Friday, April 27, 2012

3 in 30: Hectic Week

I had another hectic week this week, although I have little to show for my hectic-ness.  I think I'm still getting used to having four children and figuring out how to get things done, especially while schooling two of them.  But enough of my excuses; here's what I accomplished toward my monthly goals.
  • Teaching my older two children to fold towels. I got nothing accomplished toward this goal this week.  As I told you last week, I had a basket of towels waiting to be folded.  I could not find a good time for both my children and me to tackle this chore.  Then I did another load of towels, and I couldn't take it anymore.  I folded both baskets myself.  I plan to add this goal to my next month's list.
  • Summerizing our wardrobes. I went through the two bags of hand-me-downs I received from a friend last week.  And I sorted through my closet a little more, grouping dresses and shirts together.  I still have that box of outgrown clothes to sort and put away.  I should also go through my children's shoes.  *Sigh*  This chore never seems to end.
  • Laying out church clothes on Saturday evening. I did not do this last week, and I was a little wrinkled at church.  My children and husband were fine, though.
What were you able to accomplish this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?  John has a golf tournament for work, so I'm not sure what the kids and I will do while he's gone.

Friday, April 20, 2012

3 in 30: Not Such a Good Week

It's been a busy week. We haven't done much out of the ordinary; it's just been busy. I haven't even had time to post anything new this week, and when I did have time, I didn't have the mental energy to write anything. Well, I guess we did one thing out of the ordinary. We started potty training Rachel...but she's not ready yet, so we put it back on hold. I got tired of cleaning up accidents with no (well, there was one) successes.

Anyway, with it being so busy, I didn't get much done on my other goals.
  • Teaching my older two children to fold towels. Sarah Beth and Daniel did help with the load earlier in the week, and I've got another one sitting in a basket, waiting to be folded. If I could find the time....
  • Summerizing our wardrobes. I didn't do a thing with this one. And a friend gave us two bags of hand-me-downs. While I love hand-me-downs, it's just more clothes to go through. (That's why I turned down the other four bags!)
  • Laying out church clothes on Saturday evening. I did get that one accomplished last weekend.
Okay, so maybe my week wasn't as bad as I thought. Maybe I'll even find ten minutes today to sort our "new clothes."

How was your week? What did you accomplish? And what do you have in store for the weekend?

P.S.  How do you like what blogger has done?  I hate it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday. I've been 29 for several years now, and John says that I can't get away with that anymore, so I won't even try. And I'm not going to tell you how old I am, either. All I'll say is that I'm closer to 40 than 30. Oh, I don't like the way that sentence sounds! I feel like I'm still 24.

When my parents were here for Daniel's birthday and Mary's baptism, I mentioned to my father that I was born on a bad day. Abraham Lincoln was shot on my birthday (although he died on the 15th), and the Titanic struck the iceberg on my birthday (sinking on the 15th). Trying to prove me wrong, that April 14th is not a bad day, my father looked it up on the internet. And we found more bad things: Black Sunday, the worst dust storm of the Dust Bowl; and a massive explosion in Bombay harbor killed 300 people. So much for that!

However, if you believe that God is sovereign, you cannot conclude that April 14th is a "bad" day because only the things that He allowed and caused happened that day, things that would bring Him glory. God can use "bad" things for good. So we have to see Lincoln's assasination and the sinking of the Titanic as good things since God allowed (or even caused) them to happen.

Anyway, today is my birthday, and I hope that we have a nice, quiet day of celebrating.

What kinds of things happened on your birthday? If you don't know, this site is a good one to check.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Doing Well with My Monthly Goals

I'm doing pretty well so far this month with my goals, although I've still got a ways to go. But that's okay! I've still got a couple of weeks left in this month.
  • Teaching my older two children to fold towels. They are great at folding square things like wash cloths and dish cloths, and that's a real help. I think Sarah Beth is ready to fold hand towels and such; I just need to show her how.
  • Summerizing our wardrobes. I got a good bit done earlier in the week. My children's dressers are cleaned out and the winter clothes put away. (There's room for their summer clothes; hooray!) I also got all of the maternity clothes out of my closet and packed away, and I put all of my winter clothes up in the top of my closet. I still need to go through the girls' dresses to figure out which ones fit Rachel and Sarah Beth, and put the rest in the back of the closet. And I still have a box of outgrown clothes to go through and sort.
  • Laying out church clothes. So far so good!
How are you doing with your monthly goals? What did you accomplish this week?

Mary is Four Months Old!

Mary is four months old today. She doesn't seem to be doing much more than when she was three months old, but that's what I pretty much expect.

She loves to smile at her bigger sister Sarah Beth, more than she does at me. Hmmm. I think my feelings should be hurt since I feed her, change her diapers, and get up with her in the middle of the night, but I just can't be upset...especially when Mary smiles at me.

This picture is typical of these sisters' relationship. Rachel tries to smother Mary with love while Mary endures it. (Often, I have to call Rachel off. She seems to think that Mary is just another toy to play with.)

Daniel loves his littler sister, but being a boy, he's just not into babies as much as his sisters.

Sweet Mary! She seems to get happier and sweeter as the days go by!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Booking It: April Review

This month wasn't so good for my reading. I don't know if I've just been too busy to read much or if the books I did read took longer to read, but here are the books I read this month:
  • Behemoth by Jonathan C. Leicht. What a fun and exciting adventure about looking for dinosaurs in our present time! You can read my full review here.
  • So You're Thinking About Homeschooling: Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It by Lisa Welchel. Since I've already decided to homeschool my children (and actually have already started), I didn't learn a whole lot from this book. But I did enjoy reading the stories of the people who started homeschooling: why they chose to homeschool and how they chose the curriculum they did. If you're thinking about homeschooling, you might want to read this book.
  • Soapmaking Made Easy by Suzy Sutherland. I've decided to take up a new hobby, so I read this book to get some more information. It was pretty basic which is what I was looking for. If you make soap, do you have a good book to recommend?
  • Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary. I've been reading this series to Sarah Beth, and we really enjoy it. Cleary really understands how little girls thinks and is able to get it down on paper. Even though a lot of what Ramona goes through, Sarah Beth doesn't (like going to school), Sarah Beth can still relate.
What have you been reading lately? I'm running out of ideas for books to read with Sarah Beth, so I would be grateful for any suggestions you might have that would be appropriate for an almost six year old.

To see what others are reading, head over to Life as Mom Booking It.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pansy Tea Light Giveaway

As I told you Friday, I really enjoyed making these cute little tea light holders. I enjoyed it so much that I made a couple of extra ones so I could give one (or two) away. However, I could not find any actual tea lights at my local WalMart, so you'll have to get your own. Besides, I wouldn't want to ship one via the mail as it might break in transit. But you can get your own Pansy Tea Light holder to do with as you please. Here are the ways that you can enter this giveaway:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog.
  2. Post about this giveaway on your blog or on facebook, including a link back here. Leave another comment, saying that you did so.
  3. Here's the fun one: if someone comes over from your blog or facebook and leaves a comment with your name as reference, and if that comment is chosen as the winner, then you will both receive one. (Does that make sense?)
This contest will be open all week until Sunday at 8 pm when the winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced Monday morning, assuming nothing unforeseen happens. Good luck!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

words by Charles Wesley

Friday, April 6, 2012

Finished Object Friday: Pansy Tea Light

I found the pattern for this tea light in my latest copy of Crochet World, and I thought it would be a fun project to do. I didn't realize how quick it would be to make and how fun, so I made a few more. Sarah Beth keeps asking me for one, so I thought I would make one for her, too. I think it would look lovely inside her dollhouse.

I haven't used bedspread weight yarn and a teeny-tiny hook in a while, so I thought this pretty little flower would be good practice. I plan to make a table runner for our dining room table next; hopefully, I'll have the time today to start it.

By the way, if you like my little tea light, come back on Monday when I plan to post a giveaway.

April's Here!

With the arrival of April come new goals. I do enjoy making new long as they are realistic enough for me to achieve them.

First of all, though, we took an unplanned week of Spring Break. My parents were here Monday, so we had planned to take the day off from school to visit with them. Then all four children ran fever at some point or another on Tuesday, so no school that day, either. Wednesday, there was still some fever in our house, so we took that day off, too. And John took Sarah Beth and Daniel fishing today, so we just went ahead and took Thursday off as well. But it's been a nice, relaxing week -- even with the fever. There were no other symptoms like coughing or congestion, and for the most part, our children felt okay. It was strange.

But now it's time for new goals.
  • Things went so well last month when I taught my older two children to load and unload the dishwasher, that I plan to teach them how to fold towels this month. What a big help that will be!
  • Since spring is here, it's time to "winterize" our wardrobes. I need to pack up Sarah Beth's outgrown clothes for Rachel and Rachel's for Mary. And I need to go through Daniel's. And all my girls' dresses got mixed up in the moves, so I need to go through them to find out what will fit whom this summer. (My mother made most of them, so they don't have tags with sizes which is why it's a little more difficult.) I also need to go through my closet and pull out a few summer things I have packed away, but mostly I need to box up my maternity clothes. Oh, and there's a box of clothes my children outgrew last spring that I didn't take the time to sort, so I need to get that done as well. This week, I finished most of Rachel's dresser and started Sarah Beth's. I hope to get more done today since I only have two children with me.
  • I need to start laying out our church clothes on Saturday evening. I've been picking things out on Sunday morning, but that doesn't leave me time to iron the things that need ironing.
How was your week? Did you take a Spring Break?