Thursday, February 25, 2010
I'm wondering if more people own dogs now than when I was a kid...or if people just don't clean up after their dogs anymore??? Seriously, I went for a walk, a power walk, a 3 mile walk, on the sidewalks of my town, and spent most of my energy dodging doggy poop land mines on the sidewalk. Ewwwww....Yuck. I hate dog-doo! I know, who likes it? But, I really, really hate it...especially when it's out and about where people walk! Dog owners of the world (particularly the ones in MY city)...Get a scooper and clean up after your dog! Sicko!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
25 years ago We Are The World raised money for Africa. Today the new version is out to raise money for Haiti. I sat with the kids on my lap and around me at the computer screen to watch the video. I was moved to tears. Beautiful! The kids loved it too...especially Busy Guy. He's my big music kid. He watches and listens and then belts out the lyrics after hearing it once or twice. He loved the rap in this new version. The kids all watched the children of Haiti. They were transfixed by the footage. I was a blubbery mess of tears. The great thing is my kids knew why I was crying. The were asking so many questions about the Haitians in the video. Let's not forget about Haiti! If you haven't donated funds....donate now. If you have donated but can afford to do more...do more. God please help those in Haiti. The kids add this at the end of our prayers each night. Yes...Amen.
Watching the old version brings back so many great memories for me. I would have been 14 years old back then. My friends and I knew EVERY word to the song and knew each artist's part. We could belt it out with the various artist's special touches. This song gave me a passion for Africa. It added to my passion for the poor and needy. Look where that passion has taken me. I have an even larger passion for Africa today. I have two beautiful children in part from this passion that began early in my life.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
When Grandma Sue arrived I was nearly in tears (okay, I was crying) and near pulling my hair out. I was sweaty from chasing kids around...I put my jeans on and they were too tight...and I was late...again! I have to practically hog-tie the little ones to get them into their pj's these days...and then I have to pin the top of Sis's or she'll just take them off....which I forgot to do on this chaotic evening. I'm sure I looked like my head might spin around so Grandma nicely took Sis and helped get her back into her jammies. My MIL rocks!
Once in the car Busy Guy fell fast asleep. Tuba sits in the front with me and likes to hold my hand. Nice! Mr. P was in the back and we had the best time chatting all the way to church....a 30 min. drive. First we talked about how babies are born..yep, that's right:) He had all kinds of questions and was very interested. He remembered everything I had told him before and added to it. He asked, "does it hurt, can you see the little hole, how does the body make the baby come out, why doesn't the dad help". That one cracked me up! Then he switched gears and wanted to tell me all of the careers he's thinking of having when he's grown. I thought for sure after our talk he was thinking of becoming a nurse or doctor. But, nope. Here's his list, "I want to be a fireman, or a policeman, hmmm...or a conductor...you know like on a train.........hmmmmmmmmmmmm...and a pirate." LOL. What a hoot. Then a second later he added, "oh, and a dentist".
Church was so nice and so easy, easy, easy! Busy Guy went right in and sat on the pew. He lit up when I leaned over and said I could hold him since I didn't have the babies with me. I snuggled all my boys, held their hand and rubbed their warm heads. It was so nice and so relaxing. At the forgiveness part of the service I got to stand with my boys as they participated with me. They were so precious asking and granting forgiveness and giving hugs. It is a humbling experience to ask for forgiveness...especially from those we are closest to...my kids and Cam. Although Cam wasn't there we have asked each other for forgiveness too. I fall short so many times with my family and I'm so thankful they forgive me.
This service is such a lovely way to begin Great Lent. And a beautiful way for me to spend my time...even if coming to that conclusion took a bit of time and effort. I guess that's life. I hope the next time I'm having a rough day or moment I can look back and reflect or look forward and know it gets better. Nothing lasts forever...the good or the bad moments. In the spirit of Forgiveness Sunday....Please forgive me, I forgive you, God forgives us all.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
At Costco Cam and the boys bought Tuba his favorite thing...fire logs. Mr. P announced that after dinner he wanted us to sit in front of the fire and talk! How cute is that? He will make a GREAT husband some day. I got lots of snuggle time with the babies while enjoying the fire.
Cam and I bought the kids more track for their Thomas Train set. With 5 kids driving the trains they were in need of more track. They built a huge track and played until bedtime. Cam and I exchanged gifts the night before our special dinner. We were both too excited to wait!!! At Christmas we didn't exchange gifts with each other so I think that we were really looking forward to this. Cam bought me my favorite...See's Candy...dark chocolate covered almonds and a little something from the lingerie department. I was SO excited for him to open his gift. I bought him his favorite soaps from Body Shop AND....AND...AND...a gift certificate to a local lodge and spa!!!! We went there 3 years ago and have been looking forward to going back. I already have it booked. Since having kids we have only gone away once over night. We are really looking forward to getting a massage, having a romantic dinner and then a romantic breakfast the next morning....ALL ALONE!!! Whooooo-hoooooo!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The recipe was on the back of the package of Hershey's Kisses.
48 Hershey Kisses
1/2 C Shortening (I used butter)
3/4 C Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 C Granulated Sugar
1/3 C Brown Sugar
2 T milk
1 t Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
Directions: 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove wrappers from chocolate. 2. Beat shortening (butter) and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 C granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. 3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated; place on ungreased cookie sheet. 4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. I baked mine 6 minutes. The first batch I did for 8 minutes and the bottoms came out dark brown. Immediately press a chocolate into the center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Busy Guy spent part of his day playing dress-up. When I asked him what he was doing he replied, "I'm being Daddy". How sweet. They were missing him while he was at work.