Archive for June, 2008

Deeder pics for LauraMomma

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Diederick really misses his mommy, but is doing his best to socialize here. He’s especially partial to Lassie. 🙂

Deeder, GrammaMomma and the new haircut

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Salted Nut Roll Bars

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Salted Nut Roll Bars

(This recipe is from

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time: 12 – 15 minutes

Amount: 48 bars

1 (18.25 oz.) package yellow cake mix

¾ cup butter, softened, divided

1 large egg

4 cuts miniature marshmallows

1 (12 oz.) package peanut butter chips

2/3 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups crisp rice cereal

1 (10 oz.) can party peanuts

In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, ½ cup softened butter and egg until well combined. Press into bottom of 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan that has been sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 12 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven and continue baking until marshmallows begin to puff (about 1 – 2 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, in large saucepan combine peanut butter chips, corn syrup, remaining ¼ cup butter and vanilla over medium heat. Cook until chips and butter are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in crisp rice cereal and peanuts. Carefully pour over marshmallows and spread to cover. Cool completely in refrigerator; cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Deeder’s First Basketball Game

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Diederick very much enjoyed going to the Bellingham SLAM basketball game versus our arch-rivals, the Tacoma Jazz. The Jazz are a hard-playing team, and among our favorite opponents, but they seemed intimidated by the SLAM tonight. Several times our team led by 30 points. The final score was SLAM, 155 to Jazz, 117. Diederick stayed interested the entire two hours, joining in by clapping and pointing. He very much enjoyed his snack of popcorn, and bites of Daddy’s Snickers bar. Here is a photo of Darren and son at the basketball game:

More Deeder Pics

Friday, June 20th, 2008

These are especially for Laura, who let her sweet little guy come to visit us.

Diederick enjoyed meeting one of our favorite teachers from the Ebenezer Christian School days.When Laura was working on her degree in Early Childhood education, she did some observations and volunteering in Kay’s first grade class room. Kay is hoping that everything works out for Laura and Darren to move here, ’cause she really wants to visit with Laura, and meet Carly, too!

Diederick on the tire swing with Auntie Sarah.

This photo is one of my favorites. Deeder is one doggy-lovin’ boy. 🙂

Some Long Ago Photos

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I hope to do a Haiku Friday post later on today. I don’t dare take the time to do it just yet, because I’m off to a late start, due to my relaxed morning thus far:

  • We all slept in, and awoke feeling refreshed.
  • We’ve been taking turns caring for/playing with/following the sweet little Deeder-man while his daddy is out exploring the local job market (hope, hope!)
  • After reading a portion of the Bible at Blue Letter Bible, I read Laura’s blog post about how she is doing while Darren and Diederick are here visiting us.
  • Next of course I made my moves on some Scrabulous games over at Facebook.
  • I chatted online with Laura and then with a friend who is coming over for a barbecue this evening with her family. She is a teacher at the Christian school that Laura and some of our other children attended for a while. Laura loved volunteering in her first-grade classroom, and this friend, Kay, wants to see little Diederick, of course. 🙂

Before I get to work, I’ll at least put up this long ago photo of Laura with Debra and Seth:

Here’s one of Seth and Laura:

Deeder Explores

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Our daughter Laura (mommy of Diederick, our almost-two-years-old grandson) is at home taking care of baby Carly while Darren (daddy) and Deeder are here visiting. She wants lots of pictures of the visit, so here are some from this morning:

Here is Deeder-man taking Auntie Lydia for a walk in the back yard.

“Here, Kitty, Kitty! Diederick wants to see you!”

“Hi, Bonny Boy! I like you!”

Deeder with Auntie Rebecca. 🙂

Darren and Deeder are Coming!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Tonight is THE night: Our son-in-law Darren and our almost two-year-old grandson Diederick are arriving from Vermont for a visit. Our daughter Laura is at home with new baby Carly, already missing her guys very much. On her post today, she asked me to post lots of pictures. The guys aren’t here yet, but here is a picture of the sturdy book I picked up today for Diederick. He loves ‘oggies, so I hope he will enjoy this book:

Also, Percy cat stands ready to greet Diederick tomorrow:

Lassie was gentle with Diederick during his last visit, and promises to once again be a hospitable doggie:

Finally, I’m happy to report that we may have lovely weather while our visitors are here. Here are some shots I took early this evening in the back yard:

Finally . . . A blog post!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

I’m so sorry that I’ve been neglecting the poor old blog. I finished up my paperwork today, so now I feel free to wander back over this way.

Usually I would do a Ten on Tuesday
post, but today’s prompt was to list 10 historical events in my nation’s history of which I am proud. This isn’t the best prompt for me because:

  • I didn’t start to enjoy history until my children were learning history during their homeschooling years. Therefore, there are woeful gaps in my knowledge, which I have not yet taken the time or effort to remediate.
  • When I was in school, it seemed that we were taught, and then re-taught, ad nauseam, the same few historical happenings. Think: Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria in 1492; pilgrims and Indians; Revolutionary War; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; and the War between the States. That may be why I formed my ill opinion of the study of history as a child.
  • I am afraid of rampant patriotism, the “my country right or wrong” mentality. Often the one who “wins” writes history from his point of view. The example that comes first to mind is the Civil War. If the Confederate States had won that conflict, how different the account of that war would be! Since I haven’t studied history deeply, I don’t feel qualified to select ten historical events of which I am proud.
  • I can say that I am thankful to live in this country, and that I seek to be a responsible member of our society. I try to share with others the material prosperity that I have.

If any of you, dear Readers, would like to comment on an historical event of which you are proud, I would be glad to hear it, and learn more about it.

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

As I was doing some reading this afternoon, I came across a great Father’s Day post over at Randy Alcorn’s Eternal Perspectives blog. It is his advice to dads and granddads on being the kind of men God would have them to be to their children and grandchildren. It is a bit long, but well worth the read. Mom’s will like it, too, for the good generic parenting advice.