Well hello there friend. Thanks for sticking around during another one of my silent spells. Every now and again I get a really strong aversion to blogging and I think I will never ever write another post. Of course I change my mind and then I really really really hope a few of you are still around. 🙂
I should actually be doing laundry, but my husband asked to me blog more frequently, so I suppose that bumps blogging up the priority list for a compliant little wife like me. lol Speaking of being a wife… have any of you listened to the real marriage series by the Driscolls? There are free podcasts in iTunes and I HIGHLY recommend them. Those and one more called Ministry Marriages. Super, super, super good. And free. And good.
The one on ministry marriages really made me think about how I tend to idolize the famous preachers and missionaries of yore… and made me realize that their standards and achievements are not what I am called to. (or modern authors and speakers for that matter) But if I am faithful in the Word then God will grow me and reveal His plans for me… which will never be over achieving and at the cost of my family or my personal walk with Him. His yoke is easy and His burden light. And then like 3 days later my Dad taught on that very passage. I love when God does that. One hearing is never enough for me.
Last week we went to the beach. My insane children went in the water, and would have swam in the water if I wasn’t hollering at them not to go past their waists. I DID NOT want to have to stage any rescue missions or even dip a single toe in that freezing water.
But the beach itself was wonderful!! The beach in March! Sunblock in March!
This week we are back inside and today we tried another Pinterest idea… make your own play dough.
SOOOOOOOOO easy. And kind of addictive! I made batches! Pretty much kept going until I ran out of salt. 🙂
I’ve kind of promised myself to never be one of those bloggers that only showcases the pretty parts… and leaves everyone else feeling slightly inadequate (though I wish I could pretend that was even possible). But just in case! The whole truth of today is that yes we had a blast making homemade play dough. But! I also never changed out of my pyjamas…
…and my house is a screaming disaster. Or it was anyway. I made the kids have room time AND put on a movie after that so that I could get a bit of house keeping done this afternoon. AND we didn’t finish school today. Justus was having a rare day when he really really really didn’t want to work, so I let him off the hook.
Today I also had a very interesting discussion on Facebook about cursive writing and when to start. The curriculum I want to use next year starts them on cursive writing before printing. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but now I think I want to give it a try. While cursive isn’t considered very necessary anymore, I think if he learns it well from early on it will help even his printing skills. Plus I already have most of the books as hand me downs, so using them saves me a bundle! Homeschool conference on Saturday! I can’t wait for the recharge and encouragement!
Can’t think if there is anything else…. oh I know! If you are using my bread recipe from a couple weeks ago? I’ve figured out that you can substitute oil for the butter and I actually think it’s more moist.
Oh yeah! And big days at the Sodemans house… Rusty lost his first tooth today! Hello awkward primary school years, here we come! 🙂 He is SO excited, he is currently laying in bed with his little heart racing, hardly able to wait until morning when he sees how much cash he gets. That boy loves money something fierce. To him money = LEGO. And Lego IS pretty fantastic.
Oh and I’ve decided to count calories. I’ve never done it before, and I was never that interested in such a pokey way of losing weight. Buuuuuuuut… I’m just not that faithful when it comes to exercise, and the second I restrict a food that is all I want to eat. So even though it will take me much longer to lose the desired poundage, I’m going to give the slow and steady method a shot. So far I’ve been surprised at how not annoying it is. And how little will power it takes to limit my portion sizes just a tad and not devour 8 muffins instead of just one. 🙂 So that’s my new tactic. Any super success stories out there doing the calorie counting thing? Obviously I hope to still do some exercising and whatnot, but at least regardless of that I am still moving in the right direction.