Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
That's all for now....must get back to work!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Chicken Spaghetti casserole is on our menu for tonight....it is so simple, and we love it! Here's the recipe....
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
1 pkg Spaghetti noodles
2 cups cooked Chicken (chopped) approx.
2 cans of cream of chicken/mushroom/celery (your preferance - I don't care for celery!)
1 pkg frozen Broccoli florets (steamed) - optional
Cook spaghetti noodles till tender. Drain, and throw back into pot. Add the next 3 ingredients and stir well. Put into a casserole dish and top with Cheese, and bake in a moderate oven till hot and bubbly and the cheese is golden! (approx. 30 mins or so)
Serve with garlic bread and a salad!
Anyway, due to the illnesses and trying to keep the house clean, my emails are running a little behind! Will try to have them all out soon!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
OK - here's my current weight: 130 lb, even. (Sorry fellow Aussies, you'll have to figure out the kg's/stones I've been out of it too long!
My final goal is somewhere around 105 to 110lbs....but at the moment, I'll be thrilled to break under 120....I've never managed that since I've had Jared....it's like there's a brick wall there! I'd love to reach my goal before this Spring (April), but knowing my sweet tooth, that may not happen!
Here's my hints for losing weight.
Keep track of everything you eat, and keep it on your fridge where everyone can see...
Be good all day, but allow yourself one treat in the evening (if I've done good all day, I am less likely to choose to "blow it" on a snack...but if I "blow it" in the morning, I'm toast!)
Anyone else have any hints they care to share?
Oh, and don't worry, I won't post about this everyday....only about once a week!
I still managed to get a lot of laundry washed, now I just have to get it all put away! I tried to get as much done as possible while Heath was home, just in case I had anymore casualties....so far so good.
It is freezing here....it can't make up it's mind though...3 or 4 days ago I was outside thinking "it's so warm out here I could get a tan", and now it's icy and literally freezing, fires have been lit to keep us warm, and I want lots of comfort food....only I am trying to make myself diet....and I don't think hot chocolate, hot baked good, warm bread etc...is very helpful when you are dieting!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
We are also planning on putting in a double-duty baptistry that can be covered with a counter-top and used for serving food/eating at. We also hope to put in a sink in our 'kitchen' so we can wash dishes and clean up easier. In place of the carpet we will hopefully have tile or vinyl 'wood floors'.
I am excited....we love eating together and this will just make it that much easier, and user friendly.
Due to the fact that we had hard-working *men* around we had a totally-terrible-for-you-loaded-with-calories-but-sure-tastes-great lunch of Chili Cheese Fries, with cream-cheese Danish swirls for dessert washed down with with cokes (ie - anything carbonated) I am all about blocking arteries....not! I'll be sure to serve broccoli soon....to counter any blockages.
I may post a couple of pics of their work....but my camera is in hospice right now....barely hanging in there...I get about one decent picture for about every 8 I take....HP camera's are not the way to go.....so be thankful for all I post! They are after much trial, and trial, and trial, and trial, and trial, and trial, and trial....but I am thankful for having a camera at least, but I must admit that I look forward to when I can get a new one (with 300x optical zoom, OK, at least 10x optical zoom! LOL) I do enjoy taking pictures, and even more so when my camera actually decides to work.
Oh, and I bought pomegranates today - 2/$1 that is an awesome price. Have y'all ever eaten a pomegranate? They are good. Bit of a pain in the rear, but good! They are Heath's favourite fruit right now. Maybe I'll do a post of him and the kids eating them, if my camera will take the pics for me.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I'll leave the rest to your imagination....
Methinks I should get back to my diet...what do you say?
Volitional -- What does it Mean?
In the course of discussing apraxia, as we have above, you will note the use of the word "volitional". The meaning of this word in relationship to apraxia/dyspraxia of speech means that the child is experiencing the difficulty in nonspeech and speech movement when they are very consciously aware of trying to make movements or they are attempting movements when requested by others.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
OK, so her hands were frozen....but that's what happens when you don't listen to sound advice, and put on warm gloves...
It was soooo pretty...and fun! Although, I was sick with a lousy head cold, so I did beg not to be doused with cold snow...but as you can see some of the adults also had some fun...
We ate a lot...played table tennis/ping pong, and lit up the wood-burning stove for our first fire of this winter....and then we had to open the front door and windows, because it was too hot! Vic and Cindy (that's Vic above) fried a turkey for us to try, which was very good! Wish you all could have been there too! Our leftovers didn't last very long...I think I'll cook another turkey soon....I have 2-20lb'ers in my freezer, that I got some great deals on (1 free and 1 for $10), and chop it up and refreeze in baggies for quick meals.
This past week has just been catching up on housework, and laundry, and buying some more gloves/jackets/and hats, that the cold spell reminded me that we needed! (Doesn't Jared look cute in his new coat!) :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
(I would've put a link in this post, but can't make it work for the life of me....if anyone knows how to do that with out having the whole LONG link showing please tell me!)
Sorry I've been a little scarce....it's Thanksgiving tomorrow, and we are doing it over here....so cleaning is underway, plus we have no clean clothes, so laundry is underway, and there's a freeze tonight, so winterizing gardens and taps and hoses is underway, and I have come down with a cold.....but I am valiantly surviving, and will get it all done....uh-huh?! :)
Anyway, back to work!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
(Hey, Dad....you're not reading this are you??? 'Cause if you are...uh, sorry about the gramma...r....um, I am married to one of those AMERICANS after all....and you know how they are....their accents are shockin' I tell ya...not to mention their gramma....r...)
A'hem! Like I was saying....I have quite a large amount of tile, and it collects a great deal of dirt....therefore, it is necessary to admit that by the time I had finished mopping the dining room, my water was quite, almost, but not completely...black. (Was that better Dad?) Therefore, I proceeded to empty it into the bathtub to await the children who would most certainly render it fully and entirely....BLACK! After many such loads, and soaking for approximately 20 mins, the children emerged with such a lovely tan, and their hair was such a bonny orange....I definitely recommend Pinesol for the rinsing of one's hair, not only does it disinfect every follicle, it also smells....so clean.... Now, if you are on very severe water restrictions, you could further use said water to water the garden and start a pot of soup for the evening meal....who knows what you'll find in it, from yesterdays meal...."Waste not, Want not" is the old proverbial saying....or is it "Want not, Want not".
(Disclaimer: For any poor soul who may stumble across this blog, I do not, I repeat, I DO NOT bathe my children in dirty mopping water (yes it was very dirty though...), and I DO NOT recommend Pinesol be used on ANYBODY....and no, I do not make soup from it either....although I do use city water to make soup....is that better???? I don't know either!)
OK, so I mopped and mopped and mopped some more...
then I found I was finished, with the floor
so I looked around, and mopped the door....
having such success, I could barely wait...
to try it on the walls, and it worked out great...
Yes, I really did mop some doors
And the walls are clean
Now fit to be seen,
If you've not tried it, you've missed out
So 'ave a go, it'll make you shout
Now, it's time for bed, I really must go
Please don't leave me, I usually won't
Act so strange...really I don't
Housework does strange things to me...
Please be patient you will see....
(It's OK...I don't mop very often!)
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
This verse puzzled some women
in a Bible study and they
wondered what this statement
meant about the character and
nature of God.
One of the women offered to
find out the process of refining
silver and get back to the group
at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an
appointment to watch him at
work. She didn't mention
anything about the reason for
her interest beyond her curiosity
about the process of refining
As she watched the silversmith,
he held a piece of silver over
the fire and let it heat up. He
explained that in refining silver,
one needed to hold the silver in
the middle of the fire where
the flames were hottest as to
burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot;
then she thought again about
the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
She asked the silversmith if it
was true that he had to sit there
in front of the fire the whole
The man answered that yes, he
not only had to sit there holding
the silver, but he had to keep
his eyes on the silver the entire
time it was in the fire. If the silver
was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a
moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know
when the silver is fully refined?'He smiled at her and answered,
'Oh, that's easy -- when I see
my image in it.'
If today you are feeling the heat
of the fire , remember that God
has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His
image in you.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Heath's visit at the prison went great....they had a good time and talked for the full two hours. "J" is due to get out, I think, at the end of next year....please pray for him....he wants to make sure he is spiritually strong when he emerges, so that he can withstand the attacks of the devil. We know that the Lord will give him the strength that he needs! Pray that he can strengthen his foundations, so that he has a firm footing to stand on.
Heath had a humourous experience too, while at the prison, he was jogging back to his car, and a guard stopped him....because he was wearing white! LOL That is the inmates colour! The guard kindly suggested to him that he might not want to wear those colour again! And not only that....a 2ND guard also stopped him...."grin" So we now know...don't wear white! We didn't even think about what the inmates might be wearing, but if we had we would have figured on orange anyway!
The past couple of days have been just trying to get back into the swing of things....can't say that it has worked yet!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Well, after freezing all night, it dawned another beautiful day! We spent the day 'chillin', and then Doug and Heath took the kids, Dandi too, up and down the rapids....at least that's what they were calling them LOL! I had too stay behind with Jazz and let him sleep....bummer! Now, I love my little dude, but I also love doing stuff with the rest of my crew... While they were doing that, they managed to ram the boat into a tree....sooooo...when we went out later on, Jekkie would flip out every time she saw a stick poking out of the water, being sure that we were headed for certain doom...
But we really did have a great relaxing time, and I can't wait to do it again....we plan on getting a few more supplies, and then just keeping it all 'ready to go' so that we can take off whenever we want to/get the urge. We have a teeny-weeny trailer that is always packed with most of the camping stuff. We need some more sleeping bags though, after our freeze! Heath had the bright idea of keeping a bathroom bag packed with toiletries strictly for camping/traveling, which I thought was a cool idea....I hate trying to remember if I got everything! LOL
Well, that's going to have to do for now...hope you weren't all bored to tears...!
Monday, November 5, 2007
To be continued.....
Thursday evening - Frito Pie (Fritos (corn chip strip things?), topped with Chile (not the peppers, the meat), onions, jalalpenos, hot sauce, and whatever else.
Friday morning was Breakfast burritos
Lunch - fend for yourself
Supper - Steak, baked potatoes, and foil packed veggies cooked over the fire
Oh, and campfire cobbler....Doug is a great camp chef!
Saturday - Breakfast burritos; eggs, sausage, bacon, fried potatoes, cheese, hot sauce....mmmmm!
Plus of course, hot chocolate, coffee, marshmallows etc.....
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Here's a list of what I'd like to start adding to my days!
Crocheting (need to learn first)
Knitting (brush up on....I still love to think of the lavender jumper Mum knitted for me at 7?!!)
Educating myself on dozens of arts and crafts....so that in turn I can teach the kids!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
H - Hominy, with Jalapenos and Velveeta cheese....MMMmmmm!
A - Apple Pie fresh from the oven, homemade....I need to make one.
P - Peppers are a very versatile food...Jalapenos are my favourite....
P - Pumpernickle bread from the Outback Steakhouse....try it dipped in hot fudge sauce!
Y - Y do I have to write all this?
L - Lemon pound cake from Starbucks....totally complements a French Latte....try it!
I - I don't eat organ meats....shudder....my sister can enjoy those, happily ever after LOL
T - Texas Roadhouse is my favourite place to eat....
T - Turkey is good once a year at Thanksgiving...then it's easy to wait a whole year before you'll want it again....or two years
L - Lasagne....I love it, but can't make it....Stouffers fills in for me...
E - Enchiladas, Heath's favorite, but I prefer them in avacado or spinach
M - Mexican food is wonderful
O - O I can't wait for this to be done LOL
M - Menudo I will not eat
M - Mum's Meatloaf, childhood favourite, and it still is
A - Armadillo Eggs....Nothing can compare..........
I AM DONE.....Now I must go eat...some chocolate...Thanks sister....only Idon't know enough people and I'd like to keep those I know....so I think I'll skip the last rule about passing this on.....unless I RE nominate my sister....hmmmm
Monday, October 15, 2007
Time has passed since that day long ago, and that little baby is now a growing boy, who is learning what it is to be a man one day....tonight is his initiation....I mean party! He is to be given a tomahawk, a throwing knife, and a DVD to show him how to use them....although he can already throw a tomahawk pretty well. We went shopping for the rest of his gift, an bought him 14 4x4's.....what more could a boy want? We have told him they are for building him a jail....which of course he doesn't buy that tale! But he will be a happy little mountain man when he find out that they are for him and Dad to build a target for all that knife-throwing, tomahawk tossing, pellet gun firing (and for mom to trellis plants on? I'm sure they'll get all the "Pruning" they could handle...lol). He has already received a gun case, remote control Hummer, roller blades, cars etc. OH! And I forgot....I bought him a green mamba, like any responsible mother would do. And just in case anyone is reading this who doesn't have little boys, a green Mamba is a snake....OK, so this one is remote controlled and his Grandma is going to KILL me....but at least I'll die laughing....she is TERRIFIED of snakes, so much so, that if Jorge happens to toss a PLAY snake at her, she'll still scream almost all of the time....of course my son wouldn't do that though....nor would he take her at her word, when she said "It won't scare me if I KNOW it's coming, you have to surprise me"....and send a tiny rubber snake flying under the toilet door, would he? Not just to hear her scream....not my boy, finding pleasure in finding any and every opportunity to terrorize grandma.... (BTW, grandma loves it....afterward! I think...lol...she does) My boy....is a BOY. (OK, so he does have some toughening up to do in some areas....but I tell Heath that's the Texan in him, as no Aussie would do that....)
HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY JORDAN!
Monday, September 17, 2007
This was the yard after.....
Here's the boys about to head out on their hunting trip.... Jazz trying to pick up one of our watermelons...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Speaking of gardening, we got our first 2 rockmelons/cantaloupes of our vine today....I still have to work up a taste for those....but the rest of the family loves them. My zucchini are dying off, and the rest are doing pretty well! Tomorrow is going to be pretty hectic, as we got a load of dirt today, and have to spread it tomorrow and try to get the yard seeded!!!! Yay! We are getting close to done, other than waiting for the grass to grow. I'll try to get pictures of it tomorrow and blog them for you all.
Thanks everyone for your emails (yes I got yours Mel!) I'll try to reply soon, just thought this way I could give you all an update till then! Jekkie is making some small improvements with her speech! Hooray! We still haven't got very far....but anything is a plus! She can say "yesh Mom" and "Yesh, Dad" and "Ball" and the beginning sounds of some other words, but we have to cue her and make her use them, as she is so used to her "lazy" sounds to get her by. (eg...Uh! mama, dada) We are working on sign language as well (a great web site is born2sign) and we borrowed a couple of dvd's from the library too.
Anyway, that's about all for now.....Catch ya later!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Since I can enter twice if I blog and referral you all, that is what I'm doing (can you tell I'm a bit desperate?! lol)! So head on over to Crystal's and see if you're interested yourself!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Sorry everyone for the lack of posts and comments! I hadn't even been on here in a while and didn't know that you had commented. And the last time I was on here, my c-box wouldn't come up. Glad you're here Mel! :) Have a happy anniversary soon! (that's just in case I don't realise the date when it's here....I'm good at letting time slip past me! obviously, seeing as I forgot ours) The "yes, Maam" Kristy, was to picking up the toys whenever we frequent the Dr.'s.....not that I would let my kids touch such germ-ridden toys as are found in such places....:) I have to admit that I carry germ-killing anti-bac wipes in my car and disinfect my shopping trollies before I put Jared in it!!!! Shhhhh.....don't tell anyone! (fyi.....trollies, after being tested among many other areas, have one of the highest concentrations, of DISGUSTING germs.....)
We have had sooooooo much rain lately.....the garden is running wild! My jalapenos are looking sick though.....too much water maybe? I'll have to spray them with something just in case it is a case of Jalapenitus....or some such disease. We have cantaloupes/rockmelons popping out everywhere.
Anyway, just thought I'd jump on here and say "G-day", and let you all know that we are still alive and kicking!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Otherwise all is going fine, and all. I have managed to keep from locking myself out again....so far. (by the way, I just realised that the day I did that was friday the 13th! LOL good thing I am not superstitious......hmmmm maybe that's why the neighbour didn't answer their door!) We have started on the garden bed....building it anyway.....hopefully it shouldn't take too long to complete.....running out of time to plant!
Tomorrow is supposed to be about 80*....I think we'll cook out hamburgers for tea/supper....you can't beat Texas hamburger.....especially if you throw in some mesquite chips for smoke flavour....(OK, you don't put them in the burger....but in the grill....wrap them in foil after soaking for 15 mins in water, and let them smoke!) All we need is armadillo eggs to go with it....now I'll have to make some.....they are the best stuff to eat....take a jalapeno pepper, cut in half and gut it, fill with cream cheese, wrap with bacon, cover w/ BBQ sauce and bake or grill till tender (and blackened!)
Anyway, gotta scram....and hit the sack!
Friday, April 13, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
We are going to be having some meetings here at the church come the first week of April. Heath has the kids out cleaning up around the church at the moment. The Clark family came to church last Sunday which was really exciting. We haven't seen them in a while, other than a visit back a couple of months at the house. They are a real sweet family. We have also had a young lady (Sharon) coming, she goes to ACU, and is from N.M. She is really nice, and we really enjoy her. A friend of Dandi's came last week too. Now, all we need is for all the folks from Aus. to come visit!
I am hoping that we can squeeze in some camping this year as well. It's nice and cheap but great family fun. I'd also like to learn to do canning and preserving stuff. I want my yard to be a good learning tool as well!
Anyway, that's about all the news for now....! I'll probably do more blogging and try to cut down on my emailing (OK, so maybe that's not possible!!!), at least my emails will be more answering questions, and the blog more for general updating for everone.....I just don't seem to ever have much time!
Monday, March 5, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
We have all been hanging in here, and staying soooo busy. Lydia has just got over having strep throat, and Jared has had a cold. I am now starting to try and get him to sleep through the night....wish me all the best! Heath has gone back to working in the construction field as well as preaching....so he's a little tired these days! New years eve we got woke up at midnight with fireworks across the street and me and Jekkie watched, through the window, till the cops came. Yesterday, was the first day of 2007 and we 'celebrated' with housework....and then went to Dandi's for Navaho tacos....they were soooo good. ;) Today is just a run'o'the'mill day. Schooling, housework....maybe, some sewing. I need to sew the girls some nighties, but what I really want to sew is some old fashioned dress-ups. I have patterns for "prairie" dresses and bonnets. Hope everyone else is doing great and that y'all have a wonderful year.