Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Good Weekend...

It was an exciting day!  Micah had planned an outreach for this Saturday, but the place where he was scheduled doubled booked and forgot to tell him until last minute.  So instead of canceling the day with his ministry team - he decided to just go to Great Falls and have some fun.  Ethan and I went along for moral support!  It was a blast.  We went roller skating, played in the park (it was gorgeous weather!!! So warm!), and had pizza for dinner.  Ethan was a trooper... he loved skating and I was SO THANKFUL for Rocky and Taylor who took him around the rink many times.  It just killed to try to skate and hold him up... but we had a blast.  At the park we slid down the slide, played on the swings, and of course fed the ducks (I always keep something on hand for that!). 

I was reminded of how much I love hanging out with the students and just having fun!  Last night was another opportunity... about 7 students came up and cooked some frozen pizzas and then we all watched a movie together.  We laughed our heads off and I went to bed really happy.  Since I had Ethan it has been harder to have those moments of connection.  I am not able to be as involved as I use to be and I miss that!  So I guess when I have a whole weekend of connecting with the students while hanging out with my two amazing boys/men... it is a good weekend!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Helping out is Hard Work

Cleaning really tuckers you out!!  And we have been doing a lot of that lately.... "spring time" or when it feels like maybe we are getting closer to spring time... I start to clean!  I have bags and bags to take to the thrift store... and I can't wait to take um!  A clean house is a happy house!

(Why did I teach Ethan how to use a squirt bottle????)

I just loved the crossed feet... so chill.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine's Day Banquet

This past Friday we had the MWSB Valentine's day banquet.  I love the school's banquets.  Not only do the students dress up so nice, they decorate the dining hall so it looks amazing, and the cooks go out of their way to make incredibly fancy food.  It is just a great time for fun, food and fellowship.  Micah took Ethan home and put him to bed so I could enjoy the whole banquet.  The students put on quite a show - with skits and lots of special music.  It was fun to laugh and just sit back and enjoy watching the students enjoy themselves.  Happy Valentine's day... a few days late!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Arm Wrestling Daddy

If you don't have facebook... you probably have not seen this and it is too funny to pass up!  Micah is such a good dad... he makes me laugh EVERY day!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

For Valentine's day... Micah let me sleep in... ah it was blessed and then when I woke up there were warm crepes for me... I love crepes!  I just had to share what he wrote,  it made me laugh.... I am loved!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

No More Shots!

Ethan had his last set of shots... that is until he is ready to go to school.  I was thrilled to hear that!  Shots are not fun... I could identify with him, because I had to give another vile of blood today - for some sort of test - due to the doctors freaking out about the fact that Ethan was born early... so of course... this new little baby MUST be high risk too (I will share more about this at a later time).  I will let the doctors do their doctor thing, but my trust and confidence does not come from blood test results, but in God.  I look at my healthy little/big boy who happens to be in the 98.9% for height and am thankful for the blessing he is.... even though he was born 4 weeks early he has caught up and is doing GREAT!  God is the one who has given him life.... and will continue to give him life... and so in celebration of that awesome fact we went to the park and fed the duck, geese, and pigeons today and we enjoyed watching that life run around chasing the pigeons.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

How We Play

In the fort with Daddy.


Play dough...

Giving Horton a drink.

And building a cardboard box house!

Monday, February 9, 2009

To Play with a Frozen Waterfall

On Thursday we drove to Cataract Falls (I have shared some stories about that beautiful place... we went there several times this past fall).  Micah, Ethan and I went their to take pictures of the 2nd year students as they ice climbed.  It was a beautiful day and very warm for this time of year so it felt great to be in the fresh air.  Ethan sure enjoyed playing on the frozen river and climbing behind the frozen wall of water (aka the waterfall).  It was fun to watch the student climb/fall the falls and be able to spend some time with them.  Ethan loved the chunks of ice that were all over the ground. He found a hole in the ice and carried the chunks to the hole and then dropped them in.  At one point his foot ended up in the hole... hum wonder how that happened?  Micah got some great shots and so it will be great to use those in future advertisements and brochures about the 2nd year program.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Our New Play Group

I have been feeling especially isolated this winter... serious cabin fever and when we watched Samuel for a week last month, I got to see a side of Ethan come alive for one of the first times! I just knew I needed to make an effort at getting him together with other kids.  

A couple weeks ago I started to plan and organize a play group in Augusta.  With help a list was made of all the young mom with small kids that live in the surrounding area of Augusta.  I was surprised by how long the list was.... I don't normally see very many kids when I go there so it was encouraging to know they are around!  

Last week was our first week and it was soo good.  We are meeting at the Augusta Community Church (that way none of us have to stress about having a clean house or entertaining) and after last week I made invitations and sent them out to everyone on the list.  This week we had 9 kids!  It is so
 interesting to watch Ethan with the other kids... he is a little bit shy.   It will be "good" to work on sharing, not throwing fits, etc.... I was so thankful for the time I had with the other women today!  It was great being able to ask questions and to get to know them a little bit better.  I am encouraged by this... and as I was driving home I figured out that over 135+ miles were traveled combined to get to play group.... we all really need the encouragement that this play group will hopefully bring!

And as you can see... it was good for Ethan... tuckered him right out!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Yummy Lasagna Soup

My sister-in-law, Kim-e got me a subscription to the Family Fun magazine and my first months issue just recently came in the mail.  It is a GREAT magazine full of all sorts of sweet ideas and such!  Thanks Kim-e!

Well... the first issue had a recipe for Lasagna soup... I was intrigued and so this weekend, Ethan and I made some. It was DELICIOUS!  I took a picture of it after I stirred it up.. it looked much more attractive... BEFORE... so sorry!

We also made some animal pretzels to go with it and they were yummy.  Ethan did a good job of "eating" the dough - instead of making animals, but I helped him out.  We made a kitty, giraffe, elephant, etc.  It was great fun (we also had a student guest, Joyelle... who helped out with the fun - it was great sharing dinner with her!!!)

So if you are hungry for a yummy meal/soup... try this one:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1.5 lbs Italian sausage (I used hamburger)
2 onions, finely chopped (I used one)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (I would probably use less next time... it has a little more punch that Ethan really desired)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leave (I didn't have any... so I didn't use um)
8 ounces fusilli pasta
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil (I used like 2 teaspoon dried)
8 ounces ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the sausage and saute, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.  Drain any excess fat from the pot.  Add the onions and saute until softened, about 6 minutes.  Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.  Add the tomato paste and saute until the past turns a rust brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and their juice, the broth, and the bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
2. Add the past, then increase the heat to medium-high and boil the soup until the pasta is tender to the bite, following the time recommendation on the pasta package.  Discard the bay leaves, then stir in the basil.  If desired, season with salt and pepper to taste,
3.  In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, the Parmesan, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pinch of pepper.  To serve, place a generous spoonful of the cheese mixture in the bottom of each soup bowl - sprinkle with mozzarella, and ladle the soup on top.  Makes about 13 cups!  Yum... YUMMY!