Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thank God for Drano and Long Weekends!

When it comes to having fun, we like to say "We're spontaneous..." Which is really a euphemism for "We're not planners."  When we actually make plans, I am proud of myself for scheduling it in.  But it seems that every time we PLAN on a fun thing to do things change anyway.  So a weekend criss-crossing SC to GA and up to NC (which might not seem like much fun with small children, but the friends on either end are WORTH the drive) turned into a weekend much closer to Columbia, SC.  Actually so far we've not really left the city.

Except on Friday morning to pay almost $4,000 in truck repairs.  We unloaded that in Lexington, SC.  And though it's not "fun" to pay for truck repairs, it hurts a little less knowing that we've not paid one cent in interest on financing said truck. And trucks need repairs (big repairs sometimes) if you want to have a trustworthy vehicle, and if you want to sell it someday soon to a family that trusts us to sell them a vehicle into which they will carefully strap their sweet babies.

We also left the city this morning to go chasing a snow storm. I know, many people all over the world are sick of seeing snow, but for these transplanted northerners, it had been too long.  Moving from Anchorage Alaska, where you're buried in snow from Halloween until Easter to Sanford, North Carolina to Columbia, SC?  We didn't see a snowflake from January 2011 until TODAY.  The Weather Channel iPad app helped me navigate while Troy drove toward the place closest to us that might still be snowing by the time we got all ready.  That place was Camden, SC, about 25 miles from our current address. We missed seeing the white showers swirling down, but saw enough snow on the ground to pull off the highway, pile out of the car and have a mini-snowball fight. And by mini, I mean the snowballs were the size of a splotch of ketchup that has dripped off a fry. 

Other outings this weekend (so far):

1) A production of Frog and Toad All Year, at the Columbia Children's Theatre. Fantastic timing, since we just finished doing a three-week unit on Frogs and Toads, including the Arnold Lobel books on which this play is based. 

2) Walmart.  Mainly to buy Drano.  Of course a family can hardly leave Walmart with only one item, so we got some other necessities, but really we needed Drano the most.  To keep the details from boring you, I'll just say that it worked after two days of trying to AVOID using it.  That's why people still buy it, and that's why it keeps getting made.  

THANK GOD for Drano!
3) Our neighbor's front yard.  It ended up being the perfect place for Will to have a REAL snowball fight (his first ever) while the weather took a turn for the worse (or better?) by snowing/sleeting/hailing a bit.  I stayed inside for that one, so I could cook some "Chicken Soup with Rice"  since it's a children's literature kind of day, and a cold one at that! (for those who, not unlike me a few short months ago, don't get the reference, that was my nod to Maurice Sendak's book of the same name). 

Playing a "Right Start Math" card game (very much like "Go Fish") for FUN!

Cold Day=Hot Cocoa!

He stopped drinking this when the marshmallows were gone.

Front row seats at the Columbia Children's Theatre

Which one is Frog, and which one is Toad?  We've had this discussion before.

The kids got the actors' autographs after the show.

We bought a snack of steamed rice at the only restaurant
left open at the Richland Mall food court.
The leftovers were my inspiration for Chicken Soup with Rice for dinner.

Me and my sweet smiley boys!

This is pre-snowball fight (and before I insisted on a waterproof coat).

Chicken Soup with Rice!

Monday, February 11, 2013

There's a Place for Long Status Updates. It's Called a Blog.

So, there are times when a Facebook status update just won't cut it.  There have been a LOT of those in the last few months, but moving and settling, home schooling, and sickness, and trying to make new habits stick (get my face out of the computer screen and deeper into the Bible) make it so finding words to describe life would take too much work. Then to try to type them out... the thought is overwhelming.  Sometimes I can almost taste the desire to write something and put it out there, but I want it to be "good."  And I know that there are the perfect words, but wringing them out of my frazzled brain at the end of a very full day is daunting. So, I vow to not be too critical of myself, not to expect too much of myself, and just write it (even though there may be more engrossing prose elsewhere).   And when words are slow in coming, I'll just post some of my favorite pictures of my favorite memories and people.

Because long Facebook status updates with too many details are one of my pet peeves. But I tend to write more than my share of them...

This is the beauty on the inside. 

This is the plain, unassuming outside.  You CAN'T judge a book by it's cover.

Thanks to the McP and Lewis girls, this week has been a SWEET one.


Will's favorite game at Great Wolf Lodge's "Northern Lights Arcade." He beat that computer over and over, and earned a record of 420 tickets!