Saturday, June 19, 2010
Isaiah 43: 1-3
But now, this is what the Lord says-
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
We are His--called by His name--precious and honored in His sight--redeemed--Loved!
God doesn't promise life to be all sunshine and rainbows--puppies and cookies and pink lemonade. We will encounter difficulties. Life can be messy. Things won't always go our way. But do not fear! When you're in the middle of a raging river, you will not be swept under....doesn't say that you won't get wet or have a hard time making it to the other side. Some fire will need to be crossed, but you won't get burned...doesn't mean it won't be hot or that you won't be scared out of your mind!
Difficulties will come and go, but God will bring us through! So, take a deep breath in and step on out---the water's fine!
Monday, June 14, 2010
No bumpy school buses for these kids! (coach all the way---with in flight/bus movies too!) Their cabins have air conditioning, the camp has indoor and outdoor pools, a skate park, a lake filled with blow up toys, rock walls and zip lines......He's never going to want to come home!!!!
So, off he went for the week. I cried in the parking lot. I'm not a mommy mom. My new favorite saying for the boys is Suck It Up Buttercup (thanks Green Girl!). We live in a man house, no drama or tears! But there I was, crying with that pit of your stomach dread. What if something happened? What if he goes to the bathroom at McD's and they leave him miles from home? Does he know our phone number? What if he gets hurt....or worse? Could I make it to St. Louis in time? Ahhhh...seriously, WTH!!! He went last year, so why am I a mess this year?!? It's not like this is the first camp ever....and I absolutely love the Kidzlink staff (they are the best kids church EVER)!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Now, a quick warning...I really don't "measure" for my granola...I just dump until I have in what I want and it Always turns out good (each time it's a little different, but still equally as wonderful!).
1 1/2 rounded cups oats (I usually use regular, but have previously used quick oats and it's just fine)
1/4 cup sugar (we omit this...if you're a sweeter kind of person go by SK's suggestions and use 1/2 c)
1/2 cup oat flour (do not buy oat flour! put 1/2 cup oats in your coffee grinder and save $$$)
1/2 tsp salt
2 to 3 cups miscellaneous odds and ends from your pantry (I'll elaborate after each pic!)
1/2 cup Peanut butter (or other nut butter or omit completely)
1/4 cup honey
6 Tbs melted butter
1 Tbs water
Mix dry ingredients. Stir butter, honey, pb together (if you're using the pb, melt it in the microwave for a sec with the butter so it's easier to stir in) and water. Mix together everything so that it's evenly distributed. Spray a 9x13 with pam and bake 350 for 20-30 min (until its nice and golden brown, but watch for the edges to burn quickly!)
Peanut Butter version:(the pic is HORRIBLE...clouds and cell phone cams are not friends!)
The boys aren't really into dried fruit so this is our standard breakfast granola bar.
The 2-3 cups are made up of:
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup very finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup white chocolate chips (only because I was making them for a friend, but YUM!)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
If the boys weren't such peanut hogs, I probably would have added a 1/2 cup of peanuts in to it too!
My personal fave White Chocolate Cranberry: (this is what golden brown is supposed to look like!)
Never...Never...Never leave a warm pan of granola in reach of your kids.....especially if they are going to your wonderful friend Amber whose stuck holding an equally wonderful baby all day! (wish I had that same problem!...too bad they don't stay like that forever!)
2-3 cups are made up of: (I have no idea why it started double spacing, but grrrrr blogger!)1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup flaxseed meal 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup coconut You seriously should make these....so easy...no excuses!
And then Riley said "HEY! Why are you taking so many pictures of Corey and not ME!?!" (sorry kiddo, but Corey was being hilarious...pooor pitiful 3rd child, always getting left out...yeah right!)
Then he found Dad's lap and everything was all good (especially since, if you're counting, he's in more pictures than Corey!)
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
We barely got the bikes out of the truck bed and they were off!
Even though it was hotter outside, the trail is pretty much surrounded by trees so it was pretty nice goings. It was an old railroad and every so often you'll see some cool old metal buildings...couldn't take too many pics or the boys would have left me in the dust!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Gov Nelson State Park has become our traditional Memorial Day Weekend spot. It's a nice big lake...last year it was 70 some degrees out and the water temp was in the low 60's...burrrrrrrr! Sunday was beautiful...90 outside and the water was 75 :) Jim said that they were expecting over 200 boats out on the lake, but we had plenty of room (unlike boating on the Rock..shudder)
Jamie tried really hard to get up on skis, but as you can see the lake was pretty choppy...he gave up after a certain mother got so excited and was seriously willing him to stand up that she forgot to let go of the rope causing the poor kid to drink half of lake Mendota!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I love this picture...they look so timid...actually they're holding water bottles and I'm refraining them from running wild!
Corey kept whispering "Lions and tigers and bears..Oh My!" When the trail got a bit lost, Jamie said "Are we mice or men?!?" Well, I'm a mom and I say let's turn back ;) We finally found a real trail, one with mostly grass paths! So, we headed out and promptly got lost...well, not really lost...just hiked for an hour and a half to find our way back to some place where we could get back to the car!
The boys were awesome at finding mushrooms, strange plants and birds! What good eyes they have (I really should get some sort of field guide so that they can look this stuff up!)
I totally forget the name of this plant...anyone?
We ended our little adventure by stopping out at Farm and Fleet to buy life jackets that fit (geez could they stop growing soooo fast!?!) and then on to a little treat!
Union Dairy is one of my most favorite local places. They're a cute old fashioned ice cream parlor with aWeSoMe ice cream! My fav is After Dinner Mint....soooo GOOD! Jamie tried one of their new flavors, Firecracker (strawberry ice cream with pop rocks...yeah, pop rocks!) Corey and Riley always get the Superman flavor!