Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Let cool and then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. If you don't have any, don't fret it is good without it.
Now for my alfredo sauce recipe. You can use some from the jar, but if your like me you don't like that.
She got nice and cool. Silly little girl.
Friday, September 25, 2009
When we were rummaging through stuff at another thrift store William came across this barn and insisted that he needed it for Aslan's home. I agree. And I love the look on his face in the above picture.
At our last trip to the mall he discovered this stationary cow that he could sit on (because I don't pay a dollar for toys to shake).
I can't wait for the weather to cool off so we can head out to a dairy farm and he can see the cows in action.
Oh, and every time he asks for a drink of milk he says, "may I have some cows milk please?"
What a kid.
Friday, September 18, 2009
They love it so much. A few weeks ago their friends Nathan and Emma showed up after we were already on and William LOVED having someone to wave to each time around. The when it was their turn every time they came around he waved and CRACKED UP laughing. I mean really laughing. It was very fun to watch.
And now the mall also gives the kids a free movie on Thursdays. Last week we saw UP and yesterday we saw it again but we waited until Daddy was done working and our friends the Cox's came too. I really like that movie.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Soon Gracie and Russ joined us and we had cereal for breakfast (a special treat).
William soon started fighting all the boxes a neighbor left for us on our front porch.
It was quite entertaining and pretty loud.
He's got some pretty awesome moves.
As I sat and watched him I realized that I have a very fun little guy. I know that shouldn't be something I realize only now and I did know it before, but I guess being around him every day the changes in him a gradual and I tend to focus on the not so-nice-things rather than the fact that he is hilarious. I am trying my hardest to focus on his awesomeness - and it makes my life so much happier.We spent the rest of the morning helping our neighbor finish up moving. All of us a little damp from natures showers and it was so fun having Gracie helping me clean and William running around entertaining everyone. I have found that one of the things I treasure most is working with my family (my family now and the family I grew up in). I am not sure why but it brings me a lot of pleasure. Maybe I can look at our next move this way and have a wonderful experience instead of a stressful one. Later in the afternoon we went to BBQ with our friends the Cox's. It cleared up enough for swimming and then after was cool enough to relax outside. Gracie was in the swing and I had to leave her for a minute and she was content to just sit there. Then I heard her laughing and looked to see this her brother pushing her. This made my heart happy.
Lots of things made my heart happy today. Like William showing me how high he could jump on the trampoline.
Another thing that made me happy was that I left out camera on the bench outside for the whole weekend and it still works. Whew!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I'm in no way perfect, but I try. I think I have expressed somewhere on my blog(s) that I have cut way back on meat. This happened with my last pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage. I had known that I wanted to eat less meat, but I was stuck in a routine and menu plan. With that pregnancy I wanted nothing to do with raw meat and since I was the cook I would look at my menu plan before I would go to the store and substitute a vegetable that sounded good for the meat. Then we moved in with my sister who also doesn't eat a lot of meat and now I rarely buy it and I LOVE IT. I no longer have to wash the knives and cutting boards in between items and worry about getting everything the meat juice touched disinfected. I am not a germ freak unless it comes to the meat ones that can KILL. I also spend less money on groceries - awesome. and I am eating more veggies - double awesome.
Not too long ago I stumbled upon raw diets. People who eat everything raw and don't cook anything. I was confused when I first heard of this and didn't see how it was possible, but when I learned more I became very interested. Mainly because one of the things people on raw diets claim is to have more energy. I want that. It is a huge lifestyle change (tons of props to my friend Lauren for doing it) and one neither I or my family is ready for.
This is my plan:
oatmeal or 1 egg in a frame - egg in a piece of spelt(half the calories and carbs) toast.
Green smoothies (which consist of fresh fruit a leafy green and a small amount of apple juice water and flax.)
Whatever it is half the plate will be raw veggies
Again half the plate will be raw (or almost raw;) veggies. (This one will take time to build up to because I don't believe in doing things all at once, it takes time)
And drink LOTS of water.
And I am hoping to get better at doing this menu so that by the new year we are eating much healthier and it will be a breeze because we are so used to it. Lets hope. Lets alos hope that we will be in our new house with a garden and our own chickens.
Pictured is what some call cowboy caviar or Texas caviar and I add it to fresh romaine and a few chips and and dressing. It is yummy and a great way to eat half a raw meal. I will try and share other good food ideas I have.