Monday, May 31, 2010

Red, White, and Burgers

Today you will receive the keys to the cookout kingdom.  Burgers that are so moist and full of flavor that you can hardly contain yourself.  Potato casserole so creamy the cellulite on your thighs will bow down in worship merely at the smell.  And so much more.  SO. MUCH. MORE.

First, the burgers.  We started making these about three years ago.  We worried that our very picky munchkins would have no part of these.  We were so wrong.  So very, very wrong.  They inhaled them; they cry and beg for them.  They have pledged their undying love for them.

Burgers with Onion Jam
2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 recipe of Onion Jam
4 oz. cheese (we use havarti or monterey jack- whichever you prefer)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed red pepper (or more if you would like)
12 slices of grilled Texas Toast or Ciabatta bread or Onion rolls- it's really up to you

In a large bowl combine ground beef, half of the Onion Jam, the cheese, salt, and red pepper.  Shape into 6 patties.  Grill those babies the way you like them.  Serve on bread of choice with Onion Jam, more cheese (it's really the only way to go), and condiments.  (I'm partial to some Dijon mustard myself)

Magical Onion Jam
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 large red onions, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped green onions
2 Tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

In a large skillet heat oil over medium/high heat and add the yellow and red onions.  Cook and stir for 5 minutes.  Stir in the green onions; cook for 25 to 30 minutes until browned- only stir occasionally.  Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat.

Cover and chill for up to one week. 

Potato Casserole (Huge kid favorite and it makes enough for a small army)
2 lb. bag of frozen, shredded hashbrown potatoes
1 stick of butter
1 pint sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of potato soup
1/2 onion sauteed in butter
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups cornflakes
1/2 stick butter

Mix melted butter, sour cream, soups, onion, and cheese.  Fold in potatoes.  Add salt and pepper.  Spread into a large casserole dish.  Melt remaining 1/2 stick of butter and pour over cornflakes.  Stir to coat.  Then pour on tip of casserole.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Asian Slaw
8 oz. bag of slaw
1 bunch of green onions chopped
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup roasted almonds
1 pkg. of Oriental flavored ramen noodles crushed (save the flavor packet- you'll need it for the dressing)

Dressing
1 flavor packet from Oriental ramen noodles
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup vinegar
Mix slaw and onions. Put nuts, seeds, and noodles together, but don't add to the slaw until just before serving. When you're ready to serve- put the nut mixture in and pour dressing over it all and mix.

And now, for Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond's Salted Caramel Brownies.  Words will never do them justice.  But her pictures absolutely do.  Click here to see her step-by step pictorial.

Salted Caramel Brownies (from the PW website)
Prep Time: 25 Minutes Cook Time: 40 Minutes Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 20

**Slightly Adapted From An Amelie's-provided Recipes In Charlotte Magazine

Brownies:
6 ounces, weight Unsweetened Chocolate, Chopped
¾ cups Unsalted Butter, Cut Into Pieces
2 cups Sugar
3 whole Eggs
1 cup All-purpose Flour

Caramel Topping:
½ cups Heavy Cream
2 cups Sugar
½ cups Water
¼ cups Unsalted Butter, Cut Into Pieces
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
2 packages (about 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon) Powdered Gelatin Mixed With 1/4 Cup Water

Preparation Instructions

FOR THE BROWNIES:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter or baking spray.

In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring until melted. Add sugar and stir gently until combined. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, gently whisk the eggs. Add a small splash of eggs to chocolate mixture, stirring immediately (but still gently). Drizzle in the rest of the eggs, stirring constantly.

Add flour and stir until combined. Pour batter into greased baking pan and spread to even out the surface.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then remove from oven to cool completely in the pan.

FOR THE CARAMEL GLAZE:

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm heavy cream. Do not boil.

In a separate tall saucepan, combine sugar and water. Do not stir. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture turns an amber color—not too dark, but definitely amber. Remove pan from stove.

Add warm cream, butter, and salt. Stir gently until mixture is smooth and well combined. When it is smooth and calmed down a bit, pour in gelatin/water mixture and stir.

TO FINISH:

Pour caramel glaze all over completely cooled brownies. Allow to set completely. Cut into small rectangles and serve.

***Lining the pan with foil would allow you to lift the brownies out of the pan after the caramel glaze sets. Then you can use a long, serrated knife and slice more easily.***

Once you recover from your food coma, I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day!

See y'all!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Grand Central Station

Hello.  Have we met?  It's been a while.

I know.  I've been busy, CRAZY busy.

My mother usually compares anything that gets out of control crazy as being like Grand Central Station.  I went there in March; I was dying to see the craziness that was Grand Central Station.  I saw it.  It's busy.


But it doesn't hold a candle to the craziness that has been wreaking havoc on the Momsense home.  And it's gotten to me.  Because while the kids look like this...




as they enjoy an all-expense paid trip with their dad to the beach to unwind from all the stress they've built up during a year of being chauffeured and entertained and schooled,

I look like this:


(Well like that minus the muscles and wavy hair, but complete with children hanging from every appendage.)  Seriously, I'm like the Statue of Liberty for children..."Give me your tired, your whiny, your hungry, and your unbathed..."  I haven't had a childless moment since sometime in 1996,  and while I do love them all- the ones that live with me and the ones who hang with me from 7:00-5:00 each day-  I'm cooked and hanging on by my last thread of sanity. 

It's desperate folks.  I know me- things are about to get ugly.  Grand Central Station ugly.  I am praying for a knight and studly steed



to pluck me from the craziness for a just a little bit.  But in the meantime, I will post some recipes early tomorrow for food I would enjoy cooking and we would enjoy eating if we didn't spend our lives in the car. 

And I will try to forget that I have driven enough miles in the last 10 days to drive to the beach and back...

3 TIMES.

And then I will dare Coach to try to extricate me from the couch.

See y'all!


All Wet at the Zoo

Sapphire sometimes likes to play dress-up.  Mainly she just puts on different hats and carries a purse around. 

We enjoyed a trip to the zoo the other day -- lots of baby animals to see!  The baby chimp played chase with Sapphire and I while the boys waded in the water.  Quartz took close-up photos of a peacock, and almost got knocked over by its tail.  Onyx climbed all the rocks and said, "Mom, take a picture of me!"

After we fed the ducks, Quartz was trying to show me a cool bird (black-crowned night heron), when he fell in the duck pond.  He was carrying the backpack with lunches and stuff in it, so I think that made him lose his balance.  Luckily, it was a warm day, and so we just washed his clothes when he got home and aired out the backpack.   I knew one of my kids was going to fall in there sooner or later . . . :-)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day in the Life of a Fool

Here's how the whole thing started.  We had to sit under a tent in the blazing Southern heat at 1:00 today to recognize 1700 7th grade students in the greater Nashville area for high scores on the SAT.  1700 of Nashville's brightest were honored at Vanderbilt...

INDIVIDUALLY.

Hooray for my boy G!


And his buddies M. and A.  There were others too, they just had the good sense to get out of the heat and eat some lunch.



1700 names is a long time, which aside from the blistering heat, was a nice break from our schedule.

It also gave me some time to try to break through some writer's block. I was using the time as a brainstorming session. What to write about? What to write about? WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT?

Nothing. Crickets.... Actually 1700 names in alphabetical order.


Toward the end of the D's, Coach leaned over and said, "If I'm ever famous and need to use an alias to check into a hotel, I'm using Coltrane Duckworth. Coolest name EVER."


Which I thought might be good blog fodder. So I listened for names that I might use as my celebrity alias. It's hard to beat Coltrane Duckworth.

Diamond Safari Jones doesn't even beat Coltrane Duckworth. But it was close.

I thought I might be able to squeeze a short entry out of silly names for kids, but, it was dubious at best.


Then Coach showed me a text from two of friends who were going to check out the Renaissance Festival today. They wanted to know if we wanted to go.


I told him I was full up on jousting and smoked turkey legs, but thanks.


And it was about then that Coach pointed in the general direction of an older man walking toward the restroom...


And he said, "Huh,only in Nashville will you see Hank Williams Jr. in Rockports and a Tommy Bahama shirt. It's all good though, he's got flames on his hat."

To which I replied, "You know I danced in his first football video right?"


And he said, "Yes, I know. We ALL know. It was a long time ago. Let it go."

And I said, "Are you sure it's him? I'm going to go get a picture. Dad will never believe this." (You need to know that my dad and Bocephus went to junior high school together. Let's just say there apparently was a fist fight, and that day a country boy did not survive.)

And then Coach said, "Great. This is going to end up on the blog isn't it."

To which I thought, as I was running with great speed and determination toward my target, Yes. That's it. I will stalk Hank Williams Jr. and blog about it. Problem totally solved. Writer's block destroyed.

Except what is there really to say about Hank Williams Jr.?


He walks around relatively unnoticed. (Except for a stalker/blogger) He could use a hair cut. It appears that he has given in to the comforts of Dockers and Rockports (which by the way is totally disappointing).


He has a 7th grade son who must be pretty bright. It was at this point that I also took note that my photography skills are less than stellar. Case in point, you would see his 7th grade son and his wife and her pretty flowy skirt if I hadn't cut them out of the picture.

Then he walked over to speak to a group of people. He was directly to the left of AC. She likes to twirl. She and her twirling and singing and flittering are some of the reasons I'll be convalescing most of the summer.

So, while she's cute and all- this was just a sneaky ploy to go all paparazzi on Hank Jr. and sneak a picture.



Still part of my master plot to sneak a close-up picture of Hank Williams Jr. without losing my dignity, I took a picture of Coach, AC, and our little buddy A.

He and Coach have thing.


None of them could understand why I kept saying, "Just smile and pretend I'm taking your picture. I'm not really, I'm using you to get one of Hank Jr." Coach said something about feeling cheap and used.


Then he got a text from our adventurous friends at the Renaissance Festival. 

It read: "Call us. I'm enjoying some mead with my wench."


To which Coach replied:"My wench is getting her picture taken with Hank Williams Jr."


And I totally was...



And then all my rowdy friends joined in...




See y'all!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Alexis is 3 months old

Today, my little baby girl turns 3 months old.  She is getting so big, so fast.  I can not believe all the things she is doing, it's hard enough for me to remember what the other kids did at this age. 

This week, I had to go out of town, and I have the pleasure of being able to take Alexis and my mom with me.  They had a blast, and Lexi enjoyed her 1st "vacation."  She did so well, was very happy most of the time, rarely fussed, and even took her 1st trip to the pool.  It was a little cold for her in the water, but she hung out in her stroller with Memaw for a few hours before they decided it was getting too hot.

Here is what she is up to these days:
  • Just moved into 3-6 month clothes (they are a little big on her, but 0-3 is too tight now)
  • Wears size 2 diapers
  • Is sleeping MUCH better at night, and even slept through the night for the 1st time while we were out of town.  She sleeps much better when she does not take a lot of naps during the day (more than 3-4)
  • Smiles REALLY big for mommy and daddy (Kaitlyn and Tyler too). She does smile for others too, but they have to talk to her all sweet and cute to get a good one.
  • Wakes up super happy - THANKFULLY
  • Has started talking (baby talk), and now thinks that people on TV are talking to her - it's absolutely adorable.
  • Just this week, she found her thumb.  She will suck on it if she does not have a passy, and has even put herself to sleep with it.  She has been sucking on her fist for the past few weeks when she gets hungry, but seems to like her thumb now more
  • Sleeps on her belly when she is in her crib, but likes her "rock and play sleeper" that grandpa bought her.  She slept in that every night while we were out of town.  Makes easy for traveling and not have to bring a pack and play (for now anyway).
  • Is very much so a rolly polley, but I do not know how much she weighs right now.  Last time she was weighed (last month), she weighed 13 lbs 6 oz.  I have a feeling she may be around 14+ lbs now.  Definitely eats well.
  • Still nursing and doing absolutely wonderful with it!  3RD TIME'S THE CHARM!!!!
  • SADDEST PART - Will start daycare on Monday :(.  Mommy is going to have a rough time with this and has a feeling she will be very tired until she gets her routine down.
Next month - towards the end of her 4 months, we will start baby food.  I have never made baby food, but I want to try it this time around.  I think it will help save $$ and will be better for her.  I have a few friends that are doing it or have done it, so I am going to talk to them and get all the details.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ciao!

I know -it's been a while. Believe me I know. I'm on the tail-end of the May-is-the-new-December sprint to the last day of school. I'm almost there...sort of.

Maybe you'll remember that my parents are in Italy for two weeks. And if you do remember- I talked to my mom on Sunday, and she totally did buy a rain coat in Rome...as well as tennis shoes. And if my eyes weren't on fire I would absolutely give you a blow-by-blow of how that little shopping excursion probably went knowing my mom and dad.

But, my eyes are on fire, so I won't.

Instead, I'll give you 54 seconds of sweetness thanks to all of Neme and Pop's grandchildren. It was V's 10th birthday. There was grilling and ice cream and baseball and even some swimming in the creek (albeit impromptu and unsupervised, therefore terrifying)

Let's just say my brother and I are both thankful that neither my mother nor my sister-in-law were in attendance, although I guess it's safe to say that had they been here 2-year-old C. wouldn't have run off unnoticed and attempted a wading expedition in water over his head.

It's all good though- we fished him out of the creek- and you'll see the little stinker on the video as well as the 6 other smalls.




Biking Buddies

We like to ride bikes!  The boys rode about 5 miles on the Paseo del Bosque trail.  We saw two ostriches, three llamas, two burros, two horses, a camel, some geese, several whiptail lizards, and a duck.  Apparently there are some farmers with exotic animals near the trail!  :-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Roman Holiday

So, "The Parents" are in Rome.  I say "The Parents" because that is how our kids refer to us...many times while they are talking to us, and it makes me laugh.  They'll say things like "AC and I wanted to sleep in the playroom, and she said we had to ask "The Parents."  So, can we?"

I sort of feel like I could be in a Bourne movie with that title.

But I digress, as usual.  "The Parents" as in my parents are in Rome as we speak.  It's been a big to-do.  They've been planning this trip since the dawn of time, and after dedicating their fiscal lives to charging everything to American Express for the last 20 years they now have enough miles to travel to Jupiter and back a couple of seventy times.

So they flew first class.  And by first class I mean they were able to fly in what looked to be their own private suite complete with walls, a bed, and a television.  And frankly, that's really all my mom was excited about. 

We received an e-mail from them today letting us know they arrived safely.  Which they did, but they arrived much later than was planned and had all sorts of airline related trouble "thanks to the Volcano and Iceland" and its pesky ash cloud. 

And if you know my dad, all the changing of plans and veering off course probably necessitated a trip to the hotel's psychologist, but I'm sure he was able to rally quickly.

Until my mother kindly (i.e. hysterically)pointed out that he had forgotten his hat. He has had some light treatments to get rid of skin cancers and he's not supposed to let his head see the light of day. My mother has appointed herself the warden of his skin care regime.

And apparently she was so distraught over the impending doom of my dad's dermis that she inadvertently left her raincoat in Zurich. That's really all I know about that. But- I'd be willing to bet you my first born that she spent a few hours of frustrated shopping in the streets of Rome trying to find a rainjacket that's not too long in the arms...or the length for that matter. I can only assume it's probably like trying to find khaki pants for Coach in Mexico.

And I'd also bet that no amount of reasoning from my dad was going to convince her to just buy the d*@# thing even if the sleeves were too long, because, HELLO, they were way off schedule.

Which is probably about the time she decided her nerves were shot and she was cold and tired from all the first-class travel and rain and she just needed a cup of coffee. Turns out, she didn't get said cup of coffee, because she said she couldn't find a cup of normal American coffee anywhere.

Not good. You just have to know her.

It does seem that they did finally do some sight-seeing yesterday though.  My mom went on to describe in her e-mail some things they saw in the Vatican.

In that paragraph she did refer to Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, the Pieta, as a statue of Mary holding Jesus. Which I can only liken to calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground, which come to think of it, could be a direct quote from Mom.

I think the significance of the history and creation of that sculpture was lost on her, but she saw Jesus, so she’s good.

And then she went on to tell us about how she thought she packed two bottles of shampoo and one bottle of cream rinse, but really it was three bottles of shampoo, so her hair is all frizzy.

And then she promised she’d throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain for me tonight in hopes that I might one day go to Rome.

And I can assure you this- if I ever make it there- I’ll know the difference between a statue and sculpture, and I’ll remember my cream rinse, and my raincoat…

God love "The Parents"- they lived vicariously through my brother and me for 20+ years, so it looks like now we get to see Rome through their eyes, scorched head, frizzy hair, and all.

See y'all!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Alexis is 11 weeks old

It's been a while since I have blogged, because I am now back to work - and not that excited about it.  Things are going ok, and have actually been a lot less stressful since I got back, but I would rather be at home with my baby.

Brian is currently on "paternity" leave, until May 21st, so he is staying home with her.  This makes it a little easier for me, because I usually come home everyday at lunch time to feed her.  I am contemplating trying to do the same thing when she is in daycare, but we will see how that goes.

What is she up to these days??  Well, she is SUPER smiley ALL the time.  I love this, because all you have to really do is look at her and she gets a HUGE grin on her face.  It makes it VERY hard to put her down, or to force her to go to sleep when she does not want to.  It's very rare that we have to do that, but sometimes I do have to let her cry for 3-5 minutes before she will go to bed.  Most of the time, I can get her to go to sleep by cuddling up with her and giving her her passey, but sometimes she will fight it - especially when she is SUPER sleepy.

Most of the time she ends up sleeping with me, but I have started putting her to bed in her crib.  She will go down anywhere from 8-10pm, and has started getting up around 2:30 to eat.  Uusally we end up falling asleep together, so she will sleep with me until around 5-6am.  I have to get up at 6:30 to get ready for work, so only waking up 1 time in the night is not so bad.  Last week, I think she was going through a growth spurt, because both Wednesday and Thursday night she got up almost every hour - 2 hours.  She was very hungry!

I am not sure how much she weighs right now, but when she went for her 2 month check up, she was 13lbs 6oz and 22" long.  I would venture a guess to say that she is at least 14 lbs now.  She is very chunky, and I love it!

She is starting to do much better with daddy now that she has been home with him for 3 - going on 4 weeks.  She does not get as fussy with him, and is even in the bedroom watching TV with him while I type this blog. 

She just started in the last week sucking on her hands.  I thought at 1st is was because she was hungry, but she will do it even after she eats.  She might be discovering that she has a built in pacifier!!  It's too cute.

She LOVES to talk and coo at you.  She will do this for a good 10-20 minutes sometimes.  She definately loves all the attention, and will even let you know if she was not done talking to you.  It's too cute.

Well, I think that is about it right now.  She will be 3 months old on the 21st.  She's growing WAY too fast, but I love to see all the little stages.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure...........


Friday, May 7, 2010

Casting Call!

If you look at the pictures first, you have probably already noticed that Sapphire is sporting a trendy new fashion accessory.  It is so trendy we had to put one on her doll as well.  The purple cast is not available in stores, however.  In order to obtain one, you have to fracture your leg.  The way Sapphire did this was to slide down a slide with one leg tucked under her; her shoes gripped the slide while gravity pulled her downward and her leg fractured slightly.  While this method did produce a small fracture that does not seem to hurt too much, I cannot recommend this method for any wishing to imitate Sapphire's new fashion choices.  You might try simulating your own cast with mommy or daddy's old socks, but the effect will not be as vibrant, attention-getting, nor as immobilizing as a true Purple Cast.  This item, like all bizarre fashion, will disappear in 3-4 weeks but will be remembered forever.

I haven't posted a picture of the boys in a while, so here's a pic of us all reading together.  Can you tell from the photo which people did not take a nap?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Calling for a Flood

"They remained his chosen people, clogged hearts and all, and he remained their Lord—not only the Lord of the sea but also the Lord of the land and of the whole creation—who kept climbing into their boats to be with them over and over again from that day forth forevermore, with heart enough to spare, oh, with heart enough for us all…”
                                                                           -Barbara Brown Taylor

I don't know why He chose to shield us. We certainly aren't more worthy or deserving of favor than anyone else, as a matter of fact, lately we probably have deserved a little trouble. And we received just a little.

Thursday afternoon the kids and I were in a car accident. A bad car accident. A woman on her phone didn't see that traffic had stopped and she hit us going full speed. It should have been catastrophic. The police officer said if I hadn't thought to turn the wheel to the left and let off the break AC would certainly be dead and G and I would have suffered massive if not life-threatening injuries.

I didn't think to turn the wheel nor did I think to let off the break. Yet we ended up 100 feet down the road after entering a lane of oncoming traffic at rush hour and we never came close to hitting a car. And we were delivered to the shoulder of the road. And no one was hurt, not a scratch, not even a tear. As a matter of fact, G was in the middle of a texting conversation and his thumbs never stopped going all through the accident and after. The police officer had to ask him to get out of the car. He was completely unmoved- and he's the high- strung child.

That was Thursday.

Saturday the bottom fell out in Nashville. 21 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. The floods have been devastating. Houses literally came off their foundations and ended up in other people's front yards. Couples on their way to church were swept away and killed. Houses exploded and burned to the ground. Thousands of people have lost everything.

Everything.

Yet, they smile. And they talk about being thankful for being alive and for the service and love of their neighbors and friends.

We have a creek in our back yard. Saturday morning it was out of its bank. By Saturday afternoon is was just 8-10 feet from our back door. And the rain was still coming and it was supposed to keep coming for another 24+ hours.

We were going to lose everything. We don't have flood insurance. We don't have an extra dollar to spend on flood damage. We are teachers with 3 kids in a recession.

We are genuinely amazed each month that we've made it AGAIN.

We have to buy a car- we're waiting for God to answer that one, and He will when it's time.

I'm having to learn a faith lesson.

AGAIN.

I'm stubborn that way.

But He moved the flood away from us. I literally exhausted myself on Saturday with panic and fear. I couldn't stay awake Sunday to save my life, and if you had told me the water was up to my neck I would have asked you to just get me some floaties thank you very much.

And while I slept and denied the existence of the rain, the rain stopped. Only if you looked on the radar we were getting rain. Everyone around us was getting pounded with rain, but we had nary a drop until late Sunday afternoon when the creek had gone back into its bank again. We didn't lose a thing.

Well, we lost cable for a couple of hours.

That was it. That was our flood. A few missed episodes of Man vs. Wild.

Then I thought about this song by John Waller that I love to sing. It goes like this:

Flood every corner of this room
Flood all my emptiness with You
Lord, I long to be consumed
And I’m calling for a flood


So flood every chamber of my heart
Flood what I lack with all You are
I am dry and I am parched
And calling for a flood


I am calling for a flood
Holy Spirit flow
Completely immerse me in You
I’m longing for a flood
Of holiness to wash me now
Hear me, Lord; I’m calling for a flood


Now flood every portal of my mind
And flood everything I’ve tried to hide
I am looking to the sky
And I’m calling for a flood


Submerge me, Lord, in holy water
Drown me to live in You


Flood every corner of this room
And fill all the emptiness with You
Lord, we long to be consumed
And we’re calling for a flood


We are calling for a flood
Holy Spirit flow
Completely immerse us in You
We’re longing for a flood
Of holiness to wash us now
Hear us, Lord; we’re calling for a flood

And so it goes...

I needed a soul flood.  I was parched.

So maybe He answered me by letting a literal flood miss me by just a few feet.  Maybe he answered me by letting me and my children escape what should have been a life-altering accident.

Or maybe He just climbed into my boat with me with heart enough to spare.  He's always got heart enough to spare.

"You hem me in-- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me."  Psalm 139:5

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."  Lamentations 3:22-23

"I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:12-13

See y'all!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Grab Me a Hurricane Before I Go Insane

I've only got a minute. We are in the middle of a flood.

Seriously.

Check it out:


That happened Saturday.  And then it happened again today.  What seemed like impending doom yesterday turned out to be not so bad compared to the rest of our area.

The garden is washed out, I exhausted myself worrying about losing our house, but what's worse is this- we've been trapped in the house together for two solid days.

Actually we've been trapped in the house together for two solid days while I've been under tremendous stress and AC can only think about when she might get to have a chocolate cupcake.  And G is entertaining himself by asking me the same question over and over and over and over again.

Oh, and Coach is in a sweeping frenzy. Seriously, he swept water out of the garage last night for over two hours...while it was still pouring in.We'll now refer to him as Sisyphus.

V. found a crawfish in the basement (and for the record we don't ever have anything in the basement, but now we have crawfish). Ivy, the neurotic dog is barking and clawing and deeply distressed by the water that is being pumped out from under the house as we speak, Mack is insisting that we throw ball to him, and there is NOTHING but flood coverage on television.

And we're anxiously waiting to see if the backyard flood will unearth our beloved Holly, who we buried three years ago.

The water had receded some this morning and things weren't looking good. Coach's famous last words, "She should be good unless it floods again. Then we may see skeleton."

It flooded again.

I am NOT prepared to see skeleton.

But, apparently I am prepared to answer for the 75th time why AC can't have a chocolate cupcake full of caffeine and then tell G for the millionth time that I have no idea who made the Disney Facebook virus, all I know is he needs to not click on it so we don't get said virus.

And then I'm going to hum Kenny Chesney songs to myself until someone brings me a Hurricane- and I'm talking about the kind in a glass with a paper umbrella, not the kind that causes you to be holed up with your people for two days.

And don't even ask me about cooking or recipes today. Who can be expected to cook in conditions like these? Let's just say this. There are two kids who may or may not be thanking their lucky stars for Uncle Ben and his rice and some left over pork tenderloin.

See y'all.

Grilled Dragon

Family Nicknames:
Wes - Wizard Lizard
Andrea - Echo Gecko
Quartz - Spunky Monkey
Onyx - Boggy Froggy
Sapphire - Funny Bunny

It would be cool if we actually used these nicknames, but we don't really.  They sure sound cool, though.  :-)

Oh, and did I mention it snowed today?!  Weird . . .

We just played The Heroes of Hesiod with the kids twice this weekend - a fun, DnD-esque mini adventure.  Quartz loved it, Onyx liked it but got bored, and Wes and I had a lot of fun, too.  "Fireball!  Mmm, grilled dragon . . .".