Saturday, June 28, 2008

More diaper making!

I am going to my local Goodwill to find old wool sweaters to make some wool soakers. They look super easy and fun! I will post pictures once I've completed them. I might try and sell those too...if they turn out as well as I'd like them too. This diaper making is just way too much fun!

Friday, June 27, 2008

The diapers are finished!

They (the diapers) are completed and looking cute! I put them up for auction on Ebay. You can check them out here.
Go ahead and click the link. You know you wanna'!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I am...

...making some cloth diapers! They are going to be super cute! I plan on putting them on Ebay tomorrow so if you're interested...bid away! I'll post pictures tomorrow also. Think blue, pirates, sharks, boy...! I'm also including hand dyed (to match- of course) prefold diapers. I've learned I prefer to just use the Gerber prefolds you can buy at department stores (Wally worlds the cheapest) as my soakers. Works like a charm! 'Cause you know I'm expert at this. Ha! No really though, I haven't had one leak yet- that is since I've been using them again (it's been three err...almost four days now!). I think when I stripped them a few months ago it did the trick. Cloth diapered little behinds are just the cutest! Don't ya think?
( A diaper I made yesterday. Too cute but I like the ones I'm making now better!)

An answer to prayer!

Well, Tim had a job interview this morning. He has been waiting for 'this' interview for several weeks now. The last week or two we had been pretty discouraged thinking it wasn't going to happen at all. Tim had actually turned down a few other job opportunities in hopes of getting 'this' job instead- which was quite risky. Well, it seems our waiting has paid off. They were ready to bring him on today! Of course, Tim has things he has to get done with his business so he won't be able to start until next week. Which they are fine with. Anyway, the pay is awesome (better than we were anticipating), the benefits are great and it's in a location close to where we want to buy a house. Tim is going to start out working in the shop but they are hoping to move him up to management within six months or so. I'm so excited for my husband! I think he might be too. ;) I'm just amazed how God works everything out! I always find it interesting how if I turn it over to Him He does all the work. Most times he gives us our desires and beyond! It's truly awesome! Thank you all for your prayers! Now, I'll just have to pray that Tim will be able to adjust to his new job, new co-workers and new surrounding easily. Once again, I'll keep you all informed! Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday....

(My Baby-not such a baby anymore. Where has the time gone?)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Well...

I've jumped on to the cloth diaper band wagon again. Honestly, I'd just gotten into the routine of using disposables that I'd forgotten about my lovely little stash of (barely used) homemade diapers. I'm hoping that now that he's a little older and doesn't wet his diapers quite as heavily as he used to that I'll be able to use the cloth more often. I'm hoping to buy some Fuzzi Bunz if we were to ever have any more children. Since Noah only has another 6 months or so of using diapers (I usually potty train my boys between 2 to 2 1/2) I figured I'd just use what I made for now. Do any of you pro cloth diapering mommas have any good tips? Also- what detergent do you wash them in and where would you buy it? I could use all the help I can get since all my friends and family think I've gone completely nut-so! I'm one of those that need moral support- be it nursing, organic eating, cloth diapering, ect. Thanks! =)

Plus- aren't those cloth diapered bottoms just so cute?!

As heard by Austin...

(talking about an ant) "Oh, he's tho cute! Me want to teep him mommy! Can me pwease teep him?"
I think my kids need a pet...besides an ant.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Menu Plan Monday...


I hope you all a great weekend! We did. Saturday night we got to spend time with some of our good friends from church. Tim pretty much invited us over to their house- he's not bashful. I promise, Kari, we'll have you over to our house next time (of course you know, you don't need an invite). =) I brought supper over -Italian beef, chips and dessert. Luckily it turned out yummy. I'll include the recipe for the Italian beef I make at the end of this post. It was pretty much created it by trial and error. It's super easy and it's so good! Also Saturday morning Tim got another call about a job. He has an interview tomorrow. Please keep praying everything will go well. We are in need of an answer. I have this feeling that something is going to happen soon. Like always- I'll keep you updated. Well, I guess I'll post my menu for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful, productive week!

Monday~ Lean pockets for me and Mac N' Cheese for the kids (Tim will be gone).

Tuesday~ Steaks on the grill, sweet potato fries and steamed veggie

Wednesday~ Dad's ham and potatoes and a veggie- this is an old favorite of mine. It used to be my dads favorite dish. I always think of him when I make it.

Thursday~ Fish, rice and veggie (gotta get those omega 3's in)

Friday~ Chicken and rice

Saturday~ Burgers on the grill, sweet potato fries and veggie

Sunday~ Meatballs (in the crockpot), rice and veggie


Italian Beef

2 lb beef roast ( I think I used chuck)
1 cup chicken broth
1 packet Italian dressing mix
1-2 chicken boullion cube (s)
(I used 2 roasts and used double the additional ingredients )
Put roast (s) in slow cooker along with chicken broth and cook on low for 6 to eight hours (depends on your slow cooker). Take roast out and shred (removing fat)- leaving liquid in slow cooker. Put shredded beef back into the slow cooker and add Italian seasoning and bouillon. Cook on low for another hour or two. Serve on buns with mozzarella cheese. I also like to eat mine with banana peppers....YUM! Enjoy!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Just because...

I saw this over at 4 Little Men (plus twins) and thought I'd do it since it looked like fun. ;)

I am…a daughter of a King, a wife to my best friend, a mother to three amazing little men and sister to four awesome siblings (a daughter to a wonderful mom and stepfather).
I want…to grow closer to the Lord and do wonderful things for Him.
I wish... my husband was home.
I hate... my perfectionism and sensitivity.
I miss…my dad. He would've made a wonderful grandfather.
I fear…being alone in this world. Yes, I'll always have the Lord,but you also need someone with 'skin'.
I feel…tired and hungry.
I hear…Noah playing in the kitchen cabinets and the boys playing in the backyard.
I smell…our leather sofa ('tis true!).
I crave…chocolate and Mexican food!
I search…the Lord's will for my (our) life daily.
I wonder…if Tim will find a job soon.
I regret…the many times I've failed in my walk with the Lord.
I love…very easily and quickly.
I care…about my family and my unsaved loved ones.
I ache…too much.
I always...try and be optimistic about circumstances even when it's hard to be optimistic.
I believe…in God!
I dance…when no ones watching or randomly in the aisles of department stores (right Bethany?).
I sing...in the shower, at church or driving down the road with my kids.
I cry…when I'm hurt or hurting for someone (I easily sympathize with people).
I don’t always... trust that the Lord is going to work out all the details of my life.
I fight…my tendency to over exaggerate situations and circumstances.
I write…love notes to my husband....sometimes. ;)
I never…tell a lie- honest!
I listen…to a fan every night to lull me to sleep.
I need…to get the boys supper out of the oven.
I am happy... God forgives and loves me no matter what!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday!


Wow! I got allot 'tackled' yesterday! Phew! To start I got our yard mowed. Here's pictures to prove it! Part of the front yard~
This one is of the backyard~
I then went grocery shopping with the boys. We came home and I decided to clean our fridge out. Ummm...it was pretty bad. Look at all those leftovers I had to pitch. I can't believe we had all that in there. Yuck!
A shot of the kitchen midway through cleaning out the fridge and putting groceries away.
A shot of the kitchen after everything was cleaned up. Awww...that's better! (And yes, I have a teeny, tiny kitchen- it drives me crazy! I am thankful for it though....)
My clean fridge.Yay!

I also deep cleaned both bathrooms, mopped the floors (with bleach water) and did some laundry (which included our bed linens). I felt I had a productive day. How was your 'Tackle'?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Meal Plan Monday...



Monday~ Grilled chicken and salad

Tuesday~ Meatballs, rice and vegetable

Wednesday~ Chicken sandwiches, sweet potato fries

Thursday~ Salmon, rice and steamed veggies

Friday~ Italian beef sandwiches, fresh cut veggies and chips

Saturday~ pizza night

Sunday~ Cheesy chicken and rice and veggies

Also- the Great Strides walk went great! They had a good turnout and the weather was beautiful! We raised a grand total of $190,000! We were a little under our goal of $200,000 but it was up $20,000 from last year. They had amazing free food for all the walkers. For breakfast we had bagels from Panera Bread, fresh fruit, granola bars, Caribou coffee and fruit smoothies from Jamba juice. For lunch they served us Papa Johns pizza, hot dogs, subs and chips and later we had iced coffees from Starbucks (made right in front of us). If anything it was worth going for the food! ;) Anyway, everything went well and we had a great time. Maybe next year our team will be even larger. Start thinking about walking next year- anyone's welcome! Lastly- I'm going to post a picture of Luke with his Mommy (my little sister) at the walk. He was such a happy baby the whole day!

Friday, June 13, 2008

And the job hunt continues...

Well, the hunt for a job continues. The job interview Tuesday (?) went well. He got a call back yesterday offering him pretty decent amount per hour. He told them he'd have to get back to them in a week or two because we heard of another pretty good opportunity a little closer. I found it (this other career opportunity) on career builder
and sent in Tim's resume thinking it wouldn't amount to anything. Well, the recruiter guy called Tim a few hours later. Tim wasn't able to talk to him that night (it got to be too late) but called him back the next morning and talked to him for about a half hour. The position would be to supervise the work of around 45 employees at a large woodworking and millwork company. This is more up Tim's alley since he already has experience in training and supervising the work of employees. Anyway, the pay would be excellent and the benefits great. The recruiter guy said Tim's been the most qualified for the job that he's seen. So, that's why he didn't accept the other job right away. He wanted to see what happens with this other opportunity first. I don't blame him one bit. He wants to make sure he takes the right job. So, keep praying that he'll hear from this other opportunity before the week is up. I'm trying not to think about it- I've just been praying. I actually have a tremendous peace about it all. I really think the Lord will give Tim a job that is perfect him. So, anyway that's where we are with the whole job hunt journey. Hopefully I'll have some good news by next week. We'll see...also...what is it with my boys and bumps and bruises? Look at Austin's new war wound (under his left eye)- it looks worse in real life! He was so proud!Boys!


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wordless Wednesday...

Baby feet...


ALSO
.... The Great Strides walk is this weekend! Anyone who wants to join our team is more than welcome to! It's not too late to still walk to help support Cystic Fibrosis research! Unfortunately, I didn't even come close to raising the amount I was hoping to. Quite pitiful actually. But....I still have a few more days left so, you can still donate! Just click the link below to either learn about the walk or to donate to Cystic Fibrosis research, and don't worry I won't see a penny of it (meaning, I'm not going to run off with your money!). It goes directly to Cystic Fibrosis research! Thanks for taking the time to read this! I'll post pictures next week of the walk! Also- in case you're wondering I'll be walking on the team- Luke's Legion (in support of my nephew).

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Praying...

My dear husband is on a job interview right now. Please pray it goes well. I'm sure he's nervous. ...I'll try to update you later.
*Update: He had a good interview. He talked to the head foreman for quite awhile and they had allot in common. He also homeschools his children and he is a Christian. Tim got along really well with him. Pretty neat, actually. He also talked to the owner of the company. She had to meet with a customer though so Tim didn't get to talk to her as long as he would've liked. She was kind of unsure about the amount of income Tim would need to start out at. Hey, what can you do though? Tim has four other people to support and the cost of living keeps going up. We'll see what happens. We've both totally turned it all over to the Lord and let me tell you, it feels so good not having to worry about it. We know God will work it out!*

Monday, June 9, 2008

I'm here!

I'm finally back! My computer had been having some issues (let's just say- 25 or so viruses...it was that bad) so I was forced into not being able to blog the last part of last week. This past weekend was also the I.C.H.E convention- which was awesome! If you homeschool I highly recommend finding out when your state's homeschool convention is and attending it. It will you give a renewed sense of 'why' you homeschool and it will encourage you greatly! And yes, I know I don't live in Illinois right now but we do intend on moving back into the state within 6 months or so. I just like Illinois better than Wisconsin. No offense to anyone who lives in Wisconsin. It's just that I have always lived in Illinois and it doesn't feel right living in Wisconsin when I'm minutes from Illinois. Does that make sense? Anyway, we were able to order Jonathan and Austin's curriculum for our next school year. Jonathan will be doing first grade work and Austin will be doing K-4 work. I'm actually pretty excited because we made a curriculum change. I think it will suit us better than last years. We'll see...

Also- I said I had gotten my hair done last week. Some had asked if I share a picture of my new hair 'do'. It actually doesn't 'look' a whole lot different than what my hair did prior. Believe me, I did cut off a good couple of inches though. Yes, my hair was that long. Oh, and it's very difficult taking your own picture. I felt like such a dork. These aren't the best and the color looks different in person but it gives you an idea. Did I mention it's hard taking a picture of yourself?


Here's something else I had been doing last week. I finally got into my sewing room and made the diaper bag for my nephew that I had been telling you about (like a month or two ago). I think it turned out pretty cute. I love the fabric colors! Once again, it only took me an hour or two once starting. I don't know why it always takes so much motivation to get me going. I'd like to make myself some more summer skirts this week and next. I have a really cute (and easy) pattern that I use. Now, all I need to do is find some cute fabric. Maybe I'll remember to take some pictures if I decide to make any.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Update...and 'Wordless Wednesday'

Look below for my 'Wordless Wednesday'~
*Nothing new here. The interview Saturday never really amounted to anything. We are still relying on God to show us our next move. I feel like he is trying to teach us something and I'd love it if we learn what we are supposed to learn already! Sheesh! No, really this week has been better. I've learned to give it to the Lord and wait to see what and where he wants us next. We'll see...anway...for some exciting news! Tim and I are attending the I.C.H.E. conference (homeschool convention) this weekend. Yay! We are going to be staying with Tim's brother and his family Friday night- they live close to where the conference is being held. I haven't seen them for a few months and my kids haven't seen them for even longer than that. They are pretty excited to say the least. Every day they count down how many more nights they have to sleep before going to Uncle Steve and Aunt Amy's. Also- I got my hair done tonight! I actually went to a 'real' beauty salon and got my hair colored and cut. Awww...it's feels so nice! Could we really afford it? Umm....probably not given our current circumstances, but it really helped my moral! That's gotta count for something, right? Plus, I look better. HA! *

What a goose egg?!
(I find it slightly humbling that I don't even know where he got this. Poor baby...)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Kids' Rock by Tim Hawkins

This guy seriously cracks me up! Watch this- I guarantee it will make you laugh!