Small Successes–Second Week of Advent

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) We had a nice family birthday party for a fun and special boy, who enjoyed it all. 🙂

2) Christmas cards are ready for the names in my address book beginning A-E.

3) Some presents are wrapped and stashed.  Fortunately, the ones that aren’t wrapped and instead are piled in boxes in my room aren’t for the children of this immediate family. 😉  Have to do something about that pile of boxes though… hmm….

 

Small Successes — First Week of Advent edition

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) We have about 97% of our Christmas shopping done, thanks to the luxury of online stores.  Now we just need a well-timed trip to Target or something….without the kids….which is harder to accomplish right now than you would think. 😉

2) The Jesse Tree mentioned in the previous post, which is keeping alive the idea of Advent as a season of waiting and patience, especially hanging just one ornament a day!

3) We got the family Christmas card picture taken, with 3/5ths of the children smiling and everyone looking generally in the same direction–at least they all faced forward!  Huzzah! 🙂

Last week we took a Fall break and enjoyed Thanksgiving with both sets of grandparents around one table.  As dinner was at my in-laws’ house, I only had to make the desserts.  Sweet Potato Casserole and three pies!  The pecan pie needed help (whipped cream doing the trick) but the two pumpkin pies were fine, I believe.  The look of three pies in my oven was like something out of a magazine.  Quite yummy, too.  I like that Thanksgiving responsibility.  😉

Small Successes–cranberry edition.

 

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) I made the Cranberry-cider jelly for our Christmas baskets. I thought this would officially end the canning season for me, but then Haus Meister and I each tested the portion set aside to measure the gelling, and both thought–“we have to make a batch for our pantry.”

2) I made the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving–whole berry version.  Don’t worry, Dad, I’ll still buy the jellied variety in the cans from the store.  We like both kinds at our holiday table.  🙂

3) I also made a heaping helping of Candied Orange Peel.  Good with cranberries.  Good with Christmas puddings.  Good on glazed ham.  Good in some cookies.  Just plain good.

 

Small Successes — Veteran’s Day edition

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

 

Firstly, a thank you to all veterans, who gave so much to defend us.  And to those currently serving: you also have our thoughts and prayers.

1) I took care of some paperwork for the health insurance that has been pending since last month.

2) I put away all the clothes on my chair in the bedroom.  After all, I expect my children’s clothes to be in their drawers, so why is it I always forget to do it myself?

3) Thanksgiving is around the corner and after it is three family birthdays + St. Nicholas Day.  As I do most of my shopping through the convenience of mail-order or Internet, I ordered those gifts that I couldn’t necessarily find around town.  And what also should be a success–I did so without unnecessary impulse shopping.

 

Small Successes — rainy November edition

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) 20 more quarts of applesauce processed and pantried and only one more bushel of apples to go.

2) This week Haus Meister had to drive across the state to take Trooper to a new pediatric neurologist.  I made sure to set out the night before Trooper’s clothes, a travel breakfast for him, and the necessary notes and records for the new doctor.  My men had to leave at 5am and made it to the appointment in time.  The appointment went very well–it’s nice to have found someone who wants to help our little guy.  We’re finding that there is a difference between helping and treating.

3) Belongs to Princess.  The regression seems to have passed on and now she’s back on track to No More Diapers.  The contraband bag of Dum Dum lollipops mentioned in the All Hallows Eve post is contributing greatly to this progress. 😉

Small Successes–help-my-blog-is-becoming-a-food-blog-!-edition

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

I looked over the past few entries and realized lately I’ve been writing almost entirely about food.  Who do I think I am, the Pioneer Woman or something?   She at least has an awesome kitchen and a personal cookbook.  No, I take that back.  I may covet her flour and sugar drawers, but I think my kitchen is pretty incredible.  It has a 1960s Frigidaire Flair single oven (link shows the double one) that still works (except for one burner).  It has quirky post-war metal cabinets–great for hanging recipes with magnets so I don’t lose them on the counter while baking.  It has pine flooring that we found by accident after peeling away four layers of linoleum/vinyl tile.  It makes my friends stop and gasp in envy at its size (although not the fingerprints on the white metal cabinets).  It houses Haus Meister’s 8-yr-running collection of unique beer bottles that scandalized our Baptist neighbors.  Any future abode of ours will have to have a kitchen that matches this one or improves upon it somehow.

But I seriously digress.  I wanted to say that around here we do not think about food 24/7 as my blog might indicate.  With seven people in the Haus, I do spend a bit of time onThursdays preparing a menu for the next week for efficient grocery shopping.  In the seven years we’ve been married, my husband has inspired and encouraged me in the art of  cooking.  But honestly, I can come up with something for this blog that has nothing to do with food, right?  Let’s see:

1) I have four of the five slated to be caught up with their well-child doctor visits this week. The girls went on Monday and two of the boys go on Friday.  The girls checked out fine and healthy.  That probably has something to do with food. 😉

2) I reorganized my tupperware/Pyrex cabinet (after you left, Mom, sorry).  Now there is nothing in that cabinet that does not have its proper lid.  Yes, that does relate to food.

3) We’ve canned 26 quarts of applesauce and still have three bushels of apples to work through.  I know that has everything to do with food, as well as our crazy quest to see if we can put by a year’s worth of applesauce.

So clearly, I need to learn to paint walls.  Then I can brag about  something that won’t make any of us hungry, as well as giving my poor hard-working husband a bit of a break.  Meanwhile, I need to be thinking of next week’s menu. 😉

Small Successes — little things can be wonderful edition.

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

 

1) I’m still working on Princess’ Christmas stocking!  The new design is wonderful.  This might actually be finished by Christmas.

2) We took time out over the weekend to have a long family walk in the park.  Also wonderful.

3) For once, I am on-time with my eldest niece’s birthday.  She will have her presents wrapped and ready on her big day.  I’m sure she’ll think it’s wonderful, if she’s ever noticed before that her aunt has been late. 😉

 

Small Successes — Stitching Edition

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

 

1) I have been able to work on Princess’ Christmas stocking for a little while each day this week.  I started cross-stitching one for her two years ago–as soon as we found out we’d be having a girl–but I was trying to modify a rectangular design to accomodate a stocking shape, and ran out of time for her first Christmas.  So I picked it up again last year, only to realize I had made a few mistakes which I had forgotten to remedy, and besides, I was not enthusiastic again about having to modify the design.  So I set it aside.  This year I was in denial about the stocking, period.  I made a fabric stocking for her first Christmas that she could use again, maybe sharing with Sunshine.  And then I found this book in a series of Christmas cross-stitch books I’m collecting, and inside was a sampler stocking that I knew I could do easily this fall.  Good bye to the old stocking, on to the new!

2) The other night I went “all out” and made a crockpot roast beef, mashed potatoes, salad, and a Harvest Pound Cake for dessert.  It was quite enjoyable.  On the other hand, I find I’m the only one in the family who seems to be enthusiastic about what Rascal calls “Smashed Potatoes.”

3) Keeping the laundry at bay, one load at a time.  I think I did actually see the bottom of the hamper once this week. 😉

 

Small Successes — Demolition Edition

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) We tore down the sagging old detached garage.  See previous two posts for details.  Since posting the last picture we have put up an arbor, arranged flowerpots around the border, and positioned our picnic table in the middle along with two chairs.  But have I taken a picture of that yet?  … I’ll get back with you on that one. 😉

2) We seem to have found The Color of paint for our main living areas: Benjamin Moore’s “Butte Rock.”    Now to get that mustard paint covered….

3) I tried some recipes from the Pioneer Woman’s website: Her “favorite meatloaf” and ‘”Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.”  It is fortunate that I did not make these both on the same day, or I should have been ill from excessive overindulgence.  😉


Small Successes — Cozying down for Fall Part 2.

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) Even though the temperature will still be in the 70s for a bit, I decided to start transitioning out some of the summer clothes and brought out the fall/winter clothes for the boys (I did the girls’ last week).  They still have a goodly amount of T-shirts and shorts to wear that I will move to the attic when the temperature gets lower, but as Dinosaur hadn’t branched out of his four John Deere shirts very often anyway, moving the rest of his attire to the attic box wasn’t a big deal. 😉

2) Haus Meister painted the hallway.  We love the color that we found for the hall, but unfortunately it did bring out the fact that we absolutely must repaint the dining room.  Ah well.

3) I thrifted a random yard of fleece fabric into sleep shorts for the Rascal and sleep pants for the Dinosaur (again, using this tutorial).  I was a little sloppy on Dino’s waistband, but there it is.  I’ll see if I can fix it.  I had purchased the fleece a while back because it had balloons on it, and Dinosaur has always been fascinated with balloons of any variety.  I meant for it to be a blanket for him, but it ended up floating around the house without purpose.  Until now.

4) Bonus Success: Haus Meister and I went on a dinner date, and then browsed our favorite bookstore!  It’s our favorite way to spend an evening out.  And as we’ve frequently ended up combining a date with grocery shopping, we stopped at Wal-Mart and bought the few things we had forgotten on our last grocery run–and my mulled cider scented candles.  My house smells like Fall now.  🙂