Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I think she wants us to keep her. Not that we have room for a pet or that our landlords will let us have a furry pet (unless we're babysitting their puppies for them).
And these two rascals (the dogs that is) are her brothers. They weren't quite as cuddly as little Lily but I think my boys enjoyed the energy and playfulness that they had. They gave a better respresentation of what puppies do...whine, chew and poop (thankfully we have tile floor)...and helped me to remember the reality of having a furry little pet. Not that I don't ever want one but with the stage that I'm in, I don't need any more whining, chewing or pooping (that I have to clean up) right now. :o)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
...but the directions were in Japanese.So I went to open one thinking I would set it out as an air freshener (not quite the scent I would prefer) but noticed it was kind of runny. Underneath these cute little egg shaped containers I found these.They looked spoon-like to me so I assumed it must be something to eat. Now usually I am sort-of adventuresome when it comes to trying new foods but I was really hung up on the idea that these were air fresheners...which made it hard for me to think of ingesting them. Well to make a short story really long, I asked another friend of mine who travels to Asia quite a bit if she knew what they were (because I was too embarrassed to ask the friend who gave them to me...dumb I know), and she told me it's like a jello and they're really good. So what did I do with the last two that weren't open yet? I gave them to my boys and they gobbled them up. Don't worry, I did try a little bite before they ate it just to make sure it tasted like a jello-y substance.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Ansley has been quite the dancer lately. Whenever she hears music playing...whether it's the Thomas toy train playing the theme song, or the cell phone ringing, or The Office theme music, or the radio or CD playing or her dad playing his guitar...she starts swaying. My other two kiddo's never seemed to notice music much but she definitely has an ear for it.
Monday, February 15, 2010
1 spray bottle
Fill half with water and half with vinegar
10-15 each drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils (lavender is anti-bacterial and tea tree is anti-fungal)
I use this spray on counters, tables, floors, toilets and with the lavender and tea tree oils it doesn't have that vinegar-y smell. I don't like my house smelling like pickles.
Castile Soap (I got Lavender scented)
I put the baking soda in a shaker container (cleaned out Parmesan, spice, etc.) and sprinkle it on the surface that I am cleaning. Then I put a few drops of castile soap with it. It has the scrub from the baking soda and the soap-y clean from the soap. This works great on sinks and bathtubs.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle some borax in the bowl with a few drops of Castile soap. Let sit. Swish around with toilet bowl brush and flush.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I have so many things I've wanted to post over the past couple of weeks...funny sayings from Jude, pictures of my kids, thoughts I've been thinking, what I've been learning...and then time keeps passing by. So until I can get some good blogging time there won't be any deep thoughts or insightful learning posted here. But I will leave you with a funny Jude saying, a video of Ethan and a picture of my crazy little girl (in no particular order) to show that we are still alive and doing well. Enjoy!
1. Here's the Jude saying for the week:
Jude (in a very excited voice): Mommy! Can I have an ice pickle?
Me: (thinking to myself..."what in the world is an ice pickle?")
Jude: um, Shanti has...um, ice...um, can I have a ...
Me: Do you mean a popsicle?
Jude: Yes!2. Ansley discovered the suitcase this week. So much fun! Sit in it, then get out, then repeat...who knew?
3. Ethan came up to me and sang this song....
...then told me that he just sang Happy Birthday in Japanese. Huh? How did he know that? He learned it in Awanas because his teacher is Japanese and they have been talking about missionaries in Japan. Pretty cool!
Friday, February 05, 2010
"My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy."
I love my cleaning lists! I get most of the "chores" done by the end of the week...maybe not on the day it lists it but more like when I have time to get it done. I don't have the perfectly clean house but it does keep me accountable to do cleaning more consistently...plus things like 'cleaning the dining room light fixture' or 'cleaning the baseboards in the bathroom' get done.
Another thing it has helped with is including my older two to help. There are daily tasks that they can do to contribute to the household. Especially when I let them use some of the homemade cleaners I've been using, so I don't have to worry about cleaning chemicals that most store bought brands contain (my recipes for some cleaners I use are going to be in an upcoming post...if you're interested).
So anyway, I know a couple of you asked to update how it's going with my new cleaning lists. So there it is. That is Life with the Wood Family.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Ethan asked recently (again) if we can get another fish. We felt that we are now at a stage in life where we can once again fit a pet into our lives...you're probably thinking "it's just a fish." But between homeschooling and raising 3 children (one who is still a baby), I was afraid it would get forgotten. So we went to the pet store and Ethan picked it out...a red one this time instead of a blue. Ethan picked the first name Augusta, since we are learning our states and capitals (can anyone guess what state that is a capital of?), Gus for short and when I asked Jude what name he wanted to pick for the middle name he said McDonalds...he is his father's son.