Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans Week 37

It was a fun and very busy week. . .volleyball games, cross country meet, homecoming parade, band uniforms, football game and band halftime performance.  Crazy but lots of fun.  Here is a look at our week. . .

Had a full moon and the girls had fun getting a picture of it.

The wild sunflowers are blooming right now, and I love it.  It always amazes me how they can bloom in the hottest and driest part of the summer.  

Been working like crazy to get these band uniforms done for Friday night.  We got all the pants hemmed a few weeks ago, but have been working on the gold and blue sashes.  I haven't sewn this much in my entire life. . . :)

Miss E had two volleyball games this past week.  It was fun to see her play and her enthusiasm.  She got to spike the ball and was super excited!  

This week's cross country meet.  Miss O was leading the pack for our team.  She ran varsity this week and did awesome!  Miss A is not too far behind her.

Our girls cross country team ended up getting 2nd as a team at the meet which was super cool!  Aren't they cute?  Sure love those girls!

Homecoming parade.  Miss O center and Miss A on right.  It was Miss A first parade.  Lots of fun!

My two high school girls are also in the Singers group and got to sing the National Anthem before the football game started.  Miss O front row on the far right and Miss A front row just to the left of the girl in the red suit.  They sounded awesome.  

First halftime performance of the season.  They were impressive, and I must admit I was proud of their shiny blue sashes :)  Awesome!!!  Miss A and Miss O are in there somewhere :)

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday thoughts

 My random Friday thoughts. . .
I would agree with this.  Good marriages, good families, a good education and the list goes on are definitely worth having but do not come easy.  All take a great deal of work--constant,every day work.  You don't reach a point in your marriage or family and say "Oh, we are great now, we are done."  Doesn't work like that.  It is a conscious, daily effort to make them good and keep them that way.  I remember the quote I read once, "without hard work, nothing grows but weeds."  My flower beds can relate to that statement right now as I have not had anytime to get out in them.  That hard work statement applies to all areas of our lives.  We were not sent to this beautiful earth to have all sunshine and no rain, all play and no work.  We were sent here to work hard and show what we can do and to show our Heavenly Father our willingness to follow Him and ultimately return to Him.  That is definitely something worth having.  Work hard!  

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's up Wednesday--zucchini bread

Sadly our horde of zucchini is coming to an end.  The squash bugs seem to find us every year no matter what we do.  I hate squash bugs.  This is Ben's Mom's recipe.  It is very good.  My girls like to make it.  I like it when they make it :)  It is just a basic, yummy zucchini quick bread recipe.  Enjoy!
Zucchini Bread
 3 beaten eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped nuts, optional, (we never put them in)

Mix everything together until blended.  Spray two large loaf pans with cooking spray.  Bake 350 for 1 hour and test with toothpick in center to see if done.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans Week 36

A fun week . .volleyball games and cross country meets started this week.  Of course, they are on the same days and in totally opposite directions, so we couldn't make it to both.  Sadly we missed Miss E's first volleyball game, but we made it to Miss A and Miss O's first cross country meet.  It was a super hot and humid day--95 degrees, not the best running weather, but they did awesome.  More below.  So here is a look at our week. . .
These missionaries from our Church have been serving in our area for the last few months, and one was getting moved this week, so we got a picture.

It is apple time!  We have 2 apple trees in our backyard, and this year they are full of these beautiful apples!  Yum!

Ben has made about 30 quarts of applesauce with our apples so far, and we still have lots left on the tree.  My next project is to make apple butter.

First cross country race of the season!  It was Miss O's first meet ever since she is a freshman.  This is Miss O and Miss A with 2 of their teammates.

So Miss O ran the JV race and won by a long shot!  #2 was no where close to her.  You can see Miss A cheering her on the sidelines.  We were super proud of her!  Miss A ran varsity and lead her team and medaled.  We were super proud of her too!  Next week I think the coach is going to have them run together in varsity, so that will be neat to see them run together!

Had to get a picture of the team as they prayed before the varsity race.  Love that!

Mr J made a rainbow with his trains today after school.  Trains are the best!

Saturday we had a church girls basketball tournament in the city.  We only had 4 girls from our congregation, so one from another congregation joined us.  The tall girl in the center and I coached.  It was a long day for these 5 girls.  They played 9 games, won 7 of them and ended up 3rd overall.  They never got a break--played the whole day!  I was proud of them!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week and come back soon!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday thoughts

My random Friday thoughts. . .
Love this.  My girls have it in their lockers.

So "behind" has been my word lately.  My sink is full of dishes, my bed isn't made, I don't know what is for dinner, piles of papers litter my computer desk, laundry is folded, but not put away.  But you know what, that is ok.  I am only one person, but I am one person.  One person can make a difference.  I can't do everything, but I can do something.  As I tell my kids often, "You can do anything you want, just not everything you want."  Words I need to remember.  Balance, priorities, the power of one for good.  Things I need to remember this Friday.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans week 35

Behind is the word here lately.  I am just running behind.  I took on the responsibility of running the citizens' campaign for new schools in our town and that has been quite overwhelming.  Say a little prayer for me, our campaign and our kids.  This is all about the kids, their future, and they need new schools.  Anyway, in between all that stuff, we have been busy with all the other things of life.  We enjoyed our 3 day weekend. Volleyball games and cross country meets start this next week, so extra busy.  Here is a look at our week. . .
Ben and Mr J were in charge of dinner tonight.  They made mini stuffed pizzas.  They were good!

Had back to school night at the middle school.  Miss E showing off her locker.

The ALS ice bucket challenge has been sweeping our town lately.  All our bands did it.  Miss E got challenged individually, so here she goes :)

Miss O told me something I knew I needed to document, she said, "Mom, thank you for making me take piano and not letting me quit."  Wow, that meant a lot!  She is working on a Piano Guys song lately that we love to hear her play.  She told me she was glad she could play songs like that now.  

The kids had some spare time this weekend and enjoyed playing games together.  They are playing Seven Wonders here.

Mr J is very good about practicing his piano every day after school.  Today I just sat down, put my feet up and enjoyed hearing him play.  

We have had these 2 cute sister missionaries serving in our town from our Church for the last several months.  They are both from Tonga.  One of them is moving on, so we had to get a picture.  

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week and come back soon!

What's up Wednesday--beef stir-fry

This is a super easy stir-fry recipe my mom made when I was growing up.  Just marinate the meat for about an hour or you can do it way ahead of time and marinate overnight.  I buy the Costco frozen stir-fry vegetable mix, but have also done it with just broccoli, so whatever veggies you have one hand or your family likes.  Enjoy!
Beef Stir-Fry
Cut beef into thin strips and marinate in
1/4 cup soy sauce
a few dashes of garlic powder
Combine and let set an hour or overnight. 

Mix up your sauce

First mix well together
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
then add 1/2 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce

When ready, cook your meat in a fry pan.  When done, remove and cover to keep warm.  Add veggies to pan and cook until warm.  When veggies are done add in meat and pour sauce over.  Cook for about a minute until sauce thickens slightly and all is covered and heated through.  Serve over rice.

Enjoy!