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vitamin D

Posted by in health

our area is suffering from the loss of natural vitamin D. unfortunately, this vitamin plays a vital role in MY HAPPINESS. the 10-day forecast shows snow-showers and cloudy conditions every single day. this means that we won’t see the sun. and the sun makes me….happy. joking aside…any suggestions on getting an extra vitamin D boost when the clouds and cold aren’t helping? thsi is the tiem of year i need it most!

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another resolution

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i never buy paper towels unless i’m forced to. i clean all the messes up with our kitchen towels and then promptly throw them in the laundry room (which is right off of our kitchen, so it’s easy for me to wash a load every day). kenny and my mother make fun of me and they covertly sneak rolls into the house all the time. my mom buys cute towels for my kitchen to replace my ratty ones. i think this is part of their plan to force me into…read more

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the book you can’t put down…

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i was first introduced to audrey niffenegger’s new book several weeks before christmas. since i fell in love with the characters in her previous book, The Time Traveler’s Wife i was eager to see what this book would be like, story-wise. when i read the book jacket notes, i was very excited about reading it and asked kenny for it for christmas. with the huge popularity of the twilight series and my complete boredom of them (i’m still about 50% through the first book and about to give up on…read more

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the new year resolutions.

Posted by in family fun

happy new year! this year, i resolve to: blog more. get a new blog. play more boy games (that include pretending to be a monster or a dog, playing Mouse Trap 10 times in a row, and making a bigger effort to play in the snow for more than 5 minutes). put more dinners in the crockpot so as to open up that time slot in the day when all of us are cranky (3:30-5:00). we’ll spend that time playing to keep from yelling at each other. write about all…read more

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school days

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this morning, i was privileged to have school with two superheros: they FLEW through their lessons.

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gingerbread houses, sugar and friends (or, “a re-post”)

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this is a re-post blog entry from advent, 2007. i have to remind myself of its message every time i sit down to do crafts with my kids. today, i spent the afternoon with two friends and their children making gingerbread houses. we all had a great time, got sugared up just in time for dinner (woo hoo!) and are all proud “parents” of some lovely gingerbread houses. i enjoyed the day being with my friends and watching the boys be with theirs. how i love spending the day as…read more

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joy in the chaos

Posted by in family fun

just before dinner this evening, i stumbled into a time in our family when two out of three children were in diapers, squinty eyes and a  big “CHEESE!” was the sound behind the still photos, and there was an actual, real live BABY in the house. i can’t believe that time was a full THREE years ago, and when i found myself there, i could hear the warnings of friends and family telling me to “hold on to these days!” and “they grow up way too fast!” although i heard…read more

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advent in our home

Posted by in family, family fun, seasons

kenny and i met, married, and baptised our three baby boys in the episcopal church. for the entire time we’ve been a family, we’ve been liturgical. from the grace we say at our table before dinner every evening (from Kitch’s “Anglican Family Prayer Book”) to the books that i cycle in and out during the church and seasonal calendar, our home follows the rhythm of the Church year. about 10 months ago, we stopped worshipping on sundays in our episcopal, liturgical church and found ourselves in a church at the opposite…read more

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Geneva, the Donkey

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so we got ourselves a donkey this weekend. meet Geneva: donkeys protect sheep extremely well, and we found one on craigslist last week, being sold by a retired sheep farmer. she’s the sweetest, most gentle thing. however, she really knows how to BELLOW and put her foot down so you cannot move her. she’s strong and for the first day or so, was very afraid and missed her previous owner. but for the past two days, she’s been in the pasture the whole day, following the sheep around….and yelling for them…read more

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a season…

Posted by in general

i find myself in a season with this blog….i haven’t written more than a few posts over the past few months! oh, i remember the days when i’d write a post a day for weeks on end. and it’s not that i’m short on material as i have daily blog posts i could be writing that my boys provide to me in forms of phrases, games they make up, picture they draw, inventions they think up.. i am, however, short on energy to dedicate here. when i started this blog,…read more

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