Monthly Archives: April 2007

Cheer up!

I wasn’t feeling very well a few days ago, so Anna decided to cheer me up. She secretly drew a cheery picture for me. I was very impressed because she usually gives some type of hint that she is making a “surprise” birthday card or picture, but this time I had no clue she was even considering it! It also made me feel special because she was thinking about me. Here is a picture of the butterfly she drew for me.


4-2=2 (wheels)

A week or so ago, I was noticing that Anna seems to have enough balance on her bike to take the training wheels off, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to convince her to try it. It turns out that a boy about her age that lives nearby took care of the convincing for me! Today she came running in the house to tell me that she had gotten on his “2 wheeler” (as she called it), and rode a long way. I went out to watch her, and sure enough she was gliding along on the “2 wheeler!” Next thing you know, she’ll be driving a car!

Bethany’s 1st Beach Experience

Saturday was a beautiful day here in Rhode Island with temperatures actually getting up into the 70’s!! So we loaded up and headed to the beach! The kids loved it, but of course most of my pictures were focused on Bethany since this was her first time to actually stick her feet (and her tongue) in the sand. Here are some of the pictures:


A cute little smile for the camera. 🙂


Yes, she actually did taste the sand!


She really liked the rocks. So did I since she didn’t try to eat them! 🙂


Showing off for the camera!


Bethany stares in awe at the ocean.

Yummy Potato Soup

This recipe came from my Mom.


  • 1 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 cups liquid* (milk, water, or a mix of both)
  • 12 bouillon cubes
  • pot full of diced potatoes (about 10)
  • 1 small onion chopped small
  • pepper


  1. Boil potatoes until soft (a little firmer than for mashed potatoes)
  2. Mix bouillon cubes with 2 cups of hot water to dissolve.
  3. Melt the butter in a sauce pan.
  4. Add flour and stir with a wire whisk.
  5. Add boullion water and remaining liquids and stir again with whisk.
  6. Stir frequently until thickened.
  7. Add onion and drained potatoes and stir.
  8. Season to taste with pepper

* I used just water because of Phillip’s milk allergy, and it tasted really good.

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Final Exams

This was in a newsletter from Bethlehem Women Active for Christ in Ashland City, TN.

At Duke University, there were four Sophomores taking Chemistry and all had an “A” so far. These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to visit some friends and have a big party. They had a great time, but after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to Duke until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final then, they decided that after the final, they would explain to their professor why they missed it. They said that they visited friends, but on the way back, had gotten a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final. The professor agreed that they could make up the final the next day. The guys were excited and relieved. They studied that night for the exam. The professor placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet. They quickly answered the first problem, worth 5 points–cool! They, in separate rooms, thought this would be easy…Then they turned the page. On the second page was written, “For 95 points–which tire?”

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Another Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

In my search for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a week ago, I discovered 2 recipes that were possibilities. As it turned out, neither recipe was the right one, but both were good. The one I posted previously was a light crispy recipe that worked quite well without egg.*

These cookies did not spread much in the oven, so they turned out to be heavy and chewy. Here is the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 c margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir brown sugar and butter until blended. Stir in vanilla an degg until light and fluffy. Stir in oats and flour. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Onto ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded Tablespoon at 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet.

*To substitute for an egg, beat together 1.5 Tbs water, 1.5 Tbs oil, and 1 tsp baking powder for each egg. This will alter the texture somewhat.

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