Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
We got up to close to a foot of the fluffy white stuff.
The problems began when it took OVER AN HOUR to clean out JUST the driveway since our snowblower quit working. Mr. Bilby was not happy - to say the least.
SO I mentioned to Mr. Brian that our blower wasn't working and guess what he does - shows up with his snowblower!!! What a guy!! Thank you Mr. Brian! (Mr. Bilby is happy now.)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In 1770 - Beethoven was born.
In 1773 - This was the day of the Boston Tea Party.
In 1775 - Jane Austen was born (I LOVE this one!!)
AND in 1970 - I was born!!!! (Sorry, I really set you up for that one, didn't I?!?!)
Have to brag on my boys - now you must know they are almost 11, 12, and 13 - hitting those ages when some things just aren't so cool AND YET, after Joe left for work, they quietly made scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, put them all on a tray, and crept into my room to surprise me! My first Breakfast-in-Bed!! (They did apologize for no coffee!! :) That made me chuckle!)
Chloe sat on my lap as I ate my breakfast - sharing nibbles of scrambled eggs with me and then told me, "You should wear a dress today- birthdays are for dresses," she said. So as I lounged with my young'uns, I was late for work, but no one cared!!!
Why can't everyday be a birthday!?!??!
Oh yes - AND it's snowing!!! I'm thinking that's a fun gift too!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
(We just got one of these and LOVE it!!!) You can get the refill cartridges from Amazon as well.)
Not sure what I EVER did before this little gem - I LOVE my Cricut machine. You can cut out letters, shapes and much more with this great tool. I use it for scrapbooking the most, but I also love it for bulletin board letters, shapes - ok, I could go on and on on this one!! There are TONS of cartridges for it as well - WAY too fun!!
Shhh - don't tell Chloe - she's getting this for Christmas! I saw them on another blog and that mom also thought they would be fun for her daughter. Chloe is ALL about cooking in her little kitchen - wish that would rub off on me!!!
Don't forget about this goodie coming out just in time for Christmas. Our boys LOVED this and are hoping it shows up under our tree!
These books by Wayne Thomas Batson are LOVED by all three of my boys!! Keep them in mind for those middle readers - upper elementary/junior high age. They are written by a Christian author and are very boy-oriented. They are a hit at our house!
I was just given this purse as a gift. I just love it - it is roomy and classy. I have never had a fabric purse before, but LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one. I have a different fabric but wanted to link to these as they would be SUPER Christmas gifts! It was a wonderful gift that I just LOVE!
One of my favorite Christmas scents out there!!! It is wonderful and only available during the holiday season!
WONDERFUL Christmas album - I have never been disappointed with an album by Enya yet, but this one is magnificent!!!
This game is WONDERFUL!!! I am not kidding - it is a game that ANY age can play, play together, and enjoy! We played it with adults, teens AND Chloe and ALL had a blast! Fun family game.
One of Chloe's favorite games right now! And I must say a "plug" for Eeboo Games - we lost a piece - I emailed them and they sent me another RIGHT away!!! That is SO helpful with a four-year-old!!
We received one of these DVD's to review for my book blog and Chloe REALLY liked it. They have catchy songs, fun animation, and are a great way to learn about other cultures. AND - in a month or two - they are coming out with one on China - can't wait to see that one too!
is the great tasting food.
~Caleb (Age 12)
The Traits of a Certain Holiday
Mouth watering, irresistible aroma,
The cornucopia of flavors,
All on the table.
These are the Traits of a certain Holiday.
~Micah (Age 13)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
My other favorite "Chloe story" for the week is about her computer - you know that previously she had told us her computer was "laggy" so Grandpa upgraded his computer and passed his old one on to Chloe. Someone asked her the other day how her computer was and this was her reply, "Oh, I love my new one - it isn't laggy anymore, but it is missing Instant Messenger - I keep telling my mom that I NEED Instant Messenger!" I ask you, What 4 year old NEEDS Instant Messenger!?!?!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The child who can NEVER keep his eyes open!
The child who was BORED!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Chloe is in Kindermusik again AND loving it - and yes, if you ask her if she's in school- she will very flamboyantly tell you, "Yes, I'm preschool homeschooled!"
So last night we are sitting and eating dinner and something is said were Chloe feels the need to put in her two-cents-worth - and out of that little mouth comes, "Duh." I looked at her and asked where she learned that - to which she replied, "My boys!" So I then told her that that's not a very nice thing to say to people and so she says, "I know mommy - that was the nice "Duh" - I didn't say the bad one." (Guess I'm behind the times - I didn't realize there was a good/bad "Duh".) I hardly knew what to say - and Joe was trying to hide his laugh so he couldn't answer. So as we sat there stunned - Chloe says, "See, this is the nice "Duh". And proceeds to repeat herself, "Duh". There you go - try using the nice "Duh" today - it makes people feel better!!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Minji's Salon is a wonderful book about a little girl that wants to be like her mommy. SO, when mommy goes to the salon to get her hair colored, Minji decides to do the same to the dog!! It is such a cute story AND I love it that the little girl is Korean - I love books with that "asian" flair! Eun-hee Choung is a magnificent author AND illustrator!
Another of our favorites I posted about on my book blog - go check it out if you haven't read it. AND make sure to read the comments - the illustrator AND author commented!!
This book, Made in China, is another wonderful book for adoptive families. Read my post about it on my book blog HERE.
And lastly, IT's finally for sale - the Ni Hao Kai-Lan DVD - of course we are SO excited over here since we don't have cable and haven't been able to watch it yet!!!!
So that's it - just a few fun books on our radar.
Friday, August 08, 2008
I am sure many of you have seen this already but for those who haven't - it is SO worth watching. We have always enjoyed Steven Curtis Chapman's music and his commitment to adoption. AND we are even more grateful for this through this second adoption as they are giving us a wonderful grant to help us out. So when the tragic accident happened to them - we almost felt it was a part of us. Their story is powerful - I admire their strength.