Time Flies!

Molly and Lauryn a few years ago.

Molly and Lauryn a few years ago.

Lauryn and Molly today.

Molly and Lauryn today.

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Adios, Training Wheels…kind of.

Lauryn begged Chris to take off her training wheels yesterday.

Lauryn begged Chris to take off her training wheels yesterday.

There was much discussion and explanation.

There was much discussion and explanation.

And he was off....just like that, folks!!

And he was off....just like that, folks!!

Just kidding.  SHE was off....but, well "Daddy!" In a panicky, gonna die, wimpering tone, "you're making me fall...Daddy--don't!!"

Just kidding. SHE was off....but, well "Daddy!" In a panicky, gonna die, wimpering tone, "you're making me fall...Daddy--don't!!"

Who's little homeless child is this?

Who's little homeless child is this?

I guess today is not the day.

I guess today is not the day.

Oh, I sweet baby!  Where you going?

Oh, hi sweet baby! Where you going?

  • Gloria!  Where you going?
  • Gloria! Where you going?
  • Okay, little stinker---I'm coming to get you!
  • Then Molly tried.  Like I said...This is not the day we learn to ride a two-wheeler.

    Then Molly tried. Like I said...Apparently, this is not the day we learn to ride a two-wheeler.

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    Holy Dessert, Batman!

    OH. MY.

    This is HEAVENLY.

    I use coconut oil for cooking because it is stable and does not turn into a trans fat at high temperatures.  But I had yet to use it for much else….until today.

    I wish I had exact measurement for you because you seriously…SERIOUSLY have to try this.

    Sugarless Coconut Truffles

    *about 1/2 cup coconut oil (mine was in the solid state)

    *about 1/4 cup carob powder (or use cocoa powder)

    *a tiny amount of stevia (more if you use cocoa powder since carob is naturally sweet.)

    Or

    *a few tablespoons honey or other natural sweetner

    *a few tablespoons finely ground flax seeds

    *a few drops of vanilla extract

    I’m telling you—-these are amazing!!!!!!
    Oops I forgot to tell you the rest.

    Scoop with a spoon and form into small balls and place in freezer.

    Coconut oil melts at about 76 degrees.  Talk about MELTING IN YOUR MOUTH!!!!!

    If you’re interested and I highly recommend becoming interested in coconut oil and it’s many uses and health benefits, you can check out this link here.

    It’s all over the web though so feel free to leave a comment with any more information you may have or ways you use it.

    I use it as a body lotion and sometimes a makeup remover.  There is an awesome natural deoderant recipe that uses coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda here.  That’s next on my list of things to try.

    And for those who are still concerned that eating fat makes you fat, I recommend reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon or Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary G. Enig or Know Your Fats also by Mary G. Enig.

    I’m sure there are many more resources out there.  I do believe that the fat-free craze was dumb.  I was SOOOO into it, only consuming about 30 grams of fat a day in high school.

    Most are realizing that was NOT the answer to the obesity problem or other health problems.  Real fat is in nature.  (Just to be clear–NOT TRANS FATS)  Highly processed sugar and corn syrup are not in nature.

    Don’t get me started.  You could say that the new fad is all about avoiding sugar….Well, onto the bandwagon I go!!!!

    What were we talking about?  Oh yah—here are a few pictures of the truffles:

    At first it seems like too many dry ingredients but just keep working it through.  I used a fork.

    At first it seems like too many dry ingredients but just keep working it through. I used a fork.

    These pictures do not do it justice but here they are in the freezer.

    These pictures do not do it justice but here they are in the freezer. Yum does not sum it up. Maybe YUUUUMM!!!! That's closer.

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    Asleep on the dining room floor

    *sigh*

    *sigh*

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    My Time-Starved Marriage

    A few years ago Chris brought home a book for us to read and go through together.  It’s called Your Time-Starved Marriage by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.

    The parts I’ve read have been hilariously accurate and frighteningly true!  Bear with me because I haven’t actually finished it yet….ya know, life’s busy….things happen and we haven’t really had time….

    Anyway, I have a new determination to get through this book as I think it has some great tools and good insight that could really help us.

    Chris and I are quite opposite in so many ways.  We’re like this 90’s song.  However, the Lord has orchestrated His wonderful will and as long as we keep the focus on serving each other instead of ourselves, we will learn so much from each other.

    Like, I’ll learn that doing a load of laundry every day is better than waiting until the pile reaches the ceiling and causes me to pull out my hair and cry.

    He’ll learn how much fun it is to completely ditch a well thought out plan and just do something dumb fun!

    The book talks about 4 basic time styles…

    The Accomodator, the Dreamer, the Planner, and the Processor.

    It pretty much nails us both.  Of course I’m somewhere between Accomodator and Dreamer and he’s somewhere between Planner and Processor.

    Sometimes it’s just good for me to realize that there are many other people in the world like Chris who know what time it is even without looking at their watch.

    And if he happens to be wrong….he’d be more likely to question the accuracy of the clock.  Seriously.  But he’s only ever off by a minute or two.

    Amazing to me.  I don’t even know what day it is half the time.

    It’s also good for him to see that I’m not a complete freak because I call something a 5 minute walk when it’s actually a 30 minute walk.  There are others out there!!!!!

    Hello, fellow Dreamers!!!

    Hello?

    Well now that I’ve spent entirely too much time blabbing about this book (or have I?  Who knows.  Oh, I’ll ask Chris.  He said “close to an hour.”)

    No.  That’s not possible.  Feels like about 15 minutes.

    Back to the book—It’s about helping couples understand and manage this elusive thing called time and learning to be more connected.

    You can take the assesment and visit their website here.

    Now, we’re going to finish this book!  Anyone else ever heard of it or read it??

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    Quiet Afternoon in the Leake House

    Jenna napping on the couch...

    Jenna napping on the couch...

    Gloria, just up from her nap---still rosy-cheeked...

    Gloria, just up from her nap---still rosy-cheeked...

    having an afternoon snack of Cheerios, which she demanded pointing and saying "bababababababa!!!"  Today, that meant "I would like to have some Cheerios, please."

    having an afternoon snack of Cheerios, which she demanded, pointing and saying "bababababababa!!!" Today, that meant "I would like to have some Cheerios, please."

    Molly, making play dough dinner for the family.

    Molly, making play dough dinner for the family.

    I guess we were going to have bowls of cereal.

    I guess we were going to have bowls of cereal.

    She's my detail oriented child.

    She's my detail oriented child.

    Lauryn, working hard on her icecream....of course.

    Lauryn, working hard on her icecream....of course.

    "Wait Mom, I'm not done yet!"

    "Wait Mom, I'm not done yet!"

    Here's Lauryn's FINISHED masterpiece.

    Here's Lauryn's FINISHED masterpiece.

    The house is quiet, the kids are happy....what else would I be doing?  Mmm vanilla chai.

    The house is quiet, the kids are happy....what else would I be doing? Mmm vanilla chai.

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    Homemade Vanilla

    You won't believe how easy this is!

    You won't believe how easy this is!

    You need some vanilla beans.  They're sold in the bulk spice section.  From 6 to 10 beans for one pint of vanilla. Vanilla beans. They’re sold in the bulk spice section. From 6 to 10 beans for one pint of vanilla extract.

    You need to cut along most of the length of each bean.

    Cut along most of the length of each bean.

    This is what is inside.  So maybe the big thing is called a pod, and these are the beans?  I'm not a detail person...I just want to make some vanilla.

    This is what is inside. So maybe the big thing is called a pod, and these are the beans? I'm not a detail person...I just want to make some vanilla.

    Next you cram the pods into a sterilized jar and pour vodka over them to fill the jar.  Now let it sit in a dark area for 4-6 weeks.

    Next, cram the pods into a sterilized jar and pour vodka over them to fill the jar. Now let it sit in a dark area for 4-6 weeks.

    From this....

    From this....

    to this as easy as that!  Well except for that part about waiting 6 weeks.  I've also heard that as you use your vanilla you can continue to top off the jar with the alcohal using the same beans.  I'm not sure how long.  If anyone would like to add their advice or any details to this that I've missed, please feel free to do so in the comment box!  Thanks!

    to this as easy as that! Well except for that part about waiting 6 weeks. I've also heard that as your vanilla gets used up you can continue to top off the jar with the alcohal using the same beans...er--pods. I'm not sure how long. If anyone would like to add their advice or any details to this that I've missed, please feel free to do so in the comment box! Thanks!

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    Saturday Treats

    This is a picture of all the wonderful things that are delivered to my door every Saturday morning by different people.

    This is a picture of all the wonderful things that are delivered to my door every Saturday morning by different people.

    Fresh whole wheat tortillas, beautiful lettuce from a sweet lady's garden, homemade cheese, fresh milk from a cow, and some lemon grass.  All this cost US 4 dollars!!  I will never complain again about the lack of conveniences in my life :)

    Fresh whole wheat tortillas, beautiful lettuce from a sweet lady's garden, homemade cheese, fresh milk from a cow, and some lemon grass. All this cost US 4 dollars!! I will never complain again about the lack of conveniences in my life :)

    Saturday is market day in our town and people come from all the surrounding villages to sell their produce or whatever other items.

    The wonderful bonus about living in this town is that many come to our door selling!  Having four small children, I consider this such a treat because hauling everyone around town for shopping on market day is not an easy task.

    Everything is fresh, homemade and CHEAP!  I know I am so blessed!

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    Naptime

    This is where Jenna takes her naps these days.

    This is where Jenna takes her naps these days.

    I guess this is a disadvantage to all four sharing one bedroom.  Baby gets the room for her naps and Jenna gets the couch....poor thing.

    I guess this is a disadvantage to all four sharing one bedroom. Baby gets the room for her naps and Jenna gets the couch....poor thing.

    She does look quite comfortable :)

    She does look quite comfortable :)

    nov 20 09 062--revised

    sweet dreams

    sweet dreams

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    Poor Molly!

    Happy late Birthday to my sweet Molly-girl.  It’s hard to believe that my little Molly is 5 years old now….time flies.  Here are a few pictures from her party.  This post is late because I’ve been busy cleaning up the mess this whole week.  Okay not really.

    She was so excited to wake up to a bunch of purple balloons and gifts from friends and family.

    She was so excited to wake up to a bunch of purple balloons and gifts from friends and family.

    Opening presents.

    Opening presents.

    The BIG surprise was a big-girl bike!

    The BIG surprise was a big-girl bike!

    She and our friends' little girl share the same b-day!

    She and our friends' little girl share the same b-day!

    Everyone is trying to talk her into hitting the pinata.  In all her birthdays she has never once hit her own pinata because she's too embarrassed.  Silly girl.

    Everyone is trying to talk her into hitting the pinata. In all her birthdays she has never once hit her own pinata because she's too embarrassed. Silly girl.

    Some friends from our old neighborhood came to celebrate with us!

    Some friends from our old neighborhood came to celebrate with us!

    And there it is, folks!!  The first pinata Molly has EVER hit!  We'll pretend that it wasn't me who was actually doing most of the hitting :)

    And there it is, folks!! The first pinata Molly has EVER hit! We'll just pretend that it wasn't me who was actually doing most of the hitting :)

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