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2/28/15 missing church…

written 11/25/13 – We didn’t make it to church yesterday. We were going to go to the 12:30 service. When we went to the car the tire was going flat. By the time that we got the nail taken out of it, the service was over. We can watch the talk on the internet. They post previous talks, which is really nice. I like being there in person, but having the option of seeing it later or seeing the service live on the internet is helpful. A few weeks ago I was sick, so the kids and I watched the service at home.  We need to get to the church next week.

Maggie rearranged her room this weekend.

I can’t get the pictures to open on my computer today. Sorry, hopefully they will open tomorrow.



2/27/15 blog under construction…

I tried to change the theme of my blog and lost some of the sidebars like the translator. Please bear with me as I try to find them.


2/27/15 Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving, snow…

written 11/24/13 – We need to take the Halloween decorations that are outside down. We don’t usually leave them up this long. They will be down before Thanksgiving, so I am not worried.

I checked the thankful cloth that we write on at Thanksgiving. The kids do write what the cats are thankful for. Well…they are part of the family too.

It snowed today. It was a good dry snow with big flakes. It only lasted about a half hour an then all of the accumulation blew away. Maybe winter is here. We can never tell in our town. We don’t have four separate seasons. In one week it could be 70 degrees and sunny, then rainy and then 30 degrees. Each day can be its own season. We keep an extra blanket in the car and dress in layers.

Here are some pictures: gorilla pay phone



2/26/15 storage containers and sock dolls…

written 11/23/13 – Last night was a quiet evening. Maggie bought a storage container. She really likes storage containers. She is re-arranging her room and needed more storage. A few years ago she and Beth made some sock dolls. The cat likes to be in the picture. sock dolls and cat sock dolls



2/25/15 writing my blog…

written 11/22/13 – One of the comments that was posted was when do I write. How do I fit this in with kids. The comment was from Tasha. Her blog is at if you want to visit her. When the kids were young I wrote in a paper journal in the five free minutes between when the kids went to bed at night and when they all got back up. Eventually there was more time so I could write for more than a few minutes. I wanted to write every day to give the kids a journal of their childhood. Since it was written in a paper journal, I figured that I would need to write at least three journals and they could decide who got each one, or someone could make copies so everyone could have all three. In reality I didn’t write every day. It just didn’t make it to the top of the list. Some days were better than others. As the kids got bigger my free time became the time that I was waiting for them in the car. I wanted to write, but didn’t want to take the journal out…if I lost it then our history was gone. I tried a notebook and then tried to re-write it into the journal. Writing it the first time was fun, re-coping it wasn’t. Then I went to notebook paper that I was going to put into a three ring binder. I wouldn’t need to carry the past writing with me and it wouldn’t need to be rewritten. I kept loosing the papers. Then I went to the computer. But I could only write at home. Eventually I got a Nook. It has worked so far. It is small enough to fit into my purse and the entries can be transferred to the computer. That was probably a lot more information than you wanted to know.

The original question was ‘how do I fit it in?’ I keep changing it as the kids change. I saw a journal for sale in a magazine last year. It was a line per day journal. I have heard from friends that they use this one. It gives them a sense of what was happening in their family over time, without making writing into a job. Right now I am trying to write every day. The kids are older and we are not in any big drama. The year that Maggie started high school I didn’t journal at all. She had a lot of papers to do. They all had to be typed and she had the computer all evening every evening. The most difficult thing for me is to find something to write about. I keep paper with me to write small notes about our day on. Some days we do the normal things and there isn’t anything new to write about so if something happens that I can blog about I want to remember it. Also the kids know that I write and they sometimes they say ‘hey mom, you could write about that.’ Some days I miss and don’t write. It happens. If I have a lot to say about many topics I will type them in and then post them each day. I like being ahead on posting, it relieves the stress.journal



1/24/15 random pictures…

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2/24/15 Thanksgiving traditions…

written 11/21/13 – We went to the mall last week. It is not even Thanksgiving and they have Christmas music playing. I love Thanksgiving and don’t like to see it skipped. It is my favorite non-religious holiday. We all get together and cook part of the meal together. There is something about having the whole family in the kitchen at the same time trying to cook. Everyone likes to take a turn mashing the potatoes. We also have some material that we lay out each year. We take a Sharpie marker and everyone writes on it what they are thankful for. At first it was easy. Most of us wrote things like we are thankful for our families. Some of us write more creative things like they are thankful for Google Chrome , weekends and the cat. It is difficult to think of new things each year. We starting thinking farther ahead each year to have something to write. We also put our name and the date by what we wrote. I am not sure if the kids write what the cats are thankful for. I will need to look. If you do this, put some newspaper under the material. The Sharpie marker does bleed through the material and onto the table.

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Here are some pictures:book drop painted wall



2/23/15 random pictures…

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2/23/15 raking leaves…

written 11/20/13 – We need to rake the leaves in the yard. We save them for the compost pile.  When the kids were little we had a lot of kids in the neighborhood. They would all come over and help us rake the neighbors leaves into our backyard so that we could have a compost pile. The neighbors liked it because they didn’t need to rake. The kids had fun raking. If they didn’t have enough rakes at their house, they brought over shovels. We were happy because we got enough leaves for the summers compost.

Each year I would save a small bag of leaves. On Christmas morning I would scatter the leaves on the living room floor. I would also get some big boots and make muddy boot prints. The kids thought that it was cool that Santa left muddy prints and leaves even when it was snowy out and all of the leaves were gone. Now that they are older, when the leaves fall the kids always say “mom, you need to collect some leaves for Christmas morning”. I think that they are on to me.

Here are some pictures:fall swing trees



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