Tuesday, June 27, 2006

another day...another xray

We spent a few hours in the hospital today getting another xray of the broken arm bones.

Why, you ask? Well, Haleigh mopped the floor last night that's why.

And... it just so happens that a certain someone with a certain week old broken arm and cast came walking into the kitchen at a certain time, which happened to be the wrong certain time, and slipped on a certain floor twisting a certain arm behind her back to a certain uncomfortable position causing incredible and UNcertain pain....

...so we called the ortho surgeon again, who was on vacation, who referred us to another ortho who decided it should be xrayed again....

... so we waited in the waiting room .... got the xray... waited again... found out the xray wasn't done right... got another xray...waited again.... ate lunch... came back... waited some more...

you get the idea......

........ but PRAISE GOD.... all is good. The arm is still broken, but not any MORE broken. It is set and staying....


Three words to Abbers: "TAKE. IT. EASY."

We are still on vacation. In the words of Pastor Bill today: " I can't wait to see your family vacation pictures!

Here's what they will be.......

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

the FireFly World Record

Lightning, Sparky, Allen, Jessica, Tom -

Those were the names of the fireflies Emily caught and put in a jar at Grammas house. It was a georgous night out... just the perfect night for fireflies. They were everywhere! One got out in the house, because he was too little. Allen. She let him go. Too small to be captive in the jar with nail-sized holes.

Goodbye Allen. We will miss you...

"Sparky, you sure are a big healthy guy. Such a great light you blink so quickly!"

"Grampa, do you think 15 lightning bugs is enough for a world record? Or how many do you think would be a world record?"

"I dunno, I think you might have it there... "

I flashed back for a moment to my childhood. I was a little more volatile with my lightning bug collection. I would always rip off the light and try to make beautiful glowing bracelets and neclaces and rings....

ew. bug guts all over me. yuk.

our little patient

It's officially been 48 hours since the big break.... we have had a rough 48 hours with sleepless nights and uncomfortable positions, unexpected reactions to medication. We go to the orthopedic dr. tomorrow AM to see what the next step is. The good side - I have to look at the bright side of this right?-- for Abbers, it's the great CANDY that people keep dropping off for her. For us, well, heck, it's the great CANDY!


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

How I spent my week of vacation - Day 1

We are officially on vacation.
It started Monday. We are off for a week or so and decided instead of going somewhere fun, we would take the time and get some things done around the house that we need to do, maybe do some fun things around here. We made a list: Things to do on our Vacation Week. Here are the things on the list.

Clean the Grill
Go Canoeing
Pack up the burgundy dishes we don't use right now
Make some decisions on the new house.
Sams Club Trip
Clean the Basement
Jet Skiing
Get the boat going for the year
Go to the Lake
Clean off my desk
Rotate the tires on the van
Deep clean the vehicles

Some fun, some work.... there's more work on the list. I just can't find it right now. (great working list that I can't find)

So, here we go... Day One... Yesterday... Monday.
We spent the day shopping at Lowe's Home Depot Menards trying to find light fixtures, medicine cabinets, etc... for our new house. Came home, made supper, hang out. Abbie had gone to a friends house for a birthday party. The rest of us were watching SuperNanny. I thought about going to bed about 8pm it was so relaxing...

Then the call came. Abbie got hurt at the party. Something about a trampoline. Something about her arm. We rushed to the house to check her out. She was on the trampoline still. Actually stuck in there. All of the safety features to the tramp were intact. She was crying and calling for us. We untied the thousands of knots to get her out, picked her up and I immediately knew her arm was broken. She said "Mom, it's like I have an elbow in the middle of my arm". Mariah heard it crack.

So, off to the hospital we went. We didn't stop at the local little hospital, knowing it was broken bad. We went to the next town to the bigger hospital. They gave her some morphine and xrayed the bones. Both the radius and ulna broken. Called in the orthopedic surgeon. He thought he could set the arm pretty well right away and not have to do surgery later. I can't remember what they called the procedure. Anesthetics, reset the bones, cast, swelling, more morphine, and back home we go with our tylenol with codiene and a full arm cast.

If this is vacation, I want to go back to work.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Moroccan Chicken Kebabs

If you decide to try this recipe... my suggestion is to omit the optional cayenne pepper.... we were all breathing fire. WHEW! Also, the 1 tsp cinnamon, to me, is a bit much. I think next time I'll cut it to a 1/2 tsp. Try them! You'll like them!

Moroccan Chicken Kebabs

Dry Rub:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cardamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp brown sugar

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small red onions, cut into 1 inch wide sections
2 bell peppers, cleaned and cut into 1 inch squares
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
12 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

In small bowl, combine the rub ingredients and mix well.
Cut the meat into 1 1/2 inch cubes and put them in a gallon size ziplock bag with the rub mix. Seal the bag and shake it vigorously until all chicken is well coated.
Place the onions and peppers in a gallon size bag, add the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Seal the bag and shake to coak the vegetables.
Assemble the kebabs by alternating chicken, onions, and peppers.
Grill - turning occasionally - until chicken is no longer pink inside, about 8-10 minutes on a gas grill.

turkey wrap update

I made the smoked turkey wraps last night. I decided I needed to share this recipe with you all because they were WAY good. I have one recommendation. I think the smoked turkey with the garlicy pesto was a bit much for flavor. I think next time I will use regular turkey breast, because the pesto with it was awesome!

3/4 c. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup pesto with sun dried tomatoes (I made it with the dried mix from Tastefully Simple - it had basil and sun dried tomatoes in it)
6 (10 inch) burrito size flour tortillas, warmed
12 thin slices of smoked turkey breast
Romaine Lettuce
chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
alfalfa sprouts

Combine cream cheese and pesto in small bowl; stir well. Spread evenly over each tortilla. Place turkey slices, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and alfalfa sprouts over the bottom third of tortillas, making sure ingredients don't touch the edges.

FOLD the bottom edge of the tortilla toward the center and gently roll until tortilla is completely wrapped around the filling. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Cut in half and serve.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

1000 wellls

Our church is doing the 1000 Wells Project -
Sunday when we went home from church, we talked about it. We all decided that we would go ahead and participate. ALL of us.

Here's the jist of it .... 2 weeks - drink nothing but water - whatever you would have normally drank, put that money in a cup, and give it to the 1000 wells project to dig a well in Africa for clean water. Simple. Right?

Okay, well, it has been three days. That's all. just three. I have messed up three times. Once was when I went to the Pizza Ranch and ... well, what could I do? The drink was included in the price you pay for buffet? I had to drink it.....

Second was when I had a meeting at work. They had donuts. I had no coffee for two days! I HAD TO DO IT!!! Get off my back people! I HAD NO CHOICE!

Lastly, it was the cookies that did it. It would have been no problem for me except that I baked those DARN cookies! And they were so good.... but not perfect... and it was only a HALF a glass of milk, not a whole one... and I only dunked the cookies, so technically I didn't drink it. Well, until the last little bit but then there were so many chunks of cookie in there, it wasn't like drinking... more like eating.

Emily isn't doing so good either. She was at grammas yesterday morning and I got a desperate phone call....

mommy... can i PLEASE have just one drink of juice? my throat hurts and i NEED one drink of juice! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSE????


Truthfully, this is a great experience for us. My friend Sandy is in Africa right now as I write this.... most likely wishing desperately there were more clean wells for the people to drink. I stop and pray for her now and then during this time, knowing she has not only given up milk and pop and juice... but oh so much more.... for the people in Uganda to have hope for their lives, for their future, for eternity.

In 2 Samuel 24, King David said (paraphrased by me) "How can I give my God that which costs me nothing?"....

I count it a privelege and an honor to struggle through 2 weeks of nothing but water, in order that I can give to God, who can bless the struggling families in Africa. It is my prayer that God will give the increase.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


I discovered a great tool at familyfun.com. You should check it out. If you go to the "recipe" section... and look at their recipes, you can create an account and a "recipe box".

Then, you can print a grocery list. It prints out in an organized format, and you take it to the grocery store and get everything you need!

I have another one at meals.com - that's a pretty good site too, but the shopping list prints out for each meal, not as a whole compiled list, so it's a bit harder to find your way through it.

The menu this week:

Mon: Grilled Steaks and Salads
Tues: Beef Penne Pasta Casserole with breadsticks
Wed: Smoked Turkey Wraps and fresh fruit salad
Thurs: Morroccan Chicken Kebabs, Rice, and Jello Salad
Fri: Black Bean Chicken and Cheese Bake, Chips and Guacamole
Sat: Stuffed Pasta Shells and Tossed Salad

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Missions Trip

Moe over at Motherhood asked me to expound a bit on our missions trip after I suggested she send her kids on one...

It was two years ago. My two oldest girls were 17 and 15. The church we attend had decided to go with a larger group of people on a trip to Chetumal, Mexico to help the Christians there with their efforts to learn how to evangelize the communities in which they live.

My girls are not spoiled rotten brats by any means. They are very loving and caring people. I wanted them to go on this trip more to see what God can do with them... their talents and abilities.... and to show them that they can give and care for others in ways they never thought they could.

So, we headed out for a ten day trip. A trip we all will never forget.

We spent 10 days in the 110 degree heat, going from village to village, inviting children to come to the park for a program we put on for them... to show them who Jesus is... we did dramas, puppet shows, played with them, music, stories.... all of the things kids love to do. We learned so much during this trip. So much about who we are, and what we can do for the Lord if we are not distracted by the materialism that so consumes our lives in the US.

We had fun... and we worked hard. We learned what we were made of. And we learned that we have so much to give. Even though we may think we have very little compared to others around us, we have so much to offer...

Here is a section of a journal entry from the beginning of our trip:

As we walked to the bus after getting off the plane, one of the youth said "sweet--- those are really nice buses -- air conditioned and all!".
We all got pretty excited as that was not what we had expected. The buses were lined up in one area and ours, we were told, was on the end. We couldn't see it from where we were, but it was looking good.

As we walked to the end and saw our bus, many almost gasped. It was the one -- the only one -- at the end of the line that was very old and broken down looking. It didn't even appear to run. The windows were all open, many of them broken, curtains on them, seat covers on the seats. God only knows what is under those seat covers. It was 86 degrees and humid.

The bus driver - Julio - was a great driver. The first thing I noticed about Julio is that he didn't stop for any of the "ALTO" signs. Now, I don't speak spanish,... but they look a lot like a stop sign. And I'm pretty sure Julio drove about 85-100 kph. One of the guys thought Julio didn't drive over 75 mph, but I'm pretty sure he did. Either way, it didn't matter. Because it was so hot that I welcomed the wind blowing in the broken windows to keep me cool and comfortable. --- it's going to be a great trip!

Two for togetherness...

Ang tagged me.... here we go....

2 things you compliment your husband on while in his presence.
1. His ability to fix virtually ANYTHING!
2. His incredibly underestimated ability to both stay awake longer than anyone I know and sleep longer than anyone I know.

2 compliments you make about your spouse to your friends.
1. His ability to fix virtually ANYTHING!
2. He understands that sex begins in the kitchen.

2 traits you married him/her for.
1. His positive attitude
2. His complete love for me

2 days you cherished the most with your husband being together.
1. Labor and Delivery. Okay, that is technically four days but I'm counting it as one.
2. The day I gave my life to Christ. I was 16. He was 21. He led me to the Lord.

2 things you would miss the most if she/he left for two weeks.
1. Killing my own bugs
2. Fixing my own stuff.

2 thoughts that crossed your mind when you first met/saw (or noticed in our case) your spouse.
1. He is hot
2. What could I do to get him to notice me?

2 favorite dates
1. Our 15th anniversary celebration in Minneapolis. We ate at a really awesome restaurant. Our dinner that night cost more than our hotel stay.
2. The rest of them... I know that's cheesy... but the truth is we have fun whenever we are together, no matter what we do.

2 funny odd things you love.
1. His constant preoccupation with "getting the best deal" on everything. Even if you give him a gift, you have to be able to tell him about the great deal you got on it, because that is part of the gift. For the record: That is SO NOT me.
2. His impersonations. He does them so well. He can do YOU too (whoever you are)

2 places you have lived with your spouse.
1. The town with a very small population that we got shunned and the cops called on us because we swept our leaves into the street.
2. this city

2 favorite vacations
1. The twelve state loop o fun.
2. The trip to the north through the Badlands, Montana, Seattle.... that was FUN!

2 people I tag

Saturday, June 03, 2006

sorry people

Sorry sorry sorry....

I am having some technical difficulties with blogger and it is a pain in the drain to post anything!

Ang said my blog is dying a slow death... I have lots of things to share, just can't quite do it.

Hopefully, I will get it corrected and have something exciting soon.

I miss you TOO!