Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I had to go to the dollar store to get a few crafting supplies for Marlie and Spenc. As I was wondering the store, I noticed a few other people shopping, one was a 45ish man, black leather jacket, shaved head, bit overweight, you get the picture - right? Anyway, I finished my shopping, and brought my purchases up to the till, gave the lady my bank card, and of course the machine wouldn't read my card. The cashier tried swiping it a few times, and then put the card in a plastic bag, and tried swiping it again, but of course it wouldn't work. So I was frantically searching my purse for $8.66, and do I have it? No of course not. I noticed that there were a few people behind me, one of them was "the man". I gave the cashier my MasterCard, but Matt had just bought a bunch flooring for a house on it, so of course it was maxed. I felt a bit silly, so I said, "let these other people go ahead of me, and I'll check my purse again for some cash." The man behind me bought his stuff, and then as he was leaving he turned to me, and gave me ten dollars. I was shocked. And humbled.
I know that we are taught in our church to serve, and look for ways to help others, but I was blown away that this stranger, who I pegged as "rough", would be so kind to me. It made me realize how important it is to look out for others, and be more Christ like. It was a simple thing that he did, but I hope that this experience will make me a better person.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This is us in front of the first maze - there are 3 of them! I didn't really think it would take us very long to finish, but it was surprisingly harder than I thought.
You might be asking yourself, "Is Kadie sitting in a wheel chair?" Why, yes she is. Friday night she was at the park, and rolled her ankle "really bad". She was hobbling along, and we were all sick of waiting for her, so Matt found her a wheel chair. I was honestly laughing soo hard when I saw them roll up. But it really did make things go a lot faster.
Here's Marlie proud as punch in the corn.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Usually they will get this job done in a matter of minutes. But not today. Today they cried, complained, and whined about it. Finally I bribed them with a cookie (or two), and left them to work. After a while, they found me, told me they were done, and I told them they could have their cookie (or two). Later, when I went upstairs, this is what I found...
Why did they stack the shoes like this? Right in front of the door? All on the top rack? I'm really not sure... But at least they did the job... right?
Here's Nixon with his two favorite toys-- a hockey stick, and a gun.
I don't think the kids could be any happier.
First of all a self-portrait.
The running tap.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This is me with 2 screaming 5 month olds, a jealous 1 year old, and a crying 3 yr old. I promise this was the best form of birth control ever.
Here's Tracie being a good mom/aunt and reading the little kids a bedtime story.
One of the reasons I wanted to go down there was to make chokecherry syrup. I love that stuff, but don't really love making it. My mom helped me pick the berries, and then I made the syrup. I cant wait to eat it!
Spencer, is very proud of his beans. If only he was as excited when it came time to eat them. Notice the wooden spoon in the cupboard. My mom was getting very frustrated with Nixon getting into the cupboards/water cooler.
Matt saddled up Scotty, and the kids all went for a ride. Marlie loved it!
Of course my mom had new kittens. (There are always new kittens on the farm.) The kids spent a long time trying to catch them, and finally were successful!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Me- Ummmm, how did you clean the toilet? What did you use?
Spencer- I used that big toilet brush to clean the inside, and my toothbrush to clean the outside.
Me- Don't do that again. It is really gross.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Today I take the kids to school to drop off their supplies and meet their teachers. Then Tuesday is their first official day of school! I defiantly have mixed feelings about this. Usually when my kids are all home, I go a bit crazy. Because really, with my 5 kids crammed into our house it is pure chaos. But this summer has been really fun. We have been gone so much and having so much fun together that it has just flown by. So today I'm going to write my list of things pros and cons of school starting.
Reasons I'm excited to have school start:
1. Routines!! call me crazy but I love them! I love getting up, getting the kids off to school, and being productive during the morning. Mornings are when I work best.
2. Having school start means that fall is coming. I love fall. I love the color changes, and the cool days! Fall is my favorite season.
3. Putting the shorts away and pulling out the jeans. Don't get me wrong, i love shorts, but when i pull out my "warm" clothes, I feel like i have a whole new wardrobe!
4. Lessons start again. I have mixed feelings on lessons. I hate the driving to and from, but I love having my kids learn and try new things. This year Kadie is doing voice and piano, and Chase is going to try Karate.
5. Spencer starts pre-school. He has been SOO excited to start school! He probably asks me 5 times a day when his school starts. So at least to have him start, he will stop pestering me with "when do I get to go to school mom?"Reasons I don't want school to start:
1. No more sleeping in. I know i just said that I love getting a good start to the day, but who doesn't love sleeping in, and being lazy?
2. No more hot days. I don't like it when its too hot, but i love having a tan, and playing in the water, and jumping on the tramp...
3. No more fun days like this:
(Matt, Chase, Briggs, Steve, and Mike)