Thursday, October 27, 2011

#299 - The New Hats

After the girls made their sock monkeys, we've been on the lookout for sock monkey winter hats. We've seen them on people, but just not in stores. Last night we ran into Walgreens for something and we finally found some!
Anna got the sock monkey of course, but...... Holly chose the frog! :D
They drew these pics yesterday of them sportin' their new finds!

Ephesians 6:17
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;"

#298 - Making Old Fashioned Apple Butter

We go to church with the sweetest couple that makes apple butter every fall the old fashioned way.....

Over a fire!

They made it on Tuesday and started in the morning and let it simmer over the fire all day. They had some help from a few neighbors with the stirring. We got there right before it was finished, so we got to help with the canning process.

They add red hots for flavor and coloring.

Holly and Anna wiped the rims of the jars. Big time hands on lesson!

We took 3 jars home and we now officially have 2 1/8 jars left. :P

It's very good!
This is the view from their subdivision. It was a clear and gorgeous day!

Psalm 40:5
"Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#297 - Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

This weekend a friend of mine gave me the recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent! I was so excited that I had all of the ingredients except one. I bought the Lemi Shine at Wal-Mart for $2.96 (it was right beside the dishwashing soap.)
Here are the ingredients. 1 cup of Kosher Salt (I think you can use regular salt too.)2 cups Washing Soda
2 cups of Borax
The entire bottle of Lemi Shine.
Mix all of this together and voila ~ ready to use!
I poured some back into the Lemi Shine bottle to make it easier to pour into the dishwasher.
Another tip is to use vinegar in the rinse container in your dishwasher! I tried this last night and it works great and helps to clean your dishwasher also!
After making my laundry detergent and loving it, I'm going to try all kinds of homemade recipes now!

Here is the recipe again:
2 cups Washing Soda
2 cups Borax
1 cup Kosher salt
1 bottle of Lemi Shine

Jeremiah 2:22
"For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,
Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord GOD."

#296 - Trail Cam Update #4

We went over to check our trail cam a couple of nights ago and we got a few different critters this time!

A couple of coons!


A coyote!

It was so pretty with the trees all changing!

We have the trail cam a pretty good distance from the main road and have to hike down a huge hill. Which means we get to hike back up it on the way out! :P

Brian and the girls had moved the camera the last time we were over there. This time we moved it back because we hadn't gotten any good deer pics. The sisters. :)
Helping Brian test out the camera.
Pretty trees.

And the hill we get to journey back up! It was a nice afternoon and we finished the night with a visit to Papaw. We showed him some of the pics that we've captured on the trail cam and he loved seeing them!

Psalm 96:11-13
"Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
before the LORD.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

#294 - #295 - Co-op Cookout

The girls and I went over to my sister's last night and had a girls night! We had a lot of fun!
Today our homeschool co-op had it's annual family cookout. We had so much fun! The girls even got to do the paddle boats (by themselves:) in the river. The pics of that are on my cell phone, so I'll add them later on. The cookout was at a Christian camp near Lexington and it is really beautiful there.

Psalm 1:3
"He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper."

Friday, October 21, 2011

#291, #292, & #293 - The Past Few Days

We've had a busy, but non-eventful past few days. :)
Anna got a belated, but great birthday gift from her aunt that lives in Louisville. :o) Aunt Tracy gets all of the fun stuff the girls always LOVE! I've been wanting to buy a puzzle for a while and last night after church when we went to Wally World - I got one! We started out with a 500 piece and may eventually work up to a larger number. The four of us started on it this afternoon and after the girls and I went to get our hair trimmed we came back and finished it! Bring on the 1000 piece....maybe! We've also been switching out Holly's summer/winter clothes. Anna had already finished her closet a few nights ago. Everytime we do this I get sad, because it shows how quickly our girls are growing. There used to be about 8-10 totes of hand me down stuff of Anna's we'd save for Holly and now we are down to less than 3 totes. They are almost wearing some of the same stuff. Time, please slow down!!!

Psalm 40:8
"I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#290 - Another Round of Golf

After our homeschool co-op this afternoon we went to the Par 3 course and this time I got to join in on the fun!
We were able to warm up on a putting green before we played. I snapped a few pictures here because I didn't want to pack my camera around the course. Brian has been teaching the girls all kinds of tricks. :) Holly looks like a pro! Hehe!
We played on teams - Anna/Me and Holly/Brian. Holly and Brian beat us by 4 strokes. :) Anna and I were actually up for 2 holes, but we couldn't hold on for the win!!! It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to go back again!

Psalm 27:14
"Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!"

Monday, October 17, 2011

#289 - Trail Cam Update #3

After Brian and the girls got finished playing golf on Friday they ran over to the farm to get the pictures off of the trail cam. To their surprise there were 23 pictures this time! The last time we didn't get one single picture of a deer. :( But this time was a different story!
Out of the 23 pictures about 18 had deer in them!

Of course, these deer must know that they'll never be harmed by us. Or why else would they pose for our camera so much?!
Psalm 18:33
"He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

#287 & 288 - Golfing with Daddy

Brian took the girls golfing yesterday at the Par 3 course at Gibson Bay. They had a good time and remembered to get some pics for me. :)

Brian said that they did pretty good too!

They want to go back soon and I can't wait to join them.

While getting these pics off of his phone I came across this little gem of a photo: She is so funny!

2 Samuel 7:22
"Therefore You are great, O Lord GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

#286 - Sock Bun Results

Since Anna has been fixing Holly's hair so much, I asked her to help me straighten mine with the Chi the other night. I helped her get started and then she did the rest. When I usually try to do it (which isn't very often:), it takes over an hour! So it was nice to have some help! That night I did the sock bun curling method.
To sum it up - we straightened my curly hair, just so I could re-curl it. :)
Here is the results! It looked very different. It's nice to have a change occasionally, but I'm ready for my mousse and spritz!

Psalm 40:5
"Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered."

#285 - The Painting of Papaw's Pond

Anna finished Papaw's watercolor painting! She took two different pictures that I had taken of him and his pond and combined them to paint this:

We took it over to Hobby Lobby to have it framed this afternoon and then took it by to surprise him. He loved it! Anna was pointing out what details she had put on there. :)
This makes my heart smile. :D
And there just so happened to be a spare nail on the wall in his room that was strong enough to hold his painting.......temporarily, until he gets home!
Loved this one! :)

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

#284 - Queenie

Our neighbor's dog, Queenie, has almost become our dog. :) She stays at our house more than she does anywhere else. Most of the time that is okay with us, but when she barks beside our bedroom window at 3:00 a.m. she is welcome to go back home. :)
I was searching for a picture earlier and found this one that I took of Queenie a few years ago :

She really is a sweet and very smart dog.
Sunday when the girls and I were having our photoshoot, she just couldn't stay away! I don't think she could believe that we'd be outside and not paying her any attention. The nerve we had. :) I finally just started snapping away with her in some of them.

Psalm 148:1
"Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!"

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