Here are some little bits:
- Six bushels of apples are sitting in my front room, waiting for my next bout of gumption. I am very afraid I have forgotten what gumption is.
- A week after we found the free bed on the side of the road, we got a call from Matt's cousin who was getting rid of her sons' set of bunkbeds. She asked if we wanted them. Now, the bed we picked up on the side of the road was an odd shape: too short (and wide) for a twin mattress and too small for a double. The only size it would fit is the size of a sleeper sofa. Incidentally, we have a hideous one that is (and has been) a thorn in my side since I inherited it through marriage. It slept my college Mattie and the boy can't part with it. Of course HE doesn't see the hideous pea green cushions or notice the awfully bony, old, uncomfortableness of the thing. I took the mattress out of that thing and stuffed the dumb thing with every spare throw pillow I had lying around thinking "hey, it might actually be MORE comfortable now". Well, didn't happen. Fast forward to the bunkbeds: you can see why I didn't turn it down! We put the mattress back in the hideous sleeper sofa (I loathe it still) and put the bunkbeds up. The childer two L.O.V.E. it. They call the top bunk the Owl Nest, and that is where Andrew sleeps; the bottom bunk is the bear cave, where Corynn sleeps and the pull out drawer is called the rabbit hole, which makes a great hideout.
Eventually, the girls will get the bunks and Andrew will get the bed and iffin we are blessed with another child~heck! The drawer can be made into a trundle! How cool is that?
I love all the floorspace in this room despite the fact that is houses four different bed situations.
I love that Gram crocheted us a wedding afgan and then last year another and so each bed on the bunks have matching afghans.
I love that Andrew can climb down from the top in the middle of the night to go potty without killing himself.
I love that each bed has their own little treasure shelf.
I love the drawer on bottom, even though I try to keep it empty. (WILL.NOT.BUY.MORE.TOYS)
The children LOVE that it makes pretty much the coolest fort/tent in the universe.
- I always felt sort of gypped when it came to science, growing up. I felt like I had the POTENTIAL to like it, but never really did. Maybe it was my beyond-horrid science teacher (that's a story for another time, let me tell you!) that turned me off to it, but whatever the case~I got through highschool with good grades but no passion for science. I recently have discovered how COOL science really is~ and how I am actually a closet science geek. Much of this discovery lies in the hands of these documentaries I have recently discovered and watched for free on Google Video:
The Case for a Creator
The Privileged Planet
I just have to say: I love you Google Video. *muah*
- We attended our first ever Lowes Build and Grow event and had lotsa fun. Of course, trying to help two children hammer projects while at the same time holding a baby who is not liking all the banging around WAS interesting. But hey, it is hard to deter me when it come to creating things. Seriously though~ this child kills me. He is too good at keeping that expression on his face even when I am erupting in laughter.
- The only thing I want to make my dear girl for her birthday is Molly Monkey. BUT. Don't I already have enough to do?! Not to mention: I am terrified at the prospect of stuffed animals... Anyone done stuffed animals before and care to offer advice? Or you could just tell me I am off my nut and need to be committed. Or tell me you will make it for me. (that would work too.)
- I know the vaccination debate is touchy one and so, I am keeping my soapbox in my closet for now and not even TELLING you where I stand. Truth be told, I haven't known very much about it all for quite some time. I took the easy route and trusted my doctors. And then my husband. Only now am I doing the research myself and I recently found this seminar on youtube:
I am posting only the first part and she really only cites her accreditations and thesis on this one. There are almost 20 different "parts" so I am still not all the way through them but I have already found them incredibly valuable and they just get better. She is putting actual RESEARCH out there, citing respectable MD's and doing it all in an objective, easy to understand way.
I won't tell you where I stand on vaccinations~ or where you should stand. That is for you to decide. I WILL say though, I don't believe it is safe to just put our faith in the decisions that are made for us. Especially when we have such a respectable group of people to look to in government these days.
It's ok to disagree with me. Just please make educated decisions on this and other subjects.
Knowledge is power, and without it, we are just, well, pretty dumb. hehe
No matter where you are at in this debate, you must check this out.
(PS. I will erase all comments related to vaccinations UNLESS you actually watch the video. Regardless of commenter-unless you watch the whole seminar, you can't soapbox here. Thank you.)
- Did you know that Montessouri has some free printables? I have been having lots of fun with that...and it has given me some great inspiration too! More on that another day....
- Did you know that fall bonfires are pretty much perfect? Even if the spontenaity comes at a time when no graham crackers or chocolate bars are in the house? Roasted marshmellows are pretty good all by themselves, if you ask me!
- UNO is fun. I think it is super cool that the whole family can now play games that Matt and I have played by ourselves for so long (even though Andrew doesn't quite get the concept of hiding your cards). It's times like this that I realize my kiddos are growing up. *sniff*
- My first ever batch of homemade sauerkraut is almost ready. It looks DISGUSTING, all moldy and stuff on top but after discussing things with a serious sauerkraut connosieur, I learned it is SUPPOSED to look that way. Apparently, that is how saurkraut is made. I wonder if I will be able to eat it after scraping mold from the top. *gag*
- Last time the children and I visited Gram, she made us a great Great Depression meal of stewed tomatoes and elbow noodles (with some sugar thrown in.) I missed her today, so I made it for lunch. We need to plan a visit soon.
- I tried some self-portraits today for this Fridays Show n Tell. DID YOU?!