Monday, June 27, 2011

Gifts 215-221

215 having fun in town while our car got a checkup

216 raw cookie dough

217 playdates

218 perfect summer evening weather

219 Groupons

220 air conditioning!

221 books from PaperBackSwap

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Be Imitators as Children

First and foremost, I want my son to know Jesus. For Timothy to believe in Christ as his Savior would be the greatest joy Chris and I could have as parents. Beyond that, though, there's a whole list of other qualities I want to impart to him. Of course I want him to be kind, loving, a hard worker, wise, a godly man (and should he get married/have kids, a wonderful husband and father). It's definitely enough to overwhelm any mom (or dad). How do I teach my son all these things?

The answer--as with anything else--is found in Scripture. Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, Ephesians 5 tells us. As Timmy grows and copies everything we do (good and bad) it's a heavy reminder that the best way to point my son to Christ is to model a Christ-centered life myself. Easier said than done, but like every other aspect of parenting (and life, really), it's another opportunity to depend on grace.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Ramblings

I really hope Timothy pops a tooth soon. Either that, or the 'napping for less than an hour' phase is over soon. For a mama (and baby) who appreciate predictability, it's been rough.

Saturday I made freezer breakfast burritos. We didn't have enough tinfoil so I just wrapped them in papertowels and put them in a freezer bag. (The papertowels got a little soggy.)  I sneaked one for breakfast this morning, and it was quite delicious. Best of all, it only took about an hour to make them (and that included a break to nurse/change Timmy's diaper).

Timmy started solids! Earlier than I had planned on, but he kept waking up from naps being hungry, and hasn't been sleeping as well at night. So far we've tried sweet potato (I think he had a slight reaction), avocado and banana (both were a hit). Thankfully he's almost 5 months old so that will allow him a few more menu options.

I made Taco Pizza last Friday and it was a hit. I concocted sauce from a can of tomato sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and salsa to taste and topped with taco meat and a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese on our favorite pizza crust. We were out of lettuce and sour cream on Friday, but I had some on my leftover pizza the next day and it was tasty.

After Timmy was in bed Friday, I went to the grocery store alone. It was quite peaceful (score one for small towns on a Friday night), even though I was pretty exhausted.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gifts 204-214

204 Andy Griffith being on Netflix

205 Timmy chewing on my nose

206 loving my new haircut

207 having it done by a friend who came to our house

208 anticipation

209 new Tevas

210 Timmy being happy even though he was refusing to sleep

211 getting projects done

212 Father's Day

213 randomly having ice cream with a nice co-worker of Chris' and his wife

214 casting on a new knitting project

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our Life These Days

Now that Timmy is a whopping four months old (little boy, please stop growing so fast!) it seems we're getting into a weekly routine. Like all of life, it's subject to change, and though it's not always the most logical (it would indeed make more sense for cleaning day to come right after baking day), it works for us. After tweaking, taking into account Chris' work schedule (he has every other Friday off) as well as life with a four month old, this is what I've come up with.

Monday: Walk/run (starting the Couch to 5K program in a few weeks!), pay bills/paperwork, draft blog posts.
Tuesday: Errands.
Wednesday: Walk, laundry, projects, grocery shop if necessary.
Thursday: Clean house.
Friday: Walk, baking/batch cooking/making baby food.
Saturday: Laundry.

In case you're curious--I find that several shorter trips out of the house are easier than one long outing, since Timmy prefers to sleep in his crib. That's why errands and grocery shopping are on two different days. Not the most efficient, I know, but it saves my sanity. I didn't want to plan my housecleaning day for Fridays since Chris has half of them off, hence it's on Thursdays, and I find it easier to clean all in one spurt, which is why I dedicate one day to cleaning instead of spreading it out.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gifts 189-203

189 getting to watch my brother's college graduation live streamed

190 strawberries and whipped cream

191 finding much needed clothes on sale

192 reading while nursing

193 errands done by 10 a.m.

194 finding my sunglasses

195 Chris coming home early, bringing Starbucks

196 having people over for Friday night pizza

197 a recovered lampshade for Timmy's room

198 pictures of his great-grandfathers in their military uniforms to hang on his walls

199 how Timmy coos after he sneezes

200 being ready for church way ahead of time and spontaneously going out for breakfast

201 spray paint

202 perfect weather

203 Timmy's face the first time he tried sweet potato

204 finishing my first sock

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ma Ingalls

Even though I'm starting my mothering journey far from family and long-time friends, I'm super thankful for new friends and technology that helps me not feel the distance. Lately, I've been thinking about women who haven't had those advantages.

Ma Ingalls comes to mind. Quite frankly--how did she do it? How did she make (all) the clothes for her family while pregnant and keeping house? Did she have trouble breastfeeding? Did she ever get frustrated while trying to turn the heel of a sock? When Pa was off hunting, did she stay up at night worrying that he might not come home? Did she regret that her parents weren't there to see her girls grow up? I can at least e-mail/Facebook/text photos of Timmy to his grandparents, but she had no such luxury.

It's a good reminder on days when I feel overwhelmed to be thankful for conveniences that make my work as a homemaker and mom that much easier.

Monday, June 06, 2011

When Sparrows Fall

When Sparrows Fall caught my attention as I was curious to see how the author would portray a fundamentalist family.

Overall, I thought it was a well-written story. The plot twist caught me a little off guard, but that may be because I didn't catch some hints early on. I really liked how the author showed Miranda's reason for marrying such a conservative man in the first place--given her background, it made sense and added plausibility to her character.

I realize that the speed at which a story develops can be tricky for writers. Make it too fast and your readers will be confused, but if it's too slow they'll be bored to tears. That being said, I thought the drama happened awfully quickly (the pending move announced on page 2 and her fall on page 6). I would have liked a little more time to get to know Miranda and her children before they were thrust into the throes of the plot.

All in all, I enjoyed the story. It was interesting to see "justification" for some of the fundamentalist rules and get a glimpse (though fictional) into their lives and views.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Gifts 168-188

168 Timmy "talking" himself to sleep

169 when my weekly routine actually happens

170 Sunday morning donuts

171 water

172 having company for dinner twice in one week

173 the farmer's market

174 having dinner ready when Chris gets home

175 exercising

176 Timmy waking up from a (short) nap but talking in his crib happily for the next 30 minutes while I cleaned house

177 Chris' birthday

178 family adventures

179 a day to get things done around the house, after several days of being hither and yon

180 extra (homemade!) teriyaki sauce from a lady at church after our Memorial Day BBQ

181 PandoraOne for Chris' birthday (though I use it, too)

182 friends announcing a new baby on the way

183 all the socks having a match

184 Sunday afternoon naps for all three of us

185 delicious, ripe peaches

186 a newly organized and purged craft shelf

187 finding a box of photos from 10+ years ago and smiling at all the memories

188 making great headway on my to do list

Sunday, June 05, 2011

You Need This Recipe: Keebler Bars

My new genius idea involving food is to make highly caloric (and thereby delicious) desserts...and bring them to church potlucks so I don't eat them all myself. So far, so good. Although because we had company for dinner on Friday night, I did make a double batch of these and thus consume too many. Such is life.

I got this recipe from my paternal grandma, and I have no clue where she got it, but I love her for it.

Keebler Bars

Grease 9x13 pan and line with Club crackers (my two batches took nearly one sleeve, I think).

In saucepan, combine: 2/3 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1 c crushed graham crackers
1/4 c milk

Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Pour over crackers.

Mix together: 1/2 c chocolate chips
2/3 c peanut butter

Melt and pour over bars.

Chill in fridge (keep 'em in there, too, or else they'll get chewy and you'll have to eat them all at once).

My apologies for no photos...Pioneer Woman, I am not.

Friday, June 03, 2011

The Janitor Knows All

I/we've been rewatching Scrubs lately (thank you, Netflix) and in an episode from 2006 I recently watched, the Janitor made this comment, "if you ask me, we should be looking for Bin Laden in Pakistan."

There you have it, folks...the Janitor knew all along.

(I realize many people probably thought the same thing, I was just amused.)