They then spotted me with my camera and decided to run the last bit for good measure. The older two had long since finished their laps and little guy was the caboose.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Weeks ago I got frustrated with running out of hangers. I almost bought more hangers and then thought better of it. We have a lot of hangers. If we are running out then it really is a no brainer. We have too much clothing and need to reduce the inventory.
Getting rid of clothing in this house, however, is a tricky task. A few of my kids develop attachments to anything that was a gift, including clothing. So, I deal with it in the most straighforward way I know how. I remove fading, out of size items one at a time while hanging up clothing as it comes out of the dryer. The kids normally hang up their own clothing but I took over that part to accomplish this task in the least painless way as possible.
Slowly things are making their quiet way to the donation and storage boxes in the garage. So far there have only been a few moments of despair as things have made their way to the boxes.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I talked to Steve and told him about my morning so far and the challenge I was having. He suggested line tag for after school since the kids had enjoyed it so much. Great idea! Bub went out and used his chalk to make the course. I called the kids in and told them that when we finished school we would go out and play line tag with our neighbors. They were thrilled and it gave them something to look forward to while they worked on the basics.
Some of the games are absolutely hilarious. Last night Steve and Lil had a few pool matches and after that Steve challenged Els to a cow racing competition. I love that the Wii can be a whole family activity and breaks us of our cabin fever. It helps. Spring, how we miss you.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Haiti is a beautiful place but the lands have been stripped leaving it the poorest of all countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Pastor Henri and Sister Gladys have a passion for the hearts of the people in Haiti. You cannot go there and not catch the vision.
The conditions there are not easy, the work is not easy. But there is hope.
Working side by side is hope.
This painted mural is on a wall in Canaan. The writing means "Togetherness in Christ".
Canaan needs us more than ever now. Word made it out that our friends are safe but resources will be scarce more than ever before. Canaan will take care of those around them and they need Christ to work through us together. If you are moved to help you can send donations to the following reputable organization and they will forward it to Canaan:
True Vine Christian Fellowhip
118 4th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Please mark that your donation is for Canaan in Haiti.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We have started school back up and it's going pretty well. Math is proving to be more of a challenge for one person but we are trudging through and making progress. It is definitely hard to get back into a schedule with three weeks off that included lots of sleeping in. Add to that a mom who started a cold at the beginning of last week that is now stretching into this week and you have one tired mom.
Steve's car was totalled last month while parked outside his office building. We finally got the check from the other insurance company last week and were able to purchase a nice car for less than the check. I have been using for all of my errands the last week since it is really fun to drive. So far Steve hasn't minded sharing too much with me.
One of my teenage brothers came to stay last weekend and that was fun for all of us. He hasn't been here for awhile and it was nice to play games of Scrabble and watch the kids climb all over him.
Well, that's it for now. Mount Washmore calls. Hopefully I will have something more interesting to share tomorrow.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here is what I finished with. It's not perfect and I may do some tweaking but it was good to take inventory and see what I have too much of and what we need to get. I think that four packages of napkins and three boxes of kitchen bags is overkill. I might have to investigate my apparant concern for running out of either one of those items. It could be symbolic.
The new organization moved items to better locations. For the younger set in our house chips have been moved to higher ground while the cereal options are within reach. This makes more sense for us.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
As the waters came back up the sea lion would lift it's head.
The sea lion eventually mustered up some strenth and pulled himself further up the sand. After he just layed there for a long while we decided to call the State Police and see what they had to say. They decided to send out a volunteer who handled these kinds of situations.
About thirty minutes later the trooper and a local citizen arrived with a sign to place near the sea lion and check him/her out. The trooper said that there is a virus going around for the sea lions. The trooper approached the sea lion and he only lifted his head to bark at her once and it wasn't very convincing. She agreed that his behavior was not normal and that if he was still there in the morning they would send out mammal rescue. She also said that sometimes they rest and recover and sometimes they don't.
It wouldn't be vacation (or morning, really) if I didn't have my iced frap.
The house is on a bay and most of the time there is a beach in front of the rocks. The tide comes in especially high this time of year and completely fills the bay sometimes spashing water over the rocks. The kids enjoyed going out into the mist and standing above the rocks to watch the water.
You can stand in silence and watch if forever it seems.
Tomorrow I will post about what four of the kids were looking at in the above picture. For now I will leave you with several shots of the sunsets we enjoyed through the view out of the front windows.
Monday, January 4, 2010
It also looks like some child training needs to happen when letting kiddos help me put things away. I don't remember asking anyone to put the juice and noodle soup very carefully in the floor. Sigh. (Check back for progress updates with pictures.)