Tuesday, December 08, 2009

See Violet on Santa's List

Ok well the original link didn't work so here lets try this again.

Violet made Santa's list. See for your self HERE.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Making Things From Scratch

I'm not quite sure how I got onto this search today but go ahead click here or just google "making things from scratch." Go for it, I'll wait.

Did you notice all the information out there. I saw at least 30 pages of stuff to make from scratch. Thinking about it I guess at one point these store bought items weren't available. People only ever made cakes from scratch and then box mixes came out and I'm sure there were people who thought it was just wrong and would never take off.

I'm not sure where I found it but someone mentioned making vanilla extract from scratch for some handmade Christmas presents and I looked up many other recipes of things to make from scratch. Its inspired me to try out some things.

I've always wanted to try making a cake from scratch. I've only ever done it from a boxed mix but perhaps I'll get up enough courage to try. After all I make my own Lemon Loaf from scratch how hard can it be?

For some reason I've been on this kick of making things on my own. Since making my own salsa ever since we were first married I realized that first of all its really cheap (I can make 12 jars for around $5.) and also I can control the hotness level because I'm not into the spicy foods. So why couldn't I do that with other things? I know that somethings are just worth the money spent on the store bought for your time but I've wondered what I'd do if I didn't have certain items that I've gotten so used to buying. So I'll give some things a try. I'll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Show Christ's love at Christmas!

This is a great idea to spread some Christmas cheer.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Early MPM

So I realize that its Sunday but I have to get a jump start on this because I work late tonight and I have to go to the store tomorrow. Last week planning ahead really saved me time. In 3 meals I made enough food for the whole week with some still left over. I think we'll only have enough leftovers for monday, and with thanksgiving coming I got to figure out how what to do with all those leftovers. So onto it...
Monday- Leftovers of Hot dish
Tuesday- Spaghetti
Wednesday- Leftover spaghetti
Thursday- Thanksgiving
Friday- Thanksgiving part deux
Saturday- Turkey Chili
Sunday- ???

We've got a lot going on this week but I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One Small Purse

I'm not sure how many people out there read my blog but I want to help out Mocha Momma and her school. This purse drive is an easy way for me to get rid of some purses that I've hardly used and then give them to some high schoolers who need them. So, just click on the pink purse on the right of the page to find out more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

In order to try and get more organized and perhaps to save more money, I read a lot of different blogs and recently I've been reading orgjunkie.com. She plans her meals for each week on Sunday nights. So I thought I'd give it a shot. She is all fancy and has links to her recipes. A lot of times I just make them up as I go but I'll do the best I can.

This week seems like its going to be busy. I'm making meals that will make a lot of food so we can have leftovers a lot. Its ambitious but we'll give it a try.

Monday- Sesame Noodle Stir Fry (basic recipe here adding chicken and veggies to stretch it out)
Tuesday- Hot Dish (its pretty much what I call a generic cassarole. I take egg noodles, some sort of ground meat, some sort of veggie, and then a sauce or cream of something soup i have on hand. A true pantry meal and its never the same.)
Wednesday- Slow Cooker Chili (This recipe isn't made for the crockpot. I'm trying it out.)
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday- Leftovers or eatout?
Saturday- Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sunday- If any left leftovers or soup and sandwiches.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Reformation Day!!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Reformation Day!

My little punkin
Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
In honor of Reformation day here's Violet standing by the pumpkin we picked out to carve this year. This pumpkin is giant.

Today we leave for Kalahari in Sandusky, OH. Its really not just for fun (although its going to be super fun) its for the Ohio District's Pastor's Conference. Good times will be had by all.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm the tax maaan....

Interesting tax information...for what its worth I guess, for more info check out this site.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New found interest

So after stumbling on some different blogs, I came across this one. This mom lives in Australia and it looks like does some homeschooling and makes a lot of homemade items. She has inspired me to make a felt board for Violet. I have the cardboard, I'm going to make it 3 sided so I can have different backgrounds. Next item on my wish list...

All this making homemade ideas I would love to have a sewing machine that is simple so I can make an occasional stuffed animal, cute outfit, or perhaps even a halloween costume. The last time I used a sewing machine I think I was in 8th grade. Should be a good time.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Things are just non-stop around here! So I had gall bladder surgery almost 3 weeks ago now! I'm back at work and feeling pretty good...minus the cold I have but thats ok. It could be worse. So since the last post I finished Course 1 of the Wilton Cake Decorating class at Michael's. I've gone on to course two but this was my "final project" for the class. It was kinda hurried but I learned how to make the "wilton rose" while I was supposed to do "drop flowers" I didn't make them early enough and they all broke on me. I also didn't want to make green icing for the like 5 or 6 leaves so they were chocolate leaves. It could have looked much better but I think I did a great job anyway.

Violet is doing pretty good. She still isn't crawling but she's rolling all over the place. She discovered that she can get to anything by rolling and doesn't really feel like crawling. Right now she has another ear infection and an eye infection. Poor baby.

Nick is good. He gave blood last week and his arm is still bruised. It looks horrible. He started confirmation class and is enjoying that. He's also joined a bowling league and if I knew anything about bowling I could tell you about his average or something like that. But I have no clue.

That's what's going on in Ohio right now. Baby is awake now and needs a new diaper I'm sure!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

If I knew you were coming I'd a baked a cake...

I just started taking a cake decorating class through Michael's. Its the Wilton Method of cake decorating which I'm sure that isn't super fancy but its been a lot of fun. Our first class we talked about making icing and then also discussed how you ice a cake. So the picture quality isn't great but this is my first cake that I made for class. We learned how to do borders using the star tip and also writing on the cake. I didn't write on the cake but I did practice writing. I'm not super good at that yet. I'm really looking forward to the last 2 classes and then I think I'm going to try the other courses.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Violet is 6 months

Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
I don't have a lot of time with work to update as much as I'd like but here's a picture of our family!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mom is a crazy hippie

So I know I mentioned switching to cloth diapers and well I haven't fully switched but we've done some part time cloth diapers.  Its going pretty good.  I do like the cloth better than the disposable.  The washing isn't bad as everyone had said it was going to be. I don't have a ton of diapers and we usually use like 3 a day so i am washing like once every 2 days.  But its not so bad. And since its been so nice out I can let them dry on my porch.  The cloth really help if Violet has a rash or a little redness.  It usually goes away pretty quick with the cloth.  Cloth diapers have come a long way since they were used on me.  

This is the first ones we got.  They are Kushies brand, all in ones.  So there is no diaper cover the cloth is all built right in.  The only bad thing about t
hese is that they take forever to dry.  They also velcro shut but there isn't velcro on the other side of the tab so you have to position them just right. 

Here's the happy girl in her Kushies diaper.  She's a little on the small side here but she now fits in them a little better now that she put on some weight.

This diaper is more like the old school diapers.  They call them prefolds and they can either be put on with diaper pins or a fancy tool called a Snappi.  Its a rubbery y shaped thing that has teeth on the 3 ends and grips the diaper on with out having to use the pins.  Or depending on the type of diaper cover you can just fold them and insert them into the pocket.  Both ways work really well and these I like the best.  They absorb more and don't leak ever.  

This is a close up of the diaper cover.  We only have two covers this one with the cute flowers and then one with frogs on it.  I forgot to take pictures of that one.  

I'm so happy in my cute diaper

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

3 Month Pictures

Today Violet got her 3 month pictures taken at Target.  She's such a cutie.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cloth Diapering

Cloth diapering is something I've been considering because the prices of pampers and huggies are going up again.  Well they keep the prices of the packages the same but then put less diapers in a package.  So I'm fed up and I'm looking into some at http://www.kellyscloset.com/ So if you are interested give it a try

Friday, May 01, 2009

First Round of Shots

Today was Violet's first set of shots.  She had one in each leg and there is one more she still needs but the Dr didn't have it in their office yet.  She's not a very happy baby today.  Hopefully I can get her to nap soon.  

Monday, April 27, 2009

Violet Posing

Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
This picture was taken on Easter. I love it!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

This was one of many pictures from our Easter picture shoot.  Violet seems to pose for pictures.  Check them out here.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Violet's Re-Birth Day...

Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
Violet was baptized last sunday March 29th. It was Nick's second baptism but how many people get to baptize their own children. It was pretty neat.

Matthew 19:14- Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Violet is 1 month old!

Violet is officially 1 month as of yesterday.  She's such a big girl now.  She now follows objects with her eyes.  She's smiling and laughing socially.  We are still working on sleeping through the night but one step at a time.

Taking a nap in the swing for the first time

So happy!

Violet at 1 month and Steve

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Violet and Her Monster

Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
My sister gave me the idea to take Violet's picture with a stuffed animal or something to see how she grows in relation to the animal. I chose this pink monster. We are still trying to figure out a name for it but this is the first picture with the monster.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Dad and Violet

Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
I love this picture. I just wanted to share it with everyone.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Violet Dianne is here!

Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
Violet Dianne Buchholz
7lbs 2oz
20 3/4in

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Me 40 weeks 5 Days

Me 40 weeks 5 Days
Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
This is the last pregnant picture of me. I will be going to the hospital tomorrow at 4pm to start the induction. Hopefully it won't be too long before she's here!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

40 Weeks and 1 day

Still no baby.  We are patiently waiting....hopefully soon!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

37 weeks

37 weeks
Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
THis is me at 37 weeks. My hair is bad because of bed rest.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

28 Weeks

28 Weeks
Originally uploaded by SpamanthaB
Well that was my picture at 28 weeks. I am more round right now. We are really behind on the whole picture thing. I should take another picture soon. I am now at 35 weeks. We are getting closer!