My Goal for 2014

My Goal for 2014:

I want to be more thoughtful and appreciative of others. It sounds simple but it's hard some days not to be selfish.

Thursday, July 10

One of my favorite summer foods

Hummus! I had never even tried hummus until last year when I tried going vegan. I used this recipe from my friend Barb and fell in love with it. I think it's the sesame oil I really like in this recipe. It gives it that umami flavor.

I like to put some in my pita bread and then fill it up with veggies. My boys love it as a veggie dip. Now that it's hot outside we like to have cool, nutritious foods to grab when it's too hot for a cooked meal. We still don't have my husband converted to eating hummus but that's ok, there's more for the rest of us.

Here are some ideas on how to use hummus:

Monday, June 23

It Is The Little Things...

Do you know when you hear about someone who went off their rocker and beat someone to death with a frying pan for a seemingly small offense? I am guessing that they had put up with so many big things that there just wasn't room for one more little thing.
So, if you hear about me one the news it will be because someone used my special coffee cup after specifically being asked not to.
And it won't really be about the coffee cup, but in a way it will.
It will be about personal respect or the lack thereof.

Thursday, May 22

A building project

The old swingset was literally falling apart. When the boys would swing it looked like it might collapse on them. We knew we had to take it down, but Alex really needs to swing. When he is stressed or overwhelmed he will go out and swing. Sometimes he takes his MP3 player and listens to his music and sings at the top of his lungs. Sometimes he just swings and watches the neighbors work in the garden. So we knew we had to replace the swing, not just tear it down. We also knew that it needed to be bigger and heavy duty so that Alex could use it for years, not months. My husband got online and found the coolest brackets to use from Backyard PlayPlaces so he could design his own swing. We ordered them and a few other pieces, headed to Menards to buy some wood and he built the new swingset in a couple of hours!

The boys always have to help when it's time to build something. They also got to help tear the old swingset apart.

Alex had to give it a test run!

I am so thankful for a husband who not only realizes the needs of our son to have a swingset to help him calm himself, but also for one who is handy and can make what we need without costing a fortune. We have just under $200 into this project and it will provide hours and hours of therapy. Not a bad deal.

Wednesday, March 26

Awesome Words

My 10 year old son is studying Awesome Words in his Sunday school class. They gave him a binder to keep things in and he wanted to decorate the front of the binder. It was his idea to put awesome words on it, so I told him to make a list and then I would make him something for the binder. These are the words he came up with and I thought it turned out pretty cool!

Thursday, March 13

This Girl~

This girl is my oldest granddaughter, Lexi, who just turned 5 years old. She and her mother recently moved to Kansas so we were able to run down for a couple of days and spend her birthday with her. I can't believe she is 5 already!

Friday, February 7

Flashback Friday- Valentine's Day Edition

 These were the Valentine's I made for my son's class in 2009. That means he was still in preschool. I had completely forgotten about them until I was going through my timeline on Facebook. These were super fun and easy to make and the kids loved them. I do remember I started with hot glue, but it didn't hold so well so I ended up with double sided tape. Maybe someone out there would like the idea. I'm pretty sure I got the idea from Family Fun magazine.
Each car takes one box of Sweethearts, four mini Reese's and three mini hershey candy bars. They did get kind of pricey but I only had one kid in school and he had 9 classmates so it wasn't too bad. :)
Happy Valentine's Day a week early!