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Unexpected day out

Well K and E went with us to Chick Fil A for their free breakfast thing they are doing every Wednesday morning in January. We had a lot of fun and the food was good, even the coffee surprised me and was pretty good.

We ended up spening most of the day with K and Erin, most of it was a really fun day.

Fun day with friends

I got going early today with Z and E(who is spending some days with us this week). We went to Doling Park and walked through a lot of snow to check out one of my geocaches that someone had written me they thought was missing. Well after stomping around in the snow a lot we found it and put it in what I hope is going to be a safe place. I had to use one of my new geocache tools (Craftsman!) for the first time and it felt good! I posted the new coordinates later and hope it will be a happy little geocache for a long time. We went ahead and checked the other one there in Doling Park and it was just fine. The kids got some play time in the snow and the jungle gym and the swings too. One of the joys of homeschooling, we can play when we want and the learning never stops.

We went to get Z more drawing pencils and erasers at Hobby Lobby and then off to McDonalds for a cheapie lunch off the dollar menu.

Next stop was my friend Andrea's house. I forgot my phone so I couldn't let her know we were coming. I just stomped through her snow and up onto her lovely porch and banged on the door. She was so nice even though we were a surprise. I have missed Andrea! We had coffee while the kids played and talked and talked and talked. We talked a lot about homeschool and our hopes and disappointments and directions.
Next thing I knew I got a phone call and K wanted to come and visit too! Yeah! So we ended up camped out at Andreas until almost 9:30pm and it was just a joy, friends together, sharing, talking laughing and a few tears together.

E went home with her mom tonight and it always seems a little sad to have her gone again.

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rats

I just want to skip today. I don't want to write about what happened or anything else.
Thirteen is really difficult to deal with and I don't even want to write about it.
The end.

Brownies and dear friends

We went to the Support Vincent David Jericho Surprise Rally at the Coffee Rendezvous today. It was warm and wonderful and encouraging. A lot of remembering of things that Vince did and ways he made a difference but also talk of hope for the future. I wish that I could do more to encourage them but I am praying for them and will continue to.

Here is what I wrote on Vince's fb:
"I hope you left today with a positive note singing in your head and heart Vince. I'm so glad we got to be there at the Rendezvous today. Even though it was all about you today and your friends wanting you to see their love and belief in you, you took the time to say something positive and encouraging to so many. Thank you for your kind words today, I can't express how very much you encouraged me, it is too deep, but you did."
He did say that I am my fam were an example of being Christian and some other very positive things.

You know, I usually think of myself as one of the 'little people' who don't really make a difference so I am glad I meant something to him. Partly old life experience and partly the way I am treated at church. hmmmm.

I made supper and brownies after tonight. The brownies were fun to make.

I got through more clutter today too, yeah. My pile is shrinking and many more heartfelt love and thanks for my dear B for the big jumpstart he gave me from rearranging the living room.

I need some time to work on school and what I want happening there as well as just think and consider, kwim? Hard to find those moments with an extra little person in the house. I am just not used to this many pattering feet and all the arguing about who gets to do what! And who gets to be first and you're on my side and don't touch my stuff?? Arg! Two kids is definitely different than one.

I am really wondering though, What do I want? Where do I want to be? What do I want to be doing with my life? How do I want to be living? How do I want my family to be living?
Questions to think about and think through and pray about but even harder to do something about.

My friend K has been doing a lot of research on Adult ADD and surprising I fit a lot of the profile for it. Interesting thought that might give me some insight on how to help myself.

Brownies still smell good but we're saving them for everyone tomorrow for supper.

Had a nice fb chat with my friend Andrea who I have been going through withdrawal from lack of contact. I miss you Andrea! This arctic cold snap kept us from our usual talk and visiting and I want to see her this week.

Is warm in sight?

It is 0 degrees without the windchill right now. I wonder how cold that is? Too tired to go and google to find out.
I have heard that tomorrow and next week are supposed to be warmer, not spring but not arctic temps either. Hope it gets here.

I am way tired, have been most of the day.
B got up early and went to TYCOA this morning.

We went to the Freebie for Freecycle(tm) at the Brentwood Library and then spent a little time there at the library looking around at their selections.

Took off and went to Chick Fil A and ended up at Borders looking at their 75% off stuff and all their new magazines. They have tons of new photography ones. Heard some kewl music by 2 ladies live on mike with guitar there and then took off to go and see my friend K. Her daughter Erin is spending the night at our house and she and Z are arguing about a game right now as I am typing.
I think we all need to just go to bed.
Zachary, Tigger and Erin having fun tonight.

I am checking out signing up for giveaways and stuff on twitter. K says it is easy to win on twitter so I am seeing what is there and btw very surprised at how many things that can be won on twitter!

Did I say I was way tired?

Brrrrr but glad to see Louise

I got out and drove for the first time this week this morning. I didn't want to be out in this arctic cold freeze we are having and B had said he was sliding a lot. Thankfully I drove in a low gear and didn't slide at all.

My dear friend Louise Ho had invited me over for coffee before she headed back to the Netherlands until the summer. We had a wonderful visit and I was happy I got to help her figure out some stuff on her new laptop. I'm going to be helping her with her blog too. Such a sweet morning talking in her daughter's toasty warm home over delightful coffee and a dutch treat that Mariesa had made and I can't remember the name of. It was something delightful that the dutch eat instead of cheesecake that is much lighter and fluffier. I wonder if I asked for the recipe if I could make it? and it turn out right I mean....

Faith and Louise on a visit she made to the US a year ago.

The rest of the day I've done laundry and gone through several bags of stuff, go clutter go!
I am so ready to be warm! Just sitting at my dining table there is such a cold draft coming from somewhere. But I will be thankful the heat is on, it would be so much worse without it and so many people have no home and no warm tonight. I pray the Lord protects them and helps them find the place to go they need.

Later,


I had a thought. I don't really want my blog to just be a record of events. I want to contemplate, think through things and share what is on my heart and mind be they joys or struggles, victories or defeats. I want to explore and invent and find peace and share my journey of life and faith while I am here.
Sometimes it is just scary to share those thoughts. Other times I am so overwhelmed with them that it doesn't even occur to me to come here and write them down.
Life is a journey and I am thankful for life and love and God who loves me wherever they may take me....

Long cold day

Frigid temps and bored stuck in the house kids made for a long day for me.

I am so ready for moderate, did you hear me moderate temps!

Hard to be creative when you're cold and tired and your son has yelled at you way too many times and then the dh comes home and is way overtired and and and....

Goodnight moon, Goodnight.

snow and sledding!

Well this evening was the optimum time. The next few days are going to have around a minus 15 wind chill and Z has been waiting all week to go sledding. We took some friends and as the snow came down and flew around us and we stood there in our 4 layers of clothing that didn't make us a bit warmer at all we watched the kids sled at Jordan Valley Park. It was fun but entirely too cold. Afterward we went to Ziggies and had a late supper that was lots of good food, fun and a lot of laughter. I realized tonight that laughter makes you warmer both inside and outside.







I wish we had a fireplace tonight, it would feel so good. My hot chocolate is nice anyway and I am so thankful to be in a warm house again.

I hope we have some less frigid winter days so that we can get out and have fun and go geocaching before all the thorns and spider webs and bugs are back!!

wow my house is upside and down and warm!

When I woke up this morning the temp in the house was 48 degrees. I decided that with the frigid temps that are supposed to be here all week we needed to do something. I contacted a friend who I trust who had used Spring Mountain Air here in town. I called and they were here in less than 30 minutes. Who knew we had a flame sensor and that it could go out? He also told us that they'd used a telephone wire in the thermostat and it would cause us problems so he moved it from one wall to the other (closer to the heater) and put in a wire that was 4x as thick. He did that part for free and also did not charge us for labor. I was really impressed.

It is nice to be warmer! A friend on Facebook had said they were having chili and that totally inspired me to make some for our dinner. Veggie tale chili so named because Z was a preschooler when I started making it and the name made it fun to eat peas and carrots that he wouldn't normally have eaten.

My house is upside down. LOL My husband was suddenly inspired from somewhere and moved furniture and deep cleaned and it is so nice. There is still clutter for me to go through but it gave me a lot of hope to see the difference he made. I haven't felt hope about it in a long time so this is a very good thing. I have been plugging along and making piles to donate and piles to just trash. We are going to get this done, I am determined.

The cats are funny with the furniture moved and new open spaces to explore. They go from being timid and even scared to romping through the room like it is a playground made just for them.

One of my best friend's kids is spending the night. It is fun to have another kid in the house but it always surprises me how much sibling rivalry the two of them have even though they aren't related and Z has no inkling what it really means to have a sibling.

wow my house is upside and down and warm!

When I woke up this morning the temp in the house was 48 degrees. I decided that with the frigid temps that are supposed to be here all week we needed to do something. I contacted a friend who I trust who had used Spring Mountain Air here in town. I called and they were here in less than 30 minutes. Who knew we had a flame sensor and that it could go out? He also told us that they'd used a telephone wire in the thermostat and it would cause us problems so he moved it from one wall to the other (closer to the heater) and put in a wire that was 4x as thick. He did that part for free and also did not charge us for labor. I was really impressed.

It is nice to be warmer! A friend on fb had said they were having chili and that totally inspired me to make some for our dinner. Veggie tale chili so named because Z was a preschooler when I started making it and the name made it fun to eat peas and carrots that he wouldn't normally have eaten.

My house is upside down. LOL My husband was suddenly inspired from somewhere and moved furniture and deep cleaned and it is so nice. There is still clutter for me to go through but it gave me a lot of hope to see the difference he made. I haven't felt hope about it in a long time so this is a very good thing. I have been plugging along and making piles to donate and piles to just trash. We are going to get this done, I am determined.

One of my best friend's kids is spending the night. It is fun to have another kid in the house but it always surprises me how much sibling rivalry the two of them have even though they aren't related and Z has no inkling what it really means to have a sibling.

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