from the mouth of babes....

>> Wednesday, July 22, 2009



We were at a potluck last weekend and a friend of ours was jesting with my Eldest.

They began asking each other math questions and this one was posed to my son:

"If you have one apple and you eat two how many do you have?"

My eldest laughed hysterically.

"You can't!" he said chocking on his own giggles. "It isn't actually possible!"

Hmm....

If my 7 year old can figure that out, why can't my government?



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More baby birdies

>> Monday, July 20, 2009

The barn swallows have hatched thier eggs in my garagerafters! The poor mommy went berzerk when DH closed the garage door! So we have been keeping it open for them. A few times they have flown in the back door of the house instead of the garage. The vaulted ceilings made it a bit challengeing to get back out, but they did eventually. The babies are so cute. They keep hanging thier heads over the edge of the nest in the rafters and looking down at us. I have counted three. I would take a picture but the light bulb burnt out and the nest is right beside it. I don't want to scare the mommma anymore than she already is! The boys have really been enjoying seeing God's creation. And now they want to know when WE are going to have a new baby. Ummm..... I'll have to get back to you on that one.

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The Tale of the Terror Child!

>> Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not much of a story really:

I took my boys to the park earlier this week. We often go to this park, but not during this time of day (which is VERY busy).

My boys were playing along when another boy about 2 or 3 came up to them and wanted to be where they were. They said he'd have to wait his turn and guess what he did?....

He bit my eldest in the middle of the back and broke blood vessels.

Then he scratched my younger down the side of his face drawing blood.

I had no idea any of this had happened til my Eldest yelled "Momma! He BIT me! Right on my back!"

We left. The boys had lost their interest in the play ground.

Maybe I should have tracked down the parent. But my thought was "if the kid is like this, what kind of parent does he have?!"

That kind of behavior would last exactly ONE time in my house. If my boys even dared TRY something like that.

Makes me wonder what the next generation will be like, what kind of world my grandchildren will be raised in.

...even so, Lord Jesus, COME!

...and soon!


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A fabulous IDEA

>> Friday, July 10, 2009

Ever wondered how you could make your own frozen hash browns or french fries? Or wonder what to do with the extra Potatoes that will rot if you don't cook them?

See this.


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Laundry problem-- CONQUERED!

Laundry is my worst enemy in the fight to keep my house clean. And the fact that I love CLOTHES and SHOPPING doesn't help my struggle any. SO I took on my enemy in face-t- face combat and WON!

Wednesday, I (with my mother's aid) took ALL the clothes to the laundry mat. I washed it all. All 10 big black garbage bags of laundry. I sorted through the laundry only keeping what we ABSOLUTELY needed and took the rest across the street to the Goodwill donation center (it was close... I don't usually take stuff to Goodwill.. I prefer the local charities).

I took TWELVE (kitchen size) GARBAGE BAGS OF CLOTHES TO GOODWILL!

What we left I put in grocery bags and took to our new house.

It was so FREEING!

To be rid of all the STUFF!

I made a list of what we really needed and that is what I used to get by and used that list to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

Please note that my plan involves getting rid of nearly everything at the change of a season spring/summer and fall/winter) and buying new clothes. NOT saving anything that doesn't fit. And saving very few items from year to year.

Why?

'Cause I value my sanity.

And I live in a small space.

Here is the list I made:

Boy’s clothes
Year Round
dress pants 2 each
dress shirts 2 each
dress vest 2 each
dress sweaters 1 each
suit jacket 1 each
underwear 9 each
socks 7 each
reg coat 1 each
dress shoes 1 each
cowboy boots 1 each
sweater 1 each
pj shorts 3 each
pj shirts 5 each
pj pants 3 each

Summer
wind breaker 1 each
short shirt 7 each
shorts 3 each
sandals 1 each
water shoes 1 each
swim trunks 1 each

Winter
bibs/jeans 3 each
long shirts 7 each
winter coat 1 each
mittens 1 each
scarf 1 each
winter hat 1 each
rubber boots 1 each


Sarah’s clothes
Year Around
socks 7
underwear 7
undershirts 4
bras 2
sports bra 2
nylons 2
formals 3
slip/petticoat 2
dress shoes 2
walking shoes 1
night gowns 3
pj pants 2
work shirts 3
work skirts 2
jeans 1

Summer
Swimming suit1
skirts 5
Dresses 2
light blouses 5
vest 2
dress jackets 3
sandals 1

Winter
sweaters 3
dresses 2
skirts 5
heavy blouses 5
sweaters 3
leggins 2
boots 2


DH’s clothes
Work clothes
bright tshirts 7
button up shirts 7
work pants 7
underwear 14
grey socks 7
work shoes 1
work sweaters 3
gloves 1
ski cap 2
coveralls 2

Dress Clothes
long dress shirts 3
short dress shirts 2
undershirts 3
dress pants 2
dress vest 1
suit jacket 2
black socks 4
dress shoes 1
dress coat 1
ties To match

Casual Clothes
reg shoes 1
hiking boots 1
short sleeve shirts 5
long sleeve shirts 5
hooded sweater 1
sweaters 3
wind breaker 1
casual pants 2
shorts 2
swim trunks 1
sandals 1
sweat pants 1

I have found that some things we don't have nearly enough of (such as DH's pants -- he only has 2 which get very dirty on the construction site. I don't want to have to wash pants every day.) Some of the items I have left with a high minimum because it is better to have a few too many than not enough (such as undies).

This will mean more frequent washings. Perhaps every 3 days or so. But everything we have could be washed in so few loads that I will be doing less laundry overall. And I will not have piles of laundry in my hallway and garage!

What a RELIEF!

My inspiration for this?

Reading Little House on the Prairie to my boys, I realized how few THINGS a family really needs to be happy.

Maybe fewer things make life happier because it makes life simpler.

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Oreo Cookie Crochet Pattern --free download

>> Thursday, July 9, 2009




Oreo Cookies Crochet Pattern-- so sweet you could almost eat them!

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In the thicket

>> Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We found these new born birdies in the tall grass behind my in-law's house. They were so young their eyes weren't even open yet. I wish I had gotten clearer pictures, but their poor mother was beside herself. It was so cute: I leaned over the nest (which had been build on the ground in the grass) and whistled; then all four little mouths opened and stuck straight up in the air waiting for food, followed by complaining chirps that I hadn't actually fed them anything. The yellow circle you see in the middle of the picture is one of thier little open mouths. Four little ones in all. The boys were very excited about it (they wanted to hold them, but I said "No."). It made the pictures in the science book come to life.
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Sometimes I wonder....

>> Thursday, July 2, 2009

...what parents are thinking.

I was in Walmart yesterday helping my little boys at the drinking fountain.

There was a little boy there. Not more than 2. His older sister (I presume) was chasing him around trying to get him to go back to their mother after she had taken him to the restroom. The little boy, obviously accustomed to NOT obeying, did what he had been trained to do, and --shockingly!-- didn't obey! After dragging and threatening and finally giving up, big Sis went to get Momma.

What happened next was what was truly disturbing. I didn't hear ALL of the conversation, but I will relay what I did hear.

Mother comes and gets boy and drags him back to her cart down the way. A moment later they drive buy us. She is putting him in the cart seat as he screams and yells "Why Mommy?"

To which she replies: "Cause you're such a ******. You're just such and ******. Sit your **** down there and stay, *****."

I never call my children names. I have even had to check myself because I sometimes find myself calling one of them "Silly Goose" when they are goofing off. I don't want to get the idea that I am making fun of them. Nor do I want them to get used to calling names, even relatively harmless ones. It is a slippery slope that I am trying to stay WAY away from. Mostly, I suppose, this is because name calling was so common when I was child and caused so much grief. I remember being told I laughed like a witch and being afraid to laugh out loud!

But this mother. Shame on her. To demean this child when he is so young and unknowing! And above all only doing what she has taught him, by her instruction or, LACK THERE OF, to do.

It is deplorable.

Unfortunately, it is getting all the more common.


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Praise the LORD! WOO-HOO!

>> Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My eldest unlocking the door to our NEW HOME!

GOD IS SO GOOD!
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