Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

It's been a good day so far. Paul took Michael and Grace to the Memorial Service at the cemetery and then we went to the park to meet with friends (Rebecca and girls). Then we stayed to have a picnic and stopped by Sonic on the way home for ice cream (and a slush for me). Now it's nap time then we will go have fun with the Redlins later.

Paul was disappointed in Las Cruces this morning.....for one it took forever for him to figure out if they were even having a memorial service anywhere. He searched online for over an hour the other night...newspapers, etc.....and couldn't find anything. Then luckily he saw the little article in the paper yesterday that said there was one. So he took the kids this morning and said there was hardly anyone there and all mostly old people. It's a shame that in a city of 100,000 there were that few of people there to remember what this day is actually about. We did talk about it that it may be no one knows about it since it took him a while to find something on it. There were of course lots of advertisements for the wine festival and all that stuff going on this weekend. Oh well....I'll get off my high horse now.

I have been trying to go through "Juggling Life's Responsibilities" more again and really do it as a study (the whole reason I started this blog). I have been reading over and over in chapter one and have really been stuck on "abundant life" and what it really is. I heard Mark Lowry do a bit on it and I thought it was funny.....he says life is a bunch of ups and downs (like a roller coaster) so abundant life is just bigger ups and downs. I thought that was so funny, but still was trying to figure out what abundant life really meant. I had always thought of it being like a "happy life", but when you think about what abundant means, it doesn't mean happy, it means "more of" or "in excess". So I was still stuck on "what is life then" and maybe Mark Lowry is right. But, while Paul and the older two were gone this morning I was reading it again and really trying to study it out (look up word search, etc) trying to figure out what it could mean. Well, then they all got home and I went to take a shower and get ready to go to the park (since it was almost 11 and I was still in my nightgown). Well, while in the bathroom I had to sit a while so I grabbed Paul's Bible. It has the Scofield notes in it so I was able to look at those and read other verses that were referenced from John 10:10 (where it talks about abundant life). One of the things that I guess was holding me up on this is in the book (Juggling.....) it says to name a few women in your life that have abundant life and what you think their secret is. Well, I kept thinking it can't be just happy and it can't be just more ups and downs, so what is it? Well, in the Scofield notes about life is says "eternal". Then some of the verses it references talk about Christ being "eternal life". As I was reading these verses I just real quick (in the back of my mind) asked God to show me what this all meant. It was like He turned on the light! All the sudden it clicks in my head that "abundant life" is "more of Life" or in other words "more of Christ"! Well, that is why he came was to give us His Life so to me it makes sense now. Ok, so I was going to talk to Paul about this, but I always feel inadequate about talking about things like this with him (ok so not always, but a lot of the time). I am afraid he will either be like "duh, I can't believe you just realized that" (which by the way he would never say it like that) or "no, it's not really saying that" (which again he would not say it like that). So, I haven't talked to him about it, but I know I need to because I don't want to walk around thinking my thoughts are right if they aren't! LOL

So, off to make dessert for tonight and switch the laundry over.

Friday, May 21, 2010

New recipes

So, the chocolate pudding and pie turned out great! I had enough pudding to make a pie and then have another big bowl of just pudding...probably would have been enough for 2 pies. I love the home made pie crust too....I usually don't like crust, but this was really good....baked just right. I also made apple butter. I combined a couple recipes I found and it is really good! I thought it would make a lot more than it did, but it filled a jelly jar and there was a little more that I put in a small Tupperware container. It will last a while, but I was hoping to have two jelly jars full so I could give one away. Oh well, at least I know my 8 qt. crock pot is big enough to double or maybe even triple the recipe! I know my mom (and maybe others) think I'm nuts in some of the things I do....like home births, cloth diapers, and making things from scratch....but, I really like making things from scratch. I enjoy being in the kitchen and the taste of it later, knowing I did it myself. I have actually been thinking about checking on the price of apples and apple butter and am thinking about selling it. We'll see.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

3 posts in one day!

Since I don't keep up with this I have to post three times today just to cover things....and I'm sure it's not everything. I have really gotten into making things from scratch. We make our own bread (at least for me and Paul) and pizza crust and noodles, but tonight I made a chocolate pie. the crust is home made (which we've done already) but I made chocolate pudding from scratch also...mostly so I can have since I can substitute my almond milk for regular milk. It is cooling and so we will see how it tastes later. I will try to let you know, but you know how I am with updates!

Teeth

Lydia is getting her first teeth! Her first two bottom teeth have started poking through. I was so excited that I had to send out an e-mail so my mother-in-law reminded me how funny it is that we still get excited about the little things like this even when it's the 3rd child. :-) She is also eating "solid" foods. She enjoys the baby rice cereal, sweet potatoes and carrots. She had a little bit of avocado Sunday night and liked it too so I will probably have to get some of those soon too.

Mother's Day

So, Mother's Day I woke up and heard Paul leave the house with Michael and Grace. The gift he thought I could use was a quiet Sunday morning to myself (and Lydia). So he took them to breakfast and then came back to get me for church. It was very nice. I then got in the van to find a card from the kids. He said he gave it to them and told them it was for me and they did the rest. Michael wrote his name on the inside and they both colored. Then Paul said Michael asked him if it was for me and he said yes. The next thing he knew Michael had written "MOM" on the envelope. Paul didn't tell him to or help him at all. It was so sweet. I am so thankful for a great husband that knew just what I needed.

Then I organized a Mother/Daughter brunch for church. It was a lot of planning, but I loved it! I even did the devotion. This is the first time I had ever done a devotion. I thought I would be very nervous, but since I had prepared so much for it and with God's help, I wasn't nervous at all. The day went well. We had a few ladies that had signed up, but then weren't able to make it. But all in all, I think it went very well.

I had Paul take me and the girls to the church for the brunch. That way he could help watch the girls as I finished with last minute details and then he and Michael ran an errand and then he worked on the van. So, I had asked him if he would bring my tennis shoes and shorts so I could walk home. I just wanted the time to myself and thought it would do me some good to walk. So on the way home I called my mom (she had left me a message). As I'm walking down the street I see a truck go through an intersection and a kid on a bike was coming from the street to the right and ran right through the stop sign and ran into the side of the truck. The kid (I think in shock or adrenaline) kind of jumped off the bike and ran or stumbled back a little then fell. There were a couple other people that saw it and a few more that heard it. I called 911 and they got units there quickly. The boy kept trying to get up, but we made him lay still. He had a nice knot on his leg, just below his knee, but otherwise seemed to be fine. He was probably about 13. Then I got home took a few minutes to relax and then got on the computer to start getting some things done and I received a phone call saying I had won from a raffle ticket I bought back when we moved. It is for a chiropractor/massage therapist. It includes the initial exam, 6 adjustments and any other services needed. I have my first appointment Friday! I was so excited! I could really use it. I have been putting off an adjustment, but I am having headaches and I'm pretty sure they are from my neck and back.

Well, I have once again just been reminded why I can't keep up on this blog. As I'm trying to do this "real quick" I have yelling and screaming going on. Then all is quiet finally and I turn around to realize Grace is unloading the folded diapers out of the laundry basket. UGH!!! Well, guess I should find something for her to do than destroy all of mine and Paul's work.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New things

Ok, so I'm horrible at keeping up with this blog. We are moved into our new house now and loving it! One floor, new carpet, new floors in bathrooms, new toilet in our bathroom (with a toilet seat that shuts on it's own!) and great area. We also bought a new swing set for the kids for the back yard. We already have things hung on the walls (which is a record for us) and it really feels like home. The kids love being able to run up and down the hallway.

Grace turned 2 on Friday. We didn't get to have a birthday party like planned because Paul and all 3 kids were sick over the weekend. We were going to reschedule, but decided we didn't want to draw her birthday out more. She is already potty training too. Unfortunately, it will probably take her a little longer than Michael (even though I always hear girls are easier and faster) because we are starting her so much earlier. She wants to go on the big potty like her brother though so I am trying. It has been a couple of trying days though (we've been trying for a few days though). Yesterday she peed once on the kitchen floor then once on the living room floor then pooped in her panties later. Today she peed on the living room floor twice. She knows how to go and likes to, but I don't think understands the feeling that she needs to go yet. She did poop on the potty already too. Oh well, one of these days she will get it...then I'll just have 1 in diapers!!!

Michael is really being the big brother now. He likes telling Grace and Lydia that they are not obeying him! LOL He can be a good helper when he wants to be though. He just amazes me with the things he picks up on and learns. Tonight he was tracing the letters on the trash can at Subway that say "thank you". He knew every letter. He also writes his name (has for a while) but has also started writing "mommy". Tonight he wrote "mom" even without me telling him which letters to write. He likes typing his name on the computer when I'm "talking" to Grandma or Aunt Carleta too.

Lydia is growing and changing so fast. She is trying to crawl now. She gets up on a knee and pushes, but hasn't quite figured out how to coordinate everything. She is so alert and loves watching her big brother and big sister. You can tell she really wants to get up and run after them. She loves it when they get on the floor and talk to her. Michael and Grace love it when she laughs at them too (or even just smiles).

Gotta go for now....Paul needs to finish up some work for his seminary class tonight. I will hopefully update this more soon.