Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday!  The kids are safely home and life quickly resumed back to "normal'...laundry, cooking, dr. appointments, homework, errands, and more snow.  haha!

The weather.....
Well, if it can't be warm, at least it's pretty!

Right now I am....
Enjoying a cup of Blueberry Bliss tea, listening to the swishing of the dishwasher, and waiting for Cody to get home from basketball.

There are a lot of things on my mind--nothing overwhelming, just life!  Morning is going to come super early as we're taking Maddox in to get the infection flushed out of his right ear.  Poor kid!  He really can't catch a break!  The pediatrician thinks that all the teeth he's cutting could be causing the constant ear fluid/infection.  I'm thankful that we're not having to give him antibiotics this time!  My goal tomorrow is to figure out a chiropractor or someone that can maybe help his ears drain on their own because the tubes don't seem to be cutting it.  Any tips???

I'm also trying to figure out other ways to help Cloe with double digit multiplication and division.  We do not share gene makeup in the math department!  I thrive on graph paper and columns...she thrives on abstract mental math and steps I've never seen before.  She's doing great at math, but the newer concepts are stressing her out a bit.

I'm super excited to take another cooking class tomorrow night with a chef from our church.  She sets up fantastic cooking demonstrations in homes, and we get to watch or help out.  It's such a fun night with friends!

On my reading pile....
I have a new Martha Stewart that's getting tucked into my purse a fun early-morning read!

On my TV.....
The news--my hometown lost it's first soldier in Afganistan.  His funeral will be held tomorrow in the high school gym.  The town is decked out with 2,200 flags, and 6,000 flags will be passed out tomorrow to people as they line the streets for the motorcade to pass through on the way to the cemetery.  I'm so proud of the way my hometown is honoring this hero and his family.

She's selling copies of her photography and donating the proceeds to the family!

Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....
We Are That Family had an AWESOME post on raising daughters in a world that devalues then and seven things we must tell them.  I seriously need this post printed out for daily review!  Good.stuff.
Luke Humbrecht posted a really thought-provoking read dealing with Gap-finders vs. Gap-standers.  I pray I'm willing to be molded into a gap-stander!

Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)....
I was checking out different paleo, vegan and real food recipes and stumbled upon Living Healthy with Chocolate.  Her recipes look yummy and intriguing, but her "about" tab lead me to her professional page--she's a professional kitesurfer who lives in Hawaii!  That's a life I'll never even have a glimmer of hope of experiencing!  Check out her photos and videos!  Wow!  SO cool!

On the menu for this week....
Monday:  Bangkok Curry...recipe to come soon!
Tuesday:  Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday:  Pulled Pork at Willow Creek Cafe
Sunday: in the works! 

On my to do list....
Cuddling a snuggly little boy...I hope!
Easter prep!

In the craft basket....
A few prints are ready for pick-up at Costco.  I love using mod-podge to mount them on canvas!

Looking forward to this week....
Easter!  Willow Creek has an amazing weekend planned!  If you are close by, please come!
Also looking forward to seeing our kids in their Easter duds!  A fun little box of Children's Place accessories arrived today!!!  They're all going to be cuter than a bug's ear!

Looking around the house....
Cody's home!  This post obviously is taking me too long!

From the camera....

Isn't this the way 99% of photography goes with toddlers?

On my prayer list.....
Maddox's ears
EASTER!  We've invited a lot of friends and teachers!
The rental house...still  (or pray for patience and some extra side jobs?)
New friends at Willow Creek--open hearts to the Gospel!

Bible verse, Devotional....
Key idea from 1 Kings 18-19:  God's plan for you, and your plan for you will match...when you keep your eyes on Jesus.  SO GOOD!  Listen here.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Homemaker...Wednesday?

Happy Homemaker Monday

I have a great reason for being so late this week!  I'm not a "homemaker" as of right's full-on working 9-5!  The kids all went to my parents house for the week.  While I'm not fond of them being away, sending them helped fill several needs:  our church office needed some help this week, my mom and dad had been asking to keep them,  and the kids were wanting to go somewhere for spring break.  Everyone's happy!

So, Happy Wednesday!  Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

The Weather:::
Brrrrr.  Seriously.  It snowed again this week.  I realize it's Iowa, and that's part of the gig.  However, last year, we were breaking high temperature records.  I'd take that again, please!   

Right now I am: 
Wrapping things up for another day.  It's funny how quickly the mind can switch from home-tasks to office-tasks.  It's been a fun switch-up, but I definitely miss my yoga pants. ;)

When the kids are away, I try to replay as many fun memories of them in my mind as I can.  They really are sweet and funny kids.  I miss them!

On my reading pile:::
1 Kings
Listening to Gethsemene by the Getty's
On my tv::: 
Nothing. Boo.

Favorite Blog post this week (mine or other):::
100 Days of Real Food has some fantastic recipes!

Something fun to share:::
Last week, I told the kids we were having bacon and eggs for an after school snack.  They went wild with excitement at the thought of BREAKFAST for SNACK!  Plus, they LOVE bacon!

They loved this candy version of bacon and eggs and thought it was a pretty good trick!

Before the kids left, we made and delivered these fun Easter bags to invite all of their friends to the Easter Extravaganza at our church. 
Isn't that ticket the cutest thing ever?  We have an AMAZING graphic designer!  Thanks, Bridget!

AND...a new friend brought me a Kombucha starter!  If you haven't tried Kombucha, you are so missing out!  It's a fermented tea that's full of probiotics and enzymes.  My jar will be ready on Sunday!  Can't wait!  Thankful for such a generous friend!
On the menu for this week:::

Leftovers, salads, and a few meals with giftcards
Thank goodness for giftcards!  Seriously, I'm pretty sure a giftcard is my favorite gift ever!
On my to do list:::

Pretty different this week...bulletins, music folders, phone calls...
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
No creating this week.  However, the kids Easter outfits have been assembled and are lined up and ready to go!  Hopefully no last minute darting to the mall for shoes that fit this year!
Homemaking Tips:::
If you're not home, it doesn't get dirty.  Crazy.

Looking around the house:::
Or's time to go, but Cody is still working on some things...the sun is out and the clouds are so pretty in the blue sky.  Wish it were warm enough to go for a walk without freezing in 10 seconds!
From the camera:::

Cloe had her Fourth Grade Fine Arts Night last Tuesday.  She is so fun to watch sing...all smiles!

 This is her teacher.  She is definitely going down as our most favorite teacher ever!  She has helped Cloe learn and grow so much this year!  We love her!
Part of Fine Arts Night is displaying artwork as well.  Beautiful!

The next morning, we were up early for Maddox to get the tubes in his ears replaced.
 Look at that little hand...too precious!
The nurses wheeled him off to surgery in a little red wagon.  He just laid there so sweet.  What a good baby!  The surgery center was awesome, too!  The nurses sent Maddox a get well card in the mail and filled the envelope with stickers!

On my prayer list:::
The rental house--several showings last week.  Praying for a buyer!Safety for our kids at Grandma and Grandpa's house
Easter--such a wonderful time for visitors to come to church!  

Bible verse, Devotional:::
We read 1 Peter 3 this morning with some friends:

Wives and Husbands
1Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.5For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good anddo not fear anything that is frightening.
7Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Suffering for Righteousness' Sake
8Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10For
"Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
13Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?14But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.