Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December Reading

With the holidays and everything, I didn't get as much read this month as I had wanted.  But I don't mind because I had more important things to do, like spending time with my family.  :)  Here is what I did manage to read:
  • For Women Only:  What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhan.  Tracey at Girls to Grow highly recommended this book, so I read it.  While I didn't learn much that was new, I did learn how important these things are.  I can see how using this information can make me a better wife.
  • Noah:  Man of Destiny by Tim Chaffey and K.  Marie Adams.  I must admit that I have a fascination with the time before and right after the Flood, so I scooped this book up as soon as I read about it.  Since it was written by people who have helped develop the ark for Answers in Genesis, they have researched this material, and it is as accurate as it could be for a work of fiction.  However, I enjoyed The Coming Wrath by John K.  Reed better.  :)
  • The Sword of Shanarra by Terry Brooks.  John and I watched the new tv series based on this book series, and it intrigued me even though I hadn't enjoyed this book much the first time I read it.  It seems like a rewritten Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.  I appreciated it better this time, and it kept me going on the treadmill.  And I actually look forward to reading the second one.  
  • The Warrior's Seal by Ronie Kendig.  In this novella, a special forces soldier is sent to rescue some VIPs kidnapped by a terrorist group in the Middle East.  Meanwhile, an ancient artifact has been stolen, and a mysterious plague is affecting those who have been in contact with it.  Tox and his team have to find the missing people and stop the plague.  An exciting adventure for my time on the treadmill.
What did you read this month?

Friday, December 16, 2016

What I've Enjoyed This Week: A Five Year Old

I love seeing them do things together!

Tuesday was Mary's birthday, and she enjoyed almost every minute of it.  We don't have big parties, but we do try to celebrate each person on his birthday, letting him choose most of what we do on his special day.  Birthdays only happen once a year, right?!

John usually takes birthdays off work, and that helps make the day even more special.  Mary wanted doughnuts for breakfast, then we headed to the Lego store for her to pick out some legos.  That has become a birthday tradition.  :)  Daniel and Rachel took advantage of being at the lego store to buy some new sets, too, with their own money.  For lunch, Mary wanted a hamburger from Wendy's which was at the mall.  When we arrived home, all four older children became engrossed in the new legos, Sarah Beth helping put together Mary's new set.  For supper, we had spaghetti and meatballs, Mary's favorite.  She didn't want me to bake anything for her dessert; she wanted a clown face cone from Baskin Robbins.  Whatever.  John picked up an ice cream cake for the rest of us.  :)

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • the cooler weather.  I'm always glad for some cooler weather -- as long as I don't have to be out in it!  ;)
  • Christmas cards.  "Real" mail is always fun!
  • less school.  We're still slogging our way through it, but we're doing the bare minimum!
  • staying home Wednesday and Thursday since we were gone so long on Tuesday
  • a new recipe:  Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup.  My children weren't big fans, but I enjoyed eating the leftovers all week for lunch -- especially with this cooler weather!
What did you enjoy this week?

John and I plan to do some Christmas shopping this weekend, and he's taking our older two children to help distribute food to the needy.  What do you have planned?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Fifth Birthday, Mary!

I can't believe that Mary is five years old today!  It seems like she was just born yesterday.

Mary has a sweet, rambunctious personality.  You never know what she's going to do next.

Keeping up with her three older siblings wears her out sometimes, but she can do just about everything they can.  

She loves her baby sister, and I really think that she thinks we had Hannah just for her to play with.

I look forward to seeing what another year brings for Mary!

Friday, December 9, 2016

What I've Enjoyed This Week: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

After a busy weekend, at least for  me, it was nice to spend all week at home.  And we've got another busy weekend coming with four parties, starting with two yesterday.  Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • Baking Green Kiss Cookies with my children.  That's what we call them anyway.  :)  We tripled the recipe so we could share some with our librarians and garbage collectors.  
  • Seeing how excited my children were, running to meet the garbage truck with the cookies!  
  • Eating said cookies.  ;)
  • The cooler weather.  It actually feels kind of like winter, at least for Texas.  :)
  • Getting back on the treadmill.  I'd taken the past couple of weeks off because my parents were here and then I had a cold.
  • Watching the Grinch with my children -- and reading it, too!
  • Decorating the Christmas tree!
  • Seeing how much fun our children had at John's work's Christmas party for kids.
What did you enjoy this week?

We have two more parties to attend this weekend, one is another Christmas work party (John has to go to both), and the other is a house warming party for friends whose home has been rebuilt after it flooded.  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ten Months!

Hannah turned ten months old yesterday!  It's hard to believe that she will be a year old in just two months!

She has her bottom front two teeth, and we think the top two will come in soon.  As you can see, her older sisters still think she's a baby doll for them to play with.  :)

Hannah is learning to crawl on her hands and knees instead of doing the army crawl on her belly.  Her shirts will be cleaner -- but not my floors.  :)

Friday, December 2, 2016

What I've Enjoyed The Past Two Weeks: Thanksgiving!

Three of my children playing a new card game with one of their cousins.

Look what Sarah Beth did!

Several wonderful things happened during Thanksgiving Week, things which I enjoyed immensely and for which I am very thankful.

First of all, my parents came to visit.  We always enjoy seeing them, and it's especially nice when they visit and insert themselves into our lives.  I was able to spend some time with just my mother (no children!) a couple of times, so we had some great conversations.  And my father went golfing with my husband and my son, and I know they had fun.

John was able to take a couple of days off from work, and it's always wonderful when he does that.  Having him home like that is something that we all enjoy, and I know that he enjoys the time off work.  :)

My brother and his family were hunting in a different part of Texas, so they came by our house on their way home.  They spent Sunday afternoon and evening with us and left early Monday morning.  Watching my children play and enjoy a couple of their cousins warmed my heart.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed:
  • a trip to the zoo with my mother and children.  We hadn't been in a year, and the kids had been eager to go.
  • Thanksgiving dinner!  Yum!!  John smoked the turkey on the grill and it was delicious!
  • the help that my mother was.  When she wasn't cleaning up the kitchen (and the mess I made), she was playing games with my children.  
  • seeing Daniel get more excited about playing golf as he learned some things from John and my father.
  • seeing how sweet my niece and nephew were with my children who are several years younger.
  • spending time with my sister-in-law and brother.  We don't see them enough!
  • the woodworking class that Daniel and Sarah Beth took Wednesday afternoon.  They sanded the pieces to make jeep puzzles and had a lot of fun with that.  When we got home, they assembled them.  Daniel's didn't fit together quite right, so I don't have a picture of his -- yet.
What did you enjoy during the past couple of weeks?