Thursday, December 30, 2010
A Bug that keeps me smiling.
A Mr. that takes care of me.
Answers to prayers (This time in the form of an attentive nurse to help me manage round two of gestational diabetes. More on that later, I'm sure.).
The a-MAZ-ing veggie sandwich that I had for lunch. I'm not kidding, it was so good, and I didn't even break my G.D. diet to eat it. Oh yum yum yum yum yum
Good friends. We had the best visit with longtime friends tonight. Wish we could see them more often.
My bed. Which, as it so happens, is calling to me right now...
Good Night, Happy New Year, and all that good stuff!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This week the Bug and I have been sick, sick, sick with who knows what. We're just grateful that we should be mostly out of the woods come Christmas (and praying that it doesn't take Daddy out just in time for it).
We have been partying with family. We are so blessed to be able to have such wonderful people to call relatives.
We have been making goodies (or trying at least), wrapping presents, writing cards, decorating cookies and making snowflakes. We are so thankful for this season and for all the joy that it brings.
We've been shoveling and shoveling and shoveling the 2 feet of snow we got practically overnight. We're grateful that our cul-de-sac wasn't plowed and Daddy had an excuse to stay home from work.
As you can see, he used his time off wisely.
What a happy time this is! We are ever grateful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are grateful for what He chose to accomplish for each of us. President Gordon B. Hinckley said :
"There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection."We hope that you are able to enjoy this time and count your blessings. Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Bug is thankful for his pacifier, his bossy cow,
his favorite book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,
his favorite song The Eensie Weensie Spider,
Kizzy, drawing, and his crazy uncles
The Mr. is thankful for heating, cars that work,
his new job, and tickets to a Jazz game with his best brother friend
The Momma is thankful for the Bug and the Mr. first and foremost,
awesome and supportive family, sleep, exercise,
a warm home, health and happiness,
music, and Christmas!
"Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings.
This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways.
We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
President Thomas S. Monson
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
I'm thankful that this life is a process. I'm thankful that even though there are rotten days there are really good days, too. I'm thankful that my son is forgiving, because Heaven knows I could be a better mom. I'm thankful that my husband is patient because I need it. I am thankful that I get to be at home and raise my child. I'm grateful for good health. I am blessed to get a full night's sleep almost every night. The Mr.'s job meets our financial needs. The Bug is healthy. We had a good garden this year. We are close to family. The church is true. Conference is this weekend. There must be a message that I really need to hear because Satan is sure trying hard to get me down.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
So, this week I'll be better at wearing my hat all the time, not just most, and careful around transitions (bedtime). Ready, go.
Monday, September 27, 2010
The past two years I've canned salsa with my sister-in-law and it is good! Here is the recipe she uses:
1 Gallon Diced Tomatoes
2 Large Green Peppers
4 Jalapeno Peppers
1 1/3 C. White Vinegar or Lime Juice
2 12-oz cans Tomato Paste
1 T. Sugar
3 T. Salt
1 1/2 T. Garlic Powder
Blanch and peel tomatoes. Dice or puree ingredients to desired consistency. Mix together and warm in pot. Ladle into heated jars. Steam bath for 20 minutes.
I prefer the white vinegar to the lime juice myself, and I usually don't use all the jalapenos. NOTE: use gloves when you're cutting the jalapenos! I spent several hours with my fingers in buttermilk last year. Just trust me--it BURNS! If you don't like your salsa very spicy, remove all the insides, especially seeds, before adding to the salsa.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Generous friends and family. We have been so blessed lately by the graciousness of others.
Coconut Vanilla scented lotion
Naptime. Oh, naptime, how I love thee.
Second chances. And third, and fourth, and...
Tis the season to be thankful! Only a few more weeks until we pull out the thankful tree. It's a tradition. Since last year, anyway.
Twice a year our local grocery store has a case lot sale. All of their "bulk" food storage items go on sale and we try to stock up on things that we use consistently. We have been counseled by our church leaders to store food for emergencies. But we're not talking 72-hour kits here.
"Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life. . . . As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year's supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness."L. Tom Perry
Since we've been married, the Mr. and I have tried to accumulate what food storage we can here and there; pulling a year's worth of food out of nowhere costs a pretty penny, so we've had to do it slowly.
I've always been a bit overwhelmed by it all; knowing what and how much to buy, how to store it, and especially how to rotate it so that we actually use what we buy. For my birthday this year my Mom got me this book:
I love it! No, I am not being paid to endorse this book. I wish. At the front of the book is a list of all the food you need for a one-year supply, and how much of each you need per adult in your family. So I wrote out a list, did a quick inventory, and figured out what we still needed for the very basics. We actually had a lot more than I thought. I then went to my handy-dandy Macey's case lot sale with some moolah we set aside for this sort of thing and went nuts. Well, half nuts, really. That's all that would fit in the cart. Then I did my normal grocery shopping, and filled up another cart. And next week I'll do it again.
I'm grateful for inspired leaders. Now if:
-There was a local natural disaster
-There was a world-wide disaster
-Food prices spiked
-Use your imagination
We would be a little better off. That Joseph in Egypt really knew what he was doing (If you don't know what I'm talking about, see the musical. Or, you know, read the Bible).
Plus, the salt containers make great building blocks. Just sayin'.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I figured it didn't make much sense to have long hair if I was just throwing it under a hat every day, so I bit the bullet and chopped it off. I'm not in love with it, and I don't think I picked the right cut for hat wearing, but it is what it is. Hopefully it helps.