- leave a comment.
- post about this give away on your blog, and leave another comment stating that you did.
- share a recipe next week on Recipe Fun Friday. It doesn't have to be a new one, just one that you would like to share with the rest of us.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I told John about a month ago that I wanted to shop Black Friday this year, and he was fine with that. I have not shopped Black Friday since I went with my sister about 15 years ago, and I wanted to see what kind of deals I could get. However, when I looked through the sale papers yesterday, there just wasn't anything we needed. And I hate shopping just to shop. There was one place that had some things I would be interested in: Toys R Us.
When John has taken Sarah Beth to a local toy store, she has really enjoyed playing with the train set there. So he wanted to get our children a set for Christmas, but train sets are expensive. We also want to set the track up and glue it together (with a glue gun so we can take it apart later) so Sarah Beth can play with it since she is still too young to put it together by herself. We thought it would be nice to have a table, too, but those are really expensive. Well, Toys R Us had an inexpensive table on sale, and if you bought it, you received a free train set. I decided that was worth it, so I made plans to get to Toys R Us early. (John didn't think I would which made me want to even more!)
I had planned to get up at 4:30 because the store opened at 5:00. I knew I would be a little late, but I didn't think I could get up any earlier. I just needed the right incentive. Daniel woke up at 3:30 wanting to be fed. After I put him back in bed, I dressed and left. I arrived about 4:30, and there was already a loooong line, but I decided I had come this far already, and I was going to stay. It was an adventure, right? As I got my buggy and headed to the end of the line, the man giving out the buggies said these were the last ones. If I had realized how long the line was when I got there, I probably would have left, but I decided to wait half an hour to see what happened, to see where I ended up. A couple of women behind me thought it would take us an hour just to get inside the store. After they opened, it actually only took 15 minutes to get inside. I went straight to the train area, grabbed one of the two tables, the train set, and headed to the diaper area. (There was also a good sale on diapers.) I picked up a couple of games (BOGO) on the way to the line, where I was informed that that was the beginning of the line, and I needed to head all the way around the store to find the end. It only took me about 20 minutes to get my things, but I had no idea how long I would have to wait in line. I have heard lots of stories of people waiting for hours in line just to check out. Fortunately, I was one of the first on line, so I only had to wait about 20 minutes. And there was a nice lady behind me, so we chatted to make the time pass more quickly.
I got home about 6:15 after stopping at McDonalds for a biscuit. I crawled back into bed about 6:30, and I got a good laugh when John said, "Have fun." I told him that I was already back. Boy, was he surprised. He had slept through my feeding Daniel, dressing, and leaving!
I have to say that there was a Providential feel to my shopping this morning. I know that God loves me, but does He really care if I get this train set and table for my children for Christmas? Apparently, He did. If Daniel had not gotten me up when he did, I would have been too late to get a buggy, and there is no way I could have gotten that table without the buggy. I could hardly get it into the buggy, so there is no way I could have carried it through the store, especially not with my other finds. And there were only two tables left; as many people as were ahead of me in line, I really thought they would be all gone. But there was one for me. And it did not take nearly as long as I thought. My other concern was Daniel: what if he woke up while I was gone? What would John do since he won't take a bottle? Well, since I fed Daniel before I left, I didn't have to worry about him anymore. Did God want me to have a successful Black Friday? I think He did. Why does it surprise me that He cares so much for me?
John asked if I wanted to do this again next year. I just replied that I would have to wait and see what kinds of deals there were!
Did you go shopping today? What kinds of deals did you find?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Do you have a work in progress? If so, link up over at the Place of H. If you don't, head over there anyway to see some neat knitting projects.
My mom and my husband took great care of me and the children yesterday, but I still had a mess to clean up this morning. John brought me chicken and noodle soup from Chick-fil-A on his way home last night from work, then he took Sarah Beth out to give me some quiet time at home. He brought me some chicken and dumplings from Wife Saver (a local chicken joint) which was delicious. I had not had that before.
This morning the children slept in until 8:00 which is unlike them, especially Daniel. Yesterday he was up at 6:30. That gave me some time to get my shower, read my Bible, and eat breakfast. I fixed a bigger one than usual since I had eaten so little yesterday. Scrambled eggs and pancakes. I couldn't eat it all, but it was fun trying!
This mastitis came on at a very good time. Monday is my cleaning day, so that got done. I had very little on my to do list for Tuesday, and it could all wait until today except the bill paying which John did last night. Today the big thing to do is make pies which I plan to do tonight after Daniel goes to bed. Definitely, I will wait until John gets home so he can help lick bowls! Maybe I should wait until both children are in bed, so John and I don't have any help licking bowls from Sarah Beth. Hmmm.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Earlier, I could not get warm. When I took my temperature, the highest number I got was 97. I took it about ten times because I've never had my temperature that low. It was 95.4 twice in a row. (I even used two different thermometers because I just knew the first one had to be wrong.) My mom came over to help with the children. She got me settled with two blankets and a heating pad, Daniel down for a nap, and she left with Sarah Beth.
Finally, I am warm. But now my temperature is 100, but it was 101 earlier. I feel much better now, except that I'm burning up. I've been trying to drink a lot, but there is little food that interests me. My doctor called in a prescription for me which my mom picked up. She is gone again to run some errands and feed Sarah Beth lunch. Then she will come put Sarah Beth down for a nap. Daniel is down for another nap right now. I am so glad that he still takes two to three naps a day.
The nurse told me not to nurse Daniel on the affected side, but my research on the internet says to continue to nurse. So I will. The funny thing is that it is usually new mothers who get mastitis, not mothers who have been nursing their child for nine months. And there are no cracks or sores to account for it, either. And Daniel misses feedings at least once a week when I run errands and leave him with a babysitter. I don't understand why I have this.
Anyway, do you have any suggestions? I read about moist heat, so I am trying that. Since I am starting to get hot, I think I will go take some Tylenol. At least, I'm not shivering anymore. That was awful.
Monday, November 24, 2008
What kind of Thanksgiving plans do you have? Will you be hosting your family, or will you head to someone else's house?
Laura asked me for these recipes Saturday, and I thought you might enjoy them, too. They are quick and easy to prepare, and they taste good! The best combination for a recipe, don't you agree? (By the way, I plan to make them myself for our Thanksgiving!)
Easy Key Lime Pie
(from Real Simple June 2008)
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 6 ounce can frozen limeade concentrate (not thawed)
1 cup heavy cream
1 6 ounce graham cracker piecrust
zest of one lime
Place the condensed milk, limeade concentrate, and cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy and soft peaks form. Pour the filling into the piecrust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until chilled and loosely set, at least four hours (and up to overnight). Sprinkle the pie with the zest before serving.
Corn Bread Pudding
(from Taste of Home August/September 2006)
1 cup sour cream
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can cream-style corn
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 package (8 1/2 oz) corn bread/muffin mix
1/4 teaspoon paprika
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in corn bread mix just until blended. Pour into a greased 3-qt baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
What dishes will you prepare? Isn't this a great time for old and new recipes that you don't get to make very often throughout the year?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Since I received the same suggestion from several people, I will now open Recipe Fun Friday to any recipe, not just new ones. Also, I will not host it next Friday since it is the day after Thanksgiving, and I assume that you will be spending time with your family. I may head out for some Black Friday shopping. It will be my first time, if I do.
Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? If so, leave a link.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I think I am finally getting comfortable running errands with both of my children. It's been hard, as I am sure you know from experience. Daniel is big enough to sit in the front of the shopping cart, and I have a leash, er, harness for Sarah Beth. She is not bad about running off; she gets distracted and stops to look at things. Now that we are attached, I don't have to worry about leaving her behind in the store. I have peace of mind knowing that someone can't just snatch her, and she loves walking along like a big girl. You ought to see her grin! And I don't have to carry Daniel anymore in a carrier.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have some questions I would like to pose to those of you who have participated or will participate in Recipe Fun Friday. First of all, do you enjoy trying new recipes and posting those recipes on your blog? Does Friday work for you, or is there a day that works better for you? Are the recipes that others share ones that you would like to try? Should we limit it to new recipes or open it up to all recipes?
As I'm sure you can tell, I am thinking about making some changes to Recipe Fun Friday. I don't know what yet, so I would be glad for any suggestions that you might have to make it more user friendly. As of right now, it will be the same format this week. I was not planning on having it next week because it is the day after Thanksgiving, and I figure that you will be spending time with family.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I had some friends over yesterday for our monthly Mommies' Group, and I decided to try out a new recipe on them. Laura had a Pampered Chef party last month which I was not able to attend, but I did order their loaf pan, and it came with this recipe. I hope Pampered Chef does not mind my sharing this recipe!
What new recipe did you try this week? Share it with the rest of us by leaving a link!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This quilt is from Daniel's "bed-in-a-bag;" of course, we can't use it with him, but it makes a nice wall hanging. I bought these pictures at Penny's last week. I could not resist them since they go with the quilt so well. You cannot see them, but the green one is "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and the blue one is "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." The pre-sale price was $21.99 each which I never would have paid, but I got them for $7.99 each.
Here is the recipient of the fruits of my labor. He's a stinker but an awfully cute one, if I do say so myself!
I hung a couple of pictures in Sarah Beth's room this morning, but she is currently taking a nap, so no pictures for now.
Of course, they each still have two blank walls in their rooms, but I just don't know what to do with them yet. I hate to do too much especially with Sarah Beth's since she will probably be moving out of her crib into a big bed soon.
As to the rest of the house, well, there is nothing hung on those walls yet. One thing at a time!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
The recipe, like I said, is for Raspberry Lemonade Cake, but I like strawberries better, so I substituted strawberry Jello for the raspberry. Other than that, I made the recipe as stated. Maybe in the future, I will experiment with the icing in order to make it myself, but not next week. Laura, do you prefer strawberries or raspberries? You get to choose since it's your shower.
Did you try a new recipe this week? If so, leave a link.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Fox News reports that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent and did not know the member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the United States, Mexico and Canada -- when she was picked for vice president.
Newsweek reports that Palin spent far more than the previously reported $150,000 on clothes for herself and her family.
I found these quotes here but not on the Fox News website or at Newsweek. Funny.
Here is Rush Limbaugh's take on the whole thing.
I have a squirming, fussing baby on my lap right now which I hope will explain why this post is not more coherent than it is.
Rosemond says that it is normal, it is good, for this age child to explore his world by rummaging, testing limits, etc.. That is how he learns. Parents need to provide a safe environment for this exploration.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I am also working on this placemat. Here is what it will look like finished. This one is the third I have made; I was hoping to get eight done before Christmas, but I don't think that will happen. Maybe next year.
But...I know that God has a plan. I know that He is in control and that nothing, nothing happens without His foreknowledge. He did not just know that Obama would win the election, He caused it. Why? I don't know, and I don't have to know. There is comfort knowing that God's will is being done.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
As important as my vote is in this process, currently we are working on something on which I have a much bigger impact. (Let's face it: my one vote will not make any difference in the grand scheme of things, not even in the local elections.) Sarah Beth is learning to use the potty!
We started last week, but I was so disappointed with our last efforts that I did not want to chronicle our current trials here. This time, however, I was armed with John Rosemond's book Making the "Terrible" Twos Terrific which I plan to review later this week because it is excellent. His chapter on potty training is the shortest by far in the book. Basically, he says to set up a potty chair in the room in which the child spends the most time, tell them to use it when they need to, and ask for help if they need it. And he says to leave them alone! That was the biggest problem last time; I could not leave Sarah Beth alone.
We started Monday, and I used that day to train myself to leave Sarah Beth alone. She wanted to use the normal toilet not a training potty, so Tuesday I taught her to pull her pants down, climb on the stool to get on the potty, pull her pants back up, and flush the toilet. Things got better slowly but surely from then on. Yesterday while I was on the computer, I heard her go into the bathroom, turn the light on, use the potty, then flush the toilet. And I stayed on the computer the whole time! I think the key this time was leaving Sarah Beth alone and letting her do it by herself. As Rosemond says, toilet training is not so much an issue of cleanliness as it is of independence.
Of course, the M&M's and marshmallows help!
Don't forget to vote!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
By the way, don't forget to vote tomorrow, if you haven't voted already. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the outcome!