30 October 2014

Painting Our Pumpkins ... Finally








I'll admit - I procrastinated a bit this month. Not that I wanted to ... it just sort of happened that way. As much as I had wanted to take the kids to a pumpkin patch and enjoy the whole ordeal, we just didn't make it. So over the weekend, we finally got around to heading to Walmart, of all places, to pick out a pumpkin for each of the kids to paint. There were probably 5 left in the bin ... and they had them marked down to less than $4 each, regardless of how much each of them weighed. Of course, S picked out the biggest one they had, so I had to practically climb in the bin to get it out - and the fact that it had no stem didn't help matters. L picked a good sized one, as well ... and we came home to soak up the sunshine, and spread some paint on our gourds.

The kids loved it, I loved watching them, and we didn't have to spend an entire paycheck on gas to get somewhere, the food and ridiculously priced pumpkins. Not saying we won't get to a patch next year, but at least for now, I'll call it a win in my book!

27 October 2014

The End Of The Week






The weekend: two short days in theory, that many people often lament fly by too quickly. I am one of them, often times. And then other times, like this weekend, the days just seemed so long. Maybe its because M got picked at the very last minute to work some overtime on Saturday, and wound up working a 15.5 hour day. He left before his early-rising children, even, were awake, and came home long after they had retired to bed for the night. They missed him. And spent much of Sunday asking where he was and when was he coming home. They also made sure to ask many, many times if he was in fact working late Sunday, as well. I assured them he wasn't. The whole time, I had no idea, really, and just kept my fingers crossed.

Its the nature of the job, I suppose.

But the kids and I managed to fill our time just fine. We met up with friends at the park and played for a couple hours. Enjoy a lunch of hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches together with them. Watched a movie, or two, curled up on the couch. Visited with their Pappy, and ran around the yard with his German Sheppard. We dropped off coloring sheets for a local Halloween coloring contest that S is convinced they've already won. Not sure how I'll break it to her if, and when, they don't. I let them stay up a few minutes late on Saturday, watching cartoons all snuggled together on the couch with a snack. We went to church. Ran some errands. And enjoyed the Fall sunshine. These days, the weather has been glorious. So we're trying to take advantage as often as we can. Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us and we'll be begging for warmer weather.

This week will be a fun one -- full of holiday festivities, preschool, and birthday party preparations. Looking forward to it all; it's sure to be a good one.

How was your weekend? 
Did you make time to get outside in the sunshine?
What are you looking forward to most this coming week? 

24 October 2014

Weekly Wind-Down










Friday has arrived!! Although -- this week really flew by around here. It seems like it was just Monday, and now here we are, at the end of the week, getting ready for those two relaxing days at the end! I'm not sure what we really have planned for this weekend -- we never really plan things out -- but that's okay. It just means that when we do get to do something, we appreciate it that much more.

This week was a good one, for the most part. We had two days of preschool. S brought home a couple of the cutest worksheets that they did, writing their names and coloring pumpkins. She had great days, and cannot wait for her fall festival next week. We had our second MOPS meeting of the month and enjoyed fellowship with other Moms {and kids}. The message about forgiveness, both giving and receiving it, was very enlightening. Ballet class went well, and S's cartwheels are coming along a little better. She still cannot get all the way over ... but her form is getting much better. It's a start!

On the down side, I dealt with an infection in my mouth, which lead to needing a root canal. My face swelled up, from my mouth and cheeks all the way up to my nose and eye. I still look like I have a bit of a black eye, but the puffiness has gone down and things are healing up. On top of that, we've had some issues with the kids trying to boycott dinner, and some minor attitude issues. Nothing out of the norm for a 2 and 4 year old, though. Some days, it just drives me crazier than others.

L is getting smarter -- and funnier -- every day, too. This week, at the store, he saw the blow up Halloween displays, pointed to the witch and said, "I'm going to turn you into a froooog!" For the rest of the day, he kept calling me a witch, and trying to put spells on me. Clearly, he's been enjoying the festive books we've been reading this month. Arthur's Halloween is his current favorite -- as I've been reading it at least two or three times a day!

Another week behind us, and another week closer to Christmas {and the new year}! 
What was your highlight?! 

22 October 2014

Kisses From Katie

Have you ever found yourself so engrossed in a book that it felt like it was ... speaking to your soul? You connect with it so much you can actually feel yourself among the pages, playing out a role. Following the actions and comings and goings of the characters/people -- believing what they believe.


A few weeks ago, I picked up Kisses from Katie. Within a few pages, I was borderline obsessed with this story. Based on real events, A woman named Katie follows a calling from God, and leaves everything familiar for Uganda. Originally, she sets out to be a teacher, and simply help out the community in any way she can.

She quickly finds a love for the children -- a deep-rooted, can only be explained as God, kind of love for these sweet and innocent little people whose lives have been wrecked and ravaged by horrible things: war, poverty, AIDs, malnutrition, lack of clean water, and more. She takes in one girl to foster, loving her as only a mother can. As time progresses, she takes in more and more little girls - 13 in all. She feeds them, worships with them, teaches them, and shows them Christ's love and adoration. She teaches them their worth, and their importance, in a world that tells young girls otherwise.

The story really hit a spot with me. For a long time, I've thought a lot about fostering, and have been praying about it -- to see if its something in my head, or if it's really God calling me to it. And to see someone so young, so unsettled in life just know that this is what she was supposed to be doing, its so inspiring. The book made me laugh. It made me cry. And more than anything, it made me think.

But to be honest, reading a book like that makes it hard to follow up with something else to read. And that's exactly where I find myself lately -- so enthralled by Kisses from Katie, that I am now having a hard time finding anything that will suck me in as hard, or even half as hard. I guess that can be a good thing -- just means I really really enjoyed the book. But now, reading anything else is just ... sort of ... falling short.

If you haven't read Kisses from Katie, seriously consider it. If you have, read it again. I know I plan to in the near future.

What have you been reading lately? Anything that just sucked you in so hard that you know I need to read it?!

17 October 2014

Kiddo Cutes



Lemme just tell you -- these kids have been giving me a run for my money, lately! Most nights, as soon as they are in bed, I have all I can do to lay on the couch and watch a show with M. I know its just the stages they are at -- L is coming into his "three-nager" stage. And boy is his attitude starting to shine! S is still our dramatic girl, although she's starting to settle a bit, which is a nice change. And I know school and dance are doing wonders for her -- in only a few short weeks, I can see how much she is learning, which is incredible! Kids are sponges! One of these days, I will be begging to have the days back when  the kids were waking me up at 545am, because they just wanted to spend THAT MUCH extra time with Mom. Or at least thats what I'm telling myself right now.

Lord, when that day comes, please remind me that sleep is necessary, and I can just enjoy my time with them {as much as they'll allow at that age} later in the day!

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s: look! i can do a cartwheel.
*failed attempt*
daddy: i really wish someone would teach that child how to do a cartwheel ... im tired of seeing her donkey-kick the air ...


picking up sister from her church class:
l: lemme hold sissy's tag.
l: what is dat? dat a cupcake!
mommy: are you a cupcake?
l: nooooo!
mommy: are you sure? i bet you taste like a cupcake!
l: no -- i taste like a sausage!


again, at dinner time:
S: God is good, God is great ... thank for the food. Amen.
Mom: You know -- you are supposed to say Grace before eating ...
S: but ... if I don't like the food, why should I thank Jesus for it?


spilling everyone's secrets:
S: Pappy isn't going to die, right?
Mom: No, sweetie. Why would you worry about that.
S: Well ... he did something bad. Really bad.
Mom: He did?
S: He threw something. At Target.... and it BROKE!
Mom: ...
S: That's bad!

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It's Friday -- which means the weekend is upon us. Ours will be full of family visits, a birthday party complete with cousins and a bounce house, church, and a big lunch with friends. As well as a phone call to Mimi and Papa. Satisfying, I'd say. What about you -- what are your weekend plans?