Monday, September 29, 2008
Jacob's search for reading material for the new club he started with
Baruch. Up to the attic the boys cantered. They descended carrying
the first in the Box Car Children series. The Four Hungry Children
hooked Baruch in in no time. Soon Abi wandered by. The story sucked
her in too. When Jacob laid the book down Abi picked it up. She
read ALL day long. She barely laid the book down to eat, even
ingesting it while she cleared the table, during our evening walk and
in her bed before lights out! Hooray for Abigail.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
and it looks very compaticular" When I asked what compaticular means she said solemn which means it looks nice and ugly at the same time. Creative? Yes! :-)
Sunday, September 21, 2008
2)cutters and dough
3)items for them to match
I was really motivated when I got home and set up a table in the kitchen for Baruch and Abram and told them it is their school table. I found these sites on line that have more great ideas for keeping toddlers constructively busy.
Keeping Toddlers Occupied
Saturday, September 20, 2008
thought we could get away from the street lights by going to a field
near here but alas they were pretty bright even there. To make
matters worse it was a bit cloudy. So we enjoyed gazing up at God's
vast creation BUT couldn't be sure of any constellations. We weren't
even positive which was the North star. When we talked about the sky
Christopher Columbus gazed at we realized he would have had zero
"other light" interference. All in all it went well. We praised God
and enjoyed each other - what else is important?
Friday, September 19, 2008
Several people over the years have recommended pilates to me. I got
a cheap DVD from Walmart (Pilates 10 minute Solutions) and have been
fitting it into my busy day. I usually work out during naps/quiet
time. Many days I only get the 10 minute stretching portion in. My
goal is to do the 10 minute total body blast, a 10 minute focus of
either arms, waist or buns/thighs, and the 10 minute stretch.
Here are some of the ways doing pilates has benefited me.
1) Decreased desire for Sweet Foods!
2) Increased Attentiveness! (is it just me or has it really helped me
to stay focused on things?)
3) Ecstatic Feelings! (when I hear Drew praise of how I look)
4) Increased Energy!
5) Weight Loss!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The time flew by with good fellowship. Their children have grown so
much and were so polite at the table. They not only blessed by
feeding us lunch but sent us home with enough garden goods for this
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Birthday month. Here is a picture of Matt with his boys and Mark at
the helm. This is one of the boats Mark built. Wish we could have been there to help you celebrate!
Kari's. Aunt Kari served tacos and made Abigail a delicious
chocolate cake from scratch with yummy chocolate frosting. Abigail
opened her gifts shortly after we arrived. She was excited about all
of her gifts. Jacob got her a remote control Hummer, a chocolate bar
and a pack of gum. He is so generous and a thoughtful gift giver.
It was a special treat for me to see Andria who has recently moved
out on her own and talk a bit more with Luke's wife Anna. Here are a
few of the Birthday Celebration Pictures. . .
Friday, September 12, 2008
Where has the time gone? We won't mention Mom's age only that she
was 37 when I was born and I am 38 :). I remember the night before
Abi was born when the twin towers fell. We were planting daffodils
on the front hill. I was very thankful to go into labor on Mom's
birthday. Abigail waited for this special day! I thank the Lord for
seven wonderful years with Abigail and a lifetime with the worlds
best Mom. Thanks for everything Mama and Happy Birthday.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Drew hogged them:-) They went to his office for some financial
planning. While they were gone we had naps and quiet time and I got
organized a bit more for our first day of school which was Monday.
More on that soon. We have really been enjoying the books Grandma brought. She was cleaning hers out and we were the benefactors. Well Chloe is back to sleeping in short bits and nursing a lot at night SO I better catch some zzzzzzzz's while I can.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
we would have to learn in school."
Jacob knitting "You stab the needle in, grab the yarn and dump the
loop." Stab, Grab, Dump. . . just cracked me up.
Baruch " I'm so strong I could lift this house!"
Abram is just such a little character. When one of the kids start to
talk he starts in about two words behind repeating what they say and
adding a twist here and there.
nesting barrels as we need to start keeping the chickens in their pen
again. They have been wondering out of the yard a bit too much
lately. He is also planning to finish painting the front porch and
upstairs porch floors. Mary and Cob learned to knit this morning.
Aunt Jo inspired them. I (with some help from www.knitty.com)
instructed them. They are both knitting fantastically even stitches
without using their fingers. This challenged me to try knitting
without using my fingers! Baruch is working on putting a basket on a
bicycle and Abram is generally messing.
Friday, September 05, 2008
sitting on my lap right now. She is so smiley! What a blessing, not
tired, but smiley. I was hugely encouraged by today's visit. We
visited, played games, had sword fights, danced, ate. The girls
crocheted, giggled. . . Anna had told Aunt Kari she wanted to do
three things while at our house. Spend time with Mary, go to the
attic, and hold Chloe. I know she got to do all three. My hope was
that we could stir Christ up in each other and I know He was stirred
up in me. Below is a picture of Anna holding her little cousin Chloe.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Chloe. I really used the pregnancy as a license to eat whenever and
whatever I wanted. Toward the middle of my pregnancy I started
working out but never cut back on the treats. It is no wonder that
on July 1st I weighed 200 pounds! I called out to the Lord, confessed
my lack of self control and asked for grace to lose some weight. I
logged in to www.sparkpeople.com and started journalling every bite I
ate. I also started working out 10-20 minutes 3-6 days a week, increased my
water intake to 10-14 cups a day (nursing moms need lots of water)
and looked forward to honoring the Lord in my food choices. I go to
Emmaus once a week to weigh in as having a scale in the house could
be detrimental. At my weigh in last Aug. 29th I was 177! Here I am
in the outfit I purchased to celebrate. I desire to shed a few more
pounds and will give glory to God when I do!