Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wonderful Tacos

I previously posted about the wonderful gift Bug's teachers presented to the mother's of the class via a Mother's Day Tea.

Part of that gift was a class "cookbook".

The teachers asked each student what their favorite meal was and then wrote verbatim the children's version of that recipe.

Our son chose Tacos.

His recipe was so cute, I thought I would share. Here it is:

Wonderful Tacos

First you cook the beans. Open the can and pour it in a black pan. Turn the stove on and walk away. (Wow, I wonder why he thinks you walk away. I never turn the stove on and walk away.....) But, come back to check if it's ready so it won't burn. Don't cook the cheese because it's supposed to be cold. Next, you cook the peppers. Cut them up and put them in the pan. Put the peppers and beans inside a taco shell and put the cheese on. Then get a drink and eat it for dinner. I like tacos. I like every part of them.

Isn't that precious? I love it.

Thank you JrK teachers. This is a forever memory.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I am a self proclaimed scatter-brain. I don't take offense to it. I just know that I get scattered in the moment which causes some "not-so-thought-through" ideas to come to my mind and mouth.

Do you like the teapot?

On our last Disney excursion, we purchased a not-so typical souvenir. This teapot and spoon rest. I'd looked at it longingly for three days until finally, my husband purchased it on the last day of the trip. I love it, and use it constantly for hot tea consumed throughout the day.

Needless to say, I've owned teapots before. I know to well the high-pitched shrill sound that screams "I'm boiling get me off the eye NOW!" Therefore,
I expected no less from this teapot.

Well, see the two steam holes?

It's a little hard to tell in the picture, but one is bigger than the other.

The first day I used the teapot, I placed it on the burner and then promptly forgot I'd turned it on. It's a teapot. It lets you know when it's ready.

Anyway, we live very near to the intracoastal waterway where large cargo ships bring import/export items all day long. On a clear day, you can hear the boat horns from our back porch.

Well, when this little teapot blew, it sounded like a boat horn. A ver loud one. I was in my office when I heard it and kept thinking, "Great day that boat's horn is loud. I wonder what's going on."

I finally walked out of my office with the intention of going on the back porch to listen for the boat when I passed the kitchen and realized it was the teapot!

The teapot sounded like a cargo ship.

After I laughed at myself a good while, I stared at the pot trying to figure out why it would sound like a ship when the irony hit me.

Steam pot Willie.

Get it? I guess you would have to like old school Disney to get the joke. Steam boat Willie was the debut film for Mickey Mouse.

So, now Steam Pot Willie resides in our kitchen and hot tea is all the more fun!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

End of School

Hi Bloggers.

This is just a note to say this is the last week of school and it is a tad bit hectic in our house. So, I will be back to blogging next week when things are quiter and the lazy days of summer have kicked into gear. Yeah!

However, I must leave you with this picture. It is priceless.

Most kids eat their tater tots. Our son creates canon ball stacks. And let me say, he was quite proud of himself.

Have a great week.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mother's Day Tea

I can go no further in this post until I say a loud and clear thank you to my son’s teachers for the wonderful event they put on this past Wednesday for all the student’s Moms. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


My son’s class hosted a Mother’s Day tea. We were formally invited two weeks in advance and had to RSVP via our child a week before the event. Bug asked me every day if I was coming to tea, and of course I said “yes”.

The day of the event, when I dropped Bug off at school, he jumped out of the car and picked a flower. Handing the dandelion to me he said, “don’t forget to come to tea.”

Oh my little prince, there is no way I’ll stand you up!

At two o’clock sharp, tea started. Each child escorted their mom to a designated seat. We each had a laminated, custom made (by our child) place mat (picture above) to hold our special snacks and drinks and we were presented with special presents made by our children.

I was shocked at how many gifts the kids made for the moms and therefore I’ll only share my favorite. Each child colored a picture of themselves with their mom and on the back of the picture, wrote what they love about Mommy.

I must digress a moment (as I often do) and give a piece of background information. As a devout follower of Yeshua, I am often led by Him in even the smallest details of life, including which clothes to wear. For Mother’s day tea, I knew I was to wear a pants outfit with a purple shirt. Purple is a color I have just recently started wearing and in fact, I believe this was only the third time I had worn this shirt.

Back to the story…..

Bug drew the following picture. It is him and I walking to church (so was his explanation). You can see that in the picture I am wearing a purple shirt. When Bug presented the picture to me, he was overwhelmed with joy that I was dressed the same as his picture and the smile on his face was priceless. It was a fairytale moment in the heart of a preschooler, and I will cherish the memory forever.

By the way, on the back of the picture, he wrote that he loves me because I put band-aids on his boo – boos, I wash the dirty linens and I keep his favorite piglet clean.

I will definitely have a new perspective when doing laundry!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 4, 2009

To My Husband

Seven years ago, on this day, God gave me the greatest gift I could have ever wanted…my husband.

I haven’t always done things right in my life. I tried it my way and on my terms and what I received was a lot of garbage that took a long time to clean up. But, when I learned to trust God and wait on Him, I discovered that He knows a lot more than I do.

God knows my quirks, my patterns of OCD, my humor, my love language, my strengths and my weaknesses. And, with all that in mind, he created a man who would be my perfect counterpart.

I believe with all my heart that I found the man God originally created to be my husband when he formed me in my mother’s womb.

My husband brings unspeakable joy, wisdom, security and love to my life. He makes me a complete person.

So, today, I celebrate my husband. I love you with all my heart.

Happy Anniversary!

Friday, May 1, 2009


After years of Disney travel, I think we finally got it right.

Usually, we would take our four day vacation and try to cram five days worth of park time into it. I mean you could spend three days at Magic Kingdom and still not do everything in the park.

However, this time was different. Instead of waking up at o’dark thirty in order to drive to Orlando and get in line before the park opens, we slept in a little, packed, took our time getting down there, checked into the hotel and strolled around Downtown Disney.

Speaking of Downtown Disney, here is a picture of the new hot air balloon ride they have. It takes you up about 30 stories (I think that’s right), hangs out a little bit and then brings you down. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try it out. The two times we were thinking about it, the wind was too strong and the balloon was grounded. Between you and me, I wasn’t that upset. Not a big lover of heights!

After discovering the hidden treasure of our room upgrade, parks rarely entered our mind. Instead of killing ourselves trying to get every ounce of “fun” out of the parks, we squeezed every ounce of fun out of relaxing, strolling, swimming, eating as a family in the quiet of our room.

For once, we slowed down on vacation. Life is too busy as it is, vacation shouldn’t be as well. Hopefully, the stress-free joy we felt on this trip will be imbedded in our hearts enough to repeat in the future.