Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

joy in the journey.

I received word this morning that Radiant was going to publish an article I had submitted to them a few weeks ago. Check it out here.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

lovin me a shop vac.

Never have I ever loved an appliance so. My uber mini dust buster(that really didn't work all that great) finally died and I got a mini shop-vac. I love the thing. After I sweep the floors it is so great to get this thing out (with other attachments as well!) for corners, small rugs, and (the ever so dangerous) stairs. One day I'll get the big boy shop vac... I dream big people. I dream big.

Friday, January 11, 2008


image: http://blog.coolz0r.com/images/stairs1.jpg

So tomorrow marks the one week anniversary of my fall down our stairs. I knew the day would come where I would make that tumble not only because of the construction and steepness of the stairs but the materials used (hardwood).

So here I come bounding on down (and I mean bounding) the stairs because I had finally just finished cleaning the boys closet and was whooping it up for my accomplishment, but nevertheless was being modest as I made my way down.

Poor Evan was in my arms as my feet slipped out from underneath me...five steps from solid flat ground. So close. I feel back and slammed my head, back and right arm (which held my little Ev. but I dare not let him go) and soon was trying not to pass out from the shock of it all. Doesn't it seem when things like that happen to you it goes in slow motion and when you look back on it you think it so could have been so elegant, and you could have prevented the whole awful thing from happening.
Anyway, it hurt.
While my arm is still in tact, it still hurts. I thought I had broke it. I suppose it would not surprise me if it just fell off one of these days. I couldn't even put my hair back. I tried but it didn't quite work out. It looked bad and a
s someone sarcastically reminded me,
"It is no different than any other day."
Thanks Chad.

I know I need a haircut, it is at that awkward stage where it only looks good (and by good I mean somewhat presentable) when pulled back because it is dire need of some care from a professional. I just can't decide how to cut it and I am too busy(lazy) to make an appointment.
So here we are a week later, my arm may permanently hurt, and I have accepted the fact that I am, in fact, a klutz. Woe is me.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

puree away!

Found out about the sneaking the veggies in meals book from Bethany, and got a copy! The short version of the story(you can read the whole story here.) is the book I have is called Deceptively Delicious by Jerry Seinfelds wife Jessica, but the couple is being sued by a woman named Missy Lapine, who is claiming Jessica plagerized all the recipes. Whatever. I just want my kids to eat veggies. They can all sort that out.
Anyway, this afternoon I pureed away while listening to NPR. I have to admit, it was a fabulous afternoon. The boys ran around outside since it has been so warm out, and I watched them outside the kitchen window while pureeing my butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and broccoli! Tonight I made mac and cheese (with Cauliflower inside) and my boys ate every last bite. I am excited to try the other recipes in the book! So far it has been a great success!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


1. the "beans and rice" diet. Both Just and I want to lose some weight. Justin came up with the whole "beans and rice" theme, so we are sticking with it. Just go with it. We want and need to eat more fruits and veggies and we want to encourage our boys to love them as well. We are eliminating all "goodies" from our home. We get enough "goodies" elsewhere anyway. We hope this goes well and it sticks.

2. the "beans and rice" budget. Simply put by my husband, "short term sacrfice, long term gain." We are going to try and save, save, save this year. This is going to be hard for me, I like to shop, I can often be impulsive, and thus we have like zero dollars saved. I have been extremely irresponsible with our money in the past, I have been selfish and worldy and I want to change that.

3. Listen better. Be a better friend.

4. Try to be more patient with my children.

5. Be more appreciative of my husband and all he does for us.

6. Take more photographs. Take better photographs.

7. Read through the Bible in one year.

8. Memorize 52 bible verses. My father-in-law has a great system he recieved from a friend, and I have decided it is time to branch out from the few verses I remember from childhood.