Blueberry Pies and Magic Clipboards

Have you looked outside lately?  I believe it is a reflection of my soul.
Bright, happy and full of life.

Jeffrey started his new job on Monday.  It is such a weight off our minds to have him working again.  In celebration, I baked him a blueberry pie. 

I also made artichokes for dinner, because they are so yummy.  Unfortunately nothing I baked yesterday turned out.  The mashed potatoes tasted like glue.  The directions for the artichokes were extremely confusing so I ruined one.  I boiled the other.  I sometimes forget.  NEVER boil vegetables.  Unless it is a potato, vegetables should not ever be boiled.  And for the potato, only if you are going to turn it into mashed potatoes.  But once the lesson has been learned, it isn't often repeated, so I have that to go off of.  Also, frozen blueberries may seem like a good idea, and though the recipe says it works, don't believe it.  Frozen fruits never work for pies.  I knew that was a truth with rhubarb, why didn't I think it was also applicable to blueberry pie.  At least it still tasted good, and Jeffrey knew the sentiment behind it all.

But that is not what we are here to talk about right now.

First, the clipboards.  A while back I made a little clipboard for Keith to mark off potty training. 

He seems to have lost interest in that, so I converted it into a chore chart.

He loves it!  I am actually quite elated.  I will have a much more structured way of teaching him the blessings and value of hard work.  On his chart are chores that he already does anyway.  Like saying his prayers, brushing his teeth, making his bed, etc.  But now, he gets a reward for doing each thing.  He gets a star on his chart for each task accomplished.  Once he gets 20 stars he gets a $0.30.  He is already talking about spending the money on candy.  I think soon I am going to have to teach him about saving money, and tithing is going to be fun.  For now, though, just tithing and I will let him buy whatever a quarter will buy.

I also made a FHE clipboard.   I had given away all the other clipboards I had ever made, so I figured I needed one for my family.  There is no way I am giving this one up.  The picture on the front has a lot of special meaning to me.

It is one of my favorite pictures.  Tonight we looked at some pictures from a primary book and talked about them.  Keith was fascinated with the map of Isreal.  We talked about the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem.  If you ask him where Jesus lived, he can tell you.  I guess the fact that I finally feel like I am teaching him the Gospel makes me happy.  I felt guilty before.  I tried, but he was never interested.  Oh the magic of the clipboard.

Mother's Day is just around the corner.  I am excited to get started on the gifts.  I can't say much about it now, because both my mother and mother in law read this blog, so I can't really say what I am working on.  But I am excited to give them the gifts.  

Yesterday as I was at Saver's looking for something for the gifts, a woman began talking to me.  I had Faye on my hip, so of course that helps break the ice.  Also, we were looking for the same thing.  As we talked, she mentioned she was looking to buy a house near the University for her children.  I mentioned I was trying to sell a house near the University.  I will be heading over in just a few minutes to mow the lawn and do a little weed control.  She said she would come by today and look at it.  I really feel like I was directed to be in that spot at that time.  I don't know if anything will come of it, but it was a very happy experience.  I am still hoping and praying someone will see the love and joy that was housed there, and want to buy it to create their memories there as well.  Really, great neighbors, and great ward{congregation} (great is an understatement.  We don't want to leave the ward, they are so incredible).  One day soon, I hope.Blueberry

But for the moment I will live in the moment.  I am going back to the house to give it some landscaping love, to pick some flowers, and to gather a branch of cherry blossoms to brighten my room.  While there I am going to pretend it is still mine, and always will be.


Susan Anderson said…
I wish the house could always be yours, too. (And I'm sure it will memory.)

Congrats again on the new job! It must feel wonderful to have that particular worry off your plate.


PS. And it's the thought that counts on the special dinner, right?
Chantel said…
I think your pie looks yummy. I wish I had a piece!!
Trish said…
Aww the way you talk about your just puts me in another place...good luck...I hope that lady is the one you were looking for...or maybe the link to the one you are looking for.
mub said…
OH! Also, I have my fingers crossed that something comes from the woman who looked at your house =)
mub said…
I'm curious about what happened to your pie... I always use frozen blueberries in mine and haven't had anything horrible happen!
Emmy said…
Oh I hope she buys your house, that would be awesome! And your clipboards are seriously so so cute!

And hey I don't know when I last made a pie so you did good :)
CB said…
I think the pie looks great - I hope your hubby enjoyed it and all the love that went into it! :D

I hope you sell your house if that is what you need to do. I am sentimental so I can understand your feelings of wishing you could stay. I hope it all works out.
Blogs said…
that pie has I LOVE YOU BABY written all over it:)
Em said…
boil 35-40 min with a bay leaf and lemon slices. i have to add water halfway through b/c my pot is not big enough. b/c i burned the big enough pot to a crisp when i forgot about my artichokes cooking last summer. i still miss that pot.

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