Daddy calls our sweet Maddie- Maddie Bo Bo Bo Bo, who turns 8 months today. I know, I know, cliché, but where has the time gone. She's rolling over, she's saying Da Da!! and cooing oh so sweetly, she grasps small objects in her cute little tiny hands, she kicks her leg when I'm not fast enough while trying to nurse her, she's eating peas, green beans, banana mash, and rice cereal, when i pick her up she hugs me and wiggles in my arms.
Life is sweeter because she's here!!
Happy 8 months sweet Madeleine Nicole!!
0 months- pure sweetness
6 months- at the doctors with the girls for a well check
Well, I sit here in my kitchen, enjoying a nice hot cup of Twining's Breakfast Blend tea and a little "me" time while the kiddies nap. I like this flavor because it's really not just good for the mornings (boxed that way because it is black tea and has caffeine) but good for an early afternoon pick-me-up. I'm indulging in a maple cookie and lemon sugar cookie as well. My china choice is Spode English bone China, "Ribbons and Roses." This was a favorite design my mother picked out, I remember she wanted to upgrade her fine china to this design.
In the background I have the 1983 BBC production of "Jane Eyre" starring Timothy Dalton playing. Sometimes in the day I'll put on a movie when the girls are napping while I get things done.
I've been doing a lot of research on trying to save money. In that quest, I've been reading a lot about making your own laundry soap. From what I read, it really seemed pretty simple. So I finally did it. I made my own laundry soap. And let me just say I can't believe I've been buying laundry soap for so long. It really is easy and it works just as good and you get the satisfaction of knowing that you did it yourself. I've been trying to be less dependent on commercialism, and slowly I've been trying to incorporate more homemade money pinching things into our lives. Making my own soap is just the tip in this quest to be more self reliant…and after doing it, it's just motivated me more to incorporate the next thing…
I started out by buying all necessary ingredients, and they didn't even add up to what a Sam's supply of Tide costs--I can even make several batches with what I bought.
I finally got to use my thrift store purchase: this huge pot I got for under $5 (Walmart has these pots for $20)
First, grate your soap (1 bar of whatever you like) and boil it in some water (4 c), let it boil till the soap dissolves.
After the soap dissolves-and this is my own trick-I add some Downy (I did 2 capfuls, but next time I'm going to add 4) this gives you the added bonus of soft and fresh smelling clothes.
Next, add your borax (1/2 c) and washing soda (1 c) and more water (from the warm tap-3 gals.), let it sit for 24 hours
My whole laundry room smelled so clean, after the 24 hours this is what you have, a gelatinous, watery concoction.
Give it a quick stir and start using...
I didn't want to leave it in my pot so I transferred the soap, using a cut milk jug and cut water bottle, into some laundry soap containers I saved...
Here it is!! This batch yields 52 cups, 1 cup per load. Every time I open my cabinet and use it, I feel accomplished and happy because of how much money I'm saving…
Just for thought's sake, the next time I make this, I may add two bars of soap to concentrate it more so I can cut the yield in half…we'll see what happens.
Today, I was privileged to have tea with some very important people...my two lovely daughters, Lizzie and Bella.
We set the coffee table with the girl's tea cups. They were super excited when I said we could really drink out of them. So we brewed some very fine Gatorade "tea" and had chocolate chip "crumpets".
During the tea many delightful things were discussed. We talked about our day. Lizzie told me she went dancing (I played some old Celtic Folk Records of mine that my Dad gave me. Interestingly, I danced to the very same records when I was about Lizzie's age. That's why my Dad gave them to me), and Bella explained very intently to me that she went flying all with wild arm gestures and pleadings to, "Watch me! Watch me!". It was quite interesting. I didn't realize that these VIPs was so talented and adventurous. (Actually I did. :))
The girls were so pleased we had a "real" tea party. I love that they are so easily amused.
Have there been times in your life where you've felt like you've had supernatural intervention, not like creepy stuff, but times where you've felt like something really wrong could have happened but it ended up everything turned out ok? I can name on my hand about 5 times in my life where I've felt like this personally.
Today, marks the second time I've felt like this for my girls. Today, there were "Angels encamped" around my very adventurous children....
Minding my own business, I was in the living room while my children were very intently playing in their room (this should have been my first warning signal, but I was just enjoying the fact that the girls were playing with each other so well) when all of a sudden I heard a loud crash and then the sounds of screaming...I rushed into the room and found the dresser drawer upside-down on the floor with Bella half way pinned underneath it and Lizzie fleeing from the scene.
At this point Bella's mouth started to bleed and Lizzie's lip was fat and her cheek was swollen with a bruise on it...I took the girls into the living room and began to check for any serious injuries, they didn't have any (thank the Lord) and finally after probing, I found out what happened.
Bella was being the "baby" and wanted to sleep in her "crib" (the drawer) with Lizzie tucking her in...
As I inspected the scene, it occurred to me that they walked away from a potentially very serious disaster. If the whole dresser, not just the drawer, would have fallen that would have meant the very heavy mirror on top could have fallen. I am so thankful for the Lord's protection of my kids...
I learned early in my experience as a mother that I can not prevent all things bad from happening to them, but I can have faith in the Lord to watch out for them when I can't by saying prayers for their safety. This has become a daily habit for me. Every time I think of them, I ask the Lord to protect them...Thank you Lord again for keeping my children from any real danger...
They were both pretty shaken up and we talked about the consequences of their actions...In the midst of this object lesson, Bella tells me that, "Jesus is everywhere," and I tell her, "Yes, yes He is...even now He's keeping watch over us..." Needless to say both were very sorry for what happened and were also afraid I was going to punish them further, I think they both learned their lesson because of the scariness of it all so I felt like further punishment wasn't necessary.
After comforting them with numerous hugs and kisses and reassuring them of their forgiveness, I was able to lay them down.
They are now soundly (safely) sleeping for their afternoon nap in spite of all the blood, bruises and bumps...
On Sunday I roasted a whole chicken in the crockpot for the first time.
The night before I prepared the bird with a season rub (that I made myself) and stuffed it with onions and the seasoning and placed butter and seasoning inside the skin between the muscle of the breast. I boiled potatoes and went to bed. I woke up at 6 AM and turned the crock pot on high. At 12:30 we came home from church, I put the potatoes back on the stove; added milk, butter, sour cream, salt, pepper and parsley. I microwaved some mixed veggies. Mike got the chicken out of the crock (which was falling off the bone) and cut it up and put it on the platter. By 1:30 PM, the plates were cleared and we were off to nap land.
Sunday night I poured water into the crock with all the bones and fat and leftovers from the chicken. I let this stew all night. By Monday morning I had home made chicken broth (stock). I felt daring so I added more water and let the water again stew all day with the leftovers...By evening I had more stock.
Monday, I cut up the leftover chicken and made chicken salad for supper. Mike was extremely happy with that sandwich.
Tuesday (Today) I went into our fridge and pulled out the gelatinous rich bone broth I had made Sunday night and decided to measure out 8 oz. cups and individually free it. I even was impressed with the second batch of broth, it wasn't as dark but it was just as flavorful...I bet I could have done a third batch. I now have in my freezer pantry 12 individual servings of ready made broth I love being able to make things that I don't have to buy from the store....
I downloaded the latest Operating System for my iPhone....let me just say that I love, love, love it!
The people at Apple really are very good at what they do.
Let's just look for a minute as to why. I'd say that roughly over half of Apple's fan base is from my generation, the "millennials". We are the generation of Nintendo, Game boy, and Sega Genesis. Hypothetically, I "graduated" with the creators of the next versions of these gaming systems, who created PlayStation, wii, etc...and who have now introduced to us the latest and greatest version of Apple's iSeries Operating System.
The age of Tablets, Readers, Pads and smart phones are what we know in our reality...iOS 7 is great because it's reminiscent to the early 'bubble' graphics of gaming systems gone by. A sort of retro fitted neon early 90's pop feel. Take for instant, the home screen and all its' apps, the graphics are bright and well bubbly (sorry for the word choice) even its' sounds have been updated and it really does take you back to Mario Bros. techno-synthetic "Atari" sounds, you know what I'm talking about right? When you played Mario Bro.'s in the 7th grade at a friend's house. There you are controller in hand, while you jumped up to see what came out of the question mark to hopefully extend your life a little further!! iOS 7is, well of course, is oh so much more! It's sophisticated! It's High tech! With a touch of futuristic finesse!
Because we've grown up with computers, it's very logical in its overall operation; like you don't need a manual to figure out how to use the new features, I'd say the generation above mine (40 and above) would have to pull out the old "how-to". It makes you feel like you could have been one of the programmers who created it... It really is sheer genius....I can only imagine what my kids will create in their lifetime...
Lately, in the news we've been hearing a lot about "American Exceptionalism", and some would even say that it's a bad word, you know who you are. The ones who end up occupying wall street, the ones who you wonder, if they even have a real job, the ones who are in college who would (and have) publicly humiliate an American Hero by calling him a traitor and war criminal, they usually brand peace signs but have no real understanding of what true peace is, the ones who are so educated they've educated themselves into complete idiocy...anyway.
I say all this to say that Apple is the definition of American Exceptionalism. A company founded and created in the U.S.
We have a 'dictator' in office who wants to strip that away from us by implementing the socialists' chains of slavery. Through dependence, one of it's facets is known as obamacare.
I asked my doctor the other day how obamacare would affect his practice... and he explained to me that in all actuality obamacare is really a great idea if you are speaking on a level of one's individualism...the average person who gets insurance is really fitting the bill for those who do not budget and get health care for themselves, so if we were speaking individually it would be good, a tax or penalty on those who choose not to get health care; therefore, this tax, in essence, would be put back into the health system to keep the cost of healthcare affordable. He also stated that in light of individual choice, there should be a national registry for people who deny health care so that in case of an emergency they, through this registry, would forfeit the right to emergency care...Individually speaking I'm still now sure what I think but that's for another time....
I'm not saying that we should get rid of assistance for people who really need it (needs versus wants are something in our society that are getting harder and harder to differentiate). I'm saying obamacare is bad because of its hindrance on business big and small alike. Business is what has made this country great...Private Business is not in business to give us healthcare, it's to make money so that it can produce and with production comes prosperity that flows from top to bottom, from CEO, to family to economy etc...
If you are able to see the plain agenda of this current dictatorship then you'd be able to see that Obama's world view is that of a socialist...everyone get in line and be like the other, everyone has a fair shake!! Teacher says to Johnny, "Here Johnny, good job, gold star for 15th place..." His agenda is to tear down that American Exceptionalism; to make us like every other country where the masses are in slavery while a few remain in power...and who do you think that "few" are?
With the release of Apple's new OS and seeing what we Americans are still capable of, just re-affirms that we still have a fighting chance to still be the best place on earth...U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!!
The girls room is finally decorated. Until we get the bunk bed, this is how I have things arranged and put away. It's amazing what a burden has been lifted knowing that the girls room is organized, neat, and tidy! The challenge now will be to keep it that way. The girls actually enjoy playing in their room now too. I went in and literally took out half of their toys. I think that this is just another way for me to simplify my life and the girl's.