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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

News

Yes, that's right! Baby #5 is on the way!! We're very excited. :) I'm not feeling great...a little sicker than I remember feeling with my other pregnancies, but it could definitely be worse. I'm a little tired too, but of course that comes with the territory. I think that I'm about 5 weeks, which would make the baby due on New Years Day! That's my best guess, but I could very well be off. I don't have a doctors appointment yet, and I'll most likely wait awhile to go. The children are very excited! Joshua had been saying the baby should be a boy and we should name him Joshua, but now he's saying that it doesn't make any sense to have two Joshua's in the house. :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Did Anyone Notice....

the new addition to my sidebar? :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Five Years!


I am so blessed to be married to the best husband in the world! :) Happy 5th Anniversary, Adam! I love you!


Note: The Nocturne from the Borodin String Quartet that is playing right now was in our wedding prelude. :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

At the River


It was way too nice today to stay inside! I packed up peanut butter and honey sandwiches, loaded up the kids, and we headed down to the river for a picnic and some play time at the park. We had a ball...despite Esther's frequent and unexpected screaming meltdowns when a pigeon got within 15 feet of her. You can tell from the picture above that she was on pigeon patrol. She would scramble to get as close to me as she could, all the while shrieking "Bird 'care me!". I'm guessing it was sort of comical to every one else at the park. :)

Sweet Hannah was content to watch the action from her stroller

Abigail asked me a bazillion times to take her picture

Having fun together!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Esther's Progress

Esther has been doing really well with her potty training this week! I haven't been pushing her much. I don't want her to get burned out, and since she's so young I'm not completely sure that she's ready. I kept forgetting too...that wasn't helping. But she's been keeping her diaper dry and telling me when she needs to go since Monday!! Monday morning I put her on the potty and she went, and then for some reason I forgot to put a new diaper on her. Two plus hours later I noticed her diaper sitting on the changing table and I panicked! I thought for sure she had wet the floor multiple times, but she hadn't done it once! I put her on the potty and she went immediately. She's excited about getting a treat afterwards now ("Papa's M&M"), and she wasn't too interested in that before, so I'm hoping that will help too. I'd love to have her potty trained by her second birthday, which is next month. It would be great to have only one in diapers for a while! Esther's favorite part of going to the potty is flushing. This morning she flushed, looked into the potty, waved, and said "Bye bye, pee pee. I luloo"! :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

New Favorite

I thought I'd share one of my new favorite recipes. A favorite because it's really good, and also because it is SO easy to make! It's Salsa Chicken from Allrecipes. We had it for dinner last week (served with yellow rice and spinach salad with fresh strawberries!) and I've been enjoying the leftovers. Allrecipes is really a great resource. You can sign up to get a recipes emailed to you every day, and there are several different ways to search for a recipe. The reviews are very helpful as well and often include substitutions and ways to make the recipe even better!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Adventures

Joshua and Abigail had their 3 and 4-year well checks today. Joshua got his 4 year-old shots. He was very brave and only cried a little. The rest of the visit went smoothly, except that the doctor found something in Abigail's ear...she said it looked like a clear bead. Abigail said, "Actually, it's a booger". I tried not to laugh too hard. :) The doctor tried to get it out, but it wouldn't come and she didn't want to push it in farther, so she said that she would call and set up an appointment with an ENT. About 15 minutes after we got home they called and wanted to know if we come come now. So I packed everyone up and headed down to the medical college. The resident was finally able to get it out with suction while I held Abigail's hands and the attending doctor held her head. She wasn't thrilled, to say the least. But she did well and was fine as soon as they were finished. The resident put it in a little dish and showed it to me. I asked what it was and he said that it was just a little round piece of plastic. Abigail peeked into the dish to see it and said, "Actually, it's a booger". Makes me wonder what she's been stuffing in her ears!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Discovery

I'm probably the last person on the planet to discover this, but I just found out that if you slice an unpeeled avocado in half lengthwise and pull the halves apart, you can then easily scoop out the flesh with a spoon. It's SO MUCH EASIER than peeling the slippery rascal and trying to cut the flesh off of the core. Hannah has recently decided that she does, in fact, like avocados...the one and only food that she hasn't been too thrilled about!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Vacation

We took a road trip to visit my aunt, uncle and grandmother last week. Adam had the week off of classes, so we took advantage of the much needed break! We stopped in Richmond, VA and had dinner with my brother and his wife (Brian and Alyssa) and their new (cute!) baby Andrew. Unfortunately, I forgot all about taking pictures. We may be seeing them next month though, and if we do I'll plan to make up for it then. Then we headed to New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a few days. We had a wonderful time! We stayed with my Uncle Jim and Aunt Candie, and they were great hosts! I learned a lot about hospitality from them that I hope to use in the future. :) Here are some pictures from our fun week!

Hannah and Uncle Jim. The children enjoyed an egg hunt while we were there.

Our family in front of the apartments that I lived in when I was Joshua and Abigail's age.

Hannah and Great -Grandmom

Reading with Aunt Candie

Eating lunch at Great-Grandmom's house






Sunday, April 06, 2008

Farm Fest

We went to a Farm Fest with my parents last weekend. The children and I went with them last year (Adam was out of town) and Joshua has been talking about it ever since. He loves anything having to do with farms and tractors. He participated in a tractor pull (pedaling a toy tractor with a weight attached to the back of it) and got a trophy with a gold tractor on it, which he thought was the neatest thing ever. Here are some pictures from our fun day!

Farmer kissing the baby. :)

Joshua rode in this little train by himself, but Esther wanted to sit in Mama's lap...

And Abigail wanted to sit in Grandma's lap. This is about as close to a roller coaster as I'll get. :)

Esther liked the John Deere merry-go-round.

Joshua was one happy camper!

Hannah passed the time by driving with her foot on the dashboard while blowing raspberries!

Listening to some Bluegrass

Walking with Grandpa

Cowgirl!


Adam went to a dental conference this past Thursday and got back last night. He presented the research that he has done and he got to stay in a really nice hotel and eat some really good food. :) I wish we could have gone with him, but the school doesn't pay for families to go!

We are planning a fun family week, so I won't be blogging much...if at all. I'll have lots of pictures to post next week though!

I'll close with a funny story. Abigail came and woke me up at 2:30 in the morning a few nights ago. She said "There's a deer in my bed and he's gettin' my arm!" I told her that she was dreaming and assured her that there was not a deer in her bed. When I took her back to tuck her in I discovered that she had wet the bed. The next morning Adam made a joke about the deer scaring it out of her, and ever since then the poor animal has been blamed for several things. I stripped Abigail's bed and put everything in the laundry, and at naptime she asked me where her blanket was. Before I could answer, Esther said "Deer pee-peed on it"! And then this morning Esther was whining about something random. I asked her what was wrong and she said "Ummm. Ummm. Deer bite my leg." I suspect that it won't be long before the deer is blamed for throwing spinach on the floor at lunchtime!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sad but Funny

My friend Jennifer sent me this email today.

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950's:

1. Teaching Math In 1950's

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960's

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100 His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970's

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980's

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990's

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's ok.)

6. Teaching Math In 2007

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

More Prayer

Please pray for Nate, Tricia and Gwyneth...Tricia is in surgery right now getting her double lung transplant! Be sure to check Nate's blog for updates.

Another Good Reason...

...not to eat at McDonalds. We recently received an email from the American Family Association about McDonalds' "nationwide effort to promote 'gay' and 'lesbian' business ventures." This is part of their email:

According to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, McDonald’s will aggressively promote the homosexual agenda. In remarks on McDonald's Web site concerning the company becoming a member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Skinner wrote: "Being a socially responsible organization is a fundamental part of who we are. We have an obligation to use our size and resources to make a difference in the world … and we do."

The company gave an undisclosed amount of money to the NGLCC in return for being recognized as a major promoter of the homosexual agenda. In return, NGLCC placed Richard Ellis, vice president of communications of McDonald’s USA, on the NGLCC Board of Directors.

Ellis was quoted as saying: "I'm thrilled to join the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce team and ready to get to work. I share the NGLCC's passion for business growth and development within the LGBT community, and I look forward to playing a role in moving these important initiatives forward."

McDonald's refused to comment to World Net Daily on the placement of its executive on the board of the "gay" advocacy organization but did send an e-mail confirming the corporation's support for the agenda of the homosexual business lobby.

"McDonald's is indeed a Corporate Partner and Organizational Ally of NGLCC. Our vice president of U.S. communications, Richard Ellis, was recently elected to its board of directors," said Heidi M. Barker, senior director of media relations for McDonald’s. NGLCC describes itself as promoting the LGBT community first and always, including same sex marriage.

NGLCC gives credit to sponsors such as McDonald's for its financial and other support that helps in its work. "Through the commitment of our corporate partners, the NGLCC has been able to advance the ideas and causes of the LGBT business community," the Chamber said.
I eat at McDonalds occasionally. I met a friend there yesterday, as a matter of fact. But I haven't been in months, and I don't plan to go again until/unless they change their position on this issue. The food is gross (except for the fries and Big Macs!), the rest rooms are usually dirty, it's incredibly unhealthy, and now this. All in all it's rather disgusting.

Needing Prayer

I just added a link to the list in my sidebar of people that I'm praying for. Lauren Wentz is a four month-old little girl who was admitted to the hospital this past week with severe head trauma including two skull fractures. Her injuries are a result of abuse by her babysitter. Her parents have started a Caring Bridge site to post updates on her condition. I cannot imagine being in the position that this mother is in. Lauren's story makes me all the more thankful that I am able stay at home with my babies and that I don't have to worry about what they are doing, or what is being done to them, while I am gone.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Few More Easter Pics

My dad emailed us the pictures that he had taken with his camera on Easter, so I thought I'd post a few of those.