I hate to be late. I used to have a bad habit of being late but I’ve worked extremely hard the last few years to do a better job at being punctual and for the most part, I’m a reformed latester. And yet I couldn’t get my act together this month to be on time for Meredith’s monthly 10 on the 10th party. However, comma, I hate to miss a party so I hope everyone hasn’t gone home yet.
I haven’t had much time to blog lately so I thought that this month I’d tell you Ten Things I’ve Been Doing Other Than Writing Stuff for This Blog:
1. Going on field trips.
I promised to tell you about the day of “doughnuts” and “ducks” that were brought to us by the letter “K.” My youngest two are learning phonograms in kindergarten and last week they learned “K” which says “kuh” as in Krispy Kreme. To celebrate the learning of the phonogram “K” both kindergarten classes took a field trip to Krispy Kreme to see how doughnuts are made. You know what’s crazy? Taking 20-something kindergarten kids to Krispy Kreme to see how doughnuts are made. They were excited and loud. And then we gave them sugar. But it was fun.
Here we are getting ready to go on our big sugar-coated adventure. These pictures weren’t posed. Sometimes they really, truly like each other.
I feel funny about including the pictures of the kids’ classmates without their parents’ permission so I’m not going to post many more pictures from the day. How about this one of my two and some kid from the Witness Protection Program? (Guess who loves http://www.picknik.com?) Oh, look! The hot light is on!
After we had doughnuts, we went to the duck pond, which has nothing to do with the phonogram “K” but is an excellent place to run off excess sugar stores. Here’s a picture of a wild-haired cowgirl:
And here’s her trusty sidekick, the he-man mountain climber:
It has been crazy rainy here. The dark, dreary days make me want to stay home and nest. We like to eat good food in the nest, so I’ve been cooking and trying new recipes. Sus posted this recipe for Black Bean & Pork chili several months ago. Apparently I’m the only person who hadn’t tried it yet. Someone around Twitter was singing its praises last week so I decided it was time to give it a try. I posted the recipe in the SnoodleSnacks blog if you haven’t already copied it from Carpoolqueen’s. I have a hard time finding crockpot recipes that I truly love, which is a shame because the crockpot makes life easier. This, however, is a crockpot recipe that I will definitely be making again. It’s a great cooler weather meal.
I made two batches of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins yesterday. Meredith shared the link to this recipe last fall. But beware, several Tweeps have reported pumpkin shortages in their area. Hopefully you’re safe wherever you are. These are easy to make and great to share. I sent a few to the kids’ teachers today. Parent-teacher conferences and report cards are next week, so let the buttering up begin!
Since we’ve had to spend more time inside, I’ve wanted the inside to be a fun place to be. I’ve been rearranging and adding some decorating touches here and there. I’m embarrassed to say that big chunk of our house still look like we just moved here. It’s very difficult to be enthusiastic about making a house into a home when you move frequently, but I know that it’s important for my family and me to live in a house that feels like we belong. So I’m fighting through the “don’t wannas” to put our mark on this place. I haven’t made a lot of progress but every little bit helps.
5. Adding family members.
That was his name when we got him but we like it so we’re keeping it…and him.
6. Finding books written by people I know.
I saw this in Book-A-Million today and had to send Meredith this picture:
This is the book her husband wrote. It’s a published book in a real bookstore! How cool is that? In case you can’t read the title, the name of the book is Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas. Her husband’s name is John Blase. If you want a chance to win this book along with other cool prizes, John is doing weekly giveaways on his blog, The Dirty Shame.
The lady who normally keeps one of my best friend’s baby has been sick. I’m very sorry that she’s been ill, but I’m very happy that I got to spend a couple of days with this cuddle muffin:
8. Being present.
This blog is fun. I still marvel on a daily basis at the incredible, real-life friendships that have developed through my computer. I have friends that I’ve met here who are so precious to me that I have to remind myself that we’ve never met. What started as random comments here and there have, in some cases, morphed into actual friendships. We text, email, and talk on the phone, and have become important parts of each other’s lives. I also have friendships outside of this computer. I’ve had the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to have lunch with some girlfriends and spent time sharing my heart and listening to my friends’ hearts. I am so blessed to have such incredible women in my life, both inside my computer and out.
I’ve also tried to be more conscious of the time I spend with my family: with my husband and children, with my brother and parents. Every minute is precious and I don’t want to miss anything because I was busy trying to get a blog post written.
9. Talking to God.
My heart is heavy. I have friends who are hurting tonight. Over the past few weeks, several friends have shared prayer requests with me. I never want to take lightly the opportunity to intercede for someone in prayer. If I say I’ll pray for them, I want to be disciplined enough to be a woman of my word. That takes time and effort on my part, but I think that if I call myself a friend, the least I can do is stand in the gap when my friends need prayer. My heart is also heavy for my family’s concerns. Does anyone else find that sometimes it’s easier to pray for others than it is for yourself?
10. Listening to God.
In the past few weeks, even months, God has been reshaping my faith. My time with Him, although painful at time, has become so very precious. I don’t want to miss one thing that He has to say to me. That means I have to be still and listen. I have to take time to be in His presence….And for the first time in a long time, I honestly want to spend more and more time with Him. I don’t know what He’s doing, but I know He’s working and I want to be available and ready for what He has for me.
So that’s what’s been happening outside the walls of Snoodlings. Sorry this was so long, but I’ve been saving up words. I have plenty to say, but just not as much time to say it. Speaking of time, it’s flying so I should go. As always, thank you, Meredith, for hostessing another month of 10 on the 10th!