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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Loosey Goosey

The tooth fairy came to our house this week 2 times. Poor Winston had to have two molars pulled out on Tuesday because he has such a small mouth that his big teeth would not be able to come in the right way. Then the following day one of his front teeth fell out at lunch time. He was so happy because he was one of the only kids in first grade who had not had a tooth fall out yet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Leprechauns

Happy St. Patricks Day!


Yesterday while we were away, the Leprechauns came and caused all kinds of mischief in our house. They turned the water in our toilets green and the milk too, but I think we must have scared them because they not only left us a yummy rainbow cake but some of their gold. We ended our day with a yummy Irish dinner. St. Patrick was a Catholic missionary who drived the snakes out of Ireland meaning he was the first to be successful in converting the native pagan people to his religion. Did you know that the Shamrock was how he explained the trinity? The Shamrock represents the Father, the son, and the Holy Ghost.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Irish Soda Bread

It has been raining the last couple days here in Atlanta. I feel a little guilty because I know the state has been in a drought for the last two year, but "come on" I am sick of rain. It rained all summer in Switzerland and we had an early fall. Chilly weather lends itself to cuddling up under a blanket and reading a good book or watching a great movie. Today I made Irish Soda Bread and a cup of raspberry herbal tea. Yum! I found this recipe the other day and it is the best. The dough is light and flaky and reminds me more of a scone. Chewing is almost not necessary because the bread is so tender. If you do not know what a scone is than you are missing out. The Irish have always been famous for their poets, music, and gorgeous sweaters, but not their cooking; however, I think this recipe has changed my opinion on their cooking skills. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pot of Gold


Did you know I was 1/2 Irish? Well, I am. My fathers family came from Ireland before moving to England and then to the United States. Two years ago, when we were on Ellis Island I was able to find my grandfathers family records. I have been to Ireland two times and think the people are the friendliest, and boy do they love to tell a story. Want to do something fun for your children on St. Patricks day wake them up to this healthy breakfast called Pot of Gold. It is so simply and easy you just layer Mandarin orange wedges, strawberries, grapes, and canned pineapple then add some yogurt and a drizzle of honey and you have a very tasty treat. I didn't think my boys would like it because they don't really like fruit salad, but maybe the fancy name helped along with the presentation.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Science Fair

The beauty of having a son who is in the 4th grade is that you get to participate in the school Science Fair. Harris and I chose, and by that I mean I because who really is the driving force behind many of these projects are the moms unless you are lucky enough to have a dad who is home in the evenings. Anyway, I am getting off track we chose to see which bread would mold the fastest white, wheat, or organic. Well, we thought the organic bread would mold the fastest because it would lack the preservatives that white or wheat have. We observed our bread for 12 days and nothing happened. Which is a mystery in and of itself because when you don't want the bread to mold it does. When we lived in Switzerland it only took a couple of days for our bread to mold. Go figure! A couple of things we think happened a) it has been cold up until the last couple of days thus delaying mold growth b) you need moisture and we haven't had any humidity c) you need mold spores and this comes from dirt, so maybe if I wasn't so picky about keeping a clean house then we would have had mold d) maybe we should have placed the bread in plastic bags; however, since I had to buy 5 loaves of bread for this project I had one loaf of white sitting on the kitchen counter, and there was no mold on it????? The funny thing was we picked this project because we thought it would be the easiest. Thankfully, it didn't matter that the experiment failed. They just wanted the children to have fun trying the experiments and learn how to document their results.

Karate Kids

The boys went back to Karate. They had been taking a break because of the broken arm Harris had gotten in the fall and the stitches in Winston's knee. They are both happy to be back in Karate; especially, because the classes are later in the day and they can come home from school and relax a little once they have finished their homework. Harris is working on getting his blue strip and Winston is close to becoming a green belt.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Out the Window


Instead of focusing on the money that is going out the window to fix the continued plumbing saga, I think I will focus on that Spring has arrived. Today the flowers on my Magnolia tree bloomed and it was a really really nice 77 degrees. Having nice weather makes life just a little better when you are in the trenches literally. The upstairs toilet overflowed and went through our kitchen ceiling. I am in the process of trying to dry it out. If we are lucky, maybe we can get away with just having to repaint it. Maybe, the spring weather will help me to get outside more and shed some of the winter pounds I have put on.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Visitor

Yesterday, Harris came home and said he had a sore throat. He has had a lot going on, so I thought maybe he was just trying to get out of school. Then around 3am I heard his little voice at my bedroom door. "Mom", he said, "I can't sleep because my throat hurts so much." Well, crawled into bed with him and snuggled with him until we both fell asleep again. This morning I called the doctor and he was seen. It turns out he has strep. I guess this year has been the many of first in our home. Now, I just pray the others don't get it.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Snow Falling

Roman watching the snow fall

video

Yesterday it snowed here in Atlanta. We couldn't believe it because just this past week the weather was warmer and the trees were blooming. I guess that is what I get for bragging to my friends in colder northern climates. The snow was so pretty as it came down in giant flakes. Unfortunately, there was not enough of it and it was too wet for the boys to go out and make a snowman. They were so disappointed. Snow is not unusual here in Atlanta, but in the last 6 years I think it has only snowed 4 times. Other titles for this post were "What the " and "Let it snow Let it Snow." Even though the roads were clear where we lived, they closed schools down for the day. I guess there was more snow in other areas and they did not want anyone to get hurt; especially, from the black ice.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Double Digits!

Happy 10th Birthday Harris!
Harris in Alaska at 5 months old
Opening presents
Family Dinner


It seems just like yesterday you were a little baby and now you are 10. I can't believe it! Time has flown by. You are such a smart boy with many many talents. Mommy, Papa, Winston, Roman, Oma, Opa, Nana, Grandpa Nerney, Tante Martina, Uncle Uwe, and Marc all love you so much. We wish you a life time of happiness. The day started off with a special birthday breakfast that followed by opening of presents. You recieved a R4 card from your nana, money from Grandpa Nerney, dvds from all your family in Germany along with some money, and a DS game and the game of Life from your Mommy and Papa. Then after school we headed out for dinner and some bowling. Roman stayed home with nana since he is too little to bowl and would have been sad that he couldn't play too!