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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Housework Revisited

So. Today, I've got a question for you. Here it is.....what is your housework schedule? Riveting topic I know.

But, housework has been on my mind for the past few days......mostly because I've got lots to catch up on. Not to mention that housework is like the song that never ends (it just goes on and on, my friends). I've realized lately that the housework schedule I was used to hasn't been working for a while......like since we added baby #4. Did ya'll know that by adding a 6th person that my laundry load has gone up by like 3 loads? That may not seem like much to you but it seems like a lot to me for a couple of reasons: 1) B is awfully small and who knew his clothing could add up to 3 more loads!??! and 2) I've always had my Laundry Day where I did ALL of the laundry for the week in one day. Then let it pile up in the baskets (out of sight) until the next LD.

However, it isn't working anymore. Also, before B was born (actually, before I was pregnant with him and had morning sickness) I followed this cleaning plan. At least in my own way. I took the principles and put them to work in my own house cleaning world. And while I still think that some of the ideas on this site are great and do-able in my cleaning world, not all of them work for me.
Also factoring into this struggle is that "I'm the Mom with a million and one things to do but I still want to have fun with the kids" guilt trip that seems to plague me lately. If I'm cleaning I feel like I should be playing with the kids and if I'm playing with the kids I'm going over and over in my mind all the "things" I've got to do.
So, I'm looking for a new way to organize my house cleaning world. There are a couple of things that I know won't work for me. First, house cleaning in all one day won't work -- there are too many things to do and places to be for me to have a Cleaning Day like the ones I remember as a kid. Second, waiting on someone else to do it....that won't work....
As you can tell - there is a lot of space between those two things. So, that 's my question. What is your house cleaning "schedule"? How do you get it all done and still have time for the family, too?
I can't wait to hear what ya'll have to say! One more thing. I found this Maxine cartoon while looking for a picture to go with this post. Mom, this one is for you. =)


I hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday! I gotta go because until ya'll give me some better ways of doing things -- I've got house cleaning to do today.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Random Sharing

One of the banks in town is having a drawing contest for spring. A brought her paper home from school with her and was VERY excited about it.
She drew her picture and brought it to me. It brought tears to my eyes to hear her describing her picture. She really put a lot of thought into what she would draw. It is a picture of Jesus on the cross. She showed me the red drops of blood from his hands and his feet. See those lines around the cross that sort of look like stripes? (You can see it better in the close up below). That, she said, shows Jesus glowing because he is God.


To say that I'm proud of her is an understatement. With A, I often wonder if anything I say to her ever gets through. And if she even cares at all about God a lot of the time. Usually when I ask a question about God she answers rotely and I'm left worried that she will never have the passion for the Lord that I'd like to see.....This picture gives me hope. Another thing you need to know is that A doesn't really like to draw or color. She is in too big a hurry usually and when asked to color does the minimum. This picture shows that she took care to do a good job. I kinda feel this is her way to share Jesus with others.

On another note, here is a shot of my two favorite guys. What do you think? Does he look like his Daddy?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Science Museum


I didn't get a chance to visit with you all yesterday because I got to go on a a field trip with A. I say I got to go with her but really - I had to drive my own self (and B) there and back.....A could have ridden home with B and I but she chose to ride on the bus.
So, I drove myself and B to a city an hour away to their Science Museum that is right downtown. I was a little worried about finding parking , but was able to park in a garage about a block away so not too bad. The hardest part was finding an entry to the Museum that was stroller accessible....did I mention this is a children's museum....I think the folks there need a ramp. It isn't easy hefting the stroller with the baby in it up the stairs....luckily, there were only 2 or I might have just went back to the car.....
Anyway, while at the Museum, A's class went to two different classes with a scavenger hunt in between. The first call was "All about Soil". They learned about the 4 components of soil....whereby I admit that I didn't pay very good attention because I can only remember three of them -- water, air, and rock..... They had samples to look at. They were encouraged to look at, feel, listen to and smell their soil.


This is A listening to the sand.

Here she is smelling the soil.
Then we had a scavenger hunt that basically involved 100 1st graders running around in a room that was way small for that many running 1st graders, where there were many things for running 1st graders to knock off.....and me trying to keep up with my group of three excited 1st graders.....not my favorite part of the day.

The second class was called "What's under your feet" and we learned all about rocks. Did you know that there are 4 sizes of rocks.....boulders (anything 10 inches or more), cobbles (anything 2 inches but less than 10 inches), pebbles (anything less than 2 inches but bigger than sand), and sand. Obviously, I paid more attention in the second class.

Here is a shot of A and her partner S comparing the rocks in their box.

Lastly, we all ate our lunches together.

Here is a shot of B, me and A before B and I trekked back to the car. Please pay no attention to how long my bangs are! It was raining and my hair was not loving it. Also, I noticed and cut them last night. NOW they are much better!
And lastly, I'd like to say Thank You A, for letting me spend this day with you on a field trip. I loved every minute of watching your personality in the classroom. I'd drive myself downtown and fight for parking anytime to spend the morning with you. You are precious to me!

Ya'll have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

If you aren't already....

praying for this family.




Please join us all in doing so.

They need your prayers for all of them!

The Least, The Last, The Lost

One of the area's of life that God has brought to the forefront for my family right now is loving those folks who in the world are "unlovable". And I'm here to tell you ladies that I've been shocked to see that it is a huge struggle for me!

I've never been one to "look down my nose" at people.....or at least I thought I didn't. It's easy when we live in a world where we don't have to deal with "the least of these" to say that. To say things like, "I'd never do that! I would never treat them that way." For years I said things like that. I prided myself on the fact that I didn't care where you were from or who you were. I was proud of the fact that I had gone on a mission trip to Ecuador to help out such people.

But what happens when these things are brought into my own circle of daily life? I live in a very small town in the mountains of NC. There aren't a lot of homeless people here and I don't see the ones who are homeless....at least not on a regular basis. Unlike in big cities, I rarely have to involve myself with "the least, the last, the lost" unless I choose to do so. But that's just it, up until now my dealings with people like this has been on my terms and my choice.

But all of a sudden, God is bringing this area to the forefront. There are these people who've become part of my life. Mostly because they live nearby. And they definitely qualify as what I would consider the least the last and the lost.....They most certainly qualify if you take into account the worlds interpretation of those words. See, they both have mental health issues, drug problems and one even has alcohol problems. They are looked down on because of who they are. Some people look down on them because of their ethnicity....that isn't my problem -- I can say that with out a doubt. However, for others around this situation, their ethnicity is the first strike against them. Then there is the fact, that they fight a lot and cause a lot of domestic struggles and the police visit a lot. One or both of them are usually high on something or drunk. They don't always have the most appropriate attire on (even bringing my M to comment on the fact that "she is showing her belly button and that's not nice, right Mommy?). They have a big lack in social boundaries, not knowing what is appropriate to discuss in front of children and what isn't. Nor do they have an understanding of personal space or personal time.... often showing up at my house to ask for money at 9:30 PM.

There in, you see where my struggle is. Because of all the things I've mentioned, these people, as much as I want to love them, make me nervous. They have been to church a few times and I don't (WOULD NEVER) begrudge them that. See, I know that I am NO better off than they are. I know that just because their sins are more open and obvious than mine doesn't change anything with God. I do, however, have issues with them coming to my home. One of them is very aggressive and doesn't like being told that "no, I won't give you money". So the question is this? How do we love these people?

Hubs says (and I agree) that God has placed these people in our paths that we might show them the love of God. Isn't that what we are expected to do? In Matthew, Jesus tells us that "whatever we've done to the least of these my brothers, then you've done it to me.".
What exactly does that look like? How do we love the unlovable? The ones that make us nervous? The ones who we have real reason to be concerned about being around our children? The ones who have all of these problems? The ones that everyone else around just wants to be rid of and quite honestly, there are days we feel the same way.....

Girls, that is my struggle.....how do I love these people and protect my own wellness and family well being at the same time? I long to do what God is calling me to do. To show them the love of Christ. I don't even know if they know that God loves them? How do we show them?

My, this is a trial......I hope that I pass the test.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pondering On....

I was awakened at about 5:30 this morning by a hungry baby. Since the rest of the house was still asleep, I took the opportunity to have some quiet time with God.

Here is what I heard him saying to me.

"Grow in Me, so I can grow in you."

I'd love to hear your thoughts on that today!

I'm off to the grocery store and to do laundry....have a blessed Monday everyone!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

I have a post that I am rolling around in my head but I don't have the time or energy this morning to put into it in order that it will be cohesive.....This will be anything but.....so, hang on as to keep from getting whiplash from all the randomness.

* We've been fever free at my house since Saturday (PRAISE!!).....but we still have some 'wellness' issues. I made my 5th trip to the doctor on Monday (in a week) because A had been breaking out in hives everyday for 5 days.....they think it is a reaction to the Amoxi*cillin she was taking. We have allergy medicine now and are hoping it clears up this week. Otherwise it will be on to the allergist. B has had a really runny nose since the virus he had last week..... which now is accompanied with a yucky cough. I 'm not sure if he is just getting a cold or what is going on....He didn't sleep well last night (it's hard to sleep when you can't breath) and his cough sounds pretty bad..... Please pray it doesn't become a wheezy cough -- because then I'd have to go back to the doctor. I might as well move in.

* Another praise -- night before last, B slept in his bed ALL NIGHT for the first time!!!!! =)

* I think I told ya'll that I'm doing a parenting study at church. It is called "Don't Make Me Count To Three" and it's by this great lady. It is a great study but I have to tell ya'll. The devil, he doesn't want me to be a better Mom. Behavior issues are rampant and things have been difficult. Of course, maybe it isn't the devil....Maybe God is giving me an opportunity to live what I'm teaching to these ladies (and myself- goodness knows I'm preaching to myself as much as anyone). This book is challenging me in so many ways. Disciplining my kids in a biblical way is HARD and I fail much more often that I get it right. I'm very aware of that right now.

* Remember I told you that God challenged me to do this? Well....that isn't going so well, either. I got to Day 6.....That's it. And really, I should be almost through the book if I did it the way it was to be done but there are many reasons why I'm not there. Sick kids.....days where my humanness gets in the way and I just don't want to be loving to my husband....and busyness....Lots of excuses.....lots of failure in this area, too. Again, I'm very aware of this.

*I guess you could say I'm having a pity party today in some ways.....I'm tired..... Tired from a lack of sleep, 4 kids, and life that seems to be going so fast that I don't have time to stop and see and enjoy it.....Tired of failing.

I'm trying to praise HIM through it though.....I've got my music going and I will be waiting to hear from HIM on these things today. Will ya'll say a prayer for me today that as I go through this very busy day with all these things swimming in my head that HE will break though and speak his truth to me in it all?

Thanks ya'll.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick



I got to thinking about St. Patrick's Day this morning. My girls were told at school yesterday to "wear green" but that is it, of course. They don't know why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day.....I feel really quite guilty that I didn't take the time to explain to them this morning why we are wearing green today.

And to be quite honest aside from knowing that Patrick was, in deed, a Saint, I didn't know much about him. So, this morning I've been doing some research so that I can share the story with my girls tonight.


A few link's for you so you ,too, can share the Christian reason to celebrate St. Patrick's Day....
MSNBC has this story today.
If you are going to be working with teenagers at church tomorrow night, you could use this.
Here is a link to some great St. Patrick's Day books for kids. I might go to the library and see if I can get one to share with my kids. Especially one that will tell the story of St. Patrick so I don't have to try and remember all the details myself.

And a link for some St. Paddy's day crafts.
I am sure that the kids will come home with all sorts of tales about pots of gold and leprechauns and the luck 'o the Irish.....I will be happy to share with them the Christian significance of this day with them.



What about you? Are you thinking of doing something with your kids to tell them about the real St. Patrick?


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Anatomy of the past week.....

For those of you who stopped by in the past week and have already read most of this, feel free to skip this and visit another time. Just for the record.....



Saturday, March 7th -- A and L start running fevers.....A had been diagnosed the previous Monday (the 2nd) with strep throat. I figured the Amoxicillin hadn't worked and the strep was causing the fever. I also figured that the strep was passed along to L.



Sunday, March 8th -- A, L, B and I stay home from church.....the fevers continue.



Monday, March 9th -- We make our first visit to the pediatrician. We see Dr. S who checks out both girls and orders some flu tests and a strep test for L. We find that A has flu B and the 48 hr window for Tamiflu has already passed. L tests negative for both the flu and strep. We are instructed to take both home and treat the fevers with Mo*trin and Ty*lanol.



I bring these two girls back home. When I pick M up from school, she comes home and says she is cold. We find that now she, too, has a fever. I call the dr. at 5 pm to set up an appointment for M. They tell me just to bring her in the next morning with B, who has a well check scheduled.



Tuesday, March 10 -- I take M and B to the dr. at 9AM while Daddy stays home with the other two. We see Laurie, one of the NP's. B has his well check and is doing very well. He is still long for his age, but has dropped to the 75th% (instead of the 90% - where he was 2 months ago). He also dropped in weight to 5th% -- he only weighs 14 lbs. He is one long and lean baby boy. B also gets three vaccines.



M gets a flu test and tests positive for flu A (not B like her sister)



A and L are both still running fevers, too. By bed time though L's fever is down to 99. YEAY we are on the way down. Also by bedtime, B is running a fever. I figure it's from the shots as he usually runs fevers after vaccinations.



Wednesday, March 11 -- The girls are quarantined in the den to watch movies and rest and to try and keep everyone else from getting the flu. L's fever is consistently down. She is allowed to stay down stairs and watch movies with the other girls but is instructed to stay in her spot and away from the other two.



Wednesday night at church, A and M are quarantined in their daddy's office because they both have fevers and K and I both had bible studies to lead.



At bedtime, L's fever is still gone (yeay), A's fever is also down. and M's fever is still up and B's is now at 102.



Thursday, March 12 -- Since A's fever is down, and she is begging, we decide she can go to school. We get rear ended on the way to take her to school. I should've kept her home.....



When I get back home, B's fever is 103.5 so we call the pediatrician's office and take him to the dr. again. This time we see Dr. O. She says that maybe the fever is still from the shots and it could get that high, but decides to do a flu test since he has two sisters at home with it. Flu test is negative. Says go home and treat the fever. Call us if it is not down tomorrow.



After supper, I notice that A has now broken out in hives. We make a bedtime run to Rite Aide for Benedryl because K is at a meeting at church.



Fever check at bedtime -- A's is about 99. M's is about 99. L's is normal still and B is at 100. 8 with motrin.



Friday, March 13th -- A and M are now fever free and A is hive free. K and I debate for a while about school. He thinks they should go and they really want to go so we let them.



B's fever is now 103.8 and we, again, call the dr. I talk to the triage nurse who says bring him in. I ask -- do you think this fever is from the shots or not? She says she things there is something else going on so bring him back. We see Dr. K this time.....He decides that since the flu test was negative to test for strep. No strep, either.....Could be a virus and that usually only lasts for 48 hours. Bring him back for Saturday clinic if the fever persists.



Overnight B's fever goes down but he thrashes and doesn't sleep well anyway.



Saturday, March 14th -- Everyone is fever free first thing in the morning. YEAY!!!!

Since the girls are all well we decide to go to the American Girl Club at the bookstore so I head to Walmart to get a snack for the club. When I return from Walmart - B's fever is back up to 102.....SO - again we call the dr. They say bring him in now. Since I am already at the bookstore with the girls, hubs and I switch so I can take B to the dr.



Since B's strep and flu tests were negative, they decide it's time to do some other tests. I have to hold him down so they can do a catheter to check his urine.....poor baby! Next, they send me to the hospital to have bloodwork done. The lab tech has to take blood from his arm....it takes two sticks because he twists his arm and the needle comes out. That is the second time I had to hold him down. NOT FUN!



Dr. S calls us back and says that the quick tests were all good. Urine looks good for now and his white counts are good for now too. The longer tests won't be back until tomorrow so they will let me know.



A breaks out in hives again.....I give her more Bene*dryl.....

Sunday, March 15th -- Everyone is FEVER FREE!!!!! We all get to go to church (my first time in two weeks!)

And now, it's Monday and I sent all three girls to school and have a happy and fever free baby boy......Time to rejoin the real world! Back to reality....Gotta do laundry and go get groceries.
Ya'll have a good Monday. I'm thanking the Lord for our health this morning!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Neverending Week....

This week just seems to keep on going. Quite honestly, I'm tired of this week.....
I did send A back to school fever free yesterday, only to have her fever return last night. She doesn't have a fever today, so- I'm unsure what to make of that.....is she still sick or not?

M is also fever free this morning......we will see how the rest of the day goes for her.

L has been fever free since Tuesday evening......there is a plus.

However-- B's fever, that I thought was from the shots he got on Tuesday, hasn't gone away and was even 102.8 last night. He has been rather lethargic and crabby, too. He isn't coughing like the girls are but he does have a stuffy nose so I am taking him to the dr. this after noon for a flu check.

I'm really concerned about it, too because since he had RSV, everything seems to go directly to his lungs and cause difficulty breathing....


And lastly, I was rear ended this morning and there is some damage to the van........do ya'll see why I want this week to end?

Can you all please say a prayer for my sweet baby boy? Hope you all have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

That nasty "F" word

Well, it's official -- the flu has invaded our house. A now has strep and the flu. L has all the same symptoms but tested negative for both.....Go figure.

Now I just gotta keep the rest of us from getting it. Especially B. Since he just turned 6 months old- he hasn't had a flu shot.....any suggestions for keeping the rest of us from contracting it?

***Edited to add: M came home from school with a fever yesterday. SO, another trip to the doctor this morning and another girls with the flu. The thing is, though, that M has influenza A and A has influenza B....and L is just running a fever testing negative for any flu or strep at all..Not only do I have to keep the rest of us (K, B and I ) from getting any of it, I now have to keep the girls from cross contaminating.....SO, for now -- they are quarantined in the den watching movies. With strict instructions to stay in their spots and away from one another.***

I'll be back if I can stop sterilizing long enough this week.

Monday, March 9, 2009

This Weekend.....

Hope ya'll had a great weekend. It's been a beautiful weekend here in the North Carolina mountains. And we have enjoyed the outdoors quite a bit.

This past Thursday we walked to the park that is only a couple of blocks away from our house. Everyone had a great time there. Especially since Daddy went with us! B got to swing for the very first time. He loved it. He laughed and squealed the whole time. Doesn't he look like it?
This was on the way home. M didn't want her sisters on the rock with her.....


Friday was a wonderful day, too. On Friday night our new neighbors came down for supper. We grilled out hotdogs, hamburgers and turkey burgers. They have two daughters, the oldest is in M's class at school. We've never lived this close to other children and all of the girls are having a great time with new playmates!
We all spent some time outside on Saturday and even went to a fun birthday party. A few pics. from our day....
A playing with B

M blowing bubbles


This is a picture of two of my girls with a sweet friend, P, in the middle. We live right beside the church and one of the pluses is that when people need to come to the church for something, sometimes they stop by. My girls love to play with P. It was great just watching them have their own conversation!






You can't tell from looking at these pictures, but A and L both woke up with fevers on Saturday. A went to the doctor LAST Monday (yes....a week ago) with a fever and she tested positive for strep.....so we've been on antibiotics all week. I did miss a few doses -- I will admit it-- but her fever has come back with a vengeance! Saturday it was just up a little bit.....but yesterday, it was up to 102.7.....and L's is going up, too. L is also complaining that her throat and belly hurt now, too.....BOTH are symptoms of strep. However, they both have a nasty cough, also. I'm fearing the "F" word-- but am hoping against hope that when we go to the pediatrician this morning (I am taking them both today) that it is, indeed, strep for both and A just needs a stronger antibiotic than Amoxicillin..... Hopefully it isn't that nasty flu. I'm also hoping (and working tirelessly spraying Ly*sol, using hand sanitizer, and reminding people to "Stay out of each other's face") that no one else gets it.

Anyway - hope you all had a great weekend. And if I ever get away from the sterilizing again this week I will be back! Have a fabulous Monday!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Every Sunrise




I am honored to be able to write a review for this fantastic work of fiction. Every Sunrise is written by Tricia Goyer and it is a truly heart warming book. It is a part of the Home To Heather Creek Series. I've not read any of the other books in this series....yet. The great thing is that Every Sunrise is a wonderful book that can stand on it's own but reading it has made me want to read the 6 prior books. I plan to find the as soon as I can. Now that I've met the characters in this book, I feel like I need to go back and read the rest of their stories. And after I catch up on the back story I will be looking forward to book 8 in this series. I'm hooked!!!


More About Every Sunrise: The bleak winter days make February on Heather Creek Farm a test of endurance, and as winter wears on, Sam becomes more and more withdrawn and unhappy. Bob is busy planning a surprise for Charlotte, and Christopher is excited about a local writing competition, while a Valentine’s Day flower from a secret source lifts Emily’s spirits. But when Sam disappears from the farm one night, chasing a memory of the father who abandoned them all, Charlotte and Bob need all the help—and prayer—they can get to bring him home safely. This broken family needs God’s help like never before, but their trials remind them all that every sunrise brings a new beginning.



About the Home to Heather Creek series: Charlotte Stevenson's world is turned upside down when her daughter, Denise, dies in a tragic car accident. She ran away at eighteen and Charlotte has never forgiven herself. Now, Denise's children, abandoned by their father, are coming from California to live on Heather Creek Farm in Bedford, Nebraska.



Charlotte is uncertain about her ability to care for three grandchildren who are not thrilled to give up the beach and sunshine for snow and farm chores! But she sees a chance to make amends and will do whatever it takes to keep her fragile family together. Feel the courage, strength and commitment of this family as their lives unfold in the Home to Heather Creek series.



Link to buy book: http://www.guideposts.org/heathercreek/linked_pages/book7.html The books come in a series and you can order those at the link. However, if you just want to order Every Sunrise you must call the customer service number (1-800-431-2344).






About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of eighteen fiction and non-fiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. Tricia writes magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia also enjoys speaking. She and her family makes their home in Montana.






Contest: Okay…this book is loaded with yummy food: strawberry cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, baked chicken with cornbread, chocolate cake, pancakes with homemade syrup, French onion soup, parmesan crusted chicken…well you get the idea! So the contest for this tour will be the EVERY FOODIE contest! Leave a comment on the blog tour post (http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2009/02/every-sunrise-blog-tour-and-contest.html) at Tricia’s site with your favorite meal and a recipe (feel free to post more than one recipe!)! She’ll choose the one that most tantalizes her taste buds to receive an entire set of the Home to Heather Creek series (books 1-7)! Five runner’s up will win a copy of Every Sunrise (or another Tricia Goyer book of their choice). Let the mouth-watering commence!












Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Getting To Know You, too!

So, I was visiting over at Stephanie's place and saw this.....

I love visiting new blogs and love making new bloggy friends so I thought I'd try this!



Go check it out for yourself and meet some new friends.

While Daddy's Away

My husband was out of town most of the weekend. He left last Thursday afternoon to help lead an Emmaus Walk.


The kids and I don't like to be without him too much so we tried to stay busy. Thursday night we did our usual -- FPU class. The girls get to stay in the nursery and play with another little girl and they always love that.

On Friday night we had a 'girls night' plus a baby brother =). I was flipping through the channels trying to find a movie we could watch and found that "Back to the Future" was on. I thought that would be a prefect movie to watch and I even told the girls how I had loved that movie when I was younger. So, I turned it on only to be very disturbed by the number of curse words in that movie. We watched for a very few minutes and there were probably 5 or 6 curse words....I decided quickly that we should turn it. I did think it was so funny, though, that in those few minutes there was also a lot of words used like 'stupid' and 'butthead'.....and those were the words my girls were recognizing as "bad words" and not the words that I was so put off by......








Anyway, we ended up watching Charlotte's Web and we did our nails. My Mom had sent the girls some new nail polish for Valentine's day and we used those colors and more. Each girl chose 5 different color's one for each nail. And I painted my fingernails a sassy shade of turquoise. I thought they looked great until my husband told me otherwise when he came home.....oh well.....

On Saturday, I took the kids to a town near by and they played in the indoor swimming area. A gets cold really easy so she didn't do much playing in the water. I had thought for sure that B would like it because he LOVES the bath....but it scared him. SO, the two of them spent most of the time sitting beside me like this.

The other two LOVED playing in the water though. It was definitely worth the $12.50 to get in! We then came home and had my favorite meal for supper -- Pinto beans and cornbread!!!! My hubs won't eat either one of those (he's un 'southern' I know!) but the girls loved them and that made me really happy!

We had a great weekend but we really missed Dad! B and I fell asleep on the couch waiting on him to get home. We both woke up to say hello!
And the girls got up at the crack of dawn to say hi to daddy before he went to church on Sunday.
It's always good to have Daddy home again!