Hi friends and family!
As most of you know, Ryan and I are running in The Bourbon Chase, a 200 mile overnight relay race in Kentucky in just three short weeks from October 9-10th. We have been training since May and are getting more and more excited for the big race! Along with ten other people from our church who help make up our team (Green Miles), we are attempting to raise $2,000 for Shepherd Community Center. Feel free to click the link to find out more information about their incredible organization that serves families in poverty living in the near east-side of Indianapolis. Thank you in advance for your consideration! You are welcome to donate a lump sum (e.g., $10) or donate a specific dollar amount for each mile that we run (e.g., $1 per mile). Combined, Ryan and I will be running 33.5 miles ( = $33.50). Wish us luck! For $2,000, Shepherd Community Center can:
- stock the office for six months.
- feed 166 kids lunch for the whole year.
- support 2.5 families for one whole year.
- provide 22 weeks of summer camp for kids.
- provide safe transportation for kids for 4.5 months.give 29 kids a place to go after school for the whole year
If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please email me at amyksaver @ gmail . com (minus the spaces) or leave a comment with your email address on this blog. I can then send you my address and other information.
Thank you again! Please let me know if you have any questions!
Amy & Ryan
6 miles at 5:40 p.m. (10/09)
5 miles at 5:00 a.m. (10/10)
5 miles at 2:40 p.m. (10/10).
Ryan will be running:
8 miles at 6:30 p.m. (10/09)
6 miles at 5:50 a.m. (10/10)
4 miles at 3:30 p.m. (10/10)
The fun part is that when I am finished running, Ryan will take off next. So, I'm hoping that as I become tired at the end of my legs, knowing he is waiting for me at the exchange zone will motivate me to keep working hard! I am VERY excited about not having to run in the middle of the night. It kind of just worked out that way! We are praying for our health, safety, and endurance to complete this race, as well as the ability to raise funds that would greatly help the Shepherd Community Center. I hope to post another update before the big race! Until next time...go Green Miles!!!
1. Italian Style Donut Flight
2. S'mores Fondue Crock
3. Snickers Crunch Ice Cream Dome
They were SO delicious! I wish I could find pictures of them online because they were as beautiful as they were delectable. We really had a great time and were so thankful for Ryan's parents taking good care of Noah so that we could have some time together.
Our most recent date was Thursday night. After I got off work, I picked up Noah from Alissa's and drove straight to my mom's work. Fortunately, she works just down the street from our sitter. After some blood, sweat, and tears switching the car seat over to her SUV (and some help from a complete stranger), they were on their way back to my mom's, and I was headed to the dollar theatre to meet Ryan for our first flick. We decided to see Perfect Getaway at 5:30 p.m. and ended up really loving it! I love suspense movies, and I want to write more about it, but I hate to give away the ending. Go see it! After our first movie and some nachos for me, we went next door to get some sushi and fried rice. Why can't I make fried rice that delicious?! I had shrimp tempura, the only sushi I can stomach, and Ryan got Tuna Sushi...his favorite. We grabbed it "to go" and sat outside on the sidewalk for our romantic dinner for two. It was really cute! After dinner we walked over to Krispy Kreme and grabbed a few donuts for dessert. I had half of mine, and Ryan had the rest. :) We walked back to the theatre for our 8:05 p.m. movie, Funny People. We were excited about the cast: Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, etc. The movie was pretty good, but to be honest, it was pretty drawn out. Two and a half hours later, the movie was over and we were heading back home. It was a great night together! After worked we rushed down to my mom's house to pick up Noah, had dinner with her and Kent, and had a good visit with them. Again, we were really thankful for them watching Noah so that we could have some time together!
While we always miss Noah when we are away from him, it is SO good for us to have that time for just the two of us. If we're going to be good parents, we have to be a good husband and wife to each other, right? I love going on unique dates like the ones we just had! I can't wait to see what we do next.
Ryan and I had been talking about buying Noah a Little Tykes Cozy Coupe for about a month or so. We remembered loving them when we were kids and thought Noah would probably love them, too. We like to get on Craigslist and check to see if there are any good deals on different items. You rarely ever see the Cozy Coupes on there because people snatch them so quickly! From what I hear, garage sales aren't much better because people rarely sell them. It's just one of those toys that has actually stood the test of time!
During Labor Day weekend, Ryan and I were visiting our friends, Jason and Kim, and their little boy, Chase (Ryan's God Son). We had delicious Bub's Burgers, which I didn't have to feel guilty eating since I ran 6 miles that morning! It was so great to see them again and wished we lived closer! They moved to North Carolina about 6-7 months ago. Oh well, maybe we'll be neighbors someday because I've always felt like I'm supposed to live in the Carolinas. Time will tell!
Anyway, after visiting with Jason, Kim, and Chase, Ryan and I got to go on a date (stay tuned for a future post). What date would be complete without some shopping??? I don't know how it happens, but on nearly every date we have, we end up going to the mall, Target, somewhere. We went by Target to buy Noah the Cozy Coupe, but they didn't have one...bummer! The next day, we got on Craigslist, and low and behold, a lady had just posted one! We emailed her right away, and she called back soon after. So, not only did we get the Cozy Coupe, but we saved $30 buying it used.
At first I was sad because it was pretty dirty from being outside...and a little scuffed up, as though someone had wrecked it a few times. But after giving it a good scrub with some Clorox Anywhere (Thanks, Gloria!!), she was just shining beautifully. We've been leaving it outside in our backyard anyway, so now I'm especially glad we didn't spend $55 on one. Noah loves just opening the door, closing the door, opening the gas door, closing the gas door, putting his sippy cup in the "trunk", walking backwards in the car, etc. It is one of those toys that will surely be in our family for a longgg time!
Elmo had a big hose where water came out, but he also had a little hose where just a little water sprayed out. He loved it! I love when he crouches down like this because there are so many pictures of me doing the same thing! Who am I kidding - I still sit like this. :)
We had a great time playing in the sprinkler. It's wild to think all that we'll be able to do next summer when he is two years old!
Back to the garage...I ended up finding the peg boards, but someone - who shall remain nameless - said that we didn't need any 1x2's to attach to the back of the boards; instead, this person said that you put the peg boards directly onto the wall. I asked, "How do you put in the hooks if there is no space between the wall and the peg board?" The question flew by the wayside, and we - I mean - I left Lowes with just the peg boards.
June turned into July, and July turned into August. Before I knew it, August became September. Ryan and I decided to go purchase the 1x2's, since that person had been incorrect in June, so we ran out to Menards Friday night after making the tent. We also picked up some edging and retaining wall materials. Of course, there was a great deal - buy 2 get 1 free! You can't pass that up when you are buying 57 edging stones and 51 retaining wall stones. :)
While Ryan took a snooze Saturday, I decided to attach the 1x2's to the peg boards since I was feeling particularly handy that day. :) I got out the electric screwdriver - or was it a drill with a screwdriver head on it? Either way, I used a power tool! I also got out the miter box, miter saw, a tape measure, and a marker, and away I went! An hour later, I had 3 peg boards framed and ready to go! When Ryan woke up, he screwed them into the wall, while I organized everything...my favorite!
Presto - Chango! We had a new garage...or at least it felt that way! It looks so much better that I just wish we would've done this 3 years ago. Oh well, we have lots of time to enjoy it now. Stay tuned for pictures of our new retaining wall and edging...
Anyway, as soon as I got home, I put together a quick little tent in our living room, and Noah loved it! He would run inside it, sit next to me, and then run out. A few seconds later, he'd have a new toy in hand and would run inside to see me again. In and out...in and out! This went on for quite a while until we decided to have some dinner.We had a great time! It was the perfect way to start the holiday weekend with our family.
Don't you love that Saved By The Bell Episode?? I can seriously watch those reruns a hundred times and not get bored. Unlike Screech, you can have this PIZZA PIE recipe AND I will give the proper credits to the deserving person. When I was in high school, I played basketball for three years. Before home games we would have dinner at someone's house. I loved going to dinner at Cara Badskey's (now Cara Warren) house because her mom made these delicious pizza pies! About a year ago, I got the recipe from Cara and have been making them ever since.
I also started participating in a freezer meal group with some women from church. Once a month, we each make 6 meals, keep one for ourselves, and give the other 5 away. It's a great way to try new recipes, have convenient meals, and have easy clean up. I made the pizza pies last Spring, and they were a huge hit! I've been stocking up on all of the ingrediants the past couple months and finally had everything I needed to make the pies. You know me - I had to buy everything at ROCK BOTTOM prices. I was able to get the pepperoni for like 16 cents a pack, shredded cheese for 99 cents, etc. I'm giving you the recipe in bulk in case you'd like to make several at one time and freeze them, too, though you can easily cut it down for just one pizza pie.
The Badskey Pizza Pie
--5 lbs hamburger (or ground turkey for you health nuts)
--5 packs of shredded cheese (mozz, parm, Italian mix, whatever you'd like)
--Large can of pizza sauce (the huge kind - I buy this at Sam's club b/c it's the most cost effective)
--Pizza Toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, whatever your pleasure)
--2-3 onions (depending on your taste)
--3 Packs of Frozen Pie Shells (6 shells total)
--3 Pillsbury Pie Crust (the roll-out kind in the refridgerated section - 6 total)
1. Brown your hamburger and onion - drain grease
2. Lay out the 6 frozen pie shells
3. Place pepperoni on bottom of pie shell
4. Add 1 cup cheese on top of pepperoni
5. Add 2 cups of browned hamburger & onion and 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce in a large bowl - mix together
6. Pour mixture into pie shell
7. Add other pizza toppings (e.g., mushrooms) and more cheese
8. Place Pillsbury pie shell on top of pie
9. Seal edge and cut off excess crust
10. Cut four slivers into top of crust to allow steam to escape
11. Bake on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes
***NOTE: If you freeze these, let thaw in your fridge for 24 hours. Then bake as directed.
Here are pictures of the process and final product!
Step 7 continued...
Steps 8 though 10If you decide to freeze them, I like putting Cling Wrap over the pie. Then I write the name of the pie and the date on a freezer bag. I like Ziploc Double Guard best for my pies! They fit perfectly.
I hope you enjoy them! If you make these, please feel free to leave a comment letting me know how delicious yours turned out!
Next he moved onto the little playhouse area. Because we got there right when the museum opened, there were hardly any other kids around, which is always a bonus! He liked playing with the sink and refrigerator, putting the food and dishes from one into the other. Jake was really great about helping with the yard work while Noah tried to get dinner ready for the family. He was thankful that Jake was helping mow the yard but just couldn't understand why he brought that mower into the house...haha! :)
Next up...we were back to another bridge! There is a little area devoted just to kids under 2 years old. Again, back and forth he went!
...the tree house! Climb, climb, climb he went. Noah loved going down the slide and usually wanted to walk back up the slide. We're working on that!
Then we went for a walk through the hallway of mirrors. I can't remember if it was this trip or the following trip to the Children's Museum, but Noah ran straight into one of the mirrors and fell straight backward. It was seriously like a comedy sketch! Fortunately, he was not seriously hurt. :)
This picture was TOO FUNNY not to include. It looks like he a little tap dance...maybe the buffalo (What do you think, Abigail?). :) He takes after his mommy!
The last thing we did was visit the trains. Noah was so sleepy at this point (can you tell?), but he was a trooper! Jake and Noah got along great...mostly playing by themselves but following each other around from time to time. It was really fun to hang out with Jill again, too. With all the time at home this summer and now working part time, I don't want to get in a rut, doing the same things all the time. I really want to take advantage of the time I am off work and do fun things with Noah but also am realistic about needing to get things done here at home.