Wednesday, November 24, 2010

:: thankful

:: for dan, the love of my life.
:: for the kids. all four of 'em, but this year, especially for olivia.
:: for my beautiful life.
:: for all my friends, near and far. you all bless me in so many ways.
:: for all the opportunities i'm given every day to be more patient, more kind, more giving.
:: for times to spend with family. i'm grateful for all my family, all across the world. the times we spend together, no matter how frequent or infrequent, are a true gift.

:: thanks mostly to God, who has blessed me so greatly with all these and more.

thank you, thank you God.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: What's In The Bible #4... AND A DVD GIVEAWAY!!! :D

This is my second review for the What's In The Bible DVD series, put out by Tyndale and created by Phil Vischer, of VeggieTales fame.

My kids love these DVDs. They are easily their favorite movies to watch, and as I've stated before, the videos are chock full of good, solid biblical teaching, much of which I didn't even have a really thorough grasp of myself! WITB #4 covers Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. They are full of hilarious puppet characters, from a conservative priest to two Aussies on safari to Cap'n Pete (Tristan's personal favorite), a pirate who spends most of the episode in a hot air balloon. :)

I asked Will a few questions about the DVD:
What did you learn from the DVD? I learned a lot of stuff about the Bible I didn't know before. I learned what the Pentateuch is. (That's actually from WITB #3..) and I learned about obeying God.
Do you like WITB? YES! I loooooove it.
Would you like to watch the next WITB DVD? Yessssssss!! (grinning, crossing his eyes, and panting like a dog.) [Ummm, ok.]
Who is your favorite character? The Bentley Brothers! They are so funny and I love their songs.

I have sat and watched WITB with the kids a few times. The kids ask all kinds of questions during the show if I am sitting with them, which I love. We get to discuss things like Israel's cycle of apostasy and why they didn't have a king like their neighbors and who the judges were and what they did. It's great discussion, and the kids are really learning the foundations of the Bible in a fun and easily assimilated way.

And now the best part: I have been given a coupon for a FREE WITB # 4 DVD! I will be giving it away to one random commenter on my blog. If you are reading this on somewhere other than my blog ( then hop on over, leave a comment, and you'll be entered in the drawing! The drawing will end Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6pm EST. Good luck! :)

on cooking

so despite my self-professed dislike of all things kitchen, today i found myself in a foodie mood, so i made several dishes that all turned out delicious! i thought i'd share.

first, for breakfast, pumpkin oatmeal, from my sister-in-law shelley. scrumptious!
to a bowl of hot oatmeal add a heaping spoonful of pumpkin puree and top with brown sugar, pecans and milk. very, very easy and so delicious!

for lunch, chicken salad, recipe courtesy of my friend bekah.
i shredded two cooked chicken breasts and added mayo, diced celery and red onion, chopped apple, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, garlic powder and salt. YUMMO! i have been singlehandedly working my way through the leftovers (and a container of lemon hummus, what can i say) throughout the day today.

this afternoon i made peanut butter balls with the kids from a recipe i made as a kid out of a really old kids' cookbook! the fact that i find them as addicting as the kids is probably not a good thing.
mix 1/2 c. peanut butter, 1/4 c. coconut, 2.5 tbsp. dry milk, 2 tbsp. raisins, and 2 tbsp. honey in a bowl. form into balls and roll in wheat germ or sesame seeds and refrigerate. seriously? these are really good. it may be partly due to the fact that i made and ate them a lot growing up, so.... you like what you grew up on, right? anyway, whatever it is, they are scrumptious.

and when i was done with the pb balls i decided since i had the coconut and sesame seeds out i should whip up a big batch of granola. i LOVE homemade granola! so that's in the oven now, and i'll probably be eating it for dinner (i'm making omelets for the kids; dan has a late meeting tonight.)

hmm. i'm thinking maybe i should reconsider my dislike of cooking? it's just so... annoying... to have to cook dinner, every night. year after year after year. not that i'm complaining, cause seriously, i never do (not about having to cook at least!) i'm just thinking that it might account for my dislike of it.

anyway, let me know if you try any of these recipes, and what you think! <3

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Yesterday my biggest and littlest had their 7- and 1- year check-ups. I'm a slacker when it comes to check-ups (if you remember, Will turned seven in July..) But hey, at least they're done -- I'm moving on!

Will was in the 75th percentile for height and weight. (A perfectly proportioned boy if I do say so myself!) He had to think hard about his favorite food when asked; he loves to eat so much that picking a favorite was hard for him. Olivia was 50% for height and 30% for weight-- she weighed in at an adorable 19.5 lbs.! None of my other kids were under 20 lbs. at a year (or under 25 lbs. for that matter.) It is so much fun having a baby who is actually staying small(ish)!

Otherwise they are both right on track with all of their milestones... not that I expected anything different, but it was nice to hear anyway. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Bloggy Award!

I am happy to accept, very belatedly, this award from one of my childhood friends, Alison! Alison and I were in the same homeschoolers support group growing up, and one of my earliest memories of her is of sitting in a book club together. Some things never change! :-)

Now, about this award--
Rules of The Versatile Blogger award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Pass on the award to fifteen deserving bloggers.
4. Contact the bloggers you chose for the award.

Seven things you might not know about me:
1. I am a fanatical fan of The Sound of Music. I know all the music, much of the dialogue, all the actors real names, a lot of the background info, own the soundtrack... and have seen the play in Broadway, Philly, and STL... and been to the sing-along showings twice. (Wow, I can't believe I actually admitted to all that. :b)

2. I'm a news and talk-radio junkie. Although I generally consider my political views conservative, I am not conservative enough to enjoy Rush and Michael Savage. I do love the local talk stations though, and some of the nationwide hosts as well. I compulsively read ABC news stories on my iPhone.

3.  I have never been to South America or Antarctica, and would like to go someday so I can round out all seven continents before I die.

4. I like wine, and pretty much all girly drinks, but I loathe beer. 

5.  I would love to get a dog (or a cat!) for the kids, but the thought of pet hair in the house makes me twitch. As ugly as they are, recently I have begun thinking about getting a hairless cat! 

6. I love, love, love the ocean. The Jersey Shore is pretty much the best place on earth on a summer day.

7. I don't really like to cook, or bake. I do it because I have to. I do like to eat what I make though, so it evens out. :)

And now, for the new recipients of the award!
1. Anna, sister extrordinaire
2. Emily, other sister extrordinaire! 
3. Shelley, awesome sister in law
4. Katharine, another awesome sister in law! 
5. Kristin, a pretty amazing cousin
6. Jenni, pen pals since 2nd grade. Oh yes.
7. Amanda, friend since the early days of marriage, and fellow adoptive mommy
8. Mindy, MOPS friend from my freakin' awesome MOPS days!!
9. Nichole, a very sweet friend, married to one of Dan's oldest friends!
10. April, another good STL friend!
11. Suzanna. Actually my sister's friend, but mine too since we've gotten older. Funny how that works.
12. Ashlie. We met in the Philly airport, on the way to Ethiopia, headed to get our babies. <3
13. Wendy. She recently moved to CO, just as we were getting to be friends! Boo. 
14. Jen. Sister in law and recent mother of my very sweet twin nieces!
15. Brietta, a bloggy friend that I got to meet IRL last winter! :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Today at "recess"...

I always send the older kids outside to burn off steam for about 45 min., after school and lunch, and before rest time. Today Tristan came busting through the back door with this gem:

"Ummm, mommy? I was trying to go pee standing up, and I peed a little in my pants."


Upon further investigation, I found his underwear, pants and socks (!) completely soaked. (And, I am wondering, did he actually get any on the ground?!)

After changing, Tristan, nonplussed, proudly proclaimed to "the guys," "Hey guys! I went pee standing up!"

It's the little things. :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One Month Later...

I realized when I logged in tonight that it's been a whole month since I last blogged! I am such a slacker. (I hope at least you all think that even if I'm slacking on blogging, I'm not slacking on the home front!!!)

Anyway, I will be keeping it short and sweet tonight. We have our wood fire going tonight for the first time this year... yay for cozy, homey wood fires! (And boo for dusting all that soot off the mantle every week!!)

Sweet Miss Olivia turned 11 mos. old a few days ago, which also means we've been home 4 months-- a third of a year, and over half as long as her life before us. I can't believe she'll be one soon. What the HECK is that about. Can't my baby just stay a baby?? The kids are really enjoying having her be more interactive though. She is more amenable to being carted about and plopped here and there than she used to be, which is nice for me, and for the over-eager older siblings too!