Friday, October 30, 2009
I sent Jackson to bed tonight with a little glow stick Josh had brought home the night before. It was still glowing a nice purple color, and I didn't really see any harm in him having it in bed with him. It DOES look pretty cool in the dark.
Well, he ate it.
Okay, that's a bit dramatic. He didn't ACTUALLY eat it. But he did puncture it with his teeth allowing "glow juice" to spill out on himself, a little up a nostril, a bit in his mouth . . .
And he's sobbing, because apparently it burns. I'm calling Josh at work, and he misunderstands me thinking I meant Jackson bit into a light bulb. He tells me this is bad because light bulbs have mercury. I'm freaking out because I think Jackson ate mercury. After a few moments of pandemonium we get ourselves on the same page.
I goo.gle the ingredients in glow sticks, and supposedly they are non-toxic, but for your information they don't recommend digesting them, because apparently they could cause some irritation.
You think? For him and me both . . .
I gave Jackson a bath, scrubbed his teeth, etc. He's content, although still not asleep. And I sit here wondering yet again, whatever is wrong with that boy?
So, in the event you think it no big deal to let your kid take a glow stick to bed, remember this cautionary tale. ;oP
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I sewed up some valances for my dining room, and while the picture is rather boring, I am rather excited that the whole window treatment cost me about $13 (and that's throwing in the Twix candy bar I got with the rods . . .). ;o) They are made out of a simple homespun fabric found at Hob.by Lob.by for 30% off, and the rods are those cheapy white metal ones, but since they're covered up entirely, I could really care less what they are. While they may not be an elite window covering, they fit my decorating style and add a bit of warmth to the dining room area. I found something similar online and they were asking $21.50 per valance, and I would have needed three for sure. That's some good savings. ;o) And these are very much made in a not-perfectionist style, I LEFT the SELVAGE edges--didn't even finish them off, and I measured and stitched quickly, causing some areas to not be straight. But once you get them all scrunched up there, you really can't tell. It's a very unfussy, quick project if you have some naked windows somewhere in your house.
Among other news Isabella drew a rather interesting picture of Adam and Eve in her Bible Notebook today. Let's just say everyone is anatomically correct. Every time I see it I burst out laughing again. Which is probably a terrible thing for a mother to admit, but it's true. I think Josh might be right, sometimes it IS the quiet ones you have to watch out for. ;o)
That about sums up today. And now to finish enjoying my quiet evening. ;o)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here are two awesome pumpkin recipes, one for frosted pumpkin cupcakes, the other for the pumpkin donuts I made for Marissa's birthday last week. They are both delicious. I think I have made something with pumpkin in it nearly every week since discovering that pumpkin was back in the store. And right now, I kid you not, I have my pick of leftover pumpkin pie, the pumpkin cupcakes, and sweet/spicy pumpkin seeds to snack on. Life is good. And pumpkin is healthy for you right? (You'll all understand if this baby has a slight orange-ish tint. And weighs 12 lbs.) ;o)
Hob.by Lob.by has tons of fall decorations 50% off and Mich.aels has pretty much all their fall garlands 60% off and the "fall stems" 70%. So, if you haven't had a chance to decorate, there are some good sales right now. I got some pretty earth tone pip berry sprays for a mere $0.59 a piece. That's affordable decorating. ;o) Also, stay tuned, but my favorite craft fair is coming up--the one at St. Mar.k's--it usually is the first or second week in November. If you've never been to a craft fair, you must go. If you like primitives, you must go. They have other things too, but I especially love to see what other people make in the prim decor style and then see if I can replicate it. And speaking of primitives, this weekend I discovered a whole bunch of blogs dedicated to prim decorating and have had some fun following links to see how people make their own stuff, arrange it, etc. Like this or this.
There is a habitat of "super worms" in my garage (think bigger meal worms). Josh thought it would be fun to raise them and watch their metamorphosis into beetles. I'm thinking watching caterpillars change to butterflies might be a bit more palatable. Having grown up on a farm, all I can think is maggots, really big maggots. If you need some of your own they can be purchased fairly cheaply at your nearest Pet.co.
I have a plan to de-missionize (this is a word of my own making, I'll explain more later) my bedroom set. It's going to require Josh's assistance and a bit of time, but in the end I think it will look pretty cool--and black. ;o) I also have a few dumpster finds to get started on. Would you believe I found a sturdy train table laying next to the trash last week? The top needs a bit of tlc, but it can easily be swapped out for a piece of smooth plywood cut to size. I've wanted to get them one, but usually we're looking somewhere in the $80-$100 range. And I found one for free! Yippee!
The due date is officially eight weeks away--and for your information--Christmas just a few days beyond that. I'm definitely feeling the time crunch. September and October have FLOWN by, and I'm pretty sure November will too. That seems to be the way it goes, the busier you are. I have quite a lot of stuff to get done in the next month. I finally bought one outfit for the little guy. (I discovered the Osh.kosh outlet has a whole bunch of "woodland" themed infant boy clothes . . . I love when I can extend the theme to everything). ;o) But I need to start stocking up in all departments, meal freezing, baby supplies, household supplies . . . I want to be prepared for my hermitage . . . or as someone more sweetly named it "baby-moon" you know kind of like a honeymoon only it involves staying at home and falling in love/getting to know your new little one.
Okay, I am done rambling for this morning. Hope everyone has a great start to the week! ;o)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Marissa opened her gifts, some roller blades, a book on woodworking, the first "Betsy-Tacy" book, a hula hoop, and a matching blue shirt, socks, and headband. An interesting combination of items for an interesting girl. :o) We then had pumpkin pie--at her request--with trick candles, unfortunately, the trick candles were ummm, "trickless." We lit them up again, waited the required amount of time, but still, no tricks.
And then we lit up the pumpkins. Jackson was in his glory, Emmett a bit frightened. The basement still has the delightful (?) smell of raw pumpkin lingering in the air.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Among other news we are all well-slept this morning, Jackson setting the record for a nice 14 hours of sleep. After a huge fit late afternoon involving loud wailing, red face, sweating and even drooling--all because I didn't cut out the correct shape of train engine for him (!?!) I suggested kindly he go to bed. ;o) Amazingly he took my suggestion to heart and I was quite astonished to discover him asleep a few minutes later when I went to retrieve him for supper. So from 5 pm to 7 am he slept and slept and slept. I sent everyone else to bed at 7:30 and they slept until 7 this morning. Even I got in a nice 10 hours! So, we are feeling good today. ;o) Hopefully energized enough to tackle those upstairs bedrooms . . .
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Those times seem forever ago. I can't believe you're eight--I remember being eight myself--and it's crazy to think I have a daughter THAT old. But you are a joy to me. You're everything I ever hoped you'd be. You have a thirst for knowledge that amazes me and I love that I can have almost-adult conversations with you. I love seeing you up a tree or immersed in a book. I love your zest for life and adventure. I love that you don't fit a mold, one moment a poet, the next obsessed with recycling, the next a determined athlete, the next sewing . . . You just are you, with a million different interests and a need to know about everything. You are a huge help to me at home in so many little ways. We have our battles of course, but I hope you always know how incredible you are to me, how proud I am of you. Eight years with you has been a blessing indeed. Keep your heart for Jesus.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
. . . of my twenties!!!! It's here--a day I've been anticipating/preparing for since I turned 29 last fall. There's something about those birthdays that have a "0" at the end that that just make you think. It's a great time to remember where I've been, contemplate where I'm going, and hopefully measure the growth that has come about.
I remember 10 . . . I was in fourth grade attending a country school 2 miles from my home, taking piano lessons from a neighbor lady. I loved to read, I loved to write. My dog had recently had her first and only litter of puppies. I named one Sparkles. My mom threw me a surprise party. My world was very small, my life very simple.
I remember 20 . . . I was newly engaged and had life completely figured out. I was living with a room-mate. I had quit Neb.raska Wes.leyan and was taking some classes at SCC, working in a Montessori preschool, teaching a bit of Kinder.musik. Life was fun, exciting, and pretty much centered around me, me, me.
And as a result I have learned so, so much. I think the very most important lesson for me has been to accept that God is still in control, and He is calling the shots. Not me. And there were times, especially during the 2nd half of my twenties where I seriously questioned how He was working in my life. Times I found myself very unhappy with His plan. You automatically assume your life situation--finances, home, vehicle, etc.-- is going to keep improving, and you never dream of having to actually go backwards and basically start again. But that happened. You don't expect to be 26 and deciding which coastline to head to, in hopes of picking the right doctor to cut your head open. But that happened too. Stuff happens, life happens. And many times I found myself fighting God on the inside, angry at my life. That attitude lost me a lot of time I could have been enjoying the simple and tender graces and joys each day afforded me. There is no waiting for "the next best thing." There is just simply "now" and choosing to live it--whatever "it" may be--to the best of my ability, bringing glory to God with this day. It is a constant lesson in contentment, knowing what God has given me right now, is the best of His plan for me. There have been hard times, but in retrospect I wouldn't take back a single one. I can see His hand now guiding and shaping, when I thought He was overlooking and ignoring. Those times of neediness, desperation, hurt, fear--those were the times that brought about a greater reliance and a greater awe at how God works. And that was a good place to be. I would much rather be aware of those daily miracles because of my great need for them, than to be oblivious because I have the world "by the tail."
And so tomorrow I face 30, a new decade, a new era. I can't help but wonder what's up ahead, where will I be in ten more years? I'll have a house full of teenagers and pre-teens!!! And while I should bemoan the fact I'm *gasp* AGING--even though I still feel like I just got out of high school--I am rejoicing at the person I see God shaping. I think there's a much wiser person sitting here at 30 than there was at age 20. That makes me very happy, and makes 30 a very sweet birthday indeed.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Because what really sounds good to me right now is a vacation BY MYSELF with a bottomless bank account at my disposal. I think that would perk me right up. ;o) Of course, this is unfortunately not an option. Neither is a maid.
Not to be a big ol' raincloud for anybody, but just trying to "keep it real." Sooo, how to fill a cup that is perpetually drained (and perhaps cracked too?) :oP Ideas?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I don't really have a whole lot of interesting things to report. I've been messing around with little corner in my kitchen, enjoying my gourd bounty from the pumpkin patch, savoring a new Yan.kee candle called "Frosted Pumpkin." They had a buy-one-get-one-free coupon, which really is the only way to acquire these candles. ($25 for the large size!!! Eeek!) So, I'm set for the fall, and I also have "Mulling Spices" for when the Christmas season gets closer. My favorite past-time currently is sitting. I've been trying to work that into the day a bit more. ;o) That doesn't really agree with the job of household management though. Consequently, I've got some messes . . . But I need to adjust my expectations at this point. I think the days of bopping from one task to the next may be over for awhile. Instead my goals must be broken up with periods of recovery. I have to accept that. While these next ten weeks in many ways can't go by quickly enough, at the same time I need to get all I can out of them because they WILL go too fast. I'm in list-making mode, beginning the task of planning out winter book lists, crafts, fun ways to make Christmas special, Christmas presents . . . And then there's the baby stuff! I'm more than determined to be ultra-organized as we combine the busiest time of the year with the busiest time in a family. And I must say, the cold weather of today, IS rather inspiring. ;o) But enough "talking" (and sitting), off for the "doing."