Saturday, August 31, 2013

This Blog Has a New Address and a New Name, Please Come Visit and PLEASE UPDATE YOUR READER

I finally did it.

I moved to Wordpress. And I have a new name - AdenaF. It's not really a new name. It's my name. It's what I go by on most other social media sites so I figured it was time to have my blog name reflect, well....., reflect me. Don't worry. I will still post about food, and fun, and even throw in some fotos.

I have moved all my posts from here to my new site. I'm still learning and I don't have all the bugs worked out it. It will definitely be a work in progress for awhile with us officially starting school next week.

If you subscribe to this blog, please be sure you visit my new blog site and update your reader. I do hope I at least have that part set up correctly now. :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Where Have All the Bloggers Gone??

Before I question why anyone else has quit blogging, I must admit that I've been gone quite a bit too. I've just had some many other demands in my life that when I am able to squeeze any computer time in, honestly, I've either used it to catch up with out-of-state family and friends (usually via Facebook) or to feed my former addiction to Pinterest. I'm not even on Pinterest quite as much now.

Now Blogger has lost some of my photos....HELLO...my BANNER???!!!! I am seriously thinking of switching to Wordpress now. But until I make the transformation (or even decide what to do), I figured I could at least try to get back in the habit of regular posting.

Fridays has always been one of my favorite days to blog. There are many blog hops that I've always enjoyed so I got on today and decided to hop on over to a few and join them. Only, they are no longer active!!

I seems that bloggers have fallen into one of two categories. They've either just quit or they've gone on to publish books/curriculum/TV shows, etc and now their blogs are all about advertisements/reviews/social media plug-ins. And they've also lost that  personal voice so I am betting they do not even post for themselves anymore but have hired writers!! UGH!!

I want to find the real bloggers out there. People I can connect with. I homeschool. Honestly, I don't always even enjoy it. Now I only homeschool boys and they are sooooo much different than girls. I struggle to maintain balance between being a mother/teacher/chef/maid/wife/anything anyone needs me to be!! My house will never be featured in a magazine (online or otherwise) and I don't really care. I try to make holidays fun for my kids, not to impress everyone on Pinterest. My life is not perfect. My kids argue with each other sometimes and they seldom help out around the house without complaining. I have picky eaters. My husband and I often disagree on how to raise our children.

There, I'm real. I'm brutally honest. Are there any more out there?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ummmmm....What Happened Here? and Encouragement for a New Homeschool Year

Okay, I admit I don't blog regularly anymore. But that does not mean my blog should get messed with!!

Where did my pics go? My PERSONAL pics?? Ones that I took or images that I personally created??

I think it is time to say goodbye to Blogger and get my own thing going. I just need time to adjust to yet another learning curve in my life.

I like to blog more during the school year to help keep me accountable. And I've even dropped my classes for awhile so I can concentrate more on homeschooling, especially with a first grader!! (sniff, sniff)

I will start weekly recaps this week but I will warn you now- this week has been B-U-S-Y and technically, we did not start our academics this week.

Do you need encouragement to start a new school year? The Old Schoolhouse is doing their Expo again and since I didn't get to make it to our local homeschool conference, I'm taking advantage of it. Especially since it snuck up on me and I've already missed more than half of it. But....I can download the workshops and listen as many times as I want, when I want. And now....it's only $17.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Five Question Friday

Today has been C.R.A.Z.Y.  Is it bad that I'm ready for summer to be over so we can get back to a regular schedule?? I, for one, am ready for school to start back and all the summer extras to be over. I am exhausted. And I am tired of laundry, packing, unpacking, laundry, repeat. Next week is actually our "down" week except my daughter's 21st birthday one week from today (technically, yes, I'm posting 5QF on Saturday cause it's after midnight), and then three of the five kids will be gone for almost a week. Today, two kids returned from camp, I had to pick up and take another to a friend's house and then the youngest had VBS. Whew.

Let's get on with the 5QF:

1. What is your best secret cleaning tip?

Ummm....have your kids do it?? Honestly, that works much better in theory than reality. The best tip I have discovered is setting my alarm so I get up two hours before the kids start waking up (lucky for me, I don't have early risers). I can get more done first thing in the morning while they are still sleeping than if I can the entire rest of the day.
 

2. What is your favorite food to snack on during movie night?


I guess it would have to be chips and salsa. I'm not a big snacker. And I do not like popcorn. Love to smell it. Like coffee- love it smell it too just very seldom actually partake of it.

3. If it was up to you, what would you have named the royal baby?


Ok, I am not a royal follower. Have they even released the baby's name yet?? I find it very odd that I passed a billboard announcing his birth in my hometown. We don't even live on the same continent for Pete's sake!! Back to the question....I think Spencer would be a good name because I did like Diana and was the only member of the Royal family that I even ever took notice of.

4. If you could be any Disney character who would you choose?


Oh wow. My dream come true. Now....which one? Tinkerbell is adorable. And she can fly. And she has magic fairy dust. But....I've never seen any other fairies so she would probably get lonely. I think I would choose Merida. I love her wild crazy, curly red hair. But most importantly, she has both her parents. (Mulan is the only other one I know that does.) And she loves archery - so do I. But she's good at it- I'm not so much.

  (image from Pixar)

5. What's the most important part of a healthy relationship?






COMMUNICATION. I believe everything can be worked out as long as both people are willing to communicate. Each needs to be able to listen to the other without judgement or criticism. 

Check out other 5QF participants at My Little Life.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Arroz Con Pollo Recipe - Quick and Easy (Rice with Chicken)

I've always loved Mexican food. Not sure if it's what's considered "authentic" Mexican food or not, but what you get from Mexican restaurants. NOT Taco Bell. I remember practically living at a restaurant La Hacienda when I was pregnant with my second child. I literally got sick on almost everything except cream pies, McDonald's hot fudge sundaes and Mexican food. Go figure.

A few years ago, I was introduced to another Mexican dish that has become my standard order at any Mexican restaurant that serves it - ACP. It's simple. It's delicious. And unfortunately, I cannot find it anywhere near where I live.

This is so simple that I almost didn't even share it. The photo was even taken with my phone. That just proves how much of an after thought sharing this recipe was. I shared it on Instagram and Facebook and my cousin had never heard of it before so I figured it was my duty to inform everyone about this easy, delicious dish.

First, let me admit - although I love to cook, I really don't like to spend much time in the kitchen. I like fast. And easy. And good. And this recipe fits the bill!!


(excuse the photo, it was taken with my phone and I would've made it prettier had I anticipated this post, trust me - it does taste good! Even my picky kids love this)

ACP
(Arroz Con Pollo or "Rice with Chicken")

chicken (I had chicken that I had boiled earlier) 
yellow rice
sweet onions
Gordo Cheese dip (I use mild)

  1. Saute sweet onions in a skillet with butter.
  2. In a separate pot, prepare yellow rice according to package directions. I use Vigo saffron yellow rice, it comes in yellow bag. And I use the family size.
  3. In yet another pan, fix your chicken. I really don't think it matters what kind of chicken you use - white or dark meat. I actually had several boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I had planned on using for another meal and didn't so I had just boiled them and wrapped them back up and refrigerated them so they wouldn't spoil.
  4. The cheese dip is just heated up in the microwave. 
  5. Once everything is cooked up, just assemble it. Easy-peasy. Rice on bottom, top with chicken, then onions and then pour cheese over it all. 
  6. I think this would also be good if you added sour cream or guacamole but I was hungry and barely waited to take the pitiful picture above!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Homeschoolers UNITE

I love a bargain. BUT I will NOT steal to get it. Nor do I condone those who do.

Erica, at Confessions of a Homeschooler has written some wonderful curriculum that is very reasonably priced. For groups to illegally share her content is just shameful. If you cannot afford her curriculum, then don't steal it!! She does amazing sales periodically. She also always contributes when there's ebook bundle sales going around. As a user (and purchaser!) of her curriculum, I will say it is more than worth the price!!

Please click on the above link and see how you can help reinstate her Facebook page. #WeLoveCoah

Friday, June 14, 2013

Weekly Recap: Drowning, Reading, Overcoming, Wedding

This week Jeremiah started swimming lessons.

He insisted he already knows how to swim. And he does. As long as he has wings or that bathing suit that has a built in flotation thingy. But he outgrew his swimsuit and they just don't make them in his size anymore.

Day 1
The first day went great. Until the last 3 minutes. He was supposed to jump off the instructor's knees and swim to the side. After about two or three kicks, when he was just at the edge, he stopped and decided to float the rest of the way. And so he started sinking a little. *Note: I was less than six feet away on the other side of the fence watching - the back of his head never went under water. Only his face. Water went in his mouth and up his nose and he freaked out a little. Of course, this is when the buzzer went off so this was his last experience of the day. When I went in to give him his towel and go home, he immediately informed me "She tried to drown me!!" Poor girl. He then proclaimed that he hated swimming and was never, ever, coming back.

Being the extremely logical person that I am, I took him straight to the library. First, we had a discussion that I love him and my mommy job is to protect him and keep him safe. I was watching and saw that he was not in any danger, but was just surprised when the water was inhaled. Then we checked out books on swimming (fiction and non-fiction) and one on the respiratory system. I showed him pictures of how the mouth and nose is connected and when you are underwater and you breath in water from your mouth, your nose also breaths it in. Once we got home, we even did a science experiment with a cup and water on a plate showing the "vacuum" effect. And then we read all the books and finally, practiced holding our breath.


Before he went to bed, he informed me that even though he liked to swim, he was not going back to the lessons.

Day 2
After a little bribery (all he wanted was a promise to return to the library to get new books), he reluctantly returned to the pool. Again, I was watching from behind the fence, praying that he would remember to hold his breath like we practiced. He did amazing. This time when I picked him up, he informed me that he loves swimming and his favorite sports were swimming, climbing snow covered mountains (we live in Florida??), dodging boulders (might come in handy one day, who knows?) and playing football (which he also has never done, except tossing it around in the backyard with his brothers).

Day 3
Jeremiah is doing great. He can float on his back all my himself, blow bubbles underwater, swim to the side (about six strokes), jump into the water and swim to the instructor. There's another little boy in his class who makes the instructor be so close to the side that they actually hold hands while he jumps in. Jeremiah sits beside him encouraging him the whole time. Right before the buzzer sounds, the little boy has the instructor back up and jumps in and swims to her all by himself. Jeremiah does the air fist bump, jumps up and down and starts screaming "I knew you could do it, I knew you could do it!!!" It was so cute and all the moms watching with me were ooohhhing and aaaahhhin. And I had a major proud mommy moment.

When he gets in the van, I tell him I am so proud of him because he is doing so well and has learned so much and that it is sweet that he encourages the other students. He replies, "Yeah, I wanted him to hurry up and just do it so it would be my turn again." Proud mommy moment over. 

Day 4 
Another great day of swimming. I went ahead and signed him up for another session. Each session lasts two weeks, Monday - Thursday. Unfortunately, our earlier morning slots were already filled so we get to be in the sun at 11:30am. Ugh. It's already getting unbearably hot here in Florida. But we have plans the rest of the summer and he would miss too many classes if he did a later session.

On another note...
Our youth pastor is getting married on Saturday. I love weddings. Especially DIY weddings with lots of crafts, decorating and personal touches added. My oldest daughter and I stayed at the church last night preparing the programs until late this morning. They are really cute, there's the traditional program of who's in the wedding on one side and a word search of all the bridal parties' names on the other. It's taped onto a popsicle stick making a fan and then has a golf pencil tied with a ribbon to it. We got home at 3am and then I automatically woke up at 8am. I was afraid going to bed so late would bring back my old insomnia habit of not being able to fall asleep until 3 or 4 am and then sleeping til 9 or 10. I have actually been going to bed between 10 and 11 pm and waking up anywhere between 5 and 7 am.

Now, I'm just waiting for my daughter to wake up so we can go back and work some more. I've already repainted my framed chalkboard and found the rest of the ribbon we needed. Wake up already.... 

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