Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I've been tagged!

My friend mykidsmatter2 has tagged me..........

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and put the rules on your blog...
2. Share 7 weird or random facts about yourself...
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and link to their blog...
4. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a note on their blog...

Here are my 7 random facts.........
1.I always have room for dessert.
2. I used to sell Mary Kay, but I rarely wear make-up.
3. I LOVE to read.
4. I don't really like to cook- or clean bathrooms.
5. I was editor of my high school newspaper.
6. I am Queen of "Can I find this cheaper somewhere else?"
7. I collect coins.

I am going to tag...... TKDMAMA, Anne, mkpierce, JADsmama3, pbrfans1, MichelleL, and Joycemarie.................

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Going Batty!

This afternoon Timothy comes downstairs and tells me that the mouse is in the bathroom.

Two days ago..........

Tyler wakes up in the middle of the night and thinks he sees a mouse. Two of the other kids comfirm this. They've seen it in the upstairs bathroom. "Oh, please don't tell me that!" I'm thinking. Mice are so evasive. We haven't had a mouse in the house in four years.


Another confirmed mouse sighting. I decided I would go this week to get some traps at the store.


Timothy tells me that the mouse is in the bathroom. I said, "Is it in there right now?" He says yes, and I think that's odd because mice tend to scurry away when detected. "I better go investigate this", I say. So, I went upstairs and Timothy shows me that the mouse is on the wall vent. Hmmm. How would a mouse get on the outside of that wall vent and stay there so still and not moving? I walk over to the mouse thinking that it must somehow be dead and rigormortised to the vent. After closer examination I realize that indeed it is not a dead mouse, but a bat! I was a little freaked out because we've never had a bat in the house. I wasn't sure how to get it out and I didn't want to risk getting bitten. And,the kids sure weren't volunteering!
Brooke let me know that she'd seen it last night and it flew by her head. I knew she'd come and told me about seeing a mouse, but she never mentioned that it flew. So, I asked her why she hadn't mentioned that little bit of information last night and she says, "Well, I thought mice flew sometimes." No, sweetie, not usually............

I didn't know how it would react. Would it go bonkers like a caught squirrel? Would it lash at me with it's vampire fangs? I put on a pair of winter gloves and a pair of latex cleaning gloves over those. Then I walked over and very carefully picked it up off the vent and walked outside. The little thing just sat trembling on my hand. It was so incredibly cute! We talked to it and stroked it and tried to feed it banana for about 15 minutes. Then, it decided to stop socializing and spread it's wings and flew off. The kids wished we could have kept it as a pet. Tristan suggested we could have made a cage for it. I agreed that if a bat ever gets stuck in our upstairs bathroom again, that we would make a cage and keep it for a while.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Musings

Overheard in the Sanchez home...............

Do your schoolwork!

I'm done! (Yelled from the potty.)

Get your chores done!

No, we don't speak spanish. (After the millionth phone call from companies trying to reach the "Hispanic community")

_______ bit/kicked/punched/hit me.

Where is the other shoe?

Your shirt is on backwards.

Did you brush your teeth?

No, you can't play on the computer right now.

Yes, you can watch PBS kids.

No, school is not over.

Be kind.

What do you mean the toilet is clogged?!

What's for breakfast/lunch/dinner?

I don't like green beans.

You don't have to like it, you just have to eat it.

Hello? No, I would not like to donate any money to the police/fireman/cancer/college/poltical/save the tree fund.

This needs new batteries.

Can I have a cracker?

I want juice!

Why is the floor so sticky?

Why did you change clothes again?

Where is the phone?

Do not whack your brother with a hatchet/sword/light saber.

Please bring me a diaper and wipes.

How did God build all the houses?

Vroooommm. (While pushing a plane/train/automobile)

Okay, I'll be Lana and let's pretend we borrowed our grandfather's car and we drive to the store and this can be your purse and this will be my baby and ...............

Can we go outside?

I can't find my scissors/glue stick/crayons/pencils.

Oh no! Was that a library book!

Go back to the table to eat that.

What day is it today?

Let's play Legos.

Thomas is eating a lego.

I love you, Mom.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Frog Lapbooks

We have finished our habitat study of "wetlands". The younger kids made these frog lapbooks.
We used several of the printables from Homechool Share. I don't remember where the cover came from-possibly the same site. The green accordian fold is the "tadpole to frog" life cycle cards.

My six year old completed hers with minimal instruction from me. My five year old completed hers with a little more instruction, and even my three year old could do his coloring and pasting with a little help cutting and laying things out from me.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tasty Thursday

Paella (You know, the Spanish dish)

1 cup cooked rice
2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. onion, diced
1/2 c. green pepper, diced
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. smoked sausage, sliced and halved
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
1 clove garlic, chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet and saute onions and peppers til crisp tender. Add chicken and saute til it's half cooked. Add remaining ingredients except garlic and tomatoes. Stir and cover til shrimp and chicken are fully cooked. Stir in tomatoes and garlic. Stir in cooked rice and serve.

**I usually at least double this for us. Also, hubby doesn't like shrimp, so I omit them and it's fine.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Musings

Tristan (3 and 1/2): "Mom!! Everytime I sit down in these pants, the pants sleeves come up!!"

Well, why don't we call them "pant sleeves"? We don't call sleeves "shirt arms". Something to think about.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

For richer or for poorer

I know I am not the only one wondering what is going on with the economy right now. My husband works right in the financial business and our sole income is based on the commission from who invests money with him. Right now, everyone is freaking out and no one wants to invest money. It has been difficult for the past two years, since he started this new job. At first, because it takes a while to build up a client base, but this year because of the turmoil with the market. Is God testing us or what? (I am laughing to myself because I already know this answer.)

God has been working on me lately in a lot of ways. I tend to get fearful, which I think a lot of women do, when finances aren't in line, and when money is just not coming in period. But, God patiently continues to remind me that the government is NOT in control, the stock market is NOT in control, the bank is NOT in control, and, most importantly, I am NOT in control. I started a notebook two years ago to list all the ways, big and small, that God has met our needs. And, I started jotting down scripture that really allowed me to keep hanging on. Maybe these verses will be an encouragement to anyone else in the same situtation.
We may not have what the world calls riches right now, and we may never in this life. But, according to God, we are abundantly rich-we have all the riches in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:19 "And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

Phillipians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Psalm 37:7 "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him...."

Psalm 40:1 "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me and heard my cry."

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He willl sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken."

Joel 2:25-26 "Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall have plenty to eat and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; then my people will never be put to shame."

I love this next verse. I love the fact that He "delights" in me. (Go read from the Bible the entire beginning to verse 18.)

Psalm 18:19 "He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me because He delighted in me..."

And my mantra lately.......

Proverbs 3: 5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and DO NOT lean on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes..."
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