Sunday, November 30, 2008

Book Meme

I was tagged for this meme by Tracy:

I'm supposed to find the book closest to me, turn to page 56 and type out the 5th sentence and then two to five more sentences after that.

The book closest to me right now is, The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs.

Page 56, sentence five and a few more after that: Only in a gown. A tight gown." The blonde leaned over to whisper in Georgia's ear. "And we won't hesitate to play up my decolletage, will we? Show it off a bit."

I haven't actually started reading this book yet. The title seemed pretty interesting since I like to knit. I haven't updated my sidebar to show what I'm reading right now, but I am doing some reading here and there. Let's see, aside from the above mentioned book, I have:

Love Takes Wing - Janette Oke
Love Finds a Home - Janette Oke

These are the 7th and 8th books in the Love Comes Softly series. I'm just loving these books. I love the old-fashioned values that are depicted, the way the women took care of their families and homes, and just the simpler way of life.

When Calls the Heart - Janette Oke

This is the first book in another prairie series. I hope it's as good as the other one.

These books are due back at the library in two weeks. I don't know if I'll have them read by that time. With all the Christmas preparation that will be going on, I'm not too sure. I may have to renew some of them.

As you can tell, I'm in my light fiction reading phase right now. My brain can't sink into the more deep spiritual insight books right at this moment, although I should take the time to find one to read during this Advent season. I need to focus myself and my family on the "reason for the season."

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Thanksgiving Day was very nice. It was a nice time of visiting with my brother and sister-in-law. But I must say....I did miss the turkey! The burgers were good and all the food was good, but I miss the leftovers!! So...I'm cooking a turkey tomorrow! And I'm going to make stuffing, too! And I'm going to make a pumpkin pie! I guess it's sort of like another Thanksgiving.

I didn't hit any sales yesterday. I don't like the huge crowds. Besides, I don't yet have my gift list made out, so there was no sense in just wandering around. I'm not much of a window shopper, so I just puttered around the house.

I did find my Advent wreath! It was buried in a high storage cupboard in my bedroom, way in the back. I had to empty out all the junk from the front so I could take a peak. I'm glad I found it so I wouldn't have to pay for another one. I have the candles, but I would like to go to the craft store and find some greenery to put around it. It's kind of bare right now.

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and are enjoying your long weekend!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Tuesday, November 25, 2008


On this Gratituesday, I am grateful for:

--Grocery stores that offer food aplenty

---A car that runs well and is reliable

---Warm covers at night for me and my family

---Lower gas prices

---That Ryan is better

---Christmas music that evokes warm memories

---Another day of life

---The family that the Lord has blessed me with

If you would like to share in Gratituesday, please visit Laura!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Ryan was sick this weekend with a stomach bug. The school called me Thursday to say that he had thrown up so off I went to go pick him up. Once home, he was queasy for the rest of the day, got a fever, but didn't throw up any more, even though he was close to doing it a couple of times. The rest of the weekend, he slowly started to feel a little more normal, but still had a little stomach crampiness. I kept him home today as I didn't want him to have a relapse and miss his class Thanksgiving party tomorrow.

Our Thanksgiving will be a little nontraditional this year. Every year we go to my brother's house and this year will be the same. However, this year we well forgo the turkey and eat BBQ burgers! My kids were like, "Huh? No turkey?" I actually don't mind that we won't be having the turkey. My brother and sister-in-law are both having a particularly stressful/busy year at school (they both teach) and this will be one less thing to stress over. We don't need the picture perfect Thanksgiving. Just sharing the meal will be what counts.

I probably will still buy a turkey. We love the leftovers!

After Thanksgiving I will begin to think about Christmas. I need to make out my lists of things to do and buy. But first, I need to dig out my Advent wreath. That will probably be tricky as it's not where I thought it was. I have the candles, but not the wreath.

Weather wise, it's finally getting cold around here. We've been having lots of warm weather and I was beginning to wonder if we would ever see the Fall. I guess we'll have a short Fall and head right into Winter. We are expecting rain tonight or tomorrow. I hope it comes and is not a false report. I love being home when it's raining cats and dogs.

That's it for now!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Menu Plan

I meant to post this yesterday, but I got busy running errands and trying to catch up on the endless laundry pile.

As usual, I've been winging it on fixing dinner. That's never good when you're trying to provide healthier food and less processed stuff.

So, I've eased back into the swing of menu planning with some easy meals:

Monday was Chicken a la King and a salad. This was the first time making this and it turned out delicious. I'll be making it again.

Tuesday - Spaghetti, salad, French bread

Wednesday - Herbed Lentils and Rice, salad

Thursday - Shepherd's Pie, salad

Friday - Pizza, chicken wings, salad

Saturday - Sirloin steaks, roasted potatoes, veggies

Sunday - Baked chicken, rice, salad

Hopefully, I can stick with this plan, but usually some changes take place. But at least I have a plan!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Proud Emily

Our Miss Emmy had her final soccer game last Saturday. She was sad to see the season end, but loved that she got to attend her first end of season team pizza party.

I neglected to take decent pictures of her at the party with her trophy. ( I am having a war with my camera, so I'm not doing well with the picture taking)! But I had to have a picture of her with her trophy for the blog so here is the one I took of her at home, without her uniform, but at least she's posing good and has the trophy in her hands. She doesn't care that the trophy is of a boy! Don't blind yourself with Steve's BRIGHT yellow car in the background. :)

You'll notice she's also hugging her newest pal, Katy. She loves duckies, and this one she even gets to feed with a little bottle.
I mentioned being at war with my camera. It has this delay mechanism or something so that when I push the shutter button, it doesn't take the picture right away. I have to keep pushing the button a couple of times before it shoots. By that time, the kids have blinked, looked away, or something and the picture turns out awful. It also switches back to live mode while I'm going through the menu and looking through the previous pictures. It's just doing quirky things like that.
Now I'm kind of itching to get a new one. I'd like one that has better zoom capabilities, especially to shoot action shots of the kids while they're playing in their games. I think the cameras I'm thinking about are the higher priced ones. The ones that have the lenses that you attach. The ones that aren't in my budget. I guess I'll have to save up. I'm practicing being content with what I have for now.
Ryan went to the dentist yesterday. He had a good report, other than he may need orthodontic work at a later date - way later, I hope. He has a small jaw, and when his new teeth come in they just may be too big for the little spacing that he has now. We'll have to see what it's like when the new ones start to come in. Next week, Kathryn and I have appointments. Since we are both on three month schedules, it seems like I'm always in that office, especially if I'm going in for reasons other than routine cleanings.
I'm looking forward to the weekend coming up. We just have Ryan's game to go to -- Yea! I think I'll work on some things around the house, then head out with Steve and the kids somewhere fun. Not sure where just yet.
Have a good day!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Yea! The Tooth Came Out!

Ryan finally lost his other front tooth! He looks so cute! This one was a stubborn one, but he was persistent, and finally pulled it out.
And he also got a haircut! Due to our busy schedule, he was way overdue for one. Today was early dismissal, so I was able to take him today.
Tomorrow, more soccer and a baseball game. Emily will play her last game for the season and then have the team pizza party. She's looking forward to that. Kathryn has two games that will end her regular season. However, she has a tournament to get ready for, then playoffs. This feels like the season that will never end! Ryan will also have a game tomorrow. Then one more next weekend, then he's done too...yippee!
Have a nice weekend, everyone!