Anna playing with Cornstarch Blue Goo.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Here are the pictures from Sunday's Pinewood Derby. It was a heartbreaking experience. Caleb's cool little car came in dead-last every time, sometimes not even making it across the finish line. So painful to watch. We knew it was our job to direct him to cheer for his friends, but man, that just sucked.
I'm told that after the Derby (the girls and I came home) that Caleb's car did much better. The boys were allowed to just play on the track for a while, and his even came in second a couple of times. Marc and Caleb figured it must just be a shy car.
We are already making plans for next year's car.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
On Tuesday night our women's kinship began. We are studying Captivating. I am excited about the Tuesday night group. I am also excited because for many reasons I felt prompted to open the group to an online blog community. I think I'm really onto something and am really excited about that. Did I mention that I was excited?
On Wednesday the kids and I went to the library. My goal this year is to go one a week, and I'm in the midst of finding the time that works well for us. More and more I fall in love with my time at the library. Exciting book that I got yesterday was an Ed Emberly book on how to draw. I figured that especially Caleb needed a 'unit' on drawing to round him out. When we got home and I asked him to do the work he hemmed and hawed (I don't know where he gets that from). He finally got to work and was so delighted with himself.
Today my friend Izzie came over to use the internet. Neither she nor I felt like doing what we should, so we watched a Veggie Tales (Snoodle's Tale - my favorite) and drank tea from my new teapot. When we realized that it was lunch time I made some macaroni and cheese for the kids and us. Then I rushed Caleb to Cub Scouts.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
My friend Elisa (at The Laundry Alternative) said to me over our New Year's vacation that I need to mark on my calendar when I am going to use them, the night that I put them in the freezer. What a great idea!
So in preparation for this new approach to freezing meals, this week is clean out the freezer week.
Last night we had some potato soup. That was exciting, because it wasn't labeled and we didn't know what it was. And it was really yummy.
Tonight we are going to have chicken/apple curry... the house smells great... and my work was just pushing some buttons on the microwave.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I'm not sure what God is doing with this, but He sure is up to something.
I began in November studying and looking for brew-kits to get him for Christmas. Do you know how overwhelming that can be?! Realizing I was clue-less, I began looking on Amazon for books about brewing. The best of both worlds for Marc - books and beer.
My final flash of inspiration was to corral all our family to participate in Marc's brewing dreams for his birthday - just two weeks after Christmas. I asked everyone on Thanksgiving weekend if they wanted to join me. YES! Everyone enthusiastically agreed to chip in some money to give to Marc on his birthday.
So for Christmas, I bought him two books on brewing.
And for the WHOLE month of December, I had one of the most glee-ful, exciting secrets I have ever carried. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to say to Marc 'Guess what I'm getting you for Christmas and guess what you're getting for your birthday.'
I think it was in his stocking that Marc opened a little 'brewing journal' from my parents. He said 'oh, how thoughtful. I just took brewing off my list of goals.' 'Hee hee I thought to myself.' When he opened one of the books I got for him he began to get suspicious. Then came the second book and I couldn't hold it in any longer. "Guess what you're getting for your birthday!?"
He was so happy. I was so happy.
On the Friday before his birthday he took a pilgrimage to a brewing store in Gardiner, and came home with his kit (and a great contact). And on January 6, 2007, Marc brewed his first beer.
After she talked to Marc, who gave a quick 'YES!' she and I talked. I told her that I think infant baptism is a real thing. As a sacrament, it is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of our choice. She and I both talked about our infant baptisms, and agreed. The Holy Spirit did something then. But we both felt like we wanted to do something now. Not so much as a time to 'sign up' with God - we've been walking with Him for years - but as a symbol of burying the 'old life'. And for me, I don't have a 'conversion date'.... I've just always kind of known God, and grown in my knowing of Him.
Elisa and I have always been pregnant together. She was pregnant with her first, then two months later we were pregnant. Her second, six months later our second. Our third, eight or so months later, their third (and fourth!). It seems that once again, we were pregnant at the same time, this time in the Spirit.
So with my dear friend Elisa (and her daughter Leah... my 'god-daughter'... that's another story... their story), and by the hands of my best friend and husband, I got baptized on December 31, 2006.
Happy New Year. Happy New Life.
(to hear the sermon and our thought that day, go to www.vcwaterville.org/sermons.htm and click on the Dec. 31 sermon to download it)