family


I write the title of this post not as a Maxwell house accomplishment, but as a struggling child of God who wants to fulfill this command, but isn’t sure how to do it while juggling little boys. Any tips? What does this look like apart from just inviting others over for a meal? A friend of mine will often share food with others in the neighborhood. I like that idea, but fail to remember it when a surplus is available. I wish I would have remembered this idea when I was stuck with a yummy cheesecake last week and single-handedly devoured it in 48 hrs.

We all know those families who are experts in this area. We feel welcomed into their home, and the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting even if the mantle is a bit dusty (not that I looked) or the bathroom counter has an errant splash of toothpaste remaining. This is much preferable to the picture that I usually display, of a hostess running around finishing preparations like a chicken sans cabeza, and often missing a chunk of the meal to feed a tired baby.

Growing up my parents were ALWAYS inviting people over for meals on Sunday, and throughout the week. My Mom is an amazing hostess, and I love having that legacy and example to follow. If only I could figure out what that level hospitality looks like for me right now, in this stage of life.

20120620-134008.jpg

20120410-080332.jpg

How is it that the boys are always able to find the first spring mud puddles, no matter how well hidden on the property? This year we’ve enjoyed such a beautiful winter, with the ability to regularly send the boys outside in the afternoons. I’m finding myself in a typical Alaskan mom’s predicament this month, wanting to send the kids outside, but not sure how to dress them and most certainly not wanting to be washing dirty play clothes (or snowsuits) constantly. Do you have any ideas?

20120401-144008.jpg

Registration is now available for free bowling during the summer through the Kids Bowl Free program. Sign up at this link. This registration includes 2 free games of bowling each day for kids, from April 30 through September 6. For an additional $25 you can add up to four adults to the registration. These games don’t include shoe rental, but you can always comb through eBay to try to find some cheap shoes. We’re hoping to do that too 🙂 Our family took advantage of this program last summer. Sign up and come with us!

Inspired by a recent late night with a sick toddler. The more nights like this we experience, the more I am thankful for the easy, efficient teamwork that occurs between Kevin and I during these times. Married life certainly isn’t always rosy and cozy, but when we do work as a team (rather than as opposition) it is worth noting. Praise God, from whom all things good are come.

We serve together.

Cleaning vomit past midnight.

A well-oiled machine.

20120328-150128.jpg

Here’s Mr. Pukey sans gastric distress.

Some thoughts and links from the week:

    Splash top. This iPad application is amazing. When I occasionally use my laptop I don’t have to actually lug it out of the junk guest room anymore, I just remote in using this fantastic app. In this same vein, File Browser can be used to grab and drop files (and even view photos) on our server straight from the iPad. Thanks, tech husband, for untethering me from my laptop.

    The Ergo rocks. We didn’t buy one until number three was born, but I wish we would have purchased this carrier sooner. They are sooooo comfortable, and I love the snugly-baby-on-chest feeling. I’ve also used a baby bjorn, ring sling, and mei tai, but so far I love this best.

    My brother and sister in law introduced us to Wasa crackers several years ago and we just rediscovered them on an upper shelf at the local Target. Whole grain, crispy sourdough crackers. Yum. This recipe also makes some fantastic sourdough crackers, but I’m ok with spending a couple of bucks for Wasa. It only takes a few times rolling out and slicing the homemade variety to appreciate the convenience of purchasing a box of crispy goodness pre made. Kudos to those of you who are intelligent enough to have come to that conclusion pre- mixing, rolling, and cutting.

    Do you own a Kindle yet? Here are my reasons why you ought to consider the purchase:

    • These devices are a good value. Purchase a $79 kindle (no, the advertisements don’t matter one bit, they only show up when the device is off and in a teeny banner on the home screen) and there are THOUSANDS of free books available. Not only the classics, but also contemporary reads that occasionally offer free or cheap promotional pricing. Books I’ve gotten for free or very cheap include those by Sproul, Piper, Colson, and Alcorn.
    • The Kindles look like a book. Really. I was skeptical about the whole “e-ink” concept, but the rumors are true, these puppies really do mimic paper. There isn’t the eye strain that can occur with other devices, and I find myself enjoying the light weight of the kindle over the clunkiness that can be distracting when reading a lengthy work. The pages really seem like paper, and the plastic frame melts into the background as I become absorbed into the reading, which contributes to my next point…
    • I (and most others, as I’ve anecdotally discovered) read significantly faster on the kindle. Books that would normally take me weeks to finish, if they are completed at all, are finished much quicker. I even do my daily Bible reading this device now, and along with a new reading plan that is the bomb frashizzle, I am chewing through the world’s most valuable book faster than a speeding bullet. Well, perhaps a musketball. Anyhow, you get the point.

In the interest of preventing any woman from getting all “Facebook syndrome” over this blog and imagining that some sort of perfect life is being led at MHouse (rather than the truthfully icky sight that is a houseful of sinners), I thought I’d let you in on this little tidbit: today we had to stop school not once, but TWICE so that mommy could pray for patience. And I’m only teaching one child. A kindergartner. For two hours. Even worse? I sinfully turned one of those prayers into a sermon for little ears: “and Lord, please help Jimmy to obey mommy and to listen carefully, and to not be so silly during school.” If my six year old ends up in therapy for lack of humor as an adult, it will be all my fault for stamping out all his silliness. I’m hoping to leave some crumbs 😉

20120315-202522.jpg
Finally, Little goat is now four. Fantastically, fascinatingly four. He’s one cool dude.

These mental snapshots were originally begun 3 weeks ago, so the time references are off. Oh, and I’ve just made and eaten yet another birthday cake.

We celebrated Joseph’s second birthday.

Joshua gave us his first smile this week. This is always a timely milestone, much appreciated by a tired mommy.
 I sooooooo want to try a bed of asparagus and garlic this year to overwinter for harvesting in 2013. Google says its possible. Has anyone tried these around here?
Since the birth of the littlest Maxwell the big boys have been doing more household chores. We’ve always had them make their beds, brush teeth, etc., but after reading a post on a friend’s blog about her success with training boys to participate in chores, I was inspired to up the ante with regards to my own children’s chores. Do you want to know what I’ve found? Those cuties can really be helpful when instructed and given age-appropriate tasks! Seriously, I haven’t folded a towel in weeks.

We are utilizing Sonlight’s curriculum this year, just as we did with preschool last year.  I still love Sonlight, and I’m thankful this option is available to us. However, I still feel pulled to trying out Veritas Press next year, a curriculum in the classical style with Biblical study interwoven throughout. Any thoughts on/users of VP out there??
 
I nearly cut myself in half trying to squeeze into certain pair of pre-pregnancy jeans. The two birthday cakes I’ve single handedly demolished in the last two weeks probably isn’t helping me to stuff myself back into them any sooner.
Here’s a funny autocorrect iMessaged to hubby this morning after noticing that the espresso machine was still loaded with a double-shot cup:
A double espresso this morning? You must have jihad a rough night.
**Please forgive the wierd formatting. My wordpress app is on the fritz!

Because I need to put something on the blog:

20120207-135149.jpg

Ignore the fact that the focus was on the boy’s blankie, not his precious face. Made by a friend, blankie goes everywhere with us. This kid isn’t quite as much of an addict as his 3 year old brother is, but he’s still a big fan of his lovey.

20120207-135713.jpg

Apparently you can take some amazing photos in a dark room, using a glow bracelet (or other luminous object). I couldn’t get the settings quite right to create written words, but a photography-savvy acquaintance has assured me that if I just flip the doo-hickey on the thingamajig and increase the blah blah blah setting (or was it decrease?) I’ll turn out some fantastic examples.

20120207-140138.jpg

Wee babe fell asleep for his most recent nap with his fist shoved in his mouth. You’ve gotta love the whole floppy arm, lack of motor skills cuteness that necessitates this circus act rather than the much more efficient “open mouth, insert thumb” movement. I wonder if this dude will be a thumb sucker? Come to think of it, number three has never been a sucker. Interesting. I wonder if he will be able to skip orthodontics? We’ll conduct our own little Maxwell House experiment. Suckers vs non.

20120207-141156.jpg

Brainiac turned six. Crazy. This week we read about John the Baptist. His comment? “I want to be a follower of Jesus, but I don’t want to be baptized until I’m older because I don’t know how to breathe underwater.”

20120207-141658.jpg

Little Goat is a great helper. He is eager to complete his daily chores, and also loves to work with papa outdoors, regardless of the temperature. He’s also the only child who has left behind skin on the metal well casing during a cold winter evening.

Next Page »