Monday, August 8, 2016

Last Week's Happenings - With Pics

I always like posts that show fun end of week recaps of what happened in a blogger's home, so I thought I would do one this week.

We have chickens. They are finally laying consistently for us each week. But this one even surprised me. The egg on the right is a standard egg. It is the size of all of our eggs. The egg on the left is, what I can only guess, is from a serious overachiever. Yikes. Of course, my first response was OUCH! I am thinking it's safe to guess there is a double yolk in there. We will see tomorrow when I cook it.

I found a set of dry herb jars with lids by Ball.
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I didn't know how to dry spices when I first got them, but they are a new favorite in our home. I found the easiest way for me to do this was to simply use kitchen string, tie up small bundles of herbs, hang them in the closet in our music room, and wait. I pull them out when they are dried, use my Pampered Chef chopper to chop them up to my desired texture, and put them in these cute shaker jars. You can't get much simpler than that.

The Sound of Music - oh my! I am a major fan. I always grew up wanting to be Maria. To have nuns sing about you in that disapproving but really tickled at you way, to have all those children come and sing in your room in the middle of the night, making clothes out of curtains, bravely moving forward in leaving your home country to forge a safe passage for your family ... how does it get any better? Oh, that's right, awesome music!

When my husband saw, The Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music he had to pick it up for me. We watched it one night. I will start with, don't get excited thinking it's a musical with great numbers you remember 30 years later. Yes, there is some singing, but it's a small part of the movie. While it's the path to getting them out, it's not the focus. This is the story from the oldest daughter, Agathe Von Trapp's, view point. It's worth the time to watch if you are a Sound of Music fan. But if you want to not be disappointed, don't go into it thinking it's the same as the original. But the scenery is gorgeous and is shows a different side of the story (and there are big changes in this story from the original).

Our oldest son has been saving up for a new Lego set. He decided on the Mystery Machine. I have to admit, it's my favorite set he has so far. 

I mean, come on, there's a Lego Shaggy and Scooby ... 

And Fred is wearing an orange ascot on his little Lego body. How can you not smile when you see this?

Ruh roh! I forgot to mention it even comes with a big sandwich for Scooby and Shaggy to fight over.

 I admit that I might be a bit biased, but how cute are these boots? You don't know much about our family, but let me fill you in a bit. My husband is country as they come. I have always called him by his nickname, "my plowboy". Our first date he walked up onto the deck of the restaurant in the big city we both lived in wearing his boots (boots that had actually worked on a ranch), Wrangler jeans, and white straw hat. Yeah, he had me at hello. So, how my sons don't live in cowboy boots is beyond me. We just haven't bought them any. Until this weekend. Our younger son needed some boots, actually both boys did. We normally buy them hiking type boots but our younger son spotted these and it was all she wrote. He had to have them. Sigh. I will say, he's just the cutest little cowboy I have ever seen.

 Last, but far from least (this one happened today, but I am including it in my weekly wrap up), is a little gift my husband bought for me. This might not seem romantic or very gift-like, but it sure lights me up! It's a mini fridge for our two kids blended tube feeds. It was set up on a very good day. Today, the day we set it up, our dietitian emailed us sharing our GI doctor's support for a blended diet for our sons g-tube feedings. Oh, we do it anyway, but never had their blessing no matter how successful our older son is on the diet. But it would be nice to have them on board. Our GI is very much on board. Our dietitian is not. But, I don't need her to agree. She works FOR our GI so she will have to help support us in this since our GI thinks it's a good idea. I would like her honest support, but I will take what I can get.

With two kids with blended diets, it takes up a lot of space. I have the food pre-blend and then the food in the bags post blend. Add in our normal food and foods the boys do actually take by mouth, and our fridge was running out of space in a big way. This solves that issue. It even has a small freezer space in it that will hold our freezer bricks for our insulated bags.

So, that's what we have been up to this week. We are gearing up to start school, have our younger son's post-op appointment with the surgeon to remove the bandaging from his new g-tube site, and then hopefully we will be on the standard 3 month appointment time frame after our next visit with the GI. Things are really moving forward. I will be glad to settle into our new normal without the disruptions.


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