Monday, March 19, 2007

Ohmygosh....I am so. tired.

If I say it enough different ways, maybe I won't feel that way anymore.

It was one of "those" nights for me. Fell asleep at about 10ish and then woke up magically - wide awake! - at 1:30am.

I tried to coax myself back to sleep, but it didn't work. wide. awake. ugh.

So, I got up and came to the computer to write a thousand emails and do some of the million things I have to do this week.

Then, at 5:30am, I dragged my tired body back to bed and laid down to catch some more winks.

wide. awake.

Have you ever experienced that?

My body was so. tired.

But, my brain was going a hundred miles per hour and not wanting to rest.

So, I got back up. made a hot baked oatmeal breakfast. got the kids up and ready for school. and as they were eating their breakfast, 10 minutes before we had to leave, it hit me.


mom? mom? MOM!?

8:10am. I felt like I was drugged. I drove them to school (I think) and dropped them off and then came home to fall back to sleep.

wide awake.

no WAY!

So, I did what any exhausted tired woman would do. I read the bible. And just as I was fallin asleep... I read this part of Isaiah...

Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength,
O arm of the LORD;
awake, as in days gone by,
as in generations of old.

It was just too funny

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

sixty nine degrees!

I can't say I have ever been this excited about SPRING!

It hasn't been an excruciating long winter, it hasn't been horrible and bad and all that, it hasn't been really bad at all...

But for some reason, this spring comes at a time when I am so in need of refreshing.

It's 69 degrees today... and I am overly thrilled that Em can ride her bike in the driveway and the girls are walking home from school.

We haven't planted grass yet in this yard, and so it's MUDDY... but it's beautiful MUD! :)

have a blessed day!

Monday, March 05, 2007

after the storm

I feel like I have been on vacation for a week... you know what it's like when you go on vacation... you're in the "vacation" bubble.... you spend a lot of time with your kids... nothing gets done at home... and when you get back, you just behind in a lot of stuff.

We had the "storm of all storms" last week, there was no school for a week, so I spent A LOT of time with my kids. You would THINK a sane person would take this time and get ahead. You know, use your time wisely. I know this may come as a real shock to you, but we didn't. We spent hours and hours and hours really doing nothing.
But, ah yes, we had birthday cake... boy did we ever! We've had a couple of those actually, and we still have some left over. But, don't bother coming over to share because with any luck at all, I will lick the plate clean by time school lets out today at 3pm!

So, today, I have come out of the vacation storm bubble. The kids are at school, the laundry room is whirring, the computer is buzzing, the checkbook is draining, and the kitchen will sparkle (after I "clean up" that cake at least). With any luck at all, I'll finish what I started two weeks ago and be right where I left off last week tomorrow. How's that for a mind boggler?

For those of you who were in the same bubble as me, have a productive day!

I leave you with a photo of my poor pot out front.... it is just a mere sampling of what the rest of the driveway looks like.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bibbity Bobbity Boo!

Lindsey, Linjitzu, Jitz....

18 years ago today... its amazing how quickly time seems to fly when you're trapped in a family of four girls... :)

I remember you as a baby... long fingers,... and that vein in the middle of your head that you still have... :) you were so fair skinned, and so tiny. I remember how you slept through the night at two weeks old (for 12 hours!) and you kept sleeping that well. You were such a content and sweet baby. You loved your blankie (even when it got all ratty and worn out) and your thumb. At 18, I'm pretty sure you could still sleep for 12 hours... easily.

You were born on a day much like today... we had just had a really bad snowstorm and everyone was concerned about the roads, but we were registered guests in the hospital room...two days of room and board, oblivious to the outside world, amazed at the beautiful wonder God had just delivered into our lives.

I remember the perfect outfit we took you home from the hospital in. It was angelic... white and spotless... an ideal wardrobe for you....

... the years to come proved to me that God knew what He was doing with you. Your entrance into the world...the white snow, white outfit, pure infant... who then developed into a beautiful Cinderella loving princess.

I remember when you were two years old and all you wanted to do was watch "Rella" over and over and over again... and when you were four and five... all you wanted to do was play Barbies (well..and six, and seven, and eight, and eighteen... ). You were such a mommy's girl. When Haleigh would play outside you would just hang out with mom and watch the neighbor kids out the window.

I remember when you were 11 one time you were so upset because you were just playing a "nice little game of cops and robbers".... and someone ruined it. Everything was always innocent and sweet and "nice" in Lindsey's world.... even cops and robbers.

There are so many wonderful memories of you growing up. So many memories tucked away to remind me of your personality, and your style... and you. I have enjoyed the past 18 short years... and look forward to the next hundred with you!

Happy Birthday Cinderella... my sweet princess. Remember... a dream is a wish your heart makes... and may all your dreams come true!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Make Ahead

I am in the "make ahead" meal mode....
So, thought I'd share tomorrow's supper (that I'm making today)... :)

Make-Ahead Turkey Tetrazzini
8 oz cooked spaghetti
1/4 cup margerine or butter
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3 T. flour
2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cups half and half
1-3 T dry sherry
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
dash pepper
3 cups cooked turkey
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1. cook spaghetti as directed on package

2. melt margerine in dutch oven over med heat. Add mushrooms. cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to med-low. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat; stir in half and half, sherry, 1/4 cup parsley, salt, nutmeg, and pepper.

3. add cooked spaghetti and turkey to mushroom mixture; stir gently to mix. Spoon mixture into ungreased 13x9 inch glass baking dish. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover baking dish; sprinkly Parmesan Cheese over top. Cover; bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes or until thoroughly heated, removing foil during last 10 minutes of baking time. Sprinkly with fresh parsley if desired.

8 servings.