"Anyone can have one kid. But going from one kid to two is like going from owning a dog to running a zoo." - P. J. O'Rourke

Friday, May 20, 2016

I'm Having An AMAZING Day!

Today!  What an amazing day!

Despite getting to bed after midnight and having a less than restful sleep, I was able to crawl out of bed at 5:30 this morning with a  hug from my ever patient husband waiting for me.  After finding out that I forget to prep the coffee pot last night, I was able to quickly grind those beans and start the wonderful, magical coffee pot.  Whilst the coffee was brewing I had the privilege of making lunch for my three kiddos who go to public school

After all that, I hardly felt worthy to sit down and get to read my Bible AND pray with my hubby before he left for work.  Do you believe it?!  It wasn't even 6:30 AM and I was already SO blessed.

The morning rushed by as I got to ride along while my permitted-driver child drove herself to work, deftly handling the construction zones on the way!  What a privilege to teach yet another child how to drive.  Back at home, I was able to hang my laundry for the day out on the line, thanks to the abundant sunshine and warm weather. Just looking at that laundry makes me smile!

Despite a late start, I was able to complete the school with the two at home AND correct their work from yesterday that I hadn't finished. That is a blessing, indeed!

After a very tasty lunch of amazing left-overs, I had time to do a 30 minute work-out where I only collapsed in exhaustion half a dozen times. To top it off, I was able to do the work-out without any modifications, a first since I injured my back a couple weeks ago!  YAY for my chiropractor and a God who loves to heal our infirmities - AND my shoulder that's been giving me trouble hardly hurt at all!

There's still more amazingness left in my day, so I need to end here.  I have groceries to pick up, children to drive places, dinner to make....

It's going to be an amazing night!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sappy Mom Post

Maybe it's becoming a grandma, or maybe it's having two daughters graduating in a few months, or maybe it's middle-age hormone adjustments.  Maybe it's all three.  All I know is that I've been all sentimental lately.

Something about staring at my beautiful little granddaughter, brings me back 21 years to when her daddy was a baby.  Her parents love her so much.  I remember that feeling as a new mom, discovering how much I could love another human being.  Surely, I thought I couldn't love him any more than I did that day he was born.  I was wrong.  The older my child got, the more I loved him. Then more children came and I loved them so much, as well! 

How it works is, you love them more when they are grown up and moving away from you than when they first came to you.   So, my kids (if you are reading this), cut your mom some slack if she seems kind of clingy lately.  This mom job is tough.  You just wait and see!

And as long as I'm on the subject of love and kids and sappiness, I might as well just keep going.

You know how wonderful it is when your little toddler or five year old says they love you?  They're so sweet.  They believe you are perfect.  They think you've hung the stars and the moon and that you can do no wrong.  It is a sweet thing to hear, but they love who they think you are, not who you really are. 

Do you know what's sweeter?  To hear your teenage child say, "I love you, Mom."  Because they no longer think you're perfect.  They are quite certain of that.  They don't even think you're right much of the time.  You embarrass them.  You correct them.  You blog about them.  They've seen you get angry.  They've seen you fail.  They've seen you give up.  They've seen you in your leopard print bathrobe.  So when they say they love you, they love who you really are, and that is FAR sweeter.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Another Tasty Treat

By request....

Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels

2 (8 oz.)  refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 lb. prosciutto or cooked ham, thinly sliced (imo, prosciutto is much better)
8 oz. (2 cups) crumbled feta cheese
1 tsp. pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup chopped basil

Heat oven to 375. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Separate dough into 8 rectangle; place on lightly floured surface.  Firmly press perforations to seal.  Press or roll each to form 8 x 5 - inch rectangle.

Arrange 1/8 of prosciutto slices evenly over each rectangle.  In small bowl, stir together cheese, pepper, and oil.  Sprinkle mixture evenly over prosciutto on each rectangle.  Sprinkle with basil.  Starting at short side of each rectangle, roll up; seal long edge.  With a serrated knife, cut each roll into 5 slices.  Place, cut side up, on cookie sheets.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets.  Serve warm.

You can make these ahead of time and refrigerate them after you cut them into pieces, then cook prior to serving. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm So Sorry!!

Yikes!  I am seriously neglecting the blog these days!  Truthfully, if you want to "visit" more often come over to Instagram where I am an annoying presence on a regular basis.  Basically, it allows me to post stuff in seconds, as opposed to the minutes it takes me to write a blog post.  Time is precious, folks! Anyway, my Instagram account is Barbiscrazy.  Apporpriate name, don't you think?

If you want to see some amazing pics from Scotland that my talented hubby took, you can go out to his Flickr account here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

So Much To Say!

Wow!  Um, sorry about the absence!  Life got away from me a bit, I guess!  You remember back several months ago, I told you I was going to Scotland. Well, I went...and I came back...and I have so many stories to tell!

We just got back last evening, so I am majorly suffering from jet-lag, so I will keep it short tonight. 

As you would expect, it was a wonderful trip. Scotland is so beautiful and full of history.  The people are extremely friendly, kind, and warm-hearted.  We met so many wonderful people on our trip, some we only spoke to for a few minutes and others we spent hours talking to.  People are fascinating!  I love meeting people and hearing what they have to say.  Ahhhh, it was grand!

Tonight, just a Cliff notes version of our trip...

Spent our first two nights in Edinburgh and explored that beautiful, interesting city!  So much to see and do there!  We got in a little trouble for breaking a law, but the guards were more amused at us than angry, so that was good.

Moved on to Glasgow and met up with some of my Mumford friends who flew there from Northern Ireland and England to be with us!  Wasn't that sweet!!!  It was the first time we had ever met in person, and yet it felt like I had known them forever.  Very, very sweet, fun, funny ladies! Explored Glasgow with them and met some of the locals.

Monday found us on a train to the Highlands, for the highlands and islands portion of our trip.  Spent two nights at a most amazing inn on Loch Ness.  If you're ever up in that area, I highly recommend Craigdarroch Inn!  Got a Goupon deal on it which made it affordable for us.  It was, by far, the nicest place we stayed!  The Highlands are gorgeous.  A little scary driving (oh, yeah, we picked up a car during this portion of the trip), as in winding, one-lane, two-way mountain roads.  Yes, I did say ONE lane, TWO way - thankfully, there are lots and lots of "passing places" so that you and the oncoming car don't crash head-on into each other.

The last two nights we spent in Fort William and explored that area.

Oh, I forgot to mention the four hour hospital visit on the Isle of Skye.  Well, yeah, that happened.  Lack of sleep, proper nutrition and hydration all combined and I came down with a kidney infection.  They pumped me full of really strong antibiotics and fluids, and then, against doctor's orders, I released myself from the hospital and we continued our journey.  Unfortunately, my illness prevented us from climbing Ben Nevis, which is the biggest disappointment of our whole trip.

Now for a few pictures that will swiftly convince you that you, too, really want to visit Scotland!

This was the view from the roof our hostel in Edinburgh.  Yes, we did climb on the roof (our room had a window out onto it), and no, that is not what got us in trouble with the guards.  That is a story for another time.
Edinburgh Castle

Elgin Cathedral
Something about walking through the ruins of a 13th century cathedral enthralls me!  The history that those walls have seen...I have no words!

Then there's Loch Ness.  We walked down to the Loch one morning and this...

This gem was just alongside the road while we were driving around the highlands.  We came around a corner and I saw it and said, "STOP the car!"  It was raining, and I got a really high fever right after this stop, but it was so very cool!!!!!
So, are you checking airline prices to Scotland yet?  I have 762 more pics to prove that it is amazing, in case you think these are an anomaly!

Anyway, my banana bread is out of the oven now, so I need to go to sleep!  More stories later.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

(Happy Birthday)²

Fifteen years ago today, we got a phone call telling us that these two were born - five weeks early.

We hopped in our van and drove through the night to Waco, TX, to meet our new children.  We didn't get to see them right away because they were in NICU, but we did get meet their wonderful mom for the first time.  When we did get the opportunity to see the twins, they were adorable, and they still are. 

Aidan & Emily, I love you both so much!  You add so much fun and excitement to our family.  It is a privilege to be your mom, and I am so proud of the wonderful young man and young lady you are becoming!

Happy 15th birthday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Homemade Egg Noodles

I've had a few requests for my homemade noodles, so here is the recipe. I'm sure you could find the exact same recipe in almost any older recipe book, as it is the same recipe my grandma used (I think)

Homemade Noodles
1 beaten egg
2 Tbs. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup flour

In a mixing bowl, combine egg, milk, and salt.  Stir in enough of the flour to make a stiff dough. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

On a floured surface roll dough into a 16x12 inch rectangle. Let stand 20 minutes.  At this point I use a pizza cutter and cut it into noodles (the size is completely up to you)  Spread noodles out and let dry on a rack or waxed paper for about 2 hours. Drop noodles into a large amount of boiling water. Cook, uncovered 10 minutes or until done. Makes about three cups.

There you have it!  I usually triple or quadruple the recipe for our family and any guests that happen to be around