Thursday, November 27, 2008

This pilgrim is thankful...




Your Pilgrim Name Is...



Esther Warren



I feel so truly blessed and am thankful to God for all that he has given to me. My friends, family and environment contribute to that in so many ways. I can see all that I have to be thankful for. It makes me sad that we don't focus on our blessings throughout the year as much as we should. I am going to add this to my "to do" list in my attempt to become a better wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. I need to focus on finding joy, appreciating the blessings in my life instead of focusing on the negative, or letting the negative things bring me down. I'm challenging myself in "public" on this blog, will you be my accountability partner?

I am thankful for the blessings in my life, especially my loving and faithful husband, my beautiful children, and my family who loves me unconditionally.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Apples and Bananas

The Banana Laptop v1.0

My kids love to make computers out of paper. We do this often at our house, and almost always they have a hand-drawn apple logo on them. Today Thing2 (age 4) made a computer, complete with a mouse. But her computer did not have the apple logo...instead it was a banana. And she told me she works for a company called Bananas. I wonder what her grandma, a long-time and dedicated Apple employee, will think of this!!??!! hehe

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm the mashed tators!




I Am Mashed Potatoes



Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable

You're the glue that holds everyone together.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Invasion!!!! Foreign animals seeking asylum!

Yesterday I was in the girls' room reading with them. I looked over and saw a HUGE mountain of dirty clothes. I swear, dirties multiply in the hamper! Knowing that both girls would be gone to school today, I put off the laundry for a little while longer.

This morning, after downing a cup of coffee to prepare me, I bravely sorted the mountain of laundry into 3 huge piles...while standing in the girls' room listening to something rustle around. I think its a squirrel running around on the roof. DH thinks its a raccoon living in our attic. He investigated: arming himself with a flashlight he climbed thru the attic access in our hallway. Much to my dismay. We have another access in the garage, which made much more sense to me. I mean, what if the critter ran down the attic steps and INTO my HOUSE?????? EEEEEEEEEEK! His response, "Then catch it!" I tightly closed the bedroom door until he was done with the critter search. (I resisted the temptation to pull the dressers in front of the door. I felt confident that the critter would be deterred by the doorknob concept.)

There was no evidence of invasion in the attic, so I stand behind my theory. The squirrels climb up the crepe myrtle in front of the girls' bedroom window and use the roof as their playground/obstacle course. I've seen them do it from the outside, but never thought it would be this noisy on the inside! I'm still praying that I'm right...I don't want to think about what critters could be living in my attic. :::SHUDDER:::

Sunday, November 09, 2008

On your mark....

How is it that we can clean the house, and within 15 minutes of releasing the things to playtime, its a mess again? Seriously? Do they not get it? Make a little mess, clean it up, and then make another little mess. Do you see my key word? Too bad I can't speak in italics, right?

Yesterday I "grounded" the girls until they're "wing" of the house was clean. That includes a bedroom, playroom and bathroom. I didn't necessarily want them to sanitize the bathroom (though it would have been nice), but they're capable (at 8 & almost 5) of wiping off the counter, emptying trash, and making sure things are put away. Oh, and replacing an empty roll of T.P. every now and then would be fantastic! Surprisingly, they cleaned their designated areas and we went on with our weekend.

This afternoon I asked them to "race" me in tidying up the house before DH landed back in the metroplex. They were to tidy the playroom while I cleaned the kitchen. And I thought this was reasonable, considering they've only had a few hours to "wreck" it again. And I was cleaning...dishes, wiping down counters/table/cabinet doors, sweeping and mopping...my task was a little more daunting (so it would seem) than theirs. We frequently race in an effort to get Thing2 to help us. She isn't a cleaner-upper...ever...even when she promises. <>

Wouldn't you know, I finished the kitchen and crept down the hall to find out what they were up to. They were *almost* done with the playroom, and the bedroom wasn't too bad (dirty jammies on the floor and bed making were the only real tasks in there). To encourage a little, I promised them a candy from their t-or-t buckets...and that was all it took! Within minutes they were done and chowing down on their sweet reward...

...and that made me think: have I changed my stance on bribing since becoming a parent? Yep! Most of the time a sweet treat is all the reward I need, too!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The inside of a plastic pumpkin

...smells like Halloween. If you read my post about what my sniffer means to me, you're probably not surprised by the content of this particular post. I have a strong nose. And the inside of a plastic pumpkin smells like Halloween. Obviously, when the pumpkin is full of trick-or-treat candy. Its not the same as smelling a bag of chocolate, or a bag of sugar candy. It must be a mixture, such as the result of an evening of trick-or-treating thru your 'hood. And it must be inside of a plastic container (even a plastic t or t bag will suffice...just don't put the bag over your head when you inhale).

Here's how you do it. Empty your lungs, put your face up to the opening of the plastic pumpkin (ya know, stick your sniffer into the pumpkin) and inhale deeply. Wow! Can you smell it? (Yes, I'm odd.)

Today is the best day of the year...so far...
Much to the relief of some, this has NOTHING to do with the events of yesterday. This has everything to do with FALL. My favorite season...here's my favorite fall song:
The leaves are falling down,
The leaves are falling down,
Red, yellow, green and brown,
The leaves are falling down.

(Have I ever mentioned that I'm a teacher? HA!)

This has been a strange Texas fall. It got pretty chilly very early on. Then it warmed back up significantly, and stayed that way for a long while. Then we had another cold front that actually forced our temps below freezing one night. Shock! Now its back up to the high 70s or low 80s as the high temps. The result of this roller coaster: fall colors on the trees. I don't remember ever seeing this much color. And every time I drive down the street through our 'hood to pick Thing1 or 2 up from school, I am amazed by the beauty of God's creation painted in fall colors. WOW! Today the wind is blowing and the leaves are dancing toward the ground. So now we have some color in the trees, and also color carpeting the streets and sidewalks. I've always loved fall as a relief to end the summer heat. Now I have another reason to love it. And if this happens every year in north Texas, then I have one more thing to love about our home.