Saturday, January 31, 2009
I thought at first that it was just a bulb above the table that was ready to burn out and thought nothing of it, but then all the bulbs started to flicker and the next thing we knew ... POOF! All the power went off! It came back on within seconds and everyone cheered, but a bit prematurely. The lights all flickered again and then went off for good.
I had thought about making our dinner really classy by lighting a few candles, but with seven kids involved, I had decided against it. After the lights went out, I ended up digging out all the candles I had and lighting them all. Oh, what a treat for the kids! They all loved it! Well, Christopher was quite leary of the whole thing at first, but he got used to it.
So after we were finished eating, we were a bit at a loss as to what to do. The kids had all wanted to play in the basement, but it was way too dark and there was no way I was going to let them take candles downstairs! (We had no working flashlights. Go figure. I've learned my lesson, though. I have to HIDE several flashlights from the boys because they drained all the batteries!!) The kids played hide and seek for awhile, but they kept running and bumping into each other because it was just too dark.
We decided to have our ice cream sundaes for dessert by candlelight. It was a lot of fun actually, because it was something so out of the ordinary. Timothy cracked us all up though when he ran upstairs to get his mini-flashlight from his room. He shouted down to us, "Hey! Guess what?! The lights up here don't work either!"
We ended up all playing Uno by candlelight and the kids, and the parents, had so much fun! It was definitely a memorable evening, and not one I would CHOOSE to repeat, but because of the uniqueness of it all, we'll remember this night together for a long time! Just before our guests were ready to leave, the lights came back on and everyone cheered again! The power had been off for only about two hours, but it's amazing how much we take electricity for granted!
The power has been on ever since, and I'm thankful because now my dishwasher is humming, the house is warming up again and the toilets are all flushed.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
One thing that came out of several of us women was that some of the packages were just too "busy" with the labeling. It turns out that most of us were moms of young children and the comments that came out were that we appreciate labels that are simple and basic and not crowded with too much information. We don't have time to stop and browse and read the fine print on cleaning products or anything else for that matter! When we're in a store, usually we have mere seconds to glance at the packaging and we make our decision on what we see in those brief seconds. Here I thought that I was the only one who had that problem, but I guess not!
At the end of our hour, we were all given a bottle of this cleaner to take home PLUS a nice cash payment for our time and opinions. While I don't really need this cleaner since I love my Watkins stuff, I don't mind a free bottle of cleaner! And the money sure was an incentive as well!
I sure hope they call me again! As one other mom in the elevator on the way down said, "What a fun evening out! AND we got a free bottle of cleaner! AND we got paid for it!" Yep. I think I like getting paid to give my opinion!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ok, let's have some fun today. Finish the sentence:
If I could do it over ...
Let me give you a few examples to start you off.
If I could do it over, I wouldn't turn the stove on high and use my new pot to make popcorn. (It just makes things too smokey and ruins beautiful new pots! Boo hoo!)
If I could do it over, I wouldn't change the ingredients in Betty's Crockpot Enchilada Casserole to something I think my family would enjoy better. (You just end up with a table full of complainers and a crockpot full of muck.)
If I could do it over, I would give him the benefit of the doubt instead of jumping in with accusations.
If I could do it over, I would read the instructions FIRST!!! It saves a lot of time.
If I could do it over, I wouldn't worry so much about what people think about how we raise our kids. I would just pray that God would help us do what is best for OUR family.
If I could do it over, I would tell more of my friends in school that I was a Christian, and then tell them why.
If I could do it over, I would adhere to traffic laws instead of thinking that I could slip by.
Ok. Your turn. What would you do differently if you could do it over? Comment anonymously if you need to!! Ha ha!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
These are the Christmas cards that we received as of December 27, 2008. We got about ten more after this, but these are the ones we had at that time. Do you recognize yours? You have helped make our family rich and we are so thankful! If you don't see your card, maybe it came after December 27 (or is hanging conveniently on our refrigerator with the magnet you glued on the back!). I hope that your family is blessed with similar riches!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
How do you eat your Cream of Wheat? If it's getting a bit boring to you, try decorating it. It's so much more fun that way!
PS It works with oatmeal, too!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Ruth sent an e-mail this morning letting us know that they arrived back in Anchorage today and she shared some thoughts about their trip back East (or do you say 'down south'?) I asked her permission to share it here because I felt that she verbalized her thoughts so well about the subject of HOME. It has given me a lot to think about today and I'm thankful that she agreed to let me post it here. Thanks for being a guest here today, Ruth, and thanks so much for the precious visit we had together!
Some thoughts about "home"....
When we left Anchorage in December we said we were going "home".
When we left Ohio in January we said we were going "home."
When we were in your houses we felt at "home."
When we were in some places that we had never been, but were with you, we felt at "home."
When we talk about a believer dying, we say he or she has gone "home."
When we think of heaven, we call it our heavenly "home."
Is it a place, a feeling, things, that make a home?
The dictionary says home is "a place where one lives."
I say it is the people and the relationships we have with them, that make whatever we call home, "home."
My mother-in-law has redecorated her home. It looks different without all the wallpaper. But that didn't make it "not home". It was "home" because she was there.
The house where I grew up is not a place I visit or even drive by anymore. My dad is not there. It is not "home."
In contrast, heaven is a place I have never been and yet it is my eternal home. Why? Because God is there and as I get to know Him and spend time with Him, wherever He is is "home."
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
After we exhausted our efforts in clearing the driveway, the boys decided to pull out the sleds. I stood at the top of the hill watching them for a few runs and then decided that I'd help them pack down a slide by taking a turn myself. Wow! I was hooked after that first run! Even without snowpants and with my short ankle boots, Christopher and I stood in line together at the top and took our turns going down that hill, too! I was sopping wet with sweat, snow and Christopher's snot, but did we ever have fun! I wish I could have videotaped us going down because he was squealing with delight and roaring with laughter if we tipped over. At the bottom of the hill he'd shout, "Up the mountain, Mommy! Come!" and we'd start all over again. My hip bones are a bit sore tonight. I think I hit one too many moguls on each trip down.
The boys are at school tomorrow, but since it's been snowing off and on all day and there's more predicted for tomorrow, I just *might* take Christopher outside so that I have an excuse to slide down that hill a few more times myself! Anyone want to come over and sled with us?
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Dad, thanks for being such a good sport about this. You know we love you!