Thursday, July 25, 2013

Around here...

 Hi There!
Just thought I'd check in before this month comes to a close.
I've been trying to do a cleaning project and an organizing project every day.
I just decide that day (or the day before) which projects are the most pressing.
The kids are in charge of un-loading the dishwasher.
They do a pretty good job, but they like to open the tupperware cupboard and just shove things in.
Then, they complain how messy the tupperware cupboard is.
When they are "looking for something to do" (read: bored)...
I always mention, "would you like to organize the tupperware cupboard?".
Nobody ever bites on that one.
I used to LOVE organizing our kitchen cupboards and drawers when I was young!
What's up with these kids?
So...I sat down for my afternoon "organizing project" right in front of the tupperware cupboard.
I decided to do it Roy G Biv style.
I also cleared out two large bags of tupperware to be donated to
CROSS Food Shelf.
 I saw a version of this recipe on a Healthy Kids Blog.
Whole Wheat Pizza Braid.
Basically, you use a whole wheat pizza dough (I have one on my recipes page),
roll it out into a rectangle.
Top it with some sauce.
Chop whatever veggies you have on hand...
I had green pepper, zucchini, green onion, kalamata olives.
Top with cheese (I used fresh mozzarella) and
sprinkle with italian seasoning.
Slice the sides and braid it up.
Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Lucy and I absolutely loved this thing!
She was all..."Mom!  This is soooo good!".
The others were a bit complain-y...they'll come around.
 The kids are at a rockin' sleepover with our good friends from before we all had kids!
Those kids spent two weeks preparing for this sleepover by filling 500 water balloons.
Awesome.
 I did a lot of this (above) last night.
 Pulling some goodies together for our camping trip this weekend.
Heading up north to the largest fresh water lake in the world!
The great Lake Superior.
These are the books that I'm reading for July.
Destiny of the Republic...can I HIGHLY recommend this book???
Oh my...if you enjoy American History, this book is amazing.  
It's about our 20th president...James Garfield.  So well written.
My "morning book" is The Dangerous Act of Loving your Neighbor.
It's deep....and it's things we all need to hear.
I've been reading The Boy who came Back from Heaven to the kids every day.
I have yet to make it one day without sobbing!
The kids are all..."here it comes...".
I'm an absolute mess.  
A friend thrust this book into my hands and would not let me leave her house without it!
It's a beautiful story.

That's all I've got.
Happy Thursday and enjoy the weekend!!!

Love!  Tiffany

"And I tell you now...that I would rather be with you and defeated than against you and victorious".
Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Books...

Hi Guys!
I have posted exactly "zero" times in the last 3 1/2 months
(if you don't count my "taking a break" post and my
"I'm back...kind of" post).

Can you guess how many projects I've completed in that time?
Mmmm Hmmm...zero.

Little Blog...I think I need you!
I need to be accountable.
For some reason, my little projects are more fun when
I get to post a before and after photo.

I woke up with two projects on my mind.
1.  The books in the hallway
2.  My sewing room

Today, I decided to start with the easier of the two.
The books in the hallway.


This has been a mess for quite some time.
I know Sweetie has noticed it since he walks past it every morning.
He hasn't said a thing.
Bless his heart.
 This look doesn't make me want to pick up a book and read.
 Ish.
 Time to get started.
I removed all the books, grabbed a damp cloth, cleaned each shelf, and started to put the books back with some rhyme or reason.
 Pretty, no?
I am giving one book of bags to my little niece.
I am storing 1 bag of books to bring out later.
I pulled a stack of books that I am going to use for our Read-a-Louds this school year.
I pulled all our history and science books to be placed in a different location.
I guess I should add that to my list of things to do
since that "location" has yet to be determined...
 I'm thinking of typing up a spreadsheet
(oh, how I love spreadsheets!)
of all the books on each shelf and having a little box next to each of my kids names.
Then, as they read a book, they can put a little X in the box.
How fun would it be to have X'd all the books on a shelf!
I'm thinking they won't think it's as fun as I do, we'll see.
I hope you're all having a wonderful summer.
Chat soon...

Love!  Tiffy

"I want to be a better girl than I am.  
I want to feel a hundred times more thankful than I do. 
 I want to feel more, what a blessed thing it is to be the 
wife of a good man, and to lead a peaceful life".
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens