“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Friday, September 26, 2008

The ballerina and the pigeon

I have been such a bad blogger 1) life has just been going on like normal 2) I just haven't taken the time to sit down and document our life. I realize I haven't posted a menu in weeks but don't worry we are still eating just less planned I call it eating by the seat of our pants.

Ella still loves ballet class and would love to go more than once a week. This week she came home and told us she learned to do a Tondu, never having taken ballet I thought for sure she was saying this wrong but lo and behold it is an actual position (gotta love the internet, such a wealth of information)
ignore the boy behind the curtain!
So yesterday I am in the kitchen and I hear Caleb coming to the back door talking very excitedly as he opens the door I see he is holding a pigeon. Slightly loosing it because I know pigeons are dirty birds I scream" put that down!", he almost cries and explains that it is hurt. He tells me how he found it and that it can't fly it just kept falling down and we have to help it.

As I get the bunny cage I am thinking why me why do I have to deal with hurt pigeons, as a child I never felt the need to pick up a hurt bird.

Understanding that Caleb is a tenderhearted animal lover I get the bird all set up in a cage with some water and promptly call R who answers all my animal questions. She confirms my fears that the pigeon may not be hurt, but may be diseased ( by the way it was acting I believed this to be true) and will probably die...GREAT! I made C wash his hands...twice all the way up to his elbows.

Yes when we checked the pigeon after dinner he had in fact died, nothing like a lesson in dying after dinner. Caleb took it well

Friday, September 19, 2008

Baby Bree

Monday at 2:36 Mel and Donnie gave birth to Baby Bree (as she is referred to in my family) a beautiful little girl weighing 8 pounds even and 21 inches long. We went to see them Monday night and Caleb and Ella were so excited. At the hospital Caleb and Ella both held her and thought that we should get a baby like that.
Tuesday after school Caleb couldn't stand it he had to go back to the hospital and make sure Mel and Bree were OK. It was here that he declared he was going to marry Bree...shew glad to have that decision made. He is such a funny kid as he waked into the room he said "you look good Mel" it was so funny and unprompted. He can't wait to visit them at home he asks every day but I told him we needed to give them a little room and time. Maybe next week

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Kids in the kitchen

My kids always want to help cook, I guess because they see me do it so much it is just a part of our lives not to mention that they both love food. I remember my mom giving me scraps of pie dough that I would roll up with cinnamon sugar and bake still such a fond memory. I want my kids to have basic cooking knowledge and these fun family memories so I try to let them "help" from time to time. You never know what kind of talent you are fostering...Caleb made us all rotisserie chicken sandwiches for dinner a while back and stated "I'm a GREAT chef" he was so proud of himself. He has learned how to cook an egg sandwich all on his own...ok so he has burned his arm on the hot pan but lesson learned, pay attention to where your body is.

A few weekends ago I was making cupcakes for a baby shower and Ella just wanted to help. Not really wanting to be bothered and just wanting to get done I almost said no but then was haunted by the pie dough and let her help me cut out fondant flowers. I had plenty of time and so what if I had to remake a few, she took her job seriously and did a great job and the cupcakes turned out fine. So I would encourage parents take the time out cook with your kids and give them a little freedom to experiment you may have a "GREAT CHEF" in the making.
Not to bad for the flowers that Ella made

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Princess Ballerina

Excitement has been mounting in our house since we signed Ella up for Ballet class last week. She has talked about it constantly on Saturday she said Mom I just can't wait. Monday finally got here, the day of the class, and by about noon she couldn't wait any longer and just had to put on her outfit and practice her ballet. I said to her "you are Ella Bella Ballerina" she replied "no I'm Princess Ballerina"

Finally 4 o'clock got here and it was time to go to class, she merrily skipped out the door. Once we finally got there the nervousness set in and she wasn't to sure about mom leaving, I think she thought she would be there like all day. But I said I will be right outside and I left. As I peaked in I saw the smallest girl in the class following in step with the teacher not even looking to see if mom was watching. What a big girl! Now she can't wait for next week when she get to go back to ballet class.

No pictures from the actual class, maybe next week

Monday, September 1, 2008

Need a laugh

Need a good laugh today? Read this post by Abby on the Maddox family it is so funny I promise you will be laughing out loud. Her blog is great I'm sure it will be a favorite in no time.