Monthly Archives: June 2010

Our Father’s Day gift


I saw this creative idea on Impress Your Kids and knew that it was the craft for my kids to help make for their Daddy’s special day…AND it was VERY easy to do!

Here’s how we accomplished this cute craft:

1. Put nine large Popsicle sticks side-by-side and then tape them on one side.

2. Flip the sticks over and paint them (optional).

3. After drying, use squirt glue to adhere a 4×6 picture, centered.

4. After drying, place the picture stick frame face down on cutting board/mat and slice between the sticks with an X-acto knife of some size. (I used a pencil sized razor X-acto knife.)

5. Write or decorate how you desire.

6. Painted a clean food can with two layers of white acrylic paint.

7. After dry, adhere the picture sticks to the can with hot glue, allowing space in between sticks at your desire.

Maybe I can get a picture of Mitch’s face when the kids give it to him. I imagine the can will find a home on his desk at church. I think I should have found a larger can, though. Mitch LOVES pencils and pens.

Just some stuff


A few weeks ago, a friend and I went to another friend’s house to make an ice cream cake. It was a “made-from-scratch” recipe and I think it might become a birthday staple in our home. The kids loved it! It called for Swan’s cake flour, powdered cocoa, eggs, salt, baking powder, sugar, and obviously, ice cream of your choice. I recommend a coffee flavor.

Our boys love to hunt for bugs, frogs, and any other creature that crosses their dirty fingers. They were excited the other day when we raised our garage and found a bird sitting in our driveway. Upon closer examination, we discovered the bird was badly injured so we offered him a tray of water. He refused but managed to walk to the bushes in our front yard. Sad to say, we found him dead later that evening. Wow, that’s awfully morbid for a post, yeah? It was a good lesson for the kids, though.

I’m thinking that I might start making my own laundry detergent using this recipe from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. I have several friends who do this and all have said that it’s worth the time to save the money….and it lasts longer, too.

My children like to go to their grandmother’s house (my mom) a few weekends of the year. Only the boys were expected to be away but as I was preparing to drop them off with my mom, she asked if she could keep Abigail, too. So, Mitch and I have had a free weekend to ourselves and it’s been delightful. We slept late today, ate a late lunch, ran some errands around town, did some house hunting (just dreaming, not really moving), ate dinner, and crashed at home to snuggle on the couch and watch some golf.

Thanks, Mom, for giving us this time. It’s been wonderful. I hope you enjoyed the hours with your grandchildren because I know they loved every minute with you.

Goat milk


I told you earlier that Jennifer makes me eat healthy (and sometimes unfamiliar) food when I’m over at her house. She attempted to get me to try some goat milk the other night but I whole-heartily refused and I don’t regret it a dang bit. However, Jennifer chugged that glass down and then admitted, “Yeah, it does kind of have a funny after taste.”

Yes, that’s me bleating in the video. I couldn’t help it.

The car. The car. The dang car.


Anyone else clearly see their nasty sin when they are trying to un/load kids in the car & load groceries, satisfy their musical tastes, answer their repetitive questions, talk over them to answer, get interrupted while answering, break up arguments, find out who threw the gum out the window, pretend to “turn your head” to see what he/she wants to show you, move the rear view mirror to make eye contact through stern vocals, find a napkin for their sneezing snot, sigh when they SPILL their candy/food/drink……not to mention all the while TRYING TO DRIVE!?!?!?!

Just curious.