Thursday, April 30, 2009
I will be going to La Grande to go visit my twin sis. I will first stop by Pendleton and do lunch with Mom. I think we will go to a tiny market that still has the real Jo Jo's and chicken strips with ranch. It's cheap and we can take them to Mom's if the weather is nasty or we can go find a park and eat them if the weather is nice. After that, I'll drive to La Grande. So I should get there about 1:00-1:30 p.m. That gives us lots of time on Friday to hang out.
We usually don't leave the house once I get there, but this time we are planning on taking the kids to a pizza buffet.
We will be catching up on American Idol and watching "A Dinner of Bitter Herbs" from Netflix. Sunday will be church, lunch then I'll be off again. It's a short trip, but should be fun.
I can't wait for Jackie to get to know Lily better.
Today has been busy. Homeschooled in the morning, made a Norwegian Peach cake, A quadruple batch of sausage gravy to freeze for breakfasts, made bread, ran errands, gassed up the Suburban, and paid the bills. I made Teriyaki Chicken and then made Thai rolls with the chicken for dinner. Oh, yeah I did three loads of laundry and packed six kids, too. I almost forgot to pack myself! Yikes, that would have been funny!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I was complaining about how fast we were going through paper plates to my stepmom. She suggested that we use these fry boats that you can get at Cash and Carry. These boats are only $10 for 250 of them! You can't use them for anything that is too greasy or wet unless you have a paper towel or napkin on the bottom. They are great for desserts, snacks, sandwhiches, and sides. Just wanted to share in case you have a large family like ours.
Oh, you can also double them if you need them to be a bit more sturdy.
A wise woman once said, "While we're focused on building character in our children, God is focused on building character in us."
"Maybe it's perseverance - we can't give up on them. Maybe it's patience - no one guarantees immediate results. Maybe it's humility - lest any man should boast! Maybe it's contentment - learning not to envy that mom down the street whose kids seem to have it all together. Maybe it's dependability - truly showing our children that we'll stick with them even when their behavior breaks our hearts. Maybe it's dying to self - doing what needs to be done, even when we don't want to. Like oh say. . . playing a board game with your kids when you'd rather read a book by yourself. (Ouch stepping on my OWN toes now.)And maybe it's for God to continue to grow our faith in Him, to truly remind us to walk by faith and not by sight. When we see what God can do in our children's lives in spite of all of our mistakes and shortcomings (both parents and children), we are reminded that truly it IS all about Him. It's not always easy, but it is about Him"
These words are from a homeschool mother, Nancy Carter. I admire her honestly and frankness as well as her vulnerability.
When we are having those horrific days of what seems to be chaos and madness, remember that God is using these children and sometimes difficult situations to refine us and build our own character. When we see anger spewing out of our children’s mouths and recognize our own voice, it hopefully makes us stop, repent to God and ask for His gracious forgiveness to cover our own sins. We are quick to point out our children’s faults, but are we as quick to admit our own?
This is something to think about. God loves US as much as He loves our children. He wants our impurities to be brought to the surface so we can impart our newly found wisdom or character change upon our children. It’s a win-win situation!
Don’t avoid those character-building moments, embrace them and you will be made whole!
From One Mom to Another,
I didn't blog yesterday (that's weird). I just didn't have much to say. It was Steve's day off, but he ended up going to work from 12:00 to 8:30 p.m. So I had to Tae Kwon Do by myself. I dropped the older kids off and then went to get the oil changed in the rig, ran some errands and grabbed a decaf coffee and hot chocolate for the little kids. It turned out fine. Came home and made a new chicken recipe.
Super Moist Chicken
1/3 cup mayo
2 TBS of tomato sauce
Mix together and dip chicken tenderloins in it. Then dip into bread crumbs. Bake at 350 till they aren't pink. Doesn't take that long. Very easy!
We homeschooled in the morning as well. I got everything done by history. But I loved the fact that at night we were able to read "Hank the Cowdog". I love reading this book to the kids. It is so funny! You can really play up the voices and make it ten times funnier. I had to force the kids to go to bed!
Today is Mom's Morning Out. I will leave all of the kids here with Steve except Lily. It will be nice to get out. I will homeschool in the afternoon. Should be a mellow day. Steve will probably try to get overtime in the afternoon.
Steve and I watched "Yes Man". Don't bother. I can not believe how much cussing there was in a PG-13 movie! Yikes, two F-Words, and lots of others, and the sexual content was appalling. Also, "Australia" was not very good either. I didn't bother finishing it.
We are watching a lot of "I Love Lucy". The kids and I just love it. I can not believe what good clean fun it is. It is so refreshing! We can get them off Netflix.
Steve's making breakfast and Lily wants to be fed, so I better scoot!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This is what they did:
Josh: washed windows on the inside, cleaned all the cupboards and appliance fronts in the kitchen, swept the kitchen, bathroom, utility room and the dining room, and washed all the doors in the house
Marcus: vacuumed all the bedrooms and made my bed, he cleaned my bathroom and washed down both bathtubs, and he mopped the dining room.
I think that was worth 15 bucks, don't you?
The cool thing about this is that I was just praying to God this morning during my Bible study and telling Him how frustrated I am that I don't ever get to deep clean much. I want so much to be able to keep up with the housework, but some days it just doesn't happen. I'm lucky if I can cook, clean the kitchen, homeschool, sweep the kitchen floor, do the dishes and do 4 loads of laundry each day. I know it will get easier when Lily is older, I just hate living in a dirty house. So God answered my prayers today. Isn't that wonderful?
Andrew even chipped in $2 out of his bank. They were all so proud of themselves and I think that pizza even tasted better because of their hard work.
All for a pizza...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
geranium. I'm hoping it will spread and just be beautiful in the spring!
flaux are blooming and the bushes are starting to bloom as well.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I am a mother who firmly believes in teamwork! I have learned that the more children I have, the more we ALL need to work together to make our home a peaceful, happy place.
Do you just do things for your children because it is easier to not “make” them do it? Yes, it is a real hassle and a pain in the neck to teach your children to do chores the right way. It takes training and consistency! It takes TIME! Time is something that mommies seem to be short of. It also takes patience.
Do you want lazy, irresponsible children? Do you want whiners, who go around saying “I’m bored” or “I have nothing to do.” Giving them responsibility gives them something worthwhile to do. It’s training them for the future. It’s teaching them to be diligent in all kinds of areas. If it’s pets, then they are learning how to keep something alive! If it’s housekeeping, their future spouses will thank you for a well-trained mate.
I read this quote off of an email and I just had to share it with you.
“If Mommy does everything for them, then what we're really saying is that their "help" is not required. How sad. Put them to work; give them responsibility (and the privileges that come from it!). They are a part of the TEAM - an important family player! Give them a taste of real life so that they can grow up and serve others, too. Smothering them with servitude which only goes in one direction equals the wrong kind of "sheltering." Let it flow both ways and enjoy a happy, well-balanced household.”
Amen to that! If we teach them to be team players at home, then they will hopefully grow up to be team players in their work places, marriages, and most importantly in God’s Kingdom.
From One Mom to Another,
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I called Candy and she came over to watch the kiddos so I could visit Rach. I hope I can watch some of the kids for them so Paul can go have some time at the hospital without having to bring all the kids with him. I'm also going to give him a meal so he doesn't have to worry about cooking.