Monday, August 10, 2009
I watched this on Lola again and it reminded me so much of Garrad when he was around 8 years old and playing baseball. He really wasn't into the game.
Friday, July 31, 2009
A reminder that we all have special talents, and the more we use them the better we will become. If you don't think you have any talent think again.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Baby, I love burned biscuits."
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"
You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people.. I'm not the best at everything, but what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my hope for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life. Since when were burnt biscuits a deal-breaker? We could extend this to any and all relationships, in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."
Monday, July 13, 2009
"I love the way I feel at dance. I forget what’s going on all around me. It’s just me, my heart and my dance shoes"!
—Kalee J. (Dancer) 2/2009
Walked down the sidewalk Staring at your feet Wishing my steps were longer So by your sides I could keep Hold your hand much bigger Never wanted mine to grow So I could always feel perfect Inside your palms just so No one loves me just like you do No one knows me just like you do No one can compare to the way my eyes fit in yours You'll always be my father And I'll always be your joy Laid me on your belly Nights when mama wasn't home Lightning made me shiver And you never let me feel alone I tried to match your breathing Beating my little heart against yours Perfect were the nights we were sleeping I never want to end what we are 'Cause No one loves me just like you do And no one knows me just like you do No one can compare to the way my eyes fit in yours You'll always be my father And I'll always be your joy One day he'll come on bended knee And ask my love away from thee And when I give my love to him He'll always have a place within One day he'll come on bended knee And ask my love away from thee And when I give my love to him you'll always have a place within No one loves me just like you do No one knows me just like you do No one can compare to the way my eyes fit in yours You'll always be my father And I'll always be your joy.
Monday, July 6, 2009
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I had the most wonderful Mothers day. My children truly love me. I already knew that but it's so nice when they validate it. Last week Garrad was telling us how wonderful the prime ribs was at a restaurant they had went to, so Gary and I went and tried it out, it was not very good, so right there and then I decided I was going to fix a prime rib dinner for my family on Mothers Day so they could taste what prime rib is all about.( the recipe will follow) IT WAS SO GOOD! We had broccoli salad, new baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, Crab salad, rolls, cherry cobbler, & cookies. I bought a 20 lb prime rib and so not trusting the time on my recipe for such a large roast I started the prime rib earlier than I needed to. I had a meat thermometer in it and thinking I had much more time than I did, I didn't check it soon enough and when I did check it it was done more than I like and when you pay $6.49 a pound you want it just right. Don't get me wrong it was still delicious but I wanted it my way.
Judi's Prime Rib
3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
1/3 cup orange marmalade
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 cup beer (I know shame on me, but it cooks out)
1 (8 pound) prime rib roast
1/4 cup olive oil
ground black pepper to taste
Mix together the ginger, marmalade, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and mustard. Stir in the beer. Prick holes all over the roast with a 2 pronged fork. Pour marinade over roast. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I do this over night), basting at least twice Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Place roast on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour about 1 cup of marinade into the roasting pan, and discard remaining marinade. Pour olive oil over roast, and season with freshly ground black pepper. Insert a roasting thermometer into the middle of the roast, making sure that the thermometer does not touch any bone. Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil, and seal edges tightly around pan. Cook roast for 1 hour in the preheated oven. After the first hour, remove the aluminum foil. Baste, reduce heat to 325 degrees F, and continue roasting for 1 more hour. The thermometer reading should be at least 140 degrees for medium-rare, and 170 degrees for well done. Remove roasting pan from oven, place aluminum foil over roast, and let rest for about 30 minutes before slicing.
2 ½ pounds broccoli heads
1 Cup bacon cooked & crumbled (you can buy REAL bacon in a bottle & it works great
10 to 15 mushrooms sliced
1 med. Red onion chopped fine
¾ cup raisins (if desired)
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
Mix together and pour on salad let set up a few hours before serving.
I got some wonderful gifts for Mother's Day and I love all of them especially the two letters I got from my sons Garrad and Brady sharing there testimony's with me.
There's times in my life when I feel like I have failed as a parent and then theres times I feel has I done my best and this Mothers Day I felt the ladder. My children love me in spite of my short comings, and they know I done my best in raising them. I look back on some of the things that took place in raising my children and I realize that I should have done some things differently but at the time I thought I was doing the right thing, so I have learned much in raising my children and hopfully when they come to me with questions concerning there children I can give them good advice.
I missed my own Mother this Mother's Day she has been gone 13 years now and I still miss talking to her everyday, I miss her coming to eat with us, because she thought I was the best cook on earth. Mom I love you. I hope I can always make you proud of me has you watch from above.
For Mother's Day I made aprons for my girls. I only got pictures of three out of the six that I made, so that's all I can share with you.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Easter was a bit on the chilly side, but that didn't stop the annual Johnston Easter egg hunt. Some of our kids were unable to come The ones that were here were, Bert, Mykla, Hagen, Cody, Bailee, Corey, Michelle, Nash , Trey, Garrad, Kyler, Tyson, Alexis, Chloe & Brady. Grandpa hide 84 eggs after church. So there were plenty of eggs to be found. After lunch we send the kids out on there hunting adventure. Here our some of the pictures.
Gary cutting the Easter Ham
Looks like Trey found a egg
Nash and Alexis on the look out for eggs
Friday, March 27, 2009
Today is Mykla's birthday, it really seems that just yesterday I was in labor with her. Half the time I can't remember what happened yesterday, but I remember everything about giving birth to my first born 43 years ago today. I was in labor for 47 hours with her with out anything for the pain. I was only 18 when she was born, a baby myself, so I'm sure I was wondering what I had got myself into. But I soon found out that I loved being a mommy to Mykla she was such a sweet baby that learned very fast, walking at 8 1/2 months and potty trained at 2. When Mykla played she could create so many things. When playing with her barbies she would make the cutest houses out of shoe boxes, or play houses out of blankets. These weren't your everyday things they were something you would look at and say how cool is that. To this day Mykla can still create about anything she puts her mind to.
She's a great Mom to 3 wonderful kids, a great house keeper a great gardener. I guess you could say she's a great all around person, and I have the privilege of calling her my daughter. How blessed I feel.
Happy Birthday Mykla I love you!