Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cornish Hens, or a Boy's First Pets?

As Mothers we are always looking for ways to help our little ones achieve the life skills and moral lessons that will help them grow into loving and compassionate adults. One of the earliest lessons in the Zimmerman home has always been, care and responsibility of an animal. This has ranged from feeding the family flock of laying hens and gathering the eggs to feeding and watering the dogs. Oh, and I am not gonna pretend that these chores always get done without reminders! But it's the Mama's thought of a life lesson that counts.

I have been talking to 'Big Blue' about it being time for 'Little Blue' to have some such responsibility. He is a bit younger than the girls were when they were given the responsibilities of caring for living creatures, But it seems the God Given desire to rule over the earth and the things in it in my 'Little Blue' is already in action! So I was thinking that putting him 'In charge' of his own little domain (pet) would help curb his desire to dominate his little (and big) sister! But what pet to get a 3yr. old boy who has NO interest in animals, no, Never wanted to touch them! My older children all recognized animals of all kinds at a very young age, But not 'Little Blue' he called all 4 legged animals 'Cow' until he was 2 years old!

Yesterday a neighbor called and asked if we'd like to adopt 4 baby chicks! Perfect! Of course, Chicks, they don't eat much, are quiet and easy to take care of! We happily told 'Little Blue' about HIS baby chicks and we waited with excitement for them to arrive!!!

He LOVED them!! No, he didn't want to touch them, but everything that a mother hopes to see in her little man was there. Compassion, ownership, caring!! He felt so important and worried and fussed when his baby sis came to close! My heart was so warm watching him!

Image the shock to my system when I learned that they were 'Cornish Broilers'!! Wait??? weren't broilers the butchering chickens??? The ones the you EAT???? OH dear!!!!! You CAN NOT eat a little boy's first pet!!! How traumatic!!!

We go to the hardware store to buy food and the guy who helps us has no Idea that I am keeping a secret from 'Little blue'. He grins when I tell him that I have 4 Cornish chicks and I don't really want a 50 lb bag of chick starter. He says, as he hands me the smallest bag of chicken food, "Well since you will be eating them in about 6 weeks this should be all you need." he then proceeds to tell me how delicious they are when they are butchered at 4 weeks as Cornish game hens. 'Little Blue' seeing the look of distress on my face quietly assures me 'It's OK Mom," he says, "we can come back for more food when MY CHICKS eat this all."

Oh dear!!!! the plot thickens!!!

'Little Blue' proudly shows HIS CHICKS to his big sisters and Daddy! he checks them every 20 minutes to make sure they are 'Happy'.

'Big Blue' learns that the baby chicks are Cornish Broilers and he gets this look in his eyes... the 'Foodie' look! My heart jumps and I quickly shoot him the look plus pinch his side in time to stop the words Grill and Delicious from escaping his mouth!

so now I am off to google what happens to Cornish broilers if you never butcher them???

Any suggestions on what to do about this dilemma are greatly appreciated!!! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What did I do before I new about Etsy?? I Love all the great people I meet there! All the wonderful products I discover! And don't forget the inspiration! I love to find wonderful shops, and read their story (go to their profile). My goal is to share some of the wonderful shops on Etsy with you!

BizzieLizzieCreations is one of those shops! She offers a full range of purses and totes! She loves custom orders! If you see a Purse or tote that you like and a print pattern that you like she is most happy to combine the 2 for you! She offers Button, or magnetic closers! Shoulders straps can be a custom length!! She has over 35 years of experience under her belt and offers messanger bags, totes, wallets Zippered pouches and much more!! here are a few of my favorites!

Toadallycute Is another of my Favorite shops, displaying such creativity and talent! Who wouldn't want to do an owl themed birthday party after seeing the adorable banners, water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, hats, plus much more!

Invitations and thank you cards!! I think the Ice cream theme would be perfect for an outdoor summer birthday with a 'Sundae Shoppe' Party!!

And this Toadally cute MONKEY!!! so Adorable!!

Here is the link to her facebook page. She is happy to help you decide on a theme and design it for you. Honestly I think just taking a look at her shop will get your mind swimming with Ideas.

thepatternbag is another shop that I recently stumbled upon. I instantly fell in love with the designs and began planning which ones I wanted to get when I redecorate my childrens bedrooms.

The shop owner is a Stay-at-home mom of 4 who manages her home business with preschool, dance classes and boy scouts. ( I sure can relate to her.)

Here is the link to her Facebook page. Stop by and give her some Love!

Aren't these just the thing to accent any room??
While you are on Etsy take a look around and discover some more amazing shops!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Have YOU Read the small Print?

Yesterday morning was the perfect 'sleeping-in' kind of morning. Overcast, Raining, and occasional rumble of thunder. When the little ones woke me at 7:30 it was still so dark I was sure that it was only 6:00. But regardless what time it was we all know that when it's breakfast time and you are a 3 yr' old boy it needs to happen NOW. So I console myself by thinking about the wonderful moment when I will get back into bed for some sweet slumbering that night. We went to church and to my brother's house for lunch and a wonderful afternoon of Family and games! 9:00 when we get home, the 2 little ones are sleeping, we stuff their groggy limbs into pajamas and put them to bed. the big girls are 100% wore out from keeping up with their cousins all day and they go to bed with out being asked to go!! Elvin and I spend some time talking about the day, watch a movie and................ AHHHHHH that wonderful moment of getting back into my bed!!!!! But alas! The WHOLE cup of black coffee I drank while enthusiastically playing a card game with my family was determined to keep me awake!! So I lay there, designing new clothes and writing blogs in my head and finally drifting off to sleep around 1 am. Well not more than an hour later 'Little Blue' shakes me awake and is whining, Like usual I take him potty, put him back to bed and once again get into my wonderful bed, fully expecting sweet slumber to overtake me! But 'Little Blue' comes right back and crawls into bed with me. No big deal. I just pull him close and drift off to sleep, Within a few minutes I am 120% AWAKE, all my mommy senses are in full swing, as 'Little Blue' starts coughing and gagging! Well one pile his stomach contents right beside my bed, one mad dash for the stairs, one pile of stomach contents on top step. Another mad dash down the steps for the bathroom. and the 3rd pile finally ends up in the toilet. Poor boy was soo sweet, he kept saying "I am sorry, MOM" he never cried, was so grown up about it all. Everything cleaned up and he is back in bed with a bucket in case he needs it.

well 4 mad dashes to his bedroom later. 3 out of the four times I THOUGHT I heard him and 1 time he really was throwing up... Another change of clothes and both go back to bed. And after nursing 'Honeysuckle' and trying desperately to forget the fact that it was 5:30 am. Elvin's alarm starts going, and going, and going! this is when I started wondering if I had somehow missed the small print in my mothering contract??
No one told me that my heart would be bursting with love and compassion for a brave little boy as I clean up puke in the middle of the night. Or that I would enjoy waking up in the wee morning hours to nurse a toddler. No one told me that I would only put my head under the pillow instead of punching my husband when the alarm goes, and goes, and goes. Or that I would stumble through my day with sleep on my mind as I do laundry, wipe noses (and bottoms) and cook meals. And That I would enjoy it all!! I am SURE it was somewhere in the small print of my mothering contract but some one failed to point it out to me. So I will continue to be surprised over this parenting job that God has placed me in!

this week is spring Break for Lighthouse Academy!! I am soo happy to have my 'Big kids'
at home!! We plan on getting some 'Spring cleaning' done, starting with the windows. I love using my home made window cleaner!! want to try it?? here's how I make it!
1 gallon minus 1 pint distilled water
1 pint rubbing achole
2 TBS clear shampoo
take out one pint of water, add achole and shampoo, mix together and our into spray bottle!!
here's to clean and sparkling windows!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kissing Winter Good-by

Seems hardly possible that these pictures were taken only a week ago! 4 inches of wet snow covered every branch and twig. It was absolutely beautiful. 1 Because we knew it was march 9th and that Old man winter was just huffing and puffing his final breaths. 2 because it was 'snowman' snow. Here in the Midwest our snow usually comes in the form of a blizzard with temperatures low enough that any attempts at making a snowman are in vain! But not this time! After the 'Big' kids were off to school, the 'Little' kids and I headed outside! I can now easily enjoy these pictures Because: this week the weather has been so pleasing! My Garden has decided to come out of hiding and is sunning it's whole glorious self, each day getting closer to that wonderful day when I can scratch it's fertile, life giving back and plant seeds that are full of promising life, or spindly little plants that seem so frail!

Miss Honeysuckle helping roll the snowman's bottom!

Little Blue took this job very seriously!! Is there something Macho about building a snowman that I am missing???

"why, Hello, cold one of my creation!"

Miss Honeysuckle was enraptured with 'Cold One' and kept kissing him!!
When, by noon, 'Cold One' had lost his head to the warm sunshine, I KNEW Spring was 'just around the corner'!! Good-by Winter, Good-By!!!!!!

Welcome Spring!!! This is what we have to look forward too!!

Back-yard T-ball games for the whole family!

Bike rides in mud puddles!

New Kittens and growing Veggies!!

And here is whats new from the sewing corner! Owl 2 peice outfit! With a number or letter of your choice! take a look! here on Etsy

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Meet my Box of Crayons

Since this was such a crazy week and I didn't get to upload this weeks pictures due to my laptop being temperamental. :( I have decided to introduce you to my family. I have been learning alot about the "in" colors for the season. Did you know that the "In" color for this spring is 'Honeysuckle'? It's a deep shade pink just lighter than red! Yes, so I have replaced the word 'pink' with 'Honeysuckle' in my pink listings on Etsy. here. Doesn't 'Honeysuckle' seem so much more sophisticated than just plain 'PINK' ???

The "in" color for me is Purple. All Shades of purple make me feel happy!!! Here is what I learned about my favorite color: Purple has a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls. So does this tell you something about me?? :) I don't think I have yet outgrown the adolescent stage of my life! LOL

So now to introduce you to the rest of the Family!

My Husband, 'Big Blue' It sure wasn't hard to decide which color was Him. Blue is the overwhelming "favorite color." Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. It invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. That is my Husband for sure! I am so proud of the Daddy he has become! Taking a new job AND a pay cut just to have more time at home with his family! I Love who I am when I am with him!!

Ok, I won't bore you with any more mushy stuff.

Meet 'Miss Green' (Kristina Ann,) our lovely first born!! Green is seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. Kristina, peace loving, and dependable! Another reason I choose this color for her is because she LOVES the outdoors and is a real tomboy!

Meet 'Miss Yellow' (Staci Jane). Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future. Yellow will advance from surrounding colors and instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts. No more need be said. this describes her to a T.

Meet 'Little Blue' (Mitchell Alan). I searched and search for a unique color for Mitchell. But I always came back to BLUE. He is like his Daddy in all his ways.!! Love my 'Little Blue' .
Blue is the overwhelming "favorite color." Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. It invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming.

Meet 'Honeysuckle' (Hadassah Grace)
Flirtatious Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness,This vibrant pinkish-red color makes people feel alive, and energized! Honeysuckle is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted and carefree!
Hadassah brings such joy and happiness to our lives, It was hard to choose just one color for her!

So there you have it! All the Zimmerman's in a box!
Thanks for reading!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

So Great is the Love Of God!

Well, It's been a crazy, wonderful week. The most important thing was a wonderful womens conference at church on Saturday! Meet the wonderful speaker here . I guess thats what is formost on my heart tonight.
The Precense of the Lord is such a wonderful healing thing that when you experience it, the sweetness of it lingers with you!
When I was a small girl I spent hours thinking about heaven. I spent hours thinking about if I really would like it there..and if I would really like it better than I liked being with my family. As an adult it was just common Knowledge that heaven was the place you wanted to be, but I still thought about what it would be like there.. What would we do?? Would I be frightened to meet God? I was sure I wanted to go to heaven, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to face God, I knew I was a sinner and THOUGHT I had not done anything GOOD ENOUGH and had this great fear that he would cast me out!
After I became 'Born Again' I began experienceing the wonderful presence of the Lord and worshipping him with raised voice and raised hands. This time of praise and worship became so prescious to me, it was the BEST thing I had ever experienced!!

( I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing 1Titus 2:8.)
(Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23)

I began enjoying my time spent 'in His presence' immensely, And one day while in HIS presence the Holy Spirit whispered to me, "This is what heaven will be like". We will be dancing and singing in his presence. We will look upon his shining face and fall to our knees in worship!! It will be even more wonderful than experiencing his presence here on earth. I believe that in Heaven HIS presence will be so strong that not one of us will be able to stand. In his presence there is such peace, such calmness and such joy, that I strive to find His presence as often as I can.. It is Gods gift to us, he knows how trying this world is, And because his love for us is so great he gave us, "His Presence".

So here's what is new from the sewing corner this week!
Garden Flower Power pillowcase dress! here on Etsy.

Silver Sequins soft sole shoes, (your choice of lining color) perfect to top off any little girl's Easter outfit! Buy them here.

AND! Camo and pink maryjane shoes to match the realtree camo pillowcase dresses! Buy the shoes here. And the dress, here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

confessions of a former home-school mom... And a secret ingredient

    When I think about home school moms I automatically translate that into 'Super-Mom'.
    I should know... I have a 'Super-Mom' sister or 2. but most of all I used to BE ONE OF THEM!! Yes, they do it all! make nutritious meals 3 times a day for a growing family! (Some even make freezer meals!!) They grind their own wheat, bake their own bread. they have their own chickens for eggs and even a goat or 2 for fresh milk! they have menu plans for weeks in advance! Their Children sort their own laundry, some even DO their own laundry. they ALWAYS dry their laundry on the line.... Are you getting tired yet??? well I am!
    Ok, we all know that no-body is 'Super-mom' we all know that All of us have our areas where we feel we don't measure up! I am a huge cheerleader for home schools!! I love to see happy families walking in the Path that the Lord has planned for them!!
    I DID NOT ENJOY COOKING NUTRITIOUS MEALS!!! Nope not one bit!! I loved the idea of FEEDING my children Nutritious home cooked meals. I just didn't want to be the one cooking them!!!! Now before you judge me listen to this!! I DID enjoy milking my goats, Yes they smell a bit but so what!! I did enjoy growing healthy fruits and veggies in my own garden, yes, weeding, dirt under the nails and all!! BUT NOT COOKING! for all my home school years I wanted to enjoy cooking but it NEVER happened!!
    So now we eat spaghetti WITHOUT WHOLE WHEAT NOODLES, just regular noodles.
    we eat STORE BOUGHT EGGS!!
    we BUY our yogurt!! (always plain though, no added sugar) LOL.
    we SOMETIMES eat cereal from a CARDBOARD BOX!!!!
    BUT.. here is the rest of the story.. Yes I Love when my kids eat healthy and love it.. (only because they don't know it!! So here is how I get a SUPERFOOD into their snacks!
    1.5 cups butter
    1.5 cups pure maple syrup
    2 eggs
    1tsp salt
    2 tsp baking powder
    2tsp vanilla
    1.5cups ground flax seed
    2.5 cups quick oats
    2.5 cups whole wheat flour

    Haddy and I grinding the wheat for the cookies.. (just like the little red hen, I know.)Read about the health benefits of fresh ground wheat here
      The SUPERFOOD!! Flax seed! I prefer the light colored flax seed because the kids and their Daddy CAN'T SEE when I add it to something!

      Flax seed all ground up and ready to add some Smartness to these cookies!!

      A little chocolate never hurt anyone, RIGHT????

      AHHH so Delicious!!! AND no-one even knew they were eating one of God's SUPERFOODS!!!

        Here are some of the health benefits of flax seed!

      1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
        (Optimal function of the human brain depends on presence of Omega 3 fatty acids. They are essential building materials for the brain during development and crucial to proper brain function and maintenance. These fatty acids improve communication between the cells and are the main ingredient for making myelin sheaths, a protective membrane covering tissue connecting neurons. Deficiencies can lead to hyperactivity, attention deficiency disorder (ADD), dyslexia, violence, depression, memory loss and various behavioral disorders.)
      2. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods

      3. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

      On another day I will share how to get them to eat flax seed for breakfast..

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    How did THAT happen?

    It's only 9:00 in the morning but I feel the need for a blogging therapy session. Blogging is the best therapy I have ever encountered. It never asks any hard questions, and I get to do all the talking.. The best part?? I usually end up laughing by the time I am done, because what seemed like a mountain becomes a silly little molehill after I share it with all of you.
    It happens after days of having a teething baby that has a sinus cold and thinks everyone should suffer with her, a 3 yr old with same sinus cold who thinks Mom is here to carry out his every wish and command!
    So this morning With a 3 yr. old who thinks 5am is a good time to get into bed with mom and crowd her out of bed until she decides to get up, I didn't want to take him back into his bedroom at that time of the morning because he shares a room with his sister and only one thing worse than a 3yr old awake at 5am is a 14 mo old awake at 5am. (the 3yrold at least lets me doze off in between falling out of my own bed.)
    but alas 6am and Hubby's alarm starts going and going and going.. with the volume on HIGH.. this is not just the beep, beep, beep of a regular alarm.. but a very annoying ringtone on his cell! Said 14mo. old gets all excited because she knows she gets to see Dad now and starts dancing in her crib yelling for Dad! (he still sleeps) at this point I decide it's defiantly easier to let them get up than try to convince them to go back to bed and sleep till their usual wake up time of 7:30!
    If there is one thing that sends my morning into a downward spiral it's not having at least 15 min to myself before I face the family and the whole day! time to get myself together, clean my bathroom and get breakfast started... but this morning they are demanding breakfast. yeah it's bad.. they are STARVING!!! they sit at the table CRYING while I try to hurry up get dressed!!
    breakfast is done and it's on to the constant struggle of getting the Big girls to get their chores done in a timely fashion and done RIGHT!! all the while thinking I failed as a mom because my 9 yr. old does not realize how important it is for her chores to be done RIGHT.. I can tell by the pitiful way the dog stares at me that he thinks i failed too because I didn't teach her that he needs a full scoop of food!!!

    I ave no idea why i decided this morning was the time to get her 9yr. old attitude adjusted into the proper shape.....

    so my plan is to take the girls to school, run to town and get a few groceries that I need to make a dessert for a women's conference at church on Saturday.

    I get to town praying all the way that the little ones don't fall asleep before I get there.. They stay awake BUT I discover that I forgot my wallet!!! I was in tears by this time!!! so I decide to go back home and put Miss Haddy down for a nap, well she falls asleep on the way home, no big deal, i just carry her upsairs and put her in her bed. BUT no such luck, she has decided she has had enough of a nap!! So here I am with a CRANKY Haddy, no groceries and a bad attitude myself!!! Someone needs to come spank me and adjust my attitude!! :)

    My plan is putting all else on hold to find some peace in the word of the Lord!

    be Still and know that I am God!!!

    Thanks for helping me out with my therapy session!!!!