Last week I realized that I am SO not artsy enough to watch So You Think You Can Dance. Really. I am sorry but all the "dances" that everyone seemed to like so much I just crinkled my nose at and said "HUH? What?". Really.
However, this weekend I did realize that I am just artsy enough to appreciate some beautiful buildings in Chicago!
Chris and I went on a little get away this weekend - ALONE - to Chicago just to see the city and spend some fun time together.
Under the Radar was great! I really like the Sisterhood series. They are always a fun read and this one had a small spin on it which was great.
Next up, FINALLY, the third book in the Mark of the Lion series. I have learned so much from the other two books I am really excited about reading this one. This one is As Sure AS The Dawn and, or course, it is by Francine Rivers.
Next up, on Chris' birthday we got to play golf with some great friends while Maw Maw and Poppa Bob took care of the kids! We played golf at....
Brandywine Bay Golf Club!
(Thank you Andrew for your artistic eye here, despite the trouble that the subject gave you.)
I keep saying that "we" played golf but what I mean is that these 4 played golf...
... and I drove the cart for these two crazy guys!
It was LOTS of fun. Even if we did have to hurry along because we were holding people up being too slow and we wanted to make it to supper on time. It had been way too long since I have had a chance to watch Chris play golf. I love love watching Chris play golf.
For those of you who know me well - no I did not know this word on my own so you can go on and take yourself out of Shock-Mode! I found this word from Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. When I read about that word there, I looked into it a little more.
SYMBIOSIS: The relation between 2 different organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from each other.
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP: A relationship that is a positive sum gain from cooperation. Used to explain the relationship between 2 entities that need each other to survive and prosper.
This is the nature of the relationship between Chris and I. Happy Anniversary! I love you with all my heart, Chris. I hope to celebrate 555 more of these with you! :-)
We made our traditional week long trip to NC to see family the week after the 4th of July. It was lots and lots of fun.
First up, the actual 4th of July at Nannah and Papa Joe's house. Great food and fun with my dad's family, great splash time in the pool, and lots of fun with a wonderful new water squirter (is that a word?)!!
My parents have an abundance of Zucchini in their garden. Mom and I were trying to think of something other than Zucchini Nut Bread or Stir Fry type recipes that we could use it for. SO, when we were at their house the week after 4th of July mom helped everyone out.
She found 4 recipes for Zucchini all used in different ways. The last Saturday night we were there, supper was a meat, corn, and 4 Zucchini dishes. That is right, we made them all in one afternoon for one meal and made all the grown ups try every one of them and tell us what they thought.
Hopefully Mom, Dad, and Chris will comment with their thoughts since I can not remember exactly what everyone rated them but here are mine.
Stuffed Zucchini - I rated it a 2 out of 10 because of the strong tomato taste and it was a little dry. This may not have been the recipe's fault, though. It may have been the cook's. We may try it again.
Zucchini Macaroni Casserole - I rated this a 7 out of 10 I think. It was yummy and Hannah liked it. It made you feel like you were eating healthy mac and cheese! I did put a little too much cheese in it, so that might have been why I liked it so much! :-)
Baked Zucchini - I rated this a 5 out of 10 that night. However, I have tried this one again and I believe I would now rate it a 9 out of 10. That night we did not get it all the way cooked, I know now, and I think it was a little too much on the oregano.
Baked Zucchini Squares - I rated this a 9 out of 10. This was SO SO good. We had decided this one was the one we would skip if time did not allow us to make them all. I thought it looked the most unappetizing. I was so so wrong. I think we all thought this was the best. It is AWESOME!
Let me tell you - that was a fun supper! I hope you can use some of these wonderful recipes, if you are looking for something a little different for all the zucchini you are growing!
At the congregation where we worship we have Children's Bible Hour on Sunday nights for children ages 3 to 7. It is like another bible class for them.
Last night they were talking about what they were thankful for. You know those sweet little things where the teacher asks the children what they are thankful for and then the teacher writes it down on something cute for the parents to see. Well that is what they did.
Can you see what Hannah is thankful for?
If not click it. Make it big. See for yourself.
The paper says she is thankful for Justus, the bonus room, the play room, and family. I thought that was pretty funny. But sweet.
Well, when I was asking her about it on the way home she said she was thankful for Justus all on her own and she could not remember the others. I asked her if she was thankful for the bonus room. She said yes. I asked her if she was thankful for the play room. She said yes. I asked her if she was thankful for family.
She said no, I am thankful for Hannah!
Was the teacher trying to be nice to us parents by putting family or do you really think in class Hannah said family?
This is a strange week but once again we are trying to spend very little. However, you will see something a little different at the end of the week. Not conserving money so much - - - Well, that has been paid for for months so, really we aren't spending much. Really!
I am a Christian woman with the most wonderful husband. He is the absolute perfect man for me. I also have a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. We are blessed! Our family, daily, tries to do God's will and live as He would want, following the example of His Son, Jesus Christ.
"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."