Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Funny

Have a Fabulous Weekend
Don't forget to share a smile!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Embrace the Camera ~ Puzzles

We had 40 people (kids and adults) over last night for a pot luck.
Smiley and her just turned 3 year old friend "K" decided to "do" some puzzles.
Meaning open every box and dump them on the floor.
this morning I was sorting pieces and pieces of puzzles:

and finally got some help from Sassy:

and now, I only have 4 more to go

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ziplock Omelets

If you read yesterday's post, we just got back from camping and this is one of the breakfast items we made while we were gone.

Ziploc Omelets

Supplies/Ingredients ~

Quart sized FREEZER bags
Boiling Water
Permanent marker

Eggs (2 per bag)
Omelet Fixings: ham, cheese, peppers (we used green), onion, mushrooms, etc.
Frozen shredded hash browns ~ optional, but these just give the omelet a little extra bulk 

1.  Get your pot of water cooking and bring it to a boil.

2.  Write the name of the omelet maker in permanent marker on the bag.

3.  Crack 2 eggs into each bag and squish them up.

4.  Add in as much or as little of each fixin' as you want.

5.   Gently squish to mix it all together.

6.  Get all of the air out of the bag and seal it tightly.

7.  When your water is boiling, put your egg bags in ~ bring back to a boil ~ and cook for 13 minutes.  If you cook them any longer they will explode..... HA, just seeing if you are really reading.  Not sure what happens after 13 minutes, I am a rule follower and would NEVER over cook my eggs.  Umm.... I think my timer went off about 2 minutes ago while I was busy typing.........

8.  Roll the eggs out of the bag onto a plate, top with salsa if you so desire and ENJOY!


AND ~ for those of you concerned about cooking with plastic ~ this is probably not a recipe for you.  However for me ~ we do this once maybe twice a summer.  My philosophy is I probably do things that could potentially harm my body daily and eating one omelet boiled in a Ziploc bag once a year ..... well, lets just say, I'm not really concerned.  But, click here for a websites that talks about the dangers of cooking with baggies and here to link to Ziploc's website.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hustle and Bustle

In a world where everything seems to move quickly and people are so busy, it's nice when you have the opportunity to step back and see:

Two farmers chatting on main street in a small town (there was also a full service gas station ~ actually the only gas station we saw there ~ with the old school gas pumps.  No pay at the pump stuff happening there, you actually had to talk to people!)

The quiet excitement of a wedding about to occur at a campground by the lake (nope, I don't even know the bride and groom, but I am a sucker for a good wedding and can't help but observe)

The peace of a quiet campground ~ someone had to stay with Smiley while she napped (the others were at the beach and on the boat)

The mesmerizing glow of a fire:

And while the inside of our tent did not stay dry during the torrential down pour of a thunderstorm it was indeed a perfect weekend with friends.

Thank goodness our friends had a camper we could crash:

AND Smiley.....

Well, lets just say she got bit by the LOVE BUG

How was your weekend?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Something To Think about Sunday

“What lies behind us
and what lies before us are
tiny matters compared to
what lies within us.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Funny

Role Models...

This is fun. I promise you WILL laugh when you find your role model.
I was really surprised to find out who my role model was.


It's CRAZY how accurate this is!

1) Pick your favorite number between 1-9

2) Multiply by 3 then

3) Add 3

4) Then again Multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get the calculator....)

5) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number....

6) Add the digits together

Now Scroll down .................

With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below:

1. Einstein

2. Oprah Winfrey

3. Snoopy

4. Bill Clinton

5. Bill Gates

6. Gandhi

7. Ronald Reagan

8. Babe Ruth

9. Wendy from Ordinary Miracles of Life

10. John F. Kennedy

I know, I know....I just have that effect on people.

P. S. Stop picking different numbers!! I AM YOUR IDOL, JUST DEAL WITH IT!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Embrace the Camera

This morning,

Me, Smiley, Sassy and Action,

enjoying the sun

before the clouds rolled in.

Really though, just enjoying each other.



Monday, July 19, 2010

A weekend of.....

Family ~ because isn't that really what it should be about?  Besides spending time with hubby and the kids,  my little sister and her boyfriend came to town to visit.  It was nice to see her. 

Friends ~ celebrating a friends surprise birthday party on a boat ~ on an amazing lake ~ with fabulous people

Storms ~ Thankfully off of the boat ~ we hunkered in the basement for 45+ minutes, while the tornado sirens went off ~ no damage, just some leaves strewn about ~ oh my and how beautiful it was after the storm.

Softball ~ Sassy had an end of the year celebration via the softball association.  There were skill competitions and she placed 1st for throwing and 3rd for hitting.  She had a pretty big smile on her face when she went home with 2 metals.  Even better perhaps was seeing her dad in the dunk tank while the girls he coached took turns dropping him in the water.

How was your weekend?


Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Funny

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day...

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I've Arrived

Date: October 16, 2005

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in.

I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!!!! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Reading

It's summer and that means time to lay back, relax and read.


I don't know about you, but it seems I have a hard time getting through books in the summer. Between the kids being home all day, sports in the evenings and coming and going every weekend, my book list doesn't seem to shrink much ~ actually, I think it is always growing.

Amanda is having a party and I thought I would join in since I love to get wrapped up in a new worlds, new lives and experiences.

I read the newspaper.

On the Internet.

I read magazines ~ decor, fitness, cooking .... I've even been known to page through the kids' highlights magazine.

I read books, mostly fiction.  A few of my more recent favorites are:

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

* This one is suppose to be Juvenile literature.
It's about a girl in Nazi Germany.
Not a light read, but I found it quite interesting. *

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
by Diane Chamberlain

* I read this one over the winter.  It was a interesting, quick, couldn't put down read.
However, I just finished another book by this author called, The lies we told and I didn't enjoy it near as much.*

The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks

* I wasn't sure I would like this one and it took me a little bit to get into it, but I did end up enjoying it.  I was actually reading this one in the car on the way home from a trip to see family, and  lets just say I was at a point in the book in which the tears (umm, mine...) were flowing.  Hubby looked over at me a little surprised and said, "oh my gosh, are you ok?"  My reply, "It's just a really sad book."  Yep, he thinks I'm a bit nutty for crying at a book, oh well! *


I am currently reading:

Last Seen Leaving
by Kelly Braffet

* I'm not real far into it, but it seems ok so far.  As of now it isn't pulling me in and keeping me up to read it. But who knows, maybe it will eventually.*

Usually I get my books from the library, but I've been known to (on more than one occassion) grab a couple at Sams Club or garage sales.

And my list ({s} I have a few running lists in different spots).... keeps.on.growing.
Here are a couple I am waiting to read:

A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
by Janelle Brown

The Guernsey literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I don't know, I think that should keep me busy for a little while. ☺

Want to see what everyone else is reading? Check it out:


What are you reading these days?

Monday, July 12, 2010


I have Smiley's baptismal gown hanging on a hanger from a shelf in her room.  I've been meaning to get a different hanger, but have been using this one that came with some outfit.

Then, the other day when I was wandering through IKEA I came across some wooden children's hangers and an idea was born!

All you need is this stuff:

Wooden hangers, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and letter stickers
or other embellishments if you want.

Trace your hanger onto the paper

Cut out ~ works best if you cut inside of the line

Paint some Mod Podge onto your hanger

Place cut out paper  ~ design side out ~ onto your  "painted" hanger

Paint more Mod Podge over the top to seal it.

If you want, use some more Mod Podge and add one large letter or a couple of small letters for initials or other embellishment.

Let it dry completely

Step 8:
Hang something cute, special, sentimental or all or non of the above on it.

*Really, wouldn't this be a great addition to a clothing gift for a new baby!* 

I'm linking up here: