from C over the last few days
me: C, these are The Great Smoky Mountains.
C: They're not great, they're boring!
K: C, how do I look?
C: About as good as a chicken can look.
I swear, I don't make this stuff up.
Monday, December 1, 2008
from C over the last few days
Posted by Jana at 12/01/2008 08:59:00 PM
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We went to Tennessee, rented a cozy little cabin on the side of a mountain. It was secluded, it was quiet, it was divine. We went to Gatlinburg, we went to the Aquarium (I highly recommend it to anyone), we went hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, we ate turkey and sweet potatoes (Drew's favorite), we played miniature golf in the rain, we rented a movie, we ate Blue Bell ice cream, we got in the hot tub, we watched the parade and football, we read, we drove a 'roller coaster ride' to and from our cabin, we enjoyed just being with each other. Then, we came home. That was a mistake. My dear husband thought it would be a good idea to come home on Sunday so he could get back to work on Monday, and C could go to school. Big mistake. Our 6 hour trip took 11. After leaving our cozy cabin at 10 am, it took 2 hours to get about 20 miles. The rest of the trip was not much better. At 9 pm last night, we were finally pulling into our driveway, tried, hungry and frustrated. We will never travel on the Sunday after Thanksgiving again. Lesson learned.
Posted by Jana at 12/01/2008 11:16:00 AM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Some of the funny things that were said or done in my house this evening:
K: "Mom, when I go to time out, I talk to myself" as in I don't talk to anyone else, just me.
K: "Mom, can I have some popcorn?" Me: "sure" so she proceeds to put the toy down her pants so she could have hands to hold the popcorn. I mean, she didn't have pockets and all, so where else would she put it. And of course, the table, counter and floor were all full (yeah, right)
Me: "C, if K told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?" C: (without even stopping to think about it) "Well, if it was a little bridge, I would, but not if it was a big bridge, cause then I might get hurt" (At least he had some logic to that one)
And now, the entertainment is over.
Posted by Jana at 11/25/2008 08:26:00 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
2 - kids who took swim lessons this morning
6 - inches to the Subway sandwich for lunch
12 - Ding Dongs purchased (only 2 eaten)
19 - emails received (6 responses sent)
28 - degrees outside at 4:00 pm
155 - pennies to purchase a gallon of gas at the closest gas station
1 million - smiles from 3 happy kids
It all adds up to 1 happy mama!
Posted by Jana at 11/21/2008 05:25:00 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For those of you in warmer climates (and you know who you are) I would like to share with you a video that was taken last night before dinner.
I realize that we live in the north, and it is November, but let me just say...last week it was 70 degrees and we were wearing shorts and flip flops. This is the second time it has snowed in the last 3 days. Its gonna be a long winter...
Posted by Jana at 11/18/2008 02:33:00 PM
Posted by Jana at 11/18/2008 02:33:00 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We have been so busy the last week or so that E hasn't really had a chance to take good naps in his bed. So, I have found him in these two different places snoozing away.
Posted by Jana at 11/12/2008 11:05:00 PM
Posted by Jana at 11/12/2008 10:46:00 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I love this picture of K finishing the race
Posted by Jana at 11/06/2008 09:58:00 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I thought I would post a few pictures. (Okay, so maybe a lot, but its my blog, so I can do that) The ward had a 'trunk or treat' and costume parade. Even E dressed up for that one. Then we had 'Beggars Night' which isn't actually Halloween. C dressed up as the white power ranger and K as Ariel. They got WAY more candy than they needed, but I guess thats part of the fun. On Halloween we had some friends over for cookies (pumpkins of course) and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. And now for the pictures...
Posted by Jana at 11/05/2008 10:05:00 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We carved pumpkins last night and had a wonderful time. C decided that he wanted Frankenstein on his and K decided she wanted a kitty cat on hers. Drew decided to go with a more 'spirited' design.
Posted by Jana at 10/29/2008 01:19:00 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Posted by Jana at 10/22/2008 12:15:00 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We went to Fulton Farms on Saturday to go to their Pumpkin Patch and hay ride. It is something that the kids love to do every fall. Drew carried E in a backpack and he couldn't have been happier. It was a chilly day, compared to what it has been, but a lot nicer weather than it was when we went last year. We picked 4 really great carving pumpkins, played in the straw maze, rode down the slides, talked to the llamas and turkeys, went on the hay ride, and went through the corn maze. We even brought home a pumpkin for pie and some locally made apple cider. Yum!
Posted by Jana at 10/21/2008 01:30:00 PM
Monday, October 20, 2008
I still have a few things I want to post about our trip to New york, but for those that are anxiously awaiting...you will have to wait until another day. Last week, we made significant progress toward finishing the basement. It is almost done. Just a few little things left, like the toilet in the bathroom and touching up the paint on the doors and trim. Drew worked so hard to finish it, and although it took a lot longer than he wanted it to, I couldn't be more proud of his efforts. He put a lot of time into learning how to do things before he did them, and learned a lot. Its now actually a livable space that doesn't require shoes to walk through. It looks awesome and I can't wait to move stuff in!
Posted by Jana at 10/20/2008 01:45:00 PM
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We were able to go the Hill Cumorah and see where they put on the pageant every year. I drove to the top with the little ones while Jody walked to the top with the older ones. As I was driving I realized that this hill, when Joseph was told to go, was covered in trees and brush and leaves, etc. just like the back side of it still is. There really is no way he would have known where to go to find the plates without some help. In addition, something that I didn't realize, the Hill Cumorah is actually about 5 miles from where his house was, so it wasn't like he was just out one day and stumbled upon the plates. He was led to a specific spot where he would find the plates to translate.
There is a monument to the Angel Moroni at the top of the Hill.
C standing on the hill, in the front where they hold the pageant every year.
Posted by Jana at 10/18/2008 02:52:00 PM
Friday, October 17, 2008
One of the reasons I wanted to go to New York was to see all of the church historical sights. Jody is moving from there, and I thought it was a good opportunity to have a place to say and my own personal tour guide. Drew couldn't go with us because of work, and we missed him, but we had a good time. One morning, while Reese was in school we went down to Pennsylvania and the Susquehana river to see where the Aaronic Priesthood was restored. It was about 20 or 30 minutes drive from where Jody lives. In that spot there is a monument. Also, you can see the cornerstones to the house that Joseph and Emma lived in when Joseph and Oliver Cowdry did a lot of the translation of the Book of Mormon. Within walking distance of the house is a cemetery where Emmas parents and Joseph and Emmas first child were buried. What a neat experience to stand in ths same place as a Prophet and to understand the sincerity and everlasting impact he has had on our world today, and me personally.
Posted by Jana at 10/17/2008 08:43:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It has been about 3, maybe 4 weeks since we were able to drive up to New York to visit my sister. The 3 kids and I piled into the van and drove all day to visit our cousins. We had a wonderful time. We were able to eat ice cream and play with cousins, and Jody and I stayed up way too late most nights talking or watching movies and eating brownies. One evening, we went to an apple orchard. New York is famous for their apples, and I can see why. The kids had a wonderful time. They got to ride on the tractor and pick as many apples as they wanted. C and K both ate about 2 apples, whole, core and all, in the hour and a half that we were there. They had toys for the kids to play with and we came home with yummy apples (I think I have a new favorite - HoneyCrisp) some apple cider, and even some apple butter to bring home to Drew. While there, and eating apples, Reese ended up with a loose tooth. She was so proud, and even lost it a few days later.
Here are the kids pausing for a moment from eating apples to take a picture. They were so sticky and dirty by the end. Thank goodness for wipes. And whats up with that smile on C?
Reese and C standing in the middle of one of the apple rows. The trees were short enough for the kids to pick their own and we didn't have to help at all.
What a fun afternoon.
Posted by Jana at 10/16/2008 08:56:00 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Yes, that is my son with his shirt over his head standing in the middle of the field while the other kids, watch and then run after the ball. Gotta love it!
Here he is in all his Purple glory! Actually running after the ball and playing the game. YAY!
On picture day, K wore her purple shirt that morning thinking that she was having her picture taken. She was so disappointed that she didn't get her picture taken too. So, luckily I had my camera, and our little cheerleader was able to have her picture taken just like the bigger kids.
Posted by Jana at 10/15/2008 09:03:00 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Because I haven't posted and pictures of E lately, here are a few for those who want to see them.
Sorry, just face shots, but thats what I like. The top one is from K's birthday and the bottom was from this past weekend. I can't believe how much he looks like C!
Posted by Jana at 10/14/2008 09:23:00 PM
As requested, here is the recipe for Marinara Sauce. It is originally from Michael Chiarello on Food Network (one of my favorite places to look for new recipes). I picked this one because it was super easy, and I have all of the ingredients on hand, and don't have to go to the store. I did tweek it a little to suit my needs, though, so here is my version.
3/4 C minced onion (just one medium onion)
1T chopped Parsley
1 large clove garlic, minced
4 C fresh tomato puree
heat the oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Add onions. Cook until translucent. Add parsley and garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, basil and salt. Simmer until a sauce like consistency. This usually takes awhile, but you can walk away from it and let it simmer. Stir occasionally so it doesn't stick. Try it. If it needs to be sweeter add some sugar.
I have just pureed the tomatoes in the blender. It takes about 20 Romas to make 8 Cups of puree. I don't blanche or peel them, just throw them in the blender. I tried another recipe that called for celery. It was yummy too. My suggestion, start with the basics, and add what you like to make it your own. If you like onion, add more onion. (We like onion) If you like garlic, add more. If you like it sweeter, add sugar. You get the idea... Also, I would recommend the Romas. They are meatier and not so juicy, so the sauce doesn't turn out real runny. Good luck to everyone!
Posted by Jana at 10/14/2008 08:35:00 PM
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I was not able to plant a garden this summer because we were in Virginia during the time we should have planted. My wonderful neighbor Dawn planted 8 tomato plants in our garden while we were gone and said that she had them extra and we could have them. So, I didn't really do anything with them and just let them grow. This is what I ended up with.
Eight Roma tomato plants that produced a ton of fruit!
So, I made this:
I have had enough tomatoes to make 2 double batches of marinara sauce. I pulled some more tomatoes yesterday and have enough to make one more double batch. If the weather stays warm enough for another week or so, I will have enough to make yet another batch. Needless to say, I think we have enough sauce to last awhile. C even calls it 'Mommys Famous Yummy Sauce' Not, famous or yummy, but both. I guess he really likes it homemade. And so do I, its so much better tasting than the store bought stuff.
Posted by Jana at 10/02/2008 12:42:00 PM