(This is our family Nativity with all the grand kids minus one....It is in utero so it's not expected to attend until next year....That one automatically get the role of Baby Jesus!)
This year has flown by so fast....As a kid I can remember wishing for Christmas-time to come!!! As a parent I am excited for my kids but totally over welled with the process of buying the gifts and the hardest part is finding places to hit the treasure I have purchased.....My older kids know whatever they find I will take back! So just that thought is scary for them.
I am working on a family letter but still haven't found my stationary to print it on :( So needless to say our letter may be posted on Facebook and my blog! I still love getting Christmas cards in the mail so if you want to send me one go right ahead. So until I post again....which might be after Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Our Cousins came to visit from California and we had our annual Christmas Nativity picture taken....Then the kids got to go to the Zoo. My children had a blast with their cousins...Especially Miss Ella who stayed attached to Kate the whole day!!! We sure love them and wish they could come to visit all the time!
Every year the Goodman's have a reunion known as the "Family Foot Rodeo". The activities of the day include: Three Legged Race, Egg Toss, Horse Relay Race (using stick horses) and the Magic Carpet ride....This is when a person sits on a carpet and is pulled by an ATV.
We had a blast with our kids and will be back for some more action next year!
After 3+ years of searching for my recipe....I found the same recipe in a different cookbook. This recipe is for perfect cookies. The M&M's are interchangeable with Cho. Chips or any other type of candies. Here it goes....
1 C. Shortening/ Butter flavored Crisco 1 C. Brown Sugar 3/4 C. White Sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla 1/2 tsp. Water 2 eggs
Blend all together Sift all dry ingredients together and then mix with the wet. 2 C. Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 tsp. Salt.
Blend all ingredients and Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes( this time depends on elevation and your oven)
September flew by...Things that happened where broken finger, birthday, orchestra, midterms and finals.
Well Grant broke his finger on the 13th of Sept. in his second wrestling match of the season. So he was benched...but we let him wrestle in the district tournment on Oct. 2nd.
On the 23rd of this month, I turned 36 and feeling better than ever. I thought when I hit the higher ages I would feel like crap. But I feel the same as I did at 35....SO It isn't so bad.
I am still going to school....Don't know when I will be finished. I had midterm in my Jazz class and I got a B on the test. My finals I got A in Children's Lit and B in History 103. So my grades are getting better. Next semester will be Sign Language 201 and Math. Mathew has joined orchestra and is playing the bass. He also joined Choir at school. So for a 4th grader he is trying to be as involved at school as possible. Ella is loving Mr. Curry's class. She is learning so many new songs and the cutest thing is that she is teaching them to Anna.
Anna is loving preschool and she is slowing coming out of her shyness. So it is wonderful that she is growing both physically and emotionally.
Caroline....well what can I say....She finds trouble around every corner. At least once a week, she gets into huge messes or destroys something. Now that the weather is nice she would live outside if I let her. One minute she's a menace and the next so stinking cute....SO she does get her way quite a bit.
Forrest is one class away from graduating...Hopefully we can get it done by christmas. But we are very excited about it!!!!
Happening on the Homestead include: Breeding Rabbits, Buying Baby Chicks, and planting our Fall garden. We really want to by a goat but we aren't sure how much space it would take up in the yard. So that idea is still on the back burner for now.
We will keep you updated on the happening at our house....Bye for now!
8 boneless chicken breast 1 jar of apricot preserves 1 envelope of Lipton soup mix and 1 8oz bottle of Italian dressing
Cook at 350 for 1 hour.
I am changing this recipe and cooking in the crock pot for 8hours on low. So we will see how it goes. With my chicken I will be serving over rice with a green salad. Will keep all posted on how the family likes it!
My happenings today include cleaning the house, pack night for cub scouts, and trying to read a book for my Children's lit. Class. We will see how far I get with it all!
Have a blessed day! Jodi
**** Update on Recipe**** Family loved it! Even my picky eater!!!!
For Caroline's 2nd birthday....Grandma B bought her a swimming pool. The little girls have loved it they play in it almost everyday. Since school has started it has been less. But everytime they go in it Caroline freaks and starts screaming with joy.
A few nights ago...Ella woke up and had a bad dream. So being the awesome mom that I am I told to go watch T.V. and she would be okay. So needless to say she must have had a good time watching late night T.V. ! We aren't sure how long she slept like this but she was happy in the morning.
On this Saturday July 3rd, I am teaching a class for Whole Wheat Bread....I am a little scared! I feel that a lot of people think of me as this thrifty, tidy, super homemaker. But I am not. I have my moments of greatness and also moments of defeat. I enjoy baking and trying new experiments when it comes to food. I sometimes feel so inadequate to be teaching these women about food storage and how to cook! But wish me luck on my venture of teaching.... Took a new photo of the kids today!!! What do you think....
1 1/4 cup warm water 1 Tbsp active dry yeast 1/4 cup honey or 1/3 cup sugar 2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (or whatever combination white/wheat you like I use 100% hard white wheat) 1/4 cup wheat gluten 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp nonfat non instant dry milk 1 Tbsp butter/margarine/oil 1 Tbsp vinegar1/4 cup potato flakes (NOT potato pearls)
Mix ingredients in order listed in mixing bowl of mixer with dough hook attachment (like kitchen-aid) for 12-15 minutes. Let rise until double, 1- 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, and shape into loaf or rolls. Let rise again until double and bake 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and sounds hollow when lightly tapped.If you are making this recipe in a bread machine, follow your bread machine’s directions for wheat or whole grain selection and add the ingredients in the order listed for their recommendations. (only one loaf will fit in a bread maker) If using a Bosch cut the mix time down to 6 minutes!
In my ward the Relief Society asked me if I would start teaching what I know about Food Storage...My favorite Website that I get my recipes and ideas from is www. everydayfoodstorage.net. Crystal posted a really good video about foodstorage and how to start! Here is the link you should check it out. Plus she also has a pdf file that you can download! http://everydayfoodstorage.net/
About 3 months ago...we downsized our flock of chickens. Forrest has been working on a chicken tractor for our backyard. If you don't know what a chicken tractor is...it is a portable coop that is on wheels that can be moved all over the yard. The brilliant hubby that I have came up with the coolest design! The coop is a long rectangle and has wheels on the back and then he cut up part of a bicycle and mounted to the front. So we use the handle bars to steer the coop around the yard.
Well I came out to move the coop and this is what I found......
Caroline had taken it upon herself to give it a shot. She was trying to help out with the chores on the homestead.
Since the beginning of September of 2009, Anna has been attending a Joy School with other kids from our church. All the moms would rotate teaching twice a week. So for me I taught one week a month. Anna loved it! She really came out of her shy shell......met great little friends and I got a nice break twice a week for 3 weeks at a time. We had all the families over for graduation in our front yard a few weeks ago. Each family brought something for the potluck...One mom made the cute graduation hats and Forrest made the diplomas.
Here are the kids with their diplomas and hats! Forrest was the MC for graduation night!
Here is Anna walking down the isle to get her diploma.
Anna with her classmates!
Here are some of the families enjoying the meal before the ceremonies!
Boy oh Boy the month has flewn by here are some snip its of what happen this month....
Made my first pink baseball cake!
Ella finish her second year of T-ball.
Anna got her first tropy ever...and finished 1st year of T-ball!!!
Mathew got more awards at school!
After 9 months of work his class finally got the revolving math trophy...So I had to bring cake and drinks since Forrest promised it to the class! We told them this promise in September and now we had to deliver.
Ohhh the waiting....he was up at 5:00am to open the presents...but we made him go back to bed! Aren't we mean parents...
Forrest made a Death Star cake for Mathew....if you don't know what that is it is the planet thing from Star Wars.
He really enjoyed his dinosaur wood puzzles! He had them put together by the end of the day!
Over all Mathew had a great birthday...he got his very own fish aquarium for his room along with all the accessories. Then he also got to go out to the movies with his best friend and see the Shrek movie. Happy Birthday Mathew....We love you!
Well for the last few weeks, Forrest and I have been attending a Family History Class. We are learning how to find people and how to get them all set up for Temple Ordinances. It has been very interesting and any time I go to class. I always think about my grandparents and how I have been holding up their eternal progression. I have everything set up to get them sealed...but haven't done it yet. So last week we got our temple recommends renewed and I am setting a tentative date for 1st weekend in June. I just need to talk to my mom and see if she can make it on that weekend.
Other happenings around our house is that baseball is done! Now we just have another week until school is done.....Hooray!!!! I am solooking forward to sleeping in and not having to keep a tight schedule for the kids. Our only commitments for the summer are...Scout camp...Day camp... possible a trip to Eagar....and lots of swimming lessons!!! I might be taking a class over the summer but not really sure about that yet.
My garden is growing....but to me it feels so slow...Here are some pic's of the garden about 2 weeks ago. It has grown some since then I have a ton of tomatoes but nothing is red yet. So hopefully this nasty hot weather will help with that!
This is my bed of Yellow Squash...by next week I should be eating some of it. This is my tomato bed...I never got a chance to cage them so they are wild and we will see how it grows. The things in the back ground are my compost bins. For those who live in Mesa, You can order them through the city for $5.00 bucks each.
The garden bed that is closer in the photo has eggplant and cucumbers in it. The bed that is farther away has herbs in it....Basil, oregano,lavender, mint and stevia.
Well this a glimpse into whats happening on the homestead for the week of May 19Th. Hopefully next week I show off my backyard and what it is looking like since we have downsize the chicken coop and added a garden and shed.