Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Here you guys go...finally, how I make Stromboli.

First, lay out your frozen bread dough. Below, is the brand I use. If you forget to lay it out, you can thaw it in the microwave. Not ideal, b/c it makes it harder to roll out. Also, I've tried the wheat dough and it seems tough to me, but whatever floats your boat!
Now, roll...roll...roll. Get rough with it. Let gravity help and hang it over the side of your counter top...remember, you are the boss! I roll mine until it's a rectangle.....

Next, fill it with your favs. Some like...
mozzarella cheese
Other ideas...ham and cheese, canandian bacon, browned sausage or hamburger (if I do hamburger I put a little pizza sauce in it b/c it can get dry), onions, peppers, etc....
Whatever you like. I use what I can find in my fridge. I even used leftover baked ham before. After you've filled one side, flop the other side over and crimp. Crimp pretty good, b/c sometimes it will come open.
Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle with garlic salt.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. If you need it finished sooner, crank up the heat. Remember...everything inside is already cooked, so you're just trying to cook the bread. Don't worry if it's not warmed all the way through, although it's better that way. We like to dip ours in ranch or pizza sauce!

Slice and eat....so yummy.
The kids like to help too!


I'm going crazy...does anyone want to come along?



Tax Levy Forum

Tonight, Tuesday, March 31st

Supper @ 6:00

Questions and Answers @ 7:00

Childcare in my classroom provided by myself and Laci Tallman

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

1000 Words Thursday!

Cheaper Than Therapy
My boy Colby and his best gal, Lady....besides his mom that is! We've been having a hard time with Colby and his behavior but we've been fit free since last Monday! You can actually see him thinking about self-control as he is mad. We've also made an effort to keep things more positive and constructive at home and I think the nice weather and being outside helps also.
Colby has caught and delivered about 30 tadpoles to 3 1st grade classrooms, 1 sped classroom, and a preschool. He also has to bring some tadpoles for family fun night on Monday night. He loves responsibility and helping so this is right up his alley!
This boy...what a challenge, but totally worth it!

Food for Thought...

I always have my kids come over to the carpet by listening for the "clue." Like everyone who lives in Lancaster...has on green...is 6 years old, etc. Today, I had them come over by what they had for supper. I first had the one's that had eaten at a restaurant come over...you know there is always going to be a couple that got to eat out! Then, I started naming off common suppers of small children...you know, spaghetti, tacos, corn dogs, hot dogs. I only had about 7 kids sitting on the carpet. What had the rest ate? One had had lasagna...yum, at Grandma's! Two didn't have supper, makes you take into consideration their trouble concentrating! 1 had potluck, which means you find your own supper....to me that's leftover night. No, she had a pickle and a piece of bread! Oh my! One had had beanie and weanies, yum...an oldie but goodie. That sure was an interesting survey, I think I'll do it more often. It definitely made my list of: The Things That Make You Say HMMMMM!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Redneck Weather Station

This just cracks me up!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Workin' Calves

Spring is officially here and with it brings many babies. Here is one of my mom and dad's new ones. They are so fun to watch run and play. They can dart around pretty quickly!

Within a day or two, my dad "works" the calves. He puts a tag in their ear and writes the number in a book with the mom's tag number. That way he knows they belong together if they were to get separated. Usually, different colors means what gender they are. Also, he bands the boys...you know why....
This keeps the mom from attacking dad while he works them. We all know how protective momma's can be.

See how she is keeping an eye on him?

Tax Levy

In case you haven't heard.....
Vote Yes on Proposition C on April 7
Important Facts to Consider:
The Schuyler R-I School District faces a $300,000 deficit
The tax levy has not been increased since 1995 and costs have risen
Our tax levy is $0.9883 lower than the average for schools in our area
Funds from the bond issue passed in November may not be used for day-to-day operating expenses like salaries, transportation, utilities, books and supplies
If the tax levy fails, cuts will have to made to programs and staff
Higher Day-to-Day Costs:Just as the costs to run our homes and our businesses have risen, so have the costs to educate our children.
The costs for day-to-day operations of the District (paying teachers, purchasing materials, funding programs, utility costs, and transportation) have risen over the years.
The Current Tax Levy:The tax levy of the district has not been increased since 1995.
As a result of not increasing the current tax levy in 14 years and rising costs, the district faces a deficit of approximately $300,000 in the annual operating budget.
These issues are not the result of mismanagement or lack of attention by the administration or school board.
They are simply the result of declining enrollment, budget restraints, and operating cost increases.
If we do not correct the situation now, it will be necessary to cut the operating expenses of the District, including staff and programs.
The Proposed Operating Tax Levy Increase:The April 7 ballot will include the Proposition C sales tax rollback.
The passage of Proposition C will result in a tax increase that will provide funding to our schools.
This tax is necessary to maintain the daily operations of our schools at their current level of staff and programs.
The District is requesting a $0.6398 increase in the current operating tax level of $2.75 to $3.3898 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.
If this is not approved by the voters, educational programs must be cut to meet the budget limitations.
What About the Bond Issue That Was Passed in November?
The money from the bond issue passed in November can only be used for capital expenditures like major maintenance, repair, and certain technology costs.
It cannot be used for day-to-day operating expenses like salaries, transportation, utilities, and supplies.
The ability for our children to receive the education they deserve and need to compete in today’s world is at risk. The Schuyler County R-I School District has been an outstanding learning environment for our children. It is up to us to ensure that this level of excellence continues.
Vote YES on April 7 for Our Children’s Future!
This information is presented by the Citizens for Education Committee.
No costs have been incurred by the School District or taxpayers for the development or distribution of this or any other election informational items
If you have any questions or concerns, there will be a forum held on Tuesday, March 31st in the multi-purpose room. Not sure of the time yet. Supper is catered by Westerns and childcare will be provided.

p.s. scroll down to see my post from this weekend that says I did it a week ago, when in fact, I just finished it this morning!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Weekend Recap

Friday was a very eventful day. Vance got the kids and us matching Coffee Roper sweatshirts. They are very cute and warm in the inside. The kids love them!

We got out of school early and I took Emma to get her kindergarten immunizations. She was very excited until the actual shot and then she was MAD. She bounced out of it quickly and we decided to go shopping for a treat.

I went into the Dollar Store to get new sunglasses. Yes, I'm a big spender! 2 butterfly nets, a bug house, and bases for ball later...we left with NO sunglasses!
My children promptly went the pond when we got home and caught buckets and buckets of tadpoles. Not little tadpoles either. Big slimy ones! We put some in an aquarium, took some to school, and the rest are hanging out in our garage. If anyone would like to watch the process of metamorphosis come on over and get ya some tadpoles!

On Saturday, I took the 4 best behaved children ever to MOChip. I kept getting compliments on how well behaved they were and how people couldn't believe that I took 4! It took us about an hour to get them all through, but they are officially "chipped." They got their pictures taken, fingerprints done, and dental prints "printed." I hope I never have to use it, but I'm glad I took the time to do it!
As you can see, the tables went down the whole length of the room. This is the last picture I took before I got in trouble. Ooops!

So then we went outside and played on the playground and took lots of pictures. It was such a nice day! Braylon is looking for me....he kept saying, "Where are you anwea?"

Flying high!

A little monkey!

Just chilling!

They had so much fun on the tire swing. I was pretty sure someone would throw up, but nope.
After playing we went to the store to get a treat. Braylon kept asking, "Why?"....he must never get treats.....:)

After MOCHIP, Colby and Vance went on the first ride of the year. Emma also rode Lady and this time she did it all by herself. We stopped by a wedding at 5:00, came home, and finally had supper at 9:00! We definitely enjoyed the day.

Some of us worked harder than others!
Sunday was much the same, except I had a nap....taking a cue from Copper!
This week promises to be crazy, but hopefully it'll make May less crazy doing some of the things now.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Emma's book

I found a book for Emma! I am so excited....Jenn stumbled across it on another person's blog. It is an awesome book....as says the title! If you want to read it, click on the link below and you can read the whole thing! I love it!

p.s. for those who don't remember, I am going to have each teacher Emma has write in this book and give it to her when she graduates from high school.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1000 Words Thursday!

Cheaper Than Therapy
One of a kind...

This girl...oh how I love her.
She continues to amaze me.
With her knowledge and love for God...
at such a small age.
I can't WAIT to see what God has planned for her.
Right now...she's worried about growing her hair long enough for her wedding! We've officially "started letting it grow"...until next week, when she wants a haircut!
p.s....if you want to see how she "planted shade." go to my hubby's blog!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Green Food....Pink Ladies....

March Bunco month....the theme was something green. We had green apples and dip, green cheese cake, green slush, green eggs and sausage, green deviled eggs, green mint cookies, green watergate salad, and green pickle rolls. What a combination...but yummy!

Green fruit pizza!

Green pan cookie!

We were the "pink" ladies....with matching Dice Diva shirts!

I look possessed, but I wanted you to see my crown. I got the first Bunco of the night! It was exciting!

Bree got the 2nd Bunco. We were Bunco Babes together!
Corin won 1st.
Jenn won 2nd.
Bree was the true Bunco Babe.
I woke up with a sugar hangover and a sore throat....
A good time was had by all!

Know what I think...

I am a very blessed girl with lots of friends! If you ever question your support system, just wait until you're going through a rough patch....they are all there with kind words! Thanks...FRIENDS!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Colby Update

Well, it seemed like lockdown was helping. He had to tell Bronson, "No thank you"....to going over to Bronson's house on Wednesday night. That night after church he said, "Mom, I'm going to be good now, b/c I want to play with Bronson." Later we found out Bronson told Colby he had better get it together or they were never going to get to play again! Couldn't have said it better myself....Bronson.
Thursday and Friday were great. He even had a good weekend....I was especially proud of him when Emma and I went to the carnival and he stayed at home.
So, I thought we had rounded the corner...no such luck.
Today, Emma and Colby had to feed the dogs to go on a walk. To make a long story short, he made a bad choice...which ended in no walk. He threw a fit and once again went into immediate lockdown. Emma said and did the appropriate things and got rewarded. The good news, you ask....when Vance went down to his room to check on him he was reading his Bible voluntarily...and reading, not just looking at the pictures. Also, he's much better now...no more grumpy faces and stomping. Maybe we're getting through that thick head, it's just going to be baby steps! I've said CONTROL so many times, I'm tired of hearing myself...you would think think he would be tired of me!
Thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers, and encouraging words!


As you know, my computer at work crashed. At first, I was just ticked off and then started realizing all the things that I had lost. Files I use over and over, emails I had saved, etc. Then I realized my career ladder was on there and most importantly....my newsletters to hand in with my career ladder! The good news, you ask? I asked my parents for any newsletters they might haved saved, so I could copy them. One parent had saved them all! Thank goodness....what a wonderful way to start the week!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1000 Words Thursday!

Cheaper Than Therapy
We're thinking about starting up mud sports...




We're all set up!


front yard