Monday, April 30, 2012

April showers bring May flowers...





May is going to be a very busy month. This week has already started off very busy (and it's not even May yet!).

Every other Sunday my husband and our family visit a nursing home where my husband preaches and we visit with the residents. I really enjoy this time. As some of you know I have a special place in my heart for the elderly, so naturally I am excited to be a part of this ministry. On these particular Sunday's our family does not return home all day. We live about 30 minutes from our church and it is not practical to drive home to spend an hour or so just to drive back to church for the evening service. What this means for my family is that, mornings are crazy getting ready to be out all day and my children do not get a proper nap in the afternoon. Nonetheless we enjoy ourselves a great deal.

Today has been just as hectic as a regular Monday but just to add to the commotion my husband started a new job today and has been at work for 12 hours and is still not home. I am not complaining at all, but when my husband comes home from work it helps to break up my day and make it not so complicated. I sure do love that man.

This weekend my in laws are coming to town and will be here for a few days. I am thrilled to see them and so is my whole family. I would say that the hardest thing about living 10 hours away from our parents is the inconvenient drive between us. Before my parents were less than 10 minutes away from us and my in laws were only 20. They will arrive on Thursday night and head back on Monday morning. This is just the beginning of my crazy month.

Monday afternoon is a home school field trip to the Sea life Aquarium in Tempe, hosted by our church. It is going to be great fun. That same week my sister will be arriving at Sky Harbor on Friday morning where I will pick her up and spend the day with her and her fiance. Saturday afternoon my girls and I will be attending a Ladies Tea in honor of Mother's Day. Then we will be returning to the rest home on Sunday afternoon.

 

The following weekend I will be flying to Grand Junction to help my sister pick out her wedding dress, as I am the Matron of Honor in her wedding and it is only tradition that I am suppose to be there to help her with such an important decision. My parents are footing the bill to fly me there as a gift to my sister and I both. I can't wait to see my family but I will definitely miss my family that will still be here in Phoenix. I am sure it will be mutual. My husband is really great with the kids and I know they will be well cared for. This trip will conclude my crazy month ( I think...)

Having crazy times like these sure help to pass the time as I am waiting for baby #5 to get here, and looking forward to my sister's wedding in October.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Turning a quarter century



I had my birthday a couple days ago. And if you are wondering if I feel older, I have to say that just thinking that I am 25 makes me feel older. But as far as in my mind and body I don't feel like an old lady, because I am not. I am a spring chicken! Hahaha. I have memories from my childhood that seem like they were just yesterday.

Last Saturday my husband took me out for dinner for my birthday, with the kids in tow, of course. Some of our friends met up with us at a "family" restaurant called Buca Di Beppo's. Which is in fact NOT a family restaurant as far as I am concerned. The naked pictures on the walls were completely outrageous. I would not suggest that anyone go there.  ANYWAY... At the end of the night our friends treated us to ice cream at Coldstone Creamery, which has my favorite ice cream, cake batter! Once we were in the car to come home the kids asked if we were going to my birthday party now, HA, I had to explain that grown-ups don't always have birthday parties like kids have.

In the days leading up to my birthday I was blessed with so many cards and birthday wishes. I even found out that I will be an aunt for the FIRST time. My brother kept it a secret to surprise me for my birthday :) My mom sent me a gift in the mail and my in laws sent me a gift card and some cash to spend on myself! What a treat. On my actual birth day I spent my time with the kiddos and we had fun making play dough and watching movies. For dinner my husband made me a breakfast of Eggs Benedict and it was really delicious. Overall my day was great and I am grateful that I have so many people that love and care for me.




Friday, April 20, 2012

Make your own enchilada sauce in just 10 minutes

This is a yummy recipe, but you may need to tweek it a little for your own taste.

1/4 cup vegtable oil
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup or less chili powder

First heat oil, then stir in your flour and chili powder. Cook on medium heat until lightly browning being careful not to burn the flour.



1-8oz. can of tomato sauce 
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt/pepper
(adjust spices to taste)

Gradual stir in your remaining ingredients into your flour mixture and stir until it is smooth. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until just thickened. Now you have the perfect sauce to start your yummy mexican creations.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daughters



Last night our whole family went to have a sneak preview of our baby. It is funny that I always seem to have a notion of what I am having, whether a boy or girl, but my notions always turn out to be wrong. This time I was thinking I am for sure having a boy since we have 3 precious daughters already and just one son. And what do you know, there on the ultrasound, there it was, a sure sign that I was wrong once again. We are expecting a daughter! Another precious little girl! Of course I was overjoyed. I am so blessed of God to have these wonderful children! Oh and to think of all the grand babies I will get to enjoy...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

2 Hour Cinnamon Rolls


I wanted to share a recipe that I found for cinnamon rolls, that are not only quick but delicious. This recipe make 2 dozen (or less depending on the size you cut them) very yummy cinnamon rolls. Saving you about 3 hours!

Start with....
2 cups warm water (115-125 degrees)
4 tsp active dry yeast

Dissolve yeast in water for a couple of minutes and gather these items:

1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup cooking oil or shortening
7-8 cups of flour

After yeast is dissolved add in the sugar and salt and mix together. Then add in the eggs, oil, and 2 cups of flour. Beat until the mixture is smooth. Stir in 4 more cups of flour. Begin kneading dough. Use the last cup to finish kneading the dough on the counter. If your dough is sticky you will need to add more flour adding it in about 1/4 to a 1/2 cup at a time. Now let your dough rest for 20 minutes. It is ok to let it rest right there on the counter. You can cover it if you want but I don't.

Gather these items for the inside of your roll:
softened butter
cinnamon
sugar

Grease 2 13x9 pans with shortening.

Roll dough out into a rectangle about 30" long and 16" wide. Spread generously with soft butter then add desired amount of cinnamon ( I like a LOT) and sugar. Now roll up you rectangle starting at the long side. Cut your rolls out about 1" wide. You should end up with about 2 dozen. If you want to make them bigger you can cut them 2" wide. Place them into greased pans and put them in a warm spot to rise about 45 minutes. Again you can cover them if you want but I don't.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bake cinnamon rolls for about 25 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Then you can flip them out of the pan. Serve warm with your choice of icing. ENJOY!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's been a while...

There has been so much going on that I haven't had much time to blog. I have wanted to keep everyone up to date about what's going on with my little family but have been cheating by posting little blurbs on facebook. About 2 weeks ago I decided to take a break from facebook for the time being and get back to a more "simple" type of living. Instead of checking up on everyone via facebook and blurbing about what's happening here, I have decided to make this the place where curious minds can find out the latest.

FIRST...I'll catch you up on what has been going on with this pregnancy. I will be 18 weeks on Thursday, and my how time has just flown by. I have been feeling our little one move every day. And of course I am growing a little baby bump. I have been thinking more about names but haven't really thought of any that stick. My prediction is that we are having a boy, but we wont know for sure until we have an ultrasound at around 20 weeks. This is the first pregnancy out of 5 that I have a midwife and not an OB. I cannot even describe how different it is to have a midwife. I really enjoy my prenatal visits, and I learn a lot even though I have had 4 previous pregnancies. My midwives are really good at asking the right questions and then helping to find a solution. This may sound a bit crazy too, but I am planning my first home birth for baby #5 and am very comfortable with this decision, having had 4 other great deliveries in a hospital.

All of the kids are doing really great. A stomach bug has just passed through and was pretty nasty for the little people in my house. I was fortunate that my dear husband was home to help me out with laundry and sick little people, even during the night!
Guinevere is doing really well in kindergarten (when she wants to) and blows me away with her artistic abilities. She draws at least 10 pictures a day. The latest theme is heart people...not sure where she got that. But they are cute for sure. She also just learned how to tie her own shoes. She is not quite proficient at it, but she has the basics down. Guiny is a huge helper around the house with the kids and with chores.
Glory is doing just as amazing in preschool. She is the brightest little 3 year old. Oh and how she can be so caring of others. Many times she has sacrificed her things to make another of her siblings happy. It is wonderful to witness these moments of kindness.
Silas is a little bit of an antagonist and likes to stir up problems with his sisters. The other half of the time he is a very gentle and loving little boy. He has improved so much on his speech and I am now able to converse with him. It makes me smile just to think of his funny little voice saying such grown up things.
Hosanna is growing so fast! She now sleeps in a toddler bed in a room she shares with her brother. She loves books just as much as her other siblings do. She always wants to be the center of mom's attention. A lot of times she ends up sitting on the counter right next to me as I work on chores or in the kitchen. She does have quite the attitude but that does not surprise me as all of my girls had the same issue. Her little smile lights up the room and she is a blessing to her sisters and brother.

I have been so blessed of God with a wonderful family to take care of and love.

I will do my best to continue posting updates here. I am already working on some other blogs with great recipes for all sorts of yummy food, such as: 2 hour cinnamon rolls, homemade enchilada sauce, and doughnuts.