Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday: nothing much scheduled except to get back in the weekly routine.
Tuesday: afterschool duty for me, Emma- tumbling at 5:00
Wednesday: Literacy meetings after school, AWANA at church at 6:00
Thursday: afterschool duty for me (yes, again!!)
Needless to say, there are always a few extra things thrown in, especially once football starts because Emma and Mac both love football. Since we are pretty busy, I am trying to use my crockpot more often. Here are a couple of recipes I've tried since school started that are pretty yummy!!
Cheesy Crockpot Potatoes
2 1/2 lbs. Velveeta cheese, cubes 1 cup butter
1 cup cheddar cheese 2 large bags hash browns
1 pint half and half
**I actually used different cheeses I had in the fridge!!
Melt cheeses and butter together. Put hashbrowns in the crockpot. Pour cheese and half & half over potatoes and let sit for 1 hour. Cover and cook on hight for 1hour, then cook on low for 2 hours. May need to cook longer. Potatoes are done when soft and all liquid has been absorbed.
1 lb. ground beef (I used deer burger meat) 1 pkg. broad noodles (uncooked)
32 ounce can spaghetti sauce w/ mushrooms 12 oz. package mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten 12 oz. cottage cheese
**You could also add onion and mushrooms for more taste, but this was my first time to make it, so I stuck with the recipe.
Brown ground beef; drain. Place enough spaghetti sauce in crockpot to cover bottom. Combine egg with cottage cheese. On top of sauce, layer noodles, cheese mix, mozzarella, remaing spaghetti sauce, and meat. Save a little mozzarella cheese to put on top. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. WONDERFUL!!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Mac and Emma's suitcase, along with Emma's baby Makayla...yes, I know she has no clothes on (none of our babies do!!) and I know she needs a bath. However, she is CONSTANTLY with Emma!! She even goes to Grandma's house!
Randall, like Brad Paisley sings..."I thought I loved you then." After everything we've been through, I love you more each day. We've survived 3 military deployments, being seperated by an ocean on the day our first child was born, a 28 week preemie and 5 weeks in the NICU, and many other ups and downs. You are always there for me no matter what is going on, how far out of proportion I blow things, or how emotional I get...I love you!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
More before school
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Emma's School...it's only about 2 miles (maybe) from the house.
Emma ready for the birthday party. I love the bow in her hair. If you like it, let me know...
Mikayla and Emma playing in the water park at the birthday party. It was a cool little place...wish we had one here!!
Ok, so last Friday when this was hosted, I was leaving to go to my brother's house for the weekend, so I am a little late in posting!!
The small figurine on the left is our cake topper. I special-ordered it so it would look like us. Do you know how hard it is to find a pre-made topper with the groom in his dress blues? Dang near impossible!! The Barbie and G.I. Joe on the right were used on the Groom's Table as decorations. The wedding dress on Barbie was made by a friend of Memaw's.
While blog-hopping this morning, I found this video at Kelly's Korner...and it's very fitting for where I am in my life right now. I know it's God's plan, but I am having a pretty hard time realizing that I no longer have "babies" in my house and that there will not be any more...this is something I have struggled with since Mac was born and we were told that we didn't need to have anymore children because I would probably have less than a 20% survival rate during another pregnancy. I am very grateful for the two beautiful, healthy children that I have and I love them with all my heart. This song sums it up!! As I realize that Emma starts kindergarten this week, and Mac is on his way to being completely potty-trained, I am so very lucky to have the both of them...and I hope they dream great dreams!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
This is officially my last week home with my kiddos. Where did my summer go? It went by too fast, I know that! We don't have much planned for the week. We are leaving Friday to go to my brother and sis-in-law's house for Mikayla's 4th birthday. Her birthday and party are on Saturday. Emma can hardly contain her excitement. She gets up every morning asking me how many more days till we go to "my cousin's house!" I'll take lots of pics and post them next week.
Mac starts back to Miss Renee's next Monday. We stopped by there Friday afternoon just to make sure everything was set for him to start back, and I wanted to give her a heads-up on how the potty training is going. He acted as if he'd never left. He even cried we when walked out the front door to leave. I am so happy that he enjoys his babysitter... it makes my days much easier.
Next week Emma will go to Day Camp at GymStars, the place where she takes gymnastics. She already knows that a few of her friends have been going throughout the summer, so she's ready to see them. The Tuesday before school starts, Gramps is going to keep her for 1/2 day while I do inservice, then she is going to work in my classroom with me that afternoon. I can' believe she'll be starting kindergarten in 2 1/2 weeks. WOW!!