Thursday, January 31, 2008
Scribbling is the first step to writing and it is good for developing fine motor skills. This is something we will be doing more often since I found out today that Jamie doesn't really know how to hold her crayon and to scribble.
To finish off the project I placed the girls colored heart into a soup can that had been wrapped in scrapbook paper.
Megan would hand me her finished heart and then say "more." (Her project is on the right.) The girls had so much fun that I need to find some more ideas for crafts with toddlers. If you have any suggestions or know of a good resource please let me know.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I have been seeing some really cute banners in Blog land and decided to make one for myself. This is what it looks like:
I know it is hard to see in detail. I wrote 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 on each heart.
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love does not envy
Love does not boast
Love is not proud
Love is not rude
Love always trust
Love always hopes
Love never fails
I decided to hang it at the kitchen window. It was looking a little bear after all of the Fall and Christmas decorations had been put away.
Another thing I did was change out my Mason Jar candle holders.
I removed the corn and the candles and ribbon that match my kitchen. I added Conversation Hearts, pink polka dot ribbon and pink candles. They are so versatile and use two things that I love, mason jars and candles! The best thing about these is that come the first of March I can leave in the pink candle and ribbon and just add jelly beans to the bottom! I am so glad that I stumble onto this idea.
I have been working on a few more things for Valentine's Day. I am hopeful that I will have them complete before Valentine's Day. If not, I guess there is always next year!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Carrie tagged me to share 7 random things about myself.
1. I always wanted to marry a farmer. I did not and do not regret it. I still have a desire to live in the country and hope that becomes a reality some day.
2. I am legally blind in my left eye. It is due to a birth defect. It does not affect my quality of life. I wore a patch over my right eye, which is referred to as my good eye, to strengthen my left eye. It didn't work and saying I hated the eye patch is an understatement! I wore the patch pre-kindergarten and I remember it vividly.
3. I love breakfast food, especially when I go to a restaurant and don't have to cook it myself.
4. I do not like any kind of sausage. I like the smell, but not the taste.
5. I love a good thunderstorm. I like to watch it roll in and the fresh way it smells after it passes.
6. My favorite flower is a tulip.
7. My favorite kind of ice cream is chocolate. Well, maybe anything chocolate is my favorite!
I don't know who to tag that hasn't already participated. So, if you want to play along leave a comment when you are done and I will stop by.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
We were basicly homebound for the weekend. We didn't do much. We rented the last few episodes of Lost. (We missed them while in China.) We did venture out Sunday morning. On the coldest day of the year so far! As we pulled out of the garage we watched the temperature gage drop from double digits to -2. Brr it's cold here! It is winter in Indiana, so I guess I can't complain about that.
Such a wonderful, restful weekend. I plan to take it easy this week. It seems that when my eyes hurt that rest is the one thing that makes them feel better. The plan for this week is rest, rest, rest. Depending on how my eyes feel will determine how much posting I do this week. Have a great day!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Remember this post? I am so glad that I tried this. This has been a great time saver for me and has prevented me from making an entire batch of cookies and eating them all!
Yesterday I utilized nap time and made Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are by far the best oatmeal cookie! They are moist, flavorful and just enough chocolate to make you say, Oh Yes! I baked some to snack on and some for Chuck's lunch for the rest of the week. The rest went into the freezer for evening snacks or for a last minute pitch in.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Here are the before pictures:
I received several picture boxes for Christmas last year and never utilized them! They had been sitting on the shelf for the last year. I know, shame on me!
Here are the after pictures:
It was such a mess that every time I went searching for something things just fell out. I can't believe I am admitting this! Now everything is put away and labeled. This area is always a thorn for me. I am only 5 foot and need a stool to reach most anything on the shelves. I admit that I am just lazy and don't want to take the time to get the stool out! One of my goals is the maintain order in this closet.
I know it is silly, but I am so happy with the results that I have opened the closet door several times since it has been cleaned out!
Monday, January 14, 2008
This is from my sister:
I love it! I really want to hang it up, but I am going to hold off. (If I can!) I plan to hang wallpaper in my living room as soon as I get the ceiling painted. I will post pictures once I get it hung.
My 14 year old niece gave me this:
One of my gifts from Chuck was 2 containers of floor adhesive! I was so excited when I opened it. I have been wanting a new floor in the bathroom and Chuck wasn't so keen on putting it in. This was his way of telling me that I could have the new flooring! I don't need diamonds to make me happy, new flooring or should I say floor adhesive is just fine!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I am sure some of you are asking... snow cones in January? We have been breaking records for warm weather and even have had a thunderstorm. I am sure that the cold and snow of winter will be returning soon. In the mean time we are making the most of the unseasonable warm weather.
I found this snow cone syrup on clearance. I was able to pick it up for .25 cents! Just too good to pass up! I used my blender to crush the ice. I was able to make it using the chop and blend buttons. The next time I make it I will make more ice. The glasses were full but once I started to pour the syrup it really compacted.
It was a wonderful treat and you just can't beat the price!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
5 Pill Containers (they were on the pharmacy counter) = FREE
2 Johnson & Johnson Buddies $1.98 - 1.98 (2 $1.00 coupons) = FREE
1 Fructis Shampoo $2.99 - $2.00 ECB = .99 - $1.00 coupon = FREE
4 Hersey Brand Candy Bars 2/$4.00 - $1.00 ECB = $3.00
2 Colgate Toothpaste $4.98 - $4.00 ECB = .98 - $1.50 (2 .75 coupons = .52 overage
1 Colgate Toothbrush $2.49 - $2.00 ECB = .49 - .75 coupon = .26 overage
4 32 ct Bayer Aspirin $3.98 - $4.00 (2 $2.00 coupons) = .02 overage
1 24 ct Excedrin $1.99 - $1.00 ECB = .99 - $1.00 coupon = FREE
2 20 ct Christmas tissue paper = .38
7 Rolls Christmas paper = $2.43
After using a $1.00 ECB and a $4.00 off $20.00 purchase coupon my total was $8.10. I paid using a $25 gift card I had for transferring a prescription. So I used no out of pocket money and left with $10 in ECB for my next transaction!
I am learning ladies, thanks for the encouragement!
I really been thinking about this. One thing I've realized is if my home is cluttered and disorganized it definitely effects my heart. From the outside my home might look together, but if you take a peek in some of my closets and cabinets, oh my!
My plan is to start removing the clutter and organizing the hidden areas in my home. My hope is that once I have a clean home it will clear the way for me to work at cleaning the hidden areas of my heart.
I will share with you as I work on clearing out the clutter. Monica, thank you for giving me the little nudge I needed to get it together!
Monday, January 07, 2008
Chuck and I were able to play Skee Ball with Megan's remaining tokens. We hadn't played that in a really long time. It was actually a fun time. Thanks Eric and Angie for pizza, cake and fun!
Friday, January 04, 2008
Yes, that is a squirrel helping himself to a piece of cake! It is not uncommon for me set something outside to cool. I guess that yesterday the smell of a fresh baked chocolate cake was just too much for this squirrel!
Thursday, January 03, 2008
We had these for breakfast recently. They are not as good as yeast cinnamon rolls, but not bad considering they were quick and easy.
Butter a 9 in square pan. In a small bowl complete the following ingredients, set aside.
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 t cinnamon
1 T unsalted butter, melted
2 cup flour
1/2 t salt
2 t baking powder
2 T sugar
1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
3/4 c whole milk
Combine dry ingredients. Then stir in milk and butter. Mix for 1 minute or just until it forms a smooth dough. Turn onto floured surface and roll into a rectangle about 9x16. Spread filling leaving a 1/2 inch border. Roll up dough on long side and press to seal. Cut into 12 equal parts. Bake 25 minutes at 375.
Icing: 2 T whole milk 1 c powder sugar, sifted
Turn rolls onto a plate and drizzle with icing. Serve while still warm. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
This really speaks to my heart as the new year begins. 2007 started as a year of uncertainty, but ended up being the greatest year! I have a husband who I love dearly, and is so good to me. I finally can say that I am a Mama! Oh, what that little girl does to my heart and bring to my life. I start 2008 feeling "complete, needing nothing."
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!
The Little People Farm was a big hit!
Look I can vacuum just like Mama.
This ribbon is a little tricky!
I received a couple of thoughtful gifts. A Willow Tree figure, "Child of My Heart" and a binder that contained our blog Journey to Megan. I teared up a little as I opened these two gifts.
I hope that your Christmas was merry! I am looking forward to catching up with with everyone.