Friday, June 29, 2007
We have been trying to deep clean the house. It's going so-so. The kids really helped out today and I've already told them to expect helping out tomorrow. It's so hot here, I don't think they mind being inside where it's cool.
My birthday is next week. I'll be 41. For some reason, I have it in my head that I will be 42. Don't know why, but I'm glad I'm wrong! Somedays I can't believe I'm this old. Somedays I feel much older.
Have a nice evening.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
- Anna woke up with a sore throat a few days ago. I really wasn't worried about it until she came into our room at 3:30am, crying that it hurt so bad. I took her to the doctor the next day, and she has strep.
- Ellie woke up this morning with a sore throat. Yep, you guesed it! Another trip to the doctor, another diagnosis of strep and another antibiotic. Wonder if Samuel will get it???
- It is HOT here and humid. It ususally hits mid to upper 90's every day. I'm ready for Fall.
- The older boys and two of their friends went to six flags yesterday in this heat. They had a great time. I was glad I didn't have to go!!
- Our a/c fix was neither cheap nor fast. We need a new air handler. Cost: 1500.00. Our tax return savings is dwindling down fast! But, praise God we have the money.
- Sam's activity level has hit a all time high. He runs, jumps, talks, plays guns with his fingers, eats and basically enjoys life at a high speed. He tires me out. I'm so glad I have the girls to help out with him.
- We are embarking on potty training when we return from Junior Camp, the week after next. Pray for me. It's been about 12 years since I've potty trained a boy.
- We're getting a little tired of eating eggs, chicken breast and turkey burgers. But, we feel better and look better. Don't get me wrong, the food is still good. We had grilled shrimp the other night and it was delicious. But, I'd love a bacon cheeseburger (on a bun!!) with a side of onion rings. One day. Maybe.
- That's about all for now.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Are you amazed? So am I. I NEVER imagined that amount of loss. I had prepared myself for a two to four pound loss, but never that much! This way of eating really does work for losing weight fast. It's low carb, low fat and low cal. If you want more info, do a google search on"kimkins". A weird name, I know. It's a take off of the woman's name who came up with the diet and Atkins, because it is a take off of Atkins. Her website costs 60 to join, but I was able to come up with enough info on the web so I didn't have to join. I may later.
All my blood work came back great. I was surprised at that also. God is good.
The air in our house in on the fritz. Not good where we live this time of year. Hopefully we can get someone out here to look at it soon and hopefully it will be a quick, cheap fix.
I went to a homeschool seminar last night with a friend of mine. I don't know what I enjoyed more: the meeting or the drive up and back with my friend. We were able to talk a long time without all the usual interuptions of children. It was a great, informative seminar which I was able to glean some ideas from. I've been homeschooling ten years, but every year is different. I just now feel I have a handle on curriculum, and I plan to start back in the middle of July to get a jump start on next year.
That's about all the news from around here.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
- I remember one time being in his office, which was very much off limits to us kids. I was having a great time listening to the radio with his big headphones on and twirling around in his office chair. I twirled a little too far and pulled the connector off of the headphone cord. My heart dropped in my stomach. I told mom and she said I needed to tell dad when he got home. I waited in my room for what seemed like hours (but was probably only a few minutes) and when I heard him come in the front door, I started down the stairs, very scared of what would happen. As soon as I saw him, I started crying and told him through my tears that I had broken his headphones and had been in his office without permission. He said to me, "That's aright. I can always get another pair of headphones" and he put his arm around me to comfort me.
- Dad always gave his Chistmas gifts very uniquely. He would wait until all the presents were opened and we were playing with our gifts, and then say, "Look. I see more presents under the tree!" Of course, we all would run to the tree and tell him that no, there were no more presents. He would insist there were and to keep looking. Sure enough, there were envelopes stapled to the tree trunk, one for each of us, even mom, with money inside.
- I remember my dad taking us trick or treating every Halloween, from the time I was little until I was a teenager. It was our tradition, as soon as we got home from school, to dress up in our costumes, and go with dad. I have memories of him lifting me up on porch steps to get to the door when I was about 3 1/2 in Albany NY.
- One time when mom and dad were visiting us, my dad started a paper airplane fight, using the ceiling fan. It got very loud and very rowdy and my kids loved seeing their Grandpa like that.
- He gave each of my older sons one of his "retired" pulpit Bibles on their 13th birthdays. He used those Bibles to preach from for several years. My sons treasure those Bibles.
- My Dad never yelled at us. I have no memories of him ever raising his voice (unless he was calling for us). The older I have gotten, the more rare I realize this is.
- Dad loved mom and never treated her disresptfully or even spoke harshly to her. He provided a great model for us kids of what a husband should be.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
There are several names on this quilt whose last names I recognize because they are related to me somehow. I wish my Grandma was still alive and could tell me more about this quilt. I would love to know the stories behind the names.
It is a unique feeling sleeping under this quilt that my Grandparents slept under many years ago. I hope one day to pass it to my granddaughter, along with the legacy of the importance of marriage and family and tradition.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I called Paul and he told me to take him right away to the doctor. We have a great pediatrician's office that is open on weekends, so I dropped the other children off at church and Samuel and I headed for the doctor's.
I prayed all the way there that this would be nothing, but the not knowing can cause fear in and of itself. We got there, and went in and signed in. He wanted to play with the toys, so I situated him in a chair in front of the toys while we waited. Samuel tried to get up and walk, but fell down. He eventually was able to walk on his leg, but with a pronounced limp.
When we got back to see the doctor, I explained what had happened. The doctor looked at his leg and moved it all around. Samuel winced when he did this, but he didn't cry. The doctor said he probably hurt it yesterday and it got stiff during the night which made it very painful when he woke up. He told me to keep an eye on him for the next few days, and bring him back in if the limp doesn't go away.
So that's where we are. His leg is very tender right now. I am racking my brain trying to remember what he did yesterday, but I cannot remember anything. Please pray for Samuel's leg that it will heal itself.
Zachary left for teen camp for a week today. It's the first time Paul Jr. didn't go. He has work commitments this week that he couldn't get out of. It's tough becoming an adult!