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Friday, December 17, 2010

Learning About the Real St. Nick

A couple weeks I go I read a friend's blog about redeeming Santa Claus.  She talked about how we can't avoid Santa as our children get older, and it's better to prepare them for that than to have to explain later.  Now I know a lot of you love Santa and it brings back warm memories from your childhood, which is perfectly fine.  Britt and I both grew up in homes that didn't use Santa in our Christmas traditions.  So for us, we just don't do it.  I never felt like I missed out on anything.  Christmas still had joy and suspense and all the wonder I needed.

Ok - back to the present.  This year Charissa has been much more inquisitive about all the Santas she sees around town.  We got the book The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving last year and we just LOVE it!  It's such a wonderful way to teach the girls about who the real St. Nicholas was and how he really sought to honor God by giving to others.  (Also - if you're looking for wonderful books on Christmas trees and stockings I would recommend The Legend of the Christmas Tree and Legend of the Christmas Stocking.  They help teach about the origins of these traditions and how they point to Christ.)

This year we decided to go on a "St. Nicholas Run."  We knew of some people in need, bought them some things, and went out real early one morning to drop everything off.  As we drove out there we read the story of St. Nick and discussed why we should give to others in need.  And it was really fun to teach the girls about giving in a way where we don't get any of the credit.  That way the recipient can only thank God and not us.  (As it turns out, we were seen making our escape, but we really did try to go unnoticed.)

I hope this is going to be a new Christmas tradition for us.  While I don't really see anything wrong with celebrating Santa, if I can, I'd rather point my girls to Christ and show them how St. Nick's faith prompted him to give generously.  And as they get older, I'd prefer that they view Christmas as a time of giving to those in need rather than a time of receiving.

If You Joined Us for Dinner Last Night ...

   You might have heard Charissa asking for more "mani-potty."  :)

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A Future Career in the Making

When we got out our Christmas decorations over the weekend, Charissa grabbed a bag of the round ornaments and disappeared into her room.  She came out after awhile and declared that she was finished.  So off we go to her room and look how she decorated!



She had spread them out all over her room.  She had also grabbed an empty bowl and put a bunch of ornaments in them and put that on the kitchen table.  I'm telling you - she has an eye for decor.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Funny CJ

While doing school today:

(we're looking for words that start with "s")
Me: What's the next picture?
CJ: Ssss-ock!
Me: Does that start with a "s"?
CJ: No.  It's a yucky sock.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Messing Around with iPhoto


Doesn't it look like a painting?

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Young Picasso

Do you have one of those kids that loves to draw?  One who comes up with all sorts of pictures with elaborate concepts?  Well ... CJ isn't one of those kids.  She's never loved to draw.  And now that she's "older", she's become frustrated that her drawings don't "look right."  We've tried to do nothing but encourage her in her efforts, but she was still hesitant.  I recently picked up a book at The Homeschool Gathering Place called Draw Right Now.  It makes drawing so easy!  Step-by-step instructions where a complicated image is made up of a series of incredibly easy steps. It's awesome!  And this was Charissa's first attempt at a chicken:



Sure - you may not have known what it was if I hadn't told you, but considering that before this she was basically scribbling - I'm floored.  Later that day she even drew another chicken, and while it deviated heavily from the first, I could see that she was drawing it out step-by-step and was thinking through it.

Worth every penny to see Charissa happy and confident in her drawings.

Family Workouts

Recently we've been using the P90X DVDs to work out.  The girls woke up super early one day and caught me in the act, but ended up liking the videos.  They even got in on it too.  So now we sometimes watch them at night with the girls.


Do you think we should tell Tony Horton that he has a new demographic interested in his product?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quitter ...

The other day at lunch I went outside to turn the sprinkler on.  I was gone no more than 2 minutes, and when I returned I found this:




Completely passed out into her food.  After the initial panic to make sure she wasn't dead after choking on her pizza, I laughed and then decided I had to take a picture.  Not only because it's just so funny, but also because it's so Verity.  She runs, runs, runs, and then she stops.  Suddenly and with no warning ... and anywhere.

Love that girl.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Oh the Drama!!

Tonight we were talking at the dinner table when Britt and I started talking to Charissa about learning to read.  I got a new book today called Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, and I'm very excited to start going through it was Charissa.  No lie - she's ready for it.  And this is the conversation she and Britt had:


Britt:  Aren't you excited to learn to read? You'll be able to read your own books.  Doesn't that sound like fun?

*long dramatic pause, hangs her head*

Charissa:  Sounds like a lot of work.

We laughed so hard!  Oh the drama!  Charissa didn't exactly understand why it was funny, so she kept saying it with a different word at the end of the phrase.  So it became, "Sounds like a lot of dance!", "Sounds like a lot of food!", and on and on.

You never know with that one ...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The World Through Her Eyes

Today we were out running errands and as we were driving along Charissa was commenting on and questioning all that she saw (as usual).  We were at a light when we saw a small bulldozer/digger thing (we're girls - we don't know what they're called) making a hole in the ground.  This was our conversation:

CJ: What's that digger doing?
Me: I don't know.  Making a hole I guess.
CJ: Hmm ... I think he's building a home.  For a squirrel!
Me:  A home for a squirrel?
CJ:  Yah.  Isn't that so nice of them?  They are building a home for a squirrel.  Now the squirrel can be dry when it rains!

Oh that funny little girl.  I'd love to be able to see the world through her eyes.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Starting to Move On

When I was lesson planning for CJ's preschool, I decided that I wanted to start each day by going over the calendar.  She could learn the months, the days of the week, and by counting up to the day, it was good way to refresh numbers.  Plus we already had a calendar from the spring when we did some Montessori work.  The problem was that our calendar hadn't been touched in months.  Five, to be exact.  And, this is what it looks like:

This calendar can serve as a visual representation of my life for the past five months.  It's been stuck.  That was the week that we lost Lucas.  And my world has been on hold.  After the initial phase, I was getting out of bed, I was seeing people, I cleaned, I cooked, I played with the girls ... but I wasn't moving on.  I was living in the loss.  Sure, I could now think about Lucas without feeling like I was having a panic attack, but I wasn't myself.  

I feel like in the last few weeks I've been able to return.  And while I am still hurting, the pain is now a part of my life, and not my whole life.  I don't think I'll ever be free of it, but in some ways I don't ever want to.  The pain reminds me of how much I love my son.  How I would have done anything to save him, had it been in my power.  How I would have loved to see my girls getting excited about a little brother.  I would have been almost 35 weeks pregnant.  

The calendar now has the month of August on it.  They say life has a way of catching up on you, but I feel like I'm finally catching up on life.  

PS - I recently finished a quilt for Lucas.  If you want to see it you can go to my other blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Things I Love - The Pioneer Woman Cooks

I got this cookbook about 3 weeks ago and I LOVE it.  First of all, it's not just a cookbook.  It chronicles how Ree Drummond transitioned from city-girl to ranch-wife.  There are beautiful pictures of their farm and she talks about daily life on the a ranch.  So it's a really fun read.  And the recipes - A-MAZING!  So first of all, the ingredients are all simple things you've actually heard of.  You don't have to go to three different stores to find everything you need for one meal. Second, they are things MEN will eat.  And want to eat.  These aren't fancy salads and entrees, but meats and hearty sides.  My favorite so far - steak sandwiches.  I think I could eat this every week.  Ok - but let me tell you my third and biggest reason why I love this book - there are pictures for every step in each recipe.  That's right - no more wondering what your food should look like, no more wondering what the step really means - you can just see it.  It's marvelous.

What I Love About It:

  • Easy, delicious, family pleasing recipes
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures!!
  • There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.  
What I'm Not Crazy About:
  • Um .... I got nothing.
In Summation:  Go out and buy it.  Your family will thank you. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Preschool Has Started in Earnest!

My desk is surrounded by textbooks and flashcards and charts and workbooks!  And it's only preschool!  But we're doing this thing right.  This week we're just focusing on getting in the habit of school and going over 3 subjects: math, letters, and writing.  Next week we are going to start ALL subjects.  And what are we going to cover?  Math, letters, writing, social studies, geography, biology (with a focus on botany), coloring, fine motor skills, science, time concepts (months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, etc), money ... and on and on.  Well, not too much more.  I mean ... it's not like we're doing AP work here, but kids learn a lot in preschool.  Of course I don't know from personal experience since I skipped preschool, but from what I'm gathering, they do learn a lot.

So far I've enjoyed our first two days.  It gives me some good one-on-one time with CJ and she seems to really love it.  She asks for "school time" throughout the day and goes and looks through her books by herself.  I'm hoping that her love for learning increases throughout the year.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Silly Girls

Most mornings after breakfast I send the girls into their room to make their beds and change their clothes.  Of course, Verity isn't able to do either, but it gets her in the habit of seeing what needs to be done.  Well this morning I go into their room and discover that Verity has put on 4 pairs of undies over her pajamas.  Like so:
Well, truth be told, she had them in various levels around her legs.  She couldn't quite get them up.  When she saw me she made a great show of how proud she was of herself and then asked for help to finish the job.  

And today, the big sister joined in the fun.  She decided to dress in her fluffy skirt and a pink shirt - which is backwards.  
And how about how CJ looks taller than the couch?  I was on the floor when I took the picture and I must have angled it just right to make her look like a giant.  

Later in the morning CJ decided to measure Verity a la Mary Poppins.  Her reading was "A good little sis."

Love those girls!

Things I Love - Minky Retractable Clothes Line

This summer I taught sewing lessons to a couple teenage sisters that go to our church.  We had a blast sewing together and their enthusiasm to learn was so refreshing.  But while I was at their house, I found something else that I loved (besides their mother's banana bread) - a retractable clothes line!

I loved the idea of hanging my clothes up outside, but I couldn't get excited about a clothesline hanging up all the time.  I like things put away when I'm not using them, and having to keep a clothesline up would irritate me.  So you can imagine how super excited I was about finding the Minky Retractable Clothes Line.  It's so easy to install (at least it was for Britt), and the cord is an amazing 49 feet long!  You could hang A LOT of clothes on that.  I think we only have ours set up to extend 20 feet, but I'm not hanging up all our clothes.  Lowes carries it, but I'm not sure if they are going to consider it "seasonal" and they'll stop carrying it soon.  But it's in the section with ironing boards and closet shelving/organizers.

What I Love About It:

  • At $14 it's cheap!  And no additional hardware is needed.  
  • Small isn't really noticeable hanging up on our fence.  For those of you who live in neighborhoods where clotheslines are frowned upon, this does give you a good option that shouldn't annoy your neighbors.
  • L-O-N-G!!
  • Verity's diapers have never smelled so fresh! :)
What I'm Not Crazy About:
  • Since it is retractable, you have to twist the cord around a little part on the bottom to ensure that it doesn't keep expanding as you put clothes on it.  It took a time or two to get it right, but it's not a problem any more.  
In Summation:  Love it!  Those using cloth diapers really need to get one.  And so should the rest of you. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Very Special Day

Do you know who this baby is?  This is my NIECE!!!  That's right everyone - I am now an aunt!  Which I've only been waiting on for like 6 years.  My sister-in-law only labored for 8 hours, and had NO drugs.  Nothing. At. All.  She's my new hero.  And look at that sweet face!
I didn't know how I was going to feel holding this new little one.  So many of my dear friends have had babies and I wondered if it would be the same as that.  But this was so different.  When I held her I almost wanted to cry.  That was MY niece.  She is always going to be in my life.  She's family.  I get the privilege of watching her hopefully grow into a Godly woman.  Such an occasion should not be taken lightly.  Which is why I made these:

The girls definitely needed to be showing their support of little Gillian.  And they were both so excited.  Charissa was hopping down the hall and couldn't wait to finally meet her cousin.  Verity kept wanting to stroke her head and would say, "Bay-bee".  So sweet!

And do you know what else is sweet?  How close sisters can be.  Like so:

I'd like to imagine CJ is saying, "Now tell me the truth, Verity.  Does my armpit stink?"

So glad to have another little girl in the family!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Faces to Love



Sometimes, it's best to not worry about the mess. Not worry if they get their Sunday dress dirty. But just relish the time when they are small and I can make them delightfully happy by sharing the batter bowl with them.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Things I Love - Aladdin Recycled & Recyclable Snack Container

I was at Target two weeks ago with Charissa and we decided to look through the back-to-school section, more for nostalgic reasons than looking for anything particular.  But we stumbled across Aladdin Recycled & Recyclable Snack Container.  We love it!  I quickly snatched up one for each girl.  Imagine - no more crushed goldfish/cheerios/crackers in baggies at the bottom of your purse or diaper bag!

Things I Love About It:

  • The container is slim and fits easily in my purse
  • The lid lifts and folds to flat against the body so it's not always in the way
  • It's the right size for a single-serving snack for toddlers/preschoolers
  • At $6.99 it's not unreasonably priced.  It's about the price of two boxes of ziploc bags, so it'll pay for itself quickly.  
  • No more bags!!  Not only is that better for the crumbs in my purse, but it's a more eco-friendly. 
What I'm Not Crazy About:
  • The whole in the top where the snack comes out is just big enough for Verity to put her hand in, but when she has the food in her hand she can't get it back out.  It's like one of those monkey traps ... except Verity is not of "low intelligence."  So each time we get it out we have to have a relearning session where we show her how to pour the food into her hand.
In summation: I like it, my girls like it, and my purse is cleaner because of it. It's a win, win, win!

Also, while we were there we got  "lunch purses."  Charissa got a ladybug, and Verity got a lady-frog (she has long eyelashes).  One of my favorite things about them is that they come with matching icepacks.  A-dorable.  And before you become worried about how much I spent on them, at Target the lunch bags were only $8 - not $40 like on Amazon. 

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Book Review - Private by James Patterson

I read the book Private by James Patterson last week.  I'm a huge fan of the mystery genre, so it's kind of surprising that I haven't read a book by James Patterson yet, but this was my first one.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I read the whole 400-page book in less than 24 hours (which is fast even for me).

Here's the summary from Amazon:

The police can't help you
Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily--and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
The press will destroy you
Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.
Only one place to turn: Private 
But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.





My Review:
I don't think it took but one paragraph to be sucked into this book.  It was a smooth read that just flowed from page to page - which is part of the reason that it was so hard to put it down.  I really liked how there were three separate cases that they were working on because it kept the action moving at all times.  But not only were the cases interesting, but the characters had good depth and you began to care about them.  The story wasn't all about the crimes, but also about the characters.  Lastly - there wasn't a lot of sex or language.  Always a bonus.  


If you have the time, I would definitely recommend this book.  

Friday, July 23, 2010

Vote for our Girls!

WOW!! It's been about 24 hours since I posted the picture of the girls on the Chick-fil-A contest website, and we've already received 116 votes!!  Thanks to everyone who has voted for us!  


If you still want/need to vote, you just go here.  You have to enter your email address, and it's one vote per email address (so if you have multiples, you can vote a few times!).  If you go to the showusthecow.com website you can search for it under the title "Bovine Beauties".  To warn you, it's under "Elizabeth" as the parent's name, and the city is Cary (not Raleigh), because the CFA we go to is in Cary.  But it's us.  


Thanks so much everyone!  



Saturday, July 17, 2010

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

I just read about the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation on Molly Piper's blog, and I knew that I needed to share it with you. Their mission statement: "To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honoring their child's legacy." I could not support this more. I have two pictures of my son and I would not give them up for anything. They are proof that he was here. Evidence that I had a third child. I am so thankful that I was able to get these pictures.

The Today Show did a piece on them, a few years back. I was crying within the first 45 seconds, but I feel it is worth watching.


I love these photographers are helping families hold on to the memories of their children. You lose a child and that stays with you forever. We don't need to put it on a back shelf and pretend it didn't happen. Having a picture that you can look at and remember all the little details in the days, months and years to come is such a blessing. If I were a better photographer I would definitely join this group.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Monday, June 07, 2010

Seriously?

Did you know that Rachael Ray makes dog food?  It's called "Nutrish."




































I told Britt about it and he said, "Ohh ... that's gross."  To which I retorted, "Are you kidding me?  I bet it's better than the food we eat!"

KIDDING!  But seriously ... it's got to be a pretty good dog food.  And I bet she sautes it with a little EVOO ...

All kidding aside, I read that she donates a generous portion of the profits from Nutrish to animal shelters and associations.  And I can appreciate how she's taken her passion for cooking and food and tried something new.  But don't be looking for me to start producing little doggy outfits!  I'm sticking to people!

Monday, May 17, 2010

When You Send a Man Shopping ...

One of Britt's closest friends is getting married in July and we are absolutely thrilled.  For years we have been praying for just the right woman, and we're so excited that Stephen found Sarah.  Because of how much we love them, and how much we love to throw parties, we're hosting a shower for them in a few weeks.  I got the invitations made with matching inserts and envelopes and they were beautiful  One of my favorite invitations I've used.  I had them all addressed but didn't have stamps so I asked Britt to pick some up on his way home.  And this is what he brought me ...

That's right .... the Simpsons.  Don't they just scream "Wonderful Shower" and "Marital Bliss".

Oh well ... at least he remembered to get them for me. :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mourning on Mother's Day

For the first time in my life, I was sad on Mother's Day.  No, "sad" isn't the right word.  I was grieved.  The night before as I was washing dishes I began to dread it.  I began to wonder how I was going to feel when I walked into church with all the flowers and smiles and babies.  It was also a baby dedication Sunday so we had 12 little ones dressed in their finest being dedicated to the Lord with their smiling families all around.  Not that I begrudge them a bit.  But as I stood there during the worship time and and watched the infants being lovely cradled by their mothers, my heart broke.

I am the mother of a lost child.  On March 10th I went in for my 9 week OB appointment and discovered that I had a miscarriage.  I hate that word.  I hear it and think "missed" and "carry" as if I failed to carry my baby properly.  I knew going in to the appointment that there was a likelihood of this, but when the doctor really took his time with the sonogram and then said "hmm..." I knew.  And knowing was worse than fearing.  Far worse.  I thought I would have some relief in knowing, but knowledge extinguished all hope.  I knew this pregnancy was different than my others, but I assumed/hoped that it meant we were expecting a boy.

A boy.  A son.  My son.  My son whom I will never get to hold.  I will never rock him to sleep.  Never kiss his head.  Never tickle or wash or play games with.  But my son has seen Jesus.  He is safe.  He is well.  He is immensely happy.  He has gazed upon the glory of God.  And yet I still want him back.

There are emotions that I cannot explain.  Sadness that overwhelms me on days that should seemingly be filled with joy.  I have often thought of this quote:


How do you pick up the threads of an old life?
How do you go on?
In your heart you begin to understand –
There is no going back
There are some things that time cannot heal
Some hurts that go too deep
That have taken hold


Understand that I do know and believe that God can heal all wounds, I understand this.  I feel this some days.

I have found great comfort in the song Restless Are the Waters by Altar White, a band our friend MJ was a part of in college.


Blessed is the one who calms the sea
Restless are the waters within me
Come, He will silence them in time
Still the crashing echos in my mind

Holy is the One who brings His peace
Restless is my heart on days like these
Saying He will call it His alone
In it He will make His glory known

And I know that You have counted every hair on my head
Healed the living and raised the dead
You know just where I am
Cause I know that You are counting every raindrop falling to the ground
You know my thoughts better than I know them myself

So I will wait on the Lord
Whose timing is His own
Whose timing is His own
And I will wait in His hands
Knowing this is not the end 
No, this is not the end



I am clinging to that hope.




Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Looking for a SWAT Team - Mommy Edition

For the most part, by God's grace, I feel like I can deal with a lot of what the girls throw at me.  There haven't been too many times when I've just stood there and wondered how in the world I was going to proceed.  Well ... this morning I had one of those moments.


We were out running two quick errands: first to CVS because Southern Savers has convinced me that I need to be "CVS-ing," and then we were going to go to Joann's to pick up 1 pattern (in and out only getting 1 pattern?  A SWAT team would have been needed just for that).  So we're about 2 minutes away from pulling into the CVS parking lot, when I hear Verity start kind of coughing and struggling.  I glance to the back and see that she's throwing up ... a lot.  And then Charissa starts squealing and crying because she doesn't know what's wrong with Verity but she knows enough to be disgusted by it.  


We pull into the parking lot and I go open Verity's door and just look at her.  She was so pitiful! I stood there wondering how in the world I was going to get her cleaned up (without getting sick myself).  I was really wishing that someone would come along and rescue me from this task, but no such luck.  Thankfully, I had enough supplies in my emergency bag to get her cleaned up and some new clothes put on.  


And since I'm one of those crazy people that hates to get so close to my task and not accomplish it, we still went to CVS.  It went really well, except Charissa kept telling everyone that Verity threw up "all over herself and it was yucky!"  And then on the way home we had the windows down to avoid the smell, but Charissa told me "the wind was messing up her hair."  Three years old and already concerned about her hair.  


What a morning!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Coffee Filters Aren't Just For Coffee Anymore

So my mom sent me this email with all these ways you can use {clean} coffee filters.  And just because I love all 3 of my readers, I am sharing this list with you.  :)


1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.  

2. 
Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome...  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3.  Protect China by separating your good dishes with a 
coffee filter between each dish.

4.  Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine  bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
 

5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the  skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
 

6.  Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 
 

7.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve  lined with a coffee filter.
 

8.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.
 

9.  Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
 

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant  pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through  the drainage holes.
 

11.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as  needed in a coffee filter....
 

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use  strips of coffee filters..
 

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, 
French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  It soaks out all the grease.  

14.  Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick  fixers."
 

15.   As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.
 

16.  Put 
baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors. 

17.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in 
soups and stews. 

18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
 

19.  Use them as a 
spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills. 

20.  Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies..  Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
 

21.  Use them to wrap 
Christmas ornamentsfor storage. 

22.  Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
 

23.  Use them to sprout seeds..  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a 
plastic baggie until they sprout. 

24. Use coffee filters as 
blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in  phone book.. 

25.  Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.
 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Alphabet Cards are a Bit Subjective

This week we started doing some preschool activities in the morning.  We have a set of alphabet cards that has the letter and then a picture with something that starts with that letter.  This concept has been around forever I'm sure, and I guess companies try to switch up the objects so that they have something different - but it's posed a bit of a problem for us.  Here are the ones that Charissa got wrong:

"H, h, h is for Chicken!" {picture of a hen}
"L, l, l is for salad!" {picture of a leaf}
"P, p, p is for bucket!" {picture of a pail}
"Q, q, q is for blanket!" {picture of a quilt}
"R, r, r is for broom!" {picture of a rake}
"Cross is for train!" {letter "t"}
"Y, y, y is for ball!" {ball of yarn}

It's tough being in preschool. :)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Causing a Ruckus

I was working in the study during the girls nap time when I heard a lot of noise coming from their room. When I walked in their room, this is what I saw:




Yup, CJ has now found a way to get in the crib. Those two just can't get enough of each other. :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

.:smiles all around:.

I love this picture. I don't know exactly why, but I do. Probably because I love that baby.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

First Ponytail!

Verity has enough hair to pull up into a ponytail and I just love it! It makes her look so much more like a big girl. And in the last 2 weeks she's started walking as her primary mode of transportation. She still isn't saying anything, but she does shake her head "no" and she clearly communicates through waves, grunts and squeals.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

She's Just Like Her Daddy

Tonight when we were heading home after community group Charissa was sitting in the backseat singing and talking to Verity when she said, "I think we need to pick a place to eat. We need to go to Bo-jangles!" Could she be any more like her Daddy?

She's such a funny little kid.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Still Working on that Definition

This is a conversation that I had with CJ today while I was getting her ready for naptime:

CJ: That's terrify. Mama, can you say "terrify." (and she says it in that tone that all adults use when trying to get children to say a new word)
Me: Terrify.
CJ: Terrify. That means that you bring Goliath lunch. David has to bring him lunch.


Clearly, she's missing some details. But she has connected that David was bringing lunch to the battlefield and that something there was terrifying.