Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: AKA Knitting, Cooking, and a Feast Day


round button chicken

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Pretty....Cute!



I've been missing Ginny's Yarn Alongs, but I still wanted to give y'all a peek at a little something I've been working on...

Wool mittens for Nick!  

I challenged myself to learn how to use double pointed needles (DPNs) in a project.  This has been a great take-along project.  I finished that mitten and am now working on the second one.  The thumb was really a trick, but I was able to figure it out.  You can check Crazy Aunt Purl in the sidebar for all your knitting needs.  That's where I learned how to work out the thumb.

Happy...in my kitchen!

Because of the change in weather...it's actually been a little freaky...cold one day, hot the next...I've been making more soups and using the oven.  I am still on a quest to bake all of our bread even though I cheated tonight and bought a couple loaves at Costco!  However, I did make homemade chicken and potato soup (Daddy dislikes egg noodles!) and biscuits from scratch.



Real....Feast Day!

Of course, we had to do something for today's feast Day...the Feast of the Archangels Michael, GABRIEL, and Raphael.  So I made an Angel Food Cake to celebrate.  Poor things had to wait all. day. long to enjoy it because of our busy Thursday schedule.  



Happy...Little Guy!

Bad lighting in the eating area, but I had to include this pic!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

So Inspired, But So Busy

I've had so many things on my mind to blog about, shoot photo tutorials about, etc.  However, I've been busy living this life rather than archiving it.  I've been crazy busy with projects for and with the kids.  We're still canning, and school is going along pretty smoothly.  All the kids are happy with their relaxed schedule as am I.  It's felt good to let some of our "busywork" go and live life enjoying learning as we go.  We've continued our weekly trips to the library, read alouds, art class with Miss Marianne, and we introduced a Math tutor, Mr. Toney.

Lucas and Gabe enjoying a book about WWII.

The older girls are also playing soccer with the parish school teams while Molly and Jane are taking dance classes.  The boys are taking a break before Hockey starts up in the awful upcoming winter months.

Meanwhile, we've still been canning....


and canning....


and canning!


We've also been enjoying a lot of beautiful weather days at our new neighborhood park.  Just this afternoon, I sat under the new pavilion at one of the two new picnic tables.  The kids love the new park!


Daddy also spent Sunday with three of the kids while visiting his parent's relatives out in Wyoming, MN for their Pioneer Days.  They ended up visiting Grandpa's childhood farm, Lazybrook Farm, and his cousin's place.  He introduced himself as Mr. Bits or The Old Beaver!



The kids wish we could live on a farm.  I secretly do, too!  For now we'll have to settle for what we have making do with preparing for our garden and chickens in the near future.  We have what we need...faith, family, health, and lots and lots of fun!

Getting Back to a Routine

Things really started to fall into place when we made the commitment to attend daily Mass.  We figured we'd be getting up early if the kids attended a school so why not get up early for Mass.  The kids love it and are up and ready to go down to breakfast to finish up in time to observe the fast.  I'm very proud of their efforts.  It's really helped me to hone in on what I know in my heart is important.  Is it easy?  No.  Is it worth it?  Yes!  It's taken me seven children and almost 13 years of marriage to GET BACK to attending daily Mass.  I had kept that deep desire so well guarded inside of me that the flame ignited all over again when we started going regularly.  It definitely helps that the older kids serve as examples for the littles and can also lend a hand with squirmy children.  Daddy even joins us sometimes and always offers to take Nick to the cry room.  Meanwhile, we try to keep Jane busy with LOTS of picture books and a special shirt that she likes to button and unbutton all. the. time!  I sweat a lot during Mass wondering if we're disturbing the elderly crowd that have been attending regularly just to have their peaceful morning "apple cart" upset by us.  I wonder if they think, "I should just stay home," and "Why is she trying so hard?" or "What time does she make those poor kids get up?"  But I try to push all of that devil evil aside and focus on being there....being in front of our Lord....just being there....just being....just....that's right....quiet.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Midwest Living

Apple Picking...





led to canning....






We used a "saucer" to process the apples into spiced apple sauce.
Our hard work yielded 7 quarts.  Not bad for a first time!
and more canning....





which of course leads to a lot of happy dancing....




which also means we have to work a few more pounds off by exercising!





Thankfully, we were able to preserve 12 pints of salsa, 7 quarts of applesauce, and 13 1/2 pints of apple butter.  There are still about 70 lbs. of apples left to process and 20 lbs. of tomatoes.  Phew!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gabe....I love that kid

Here are some of the things he said today...

"I think I have the 'whipping' cough."

"Double barrel, double barrel!" (He said this to alert me that Nick had snot running out of both of his nostrils that needed to be wiped.)....TMI, I know.

"Quick I need a band-aid.  I'm bleeding!" (He had a giant red bead stuck on one of his fingers trying to trick me.)

He's always telling me he's reading at a 10th grade reading level.  I just nod and let him keep reading to me.  Sure, Gabe!

And this afternoon when all the big kids left for choir and piano, the little kids were napping, and I needed to lie down to rest, he chose to play outside instead of come in and watch tv....my default when I'm sick and can't keep kids busy.  Thankfully, he made up his own fun.  Yes!



Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real....Peach Cobbla & other stuff




round button chicken

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We're not from the east coast, but Daddy sure wishes he was.  He's a mix of all things fun.  We just received our box of peaches after a couple days of order confusion....Colorado peaches.  The yummiest peaches on the PLANET!  We've already had our fair share of summer peaches, but we couldn't resist helping out a local organization and getting a good deal.  So I asked Monica to make a peach cobbler.  I've been too sick with a cold to do anything more except lie on the couch and knit so she was up to the task.  Here's the yummy result...

Real homemade peach cobbla.


I live through these yummy experiments with smells.  Unfortunately, I can't even smell right now.  So, I'll have to satisfy myself with this photo.

Here's another peek at a bit of our weekend....

Taco Daze and Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia

A taco no matter how Scandinavian can make you happy!




















On Sunday, I gave haircuts in the backyard.  I HATE giving haircuts, but Daddy insisted that I try to teach the girls how to cut the boys' hair.  Once I get going it turns out to be a bit more fun, and I don't think the girls really learned anything, but oh well.




It's funny how he kept sucking on his sucker even though it had hair on it!

And as if that weren't enough for a Sunday, we went on to stain the deck.  Everyone did a little something to move this process along.



Doesn't it look pretty!:)  It took 5 years, but we finally have it....almost completed.  Phew!

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