Friday, September 24, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

still here.......

Just been very busy with family visits, Genna's birthday, the girls are now in gymnastics, trying to get ready to start schooling again, etc...... oh, and that whole taking care of 7 kids thing!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

That was a bit unexpected

Tonight the kids and I were learning how to play Dance Dance Revolution on the Wii.  I wasn't sure if it would be too hard for the kids, but they actually took to it very quickly.  What was surprising though is that Elijah did better than all of us, and had his hands in his pockets the entire time!  He looked so casual, like he'd done it a hundred times before.  What a funny guy.

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year.....

Do you have that holiday jingle stuck in your head now?  Sorry.  I'm actually not talking about Christmas, I'm talking about the start package season!  Packages stuffed with school supplies, packages full of birthday gifts, packages filled with Christmas wishes!  This week we had two boxes of birthday gifts for Genna arrive, and a box with some new Nancy Drew reading books and a new game for our homeschool- AppleLetters.  It's always so fun to rip into those big brown boxes and find out what's inside- I think it's more fun than shopping for stuff at the store!  With all the school materials still needed to be ordered, a handful of birthdays between now and January, and Christmas for over a half dozen kids, we'll be having a steady stream of packages trickling in for a while. What fun!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

what life is really all about

Micaiah (1), Elijah (7), Isaac (4), Gennavieve (8), Sahara (3), Logan (10 days), Great-Grandma Lynn, Noah (1 month), Isabella (6), Cali (13), Nahshon (2)


This guy is awesome

  • Craig Gross and Ron Jeremy; a story of friendship

  • A long while back I was lucky enough to see Craig Gross speak at our church.  Even if you don't recognize the name, you may have heard of his ministry, XXXChurch.  It isn't the fact that he's tackling the adult entertainment industry I find so wonderful, it's his methods.  He's a believer that is actually practicing what he preaches on a daily basis.  He shows love and compassion to those that so many are very quick to dismiss.  Sometimes I wonder how many people will never even touch a Bible, let alone step one foot near a church, simply because a "Christian" showed disgust and contempt for the life choices the other has made rather than love the person the way we are supposed to.  I find the work that Craig Gross does to be both inspirational and eye opening.  The link above is a very short piece written by Gross about his friendship with Ron Jeremy; I encourage you to take a couple minutes and read it.

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    What have I done?!?

    Today while I was shopping at Walmart, Jeremy called me and asked me to pick up a small reward for Genna for all of her hard work around the house/with Noah and doing so well with her math lately. (as you may know, math is not an area of strength for her and she's on a hot streak of 100%'s right now!)  I was looking around for small sets of princess Polly Pockets that Genna has mentioned before, but couldn't find them.  I did however find a small display of Squinkies.  If you have not yet heard of Squinkies, I'm sure you will soon.  They are one of the "HOT" new toys, and I'm guessing they are going to be one of the things that everyone is searching for come Christmas time.  Normally I avoid the "IT" toys like the plague simply because I don't want the stress of driving all over town and scouring the internet in search of their most desired Christmas wish; and since we don't have TV, my kids tend to go through life oblivious to the latest trends.  For whatever reason, I grabbed a small pack of Squinkies in lieu of the Polly Pockets.  I wasn't sure if she'd be into them or not, but Noah was with me and starting to fuss, so that is what I brought home.  Much to my delight, she LOVED it!  I mean, really really LOVED it.  My happiness of choosing a hit toy was quickly overcome with concern when she announced she was going to ask Santa to put some Squinkies in her stocking. Crap. Walmart was already extremely picked over for these toys, most stores online are sold out or selling the items for almost double the price. I'm sending Jeremy back to the store after work tonight, and maybe if I get lucky, I won't have to turn into one of those crazy parents that stalks stock boys.  Note to self: in the future, always wait until January to try out the predicted popular items.

    Saturday, September 4, 2010