Wednesday, February 27, 2008
By the way, since she finished her LARGE sweet tea after church tonight (it was really only about 2 ounces) I just now got her to go to sleep! She needs lessons on WHEN to drink her LARGE sweet tea but you can't learn everything in one day! At least she likes it :0)!
When I served lunch I handed Macklin her glass and she said "Is this tea?" I answered "Yes." "Can I have some water? I really don't like sweet tea?" WHAT?????!!!!! How did I not know this? She clearly gets this affliction from her Aunt Patsy. I have failed miserably as a Southern Mom. I can console myself in the fact that my other two children love it and I converted my Yankee husband long ago!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Probation Officer
2. Pat's (Hood) secretary (I am no Leslie)
3. Home Health Social Worker
4. Conservator for clients at Mental TN Mental Health Institute (still have this one)
Four movies I could watch over and over:
1. A River Runs Through It
2. Steel Magnolias
3. Fried Green Tomatoes
Four places I have lived:
1. Church Hill, TN
2. Johnson City, TN
3. Redwood Hollow Apts., Smyrna, TN (oh how simple life was then :))
4. Jefferson Pike, Smyrna TN
Four shows that I watch:
1. CSI New York
2. CSI Miami
3. Boston Legal (funniest show on television)
Four places I have been:
1. New Orleans
2. Los Angeles
3. Grand Canyon (couldn't find it, had to ask for directions)
4. Ft. Wayne, IN
Four people who email me regularly:
1. My mom
3. the spammers concerned about my sex life
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chicken Marsala
2. Swiss Steak (weird, I know)
3. anything with blue cheese
4. STEAK (medium)
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. On a massage table
2. In a bubble bath
3. A really great sale with plenty of money
4. Sleeping until noon :0)
Four things I'm looking forward to in the next 12 months:
1. Owning my van (no more payments!!!!)
2. Watching my kids grow
3. VBS week at church (I really do love it!!!)
4. Warm weather
Four goals for the New Year:
1. Pay off as much debt as possible
2. Read devotional/scripture each day
3. Play with my kids more
4. Lose weight/exercise
Four gifts I got for Christmas:
3. Cordless phones
4. Perfume (Lovely)
Four places I want to visit:
1. New England in the fall
2. Disney with my kids
4. Susie when she moves to Brazil
Four things I wish I could be better at:
2. Eating healthy
3. Sending birthday cards
4. Remembering that God only wants the best for me! No self pity!
Four Things You Don't Know About Me:
1. To Kill a Mocking Bird is my all time favorite book
2. I do not "polite laugh", if it is funny I laugh, if it is not I don't
3. I slept with a stuffed monkey named Zip when I was a child and I still have him
4. I hate cauliflower but love lima beans and brussel sprouts
Four Things I Can Cook Without a Recipe:
1. Parmesan Chicken
3. Cajun green beans
4. Sausage cheese soup
Four Musicians/Groups I Really Like:
1. Chris Rice
2. Eric Clapton
3. Rod Stewart
4. Elton John
The FOUR people I tag are Amanda, Ruth, Alison and Amy.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
What a fun time! Elijah and Macklin had their 7th and 1oth birthday party and I believe everyone had good time. Our themes this year were Star Wars and Hannah Montana. The girls came dressed like rock stars and the boys brought their light sabers! We also had a karoke machine and discovered that Sophie is a microphone hog!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Honestly, we do not sit around talking politics with our kids all of the time! While I was writing the post regarding Sophie, Macklin was very busy writing something. This is not unusual for her. She writes stories/books every day. She had no idea what I was writing and I had not told the older kids what Sophie said about Paul Harvey, which makes her story even funnier. Her book (pictured above) is titled
What Would I Do If I Was President?
by Macklin Zehr
What would I do to be President?
Maybe I would make money fall out of trees.
(does this make her a democrat?)
Or maybe I can make lemonade fountains.
I could make a chocolate fountain.
(But nothing for my brother)
(No free rides, does this make her a Republican?)
If I were President I would make people stop fighting.
And that is why I want to be President.
So, if you are not going to vote for Paul Harvey, Macklin would appreciate your vote. (I am pretty sure that she does not have Elijah's vote :)! ) She would like everyone to know that she is available for interviews.
I think she could have a future in politics. She is already breaking campaign promises. It was about 30 minutes after she wrote her story that she got into a fight with her brother. Dann reminded her of her campaign promise of making people stop fighting. She was not amused :)!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
If you are ever in my neighborhood and see a pack of three or four boys riding up and down my street 1. Drive a little slower please and 2. Tell the boy on the black and silver Jeep bike that his Momma loves him.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Another interesting aspect of the fast is explaining it to my kids. Dann and I had not really told them what was going on simply because we really didn't know how to explain it (how we underestimate them!) However, Allen told them in their worship that most parents would not be eating for three days. Of course, this drew questions. The conversations went something like this. "Why are you not eating?" "Well, it is called a fast....Uncle Pat asked the church to fast and pray to learn where God was leading us." "Can we eat? Yes, children do not fast. You are still growing and not eating could make you sick." "Why can you fast? We are old and fat. We have plenty of reserve :)." "Why do you fast? So that we can listen to God and strive to be holy and righteous before him." (Dann)....silence......"So that we can become all that God wants us to be." (Me)...."Oh! Okay!" said the kids. At this point I added one more thing......"Uncle Pat encouraged us when we got hungry to pray and talk to God." Dann adds "We are learning to be hungry for God instead of food" To this Macklin.....in a full on panic....exclaims....."YOU WANT TO EAT GOD!!!!?". We assured her that this was not the case, that being hungry for God simply meant wanting to learn what he wants us to learn and she was greatly relieved.
I will leave you with this.......If you ever fast......re-enter the eating world with caution. I should have heeded Kyle's advice! I am up at 2:30 am enjoying (ok, not so much) my one and a half southwest eggrolls again! Time for a Zantac and an attempt at sleep! I pray that everyone has a great day and I am excited to see how God works in our family and others through all of this.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Ashley and Sophie: Strep throat for Christmas
Elijah: Strep throat from classmate at school just after returning from Christmas break.
Sophie: Double ear infection two weeks ago
Sophie: Stomach virus this past Friday night.
Elijah: Not feeling well Saturday evening, fever by Sunday, trip to minute clinic....diagnosis.....STREP THROAT AGAIN!
Thank goodness for the free antibiotic program at Publix! It has been a huge blessing in all of this! We have only paid for one prescription! If you are looking for a stock tip I would recommend investing in Oral-B. With all of our strep I have thrown away and purchsed enough new toothbrushes to make their next quarter profits increase by a good margin. We are not sure how Dann and Macklin have managed to stay disease free. ( I believe Macklin moves too fast for anything to stick to her ;} ) If you think about it, please pray that we can shake all of this pretty soon and for Dann and Macklin to continue to stay well! Thanks and good night!