Thursday, April 30, 2009
We got her started on antibiotics this afternoon. Hopefully, she'll be more herself tomorrow. If so, the girls and I are going garage sale-ing! Some of our neighborhoods are having big ones starting tomorrow, so the girls and I are going to check them out!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
And Emma has two more teeth. The funny thing is, they are not the top 2 front teeth. They are the left front tooth and the one beside it. She's going to look funny!!!!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I met up with Lance and the kids Saturday at Devil's Den. He was glad the cavalry arrived! He did good with the kids by himself, but I think he has a deeper appreciation for what I do everyday! :) When I got to the campground, they were nowhere to be found. All the bikes were there, shoes, truck, but no family. So I started getting things ready for dinner and tried to stoke the fire. There were some hot embers still and I blew and blew trying to get it going again and start dinner. I couldn't make it happen. I even prayed that God would help me so I could impress Lance! How silly! When they got back (they had been playing in the creek) I told him I had tried to impress him. He just looked at me and said, "Baby, I am impressed with you and it has nothing to do with fire." That made me feel great! It is good to be missed and appreciated!
We had a great time letting the kids ride their bikes around the campground and playing kickball. Luke played with some college kids and they were really sweet to him. It is something he will remember forever. He is getting so big. I can't believe he is going to be 7 in another month! He's growing up. It was so surreal watching him ride around the campground by himself and play with other kids. He found a little girl that's a year older than him to play with too. The funny thing is that when we met her parents, it turned out Lance went to High School with her dad! I'm just used to our kids being with us and playing together, but to see him becoming his own person is fun, but hard at the same time. Change isn't always easy!
The kids playing games in the camper.
So now, we're home and settling into life again. Ready to get control of the laundry (seriously, am I delusional enough to think that will ever happen!?), clean up the camper and get the kids back in their routine.
Oh, one more thing! Sara changed her first diaper today unassisted! She was so excited! I wish I could have caught the look on her face when I asked her if she would change Emma. I watched and she did great! She was sooooo proud of herself!
She did a really good job!
The proud girl!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We are gearing up for a busy weekend. I'm going on the Women's Retreat with our church and Lance and some of our guy friends are taking the kids camping. (say a prayer!) He went and picked up the camper this afternoon from the shop. It's back in our driveway again. (I'm sure our neighbors are thrilled!) I have a lot to do in the next couple of days to get everyone and the camper ready. But I can't wait to have a girl's weekend with my friends!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
The girls with Riley
Hope never took her nap today. She kept sneaking out of her room and I got really tired of getting onto her. Finally, she came sneaking into the living room and this is what I saw!
She absolutely cracks me up!!!!!
After Luke got home from school, the kids and I went to Sonic for ice cream. The wind was blowing and we all got pretty chilled, but everyone had fun! Emma enjoyed her bottle instead of ice cream!
When we got home from Sonic we were outside riding bikes and playing. While the kids played, I cleaned out my Tahoe. Hence the title of the blog. It took me 2 1/2 hours to clean out my Tahoe!!!!! Holy Cow! You don't even want to know details. It has never been as bad as it was. I'm not kidding when I say that I think I found enough dried up hamburger and french fries to make a complete Happy Meal!!! Luke and Hope sit in the 3rd row seat and I never get back there. It was horrible! I am soooo happy to be driving a clean car!
So now I'm watching a TiVoed Survivor and gearing up for bed. I'm beat!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Poor Hope gets kinda left out. She can't quite stick with the peddling. She tries on her tricycle but it's too much work for her and she wants to stop. But she wants to be in the street like Luke and Sara. I have to keep getting on to her to get out of the street. She asks why and I have to tell her because she's not fast enough to get out of the way of cars. Then she proceeds to tell me that her superpowers will protect her and she runs with her arms out like Superman saying "shhhhhhhhh" (her flying sound!) Love her!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Hope and her Daddy petting a cat
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Dying Easter Eggs Easter Eve :)
Hunting Easter Eggs with the cousins!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Also, today is Good Friday. I thought a little about the term "Good" Friday today. Why is it called GOOD Friday? Jesus was put to death in the cruelest manner known to man at the time. He was innocent. The very people crying for his death just 1 week earlier were laying palm branches in his path and screaming Hosanna! The black and white part of me just doesn't get that. I cannot fathom how he could just stand there and let it happen.
But, what makes it good? It's good because had Jesus not let it happen, had he not died on the cross, I couldn't get to heaven! Praise His Name! It is a GREAT Friday because he substituted Himself for my sin! Hosanna! Glory to God in the Highest! And thank you!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Now, on a kid note! Hope did the cutest thing today. Emma is sitting up by herself now. Hope got down on the floor with her this afternoon and put her in her lap and started singing Jesus Loves Me to her. It was so sweet. I am blessed with the best children in the world!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I washed my first load of laundry with our new laundry detergent today. The girls were loving watching me stir the bucket full and then pouring some into an old detergent bottle. I still haven't dried the load, but will before I go to bed. So I'll give the verdict in the morning!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
My big helper!
Here's the recipe...
4 cups hot water
1 bar of soap (Ivory, Zote, Naptha, Fels, Sunlight)
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 4 cups of hot water. Cook and stir constantly on medium heat until soap is melted. Fill 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot tap water. Add washing soda, borax and soap mixture and stir until dissolved. Fill remainder of bucket with hot tap water and let sit overnight to thicken. Pour detergent in a clean leftover laundry detergent container halfway and fill rest of the way with water.
**shake before each use as water and detergent will separate**
for top loading machines, use 5/8 cup of det. per load - for front loading machines, use 1/4 cup
That's 180 loads for a top loading machine and 640 for a front loading or HE machine!!!! Woo Hoo!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
We cooked burgers for dinner and then went back outside. We aired Luke's bicycle tires up and we went out to learn how to ride with no training wheels. We tried last summer, but I was huge pregnant and couldn't really help him, so he got frustrated and didn't want to do it anymore. Lance tried to help him once, but he was done. So he never learned. Tonight, we went out to learn how to ride it. He didn't even need my help! He took off and didn't look back. Within 20 minutes he was riding all up and down the street, turning, and going fast! Lance and I were sooooo proud of him! Sara took off on her bike, too and felt like a big girl. Hope had no interest in riding her tricycle. She just wanted to "go on a little walk" with her Daddy! It's been a GREAT day!
I'm a big girl!
Going on "a little walk"
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Home Sweet Home
Emma and I on our walk
Day 3 - Friday
This was the worst day of the trip. I had started getting a migraine Thur. night. I had some pain meds in my car, but not migraine meds. I went ahead and took them twice during the night, but they didn't help and actually made me sicker at my stomach. We left after breakfast to go home so I could get some medicine. After 4 stops on the side of the road, we made it. :) It rained all day, so we just hung out around the house and then I started feeling better. We headed back down late afternoon. It had stopped raining, so we went on walks and Luke rode his scooter. We made friends with the family next to us who had a second grader, so Luke had fun playing with him. They were a Christian family, and we enjoyed visiting with them. Lance's parents came down again that night for dinner. The kids were very excited.