Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Tuesday

Not too much is happening. So ill just write out the highlights of the last few days. 

So today we made some progress with pursuing foster care. Our agency is almost done with typing up everything. Annett came by again today, she has to come by and have to many face to face meetings to be able to submit our paperwork. She said that by the beginning of July we should have our foster license. We're really excited!! 

I sewed a couple of skirts for Joan yesterday. One is really heinous but she's the one that picked the fabric combination and she's the one who has to wear it. But she LOVES it!! The other one is adorable. Sean's mother gave me the fabric on Sunday. Here's a photo of it. 

Anyways that's about all that's going on. Tomorrow Joan and I are going to the library for story time so that should be fun. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Summer time and the Grilling is easy... And Delicious!!

So after years of wanting a grill Sean's parents gave us one last summer but we only managed to use it maybe a handful of times. So far this year we're on our way to surpass that quota. Tonight we made chicken / veggie shish kabobs and WOW!! This is defiantly going into the menu rotation. Most of the veggies were from our garden which made it even better :) 

Here's Joan and I taking a break waiting for the shish kabobs to cook. I love this little girl so much!!! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

So here we are May 2013

Well my last post was back in June 2009 and a lot has happened since so let me fill you in. 

Sean:
Lets see what can I say about Sean besides that he seriously is the most amazing person that I've ever known. Years ago, when I was younger and used to think of 'what my husband would be like' I never imagined that I would have been as blessed as I am. He is the best husband!! But enough of the mushy stuff right? 

Sean teaches freshmen high school English and ELL. In just 2 weeks it will be the end of his 5th year teaching. It's has been a wild roller coaster. He was able to start teaching under an emergency certificate, then for the next two years he had to attend college full time while teaching, to receive his education degree on top of the bachelors degree he already had. Those years were tough on everyone. But we all made it through it and every year with my experience under his belt it becomes a little less hectic and stressful. 

Sean has started painting again in his 'spare time'. He is using one of the spare bedrooms upstairs for his studio. Both Joan and Sean love painting together, it's their daddy /daughter time. There will be more post later about Sean's art work but right now mums the word. 


Joan:
Well Joan is a goofy 4, almost 5, year old little girl. She is so amazing and is truly is one of my best friends!! In the fall she will be going to SCHOOL. When I turned in her registration papers I actually cried and that was back in March, still six months out from starting. I have no idea how I'm going to handle it when I drop her off for a whole three hours a day come August.

Joan still has her milk allergy but is slowly being able to tolerate foods that have traces of milk. Last December she received the all clear from the cardiologist from Phoenix Children's Hospital. YAY!! Her asthma has seemed to have disappeared almost all together except when she breaths in second hand smoke when out and about. 

Joan is still in love and infatuated by bugs, numbers and anything science related. She is a walking encyclopedia and most of the time I am blown away with what she says. She is starting to read and she can do simple adding and subtracting. It is so much fun to see her mind expand and learn new concepts as she explores this beautiful planet we call home. And yes I heard that line on some nature show. 

Me:
Well I ran an at home daycare for a few years then I started back at school studying speech language pathology at the local community college. I am almost finished with my associates degree, only lacking 4 classes. However this is my last semester for a while. I'm going to focus on just being the best mother I can possibly be. We are pursuing foster care / adopting and can't wait to start this journey. We just know its what we're supposed to do. 

Anyways I'll start posting more now that I have the ap on my iPad and can do it when I think of something clever to post. 




Friday, June 5, 2009

spinach enchiladas

Sean and I made spinach enchiladas for dinner and it was delicious and simple! We've been trying to find good and easy meals that are cheap and not time consuming to make. And we've found one! Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/2 cup sliced green onions
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach , thawed, drained and squeezed dry
* 1 cup ricotta cheese
* 1/2 cup sour cream
* 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
* 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas
* 1 (19 ounce) can enchilada sauce

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook for a few minutes until fragrant, but not brown. Stir in spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat, and mix in ricotta cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
3. In a skillet over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time until flexible, about 15 seconds. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up, and place seam side down in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cup of Monterey Jack.
4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until sauce is bubbling and cheese is lightly browned at the edges.

Notes:
This recipe is ok with or without the ricotta cheese. We had it without and it was just fine. Also, remember to grease your baking pan.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The kittens






So we got some kittens.. Two of them. I know its difficult to believe because Sean HATES cats and I can take them or leave them. This is the story behind the cats..

We'll we thought that Joan found a scorpion so we called poison control and we were pretty freaked out! Wouldn't you be? It ended up being a beadle but cats catch bugs and spiders and all of those creepy crawly things. So they're our new pest control just in case. Always be prepared right? After all thats what it says on the Lion King movie. Franklin loves them!! He goes and checks on them when they're meowing. The orange kitty is named Clymer and his brother is Sherman. So now we have 3 of the 8 names that signed the Declaration of Independence. Hope they dont start a revolution.

We've been taking Franklin to the dog park every night for the last few weeks and it has really helped get all of his energy out. Our dog trainer said that he is a high level energy level and the walks that we were taking him on everyday just weren't enough. Its becoming our nightly tradition. We love it and we're sure that Franklin loves it more.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Whats going on:


Okay so there haven't been any real post for a LONG time! Sorry about that. Here's the run down of what's going on in our lives.

Well at the end of last month Sean, Joan and I were able to go to the Temple and be sealed for all time and eternity!! What a blessing that is! So this is how it worked: My family flew in on Friday morning and I had to pick them up at the airport. Sean didn't get out of school until 11 (he got someone to cover some of his other classes he teaches) and since I had our car down in Mesa he had to barrow my Grandma Betty's extra car. I received my endowment that day at at 3:30. It was a really LONG day! Then on Saturday Sean had a all day long test he had to take called an AEPA test. This test is crucial because you have to pass it in order to teach school. (we get the results tomorrow at 5). The test wasn't over until 4 and our sealing was at 5:30. It was more than hour drive for him with rush hour and he still made it on time and stopped an got me flowers! After that Sean, Sarah, Jason, Joan and I all went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants called Rigatony's. It was really yummy! Then on Sunday Joan got blessed during church. It was really special and sweet. There were some amazing things said in her blessing and it was just a really sweet moment for us. What a busy but beautiful weekend.

Sean gets off for summer in just a little over 3 weeks! He applied to work as a summer school teacher but we wont know if he got it for a while. Sean has to take about 21 credit hours of class this summer too!

We're planning a trip to Sea World at the end of July! I am so excited! I've only ever been to Sea World when its been really bad weather as far as I can remember. So yeah for Sea World!!!!

The Smith family is planning a camping trip at the beginning of June. We're planning on going for a day or so but Sean needs to work on school (his job depends on it) and we dont have any camping gear and I really dont want to camp with a baby.. just doesn't sound that appealing. But like I said we might go up for a day.

Also, my older brother Richard is getting out of the service next month and will be staying with us for a few months. Its going to be really fun having him around.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here’s a yummy recipe!!

Title: Glazed Cinnamon Apples

Description:
Have you ever had some glazed cinnamon apples for dessert or along with a stake at a restaurant? Well here’s the recipe and it is delicious!! And EASY! Made for a 4 qt slow-cooker. You can add less apples if your cooker isn't that large (thats what we do).

Ingredients:
1 slow cooker liner (optional) - saves you from having to
Clean-up afterwards
6 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut in
8 wedges (adjust the amount to size of cooker).
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons butter, melted
Vanilla ice cream, crumbled oatmeal or ginger snap cookies (optional)


Directions:
Fit your liner to your cooker. Place apples in cooker and drizzle with lemon juice. Mix granulated sugar, brown sugar. flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in a zip-lock bag (less dishes to wash). Sprinkle mixture over apples. Stir to coat apples. Drizzle with butter. Place lid on cooker.

Cook on low for 3 hours or high for 2 hours or until apples are done (tender). Serve warm apple topping over ice cream. Top with crumbled cookies if desired. Enjoy!

Number Of Servings:8-9 servings

Preparation Time:20 minutes

Monday, February 23, 2009

Family home evening...

Tonight for FHE we're updating our blog! How fun is that?? Last week was a busy week!!! Starting with Monday: Sean was off of work for the holiday, we drove to Mesa where Joan had her 6 month shots and check up. She was SO sad when they gave her the shots! She weighed 16.6 pounds! She is still in the 90th % for length and weight and 50% for her head. She is getting so big! The doctor said that we can start introducing different baby foods to her but to be a little more careful because of her allergies. We can introduce a Sippy cup and she can start having plain water. She rolled over for the first time on February 13th! She loves rolling over but then hates being on her tummy. She is a hoot!

Later that day we installed a dishwasher at Laura's (Sean's sister) house then we hung out over at Sean's parents house for a while. Right now the book that we're reading is the The Good Earth. So I read it out loud on the way there and back. Such a good book! I try to read it once a year.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were days of dealing with Joan wanting to change her sleeping habits. Sean worked on the garden getting it ready for this coming weekend when we are going to plant our stuff. Our Fruit trees in the back yard (plum, peach, apple and orange) are all doing well and blooming.

Franklin has learned "sit" and he's catching on to "stay". We're still working on the house breaking, he's doing a lot better but since he's not aloud on the carpet its really not all that horrible we just have to bleach the floor often. We took Franklin to the vet on Saturday for his check up and shots. He did really good. He now weighs 12.8 but the doctor said that he is going to be a large boxer! Which makes us very happy because we love big dogs almost as much as we cant stand small dogs! His next appointment is March 14th.

Then for date night on Saturday we used all of our new gadgets!! We have a Bosch, pressure cooker and wheat mill. We bought all of them when we were living with Sean’s family but we’re just now using them. We made home made wheat bread that was so delicious! Then we used the pressure cooker to cook up a fun recipe that we got from Sarah Robinson. It was so yummy! We were up until 1 in the morning doing all of this; we haven’t stayed up that late since we were dating! Man we’re old! Thankfully Joan let us sleep-in some on Sunday. We got up with her at 6 to feed her but that was it. Then she stayed asleep until 9 in the morning!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How things are going...


Well today I took Joan to get the ultrasound done.. It went good, well sort of... Right when the lady touched her hand she started screaming bloody murder! She has NEVER been like that with anyone. After about a minute of this nonsense I noticed the lady had some shinny bracelets so I got Joan's attention and showed her. The lady was kind enough to take one off and let Joan play with it. She sat there and let the lady put the warm jelly on her hand and look with her machine. I'm not sure if the lady knew what it was for sure but she called it a cyst. I'll wait to hear from the doctor to know for sure. But it now has a name, even if it is a tentative name.

Puppy training is going great! Franklin is so incredibly intelligent!! He is catching on with the house training and some basic commands. He has a vet appointment on February 21st. We love him and all of the goofy things that he does!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Well...

Joan's doctor called on Friday and wants the ultrasound done asap so we're going to go and get that done this Wednesday at 10:30. I wonder how it'll go. I hope her hand is alright.

Joan and Franklin hanging out



Joan was laying down minding her own business when Franklin came over to rest his tired little head. Joan was on cloud 9 for the next hour. It was adorable!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hello to all

Well here's the update... All is well in the land of the Smith house hold. Everything is almost fully in order for Franklin to come on Saturday. Joan is getting into a routine finally!! She has started sitting up by her self lately. It is really amazing how fast she is growing! On the 16th of Feb she has her Dr appt to get her 6 month shots and to get an ultrasound of her right hand done. They took an x-ray of the bump on her palm when she was 4 months (its been there since birth but has gotten a little bigger we think) but nothing showed up meaning only that it was not bone. It does not seem to bother her one bit but we would like the piece of mind of knowing what it is. But any who, thats whats going on with her hand. She has started to love to try to talk, although she is extremly shy! If you try to get her to do it she wont or if you look at her while shes making noises she will abruptly stop. She is a hoot!! Well she just woke from her nap catcha laters.