Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thematic Thursday: On Vacation

Thanks to everyone who linked up to last week's Thematic Thursday. I am taking the summer off from this meme!

The submission with the most views last week is also my favorite: Totally Untraditional Deviled Eggs by Suburban Prairie Homemaker. I am a HUGE fan of deviled eggs, so I must try this out!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thematic Thursday 20: Memorial Day

Thanks to everyone who linked up to last week's Thematic Thursday.

The submission with the most views last week was Red Angry Bird Lunch by Creative Food. Very clever!
Another submission that caught my eye was Swiss Cheese Bread Dip by Couponing & Cooking. Looks DELISH!
Week 20 Theme: Memorial Day This week's theme is Memorial Day. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that is related to Memorial Day that you want to share with us.. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here. I have decided to put this meme on hold over the summer. I do not blog much and I've not done a very good job of keeping up lately. I will reevaluate when school starts up in the fall.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Hey...

I haven't felt much like posting lately. I've been dealing with some challenging stuff that I just don't feel like sharing. Parenting is certainly bumpy at times!

Gardening is going fine. We *FINALLY* got some rain last night, but today is cool and overcast. We will be back in the 90s in a few days and my plants will be happy. We might not be as happy with camping in that weather, but it should prove to be a relaxing weekend. I'm going to need to get my oldest to water for me when we are gone. Not sure if he's willing to weed for me. LOL!

Last night a very unusual thing happened to us. Around 11pm someone was ringing our doorbell like crazy. The dog started barking which woke my middle child, but the youngest remained asleep. There was a teenaged girl at the front door asking for help. I thought my oldest might have known her, but he didn't. We were worried that she might have been assaulted so we opened our door. She came in right away and asked us to pray for her because she was drunk & high. She was wet (raining), shivering, and very disoriented. She told us her name and her address. My husband & oldest walked her home around the corner. A few minutes after they left some girls (that I saw earlier) came looking for her. I just talked to them via our bedroom window. They didn't seem strung out at all and apologized for bugging us. I think they were worried they got their friend in trouble. The girl's mother was very surprised by her condition when they got her home. She said something about her dad being out looking for her and that he was going to go off on her when he got home. My hubby said that she's been through enough and the woman agreed that they should deal with it in the morning. I get the impression that this might have been the first time that this girl had done something like this, but I really don't know. I hope that she's OK.

We had a hard time settling down and falling asleep. While we know we did the right thing by helping the girl home, we were glad that it wasn't something fishy with it. Such as her acting to get us to open our door and then people coming in to hurt or rob us or something. I feel like we live in a safe area of a safe community, but crime is up around the nation and it gets you wondering. I want to stress to my boys that it's not OK to open the door to strangers, yet we did open the door for this girl. We were able to have a discussion with them about drinking & drugs. My computer is right by a window in the front of our house. I am going to keep a close eye out on neighborhood happenings. We have a few retirees on our street as well as another at home mom. We all keep an eye out for each other. How would you have handled this? The girl wasn't about to stop ringing the door. In fact, when my hubby & son dropped her home she rang her door incessantly until her mom came to the door.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thematic Thursday 19: Anything Goes

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day. There were several great links added last week!

The submission with the most views last week was May Flowers Cupcakes by The Seven Year Cottage. So pretty!
Another submission that caught my eye was 21 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Moms by Repeat Crafter Me. Brilliant suggestions!!
Week 19 Theme: Anything Goes This week's theme is a anything goes. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us.. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 5/24 Memorial Day

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Same boring lunch!

It's nearing the end of the school year and I am getting lazy with lunches. My daughter doesn't seem to mind. Here are this week's lunches. Same stuff...different containers. There is a field trip to the zoo on Friday and she doesn't want a bento because the school is providing sack lunches for all students. Yuck...but she will love whatever it is!

linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Recap

Yesterday was a very nice day. I got all kinds of sweet cards & pictures from my daughter. My kiddos got me a Yonanas. Have you seen it? It's this cool little kitchen appliance that swishes frozen bananas & fruit into "soft serve ice cream". Basically it's just a smasher because you just use the frozen fruit. You can order them online for $50 + $10 shipping, but save yourself some money and use a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath, 7 Beyond and pick it up for $40. It's fun & whimsical!
We had our annual Mother's Day picnic & photos in the park. My oldest didn't want to go which had me sad, but my husband asked him to reconsider. I know that a 19 year old doesn't want to hang out with his family much, but I am still trying to get used to the new normal of most times it's just the 4 of us. I treasure these photos & time together in the park. The weather was PERFECT! It always amazes me to see how much the kids have grown. I am around them daily so I don't see the growth, but the photos tell the story!
WOW! My younger son has really spurted!! I can stare at this all day!!!

Hope all you moms had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Garden & More

I've spend a lot of time on the garden this week. I have everything planted and put a fence up to keep the rabbits out. Now I just make sure I keep things watered and weeded. I hope to see some sprouts next week. When I was looking up gherkin cucumbers, I came across a video series on You Tube. One of the videos showed squash being grown up on a fence. We are HUGE fans of butternut squash so we might attempt growing them out back.

 
 When my son got home from school yesterday I told him not technology until he did his chores & studied Spanish. A few minutes later I found him atop my van with vocab list in hand! Silly kid!
 We are having a very laid back Saturday. My daughter actually requested a bento to eat outside.
5/12: Softy turkey & cheese sandwich, green beans, strawberries, Nerds.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thematic Thursday 18: Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

The submission with the most views last week was Super Simple Mother's Day Cards by Taming the Goblin. Great craft for Mother's Day and beyond!
Another submission that caught my eye was Treasure Boxes for Our Mamas by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. A true treasure for moms!
Week 18 Theme: Mother's Day This week's theme is a continuation of Mother's Day. I realize that since most of the participants in this meme are moms, that we might have few link-ups. But you never know! Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us that is related to appreciating teachers. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 5/17 Anything Goes, 5/24 Memorial Day

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Summer Hobby

I've always wanted to grow a vegetable garden and I am FINALLY getting off my duff and doing it. I've turned to a few friends for advice and jumping in full force. I have a 9'x13' space that faces west right outside my front door. When we moved it it was filled with river rock. In fact, the whole house has a mote of river rock around it. Several years ago I dug out all that rock by hand and filled it in with dirt. I got lots of perennials from a friend of mine and filled it up. Those have become very overgrown over the past few summers and just didn't look so pretty. I think I really lost interest in that space when we returned from Alaska in July 2010 and stuff was about 8 feet high.

To prepare my garden this year, I began removing the perennials as they came up. I hand-tilled and removed the rest. Well, at least I hope I did. I worked the dirt and added some compost. Nothing new has sprouted in about a week, so I think I got most of the perennials out. Today I planted some beet (Red Detroit & Chioggia) seeds and peppers. A friend gave me some tomato plants and those are in place with tomato cages around them. I am trying to keep the cost of my garden down, so I am trying to come up with some creative ways to garden. I plan on making a trellis or getting some kind of stakes tomorrow and then planting some green beans. I will also be adding in Gherkin Cucumbers and some squash.

I still have a lot to learn about gardening, but I am happy with my start and the progress I've made this week. I even got some areas in front of the house weeded today and will be adding some nutrients around some plants out there.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Catch-Up & Ramble

I was around this weekend, but didn't take the time out to blog. I am guessing no one missed my app of the week review.

Friday was my daughter's turn for snack at school. We searched the internet for some ideas on hands-on snack and came across fruit pizza. We decided to individualize it and make pizza cookies. I got cheap-y oatmeal cookies aka crust, icing that I added red food coloring to (it turned out more pink than red) aka tomato sauce, coconut aka cheese, and M&Ms aka toppings. I spread the sauce on the crust and put it on a little paper plate with the cheese & toppings on the side. The kids had a great time creating their pizzas and everyone wanted me to take a photo of their creation. I didn't think the kids would eat the coconut, but they all put on the cheese and gobbled it up!


We went to a few garage sales this weekend. We picked up a few odds & ends for our trailer. I spent about $5 total, but got 2 items that don't work. WHY DO PEOPLE SELL BROKEN CRAP? I only paid a quarter for an alarm clock for my daughter, but it doesn't keep proper time! I also got a coffee grinder for a buck that doesn't work at all. What gives people? You're so desperate for a little change that you sell crap?! The people selling this lived in nice neighborhoods!! Take a moment and test our your junk before you try selling it. Then disclose that information!!

I've really slowed down with making bentos. My daughter is having school lunch (pizza) on Friday. The rest of the time the lunches I make are boring. My daughter made her own sandwich this morning. What she calls a softy meat & cheese.
5/7: Softy Sandwich- meat & cheese sandwich, strawberries, carrots.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thematic Thursday 17: Mother's Day

Teacher Appreciation Week didn't go to well. I don't think it's because people don't appreciate teachers, it just wasn't a theme.

We did get one great submission of Easy Bath Salts by Suburban Prairie Homemaker. I think it's a wonderful teacher gift and my daughter will enjoy helping me make it for her teacher!
Week 17 Theme: Mother's Day This week's theme is Mother's Day. I realize that since most of the participants in this meme are moms, that we might have few link-ups. But you never know! Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us that is related to appreciating teachers. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 5/10 Mother's Day, 5/17 Anything Goes, 5/24 Memorial Day


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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Day Bento

5/1: May Day- PB flower bites w/ food pick stems, peas (grass) and strawberries
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch