Archive for February, 2008

faith lift fridays

Friday, February 29th, 2008

If you listen to this, you will first need to pause the music in my sidebar (sorry in advance)…For more faith lifts, visit Sheryl.


Friday, February 29th, 2008

Our family used to drive to Missouri at least once a year for a family outing. We would usually stay at a place called Roaring River. It is close to Eureka Springs, so we would go there and look around. It is beautiful in Missouri. If you are looking, there is land for sale Branson is a beautiful place to find land and maybe retire?  I haven’t been to Branson lately, but I know it is really growing all the time.


Friday, February 29th, 2008


I had lunch today with my friend Laura at Panera!

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to by Easter decorations.

coupons anyone?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I love those sites that give you information on coupons, rebates, and free shipping on items online. is one of those search sites that gives all that great information. Looking for a coupon, visit their site and find coupon codes for instant online purchases and sometimes even find coupons to print for in store purchases!

It’s Thursday! slow cooking and other stuff…

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I wanted to make sure to post a slow cooker recipe today.  I haven’t done slow cooking Thursday for a couple of weeks, and I just love this meme that Sandra has been doing as long as I can remember.  I love seeing new ideas for slowcooking, mainly because it is to me the easiest way to cook when you are living a busy life… more on the busy part after the recipe!

I made this last night, and it was DEElicious!!!

The ingredients…

6-8 boneless (butterfly) pork chops

1 onion

6 potatoes

1 can cream of mushroom soup

butter (optional)

I start by quartering the potatoes and placing them in the bottom of the crock pot, I salt and pepper them… lay the pork chops over them and then slice the onion and place it on top of the pork chops, salt & pepper again… spoon the soup over the top and I put a dab of real butter for flavor.  (Not much you guys, it’s no big deal!)

I cooked it from 11:30 a.m. until about 5 p.m. on high.  It was really really good.  I served it with broccoli, ww rolls and salad.

I’ve noticed a lot of buzz on the blogs about how busy we all are.  Mine included.  Last night at church we were talking about the way the devil gets in our lives to keep us from what’s really important.  It was like a lightbulb for me, and you know how you get these really profound ideas that slip your mind as quickly as they enter?  It was kinda like that for me.  I guess I have tried to figure out why life is getting busier and busier, we have a lot of conveniences that just were not there years ago… we should have more free time, right?   I guess I just could see so clearly how the enemy deceives us to believe that we are too busy for God.  I’m not, and refuse to ever be too busy for God.  (take that you devil!)

Easter is early this year.  That’s why I skipped putting out the GREEN and went straight into Easter decor…  I haven’t begun to find outfits for all the kids yet.  I saw this at Children’s place for Izzy, but the big sister dress is too small for Emelia! So sad she is getting so big, she’ll be 10 in March!!!  I am thinking of doing the black and white thing anyway… we’ll see.  When Easter is so early that it is still cold outside I always buy matching sweaters for the girls.

Tonight is the winterjam concert.  I’m hoping to get to go.  It starts early and ends late, so I’m not sure I can manage it yet… but I’m going to try!

Hope you have a great Thursday, and for more slow cooked meal ideas visit Sandra.

infant care

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

When women are forced to go back to work for financial reasons right after having a baby, or when they choose to resume their career, Infant Specialized Care is needed. Childcare advocates say there aren’t enough places in daycares, home or centers, to meet the need. AuPairCare’s new Infant Specialized Program was developed to meet the need for the increased amount of need for this service.


Despite 55% of U.S. Mothers with Infants In The Workforce, Childcare Providers Offering Specialized Infant Care Services Remain Rare

San Francisco, CA, February 26, 2008 – With over half of U.S. mothers of infants employed outside the home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, most must arrange for infant care. Experts agree that the first year in a child’s life is the most critical developmentally and requires a consistent, nurturing caretaker. With maternity leaves as short as twelve weeks, mothers are confronted with leaving their newborns in someone else’s hands. Unfortunately, with limited training for childcare providers and overcrowding in day care centers, what is a mother to do?

This month AuPairCare (, a leading au pair agency, will begin offering Infant Specialized Care™, a program that provides families with a trained, live-in au pair who specializes in infant care and development, allowing working parents to provide their babies with consistent care in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Demand for this service clearly exists: Based on a survey sent to 400 AuPairCare host families, almost 2/3 of families with infants currently employing au pairs said they would be interested in an infant qualified and trained au pair if the service were offered and would be willing to pay for the additional training.
Infant Specialized Care au pairs receive over 40 hours of infant care training, covering topics, such as feeding, bathing, changing, soothing techniques and safety. Additionally, they receive specialized training in infant stimulation and development, infant massage, infant sign language and certification in Infant First Aid and CPR. This training is complemented by significant hands-on experience working with infants, with each of the Infant Specialized au pairs having at least 400 documented hours of childcare experience with children under the age of two.

“Having my au pair specifically trained to care for my baby will help alleviate some of my ‘mommy guilt.’ Just knowing that my baby is being well cared for and challenged developmentally will allow me to stop worrying and focus on my work,” says Kenna Norris, back-to-work mother of a 13-week old baby.

“With so many women with infants in the workforce and a clear lack of quality providers catering to this age group, developing a tailored au pair service that offers specialized infant training and experience was a priority for AuPairCare.” said Heidi Woehl, Vice President of AuPairCare.

AuPairCare’s Infant Specialized Care program launches this month nationwide.

About AuPairCare
AuPairCare is a leading au pair agency in the United States providing affordable, live-in au pair childcare. Designated by the U.S. Department of State since 1989 as an official au pair agency, AuPairCare has successfully placed over 30,000 au pairs from 40 countries with caring American families. To learn more, please visit

Contact: Karie Stern
Tel: 415-608-9195

something(s) borrowed…

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Well, as I’m lacking originality and something blogworthy I am borrowing a few things I’ve seen around blogville today. Lauren posted her agenda from yesterday… here’s mine.6:50 a.m. heard Matt turn the shower on, my queue to get up, make breakfast, pack his lunch and water and coffee thermos… get izzy out of her bed, make her breakfast, distribute money for everyone’s school activities and then one by one say goodbye leaving me and Izzy. Today Amanda also stayed home…

9:00 a.m. jump in shower and begin getting ready while doing laundry, dishes, picking up etc.

10:00 a.m. go to church for prayer

11:30 a.m. home and time for Izzy’s lunch and quick bath before school.

12:30 p.m. leave to take Izzy to school.

1:00 p.m. swing back to pick up Amanda who wants to ride with me to shop for Easter tablecloths. Stop and eat a quick bite at Old Chicago, run in Kohls (found one of two tablecloths and placemats, amanda found two pairs of shoes on sale she had to have and a new bra…) run in Marshalls (bingo, found second tablecloth, more placemats, amanda found shirt and backpack).

3:00 p.m. time to head home.

3:15 p.m. drop amanda home and run by store for a few groceries on the way to

3:45 p.m. pick up Izzy (it’s her late day with Camilla)

4:15 p.m. drop Izzy off with Amanda and run to mail Nancy’s package, and then to the car wash where I used the package of armor all wipes to clean the interior while the car wash is cleaning my exterior… did a quick sweep job and then

4:50 p.m. time to pick Emelia up from tutoring and

5:00 p.m. time to pick Bailey up from golf at the golf course…

5:03 p.m. realize bailey forgot his backpack so head back to golf course…

5:15 p.m. start making burgers for dinner.

5:30 p.m. eat dinner.

6:00 p.m. feed Iz and begin therapy shortly after

7:30 p.m. get Izzy ready for bed and do laundry and lay out clothes and pick up…

9:00 p.m. tired of hearing presidential debate so I lay in my bed listening to some other boring tv show!

Agenda… boring huh? Now I saw this over at Julie’s blog (she does this often)…

Beauty in the Common Things: pretty crisp Easter tablecloths with pretty bunnies and baskets!
Listen In: the dryer
Supper Plans: pork chops with onions and potatoes (with cream of mush soup) in crockpot.
Today I Plan To: get all the Easter stuff out, get my room cleaned… all the usual.
View From the Kitchen Window: silly dogs playing…

And finally I saw this meme over at Vadar’s mom:

The Rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The closest book is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

“After my abuse of Charlie, I wasn’t sure whether Pete and Patsy would still want to take me to the airport the next day or if they would have any further interest in me. However, my fears vanished, when after the seminar Pete said, “Dr Chapman, I have been to may seminars, but I have never heard anyone describe Patsy and me as clearly as you. That love language idea is true, I can’t wait to tell you our story.”

I won’t tag anyone, feel free to consider yourself tagged.

I’m done being a copycat (for today anyway) … hopefully I’ll be back to my usual monotonous self soon 🙂

PS… I’m going here tomorrow night! Fun huh?


Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Did you catch the biggest loser last night? The blue team won a trip to Vegas and stayed in Vegas hotels. I’ve never been to Las Vegas. I guess I have so many other places I’d rather go first before choosing to go to Vegas though. My brother and his wife go every once in a while and they really enjoy it there. They love going to the shows and all the great food!


Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Guess what I forgot today? Time travel tuesday!

I’ll try to remember next week, any suggestions?


Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

What did one oyster say to the other? I’m dangerous when raw!

Do you love to eat oysters? Whether you eat a few or a bunch, they provide low calorie protein and are an excellent source of zinc, B-12, and omega-3. If you eat undercooked or raw oysters and are in a high risk health category (includes cancer, liver disease and diabetes), you can get seriously ill and even die! If you have any of those illnesses you should avoid raw oysters altogether.

Healthy people can pretty much get away with eating Gulf oysters raw or undercooked and not get sick, but there is a huge need to tell people at risk about the potential hazards around eating raw oysters. BE OYSTER AWARE!