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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 30

Today is my brother's birthday, and he's in Thailand.  We've texted a bit with him and his wife about the strange food they are encountering-Crab Curry flavored potato chips for one-and she's been sending pictures of some of their exploits.  So happy birthday Uncle Craig!

 Today, I got my girls and my youngest boy together with some more of their friends.  Mimi and Little L have such a great friendship, and they haven't seen each other since spending the week together at camp this past summer.  Sari is friends with Little L's younger sister(s), and she was in heaven with so many "littles" around.

 Steph laid a spread that would put Martha Stewart to shame, and we were treated to a wonderful breakfast in addition to time of fellowship and fun.

TJ got to see one of his BFFs too, but I had no more room on my phone to take any pictures, so I don't have one :-(.

I hate that Mimi didn't get to see her ballet lovin' BFF or her BFF who is a magician's daughter, and we never made it to Luminescence to see Miss Christy or Miss Tawni or Patrick or Chris or any one from MMAA.  But we had 3 1/2 days, and it's just not enough to do it all.  We got to see my sister and my nephew and my ex-step-father, and did an amazingly tedious puzzle with everyone who walked in the door, and do a bit of work at our house, and see our old pastor and his family and there's always next time for everything I missed.  But the best part of my day today was at least facilitating the connections I did manage to make and getting together with the friends we were able to connect with.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 29

Today is always a hard day.  It is the day my grandmother died, many, many years ago.  It's not so hard for me.  I mean, sure, she was great, and I loved her, but I was 11 when she died.  It's that she died "young", and my mom was devastated.  She still gets blue on and around the 29th, and of course here we are visiting, and adding stress to an already difficult time.  So today while The Hubs took my car to the shop early, TJ was staying at someone's house, and mom had an appt., mom's husband took the rest of us out on the boat.  We went down a beautiful inlet off a large lake that they live on, and if was pristine, undeveloped FL.  Just gorgeous.

 He also took us to lunch, which was a nice treat, but the best part of my day was definitely a boat ride in unspoiled FL wetlands with Sari, Scott, and Mimi.   Oh, and then the bonus news that my car doesn't have an oil leak or a coolant leak, and it's good to go.  THAT was unexpected and good news for sure.
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 28

Tomorrow is one of my daughter's BFF's 16th birthday.  She also happens to be someone we have missed meeting up with the past time or two that we have been in FL to visit, so getting the girls together was a top priority.  So today, Mimi got to spend the day with RM.

They went shopping with RM's Gram and aunt and just spent time together.  While they were doing that, I got to meet up with my BFFs.  We went to one of our favorite hangouts-One Flight Up.  Aunt Fanny's daughter now works in a store across the way, so when we were done we went over there to bother her at work to say hello.  We moms sat and talked for hours.  It was great to catch up and laugh and commiserate and just share our lives together.  While we were there, Marie's daughter and 2 other teens came by to hang out. (NOT with us, LOL, although they stopped by for a few minutes and I got this funny picture of my realtor's daughter.)

 Ironically, Mimi and RM ended up walking downtown later, after my friends and I had left downtown, and they too ended up at OFU and checking in on Hannah at work.  OFU-it's a happenin' place.

I never get pictures of my friends and I.  I snapped one "selfie" with Aunt Fanny, and it's horrible, but I'll break all my own rules and still share it here.

So getting Mimi and RM together and me getting to catch up with my FL BFFs, best part of my day.
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 27

NOT South Carolina.  South Carolina was NOT the best part of my day.

Dear South Carolina,
     Here's the deal.  Bazillions of people travel up and down I-95 every year.  Most of them seem to do it over concentrated periods of time-like the exact same holiday travel days I am on the roads.  So could you please, PLEASE, PLEASE do us all a favor and join the rest of the eastern coastal states in making I-95 a 6 lane road.  PLEASE?  I mean, right now you are the bane of all holiday travelers' existences.  Is that really the reputation you want?  Do you really want people saying, "Thank God I am OUT of South Carolina?"  I don't think that's the State Motto you are shooting for.  Nor is it good for tourism.  But it's the way we all feel.  Going 10 MPH through your whole state on an accident free roadway just because the interstate isn't wide enough to accommodate the traffic-it's just SOOOO 1990s.  Do us all a favor.  Join the new millennium.  Take the plunge.  Go to 6 lanes.  You won't regret it.  Tourists will thank you.

So what was the best part of my day?  Finally arriving in FL- 2 hours later than we should have been because of South Carolina (insert stink eye).  I was SO glad to get out of the car.  We listened to Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry and most of Rash, which the family really liked.  I had some of my Salty Caramel Chai from Trader Joes before hitting the road, so I was good to go for hours and hours.  Wow, that stuff is yummy.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 26

I didn't want to do it.  I didn't want to go after Christmas shopping.  We were needing to cleaning the house, and pack, and do laundry, and I just didn't want to...but my husband almost insisted, as he didn't "finish" Christmas shopping for me and wanted me to get a few things for myself.  And I did discover while dressing for Christmas Eve that I have no black dress boots, which of course were on sale the morning after Christmas.  So I got myself out of bed and off to the mall relatively early, and I found a pair of boots for $20 (doorbuster) and a new pair of silver hoops for my ears to wear every day.  But best of all, I got a deal on 6 new table knives for us to use.  Our utensils are 22+ years old, and the knives, they don't cut any more.  The serrated edge is totally gone.  So I got some new ones for less than half their normal price (sale plus coupon).  Score!  And I was home by 11 AM.  Plus, The Hubs did all the hand wash dishes while I was gone-even better.
So new boots, earring, and knives, and coming home to not having to hand wash a bunch of stuff-best part of my day.
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 25

Merry Christmas!

I suppose I should be very holy and say the best part of my day was celebrating the birth of my Savior and Lord.  But really, we celebrate Jesus every day, and had been doing the Jesse Tree and an online advent calendar and our Sparkle Box and were very focused preparing our hearts for Christmas.  So I'm going to be shallow and say the best part of Christmas is being able to say


Everybody loved their gifts.  I even managed to surprise my husband with two canvas prints of photos I took from our trip to Fay's farm earlier this year that he wasn't expecting but had off-handedly mentioned wanting.

And initially we were leaving for FL tomorrow morning, so I wasn't planning any sort of dinner, but our plans changed in the past few days, and so I had to revise our plans food-wise.  We had a pork tenderloin marinaded in balsamic vinegar, steak seasoning, and olive oil-it was yummy.  I made mashed potatoes, which I found the perfect recipe for here at Thanksgiving.  And I made my cinnamon apples and a simple salad, and it was perfect.

As an appetizer while that was cooking, we had garlic brie pull apart bread, which was beyond yummy and GONE in 5 minutes flat.  I also made the super cute cheese and tomato Christmas tree shaped tray that was so ubiquitous on Pinterest.  I used kale instead of thyme or rosemary as the greens, and then used that in the salad when we ate dinner.  It was festive and easy.

Anyway, the weight of the holidays always falls on me-I do all the shopping, all the wrapping, all the cooking, all the everything.  And I'm not really an "entertainer" at heart.  So when everything comes together, and everyone enjoys their gifts and the food and our day together, it's not necessarily a snapshot moment, but it definitely is the best part of my day.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 24

The younger 3 in their "Christmas clothes," kind of.  Sari couldn't find her boots, and we never got Mimi shoes, and it was raining cats and dogs until about 30 minutes before this, so it was wet, wet, wet.
Church.  We had 2 services last night, and two tonight.  The 3 younger kids and I served at the earlier service tonight, and then our family attended the second service.  My "middles" had 6 kids (there was an adult in with them) and I could here them through the wall-it was crazy.  They loved TJ and were making a game of piling on him.  Sari and I had the babies.  There were 2 of them.  It was fine until they both started crying at the same time, right when church "should" have ended, except there was a baptism, so it ran long.  Both babies had just eaten and pooped right before they arrived, so in theory, they should have been "good to go.," but in reality, not so much.  We scrambled and dug through their diaper bags for food and found a water bottle for one and some baby food for the other and ahhh, blissful silence.  Thank God Sari was in there with me.  She is a baby whisperer, and I couldn't have done it without her.  It was a privilege to be able to serve and allow someone else the chance to sit in church an be fed without having to worry about their little one.

Of course, I love Christmas Eve church service, and I'm a sucker for singing by candlelight.  My kids gave me the stink-eye for taking a picture in church, but I couldn't help myself.

So church on Christmas Eve, best part of my day.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Best Part of My Day- December 23

Swimming.  Sari and I went swimming today.  Crazy, right?  We have an indoor swimming pool near us, and a friend invited us to go along with her and her girls for their open swim this afternoon.  So Sari and I went swimming.  It was insane to take 2 hours out of the day two days before Christmas, but sometimes that's exactly what you have to do.  The girls had a blast, and I got some nice mom friend time.  We even managed to make it to the bank and to run a few last minute Christmas errands on the way to and from there, so it was a "justifiable" trip too.
Swimming with my girl and our friends in the middle of winter-the best part of my day.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 22

Cookies.  I love cookies.  In my family, cookie baking is a big deal for Christmas.  Now that we aren't living near the rest of our family, it falls on me to bake them all myself.  I love to bake, but it's not nearly as much fun without the whole family gathered 'round.  With that being said, my "little bit" is a huge help to me, and she loves to bake too.  She really took over the rolling out and decorating of the cookies we made today-some of my favorites-Berliner Kranzers.

Making cookies with my favorite little helper was definitely the best part of my day.

But then best part of my kids day?  That would be opening the presents that their Uncle Craig sent them.  He got a 3D printer this year, and designed, made, and programmed these "neolights" for each child.  Each one is themed to what the child is most interested in, Sari's obviously being Elsa.  These are SOOOO cool, and no one else in the whole world has one just like it.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 21

Duck Donuts.  I think I've died and gone to heaven.  Think of the best thing you've ever eaten, and then just know that it pales in comparison to a Duck Donut.  Oh. My.
 First, they cook the donuts fresh, while you wait (and while you watch).
And you get to pick how you want yours "topped".  I got "french toast"-so it was maple frosted and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.  YUM.   Mimi got chocolate with bacon.  Sari got strawberry with chocolate drizzle and rainbow sprinkles.  Scott just got iced coffee.  (He's crazy, what can I say, although it was good iced coffee.)
I saved half of mine for TJ and The Hubs to try (they were still at church for the second service when the rest of us stumbled upon Duck Donuts).  TJ got orange frosted with chocolate drizzle and The Hubs got maple frosted with bacon.

Duck Donuts has just opened in our area, and we happened upon them by God ordained chance.  Discovering them was definitely the best part of my day.  If you are ever anywhere near one of their stores, you MUST check them out.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 20

I feel like a "for real" adult tonight.  My husband had his work Christmas party at a bar downtown, and we got to go WITHOUT kids.  You know the last time we were out without kids?  Over a year ago when we were looking for a place to rent before we moved here.

So tonight I put on make up (that NEVER happens) and pretty clothes (that only happens on Sunday) and had a nice dinner and the kids only called 6 times (NOT kidding).

They were having an ugly sweater contest with prizes, so my normally reserved husband went all out (the picture really doesn't do it justice):

But really the best (although not ugliest) was his co-worker and her husband:
Her dress was a knit that looked like an elf dress, and his suit?  Head to toe (and tie) in red snowman print.  It was fabulous.

Anyway, pretending to be an adult for a few hours wearing adult clothes and eating adult food?  Definitely the best part of my day.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 19

Several things today:
1) my husband is home again after being gone for a few days for work
2) I got to talk to my friend Marie today for the first time in a while
3) Tonight we were THAT house.  You know, that house all the kids in the neighborhood are playing at.  Sari's friends' older brother is on leave from the military for the holidays and he arrived home today.  They showed up in our yard as we arrived home at dusk with really, really nice light sabers for everyone to use for a giant light saber battle.  There were kids from 6 to 20 years old and everything in between, all battling each other in an epic battle.  It was great.  I'll post a picture later.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 18

Doomsday Preppers.  Have you seen this show?  I know, I should pick sweet, deep, meaningful moments as the best part of my day, but this show-it just cracks me up.  Why can't one of these people stumble upon and buy my FL house.  It would be PERFECT for them!  I don't like to poke fun at people, but this show makes me feel better about my crazy, because while God doesn't grade on a curve, people tend to, and me at my craziest is no where near as crazy as most of these folks.  So Doomsday Preppers is oddly enough the best part of my day.  And hey, if you ARE a doomsday prepper, I have the PERFECT house for you in FL-built in 1200 sq ft bomb shelter, a well that goes 270 ft deep, 10,000 gallon water storage tank-it's got it all, and it's for sale cheap!
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Best Part of My Day-December 17

The Hubs is away, so it's just the kids and I.  Somehow the absence of one person suddenly makes dinner seem much less formal an occasion.  Today was one of those days-I was out of the house more than in it.  So on the way home from our last stop, we went to Trader Joe's for some of their awesome Mac and Cheese...3 containers to be exact.  We came away having spent $60 because that's how Trader Joe's works, LOL (I got a large thing of real syrup and some honey and so part of the expense was expensive stuff.)  Anyway, to add to the mac and cheese, we used up some mystery chicken from our freezer.  When my mom and her husband were here this summer, they left behind a frozen meal on accident.  I assumed it was orange chicken, or something like it, and figured we'd eat it eventually, but a meal for 2 doesn't feed 6, so it needed to be on a night when we had other things a large amount of mac and cheese.

The kids LOVED dinner.  And not a spoonful was left.  We ate and laughed and had homemade fudge for dessert, and played the Wii and it was just a nice evening.  So an easy dinner of comfort food followed by some family time-best part of my day.
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Best Part of My Day-December 16

While we were doing school today-late because of Mimi's Driver's Ed class- my two middle kids actually "fought" at every page turn over who could hold my hand the whole time I was doing the read aloud.  It was very sweet, and I know it won't last forever, so that was definitely the best part of my day.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 15

The simple one here would be getting my article done for Home and School Mosaics, LOL.  We write half a month ahead of time, with the 15th as a deadline, and somehow I am always down to the wire.  Speaking of Home & School Mosaics, we are doing a 12 days of Christmas countdown, and my article is up next.

But the real best part of my day was taking my daughter to Driver's Ed today.  She has class all week long for 6 hours a day.  It's the closest thing to school she's ever experienced.  She got 100% on her quiz today, but she came home exhausted from all the social interaction with almost 40 kids for that long.  She's definitely my daughter!  Seeing her take another step toward maturity and her enthusiasm to learn all this stuff is definitely the best part of my day.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 14

Yoga.  Today, I did a yoga class.  I haven't done yoga since I was pregnant with Sari.  That's 9 1/2 years.  Before that, I was totally into yoga-going to class weekly, or more often if my schedule allowed.  A combination of having 4 small children and wrist problems leading to surgery meant that after Sari was born yoga had to "give".  But today, my aqua-cardio teacher led a trial yoga class and Sari and I went.  In fact, only she and I went-there was no one else.  It was great.  I might be a little unable to move sore tomorrow, but it was totally worth it.  Definitely the best part of my day.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 13

Remember my impromptu trip last weekend to pick up a new-to-me, but broken sewing machine?  Well The Hubs got it working today!  Of course, in true man form, a few unidentifiable pieces now reside in a plastic baggie taped to the instruction manual, but it's sewing now, and that's more than it was doing before.  Yay!  He looked it up online, and the current model that's similar to this one sells for about $300, so fixing the $10 machine was well worth it.  Plus now Sari has a machine to use too.
So $10 and a determined engineer for a husband means I have a working Janome sewing machine.  That's the best part of my day!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 12

 We went to the zoo with one family we knew already, and two other families we met for the first time that day.  The Asheboro zoo is a distance, but it's worth it.  First, they let homeschoolers in for FREE (cool, right?), and second, it's just a really well done zoo.  We weren't sure given that the day started below freezing and the high was only 55 how many animals we would see, but they were all out and very "see-able" as you can tell from a few of the pictures below.

This is the savanna.  We arrived here just a feeding time, and got to watch a very aggressive ostrich chase the food truck-good times.  There were elephants and large and small herd animals like Thompson's Gazelles too.

So getting to explore the new-to-us zoo with some new and not so new to us friends?  Best part of my day.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 11

A dear, dear, sweet woman from our old church sends us a downloadable advent calendar every year.  If you've never heard of them, you really have to check out Jacquie Lawson.  Her cards and things are great, and the advent calendars are amazing.
Anyway, we were doing ours this morning, and it had a "wrap your presents" activity.  Here's Sari choosing her wrapping paper and ribbons, etc.

I forget which Christmas carol was playing as the background music for this activity, but all of a sudden, my "large boy" burst into dramatic song.  It was hilarious...and contagious.  If you look in the background, you can see even his normally reserved sister joined in.

So an impromptu sing-along of theatrical proportions-best part of my day.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 10

This crazy's his tenth birthday today.  Double digits.  The picture above was taken last Christmas-that's Bam Bam, the birthday boy, with my mom and Sari.  He and Sari are 3 months apart in age.  Maybe for his big landmark birthday I should start calling him by a big boy name on my we'll call him Alex, shall we?
So tonight we called Alex for his birthday.  We haven't spoken to him in ages.  He took turns talking to 3 of my 4 kids, and he was so mature on the phone, asking what they had been doing, what they were studying in school, etc.  He even told Sari he'd "get" her brothers if they weren't treating her well.  He's a hoot, and he's growing up, and I miss him.  So talking to my nephew Alex for his part of my day.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 9

The Sparkle Box.  It's the best part of my day.  It might even be one of the best parts of Christmas.  This simple book has such a profound idea- giving a gift to Jesus for Christmas in the form of acts of service or kindness to others, and then putting a record of that into your Sparkle Box.  Then, on Christmas, you open that box with your kids and talk about all your gifts for Jesus.  My little one loves adding things to our box.  We've added things like giving money to a homeless lady, sending a monetary gift to our sponsor child and his family for Christmas, and donating toys to our church's food pantry and children who have a parent in the military.  I love that it has my children looking for ways to serve others and give back to Jesus for all He has done for us.  So The Sparkle Box is definitely the best part of my day.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Part of My Day- December 8

I know, it's hard to see, but today we found our Jesse Tree book and began our Jesse Tree study.  I painted a Jesse Tree on our sliding door today so we could put our ornaments up there.  In the hurry and hustle and rush of the season, I love the Jesse Tree and walking through the story of Jesus- of God's redemption plan from the beginning.  It reminds me how patient God is.  How long His plans take to unfold, but how perfect they are.  It reminds me that family and friends and celebrating the season are fun and even important, but Christmas is about more than that, and the Jesse Tree helps us see that because it forces us to slow down and take the time to spend time each day in God's word immersed in the fullness of the Christmas story.  So finding our Jesse Tree book and beginning our walk down God's "memory lane".  Best part of my day.

This is the book we use:

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 7

So interrupted plans seems to be the theme for the weekend.  On Thursday, someone in our homeschool group posted a really nice sewing machine for sale for $10.  It needs it's timing adjusted, but I think The Hubs can do that.  So he told me I could try to buy it.  I sent an "interested" email right away, but didn't hear anything, so I assumed it went to someone else.  So after getting TJ's hair cut before church this morning, the afternoon's plans were to finish the tree and house decorations, and to cut Scott's hair...that is until I came home from church to an email from the lady selling the sewing maching.  She had been out of town, but she was back and I was first in line for the machine if I still wanted it.  YES!!!  The catch? She lives over and hour away from me and today really was the best day to go get it.  Soooo, scratch all the afternoon plans, hop in the car, and head off to pick up the machine.  But I brought Sari with me because the 3 teens had a youth group Christmas party later today and I wasn't sure I'd be back in time for them to get there and not have to drag her along if I wasn't back.  So she and I went on a cross-city adventure.  We listened to a book on CD, got a treat at Aldi, got a rare fast food dinner, and watched Free Birds, which she has been DYING for me to see.  So a night with my little girl and a potential new awesome sewing machine.  Best part of my day.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 6

Today was supposed to be a nice, quiet family day.  We were going to put up the tree, and decorate it and watch a movie and I'd cut the boys' hair and the hubs was going to make dinner, and we'd just have a nice rainy day at home.  Well, the chaos started with the fact that the tree skirt was not in the box with the tree, and I couldn't remember which box it was in, so we had to get them all out just to find the skirt.  Then we got the tree up only to discover that about 1/3 of the lights are not longer working.  The Hubs made a quick trip to the store, to buy a new string to pillage new bulbs out of, but they were burning out as soon as he'd plug them in.  So then we had to take another trip to the store to buy a whole new string of lights just to put on the tree there the burned out ones are.    

Anyway, we got that done, put up the lights, Sari began decorating the tree, I did a little house decorating, and we began watching the movie.  Except in the middle of the movie my cell phone rang.  It was a mom from our homeschool group.  She needed a babysitter for about 45 minutes from then.  Her sitter was sick with a stomach bug, and she had just gotten the message.  So she was wondering could Mimi come and babysit?  The thing is, Mimi hasn't ever sat for them before, in fact she barely knows them, and night was falling, and she said she didn't feel comfortable with it unless I went too.  .

But that ended up being the best part of my day.  I got to watch my daughter watch other people's kids, and I had no responsibilities.  I just sat on the couch and finished a knitting project that I had been almost done with.  I loved watching the kids pummel Mimi with pillows and try to see exactly what they could get her to let them get away with (not much with me there too, LOL).  So an unexpected evening that meant I got to finish my knitting project and be a fly on the wall while my daughter babysat?  Best part of my day.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 5

Tonight, our homeschool group had a teen Christmas party.  Turnout was small-11 kids I think, which ended up being a blessing in disguise.  Why?  Because when we got to the church the party was supposed to be at, we were locked out.  So after spending 30+ minutes in upper 40 degree temps standing outside at a strip mall where the church is, the party moved to one family's house that lives nearby.  The kids were having a great time in the parking lot to be honest, but it was a tad chilly, and hard to share snacks, etc.  The family opened their home with no advanced notice, and the kids had a great time.  They played games and did a white elephant gift exchange, and TJ made a friend.  It was a fun evening, and my plans to head to a coffee shop while they were at the party got changed when the location moved and the 4 other moms all decided to hang around too.  So while I didn't get the work done that I had planned to do, I did get to chat and socialize and watch my 2 middle teen kids have a great time, and that was a balm to my soul.  I loved seeing them both enjoying themselves and having a great time.  That was awesome-best part of my day.
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Lumo Project-Gospel of John Review

What if the Bible came to life-word for word, not a dot or tiddle deviated from scripture, yet was beautifully reenacted with authentic feeling locales and costumes and actors?  What if it not only did that, but you could choose the translation you listened to (NIV, King James, or Spanish)?  If it did, what you would have is the
Lumo Project
and it is, in a word, stunning.


I had the chance to preview the Gospel of John (they are doing all four gospels), but you can watch it for FREE now if you have Netflix.  With 53 million subscribers globally, Netflix is the perfect venue to help carry the gospel around the globe via the Lumo project.  It is exciting to be sure!

The Gospel of John really gives you a feel for how the Bible "played out" in living form.  Jesus walks stony paths in arid lands and feeds the multitudes among the weeds and grasses.

It feels "real" and nothing distracts from it because it is pure scripture.  A perfect evangelizing tool to be sure!

The only thing to note is that it is close to 3 hours long since it is taken word for word from scripture, so you might want to break up the watching over a day or two if you are watching it on Netflix.

You can learn more about the movies on the Lumo Project website.

Here are their social media links:

All in all, I think the cinematography is just beautiful, and the way the movie brings scripture to life is really key for me.  I like to see what it would have been like, to really understand and put myself in Jesus's place, and this movie let me do that.  I'd definitely recommend checking out the Gospel of John and the others that will follow.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Best Part of My Day-Day 4

Chocolate.  Who doesn't love chocolate?  Sari was invited to a birthday party at a chocolate shop today.  Each guest got to design their own 1/2 lb of dark chocolate.  YUM!    What isn't to love about that?  She chose mustache lollipops and solid rose topped chocolates.  All the girlies had a blast, and again, I got to chat with some of the moms and was reminded that I am making connections and friends and building relationships, which comes very slowly for me, but it's nice.

So chocolate and friends...bast part of my day.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Best Part of My Day- December 3

Today was one of those days.  The ones we homeschool moms like to pretend doesn't exist, where our kids do their very best to irritate each other, and us, with everything they do and say.  I was really wondering if there was going to be a best part of my day other than, "We all survived."  But Sari and I had an invitation from our neighborhood homeschoolie friends to go to the park, so we did just that.  I had a great time hanging out with my same name pal.  She's the one person I've met here that I can fully be myself with, and I haven't managed to scare her away yet, nor do I think I will.  That's important when still aren't feeling well and have to do things like blow your nose and clear nasty yuck out of your throat.  Sari also had a great time running around with her girls, and my older kids were able to get work done at home without them all picking at each other.
On the way home, Sari and I stopped to get some yarn for a knitting project I am working on, and we were both a little hungry, so we had a treat.  There's a place near us that serves crepes and we got the peach melba one to share.  It was yummy, and just enough to hold me over until dinner.  And since it was raspberries, peaches, honey, and lemon yogurt sauce, I don't think it was too awful a snack either.

So a chat with my same name pal and a crepe with my Sari, best part of my day.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 2

So two things today, and the first one is going to seem rather odd...

The first best part of my day is that my daughter quit a class today.  I know, that seems totally counter-intuitive, right?  But this class has really, really been stressing her out.  And for weeks now, she has been developing mysterious illnesses on Tuesdays in hopes of staying home (it didn't work).  She finally spilled the beans.  The class is too much for her.  It's giving her nightmares.  It's a higher level work than anything she's had to do before, and it's taking all she's got to do it, at the expense of the classes that "just mom" teaches like, you know, English and Algebra, which she's now woefully behind in.  Oh, and did I mention this is also the Forensic Science class for which we have had a dead rat in salt water on our back porch for month now for?  So after a serious heart to heart, I decided to let her let it go.  She's not failing-in fact her grade should be a solid B if not higher.  But she is the youngest student in the class (other than the teacher's son) by 2 years, and keeping up with that work really has put her way, way behind in her other core subjects.  She had a health class that was a semester long this fall also, and if we add that semester to this one, that will actually make for a full year of science-y type work already done.  I;ll just call this "Intro to Forensic Science" and leave it at that.  Oh, and dump the rat. DEFINITELY best part of my day material right there!!!

Second was just our funny conversation at dinner.  I know not every Christian family is into Harry Potter, but we have made the decision that it's okay for our family because we have experienced it together as a family-listening to the audio books together and talking about anything that we felt like needed to be addressed, etc,   So references to HP,or any movie really, are common in our house.  Tonight's dinner conversation worked it's way around to which house each kid would be in.  Mimi claims Slytherin, Sari runs around saying, "I'm a Hufflepuff." in a voice that is beyond adorable, and TJ protests that he has taken the "official" quiz and is a Gryffindor even though Mimi says no.  That led the Hubs to declare that he was a member of the one no one ever seems to want to be in.  So I, being snarky, said that that was just because he has a thing for Rowena Ravenclaw.  He said, "Yeah, I like them pale and pasty."  I said, "And see through."  But I said it right as he took a sip of soup, and it was all he could do to not spit it all over the table, and it obviously looses a LOT of the funniness in the telling, because you had to be there, but really it was funny, and I love the playful banter of our dinner table.  So the other best part of my day was just our dinnertime playfulness.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Best Part of my Day- Dec 1

I did Thankfulness for November.  For December, I want to try to blog the best part of my day, just like a friend of my does on FB.  What I have found for today at least is that it is really hard to narrow it down to one thing!  It started with this:
All four of my kids doing grammar together.  That hasn't happened, well, ever.  Sari just joined us for it this year, and Scott has basically graduated out of grammar, so this never happens.  But he happened to wander through that they were stumped, so he joined the contest.  We do a sentence a day (which I get from a book I bought on Amazon-you can find the link if you click the sentence at the bottom of my blog about One Blessed Mamma's Amazon Store, and then the one about what we use for grammar).  I write it on the white board, and they copy it and correct any spelling, punctuation, etc. problems, and then show it to me.  Today, in the end, Scott and the other two older kids all finished correcting the sentence at exactly the same moment, so they all got a "prize"- a small packet of skittles from the Halloween stash.  Sari gets credit for writing the sentence and correcting what she can, and she is picking up the rules as we go along and discuss each day's sentence once someone "solves" it by finding and correcting all the problems.  I love seeing peer pressure work in a positive way, and today was the best of that.

The other best part of my day was taking the girls to pick up some pottery Mimi and I had painted at a local pottery place.  You never know exactly what it will look like once it's fired, so that's part of the fun.  I love, love, LOVE seeing my artistic daughter's work.  She's so amazing.  Here are our before and afters:
This is her Crying girl.  She's crying and smiling, and kind of like the Mona Lisa, it's up to the viewer to decide why...

This one she drew for a contest recently. 

The Hubs took Mimi to Starbucks the other morning, and she drew this on the napkins.  Amazing, right?
 So I asked her to do it on a tile as a poinsettia for a Christmas trivet.

While she was doing all of that and something for each nephew, I did this:

 For the record, it's just one mug with three leaves painted on it.  And yes, I painted one thing in the time it took Mimi to paint 5.  Even the girl who worked there said she was fast.

So the best parts of my day today?  Seeing all my kids playfully competing against each other at grammar and seeing the fruits of our labor at the pottery place.

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