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Visiting Cousins

 July 14th, 2014

I am sitting on the couch as the fog is rolling in and I cannot imagine a better time to start blogging.  We have been on so many petite adventures it is hard to pinpoint an exact place where we last left off.  I cannot remember the last few months exactly but I can do present pretty well.  Presently, right in this very moment we are enjoying our summer.  Finally, we can say it is summer!     

A walk down memory lane and a pinch of nostalgia I found myself dropping our daughter off at her first summer camp away from home.  She's eight.  She's mature.  We knew she could handle it. 

We sent her away for a week as a Visiting Cousin at King's Landing Historical Settlement.  Imagine it kind of like Little House on the Prairie has come to life and you are spending a week as Laura, Mary or heaven forbid Miss Nellie Oleson, living in Walnut Grove. She attended Parish School, milked cows, churned and washed butter and made some amazing memories.  
             




::  All employees and volunteers gave 110% :: 

I'm not just talking about clothing either.  At first, and I think I can speak for both myself and my mother in law and say, we were both confused when talking with the staff.  After the first two houses we
finally caught on to what was happening.  They assumed the character's role excellently; weaving tales and stories of long past. I really couldn't tell if they were making things up or telling the truth.  Was it impromptu or hours of practice?  
  





She had a blast and can't wait to go back again next year.  I'm so glad she loved it as much as I did.  

have a great summer!
:: Becki
      

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Jack O Lantern Carving

October 24th, 2013
Jack O Lantern Carving 
Pops making the first cut

{Her sister did something funny}






Busy day!

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Apple Harvest


September 26th, 2013


Maida Heatter's Johnny Appleseed Bars






The kids thought these were pretty stellar.  I thought they were a lot of effort for what they were.  I will make them again but not while holding a baby.  Pans had to go in and out of freezer and things had to be rolled and pressed and apples had to be peeled.  I know where to improve for next time though.  Slice those apples thin peoples!      

We made apple art with chalk pastels.  I seriously loved using this kind of medium.  The blending was the exciting part.  Warning: chalk pastels are super messy!  



A collaborative effort was made on the Appleseed lapbook. Megan and Kate learned a lot about John Chapman and played this song on you tube about 10x. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_IrdS-zu48
Megan made apples, pumpkins and this cat.  
  
Waiting for Caturday by Megan
   
Happy Appleseed Day!  
~Becki


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Summer Bucket List 2013

June 24th
Happy Summer!                                      



Summer bucket list is completed for 2013.  Between nursing and looking after new bebe it only took me about three hours.  It would have been way faster to use colored markers and poster size paper, but not as cute.  We just can't get enough of those banners!

The lovely Jaimie from the Crafting Chicks provided us with this awesome template.   You can do this a couple ways.  First option is to print then use a sharpie marker and write by hand all the activities.  Secondly, choose the  method of madness!  I uploaded the file into Pic Monkey then added all the funtastic fonts.  I will add an extra copy for printing so I can add to my summer scrap book.  It will be fun to look back and see all the fun things we did throughout our summers.       

So now I will fire this off to Costco in the 16x20 size and put up for the kidlets to see.  I am passing off learning how to play chess to my husband.   I don't have the time to learn and teach about a game called chess :)
~Becki

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Summer Meal Plan

July Meal Plan

Generally I prefer 5 hot breakys and 2 cold, quick and easys.  You will find a combo of oatmeal, poached eggs, bacon, quick bread and cold fruit.  So here we go.

Breakfast:  
Eggs & Bacon
Oatmeal
Fried Egg Sandwich
Amish Bread, Fruit and Yogurt
Donut Muffins {like a potato chip you can't eat just one}
French Toast {we like to use egg bread}
Picnic Breakfast at the beach.  Nothing beats bacon & eggs cooked outdoors.  

Lunch:
Slider Bun Sammy's {filled with chicken, tuna or egg salad}
Veggie Wrap
Chicken Wrap
Pita Pizza
Mac'n Cheese
Chicken Quesadillas
Salad {Greek}
Picnic Lunch at Park
**all meals served with a cluster of grapes and handful of veggies 


Supper: 

Daddy's Burgers 1x weekly estimating 5x.  So yummy and perfect.  He uses 1lb. burger and adds the following:  1 tsp. of each paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard and 3tsp. worcestershire .  No eggs or onion soup or anything extra fancy added.  Turn on the grill {med heat} and 7 minutes on one side and 5 on the other or until grease bubbles form on top of patty, then flip.  Serve hot'n ready!

Chicken Pizza & Salad  
Homemade Chicken Strips, Broccoli & Carrots
Blue Ribbon Layered Salad may opt for cobb salad see pic below
Roast Chicken from Costco 1x weekly (4), steamed veggies
Bacon & Cheese Quiche
Ham Bake
Turkey Burgers  
Fish & Veggies
Roast Chicken Dinner, Mashed Pot, Carrots, Cranberry Sauce
Beef Hash with Peppers and Onions with Salad
Cold Salad Plate {roast chicken, potato salad, sliced tom, cukes}
Chicken Broccoli Divan  
Cheater Meal (premade from Costco)
Caprese Salad
Breakfast for Supper 
Honey Lime Tilapia
Steak & Potato
BBQ at Irving Nature Park {they have propane BBQ's on site so just need a lighter.  We have a quick bite then walk our fav trail; seal trail, which has a great lookout for seal watching}
Crockpot Meatballs new to us-looks interesting.
Meatloaf freezer
Breakfast Casserole
Naked Chicken Fajitas  if I had extra chicken I could use leftovers for another meal like chicken quesadillas. 
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash
Photo Credit:  Jaima Schutt @ Ring Around the Rosies

Snacks:
Tri-colored Popsicles
Apple Nachos or Apple Slices w. Cheese
Water Melon Chunks
Orange Popsicles {our favorite}
Pear & Granola Parfait
Starbuck's Lemon Loaf {perfect picnic treat}
Green Monster Smoothies
Oranges & Apples
Muffins {The girls enjoy Bran, Blueberry or Peanut Butter}
Strawberry Shortcake...hopefully.

{Raspberry Shortcake}
This should get us through the month of July.  I would really like to plan a tasty patriotic meal for the upcoming Canada Day celebrations.  Realistically, they might just get meatballs and sweet red strawberries & cream served on red and white dinner wear.  Pretty sure that is the best I can do for now.
~Becki






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Matthew attended  his first Homeschool event and snoozed the entire time.  I guess spelling bees aren't that exciting to him.  His sister on the other hand was more interested.  Megan worked hard for 3 months getting ready for her first spelling bee.  She did an awesome job and came in second place.  The spellers did so well the judges had to go off the grid and find new words.  Papa Rice, Nanny Rice and Nanny Stewart all cheered her on while I was a nervous wreck and scared to death she would spell circus wrong.  I remember squeezing my mother's knee when they asked her to spell her most challenging word.  She did great and didn't falter until the judges went off the list.        

I snapped this while my Aunt Nancy was holding Matthew





Megan was all smiles and not nervous one bit

spelling bee photo credits:  Katie Peterson {my cousin}

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Baby Boy

April 17th.  HE IS HERE!

May I introduce Matthew Beckerton Clark Rice.  10lbs. and 10oz.  22 inches long. 09:54am
 
We had no idea this little cutie pie was going to be so big.  Not overly large just bigger than estimated.  The c-section was enough to scar me for life excuse the pun.  I would never wish to be conscious for another surgery again.  Although being awake has pros.  There was a lot of pushing and tugging trying to get him out and in that  process fluid backed up my esophagus causing intense burning.  I had incredible pain and I was digging my nails in the bed.  They finally knocked me out and my husband claims I knocked down the barrier, they restrained me and he was escorted out.  

I had tried fentanyl, morphine and laughing gas.  The fentanyl was amaaaazing.  At least I think this is what they gave me.  I can see why people love this stuff.  Reminds me of an old song...forget your troubles c'mon get happy, chase all your cares away.  I think Judy Garland sang this once upon a time.  

At the end of the day I survived.  Had lots of lovlies visit me and that was nice.  Well, they were really there to check out our newest addition.  I don't blame them cuz he's totally cute.

He is a good boy.  Nurses like a champ.  Simply sweet.  We love him to pieces.   




{3 Days Old}


  Happy, Happy Birthday Matthew we love you!
~Mom


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