Monday, August 31, 2009
As you can see there are a lot of kiddos! Originally there were three of us mom's wanting to get together, and God brought a 4th mom that really rounded out our group and evened things up teaching wise. We have our lesson plans and jobs mapped out for the semester. We'll end the semester with a Christmas program. How cute is that?!?! We're going to have 4 baby Jesus's! Or maybe we'll make them lambs. Soooo, after lunch the baby came trotting down the hall with MY TOOTHBRUSH. Hmmm, that's odd I say, the bathroom door was shut. Or not.
I had to throw away my fun, hot pink toothbrush with this neato tongue brusher feature. Tonight I had to use the black brush in the pack. That's right. I'm using a boy color toothbrush. Bumm.Er. That reminds me of a story though. One night when we were in our first years of marriage we both ended up brushing our teeth one night at the same time. I reached for the green toothbrush and Shane said, "The green one's yours? I thought the green one was mine." Yowsers!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Chicken Pot Pie-Betty Crocker
1 pkg frozen peas and carrots
5 TBS plus 1 tsp butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely diced onion
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 ½-3 cups cooked, cubed chicken
2 refrigerated pie crusts
Preheat oven 425. Rinse frozen peas/carrots in cold water to separate. Drain.
Melt butter in saucepan, add flour, onion, salt, pepper. Cook, stirring constantly till mixture is bubbly, remove from heat. Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.
Stir in chicken and peas/carrots. Remove from heat.
Fill pie crusts with filling. Bake at 425 for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Quick Pot Pie
2 refrigerated pie crusts
2-3 cooked, diced chicken breasts (or 1 can of chicken)
1-2 cans Veg-all, drained
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of potato
Salt, pepper and cheddar cheese
Mix ingredients, fill pie crusts, bake at 425 for about 35 minutes.
If you are in a hurry-the Quick Pot Pie version is your best bet. It can be thrown together in 5 minutes.
Did you know you can freeze pie crusts? Frozen pie crust is a great thing to have on hand. So are the bags of mixed peas and carrots. With these two staples you can always have the ingredients on hand to make this dinner.
I'm getting some Recipe Organization ideas together to share with ya'll. Is your recipe drawer in chaos? Little scraps of paper with recipes scrawled on them? Pages of magazines ripped out? Recipes printed of the Internet? Jam packed so you can't even open the drawer? Yep, we're gonna get that worked out!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
You are not driving the house of fun mirrors where you can see out but we can't see in. In fact, your blue Ford has no tinting at all and it's freaking my kids and me out.
OK Kids, let's just look elsewhere.
Ahh yes, much better. Hello UPS Lady. Wow, I am lovin' the oscillating fan attached to your dash. What a clever idea. With the hot flashes I get myself into these days that would be a nice addition to the bus. And oh my word. Lovin' the embroidered UPS socks. That is coordination at it's best.
What's everyone honkin' for? Oh yeah, the light is green and that means GO!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
This morning I've been dusting, windexing, cleaning floors, bathrooms, washing sheets, the whole nine yards. These little buckaroo's will sleep good tonight. This is my gift to myself: Clean Sheets! I wash them in Mountain Spring Tide & April Fresh Downy.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I sure do. Sweet older ladies like to say, "Honey, you're too young for hot flashes."
Well that is all fine and dandy but how else to you explain episodes of profuse sweating that wreak havoc on the beautification process every morning, ah, let's be real, every afternoon just before the hubster gets home?
I guarantee you I remember my 30 year old Mama havin' her some hot flashes when we were girls. I remember praying to God every time we got into the car that this would be the year Santa brought warm, hooded, Eskimo coats for our summer excursions.
Call it what you will but I am one hot mama.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We love going to High School football games. The cool night air, the band, cheering for our team, the BBQ, hot dogs & popcorn. We love making chili and having folks over. Taco Soup anyone? I might still be Taco Souped out from last year, we made it A LOT.
Here's a recipe we love for football season.
Bandito Chili Dogs:
Hot Dogs (we use Oscar Meyer all beef)
2 Cans Chili
1 Can Nacho Cheese Soup
1 Can chopped green chili's
Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for about 4 hours. Serve with buns, fritos, cheddar, diced onion, salsa, mustard, relish, jalepeno's, hot sauce. It's your hot dog-own it! Help. Me. Rhonda.
This is a great recipe to throw in before a game. Come home and it's all ready. It is also good for functions where folks may be coming and going. Bon Apetite!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Over the course of the last two months, this desire to try HS has never gone away. To see the people and new friends that have been placed in our lives is almost comical. New friends on the same journey. It makes me laugh to see all the new faces in our life walking this same road. Only God would see fit to give us encourager's like he has.
Part of the reason I fought so hard against trying this is because we have amazing schools in our area. Really top notch schools with Christian principles. Amazing teachers. So, no part of our decision to HS is because we're trying to protect our boys from culture or whatever (in these early years anyway). I still don't understand why God has called us to this season. It is not what I would have chosen if I were choosing. I only took one semester of teaching in college, then quickly switched to Marketing, then to Fashion & Interior Design which was where I finally found my niche. So the idea of me teaching makes me laugh.
I can tell you this though. I felt so at home with my boys this morning. It felt like the perfect fit. The joy of obeying has been overwhelming in my spirit today. Knowing that these little boys are under our wings this year makes me happy. Knowing that we have another year with them to sow the seeds of the truth of God's Word and his love for them during the entire day makes me giddy. They are just little guys and they are going to be gone in a heartbeat. Today I realized one of the perks of HS is that we get to spend so much time together this year.
Tonight in Book Club we talked about how as women it is easy to compare our lives to other people's lives. It is one of Satan's favorite tactics to make us doubt where God has us right now and get sidetracked. Get us distracted with discontentment over our current circumstances. The beauty of this life on earth is that our lives do not all exactly look the same. Tomorrow there are going to be little one's getting on school buses, being dropped off by parents and it is going to be absolutely joyous for these little guys to meet their new teachers and come home and tell mom all about their wonderful day!
So that's that. Just thought I'd hop on and post that my heart is full tonight. Full of the joy of doing something I did not want to do but seeing God's blessings already. I mean the joy us almost uncontainable! Don't you love that verse in Malachi 3 where God says bring your entire tithe into my storehouse? Bring me everything you've got. Then watch me. Watch me. See if I don't throw open the storehouses of heaven into your life. You are not going to have room for all the blessings. Watch me!
Meanwhile, I was getting our lessons, notebooks & supplies ready.
A very excited 5 year old.
I LOVE these boys.
So many fun new things.
Daddy reading the first lesson.
Monday, August 17, 2009
So, yesterday I got my postcard in the mail with the bright, yellow daisy on the front. "It's that time of year again :)"
Gggrrrrrreat. Time to pay a visit to my friendly, neighborhood woman doctor. And so the great yearly debate begins again. Socks or no socks. If you are like me you get dressed to the nines to go see her. No it does not matter that as soon as the nurse leaves you have to put on a purple tissue thingamajig which will inevitably stress you out as to whether the ties go in the front or back. You will get your purple thing on and then the great sock debate will stress you out.
Even if you have resolved your decision beforehand, standing there in the little room with your purple get-up on you will second-guess the decision you labored over for 12 weeks since you received the post card in the mail.
Socks or no socks is your question. If you go the no socks route this is definite protocol for the Pre-OB pedicure. There is no if's and's or but's (no-pun intended). This really needs to be done out of respect for your doctor. Common curtesy. If you are cheap like me and don't want to shell out $20 (or if I got some hooty flooty readers who are to good for the roadside pedi shop, you'll shell out $50), then your best option is going to be Socks On.
Here's where that problem occurs. You dressed up in your black slacks, nice shirt, black trouser socks and black Nine West. Standing here in the little room in your purple get-up the black socks against your really white legs is horrifyingly scary thanks to the fluorescent overhead lighting you forgot to take into consideration.
At this point you are already thinking about the retail therapy you have earned yourself because all this stress is stressing you out to the max and you've got to decide soon and get your little keester up on that table.
All this said, I'm trying to process here in front of God and everyone if Bugs is going to get a pedi this week. After seeing this on paper I think the answer is a strong, resounding, YES! I think a pedi and retail therapy is a small price to pay for good health.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
1). I was in Dallas a couple of weeks ago on a business trip. Several days before I left I got a migraine that lasted 48 hours. On the first night of my trip I began getting another migraine. There were LOTS of people there and I just had to sit down on a bench. A lady came and sat next to me. She asked me if I was OK and I told her I thought I was getting a migraine.
Well, she whipped out a prescription sample out of her purse and it was for migraine headache's. Really Lord? You'd have a lady sit next to me and provide this for me in the midst of 10,000 people? Then she asked if she could pray for me. She prayed the sweetest prayer of blessing over me asking God to bless my relationships. Asking God to show me how he has gifted me and that I would be able to use those gifts to bless others.
I went back to my room, took the medicine and went to bed. The next morning I felt like a million bucks. Not even a trace of any headache.
2). We are using cash only this month. Thursday morning I ran out of coffee cream. Oh well, I thought. We may have to go without cream for a couple days because I don't get money again until Saturday. We loaded up and went to my friend Stephanie's house. Her family was leaving the country that day. I turned to head out and Steph says, "Oh wait, hold on just a sec." She pulled out a Target bag and opened the fridge. She filled the bag with a package of bacon, a carton of eggs, and a brand new bottle of cream.
Can you believe that? I just started giggling and told her about it all and thanked God for the provision. Oh yeah, and just that morning I had read a verse that said he provides for us even when we don't ask. He is so fun.
3). This afternoon I was struggling with doubts and fears about beginning school on Tuesday. I feel very inadequate to teach my children school. After organizing the materials for school I have gathered I was very overwhelmed. I knelt down by the chair in my living room and began to pray. My prayer was that God would lead us and guide me as their teacher.
Shane came home about 45 minutes later with a package from someone from TN. Neither of us could place who the lady was. We opened it and it was a book I ordered for our school time. Sitting on the couch, I opened up the book. The very first verse was from Deuteronomy 6. That is a verse God has been placing before me frequently this summer. It talks about talking about God to your children when you wake up, when you sit around the table, when you walk along the road, before bed, etc.
Then there was a note to parents. It said, "Parents, you are the best and most qualified teacher's your children have". This is not a book about homeschooling, it is just a devotional type book, but the message was perfect timing.
Once again, I just smiled and thanked God for the reminder that this is what he has called me to do. Less than an hour after I prayed he gave me a word of encouragement.
So, that is it! God provided medicine in the midst of 10,000 women. He provided a bottle of cream. He provided a specific word of encouragement at just the right time. He is alive and He is good!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
If you are not happy about how your home looks most of the time: CHANGE IT!
If you are not happy about your hair: CHANGE IT!
If you want to perk up your make-up: CHANGE IT!
If you are not loving the atmosphere of your home: CHANGE IT!
Simplifying our lives has been huge for us. Taking control of our calenders. Not saying yes to every opportunity that knocks on your front door. Being intentional about relationships. Decluttering junk. Turning on lamps. Lighting a candle. Baking a cake.
Since today is as good as any to take the bull by the horns and get your house in order, I'm gonna leave you with a post on taking charge of your household duties. This is what we do. It works. I promise. You know the whole "you reap what you sow" thing? Well, with just a few basic routines you can have some order at the casa! Enjoy! Here is a wonderful post from Melissa at The Inspired Room on keeping your house tidy. You will love her blog. She is a really neat lady!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The right thing to do is to keep my mouth closed tight when I feel this way on the inside. Don't be deceived, a cuss word or two escaped my mouth when I was cleaning up the boys room. You don't want to sin in your anger and oops, there it went.
After a flurry of tidying the house the boys went to play and I sat down in my chair with my Bible feeling very unworthy and defeated in my thoughts and attitude. After some time confessing to God about what a rotten no good mood I was in today I opened my Bible. Man, when He talks to you it is so good. This is what He said to me.
I declare new things in your life Anna. Before they spring up I announce them to you. I open your eyes from blindness so that you can see new things. I free captives from prison. I release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. I have called you into righteousness. I have called you. I have called you and I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and make you. I will make you into what I want you to be. My unfailing love for you will not be shaken. I have compassion on you. Great will be your children's peace. The Spirit helps you in your weakness.
What if God does not turn his face away from me in disgust when I have a moment of weakness? What if he looks at me in my weakness and sees me with eyes of compassion? What if he has brand new things planned for me this very day that I can take hold of if I don't run and hide? He said he will declare new things in your life. He said he will open your eyes from blindness so you can see. He said he will free you from prison. He said if you've been sitting in darkness in a dungeon he will release you. He said he will keep you and make you. He said he'll make you into what he wants you to be. He said his unfailing love will not be shaken. He said he will help us in our weakness.
In case you are interested the baby just spilled my full cup of coffee all over my desk, papers, etc so I had to take an intermission to clean up a mess. One kid is on the toilet and one is in his room singing Jesus Loves Me. 3 cheese sticks have been consumed by 3 kids and one dirty diaper has been changed during the writing of this post. Thank you and have a nice day.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I did not start Bugs & Sunshine because of a love for writing. Laughing is one of my favorite past-times and if you laugh it's even better. Joy is a gift and I like sharing it with you. That's why my blog began. And ya know what? I love to write. This is something I have realized over the last two years.
My hope is that Bugs & Sunshine brightens your day when you stop by. Maybe you'll get a chuckle or leave encouraged in life. Maybe you'll find a new recipe you love. Maybe you will do something out of the ordinary or unexpected just to show someone you love them. Maybe you'll order a couple Aqua Globes for your fake plants to make them look more real, who knows. Maybe you'll wanna eat more chicken. The sky is the limit on what you might walk away with after reading a Bugs post.
Ecclesiastes is my very favorite book of the Bible. People say it is dark and dreary but I just love all the talk about life. Enjoying life is a gift from God. Enjoy it-you get one shot! When you walk into my home the first thing you see is my favorite quote-Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life!
I want my blog to reflect that-enjoying life.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Have I ever told you that I love to bake? Cakes, scones, cookies, pies, breads, I love making at all. This weekend I got hungry for a good old fashioned cake. Remember the cakes they make in Pollyanna? Big four layer cakes? When you get hungry for a real, down home cake the boxed variety just will not do.
You have to pull out the big guns and get your mixing bowl down. This cake is called a 1-2-3-4 Cake and the recipe was right on the back of the cake flour box. We topped it off with a chocolate buttercream frosting. Boy was it ever good. When you make your own buttercream it is not too sweet.
This cake makes a good breakfast too with a cold glass of milk. Last week I was baking something to take somewhere and my boys were so excited I was baking something. So, this was for them, just because! Do you ever bake something fun for your family just because you love em'?
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Today the boys and I spent the day with Nana. We ran around all the fun little shops in town. I purchased these two wicker baskets for the guest bathroom. I love the Shabby Chic look and am trying to veer toward that in my decorating choices.
The one basket over the La toilette has four rolls of toilet paper. I'm thinking of looking for some clear labels. Wouldn't it be cute to put labels with our last name monogrammed in a black script font on each roll? Shee Shee Fa Fa eh?
The white wicker basket contains 2 rolled up white bath towels and a bottle of Egyptian Cotton linen spray. I added an iron cross and on the other side of the sink I put my new Homecoming Tyler Candle. It smells like fall-football games, cinnamon & orange, yum.
It is amazing the spa like feel two baskets can make in a room. The white is a nice, clean and fresh touch.
Friday, August 7, 2009
After lots of prayer and talking to moms with older sons we decided to wait on public school for a year. Last Friday I went and withdrew his registration in the public school. After I did it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my chest. That same day I got an invite from a friend to attend a homeschool meeting that very night. There was a panel of 5-6 ladies who each shared about their style of schooling and how they teach. What timing.
We left that meeting and I felt so excited. Yesterday I went to the Superintendant's office and turned in my letter of intent to homeschool this year. When I walked out of that office I was so very excited feeling. I was praying about it on the way home. No wait, we went to Targe'. I was praying on the way to Targe' and telling God how it was so funny He has called us to homeschool this year. This is not something I would have chosen for our family if I was choosing. But it is something I am doing out of obedience because I feel like God impressed it very strong on my heart to try it.
When I tried to ignore it and enroll us in public school I was so heavy hearted about the decision. The minute I changed our course of action toward homeschooling I can't tell you the peace, joy and excitement my heart felt. I'd say my biggest fear about the whole deal is 2 fold. The first is fear of the unknown. The second is wandering what people will think about us.
It's fun though. Stepping forward into the unknown. Doing it not because I chose to, but because I really feel this is the path God is leading us down for right now.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Well, I have. About 3 times this week I've heard folks use this word while talking. I looked it up because I didn't want us all feeling left out if there was a new word on the loose.
(trademark) a self-balancing personal transportation device with two wheels; can operate in any level pedestrian environment
And now I am confused because this is not the context in which I've heard the word used. And no I don't remember the context the word was used, but I do know for certain they weren't talking about a skateboard device.
How sad. My informational post turned into a big fat waste of time. Oh well, have a nice day and don't forget to eat your vegetables and mind your manners.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
onion (very, very finely chopped, you want em' disappearing so the fam doesn't know they're their, this ingredient is between me, you and God, k?)
white sauce basic recipe for 1 cup:
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS flour
1 Cup milk
cheddar cheese, mozzarella, pepper jack (any kind you love and have on hand!)
bacon (if you have it, yum, the crisper the better)
a little dash of pepper to top it off & make it look purty
1) add diced taters, onion (shh), salt, pepper, cover with chicken broth. bring to a boil, cover, turn down heat & simmer until taters are soft, stirring occasionally.
2) meanwhile, start making your white, cream sauce. you're gonna want 3-4 cups of the cream sauce, so just adjust the basic recipe as necessary. (for 3 cups of cream sauce you're gonna use 6 TBS Butter, 6 TBS flour, 3 cups milk) (the key to great sauce is continual stirring so you don't burn it)
- melt butter in saucepan over med-hi heat
- whisk in flour, whisk until smooth paste forms
- whisk in milk
- whisk continually until white, cream sauce forms
- you will know this is thick when you dip a spoon in the sauce and the sauce sticks to the spoon
- season with salt, pepper, cheeses of your choice
3) when potatoes are soft, add cream sauce to pan and turn off heat. the longer it sits the thicker the soup becomes. depending on how bad the kids are screaming that they're gonna die if they don't eat soon, 10 minutes of sitting in the pan is ideal.
4) we garnish each bowl with desired toppings. this dinner is perfect served with salad & garlic bread.
*this is a very simple recipe that can be on the table in 30 minutes*
*don't let the cream sauce scare you away! once you know this recipe you can make homeade mac & cheese too! make the cheese sauce and put over noodles. it's going to be life changing for you, i just know it*
Seriously, I have 2 blue dragonflies on the sides of my Coach glasses. They are cute. I have a dragonfly pin with clear Swarovski crystals. His name is Speedy and he looks best on my denim jacket. Again, cute. But the infestation of dragonflies outside is not cute.
I was at a stoplight 2 days ago and they were swarming in the air around my car. Then a little love shack was going on right in front of the windshield and I was freaking out. I had my hands over my eyes, peaking through my pointer and middle fingers trying to see if the light had changed so I could get out of dodge.
It is out of control. Whoever you are, if you are reading this post and have caused this plague, please make it go away, we beg of you.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The thing I keep asking myself is am I walking as a wise woman who is redeeming these days?
How is my marriage and what kind of mom am I being today? What kind of wife and mom was I yesterday? Do I have an examined lifestyle?
Here is a quote that will rock your world. We are not responsible for capacity. The goal is not to find more time but to use time more wisely. Jesus was never in a hurry. Interupptions did not bother him.
How am I going to prioritize the time I have right now?
Am I living intentionally?
Where am I investing?
Walking in wisdom means prioritized living in the midst of opposition.
(my 4 year old just came in to show me the picture he is coloring. i said, "how did you stay in the lines so good??" "because i was brave" what a funny kid!!!)
Redeeming the time and making the most of every opportunity can take on several different faces. Buying back the past. Doesn't matter if you yelled yesterday or were crummy in areas of your life. You can redeem the time right now. Invest in the future. The change I make right now will better the future. Prioritize the Present. This one holds the key for all change and transformation. Right here right now. No excuses.
There is a better change coming. There is a better peace. There is a better place, and I'm going to give him a better praise. The glory of this house will be greater than the former!!!
The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former!! And in this place I will grant peace!! Haggai 2:9
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I didn't. Oh yes I did. I had 2 buggies full after they bagged it all and my money was at home. I was having You've Got Mail Flashbacks. Cash Only. Hi Rose, I'm Joe, & I'm Hen...Anyway, everybody and their Mama was at Kroger today and they all filed in behind me to check out. It was the Big One Day Sale for pete's sake and we were all stocking up on cereal, Cheez-It's and stuff.
Luckily I had some gas money in my purse. I was praying Dear Lord Baby Jesus 8 pounds 6 ounces PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me have enough cash and I did.
With that said, today was my first attempt at shopping for the month. I can't wait to see how it goes. What a great feeling though. 3 buggies and 2 1/2 hours later I am done. It is all put away. And I need a vacation now because I'm spent. Literally.