Sunday, May 31, 2009
I mean, maybe no one else is that blown away, but I was! She's learning so much at that school! Makes me want to stay here, just so she can keep going.
I hurried inside to fill out the form to get on the wait list at the best probability for preschool in CT. They won't take Scott, but at least maybe I can get her in.
Still mesmerized by this whole situation. Dumbfounded, actually.
Friday, May 29, 2009
She took to 'A' very quickly, but we're gonna keep doing it all week. One a week, and focusing on remembering the ones from weeks before too. You can't really undestand her here, but I wanted my mom to get to see her! She's saying "ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you. Matthew 7:7"
And if you want your heart to just swell with love and admiration, follow this link. And get some tissues ready.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
1 10 oz pre baked pizza crust
1 3 oz container pesto sauce
1 4 oz Garlic & Herb soft spreadable cheese (I use Allouette)
3/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450
Spread Herb & Garlic cheese over pizza crust
Spread about half of the pesto evenly over top of cheese
Sprinkle parmesan over top of pesto. That's it!
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it starts to get bubbly and a little brown
Cool for a few minutes and then slice into thin wedges
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Now, that's Sam the Cooking guy saying that he uses Allouette. I personally use the Laughing Cow Light Garlic Spread, it comes in a circle of eight soft wedges, and each wedge is less than one WW point! You can buy pesto next to spaghetti sauce, and seriously, only use three ounces. First time I did it, I used four and it was way too overpowering. In his book, he says he uses it as an appetizer, but we eat it for dinner, with some veggies and a salad. If you cut it into eight slices, it's five points a piece, which is a little high, but totally worth it!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Do I need seven more boxes of cereal? Probably not. Will I be going to Farm Fresh after work to get them? Absolutely!
Let me just give you my game plan. You ready Mom? A bunch of Kellogg's is on sale, two for five. I have a bunch of leftover Kellogg's coupons from two weeks ago, because the size boxes on sale were smaller than the coupons would allow. They're DOLLAR coupons! So today only, they'll double to TWO DOLLARS! I have exactly seven, plus a coupon for some chips ahoy. And that's how I know God wants me to have this cereal! The numbers are perfect because....if you buy eight of these particular items, you get five dollars off INSTANTLY!
Let me break it down. Eight items at two fifty a piece is $20.00. Seven one dollar coupons double is $14.00 off. The cookies coupon is only .55, which will be $1.10, bringing my total to $4.90 plus tax. You see where I'm going here? I don't know what tax is in VA (how can I not know this?) but let's just assume it's five percent, bringing my total to $5.14. I can't wait to see the look on the cashier's face when I get out FOURTEEN CENTS to pay for seven boxes of cereal and a box of cookies!
The cookies are for the kids. Hopefully, I have enough self control not to eat the entire bag in one sitting. I did really really good with the last two boxes of thin mints, so I have high hopes.
This is my life now. Getting my excitement from bargain shopping. Wanna know what fourteen divided by eight is? 1.75 That means each item I'm gonna buy is 0.017 cents. Man, I'm excited!
But alas, I am once again wrought with worry. Ya'll know how long we've been planning to go to the Seattle area. And me personally, I've been trying to get to the Pacific Northwest ever since I was a little tiny thing and my dad took us on a vacay up in the Redwood National Forest. I just fell in love ya'll! Mom, I know you don't understand it, but that's where I belong! I truly believe that that's where I'm supposed to be!
So I guess when you're in the real Navy, they do something called 'playing the slate.' The nurse corps does not do this. So Nick's 'slate' came up for where we'll be headed after his school in CT, and there are only five positions for Bangor!!! Granted, I have no idea how many people are 'playing' this slate, but five just doesn't seem like enough! I'm loosing my breath just thinking about this.
So now we have to decide how to play it. Obviously, we ask for a spot in Bangor. Duh. But you have to tell these detailers your second, third...on and on up to SEVENTH pick! There are seven possibilities! That's a LOT of worry!
So Bangor is the most important, but being on a boomer is a VERY close second. Almost a tie. See, with boomers, they don't do six month deployments. They do about three months in, three months out. And it's almost set in stone, so it would be easy to plan Baby Engelbrecht #4. And the only other place that has boomers is King's Bay, GA. I do NOT want to go to GA!!! We didn't start our life together in the Navy so that we could get stationed in the exact same environment that we already live in! So for my vote, GA is number six on the list.
I would also sort of like to go to Guam if we can't get Bangor, but that's a fast attack, which means six months out, plus all the little piddly underways whenever they feel like they need them. That sucks! But it's Guam. But if we put Guam second, what if they say 'hey, this guy doesn't mind Guam, let's just send him out there' and they don't even consider giving us Bangor? That would double SUCK.
So, pray for me. I know it's not my decision, that God is in control, but still. I believe that the Lord helps those who help themselves. Remember that story where the guy is on his roof in the flood, and all these boats and helicopters try to rescue him, and he says no, God will save me, then he drowns and when he gets to heaven, he asks God why God didn't save him and God says 'I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you want?' I don't wanna be that guy! So I want to pray, and pray often, about this HUGE decision! I don't want to worry about it. Please pray for guidance for me, and for Nick, and peace of mind that once we've decided how to 'play' it, we'll have done all we can. We'll have accepted help from those boats and helicopter!
Here's what I'm thinking.
Third: Pearl Harbor
Sixth: San Diego
But we have to work which type of boat (boomer vs fast attack) and which actual job Nick wants! There's Eng, Weaps, and Nav. He wants Eng, I always thought weaps would be cool. That was Viggo Mortenson in Crimson Tide. And he says if he does get stuck on another fast attack, he wants to be Nav. Ugh.
But we're not doing this until we've exhausted ourselves with prayer and we're SURE that we're asking for what God wants us to ask for!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So how would you finish off a hot day picking strawberries and playing with your cousins? This is how Ava Nichole did it in style! And mama had one too!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Or like Ava, when she was two months old. I'm so excited! I have a long long ways to go (why oh why did I gain fifty pounds with this pregnancy?) but at least it's coming off! Hooray!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We put Warren in the big tub with the big kids...not such a great idea
And some of just Baby Dub. Look at this silly face he's making!
And Scott is still treating his vacuum like a beloved child. I try not to react like it's the strangest thing in the entire world, but come on! HE'S FEEDING THE VACUUM A BABY BOTTLE. Goodness. At least he knows how to love on something. That's good. Right?