Monday, December 17, 2007

notice a theme?

While discussing the Trinity, specifically the fact that the Three Persons are perfectly united in mind and will...

Samuel: "They're like the Borg!"

Thursday, December 06, 2007

you know you've been watching too much sci-fi when...

... your son, encumbered by boxer shorts, pants, a belt, a button-down shirt, and a sweater vest, exits the bathroom with clothing asunder and helplessly announces, "I've got a hull breach."

Sunday, December 02, 2007

for the warrior with a sense of style

Samuel: I have armor that bullets can't even penetrate. When a bullet hits it, it just adds a little more shine.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

pumpkins, squash, and gourds, oh my!

Also on Saturday, we went to a local pumpkin patch. Calling it a pumpkin patch hardly does it justice, though, as they grow over 200 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Amazing! It was so fascinating to see the varieties, learn what they are used for, what countries they come from, and select our own to try. We got a nice jack-o-lantern pumpkin, but also a big pie pumpkin, a Japanese squash that is supposed to taste similar to hash browns when fried, a butternut, some sweet potato squash (Samuel's favorite last year), and some spaghetti squash, which I've been wanting to try for some time now. I'll post how they turn out as we cook them!


Thanks to a friend who took it upon herself to organize this, we were able to participate in a 2-part astronomy field trip last week. On Wednesday, we went to the local planetarium and saw the Fall Prairie Skies show, detailing the stars, planets, and galaxies that are currently visible in the night sky. Then on Saturday night, we joined the local Astronomical Society for their weekly viewing and got to see the moon up close, as well as the Andromeda galaxy, twin star clusters, the ring nebula, and all the constellations that we had learned about earlier in the week. We had a great time, and learned a lot. We will definitely have to do more stargazing - we were surprised at how much you can see with a simple pair of binoculars - not to mention your own eyes, when you leave the city lights behind!

Samuel on the latest college fashions

"Mama, that guy needs new pants. They have big holes in the knees, and littles holes above that! And, they're all droopy - like he's too skinny or something. Or maybe he got too fat and then he shrank."

Thankfully, we were out of earshot. Although, maybe it wouldn't have been so bad for this student to hear just what he looked like!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I guess he doesn't appreciate my favorite season

We've been having some very un-fall-ish weather around here, including record-breaking temperatures in the 90's last weekend. This morning brought our first real breath of autumn, as we woke up shivering in our summer pajamas. I told Samuel to get dressed, and that he could finally wear some of his new long pants and long-sleeved shirts because it would be much cooler today. His eyes got big and he dashed to the window, peered out, and then sadly reported, "No snow yet, Mama."

Well, I will just have to remind him of all the joys of fall: leaf collecting and crafting, pumpkin picking, hot apple cider, corn mazes, and more!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

another year...

So, yesterday was my 29th birthday. I've been joking that this is the last one I'll have for a long time. ;) Actually, for the most part, I really don't mind being older. I don't think that this is where I thought I would be at this age, but I know that whatever I thought/wished would happen, God's will is always what's best for me.

I also discovered yesterday that you should always take your sister with you when you go out for a birthday dinner, because she (unlike your husband) is always up for ordering dessert so when you can't decide between the tiramisu and the cannoli, she will split them both with you so that you get some of each without feeling like a total glutton.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Samuel quote

From our summer vacation, while swimming in a hotel pool...

SAMUEL: Look what I can do and still be able to survive!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

wonders big and small

Samuel is officially an astronomer. You can be too, if you go here, learn to classify galaxies, and then help real scientists to categorize a million galaxies! Samuel breezed through the tutorial, aced the test, and then started classifying. After a few minutes, he said something like, "Am I really doing this?" It had hit him that he was really being a scientist, and doing real scientific work. "Yes," I told him. "Yes, you are!"

On the smaller side of things, he found a monarch caterpillar in our yard, perched on a morning glory that had sprouted up in the middle of the grass. Everything that I read said that they only eat milkweed, but nothing that I found said that morning glory is a type of milkweed. And yet, there he was, munching away. Since we don't have any milkweed that I know of, we continued to feed him morning glory after we brought him inside. Samuel named him Peter. After a few days, we came back from church to find a chrysalis, and almost two weeks later, we woke up to a butterfly. We've seen a monarch hanging around our butterfly bush since Peter was released, and of course Samuel is sure it's Peter, coming back to say hello!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

look ma, 2 wheels!

Yes, he's finally done it: mastered the 2-wheeler!
2 wheels!

Of course, right after I took this picture, he crashed into the flower bed, but we won't dwell on that. I think some rides on our tagalong definitely helped him get the feel for balancing a 2-wheeler. We'll still use the tagalong for longer rides in case he gets tired, but it's great that he'll be able to cruise the neighborhood on his own now.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

unschooling math

Samuel announced yesterday that 7 times 2 is 14, and it would only take 6 more to get to 20. This may not seem that impressive, except that I have never taught him math except as it has come up in our daily life - you know, counting and whatnot. Most of it, he's figured out on his own because he thinks it's interesting. Somehow I don't think he'd be figuring out math concepts in his head for fun if he was drilled with worksheets.

We should probably work on his concept of time, though. Today I told him we had 10 more minutes at the pool, as he was getting blue and shivery. Then I gave him the 5-minute warning. "It's been 5 minutes already?" "Yes." "Those minutes are wimpy!"

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

That's my boy

We've been watching the TV series "Numb3rs" lately on DVD. Tonight Samuel wanted to watch a movie, and we were listing off his choices. March of the Penguins, Jonah, Prince of Egypt, National Geographic, etc. "No," he said, "I want to watch something with math!"

Monday, May 07, 2007


So, my husband has posted to his blog 4 times in the past few days, whereas I have not posted since the beginning of April. Something is awry! ;) I have to restore the balance! Here's what's been happening:

laundry detergent works great! I have also been impressed with the Fels Naptha soap as a stain remover - just scrub the bar onto dampened clothes. It took out tomato sauce from my son's khakis!

We put out a thistle feeder and have been getting lots of goldfinches. And today I saw an indigo bunting for the first time - but did not get a picture. :(

Nine goldfinches! two male goldfinches

Dh has made the front yard lovely with flowers and I have completely neglected the veggie garden out back - the usual state of things. :-/ Here is our whiskey barrel, which Samuel is in charge of this year:

Samuel's flowers

Samuel had his first T-ball practice tonight! He had a lot of fun. He practiced in the backyard for a bit this afternoon. Of course, while playing catch with me, he managed to get whacked in the nose with the ball. I did not throw it hard, I promise!!! And I didn't even throw it right at his face, it was off to the side a bit!!! But he still managed to step into it. Oh, well. Happens to everyone at some point, right? I know it sure did to me. He had a great time hitting the ball and running the bases tonight. And now he needs a bath!

Monday, April 02, 2007


So, today I made my own laundry detergent. It was so easy and cheap! You can make some too, if you click here. I haven't tried it yet (it takes 24 hours to gel) but I'll let you know how it works.

BTW, this is apparently my 100th post. Shouldn't I get a cake or something? ;)

pick meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

They are giving away a Dyson vacuum cleaner over at Five Minutes For Mom. Go, sign up quick!!! (Before April 4.)

Saturday, March 17, 2007


I have a new favorite recipe, found here at The Wednesday Chef. This one meets all my criteria: fast, easy, doesn't create too many dirty dishes, uses ingredients I always have on hand... and it's delicious! Oh, and it's very impressive looking, too, especially when you first take it out of the oven and it's all puffed up. I wish I'd taken a picture, but ours didn't last very long. :) Enjoy!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Maybe I should have given up donuts for Lent

While lying in bed...

SAMUEL: Mama, roll back the other way!

ME: But I'm more comfortable this way.

SAMUEL: But I need you to be my pillow!

ME: You have a pillow right there.

SAMUEL: But you're fluffier.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What a mess.

Okay, while checking to see if my Tabblo posted ok (it didn't, at least not the first time) I realized that I have a whole mess of broken links and whatnot over there in the sidebar. If anyone is even still reading this sadly neglected blog, you have my apologies! I'll try to clean things up around here sometime soon. Of course, I am trying to minimize my computer time during Lent, so "soon" might equal "May".

It's all melting away...

All the snow we got last week, that is. Now it is almost warm outside! Thought I'd share the little photo collage I made over at Tabblo. I just discovered Tabblo, and it is a lot of fun. My new addiction... :)

Tabblo: February Snow