Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kindergarten BBall

The boy's last Basketball game is this Saturday.

When he started practice in December, he didn't know anything about basketball. Now he knows to stick with his man in defense. Unfortunately, he sticks with his man even when his team has the ball and he should be playing offense.

I don't know why his hands are on his hips here....

This photo is not my son with 4 arms.... He is just doing a great job guarding his MAN!


Next, he wants to try flag football...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Create a caption....

Hubby had an idea where I'd post a photo and let everyone else create captions, and who knows, there may be a prize involved.....


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pay it forward

This is how it works... The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a hand made gift from me during this year. When and what will be a surprise. BUT, in order for you to leave a comment on my blog, you have to post this on your blog first. (that means that sometime during this year you will send a gift to 3 people as well.) Get it? So, the first 3 people to comment on this post will be the lucky ones!


Monday, February 23, 2009

Roast Chicken in the Crock Pot

Thanks to Mom on the Run, we gave this a try.

I did adjust it a little.

Roast Chicken in the Crock Pot.

1 whole roasting chicken (about 5 lbs)
olive oil flavored cooking spray
seasoning salt
pepper to taste
1 chopped onion
1 head of garlic (in skins)
aluminum foil

1. Spray chicken with olive oil spray.
2. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper.
3. Insert onion and garlic inside cavity of chicken.
4. Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray.
5. Roll wads of aluminum foil into balls and place in bottom of crock pot.
6. Put chicken back side down on top of aluminum balls.
8. Cover and cook on low for about 10 hours.
9. Skin will actually turn brown as in a deli roasted chicken.

This is yummy! We are going to add celery with the onion and garlic next time and maybe a little Promise to brown it up better.


Even More Winners!

The winners of the Outlaw Marshal books are Heather at Sugar and Spice & Mostly Nice and Lynette at Crazed Mind.

Congrats! I am contacting you now to get addresses.

See you all later today for a new MENU MONDAY post!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New disorders (everyone get your own!)

Do you suffer from an addiction? Are you pre-disposed?
I recently came across a website (might have been a blog, I don't remember) that listed new addictions. I also heard a radio story on it. Here's the list -

Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD)
Youtube Addiction Disorder (YAD)
Google Search Addiction Disorder (GSAD)
Widget Addiction Disorder (WAD)
Twitter Addiction Disorder (TAD)
Blackberry Addiction Disorder (BAD)
Mac Addiction Disorder (MAD)

I don't know about you, but we have identified some addictions from observations made in our home. Here they are,

DVR Addiction Overload Disorder (DAOD) - Recording 10 hours of TV in one day that you plan to fit into 1 hour at night. Something inherently wrong there, hmmm....

Potato Chip Withdrawl - Okay this isn't a disorder, but it is still going on around here...

Wii Addiction disorder (WiiAD) - 'nuff said. See my earlier Wii addiction post.

Bargain Addiciton Disorder - This is when you buy stuff because it is a "good deal" without any real use for it.... It doesn't really happen around here, just sayin...

How about you? What disorders are you currently facing in your home?

By Golly G's

My friend, Mrs. Nurse Boy, at Poop on Jelly shared 10 of her favorite things that start with the letter "F" earlier this week. I asked to join in on the fun. I was assigned the letter "G." So, my ten favorite things that begin with the letter "G" are...

In no particular order....

#1 - God - The Author and Perfecter of my life, my faith. My hope is found in Him alone. I praise Him for his protection, his love and his mercy.

#2 - Goals - I always need something to strive toward. Goals are a big part of that for me. In the words of the motivator, Zig Ziglar, "I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants."

#3 - Giggles - Who can resist? Whether it is a "toddler tickle" giggle, a "big girls who can't sleep because they are talking" giggle, a "little boy potty humor" giggle, or a mama or daddy guffaw, laughter is contagious. It keeps me young too! (Not that I consider myself old!)

#4 - Garages - I HATE scraping ice and snow! I don't even think I own an ice scraper anymore. (Which has gotten me in a pinch when I've parked outside a public place and it iced or snowed while I was inside!)

#5 = Garage Sales - The "Garage Sale" Queen. This is one reason I wish I lived in a more moderate climate. Year round Sales!!! I make do in the winter hitting the thrift stores.

#6 - Girlfriends - Who understand me when hubby doesn't. Who sympathize with mommyhood. Who let me cry on their shoulder. Who don't condemn me for how I feel. Who smack me upside the head when I need it (figuratively, not literally.)

#7 - Grace - Freely given unmerited favor in the eyes of God.

#8 - Good Books - Adjectives do so count!!! I am convinced I keep publishers in business...

# 9 - Green - I have often thought my favorite colors were purple and red. And while I do like them, green is definitely giving them a run for the money. Green grass and green trees signify life and being ALIVE! (I can't wait for spring!!)

#10 - Glue - I can patch just about anything with glue. Wood glue, elmer's school glue, rubber cement, hot glue gun, super glue.... It is my Duct tape!!!

OK, so does anyone else want to play? Come on! You know you do! Let me know in the comments, and I'll assign you a letter.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Western action, romance, adventure, and a giveaway!

John “The Stranger” Brockman is back by popular demand in Outlaw Marshal.

A good deed grants outlaw Whipley Langford early release from prison and a friendship with Chief U.S. Marshal John Brockman. Another good deed gets Whip framed for murder and looking at life through a hangman’s noose. John arrives just in time to reveal the true murderers and lead Whip to Christ.

A new man and a fast draw, Whip becomes Brockman’s deputy. Life is still fast and dangerous, and there’s a pretty lady Whip would like to get to know better too. Before he admits his love, Whip is shot in a bank robbery. Survival looks slim until he awakens to hear his lady confess her love. Weeks later, they are married.

Readers who are familiar with the Journeys of the Stranger and Angel of Mercy series reunite with well-loved characters John and Breanna Brockman. Western history buffs will enjoy a wholesome, fast-paced story where the Gospel is presented clearly. Christian readers will learn how to lean on the Lord in times of trial and non-Christians will have the opportunity to make Christ their Savior.

About The Authors:

Al Lacy is an evangelist and author of more than one hundred historical and western novels, including the Journeys of the Stranger, Angel of Mercy, and Mail Order Bride series, with more than three million books in print. JoAnna Lacy, Al’s wife and longtime collaborator, is a retired nurse. The Lacys have been married over forty years and live in the Colorado Rockies.

I have two copies to give away! If interested leave a comment by Sunday, February 22nd.

Valentine boxes revealed...

Okay, so I know I am a LITTLE late in posting these, but here are the pics of my darling children and their valentine boxes.

Sha Sha made a locker we found in Family Fun.

NiNi made a mailbox....all her idea....

and The Boy made a rocket....

And they did sooo much of the work themselves. I loved watching them create them!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Another round of winners...

Winner of the Love as a Way of Life Devotional is (drumroll please), I Am Harriet.

Winner of the Moments Together for Couples and the Scrapbooking supplies go to (drumroll again), Lisa of Cheerios Underfoot.


Roasted Vegetables

Just a little late today. Hubby and I spent the evening away, and it was glorious!!! So, more on that in a later post.

Now for today's Menu Monday post -

A new favorite at our house! (At least with 5 of the six family members.)

Roasted Vegetables

2 yellow summer squash, thickly sliced
2 zuchini, thickly sliced
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
1 red pepper, sliced
8 oz. portabello mushrooms, sliced
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Place vegetables in a 9x13 casserole dish. Mix olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle olive oil mixture over vegetables.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Bake vegetables for 10 minutes. Stir vegetables. Bake additional 10 - 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Adjust vegetables to your liking. Fresh green beans are good if included too!


Saturday, February 14, 2009


Happy Valentine's Day -

Intimate Issues giveaway - Tiffany and the Blonde Duck.

For Couples only giveaway - Live.Love.Eat

I Do Again Giveaway - Librarian or Teacher

Congratulations!!! and thank you for generating random numbers.

Don't forget to check back on Tuesday for the other giveaway winners! If you haven't already entered for them, You still have time!

Off to Kindergarten basketball!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Love Week Wrap-Up Giveaway!

Hubby and I are finally getting a night away on Sunday! We are very thankful that the plans have finally worked out.

If you are just happening by my blog, make sure to check out my daily giveaways that started on Monday, Feb 9.

Today's giveaway is a bundle that includes a copy of Moments Together for Couples by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

From inside jacket - Moments Together for Couples will help you grow in intimacy in the two most important relationships in your life. Here is a year's worth of inspiring daily devotionals that will reenergize your marriage and help you stay in close contact with God and your spouse. Dennis and Barbara Rainey are co-autors of Building Your Mate's Self-Esteem. Dennis is senior editor of The HomeBuilders Couples Series and is also executive director of FamilyLife.

But wait ---- there's MORE! (Do I sound enough like a late-night infomercial?)

Also included to chronicle your best times with your sweetie -

One package of Perfect Fit Reds (12x12) Creative Memories Scrapbook Paper, One package of Jumbo Great Lengths Red & Pink Stickers and a Simple Expressions "Pocketbook of titles to jumpstart your album pages".


If you are interested in having a copy of the devotional and the Creative Memories supplies, leave a comment telling me your plans for the Valentine's Day weekend for one entry. Become a follower for a second entry. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment letting me know you already follow). A Random number generator will pick the winner on Tuesday, February 17th!

Come back tomorrow for the first winners of the giveaways from earlier in the week!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love as a Way of Life (Giveaway)

Hubby and I have been to several marriage retreats. Every time we go, a family member asks, "Is your marriage in trouble?" Our answer is always "NO and we'd like to keep it that way. That's why we want to work at it." I always tell my children that anything worth doing, is worth doing well, which applies even to relationships. ANY relationships, not just couples!

In his book Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Dr. Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.

Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-six books, including Love as a Way of Life and the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages. An internationally respected marriage and family-life expert, he hosts the daily radio program A Love Language Minute. Dr. Chapman and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina, where he serves on a church staff.

The Love As a Way of Life Devotional makes an ideal gift for any special occasion. Couples, parents, new graduates, and anyone celebrating a milestone in life will welcome this inspiring daily guide to richer, more satisfying relationships.

If you are interested in having a copy of the devotional, leave a comment for one entry. Become a follower for a second entry. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment letting me know you already follow). A Random number generator will pick the winner on Tuesday, February 17th!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another "bundle" giveaway surprise!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Our love is strong!

I mentioned in this post about my wonderful hubby and a wonderful gift he gave to me. Someone commented that the notes would make a wonderful post.

After asking hubby's permission, I decided it would be a great post.
Some of these things may not mean anything to the outside observer or reader, but between us - we KNEW.

Okay, I'll start with the outer layer and just list all the notes...

I love you very much. This years gift is wrapped in many layers. Unwrap it slow and ponder the joy of all the years together. We have been blessed. With Love, Hubby.

The Journey Begins - layers of love

God is good! He gave us lifelong friends. Our love grows strong!

Love, Love, Love. Hugs, Hugs, Hugs. Kisses, Kisses, Kisses. Our love grows strong!

Life Changes. We grow. We learn. Our love grows strong!

God blesed us now with a child to share. Our love. Our love is strong!

Life is filled with milestones and full of change. Our love grows strong! (I feel the need to point out here that this was the year we bought our first house and we were figuring out the parenting thing. It was a very challenging year.)

God blessed us again with another child. Our love is strong!

Our love is strong!

I watch amazed at how our love has grown and now, even more with our third child, our love is strong!

Don't stop now - Love forever, Love forever

I can't remember what life was like before we met. Our love is strong!

One more blessing God has in store. A Gift at Christmas. Our love grows more. Our love is strong!

Okay, now my keyboard is wet with tears....tears of gratitude to God for the amazing man I am privileged to call Hubby!

Happily Ever After...... (& Giveaway!)

As little girls we all dream of the prince on the white horse scooping us up and riding into the sunset. We continue to grow and the dream grows. We look to the man of our dreams to make us "happy" and to fill all our voids. It should be magical, RIGHT? Your eyes meet across a crowded room, you fall in love instantly, get married, live happily after. Never a problem, never a care. Is it any wonder that the divorce rate in America is so high? In real life, Love is a decision and relationships are WORK! That doesn't mean they aren't fulfilling as well.

I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs. With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.

After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.

A spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.

Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries and for the past several years they have shared their incredible story of a marriage restored with audiences across the nation. Jeff is an account manager with OshKosh B'Gosh Inc., and Cheryl has served as director of the Frisco, Texas office of the Center for Christian Counseling.

If you are interested in having a copy of your own, leave a comment for one entry. Become a follower for a second entry. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment letting me know you already follow). A Random number generator will pick the winner on Saturday, February 14th!

Don't forget to come back every day this week for other great giveaways! (Just a sneak preview, Friday's giveaway will be a package....)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My sweetheart

Over at We are that Family she is hosting a Valentine carnival. Part of it is posting about your special sweetie. You can participate by clicking on the button on the right side of my screen or the link above.

Now for my tribute -

Hubby and I have been married 16 years and I have a wealth of wonderful memories to pull from for this post. He is kind, compassionate, slow to anger and intelligent. God truly put us together. We truly complement each other. He is low-key and laid back. I am so NOT. He is level-headed and patient. Again, me, NOT so much. But this post isn't about me...

We met when I was only 16. My mother was attending Junior College at the time and so was my then future husband. My mom and hubby performed in a show choir together and had some mutual friends. Mom got hubby and I together. She likes to say that she hand-picked my husband. We knew fairly early that the relationship was headed toward marriage.

We were married 4 months after my 18th birthday and have been together ever since.
We took A LOT of flack for getting married so young. We didn't know how much work it would truly be and there have been some extremely difficult times. But a cord of three strands isn't easily broken.

For our 10th anniversary I really wanted an anniversary ring. We couldn't afford it and I knew it. So, it didn't happen. On Christmas, three years later, I received the ring. This was a surprise and so thoughtful in and of itself, but what he did when he gave me the ring was the BEST GIFT EVER!

He wrapped the ring in 13 layers of paper, one for each year of our life together and then wrote something special about that year on each one. He chronicled our tough times, the births of our babies, our first home purchase, every milestone. I am even choking up now thinking about it. I did a LOT of crying that Christmas.

I love him not for the material possessions he provides for me, but for his strength, love, protection and for who God created him to be.

Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetheart!

Say What? (& Giveaway)

My husband and I have been married 16 years. We sometimes feel like we are talking a different language to each other.

Me - "What are we doing for Valentine's Day?"
Him - "I don't know. What did you plan?"
Me - "Why do I always have to plan something?"
Him - "How about we go bowling?"
Me - "NO!"
Him - "See, you wouldn't like anything I planned anyway!"

Even after being married many years I was able to gain insight about what is going on in Hubby's mind.

What helped me gain insight? The For Couples Only Box Set by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn.

(Includes - For Women Only, For Men Only
and a Quickstart Conversation Starter)

While I was reading For Women Only, I continually turned to Hubby and asked him the questions presented in this book or "Do guys really think this way?"

Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now together in the For Couples Only boxed set, these books provide the perfect resource to help you understand what you never knew about the woman or man in your life.

Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don’t “get” about your significant other—even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you.

So whether you are newly dating or have been married fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way. The adventure is just beginning!

This would make a great gift for an engaged couple, a wedding or shower gift, or for yourself. And guess what? I can help you with that! I have a box set to give away!

If you are interested in having one of your own, leave a comment for one entry. Become a follower for a second entry. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment letting me know you already follow). A Random number generator will pick the winner on Saturday, February 14th!

Don't forget to come back every day this week for other great giveaways!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Intimate Issues & Giveaway!

The taboo subject. We were always taught that "good girls" don't talk about "IT". So, how do you get your questions answered and learn how to be a godly and sensuous wife at the same time?

Intimate Issues answers the twenty-one questions about sex most frequently asked by Christian wives, as determined by a nationwide poll of over one thousand women. Written from the perspective of two mature Christian wives and Bible teachers–women who you’ll come to know as teachers and friends–Intimate Issues is biblical and informative: sometimes humorous, other times practical, but always honest. Through its solid teaching, warm testimonials, scriptural insights, and experts’ advice, you’ll find resolution for your questions and fears, surprising insights about God’s perspective on sex, and a variety of practical and creative ideas for enhancing your physical relationship with the husband you love.

With warmth and wisdom, authors Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus speak woman to woman: examining the teachings of Scripture, exposing the lies of the world, and offering real hope that every woman’s marriage relationship can become all it was intended to be in God’s design.

This book includes a 12 session Bible Study, a list of additional resources, a scripture index and an interview with the authors.

And I have not one, but two copies to give away! If you are interested in having one of your own, leave a comment for one entry. Become a follower for a second entry. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment letting me know you already follow). A Random number generator will pick the winners on Saturday, February 14th!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another book review and giveaway!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine's Week is here!

I am having a give-away a day this week (Mon-Fri) to celebrate! A new give-away will be announced each day and the winners all drawn on Valentine's Day! Come back tomorrow for the first announcement!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

20 Random Things

My new blog buddy Heather at Sugar 'N Spice & Mostly Nice tagged me to do a list of 20 random things. Visit Heather if you have a chance, she is a mom of three cute little boys, all under 5. She is busy!

The idea behind this tag is to find out more about our blogging buddies by having them list/describe 20 random things about themselves that we don't otherwise know from reading their blog.

Here are the official rules:create a list of 20 random things about yourself, link back to the blog that tagged you, tag 5 new folks by linking to them in your post, then leave a comment on each of their blogs letting them know they've been tagged.

I've done this in facebook, so I've revised my facebook list and posted it here.

1. My least favorite time of year is from Christmas thru Valentine's Day. Lack of sunlight and the fact that sickness is so rampant are definitely high on my list of reasons.

2. 20 years ago, I thought I would be a lawyer, but instead I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a minor in management and am still paying off the student loans to prove it... And I'm staying home with kiddos!

3. I have aspirations of getting a good sewing machine and learning some new tricks.

4. I love to give gifts. Whether a small note or piece of chocolate, I can't resist...

5. I sometimes feel addicted to "staying busy" - and I don't mean the dishes or laundry either.

6. I've never considered myself outgoing, part of the "in" crowd or someone who makes friends easily. I love blog world because of the anonymity, and it takes away some of the "scariness" of meeting people.

7. I love to cook. Check out my Menu Monday posts. (There won't be one this coming Monday because I have special posts and giveaways for Valentine's Week!)

8. My favorite guilty pleasures are Sour Cream and Cheddar potato chips and Dove Unconditional Chocolate Ice Cream. Not together, mind you...

9. Hubby and I have only had 2 (maybe 3) date nights in the last year and a half. Sad, I know... (Watching DVR after bedtime doesn't count....)

10. Every time I want to meet up with another mom to visit, someone gets sick......

11. Hubby and I met thru my mom, who was going to school with hubby at the time. Story is actually quite interesting....And probably a blog post for another day.

12. I love trolling clearance racks for a good bargain...when I have $ to spend.

13. I love fancy coffee. Hazelnut Mocha and Zebra Mocha are my favorites.

14. I always wanted a sister. Now I have 3 Sisters-In-Law.

15. Love to read and read a lot!

16. Hate snow - unless I can stay inside. Especially hate the slushy mess when it's melting and the salt/sand is all mixed in. ICK!

17. I keep the library in business because I frequently return books late and pay fines (also a good way to drive hubs crazy).

18. I love crafts. Although I am also easily distracted. I have a LOT of unfinished projects right now!

19. I am thankful to God for where I am and such a time as this...

20. I can't wait to read everyone else's random things and learn more about them....

I tag Michele at Mammatalk, Mrs. Sandy at one day at a time, Tracey - crafty scraps, Hubby at You Can Only Laugh, and Rachel at Sweet Angel Memories.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Disappearing Mail

From the title you might think this post is about the fact that because of email and online billing, the only mail we get anymore is mostly junk....

Not so. I have a problem in my house. I confess I do love certain mail. I love sale ads, I love catalogs, I love cards, I love magazines, and especially, I love packages.

My problem is this, I have a son who also loves mail. Current bookstore ad (with coupons) missing. Current "Family Fun" magazine missing. About the only thing that is safe is my Martha Stewart Living magazine.... (No, I didn't order it for myself, Hubby ordered it for me, and I'm still not sure if it is a suggestion or not....)

If anything is missing, I know where to go. The 6 yr old son. Unfortunately, he has short-term memory loss, so unless I catch him red-handed, he never can remember where he put the loot!

He has the same problem with the Sunday paper. He steals any ad that might remotely be interesting and I never see it again. It's become a race to the ads, if I don't get to them first, I may not see them. (Although that may be saving us some cash...)

AND, it's not enough that he takes the ads, magazines, etc. He also has to take pens and circle anything he might want for Christmas...

Of course, Christmas is still 10 1/2 MONTHS away!

Oh well, look for the positive, hmmmm...

At least he plans ahead????

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Being Positive

I am trying so hard to be positive. Do you ever feel like the world is ganging up on you? Since Thanksgiving, my son has battled a sinus infection that he has been thru 3 courses of antibiotics for. We have been thru 2 rounds of the stomach flu. My toddler had an ear infection. My 10 year old had strep throat and now the toddler has some intestinal virus. Ugh! I hate feeling trapped in the house and having to back out of commitments left and right. I was feeling really sorry about myself earlier this week. Then I read stories in Blog World of children dying with childhood cancer, babies who die in utero right before their due dates, children born with heart problems in ICU for weeks and I tell myself, "WHAT are YOU whining about!" A sniffle, a bump in the road, something temporary.

I need to rely on my GOD to meet my needs, not my social calendar! Who cares that I've had to cancel playdates, volunteer opportunities, etc? My place is with my children offering them comfort and drawing my comfort from my Heavenly Father.

And staying positive doesn't hurt, either.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Breakfast Convo...

Setting: Our kitchen, early morning...

Forgive me for some paraphrasing... but you'll get the gist. Conversation between my 6 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter.

"I see a bunny outside"

"Really? Where?"

"Right there! HE'S looking for a place to lay HIS eggs!"

(You and I both know there is more than one problem with this statement. Older siblings are always so good at making sure you know you're wrong!)

"Bunnies don't lay eggs. They are mammals and have live babies!" (You might as well have added - "Stupid" with the tone of voice used.)

"HE is looking for a place to have HIS babies!"

(Still have a problem....)

"Girls have babies, not boys!"

"I KNEW that!"

"That's not what you SAID!"

"I'm going to go out and scoop up it's eggs after it lays them!"

ME - Shaking of head, Sighing, trying not to giggle. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who isn't listened to around here.

Coming Very Soon!

I received some great books in the mail these last couple of weeks. I will be reviewing them the week of Valentine's Day and giving copies away! I can't tell you what they are yet, but a hint - they all have to do with relationships!

Monday, February 2, 2009

How you know the Wii is being played too much....aka 7 reasons to unplug your Wii

Fair warning, this may not make much sense if you don't have a Wii. It will also make more sense if you have Mario Kart and Super Mario Galaxy.

1 ) Your children dream of siblings wanting to live on Jupiter. And of blowing up Jupiter to prevent their sibling from moving there.

2) Your 1 1/2 year old is walking around the house saying "Galaxy", because she wants someone to play Super Mario Galaxy.

3) Your toddler is using anything round as a steering wheel to pretend Mario Kart. Bracelets, bowls, etc.

4) When seeing a picture of a star, your toddler shouts "LUMA!"

5) You are diagnosed with tendonitis in your arm from too much Wii Sports.

6) Your children eat off every fingernail and eat holes in blankets over anxiety for Mario. Seriously, Bowser isn't real.

7) Your six year old still spells We - W.I.I.!

No Wii tonight for them. Just books!

Menu Monday

Well, it's Monday again and time for another Menu Monday post. This is not technically a South Beach recipe, but it fits. We enjoyed this before we were on the diet, um excuse me, "lifestyle change".

Garlic Lime Chicken

1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 thyme
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP olive oil
4 TBSP lime juice
1/2 cup chicken broth (preferably reduced fat/reduced sodium)

Mix together first seven ingredients. Sprinkle on both sides of chicken breasts. In a skillet heat butter and olive oil together over medium-high heat. Saute chicken until golden brown (about 5 min each side). Remove chicken and add lime juice and chicken broth to the pan, whisking up browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Keep cooking until sauce has reduced slightly. Add chicken back to the pan to thoroughly coat and serve.

This recipe came from this book. I LOVE this book!

Have a great Monday!!