Monthly Archives: January 2010

An Honorary Nicholas

This weekend I got to be an honorary Nicholas. Well, at least I felt like one!

On Friday, my awesome boss let me get off early, and I went to Sarah’s basketball game with Raspbana! They played Klein Collins….and lost. =( and we stayed to watch varsity play….Tomball lost again =( but COME ON! Get better refs, people!

When we got back, I actually had time to work on my biology class, then Sarah, Raspbana, and I watched Julie & Julia. I’m not sure how much of it I actually saw…all I remember is all three of us fell asleep…so we were sent to bed.

We left at 6:45 for Preston’s gymnastics meet. First we went and picked up Grandma Nicholas! I was so excited to finally get to go to one of Preston’s meets, because I’ve wanted to for EVER!  I LOVE gymnastics, and it was really great because Preston did so well! He improved on all his scored from last week (but one stayed the same).

OH! Also…Raspbana lost her voice, and nobody could find it ANYWHERE! So, needless to say, anything and everything she says is a whisper, and you have to be like 2 inches away from her to be able to hear…well not THAT close…but basically. With MY hearing, you have to be THAT close. It’s funny because everything she says feels like it’s a secret of the upmost importance because she says it so quietly! *whisper*whisper*

The second half of Saturday was Preston, Evan, Raspbana, and I…THE FUN BEGINS! (not that it hadn’t been happening already…) Sarah and Bishop were at Priest/Laurel Conference. Too bad for them, because we had fun! I got to live one of my dreams…throwing dishes around the kitchen to put them away. Preston and Evan had to unload the dishwasher while Raspbana took a “3-minute nap”, so I got an idea! We turned on some music and put away all the dangerous, breakable dishes nicely, and then with the rest, we tossed them to eachother and into cabinets and drawers…all in tune with the music….I’d always wanted to do it, so we did. It was fun, but we weren’t very good at it. We just need more practice, I guess!


Well, maybe not ENOUGH. Basically the reason why I was there………………..

Mess. Big.


First we took everything out, then I GOT TO VACUUM!!! It was so awesome! I love vacuuming, especially when there’s a huge mess and a ton of crap to be vacuumed up….so I was in heaven. SERIOUSLY THE MOST AWESOME AND INTENSE VACUUM JOB I’VE DONE. And their vacuum is powerful. After I vacuumed the emptied-out extra bedroom, I went into the hallway….then into Sarah’s room…..and then decided I better stop because we had other things to do. SO then we got to move everything back in. Nice and neatly.

A few things were learned:

  1. The extra bedroom has a floor
  2. There’s a lot of buckets to go through and sort (a project for another weekend)
  3. Preston and Evan are just as helpful as you’d expect any boy their age to be
  4. The extra bedroom’s bathroom/closet is also a project for another weekend (I’M STOKED!!)
  5. Raspbana makes delicious malts. I just realized that I never finished mine… was BIG!
  6. And so, so much more.

I’m excited for the time to come when I get to help do the bucket-sorting and closet-cleaning!

I really enjoyed spending time with Evan and Preston. They are so fun to play with. I’m sad that I don’t get to spend any time with my own 5 brothers anymore. But when I’m with Evan and Preston, I am just so happy because it reminds me of my brothers, and how much fun we used to have. Evan is the best volunteer EVER and Preston is so incredibly sweet (plus, his head makes a great pillow in the car on the way home from a gymnastics meet)! I have come to see them as my own brothers.

And tonight will I venture out to Tomball once again to join the Nicholi. Good times. Good times.

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Chicken and Macaroni Bake with Gouda Cheese

You will need…….

8 ounces elbow macaroni


3 Tablespoons butter

3 Tablespoons flour

1 cup chicken broth

½ cup heavy cream

4 to 5 ounces smoked gouda cheese, shredded or cut in small pieces

Pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon parsley, optional

1 ½ to 2 cups cubed cooked chicken

1 ½ cups frozen vegetables

½ cup soft bread crumbs

 Here’s what you do….

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F
  2. Cook macaroni as package directs. Drain and set aside.
  3. In saucepan over medium low heat, melt butter; add flour. Cook, stirring, until flour mixture is well blended.
  4. Gradually stir in chicken broth and cream
  5. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth.
  6. Add pepper, to taste, along with parsley, if using
  7. Cook, stirring, until thickened.
  8. Add the chicken and vegetables; cook for about 1 minute longer
  9. Combine the sauce with the cooked and drained macaroni
  10. Pour in to a 2-quart casserole dish and make the top flat
  11. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the casserole
  12. Bake for about 25 minutes, until bubbly and browned.

You can use cheddar cheese also…but gouda is so much better!!

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You see…

……..Conversation of the Day…….

Ms. Chloe: Natalie, do you know how to ride a bike without training wheels?

Natalie: No, but I’m pretty sure I could drive a car.


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Mr. 5:45am

Lucas woke up at 5:45 this morning, apparently. Regardless, he had a great day! We went to the children’s museum! He fell asleep on the way there, but with we got there at 10, he was ready to play! He played hard for 3 hours until we went and ate lunch at 1. He’s so good!

I enjoy the Tot Spot at the Children’s Museum. But some things bother me there. For example…some mothers don’t let their kids explore. This girl (we’ll call her Suzy) was playing with a ball. Well, she was holding it and just staring at it and turning it slowly in her hands. Suzy was probably about Lukie’s age…18 months old. Suzy’s mom apparently decided that she’d been sitting there holding the ball long enough, so she told Suzy to put the ball down, then picked her up and took her to another activity. Now, please tell me…what was wrong with Suzy just sitting there holding the ball? She was exploring it! Children need to discover things on their own, I believe.

I just let Lucas go where he wants when we’re there. I follow him from a distance, just to keep an eye on him, but I don’t direct any of his activities. And when it comes to interacting with the other children, I highly encourage it! Some of the moms there seem to want to keep their kid away from everyone else…but I want Lucas to learn how to socialize!

On the way to get the girls from school, Lucas fell asleep…but awoke as soon as I got him out of the car to stop by my house to pick something up! He was so good today, though. Even at the library. Let’s hope for the same attitude from him tomorrow! And let’s also hope that he doesn’t earn the “Mr. 5:45am” title once again.

OH!!! And get this…I was sitting on the floor by another mom and my legs were out in front of me. She said “I see that you have the same problem I’ve had recently…you can never find matching socks!”   To which I responded “actually, I do this on purpose.”   “Oh” she said, a little surprised. I said “My shoes also don’t match. It’s more fun this way. And I get to wear more of my socks and shoes more often.”   She tried to recover from her confusion by saying “I always lose socks in the dryer so I have a hard time finding matching pairs.”   Not to let her off the hook, I said “I don’t really ever lose socks. I just choose to not match them.”   It was great. I love conversations like that.


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So today I started my Biology class online….I was excited…but now I’m overwhelmed! It’s going to be a lot of work! I knew it’d be a lot of work, but this is more than I thought!

Here’s an excerpt of the “welcome” announcement from the professor:

“Some students think that distance classes are easier than traditional in-class classes. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In reality, you have chosen the hardest way there is to take a science class! Remember that this is a 4 credit hour class that would meet 6 hours per week during a 16-week semester, 16 hours per week in a summer session, or over 20 hours per week in a minimester. This is only the in-class time and does not include time for doing labs, lab reports, internet exercises, and studying for exams!  Taking a lab science, in terms of time commitment, is the equivalent of taking two 3 credit hour classes! It takes most students more time to master the material online than it would in the classroom. Make sure that you are scheduling enough time in your life to complete this class.”


Wish me luck….. =(

I’m not sure when I’ll have time to do a lot of it….now that Lucas is out of school. I’ll definietly work on it when he naps, but I’m worried it won’t be enough. So I’ll be doing A LOT of it after work hours…yay for into the night!

The good news is…..I know that as long as I rely on the Lord for help, I will be able to do this. With God, anything is possible!

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Something to wear

I LOVE rainboots

Oh and you like my skirt? I made it!

Like this skirt?? I made it also!


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Sock Snowmen

Here’s the pics of our completed snowmen!

Clara made these two…

I made these three…

And Natalie made these two…


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