Monday, April 28, 2008

Bag O' Lasagna and Routine

Finally - Job2 is over for the season. And now I realize just how much time I really do have in my life, even though I do work. Working two jobs leaves almost no time at all for anything. Yesterday I finally got to Walmart for some major grocery shopping and have meals planned for quite some time. I have missed cooking and eating at home - who knew I'd ever say those words???

Last night I made lasagna and used a new recipe for a garlic bread spread. We ended up not being thrilled by the spread, but it does have possibilities and we'll play around with it to get it where we like it.

The only problem with this fabulous meal was the massive amount of leftovers! Being an empty nest now it's been a little bit of a challenge to change my cooking over to just the two of us. After dinner I was sitting outside on the patio talking to mom and she told me how to freeze the leftovers. Place servings on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour to flash freeze them (I had two cookie sheets full!).

Next place the lasagna in the bags and run through the Food Saver. I do have to say that the Food Saver is one of my absolute favorite kitchen appliances. We've had it for several years now and it has helped us to save so much money. I buy meats in bulk and freeze them and they thaw out to be just like fresh. Here's hoping the lasagna does as well!

When I finished getting all the lasagna ready to toss in the freezer I sashayed out to the living room where Keith was watching hockey (GO STARS!) and told him that if anybody asks him if he has bags of lasagna he can now answer a resounding yes! :)
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Another nice thing about having all this extra time is I can now get my eating back on track. While working Job2 I gained back two of the pounds I lost. *sob* I had lost a total of 31 pounds on WW and with running, but there has been no running lately....except through fast food drive-thru's. I am very happy to get back on track and eat at home again (did I already mention that??? - LOL!). I also have my running gear with me at work so that I can change clothes and hit the track on the way home today. Ahhh....sweet blessed routine. :)
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I'm going to try to start posting menus again, mostly to try and get some more organization to my life. Evenings go so much better when you already know what you're going to cook for dinner.

Monday - grilled pork chops, fresh corn on the cob, steamed little bitty potatoes (cause it's all right to be little bitty....)

Tuesday - Baked hot chicken strips, celery and carrot sticks with ranch dressing

Wednesday - leftovers (gotta do it now that we're only two!)

Thursday - Savory Stuffed Green Peppers

Friday - out with friends! :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Family at the Art Festival

Ah, sweet Saturday with family - oh I love days like today!

Mom, my brother Gary and sister-in-law Michele came to town to spend the day. The first thing we did - well, after having lunch! - was to head to a nearby art festival. We were blessed with picture perfect weather and great shopping in the square. One of Michele's friends had a booth there, so we set off to find her and view her art. We found a bench for mom and Loni and Brooklyn stayed to entertain and play.

There were awesome art cows all over the square and Michele and I had to pose with one of them. We had such great fun together today. It was another example of wishing that all my family could live closer together so we could enjoy more time together. Of course, the flip side of that is that we do treasure our time together so much now.

No blog entry filled with family pictures would be complete without a photo of Brooklyn. This picture tickles me because it almost looks like she sees some art that she just can't believe what she's seeing and is adjusting her glasses to see it better!

Friday, April 25, 2008

2008 Backyard Roses

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." - Dale Carnegie
We have a tremendous crop of roses in our backyard this year. These roses have the most incredible scent and when you stand next to the bushes in the backyard I swear it carries you away.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lunch With An Angel

I'd like you to meet Baby J. His grandma works with me and today at lunch 3 of us went up to the hospital with her to visit him. Baby J is 4 months old now and has lived all his precious little life in the hospital. But wonderful blessings - he recently had a heart transplant! I wish this picture showed his big, beautiful smile, but when we got to the room he was sleeping and just woke up in this photo.
He has a ways to go before he's released from the hospital, but he has already amazed his doctors with how well he's responded to the transplant.
Glory Be! :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Amazing Bible Truths

Today was one of those days at work where a person runs around in circles so much and so fast that I swear I could see the back of my heels while running! It was really not a bad day, just so very busy and a lot of different irons in the fire.

In the midst of the busy I had to stop and work out the best course of action on a problem. I looked up and saw this book sitting on my desk and immediately the word "Peace" came to mind.

This book was given to me by an incredibly special person in my life shortly after one of my surgeries. It is filled with Bible verses and vignettes and I never fail to find one that speaks to me right at that moment. I dearly love to just open it and see what is there. Today, in the midst of my busy and starting to get frustrated with myself, this is what I saw:

"Jesus can turn water into wine, but He can't turn your whining into anything." Do all things without murmurings and disputings. Philippians 2:14

Thumped me right between the eyes I tell you! Bible readings never cease to amaze me as to how relevant they are. And the naysayers that say the Bible doesn't apply to current times have apparently not read much of it. When you stop and think about how long ago the Bible was written and how it speaks so vividly to us today it can truly send you to your knees in thankful prayer.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Brooklyn Spends the Night

We are such lucky grandparents - J&L wanted to go to the movies Saturday night with another couple, so they asked us to babysit. Unfortunately I had to work, so Grandpa kept Brooklyn and they had a great bonding time. When I got home from work the little angel was asleep in her pack n play.

The next morning I got out of the shower to see this scene - Grandpa feeding Brooklyn her breakfast! I want you to pay close attention to the bib that he chose, which he claims was totally random. I don't think so, but it sure is cute that he put that one on her!

This is the new highchair that we bought for her. I know I'll sound old when I say this, but I am constantly amazed when in the baby section of stores at how much has changed. This chair is perfect for a grandparent's house and will even pull up to the table without the tray when she gets a little older. You can tell by the picture that she gets distracted by the dog a LOT!

Shortly after she finished eating it was time for a bath. Of course I don't have a baby tub, so I put a hand towel in the bottom of my kitchen sink and she took a bath that way. One of our favorite family stories is when Lynne' was a baby and we were up at the lake cabin. The cabin only has a shower, no tub, so we bathed Lynne' in the kitchen sink. Mom always told Lynne' that she was going to be dishes, so of course that's what I told Miss Brooklyn. She just happily splashed around in the sink and was perfectly happy carrying on the dishes tradition of her Aunt Lynne'. :)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Not Enough Sleep and an Extra Helping of Caffeine

Put these two things together and you get one goofy girl! I have been teased quite a bit the last couple of days at work because when I'm tired and wired I get very giggly. There is no end in site for the immediate future, so coffee has become my new BFF. ;)
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We picked up the truck on Wednesday from its visit to the plastic surgeon. Hard to believe with all the hail damage it had that now it looks absolutely perfect! And do you know that last night we had storms roll through the dfw area again? Keith just chuckled and wondered if our insurance rates would go up if we have two hail damage claims in a two week period. Luckily we were spared in this storm.
However, the kids spent a good little bit in their closet last night when the sirens went off in their area! We did chat about how much your perception of danger in a storm changes once you have a baby to take care of.
And while watching the storm coverage (pick a channel, any channel - they all had excited weathermen covering the storm!) we heard that the sirens were going off in the 'burb that Lynne' lives in, so I called to be sure she was safe. No answer, so I assumed they were hunkered down. Nope, got a call a few minutes later that she'd seen my call on her caller id. I asked what the sound was and she was in a car with her friend, having just left a restaurant. A big hailstorm erupted, so they stopped under a bridge on the highway....except that the nose of the car was hanging out and they were getting pelted with pea size hail!

Aye Caramba - spring in Texas is HERE!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April Stamp Night

I am just constantly amazed at the cool projects we do on stamp night. Denise just got back from a Stampin Up cruise and was filled with excitement for us. Can you imagine how fun that cruise probably was - a ship full of girlfriends playing with a craft that they love?

The first card we made uses the set Live Your Dream from the current mini catalog. We used the Carousel Notes for a non-fold card and I really like it! The piercing around the circle is a brass template and we used a punch for the holes on the edge. Love that lacey look. You can't tell in the picture, but the flower centers and the butterfly has glitter for a bling sparkle.

This next card I have played with and demonstrated to Keith so many times I think he just rolls his eyes now when he sees me coming! The stamp set is Pun Fun and we added some blue glitter to the little spaceship.

AND....it's a spinner card! Tilt the card from side to side and the little spaceship spins back and forth - how cool is that?!?!?

Cool enough that I did a video to demonstrate the amazing spinning abilities. I did learn while doing the video that it's not easy to hold a camera in your left hand to record and hold the card in your right hand and make the little ship spin. So I apologize for the poor video quality, but at least you can see how it works. :)

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Socks Of Kindness

My current knitting project! I first did this sock on two circs to
show that method to the girls at work. I showed them, got down to
about the heel and then decided to frog the whole thing and start over
on dpn's, my preferred method. It' going MUCH faster for me now. :)

The pattern is Socks of Kindness and the yarn is some that my mom gave
me some time ago - we think it's a Lorna's Lace yarn.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

28 years ago a young girl and a young man were married in a little bitty church in a little bitty town in New Mexico.
Today that couple is blissfully happy, with two grown children, a daughter-in-law, a precious granddaughter, a golden retriever and a cat.
We're going out to eat tonight, though we're not sure where yet. And when we were talking this morning about the fact that we've been married for 28 years we realized that saying that makes us sound pretty old! :)
I've always said that laughter is what makes a great relationship. The two of us are able to laugh a LOT about just about everything. Last night we took the dog for a walk and I was trying to tell Keith an absolutely fascinating story about something that had happened at work that day - ;) - and he got to teasing me and I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Yep, a joyful heart and goofy husband is a blessing indeed.

Monday, April 07, 2008

SC169


I am so late posting this to my blog! I made this card almost two weeks ago for the SC169 card sketch on splitcoast. Trying to get out of my card making block and of course sketches are a great way to do that.


Recipe: Nice and Narrow stamp by SU, Cuttlebug embossing folder, SU organdy ribbon, green stickles, SU corner punch

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Brooklyn Crawling

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This short video was taken during a family baby shower, so you can hear lots of chitter chatter in the background. But isn't she a doll? :)

And let me add that she was dressed so cute. But she had a lot of grandmas and aunts and cousins watching her learn how to crawl and we figured out she got better traction without the pants!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

My Morning

Here's what I'm doing this morning! James had a test and Loni had a
dentist appointment, so Keith and I came over to watch Little Bit. I
guarantee we got the better end of the deal. :)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Another Quick Check In!

Well crumb, two posts in a row without a picture! Luckily I have an exciting video to post if I would just sit down at my computer and get it off my camera. :)

Thank you to all for the sweet comments and emails. I went to two different doctors last week who told me it's "allergy related" and "viral", so there's nothing to be done but ride it out. ~ big sigh ~ But I'm on the mend now and back at work, even if I do have a deep, raspy voice.

The big news in my family is that Brooklyn is crawling now! It started off as more of a scoot, which of course led to us calling it a boot scooting boogy. She's just darling and I love to see her face light up as she sees something she wants and turns around and goes after it.

More later - I mostly wanted to post so y'all know I'm finally ok. Tonight I have training for my new job so I bet the "more later" won't be until tomorrow. :)