Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Shovel after shovel, load after load.
Elisha preferred to make tunnels from his pile.
All that work makes for nice, long naps! And where are the other two and Daddy right now? Yep- buying more supplies. We must complete the back with a split-rail fence you know.... who needs an addition??? I could just ship them all outside to their new living quarters :)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
What am I going to do about it? I'm actually pretty active, so exercise isn't my downfall-- it's all in the sugar, sugar, and too much sugar that I love so much. Tried Weight Watchers, and think it's a great program- until I manipulate it so I can forgo eating all day and bank my points for a DQ blizzard before bed. Not the healthiest way of weight loss. Scratch that one for me.
Because of illness a few years ago we changed our eating habits to consist of whole foods, primarily fruits, vegetables, and their juices. I felt great and was 40 pounds lighter. But, unfortunately I went back to my old staples of-- sugar, sugar, sugar, plus now, a new found, addictive discovery of Starbucks - and we're not talking just black coffee!
Back to the basics. This is day 1 of a 21-day challenge for me. And why am I boring you with the details? In an effort to stay accountable to the program because knowing I'll have to report periodically to my few faithful readers should be a motivation to write in the evening instead of eating a chocolate bar. In the past few years I've probably become an expert in theory in ways of eating, especially in the raw food arena. Think I've read every book on the subject out there. Every different 'program' has it's own spin. I've come to the conclusion that you have to find what works for you. I just haven't put the knowledge into true practice.
Because it's not a strict 100% raw food program, I've chosen Natalia Rose's 21 Day challenge, with a few tweaks of my own that I know works for our family. It's also one I can stay with 'for life' -it's simple, and close to the way we ate when we were eating healthy. As we all know diets don't work, lifestyle changes do.
That's my new qwest-- when it comes time to test again for karate- I want to be my best, or well on my way to my best. I want to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. How's that for personal, honest exposure?
Sure hope I haven't totally bored you all-- I will still post about fun stuff the family is doing-- I promise! Updated Taj Mahal tent post coming soon - they're working away as we speak!
Monday, March 24, 2008
I'm thinking it's time to find a good deal on one of these.
At least the kids will have one fun summer. I didn't really want the upkeep of a garden anyway...
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
We tried a new 'egg' recipe of Tye-died eggs. Ours didn't come out looking anything like the picture, but we still liked them. The directions called for 'vibrant' food coloring and I'm thinking ours was anything but vibrant. Another lesson in following specific directions I suppose.
Then there's the egg lesson in Candy-Making. Take Mom's famous peanut-butter, chocolate-covered eggs. And her cherry filled eggs-- YUM! I was really going to be good this year and have one- or maybe two- and exemplify the important lesson of sharing. Honestly!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Off for a relaxing afternoon--theatrical feature of the day: The Greatest Story Ever Told. Elisha is fascinated with that Easter movie. Happy Spring!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
His final performance was last night- and the proud mom must say he did quite well. It was a lot of extra running around, but worth every minute to see the satisfaction of a job well done in his eyes. He said he loved it--'That was a blast mom!' Hmmm... I wonder if there is room for a back-hoe driving, hammer-pounding, demo-man actor somewhere on Broadway? Too bad he doesn't love math, grammar, or piano that much :)
Monday, March 17, 2008
These are very poor-quality camera clips, but they're for our family far away :)
Look close- he's there way in the back~
He was a 'toy soldier' tree- Mom was pretty proud :)
Woody the Wood-Cutter~ The song that is forever stuck in our minds- even Jacob knows all the words.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Next item: Time to spruce up the summer tenting experience-- what better way to add ambiance?!
Jacob didn't have his own chair. The one Daddy carved for him from an old tree stump just isn't all that practical for the inside of a tent, if ya know what I mean! So, Jacob was as excited as could be to have his own chair- I can pretty much guarantee that when he disappears tomorrow I'll find him in the basement sitting in it.
And our last item- new plastic bottles to store yummy green smoothies in-- ooh aahhh-
Hey- I was excited because I've wanted them for quite awhile now :) We just happened to turn the corner in the store, and there they were-- begging to come home with us-- it was a sign! Right Mark??And 4 little ones shouting with excitement and "can we use the tent tomorrow- when daddy- next week- it'll be dry enough- come on daddy! You're the best daddy!" completes our evening.
Sure doesn't take him long to destroy something!
Bird's eye view~
Hope something gets put back in it's place soon-- if only the reconstruct could take the same amount of time the demo does!
And house project #322 to be continued... the story of our lives ;)
PS- Carrie- I found a TON more cobwebs today- and in a high-traffic area! Can't believe you didn't see them yesterday :) Would have snapped a picture, but too lazy now... you'll have to take my word for it ;)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
And Carrie- this picture's for you-- the Taj Mahal has been neglected- check out the cobwebs I found yesterday- I'll have to do something about that- in a few weeks :)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thank you in advance!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The beginning--- the beginning of the children's pet. The pet praying mantis that is. Maybe.
You see it here in black and white. 6-8 weeks to hatch! Uh huh--- sure. Let the countdown begin...