Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday Links

Stop Comparing and Start Living...I disagree with some of the approach, but what a great reminder.

Unhealthy Truth about Processed Food. Much of this information wasn't new to me, but it may be to you. Please, spend the 18 minutes to watch this. We've been at this a few years now and still don't have all the junk out...but we've made progress and I'd encourage you to make some progress as well.

Sourdough English Muffins...won't be a Saturday Links without a recipe from An Oregon Cottage! I've seen a few recipes to make English muffins, but Jamie's pictures really make the process sound easy enough to try.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Pics

These are pics from our Easter weekend. Please scroll down and read the post before this one if you haven't...it's much more important than these pictures.

Owen had 4 hunts...one at school on Thursday, a neighborhood one that ended up being in our front yard...long story, but we benefited greatly from some disorganization on the HOA board, one at church Sunday morning and one with Aaron's family Easter afternoon. Owen is surely a pro by now! Anderson was hilarious, once he discovered there is candy in the eggs, he would open each egg to see what was in it before putting it in his basket.



Checking out the sugary goodness from the Easter Bunny.



We tried really hard to get a picture before church...this was the best we got.


The ride to church...he did this all on his own and rode most of the way to church this way.

Then Owen decided to copy.

They were so excited to see the Easter Bunny. Anderson was practically chasing him down trying to say 'hi', but when we were ready to do a picture with him, they both changed their minds about getting too close.


Church hunt...which was followed by a kid's rally inside.



Aaron's wonderful Grandmother and 9 of her 11 great grandchildren.

Happy Easter

We had a wonderful Easter celebrating our risen Savior.

I accepted Christ as my Savior as a child, but through Evan's death have found a greater perspective on the sacrifice we celebrate specifically on Easter, but also every minute of every day. What a comfort it is to know that God knows my pain in grieving Evan. His son died too. And, not just his Son, His only Son. He willingly sent him to die for me and you to pay the penalty for our sins. I spent a lot of time being angry, sad and confused that one of my sons was 'taken' from me, while God gave his only son to become sin for us. Jesus didn't just die for our sins, he rose again...He conquered the grave! We can have a personal relationship with God, the creator of the universe because Jesus paid the debt for our sins which opens the communication lines for us. Evan is alive in heaven with Jesus and one day I will be too! What comfort that is for my grieving heart!

1 Cor. 15:20-22 (niv) But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

You too can accept Christ as your Savior and have the peace of knowing that you will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. God's love and mercy for us is amazing...all we have to do is accept Him...He's done the rest for us.
Acknowledge that you are a sinner
Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death,"
Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for our sins and rose again
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
And by confessing your sins and asking Jesus into your heart.
Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
John 3:18 “He who believes in Him (Jesus) is not condemned.”

I'll post some of the many pictures from the weekend in a separate post. We had a great time celebrating our risen Savior ...dressing up, visiting with the Easter Bunny, finding eggs and eating way too much sugar. Owen is a pro at finding eggs after 4 hunts in 4 days. Anderson discovered there is candy in the eggs and would open each one to check the contents before placing it in his basket.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Links

Lessons Learned from Turning off the TV...Our kids do very very little TV. It's pretty much limited to weekend snuggle time in our bed for a short amount of time. I decided toward the end of January that I was watching too much and decided I'd only watch on weekends. My plan was to just do that during February. Well, here it is April and I'm still doing it. I've had some weeks that haven't been as restricted, but overall, I've stuck to it. Give it a try!

Virtually Clutter Free...clean out that inbox! And, use labs in gmail..I love gmail so I'm incorporating the labs. My office also uses gmail, so I am tackling work and personal email inboxes.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stinky wolfpack and other fun convos

While getting ready the other morning.

Owen (wearing a UNC shirt he picked for the day): Anderson, do you like the wolfpack?
Anderson: nuh-uh
Owen: Good because the wolfpack is stinky!

I'll conveniently omit the part where Owen tried to convince me that Daddy really does like the wolfpack...hehe! For the record, Daddy bleeds Carolina Blue and is super stoked that Harrison Barnes will be back next year!

Owen: I have to tell Daddy that Jesus uses a machine to clean our dirty hearts.

Owen: Daddy, you have to eat dinner before you go to your game.
Aaron: No, buddy, I'll eat after.
Owen: Mommy, can you please go pack Daddy a snack for his game.
Me: Owen, Daddy is a big boy and can pack his own snack if he needs it.

You know that Owen is majorly a Daddy's boy. So I've started working on Anderson...but it is apparently not working.
Me: Anderson, who's boy are you?
Anderson: Daddy's
I've given up and gone to this one...
Me: Anderson, who's baby are you?
Anderson: Mommy's
I'm good with this...especially since jealousy has kicked in and Owen has decided he's mommy's baby too.

As I was leaving the babysitter's Wednesday morning, I heard Anderson yell through the door 'love you'.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Play Ball

I try to take the kids to at least one basketball and one baseball game a year. Well, this baseball season is nearing the end (phew and YAY!) and we hadn't been to a game yet. Aaron had a nearby game at a somewhat reasonable hour and the temperature was great, although the forecast had a chance for rain/storms. I packed a picnic dinner and took our chances with the rain. The kids had a great time and Aaron called a good game (of course!). Everytime the fans would cheer, Owen would yell...'Good job, Daddy!'



It was just starting to rain as we were pulling out of the parking lot to head home...thank goodness we didn't get drenched...and we were only a little bit late on bedtime.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Planting the garden

My mom came over to help us plant the garden. She enjoys gardening, much more than I do. Owen was so excited to work in the garden. He talked about it all day Friday and all morning on Saturday.



My mom brought with her some worms from her compost and a book about worms for Owen. After they placed the worms in holes around the garden (and Owen let some crawl all over him), they read all about worms.




Thanks, Mom for the help...there is weeding to be done anytime you want to stop by:)


We have two types of tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, sweet banana peppers, sugar snaps, green beans, yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. In a few weeks, I'll plant the okra and broccoli. See what I meant when I said yesterday that we were unsuccessful in scaling back.

Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Garden

We had plans to scale back...yes, plans. But, we didn't. We started with tilling. Owen was so dirty. He was rolling around in the freshly tilled soil. He was running and jumping. He had a blast...I cringed at the thought of getting him and his clothes clean.



Anderson got in the action a bit. He enjoyed the cleanup much more. Give them dirt and a water hose and it's a party!






Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Links

Alcohol, Liberty and Legalism

Asparagus Swiss Cheese Strata Haven't made this yet, but it looks divine and will be made shortly.

BRU Class Action Settlement

10 Ways to Save Money at Home I pretty much do/have done all of these except number 1. I only hang dry the things that say not to put in the dryer...will try to hang more things.


The differences in grass fed and grain fed beef.


Last, but not least, a special post just for Maridith...she's the only one who has let me know she likes the new Saturday links...anyone else like it?
Canvas Log Carrier

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Tax Day...sort of

I don't do taxes...I review mine and my company's for major typos/errors, but I don't prepare them. I may start doing ours again next year...we've had some wonky stuff the past 5 years or so. I will admit once again to being a nerd and being really excited about the CPE conference I got approval to register for...Employee Benefit Plans. I am the plan administrator for my company's 401k plan...I need all the education I can get..okay, off to file our form 5500.

Anywhoo...I thought it'd be fun to post 2 old tax day pictures even though today isn't technically tax day.



Oh, and note to Mr. President...it's a spending issue, not a revenue issue!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mulch

Owen could hardly contain his excitement when he saw a trailer of mulch! He was begging Aaron to be able to help spread it all out...and do a little directing of little brother who was a mulch rookie.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How the piggy eats...

I feel like I have a lot of references to the movie Christmas Story...must be a result of raising boys.



Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Links

Here's a few things I found interesting this week...what have you found?

The requirements of a good mom. From Sussana Aughtmon who wrote All I Need is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans. A friend from church loaned me this book and it's a great book for a group study or for solo reading.


Vitamin D info.
Great summary and links to all kinds of info on vitamin d.

Sourdough Crackers...I made these last weekend...oh, my goodness! These are so good. They taste like pita chips and were super easy to make. If you are local to me and want some sourdough starter, let me know.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Thirsty?

Apparently, hard work makes him thirsty...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday Links

Thought I'd share a few of the posts I enjoyed this week.

How to make water kefir We've been drinking water kefir for a few weeks at our house...totally hooked, although it took a bit of convincing for Aaron to try it. We've basically stuck with lemonade, but the options are limitless and we'll venture out soon (the lemonade is just soooo good!)

Twin Love this post from Laura. She has a great way with words...often writing what I wish I could convey.

Healthy fats make healthy children

Homemade clorox wipes


Ben Graham was a Quant
My uncle is a published author! Here's the Amazon link to his book. Ben Graham was a Quant Way to go, Stunc!

And lastly, an editorial on Makers not Takers.

What have you found this week?

Friday, April 1, 2011

New Wheels

Anderson got his birthday present a bit early...a fun new car to cruise around in. Lucky for him, it came with a chauffeur...since his short little legs can't reach the gas pedal. Don't worry, he is just as happy to ride shotgun and happy to have Owen's lawn mower freed up for him to ride.