Monday, January 31, 2011
Keith and I took turns going about our days and watching the troops play. Saturday morning, Keith went to the Y for his cycling class while I showered and made breakfast of muffins and biscuits and gravy for everyone. Then I went to the school to help make the soup for the Soup Luncheon on Sunday while Keith watched the troops. Catholic Schools Week is this week and our school always kicks it off with a Soup/Sandwich Luncheon on Sunday after the Masses. We made 6 roasters of chicken noodle soup, 5 roasters of chili and 2-3 roasters of vegetable beef. They have a talent show also during the soup luncheon. Cara and her friend performed a dance.
I had to laugh because when the music started and Justin saw Cara on the stage he said really loud, "That's my sister!". Cara and Riley did a great job!
The weekend also included Cara singing for Mass with the Sacred Heart Singers Choir, attending a birthday party for my brother at my parents' house, swimming lessons and homework. Two major tests this week for Cara in science and social studies. I will have more about Catholic Schools Week as the week goes on.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Justin was good at the game eating popcorn and a lolly, but ready to go home before the performance. We had to keep telling him that we had to stay and watch the girls' dance. It was a late night for the girls since it was a school night, but on Wednesday they only had a half day of school.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Ashlin practicing her back float.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I came across this quote the other day by Percy Bysshe Shelley, "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?". First I laughed about it because the weather was just awful outside and then it made me realize that Spring is indeed going to come just NOT as soon as I would like it to arrive.
Everywhere I go everyone is talking about the weather and how they are praying for an early Spring. Yesterday morning as Justin and I were walking across the icy parking lot at the YMCA another gentleman and I started talking about the icy conditions, the freezing cold temperatures and how we both wished Spring would come. The gentleman laughed then and said, "but it is only January". That statement means that we have another two whole months of official winter, but in Nebraska you could still have snow in April.
This really makes me question why on Earth do I live in this part of the country! I also am now disliking my husband because the money for a warm winter vacation is going to be spent on his numerous trips to the dentist so that he can eat instead of us going South of the border for a few days rest. All right, my venting is over!
Monday, January 17, 2011
We went to the 6:35 p.m. showing. I soooo wish I could have videotaped Justin's facial expressions and comments to the whole experience since it was his first trip to the movies, but I didn't think the photos would turn out in the theater. Justin loved the theater popcorn and candy. When the previews started, he told Daddy "Wow, that is a BIG TV, Dad!". He laughed out loud and made comments throughout the entire movie and previews. Sometimes I caught myself watching him instead of the movie because he was having such a good time. We all enjoyed the movie very much!!!
Movie tickets for 2 adults and 4 children - $39.00
Snacks at the concession stand - $24.50
Less Keith's gift certificate from the NPPD Xmas party - ($25.00)
Total damage - $38.50
Look on Justin's face through the movie - PRICELESS
Thursday, January 13, 2011
A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to 'Dad.'
With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mum and you.
I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it' s not only the passion, ...Dad, she's pregnant.
Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a caravan in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy.
In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better.
She deserves it.
Don't worry Dad. I'm 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.
Love, Your Son John
PS. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house.
I Just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than a Report card.
It's in my desk drawer.
I love you.
Call me when it's safe to come home.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Scarlet and Creamy Potato Soup
6 bacon strips, diced
3 cups potatoes, peeled
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
8 oz. process American cheese, cubed
In large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp; drain. Add potatoes, broth, carrot, onion, parsley, celery seed, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Combine flour and milk until smooth; add to broth mixture. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add cheese; stir until cheese is melted and soup is heated. Yields 8 servings (2 quarts).
This recipe is easy to make and doesn't require a lot of time. Just be patient for the soup to boil after adding the milk. This step is what helps the soup thicken so be patient.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The snow is piling up on the deck.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Each of the kids received one electronic item this year from Santa. Justin received a remote control train engine for his item.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Each year the Kindergarten class acts out the Christmas Gospel reading at the Christmas Eve Children's Mass. This year was Ashlin's turn to be in the Kindergarten pageant. The sign-up form laid on our kitchen counter for days because she kept saying that she would not participate if she couldn't be Mary. We explained to her that only one little girl in the class could be Mary and that the teachers picked who got to portray Mary. She wouldn't agree to be in the pageant. Finally, one day she agreed to be an angel, but only if I would turn the paper in to her teacher.
Christmas Eve arrived and again she wouldn't cooperate for us. We got to church and she refused to put on her costume. She stood in the bride's room and cried while all of her classmates looked on asking, "Why is Ashlin crying Mrs. Leader?". Finally, when Mrs. Simon told them it was time to line up, Ashlin dried her tears and lined up by a classmate, but I had to stay close by. Then her classmate, Angelica, said that if Ashlin was scared she would hold her hand. When the cue came for the angels to make their appearance, Ashlin fluttered her wings and walked up front to the altar. Then after the Christmas story was finished the class sang Away In A Manger and the children could leave and sit by their parents.
P.S. You wouldn't believe how much bribing and threatening I was doing in the back to get her to put on her costume and be an angel. We'll see how Justin acts when his turn comes up in Kindergarten.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The last day of classes at school is pretty much just one big party, no real learning is accomplished. The students as a group sang Christmas carols in the morning. Games were played in the classrooms and Christmas movies were watched. Ashlin's class had their class party at lunch time. No hot lunch is served on the last day, so, the class party food was lunch. The class had turkey sandwiches, juice pouches, fruit and vegetables and cookies. Erica and Cara's classes both ordered personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut and each student brought a drink.