This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.There are some days that I wish I hadn't let the girls (McKenna specifically) watch this little clip. McKenna possesses such talents that make a mom proud (sniff, sniff) - or not. And now she thinks it's hysterical.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.Lately I've been on a Jane Austen kick. Books. Movies. Sadly, even the soundtracks. It isn't helping any that PBS has been running Austen flicks on Sunday nights as a part of their "Masterpiece Theatre."
And now...how many books and movies left to read and watch?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.I'm sitting at the breakfast table with the kids this morning and enjoying some wonderful banana bread. And I figured while I'm enjoying it, I might let you in on it too. Would you like a slice?
⅔ C shortening
3 - 4 eggs
1 tsp salt
6 oz. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.At 7am Easter morning, we heard cries of distress from our girls room. We only had ONE PAIR of white shoes to wear for Easter. Which is obviously a problem when you have two girls. Laurianna graciously let McKenna take the one pair of shoes and we buckled everyone in the van and headed to Target for some shoes. And they were closed. So we headed off to Kmart. And they weren't open yet. So we sat in the van and waited. And waited. And we found one pair of shoes in the size we needed (Thank you, Lord) - because had there been no shoes, it wouldn't have been good. And as an added blessing, the box of shoes came with a lovely butterfly necklace, making for one happy little girl.
Trying to take pictures of four children can truly be exasperating. There is a one in a million chance that I might (and I use that term loosely) be able to get a picture with all four of the children looking at the camera and smiling. This was not that one in a million day.
Laurianna, of course was more than happy to smile. But she couldn't seem to put Kaleb down.
Zachary was...well, Zachary. Since we took pictures in the front yard, he felt compelled to take time to see if the car doors were unlocked, run around the car to get away from Rick who was chasing him to get him to sit down to take a picture. He finally did succumb to taking a picture...
...but only because he was promised that he could take a picture of Rick and me (and that is our neighbor's oddly mishapen and hacked up version of tree over my shoulder).
McKenna - she almost smiled for the pictures, but the dress was itchy, she was cold, the sun was bright, (insert a complaint here)...
And trying to get Kaleb to LOOK in my general direction. Just not really going to happen - especially while smiling. The grass was too green. Leaves to fun to play with.
But even with all the craziness and sixty some-odd pictures later...there are plenty of picture to smile about. The ones that make your heart happy.
Showing two sisters who DO love each other.
One crazy little boy who has a zest for life.
And one sweet little girl that truly loves on her siblings.
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.We visited some friends of ours that are in the process of building their house (their land connects to the land we recently bought to build on).
Monday, March 24, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.When people call our house, we can tell if they know me or not - if they can pronounce my name.
How does it sound in your head (assuming you don't know me)?
Over the years, I've been called such a variety of things...some comically funny. Today, McKenna went and got the mail and I had her practice reading the address labels to see who each piece was for.
Ernest (my dad who is living with us - check).
Jolanthe.....umm...Mom? What does this say?
She knows my name, but forgot that the way she usually spells it is M-O-M.
For the record, my name is "technically" said Yo-lon-ta (I'd put one of those smiley face circles above the "o" in my name, but can't figure out how to do it).
Can you say it?
Sunday, March 23, 2008
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.Kaleb finally figured it out yesterday. He can climb.
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.Have I mentioned that I'm stubborn? Strong-willed?
Saturday, March 15, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here....but I am not always organized and tend to be scattered in some areas, mainly because I am too lazy at times to do something I should.
Here is an excellent example. I have lots of books. And I like to let others borrow them. Most times though, I don't bother to write down who has what, so...books wander off, I forget who I lent them to (although at the time it seems perfectly easy to remember that I handed them off too ______), until someone hands them off to someone else, and then my mind just goes a little crazy.
Although we aren't finished with this year's homeschooling, I've bought much of my curriculum for next year already (it was on sale and I was a little overanxious to get my hands on it). I had it, and I vaguely remember a conversation in which I let someone borrow the main curriculum book to look at. Because we wouldn't need it yet.
Do you think I could remember who I let borrow the book?
Not on your life.
If it's you - and you are reading my blog, could you let me know? Pretty please?
And I vow to keep better track of all those books I let others borrow. Eventually.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.Today has been absolutely amazing weather-wise. Enough to get that bug of spring in you - and then make you sigh in disappointment when you realize it isn't here for real. Yet.
The kids are loving it and have been outside in full force. Forget that we have a great playgym. Or toys to play with. There is dirt. Lots of dirt to dig in.
Zachary has dirt in or on practically every orifice of his little body. We have a large unfinished corner in our yard that needs some plants and mulch. But not today. Today is for digging, exploring and believing that there are dinosaur bones buried somewhere in our yard. Hearing the squeals of excitement as they unearthed gold (some lovely large rocks) and dinosaur bones (a nice large tree root) has been rather comical. And they really believe they are dinsoaur bones too. It's all too cute.
And I would take pictures of it, but my husband has our camera.
In PUERTO RICO.
Where it is a lovely 85 degrees. And there is a pool. With waterfalls. And about this time he can start sipping pina coladas. And tour the old town of San Juan.
While I have leftovers.
I'm not JEALOUS or anything.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.My camera was hijacked. Again. In my defense, I do keep it up HIGH, but a certain husband of mine left it on the counter....so a certain 3-year-old took it on a little expedition around our kitchen. I downloaded all the lovely pictures to see what he'd been up too.