Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rainy Day Fun

An Indoor Picnic

Finger Painting Fun
If you can tell in this picture, Possum was painting a bear and leaves.

Making Bird Seed Cookies

The mess was almost too much for me.

Notice the flour on her cheeks.

The finished products

It has been brought to my attention (many times) lately that I spend too much time doing "stuff" and not enough time doing things that are really important such as spending more time with God, Joel, and the kids. I woke up this morning with the intention of spending the day doing fun stuff with the kids. We had been outside all of five minutes when it started to rain. Inside we came with me trying to figure out what we were going to do that was fun. I had a recipe for bird seed cookies that I knew the kids would enjoy making. They were easy to make and the kids had a ball rolling the dough and cutting the cookies out. It was a big mess though. Thus we have change of clothes #2 (#1 being from pjs to play clothes). After the mess was cleaned up and the cookies were cooling we started in on finger painting. Another fun activity, but another mess. Thus change of clothes #3. By this time the kids were ready for lunch so we had an indoor picnic complete with picnic blanket and basket packed full of food. Thankfully we made it though lunch without having to move to change of clothes #4. All of this fun and no work is making my work even harder for later with all of the change of clothes! The kids are now letting Mommy have a break by playing by themselves for a little while. Guess I better go start on all of that laundry!

Bird Seed Cookies

-1 cup softened unsalted butter

-3 beaten eggs

-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

-1 tsp. baking soda

-1/8 tsp. salt

-2 cups birdseed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl. Add a 1/2 cup of birdseed, butter and eggs. Mix until well blended. Roll dough onto a floured surface; use cookie cutters to cut different shapes. Use a straw to make a hole in top of each cookie. Bake cookies in oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. Brush egg white onto each side of cookies and press remaining birdseed onto cookies. Allow to dry. Tie a ribbon or string through hole; hang cookies from tree limbs.

-I didn't have any unsalted butter and so I substituted shortening.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Squirrel With Curls

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Possum's First Tournament Part III

Possum filling the weigh-in bag up with water.
Daddy handing the catch of the day down.

"This fish is so heavy."

Squirrel decided to lend her brother a hand.

Weighing the fish in.Father and Son proud of their one fish of the day!

It was a rough day on the lake. The temperature was high and the catching was low. That didn't keep Possum and Daddy from having a good time though. They both came in to the weigh-in with smiles on their faces. I believe that there was more eating and talking going on than fishing! Even though they didn't win the tournament I think they both will tell you that they had a wonderful time together.

Possum's First Tournament Part II

It was an early morning for little Possum. Joel woke him up and he said "It's still dark outside." He was a tad bit upset about being awakened so early until Joel suggested waking Squirrel up to go be his partner and he quickly snapped out of it. He grabbed his lunch box and the breakfast I had made for him and out the door he went. By the time he got to the garage and saw that Daddy had put the reel that he won on a fishing pole he was all smiles. Hopefully there will be more smiling pictures from the weigh-in this afternoon!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Possum's First Tournament Part I

Possum has been at Fishers of Men tournaments since he was born. Joel and I began working with FOM while I was pregnant with Possum. Both kids love going with us to do the tournaments. In the bathtub they play like they are having their own weigh-ins with their toy fish. They know what they are doing! Possum asked Joel during last season if he could fish a tournament with him. Joel told him that he would do his best to get someone else to run the Legacy (adult/kid) division this year so they could fish together. Jeremy, our South Central Kentucky director, agreed to run this division. All of that to say that this weekend is Possum's first tournament as an angler! He is very excited. Tonight was the pre-tournament meeting and he won a reel and a goodie bag full of tackle. He was eyeing the trophies and said that he was going to win them to bring home and put in his room. I have his lunch box packed (he is a little like his mommy and we eat when when we fish) and he is sound asleep, resting for the big day. I hope that I will have more pictures to share tomorrow of some big fish.
*Check out the Legacy blog for more pictures.
*Check out our FOM website too.