Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
This year we had an impromtu gathering which the girls dubbed "Christmas Eve Eve". Hannah's friends Katie and Emilie came over to hang out for a bit. We even went Christmas caroling..it was a beautiful night. We may even celebrate Christmas Eve Eve again next year!!! Of course the highlight of the evening was catching the Christmas culprit!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
When this happened we had a FULL HOUSE. We have relatives in town. And, our daughter had a couple of friends over. The kids were fixing their plates for dinner when a knock was heard at the door. Let's just say plates dropped to the floor...it's a good thing they were paper. And they ran as fast as they could.
The Christmas mystery has been solved thanks to Clara's training...even though her surveillance skills leave much to be desired. We say a hearty "THANK YOU" to our friends who have blessed us SO MUCH this Christmas season. They have invested much time and energy and have poured out their love into our family.
It reminds me of the love Christ lavishes on all!!!
Ten Lords a'leaping....a DVD of Lord of the Dance. The funny thing is that this is one of David's favorite shows. We saw it live when we lived in Dayton.
Eleven Pipers Piping...a cd of Scottish pipes and drums was on the doorstep when we woke up in the morning.
We are still waiting for twelve drummers drumming. Right now we have twelve people in our home. Certainly someone will be able to catch the culprit.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I have nothing better to do than blog right now...no house to clean, no gifts to buy, no presents to wrap, no groceries to purchase, no food to cook. Oh, I just woke up from my daydream. It was a beautiful dream where my house was sparkling clean and my children were sitting quietly reading book.
Nine ladies dancing...this is the aarrgghh part. We are READY to solve the mystery of the Christmas culprit who is spreading all this cheer. Clara and I were sitting on our love seat a mere eight feet from our back door. We heard the tale-tell knock on the back door. Clara (who is faster than lighting) ran to the door, threw it open...to no avail. I ran to the front door to look for activity...to no avail.
We have two more days to solve this mystery!! This is getting SERIOUS!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Today when I arrived home from work, we found seven "swans" a swimming. This time the note explained that they are still in their "ugly duckling" phase. Elijah is enjoying the water play with the swans!!!
So, we still have not solved the mystery, but tomorrow we are on a mission. The Smiths are reading a little Sherlock Holmes tonight to prepare for our investigation!!!
Monday, December 17, 2007
The program was adorable...It started with reading of the Christmas story. Then, each class sang a song. His class sang Jingle Bells. He actually sang. And, finally Santa came and handed out candy canes.
Hint for my mom...click on the picture so it will bigger!!
Friday we had a neighborhood birthday party for Jesus. This picture of Elijah really caught me. He is into blowing out the birthday candle. It is difficult to believe that Elijah's third birthday is coming up in just a few weeks. This is just a warm-up for him.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This morning we were all snug as a bug in a rug, when to our wondering ears did a doorbell sound. Alas, our fifth day had arrived...FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.
I have a confession to make...David and I may just be enjoying this more than the kids!!! This morning we were giggling like little children. It's been a rough year in our household and this is a nice treat.
And, we appreciate the effort more than our children do. We know this is a busy time of year. Someone is going to great lengths, taking precious time to bring us the little gifts. We appreciate the sacrifice and the love being shown. The kids just think it's cool!!
We'll let you know what tomorrow brings!!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Two nights ago, there was a knock on our door and we found a partridge in a pear tree on our sidewalk. The next night another knock on the door and we found two turtle doves (two packages of turtles and two dove chocolate bars). Of course you will notice that we took pictures of wrappers. That chocolate was consumed rapidly!!! This morning another knock at the door and we found three french hens. Needless to say our children are ecstatic with the Christmas cheer being spread through someone sweet, creative souls. Enjoy the pics of the Smith's being Christmas'd.
Tonya is right..this particular dentist does a nice job of NOT making you feel guilty because you haven't been in a while. They also do not make you wait. They give a free consultation where they take X-rays to determine what work needs to be done. And, get this they don't seem to find EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN that needs to be done.
So, I was pumped up as I went into my appointment. The decision had been made to NOT use the sedation because it saved over $300. It seemed like a good decision at the time. My appointment went fairly well...it wasn't terrible anyway. But I guess I was tense the whole time because the next day I literally felt like I had been run over by a mack truck. The moral of this story is this....if they offer you drugs at the dentist take them people!!!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So, me and the boys spent a few minutes looking at the half decorated Christmas tree..clad only in lights. Thank goodness for DVR, I just turned on Adventures in Odyssey and they are quiet as mice. Well, Noah just loudly invited me to please, please, please come watch the movie with them. So, I'm off to Odyssey with my coffee and then off to work!!
My "quiet time" may have been interrupted, but God must be pleased as I hang out with my little men...they will not be little for long. Quiet denied, but LOVE LOUDLY DECLARED!!!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Recently when Hannah went shopping with her friend they bought the same coats. That brought back many memories of me and my best friend in middle school who wore matching everything. Then it was Izod shirts. We would make sure we wore the same color shirts (layered of course). And, wear mismatched socks the same colors as the shirt (you got it, one blue sock and one yellow sock...bunched over the jeans which were tucked into the socks).
Pondering all this made me realize that the craziness of middle school really is a part of growing up. My baby daughter Hannah is growing up before my eyes. And there is nothing I can do to stop it (nor do I want to). I really just need to enjoy the ride. It is normal for her begin to move away from us and explore the world.
Back to the braces....she did remarkably well and looks cute. My favorite quote of yesterday came from Noah when he saw her braces for the first time, "Ooohh you look ugly". How about that for a confidence builder. Noah has no polite filters yet, but we are working on it. Which could explain his conduct grades!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Hannah's wish for the day was to go shopping with her friend Emilie without Clara. So Clara went to her friend Molly's to play for the day. (not so disappointing for her)
Hannah and Emilie had MUCH fun touring the mall and making their purchases. I must admit it was pretty fun. They made some good purchases and enjoyed making their own decisions. I also got in some shopping myself.
Then, our friend Libby came over to watch the boys so we could go out to dinner. Dinner was a blast!! (Clara was invited to join us for dinner). Currently Hannah is studying Japan in geography. So we decided to go to a Japanese steak house. We got there before 7:00 and got the early bird special. It was entertaining and the food was wonderful. Definitely a repeat!!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I'm a mom of four children. Two are in school and one is homeschooled and my two year old walks around seeing what kind of chaos he can create. Keeping up with the mounds of paperwork is a challenge for me. It seems like no matter how hard I try something always gets misplaced or I forget to send in an important paper. I have been trying to explain my disorganization with profuse apologies to teachers. (With excuses like my dog ate my homework or it was sitting on my desk and disintegrated in the night)
When I was in high school these were the stunts I pulled on a regular basis (it's a wonder my mother is still sane!!). I remember clearly turning assignments in late. I remember clearly my locker NOT being organized, but being a mass of papers that looked rather pig pen like. (My daughter Clara takes after me!!)
Here's the silver lining in the cloud. When I was in high school I did not really care. Now, as a mature (well sometimes) adult I care!! So, even though I've been struggling, I continue to seek God's guidance for improvement. Right now I think He is saying that I need a secretary!! Actually He's telling me to SLOW DOWN and take time to do what is important if not necessarily urgent.
So, today I am thankful for the upcoming holiday and the much needed break from school. By the way homeschooling my middle schooler is teaching me so much. I had forgotten that organelles were tiny bodies in the cytoplasm of a cell. I'm sure I never knew that the difference between smooth endoplasmic reticulum and rough endoplasmic reticulum were ribosomes.
I'm thankful for this time in my life where I the teacher am certainly the student!!