Sunday, May 31, 2009
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL TIME
My kids came in the door singing tonight. I could have dropped dead and been the happiest mom in the world. They had so much energy and enthusiasm about the WORD OF GOD. What else can you ask for?
I roped my Pastor into helping. His wife is 38 weeks prego and dilated to three centimeters. I told Pastor to tell her to cross her legs until Thursday. He didn't laugh. I also told her I was dilated to a three with one of my babies for two weeks. He wasn't impressed by that either.
I am so thankful for my friends and village people who have set aside their evenings this week. You are some of the most amazing and wonderful creatures. My kids thank you, I thank you and the Lord is using you to do some awesome things this week.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I put the little ones down shortly after a lazy lunch of frozen pizza, corn, apple slices and Kool-aid. The kids spent all morning outside while I hung sheets and uniforms out to dry. After lunch I recruited the big ones to help me bathe the dog and water the garden and trees. I lost one after she tripped on a twig and came in for a band aid. Then a bit later the other one wandered away. After the dog was brushed I spent some time watering and came into find everyone sound asleep. One big kid on the floor of the babies room and the other sprawled out in the easy chair.
Isn't summer beautiful?
Hope your having a lazy summer day wherever you are.
Last night I had heartburn. Heartburn makes me think of pregnancy.
A couple of nights ago Ad fell asleep in daddy's arms. He said, "I wonder how many more times this is gonna happen? Not too many more, I fear."
Pastor's wife is 37 weeks pregnant. She looks beautiful. She is all a glow.
Nora is getting up on all fours. She is so close to crawling, we can all taste it.
There is something amazing about babies. They are so miraculous. The pregnancy itself is something so wonderfully awesome. It's hard to put into words (and the excuse to wear elastic waistband pants is pretty cool, too).
Then there is the birth and those first 6 months of joyful learning and no sleep.
I think Ry and I are realizing this is the last of babies.
It is sort of a hard pill to swallow.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Lee, Lil' G, Ad, and Lou Lou are what they came up with. I thought it was cute.
My house is quiet because;
Lee left for an overnight birthday camp out. She was EXCITED. I am nervous. Her first official friend sleepover. She really doesn't need me anymore. Sniff sniff.
Gordo and Lil' G went to the ballgame. They barely had enough bodies for a game. Hopefully Lil' G doesn't have to go in. I think we are in for rough season. I am praying that no one else gets hurt. I got a sneak peek at the new uniforms and they look 'cool'. No more polyester jerseys. That thick, rough, scratchy, material has been replaced by a cool thin mesh that all the guys will surely appreciate on those hot summer nights.
Ad and Lou Lou were really tired. They stayed up for a quick after work visit with Mema and then both fell fast asleep.
The quiet is really loud. I had to turn the television on for background noise.
What's a mom to do?
Guess I should plan for VBS, or finish my three started books or do laundry or clean or just blog about what I should be doing and not really do any of it...
Monday, May 25, 2009
Hannah Hosanna wants to bathe in the water.One little, two little, TWELVE little grandkids eat around the picnic table. Pork loin, chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions, asparagus, strawberries and watermelon filled the plates and bellies :)
Pat and Joel go for a ride. Can you please go faster, daddy?
They had to find something manly to do. I made them pose for this picture, they were pooped.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Football toss, one for three. This one went right through the tire.
Maleah doing the tires, she gets her supreme athletic ability from me, uh-huh, right.
Taking a break to hold her sister.
She pulled out a first in the potato drop race, the obstacle course, the potato sack race and she won her heat and then tied for first (with her bff) in the finals in the 50 meter dash. I can't wait for dad to wake up and see her cross the finish line again and again. Guess we'll have to work on frisbee toss, football toss, softball throwing and soccer kicks for next year.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Good luck trying to hear Gavin's lines over Addison's chatter...he played the gingerbread man. They also said the 50 states but my camera died in the middle of it:(. This fall will be the first year in four years that I don't have a preschooler. It will be different.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
"MOM, this is the GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE!"
"It is?" shock and surprise from yours truly, barely hidden in my sarcastic remark.
"Yes, I got to play Webkinz AND dad is MOWING!"
I don't try to understand it. I just know it's the truth. You would, too, if you saw her face and heard her say those exact words.
Oh, to be so happy...
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, dropping her cell phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, 'I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the "What Would Jesus Do" bumper sticker, the "Choose Life" license plate holder, the "Follow Me to Sunday-School" bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally...I assumed you had stolen the car.'
Monday, May 04, 2009
I have graduated to the bike. THE BIKE, people. The bike that my hubby and I bought with leftover wedding money. We got a matching pair. Mine has since hung in the garage for 10 years collecting dust and bird poo.
Thanks to the generosity of good friend, I dusted the old blue girl off and got her running. I took her for a test ride and the first gear switch sent my chain a' flying so I had to have the hubby fix that. Then I hooked up the bike trailer (generous donation) and took off, only to find that the seat was so low my legs could not extend and I felt like I was riding my sons 12 inch dirt bike. I stopped at my brothers place and had him extend my seat for me. Then it was smooth sailing. Well, sailing at least. I can't go uphill even a tiny bit. A small incline makes me huff and puff and I am pretty sure it would happen even without those two 25+ pound babies in the trailer.
Everything was going along fine until I realized that my bum was numb. What do they make those bike seats out of, iron? OUCH! I had to get off to push us home. As I was walking along explaining to the girls that riding a bike hurt as much as child birth my neighbor hollered out to me. Guess what? She had one of those gel seats and so graciously offered it up to my aching pelvis (more generosity). Man, I love this little neck of the woods. Ask and you shall receive, knock and it will be answered. Complain on the street and your neighbor will succumb and give you her gel seat.
So, after I put the kids to bed I decided to celebrate my new found energy and will for exercising. I thought since I had both walked and rode the bike I deserved a cookie. I chomped down hard on that chocolate chunk goodness and almost bit through my tongue. What's the old saying? No pain, no gain.
I then and there gave up any and all chewing, at least until my tongue heals.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
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The first time I used YouData I made like five or six dollars. They just send it to my PayPal account. I click on the ads every other day or so and then I get paid. It's that easy. This week I forgot to do it often so I only made 60 cents. But hey, it's 60 cents I didn't have before. They pay me on Friday afternoon, like clockwork.
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Saturday, May 02, 2009
Walgreens is giving away a FREE 8x10 Photo Enlargement on Wednesday, May 6th. All you'll need to do is click here and upload your photo. Then just type in coupon code MOTHER when checking out. If you are able to pick it up yourself then just choose in-store pick up to make this photo enlargement completely FREE!
Do you coupon? My sister does, big and bad. The fever has spread to me just a little bit. I only buy items that I need and will use. I use diapers and this week K-mart is doubling coupons up to $2. That means if you have a $2 coupon they will double it to $4! Wahoo! I have several $1 and $2 coupons for diapers and wipes and some hair products that I will be using this week. It starts tomorrow and only lasts until Saturday, so get clipping! The Sioux Falls stores limit your coupons to 25 so don't get too happy! Or if you are really in the mood to get free products or $4 off diapers you can visit both stores in Sioux Falls and use 25 coupons per store. Thanks to my sister Jo and Hip2save.com for this helpful information! If you are not from Sioux Falls or the surrounding areas, check your weekly circular to see if your K-mart is doubling coupons or go to Kmart.comand type in your zipcode to find the circular for your neck of the woods.
I am getting my huggies for $6 a pack and free shampoo and body wash with my coupons!
Friday, May 01, 2009
As I got older, I noticed that other people were not as open. Other moms did not squat in the middle of the living room (this time fully clothed) to show you how to properly insert a tampax. Other mom's didn't ask you what color your poop was. Mom was not above talking about anything. She explained everything and even borrowed a book from the library to further educate us about things.
I think I use a bit more restraint when it comes to my own family.I don't want to be all the way on the other side and be hush hush and hoity toity, but Ryan and I agree a little privacy makes us more comfortable. We still use the restroom with the door open, but we don't walk around naked or anything. Maybe we would if we didn't live in town, just kidding. I guess I admire my parents for their ability to not be self-conscious about their bodies. The 70's were a really different time for young adults and awareness and acceptance of others.
This morning Gavin was getting dressed in the bathroom and Addison walked up to him and pulled on the only thing that she could get her hands on. She is a curious creature and, well, it is sort of an interesting part of a boy's anatomy. I was really proud of Gavin, he just said, "Don't Addi, that hurts!" I tried, I really did, to hold my laughter, but I barely made it out of the bathroom before I busted up. I told him that he best be getting dressed in his room from now on. She is still trying to figure this world out, you know? I am sure those of you with big brothers have a few stories of your own.
STOP and CONSIDER God's wonders. JOB 37:14