Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
So, he "played" us a song, and I IMMEDIATELY guessed "Mary had a little lamb." He then moved on to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
Not to be left out, Sis then whistled a lovely tune of "Jesus Love Me."
That was all they could showcase before Don and I made them go to bed... they were quite amused with themselves, though!
Speaking of talents, Sis and I were in a ladies' clothing store at the mall over the weekend, and she started explaining that since everyone had a different "body type" (her words, not mine), then some clothes were more appropriate than others for people to wear. After I agreed with her, she went on: "Like your dress you have on, for example, Mom. It's probably not the best one for your body type, because it makes you little a little bit fat." And you know, she was right in that it wasn't the most flattering cut! What a talent of artistic ability and honesty all in one! :D
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Recognize her in the face? And in the background is the little sister of the cousin sitting by Sis in the above picture (the little sister wasn't even born yet in the top picture!).
I'll post more newly discovered "old" pics of Sis and Bub later!
P.S. D & G -- you didn't think I'd really post this, did you??? :D
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I KNEW that they would be worse than when I had them done 3 or so months ago. I have not been going to the gym all summer, although I've kept up (mostly) with my cardio by running and walking. But I knew going in that my measurements would be worse than the last time. So why did I go?
Because I still think it's important to measure the "current" me against where I've been... or where I COULD be.
I've noticed that I've been doing that lately in a lot of areas of my life:
--Am I staying in touch with friends and family enough?
--Am I spending quality, not just quantity, time with my children? How about my husband?
--Am I reading my Bible enough? Praying?
--Am I refraining from gossip? Along the same lines, am I encouraging others enough?
--Am I being consistent in raising my children?
I don't ever want to fall into the trap of comparing myself with others... God made me who I am, so I just want to be the best ME I can be. I just need to keep up with my measurements...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Up: I get to see the bride before the wedding, and even touch her wedding gown!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
- My cousins, my sister & I stopping at EVERY political booth and collecting as many bumper stickers and buttons as possible, and one cousin & I wore every single one of them. We were plastered with political propaganda!
- I remember the GIGANTIC pigs! Or hogs... or whatever they were! They were big!
- I remember riding the train to get there.
My niece shows cows (I know there are other words that you're supposed to use when you show cattle... heifers, steers, etc... I'm just gonna go with cows. Cool?), so we spent a lot of time in the Jr. Livestock barn with the family surrounded by cows. I took well over 150 pictures just in the cow barn, which just added to my "I don't fit in at ALL in a cow barn" look I had going! I did learn some things, however, so I thought I would share some of my cow knowledge with the world!
There did seem to be some sort of uniforms required for a lot of people, though. Most men wore short sleeved plaid shirts with their jeans and boots.
And a LOT of the girls wore the blinged-out belts & necklaces. Not my niece, though, although I offered to help her buy some bling!
I guess that's one downside of not sitting on the couch all day watching TV... you might actually get hurt if you do something physical!!!
Before I went running with the other parents, I walked down to the pond to get some fishin' pictures as well. There was only one fishing rod in the whole bunch of kids, but that didn't stop those kids from feeling like they were fishing!My kids tried their best to avoid me and my camera, but they eventually realized I was NOT going to go away until they stopped & looked cute for the camera...
Next post... all about our trip to the State Fair! Woo hoo!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
All I can say is that God has a great sense of humor! He made us COMPLETELY unplugged last night! I went to the "big city" to have dinner with my mom and sisters for my mom's birthday (happy birthday, mom!!!), and our power went out at home. I fed the kids before I left, but Don had worked outside all day and hadn't eaten. So, while he headed to his dad's to get some food & a shower, he noticed a tree on our lane was down on a power line. So, he & the kids decided that we should spend the night at his dad's. His dad just had his knee replaced a week and a half ago, and is getting around REMARKABLY well, but still spends most of his time sitting in front of the TV while his knee recovers. So, the kids cheated a LITTLE! Don says they just watched about 10 minutes of a show with the men on the Discovery Channel. I guess I can't say much, though... at least they were in air conditioning!!! (By the way, our power came back on sometime in the middle of the night!)
The one thing I have noticed is that they are sleeping GREAT at night! Maybe actually physically playing wears them out! You think??? hee.
The one funny thing is that Bub has gotten a bloody nose the last two afternoons (it's genetic... his dad randomly gets them as well). I told him that maybe NOT watching TV makes his nose bleed!
It should be easier to stay unplugged today. It's not so hot that they kids can't go out to play at the babysitter's (our wonderful cousin!) today, then tonight is a church night, but our Young Families class is meeting the next two Wednesday nights at the park with our families.
Until next update...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The kids have VBS all week at church from 9:30 to noon. That helps... Today went really good! On Mondays, the kids have a teenage babysitter at the house, so they can have a lazy day at home. After VBS, they colored, read, and played with some of their toys.
Once I got home, Sis had a note from a school friend left on the porch that asked her to call him. She did, and he invited her over to play. I asked her if she could resist the electronics, and she admitted it would be "difficult," since he has a PlayStation... she cracks me up! I told her if she cheated, then the previous HOURS of being unplugged would be for nothing. I would just add another day at the end for just her. Hmmmm... that made her stop and think.
When her friend's mother picked her up, I'll admit that it was a little awkward for me to tell her that Sis wasn't allowed to watch TV or play video games. The mom actually got REALLY excited about it, and thought it was a GREAT idea. Whew! So, while she was gone, Bub helped me cook dinner (which he loved), then he, Don and I played about 10 rounds of Boggle (I rock, by the way).
When Sis got home, she taught us a game she and her friend played... it was called "Would you rather..." One person asks the group "Would you rather do x or y?" Of course, most of Bub's (and Don's) questions had to do with bodily functions, but it was a lot of fun! All in all, it was a FANTASTIC unplugged night!
I may not update our unplugged week every day (back to the irony), but I will give some updates on the ups and downs of our unplugged week. Once we're back plugged in, I'll also post pics of Sis as the flower girl in the wedding last weekend. At this point, I'll just say she was adorable! Until later...