Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Quote to Chew On...

"There can be no reproach to pain unless we assume human dignity; there is no reason for restraints on pleasure unless we assume human worth; there is legitimacy to monotony unless we assume greater purpose to life; there is no purpose to life unless we assume design; death has no significance unless we seek what is everlasting.  This is true across the board in human experience – across cultures, languages, and backgrounds.  This is what Christianity teaches."
                                                                                                                          - Ravi Zacharias

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Still Not in the Routine

I don't know what's gotten into me these past few days... I'm sooo tired!  And that's after being homebound for a good part of a week! 

Today I got up, puttered around the house, moved some stuff around to make it look like I accomplished something, I asked the kids to clean their rooms (which they sort of did successfully), asked the kids to do a few school lessons, took a nap (which means that my kids undid every bit of cleaning they had done earlier), and allowed my children to veg in front of the tv while I vegged on the couch.

I keep telling myself the next few days will get better - I'm hoping that I'm right.

In the mean time, can I tell ya that I'm really tired of being cold - I think my body is rebelling... all it wants to do is wrap up in a warm blanket and sleep.  Maybe I need a soda...

Friday, February 4, 2011

What the Snow Does to Us

They say a picture is worth a thousand words... well this one totally tattles on me.

Do you notice it?  Maybe it's not so very glaring, but this is what the picture shouts out to me...  this snow bound week has brought about some bad habits:

  1. Notice the chocolate face... brownies eaten before 8:00am... she might, or might not have had breakfast first...
  2. Still in pajamas... which will more than likely be worn all day (although I will report that we dressed the girl today, improvements people, baby steps.)
  3. The holding of a movie... watch movies immediately and often throughout the day.
These are not habits that I'm particularly proud of.  I'm sure other mom blogs will herald how they have taken the extra time with their children to read more books, cook healthy dinners together, do fun school activities that exercise the mind.  No, not us.  We've spiraled down into unhealthy eating, mindless entertainment, and bad habits.  Yay me!

Really though - I might become motivated to do better here within the next day or so.  Again, 3 out of my 4 children are currently dressed!  We must celebrate the small victories...

Thursday, February 3, 2011


A friend of mine posted this on facebook, and I had to share it... we were at day 3, but luckily broke out before the comatose state. (click on the picture to make it bigger)

Well, We Got It

We survived the blizzard of 2011... and apart from sore muscles from shoveling and some cabin fever, we came through unscathed.  The 12-18 inches turned into 20, officially.  We never got the thundersnow they predicted, but we did get the white out conditions.  This is stuff we're not quite used to here in central MO.  There are winters that we get good amounts of snow, but over 10 inches is rare and a blizzard is pretty much unheard of.  So as a result, the whole town pretty much closed shop.  The bank my hubby works at even closed for one of those days.  The universities canceled classes, the malls and shopping areas closed, and even I-70 closed from St. Louis to Kansas City.  Epic stuff.

Here are a few pics I took around our house...

This is our driveway into the garage... now you know why we have sore muscles.  (Notice the edge of the planter box on the left)

This is the pond... yeah, I don't see it either

Dug out to the chicken house...

There is a 3-tiered planter under this snow... the first tier is hip high on me...
Thankfully a very nice neighbor came with his tractor and blade and bladed our drive to the road.  So we now have freedom to travel!  Yay!  We're breaking out of his joint today.