Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter, Spring, And Anything Else That Comes To Mind

Here's Juliana taking a little time out to get ready for Easter:
(She's reading the Easter edition of 'Ideals')

Spring hasn't decided whether it is coming or going. It actually snowed on Easter! You had to be looking pretty hard to see it, but it was snow. It's been pretty cool all week, but it's supposed to get almost to 70 tomorrow - Let it be, dear Lord, let it be! I case you haven't gathered by now, I don't like cold, wet weather!

Easter has come and gone. When we got to church Easter Sunday, we discovered that Emily Boardman and Juliana were wearing the same dress in different colors, so we had to get a picture!

And this is proof that there really is an Easter Bunny! :-0

I decided this week to try making a starter for sourdough bread! I normally make bread just using yeast (like most people), but I wanted to try something different, thus the starter. I went to do some research in the internet (I use most of the time when I'm looking for recipes and such) and discovered some interesting things about bread starters.

1. At one time, starters were passed down from generation to generation, and if you were in
one of those families, our starter could have originated centuries before!
2. Starters and just like pets, you have to feed them and keep them warm-and clean up the mess
if they get too carried away!
3. If you have surplus of starter, you can either a.) pass it on to friends and family, b.) freeze it
(just thaw and use when you're ready), or c.) you can pour it out on a pan, let it dry, then
break it into pieces and place in an airtight bag. When you need it, just reconstitute it by
pouring some water over and letting it set (and stirring) until liquid again!

Ok, now you all probably think I'm crazy! Sometimes, I wonder about myself. I have made one loaf of bread with my pet starter, and it tasted pretty good, but was a little bit heavy. I'll have to experiment with it and see what I can do to improve it! I'll let you know what happens-if I remember!

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Wearing O' The Green...Or Not

Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you forgot to wear green today, consider yourself pinched! :-)

Juliana has been practicing the piano again tonight, in fact, she's playing right now! Her daddy got this little video of her.

Only three more days until Spring! YAY! Winter gets old after a week or so of it! Today started out kind of nasty and wet, but this afternoon when I went to do my piano lesson, it was sunny and about 64 degrees. Thank You, Lord! Maybe we'll be able to grow enough grass this week for Puddytat to hunt Easter eggs this Sunday. :-)

She's stopped playing the piano for now...she came in and climbed up on my lap to give me a kiss! Oh, the joys of being a mommy! Kisses dripping with drool, but you won't catch us turning them down, because our baby is telling us she loves us in the only way she knows how.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

There Was A Little Girl...

Who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead

And when she was good, she was very, VERY good

And when she was bad, she was HORRID!

How did the author of that little rhyme know my child so well? She is, most of the time, such a happy little girl - always grinning and charming the socks off of all but the very grumpiest citizens; but when she wants her way and doesn't get it? Run for cover!!

Yesterday, she figured out how to climb onto the piano bench all by herself! She dragged herself up there, perched on the edge of the bench, and proceeded to play. She did not want Mommy anywhere near her. She'd pound on the poor thing for a while, reach up, turn the page in the hymnbook, play some more, and so on. After a bit, she closed up the book, got down, got herself a pen, and climbed back up to play some more. I guess she was going to write her own music!

Here's a picture of our little virtuoso: (it's not very good quality because all I had handy to take it with was my phone)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

In The Beginning...

The Davis Family, at least this branch of it, began in the year 2002, when a girl named Gillian, the youngest of the six Graham kids, went to Bible college. She had lived most of her life in the state of Tennessee, where she was raised on a farm - a country girl, you could say.
A few months later, a young man from Oklahoma by the name of Brad also decided to attend the same Bible college. He was the oldest in his family, with a younger brother and sister, and (gasp!) a preacher's kid (you hear stories about these preacher's kids!).
I suppose you think you know the rest of the story...Boy meets Girl, they fall in love, they get married...And you're right!
On August 20th of 2004, they were married, and, they lived peacefully until November 28, 2006 when their daughter, Juliana, was born.
Things have not been peaceful since.