Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Out of the Mouth of Babes...

Have you ever wondered what runs through a child's mind while carrying on a conversartion with an adult? It's true that they say some of the cutest things, and sometimes you're never quite sure what can happen.

Take for instance this dialog between a junior church worker and the three year old little girl she was helping wash her hands in the church bathroom on Sunday morning:

Worker: I like your new hair cut. (Little girl smiles at herself in the mirror) When did you get it cut?

Little Girl: Mommy cut it in the back.

Her head swivels back and forth in the mirror as she checks out that new hair cut.

I catch her eye in the mirror and she turns to see me washing my hands like her. She smiles and I smile back.

Worker: No, I mean, WHEN did you get it cut.

She turns back to the mirror and her darling little face puckers in thought. I dry my hands slowly, anticipating her answer.

Little Girl: In the kitchen.

I huff a laugh as I turn to go. And we'll just leave it at that, I say as I head out the door.

The following day as I was busy preparing dinner, my four year old came to me with quite the problem:

Four Year Old: Mommy, the game won't work on the tabwet.

Since we'd been having this problem all day my answer came automatically...

Me: I know and I'm so sorry but that tablet is pretty old. Some games are just too new to play on it.

He makes an "icky" face at me while I continue:

Me: Do you know when I bought that tablet? I continue after he shakes his head no. I bought that tablet when you were in Mommy's tummy.

It dawns on me at this point that I'm beginning to enter uncharted and dangerous waters if I'm not careful. By the confused look on his face, he is really having a hard time grasping his four year old self in mommy's tummy.

He points to his tummy.

Four Year Old: In this tummy?

Me: You were in MY tummy and you were much smaller then.

I steer the conversation into safer waters (or so I thought) just as the word How? comes out of his little mouth.

Me: Then we went to the hospital where you came out, then we brought you home...

I trail off this line of explanation when again his little nose scrunches in confusion, and I realize I'm now swimming with sharks in these uncharted waters.

Drawing an imaginary line from his stomach up and out his mouth he questions...

Four Year Old: I came out your mouth?

AAAaaannnddd that was enough of that conversation. Back to the problem with the "tabwet".

Those little kiddos...you just never know what is going through their minds or where a conversation with one might lead. Have you been privy to any interesting conversaton with a little one recently? Do share in the fun!

Simply Keepin' It Real,

Monday, July 16, 2018

Today's Headline...

WANTED: Overthinking teacher seeking inspiration for project ideas. 

For the last several days I've been busy scheduling a semesters worth of classes and projects, re-vamping each classes syllabus,  planning bulletin boards, organizing Box Top/Coke Code promotional material...my dining room table looks like a windstorm swept through our house.
I'm even lacking inspiration for writing here on my blog. Eating low carb/keto has become more miss than hit...a direct result of our lazy summer schedule. In all honesty, I can only handle this "anything goes" for just so long. I'm the more this is the schedule and I'm sticking to it kind of girl.

It's not like there hasn't been anything going on...not in this house and not with three kids.

Let's see, my oldest slid on the trampoline the other day and fell into the padded pole, puncturing his lip with his front two teeth. And when I say puncture, I mean they went all the way through...blood everywhere...

I'm gonna' stop right there. We tease him that it looks like he's pouting.

Then there's the fact I went for my three month lab work to test my thyroid levels on this new medicine, and ended up leaving because the waiting room was so full there were no seats available. The second attempt was more successful and I'm happy to say that my levels are fabulous...and after almost a month on the blood pressure medicine, I feel so much better!!

The good days are more than the bad days, and I am so thankful!

I also visited my chiropractor...a must after the whiplash inducing roller coaster last week. He popped my neck, my back and my toes. Yay!

But as for the inspiration, my thoughts are scattered and not coherent enough to put down on paper. I think the piles of textbooks around my house add to the clutter of my mind.

Any suggestions? What do you do when you are looking for creativity or just a way to organize your thoughts?

Simply Seeking,

Thursday, July 12, 2018

To Coaster or Not to Coaster...

Please excuse my absence. I had all intentions of sitting down and sharing photos with you on Wednesday, but ended up trying to recover from our trip to Six Flags the day before. In all that roller coaster riding I learned something about myself and my kiddos.

I'll start with the kids first. This is us in line to get on our first ride of the day, The Georgia Scorcher...
As you can tell from my son's face, he wasn't too sure about this. My two babies had never ridden a roller coaster before and we were breaking them in on one of the best. It's kind of like You don't know how to swim? We'll throw you in. It's sink or swim.

It was as good as I remembered...only one slight problem: my motion sickness was back.

We headed off to our second coaster and my son cried and cried as we waited to start up the track. I kept thinking This is going to be a LONG day. But by the third time riding it (his choice), he was all smiles...
...and I was out for the day. So sad! I absolutely love a good roller coaster!! But when you weigh the options of either passing out or enjoy the view from the ground below, I went with the second.

And this little guy conquered his fear by riding in the front with Daddy...
We are so very proud of him...

After riding the tallest and fastest coaster in the park (aptly named Goliath), my daughter decided the kiddie roller coasters were more her speed. She even talked her brother into riding one with her...
...although he did say it was rather lame after the Big Kid coasters he'd been riding all day.

As for the memories, both good and bad? They were priceless...
Simply Being Family,

Friday, July 6, 2018

Keto Sausage Balls...

Have you ever tried a recipe where it wasn't necessarily an epic fail, but they turned out a wee bit different than the picture?

Oo, Oo...that's me!! (I'm waving my hand in the air in case you couldn't see it.)

I tried a new recipe today and it was super easy and it still tasted great. But I must prepare you...the picture I took of my finished product is laughable.

Go ahead...it's ok to laugh. I did when I pulled them out of the oven.

You see, I completely forgot to add the 8 oz. of cheddar cheese. So while they were still piping hot, I slice them each down the middle and sprinkled shredded cheddar cheese on the inside.

The finished result? They look like miniature heads with hair...

BUT--they are delicious. I'm sure they are even better with the cheese mixed in. AND--they were a HUGE hit with my kids...and me!

So for now I will post this "glorious" finished product. After all, this blog is not for the Food Network or anything. It's simply about wonderful things that happen to an average wife and mom, whether they be successes or failures.

Are you ready for the big reveal now? If you try them (which I hope you will!), come back and let me know what you thought. And as a reminder: Don't Forget the Cheese!!

Keto Sausage Balls

What You Will Need:
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (do NOT brown)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 8 oz. Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup grated parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp Butter (or coconut oil)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
What You Will Do:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined. I used my hands.
  • Using a cookie scoop and your hands, roll the sausage mixture into 20-25 sausage balls.
  • Place the sausage balls on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes.
  • Store in a sandwich bag or covered bowl in the fridge.
Overall the net carb is 1 gram per ball. For complete nutritional information and printable recipe, go to Keto Size Me.

Simply Delighted with the Results, 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thankfully, it's Thursday....

My nephews and niece have come over to have a sleepover with my kiddos tonight. Our family has grown from five to nine...in just a matter of minutes. And with the ratio of six boys to three girls, I'm feeling a bit outnumbered....especially after listening to the boys hoot and holler over a basketball game in the living room, and the girls squealing over Shopkins in one of the bedrooms.

Our house is not short on noise this evening, but we are short on pizza...
And here I thought four large, three topping pizzas would be enough for us tonight.

Apparently they were hungrier than I thought...and no, this is not a Keto night. Come to think of it, it hasn't been a Keto week for that matter. I mean, seriously...who could pass up wedding cake at my parent's anniversary party?

But we are starting back...Saturday.

I'd say tomorrow, but it's Family Night at my parents and since all the family (including my sister and her family) will be gathering together, we do NOT do "healthy" food.

So I will eat one more cookie tonight and probably a few more tomorrow before once again starting back. There are new recipes to try and the same inches to lose all over again.

I won't say pounds, because my scale and I have not been on speaking terms for quite some time.

Happy Thursday, Y'all!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day...

As we sit down today to good food, fellowhip, and fireworks,
may we reflect on the glorious history of our great nation.

Over two hundred years ago, our forefathers of the Second Continental Congress
met in Philadelphia and voted (12 out of the 13 colonies) to sign one of the 
most significant documents in history: the Declaration of Independence.
They believed that "all men are created equal"...and are "endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life,
LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness..."

May we never forget the sacrifice of these great men 
(many if not all were branded traitors), their vision of freedom for this amazing 
country, and the thousands who have fought that she may remain free

Happy 242nd birthday, America!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Thoughts of School...

Six weeks from today Teacher In-Service starts. And if that's not a crazy enough stat for you here's another one: a brand new school year starts in seven weeks.

I'm going back to bed.

For the summer my rule of thumb has always been that the month of June is spent solely working on little projects around the house. Once VBS/Missions Conference are over with there's one more week to finish up anything I missed before July rolls around.

In July I begin brainstorming new project ideas, typing up a new syllabus for each class, starting lesson plans...reviving the creative juices I've let lay dormant for a month.

August is for getting uniforms and school supplies ready for the kiddos.

Oh how fast the summer is flying by!

So as I sit down to start working on classes, I wanted to send out a request. You see I've taken over being the coordinator for collecting Box Tops and My Coke Rewards for our school. Through these programs we've been able to earn extra money for our teachers to buy resources for their classrooms. This year some of the other teachers and I have come up with some awesome contests (with GREAT prizes) as a way for our students to get excited about bringing in Box Tops and Coke codes.

So here's where you come in...first of all I'm needing Clorox containers (like the one pictured below) and large coffee cans to make collection bins for each of the classrooms...
I'm also collecting the empty containers that Box Tops come on to make a display for our Parent/Teacher Meeting the night before school starts and a bulletin board for the hallway. Here's what I have so far...
But I need LOTS more!

Lastly, could you help me by cutting Box Tops and collecting Coke product codes for our school? If you don't have a child in our Academy, I will gladly accept them for my 11th and 12th homeroom. You can either bring them (or mail them) to me; or, in the case of the Coke codes, you could snap a photo of the code, send me the pic, and I will add it to our account. For my contact information click HERE to send me a private message.

Thanks so much!