Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cool Minecraft Sword!

Dad and our boy #2 made this sword, just like the diamond sword in the computer game Minecraft.

It's two layers of cardboard with a thick layer of Styrofoam in between and painted with acrylic paint.

Pretty sweet! (The boy looks slap happy, wouldn't ya say? LOL)


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Few Things Lately...

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With my husband out of town over Easter weekend, the kids and I headed to a local park on Saturday to make our own fun. We had sandwiches from a local place for our picnic and then had our own egg hunt.


Later that evening, we enjoyed having my husband's parents visit and involve the kids in an Easter scripture game.



Sunday was nice and quiet for us. I made cinnamon rolls and we talked to Daddy over the computer later.








I only cried a couple times--missing being together as a family, you know, plus being 8 or so months pregnant brought up strong emotions for me. I'm grateful for a thoughtful husband who shows his love for me when he is far away with flowers.  He knows just how to cheer me up. <3


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In other news...

The two oldest boys have been asking to do a lemonade stand, so last week we made it happen.
Here's the sign they made:

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Our oldest son, pictured below, with the "fresh lemonade" he made (with me giving directions) that morning. No mix, here, folks! Lemon juice, water and sugar, with sliced lemons floating in it. We enjoyed sipping as we sold  :-)

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All the kids wanted to come out and sit with us after a while. We set up as the junior high kids were walking home, so the kids smiled and waved and yelled "Fresh lemonade, 50 cents!" a lot. My kids  thought that part was terrific.


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It's funny, a lot of people smiled and waved, but not very many stopped. It's a shame people live their lives at such a pace that they miss such good things like homemade lemonade and sweet children's smiles.  My sister came by with her girls and several neighbors stopped, and our favorite FedEx lady bought a cup, too. The boys made $3 and split it evenly. They felt very successful!



We also set up the kiddie pool in the backyard this past week as the temps are rising to almost 100' F! Our third son, age 4, spent the whole week in his swim suit. He liked to be able to hop in and out of the pool to cool off at any moment :-)

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I've been busy cleaning, organizing, gardening, and otherwise nesting to prepare for this little baby's birth. My due date arrives next week...we wait to see when the baby will decide to arrive.  In the meantime, we are enjoying life and making the most of the time we have to spend together with Daddy in town. He has been doing what he does best: working faithfully on his projects in his office, fulfilling his responsibilities with the Young Men at church (took them camping last weekend), helping the kids around the house set up their computer games and get snacks, and lending me a hand with preparing what we'll need for the baby's birth. We are so fortunate to have such a reliable and kind Daddy/Husband in our lives.

While it is always an effort on my part to be prepared to experience childbirth and bring new life into this world, I am in awe of the joy and excited expectation that I, and our family, feels as we wait to welcome in a new baby. There is so much JOY, and I am choosing to focus on that at present.

Hope you, dear friends, are all well and finding time to drink some lemonade and enjoy the people in your lives. May God bless you :-)

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Garden Update: Spring is Heating Up!

The temps are in the 80's this week around here. It's getting quite warm!

The pomegranate tree is blossoming...


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The potato plants have grown taller and needed more straw mulch and the blueberry bushes are leafing out more and received more fertilizer. These projects make good two-person, parent / child opportunities to work on together. My oldest worked with me on fertilizing and mulching and watering these plants. It was a good opportunity to pick up some life skills and learning for him. And to take a break from computer games for a moment ;-)


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The flowers in the hanging baskets are blooming more and growing fuller. I think I may add some more petunias...it's a race to garden more before the baby arrives. We'll see who wins...flowers or baby! (It's another 3 or so weeks until Due-Date-Day)

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We've got the kiddie pool out and the kids have had fun sliding into it while I watch and sip my lemon-water in the shade of the umbrella. They had fun filling up small buckets with the water and washing the chalk drawings off the patio and dumping more water on the herb garden. And each other! 

Now, if only summertime would just stay in the 80's, we'd be set! (Oh, wishful thinking!)


What's new around your place? Been doing anything fun lately?




Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PASTA!

Look like a big bowl of weirdness?

Yeah, well, it does, huh! 
It may not make the prettiest food photo on a blog, but, boy, does it taste fine!

I've been enjoying easy pasta dishes lately. I made up a big pot of angel hair pasta this week and keep it in the fridge for a few days. Kind of reminds me of the never ending pasta pot from the children's book, Strega Nona.  :-)

What to do with all the pasta? I warm it on the stove with butter and olive oil, fresh herbs from the garden (like parsley in this one), lemon zest from a bunch of lemons from Costco I needed to use up,  and then whatever else that I have around. A few nights ago, that was leftover baked salmon and steamed asparagus tips. MMMmmmmmm!

For this bowl of pasta goodness, I added sliced kalamata olives, chopped fresh tomato, and lovely purple steamed beets with a twist of fresh black pepper over it all. Oh, let me tell you...I am so crazy for beets--so tender, sweet and earthy! You could grate some parmesan over this and throw on some pine nuts to finish, but I skipped that step this time and just dug in. So yummy and easy. Took about 5 minutes to pull together. 

What are some of your favorite, quick dishes you are liking right now? 
Or do you just skip the meal and go straight for the ice cream like me sometimes?   :-)

(I did mention I am 8 1/2 months pregnant, right?)





Sunday, April 8, 2012

Upon Whom Can We Rely?

Who is that Friend who can lift you up and rescue you when all else fails, when no one else can reach you? He is Jesus Christ and I am forever grateful to him for his mercy and love and goodness. This hymn and video help to express how I feel about my Savior, my Friend, Jesus Christ. He is there for you, too. Hold onto the hope and peace he can bring into your life. I know I am doing that today, on Easter Sunday, and will continue holding on. He is reaching out to each of us, hoping we will turn to him and let him care for and protect us.

Where Can I Turn for Peace
Where can I turn for peace?
Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart,
Searching my soul?

Where, when my aching grows,
Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One.

He answers privately,
Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind,
Love without end.
 
--Emma Lou Thayne




Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Life of Christ Bible Videos

In preparing for the Easter season, I came across this new resource from the LDS church. There are many short videos about the life of Jesus Christ, from his birth to his crucifixion and resurrection, as well as some depicting the teachings of Jesus. I am so excited to share these with my kids!

Click {HERE} for the link to the list of videos to view.

Happy Easter to you   :-)