Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Future Marine Biologists?

We have been busy with school and life. Last Friday, we had a Co-op field trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston. The boys were so excited to ride the ferry with their friends. We spotted countless dolphins in the water. What is it about dolphins that are so awe-inspiring?

At Moody Gardens, first we visited the Aquarium. A few days before our field trip Lukey had become fascinated with rays. He was so excited to spot them at the aquarium. They truly are a marvel of God's creation.

Look closely, there is a ray to the right of Lukey.

Caleb was busy with his friends, I never snapped a picture of him at the Aquarium. Next we went to the Rainforest Pyramid. I stopped Caleb and Luke at the entrance to get their picture. This is the smile I received from Caleb.

I pleaded with him to please smile for me. Second shot:

The Aquarium had an abundance of sharks. One that Lukey viewed was the Leopard Shark. He brought home his own Leopard Shark from Moody Gardens. At home he pulled out the sea animal stuffed animals we have and he found a ray. We didn't even know we had it. The ray and shark have been Luke's constant companions since. We have also made two trips to the library since Friday. We have checked out countless books on whales, sharks, dolphins, rays, and squids. We are becoming quite the experts.

The three boys in the house have also been busy playing warriors or knights and dragons or war or whatever they decide to call it that day. Lukey kindly requested Aaron to put on some armour, Aaron could not refuse.
Caleb has been busy with mixed numbers, building a terrarium, canopic jars, re-writing Aesop's Fables, Latin words, and of course reading.

For a class at Co-op Caleb had to list five reasons why he loved his Mom.

Here I present to you Caleb's List:

My Mom
1. Nice
2. Great cooking most of the time.
3. Fun
4. Creative
5. Helpful

Lukey has been busy as well. Today, Lukey asked if he could please do his school under the table. He then told me, "I'm going to my office. It is my office, truly."
Then Lukey declared, "After this I would like some refreshment."

I love spending my days with Caleb and Luke! I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


We had an eventful past week learning about dinosaurs. We made a stack of all of our dinosaur books and have been reading through them.

Two of our favorites:

At Co-op last Monday, I was sitting in the lobby when Luke's science class was outside excavating for dinosaurs. I got to take a picture of the action.

In Literature class we read a dinosaur story and had dinosaur show and tell. One of Luke's friends brought this for show and tell:

This past week Granna and PawPaw were both off of work and we decided to do something fun together. We ended up visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science and had a splendid time. We got to see the huge dinosaur skeletons.

I think Luke was a little overwhelmed at first. But he warmed up to them.

We had a lovely time and finished our day with a dinner at Saltgrass. YUM!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Big Argument

Aaron and I are in the midst of a clash. I am calling it The Brawl of 2009.

Last night we were discussing the bone of contention between us and I got a little heated. I told him it was snobbery causing him to think the way he does.

I just don't understand why he does not see it my way.

I don't see either one of us changing opinions anytime soon.

Is there hope of peace returning to our home?

What do you ask is causing the ruckus in our house?

Here I present to you the source of the controversy:

I mentioned to Aaron that I wanted a Snuggie. I was hoping he would take the hint and I would get one for my upcoming birthday. But no, Aaron had to attack the Snuggie. He said it was dorky. I replied it was better than a blanket as I could read or use the remote or sip hot tea all while being covered by a soft fleece blanket. And the Snuggie comes in blue, hot pink, zebra print, and leopard print. He thinks a blanket with sleeves is crazy and unnecessary.

We finally changed the subject.

I am still hoping to get a Snuggie, but it probably won't come from Aaron.

Ponderings From Our Week

I have always loved the line, "to know all is to forgive all." It is the title of a poem that I have been reflecting on this week.

To Know All Is To Forgive All
Nixon Waterman

If I knew you and you knew me
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine
The meaning of your heart and mine

I'm sure that we would differ less
And clasp our hands in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree
If I knew you and you knew me.

If I knew you and you knew me,
As each one knows his own self,
We could look each other in the face
And see therein a truer grace.

Life has so many hidden woes,
So many thorns for every rose;
The "why" of things our hearts would see,
If I knew you and you knew me.

The boys and I have been have been reading the following scriptures each day and I am hoping that they penetrate our hearts and actions. (And to chase away the boys' sometimes resistance to work.)

Work hard at whatever you do. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14

I love Ecclesiastes 9:10 in The Message:

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don't skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there's neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you're most certainly headed.

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Julie!

Happy Birthday to my big sis!


Gale Warnings
by: Howard Eisenberg

Volcano? Tornado? Violent spouse?
What wrought this havoc in our house?
You want to know what is it?
Our grandchildren came to visit.

Happy Grandparents Day to four of the greatest grandparents! Our children are blessed to have you in their lives!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Going Ons

1. Reading and Eating
Anna's blog made me want to read some books about eating and food. I'm not sure I am ready to go here. So far I have read In Defense of Food and started Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Fast Food Nation. I am so ready to move to a farm and grow and raise my own food. (Like my mom!)
Food in America is not only so processed, but also has so many ingredients that are unpronounceable and unnatural. Last week I started making more food from scratch. I used this recipe for homemade bread and it was fairly easy and straightforward and yummy. I am not a super baker or anything. I think the recipe is foolproof.

I also made this homemade granola cereal. Basically the recipe is 6 cups dry ingredients and 1 cup wet ingredients.

I went with this: Dry Ingredients, 3 cups oats, 2 cups almonds, 1 cup whole wheat flour, and 1 cup puffed rice cereal. Wet Ingredients: 1/2 cups oil, 1/2 cup honey, 1 tsp vanilla. I also added some cinnamon. Mix together and put in greased cookie sheet, bake in 300 oven for 30 to 60 minutes stirring some.

Aaron eats granola almost every day for breakfast. He liked this batch, only next time I will probably leave out the puffed rice cereal and add coconut.
I can not wait to try this recipe for granola: a crockpot granola recipe. Yes, granola cereal made in the crockpot!

2. Aaron's Makeover

Aaron cleaning the kitchen while rocking out.

Aaron has been undergoing a makeover and he doesn't even know it. First off, Aaron has become an ultimate bargain shopper- he stops by Goodwill two or three times a week after school and brings home items to sell on ebay. Also, he has been doing the dishes (at times), folding huge piles of clean clothes (I guess he got tired of seeing them on the couch), and grocery shopping. Those may not seem like big deals, but he is not a fan of any of those tasks and when he helps out with them it is a big help to me. (I am slightly busy homeschooling two boys.) But the biggest change that I am most proud of is he has become a reader. I love to read, and am reading whenever I can. Aaron not so much. He has started to read The Hobbit by: J.R. Tolkien. I am proud of myself, I have opened Aaron's eyes up to the joy of thrift shopping, the joy of housework, and the joy of reading.

3. Caleb Caleb has three full weeks of school behind him. He is working really hard and has a full day of work. He has also been busy reading. He has just discovered the Hardy Boys. Meet the new Hardy Boys- secret teenage undercover agents solving mysteries at new locations like the X-Games.

4. Lukey
Lukey is loving school. He tells me all the time that he loves pluses and minuses. For his reading/ writing program after completing each days assignments he gets to pick a prize out of the Treasure Box. I think that is the high point of his day. He dumps it all out and then carefully chooses his treasure for the day. Sometimes he will exclaim, "It is just too hard to decide what to get!"
5. Blue Bell Ice Cream Update
I have gone a couple of weeks with no ice cream in the house. This past week at Kroger I longingly looked at the Blue Bell but kept on walking. Then last night we were out of milk. I stopped by CVS and right by the milk they had Blue Bell pints on sale 2 for $3. Well they got me, I brought home Homemade Vanilla and Moolenium Crunch (Vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel chunks with pecans, almonds, and walnuts). I can't wait to try it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our Labor Day

Fresh air, exercise, family time, and fun all from a dollar store airplane.

After the plane had many dangerous journeys, including getting stuck in the tree and visiting the roof, the plane was retired and out came the frisbee.

Friday, September 4, 2009

His Life Flashed Before My Eyes

Thursday night we had a terrible scare with Caleb. I have to say that we are so thankful to God that Caleb is fine.

I was standing at the sink finishing up the dishes. Aaron was outside watering the grass. Caleb and Luke were running around the house playing with each other. All of a sudden I hear Caleb screaming. I turn and look at him and he is holding his ear. Luke had picked up a large bouncy ball and threw it at Caleb and hit him right on his ear. I start to comfort Caleb and he keeps screaming and saying that his ear is hurting. The next second Caleb is on the ground, not moving, not making a sound, with his eyes closed. It was the scariest moment of my life. For Caleb to be standing right next to me one second and the next second he is on the ground was terrifying. I thought the worst. I remember thinking do I call 911 first or get Aaron first. I ran and flung open the front door and called for Aaron. Except no sound would come out of my mouth. I finally can call for Aaron and he runs in. We hurry over to Caleb and he is starting to wake up. I could not hardly talk I just grabbed Caleb and held him while tears are running down my face. Caleb had fallen on the hard floor in the playroom and hit his chin. He kept telling us that his chin was hurting so bad. I knew we needed to Caleb checked out, so we climb in the van and head to the urgent care center. The whole time there Caleb is still crying and saying how much he is hurting. I remember being so scared thinking he had a serious head injury, I mean why would he just collapse and pass out like that? We arrive at the urgent care center and when I tried to sign in, they looked at me like I was crazy and exclaimed, "Oh no, you need to take him to the emergency room for a CAT Scan, because he passed out." We get in the van and head to the emergency room. (Can I just say I have been to that emergency room too many times over the past five years.) Knowing that we have to go to the emergency room gets me really scared. Caleb is still crying saying that he is hurting. At the ER, they take Caleb back for a CAT scan within thirty minutes of our arrival. That is super fast for an emergency room. They also do an x-ray on his jaw. Caleb's ear has stopped hurting, but he keeps saying his jaw hurts so bad. We are at the ER for less than two hours when they tell us that his CAT Scan and the X-ray both look normal and that his ear looks fine. Caleb just has a bad bruise on his chin, hip, and shoulder from when he hit the floor.

I will never forget the feeling I had when Caleb was on the floor unmoving. It is just too unbearable to think of anything happening to either of my boys. Thankfully Caleb is fine and it was just a freak accident. Heading out of the ER, Caleb remarked, "I think Luke would make a good army guy." Um yeah, maybe so.

Just this past week the boys and I read the story of when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. That story still blows me away. How was Abraham able to do what God asked? His son that he had been promised and whom he had waited so long for. Thursday, I was so worried about Caleb and I remember thinking, God he is yours and I trust you. Abraham's faith and obedience is amazing.

Thursday's incident was a wake up call to me. First, I recognize even more how fragile life is and how each day is a gift. Second, that I have to give my family to God and trust him for their safety and future. Third, to truly appreciate my family and friends, because all of our days are numbered. And finally, to remove all bouncy balls from the playroom.

Pictures taken a few hours before the incident.

The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:3