Monthly Archives: March 2011

Purely Random, Deja Vu all over again!

Here we go with my random photos of the week.

The weather here is starting to feel and act like spring.  Thursday we had 70 degrees, promise.  Yesterday wasn’t quite as warm at 58, but still nice enough to get us out to the park.  This weekend is supposed to be almost 50.  And as true Mitten people, we have been outside a lot since the nicer temperatures arrived!  After a long, snowy winter, 50s feels downright balmy!

Enjoy a peek at our snapshots of the week and then head over to see what others are doing.

Won’t you join in the fun by sharing pictures from your week?

Blog to Blog Love March Love Drop

I am joining something new.  It is kind of like a blog “chain letter” to tell about someone or a family who needs help.  Each month someone new is chosen who needs help.  I have decided to get involved by giving one blog post a month to the effort.  Please read with an open heart.

Last month the Love Drop Team raised over $13,000 (and 3 iPads!) to help two little boys with autism receive a service dog. They were beyond touched, and we did this in only 1 month – that’s it. Everyone came together and gave a few bucks each to impact one family’s life. If you were a part of it, THANK YOU! You can check out the final video of us showing up to their house here – it’s pretty cool.

This month we start all over again and rally behind Katie, a single mom out in Dallas battling not only two brain tumors so far (she’s knocked out one, and currently working on the other), but who’s also dealing with hydrocephalus. We’re teaming up with folks at Blissdom this month to not only bring the community her way, but to make a huge dent in her medical bills.

Wanna help? Here are 3 ways we could use you:

Give $1.00 – This is the best way to help out and join our team at the same time.

Join our blogger network – Blog about our Love Drops each month like I am :) It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and it REALLY helps spread the word (which in turn helps our families). Love Drop will give you all the content you need.

Give a gift or provide a service – Gift cards are always helpful. Places like Target, Safeway, gas stations, etc would definitely help them out.

Thanks for reading! Here’s to love, baby.

Try Something New–Make Soap Dough

Continuing our series of Try Something New and within that, our experiments with different types of “play dough” (click here to learn how to make peanut butter play dough), this week we made “Super Soapy Dough” from the book The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions 2 by John E. and Danita Thomas.

The recipe calls for:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoon liquid soap
food coloring
water

Mix flour, salt and soap.  Start adding water to form dough ball, add food coloring as you mix to get the color you want.  Mix into ball.  You may need to add flour to it if it gets too sticky.

Have Fun!

*adding cute babies optional, but highly recommended

Trying a new link up this week over at All Things Inspired.

Weight Loss Wednesday Week 3–modeling healthy habits

So, you may have noticed I never came back to last Wednesday’s Weight Loss post to update.  The weight loss was only 1/2 a pound, so I decided to keep the post focussed on the exercise I was doing, as that was last week’s victory. 

It was so nice to actually get to outside to do my running twice this weekend!!  Yay for hints of spring!!!

This week I am still working out hard, but am thrilled to have a weight loss to report, 2 1/2 pounds in a week.  I was honestly not as strict this week with my eating and am wondering if that actually helped. My baby is 7 months old and still nurses full-time. It is easy to not get enough calories and thus make your body think it should hang on to what you have.  I don’t know if that is the problem, but maybe…we’ll see how this week goes.

In addition to the 7 month old, I have a 3 year old and a 4 year old.  I know they watch and listen to my comments.  And while I do need to lose some weight to be healthy, it is more important to me that they learn to be active and healthy from the get-go.  I don’t want them to think I am losing weight because I need to fit an image.  I want them to learn to be healthy.

In some ways, I think we are getting the message across.  When they ask why I exercise, I tell them to get healthy.  And we talk about what foods are healthy and what is good for us.  We have by no means cut out all treats, but I am pleased with the new weight watchers system, they get to see me eating a lot of fruits and vegetables (anyone know how to get my kids to regularly eat these foods???)  But how do we keep their body image and healthy habits God focussed, and not fitting some mold of the world? 

How do you teach your kids healthy habits?  How do you teach them healthy body image?  I would love to hear your words of wisdom!  You can also head over to Confessions of a Snowflake to see how others are doing on their healthy journey.

Rambunctious! Multitude Mondays #61-65

I am thankful for little girls who are feeling much better.  Sue had a fever for a week.  All three have had colds over the week.  And while it is nice that they sleep to get better, it is fun and happy to have them all well. 

Today, they colored their nails, on both their fingers and toes.  They wanted nail polish.  Sue colored her face…and arms and legs.  I guess she wanted a full body makeover.  And now to complete their spa day, they are getting a bath.  “Scrub, scrub, scrub,” says daddy.

He is trying to be so calm and serious and they are just not interested.  They are wired for sound today.  And nothing is dampening their spirits. 

61.  joy and fun.
62.  imaginations that know no bounds.
63.  development of their minds, even when that leads to some telling of tall tales that must be corrected.
64.  warm baths for “spa day”
65.  cozy pjs to top off a lovely day

Is Theology Disgusting?

I learned something new today.  As I knew before, nothing is sacred to toddlers and preschoolers.  They don’t understand we would sometimes like to be alone.  But I didn’t realize those moments can bring up important conversations we need to have with our little ones.

Caitlyn walked in on my today while I was, *ahem*, indisposed.  Often I will fuss at her for that.  But today she had spilled something and needed helped wiping it off her arm.  Then, out of left field, comes a theology question. 

“Mommy, every time when I go stinkies, some little ones stay on my bottom.”
“Yes, that can happen.”
“I wish God didn’t let that happen.”
Silence.
“Why, when we pray and God always hears us, why doesn’t He always do it?” asks Caitlyn.
“Well honey, you’re right, God always, always, always hears us.  And He always answers our prayers.  Sometimes He says Yes, and He does what we ask.  Sometimes He says No, because He knows something better for us.  And sometimes He says, Wait and later we see Him do what we asked.”

And off she went.  I know part of what she is thinking about.  She really wants another baby brother or sister.  She is baby crazy.  I have been telling her she has to ask Jesus. Personally, I don’t know how God is going to answer that one, but I do know she has been asking.  She declared the other day, “I asked Jesus for a baby brother, but I haven’t gotten it yet.”  I hope our conversation today helps her sort it out in her mind.  I love that she already knows He always hears her.  I pray nothing ever shakes that.  I hope she continues to ask.  Jesus tells us to ask.  “Therefore I say to you, all things for which  you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted to you.”  Mark 11:24 New American Standard Bible.

But beyond her questions about prayer, another thought came to mind.  Just as she asked her question at a messy moment, answers to prayer aren’t always neat and clean.  Jesus healed a man using mud made by mixing in his spit and putting it on the man’s eyes. “And as He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth….When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes….And so he went away and washed , and came back seeing.”  Mark 9:1, 6, 7b  Back in 2nd Kings, God used the dirty river Jordan to heal Naaman of leprosy.  (2nd Kings 5:10-14)  The river Jordan was disgusting, Naaman asked why he could not use one of the other rivers that were nicer, but the direction was to go into the river Jordan.  When he went into the mire, he came out clean.

Does God sometimes ask us to be in the mire, to be in the trenches?  Yes.  Do we always like it?  No.  Do we always understand it when we are asked? No.  Do we always understand the answer?  No.  But He tells us to ask and obey.  I would prefer it never be messy.  I like neat and tidy.  I selfishly pray for clean, but also pray the Lord will walk with me in the mess of life and guide me when I don’t understand the path.  I pray He will also guide and direct you, even when the way is messy.  May we trust Him in the mud and the sunshine.

Sometimes There’s No Theme–Saturday Snapshots

I love the idea from An Ordinary Mom for having a day to blog pictures.  Sometimes I have a theme, but some days, I just have random cuteness.  This is one of those days!  Feast your eyes and then head over to see what others are showcasing.
Found a couple more costumes at a mom2mom sale!
Stuie reading the Word!  Talented dog, huh?
What a perfect bunch of grapes.  It seemed worthy of a photo!
Breaking me of sucking my thumb will drive my parents crazy one day…
But right now I’m so cute when I find my thumb buddy!
Yup, those are froggies on my feet

I Feel Most Loved…5 Minute Friday

 
This week’s 5 Minute Friday from The Gypsy Mama is
 
I Feel Most Loved When…
 
Now I have 5 minutes to put my thoughts down on “paper”.  No editing, no primping.  That is hard for me.  Really hard, but here goes.
 
I don’t honestly know when I feel most loved.  I feel most loved by my husband, that’s a good thing, huh?  And he does many things that make me feel loved. 
 
I feel loved when he is showering our kids with love. 
 
I feel loved when he runs interference with the girls so I can go jogging (oh, spring, won’t you come so I can run outside?!)
 
I feel loved when he and I can steal a few minutes for real conversation.  Not the snatches of what’s for dinner, but the real ones, like what we thought about the church service, how we feel about more children.  You know, the real conversation.
 
I feel tremendously loved when he sends me a fun, random text message.  Or when he calls me at his break time.
 
I feel loved by my husband when he is just himself.
 
 

Feel Like a Creative Mama for Try Something New Thursday

This last weekend there was a mom-to-mom sale I really wanted to go to.  It was raining.  I was home with all three kids.  But I still wanted to go.  So we braved the nasty weather and the insanity of taking them to a busy, busy place.  They did great.  They listened so well!!!!! 

We found some clothes for Patrice and Caitlyn at the sale; Sue really doesn’t need anything.  But she did score a cute construction hat a lady gave her (she does look darn cute in it!) and some fun dress up costumes.  And I found some things that make me feel like a fun, creative mama.  I brought home 4 cute kid craft and cooking books.

Once we got home, and the kitchen cleaned and lunch eaten, we set out to do our first craft from one of the books, The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel  There are tons of great things in there.  I am going to be unstoppable once we get some glue and tempera paints!

Our first project from the book was Wacky Watercolors.

Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons baking soda
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 1/2 Teaspoons light corn syrup
Food Coloring

See instructions in with pictures.

Check out our results:

Mix all ingredients, excepthe food coloring

Smile for the camera

mix some more

Pour mixture into jar lids or egg carton wells

add food coloring and stir

Stir until “concoction” feels easier to mix.

commence painting

add a cute baby for extra enjoyment

A Friends Giveaway!

Do you ever feel cool just for knowing someone cool?  I do.  And today I am pretty excited to tell you about  my cool friends.  I went to college with Aaron Zenz‘ wife and also lived near them when they were a newly married couple.  So that makes me cool, because they are cool. 

Aaron is an amazing artist and author.  His first authored and illustrated book was the The HiccupotamusIt is very cute.  I have a copy and have given several copies to others.  It is so cute and so giftable.

And now he his coming out with another book that he wrote and illustrated, Chuckling Ducklings.

Here is just one of the adorable illustrations

 He is celebrating the release of his book with a very generous give away.  Please check it out!  Then you’ll be cool too!