Sunday, November 30, 2008
We have had my whole family here for the Thanksgiving week. Chuck flew in Wednesday night. My parents arrived about a week ago and my sister and her family also got here the night before Thanksgiving. It has been a full house and lots of fun.
We only get to get these cousins together every 3 0r 4 years and amazingly they all get along and have a lot of fun. Susan and her family are missionaries in Japan and are currently living in California. I wish the visits weren't so few and far between.
We went and picked out a tree (hopefully we wont celebrate Christmas in this house).
For fun we have gone letterboxing.
And the kids put on a Christmas play. Including an angel, Mary, Joseph, a shepherd and a director/narrator. It was so sweet.
***We should have our house appraised this week. Please continue to pray that it appraises for the agreed amount. If it doesn't, we will have to figure out what to do. We are trusting and believing that it will appraise, but in this crazy market, or if these buyers have someone working in their favor, we could have problems. Please pray!***
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Please pray that our home appraises for the agreed amount and that this will even be through the appraiser that they choose. Even though no one should have an influence on the appraiser, I believe they have chosen one that will work in their favor. They agreed on the deal with full belief that it will not appraise for that much. So they are putting their trust in the appraiser, and we are putting our trust in God. In God who is in control of every detail. In God who is sovereign. In God who is faithful.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
But for this night, it was just for fun. The girls and I went to go see Miss Patty Cake (a children's performer). Chuck has connected with a few different people at his new job/town and when we found out they were coming here to put on a concert, we wanted to go and see the show. It was really cute (a little young for my girls but we all enjoyed it) and very well done. I was quite impressed. And it was a treat to meet daddy's new friends and feel like an insider.
Before we even got there we found a letterbox in a nearby park. The weather here is chilly and enjoyable. After finding our treasure, this tree was a huge hit for climbing.
When all was done, we had to swing by and sign another counter offer on the house (yep, we were low balled again). We are praying specifically that we get a fair offer and one that we can accept.
To top the night, we had dinner out at Arby's. We hardly ever eat out so this is always a treat.
Tally enjoyed the curly fries and Tristen "drank" her dinner.
It was a pretty NORMAL night, accept for not having Daddy here. He comes home on Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 21, 2008
We have been composting here in this spot for about a year (how I started HERE). Though I grew up with parents and grandparents that composted, it is the first time that I have had my own official compost pile. It has been easier than I ever thought it would be and we have been able to enjoy the dirt (HERE).
It has been fun to see different things grow in the compost pile. I toss lots of different things from the kitchen and the garden and sometimes they take root. We have seen wheat stalks, garlic, onions, potatoes and most recently some pumpkins or gourds all grow in our compost bin.
These vines have really taken off. I am tempted to just let them go and see if anything produces. It just goes to show you how helpful good dirt is. It gives a new meaning on "REUSE".
Here is a quick list of all the things we tend to put in our compost.
- Any kitchen scraps that the rabbit doesn't get (banana peels, apple cores, sweet potato skins...)
- Coffee grounds, tea bags, dryer lint
- shredded paper
- left over rice or pasta (with no sauces), old bread or crackers
- the end of the cereal in the boxes or pop corn old maids
- all of our bunny litter when we change her bedding
- yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, (skip the flowering weeds)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here are the girls with our sweet neighbor lady. Of course they wore their prairie dresses and bonnets. Sad to say, those are getting too small. I am fighting the urge to make them some more dresses. Here are the girls with the lady who gave the nice presentation and another HS girl and her super cute prairie dress (the dress that got me thinking about making ones for my kiddos).
We have really enjoyed lapbooking and I am really amazed at how much information the kids retain from this kind of learning. Totally hands on. Totally creative. And they want to look back at the books and show them to any willing audience. =)
While I read to the girls, they were making the mini books that go in the lapbook. I do the cutting, and they do the rest. We used a color copy from one of our first (geared for young readers) Laura books as a cover. On the back cover, we made a pocket for misc. timeline info we found.
So far, we have stuck to the traditional shutter fold folders glued to each other. This lap book was 2 folders connected. The orange MAP book included maps from Laura's travels. On the left flap were info about her family (parents, siblings, children...)Inside the first flap we made a book about different jobs Laura had and included some illustrations from the Little House books. The large purple and white book is another map and all the towns she lived in.
The yellow book is opened here to show ALL the times Laura moved. As I was reading the biography, we kept a log of this and then the girls put this in the wagon book (got the wagon from enchanted learning).
On the left is a small blue mini book with a map of where the Little House books take place. We learned that not all books are exactly like Laura's life. On the bottom right is a blue and white book that tells when she was born and died.
Here is a accordion fold mini book with open flaps that show all the different kinds of houses Laura lived in. Everything from a log cabin to a sod house to the final home of Rocky Ridge farm that she and Almanzo owned.
This mini book is a flip book that lists all of Laura's books and when they were published (several published after her death). Then the girls included their own art for each book. That allows them to draw and be extra creative.
This picture shows an accordion style fold mini book that lists all the difficult things that took place during the first 4 years of Laura and Almanzo's marriage. You can also see the red mini book that we made for the family album. We included some pictures of the different members of Laura's family (remember, she really wasn't Melissa Gilbert).
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Just a quick update, the couple who put an offer on our house wasn't willing to budge off of the lowball, unrealistic offer that they made. So, we are back to trusting in the right buyer, at the right time, at the right price. Thanks for caring and all the prayers.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
1. I had a hysterosalpingogram as one of the tests in order investigate the infertility Chuck and I were struggling with.
2. My first child was conceived on fertility drugs. After years of trying, it seemed to be the best hope for us.
3. I never had an ultra sound. I never knew what I was having - there are so few surprises in life.
4. My second baby was a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and a face presentation baby (when the baby does NOT tuck its chin, but instead tilts it up ~ having the widest part of the head coming out first). I was so grateful to be able to experience the process of a traditional delivery (though she did have one huge swollen eye).
5. When I was pushing to deliver Tristen, I ended up with broken blood vessels in my eyes and face...I meant business (and in my opinion...I would take a vaginal delivery any day over a c-section).
6. I did not, nor was I willing to get an epidural for the VBAC delivery.
7. I used an SNS (tube style nursing) in order to breastfeed Tally. It was a lot work, but looking back on it, I am glad I did.
So, here is the deal on tagging you guys. I would love to tag you all and if you want to play. Go for it. I thought that the twist on the traditional tag would be fun. So, list your 7 interesting tidbits about you for the Motherhood tag.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So I thought I would try some new things (my nephews are coming for Thanksgving and I can only imagine that 1/4 of a cup of dry cereal wont fill them up like it would for Tissy). Here is the easy recipe for drop biscuits.
2 Cups freshly milled flour (hard white)
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
Mix together the dry ingredients, make a well in the middle. Combine oil and milk. Pour liquid into well and mix with the dry ingredients. Drop by scoop or spoon onto greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper). Bake at 425 for 10 min. Makes about 1 dozen.
This is the recipe from the Break Beckers book that I got with my mill. Because I am using fresh milled wheat, it has the added benefits of being a whole grain. While these were baking I cooked up some little sausage patties to go inside. Move over McDonald's sausage biscuit, same idea but better for you. Pretty hearty breakfast and very inexpensive. I think it would fill up any growing boy.
This morning, Tristen was my baking helper. We ended up making our biscuits big and only made 9 instead of 12. They were great for lunch with butter and jam.
Sorry my pictures are so fuzzy this time. Must have been poor lighting.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I wanted to leave her a comment about how I learned the term "pounding" here in the south as a way to stock some one's pantry (a pound of this and a pound of that). I was trying to do a little research on it and ran across a hysterical blog post about how people often give their junk to churches, missions, orphanages and the such. I was laughing so hard at some of the horrible things that people pass on as "donations" all in the name of giving to God. If you want a good laugh (the funny parts were in the comments that people left) click HERE. I mean really, the stuff people donate is down right embarrassing.
So, enjoy the laugh but learn from the great example of how it is important to give our best.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
We actually have been doing art from that art site that I found a few weeks ago. I am pretty impressed with that art blog and I am also pretty (um...actually VERY) impressed that we have followed through with doing it. I find that we are always disciplined to get the 3 Rs done for school. No problem there. It is easy to drop the extras. And sure enough, it is the extra things that my kids love the most.
The best way for me to remember to follow through with doing these artsy projects is to save them as my background on my computer and then it is right there, staring me in the face as a "friendly reminder". And as a reference when we are ready to draw them. When there is a project we want to do, I click on the picture to make it larger then right click to save as background. I did order some pastels for the last of our supplies. A year ago I took my weekly coupon to the art store and picked up some basics to have on hand for when the moment strikes.
We use a flattened out cardboard box as our safe surface to paint on. SO much easier than newspaper. When we are done, you can even hide it behind the couch for next time.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
What are your favorite beauty products? Though I am in the market for some basics (foundation, face cleaner, blush, eye color...) what are things that you would recommend? I remember someone (I think it was you Mrs. Moon) who said they had a face wash that they really liked and they found it at Walmart or Target. If I can get it at Target, it is my style. I don't think I have ever gotten anything at the makeup counter at the department store. Maybe that is my problem (yes...sometimes I think cheapness is my problem).
Any-who...inspire me gals. I specifically didn't get anything the other day because I wanted to hear it from the experts. Well, that and the fact that all the choices overwhelmed me and I figured I should do some makeup homework before making my "once ever 3 year purchase". I really never run out of makeup, it's more like it gets so old I have to throw it out.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I am not sure if I ever really noticed the arrows on the S and Y. But the girls obviously have. When we play pictionary, we often use the box with the sign on top to represent a store. And notice she didn't use letters but the squiggles were for the SUBWAY letter on the top of the sign.
I would have been just wasting my time drawing some kind of an underground train. Thanks for playing along. I would have been very surprised if anyone guessed it. I thought this was a fun idea for a post.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sorry the picture isn't great, I tried scanning it but it didn't work being a pencil drawing. You can click on the picture to enlarge it. So, what do you think it is? I will let you know after a days worth of guesses.
We have a collection in our home of home made bookmarks cut from food boxes. I have to give Chuck the credit for these creative little things. Though we try not to eat a lot of junk, there are times we get items at the grocery store as a treat for the kids when the are on sale (like fruit chews for example). When we get those kinds of kid treats, we always check out the box and find where we can cut out a cute bookmark. Some ideas are boxed cereal, granola bars, fruit chews, frozen waffles, snack cakes or graham crackers or gold fish crackers.
It is great to have bookmarks that are "OK" if you loose them. The card stock/cardboard seems to be just the right thickness for a bookmark. Just look for cute or creative or colorful patterns on boxes of cereal, or frozen food products or even from a box of tea (sleepy time bear). We have even cut them from the cover of coloring books or workbooks for school. We keep them in a bag in a desk drawer and we are always grabbing a new one when we start a new book (I have passed on the habit of reading more than one book at a time to my kids...at least they are readers).
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
"Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees. Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed. Righteous are you, O Lord , and your laws are right. The statues you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy."
"The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground."
"My hand has made both earth and skies, and they are mine. Yet I will look with pity on the man who has a humble and a contrite heart, who trembles at my word."
1 Timothy 2:1-4
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. this is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
Thanks Rachel, I borrowed these from you my dear. I am honored to be able to pray in freedom for our country.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I am glad Chuck is home this weekend so we can off load some of this candy onto him. I am really not sure what to do with it all. (I will never let them eat it all). The girls did have a fun time trick or treating and the next morning activity found them sorting the candy. They dumped it all into a common container right off the bat so it became "family property" (they always would ask first before they take a piece).
The sorting was too cute. Had to get a picture. Grouping like candies together.
Then I had to scan the list. I just thought it was cute to take an inventory of the candy.
Aside from sorting the candy (sounds like a math game to me), the girls also made towers out of it. Kind of like building blocks. We also reuse our candy when we make our gingerbread house at Christmas time. We save the candy and decorate the house with it. A great way to USE it with out having to EAT it. There is NO WAY I would let my kids eat all that SUGAR. Tough Mommy kicks in and doesn't let them eat it all. The sticky candy is bad for their teeth and the sugar is just not good in general.
We have always given out toys and treats for trick or treating. (Don't need more candy for me to say NO to). I have ordered things from oriental trading and then I save any extra "happy meal" style toy or birthday goody bag toy for my treat basket (pencils, stickers, rings, trinkets). It is a great way to recycle those toys. I also use that same treasure basket for treats for kids when I tutor. I am all about this kind of "re-gifting".