I've been enjoying this random blog I found via pinterest. It brings back so many memories...the toys, the foods, the tv shows, the games, the famous people, from my childhood...it's such fun!
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I'm getting ready to send out my jams for the Jam Exchange tomorrow! I got them all pretty and ready to go, photos to come soon! I've also canned some lovely Western slope peaches, tonight I'm doing pear butter and this weekend Charlie and I are doing salsa together (we've got 30lbs of farm fresh roma tomatoes coming in!). Where have I been on this? Seriously, it's so satisfying. Anyone have any other excellent canning recipes/favorites I should try before all the beautiful produce disappears?
3. School Time
We are in our 4th week of school now, which is such an odd feeling this week as public schools return to classes this week. Things are going along very nicely, I've seen so much improvement in F with the things she struggled with a lot last year (this week she got a 100 on both her math test AND her spelling test - I was beyond thrilled, probably more excited even than she was!). We are falling into a great routine, but still have some flexibility, which is wonderful. Charlie was home quite a bit last week (due to HIS terrible case of strep), and it was such a touching compliment at the end when he told me how happy he is with the way things are going, since he had been here to overhear our regular daytime schedule.
4. Book Swap
I joined Paperback Swap and just ordered two books I've been wishing for. However, I've noticed there is quite a wait to get most of the other books I'd like, unless I want to trade my awesome books for trashy romance novels (which I don't). Does anyone have any experience with this stuff? I'd love to hear if it's really worth it long term, if you like good books (not trash novels).
5. More Food Chat
Just recently I read a post on Mama Nash about Stonyfield baby yogurt (one of my favorite first foods for my little ones) and Greek yogurt. In the comment section, I lamented the fact that I couldn't get my favorite brand of Greek yogurt here in small town Wyoming - Greek Gods. Well, that post encouraged me to check out another brand at the store and...LO AND BEHOLD! They had stocked Greek Gods brand for the first time! I was SO excited. We just finished up two cartons this morning at breakfast... (I always get the big ones, those individual cups don't work for our family, I'd have to spend my whole food budget on yogurt!) Also, is there anything better than Summer fruit? I submit there is not. Every time we finish a watermelon, I'm afraid that it's my last succulent bite for months.
We got this in the mail as a surprise the other day, from a friend (former student Charlie worked with in FOCUS) who is stationed in Afghanistan with the Air Force. We are so thankful and felt really blessed! We can't wait to find the perfect spot for it!
"This American flag is presented to The Charlie (Last Name) Family. This is to certify that on July 4th, 2011, the 963d Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron flew this American Flag through hostile skies over Afghanistan on an Operation ENDURING FREEDOM combat mission. This Flag represents our dedication and steadfast devotion to defending the principles of the United States of America demonstrated daily by Airmen who serve our country with honor and pride."Awesome. And what a great opportunity to teach the children and be thankful ourselves.
Surely I am not the only one who deals with ever-multiplying piles and stacks of colored pages and "art" by my children. Paintings, very intentional drawings, lovely little crafts - thing like that, I can find a way to display. They are beautiful treasures that I certainly want to keep and remember my children by.
On the other hand, what about the color pages and random drawings that they think are treasures? I used to think I had a handle on this, but lately I haven't. They're too observant and emotional - if I throw them out there is a complete heart-broken melt down! I have to be stealthy, but I have guilt as I dump tons of recyclable papers into the dumpster! And if I remove WHOLE piles all at once - these "gifts" to me and these treasured pieces of art, they notice!!! ("Mama, where is that x that I made for you?!" AHHHH!) I love my children and I LOVE their art - but my desk is starting to be overrun by color pages and papers. Well, so is the bottom shelf in the school room....and the recycling bag...and Felicity's shelf on her bed....and little stashes everywhere. I'm drowning in lovely art work that needs to go to the dump!
For more quick takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary!