Friday, January 14, 2011

Favorite Things

Part of my goals for the year is to be more regular in posting on the blog. Sometimes I have nothing to write about, but, I do like to have my thoughts, ideas and stuff out there.  So, anyway, I watch a couple of children that have recently watched The Sound of Music. Now, I like musicals and Sound of Music is one of the first musicals I remember watching and I loved it.  But, one of the kiddos was wandering around yesterday singing A Few of my Favorite Things yesterday and it got me thinking about what my favorite things were.  Some were easy to come up with, some were more difficult to choose.  The difficult ones fell into 2 camps, either I love so many I couldn't pick or I couldn't come up with a favorite.  Something to keep in mind, my fav's change often.  Some daily, some seasonally, some when I get a new notion in my head.

Favorite Cookbook
This cookbook is great in the winter, especially when I cannot think of something to make with what is available and fresh! 

Favorite Children's Book
This books makes me laugh, end of story, it is hilarious.

Favorite Book
I have always been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials and I am loving this style of writing that takes you to the past and correlates it to a present story.

Favorite Color

Favorite Movie
I really couldn't think of one, I have lots I like, but not any I thought I loved:) I tend to like cheesy movies, like RomComs and Spoofs:)

Favorite TV Show

Oh, Glee, I am so happy you start again soon, You make me laugh .

Favorite Food
Avocado, yummy.  I love you with egg whites and salsa and on a sandwich! 

Favorite Magazine
This was hard to pick, I also love Living and Ready Made and Eating Well and Whole Living and .......

Favorite Place to Shop
Target is amazing. I also love thrift stores.  Probably my second fav place to shop are thrift stores, most any.  
Favorite Restaurant
This is a great local pizza place, the food and the atmosphere  are great.  I also love Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise and Ricks Press Room in Meridian

Favorite Child
I typed this cause the kids were looking over my shoulder and I wanted to freak them out a little.  So, I asked  them what they thought the answer was and Hannah points to Anders and Anders says "yeah, I was the most inventive when I was little" (which is the nice way we say that he was a handful). But, I have no favorite. I love Anders for his inventiveness and I love Hannah for her creativity.  Which says both of our children are creative, Hannah with her arty crafty stuff and Anders with his sciency building stuff.

Favorite thing in my kitchen
Really, best thing Pampered Chef has ever made! 
Favorite Hobby
Ha Ha! my husband (who is my favorite husband) suggested this one, but I love them all. Reading is fun and I love it. But, I also love to create. I can create with knitting, scrapping, sewing, decorating and just general crafting so they are all my favorite. Or maybe I should say my favorite is creating! 

Favorite Office Supply
yes, I love to highlight!
Favorite thing that has happened in the last 5 minutes

Hannah said "lets play marriage" to her brother (they are in the dramatic play center) and when she said marriage it sounded just like the priest from Princess Bride. "mawagge." he he.

Well, there you go.  I wonder if Julie Andrews could do my favorites justice:

Highlights on paper and Real Simple in the mail
Target and Cheese knifes in my kitchen
 Flatbread Community Oven to eat, 
these are a few of my favorite things. 

Avocado and Cheesy Musicals
Turquoise and Seasonal Food
Rhyming Dust Bunnies read to small children
These are a few of my favorite things

Anders, Hannah and that favorite Husband
Creating  and Making lots of fun 
Thrift Stores full of deals galore
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

PS, dear Julie Andrews, sorry I butchered this song so much, but, it was fun (and maybe a new favorite thing)

Friday, January 07, 2011

New Year Update

The lest year was busy, hence the lack of posts.  So, since I didn't get a Christmas Letter out, but I did get some photo cards out, I thought I would do a little update on the blog.  

This year brought lots of changes, the childcare is going strong and we have had a few families leave, always sad, and a few new families join, always a new adventure. As part of the last year we have been working on a new program, the QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) .  It is a lot of work and a lot is expected for a quality program -- which we have always been -- but the QRIS gives us some expected guideline, which I like! That has kept us super busy and super excited about what we are doing.  Also, I have gone back to school, again, and for the last time, to finish my degree.  It looks like I will be graduating with my AAS in Fall of 2012.  I plan to go onto get my BAS, but I have no idea when I will graduate with that degree.   The Childcare also received a grant to pay for a huge Outdoor Learning Environment, which was a HUGE blessing and a HUGE amount of work to complete. 

Anders is getting big, almost as tall as me, and I am sure will be taller than me in a few years, eek.  He is doing great in school and will begin guitar lessons in a few weeks with his Pops (super excited he is about it).  Hannah is still tiny and precious (when she wants) 3rd grade is always a hard year and I am ready for her to find out how more mellow 4th grade is when it comes to drama.  Both the kidlets have joined 4-H this year.  Hannah in the Rabbit project and Anders in the Cavy Project.  They are enjoying it a ton and have learned a lot! Anders is still in Scouts, a Webelo Scout, and seems to enjoy that as well.  

Larry's book is still out there and still for sale.  It seems to be slowly getting sales and he did enjoy being an author.  He still works with me and, I think, he enjoys the days! He still runs with the HHH and does lots of other things to occupy his time.  He recently became interested in fishing and I am sure the family will be doing many finishing trips this spring and summer.

I, I have been busy! Childcare, School, Scouts, 4-H, kids school and all the other duties (such as laundry, cleaning, cooking, menu planning) that come with being a wife and mother.  I am really enjoying school and cannot believe how much I am learning.  

We had a great Christmas -- everything was homemade! It was so fun finding this to make for everyone and so fun getting things the kids and Larry made for me! I think homemade means so much more -- at least is feels that way. 

As for this year we have lots going on again! We should finish the QRIS in the spring with a 4 star rating out of 5 (hopefully) and I will be in school and have my last 60 lbs to loose, the kids will continue with their activities and I will continue with crafting and coming up with some more homemade gifts for next year, Larry will continue with all his fun and learn lots about finishing! We have decided to do Project 365, a year of pictures with a new one everyday! It can be something big, like Christmas, or something small like how my Kitchen Counters look or what we had for dinner.  I have had a lot of fun deciding what to take and want to post them each week.  As the year goes on, I want Larry and the kidlets to get more involved in the picture taking and have their perspective on the year as well! Here are the First 6 pictures of 2011. 
January 1st, Relaxing and Watching Football

January 2nd, Comics, the kids favortie things about Sundays, they read them over and over!

January 3rd, Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner, it was super yummy.

January 4th, I got my NookColor, thanks to Christmas Money!

January 5th, this is what it feel like I did all day, fold Laundry.

January 6th, Went to Costco, fridge really full:)

I hope you all have a wonderful new year and blessings in whatever you decide to take on this new year!