Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It was a hit and they were not prepared for the turnout. As a result they did not have enough tiles but it looks like they will be doing a second day for the ones who didn't get to make one.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
It was so tough to let go and let him do it but I managed somehow. While they were smiling and cutting I was found feet up on the couch, laptop in lap, taking a load off. Not a bad trade, eh?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I can give my children foods with different color dyes and watch a distinct change in personality within 30 minutes. Our party two days ago was a perfect example. The kids did great with their excitement and were able to remain orderely. However, within 30 minutes of the colored dessert foods coming out my kids got loud and started to climb the walls. One of my kids is highly emotional and prone to meltdowns. If I am giving her dyed and processed foods on a daily basis the girl doesn't have a fighting chance of getting ahold of herself. It doesn't seem fair to me to discipline her over and over when I am dispensing the very thing that causes the meltdowns to happen increasingly.
It's always better to eat as natural as possible and watch what goes into our bodies. Of course cooking at home is best on our bodies and our pocket books but you even have to be careful there. The dyes are in things you wouldn't even think of. Cake and muffin mixes, chips, crackers, macaroni and cheese and on and on. Boxed and processed foods are the culprit when we don't even realize it.
I have been trying to get off of the main snacks that we normally grab off the shelf to have available for snacktimes. Instead we have been purchasing things like nuts and popcorn(kernels) or making things like veggie plates, cornbread, boiled eggs and our own summer sausage. Snacks that quite honestly my kids like better and are more satisfied with until dinner.
We also are using things like vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. I still have other name brand cleaners in the cabinet for certain jobs but simple vinegar does the trick for so many things and it's so inexpensive.
When there is something within arms reach that I can do to make my daughter's life manageable I believe that I should do it. The occasional party with cupcakes and colored juice isn't going to harm her long term and we will still indulge in those times here and there. Everything in moderation, right? But what I am more concerned with is the day to day choices that we are making. Those choices that make my daughter have a horrible day or a good one that she really enjoyed (making it a day I enjoy as well).
And that's how we are living more naturally. This post was written for Parent Bloggers as part of a blog blast sponsored by SC Johnson's Natural Cleaners.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
We are planning another party in about a month. We had fun learning about St. Patrick and can't wait to pick another topic. Here's to fun friends and learning!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Bub dug out the trench while Lij attempted to help.
The bed mimics a flower bed on the other side of the firepit making everything symmetrical. For you math folks my six year old would tell you that it is mirror symmetry. The strawberry plants will be here in a week and I can't wait to get them into the finished bed. Lil worked on removing some overgrown climbing rose bushes along the back fence.
Look at that tough girl and her clippers. She loves this kind of work. Honestly my kids are happier when they work and have purpose. They may tire of folding laundry and loading and unloading the dishwasher but this kind of work just makes them happy.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Though that didn't seem to disuade the shoppers.
This busy mom type was being mighty selective about her purchases. Do you see her grocery list? I'm so proud.
I hope those dishes clean themselves for what they are asking for them. $30!?
Monday, March 9, 2009
Towards the end of the week Steve reinjured his shoulder and has been in the most pain I have ever seen him in. Trips to urgent care as well as to the doctor and nothing has helped. He has been in a sling since Thursday night and so when I was hit with digestive pain Saturday morning like no other it was an intersting experience around here.
We have great kids and they kicked into gear. The older ones helped the younger ones get breakfast, get ready for the day and they entertained each other. By late afternoon Steve was feeling some better so he decided what I and the rest of the family needed for dinner was homemade chicken and rice soup with rolls. So wearing his sling it is literal when I say that "single-handedly" he got a healthy, awesome tasting dinner pulled together. Ba.dump.bump.
I did give him ingredients and measurements from the living room for the bread and the twins cut up veggies for the soup but the man amazes me. He believes that a man should provide for his family. He could have driven to a fast food place and bought dinner, which we had done for lunch in all honesty, but to him providing means more than only bringing home a paycheck. Sometimes it also means that when your wife is laid up, even though in pain himself, that he gets up and makes a healthy dinner for his family. And did it taste good. It was exactly what I needed. Good bone broth to soothe my insides. I love that man.
We are slowly on the mend. Steve heads to the chiropractor today while we will school and continue to get stronger. Last night I felt good enough that I was able to spend a few hours with some homeschooling moms from church. What a fantastic time that was. I learned a few things from some seasoned moms and had a lot of laughs. What a great way to start the week.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Well guess what?!
Mary wrote a book called A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family. She is giving away one copy per week for the next four weeks. You can head over to this post to see what's it's all about and enter the giveaway. I can't wait to get my hands on this book.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
So each morning I set the time for 15-20 minutes. The only rules about the time are that they are spending time with God and that if they would like to sing they find a spot away from everyone else so as not to be a distraction. Even our four year old did great. I had to re-direct him a couple of times but he did very well. It's a very serene and relaxing time.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Today could be a little on the busy side. We have school to do, more black plastic to lay in the garden, a guest room to organize, a closet to clean out and my family needs to eat. All in a days work. I am grateful however to have the blessing of being home with my kids. Especially in these times I do not take it for granted.
We received a letter from the government showing social security amounts if something were to happen in our family. It showed my husband's salary for each of the last ten years. It was amazing for us to see God's provision. I used to work outside the home but within a few months of adopting our twins and having a one year old we both felt it was more important for me to be home with them. Financially we had no idea how we were going to make it. We had just purchased our first home and money would be very tight with only one of us working.
I was pregnant again and we felt very strongly that the Lord was leading me home so we took a step of faith. In that little letter we received last week it was fascinating to see that within two years Steve was bringing home almost as much as both of us combined had been making before I came home. Don't get me wrong, that first nine months were incredibly hard financially. We were so grateful for our garden that year and I think we were the healthiest we had ever been during that time. We ate so much fresh produce and homemade items. I learned how to garden, can and how to make things stretch. I began boiling off chickens to make my own broth for soup. Though that time was a difficult time in our marriage and on our pocket books it has proved to be an invaluable time in our lives. The lessons I learned on keeping a home and providing for my family emotionally and physically gave me a purpose I had not felt before. I had always wanted to be a mother. From as early on as I can remember I envied Mary in the bible and how she became a mother so young. It has always been at the core of my being.
No matter how manic my Mondays feel, how messy the house gets or how insane I feel at times that feeling is nothing compared to how I would feel saying goodbye to my children everyday and missing out on so much of the blessing I have been given. I know that in many families both parents work and this is not a condemnation on any of them. I am just so grateful that I get to do what I do and that I have a husband who understands the call on my life and encourages and walks with me in it. That letter last week was tangible evidence of God's faithful provision for our family. Thank you Lord.