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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Josiah Daniel has arrived!

My little nephew arrived on Christmas Day weighing in at 9lbs 7oz and was 22.5 inches long. We got to hold him a couple days later and were so happy to finally see him. For anyone who knows me, I usually see the new babies in the hospital. He's a sweetie and mama says he's nursing well. Yeah Josiah! I have a feeling you and Jon will be little buddies. How cool!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Love of a Mother

It's been so long since I've posted anything on here. So sorry about that. I think it's amazing how God can help us forget just how sick we get during pregnancy or how hard labor is, so that we might try again for another. Having suffered previous losses, I am excited when I'm so sick during pregnancy - for that means everything will prob. be just fine. So, what am I saying? Well, if you don't know already, we are expecting a little bundle of Joy around mid August. I'm now very close to week 7 which is usually around the time most women really start getting very sick. It's hitting full force today which is making it very hard for me to even move from a chair or couch. However, I'm praising God that this baby seems to want to stay just where it is by making me all kinds of sick. lol. The love that I know I have for my children is so amazing and intense that a few weeks/months of sickness is so worth it. I wouldn't have understood that before any of my past losses. However, now realizing that we do not have control over our womb. It is not for us to decide when we will or won't have children. It's all in the Lord's hands. That's quite amazing. It took me realizing that it didn't matter how much we tried - until I surrendered this to Christ, I was not able to keep a pregnancy. Surrender is an amazing thing that I think we all learn over and over in every area of our lives. I think I'll just leave it at that for now. May you have a blessed Christmas this year and remember why it is that we celebrate - it is Christ's birth. Amen for that!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Day:)

It was so nice having mom and dad up for Thanksgiving. As you can see from the pictures, no one took a picture of me. Oh well. The food and fellowship was wonderful. I hope your Thanksgiving was as blessed as ours. After lunch/dinner, my daughter put on a play on why we have Thanksgiving. It was so cute! Enjoy the pix!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's getting closer to Turkey Day!

One more day left..well not even that. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I could make a huge list of what I'm thankful for, but that'd take you all day to read. So, I'll just start with today. My little Jon woke up early this morning so I scooped him out of his room and plopped him on my bed and turned on a movie. He looked at Matt's digital alarm and said...

"oh, it's 6:09"

By golly, he was right! That was a really cool moment. They are right when they say that the younger children learn so much from the older. By the way, who is they anyway?

Back to the subject at hand. Lyshie got up at that point and we all had breakfast together. Yummy raw oatmeal. Then back to bed it was for me. I ended up sleeping till 11 am! Yikes!!!! As I got up and started walking downstairs with a dirty diaper in my hand, Lyshie ran up to me, took the diaper away to pitch and gave me a huge hug. How could I not love a morning like this, even if I did get up late. Her heart is softening so much and it's lovely to see. She is also in a new point of understanding - I think part of it is age. And then little Jon, he's such an encourager. Everything we do is "good job _______". He doesn't always remember to say please but he always says thank you or thanks. Despite the politeness, he's such a little man.

Ok another rant, since when did society as a whole start seeing men that were polite as girly?

Ok back to the subject again. My husband goes to work every day and never complains. That, I love. God is so good that he still has his job and we're being more than adequately taken care of. OF course we'd have a lot more to work with if we didn't have credit debt, but that's our fault. We're working at it to play it off and are being very frugal. No big purchases or unnecessary purchases for awhile. We've even stopped going out to eat for the most part. That's helped a ton. They say you get used to overtime and boy we sure did while he was working it from March to Sept. My grocery budget more than doubled, we got some fun things and ate out a lot since he was gone all the time. Well, those times are over and I'll be the first to say, I'm glad. I don't care about the money, I like my honey home with us. He's tending to me again and doing things at random to make me feel special, he's taken over math for school and he plays with the kids much more. It's such a blessing!

Most of all, this is almost 10 years exactly that I gave my life fully over to Christ. I gave up all the crap I was into and came into a new life. The road has not always been easy, but he never said it would be. He only said we'd never be alone - and I never have been. He has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined. God is so good! To deny Him is so very sad for the person that does it. For they will live an unfulfilled, unhappy life till they surrender. That is truly sad:(

Monday, November 24, 2008

Our first big snowfall

The snowflakes this afternoon were at least the size of quarters - they were huge! I couldn't get any pix at all that captured it. Here's a few I did take though. The one of Jon is looking out at the snow.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Counting the Blessings

Do you ever have days where you're exhausted and can't seem to get anything done. I'm sure we all do. Well, that is my day today. Things aren't getting done and I started to feel useless. While talking with my husband on the phone and telling him I felt like I could just go lay down and sleep, he said "then do it, your body needs it". How many times does our body give us warning signs of being over exerted, getting close to being sick, etc... and we do not follow that call? Ok, enough about health issues.

The reason I got on to blog before I go up to my bed to pop in a movie with the kids is this.....

I am amazed that the Lord, in his sovereignty, chose me to be the mother of Jonathan and Allysha.. He chose me to be the wife of Matthew. I am blessed more than I can put into words. As I am typing I'm hearing my daughter give our little guy a bath and gently telling him to keep the soap out of his eyes so he wont' get hurt. She's learning how to take care of her little brother in a gentle way. He looks up to her like the big sister she is and is always in awe of what she can do. The love for our two children is tremendous and amazing. More than I ever thought possible. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes amazed at God's goodness to our family. I really, truly could not imagine being more blessed than I am today.

I encourage you to take some extra time today and cuddle with your children and husband. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Map Outlines

The Education Place is a great site for finding maps. This is now my new favorite map site:)

Monday, November 17, 2008

In case I rub you the wrong way...

I've had several people say to me lately, how could they love me so much when sometimes I really grind them. How does one take something like this. My first reaction is - yep, I'm very opinionated. lol. I just took a survey and here's what it said. Maybe this will shed some light on why I'm the way I am. This pegged me to a 't'.

The Psychiatrist

You take the problems of others with you wherever you go. In your spare time you try to think of some way to resolve the dilemmas of your friends. You have an attraction to those who are in need and you feel that you always have to contribute in some way to make those around you like you. The respect of others is important to you.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Candy Canes, Hugs and Kisses

Oh boy, these kids are so hard to try to get pix from them. lol! If one is smiling ,the other isn't. This is the best I could get tonight. I think I'll have to try next on the stairway and when we get our tree up. I do though think part of the problem is I need a camera that will take the picture faster. I've missed so many good shots waiting for it to take the picture. Arg!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

PIes and CupKaakes..

Last night we received a call from Matt's brother saying he wanted to send us on a scavenger hunt. He told us to go to Grand Traverse Pie company to pick something up from him. When Matthew arrived there, he picked up the pie along with a note that read something along the lines of since he couldn't get cupcakes here, he'd have to settle for a pie. Well, since our last name is Kaake, we refer to cupcakes as little Kaake's. We were so excited and called him right away to see if his lovely wife Sarah was pregnant. Sure enough, SHE IS! Congrats to Ted and Sarah for this lovely blessing. We're excited beyond belief that God has chosen them to become parents of this little joy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Waste basket liners

I always used walmart type plastic bags from grocery shopping. However, I try to use reusable bags for the most part now which meant I had no waste basket liners. I finally got up the nerve to try to throw something together and am pleased with the results. I can't wait to get more fabric that will match the other bathrooms. Yeah! The coolest part is, this is washable and biodegrades!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More goodwill finds

This has to be one of my most favorite goodwill finds within the month. It's a gorgeous - almost old fashioned, looking nightgown for my daughter. How lovely! I paid $3.99 for this which is more than I usually spend, but it looked brand new and was Laura Ashley.

Here are some of my other finds:)

NIP ornament hooks .19
#3 candle nip for my sons birthday .39
2 like new shirts for my daughter .50 each
NIP stationary .99
NIP bike helmet for child around 4-5 $2.99

Monday, November 10, 2008

Human Anatomy

I was frustrated that my daughter's 4th grade science book did not cover anatomy this year. She learned some different things about it in the years past but I feel this age/grade has much more understanding. So, here's some links I've found useful. We drew her body on a large piece of paper and will soon be adding organs to it. I have a feeling this is going to take a month to really hit hard on the point of it - but I'm ok with that:) Below are the links I found to be most helpful as well as a list of books I have on hand here at home that are going to prove to be helpful.

Here's the Proof! It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards
Christian Liberty Nature Reader #5
Easy Science Activity Journals by Scholastic
God's Creation Series - God's Wonderful Works - The Creation in Six Days by Eric D. Bristley and Edward J. Shewan
Uncover The Human Body by Luann Colombo

Living Water blogger has a list of resources she has used for her children. Check out the link below. I hope to compile the information together that I feel is the best and make it into one lesson plan. However, I have no idea how long that will take. Just take these lovely links for now:)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

He didn't want to smile

My funny little guy did not want to smile at all this morning. These are the best I got of him - the rest he was really scowling.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lovely Thanksgiving Links

There are many I've found that are lovely. My two most loved links will be the top two. Enjoy!

The Plimoth Plantation is an actual place in Massachusetts. I hope to someday be able to take my children there. Regardless if you are able to travel there or not, there is lots of lovely information on the site.

The First Thanksgiving - You Are The Historian - this is a fun and interactive site that children of all ages can enjoy. They become the detectives searching for truth about what really may have happened on the very first Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a link to a Thanksgiving Timeline.

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax - Decide for yourself whether or not this article is accurate. Gather your own information and writings of Bradford. This is a very interesting read:)

Caleb Johnsons Mayflower History page is packed with information. It even gives a list of those that sailed on the Mayflower! This is totally worth checking out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free to be me...

I just got out my flute today and found online sheet music - one being Think of Me which is from Phantom of the opera. This is a huge deal for me. Below you'll find the letter I wrote to my husband last night. This isn't so much for me but to encourage all you out there who may have lost part of yourself on the way to motherhood - get it back Just in case you're wondering, he said it makes total sense and is supportive. Here's to 'making me sing' again and hoping that I can help someone else as well.

Letter to Matt:
After reading an article about an autistic boy and the hardship on a woman's family I started thinking about other things. Like how i'm not much different than Lyshie when it comes to the 'arts'. While we don't have the same talents, we're both intertwined in that area. I forgot how deep my emotions ran as a child - much like hers do - to a point where it was not 'normal' at times . Things that I deeply loved and spent scads of time on are now put into a drawer that i have not dared to open - not till now. It feels like when i let those things go, i lost a piece of myself. The two main things i'm talking about is music - playing the flute and other instruments and writing. I had time to think, time to play and time to write - all in quiet without anything being demanded of me - just free to be. I do not at all regret the kids and I can't wait to have another one - but I do need some time alone to think and just 'be'. I think that's why i have so many websites - for me it's showing that I actually am getting something done and doing some things I like to do - but none of them make me 'sing'. Does any of this make any sense at all?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Free Flute Music and more...

While looking for flute music I found some free online sites as well as some where you have to pay for the scores. Here's the links. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Free Online Music

Scores at great prices:

Monday, October 20, 2008

My Amazing October Goodwill Finds

NIP tablecloth from target 60inches x 104 inches (tans and fall colored stripes just on the two ends)
NIP long window treatment - 1 panel - green - for dh's basement to hide storage items.
Small hoop for cross stitching.
NIP 4 pack Target Ultimate Napkins
2 brand named button up shirts for Jon - like new
1 Bob the Builder like new long sleeved shirt - for Jon
Like new Children's Place pajama pants - for jon
Old Navy army green colored pants for Jon
Old Navy jeans for Jon
Like new blue cords for Jon
Like new nighty for me
Black hoodie for Jon - very well lined hooded zip down hooded sweatshirt.
Like new jean skirt for Lyshie
Pot for Jon that he thinks is Pooh's honey pot.
1 small glass jar with lid
And last but not least 2 NIP note cards from Target - 12 pack each.
All the above was purchased for $25 and change.

Next stop I purchased the following items for $18 and change:
Infantino sling like new in box
Old fashioned nightgown for Lyshie
Dress pants for me
Suit jacket like new for Jon
NWT maternity capri's from Target
Treasure Island book - like new
Jumanji vhs

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Family Time at the Orchard

Today we spent time with our Aunt Cheri and Uncle Mark at Blake's Cider Mill in Armada. We had so much fun! As if their company alone wasn't enough - the cider mill was full of things for us to do. Jonathan took a pony ride and 1/2 way through ended up getting off into daddy's arms. lol. They had lots of pumpkins that the kids loved to run around and an awesome, big, red tractor that Jon got to sit on. Lyshie really wanted to rid the trains so we also ended up doing that. They had the best donuts I have ever tasted in my life!! I thought I had to get an apple fritter since the places around here don't have donuts that are much to talk about. Boy was I wrong! I had wished I got donuts instead of the fritter. lol. Lyshie spotted a caramel apple with sprinkles that caught her fancy. She asked if she could have one since she had never had one before. How could we refuse? As we all sat down to enjoy donuts and cider, Jonathan saw Lyshie eating her caramel apple. If you have kids, you know what happened next - he wanted an apple. So, daddy went into the store to purchase one lonely apple. It wouldn't' even register on the scale and since they go by weight, he paid a little bit of nothing for it. He was pretty proud of that. lol.

After the fun time at the cider mill, we all got in our vehicles and headed to a little downtown area very close by that had a wonderful restaurant. It was called The Armada Roadhouse and it was wonderful! While it was a bar and grill, the bar was in a totally separate area which made family dining lovely. The cheese sticks were fantastic!!! Matt and Cheri both got a burger and said it was very good. Matt had onion rings instead of fries and the portion was huge! I got a reuben sandwich that was oh so yummy! Jon got chicken strips which were amazing and Lyshie got spaghetti which she too really enjoyed.

We have decided we need to make this a yearly event. It was so much fun! Enjoy the pictures:)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

What an amazing guy!

I love to "get er done" for the most part. My husband does too - just not in the same timing as I. I would have had all the house repair and upgrades done a week before we moved in - money permitting of course. lol!

Well, I get a call from Mr. Kaake today which is very rare. I'm usually the one to call him. He asked me if I had lunch. Usually when he says that he's on the way home. Not today, I thought. He's now in Pontiac and what would the reasoning be? My initial thought of him coming home was indeed correct. He took his 1/2 day vacation that he's been saving as well as tomorrow off. Then he suggested something to me that I found very exciting. He said we can get things done around the home!!! I was thrilled. One thing in particular that he mentioned was paiting the den. We've had the paint for quite some time and have just waited for the right time to do it. Unfortunately I got a horrible headache so I'm currently sitting here in bed. It's 1/2 hour till midnight and my wonderful husband is still working downstairs on the den. Our living room is quite the site. We had to empty every bookcase in the den so we could move them away from the wall to painnt. It truly looks like the library decided to have a book sale right in our living room. lol!

You know, while it's a lot of work, it sure is nice giving the room a good clean out. I've already found several things I'm going to freecycle to a local homeschooling family. It's not only a blessing for me to clean out and have a room that looks brand new, but I get to bless someone as well. I will update as soon as I can with before and after pictures:)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Writing Letters and Sorting Bears

Today started out so fun and I'm sure it will end that way too. Lyshie finally got to send out her first letter. She had it all done, addressed and stamped by the time I got up this morning. Her first letter is going out to Grandma Sandi! Lyshie is now going to learn cursive. Did you realize some schools are not teaching this now? This will eventually become a lost art. How crazy is that!

Jonathan was given these cute little cups with bears from Sandy at church (different than Grandma Sandi). The very first time he attempted to sort them he only got one wrong!!! I was so excited. These will help him learn how to count, sort and learn colors.

What a lovely day already!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Family Games

While Matt was in his supervisor postion, he was too tired to come home and play family games. What a sad time:( We're getting back into it again and are having so much fun. The current game is checkers. I don't play logic games too often and try to not think too hard if I don't have to. lol On the other hand, my husband LOVES playing logic games. He beats me every time - usually with one of my kings left and 7 of his. Yeah, pathetic. He just taught Allysha to play last night. When he came upstairs he said "I hate to say it, but I think she'll be quite the challenge for you". He said she was really thinking about every single move she made. So, today Lyshie and I will play together for the first time. I'll let you know who wins. It will prob. very well be her.

The picture above is the checkers game we have. We got it from cracker barrel. It's fairly large. The checkers are approx. 3 inches across if that gives you an idea for size.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall Decorating

Fall is my very favorite season. I just love it! I got the urge yesturday to do some fall decorating. I'm still not done with my front porch so you'll have to wait to see pix of that. So far here's what I've done. The flowers in the vase are going to be cut down a bit more but I just couldn't wait to set them out. My mom has LOVELY fall decor. My favorite is always how she decorates her window boxes. I get to look at hers in awe since I don't have any of my own. I would love to decorate with bittersweet, but my husband is right - our son would eat it. That would be all bad. Oh well I guess.

Back to the above pix. I hung up a new picture over our fireplace. I'm hoping to get some medium sized cream colored pillar candles to go in the holders that are on the mantle. We're also hoping to gather some fall leaves and dip them in parafin like we used to do at home. It's absolutely gorgeous! If we do that we'll sprinkle them out all over the mantle on the fireplace as well as some pine cones and acorns. I'm so excited I can hardly wait!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wife and Motherhood - A Divine Calling

Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

What a lovely calling we have as mother's. I am so blessed to have been taught by a dear friend more on being a Keeper at Home and the importance of it just before I married my now husband. In a world where women dominate the workforce, it is truly refreshing to see women start taking up their job once again in the home. To many women - especially women's rights activists, women who stay at home have a lowly job. To them it's not something worthy of a title at all but a slumpy, demeaning position. We often get asked if we get bored at home. If they only knew. lol

For those who do not know me well enough, I was a single mom for 4 years. I worked 5-6 days a week while my mother and grandmother watched my baby. So much joy that should have been mine as a mother passed onto them while they watched her take her first step, say some of her first words, fed her some of her first foods, etc... They had the joy of being with her all day while I worked. My daughter didn't have one special mommy, she had 3. It wasn't till this year and weaning off seeing her grandmother so much that my daughter confessed to me that for a couple years after my marriage, she still wished my mother was her mom. You see, she saw my mother every day of her life. My mom was the one that was always there, I wasn't. How could I expect to be that special in her life when I wasn't around?

I know all too well what being in the workforce means to God's women. It takes away the blessings God had for you. It puts a barrier in that lovely child relation that you should have with your child. Now that my daughter is older, she too wants to be a Keeper at Home to enjoy God's best for her, her children, her husband and the people around her. I'm not at all saying this in pride - indeed not. I am however so blessed and filled with hope that my daughter may not make some of the mistakes I made in the past that lead to a harder life. Please don't take it wrong that I regret her - I in no way do. The way I went about it though, was wrong.

As a keeper at home I am blessed beyond belief at all the 'little' moments I so longed to have before. My children are secure in knowing mommy is always here, like I had with my mom. My husband is secure in knowing he has someone at home taking care of his home and children while he's at work, working hard during the week. It is more of a blessing than I can ever relate. My hope is that someone will read this and see what joy they can have in staying at home for their family. Take heed, God did not ask father's to stay at home - it is the mother's calling. Doing the opposite of what God has called us to will only hinder the relationships within your home.

God has told us in His word what our roles as parents and children should be. When we follow that, we have happiness beyond belief. When we do not, there is much heartache. I will expand more on the above verse very soon.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Observing Wildlife

Please make sure to check back here periodically for more pictures and information. If you click on the pictures, you will be able to see a much larger and defined picture for identification.

The Praying Mantis
This gentleman was found just outside our back door. We quickly got a jar to figure out whether "it" was a girl or boy. From reading online we think it is a boy because it did not have a large abdomen. Can you see in the picture how he was looking at the camera?

I took this picture at the neighbors house. My daughter wasn't sure whether or not it was a butterfly or a moth. Here's a link that will help you determine what this little creature is.

Here is an update from one of our fellow homeschoolers, Madeline age 11 1/2
"It is a, "Painted Lady" from the large subfamily of butterflies known as brushfoots (Nymphalinae). A Painted Lady has a white crescent at the front edge of the forewing as compared to other ladies that have orange crescents on them. We highly recommend, "The Butterfly Book" by Donald and Lillian Stokes, 1991, ISBN 0-316-81780-5"

Mr. Squirrel - we found him/her while we were taking our own family pictures. I knew he/she wanted it's picture taken. Thankfully he/she stayed still long enough for me to take the shot. Can you figure out whether this is a girl or boy squirrel?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

An invitation!

I just got the cutest online invitation to my nieces first birthday. I just had to share it so you can see how creative my brother and his wife are. I can't wait to see my little niece and give her a great big hug and kiss. Can it really be that she is already almost 1? Oh how the time flies.

Keira, I know you can't read this yet, but know that your aunt Mandi is praying for you. For your future relationship with the Lord and your future spouse. Also for your parents as they raise you in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I love you my little sweetie!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Our new living room and dining room!



Matthew and I were able to get our living room and dining room painted yesturday! I'm so excited about it. We moved into a foreclosed home and the walls were so hideous. Not from the color, but from the damage and stains that were on it. My son decided to add to it's awfulness by coloring on it. lol. I think we've finally got him to the point where he won't color on it anymore - thankfully. Well, this time instead of the butter yellow that's on the walls, we went with a mossy green. The company we chose to go with is FreshAire which means the paint has no VOC's. A lot of other paint companies tout that and they are right about the paint base, however, the tint they use does contain VOC's. This paint doesn't have it in either. Less fumes for you and your family is always a good thing. Anyway, they called this color 'terrarium'. Let me know how you like it:)

We plan to finish up by also painting the kitchen this color. All of the halls in our home as well as the entryway is going to be painted a very lovely cream color. The picture above the fireplace is also going to be replaced by a bit bigger and richer picture.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Peter's Online Typing Course - Free!

I found this on a lovely free site today called Freely Educate. I was hoping to find something online and free my daughter could use when she's ready to learn basic typing skills. Thankfully, the work was done for me and I was led to Peter's Online Typing Course. While low tech, I think this site is absolutely lovely. It seems to cover all the basic typing skills. Thanks so much Peter!

Free Drawing Lessons by Jan Brett

Jan Brett has a lovely selection of coloring pages and other activities for children online. In fact there are to date over 4,000 of them. Today I'm currently speaking of the drawing video tutorials she has up online. These can be found here. This is such a lovely resource for any family. Especially for those with children who love to draw.

Garden of Praise

I mentioned in the previous post about a site called Freely Educate. Within that I found this lovely site, Garden of Praise. Here is an excerpt from the site.

"Garden of Praise is an educational website created in 1999 by a veteran classroom teacher with 35 years experience. Our purpose is to provide free online and printable teaching materials. You are free to print material for your own use at home and in the classroom, but you may not reproduce it for profit."

It is very obvious that so much time and effort has been put into this lovely site. You can find old family recipes, all kinds of lesson plans for your children, biblical encouragement and so much more. It is with pleasure that I pass along this link to you. May you be as blessed with it as I am.

Paint on the couch and carpet

Just last night, prince Jon found a very lovely and rare bottle of barn red craft paint. With wonder, excitement and maybe a little fear of the unknown, he opened up the bottle oh so carefully.

'What is that funny stuff inside?' thought the little prince.

He started to slowly pour it over the lovely school desk his mother had just months previously repainted for him and his sister. It puddled very neatly onto the desk from the little bit he poured out.

'I'll try some more' he thought, and so he proceeded to dump the entire lovely bottle of red paint on the desk. To his joy and excitement it not only stayed put on the desk, it decided to creap it's way down onto the cream colored, already spotted (from stains) carpet. He was overjoyed - until.....his mother turned around. The Queen was not happy about the little prince's discovery. She quickly picked up the paint covered little prince and quickly proceeded to wash him off. While the prince was being tended to, the queen let him know that what he had done was very wrong and should not do it again. The queen at the time was very tired and starting to feel sick from a nasty cold sweeping through the kingdom. Unfortunately, because the queen was feeling ill, she did not punish her son. He got off with a pardon which you will soon see was a very bad idea.

It was in the afternoon and the queen mother was watching a lovely video on youtube of the Phantom of the Opera - one of her favorite movies. You see, the queen mother had this dvd, then lent it out to the royal babysitters. They have had it for so long, and the queen mother so longed to see this movie. Because of this she was not aware of what her son, the prince was doing in the next room.

All of the sudden, like someone had whispered in her ear her son was doing something very wrong, the queen mother leaped from her chair and made her way to the eerie, silent living room. To his unbelief and dismay, the queen mother started to literally cry at the scene in front of her. The prince had once again somehow found a lovely bottle of green craft paint. Again enamored with how the paint pooled and puddled here and there, he decided this time he should try out this lovely paint on the queen mother's couch. Just like it had on the desk, some of the dark green paint had dripped from the couch to the floor of the royal living room. Picking up the little boy with tears in her eyes the queen mother told her little prince how what he had done was wrong. This time she made no mistake and disciplined the little boy so that he would be good and sure that the paint no longer belongs on the castle furniture or floor. Oh my goodness, it was the saddest display of tears the little prince had ever produced. The queen mother scooped him up into her arms and told him how much she loved him. She then sent him to his room where he could do no damage until the queen mother had cleaned up the little princes mess.

In case you're wondering, yes this is a true story. This happened right in the Kaake Kingdom.

I saw online the key to acrylic (waterbased) paint removal is to keep the area wet till you get the stain cleaned off. We got a spray bottle of water and got the spots on the floor. Most of it has come up. Now I just need to use some soap. I'm also wondering if vinegar will work.

As I scrubbed and scrubbed our couch cushions I realized I prob. wouldn't get it all off for the mere fact that it soaked into the foam. I took the cover off, rinsed it in the sink and it's now in the washer rinsing and spinning several times. We'll see how that works. More updates later:)

Here's some links that might be helpful for anyone else that might someday have the same problem:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Our First Homeschool Picnic!

We had our very first Back To School Picnic for the Olive Branch Homeschool Group. We had such a wonderful turn out and I know the kids really enjoyed themselves. Not that us parents did - we just got to sit around and chat. lol. I'm am so thrilled with God growing our little homeschool group. It is all for His glory!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My New Stove!

It should be here tomorrow.

Here's her specs.
Maytag® 5.3 cu. ft.-capacity ranges give you the performance you need for even cooking results you can depend on. This range features Maytag's Precision Cooking™ System with Precise Preheat: set the cooking temperature you want; the oven will alert you based on actual temperature, not a preset time, for accuracy and better results. Precision Touch electronic oven controls make operation easy. The self-cleaning oven lets you match the cleaning level to the amount of food buildup: light, medium or heavy. Cook & Hold, Keep Warm™ and Delay settings let you cook according to your schedule. Other helpful features include a super-size window, auto shutoff, control lockout, Sabbath Mode, electronic clock with timer and an oven light. Two heavy-duty oven racks and an easy-roll storage drawer are also included. The easy-to-clean smoothtop cooktop has four elements: one 12", one 9" and two 6". And for peace of mind, every Maytag® range is protected by the Maytag® Dependable Performance Warranty.

* 5.3 cu. ft. capacity - the largest usable capacity available
* Control Lockout option - for added safety and cleaning convenience
* Removable knobs for easy cleaning
* Two 9200-BTU burners
* Electronic ignition eliminates pilot lights for fast, reliable burner operation
* Sealed surface burners with FlameGuard chambers for even heating, easy cleanup and extended grate life
* DuraClean™ lift-off burner caps for easy cleaning
* DuraClean™ heavy-duty cast iron burner grates smooth gloss finish wipes clean easily
* Precision Cooking™ system with PreciseBake - the most even baking oven
* EvenAir™ convection cooking uses an electric fan for faster, more even roasting and baking
* The recessed cooktop has four burners one 5,000/600BTU Flex-Choice™ Simmer Burner, two 9,200 BTU Burners and one 16,000 Power Boost™ Burner.
* Self-cleaning oven with adjustable levels - select the proper cleaning level for the job: light, medium, heavy, or any preferred point in-between
* Precision Touch 800 oven controls - touch pad electronic controls are precise and easy to use
* Super-bright digital display - easy to read, even in direct sunlight
* Simultaneous time and temperature display - see time/cook time remaining and oven temperature at the same time
* Clock and timer - electronic convenience with timer adjustability
* MFG Brand Name : Maytag
* MFG Model # : MGRH865QDB
* MFG Part # : MGRH865QDB