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Monday, March 31, 2008
Check out her blog and her writings - Home Living.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
That's as far as I've gotten. Anybody have any good alligator party ideas? :-)
The twins will be turning 7 and Terry is turning 5. It will probably be a mix between boys and girls at the party.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
At the first stop we got two flats of white petunias. These are my children's favorite - they remind them of their Granny - she loves flowers and CAN'T say PETUNIA!!!
We also got four different pepper plants for the garden - a yellow bell pepper, a red bell pepper, a hot red pepper and a banana pepper. I love using the hot peppers and banana peppers in our salsa!! Brenda and Emily are fixing to plant the pepper plants and weed the front beds for the flowers.
At the second stop we bought one flat of yellow pansies. They were so pretty - but expensive!! Wish I could have bought two more flats!!! Maybe the next trip to Greenville we'll stop again. That's all my gardening money for the week!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Thursday we had great plans, but they all seemed to fall to the wayside. Troy had a doctor's appointment that morning and then we stopped by Aldi's while we were on that side of town and somehow the rest of the school day ended up lost!!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Past, Present, Future
20 years ago . . .
1. I was attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia
2. I was very involved in Campus Crusade for Christ
3. I was spending most weekends with Artie - he would often come up after work at midnight (an hour away) - those crazy college hours we kept!! This is when we were "just friends"!!
10 years ago . . .
1. I was married and very in love with Artie
2. Living in Inman with three children, babysitting two others - Ryan and Cassie - people would look at me so strange when I went out will all five - who knew then that I would end up with my own 7!!
3. Attending Restoration church - every time the doors would open as Troy likes to say
5 years ago ...
1. I was waiting on Terry's birth - my last baby!!
2. Learning to adjust to having 4 children under the age of 3!!
3. Still in love with Artie
3 years ago . . .
1. Brian moved out - very hard time
2. Began gardening - loved it!!
3. Still in love with Artie
1 year ago . . .
1. Beginning the girls homeschooling - all boys in public school
2. Began blogging
3. Loving Artie more and more
So far this year . . .
1. I began learning about the liturgical year
2. I started exercising (another post maybe)
3. I enjoy Wednesday's when the children are in church classes and Artie and I have an hour alone!
Yesterday . . .
1. I exercised
2. I worked on my spring cleaning
3. I missed Artie while he was with his family for a funeral
Tomorrow. . .
1. I will plan our menus for this week
2. I will pay the bills.
3. I will look forward to Artie being off for Good Friday
In the next year I shall...
1. Love God more
2. Love my children more
3. Have more and more time to love on Artie!! :-)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The girls are I are using this week and then the following Monday's through Spring to do our spring cleaning. This is the first year we've done an actual Spring Cleaning during spring and I'm already thrilled with it.
We began in the living room yesterday. Here's what we've done so far...
We are continually running the dishwasher and washing machine (both never rest in this house!!)
Folding all clean clothes and continuing as more appear
unpacking 1 box of spring clothes a day
packing up 1 box of big wintry clothes a day - boots, quilts, heavy sweaters
dusted the work room folding table
Living Room -
Moved all furniture and cleaned underneath - amazing what you'll find under there - that's where I found my chord to my camera so I can download my pictures again!!
took down everything from the walls - 11 pictures in the living room
dusted and cleaned the glass on all the pictures
knocked down all cobwebs in corners and around the ceiling
dusted the tops of the four doors and one double window
took everything down from the top of the two double bookcases - dusted and cleaned each item
took the covers off the couch, chair and washed
cleaned under the couch and chair cushions - again amazing what all was there!!
washed the rocking chair cushions
washed the rocking chair
cleaned off the tops of the piano, round table, end table, TV & dusted
scrubbed the baseboards and around the edges of the floors
washed all door knobs
packed a pile of things to move to the out building
put Bobby's school picture in a new frame (old one broke and has been laying on the piano for a month or so)
wash the outside of the bricked and painted fireplace
wash the mantle
washed down the treadmill
washed the ceiling fan
hand scrub the outside perimeter of the floor while all the furniture was moved out
and the big one - washed the walls - we have 12 foot high ceilings - and the room is pretty big - it took so long but looks so good now!! Brenda went around on Artie's ladder and scrubbed the tops while I crawled on my knees doing the bottoms. I'm so old. My arms were so sore last night I could have cried!!!
We still have a pretty big list to do in the living room - we have the following left...
wash all glass - double windows, 8 pains in front door, 4 pains on each side of door, 12 pains on door to hall, a set of French doors to girls room, four bookshelves doors with 4 pains each - lots of grubby little finger prints to clean
clean off the top of the dresser - that's where all our cleaning stuff is stashed while we are working
clean out the drawers of the dresser and end table - now done
clean the TV screen - now done
clean out both double bookshelves and cabinets beneath both - pack up all that can be taken to Goodwill - one done so far
wash the outside of the bookshelf (all that's left of the scrubbing - my arms couldn't stand anymore yesterday) - one done so far
polish the piano
air out the big rug - done
sweep and finish hand mopping the middle of the floor
We just put new curtains in there a couple of weeks ago, so I don't have to take those down to clean.
Artie was laughing at how slow I am at cleaning things, but was happy with the results. He was the one who pointed out that we weren't gonna finish the whole house in a week and suggested we take one school day a week to continue. I think this is a great lesson for the girls to learn. I know for a fact, that my life would have been better if I had ever learned how to clean a house!!! Brenda loved it yesterday - she said she like it because it was something different than go clean up your bedroom floor. She also loved working on the ladder!!
I wish I had taken some before pictures, but maybe I'll get some later as we move around the house.
Here you can see a little more of the set up of the room. Stephen's bed is on the far left against another wall. Their dresser is on the far wall and then a big walk-in closet is on the left of the dresser. I don't think it shows in any of the pictures. So, there is plenty of room for all the little boys and all their toys!!
Stephen (there you can see the door to the walk in closet on the right of the picture)
Each boy wanted their picture taken on their own bed. Bobby
Go Diego Go!! :-)
So, I still have a little more to do up there. I am looking for new door knobs (for old doors), there is some electrical work Artie's gonna do for me. I need new light switch and outlet covers and a light cover still. But the main part is finished now!!! I think it turned out cute!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Great, the pictures are here now. This is the Indian Wrestling Team!!
It was hosted at Eastside High School in Greenville (about an hour away from our home). The place was packed when we got there and continued to fill through out the morning!!
Tuesday night at practice, Bobby had weighed in at 60 pounds and Stephen at 59. Both were signed up to wrestle in the 60 pound weight class. That meant that if they weighed in Saturday at 61 - they wouldn't be able to participate!! So, breakfast was held until after weigh-ins - they made it - both weighing in at 58 1/2.
They had a fun breakfast of honey buns, bananas and orange juice.
Stephen wrestled first and Bobby had a bye. Stephen lost his first match but put up a good show.
Here is Stephen's first match. Again - this is the boy that ended up winning the whole thing for their weight class.
Stephen wrestled his second match before Bobby had wrestled at all. The moment we've been waiting all year for ----- Stephen won his first match!!!!! Yeah!!! I had prayed for him (not that he would be the best or win them all, but just that he would get the enjoyment of winning one match this season - that's okay for a mother to pray right?) :-) It was a true pin - 1-2-3 - Stephen's hand was raided in victory!!! I was so happy for him. He's worked and practiced all year for this.
Here is Stephen's first pin!!!!!
Next it was Bobby's time to wrestle finally. Because Bobby didn't wrestle all year - he started halfway through - this was his first tournament. He had a good first match, but the other wrestler won. Because of Bobby's bye the first round, he still had one more match....
Here is Bobby's first match. Look how low that boys was, I knew it didn't look good before it even began!!! :-)
Every sport's mother's nightmare. . . .
Stephen and Bobby were wrestling each other for fourth place and a medal!!!
I told them I was gonna be yelling for who ever was on the bottom. It lasted forever. Stephen started out in a furry and got most of his points, then Bobby came bursting back. Next thing you know it was tied 6 to 6 and they were going into overtime!!! Next one to score a point wins - Bobby took Stephen down and won the point and medal.
(That's Bobby on the far left)
What a hard place to be in!! We ended up enjoying the fact that both boys won their first wrestling match on the same day in the State Finals!! What a blessing to have a brother so close to you!!!
Friday, March 07, 2008
So, Dawn's beginning her book study today at By Sun and Candlelight.
Chapter 1 from Mitten Strings for God is Dailiness.
The author, Kathrina Kenison, discusses the most dear times of our lives aren't the ones where the cameras are flashing (birthday, Christmas) but the daily moments that pass by often unnoticed.
Some of my favorite dailiness activities -
going to sleep beside my best friend every night
hanging clothes on the clothesline on pretty days
getting a good bye kiss from Terry - one on each cheek, one on the lips, a hug, he tells me I'm pretty and then tells me to honk the horn when I get in the car
helping Brenda and Emily with their cooking
having devotion time with Troy and hearing all his many thoughts
folding clothes on my bed - packing away things that are too little, throwing away things that are stained, placing everything where it belongs, knowing everyone has the things they need for tomorrow
sitting down to dinner together as a family
watching Stephen and Bobby practice their wrestling
reading a good Beverly Lewis book
getting caught up in a good movie
listening to the little children as they read
Here is my favorite quote from the end of the first chapter...
"The daily rhythms of life, the humble household rituals, the nourishment I provide - these are my offerings to my children, given with love and gratefully received."
Here are the chapters from the book...
This is the quote that Dawn's mentions from the introduction -
"No doubt some of the notions in these pages will seem simple. But I find it is most often the simple gesture or the small goal well met that reaps the greatest reward. And, in our busy lives, it is often the simple gesture that is overlooked, the simple need that is never satisfied ...
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I am THANKFUL...for my family - my heart
I am SEEING...Brenda eating breakfast with her hair still wet from her morning shower
I am HEARING...the morning news in the background - seems like Hillary just won't go away but I think McCain is up for the fight
I am WEARING...Artie's shirt, blue jeans, tennie shoes and a ponytail - seems like I need a little work on this outfit today!
I am READING...the Bipolar Child
I am HOPING...spring is here!!
I am GOING...to Terry's speech class this morning
On my DESK...folders full of coupons, my Bible, some school books, a pile of papers to file - my desk needs as much attention as my outfit for today
I am THINKING...too much to do today to work on this desk!! :-)
I am WORKING...on laundry, dinner plans, school assignments
In the GARDEN...tiny little lettuce leaves are beginning to pop up
I am FEELING...ready for the day, a little cold, maybe my new outfit for the day will include a sweater for the morning
From the KITCHEN...Emily's night to cook - more Rachael Ray - Shrimp Creole
Out the WINDOW...Artie called on his way to work this morning and showed the boys and I Venus!!
MY SIMPLICITY FOR TODAY...seeing Terry asleep in our bed (he wakes to tell Artie and the little boys bye before work and school and then curls up in our bed to go back to sleep). He's such a doll.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Since Emily finished her free reading book - Charlotte's Web - today we started a new one - Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
Here's a paragraph I loved in our reading...
"Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children's minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind; and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on."
Makes me miss my mama.... :-) Things were always put just so for me when she was alive... she was definitely one of those mama's who made everything right and good.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Saturday - Saturday was our second night out with The Taming of the Shrew - we left all the boys with a fun boys' meal - chicken wings and French fries
Tuesday - (wrestling night) - Brenda's new Beef Stroganoff
Thursday - (wrestling night) Emily's Rachael Ray - Quick Creole Shrimp -