Monday, November 29, 2010
Sherbet followed the movie, but this wasn't just any old frozen concoction. It was homemade sweetness that I won, by way of a gift certificate, in raffle a few weeks ago. Monique made & delivered it a week ago, but we just hadn't gotten around to eating it until tonight. I'd sampled and loved her vanilla stuff, but then found out she made lemon and opted to get that instead. Yum! I loved it so much I look psycho when I ate it and Silas loved it so much that his was gone by the time I took a picture of him.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Saturday, 12:00am - I finished up a project, came out to check on the guys, then hit the sack. Here's what they were looking like at midnight.
Saturday, 8:00am - I woke up to this scene.
The boys stayed up all night. Tim stayed up almost all night. This was Silas' third all-nighter and Devon's first. They all went to bed at 9:00 this morning and are still snoozing.
Naomi and I picked up Granny, took Naomi out to do her Christmas shopping, ran a couple extra errands, stopped by Divine for some yogurt, then headed home. Naomi's watching a library movie while I post these pictures, then I think she and I are going to take a nap.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
On a less serious note, I'm also thankful that Amy, my pseudo-sister-in-law, gave me this fantastic Christmas ornament today. Love it!
What's something that you're thankful for?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Yvonne gave me a beautiful bouquet, then we all scarfed some Chicken Waikiki, peas & corn, Leslie's salad, and rice. Dinner included multiple jokes from the boys and Naomi sitting as close as humanly possible to John, then the kids recruited some gaming partners while Tim and I cleaned up. Next up were two rounds of Catch Phrase, with the boys taking turns teaming up with each couple and Naomi floating around on various laps. Each couple's team won once and the common denominator in each winning team was Devon. We'll have to auction him off for team placement next time! We took a quick break for apple brownies, which is basically apple cake, and some ice cream, then the kiddos hit the sack and the adults chatted for another hour or so while watching the tail end of the Beavers game. We tend to be Duck fans, but are gracious hosts who let their guests find out how their team is playing. Nice of us, huh?
The boys got John to play Uno with them.
Naomi stole Yvonne's glasses.
My pretty flowers.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Cleaning For A Reason - I've been hearing & reading a lot lately from people who are frustrated by cancer "support" that is more about being trendy or getting attention than it is about actually making a real difference in the lives of people who are battling or dying from cancer. In light of that, I thought I'd give this organization a plug. They provide housecleaning services to women who are currently being treated for any kind of cancer. How cool is that?! If you're a housecleaning service and would like to participate in this program, then fill out the application. If you're neither a house cleaner nor a cancer patient, but would like to help provide this service to those in need, then there are a variety of ways you can donate financially to the program.
Why Big Families Might Be Easier - We don't have a big family, but this short article totally cracked me up! Wish I could remember who pointed me toward it. Oh well.
Brave Girls Club - Sandy linked this post on her own blog. Seeing Past What It Seems is an excellent reminder that the unattractive, less-than-ideal, or slightly scandalous thing occurring in someone's life may be totally beyond their control and the least of their worries, that you never really know all that's going on in someone's life, and that it's far better to show genuine concern and a willingness to help than it is to complain and judge.
Justice For Barbara - It's been a little over a year since one woman was murdered and her mother was seriously injured. The attack happened in Glendale, OR and the suspect has never been caught. Please take a good look at this sketch from the sheriff's office and get more details about the crime, then notify the authorities if you know anything that may be helpful in solving this crime.
As a sidenote, if you happen to know people connected to the victims of this crime, then please do not indicate that here. Thanks!
Mompetition - If you are annoyed by women who find every aspect of parenting to be a competition, think it's ridiculous when moms are arrogant about totally superficial things, and love sarcasm, then you have to watch the movies in this series. Most of them are around two minutes long and they crack. me. up. every time I watch them. Disclaimer: I haven't seen all of them and sometimes have gestures or words (and these are very brief) that some may find offensive.
Making Home - Jess, as per usual, has a great post about doing annual checkups in your marriage. I know Tim and I would do well to evaluate things like this more than we do, so I'm guessing many of you would also benefit from some routine, objective examining of your marriages.
Tenant Rights, Laws, & Protections (Oregon) - I've linked several people to this site over the last year, so I figured it would be a handy one to share for any of my readers who rent. I'm assuming there are similar sites in other states.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
blueberry sour cream pancakes
almond coconut granola
Barbara's pancakes (from freezer)
oat & almond breakfast bars (make night before)
poppyseed & banana muffins
baked oatmeal (make night before)
new soup recipe (flop)/whole wheat biscuits
upside-down pizza (base from freezer)/frozen veggies
taco soup (crockpot)/cornbread
new soup recipe/whole wheat biscuits
sausage balls/fruit salad (Devon's cooking)
chicken waikiki/rice/Leslie's salad
penne & spaghetti sauce (crockpot & from freezer)/salad
Seattle cream cheese dogs/fruit
Thanksgiving (not sure what my part is yet)
Marilyn's potato casserole with chicken/frozen veggies
cake from a mix (Devon's cooking)
apple brownies & ice cream
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Decorating the cake. (Sidenote - I didn't notice he'd changed shirts after his nap til posting these pictures.)
The completed cake.
Chopping fruit for the salad.
Rolling two sheets worth of sausage balls.
The chef with the meal he prepared.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Oh, it was such a fun weekend!! We met up at the Country Village Shops in Bothell and spent the afternoon there. Lots of cute shops and plenty of socializing taking place while we browsed and shopped. I bought my first random (meaning, it doesn't match anything I own and serves no practical purpose) W at a kids' clothing store there. It's amazingly gaudy and you'll be shocked I actually spent money on it. Truly. In fact, I'm shocked. But it's always going to remind me of a weekend with friends, so it's worth it.
Saturday night we hung out at Heidi's house and ate a truckload of food - some snacks that people had brought and a bunch of Mexican food that Heidi had prepared for us. Then we stayed up late talking, laughing, talking, laughing, talking, lau .... well, you get the idea. The locals all went home between 10 and 1 to sleep in their own beds, then the rest of us put on jammies and stayed up as late as 3:00.
We, along with some of the locals who came back over, had a leisurely morning on Sunday, staying in jammies til almost noon and eating a fantastic breakfast that Heidi had prepared. She is truly the hostess with the mostess!! All we wanted was a place to sleep, but she really pampered us.
Although we were in the Seattle area, we skipped the city stuff and stuck with visiting smaller areas. So, after we all got dressed, we headed to downtown Edmonds for a little shopping (and a lot of browsing) in all the cute shops they have. I bought some over-priced gummy grapefruit so the group could all experience them and Melanie loved them enough to buy her own bag. I also got an ice cream spade (we like them more than scoops) and a clove-scented candle that's awesome. Eating was next on the agenda and we opted for seafood. Toni and I ended up going halves on the two meals we couldn't decide between. So, I ate half of an incredibly yummy Hawaiian cobb salad and half of a crispy coconut prawn bowl, plus the bread that comes with the meal. They almost had to roll me out the door. So stuffed!!
Then it was time to drive south, dropping people off along the way. A personal milestone occurred on the trip home when I pumped my own gas for the first time. That's right, folks, I'd never pumped gas. I've lived in Oregon most of my life and other people have pumped when I've been in other states. Crazy, huh? Faith did an excellent job of coaching me, though, so I wasn't totally winging it.
You'd think the story would end there, but it doesn't. I'll tell you the rest in a second, but first I'll show you some pictures.
We got to "meet" the son of one person in our group. Having your picture on a milk carton isn't always a bad thing.
My totally crazy W purchase ... I mean funky souvenir. Pink beads, orange fabric, sequins, little bells. Yeah, it's odd.
I'm so thankful for the time away from the daily grind, laughing so much my cheeks hurt, talking about all sorts of things, and just relaxing!
Ok, I said the story didn't end there. Here's the scoop. We had stopped at a Burger King in Kelso to drop someone off. I started to get back in the van, but the other three passengers had to use the bathroom. Ok, fine. So, I wait inside by the door while they do their thing. I'm thumbing through a magazine and hear someone behind me ask if there's a hotel nearby. Then she asks if it's within walking distance. Odd question, considering it's dark and drizzly outside, so I glance back to see who it was. This girl (well, I thought she was younger than she turned out to be) is in tears and trying to coordinate hotel arrangements with someone on the phone. I hear her say the young guy who was giving her hotel info had offered to give her a ride down the street to the hotel. I'm sure he's a great BK employee and he acted like a total gentleman, but it just made more sense for a group of moms to take her than a guy on his own. Right?
Anyway, my friends are coming out of the bathroom by this point, so I slyly ask them what they think about offering her a ride. They all agree and we find out she needs to be in Portland by the next morning to catch a flight. So, we brought her along with us, took her to a hotel she had reserved, found out the reservation didn't go through because the company's server was down, wait for that online reservation to get canceled, then took her to another hotel, waited for her to get her room key, gave her a hug, then left ... and still got home at a reasonable hour.
I looked her up on Facebook when I got home to let her know we wanted to make sure she got back home safely. She wrote back and ended up becoming my FB friend. So fun! I've never given a ride to a stranger before and may never do it again, but it just seemed like the right thing to do. Guess it was a good (or God, as it seems in hindsight) thing my friends all needed to go to the bathroom (or we'd have left without going inside) and that I didn't (or I'd have been in the bathroom & never been aware of the situation).
And that concludes the story ... well, some of the highlights, anyway ... of my weekend.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The man's amazing. Seriously. He's so talented musically and can build anything he wants. One of our favorite childhood gifts was a puppet stage with "Perkins (my maiden name) Puppets" painted in a banner across the top. We loved that thing!
So, if you're ever in Hilo, HI you may catch his band, Hilo Crybabies, playing somewhere. Meanwhile you can see him in action in the following videos. I've included the song title and which instrument he's playing, but you can also spot him by his checkered shirt.
June Apple - banjo
Swallowtail - banjo
Jambalaya - fiddle (the last ten seconds are the best - watch his fingers)
Downtown Blues - guitar
Walking the Dog - slide guitar
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Megan - Down's syndrome and heart problems. That's a lot for my friend Eliz's five year old daughter to live with. Throw in a cancer diagnosis in the spring and life gets even harder, but that's Megan's reality. Needless to say, it's also a lot for her family to deal with, which is why a group of people have banded together to put on a lobster roll fundraiser.
The rolls are $10 and stuffed with $6.00 worth of meat. Patrick, the man who has answered some of my questions about the fundraiser, said their goal is to sell 1,000 rolls and give the family $4,000. That money would be incredibly helpful for paying medical bills, keeping food on the table, and making sure there's enough gas in the tank to make it to all the medical appointments and hospital stays that are now a routine part of their life. Even the lobster provider is helping out by giving them fresh meat for the cost of frozen. Awesome!
Here's what Patrick had to say - "I just want it to be a significant amount of money so they can spend time with their daughter and not have to worry about the logistics of future fundraisers or where their groceries are coming from. And I want to see people come together and help just one time, people who never have before, who have never donated a cent, or an hour, for them just to care this one time, where it is a little girl...... with cancer ..... and heart trouble...... and down syndrome ..... and a struggling family. "
The deliveries will take place on 12/4/10 in three different Maine locations. Yep, you read correctly. These guys live on the wrong ... I mean, opposite ... side of the country. So, here's what I'm asking from all of you.
Spread. the. word! If you live in Maine, then please buy a roll or two or ten, then pass the info along to your local friends, family, and co-workers. If you know people in Maine, then please let them know about this project and ask them to tell others about it.
I would love to see more than 1,000 lobster rolls sold to make life a little less stressful for Megan's family! Buy for your self. Buy for your family. Buy as a gift. If you can't buy, then spread the word!!
I'll leave you with a little peek at Megan hanging out with her family. She's a doll!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I carpooled with Jasmine, which meant I got some extra girl time outside of the event. Had fun visiting with several of the ladies who came, ate some great food, bought a Christmas present, and had fun checking out the creations and businesses of several ladies from church.
They raffled off several gift baskets, all different from each other, with all proceeds going to help out some needy families. I'm normally not a raffle participant, but I decided to buy three tickets. I put two in for the basket that had one of Kristi's snowman plates in it (totally love those!!) and one in for the basket with Monique's ice cream (can't pass up a chance for free ice cream).
I ended up winning the ice cream basket!! But wait. It gets better. Check out all the stuff that came in my basket - gift tags, note cards, decals, jewelry, clothing items, and other items. So fun! I'll use most of it and will have fun giving away the things I can't use. Definitely worth getting out of jammies for!
And now for confession time. I was struck with a sudden case of "W" envy tonight. It started innocently enough. I was just chatting with someone at one of the booths. Then, without warning, I saw a "W" across the room, on top of the kitchen cabinets. It's hard to describe - probably 18-24 inches tall, metal, 3-D, open weave type of design - basically a metal cage, shaped like a "W". I confessed my envy to the owner of the home and she told me she got it for two bucks at a garage sale!! I'm not sure whether to be happy for her or more envious that she got such a steal.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Bring an appetizer or dessert to share during a fun evening of fellowship, shopping, & fabulous raffle prizes!
Several Athey ladies will be selling their specialty business & handmade items for Holiday shopping! We'll also have a raffle where you can win some amazing goodies, some from our vendors! All the proceeds from the raffle will go to families in need at Athey Creek for Christmas.
Some of the things available to browse will be kitchen gear, scrapbooking essentials, Scentsy, wall decor, handmade soaps, baby items, bags, cards, and more!
This is taking place in Sherwood (I'll get the address to you if you're interested) at 7:00 tomorrow (11/9) night. While the vendors are all ladies from my church, I'd be happy to meet or bring along any of my non-Athey friends who want to come.
Music - I want to remind everyone, as I do each year, about the performances put on by Portland Christian Center. These concerts are awesome - professional quality, yet free of charge. You just have to reserve your tickets in advance. So, check your calendar for the first two weekends in December, check the availability of tickets (two shows are already limited), and reserve your tickets. They do have childcare available for young kids. I'm not sure what the age cap is, as we bring our kids to the performance once they're three years old. You could call and check if that's an issue for you.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
She pretty much stole the show. So cute! I think we could have auctioned off the opportunity to do her cut, but I had scheduled it with the woman who had done my last cut. Now Naomi's hair is even and the ratty spots are gone. Totally worth the five bucks I paid to have Elizabeth do it. In fact, next time I may have the two of us get cuts together and use their "two for one" deal.
Puke guts out - I was wrapping up a "stretch your dollar" class last night, the kids were in bed, and Tim was hanging out in our bedroom when I heard someone cry. It was just a brief cry and I couldn't figure out which room it came from, but finally realized it was Naomi. Tim and I got there about the same time and she announced, through tears, "I puked". Well, that was an understatement. It was her first time puking, but she did it like a pro. Yikes!
She's kinda blah today, which makes sense when you consider she basically missed a meal yesterday, and showing no other symptoms, but we kept her home from church anyway. We think it was just food that didn't settle right, rather than sickness, but we're erring on the side of caution. In the past, if one of us had to stay home with a sick kid, then we just missed church. Now we live close enough and the services are spaced far enough apart, that Tim was able to take the boys and I'll be able to hit the next service when they get home. I'd u-stream it, but that doesn't really work well when you've got a chatty kid in the house.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Well, tonight (and yes, I realize it's now technically tomorrow) Granny took us out to dinner and when we got home I told the kids to start scooping up leaves from under the tree outside our front door. We were making pretty good time for raking with hands, then a neighbor came out and handed us a rake. Awesome! We spent an hour, including a chunk of time in the dark with a sidewalk light shining on us, building a leaf pile and having the kids play in it. They spent the whole time taking turns doing stunts - flips, missiles, and somersaults. So fun!
Naomi usually ran as fast as she could to the edge of the pile, stopped completely, then launched into her somersault. Devon's favorite trick was to shoot through the center of the pile like a missile. Silas preferred to do flips into the pile. Tim snapped pictures. I just enjoyed using a rake.
I really miss having a big yard, lots of trees for climbing, a garden, leaves for playing in, and all that jazz, so tonight was a treat. I'm so thankful for a ton of leaves outside our apartment and a neighbor who shared her rake! I'm also thankful that my family stepped up and helped me tackle the things on my "to do" list that I wanted done tonight after I gave up an hour of work time to goof off outside. Fun stuff!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Pocohontas and the Strangers, by Clyde Robert Bulla
This was a school pre-read for Silas. It's historical fiction and wasn't my one of my favorite school books. It was just kinda hard to get into and felt kinda choppy. Silas wasn't crazy about it either.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman
I read about this one in a magazine and enjoyed it. The story is about a young girl who, due to the death of her mother and her dad's neglect, goes to live with her aunt. While the storyline is different, the feel of the book is much like Steel Magnolias. It's a bunch of women who love each other, butt heads, and stick together through thick and thin.
A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken
Rebecca told me about this book and I've already blogged about the things this book said about marriage. I had a really hard time sticking with this book, though I didn't dislike it. I don't know if it was the language, style of writing, or what, but I couldn't bust it out in a night or two like I can with other books. Anyway, it's the story of Sheldon and Davy (a female) - the way they protected their marriage, a friendship with C.S. Lewis that influenced their totally unexpected acceptance of Christianity, and the way Davy's illness and death affected their lives. As one who tends to sit quite comfortably in her rut, I admire the passion and conviction that this couple had toward everything they said, did, and believed.
Cool quotes - p.85, The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians - when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. But, though it is just to condemn some Christians for these things, perhaps, after all, it is not just, though very easy, to condemn Christianity itself for them. Indeed, there are impressive indications that the positive quality of joy is in Christianity - and possibly nowhere else. If that were certain, it would be proof of a very high order.
p. 86, It is not possible to be 'incidentally a Christian'. The fact of Christianity must be overwhelmingly first or nothing. This suggests a reason for the dislike of Christians by nominal or non-Christians: their lives contain no overwhelming firsts by many balances.
Vostaas: White Buffalo's Story of Plains Indian Life, by William White Buffalo
I read this one to the boys for school. Informative, easy read.
The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
I pre-read this one for Silas, though he ended up listening to it on CD. The story is about Matt, a 12 year old boy who has to stay alone in a wilderness cabin while his father goes to get the rest of their family. He becomes friends with the grandson of a local Indian chief and eventually has to decide between joining their tribe and moving or waiting for his family alone. Silas and I both liked this story and we've got the movie on hold at the library.
Flipped, by Wenelin Van Draanen
This book is geared toward middle school kids and not one I'd normally be interested in. However, a friend's son is in the movie that's based on the book. I'll eventually watch the movie to see him, so I figured I'd read the book first. It's cute, for a middle-schoolish story, and an easy read.
Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey
Devon needed to read this for school, but we opted to get it on CD from the library. It's just a sweet and humorous book about life in small town USA. It was fun "reading" it again.
Secret of the Andes, by Ann Nolan Clark
I read this piece of historical fiction to Silas for school. We had a hard time getting into it, but the last half was better than the first. It's interesting, but just a little slow. Of course, that's probably due more to the lifestyle being written about than it is about the writing itself. It's about an Incan boy named Cusi - his simple life shepherding llamas in the mountains, his journey to find what is important to him, and the discovery that he's royalty with a very important role to fulfill.
Monday, November 1, 2010
We're trying several new things on this rotation, so be sure to check back later to see their links (assuming the recipes are hits) or check my recipe blog and they'll be at the top of the page. We're also doing one meal delivery, so we'll be doubling up that meal.
Tam's granola (crockpot)
morning glory muffins (freeze half)
pumpkin bread (from freezer)
banana crumb muffins (double & snack on extras another day)
Alton Brown's granola
carrots & black bean dip
fruit & nut energy bars (double batch, made as balls)
upside-down pizza (double the base & freeze half)/salad
burgers/fruit salad (Silas is cooking)
new soup recipe/new biscuit recipe (never got around to either of these)
Asian orzo chicken salad/garlic bread
Mexican casserole/cornbread/Leslie's salad
sweet & sour chicken (from freezer)/Cricket's coleslaw
Moroccan vegetarian stew/rolls
penne with spaghetti sauce (crockpot)/salad
Seattle cream cheese dogs/raw veggies (never got to this one)
baked pork spring rolls/rice
no-fuss pumpkin cake (Silas is baking)
banana spice cookies