Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This week has been spring break and I've totally enjoyed not having a schedule to get up to. I did still teach preschool Monday and Wednesday, so I did have to get up by 8:00, but the other days I've thoroughly enjoyed laying in bed for as long as I want to. It's really making me look forward to summertime! We've been staying busy - Monday we had the neighbor friends over (between them, the little boy I babysit and my boys, I had 6 boys at my house!!) and we took everyone to the park. Tuesday, we packed a lunch and took it over to Tingley Beach where we had a picnic and threw rocks in the water. Wednesday, Porter and Zach played all day with the neighbor kids again - I finally had them come inside at a little after 5:00. They were exhausted! But not too exhausted to go to McDonald's for ice cream cones and a little more play time on the playground. Today we had some other friends come to play. Tomorrow Rhett's staying home from work and there's talk of going to see Horton Hears a Who. I think Saturday's scheduled for getting the garden ready for planting - springtime means it's time to get planting those peas, carrots, and spinach!! I'm really excited. I love seeing the plants grow and being able to harvest and eat what I've grown myself! Not to mention the money I save...
I'm off to start dinner - we're having the missionaries over tonight and on top of making sure dinner is ready at 5:00 (we usually eat at 6:00) I have to make sure we have PLENTY to eat!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I was upstairs watching TV in our loft relaxing on this Sunday afternoon. Porter and Zach were in their room, putting together their latest Lego creations and talking. "Guess what Uncle Dan told me," Porter said. Interested on what divine words of wisdom my little brother had told my son, I put in a listening ear. Here's what he said:
Porter: Never laugh at a rhinoceros.
Porter: Because it will knock you over.
Porter: But you can laugh. Because you'll never see a rhinoceros.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Cracked Wheat Casserole
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tb. chopped parsley
1/2 cup uncooked cracked wheat (I didn't have any actual cracked wheat, but I took the regular hard red wheat, and ran it for a minute in my food processor. I don't know exactly how that is different from actual cracked wheat, but it worked fine!)
1 tsp. Beef Bouillon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 cup chopped tomatoes
Brown beef with onion and garlic until pink color has gone from meat. Drain. Combine rest of the ingredients except the cheese and tomatoes. Pour into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 45 minutes or until the cracked wheat is tender and water has been absorbed. Stir in the cheese and tomatoes. Let stand a minute before serving. Enjoy!
Monday, March 3, 2008
I know of two sites as of now that have lots of free downloads. One is The Shabby Princess (thanks Jana, for this site!). This one has tons of fun kits and papers. Everything on the site is free. And I tell you, once you get started, you can download all day! Make sure you have lots of room on your computer - the kits average 20-50 Meg of space - but they are well worth it! The other site I found is Free Digital Scrapbooking. This site has lots of cute alphabets and papers. Just click on the "Featured Freebies" at the left to find the free stuff. I would also suggest some of the other digital scrapbooking sites; many of them have freebies. And I've found the stuff to buy is really inexpensive - and the best part, is you can use them over and over and over!
Some other sites:
Digital Scrapbook Place
The Lily Pad (my personal favorite, so far)
Digital Scrapbook Pages
Anyways, there are tons out there. Happy Scrapping!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
For all those who are worried about what I'm going to do with my Cricut, I'm still going to paper scrap as well. I still do cards and I'm going to finish Andrew's first year in paper. And I'm sure I'll find plenty of things to cut on the Cricut for preschool. (speaking of that, I need to get the My Community cartridge!!)
Anyways, here's my first attempt - I think it turned out pretty good!