Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
We have adopted this verse as our family verse for this summer. We are humbled and awed at how he is providing for all of us. Not just our needs but the greatest wishes of my children.
Emelie has loved horses since before she could say the word. Moving out to this piece of land was done with the hope that she would have a horse of her own some day. Today was that day!
Even better, we were able to share this joy with our dearest friends: Jammers and her family and Meg's buddy, Mary (fellow horse fanatic). Ripley was so patient to let everyone take a turn on him. Even the boys, previously rather ambivalent to horses, were super excited. Caleb put on Jakie's cowboy vest and hat while Ted donned overalls. Then Ted immediately set to work making Emelie a box to hold her brushes.
What an thrilling adventure we are embarking on!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Emelie, Teddy, and Meghan combined took 30 4-H projects this year. They exhibited in 26 of them. All but Shooting Sports earned a blue ribbon (we have to practice shooting more!) and half earned at least Honor Group. The Lord really blessed the very hard work of their hands, and we give all the glory to him! So here's the run-down for the grandparents and other interested on-lookers.
1. Fine Arts- Blue
2. Floriculture- Champion, Selected for State Fair
3. Foods- Blue
4. Forestry- Honor Group
5. Microwave Cooking- Champion
6. Misc. Crafts- Blue
7. Self Determined- Blue
8. Sewing- Blue
1. Bicycle- Honor Group
2. Computer- Blue
3. Electric- Blue
4. Misc. Crafts- Blue
5. Self Determined- Honor Group
6. Shooting Sports- White
7. Small Engines- Champion, Selected for State Fair
1. Bicycle- Reserve Champion
2. Child Development- Blue
3. Computer- Grand Champion, Selected for State Fair
4. Foods- Reserve Champion
5. Horse and Pony- Champion
6. Horseless Horseman- Reserve Grand Champion
7. Microwave Cooking- Reserve Champion
8. Misc. Crafts- Blue
9. Photography- Champion, Selected for State Fair
10. Self-Determined- Champion
11. Shooting Sports- White
12. Vet Science- Reserve Grand Champion, Selected for State Fair
Emelie's projects were the only ones that received trophies. Caleb helped her out during the awards ceremony. Although I prefer the shot below when she has four hands! I'll get more photos of some of the exhibits in a couple of days. I'm actually going to take a break from the fairgrounds tomorrow, since we've lived there this week!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The chickens help get the worms out of Dr. Matt's way.
The boys pretend to be posts. They're a little short...
This is what it was looking like as of Sunday. Almost there!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I grew up watching my mother shop for the family from a handwritten grocery list that she had mimeographed (remember those smelly blue things?). When I was out on my own, I created one on the computer even long before the babies started coming.
The list is organized according to how we shop the store. I have a list that has Aldi and Wal-Mart on one page, as well as one for Wal-Mart only. (We shopped Wal-Mart only last weekend from 10pm-12am. It was the only free time we had!)
Since it has the items that we use most, I just circle what I need and note quantities. There are also blank spots to write in more unusual needs. I've formatted it so that I can rip it down the middle so Bryan and I can "divide and conquer."
Download my copies at PeacefulHome.net. Click on the "downloads" tab.
What works for you?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Imagine his surprise when a trailer with a Ted-sized dirt bike pulled up beside our van!
The couple we bought it from couldn't have been nicer. They even put bows on the bike for us!
He was so excited he was hugging everyone in sight.
Everyone got a turn on the bike.
Back at home, Ted tore up the driveway while the littles played in the puddles.
Thanks, Grandpa, for helping this dream come true!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
In my mind, a marker of a successful new recipe is when multiple children ask for seconds. This dish received several thumbs up. While it loses points in the healthy department due to all the convenience foods, I think I'll keep these ingredients lying around our pantry for nights when we need something quick, easy, and filling.
1 package (10 oz.) frozen broccoli in cheese sauce
1 package (6.5 oz) broccoli au gratin rice-a-roni
1 C cubed cooked chicken
1/2 C cubed Velveeta
Prepare broccoli and rice-a-roni according to package directions. Combine broccoli, rice, chicken and Velveeta. Stir until cheese melts.
Notes: I prepared the broccoli in the microwave and the rice in my beloved electric skillet. After the rice was cooked, I threw everything together in the skillet.
We doubled the ingredients which made enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The best times to buy ground beef and chicken are around the big BBQ holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. This past Memorial Day I spent $60 dollars on beef and chicken. The quantities I bought will last us into September. That works out to $15 per month, or $1.50 per person per month.
After I pull out the beef needed for meatloaf and patties, I cook up all of the hamburger at once with some chopped onion. I freeze 1 lb. amounts in freezer bags.
I put some of the chicken raw into freezer bags in meal amounts (2 breasts). The rest I cook and chop before freezing. About 2 cups of chicken works in most casseroles.
Having the meat already cooked will cut down on dinner prep time dramatically. Saving time and money – my two favorite hobbies! What works for you?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
As more babies came along, each child was assigned their own color. At each meal, the table setter places the cups around the table and that’s where the children sit for that meal (You sit where you sit, and you don’t throw a fit!).
Now color coding has expanded to our homeschool. The color that each child is shaded on the master schedule is the same color on their job charts which is the same color for their spiral notebooks and folders. This allows me to know at a glance who has left their work in the middle of the floor.
The younger children have towels with their names on them, but since the olders have worn theirs out, they now have color coded towels. If there is a blue towel on the floor, Emelie is the guilty one.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This reunion was dedicated to our beloved G.G., my great-grandmother, who smiled down on us from heaven to see the family she loved so much enjoy being together.