Monday, February 28, 2011

Menu Plan Monday (2-28-11)


- Chicken Tortilla Soup


- King Ranch Chicken (new)


- Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches


Creamy Italian Chicken – For bible study, we rotate through brining the main dish.


- Egg and Cheese Bagels


- Breakfast: Smoothies and biscuits

- Stuffing & Chicken (new) with broccoli


- Breakfast: Eggs and toast

-Slow-Cooker Taco chicken (new) with taco rice and mixed veggies

Update on us: Tim and I managed to stay healthy (*knocks on wood*)!!  We are hoping it stays that way!  It’s been a long time so I think we should be okay.  Sammy is doing great!  He had a fever on Friday and has been fine since then!  Thanks for the prayers we are very thankful it didn’t last long and the rest of us did not get sick!

Friday, February 25, 2011

What I Learned This Week–It wasn’t Pretty

Well the stomach bug finally hit our house.  Hours before we were leaving for a long weekend with friends and family.  It has only claimed (*knocks on wood*) one victim.  My poor little man got sick all over the sofa on Thursday afternoon. 

Some of you might be wondering what I could have possibly learned this week when the post starts off like that.  I learned that I can in fact clean up vomit with out vomiting myself.  All my other attempts at doing this pre-kids resulted in me running to the toilet to throw up.  So I am glad to say that is what I learned this week. 

Sammy is doing pretty good today and kept down water and food.  He spit up (not a real throw up) after lunch but its been smooth sailing since then. 


So hopefully Tim and I can stay healthy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oh The Weather

Last week the weather here was amazing!  We hit up a couple of playgrounds and enjoyed the great weather!  This is a little playground by our house and we had it to ourselves for two hours:


Pure delight on his face:


Las year he was afraid of this slide:


I guess not this year:


Sammy loves to be outside and I got lots of these smiles:


I love taking his picture through these holes each year:


We are very much looking forward to the warm weather to stay.. unfortunately this week we had some freezing rain and snow Smile with tongue out

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

I got the following recipe from my good friend Katie.  Thanks Katie!


1 onion finely chopped
clove of garlic
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups of chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground red chilies
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 15 oz. can tomato puree
1 can of corn (normal size) -drained
1 can of black beans (normal size) - drained
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (normal size) - undrained
2 cups of cooked chicken (I used canned and drained 2 cans make it hearty enough for dinner)

add-on for after its cooked:
tortilla chips
sour cream
shredded cheese


In a big pot cook the onion and garlic with the vegetable oil.  Then add in the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for a while.  When you are ready to eat you can serve it with any of the add-ons listed above.

Enjoy Smile

Friday, February 18, 2011

Preschool Corner–Valentine’s Day

This week we continued our our Valentine’s Day / Love theme for the month of February.  Almost everyday we played with our valentine’s Day sensor bin:


Inside it has: floral glass beads, pom poms, feathers, ice cube stars, pink lizards, curved beads pushed together to make rings, spiked balls, colored pasta, foam heart with a pipe cleaner, and a few other trinkets!

Lacing card:


Doesn’t he look proud of himself:


This puzzle is way to easy for Sammy but he still loves doing it:


prewriting page (from a preschool workbook):


ABC puzzle – we reviewed letters and sounds and tried to name words that start with those letters:


Roll a valentine from Confessions of a Homeschooler:


Heart counting and matching up with the numbers (also from Confession of a Homeschooler):


Matching lowercase letters and capital letters:


Kumon coloring page (I love the tongue):


Big and Small worksheet, we also did this worksheet:


Do-a-Dot page from Making Learning Fun:


We got in some outdoor play in almost everyday this week:


We wrote in shaving cream:


H is for Heart page from here:


With this activity I would call out a letter and Sammy had to find it and stamp it.  Can you tell he got sick again on this day.. poor little guy!


We made some more valentines:


Some more prewriting pages:


Size sequencing:


Other things that we did that are not pictured:

  • Played with Strawberry playdough
  • Read several valentine’s books
  • played on
  • Learned how to empty the silverware basket on the dishwasher – this is now Sammy’s job!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


The sun is out and it looks gorgeous outside.  We have had some GREAT weather this week.  Today is no exception!  We were suppose to go visit my sister, however, Sammy is sick.. again.. so we will be staying home.  We will however be enjoying some warm weather in our own back yard. 

Earlier this week we did some of this:


And this..


Those pictures were from my phone.  When I download pictures (at some point) I will put up some better ones of Sammy and him being a crazy dare devil going down the slide head first!

I have so many fun plans for this warmer weather I just hope its here to stay!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some of My Favorite Techy Things

I love reading other people’s favorite things post and it had been a long time since I have done one.  So here are some of my current favorite techy things:
1. My HTC Desire – an Android phone – I love that all of my contacts are synced up with my gmail accounts.  I love always having my calendar with me and not having to carry a separate one.  I love the games that I have installed for Sammy when we have a little wait somewhere!

2. Watson – I think this is amazing and I love that its built on a Linux operating system

3.  Windows Live Writer – I have been using this for a while now (6 months or so) and love the ease of writing posts and scheduling posts Smile

4.  My new Dryer – is a dryer techy.. we will say yes!  I love how much faster I am able to get the laundry done!!

5. Twitter – I am loving it more and more each day. I have found some wonderful resources with it and I love being able to see a small part of people’s days that don’t make it to their blogs.  You can follow me here. I have just started to use TweetDeck and I love the way it organizes things!
What are some of your current favorites techy or not? 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Good Daughters–Review and Giveaway

Yes you read that right a giveaway!  First for the review:
I really loved this book.  The story is told by two girls (Dana and Ruth)  born to two different families and told from their points of view.  I love that style of narration when it switches back and forth between the two characters lives.  These girls were born on the same day and the families called them birthday sisters.  This was the only thing these “sisters” had in common. 
Ruth lived on a farm with her parents and sisters.  She had a stable life but always felt like she didn’t fit in with her family. Dana had a tough life, her father was always disappearing to try and make it big with some new invention or song he wrote.  Her mother was present but very different from her.  Her brother Ray was  a free spirit.
Now for the giveaway!  Let me give you a little background to this book.  I won it from my bloggy friend Terra over at Sitting on an Oak and Tales from the Nightstand.  When I won the book there was a stipulation that came along with the book.  It was once I finished the book I was to write a note in the cover and pass it along to someone else.  I figured what a better way to do that than to offer it up to my blog readers.  So here is the rules: Leave a comment if you want to win this book and you will post it on your blog when you have finished reading it and pass it along to someone else.  This is open to anyone (not just the US).

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Bit of This and That

  1. I had a super fun and busy weekend. I am not completely organized for the week ahead but I will be able to catch up some tonight!
  2. On Saturday we went to my parents for most of the day. Sammy had a blast playing with Gigi and Pop Pop.
  3. I got my mom’s old sewing table that I am super trilled about!
  4. We did some computer work for them while we were there and got them all setup Smile
  5. Sammy got a super adorable hat while at my parents house. My Great Aunt Nancy made a bunch of hats for the kids and Sammy got this one:168333_1884507711181_1196037832_2322928_4685249_n
  6. Saturday night Tim and I went and looked at sofas and picked out the style we like! I am excited to save up and pick out the configuration we are going to get!
  7. Sunday Tim played bass at church and I ran the lights. That is something new for me to do and I am having a lot of fun.
  8. After church we headed out to Tim’s parents for a late lunch and a super fun Valentine’s dessert made by his sisters!
  9. The weather was really nice yesterday and we went out to the creek by his parents house and did some of this:


and some of this:


This week is suppose to be really warm and I can’t wait to get out and enjoy the weather with Sammy!!

Meals for the week:

Monday- Out to dinner

Tuesday- Beef Stew (roll over from last week)

Wednesday- Crock-pot lasagna

Thursday- Bible study – we rotate through bringing the main dish. This week I am taking a meal to a family at church that just had their first child. Creamy Italian Chicken of course Smile

Friday – Pizza

Saturday – chili

Sunday- Chicken Tortilla Soup – I think I will share this recipe this weekend

How was everyone’s weekend? How’s the weather? Everyone getting over the winter sickness?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday–He loves to Build


Not the greatest pictures but Sammy requested them and it pretty much defines him right now.. always building!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 2-7-11

Monday – Breakfast (a roll over from last week

Tuesday – Creamy Italian Chicken (x2)- I am making this for a family in our church. The husband has terminal cancer.

Wednesday – Taco Salad using this recipe for the meat/bean mixture

Thursday – Bible study (we rotate brining the main dish) – this week I am bringing garlic bread.

Friday – Chicken Alfredo – I found this recipe on Fryman Four

Saturday – Beef Stew

Sunday – @ Tim’s parent's house

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Great Aunt Amy’s Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

I received a lot of requests for the peanut butter pie recipe.  So I thought I would share it here as well!


4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 c powered sugar
1/3 c peanut butter
1 small container Cool Whip
1 graham cracker cracker crust

Mix softened cream cheese, powered sugar & peanut butter. Fold in thawed cool whip.  Pour into crust and put in the freezer.  Pull the pie out an hour before you want to serve it.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More Concert Pictures

Since I don’t scrapbook this is my scrapbook and I wanted to post some more pictures from this past weekend’s concert.  Most of these were from the sound check before the concert when the lights were better.

Benji and Valerie:


Tim.. ohh I love him:


Annie, Gabe (on drums), Cameron, and Tim


Running the monitor board while practicing:


Chad (lead guitar):


One from the show: