Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This was Ari's first tractor ride (well, at least while outside the womb!) and she seemed to enjoy every minute. I am not sure that I have found something she doesn't like. Ali, however, was a different story. Her hesitation was apparent to everyone around. The wails started the moment Jay made his way up the ladder. She was not so impressed with this mammoth machine. And who could blame her? The stubble in the field (just the stubble, not the complete stalks) came up to her knees. The combine is huge to an average adult - to this wee little 2 year old, it must seem extraordinarily huge and just as loud! She did manage to calm down a few minutes after settling into the surprisingly quiet cab. Then she started talking. About the "bombine"! She started turning the steering wheel and putting her handle on the throttle. She was good to go!
Things are a "little" snug when you stick 7 people in a cab meant for 2! So we have decided we need a sidecar. A combine sidecar in John Deere green. That way none of us have to miss out on the action.
Today's machines were working the canola. And canola dust is thick and black. It coats everything. Anything you touch is black. And anything you touch afterwards becomes that same black. RJ figured that out first-hand.
The boys couldn't wait for us to leave and have the cab (and the comfy seats) to themselves. Thus ended the family ride for the year! But it was memorable and we would do it all over again! With 8? Well, that might be pushing it!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
So, since reading that blog this past June (it was written a year ago), the idea of thrifting was mulling around in my head. I couldn't get away from the idea. The notion that I was cluttering my life with all things "Ricki" was a true one. Like I couldn't feel good about myself until I went and bought new clothes. Then the feelings slowly faded and back to the store I would go. Now, thankfully, I live about 35 minutes away from the nearest store and I usually have the kids with me (trying on clothes with kids in the change room is not fun! It will kill any desire to shop instantly!). Maybe that was the Lord's way of restricting me. Of trying to tell me that something in me needed to change. So, I decided to take the plunge and make a decision - One Year of Thrifting. I made this decision sometime in June so let's say I officially started July 1. So, what exactly does that look like? Well, it means I will not buy any new clothes for me for one year (exceptions being undergarments and swim wear, which I need as all the stuff I wore while pregnant is severely stretched!). I will also only thrift for the kids clothes. And, surprisingly, since being on this journey, I have come to appreciate our local MCC thrift store, about a 5 minute drive from my house. The selection and price is fantastic. And the treasures I have found? Just as great! My hope in this journey is that my bank account will show a marked difference after this year. More importantly, I hope that the Lord talks to me through this journey, reminding me of his love for me, his acceptance of me, his desire for me JUST AS I AM! New clothes or not!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
September 4, 2009
5 years ago I was given the best (belated) birthday present ever in the gift of my son, AJ! He is fire and passion, laughter and silliness, spunk and gentleness all rolled into one! His party is on Sunday but as his birthday is today, he got to choose his supper meal. Waffles (I have never put candles in waffles before but it worked!)! After he opened his present first thing this morning he came to me and told me that the present was the best present ever. Exactly what he wanted! The fun part about having a 5 year-old is that they already have a very defined personality. Strong likes and dislikes. Shopping becomes a bit easier. His present has sat on my closet shelf for months already in anticipation of this day. What was this "best present"? 2 coil-bound sketch pads (large and small), tracing paper, sketching pencils, a kids book on drawing and a Usborne book on machines! Perfect for my tractor-loving artist! And as I watch him draw a tractor carrying a load of bales I cannot help but marvel at this complex child God has put into my life! There is no one in this family that is able to elicit smiles like he can. And no one who can elicit tears as easily either! From the time people laid eyes on him 5 years ago, they said he would be trouble. And they were right! Though I don't really like to say trouble. More like spunk. Fire. Passion. And a whole lot of laughter! Son, I love you so much! I am thankful God put you into our family. And I cannot wait to see what else God will teach me through you! May you grow up to be an amazing man of God, a prayer-warrior, an example to his parents of faith and love, compassion and strength! Happy Birthday, little man!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
It caught my attention for several reasons.
- It was designed for moms. And I am a mom. Therefore, it should work. (Fingers crossed)
- It was large in size. 18" x 13.5" - lots of space to write lots of things.
- It was the ultimate calendar. Said so right on the front. And if it says so it must be so! (Fingers crossed. Again)
- It is a fridge calendar. I don't know about your home but the central zone for all people in this house is the fridge. It draws all of us like bees to flowers. Hummers to red. Flies to - well, you get the idea! So a fridge calendar seemed really logical. At least to me.
I took it home with fear and trepidation and started to employ this organizer, this "Mom's Ultimate Family Fridge Calendar"! And it worked! Still works 1 year later. Now I am hooked. I just picked up our 2009-2010 copy of this amazing little life-saver and I cannot wait to transfer all that information from one year to the next! It really is the Ulimate Calendar! Let me share a little bit of it with you.
It has large spaces to write lots of information. Each square measures approximately 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". On my fridge we have a magnetic container that holds Sharpies of various colors. Each of the colors is used for different people or events. With spaces this large and Sharpies of differing colors, a single glance at the calendar yields lots of very useful information. Plus, the calendar comes with over 400 stickers that can be used to identify different activities or events.
The illustrations on the calendar are absolutely adorable and my kids love to see the pictures on each month. Maybe they should have made them less appealing so they would leave my calendar alone! As it is, they love to flip the pages and check out what the cartoons are doing!
This year's edition also included a chore chart for kids. We will see if this particular chart will work for our family but I think it is a great idea!
There are many other great reasons to love this "Mom's Ultimate Family Fridge Calendar"! To learn even more about it and find out where to buy them, check out their website at www.motherword.com
Now I must ask: How do you keep track of your busy schedule?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Doesn't that look yummy? My dough is currently rising and I look forward to slathering that first hot slice with butter and savoring every moment of home-baked goodness!