Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Good News!!!

Its all good new, the compressor is covered and when the repair man asked to see the warranty he said, "oh and labor is covered too". Yippee...Praise God!!!!

He was able to get the screw driver from out of the driver vent, we have the Maytag drying center....love it by the way, but anyway...he had to take off the front panel to get to it and it wasn't stuck in the back so that was good news.

The hard part is we are still living out of coolers on the back porch and the deep freeze in the garage. I think we are going to loose weight because we don't want to make that extra effort for a mid-night snack and have to turn off the house alarm go into the cold and then arm the house and then go to bed, no snacking for us.

We will be away this weekend, so we won't have to deal with all the cold food outside. I can't count how many times I have opened the fridge out of habit and then realize its empty.

Hope our food is still here when we get back!

Room-A-Day Giveaway!

Kimberly-Clark Room-A-Day Giveaway.

They are giving away 16 $25,000 prizes for a room make over. Check it out if you like, I would make over the kitchen & dinning room.....new floors & counter tops, paint and a new sink...and a new fridge :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Snow day-----updated

It started snowing around 5:30pm
and we have about 2 inches so far.
This picture was taken using the night vision
setting on my camera...pretty cool..eh?

At least its helping keep our food nice and cold!!!


This was Monday morning.


We had so much!


This is the fridge all clean,
I don't think it has been this clean since we first bought it.

This is our vintage, environmentally safe and all organic fridge......
mother nature!

Okay, with the help of some blue coolers.

Life is so good!

I have picture's I need to post of the snow day we had yesterday and the two small snowkids we built.

Last night we noticed our freezer wasn't working, so we took everything out and put it in the deep freeze in the garage. This morning when I had cold cereal I noticed the milk wasn't as cold as it should be.....our fridge isn't working. First I put one of those indoor/outdoor weather thermometers and it was only 50 degrees!!! I scrambled to call a repair place but they can't come until tomorrow.....so in the mean time, I'm frantically putting food in coolers and then putting them outside.

There are several good parts to this story:
  1. The repair place owes us a favor so they are coming out for free to diagnose the problem and also get a small screw driver that I accidentally dropped in the dryer vent last night....woops :)
  2. I get to clean out the fridge, which I have been wanting to do for sometime now....you know throw out those pickles way in the back and lost pudding cup from last summer or the medicine from 2005.
  3. Its cold here, around 36 degrees and snowing...colder than my fridge. I ran out of coolers and decided to use a plastic storage container and put plastic wrap on top then taped it, back porch doesn't look pretty but things are cold.
  4. If the problem is the compressor, Thank God it is still covered under warranty, we just have to pay labor which is $250 (ouch)........if not???
  5. I could get a new fridge but I doubt it.
I'm trying to stay positive and not be overwhelmed by my distraught kitchen and dinning room.
What else can I do but praise God, and be grateful that its not a giant leak in the roof or a broken furnace. Stay tuned more to come with picture's.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reagan's gift

Below is a letter I wrote to Reagan last year when she asked Jesus into her heart. I then put the letter in a shadow box with the rose she was given at church and with picture’s taken when she nailed her ribbon onto the cross. I want her to always remember what she did.

Last week at our weekly bible study in Reagan’s little class they were talking about the wordless book. Reagan raised her hand and said I did that and I’m going to heaven. My Mom is the teacher and she asked Reagan to share and she did.

Later that day one of Reagan’s friends told her Mom what Reagan said in class and wanted to ask Jesus into her heart too. And last Sunday Sarah nailed her ribbon onto the cross to let everyone know she has Jesus in her heart.

I’m so amazed how God can use a 4 ½ year old little girl to show His love and spread His Good News.

The Letter:

January 14, 2007

I was putting you to bed and we had read a story and we had read our devotions and we were praying. Toward the end of the prayer I asked you if you wanted to pray about anything, and this is what you said, “I want to ask Jesus into my heart.” I was so excited that you had decided to make this decision on your own, so we prayed together and you asked God to come into your heart and that you are his child and you want him to use you for his glory. We hugged and I told you how proud of you I am and we said goodnight. I immediately told your Daddy and he was so excited and proud of you, and I then called both of your Nana’s to share with them the good news.

During the next week I asked you if you wanted to nail a white ribbon onto the cross at church on Sunday morning, to let everyone know you had decided to follow Jesus. You said, “Yes, I would like to nail a ribbon onto the cross, and let everyone know that I have Jesus in my heart.”

January 21, 2007

During the 9:30am service Steve D. announced that 3 ½ year old Reagan had given her life to the Lord and that is why there is a yellow rose on the piano, he said I see her parents Tim and Christy are here with us this morning and everyone clapped with joy for your decision. Then during worship, Daddy, Mommy and you walked up to the cross and you nailed the white ribbon onto the cross to let everyone know you have decided to follow Jesus.

Reagan we love you so much and

are so proud of you!!

Love,

Mom & Dad



Here are 2 of the picture's from her shadow box.
Reagan with her rose's the church gave her.


Reagan pounding her nail into the cross.



Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Three kids in the tub, rub a dub dub

What a wonderful time we all had.

Madi loved her cake and so did Reagan & Lincoln.


For Madi's birthday we gave her
special edition tickle me Elmo TMX.


At first we didn't think Madi was going to like it but,
that thing is so funny, we were all laughing really hard.

It rolls on its tummy, then its on its back...it really is fun.


After lots of cake consumption the kids were ready for a bath.


They had so much fun!!

None of them wanted to get out of the tub and
the water wasn't even warm anymore.


Earlier in the day we went to a big indoor play gym, the kids love going there and after we got back Lincoln took a small nap and they were all back to playing.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Elmo says, "Happy Birthday Madison!"

Madison and her little brother Max and her parents are coming for a visit.
Her 2nd birthday was on Saturday,
so we are going to have a little party for her.

I have heard that she loves Elmo.
Reagan loved Elmo and her 2nd birthday was Elmo themed.

So, I asked my Mom for her tackle box of cake decorating stuff,
and for the cake pan and after the kids went down....I decorated Elmo.


Reagan and I also made Madison a sign
made out of Sesame Street letters that spell....
MADISON.

Happy Birthday Madison!!
We can't wait to see you!!


On the agenda for the day
is....play...eat....play....nap...play.....eat.....play
eat....play.....eat Elmo cake...play...sleep...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's off to Neverland!!!





Tonight Reagan, Nana Sue, Nana B, Nana Shannon and myself are getting all dressed up and going out to dinner and then to see the play, "Peter Pan."
This is one of Reagan's all time favorite stories, and she is very excited to go see the play.
I will post picture's tomorrow or tonight.

This is Reagan dressed up as tinker bell
for Halloween of 2006.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wiiiiiii

Monday night Tim and I play the Wii for 1 1/2 hours.
First we played bowling and then doubles tennis.
We had the best time, it was really a lot of fun.

Only one small problem, my right arm hurts and my left leg hurts from playing.
Truth be told though, I can't wait to play again.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Morning with friends---updated with pics

Our friends Scott & Shana were here on Sunday and we got together before they had to fly south down to California. We picked the whole family up in our Van, we put the 3 big kids in the back...2 car seats and 1 booster seat....I should have taken a picture. New baby Max in his infant car seat behind the driver, then Shana and me completed the middle row and Tim and Scott were in the front. We were packed in like sardines but we all fit and that was amazing in of its self.

Our first stop was The Portland Children's Museum, our kids have never been there but they sure had a great time. Scott did a much better job of taking picture's, so the few that I did take didn't include any of the Donaldson gang. I think mostly its because we were scattered all over that place with 3 kids wanting to go in 3 different directions.

Updated with picture's of 3 out of the 4 Donaldson gang.








We then went to lunch at Shari's by the airport, the guys went back to the Hotel and packed up the van with their luggage. Shana and I were wondering how we got stuck with all the kids and quickly decided that that wasn't going to happen again.

After Lunch we dropped them off at the airport, and said our goodbyes....but not for long they will be back next week and hopefully we will see them again and celebrate Madison's 2nd birthday.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Aaaargggg.....pirates a comin

We went to see the movie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie
We took the kids and met my parents there and we all had a great time. There weren't that many other families at the theater which is great when you have small kids, because we all know that they just sit nice and quietly and watch the movie.

The kids actually did very well, we all took our turn holding each kid and passing popcorn, pop, blanket, kid, you get the idea. The movie was great, the kids followed the story line, Lincoln even clapped at the end....very cute.

There were kids that were younger than Lincoln (he's almost 2) and had a harder time with the storyline but liked watching vegetables bounce around, sing songs, save the day, and the kids thought it was great and even the adults laughed...it really is a movie for the whole family.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Penne au Gratin

This recipe is from the book, An American fest, foreword by Julia Child. A Celebration of Cooking on Public Television. The recipe is on page 65 under first course or side dishes and the author of recipe is Jacques Pepin.

Ingredients
  • 6 ounces of penne pasta. I use a smaller pasta that is easier for the kids to eat, like salad noodles or seashells.
  • 1 1/2 t of unsalted butter
  • 1 T virgin olive oil
  • 2 T Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Milk
  • 4 1/2 ounces of Cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch dice (1 cup). I use Colby/Cheddar shredded cheese mix and I use about 2 cups....we like it cheesy.
  • 3/4 t salt....I add a little more
  • 3/4 fresh ground black pepper. We omit, we don't care for black pepper
  • 1 large tomato (8 ounces), halved, seeded, and the flesh cut into 1/2 inch dice, (1 1/4 cups). Tim and the kids don't care for tomatoes so I leave it out.
  • 1 1/2 T grated Parmesan cheese. I use shredded because that is what I have on hand.
  • 1/2 t paprika

Cook Pasta

Boil water in a pot, and add noodles, boil past over medium heat, uncovered for about 8 minutes. (The pasta should be al dente, firm to the bite.)
Drain pasta in colander, rinse it under cold water until cool, and set aside.

Make Sauce

  • Heat butter & oil in a saucepan, and add flour.
  • Cook mix over medium heat for about 10 seconds
  • Add milk & stir it in quickly with a whisk so it won't scorch.
  • Bring it to a boil & boil for 10 seconds
  • Add cheese, salt, & pepper, & mix well.
  • Then cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes & set aside.
Combine & Bake

When ready to finish the gratin, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the pasta with cheese sauce and transfer to a 6 cup gratin dish. I use a square Pyrex dish or a 10 1/2 x 8 3/4 inch dish, or a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish.

Sprinkle tomato on top of mixture.
Combine Parmesan & paprika in a small bowl and sprinkle over whole dish.

Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, until bubbly and nicely browned on top.
Serve immediately.

note:
If making the gratin at the last moment, and assembling is while the sauce & pasta are both hot, do not bake the gratin. Instead, place it under a hot broiler until golden brown on top.


Its really good and it is even better the next day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

My Christmas present---updated

Before

Before

After
This picture is from our trip to the mountains,
no squinting for me, even with the bright snow.

After close up


I got boto*x
I would show the whole picture but the face I was making was to embarrassing, I was trying with all my might to move those muscles between my eyebrows, but I just can't. I can still move my eyebrows I just can't make that furrowed look.
I heart boto*x!!

The trip

These picture's are from my camera, my mother in law took better picture's and as soon as I get those I will post them.

This is the day we left, both kids entertained with the in car DVD player. For Christmas we got Lincoln old school mickey mouse short cartoons and both kids love them, they are very funny.

This was when it first started snowing, I didn't take a picture on the pass, I forgot.
This was Sunday, we went to a local outdoor ice skating rink and fell in love.
She was on the ice about an hour none stop, she told me that she didn't want to hold my hand because she needed to practice. She fell so many times on her tush....but she loved it. I started to feel sick, so Lincoln and I went back to the car and Auntie Leah in the white coat and cousin Haley in the purple and Reagan all stayed to skate.
When it was time to leave she could spin around and go around the whole rink by herself, I'm still amazed at how good she did for her first time being on the ice.
I think she liked eating the snow the best.
This was the drive home going up the pass.
If you can believe it we were passed by a log truck, it was pretty intense when that was happening, I was sure there was going to be an accident.
This was after the pass and about 10 miles before I took the chains off.
We had such a great time, I miss the snow and the mountains, when I was in high school I skied on the Varsity ski team and went to the mountain every week. Its amazing what can change once your parents stop paying for things, you get married, and have kids and your priorities change......we can't wait to go back.