Thursday, May 31, 2007


Even as I sit here, a midst all the hullabaloo, I am reminded of the verse in the Bible that tells us that no matter what the situation may be, keep always your eyes on the Lord. Are you wondering what all the hullabaloo is? We're moving. That says it all and then some, but I am at the stage where the truck is to be loaded tomorrow afternoon so as I'm sure you're aware (if you've ever moved) I'm using nice language by calling it what I am. Each and every room in our house, which is normally very organized, looks as if an F5 twister has just "reorganized". I can however look at all the boxes, gigantic orange trash bags, mud trampled through the house, dog hair GALORE, Styrofoam cups, plastic forks, peanut butter and jelly on the counter knowing that our God knows what is happening, what is going to happen, and what has already happened. He is the Author and Finisher of all that I am doing right at this very minute. That is SO comforting to me. BUT even more than that - I find Joy today in knowing that in less than twenty-four hours (and counting) my best friend, the love of my life, father of my children will be on his way here after nine LONG awaited weeks of being apart. And I find myself feeling totally FRAZZLED about what I am going to be wearing and how I'm going to greet him. Something like that of a teenager awaiting her date to the prom. How cool is that? After the better part of ten years and I'm still getting nervous butterflies!!!!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Fudge Bars and Pork Roast

This is going to be very short, but I just have to write about this - it's so cute!

Today, for lunch, the girls and I had leftover pork roast and potatoes from last evening's dinner; with the promise of a fudge bar for a 'sweet' afterwards. After finishing our meal (and our sweet) I made the comment, from one room to the other, that we still had one leftover that someone could have the next day for lunch. Our oldest daughter announced "...I call first dibs on the pork roast.", which I thought was going to cause a conflict. As it turned out, our younger daughter, surprising me, had a different agenda. She announced, quite seriously "...I call first dibs on the fudge bars.".

Like mother like daughter =)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

My Birthday

I just had to share what my kids did for my birthday today. They are such great kids and this is just another reminder of it. The entire day was focused on my birthday. Not that they needed to do this, but they thought it was grand to really make mom center of attention for the day. Here's how the day progressed...

...All of us in the kitchen making breakfast (Syd - eggs, Mom - bacon, Ali - toast).

...Girls in the kitchen making a birthday cake (from SCRATCH - not too shabby for being 12,5).

...My shower for the day (extra long birthday shower where I actually had time to shave)
(During this time the girls scurried around to decorate the dining room [from the ingredients in our party box] in order to throw me a "surprise party". They went all out, putting up a banner, table cover, plates, napkins, cups [homemade] and decorated the cake with some leftover tubed icing I had laying around. )


...Cake, fudge bars and of course the two of them singing happy birthday to me.

...Outside to find "birthday flowers" for me.

It was just the sweetest birthday I could have had. It makes me so proud they enjoy serving others so much (and it doesn't have to be me they're serving).

PS - my wonderful husband didn't forget my birthday either, even though he is 1000 miles away;

Friday, May 11, 2007

Snippets From Syd; Problems

Every night we have a bedtime routine that happens with each of our children. A very special good night course of events that is completely separate of the other.

With our oldest daughter, we sit and talk with her for a bit of things that happened throughout the day, month, year that she has conveniently forgot to talk to us about until bedtime. This conversation usually consists of what she is going to do when she gets older, how many kids she'll have, what so-in-so said to her three years ago, what her sister did to her earlier in the day, etc....

Our youngest daughter was given the gift of a prayer book that she loves to read from. It is a very big deal when we come into her room because, at this point in her life, she is beginning to read and loves to read these prayers HERSELF (and mommy loves to see her accomplishments). At the end of each of the prayers there is a reference of where in the Bible it comes from. Tonight's prayer, as she read it, was from "Problems" aka - Proverbs. I could hardly bite back the laughter that I felt welling up on the inside of me.

I bet God gets a good kick out of the things that kids say too.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Tiny Hiny

As we all know, every child goes through certain, however, different phases in their childhood. Our five year old is going through her "animal stage". This stage, as I'm sure you are quite aware if you have kids, is where they like to pretend they are a certain type of animal and go about their day in the life, as it would be, of that certain animal. Well, our dear one loves to be a tiger right now. She moves very swiftly and efficiently on all fours, but truly sounds like a horse through the house rather than anything from the feline family. In any regard - recently we finished school for the day and with an elated voice asked if she could play tiger. I responded with the usual "yes you can, we're finished".

Just a little disclosure.....

She was wearing her favorite pink skirt, matching shirt, and COWBOY BOOTS. This is the same child that I referred to in the "snow boot" post that LOVES boots. So as she turns her body in preparation to take off on her animal adventures she positioned herself to face away from me, which means her "tiny-hiney" was in my direction. She leaped forward in her northward direction to begin the adventure, but instead her animal instincts were surpressed by way of the full moon. The heal of her boot had snagged on the hem of her skirt pulling it down and by virtue of that happening, her skirt pulled her panties down as well, bearing the full moon. She was devastated in what had just happened, but handled it well with a red face and big smile.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ali-ism; Word PROBLEMS

Today was just like any other day. We get up and have breakfast, do dishes, chores, and schoolwork. I love the job God has given me. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I LOVE schooling my girls here at home (and at the grocery store). As I was in the produce department today I had to give our oldest word problems (aaaahhhhhh!!!) about the produce we were purchasing. The horrifying look that comes over her face is priceless when I ask her...

" OK, how much will it cost us to buy these strawberries at the incredible price of $.99/lb when the scale says we have 2.25 pounds of them?" 

Just to let you know, she was able to tell me, with minimal coaxing...

"ALMOST $2.25 mom..."

Then the next thing that proceeded out of her mouth makes me even more proud of her...

"it would be even more better if they were $.99/2 pounds mom."

I had to agree - regardless of her grammatical tactic.
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