Watched, Read, and Listened
➛ Books: Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. I am working my way through this one – it’s a big book, and not an easy read. Taking it in chunks. I was interested to learn more about the Rockefeller’s since visiting 30 Rock in New York. Fascinating family.
➛ Television: True Detective, Walking Dead, and not much else thanks to the Winter Olympics. Didn’t watch any of that – I much prefer the summer games.
➛ Movies: Insidious (watched from behind my hands), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Home Run, Insidious: Chapter 2 (from behind my phone), Thor: The Dark World
➛ Did a citywide version of Where’s Waldo? with the student ministry.
➛ Helped coordinate a 2-week Shark Tank for our Bible Study.
➛ Made glurch with the kids.
➛Started Chaos in soccer (he loves it!)
➛ Helped serve lunch at the local college Baptist Student Mission
➛ Went to Top Golf. Again!
Milestones, Holidays, and Special Events
➛ We had a couple of family birthdays this month.
➛ My grandparents came into town and we got to spend an evening with them.
➛ We totally got a taste of spring, which makes the return of winter that much more bitter.
➛ Got a contractor for Party Boy’s workshop – now getting permits, etc. lined up.
➛ Went to Bahama Buck’s 2 days in a row. It is so good….
➛ Went to the dentist myself and got a great report – everything looks good!
A Favorite Photo or Layout
It’s Friday! Yay for the weekend!
Every week I think I am going to do better about taking pictures and then I forget, or get busy, or feel like it’s repetitive. This week though I was listening to a podcast (and since I just added a ton to my feed, I can’t remember which one! Sorry!) and they were talking about the beauty of repetitive photos and patterns and how they provide a small slice of history. So maybe repetition is okay. Beyond that, I know I need to challenge myself to look at things in different ways anyway and flex those photo muscles.
Hitting the highlights from above:
I bought this book for the kids because I think it covers an important subject: thinking critically about the truth. It covers everything from perspectives and their effect on the truth all the way to propaganda. Basically, don’t just buy into something and follow blindly. Always question, always think. The book is out of print, but there’s lots of resale bookshops listing it on Amazon. I paid a total of $4 for the book ($0.01 + $3.99 shipping).
This was my middle of the night layout from earlier this week. I did all of the creative work between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. I wisely decided to leave the journaling for the next day. I had considered doing it in the middle of the night, but figured I would end up with a hot mess to deal with, so instead just saved and went to bed.
And this one during our Friday night dinner. Because I loved the light.
Around here… the last four days feel like they have lasted a week and a half. Party Boy is travelling and it just so happens to be the week when everyone’s activities collided and left me driving everywhere, backtracking, fighting traffic, and just basically living in my car.
Around here… Captain Chaos has started soccer. Which is fun for him – lots of running around – and for me – 6 + under soccer is just fun to watch. Looking forward to our first game this weekend.
Around here… it’s been a hit-or-miss school week. And by that I mean school is being done, but attitude’s are sour and excuses are running rampant. And then the kids wake up. JUST KIDDING! sort of. Anyway, next week will be better, or at least has the potential!
Around here… the kids decided that they want to run a 5k this spring, and since I am the one at home to help them train, I am now training for a 5k. Again. Stop laughing. My mile time has gained 2 minutes off my best time, but we have run twice this week (with the kids complaining the whole time – too fast, too slow, too hot, too windy). I put in my headphones and pretend that they are strays just following me around the neighborhood. It will get better.
Around here… I have a very disappointed teenager. One of her favorite bands is playing a small venue show in town this spring and tickets went on pre-sale this morning, only to be promptly snatched up and re-listed on StubHub for 8 times the face value (and WAY out of our price range). We will try again tomorrow when the public sale starts, but I am not hopeful at all. And she will be crushed. Again. Thanks StubHub.
Around here… it hasn’t been all doom and gloom! The weather has been nice.
Around here… I had an extended bout of insomnia a couple of nights ago. On the plus side I did three loads of laundry and scrapped a page (that I’ll share tomorrow). Predictably, the insomnia struck on the night following our first run, which tells me my body was very angry and that’s its been too long.
Around here… I started cooking my very own breakfast sandwiches with egg whites, canadian bacon, and provolone cheese on an English muffin. They are delicious. Mickey D’s ain’t got nothin’ on me.
Around here… I found some new apps that I love – and that will get their very own post.
Around here… we finally made friends with the mailman. Have you ever seen the movie Funny Farm? No? Okay, so this couple buys a farm and the whole town is, shall we say, quirky. But the point is, the mailman is a psycho and drives by at top speeds and throws their mail on the lawn, laughing maniacally. While our mail has never been thrown on the lawn (I think) the speed and maniacal laughing are pretty close to what we experienced. Until lately. Now he drives slower, waves, and even waits at the end of the driveway when the kids are out to hand them the mail, sweetly dividing it up so everyone gets to carry some. I don’t know what happened, but I am thankful. And you should definitely watch Funny Farm. Hilarious.
Around here… I am looking forward to next week, when our copy of Thor: The Dark World arrives, and then March, when our copy of Frozen
will arrive. Funny that the two movie producing franchises that I love (Disney + Marvel) the most will both be delivering movies within a few weeks of each other. In other movie news I am anxiously awaiting the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past as well. Party Boy says I am a big comic book nerd. I am choosing to take that as a compliment. P.S. the amazon links are affiliate links, so I’ll get a little kickback if you buy – just FYI. Don’t feel obligated.
Around here… I am ready for a full night’s sleep and less spectacularly overbooked day tomorrow!
Okay, so not much of a phone dump, and then again, not on Friday. Sorry folks!
It’s been a better last half of the week, poison ivy wise. The itching finally died down enough to let me sleep through the night, which made all the difference in the world, really.
We made glurch. Glurch is a non-newtonian substance, and we followed this recipe. It was a great review of basics physics and was also seriously fun to play with. The kids have been messing with for a couple hours a day every day. I think it’s just the texture. But, what I really love is that it doesn’t make a big mess everywhere. It sticks to itself, but not to hands. And just FYI, if it gets into carpet or clothes a little vinegar apparently dissolves it.
Oh, Bahama Bucks. I held out for as long as I could. We drive by one on the way to swim every day, but I have never pulled in to try it. Because my memories of sno-cones growing up consisted of chunks of ice in a paper cup where the syrup all ran to the bottom and eventually dribbled out the bottom of the cone. Gross.
But on Thursday we had some time to kill before we headed out to swim, and nowhere to go, so I thought, HEY! My friend J.O. has been a few times (which I know because she has instagrammed it) and it looked pretty good, so why not.
Sweet mother of shaved ice, it. Is. So. GOOD.
We went back Friday.
I see many, many trips to Bahama Bucks in our summer future.
I also managed to get a couple of layouts done. Yay for the return of focus and creativity!
I have been staring at the screen for several minutes now. Blank. Like me.
I haven’t reached the point of sleep deprivation yet where psychosis sets in, but I sometimes wonder how far off I could be. It’s the poison ivy – which in my opinion must be a product of the fall, because I can NOT see God having put that terrible plant in the Garden of Eden and then encouraging people to roam around unprotected.
At any rate, my sleepless nights follow a pattern now at least. I go to bed around 9:45. I have been falling asleep faster than usual, thanks to being exhausted. I wake up around 3:30 and toss and turn for a couple of hours. I’ll put on more itch medicine, sure. But the laying there kills me – I itch. And I want to scratch. And then I spend 2 hours convincing myself not to scratch.
Around 5:30 I fall back asleep (exhaustion) for a little bit until the alarm wakes me back up.
It’s not a good pattern at all. I’m just plain tired. And that makes for a lack of inspiration and creativity.
But the good news is that everything seems to be clearing up now, if only a little bit, and I am hopeful that within a week I might be back to uninterrupted sleep.
Then maybe I won’t be so blank?
Watched, Read, and Listened
➛ Television: Sleepy Hollow, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Bones, Saturday Night Live,
➛ Movies: Anchorman 2, Frozen, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Grown Ups 2, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover 3, The Wolverine, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 42
➛ Travelled to Nashville to celebrate New Year’s With just Party Boy
➛ Played two rounds of Top Golf with the family
➛ Took MOTS and her friends (+Hollywood and a friend and Chaos) to the movies for MOTS birthday. She and her friends saw Saving Mr. Banks. Hollywood, her friend, Chaos and I watched Frozen.
➛Visited a distant mall so MOTS could shop with her aunt and spend her Christmas gift cards
➛ We bought a tiller attachment for the tractor and tilled a huge garden. Then planted onions and potatoes.
➛ Planned for and participated in a huge retreat weekend for our student ministry.
Milestones, Holidays, and Special Events
➛ Our wedding anniversary – 15 years!
➛ MOTS birthday
➛ MOTS is making some great strides in Algebra – her most difficult subject
➛ Deep cleaned the game/school room
➛ Started planning for Party Boy’s workshop
➛ I archived bills and paperwork from 2013 and got things organized for our taxes.
➛ Got the girls teeth cleaned and Hollywood had a couple of teeth pulled. Mots had a shallow cavity taken care of.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
➛ Good: we cleared a bunch of brush from the property – it looks so much better!
➛ Bad: the weather is just nasty cold and pretty dreary overall.
➛ Ugly: I got poison ivy on the back of my neck and a bit on my arms. It’s miserable, but seems to have improved a bit.
A Favorite Photo or Layout
It’s been a long week. And a short week at the same time. I blame the weather. We’ve had some beautiful-throw-the-windows-open days that have me itching to be outside. And then the next day you wake up and it’s 12° and the last thing I want to do is even get out of my toasty warm bed.
Fun fact: last night was the first night I have ever slept with an electric blanket on all night. It was that cold.
Rainbow looms have taken over our house. The girls are churning out bracelets at an alarming rate. Each with well-coordinated colors and beautiful, unique patterns. Hollywood has especially taken to it. She spends most of her free time hovering over an iPad, watching YouTube videos on how to create increasingly difficult patterns of bracelets. Given her struggles, this is an amazing thing. It means that we’ve made leaps and bounds of progress in spatial awareness, visual and auditory processing. Just watching her listen carefully and follow directions makes me so happy. And let’s not even talk about how she’s learning to deal with the natural frustration that comes from learning something new. It’s like she never struggled at all. Don’t get me wrong – there’s still struggles, but turning around to see how far we have come? Words can’t describe the happiness.
This boy. He’s growing up too fast. Where did my baby go??
We went to Top Golf not too lang ago and he was hitting golf balls 60 yards or farther. Accurately, even. He even posted his high score to date! He loves schoolwork – especially reading, but math is okay too. He adores science (he wants to be a scientist when he grows up) and enjoys history.
He loves to help. With everything. Cooking, laundry, shopping, anything you ask. Except cleaning. He hates to clean.
We knew after last years garden successes (and some failures) that we wanted a bigger plot this year. So we saved up and planned and went and bought a tiller attachment for the tractor. It was so worth it. Party Boy was able to till the entire garden – 3 passes – in about an hour and a half! And we didn’t even have to scrape the sod first. We just tilled it in. Oh, it was so nice…
We couldn’t wait to get started in the garden, so Chaos and I drove into town and found a little feed store that had onion starts and seed potato. And we came home and planted them all. For those that are counting, that’s 200 onions and 35 potato plants. Hope you guys love onions and potatoes! Whatever we don’t eat we give away!
That is, of course, assuming that everything survives and thrives and actually produces. I’ll keep you informed.
MOTS wanted a movie party for her birthday this year, so she and her friends went to see “Saving Mr. Banks.” While they were there I took Hollywood and a friend and Chaos to see “Frozen.” I told Party Boy later that this movie, more than any recent Disney release, took me back to the glory days of “Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Let’s be honest, any animated movie that can completely hold a 6-year-old boys attention through a second screening is an amazing movie. Five Stars amazing. Go see it.
Have a great weekend y’all!