Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
MACY STAYED HOME SICK TODAY WITH A FEVER. IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO MAKE HER HAT FOR HER PARADE AT SCHOOL TOMORROW. ON HALLOWEEN, KIDS ARE TO BRING A HAT OF A CHARACTER FROM A BOOK. THIS IS OUR VERSION OF TINKERBELL. HOPEFULLY SHE WON'T BE SICK TOMORROW SO SHE CAN WALK IN THE PARADE.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
We are breaking down and finally getting a family cell phone plan. I am at the point where I am ready for Madison to have a phone so I can call HER! Any suggestions? I have TMobile currently and have been happy with them but notice that when we go out of town and off the beaten path, I don't get coverage like some other companies. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Witches Finger Cookie Recipe
Yield: 5 dozen
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Almond extract
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 2 2/3 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup whole Almonds, blanched
- 2 squares of melting chocolate, or chocolate bark
Combine the sugar, egg, butter, almond extract, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the flour, and salt. Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm.
When you’re ready to shape the cookies, only take out a small portion of the dough at a time. Shape the cookies into fingers by rolling and working with your hands. Score the top of the cookie with a knife or spatula to make it look like the wrinkles in your knuckle. Press an imprint into the tip of the cookie with your finger to make a spot for the almond finger nail. Press an almond into the tip of each finger to look like a fingernail.
Placed on a cooking sheet lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray and bake at 325` for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are a very light golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a drying rack.
Use melting chocolate to go around the outside of the almond nail, giving a ghoulish appearance. Just melt the chocolate, put it in an icing piping bag, and cut a very small hole in the tip. Then pipe around the nail.
Monday, October 20, 2008
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY DEAR FRIEND SHELLY YORGY IN IDAHO FALLS FOR HER BIRTHDAY! SHELL, IT WAS SO FUN SEEING YOU LAST MONTH. AFTER SPENDING TIME WITH YOU, I THINK WE ALL GO THROUGH SOME SHELLY WITHDRAWALS!! I LOVE YOU AND I'M SO THANKFUL THE LORD ALLOWED OUR PATHS TO CROSS! HAVE A GREAT BIRTHDAY!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Macy is a social butterfly. She has this fun little network of friends at school and has 2 halloween parties before halloween even gets here. Today is the first party. She decided she wanted to be a vampire this year (probably hearing all the Twilight talk). I thought she was so stinkin' cute that I had to post her pictures. I'm sure by Halloween I'll be tired of dressing her up for the third time and she won't look nearly as cute. Better take pictures now!
Friday, October 17, 2008
The kids and I (that includes my son Chandler who is Christian's "BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER") went to a Harvest Family Dance at church tonight. Ken had to go to work (I don't think he was too heartbroken) so he wasn't there. When we first got there, hardly anyone was dancing. Certainly no children! It didn't take long for the kids to jump on board, though. They had so much fun!
IN HONOR OF OUR FRIEND, STEFANI, AND HER UPCOMING SURGERY, A COUPLE OF US GOT TOGETHER TO WISH HER LUCK AND EAT DAVE'S BBQ. WE LAUGHED SO MUCH THAT MY KIDS COMPLAINED THAT WE WERE TOO LOUD (ALL THE FUN HAPPENED AFTER HOURS AFTER THE KIDS WERE IN BED). GOOD LUCK, STEF! WE LOVE YOU AND SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY! FYI....THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN ABOUT 11PM SO BE KIND!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Angel, we're following in your footsteps. You just had your last first lost tooth and now we've just had ours. Our youngest daughter Macy lost her first tooth last night. The tooth right next to it will be out in another week or so. She started crying at the first sight of a little blood but we were able to assure her that was a normal part of the process. She wrote a letter (with the help of her wise older sister) pleading for $15. The tooth fairy gave her $3. Macy realized that was far better than the $.50 that I got when I lost a tooth.
Friday, October 10, 2008
With no school today, Stef and I took our kids to the pumpkin patch at Country Mercantile...plus my extra 3. We played on the hay bales, went through a maze, pet the barn animals, went on a hay ride, and picked out pumpkins. My criteria was that they had to be able to pick up and carry their own pumpkin. Of course, the boys took this to the extreme. They would carry their pumpkins a few steps and then rest then start again. Fun day!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Today, the kids and I along with my mom, went on the Buddy Walk to support National Down Syndrome month. Mom trained a chocolate lab named Clover for her neighbor, Aiden, who is 5 and has Down Syndrome as an assistant dog. It was a special experience for us to go as members of Aiden's team.
I am - a mother of 4 (and sometimes more), wife of 1 (seriously, could we handle more!), daughter of 2 , sister to 4 boys, and friend of many.
I have - a husband who loves me and works hard every day, children who mean everything to me, lots of family, and friends who are like family.
I get frustrated when - people are inconsiderate, people are constantly late, I have to stand in a long line or traffic, and people don't tell the truth.
I think - ahead.
I value - family, friendships, my time, my talents, my home, my testimony, my kids opportunities, and teaching moments.
I wish - people would just learn to get along and look at the positive in others instead of the negative; I wish I could paint beautiful pictures.
I fear - outliving any of my kids, losing my husband or a parent, coyotes getting my kitty, and my kids making poor choices when they are older.
I dislike - it when people are rude, hearing other people's bodily functions (catch my drift...maybe that's not the right phrase to use), windy days when I plan on biking, really cold days unless it's snowing, judgmentalness, being unable to sleep on the one day I can sleep in (it's 2:17 am and I can't sleep), and menstrating!!!
I love - my husband, my children, family, being a member of the church, my home, cycling, reading, scrapbooking, having girl time with my friends, laughing til I cry, chick flicks, anything with milk chocolate, apple pie and ice cream, composing and playing music, my space, dates with my husband, volleyball, playing soccer with my kids, watching my kids play soccer, and a whole lot more!
NOW I TAG: Stef, my sister-in-laws, Tami, Alesha, Shelly, and anyone else who wants to play!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Dad (Lester) sent this into the Tri-City Herald Newspaper and it was published this past Thursday as a Letter to the Editor. See below:
Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008
Easy ways to increase state revenues:
1. Start taxing "slow" food again (after all, we're still taxing "fast" food). The way to sell this: Every dime we make with every bite you take.
2. When Initiative 1000 passes, charge a $10,000 processing fee. The way to sell this: In spite of all our efforts, you only die once.
3. Require vehicle license plate replacement annually. The way to sell this: Our prisons are so crowded, the "residents" need more work opportunities.
4. While we're at it, require driver's license renewal annually. The way to sell this: Driving is a privilege; get over it.
5. Pass a voters tax. $1 to vote on referendums, $2 to vote on initiatives. Voting for increases in taxes will be free, $100 to vote for governor. The way to sell this: The majority of voters live in King County; they can afford it.
6. Increase gas taxes again. The way to sell this: With gasoline prices so high, cars are driving fewer miles and roads will need less repair.
7. Project a $1 billion windfall for the next biennium. Spend it all. Project a $3 billion shortfall and implement steps 1-6 above. The way to sell this: None needed. It works every time.
LESTER SOUSLEY, Kennewick
My dad has now been asked to write another one on another topic for the newspaper. Go Dad!