is the awesome view we have each morning as we eat breakfast and read scriptures together. I can't help but pause in awe, at the brilliant colors lighting the sky, as the dawn is breaking.

Haven't done this tag yet? Go for it! Or you can do it again, it's always fun to learn more about people!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hot and Cold

It's still pretty darn cold here in Nebraska. We woke up to several inches of snow last Friday and 10 below zero windchills. It is supposed to warm up this week and be in the 50's, so I'm sure that means my kids will have their shorts out and be begging to wear them outside.

Despite the freezing temperatures last week I started a kitchen compost pile and got tomtatoes, broccoli and a couple varieties of lettuce going. I can't wait to get out and get working in my soil.

I know warm weather will be welcome around here too, because for the past month, for the first time in my married life, I've started turning down the thermostat. I'm not sure why I never did this before, but it started with turning the heat down at night. Since we got used to that with the help of our flannel sheets, I've been slowly inching our daytime temperatures down more as well. My kids all love their stocking hats and we've learned that sweatshirts, robes and a good pair of warm socks really make a difference.

Our favorite new thing is the rice bag that I made last week. My friend Kathy was telling me she uses one every night to warm up her feet when she goes to bed and then I saw Blair's tutorial and knew I had to make one. It has been a huge hit! It was so easy to make, I made 2 in about 30 minutes. Now at night we heat it up for about 3 minutes in the microwave and our feet stay toasty warm.

My only recommendation is that mung beans are not a good filler- because they are really stinky when heated up. The second bag I made with just rice and I think it is much better. Connor doesn't like the smell of either one of them and wants me to make one all of his own so he can spray Axe on his, heaven help us! I'm thinking some crushed lavendar might be a better addition to the rice.

It did get up to the mid 40's yesterday. Perfect ice cream weather, no? Josh didn't think so, but it was still delicious and the company was wonderful!

Thursday, March 06, 2008


Popcorn that doesn't come from the microwave...

A favorite game that takes me back in time to my Grandma Koski's house...

This peanut butter granola recipe- thanks again, Tammy! It is a big hit.

Homemade tortillas with melted pepper jack cheese...yum!

The fact that spring isn't as far away as it felt earlier this week.

This book, I'm not sure why I never read this growing up- but it reminded me a lot of Anne of Green Gables. I quite liked it!

Mooing at the cows out the back door. Yes, we really do open the door and moo at them.

This kid. My nephew Xander just turned 3 and he totally cracks me. He has got the cutest little personality!

I wanted to get a crayon roll up done for him- but it didn't happen.

A day off tomorrow...I've been subbing a lot and I am thankful that tomorrow I get to stay home and get some things done around here.