Monday, November 27, 2006

Here is my latest basket

And here is some of our Christmas pics.

Picture updates! Here is Jason and Toby when I cut their hair the other day. Too funny

Sunday, November 26, 2006

We had a good day yesterday. We went to the bookstore, Target, and Joanne's. I got some more fabric-Yeah!! We decided that we will go to the Mil's for Christmas but we are going to celebrate ours here before we leave. That way, we can still make it special. I wish we were closer so that we wouldn't be put in these situations. Everyone gets their feelings hurt no matter what decision we make. I don't understand why they just can't make their own decisions and THEN if someone wants to be including, great. Why does their christmas have to revolve around everyone else. I get that its family time but when you have a large extended family, people have to take that into consideration. Today I will likely finish another basket, wrap presents, and clean. We also need to cook for the week. So, today will be filled with necessary duties. Hopefully we will still have a good time though!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

I haven't been posting as uch because I have been trying to go to bed later and wake up later. Jason is usually on the computer at night so I haven't had a chance. Well, Thanksgiving went fine. We stayed home because Toby came down with a cold. Unfortunately, this will effect our plans for tomorrow. We won't be able to have church. It's so frustrating but I guess 'tis the season, huh. The vacation time that Jason has taken off has been nice. We were able to talk about a lot of things. Today we will probably go to the new bookstore. I will also work on my baskets. I have another project I want to start after this that I am excited about. A friend of mine showed me how to let Kaitlyn begin her own quilt so I am letting her do that and she uses the scrap material from my baskets. It works really well! Gotta go, hopefully today will be fun and relaxing!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Here's Alex this morning.
This weekend was great! We had a blast Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we went to the bookstore, fabric store, and out to eat. Sunday we had church here and then went to hang out at the farmers market and walmart. We had such a good church service here. It's so nice to be able to talk about what you read instead of listening and believing everything you here from one person! Oh, I also finished my sewing project. It didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked so I will be making some changes next time. Here is a pic.

This was right after breakfast and I didn't wipe the table down so excuse the crumbs :) Here are a few pics of summer saying cheese.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Yesterday was not a great day but I did get a couple of things done. I experimented with the soap, turned out smelling and looking ok but now I need molds for it. I was thinking of making the molds out of polymer clay. It may be too time consuming though. I also started sewing my basket that I would love to turn into a christmas gift. Unfortunately I have some learning curves to overcome so it isn't going as fast as I would like. What is a row in terms of quilting?? I have no clue so I am headed to the internet to find out today. Oh, as for the biscottis, I made them but they turned out more like a cookie so I am going to try a different recipe next time. On Tuesday we had a family come over during the day and we had a great time. I really enjoyed talking to this Mom. She believes in many of the things I do so it was nice. We were supposed to sew but I kind of messed things up by not having everything together so we decided to just chat. Today we are going to park day with some other homeschoolers. We always enjoy ourselves there. I am so glad it's Friday(how many times have I said that!). I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week! Before you know it I am going to be 27, and have a 7 and 6 year old!! Birthdays are coming quickly...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Here are some cute recent pics.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sunday was great. We went to the bookstore early(9:30) and stayed until almost lunchtime! I can't wait till the new Booksamillion opens up down the road, then it won't be such a drive. We went to Michaels as well. I bought some stuff to make soap with(yes the easy way!. I really want to make it from scratch but I am starting simple. I just bought the base, coloring, and scent. You basically heat the base in the microwave and then add everything you want to it and pour it in the mold. If this works out I might try to make some all natural things and then give some as christmas presents. I am also planning on making biscottis for everyone. I am going to start today. I am thinking about taking pictures along the way(just for you Susan!) Jason is off work today so I don't know what the "schedule" will look like. I am still doing school with the kids though. I want the time off for the holidays! I have been thinking about changing some things with the curriculum. I feel like they would read more if they were able to pick from a group of books. So, I am still going to do the core Sonlight curriculum but I am going to let them choose what LA(language arts) books they would like. We will likely do one week, they choose, the next week, I choose from the leftover sonlight la books. I was going to upload some pictures but my camera is out of batteries so I will have to wait till they charge up!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I had so much fun yesterday at the garage sale with my friend! Her husband was so kind and he took some of the kids so that we could go and look around. The kids got to play with her kids and they really enjoyed themselves. Later we went to a park. We had such a good time hat I wished we had brought our dinner as well! I have some pictures that I will upload later. Today we were going to have church with another family but one of the boys came down with something. We were dissapointed because we were really looking forward to it but as we know all too well, you never know whats going to happen from week to week!! We will probably still have a service with the kids though. Tomorrow Jason is supposed to have the day off so I am looking forward to that! I don't know what we are going to do but I am sure it will be fun!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Well, Wednesday didn't go as well as the rest of the days this week but I can surely say that overall, this week was great. Today is park day and I am looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be great and hopefully the company will be too! I am in the process of making bread right now to take with us for a snack. I just can't bring myself to give the kids junk. That would set the weekend up to be a nightmare. On a positive note, we are studying Ephesians for church. It was really nice to talk to Jason this morning about it. We don't usually talk that much about history in the Bible. Usually it is about our beliefs and what backs up those beliefs. He is so smart. I honestly don't know how he remembers everything he reads. At times, I think he has a photographic memory but I know he doesn't. :) I am so blessed to have a husband that seeks after God. I can't tell you how excited I am about studying with him. We haven't done this since we dated!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I had a really good time last night at mothers night out. My only regret is that I wish I could stay later. It's always nice to come home too though. I got in the bed late last night despite my efforts to leave MNO to get to bed. I had drank some Earl Grey tea at MNO and that kept me up. I didn't even think about it at the time. So today I am suffering from it. The kids are tired today as well. I think I am going to make everyone go down for a nap. I don't know why I can't bring myself to nap. I feel like I am going to miss something if I go to sleep.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

What a great week. I think the difference is our attitudes. I am trying to CHOOSE to be positive for Jason and in the process, I am actually FEELING positive. Initially I was trying to be a better wife. When he calls home for lunch sometimes, maybe more than sometimes, I act/feel tired or stressed. In fact, looking back, I acted more stressed out than I think I was. Wierd huh. At any rate, I decided to be more positive on the phone and when he is home. It has really made a huge difference. Last weekend I really tried hard especially. Sunday he said, you know, for the first time in a long time, I feel rejuvenated and ready for the week. Things are finally starting to get better. The funny thing is, is that nothing really changed. We are still where we were a week ago. The only difference was our attitudes. Amazing. I really encourage everyone to give it a try, even for a couple of days. I desire to be a Proverbs 31 woman and I think having a positive attitude and being a supportive wife are characteristics of that woman. There was one other thing that we did Sunday that may have helped rejuvenate us. We had church at home with another family. We really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to next Sunday!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Toby's B-day Pics

Yesterday was a blast. We didn't do much but it was very relaxing and rejuvenating. Mom, Grandma and JD came over and we had a good time. I made pizza and pockets for everyone and they turned out to be a hit so I was happy. Last night I put together some tuna salad and I am going to put that in Azumaya wraps for today. I think I might make some with cheese and ham. Yesterday I learned somehting quite funny. My Grandma and Great Grandma used to have chickens and when they wanted to kill them they would pick them up by the neck and "ring" it. It would break the chickens neck. I guess that's where we get the pharase "I'm going to ring your neck!" I do remember seeing them cut the chickens heads off and hang them on the clothesline. All the kids would just dance around them like no big deal. My Papa used to raise chickens just for pets! My Mom had a rooster for a pet too. How wierd is that. Maybe that's why I have such a strong desire to have a small farm. It must be in my blood! I do remember that Papa and Aunt Peggy both had gardens. I used to want to help but they wouldn't let the kids mess around with it. Well, I need to get off of here so that I can get ready.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Well, everyone is back together, thank heavens! I really do so much better with all my kiddos with me! Yesterday was a great day, despite being at home all day. I might take Jason to work so that he can pick up the other van and we can have a car. We left the van at his work when we picked up the kids. If that's the case, we will probably hang out until lunch. We will see. We did not do halloween this year. We weren't back in time from picking up the kids to go. I must say however, that this will be the last year we even think about doing halloween. I think I want to start celebrating Reformation day instead. What a WONDERFUL day! It is the same day as halloween for those of you that don't know. Check out the history of it and ponder it's importance!