Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Today is the day for catching up. Catching up on laundry, housework, Etsy orders, and sleep for the kids.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Jen's Christmas To-Do List:
Cut out felt pieces for teapot & teacups DONE
Sew teapot & teacups DONE
Finish Sophia's Christmas shirt DONE
Pack for Florida DONE
Sweep before trip DONE
Finish Christmas ornaments for Mom DONE
Clean house top to bottom (Christmas Eve day) DONE
Make onesie & burpie for Etsy order DONE
Mail out Christmas cards DONE
Finish wrapping Christmas gifts DONE
Get Eggnog from Publix for Christmas Eve DONE
- clothes from trip DONE
Make truffles, church windows, and cheesecake for Christmas Dinner DONE
Bake Cinnamon Bread DONE
Try not to lose my mind NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!
Think I'll get it all done by Thursday? Keep in mind that I'm going to have 3 full days away from my house between now & then. Pray for me, ya'll!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper! Unless it's a really odd shape- then it gets bagged.
2. Real tree or Artificial? We always have artificial. The two Christmases we lived in AZ we had a real AND an artificial. Luke AFB participated in the Trees for Troops program, so both years we got a free real tree.
3. When do you put up the tree? Almost always it's the day after Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? Usually the weekend of New Year's.
5. Do you like eggnog? Absolutely!! And Publix eggnog is the B-E-S-T! I'm so excited to be living in a state with a Publix again!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably my Cabbage Patch dolls...my mom made me one when I was little, which I named Rachel. I lost her on a vacation to Florida (it was a major tragedy!!) so that year for Christmas I got a new one...she had bright orange hair and her name was Tabitha Agatha. I think I still have her in a box somewhere!!
8. Easiest person to buy for? That's easy. Sophia, or my neice Gianna. I'm so excited to finally buy pink, girly things! It's funny because they're only a year and a half, but they have their obsessions already. Sophia loves anything Tinkerbell, and Gianna has a Minnie Mouse fetish. It's so fun!
9. Do You have a nativity scene? I sure do. It's a beautiful one from Partylite that my sister and hubby bought me last year.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Usually I'm a stickler for mailing, but this year we are pinching pennies, so we are mailing cards to family and emailing them to everyone else. Sorry guys!!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A pair of Winnie the Pooh overalls when I was 20. My ex sister in law was a huge Pooh fan, and I don't know if I got the wrong gift or if my MIL assumed that every adult female loved Pooh just as much.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I don't think I have just one favorite. I love the Grinch (both versions), White Christmas, the old, clay-mation Rudolph, Muppet Family Christmas...and theres lots more. Go here for the full list!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I try to get stuff all through the year. But I usually crack down in October.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I do believe that I have.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Shrimp & crabmeat, Church Windows, and banket.
16. Lights on the tree? DUH!
17. Favorite Christmas song? I really love Mercy Me's version of Silent Night.
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home? We usually are stationed so far away from family that we just stay home. And this year we are close enough that family is coming to us! Yay!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Sure can. Can you?
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? It's always an Angel.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We usually open one present on Christmas Eve, and then all the rest on Christmas morning. But this year my family is arriving Christmas morning, so we'll be opening our presents Christmas Eve, and then the ones from extended family on Christmas day.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? How normally courteous and caring people turn so ridiculously mean and nasty.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I usually do blues and snowmen. But this year is just a whole conglomoration. It's actually driving me a little loony NOT to have a theme.
24. Favorite Christmas dinner? Ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes & gravy. Mmmm.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I don't want anything material. I want my family to have a nice, relaxing day enjoying each other. It's been a crazy, hectic, headache of a year and I just want us to be able to have a day with no worries.
Your turn!! Go post on your blog, and them come back and leave me a comment so that I can go look!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The boys wanted in on the craftiness, so I let them pick a color from my over-abundance of oven-bake clay, and roll it out flat. Then they used Christmas cookie cutters to make the wreaths and the tree. After we baked them up to harden, we glued rhinestones on to the front. We flipped them over and added ribbon to make them into ornaments, and the boys wrote their names and the year on the back.All that's left to do is buy some small, flavored coffees and tie them up with plastic wrap, and send them off to school for the teachers on Friday!
Monday, December 15, 2008
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag mini colored marshmallows
1 stick butter/margarine
Melt bag of chocolate chips and stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir mixture every few minutes to minimize chunks. Once the chocolate takes on a creamy texture, remove from heat and cool for approximately 20 -25 minutes. You don't want the chocolate to be warm/hot because it will melt the marshmallows, but you don't want it to cool too much and harden. It has to be able to be stirred.
Stir in entire bag of mini marshmallows and coat completely with chocolate.
Place a portion of the coated marshmallows on a piece of wax paper.
Refrigerate. Once the chocolate has hardened, unroll the log from the wax paper and slice. Serve to all your friends, and be sure to enjoy!
This is the kids gift to their great-grandma, whom they call Nana. I bought a $3 double frame from Walmart, printed out the pictures of the kids, and decided it needed something more. I had these iron-on rhinestone letters in my craft room, becuase I'd used some on onesies before. I thought that I'd be able to put glue on the the flat backs, let it set, and then just peel the clear cellophane off. No such luck. When I went to pull off the sticky cellophane, the rhinestones came off too. So I had to glue each and every stinkin' rhinestone on, one at a time! Oy!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
To me, December brings hope, promise, and usually brings out the best in people. Not always though. But overall, December is a happy, joyous month in our house. Time for decorations, Christmas cookies, seasonal music, and classic movies.
To kick of this wonderful month, I decided to make a list of my favorite Christmas movies. What are some of yours?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I have played so much in the few days we've had it that my shoulder and upper arm are sore from the constant bowling-like movement. I even found myself playing 10 frames by myself this morning when I got up with Sophia at 7:45 and everyone else was still sleeping.
They say the first step to recovery is acknowledging that you have a problem. So, my friends, I stand up and say to you, "I'm Jen, and I'm a Wii-aholic."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook: 6-8 hours
1 16-18 oz pkg of frozen cooked meatballs
1/2 of a 16 oz pkg of frozen mixed veggies (my favorite is the one with broccoli, baby corn cobs & red potatoes)
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with onion & garlic, or stewed tomatoes; undrained
1 12 oz jar mushroom gravy
1/3 cup water
1.5 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
In a 3.5-4 qt crockpot place frozen meatballs and frozen mixed veggies. In a bowl, stir together tomatoes, gravy, water & basil; pour over meatballs and veggies.
Cover & cook on low heat for 6-8 hours (or on high heat for 3-4 hours).
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Note the concentration!
The finished products. Their grandparents and nana are going to love them!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Well, guess what. It's happening again. Only now it's the hubby's card. We emailed yesterday to inform the bank that his card expires the end of the month and we still have not recieved his card. We got a response back today that went like this:
"Dear SSgt S,
We apologized for the inconvenience, Our records indicate that your debit card ending in **** was mail to the following address SURPRISE AZ . We have send another card Fed ex at no charge to you to the address on file CHARLESTON AFB SC on November 20, 2008, please let us know when you receive this card and what is the PIN you would like, once you receive this card your current card will be cancel.
Bank of America Military banking customer service"
SERIOUSLY? They sent it to Arizona, yet again, even though they say in the email that the address on file is in Charleston?! Come on you morons, get your act together!!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
But yesterday while Bobby was at PT in the gym on base, he was chatting with another SSgt who was working out next to him, and they were talking about their kids and such. She mentioned that she was a single mom of two, and that she was really unhappy with their current daycare. She had to drive them 45 minutes to the center, then 45 minutes back to the base, and then do the same drive again after work. She was paying quite a bit of money for them to be in that daycare, on top of all the gas she was using getting back & forth. Bobby mentioned that I'd done babysitting at a few of our previous bases, and that he'd talk to me and get back with her.
He propositioned me last night with the idea of babysitting again. I was hesitant because I love having the freedom of being able to go run errands or go shopping during the day while the boys are in school and most people are at work (I hate crowds). But then I realized that maybe this was our answer. God always provides, and sometimes it comes in the least likely or inconvenient forms, but we have to trust that it will work out. We can't be picky and say "No, God, I don't think that's good enough. What else you got?" So I am willing to take one for the team, so to speak, and try to help out my family in our struggle. The extra income will be such a relief on our minds and bank account.
We are still in the discussion phase at this point, but the more I think about it, the more I think it is the right thing to do. Please pray that we will recognize God's direction in this!
Monday, November 17, 2008
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp. thyme leaves
1 Tbsp. rosemary (chopped)
1 Tbsp. parsley (chopped)
2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350*. In a bowl, combine all the herbs, salt & pepper. Remove silver skin from roast. Lightly brush pork roast with mustard on all sides. Press herbs on roast, and place in a roasting pan. Roast pork about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until meat thermometer reaches 150% in the thickest part of the raost. Wait 15 minutes before slicing meat.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Stand Time: 5 Minutes Makes 4 servings
2 cups cooked white or brown rice, kept warm
1 tablespoon vegtable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup bottled chunky salsa
1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded Medican-blend cheese
Sour cream (optional)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Heat oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion, and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasinally, for 10-12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
Stir in salsa; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve over rice. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro if desired.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The hubby has the next two days off work, so hopefully I'll either A) get some help around here, or B) get a chance to get stuff done while he's occupying the kids. I'll take either one, really. I'm not picky.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Step 1. Climb out onto desired limb.Step 2. Hang from limb.
Step 3. Get help from your older brother.
Step 4. Parade around the parking lot, waving your freshly broken tree limb in triumph.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
They had so much fun trick-or-treating. We went with a group of friends and the boys had a blast. Noah was absolutely fearless this year...a HUGE feat for him! Sophia was a little hesitant after the first house she walked up to had a man with a scary skeleton mask. After that, she refused to walk up to the door, and would only go if Daddy pulled her up to the door in the wagon.