Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I've been twice tagged. So here goes...
Tag #1 from Amy at My Blob
The rules are:
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules on your blog.
3) Write 15 (I am doing 10) random things about yourself (see below).
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger know when your entry has been posted.
My List of Random Things:
1. I have freckles in my eyes.
2. I almost always have my toenails painted.
3. I had asthma as a child.
4. I wear contacts - glasses give me a headache.
5. The only man I've ever kissed is Chris.
6. I'm not very good at rollerskating - I have horrible balance.
7. My favorite Thanksgiving foods are stuffing and pumpkin pie.
8. The game show I want to be on is Wheel of Fortune.
9. I haven't seen my sister in 1 1/2 years.
10. We have a house that's been for sale for 2 1/2 years.
11. I sing alto.
12. I wish I had a different hairstyle, but I don't know which one I would want.
13. I don't think comedians are very funny (usually).
14. There is truly no place like home.
15. I will always choose Jesus over anything/anybody else.
Phewph! And now onto Round 2...
Tag #2 from Susanne at Truly Captivating
Here are the rules:
1) You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2) You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
3) At the end of your post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
Okay, my middle name is:
R - Red Rover. I've been clotheslined enough in my life to hate this game.
O - Octopus tastes like fishy rubberbands. I know. Don't ask.
S - Soccer is my favorite sport to play.
E - Eggplant is the dregs of vegetable life.
And now I'm going to break the rules by not tagging anybody because I'm hoping that Autumn just fell asleep for the night and I'm going to go crash... Besides, rules are meant to be broken, right??
Friday, November 14, 2008
So, back to grocery shopping. You can imagine I'd have to be in a bad way to take all 5 kids to the grocery store. For one thing, the cart would be too full of kids - no room for the food. So, I usually wait for Chris to come home from work, and then I take 1 or 2 kids with me.
I have a specific route that I usually take so I can get the best deals at several grocery stores. At most of the stores I visit, there are parking spaces right after the handicapped spots that are for "pregnant/small children" parking. Soo convenient! Whoever's brain storm that was hopefully got a big bonus. But this is what baffles me...
Why are the shopping cart corrals so far away from the "small children" parking spots????
Do the grocery store people really think that I'm going to unload my groceries into my car, and then take the buggy all the way across the parking lot, and then walk back across with my young children in tow to my car? Umm, I can think of several reasons why this would be unreasonable, especially if it's Seth with me who likes to run away fast and when I call him he likes to grin and run faster. Plus, it's just not safe. I know. I watch America's Most Wanted (Saturday nights at 9:00 on FOX).
So, I admit. I am a leaver of shopping carts in the middle of a parking lot. But only if I have my small children with me. And I'm not parked next to a buggy corral. I don't leave them in the middle of a parking spot. I angle them so they don't roll. But I do value my safety and sanity. And when Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Lowe's, and Food Lion decide to install buggy corrals next to their handicapped spots and "pregnant/small children" spots, I'll be glad to fulfil my civic duty and park my cart in them!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Eli was "the strongest and bravest" when they took his blood. He only cried a little bit, and he told Chris that he was going to look in Chris' eyes when the nurses were sticking him if he needed to cheer up. He was very offended and worried when he realized they actually took blood out of him - until Chris told him that his body would make some more blood.
Since Seth has been such a wierdo with knowing what and if he's allergic to anything (last year, we took him to a local allergy Dr. who was not very thorough), we had him tested as well. He is allergic to eggs and borderline to peanuts, according to the skin test. The dairy was negative. However, the skinprick test is 90-95% accurate, so we will wait until we get his bloodwork results next week to truly celebrate!
It took 4 people (me and 3 nurses) to hold him down to get his blood drawn. Dude, that kid is strong! It is a sad thing to be the traitor holding him down with a needle aiming at his arm. He was calling for his Daddy by the end. Afterwards, I gave him a sucker and then he liked me again.
I'm sure we looked pretty funny, 5 kids and 2 parents crowded into the Dr.'s office. But at least we only have to go once a year...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Starbucks - free cup of coffee
Krispy Kreme - free star shaped donut (w/ red, white, blue sprinkles)
Ben & Jerry's - free scoop of ice cream
Shane's Rib Shack - free 3 pc. chicken tender meal (includes fries and drink)
I had to show my sticker at Starbucks; and I had to give my sticker at Shane's. That's it. Free food!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
In 2 days, a new president will be elected. In my city, there have been long lines at early voting spots for weeks. Some have had to wait in line for up to 2 hours to early vote. I haven't voted yet; but I will on Nov. 2nd. It's my civic duty. One I take very seriously. But I don't know who I'm voting for yet. You see, I don't really like certain aspects of either of the two traditional party candidates. I've been told to vote for the lesser of two evils. But that doesn't sit right in my heart. I did that the last election, and look what we got... Plus, I don't really care for voting for an "evil", even if it is a lesser one. But to vote for anybody else is "throwing my vote away", or so I've been told - by a lot of people. Which causes me to wonder how many Americans there are that are simply voting for a lesser evil, when they really would rather vote for a different candidate who they don't think has a chance to win. Did you know there are actually 6 different candidates running for president who are on enough ballots in enough states that could actually win the presidency if enough people voted for them? How do you know one of those other candidates isn't actually a better fit according to your values and concerns? We don't hear about them because they don't have the advertising dollars; but is that a good reason to vote for someone anyway, because they had enough money to promote themselves more than anyone else? If all the people who aren't satisfied with the two-party system actually started voting third party, I bet we'd have a surprise winner. Wouldn't that be a hoot on election night?!
This year, there are critical issues America is voting on. The economy, war in Iraq, energy, etc., the stuff we've all heard over and over. But there are a few issues that Americans as a whole don't realize are up for grabs with this election: socialism, big government, privacy rights, parental rights, state rights. If you haven't voted yet, I urge you to research who your options are. You are not throwing your vote away. Vote your conscience - with a clear conscience. And for the love of America, please do not vote for a lesser evil.
My name is Elisarose and I approve this message.
Monday, October 27, 2008
And I conclude that life would be completely boringly monotonous.
Sure, I would have a lot more time to do stuff, but what in the world would I do? Time to myself is much more precious and valuable now.
Sure, I would have a lot more sleep and rest, but I might not sleep as good, since I wouldn't be so tired by the end of the day.
Sure, I'd have a much neater, cleaner house, but that would be because I would have washed the walls and blinds every week out of sheer boredom. And who wants to do that?
Sure, I'd have a lot more money, but what would I spend it on - how many clothes do I need anyway? Just imagine year after year not having the opportunity to buy treats, toys, and Happy Meals for kids?!
Sure, I'd be able to go on lots more dates with Chris - and I do miss that. But we wouldn't have any funny stories to share with each other about what the little guys did or said that day.
I would miss all the squeezy hugs, sloppy kisses, "I Wuv You"s, and wiggly kids in my lap. I would miss the hot wheel races and the teddy bear games. I would miss brushing tiny teeth and washing baby hair. I would miss answering "Why" questions and reading stacks of books. I would miss cartoon days and trips to the park. I would miss funny mispronunciations and flat knock-knock jokes. I would miss the innocence and trust of childhood. I would miss being the bug-killer hero and the broken toy magician. I would miss impromptu dances in the kitchen and singing "You Are My Sunshine" at the top of my lungs. I would miss the complexity of blowing all the birthday candles out and the simplicity of Christmas. I would miss witnessing my husband develop into the wonderful father that he is. I would miss learning so much about myself by being a mother. I would miss family group hugs and sharing in the smile of my husband's eyes over five little heads. And I wouldn't even know what I was missing.
"Children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them... (Psalm 127:3-5)".
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
What enjoyment can you have or bring to someone else today? What suffering can you ease today? What can you do to imprint this day with your children on your heart and on their hearts?
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Friday, October 17, 2008
Somewhere in the 1st-3rd grade range, I missed a school field trip to the James A. Garfield homeplace. (He was a US president.) So my mom took us there for a family trip. I remember sitting on the grass eating our picnic, and watching a really tall "cool dude" walk by with an enormous jambox on his shoulder. Just Beat It by Michael Jackson was blaring.
And that's why those two songs are on the playlist to the right. Just be glad I didn't put this song on there...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
"A skee-nee, you know, like a background!" He flips open the book and reads, "Draw, paint, or color a scene for a skit, play, or puppet show."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Here's an email that Jacob typed out all by himself this afternoon:
Hi ! This is Jacob Hilliard. I am selling popcorn with my cub scout pack. I am a wolf cub
this year. I like being a cub scout because we make useful things and learn to be a good man. You can help me and support cub scouts by purchasing popcorn from orderpopcorn.com. Be sure to use my order key: TERYS7X so I get credit for the sale.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
So, it's cold and rainy outside. Quite breezy as well. Gas prices are sky high and gas stations are running out of gas. The stock market keeps dropping and the housing market is abysmal. Banks are failing and food prices keep shooting up.
At home, I have a new born baby girl (Thank you Jesus!) and an exhausted wife (poor Elisabeth). We've had three sick kids over the past three days (one with a fever and diarrhea, two with fever and nausea). I had some nausea myself last night (oh, the joy). That means that I have had to be "Mr. Mom" this whole week. I’ve done TONS of laundry, protected mom and newborn from the kids, cleaned house, looked after meals, entertained guest, planned a birthday party (for our sick two year old), led a prayer service, got estimates on a couple of needed house repairs, and squeezed in some church work on the computer. Add to that, that I've been stuck at home while church members need visits, phone calls need to be made, sermons to work on, meetings to schedule, counseling sessions to be conducted, etc. Much has been neglected as I take up Elisabeth's role at home. It DEFINITELY makes me appreciate the work she does around here!! (It's going to be real hard not to smack the next person who ask my wife if she works or is she a "stay at home" mom. The answer is YES!).
Add all of this on top of the fact that Brother Donald (our other minister on staff) has been out of the office this week as well, tending to his dear grandmother who isn't doing well at all. Mrs. Jeannean (our secretary) says she misses her "coffee buddies" at church. It has been one crazy week!
So, there is a particular word that I love more than any other this week…“grace”.
And I realize that, despite my whining, things could be much worse. And I realize that, despite my complaining, I am blessed. And I realize, that despite my fears, God is still on His throne as Lord of all. My verse for the day is:
“Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.” Hab 3:18-19
Here is a great sermon that humbles me and encourages me:
Five Alive! They may look small now, but just wait until they're 19, 18, 16, 14, 12... That will be a powerful lot of kids!!
And yes, Savannah is thrilled to finally have a SISTER! More pictures will be coming soon... (Seth's birthday was the day Autumn came home from the hospital. She sure does know how to steal a show!)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Savannahs favrite number is five and she likes to play. Her favrite coler is pink. Her favrite aninal is a butterfly.
Jacob helps Seth wen he crys and I am graet. I hlep my cibleans play. I am tall.
Elijh is three. Elijh is scarde. He has more booboos then us but he is stil speshel. His favrite coler is yellow. Elijhs fast.
Seth is one. Seth is fun. He is a love boy. He is some one you just cant stay mad at.
Momy is prity and nice. Her favrite coler is pink.
Daddy is paster. I like how he preachis. He is good at it. It is wunderful. He is strong. I love him.
Jacob made 100% on his spelling test today. "Favorite", "color", and "siblings" were not on his spelling list for this week. Just for the record.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Yesterday was a great day for football. Maybe not for the poor Patriot fans, but for me and my Dallas Cowboys, well let's just say I love my Cowboys!! Obviously we won our first game of the season, we had phenomenal stats from almost every member of our team, and that includes Superman!
Yes, in case you didn't know, when Clark Kent retired, Marion Barber took over Superman's role. He is my absolute favorite football player!
And I am almost positive I am going to win my matchup in my fantasy football league. And so far, I am beating Chris in the football Pick 'Em, too.
Like I said, it's a great day for football!
Friday, September 5, 2008
A very sweet and kind lady came over yesterday and provided supper for my family. Also, by the grace of God, we were able to purchase a very nice dryer off of Craigslist for only $25! WooHoo! And Chris says the basement isn't as bad as I thought. And he is my hero - he has singlehandedly done all of the current laundry which includes the "wet" sheets from a certain son every night, everyone's clothes from this week, and all the dirty laundry from the trip. And also some towels and blankets and 2 pillows. There is not a water line in the basement, so basically everything that was on the floor got wet. If it was up higher than the floor, then it's fine. There is still a mildew-y smell down there, but there is hope on the horizon! :-)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Then my personal advice is to burn it. If it's wet, it won't burn, right? But at least you'll feel better after you light the match. And then after you "burn it", get your 7 year old son to help you haul it out to the trash, and then start over. And attempt to buy a "new" dryer on Craigslist...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
With hazel eyes
She grabs me
In a way that clouds my eyes
A deep reflection freezes me
It makes me want to run
Or should I embrace the miracle
I’ve lost direction
Perplexed at my present situation
Am I where I’m suppose to be
Then how could she be for me
It’s more than I deserve
I’m in over my head
The clichés come easy
Do I love you
But to have you love me
Wears this boy's mind out
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"Mommy, wanna know what my dream was?" Me- *thinking* "um, not really, but I reckon you're going to tell me anyway." Me- *out loud* "Sure, what was it?"
Savannah takes a big breath...
"Well, I dreamed that I was kidnapped by a different family. And I had to do all the kids' chores. They made me do all the chores in the house. And then I was jumping on the trampoline in the back yard after I did all the chores and Daddy rode up on a horse, and I jumped from the trampoline onto the horse right in Daddy's lap and he rescued me."
While the majority of Savannah's dreams are extremely long and rambling, this one was very sweet. I couldn't dream up a better ending myself!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I read a lot of money saving blogs, but if I could pick the top two, I would choose MoneySavingMom and Freebies 4 Mom.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After our southern summer supper of tuna salad, cottage cheese, fried yellow squash, and fried green tomatoes, we headed out for a cub scout outing at the local race track. Now let me just say, my family loves some racing. Some kids might be into video games, or Barney, or Hannah Montana, but nothing gets my kids excited like playing pit crew or seeing a good wreck on the track (unless it's time to watch Mr. Rogers).
Of special interest to Jacob (age 7) was the Bandelero Bandits division which is kids aged 8 to 11 racing their hearts out. He can hardly wait till he turns 8 now. The Crash Cars were fun to watch too. The third car to cross the black and white checkers was the winner. It's only in the good ole South where you have cars boasting names like Vigilante, White Boy, Road Hawg Rebel, Redneck Medic, No Insurance, and Trouble out on the track duking it out to come in third place so they can be in first place! And where you can watch "the old men" (ages 40 and up) race and see 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and last place cross the finish line all at the same time! Whew, that was pure exciting!! And hear the announcer on the loudspeaker using such language as holy guacamole, and caddywumpus. Our hearts grew proud as we heard the announcement that it is our local track that won the right to have the world Chicken Dance finals in August.
Eli (3 1/2) got his shirt signed by LugNut, the track mascot. All four kids got autographs from two of the kid drivers. And Jacob caught a shirt that was being thrown into the audience. When Jake unrolled the shirt, it turned out to be a Jeff Gordon wifebeater (haha! - for us, Jeff Gordon is right up there with Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya - the drivers we love to hate!). But Jacob was thrilled and wore it to sleep in last night even though the arm holes come down to his waist and the bottom of the shirt hits his calves. And Savannah faithfully cheered for the pink or purple race cars, even when they came in dead last.
The only thing that would've made the experience more down home country would have been a brown paper bag full of boiled peanuts (if you ain't never had them, you sure are missing out on some good eating), but since Eli's allergic to peanuts, we settled for our individual packs of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
And that's what drives me as I pore through baby name books, reading lists of names until my eyes are dry. You can rest assured I've crossed off Pocahontas, Barbarella, Atilla, Quinella, Marionette and Urania (yes, these were all in the baby name books)! Just for fun, do ya'll have any feminine-sounding suggestions??
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches (Proverbs 22:1)".
"A good name is better than fine perfume (Ecclesiastes 7:1)".
Friday, June 13, 2008
"Many waters cannot quench love, nor will rivers overflow it (Song of Solomon 8:7)".
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tomorrow we take the kids to my parents' house 4 hours away, then come back late at night. Saturday morning, Chris and I will fly out to our denomination's yearly convention. Our anniversary comes while we are out there, so I'll probably order dessert for supper that night. I'm so looking forward to this trip; plus, with the new baby on the way, I doubt there will be very many chances in the near future for just the two of us to get away by ourselves. Not that the convention is a vacation... Ha! We will be very busy in meetings from dawn till night, and rushing to get meals in between. There are some important discussions and decisions that will be happening during the convention. I consider it such a privilege to be involved and pray that God will get the glory in everything.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Pregnancy, Estrogen and Women
Pregnancy Q & A & more!
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?
Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word "alimony" means anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.
Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
"ESTROGEN ISSUES"10 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE "ESTROGEN ISSUES"
1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You're adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. You're using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: "How's my driving-call 1- 800-".
6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here from "outer space".
8. You can't believe they don't make a tampon bigger than Super Plus.
9. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
10. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.
TOP TEN THINGS ONLY WOMEN UNDERSTAND
10. Cats' facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
AND, the Number One thing only women understand :
1. OTHER WOMEN
Thursday, May 1, 2008
There, that should do it!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
1. I had my first pedicure a month ago.
2. I have been certified as a life guard 3 different times.
3. I love to read old-timey mysteries, like Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
4. My favorite color is pink.
5. My other favorite color is yellow.
6. My favorite number is 23.
7. I have the perfect birthday.
8. My birthday is almost exactly 6 months from Christmas.
9. That means every 6 months, I get presents!!
10. My favorite Christmas present was silver hoop earrings.
11. When I was little, I wanted to be a secretary when I grew up.
12. I have always wanted to take a photography class.
13. I make all of my children's birthday cakes from scratch.
14. I love a full-dressed hot dog (mustard, onions, chili, slaw).
15. I would much rather have a hamburger from the grill than a steak.
16. I especially love the spicy chicken sandwich from Burger King.
17. But McDonald's has the Best fries.
18. I enjoy country music.
19. I also like bluegrass.
20. My middle name is a family name.
21. I still have my Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
22. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July.
23. I'm a little claustrophobic.
24. I like to hike up mountains.
25. I do not like climbing rocks.
26. I love getting stuff for free by using my coupons.
27. I collect tea cups.
28. I don't have any more places to put my tea cups.
29. I prefer cinnamon air freshener over vanilla.
30. I have always wanted to have a pet dog.
31. We don't have any pets because Eli is allergic.
32. I used to take horseback riding lessons when I was little.
33. I don't think I've ever met anybody famous. (If you know I have, please leave a comment and remind me.)
34. My favorite movies to watch are fantasy (like LOTR, etc.) and classics (like To Kill A Mockingbird, etc.).
35. My favorite donut is custard-filled chocolate glazed.
36. I like white chocolate better than dark chocolate.
34. I love a tomato sandwich.
35. My favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
36. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
37. I was a Dallas Cowboy fan before I met my husband.
38. My first car was a Toyota Corolla.
39. I totalled my first car.
40. I am the oldest of 4 children.
41. I always wanted an older brother.
42. I have 1 niece and 1 nephew.
43. I always wanted red hair like Anne of Green Gables.
44. I love Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.
45. I also love Little House on the Prairie.
46. It takes me a good hour to get hungry when I wake up in the morning.
47. I love porch swings.
48. Yellow roses are my favorite.
49. My eyes catch misspellings and typographical errors (if there's any in this post, it's because I didn't go back and read it).
50. I have a freckle in my eye.
51. I do not like bugs.
52. I used to be a certified flatwater canoe instructor.
53. I love to wear fun jewelry.
54. My husband is very romantic.
55. I like to play Uno.
56. I enjoy shopping.
57. I have 17 rolls of film that need to be developed.
58. I love taking pictures.
59. Aren't you bored yet?
60. Traveling is fun!
61. My wedding dress still fits.
62. I did 4 years of college in 3 3/4 years.
63. Quilting is a fun hobby.
64. Contacts are way more comfortabler than glasses.
65. I'm allergic to grass, weeds and trees.
66. Lasagna is my favorite meal.
67. I like either pineapple and bacon or mushrooms and extra cheese for my pizza toppings.
68. Quilting is also an expensive hobby.
69. My beverage of choice is lemonade or Coke.
70. I like mall-shopping with Chris.
71. I always wear my seatbelt.
72. I've never been to Disney World.
73. I know how to crochet.
74. I don't know how to knit.
75. I have touched the Liberty Bell.
76. I love Sharpie markers.
77. I have been to the top of the Washington Monument and the Sears Tower.
78. They both sway in the breeze.
79. I've never had the stomach flu (knock on wood).
80. Obviously, you don't have anything better to do...
81. Dill pickles are better than sweet.
82. We went to an Atlanta Braves game on our honeymoon.
83. One of my neighbors has 30 cats.
84. I used to like cats.
85. Forsythia and dogwoods are my favorite spring flowers.
86. I always forget to put lipstick on.
87. Under my bed is clean.
88. I know CPR.
89. Strawberries do not grow in trees.
90. When I was a teenager, I babysat and mowed lawns to make money.
91. Mowing lawns is hard work.
92. I have tasted sushi and did not like it.
93. Octopus tastes like fishy rubberbands.
94. Mahi mahi is dolphin meat.
95. I put honey on my grapefruit.
96. Ping pong is really fun to play.
97. I cut all my kids' and Chris' hair.
98. Remember jelly shoes?
99. I like to do jigsaw puzzles.
100. I like to drink hot tea in the evening, except in the summertime.
101. It is harder than I thought to think of 101 things.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The last time I had a garden was 5 years ago, when I would go out to weed around the plants and Jacob would sit on each tomato plant. I really don't have a very green thumb. But I've been thinking about trying a garden again. I'm much encouraged by the tomato plant Jacob planted in a styrofoam cup a year ago in kindergarten which is still very much alive on my kitchen windowsill. So I asked and my dad is coming next week to help me get a garden started. The lack of full sun in the yard, drought, many neighborhood cats, red clay, and a bazillion squirrels are only minor setbacks. Okay, so the agricultural extension man said the squirrels will eat my tomatoes. But he also said that they probably would leave the green beans and squash alone.
So look out, kiddos. You are about to become master weeders and veggie pickers...
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I have not abandoned blog; we have just had all manner of viruses at our house. Starting with Seth, it was the all night long, exhausting, rubbing baby's back and whispering "it's okay" while he wails and heaves in the toilet. That's after puking all over the crib and all the carpet on the way to the toilet. And all over my hair.
Several days later, the computer gets hit with a mean virus that it is still recovering from.
A week later, Jacob and Savannah wake up in the middle of the night sick to their stomachs. There's nothing like two kids throwing up in the middle of the night at the exact same time. Poor little Savannah thought she might have to go to the hospital. When I explained that she didn't need the hospital, she just needed to get better, she wished she could be someone else. Because being someone else would mean not being sick.
Two days ago, Eli woke up in the middle of the night with his turn in the sickroom (bathroom). In all of the kids' cases, this has been a puke for 12 hours, recover for 12 hours virus. So today, when Eli told me he needed to throw up, I thought about fainting as visions of endless cycles of stomach virus being passed back and forth for the next few months flashed through my brain. Then Eli giggled. Rascal.
Our house smells like Lysol, and Chris and I have washed our hands after each time we touched a kid or something that a kid touched. The computer virus even made it into Chris' sermon. Afterwards, Jacob commented that when people are born, they have a virus written on their hearts. But then, when people ask Jesus into their hearts, Jesus cleans the virus off and puts New writing there. (How does he come up with this stuff?) But I have to agree with him. That is exactly what happens. And you know, it feels so good to get cleaned up after having nasty virus all over.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
But what I really love about Easter starts on Friday. Good Friday. Except on the original Good Friday, it didn't seem so good. That was the day Jesus was nailed to a cross. The day that started out sunshiny and bright but ended with darkness, earthquakes, and thunderings. The day the huge heavy ceiling-to-floor curtain separating the holy place from the people in the temple was split in half. The day Jesus took all of humanity's sin on his own sinless back. And if you're a human, that includes you. The day God proved His love to you by giving up His life as a sacrifice to pay the price for your imperfectness. And mine. That first Good Friday night, Jesus' body was put in a tomb. A huge stone was rolled in front of the tomb's opening, sealed, and guards were placed there. That's because Jesus had predicted that He would rise from the dead. But guess what happened on Easter, early in the morning? Jesus did come back to life! He won over sin and death! And He offers His victory over sin and death to all of us. This is why I love Jesus. Because He loved me first. With all His heart. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 10:9 &10).
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
But when the kids are really sick, I'm willing to do whatever it takes for them to get some help. Like today, when little Eli was wheezing so much and coughing his head off (not literally, Mom). The nebulizer just wasn't doing the trick, and there wasn't anything else I could do. I was on the phone to the nurse and into the doctor's office in less than 45 minutes. We were supposed to be worked into the schedule and the front desk lady told me we might have to wait 2 hours before we could be seen. But she didn't know she was talking to a Mama bear. Heh, heh. And we were talking to the actual doctor in 15 minutes. Score for the Mommy bear!
Now we have some prescription medicine for Eli to help with his asthma, and we have an inhaler that we can use whenever we're out and about (so we don't have to lug the big nebulizer around in the backpack). His asthma attack was most likely triggered by a cold. Savannah has a cold, too, and actually lost her voice today. For a talker, that's a hard thing to lose. But she made the best of it, and croaked out all kinds of stories today. I even caught her trying to sing to her Polly Pockets. Somehow, my explanation of not talking to help her voice get better didn't connect. Maybe I'm the one with no voice...
I pray that in all respects we may prosper and be in good health, just as our soul prospers (3 John 2).
Monday, February 25, 2008
At the awards ceremony tonight, the special speaker was Frank Reich - a college football star, and former NFL quarterback. (He played for the Buffalo Bills and has the record for the biggest comeback in an NFL game - they were down by 32 at halftime, and he led his team to victory). He also was the quarterback in the SuperBowl that we (Dallas Cowboys) won against 52-17. But I won't mention that. Frank Reich shared several stories about his sports past and then challenged the kids to make sure they were "shooting at the right goal" with their lives by giving their lives to Jesus. He also gave each kid an autographed football card. Jacob was thrilled, and has now started a new hobby - collecting football cards! Jacob also got a big trophy and a basketball.
This experience has been so good for Jake. The basketball league he was playing in is Upward Basketball. This is a sports ministry outreach through a local church. Chris and I were very impressed by the quality of program and volunteers. And Jacob had a wonderful experience with his first organized sports team.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This morning, after Eli had his shower, I helped him get some underwear from the basket of clean unfolded laundry in my room. "Now, Eli, go get a shirt and some pants from your dresser." And off he ran, only to return moments later, with a very distressed look. He had his elephant shirt in hand..."But Mommy, there's only silverware in my pants drawer", he wailed.
Silverware? How can this be? Then a dawning of understanding... Elijah has forgotten the word for "overalls". And he does not want to wear overalls with the elephant shirt. That clearly contradicts the 3 year old's fashion sense.
*Eli does have to wear the silverware overalls, but he wears a different shirt under them. That makes everything better.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
So, this afternoon, Eli comes running up to me, "Mommy, I'm almost going peepee in my undahweah!" "Ok, Eli, let's hurry to the bathroom." We rush down the hall and get him seated just in time. He does his business, and then sits for a few more seconds. Plop! With his big blue eyes looking up at me, he proclaims, "Dat is majjick!"
Three pieces of candy...
Thursday, January 24, 2008
After tonight's latest biscuit-making attempt, I have resolved that I AM going to learn how to make big fluffy tasty biscuits before I die. Preferably even sooner. So if you know a secret about making biscuits - something that's not written in the cookbooks - or if you had a Grandma that turned out biscuits that could make angels sing, I want to hear from you! So that just maybe my family can enjoy some decent biscuits without having to take a trip to the Cracker Barrel.
Friday, January 18, 2008
When it comes to cleaning, I am much better at sorting than I am at actually putting away. My mother and husband both have pointed this out to me countless times. Being aware of my weakness in following through with the putting away part, I am striving to do better, and have hopefully made some improvement in this area.
Earlier today I told Savannah to go clean her room since grandparents will be visiting tomorrow. Her room was just mildly messy. As I just passed her room, I glanced in to see how it was looking. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but there sat Savannah next to a big pile of toys with 10 empty toy bins and a Polly Pocket case lined up in front of her. Very methodically and ssllowwllyy, she was sorting all her toys. There was the play food bin, the My Little Pony bin, the Barbie bin, the doll clothes bin, the puzzle pieces (who knows where the puzzle boxes are) bin, the hair bow (isn't there a hair bow drawer in the bathroom) bin, various other bins still awaiting their category, and the Polly Pockets.
Sorting is definitely a positive and fun trait to have. But scooping up toys by the bucketful and pouring them into the bins makes a quicker and much more painless method of cleaning a room! Believe me, I've learned.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
* Redneck Disclaimer: The term redneck used in our family is not meant as a derogatory term. You'd just have to live here to be one. In fact, we can thoroughly appreciate the humor in the "You know you're a redneck if..." jokes because of prior personal experiences!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Now I am digging my way out to see what's been going on in the world. Except that I am too tired to stay up to watch the news. Now I stick my arm out the door to find out what the weather is instead of being prepared by seeing the forecast the night before. I find that it is a good enough trade-off to expose my arm to the elements for a few seconds and get an extra 30 minutes of sleep the night before. Peace and quiet are a welcome song in the evenings. Why is it that the favorite Christmas toys are the noisy toys?! Jacob's favorite present is the harmonica we stuck in his stocking. The last few days he has been a cowboy playing the harmonica out on the range. I'm sure all the cattle within earshot are happy he got that harmonica for Christmas. You know, come to think of it, I bet the stable where Jesus was born wasn't very quiet either. I doubt there were any harmonicas there, but the cattle were lowing, right? Ever hear more than one cow mooing? And we know there were sheep because there were shepherds. You know how loud sheep are? Just think about the sheep on the movie Babe..."Bah ram you" over and over. And maybe there was a donkey, or a chicken or two. There might have even been a rooster. I'm starting to feel for Mary, poor lady, trying to get some rest after giving birth without any epidural. And Joseph, trying to care for Mary and his newborn baby - you know how men are around newborn babies! (Except for Chris who is extremely awesome with our babies. In fact, it was a week before I ever changed our first baby's diaper because he took care of them!) And then there was baby Jesus. A little baby lying right in the middle of the manger. You know what a manger is, right? The feeding trough for animals. Those hungry animals coming around their manger, and there was a baby lying right in there. I bet they made a fuss. All I've got to say is it's a good thing kids like noise!