Tuesday, January 29, 2008
his best friend
Somehow, and I know I dwell on this all too much, but somehow I thought my children would remain babies forever!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I leave for work at 12:30 or 12:45.
I've begun to put dinner/lunch in the oven around that time.
Then my boys #1. don't have to cook and #2. they can enjoy a delicious home cooked, or the like, meal before heading out to all their activities, which by-the-way all happen around the dinner time hours, 5-7 or 8pm.
Yet another reason why I love homeschooling. This crazy schedule of ours works for our lives. Another reason why I am sad thinking of Vaughan going to public high school next year; I'll miss having him around. :-(
Oh, well life goes on around me, I might as well enjoy it!
So I'll be running, I've got rice on the stove!
Monday, January 21, 2008
I'm often taken back to high school days when I get the boys (all 3 of them) out into crowded areas. The names have changed, and those of you who were around then know who you are, but the actions haven't. Little did I know God was preparing me for life with boys for many, many years.
Here's the evening in photos...
OK, so maybe the big mouth comes from mom???
Who would have know this simple hat Steve found on the Star Tours ride, would provide so much entertainment. Simple things for simple people.
What up G?
Why therapy is needed for this man. Poor horse.
My little rocker found this Disney version of a Slash hat.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
For my own Treehouse Schoolhouse link: A Wrinkle in Time study guide to check out, here.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
My 2-year old nephew loves to follow Steve around everywhere. Here they are hauling in firewood from the backyard for our campfire.
And here's Olive the other reindeer, better known as Fluff.
Headed to Yiayia and Papous for Christmas Eve dinner
still driving there...
This year we made spanakopita for everyone! I even taught Steve to make his Yiayia's recipe, we made 3 batches!
This year I discovered I like egg nog, a lot, especially with some good Caribbean Rum, oh and the baklava rolls in the foreground were to die for, or at to rot all our teeth out with.
Everyone needs an uncle like him...
The tree at our house.
It was truly a merry time at our house once again.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I do like to bake which is what promted this post.
Barb introduced me to this fake it, don't make it recipe site on PureSimple.com
Here's what I made today:
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
And I haven't even posted any pictures from our Christmas break, and a nice break it was. I had my first week off since I started work 6 months ago!
We found new hiking, and yes I mean hiking, trails and took advantage of them! I think Steve and I went 5 times in that week!
Day one was with the whole clan. Fluff immediately found this black snake and made one trek off the trail chasing something. He loved it! Freedom!
I wish I had pictures from the 2.5 miles hike to the overlook, there were hills and roots sticking out. If you're not familiar with Florida woods these two things are very, very rare! Along with rocks, but that's another post.
Here we all are at the overlook, one of 3 overlooks in the preserve.
The 1.35 miles back was pretty wide and straight, more typical of Florida woods.
The vegetation in this state never ceases to amaze me. I couldn't resist this photo. Some sort of palm I think.
Uncle Justin- do not read the following.
Yes, horse country, another little known fact about the Sunshine State
I have a bunch of photos still to post form Christmas, stay tuned.
It's and Etiquette Evening for our middle school girls and their moms. We're still in the planning stage, and if anyone read this blog I'd ask for ideas, books and tips.
I'm not sure if it's our area or if the issues we're dealing with are sweeping the nation, but middle schoolers have very little manners. My guess if they've just never been taught. Here's the scene last night in my 30 minutes of small group time with 9 6th graders. We're about 15 minutes through our discussion when one girl gets ups and begins to dance in the open area next to our table and then asks, "Want to see my backhandspring?" Another gets up to go to the bathroom and a third to use the lock on the outside of the bathroom door to lock the girl in. I ask them to sit down, they do, only to have another get up and do the same thing.
Earlier in the night, while our youth pastor was teaching, one of my girls is texting a friend and still another, from another grade level, is sitting talking with her back to the pastor.
Disrespect. Oh it drives us nuts.
The I remember where most of our kids are coming from. Homes where their parents leave for the weekend to be with boyfriends, homes where fighting and yelling and drug-addiction run rampid. Homes where Jesus has never been welcomed, except in many cases by these precious young middle schoolers.
They at the age of 12, 13, and 14 are the spiritual leaders of their home.
God brings them each week, cell phones, backhandsprings and all. He brings them and they ask questions, they begin to make changes in their music, in their dress, in their lifestyles. He brings them and they respond- and who am I to get frustrated and want to walk on when they act like, well middle schoolers?
So back to our Etiquette Evening. I'm so excited!! A group of us will meet at the end of this month to discuss the details and I can't wait! Knowledge is power and these girls need to be educated!
PS one of my girls who came as a 6th grader is not in the 8th grade. She's a short shorts wearer, a low cut you know what hanging out dresser. Last year when I touched on modesty most of the girls asked "what's modesty?" I explained and then began to call them out when they weren't modest. Anyway, last night at youth she wore an undershirt under a low cut shirt and informed me she doesn't wear her shorts anymore because they are too short! I had also been informed by a 3rd party that she was sitting with a group of Christians at lunch!! Oh thank You Jesus! She's hearing your voice. Continue to speak truth into her life and give her the strength to make decisions that line up with Your Word.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008