Monthly Archives: April 2008

I’m barefoot!!

Or that is what this little test told me… I wish I were barefoot for sure. It snowed another three inches this weekend.

What Shoe Are You?

Here is what it said about me. Kind of accurate, actually!

You are a true free spirit, and you can’t be tied down.
Even wearing shoes can be a little too constraining for you at times!

I am… barefoot. Must be time to get out of AK!!

You are very comfortable in your own skin.
You are one of the most real people around. You don’t have anything to hide.

Open and accepting, you are willing to discuss or entertain almost any topic.
You are a very tolerant person. You are accepting and not judgmental.

You should live: Somewhere warm

You should work: At your own business, where you can set the rules

My kids must think I am really gullible

Do you mom’s have conversations like this?

Kids: I have a pet crocodile

Mom:  Really?

Kids: Yeah!  but not really.  Its really just a puppet.  We are just pretending.

Mom: OH! good! (?!?!?)

DId they think I really thought there was a crocodile in the house?  We have conversations like this ALL the time about things they are pretending.  Its really quite funny! 🙂

cooking healthy and other food stuff…

we have been playing with some recipes and natural type stuff from the book “Nourishing Traditions” .  Very cool.  AND I have been so SO grown up and mature!!  I am GLEANING!!!  I am not throwing everything in my cupboards out, sure I am killing myself and my family and trying to convince everyone else at the same time.  I am GLEANING.  THIS is an accomplishment for me.  O, the WISDOM I am attaining at my mature age. 🙂

  1. Oatmeal.  1 cup Soaked over night with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbsp yoghurt.  Add to 1 cup of boiling water in the morning and VOILA!  yummy oatmeal, soaked to maximize full release and absorption of vitamins and mineral, amongst other things I can’t explain in a recipe size paragraph (plus, I don’t understand them well enough to explain 🙂 )  Add 1 Tbsp of ground flaxseed after it comes off the stove.  yum.  Thad will eat two bowls of this and NOT have a tummy ache, which is significant for him.
  2. Chicken broth.  I have some simmering right now.  Always put your chicken in COLD water (didn’t know that) and add a couple Tbsp of vinegar- it has to do with leeching all the good stuff out of the bones.  We are making our second batch now, and just leave it in the fridge to use in soups or whatever else.  Every time you boil it again, it gains a little more life, so its not like it goes bad within the week.  After reading about it, I am convinced of the merits of home made chicken stock.  (not so much that I am throwing away my instant chicken stock… you gotta have the instant on hand.  my life isn’t slow enough to do it ALL from scratch)
  3. Sourdough.  I really shouldn’t write about this yet since we haven’t actually MADE the bread yet.  I think Bryan almost killed our sourdough with a metal spoon… he only wounded it, I think, and it has since rebounded and is frothing once more.  I think I should be right to make it tomorrow.  Apparently (so the all-knowing book says 🙂 ) sourdough starter is best made with rye flour.  and then when you make your bread, spelt gives the best product.  I am not sure what “best” is referring to.  but we’ll find out! 🙂  I don’t remember all of why sourdough is so good for you, but it has to do with the soaking of the flour, and natural fermentation and rising and what that does to the grain etc.
  4. Coconut oil.  Amazing immunity-building properties inside this.  GREAT on toast.  Great to cook with, though we don’t like everything tasting like coconut, so we only use it now and then for cooking.

That is all we have really added/changed in our diet, besides switching to raw milk and buying organic / natural stuff when its feasible and relatively affordable.  We probably go 1/2 and 1/2 organic produce right now.

Keenan’s ideal vacation

Context: We are going to Australia to visit family in September… its frequently the topic of conversation…. different lingo and phrasology… He has started calling me “mummy… as in mom, not the wrapped mummy.  You know mom?”

This mornings conversation…

“When I go to Australia, I just want to sit in a beach chair, eat cheetos, read the comics and drink Fantay (pronounced like sautee)”

(I am pretty sure he meant Fanta!) 🙂 (pronounced like Santa)

poo talk

Thad:  you set it up, mom, I have go potty first.

Mom:  ok, but be super super quiet so you don’t wake the baby!

Thad: well, I can’t be super, super quiet cause I have to poop and when it falls of my butt it makes a plopping sound in the water.  So I can’t be SUPER quiet.

Mom: ok.. well… as quiet as you can. 🙂

this morning’s spiritual insights and other choice phrases

“Gold, frankincense and mirth”

“I pray you help me to not be rude, selfish or hateful”

“You have red lines in your snout, mom” 🙂 reply: that would be ‘nostril’ when you are talking about people!

“Jesus, You are the kings of kings, lord of lords, prince of peace, the lord of holiness, and humilities and glories”

AND today as we sang “Fire Fall Down” around our piano… Keenan sang melody and I harmonized.  That was FUN!!

Isn’t it sad when…

you enjoy your kids being sick.  I know… way lame.  But they are so cuddly… 🙂


aah.  Buckwheat pancakes and fruit smoothies for breakfast.  Clean up.  Family worship time with ALL the instruments… wow… talk about a joyful noise!! 🙂  Prayer time (we’ve been using the ACTS ‘way’ for now… keeps it moving… everyone gets FOUR turns!!  🙂 – I love Thad’s prayers… totally random, and generally have nothing to do with the type of prayer called for.  I love Keenan’s prayers… trying out all his new words that he has no real understanding of… sincere and verbose… and nonsensical at times. 🙂 )

THEN… put Shand to bed, and we played games!  Cooties, Apples to Apples Jr, and Yahtzee.

family time is good.  GREAT even.  I LOVE Tuesdays.  There  is a lot of time for that on Tuesdays.

Good … to Better…