Monday, March 29, 2010

Orange Julius-Yummy!

Drink Orange Julius

Here's the recipe to this Ater Family Favorite:

1 can frozen orange juice
1 c milk
1 c water
1/2 c powdered sugar (you can use less and it still comes out yummy)
1 tsp vanilla
6-8 ice cubes

Put it in the blender until smooth. Enjoy!!!!!

I half this recipe for the kids and I and it makes plenty.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Does God decide who gets to be a Garden Fairy?

Just before dinner, the kids finished watching The Princess and the Frog. As any good teacher/mom would do, at dinner, I was quizzing J on the main idea of the movie. This got us into a conversation about how we can't just wish on a star or pray for something to happen and expect God to just "poof" and it happens. We have to do our share and work towards our goals. I used several examples of how God has given people certain gifts, interests, and talents to help them achieve those goals. For example, I believe I was suppose to be a teacher because I've always had a love for children, a desire to help them succeed, and the ability to help kids understand various topics. I believe God game me those abilities but I still had to go to school and put forth a lot of work to become a teacher. We used several other examples of doctors, preachers, astronaunts, etc. J was in the midst of pondering what it was that God might want him to do when he grows up, when Z (who had been silent this entire time) piped in with a huge grin on her face and said, "I think God wants me to be a Garden Fairy!" Lesson of the Day: Let a little girl be a little girl. They grow up way too fast. Let them enjoy the fairy tale while it's so "real"!

Monday, March 8, 2010

8 yrs ago today

Eight years ago today, I was given the best gift I could ever be given and began an adventure full of love, joy, tears, excitement, fear, laughter, uncertainty, and insanity. Eight years ago today, I became a mom. My sweet boy was born. As I look back, I'm astounded that it's already been eight years. We've had so much fun together. He's such a great kid. He's funny and smart and has such a zest for life. J brings joy to everyone he knows. I guess that's why I wasn't surprised when I found out years after he was born that his name means "Deliver of Joy." He definately is a joy to me and his father. J is a true gift from God. So, Happy 8th Birthday to my favorite little boy! Lesson of the Day: There's too many this adventure has taught me to list. :)
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Sunday, March 7, 2010


I have no words for this picture but I can't stop laughing everytime I see it. Happy #8 Birthday Party day to the J-man!!! More party pictures to come but too I'm pooped tonight. I want nothing more than to snuggle up next to my hubby and watch a little tv until I pass out.
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