Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Many Scenes of Christmas

The calm before the storm; Christmas Eve night.  
Children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of Wii games danced in their heads.... OK, they didn't [exactly] know they were getting a Wii, but I suppose they were really hoping for one!!!!  

Sydney says "Can we start?  I know I got a Nancy Drew game, but I can't tell which one it is...".  
Ali says "Mom, this stocking was great while I was growing up, but 
it's a little embarrassing for me at almost 18!"

Oooohhhh Cato!  Yay!  Clothes and jewelry to match!  
"I got everything I wanted this year - and things that I didn't realize I wanted!"

I love it all SOOOOO... much!

Me in my many layers trying to stay warm and not liking how the baked french toast turned out!

What's that Ali?  You broke what while you were playing table-top ping pong 
with your dad in the dining room?

Oh, that's what you broke while you were playing table-top ping pong
with your dad in the dining room.

Where's Dad you ask?  Why, he's outside looking at the mountains like a child
looking at the many jars in candy store - l.o.n.g.i.n.g. to get into them!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

Monday, December 17, 2012

Birthday Party

We invited several families over to our house recently and threw a birthday party.  This resulted in about 40 people being here - all in sweet fellowship.  Ages spanned from 18 months to late forties.  Dinner, dessert, and delirious fun!  We played a charades kind of game that we learned long ago in another fellowship we shared with - and was just as fun with these folks!

I tried my first attempt at decorating a cake more than the candy letters you buy in the cellophane package.  And although it's nothing fancy - I think it turned out pretty cool.  I'm certain the guest of honor liked it! 

What a great time of year.  With the milestone birth of our Savior drawing near and so many opportunities to glorify His name; Jesus.  We have so much to be thankful for.  I become weepy thinking about the selfless cause He came to earth - fully man, fully God - just to Save me.  Who am I, but another sinner that isn't worthy for what He did; what He endured.

But I'm so thankful - that selfless cause made me Free! 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


We've taken quite a liking to tennis as of lately.  Our family gets out on the court and makes up our own rules as they are needed.  Serving is never done the same [right] way, and backhands never look quite like, well, backhands.  If someone hits the ball over the fence it is HER responsibility to make the trip outside the fence to fetch it.  As long as we can keep the ball in flight, we're good!

Daniel played when he was in high school - I played when I was in junior high gym class (I think).  We are trying to close the gap in the learning curve between Daniel and the rest of us (on warm days).  Watching us provides much amusement, I'm certain.  Each of us girls slams the ball into one of the other courts and Daniel yells "switch", at which point everyone runs to the closest court where the ball was lobbed so the one getting the ball doesn't have to run so far back.  

The best part about it are the sweet memories being built that will last a lifetime - for all of us.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Cookie Exchange

I hosted my first ever cookie exchange for the ladies of the home school co-op we've been involved with.  We had some snacks, soup, sweets, and cider; along with a crazy amount of laughs!

We did a white elephant gift exchange.

As well as a reindeer antlers game.  
By the pictures can you guess what the object of the game was?

Can you tell who won?

Although, all put in wonderful amounts of effort :o)

Fellowship of all ages goes a long way....

Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Parade

The girls volunteer at the library each week and participate as puppeteers each month.  They were part of the parade the other night.  The theme was (as you can tell) the Polar Express.  Sydney was the conductor and Ali was the [stylish] hobo.  We handed out the Gospel with our church that night and waited at the end of the parade for the girls.  It started to rain lightly and get a bit chilly and as luck would have it they were at the the very end of the show; 93 of 97  :o)  

It was a long night so we picked up a pizza on the way home and said good-night as soon as our beds were in sight!  The electric blanket felt good that night!

Friday, November 16, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

new kitchen gadgets

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time At Target

Daniel and I were out Christmas shopping [at my fav store] the other day.  Of course I had to hit all the clearance end caps and such....  I mentioned in passing about many, many, many things I liked.

In putting together a couple posts today, I noticed there were pictures of those things I had mentioned liking - in passing.  Daniel took Ali out on a date and her choice was Target (woman after my own heart).  While at the store with Ali, he took pictures of all the different things I liked - to remember what they were!  I think that's hilarious and sweet all at the same time!  He's a typical man in that he doesn't remember things well, but not typical in the fact that he loves to love me through my love language - gifts.  What better gift to give than one the recipient loves (I heart Target)!

Friday, November 09, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

confused flowers

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Stripe the Snail

We may have lost a dog and a bird throughout 2012, but we gained two snails.  
Meet Stripe....

(Sydney does all the care-giving for Stripe and Splotch.)

Monday, November 05, 2012

A Love Affair

This is our bathroom sink.

This is Toby.

This is our bathroom sink when Toby wants a drink of water.

I think it's a love affair.

Friday, November 02, 2012


Love = learning to like what your spouse enjoys doing.

I like to happen thrift stores, if for no more than to "window shop" and Daniel goes right along with me.  I always know when he's had enough when I can find him quietly perusing the book section!

He likes to GeoCache, even if he can't find it.  This particular cache he hadn't been able to find with his gps, so since I joined him for lunch one day he thought it would be fun to use my smart phone to find it.

It was found...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Each year, October 31, for a good many years, we've established a tradition...

Caramel apples, popcorn, and a good movie - this year it was The Lorax.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bike Ride

Daniel is such a good daddy!  He takes time every chance he gets to spend one-on-one time with each of the girls, independently.  Their "dates" vary considerably because of their ages and personalities...

Syd loves the outdoors just like her daddy; ali loves shopping just like her mommy!

It was Syd's turn just recently...

A bike ride to get a free Slurpy from 7-Eleven...

Special time with daddy, building memories that last forever!

Friday, October 26, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I've been wanting a vegan oatmeal cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy goodness on the inside.  I've got it!  And I have no reservations giving this cookie 5 out of 5 stars!


1 cup oil (I used canola)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbls water
2 tbls vinegar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use fresh ground)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups oats
1 cup raisins (lightly rolled in flour)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)


Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Cream together sugars and oil.  Add vanilla, water, and vinegar; mix well.

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon if desired.  Mix well and then add oats and raisins, which have been rolled lightly in flour.  Mix well, adding nuts now, if you choose.

Roll dough in small balls, about the size of a golf ball.  Once formed, flatten the cookie ball between your palms to form a [sort of] disc - you must do this for the cookies to become "normal" cookies.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (10 was plenty for us).


  • To use white/all purpose flour, cut the water to 2 tbls.  
  • Cookies are too tender to remove from cookie sheet right away - your best bet is to have two pans going.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack (or if you're like me, the counter).   
  • These cookies are yummy after they cool just a bit, but the next morning they are FABULOUS!

Friday, October 19, 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ali-ism; Alphabetical Order?

The girls and I were out at the property yesterday.

The woman whom we're buying the place from just lost her father last month, so on the way home it was normal conversation of where he might be buried.  It went something like this:

Ali:  I bet Miss Gerri's dad is buried in that cemetary (pointing to one on the left)

Syd:  Just look for a large mound of dirt...

Me:  Girls that's a big cemetary, I doubt you're going to see it - and even if you do that doesn't mean it's Miss Gerri's dad's plot.

Ali:  It wouldn't be too hard to find, they're buried alphabetically (she's 17 and she was serious!)

Needless to say, I had a difficult time driving the rest of the way home because I was laughing so hard!

Friday, October 12, 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. (inspired by soulemama)

she's 11, the car is a stick - and she did phenomenal...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Good, Quick Granola

Most of the time I don't even try granola recipes because they are so time consuming.  I don't have two hours to babysit the oven stirring over and over.

But I found another granola recipe later last night that doesn't take forever to make so I made some - at 10:30.  Yeah, I'm kind of like that....

Pretty tasty!  Especially for the time spent on it!  Also seems to be liked by the entire family - a lot!  I made mine with the ingredients I happen to have on hand, but you could add more or different ingredients and it would still taste great!  Just a good, quick recipe...

  • oats
  • slivered almonds
  • walnuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • flax
  • wheat germ
  • coconut
  • cinnamon

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Chick Pea Salad Sandwich

Each week I make up a batch of chickpea salad.  We use this mixture for sandwiches, snack with crackers (and a time or two with celery).  I came across the idea as I was looking for recipes to replace the egg and chicken salad I would typically make.  I don't remember where I found the original inspiration, but here is my own variation.

1 bag chickpeas, cooked
1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup olives, chopped
1/2 cup mayo (we use Veganaise)
1-2 Tbls mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Cook chickpeas according to package directions.  You can use four cans drained and rinsed well if you'd rather.  Dice all vegetables add mayo and mustard and start smashing*.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mixture tastes better if it's allowed to meld overnight in the fridge, but it can be eaten right away.

*When smashing the chickpeas take care in doing so as they will go to chick pea mush quite quickly.  I always mash to the point where there are still some whole chickpeas, but not a lot.  It will look much like your egg salad when you're done.  That's the texture you're going for.

Friday, August 17, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

inspired by soulemama

she says she's eating too many vegetables

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012


It started out as a nice yard...

Then a very nice man came and tore it up for us...

It took him some time, but eventually it evened out.

I supervised :o)

Toby was insect control, and seized when he had the opportunity!

And then came the planting!

And exploring (er...*archaeological excavation* studying Egypt in school)

Currently we've planted:
43 tomato plants (lost two so far)
corn (two varieties)
green beans ('ode to Dad)
acorn squash

...and then there's the herb garden, but that's another story.

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