Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Birthday chocolate chip cookies for the kid who never eats cake.
Building igloos was the most fun activity! Each child had a rice crispy treat and frosting and candy to decorate it with. There were even gummy penguins and bears to live in them. Of course, most of the kids ate more candy than they put onto their igloo and I don't think any of the gummy penguins came out alive but the kids had so much fun.
More igloo making fun.
We got home from Matthew's birthday party today and there was a message on our machine that I had won. I won a deck of cards from Chipotle. Not just any deck of cards. A deck of these cards.....
That's right. Every card is worth a free burrito (or burrito bowl, or salad or tacos) from Chipotle. An entire deck of cards worth of burritos. I was one of the two grand prize winners from yesterday's grand opening. To celebrate we went again tonight even though we ate there yesterday. I was so excited. So when we got home after eating my free burrito, I wanted a picture of me with my prize. Then we counted them to make sure I didn't lose any when I threw them in the air (the picture didn't come out though). There weren't fifty-two cards. there were fifty-five. Plus the one I already ate! So I got fifty-six yummy prizes. I think my family will be tired of chipotle by the time I eat all my prizes!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Grace having fun driving Daddy crazy in line.
Jonathan brought home a lot of useful information from the Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland. He decided Grace needed to be trained. He was so Cute and she was a very fast learner.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Jonathan was SO excited to be chosen to be a Jedi Knight. We went to the morning show and he wasn't chosen so he was determined to go back to the afternoon show and he was finally chosen. He was so proud of himself. If you haven't been to the Jedi show before, this clip of the Jedi Master talking to Jonathan will crack you up!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Well it turns out that they want to be helpful because they want to raise money for a missionary that the Awanas are taking up an offering for. They were told that they should try to get money for the missionary but they weren't allowed to just hit up their parents for cash. They needed to EARN the money. Cool deal! So I informed them that if I wasn't feeling well that they could help watch their siblings. Matthew joyously exclaimed, "If we watch them really well maybe we could make a quarter an hour or something!" Okay, so we need to work on the money concept a little bit. I told them they could each have a few dollars for babysitting. I also said the kitchen floor needed to be mopped and the coffee table needed to be cleaned. They happily agreed to do those tasks for a little extra cash.
They are trying to get me to come up with more tasks. I think I like this earning money for missions plan. I might get my whole house clean. How far do you think I can take this? Leaf raking.... Dish washing..... Toilet scrubbing. Okay, that might be just a bit too far.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Matthew at Disneyland celebrating his eighth birthday.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This afternoon I really needed to get a few things. I braved Walmart. After the day of whining, crying and arguing that the kids had, I don't know what I was thinking. Anyway, I took them to Walmart. Bad idea! Grace was screaming and trying to climb out of the cart. Jonathan was whining that he didn't get what he wanted. Matthew and Nathanael were chasing each other, hitting and complaining. When asked to do anything, Nathanael obeyed but with major attitude. Then there was me. I was the sad mommy who was incapable of controlling her four unruly children. The one getting glares from those who don't have any children and sympathetic looks from those who do.
I am not used to this. My children are usually the ones getting the older ladies attention by playing peek a boo sweetly or cheerfully getting the necessary items from the shelves and placing them in the cart. The older ones are usually helping wherever needed with cheerful faces and happy hearts. Where did my sweet children go? Was it just that I didn't give them a snack before we left? Are they tired because we are getting back into the swing of things after a three week vacation from school? Maybe some of each. Or maybe they are just showing their sinful nature. No one is perfect. Our family is proof. So here is me, sorry that I ever looked at the mother of one of THOSE families and thought, "Why can't she get those little monsters under control?" Maybe they aren't one of THOSE families but just an ordinary family having one of THOSE days!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Yesterday I went shopping and took just Matthew with me. If you know Matthew you know that he very seldom says more than a few sentences at a time. This is not, however true if you get him alone in the car with you. Guess he just doesn't have to fight for attention. On the way to one of the stores he said to me, "Mom, God made me small for a reason. Do you know what the reason is?" I of course, do not know what the reason is so I answered accordingly. He continued, "I don't know the reason yet either but God does. He knew before I was born that I was going to be small. He made me that way so I could bring glory to him in some way. Maybe I will be able to do something or get somewhere I couldn't if I was bigger and save someone or something. We will find out when I grow up. But God does have a reason for me being small!" Wow, this from an almost eight year old! He shocks me sometimes. Thank you Lord for alone time with my son and thank you for his amazing insight. I am blessed to be his mother. Can't wait to see what he does when he grows up that brings glory to God!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
A flood of books to be sorted
the leftover books we boxed up to give away
TaDa! The finished bookshelf
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Once upon a time there was a great castle. And then it shooted bad guys because I obey my mom and parents because of you who I love. There was enemies. I win. There was fire but the castle wasn't destroyed because it was huge. Knights was protecting the king. There was spies. My one enemy coming and they shooted to me and I won because I am Jonathan David. The end. That's all. Mom that's all
Now we can sing a song. the B-I-B-L-E yes that's the book for me. I stand on the alone of God, the B-I-B-L-E Bible. Yes, now it is done. You wrote a lot of words. You did very good Mom That is all.
Friday, January 2, 2009
By the way, you would think Jonathan would have learned to sit down in his chair but not really. This morning I entered the living room and he was standing and surfing on a rocking chair. A ROCKING CHAIR! The little monkey. Maybe he didn't break anything this time but there will probably be a next time.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
At 9:00 the Christmas party ended and anyone who needed to get home left and the New Years party started. There were still about twenty of us there and we had a blast playing Apples to Apples and then Mafia, a very silly but entertaining game. About fifteen minutes until midnight, we took a break from our game and we went around the room with each person saying a prayer of thankfulness for all God did for us this past year and looking forward to the ways we would like to serve him this next year. It was really neat because at Midnight we heard fireworks going off nearby, but we were all still taking turns praying. What could be better than to ring in the new year praising our creator with people you love? When prayer time was done, we completed our game and everyone headed for home. Thank you so much friends for the best New Years ever. This needs to be a new tradition.