Saturday, March 22, 2014

Just Like Daddy the title of a library book* I read to our children the other day. 
It's about a little boy named Johnny who wants to be "just like daddy".
He watches what Daddy does and tries to do the same things. 
But Johnny isn't as big and strong and smart as his daddy. So not all the things he tries to do work out quite like they did for Daddy. 
It's a cute story.
After I finished reading, Dyllon pipes up, "I want to be just like MY daddy!". 
And Kaelin says, 
"Well, I want to be just like Mommy." 
And my heart thuds. 
Do I want my children to want to be like me? It's on the tip of my tongue to say something like, 
"You should want to be just like Jesus." 
And then it hits me like never before. I am Jesus to my children. 
Am I trying to be "just like Jesus"? 
"Pattern yourselves after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1

*book written by Helga Moser, published by CLP.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cheese, Shopping, Amish, and Spring!

One of the nice things about living in Wisconsin is... Cheese! 

Occasionally I will hear of a really good deal on a large block of cheese. Like a 40 lb. block for 1.67/#. That's a lot of cheese. This time my friend and I split a 40 lb. block of colby. Delicious stuff. 

(Those big pieces come out when I get to the end of a chunk - no shortage of willing cheese eaters to take care of those.)

Problem is we can't use that much before it starts to mold. So I took a few minutes this evening to shred most of it to freeze. I don't have much success freezing it in blocks or even slices. It just crumbles when thawed. 
Some helpers I had.

And the finished pile.

It appears as though I got tired of filling bags. Each bag looks like I filled it a little fuller.☺Those are gallon size bags. Wonder how long it will last? I've never really kept track in the past - but my prediction is less than 3 months.
One more thing that I love about living in this area is the Organic Valley deals. Local businesses like bent n dent and bulk food type stores get the overstock from Organic Valley to sell at a reduced price to us fortunate folks. Like this 1/2 gallon of heavy whipping cream for 2.99. 

Also just recently got 3 lbs of cream cheese for 3.69, 1/2 gallon of half and half for 1.59, and once 4 oz. feta cheese crumbles for .50. 


In other adventures...
My mom came over early this morning to babysit my children while I took my friend to a dental appointment in the big city. Otherwise known as Madison, WI. It's about an hour and a half from my place. That's where we go when we want to go to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and a mall. We skipped the mall today and hit Aldi, St. Vincents, and Target instead. Ate at Panera Bread for lunch. Yummo. It was a fun day. 

When I was loading groceries into the back of my van at Whole Foods an elderly gentlemen came up and asked where I was from. I told him the name of my town and that it was about an hour and a half away. 
"Northwest?" he asked. 
I said yes. He said he comes up this way on occasion and spends time with some Amish up here and mentioned a few names I did not recognize. Then he mentioned one that owns a small grocery store. I was just there last week!(and got stuck and the Amish man and his son had to push me out.) Small world. He then stated, "You're Mennonite." Wow, this guy is good. He said he has been connecting with Amish since the 60s and has visited Lancaster, PA. You never know who you'll meet at Whole Foods. But most of them will be carrying in reusable bags. ;)

In other news...
I can now see the entire top and a lot of the sides of my twelve inch raised bed in my backyard. 
The snow is disappearing. 
Spring is almost here! 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A little of this and a little of that...

The dreaded sickness has hit our family finally. I don't know why we can hold off all winter just until spring is almost here and then it comes. I am so very, very thankful that this is our first bout of sickness for the winter though and that it does not involve vomit. Dyllon and Traimley are both coughing and wheezing and Traimley has a fever and runny nose. Kaelin had a touch of it earlier in the week, but hers is pretty much over and was a milder case. I feel a bit sore throatish and runny nosish, too. Hoping it doesn't hang around long. Or turn into pneumonia for the boys. Since when is pneumonia contagious anyway? It has been "going around" in our church.

It was a warmer day in the neighborhood today. I went for a walk. The sunshine felt so good. There was a pretty stiff breeze at times that was cold, but over all I enjoyed my walk immensely and am looking forward to taking more of them now. Unfortunately my walking 5 days a week got put on hold because the temps dropped back below zero. I just can't make myself go walking in those conditions. Hoping hoping the forecast is right for a sunny 51 degrees on Monday.

I'm loving the buy, sell, trade facebook groups. I got a dishwasher (portable) that makes my kitchen fuller, but I love! how much easier and more often my dishes get done. And now I just got a carseat/stroller combo for the new baby.

Yes, I'm only 24 weeks, but I'm already digging into the baby stuff. I sorted through little clothes this week, too. Kaelin had great fun looking at all the stuff with me. She kept asking "Does that fit me?" when I would hold up a little dress. I guess she wishes she could still wear some of her old clothes. I have my tiny diaper covers from AssuntaStore. (Yes, call me crazy but, I am planning to cloth diaper this time around.) They are adorable. I can't wait to use them. I washed the carseat very well and put it all back together so it is ready to go. Trying to figure out what I need yet - if anything - for the garage sale season coming up. I've got a serious case of baby fever and can hardly wait until June!

Of course the hip pain I've been experiencing lately has me wishing the time would fly by, too. Kaelin asked me today if the baby is coming in the spring. I said not until summer. She said "But mom, I can't wait that long!" :)

A few pictures yet of the kids enjoying the snow on a warm day this week. I haven't gone out with them much this winter, because I'm a wimp and don't like to go out for long periods of time when it's less than 20 degrees. So that was pretty much all winter. :)

Until next time,