Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Plaid Shirts and Holsteins

I asked Mia what she wants for supper. She asked for hot wings. She loves them.

Elizabeth brought home the cutest birthday treat from school. A little smore kit. Well, it does have a ghost marshmallow but it's still cute. So when does she get to eat this? I have no idea.

Stuart has been sneaking juice packs out of the pantry. It is so hard to say no to him because of the fit that he can throw. I realize this is a poor excuse.

 Youth group had a barn party. Fun times. Stuart got licked by a cow on one side while he was freaking out about the cow on the other side. So funny.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Why I Love October (this year)

No air conditioning and no heat. Love it. 

 Yesterday was a fun cousin kind of day. A few of us got together to can pumpkin and applesauce.
We don't see each other often so just to be together was fun.


Of course it is fun to have my children get to know their second cousins.

We were at Sharon's house. She has horses and a carriage so we took off in the carriage when it was lunch time. A leisurely ride through Lancaster County on a foggy fall day. It was fun. I didn't take my camera because Stuart was hanging on to me in that panicked way. He is still very scared of horses. He loved it in the end. But that did not mean he was ok when an amish buggy came in our drive way this morning. 

 I was so thankful that Nate was home. Hope my rose bush is happy. The sweetest Amish boy took 5 of our kittens. He started putting them in a box and they were popping out as fast as he put them in, he giggled and giggled. It was so cute. When his Mom called I told her that our kittens come from a long line of good mousers.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Family Journal

I made some Butternut Squash Soup for supper yesterday and was concerned that I'd be the only one that liked it. (Stuart liked it a little bit)  I saved some of the pumpkin to make pancakes.  Elizabeth has been begging for pumpkin pancakes. It seems to me she cried when I made them last fall though.

Stuart just snuggled up to me and said, "My Mommy" this made me happy.

The other night Mia could not fall asleep. This made me nervous because the last time that happened she ended up walking in her sleep a few hours later. I mostly dislike this because it wakes me up. It is also not fun to try to get a sleep walking child back to bed. And I remember the scary feeling of waking up in the cellar in the farmhouse. Creepy. I do hope I never find Mia in our cellar.
Mia was not the problem last night, but Elizabeth came to my bed around 4am saying that she had a bad dream. There were lions involved. "Why do children dream of lions", I asked Nate in the morning... "it's not like we even have lions..." he replied, "and if we did they would not chase us." (notice 4am does not count as morning)

When it was time to drive Mia to school yesterday morning the younger sister was lying on her bedroom floor in underclothes and tears. I should have gotten them up earlier. It is a fine line.

Our youth group took a trip to the city a week ago. Mia was so excited to go along to Philly. What is a subway she asked?  Answer: a train that runs underground. Imagine her puzzlement when our 4 stops were all above ground. Ha ha. 
I thought about it a lot the next day... the look on her face when Nate told her that the people sleeping under the bridge, they live there. They do not have a home.
We helped to serve lunch at a rescue mission named Sunday Breakfast. We cleaned, sang, and served. It was Saturday lunch.

Mia has been kind of obsessed with the idea of a chocolate fountain. She thought she really hit the jack pot when we ate supper at a buffet that had one of these. I asked her the next morning what her favorite part of Philly was and she said, "The chocolate fountain". Ah yes. 

Last week I got to spend a day with my college kid brother. Theodore Wade.  Coffee shops, thrift stores, vintage clothing buy it by the lb. stores, lunch at Honey's. Nate was jealous. About the lunch bit... not the shopping. I sent him a picture of my freshly squeezed orange juice just to torment him.
I found a green purse at the thrift store and Ted asked, "Does the zipper work" impressive.

Craft Show this past weekend. We were freezing  Saturday morning.

These silly grins read: Happy to have the craft show stand set up. Happy to get to go on a date. Even if we have to take the box truck.

 Elizabeth is still falling asleep on her bus rides home. It is only a fifteen minute bus ride. So she also fell asleep at church last night, with her legs tucked up underneath her. She woke up half an hour later (church sill in session) with her legs asleep. Awful. She is learning her ABC's.
Stuart is potty trained. I'm so proud of him.  It's been a month or two now and I can count on one hand how many times he's had those bad kind of accidents. Potty training in a day. (not really one day) It makes for two very long days in the bathroom.... worth it in the end.
Stu likes to be naughty and play with the computer. Last night I found that he changed the desktop to this photo:
 A few weeks ago I found all my actions in photoshop were missing. There is that one option in the menu to "clear all actions" I assume he found it.
He recently started to call Nate Daddy again.  As opposed to "Ducky" this is progress!

 I had Mia assist me on my last family photo shoot. She brought a stuffed monkey and waved it over my head and yelled at the children the whole time. Bless hear heart. I loved it.

I recently listened to the book "Kisses from Katie" It has me thinking about life. The way we think life should be, and the way God wants it to be. Am I living my life as "crazy" as God would have me live it? Crazy as in, all out, full blast following His will.  Which makes others think it's crazy. I just think He has more for us  than we have for ourselves. I like my life to be somewhat predictable with goals and a bucket list. God's list though, that is what matters.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Words People Say (Winston, Elizabeth, and God)

"I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." --Winston Churchill


 "Right A.J. we love each other? AND I love myself...." Elizabeth said this just now. 

 Verses that were shared in my Sunday school class yesterday. I mean to memorize them.

Stuart had a little kitten in the back of his trike. 

 Morning at Clear Springs Farm