Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Marching on...

Almost this whole month of September it rained. And rained and rained and rained. We are so thankful!!!!
Time just keeps marching on, and it is a joyful thing to be alive.  I listened to a talk yesterday by Jeffrey R. Holland, which said, if you try to chase happiness like chasing a butterfly, it will elude you.  But if you are busy with something else, it will come and sit on your shoulder.

My sunflowers are enormous!

Pat got Leia right as she came around.

Friends over.  Sometimes I make my cinnamon rolls ahead of time and freeze the little spiral/disks.  Then when we want cinnamon rolls in the morning, we just get out 8, set them in a buttered 9x13, cover with plastic wrap and leave them on the counter all night to defrost and rise.  In the morning, remove plastic and bake.  They are to die for.  Especially with a sweet butter-cream cheese frosting. 

A week of slaving away on this entertainment center that I purchased at a thrift store for $50.  Three coats of primer, 2 coats of paint, and 2 coats of polycrylic? sealer protectant.  I always imagine things will be easier in my head.  Glad that's done.  I. Will. Never. Do. It. Again.  But I love it.  Pay no attention to the white stuffed animal on top, and the two kids that think I built them a fort.

Crock-pot I got at a friends garage sale for .50 cents!  Now I can make bone soups!

Soccer is in full swing.  One month down, one to go.  The teams are co-ed this year. 

Sam the goalie.  Sam has gone a couple years without wanting to play soccer.  This year he's on D's team and they are both great!  They're both fast and not afraid and are having a blast.

A bone soup.  I can buy bones pretty cheap at the store, or save them from other meals and simmer in water for 1-3 days and get a rich flavorful healthy broth.  It is so good for you, and tastes better than storebought.  Now that I have a crockpot, I can do this easily by just leaving it on low all the time.  When I'm ready to use it, I just strain out any solids and add onion, garlic, beans, potatoes, noodles, etc.  The kids love it!   Dallas will eat 6 bowls at one meal.  I need a bigger crock pot.

Sumo wrestling.

A homeschool day making Latkes.  Man, they are soooo good to eat!  These need to make a regular appearance here!  And today, Evan got to make an Egyptian pyramid.  I would like all my kids to stay home again next year.  But the school is pretty great.  It's a tough decision.

We found something to fill it up!  A bed for Leia!

The boy's school had a Renaissance Fair.  They encouraged everyone to dress up, and speak old-time talk.  It was a lot of fun.

Dallas's class performing.

Charlie forgot his Renaissance clothes.  Daisy was just happy to dress up.

Our bishop getting pie-d while locked in the stocks.  Man I'd never do that.

It's Fall and the roasting green chili's are found outside all the stores.  The smell is amazing.  It's also time for Schwebach corn which is pretty famous here and so delicious and sweet!!!  I'll eat it raw, or cooked like this (mayo, Parmesan cheese and chili powder), or made into enchiladas, or pretty much anyway. 

An Asian noodle salad we had that turned out pretty great.

I have lists for everything and everything on a list.  I'm not bound by them, but I do try to keep to them.  The reason is that if I don't then I won't get anything done that needs getting done!  But this is last months list and almost everything has already changed.   Carpool, music lessons, church meetings, etc.  That's the way it goes.  But I go ahead and make a new one because I have to see what can be fit into each day/week/month analyzing what needs to be cut out, or what needs to be focused on more.   Then once it's perfect, I put it on the wall and never look at it.  I just do the best I can.  For example, we parents are supposed to be in bed by 9pm to get the sleep we need, but with all my homework now, that goes over by 2 hours every night.

Chicken Tikka Masala with Quinoa and Cilantro.  Love it.

1 comment:

Christy said...

I make lots of lists too. My memory is not what it used to be and so making lists helps. I too am not a slave to it, but I like to be reminded of needs to be done. When I don't have a list, sometimes I stand in my kitchen and spin, trying to remember what it was I was doing, or wanted to do. :)

All the food you are making looks delicious. I love your variety. It is a great thing to teach your kids!

Thanks for keeping a blog. Sometimes it takes me a month or two before I check it but I always love going on and seeing what you are doing, and how much you are like me and yet so different from me.

IT is great to see other mom's who are just doing their day to day stuff and finding joy in it. :)