Monday, August 31, 2009
I had intended to use it in a wrap skirt. Unfortunately, I hadn't read the pattern directions closely. One-way directional prints were not an option.
A friend at church had given me two boxes of old patterns and this vintage dress caught my eye. I knew I didn't want a dress, but loved the look of the skirt.
I modified the pattern, cut it out, and then it sat in the craft room for about two months. Last week I decided it had marinated long enough. I sewed the bulk of it in one night, put in the zipper and waistband the next night, and hemmed it Saturday morning before the picnic.
Voila! A new favorite!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Through a reading program, we all had free tickets (which made the crowds, lines, and heat easier to bear). As always, the best part was spending the day with our favorite family of 11!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
She was indecisive and mom was trying to hurry her up. After she made her selection, they walked in front of me and I heard the mother say to her daughter. "We need to hurry since we fibbed to Daddy about where we were going."
Now I'm pretty sure that the pink princess purse and makeup set was not a surprise birthday gift for Dad. I was stunned thinking of all the possible repercussions that lying to the husband/father could have.
- Mom lies to Dad. That's what married people do.
- Little girl knows about the lie. Since Mom said it, lying is OK, little girl will definitely lie to her parents as she gets older. Very handy as a teenager.
- There's a difference in the severity of untruthfulness and so long as no one gets hurt (or finds out). It's OK to tell "white lies."
I hope I'm completely off base on what I heard and that there's a very good explanation for it. It just seems to be another glimpse of the deterioration of the line between right and wrong in society.
You shall not give false testimony...Exodus 20:16
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Proverbs 12:22
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
We're adding a new student this year bringing our count to 5, and I really want to spend some time first thing every morning with Brigitta and Heidi reading stories.
Since I'm not ready to discontinue my nap (even though I only lay down to make sure that Brigitta goes to sleep ;-), the change will have to be made with my to bed and wake-up time. I'm very much a night person, but I'm prepared to change my ways.
Therefore I hereby resolve to:
- Be in bed by midnight every school night (it's not uncommon to force myself into bed at 1:30 am).
- Set an alarm to go off at 6:45 am and immediately get dressed.
- Wake children at 7:00 am.
I let you know how this goes. I'll be the one clutching my Diet Pepsi with a death-grip.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Anything that can keep and hold the attention of active boys (ages 5-12) that doesn't plug in is worth checking out. I bought a set of Castle Cards by Klutz (gotta love Klutz!) when we were studying the Middle Ages. Every now and again they rediscover them and play with nothing else for several days. This time around they even introduced little Lego characters into their play. They've been talking about pooling their money to purchase additional packs of cards so they can build "some REALLY big stuff."
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
- Books (both bedrooms have stocked shelves rto choose from)
- Magnet Letters and a metal cookie sheet
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The job lists are a combination of chore list and school assignments. We call them "jobs" because just as Dad has a job to go earn money for the family, the children's jobs are to get their schoolwork done and help keep the house running smoothly. "Chores" sound like such drudgery, and we're trying to inspire a cheerful attitude about work. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might... Ecclesiastes 9:10
I tried several different formats and charts before I developed this one as a table in Word. For pre-readers, I just use clipart. They are color-coded by child, of course. After I print them out, they live on the fridge which is starting to get very crowded now that we have six sheets on there. It's great to have both school work and chores for the week on one paper.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Ted's actual birthday fell on opening day of the County Fair. The weekend before, he'd gotten his present and we went out for the traditional birthday lunch. The day after his BD, Emelie made him a lemon cake with cheesecake frosting, and Ted always loves to have an ice cream sundae bar. A sweet treat for a sweet young man!
Here are the top 12 things we love about Ted:
- He loves to be a helper.
- He is an excellent big buddy to Heidi. She adores him.
- Even though there are four years between them, it's wonderful that he and Caleb are the best of friends.
- He's getting very good at fixing things. Very handy to have around.
- Ted is so creative. I never knew legos could become so many things.
- He is a natural teacher.
- Ted wants to be just like his dad, which is a pretty good goal.
- He has a very clear sense of justice.
- He is very loyal.
- Ted is very affectionate - not too old for cuddles or a goodnight kiss.
- He is very enthusiastic.
- He wants to become a man of God. He'll make an incredible husband someday. We're taking applications now.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
- Bath Time - Put about 3 inches of water in the tub, dress them in swimsuits and give them kitchen play toys and measuring cups. They'll be pruney before they want to get out! (Of course, this must be CLOSELY supervised!)
- Bead and Baubles by Lauri - Fun for them to "sew"
- Play Foam - We're still waiting for this to come in the mail. Sounds great!
- Cornmeal Sandbox - If it's nice outside I put cornmeal in a shoebox-sized Rubbermaid with toys to scoop and pour. Chalk on Construction Paper - the alternative if it's cold or wet.
- Coupon Cutting - Save all those flyers that come in the mail.
- Duplo Legos - Since this can be noisy, they play in the guest room.
- Little People Day - Ditto for the guest room.
- Water Paint Books - I always loved these as a child!
- Enviro Blox (also known as Magic Nuudles) - Make sculptures with just water
- Play-Doh - Homemade or store-bought, always a favorite!
- Puzzle Cupboard - We usually keep it locked to keep down the mess, so it's a treat to get in there
- Water Color Painting - We buy the cheap paints ($1) from Big Lots and Wal-Mart and replace them often as they get gross
- Workbook Day - My children love Kumon Books for "doing school"
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Easy Taco Bake
1 lb. ground beef
1 sm. onion, diced
1 can nacho cheese soup
1 C milk
1/2 pkg taco seasoning (I use 1 Tbl. chili powder, 3/4 tea. cumin)
2 tubes crescent rolls
1 C nacho chips, crushed
1 C cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef and onion until done, drain; add taco seasoning. In a small bowl, mix soup and milk; pour into a greased 9x13 dish. Unroll crescent rolls. Form each tube into a rectangle and cut each into 8 squares (16 total). Fill each square with 1-2 Tbls. of beef mixture and draw corners of crescent together, sealing to make a pouch. Place each in the baking dish. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until crescents are browned. Remove and top with shredded cheese. Return to oven until cheese melts. Prior to serving, top with crushed nacho chips.
Notes: This was a huge hit! We had only 2.5 little pouches left over which were gobbled for lunch the next day!
Au Gratin Beef Bake
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 celery ribs (I omitted - we're not celery people)
1/2 C green pepper (didn't have one of these around)
1 pkg. (5 1/4 oz) au gratin potatoes
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 tea. Worcestershire sauce
1 3/4 C water
2/3 C milk
In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, celery and green pepper until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. In a greased 2.5 qt. baking dish, combine beef mixture, potatoes with contents of sauce packet, soup, and W-sauce. Stir in water and milk. Bake uncovered at 400 for 45-50 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Notes: I was surprised at how well this went over. Bryan especially enjoyed it.
Chuck Wagon Beans
3 T bacon drippings or shortening (I didn't use this)
1/2 C chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 clove garlic
2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans (I doubled this)
1/4 C water
3/4 tea. salt
2 tsp. chili powder
Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic in drippings or shortening until browned. Add remaining ingredients and simmer. Serve with cornbread.
Notes: This is like a thick version of our regular chili (hear that Melanie?) that we love served on top of cornbread. I mixed in the crockpot at put it on high for two hours. Super yum!