Monday, October 27, 2014

Cheesy Tomato Pasta Bake

I tried a new recipe recently, and I really like how it turned out!  I found it on pinterest (of course!), but revamped it a little and re-worked it since the measurements were in grams and temperatures in Celsius.  Time to Americanize this one, and alter for my family!

Cheesy Tomato Pasta Bake

One box of dried rigatoni
1 small container of cherry tomatoes
2-3 t garlic granules
2-3T olive oil
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded cheddar
seasoning to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Boil water and cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than recommended.
Drain pasta and transfer to a greased (use some of the olive oil) 9x13 pan or casserole dish.
Dice up the tomatoes and add to the dish.
Mix in shredded mozzarella, garlic granules, and any seasoning.
Drizzle remaining olive oil over the top.
Top with shredded cheddar.
Bake for 25-30 minutes - until bubbling in places.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Remember what's important

Tune my heart to sing Thy praise.
May I be a blessing to those around me today.

Whether I have anything to "show" for my day, whether I make a single dime.  May I remember Whose I am and Who I am choosing to live for.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Me" time

Wait, are you telling me this isn't what your feet look like every night? Sad. I mean, the kiddos need a bath anyway. And when you are this mama, you just don't get a lot of me time. So I've leaned to make the most of bathtime. Fill up (to the ankles- don't want it to get too deep for the littles) that giant soaker tub I never have time to soak in, load in the kiddos, add a splash of toys, and enjoy. At least until they dump a cup of water in your lap.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Honeygirl

Good grief, you are growing up fast, Honeygirl.

You are learning to be a good helper.
I'm pretty sure your littlest sister sees you as a second mama.
You are learning to share with Sweet Pea and care about the people around you.
This morning you said that since you got a new skirt for your birthday, maybe your old one could be given to the orphanage.  That made my mama heart melt.  I love that you are learning to think of others!
You are becoming quite the artist. I love seeing your self-portraits.
You still love watermelon and tacos.  Not together, but they are your favorite foods.
And you are LOVING school.  Not that I am surprised in the least.
You think riding the bus is awesome and routinely tell me that I can just stay on the porch because you can walk to the bus stop on your own just fine.
And now that school life has begun, you've made friends in your class and on the bus.
Playdates with school-mates have begun.
Thought-provoking questions continue.
And of course, you are still adventurous, silly, and fun-loving.

I'm so thankful that six years ago, God gave us you.  A surprise little girl born just before 7am.  I will always love you.  No matter what.

Happy Birthday Honeygirl!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy Birthday Sweet Pea

Four years ago, I went in to be induced.  About four hours after the first of the contractions, Sweet Pea came blazing into this world.

Four years.
You are silly, and are learning to tell jokes.
You do first, and ask for forgiveness later.  I hear "Sorry Mama" a lot!
You are getting much better about sitting to listen to a story.  Now that your big sister is at school, you will even ask me to read the same story a second time.
You love to snuggle.
Mac-n-cheese is always your meal of choice.
And you don't like things mixed.
You will even turn down a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream because you don't like the chocolate chips mixed into the vanilla.
You love pink and blue
You enjoy making new friends
And you told me your favorite thing about being three was still being small enough to go in the baby swings at the park.
You also told me the best thing about turning four would be swinging on the big swings at the park!
You want to be a mama when you grow up.
And this morning, you wouldn't eat breakfast until you had "nursed" your baby doll and found a safe place for her to lay down while you ate.
Best of all, you love like nobody's business.
You give the sweetest of kisses, and randomly interject, "I love you so much, Mama" into the middle of my day whenever it strikes your fancy.

I love you beyond measure.  And will ALWAYS love you.  No matter what.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Things They Say...

Tomorrow morning Honeygirl will get on the bus for the first time and head off to kindergarden.  We will see how this mama holds up.  Honeygirl, on the other hand, is quite excited.  She's met her teacher and knows which classroom number is hers. 

So tonight as I picked up Honeygirl and Sweet Pea from their first night at Awana, Sweet Pea piped up, "I don't want Honeygirl to go to kindergarden."
As I asked why, she answered with a hint of tears in her voice.
"Because I love her."
Poor baby.  I'm not the least bit surprised.  With all the fighting those two do, they still are the best of buddies.  Sweet Pea really looks up to her big sis, and just recently has been calling her "sissy."  They spend nearly all day every day together.  Having Honeygirl gone nearly all day every day is going to be a huge change.  For all of us.  Sweet Pea is losing a playmate.  So is Gracie girl.  And I'm losing out on the helper who has recently learned to change a diaper, will get Gracie out of the crib, and who helps clean up the house before Daddy gets home.  Sigh.

So in light of school preparations, Honeygirl is feeling quite grown up.
So grown up, in fact, that she declared that she will be babysitting her sisters soon.
I agreed that eventually, in a few more years, that would be the case.
She informed me that she really feels she is capable of watching them for dinner.  Like if Daddy and I want to go out for dinner.  She informed me that she knows how to feed the other two.  And she said she even thinks she could put Sweet Pea to bed.
Just not Gracie.  That would probably be too hard.
Oh Honeygirl.  So grown up.  But not THAT grown up.  Stay little awhile longer please!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Christ is Enough

We sang this song in church this morning.  It totally struck a chord with me.  And I want this to be the cry of my heart each day.

Christ is Enough

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home

Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is hear
To God be the glory

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back

The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back