Tuesday, 07 May 2013
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013
well, it's kind of the way it goes sometimes, you know?
all day yesterday, i would think; 'i'll get to my blog after this' and then it was 9:30 and i was showered and my bed and warm blankets and my husband and i watching one of our favorite sitcoms together sounded like a much better idea than going downstairs alone and posting on my little blog.
thankfully, i do have 'tomorrow' today.
because, really, it's no guarantee.
sometimes, as we all know, you gotta choose the best over the good.
it's been pretty hum-drum around here to be honest with you.
these past two weeks were just a lot of normal living.
school and work and play and eating and doing it all over again.
i am a girl who loves her routine, but i also admit i am looking forward to some fun, exciting times in the next couple of weeks and of course, i, like most of the area, hope that spring will soon come to STAY!!
March 25 we had another day of snowy weather.
kids were excited and bless his little heart, Brent played outside in it alone for quite a while.
walking to school in snowboots and carrying umbrella's.
i really didn't send her out this way.
i only had her hold the umbrella so i could snap a picture of it.
it was a goodwill find and i think it's kind of charming.
in a mary-poppins-kind-of-way, i guess.
Kate has some super cute little red shoes.
they are often used for a toy.
how's that saying go?
'girls with red shoes have more fun'?
i just made that up.
i have no idea.
but, we do tell her all the time that 'she's so fun!'
Ava painted a canvas for her bedroom.
cheap blank canvas=kid bedroom artwork.
you know how we finished painting our living room?
well, the hubs bought a new flat screen and it made me totally revamp the space where our old dinosaur box t.v. had been stored in an old wardrobe.
that black flat screen out in the open and looking so modern just did not cut it for me.
thankfully, i 'shopped the house' and Tim willingly brought the old door from our bedroom down to reside behind the flat screen.
i can much easier live with this.
someone thinks she's big stuff when daddy holds her up to the coffee table/chest and she stands by herself.
how can she be ready for this so soon?!
little missy also loves to rip clothes out of baskets.
i admit i let her.
sometimes, you gotta pick your battles.
her hair pulled back from her eyes makes her look so different, i think.
you know that kid that i hardly ever post pictures of?
my oldest Seth?
i often feel bad that i don't have more pictures of him on here.
but, then i think to myself, 'he's alot like his mother and i guess he's not fond of being in the limelight either.'
boy, your kids sure teach you a lot about yourself.
and, Easter this weekend?!
any excuse to throw a party, and what better party to throw than to celebrate our RISEN Savior!
the 2nd Chapter of Acts song 'Easter Song' is running thru my mind a lot these days.
and, it's blared through the speakers a couple times as well.
belt it, Matthew, Annie and Nelly!
'joy to the world, He is Risen, Hallelujah!'
Celebrate the Risen Lord!
Monday, 11 March 2013
i baked yet another batch of cookies today.
if i had a dollar for every batch i have made in my life...
i have recently discovered the luxury of parchment paper.
where has THAT been all of my life?
or, why was i not introduced to it before now?
great stuff, i think.
i told my husband that the kids were inquiring about when we would go to the library again, because we NEVER go there anymore.
after we missed returning a number of items after our Florida vacation, i was too sickened at the thought of forking over *that much money* for a library fine, so we have skipped the library since October.
i (somewhat) jokingly told Tim that 'when the library starts being Christ-like and forgives all debts, then we'll go back'.
and, then it occurred to me that i was not *exactly* being Christlike by not paying Ceasar what was his, so....
i coughed it up.
and now, we have gone to the library 3 times in the past 2 weeks.
those library trips just so happen to take us quite close to Target and a little cupcake shoppe that i had a buy-one-get-one coupon for.
that was fun.
to buy those cupcakes and give them away.
little random acts of kindness...they revitalize my spirit.
we had a snow day last week.
only, funny thing.
we didn't get the snow.
whole lotta hype for nothing is what it turned out to be.
it actually makes me laugh to be honest.
those meteorologists...i would not want their jobs.
we had 2 days in the past week that the kiddos enjoyed playing on a playground.
i'm so ready for springtime to come and stay.
these little teasers of sunshine and warmish days...
oh, they are delicious!
with the onset of warmer days here and there, our yard and our neighbors yard burst into bloom with crocus and other wild little flowers.
Saturday, i got my first bouquet of the year from the little people in my life.
i went to the goodwill twice last week looking for a new vest for myself.
but, i did find one for each one of my four kiddos.
i've been thinking alot about how each one of us have our own story to tell.
and, yet, how so often times our stories weave into one another's.
i think there is a fine line though between telling what is *my* story and telling what is anothers as mine.
we watched the movie The Words recently, and it has further stirred my thinking along these lines.
intriguing movie, although maybe not of all morals most high.
but, the story line and how another man steals a story and claims it as his own...and, the price he pays for that.
i don't know....it's made me think.
Tim and i had two blissful hours together last Thursday evening at Panera Bread.
a quiet table, a bowl of soup, half a sandwich, a cup of coffee.
sitting there talking and planning and thinking and LOVING.
best date we've had in a long time.
and, there is more i could say.
but, it's late and i'm tired and my big girl is sick and i have my fingers crossed on the little one.
i figure i best sleep while i can.
thank you for stopping by on this Monday.
have a blessed week!
Friday, 08 March 2013
Monday, 04 March 2013
i'm so happy to see that all of y'all's lives went on just fine without my miscellaneous Monday post last week.
if you read my (what should have been titled 'strange') Saturday post and thought, oh, my stars....
that was just one of those 'my brain is whirling and i want to get this out' moments.
luckily, i don't put a lot of those out there.
so, i swiped off the camera card and found we actually did a number of things that i didn't post about in the past couple weeks.
Tim gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers for V-day.
we had a birthday boy.
i baked and decorated the cake. (no worries. i know it's far from my forte`)
we ate at Chili's for the birthday boys night out.
Seth got (another) set of lego's.
we made granola and ate it in big mugs instead of bowls.
Kate ate. Lots.
Seth had a Science project that was fun for all. (Brent heard something about safety goggles and...he's a riot!)
i crossed school children. (and, obviously, the toilet lid was not down.)
Saturday morning pancakes.
Brent and i took a nap in my bed. (luckily, nobody was there to take mom's picture.)
the boys have gotten into styling their hair.
Kate sits with Grandma.
i finished painting the living room. pictures later.
the girls play together all the time. all the time.
i'm still enjoying my sanity saving runs even though this winter wind business makes it brutal.
thankfully, the likes of Toby Mac pounding in my ear motivates me onward.
Tim is telling me the forecasters are predicting a storm for us this week.
i actually would enjoy that.
one storm here and then, i'm ready for spring.
i'm already looking forward to doing a garden party in both May and June.
Tim and i keep talking about if and what and when we might do something for our anniversary and since that is technically in the spring-time, i am hoping that winter bids us farewell very soon.
i keep trying to convince my mom to come see us.
i've kicked up the picture emailing a couple notches.
Seth called them once or twice.
i'll wear 'em down.
and, one last thing/thought.
i'm so thankful for and learning from the fact that babies are no respecters of persons.
smile at any-ol-body, they do.
i want to be more like that.
Saturday, 02 March 2013
(a few instagram moments from the last two weeks...if you want to follow along there we are 'beachyscene'.)
i've been thinking a lot about seeing and believing.
i've been thinking that maybe we base too much of our beliefs on another's opinions and stances than we do on what we really think and believe for ourselves.
and, then other times, we base what we believe on what we don't see.
(before i go any further, i'm not being controversial on religious matters.
this is just a thought process that has stemmed from some inner turmoil i've experienced in the recent past that is really rooted in nothing more than little things. i'm not wavering in my Christian beliefs. period. these thoughts are more along the, (ahem) carnal lines.)
like if i showed you a bottle of nail polish called 'wet cement' would you buy it?
would you think to yourself 'wet cement? really? i prefer not to look like the neighborhood sidewalks, thank-you-very-much.'
what if you saw a picture of someone's toes painted a color that you thought looked SO pretty and ohmyword! i have GOT to have the color for myself and then you found out it was called, none other than: wet cement.
would you still think it wasn't something you wanted to try for yourself?
or, what if you saw a girl walking down the street wearing an outfit that you thought was kind of tacky?
and, then, you saw a girl that you very much admire and look up to as a style-icon wearing an outfit exactly like the aforementioned tacky dresser on the street.
would you change your view, or, still think 'nice for you, but blech for me.'
what about the new 'it' t.v. series that seemingly 'everyone' is watching and talking about.
do you watch it because you've seen the previews and it looks soooo good, and because everyone else is watching it, and if they're doing it, then i should too!
or do i check it out once, and actually, it really doesn't interest me and i'm fine with not being in the 'know' on this one?
so you see your friend every Sunday and every Sunday she tells you 'i thought of you so many times this week'.
and, you think to yourself, 'really? because i would never have known it, so that's rather hard for me to believe'.
but, then, midweek, the mail contains a little postcard with nothing more than a few lines saying 'you're in my thoughts today and i wanted to let you know,' and, you see the proof for yourself and you realize that you do believe her words.
and, sometimes, it seems to me, that we see too much and are bombarded with too many options of what we should claim for ourselves in this day and age of social media.
i googled some quotes on 'seeing is believing' and here are a few i found thought provoking....
You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.
Seeing is different than being told.
Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.
~the conductor on The Polar Express
The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deceptions.
~Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
~Phillip K. Dick
and, that folks, was FREE.
if you get what you pay for then....
you really should not feel like you got jipped, right?!
what do you think?
Monday, 18 February 2013
(this weeks edition features pictures from the end of December and first of January when my sister and her family were here for a visit. i'm missing them so much. and, wishing for snow. )
we've been listening to a lot, a LOT of Adventures in Odyssey.
specifically Volume 53, The Green Ring Conspiracy.
it is rather intense.
and, my kids, they LOVE the intense.
makes me think that someday they too may enjoy reading the likes of John Grisham, just like me.
last night i was up with coughing child at 3:14.
and, thankfully, the coughing was brief and i was back to bed.
i could not go back to sleep because i was thinking about why in the world the pancake mix i was going to try in the morning did not call for any oil, and how in the world was that going to work, and maybe there was a typo in the cookbook that i was using, and would a batch of pancakes turn out to be a flop.
serious stuff goes through my brain at any given moment, obviously.
i've said 'today's your last day to do __ as an eight year old' quite a few times today.
i think i'm saying it more for my sake than my son's.
i can scarcely believe that my eldest is going to be 9 tomorrow.
my, how the years fly by.
we painted one wall in our living room on Saturday.
i LOVE the new color and can't wait to finish the rest of the room.
can't wait, and yet i know i have to.
there are too many other good things going on in this week to even rationally consider adding painting the living room to the long list i have.
it will be worth the wait.
Ava had her first friends sleepover last night.
it was so fun.
so fun to watch her and her little girlfriend acting silly and doing what little girls do best.
i heard them talking until around 10pm and right back at it before 7am.
Ava and Brent are playing their usual 'Justin & Annabelle'.
and, on this particular day, Justin doesn't have a family.
and Annabelle, she's orchestrating the whole thing.
they play like this ALL the time.
and, i love it.
one of these days, i know they'll retire these roles and i am honestly going to miss it.
this morning, my entire living room was a 'tent'.
i don't know about you, but i can only stand this type of thing for so long and then, i'm DONE.
after Ava's friend left, we had a 'clean this dump up' session.
of course, it won't last the day.
but, the brief period of cleaner will be sanity saving for me, if noone else.
Tim is gone tonight and the kids and i watched a movie together.
it was a bust of a movie, but fun to sit there on the sofa together and relax after a busy day.
i've got some birthday preparations that i need to finish up here before i go to bed.
so, i'll sign off with this link for you.
i'm nervously excited to be part of this new venture.
if you have time to check it out and subscribe, you will not be disappointed.
what's left of it!
Thursday, 14 February 2013
as is the case with motherhood, you often, and i mean often, have to lower your expectations.
today has been a perfect example of that for me.
i had visions of many ideas i was going to put together and showcase here for you.
i still have some things that i want to do, but time and energy are not going to allow for me to show them to you.
maybe another year.
so, instead of getting exasperated and frustrated with what could have been, i'm just going to lower my expectations of myself and show you my one idea.
it's really simple.
last week i had mentioned that i made whoopie pies.
and, someone said that they'd never done that, and someone else said they wanted to, and yet another person said they were hungry for them after my post.
so, i got to thinking more about that.
and, the fact that my family really loves when i make whoopie pies.
i will be really honest and say they are not my favorite thing to make.
they're messy and involved and if i'm going to do messy and involved, i would much rather have pies to show for my efforts.
but, that's okay.
i'm the only one who really loves pie in this house and the one who least needs to eat it, so...
the majority wins.
so, to give you a super easy and fun idea for your Valentine's Day....
let's start with a box of cake mix.
a few years ago, i learned this 'trick' from a friend and have pretty much been making whoopie pies like this ever since.
and, since it's Valentine's Day, i decided to go with a strawberry flavored cake mix which will give me....
pink whoopie pies!!
here's the recipe for the cheater whoopie pies:
1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 cup of flour
the rest of the ingredients listed on the cake mix box (eggs, oil, water)
beat together as directed on the box.
drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
bake in a 375* oven for 10 minutes.
remove from cookie sheet and cool completely.
spread filling between two cookies.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup crisco
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook milk and cornstarch together over medium heat until very thick. Cool completely. Cream together the butter, crisco, and sugar. Add vanilla and salt. Add cooled milk mixture and beat with an electric mixer on high speed for at least 5 minutes. (the longer you beat it, the creamer and lighter it is).
i made most of this batch extra small so that i could give them in these sweet little boxes to some of my favorite people..
i hope you try them.
if not tomorrow, another time.
our day tomorrow is really low-key.
i plan to put together some fun little things for the kids tonight after they are in bed.
obviously, the kids will have pink whoopie pies in their lunchboxes!
i'm going to make ham and mashed potatoes and green beans and pink tapioca for supper and we'll eat it on the fancy dishes and drink our sparkling apple pomegranate juice in goblets and the kids will think it's the greatest.
and, for Tim, i am so excited about the little gift i have for him.
(i'd tell you what it is, but since he reads my blog...i guess not!)
maybe we'll drink coffee together after the kids are in bed, or watch a movie.
we might go out on a date at some point in the near future.
tomorrow is going to be a sweet day.
and i wish you a sweet day as well!