Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Minor Potty Training Technicality

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Just a few hours after I posted about our potty training bribery endeavors, I left to run some errands.

Leaving Kaleb alone with Daddy ~ in his underwear. Not having yet pooped.

Rick heard Kaleb in the bathroom and found him sitting on the potty ~ pooping.

The bribery is apparently working.

A short time later, Rick found him in the bathroom again and asked him what he was doing.

Kaleb then proceeded to drop a piece of … well, you know … into the toilet. With his hands.

When Rick asked him where he got it from, he said “On the floor” ~ so technically, he didn’t do it in his underwear.

Lucky Rick.

 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Potty Training is Going…um…well?

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I’ve been a slacker. I’ll admit it. Kaleb could be well on his way to diaper freedom if I just laid down the law and did it.

But I haven’t {and since he’s the last it just doesn’t bother me as much as the other kiddos}.

Kaleb has been very infatuated with swords and light sabers thanks to our Wii Resort game, so today while we were at Target I picked up one to use as a special ‘gift’ ~ if he uses the potty.

How effective will it be? We’ll see, but he did run right to his room and put on underwear the moment we got home.

Of course, HOW he put it on is probably important to note…

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Might need to work on a few things…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

True Upper Manangement

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My brother ordered pizza the other night for his and our family. While we were eating, we saw a little something on the box.

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It read:

“Your pizza experience managed by Christ.”

True manna from heaven.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Amphibians, Fuzziness, and Hairbrushes

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Guess what?

I actually wrote a few things down to help me remember what made me laugh out-loud at the kids this week.

Funny how that helps…

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On the way to church this week, Zachary was going through his Bible and giving Kaleb the run-down on the various stories. Had to laugh at his description of one

“This is Samson. The hairbrush didn’t give him his power, you know. It was God.”

Apparently Veggie Tales has had some influence here…

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Zachary attempting a Buzz Lightyear saying…

“To amphibians and beyond!”

Can you guess what we’re reading about in science?

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The kids had soda with their dinner the other night {thanks to their Uncle} and as we were pouring it, Zachary wanted us to add water to his.

His words ~ “Adding water to soda makes it less fuzzy.”

Fizzy, fuzzy…it’s all the same.

 

Head on over to Mary's at Not Before 7 for some more Tiny Talk Tuesday!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bible in 90 Days {B90} ~ Day 53 Check-in

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Ahead. Behind. Almost caught-up. Caught-up. This week has been a whirlwind of craziness and I have to say it drives me NUTS getting behind in my reading. Truth be told, I like to have a little ‘buffer’ and usually read a few chapters ahead ~ for some reason it makes me feel a little more on top of things.

One thing that I will note about this challenge is that it has helped me prioritize things that I am doing ~ weeding out things that I really don’t need to focus on and helping me see things that do require my immediate attention.

Like Bible reading {ahem}.

I loved Isaiah and probably did more underlining this week than I have in any week prior. Good stuff. Promises. Prophecies. So much more. The reading for this week went from Ecclesiastes through Isaiah ~ and here are a few of my thoughts:
  • Ecclesiastes made me sad for some reason, but the last few chapters had some verses I really liked. Ecc 11:3 ~ “Don’t let the excitement of your youth cause you to forget your Creator.”
  • Song of Solomon is one of those books that I squirm when reading. I think it’s because it feels like I’m reading something WAY too personal…and just getting a bit more information than I need/want. Reading through this time made me wonder even more ~ did they just say ??? or am I just reading into this too much? :) Just sayin’…
  • Really hoping that Isaiah had a nickname for his son {Is. 8:3}. Can you imagine having to call Maher-shalal-hah-baz inside to wash up for dinner?
  • I have immense respect for Isaiah. I just don’t think that I could walk around naked and barefoot for 3 years {Isaiah 20}. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to hear the command from God to do it.
  • Isaiah 26:19 again makes me wonder what Israel believed would happen to them after they died. I don’t remember any specific teaching on it in our prior reading ~ any insight from anyone?
  • Need to find a printout of the gazillion prophecies that Isaiah made concerning Jesus and the fulfillment of those prophecies. Pretty sure it’ll be a long list….
  • The last part of Isaiah states again and again ~ “I alone am God” ~ how many other things do we have that we put before God
  • The Sabbath passage {58:13} is giving me some things to think about personally…ouch.
  • Isaiah 43:22 ~ ‘…you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me.’ Just gave me a mental image of the MANY times I say to my children ~ ‘all you have to do is ask me to help you and I will’ … and they stubbornly refuse and keep trying to do it {unsuccessfully} on their own. How stubborn am I???
If you are interested in learning more about the 90 Day Bible reading challenge, you can read more about it at Mom’s Toolbox ~ she’ll be starting up the challenge again on July 1st. You can also download your own printable reading bookmark if you want to join along in the challenge ~ you can start at any time because the bookmark isn’t dated. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Puppy Tweets Collar

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Right off the bat, I’m going to say that this electronic device called ‘Puppy Tweets’ is NOT a joke. If you don’t believe me {or if you want to buy one} you can hop over to Amazon and check out the pre-order page.

Puppy Tweets Collar is actually connected to your wifi at home and sends Tweets via Twitter {you have to set up an account for your pet}, to let you know what your pet is up to. There are over 500 phrases to give you added insight into your pet’s day.

I am thinking that Mattel really missed the mark on this one.

While I’m sure it would be fascinating to know what my dog was doing all day {ahem} I would be ALL over a device that attached to one of my kids and sent me messages letting me know things like:

  • Just flushed another small cup down the toilet. Better call the plumber.
  • The popcorn ceiling is really fun to play with. REALLY fun. It looks like it’s snowing!
  • Unrolled the toilet paper and backed up the sink for you.
  • Soap is fun to squirt. And squirt. And squirt. Add ‘liquid soap’ to the grocery list.
  • Found a pencil and I’m now hiding in my room and decorating my walls.
  • About that potty training? You might want to check out that wet spot on the carpet in my room.
  • Around the corner where you can’t see me, but I’m standing on the counter and just found your hidden candy stash.
  • I’m hiding an extra little something for myself for later in the bottom dresser drawer.
  • Playing with your alarm clock is fun. Prepare to wake up around 3:30 am.
  • The carrots that I was supposed to eat for lunch? Found a MUCH better place to put them than my stomach.
  • The keys were on the counter ~ figured you wouldn’t mind if I played in the car a bit.
  • Scooping soap is fun. How many scoops will the washing machine hold?
  • It might be naptime, but it’s not quiet because I’m sleeping.

Periodic messages for those too-quiet moments throughout the day would be nice {I’m thinking} and well worth a $30 price tag ~ you know, should someone venture down that path.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Relevant Conference 2010

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I just spent the last hour on Twitter getting some information about the Relevant Conference coming up in October.

I don’t have my ticket yet {they go on sale March 1st}, but I am making plans, have a LOVELY roommate, and am getting just a bit excited!
The Relevant Conference exists to offer a place of face to face interaction with Christian women bloggers who want to be relevant in the larger blog and social media world. Our goal is to go beyond the surface into intentional blogging and real life living. We support women turning their hearts toward home and using their blogs to bless their families while also engaging the world for the glory of God. Relevant is a one-of-a-kind conference that seeks to engage women by teaching blogging techniques and social media skill while also urging and encouraging women to live fully integrated lives with their faith and family.
Tonight Tommy Nelson {the publishers of the Bible my girls are inimage love with….} and Sarah Mae from Like a Warm Cup of Coffee hosted a chat giving suggestions for sponsorships and helping promote businesses at blogging conferences. If you'd like to read tonights chat, just search using #getasponsor for the full party conversation.

So much swirling through my mind right now…that I believe sleep will be difficult this evening. Looking forward to meeting some wonderful ladies!!

Future Comedian in the Making…

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I haven't posted much in the way of our kid’s conversations lately ~ not because they haven’t been talking {ahem}, but because I’ve been rather bad at writing it down when they DO say something…or remembering it.

A few things that just cracked me up this week…

~ hearing McKenna start an argument with Zachary using the words “On the contrary…”

~ talking to Zachary and having him answer me “Well…perhaps I was thinking…..” His use of the word ‘perhaps’ made me laugh out loud? 

Kaleb is really starting to pipe in with some humorous stuff, but really the best parts are his facial expressions. Something that I just can’t capture here in words. This kid is just seriously cracking me up. Out of all of our kids, the delivery {both verbally and visually} of his words is just plain comedic and he makes me laugh so much each day. Little eyebrow wiggles. The scrunching up of his face.

Too cute for words!

Head on over to Mary's at Not Before 7 for some more Tiny Talk Tuesday!!
 

Monday, February 15, 2010

Bible in 90 Days {B90} ~ Day 46 Check-in

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For some reason I had it in my head that reading Psalms and Proverbs was going to be super-simple reading. Instead {and don’t get me wrong here}, it was actually more difficult for me to read and trudge through.
 
While I enjoy Psalms one or two at a time, reading them in LARGE quantities tends to overwhelm me with all the skipping around from the depths of despair to the heights of happiness. I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster and I don’t handle the drama all that well.
 
I’m thinking it’s just all good ~ but in moderation. Maybe because Psalms and Proverbs don’t read so ‘novel’ like…I’m not sure, but I am rather looking forward to a little more consistency.
 
All that said, there were still things that I pulled out over the course of the week that have been rolling through my head:
  • I always think of David having written all of the Psalms {even knowing he didn’t}, but didn’t realize that Moses had written one and that there are so many anonymous ones.
  • Psalm 4:4 ~ says not to let anger gain control over you and to think overnight and be silent. Compared to Ephesians 4:26 ~ not letting the sun go down on your anger… I’m really more inclined to go with the verse in Psalms because I’m the type that needs to process things before speaking {and regretting}.
  • Psalm 8:2 ~ children and nursing infants giving praise. Just reminds me of how sweet and precious it is watching my little ones worship God.
  • Psalm 30:11-12 ~ two verses that meant so much to me after the loss of our babies. God was and IS so faithful!!!
  • For some reason, the first two verses of Psalm 103 really struck me ~ “Praise the Lord, I tell myself…” Sometimes, I DO have to remind myself to praise ~ despite my circumstances. In SPITE of my circumstances.
  • I underlined parts of Proverbs 6  ~ probably because we are leading Financial Peace right now and it’s something that my husband and I feel pretty strongly about. Debt stinks. Getting out of it is tough work, and you can’t do it just sitting around wishing for it to go away.
  • All those lovely verses about keeping a guard over your tongue {sigh}
  • And disciplining your children… Proverbs 13:24
  • Feeling rather convicted about my attitude about some of our neighbors after reading Proverbs 14:21 ~ and if my pastor’s wife or my brother is reading this, don’t worry…it’s not either of you! :)
I have to leave you all with one of my favorite song clips from U2 ~ based on Psalm 40.
 
 
If you are interested in learning more about the 90 Day Bible reading challenge, you can read more about it at Mom’s Toolbox. You can also download your own printable reading bookmark if you want to join along in the challenge ~ you can start at any time because the bookmark isn’t dated. :)
 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

God’s Little Princess Devotional {Review}

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We have two little princesses in our home that were squealing with excitement when this book showed up on our doorstep. In fact, it was whisked away and all I heard for the next hour were both girls giggling and reading to each other from their new devotional Bible.

God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible by Sheila Walsh uses Scripture from the International Children’s Bible along with stories and some great extras to teach young girls about TRUE beauty, love, sharing, truth and what a princess of God really is.

Features include:

  • Down in My Heart ~ promoting Scripture memory
  • Beauty Secrets ~ quick tips on true beauty
  • Bible Princesses ~ women of the Bible
  • My Hero ~ promises of God
  • Take a Bow ~ Bible-focused plays
  • I Adore You ~ worshipping and praising God
  • Prince Charming ~ articles on manners and more
  • Worthy of Love ~ showing love to everyone
  • Royal Truths ~ Biblical values for princesses

McKenna {age 7} has been the one specifically enjoying this devotional. The reading level is simple enough for her to read independently and the princess theme has captured her attention on so many different levels.

Target ages for Bible ~ 4 to 7.

What {else} I’m Reading

Look for reviews on a few of these books to be coming up soon!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Binky-be-Gone

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I believe I can say it is official. Last night marked the unfortunate demise of Kaleb’s last binky. It had already been shredded beyond any reasonable sucking capacity, but he was still hanging onto it for good measure.

Until he lost it somewhere in the dark of his bedroom.

We searched high and low, uncertain if we were willing to venture down the ‘no-binky’ road, but we also knew we weren’t going to head over to Walmart for any more binkies.

When no binky made an appearance we tucked Kaleb in, {mentally wished him luck}, prayed with him and said goodnight. There were some tears and sad little pleas for ‘binky’, but he quieted down and fell asleep.

Today’s task is to figure out WHERE in the world a binky could disappear too in the dark of night and find it before someone else {under 4 feet tall} does. And hide it for real.

In some ways it’s a little sad, since he IS the baby of the family and we won’t be going this route again…but I’m sure we’ll have other things to keep us busy with him.

Especially since he just walked up to me with the sweetest little look on his face, cocked his head to one side and said, “Mommy, I need to be changed. I pooped in your closet.”

 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bible in 90 Days {B90} ~ Day 39 Check-in

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Today I’m also guest posting at Mom’s Toolbox, so if you have an insane desire to read even more of my thoughts or see me live and ‘in person’ {I got brave and did a video}, head over there to read a little more.

This week’s challenge included reading from 2 Chronicles 23 through Psalm 24. I’m still a little bit ahead, but really only thanks to our 3 year old and his refusal to use the potty. I read about 30 chapters in Psalms while waiting for him to ‘cave’ and actually use the potty. Reading Psalms was much more enjoyable than listening to him remind me over and over again that he didn’t have to go. :)

I was a little ahead before going into this week, so I had a break for two days…but I had to sit down and read! I am realizing how much I am enjoying and needing this time every day ~ regardless of being ahead or not!

Esther has long been hands down my favorite Bible story. I recently finished a GREAT study by Tommy Tenney on the book of Esther called Finding Favor with the King. I spent some time sharing a few nuggets about Esther at Mom’s Toolbox today, so I’ll share a few of the other thoughts that crossed my mind this week about the reading.
  • Feel like I was left hanging with Hezekiah. 2 Chronicles 32:31 says that God withdrew from Hezekiah to test his heart…and then in the next verse {vs 32} ~ the rest of the events of Hezekiah’s reign are recorded in {a bunch of books}. What happened when God tested him??????? ;)
  • So sad that Manasseh {Hezekiah’s son} learned nothing from his father and undid all that Hezekiah had done ~ but then he finally repented {2 Chronicles 33:12}
  • Knowing how important the family ties/genealogy was to the Israelites, it’s sad to read about those who could not prove they were descendants of Israel because they had lost their genealogical records {Ezra 2: 59-62}.
  • Ezra 2:64 ~ only 42,000 returned. Such a small remnant when you consider the huge group of people that were brought from Egypt by Moses
  • After the temple foundation had been re-laid, the people started shouting {Ezra 3:11}, but those who remembered the first Temple wept when they saw the new foundation. The weeping mingled with the rejoicing ~ those who KNEW vs. those who didn’t know any better.
  • How much of the wall needed to be rebuilt? Just wondering the circumference since it was finished in 52 days {Nehemiah 6}.
  • Loved this verse from Job ~ {Job 9:33} ‘If only there were a mediator who could bring us together {God and Job}, but there is none.’ Just the promise that we have and know today!!
  • While we {on this side of the New Testament} know what to expect about eternal life ~ what did those in the Old Testament believe? It didn’t hit me until I was reading Job {19:25-27} when he talks about knowing his Redeemer lives and that he will see God with his own eyes. I know chronologically Job fits into things after the flood/before Abraham…but I don’t remember reading specifics on life after death prior to this passage.
  • Job’s responses to his friends cracked me up at times, especially when he called them worthless quacks who would do best to keep their mouths shut {Job 13:4-5}.
  • Did you noticed that God responded to the first of Job’s three friends, but didn’t say anything to Elihu? neither did Job {Job 42:7-9}.
Psalms and Proverbs are the focus over the next week, so I think this next week will be a little more laid back in some ways. Thanks for sticking with me…you are still here, right? :)

In case you are interested in reading a little more about Esther, Tommy Tenney has some great non-fiction and fiction books available that I would highly recommend!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Book Giveaway ~ Leaving Yesterday

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image Alisa Stewart’s family life is falling to pieces. Her marriage is on the verge of divorce and one of her sons, Kurt, became a drug addict after his older brother died.

Then the police show up at her door.

She initially believes that her son has died, but instead the police are looking for him in connection with a recent murder. However, Kurt recently checked into rehab and is turning his life around ~ he couldn’t be involved…could he?

As facts begin to surface, Alisa isn’t sure what to think and believe anymore. If she shares what she knows, she could lose Kurt ~ but is that more important than losing her son?

My Thoughts

When I first picked up Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman, I didn’t think it would be one that I would enjoy, but I was quickly pulled into the storyline, wondering how things would be resolved.

The book presented some interesting scenarios that really made me think and wonder how I would respond in the same situations. Overall it was a great read and one that I would recommend ~ not your normal ‘light read’ , but definitely a good one!

The Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of  Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman? Leave a comment on this post ~ be sure there is a way for me to contact you! The giveaway will be open until Friday, February 12th at 8pm.


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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review from Bethany House. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Sense and Sensibility {Insight Edition}

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Sense and Sensibility, Insight Edition by Jane Austen is the classic story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who are different in every way ~ but both discover love. This insight edition from Bethany House provides the original story and include historical details, facts, comparisons to today’s culture, themes of faith, and additional comments.

In all honesty, I love this insight edition and am planning to also purchase the insight edition for Pride and Prejudice…and sincerely hope that there will be insight editions for Jane Austen’s other novels. Aside from the covers being gorgeous, the content is a wonderful help and really adds to the original book.

What {else} I’m Reading
Look for reviews on a few of these books to be coming up soon! Be sure to stop by and visit 5 Minutes for Books and their monthly meme called "What's on Your Nightstand?" and also the Saturday Review.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Doppleganger Schmopleganger

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If you are on Facebook, you might have noticed bunches of people changing their profile pictures to those of various celebrities.

"It's Doppelgänger week on Facebook; change your profile picture to someone famous (actor, musician, athlete, etc.) you have been told you look like. After you update your profile with your twin or switched at birth photo then cut/paste this to your status."

In an effort to find my long lost look-alike, I used my lovely profile picture at the site MyHeritage.com and THIS was one of my highest matches at 74% resemblance…

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher.

Seriously?

I ended up doing a little digging around of my own for some celebrity pictures after some friends made a few suggestions, and I think that I’m a little happier with this resulting picture of Hillary Swank. Makes me want to put a little effort into my hair in the morning just to get it to flip out ‘just so’.

hillary swank 

For the record, I wasn’t the only one who had a wacky match-up. When we ran Rick’s picture through the same site, one of his top matches was Elle McPherson.

{snicker}

 

 

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