Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Year's Resolutions Begin to Waver . . .

. . . when you hit Leviticus. Dan and I are still plowing through, although we are doing it on our own so that we don't put each other to sleep at night when we sit to read.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Elijah at 5

We had weekend guests during the weeks surrounding Elijah's 5th birthday, so I wasn't able to post this. But here is my tribute to my eldest child, my buddy:

Elijah, you have been more excited about turning 5 than any other birthday in your short life. You started planning your party last fall. The necessary ingredients for your party included: balloons, spiderman masks, those things you blow that curl up and straighten out (you called them "woozles" - not sure where that came from) and a pinata. You also changed the guest list hundreds of times, always including girls, "to be fair" you said, and even kicking off some friends so there would be a place for Mrs. Lenz (thanks for relinquishing your spot, Sarah!).

You had so many gift ideas, but I love that you were satisfied with every one you received, as well as being content when you couldn't get every one you wanted. Although you already have a list for next year . . .
Things that I always want to remember about you at 5:
1. You learned to blow your nose . . . finally. At least, you convinced your grandma that you learned, so she would pay you the $10 she promised for "big boys who blow their noses."
2. You still love to cuddle.
3. You started wiping off my kisses and told me that you prefer Eskimo kisses. That kinda makes me sad, but I promised you that I would always kiss you anyway.
4. You love Lego's and use your imagination like crazy inventing strange and wonderful creations with them.
5. You make your own bed and get yourself dressed; you fold your own clothes and put them away (I try not to let my ocd nature take over and rearrange them); now if only I could get you to wash your own hair . . .
6. You love math, dislike reading lessons, but love that you are learning to read.
7. You tell Alli that you love her every day, and cry when she is in a mood and says "I don't love you."
8. You are convinced that you will learn to ride a 2 wheel bike this year, because Carra did last summer when she was 5.
9. Your idea of a good time is helping Dad with whatever project he is doing, and always dress the part of "the worker man."
10. You want to learn to sew, just like your mommy.
11. When I told you that I didn't think I was ready for you to be 5, you lectured me that "you can't change God's plan and His plan is for me to grow older." I'm being reminded of the sovereignty of God from my 5 year old. I love that.
Happy Birthday, Elijah. Your dad and I love you at least one billion. You are a joy to us. But try to stick with being 5 for a while, okay? Maybe another 3 or 4 years?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Extra Fabric = French Memo Boards!

In an effort to redecorate Alli's room on a budget, I decided to make her a french memo board with some scrap fabric. So it all started with this one . . .
. . . then Elijah decided he wanted one, too . . . . . . and then I decided my craft area could use a memo board, and I had this extra fabric from a handbag that I LOVE, so I made #3 . . .
. . . only to find that I still had enough of this fabric to make #4 for downstairs.
Now every bedroom has one, as well as the hallway by the kitchen. I think this should be enough for now . . .

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Scrumptious Fare

I found this recipe a while ago, and never got around to making it until last night. The whole family loved it, and when I had to turn Elijah down from his 4Th serving, I decided it was definitely a keeper, and one to share with you all! So here is the recipe for our 5 star dish -

Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs
1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks
1/3 c. water
3 T vinegar
1 T soy sauce
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
3 T cornstarch
1 batch of 30 meatballs (frozen or thawed) - I use Sam's Club frozen meatballs, they are our favorite!
1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
Hot cooked rice

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Set pineapple aside. Add water to juice if needed to measure 1 cup; pour into a large skillet. Add 1/3 c. water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch; stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add pineapple, meatballs and green pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice. Yield: 6 servings

Monday, February 02, 2009

What makes me different than a typical person on Groundhog's Day . . .

I'm excited if our local groundhog sees his shadow. That means only 6 more weeks of winter around here!