Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
this picture tells a lot about Preston...
#1-- he loves the too big for him orange flip flops daddy brought back from Brazil... he wears them all the time!
#2-- he loves to play in the water... in the shower (he just discovered the joys of showering, now no one can shower solo), the sink, in the sprinkler, in the hose
#3--he loves that little backpack... I mean I guess both his siblings have a backpack, so he doesn't want to be left out... we were walking out of the library last week, we got to the car, he looked down, and said... "gosh, backpack." he'd left his backpack in the library. I hadn't noticed, but he remembered! He usually wants a sandwich in it too.
#4-- he loves that buzz underwear... and it has to be backwards, I mean really, what fun is it if he can't see buzz for himself?
#5-- look at that smile... he loves to smile and laugh... he has such a cheerful disposition
Friday, September 18, 2009
The plot unfolds with a successful and very busy woman, Sarah, finding out that her Amish sister has passed away, leaving her the legal guardian of her five Amish children. There's a clash of cultures, and a determination of priorities as Sarah works out the situation. The book is labeled Christian Fiction, so there's more of an emphasis on her spiritual journey in the book than in the movie. The story made me think about faith and culture and choices.
The book also made me want to be Amish. Seriously, those people live a simple, uncluttered life. I doubt I could embrace all that accompanies the Amish lifestyle, but their attitude towards material possession is so refreshing. One part of the book talks about their desire to clear out more things from their already sparse garage, otherwise they'd spend their whole lives clearing up and cleaning around their things... hmmmm
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Doug is such a good dad! He had a great idea for FHE. We read the story about burying weapons in the Book of Mormon.
A must read for any stay at home mom who needs a little boost, some encouragement, or a reminder about the important job we're doing.
There were lots of quotables but a few of my favs were:
"Quality moments occur only when there is quantity time for them to spontaneously occur"
"The warmth of a home comes from the attitude of the people in it, not the decor or the perfection of every detail."
"Watch out that you don't get so compulsive that you make being a stay at home mom look like a different form of workaholic."
If you find yourself short tempered and impatient- drop down and play with your kids! (paraphrase) She also suggests taking naps so you'll have more energy to give your husband and your kids.
"Make it a goal to be happy and put effort into that."
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This book has been on my "to-read" list for years. But I had a general idea of some of the difficult things the main character had to endure, and I just wasn't sure I was emotionally ready to experience her journey...
However, after reading a few books in the "Confessions of a Shopaholic" series, I was ready for something a little heartier. [Not that the shopaholics books aren't worth reading, they're just fluff...pure brain candy... btw I saw the movie first... I had such low expectations going into the movie, that I was pleasantly surprised, thus my curiosity was peaked about the books... you get the picture.... I like the movie better, strange, usually the books are better, but they changed the story a lot for the movie, and I liked the changes...]
Back to Follow the River. It's an incredible, true story of grit and determination. It's eye opening and gratitude invoking to read about the struggles people faced back in the 1700's. I pondered for days, what would I have done in her situation? Would I have made the same choices she made? It made me more grateful for my own challenges, and it gave me more respect for our to survive whatever hard things our lives lead us to.
lunch at her favorite spot... Wendy's
eating her favorite meal... french fries and a hamburger
a little last minute birthday celebration
mean mom made her pare her guest list down from 17 to 7
theme~ fancy nancy
activities~ nail painting, lipstick application, sticker ear rings, spray glitter and color for the hair
treasure hunt, loot bag decorating... all things girly~
the barbie cake
per Sophia's request