Thursday, May 28, 2009

Laundry Article

Here is the link for the laundry article I wrote about:


Just read a post about 20 steps to make laundry day easier. I was confused as to how you could come up with 20 ways to make it easier. That seemed like a lot. And laundry doesn't seem that difficult to me. I read it and they seemed practical. But I still don't understand why articles like this don't mention to just wash all your clothes on cold water. We do about two loads of laundry per day. I just get the clothes out of the hamper and put them in the washer. Add soap and turn it on a super load with cold water for a normal cycle for all clothes. Then if I have enough towels to wash that day, they get washed on a super load with hot water as an extra heavy load but still the normal cycle. Hope I don't offend anyone by suggesting it's ok to wash all clothes on cold. It is so much simpler for me to do a couple loads a day without all the sorting. I guess the fact that I don't iron may help too. Is there a good reason to separate your darks and lights and wash them at different temps? I have been doing it all on cold for so long I've forgotten.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Imagination Improved

Okay. My boys do have imagination. And lots of it! Last night they were making chalk roads with barriers in the way for their remote control cars. They had to get around the barriers to get their "driver's license" they said. Well, that was what the oldest said. He also said that he could make mistakes while driving now because he had his license. I guess we have some teaching to do on that one! Maybe that is the same concept many drivers out there have today.

The boys have also spent a lot of time making videos this week, making up stories together with their toys, and making race tracks that go all over their room for their cars. The greatest thing is they were mostly doing these things together. All three of them in the same room with minimal fighting. Thank you God for blessing my kids with imagination! May I remember these times when the constant imitation comes again.

Monday, May 11, 2009

No Imagination

I am wondering... Is it still called imagination if you are only imitating what you have seen and heard? It seems that my kids are constantly discussing or quoting or imitating something they have seen or read. I'm trying to sort out my thinking here but I don't want this to be me complaining. Anyway, I would really like for my kids to talk about more real life things. But even when they talk about real life things it is usually about which toys their friends have or what that friend has seen on some show. I think maybe I am expecting them to think more like adults. I am really confused. Sometimes I just want to chuck the TV, all videos, and all computer games so they will go play and make something up on their own instead of the constant imitating. Maybe I am not spending enough time watching their games. Maybe they aren't doing as much imitation as it seems. Just every time they are around me. Maybe I need to give them more real life things to build upon. But how do I do that? Any ideas?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Well, today was the day. Mother's Day. I am so blessed to be one! Sometimes I am so overwhelmed with these blessing God has given me. The task seems to much for this one lady. In truth, it is too much. It is only by God's strength and guidance that I can care for and nurture my 3 young sons. Thank you for choosing me to be their mom, dear Father!

Here is a short synopsis of my day. My two oldest sons upon hearing from their dad that we didn't have enough money to take mom out for lunch decided they wanted to give the money they had to take us all out for lunch. So, they along with gift card Jeff received for a video he helped put together took us all to Red Lobster.

I said short didin't I. I was starting to get long. Back to short. Maybe I'll elaborate later.

Early morning Happy Mother's Day wishes from all my boys!

A reading of Proverbs 13 by my oldest son at breakfast! Followed by prayers of thanksgiving for me being their mom. (How humbling!)

Worshipping God with all five of us crowded on one end of the pew even though the whole pew was available!

Receiving a beautiful yellow long stemmed rose in Bible class as I was honored along with all the other moms!

Lunch at Red Lobster paid for in part by my oldest two sons!

Finding a lost dog, trying to figure out how to find it's owners, keeping it in the backyard, walking around the neighborhood trying to see if anyone recognized it or if he seemed to know where he was going. (Not my favorite part of the day but at least he is a nice tame dog. He seems healthy. No biting, no barking, and not much jumping. And NO! we are not keeping him!!!!)

Having yummy homemade jamocha ice cream together made by dad!

Watching a special mother's day puppet show put together and performed by my oldest!

Cuddling on the couch while watching a movie! All five of us on one couch for much of it!

Talking to my mom (Please pray for her knee. It keeps giving out on her and she doesn't know why.)

Spending a bit of time visiting with my neighbor who brought over some dog food for the dog! (Thanks T!)

Being invited to be someone's friend on facebook who I wasn't sure liked me!

Sitting on the swing outside with the fam!

Enjoying a smoothie and a mini game of connect four which I won!

Wow! I sure am blessed! Glad I went back to keeping it short!