My Goal for 2014

My Goal for 2014:

I want to be more thoughtful and appreciative of others. It sounds simple but it's hard some days not to be selfish.

Thursday, November 20

Some of our busyness

I was too busy enjoying spending time with the kids and grandkids, I didn't even think of taking pictures. I'm so glad my daughter snapped a few.

Alex,enjoying his new nephew!

Preston and Molly

And although this wasn't taken while we were there, I don't want to leave Miss Emily out. She is wearing a shawl that I had when I was a child. If I remember right, my aunt made it for me.

Wednesday, November 19

Busy and Tired

It's been an exceptionally busy week for us.  As I practically collapsed with fatigue after lunch today I realized it was only Wednesday. This is highly unusual for us to be so busy but it didn't use to be. I used to think that if I didn't have two or three things on my calendar each day then I needed to do more. Then we moved to a place where I didn't know anyone and wasn't involved in anything; life came to a screeching halt! It was really hard for me. I felt stir crazy, lonely and unproductive. God used that time to teach me to learn to love my family more, to be more content at home and to value a quiet life.
Now my life is pretty routine, pretty quiet (as quiet as it can be with an ADHD child who seems to dwell on the hyperactive part of that term), yes, in most ways it's pretty boring. But I have learned to embrace the boring and even enjoy it. Then we get a week like this one and I am reminded that many people live like this all the time. I have friends who count themselves lucky if they have one night a week at home with their families. And as we are approaching Thanksgiving I am thankful that God pulled me out of that mindset and taught me to appreciate being home.
I am aware that not everyone would appreciate my quiet life, but after three busy days I am thankful that this is not my usual routine.

Friday, November 7

Introducing our newest family member

We all think he's pretty special and I hear that his big sisters are very excited that he is finally here!

Thursday, November 6

Halloween Costumes

These are my boys!

 Batgirl- or granddaughter #1

Superheroes- granddaughters #2 and #3

But this is my very favorite. This is our six month old grandson modeling his sister's mask. He loved it, never pulled at or anything. He just sat there and grinned at me.

Friday, October 10

Field Trip Day

For quite some time I've been wanting to visit the Hammonds Candy factory in Denver. Hubby had a couple of vacation days so we decided to go yesterday. It is a short tour but we got to see them putting candy on the puller and run it so that it gets air in it, quite fascinating as it happens so quickly. The ribbon candy crimper has been in use since 1920. All candy is handmade and hand wrapped. The boys got free samples and it was nice to find "all natural" candy with no artificial colors or flavorings. They had a great time.

After that we got to see a bit more of big city life. We drove by the football stadium to see how big it was. They loved the tall buildings downtown. Then we went to a mall where they got to enjoy things like elevators, escalators, revolving doors and food courts, you know big city stuff. We also walked our feet off at IKEA only to find the one thing we were looking for was out of stock. Oh well, it was a lot of fun!

Meanwhile Mom was having a bit of sticker shock. We went in one well know national chain as they were advertising 50% off in the whole store. Wow, it was still high to me! Guess I'll keep shopping at the thrift store.

Today seems so much quieter after such a busy day. And so much work to do here...I still have carrots to get canned. Hubby is going to be working on building a closet in our son's room. Now that it's just the four of us again the boys opted to move back into the bedrooms downstairs. This leaves us with two extra bedrooms upstairs. My plan is to turn the bigger one into a proper guest bedroom. It's large enough that even when our daughter comes to visit there will be room for her growing family. Then I will be moving my sewing room from the utility room in the basement to the last spare bedroom. I'm hoping that this will enable me to work in there more often in the afternoons when school is finished. Since I am expecting a new grand baby within the next few weeks, I really need to get sewing!

And I am stove shopping for a new range. This is just no fun, they are so incredibly expensive. 

That's all I have time to write today. My grandson is here this morning and since we haven't seen him for six weeks I'm enjoying this time. He is such a little dolly! :)

Thursday, September 18

Craft idea

I saw this picture somewhere the other day and thought it was beautiful.

Wednesday, September 17

Ham and Jalapeno Popper Sandwich

First you have to make the popper dip:

6 jalapenos grilled, skinned, seeded and diced
3 slices cooked, crumbled bacon
1 pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar
Mix and heat in oven until warm and melted. Then you can use with chips or the sandwich.

I just made a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, only I substituted the popper dip instead of cheese.
My husband said it was the best sandwich he'd had in a long time.