Monday, October 29, 2007
Those are my honkin' feet relaxing in my hammock, looking south toward the pier.
The skies are clearing, the clouds are here, cooling us off.
My folks are on their way to visit my aunt and uncle in Huntington Beach. We've been alone for a week, looking forward to a little visit.
We do miss everyone.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes yet another blockbuster from our good friends on the West Coast. According to movie critic Ted Baehr, the new film, The Golden Compass, is actually An Atheist’s Narnia. Based on the first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy entitled His Dark Materials, the big budget fantasy won’t be released to theaters until December 7, but it is already receiving a heady dose of Hollywood’s pre-holiday hype.
Another website which has scenes and quotes is Snopes.
According to Baehr, Pullman wrote the book “because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis.” Thus, dedicated to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers, he represents God as a decrepit and perverse angel “who captures the dead in a prison camp afterlife.” And things only get worse from there. Just what we all needed for Pearl Harbor Day--yet another insidious attack!
Our family was just enjoying Narnia last night and we love a good movie. And I used to like Nicole Kidman too! Guess that one won't be it!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I'm sure some of you can relate to it!!! Gotta run, floss Lizzy's teeth, read a story, smell Dexter's hair, you know, the list goes on.
Canon in D Dad
We awoke to voices talking outside our window this morning. It was surfers!!! The surf was so close, it was like they were sitting outside our window. They were riding waves all the way up to the rocks in front of our condo, then they'd jump off. We've never seen it this close. The Doans and Krells should appreciate this. We have NO beach this morning!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Derrick must have been pretty optimistic about the threat of evacuation. He started a crock pot cooking that morning. Well, that calmed my nerves!
Here is Derrick and Alexandra making Hearty Beef Stew Friday night when our friends were still here. Fun memories.
And here's the recipe, it was delicious.
Hearty Beef Stew
5lbs. boneless beef chuck eye roast, cut and trimmed into 1 ½ in cubes
Salt and pepper
3 T Veg oil
4 med onions chopped fine
1- 6oz. tomato paste
2 C low sodium chicken or beef broth
3 T. soy sauce
1 lb. carrots cut into 1 in pieces
1 lb parsnips cut into 1 in pieces
1 lb. red potatoes cut into 1 in pieces
1 ½ tsp minced, fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 T. minute tapioca
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
- Dry beef with paper towels, season with salt and pepper. Heat one Tablespoon oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add ½ of beef and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker, repeat with remaining beef. You shouldn’t need to add more oil.
- Add 1T oil, onions, and ¼ tsp salt to empty skillet and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook stirring well for 2 minutes. Add broth and soy sauce, bring to simmer and transfer to slow cooker.
- Toss carrots, parsnips, potatoes and ½ tsp thyme and remaining 1T oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Wrap vegetables in foil packet that will fit in slow-cooker. Stir bay leaves and tapioca into slow cooker, set veg packet on top of beef.
- Set slow cooker to high, cover and cook 6-7 hours or on low for 10-11 hours.
- Transfer vegetable packet to plate, carefully open, watching for steam, stir veggies and juice into stew. Add remaining tsp thyme and peas and let stand until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Do we drive home? Drive to our friend's? Drive to our relative's? I know we're here until November 15, but going back across the desert doesn't sound economical either.
O Lord, give us Your wisdom. "You are the everlasting God, you do not faint, You don't grow weary. You're the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need, You lift us up on wings like eagles." I will praise You in the storm Father!
Since writing the above, we prayed all together as a family. The kids prayed for the firefighters, the people losing their homes and pets. That we'd get a wind in from the ocean. Sure enough, God thought we should see His power right away! We looked at the TV and along the bottom, it said,
"Fires rage across San Diego county, sea breeze blows in to the north."
The kids' mouths fell open, as did mine.
So we're doing schoolwork today
Monday, October 22, 2007
We had a wonderful tour of the Mission San Luis Rey.
Can't believe we'd never been there after all these years.
What a respite for so many and for hundreds of years.
The sacred garden had my favorite French Lavender and even a mandarin orange tree!
Lizzy and Lavender
I think Emma is missing her Gregg friends. Sorry, no disrespect intended.
Saint Francis of Assissi
Still heading north, leaving the smoke, but finding more in San Clemente.
Then up to Dana Pointe and the Ocean Institute.
I don't ever remember being at the beach when it is this warm! Usually a cool breeze takes over, but not here. We walked out to the jetty where tidepools have marine life in them. Two tall ships were there in the harbor and some kids were leaving on a tour. Wonderful. My kids were sad to learn our Catalina tall ship educational cruise was cancelled in May. Bummer! I had just found out on my email. Maybe next year, or we'll do our own! Always Hubby's dream.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
(he's so fun with kids) on one team.
Dexter was the judge, walking between teams with his expert advise, annoying everyone.
The winners were the Twin Sandwich Team. They were the most persuasive in Dexter's book!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I was pregnant with Jefferson in May of 2001 when we first went to this beach.
(Picture above in the title, from last year)
Oh, I'm babbling, back to the beach....
Rest, no stress, family and friend time, healthy food and finally rest. Did I say that twice? I'm ready for it.
The perfect combination.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Emma had her first birthday on October 12. We are so glad to be part of her life. She has been one precious baby held up in prayer through her short life so far. Check out her family's blog.
Lord, keep her in Your hand and guide her family as they do what is best for her.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
These are my sisters in Christ (and 6 are missing). We're journeying through life together. My heart aches that I can't see them tonight. We meet twice a month. I am completely overwhelmed today, but talked to 2 of my sisters and felt God's balm of love and peace flood over me.
I needed perspective.
I needed wisdom.
I needed a calm voice.
I needed unconditional love.
I got all that and a smile after hanging up the phone. Mmm.
Now I look at my kids and smile, hug them, read quietly to them, grateful to make dinner.
All that because my friends listened.
Monday, October 8, 2007
I had mixed feelings about joining a co-op this year. But you know what convinced me? The wonderful families that are in it. I don't home school to have 'control' over my kids. The better word would be 'influence'. They are mine and Derrick's responsibility. Their character training being first and foremost. Teaching them God's Word, modeling for them how to get along in a family, all day. I am so glad these women are also speaking into my children's lives this year.
Alex and Dex have Economics , Screen-writing, Worldview and Literature. Their teachers bring so much to the class by way of their love for the Lord, the kids and amazing preparation. Let alone, their wonderful abilities God has given them.
Lizzy and Jefferson are doing the Five in a Row curriculum which is so much fun. The moms are taking turns teaching. Every week is a different book and they are making lapbooks to go with it. Each book has been in a different country and the curriculum covers geography, math, science, reading, writing, history and art.
At home we are doing Math, phonics, music and homework from co-op. It certainly is a change this year for us but we are enjoying it.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I just giggled all the way to our Homemakers group this morning.
Heading southeast from where we live, there are only 2 road options.
At the first stoplight, it pointed east and said DETOUR because there was roadwork ahead.
So I took the Detour and headed south on my other road option, and when I came to the first stoplight, it said
ROAD WORK, USE ALTERNATE ROUTE!
Yeah, right!!! What alternate route???
I couldn't stop laughing at the amazing display of government efficiency!!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Pregnant in the summer in Arizona is one thing, without a pool is another. Add to that, a 2 year old and a 4 year old and me at the age of 36. I'm sure I complained a lot, but I was also grateful as you know, to be having kids at all!
I did think I felt a little bigger then my 9 pound 12 oz boy from 2 summers past. In fact, I was measuring 2 weeks bigger. So my OB decided to induce on October 1.
I was SO nervous, this was a new experience. When sweet Emma came into the world, she was covered with God's perfect skin cream, and she was squeaking to breathe. But all of my Homemakers group had covered me in prayer and by the time they told me they had to take her to the Neonatal unit, I was at peace. It was amazing.
She was a bubble baby for 2 days, on oxygen, because of liquid in her lungs and her sugar was way too low. They didn't think she'd come home with me. But she rallied quickly, at 9 pounds 3 oz. (2 weeks early) she was quite a little porker in the neo unit.