Ecclesiastes 5:18

"...Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

This is my place to come to help me to 'think on these' wonderful things in my life!

"Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life." Ecclesiastes 5:18

I am so thankful that I can enjoy the life God has given us with my husband and our children!

Monday, August 31, 2009


Zoe makes her 'pallets' on a plate, so resourceful!

They love to paint! Mommy tolerates the
smell (not a happy smell, that tempera paint!!)

After this we got to spend time with our friends
from Buffalo who were in town, and then help
babysit for our in town friends so one sibling
could attend the dentist. And no, I didn't take any
pictures! They trampolined, swang, ran, played
board games, went to 'rock island' and then snacked
and watched some movie, but not a single picture.
It's like it didn't even happen!! LOL!!
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On Saturday morning the girls made me
breakfast! I got to sleep in until 8am and they
had made scrambled eggs with cheese, and toast
and served tortilla chips and sour cream! (LOL)

What a great thing it was to wake up to breakfast
been made and the table set all nicely :D With
teacups and teasaucers, too!!! What a great
bunch of girls!!
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Park with friends and BIKES

Doing the trail on their bikes!

What a nice shady trail!

Playing near the water....what are the two 5 yo's doing over
by the bank? You can barely see them even with my zoom,

Riding to the vehicles :) What a great time with friends!!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Finishing up the homemade laundry detergent!

The girls loved getting their hands dirty! After 24 hours of
sitting, I lost my original recipe on my computer (how did THAT
happen?!?) and a kind fellow homeschooling and freecycling
mom pointed me in the direction of this blog and post:
If I Could Write a Book...: Homemade Laundry Detergent
the date of this post was Thursday June 25th, 2009

Look how viscousy and gelatinous-y (are those words? LOL)
this concentrate is!

So after we played with it for a while :P we took a quart of it and
put it into an old liquid detergent container and put a quart
of hot tap water and a little Tea Tree oil and shook it like
nobody's business! We used it, and I can't wait to see how the clothes
come out! This made a BUNCH of concentrate! I plan to figure out
the cost effectiveness of this recipe soon. It's WAY cheap, but
I think even I will be surprised as to just HOW inexpensive it
actually is here in our area!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

We made laundry detergent today!

We got our recipe from Penny Raine's Blog:
from one of her e-books!

Grating the soap...

Heating and stirring...

Adding the measured ingredients...

The final adding of water and more stirring.

The girls had a blast doing this and the kitchen
smelled nice and 'ivory' clean for a while afterwards!
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Thank you's for the Fire Station Tour!

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Home time

Christa reading a book to Sampson *early* this morning!

The girls doing some 'school' drawing pictures for Great

Kayleigh writing a thank you letter to the
firefighter who gave us a tour last week!
And the truth about homeschooling comes out:
children are NOT always happy to be doing their
assignments! LOL (as evident by the look on
Kayleigh's face! and yes...her face is wet with tears!)
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Trip to the mall to play...

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Trip to a Fire Station!

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Riding around the lake at the park

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The girls at a park!

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Dentist office visit

Let's just say that now we set a timer to brush
and a timer for the mouthwash :P
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Our pet for a while - Lizzie the snail ;)

Chrysalis shaking

I finally got a YouTube account and have been posting our very own videos! If anyone has trouble viewing, please let me know!

First trip out on the boat....

New Painted Lady Butterfly trying out it's wings!