I am wife to a magnificent man and mother to five wonderful children. Three of my children were born in the Northwest and two were born thousands of miles away in Liberia, West Africa. Birthplace is no matter, all of my children were born in my heart. This is our journey.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Oldest daughter: Professional Women's Basketball Player
Oldest son: NFL runningback
Middle daughter: Travel around the world on horseback
Next daughter: Doggie daycare
Youngest son: Football coach cuz I want to say hike

I love asking this question every once in awhile. You never know what they have picked up here and there. Plus as their mom I want to encourage them in interests they have and help direct them in any way that I can. This time the doggie daycare and horseback were the biggest surprises. As far as the doggie daycare goes we don't even do kid daycare. Where did she come up with that? Around the world on horseback? How do you train for that? The logisitics are daunting at best.

Ahhh to be young and have your whole life ahead of you. So many directions to go, so many options. I can't wait to see what the future holds but for now I will just enjoy getting a glimpse into their thinking. You never know what tomorrow holds so I am going to stop today and listen, chances are I might see or hear something amazing today.

Friday, February 8, 2008

My son the comedian

Today we were working on a KWL chart for reading. We look at a story's title, any pictures on the first page and read the first paragraph. The first section, the K, they are supposed to write down what they know already from looking at those 3 things. The second part, the W, is where they are supposed to write what they want to know or hope to find out reading the story. After completing the first section the conversation went something like this:

Mom: So now that you have written what you do know, what do you want to know?

Son: I want to know when school will be over. (with that same grin in that picture up there)

He gave me a good laugh today. Is it just me or does that boy look like he's 13 in that picture?


Kefir is our newest discovery. Weird name don't you think? It's basically yogurt on steriods. It is fermented. Makes your mouth water right? It really is like drinking yogurt and it is mixed with milk so it has a milkshake consistency. The kids and I drank vanilla kefir tonight. Hubby made a strawberry smoothie with it. The 3 youngest liked it straight but daddy and the older 2 preferred the smoothie. I see many more smoothies in our future. It is quite good for you. It boosts your immune system, helps with digestion tract issues and helps with eczema. Hubby and youngest daughter deal with eczema from time to time. Just found out while doing research that eczema can be caused by low intestinal flora, something Kefir corrects. It's not the cheapest thing around but we are looking into making it ourselves. You can buy kits to make it and it's about 70% less and that is very affordable. Besides, what price would you pay for good health?

I'll keep you posted on the results. I bet you'll be waiting with baited breath.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

What's for dinner?

Dinner tonight
Bean Soup...It's been cooking all day....mmmm.
That's leftover turkey and garden carrots floating in
all that soupy goodness.

Rolls...oh how we love homemade rolls.
I believe that oldest daughter would live on bread alone if we let her.
We are trying to teach her that it's not biblical to live on bread alone.
I can hear her now. "Then why is it soooo good?" I know, I hear ya.
You're preaching to the choir missy. :-)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Boys will be boys

Where is it written that if it's dirty, gross or will freak someone out a boy must try it? Youngest was caught this morning scrubbing the floor with *MY* electric toothbrush. Now I appreciate his diligence and willingness to ease the burden of the cleaning for his Mom but really? My toothbrush? I do carry some of the blame what with actually using old toothburshes to clean nooks and crannies around the house. But it's not like I left it out somewhere and it just called his name. He had to go get it out of my drawer in my bathroom in my bedroom. Now that's commitment. *Sigh* At least he was being productive.