Monday, February 25, 2008

Public Service Announcement

Out of the kindness of my heart, I would like to share some beneficial information with you, my dear blog readers....all 5 of you. This is just too good to keep to myself. Now this will only be of good use to you if you live in Salem:

drum roll please...

On Wednesday, February 27th, Dutch Brothers AND Java Crew in West Salem are giving away free drinks all day!!!
They are both on Wallace Rd. and only about 200 yards away from each other. You could wait in line at Java Crew, get your Super Quad Iced Mocha with whip cream, and then drink it in your car while you wait in line at Dutch Brothers .

Since I know most of you are just as heavily addicted to caffeine as I am, I thought you would find this information to be very useful. No need to thank me, it's just a little perk you get for reading my blog. See, aren't you glad you stopped by?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Guess Who Has a Birthday Today?

She always has a smile on her face
She loves her husband

She loves her girls
She loves her friends

She loves her coffee

She loves to shop
She loves to run

She loves to drag me out the door for a long run with her

I hope you have a very special day. I'm so thankful for you, and that God has brought us into each other's lives. I think you're simply wonderful!
And This Just In:
Another little guy wanted in on the birthday action! Baby Diego Samuel Diaz born today at 8:55 am.
Congratulation Eddie and Meghan, he's beautiful!

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's Official, The Recession Has Hit!!! (and other random thoughts)

Well, that's my opinion anyway. I just paid $15 for cheese, and $11 for milk! And they were on sale too! 2 2lb. blocks of cheese and 3 gallons of milk. Almost $30 for milk and cheese that will last us about 3 days.

I'm having random thoughts tonight.
I sit here drinking a bottle of Henry Weinhard's root beer, mmm....good. The rest of the fam is in bed. I should be in bed too. But it's been a long day, it's been a long week, and I feel like vegging out all by myself. I know, I'm pretty wild and crazy, root beer and blogging, a dangerous mix.This morning I was driving Olivia to pre-school/child-care, and I was late as usual. I came whippin around the corner, driving way too fast (I always do, it's a bad habit I just don't want to break), and right there sat a police car. "OH CRUD! I'm going to get a ticket" was my first thought. And as I turned into the church parking lot, I looked over at the patrol car, and it was Jon!!! He switched his lights on and waved at Olivia, and she was so very excited. He pulled in next to us, and took Olivia and walked her into school. She was all smiles. And so was I, as I raced to work. My sweet husband just saved me 10 minutes, and now I wasn't late. Jon said when he walked into her class, all the little kids were so excited to see a "real police man". One of the kids shouted, "Whoa! Olivia's dad is a fireman!" The teacher asked Jon if he could stay for a few minutes so the kids could talk to him. This sweet Mr. Mom also chaperoned for Sarah's class field trip this week. They released trout, which started as eggs in their class aquarium, into the wild! And Mr. Mom even took pictures. It's funny because the school needs volunteers for the spelling bee. They asked me, but I had to decline due to my work schedule, so I volunteered Jon. When I told him, his response was, "you want ME to volunteer at a spelling bee?!" And then we both cracked up laughing at the thought of him judging a spelling bee. Poor Jon is dyslexic and can't spell worth beans! I'm pretty sure any kid in Sarah's class can spell better then him.

I've talked about Jon, Oliva and Sarah. What about Daniel? Daniel, what a unique kid! So, he's in fifth grade. And they're now having "health" class. Last week, the male teachers took all the boys in a seperate room to talk about the male reproductive system. They told the boys they could anonymously write down any question and they would answer their questions. So what does Daniel do? He's laughing as he retells this to me. "Mom, (he he he) guess what I did (he he he)? Even though I already knew the answer, I wrote down, "can you tell us how babies are made?" Ha ha ha! You should have seen the look on Mr. Sutter's face when he read my question! And he said they can't answer that question until we're in middle school. Ha ha ha!"

He thought he was so clever! I love that guy so much. He's so smart, he's always thinking, he always has something to say...literally always! He really has a special place in my heart. It's true, there's a special bond between a mother and her son. A few nights ago, the two of us stayed up really late working on a big class project. It was such a special time, just the two of us, talking away about so many different things. And we made a killer poster for his oral presentation too!

Well, I've rambled on long enough this Friday night. But did you know I could beat any one of you in Wii Sports? Yep, that's right! Did you know I've been craving Rolos? Did you know I had a fabulous hair day today? Did you know I worked 10 hours today, and I'm glad it's the weekend? Did you know I REALLY want to blog about politics, but am refraining? Did you know I struggle with contentment? Did you know I really want a dog? Did you know I'm thankful you read this boring blog post all the way to the end? Happy Weekend!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Treasure Found!

I made a wonderful and exciting discovery today. A while back I read a book titled, "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn. I absolutely loved it, and have a great deal of respect for him, as he is such a gifted teacher and writer, and so full of wisdom.

Well , I have to admit, today I was doing some "blog lurking" (you know, when you read a friend's blog and then click on a friend of theirs you don't know, and then another unknown friend of a friend, and so on. Am I the only one who does this? Maybe! Should I not be admitting this? Probably!) Well, I stumbled accross Randy Alcorn's blog! Now I know this might not seem that exciting to some of you, but let me tell you, it's worth going and checking out. I went back and started at his very first post, which wasn't that long ago...June 2007. And I'm going to be reading a post each day. He is so down to earth and real, yet at the same time has such wisdom and a Godly perspective. Reading his posts are like sitting down at a table with some good coffee and listening and learning from a dear friend.

And speaking of a dear friend, tonight I was talking with a friend on the phone, and we were talking about the doubts and questions that we as Christians go through. Like, "why do I even call myself a christian? How am I really living my life for God? This is too hard, why try? What does it all mean?" And I told her how I have always longed for and needed a Godly influence speaking truth and wisdom into my life. Whether it's through a book, a friend who I respect, or taking the time to listen to a radio broadcast (my favorite is Chuck Swindoll), I NEED IT. We have to take the time to feed ourselves spiritually, otherwise we grow weak and fragile, "tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching" (Ephesians 4:14). I am not by any means minimizing the need to spend time studying the Bible. Everything we need is in God's Word, it is our daily bread, our sustenance, we could not be disciples (aka learners) of Jesus Christ without it. But I have found, as Proverbs says, "as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another", I need Godly influences in my life.

I am speaking to myself more then anyone, but I also hope to encourage even just one person. If you are in a stagnant place, you're not moving forward, you're having doubts, or maybe have never pursued the knowledge of who God is, I encourage you, seek Him out. Whether it be through the Bible, a book, a friend, the radio, or even the simplicity of clicking on Randy Alcorn's Blog once a day and reading a post each day, you will be feeding your soul. You will be making a start, a step forward. And you will be glad you did.

Here is an excerpt from one of his posts that particularly spoke to me:

"In a fallen corrupted world, people keep searching and searching, like frustrated channel changers, never finding what satisfies (and often never turning off the TV to look elsewhere). Ultimate satisfaction can be only found in God, the gracious giver of all good things. We were made for Him and we will never be satisfied with less. Coming to grips with this is one of the great keys to Christian living. As long as we hold onto the illusion that we can find what we’re looking for somewhere else, we’ll never give ourselves fully to God. It’s easier not to. And yet, in the long run, the easy road we choose proves to be much harder than the hard road we turned away from.While we as Christians should know this above all others, how soon we forget. At the end of the day, if we haven’t found a reason for peace and contentment, is it because we were looking in the wrong places and to the wrong people? Christians can live, practically speaking, as if we were atheists.How many times in the last 24 hours have you consciously looked to God and said “Please, my Savior, help me find in You today all that my heart longs for?” I did it just now, because I wrote it. And I did it, essentially, earlier today twice, once because I wasn’t feeling joyful, and knew I needed to direct my heart to Him to find a reason for joy. The second time was when I was praying for people I love who are facing challenges. I’m facing a few myself. God can use those challenges to remind us we can’t find peace apart from Him."

I have placed a link to his blog over on the right side. I hope you go do some reading!On another note, has anyone else been LOVING the sunshine? The weather lately has been so beautiful, and the kids and I have really enjoyed getting outside and playing. I can't wait for spring! I need to get rid of the "snow theme" on my blog....winter is almost over!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Rock-n-Roll Valentine

When my two older kids were little, I vividly remember the lump I would feel in my throat as I watched them up on the stage during their Christmas Programs. They would wave excitedly at Jon and I, and then sing "Away in the Manger" at the top of their lungs. Oh, it was such a proud and emotional moment. Well, I have news for all you young moms out there, that feeling never goes away. Last week, Sarah's class had a music program at her school. (Now, before all you relatives out there start getting upset, and wondering why you weren't invited, I didn't know about it until the day of the program!) The school gym was completely full of people...standing room only. And Sarah had this part where it was just her and one other boy on the stage at the microphones, and she didn't even blink an eye. She just sang her heart out and even threw in some dance moves, as the song was titled, "Rock-n-Roll Valentine" (Gotta love public school). Jon and I were just smiling ear to ear as we watched her. We couldn't believe that she wasn't the least bit intimidated by the large audience. And I got that feeling, that same feeling I got when I watched her as a little 4 year old. I was so proud of her, and she even still waved at us! And I'll let you in on a little secret. The boy standing right next to her is the one she has a crush on! What a little cutey eh? When I asked Sarah why she has a crush on him, she answered, "I just like his hair, and the way he talks." Well, he just better scoot over a few inches, and not even think about "crushing" on Sarah. I'm telling you, I'm starting to get a little bit of an anxiety attack when I hear my sweet little girl talk about having a crush on a boy...yikes!

Every rock star needs a post-performance celebration.

And they went wii, wii, wii all the way home!

I snapped this picture of Daniel and Sarah right after they found out they were getting a Nintendo Wii. We have been trying to get one for them since before Christmas. So for Christmas, we wrapped up their games and controllers, and a note saying as soon as Best Buy gets them in stock they get a new Wii. We've been calling Best Buy every day asking if they have any in stock, and the answer was always no. While we were at Baskin Robbins, after Sarah's program, Jon called......and yes!!! We all jumped in the car and raced to Best Buy. We have all (especially Jon and I) been having a little too much fun playing it latley!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Little String Bean

Poor Olivia.
She has the most thin, scraggly, stringy hair. No matter how much I wash it and brush it, she always looks like her hair hasn't been washed or combed in a week.
She didn't get this from me. I was born with very thick, natural curly hair, which was just peachy in the early '90's, I had the biggest hair around! But now...oh boy! If I don't blow dry and straighten my hair, I have the biggest, frizziest afro! What I would give to have thin, straight hair!!!

And Sarah, is my little mini-me. She had a head full of ringlets as a toddler, and now has thick wavy hair which is always a headache to try and fix before school each morning.

(She was so cute, I couldn't decide on just one picture)

So, I decided to give Olivia a haircut. With the help of her favorite guacamole chips, she sat pretty still!
And I think it turned out adorable!

Random Tips of the Day:

Dunkin Donuts coffee is not that good. Resist the urge to buy it, even if it is on sale.

If you go to the store without make-up on, you WILL see someone you know.

The Super Bowl rocked and Super Tuesday, well... I won't go there. I will keep my blog politically-free :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!