Monday, July 20, 2009

Snickerdoodle Dayze


Summer tyme is a time for many favorites!

favorite foods

favorite activities

favorite colors


did i mention favorite foods? i love summer time foods!

watermelon

sweet corm

bbq

fresh veggies

and especially anything COLD! like otter pops & ice cream sandwhiches! MMMmmm My favorite ALL YEAR LONG cookie is the snickerdoodle! I love making them any time of the year for my family but in the summer... just add a scoop of icecream inbetween two of these soft yummies and you have yourself a delish treat for those HOT summer days!



What is your 'FAVORITE' of summer?



ENJOY:

Snickerdoodles
Cream: 1 1/2 cup sugar & 1 cup shortening
Add: 2 eggs & 1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir In:
2 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt

Roll into balls approx. 1 1/2" - turn balls in cinnamon sugar
Bake 400° 8-10 minutes
cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to paper bag/cooling rack to cool completely.

I don't know...


Drake asked me a question today.
"Mom, why does a mosquito bite itch?"

I had no idea.

this got me to thinking.
my kids are going to have questions! am i going to know what answers to give them? the correct answers!
i do not have all the answers i want to have them, especially as a Mother.

That kinda makes me nervous.

Now mind you... I don't think the salvation of my children or myself for that matter, lies on wether or not i know why a mosquito bite itches, but wether or not i am a good Mother does matter.

There is no job that compares to a Mothers.

I want to be a good teacher. or at least one that guides my children in the right direction.

There is so much that my children need to learn, and if they don't learn it from me... will they learn it correctly?

I want to be able to teach them discipline
They need to know the importance of being a hard worker
I want them to know of the importance of achieving goals.
They certainly need to know the value of money.
I want them to know that education is important.
It is vital to me that my children are good citizens. That they contribute to their country & communities that they live in.
It is also very important that my children are polite & that they have good manners. I want them to see and recognize all that is done for them by all those around them.
I want them to be Thankful!

They need to be honest
It is important that they have faith
I want them to learn how to be healthy. Eating & Exercise & to respect their bodies they have been blessed with.
This life sometimes brings dissapointment. How do i teach them to handle disapointment well?
Life also brings change. Change can sometimes be hard to accept, but it is a given. How do i teach them to deal with those changes that life will bring to them?



The list goes on and on...

it can be so overwhelming!


I've always been told to teach by example. I am doing my very best to live the best life i know how, but I sometimes feel that i am falling short in so many ways. I am trying to teach by example, but sometimes it doesn't seem to be enough.

Especially now that i have been given such an amazing chance to be a Mother Figure to 2 more beautiful babies that i love very much, and that i don't want to let down or disappoint.
I don't want to disappoint my children
I don't want to disappoint my parents
I don't want to disappoint my Heavenly Father-with this great responisbility He has given me.
&

I certainly don't want to disappoint myself.

Being a Mother is so important to me. My greatest dream is to have my children be successful little human beings. The thought that-it is up to me... it is a little frightening to say the least.

I don't know all the answers. I trip... a lot. How can that make me a good Mother? a good Companion?

I can only hope that the love i have for them & can show them every day - just might make up for my short comings. That is for certain.


i love them.

I thank God for all those who have taught me & who are teaching me in my own life.

Thank you friends for being my Rocks!

I don' tknow it all... but i will certainly do my very best.
What are some of the things that you have learned being a PARENT?
Did it help you to be a better PARENT?


BTW...

Why do mosquito bites itch?


Mosquitoes are a bit like flying syringes. Their large needle nose, called a proboscis, is ideal for quickly landing on a victim, withdrawing a bit of blood and then taking off for the next target. You may not notice a mosquito bite initially, but within an hour or two after a bite, you may have raised red bumps from mosquito bites that itch like crazy.
When a mosquito bites, she leaves behind saliva. In fact, the saliva present in mosquito bites serves the mosquito well, since it works as an anti-coagulant. These means the mosquito can quickly draw blood without catching your attention.
The saliva injected when a mosquito bites causes our bodies to produce a histamine response. We have a slight allergy response, and thus our skin around the bite area gets itchy. This can actually be a good thing, even if it’s an annoying one, because mosquito bites can transfer disease. In the US, risk of West Nile Virus is the main concern. In other countries, mosquito bites may transfer malaria and other quite nasty germs. If our bodies didn’t respond with the itch factor to mosquito bites, we might not realize we’d been bitten. Though knowing you’ve been bitten may not prevent the spread of disease, you can tell your doctor about it if you develop severe flu symptoms a few days or weeks later.
Some people build up a tolerance to mosquito bites. They may barely notice when they’ve been bitten, and the skin may not swell up. This is sort of like getting allergy shots. Small doses of mosquito saliva over time can cause us to become immune to the saliva. Adults more typically have less of a reaction to mosquito bites than do children. This immunity can wear off after a while, and an adult who hasn’t had mosquito bites for a few years might become itchy again after receiving a few new mosquito bites.

end tables & beadboard!


i love these end tables that fill in as a 'coffee table' too!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

A Sneak Peek...



AKKKK! I can hardly STAND it!
I just can't WAIT to show you!

So, I thought that i would come in and give you a 'sneak peek' @ what i have been doing today over at the
SugarPlum Stitches Studio....

SO EXCITED! Tell me what ya think...
(i didn't even get nearly as much paint in my hair as yesterday! maybe i am getting the hang of this! Ü)

Simplicities Of Summer

Life can be crazy & hectic...

mine lately is of no exception! Simplicity has been at the forefront of my mind for weeks now. I have desired a more simplistic day...

Lately our time has been taken up by so many things. Summer hit with a BANG!

traveling (almost 3,000 miles on ol' Bessie)

baseball games & practices

construction-my home has been turned over on its head-no bedroom for me; which means no closet!-no where to fit MY bed-the dirt! OH! the dirt!

my yard is completely torn apart. OH! how i miss my yard. beautiful green grass and flowers...

a new Love-& what to do with all that comes along with that! Ü even Love & Happiness can be a little stressful sometimes! Especially when each of us has a house to maintain... not to mention that one of the two is completely under construction!

work

visiting family

entertaining children

did i mention the dirt?

Now, while that all sounds like a bunch of complaining... I really do have to say that i am so thankful! EVERYTHING in my life right now is absolutely wonderful! (minus the dirt!) Just all of it put together... is chaotic! Somewhere in there, in the mix, it would be nice to be able to slow down just a bit. To be able to simplify things & find some quiet.

In my thoughts of simplicity, i came across this blog post:

The Homespun Heart

I loved reading it. Plus it got me to thinking... really, what is simplicity. I always LOVE to look up the actual meaning of words in the dictionary. Here is what i found for SIMPLICITY:

*the quality of being simple or uncompounded

i think that this might be what we all are looking for. a desire to weed out all the unnecessary clutter of things and activities that we have over running our lives. Time to breath and just enjoy my surroundings sounds wonderful.

another part of the defination of "simplicity" that i read was this:

*ease: freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort.

Now that got me really to thinking. Thinking about our purpose in this life... here on this earth. We were told that this life would not be easy. I don't think that i would like it to be. What sense of accomplishment comes from that? If everything were easy... how boring!

For me, there aren't too many feelings that top the one that i get when i have accomplished something that was very hard for me. I have seen a fair share of challenges in my short life so far. I am proud of who i am & the things that i have been able to accomplish. In over coming those difficult challenges and things, we learn and grow & become more like our Heavenly Father.

Although i desire those quiet moments of peace and serenity & whole heartedly believe that they are important to my sanity!... I too, have to say how thankful i am that this life isn't always easy. It is sometimes hard to balance; but I am learning!

I am thankful for the chances that i have to say... "I did it!!!" and be proud.
Sometimes just finding those moments of simplicity are those huge accomplishments! Ü

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Getting Closer...

Hi All! I just can't tell you how much i miss SugarPlumStitches & creating! However... I am getting closer to the completion of a project that has been in the works for over a year now. Which means that i am that much closer to creating again! I have been working on the addition of the NEW SugarPlum Stitches Studio! (not to mention a garage, two bedrooms, a bathroom & 1/2, dining room & family room!-pshewww!)
but it all started because i wanted a place to create & a place for SugarPlum Stitches to call home.
I am getting so excited! Excited for new things & especially a new space for creating! I miss it so much!
Soooo...
Just thought that i would come in and get started on our NEW BLOG! and give you an update. I hope that you come back often for more updates. Until i am up and running fully, i will come in and post some of my favorite things here to share with you.

Well, i know you aren't as excited as i am... but I at least hope that you share some of the excitement with me.

xoxoxo Thanks for all your love and words of encouragement. Can't wait to see you again SOON!