Thursday, April 25, 2013

Family Times, Spring Weather and a New Puppy

We've been trying to fit in a short family time each evening at 7:00 just for 45 minutes. There's so much homework sometimes that we just have to call a break.
We were doing a lot of active Wii and dance games, but now that Ty's working 10 hour days, he's not as energetic so we've watched the first 45 minutes of The Hobbit (not my kind of movie) and the first 45 minutes of Wreck It Ralph the last two nights. The kids can finish them over the weekend if they'd like.

I'm always looking for something easy, so I created my own recipe based on some others. But one thing I do that the others don't is add chicken bullion to all the rice and bean recipes. It makes a big difference in taste. Here's what I did with these:
Rice and Beans
Lg can of corn, drained
2 c rice
3 c water
chicken bullion
2 cans of black beans, drained
salt, pepper to taste

Pour oil in large frying pan. Add the corn and cook ten minutes, stirring often. Add the rice and sauté until rice is light brown. Add water, 1-2 T bullion, salt and pepper. Simmer 8-10 minutes or until rice is tender. Add in the beans and warm through. Can serve with tortillas.

I had an IEP meeting for Jasmine so took her lunch. She will continue in resource for math and science next year in 7th grade. Her daytrana patch was upped 10 mgs because she's bigger than when it was first prescribed, and that has helped her stay on task the last two weeks. I assumed the dr would just do that without me bringing it up. Guess not.

This is the catio at a neighboring county's humane shelter. It's where we got Kiara, Jayden and Travis.

One for the kitties too.

Look at this guy. He is just a baby. He's going to be big.  We  were just visiting the indoor pets while we waiting for 

Kiara seems to have taken to Travis. Funny considering the size difference! The other two have sniffed him and seem to accept him, but Caspian especially isn't going out of his way to welcome him.

The weather has been beautiful this week. I hope it lasts through the weekend!


One Crowded House said...

congrats on the new little puppy!

Kathy C. said...

He is a full time job right now! I usually go for the adult pets no one else is going to pick, but the kids like the babies.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kathy,
I am seeking some advice and wondering if you might have some to offer. I am struggling with our 8,almost 9 year old daughter stealing and lying to cover herself of course and not get into trouble. She has been doing this type thing since about 3 years old. She was adopted internationally at 2 yo and is the 6th of our 8 kids. Yesterday she was caught by another child stealing candy out of the teachers desk. A couple weeks before she stole candy from the outside fridge that was her brothers, talking her 5 yo brother into being a part of the stealing then left him hanging, blaming him. You wrote recently of Kaleb stealing. Why do you think children steal? Why do they steal food? In my daughter's case it is always treat type food. And how are you able to keep positive feelings for your children during these times? I also struggle for knowing what is a meaningful/helpful punishment for each situation. Nothing seems to help. I appreciate your reading this and any help you can offer. Melissa

Renee said...

What a cute little puppy! Yummy recipe and fun times! I love the idea of family time every night. You are a great mom.