Sunday, May 31, 2009

Star Island

For several years we owned a Fairfield, now called Wyndham, time share, in Branson Missouri. Last year we traded that for a time share in Florida. The resort is called Star Island. It is in Orlando, just 20 minutes from Disney World. It is also close to a Sea World, Universal Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks. Sounds like the perfect place to take grand kids! So... later this month we thought we would go check it out before we actually made any attempt to take kids there. Besides, we could wait a couple of years or so, to let the grand kids grow up alittle :) This trip will be called "what not to do in Florida". We will go test everything out just to be sure it's fun- although Ron will have a difficult time getting me to do any of those things without any kids along. Some how, doing all of those things as "two old people" is just not right! :) And as far as our "what not to do list", we already have that started and we haven't even left yet. Number one: Don't book the reservation at the last minute, when only the small, one bedroom, no kitchen units are left! (And it is a one bedroom, with two double beds- I guess we each get our own bed.) We are off to a great start. Now our next problem is, what will we actually do in Florida for a week- just the two of us? There is a swimming pool reserved just for adults. My only challenge there is trying not to be seen in a swimming suit. And we can eat all of the hotdogs and ice cream that we want. We could go snorkling with the dolphins- although I have a problem getting in water with fish bigger than me. Tennis courts? Golf? Fishing? Nope, can't do any of that. Maybe we can handle the hot tub and the walking path. Let's see- eating and shopping, I can handle those. Ron will love the shopping idea- not! (at least the airfare was cheap) I guess the only thing worse than spending a boring, uneventful week there would be spending a "hurricane" week there. Nope, I don't even want to think about what the weather could do in central Florida.
Any way... we will go see what's there and let the younger generation go next time. (By the way when we traded for this timeshare we also doubled our points, and those one bedroom units are cheap, so we have lots of points to roll over to RCI for this year and soon we'll have points for next year. So if any of the kids want to go some where, we will share the time share!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Five Year Old Wisdom

On Monday we spent some time in the car with Nathan and Jared. Since Jared doesn't actually say very much- guess who did all of the talking? In fact, Nathan warned us as soon as he got in the car, "I can't stop talking!" Here are some of the highlights of our conversation- keep in mind, I'm skipping lots of random things and just giving you the best parts. I'm "Baba" and Nathan is...
well he's Nathan :)

Nathan- "You guys don't have anything to jump on at your house".
Baba- (I'm thinking, what does he mean, we don't have anything to jump on? Then I remember that they have a trampoline) "No, we don't have a trampoline at our house."
Nathan- "We got a trampoline so that we would stop jumpin on Momma and Daddas bed".

Nathan- "Who is going to have a baby?"
Baba- "Ashley is going to have a baby. Do you know that Jaden will have a sister?"
Nathan- "Oh no, Jaden will have to give up with a girl!"
Baba- "What do you mean?"
Nathan- "He'll have to for sure give up- he will NOT play with a girl!"
Baba- "Did Jaden tell you that?"
Nathan- "No, I just thought that."

Baba- "Do you think you will have sister?"
Nathan- "Yeah, maybe five."
Baba- "When do you think you will get a sister?"
Nathan- "Right after we get a dog!"
Nathan- "If we got one now, Momma would have to feed two babies. Dadda might have to have one."

HeHe :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yesterday, We Played Hard

We took the boys to the Children's Museum and to the play ground. Things went well, we only lost Ron a couple of times :)















Running with the Big Dogs

Jared's entire personality is formed by being the
"second born". He thinks he is a 5 year old, but in a three year old body. He is stuck to Nathan like glue- like a little shadow. Everything Nathan can do, he can do and...he can do better :)
One of the activities at the Children's Museum
is an obstacle course that ends with two poles- one pink and one orange. The pink one is easier to get down, it is closer to the edge and easier to grab. The orange one is just a straight pole and is alittle farther away from the edge.








Cautious




Fearless



Sunday, May 24, 2009

Don't Tell Annie...

what we have been doing with the boys. This first picture is Jared eating ice cream after only eating chips and ketchup for dinner. It was such a nice evening that we decided to "eat out" for dinner-- outside that is. We had a picnic, of hot dogs, chips, salsa and strawberries, out on the deck. Nathan loved it all, but Jared pretty much only ate chips and ketchup. But we knew we were going to really be in trouble, when the boys were playing in the grass, and Nathan said, "Woo hoo, we are playing outside on Sunday!" They also got to play with little Lego cars all during sacrament meeting and stay up late last night watching a basketball game. We'll have to see what kind of trouble we can get into tomorrow!


I have a new memory game called 2by2- it is animal picture cards. The boys were amazing- Jared has a very long attention span for a three year old and loves games and puzzles. Nathan beat us every time- we decided that the only person he should play games with is Alex !



All I can say about the next picture- is yep, he looks guilty of something! If nothing else, he is guilty of sitting ON my coffee table. It was rather dangerous to be a student in our temple prep class this afternoon- seems like we had at least one problem with a yellow plastic ball being thrown from the porch across the living room :) Usually I help Ron with the lesson, but today I had other things (and boys) to chase around.




Ron's next idea was for us to play hide and seek- here is how the boys hide. They are not very good seekers either- neither one of them like looking in dark rooms, closets, or bath rooms, knowing the Ron might be hiding in there. I told Ron and the boys that I would play if I could hide and nobody finds me :) They also hid in this same spot every time.




These last two pictures, Ron is teaching the boys about the "straight edge pieces" of a puzzle- to start by putting together the edges and then filling in the middle. Of course Nathan caught on right away- and it really was amazing how well Jared caught on for a three year old. And yep, they are still sitting ON the table.





Thursday, May 21, 2009

Those Blooming Weeds

When I went out walking this morning, I saw a tree in someones yard that was surrounded by some beautiful ground cover, with cute purple flowers. At a closer look, I realized that it was actually bind weed. Then I started thinking about the world in which we live where sometimes the weeds are just as appealing as the real plants. My next thought was about the fact that the weeds seem to grow easily with out much effort, but the real plants require lots of work.



It reminds me of the scripture about the wheat and tares growing together. The battle between good and evil is very subtle. It's easy to be tricked and not recognize the difference between the wheat and the tares, when they appear to be the same. Or when the weeds appear to be just as beautiful as the real plants. By the way, I had to hunt for this weed in our yard- Ron works very hard to keep them out.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

GPS


When I started the store and I have all of the store book keeping to do- we decided that Ron would have to take care of all of the home book keeping. For many years that was my job and he had very little idea about the checking account and the bills, now I have no clue about the home checking account and the bills. Plus he got double duty with this deal because he also helps me with the store book keeping. Anyway... the reason I bring all of this up is Ron has his own GPS system on me. He can sit at home, looking at the computer and know exactly where I am by the charges on the debit card showing up in the checking account :) Yep, she's at Walmart, nope, she's at Walgreens, oh, there she goes to Randalls...

I have asked Ron to just give me a cash allowance, twice a month. That was working fine for a while, but lately I have been having trouble staying in my budget. Now when my cash runs out, I have to resort to my (GPS) debit card. One of my recent budget breakers was I have decided to start a new hobby- making my own jewelry. To make a long story short, I have trouble buying jewelry that fits and that I like. It seems like I can't ever find exactly the right color or size. So when Hobby Lobby put all of the beads, wire, jump rings, stretch magic etc. on sale, I decided that would be a good time to start. Ron would say that he can't afford to save that much money :) I haven't been able to start yet, but I have my pile of stuff. I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm sure that Karen is thinking, "It's about time".

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Monday

Remember, I was taking the weekend off and then I would be responsible again on Monday. Well it's Monday and I've got a few things on my list for today. I guess I need to go out to the store and see how much water came in the back door on Saturday evening. :(
Then I need to clean up the two extra bedrooms so that Nathan and Jared can stay with us next weekend. :)
We had a fun weekend- thanks S&A for letting us hang around with you. I took my camera with me thinking I would take lots of pictures, so I could blog about the various activities, but instead I only took one picture. At least the girls can't complain about me taking pictures of decorations and "non people" stuff. (They hate it when I do that :)
By the way- it's fun to see that almost every one updated the blogs in the past few days-
stayin connected!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Go Go Go Stop

Some times life is just go, go, go. Things to do, work to be done, day after day, can't stop. The most important things get done, the other things keep piling up on the "I'll get to that later" list. Seems like for almost a year, my life has been a huge "to do list". Just about the time one event would be finished another was just starting. Go, go, go... then all of a sudden the weddings are all done, the prom season is winding down, the taxes have all been sent in, and not an over whelming amount of work at the store right now....stop. A3 will relate to this- what do I do now? I have been going in high gear so long, I'm not sure what to do now. The obvious answer is to tackle the "I'll get to it later" list, but some how the motivation just is not there. Usually what happens when I get to this point is, I sit...for the first time in a long time. Which lets me notice all of the dust that has been collecting while I was busy doing other things. So I start cleaning, it's one of those mindless jobs that lets you work, but think about other things. While I'm cleaning, I'll try to prioritize that "get to it later list". Soon...I'll start on that... but first I'll stop and take a weekend off. Just hop in the car with hubby- eat out, go to a movie, celebrate Aud's "go go go" job, and get someone else to take care of all of our Sunday responsibilities. I'll go back to being responsible again on Monday, until then I'm dusting...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Custom Made...




And you thought The Silver Hanger only did custom made jackets. Whenever I get a spare minute, I also do taggy blankets. Shyla and Jane- I know you are out there, do you want to put in a color request? Otherwise, I will just have to pick a color myself and send it :) Or, anyone else want one? Just send your request. They are a small square, fleece blanket, 18" by 18". It makes a great lap pad, floor pad, car seat or stroller toy, chair cover, security blanket etc. The one in the picture is Ashley's.

All is Fair...

So...there have been way too many "Mom" posts during the past few days! There is no way I can live up to such compliments. But, I love you all and I never doubt that you love me back.
Besides I guess, all is fair in love and blogging! Thank you very much.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Day Gift




So here is my mothers day gift to anyone who looks at my blog- it's a recipe. I tried it today and it turns out well. If you actually follow the directions it will turn out even better than mine. I don't have a food processor- so mine was over processed in my mixer. Then over beaten in my mixer. Then over cooked in my oven. (mine were well done in 17 minutes) But, it really is a dough that is easy to handle and melts in your mouth. Next time I will sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. Blueberry or cherry pie filling would be a great topping! The recipe has real butter and cream in it, but very little sugar. Great for a non sweet dessert- especially with the fresh fruit.




Cornmeal Shortcakes


1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. yellow cornmeal
6 T. cold butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 T. sugar


1 large egg lightly beaten
2/3 c. whipping cream


1 T. melted butter
sugar to sprinkle


Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor. Process mixture 20 seconds or until mixture resembles coarse sand. Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk together egg and cream- add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moist and a dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 3-4 times. Transfer dough to a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat or roll dough into a 6 inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges- gently separate wedges by 1 inch. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 425 for 18-23 minutes or until golden and firm to touch. Serve with fresh fruit and whipped topping.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

An Egg Beater

It was just about 5 years ago when I was talking to mom on the phone one day, and I said, "I think you should come and live with us." She said, "I think I will". A few months later we packed her up, loaded up the truck, and moved her from Denver to Houston. That was a big change for her! After a short time period of deciding who got what bedroom, bathroom, and closet- she was settled in. After a few more adjustments like "who parks where" and "who sits where" things have worked out fine. We really get along quite well and its a good arrangement for everyone. The only thing that might be a challenge for mom, is living in my kitchen. Things never seem to be in quite the right place and sometimes she misses some of her stuff that did not make it to Houston. One day she was trying to make muffins and was commenting about how her egg beater must have gotten left behind in the move. I have several whisks, and a small electric mixer, and a large electric mixer- so the only thing I could think that she wanted was a non electric hand mixer. I'm thinking, surely Wal Mart has one of those. To make a long story short- those do not exist any more. I finally went to a couple of antique stores- and yes, they had a few- but a hand mixer that is so old that it does not spin any more is not very useful.
So she will have to settle for another whisk instead (I was able to find one of those that is a "Cyclone Whisk"- whatever that means) and use it or keep using my small electric mixer to beat the eggs. If I had been able to find a non electric one- we would have been prepared to beat those eggs in case of a power outage :) Along with grinding wheat with a non electric wheat grinder- I have one of those...somewhere :)

Oh and...

PS- Happy Mothers Day. We love you and we are glad to share our house (and our kitchen)with you.



Thursday, May 7, 2009

Let Her Eat Cake

A4 will be 22 tomorrow- "let her eat cake"!







"Let her eat cake and have a party."





Mike would also say, "Eat cake."





Happy Birthday! We love you!


Monday, May 4, 2009

Puttzin



At breakfast on Saturday morning, mom asked Ron what he was going to do that day. He replied, "I'm going to go play basketball and then I'm going to puttz around". We both wondered exactly what puttz around meant. He didn't mow the yard, but he did finalize a few plans for our anniversary weekend, like finding information about the drive in movie theatre. He also cleaned his car. Then he totally blew his "no cooking" cover that he has had for the past 33 years :) He went to the grocery store, bought food and fixed dinner. Of course I was late showing up :) But dinner was great- baked potatoes, corn on the cobb, salad, steak, and watermelon.
Last week my yard man also became my computer man. Of course all of my photos for scrap booking and such, had completely clogged up the computer, it was out of memory. So Ron installed a "Free Agent/Desk" external drive- "perfect for your photos, music and videos".
So I am back in the scrapbook and blog picture business. Now that the computer has a "F drive" it is no longer out of memory. Maybe Ron and I both need an "external Free Agent" for memory :) :)


Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Day After May Day

I had a late appointment at the store yesterday, so I didn't get home until about 8:00, which was plenty of time for Ron to look at his usual stuff on the computer and the blogs. His first comment to me was, "Believe it or not, I really was going to ask you what you wanted to do for our anniversary". I never doubted that, I knew that was coming. See after you live with someone for 33 years, you pretty much know how things go. (The part that I was kidding about was him stressing over what to do :) Micah, you can take comfort in the fact that holidays are not a big deal for Ron. Then he said it only took him 2 hours to figure out exactly what my plan was. Then his next comment was "sounds good to me". So...sorry Annie but we are only going to get half way to your house :(
There really are several barbecue places going north on 45- the drive in movie is just south of Dallas- the Sam & Audrey Bed and Breakfast is available- the small town, main street shopping is Plano, Texas- and the ward there is the Wylie 2nd. The reason I didn't have the name of the Italian restaurant was because Sam forgot to send that to me :) The only little glitch in the plan is that the drive in movie theater might be on the "dead theater" list. Plan "B" might be to go up through Granbury- there maybe a theater there that is open.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day

May is a busy family month for us- several birthdays, a couple of anniversaries, and mothers day. Ron and I will celebrate our 33rd anniversary this month. Since I know Ron has been spending way too much time thinking about that, stressing out over what gift to buy, and wondering what great celebration he could plan... okay maybe not :) :) ...but...
when he does pop the question, "what do you want to do for our anniversary?"
I will be ready.
Here is my wish list... I wanna-
Go out to eat at one of those authentic Texas barbecue restaurants, you know, like when you are driving north on 45 and there is one at almost every exit off the highway.
Go to a "Drive In" movie, in the convertible.
Stay at the S&A Bed and Breakfast.
Go to one of those small town, Texas main streets, lined with cute little decorative shops, with cute little decorative stuff and go shopping. Surely I can find some cute little decorative stuff that I don't exactly need, but that I can't live without.
Go out to eat (again)- maybe a Texas Road House or I think there is a new Italian restaurant.(but I just can't come up with the name of it)
Go to Relief Society at the W2 ward.
Go on a leisurely 4 hour Sunday evening drive.
If I can have the pleasure of his company from Friday afternoon til Sunday evening, we could "do it all" :)

You've heard the phrase- "We've come along way baby!"...
Here is your laugh for the day- I just couldn't resist...