Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Not a bad idea.
I sometimes dwell on how times have changed. We make life so busy. Back in the day people visited over coffee every afternoon, people sat on their porches and talked, they handwrote letters to those they cared about.
Today i'm considering the value of my landline telephone. If i need to "talk" to someone my first instinct is to go to my computer.... kind of sad huh.
I love hearing those "back in the day stories". I love hearing stories from our grandparents generation...hearing and appreciating all they went through. I often think it would have been fun to be a pioneer woman. I'm one of those wierdos that always imagines myself in another time....one might say I have an active imagination. When i pick my strawberries and work in the garden, i pretend like i'm on back on the prairie. The 2 babies i chose to deliver without an epidural, i pretended like the year was 1900 and i was tough. i know, odd.
I know that simplicity is a ton of work, and I do appreciate all of my modern conveniences. I can't imagine what life would be like without electricity, indoor plumbing, high speed internet, and cream of mushroom soup!
Ah well, enough on that. thank you Amish for building a waterpark in your town :) the kids had a blast. Here are some pics of our fun.... thank you mom and dad!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
thanks to the insane amount of snow we had last month, and that one 50 degree day when it all melted and refroze.....we have a new hobby! The "swampland" through the woods, which has never held a drop of water in the 6 years that we have lived here is now a frozen pond. We bought the kids some used skates and hockey sticks and they absolutely love it!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Rather than make any resolution, i thought i would sit down and write out some of my goals. The trouble with new years resolutions for me is that they don't leave any room to mess up. It seems not if, but when I mess up I'm done with whatever goal I set, and then it just kind of disappears until it bothers me enough again. I'm sure I will fail at some of these, but they are simply goals- so i will determine to keep trying.
*I want to be more consistent with the kids. I often react to them based on my emotions, and i want to try real hard not to do this!
*I want to be more intentional with the time that i spend with my kids.
*I want to go on a date with Tim once a month.
*I want to improve our morning routine before school, which means i need to be more organized the night before.
*I want to read my Bible more & pray at the start of every day. My days are so good when i start them out right. I also want to pray more with the kids- not just at meals and bedtime.
*I want to start drinking more water and less coffee
*I want to make a meal plan so that i know whats for dinner. I think this will greatly help us save on groceries.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
the traditional picture of the kids by the tree. it's amazing how cooperative they are when they are waiting for presents!
Tim and I are reading this book together. It looks pretty good....i'll let you know if we learn anything good!