Thursday, January 29, 2009
Pasta-cooked and cooled-we have used spirals, shells, and the colorful noodles but my kids like the bow ties the best
chicken-cooked, cut up, and cooled
dressing-we use honey mustard(Ken's is really good) but you can try it with any dressing your family likes
what ever you like and have on hand-how easy is that!?! We like you add cut broccoli, chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, small cubes of cheddar, onion, cauliflower(monty doesn't like that but will eat it in this salad and sometimes not realize it:))
Dump everything in a big bowl, mix and serve cold. This is awesome for a quick meal and great as left overs for lunch. It is perfect for "no time for cooking and still get in a nap before we have to leave again" Sunday afternoons!! It is also great with some warm bread sticks or crescent rolls with butter and garlic salt spread on the inside before they are cooked.
Ok, so the close up picture doesn't look all that appetizing but trust me, this stuff is AWESOME!
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.
1.I came to facebook to try to spy on people not knowing the person has to let you be their "friend". a very disappointing discovery!!
2.I love blogging! It is way cooler than facebook:) as a mater of fact, I will probably post this on my blog at created4homeschooling.blogspot.com
3.I am totally in favor of shameless self promotion!
4.I love 80's Steve Martin movies!-man with 2 brains-all of me-the jerk(my ALL TIME FAVORITE!) I'M PICKING OUT A THERMOS FOR YOU! NOT AN ORDINARY THERMOS WILL DO!
5.I met my husband at Taco Bell.
6.I can't carry a tune but I love to sing and will make anything into a song at home. My kids think I'm nuts-especially when I dance along to my crazy made up songs.
7.I can make any word a verb when I talk to my kids-"I will COOKIE you in just a minute!"
8.I love to watch survivor and am pretty sure I could totally win!!
9.I have crocheted 7 ponchos and a blanket.
10.I can NEVER skip ahead and read the last chapter or page of a book to see what happens. Even if I am bored with the book-I have to read EVERY WORD! (that is not my only OCD tendency)
11.I lived 15 minutes from my best friend in the world-Amy- for 10 years but did not meet her until we both went to the same college.
12.I played the clarinet from 6th grade-freshman year in college(I probably couldnt make a sound on it now!?)
13.I love to go canoeing down the Illinois River
14.I was born in Oklahoma-lived in Texas from 3rd grade until graduation-then moved back to Oklahoma but I have always considered myself a TEXAN.
15.If I could travel ANYWHERE I would pick an Australian Safari
16.In high school, I was pretty positive that I was gonna marry Kirk Cameron when I grew up.
17.I truly believe that my daughters are "SUPER MODEL" gorgeous-but they are gonna be good Christian submissive wives so their modeling career is out of the question. Too bad for the world!!
18.When I found out my first child was a boy I was in total shock because I truly had never considered the possibility of having a son-I just knew I would have girls.
19.My mom, Danny, and Monty's mom plotted to break us up when we were dating because none of them wanted either of us to be in an interracial relationship.
20.I have an entire notebook FULL of Cards and Love letters from Monty,there are even a couple of poems in there.
21.We got married on the 3rd anniversary of the day that he asked me to be his girlfriend.
22.I love elephants and have a small collection of elephant figurines.
23.I have ridden an elephant and a camel.
24.My favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 7:4 and I love to quote it to Monty(especially the last 1/2) ;p
25.I could totally keep talking about myself. I am one of my biggest fans but the rules say 25 things so I will stop.
#25 is the reason I have a blog;)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Singing Happy Birthday! She got a little embarrassed when everyone was singing to her so she covered her ears and giggled through the song then blew out the candles.
PRESENTS!! I have mentioned that Kalysa goes through life singing a song that only she could hear-so I got her a microphone. Maybe now we will be able to sing along. This thing is supposed to work with any FM radio so she will be able to hear herself through the radio. Only problem is mama bought it a few weeks early and forgot to pick up batteries so we haven't got to try it out yet but that has not stopped her from carrying it around and singing like a rock star.
All her goodies! Keslee went through the toy box the day before Kalysa's party and decided to wrap and give her the doodle bear(although Kalysa has one as well) and Kenyon gave her his very first 8 year old Thomas the Tank Engine. She loves Thomas! It was so sweet to see them want to give their sister something special. They never asked me to take them to the store or asked for money to buy her something. They know if it is really from them it must be bought with their money(which they had none) or be something of theirs. They don't like me putting their name on a gift they had nothing to do with.
This is all she wanted! When I asked her a few days before her birthday what she wanted she said...
Monday, January 26, 2009
Hey Charlynne, I made your grandma's noodles last night. They were a
breeze and yum yum. I altered the recipe a bit, I cut it in half and
used whole wheat flour, egg whites, skim milk and a large chic breast.
It made about three hefty servings at about 300 cals and we had some
steamed carrots to put on top. I'm sure the other way is tastier but
this way was a healthy treat that we all enjoyed. Thanks for the
recipe and convincing me it is easy. I've been meaning to attempt
noodles for quite awhile now but just never got up the nerve to try.
It was so good to hear that someone had tried it and liked it. I posted her email to say 2 things...
1.Don't be afraid to try it! homemade noodles are not as hard as they appear. I also LOVE the fact that she modified it to fit her smaller family and substituted ingredients in order to make it a healthier meal. That is one thing I have learned from my grandma. Recipes are a Guide! Make them your own, add what you like, take out or substitute for things you don't like. My grandma can never tell you exact measurements of the ingredients she uses. You just eye it and add more or less of whatever your family likes. It doesn't even have to be the same each time you use the same recipe. The experimenting is the most fun and what will later make your husband say "My mom never did cook like this!" and you kids say "No one could ever cook like MY MOM!"
2.Don't be afraid to leave me comments! This particular friend sends me emails often about things she has read or liked on my blog but has never left a comment on the blog. I have another friend that calls me and has said she is nervous to leave a comment because it is like being published-it is there for everyone to see. I understand. I was nervous the first time I ever left a comment on another blog but I did not know that women. She lives 1/2 way across the country and seems so brilliant and is inspiring to read and is obviously a great wife-mom-homeschooler-Christian-etc. I AM JUST ME GUYS! There is no need for you to be nervous about leaving me a comment! I love them! I need them! It makes my day when someone comments on my blog! You can always use a pet name to protect you identity. That is why I changed my friends name to Mrs. Ken Doll in this post-protecting her identity;) . If we are friends there must be a little pet nickname you could give yourself to let me know who you are and if we do not know each other than it really doesn't matter what name you use!!! Now I am not in anyway upset that Mrs Ken Doll has not commented but instead sends me a personal email. I love getting emails from her and I am glad she gets whatever she gets out of reading my thoughts. I just wanted to issue any reader a challenge....
1.If you have never left a comment, please leave me a comment to tell my why you don't. Even if it is because my writing sucks and my life is too boring to comment on, I can take it. I am just curious about what all reasons people have for never saying anything.
2.If you have left comments before, leave me a comment about the 1st time you ever commented on anyone's blog and what made you do it. If you had been reading blogs for a while before you ever commented, what made you not do it?
READY?! SET!!! LEAVE A COMMENT!!!!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
She could be blind
She may have serious mental delays
She could be severely handicapped
There is no way to know if she will ever be able to do anything blah blah blah
Well our Kalysa has perfect vision and hearing. She is smart as a whip-and I'm not just saying that either! She is as close to being a genius child if there ever was one-and there have been at least 2 others that I know about:) ANYWAY, the only long term effect that we have had is with her legs. Apparently premature babies often have stiffness in the muscles. We did stretches and exercises with her ever since she was a few months old. She had an occupational therapist come to the house twice a month from the time she came home from the hospital until she was 3. Kalysa's left leg (calf muscle) has always given her trouble and she walks on her toes. We have had splints and they helped to stretch the muscle and then she would go through a growth spurt and that muscle would tighten right back up. The next step was botox injections and casts. The botox was injected directly into the muscles. After just a few days the muscle was paralyzed and relaxed and she can not walk on her toes even when she tries. Then she would get a cast put on the foot to pull the foot up and in turn stretch the calf muscle. After a week, the cast was removed, the foot pushed up more stretching the muscle more and a new cast put on. That is done 3-4 times and then more splints to help maintain the stretching. Kalysa has had that procedure done 3 different times. Each time it would work for about 4-6 months and then gradually the muscle would tighten back up.
She went to see her specialist a week ago so that we could discuss the next step. The next step is surgery! The doctor says that the best surgeon that he knows is from the Shriner's Hospital in Shreveport La. He comes to OKC twice a year to see patients. Her doctor is going to do his best to get her an appointment with the Shriner when he comes to town in April. If she is accepted as a patient, they usually do not do surgery until the kids are between 7-9 years old. Since she would still have at least another year, she is going to have the botox and casting one more time to see if we can make any more progress on the left leg(the 1st 2 botox sessions were on both legs but the right leg has gotten better.)
Please keep Kalysa in your prayers. She will have her botox shots this Friday(tomorrow!!) and then start the casts about a week after that. They are very painful shots but we have chosen not to put her to sleep. They only last a couple of minutes and she has always been a trooper! She usually doesn't even cry but she does let the doctor know "YOU HURT MY LEG!" The casting part she loves! I suspect that they feel good because she is not on her toes and the pressure is off the muscle. She calls them her boots, loves to pick the colors and can even tell the therapists exactly how to but them on.
Also, please pray that the Shriner doctor will be able to take her as a new patient. He is supposed to be THE BEST. This type of surgery is all he does so he is an expert. Also, if she can go to the Shriner hospital, there will be no charge to us. We will have to take a trip to Shreveport but they will help us with a place to stay for any days she has to be in the hospital. That would be a real blessing! Thanks for praying for us and our Kalysa!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Here is the recipe he used. (I found it on a recipe site but dont know which one. I just searched "quick homemade dinner roll")
1 pkg. yeast
1 c. lukewarm water
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. oil
3 c. flour, sifted
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add egg, sugar, salt and oil. Add half the flour, and beat until smooth. Add rest of flour and beat again until smooth. Fill greased muffin pans half full and let rise until double. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes
Monday, January 19, 2009
Each cupcake is mixed separately in the little bowl by just adding a little water. The mixture is then poured into a cupcake wrapper and put in the "pan" to cook.
As you pull the handle down to squirt the icing, the cupcake spins around. Theoretically this is supposed to produce a little ice-cream type swirly frosting top on each cupcake making perfect beautiful cupcakes just ready for sprinkles.
As spoiled, lazy Americans, we begin to take tons of things for granted. This is no secret to any of us, we know we do it We all have times when we begin to take our freedoms, our health, our cars, our jobs, our friends, our family and even our God for granted.
These things are there.
They are always there so we stop seeing them as the precious commodities that they are. We loose sight of how they enrich and enhance our lives everyday. They are so common in our everyday lives that we use them and use them and use them until we don't even remember what they are actually worth anymore and so we start to abuse them and abuse them and abuse them. We forget their true purpose, why did we have them, what were they good for, why did we need them and then they are gone. Either we have used them up or they are taken from us or we have rejected their true value so often that it is almost impossible to get them back to the status that they deserve and then we are upset and wonder why we did not cherish these things while we had them!? That is what is happening to our language. WORDS ARE AWESOME!! We have them for a reason! They MEAN something. They are WORTH something. Only someone that has forgotten the value of our language would use the word fundamental as a way to insult someone else.
Webster defines fundamental as:serving as an original or generating source: primary: serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function: of central importance: one of the minimum constituents without which a thing or a system would not be what it is.
That is exactly why EVERYONE should be a fundamentalist! It is essential-of utmost importance-indispensable-necessary. You should be a fundamentalist in everything you do. What good is a math teacher that holds no regard for the fundamentals of math? I sure don't want that teacher trying to teach addition to my child. Who would choose a surgeon that says "well I just don't believe the fundamentals of medicine are really that important so I skipped a few classes but I bet I can still do your liver transplant just fine!" WHATEVER!!! It makes no sense not to be a fundamentalist. Whatever you do, whoever you are, whatever you believe amounts to nothing without the fundamentals!!
What we know about our Lord and his Word is the most important thing we ever strive to learn. It is only natural to turn to the fundamentals in order to find the truth that lies between the pages of the Bible. Now I am not saying that everyone should be a Fundamental Baptist-but you should seek the fundamentals in regards to your walk with the Lord and Bible study. I am not willing to say that the Fundamental Baptist churches are the ONLY churches that you can hear preaching that originates from and focuses on the fundamentals of a Christian life. I just know that MY Fundamental Baptist church does. I want to have the relationship with my saviour that he desires to have with me and it is impossible to reach that without the fundamentals! The WORD fundamental tells us that any church that is not fundamental is in turn not truly a church and therefore will not be able to truly assist me or anyone in reaching the ultimate relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Now if you want to know why I also am proud to be called radical, just ask Webster-proceeding from a foundation or root: drastic: making extreme changes in views, conditions, or habits: carrying convictions or theories to their fullest application.
Now don't fundamental and radical just seem to naturally work together!!! I wouldn't have it any other way!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe tells Newsmax that Congress’ approval of the $700 billion
Wall Street bailout is the “most
outrageous vote in American history.”
The Oklahoma Republican also
said he doesn’t believe taxpayers will see the bailout funds paid back as
“I think history will treat that vote as the most outrageous
vote in American history, where 75 percent of the House and Senate voted to give
an unelected bureaucrat an unprecedented amount of money – the largest amount in American history to be actually voted on at one time, with no strings attached,
no guidelines, no oversight.
“Now that was bad enough and then … President
Bush came out with his statement [asking for the appropriation], which really
disappointed me. I was still trying to get what we call S64 and that would have
made the members of Congress responsible for passing or not passing this
recommendation from Obama.
“Now what has happened is that President Bush has
said, I guess he called up Obama, and said: What’s your wish list?
“We’ve already introduced our resolution of disapproval … I think it will pass the
House and it could pass the Senate, although I think Harry Reid would not even
allow a vote on it just to save the embarrassment to the new president, Obama,
because all he has to do is veto the resolution of disapproval and then” the
votes are there to override the veto.
“So it’s a fait accompli,” he added.
“It is done. We’re going to have another $350 billion to add to the first $350
“And I think there are a lot of smart economists who have said that nothing really good happened with the first $350 billion.”
Martella asked: “Wasn’t [Treasury Secretary Henry] Paulson supposed
to account for the way he spent the money?”
Inhofe answered: “He was
supposed to account for it. Even worse than that, he promised how it was going
to be spent. He was going to buy damaged assets. That’s what he was going to do.
“Fifteen minutes after he got his hands on the money, he
forgot all about that and never bought any damaged assets and instead bailed out
“A lot of Republicans are saying, well that money’s
not gone, he bought preferred stock and it’s going to be paid back with
“Well that would be awfully nice, but I don’t
think that’s going to happen.”
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I LOVE TO COLOR! so I joined her in the creation picture. Here is my rendition of the 7 days. Days like today are what gives me the strength to homeschool on days like yesterday(which was everything a Monday has always been accused of being!!)
Monday, January 12, 2009
I finally got some Christmas pictures downloaded. This was what the living room looked like before it was invaded by the kids.
Then they awoke. They were very excited. This year they really did not know if they were getting anything. I am sure they had high hopes and faith that somehow mom and dad would pull it off, that was proven by the fact that they were up by about 7:30 am, but they know that money has been tight lately. They know daddy had been getting home early a lot and that means he will get less money from work. Before they went to bed they were talking about mom maybe getting some paper route money so I could go to the store in the middle of the night and get some presents. They really did not think that we had gotten anything before bedtime Christmas eve(I love having an attic!!). We usually at least have all the cousin's presents wrapped and under the tree but this year I had not wrapped anything before Christmas eve.
Just about a week before Christmas, Kenyon had told me "If I could have just one present, I would want it to be an instrument." He did not know that I had a guitar waiting for him since about July. He loved it. He also got the book to help him learn how to play. My mom also gave all three of them a small organ so he actually got 2 instruments this year.
Keslee got a baby doll that she had wanted and a stroller and a cd player along with a "Patch the Pirate" cd but I think her favorite gift of the day came after we went to Aunt Darla's for dinner....My cousin Tony and his wife Jessica had Kiara Elizabeth Lea on Sunday before Christmas so she got to hold a 4 day old baby.
When it is rolled thin, cut into noodles. I have a noodle cutter that cuts about 6 at a time-I have no idea where it came from! It is one of those things that was in my drawers when I first moved out and for years I had no idea what it was for but I kept it. A pizza cutter would just fine for this step.
Some people like to let the noodles dry but I just sprinkle cut noodles with some flour and make sure there are no sticky parts. If you are like me you may think-" this doesn't look like enough noodles. I think I will just double the batch!" Don't be fooled! this makes plenty of noodles after they have expanded. If you want to double the batch, be sure you have a tall stock pot with plenty of liquid. Doubling the batch in a regular pot WILL result in burned noodles to the bottom of the pan!! It stinks and is not fun to get out!! Just trust me on that one!
After the noodles are cut, I remove the chicken for deboning and add the noodles to the chicken broth. The broth has to have a good boil or the noodles will get sticky and gooey. I add the chicken as I debone it. The noodles take about 30 minutes at a good boil for the consistency I like. Just check them periodically in case you want them softer(less time) or harder(more time).