Family, Life

homemade play dough

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!

Also… SAND in every crevice in March! lol
Good thing I love these messy rascals so much!

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.

And now I really do think that’s everything. Have a great night!

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  • Reply Jen March 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    WELCOME BACK!!! I missed your blog…checked in most days…I was going through withdrawal…wondered if you gave it up for Lent or something. 🙂 I’m with Jon on the blogging more frequently thing…
    Beach day in March!!! Crazy weather we had! That sand on Juno’s face…oh my goodness…but it looks like they had a blast! 🙂
    Re: the bread recipe…I was going to tell you that I use coconut oil instead of butter and it turns out really nice (but it’s similar to softened butter in it’s consistency anyway). I just made some again on Monday and I’ll tell you that even if you forget the butter/oil it still turns out okay! 🙂 Oops! I was in a rush to get it done b/c we had the electrician coming to do some work and it wasn’t until it was rising the 2nd time that I realized that I forgot to put it in! I have to say…it turned out quite well (not much difference…a teensy bit drier, but still quite moist!) SO…just in case it ever happens to you…:)

    • Reply Christa March 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Haha… It’s amazing the amount of times I’ve left the fat out of a recipe by accident and had them turn out! I’m glad coconut oil works… I must try it some time, all my friends are using it! 🙂

      And thank you for being more faithful than me! 🙂

  • Reply Janine March 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Sarah L. and I here at Compassion were beginning to worry!

    I’ve never been into dieting or calorie counting per say, but I did need to get a major hold on the amount of junk I was eating, even just overly processed foods, not necessarily junk food. There’s a free (I think) app for Iphone and a corresponding website called My Fitness Pal. It helps you figure out your goals, and then gives you targets for more than just calories, like protein, sodium, etc. I found it amazingly helpful!

  • Reply Jon March 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Finally! Thank you darling! I love your blog!

  • Reply Tash March 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Yay! You’re back! Love reading this! I recently used the my fitness pal app to help lose a few pesky kilos and that was quite easy 🙂
    Play dough looks fun, beach looks fun, bring on June! xxxx

  • Reply gottabekd March 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I love the REAL MARRIAGE series by Mark Driscoll as well. Mark and I have listened to all of them as well, probably found it back during “The Porn Path”. Very well done. Good series.

  • Reply Debbie April 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Love your blog….I’m so terrible at keeping up with everything that you usually have 5 posts for me to read at a time…so… with only one…I was able to do it all in one shot! bahahaha…… but days late..

    So…where’s your next post 😀

    So..yep…calorie counting…. I was a crazy militant calorie counter before we got married (but I looked hot in my wedding dress)… lost like 20 or 30 lbs…and was all muscley from the weight training…

    Then, fast forward…post Ruby weight gain… I did weight watchers… I was less obsessive on the points system, and found it more flexible for the splurge times (I had tried to do calorie counting in months before…but just couldn’t stick with it form more than a few days) …WW was easier for me to handle than calorie counting…and I just did online for $20 a month….lost 27 lbs and found it really easy. I will likely sign up again after this baby is born….

    but…once I got pregnant I didn’t want to spend the money…but still wanted to track food. So, I’m on MyFitnessPal as others have mentioned, it’s pretty good… easy interface…and quick to log food. I log food for a few days if I think I’m eating loads of crap…just so I don’t balloon out of control with this baby…. but ultimately, I think to keep from getting obsessive, if I really want to lose weight again I’ll probably go back to weight watcher online tools.

    I do have a tendency to focus too much on the calorie count, and not the health factor…like…if carrots and an apple, are the same calories as 3 squares of chocolate….I’m going for the chocolate everytime. On WW, the carrots and apple would be completely free, but the chocolate would probably be 3 points…and that would sway me towards the good food. I know I could just do this on my own… but… I won’t…I’ll eat the chocolate…

  • Reply Fil April 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Welcome back! Love the pics and the play dough and the pyjama pic (only because it happens a little too often around here! 🙂
    Calorie counting … there is a saying in the fitness world: 80 to 90% is your diet and only 10 to 20% is how much you exercise, so you’re on the right track! 🙂

  • Reply Debbie April 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Fil! That’s what my trainer always drilled into me too…which was a little ironic…since she was training me to exercise bahahaha…. but…I’ve always found it true….

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