May 31, 2008
~Could've been because the location of the wedding was tricky to get to even with a GPS
or it could've been because I was standing next to my hubby who kept bringing up the subject, because he is crazy about his. ; )
Anyway, we met a couple who:
has a GPS
hasn't seen the movie RV
is also goofy enough to name their's
and guess what they call it?!
I kid you not...
"Lola" in Spanish!!!
LOL!!! Too weird.
May 29, 2008
The FULL but FUN type....
Friday we have a wedding that we will be going out of town for. Its at an estate near the beach for a friend of my hubby's from work....
And we'll really be counting on "Lola" to pull through for us on this! : )
We've been lost and late to more than a few weddings... (there's a list)
"Go Lola, go Lola.." LOL!
Saturday we have a sweet family from church coming to dinner....
Sunday after church the TBQ team has their Quote-a-Thon!!!
And a big THANK YOU to all of you sweet friends and family who have sponsored Nathan and encouraged him in his efforts!
He will quote the 469 verses he's learned this year and the money goes towards their trip to the national competition in WI next month.
Sunday evening some of our favorite friends will arrive from TX!!!!! They are staying the night and then we are going to celebrate the end of the school year with some beach fun! Hooray!
May 28, 2008
"that they be passionate about Jesus everyday that they are on this planet."
These verses from Revelation 2 struck my heart today and reminded me of a level of passion that I need to get back to.
Here's what I read:
"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil...."
"...you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary."
That was all very encouraging....
And then came:
"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works..."
Oh wow! Ouch!!!
So, I'm pondering my 'first works' today.
The life I led when I first became a follower of Jesus....
It was certainly passionate.
This has given me lots to think on and its quite convicting....
I think I'll start by praying
that I will be truly passionate about Jesus everyday that I'm on this planet. : )
May 27, 2008
Getting lost usually makes us both disagreeable and grumpy.
Guess what we bought last weekend?
A GPS on SALE! (what will we ever have to disagree about now?!)
We were SO excited about using it on our recent TBQ trip. We had our destination all typed in...and so off we went. And I brought along written instructions just in case it didn't work. You see I had my doubts...
As we were zipping along the interstate and quickly approaching our exit, we were so excited about hearing it tell us where to go....
But it wasn't making a sound....
So then, my hubby and I started saying things that we wished it would tell us like: "You are doing a great job" and "You are not going to get lost." LOL
We got off the interstate according to my directions and then handed it over to our
techie teen to fix. -OK. So, we forgot to actually push the 'nav' button. Once he did that for us, we were in business.
It started telling us where to go and which way to turn and all that. Hurray!
~Except that its version of how to get to the hotel was nothing like mine. In fact we seemed to be going in circles around downtown....
My advice was to pull over.
A cute kiddo from the backseat, thought we should turn it off and back on again to get it working right. ; ) That's how his mom fixes things!
I was getting nervous but my hubby thought the whole thing was so much fun.
Now, why doesn't he think its fun when my directions lead him around and around in circles?! ha ha
We finally did pull over and we found out that someone who will remain nameless but who will never live it down, ; )
pushed the button for gas stations, and it decided to lead us to a Chevron in a city we had never heard of!
In the midst of all that craziness, we had our comedian child quoting Robin Williams in the movie RV where he is yelling back at his GPS and saying "I know that, Lola!" (anybody remember that off roading scene?)
From that moment on, our GPS became 'Lola.' And the new family joke is, "Where are we going? A Chevron?"
"Lola" really does work when you have in the right destination
and my hubby and I agree that 'she' is wonderful.
He likes her so much, he takes her with him to destinations he could find with his eyes shut! Just for fun, I guess.
He made me laugh the other day, when he told me the best thing about Lola, is that when he doesn't listen to her directions, she doesn't say a word!
Now, whoever could he be referring to?
I think that person will remain nameless too. : )
May 23, 2008
It's been great. It has cut down on the mess and it made our lunchtime smoother.
It has meant eating a lot of mac and cheese or pbj's at times. ; )
We all hope that when it's Joy's day she'll make her Pita Pizza's.
6 whole wheat pitas
pepperoni (or roasted veggies is great!)
Lay pitas out on a cookie sheet. Spread with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Mom's favorite is spread with roasted yellow peppers. (yum!) Bake at 375 for 10 min.
(its ok if the pitas are rather curled on the onset because after baking they flatten out nicely)
Here's another great lunchtime recipe:
I love veggie quesadillas!!! And when I saw this version, I had to try it!
You take thawed frozen spinach and feta cheese and put it them in between two tortillas and lightly fry them.
This isn't one I make for my kiddos though. : ) They aren't into spinach!
I'd love to hear what your favorite lunches are, kid friendly or otherwise. : )
May 22, 2008
Especially as I try to save $$$ on groceries.
I came across this recipe at M*rtha's web site and she has it under a quick and easy category. Normally, she and I don't always agree on what is easy...LOL
This was pretty easy, maybe not super quick if you are feeding 6 but not too time consuming.
I remember making a similar recipe back in G*rl Scouts a million years ago. : )
(multiply ingredients by how many people are in your family)
Scrambled Egg in the Hole
1 large egg
salt and pepper
1 slice of crusty Italian bread (1 inch thick)
1/2 T. butter
1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, grated
In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tsp. cold water, season with salt and pepper. Using the rim of a small glass, cut a hole in the bread. Discard the cut out. (or feed it to whatever kiddo walks by) In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium until foaming. Place bread in skillet; carefully p0ur egg mixture into hole (if egg leaks out of the bread, use a spatula to push it back). Sprinkle egg with cheese. Cook until egg begins to set, 3 or 4 minutes; gently flip bread and egg. Continue cooking until egg is set, 1 or 2 more minutes.
The kiddos added syrup to it and it was like a fancy french toast kind of a thing. It got a thumbs up from everybody at our table...and that hardly ever happens. : ) -Unless we are having homemade pizza!
I served it with asparagus and hash browns. It was great!
May 21, 2008
We needed one a little larger for our long legged boys and ours had 192,ooo miles on it. Every time we went somewhere some little feature seemed to break or fall off of it. : )
This van is nicer than anything we hoped for and we were blessed with a great deal.
It has all these fun 'bells and whistles' that we have never had before..Like a little tape recorder thingy on the visor where I can leave myself a 30 second message. I guess I'll record things like 'Don't forget the milk and butter when you get to the store!" ~I don't know. But it will be fun.
It also remembers where I have my seat and mirrors when I drive it and where my hubby has them when he drives it. ~It's really wild to have everything move in place when you push a button. And since I'm a lot shorter than my hubby they do a lot of moving!!!
My excitement doesn't even compare to the excitement of our youngest kiddos though.
They could hardly concentrate on school the first morning after we brought it home.
They kept asking me if they could sit in the car to do their school. They said "Its much quieter in the car than in the house." (I'll have to remember that next time I want to talk on the phone!) : )
And then I heard this and it was too cute:
"Don't leave the car door open or you'll let out the new car smell."
~I don't think a car that is 8 yrs. old could possibly have a 'new car smell' but it must smell new to them.
Or at least not like our dog, which is what our other van smelled like. ha ha
May 19, 2008
Our family decided to go at the very last minute, on Sunday while we were driving home from church. To fit it in between services we knew we would end up missing about 2 or 3 minutes of the beginning, but no one minded. They were too excited and happy about going.
It was AWESOME! It did not disappoint!
We decided its every bit as good as the book. ~One of us thinks its even better than the book!
It was definitely exciting!!!
We loved it!
May 17, 2008
So, Green Bay here we come!!!!!!!!!!
May 14, 2008
We are so excited for her. It's been three years worth of work!
This has been her goal ever since she was in Kindergarten and we watched an Honor Star ceremony for the very first time.
I know I'll just cry buckets at the ceremony. ~My boys tease me because I cry during that ceremony every year even if I don't know the girls or their parents!!! Its just SO special.
And this time we'll be on the stage with our little girl receiving a crown... Somebody pass me the tissues!!!!!!!! ; )
More posts on this to come!
May 12, 2008
~Life is such fun, that I wish my kiddos would stay 15, 13, 11 and 9 forever! ; )
No chance of that though! But these are some fun ages and we feel so blessed.
Anyway, the Teen Bible Quiz regional match is this Saturday!!!!!!!
Nathan has to quote all of his material at least once a day if not several times a day.
And don't ya know it takes a long time to quote 469 verses!!!
(the fact that he knows that many continues to boggle my mind. TBQ is a amazing!!!)
So, all week the kiddos and my hubby and I will be taking turns listening to Nathan quote us Gal, Eph, Phil, Col and Philemon to us over and over and over again.....
I think it's going to be a really edifying week to say the least. : )
I'll let you know how their team did on Saturday night.
May 8, 2008
May 7, 2008
May 4, 2008
It turned out to be a really small gathering, but fun.
Saturday, our very sweet Junior Bible Quiz coordinators threw their end of the year party which includes a barbeque and lots of boating fun since they live on a beautiful lake.
His "Raising a Modern Day Knight" Sunday school class had a ceremony for all the sons in the woods. They hung out, threw tomahawks and had a barbeque. Then each dad gave a speech to each of his sons encouraging them to spend their lives living for the Lord.
Each dad presented his son with a REAL sword. Oh. My. Mercy. Three happy boys came home that night with massive 'Solomon' swords.
And this mom is very thankful for sheaths!!!!!!
I'd say we are all partied out for now! : )
May 2, 2008
He was studying Spanish the other day and the word was "la rata" and there was a cute picture of a rat...
And then he looked out our window and SAW two REAL rats running across our back yard! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How creepy is that?! Not to mention, I thought those things slept during the day!
Talk about weird timing! They were big too. (I ended up seeing one.) UGH!!!!!!!!!!
Then he spent some time lying in wait on the trampoline with an air soft gun and a BB gun! ; )~But, no luck! So, guess who bought rat poison today?!
My hubby and I are going to be the teen coordinators for the home school group this year! We are excited about it. Tonight we are having a teen game night and we hope to find out what kinds of things they would like our group to do next year...
We are going to play some volleyball (which we call tree-ball since we have some major branches in the way) and I'm just hoping that a "la rata" doesn't appear or I may be the one wanting to crawl under my house. ; )
-who needs a "la cata!" (and who doesn't speak Spanish)