Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Comfort Food - Kate Jacobs I really loved this book. The relationship between the sisters reminds me of the one I have with my sister, E.
A Homemade Life - Molly Wizenberg This one is filled with wonderful recipes and beautiful, touching stories and is by the blogger behind Orangette.
To Hell With All That - Caitlin Flanagan - It's a fun and humor filled memoir on motherhood and how crazy it can make us. A great read.
Made from Scratch - Jenna Wogenrich By the blogger behind Cold Antler Farm, this is a really interesting memoir about how she started her homestead.
Julie and Julia - Julie Powell - This was good, but I feel like I should put a profanity warning in it. If you're f-bomb sensitive, see the movie (it only has one) and skip the book (it might only have one per chapter.) This got me through one of Stinky's stomach flus.
Reading Magic - Mem Fox It should be required reading for any parent. This book is and inspiring, funny, and encouraging read that you could finish in an afternoon.
Coop - Michael Perry Another memoir about homesteading, this one is from a man's point of view. It's honest, and charming
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith It's just too much fun. I have to admit that I'm anti-Darcy (flame away), and I love how many times she tries to kill him in this book. (I don't like Edward Cullen either, while we're discussing stupid romantic heroes.)
I haven't finished it yet, and won't likely do that before midnight tomorrow, but I am really enjoying Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben Winters. I'm sure it will be on next year's recommended reading list.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Stinky got these jammies, the pants and fabric for the applique came from a pillowcase. The best part of that? No hemming at the legs!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I don't think this year is as much handmade, or if it is, WBH has taken some on, and some were done far in advance. That's been lovely. I still have quite a list for today, but I'm not nearly as stressed over them as I was last Christmas Eve, thank heavens. If I'm not back for Christmas, I hope your day is wonderful, and thanks for reading, all.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The hat above I made after Stinky begged for a very similar one for sale in Seattle over the weekend. The only real difference is that there was a plastic dinosaur on the top and a little more glitter- but this one cost me $2.50, not the $32.99 they wanted in the shop. Thank heavens he's got a mama that can make things!
WBH has been working on this painting for Stinky's room for months! It takes up most of the wall, and it's awesome! I'm so proud of him! After taking some time to play with his haul, he went to bed late and took his new triceratops skull (a fishtank toy he was in awe of everytime we went to the store) with him. He tucked him in a wished him a good night, as well as the dinosaurs in the painting.
Stinky is such an amazing little miracle. He challenges me and makes me grow as a mom, as a person, everyday, but he has changed me so much. We love you, Stinkosaurus Rex, Happy Birthday!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Henry B. Eyring
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Around Christmas in 2001, I was beginning to work seriously with child abuse prevention and advocacy. There was still a constant stream of information about the 9/11 attacks, and I had gone through a hard break-up. I felt heavy and sad all the time, really feeling like nothing was right in the world. I don't remember what the CD was, but I played it and heard the song's message for the first time. I remember sitting in my car, crying heavily as I heard the words:
Christmas 2005 marked the end of a hard year. We had been through the ringer, and it felt hard to believe my prayers were being heard. I sat in a chapel, silently praying "Do You even hear me anymore? Do You remember that I'm here?" Before I could finish the thought, the organist began playing the song, and again, I found myself crying.
The arrangement in the hymnbook at church is rather repetitive and, I think it sometimes turns people off from the message there. In these simple words, I have found answers, and peace when I couldn't find it anywhere else. We have a history, this song and I.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Fast forward to this fall, when we saw a commercial announcing their tour- and wouldn't you know it, they were in town just a week and a half before Stinky's birthday. As an early birthday gift, we got tickets. The morning of, we told him there was a big surprise, but didn't tell him what until we arrived. When we told him, he didn't really get it. He asked for popcorn and candy. I had to explain that this wasn't a movie theater, but a show theater, and the Movers weren't in a movie, they would be on the stage. His eyes got really big as we eagerly waited for the doors to open.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Now, if you're my friend on Facebook, you've seen the condensed version of this story. WBH, with the help of what seems like an army, pulled off a Christmas party that rivalled any I've ever attended. They went all out. My main contribution was as go-fer. Costco was crazy and full of... let's call them JuiceBags. I was hungry, tired of being cut off by JuiceBags eager for samples and frustrated as I tried to get to the point farthest from the entrance. I had only gotten the whipped cream and was comparing prices on juice cocktail. An employee nearby looked at me, looked at the whipped cream in the cart, and said "Mmm... you're going to need more than that."
I wish I'd thought of something clever to say. I stood there, shocked, as the employee walked away. Mostly, I missed Emjoy and having those Emjoy Luck moments with her and the one I called Pookie.
Friday, December 11, 2009
(Have I mentioned that December is a month with two birthdays and then Christmas? Congrats, Stinky, you get warm ankles for your birthday! Though, socks will be filling his stocking this year, I think. Where do they go? )
I set out to find a few new pairs- three thrift stores later, I found only a few pairs in his size that were way more than I was willing to pay for their condition. Deciding to just go buy new out of necessity (freezing ankles!), I took two pairs to the register, and they rang up at a third of the price. I started to say something, then thought better. Leaving the bag in the cart, I ran to the back of the store to find one more pair and ran through the lines again.
Bragging later to WBH, he asked "And you didn't feel like mentioning it to the checker?"
"Nope. Heavenly Father winked at me today, and I'm not going to shoot that down."
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
My dog was going crazy, hearing a lot of police sirens going off. I looked out the back window and saw the funeral procession for the four Lakewood Police Officers murdered earlier this month beginning a few blocks down. I quickly bundled Stinky and we quickly walked there to watch. I told him we were going to see police cars to show them that we care about them and that their job is important. Thousands of police, fire, etc cars were involved in this- it took three and a half hours for all participants to drive the ten-mile route.
When we arrived, I was surprised to see as many people as were there. Many held signs, many waved or placed hands over their hearts. Restaurants and bars posted signs, and strung blue lights, and car dealships had blue balloons inflated bobbing from each car. Even the Vespa dealership pulled out all of their models in blue, lining the sidewalk in support.
We stopped at the first corner, joining another woman who waved. Stinky started waving and yelling "Thank you! Thank you, Police!" There wasn't much to do but to join him.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
So, I found myself reading some of my old journal entries from early in our marriage. When I was diagnosed with the condition that causes pain and also contributes to my fertility problems, my doctor told me he didn't think I'd ever live without pain, but we'd do what we can to make it manageable. At that time, I'd recently quit both jobs I was working and was unable to get off the couch a lot of the time. His prediction worried me constantly. Here I was praying to be a mother, but how could I even think of that when I couldn't move without pain?
At the end of my rope, I asked WBH for a blessing . In it, I was told that this trial was temporary, and that through it, I would help others. Things didn't get better for a long time after that, but I had hope. With the exception of July and August's rough patch, I have been nearly pain free since Stinky was born.
With the promise that my pain was temporary, I was told I would help others- which is why I speak about it pretty openly, and write about it when I feel prompted to, like I do tonight. If for no other reason but to make one passing reader feel less alone, I think that it's important to be open about it. I don't know how often it will be here, but fair warning, you might get more like this.
Thomas S. Monson
Thursday, December 3, 2009
- Get more rooms organized and maybe painted so it feels less 'new home' and more 'lived in.'
- Open an Etsy Shop.
- Focus on shopping and eating more locally.
- Do more with this blog
- Become financially proactive rather than reactive.
- Grow our own food in a box garden
- Read three books a month- my reading has really suffered this year.
- Improve my time managements skills.
- Sing More.
- Expand my crafting repertoire- try print making, more cake decorating and improved sewing.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
2 cups elbow macaroni
4 (yup, four) cups shredded colby jack cheese, divided
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup milk (don't stress going skim here. I mean, you can, but... four cups of cheese. C'mon.)
salt and pepper to taste
Boil the macaroni for 5 minutes, then drain. Grease your crockpot with cooking spray. Reserve 1 cup of cheese and mix the rest of the ingredients in the pot. Top with remaining cup of cheese.
Cook on high for 3 hours- remove lid for the last 1/2 hour.
We're topping it off with some bacon tonight, but this is a great side dish to bring for holiday gatherings. Hope you enjoy it!