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Thankfulness Day #2

November 19, 2012

Today I am thankful for H Money’s therapists. I mention them regularly when I talk about things I am thankful for because they deserve to be mentioned frequently. These women are so knowledgeable and talented. All of the ladies at the rehabilitation clinic H Money goes to are wonderful and they love on both H Money and Deuce. That Daddy and I have learned how to help H Money get stronger and gain new skills. They’ve also been kind enough to reassure me about Deuce’s development (I love having experts available weekly to check development).
H Money also gets therapy at school. I love that he is able to get double therapy each week with a variety of providers. That Daddy has observed physical therapy and speech therapy at school and has reported that both of those therapists are great as well! We are so blessed.

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A Week of Thankfulness

November 18, 2012

So obviously I haven’t blogged much lately. I was sweeping the floor a few minutes ago (exciting, right?) and figured I would challenge myself to write a blog each day and talk about something for which I’m thankful. I haven’t participated in the “Month of Thankfulness” Meme on Facebook, but I have been thinking about things and ways I have been blessed.
Let me be trite for my first day: I am thankful for my family. (I know, I know, real original.) Let me be a bit more specific. My husband, That Daddy, is an awesome partner. I can’t imagine my life without him and I’m glad I don’t have to. I have known him for over 17 years now and he makes me a better person. We have deep conversations and talk about everything. He’s also really good looking. (I can feel your eyes rolling.)
Our kids, H Money and Deuce, are also flipping sweet. H Money loves so purely and with such sincerity. He has taught me to be a better mom and to be more selfless. Deuce is so funny. He’s just starting to get silly (he gets that from me) and ornery (he gets that from his daddy). I love seeing his personality develop.
The rest of my family is wonderful as well. You may occasionally hear me say that my family is crazy, but please know that I mean that in a wonderful way. We’re not scary crazy, we’re fun crazy. Unfortunately I’ll be seeing some of my family soon for a funeral/celebration of life. Part of me is really sad because my Grandpa was a great man. The other part of me is really excited to get to see almost all of my cousins and to see my aunts. It’s going to be crazy and sad and lots of fun.
Anyway, today I’m thankful for my family.

Update #7

October 22, 2012

1. Dye a blue streak in my hair.

Not yet.

2. Lose 1 pants size.

Done.

3. Fit into my wedding dress.

I haven’t tried it on in quite a while. Maybe I’ll remember this week.

4. Become proficient at back wrapping Deuce.

I’m getting there, but I need to consult with a friend that is really good at wrapping.

5. Renew my teaching certificate.

Nada.

6. Go to a Ranger’s game in Arlington.

Nope.

7. Get the office organized and keep it that way.

It comes and goes.

8. Decorate our bedroom.

No progress.

9. Finish the wall hanging for That Daddy.

Nope.

10. Learn the correct lyrics to Love Me Tender.

I want to say I’m done, but I need to have That Daddy test me.

11. Learn more about homeopathy.

In progress.

12. Donate at least 100 ounces of breastmilk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas.

Done!

13. Clean my side of the closet.

Closer, but I need to get brutally honest with myself the next time I’m in there.

14. Donate at least 33 items to Goodwill.

Done! I need to get another box going.

15. Get a new tattoo.

Nope

16. Plant our garden earlier next Spring.

This is time sensitive for later.

17. Read at least 2 classic books.

I’m half way through How to Win Friends and Influence People. Fabulous read; you really should check it out.

18. Learn to can and can something successfully.

Nope.

19. Volunteer at H Money’s school at least once.

Nope.

20. Barter for a service or a product of some sort.

Yes! I traded a video I had for a gift for Deuce for either Christmas or his birthday.

21. Sell some of my sewing/craftings.

Nope.

22. Make Deuce a quilt.

Nope.

23. Write monthly love notes to my boys.

In progress. I love doing this.

24. Journal for myself.

Blogging happens some times.

25. Send cards or call on all family birthdays.

I have a late October card I need to send, but so far so good.

26. Make all cards by hand or use cards we already own (save Christmas cards).

Doing it.

27. Make homemade coconut ice cream that tastes good.

Done! In fact, we make the coconut ice cream regularly now. We’ve made vanilla and chocolate so far.

28. Read to my boys every day.

It doesn’t happen every day. I’m going to alter this to read or sing since singing is just as important.

29. Find new home for my too-small shoes.

Nope, but part of me is leaning toward Goodwill being their new home because it’ll be easy to get rid of them.

30. Participate in both Just Between Friends sales so I can get in early.

Fall Sale complete. I hardly made any money, but I did get in early and that was worth it. If I get my act together I’ll work on my Spring stuff ahead of time so I’m not in a rush the few days before.

31. Ditch DirecTV.

Done!

32. Make 1 completed quilt for Project Linus.

Nope.

33. Journal about my 33 by 33 along the way.

In progress!

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

October 1, 2012

I’ve mentioned making homemade coconut milk ice cream a few times and figured I would share the recipes (so you can enjoy it and so I can easily access it when I’m in need of a tasty treat). We’ve doubled the recipe and frozen the leftovers and it’s pretty good that way (and significantly cheaper than store bought coconut milk ice cream).

Coconut milk ice cream recipe:
Ingredients:
2 large whole eggs or 4 yolks
1/2 cup (or less) maple syrup or honey
2 cans full cat coconut milk
Directions:
Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl 1 to 2 minutes, until they are light and fluffy.
Whisk in the maple syrup (or honey) until well blended.  Pour in the coconut milk and whisk again to blend well.
Freeze according to ice cream machine instructions or place in a shallow dish in the freezer for several hours, stirring once an hour until frozen firmly.  Store in a covered airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks.  Shallow, wide containers are easier to scoop from.
Let the ice cream sit on the counter for a few minutes (or 30 in the freezer) to soften.
Recipe is from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook

I usually thrown in a bit of vanilla extract or 1/3 cup of coco powder for chocolate. We plan to try adding pineapple chunks and pineapple juice at some point (I’ll report back with results)

Without Cable

September 30, 2012

We ditched DirecTV after the Olympics were finished and have been pretty content without cable/satellite. We have an antenna so we get all of the network channels (plus some others) and our Roku gets us additional things like streaming Netflix (and we could get Hulu Plus if we want). It really wasn’t until this week that I missed having cable. Why? I missed DVR. NCIS and NCIS:LA premiered this past week and they’re the two shows that we consistently watch. Without a DVR we had the option of watching them live or pulling them up on the computer and watching through the TV. Because it was the season premier we opted to keep the boys up a bit late (for them) and watch it live. It wasn’t our best choice ever since both boys like to be in bed or winding down between 7:00 and 7:30. We ended up watching the season premier of NCIS over the boys fussing. On Friday we finally had the chance to watch NCIS:LA via the computer and it worked out much better. We’ll definitely be doing that from now on. We still had lots of interruptions, but with the computer we were able to stop the show and take care of whatever we needed.

And yes, if you look at the time of this post you’ll see that it’s 6:00 AM on a Sunday morning. I’m not up this early by my choice. Deuce decided that he needed to be up and playing so we’re hanging out downstairs while the big boys sleep to a more reasonable hour (you know, like 6:30).

Elderberry Tincture

September 26, 2012

I mentioned in one of my 33 by 33 updates that I had my first elderberry tincture steeping. I bought some dried elderberries about a month and a half ago and had them steeping in 100 proof vodka. I strained them yesterday and it was perfect timing. Elderberry tincture (or elderberry syrup) is great for shortening the length of a cold or the flu. I’ve had great success with elderberry lozenges that I bought at a local health food store, but there’s something satisfying about making my own “medicine”. Last night my allergies started to creep their way toward a cold and when I got in the kitchen this morning I warmed up some water, put in 1 teaspoon of the tincture and added some honey. Very tasty! Hopefully a few teaspoons today and tomorrow will prevent my allergies from turning into a cold.

Interested in reading more about elderberry tincture? This is the recipe I used: Elderberry Tincture

Murder She Wrote

September 25, 2012

I’ve been watching entirely too much Murder She Wrote lately. We’ve been cable-free since mid-July and have a digital antenna and Roku. When I need some background noise during the day I find myself turning on Murder She Wrote on Netflix streaming. It’s not the best TV show ever, but it’s not bad programming. It always makes me think of my dad; he liked Murder She Wrote. I remember him always saying, “If Jessica Fletcher ever came to town I would leave; someone always dies when she’s around.” The more shows I watch, the more I wonder why no one on the show has come to that conclusion.