September, 2011

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Beautiful Rainy Day in Vermont

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Dave, John, Dave’s father and I drove to Vermont for the day.  We left pretty early and were to our favorite cheese shop before 10:00AM.  They make a Gruyere that Dave really, really likes.  We drove through Townsend and on through Jamaica to view some of the damage from the flooding of Hurricane Irene a month ago.  Dave will probably post pictures soon, but it was amazing to see how the water just ripped out a bridge and homes as it swept through.

We went as far was Weston Priory.  We arrive 5 minutes into Mass so we missed it and we missed the bookstore too.  But it really is lovely there so we walked around briefly, took a few pictures and left.  On our way back to CT, we stopped in the town of Weston to have lunch and stop at the Vermont Country Store.  I found a little tugboat for John to play with in the bathtub that I think John will love.

So all in all we had a very nice day.

Old Map Crafts

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Dave collects and has a private library of maps.  He owns a website called Broer Map Library where he has maps he’s scanned available to the public online.  It is because of this that we have about 35,000 flat sheets of maps in our home and my in-law’s home.  Our goal is to obtain a large format scanner so tat we can scan all these maps and others as we come across them and make them available online for everyone.  Large format scanners are very expensive brand new and much cheaper used, but come with their own set of problems.

Until a large format scanner is obtained, we have thousands of less than useful maps that we have decided to “recycle”.  This morning I’ve begun bundling 6 random maps into a roll and tying a string around the roll.  Eventually, I plan to “fancy” these up with craft paper, twine and a cute label so that I can potentially find specialty retailers willing to sell them for wrapping paper and other crafts.  But firstly, as an experiment to determine the usefulness of this whole idea.  This weekend we are going to sell “pre-fancied” rolls at my mother-in-law’s church yard sale.  I’m going to sell individual sheets for $1 and rolled sets of 6 for $5 and see how things go.

Trying to Have More Kids

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Well, as you can guess, John is two and we don’t have anymore kiddos yet or even on the way.  My midwife put me back on glucophage like I was on when I got pregnant with John.  We’re trying to create the same set-up as before so that maybe God will grace us with more children.  So we’d love any prayers anyone would offer up for us.  Thank you!

Our Own Little Homeschool Starts Today

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

So John is only 2, but I’m beginning today to be a little more “teaching centered” in my everyday interactions with John.  We’re also going to be doing more crafty stuff and create more purposeful learning opportunities.  All the while remembering little guy is only 2!!

This morning John mashed the bananas for the banana bread we made (good hand-eye coordination opportunity).  Then he dumped ingredients into the mixer while I briefly showed him tools of measurement in the kitchen.  We played with puzzles.  Read our daily Bible story.  Now he’s down for a nap!

Later this afternoon he’ll get a bath and we’ll play outside briefly since it is raining.  John gets a little stir crazy if he doesn’t get outside everyday, even if it is for only a short time.

On tap for dinner is pork stir-fry.  I’ll slice cabbage, red peppers, onion, carrot and broccoli.  Saute it lightly in a big pan with some strips of pork and add a stir-fry sauce I bought recently and want to give a try.  For dessert we’ll have some of that banana bread.  It turned out to be a pretty awesome recipe.  I used Tyler Florence’s Banana Bread with Pecans recipe which is available on Food Network’s website.  I’ve tried the old Betty Crocker and Better Homes & Garden recipes in my cookbooks, but they leave much to be desired.  A friend gave me a recipe which tastes pretty great, but it never finishes cooking on top before the bottom burns.

I’m also finally feeling like the house is recovering from Hurricane Irene and being without power for 85 or so hours.