Friday, September 24, 2010
I am very excited to go out and do things this fall. There is a lot I want to make sure I don't miss out on! Here is a peek at what I'll be up to (scroll over them for links):
* apple picking
* corn maze
* fear fest
* pumpkin fest
What will you be doing this fall?
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thanks to my grandma getting a new oven, we finally now have a working one. I am beyond grateful. Since Tuesday night we've had these dinners:
-chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, green beans, walnut chocolate chip cookies
-DiGiornio pizza & bread sticks (supreme), broccoli, peaches
-pork loins, roasted carrots & potatoes, cinnamon apples
Having all your kitchen appliances in working order makes it so easy to get dinner on the table. Yes, I could have (and did) prepared meals without an oven, but it's nice to not have to stress over weather you can prepare the diner or not. I mean, it's hard enough deciding what to eat in the first place! Trying to eat healthfully, affordably, and excitingly (eventually Subway gets very very old) is extremely difficult to accomplish every night. There is peace of mind that you are doing the right thing when you cook meals for your family and eat with them. The kids can feel special when they help prep food (and the teaching opportunities are endless), you know exactly what is in your food (it is so hard to have an actual balanced healthy meal when you get take-out all the time). Even at sandwich joints, which is where we ate from most of the time (enter kid meals that come with a choice of chips or a cookie. I'm talking about you Quiznos). It's also great to teach manners.....like cleaning off a dish and thanking the person who cooked you food instead of just throwing trash away. Veggies becoming a dinner staple again (not just a random pickle in a sandwich), have become a great bargaining chip too. Yeah you can have a peach. After you eat all your broccoli. Breakfast was pretty simple to do without an oven. We did have a range top that worked. :) But it is fun to know that we can now have things like quiche, and muffins. So yes, I am beyond thrilled. And just in time for my favorite season! What are you all cooking up?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The paint is dry on my first few i heart fall journal pages! So here they are!! (I used a regular sized binder for this, because I wanted to have enough room to record my favorite season in. Plus I hear we will be sharing recipes in this class and from my personal experience, it is nice to have a lot of room for recipe writing. I am especially proud of the deer I painted....so cute!) I have some really pretty fall papers (already 3 hole punched) that I can't wait to show off....there will be much more of this project to come!
This fall has been full of journaling. Here is a peek at what I've been up to....
Thursday, September 9, 2010
* I've been neglecting posting about my Learn Something New Every Day journal. Mostly because I do my pages late at night and they have to dry before I can photograph them. I really like this class because it forces you to look back on your day and say, "what did I learn today?".....and then you get to journal it up all pretty. These small journals are great because they take a lot less time to work in, and when you are committed to journaling every single day, sometimes time is an issue.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sometimes I just need peace and quiet. Sometimes the only way to get it is to go outside. See, I don't mind white noise at all. It's actually quite soothing. It's music I can't stand. And voices. Just stop talking. Just stop. Noise just drives me crazy sometimes! I like when things are quiet and still. Quiet enough to hear yourself think. To concentrate on breathing. Sometimes you have to remove yourself from the situation. Nature has a way of calming me down. Especially the peace of night. I like to lay on the driveway and look up at the stars. To feel the comforting September air wash over me like a soft blanket. To watch the trees sway in the breeze. I can't stand all this mess of movement and light. I just want a still and quiet moment.