Saturday, April 30, 2011

Zoo Time!

We spent Saturday at the zoo with Grandma. Every time we go, we take a picture here, in front of the flamingos. One of these days, I'll print out all of them and frame them together!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dice Shooting

I broke out an OLD homemade game tonight. My Honey found these sturdy cardboard rolls many years ago. We bought clear and white cube shaped pieces and little shooters. The goal is to shoot your opponents pieces off the board, while keeping yours safe using the cardboard rounds as protectors.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Missy Helps Momma

I wanted EmBlem to smile at the camera, but she wouldn't. Missy took matters into her own hands. She told Em to "smile" and tried to make her.

It worked! Behind the arms Em is grinning.

"Here's me smile!" Em shouted from behind Missy's smiling face.

At least I got one BIG smile tonight!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

.31 Night!

.31 cent scoop night was Tuesday! We went and enjoyed 2 or 3 scoops each of yummy, creamy goodness. There were four firetrucks there, too, along with a myriad of firemen and explorer scouts. We got the details of the Fire and Emergency Services Explorer program from the Fire Chief. Sounds like it would be valuable experience for any teen, even one not looking at joining the Fire Dept.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Resting up...... the van after a visit to Chuck E. Cheese. We're having a great time with Grandma!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Birthday Dessert

My Honey's birthday fell on Resurrection Sunday this year. However, because of the mass consumption of sugar following the candy hunt, we opted to have his birthday dessert today. I just LOVE strawberry season!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Candy Hunt

Sadly, I did not get any pictures of the Lambies in their Easter dresses and shirts. How could I forget?? :Sigh: All I have are candy hunt pictures, and most of those are blurry. I do have good memories, though!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Carrots, Tomatoes and Corn, Oh My!

My carrots are getting nearly big enough to eat. Volunteer tomatoes are popping up all over the place and the corn my daughter planted in the fall suddenly decided to come to life. Things are getting crowded in the Crew's garden.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Batman Central

Troubles got out all his Batman stuff. Later, when he finished playing, he went off to do something else. Later I found one of my teams playing around with it. :) I am not at liberty to mention that person's name, but I do love seeing them still childish sometimes!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Elusive Smile

I caught a pic of my Honey smiling today! I love that elusive grin. <3

New Pictures!

Mike and Jaime have been at the orphanage for a couple of days now. She's posted lots of pictures and video clips on her blog so go over there for more cuddly goodness. Isn't he just the most beautiful boy in the world?!?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Game, Anyone?

I played a game of cards with GirlofGod and Trixie today. Any guesses on the name of the game?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's a birthday!

It was Troubles birthday! He was led in to the living room with his eyes closed, set in front of his big present and given his smaller presents. He did not seem to notice the blanket covered bike behind him. When he was done unwrapping gifts, Daddy said that he thought he'd missed one. He looked around, puzzled, and finally caught sight of the blanket. He said, "You mean this one? Is it a bike?" He pulled off the blanket and posed:

He loves two wheeled machines, just like his Daddy!

It's Almost Time!

Mike and Jaime are in country and almost ready to meet Wilson! Hurry over to Jaime's blog for more adorable pictures of Wilson, taken last September. There should be current pictures posted tomorrow.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Cousin Visit!

Cousin D visited for the weekend. He lives about four hours away, so we only see each other a few times a year. All the kids had such fun together! Thanks for coming, D.!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lovely Girl

We had a great time at church today. One of the ladies brought these lovely flowers and my daughter held them for her for a while after service. She and her friends were making clover chains together.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Are You Done Yet?

Though she didn't really want me to take her picture, I'm so glad I got this one. This is classic EmBlem, tolerating me with the camera. She's such a beautiful young lady, though. I want to get as many pictures as I can!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Maxin' and Relaxin'

Love this weather we've been having! Almost all our free time is being spent outdoors. We've been biking, running races, playing basketball and just hanging out. We've got to enjoy it while we can! Grandma will be here in a little more than a week, so that means we are in store for an unusual "early" heatwave.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shoe Sorting

We brought down all the shoes from the attic to sort, pair up and thin out. Favorite shoes that were 'lost' were found. Others were found to be too small. I heard groans and squeals at the same time.

Here they are all sorted. Any too small for my youngest boy and girl went to the garage sale box. I also thinned the number of any size smaller than Women's 8. How many pairs of shoes could Missy possibly need? She's the only one with reasonably sized feet around here! Every other girl in the family wears an 8 or above. Boys shoes get worn out so fast I buy every pair I can find at a decent price. I don't mind keeping more of them.

Countdown to Sunday

Mike and Jaime are leaving on Sunday for their first trip! I can't wait to share some pictures of their visit.

I'll be having the first of the "in real life" book sales on Saturday. Depending on how things go, I may do another the following Saturday. I have taken down the Library Thing accounts because all the books are intermingled now and I won't be able to easily find any particular title. If you have need of a certain title, please contact me at born again and proud at know the rest. I am pretty good at remembering what titles have or have not sold. If there are good books left after the sales, I will let everyone know! The Amazon store is still up and running, and will remain up. Any donated books that sell after Wilson is finally home will benefit another Reece's Rainbow family in process or child's account, depending on who the Lord leads me to at the time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

He's a Reader!

Troubles finished reading "Hop on Pop" today! What a big guy he is....all of five-almost-six already and reading! Makes a Momma's heart proud.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Just for the Halibut

My friend Nichole blessed us recently with some fish her husband caught. I have to admit, I have not cooked fish all that often. My husband is an avid fisherman, but most of the places he goes are catch-and-release. When he does bring home a catch, he cooks it up himself. I am a fish-cooking-novice. The fish called my name nightly from the freezer, but I had no idea what to do with and was a more than a bit afraid to ruin it! However, this halibut, covered in a seasoned breading, baked up just perfect. It was De-licious! Thanks so much Nichole!

Breading Mix For Fish

1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix together. Coat fish with egg, then dip in breading mix. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 350 for about 25 minutes or until flaky.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Bike-Gang Crew

This has been the activity of choice for most of the Crew lately. My little bike computer tells me that I have been biking about five miles every afternoon. The little legs above must be doing more than that. They go so fast and for so long!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pound Cake Season!

Or rather, it's strawberry season! We usually pair strawberries, homemade whipped cream and this pound cake together during the spring. It's SO yummy! It's so good, in fact, that I didn't get a picture of a serving before they were all devoured!

Incredible Pound Cake
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or almond, if desired)
6 eggs
3 cups flour

Blend together cream cheese and butter for 2 minutes.
Gradually add the sugar and beat for 5 full minutes.
Add the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Gradually add the flour, mixing on low. Mix until blended, but do not overbeat.

Grease and coat with sugar a 10" tube pan.
Bake at 325 for 90 minutes. Cool about ten minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Taking Garlic

Jack had to take garlic the other day. He has chronic kidney disease and his protein count was elevated.

He's a tough kid! He just does what needs to be done.

Milk and Greek yogurt helps it go down. He's also been known to use applesauce or saltine crackers.

The milk has something in it that cuts the hotness of the garlic.

All done! His count was down to normal the next day, despite the runny nose and sore throat continuing.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Book Sale Pics

I'm getting the "Books For Wilson" sale all ready!

Boxes and boxes of books for sale! However, nothing on the shelves is for sale so watch those grabby hands!!

I'll be so excited to see how it turns out! I'll be having local homeschooling friends over all week, then have a garage sale/book sale on Saturday.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Party Day!

We've been planning a party for several weeks. However, things keep coming up to force a date change. Yesterday, we finally were able to get it put together successfully. Here's the girls hanging out together...

...and here are the boys playing basketball. The kids had a great time hanging out together. Thanks, C. and B. Families, for letting the teens come over for a visit!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sweet Dreams!

Troubles had "bad thoughts" last night. He climbed in with us around 4 AM. That almost never happens! He had sweet dreams till 8:30 AM while Dad had to get up for work at 6 AM. Good thing he's so cute!

*Turns out the bad thoughts were a scene from a Jimmy Neutron movie we let him watch while we watched Tron. He told me he doesn't want to watch that show ever again! (Bad Momma!!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monster Chard!

One of my daughters snapped this pic, without my preparing myself for a photo, I must say. I used just two Swiss chard leaves in our dinner salad. See why I only needed two? I'm so glad chard doesn't go bitter when they get enormous!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Garden Bounty

Here's the basket of greens that I brought to church Sunday. I have copious amounts of Swiss chard and several kinds of lettuce. My second and third sowings are coming up, so it's time to share!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bike Mechanic Daddy

Daddy put on his bike mechanic hat today and gave all the bicycles tune-ups. We also found a nice, older Trek at a garage sale for only $20, so we snagged it. My Honey got five bikes finished, one almost finished (we can't get a rear derailleur until Monday) and plans to do the new Trek tomorrow. It will need more attention than today's set. We need to watch garage sales for a couple more 20/24" bikes for growing Lambies. We have several bikes have been outgrown and will be sold when we have a garage sale of our own.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Summer's Coming!

Time to prepare for camping! We got a new tent today to complete our collection. We are changing from using a large tent to several smaller ones. I can't wait to go!