Small People

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Sassy's hair

I decided to do something different with Sassy's hair this morning. Now I have a couple of other girls who want their hair done this way.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sunday Morning attitude

Our church is going through the Bible together this year, and it has been wonderful for helping me stay focused in my daily reading and keep plodding through those tough parts. We have a daily reading guide, and then each Sunday the lesson in Sunday School comes from the reading of the past week. The last couple of weeks have been in Leviticus.

As I was reading about all the details that God gave for how to worship in the Old Testament and for how Aaron was to prepare to enter the Holy Place, I started thinking about how I prepare to go to worship. Sadly, my attitude on Sunday mornings is usually not where it should be as I drive to church. I don't know why, but the 5 children who can get completely dressed in mere minutes every other day of the week, seem to take 5 times as long on Sunday mornings. When you add on to that, the time it takes to do hair for 4 girls, Sunday mornings become quite stressful at my house.

Is this really how I want my home to be before we leave to go to church? NO! I really don't want my children to grow up equating church attendance with a miserable, moody mother. I can't think of a faster way to push my children away from their faith. So I've had to sit back and think about how I can give Sunday mornings a more pleasant atmosphere at my house.

One thing that has helped is laying out all the small people's clothes on Saturday evening. I need to start laying out my clothes as well because I can't begin to count the number of Sunday mornings I've stood in front of my closet trying to figure out what to wear. (Of course, if all of my clothes fit, that wouldn't be an issue. I'm working on that.)

Breakfast on Sunday mornings is simple - cereal and a poptart. While I know there are many out there that debate the nutritional value of such a breakfast, I don't think that eating this way one time a week (or 2 since they also eat that way on Saturdays) is going to developmentally harm my children. I would much rather have them eat this way and us have a pleasant morning before we leave for church than for me to make a large breakfast and us to all be rushing around and grouchy.

So what do you do to help make getting ready for church on Sunday morning a pleasant experience at your house?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mis-Heard Lyrics by the Small People

Sassy Pants's new version of "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep":

Blah, blah, black sheep have you many more?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for my master, one for my dame,
One for the little boy who lives down the drain.

Image from Google Images
So, what is your favorite mis-heard lyric?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Looking for inspiration

Once upon a time I was a creative person. I could spend hours with photos and paper creating amazing scrapbook pages for my children's albums. I sent out handmade Christmas and birthday cards. I cross stitched stockings for my 3 older ones. I finished Ballerina's last year. (Ignore the wrinkles; I took the pics before I ironed it.)

I don't know what happened but I've lost my desire to do those things. Ballerina's stocking only was finished because she kept asking me about it, and I felt guilty about not having it finished for her. I've started Little Red's stocking, but it's very slow going. I struggle with motivation to pick it up and work on it.

I haven't done any scrapbook pages in a few years. I can't remember the last time I made a card.

Between schooling the kids all day and then ferrying them to their activities in the afternoons, I just don't have the desire to work on crafty stuff. I guess I've lost my muse.

Anyone have any suggestions for where to find my muse and get inspired to work on these things again?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Button

I do not profess to be technologically proficient. I like to think that I am, but reality says otherwise. A couple weeks ago, my computer and my modem refused to speak to each other. I tried everything I could think of to get them to communicate so that I could connect to the internet. Nope, no way, no how. Once Robb got home, he was able to find the problem and fix it.

All he did was unplug the modem and plug it back in. Now WHY didn't I think of that?

So, after I made the last button for this blog, I completely forgot what I had done. Then I went and changed the blog name. WHAT was I thinking??

I needed a new button. I've thought about it, but since I couldn't remember HOW to make one, I just kept putting it off. Well, last night I did a google search for "how to make a button" and happened about this tutorial over at Paper Heart Camera. How easy! It took me no time today to make the button.

So, here's my new button:
Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

Monday, February 20, 2012

Today's conversation

I like to joke around and sing as I'm making lunch. So today, as I'm making sandwiches, I was singing "This Is My Country" at the top of my lungs. Ballerina was setting the table. This is the conversation that occured:

B: "Mom, sometimes, you are weird."
Me: "Oh?"
B: "Yeah, but you're weird in a cool way. Not in a weird way, like The Boy. He just acts weird."

Nice to know that, although my kids think I'm weird, at least I'm cool too. Funny!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kindle Giveaway plus 2 e-books by Andrea Pearson

Happy Valentine's Day! Tales of a Pee Dee Mama, Terri's Little Haven, Grandma Bonnie's Closet, and Andrea Pearson have teamed up with some other wonderful bloggers to give you the opportunity to win a Kindle Touch with Special Offers and 2 wonderful e-books by Andrea Pearson - The Key of Kilenya and The Ember Gods.

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I love being able to borrow books from the library on mine. It's convenient (I can browse on the computer in the evenings after the kids are in bed), and I never have to pay any late fees because the books automatically go away after the loan is over.

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Thanks!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Menu Plan - Week of Feb. 12

  • Sunday -Sandwiches
  • Monday -Fast food - too many people need to be in too many different places at dinner time tonight.
  • Tuesday - Chicken roll-ups, orzo, vegetables
  • Wednesday - Beef stew ole', rice

Breakfast (The rotation stays the same every week):
  • Sunday - Cereal, poptarts
  • Monday - Oatmeal or grits
  • Tuesday - Bagels or English muffins, fruit or yogurt
  • Wednesday - Waffles, fruit or yogurt
  • Thursday - Cereal, fruit or yogurt
  • Friday - Eggs, sausage or bacon
  • Saturday - Poptarts (Yes, I'm incredibly lazy on the weekends, and I let my kids eat junk. I'm okay with that.)
Lunch (also usually the same every week):
  • Sandwiches, wraps, or leftovers
  • Fruit or veggies (I like to get whatever is on sale)
  • Pretzels, chips, or goldfish crackers 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

(Not Really) Wordless Wednesday - My boy

I love this boy so much! It's hard to believe that my time raising him is over halfway over. The job of training and instilling good values is beginning to change to one of allowing him to show me that he is able to make good decisions. It's hard to let go and allow him the freedom to make mistakes, but I know that it's better for me to allow him to make those mistakes now, while Robb and I are still here to help him out, than wait and have him make mistakes when he's out on his own.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Plan - Week of Feb. 5


  • Sunday -Super Bowl Fun (I'll be sharing our menu for that in another post.)
  • Monday -Fast food - too many people need to be in too many different places at dinner time tonight.
  • Tuesday - Lasagna, salad, garlic bread
  • Wednesday - Cooker chops, orzo, vegetables
  • Thursday -Slow cooker ribs, mac n cheese, vegetables
  • Friday -Chicken and broccoli casserole
  • Saturday -Deep dish taco, spanish rice
Breakfast (The rotation stays the same every week):
  • Sunday - Cereal, poptarts
  • Monday - Oatmeal or grits
  • Tuesday - Bagels or English muffins, fruit or yogurt
  • Wednesday - Waffles, fruit or yogurt
  • Thursday - Cereal, fruit or yogurt
  • Friday - Eggs, sausage or bacon
  • Saturday - Poptarts (Yes, I'm incredibly lazy on the weekends, and I let my kids eat junk. I'm okay with that.)
Lunch (also usually the same every week):
  • Sandwiches, wraps, or leftovers
  • Fruit or veggies (I like to get whatever is on sale)
  • Pretzels, chips, or goldfish crackers

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Garlic Parmesan Crusted Chicken

    This is a favorite at my house. The small people call it "The Chicken We Like" (which I guess doesn't say a whole lot about the other types of chicken I make, does it?). It's super easy, too, which is always a plus.

    1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 Tbsp garlic salt
    1/2 cup butter
    1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
    2. Combine cracker crumbs, cheese, and garlic salt in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
    3. Melt butter. Add Worcestershire sauce.
    4. Dip chicken breasts in butter mixture, then roll in cracker crumb mixture, coating thoroughly. Place coated chicken in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter mixture.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

    Weeks in Review - Jan 22-Feb 4

    In the midst of the difficult time I've had lately, blogging hasn't really been at the forefront of my mind. I've kept up with laundry and feeding the people who live in my house, but everything extra has fallen to the wayside. Now that I think I'm through with the funk I've been in, I will hopefully be able to pick up the rest of the pieces of my life. My house needs to be thoroughly cleaned, I need to get caught up on school stuff, and I have a couple of posts running through my head that might actually find their way to the blog soon.

    Bible - We're continuing the life of Jesus. We studied the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and Jesus' first miracle of turning the water to wine at the wedding in Cana.

    History - We finished up our study of the Vikings and began studying the Medieval period in Europe. Kings, nobles, peasants, knights, serfs, and castles are definitely fun topics. This coming week, we'll begin building a model of a castle. The small people are definitely excited about that. I'm sure there will be plenty of pics from that for next week's week in review.

    Science - The girls and I started Astronomy. We began by learning about the basics of astronomy - what it is, important people like Copernicus and Galileo, and creating mnemonic devices to remember the names of the planets in order. Since Pluto has been demoted from planet status, we made 2 mnemonics - one with Pluto and one without.
    My Very Excellent Mother Jumped Suddenly Up Near Palaces.
    My Very Exciting Morning Just Started Under Noodles.
    Then we began studying the sun. We learned about sun flares and sun spots, drawing pictures of the sun.
    This is Sassy Pants's drawing. I thought she did a great job for a 4 year old.

    We also talked about why you shouldn't look directly at the sun. Then the older girls wrote speeches to tell others why they shouldn't look at the sun.
    Ballerina's speech: You should not look at the sun because it will burn your eyes. But your retina doesn't feel the pain.
    The Boy spent the past two weeks studying the 5-kingdom classification system for living organisms.

    Math - The Boy learned the FOIL method of multiplying polynomials. He caught on to that really quickly. Turning words into polynomial expressions was a different story. Things like: the sum of a number and twice the difference between the number and four confounded him. We did finally get through that section with some success, though, and now we'll get to move on to first-degree equations. Woohoo!
    The twins have started memorizing their multiplication facts. So far they've learned their 2's, 5's, 10's, 7's, 12's, 3's, 4's. I was a little skeptical when I saw that their math book had them learning their 7's and 12's so early, but it was presented by learning how many days in 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, etc., and how many months in 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. This made it more concrete for them, and they're doing well.

    Preschool - Sassy worked on classifying and sorting shapes. 

    She also worked on letter recognition.

    1st grade - Little Red is reading well enough that now she can rearrange mixed-up words to make sentences. 

    Other stuff - I mentioned earlier the funk that I was in for the past couple of weeks. Plus we had a couple of days where Sassy was sick with a fever. One of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to adjust your plans for the day when you need to. We spent a day just being a family - well, just me and the small people because Robb had to go to work. We played board games and did some cleaning around the house.
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