Sunday, September 29, 2013

Boring Old Update

WARNING:  If you are not a first degree relative, you will most likely fall asleep within seconds of reading this post.   If you choose to proceed anyway, you do so at your own risk and I will not be held culpable for any damage that may occur to body or electronic equipment when your face and/or drool hits your keyboard.  

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10 Boring Things that I Don't Want to Forget

1. The other day Cami and I actually got into a tiff  about the word, "subterfuge".   I think I won.  She thinks she won.  I blame the whole thing 100% on her AP Lang class!

2.  My time without a kitchen is giving me the itch to get cooking again!

3.  Speaking of the kitchen, ours is finally starting the slow process of getting reassembled.  Some of the lights are in, the drywall is back on the wall, and the cabinets are supposed to be coming on Monday!

4.  Young Women is back in full swing after a little hiatus for the month of August and I am absolutely loving the time I get to spend with these awesome YW again.

5.  Ellie and Adam have unknowingly been doing a little planking on the trampoline lately.  They don't call it planking, but one will intentionally roll into the other one while they take turns falling over the other one then asking me to judge who fell the most realistically. One of them definitely has the better moves than the other, but I'm not saying who...

6.  I swatted at a wasp with my iPad this week.  Ellie was just sitting on the couch when the dang thing started stinging her and I grabbed the closest thing I could find, which happen to be my iPad.  Happily,  Ellie and the iPad are fine and the wasp is not.

7. My brain is completely swamped with appliance shopping, flooring options, and choosing contractors (roofers, electricians, and flooring people).  And I still have yet to choose the cupboard handles, lights, faucet, and table.  Oh yeah, and I'm trying to be a wife and a mom, homeschool the kids, keep up with my calling, and attempt to keep the house from falling apart.

8.  With all the extra time that  Adam and Ellie are spending together during homeschool, they are starting to learn more creative ways to resolve their differences.  Take their ongoing argument over whose turn it is to hold Rocky's leash....instead of trying to keep track of whose turn it is, why not just use two leashes instead?!

 9.  I nearly jumped a mile the other day when I was walking with the kids through the high school parking lot to pick up Cami from practice and suddenly we heard a loud boom and witnessed a car driving over a full can of paint.  It turned out to be quite amusing to see the designs it made on the pavement and we were pleasantly surprised that there didn't seem to be a drop of paint on the actual body of the car (only the tires).  The poor teen driver though, was so flustered and embarrassed that he gave the paint can owner $20 for the trouble.

10.  I grew up living hundreds of miles away from my nearest cousin, so I absolutely love seeing the strong friendship that my kids are forming with theirs.   I have three siblings, who have six kids between them that live in the area.

A couple of other random photos I don't want to lose:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cross Country Days

As a young girl I fancied myself a fast runner.  I remember racing my siblings around the yard and gloating in my frequent victories, not realizing that my longer legs (for the few years that I had longer legs) definitely put me at a bit of an advantage in those races.

When I was a little older, my friend, Jess, talked me into joining the junior high cross country team with her.  I had never participated in an organized sport before, but my hesitation was quickly won over by her persuasiveness and I slogged my way though the entire season enjoying the company but hating every step of the running.

After my junior high experience,  I vowed to never run again. Luckily though, shortly before my first year of high school started, the cross country coach started calling my house and recruiting me to join the team.  I liked the feeling of being wanted and after a while reluctantly agreed to join the team.

During my years in high school I never rose above being an average JV runner,  but even still I consider my decision to join that team as one of the pivotal moments in my life.  Not only did the cross country team surround me with some of the brightest, most hard working, and nicest students in my high school, but it also helped me to develop a confidence and self-discipline that have helped me through my whole life since then.
My senior year
Fast forward twenty plus years and now my own daughter is running on her high school cross country team.  She's continued to struggle with her asthma and has never come close to winning any races, but she has put her heart and soul into her running and I can't help but feel a whole wallop of nostalgia every time we attend one of her races.

Cross country is about the only thing about high school that I miss and I have enjoyed watching her make her own harrier memories....
                             2013                                                         1990

And I literally have to fight back tears when I see her pushing through the pain...

and giving that extra push to the finish line...

 Way to Cam!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Writing on the Walls

Someday, in a few decades, someone is going to decide to redo their kitchen and maybe...just maybe...if they decide to replace the drywall too, they will get just a little peek into the family who lived in that house a long time ago.

They will get a glimpse of who they were and what they believed...

They will see in whom they put their trust...

and know that they were not ashamed of His Gospel...

They will see that they believed in a God that is loving and forgiving...

and who will always lift them up when they are weak.

When they lift their eyes and notice the writing on the doorframe, they will see the 23rd Psalm and know that theirs was a family that looked to Christ for their redemption...

and were seeking the treasures of a better world.

When they look down at the raw floors....

and at the beams over the patio door,  hopefully they will also see that they were a family that tried to have a bit of fun...

whether in their attempted scriptural humor     

or in spending an evening together....

filling the very walls of their home...

with words of love and trust...

and faith in God.

Although drywall may cover the words for now, it is my prayer that every person who enters that house in the years to come will know that, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 

Thanks to my friend, Shawni, for the inspiration for doing this.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Keep or Throw or Both?

With five kids in the house, we've had plenty of art projects come through our door over the years.  I usually hang them up around the house or on our bulletin board for a while, but struggle to know what to do with them once the next batch of artwork arrives fresh and bright from their backpacks.  Do I dutifully try to save them for some future day when I may get around to framing my favorites?  Or toss them in the trash never to see them again?  

For a while I tried a bit of both methods and wasn't too fond of either.  Then I started blogging and came across an idea that was the best of both worlds!

I take pictures of their projects, post them on the blog, then throw them away.  The artwork doesn't keep cluttering up our house and since they're now all safely printed into our annual blog books, someday I can still show them to my future grandchildren.   

I know that most people probably figured out this cool trick a few decades ago,  but it was revolutionary discovery for me!   Here are a few of my favorites that we've had hanging on our kitchen bulletin board for a while (some for a long while).  

"Stormy Night" by Adam

"Snow Globe" by Ellie (1st grade)

"All About Adam" by Adam

"Self Portrait" by Adam (circa 2012)

"Mother's Day Coupon book" by Ellie (2013)

"Halloween/Birthday card" for Emma by Ellie (circa 2012)

"Mother's Day card" by Adam (2013)

"Note to the Easter Bunny" by Spencer (circa 2005)

"Science Fair project" by Emma

"Old Faithful" by Adam

"Washington DC temple" and a "Picnic" both by Emma (several years ago)

"We are in a Flower" by Ellie (made in preschool)

My first attempts at sewing (too ugly to pass on to future generations):
My first ever attempt at sewing for Cami
circa 1998
Easter dress made for Cami (all of the girls eventually wore it)
circa 1999
My cross country bear from high school.

Adam's end-of-year signatures June 2013.  (4th grade)

We're not actually throwing this away yet...just didn't want to forget it!

Father's Day by Ellie 

Emma's Boston Report (one of her first middle school projects):

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