Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here are some pictures of Ollie helping me pack...
(he got in there all by himself and pulled that sticker off the side...here's the funny video of his reaction...)
Oh yeah, and if you're thinking of taking advantage of this opportunity to break in and rob us for all we're worth--we have at least 17 pit bulls stationed randomly throughout our property waiting to pounce on robbers. So good luck.
Monday, July 14, 2008
This has been a fun week--I have a few pictures of some fun things we did:
were going to Walmart. And I do actually really enjoy that. Especially when we get to buy food.
Actually this was a perfect morning--we went for a walk, played outside, went to the water park, stopped at McDonalds for a free Vanilla Latte, and then went and saw Joel at work and stayed for a few minutes. Ollie even got a ride on the tractor!
Oh, and one more picture of the morning--we tried to get Ollie to kiss Abby--his friend. But he wouldn't--he just kept turning his head and going real close to her. It was so funny!
Friday, July 11, 2008
6 lbs tomatoes
¼ lb tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp garlic powder
¼ C lemon juice
1 ½ Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
1 red onion, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers (more or less to taste), chopped
1/3 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
Bring a large saucepan of water to steady boil. Briefly place 6 lbs tomatoes (3-4 at a time) into water to loosen skins and set color, (about 1 minute). Remove tomatoes from water, cool, peel, and squeeze with your hands to get rid of excess juice. Save juice for another use or discard. Crush very briefly in blender and pour into a large saucepan. Mix chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin in saucepan with crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Mix in all onion, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. Boil until veggies are soft and mixture has reached desired consistency, (about 5 minutes). Can in pint jars in boiling water canner.
Makes 5 pints.
Let me know if you try it, and how that works out!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Besides eating a bunch, we are freezing as many as we can. The pictures above show tomatoes after boiling the skins, and then after removing the skins. Into the freezer bags they'll go!
I will also make salsa again this year. We found an amazing salsa recipe, thanks to my friend Abby Clark. The other way I like to eat tomatoes is in salad--here's an amazing one from my sister-in-law, Karla:
Tomato salad (I really don't know what it's called)
Cherry tomatoes (or just cut up chunks of other kinds)
Chunks of mozarella cheese
Fresh basil torn or cut into smaller pieces (come to our house if you need some--it's taking over our garden!)
Red onions, cut up
*Now, I know Karla used a certain dressing on this--maybe balsamic vinaigrette? But I use anything--like Italian, or Sun Dried Tomato--they're all good. Just toss together, add a bit of dressing, and enjoy!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Hair Cut #2
Ollie received his second hair cut this week--you wouldn't think he'd need it! But he gets such long hair in the back--and it's still so short on top. So Joel evened it out some.
Cuts and Bruises
On Thursday, Ollie fell off the porch step and scraped his forehead and nose. My mom saw him that night and mentioned that this would probably be how he'd look for the next few years! So we took a picture. Sure enough--since Thursday, he's fallen off a chair backward, and just today slipped on a wet spot and knocked his head again. Poor guy. Luckily, he has a high pain tolerance!
Joel, Ollie and I walked over to Joel's Aunt Marge's house today. We hadn't seen her for a while, so we hung out for a while and talked with her. She found a little doll for Ollie to play with, and upon finding out Ollie doesn't have one at home--gave him hers. I never thought to get one for him--but that's a great way for him to begin to understand the changes coming his way! It was so cute though--Ollie kept kissing that baby. He played with her quite a bit today. I bet the 'her' thing is prophetic...
Friday, July 4, 2008
1. "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldredge
He is the author of "Wild at Heart"--the book for men. This is the women's version, kind of. Anyway--it is excellent. It is all about discovering your heart and who God truly made us to be--not the typical female roles--but who God designed us deep inside to be. It's so good. If you read it--be prepared to go deep--it addresses quite a few heart issues--but it is SO worth it. It also follows a theme that's continued to come up in my life lately--God's incredible love for us. So, if you're in need of a really encouraging book--try this one!
2. "Mom...and Loving It!" by Laurie Lovejoy Hilliard and Sharon Lovejoy Autry
This is a practical book subtitled "Finding contentment in real life". It's been a great book to read this summer, because I've struggled with the transition from working--even half time!--to staying at home all day with Ollie. It's helped me find practical ways to make the most of being a mom and has helped me deal with some frustrations that I'm sure most moms have with their kids. (Yesterday, for example, Ollie dumped the entire contents of our salt shaker on the floor.)
Not only does it deal with children--but jobs, husbands, and just real life--finding contentment with what you have. So, it's another good one to read. And it's a quick one, too!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Our campsite. Actually, we had two. Aaron and Ryan went down a day early and secured great spots for us--right along a little cove in the lake. We had easy access for swimming, boating and fishing.
The girls swimming Friday evening. It was so HOT that we had to cool off somehow.
Joel and I in front of the fire. That night we found two HUGE spiders so I was freaked out about putting my feet down. Yuck!!!
Our first night's meal: Hobo dinners over the stove. They were DELICIOUS!
The girls in the group: Me, Shannon, Amanda and Tina
We had a great time and talked about making it a tradition!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
In the sandbox...after swimming...nice.
It's fun to have friends with another boy who is so close in age to Ollie. It's amazing how similar their development is--and how many firsts came really close together!
I will say that he hasn't responded like that each time--in fact, now he doesn't seem to even care! And for much of the day, I block off the pantry where he would prefer to spend most of his time rummaging for food. Can you blame him?