Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Call Of Duty

I LOVE my husband. He loves me. He's a great dad & provider. He works hard. Constantly wants to make things bigger & better. But I wouldn't want to be him. First off he has to put up with a lot of things, like constant back pain & little ol' me who never gives him any trouble or grief and may or may not be very stubborn. But he's also a farmer which means he works long hours (last week he worked 67 hours, but even that many isn't as many as his dad puts in. which I'm glad) & he's had his hand in places that make me want to puke just thinking about them. He has come home with animal fluids, guts, poop, blood, placenta & who knows what else all over him. I'd rather be the one washing & cleaning that mess than being involved in the makings of it. I love being a girl. I love being a woman. Hair accessories. Makeup. Pretty clothes. Jewelry. Shoes. Nail polish. CRAFTS! shopping. Free drinks. Purses. Being a mom. I'm the one our kids want when they are hurt, tired, sad, scared or just want to be loved. I can go have a spa day & no one would blame me. But I'm also the one who can't seem to catch a break on sleeping through the night. If it's not one, it's the other. I get poop, pee, spit up & food on my hands, hair, clothes & only God knows what & where else! I'm the one who makes breakfast (sometimes) then cleans up only to have to start on lunch, then clean up only to start on dinner. the one who hears "r u done?!" as soon as I turn the shower off. I'm ok with all this because God has equipped me to handle it. I enjoy doing it. but sometimes, I need a break, an outlet. a massage, a day to just watch old Late Night With Jimmy Fallon or Everybody Loves Raymond episodes WITHOUT interruptions. I can't even pee without a disturbance, without hearing "mommy r u pooping?! Open the door. I wanna come in there!". But even when I've gotten the massage, vegged out on the couch without the kiddos around, or tried to go shopping for myself all I can think about is all the housework I should be doing. right now. this time i should be folding laundry, well, maybe washing it first. sweeping, there's never ending dishes & dust waiting for me every day.  I want an escape, to be able to clear my mind & not think about any of these things.  The guilt. the wondering why i can't seem to get more done or at least done right. & when I do get a little "me time" I miss those freaking kids. These are the times when I  envy my husband. not the animal fluids, not the callouses on his hands, not the long hours, hard work, or even the fact that he's got such a wonderful wife that does everything for him [ ;) ]. I will admit it because I know, at least I hope I'm not the only one who's thought this. I envy his Call Of Duty.

[50 inch isn't big enough he has to have a chair right up front]

Black Ops just came out. He could play forever. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

fall

This is what I saw when I stepped out the front door the other day:



gotta love it! :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

when did this happen?!


Tuesday, we got a pet rabbit. Someone found it and thought Douglas would like it. He does. He says, "I love my rabbit." name: "A Bunny Rabbit"


Thursday Douglas & I were taking the poop out of the rabbit's box (haven't even gotten him a cage yet) and went to dump it outside


i live out in the country if you didn't know...  I lived in California for 10 years, then in North West Arkansas. NEVER in the country. I get itchy just stepping outside. bugs gross me out and animals scare me. we don't live in the country country though, like where you could get lost and don't know who's field you're in. i'm still close enough to town that it's not too bad. but we don't get our trash picked up out here so I dump our "slop" over the fence. that's were we were taking the rabbit poop. the next few things happened without my complete comprehension. we saw this.


then i saw this


now we have this



name: it's between "A Dinosaur" and "A Horse"
oh joy!


Monday, August 23, 2010

The Giving Tree

this week I will be making apple pies. for us. for my in-laws. for my brother & sister-in-law. for grandparents. for some friends. i wonder how many i can make with these.


happy baking!

Monday, August 16, 2010

fireflies

I'm going through a little something.... i'll get back to posting more regularly soon! in the mean time, enjoy my new hero: nichole337





i know... unbelievable :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"oh, the places you'll go!"

aren't they adorable! some of them have a quote from the book on the insole. I love them. I really, really want them. all of them though. I'm not sure which ones i'd pick. but there is also another option.... you ready?!
Converse has a DESIGN YOUR OWN SHOES application!! Just a warning - you could easily lose hours playing with colors, patterns, and styles so make sure you have some time to spare, I don't so I haven't really tried it. I can only imagine all the possibilities! =) this makes me happy. 
{IMAGES VIA converse.com}

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

grasshopper


*on one of his "i gotta pee outside" trips*
*my 2 year old found this*




*he's very proud of it*


*i wish i was 2 years old*

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me; Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain."

proverbs 30:7-9

Monday, July 26, 2010

reminders


Zeus got hit on the highway while we were on vacation. I think that the hardest part will probably be having to remind Douglas he's gone every time he wants to go outside or remembers him. needless to say, it'll be a while before I want another dog. :(

Thursday, July 15, 2010

the perfect apple pie

I like making apple pies. I think other people like me making them too.
Enter the greatest invention in the world (besides vaccines, cell phones, an epidural, computers, disposable diapers,  etc...)
The Pampered Chef's Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer with stand

PERFECTION!!

he're my first tutorial! The Perfect Apple Pie! trust me, it's amazing!

(if you're making the pie the same day you slice your apples you might want to scroll down and make the crust first)

FOR THE FILLING:
peel and thinly slice about 5-6 large Granny Smith apples. 

place the apples in a large bowl (large so it's easy to mix without getting apples everywhere) and add the following ingredients:
1tbs cornstarch
1/4tsp nutmeg
1/2tsp cinnamon
3/4cups sugar
1tbs lemon juice

set aside. and this is what they'll look like.
or you can put them in an "air tight" container & refrigerate for I'd say up to 3 days. and then this is what they'll look like. if you make the pie the same day you mix the filling then your pie will be a little tarty and your apples a little firm. if you wait a day or 3 then they will be sweeter. My husband likes them to sit for a bit but will take this pie either way. Both ways are good, it's just a matter of preference.

FOR THE CRUST:
in a bowl. (I use my beautiful Empire Red Kitchen Aid Mixer with the Dough Hook on stir setting)
sift together:
1tsp salt
2&1/4cups of flour
add:
1cup vegetable shortening
(one time I used vegetable spread because I ran out of shortening and that worked out good too. just don't use as much, you'd have to eyeball it)
5-7 tbs ice cold water 
until a good doughy consistency. it should form into a ball. 

divide dough in half and form two rounds. they should be about 5 inches wide and about 2 inches thick. wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

place one round in between two pieces of saran wrap. and roll out about 2 inches bigger than your pie plate. this saves your counter from having a floury mess and your rolling pin never even touches your dough.
remove top piece of saran wrap, place pie plate on dough and invert. gently press dough into plate & trim any dough hanging over edge of pie plate.

I use my hands and place the apples in the crust, then pour the juices left in the bowl on top. I feel like I can fit more apples into each pie this way. or you can just pour them our of the bowl into the crust. 
 Roll out remaining dough. place over filling. trim top crust about 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. flute the edge or use a fork to decorate the edge. cut several slits to allow steam to escape.
for a shinny top pie brush a top with a lightly beaten egg
or for a "sparkly" top brush with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar

bake at 400°F for 45-50 minutes
if you'd like to do a little extra you can take the excess trimmings of dough and use cookie cutters to make it fit a theme or say a special message. 

(see more pics on my flickr photostream)
either way, this is what it will look like after your husband, brother, son & father in-law have a piece (oh & you as well of course)

ENJOY!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

greater vision

I love Greater Vision. 
Jason Wladroup left greter vision a couple of years ago. he was my favorite {via}

This song is one of my favorites of theirs. It always makes me feel better on a bad/sad/stressful/whatever day! Let's just say It's been part of my playlist lately. But it's also a great song to play on a happy/everything is going good day. If it's not a good day, it will make it a good day. make me thankful and sing along. it's very upbeat so that helps but it also reminds me that God's grace covers EVERY sin. No matter who you are... "the ground is level at the foot of the cross"

PAID IN FULL THROUGH JESUS AMEN
{Verse 1}
There was a woman who met with Jesus
At a well in the heat of day
She found the Water, but left her bucket
To go and tell she’d found the Way
I’m sure the scoffers must have gathered 
Ones who’d known her life before
And when they told her, “Your still a sinner”
I know she shouted out the door
{Verse 2}
Just like the woman, I needed Jesus
To come cleanse this heart of mine
My sinful choices had separated
Me from Holiness Divine
So when the doubters came and wondered
If this change in me would last
I boldly told them, “I’ve been to Calvary”
“And all my sin is in the past”
{chorus}
This world cannot accuse me of sin
It’s Paid In Full Through Jesus Amen
I’m a child of God. I’m the next of kin
To the One Who’s glory fills me within
I’m still amazed at what the Lord can do
How His touch of grace is gonna take me through
To a place of joy that’ll have no end
Made possible for the born again
And it’s Paid In Full Through Jesus Amen



Words and Music by Rodney Griffin, ©2005 Songs of Greater Vision, BMI.

{source}


ps i <3 the harmonica in the 2nd verse

Monday, July 12, 2010

girliness

I think having a girl will be more fun than I anticipated:






they've got some great photos on their Etsy Shop. This picture is the cutest picture I think I've ever seen. ever.