Archive for November, 2009

Here’s a pic of some of the guys watching the big game on Turkey Day.  I think it’s interesting how no one is sitting down!

You know, the game where the “other team” scored in the first 15 seconds of the game.  The same game where our quarterback made an impressive run through all the players and down the center of the field for a touchdown not too much longer.

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A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.       1 Peter 3:3-4 (New Living Translation)

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We had a great meal for Thanksgiving.  Lunch occurred about 2:30, so I figure that was decent timing.

My sweet brother did the shopping on Tuesday.  We also made a trip to the store Thanksgiving morning, for a frozen pie crust.  After sorting through the beautifully-arranged pile of groceries from the Tuesday shopping trip, while at the same time organizing everything for the upcoming bake-a-thon, I realized that we had sweetened-condensed milk instead of evaporated milk.

Thus, we made trip number two to town.  We stopped at the first store that was still open (approaching 10:30 A.M., but they didn’t have evaporated milk.  We went to the next store, a “dollar store,” which did have a can of evaporated milk.  I was so excited that I hugged the lady employee who was stocking shelves in that aisle!

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Here is what we had for Thanksgiving Dinner 2009:

Smoked Turkey (already cooked, we just had to heat it up; we used a Reynold’s Oven Bag)


Turkey Gravy

Sweet Potato Casserole

Mashed Potatoes (for the non-sweet potato person)

Cheesy Cauliflower


Loaf of Bread (for the person who wanted bread with their meal)

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie (as of 8:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving night, it still hadn’t been touched, because everyone was either loving second helpings of dinner or was just too plain full)


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Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Turkey Day!

I am so thankful for my family and the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful meal with them!

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This is a Jayne Cobb ear-flap hat I made with Vanna’s choice yarn.  I used black and red in order to make a Texas Tech hat.

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Exercise Week 2 Finished

I’ve finally finished Week 2’s exercises.  In a month, I’ve done 12 complete workouts from the Navy Seal workout book.  I’m moving at a slower pace than what’s called for in the book, but at least I have an exercise program that I can use whenever I find the time or the motivation to exercise.

This weekend, I got in some good walking.  Even though the weather was cold, it was nice to get outside.

Next up, I’m going to work on getting through Week 3’s exercises.  There are 6 workouts, and I’m already working my way through the first one.  I’ve done the walking, so now I need to do the push ups and ab work.

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I just finished reading The Undaunted.  800 pages.  Well worth it.

In fact, I couldn’t put the book down.  I had so many plans for the weekend.  They all got pushed aside as I delved into this fabulous book.

It starts with a 6-year-old boy working in coal mines in England.  It follows him as he emigrates to Utah as a teenager.  When he is in his early 20s, he begins a challenging pioneer journey in southern Utah.

In the late 1870s, a group of missionaries/pioneers set out to find a shorter route from Escalante, Utah to the southeastern corner of Utah, near what is now Bluff, Utah.  These families set out on what they thought would be a 6 week trek.  It took 6 months, because they had to build wagon roads through challenging terrain.

It’s a fabulous book filled with historical facts and people (woven into the story with the fictional characters), faith, perseverance, and love.


The author has a great website with photos of the pioneer route landmarks at:  http://www.undaunted-thenovel.com/

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I started on Week 2 (Level 1) of the Navy Seal workout on November 3.  It’s now 11/10, and I’ve already completed 3 out of the 6 workouts.

I think it’s progress to complete 3 workouts in one week (I know that you’re supposed to complete one per day, which is 6 workouts in one week, but it takes me about 2 days to complete each workout).

For Week 1, it took me three weeks to complete all 6 workouts, so this is definitely progress.

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Hooray!  I finally did a menu again!  It’s been so long!  I made a list of meals for the week and went shopping for the ingredients.  I even planned out weekly breakfasts!

Dinners for the Week of November 8:

Sunday – pork roast, potatoes, green beans, frozen veggies (steamed)

Monday – Hamburger Helper w/ mushrooms, rolls, salad

Tuesday – chicken breasts w/ cream of mushroom soup, brown rice w/ lemon (cooked w/ bouillon), salad

Wednesday – turkey sausage, Mac & Cheese, raw carrots, frozen veggies (steamed)

Thursday – grad school night – fend for yourself



Sunday – cereal, fruit, milk

Monday – Kashi waffles w/ peanut butter, juice

Tuesday – oatmeal w/ raisins, juice

Wednesday – fruit bread (pumpkin bread this week), yogurt, milk or juice

Thursday – oatmeal w/ raisins, juice

Friday – bagel w/ peanut butter, milk

Saturday – pancakes, eggs, milk


For more menu ideas, go to Org Junkie.

Special Thanks to Cindy’s Porch for meal calendars and menu ideas.

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Amazing how you wake up, read your grad school textbook as you walk on the treadmill, teach children all day, come home, eat dinner, and only want to sit and watch TV for the rest of the evening.

So, since you need to do more grad school homework, you load up on dark chocolate.

A little while later, amazingly, you’re able to do more walking on the treadmill as you continue to read your grad school textbook.  A little while after that, you remove yourself from computers, TVs, etc., and force yourself to do more grad school homework.


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I finally finished Week 1 (Level 1) from my Navy Seal workout book.  I started the 6 workouts on 10/14.  I’m hoping that it won’t take so long to complete Week 2.

My reward for completing Week 1 was to purchase supplies and make a pair of earrings, but I don’t know if I still want that for this week’s reward.


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