Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

Where do I begin?

Lincoln finally lost his first tooth, Ditka pulled it out and we video taped it, I'll upload it soon, cause its awesome!

We finally saw Santa, after a failed attempt at our local mall because they wanted $21 for a picture and we couldn't take our own...lame. McKinley did great, she chose to sit in her own chair and wouldn't look at him.

We had to move McKinley from her crib to the toddler bed because the bursitis in my left shoulder is not getting better. She is doing great and loves her bed, she says bed is at Nana's house, I a big girl. My Mom wants to have the crib for when my brother visits with baby Zoe :)

I start PT after Christmas, the steroid shots help a lot but only for a few months. I had an ultrasound and I don't have any tears so that is great. I can't lift McKinley above my head and its difficult to pour milk with my left hand. Tim and I even changed sides of the bed in hopes it would help, that's love people!

I want to also say that I'm determined to do 26 acts of kindness to honor the 26 people that were killed on Dec 14th, 2012. Tears still come to my eyes when I start to think about all those 1st graders. One of the little girls, Charlotte shares the same exact birthday as our precious Lincoln. I do know that God will turn the pain, heartache, sorrow, and sadness into good, if we allow Him.

Merry Christmas!











Tuesday, December 4, 2012

McKinley turns 2!!

Our baby girl is 2 years old......2 years old. How on earth did that happen?! She is full of life and knows what she wants.....well most of the time. Here is McMinnie's day in pictures.
Happy Birthday McKinley we love you so much!!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Adoption

Our really good friends Alex & Mia are adopting from China. I call their soon to be baby/child baby "Fu", I haven't told them that yet but I guess they will know now (I think its adorable).
They explain on their blog that Fu means blessing in Mandarin.
Can you help them spread the word about their adoption? Here is a link to their blog Unto Adoption.


Please consider supporting their adoption by purchasing an adoption t-shirt.

Will you join me in sharing their story, and most of all please pray for them as they begin this journey to adopt a blessing.

Ephesians 1:5
"...he predstined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--"

Not all are called to adopt, and those that aren't can pray, support and encourage these wonderful families.




Monday, November 26, 2012

Lost NYC pictures

On the train going into New York City
Waiting for the subway


World Trade Center Memorial




It was very peaceful and quite, even though there were so many people there.
The only surviving tree from 9/11 attacks 
I picked up this acorn and planted it at home and now we have WTC trees growing.
Central Park

Play Ground in Central Park



Tim keeping us on track and doing most of the work since I sprained my ankle.


Cousin Hilary with our girls for a fun dinner of sandwiches on the beach.

My Love
The newlyweds

Reception at Sand Point Preserve

Amanda, she was amazing and I wish I could adopt her!!  We love her so much!!



 New York was a magical trip and we dream about going again.  We love our family out there and life is so easy when we are together.












Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

This was my little helper today. We made garlic mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. She will be 2 in a week and half, holy smokes I better get busy working on her Minnie Mouse party.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

3rd graders

This is me and Reagan at the same age in the same grade. I love this!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ditka Dog Shaming

We came home from my birthday dinner. Let Ditka outside and let him back in. Got the kids to bed, put our selves to bed and settled in to a show. Ditka came in and laid down. Soon the smell was undeniable, we assumed he was passing gas. We assumed wrong! I took him downstairs and that is when the stench hit me like a brick way. By the front door he left 5 huge logs!
Bad Dog Ditka, Bad Dog!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Her life flashed before my eyes...



The big kids had to have picture retakes last week.  They let McKinley get her picture taken too.  It was adorable how she just marched up there and smiled for the camera.  It hit me like a ton of bricks, this is her in 2 years!  Where has the time gone?  I just love her!!

Christy  :)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Christy shared an Instagram photo with you

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Christy just shared an Instagram photo with you:


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"Can you guess what Lincoln is going to be for halloween?"

Thanks,
The Instagram Team

Monday, October 22, 2012

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles

This is my Mom's recipe and it is sooooo good.

FYI--This is not a quick recipe, it could be if you already had the stock frozen or used store bought chicken stock, but truthfully nothing tastes as good as homemade.

Homemade chicken noodle soup:

  • Boil whole thawed chicken, add some onions, and carrots(you don't have to) also add some chicken bouillon cubes....boil until it falls off the bone....could take a couple of hours.  If you don't have bouillon cubes, don't worry about.
  • Strain and/or separate the stock from the chicken once it has cooled.
  • Next take out all the bones by hand....takes a while, this will also shred the chicken into smaller bite size pieces.
  • Add meat, 1 cup of carrots & celery give or take, 1 medium onion, and some garlic to the stock, salt and pepper if you want, maybe some basil, just taste it and see if you like how it tastes.  (sorry Kari I don't have the measurements ;) )
  • Cook on low heat for several hours.
Homemade noodles:  Click here to see picture's of what it looks like to make noodles when the kids help.
  • 4-5 eggs
  • about 2 cups of whole wheat flour or all purpose flour.
  • In my family we use a lot of flour so there is no sticking and we don't dry the noodles either.
  • kneed and then roll out and turning until the dough is thin.
  • If you have a pasta machine, use it.  It is way easier, just make sure you use LOST OF FLOUR.
  • If you don't have one you can roll the dough like a jellyroll and cut them into thin slices.  Again use LOTS OF FLOUR.
  • Since we use a lot of flour we give them a little bath in boiling water and then add them to the soup. My Grandma says its because she likes a thinner broth and it rinses the extra flour off.
  • Cut thinly but not spaghetti thin, more like fettuccine thin, because they will get bigger once you cook them.
Add the noodles to the soup 20 minutes before you are going to serve.

If you don't have time for noodles, just add wild rice, seriously its still very good!

Enjoy!!! Serves A lot!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Retriever iPhone app

I'm going to put this out here only because if someone else has to organize or inventory their child's classroom library as a project, this might help you. 

I spent the first few weeks of school gluing hundreds library card pockets into the backs of books and then filling out hundreds library card for Reagan's 3rd grade classroom.


When I asked the teacher if the system was working she informed me that all the pockets were falling out and that I needed to re-glued them.   

It was that evening after the kids went to bed and after I organized a stack of books, that it hit me.  Almost all these books have bar codes.  I bet someone already did this and there is an app or program out there that we could use.

After a little searching I found the Book Retriever app.  It only cost .99 cents so I thought I would give it a try.

I love this app!!




Using the camera on your iPhone/iPad2 it scans the bar code on the book, you can also find the bar code on the inside cover or on the back of the book. It finds the book in the database and presto. You can add students and they can check out the books and return them by scanning the bar code.

If the book does not exist, you can add the book manually.  Make sure that the ISBN number on the form is the same number on the bar code of the book.  Sometimes it only scans part of the bar code and only a few numbers show up, in that case you just might need to try scanning again.  If you enter the book under the partial bar code scan it won't later recognize that book and you will have to do it all over again.  When I have to enter them in manually I use my iPad2 with the keyboard because it is a whole lot faster and easier, especially if I mess up ;)

You can print bar codes as well.  The only problem I have is air print prints it at a high quality and it scans better with the iPhone when its printed on draft or a lower quality setting. Air print doesn't allow you to adjust the printer setting.


 Not all books have bar codes but they do have an ISBN #.

This book does not have a bar code but does have an ISBN #

This is my work around until apple adds a quality printer setting or Book Retriever changes the app.

This website eandata.com has the EAN 13 bar codes that are needed to scan. Just type in the ISBN number and BANG, there it is.  Make sure that under the description it matches your book, like paperback, hard copy, etc...


 So I copied the bar code image by right clicking and selected copy image and put it in a word document that I set up to print 5160 address labels.  I print when I'm done with a stack of books, keeping them in order and scanning as I apply them to the matching book.

Screen shot of the word document set up with 5160 labels
The bar code on the inside cover.  Not pictured is it covered with clear packing tape to protect it from water damage.

Its a fairly new APP so you might have to enter in a lot of older books manually along with Scholastic books.  Scholastic books are somehow different and a lot of them have to be entered in manually.

Reagan's tiny private school doesn't have a school wide library, just classroom libraries.
I have been emailing and talked on the phone with Stephen from the Classroom Library Company, Inc. trying to resolves these issues. He has been very helpful and was rather impressed with my work around.  He might even have me do a write up similar to this one for their blog they are developing for troubleshooting and frequently asked questions.

Stephen was very nice on the phone and encouraged me to call if I had any other problems and I encourage you to call too.  I didn't get paid to do this or get the app for free.  Just a Mom who volunteers in her daughters classroom.

Hope this was helpful to at least someone :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trust and Obey

Last spring I was at the kids' annual Christian school track meet when I asked the PE teacher about returning kids in Reagan's class.  She shared with me about one of Reagan's friends who wanted to come back but they were still looking for some type of before school daycare.  I will be the first to say that I am not into doing daycare in our home just because I'm a stay at home Mom.  I know my own limits, and in my mind this wasn't daycare, it was just a couple hours before school starts care ;)  
It really was tugging at my heart, so I asked Tim what he thought and if he would pray about it with me?  After a few days, I asked Tim what he thought.  He said that I should do it and I felt the same way.  Her friends Mom is a single Mom and this was the only thing from holding her back from returning.  I felt God telling me that I should do this, but it was a quiet nudging at my heart.  If I wasn't really listening or paying attention I would have missed it completely.  But at the same time I heard God clearly at a busy track meet with hundreds of elementary kids running around and parents talking.  I could have easily dismissed it and thought no way, not my problem, or said I already have 3 kids, how could I add another one into the morning madness?
The following week I saw the Mom after school and came up to her and we started talking.  What took place next blew me away.  I said, I had heard that they were looking for before school care and she shared with me all the different options she had and her frustration of not knowing what to do.  I then told her about what happened at the track meet and how Tim and I had been praying about it all weekend.  She began to cry because she knew what I was going to say.  I told her that God told me to do this and that I wanted to do this.  I naively said think about it and pray, and without missing a beat said that she had been praying that someone in Reagan's class would be able to take her daughter before school.  She said she couldn't pay me and I said that is not why I am doing this.  But it works out for her to bring the kids home and truthfully I think that has been a bigger blessing for me.  I don't have wake McKinley from her nap, which when that happens she spirals into the meanest toddler who screams and cries at the slightest thing that upsets her.
God has brought us both to this place and I know that if difficulties arise He has already laid out the plan to resolve them.  I'm so glad that I obeyed God last spring, He knew how much we would needed each other.  Next time you hear God quietly nudging you to do something I urge you to obey, because God has already worked out the details you haven't even thought about, He just needs you to make that phone call or start that conversation or send that text.

"Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You." (Psalm 84:11-12)




Christy :)

Sent from my iPad.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Zoe Vera

I have a new niece who was born a month ago. My brother and his beautiful family flew in to visit and show her off. Her name is Zoe Vera, Zoe is not pronounced with the "y" sound at the end.
We are all in love with her. Her big brother Liam has been having a great time playing with his cousins. Today we are headed to the pumpkin patch for some fun and then Bill (my brother) and Tim are headed to the sold out Beavers game in Corvallis. Happy weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A wedding to remember

Tim's cousin Lauren, married a fabulous guy named Doug. In fact I think Lincoln likes Doug more than Lauren, but we won't tell her that. They got married at a small Lutheran Church and then had an amazing reception at the Hempstead Castle at Sands Point Preserve on Long Island, NY. We danced the night away, had fun in a photo booth and the kids had their own table that included disposable cameras, origami napkins, i spy games, and a melissa & doug wooden bride and groom play set. We had so much fun!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

I'm in NYC

We are on a family vacation for a family wedding in NY. We spent 30 hours in the city. We took the long island railway into Penn Station and took the subway to our hotel. Then went to Times Square, Carmine's, Canal St, World Trade Center Memorial, Toys R us in Times Square and John's Pizzeria for dinner. The next day I sprained my l ankle and I hobbled over to Central Park so the kids could play and run around. We then took two taxi's back to Penn Station and took the train back to Seaford/Massapequa.

The wedding is tomorrow and it's going to be just amazing!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Day of School preview

Here are just iPhone picture's from the first day. They had a great time and Lincoln so far loves it! Reagan is learning cursive and loves every minute of it, her current favorite word to write in cursive is Al, her Granddad's name ;)

McKinley on the other hand didn't handle it too well. She refused to nap, got out of her crib and made a big 'ol mess....naughty little girl. Today was much better and she napped.

Hopefully I will have better picture's up soon.

The week before school started

These pictures are all out of order. I will try to fill you in on how things went down.

1. Ditka at the bottom has pneumonia and in the picture me and Ditka are sitting in the half bath. Ditka is getting a humidifier treatment and it really helps. He is also on antibiotics and a cough suppressant. He has improved, but its slow.

2. Reagan in the funny glasses also at the bottom, she scratched her cornea and it was McKinley's fault. It was a large tear and I could clearly see it, so we headed to the eye doctor and she was better by the next day.

3. All the fair picture's happened over two days. We had a blast and we always love, love, love the state fair.

4. Last but not least, we got a free piano. Its over 100 years old and Reagan is in love with it. It gets tuned next week and we find out if it has any major problems. Really praying it doesn't!!

Tomorrow I will post back to school picture's.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Backyard movies

We invited the neighbor kids and Adurey & Arwyn to watch Tangled in our backyard. The kids turned a washing machine box that we scored from the neighbors into a ticket office. We got some raffle tickets for $1 at the dollar store and made loads of popcorn. It was so much fun!!

We really want to do this again, there is just something about watching movies outside with the kids, just pure fun!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fishing

We left McKinley with Nana Sue and took the kids fishing. We had a great time and I even caught a big bullfrog. Both kids caught their first fish. The only drawback was that we didn't know how long the walk would be from the car. We should have brought a wagon or stroller to haul all our stuff. But it was super fun and both kids had a great time.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

3 weeks of fun!

If you can make sense of all these picture's then you have an idea of what we have been up to.
I was able to go on a family genealogy trip with my Mom and almost 90 year old grandma. We found out way more than we ever thought we would find, and it was really a trip of a lifetime. Did I mention that the kids stayed home with Tim's cousin who is also a nanny. That was the longest time I have ever spent away from the kids and I missed them like crazy.

I was home for 1 day and then we went camping with our church community group. We were able to borrow my best friends RV and I'm not sure I will ever go back to a tent ;)

Then Reagan turned 9!!!!! Did you get that, our baby turned 9! And the last picture is me and Mia. Mia is moving away and we had her over for a play date. We are really going to miss her family!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Reagan

Reagan turned 9 yesterday. She is saving her money so she can go shopping in NYC in September when we are there for a family wedding.

We love you Reagan! What a sweet girl you are growing up to be.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Little white church

I went to church here yesterday. It's the Lawrence Presbyterian Church in the Lawrence Township in Minnesota outside of Wendell. It is at the intersection of two very long gravel roads. It was like it was out of a book. I will never forget this trip and events we learned about our Kube family. I hope to share this incredible story with you someday, it could be a movie it has that many twists and turns.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Memorable moments Monday

Reagan is going to her 3rd year to church day camp. This is Lincoln's 1st year and I'll be honest, I was a little nervous about sending him all day. Especially since he is such a picky eater.
But the report back is that he loves it and he even ate his lunch. I personally love the picture of Reagan in her group and McKinley wanting to be right next to big sshisshe, that is how she says sissy short for sister.