Monday, January 22, 2007

Love at first sight

Chad's birthday is March 25th so I am making him an 8X8 album to send to him....mostly containing pictures of him and Sandy with some family ones too. Here is the first page. I scanned it a little crooked...sorry. It's pretty and simple, but I didn't want to take attention away from the picture. I know he loves this picture and so do I. Plus there's not a lot you can do on small pages. We got to talk to him tonight, during that time they brought in his care package from Sue and set it on his cot. It was neat to be on the phone with him while he opened it. He loved everything and wanted me to express his gratitude to Sue and to Brooke who sent him a package last week.
They are now sleeping in large tents instead of the barracks and has no way to send mail right now otherwise he would mail you both a thank you letter. They have him busy with different trainings. He's been doing night firings, learning how to do IV's on each other. The guy that did Chad's was not good and poked the needle all the way through his vein. It's just scary to me that they hand these guys needles and say poke each other till you do it right. Hello...that's just crazy! Today he sank in the swamp up to his head 3 times. He was freezing and was so glad to get back to camp tonight so he could shower and put on some warm clothes. He's been sounding stuffy. I sure hope he doesn't get full blown sick. Happy mail really cheered him up, so thank you ladies for being kind enough to set this up for him. We all appreciate it!
I got some happy mail today too. Lara, a very nice blog reader sent this for baby Mark. As soon as it even remotely fits him, I'll be doing a photo shoot with him and grampy Mark on the motorcycle. Can't you just picture it...cute outfit, sunglasses, bandana on his head...so cute! Thank you so much Lara. Big Mark thought it was very cool too! I don't know why the small version of this picture is so blurry when I attached it in here, but you get the idea.
Soup recipe...hmmmm...I'll be honest and tell you there is no measured recipe. It's more of a dump it in kind of thing, but here's how I do it....
Cheesy potato corn chowder
You can either peel and dice up potatoes into teeny pieces and boil them until tender and drain or cook up a bag of cubed hash browns. Yesterday I used the hashbrowns because we were hungry and didn't want to take the time to peel and dice. I put them in my soup pot with some oil and butter. Seasoned them with salt, pepper and onion powder and cooked them until they were hot and tender and a starting to brown. Dump in a can of corn-drained, a can of cream corn, about a cup of velveeta cheese, cubed up (it melts best) whisk together 1/2 gallon of milk with1/3 to 1/2 cup flour and pour in. Stir together until hot and cheese is melted. Can season more to taste. At the end add cooked crumbled bacon. (optional, but good...everything's better with bacon, right?!)

39 comments:

Leona said...

Great layout very pretty. I love anything with hearts. The outfit is cute. Baby Mark will look adorable in it.
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Andi said...

Chad is going to love his birthday album. That really is a beautiful picture of Chad and Sandy. And so cool that his care package arrived while you were talking to him!

Love the adorable little Harley outfit for Baby Mark...so cute! He's going to be Mark's little biker boy for sure in that! Wonderful picture of you as well. You look very pretty!

Thanks for the recipe. Hope blogger will let me post this...its been giving me some trouble.

Jen said...

very pretty layout Jolene.
That is a great picture!!

Briana said...

Love the layout, I'm sure he'll just love the whole album.

I can't wait to see pictures of baby Mark in that adorable outfit!

I'll have to try that recipe out on Kevin, sounds like something he'd like. Not sure about the boys though, they are not big soup fans.

Missy's Blog said...

Oh my gosh ... that is an absolutely wonderful layout! He is going to love it!

I just love that little Harley outfit for Baby Mark. He's going to look dang cute in it.

That recipe sounds yummy ... it's going to be cold here again this coming weekend, I might just have to make it.

~Telah said...

Yum...that recipe sounds so good! I had to print it so I can give it a try. It sounds a little like the loaded potato soup I've been making except your's has corn. Love the picture of Chad and Sandy! It is sooooo sweet!

Valerie said...

loving that layout for Chad & Sandy - how stinking cute is that?!

and you're right: EVERYTHING'S better with bacon! (well, maybe not ice cream!)

TK Angels said...

Pretty Layout. Love it. Give Chad our best and tell him that we are all thinking of him.

Take care,
Terri

Pam said...

Love the page! It's gorgeous! I just love the simplicity of it and of course the chatterbox! ;)

Love the denim outfit for baby Mark! Too cute!

Thanks for the soup recipe! ;)

sohpiasmom said...

The first layout is absolutely beautiful! He will love it!

That soup sounds SOOOOOOO yummy...I'm sure I will be making it soon! Thanks for the recipe!

Chickenbells said...

What a great layout, and thoughtful giftie! The little outfit is too cute...and I sure as heck am glad no one's poking my arm with a needle!!

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linda t said...

You are such a good Mom... and grandma... and scrapper... and soup cooker! You rock!

Chris said...

Love the layout...Really makes a great picture even better. I love soup and will for sure try that one.

Leah said...

Wonderful picture of those two. The layout is so pretty. Helps get me in the mood to finish up my valentine's project!

Cee said...

May I PLEASE come eat at your home?! ;)

I just returned from my spin class; I *inhaled* a bowl of corn flakes and bananas.

In case you're in the area, I'll be at SE on Thursday. I have Angie's Simplicity class to attend.

Diane said...

Jolene the layout is GORGEOUS and the outfit is too cute!
Diane

Anonymous said...

I love the layout! Cute outfit too. Ok, so I have to crack up everytime I read one of your recipes. Half a gallon of milk in ONE recipe??? In our house, we only drink a half gallon a week! LOL

Love,
Tember
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Susie Q said...

The layout is just perfect. So pretty, as is that wonderful picture!
How great that you were talking to him when the package came. NO thank you notes needed!!!! We all just want him to know how thankful WE are to HIM!!! : )
The little outfit for Mark is adorable! So cute. I can not wait to see him IN it with his Grandpa Mark ON the motorcycle! How cute that will be!

That soup sounds so good. Bill is home for a visit on Thursday so we will have to try it! YUM! Thank you for posting it!

Love and hugs,
Sue

Heather said...

What a great post! The recipe sounds so good! I wish I could just make it for one...LOL...cause all my picky butts wouldn't anything that might actually taste good!
The Harley outfit is adorable! I am sure that will provide a great subject for a really cute layout in the future.
And finally, the layout is just beautiful! I love the stiching around the heart! Great job!
Take care!

Amy Mowbray said...

How cute is that! I can't wait to see pictures of LM in the outfit and do-rag!

I'm so going to make that recipe. I love soup!

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