recipe time, again!



It's so rare to find a dinner that all three of us like. Grant especially likes this chicken. I got the recipe from Cooking for 2 magazine. You can double, triple etc. the recipe to suit your needs.
Tom grills these for me and he does an awesome job!
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
1/3c. water
1/4c. chicken broth
1/4c. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 garlic cloves minced (or used minced garlic from a jar)
1/2ts. ground ginger
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
In a small saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to boil over medium heat; cook 1 minute. Cool for 10 minutes. Pour into a Ziploc bag with chicken. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 7-8 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

dragon mosaic






We got Grant this dragon sticker mosaic kit for Christmas. He started working on it this week and he LOVES it. You start out with a picture that has little white boxes on it. Each box has a number on it. Then you put the appropriate sticker on the numbered box. The stickers are really cool, some are shiny and some have a snake skin like texture to them. When Grant has finished all four designs he will display them in his bedroom which has a medieval knights theme. I got the kit at Michael's. If you know a kid around this age who likes to be creative, we highly recommend it.

unlv

Yes, our family went to another UNLV basketball game. This was the most exciting game yet. UNLV was losing during the first half of the game, but in the second half they pulled ahead and won it. I really think the school should send our family season tickets, as we seem to be a good luck charm. The Rebels have won every game that we have attended. It was Kids Day for this game so during half time a whole bunch of mascots came out and played a game of basketball. It was a hoot to watch. Oh, and I almost forgot, we got free UNLV t-shirts. Free stuff rocks!

haircut

Here is the BEFORE picture of Grant's hair. Long layers on top, but still trimmed around the ears and neck. This is the first time Grant had chosen his own hair style. In the past he just let me have it cut however I wanted it. We both liked this style. Oh, by the way that is a gummy, blue bat from his Christmas stocking.


Here are the AFTER pictures. Grant decided he wanted his hair shorter. After we got his hair cut....he hated it. I was soooo glad that it had been HIS idea. He said he tried to give me a look in the middle of the hair cut that meant tell the lady to stop. I explained to him that even if I had understood his "look" she can't stop cutting his hair in the middle of the the hair cut. She has the make it even. Luckily Grant's hair grows really fast and a week later it's already started looking fuller and he now likes his hair.

january is sanctity of life month

I do not know anything about catholic vote . com, nor am I endorsing it. I just found this video to be very moving. It is also very appropriate since January is Sanctity of Life month.

after

Where the blogging "magic" happens. Stop laughing!!
I really need to do something about all those cords.
Nothing like taking pictures of your room to find out where the flaws are.
I like tan globes. See if you can spot more in rest of the pictures.
Or don't, be a party pooper, I don't care.


I love this book holder thingy. I found it at Big Lots.

The picture of London reminds me of the trip our family took there about six years ago.
The picture of Paris? Well, we'll just have to see what the future holds.

This is what's on top of the cart that holds our printer.
I hope our next printer is wireless and the cart can go bye, bye.

I love this little arrangement of matte silver things.

I love this picture. Our house has a very open floor plan and
I can see it from many rooms in our house.

This is the entryway to the office. There is a closet behind the wall.

AFTER
Well here are the after pictures of our office. To be perfectly honest with you I am still not done. It is amazing how much stuff I had crammed into this little room. But I am happy that the furniture is back and most of the books. I've been given the opportunity (whether I like it or not) to sort through things. I have a pile of books to donate to charity and a pile of magazines to give to friends and a chance to de-clutter closets. God willing all the work on our house is done and I will never have to go through this again. I used to think it would be fun to renovate a home. I now think differently. It takes over your whole life, people don't show up when they are supposed to, they do shoddy work etc. etc. But enough of this unpleasantness. I hope you enjoyed your peek into my office and further more I hope to never speak of it again!

before








BEFORE:
Here are the pictures of our office while they were working to fix the water damage. Half of the wall gone. Closet doors taken off. Carpet pulled up and pad removed. Two large bookcases now sitting in our living room. Loads of books taking over our dining room table. etc, etc. In my next post I will show you the after pictures.

carpet pad

Due to the water damage in our office, half of our carpet pad had to be thrown away. So one day this week some carpet installers came to replace it. There was just one problem. Can you guess what is was???? The new pad is three times thicker than the old pad! So our office floor was like a hill and a valley. So I complained (nicely) and the installers came back and put new padding on the other side of the floor, so it is all nice and even. I mentioned to the installers that the old pad looks like something you'd find inside your shoe. They said they call it "why bother to have a pad, pad." What is distressing is this pathetic pad is what is in the REST OF OUR HOUSE! Before we knew this, we were blissfully unaware that anything was wrong with our carpet pad. It's not something that we ever thought about. But now we trudge down our hard, cement like hallway and then step into our office where it feels as if we are walking on a cloud. Well you live, you learn. If we were ever to buy new carpet someday we will definitely spring for a nice thick pad! (it is oh so very nice)

sleeping


Last night while my family was in bed I was "working" on my blog. When I finished I did the same thing I do every night before going to bed. I went to check on Grant. Usually he is sound asleep. This night he was awake and complaining of not being able to fall asleep. So I discussed some things he could think about that would help him fall asleep and then went to bed. Once in bed I found that I could not stop tossing and turning and that I too was having trouble falling asleep. So I decided, I'll get up and go talk to Grant. I crept down the hall to his room and found him....sound asleep. So I did what any normal person would do....I decided to take pictures of him! I love looking at his round cheeks, they remind me of when he was a baby. What's that you say? You wouldn't think of taking pictures of your sleeping children-you're weird!

things I enjoy III

I love, love, love my kitchen scissors. I use them almost everyday. I cut up my son's pancakes and sausage at breakfast. I cut up chicken fingers. I cut the crusts off his toast and sandwiches. I use them to cut up green onions and chives. I use them to cut large grape bunches into smaller bunches. Wow, this is fascinating stuff! ha. Now as I'm writing this I'm wondering...Is my son too old to have me cut up all his food for him???? He's nine years old. I just cut it up for him without even thinking about it and he just eats it. He does not like me to cut up his spaghetti, so I do it when he's not looking. I don't want him making a big mess. Anyhoo, my kitchen scissors rock. See if you can find something to cut up in your kitchen.
Oh, try cutting up roast chicken with kitchen shears the next time you make chicken salad.

water cycle





In December Grant brought home a paper saying he needed to make either a diorama or poster board showing the water cycle. If it looks like I helped him a lot, I did. But it's o.k. because the paper was labeled Family Science Project. I knew Grant would want to make a diorama, but I knew it would be difficult to cram everything into a shoe box. So I enticed him into doing the poster board instead by telling him we could make it three dimensional. He thought that sounded cool. One big shopping trip to Michael's later, here's what we made:
For Condensation and Precipitation we made clouds out of stretched cotton balls and used silver, clear, and metallic blue beads for rain and snow.
For Ground Water we used metallic blue paint then glued blue, curly ribbon on it and glued on some plastic fish I had bought at a garage sale about 6 years ago ( I always knew they'd come in handy some day!).
We also glued green florist foam and rocks for the ground and some foam trees.
For Evaporation we used clear and light blue bunches of beads and a foam sun.
The thing that was the most fun was making the mountains. We took the foam trees from Michael's and cut off their sides then used plaster of paris so they were nice and textured and then painted them. We glued everything to a piece of foam core so it would be nice and sturdy.
We...oops I mean Grant got 50 points on the assignment, which was the highest grade you could get. Yay us...I mean Yay Grant!!
p.s. I saw the other kids projects at school and believe me they all had lots of parental involvement. Grant also had to give a presentation on the water cycle and I wasn't there for it. He did great, so he really learned about the water cycle from doing this project.

lovely visit

My grandparents came to visit us today. They live in Idaho so we don't get to see each other as often as we would like. They travel in the winter and I am so happy that visiting me was a part of their itinerary. Grant's growing so much he may be taller than grandma soon. It was a really nice visit. My poor grandma, she didn't even want her picture taken and I go and put it on my blog. I'm sorry grandma but I think you are beautiful! I love you G.G.!!!

55 degrees

Today I was in my car listening to National Public Radio. They were interviewing a lady who lives in Tok, Alaska where it is currently -78 degrees. Did you catch that, MINUS 78!!! Holy granoly that.is.cold! I looked up at the thermometer in my car and saw that it was 55 degrees in Las Vegas. It is very windy outside, but lovely weather for running errands which is exactly what I was doing. I didn't need to have the heater on in the car because the sun was shining through my window and keeping me nice and toasty. Thank you God for showing me something else I have to be thankful for. And I am really, really thankful I'm not in Tok, AK right now.
By the way this woman has a blog, if you are interested go to http://www.livingintok.wordpress.com/

the key to treasure

He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:6

christmas deer

I love deer. Over the years I've been buying deer figures at the after Christmas sales.
This year I realized I had A LOT of deer figures.

I wasn't sure where to put them all.

They are pretty though.
But this year I decided I wasn't going to get ANY more deer figure.
I saw some really neat ones 50% off at Pier One, but I did NOT get them.
NO MORE DEER FIGURES!
But, a new deer ornament is o.k.
He joins these two deer ornaments I already have.
In fact I think I need more deer ornaments!
Maybe I'll get crafty next year and make some.
I also got this cute deer nutcracker.

They will join these nutcrackers.
I need to give away that silver one, he looks weird.
Who does he think he is, disco Santa?!
Oh, yeah. I did get this deer figure. But he's going to go outside so it DOESN'T count!