Friday, February 27, 2009

The Proud Mother

Not proud as in prideful, my boy just made me very pleased yesterday.

Although I have very mixed feelings about immunizations, my children are all immunized. Yesterday John and Lydia had birthday checkups with the pediatrician. Nearly the first thing they said to me was that John was going to have one shot.

It seems like I've been bragging a lot on him lately, but he's done an awful lot to make me very proud. When the nurse told John, I asked him, "Is that okay, John." My kids are very cooperative with shots. They're not the sort you have to hold down or anything like that. Well, once I asked John, he immediately replied, "I'm going to be brave, Momma." When the doctor left and sent for the nurse, he asked a few questions. "Is it going to hurt." I must be honest with him: "Yes, it will hurt, but just for a second. It will feel like a really hard pinch and as soon as it starts hurting, it will be all finished." "Okay, Mom."

John is a very modest boy and they wanted to give him the shot in the leg. So I had an idea. (this is pretty funny) I pulled Lydia's change of clothes (she's pretty well potty trained, but just in case) out of her bag and held up the dress. He looked at me mortified! "Moooom! I can't wear a dress!!!!" I laughed so hard. "No, son," I explained, "you'll have to pull your pants down and you can use this as a blanket to cover up." No mistaking the relief on his face. I thought that was so funny.

Well, when the nurse came in. He did ask me to stand by him. I asked if he was okay and he told me, "I'm brave, remember?" When the nurse started disinfecting his leg he shut his eyes and held his breath. Not only did he not cry, he didn't even flinch. He was honestly just perfect. I could not have been more proud of him!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy Sixth Birthday, John

Happy birthday to my special little man. May God keep your little heart tender.

I wanted so share a few things about John.

  • He's my oldest (you probably knew that) and is quite responsible for his age. He looks after the others and is quick to follow through with something that is asked of him (usually, haha).
  • He shows good initiative. Very often he sees work to be done and does it without being asked or told.
  • He's extremely compassionate. If someone in the house is upset, he's always there to lend an encouraging word or just to "be there."
  • He's very good at memorizing Bible Scripture.
  • He's my outdoorsman. Nothing makes him happier than just being outside.
  • During school or family devotion, he's often been under Holy Ghost conviction for salvation, but is not yet saved. Please join us in prayer for John's salvation.

Isn't this cake just beautiful?! The golf cart is a toy and the stick is wood. The green and ducky are fondant. The name is cookies. The golf ball on the "O" is made of white candy coating. The tree is made from royal icing and the water is icing gel. The sand trap is brown sugar. How creative! A lady in town made it for us. I was really impressed.

She also made this box of golf club cookies. Cute, cute cute!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sharing a Late Valentine Blessing

A blessing from my first-born.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What a Sweet Man

Yesterday I was completely down-for-the-count with a nasty case of the stomach flu. (I had every single one of the symptoms listed on that link! Yuck!) I can usually handle typical stomach ailments, but the stomach cramps that came with this bug were debilitating. Now, that part doesn't really matter as much as this next part.

Fortunately, Monday is my husband's day off. He let me take the day off, being sick. I really didn't have much choice to be honest. I'm so grateful to have a husband who doesn't mind running the show for a while. He had all the children, fed them their lunch, supper, and snacks, took them to t-ball, gave them baths, put them to bed. He peeked his head in the bedroom from time to time to check on me, but I typically just like to be alone when I'm sick. What did I do? I slept nearly all day long. I am so thankful for a husband who can (and doesn't mind) stand in Mom's gap.

On a funny note...
I just can't help but share this. One of our teenage girls Sunday was reading aloud from her Bible during the lesson, when Jeremy had asked her to. A portion that she read was 1 Corinthians 15:53. You can imagine the eruption of laughter when, by slip of the tongue, she said, "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immorality." Oops...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Second Birthday, Lydia

Thursday, February 12, 2009

weather, church, and homeschool

I actually wrote this post yesterday, but didn't get around to posting it. Apologies to all. :)

I really have ten thousand things that I could blog about, but time will restrain me. :( Oh well.

I wish everyone could share this lovely day with us. It's 68 degrees outside with a forecast high of 71. There is a slightly cool breeze and just a few thin clouds above. It is completely lovely outside. The birds were even chirping in our backyard!

The children enjoying the spring-like weather on the backyard picnic table.

Our church had a Valentine banquet last night and it was really nice. Pastor preached a great valentine message. He also took time to recognize marriage. We were blessed to have 4 couples who have been married for 50 years or more. It was also a blessing to see so many of the teenagers pitching in with the clean-up efforts. ...which seemed to take forever by the way... Yes, I've slacked in my picture-taking lately so I don't have any photos to share. It was very much fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...but I was wiped out when I made it to bed at 11:30. Late nights are hard on pregnant people!

What else? Oh, yes. I am very VERY much looking forward to planting our spring garden. I'm not sure exactly what hubby plans on planting yet. We've talked about it some, but Jeremy usually maps out where he's planting everything on a piece of paper, and I haven't seen that yet.

The trees are starting to put on leaves! Spring will be here soon.

I got an email today from where they featured this article. I'm not much on reading this sort of thing usually, but the article today. Reading the article led me to watch the "interview" (I'm using quotes because it's more like an interrogation) on YouTube. It's very long: a little over 22 minutes among the three parts. It is down-right scary, I think.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Female Child

My only girl. Last night, Jeremy and Ethan went to buy supplies from Sam's Club. After I had cleaned the kitchen I took a while looking at fabric for Lydia and I Easter dresses. I kept hearing this clanking noise. She had been playing with a miniature Matchbox car, and it sounded like she was tapping it on the table or counter or something. I always keep a keen ear out when I'm on the computer. When the kids know your distracted, they will take advantage of the moment to explore mischief!

After the clanking noise continued on longer than I thought it would, I asked John (who was in the living room playing a racing game on the Wii) what Lydia was doing. Calm has could be, he replies "She has scissors."

Sure enough, she had cut a whole handful of her curly locks due north of her nose, from one side of her forehead to the other. It made a ball about the size of a tee-ball, loosely packed.

I know it will grow back, but it sure is hard to look at for now! I tried to take a photo of it, but you just really can't tell from the picture how bad it is.

It's just hair... Every little kid cuts their hair... And one of these years, I'll look back and laugh. Or at least that's what they tell me.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Weekly Menus

One of the absolute best decisions that I made in "upper level management" (by that, I mean managing our home :P ) was to start writing out my week's menu for every meal that we eat. When I learned about this, I was very skeptical. At first, I limited this only to supper. I was amazed at the time, money and energy I saved by planning out all three meals.

I designed a simple chart using OpenOffice (my choice for just about everything...great free software). When I first started, I printed a menu out every week, filled it by hand, and hung it on the refrigerator. Now I fill out the menus on the computer and save them every week. I found myself staring at the chart thinking, "what can we eat for supper on Friday?" or "didn't we just eat tacos 2 weeks ago?" Now those situations are remedied!

I also can't believe how much money I've been saving. When I'm planning meals for the week, I look at the pantry/freezer/fridge and see what we already have on hand. Using careful planning, I hope to spend only about $40-$50 to buy groceries this week. Before I used a menu I always spent over $100 a week for what we needed.

How about time saved? I don't know if anyone out there is like this, but before the switch to the menu I was making at least 3 trips to the grocery store a week. I just kept finding stuff that I needed to make a meal. You add up how much time it takes to get my small children ready to go out, getting out and into the store and back home. They are very well-behaved in the store, but face it, they're kids and they have short legs and lots of questions about everything! My time is precious and it's imperative to use it wisely.

Below is the simple chart that really made my life much easier! You'll notice that each meal is appropriately named to fit "Southern-speak."

edited to add:
I left the image a bit large just in case anyone would like to borrow mine. It would save time designing one. Just click the image, then right click and save to your PC!