Wednesday, May 8, 2013
You don't have to decide right now. But later. Much, much later. No pressure.
So,there are two things you should know about me. Okay, maybe you shouldn't know these things. It's not life altering information, and knowing these things may or may not change how you view me as a person, friend, wife, mom, and teacher. You see, I'm pretty normal. A 'blend in' kinda gal. But some things are just different about me. Some people, people that don't know me well, have said I'm a little dramatic. I have no idea where they would come up with such an outlandish idea. Me? Dramatic? Hmm. Okay, maybe a little dramatic. But aren't we all? Just a little? Admit it. You know I'm not alone in this.
Anyway, as I was saying, I'm different. Different in how I parent, how I teach, how I am as a wife, how I cook, how I garden and raise chickens, how I sew and crochet, how I decorate...or the lack of decorating would be more accurate. I'm just different. Not in a bad way, not in a better way, just in my own way. I work hard to align how I live and love in accordance with Biblical principles. I do. But I'm still different. Funny, if you will. The goal here is to decide if I'm funny, haha, or funny,crazy.
First up, it is very difficult for me to see a crazy hat and not put it on my head. I usually try to put in on one of my girls first and they just duck and cover. "Mommm!" is usually the battle cry against crazy hat modeling in public. They leave me no choice, you see. It must be done. So while we were at Disney World in January...I couldn't NOT put on just about every hat. I mean, Epcot...the World Showcase, there were so many countries and so many hats. But not just there, the gift shops had hats, too. So here is a sampling of hats that I had to try on, in public, at Disney World, much to the chagrin of my children. Thankfully, Tim didn't seem to mind. He was even gracious enough to document each one with a photo! You can click on the collage to see it larger. From left to right: the Mickey umbrella hat, the German alpine hat, Sonic the Hedgehog hat, Chinese hat, silver sequined Minnie ears, Jack Skellington hat, my personal fave-the Chewbacca hat, Canadian moose hat, and Mexican sombrero. By the end of the trip my family was pretty much immune to the embarrassment, but for some reason, they never joined in on the fun.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
So it's May. For me it begins with bleach and Lysol, because although we made it through the entire winter season without so much as a cold, it seems that during our very last kid-gathering time at church for the season we managed to bring some lovely stomach virus germs.
You know, when people talk about becoming parents it's all cute baby clothes, stylish strollers, tiny shoes, and teething. Then, once you get past all of the unsolicited parenting advice, no one ever mentions being up in the middle of the night for hours with this child your brought into the world, holding her hair back and swabbing her forehead with a cool washcloth, all the while trying to keep yourself from heaving. Yes, it was one of those nights. And, honestly, as much as I despise that part of being a mom because it makes me anxious and worried, I also love it. I love knowing that God knows. He hears my pleas for mercy on this sweet child of mine. She may be feeling better as I type these words, but I know the reality is that this is likely far from over. She knows that, too. So with a joyful heart she sips a drink and nibbles some food and watched a funny show with her sister. Choosing joy. That's the ticket. Choosing joy isn't always easy, that's why it's a choice. Being miserable is easy, anyone can do that. But a heart trusting in God's sovereign ways, mercy, and grace...it makes choosing joy easy.
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Finally I am getting to part three. First up is Epcot. It's so cool to see the Epcot ball. And at night when it's all lit up it is really amazing. There is a ride inside th ball called Spaceship Earth. It's a slow, informational type ride that goes through human communications from the beginning of time, to writing on papyrus, the Guttenburg Press, to the computer age. Other rides there were pretty amazing. Soarin' for example...wow! it really was like being in a hang glider. We also road Mission:SPACE. It was pretty neat to feel like we were in a spaceship taking off and as a team we had to land on without crashing. But the favorite ride at this park, without a doubt, was Test Track. It's a ride that is like testing out cars on a crash course...and we were the crash test dummies! Then at the end of the ride we got to see how fast our car would go on the track. Oh yes, we rode that several times. As far as shows go, well we went to Turtle Talk with Crush. I don't know how they do it, but it was really cool to have Crush on the screen, as if in a tank, and actually interact with the kids at the show...answering and asking questions. Super fun! We aslo went to see Captain EO, which for all you people my age, is a 3-D space adventure featuring Michael Jackson. It was 1986 at it's very best. I thought it was great...the kids, well, they couldn't figure out why he looked so much like a girl. But, man, he sure
Then there is the World Showcase. We really enjoyed going to see every country. Okay, I did, Tim did too, and I'm pretty sure the girls liked it. But I really enjoyed it. Japan was my favorite. That's another post though. And one thing that my girls didn't quite appreciate was the fact that I put on a hat at almost every country. Also, another post, but it was the classic embarrasing mom episode at each country. Hmmm, maybe that was why the girls lacked enthusiasm about visiting the countries. At night there was a pretty cool fireworks/laser show.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Magic Kingdom. Days upon days could be spent there. The girls absolutely loved loved loved Thunder Mountain Railroad. And riding that in the dark...awesome! We loved Space Mountain, too. A true classic ride, but not the favorite. We met many princesses at the Magic Kingdom, along with Mickey and his friends. The new sections of Fantasyland were not quite finished, but a lot of it was and in true Disney style, it was amazing. The fireworks over the castle are like none I have ever seen. We saw and rode just about everthing there was at the Magic Kingdom. And it wouldn't be a proper Disney experience without a Mickey Mouse shaped icecream treat, so yeah, we had those, too. The Swiss Family Robinson tree house was pretty amazing, and when we got home we watched the movie. The Disney house was just like the one in the movie, which was very cool. We also went to Tom Sawyer's island and that was fun. We could have spend hours over there exploring, but Thunder Mountain awaited us. The Laugh Floor from Monsters, Inc. was a funny interactive show that we all really enjoyed. The only thing not open, other than water rides, was Stitch's Great Escape. That was a bummer because Stitch is a favorite.
It seems like years ago that we were in Disney World, yet it's only been 2 1/2 months. It was so fun and we really enjoyed our time there. Let the savings begin...so we can go again in a few years!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
9a.m. - workout done, Bible lesson finished, kids working in math...goodbye winter clothes!
10a.m. - laundry hung, chickens fed, garden watered, girls enjoyed snack time and now school outside. A pileated woodpecker is jackhammering away and the cardinals sing as they fly from one side of the yard to the other.
11a.m. - morning dishes done, school still in progresss - although the sun is trying to lure us away from our work, more winter clothes being removed from closets and drawers to make room for shorts!
12p.m. - weekly trip to the library for fresh books and a movie or two, and a new workout video for me...the A/C wasn't working in the library and it was HOT!
1p.m. - lunch with Tim, laundry already dry since it is so warm is taken down and folded, chickens given more fresh water since it's heating up so fast
2p.m. - picking up an extra kid and heading over to skateland for the monthly homeschool skate day
3p.m. - still at skateland, girls enjoying some fun skating and playing in the arcade with their sweet friend before she leaves for the mission field, I am working on some crochet projects while the music plays loudly...loud enough where I can sing along and no one can hear me:)
4p.m. - girls still skating, I finished one project and continue working on the other
7p.m. - listen to radio, plant seeds in starter pots so we can continue to add to the garden, water new seeds, go to garden to check on plants after first hot day...plants look good, asparagus - known for growing super fast - grew about 5 inches since I watered the garden this morning! No kidding! I will measure in the morning tomorrow then again at night to see if it happens again. I really am serious! Throw the frisbee for a while with Tim while the girls play before the sun goes down
8p.m. - wash evening dishes, look at pile of folded laundry and decide to wait till tomorrow to put it all away, do evening push-ups with the family - a new routine of push-ups and stretches at night to help firm up my arms
9p.m. - kids in bed, walk on treadmill on highest incline for an hour while watching netflix
10p.m. - cool down, clean up, drink lots of water, in bed before 11p.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Hollywood Studios was a great park. There were so many great things to do there. One of our favorite things, being big Star Wars fans, was the Star Tours ride. It was like being in a Star Wars movie! The setting around the ride was awesome, too. Disney really knows how to make great stuff. They had Jedi training sessions for kids. Unfortunately, my children did not want to participate. Had the age limit been higher Tim and I would have done the training just so we could be on stage with Darth Vader using the force. Tim rode the Rock n Roller coaster while the girls and I watched a Beauty and the Beast musical. It was great...but Tim loved that roller coaster. When the musical was over Eliana and I rode the roller coaster. Oh man, it's a good one! It's inside a building, in the dark, with really loud Aerosmith music playing. Oh and also, there is a loop in the ride. I did not tell Eliana that before we rode it...but she liked it! It's definitely a must ride! The one thing we didn't get to ride, which we really wanted to, was the Tower of Terror. The line was long and not moving. We should have gotten a fast pass for that one, but didn't plan ahead.
I feel like I am rambling - but there is so much to say. The Indiana Jones stunt show was great. Everyone loved that. Going to see the American Idol show was pretty cool. The set was just like it is on tv, which was pretty amazing. No Ryan Seacrest, but there were three judges and one was very critical. The 3D Muppet show was cute and the Little Mermaid show was cool. The singing was great. We would all like to go back to Hollywood Studios. It was a great park.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
There are more collages to come...parades, rides, shows, fireworks! I have so much more to share.
I'll be back soon. xoANG
Saturday, February 2, 2013
It is our last day. The girls are soaking in some pool fun before we hop on a plane back to our winter wonderland of a home. We met just about every princess and character. That was really fun. I will have you know that my girls rode Expedition Everest, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Test Track, Star Tours, Mission to Mars, Soarin, Dinosaur, Rock n Rollercoaster(not Olivia)...and a ton of non fast rides and shows. I have a so many pictures. I cant wait
to share them with you.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Well, we stopped at the Magic Kingdom on the day we arrived. We didnt have much daylight going in, but we really wanted to see the fireworks show...AMAZING!! We did ride Its a Small World and the Dumbo ride. Eliana and Tim rode a small rollercoaster called the Barnstormer. Elianas first rollercoaster. She loved it! No, Olivia didnt ride it. She want ready. She did ride her first one today, but thats another story. There was also a dance party with Stitch, Pluto, and Goofy. It was fun..great (loud) music, concert lights, and lots of kids dancing. No, my girls wouldnt join in, but they enjoyed watching. There were other things we did on those few short hours at the Magic Kingdom but they are escaping me at the moment. We will be going back in a couple of days so we can be sure to meet every princess and character we can find...and to ride Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain. Pictures will come later. They are on my camera so i will do picture posts when we return.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
we made it safely to Florida. The flight was nice. The take off was like the start of a rollercoaster. We shot down the runway. The view of the VA mountains capped with snow was breathtaking. The flight itself was smooth. The landing was perfect. The girls enjoyed the flight although on ascending and descending they felt wierd, normal flight wierd like elevator feeling magnified. It is hot here. Yay! I will check back in soon.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Simplicity's New Look 6171,...a fake wrap-around with an elastic waist for the super skinny girl and cute sleeves. The pattern has many variations...three quarter sleeves and a collar or an asymmetrical tunic top and capris. I love the variety, I can see other variations being more of Eliana's style, but this is what Olivia chose.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Well, it's official...my baby turned 10 years old. I cannot believe ten years have passed. She is on the precipice of teen years and quite excited...especially now that she is officially a tween. We had a small celebration with the opening of one gift from us and one from a friend. The day was relaxed and fun. The birthday girl requested a taco dinner (which was a gift to me-simple and delicious) then we went to Sweet Frog for dessert. Yum! The party where there are more gifts and most importantly cake, will be this weekend when family from near and far will come and celebrate with us. We are looking forward to it!