Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Because you need more stuff

No, wait, I need more stuff! Head over to Cally's place and enter to win this bag and monsters. She is trying to avoid doing housework by sewing, it is our job to support her!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wilderness Survival Campout

This camp out was not for the faint of heart. When I was talking to our stake president he got grossed out by it. Starting mumbling about football. I don't know anything about football, unfortunately. No one in this house ever watches or plays football. Of course, since we do not have broadcast TV that would make watching football kind of tricky....

But on to the camp out. It is pretty easy to explain. The first picture shows the boys with ALL of the gear they took. Basically no gear. If you are trapped in a survival situation you have to make do with what you have. They had a survival kit and 1 live chicken for every two boys.

Let the fun begin.... You can just barely see the edge of the mountain that they camped on behind them.
Look how happy and excited. Some of these boys REALLY took the preparation of this camp out seriously. They watched episode after episode of Man Versus Wild. They ate grasshoppers (???!!!) They all constructed their own survival kits. They were stoked about killing and eating the chickens. Have chicken, will survive. They hiked up the mountain carrying the chickens.

They made camp in a rock house. We live in Cherokee country. I like to think that hundreds of years ago this rock house was used as shelter by some of our native American ancestors.
Yes, I am going to cut your head off. By the way, chickens were harmed during this camp out!
Remember this guy? He was one of the happy 12 year old chefs on the last camp out. Last time it was scrambled eggs. Now he is going straight to the source!
Sling him, Bryce. Nothing like a little male bonding while wringing chicken necks.
A wee bit skinnier without his feathers.

Is that the Colonel's extra crispy recipe?

After that wonderful, filling dinner they try to get some sleep. Emergency blankets do not really offer much warmth, but they have a good crinkle factor. And the ground is hard. And dirty. And it was a little chilly.

They seem to have gotten a little bit dirty during the night.

The morning after shot is great.

Before and after. I love it!!!!! Here is a picture of the kit that Adrian made. You can see he set it on a box of margarine to illustrate how small it is.
Here are the contents. Most of it is self explanatory. On the pencil is Duct Tape. fishing line and hooks on the other pencil. upholstery needles with thread wrapped around them. That is for mending cloth AND skin. yuck.
Now, let the comments fly.....

Women's Broadcast

Oh my gosh! I have been wanting to post about last nights broadcast all day. I had a small problem, though.

Gremlins. In my head.

But they are gone. So on to important topics.

First... We were served a catered meal before the broadcast. Yum. We gathered at our stake center, which luckily is only about 5 minutes from my house. We had 220 women. That is a remarkably HUGE number. Let me explain to those of you out in Utah. Our Stake covers 7 counties.

Yes, 7.

Some women have to drive over 70 miles to get to our stake center. It was very exiting to see so many make the journey. Especially when we still have gas stations here in the Southeast that have not had gas since before the hurricane. Imagine how much we are paying!!!

Anyway. I loved hearing from our stake president first. He rocks. And then IO got to sit with him and discuss the camping trip that our Scouts took Friday night.

And totally gross him out. Good times!

Then we watched the broadcast. So great!

I was so stoked that Elder Uchtdorf spoke. Is it okay to have favorite apostles? Well I hope not cause he is totally my favorite! Have I included enough exclamation points yet? So I know you want to know my favorite part.

Elder Uchtdorf's purple tie. Inspiring....

Scariest part of the broadcast: It was when he told us to be more creative. I think he was trying to inspire us to decorate our houses.

I don't decorate. Really. It has taken me 11 years in this house to hang curtains in my bedroom. The other bedrooms still do not have any. Bare walls. No coffee tables. I just got a couple of end tables. And two matching lamps.

My mother about passed out when she was here in September. She noticed the lamps right away.

So basically I am inspired to dress my husband and sons in purple ties and to fret about my undecorated house.

It was a great broadcast!!!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Allergies are sucking the life out of William

Every fall it is the same. William suddenly drops nearly dead of mold allergies. I think it happens at the moment a few leaves fall and there is dew on them in the morning.

BOOM mold Grows.

And he can't breathe. Or swallow. or think. It is the pits!!!
I bought him these tissues. I started using them this morning because my nose is snuffly after sleeping with the windows open. They are really neat. They give you just a whiff of Vicks. It kind of lingers on your nose for a bit. I'm liking it. I could never slather actual Vicks on my nose. Yuck. William did say that even though they have lotion on them that the Vicks did start to burn a little last night when he was using a bazillion of them. He was using them this morning again. He is feeling a little better. He has had enough Zyrtec doses I think. And Garlic tablets. And ibuprofen.

Anyway, the tissues are keepers!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The little angels posing in the creek that runs along the side of the road as you drive into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
And the posing is over....

Two Women of Galilee

I just read this book. I absolutely loved it. Normally I read who-dunits. I prefer historical who-dunits, so I guess this is not too far from the norm.
This main character in this story is Joanna. We meet her in the New Testament. She is healed by Jesus. Her husband works for Herod. I think. I would have to go get the book and check. That is not the important part. The important part is Joanna and her relationship with her cousin Mary and Mary's son, Jesus.
It is powerful and subtle and informative and vague all at the same time. PERFECT!
My favorite part is watching Joanna's faith grow. So slow. So purposeful. And she always refers to Jesus as 'my Healer'
We can all call him that. Isn't it sweet?
I think I may read it again before I return it to the library.
On a side not I am going to try to make a list of all the books I read. And as I remember old ones I will add them to the list. One of the girls at Light Refreshments Served keeps a list and it seems like a good idea. We will see if I can do it. Follow through is not one of my strong personality traits!
What are you guys reading? I am ALWAYS reading. I love getting to be in the library so much. I usually get a new book at lunch and read it before deciding to take it home. I have found a few stinkers! And the language and content. UGH. What are authors thinking? Please let us use our imaginations... I have brought back so many books by page 2 because of the language.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gatlinburg Go Carts

When we were getting ready to leave Grandma and Grandpa's house this year I said to Adrian, "Let's go home through Gatlinburg and let the kids play."

Or maybe he had the idea and said, "Let's go home through Pigeon Forge and stop at the Great Smoky Mountain Knifeworks."

Either way we decided that the other one was brilliant so we said bye bye beach and hello mountains.

After a quick stop at the welcome center we headed to the knife works. Any of you that know Harrison know that he has a thing for knives. And swords. He really likes swords. We (or should I say HE) found some amazing items (including a walking stick that pulls out and has a sword hidden inside. Just like Mr. Steed has on the Avengers!!!). So after the purchases were made we headed back to the car. I have to admit I was already gettting grumpy and tired. And it was about 5 in the afternoon. Anyway...

Then we did some voting on what people wanted to do. Laser tag, go-carts and mini golf won.

Waiting to ride the Go-Carts

The double cars. Luckily we had just the right assortment of ages and sizes. Ella and Molly were not tall enough to ride by themselves, but to ride in a double car the driver had to be at least 16. I know, I could have driven one of them, but, well, they wanted to have fun! I do not drive fun. I have a hard time even going the speed limit. I would have been terrified in one of those things. I couldn't even watch them on the turns!
Ella and AdrianRachel and HarrisonLucyMolly and WilliamLucy
Harrison and Rachel
"Want to do it again????"Creepy picture from the blacklight mini golf
The next morning we went to Cades Cove. Adrian and I have been and seen black bears and baby black bears. So cute. We were so tired that we didn't get there until midday. No bears out in the hot hot sun. Be we sure had fun!

Last night:

Ella: Mom, can I shave my legs?

Me: ??!!??!!??!!WHAT??!!??!!??!!

Ellla: Can I shave my legs?


Ella: Because I want to.

Me: Okay

Ella: Great! I will go ask Lucy how to do it!

Who taught Lucy?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Twirly Skirt

I found this tutorial from a link on This blog.

Thanks, Joanna. I made two of them. Molly picked the fabrics. The pink one is hers and the blue one was given to my niece Caroline for her birthday. They wore them to church together the next day.

Molly has worn it every time it comes through the wash. It looks great with a crisp white blouse to church and to school she pairs it with a variety of pink shirts. I like it better with the white shirts but I usually let her do her own thing for school and she likes to wear all pink most days!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Southern Staple

Today I wanted to be southern.
At least I wanted to make a very southern food.

Pimento Cheese.
Do you make it? This is what I did. I took about a pound of shredded cheddar and mixed in a handful of shredded jack. Then I added about a tablespoon of minced garlic and a 4 ounce jar of pimentos. I smooshed it all up in the food processor and then added a large spoonful of mayo.
I tasted it and decided that it needed salt so I shook some Kosher salt on top.
And then I ate way too much of it on crackers. It was very tasty. I saw some very strange recipes online before I decided to just mix together what sounded good.
I would be curious to see anyone elses recipe.... Adrian should be a hand model, dontcha think????

Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm popular with Polish people!

I noticed just now that someone from London came here to my blog from Google. About 3 times a day someone arrives here from Google. They almost always searched for Ladd Drummond. Sometimes Ree Drummond. So if that is the post you are looking for it is HERE
But let me warn you that I was a little hyper when I wrote it!

Today though, something I have never seen was searched for:

Adriane give me pink

What does that mean? Is it something naughty?

Then I noticed it was not English Google.

It was in POLISH?!?!

I do not know what to think.

Oh, and I found a great streaming 80's station:


Quick, time for dinner

If you have these two cans. And a pack of flour tortillas, you have dinner.

Seriously. I do not kid about something as important as dinner. Or lunch. or second breakfast. or midnight snacks.

Man I love food. This is the recipe that is on the back of the can of soup stuff. I have altered it, Of course!

I just mash up the can of drained chicken in a bowl and then add the

soup. and just a couple of tablespoons of water. Warm it up in the microwave for a minute or so. Then put some oil in a skillet and get it hot. spread some chicken filling on half of a tortilla and fold over. Then get it good and brown and crispy on both sides.

This takes ten minutes, tops. I like to eat it with sour cream, but salsa would probably be good, too.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Want to write on my wall?

so I added the Follower thing over there on the right under the sewing blogs. I have 0 followers.

Hello Loser!

whatever, I am sure once you all see it you will be fighting over who is my biggest fan!

This is starting to feel like Face Book.

want to "write on my wall"

Or "spank me"

Or whatever else weird stuff they do to each other over there.

I think since we are all a little more grown up then we should instead have to "clean each others walls. and door frames. and bathrooms."

Or spank each others kids. Or at least be in charge of discipline one day.

How about convincing my 16 year old that yes, you really have to leave on time EVERY day. Being late makes your sisters pretty irate!

Well, I have to go to my very awesome job.

I honestly still love love love it!

Edited to add:

JanMary you are my hero!!!

You are my Irish BFF!!!!!

Stolen Fun. Sorry Gretchen

Monday night we have Family Home Evening. Rachel wanted to teach since every time she teaches FHE she gets Seminary Bucks, or whatever they are calling them. She likes to teach us the Scripture Mastery verse for the week. This week it was John um, er, it was in John somewhere. I guess I am not a very good student!

She wrote the words to the verse on un-iced cupcakes with these really cool food coloring pens that they sell at Walmart.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Loyal Thomas

I want everyone to go and read this post. How right she is when she talks about how so many times we dwell on the mediocrity of our loved ones. They may do 1000 things wonderfully but we spend time fussing on the one annoyance of the day.

I know I do it. I have caught myself doing it many times and have tried to improve the behavior. One thing that I have started to avoid are certain people that seem to bring the worst out of my mouth. Do you know what I mean? The re are some people that just seem to get me to complain about things, that are not important, that my family members do.

I avoid talking to them at all costs! I do not want to complain about my husband and kids and feel all yucky! I try to talk to people that make me brag about how great they are.

I know, you are thinking, I have heard her complain. Sorry. You have found out my secret.

Shh.... don't tell

I am NOT perfect. There, I said it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I told you my house was dirty

Have I ever complained about my messy house? About the dust that you can write your name in?
That you can wipe off of the tables and then the next day

it is back? And you can write your name again?
This is the view while standing in my front door. The tractor is looking straight out and the barn is to the right.
Has anyone noticed the name of my blog?
Let me help you.

Husband,"Farm living is the life for me. Land spreading out so far and wide, keep Manhattan, Gimme that countryside!"

ME, "I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view. Darling I love you but give me Park Avenue."

Heck, I'd take a walk up in Brooklyn!

Today Adrian and I went and looked at houses.

Houses with yards. Houses on lots. NOT acreage. Houses that cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Houses that make me drool on his passenger window. And wonder why he didn't go to dental school.

And then something magical happened. He said," I love these houses. They were all great. You just need to work on your location. I was thinking if we bought a hundred acres and built one of these house right in the center."

And then I wanted to start humming and covering my ears and rocking back and forth. SO he took me to Applebees and plied me with Oriental Chicken Salad.

But i will not give up. Someday I will have a big house situated on a postage stamp sized yard.

It is the American Dream!!!!!!!!1