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I love my family!

I am a wife, mother of three beautiful boys, and a middle school administrator. At times, I have mistakenly tried to achieve perfection in each role. These attempts always fail miserably because there is no such thing as a perfect wife, a perfect mom or a perfect worker! I decided to relinquished my pursuit of perfection…I can say without guilt that my shortcomings are vast and my mistakes many. Embracing my imperfections and turning my life over to God has been freeing and led to a sweeter life. I found that when I quit trying so hard, that SOMETIMES things magically fall into place and for brief moments I am “Supermom.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Corona Bread!

We aren't really beer drinkers at our house.  My husband might have one once in a blue moon.  Me, never, because I hate the taste of it!  But, I have two recipes that call for beer that I love:  Beer Bread and Beer-B-Q.  The Beer Bread is from a local cafe and the bbq recipe is something I discovered years ago in a magazine.  They are super easy and really favorite two combinations!  Maybe you will enjoy them too. 

Beer Bread
3 cups self rising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 can warm beer
1/2 stick butter

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix well in mixer.  Put in bread pan.  Pour 1/2 stick butter over raw dough.  Bake for one hour at 350.  The bread will appear to have a tough top, don't worry!  This is what makes it sooo yummy.  

1 lb (or more) rump roast
1 small bottle of ketchup
1 can of beer
1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix ketchup, beer, and sugar together.  Cut the roast in half and place in Crock Pot and pour the other ingredients on top.  Cook on high all day long (at least 6 hours)...I've had on high longer and it didn't burn or dry out.  Take the meat and place on a cutting board.  Use two forks to shred it.  Take some of the remaining juice out of the Crock Pot and pour over shredded meat.  Serve on toasted hamburger buns.  It is yummy with potato salad or cole slaw.  It makes a ton!

Do you have any easy, yummy recipes?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Family Easter Picture

We have had a crazy week/10 days or so. Parker has a had a terrible ear infection, I have been sick and having to put in lots of extra hours at work to prepare for the upcoming state assessment. Anywho, needless to say it has taken me awhile to get around to posting our family Easter picture. We had a great day at my husband's grandparent's house (MawMaw, 88, & PawPaw, 91). What a blessing that our kids are getting to be around their greatgrand parents! On the other side (his mom's side), both his grandmother (70) and greatgrandmother are still living (94)! It makes a great five generation picture! All my grandparents are no longer living, but we share photos with the boys so they will know about them.

My sweet boys, all four of them!

The Chicken Costume has Hatched!

Darn!  I had big plans for an elaborate chicken costume (Martha Stewart style), but Ryan, my 2nd grader, broke the news to me that the other chickens in the school play were going to have simple costumes.  He begged me not to make the "baby" MS inspired one posted below.  Rather than mortifying Ryan, I went simple.  So, the simple costume was a yellow t-shirt, a Chicken head mask & beak from Party Supply, red feather boa, Dad's "Tom Cruise" glasses, and yellow rubber gloves for the feet.  He did look pretty cute.  The Barnyard Moosical was a success!  I think the chickens performed the best w/their Funky Chicken Dance.  It was all caught on video to later pull out for Ryan's future girlfriends! 
The gloves fit perfectly over his Nike Sandals. 

Two Funky Chickens! 

Chicken Little (brother).  He just had to put the costume on.  I had to show waist up, because he refused to put clothes on and the Transformer underwear didn't go with the chicken attire.  :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quack, Quack Cock a Doodle Do...

Quack, Quack Cock a Doodle Do!  If you know the song that comes from, chances are you have little ones are little grandones and have had to make a costume for them.  This weekend, I have to make a chicken costume for my eight year old.  He is most unhappy about being a chicken in the school play!  At least he isn't the only chicken and maybe he can find comfort in chicken misery.  This production is going to make for some great "blackmail" pictures of him down the road.  Hahaha!  So, I'm looking around on the net for chicken costume ideas because everybody I've asked does not have a chicken costume...go figure.  I saw Martha Stewart's chicken costume and I think that is going to be my inspiration if I can find some white or yellow boas today (that don't cost an arm or a leg...its okay if they cost as much as a chicken leg!)  Keep posted to see the final product and the embarrassing pictures of my little chic! 

Do you have any costumes that you have made?  I'd love to see/hear about 'em!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Making a pallet.

Remember when as a kid when making a pallet was so much fun? Now, the very thought of resting on the hard floor makes my bones hurt. But there is something still fun about laying a nice, cool quilt out and watching tv. Our three boys beg for us to make a pallet for them now. From time to time, they ask to be able to sleep in the living room on a pallet or at the foot of our bed on one. Sometimes we oblige. Now being boys, just as soon as they lie down, they are fighting over the cover complaining about the other one's feet touching them, etc. The good thing is, they also still giggle over a silly joke, hug and fall asleep side-by-side. There isn't anything sweeter than two little brothers asleep next to each makes you forget the constant fighting for a moment.  :) 

Cannon (4), Ryan (8), & Parker (4 months)
Notice the older two each have their own less thing to fight over!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hippity, Hoppity, Happity Easter!

I love bunnies!  My second little one's nursery was decorated in rabbits, so many of my Easter decorations are from his nursery.  He is a big four year old now, so bunnies in his room would be "girly".  Almost every decoration is from a thrift store or an after Easter sale.  I haven't paid over three dollars for any one item!

Here's  a little peak at our bunny filled Easter home.  Enjoy!