Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
After waiting for three weeks our roof was looked at by the insurance adjuster and he declared our roof totaled. Then we contacted a few local contractors for roof replacement bids. After picking a contractor we have waited all summer for the new roof.
Yesterday at about 6:30 a.m. they started tearing off the old roof. By the end of the night we had a new roof. This morning the crew will finish cleaning up and put on our new gutters. Then they will move on to another house three doors down the street to replace their roof.
Monday, August 22, 2011
We ordered two large pizzas and bread sticks for supper to feed them. Keith and Cara had made a trip to the store for snacks for the night. Keith also picked up a smores dessert pizza and a cinnamon wheel for breakfast the next morning.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Last Friday, Vanessa's family was blessed with the birth of a new baby girl. This was the 4th blessed child born to this family, therefore, Vanessa has not been picking and I have gone every day to tend the garden.
This garden has been producing an abundance of produce. It takes me about an hour each day to pick produce. I have been picking three kinds of tomatoes, green beans, green peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, peas, onions, yellow squash, and zucchinis. Earlier in the summer we also had spinach, carrots and green onions.
Last week Nicole and I had our first canning experience when we made salsa. Our first batch produced 21 pints of salsa. This week we did another batch and made 22 pints and 1 quart of salsa. Today I am canning tomato juice. The tomato plants are really producing. I have even been giving tomatoes and other produce away to friends and neighbors because we can't eat all of it and it is really piling up at our house.
32 cups tomatoes - peeled and quartered (Roma tomatoes work best)
8 cups chopped onions
4 cups chopped jalapeno - remove seeds or will be HOT
4 cups bell peppers
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pickling salt
1/4 cup chili powder
3 TBS garlic powder
4 TSP chopped garlic
2 TBS black pepper
4 TBS ground cumin
2 TSP alum
5 cups white vinegar
2 large cans tomato paste (the more you add the thicker)
Mix in a big pot, stir and cook at slow simmer for 2 hours (or until you are sick of it). Jar & seal.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Each school year has a theme and this year the theme is "Go Wild for God". The school principal and staff dress up the first day to go along with the theme. As you can see, the principal dressed up as a gorilla.
The kids were all up bright and early the first day and dressed and ready to go within minutes. I was very impressed with how smooth the morning went. We'll see how long this lasts. They had to pose for the mandatory picture before heading out the door.
Monday, August 15, 2011
One stop for the day is Memorial Stadium, the home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Cara was excited to view the stadium.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Ashlin waiting for the ceremony to begin. The kids were a little nervous standing in front of all of the parents and grandparents in attendance.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My kids love to go to the dance and hang out with their friends in a fun atmosphere. Some of the teachers even show up to kick off the summer right.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Every year the PE teacher, Ms. Freese, sponsors a Jump Rope for Heart event at school. This year Cara and Ashlin participated in the event. Usually kindergartners do not get involved in this event because some of them cannot jump rope very well. Each participant is placed on a team and one team member must be jumping at all times. The event lasts three hours. Throughout the event the kids have chances to win prizes in drawings and for raising the most money. At the end of the school year, the school has an assembly in which the student who raises the most money in each classroom gets to choose a teacher to receive a "pie in the eye" from that student. There is a group of teachers that volunteer for this event. Ashlin raised the most money for her classroom so she got to sit in the front row for the event. Ashlin's class is sitting in the row behind her.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
2000 Sea Ray 210 Signature 21' boat.
When we got married, Keith had a jet ski that he loved. But, when Cara came along, Keith sold the jet ski to a co-worker because it would be just too hard to use with a baby. Last spring Keith had mentioned that he was seriously thinking about buying a boat for the family. But, with the flooding of the Missouri River we thought that we would wait another year.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Our first stop when we enter the park is the carasol. The kids and I boarded the ride first thing.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The kids took their swimming suits because they also have a big water slide. The day was extremely hot and the cold water felt good to all of the party guests.
Monday, August 1, 2011
A couple weeks ago after much begging from our children and a few neighborhood kids, Keith put up the water slide one Saturday night. This photo shows the line of kids waiting for their turn to go down the slide and cool off.