Friday, February 27, 2009
1. Monday morning our friend called and asked if it was a good time to help with the bathroom. (Side note: we've been in the remodeling process for a few years now. All has been done, but the walls are not finished. Matt gave up on it and was ready to pay too much to hire someone to finish it.) Our friend loves doing drywall finishing, so he had offered to help before. I had nothing planned for that morning/afternoon, so he came over to work on it.
I watched his 2 year old daughter while he worked. She and Zachariah played together most of the time. They get along pretty well, but by the end of the afternoon they were pretty much fed up with each other. Neither of them had gotten naps, and they were finished.
I am so glad to have the bathroom almost finished. There are a few last minute touches that need done, then I can paint. After that Matt will be able to put up the remaining trim, and we'll finally be done!
While I'm happy about that, when our friend worked on the drywall it created a lot of dust. I had only moved the things that you can see out of the room. But we had a layer of drywall dust covering everything: inside the medicine cabinet, under the sink, and in the linen closet...not to mention every other surface that you could see. So I've probably spent 3-4 additional hours this week just cleaning the bathroom up. I am almost done now, but I need to take everything out of the closet to clean and wash. (And I haven't even begun all the dusting that the entire house needs now.)
BUT, the end is in sight, so I really haven't complained about all the work. I will be so happy when this is finally over.
2. This week was Missions Week at church. We have two missionaries who are around speaking at different events that are going on.
The lady who is here, we know personally. She was on staff at the church when we started attending there, and she was also in the first small group we joined then. Now she is serving overseas. It was neat to reconnect with her and hear about all that's going on where she is at.
Sunday morning one of the missionaries spoke, and we sat through both services. Monday night there was a leadership meeting that Matt and I attended (more about that later). Tuesday night was a men's dinner that Matt went to. Wednesday night was family night, so we all went to that. Then next Sunday it will be two services for us again, and then a farewell dinner afterwards for our missionary friend.
3. Monday night when we went to the leadership meeting, they didn't provide childcare. We had decided beforehand that we'd try to get a babysitter, but if that didn't work Matt would go alone. We felt one of us really needed to be there. But we have never left Zachariah home with a babysitter!
We called a girl who we know well. She has stayed here when her foster mom needs to go out of town overnight. She has known me for years through the center where I tutor. And she has known Zachariah since he was born. When she stayed here last time, I asked her if she ever babysat. She said she did, so I told her we'd probably call her sometime. She's a sweet girl, great with Zachariah, and we trust her very much.
So she was able to come and watch Zachariah for us, and Matt and I were both able to get to the meeting. Yeah. And Zachariah couldn't stop talking about the things he did with her. He loved it.
4. Someone remind me to share the cake recipe I made to take to that meeting. Sarah, it doesn't have dairy in it!
5. Zachariah's birthday is coming up very quickly. Next Tuesday to be exact. We're planning a party for next Saturday. Fortunately my parents are hosting it at their house. It's so much closer to the rest of the family to do it there, and they have a lot more room in their house. We did that last year, and it worked out really well.
My mom has offered to make the food for lunch. And I'm going to let her. That's a lot less for me to do.
Now I just need to get Zachariah to decide on a cake. I don't think he really cares too much. He wants everything he sees. So, I'm thinking about a doggy cake. He liked it, and I think it's cute. We'll see.
We'd also like to do something with him on his birthday. We'll probably take him out for supper. Last year I took him to Toys R Us to look around and play with the trains. Plus they give him a balloon and special cart on his birthday.
I also don't know what to get him. I think my parents are going to look for a b-i-k-e for him. I might do some arts and crafts things. And I want to look for some little Bob the Builder toys that he'd like.
6. I just got this package:
I need to host some DVD giveaways and soon! I have a bunch that need to go.
7. I know I had more to say, but I forget what. So, go! And have a great weekend.
Oh, the only country I've visited (other than the USA, where I live) is France. I have been close enough, twice, to see Canada, but never officially stepped over.
And the lucky winner for the Families of Costa Rica DVD is
#1 - Cherish at A Girl and Her Blog
Congrats Cherish! I already have your address, so I will get this out to you soon. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is a quickie contest. The contest starts now and will end at 10:00AM on Friday, February 27th. I will post the winners here and will e-mail you as well.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Thanks to all who signed up for the How'd They Build That? DVDs. I have two copies to give away. How about the first winner to contact me will get to pick which one they'd like to have? Otherwise I'll just send you one of them randomly.
The lucky numbers/winners are:
#5 - Emily at Live with David & Katy
#3 - Devan at All D's
Congrats, ladies. I have a copy of "Fire Truck" and "Big Truck". First person who tells me there preference will get it. I will also e-mail you both now, so that will help.
The rest of you stand by, I do have some more DVD's I need to get out soon! Come back for more give aways.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Do you have a truck lover in your house? My son LOVES trucks, tractors, and all things that go "Vroom".
The part that I found most fascinating is the paint room. They show how they cover the parts of the truck that need covered. Then the trucks are custom painted for the company who ordered them. It's so neat to see those big sprayers go to work.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Matt and I ended up going to pick up my laptop (YAY! It's back!) and then stopped for a quick dinner. And since we had nothing to do after that we went out for ice cream. And Sunday we went out with friends after church (not something we'd do with a toddler who needs a nap).
Speaking of naps, I should be honest. The very first thing we did after my parents left with Zachariah was take a 3 hour nap! Boy, that was nice.
Monday we walked around the mall for a while and a few other stores. Then we just relaxed and enjoyed the quiet at home. It was nice to have a peaceful weekend. No one else to worry about. No children running around being noisy either.
My mom returned Zachariah on Monday afternoon, so I spent the rest of the day playing with him and talking about all the fun things he did without us. And after supper this is what we had:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thanks to everyone who signed up to win the new Strawberry Shortcake DVDs. And I will go draw 3 numbers now.
The winners are........
#8 - Melissa at Complimentary Chocolate
#7 - Karin
#13 - quitecontrary1977 at Now Entering Momville
Congrats. I'll be sending you an e-mail. I will need to get your mailing addresses ASAP (Melissa, I have yours).
So sorry that the rest of you didn't win. If I'd had 14 copies of this one, I would have been happy that you all could have one. But I do have some more DVDs that I need to review and giveaway. Some are new, and some I've been hanging on to for a while. So I really need to get busy. Keep checking back for new ones. Thanks for entering.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
*I have a downloadable sheet of Strawberry Shortcake valentines and a Strawberry Shortcake coloring sheet. E-mail me if you'd be interested in either of those.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Are they gone now?
OK good, let's talk ladies.
What do you all think about the concept that women who are around each other a lot will be on the same schedule? They will all start their periods about the same time each month. I have heard of this before, and it sometimes seemed true when I was younger and living at home. I guess living in a house with 4 women will lend itself to that. It never failed that myself, my mom, or one of my sisters would always have their period together.
My poor father. Really. There are many times I've felt bad that he was the only guy in the house. But I think I made it better by giving him a boy for his first grandchild.
I know when I was in high school I noticed that same phenomenon. It never failed that when I had my period at least one of my friends did too. Or they would start theirs, and the next day I'd start mine.
That's the last I've really experienced of this on a regular basis. Anyone else ever have this happen?
It's pretty rare that I'm around a group of women regularly. I don't have any really close groups of friends that I do things with a lot. I do things with my mom and sisters, but we're not together often.
I have noticed that when I'm at my parents' house (which means I've probably been around my mom and sisters too) for an extended period of time, I will often start my period. It's strange. It happened when we were there for a week at Christmas.
It's OK that is does happen, because my periods are very irregular. (That might answer some of the comments from this post about what Matt said.) I've always tended to have light, shorter periods and longer between each one. I've had some missed ones off and on for a while now. It has gotten even worse since having Zachariah. I think last year I only had my period 4-5 times during the whole year. I'm not complaining too much, but it does make it hard to figure out my cycle (not really one) or to chart or GET PREGNANT. Grr.
Blah, blah, blah, all that to say I started my period last night. :D I was hoping I was pregnant, because I was pretty sure I could tell when I was ovulating last month. But having two periods in a row is a good thing, and it will help me better predict my cycle for this month.
And I was with a group of ladies from church last night having dinner. It was so much fun. I enjoyed getting out of the house, talking to friends, and meeting new people. When I found out later in the evening that I'd started my period, it got me thinking that maybe I need to surround myself with women more often. Maybe it would help my regularity.
Also, you better believe that we'll be trying everything possible to get pregnant this month. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination) (I used Rice Chex.)
2 cups bite-size pretzel twists (I used pretzels sticks, because I already had some.)
2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
3 tablespoons butter or margarine (Next time I will add more like 4-6 Tbsp.)
1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, pretzels and crackers.
2. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
3. Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.
OK, there are some recipes for you to enjoy. Now I need your help. I have 4 lbs of chicken leg quarters that I thawed and need to use. I thought there were only drumsticks, so I was going to make something with them. Then I realized that they are drumsticks and thighs...attached. First of all Matt won't eat them, so I can do whatever I want to them. I was hoping to find something that I could just make with them as is. But I could cut them up and use them separately, if I can cook them at the same time that is.
Ideas? Great chicken recipes that will work for this? Help!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Last night I learned something new. There is a new journey that's going to happen in my life. I'm going to be an aunt! I don't know what it's like to be an aunt. To see your nieces/nephews grow up before your eyes, but yet you're not the parent. This will be a whole new experience for me.
It will also be a new experience for my sister, Rachel, as she begins to learn what being a mother is all about. I am so happy for her. She and her husband couldn't be more thrilled.
I can't wait to see what being a great aunt is all about. I've had a great example in Rachel. She's always been the best aunt to my son. I hope I can be the same for her child. And in the same respect, I hope that I can help her along this journey of being a new mom. Maybe she can learn from me too.
There are so many things I want to share with her. There are so many great things that she'll get to experience. So many memories are already being made.
The next 8 months and beyond will be a great journey for us. I can't wait to see what it brings.