Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Weekend

Saturday I was up early getting laundry on the line and preparing for a busy day.

We were expecting some wonderful people to come work for the day. Figures that the day we plan to have help the themometer rises and rises.

With temperatures in the 90's the sprinkler was pulled out and the kids had a great time cooling off.

While the kids played the men worked really, really hard.

I tried to stay out of the way and only help out if asked. My job was to supply plenty of water and lemonade. Along with serving lunch.

All of the fence post have been dug and the post are in on the west side of our property. Thirty of them!

Today the post will be set on the east side. Only twenty-five of those! Thankfully my dad will be stopping by to help out.

Then we will be able to slow down some. Chuck will work on cutting all of the post to the correct height and then he will be building the fence panels himself. I see this as a work in progress for a while, as time and money permit.

The weekend ended with a refreshing splash at my parents.

Chuck is on vacation the rest of the week. We plan to stay home and work, play and relax.

I also wanted to mention that I am having a horrible time commenting on blogs. Especially those blogs that have the comment box at the bottom of their post. I am reading and really want to comment but am unable. Grrr! I hope that it is fixed soon.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Everyone Needs Beauty...

as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

I took a walk around the yard the other afternoon and soaked up the beauty and rejoiced in the all the great things the Lord has done in my life.

Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. ~Ecclesiastes 11:7

Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? ~Luke 12:27-28

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Birthday Celebration

Yesterday Chuck celebrated the big 4-0! I made his favorite dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans. After dinner we had a little celebration.

He received a few gifts.

I wonder what secret she was trying to tell? Probably what the gifts were! :)

Of course there was cake. Megan thinks that is the best part of celebrating someones birthday!

Saturday we celebrated with his dad and tonight we will have dinner with his mom. We decided to have a celebration with just us because the bad thing about divorce is that the complications never end for the kids. If we invite over his mom then his dad is jealous. If we invite over his dad then we feel guilty that mom isn't here. If we try to include everyone then it is awkward. We love them both and know they love Chuck. It is just one of those things where you feel you can never please everyone. Sigh!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Backyard Fun

I am a planner, but there are times when spur of the moment things can be fun! Late Friday afternoon my sister called to see if we had plans. The only plans we had were to stay home and enjoy the beautiful weather. She asked if we wanted to get together and cookout at our house. Sure!

The items that I didn't have she picked up and we got cooking. Simple stuff really. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salad and cottage cheese.

After eating my niece, Lauren asked if we wanted to play a little baseball.

It was so much fun! We joked, laughed and had a great time.

Then we cooled off with a little ice cream.

A wonderful, relaxing evening spent with those I cherish. It really is the simple things!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Schools Out! Schools Out!

Yesterday was Megan's last day of school. They put on a little program to showcase all of the things they had learned this year. Then each child was called forward and presented with a diploma.

She was super proud and so are we! Soon my baby will be going to kindergarten. :( Time is flying by!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Curly Fries

Megan has been asking that I make curly fries for months. I finally put them on the menu this week.

I don't have a fancy potato cutter so I used my apple peeler/slicer. It worked great!

The only draw back to using it is that it cores the potato as it would an apple. No problem! I saved them and will cut them into rounds and roast them to go along with baked chicken tonight.

I like mine with a little salt.

Chuck and Megan like a little more kick to their fries. I made a season salt for their fries. Chuck said that they tasted just like the curly fries from A*by's.

1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder

Mix together and sprinkle on fries while they are still hot. Enjoy!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Air Show

Chuck served in the Air Force and I guess you could say that he has a thing for planes. On Saturday we went to an air show.

There were plenty of planes on the ground that you could explore.

Hands on experience is great for kids!

This is a medical plane. It will transport those sick and injured to receive treatment or return home for no charge. It is funded by donations. It is called Grace on Wings. Love the name!

A refueling plane. Chuck was able to go on a refueling mission while in the Air Force. How fun!

The star of the show... US Navy Blue Angels. Great show!

On the way home we stopped off at a park for a picnic dinner.

After dinner we took a walk.

A wonderful day!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Monday, May 16, 2011

As The Rain Falls

As the rain falls the garden is soaking up all of it's sweet goodness. This rain is just what we needed since green beans and a little corn were planted on Thursday.

A rainy Sunday afternoon is a good day to putter. To rest and take the time to do some things that you might not normally do. I took a little extra care setting the table for supper.

I used my new table cloth.

Isn't it adorable? I fell in love when I saw the chickens!

I went out between raindrops to clip the first emerging peonies as my center piece. Sunday supper was eggs, sausage, potatoes and biscuits. Simple fare that felt special served at a nice table.

Chuck and Megan tended a few small chores. Cleaning out Flower's tank was one of them.

I spent a little time on the back porch with a mug of hot tea listening to the sound of the rain on the metal porch roof.

While on the back porch I used the quiet time to make a to list for today, peek at the latest Country Woman magazine and soak up a little bit of the Word. A perfect rainy Sunday!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Outdoor Time

The last few days have been beautiful. We have been spending all the time we can outside. Megan loves collecting "puffies."

After she blows the tops off she likes to create with the stems. Sometimes they are mixed with grass to make soup or tied together into a wonderful creation.

Bubbles are always fun!

Abe loves the bubble mower. He pushed it around all day Thursday. Training for the future I guess. :)

I have been spending any spare time I have planting flower.

Megan is always willing to lend a hand.

Chuck has worked overtime several evenings this week. After the boys left Thursday I cut grass while my parents were entertained by Megan. I can't say enough about the hard working husband I have. After working 13 hours he brought the tiller over from my parents and we all finished planting the garden.

Megan was covering the green beans. Gardening is work. Lots of work! The payoff is so worth it. Nothing can compare to veggies that are fresh. Fresh from your garden, grown by and canned by your own hands.

The cherry tomato plant already has baby tomatoes. Just seeing the baby tomatoes is payment for all the work that goes into growing them.

My body is tired from all of the work. Last night I had to have Chuck help me out of the chair because my back was hurting. Today I ran a few errands and spent some time porch sitting at my parents. Ahhh, some time of rest and good company. I am still tired and achy. I think a couple pain reliever and another good nights rest is just what I need.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!