Thursday, April 30, 2009

Star Trek

Because I am going out of my MIND waiting for the new star trek, I took a coupla silly quizzes. Four, actually. Two said I was Deanna Troi and one said it was Nurse Chapel. Actually, the third one said I was 68% Uhura and 68% Nurse Chapel, but on the tie breaker question I was more afraid of getting hurt than I was intense about communication - thus, Nurse Chapel.

The fourth one said I was Spock. Whatever.

I'm not posting the results graphics because they were too huge and irritating. If you want to take the test, search for "What star trek character are you?" and a ton will pop up. =D

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's happenin'?

Not much going on. I'm doing ok staying off the computer, but I could do better. The house is looking alright, but it could look better.

It would be ok if I could just empty the entire house and sell it and start again. I'm feeling rather overwhelmed and we have just so much STUFF!!!!

Bert's favourite saying is "The more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you" and that's sooo true.

I bought the Sonlight P4/5 instructor's guide second hand, and I'm rather bummed about that. I should have asked what edition it was, because it wasn't the current edition and I paid a premium for it. *sigh* I hate it when that happens.

It's like last year when I bought an Apologia Biology text and didn't ask what edition it was. The lady gave it to me in a plastic bag, I paid for it, said thanks and off I went. Why didn't I check? As soon as I saw it I was like "DOH!" talk about a pig in a poke.

Anyway, it's ok about the Sonlight thing. I was intending on making my own schedule anyway, based off the Sonlight schedule. It's just taking a bit more work to wriggle in the new books that Sonlight have added in the science section. Once I've sorted out my own schedule, I'll sell the Sonlight one I just bought - though I doubt I'll be able to sell it for the price for which I bought it. *sigh*.

Oh well, I have a "rule" that if I've bought a homeschool resource and used it, then I should expect no more than half-price for it. And I will have certainly used the Sonlight schedule so if I get $10 for it I'll be happy. =)

Let this be a lesson to y'all! If you're buying second-hand homeschool materials, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ask if it's the current edition!!!!

That's about all the news. I should be dusting, vacuuming and moping downstairs, but I think I'll wait until Ben gets home and make him dust, Emily vacuum and I'll mop. That way it'll be done quicker. =)

Andrew's new chore

Setting the table

Taco Express - Oscar's Taco Shop

Taco Express has changed its name to Oscar's Taco shop. I personally prefer its original name but oh well, what can you do?

Bert, Andrew and I went there for lunch. Bert had brought home his fabulous new car. By "his" car, I mean it's the car he's been working on ever since he started at Nissan, not that the car is actually ours. Bert got to drive it for an afternoon. It costs about $50,000 for that car and there's NO way we could afford it. Anyway, it's now coming to market. Looks good, eh? Andrew loved it. =)




Anyway, Bert brought it home to show it off to us. Then we went out to Taco Express just for the heck of it. Because the food is delicious, that's why. =) Oh my, soooo goood.

While we were there, Andrew ate 1/2 a fry and then declared he was done. To keep him occupied I handed him my camera and suggested he take pictures. He took about 150 of them. Here are the highlights.


Bert and Andrew



Me



Bert and I



The sauces



Andrew's Fanta



Bert's fish taco



Bert's burrito. My shrimp quesadilla didn't rate a photo.



Andrew's fries




Oscar - the owner



Our waitress, who may possibly be related to Oscar



The guy sitting next to us who Andrew photographed unawares. We got his permission to put his picture up on the blog though. =)



Andrew took several self-portraits.










Then there were a ton of pictures of the fridge, the floor, the tabletop, the boxes in the back, lots and lots of my shoes, my elbow, Andrew's shoes, Bert's elbow.... =D =D

Joy School

When it was Holly's turn to do Joy School, she decided to put on a play. =) It was SO cute!!! The children did really well, and I think Holly had the time of her life. She even enjoyed making costumes etc. She was a drama major in college and this is definitely her "thing". =)


Peek-a-boo!



The little peas in a pod



The little cookies. Yum yum. =)

Easter!

I know these pictures are late. Sorry about that.



My parents sent money for the children for Easter - YAY! Emily bought some make-up, Ben bought the headphones he'd been after for a while, and I bought Andrew WAY too much chocolate. =)



So all I had to do was prepare the Easter Egg hunt. Bert and I hid the eggs very carefully in hard-to-reach places.



Let the hunt BEGIN!



"Here Andrew. Here's an egg. Do you see it? Right there..." =) The older children were very sweet, confining themselves to only a couple of eggs each, allowing Andrew (who was shaking with excitement and had talked about this for weeks prior to Easter Sunday) to "find" the majority of the eggs.





We stuffed some down the couch, thinking Andrew would go for the ones actually sitting on the cushions and the older children could find the more hidden ones...but they let him find even the ones that were hidden. =)




Examining the awesome haul. Happy Easter. =)



And much fun was had by all.

Conference

Maus thoroughly enjoyed Conference.

David's birthday

David turned 18 sometime in April. And it's just occurred to me that he was mourning his Mama just a couple of weeks previous to that...which means she passed away right before his birthday. GAH! I tell you, it chokes me up every time. I just want to take that little boy that he was and protect him and make it not happen the way it did.

However, learning what I have from Cara....I just have to let go. Heavenly Father works all things for our good, even the really painful horridly sucky things. Especially the really painful horridly sucky things.


ANYWAY!!!!!

So it was David's birthday. He was in a rush, and so I suggested he take his pressies and open them later - also because I wanted him to have some privacy so that if he opened them and hated them, he wouldn't have to put on his game face. =D However, Andrew was SOOOO excited and INSISTED David open his gifts RIGHT AWAY.

And being the laid-back sweetheart he is, David put aside the fact that he was running late and opened his gifts, just so Andrew would be happy. =) And maybe because he wanted to open them himself. =D


Andrew is just DYING to get in there and open the gifts himself. I was quite proud of him, though, that he exercised self-control and just sat there quietly... =)





The picture montage Emily made him. Awwwww...




The card Emily got him. It had something to do with ice cream. I carefully avoided reading it. I just didn't want to know.




We got him a set of badminton raquets and a shuttlecock. I was going to get him an nerf gun, but then I realized Emily would wrest it from his gentlemanly grasp and shoot him. Several times. At close range. While laughing.
Thus, I bought the badminton raquets because there were TWO of them and therefore he had a fighting chance. I knew, of course, that buying them would mean there would be more fencing and spanking going on than badmintoning. However, I thought it would be a good cover and they could at least PRETEND to be playing.
As I predicted, they chased each other around with them rather than hitting the shuttlecock and laughed themselves silly. Excellent.

Things I have learned from women in Relief Society

I was thinking about this today, and how grateful I am to be in Relief Society with wonderful, caring women.

From Cara I have learned that people have the ability to do things themselves. You don't have to jump in and do everything for them - and in fact, this can be detrimental not only to their self-esteem, but their spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual growth. See that they have the tools they need to get the job done - and then expect them to do it. It's their job - don't take away that growing opportunity from them just because it would be quicker to do it yourself!


From Stephanie I have learned to quit talking and whining and just get it done. Chop chop. Get a move on. Just do it already. And the faster you do it, the faster it'll be done. So get off your bum and do it. Go on. Move. And stop stinkin' complaining about it while you're at it. That takes up too much energy. Use the energy to get it done faster and then you'll have nothing to whine about, will you?




Lessons sorely needed by the mother of the TN Brooks Family Clan. =)

The LoL on my desktop.

This is Emily's favourite LoL:

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

A day of work

Up early.
Started making the yoghurt.
To soccer fields at 8.30am for Andrew's team picture.
Followed by a game.
Screamed myself hoarse - GO LIGHTNING!
Andrew scored 2 goals; that makes 3 in 2 games. He scored the opening goal of the season last week.
Then to Farmer's Market. My usual guy wasn't there so I was bummed.
Bert dropped me off at downtown Franklin for the fair.
Walked a couple of miles looking at stalls.
Settled on a beautiful wood board for the Geary's. Uhm. Now I'm hoping I haven't yet invited them to read this blog. Must go check.
Thank goodness! I haven't yet invited them. =)
We're staying with the Geary's when I take Emily to college - thus the beautiful gift. Photo to come if I remember when I'm feeling better.
Walked home. It's a good couple of miles - maybe more than that, I don't know.
It was hot.
DARN hot.
I sizzled.
Came home.
Did a boatload of dishes.
Cleaned a boatload of counters.
Cleaned the fridge.
Did some more work on the yoghurt.
Started a loaf of bread in the bread machine
Took Ben to the Anderson's.
Went to Target.
Went to Kroger.
Came home, unloaded the shopping.
Took bread out of bread machine.
Washed 2 loads of laundry and hung them to dry.
Made dinner.
Did more dishes.
Now I'm going to drink a hot chocolate, put Andrew in the bath, put him in bed, and then collapse in my own bed and hope I don't blister from my awful sunburn.

AND I'm plagued with hideous allergies.



It's been a very productive and good day, and I'm happy. =)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The LoL on my desktop.


I think I'm going to be on a Putin roll for a while...

Update:
My husband pointed out that this is another Matrix reference. Such a pity the last two films didn't live up to the promise of the first one.

Finally! Someone with sense....

....but I can't believe the person with sense is the FRENCH foreign minister. Who'd'a'thunk? Considering his background it's more than a little embarrassing that it was he who pointed out such a truth to our oblivious and dangerous president.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dropped language describing the Holocaust as "ambiguous and dubious" from a speech attacking Israel at a United Nations racism conference

"In Paris, France's foreign minister said it was optimistic the U.N. could move on and approve a declaration by Tuesday night committing the world to fight racism.

But Bernard Kouchner also became the first Western leader to criticize the administration of President Barack Obama for staying away.

"It's paradoxical. They don't want to listen to Iran in Geneva but they are ready to talk to them," he said. "More than a paradox, it could really be a mistake.""




"In Tehran, around 200 people gathered at the airport to give Ahmadinejad a hero's welcome., welcoming him with bunches of flowers."



The divide is getting deeper, the gulf wider. There is a war coming, and it's not going to be fun. *sigh* =(

Monday, April 20, 2009

Menu for this week

Weeeeellll, I haven't been very good with putting the menus on by blog lately.

Also, you may have noticed I've fallen off the wagon somewhat in my avoidance of all things computer-related. Shhh. Don't tell anyone and maybe they won't notice.


Monday:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch: Egg salad sandwich
Dinner: Chicken and veg
Chicken and veg: Take cheap cuts of chicken, or a whole chicken whichever you prefer.
Wash it and put it in a large roaster
Peel and wash various vegetables: Sweet potato, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions.
Plonk veggies in pan with chicken.
Sprinkle on the spices you like. Salt and pepper too, if you like.
Cook a long long time.
Enjoy.


Tuesday:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch: Tomato Sandwich. Or another egg salad sandwich because I really enjoyed the one I had today.
Dinner: Pinto beans, carrots, onions, cornbread, salad.


Wednesday:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch: Depends. Cheese and pickle? Tomato? Egg salad? The world's my oyster.
Dinner: Tacos with the leftover pinto beans. Fried onions, tortillas, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, lettuce...you get the general idea.


Thursday:
Breakfast: Green smoothie
Lunch: Miracle soup. Or another sandwich, depending on how I feel.
Dinner: Hamburgers, french fries (Both homemade), salad


Friday:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Lunch: Tuna fish sandwich. And I bet I'll have some pickled beets and Kroger brand barbeque chips with that. Oh my. I can't wait.
Dinner: Macaroni and cheese. You would not believe how good Bert can make it.


Saturday:
Breakfast: Apple French Toast Casserole
Lunch: Whatever
Dinner: Homemade pizza and salad.


Sunday: We have Stake Conference next weekend and thus have Fast Sunday this week.
Breakfast: Fast Sunday
Lunch: Fast Sunday
Dinner: Spaghetti Bolognaise.



Apple French Toast Casserole
4 Tbsp butter
3 large aples, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp cinnamon
8 slices italian bread, 1 inch thick
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Melt the butter in a large skillet and add apples. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Add brown sugar, water and cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes until apples are tender. Spoon mixture into 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover apples with bread slices, making sure to cover the entire surface. Trim the bread to fit if needed.
Beat eggs until foamy, then beat in milk and add vanilla. Pour egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, remove the dish from the fridge and heat oven to 375f.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until bread is golden and firm. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

The LoL on my desktop.

This LoL will make no sense unless:

1. You've seen the matrix
2. You understand the LoL obsession with bukkits.

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Speaking of Tender Mercies.....

...Bert and I have been thinking about buying one of those child carrier things that you hook up to your bike and drag behind it. Fits one or two children. Thought it would be good for Andrew.

Unfortunately, we couldn't find one less than $150 or something. YIKES! So we've never bought one.

And then on Saturday I was driving past a garage sale and saw one. I was out of that car so fast. Can you imagine my delight when I saw it was $15? WOW!

So I bought it. It needed a new inner tube - $6. So the total thing was $21.

We hooked it up to my bike and away I went. WOO HOO! =) Exercise here I come! =)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tender Mercies

So, can I tell you about the tender mercies of the Lord?

Emily is graduating this year. Do you know how much that costs? It's ridiculous.
R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S!

Senior portraits alone run into the 100s.

So Bert and I were struggling with that a couple of months ago when Sister Larson called.

"I've just got a job at a photographer's and I need to build my portfolio. May I take Emily's senior pictures?"

My chin hit the floor. No charge. No copyrighting. Just...taking fabulous pictures, and giving us a CD with them on.

Uhhhh. Yeah, That'll work. I about kissed her hands and feet in gratitude.


So now it comes time to print the pictures. I need 50 of them to go in the graduation announcements. I'm thinking Walgreens. How much can it cost for 50 prints? I'm figuring anywhere from $5-$20.

And then Snapfish send me an email. I've used Snapfish for...I don't know...a decade or something. Last time I used them was for Andrew's birth announcement, back when you *had* to spend $5/year or something in order to use them as your picture storage.

Anyway, I guess times have changed somewhat because their email said, "Hey, you haven't used us in a while. How about you use us again? We'll give you 50 free prints."

I joke not.

So I have, just now, ordered Emily's senior pictures. If the Lord hadn't been so kind and blessed us, it could have cost up to $500. Instead, how much did it cost?

About $4 for the whole thing.



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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Son of Man

So I was watching this thing here, crying.

Andrew comes up behind me, and after watching for a second or two said "Is that Jesus?"

"Yes"

"Is that Jesus dead?"

*sniff* "Yeah, it is."

"Awwwww"

Silence for a second, then Andrew says,

"And then on Sunday he's alive again!"

=) =) My goodness, I guess he actually listened to me on Good Friday! =)

The LoL on my desktop.

A new segment on the Strange Land blog.

Yes, I am addicted to LoLs.

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Do not mention the fact that it's Thursday and I'm on the computer. Shhhhhh! I'm getting off now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Andrew likes music...and cars....

Andrew is pretty sensitive to music. I mean, to the point that occasionally in church he'll hear something and his busy little body will stop moving as he listens, and then he'll bawl his eyes out. He's a sensitive little soul.

Because of this, I try to watch what music I play in the car. I don't want that sensitive little soul listening to something that will disturb him.

Thus, when "Just like You Imagined" by NIN came on my Ipod, I wondered how he'd react. Yes, it's an instrumental, but it's not quite Opera, you know?

It wasn't long before I could hear him commenting on the music in the back. I turned the music down and asked him to repeat what he'd said, sure he would say something that would let me know his sensitive little soul was disturbed by what he was hearing.

He said, "This is my favourite song."

=D =D =D

When it was done, he asked to listen to it again. About half-way through he asked "Is this where the cars race really fast?"

I asked "Does the music sound like cars racing to you?"

"Yes" he said, and proceeded to push his little foot onto the "clutch", "shift" gears and "drive" his imaginary steering wheel, making fabulous car noises. AWESOME! =)

He asked to watch the video. I thought "Not on your nelly is my 4-year old watching a NIN video!" He was rather miffed when I didn't just produce the video for him in the car immediately.

"Uhm...." I say, "...do we have a computer in the car? Am I driving? Then what makes you think that I can magically produce the video for you?"

Sorry you got to see my occasional...not-niceness there. What do you call that? It's not sarcasm..it's just....something else. ANYWAY!!!!

SO when we got home I looked online for an appropriate video for Andrew to watch. Unfortunately, there wasn't one with cars racing to the music, but Andrew was ok with that. =)

Enjoy.

Oh yeah, and turn the volume up. It's important to play NIN very loud. Except when you're in the car with your 4-year old.

Homeschooling fun

You must go here:
http://www.themangotimes.com/?p=606#comment-7131
and read the post.

Make sure you click on all the links.

I about fell over laughing.

Reminds me of Ben's note. When he was about 6 or 7 he didn't want to do his vocab words when he was in the Charter school. I told him in no uncertain terms to go upstairs and Do. His. Homework.!

He came downstairs with a strip of paper taped to his forehead, hanging down over his entire face. The paper said,

"I don't want to do my
stupid
stupid
stupid
stupid
stupid
stupid
stupid
stupid
vocab words."

Hahahahaha!!!!

We loved it so much we taped it up on the wall. I think Bert still has that note somewhere. =)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Message

A little late for Easter, but oh so lovely.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Andrew's Favourite Story

I just found the book that was lost...which means I now owe the library $10 (the maximum fine) instead of a $25 replacement fee. PHEW!

Here's Andrew's favourite story from the book. Everytime I get it out to read he giggles. =D

And yes, I do read it in the best Southern accent I can muster - which, admittedly, isn't a very good one, but it's the best I can do.





Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby

Real early one mornin', when Ol' Mister Sun was still gettin' hisself some shut-eye, Brer Fox went to work and got hisself some tar, and he mix it wid some turpentine, and fix up a contraption what he call a Tar-Baby. Den he took dis here Tar-Baby and he set her down smack in de middle of de road. And den he goes and hides hisself off in de bushes.

Now I don't have to tell you dat dis was de very same road Brer Rabbit went walkin' along every mornin', and 'fore long here comes Brer Rabbit pacin' down de road - lippity-clippity, clippity-lippity - jest as sassy as a jaybird. Brer Fox, he lay low.

Brer Rabbit, he prances along 'til he spies de Tar-Baby. Den he sets up on his hind legs like he wuz astonished. De Tar-Baby, she jest sets there, and Brer Fox, he lay low.

"Good Mawnin'!" says Brer Rabbit. "Nice wedder we havin' this mawnin'," says he.

De Tar-Baby don't say nothin', and Brer Fox, he lay low.

"Is you sick or somethin'? How your symptoms bin shapin' up now?" says Brer Rabbit.

De Tar-Baby don't say nothin', and Brer Fox, he wink his eye slow, and he lay low.

"Is you deaf?" says Brer Rabbit. "Cuz if you is, I can holler louder," says he, and den he starts hollerin' fit to raise the dead. (This is Andrew's favourite bit...and mine too. =D) "GOOD MAWNIN'! FINE, FINE WEDDER WE HAVIN' THIS MAWNIN', AIN'T IT?" says he. (Andrew especially likes the "Ain't it?" bit, and I normally have to say it several times.)

De Tar-Baby don't say nothin', and Brer Fox, he lay low.

"You is stuck-up, dat's what you is," says Brer Rabbit. "And I'm goin' to cure you, dat's what I'm goin' to do," says he.

But de Tar-Baby jest stay still, and Brer Fox, he sort-a chuckle in his stomach.

"Yes sir. I'm goin' to learn you how to talk to respectable folks if it's de last thing I do," says Brer Rabbit. "If you don't take off dat hat and tell me good mawnin', I'm goin' to bust you wide open," says he.

De Tar-Baby don't say nothin', and Brer Fox, he lay low.

Brer Rabbit, he keep on askin' de Tar-Baby to say howdy, and de Tar-Baby, she jest keep on sayin' nothin'. Den presently, Brer Rabbit draws back wid his fist, and blip! He knock her in de side of de head. Right there's where he broke de molasses jug, cuz his fist, it gets stuck, and he can't pull loose. De tar held him there. But de Tar-Baby, she jest stay still, and Brer Fox, he lay low.

"If you don't lemme loose, I'll knock you again," says Brer Rabbit, and wid dat he go and swipe her wid de other hand, and dat stuck, too.

De Tar-Baby, she don't say nothin', and Brer Fox, he lay low.

"Turn me lose, 'fore I kick de natural stuffin' out of you," says Brer Rabbit, and he's hollerin' now for sure.

But de Tar-Baby don't say nothin'. She jest hold on, and den Brer Rabbit kick wid one foot and den de other, and he lose de use of his feet in de same way. And Brer Fox, he lay low.

Den Brer Rabbit, he squall out dat if de Tar-Baby don't turn him a-loose he's goin' to butt her cranksided. And den he butted and his head is stuck, too.

Dat's when Brer Fox, come saunterin' forth, lookin' jest as innocent as one of your momma's mockin'birds.

"Howdy, Brer Rabbit," says Brer Fox. "You lookin' sort-a stuck-up dis mawnin'," says he. And den he roll on de ground, and laugh 'til he can't laugh no more. "I reckon you'll take dinner wid me, Brer Rabbit," says he. "I reckon you'll have to, cuz I ain't goin' to take no excuses."

Brer Rabbit, he don't say nothin'.

"I reckon I got you dis time," says Brer Fox. "Maybe I ain't, but I reckon I do," says he. "You been runnin' 'round here sassin' me for a mighty long time, but I reckon you done come to de end of de road. You been cuttin' up your capers and bouncin' 'round dis neighbourhood 'til you come to believe yourself de boss of de whole gang. And you is always somewheres where you ain't got no bizness," says Brer Fox, says he. "Who ax you for to come and strike up an acquaintance wid dis here Tar-Baby? And who stuck you up there where you is? Nobody in de roun' world. You jest up and jammed yourself in on dat Tar-Baby widout waitin' for any invite," says Brer Fox. "And there you is and there you'll stay, cuz I reckon you know what - I mean who - I is havin' for my dinner tonight! Soon as I fixes up a brush-pile and fires her up, I'm goin' to bobbycue you dis very day, for sure," says Brer Fox, says he.

Den Brer Rabbit, he talk mighty humble.

"I don't care what you do wid me, Brer Fox," he says, "jest so you don't fling me in dat brier-patch. Roast me, Brer Fox," he says, "but jest please don't fling me in dat brier-patch!" says he.

"It's so much trouble fer to kindle a fire," says Brer Fox, "dat I reckon I'll have to hang you instead."

"Hang me jest as high as you please, Brer Fox," says Brer Rabbit, "but do don't fling me in dat brier-patch!" says he.

"I ain't got no rope," says Brer Fox, "so now I reckon I'll have to drown you."

"Drown me jest as deep as you please, Brer Fox," says Brer Rabbit, "but do don't fling me in dat brier-patch!" says he.

"Der ain't hardly no water in de creek," says Brer Fox, "so now I reckon I'll have to skin you instead."

"Skin me, Brer Fox," says Brer Rabbit. "Snatch out my eyeballs, tear out my ears by de roots, and cut off my legs," says he, "but do, please, Brer Fox, don't fling me in dat brier-patch," says he.

'Course Brer Fox, he wants to hurt Brer Rabbit jest as bad as he can, so he catch him by de back legs and sling him right in de middle of de brier-patch. There wuz a considerable commotion when Brer Rabbit struck de bushes, and Brer Rox sort-a hung around to see what wuz goin' to happen. By 'n' by, he hear somebody call him. Den, way up de hill, he sees Brer Rabbit settin' cross-legged on a chinkapin log combin' de pitch outta his hair with a chip. Den Brer Fox know dat he been tricked mighty bad. And Brer Rabbit he grin cuz he wuz pleased to fling back some of his sass (I like that sentence =D) So he hollers out:

"Bawn and bred in a brier-patch, Brer Fox! Bawn and bred in a brier-patch!" (Andrew likes that sentence so much he reads it himself. Several times.) And with dat he skip out jest as lively as a cricket in de embers!

Good Friday

It's just after 2pm on Good Friday. Were we in Jerusalem right now, Jesus would be hanging on the cross, suffering for you and me.

"Come...drop a tear or two..."

In about an hour, He'll be dead.

And on Sunday, He won't be. =)

Take a moment and think of Him. 2008 years ago, He died for you whether you believe it or not.

Actually, to tell the truth, He died more specifically for those who do NOT believe it, in the hope that they might, one day, believe. 'Cos that's the kind of guy He is, living to give, loving everyone.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

GAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

Yes yes yes, I am a NERD but I DON'T CARE!!


GAH!!!! Would you look at these previews? I think I'm going to go INSANE waiting for May 8th.

Except...do you see that one scene in the clip? The rude split-second one? If this movie is an R I will SCREAM!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

2nd week

2nd Week didn't go as well as the first; I still got on the computer more than I was comfortable with. I must admit that a lot of it was because I found 1984 online and was reading it. Woah! I've never read that book before and it totally sucked me in. What a fantastic book. More that later. Maybe.

In other news, something is up with our computer. Something dreadful. I do not know what. It's time to wipe the hard drive. Everyone scream with me now.

Soooo....I have about 500 things I want to post about today, but as it's taken me about 10 minutes to force the computer to pull up this "post" page, and as I don't know whether it will actually POST this post before it freaks out again, I may or may not have the opportunity to post about all the wonderful waffly things I wanted to post about.

Quick overview:
1. All is well
2. Bert is finally over his sickness, mostly. He was ill for about a MONTH, poor chap.
3. House is looking better. Slowly. It would look better faster if we just threw the stinkin' computer and TV out the window and stomped on them
4. Emily is doing well. Mostly. She's hanging in there, looking forward to college
5. Ben's doing well. Mostly. He's dealing with teenage hormones and is not enjoying it at all, poor guy. =(
6. Andrew is doing well. He's at Joy School right now so is no doubt happy. =) He's started being more creative with magnetix and legos and stuff like that, which fills my little heart with joy.
7. Bought a bed. More on that later, maybe, depending on the computer
8. Andrew has become obsessed with this video. And so, actually, has Bert. It certainly sparked a volcano craze in the house. =)
9. Andrew and I made a volcano. It was awesome. Video to come if the computer behaves.
10. We had an AWESOME family around on Sunday.
11. I'm sure I had more to waffle about, but I can't remember what.