Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods.....

..........not to Grandma's House, but everywhere else. I was gone last week to this sweet couple's house.

We definitely started out with illusions of grandeur of all that we could accomplish. I arrived on Saturday afternoon, and immediately set out to help cook for the church Valentine Banquet. We prepared Chicken Tetrazzini for 100 people, and put together Brownie Trifles. I will include the recipe at the end of this post. Now let me tell you what we did accomplish. We unpacked and put away everything in her kitchen. No big deal you might say, but let me tell you. This child has everything anyone could want for a kitchen. She told me if she remotely thinks about purchasing anything for the kitchen, to remind her she does not need it!

They have moved in and will be closing tomorrow. There is still a lot of work to be done, but they are there. Sorry I have no additional pictures, but truly I have got to learn to use my new camera.

While there, my sweet boy was a little down, and when asked what I could do for him, he replied, "come to my student art show" when is the opening I asked? "Thursday afternoon", he replied. Now, my daughter is 3 hours from our home in one direction, and my son is 2 hours from our home in the other direction. How could I not go. He said they would be giving some awards, and he probably would not receive any, but he had high hopes for something. I left my daughters to head home Wednesday morning, arrived home Wednesday afternoon. Went to church to keep the nursery, got up Thursday AM, realized Chloe had some fleas on her, so I clipped and bathed two dogs, dumped a few things out of the car, threw a few things back in the car and headed off to my son's home and the art show.

I arrived about 10 minutes before the awards, to hear my son receive the first award of the evening, from one of the local museums, and then later to receive one of the faculty scholarships! I am still tired, but so glad I was there. One of his professors is trying to convince him to spend a semester in Italy participating in the study abroad program through his school. That is what he hopes to use this scholarship money for. I spent the evening, then returned home the next day.

Friday was my husband's only night of so we went to dinner and watched a movie and I fell asleep. See he is on night shift so we are not on the same schedule right now.

My sister's son is playing ball at the university that is located about 45 minutes from our house. I felt that I need be supportive, and this will provide an opportunity for my sister and I to see each other, much more often than we have. Sunday after church I rushed home to head there and watch an afternoon of college baseball. He is a pitcher, so it is always who knows if he will play. He did, and again, I am glad I went.

Now I forgot to add I had bronchitis, and a birthday all during this time! I came back to substitute teaching 4 days this week, and possibly visitors this weekend. Now you know why I haven't been around lately. Life has definitely been happening at this house.

Brownie Trifle Recipe

Box Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix 8 Oz Cream Cheese Softened Large Container of Cool Whip Couple TBS of Powdered Sugar Large Family Pkg Instant Chocolate Pudding

*Bake brownies*Beat cream cheese until creamy, add powdered sugar and mix well, stir in half of the container of cool whip* Mix chocolate pudding as directed* Layer in a trifle dish, or can be made into individual servings with one brownie on the bottom of cup. *Next top with cream cheese mixture* Top this with chocolate pudding* Put a dollop of Cool Whip on top* We garnished with a fresh strawberry on top.

This is one dessert you can't go wrong with and easy too! We served these in Martini glasses at my daughters wedding, and there were none left. Enjoy! I have missed all of you. Have a wonderful and blessed week. Jackie


Stacey said...

Jackie, I'm tired just hearing about your adventures. I'm so glad you got to cover all the bases. Doesn't it feel good?

Shannon said...

You have been busy! You are such a good mom. :)

Scrapper Mom said...

Wow. Sounds like you had a big time. I hope I still have that much energy when my kids get out of the house!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, wow! You've been so super busy. What a sweet mama you are, though. That's so great that you were able to make it to your son's art show. Those are the things they'll never forget. :) Hope you are feeling better -have a great week (p.s.thank you for your sweet comment on the bathroom!)

Runner Mom said...

Jackie--mercy me, girlfriend! I'm tired just from all of your running around! Bless your heart! But what FUN!!! Take a little time for you!!


Congrats on all of the wonderful awards, accolades, and recipes!

Linda said...

Wow, you sure have been one busy lady lately. It's feast or famine isn't it!?!

It sounds like you are so supportive of your children and family. I know it means the world to them that you join in with their activities. You're doing a great job at making each person feel special!

C'est la Vie said...

Well I know you are tired but what a neat time!!

Tara said...

My better take a rest!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you HAVE been busy! I know what you mean tho...I've been AWOL on my blog too. Life has been busy for this family, and sometimes family is just more important than bloggin! I do enjoy blogging and reading other people's blogs, but I figure I can always catch-up when I get some time off...speaking of which, I have a 2 week break coming up! I am glad to hear that life has been good for you and your family!

Neabear said...

Wow! A busy time for you. Lucky you that you can still visit your kids easily. Makes me wish I can visit mine that easily. My hubby used to work nights. It was crazy during that time. He comes in and I leave. I come home and he wakes up. We have a little time, then he went to work. We had to remember to allow time for him to nap on Sundays to start the schedule all over again.

Smelling Coffee said...

Jackie~ Bless your busy heart! What a great mom you are - but like the first commenter - I'm tired just thinking about all you've been doing.

Hopefully sometime this week you can take some time to rest yourself.

Happy Birthday to you, to. You may have an empty nest, but you certainly have a full life!

Love to you, and thanks for the recipe... Jennifer