Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday Night Pink Party

So Thursday night I went to Putting on the Pink party with my sister. Susan G. Komen put it on. It was for anyone to attend...but Rhonda and I got to go for free (the cost is usually $25 a person), because Rhonda was being honored as one of the something like 15 people, who raised over $1,000 for the Race for the Cure this past year!! She got a corsage and everything! We had a lot of fun....but not so much that we stayed the whole time. We went...we got our pictures taken....she was honored...we ate (catered by Upstream)....we drank (I, pink lemonade, her a pink martini)...we had dessert (that was yummy and VERY sinful)....and then we went to the mall which was across the street!!

We had a good time together though. It is on a very rare occastion that Rhonda and I can go do something with no kids or husbands around. We had a very nice, sisterly evening!!! Even though that one pink martini Rhonda had "warmed" her up a bit! :-)

5th Grade Parent Meeting

So...I go to this parent meeting for 5th grade parents. I am expecting it to be about what to expect in middle school next year.


Had I been would have maybe been different.

The topic was on Sex Ed. Apparently the 5th graders are doing that particular "health" topic in a couple weeks and wanted the parents to know EXACTLY what would be covered. Okay...I can handle that.

The parents of the boys went to one room and the parents of the girls to another and we watched the video that our children would be watching. Mr. Seger (Cam's teacher) said that he expected giggling from the boys...because after all they are only 11 and immature....he expected that from them....but that he would cease the giggling after awhile.

Apparently, I have learned....I am very immature!!!! This is surprising to me! I have catheterized women AND men before...I have done hernia name it...I've done why would seeing an animated penis on a tv screen make me giggle?????????

Don't worry...I didn't let anyone know that I was giggling! I held my jaw together SO tight that it hurt the rest of the night. Is it because I am it because I was ill it because the teacher said something about giggling?? Who knows....but it was an awful experience that only lasted 5 minutes....but it seemed like an eternity!

To make it worse...after showing the pictures (remember...this is for the boys' benefit on how their bodies are changing), they talk about erections. I truly almost lost it at that point!!!

Tsk, tsk Tonya!! What is wrong with you!!! You are 34 years old!!! My mom would be mortified!!

What did Samantha and Major do now???

Last week was FULL of THINGS to do! One thing after another it seemed.

Monday Night: Summer hockey
Tuesday Night: Parent Meeting for Kindergarten baby girl will be going to Kindergarten next year and yes we DID
decide to send her instead of homeschool her like we did the boys....
So even though I have two older children, I have never sent any to this is a first for me! :-(
Also Tuesday Night: The boys started LaCrosse. Two different teams, two different practices,
two different times....very buys daddy! Deana watched Maj and Kenna for
me that night.
Wednesday Night: Parent Meeting for 5th graders. That is a whole different post! Allyson
watched Kenna and Maj for me.
Thursday Night: Susan G. Komen Pink Party with my sister
Friday Night: Family night (MaKenna's turn)

And this is just the night time events!!! The days were packed too!!! Mops...piano lessons, other appointments....and Major's Boys Town research event....another post.
Anyway....for now...we will focus on Wednesday night and what Samantha and Major got themselves into! Samantha is Allyson's 2 year old. A few months older than Major. She is the little girl that I babysit on Wednesdays.

We were in the living room...we heard the toilet flush. Not a big deal...we had 3 potty trained kids in the house...and 1 potty training kid. Then we heard it flush again...and again. Hmm...maybe we should check. This is what we found:

They look a little GUILTY don't they???????

Every bath toy in the toilet! Luckily they were all too big to be flushed....but, to top things off...they had filled water guns with toilet water and were spraying eachother...they were both SOAKING wet!!

Allyson said, "Samantha has NEVER done anything like this must be Major."
I said, "WHAT? Major has NEVER done anything like that either!"

I did forget about the kitty being thrown into the toilet.... is the two of them together...I guess we learned that you can't put two 2 year olds together without SOMETHING being "thought up"!

Needless to say, they DID both get baths!

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The Difference in Children

This is tooooo funny!

Picture this:

Same day...two boys, just home from school bring me mail.

Boy #1, Cam hands me is a letter from school. Cam got put into an advanced placement math class for middle school next year! Great job Cam!!!!

Boy #2, Jake hands me is also a letter from school. Jake needs to take summer school for math. Oh dear...

Funny how two children can come from the same raised by the same parents...homeschooled for years by the same mother...etc...etc....and yet turn out SOOOOO incredibly different!!

Should I be surprised? Probably not.....

Friday, April 23, 2010

Powerful Difference...Pine Sol

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

She Color's My Day!

In addition to creating relationships and meeting other Moms across the globe, one of my favorite things about social media is the ability to band together and make a difference.

I'm asking you to help in spreading the word about a movement that is designed especially to celebrate the bond between mothers and daughters and create a cure for a disease that I know has impacted many of us personally. I'm proud to support the She Colors My Day project and I hope you'll join me in spreading the word about this important initiative.

The She Colors My Day project began when a mother named Annette, dying of breast cancer, created a keepsake for the four daughters she was preparing to leave behind. Annette sent a c.d. of she and her daughters singing to her many friends and family. Unbeknown to Annette, her act of love would be the inspiration for her friend, Cristina Carlino, founder of Project Miracle, to ignite the She Colors My Day movement - a celebration of the never-ending bonds of mothers and daughters.

The now worldwide She Colors My Day movement embarks upon a global journey to create for a cure. Inspired by a mother's infinite love, this ever widening circle of caring will benefit the Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's /Women's Cancer Research Group biomarker project. Hear the story in Cristina's own words here.

So how can you get involved?

Color With Us- We can start by taking the first steps to coloring someone else's day through a platform we all know well- Facebook. The She Colors My Day pink crayon is a Facebook application created to be shared with those we love. The pink crayon can be virtually passed around on Facebook so we can all help to create for a cure.

Sing Along- The "She Colors My Day" song co-written by Cristina Carlino and Stuart Mathis for Cristina's daughter has been recorded by multi-Grammy award winner, Amy Grant. Download the "She Colors My Day Song" and video and help to support this organization. A portion of net proceeds from the song supports the She Colors My Day project, benefiting Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's/Women's Cancer Research Group.

Spread the Word- The ultimate goal of the "She Colors My Day" project is to support mothers and daughters and create a cure.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!!

To all you WONDERFUL women and men out there who help us administratively! We wouldn't survive with out you!!!!! You are the BOMB!!!!


Make today the day that you start a new habit to do something to help our beautiful earth! The earth that God entrusted in us to take care of!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Window Cleaner

Just wanted to give a shout out to what I now consider the worlds best glass cleaner!!! It is actually called "World's Best Glass Cleaner"! It is by Sprayway and I got a bottle for free so that I could try it out. I wasn't asked to review it....but it is so good, I just had to tell you all!! smells good! MaKenna LOVES it when I am cleaning her mirrors! She says it smells pretty!!

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He said WHAT???!

I was at Super Saver the other day. Major was in the "car" part of the cart...and MaKenna was hanging on to the back. Major started standing up and tried to get out of the "car". I said...nicely..."Major....please sit down." He looked at me and said,


OOoohhhhh........I'll make you kid!!!!!


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Splash Away With The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Play Table Review And Giveaway
I can't believe how quickly it got hot here. We're now enjoying 80-90 degree weather and we all just want to be outside. We are always in search of great toys to keep the kids active outside.Little Tikes has a huge selection of outdoor and indoor toys. They have been manufacturing kids toys in Hudson, Ohio since 1970. As their website states, Little Tikes is committed to making safe, quality, durable fun toys that encourage discovery and learning through active, creative, and social play. Little Tikes® urges children to play outdoors and "Get Up and Grow"!Little Tikes sent us the Anchors Away Pirate Ship.Ahoy matey! Get ready for a water-time adventure with the Anchors Away Pirate Ship! Two fun characters, a squirting shark and a constant running water fountain make sure that you will have hours of fun on the high seas.This is the box that the ship comes in. As you can see, it is meant for children 2-6 years old, but I am confident that Isabella will be having as much fun with it this summer as Evan. She's almost tall enough now, but needs to be able to stand on her own.These are the pieces that it came in.I put it together by myself(with a lot of help from my 2 year old and 8 month old) and I had it done within 30 minutes. The only part that I wasn't expecting was having to drill these screws into the legs. It was super easy after I found the drill. They have an instructional video that shows how to assemble it step by step.The mast in the center is actually a pump that has the water flowing continuously down from it. It requires 4 C batteries that are not included. It simply sucks the water up and it falls over the spinners to keep them moving.The button to turn the pump on is located under the red spinners next to where the batteries go in.Evan can easily turn it on by himself and the pump automatically cuts off after a few minutes. You can also see where the water is sucked up from in this picture.There are several activities on this water table. Evan was intrigued with the cannon that shoots water. It was a little hard for him to push the button at first, but he was soon able to do it without my help.There are two of these little cups. They have two different hole patterns on the bottom so that water can flow out of them. There is a handle so that you can attach them to the side of ship when they're not being used.He loved the bucket that sits on the end of the ship. He kept watering everything(including himself) with it. Isabella had a blast with the two pirate figures and the shark.As you can tell from these pictures, the Anchors Away Water Table is a huge hit at our house. I never knew how much fun a water table could be. We've played with it almost every day for the past week and that is the first thing Evan wants me to set up when we go outside.Here is a short video showing you just a little of the fun that is possible with this water table.
Visit Little Tikes to view their full selection of products to get your children outside and playing this summer.Buy It!You can purchase the Anchors Away Pirate Ship for $79.99.Win It!!!Little Tikes is giving one of my readers an Anchors Away Pirate Ship.To enter, visit Little Tikes and tell me another product that you think will keep your child active this summer. This is required and must be done before the extra entries count!EXTRA ENTRIES!You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.1- Subscribe to my blog via email.2- For TWO extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to this post and Little Tikes.3- Follow Twoofakind AND Little Tikes on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. You can Tweet once a day for an extra entry every day! You can copy and paste: WIN a @LittleTikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table during #OutdoorOasis @twoofakind Become a fan of Little Tikes on Facebook. I'm sure they'd love some comment love while you're there! :)5- Place the Outdoor Oasis button on your blog.6- Follow my blog publicly.7- Enter Jennifer's Skitter Toy Giveaway.Contest ends May 3rd at 11:59pm EST on when I will draw a winner at random. PLEASE leave your email address if it is not visible on your profile. I will notify the winner and they will have 36 hours to respond!Open to US Only.This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may very from others. Thank you to Little Tikes who supplied the products for the review and giveaway.


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Step 2 Naturally Playful® Countryside Cottage™ Review And Giveaway
It never really gets cold here, so we spend most of the year outside. We're always looking for new ideas and products to keep our children active outside.Step 2 has a huge selection of outdoor toys. They are the nation's largest toddler toy manufacturer and marketer of high quality plastic products. Step 2 strives to create amazing products that will be enjoyed for years.Step 2 sent us the Naturally Playful® Countryside Cottage™.Take a tip to the countryside with Step2’s Naturally Playful Countryside Cottage. This adorable play house will bring the charming old-world back to life in children's imaginations with its stone cottage and shale roof. A working Dutch door and built in planter for flowers heightens the old-fashioned make-believe feeling. Detailed interior fixtures include a stone fireplace, kitchenette with sink, swivel faucet and burner with clicking knob. A postal mail slot, electronic doorbell and a play phone are included to complete the cottage.It came in one big box and didn't really have a whole lot of pieces to put together. I could have easily assembled it by myself, but I took pictures while my dad and husband put it together.These are the pieces that it came in.Evan stood and rang the doorbell over and over while they put the playhouse together. It took 2(AAA) batteries and was easy to screw into place. There is a mail slot right next to the doorbell that Evan has had a blast putting real mail through.The sink area has has a swivel faucet, stove burner, and a clicking knob. If this playhouse had a little table and chairs, it would be perfect.There is a phone that also takes 2(AAA) batteries. Evan loves to call people on his phone.There is a planter that we'll eventually buy flowers for and let Evan plant them. I thought that fake flowers or something came with it, but they don't. Evan will have a blast watering his own flowers.I took play food from our Step 2 kitchen and Evan likes to "make lunch". He kept looking for somewhere to sit and eat it. He didn't understand that he could have a sink, but no table. I think I'll purchase a little picnic table to go right outside the playhouse.It also serves as a playpen for Isabella. It was morning and damp so I put one of those picnic blankets down and she crawled around and played with the food. Evan kept going in there to play with her.The playhouse is 58.50 H x 55.00 L x 54.00 W. It is large enough for two children, but I think it would start the be cramped with three. I could also easily fit in there with Evan. I love how open it is. It lets in a ton of natural light and keeps the breeze going through on hot days.The playhouse is large, but not too big to be kept inside. Since it is really open, lots of light will be able to get in even if you keep it in a playroom. The quality is amazing and we look forward to years of play with the Countryside Cottage. Be sure to check out Step 2 for all of their other amazing products that are sure to keep your child's imagination going.Buy It!You can purchase the Naturally Playful® Countryside Cottage™ for $329.99.Win It!!Step 2 is giving one of my readers a Naturally Playful® Countryside Cottage™!To enter, visit Step 2 and tell me what other product that you'd like to have. This is required and must be done before the extra entries count!EXTRA ENTRIES!You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.1- Subscribe to my blog via email.2- For TWO extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to this post and Step 2.3- Follow Twoofakind AND Step 2 on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. You can Tweet once a day for an extra entry every day! You can copy and paste: WIN a @thestep2company Naturally Playful® Countryside Cottage™ ($330 RV) during #0utdoorOasis @twoofakind Become a fan of Step 2 on Facebook. I'm sure they'd love some comment love while you're there! :)5- Place the Outdoor Oasis button on your blog.6- Follow my blog publicly.7- Enter Jennifer's Step 2 Giveaway.Contest ends May 17th at 11:59pm EST on when I will draw a winner at random. PLEASE leave your email address if it is not visible on your profile. I will notify the winner and they will have 36 hours to respond!Open to US Only.This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may very from others. Thank you to Step 2 who supplied the products for the review and giveaway.

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Dad's 65th birthday at the Ice Rink!!!

Here is Cam and I messin' around. Here is my nephew Shawn messing around with Cam.
Ahh...little Major's first time on the ice with daddy

My sister Rhond and I messin' around.

Me and my daddy...

Daddy....what's wrong?? You look like your terrified! Just as a side hadn't been on ice skates since I was 10 years old!!!

Shawn and Cam...being cool....

My skating princess MaKenna.


Kayla, Mike, Major, Jeff and Brooke.

Kayla and Jake.
Major...not really sure....

More pictures to come later.....

Thursday, April 15, 2010

You've GOT to be kidding me....

For all of you guys coming out here to Omaha for Dixie's wedding in June. This article gives you even more reason to stay with us!!!! YIKES!!! I thought snakes in hotel plumbing was a myth!!!!!!!

Forget Me Not Book review and giveaway!!!!

*This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.*

Forget Me Not
Vicki Hinze

A mother who cannot face her future.THEIR ELUSIVE ENEMIES TOOK EVERYTHING. NOW THEY WANT MORE. Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family. Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace. The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

Author Bio:
Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, three nonfiction books, and hundreds of articles. Selected for Who’s Who in America in 2004 as a writer and educator, Hinze is active in Romance Writers of America and serves as a Vice President on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. Vicki lives in Florida with her artist husband, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Visit to learn more about Vicki’s books, blogs, and writing programs.

My Take:
I thought it would be tough to top the book I read and reviewed prior to this I went into it with low expectations....but those low expectations were soon blown out of the water! This was a great kept me guessing...and I was always guessing WRONG! It has twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat!! This is a must read!!!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Online Chore Chart...who could ask for anything more????

Spring is officially upon us. And in addition to warmer weather, chocolate bunnies and blooming flowers, this season signifies far less fun for most Moms- spring cleaning! If you're having trouble rallying your troops to help you clear out the clutter and get your house in tip-top shape, we just might have the perfect solution for you. And unlike those pretty petals in your garden, this is one tool that will be brightening up your household throughout the seasons! If you haven't had a chance to check out, now is the perfect opportunity. Can you imagine your kids actually looking forward to doing chores? My Job Chart makes it possible. My Job Chart is a FREE online Chore Chart that teaches kids to work in a fun and productive way. Using an easy and fun online system, My Job Chart inspires kids to do their chores on time. An interactive point system tracks your child's progress, creating excitement and enthusiasm among kids. And the fully customizable chore chart allows you and your child to decide upon mutually determined rewards, fostering communication and developing responsibility. You even get an email or text message when your kids finish their chores or they earn a reward! My Job Chart even has a reward for those who help them spread the word about their great service.

The Weltmer's

Hi all. Just wanted to ask for prayer for a family that used to attend our church. The Weltmers are now in Kansas. Simeon lost his battle with cancer today at 10:30. His website is below. This leaves Jennie 29 years old and widowed with a 3 year old son. Please be in prayer for their family as they go through this very difficult time.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ice Cream Man

Major, Cam, MaKenna and I went on a bike ride this evening. I still have Major on the back of my bike. We heard the ice cream man...Major said,
"What dat Mamma?"

I said, "What's what honey?"

He replies, "Ding, ding...ding ding."

Very cute!

On a side note...he fell the other day riding his tricycle a little too fast in the culdesac. He skinned his knee. This was last Friday. He says...a minimum of 5 times a day, "I falled a bike" Yes honey...I know you fell on your bike. We could be going potty and he will say, "Mommy...I falled a bike." Yes honey...I know....speaking of which he stayed in big boy undies ALL day today with no accidents!!! Yippee!! while we were riding tonight...anytime I hit a pothole or swerved a little bit Major would go, "Ahh...mommy...wat fall a bike!" Such a cutie!

Happy Birthday Mom Filleman!

This is a couple of days late because I wasn't feeling well on Sunday....but Sunday, April 11th was Mom Filleman's 35th birthday!!! Yup! She had Jeff when she was -1 year old! :-)

Anyway...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM FILLEMAN!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!!!!!!

That's my girl!

Yesterday MaKenna and I went to Super Saver to pick up a prize that MaKenna won! Yup! She won a coloring contest for Easter! She won a nice big Easter Basket! We went directly over to Deana's so she could take a picture for us! Hopefully I can post that picture sometime in the near future.

Anyway, on the way home she said, "I just LOVE winning mom!" I said, "Yes honey...winning is great, but we can't always win, sometimes we lose too...and that is okay."

This is the part I am so proud of...she goes, "Yup...I know mom. It isn't about winning, it is about trying your best!"

Wow!!! What a girl!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

So cute!

On the way home from the doctor's office today (story to come later), there were several fire trucks and ambulances coming our way....Major said,

"Uh oh mommy."

So cute.......

We always pray for those whom the trucks and ambulances are going too....this was no exception...but it was so cute to hear him say, "uh oh mommy." What a doll!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Turkey Hunting

Again...still no you will have to just imagine! :-)

Saturday Cam, Jake and Jeff headed out at 5am to go do some turkey hunting. It was the first day of the season, and they were itchin' to get out there. Around 10 am they were back. Jake had spent a majority of the morning in the weeds with diarrhea. He was scaring everything off. So they brought him home sicker than a dog. Poor thing. He is feeling much better today....but yesterday, not so much.

They left again after MaKenna and I got back from building a baseball game at Lowes. They didn't get home until around 5. They didn't get anything. Poor guys! They didn't get anything last year either...but the season goes until the end of they have time! As long as they do all the plucking, etc. OUTSIDE! We don't want a repeat of last years deer hunting escapade!

Today, we stayed home from church...Jake still wasn't feeling great this morning. So we are busy cleaning up the house....and resting.

On a very happy of Friday, I had lost 3 pounds this week! My official weigh in date isn't until Monday though...I am hoping for a total weight lost this week of 4 pounds! That is hard to do after the weekend though. Weekend is my splurge time! :-) But...with all the poopie I was smelling yesterday....I haven't splurged much this weekend!

Library and Wildlife Safari

Friday, dad came and got Jake and the other 6 of us headed to the library. You should have seen some of the looks I got. I got comments like, " have your hands full", and "Are they all yours." Goodness people...I know I have my hands full....and IF they were ALL mine...would it change your way of thinking? I don't think so. Anyway....Major managed to make the library experience "exciting" to say the least. We weren't there more than 15 minutes thanks to him. But...we all got our books, DVD's and CD's though before we had to leave.

After lunch Deana came over. I am one seat short in my Denali. Deana now owns my mom's old she has one extra seat. So, we did some seat swapping and off we went to the Wildlife Safari. Once there, we did more seat swapping so everyone could be with the friends they wanted to be with....I put Major on my lap, she put Nehemiah on her lap, and off we went through the safari. As soon as we saw the Elk, Major says, "Look Mommy...hosies!" I gently told him they weren't horses, they were elk. If you know Major you know he LOVES birds and has a fascination with he loved the swamp lands and the water area! When we saw the Bison though...again...he says, "Look Mommy....elfants!" Again, I gently told him, no honey...those are Bison not Elephants. I think I need to get him to the zoo more often! :-) In my defense, at our zoo, the elephants are on the other side of the zoo. We have a zoo pass, so we go for only an hour or at the most, two hours at a time...and we always seem to do the close things. I can't say that I have ever taken him over to the elephants. I guess I will have to do that.

After the Safari, we let everyone get out and play on the park equipment they had, and walk through the Aviary. Then we headed to see our horses. We have three horses that are housed at a friends acreage not far from the we stopped at the gas station to get everyone something to drink, then headed to the horses! Soon after, it was 5 and time to get home! It was a great day though...but a bit caotic! There were just 2 adults, Deana and I, with 11 kids. Whew....but we did an EXCELLENT JOB!! It was practice for this summer!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring Break

What a great Spring Break so far!!! No camera. I did have my dad and Sister in law take pictures at Easter though...but I haven't downloaded them yet. I am SO behind....I haven't even downloaded pictures from dad's birthday like I said I would! Soon!! Soon! I promise!

Anyway....the weekend started out with Cam going to ride Sparks with dad and his cousin Shawn. Sparks hadn't been ridden very much this he was ready to go! They had a good time! I spent most of the day cleaning and baking for Easter the next day.

Sunday we went to church and after church Tini, Matt, Dixie and Tanner came over for lunch! We had a great time! Great food...great dessert....great company...great couldn't have asked for a better day! Around the time we started our Easter egg hunt, dad came over. The Easter egg hunt went great! Major still doesn't get it....but he did well!!! Saturday I had MaKenna stuffing the Easter eggs with all sort of they were excited to find those eggs!! Dixie and Tanner left after the hunt...and then dad, Tini and Matt, Jeff and I played a game of Scattegories! We had a lot of fun!! I love to play games....and it is just so much more fun when you play with adults!! I get sick of Candyland after awhile! :-) Then it was dinner time (like we needed to eat again...but it was a holiday) and more dessert! Then...I crashed. I was so pooped! We had a great day though! Everyone left around 7 or so.

Monday was the official start of Spring Break! I had a few extra kiddos! My nieces and nephew were here. So we had 7 kids! They had a blast playing together! We didn't do anything on Monday, but play. Tuesday I had a couple more extra. I had the Hofer I had a total of 9 kids. That was fun too! A BIT more chaotic because I had two 2 year olds instead of 1....but it went just fine! We played outside most of the day! Wednesday my sister stayed home, because I had to work at I didn't have the Flani's that day...but I did have the Chaudier girls! We all fit in the truck just perfect...all 6 of them and 1 of me! We made it to church....did our thing....then we went and got pizza...went to the bank...then off to home to eat said pizza! They had a good time again! 2 two year olds again....but I have little Sammie every we were used to that! Deana and her kids were supposed to come over...but little G broke his they were at the doctor getting a sling until the swelling went down so they could get a cast. Poor little G. MaKenna was going to stay the night at Syd's when Sam and Syd left...MaKenna went with. I lost one....I gained one. Just as they were pulling out....another car pulled in asking if he could play. It was of Jake's friends. Oh well...sure...come play...why not! So...I still had the normal 4 kids....just not all mine! That night after Nick left we took Maj to dad's house and Jeff and I took the other two boys to Zzzappp...and played a GREAT game of Lazer Tag! We had a GREAT time!! Believe it or not....Jake whooped us all!!!!! He is a good shot!!!!! Then we went and picked up Bubba Gump at dad's and splurged on some ice cream bars! Thanks daddy!!

Thursday I had to be at church again....I only had one kiddo with me though this time....why?? I got a call at 11 Wednesday night from momma Chaudier. MaKenna threw up. Great....luckily wasn't a virus...she was fine the rest of the night. She didn't eat much dinner and ate tons of treats. She just over did it! be safe, Jeff worked from home so we could make sure she was okay. Everyone else stayed except Jake. He came to "help" me. I was watching the Hofer girls again at church I wouldn't be home until 2ish. Jeff called around 11 and said, "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! I CAN'T GET ANYTHING DONE!! I am bringing them in!" I felt like saying, "Welcome to my life...." but, I held my tongue. After all I took the hard one! Believe it or not...Jake is the hard one! Weird I know! Some might think Major is the hard one....sometimes he is...but typically if you just put an episode of the Wiggles won't have to worry about him. So...they got to church around 11:30, just as I was cleaning up because the mom's were coming to pick up their babes. I threw everyone into the play room and got all their lunches ready. Thank goodness I have a microwave in the nursery...Jeff sent FROZEN hot dogs in their lunches! :-) Anyway....we ate then we went on "Safari" around the church and outside. We had a great time!! After we left church, we went bowling! I am proud to say that I beat the pants off of them!! AND I even let Major bowl one of my frames!! I won at 130....Jake got second at 88 (he let Major bowl one of his frames too...he is pretty good), and MaKenna and Cam tied for 3rd at 77 points. I tell you though...I couldn't have painted my toes and my fingernails each time Kenna bowled waiting for that ball to reach the pins....but she did good! It was funny...Jake wanted bumpers....Cam did not. Jake didn't hardly use the bumpers and Cam did on almost every frame! Then we came home and enjoyed the rest of the evening with DVD's from the library!

Now today....I have the Flani's I have a total of 7 again....we are going to head to the library in a little while. Dad is going to come get Jake and Kayla so they can go to ride Sparks...then later this afternoon we are going to the Wildlife Safari!!! I am excited!! Hopefully it will go off without a hitch!

This Little Prayer of Mine Book Review

This Little Prayer of Mine
by Anthony DeStefano
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
This Little Prayer of Mine
Anthony DeStefano, Illustrated by Mark Elliott

Author Anthony DeStefano’s adult books, The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven, have sold a quarter-million copies. Illustrator Mark Elliott’s cherished artwork has appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s ever-popular Princess Tales series.

Now, these acclaimed inspirational experts have come together to create This Little Prayer of Mine, a beautiful and alluring book designed to guide children into a very simple, real and expressive relationship with God.

Through engaging rhymes and alluring illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine shows children—and their parents and grandparents—that complete dependence on God is what brings peace and fulfillment. It invites children to know and believe that God is always just a simple prayer away and that He longs to respond to them with a resounding, “Yes!”

This Little Prayer of Mine appeals to readers from all different faiths. Easy-reader format allows children to read alone, or with someone older, and encourages them to openly express their fears, thanks, and needs directly to God.

Author Bio:
Anthony DeStefano is the author of The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.

Mark Elliott’s brilliant illustrations have appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s Princess Tales series. His acclaimed artwork delivers inspiration, wonder, and timeless beauty on every page.
WOW! This book was really great!! Kids of ALL ages would love it! Like it says in the is an easy read for children to read on their own, or if you read it to them, it is easy for them to understand. It is written in rhyme, so it is very sing songy. It has an AWESOME message too! God is always with you no matter matter who you are. He is always there. Great book! I would recommend it to any one of any age!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Jesus' Easter

Jesus cried out, “It is finished.”

Darkness fell over the whole land. The veil in the temple was split from top to bottom. The earth shook.

“Certainly this man was innocent.”

“Woman, why are you weeping?
She turned and Jesus was standing there.

“Peace be with you.”

He showed them His hands and His side.
“Blessed are those who did not see, and believed.”

“Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

“For by grace you have been saved thru faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8

Jesus was crucified on the very cross that He carried.
He allowed it.
He allowed it for you.
Jesus rose from the dead.
He rose for you.
Believe Today.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

From the mouths of babes.... today was a great...highly productive day! I DID get my workout in tonight...a light Denise Austin workout...but I didn't get the elliptical in. That is okay though because I cleaned the whole house AND went on a bike ride with the kids...AND played at the park with I didn't sweat like I do on the was still a workout.

In preparation for tomorrow...the house is extra table was pulled into our kitchen...I baked cookies...fudge...pudding pie...jelly jigglers (in shapes of bunnies and eggs...thanks for the free molds Super Saver!)...banana bread...and got the turkey out and thawing! In the meantime, Jeff was outside cleaning out the man shed. He pulled out 3 strollers, a high chair, a bouncer, two car seats and a few BIG toys. He said, "GET RID OF THEM!" I said, "But know what will happen if we get rid of everything." He said firmly..."NO!" all heard it hear first...unless he does something about is Murphy's Law...if we get rid of know. I cleaned all of those and I will take them to Re-Runs this week. just dawned on me...I wonder where the swing was? Oh well...we'll find it sometime. Maybe I gave it to someone. Who knows. Anyway....

Jeff went to take care of the horses before dinner, so the kids and I went on a bike ride to their school to play on the playground. Major LOVES to "ride" behind me, and the other three love riding too! MaKenna took a spill though thanks to all of the gravel laying around due to the snow and gravel trucks this winter....but she was fine...just scraped up a bit. At the playground Jake went into the preschool playground area that is fenced in. He said he never gets to go in there....gee...I wonder why...maybe because he isn't in preschool? He was quiet for a bit and I said, "Jake...what are you doing." He said, "Nothing...because that is what men do."

I couldn't have said it better myself baby doll..... :-)

Beating myself up.

It is a good thing that I have NO problem laughing at myself.

I just hope that I am not the only one that this has happened to. It would make me feel better if others of you did this too.

I go on my elliptical for 1/2 hour sometimes an hour if I have been "bad" that day, every night. Then...I do a workout with either Tony Horton or Denise Austin...depending on how "bad" I had been that day. One night I was working with Tony Horton...I had baked cookies that day...."bad" day. I was REALLY getting into it. We were working arms. We were doing hook/uppercuts. Yes...I am sure you guessed it...I uppercut RIGHT into my very own nose...and believe it or bled. read that right...I actually gave myself a bloody nose.

How sad is that?? least I know I can hold my own in a fight...maybe?

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Science of the Crucifixion

In honor of today, Good Friday...I thought I would post this article about the death of Jesus. Wow. Can you even imagine what he went through?? Happy Good Friday everyone! We were going to go to church tonight....but Major and I are issues. :-(

My Aunt was one of the administrators at Azusa Pacific College in California until her untimely death in January of 2008. This article comes from that college.

[The following article was originally printed in the Spring 2002 issue of APU Life magazine. Tally (French '00) Flint adapted a lecture by Cahleen Shrier, Ph.D., for the publication]

Each year, Cahleen Shrier, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, (at Azusa Pacific College) presents a special lecture ion the science of the crucifixion. She details the physiological process a typical crucified victim underwent and teaches her students to see Christ’s death on the cross with new understanding. The exact events in this scenario may not have happened in Jesus’ specific case, but the account is based on historical documentation of crucifixion procedures used during that time period. Please be aware that the following is of a realistic and graphic nature.

It is important to understand from the beginning that Jesus would have been in excellent physical condition. As a carpenter by trade, He participated in physical labor. In addition, He spent much of His ministry traveling on foot across the countryside. His stamina and strength were, most likely, very well developed. With that in mind, it is clear just how much He suffered: If this torture could break a man in such good shape, it must have been a horrific experience.
Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:37-42, Luke 22:39-44

After the Passover celebration, Jesus takes His disciples to Gethsemene to pray. During His anxious prayer about the events to come, Jesus sweats drops of blood. There is a rare medical condition called hemohedrosis, during which the capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands break down. Blood released from the vessels mixes with the sweat; therefore, the body sweats drops of blood. This condition results from mental anguish or high anxiety, a state Jesus expresses by praying “my soul is deeply grieved to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38). Hemohidrosis makes the skin tender, so Jesus’ physical condition worsens slightly.
Matthew 26:67-75, Mark 14:61-72, Luke 22:54-23:25, John 18:16-27

Traveling from Pilate to Herod and back again, Jesus walks approximately two and a half miles. He has not slept, and He has been mocked and beaten (Luke 22:63-65). In addition, His skin remains tender from the hemohedrosis. His physical condition worsens.
Matthew 27:26-32, Mark 15:15-21, Luke 23:25-26, John 19:1-28

Pilate orders Jesus to be flogged as required by Roman law before crucifixion Traditionally, the accused stood naked, and the flogging covered the area from the shoulders down to the upper legs. The whip consisted of several strips of leather. In the middle of the strips were metal balls that hit the skin, causing deep bruising. In addition, sheep bone was attached to the tips of each strip.

When the bone makes contact with Jesus’ skin, it digs into His muscles, tearing out chunks of flesh and exposing the bone beneath. The flogging leaves the skin on Jesus’ back in long ribbons. By this point, He has lost a great volume of blood which causes His blood pressure to fall and puts Him into shock. The human body attempts to remedy imbalances such as decreased blood volume, so Jesus’ thirst is His body’s natural response to His suffering (John 19:28). If He would have drank water, His blood volume would have increased.

Roman soldiers place a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head and a robe on His back (Matthew 27:28-29). The robe helps the blood clot (similar to putting a piece of tissue on a cut from shaving) to prevent Jesus from sustaining more blood loss. As they hit Jesus in the head (Matthew 27:30), the thorns from the crown push into the skin and He begins bleeding profusely. The thorns also cause damage to the nerve that supplies the face, causing intense pain down His face and neck. As they mock Him, the soldiers also belittle Jesus by spitting on Him (Matthew 27:30). They rip the robe off Jesus’ back and the bleeding starts afresh.

Jesus’ physical condition becomes critical. Due to severe blood loss without replacement, Jesus is undoubtedly in shock. As such, He is unable to carry the cross and Simon of Cyrene executes this task (Matthew 27:32).
Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-41, Luke 23:27-49, John 19:17-37

Crucifixion was invented by the Persians between 300-400 B.C. It is quite possibly the most painful death ever invented by humankind. The English language derives the word “excruciating” from crucifixion, acknowledging it as a form of slow, painful suffering.1 Its punishment was reserved for slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and the vilest of criminals. Victims were nailed to a cross; however, Jesus’ cross was probably not the Latin cross, but rather a Tau cross (T). The vertical piece (the stipes) remains in the ground permanently. The accused carries only the horizontal piece (the patibulum) up the hill. Atop the patibulum lies a sign (the titulus), indicating that a formal trial occurred for a violation of the law. In Jesus’ case, this reads “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38).

The accused needed to be nailed to the patibulum while lying down, so Jesus is thrown to the ground, reopening His wounds, grinding in dirt, and causing bleeding. They nail His “hands” to the patibulum. The Greek meaning of “hands” includes the wrist. It is more likely that the nails went through Jesus’ wrists. If the nails were driven into the hand, the weight of the arms would cause the nail to rip through the soft flesh.

Therefore, the upper body would not be held to the cross. If placed in the wrist, the bones in the lower portion of the hand support the weight of the arms and the body remains nailed to the cross. The huge nail (seven to nine inches long)2 damages or severs the major nerve to the hand (the median nerve) upon impact. This causes continuous agonizing pain up both of Jesus’ arms.
Once the victim is secured, the guards lift the patibulum and place it on the stipes already in the ground. As it is lifted, Jesus’ full weight pulls down on His nailed wrists and His shoulders and elbows dislocate (Psalm 22:14).3 In this position, Jesus’ arms stretch to a minimum of six inches longer than their original length.

It is highly likely that Jesus’ feet were nailed through the tops as often pictured. In this position (with the knees flexed at approximately 90 degrees),4 the weight of the body pushes down on the nails and the ankles support the weight. The nails would not rip through the soft tissue as would have occurred with the hands. Again, the nail would cause severe nerve damage (it severs the dorsal pedal artery of the foot) and acute pain.

Normally, to breathe in, the diaphragm (the large muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity) must move down. This enlarges the chest cavity and air automatically moves into the lungs (inhalation). To exhale, the diaphragm rises up, which compresses the air in the lungs and forces the air out (exhalation). As Jesus hangs on the cross, the weight of His body pulls down on the diaphragm and the air moves into His lungs and remains there. Jesus must push up on His nailed feet (causing more pain) to exhale.

In order to speak, air must pass over the vocal cords during exhalation. The Gospels note that Jesus spoke seven times from the cross. It is amazing that despite His pain, He pushes up to say “Forgive them” (Luke 23:34).

The difficulty surrounding exhalation leads to a slow form of suffocation. Carbon dioxide builds up in the blood, resulting in a high level of carbonic acid in the blood. The body responds instinctively, triggering the desire to breathe. At the same time, the heart beats faster to circulate available oxygen. The decreased oxygen (due to the difficulty in exhaling) causes damage to the tissues and the capillaries begin leaking watery fluid from the blood into the tissues. This results in a build-up of fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion) and lungs (pleural effusion). The collapsing lungs, failing heart, dehydration, and the inability to get sufficient oxygen to the tissues essentially suffocate the victim.5 The decreased oxygen also damages the heart itself (myocardial infarction) which leads to cardiac arrest. In severe cases of cardiac stress, the heart can even burst, a process known as cardiac rupture.6 Jesus most likely died of a heart attack.

After Jesus’ death, the soldiers break the legs of the two criminals crucified alongside Him (John 19:32), causing suffocation. Death would then occur quicker. When they came to Jesus, He was already dead so they did not break His legs (John 19:33). Instead, the soldiers pierced His side (John 19:34) to assure that He was dead. In doing this, it is reported that “blood and water came out” (John 19:34), referring to the watery fluid surrounding the heart and lungs.

While these unpleasant facts depict a brutal murder, the depth of Christ’s pain emphasizes the true extent of God’s love for His creation. Teaching the physiology of Christ’s crucifixion is a constant reminder of the magnificent demonstration of God’s love for humanity that was expressed that day in Calvary. This lesson enables me to participate in communion, the remembrance of His sacrifice, with a grateful heart. I am struck every time with the stunning realization that as a flesh and blood human, Jesus felt every ounce of this execution. What greater love than this can a man have for his friends?

1Behold, the Man. Produced and directed by Alex Metherell and Hugh Ross. 60 min. Trinity Broadcasting Network, 2000. Videocassette.2Ibid.3Ibid.4Eastman, Mark. “Agony of Love: A physician’s look at the crucifixion.” From a link on Mars Hill homepage [Internet website] – [cited 14 February 2002]. Available at
General Resources:Davis, C. Truman. “The Crucifixion of Jesus.” Arizona Medicine, 22, no. 3 (1965): 183-187.

Edwards, William D., et. Al. “On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ.” The Journal of the American Medical Association 255, no.11 (1986): 1455-1463.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Date with my boy.... I am a little behind on my posts. The weather here has been WAY TO GOOD to NOT be much of my day is spent out in the beautiful world! The flowers are blooming...the grass is starting to green up again. Who could ask for more?

Anyway...last Friday night my oldest boy took me out on a "date". He hates that I call it that....he says, " is just a mother, son outing." Okay...whatever you say Cam....but it was the best date I have had in a long time! I have been married 13 years....what can I say???

Anyway, he was so sweet. He even had Jeff go out and buy me flowers the night before and he hid them in his room...then he gave them to me before we left for dinner. He took me (I drove...he is only 11), to Applebees. He happens to really like their steaks. I must say...he is learning though. When I asked him where he wanted to go for dinner he said, "Well...where do you have coupons to?" What a good boy! Granted...I did NOT have coupons for Applebees that particular night....but that is okay. The fact that he thought about coupons and saving money does my heart good! :-) Anyway...we had a really nice dinner. Even the waitress got into it. I told him that I was going to order a salad because a real date would do that. Then the waitress said, "And she will only eat half of it." How true that is. I ate 3/4's of it...but a real date would have only eaten half!

In case you are wondering NO I AM NOT GROOMING HIM TO DATE SOON. But...I think that the sooner you can teach a boy how to treat a girl, the better. He won't date until he is 30....realistically...16.

When we left Applebee's he came over to my side of Daisy (My Denali). I thought he had lost his mind and thought he was driving. Come to find out...he was just opening the door for me!! HOW SWEET IS THAT????

We then killed some time at Barnes and Noble. Reading is BOTH of our favorite pasttimes! We just browsed books...and yes, he talked me into a Lego Star Wars book. I couldn't resist....he opened the door for me!!!! :-)

Then we went over to the theatre and he smuggled some candy in his jacket for a true man. :-0

We watched "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." It was actually a pretty good movie. I did not read the books...but Cam did and he has now given them to me to read because the movie was really interesting....and Cam is going into the 6th grade (middle school), just like the "wimpy kid", and it has been awhile since I was in middle I will read them...if nothing more than to remember what it was like. Or do I want to remember. Middle school years kinda suck if you ask least what I currently remember about middle school. Oh was a good movie nonetheless.

After the movie we came home and just did the norm. We had a great time though! It was a much needed break for me....and it was so nice to sit and talk with him about life without the interruptions of a 9 year old, 5 year old and 2 year old.

I did talk to him briefly about the newest drugs kids are using out there...but just briefly, I didn't want him to think that the date was about lecturing. I save lecturing for at home! :-) I went to a seminar recently about the new drug fad...I will have to post on that later.

Anyway....great time spent with my oldest baby!!!

Thanks Cam!!!!