The backyard, (somewhere near Narnia by the looks of things)
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This past Saturday afternoon, we celebrated Christmas with our kids, or at least the ones that live in MN that were able to make it. Of course, Jessica and Christian are living here with us now, and Sarah and Brad came down from "up north". Ruth and Dan drove up from the twin cities area, but my son Joel said he was having trouble with the battery in his Jeep, and was afraid to try to drive it this far. His gifts are still under the tree. If he doesn't come to get them...I guess we'll be forced to use/spend them ourselves, and eat the contents of the basket from G & G, (including the much-sought-after "grandma buns" that are waiting for him in the freezer).
CJ got a really cool tool set from Sarah and Brad. He loves it, and has been "fixing" things and people ever since. He says he is a "workerstruction", which I believe means construction worker in Fouryearold. Here he is, sitting on the couch between Ruth's husband, Dan and Sarah's husband, Brad.
Molly had been telling everyone that she wanted earrings for Christmas. She got earrings from us, and some from Jess on Christmas Eve, and more earrings from Sarah and even more from Ruth on Saturday. She should be set in the earring department for awhile!!
We all had a great Christmas here on the farm! Even if it did seem a bit like the place had "gone to the dogs"! Happy New Year!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I often refer to my 4 year old grandson here on my blog as "CJ", but his given name is Christian. Christian and his mother Jessica came to church with us this morning. When it came time for the sermon, he decided he didn't want to leave and go to Children's Church. He wanted to stay with his Momma and listen to the message.
Our Pastor was preaching from Hebrews chapter 6, and was talking about when "Christians" fall away from their faith, whether or not they were ever actually "Christians", in the first place, etc. So of course, he used the word "Christian" quite a bit during this message. I wasn't sitting very close to my grandson at the time, so I couldn't hear his whispers. My daughter told me after the service that every time the pastor had said the word, "Christian", that CJ would gasp and say, "He said my name! or Hey, he said my name again!" Now that's what you call a personalized message!
Friday, December 26, 2008
After a very nice Christmas Eve candlelight service at church, we made a quick stop at home and were back out the door to head to my family's celebration at the home of my parents, which is a little over an hour away from us now.
There was no need for dreaming of a white Christmas this year, there's quite a bit of that white stuff all over outside. However, inside Mom and Dad's garage on Christmas Eve, it looked much more like a red and black Christmas! The tablecloths were red, and almost everyone was wearing some combination of red and black.
Next, it was Dad's turn:
Here's Miss Molly, thrilled to have just opened a brand new digital camera. She was even more excited when she got it out of the box and saw that it was PINK! Now, as long as she doesn't overload the computer with pictures of herself and the two dogs...we'll be fine. Jessica got her a really nice jacket and snow pants too...you can see them to the lefthand side of her, on the couch. They'll come in handy for her trip to Deep Portage with her sixth grade class in January.
I got an apple cookie jar from Ray, along with a dozen roses that he brought home on Christmas Eve, and the two Narnia movies I wanted from Jessica, Molly and CJ. Woohoo. We watched The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" tonight. Maybe Prince Caspian tomorrow night? After a few hours of playing with all of our new stuff, I walked in the livingroom to find Ray asleep on the loveseat in his usual place....
And one little Christmased-out grandson, lying sprawled on the floor in front of the Christmas tree. I covered him up with one of my new blankets, and he slept right there for about 3 hours I think.
On Saturday, Sarah and Brad will come down from "up north" and Ruth and Dan will come up from the cities. Hopefully, Joel will make the drive east to visit us too, and we'll have ourselves a nice Christmas dinner and exchange a few more gifts. That should be fun!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I said a Christmas prayer for you because the season’s near.
I didn’t ask for riches but for gifts so much more dear.
I asked for joyful gatherings with your family all around,
And for carols to inspire you with their old familiar sound.
I asked for quiet moments in your heart on Christmas morn,
For a special time to celebrate the Saviour who was born.
I asked for friends to send their best that you might know they care,
I asked for peace and love and hope;
And I know God heard my prayer.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Well, I didn't quite lose the 5 lbs that I had put back on over the past few weeks this week, but I got close. I lost 4.2 lbs, which made me feel a bit better about things. I just ate ONE of CJ's cookies though. How could I resist? They were just so beeeeautiful!
Hopefully, I can do a good job of maintaining over Christmas and New Year's. I got a couple of new weight loss books in the mail today too, they look very intriguing to me. I'm hoping they will be something I can incorporate into my weight loss plan and then maybe I'll be motivated enough to get off of this plateau that I've been on for awhile. Look for my review of these books in January. I received an extra set of books to give away to one of my lucky readers at that time too!
My grandson, CJ informed me the other day that we needed to have some CHRISTMAS cookies to leave for Santa Claus when he comes in a few days. We still have some cookies left from the cookie exchange at church, but he said those were not CHRISTMAS COOKIES. So, since it is so absolutely frigid outside today, it seemed like a great day to warm up the kitchen with some holiday baking. I put all my little elves to work. Here's CJ, his Auntie Molly and his Mama Jessica cutting out cookies.
Of course, he kept choosing star-shaped cookie cutters,
of which I have about 5 different ones. Here's Molly doing a little decorating
And CJ Trying his hand at it
He was VERY proud of these beautiful creations of his. Do you think he inherited his grandmother's decorating talents???
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I learned on Friday, that my cousin Marshall, (who was 40 years old), was found dead in his home by his fiancee that morning. I don't know very many details yet, but he apparently had taken some kind of prescription drug of his girfriend's to try to fight flu symptoms that he was experiencing, and had also taken his own prescription drug for bi-polar disease. They're thinking that there was a bad reaction between the two drugs, at this time.
Marshall lived in Utah, and was a divorced father of a young daughter named Lexie. I was not especially close to this cousin, because of our age differences, but I'm still quite shocked at the news of this sudden tragic event.
Please pray for our whole extended family, and especially for his daughter Lexie, his brothers, Lane and Channing,(Channing and his wife Dawn attended our church for a short time a few years back), his father, Tom and his mother Betty. Aunt Betty, (my father's sister), has been battling alcoholism most of her adult life. It's NEVER easy for a parent to bury a child, and the fact that this tragedy happened just before Christmas, will likely make it even worse. Thanks for your prayers.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
*Go to the 6th picture folder in your documents.
*Pray that you remember what it is about.
*Blog about it.
*Tag 6 people to do the same.
Let me see...now I have to tag 6 more people to do this. Hmmm...Jody, (Make a Joyful Noise), Lisa, (QTPies), Sarah (Sassyfrazz), Nikki, (Movers4Life), Cindy (Canoearoos), and Christina (DaisyCrazy). Tag, You're IT!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Yes, the roads are icy after the rain/snow mix we just got, but thankfully, this is NOT a story about sliding into the ditch. The truth is, I had been going down that slippery slope of gaining a few pounds back again, over the past 4 weeks.
I went back to Weight Watcher's tonight to "face the music"and weighed in. I knew I had gained a few pounds, but I kept hoping I'd be able to take those pounds back off, before I went and officially weighed in again. Unfortunately, HOPING doesn't do much for weight loss, believe it or not. You actually have to WORK at it. I weighed myself at home, and was less than thrilled to find out that I'd gained somewhere in the vicinity of 5 lbs! I weighed in at WW, and their scale concurred. Exactly 5 pounds.
I have no one to blame but myself. I know what I'm supposed to be doing, and what I'm NOT supposed to be doing, but I haven't been doing those things. You know, like NOT eating anything and everything that looks good (and there's a lot of that kind of thing around this time of year), and writing down EVERYTHING I eat, and um...actually counting my points and keeping track of them. You know, basic Weight Watcher's stuff.
The good new is, 1) I went back tonight and stayed for the meeting, and 2) Weight Watchers just unveiled a BRAND NEW PROGRAM called last week, unbeknownst to me, since I had been MIA from the meetings for the past 3 weeks. The new program is called, "Momentum". Hopefully, that will be enough to get me motivated to get back on track, so I can lose this extra 5 lbs...and get me started in back in the right direction at the start of a brand new year. And as our leader put it tonight, I'll have a jump on all of those people that will start on January 1st, because they've made a new year's resolution.
Anyway, as some of you may have noticed, I have not been changing my weight progress chart lately. That's because I haven't gone to weigh in the past 3 weeks. I'm afraid that with all of these holiday parties and events we've been to lately, that I may have actually gained a few pounds, and I was hoping to take it back off before I went to weigh in again. Well...that's not exactly working, so before I backslide just too much, I've decided to "bite the bullet" and go weigh in tonight...even if I have to admit that I've gained, and make my little froggy hop backwards just a little bit.
As I posted a few days ago, I won a blog make-over from seemydesignsbyshauna.com, playing a shower game at Sassyfrazz's cyber shower. Shauna is working on my new blog design, Yay! Look for it sometime later tonight or tomorrow. I'm really excited about that, so maybe it will cheer me up when I have to post my weight gain...if I can post it on my newly made over blog.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
You fill in the above blank. What word comes to mind for you? Busy? Crazy? Frantic? Hectic? Stressful? Of course, we all know it's supposed to be the most WONDERFUL time of the year, or at least that's what the popular Christmas carol tells us. But after a long day of running from store to store, trying to find that perfect gift for Aunt Agnus, Uncle Jim and everyone on your Christmas list, don't you sometimes wish you could just slink yourself down into a nice deep bathtub full of bubbles? I sure do.
We recently moved into an old farmhouse, and while I was taking a bath in my ordinary tub, (which is way too shallow to cover most of me with water), I was thinking that it would be really nice if this old house had one of those old fashioned clawfoot tubs to go with it. That way, I could fill it almost to the rim, and have nothing but my head and neck sticking out of the water. Wouldn't that feel great right about now?
But then, it occurred to me, that one of the things I really miss about the house we used to live in, is the whirlpool tub we had there. If I had one of those, it could surely work out the kinks I'm feeling in the back of my neck and shoulders at the moment. And then, the thought actually crossed my mind, that it would be totally awesome if someone made an old fashioned-looking clawfoot tub, with the modern technology of today's whirlpool bathtubs! Now, that would be just way to good to be true, right? Wrong! I found the bathtub of my dreams at SimplyBathtubs.com. Seriously! Here it is:Wouldn't that be the coolest thing ever? The website says this tub is made of "Acrastone" which is naturally warm to the touch, stronger than cast iron, and durable enough to carry a lifetime warranty. This bathtub features a "Champagne Massage system", which means that it has strategically placed air jets, that are said to give you a better "therapeutic effect" while you're bathing. I think I'm going to put this bathtub on my Christmas list, and hope that Santa can deliver. And speaking of delivering things, they even offer free shipping with no sales tax, (unless you happen to live in the state of CA).
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Below, our 3 Womens' Ministry Christmas elves; who planned, decorated and prepared all of the food for this fun evening! You may recognize the one on the left as Jody from "Make A Joyful Noise, (even if it hurts Momma's ears)". The elf on the right is Lisa from "Our Seven QTPies" and the one in the middle is Anna, who doesn't have a blog...yet. The littlest elf in the picture is one of Jody's little noisemakers, "K".
Below, is an action shot of my daughter Jessica,
Here's little "K" modeling a sweet little hair bow, made by Lisa. Too cute!
We also did our cookie exchange last night, and I have lots of yummy cookies to sample. The good thing is, we're off to a family party in just a little while, so I'm going to go put an assortment of them on a platter to take with. That way, I won't HAVE TO eat them all myself!
Friday, December 12, 2008
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup Country Bobs All Purpose or Spicy Sauce
1 cup water
1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 - 3lb chicken cut up (I just used a 2 1/2 lb bag of the frozen
chicken tenderloins), cooked them and cut them up)
In pot with lid combine mustard,sugar,soy
sauce,vinegar, Country Bobs, tomato sauce and water and bring to boil. Add
chicken and simmer for 45 minutes with lid ajar or until chicken is no longer
pink. The sauce is great over mashed potatoes or rice.
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