"For thus says the Lord: Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you..." Isaiah 66:12-13

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Look, it's a....


Yes, I had to have it. Luckily, I have kids so I could pretend to be buying it for them. It's just so...awesome!

Strawberries anyone?

Thought I'd provide a "palate cleanser" after that last post. Strawberries as big as my hand.


The end of an experiment.

Ok, so when I watched this documentary I was inspired to create my own experiment. I went to "the French Fry House" one day, and despite having watched what this type of food can do to you, ate everything in my combo except for a few fries. These I stuck back in the carton, which I wrote the date of purchase on, and set on my kitchen window sill.

Now, a year later, I give you my results. This photo was taken one March 6, 2008, one year and one day after the fried were purchased.

They still look pretty yummy, don't they? They're hard and smell like rancid oil, so I don't think anyone would mistake them for fresh french fries, but its still rather scary to see that they have maintained their original shape and color without breaking down and getting moldy, like any normal food would.

I have to admit, I have eaten the fries there, even after seeing these sit around so long. But I didn't enjoy them the way I used to.....couldn't stop thinking about what might be in them to preserve them for so long.

I did think about keeping them longer, just to see if they ever break down, but I decided that one year is enough evidence for me. So into the trash they went. Maybe they'll finally break down in the landfill?

Another day, another baptism.

This time we were late and didn't get any pictures of the actual event, since we rushed from the car to the church without grabbing the camera. So again, these are just some pics from the after-party.
This is the only picture I got of the newly baptized little one, catching some zzz's while getting a ride from Daddy.

Toys were provided for the benefit of the many 5 and unders present. Note the Veggie tales coloring book behind Jim. A sign of a great party indeed.

Look! Yet another shot of Maria stuffing cake into her mouth.

I'm not sure what's going on in this picture. I was just trying to get a shot of Amelia and E. coloring. But when I looked at it in Adobe, I noticed that E. appears to be levitating. So the grace from the Baptism must have rubbed off. Either that or someone spiked the punch.

D. playing host and entertaining the guests like a good big brother.

Laundry Day....

...with two little 'helpers.'

And yes, that's the dirty laundry they're playing in.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Lunchtime napping: Part II

Thanks to Jim for the photo.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A fun day...

Here's some pics from E's baptism. All my shots of the actual event are dark and haven't been edited yet so you'll have to be satisfied with party pics.

I've got about 6 more, uh, "poses" of this shot, so if you don't like how your kids looks in this one I may have a better one. If anyone wants, I'll send pics to you (uhm, if I know you... cuz that would be weird otherwise).

Ready to Learn?

We just finished re-certifying to teach NFP for the Couple to Couple League and have started two classes. Jim took these photos one night just before class.

I love their faces in the first one. It's kinda like the look we got from the first couple who were required to come to our class. They were not happy to be there, and didn't come back for the second session.

This second shot is more like the majority of our students, happy to be there and ready to get started.

Note: the kids were banished to another room for the actual class.

Just because....

You Are Grass Green

Down to earth and a bit of a hippie, you are very into nature and the outdoors.

You accept the world and people as they are. You don't try to change things.

You are also very comfortable with yourself, flaws and all.

Optimistic about the future, you feel like life is always getting better.

What Color Green Are You?

I think this is pretty accurate... except maybe that optimistic thing. But I suppose I'm getting better in that area... I used to be much more of a pessimist. I may also take issue with the "don't try to change things" part. I think that I do try to change the things and people around me, but I try to be very gentle and unobtrusive about it. Anywho, that's enough self-analysis for the moment. I'm going to write a real post now, I promise.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

One day of winter....

Here are pictures from the only day that the girls got to go out and play in the snow. I should have posted them that day, but I got sidetracked as usual and so I'm posting them now, on one of the springiest days we've had so far.