Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I never knew I could add a link to Snapfish from my blog. Cool! We celebrated Easter today (since I was in bed with the flu last weekend). I took lots of pictures of the girls in their Easter dresses this morning, and then after school we had a big Easter Egg Hunt in the backyard with the neighborhood girls. It's an annual tradition at our house. The girls had a blast and after the hunt we made purses out of empty tissue boxes. Check out the photos at this link...
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Monday, April 25, 2011
We have a friend of ours living in our back yard in a tent (that's how he wanted it). His name is Taylor and he is 23 years old and responsible far beyond his years. He's been here for three weeks, I think, and will be here three more weeks until he goes on a short-term adventure to Indonesia. The deal was that he would live here, rent-free, and help us out every once in a while around the house and babysit the girls (who adore him) a few times. In his first week here, he had already filled his end of the bargain.
Eric has been blessed, also. He has enjoyed having another male in the house (yes, he sometimes does feel outnumbered). Eric and Taylor have had some great, long talks in the evenings. And I could write a separate blog post about their culinary creations. Those two can cook up a gourmet meal!
We sure are going to miss Taylor when he leaves for Indonesia, not because of what he does for us, but because of how he has blessed us by just being himself. He has become a member of our family and I thank God for placing him in our lives.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Eric's hair is now long enough to go into a pony tail. I love it!
Eric and I recently perfected a recipe for laundry detergent using melted bars of the glycerin soap we make. It is going to save us so much money.
We're going even greener than were: using cloth napkins now. Last week we ran out of paper napkins, then paper towels. I was in bed for days, so I couldn't go to the store and the girls started using dish towels for napkins. Amber said, "We should do this from now on and save on paper and save money, too." (That's my girl!) I remembered being gifted two sets of cloth napkins and then I found another set I had bought on clearance. Now we have 22 cloth napkins and we save about $6 a month. We also save another $10 or so a month because I got down to using only 2 rolls of paper towels each month. We have lots of hand towels and I decided to stop reaching for the paper towels every time I need to wipe up something.
That's what we've been up lately.
Amber said to me: "I love laughing around you, because you are so joyful." (3-13-11)
Amber and Autumn were in the tub taking a bath and Amber said, "Come here, Mom... Autumn gave her heart to Jesus. I showed her how."
I said, "I don't know if she really understands what that means."
Amber said, "Well, she said everything I told her to say. And I showed her how to get baptized. Watch..."
Autumn held her nose and went under the water.
Amber said, "See, now she knows how to be baptized when she wants to." (3-13-11)
I was talking to Eric about how I never have any cash in my purse and I have to use my debit card a lot. Amber--in her usual generous way--said, "I have 93 cents you can have." (3-22-11)
We were looking at pictures in school and Autumn said, "That's a hair balloon." (hot air balloon) (3-23-11)
I was showing Amber my new essential oils and she smelled one and said, "I don't like euca lipstick." (eucalyptus) (3-27-11)
We were talking about food and nutrition and Amber said, "McDonalds and places like that are the worst places to eat."
Then she continued, "Also the place with the clown."
I said, "Jack-in-the-Box?"
She said yes and said, "And the king's crown place."
I said, "Burger King?" She said yes.
I think it's awesome that my girls don't even know the names of some of the fast food restaurants. (3-23-11)
This one is my favorite.It happened today: Background: The other day Amber informed me that out butts are also called our bums (as if I didn't know). I informed her that a bum is also a negative name for someone who doesn't work. Amber informed me that another name for a person who doesn't work is a "hobo." (I have no idea where she comes up with these things.)
So, this morning I was putting on my jeans and snagged my fingernail and said, "Ouch."
Autumn said, "Did you hurt your hobo?"
I said, "My what?"
She said, "Your hobo. You know, your hobo is your butt." (4-6-11)