6/30/11

Road Trip!


My sister is moving from Oklahoma to North Carolina. She is ready to start her new life as a doctor at a family clinic. We are so proud of our Dr. Sis :)

My parents are driving with my sister as she moves her life. My kiddos were sad that they couldn't go to her graduation from Residency. They can't wait to see Aunt Sissy.

Yesterday I got an idea! I asked my mom to send me an email each time they stop to eat a meal or stop for the night. Then the kiddos and I can follow on a map where our loved ones are each day.

Mom thought this was a good idea and she has been great about sending emails with pictures of different landmarks along the way.

So far, they left Tulsa. They slept in Little Rock, AK. Yesterday they made a stop in Memphis and stopped for the night in Nashville, TN. They are hoping to make it to Sis's new hometown tonight.

This is a little way my family can feel a part of this big move even though we aren't with them. Last night my son mentioned in his prayer that it was fun to follow the trip on a map (good call for me). Praying for safe travels.


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6/29/11

Wordless Wednesday


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6/28/11

Must Have Agenda

I like to stay busy, which can be stressful so I thrive on having a schedule. As a mother, it was natural for me to tell my kiddos our plans for the day. This has backfired! I have created "Must Know Agenda Monsters" and it isn"t pretty. Sometimes I feel trapped by their constant need to know...

What started out as a way to motivate, (hurry up and eat your breakfast so we can do ______" has turned into a written in stone contract of our daily activities. At let, that's is what they would like it to be. And it is all my fault :(

It starts at the breakfast table, "what are we doing today.". A simple question. A simple answer. You would think, but no. That simple question is followed by, "and then what.". Followed by, "and then what.". You get the picture.

Later in thhe day, someone will ask again what we are going to do later. Maybe, "what re we going to do after dinner.". And then often at night before bed, one of my little ones will ask what we are going to do the next day. I'm serious. At six and four, they are too young to be asking for the sake of making conversation. Monsters...that's what I've created.

As someone who has always found comfort in a schedule, I am feeling trapped instead. It doesn"t matter what day of the week or which month of the year, inquiring minds want to know. And if I change things up, someone is sure to call me on it. "mommy, you said we were going to _____ after _____". I almost feel like I have to be secretive about what I'd like to do just so that I don't have to hear about any changes.

I am trying very hard to break them of this need to know every activity of our day. This isn't easy. I answer vague intentionally. By the end of this summer, I would like to be able to be in charge of our daily plans instead of the plans being in charge of me. I want my children to be responsible but still know how to have fun. I want them to experience "spur of the moment". If anything, I am definitely learning to be more flexible and not be so tied to
a plan of events.

If you have any ideas on how to de-schedule my kiddos, I'd love to hear them. Please leave a comment with any suggestions. Thanks
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6/27/11

Not There Yet....Part 3

It is 1:30 in the morning and I am not home yet. When I last wrote, I was feeling good about my trip home and couldn't wait to see my family.

That was 9 hours ago. That was 2 concourses ago. That was 5 gates ago. That was being on Standby for 2 flights ago.

I did finally get a flight out of Atlanta but I only got to Baltimore. That was the only flight I could get out on the current day. And I just barely made it out on the same day.

For someone who is known to panic and worry, I have been unusually calm throughout all of this. If my kiddos had been with me, I'm sure I would have been a spastic mess but I've done pretty well by myself.

I have to admit to a brief bout of panic. But this was right after my new friend who was going to fly to Baltimore with me and share a rental car, bailed on me. She thought she could find a different way home.

But God is good. As I was starting to get upset, a couple who had gate-hopped along with me invited me to ride to Central PA with them.

This has truly been an adventure. And although I'm going to be exhausted tomorrow (you know, when the sun comes up) I feel pretty good about getting through this trip on my own.

I'm so thankful for the good people in my life. Andy has had the kiddos nonstop for days and yet he is ready to wake up everyone and meet me whenever I get close to home. I have great friends who were ready to my kids for the day when it looked like I was going to be spending this new day going from Cleveland to Detroit and them finally Harrisburg. I am so glad that is no longer my itinerary. But they were ready to pitch in if I needed them to. I'm especially thankful for two co-workers who were willing to let me tag along for the ride so I could get home before the sun comes up.

Please forgive any typos but it is now almost 2 am. I just couldn't wait to share the latest installment of The Tulsa Adventure ;) What a trip it has been! I'm pretty pleased to know that I did it. Its been a long day. And I can't wait to get to bed. But I did it.

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6/26/11

Coming Home -Part 2

My extended weekend away from being a mom and wife are coming to an end. I am happy to say, a break from these roles were not my intent although there are days when I long for a break like this. This was a separation from my family for a very good reason. My little sister graduated from her Residency program.

We are all so very proud of her. At first, I couldn't imagine bringing the kids to such an important and serious ceremony. Andy and I planned to make this trip together. The kiddos were going to stay the week with my in-laws.

When it was time to order our tickets, we were shocked at the cost for two people to fly. So...Flight to Oklahoma for One was born. Lucky for me, Andy is a great Daddy who is very capable of taking care of things at home.

My return trip has been much more uneventful than my travels to see my Sister. I'm a happy about that.

As I sit and wait for my final flight to arrive, I wish my whole family had come. This would have been a terrific experience for all of us.

Both of the kids want to fly on a plane. There were children running all over the resort where we were for the graduation. They even provided childcare during all the different ceremonies. During free time, there was so much we could have done together. We could have gone horseback riding and rode peddle boats. There was also a very nice pool that we could have taken advantage of.

I'm not sorry I went by myself.
I've kind of enjoyed the quiet and freedom of traveling alone. I also enjoyed the time alone with my sister.

This little getaway was like a choose-your-own adventure book. I would have had a great experience either way. I got to take this trip solo and I feel like I've accomplished something by doing this without any major problems.

I absolutely enjoyed my time away from the demands of my every day life, but I'm glad to be almost home. I am really looking forward to seeing Andy and the kids tonight when they pick me up!



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6/25/11

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

You will need 4 cups of water
2 cups of quick cooking oats
2 bananas
1/2 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk
Mini chocolate chips

Bring water to a boil. Add oats and let cook for a minute or so.
Remove from heat.
Add sliced bananas and almond milk.
Cover and let stand until it is the thickness you want. Sprinkle in mini chocolate chips and mix.

Serves 4. Enjoy!


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6/24/11

The Tulsa Adventure -Part 1

I'm not a frequent flyer. In fact, I haven't flown in over six years. And today, I am having this adventure all by myself, haha. I am flying to Tulsa to see my sister graduate from her Residency Program. I had a very full day at home, taking care of kids, going to the gym, appointments (my pedi!) and sneaking around the house with my suitcase so my dog didn't get upset...all before I left for the airport.

A great friend dropped me off at the airport. I left from Harrisburg a little after 4 pm. I was expecting a 3 hour layover in Detroit. So I was prepared to spend my quiet time reading. Well, 3 hours, turned to 4. And 4 turned to 5 hours.

This is what you do when faced with 5 hours in an airport by yourself.
1. Eat dinner.
2. Finish reading your current book. (don't worry, of course you brought more books to read)
3. Grab a cup of coffee (and then another and then another).
4. Watch a movie you rented on your iPhone. (I was supposed to watch it on the next plane but now it will be too late to watch it so no harm in watching it earlier)
5. Walk up and down the terminal(at least three times).
6. Use the restroom (again, at least three times).
7. Be ignored by the woman working at the coffee shop as you stand right in front of her for several minutes. (she was looking through receipts but she could have at least acknowledged me)
8. Be chased out of Gate B2 by the guy who is sweeping the floor. (he actually grumbled about how out of all the gates, I had to sit at this one! I moved on)
9. Leaving Mr. Friendly, I began another walk and decided to check the board again. Lucky for me, because my flight had been moved to Gate B3 (I have no idea when) and just started boarding. Thanks Mr. Friendly!

This day has been very long but kind of fun. Aside from the rude people I have encountered. I have hit a few bumps but I'm still on my way to Tulsa so it's all worked out. I'm looking forward to a great weekend with my sister. I'm going to miss Andy and the "Mini's" and I know I'll be happy to see them on Sunday night. Traveling alone was a little scary but it would have been much more stressful if the kids had come.

It is past my bedtime now, so I'm going to see if I can sleep on a plane. If I do fall asleep, at least I don't have to worry about missing my stop :)

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6/23/11

Backyard Hangout Spot

This is not another post about my patio.  I do love spending my evenings on the patio, but right now, I'm thinking about my bird feeder. 

I have never had a bird feeder before.  I've had this one for almost two months and I cannot believe the simple enjoyment I get from watching the activity around this feeder.  I spend a lot of time glancing over to see who is munching away at the feeder.  There always seems to be somebody.

Silly Squirrel

I have quite the collection of creatures that stop by.  I have seen at least 3 chippy's, 2 of which have created a home right by the feeder.  Yesterday, I was shocked to look out and find 3 squirrels! 1 on the feeder and the other 2 below.  I know it is common for squirrels to take over a bird feeder but I didn't think my little feeder would support the weight of squirrel.  The variety of birds is amazing to me.  I get doves, male and female cardinals.  I've seen a beautiful yellow finch.  And so many more.  I can tell they are different, but a lot of them are similar enough that I have a hard time identifying them. 


Chippy is hiding in the black hole. 
There are 2 doves, a squirrel.  A bird on the ground and 2 birds on the feeder.  None of my colored birds stopped by this afternoon.
 What is so fascinating to me about these visitors is how they interact with each other.  Some fly in and out in groups.  Others are by themselves as they peck away.  At any time, there can be a chipmunk or two, eating from the ground, with 4 or 5 birds eating right beside.  There may be a few birds on the feeder and there are usually a couple of birds on the fence, as if they are waiting their turn. 

I haven't seen any bullying really.  Well maybe.  I noticed one dove likes to strut around and raise its wings and that seems to get the birds to scatter.  No noise, no attacks, just lifting the wings.  I've only seen this behavior twice.  The dove seems to be okay with other birds, he just doesn't want any other doves around.   

I never thought I would find so much enjoyment over feeding the local wildlife.  It is fun to watch.  The kids and I are constantly drawing attention to who is currently at the feeder.  My bird feeder is something small that we can share that makes me smile. Who knew?

6/22/11

Making A Mess

One of my downfalls as a mommy is that I have a very hard time making a mess which means I have a very hard time letting the Mini's make a mess. I feel guilty about this a lot.

Preschool was great because they both made crafts every day they had school. This helped me feel a little better about myself. If I couldn't make a mess with them, at least I was providing the opportunity for them to make messes elsewhere.

I know...lame. It is very frustrating for me. I want to be a fun mommy that does messy activities with my kiddos. But I'm usually so stressed by the messes and get easily frustrated that there isn't much room left for fun.

But I'm trying. I'm trying to be better. I'm trying to remember that messes clean up. I'm trying to show my children that it is okay to make a mess sometimes, as long as we clean up afterwards.

I've started to let them help me bake muffins. Pour in this, stir that. Today we did a craft. We all had fun. We used paper towels, food coloring and pipe cleaners to make butterflies. Anything that involves food coloring is messy. But we did good. I mixed the colors and the kiddos did a great job making their butterflies. My hands are a stained mess but I kind of like it. All afternoon I've been looking at them and remembering the fun we had. This was just a small step but I think it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Who knows what we will get into next. What are some messy projects you have made? I'm looking for ideas as I try to loosen up and help my kids be creative.




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6/21/11

Summer Nights

This is the first year I've really thought that we should do specific things as a family. Before, we did stuff when we did it. I think the difference is now my kids are school aged and I want to fit in as much as we can this summer. Until school schedules needed to be considered, we could do activities and go places when we wanted. Now I have a feeling for how fast my children are growing.

One if the little things I wanted to do this summer was to let the Mini's stay up late to roast marshmallows in our chiminea. Tonight was going to be the night.

Easier said than done. Andy got out some wood, newspaper and the lighter. I grabbed the marshmallows and sticks. But we couldn't get a fire going. The paper would light but the wood wouldn't catch :( Finally, we sent two sad kiddos to bed with a raw marshmallow as a reward.

A few minutes later, the fire took off. Andy started moving the wood around. Bingo! We had a fire. I was happy to go upstairs and get the Mini's out of bed. They came running downstairs with such excitement. I'm so glad that we were able to pull this off tonight for our kiddos. One activity down with a summertime left for more fun to come!





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6/20/11

Coffee Plant


It is not secret around our house, that Andy is the one with the green thumb.  He really enjoys designing and working on the flowerbeds and pots.  Neighbors, friends and family who drop by are constantly commenting on our beautiful yard.  I agree, it is beautiful.  And I really enjoy looking at it :)

Here are a few examples of his work...


 Of course, pictures don't do my yard justice but it gives you an idea. 

One day, I grudgingly went to the local nursery and could not believe when I found a Coffee Plant in this adorable coffee mug pot.  I had to have it of course, so I picked one out and brought it home.  If it does well enough, it will actually grow coffee beans!  I was very excited about this. 

I've had it for a few months now and sadly, this is what it looks like now.  
Not looking so good for my plant.  Between my cat and what I've learned is a lack of humidity, this plant is not looking very well.  Of course, now, after it has taken a turn for the worse, I decided to do some research.  I have learned a few things.  I suspect I will be purchasing a new coffee plant and starting over.  I love the idea of having a coffee plant.  I will be much better with the next one.  I will keep you posted and hopefully, I will have a nice picture to show off for a future post!

6/18/11

Vacation Journal

  We stayed busy in the town of Cape May, NJ.  We weren't here for many days but we know how to make the most of our time. 

We started our vacation at a fun Mini Golf Course.


First time to the beach this year.  We set up the blanket and let the kids go...it was so cute to see as they got closer to the water, they reached for each other's hand.  (evidence that they do love each other, haha)


Running away from the water.


Daddy spent a lot of time digging holes.  The upside was I didn't have to worry about my kiddos being swept out to sea ;)


Just because I had my camera and I made them pose.


My horse crazy girl.


We enjoyed lots of ice cream over the past few days.  Ice Cream is a sometimes food.  We just happened to fit all our sometimes into one week, lol!


Every year, my daughter wants to ride the "walking horsey".  It is a great trip around the cape.  We learned a lot of interesting facts about Cape May, the history, the buildings, etc.  I know...I'm totally getting my Geek On.


Walking home one night, I made the kiddos pose again.  I think this is  my favorite pic.


This is our second year at this house.  Great location.  We can walk everywhere!  A family pic to remember our stay.


6/16/11

Mission Accomplished

I'm pretty sure I've already written about my 5 minute plank challenge. Just in case you missed it, here is the short version.

In my gym class, our instructor kept talking about this 5 min plank she wanted to do. I thought it was awful torture and it was rude for her to make us do this when it was her crazy goal. By each week she added time to our plank.

Several weeks ago I got the idea to try this at home to show Andy what I was talking about. I put a song on my iPod and set to work. I made it the whole song, over 3 mins. I was so excited that this crazy goal became my own. My friends on Facebook are probably tired of my weekly updates on the time accomplished. But oh well!

So today I am on vacation with my family. But this is the day my class is reaching 5 mins. So I handed a timer to Andy and assumed the position.


I did it! I did it! I did it! Ok, I'm done. I know this is a silly goal but it was one that became my own. I took ownership of it and I worked hard for it.

I have realized that I don't really set goals for myself. With the rush I feel today having accomplished a this goal, I think I need to set another goal. There is definitely something to be said for wanting something and then working hard for it.

Now I need to think of something new to work for. Any suggestions? Have you ever set a personal goal and
accomplished it? Remember the excitement and sense of fulfillment that followed?



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6/15/11

Wordless Wednesday




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6/14/11

If today was your last day

How's this for a deep thought? What if today was your last day? If you knew it, how would it make a difference in how you go through your day?

If Today Was Your Last Day, is a song by Nickelback. I've heard it so many times and today I was really struck by the whole idea. If this was my last day, would I get over the little things that bug me? Would I give my time to meet the needs of others? Who would I spend that time with? Would I be at peace with the choices I've made?

I would like to say "yes" to all of these questions. But I don't know for sure if that would be true.

I do know, I wouldn't want to know when my last day is going to be. I think that would be very stressful. I would be sad trying to say goodbye to everyone I love. I would keep wondering, "Is it going to happen now? Now?".

What a downer, right? While I don't want to know when I'm going to die, I have thought about a few things that are important to me.

I do not want to have regrets. I do not want unspoken words left between myself and someone I care about. I want to spend my time helping others. I want to spend more time thinking of others and less focused on myself. I want to make more fun memories with my husband and kids.

These are some ideas I want to strive for on a daily basis. If today was your last day, how would you live it differently?

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6/13/11

Air Delights


Each one of those wholes is less chocolate for me to enjoy :(


This morning the newspaper had a write up on Hershey's newest kiss. They are called, Hershey's Air Delights.

Basically, this is chocolate whipped with air to make air bubbles. You will find this bubbly "delight" in the center of the Kiss.

Hershey's has made many varieties of the classic Kiss. Some I like better than others. But I think this idea is ridiculous. It seems to me that this is just a way to use less ingredients and make a few extra bucks at the same time. I wonder how much it will cost to buy air in my chocolate.

Just in case you couldn't tell, I think this idea is silly. I have not tried this new candy for myself. I'm not sure if I will.  Just the thought annoys me.  I love my chocolate.  And I'm all for trying new recipes and flavor combinations, but come on...air bubbles?

What do you think about this new aerated chocolate?  Will you be on the look out for the new cute wrappers? 


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6/12/11

The Magic of Trains

On my way to church this morning, I noticed a train running along the side of the highway. It made me think back to when my kiddos were younger.

As the back seat got louder and even fussy, I would say these simple words, "let's see if we can find a choo-choo!". That was all it took and the noise level would drop, the fighting, the tears, etc. and everyone would look for a train. Sometimes there was one to find and other times it was just a distraction. It was a temporary solution but you can't be choosy when you are busy driving.

What is it about a train that is so fascinating to children. Boys and girls alike. My son was one to play with the toy trains. My daughter, not so much. But even she enjoyed spotting a train. Personally, I think they are noisy and ugly. The trains we see are
not passenger trains, they are freight cars. Maybe the passenger cars look nicer.

As I was crossing the river this morning, I couldn't help but smile as I remembered these train spotting moments. The kids are getting big so fast. I'm glad I remember some of these little things.






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6/10/11

Just A Day

Our wedding pic


Today is my husband and my 11th wedding anniversary.  This has got me thinking about our special day.  Whenever I hear people talking about wedding plans, I can't help but think, "It's just a day.  Enjoy it, have fun, but don't stress too much or spend an insane amount of money on it."  

We were so young when we got married.  We were both 23 and had graduated college the month before.  Eleven years later, there is very little I would do the same.   I would keep the groom ;) and I would keep the flowers.  Just about every thing else I would do differently.  I'd have a different dress, for me as well as my bridesmaids.  I would definately, use a different photographer.  I would actually eat the food.  Laugh a lot more.  Enjoy the company of the people who came to celebrate with us.  

Don't get me wrong, planning this day is going to be stressful, but there is no need for Bridezilla to attend.  Looking back, it is just a day.  A special day, but it's every other day after that you should be preparing for.  It's so easy to get caught up in the demands and expectations  of the day.  But if someone were to ask for my advice about planning a wedding.  I would suggest they think very hard and come up with the few things that REALLY matter to them.  Do what you can to make those things happen, and enjoy the ride for the rest. 

Our family 11 years later.

6/9/11

New Foods

Tomorrow, Andy and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. The kids are going to my parents' house for the night. And we have reservations for dinner. We are going to a Thai restaurant. I have been once before but it will be a first for Andy.

I am already thinking about what I'm going to eat ;) While thinking about my special meal to come, I realized that since I have learned to eat much healthier, I have become a bit more adventurous in the foods I eat.

Eating better sometimes leads to boredom. You start to feel comfortable with your "good choices" and don't want to stray. But you can only eat the same foods for so long before you either give up or get desperate enough to try new "good choices".

I have learned that I like many things I would never have touched before I lost all my weight. I love asparagus, fresh brussels sprouts and zucchini. I lived through almost 30 yrs. before I gave these veggies a chance. And I really, really like them. I also really like beans. Many different kinds of beans. Black beans, kidney beans, chick peas and more.

I will admit I was hesitant to go to the Thai restaurant but I went and could not believe how much I enjoyed my meal. I am very much looking forward to eating out with my husband sans kiddos tomorrow. I hope he finds something yummy to try.

Happy Anniversary Andy!

Have you ever gotten tired of eating the same old foods? Leave a comment sharing a new food that you were surprised to find you like.


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6/8/11

Wordless Wednesday

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!  I have seen this on blog posts all over the Internet.  I did a little research and it sounds fun.   There really isn't much to it.  The idea is I post a picture and the picture should speak for itself.  I am challenging you to post a caption in the comment section.  If you are having trouble leaving a comment, click on anonymous and if you want to leave your name, leave it in the actual comment box.  Thanks!


6/7/11

Plan B

Today was a big day in our house.  We have completed the first year of school.  I feel that is a big milestone and wanted to celebrate with something special.  So I packed my kiddos into the car and took them out to lunch.  After our yummy meal, we headed over to a local farm to pick strawberries. 

Picking strawberries is something I have wanted to do for a few years, I just never got around to it.  I thought today would be the perfect day to make our way over there and pick some of those delicious berries.  We were so excited.  None of us had ever done this and we all love strawberries so how could this go wrong?  I grabbed my camera and we were ready!

We got to the farm to find out that most of the berries have already been picked over.  There wasn't much left for us to pick.  They employee made it sound like it would be a waste of our time to even try.  That was a major bummer.  So much for the perfect way to kick off our summer :( 

On to Plan B...I called a friend to see if she wanted to get our kids together.  She invited us over to her house to hang out.  So, once again we were off.  The weather was  beautiful.  The coffee was good.  The kids had fun. 

No one seems to mind the lack of water in this pool.
  We spent most of our time outside.  There was a baby pool with just bit of water in the bottom.  This didn't stop the kids from having a blast.  This was a spur of the moment get together so we weren't prepared for water play.  I just let the kids get soaked in their clothes.  It's just water, it'll dry (and I'm not the one who has to sit in the wet seat, haha).  The important thing was they were playing outside and having fun. 


More outside fun :)

Although I'm still disappointed we didn't get to pick our own strawberries, I had a great afternoon spent with a good friend.  The afternoon flew by and before I knew it, it was time to rush home and get dinner started.  I haven't completely given up on the berry picking idea.  I may call around and see if I can find another local farm that hasn't been wiped out yet. 

I am very much looking forward to our first summer break from school.  I am hoping to make lots of memories and spend lots of time with friends.  And I am REALLY looking forward to not running out the door every morning trying to beat the clock at 8 each morning.  Happy Summer everyone!

6/6/11

Sweet Treat

Twenty minutes ago, I was sitting on my patio and I really wanted ice cream. No big deal for many people because a quick trip to the freezer is all that's necessary to fulfill that desire. Unfortunately for me, ice cream is one of those things I can't be good around so I just don't keep it in my house. So again, I was sitting on my patio frustrated because I really wanted something I was not going to get.

So I got creative. For my last birthday I asked for and received a cuisinart ice cream maker. It hasn't been used often but I knew it wouldn't when I asked for it. I just wanted to give my kiddos the experience of making their own ice cream from time to time. I googled "frozen yogurt machine recipes" and BAM! I was in business. The very first recipe I found used regular ingredients that I already had in the house. Just another reason I love my iPhone, need a recipe? No biggie. Google it and POOF! You've got recipes ;)

The hubby and I decided to make vanilla frozen yogurt and we planned to throw on a couple of fresh blueberries when it was ready to eat. After a few unproductive attempts to get our frozen treat whipped together, we figured out what were doing wrong. Who really reads the User's manual anyway? Finally, we were ready to dish it out and enjoy. It was touch and go for a few minutes, apparently there is a definate order to follow when assembling the parts and adding the ingredients. Lesson learned...put mixer in frozen bowl BEFORE you add ingredients!

Pretty soon, we were both back on the patio with our impulsive desserts. What a great way to have a guilt free snack. There was a bunch left over so the kiddos will be surprised tomorrow when I bring it out for them to enjoy. Once we figured out what we were doing, it came together very quickly. Of course, it disappeared even faster. Not a bad way to spend a quiet night with the hubby.

6/3/11

Book Review - Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly




I had a really neat opportunity.  At least, I think it was pretty neat.  I applied to be a part of a promotional Book Club.  I was provided a free copy of the book (Did you know you can get email to your Kindle?  You can!), they emailed the book straight to my Kindle.  I was to read the book, and leave comments on the Facebook Fan page.  My last responsibility was to review the book on my personal blog site.  I really struggled with this last part.  But I have decided to do my part, so here it goes.

The book was called Angel Burn.  This is a book written for young adult readers.  I know, I'm a little old for that but the Twilight Saga was written for the same age and I absolutely loved those.  I read the whole series in 4 1/2 days (so thankful my mother-in-law was around that week because my kiddos were not being neglected with her around, lol).  And for the record, I am totally Team Edward ;)

I didn't know the what Angel Burn was about until after I was accepted.  It turns out, the book was a fast read.  It was an intense adventure for two teenagers who end up trying to save the human race.  The book was very well written.  I could connect with the characters.  But I had one problem with the book.  And for me, this was a big problem.

The crisis in this story is that Angels are harming the human race.  I believe in God and Jesus is my savior.  I believe in Angels.  They are created Beings that do what God has created them to do.  I am not privy to God's thoughts so I'm not exactly sure what that is but I DO NOT believe it is to do people, His creation, harm. 

To the author's credit, she never once associates the angels to God or Heaven.  Instead, they live in another realm and when their atmosphere wont support them anymore, they decide to run a test and see if they can survive on Earth.  The way they do this is to feed off of the energy of humans.  The humans are left with side effects like being tired and sick.  The only memories of these experiences with the Angels are awesome.  The author explains common ailments in our world with this Angel Burn (depression, schizophrenia and even cancer).  I would have handled this idea better if they were either 1. Angels gone bad, you know, they turned away from God.  or 2. Something other than an angel.  A made up creature or even an alien would have worked better.    Unfortunately, I was not able to look beyond this so I did not enjoy the book nor would I recommend it to someone else to read.

I did enjoy being a part of this Secret Book Club and I hope I would be chosen to do this again.  There, that feels better.  I was uncomfortable with not doing my part and writing a review on this book.  

So am I making a big deal out of nothing or do you think I am justified in my opinion?  Do you think it would have bothered you at all or could you separate you beliefs and just accept it at part of a story? 

6/1/11

Technology makes me nervous

Technology makes me nervous. I know. Sounds funny coming from a girl who is never without her iPhone and writes a blog. But it's true. Once I get used to something, I'm fine. It's the unknown that is scary.

For example, I am going to a concert this weekend. As much as I love music, I don't get toany concerts these days. I am so excited to go to the concert. But I don't have physical tickets to hold. I was FedEx'd these two sheets of paper with directions to use them. Why couldn't they just print off two paper tickets? If is a saving paper issue, they are actually wasting paper they sent me three full sheets of paper when you could probably print at least 4 tickets from one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock or whatever paper they use for tickets. Meanwhile, for the rest of this week, a little part of me will worry that I will get to the arena and be denied entrance :(

A final example that I will be facing very soon involves flying. I haven't flown in about 6 yrs. and I'm okay with that. I'm not a big fan of flying but I will do it. I was shocked to see what it would cost for my husband and I to fly out to see my sister graduate from her Residency Program. So now, not only am I flying, but I am flying alone. As if that isn't enough to have me nervous, my hubby informs me that things have changed since I last flew. Again, no physical tickets to carry in. I think I have to check in at some electronic station as if I am placing my deli order at my grocery store. I am so nervous about this whole process. I am looking forward to the quiet time that I will have throughout my travels but I do not want to deal with this electronic check in.

Oh well. I guess I have to put on my big girl panties and just get through these to events. I will and then I will be less unsettled the next time around. I love the technology I have already embraced in fact, I can't imagine my life without my iPhone. I just need to change how I look at these upcoming events and call them "new adventures". Maybe that will help me catch up with the times with a little less stress, haha!

Is there any new technology that you have been slow to include in your life? Please share so I don't feel so old before my time ;)

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