Friday, May 15, 2009

Baby Birds

We found a nest with baby birds in a tree in our front yard. We took pictures, but we made sure not to disturb anything. This is really cool for the kiddos, and for me, too! We even got to "hide" and watch the mama bird feed her babies. This is what learning at home is all about!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for sixweeks. Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, and complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money.

In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week. Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time--no emailing. Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment. He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care. He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.

Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times. The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep fingernails polished and eyebrows groomed.

During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties. They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting. They will need to read a book to the kids each night and in the morning, feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair by 7:00 am.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up. The kids vote them off the island based on performance.

The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice. If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years eventually earning the right To be called Mother!


Wow, it is so hard to let your children take some "big" steps on their own, isn't it? Well, as you can see, I let Doodles cut an onion by herself for last night's dinner. After she did it (without cutting herself EVEN in the slightest), she just smiled and said to me, "It's nice to be trusted." Yep, I agree!

Friday, May 8, 2009

3D Sidewalk Chalk

This stuff is so cool, and it really works! The kiddos decided to start working on designing a rain forest, since that's going to be one of our study topics next week. Stay tuned for more pics!

Kids in the Kitchen

Here's a Recipe for Fun!
Step 1: Brown ground beef-in this case, deer meat.

Step 2: Mix the cornbread.

Step 3: Pour water and taco seasoning in skillet with ground beef & stir.

Step 4: Make a mess & clean it up. LOL

Step 5: (Not pictured) Spread refried beans in bottom of dish. Put meat mixture on top of
beans. Then put shredded cheese on top of beans. Top with cornbread batter. Bake
until cornbread is done.

Step 6: Smile contentedly when you realize there will be enough left over for tomorrow night's

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Still Waiting

Well, my playlist has only one song now. It describes my current life situation...waiting. We're still waiting for the day that we'll finally get to travel to China to get our baby girl. Please continue to pray for our peace & our patience, and also that our commitment to serve God in all areas of our lives will be firm. It's so easy to lose focus right now, and I admit that I have. I need to actively pursue all that God has for me throughout this process of waiting. I know that all will come together in His timing, and I will trust Him and wait on Him.

"But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like


They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint."

Self-Care That's Not So Fun

As promised in my previous post, I am now going to talk about self-care that's not so much fun. This kind of self-care involves thin...