Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Funny

As I was reviewing the ACTS model of prayer that Nate studied in Trail Life this year:

then Christmas!

Happy Friday,


Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Funnies

Gabby, on dropping an egg: "Despite my best efforts, an egg was broken."

Ellie, after bumping her knee, "I have to hop like a flamingo!"

Nate, while eating s'more dip, "This is like nachos for marshmallows and graham crackers!"

Happy Friday,

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Last week I took Gabby for an orthodontic evaluation, as recommended by her dentist the week before.  We've done this in the past.  No big deal.  She looked, said we'd need to plan for braces some day and sent us on our way.  This past week was different--she needed braces ASAP.  So there is that, scheduled for later this week.  And Katie is getting spacers in preparation for braces.

Justin 'took off' (he's a professor, so no students right now as summer session hasn't begun, but he still works most days) so we could go to the zoo.  Over lunch we discussed a rearrangement of bedrooms that we had talked about before, but we decided to do it right now, while he was home.  We got about a third of the way through the rearrangement before we had to get dinner together and head out the door for a class we were taking at the church.

When we got home, we had an Ellie that wasn't sure about the new plan (which she was very excited about by the light of day), and a hissing sound that I kept hearing in the kitchen.  I finally decided the sound was coming from the dishwasher.  A few minutes of investigation led us to find that there is definitely a leak.  We shut off the water to the dishwasher and started the process of drying it all out.  We'll have to assess further once the sub-floor is dry.

So it's been an expensive, discombobulated week here!  It's all small stuff in the scheme of things, and we are grateful for that, but it is a lot of little stuff at the moment!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Troop Time

The big girls finished their AHG troop year recently and Nate's Trail Life troop will be finishing very soon.

Katie and Gabby were both awarded their Presidential Service Award (for the second time).  Kate moved up in age levels and in trying to make the ordering easier (all the girls' awards were ordered at once in March, but her new year didn't start until April), she didn't get to count quite a full year of hours, so she stayed at bronze, with over 50 hours of service last year.  Gabby earned silver, being in a younger age group, also with over 50 hours of service.

This year also was Kate's turn to be up for a level award.  She was able to earn her Lewis and Clark award before she moved up to the Pioneer level (7th & 8th grade).

I'm taking on a new role in the AHG troop at the end of the month.  I will pass off the bank bag and take on the position of coordinator.  I've done bits of that job as our out going coordinator had a family crisis that took her away for portions of the fall, but soon it will be mine and our vice coordinator's in full.  It is a big job.  There are currently over 40 girls, 10 unit leaders, and 5 other board members to make the troop run!

Nate has been plugging away at earning leaves to turn into branch pins for his uniform--Trail Life is set up in a different way for earning recognition than the badge program at the younger levels, though the older boys do earn 'patches,' but instead of sewing them on shirts, vest, or sashes; they are driven into a large walking stick, called a standard.

We've done some camping.  The older two girls and I went to a Camporee in April,

and Justin took Nate to a Trail Life Rendezvous recently too.

 The older girls tagged along to find service opportunities, and were able to be sure everyone got the water they needed.

Our troop took home the top prize, for winning the most events, our family was the only one who stayed late enough to receive the awards, so they came to our house for a stop before heading back to the troop.
Ellie and I stayed home for the Trail Life camp out, where we cleaned, shopped, went to the zoo, and worked on her 'project,' as she likes to call the wind chime she painted.

That's life around here these days!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tot Theology

Ellie: I got Jesus in my heart.

Me: Do you?

E: We talked to Jesus at Gam and PawPaw's house.

Me: We talk to him here too.

E: Did we leave him there?

Me: [realizing she's talking about our empty tomb figure] No, we brought those back with us. We talked about how He died and rose there.

E: He's dead?!

Me: But He rose again.

E: Where is He?

Me: In heaven.

E: Can I go see Him?

Me: Someday.

E: Can you drive me there?

Me: [thinking, 'I sure hope not!'] No, honey.

E: So we walk there.

Me:  No, you have to wait until God calls you to heaven.

E: But where is He?

Me: He's everywhere.

E: [looking suspiciously from side to side] Where?


Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Funnies

Ellie: You[sic] a girl.
Me: Yes.
Ellie: There are 4 girls and 1 boy in this house.
Me: Two boys: Daddy and Nate.
Ellie: No!  Daddy is a boy.
Me: Well, then I guess that means I'm a woman.
Ellie: I love you, woman!

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Ellie: Why did we make that ske'ton?
Me: It was fun and we learned a lot.
Ellie:  It creeps me out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

9 1/2

 Happy half birthday to our Gabriella!  She is funny, giggly and motherly.

We hope you have a day as beautiful as you are Miss Gabby!

1. What is your favorite color? turquoise
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3. What is your favorite fruit? raspberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? A Series of Unfortunate Events
5. What is your favorite movie? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? overalls and a baggy shirt
7. What is your favorite animal? dog
8. What is your favorite song? "Boat Song"
9. What is your favorite book? Land of Stories
10. Who is your best friend? Mia, Acacia, Victoria, Ariana, Nichole, Siddah, Emily, Chloe, Larson, Ruby, and Rubi
11. What is your favorite snack? chocolate chip cookies
12. What is your favorite drink? root beer
13. What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes
 14. What is your favorite lunch? pizza
 15. What is your favorite dinner? spaghetti and eggplant Parmesan
16. What is your favorite game? Risk
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? climbing on big rocks
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? stuffed animals: Honey (a stuffed dog)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom

Kristy Stace