Friday, October 29, 2010

My favorite thing

Yesterday the girls and I were watching a Barbie movie in which a character was skydiving. Amber said, "Is that your favorite thing to do, mom?" I said it was one of my favorite things. Then Amber said, "My favorite thing to do is love people."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Hodge Lodge Funnies

When the girls say something funny or something out of the ordinary happens, I quickly jot it down on a small piece of paper. I had quite a stack building and so I thought I'd put them on my blog before the papers end falling behind my desk never to be seen again.

July 2010:

Autumn was pretending to read her new children's Bible. One chapter was about ice cream. Another chapter was about putting on shoes and going to the fair. Then Autumn said, "Chapter 4 is not amazing."

August 2010:

Eric and his friend--who has equally long hair and also wears a beanie cap a lot--were listening to Bob Marley when a young girl on a scavenger hunt came to our door. After asking for her items, she asked them in a valley girl voice, "Are you, like, Reggae?"

Amber said this after weeks of Autumn--on purpose--not responding to Amber's orders and instead ignoring her: "Mom, I think there's something wrong with Autumn's hearing."

My 13-year-old niece, Rachel, said this on her visit after I mentioned that I was 40: "I thought you were 28. Seriously, you don't act that old, your personality, I mean. You act so young." She also said we were the best relatives.
After she said these things, I gave her my car and told her she could come live with us if she wanted!

September 2010:

Amber is learning about the United States in school. She calls Louisiana: "A-loozy-anna."

One day I was complimenting Amber on her new blue hair clips. She said, "I think it's called awkward marine." (Aqua marine)

October 2010:

When Eric was cleaning a lobster that he had just got on a dive trip, Autumn said, "I want to see the lobster poop."

Even more disturbing...When Amber goes out on the boat with Eric, she likes to hold the beating heart of the fish in her hands after Eric has gutted it.

And...Today in church I was helping in Amber's class. The teacher (Jan) said that Moses was a shepherd for 40 years. Amber's hand shot up and she blurted out, "That's how old my mom is!"

Well, I am 40 for a few more hours anyway...

Friday, October 15, 2010

That's a great idea!

This morning, I woke up earlier than normal. Eric was already out of the house and--amazingly--the girls were still sleeping! I had some time before breakfast and starting school, so I tiptoed into the kitchen, fixed myself a big cup of coffee, grabbed a warm blanket, curled up on the recliner and started to read my book for Bible study. I usually don't get to have quiet time until after lunch, so I was feeling particularly warm and fuzzy inside as I sipped my coffee and cracked open the book. Well, I'm sure you can imagine what happened next. No sooner had I finished the first page than I heard the pitter-patter of four little feet in the hallway. "Oh well," I thought to myself. "It was a nice idea, anyway."

I transferred myself and the blanket to the couch and let the girls curl up with me as I read them their newest favorite book from the library. Then we had breakfast and Amber asked what I was doing earlier. I told her that I was about to read my book when I was interrupted by two little fairy princesses. Amber said, "I have an idea. Why don't you take a long bath and read your book in the tub."

It was a great idea, I knew that. And Amber was a sweetheart for suggesting it. Still, my gut reaction was to just get a quick shower and put off my quiet time until later today. Then I paused and thought, "I have plenty of time this morning. I should take my daughter's suggestion." I filled the tub and grabbed my book and coffee that I had yet to finish drinking. As I trotted off toward the bathroom, Amber got out the play dough for her and Autumn. She turned to me and said, "How's my idea working, Mom?" Speechless, I gave her a big smile and marveled at how blessed I was to have Amber, my daughter who is very often filled with compassion and gratitude and a giving heart.

It was perhaps the best quiet time I've had, not because of the warm bath or because I got to sip my coffee for once or because I got great insight from a good book. It was the best quiet time because of the selfless suggestion of a 7-year-old who demonstrated kindness beyond her years.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

School Project

As part of "Science/Nature/Art," Amber and I have been working on a really neat project. During school, we've been going on Nature Walks--mostly on the Ojai Meadows Preserve trails next to Nordhoff. The goal was to find nature items (treasures, as Amber calls them) to use in making doll furniture. After several Nature Walks, we got down to the business of building doll house rooms out of cardboard boxes and only the items found on our walks. We just completed the project and I thought you'd like a peek at the finished product. Amber's creativity really shone in this project. She did all the designing; I just used the glue gun. Autumn made one house, too. It was a really fun project!

The treasures.

The baby/big sister room.

The baby and big sister.

Big sister changing baby's diaper.

The living room.

Amber proud of her work.

Autumn's room.

Autumn made the room for her ponies.

The kitchen.

The biggest sister's bedroom.

The stable.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reverse Crank Calling

Tonight I was in the kitchen making apple crisp when our home phone rang. Eric answered it. The man on the other line asked if we were selling a motor home. Eric said no. He asked if we were sure. Thinking it might be work-related, Eric said, "No, but I've worked on motor homes." Then Eric suggested that maybe the man dialed the wrong area code.

A few minutes later, the phone rang again. It was the same man. Eric put the phone on speaker and answered it. The man said that we had called him. Eric said that he called us. The man then asked, "What's your name?" I waved to Eric from the kitchen and shook my head. Eric said, "Fred." The man said, "Noooo?" Eric said, "Fred Flintstone." We all started laughing; the girls thought it was so funny. The man heard all of us laugh, so Eric hung up.

I really wanted the man to call back again so I could answer the phone and say, "This is Wilma speaking."

Friday, October 1, 2010


October is my favorite month, and it's not just because my birthday is in October. Here's the other reasons:

- Halloween--one of my favorite holidays. I love to dress up!
-Fall--some time this month, we get the cooler fall weather (although it's debatable this year).
- Decorating the house for Harvest is so much fun, especially now that the girls are a bit older!
- Croptoberfest (3 days of scrapbooking) is in October. Need I say more!
- It's the only time of the year that I am in touch with my "orange side."
- I get to drink coffee out of my big mug that's shaped like a piece of candy corn (like I'm doing right now).
- The changing of the colors. A few trees on our block are just beautiful with red and orange leaves.
- Baking, baking, baking!!!
- You can leave the cobwebs up and people will think they are a part of the decorations!

Do you like fall? Why?

Happy Harvest!!!