Archive for April, 2010

Sunday Scripture

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

So you will walk in the way of good men

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 2:20

More Great Things To Do

Friday, April 16th, 2010

These Coordinated Fabric Wedding and Party Favors at Sew Mama Sew are perfect for all those spring and summer events coming up….and what a great way to use up some of your fabric stash.

These Book Makeovers at Sassy Style are unbelievably cute, and simple…I think I could do this.

What a precious idea, Blossoms for Birds, at The Magic Onions to ‘help’ the birds in your neighborhood build their nests.

Who wouldn’t love to make their own Wallpaper Decals for any room in their house at Apartment Therapy.

Random Mommy Thoughts

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

1.  Anyone else have a comedian type husband?  When we signed our local tax form it had a line for occupation, and lacking a better term I used the standard ‘homemaker’ title.  My amusing husband looked around the overly messy school room that we were sitting in and said, ” uh, honey, really?”

2.  The law of the post office.  If you have to fill out paperwork at the post office (think certified mail) the place is empty until you’re almost done, then the lady comes in with 8 seperate packages to mail and takes 10 minutes to finish.

3.  Our cautious child….that would be Jarod….had a small spider on his bedroom wall the other morning.  I told him to get his twin sister to protect him but she was still sleeping.  Next I suggested he let it in there as a pet.  He said, “but mom, what if it was a tarantula?”   I’m not sure where he heard about tarantulas, but maybe I’ll get him one for Christmas just for fun.

Socializing Cats at Animals in Distress

Monday, April 12th, 2010

 Makenna is a huge animal lover, so rather than do girl scouts or dance we spend one evening a week  socializing kitties at Animals In Distress, a local no-kill animal shelter near our home. 

There’s young kitties, old kitties, paralyzed kitties and kitties missing eyes and they all live happily in big rooms decked out with all kinds of toys and beds like the jungle roo

Since there are so many cats that each kitty has their photo and name shown on the door of their room so we can always check the door and call each kitty by name.   

 We’ve made them lots of toys that they love to play with, although I have yet to remember to take a picture of a finished one before giving it to the kitties.

They also have dogs at Animals in Distress but only volunteers who are 18 or older are allowed to help walk them.   With the kitties children can be as young as eight to come and play.

So if you’re in the market for a cute cat or dog, or want to do some fun volunteer work check out Animals in Distress located in Coopersburg, PA.

Sunday Scripture

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Because he cleaves to me in love,  I will deliver him;

I will protect him,  because he knows my name.

When he calls to me,  I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will rescue and honor him.

Psalm 91:14-15

Disney World Here We Come

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Well, the time has come….our mandatory American family trip to Disney starts tomorrow.

I’m really looking forward to it, in kinda the same way you look forward to having a baby.  You can’t wait to hold your baby in your arms (ie get to Disney World) but you dread the labor (the 18 hour car ride) and you worry about the sleepless nights (spending 5 days in theme parks with 3 overly excited, exhausted kids).

Wish me luck.

It should be fun.

Handy Items from Recyclables

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

With spring upon us, I find myself using lots of recycled things lately.  So much so that Makenna has even said, ‘Wow mom you can use lots of recycled stuff….I’m going to start saving everything.”   Really, she said that.  Which is good for the earth, but not so good for her bedroom which will end up crammed with used containers in every inch of extra space….kinda like my garage.

So anyway, thanks to Makenna, I thought I would share some of my favorite recyclable uses in case it’s something you could use too.

My favorite is the scoop.  We use it for birdseed, the sandbox and scooping soil when planting seeds.  

We sometimes make them out of 2 liter soda bottles but ones made from heavier plastic, like from juice bottles are sturdier and work better for our purposes.  

Milk Cartons cut in half the long way make great shallow planting boxes for seeds.  Just cut in half then tape or staple the angled edge flat and punch holes in the bottom using a scissor or nail and fill with soil.

Milk jugs but into strips make great waterproof seedling markers.   Just make sure to round the edges so you don’t have sharp points, and then write using a permanent marker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water bottles with holes punched in the top are great to use as a sprinkling bottle for plants like tender seedlings.

What are some great practical recycled items you use often?

Thru My Eyes. My New Blog!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Stop what you’re doing…

Well not right now…I mean, don’t stop reading this.  I just meant when you’re done reading this, stop what you’re doing and go check out my new blog…please….I’m really excited about it and would love to know what you think.

I started my very own blog this weekend, Alexandra’s View, due to the popularity of my ‘Thru My Eyes’ guest posts here on mom’s blog (Dabaw and Poppi love them).

I had actually planned on keeping it a secret from mom as to not hurt her feelings or anything, but then I realized that I kinda had to mention it on here so that you’d know about it.

It’ll be the same take on my life as a toddler big girl as on my posts here, only more often, and I can write whatever I want without mom monitoring it….Yeah!

See you there!

Christos Voskrese. Christ is risen.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him….

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe’ and they were amazed. 

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.  But go tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.”

And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them’ and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Mark 16:1,5-7

Wishing you a very blessed Easter.

Pretty Plastic Eggs

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

It’s 3 days before Easter, and no, we haven’t gotten around to dying any real eggs yet…yes, there are about 3 dozen extra eggs in the fridge for that sole purpose, but is it just me or is the whole dying eggs thing quite messy and time consuming.  Which is ok, except that you can’t keep the eggs indefinitely, and so we end up not eating half of them, and the half we do eat become egg salad which gets old after the 3 day of having it for lunch.

So for an easier (and less messy) project to keep the kids busy the other day, we dug out the permanent markers and plastic (egg hunt) eggs and decorated those.

I like them.  Not only did it liven up the eggs, but it kept the kids busy over an hour without needing my help.

So if you want to occupy the kids over the holiday weekend, just give them some markers and plastic eggs and relax.  (or do all that cooking, baking and egg hiding and holiday stuff you have to do without interruption.)