Monday, September 28, 2009

What a week

The picture from yesterday afternoon explains it all. Emily had a busy couple of days at work to finish off the week which left her exhausted. Bentley, well he's just a follower, especially on Sunday afternoons. I, on the other hand, decided to watch some football and do some reading (hence the "The Lost Symbol" in the chair).
The book is great - another book that has kept me, the non-reader, engaged. Thank you Dan Brown. I got on the waiting list for this book 2 months before it came out at the library (yes I was actually on a waiting list for a book). I was number 250 on the list even at that point! The waiting list right now is at 1,125! It is only a one week check out though, so I have been up late every night reading.

My week was filled with a couple last-minute IEP meetings, a couple tutoring sessions, leading the middle school boy's Bible study, and report cards. Tiresome.

It was a pretty exhausting week for us around here to say the least.

Hope y'all are doing well and enjoying your true Michigan Fall weather!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Today is the first day of FALL!
Despite the torrential rainfall and warm temps...
i celebrated the start of my favorite season.

and here's how....

1. hot apple spice @ Starbucks
2. my "mulled cider" candle burned as I "fall" cleaned.
3. I made homemade cinnamon bread and topped it off with pumpkin butter
3. We baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies-delicious!

Here's the recipe. I highly recommend them!

2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons molasses [or maple syrup or brown sugar]
1 cup canned pumpkin or cooked pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup chocolate chunks [or chocolate chips or raisins]

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and spices.
In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, oil, molasses, pumpkin and vanilla and flax seeds until very well combined. Add dry ingredients-folding to combine. Fold in walnuts and chocolate.

Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets. They don't spread very much so they can be placed only an inch apart. Flatten the tops of the cookies with a fork or fingers-to press into cookie shape. Bake for 16 minutes at 350.


Hope all is well.
Much love from the soaked south.


Saturday, September 19, 2009


I had one of those moments...
the ones that after you commit...

and ask yourself....

"did i REALLY just do that?!"

and then you laugh.

here are the details & pictures as proof.

a hair & fashion show to benefit breast cancer [the ONLY reason I agreed to this...along with the free haircut] at an art gallery in downtown Raleigh. hosted by a local hair salon and fashion boutiques.

my task: to not smile & strut the heels: showing off the latest in hair and fashion.
my hair was chopped, the makeup applied & nails polished....

here's the result....

jenna, my partner in crime at work & on the runway.
what a hoot.
so, i guess black nails are in?

i'm definitely just a jeans & flip flops kind of girl.
with a new short do.

Monday, September 14, 2009


God works in mysterious ways.
The same day our house contract fell through...
this one came on the market.
it's on the same street as the last...
and i love it even more.

a quaint 1,500 sq foot cape cod.
3 beds.
2 baths.
and grass.

we're excited.
to say the least.

We are currently under contract and hope to close Oct. 19.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

When life gives you lemons....

Here's the good, the bad, and humorous details of our life the last few weeks!

We did nursery this past Sunday. Jim was the "child whisperer".
and he got peed on.
and we had a good laugh.

We were "under contract" on a house here in Raleigh! ...until today. The seller wanted out and was making our lives miserable. She got her way. And we're excited not to have to deal with her for the next two praying another house turns up in time to close before Dec. 1.

We are going to the mountains with Jim's siblings & nephew this fall-and we're so excited! Plans are underway...[just think: a quaint cabin, Blue Ridge Mountains, bonfires, apple cider & hiking: that, my friends makes my heart happy]

Fall is in the air...and I LOVE IT. by far my favorite season. We slept with the windows open multiple times last week...the best sleep we have had since the king size bed in Michigan:)

Labor Day -- Chik-fil-A: free chicken sandwiches if you wore some team spirit. We met up with the Wood family and proudly displayed our Michigan and Calvin pride! ...and enjoyed a free lunch. Awesome. (edited at a later time... by Jim. I may have gotten a total of 4 free sandwiches throughout the day. no big deal.)

Phew. I think that's the latest and greatest. We hope all is well with you, our faithful reader[MOM] .