Monday, March 31, 2008
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Friday, March 28, 2008
I have been sitting on a few things that I wanted to write about, mostly because I didn't have any idea on what I needed to say, but today I know.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
For the next shot he gets a little closer. When he sees the shot in the screen he is quick to say: "Mom, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but your cheeks look like chipmunks in that picture."
Now that he has warmed up to the idea of my taking pictures of his toothpaste, and has broken the ice by telling me I look like a cute rodent, he decides now would be the best time to try to catch me in a shot with Bunny Ears. Only he was too slow.
Posted by Kellie A at 10:25 AM
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
It has been a really long time since I have been able to have a Blogging Lunch. It's really my favorite time to sit and blog. It feels so productive, what with all the eating and typing, and trying not get peanut butter on the key board.
Posted by Kellie A at 10:32 AM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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Friday, March 21, 2008
Rom. 5:6-8 -- You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Mark 15:22-25 -- They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him . . . 25 It was the third hour when they crucified him.
Rom. 5:9-10 -- Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
1Pet. 2:24 -- He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
John 19:38-42 -- Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Matt. 27:60-66 -- He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. 62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, `After three days I will rise again.' 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first." 65 "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Gal. 2:20-21 -- I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"
Thursday, March 20, 2008
It's the first day of spring, and even the animals know it.
Posted by Kellie A at 3:26 PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Posted by Kellie A at 6:46 PM
Monday, March 17, 2008
This morning while going through the Morning Grooming Ritual I was faced with a very real, and very scary, reality.
You might want to sit down.
Are you ready?
Oh, hold on I need to compose myself...
OK, I think I can type it now.
I just found a gray hair, on my left eyebrow.
My eyebrow, y'all, my EYEBROW!!!!
As if chin hairs and dry skin patches weren't enough.
What in the world will come next?
Before you know it I will be blogging about hot flashes and fiber drinks.
Or wait, I think I decided to keep those things secret...never mind.
I went ahead and plucked that silver strand, but pul-ease! let's hope that this mornings event was a weird, one-haired fluke.
It could be.
Posted by Kellie A at 1:06 PM
Friday, March 14, 2008
In a rare turn of events, the internet has been down due to a stupid computer malfunction. I have been without a computer for over 5 days.
Amazingly enough, on Friday morning I was able to get my entire house cleaned. I am not talking, light housekeeping here. I am talking mopping the floor, scrubbing the base boards, and dusting (which, can i say, in the desert, is ENTIRELY useless).
In an act of crazy Internet Deprivation I cleaned my car. Oh, the treasures I found!
On Saturday, I began to develop a slight twitch, but that was easily remedied by increasing my caffeine intake.
Of course that slight twitch may be due to something I like to call The Sugar Hangover. On Friday night Mrs. Moofish brought her oldest daughter to my house, and The Girl and I hosted a Nancy Drew Girls Night. We watched the Nancy Drew Movie, while eating a girls night must: Popcorn and Peanut M&M's mixed together.
I managed to eat my weight in chocolate and popcorn, which resulted in a Sugar Hangover. I had to take 800 milligrams of Ibuprofen and drink twice as much water yesterday to get rid of the headache and general yucky feeling I get after a sugar binge. Does this happen to anybody else?
Getting old, it's a killer!
Anyway, the Girls Night was a really fun evening and already The Girl is thinking about when we could do it again.
So the rest of the weekend has been all about trying to get the computer up and running again (I am currently typing away on The Mister's laptop), and of course trying to stop thinking about what I am supposed to do without reading blogs and emails now that all the laundry is folded!
I am hopeful that my computer will be up and running by tomorrow, so hopefully, next week will be a little more active on the blog.
Of course, I could go outside, read a book, write a real letter,...
La Vida Dulce!
Posted by Kellie A at 7:21 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Many, many years ago I was in the Second Grade.
Well, It wasn't' all that long ago because I can still remember my teachers name: Mrs. Batstone. She was lovely. A petite, blondish-red haired young woman, with lots of energy and a gentle nature.
She, as most second grade teachers, was very interested in honing our skills in writing. I enjoyed writing.
I don't remember writing these stories, but looking through the book pictured above is hilarious, because not much has changed for me, or my writing skills, since Second grade. I still adore babies (both human and animal) and flowers during this time of year. And I often start sentences with the word and. Even though i know grammatically it isn't always necessary, or even, correct. Those flowers on the cover? When I am just doodling on a paper with a pencil? I still make those flowers today.
Oh, and I still draw trees and sunshines with smiling faces, the exact same way.
In case you cannot see the writing, here is my Second Grade Thesis:
The flowers bloom.
And the butterflies come out.
And spring begens.
And the leaf bloom.
And the mother rabbbit have babies.
And I could go swimming.
And birds have babies.
And ducks go swimming.
And ladybugs come out.
And animals play.
And kangaroo's hope.
And turtles come out.
And leafs shed.
And the mole gos don the hole.
And a worm maycs a cocoon.
A sckuck come.
And befers swims.
Posted by Kellie A at 6:05 PM
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I am celebrating Spring here on the blog!
My sweet friend, Jo-Lynne of Musing of a Housewife, is sure to be busy this Spring as she starts a new business venture: Blog Design.
When I heard her announcement this week I knew that I had to get in on the action before she has waiting lists and a full time job!
I have been wanting a personalized header for the blog for over a year now but ran into some snafu's. Mainly, the affordable, and stylish designers out there were very, very, busy.
So I jumped on this, because having read Jo-Lynne's blog for over a year now, I know that she has an eye for fashion, and I was certain that she would be able to turn that talent toward fun blog design. She also seems to have an eye for detail, which makes me happy! She is also very affordable! Icing on the cake, my friends!
So here is the new Spring look for La Vida Dulce!
Posted by Kellie A at 11:10 AM
Monday, March 10, 2008
1. Spring Break in the desert is fun. The weather is fine and the days go quick.
2. When Granny buys a Wii (for medicinal purposes), everyone will show up at her house to play.
3. My niece, Jasmine Cat, was practicing her "jumping into the pool" technique, by jumping off her living room couch. Unfortunately she learned that jumping onto carpet isn't as forgiving as water. Upon landing she broke her clavicle. She is one tough kid!
4. I am apparently going through another phase of Anti-communication. Today I realized that I have 10 cell phone messages; 3 text mesages; 3 voice messages; and 52 emails that have been completely and totally ignored. I think I better work on correspondence tomorrow.
5. I just pulled a Diet Cherry coke out the the fridge. When I opened the tab it was slightly frozen inside. That feels like a little bit of summer.
6. The kids are lying on sleeping bags on the family room floor (a "vacation" thing), listening to the "bloopers", in Spanish, for the VeggieTales Jonah movie, and laughing like they might pee in thier pants. This makes me laugh because, 1. VeggieTale bloopers had to be intentionally created, since vegetables don't actually talk. And 2. my kids don't speak Spanish.
7. "I need to tell you something, I haven't got a belly button." This song is playing in the back ground as I type. If you have children between the ages of 2 and 10, you will know why I am going to loose my mind. I will now be singing this song in my head for two weeks.
8. Tortilla chips go well with my frosty Diet Coke. These will totally ruin my dinner appetite. It also makes me feel a little grouchy because it reminds me that Costco stopped carrying my favorite salsa. :(
9. When I sat down to type I just knew I had ten things to tell you about today, but for the life of me I cannot remember them.
10. I am making turkey tacos for dinner. What are you making?
Posted by Kellie A at 7:35 PM
Friday, March 07, 2008
When we lived in NC, Friday was Cookie Day. I would make a batch of cookies for an after school snack.
Today I made Snickerdoodles. I did it for the kids. Yeah, the kids.
I got out of the habit when we moved.
Speaking of moving, exactly one year ago this week we were making our trek across the country.
To my Carolina Peeps, it seems impossible that I haven't seen your faces in a whole year. I miss you!
You know, this week has been long. I want to write something cute and cunning, but I can't.
My heart has been heavy.
A 12 year old girl was killed last Saturday afternoon in the street behind our house. She was walking in the cross walk, when suddenly motorcycle hit her. meh and I watched as she was helicoptered out of our neighborhood to the hospital. She died from her injuries early Sunday morning.
She was killed in a crosswalk, that my family has walked in many, many times. It's just yards from my house. So close that you can look over the block wall in our back yard and see it.
Life is so incredibly fragile. When tragedy suddenly strikes it definitely makes me appreciate the things in life that are truly worth cherishing; and worry less over things that are silly.
I have been praying a lot this week for this precious grieving family (I didn't know them personally). I have been snuggling my kids more, hugging my man longer, and remembering to slow down a bit.
One of the thoughts that I have had this week is how quickly I become complacent in my day to day life. Since we have moved several times in the last three years I had learned that time is so short. I learned to make the most of where we were. To risk loving people and places, even though there is pain in the leaving.
Saying goodbye is not as bitter as death, but it has a sorrow all it's own.
When this tragedy happened in our neighborhood last week I realized how I have become very comfortable here. Settled. Which on one hand is good, but on the other hand is dangerous.
I never want to live in fear so that I cannot experience life, but I must hold that in tension with becoming apathetic and listless, because life, and death, happen. In the end I can be grateful, and thank God for the sweetness of life when it happens, and pray that He will strengthen me when life brings a suddenly.
I may not be able to predict it, but I can certainly remember to appreciate what I have while I have it.
This is a good time to be reflective, and enjoy my family more, because today starts Spring Break for my kiddos. I love when they are home. We can get back into the habit of being together. This time will allow for more leisurely conversation at the breakfast table and throughout the day, and give us the quantity time that is required for quality fellowship.
This is also the time when they eat more, make more laundry, make more mess. They ask more questions and interrupt conversations. They wake up early and go to bed late. They talk on my phone, use my computer, and monopolize the TV.
They are going to eat all my Snickerdoodles.
And because I have a new perspective, I am sincerely going to enjoy every moment of it...
Anyway, this post is so incredibly random, but it's what is on my heart.
La Vida Dulce.....
Posted by Kellie A at 5:05 PM
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Whip out your Birkenstock's and throw out you bra's, girls! We're making granola!
I have been accused from time to time of being a "granola", because I eat a relatively healthy diet and I don't really need to where a bra. Also, sometimes, in the winter, I forget to shave my legs. But I digress...these accusations have come from individuals who don't know that I always (meaning, at all times) have a 3 lb bag of Peanut M&M's in my cupboard. Y'all, sometimes a girl needs a little junk.
Anyway, the following recipe is my favorite granola recipe because it is yummy, and also because it comes from a family that is dear to my heart.
So without further ado, I give you:
The "Stewart" Granola
First, grab a cup each of your favorite nuts. I always use almonds and walnuts, cuz I'm nutty like that, but to each his own, you know?
Take those nuts and throw them on a baking sheet and place them in your oven at 375, to toast them up a bit. When they give off a nice smell, and the almonds start to crack a bit, they are ready (about 10 minutes or so). Take them out and let them cool.
While the nuts are in the oven, pull out the rest of the ingredients:
5 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup dry powdered milk
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
(almonds, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.)
A note on syrup: some say that using pure maple syrup makes this recipe taste better. I say that pure maple syrup is pricey, and the people in this house don't really taste food as much as they inhale it, so they don't know the difference.
Also, it seems that there is a lot of sugar in this recipe. There is. But I would rather my kids eat this for a snack than say, Sugar Smacks, or Pixie Sticks. Plus, if they eat this stuff, with the protein in the nuts and the whole grain of oatmeal, then I know they are getting some good nutritional benefits. It also means I can eat all the Girl Scout Cookies, without sharing.
Mix dry ingredients together.
Go check the nuts. Burnt legumes are never classy.
Next mix the oil, brown sugar and syrup up in a microwaveable dish (preferably something not plastic). Zap that sweet mixture for a minute or so. Add vanilla after heating. Set aside.
If your roasted nuts are cool, go ahead and chop them up a bit. If you have a "real" processor then go ahead and pulse them for a second or two. If you have a cheap blender/ processor that makes a mean smoothie but refuses to actually process anything, then go ahead and get the chopping board and a big knife out.
Note to self: save $$$; get a real processor.
Mix together the nuts, dry ingredients, and sugars. Pour out on cookie sheet...
Pat it down with the back of a spatula (preferably one in your signature col-ah) until it looks like this....
Place in the oven for 15- 20 minutes @ 375. More time for crunchy granola, less for a little more chew.
Let stand in the pan for about 10 minutes, then take a spatula and lift the granola off the pan a little. When completely cooled break into bite sizes pieces and store in an air tight container (I use re-seal able bags).
Personally, I don't like dried fruit, but if you do, be sure to add you dried fruit after baking.
I like mine crunchy. This is good to eat with an apple for a snack. Or on yogurt. The Mister eats his like cereal with milk poured over it.
Be warned! This is filling and very addictive.
**before you spread the granola on the pan for baking be sure to oil the pan lightly, otherwise the granola REALLY sticks to the pan! Forgot to mention that!
Posted by Kellie A at 1:53 PM
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Thank you so much for the advice on Lip Balm! I loved hearing from you! There were a few questions I thought I would address in a post!
Mattie - The Cupcakes were pretty good, and not at all hard to make! When you make a box cake you still have measure oil, water and break a few eggs. With homemade cake there are only a few more ingredients to mix! If you try the recipe I would love to hear what you think.
We should have a cyber taste test: Boxed vs. Homemade. Wouldn't that be fun?
Daiquiri - First, I just had to look at my comments three times to spell daiquiri...I am excited to hear from a fellow blogger I don't know and learn to spell a new word! To answer your question, I got my back ground from Pyzam. These are free templates, but don't browse through them with little ones in the room. For the most part, they are clean and fun, but there are a few that are not "kid friendly".
AutumnFawn: Another Zonie! Hi!
Thanks to all y'all for participating yesterday!
Posted by Kellie A at 2:41 PM
OK, Y'all, I live in the desert. The humidity this week has been 5%.
I am so dry that my lips are about to fall off. So my question is:
What is your favorite lip balm?
Posted by Kellie A at 8:29 AM
Monday, March 03, 2008
We talked, we laughed, we ate Mexican food.
We also got a sunburn after two days in the sun.
She just called to tell me she made it home.
The falling snow has greeted her with it's fluffy goodness, as if to say, "I missed you!"
Here's a picture to remember our warm weekend, meh. Hurry back friend!
Posted by Kellie A at 8:26 PM