Monday, October 31, 2005


Fruit and veggie puffs have forever ruined my son towards cheerios. He won't eat the cheerios! Aren't babies supposed to love cheerios? He'll eat the puffs though. That's annoying.

I Hate

Daylight Savings Time.

I hate it.

I wish the inventors of it had never been born.

Date Night Picture

We just got our picture from our date night a few weeks ago. Since Joel and I are not real cowboys, we decided to be a little silly. Here's how we were dressed. Notice the straw.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Dish Network

Dish Network has sent me some promotional items and coupons. If you have been wanting to sign up, tell me, and I'll send you these things. It benefits both of us.


Emlyn is 3 and obsessed with cutting paper. She luckily only cuts paper, but it has been driving me crazy- she's always asking for paper to cut.

The other day I finally figured it out- give her catalogs. We get a million catalogs all the time, and there's always cool pictures in there. Yesterday I got an Oriental Trading Company catalog, and that has been perfect for her because there's about a million pictures of toys for her to cut out.

Later if we have energy we can glue the pictures to other paper.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Conversations with God

Lately God and I have been having conversations at around 6 in the morning. Here's how most of them go.

Me: I really want to go back to sleep! Why do these kids have to wake up at 6 every morning? It's driving me crazy! All I want right now is sleep.

God: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

Me: I could do my quiet time some other time! I really want sleep. Can't you make those kids sleep longer? I mean I know they went back to sleep but I'm so tired!

God: Seek me first. This is a good time to spend with me. Do you see how quiet it is? So peaceful. You could make this into a habit. The kids already have. Quit fighting it and spend time with me.

Me: You do have a point. I guess I could set my alarm for 6 so the kids won't wake me up and get me mad at them. 6 isn't that early, anyway.

God: There ya go. Maybe eventually you will want to get up early in the morning with me. And you know the kids will eventually get this sleep thing worked out. All in my time.

Me: All right. Well, it's 7 now. Here come the kiddos. See you tomorrow God!

Now you and I both know that it's not a real conversation in the world's point of view. But I really feel that I am being led to this quiet time thing. After all, I had been praying for the time and dedication to do this. Looks like God found a time in my schedule for me. Sigh. It is awfully early though.


Well we did have a good time camping. We really wished for a larger vehicle, though. The only person unencumbered by stuff was the driver.

We went down to South Texas- it was very pretty and the weather was perfect for camping. Both of the kids did well and slept better than I did.

Now I'm trying to get the house in shape. We still have a lot of camping equipment to put away and laundry to do, although I did most of the laundry today. This week I have Ladies Bible Class on Wednesday, lunch with sis and small group for church at our house on Thursday, a baby shower at our house on Friday, and then Saturday my cousin is coming into town and it's Fall Festival at our church. Wow! A lot of stuff. I know it's boring.

Emmy got her first library card today. She was very excited about it. Of course I will be keeping track of it for like 3 more years, but it's the principle of the thing I think.

Well this has been such a boring entry I don't even know if I'll publish it.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Back from Camping

We had fun camping. I will try to post some pics later. Right now I am looking at this afternoon and cringing. Too many things to do!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Camping, Packing, Kids

We are going camping, supposedly leaving in an hour and a half.
The kids are going psycho (em didn't sleep) and I am going crazy. Can we get in the car without me yelling?

Our car as usual will be stuffed to the gills, as we have a honda accord and lots of gear. this is one of those times, about every 6 mos, when I wish we had a truck or SUV. But the rest of the time I love our car.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Please pray for me today.
I am so tired and I have about 100 responsibilities at Ladies Bible Class and I really just don't feel like going. I need some sleep. I have a half hour before I'm supposed to leave and things around here are just chaotic. Emmy just almost strangled Denali and I just want to give up.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


6 am party at our house!
Yes, it was fun to have Amy's kids for the night, but did they HAVE to wake up at 6? (It was Emmy's fault, not theirs, but the damage was done)


We as a people have finally reached the silliest we ever will. You can now buy premade, frozen PB&J or grilled cheese sandwiches.

Really? Because last time I checked it takes about 1 minute to make a PB&J sandwich. These take 30-60 minutes to thaw at room temperature. That doesn't even make sense. And it doesn't take much longer to make grilled cheese from scratch, especially if you use the microwave.

What have we come to when we buy premade PB&J? That's my question.

On another note, Emmy and I are making sorbet from scratch today. I've never done it before, but it only took like 5 ingredients and a blender and a freezer. I'll let you know how it turns out.

We also made "ants on a log." You take a stick of celery (or a lot of sticks of celery) and put peanut butter on it, filling the trench. Then you take raisins and stick them into the peanut butter. Then eat it! That only takes about 5 minutes too.

Do YOU have any fun snack recipes that are kid-friendly and easy? Let me know.


I finally got some sleep. 9-4. Cool beans. Now I feel like a real person instead of a zombie.

I think I just heard the baby. It's good to have a nice long post, huh?

Monday, October 17, 2005


What happens when you drink caffeine at 4:30 pm?
Well if you're me, you are then up all night. And the ironic thing is all 4 kids are sleeping like little angels. wonderful.

Friday, October 14, 2005

A Challenge from Supernanny

Well this week's Supernanny hit a little close to home for me.

Emmy and I are both strong willed and I have a tendency to yell. Sometimes for no reason other than that I'm tired. Supernanny tonight featured a family in a similar situation, except that the girl was 9 and completely out of control.

The "heads up" reminded me that I really need to stay calm, and therefore in control, when dealing with Emlyn or she won't know how to deal with things either. I am going to make more of an effort to do that.

On a side note, the family was British and yet the daughter corrected Jo's pronunciation of "unacceptable." Jo says "unaseptable" whereas you or I might say "unaxeptable." It was interesting to see that not all British pronounce it the same way.

Clothes Horse

My 3 year old loves to change her clothes all day long. Often after "quiet time" she comes downstairs with some sort of interesting outfit on. It's awfully strange to me because I have no fashion sense or desire to match, other than because other people expect me to.

How Long Can I Type Before My Kids Attack Me?

I know everyone's busy, but I seem to have a knack for keeping myself excessively busy.
Today I got to do a million errands because Joel got paid. I baked a carrot cake. I am in the midst of painting a sign for Fall Festival at church.
I've also had two Dr. Peppers, so I'm up on caffeine.
Joel's going to a rock climbing competition this weekend, and I'm going shopping with my sister. Which one of us will have more fun? :)
Next weekend we are going camping down in South Texas with church. I would be looking forward to it but I haven't got around to my obsessive list-making yet so I feel unprepared.
You know you're pathetic when even though you keep track of like 20 blogs, you check them so often that there's hardly ever an update.
Joel is liking his iPod Nano, although last night at 1 in the morning he accidently deleted all his songs off it and had to re-put them on it from our computer.
Well, I hear my daughter sneaking down the stairs for the fifth time this "quiet time," so I guess I'll sign off.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


I guess Yahoo! Weather has come up with some new pseudonyms for different kinds of weather. Today's weather here in Austin is
"thunder in the vicinity"
Edit: it doesn't say that anymore if you click on the link. Too bad. But it was sure funny!

An Update

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Last night Joel and I went on a "date night" at our church. We were a little wary because it was western-themed, and Joel and I are not exactly your typical Texans. But we went with it and decided to go over the top with costumes. I put on overalls and braids, and Joel borrowed an old, too-small cowboy hat. He wore that with an ill-fitting flannel shirt, boots, jeans, and (the kicker) a piece of grass between his teeth.

We ate BBQ, danced to country music, watched members of our church play "The Newlywed Game," and bought a gift basket to benefit a children's home. It was a lot of fun, and there was free babysitting!

Joel's mom's visit went well. There was only one time when we were worried that there would be a fight; otherwise she cleaned like a maniac and babysat whenever we asked her to. I got to paint decorations in Emmy's room and go rock climbing with Joel. We've also finalized Halloween costumes for the kids. I hope it's less than 80 degrees on Halloween.

Pictures of Emmy's Room

About two hours after these pictures were taken, we had people over and Emmy and another boy completely trashed the room with toys by taking every bin and flinging the contents over the whole room. Needless to say, I was pretty mad. Most of her toys are in time out now, and has she noticed? Not really. I am so sick of toys.

Her favorite stamp is the leaf. She has been enamored with leaves ever since she was a baby. If she could collect leaves and sticks, that's what she would do all day long.

I did about 150 squats making those stamps.