Archive for August, 2008

menu plan monday

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I usually write my menu plan monday post as I go along… I don’t actually begin with a plan. Sad but true. This week is not different. I do know what I have on hand so that is part of what determines what we’ll have for our meals. I have two big bags of frozen chicken breasts. I am thinking chicken a couple of nights… some sirloin burger patties from Sam’s. So we’ll grill burgers one night. The salmon for matt… I made that for his Sunday lunch. I want to try a new recipe from a bloggy friend. I don’t really have any of the ingredients so it will require a trip to the store!

Monday… Marinated/grilled chicken, rice, green beans, salad

Tuesday… grilled burgers, salad, pretzels

Wednesday… Baked potato for me and kids (with toppings of choice), Salmon and salad for Matt.

Thursday… Beef Lombardi from Jenileigh

Friday… Chicken & potatoes layered in the crockpot. I saw the idea on this site!

I’d like to try this out over next weekend, I saw it at Sandra’s.

I guess that does it. Have a great week!

All dressed up…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

What do ya’ll think of my new layout? I think it is so pretty!  My bloggy friend Judi (Momma’s Mind Sweep) made it for me!  If you are looking for a new blog design you should check out her design site … Doodlebug Designs!  She has  done so many cute designs.  Judi is super sweet and easy to work with to get just what you want!  She doesn’t charge an arm & a leg either!  So, go check out her latest designs!  Thanks Judi.  I love it!  You are awesome.

week in review

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

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Week’s Weather Rainy and warm.

Sunday Sermon Walk in Love.

Life lessons Think before you speak!

Favorite Meal(s) Schnitzel at mom’s

Treasured Moment(s) Eating dinner outside with Matt

Simple Pleasures coke with sonic ice, a clean house, the smell of candles burning, bath & body hand soap (eucalyptus)!

Talked with Julie, Melody

Impacting News

World Chinese Gymnasts Underage?

National Hurricane FAE

Local Train Derailed Friday in Luther

Things I Read Healing Journey’s by Gloria Copeland

TV We Watched 7th Heaven, Project Runway, Shear Genius, BB10

Interesting Internet got the ladies church website up with Kellie’s help!

Places We Went church, sams, kohls

Budget Savers/Busters Saver:replaced shark for better purple one, had coupons and gift card and only paid 18 extra dollars including a pair of capris for emelia, a stack of 12 washclothes, and a few little things. Buster: gas!!

Blessings good health, healthy & happy kids, school, family, home!

Challenges Just getting it all done in the hours given.

Accomplishments Got a lot of organizing and cleaning done throughout the week, Got my car cleaned and swept, Organized kitchen cabinets and desk.

Family Happenings Matt’s mom Paula and John came for the day Saturday. We grilled brats. I made a pasta broccoli salad. Spent the rest of the day shopping with my mom.

Tried Something New I made up a new pasta salad. I used the dressing recipe from a paula deen recipe and then added random stuff…(broccoli, corkscrew pasta, grated cheddar cheese, red onion) I also used the new olive oil mayo in it.



Sunday, August 24th, 2008



Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I tried to get a picture taken to show the color of my hair and haven’t really had much luck.  Here’s one from the car, it’s not a great picture, but you can kinda see the color…


cafe chat

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

What is one thing you were convicted about when you were younger, but now being older and wiser you have changed your mind on that belief? Why? Or on the other side, what is one thing you may have not held a conviction on that you now do? Why?

I was raised in a very very conservative church.  I was convicted at an early age that religion was primarily about the laws that were found in the bible.  I always felt like I didn’t quite measure up and rarely felt the presence of God.  I was in church a minimum of three time per week.  Every week.

As I got a little older I questioned some of those rules or beliefs and was told why and accepted it.  Until Izzy’s accident.  I read the bible with new eyes and saw that there was much more to it than the laws.  The laws are important and I feel like God wants me to be an obedient daughter… but God is with us.  Here.  Every day.  He guides my life and helps me.

On a lighter note, as a child or even young adult I never felt convicted to make my bed… now I can’t stand to leave it unmade.  Why?  Probably because I grew up :)…

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know & tell friday…

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

1. Are you right- or left-handed? right.

2. Any nicknames you have (or have had) and the story behind them?  Annie is actually a nickname, from birth.  There have been the usual… annie fanny, annie oakly, annie get your gun… good times.

3. Do you need to do laundry right now?  I have stayed on top of the laundry lately.  With four kids there is a lot of it too!  I do it first thing in the morning and then some at night usually.  I have a load going in now and I’ll be done… unless I start stripping beds.

4. What CD is in your CD player/music on your iPod right now?  Mama Mia Soundtrack.

5. How/when did you learn to ride a bicycle? When I was about five.  They took the training wheels off my bike.  Our driveway was a little steep and I rode down the driveway and across the road.  I remember once a car hit me (lightly) and I got up off the road, picked up my bike and went home to tell my mom what happened.

6. What is your favorite weird food combination?  It’s pretty common now, but ranch with pizza or pickles…

7. What is something you have that is of sentimental value?  my wedding ring.  It was Matt’s great grandmother’s wedding ring.  She died in the 1919 flu epidemic.

Food 4 Thought Friday

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Are you a morning person or a night person?
Neither! Ha!

Do you like to shop? If yes, for what? Alone or with others?
Of course! I like to shop for specific things like clothes or things for the house… I don’t enjoy food shopping!

What is something that really motivates you?
Anger. If I am mad I can get so much done!

Midnight Snack

What is one thing you look forward to each day?
Going to sleep!

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life – what is it for just this week?)
The recipe for this week was a lot of picking up after the kids… helping with homework… taking Izzy to school each day…a sprinkle of blogging and a lot of rain!

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Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #86

1. Dancing to the beat while at church makes me happy (I don’t actually dance, more like tap my foot 🙂.

2. The last time I had a night out I barely nearly remember.

3. When I drive I check email and return calls.

4. I saw our basketball goal standing upside down beside my car … yikes.

5. Give me faith, give me hope, give me love.

6. Next week I am looking forward to a late birthday lunch with Jana.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening at home, tomorrow my plans include John & Paula coming to visit and Sunday, I want to nap after church!

thursday 13

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

  1. It’s not raining today. That’s a good thing.
  2. Mom made schnitzel for me last night. It’s my favorite!
  3. I brought home some to warm up for lunch today.
  4. I’m on a diet again.
  5. Schnitzel doesn’t go with a diet.
  6. I did skip the mashed new potatoes.
  7. I didn’t skip the fried okra.
  8. … or cake.
  9. Thanks Mom!
  10. No really, thanks Mom.
  11. Amanda saw an olympian with her hair french braided across the front and remembered we did her hair that way when she was growing her bangs out years ago. So we did that to her hair.
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  13. Emelia saw it and wanted her hair done the same way.
  14. They both looked very cute! I should have taken a pic of the two of them… maybe later today 🙁

Here’s Izzy, just out of the bath…


Hair combed!


All dressed for school!


Have a great day!