Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Madison brought home all A's on her report card this trimester.
Tonight we also had a big event, Caits Swim banquet. At the Banquet Caitlynn recieved another letter award along with a Trophy for "Hardest Worker". Cait's room is covered in Letter T's for Tarten and to add to her T wall paper will be her trophy. They receive the T's on there locker for each swim meet with there names on them. Cait is now trying to figure out how she can remodel her room so the T's won't interfer with her trophy. She would like her trophy right above her bed. She is so cute. Another cute thing is while we were sitting at the banquet she would turn the trophy towards her and look at it with a big smile. The wonderful thing about Cait is she never hides how prowd of herself she is. She flat out told me she was thinking about rearranging her room for this trophy and how she has always wanted a trophy. Just so cute!
To top Cait's night off the coach pulled Cait aside after the meet to let her and another girl know there 11th grade year they will be Captains in training. They will start training next year to be the Senior Captains in 2 years. This is a huge deal up here, many girls want this task and only 2 get it. The tasks on there swim team go beyond cheering but into training and helping the coach with several tasks. We are very proud of both our girls. Madison has become such an excellant student. Something I wish I could have been and I am so proud my children have become that. Caits grades will be in next week.
Norah lost a tooth last night and the fairy bought the tooth for a whopping 2.00. She has two top teeth that look like they will be falling out this week. If this happens she will have about 4-6 teeth absent from her mouth. This will make things difficult at the dinner table.
Garet has decided to make potty training a daily decision. Some days he trained, some days he's not. Hmmmmm. He is however the only 2.5 year old that still gets a bottle. Sorry Suri Cruise, my son held out longer than you.
Rollie is still cute as ever.
Monday, November 24, 2008
All start off by saying Lola was such a wonderful blessing to have this weekend. Everyone at Church wanted to take her home. She never once cried, only wimpered a few times. I also think I got Lola converted to Cloth diapers, now to work on her mother. Yep, Lola wore cloth when she came to my home.
Next, Praise God we have found a church we feel comfortable in. Jeremy has taken a liking to the men at the church and they seem to feel the same about him. The kiddos love the new church. They are excieted about bible verse memorization and the Sunday and Wednesday night plug in programs. The kids are in a program like pioneer girls only for girls and boys. They plug through the bible memorizing and understanding verses. What caught my eye in the discription of the class was that they tell biographies not Stories from the bible. I love that thought. Train our children from a young age that the bible did happen its not full of stories.
Our big delema in the Decker household is Rollie's chess. Rollie was invited to start a reading group Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We accepted the invite but later found out that Chess club this year will be held Tues morning instead of Tuesday after school. I feel torn on what to do. Rollie loves chess but needs help in Reading. We don't have him in any extra activities this year where last year he was in Chess, swimming, and hockey. It bothers me we don't have the funds and chess is something he can do for free. On the otherside it should be a no brainer for any nonparent on what to do in this situation. Yes, I should put him in the reading program and strengthen his skills but he just loves Chess so much. Will pray on it and see what happens.
My last concern, Tree or no tree for Thanksgiving. Yes, I have actually been debating this for a few weeks. We have never had guest before on a holiday. We live about 2 hours away from most of our family so not many visitors. Well this year we are having Thanksgiving and I would love to share my Christmas spirit with them also knowing They won't get a chance to make it up here again. What do you think? Will it be to corny to eat the turkey next to the 12 ft light tree?
The other pics of some amazing Almond shortbread cookies I made tonight and some awesome soap Im finishing up.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Next on the list, Cute baby Lola. We get the pleasure of having Jeremy's cute little second cousing stay with us. She only a few months old so please pray we remember how to take care of this cutie. Her mamma forgot her diaps and so Jeremy said thats ok Amy will put her in cloth. All let you know how the night goes. Babies tend to feel dryer in Cloth diapers because of the new wicking fleece so hopefully she'll sleep like a lamb. The diaps by the way are sooo cute on her. I took a pic to send to her mamma.
Ok she is very hungry so all update tommorow.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Well to start off Cait did a fabulous job at Sections. Here relay team placed 5th in the Section. Cait kept her same times in Backstroke and IM. She placed 13th in the 4A sections. This is a huge group and we are so proud. Cait is in 10th grade and is setting her goals high for sections next year.
The other big news is the new little kitty we received. My sisters neighbors found this cutie under there stairs and were unable to keep it. My sister called me and asked if I could take him. So on a 24 hour trail we realized he is perfect for our family. Garet who kisses NO one says I love you kitty and fills him with kisses. We named him Jenkins. Jenkins has terrible gas so please pray this problem fixes itself with proper food.
Lastly, please pray my little bro gets the job he interviewed for today. It would be close to our home, so we could see his family more often.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Now every parent hits a time in there child's life when they get to decorate the Turkey. I have seen this task as young as 1st grade and as old as 2nd grade. Luckily it came early here in the big city. This is the 3rd time around doing this project and luckily I have 5 kids so I will get another 2 shots to make it perfect. Needless to say the 1st or 2nd grader gets a very small part in this project and mom gets the rest. This is not the child's decision but as the mother who knows best this is my decision. All the kids know this is really moms turkey. I posted a pic of the wonderful Turkey this year. I will also be hanging the turkeys I did from previous 1st grades up. Connie and Jo my aunts still put up my leather turkey I originally made in 2nd grade with my grandma. If you look at this Turkey (the original from the early 80's) you can see my grandma took over the project. Yes, she new better like I do now. This turkey my grandmother and I made has blessed the Anderson/Celander home for 23 years. WOW! Some day my children will drag out there Turkeys show there children and remind them Grandma's and Mother's know best. The turkey project is really for them.
If you look closly I did allow them to color the head and wings of the turkey. Oh yeah and the feet.
I discovered Facebook and was able to chat with some old High school friends. How Fun! So my husband walks down to the computer while Im searching youtube for Aerosmith's Pink. He then asks me if Im have a mid life crisis. WHAT! Pink was College not high school. I would need to search Metallica or Beck to get back to those days. Anyways if your a facebooker look me up.
She will be swimming
Backstroke with time of 1:09
IM with a time of 2:34
400 free relay her time 1:02:11 PLEASE NOTE I HAD THE WRONG TIME EARLIER ENTERED
YEAH TO CAITY! All post Saturdays results. Please remember sections are at Stillwater and Stillwater has won state for the last few years. These are the best swimmers out there so it is difficult to score. Cait has done awesome up against the best in State.
ALERT! ALERT! It seems something has struck my Honeycrisp tree. It was standing beautifully and this year it actually produced a few apples.
Yesterday to my alarm I looked out my window to see the tree was down. My first thought was those pesky three deer that live in my backyard, but they couldn't have just knocked over a tree. Plus the trunk didn't look like it had been pushed over. My next thought, The Duck stealing Grandma. If you look in my past posts you will see her and her evil doings. If you have seen this woman or have any information on the Apple tree slaying, please contact your closest Police department.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
On another note, I have decided not to shave my legs until I get back to my preGaret weight. Hopefully this will be before summer or my girls will just die of embarassement. I am currently at 127.2 lbs, I need to get down to 112lbs. I really need to do this for my own self esteem and for my health before it gets out of control. Wish me luck and if you know any good secrets on healthy food that taste good let me know. We are really good eaters so Im not worried about that part. It's more of getting my lazies into the gym in the morning and staying there for 1-2 hours. As many of you know this last summer I ran a marathon. Last year I ran two Half marathons. By the end of June I was running 15miles at 9-9:15 a mile. So since then I have gotten the lazies and I feel I am starting all over. UGH! Even while preparing to run 26.2 miles I still didn't lose any weight so I know I have a tough road ahead of me but once its off I know I can maintain. Wish me luck please and if you pray Please pray for me
One last thing, Facebook. I joined today and it was amazing, I had no idea how many people were on facebook. I really don't feel like starting over on my life history or the books and movies I like so all pass on that part of it but I do enjoy reading messages on my fake Wall. No graffitti is on this wall I found out. The only bad part is everyone can read what you write. I wrote my SIL a silly message after realizing everyone could read it. I had to delete immediatly and now I feel awful that someone might have read it. Maybe all just stick with the blogging and regular email and phone calls.
Please pray for Cait tommorow Thursday. She will be going to sections for swimming. If you know anything about sections this is a huge HUGE deal. She works every year at qualifying and this year she is in 3 events.
Madison is going to a scrapbooking camp with her grandma Peggy for the weekend, please pray they have a safe wonderful time.
Until next time, Good Night
Well if your a thrifty coupon cutter you would have ran into this weeks ad for French Toast Bake. Along with this was a 1.00 off coupon for the sausage it requires. So in the recipe it asks for 30 oz pumpkin pie filling. Hello you just bagged a few 2 Cup porportions of Pumpkin pie. So measure out 30 oz. Use your 1.00 off coupon, if you live near me you can run to the bakery outlet and get your texas toast loaf for 1.00 (also one located in St. Cloud across from Sammy's Pizza) and your working towards a supper under 5.00. Here is the recipe
1 Pkg Johnsonville Brown Sugar and Honey Breakfast links
12 eggs (1.79)
1 Can (30oz.) Pumpkin Pie Filling FREE
1 Can (12oz) Evaporated Milk
1 Tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
15 slices of bread cubed (I used 10slices of Texas toast)
Cook Sausage cut into 1/4" slices
whish the eggs, pumpkin filling, milk, cinnamon and vanilla
in large bowl combine pumpkin mixture, sausage, bread
transfer to a GREASED 13x9 baking dish
bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 mins or until knife inserted comes out clean
Dust with Confectioners sugar serve with syrup
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here is a slide show with once again poor music. This slide show is how to make a bar of soap. I will try to get a Laundry soap tutorial up this week. I am having so much fun making soap.
Norah's towel for Kindergarten was laid over a cinnamon soap loaf box and it smelled like cinnamon. Needless to say she needed the towel so I let her take it to school all smelly and she said it smells just like home. She had all her friends smelling it.
Jeremy had a big day today. Seems he was the Star for the day amongst the 6years and younger croud. What a beautiful day. I finally pulled the last of my Celery. We are making Chicken pot pie and Ham and Bean soup with it. Yum Yum!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here is a link a goofy soap making friend made. She loves revies on youtube
Friday, October 17, 2008
They aren't sleeping yet but about 20 mins after this shop they wouldn't wake up not even for McDonalds.
Garet has now Pood and Pee'd in the Potty. He was going on the potty all day for several days, after the Pooping he decided he can do it, so he has nothing more to prove. He has since been done with the potty. The training was short lived.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Only in our home will you get in the same meal Homemade Sweet Potatoe Pie for desert and Instand sweet Potatoes for a side dish. Hmmm... Ok mom made the Sweet Potatoe Pie and Jeremy made the Instant Sweet Potatoes. All give him a little credit he did make a fantastic Carmel Apple PorkChop and only by default did we fall back on the Instant S. Potatoes.
Credit must also be given to Caitlynn. She makes the best Pie Crusts, She is thinking about Culinary school when she graduates and I think that is a wonderful idea.
Garet surprised his family yesterday. He can now go down in Decker history as the first child to use the potty on his own before 3 years of age. At Garets delicate age of 2 years and 5 months he decided to take the training into his own hands. Mother thinks he can wait until he is closer to 3 so she is not training herself rather than him. Garet seems to think his age is apropriate for the task. After removing his dry diaper to change it he asked if he could use the potty. Whatever I thought. So he ran in there while I stayed in his room thinking nothing of the sort when I heard him Peeing. I ran in there clapping and scared the begeezes out of him. Yep he shot right out of the potty. Oh well. He did not understand what all the hoopla was about and when mom called dad all he wanted to talk about was getting a bath. I wonder now how many times he has went and I never noticed since he didn't make any deal out of the endeavor.
Madison brought home straight A's on her midterm grades. Caits will be home soom and hopefully she has done just as well. Cait has already qualified several times for Sections in Swimming. She will swimming Backstrock, IM, and two relays the Medely relay and the 400 relay. Madison brought home a 20 min time on her 2.5 mile race last week. Both 0ur girls amaze us on there sporty abilities.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
He just started it but he has a ton of stuff already written he will be posting on his blog. So keep checking, he has this week off of work so he may get really bored with me and my mother all day.
PS I love my husband.