Thursday, July 31, 2008

Not Such a Daredevil After All

Wingnut took the day off yesterday so we could take the family to Six Flags for Federal Employee Appreciation Days.  In other words, we didn't have to take out a second mortgage to pay for the day.  We only live 2 miles from the amusement park, but in the 7 years we have lived here, this was only the second time we have amused ourselves there.

I really do not like roller coasters.  I can't stand waiting to get on.  I'm terrified I'll be one of those people you read about that has a heart attack on a roller coaster.  Just waiting in line makes my heart start pounding and my hands start sweating.  I also can not abide that climb to the top of a coaster.  It's the ominous clickety-clack noise as the car makes it's way to the top. Once the ride gets going I actually enjoy myself, but the family usually has to harangue me all day to get me to go one just one coaster.  I managed to go on two, yesterday.  Neither had a long wait in line, nor a steep climb to the top.  Heart attack, happily avoided.

Wingnut took the four oldest junior Wingnuts and they all rode to their little hearts' content on every ride they were tall enough for.  I spent my day in the kiddie park with Baby Wingnut and the Tornado.  I had a blast on the carousel, old fashioned cars, kiddie bulldozers and balloon ride with my little ones.  

Special K didn't earn the nick name "Tornado" for nothing.  She is pretty fearless and decided she wanted to try a ride on her own.  She very happily clamored into her seat with other big kids and I managed to take several photos of her on the ride.  Let's just say, she may not be such a daredevil after all. . .

Here she is, full of confidence and ready to go.
This is the point where she begins to think, "Wait just one minute. I'm not so sure about this"
Here she is, clinging on for dear life.  I feel for you kid.  Really I do.
She was just a little ticked.  "I didn't like that AT ALL!"

I am such a horrible mother.  I was laughing so hard, I can't believe I got such great shots. 
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

End Complaining Forever!


I bet that got your attention!  O.k., this probably won't end complaining forever, but I am sharing a nice tidbit from my wealth of parenting knowledge, that has curbed complaints about chores around our house.

I'm sure I've mentioned before how important it is for children to have responsibilities around the house.  This summer, I tried out a new way of meting out chores.  I wrote our daily chores on craft sticks (emptying dishwasher, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming stairs, and dust mopping the wood floors) and placed them in a cup.  We have 5 kids old enough to do chores so I added one more craft stick with "Free Day"written on it.  Each morning the children draw sticks for their chore for that particular day.  This has worked out pretty well, except that as the summer has worn on, I'm hearing more complaining about which chore certain children drew.  My solution for ending the complaining is: if I hear you complain about your chore, you get to do everyone's chore for the day.  So far, I've only had to implement this policy twice.  As much as they might dislike doing a certain chore, they certainly do not want to do all the chores!

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Busting Their Chops

One of the coolest things about being a military family are the opportunities for living overseas. Our family spent three years in Okinawa, Japan.  One of our children was even born there and she still refers to herself as being part Japanese.  Ever since our stay in Japan, our children have been fascinated with all things Japanese.  Our oldest three have fond memories of fantastic parks, beaches and festivals. 

The kids are now on a chopstick kick.  They have been begging for chopsticks for months now.  I was able to pick up some wooden, disposal chopsticks at the commissary several weeks ago. Tonight was the big night to try out the new utensils.  Karate Kid has it down pat.  Stat Boy decided he couldn't shovel fast enough and went immediately back to the fork.  OJ managed a scooping technique.  The younger three were much more fun to watch, and photograph.





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Sunday, July 27, 2008

I Think Even Uncle Walt Would Agree. . .


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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Celebrating the Pauline Year


Our wonderful parish priest suggested in his homily several weeks ago that we should tackle reading The Acts of the Apostles in honor of the Pauline Year.  Of course, my brain immediately began churning, thinking of the possibilities for the coming school year.  I thought, this would be a perfect idea for teaching religion to the kids this year and a great opportunity for Wingnut and I to increase our knowledge of this great Saint.  Once home I began searching for resources to supplement reading the Bible text. My search came up with the following resources:

The First Christians--The Acts of the Apostles for Children: I'll be using this as a read aloud for my younger children and for independent reading for my older students

Navarre Bible Commentary-- The Acts of the Apostles and The Letters of Saint Paul: Wingnut and I will read these as well as our high schooler

Pauline Timeline: Steven Ray of Defenders of the Catholic Faith has a great FREE and DOWNLOADABLE timeline.

Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions:  Wingnut's mom thought this would be great for our homeschool.  I think I've mentioned before, she is a wise woman!  We've used this great resource in many of our studies of the Old Testament and Ancient History.  This book contains a general timeline, four maps of Paul's journeys and a chart on the doctrinal emphases in the letters of Saint Paul as well as countless other maps, charts, graphs, etc.

Other Resources: Our Sunday Visitor has a great webpage with tons of resources for celebrating the Year of Saint Paul on their website. Pauline Spirit has several books and a coloring book for children that look promising.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

You Need to Spend More Time With Big Brother, Buddy

Family sits down to dinner.  Baby Wingnut is wearing a black scarf tied around his head.

Wingnut: Hiya buddy.  What are you? A pirate?

Baby Wingnut:  No, I a little princess.

Everyone giggles, except Wingnut.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

If You Give a Moose a Muffin Mix. . .


In a previous post I mentioned that I like for my kids to start their day with a hot breakfast. Sometimes they can make this difficult, as several of them will not eat eggs; so omelets, frittatas, and scrambled eggs are out.  We rotate between muffins, pancakes, toast, oatmeal, french toast and occasionally scones.  I had been buying muffin mixes for some mornings, but I can't stand that they are full of sugar, preservatives and other chemicals. I went on a search for an easy homemade muffin mix I could keep in my cupboard.  I found a terrific one online. After a couple little adaptations to the recipe, we whipped up a large rubbermaid container of the mix.  I then taped a recipe card with directions to one side of the container and on the other side I taped a list of possible mix-ins and complementing spices.  My kids loved this so much, they took over the task of making muffins in the morning.  They have even come up with ideas for their own for mix-ins.  I love my little budding "Betty Crockers"!

Moose Muffin Master Mix

9 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt


Muffin Recipe

2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 3/4 cup muffin mix
1 cup of chosen mix-in
1/8 to 1 teaspoon chosen spice (if needed)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (if desired)

Preheat oven to 375 and grease or spray your muffin tin.  In a large bowl combine liquid ingredients and mix throughly. Add muffin mix and mix-in and stir until incorporated.  Evenly divide batter among 12 muffin cups.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

Possible Mix-Ins and Spices

Chocolate Chips 
Butterscotch Chips and Cinnamon
Peeled, Cored, and Grated Apple with 1 tsp Cinnamon and 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Grated Zucchini with 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp Nutmeg & 1/8 tsp Cloves
Chocolate Chips and Chopped Dried Cherries
Chopped Dried Cherries
Chopped Dried Apricots and 1/4 tsp Nutmeg and 1 tsp Cinnamon
Fresh or Frozen Chopped Strawberries
Fresh or Frozen Blueberries with 1 tsp Lemon Zest
Fresh or Frozen Raspberries
3 Tbsp Poppyseeds with 1 tsp Lemon Zest then brush baked muffins with a warm Lemon Glaze made from 1/2 cup Lemon Juice and 1/2 cup Sugar heated in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. 
etc.

Other Variations
You can use 5 cups all-purpose and 4 cups whole wheat flour in the mix, just increase milk by 1/2 a cup
You can substitute equal parts apple sauce for the oil, although you may want to reduce the amount of  sugar in the mix
You can eliminate the sugar from the mix altogether, and add 1 cup honey to the liquid ingredients

We'd love if you'd post your ideas in the comments section!
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Butterfly Bush



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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Betcha Didn't Know

Special K:  "Did you know, spit smells horrible?"

Ma: "Really?"

Special K:  "Yeah, I've smelled it.  You just spit on your hands and rub it around.  It smells real horrible."

Hmmm.  Who knew?
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Monday, July 21, 2008

The Perfect Game



Every summer our parish heads to the local farm team's baseball stadium to enjoy an evening of  baseball, food and fun.  Our priest usually treats the altar boys to the game and waits for them on the third baseline with a fistful of vouchers for food and miscellany.  This year Msgr. had enough tickets to gain entrance for our entire family.  As a thank you for his faithful service as an altar boy, Stat Boy scored $10 in vouchers. It was a scorcher to begin with, but the sun set quickly and the whole family had a blast at the ball park.  It's a rare occasion for us to find an activity that we can all enjoy equally as a family with our combination of cynical teens, goofy tweens, and little ones, but this one really did the trick.



I can't think of a more perfect way to get good and blue and sticky than with cotton candy.



Baby Wingnut loved calling strikes and foul balls.  He actually watched the game with great interest for about two innings.


Even the girls had a blast, especially since they decided to root for whichever team was winning.


The home team won, but we missed the game winning home run in the 10th.  Around the 7th inning, lightning began flashing in the distance and by the top of the 9th, it was close enough for us to hightail it out of there.  As we approached the 12 pass, a light rain began to fall.  By the time we were out of the parking lot, it had become a torrential downpour that followed us home.  As we pulled into our neighborhood, it had once again diminished to a misty drizzle.  We could not have had better timing.  To top the evening off, our happy, yet exhausted Baby Wingnut was down for the count.  Could it have been more perfect?



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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Go Figure, the Pope Was Right.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, First Things published an excellent article in their latest issue.  Blessings!


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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sisters


Wingnut was home from work early yesterday, so we decided to load up the 12 pass and head to the pool.  We were only there an hour before Wingnut informed me he had to head back to work to put out a fire that could not be taken care of over the "ball and chain" (read Blackberry).  I told him that was fine, as the kids didn't have any friends at the pool anyway.  


That was when Special K (6) piped up with, "I had a friend at the pool."

"You did?" I asked.

"Yep, Karate Kid is my friend." she sweetly answered.

Lord, love her!  I hope Karate Kid (15) heard that.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Triumph

There are those rare moments, as a parent, when you feel like you are doing something right, and you just might make it through parenting your children. We recently had one of those moments in our home.

Stat Boy and OJ are very often at each others throats and constantly sniping at each other. They are the closest in age with only 21 months between them. When OJ was born Stat Boy was completely in love with her. He thought she was beautiful and he showered her with attention, love and the occasional M&M. By the time she turned 1, the magic was over, and it has never been the same.

After our 6th was born, two years ago, I decided I just could not keep up with doing all the dishes after every meal by myself. I finally gave up on my fear of broken dishes and assigned this chore to my two oldest children, then 13 and 11. After a few months, and only a couple broken dishes, I decided Karate Kid could handle doing the dishes on her own and Stat Boy and OJ could pair up and do dishes alternating nights with Karate Kid. To say Stat Boy and OJ balked at the idea would be putting it mildly. It was an all out mutiny of grumbling, complaining, and sniping, but I held my ground. I told them they needed to learn to work together, that in the "real" world they would have to be able to work with all kinds of people without griping and arguing.

Now, nearly a year later, I've noticed I'm not hearing any complaining, sniping or arguing during dish washing. In fact, I've been hearing meaningful conversations between the two former combatants. There is peace and even friendship between the two. Today, I am counting my blessings and celebrating a minor triumph!



See how nicely they are working together.


Oh-oh, the gig is up.

Ugh!  Life with adolescents!







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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stay Cool Mojito Granita

Keeping cool in the pool
Never too old to get in the baby pool

In celebration of staying cool this July, here's our favorite stay cool granita recipe:

1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 & 1/2 cup water
several sprigs of fresh mint

In a small sauce pan combine sugar, water and mint.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer until sugar is dissolved.  Press on mint leaves to release most mint flavoring.  Strain mixture into bowl.  Add lime and stir.  Pour mixture into 9x12 pan and cool to room temp.  Cover and place in the freezer.  Approximately every half hour scrape ice crystals that have formed along outer edge of pan.  As granita continues to freeze continue to scrape and stir until it is crystalized uniformly, this should take about 3 hours.  Serve as is or adults can splash a shot of rum over the top if desired.  This makes enough for our family of eight to have 1/2 cup servings.

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Too Much Estrogen


This is such a cute picture of Big Ben, but I think it's time we got him a "boy" bike.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DC Ducks







How'd she know to use the crosswalk?


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Games We Play


Aren't toddlers just the cutest?  I love their little personalities and the sweet games they create. Our little guy has two games he absolutely loves to play.  

The first one we call, "See you later mama."  This game needs one of those plastic, kid size, cars made by Little Tykes.  Baby Wingnut gets in and then out of the car and comes running to mama.  He gives mama a big hug and a kiss, while saying, "See you later mama.  Have fun!" He then runs back to the car and repeats.  Baby Wingnut will play this game for at least half an hour and I get at least two dozen hugs and kisses.

The second game is, "Faster, Baby Wingnut, Faster," and it has a very specific script.  Baby Wingnut watched the track and field portion of the Olympic trials and picked up some of his techniques from watching the athletes.  He begins crouched down at a wall with his heels pressed against the floorboards and his hands on the floor in front of him (try picturing a runner in his starting blocks and that is what Baby Wingnut was going for).  Our script begins with, "Ready, Set, Go!" and Baby Wingnut pops up and begins running toward us.  As he is running we are required to cheer, "Faster, Baby Wingnut, Faster!" Then we all cheer, "Hooray! You did it!"  If we fail to cheer, he collapses on the floor in tears, repeating for us what we were supposed to say.  Following his script is very important.

I just love his imaginativeness!
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Don't Forget Your Lipstick

I have been getting up early most every morning this summer and heading out with my heavy hands to walk about 3-4 miles in my neighborhood.  This morning I wasn't feeling energetic at all, but I managed to haul my dead body out the door and trudged down the street.  About 3/4 of a mile into my walk I passed a woman I see most every morning on my walks.  As she passed me I was struck with how nicely she was dressed.  She was not wearing what I would call classic workout wear at all.  She was dressed in a spangled blouse and black leggings.  She wore a cute beret and huge bangle earrings.  She was even wearing make up and PERFUME!  I was about bowled over by it. I found the whole thing pretty comical, but I'll tell you, it got me through the rest of my walk and I didn't once think about how I hated being out for a walk this morning.  I'm pretty sure she is out every morning, like me, just trying to get some exercise, but she does it with such style.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Contemplating Lines



This past week, I observed people standing in long lines in three different places that made me consider, "Why do people stand in line?"

The first line was outside the Apple Store in a local mall.  Folks were waiting in line to get a look at the newest IT product from Apple, the iPhone 3G and I can only assume to pay their $199 to get their hands on the new techno gadget.  The second line was outside the new Plants and Butterflies Exhibit in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum.  For a measly $6 ticket, one could come in close and personal contact with said plants and butterflies. For our family of 8 the commune with nature would have set us back $42.  The third line was outside a new restaurant on East Capitol Street.  The food looked pretty enticing, Greek, I think.  They reminded me of the stories about long bread lines in the former USSR, the blocks and blocks of cars lined up for gas in the 70s during the oil crisis, or the lines for soup kitchens during the great depression.  Do you see the stark contrast I'm going for here?

When I was going through RCIA 13 years ago, our priest gave a lecture about worldliness.  The one thing he said that has always stuck with me was, "We are called to be in this world, but not part of the world."  Those words came back to me as I observed those lines.  It is a balancing act, to be sure, to be in the world and yet not part of it.  The rampant consumerism of this age often terrifies me.  We all get the "I wants" from time to time.  I often find myself struggling with it. Seeing those lines reminded me how much I need to remain vigilant in praying for the grace to keep myself and my family focused on the True Prize (Philippians 3: 12-14).  





Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us!
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Saturday, July 12, 2008

39 Years Ago, Today . . .



. . .you came kicking and screaming and biting into my world.  And I have been all the better for it!


Yep, you totally rock!




The chicken farm may not be one of your favorite childhood memories, but it is one of mine! Ha ha!



Happy birthday to one of the best brothers and uncles in the world!  We love you!  Have a blessed day!
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Friday, July 11, 2008

I Think He Likes Me




I love flowers.  Wingnut occasionally remembers that fact and he has wonderful taste when it comes to choosing flowers for me.  This is what he greeted me with last night, after his week long trip overseas.  I think he might have missed me almost as much as I missed him.  





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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Boy Do I Miss That Man of Mine!

Phew, what a week we have had!  I cannot wait for my dear hubby to get home.  He just called from California and will be home later tonight.  Every time he called I had another piece of bad news to give him:  from the van overheating and losing coolant like crazy to the air conditioner leaking water and flooding a part of the basement.  Hey, at least a tornado didn't come through and take out all our trees this time!  Thankfully I was able to get the a/c problem taken care of myself, but the van is waiting for Wingnut to tackle.  Did I say I can't wait for him to get home? I'm gonna sleep like a log tonight! Print Friendly and PDF

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

12:15 am the phone rings.  Baby Wingnut and I are in a deep coma.  In my sleep I'm thinking, "Who is this rude person calling me?  Wait a minute, Wingnut is traveling, it must be him."  I am able to rouse myself from my coma (I know, it's a miracle) and answer the phone.  It is Wingnut. He says something sweet that I'm unable to process (remember I'm recovering from my coma). And this is where "stupid, stupid, stupid" comes in. . . I respond with "You are aware of what time it is here?"  What kind of wife am I?  He of course felt terrible for calling so late.  The conversation was short.  I'm sure he wanted me to be able to get right back to sleep, but I felt so terrible for not being gracious that I couldn't get back to sleep.

Sorry sweetie, I really do appreciate that you called.  You are awesome!  I love and miss you!
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Monday, July 7, 2008

The Girl has Spunk

Beneath that adorable, sweet, six year old exterior lurks something quite inexplicable.  We like to call it spunk; you might like to call it something else. . .

Karate Kid:  "K stop pulling on my seatbelt."

K: no response

Karate Kid:  "Seriously, K, stop pulling on my seatbelt!"

K:  still no response

Karate Kid:  "How would you like it if I sat behind you and pulled on your seatbelt?"

K:  "I would LOVE it!"


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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Freebie From Holy Heroes

Special K loves storytime cds and a family friend introduced her to Glory Stories from Holy Heroes.  Holy Heroes also writes and sells great coloring books to go with their cds and others that teach important stories and aspects of the Catholic Faith.  Their newest coloring book: The Triumph of Jesus went to print with a factual error that was not caught in time and so they are giving them away(you pay s & h) along with a special offer.  If your kids can spot the error they can receive a free prize(you do pay s & h) or a 25% discount off one of their cds.  We ordered the free coloring book and the kids had a wonderful time trying to discover the mistake.  We found it fairly easily on our second perusal through the book.  Check out their site at www.holyheroes.com. Print Friendly and PDF

Saturday, July 5, 2008

What Happens When Wingnut is Away. . .

This is what happens when you have three, bored, older sisters and a big brother who is too busy with his new baseball cards to defend you. 




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Tools of the Trade

Being a military family, having six kids, and home schooling makes organization a must.  Over the years I have adopted some of the better schemes for keeping our busy lives running without organization becoming a chore.

  1. School is a priority and in our experience, if we don't get it done by lunchtime it isn't getting done.  I start the day by making a hot breakfast for the kids.  We try to limit cold cereal to once a week.  If the kiddos don't get a good breakfast they will not make it to lunch.  After they eat, they need to get ready for school.  This means they do get dressed everyday.  The only family members allowed to do school in PJs are Baby Wingnut and me. They all have a quick little morning chore to do and then we all meet in the living room for prayers and religion.  When we break from the living room we all tackle math next. Math usually takes the longest to complete of all our subjects and I like for the kids to work on it while they are still fresh. They are allowed to move on to the rest of their work in any order of their choosing, after math.
  2. Continuing on with school organization, every weekend I pull out the kids texts and workbooks and write out in their notebooks a lesson plan for the entire week.  I began doing this when Stat Boy began to believe I was just piling on the work each day.  Having it all laid out in a notebook lets them see what is expected of them each day.  As they work they check off each task in their notebook.
  3. Chores are extremely important in any family, but especially in a large one.  Everyone must pull their weight or we will all fall into complete chaos.  Several years ago, I came across Fly Lady and we've implemented many of her ideas in our family.  After school work, each child has a "fly lady job."  These include unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming the stairs, cleaning their bathrooms, and dust mopping the wood floors.  These just happen to be the things in our home that need everyday attention and don't take too much time to complete.  Like Fly Lady, I don't expect perfection, just that each area should look better than it did to begin with.  Occasionally, if I feel they are slacking in their work, I will give a lesson in how to do the chore properly.  I also adhere to the zoning system from the Fly Lady.  Each area of the house becomes a zone that is worked on during a particular week in the month.  This keeps things from becoming too overwhelming and keeps me from obsessing about cleaning all the time.  
  4. Other chores the children are responsible for are their bedrooms, their laundry, taking out the trash, setting and clearing the table, shaking out or changing the table cloths, and cleaning the kitchen after dinner.  These jobs are divided equitably according to age.
  5. Grocery shopping is my least favorite chore.  As a military family we shop weekly at the base commissary.  This means I need to carve out at least two and a half hours to accomplish this task.   Formerly, I tried shopping for two weeks at a time, but I found we ended running to the civilian grocery store almost every day during the second week. Shopping in the local stores really caused our grocery expenditure to skyrocket, so we really do need to go shopping every week.  Last fall, I came across a great catholic website that has really made grocery shopping easier.  The Domestic Church has a master grocery list that I copied and pasted into my word processor and then adapted to our families needs.  Each week I just print one out and check off what we need on the list.  On the back side I write a menu for the week and then check off the ingredients we need for each meal. 
  6. Wingnut is pretty good about calling when he is on his way home from work.  This gives us about 20 minutes to swoop through the house and pick up one more time before he pulls into the driveway.  He works hard for the money and deserves to come home to a pulled together house and family.
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Friday, July 4, 2008


"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."--Elmer Davis







The Lord answer you in time of distress;
the name of the God of Jacob defend you!
May God send you help from the temple,
from Zion be your support.
May God remember your every offering,
graciously accept your holocaust,
Grant what is in your heart,
fulfill your every plan.
May we shout for joy at your victory, 
raise the banners in the name of our God.
The Lord grant your every prayer.

Now I know victory is given
to the anointed of the Lord.
God will answer him from the holy 
heavens with a strong arm that brings victory.
Some rely on chariots, others on horses,
but we on the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall
but we stand strong and firm.
Lord, grant victory to the king;
answer when we call upon you.
Psalm 20


Have a Blessed 4th of July! 
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Breakfast of Champions

When I asked Baby Wingnut if he wanted some cereal for breakfast this morning he turned his sweet face to me and said "pink cereal."  I faithfully went to the pantry and tried to figure out which cereal was the "pink cereal." As I held up boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Count Chocula, Golden Grahams, and All Bran he continued repeating "pink cereal."

This is what he meant by "pink cereal."
He's a faithful label reader.
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Locks of Love Part 3

Special K and I had our Locks of Love appointments yesterday.  She was so excited to get her hair cut and was practically bouncing off the walls with joy.



Special K before the cut. . .



. . . and after.  She loved her new style so much that she gave her stylist a huge hug afterwards.  She thinks she looks like Kit Kittredge from American Girl.



And this is my after photo.  I finally have a hairstyle again!



After our pampering at Robert Andrew's International Hair Salon, we had to stop by Rita's for Italian Ice, of course!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"Charbucks" is Evil


When I hit the hay last night I wasn't even very tired, but I figured I better get to bed.  Wingnut had to sleep elsewhere because of work.  I never sleep well when he is gone as it is, but last night was particularly bad.  I must have tossed and turned for two hours before getting a few winks, only to be disturbed every time Baby Wingnut squirmed next to me.  I kept asking myself,  "Why am I still awake?  I only had the one cup of coffee in the morning.  What is up?"  Then I remembered the late afternoon "Charbucks" run with Baby Wingnut(he loves his coffee).  What do they put in that stuff? Print Friendly and PDF