Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
that week. Plus we are grandparents. Still, I have renewed respect
for parents who go through this every morning.
The setting: We were asked to just have the twins for dinner and
keep them overnight, and take them to school the next day, while
Amy was out of town and Logan was working.
When I suddenly woke up late that morning, I looked at the clock and it said 7:30! In panic I
announced to sound-asleep-Dennis that "we have exactly 30 minutes to get the twins to school."
He popped his eyes open, and without even sitting up in bed, lunged towards the door and down the
hall to wake up the twins. I swear that man is a selfless saint even in his sleep.
I staggered to the kitchen (literally….not use to waking up that quickly) and made them banana
shakes, and frozen waffles. Jonas insisted he wanted Grandpa’s syrup on his waffle and not my syrup,
(the real stuff.)
No time to discuss or have Jonas upset, so I grabbed Den’s syrup from the cupboard and read the
label. I saw it was made with sorbitol. “Sorry Jonas the bonus, it has sorbitol in it and may hurt
your tummy….you’ll have to have my syrup.” I put a little on his plate to the side of his waffle.
"No, no", he said and added he wanted it ON his waffle instead. Since I’d already made the
mistake I explained, “It’s better on the side, so now your waffle won’t get cold.”
Téa’s hair was extra tangly and no one knew where her brush was and I don’t know how to fix little
girls hair anyway, so I suggested I just comb the top part and put the rest in a pony. She said, “But
that will look messy.” “No, it will look great, you’ll see.” (although there was NO time to look in
Had nothing to put in their lunches so Den flew to Savemart to get some “white bread with brown
around the edges” as Téa explained. While he was doing that I told the twins to hurry and get their
lunch bags and bring them to the kitchen. Only Téa had hers and Jonas had no idea where his was.
That’s when Téa excitedly announced, “Yay!…then we get to have hot lunch today!” I didn’t
even know that was an option!
Called Den…."turn around and come home, they’re having hot lunch.” I heard Jonas cheer!
Den got home and asked if they needed lunch money. I said, I’m not sure but I don’t think schools
take cash anymore. He turned to Jonas, “Do you need money for lunch?” Jonas said no. So then
Den asks him, “Then how do you get your lunch?” Jonas says, “We just walk into this place and
they give us some food.” “But don’t you need to pay for it?” “No, they just give it to us.”
I texted Amy in Florida where she was visiting her mother, and asked if they had money in some
account at school so they could get hot lunch today. She said they did and added her smiley face as
always, so I could tell she was fine with it. It’s now just 25 minutes later and it's 7:55.
“Doesn’t school start at 8?” I ask Den.
He turns to Téa, “What time does school start?”
“7,” she says. (gotta love Téa!)
Den: “It must be 8 or 8:15. Why can’t we remember from last time?”
“I think it’s 8:05, but I’m not sure. But it's not like we can move any faster.”
“Grab your back packs. Time to go. Did you get your homework put in your backpack?”
“We don’t have any homework.”
I turned to Den, “That’s what every kid says.”
“Let’s go!” he announces.
The kids had their coats on with the back packs put in place while we walked them out to the car.
Then they had to remove their backpacks to fit in their booster seats. Parenting is so complicated
these days. Got them strapped in and I kissed Jonas goodbye. Then I stretched over him to kiss Téa
and fell on Jonas. I blew kisses at her instead. At least they left knowing we love them. A lot.
About 20 minutes later Den got back home and announced, “You aren’t going to believe this
but they weren't late to school!! When I got there they were still all doing the pledge of
Allegiance on the blacktop so I just walked the twins to their room to line up.”
Wow, was I surprised!
He said he told one of the random moms standing around at school, “I can’t believe we made it on
time!” She was probably thinking, 'What's the big deal, I do this every morning!'
And just in case you are wondering how we had time to take a picture of the twins (above) before
they were out of bed…..that was actually taken the following Monday when we repeated the routine.
Monday went much better. We even remembered to pray together before they left. Amazing what a
little prep the night before can do.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
I'd been looking for a good brown rice pilaf recipe for years. White rice is stripped of nutrients.
Plus to us, brown rice tastes better.
So after much trial and error, I came up with a recipe we love....and I make it often.
So here it is. I'll walk you through it, and then I'll type the full recipe at the end of this.
First of all, I use this kind of rice. It's my favorite. But use a brand you like.
Walmart has the best price. Like $2. cheaper than Vons or Savemart.
Then I add some fresh chopped parsley.
Or sometimes I'll throw leftover pilaf in a soup I'm making for added flavor.
I've become more daring in my older age.
In large frying pan put 2 T olive oil and fry chopped onion (small one or 1/3 of large) until
translucent. Then put in 1 c brown rice and mix it all so that each kernal of rice gets it's own jacket.
Measure 2 1/2 cups water and stir in along with 2 garlic cloves. 3/4 t salt, Bring to boil, then cover
and simmer 45 min. Turn off heat and let it set about 10-15 minutes. Then add some sliced almonds
and craisins, stir, and put lid back on until dinner is ready. Fluff with fork.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
To me, she looks just like her Mama.
Thank goodness for text pictures and FaceTime.
If Grandmas years ago had grandchildren out of state, they just had
to wait for the holidays and hope pictures would be sent!
Monday, February 8, 2016
to this and I like these THREE even more:.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
I made this a few nights ago and Den and I both really liked it.
I made it just like the chef said, only I put less chicken (frozen!) and more vegetables.
Any leftover chicken tastes great in sandwiches the next day.
I did add some frozen green beans. I can never get enough vegetables.
Every crockpot seems to be a little different, but our dinner was ready after 3 hours on high.
We weren't ready to eat yet, so I just turned it to warm for another hour and it was fine.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
So while my Primary Activity Girls were making a blanket for our pregnant co-teacher,
I was sitting off to the side talking to one of the Moms who came to help.
The girls were all on the floor gathering around the blanket, tying knots.
When that was completed they all stood up at the table
and made a banner for the soon-to-be-born baby.
Suddenly I noticed one of the girls had left the banner making group and was kneeling back down all
by herself by the blanket they had all just tied. I watched this girl as she quietly scooted around the
blanket on her knees, checking every single knot.
one she stood back up and went back to work with the rest of the group making the banner. I don't
think any of the girls even noticed she had left. I think that was her plan.
She quietly spoke like she didn't want anyone to hear, "Some of the knots were done wrong so I
was just fixing them."
away, after the group was occupied so none of the girls feelings were hurt by her re-doing some of
their knots. She didn't want anyone noticing her. And she probably thought I wouldn't either.