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Incredible Pizza Fun

I like miniature golf but it is way too crazy hot in Oklahoma to play outside. Several years ago we went to an indoor neon mini golf  with Brian and Lauren and really enjoyed it. Then a couple years ago when our friends came we for a week, we went to Incredible Pizza in Tulsa to play their indoor mini golf; it too was neon but not nearly as cool as the one we played in McAlester.

Any way, we needed something fun to do when we went to Edmond to celebrate Brian’s birthday and Incredible Pizza was the winner–mostly because of the mini golf. ;) We went for dinner because they have a deal where you buy an $18 game card and get the buffet for 99¢. Yeah, that’s pretty good for dinner. :D

I promise, I wasn’t mad at all. :D I’m just not very photogenic. I did not eat on plan at all. I did eat a salad but I decided to just have fun and eat whatever I liked. Unfortunately, I ate a little bit too much. :D Oh well, live and learn.

After we ate, we played mini golf. Yes, it is a bit expensive for just eight holes ($4.50 or $4.00) but it was fun and we weren’t outside in the sweltering heat. ;)

Lauren beat us all this time! She even got a hole-in-one on the last hole! :D Unfortunately they didn’t have score cards, so we used my phone and just kept a running tally of what we girls scored. The guys played together a hole ahead of us.

Those are my girls! Love them to bits.

After we finished that, Brian and Liam played a game together.

He was having soooo much fun!

Then the guys and Tiffany played the virtual reality game. It too was expensive but they really really enjoyed it.

At one point they were all down on their knees. :D

We played the mini bowling and we all played different arcade games. Lauren and I played some air hockey (I won ;) ). I always enjoy air hockey and skeeball, which we also played. I’m not really any good at any of it but I had fun.

Michael and Liam both rode motorcycles and were in the same game together. So fun!

There really wasn’t anything I wanted to play, so I took Liam over to the kids ride section and let him ride.

There was one that we both did together too.

It was a fun day and we enjoyed ourselves. It wasn’t crowded at all, which was nice. And it was nice and clean.

After we left there we checked into the hotel and went for a swim. It was a good bit of exercise. ;) I took a book with me and enjoyed reading it after showering.

We had the air conditioner set pretty low because we all like to sleep in the cooler temperatures. It was a good thing because a storm came through and knocked out the electricity for about two hours! Consequently we did not roast.

I’ve stayed at this hotel before and remember the beds being a bit softer. Of course that was quite a few years ago. This time the beds were quite firm! Ugh!

We had hoped to swim before checking out in the morning but they don’t open the pool until nine. We decided to go get a little something to hold us over until brunch with Brian, Lauren, and Liam and were extremely glad that they were treating us to brunch because there was NO hot food. Yep, no sausage, biscuits, waffles, bacon, or eggs. Just some muffins, fruit, quick oats, cold dry scones, and cereal.

We met them at Neighborhood Jam and had a delicious breakfast! The Heap was delicious (not on plan but delicious)! I got pulled pork as my choice of meat on top of my hash browns with pico, avocado, cheese, and a biscuit with two eggs over easy on the side, by request — usually the eggs are served on the same plate. It was scrumptious! I think everyone enjoyed their breakfast. (I wrote a bit more about the wonderful food at Neighborhood Jam here.)

It was a really good time spent with family and look forward to next time.

Oh, we did end up going to the water park with my sister and her girls but it rained and we got day passes to use another time. At least we had about 45 minutes in the pool before we had to leave. The kids went down the slides, over the obstacle course, and down the lazy river at least once before the siren blew to get out of the water.

We got out and ate our lunch before it started to actually rain and then moved to the car. We sat out there for about another half hour before we could get our passes. It was nice to visit together and look forward to working out a time to use those day passes without a threat of rain. =))

Well that’s it for me today. I hope you have a good weekend. No clue what we are doing but I’ll enjoy myself, whatever it is. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

A Tip, A Link to Freebies, and Beginning Homeschool Help

Well, Back to School sales have begun. Target has several items for 50¢ each this week, including a 24 count box of Crayola crayons and pink eraser, glue sticks, and glue bottle. I like to look at the sales and pick up any supplies I need. Years ago I got a bunch of spiral notebooks and I still have a about a dozen remaining. Needless to say, they were an incredible deal. ;)

So, be on the look out for any office supply type items that are also school supplies that might be on sale over the next several weeks.

Starting/Continuing to Homeschool

I came across this good article on starting to homeschool, setting up your goals of homeschooling, and other things to consider. It is a good article with some good information to consider.

Cute Calendar Freebie

Blessed Beyond a Doubt has some nice printables on the site. If you go to this page and subscribe near the bottom of the webpage and click download button.

It’s good for Pre-K through 4th grade. There’s pages to make monthly calendars for the whole year (scroll down to find the month you want). There is a weather tracking graph for each month, a 100 days tracker, and more. There’s also pages to write about the month, a page for writing/tracing the day’s date, a shapes page, plus a few more.

Jill also shares weekly freebies that are worth looking at. :)

Bridge: Knase, Wadical, and Twing

Wow, only one week to go. I had hoped that I’d get into the habit of tangling a little every day but that is not what has happened. I’ve done pretty much what I’ve done for a long time, wait until Tuesday and then do a tile. :D

This week’s tangles are Knase, Küle, Quipple, Twing, Wadical, Well, and Well Well Who. Once again, there were several tangles that I hadn’t seen before: Küle, Quipple, and Well Well Who. I’ve seen Well before but I’ve never used it. Knase and Wadical are ones I’ve seen but haven’t used.

Wadical is one that I thought was peculiar but when I used it I found I really liked it. It was a nice tangle to get into the flow with.

Here’s my tile, both scan and a picture in natural light. Top tangle is Twing, then Knase, and then Wadical.

I think it kind of looks like a bridge and water. I like how Knase and Twing flowed together nicely. :)

Here’s the tile after shading, both scan and picture taken out in natural light.

It doesn’t look like much shading in the natural light. I guess I should have done a bit more but it was looking a bit too dark overall, so I lifted some of it off with a kneaded eraser. I guess I should have left it alone after all. :D

Next week is the last one in this project and we will have then completed all of the official Zentangle tangles. I’m a little bit behind and have quite a few to do the step-outs for yet, but at least I have them all available to me know. :) I’m very happy about this. :)

Have you tried Wadical? Is it meditative for you?

Well, I’m going to run. Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Ordering at a Restaurant, Making Substitutions

When we were in Edmond visiting with my son and his family, we ate at a wonderful new breakfast restaurant, Neighborhood Jam. My husband and daughter have food allergies and sensitivities that mean that they cannot eat certain foods. Between that and diets I have been on throughout the years, we have learned that most restaurants are very happy to make substitutions if you simply ask.

Low Carb Substitutions

When eating low carb, I ask to substitute something for the potato. I’ve learned that I love broccoli loaded like a loaded baked potato and most restaurants are happy to make the substitution. Of course, substitutions are not always free but I’m glad to get things I can eat and stay on my eating plan.

Occasionally Eat Off Plan (without guilt)

Other times, like when we went to Neighborhood Jam, I considered it a vacation and I chose to eat some items that were not “on plan” for me.  The key is to enjoy it and not feel guilty–the body handles food differently with guilt than pleasure. ;)

I got The Heap, which is hash browns (yep that part was not on plan ;) ) with meat of choice–I chose pulled pork–, pico, some kind of cheese, and two eggs. I got the eggs over easy and on the side because I was splitting it with Tiffany and she cannot eat eggs.

Tiffany got the Okie Benny which is a biscuit made from scratch, served with shaved ham, cheddar and sausage gravy. It comes with two poached eggs but as I already stated, Tiffany is sensitive to egg yolks right now, so she substituted sausage patties for the eggs.

Michael got the Three Egg Omelet. They were out of turkey bacon so he got the chicken sausage but said that he didn’t like the chicken sausage. The rest of the meal, omelet with veggies, hash browns, biscuit, were all very good. He said he would eat there again. :)

Sean got the Bison Power Bowl. :) He liked it too. I didn’t pay attention to what Brian, Lauren, and Liam got but they tasted mine and liked it. :)

Sometimes it is acceptable to eat off plan foods but if I eat out more frequently, I definitely try to stay with on plan foods making substitutions as needed. :) Don’t be shy to ask to make substitutions in order to eat foods that are best for you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Maybe He’s Not Really Being Controlling, It Just Seems Like It

We finally made it to the water park with my sister and her girls last week. Of course it rained and we got a day pass to try again. We’d been able to get into the water for about 45 minutes before the horn blew because of thunder/lightening.

While Tracie and I were slowly getting into the pool, she told me that something I’d told here years ago, still helps her today. :) That was music to my ears! I love helping people. :)

I had shared with her back then that I had finally realized why Michael always wanted to know where we were going, how long we’d be there, who else would be there, and so on. Oh, it felt so controlling to me! It used to frustrate me and make me feel like I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere without his approval.

Protection is His Job

Then he explained that he feels responsible for us. Then I realized that it is his job to protect us (his wife and kids). In order for him to be able to do that to the best of his ability, he had to know when and where we were going.

It is so freeing to know that he takes his job so seriously. He is being protective of us, even when he isn’t there.

Tracie said she’d just shared that with her girls (again?) in the last week, explaining that it’s Dad’s job to protect us and he has to have a lot of information in order to do his job properly. :)

Ask God for Wisdom

It may not be the way we’d do the job but knowing it is their process makes all the questions and phone calls much more bearable. So if it seems like your hubby is being controlling, wanting to know where you are going, when, how long, with whom, et cetera, stop and ask God about it. It could very well be that your hubby is just taking his God-given job of protecting his family very seriously.

I’m sure there are some controlling husbands out there. If that is the case, pray and ask God how to deal with your special circumstances. God has a way of peace for you. The Bible says that if we ask God for wisdom, He will give it liberally; so ask God how to handle your individual situation. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Brian’s Birthday, Eats, and Family

We went down to Edmond last weekend to celebrate Brian’s birthday. (He’s our oldest son.) We had reserved a car with Enterprise and Michael even mentioned the car being in Sapulpa when they called to confirm the rental the night before we were to pick it up. So we left early in the morning, dropped Tiffany’s dog off at my parents’ house because they were kind enough to agree to watch her overnight, and headed to Sapulpa to get the rental car. We got there and there were only two cars in the lot and it looked like the doors were locked.

Michael called and was told that the car was thirty minutes away! Yes, thirty minutes in the wrong direction!!! We opted to save the time and money and just drive our car instead. Our old car did just fine. :)

After a bit, we had to make a pit stop and I was HUNGRY. We were planning to go eat at a favorite restaurant of Brian’s for lunch when we arrived, but we’d had a light breakfast, so we picked up something to stave off our hunger. Then we got back in the car and headed out–we were there within like twenty minutes. :D It was another forty-five minutes or so before we ate, so no big deal.

We ate at Thai Delight. I’ve never eaten Thai food before so I asked him what he suggested. Pad See-Ew.

So basically this is chicken, vegetables, egg, and egg noodles. It was delicious!!! Even though it was definitely NOT on my THM eating plan, I would get it again. :D

Sean got a tempura combo meal with lots of stuff to try. :) Fried carrot and fried mushrooms were among the other batter fried items.

Unfortunately I caught Brian trying some of Sean’s bounty, so it’s not a very flattering photo of the birthday boy. ;)

We left there and Brian took us for a tour of where he works, Life Church. He loves his job and it seems like a really great place to work.

The lights say Fully Devoted. Brian said this area has just been renovated. Here’s another seating area.

Yeah, I have a real talent for catching people not looking their best. :( Sorry about that family!

They have a lot of cool signs posted around the offices and church. This is one I liked.

We were headed back to Brian and Lauren’s place for a bit until we could check into our hotel and head to our next adventure when we decided to stop and experience Boba Tea. Once again, this is not something I had tried before and there were soooo many choices that I asked for Brian’s recommendation. I went with the Mango, Boba, 50% sugar (again not on THM plan ;) ). It was quite good but I think I’ll skip the boba next time unless I can get like 25% boba. :D

Then we were going to head back to their place and Lauren pointed out the $5 Below store. From the things she tells me she can find in hers, I wanted to check it out, even though we have one in our area now too.

Sean and Liam both got sunglasses while we were there. :)

Liam’s were Minecraft! That boy loves anything Minecraft.

This is getting long, so I’ll share the rest of our trip next week. :) I think we are finally going to get to that waterpark this weekend, so it looks like I’ll have content for the next two Fridays, IF I remember to take some pictures. :D

Well, I hope you have a good weekend too.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

PS. This is an adorable decoration that was in the ladies’ restroom of Thai Delight.

It was so cute and so clean!

Book lists and a Literature Based Curriculum

One of the emails I got this week had this link for How to Homeschool During the Summer. I realize it is over half gone already but I went and read it anyway. I liked what she shared and was very similar to how we did summers with my kids.

One of the things she shared was links for three book lists she uses to pick books, aside from their favorites or ones left from their Sonlight curriculum. I, of course, checked them out.

Christian Books Only

The first is from Not Consumed and is a list of only Christian books from beginning readers all the way through suggestions for high school students. You have to give your email address to get the list but it is a good list with links for each book, to purchase. It’s nice to have a list of nothing but Christian books.

Wholesome Books

The second is from The Good and the Beautiful. I had never heard of it before but it looks quite interesting. It is a literature curriculum. The author is a member of the Latter-Day Saints but the curriculum is non-denominational, from what I read. The book list is a compilation of books of high moral merit, literary value, educational value, and clean.

Once again, you have to give your email address to obtain the list (you can unsubscribe at any time). I really like this list because it has summaries as well as age recommendations. This is a great list and very valuable.

Previous Sonlight Books

The last one is a link to Paths to Learning which has compiled a list of books that were included in the Sonlight curriuculum at one time but removed over the years as others were added. I used to like to use the Sonlight curriuculum catalog for book suggestions, so I imagine that is the purpose behind this. Here is the link directly to the list, no subbing required. ;)

I hope these lists are helpful to you in your search for good books for you and your children to enjoy.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Underwater Tile: Quib and Sedgling?

We are nearing the end of the Zen-Untangled project and this week’s tangles had several I’ve never even heard of before. Among those brand new to me are Kathy’s Dilemma, Orlique, Warble, and Sedgling.

Sedgling reminds me of Pokeroot with some extra auras in it. ;) I’d love to know the reasoning for the name of both sedgling and Kathy’s Dilemma. The toughest tangle this week is probably Jonqal. I’ve done this one before and still made a mistake when I started the second set of lines. So, I whited it out. :) Yep I did.

I added some shading on Warble that made it look quite different from the sample I’d seen but I like it still.

Well, here is the tile before shading, first the scan and then the one taken in natural light, which was nice and sunny today. :)

In case you are wondering, the tangles are Orlique, Quib, and Kathy’s Dilemma across the top. Warble in the center-ish, with Sedgling and Jonqal across the bottom. I wish I’d have done the jagged lines on Jonqal going up and down and the solid/straighter lines going across but, it is what it is. ;) Static was the only other tangle for the week and I just didn’t see anywhere to put it today.

Here is the finished tile, first the scan and then the natural light picture.

It’s  a little harder to see the shading in the bright sunlight. Let’s see if this one looks better.

It’s really odd because that section with sedgling looks a lot darker in real life. :D

Well, that’s all for me today. I hope you do something artsy this week; it’s good for you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Light Waldorf Salad

Several years ago I found Waldorf salad and really enjoyed it. However now I cannot even recall what was in it. :D A couple of years ago I tried the waldorf salad in the THM cookbook. Prior to THM (Trim Healthy Mama) I would never have even given it a second thought because two of its main ingredients are cottage cheese and celery, neither of which are items I like. :D

Early in my THM journey, I was astounded to find that I could actually tolerate, and even like cottage cheese . . .  well, when it is blended. ;) I also found that if I dice up the celery small enough, it isn’t horrible if it isn’t being eaten alone. So when I saw this waldorf salad, I decided to give it a try. Now it is a favorite light lunch of mine.

Start by dicing an apple. To do so, I start by cutting it in half, pole to pole. Then I use a metal melon baller and remove the core from the center.

Cut out the stem and blossom end.

Cut each half into about 8 slices.

Then chop.

Put that in a bowl along with two stalks of finely diced celery and 1 cup of lowfat cottage cheese.

Finally chop up a couple of walnuts and add it to the bowl, with a bit of salt and a tablespoon or so of sweetener. I like things sweet so I use about 1-2 tablespoons of gentle sweet. ;)

Stir it all up and enjoy! :)

Light Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • salt to taste
  • sweetener to taste (I use about 1-2 tablespoons gentle sweet)

Instructions

  1. Combine all in a bowl and enjoy. 🙂
http://lifeofjoy.me/light-waldorf-salad/

The original recipe used spicy nuts, black pepper, and chili pepper flakes too but I don’t prefer spicy, so I leave out the spiciness. :)

I hope you enjoy this light lunch. :)

Until next time, God bless,
Michele ºÜº

Growing Together

I received an email recently from Marriage Today about growing together being a key to a good marriage. I think that the trend of having “date night” can help a couple grow together. Honestly, Michael and I are hermits and don’t do date night nearly as much as we should but we manage. :)

It takes special attention to keep a couple from growing apart. Just because a couple lives in the same house does not mean that they are growing together and not growing apart.

Shared experiences and goals can help to grow together. It is important to have meaningful conversations and do things together.

There was a time when I was very focused on raising our children and my relationship with Michael was a bit on automatic. I regret that now. I wish we’d have had taken a bit more time for ourselves, as a couple. Thankfully, we have managed to overcome that time of growing apart and started growing together again.

Hop over and read the article on Marriage Today. I hope it will be an encouragement to you and your spouse.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº