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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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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Papa...According to Joshua

I did this interview a while back with the children, but it was about me. Now you can see what they think about their Papa! Joshua gets to go first.

What is something Papa always says to you? Obey, don't interrupt, and I love you.

What makes Papa happy? Obeying and not interrupting.

What makes Papa sad? Naughty doings. :)

How does Papa make you laugh? By giving me a big tickle.

What was Papa like as a child? He liked to play outside.

How old is Papa? 16, I think.

How tall is Papa? A little more than 80 miles. Or wait...no, it's 82 miles. That's right. :)

What is Papa's favorite thing to do? Work outside with me.

What does Papa do when you're not around? He works on teeth.

What is Papa really good at? Grilling.

What is Papa not very good at? Drawing cows and elephants.

What does Papa do for a job? Lab work. Oh, and he's a soldier too.

What is Papa's favorite food? Ice cream and lima beans.

What makes Papa proud of you? Doing things that he asks me to do very fast. I did that one time. :)

What do you and Papa do together? Work outside.

How are you and Papa the same? Our haircuts are the same.

How are you and Papa different? We have different names and different teeth.

How do you know Papa loves you? He doesn't tell me to go away.

What does Papa like most about your Mama? She eats ice cream with him and she is thoughtful.

Where is Papa's favorite place to be? At home.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Must-See!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Contest and Sling Giveaway!

My sister-in-law Joy told me about a contest over at Adventures in Babywearing. They're going to choose seven women to test three different slings (for two weeks apiece) and review them in three different ways. They are giving away gift cards as prizes for the best reviews, and, from their website...

The Mom who best represents the Sakura Bloom spirit of “the modern art of babywearing” will win a grand prize of a sustainable eco-luxury Sakura Bloom Luxe Collection Sling (msrp $540).
That's quite a prize! They are accepting entries through midnight on Saturday, September 26. Go here for complete details and to enter!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Recipes

Fall is not exactly in the air, but it is here nonetheless! I have shared these autumn-friendly recipes before, but it was a while back and I thought I'd post them again. I made both of these this week and they both actually sound appealing to me. These two things and spaghetti are pretty much it...for today, anyway. :)

Garlic Vegetable Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 medium head cabbage, shredded
6 cups chicken broth
2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup elbow macaroni
3 cloves garlic, minced

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the carrots, celery and cabbage in the oil for about 8 minutes, stirring well. Raise heat to high and pour in the broth, tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove lid, stir in macaroni and heat for 5 minutes, or until macaroni is tender. Remove from heat and stir in the garlic and ground black pepper.
I added a few extra veggies that I had on hand, and I sauteed the garlic with the vegetables instead of adding it after the soup was done cooking. I also cut out some of the liquid just to cut down on cleanup after the kids were done eating it. :) I like to cook the macaroni separately and add it to the individual bowls so that it doesn't get soggy as well.

I also made Pumpkin Bread. This recipe is wonderful! I don't care for raisins or nuts or anything like that in my pumpkin bread. A plain slice with a little bit of cream cheese on it is as good as it gets in my opinion! I did cut some of the sugar. This makes a huge batch, but 4 cups of sugar seemed a little excessive. I cut out almost a whole cup and it's still quite sweet.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

8 Months and Crawling?

Noah is crawling...sort of. :) He can definitely get where he wants to go, but it's not a traditional crawl. I wonder if he will be one of those babies that skips that stage. At any rate, it's time to break out the baby gates. Hannah was 12 months old when we moved here and had enough sense to stay away from the stairs, but I think that Noah would dive down headfirst and not know what hit him!

Noah can say Mama, Papa, and hi, though he only says them when he feels like it. :) This boy loves his bed. He's a great sleeper and he'll wake up in the morning or at naptime and play happily in his bed for a good hour. I think that he knows he'd better enjoy his personal time while he can, because as soon as he gets up he'll have four adoring siblings in his face. Of course he likes that too though!

Here's a video of him showing of his locomotion skills.


Thursday, September 10, 2009


We went on a nature scavenger hunt for science last week. We went out early in the morning and didn't find many of the things that we were looking for, but we had a great time! It was cool and breezy and actually felt a little bit like Fall.

Noah enjoyed the wind in his hair and the ride on my back!

Why does he look so grown up?

Hannah is happy riding in the stroller.

Holding hands and looking for turtles. :)

Joshua found a flower for Abigail. :)

Noah enjoyed the scenery for a little while and then decided he was ready for a nap in the Ergo.

I haven't forgotten about the curriculum post. I've been so busy writing lesson plans and actually doing school that I haven't had much time to blog, let alone write a post that requires a lot of thought and organization! But I will get to it...

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Couldn't Possibly Be Happier...

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Science Experiment

We've done a couple of science experiments involving air pressure. For last week's experiment we made two gliders out of a cereal box, straws, tape, and clay. One glider had short, wide wings and the other had long, skinny wings and we were trying to find out which one would fly farther. Of course there are a whole lot of variables when you've got 5, 4, 3, and 2 year-olds conducting the experiment!

We didn't exactly come to any reliable conclusions, but we did have fun!