Christmas eve, we sprinkled "reindeer food" on the lawn.
Today, as J, Moo, my brother, and I returned from the store, it was fairly dark already. As we walked through the yard to get to the front door, Moo warned us, "Be careful! There might be reindeer poop on the grass!"
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Christmas eve, we sprinkled "reindeer food" on the lawn.
Monday, December 24, 2007
At this time of the year, many Christian children are focused on two people - baby Jesus and Santa Claus - one very real and the other real, but in a very different way. How do I reconcile my belief in Jesus and Santa Claus?
Jesus is very real. He is as real today as he was yesterday and as real as he will be tomorrow. He is the reason for everything in our lives. He was born that Christmas day to save us from our sins. He gives us hope for our lives here on earth and our lives to come. My belief in Jesus is essential to my entire life. He is part of who I am.
I also believe in Santa Claus. He was once a real person - St. Nicholas. My belief in him is that of his spirit - the spirit of giving. Although my belief in Santa is not essential to my entire life, my life will be richer with the spirit of giving.
It is important for us to BELIEVE. First of all that God sent his son to die for us and secondly that through God we can make a difference in the lives of others through the giving of ourselves.
36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Talking with my brother today, I remembered a story that I heard in a chapel service while I was attending Anderson University. I searched the Internet to find a good retelling of it. This story has a good lesson at the end. Here it is...
It was back in the old days when birds still flew south. A bird was late about deciding to fly south so it was cold when it decided to fly south. It was so cold that politicians could be seen walking around with their hands in their own pockets. When the bird flew into a storm its wings started to ice up and it started to freeze. It fell to earth dying. It landed in a barnyard and lay dying on the frozen ground.
When a cow came up and pooped on it. The dung was smelly, but it was warm and the bird started to revive. As it revived it stuck its head up and it smiled. It noticed the sun started to shine and there was food all around so it started to sing merrily.
A barnyard cat heard it singing merrily and came over and cleaned it off, then the cat ate the bird.
The lessons learned are...
1. Everyone who poops on you is not your enemy.
2. Everyone who gets you out of poop is not your friend.
3. When you're in deep poop, it's best to keep your mouth shut!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Being a teacher and a mom, I don't always get to do things exactly the way I would like to. For example, when Moo came home the other day and told her teacher that we would make gingerbread boys to go with their gingerbread houses, you should have seen my face! How on earth would I accomplish that? Oh yeah, the gingerbread mix... but it only makes 20 and what if I burn them and what if I make them too big and... When?!?!?!?
Here is the letter I sent to her teacher.
Dear Mrs. B,
When Moo told me, that she told you, that we would make gingerbread boys for the class, I thought, “Yikes!” That was a tad ambitious of her! (Plus the mix we have only makes 20.)
So, I did the less ambitious thing and sent J to IGA to buy some gingerbread boys. Not exactly homemade, but pretty good anyway. (And under 100 calories!)
Oh yes! One more thing. On the way home from church Wednesday night, Moo informed me that you would be putting the gingerbread houses together with “some mint” frosting. I just had to laugh!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Yesterday, I tried out a recipe for Pudding Cookies. They are so easy and pretty yummy! They almost have an addictive quality to them. I was looking for a fairly easy recipe to use for the cookie exchange at church tomorrow. I found the recipe in a cookbook that the Medina Library puts out each Christmas. Yesterday, I tried it with a vanilla pudding mix. Today I made three more batches with orange creme, lemon, and chocolate pudding mixes. I honestly can't classify the recipe as a fairly easy recipe - or even a very easy recipe. I must classify it as an EXTREMELY easy recipe. And I'm not sure if I can say that they are from scratch either. Here's the recipe and I'll let you decide.
Submitted to Medina County Library Holiday Cookbook - Volume 13 by Dianna Wertz
3/4 cup Bisquick
1 package instant pudding
1/4 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients until dough forms a ball. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten to 2 inches around. Bake 8-10 minutes.
I think with the Bisquick and the instant pudding, I can't really count it as "from scratch." Anyway they are easy. I made them even easier by using my Pampered Chef one-inch scoop to put them on the cookie trays. I dipped the orange ones into colored sugar, the lemon ones into Christmas sprinkles, and stirred chocolate and peanut butter chips into the chocolate ones. The recipe says that it makes 24, but I only got about 18-20 from the orange and lemon ones. The chocolate with the chips did make 24.
My cookies are now packaged and ready to take to church tomorrow. The extras will soon be devoured by Moo and my hubby! I've eaten about five already and need to call it quits!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I love mornings like these! How it works is I get a phone call between 5 and 6 in the morning and the voice on the other end says that we have a 2 hour delay. An hour or so later, I get another call that says school is closed! Today I had to turn on the tv to find out if Moo's school was cancelled as well. I was dreading the idea of getting out of bed to take her to school.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
This morning we got up and went to a sale and then came back home around 11:00. We had plans to go out and ended up staying at home. I did some dishes and laundry. J's mom came over and helped with our Christmas decorating. We now have the tree up, as well as most of our other Christmas decorations.
That's about it. Not much to blog about, but sometimes uneventful is good!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Moo's tooth came out on Thanksgiving day. I always have her jot down the date her tooth came out for the tooth fairy's records. Since she has become a first grader, she is quite the little writer. Here is her Thanksgiving letter to the tooth fairy. I will use her spelling and her lack of punctuation to recreate it for you.
I lost a Tooth it came Out at Uncl Es on Tanksgiveing day I love you Tooth fairy I am sorry that I Have to Bother you on Tannksgiveing and I am sorry that it is cold out Please I am sorry That I tricked you with the rock my frind M tricked you with a rock to so what I was saying I am veary veary veary sorry But then I went to Aunt S's I playd a game with my Cusins I playd a Hamberger game it is rely fun and on the wai Home my dad sawed me He's wrok But I allredy saw it.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Last Sunday, hubby decided that it was time to find out what happened to the sound on our computer. As long as I had Internet access, I really didn't care. He ripped the computer from my clutches and gave it to my cousin to find out why we didn't have sound.
My wonderful cousin figured out the problem and took care of it, along with several other problems. I now have my computer back and I can go back to looking at cache maps, reading e-mail, and blogging. Having no computer access was not completely horrible, but I must admit to borrowing my a friend's computer and another cousin's computer during those seven days.
I guess now that my computer is back and I have sound, it was all worth it. Special thanks to my cousin - and my hubby, who more than once heard how horrible he was for "taking my computer away!"
"If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was."
Okay, so I don't LOVE my computer, but it is really intense like! And it came back, so it's mine!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
With the exception of a 30 minute excursion this morning to deliver a pie for a fundraiser and get the mail, I have been home all day. This is a very rare thing for me and after a busy week like the past one, it was quite nice.
I worked on cleaning the house, while J, my husband, and our friend, E removed the leaves from our lawn. Both the inside and outside of our house look quite a bit better than it did 12 hours ago! The inside definately needs more work though. I made a pot of chili and baked a pineapple-upside down cake. I listened to Moo read, took an afternoon nap, played some Nintendo Wii, and visited with my brother and his friend. We played Hand and Foot and Apples to Apples. I lost both games, but enjoyed the company.
If only weekends could have one more day! That way I could have one day to work on cleaning, one day for geocaching, and the other for church and resting!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
What a busy week!
Besides teaching all week, I stayed busy in the evenings as well. Brownies with Moo on Monday, visiting a college friend I hadn't seen in 15 years on Tuesday, going to the chili and cake cook-off at church on Wednesday, going with our friends to ballet class on Thursday, and craft night at my aunt's Friday. (I graded school papers, until my cousin convinced me to make a couple of cards. And they turned out pretty cute!)
Of course, coming home tonight comes with a horrible feeling. I am behind on everything. Besides being tired, I look at everything and think that I probably have some sort of hoarding disorder. I know I don't need all this junk. I use very little in my life. So why can't I give it up and why do I have anxiety about it?
I am looking forward to this next week. I think I will be able to be home a bit more and be able to take care of a few things around the house. Last weekend, we did clear some clutter out of our extra bedroom. We got rid of one large bag of trash and found a medium size box of stuff to sell or give away. We have a long way to go, but I do want to make a change.
Well, maybe I will set a timer for 15 minutes and start clearing off the table. I know that a lot can be accomplished in 15 minutes and I'll feel better with even a small amount of progress.
Monday, November 12, 2007
An actual overheard conversation... (Okay, you can call it eavesdropping if you like!)
Teacher: Something's giving me a headache. Mrs. Z has one too. I think it's something in the school.
Secretary: The kids?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The other day I had a glimpse back at my childhood. I was talking to Moo and I accidentally tipped her baby doll over onto its face. She quickly "scolded" me and turned it back over on its back.
This reminded me of when I was younger. There was a period of time when I made sure that I could see all my stuffed animals faces. My reasoning behind this? I had to make sure they could all breathe.
I am glad to see Moo engaged in imaginative play. With video games, computer, sports activities, and the general busyness of life, I wonder how many children use imaginative play anymore. (Although, I did catch my students at school, during indoor recess, a couple weeks ago "playing school." How hilarious is that?)
This morning, when I took Moo to my mom's house, she lugged along her doll with the doll's diaper bag. (Grandma takes Moo to school in the morning.) When we go there, she began to unpack the clothes. Obviously, I thought she had doll clothes packed. To my surprise, she begins to pull out 2T, 3T, and 4T clothing from the diaper bag.
Chuckling, I asked, "What are you doing with all of these?"
Remembering her part in the Christmas program as Mary, she sincerely and adamantly replied, "I need to find something for it (the baby doll) to wear for the Christmas program!"
Still chuckling, I said, "Umm... a blanket should work."
Perhaps I should explain to her that there were no Baby Gaps or Wal-Marts around when Jesus was born!
My 3 year old niece was also at grandma's during this time. I quickly sorted through the clothing and gave her more than half! Yeah me!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I dressed up as Super Mom and I didn't even have to wear a cape, tights, boots, a leotard with a big letter on the front, or have to wear my underwear on the outside of my clothes.
Here's my story...
I work full-time as a teacher and stay pretty busy. I also like to be as involved as I can with Moo and what's going on in her life. That means that at times, I'm running around like a crazy woman. An example would be volunteering to work at Moo's school's fun fair this Friday, even though I really don't want to. (WHY did I do that? *banging my head on the computer desk*)
So last week, Halloween week, I was really, really busy. First I had the regular hustle and bustle of the fall season - making sure I had candy for the THREE parties Moo would attend, getting her to each of the parties, making JELL-O Jigglers for one of them, and taking her trick-or-treating on the appropriate night. I also had work responsiblilites - grading papers (and I was behind), doing report cards, and getting ready for an evaluation. I also volunteered, along with my friend M, to introduce geocaching to Moo's Brownie troop. In the middle of that, I'm sure I did a couple loads of laundry, made a couple of meals, and washed a few dishes.
It was exactly a week before the famous October date that I admitted that I put off getting Moo's Halloween costume. So enters Wal-mart. But, a week before Halloween, an angel costume - in size 7 - could not be found. So I start thinking, "Maybe I can find a white dress and we can add wings and a halo." I go to the girl's section and come back to the reality that this is FALL and white is NOT a popular color at this time of the year. Next is a visit to the sewing section. You read me right - three days before she would need the costume for the first time I went into the sewing section. I looked at the material and even found a pattern for an angel costume. Did I mention that the last sewing project I did was when I was in 4-H, almost 20 YEARS ago? Well, looking at the pattern I realized the complexity of THAT situation. Then it came to me! White shirt from the girl's section + a big piece of cheap, white fabric from the sewing section made into a skirt = angel costume! (I'll get to the wings and halo.)
That's how it went. We found the best, white shirt adorned with silver sequins around the neck. I sewed a skirt from a $3.00 piece of material. (I cut the material in circle, cut a hole in the middle, and sewed a makeshift waistband.) I bought a stretchy sequin thing to make a headband for the halo. My mom, (the actual Super Mom), made the stretchy sequin thing into an actual halo and found some angel wings she made several years earlier. Voila! Angel costume. We later added a white feather boa she had used in a dance recital when she was three.
Of course, I wanted to know if I did "good enough." Moo liked the costume, so that was the main thing. After our town trick-or-treating came the costume judging. She won! "Wow! I guess I did do okay!" I thought. Moo was happy with the $5 prize. Next was the costume judging at our church. Pictures were taken and winners would be posted the following Sunday. Sunday morning, we checked out the winners and there she was again! She and her angel costume had now won a t-shirt!
I was happy and a bit proud that "I" had made the costume. Thinking back to the crazy week I had, I knew that I had dressed up as Super Mom!
Monday, November 5, 2007
I'm a pretty busy person, but so is everyone else these days. This is one reason why my house has become a dumping grounds. Clutter and cleaning is the one thing I consistently struggle with. I think it is now worse than it has ever been. It's embarassing and very overwhelming, but keeping it a secret won't do any good. I do have people over and they love me, even in spite of my mess. I don't want to keep it this way though.
This summer, I went over to a couple of friend's houses. The visits must have been within a week of each other, because I know it grabbed me pretty hard. Their houses were perfect! I know perfect is a strong word, but they were REALLY good. And both of them had not one, but TWO children. I would need those people from Clean Sweep to come over for my house to even get close to that clean!
So, I'm going to work at it. I think I will write about my successes here. Anybody for some boring cleaning stories? I know it's cheesy to blog, "Guess what! I cleaned my toilet," but nothing else has worked, so why not try this!?!? I'll start with my success last night. I cleaned the surfaces of our computer desk. I moved stuff and dusted and everything. Yea me! It's still not great, but it's a start. Now just to keep that momentum going!
At the side, in my little about me thing you probably see that I have the word "geocacher." So, what is that? It's my new thing. I love it. I admit, I'm addicted.
Geocaching is the process of using a GPS unit to find containers hidden around the world, signing a log book, maybe trading an item or two, and rehiding the container for the next geocacher to find. After going home, cache finds are logged at www.geocaching.com and stats are kept to show how many the cacher has found. I started geocaching with my family about a year ago. We have now found 384 caches. My caching goals include reaching 1000 finds and finding a cache in each of Ohio's 88 counties.
Our caching experiences may be a source for some of these blogs. Here is an example of one of the logs I wrote for a find this weekend...
By the Brook
10th of 12 caches today. It was nice and dry when we found it, but as I handed our daughter the GPS and told her not to drop it in the brook, the log fell and tumbled in. I fished it out quickly and dried off the wet parts with the car heater. It looked pretty good when I replaced it. Sorry! TFTC!
By the way, TFTC means, "Thanks for the cache!" Thankfully the owner of the cache thought the situation was humorous and wasn't upset about the water damaged log!
So now, if I talk about that geo thing, you'll know what it's all about.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Okay - this is my third time starting a blog. The first one was going pretty good, but I went through some very uninspiring times and quit. The second one never got a very good start. Now, here's the third. I want to keep this one going, but with everything else going on, who knows how it will go.
The name has not changed. In my last blog, I explained the name. Maybe at some point I will do that again here. For now, just know that the main idea of the title means that you never know how someone will affect your life, whether they are in your life for a day or many, many years.
One change I want to make this time is I want to blog at least 4 out of 7 days a week, inspired or not. It could make for some very dull reading, but maybe there will be enough to keep people coming back for the stuff that is semi-good.
Wish me luck!