Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Deuteronomy 6:6,7: These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Even if I failed in the other academic areas, I have succeded in my job if I have taught them the truths from the Bible! What an eye opening, but refreshing verse to hear. I find that I constantly need to refocus and remember what my goals really are, instead of being sidetracked by what the world says I should do or what others may be doing. I'm a work in progress, and I am thankful that the Lord is so very patient with me. I am praying for a new start for the upcoming year and another chance to focus on Him!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
1. Crocs (or for me, the cheaper imitation crocs!) I love these shoes and I never thought I would. My husband thinks they are the ugliest things-maybe so-but they are comfortable! I first started wearing them often when I was pregnant with Luke-not only did they help my back, but toward the end, I was so swollen, they were the only shoes I could fit in! Now I can fit back in my regular shoes, but these are my official "around the house" shoes. Love 'em!
2. Baby highchair with wipeable pad. I'm not partial to a particular brand, just the fact that you can wipe it off. I never understood the logic of a fabric pad on a highchair-must be for those moms that love doing wash! I use my highchair everyday with my babes and toddlers. Can't do without!
3. Nursing tank tops. After Luke was born, I gave up on nursing bras. I never could find one that fit well or wasn't truly ugly. I also hated having my tummy exposed every time I went to feed my baby. Enter the nursing tank top! I tried several brands, but my favorite by far are these. They are so comfy and less expensive than some other ones.
4. My Bosch mixer. This thing is my workhorse. I use it constantly for making bread to cookies and everything inbetween. I've burned out more handmixers than I can count-the Bosch is here to stay!
5. Baby carrots. Okay, kind of a random thing, but I love those peeled baby carrots that come in bags. I spend way more on these than I should, but I love that it's just all done for you. One of those splurges that is well worth it in my book.
6. Paper plates-or for us, we also use the sheets of wax paper in the plastic baskets. As long as it's not a dish that has to be washed, I love it.
7. My washing machine and dryer. Need I say more?
8. My combination playpen/changing table. I have the Combi one and I love it, but I don't know if they sell it anymore. I keep this downstairs in our living room and it is so convenient having a place to change the babies during the day besides the floor. And the changer folds down and out of the way, too. It wasn't cheap, but well worth it.
9. Luna Bars. I only recently discovered these during my pregnancy. They are a healthy snack bar that come in many different flavors. They have protein and lots of vitamins, so good for pregnant or nursing moms. If you're not used to eating protein bars, they don't taste like a candy bar or anything, but these are one of the better tasting.
10. My Bible. I saved the best for last! This is one thing I would never want to be without. It's my favorite book-and often, the only thing I set aside time to read. I prefer my NKJV study Bible over any other. No matter how much I read it, God is always teaching me something new from it.
Well, there you have it! It's not fancy or even that well thought out, really-but it's a quick list of a few things I love and wouldn't want to do without at this point. If you have a product that you love, too, I'd love to hear!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
What a cutie!!!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Learned all about energy and electricity..
Mary was a little unsure of this lion exhibit. There were bloody zebra limbs all over..Kinda creepy.
Eden got to do some digging in the sand, too, which she loved! When we got home, she even continued that digging in her sandbox...minus the 30 mph winds.
On the way home, several of the little ones passed out and slept-isn't that the best part? We were all happy to get home by about 4:30 or so and were really worn out from such a long day-we had been gone since 9:30. We skipped our usual Wednesday nite activities, as we were just too beat. I'm sure they will all sleep well tonite! It was the first time I've heard my kids ask me if we could please just stay home for a while! Hee hee! :-)
Monday, April 13, 2009
My kids thought the highlight of the trip was feeding the ducks! That is, until we were shooed away by the zoo staff and told that we couldn't feed them bread because they'd get fat. I had never heard that before.
It was a fun day together, though the zoo wasn't as good as we expected. But we are looking forward to more fun things this week while Dad's home!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The only bad part was when our counters stained pink because we didn't put newspaper down. :-( Nothing a little magic erasering couldn't take care of! They had a great time and quite enjoyed eating the eggs today! After a very stormy morning, our weather here is clearing up and turning beautifully sunny! I hope everyone has a blessed Easter!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
John, even though he didn't participate in the camp, loved the horses, and petted many of them. He was sad to have to leave them!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
They just loved making them and want to make some more on our own! They also made cornhusk dolls, with Larry helping them. I was nursing the baby, so I didn't get to participate in this one! Here is Mary, proud of her finished doll:
Sarah participated in some nut shelling (pecans, yummy!)
and tried her hand at calligraphy using a special pen and an inkwell. It's much harder than it looks!
John tried out roping the cows,
John put all his muscle into that grinding...
We had such a fun day, even little Luke. Look how happy he is when I peeked in on him in his stroller!
We can't wait until next year's festival!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Here's Matthew doing some edging. They actually do quite a nice job. Unfortunately, they have to do our lawn for free, which they don't like, but Dad lets them use his mower, so it seems like a fair trade!