Sunday, November 30, 2008

Camera question

I am trying to decide what to do about a camera. My Kodak digital with a great zoom is not working so well. I also have a 35 mm Canon EOS with a broken lens. Any suggestions? I am considering replacing the lens on the 35 mm or purchasing a digital SLR.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The prep can begin

This was such a fun project. I love taking classes from big picture scrapbooking. It is a gratitude box. It has four drawers that pull out. One holds recipes. The other is a booklet of what each person is thankful for. Another has quotes. I plan to use the back of the quotes and the other cards to record who was with us and where we celebrate each Thanksgiving. I also will attach a picture from each year. I think I will come to cherish these memories as we add to them each year.
The kids are out of school for the week, and I am through working at work for the week. Tomorrow is haircuts and shopping for food. The cooking will begin on Thursday.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving feasts

Blue Eyes and Brown Eyes had their Thanksgiving Feasts at school today. Brown Eyes class made their own foods that the pilgrims would have eaten. They had vegetable soup, journey cakes, and homemade butter. I worked in his classroom Friday and today.
Blue Eyes feast was much simpler. I spent about a total of an hour and 15 minutes in his class from set up to cleanup. Whoo Hooo!!! It is over!!! Now for the family feast later this week!!
A couple of weeks ago I bought a new digital camera that would fit in my jeans pocket or purse. These pictures are from that camera. I think I will return it. I am not pleased with the quality of the pictures that it takes. It is a Polaroid, and is 10 megapixels.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What I am Thankful for Today

I am thankful that I have finished delivering and have turned in the money for the Cub Scout Popcorn this year. I have on trail's end mix left to deliver, but that is it. All three boy sell the popcorn, and they sell well. We have lots of friends, neighbors, and co-workers to thank for purchasing from them. Thank you, everyone, for your support. I like the confidence that it gives the boys, and the social etiquette of selling that they learn. At the end it comes down to dad and mom to drive them to delivery it, and add up all the money collected. We have started determining how much they sell by how many carloads it takes to pick it up from where it is delivered.
I am glad the work is done, and that I now have the garage and dining room free of popcorn!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Just Living our Lives

Nothing great and exciting has happened lately. Green Eyes is still playing indoor and outdoor soccer. Brown Eyes is playing indoor soccer, but his practices are outdoors. We don't have really cold winters, but their practices go until 8. It seems extremely cold to me at night. They will continue to practice/play outdoors all winter. So, I tried some local stores today for some warmer clothing. I was told they don't carry anything local, but I could check online. Of course they didn't have it online either. So, I went straight to the Under Armour website and ordered some of their cold gear turtlenecks and pants to layer under their windsuits. I hope it works. Anyone else had to layer their kids for outdoor practices in the winter? They practice for 2 hours and yes, I do have hats and gloves.

Other than that we are getting ready for Thanksgiving. We will actually celebrate a day late. My sister will be coming in this year. I think it has been a couple of years since she has been home.

I have just picked up a few Christmas items. I am still trying to figure out how to decorate the outide of the house. I have told hubby lets just hang greenery and be done, but he wants lights. So we'll see what goes up.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Value of Knowledge

Green Eyes is a 5th grader. Yesterday at school he watched the Boy version of Human Growth and Development, "the movie". I still can remember watching my version 30 years ago. My other two children are pretty unware of this topic.

At dinner the kids were talking about their days. Green Eyes announces "I learned sperm fertilizes eggs and makes babies." I dropped my fork and spewed my soup.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The results are in.

"Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose is will bring judgment upon themselves."
Romans 13:1-2

I was this quote at One Frugal Chick's blogsite. It reminded me of my early morning conversations with the boys. The just "knew" McCain would win. I let them watch the morning news to see that Obama did really win. Then I had to reassure them that it would be okay. Obama won for a reason, and he was our President. I saw McCain's concession statements and read that to them. It was nice to see a candidate lose and not call say "Unfair, they cheated, recount". It is about accepting what has happened and moving on.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Today, Hubby and I both voted. The kids made sure we remembered. They had a mock election at school last week. John McCain was the winner. I just wish he is tonight. They were so into watching the results tonight that they didn't want to go to bed.

Some favorite quotes:

Who got Canada's votes? -Blue Eyes
Can we go out to eat tomorrow if John McCain wins?--Blue Eyes
Someone in my class said if Obama wins, their family is moving to Brazil? Should we move, too?-Green Eyes
Someone in my class said their family fasted, so McCain would win. Why didn't we fast?-Green Eyes

Just thought they were cute, and yes Green Eyes knows what fasting is, and has fasted before.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Belated Halloween

This was Blue Eyes costume.

Brown Eyes dressed as Darth Vadar for Halloween.

This was Green Eyes original disguse.

When Blue Eyes returned from Trick or Treating, Green Eyes changed his disguise to this, which he liked much better.

Tulsa Run

These are photos of Green Eyes running the Tulsa Run. He ran the 15K in 1:30:09. That is the equivalent of 9.4 miles. I am very proud of him.
It has been a busy few weeks. My life has had many ups and downs. This is one of the ups that I am very proud of. Green Eyes is preparing for his next run which is 6 miles.
The soccer season is winding down for Blue Eyes. Green Eyes and Brown Eyes are finishing the fall season, but beginning the indoor season.
I am really exploring the world of homeopathic meds. I have chosen not to have my family take the traditional flu shots, but to take some drops from my natropath to supplement our bodies monthly angainst the flu. Time will tell which method works best. This may not be the cheapest method, but I prefer to do what is the healthiest for us as a family. By the way, the drops were !$15 for the entire bottle.