Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Shiny pots, all in a row. I'm so happy.
As to the other table that used to be in my kitchen, it's lovely and has four matching chairs and if you'd like it, I'm trying to sell the set for $100. Email me if you are interested. For today, though, it's being used:
as a fort. Spring break rocks!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Other crazy things that I wonder about and must find the answers? The song La Bamba. Really, how many people sing that song and have no idea what the lyrics are all about? It drives me crazy. So I looked that one up in Wikipedia last week. Go here to read all about it. It's basically about dancing.
Also, if I see someone in a movie and can't place where I've seen them before, I have to look up all the things they have been in and figure out which show or movie I've seen them in. Otherwise, it will bother me.
I read a whole book yesterday. I always do this in spring, read like there is no tomorrow. This year it's really bad because of all the lost time in November and December (and January) where I couldn't see well enough to read and I was too strung out on painkillers to care. I'm making up for lost time.
Also, I love public libraries. Our library has some crazy high checkout limit, too - 25 items on one card. Yesterday Samuel insisted on getting a Star Wars book for Daddy to see - he was so excited about it that I couldn't say no. He has an I Spy book out, too. Sally has one book that she's reading for research and two more that looked interesting to her. I found three for Stuart (not counting the StarWars book) and four or five for me. I love the library.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Samuel: "What age do you have to be to get bat-tized?"
Me: "You mean baptized?"
Samuel: "Yeah, that. What age do you have to be?"
(Stuart and I exchange a look of wonder and amazement at the heart of one so young)
Me: "There's no age limit, you just have to believe in Jesus. Do you want to get baptized, Samuel?"
Samuel: "No." (there is a long pause as we all wonder why he brought it up) "But I could totally do it if I wanted to. I can hold my breath a real long time."
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"
Thursday, March 20, 2008
In the Christian liturgical calendar, Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. On this day four events are commemorated: the washing of the Disciples' feet by Jesus Christ, the institution of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.
The word Maundy is derived through Middle English, and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John (13:34) by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet. (from Wikipedia)
Take some time to commemorate the day.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
~ Finally decided on and purchased a new car. Yes, it's another minivan. No, it's NOT white. It's silver and pretty and I love it. (For those of you who didn't know, the old minivan had a long list of things that didn't work anymore, including both the driver and passenger door locks, the radiator had a leak, the engine light stayed on (and occasionally blinked, which I am told is VERY BAD), and a number of other things that were starting to be a problem. It may have lasted a few more months, but it was beginning to seriously worry us.)
~ Must go out and find a dozen plastic eggs and fill them up by tomorrow morning. This could be tricky since I have dinner to make and a Bible study to host tonight.
~ Next week is spring break. (yikes)
~ Easter is five days away and our easter bunny has no supplies whatsoever. Samuel has no school on Friday, so shopping opportunities are slipping by me.
~ Currently knitting a hat, two pairs of socks (yes, I have problems), a bathmat, and a scarf. Oh, and a pillow cover. Was thinking of knitting something to wear to a wedding next month, but recognized insanity and decided to go shopping next week instead.
~ Making corned beef and cabbage tonight for the husband. Came home and the boy said, "Yum - the whole house smells like sausage." (It's in the crockpot - I've been on a field trip all day. Thought a crockpot dinner was a wise move. Can't thank myself enough.)
~ Crockpot dinner still counts as "making dinner" (I can hear you thoughts you know) since I have to put in the cabbage at the right time, and then make some other stuff for the kids to eat since I'm pretty sure they won't eat that.
~ Going to the store NOW for plastic eggs and stuff to put in them. Must take both kids. Deep breath, calm thoughts. OK. I can do this.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Samuel: "You know what's HoHo's favorite instrument? It's those fings that you put on your ears and then there are two disk-kes and he moves them and they make music. He loves that."
Me: (having no idea what he is talking about) "OK"
Samuel: "You know what's Kai-lan's favorite instrument? It's a tambourine. Not the kind that grow on trees, either, but the kind that you shake it and pound it with your hand."
Me: (this one takes me a minute) "Those are two different words. Tambourine is the instrument - a tanGERine grows on trees. Hear the difference?"
Samuel: "OOhh! . . . . I like fire hydrants."
Friday, March 07, 2008
Me: "Two hundred."
Samuel: "What's two hundred plus one hundred?"
Me: "Three hundred"
Samuel: (turning to Sally, visibly impressed with my mad adding skills) "She used to be a math teacher!"
Sally: (very UNimpressed) "That's great, Samuel."
He's coming home today. His flights have been delayed, so he's having a really long day. I'm going to go put some dinner in the crockpot and then clean up the house a bit.
Yesterday, the kids went swimming for the first time this year. I heated up the spa to 86 degrees, and the big pool was a cool 60 degrees. Sally was the only one brave enough to dare such cold temperatures, and only to get in to say that she did. They had fun splashing around in the water, and both fell asleep pretty quickly last night. (I forget that excellent part of having a pool - it makes kids really really tired.)
I've started a couple of new knitting projects. I'm knitting a bathmat out of that cotton dishcloth yarn - this is something I've been thinking about for awhile now, and decided to just give it a shot. It's a great texture. I'm still knitting little hats and booties for gifts. I also decided to make some pillow covers for our family room - also something I've been kicking around in my mind for a few months. They are shades of grey and black. It's going to be a soccer practice project, I think, because it's a lot of plain knitting. I need plain knitting at soccer practice, you know, because it's dark there.
Anyways, that's the scoop here. Hope you are getting ready for a great weekend wherever you are!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I remember a day like this when I was working at the high school. It was my third or fourth year teaching, and I had such a great day. I taught my lessons with grace and wit. I was eloquent. I got everything done that I planned to get done. Then after school, I was helping this boy with algebra and it was at the moment that the lights came on for him and everything made sense in his brain, and I could see it on his face and in his eyes that the math "clicked" into place. It was a privilege to witness that moment. I drove home with my soul floating about ten feet above my car, thrilled with the fact that I was doing exactly what God put me on this earth to do.
I'm so thankful for days like these. It makes days like Monday, when it seemed that everything I was trying to do was doomed to failure, bearable. There are good days and there are bad days. If you are having a bad day today, hang in there and be encouraged - your good day will be here soon!
Monday, March 03, 2008
Me: "I know - let's finish watching Charlie's Angels. We had to stop it in the middle yesterday."
Sally: "Oh yeah! Let's watch that! Remember, Samuel, it has the guy you like from Transformers in it."
Samuel: "Actually, there are two people from Transformers in it."
Me: "No there isn't. Just Sam."
Samuel: "No Mom, there's two. There's the other guy."
Sally: "What other guy?"
Samuel: "The other guy. (Now we are watching the movie.) Not that guy. No, not that guy. THAT guy. Right there." (He points to Bernie Mac.)
Me: (shocked) "You're right! He's the car salesman in Transformers!" (I look at Samuel, totally stunned) "I can't believe you made that connection." (Now I look at Sally) "He is one of us after all!"
(We all hug)
Samuel: (beaming proudly) "Are you going to write about me in your blog?"
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Samuel: "Oh, I wish we could go inside. They have those circles that when you chew them they turn into gum!"
Me: "I'm not buying you gumballs."
(later that day)
Me: "Are you talking about Obi Wan Kenobi?"
Samuel: "Yea - Obi Ron Kerrobi."
Me: "Say it again . . ."
Samuel: "Obi Ron Kerrobi. He gets killed by Dark Vader with his light saver."
Me: "Saber. Light saber."