Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Waiting, waiting, waiting

Isn't it funny how quickly pregnancy flies by ... until you hit about 34 weeks or so? I still have what seems like forever and ever and ever until my due date. I'm trying so hard to be patient. I know that the longer the baby stays in the womb, the stronger and healthier he'll be. I'm really not too impatient though, honestly. But I will enjoy being shaped normally again!

I really do not have anything to blog about, other than random thoughts and happenings. We had the youth over Saturday night, which is always nice. We took them out "stargazing," which was a lot of great fun! We also had my mom over Monday night for supper and Jeremy parents over for supper Tuesday night, both sort of unexpected visits.

I ordered some red raspberry leaf tea from iHerb. I (unfortunately) don't see a midwife, but many midwives recommend it after 37 weeks to make contractions more effective and to induce labor. Speaking on the subject of baby stuff, I added a link on the side and a banner to The Unnecesarean. I stumbled upon this blog while learning about c-sections (I've had 3 in 4 years). I completely love this blog and fully relate to it. Highly recommended!!!!

We'll be having revival meeting next week from Sunday to Friday. Monday I volunteered to cook supper for the speaker and his wife, Pastor and his family, and my family. I always enjoy doing this. I love to cook anyway! When I volunteered, Pastor asked me, "Are you sure you're up to that?" Well, Monday is Jeremy's day off, so he'll be able to lend a hand or two. Pastor said agreeing, "He'll be able to help you in the kitchen." Well, I raised an eyebrow: "Uuuuuuhhh, no. *chuckle* He'll can help with the children while I do the kitchen." Usually I cook a tremendously huge spread when we have a guest speaker, comparable to something you'd see at Thanksgiving. If the speaker likes lasagna, I think I'll do a traditional lasagna and a vegetable lasagna, along with a nice salad, some Italian flat beans, and homemade dinner rolls or French loaf. Something for dessert too. I thought about posting the vegetable lasagna recipe as a "cooking from scratch" post. But I think the reason I didn't was because it wasn't 100% from scratch. I've never made my own pasta. I have a good idea how, I just never have. It's a LOT of work and very time consuming. Anyway, I'm getting off topic.

I seriously don't know why I haven't taken any pictures lately. I really should. I wish I could be more like Christine at HsKubes'. I think she takes her camera out everyday! I have one picture of Lydia I took about a month ago. Here is Lydia. The children were playing in the water hose and she decided to make a pool out of a 5-gallon bucket.



Last thought. I got the biggest laugh out of Ethan yesterday. There was a Shih Tzu in the backyard. I have no idea whose it is or from whence it came. Ethan tears out of the house, announcing that he's going to chase it down. Well, he gets halfway to the back of the yard and comes back shreaking in fear. The dog was chasing him back to the house. I guess that's not really, really funny, but the little bitty dog was just so little bitty. He looked even smaller than normal because he had a very close summer cut. So here is Ethan, who is almost 5 and is on the bigger side for 5, running in terror as if it was a 25-foot behemoth or something. No, it's not nice. Sometimes those little dogs can be more vicious than a big dog. Looking back at it today, it sure looked funny.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Microwave Potato Chips

I really didn't plan on making a post today, but here's what happened. I had a pregnancy-induced craving. A bad one. Something that I love, pregnant or not, is a banana sandwich with mayonnaise with plain potato chips and salsa. Yes, that is strange. It's something that I love, pregnant or not. But yesterday I felt like I had to have it or I was going to be miserable forever! One problem. We don't really keep junk food in the house too much. Therefore, we didn't have potato chips. I wanted chips and salsa and a banana sandwich so bad that I was willing to make all the mess of deep frying my own chips. So I got to poking around the internet for chip recipes. I came across the recipe on allrecipes.com (one of my favorite places) and was pleasantly surprised! Here's the "official" recipe:

Microwave Potato Chips

  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Scrub the potatoes, then slice them paper thin. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the bottom of your microwave oven. Place the potato slices in a single layer on top of the paper. Season with salt . Cover the potatoes with a second sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Cook on high power for 8 minutes, or until potato slices are browned and crisp, testing and adjusting the time as necessary since all microwaves cook differently. Remove potato chips from the microwave and cool on a rack. Repeat these steps to cook the remaining potato slices.
Well, needless to say, I didn't exactly follow the directions. I don't really buy parchment paper because it's so expensive. I just used a big stoneware platter, something I knew could stand up to prolonged high microwave heat. I sprayed it with Pam, laid out the potato slices good in 1 layer and salted. It only took me 4 or 4 1/2 minutes to cook them. Oh, and I used my mandoline slicer set to 1/8" thickness (I'm no gourmet chef and can't slice potatoes that thin evenly).

I never ever ever cook in the microwave. To me, it's just not cooking unless it's on the stove. I'm always really skeptical of food cooked in a microwave. But I can't brag enough on these chips. They were soooooooooo good. They were slightly browned. They were crispy. They were even "loud crunchy," if you know what I mean.

To boot, they were GUILT FREE! Yup! Guilt free chips. Just think: only 11 Wavy Lays Potato chips has 150 calories and 10 fat grams. I don't know how many chips I had, but I had 1 medium red potato. I must have had at least 30 or something. They had just 100 calories and ZERO fat!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook - July 21, 2009

Outside my window...
we are enjoying lovely weather...for July in northwest Florida. Temps near 85, lower humidity (a tremendous blessing, as it is always so humid here), and a cloudless sky.

I am thinking...
of so much that I have to do before baby arrives (nesting?). The list seems to grow and not shrink.

I am thankful for...
the strength that I have to keep house, to prepare for baby, mother my children and be a wife to my husband. I'm thankful that I'm not on bedrest and that I've never been on bedrest.

From the learning rooms...
we actually started school last week. We're starting roughly a month early, that way we can comfortably take off when baby Josiah is born and not be late into summer finishing up the school year. The children are whizzing right through the early review of the school year and Ethan is doing quite well learning cursive writing, a new task for him.

From the kitchen...
it's been an adventure as the dishwasher has been broken. It's not been too bad though. We've divided up the kitchen duty. John has the breakfast dishes, Ethan the lunch, and Mom the supper. I hope to bake some bread to freeze while we are enjoying the new baby.

I am wearing...
a lightweight linen shirt with some nice embroidered flowers along with a blue maternity skirt.

I am creating...
Lydia keeps asking specifically for a skirt or dress with pockets, so I really want to do that before Josiah is born also.

I am going...
hopefully I plan to go to get Josiah's name embroidered onto his receiving blanket. It's just across the highway, so it shouldn't be too much trouble.

I am reading...
1 Corinthians and Proverbs. I was reading Keeping Our Children's Hearts by Steven and Teri Maxwell, but I've not read much of it since I've been working on baby-stuff. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to it again because it was very useful.

I am hoping (praying)...
that the flies you may remember from my after camp post will GO AWAY! They're nearly gone, but not completely gone. I'm also praying for a safe delivery that provides a healthy baby...and the sooner the better!

I am hearing...
a Scripture reading on FBNradio and some wholesome music to accompany it. The children are napping.

Around the house...
John has been sick with a persistent viral fever so things are not quite so in order as I would like. I suppose that my nesting instinct (even though I don't care for that word when referring to people who have souls...it sounds so animal-like) has kicked in because I see dirt and dust everywhere and it's driving me bananas!!!!

One of my favorite things...
holding my very own newborn baby!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
church tomorrow of course. I need to make more laundry detergent. The youth will be coming over Saturday night.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
I guess I really do have baby on the brain. Here is Lydia 3 days old. We got her dressed up to take her home from the hospital.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

VBS 2009

Just taking a second to link to our article at northescambia.com featuring our church's vacation Bible school. If you look at the photo gallery, you'll see my Ethan on photo #44 and #80d. You'll see John on photo #42 (in the yellow) #80h and Lydia on photo #80r. You'll also see a great photo of two of my fantastic youth helpers on photo #50 and me with my class on photo #89 (in the red and black striped shirt). No clear pictures of my Mr. Wonderful though. He'll be relieved, I'm sure.

I haven't posted any pictures in a while, but it's on my to-do list, I promise!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Big Blessings!

I just love babies! I really, really do. I get excited about babies of complete strangers that I see in the grocery store. That said, I wanted to take a second to post and big CONGRATULATIONS to Kristy on the birth of her fourth child, a daughter, Abigail! She's a beauty.

I still have a bit to go before we have our latest addition arrives. Now, if you know me in real life, you'll know that I am very, very clumsy. Yesterday I took a very bad fall. I mean, not just a fall-in-the-floor type. I mean the type where your feet go over your head several times. The baby seems to be fine. I am going to call my doctor, just for peace of mind for me and my husband. I am fine, except very sore and stove up. Especially in my neck and ribs is sore, but I'm completely sure baby and I are fine.

We started school today and plan to go with it until the baby is born. We also started Bible school last night. It's not too bad because the first week or so of school is always short and easy. I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the 7 - 8 year olds at Bible school. Last night I had about 12 girls and only 4 boys. Poor boys are outnumbered! Big thanks to my special helper, Erin, who sometimes stops by and reads my blog! *wink*

Another busy week, but another week full of blessings.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Quick Post

My Mr. Wonderful said to me the other day that it's been a little while since I've made a post. Yes, quite true. Just very busy, busy, busy. The drain flies are nearly gone, just in case you're wondering. We hope to start school next week. Bible school is also next week. I've been having a lot of cramping in my back lately. I'm very tired of summer ... and we'll have summer (meaning temps over 85) until the end of September or beginning of October! It seems that until the baby is born I won't be making too many exciting posts, unless I take a few days to put one together. But that's just fine!

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
-Psalm 40:1-5

Friday, July 3, 2009

What's Worked for You?

I've been going through some baby boy clothes in preparation for the new baby. I've always been careful to take very good care of our baby clothes. They have held up well over the past six years. Some of them have spit up stains on them. Probably no one would notice because they are so light, but I know they're there and I want them gone! :-) I've read a million suggestions of how to remove old spit up stains on the web, but nothing consistent or what I'd call reliable or proven. Anyone out there have suggestions that they've tried and proved? The stains are only from breast milk...no formula, cereal, baby food, etc.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Briefly...

I just feel terrible that I haven't made a post-camp post yet. It was a tremendous blessing. Many thanks to everyone who prayed for us. Just to hit some of the highlights, one of the things that I liked about this camp was that there was a lot of opportunity for the youth groups to stay together as a unit. For us, this is a good thing. Our teens get a long really well most of the time, so they got to really bond and such as that. The camp was on the campus of Pensacola Christian College and was preached by Pastor Kenny Baldwin and by Evangelist Ray McCormick. I have heard Bro. Baldwin before and his messages have always been edifying. It was the first time I've heard Bro. McCormick; he was just fantastic. Both are great youth speakers. I promised pictures, but I forgot my camera! Shame on me. Since we were on such a big college campus, the walking and walking and walking was pretty hard on me. By Thursday, I thought I was just really going to go into labour. I am exhausted and very glad to be home.

Since we've been home, we've been flying by the seat of our pants (or dress). Now that camp is out of the way we're really trying to get everything ready for our soon-to-arrive little man reward from the Lord. (7 1/2 weeks to go and counting!) We seriously have done nothing to prepare. I have no idea where my modest cape for nursing is. I want to make a babywearing thingy, similar to a Moby Wrap. But I'm ABSOLUTELY NOT paying SEVENTY ridiculous dollars for a piece of fabric that I can buy for $2-$4 dollars a yard. I don't hold babies all the time, but when you're just busy and you need your hands it can be a life saver. I had one of those Infantino Baby Carriers with Lydia and it was horridly uncomfortable. If you wore it for more than half an hour there was lots of pressure on my shoulders. It isn't practical to put a baby that weighs more than 15 pounds in it. Other than those things, we don't really need a lot of time to get ready for baby since we've gotten a little experience under our belts. Really all he needs is a mother's milk and he'll be just fine. But just trying to decide where the baby's going to sleep and such, setting up the crib again, etc. Still tons of other stuff to do though. I'm also trying to get things ready to start school. Not to mention that there are about 2 gallons of tomatoes that need to be canned and a bucked of peas that haven't been shelled yet and the laundry from camp is only partly washed.

One more note and then I need to get going. I decided to try the Shampoo Free Experiment that I read about over at This Pilgrimage. I was intrigued by it because anything non-chemical is intriguing to me, but I wasn't too sure I wanted to try it. Well, I decided to just once and simply fell in love it it! My hair is on the dry side, mostly straight, fine, medium thickness and reaches about half-way down my back. I've wanted to grow it back out to my waist for years, but always failed because of breakage, damage, split ends and frizzies. I was using 2-4 conditioners every time I washed and smoothing creams to try to get that awful breakage frizz under control. When I use the baking soda and vinegar (you can read at the link to This Pilgrimage above), I have had ZERO frizz and used NO extra conditioners. I do use a bit more vinegar than Tammy does though because I put it on the ends and everywhere I have breakage problems (which is about everywhere!). I think when I go to the store again I'm going to buy a little pump sprayer bottle to get the vinegar on my hair. That may be a lot easier.

Anyway, what sold me on it was this: when you use the soda and vinegar you can't use it often because the soda is so strong. So, for camp, when I would be very sweaty and stinky, I brought regular shampoo and conditioner. My hair was so incredibly frizzy that even my husband asked what was going on with my hair. He pretty much said, I'll be glad when we get home and you get your baking soda back. HA! HA! Well, after just one washing my hair was much improved. I washed it again last night and it feels nearly back to normal. I am completely SOLD on this no-shampoo thing.

One more thing...when we got home, our house was infested with this bugs. I think they are drain flies, but I'm not sure. We're trying to get them under control, but we may have to call in the bug man for these guys. I mean, they are evil and they are trying to conquor my house!