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only three days til christmas.

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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Can you believe it?

The count down begins…

Yesterday I “almost” had a melt down.  Several things didn’t go quite right… wrong items sent… some cancelled, some delayed.  BUT I kept pressing on and hoping I could keep my happy mood. 

Mom and I went to Edmond to try to find some replacements for the above mentioned problems and we arrived just in time for a power outtage.  Which meant the stop lights were down and the stores we had planned to visit were closed until power was restored.  After fighting through traffic for an hour we wound our way to McAllisters and got some sandwiches and yummy sweet tea.  Power was restored.  One present replacement bought. One found, undecided. 

I officially have one present left to buy.  One present to mail back.  And one present left to decide on…  But more than anything I’m just enjoying the kids, the lights on the tree, the Christmas music, the parties, even the shopping!  I’m loving Christmas 🙂 …

p.s. Amanda knew my day was a little rough so while I was gone she cleaned out my closet.  I have had that on my to do list for a few weeks… Made my day! free web directory

p.s.s. I am printing a list of things to make for various parties this week… any suggestions?

I think I’m making boomama’s chocolate pie for something and I’m kinda excited about it because I usually don’t make pie.

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boomama’s chocolate pie.

3/4 cup sugar
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s)
2 eggs
2 egg yolks (that is not a typo – that would be 4 egg yolks total, or two days’ worth of your recommended cholesterol intake) 🙂
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons good vanilla extract

In a medium-sized saucepan (no heat yet), stir together first three ingredients until there are no lumps. I actually run mine through a sifter, but hey, I’m OCD.

In a separate bowl, beat your eggs.

Fold eggs into dry mixture.

Once eggs are fully incorporated, add milk, stir until combined, and then turn on stove to a medium-high heat. You do not want to boil this custard…so be careful you don’t have too much heat going or the pudding will curdle.

Stir or whisk mixture constantly until it starts to thicken – about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

Makes 4-6 servings, which I pour immediately into individual dessert bowls (cools quicker that way).

(Just FYI: for my meringue, I whip four egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. When the egg whites make stiff peaks, I spread the meringue on top of a cooled chocolate pie, then put the whole thing in the oven until the peaks start to get some color on them.)

smiles, babies and turkeys.

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

 

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Izzy is really happy to have Amanda here for the weekend.  The three of us had fun playing with Iz this morning!  Lots of happy smiles!  Izzy is doing great at school!  She is learning her spelling words so fast!  She is a really smart girl.  I’m sad that Melanie, Izzy’s teacher, is having surgery on her shoulder again.  Melanie is like sunshine in a person… and that sunshine has been pretty cloudy lately because she is in so much pain.  Her shoulder really needs a touch from God and a prayer for a successful procedure on Monday.  We need the sunshine back at school. (Miss YOU Melanie!).  In the meantime, Michele is holding things down and being a really good school mom for Iz.  We have an appointment for new AFO’s this Wednesday.  Casting is fun. Casting is fun… trying to convince myself 🙂 … 

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Here is Emelia aka baby follower in the church nursery with twins Makenna and Jasmine.  They are so cute! 

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At FLO Tuesday night there were so many single mothers and widows who came to get their turkeys and other food items for thanksgiving!  My sweet Bailey was there helping hand out the turkeys and carried them to the cars.  They may need to find apartments for rent/ I think it had an impact on him to see so many people so thankful for the food and help.  He came home and mentioned that he wanted to donate some of his own Christmas gift money to help others.   I asked why he wanted to and he said that he had enough and there were so many people who need things.  Made my mother heart proud!  He didn’t really want me to mention that to anyone, but I know you’ll keep it to yourself. 

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Monday, November 9th, 2009

Life is busy… as usual.

We had a nice weekend.  Amanda came home Saturday and spent the day learning to make cinnamon rolls (from the master – nini).  She came home with three big pans of cinnamon rolls.  Just what we need.  🙂  She took some back to school with her.  They also made a chocolate cake.  Yikes!  I’m have been really watching my points so will-power was a must this weekend!  The kids enjoyed playing bball with Matt Saturday afternoon.  Me and Matt went for a long walk Saturday morning.  We had dinner at Goporum Saturday evening.  It was pretty good, hot but good. fulfillment house.

Sunday was mostly church … and basketball playing.  I made bacon cheese burgers for lunch.  Meatless.  Morningstar prime grillers and morningstar (fake) bacon on the one point thin whole wheat buns (love those). 

I have been drinking a lot more water, mostly with crystal light packets (lemonade, rasberry lemonade, and wild strawberry) because I really don’t like water.  I made a new rule for myself to only have water with meals.  It’s not that bad really.  Then I get one coke a day… I save it for after dinner, something to look forward to!

Tori (pray4tori.com) died this weekend.  She had a near drowning accident four years ago… She had the same birthday as me and was only 19 when she passed.  Very sad.  I’m praying for her family, I can’t imagine the loss they feel right now. 

We have  a meeting in the morning with Camilla and the equipment guy to look over bath chair and car seat options.  Hoping that goes well.  I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the team at school.  I really couldn’t do it without them… they are great.  Melanie sent home izzy’s sight words today to work on and said that the OT Barbara wants to be a back up to feed iz at school.   God has really blessed us with them!

home bound.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Izzy and I are home today.  Izzy’s sweet teacher, Melanie, had shoulder surgery a couple of weeks ago and is home getting better.  Please pray that she gets well soon! We miss her!  Michele, Izzy’s para and school mom is home with her son who is sick today.  The two of them absent means Izzy gets to be home with me.  It’s a rainy day and nice day to stay in, but Izzy does love school.

We’ve been busy with Kid’s Krusade all week at church.  Last night was the last night.  Brent Pickens came from Arkansas and did puppets and chalk drawings etc.  Emelia was excited to get to help with puppets the last two nights.  Izzy enjoyed the program a lot and listened very intently.  She was so vocal Tuesday night I tried to slip out with her but the Pastor insisted I stay in, saying she was fine.  At the end of the service Brent invites the children up to pray.  When he asked them to raise their hand if they wanted to have Jesus in their hearts Izzy’s hand went up way high.  (her YES hand).  Here she is with her cool lighted sunglasses (a treat for the kids last night).

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Bailey has been really busy with competitive drama.  He isn’t performing (yet) but is a stage hand.  He is planning to enroll in competitive drama to perform next semester and seems to really love being involved in drama.   I love that my brother Mike bought a new home in the addition very close to the high school.  Bailey walks there after practice and Mike brings him home.  Works out really well.  They are best buds 🙂 …

I just got a text from Amanda saying she needs a flu shot.  She had a cold last week but fortunately got over it quickly.  Her car is fixed. YAY.  After having the time belt off and water pump replaced the distributor went out (cha-ching) and finally it is all together and she took it back to OU Sunday evening.   She may need some online backup. She went on a retreat last weekend and had a great time.  She has been so focused on studying and stressed I think it did her a lot of good to get away for a couple of days.

I have been walking/running most days.  I love how pretty the weather has been and enjoy the park!  Here is the little pond… and the finishing scene! When I see my suburban I know I’m almost done and that is a good feeling 🙂 .

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I made some veggie stew Monday and then again yesterday.  I filled up the pot that was Marmars to the brim 🙂 …  I love that pot!  It is so good. Emelia has had it as an after school snack each day and even said it was the best soup in the world. And to do a post ondisability appeal.

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Veggie soup.

large sweet onion diced

1 T olive oil

2 lbs carrots chopped

2 lbs potatoes chopped

2 bags assorted mixed frozen veggies

1 lg can italian green beans

1 lg can whole tomatoes

1 lg can diced tomatoes

1 can rotel

2 cans veg broth

water (salted to cover veggies)

1 pkg. williams chili seasoning

salt & pepper to taste

Saute onions in olive oil, add remainder of ingredients, stir, cover and cook on medium heat until veggies are cooked.

I plan to try this next:

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• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can pinto beans
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can white shoepeg corn
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can black-eyed peas
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 3-4 green onions, chopped
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tiny peas
• 1/4 cup oil
• 1/4 cup vinegar
• 1/3 cup sugar
Rinse starch off beans. Drain vegetables.Mix 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/3 cup sugar. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the drained vegetables. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with Fritos or other dipping chips.

Question: I saw on dr. oz yesterday a lady made breakfast wraps with high fiber wraps… has anyone bought those and where and what section?  TIA.

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009

So this is day FOUR down.  I did something to my back and it has hurt like no other pain I’ve ever known! Seriously.  I went running Thursday morning, came home to get the kids off to meet mom for pizza… showered and fixed hair and reached to pick something up when the shooting pain began.  I went ahead and got iz to the car with Bailey’s help and took them to mom.  I got home and realized I could not walk from intense pain, like pass out pain.  It took me almost 20 minutes to get izzy into her chair and then into the house.  I got her in and then just pulled her onto my bed with me where we just layed until I could move.  I got up to find some tyl 3 I had put away and knew it was time to feed her lunch.  Seriously shed some tears during this hour or two! 

Friday was a stay in and try not to move day.  Saturday I got a call from Bear (I had left a message at his office Friday) and he said he could see me, so mom drove me to Edmond.  He worked on me for an hour or so… said my left hip was a bit out of socket (he popped it back and it felt weird), and that there were large knots on my lower back each side (sciatica).  So I left there feeling a little relief. 

I hoped to wake up this morning (Sunday) and be fine.  Didn’t happen which really discouraged me.  I had to put on my big girl panties and just deal with it.  Matt has been a great helper.  He did laundry and has been sweet to bring me things and carry Iz when needed.  Amanda came home for a bit and went to get us lunch today.  Pat (from church) brought spaghetti and lemon bundt cake over yesterday… good thing I won’t go hungry. 🙂

Amanda is going to see U2 in concert tonight.  The concert is at the stadium near her dorm.  She hadn’t planned to go but a friend called this afternoon to ask if she wanted a ticket! She told her no, she needed to study.  (she is very dedicated!)  Matt and I both encouraged her to go and maybe not stay that long just to experience it.  She studied at home until very late last night.  Mike came by and gave her a flu and b12 shot before she left. 

So, that’s about it around here… Melanie is back at school and me and Iz couldn’t be happier.  We missed her!  Izzy made the cutest pumpkin at school Wednesday that I would show a pic of if I could walk to take the pic etc. but just believe me when I say it is precious! 

Oh, one more thing!  Emelia gave Izzy a makeover while I was gone to bear.  She straightened her hair and put makeup (including mascara) on her.  Here’s the pic…

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I really hope my back is better tomorrow because all my helpers and lifters will be gone!

bad blogger update.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I’ve been terrible about keeping up with the blog!  UGH.  Here’s what’s going on with the fam…

Amanda.

Settling in at OU.  Getting adjusted to sharing a tiny dorm room with another person and a bathroom with three other girls (one of whom likes to spend the entire morning doing her makeup in the ONE bathroom and two put their nasty food trash in the bathroom trashcan).  She spent Saturday with us at home.  We shopped for shorts and a printer… and snacks.  She wanted to stay home and loved her newly decorated (smaller) room.  It was nice to spend the day with her.  Some texts I recieved from her last week:  “I think I’m joining the rowing team;” “I joined the pre-med club lol.”  I miss her.  Tonight I keep thinking I hear her come in and when I hear the fridge door open and close I expect to hear her say hello mah.  🙁

 

Bailey.

Getting adjusted to high school.  He is loving drama class which is a big surprise to both of us.  He is driving a lot with his driver’s permit.  He is learning quickly and my brother Mike has enjoyed taking him out on the weekends to drive.  They took a break Sunday afternoon and went to the driving range for a while.  He has been really focused on keeping up with school work because he knows the only way to avoid paying his insurance (when turning 16) is to have straight A’s.  That’s the rule.  Such a good boy.  We went to ortho appt. yesterday and are trying to decide what to do.

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Emelia.

Got all her hair chopped off today.  I just took her to a random salon because when Emelia is fixated on something she doesn’t stop until it is achieved.  So it is done.  We lucked out with a very precise thorough stylist.  She washed her long crazy hair, then spent about thirty minutes untangling the mess of long hair, cut and thinned her hair, dried and then straightenend it.  (I have to put in at this point that this was a very pretty/nice salon)… I was impressed with the finished product, emelia loves it.  I was more impressed when she said the price was $10.  $10? Yikes!  After watching her attention to details on em’s hair I asked her to wax my eyebrows knowing she would be good at that too.  I have a new brow girl! yay!  (don’t worry I tipped her nicely.)  Emelia is also adjusting to middle school and has been a social butterfly!

Isabelle.

Wow.  So many good reports for Iz this year from school.  Today specifically she worked on math and Melanie reported that she did really well with simple addition problems using her yes/no communicating.  She was also very verbal from the time she woke up.  She called out and I asked if she was ready to get up and she said something that sounded like, “let’s go.”  She rode the bike at school and pedaled!  Camilla said she worked really hard and speaking of Camilla, Margaret said Izzy tried really hard to say her name when looking at her picture in speech therapy.  They are feeding her lunch at school and she is doing really good.  It is a relief to take her and not worry about rushing home to feed her.  They truly are the best group of teachers/therapists ever!  I heart them.

school and more school.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

First… a tour of Izzy’s new classroom!  We went last Friday to see her room before school started Monday.  Melanie showed us around 🙂 … Here is the communication device table.  Look at all those cool devices! (oooh…ahhh!)

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Here is the CRV (I think that’s right and not sure what it stands for, but Melanie checks it out from the library for the blind for Izzy).  It is so cool and Izzy loves it!

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Here is Izzy’s office!  Notice all the orange?

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Melanie had a present for MOI!  I heart her.

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This is the rest station!  See the cute soft comfy orange and pink pillows.  They have been enjoying this area daily this week!

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Izzy has been doing great at school.  First grade is GREAT!  Here are a couple of notes from her teacher (Melanie).

Monday:

Izzy had a great first day.  During Mrs. Weber’s class she was extra attentive.  She completed a page on syllables and sat by Isabelle (a friend from last year) during story time.  During the story Mrs. Weber asked what kind of ice cream they liked and Izzy raised her right hand for chocolate!  The next story was about Molly the shortest girl in her class.  Molly loved her grandma and when Mrs. Weber asked the class who loved their grandmas Izzy raised her right hand! How cool is that!  A grand day!

Tuesday:

Another great day in 1st grade!  Izzy was very verbal all day today.  She raised her no hand for Mrs. Weber when asked if anyone had a question.  She raised her right hand (yes) when I came to July for her birthday month! In music she sang!  She was very attentive and had a great day!

Bailey started high school this year and Emelia started middle school.  They are both having a great first week too!

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I helped Amanda move into her dorm today at OU.  We had lunch at Victoria’s and then faced chaos like you cannot imagine at the campus!  So many people, so much stuff, so many lines.  It was insane.  But she is moved in and her room is small but cute.  Her new roommate (Rachel) seems really nice and her family was very helpful and nice too.  I already miss having her here, but am so excited for her.  I’m thinking it’s going to hit me tomorrow morning when she’s not here to say, “good morning ma.”  I’ll really miss that.  She is the official door locker and checks all the doors every night.  She has already texted me to remind me to lock up.  🙂 She has big amounts of concern :).

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last days of summer.

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s been a fun & busy week.  Wednesday my friend Melody took me to lunch at the Paseo Grill. 

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 They had tons of vegan choices (well… fourish).  I had pasta with veggies and it was delish.  We shared some fried green beans too.  She gave me a card welcoming me to the “club.”  I said, “No thanks :).”  She also gave me some fun things like this book…

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and a shape magazine.  I told her I thought she was trying to tell me something :)… she said she just knew I was on a health kick lately. 

I worked Tuesday and Thursday, but driving home both days I stopped off at the Edmond Walmart who happened to have some morningstar products our local walmart doesn’t carry.  I had to get one of each to try.  They had mushroom burgers, italian herb chicken patties, and asian burgers.  We really liked all of these.  They are all vegan.  Matt liked the asian patties best.  There is a recipe for spring rolls using them I imagine I’ll try soon.  The italian chicken patties were good on buns with marinara.  We had the mushroom burgers on french bread with sliced avocados.  Yum! 

Today started early with a trip to Kohl’s for Emelia.  We had some Kohl’s cash and coupons mixed with tax free weekend… She got three jeans, six tops, and a belt for $60.  Pretty good deal huh?  Afterwards we stopped at Rue21 and Bailey got a new belt.  He is so thin he almost has to wear a belt just to keep his jeans up.  Poor kid 😛 … 

The next stop was my brother’s office at the department of public safety for Bailey’s learner’s permit.  He was able to take the test there and barely passed.  He did pass so that’s all that counts and I wouldn’t have known the shape of the railroad signs either.  We all had to go celebrate the permit with Falcone’s pizza afterwards.  Mike and Bailey chose the restaurant.   (I had to snap a pic with my phone of his first attempt to drive).

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I came home to feed Isabelle lunch and then had to run errands with Amanda.  Her car had a low tire so we took it to have it checked and the tire shop was running behind.  We walked to the auto parts store and bought windshield wiper blades (which she has been needing to replace) and put them on all by ourselves.  I was so proud.  I have always had the guy at the auto store do it for me, but since we had walked there rather than drive…  They were still working on the tire so we went in a local diner called, “Harley’s,” which we had never been into and had a coke and snack.  It was fun and spontaneous just to walk around and do whatever we wanted.  We went to get her license renewed after they finished looking at her tire and then picked up her pictures at CVS. We didn’t go to Circuit City.  It was a fun afternoon!

And look what was delivered when I got home…

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Pretty flowers from my friend Jacki.  So sweet of her!

I’ve also been getting the strangest cards from Tulsa, OK.  One had been signed “Happy Birthday,” one was signed “Matt P.”  I’m on to you John Tiefenthaler!!!!! 

Tomorrow is slip and slide at church.  Giving away like 500 backpacks full of school supplies to the kids in our community.  After that we’ll be getting packed up for our trip to Missouri.  I’m taking the kids to Roaring River and am very excited to get away for my dreaded birthday. 

On the strike front (AT&T), district 4 settled on a contract today at 5 p.m.  This is a good sign!  Matt wasn’t thrilled because they settled but I am very glad and will be happy to be off strike watch.  Hopefully district 6 will settle soon as well.  I saw the reports of a slight decrease in unemployment rates this morning.  It was like a tenth of a point, but in true Pollyanna fashion I just have to say I’m glad it went down instead of up!

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Monday, July 13th, 2009

The vegan thing is going pretty well… my favorite kid comment from the week was from Emelia while leaving church yesterday.  She said, “Can you please take me by McDonald’s for some meat?”  Poor girl 🙂  I fixed sloppy joes for lunch with morningstar crumbles (meat substitute) and we had fresh green beans and carrot sticks with hummus (and veggie chips).  

Tonight we had ww pitas with beans and morningstar crumbles with taco seasoning and avocados.  Green beans and fresh corn on the cob were sides.  I was very full. 

I cannot honestly say I miss meat yet.  I am feeling healthier and seem to be losing weight too! AED

*subject change*

Spent the day helping the twins (lol) Emelia and Bailey get their rooms clean.  They needed mom help and I had to take the day off and help them.  All day.  Well, I did take time out for a pedicure mostly because those silly flags painted on my toes were getting annoying.  That sweet nail girl “tammy” always does something whacky to my toes and I can’t understand her well enough to stop it before it’s too late.  I picked a pleasant neutral hot pink and ended up with tropical designs :O… Oh well.

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We went for a nice swim after dinner, in this heat the pool is priceless for cooling off in the evenings.

Izzy.

Isabelle is doing well. She’s healthy and happy.  I will be so glad when school starts again!  I know she will be too!  She goes back to ESY this Wednesday (two weeks off for the fourth holiday).  She is growing so much it seems.  Maybe it’s my imagination but she seems bigger.  She will have a birthday soon.

Amanda.

Amanda is getting closer and closer to move out day.  I am in denial.  We got her bedding and other things for her dorm room last week.  I need to find a few more things and we’re going to make a curtain to fit the window…  She is so excited!

beware of your children. they attack!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

 

She’s having way too much fun!

 

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Still smiling!

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help!!!

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