Wednesday, August 29, 2012

16 Years Ago Today....

....Travis and I got married! I love ABC lists, and to commemorate our special day, I have compiled an Anniversary ABC list to remember our life together.

Here goes...

A- Adventure (lots and lots)
B- Brownies (with extra cc's and nuts)
C- Church (the foundation that holds it all together)
D- Deployments (been there done that, and hope to keep it that way)
E- Education (USC, GT, SJCME, and more to come)
F- Family (what life is all about- forever!)
G- Generous (to a fault)
H- Hens (your favorite girls)
I- I LOVE YOU (more)!!
J- Jokes (a necessary part of life)
K- Katy (Precious gift #3)
L- Lily (Precious gift #2)
M- Marathons (50 states... half's too)
N- Noah (Precious gift #1)
O- Overcome Obstacles (what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!)
P- Pets (dogs, cats, chickens)
Q- Quiet (Wish we had some)
R- Relocating (8 times... 10 if you count in- town moves)
S- Sense of humor (love yours)
T- Travel (love it and want more of it!)
U- Unforgettable (our life together)
V- Vacation (always looking forward to the next one)
W- Who is right? (Me!)
X- X-tra special moments (I cherish them all)
Y- Yummy food (food adventures)
Z- Zzzzzzzzz (What's that?)


I love you Travis!
Happy Anniversary!
XO

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Goodwill Score!



I hardly ever find anything at Goodwill, so I was really excited today when I found this bookcase for $12.95!  Oh, and it's solid wood too.  I have plans to distress the paint more and I'm sure I will rearrange the shelves 100 times before it looks just right.  But, I already love it the way it is and for now it's just fine!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Coconut Rice with Edamame





I love coconut and am always looking for coconut recipes.  I was excited to try my version of coconut rice with dinner tonight.  This recipe is versatile so you can adapt it to your personal taste.  We had chicken, coconut rice, and edamame.  The kids liked the rice by itself, but I mixed the edamame with it and thought that made it better.   Enjoy!


Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 tsp garlic,finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 small can of water chestnuts
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup edamame

Add olive oil to a large skillet.  When oil is hot, add onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes (you can always add more to turn up the heat.)  Cook for a minute or two.  Add rice and water chestnuts, stir to coat.  Add chicken stock, coconut milk and salt, bring to a boil.    Lower heat to a simmer; cover the pot.  Cook for 20 minutes.  Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.   Fluff with a fork, add edamame and lemon juice.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

100 Ways to be Kind to your Child

Tell to your child:
1. I love you.
2. love you no matter what.
3. I love you even when you are angry at me.
4. I love you even when I am angry with you.
5. I love you when you are far way.  My love for you can reach you wherever you are.
6. If I could pick any 4 year old (5 year old, 6 year old…) in the whole wide world, I’d pick you.
7. I love you to the moon and then around the stars and back again.
8. Thank you.
9. I enjoyed playing with you today.
10. My favorite part of the day was when I was with you and we were _______.

Tell them:
11. The story of their birth or adoption.
12. About how you cuddled them when they were a baby.
13. The story of how you chose their name.
14. A story about yourself when you were their age.
15. A story about how their grandparents met.
16. What your favorite color is.
17. That sometimes you struggle too.
18. That when you’re holding hands and you give three squeezes, it’s a secret code that means, “I love you”.
19. What the plan is.
20. What you’re doing right now.

Play:
21. Freeze Tag
22. Uno
23. Crazy 8s
24. Gin Rummy
25. Memory
26. Go Fish
27. I Spy- especially when you’re tired of driving and feel snappish
28. Catch

Pretend:
29. To catch their kiss and put it on your cheek.
30. That their tickle tank is empty and you have to fill it.
31. That their high five is so powerful it nearly knocks you over.
32. That you are super ticklish.
33. That you are explorers in the amazing new world of your backyard.
34. That it’s party day!  Decorate for no reason!

Try:
35. To get enough sleep.
36. To drink enough water.
37. To eat decent food.
38. Wearing earrings, or whatever makes you feel pretty.
39. Calling a friend the next time you feel like you are about to lose it with the kids.
40. Giving a gentle touch to show approval, rather than saying something.
41. Dancing in the kitchen.
42. To get your kids to bop to the music with you in the car.
43. Showing your kids that you can do a somersault or handstand or a cartwheel.
44. Keeping that sigh to yourself.  Just jump in and help clean up cheerfully.
45. Using a kind voice, even if you have to fake it.

Read:
46. A book of silly poems.
47. A book and then act it out. (Like “I’m going on a Bear Hunt”)
48. Your favorite childhood book to them.
49. When the afternoon is starting to go astray.
50. Outside under a tree.
51. In the library kids corner.
52. The comic book they love that you’re not so hot on.
53. About age appropriate behavior so you can keep your expectations realistic.

Listen:
54. To your child in the car.
55. To that Lego description, and think how important it is to your child.
56. For that question that indicates your child really needs your input.
57. One second longer than you think you have patience for.
58. For the feelings behind your child’s words.

Ask:
59. Why do you think that happens?
60. What do you think would happen if______?
61. How shall we find out?
62. What are you thinking about?
63. What was your favorite part of the day?
64. What do you think this tastes like?

Show:
65. Your child how to do something instead of banning them from it.
66. How to whistle with a blade of grass.
67. How to shuffle cards- make a bridge if you can!
68. How to cut food.
69. How to fold laundry.
70. How to look up information when you don’t know the answer.
71. Affection to your spouse.
72. That taking care of yourself is important.

Take Time:
73. To watch construction sites.
74. To look at the birds.
75. To allow your child to help you dump ingredients in the bowl.
76. To walk places together.
77. To dig in the dirt together.
78. To do a task at your child’s pace.
79. To just sit with you child while they play.

Trust:
80. That your child is capable.
81. That you are the right parent for your child.
82. That you are enough.
83. That you can do what is right for your family.
Delight your child:
84. Clean your child’s room as a surprise.
85. Put chocolate chips in the pancakes.
86. Put a love note in their lunch.
87. Make their snack into a smile face shape.
88. Make sounds effects while you help them do something.
89. Sit on the floor with them to play.

Let Go:
90. Of the guilt.
91. Of how you thought it was going to be.
92. Of your need to be right.

Give:
93. A look with Kind Eyes to your child.
94. A smile when your child walks into the room.
95. A kind touch back when your child touches you.
96. The chance to connect before you correct so that your child can actually hear your words.
97. Your child a chance to work out their frustrations before helping them.
98. A bath when the day feels long.
99. A hug.
100. You get to choose the next one!  What is your favorite way to be kind to your child?