Monday, June 27, 2011

Busy Week!

It has been a busy, full week but we got a lot done and made memories as we went!

My garden is finally coming around. My jalapenos, tomatoes and peppers are taking off. My lettuce and carrots are not doing too shabby. Corn and beans are lagging behind because I started them a bit late.

I still get giddy when I see my veggies growing!

This little guy came for a visit. Alyssa walked off the back porch and he was hanging out in the bush. If only I could have seen her face!
After this last week, the kids wanted to keep him for a pet. By the time daddy got home (momma isn't into catching snakes!) we couldn't find him.

I am trying something a little new starting this week. At least once a week I am going to make something DIFFERENT! Brian and I are getting so tired of the same meals. Obviously, the kids don't mind but we needed some change.

I made this chicken casserole last night. It was delicious and everyone liked it!
The picture didn't turn out the best. I had a hungry crew waiting!

Chicken and Rice Casserole
1 1/2 cups of white rice
2 cups of water
1 can cream of chicken soup
4 chicken breast

In 13x9 pan cover the bottom with rice. In a bowl mix water and soup. Pour that over the rice. Place chicken on top of rice. Bake at 350 for about 1 1/2 hours.

I made two pans of this. On one, I sprinkled onion soup mix on the top. I figured the kids would like it better without and they did. I also cut the chicken into strips instead of putting the whole chicken on top. Like I said, I had a hungry crew. ;)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

You know you are a homeschool momma when.....

you are strawberry picking and you are all done and you load everyone up in the van and go in to pay while hubby and the children wait and as you are walking out you see a sign that they are having a hands-on reptile show and you excitedly get everyone back out of the van to go check it out! (Whew....)

Especially, since we are rowing When I Was Young in the Mountains and learning about snakes! So cool. I love it when things work out like that.

             Morgan was the first to step up! The girl is afraid of nothing.
Taylor and I were a little apprehensive but this snake was pretty awesome to hold.

Carter was excited to hold this little guy after we were there for a few minutes. He now wants to catch every snake he sees.
Daddy and Alyssa wanted nothing to do with the snakes. They enjoyed seeing them but that was as close as they wanted to get.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I wanted to do something really special for Brian for Fathers Day. He has been working so hard and giving a lot to his family. The kids and I had already planned a special dinner for Sunday evening. We also wanted to give him something that would show him how much we love him!

We are trying to be very frugal and attempting to become "simple" so I had to be creative!

So the kids and I got up on Saturday morning and did a little photo shoot. After "hours of pictures" (really only about 45 minutes) we got a perfect one!

I'm not sure what is better, the perfect picture or all the others!

I love this picture. I was so happy with the outcome! The kids were very good and cooperative. I even surprised them with an Icee when we were all done!

Monday, June 20, 2011

This and That

I have decided I need to make a garden journal. I have this little problem with planting flowers and then forgetting where I planted them. So they either end up getting pulled up as weeds or the hubby sprays them with Round Up.

Not only is that a complete waste of money, it is just plain silly!

The flowers that didn't get pulled or sprayed are blooming and just beautiful.

Our chickens are growing like weeds! The kids are having a blast with them.

We purchased 2 different breeds. Black sex links (aka black stars, I believe) and Buff Orpingtons.

We will definitely be sticking with the Orpingtons in the future. They are friendly, will follow the kids around and easy to please. The Black Stars are cranky and timid.

Last week, we went strawberry picking for the first time. That was blast!

We had a busy week but I finally got to making the jam. I had a few helpers which always makes it more fun (and interesting)!

I have made blackberry and raspberry jam but this was my first attempt with strawberries. It turned out a little runnier than I like but Brian said it tastes wonderful! He has been eating it on ice cream. :)

I think I just needed to add a little more pectin. One book I have said that strawberries have less natural pectin than other berries. So I'm guessing that is where I went wrong.

I froze a batch of mashed berries so I just might have to pull that out this week to try again.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot ~ June 19


Foto Friday ~ Favorite Shoes!

Foto Friday Challenge

What a fun challenge! I had a few favorite shoes to choose from. Usually I am walking around bare foot but I do love me some cute shoes!

I adore flip flops. Especially in cool colors.

I adore tennis shoes. So comfy and easy. What is cuter than jeans, a tshirt and cute tennis shoes!

I adore dress shoes. Especially flirty little high heels. Which reminds me I have the cutest pair that I have not worn in ages! They have this cute little buckle on the cute.

I adore muck boots. Ya know, those cute ones that are covered in flowers or stripes or John Deere logos. Oh my!

But my favorite is definitely boots!

These are my kinda sorta cowgirl boots. Someday I would love to have a REAL pair but for now these are my on sale Kohls bargain buy!

Where did the time go?

                                                My babies are nine.

I remember so well the night the ultrasound tech told Brian and I we were going to have twins. I had been so sick and was put in the hospital. This was nothing new because I was always sick when I was pregnant. But even after IVs of fluids nothing was getting any better. Our doctor wanted to do an ultrasound to rule out any problems.

I was 8 weeks along and a nervous wreck. What if there was something wrong? The tech had Brian wait in the hall at first, got me all ready and looked at the screen for awhile. Then she told me she needed to tell me something and asked if I wanted Brian with me when she told me the news. I was shaking and told her yes.

She broke the news to us together................ I was "double" sick.

Morgan Danielle was born 12 minutes before her brother.

She is an amazing little girl. She reminds me so much of myself, its kind of scary. She is afraid of nothing. She is the first to hold snakes or climb anything.

She loves animals and her heart breaks if they get hurt. She is so sensitive. Her feelings get hurt so easily but that sensitivity makes her easy to discipline.

One minute I can look at her and she is dressed in muddy jeans, no shoes and a tshirt and the next she will have on her fanciest dress.

She loves crafts and making things. She loves giving gifts. Especially homemade ones. She is sweet and bright. She loves the be held and receive lots of hugs and kisses.

Carter James is the baby of the family.

 He is the only "man" around when daddy is at work so he loves the opportunity to help. He has such a tender heart but at the same time he can be as tough as they come.

He is the first to hold the door or play a game with Taylor.  He loves his sisters but gets a kick out of picking on them too!

He loves building and creating. He loves to snuggle. He loves tearing things down. He loves math. He can do math problems in his head with ease.

Together they are Double Blessings more than Double Trouble.


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