Archive for April, 2011

April 20, 2011

Stress, a Birthday, and Sickness

It feels like it has been a long time since I blogged.  I have been so busy and, even though I like busy, it is stressing me out!  I have several things going on that are all coming “due” near the same time.  So, I have been balancing my duties very carefully.  I have high hopes that everything will be done and even done well!  Though I do like the business…I will rest easy the first week of May when, for a bit, there won’t be anything pressing on me.  Until I hit VBS planning with full force!  ; )

Yesterday was my 35th birthday.  I don’t really like saying I am 35 for some reason.  Age hasn’t really bothered me before, so I am not sure what is different.  Birthdays are definitely not the same for adults as they are for kids.  My birthday was good, but selfishly I miss the fuss that you used to get as a kid when people were so excited about your birthday!  It stinks that work must go on and you are still accountable to your responsibilities on your birthday.  I should advocate everyone getting the day off on their birthday!  Hahaha!

To top everything else off, I am getting sick.  Last night I had a sore throat, swollen glands, and a headache.  This morning I have virtually no voice and all those symptoms.  I don’t know if it is sickness or allergies.  I do know that the Easter Cantata is Friday and Saturday and I can’t be sick for that.  So, let’s pray these symptoms go away quickly!  A few days of straight sleep would help, but just like your birthday, you can’t take a day off of life for sickness!

Happy Wednesday!
–A

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April 14, 2011

PLEASE HELP ME!!!

…with my next weeks menu.  I am ridiculously busy over the next few days and weekend.  Everyone post you and / or your family’s favorite meal and recipe and I will pick seven that seem the most different from things we usually fix AND from each other so that we get variety. I will let you know the winners after I pick late tomorrow.  And…GO!

Thanks! – Savory

April 11, 2011

Ready…AKA: Excited

Yes…Angela DID just blog, but I can’t help it, I have much on my brain, so please go read her entry entitled “Honesty” and then come back to this one. Go ahead…I’ll wait.

No really go. I don’t mind.

Oh you came back! YAY!  

This past weekend we tried the Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos that is posted in our recipe section.  It was recommended by our friend, Plunket.  It was SUPER TASTY!  I wanted to try both corn and flour tortillas, so I did half and half.  As much as I love corn tortillas, and they are MUCH better for you….they were pretty chewy and hard to cut through with your teeth.  The flour ones crisped up nicely and were devoured in seconds by the fam.  Also, I made a triple batch because it was dinner for four and not an appetizer.  I rolled them fat and had filling left over.  The next day I spread it on a tortilla, sprinkled some cheddar on top and microwaved for a super flavorful chicken quesadilla.  K gave it two thumbs up.  So did my waist line, but y’all know I love me some cheese.

Tomorrow I am trying a crock pot recipe from Better Homes.  It is Rosemary Chicken with Pasta. Now…I am not normally a huge fan of rosemary, but pampered chef has a rosemary blend that is pretty tame and I use it quite a bit, so I am going to use that instead of the fresh rosemary.  I know….slap on the hand, but oh well.  Personal preference.  And other than having to boil some water for the noodles it will be ready when I get home from work so that I can get to rehearsal on time.  It is TECH WEEK kiddies!  I live for tech week.  I love the frantic rush of making it all come together.  And I don’t think I can say enough how much I am loving the people involved with the worship ministry here. They are truly a delight.  Always lifts my spirits to be there.  So a normally tiring week ends up being a huge blessing. 🙂

With the river on the shrink and tech week upon us I will soon be back on track for summer planning.  Just days after school lets out we have the Currys coming for a week at the lake. CAN’T WAIT!  After that it is soccer, soccer and more soccer.  And our friends that were planning on visiting for the 4th of July are no longer, so I am trying to fill that with super fun Prekel 4th activities. The weather and fireworks here last year were AWESOME, so I am pretty certain we are staying in Fargo, but just not sure what the plan is yet.  Perhaps Mike’s parents will visit then.  The rest of July is full of more soccer and then Kelsey will be visiting Kansas and Zac to Idaho for a week or two.  My parents will be visiting around then too.  On weekends off I plan to camp as much as possible.  Definitely when both kids are gone…lake time with the hubs will be had.  

Ready for this week. Ready for summer. Ready for what is to come.

-Kari

April 11, 2011

Honesty

I am in the throes of a bad week.  I think I have talked before a little bit about Molly and her fits.  Well, this weekend she was in rare form.  I have been feeling like a failure of a mom.  I don’t think Molly is a bad kid, but she doesn’t know how to express her frustration in any other way but throwing a fit.  It is frustrating.  I have tried so many things.  I will be the first to admit that being consistent is the hardest thing for me.  I don’t like it when my kids have to miss out on things, so sometimes I provide ways for them to earn them back.  Well, not anymore.  Molly missed both birthday parties she was invited to this weekend.  That was hard.  Not only did she miss them, but she had to go in, give the present, and explain that she had to leave because of her bad choices.  This seemed to make an impact, she was definitely sad.  We also started a sticker chart that is now hanging on her door.  For each day she doesn’t throw a fit she will earn a sticker and to get to do anything fun we may have planned, she must have  5 out of 7 stickers for the week.  Yesterday was day one and she earned her sticker.  Today is good so far, but I have only seen her for about an hour before she went to school.  ; )

Also this weekend we were doing yard work.  I helped by digging out some grass in an area we want to put a new garden.  I also used the hand clippers to trim back all my rose bushes and some other bushes we have.  After doing this I could not stop my hand from trembling.  Seriously!  I could not take a drink, hold a pen, or keep my hand from trembling.  I was scared!  I, of course, googled and everything says see a neurologist, sending me into a tailspin of nerves.  I went to church last night all worked up adding to my nerves for Joshua who was in the kids musical.

Joshua performed in the church musical, GPS, and he did such a great job!  The musical was so cute!  The kids all did a fantastic job, the evening was such a blessing.  Joshua was a police officer who pulled over the main character for speeding…super cute!!

I came home and went right to bed…I was on overload!  Worrying about Molly, my hand, being nervous for Joshua, great performance, sick stomach…ugh!  I need a mental health day, but alas, it is not in the cards for me.  So, writing this blog is my outlet today.  I was feeling a bit better about things today until someone said to me “Molly just doesn’t seem very happy anymore”.  Crushed.  You never want to hear that about your kid!  I am now blogging and crying and praying for a better day.

–A

April 7, 2011

We will plan on getting ice cream that day…depending on the flood.

I am finding it hard to settle on a blog subject today.  I know, I know…same as every other day.  But seriously…everything that I have going on in my life someone ends with the sentence “depending on the flood”.  Our church musical is opening next weekend.  We are entering tech week and have the opportunity to be featured on the morning news on Tuesday morning…depending on the flood.  I could go on, but I am sure you get the idea.  It is ALL about the flood.  And…it should be.  At least until we have done all we can to get people protected and the crest has come and gone.  Yesterday and today Z has been out of school sandbagging with friends.  The river is currently 4 ½ feet from the record flood of 2009. 

If you don’t know the impact of that flood…

 

So imagine only four feet from that.  Lots of roads are closed.  It takes a good 30 minutes to get to work.  In KC that was making GOOD time to get 11 miles, but in Fargo, 6 miles takes me no more than 10.

And still with all of this doom and gloom surrounding me…I am getting SO excited for the musical.  Looking forward to this week.  Time to tighten everything up and get to know some people better.  The cast is ridiculously talented and there is some music I am hoping they will let me use for other things.  Its really great. Beautiful melodies.  The set is AMAZING and last night we rehearsed with part of the orchestra.  A tad rocky, but isn’t that to be expected?  Especially without any percussion. 

CANT WAIT! CANT WAIT! CANT WAIT!

I am so busy with this that I haven’t even talked about food!  How weird is THAT? I promise…next week. Tonight Mike and I are seeing Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion.  He received tickets at work and we are going with his AGM and his wife.  Really looking forward to it.  A night out with other adults. And no kids. To a performing arts event nonetheless…and FREE!  It doesn’t get much better than that. So, with that being said…I’ll talk to y’all next week…depending on the flood.

-Kari