Friday, September 28, 2007

Gone...

Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be gone over the weekend. I was busy this past week, but hope to get caught up on posts when we get back. Blessings to all!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tumbleina is at it again!

I tell you what...Sweet E definitely has earned the nickname "Tumble-ina." She has fallen a handful of times today. The first time she smack her head on the floor, the second time she banged up her knee, she had a couple of other small falls, but this last one...not as lucky. She came crying to me and had blood all over her face, hands, and outfit. She fell and banged her mouth on something. Not sure what, but it busted her upper lip. After cleaning her up I found a drop of blood on the floor and on the wood chest. I tell you what....I should just wrap that girl up in bubble wrap! ;o)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Doctor's Visits and Little E


Yep...We have found out that Little E is allergic to ...food....some food. Not sure exactly what, but we are going to figure it out. We are going to be keeping a running list of what he can eat and what he can't. The doctor gave us some advice, but I wanted to post about it so you all could be praying for our little guy.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Show and Tell Friday (9/21)

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

I don't remember if I had shown this before, but this is an ensemble I crocheted for Sweet E last year. It is made out of size 3 thread and the set includes the dress, hat and bloomers. I made it for her 2nd birthday. I loved it. I thought she looked wonderful in it.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pictures

I haven't been good about showing pictures lately. These were a few that I had on the camera when I downloaded the ones from canning the grape jelly and juice.
Isn't Sweet E....well...sweet? Some days she sits still long enough to braid her hair. Don't have a picture of the braids, but I thought this was sweet.
I think was a day when Hubby left to run an errand or something and Little E was watching him. I thought it was so sweet. :D
Hubby rescued this last rose of the year before the frost Saturday night. I hadn't had any roses for a few weeks, but this one was a pleasant surprise. :o)
These next pictures Hubby took. He caught Little E in the bathroom climbing on his siblings step stool. He seemed very pleased with himself. He was actually able to sit himself down on the chair.
He is too sweet. I can't believe that he is 7 months old and has 4 teeth already!
This last one I just had to add because I thought it was hilarious! ;o)

36 lbs. of Grapes!!!!

Yep..you read right. Last Thursday Hubby brought home two large bags of concord grapes...fresh off the vine. Each bag weighed about 5 pounds. Then on Monday he brought home 4 bags and each bag weighed 6 1/2 pounds!! They tasted so yummy. You may be wondering were in the world would we get that many grapes...and for FREE....well....I will tell you. ;o) Were Hubby works there is a house (original with the property before the buildings for the business were built) has a large grape vine that engulfs an apple tree. Anyway...the owner told hubby he could have as many grapes as he wanted (they don't do anything with them). Oh....I was so excited. I always wanted to make my own jelly and juice, but I didn't want to pay a lot for grapes that I didn't know where they came from or to take the time to do such a messy job. But...that's okay...I am so glad I did.

When he brought the first round home I wasn't prepared. We washed the grapes....
Then I mashed them with a potato masher and cooked them to get the "juices" flowing.
Then I had to strain the juice out. I only had a flour sack towel...so I had to use what I had. It took a while, but it worked.
After you go through this whole process you had to let the juice sit for about a day. Grape juice has these crystals that form and you don't want it in you jelly or juice. Anyway I think after that first round I ended up with 8 jelly jars of wonderful Concord grape jelly. As I said....the next night of juicing I had a lot more. Here are the bags Hubby brought home.

The larger round (the 26 pounds) I was blessed. Ginny let me use her real nifty steam juicer. Let me tell you...this thing is awesome! (Ginny...were did you get yours?)
You fill the bottom with water, set the next part on top, then the basket with the grapes. As the water boils the steam cooks/juices the grapes. Here is a better explanation. Anyway...last night I think I did 2 batches of jelly and then we canned about 1 1/2 gallons of juice. I believe....by using the steam juicer, out of 24-26 lbs of grapes I got a little over 8 quarts of juice...I think. Anyway...If you are intimidated by juicing...this things makes it a whole lot easier. So...I better go clean up my mess I made in the kitchen last night. :o)

Monday, September 17, 2007

A B C D E F G......

Yep...we have been singing the ABC's around here a lot lately. So far Big T and Sweet E have learned the Big Letter A and little letter a and Big B and little b too. I have been using papers from this website and the children have been loving it! :D Today they practiced using scissors as well. Big T does very well with the scissors and Sweet E's coordination is "lacking" in some areas, but she is only 2 1/2. We also had a time of devotions and they seemed to enjoy the book I used this morning. It is an ABC book for children with biblical questions, verses, etc. So...I have to get back to laundry and get ready to make homemade pizza (trying a new crust recipe). Oh yeah...I even had an adventure in canning that I have never done before this past weekend, hopefully tomorrow I can write about it. Blessings to all on this glorious day the Lord has given us. :o)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Show and Tell Friday (9/14)

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!


Today I thought I would show off another thing I crocheted for Sweet E. Last Winter I made this sweater for her and because our last name is Snow I just had to add snowflakes to it! I just thought it was absolutely adorable and she really liked it too. It will probably fit her again this year. I need to dig around and find it again. ;o)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

All too true...

I know this video is a comedic skit to make fun our society's problem with debt but it is all too true.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Blessings....

I just wanted to take time this evening to thank a very special lady. I won't mention who it is...but she knows I am talking about her. We were blessed today by a wonderful Sister in Christ and I just wanted to publicly thank her for what she has done/provided for my family out of the goodness of her heart. Thank you so much darling...it means so much to us. :o)


I also wanted to give a quick update about the fleas. Every time Hubby checks the dog he only sees one...maybe two. I haven't noticed any bites on the children or any in the house. Well...today we decided it would be alright for the children to play in the yard again. Big T ended up with over 7 bites just from this evening and they were even under his clothes! I didn't even get any bites today and I was going in and out all day long doing laundry. I just feel so bad for him. I can't believe that they weren't even on his feet, arms, or hands, but under his clothes. I really hope these things go away soon. As least they are out of the house..well..we think they are anyway for the time being.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nice Matters Award

Lovely Miss Marci gave me this award a while ago, but I forgot to blog about it and now Anna has also presented me with this awesome award! I feel so special to have been given this award by two special ladies.

“This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you’ve been awarded please pass it on to 7 others who you feel are deserving of this award."


I don't know if I can choose 7 people...but here I go.

1. Kelli- She is a very sweet lady and I feel she is a kindred spirit.

2. Bridget- I love reading this lady's blog. She is very sweet and I love reading all of her adventures of being a mother of 5. :)

3. Kathy- She has given me so many things.....love all my crochet things! It has been wonderful getting to know her.

4. Jane- She was my second mom when I moved to Ohio. She has done so much for me over the years.

5. Marci...yeah..I know..she has already gotten it and given it to me...but now I am giving it back to her.

6. Ginny- I do realize that she has also received this award already, but I think she deserves to get it again. :)

7. Sissy- Well....I wish she had a blog, but I will give this award to my sister anyway. I love you!

Show and Tell Friday (9/07)

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

I know I haven't done real well with keeping up with my Show and Tell Fridays lately. Friday comes a lot quicker than I realize sometimes. Anyway, I don't know how many of you remember this post back in July. I mentioned that my wedding dress actually belonged to my mother. I wanted to take time to show her dress today. They aren't the greatest pics (because I had to take pictures of pictures.....) but you get the general idea. When I wore it my MIL took off the sleeves (made a bow out of them for the back of the dress), took off the embellishment/lace on the bodice, and trimmed the bottom differently because I am taller than my mother and I wanted a dress that at least touched the floor (or came close.) ;o) So... here you can see my mother in her beautiful dress and their cake. Does their cake look somewhat similar to the one I had? Of course it does. I have loved that cake as long as I can remember and I always wanted something like it. :)


**Edited to add a picture of myself in the dress (you can see more pictures, including one of our cake, at the link I provided***

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

All I can say is....OUCH!!!!

I saw this link to another forum. I thought my babies were big. This boy is anything but little at 14 lbs at birth. Little E is just now 16 1/2 lbs and he is almost 7 months! Simply amazing. (and he was delivered by midwives.)

I've been tagged...

Okay...I don't always do this, but Anna tagged me. So I guess I will participate. :)

Fun Little Questions
Here are the rules of the tag:
Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the questions. Your answers must be real places, things, names... nothing made up. If you can't think of anything, skip the question. You can't use your name for the boy's/girl's name question. If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, you can't use my answers.

FAMOUS SINGER:
Melanie Von Trapp (probably not real famous but she is apart of the Von Trapp Children)

FOUR LETTER WORD:
Make

STREET:
Main

COLOR:
Maroon

GIFTS/PRESENTS:
Music CD

THINGS IN A SOUVENIR SHOP:
Matching outfits for siblings (or maybe even father and son)

BOY'S NAME:
Mitchell

GIRL'S NAME:
Marianna

MOVIE TITLE:
Men of Honour

DRINK:
Mint Mocha Cappuccino

OCCUPATION:
Musician

CELEBRITY:
Melanie Griffith

MAGAZINE:
Money

U.S. CITY:
Mount Vernon, OH

PRO SPORTS:
Miami Heat

FRUIT:
Mangosteen

REASONS FOR BEING LATE FOR WORK:
Matchless socks (couldn't find the match)

SOMETHING YOU THROW AWAY:
Melted Candles

THINGS YOU SHOUT:
Man!

CARTOON CHARACTER:
Minnie Mouse

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hard to believe....


It is so hard to believe that it is already September! I was going to start preschool with Big T and Sweet E yesterday, but I had a sick boy on my hands. Big T wasn't throwing up or anything but he had a fever of 102 for almost two whole days. Yesterday I think he slept most of the day away, but today he is back to his old routine or going "rounds" with his sister. :o) Well...at least things are "back to normal". Not sure what was going on with him, but whatever it is...it appears to have gone away. I hope to write more very soon, but I need to get things together and get started on preschool.