Even a year ago, when these photos were taken, Sydnee was changing from that girl with too much arm, too much leg, doesn't know what to do with herself little girl... into a young lady.
Now, she is still only 11...
but, the changes are there.
She isn't a "little girl" anymore. She isn't grown, but she isn't little. Mothers notice these things. Dads try to ignore them... But, life moves on.
I should have noticed that although she still loves to play... whatever the cool thing to play is... she now spends a lot of time listening to music and reading. She wants to be around when the older girls are all chatting with mom.
I am not a fan of change.
Where kids are involved, it just means you are getting closer to that time when they will strike out on their own and you won't get to be a part of the "everyday".
I don't like it.
I may not like it, but either way, it is happening... and I'd better get used to it.
They gather around and "build" some of the most inventive things. I was never good at tinker toys.
That is why I am always amazed at what they show me.
Oh, and yes... that is our 20 year old down in the floor building... a car, microphone, airplane... I'm not sure.
Momma done good!
Daddy will never let her get away...If only for this recipe. LOL.
Above: Fudge Crinkles
Below: Todays bread... Oh the house smells wonderful!
1 box devils food cake mix
1/2 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together first 3 ingredients. Dust hands with powdered sugar then roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 - 10 minutes. (My oven needs the full 10.) Do NOT over bake. The cookies will puff up during baking and then flatten during cooling. Take out of oven and place immediately on wax paper or foil. If you try to put them on cooling rack they will fold aound the bars of the rack.
This is my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They came to visit us over the holidays and showed us the video that their church had put together after their adoption. This is worth watching... They get it! They get why this "calling" is so very important. They get the impact that you have on someones life... I am so proud... so very, very proud of them...
I found a recipe the other day for a really easy pineapple upside down cake. It was so easy that I thought I would give it a try.
This is what it looked like when I first took it out of the oven.
... and this is what it looked like 5 minutes after that!
You can imagine what it looked like 5 minutes after that!
Since I am the kind, generous person that I am... I will share the recipe with you.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 can crushed pineapple (about 15 oz)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
5 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
Drain the pineapple but reserve the liquid. Mix 1/4 cup melted butter with the brown sugar, 2 Tbsp of reserved liquid and the drained pineapple. Spread in the bottom of pan. (You can use bundt or 9x13)
To the rest of the reserved liquid add enough water to make 1 1/3 cup. Set this aside.
Combine flour, baking powder. Set this aside.
Cream 1 cup butter with the white sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat for 1 minute. Add the flour mixture alternately with the juice... beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Pour over the pineapple mixture.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick.
When I make this in a bundt pan I turn it over on a large plate so you can see the pretty pineapple. When I make it in a 9x13 I don't bother.
Oh, I just figured out where I got this recipe from...
A few days after Ari came down with... "The Crud"... Lily suddenly had it too.
It has NOT been fun! This is not a pretty sickness.
Today has been much better! Instead of temperatures hovering around 103 or 104 they have been around 100. The girls have also been up moving around... actually playing today! Hooray!!!!!! Now, we just need to get that sick look out of their eyes and get them the rest of the way to Healthy.
I know, I know... I didn't upload any photos... but I promise...as soon as I get off of here I will take care of that. Oh, and I really should tell you all about the Amish Baked Oatmeal that my children devoured this morning! Can you say... Yummy!
We received snow over the weekend... and we all know how I feel about snow.
I am, however, trying to enjoy the newness of the snow. It should melt off for the most part in the next few days... and then the forecast if for more snow!
Okay, I am prepared.
We got a lot done over the weekend. We did some Christmas shopping... Usually I am done by now... but, not this year! Ooooppss.
We did a major clean up of our bedroom... which was needed so badly. We just don't have enough storage in this house... at least, the kind of storage a house with many people living in it needs to have. Unfortunately, sometimes my bedroom becomes the storage place... We tossed things and shoved things and cried a little when we had to throw some things out... but now, it is clean and in order. Hallelujah!
We have a busy day today as well. There are a couple of walls that need some touch ups since we moved furniture and the kids... well, they are kids. So when Mark gets home, that will be his big job. I need to work on laundry... the never ending job. I also need to clean out our baskets. We have these baskets by the front door. Everyone has one... and it holds our shoes and stuff that used to clutter up the entry. That needs to be cleaned up big time. It isn't messy just a bit overflowing.
By the way, my niece turned 25 over the weekend...25!!!! How is that even possible? I thought I was 25!!
Happy Birthday, JaNae! But... please stop getting older... it is hard for me to claim 25 when you are so grown up!
We are making all kinds of plans for the visit of relatives for Thanksgiving. I am soooo excited! The kids are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!! Cousins and uncle and aunt and grandparents... oh my!
Happy day to all of you! Put on a smile, and fill your heart with JOY!
He wants more from me... from all of us really... but right now, He is dealing with me.
Even when I know He is right, I don't always like it. I struggle. I rebel. I fight. I try to make excuses and "hide".
In the end, I always recognize His wisdom. I always end up giving up my feeble, human nature for what He has called me to.
Why do I fight? Why do I struggle?
Even in the struggle... when I am thrashing and begging him not to "make me" whatever... I know that He is the only answer. His word says our walk will not be easy... we will struggle, we will sacrifice. We will face oposition.
Yes, Lord... I hear you... and I'm getting there.
Thank you for waiting while I muddle my way through.
We just got home from the movies. We had so much fun! We ate popcorn, airheads, and drank soda... well, I had water.
It does me good to hear those great big belly laughs coming from the kiddos!
Now, we are all tired, full and the kids will be heading to bed in mere minutes...
Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with moments of pure joy. Thank you for letting us truly love each other. Thank you for loving us and blessing us with these amazing human beings. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful husband. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
I haven't uploaded any pictures of the last few days, so today you just get... me.
We had a very relaxed day yesterday...
...due to me getting sick after church and Chey's car having some trouble that daddy needed to take care of.
So... We got to hang out here and veg with books and kids playing and... trying to keep the headache and tummy sickness at bay.
Today, we are going to see a movie. Yes, we are taking the crew to see a movie. They don't get to do this stuff very often since... I find most movies to be a really bad example of behavior for my children... but when we do get a chance, they love it.
We are gearing up for Thanksgiving. I really do love this holiday. I love telling people why I am thankful for them... how they have touched my life. You never know when you won't get that chance again. We do a really low key day. We just hang out here... playing games, watching movies, cooking, eating and enjoying each others company. This year we will be blessed by Grandma Carol and Bampa... and a friend of Cadi's...Rachel, who will all be joining us. Yeah! for more people! More to love, right?!
especially since I think I turned 20 about 6 months ago.
I had the BEST birthday, though.
I like laid back, relaxing days.
So, we had a normal day and didn't think about the birthday too much until dinner time...
When they fed me good food and then...
just what I asked for...
Apple Crisp and Vanilla Icecream!
I was in heaven!
This is me crying over the fact that I am 40!!!
...and such a drama queen...
Italian Crockpot chicken... Yummy!
My crazy family...
The most sane person in the house...
I was choking on that laugh!
I didn't... but I could have eaten this whole apple crisp by myself!
Really... but then I would have had to throw up and that would have ruined everything.
I have NO clue what this was about...
I'm 40 now and so I don't care what anyone thinks!
I almost stuck my head in the bowl... but decided it would have probably gotten stuck and the fire department would have laughed at the 40 year old lady who had her head stuck in the bowl of apple crisp.
Talking to my boy...
He was trying to steal my presents...
This is me... acting a little more normal...
We decided to take a picture since it doesn't happen very often.
Yes, it is sideways, but I was too lazy to turn it...
Yes, I have the ribbon on my head that came on the present from my mother-in-law...
it is a tradition.
...and then I had to go and read her card and get teary... because I miss my Mom...
and because it is really something amazing and special and touches me to the core to know that I have a Mom who loves me, still... even though I wasn't born to her.
She may not know how much it means to me... but when she reads this, she will...
Married for twenty-two years, Mom to eight kids ages
21,19,16,12,11,5,5,3... (and the most amazing son-in-love in the world!) and yes, same mom and dad for all!
I love sewing, crafting, singing,photography, hanging out with my main guy and those awesome kids!
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