Sunday, June 24, 2007

Do I?

Do I look cute enought to get out of trouble because I've learned how to escape my crib?

The Songs Won't Go Away

I'm so addicted to the Backyardigans (thanks a lot, Coleen!). I think if I sliced all the songs together and danced to them, I'd have a cute and fun workout, lol. Liesie thinks she's Uniqua and just about has the songs down pat, too.

Menu Plan Monday

It's going to be a little lazy on the dinner front, since we're leaving next week for 2 weeks of family bonding.

Saturday- Manicotti, French bread, and salad, lemon sheet cake

Sunday- Ranch chicken, mashed potatoes

Monday- Beef stirfry

Tuesday-Kielbasa, au gratin potatoes

Wednesday- Salisbury steaks, corn, rolls

Thursday- Soup

Friday- Homemade pizza

Go check out Laura's blog for more tasty treats!


Our bishop's daughters put on several summer camps, one of which being an acting camp. At the end of the week, they put on a little play. This year they did "Holka Polka" and Caleb was a wizard (Grandolt) and Mischa was a fairy (it has gnomes instead of fairies in the script). In the play, Prince Charming is put under a sleeping spell, and the fairies decide to take back the witches' magic. The witches decide that they need some positive PR to help them keep their magic, so they send the sweetest witch (Brenda) to break the spell. Along the way, Brenda meets up with the Big Bad Wolf (Mr. Fuzzy), Cindy No Shoes (Cinderella), Pinocchio, and Humpty Dumpty. She learns that image isn't everything and everything isn't what it seems. In the end, the mystery is solved (never trust a fairy godmother) and the witches get to keep their magic. It was a really cute play, and not bad with only a few days of work. We're already looking forward to next year!

A Little Friend

This little blue jay fledgling appeared outside of our window a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the next day he ended up on our concrete front porch and I think got too hot and stressed there : ( I did get to see one neat thing, other than this cutie, though. I first noticed him because of his parents flying around the yard. When I saw him on the ground, I was worried, since our neighbour's cat roams loose. I didn't need to worry, though. A little while later, a flurry of birds caught my eye. Just as I feared, the cat was in our yard, but he was being chased out, not only by this little guy's parents, but by 2 male cardinals, a male towhee, and 2
male house finches. Those birds hung around for several hours.

I Got Sticks!

2007 Space Derby Champion

Caleb and his winning rocket.

Ready to Explode

This is the cake I did for Caleb's class party. The one I did for the Blue and Gold banquet was a little different- not made of styrofoam and fondant like this one.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Saturday- Hotdogs, chips

Tuesday- Spaghetti, French bread

Wednesday- leftovers

Thursday- BBQ pork sandwiches, corn on the cob

Friday- Homemade pizza
Be sure to visit Laura for more yummy ideas!

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Yesterday was my birthday and I officially entered the middle-aged category. When I was younger (like in college), for some reason, I always skipped over this milestone when thinking of my future. I went straight to "old" (read:40). As I was lying in bed yesterday morning, I realized that 40 didn't seem so old. It's only 5 years away, and 30 to 35 wasn't that big of a deal. 50 doesn't even seem that old. I guess it helps that my parents are in their 60's and very active still. In high school, I always thought of myself going back to work, or being PTA president or something like that, since my kids would be in school and I'd have my days free. If I had only 2 kids like I planned in high school, I could be doing either of those things, but I guess with 4 kids, I'm doing pretty good being halfway there. Of course, I could hope to take after my grandmothers, both of whom are in their 90's. That way, I have another 10 years to go before I hit middle-age. Positive thinking does wonders!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Saturday- Birthday party at Chuck E. Cheeses, so leftovers for dinner
Sunday- Roast pork loin, sauerkraut with brown sugar, Italian roast potatoes
Monday-Italian pork hoagies, chips
Tuesday- Potato pizza, salad
Wednesday- Happy birthday to me- no cooking tonight!

Thursday- Ranch chicken, corn, rolls
Friday- Homemade pizza
Check out more yummy things at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

63 Years Ago


Sixty-three years ago on this day allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in what is still, to this day, the largest seaborne invasion in the history of the world. Just a little historical oddity, but the name for the overall operation to retake Western Europe from Hitler's Nazis was Operation Overlord. The name for the actual June 6th invasion of Normandy was Operation Neptune. Neptune began on June 6, 1944, and ended 24 days later on June 30th. The allied forces suffered about 10,000 causalities on D-Day. About 2500 of those casualties were deaths. The U.S. forces casualty figure was 6,603, inducing 1,465 dead, 3,184 wounded, 1928 missing and 26 captured.

President Roosevelt's Prayer in his radio address:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
Almighty God: our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day without rest - until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a countenance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen. Pres. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, June 6, 1944

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

I haven't done a Menu Plan Monday for a few weeks, seeing as Mondays have been crazy lately, then I ran across a blog (hi Annie!) I read on weekends, and duh duh DUH they had their menu already posted. So, I'm going to write my menu, save it, then hunt down the picture on Monday, since it's not on my new computer.

Saturday- BBQ kielbasa, au gratin potatoes

Sunday- Gyro Burgers, tater tots

Monday- Roast chicken, green beans

Tuesday-Pigs in a blanket, chips

Wednesday- Chicken and rice, corn

Thursday- Lemon chicken with angel hair pasta, salad

Friday- Homemade Pizza

For more yummy ideas, go to I'm an Organizing Junkie