Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New lessons

Ok, so I started reading this book "Lord, Change My Attitude (before it's too late)". I knew I needed a change, but I thought it was going to be a struggle. Ok, so some things are, but there are times where I see God is changing my attitude and it's not been a struggle. But, it's so cool to look at the situation and know that's not how I would have reacted before and can just say "Thank you, God!". There have been a couple things just today that I have realized my reaction is very different than it would have been a couple weeks ago. Thank you, God for working in my life!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Better day

So, far things are going good. I have everything ready except the bread. Ok, well not ready as in done, but ready as in the chicken is in the crock pot, the lasagna and coffee cake are in the fridge and will go in the oven later today. I got up early this morning and went to Wal-Mart to get a chicken before Paul went to school. I was out of the house by 6:30! Then I had a return so I had to wait till 7 for Customer Service to open. I was at the checkout just a few minutes before 7. The lady that had the keys all night had already handed her keys off or she would have done it for me (even though it wasn't 7). So, I had to wait till 7 (or a couple minutes after) for the guy to come up to help me. It was ok. I was early....it wasn't their fault. And I had time. See reading that book last night helped my attitude! LOL So, then I came home and got the chicken started, gave the kids a donut and then we took Paul to school. Then I headed over to get the gas tank for the grill filled. Then came back home and got busy. I am going to spend some time with the kids then work on the bread later.

Oh, by the way......did you know the world is awake at 6:30 am?! LOL It's been so long since I've been out at that time.

Monday, March 7, 2011

It had to be today!

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems no matter what you do it doesn't turn out right? Well, today was one of those days. Of course, it had to be the day I was working on cooking stuff for Bill (see http://wifeandmommyhobby.blogspot.com if you don't know what I'm talking about). I'm trying to even think of where it all began. I guess most of the day seemed fine, but then it was all this evening. The lasagna I had frozen a couple weeks ago I pulled out about 3:30 to fix for supper tonight. I thought "sure it's frozen, but that just means it will take a little longer". It was one I had made with home made noodles (which we've not been too crazy about yet because I can't get them thin enough). I also made a loaf of French bread and made it into garlic bread to try out. I am supposed to make it for Bill too. He wants it really garliky so I thought I would try tonight and see how it turned out. Well, the way I did it didn't really work too well and wasn't even very garliky at all. So, hopefully what I make tomorrow will be better. Then the lasagna wasn't fully cooked or the noodles don't like to be frozen already mixed in the lasagna. I don't know, but Paul ate one end piece and I think thought it was ok. Then he had another piece (closer to the middle) and said the noodles weren't done or something. Oh yea, guess I should back up a little bit......after I already had the lasagna in the oven I had to leave to go pick up Paul. On the way home he starts telling me stuff about school and of course I don't understand and just get upset because to me it's not the way it should be and someone needs to step up and tell the school they should change the way they think......are they there for academics or athletics! Ok, I'm off my high horse now. But, anyway this of course put me in a foul mood, then the lasagna wasn't good. Then I thought since I was making all this food for Bill I didn't want Paul to think I had forgotten about him so I made him a German chocolate cake (from a mix I had in the cabinet). Of course, as the way my day was already going, they wouldn't come out of the pan (I never have problems with those pans!!) so the one tore (I made 2 round cakes). Then I go to ice them and had a can of icing. I guess I put too much in between the layers so I didn't have quite enough to cover the top. I'm sure it tastes fine (although he never said) but it looks horrible! Then we went out for a while to visit with a couple from church. We get home and the front door wasn't completely shut. It has one of those things at the bottom of it to keep air out and it had slid out enough that we thought the door shut, but it didn't latch. So, at first I was a little paranoid about walking in. Then everything was fine and we got the kids to bed. I decided I was going to do a couple more things tonight so I wouldn't have to do them tomorrow. So, I made the blackberry stuff. I didn't think about it that the pie crust I had in the freezer was from when Paul's students were here for Jan Term and we did a cooking thing with them. So, the pie crust wasn't as good as if I had made it. I just hope Bill enjoys it. Then I go to get the chicken out to make barbecue chicken. I decided I would put it in the crock pot over night and then tomorrow I would just have to tear it apart. Of course, I bought the chicken last Thursday and never put them in the freezer so they went bad (I had 2...one for us and one for Bill). So, now I have to either get up and get to the store before Paul has to leave in the morning or I have to get out early and take all 3 kids to get a new chicken. It just seems like one of those days where I can't do anything right!! I hope tomorrow is better. I really don't want to screw up my first food order for Bill!! Ok, now I will quit complaining. I think I'm going to go get a quick shower and then read a little of a new book I got. My mother-in-law told me about it (I'm not sure if she was trying to tell me something, but even if she wasn't I know I need it!). The book is "Lord, Change My Attitude (Before It's Too Late)" by James MacDonald. I know I need to just get to bed, but I think starting this book tonight might be a good idea! Good night all. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a better report.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Clean van!!

Yesterday, I finally went out to try to clean out the van. I didn't think I would get it all done before nap time was over, but I was just getting to the driver side when Grace came out. So, I was able to get it all done. I'm talking taking all the kids' car seats out and all the van seats. I vacummed and used armor all. I should have taken a picture of it before I started, but I would have been embarrased to show them! So, here are some pictures of the finished product. Oh, and once Michael was up Lydia was still sleeping so we were able to go out and at least get the top layer of grub off of it. Michael and Grace were great helpers in washing it! Oh, and I realized how bad our floor mats were so I bought new ones last. I only bought the cheap plastic ones instead of carpet ones, but they came in a set of 4 so now Michael and Grace have one too! We'll see if we can keep it this way for a while.....at least till mom gets here in a couple weeks!

What are my kids learning?!

Ok, so last night Paul had parent/teacher conferences at the school as was going to be there at least till 7:30. I decided the kids needed to get out of the house. Grace went with me to Sam's Wednesday night, but the other 2 hadn't been out for at least over a week. So, after supper we went to Wal-Mart. They did really well through the whole store, but then we had to wait in line for about 30-45 minutes. The people in front of us were having problems. Anyway, there was a couple behind us with a little boy that was 5. So, he and Michael became pretty quick friends. Ok, wait I have to back up a minute.....I was buying a new rolling pin to make it easier to roll out pizza crust and noodles, which I told the kids as I picked it up since Michael asked why I needed another one. I still like my Pampered Chef one for pie crust and smaller things, but I thought it would be nice to have a bigger one for the bigger things (and maybe to use over Paul's head every once in a while!....hahaha!!). So, as we're standing in line the little boy behind us picked up a frozen lunch that was a pizza. He said something to Michael about having pizza. As quick as the boy said it Michael came right back with "we make our own pizzas"! I was a little embarrased thinking I was teaching him to have an attitude like "look what we can do", but then I realized quickly he was just being matter-of-fact and he was only saying what I had told him. It also helped that the mom's reply was "oh, I bet that's even better". So, then a few minutes later the kid picks up another frozen lunch that had macaronni and cheese and says "see we have noodles too". I was thinking "oh great, here it comes", but Michael didn't say it. Then as soon as I'm done thinking it he says "we make our own noodles"!!! I was trying not to laugh. He was being so cute and matter of fact! I just thought it was funny. They obviously know you can buy pizza at the store, but we had had the conversation a couple times in just the past couple days about making our own. And I know the noodles came from me saying it when I picked up the rolling pin. So, no my kids don't think EVERYTHING has to be home made, but they know it can be! And on that note, you'll have to check out http://wifeandmommyhobby.blogspot.com for my post on making home made yogurt and cream cheese!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bad dreams

I wish I knew what causes bad dreams. It seems common lately that Michael has bad dreams during nap time and every once in a while at night. I hate it that he has them and then he can't tell me about them. He gets so scared. Sometimes he will mumble something about his dreams, but I can never figure out what's really happened. I just try to comfort him and help him go back to sleep. Of course, I would love to find a way to help him not have these dreams, but I guess for now I have to settle for helping him deal with them.