Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Genna trying the mixer for the first time, she's a little unsure
Bella dipping the cookies in the sugar
Putting the lime glaze on the cookies
2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons grated lime peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Key lime or regular lime juice
2 tubes (0.68 oz each) Betty Crocker® green decorating gel, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and 1 cup powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, cornstarch, lime peel and vanilla until well blended.
In small bowl, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and the lime juice. Stir in additional juice if necessary. Spread glaze over cookies. Squeeze drops of decorating gel on glazed cookies; drag toothpick through gel for marbled design.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Genna rolling the dough into balls
Bella making thumbprints for the jam
Elijah filling up the cookies with preserves
The finished product! Google is refusing to load this picture properly, so you get to see it on it's side
We used raspberry preserves for our cookies, and these really taste great warm. (I'm normally not a warm cookie person, but these are yummy) I liked the limited ingredient list, and we were able to make them pretty quickly. I doubled the recipe below, and got about 5 dozen cookies. (most are going in the freezer)
Mrs. Fields Russian Tea Cookies:
2 cups Flour
½ cup Confectioners' sugar
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
½ cup Fruit preserves OR chopped nuts
¼ cup Confectioners' sugar
Cocoa in the Night
But today's suggestion really made me laugh. She suggested we name the baby Moto. When I asked her why she said "then we can say hello Moto". hahaha! I guess she must have seen a phone commercial recently.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
I really love this verse. .....the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour..... What a vivid reminder that there is an evil in this world looking to destroy us in any way possible. There is nothing particular in my life that prompted me to post this verse today, but it is one I wish I had meditated on during hard times. I just wanted to put this out there for anyone who may need it right now.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Bella C., age 4
What does Jesus look like?
Jesus is really strong and he knows everything.
If you could ask Jesus anything, what would it be?
I want to ask Jesus if he likes the pictures I draw
What does Christmas mean?
Jesus has a birthday on Christmas, and I think he would like to have candy, balloons, pizza, games, a pinata, and prizes. Jesus was born when he was a baby in the Jesus hay house. There were some animals there, and his friends brought some gifts. I think there were some angles, and maybe some special lights.
In my defense, it can be very hard to get 5 short ones out of the house quickly, especially when working around nap time and lunch time.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tell him your plans!
I remember reading that on a license plate cover once and thought it was very clever, and very fitting to my life today. Jeremy and I had plans to have 3 kids. No more, no less. We decided not to make any permanent decision in case we changed our minds later. After a couple years I decided I was very happy with our 3 children, and told Jeremy I thought we should make some plans about keeping it just the three children. A couple weeks later we found out we were expecting number 4!! Two girls, two boys, perfect! Isaac had some health issues as an infant and I was certain I didn't want to deal with this again in the future. I had an appointment, but the day I was supposed to go I found a lump on Isaac's neck. (this in combination with many other symptoms freaked me out, so I didn't show up to my appointment so we could get blood work done on him ASAP) Well, what do you know, here comes little Nahshy! God is funny the way he makes things happen! 5 kids! Wow! Lots of fun, lots of work. We're done. Jeremy went to the doctor. All is good. Come middle of September I'm having headaches. Really bad headaches. I can't figure out what's causing them. Then I start getting nauseous. I figure it must be from stress. (I had been nursing exclusively, so I had no reason to suspect anything) Went shopping with Genna at Target, walked past the baby isle, and it hit me like a ton of bricks! GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY!!! Here comes number 6! Jeremy said he always had a feeling that there was one more coming. I had a dream many months ago that we would be blessed with another daughter, but in my dream I was told she'd be coming when I was 32. At this point all I can do is laugh. Who am I to tell God what I'm going to do? Clearly God has other plans for this family.
I do have to say though, that this one is somewhat bitter sweet. I'm AMAZED (and shocked!) that we have been blessed again, but it does make me wonder why us when there are other wonderful people just trying to have one. I have seen people near and dear to me struggle and go through so much pain in their quest to be a parent, and it really seems so unfair. I suppose I can think of other areas in my life where we haven't been as blessed as others and I guess I could argue that doesn't seem fair either. Ultimately, it comes down to trusting that God knows what he's doing and he does everything for a reason.
The kids are stoked. I finally told them this morning. Jeremy's mom has been super supportive, which really makes a world of difference. I hope my family can be as happy as the kids and as supportive as my mother-in-law.
In addition to this big news, Jeremy and I have decided to send me back to school. He just can't make up his mind about what he wants to do, and I'm not going to push him to go to school if he doesn't want to go. There is no point in that. What he wants is to be able to have more time with the kids. I want to get a degree, it's something I've always wanted. So, I will take one class on-line for winter quarter. Take off spring quarter for the baby, and take another on-line class in summer quarter. I only have about 6 classes that need to be taken on campus, but 4 of them are science classes that must be taken in order. Currently our plan is for me to take my classes in the evening, and Jeremy will cut back on his hours at night at the restaurant, but still work for the glaziers in the day. If/when I get accepted to the nursing program, he will only work at the restaurant, and will stay home during the day and home school the kids! I will get my degree, and he will get the time with his children that he's been wanting for 7 years. It will no doubt be a hard couple of years with some serious penny pinching, but I really believe it will put us in a position to move forward with our family, and give Jeremy the opportunity to search out what he wants to do with his life. He can't do that if he has to be the sole provider for our family. I know it might sound crazy to some, but our family works well together, and I know we can do this.
Of course that last part of our plan will be determined by if that's what God wants for us, but right now I feel really good about all of it.
Bella: I really like your pretty rock grandma
grandma: Yes, I know you like that Bella
Bella: I wish I had a pretty rock like that
grandma: oh really, you do?
Bella: Yes, because then I could always remember you gave it to me.............
Wow, that girl could really go places
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is the best EVER!!!!
*please ignore the gunk in the canister, these pics were taken right in the middle of cleaning*
Friday, November 14, 2008
There is just something about his sweet smile and his Y words that just makes him so cute
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Of course now Bella is begging for one of these dolls, and doesn't understand how the company could stop making such a great toy. She wrote a letter to the postman to see what he could swing for her! haha!
I had the Berry Merry Muffin doll, which is the one with the blue dress and red hair. These dolls smelled SOOOOOO good! Oh how I wish I could get them for my girls!
Another favorite was Sweet Secrets, and I think one of these may still be buried in a little closet at my mom's house:
I'm pretty sure mine had plastic hair though.
I can't talk about favorites without mentioning Cupcake Dolls! I know my mom still has one of these in her Barbie box, but she seems to have misplaced her frosting hat
And of course, YumYums!
I still remember how horrified I was the night I woke up and found my Hug-A-Bunch doll had lost her head!
I had the one in the pink dress, and I had the movie too!
Last one I'll mention for now is Popples. I had a purple one, my cousin had a white one.
I know they brought these back for a while a few years back, but they are gone again.
I'm sure I had other things I loved, but these bring back the fondest memories for me.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Part of the reason I was so intrigued with this movie is from having a similar experience. In 9th grade science class we were taught the big bang theory. It didn't fly with me. I listened, but kept thinking how incredibly ridiculous it all sounded. Certainly my teacher must be reading this from a script right? He couldn't possibly believe this! On our final exam we were asked to explain the theory of evolution. It was worded in a way that suggested it was not a theory, but a fact as simple as 2+2=4. Something about the way it was worded got me mad, and it was one of those moments where I felt strongly that I needed to stand up for what I believed it. I wrote a lengthy page about why I didn't believe in evolution, but rather knew that God had created the earth. Guess how many points I was given on that answer? 0. None. Nada. Zip. Really though, it didn't bother me because I felt good for making my beliefs be known to my teacher.
Early on in the movie, one of the scientists said something about how when questions are not answered to people's satisfaction, they get asked again and again. The fact that the question of how life began keeps coming up tells me that no one has answered this question completely. How is it then that scientists can just say this IS how it started. End of discussion. To me, that's like saying 2+2=hotdog and no one should even dare to ask how that is possible.
The only FACT present in this whole debate is that evolution and intelligent design are both THEORIES. If anyone had any hard hitting, undeniable proof of one of these theories, we probably would move on to another one of life's mysteries. We don't question that raw meat has the ability to make us sick or that the substance we breath in every day contains oxygen because these things have been proven with evidence that most people agree with. We know these things, and moved on.
Two theories of evolution, that are currently very popular, mentioned in the movie were:
1. We grew on the backs of crystals that were probably struck by lightning.
2. Life on earth was seeded here by intelligent beings of another world
Hold up a minute here. Let's look at #2. I am not making this up, this theory was presented in the movie. Intelligent beings from another world. Isn't that pretty much aliens? Some scientists are basically admitting that we could be here by intelligent design, but it would be the design of aliens, not by God. Sure, that makes sense. But wait, where did the aliens come from? (I bet they grew on the crystals)
Now let's talk about #1. Part of what has spurred these new theories about evolution is that the big bang and ooze theory has been tested again and again in the lab, with no positive results. I have grown life in my body. More than once actually. I have watched on computer screens as my children have gone from little flashing specs, to these funny tadpole like creatures, to real, living, breathing humans. The whole process is complicated and absolutely amazing. The way everything works together to bring a life into this world, and then sustain that life until it is capable of doing it on it's own, is just incredible. To me, I don't see how it's even in the realm of possibility that this all began with a pretty rock and some lightning.
One of the reasons that was given for why intelligent design is not allowed in the classroom is because then it would open the door to letting prayer in the classroom. This I have to disagree with. Are we not capable of having intelligent discussions about science without gathering into a prayer circle around the Bunsen burners at the end? Even though I am a Christian, I don't think we should have mandatory prayer in our public schools. One of the great things about living in America is having the FREEDOM of religion. What if for some reason my family had to move to a country that didn't allow us to practice our Christian faith? What if my children were forced to take part in a religion that they didn't believe in? It would break my heart for them. Sure I believe that all people should CHOOSE to be a Christian, but they shouldn't be forced. In the public schools I would much rather see little Mary Catherine say a blessing before eating her lunch, while her friend Aadila is not having lunch because she is fasting in preparation for Ramadan, and their other friend Betty digs right in with her only thought being if she should save her dessert for the end or go ahead and have it now. All of them respecting the other and their beliefs. Hopefully Betty and Aadila will grow up knowing Mary and her family and admiring their Christian values, and someday choose to follow Christ themselves. Until then though, they should go to school to learn and not worry about being forced to participate in religious activities. What's great about America is that if we don't want our kids in public schools with all these different lifestyles and influences, we can choose to send our children to a private school or homeschool!
I think the scientists know we can debate scientific theories without prayer, so why are they so afraid to let intelligent design in the classroom? Why, at the mere thought of intelligent design, do many of these scientists go into a complete rage? What are they so scared of?
What I think we should see happening at the university level is, let's present the top 5 theories of how the world began. Let's give students the chance to make decisions for themselves. Better yet, let's give them the challenge of having their own thoughts and making their own decisions. Too many of our youth today are lemmings. Girls kissing girls because some girl in a song likes cherry chapstick. They just do what everyone else is doing, believe what they are being taught, without stopping to really think about it. Why not arm today's young people with information, and then provide them with the resources to prove or disprove the theories. Let's not grade them on how well they can recite the works of Darwin. Let's grade them on their ability to do research, on their experiments to prove what they believe or disprove what they don't, and how convincing they can make their argument. Why not let them choose what to believe without fear of a failing grade. Perhaps one of them will actually come back with some answers!
I've always thought much of science was about ideas and guesses. Question everything. Test it until you get an answer. So WHY is science stonewalling the idea of intelligent design. WHAT are they so worried about? And HOW have we let it get to this level?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
good on occasion
a little naughty
I told Bella what each said and explained that on Christmas you are supposed to put the candy cane in the pocket that shows how you have been behaving so Santa knows what to leave for you. She looked up at me with her big beautiful eyes and a tiny hint of worry in her voice and said "Do I have to get that stocking?" ahahaha! I suppose having a little reminder around might not be such a bad thing............