Well, since today decided to be Winter.... even though it's SUPPOSED to be Spring... grrrr.... I decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em... and I'll go ahead and show you how we make old-fashioned dumplings.
I just love Easter!
It's my all time favorite holiday!
My teenagers and I are working on a drama/dance thing for Easter Sunday with the teens from church. I'm loving it, too, because I absolutely love bringing the arts into worship and outreach. And I love dancing. And I'm really sore. So, that's good, too.
Here's a few awesome pictures from my desktop. We're creating a video to go with our dance. If you've never heard the song "People Get Ready" by Misty Edwards... google it. It's cool! Here's a section of the lyrics....
Here's a few "professional" tips for the DIY salon mom!
Now, we all know that you can just comb them down and cut them off, right? Pretty simple.
But have you ever noticed that bangs cut by a salon always seem to turn out better? There's just a few little tricks that make all the difference! So, here's my basic how-to. Sorry about the mess in the background... we had an extremely busy Saturday which just happened to end in a haircutting tutorial. : )
Well, apparently, Spring has sprung in our chickens' brains because they've started laying again. It's funny, just about the time we were up to our eyeballs in eggs last Fall, they quit laying almost completely. We didn't really mind. In fact, I only bought a few dozen eggs all winter long... and now they're back up in production!
One of the reasons why we didn't really buy many eggs this Winter (besides the fact that they're gross and expensive) is because I use this handy substitute in most of my baking.
Just found this really helpful FREE math drill online. I've used Math-U-See curriculum for years, but haven't seen their website in quite a while. This is pretty cool! You can design your own drills and use them as often as you want for FREE! You can also design and print out your own worksheets. No bells and whistles (wasted ink) here.... just nitty gritty math practice, plain and simple.
We've been reading a really cool book for school lately called "The Land I Lost." This is the second time we've read it since this is the second time that Eastern Hemisphere has rolled around in our Sonlight curriculum, since I'm on my second batch of kiddos. Secondly.... it is about Vietnam, a very long time ago. A man tells stories about his boyhood adventures-- lots of giant snakes, water buffalos, monkeys, alligators, wild boars and birds. One of the bird stories that we read the other day really impacted me and got me thinking.
I'm so sorry that I'm such a slacker here on the ole blog.
As soon as I started to type that sentence, a convo came in from Etsy. So I had to switch tabs and help a young wife design her bracelet set.
I think it's totally fun and cute and I love being a part of celebrating the sweet things in life! Oh, and in case you were wondering... "convo" is the hip way to say conversation on Etsy, but every time I attempt to type the word, my spell check changes it to congo. And that can be seriously awkward. For example: "Did you get my congo?" or "I'll congo you later, OK?"
I've always been surprised when friends tell me that their kids "would never eat oatmeal!" I can't even imagine that, really. It's just one of those foods that my grandma and my mom considered a stand-by. So, I don't even give it a second thought. It's just so thrifty--and yummy. If there's nothing else handy for breakfast.... oatmeal it is!
OK, so I just realized that it's Tuesday. Not bad, since it's only 6:30! And there's two guys in my basement working on the furnace. I'm glad because for the past several weeks it's been getting louder and louder to the point of breaking out the earplugs. Me, not the furnace. It sounds a lot like a deep growl going up the wall behind my head. That's not a very comforting sound at night. As you can imagine. So, we're finally getting it the help it needs. Aren't you glad you know that?
On another front.... I was mixing up the ole cereal this morning and thought you might like to know this little tidbit of tightwaddery. We rarely buy cold cereal anymore, but when we do we always mix two different types-- sweet and plain. Two boxes fit perfectly in these nice big pour containers that I got from Aldi a verrrry long time ago. Then I just shake it up and whammo! Nobody can hog all the sweet cereal before everybody else wakes up. We do this with cocoa or fruity/plain rice crispies, honey or cinnamon/plain cheerios, and frosted flakes/plain corn flakes. Sometimes we dump a box of granola into a box of plain cornflakes (when we're feelin' really fancy). Just make sure you hold the lid closed before you shake it up. I'm just guessing that it might totally explode all over the kitchen if you don't. Just guessing.
And that sums up my very exciting life.
Oh, and I got to go on a date last night with my incredibly manly, handsome SON.
And I got a Smashburger and a movie out of the deal.... which is always good.
Oh, and I also came up with a new jewelry design. It's an act of desperation really because I can't really go out in the garage and hammer right now due to the fact that I'm in so much pain that I can barely move my neck and I look like a robot when I turn my head. It might help if I went to the doctor but I was raised by skeptics and I'm terrified to actually find out what's wrong in there. So, when I say "pray for me" I really mean it because all this Aleve can't be a good thing. But, you know how God causes all things to work together for the good? Well, here's my latest project...
So, there ya have it... Mix your cereal, eat a Smashburger and buy yourself a necklace.
Well, whattaya know! It appears as if I can now add more pictures. Yay! (This was just a random pic from my desktop that I grabbed to check to see if blogger forgot about me.)
Also, I had the sweetest evening last night. Just thought I'd tell you about it...
After supper, which included my friend Lori's homemade tortillas, I sat down in my comfy chair with a heating pad on my neck to relax (I've got something majorly wrong in there but I'm too scared to go to the doc to find out what it is-- pray for me). Anyways, Ben climbed up on me to snuggle, and since I was listening to Pandora radio on my iPhone, I gave him an earbud. He must have laid there for an hour texting Captain, who was on the couch, in the same room on his iPhone, and Graci, who was upstairs in her room. He was practicing spelling words and making funny faces with all the quirky little pictures that my phone has on it. Later, Graci said that Ben's text made her day. How cute is that? It just said, "Ben. Grace, I love you." Aww.
And speaking of Pandora radio.... have you guys ever given that a try?? It's super cool! I just chose "Kim Hill," since she was my all time favorite Christian artist from the old days, and I got to listen to her AND lots of other music that I totally forgot about from that same era (college/young mommy days). Artists that I totally forgot about, like Susan Ashton, that are so good! It was so nice just sitting there listening to worship, getting snuggled and enjoying my family-- all staring at their little backlit screens.