Saturday, October 31, 2009

Family Fun Night

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Last year we decided to forgo the trick or treating and have a family fun night instead. This year we will be out of town on Halloween, but will move our family fun night to an evening next week. The kids had fun last year, and didn't even mind the lack of trick or treating. Here's what we did:

  • Ate fun foods: Oven crackerjack, popcorn, cheeseball, bowls of candy (this year I'll be able to buy them cheap after halloween), hot chocolate and cider
  • Played games together
  • Watched a movie together
If you don't do the whole trick or treat thing (or even if you do) plan a family fun night this fall. It will be a tradition the whole family loves

Friday, October 30, 2009

Homeschooling - Week in Review


If my memory will allow - I'm going to post some of what we did in our homeschool each week. We just finished up Sonlight's Core 1 and started into Core 2. Here are a few things we did this week.

  • The kids continued on in the basics.
Jo working on his math.


Caleb working on his Math


  • We finished reading a biography of George Mueller last week. So, Monday we watched Oliver Twist. It was a great way for the kids to not only get a visual on the time period, but to see work houses and the lives of orphans up close and personal. We watched the Disney Version - I kind of wish we would have gotten the older musical version. Oh well.
  • After reading about the benedictine Monks, we made illuminated letters. Here is an example of Caleb's. He went a little overboard with the gold paint!

  • Aaron read the read alouds and Bible to the kids last year. This year we decided that he would continue doing Bible with them and I would take back over the read alouds. He still has 2 or 3 read alouds to finish up from Core 1, so he'll probably continue reading when he has time. So, I've got to enjoy Red Sails to Capri with the boys this week - it's been a lot of fun to read aloud.

Loving My Husband Friday


Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband, something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!


My cousin is burying her husband today. They've been married less than a year and have a 2 week old baby. Life is so fleeting. We never know if our good-bye will be our last good-bye. Take the time to tell those you care about that you love them. Let those little annoying things slide. Remember that you might not always have someone . . . live each day like it might be the last one you will share together.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WFMW - Stretching your meat Dollar


Almost every week there is big pieces of meat on sale - Roasts (pork and beef), whole chickens, ham, turkey, etc. Often you can buy these meats for less than $1 a pound. I've been buying one of these meats each week - then using it for 2 or 3 meals for my week. Here is what I've done:

  • Roasts - Have a regular roast meal for the first night. Then you can use the meat in many different ways. I usually make a BBQ beef/pork meal. I use the beef juices and some leftover meat to make a stew. You could use it to make pot pie, fried rice, enchiladas. The goal with roasts for me is to get 2 additional meals out of the roast (besides the original meal).
  • Chickens - Again, I roast it the first night. Then I throw the carcass in the crockpot to make some broth. I use leftover meat (along with the broth) to make either chicken soup or chicken and noodles. If you have lots of leftover chicken (or roast 2 birds) you can also make any number of casseroles, enchiladas, pot pies, stir fries, etc. I usually am only able to get 2 meals out of a chicken.
  • Ham - Again, I make a traditional ham the first night. Then you can use the ham in soups and casseroles. Make ham salad. I also usually slice some of the ham and freeze it to pull out for a future meal.
  • Turkey - Turkey's will be going on sale here soon. I try to make several turkeys around Thanksgiving time and freeze the meat to use in casseroles. I use it in place of chicken . . . so anything you use shredded or chopped chicken can also use turkey.
  • You can do this with so many meals! I made chili on Sunday - we had it on Monday night (Chili is better the second time around - right?). Then we had chili dogs. I also have used it in a baked potato bar. So many meals can be stretched and the leftovers used for new and inventive meals.
So, try to cook at least one meal a week that you can look ahead and use in a future meal. Be creative so your leftovers don't taste like leftovers! Saves time, money, and it Works for Me!

Wordless Wednesday - Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I ♥ Faces - Halloween Dress Up



This week's theme at I Heart Faces is "Halloween dress-up". Rachel loves dressing up as SuperGirl! She said she wants to be supergirl when she grows up!


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Building Our Marriage Challenge


Dress up for no reason.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Photo Shoot!

Look at me!

Mmmm. . . . this tastes good!


Wait . . . what's this?



Even better!!

Not exactly how I had this photo shoot pictured in my mind! Sarah was more interested in the leaves than getting her picture taken.

Loving My Husband Friday


Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband, something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!



I've been feeling a little down this week, and I love that Aaron has tried to cheer me up. He even bought me ice cream Wednesday night!





Thursday, October 22, 2009

You Capture - Technology


This week's You Capture theme is Technology. My boys love their technology (O.K. . . . so does Mom!!!).


Check out some more technology at I Should Be Folding Laundry.

Fall


Your beauty is breathtaking.





Reviving us,




Refreshing Us,





Pointing us to Our Majestic Creator,






Preparing Us for the Cold Days Ahead.







We love you in all your splendor!





From our home to yours . . . enjoy the magnificence of God's Creation.



We are THAT Family

We Are THAT Family is celebrating her 2nd blogiversary - and she wants to hear OUR stories of being THAT family.

I'm having trouble coming up with a really great story. I vaguely remember a day with horrible spills, permanent marker, and diarrhea . . . but I've blocked out the details!! But, here are some that I haven't been able to block out, yet! We've had beads up the nose, crib fires (O.K., that one was just SCARY), and falling into the toilet. One of the kids have duck feet almost everytime we leave the house (shoes on the wrong feet). But, the story I'm going to tell today can not be blamed on the kids. It was Aaron and I - ALL us.

The baseboard heat in our room had ever really worked well since we moved in. It was the only room in the house with baseboard heat. It also had a ceiling fan with a fancy controller that had a temperature setting. We would turn that setting up on the controller, but nothing would happen.
Then, one day, the lights in our garage stopped working. We changed the light bulb - but still, no light.

An electrician goes to our church, so we asked him to come over and take a look at our two problems. He showed up on a Saturday morning when I was the only one here (so the embarrassment was all mine) and went back to look at the heater. After a little while he said he had it working . . . all he had to do was turn the thermostat ON! We had been using the fancy ceiling fan thing, but the old thermostat was what ran the heat (DUH!!).

Well, I was totally embarrassed . . . but at least I still had a real problem out in the garage. He goes out and comes back in seconds later. Once again, he had it working already. What was wrong, I wondered . . . what fix did he have to make? Well, all he had to do was turn the light switch ON! That's right . . . there was a second switch in the garage that we didn't know existed. Somehow it had been turned off . . . when it was switched back on, it worked just fine!

Yes, we are THAT family! At least we can provide a little entertainment to those around us!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wonder Why Wednesday's


Danielle over at Gaerte Gang has started a new weekly carnival - Wonder Why Wednesday's. I find myself thinking, "I wonder why . . . " often, so I thought I would join in (when I can remember what I'm wondering about!!).

Do you ever wonder why babies choose to sleep on night's when you can't? Sarah is NOT a good sleeper. She wakes up numerous times every night. (We are working on it right now - by being a mean Mommy and letting her cry :( ). She has had a few nights that she sleeps well - never two in a row, though. I've noticed that the nights she sleeps well are the nights that I can't sleep! Every other night I'm exhausted and could sleep for DAYS! But when she sleeps, I'm wide awake all night! Hmmm. . . . I wonder why!

Share your own I Wonder Why over at Gaerte Gang!

In His Word Wednesday


Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galations 1:10

As I was searching through my bible last night for a verse to share today, this verse jumped out at me. I have always worried about what others thought of me. I try to live a life pleasing to God, but sometimes I become consumed by what others think of me. I allow it to cripple my service to God. I allow others opinions (especially those whom I care about) to dictate the path my life takes. The opinions of others often keeps me from doing things I know I should be doing. I KNOW I shouldn't worry about it and just follow God's path for my life, but it is HARD.

I think there is a fine line here. I think we should live our life pleasing to God . . . and not pleasing to men. But, I see others falling off on the opposite extreme. They don't care what any one thinks of them. So much so, that they aren't willing to take constructive criticism. If someone confronts them with a problem area they won't even listen. I think this point of view is just as destructive as mine.

I think we need to have a little balance. My focus needs to be on God, and God alone. I need to do what he wants of me, and not care what those around me think. But, I also need to realize that God uses my brothers and sisters in Christ to spur me on, teach me, and help me change into the woman God has called me to be.

Visit Megan for more encouragement in God's Word.

Wordless Wednesday - Little Cave Man


WFMW - Getting Through the Laundry Pile Quicker


Some days I have a LOT of laundry for my family of 7. When the pile seems overwhelming, I've employed a simple trick to get through it a little easier. The worst part of doing laundry, for me, is getting it all folded. So, I make sure to stagger a hard to fold load (like clothes) with an easy to fold load ( like towels or diapers). Knowing that after folding a large load of clothes my next load will have very little folding helps me to keep at it and not procrastinate. There are days when I only have clothes and this doesn't work, but most days I have at least a load of diapers or towels or sheets. Something so simple helps keep the laundry done and Works For Me!!

Visit We Are That Family to share what works for you and read tips from others!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Building Our Marriage Challenge



Get out and enjoy your favorite fall activity together.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I ♥ Faces -Pink




This week's theme at I Heart Faces is Pink . . . . in honor of breast cancer awareness month. I've lost an aunt to this terrible disease. Although I have no family history, my husband's family does . . . which means my 3 precious little girls do have it in their histories. My hope is that my children will be able to look back at breast cancer - and all cancers - as a disease of the past. Praying for a cure!

Sarah - the youngest of my PINK beauties:
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday



Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post (make sure it's your post and not just your blog). Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!





I love that my husband is a thinker! When a problem arises he likes to think through all options - which helps him in making wise decisions.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lunch


When lunch time rolled around, I asked Caleb to make lunch. He was working for a VERY long time . . . then asked me to take a picture. He wanted me to post it on my blog . . . along with the recipe! So, here it is:

And here's Caleb's instructions:
First you put crackers around the sides of the plate. Then you put slices of cheese in the middle. Then you put raisins over that. And, then you slice up apples in little pieces and put that over it. And then, finally, you put really small slices of banana over it. It's called Caleb's fruit Salad. Enjoy.

You Capture - Still Life




Visit I Should Be Folding Laundry for more You Captures!

Things I Love Thursday


I love this view from my window in fall. The rest of the year it's not so great . . . but when the leaves change it is beautiful!

Visit Sarah to join in with things you love.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Place for everything . . . everything in it's place!


The first step to getting your small (or large) house in order was to purge! Once you have you have your belongings pared down you must start the organization process. Everything that resides in your house needs a home. This is a MUST in a small space. . . and yet a very difficult task (at least for me). I think one of my problems is that I don't purge enough - more things than spaces!! Back to purging for me, LOL!

My junk drawer.

If you have actually purged well, you are ready to get organized! First, decide where you use the item. If it is something you only use occasionally, then you can store it out of the way (in a closet or another room). But, if you use it often, save yourself time and trouble and store it near where you use it! If you pay bills at your desk, for example, make sure you have EVERYTHING you need to complete the task right there!

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I even found a place for the baby!!

Keep like things together. Be creative with how you store things. Use containters, baskets, etc. to keep small things together. Try to find something that's pretty and that you LOVE if your storage will be in a visible spot.

Slowly, make your way through your house finding a place for everything. Take your time and think about it . . . that way you won't have to redo it in a few months!! Think about how you live and make your home work for you. Think of all the other members of your household and make it simple for them to follow! There's no reason to rush through. Just do a little each day until you finish.

Of course, then comes the hardest part of all! You have to actually put everything BACK in its place when you're done with it. Train your kids (and hubby) to follow whatever system you set up. Train yourself to put things away when you're finished using them. Try to have every thing put back into it's place at the end of the day. Be flexible and willing to tweak things if they aren't working.

In the end having a place for everything makes life easier for everyone!

WFMW - Scrubbing Stainless Steel Pans


For Mother's Day my husband bought me a stainless steel pot and pan. I've had non-stick pans since we were first married, so I loved not having the teflon flakes floating in my food!! But, I had trouble with stuck on food that I struggled to get off. Then, one day after scrubbing forever, I decided to sprinkle some baking soda over the pan. I scrubbed, and the stuck on food came right off! My stainless steel pan was shiny and clean. Using baking soda to scrub my pots and pans works for me!

Go to We are That Family to find what works for others!

Wordless Wednesday - Just Like My Big Brother



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sarah - 7 months old

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Sarah is 7 months old! It hardly seems possible. We took her monthly picture today with her bear. . . I couldn't get her to smile! I finally got one partial smile while she was playing with the bear.


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I sat her in Jada's 'princess' chair - and she loved it! I guess we officially have a third princess at this house!
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to see how Sarah has grown, check her out at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months and six months.


Building Our Marriage Challenge


Pick your husband up a small gift this week.

Monday, October 12, 2009

McLinky Blog Hop - Anything that feeels Good

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Seeing this little smile always makes me feel good! Hopefully it makes you feel good, too.

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I ♥ Faces - Excited



This week's theme at I heart Faces is Excited.


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This shot is of Josiah's baptism. He was just coming out of the water and I love the look on his face!

See more excitement at I Heart Faces.

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