Jamin's 2006 Year In Review

December 31, 2006 at 11:03 am (Uncategorized)

Well, if the BIG magazines can get aways with a year in review issue why can’t I?  LOL 

Here is a highlight from my blog for each month of 2006.

January 23, 2006
My very 1st blog entry! 
How We Began

February 2, 2006
My daughter turns 5! 
Happy 5th Birthday To My Little GEM!

March 3, 2006
How my homeschool bumper sticker turned into tickets to hear the Vice President of the United States speak! 
Homeschooling Bumper Sticker

April 15, 2006
This without question is the blog post that my children talk about the most to this day!  LOL
African Pork Chop!

May 4, 2006
After 9 years of homeschooling this is my favorite filed trip EVER! 
FBI Field Trip

June 13, 2006
This post still makes me laugh! 

July 20, 2006
One of the best compliments I have gotten this year! 
Lapbooking Party

Aug 29, 2006
How can he be 12? 
My Boy

Sept. 28, 2006
This post generated more comments/emails than any other all year.  Go figure!  LOL
There, Their andThey’re

Oct. 15, 2006
Another post inspired by my kids! 
A Chuckle

Nov. 3, 2006
This is the post that took me the longest to write and will never be completed! 
How To Begin Lapbooking

Dec. 15, 2006
My baby is 3! 
Happy Birthday Baby!

Happy New Year!

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” 

Irish Blessing

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Our Crazy Day!

December 30, 2006 at 10:11 am (Uncategorized)

Do you ever have one of those days where you set out to do the simplest task and the craziness takes over? 

Well here was our day!  My Mom gave me money for Christmas to buy a couple of benches for my dining room table.  We really need new seating since we have 5 chairs, none of which match and most which you need to pray before sitting in!  LOL  My hubby decided to make the benches instead of buying them.  We could get much nicer benched for the same money.  Well, after researching all kinds of plans and supplies online today we set out for Lumber Liqudators to buy a BEAUTIFUL piece of butcher block to use for the seats.  We left the house about 1:00 to make the 20 minute journey.  Well, traffic was a nightmare!  We only had the 2 youngest kiddos with us since we would need all the room we could get to fit a 24"X8′ piece of wood in the car.  20 minutes into the trip we were only a few blocks from the house.  The traffic was creeping.  Our 5 year old started complaining she was car sick.  She frequently compalins of this when she is tired of being in the car.  I was ignoring her, Dad (Thank GOD!) tossed her a empty cup….  You guessed it…A few minutes later she BLEW!  Yuck!  We struggle to pull over in a gas station and manage to find the only gas station in the state with no public restroom.  I clean her up the best I can in the parking lot.  It is a good thing I stocked up on baby wipes before we left home!  A few minutes later the 3 year old starts complaining he has a tummy ache.  We are stuck in traffic again and I hop out of the passenger seat, jump in the backdoor and crawl back to sit next to him with another cup (It is a good thing I never clean out my car!  LOL)  He looks very pale and nauseous….  we continue to crawl and I begin to realize I SHOULD NOT be in the very back of the van in creeping traffic.  I am getting car sick!  Plus, I have to go to the bathroom.  Stop, go, stop, go……yikes, I tell hubby to pull over so I can drive.  I feel horrible!  We are finally in the general neighborhood of the store and we realize we forgot to bring the address.  We call home to get our son to look up the address, no answer.  Sure we have passed the store we turn around and go the other way.  Where is this place?  I see a Subway and decide I MUST stop and use the bathroom.  I park, jump out and run in.  Leaving Dad to bring the kids in.  All of 30 seconds later I hear my daughter pounding on the bathroom door.  I open the door and there stands the 3 year old, you guessed it…Throwing up in Subway!  I pull him into the bathroom with me so at least the poor other customers don’t have to witness THAT!  Yikes!  Of course there are no paper towles in the bathroom.  Now I am mopping the floor with baby wipes.  Again I am thankful I stocked up!  I finally get him and me and my daughter cleaned up as best I could.  Now everyone decides they are hungry!  LOL  You gotta LOVE kids!  Well at this point I didn’t want to EVER get back in the car.  So, we ate lunch.  We had the whole place to ourselves, for some odd reason all the other customers had left?  So we ate our food, called information for the address, which was about 30 feet passed the point we had turned around when we thought we were going the wrong way…..FINALLY, about 2 hours and 20 minutes later (wreeking of vomit!) we arrived at Lumber Liquidators.  The butcher block is BEAUTIFUL….The trip home was much less eventful, we took another route.  And I am sure at some point in my life I will be able to look at those benches and not laugh at the crazy adventure we had going to get the wood.  There is just never a dull moment around here! LOL

I will post pictures of the benches when they are done.

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Important Recall Notice

December 29, 2006 at 8:01 am (Uncategorized)

writmm has an extremely important recall notice posted over at her blog.  Please make sure to click over and read it!

Here is the link.

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December 28, 2006 at 10:13 am (Uncategorized)

It is that time of year again.  I am dangerously close to the end of my calendar!  Time to start planning 2007.

As Blogger of the Week this week I will be receiving The Busy Body Book.  (Hooray for me!!)  It looks pretty cool and convienently has a spot for the schedules of 5 people!  Just what our family has.  (Thank you Tia!)

So what kind of calendar do you all use?  Back in the days when I had a full time job (and no kids) I used a Dayrunner.  I loved my Dayrunner, but they are expensive.  For awhile I went electronic and entered everything into my Palm Pilot.  Although there are a lot of advantages to using the Palm Pilot the one BIG problem was I could NOT remember to charge the silly thing!  this meant I was constantly losing all my info.  (Yeah, I would forget to back it up to my computer too.  LOL)  So after a year or so of constantly having to reconstruct all the info I could remember…I gave up on the electronic calendar.  Last year I just used a regular old wall calendar.  The one thing I like about a wall calendar is that it shows the whole month at a glance.  For people like me that tend to try to cram way too much into any given period of time this can be helpful!  LOL  The problems with the wall calendar is it does not have nearly enough space to write and it is not very easy to grab and take along when I need it.  (Plus by December it was falling apart!)

So, what do you use?  What has worked for you?  What has NOT worked for you?  I would love to find a system that keeps us organized!

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Comment On "The Movie"

December 27, 2006 at 8:54 am (Uncategorized)

To be quite honest I usually steer away from controversial  topics on my blog.  To also be honest, I did not mean for my blog entry about The Nativity Story to be controversial.  But, apparently I was wrong!  Since I have stirred up feelings in at least one other blogger,  I thought I would answer some of the questions that arose in the following comment: (The comment is show in bold/italics)

I went to the link and watched the scene about the birth.

I would say that it is totally inaccurate. They have three wise men…what a surprise…the Bible doesn’t say how many there were.

I think we have to assume that some artistic license is going to be taken when a movie is made.  Yes, the Bible does not say exactly how many wise men there were.  But, it does not say there were NOT three either.  Yes, in the movie they actually go by the names Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  Of course we do not know the actual names of the wise men or how many their were.  But, I do believe that by giving them names and a number that people are traditionally comfortable with it helps us to feel comfortable with the story.  I am in no way suggestion that this movie be used as a replacement for the Bible.  We have read the story of the birth of Christ many, many, many times to our children.  We discussed this movie at length after we saw it as a family and I think that has HUGE value in the education of our children. 

I might be being easily annoyed at that BUT to top it off they came to the manger scene. That is totally inaccurate. They came to a house when he was a small child, not a baby. I was not impressed that Hollywood couldn’t even get that part right.

When I was a child I believed that the wise men came to the manger.  Later in life I learned that this was probably not the case.  I must admit however that I have NOT removed the wise men from my nativity scene.  In the movie this is explained by the fact the the wise men were studying and following the star long before the birth of the Saviour.  They knew that a Messiah was coming due to prophecy and they wanted to be there for it!  Again this was something we discussed as a family after the film.   Also, if we are going to use this logic should we not also be annoyed with every manger scene we see in someones yard that has the wise men present?  I think the intent to honor the Lord is there in those displays, as well as in this movie.  I am not going to judge.

Watching movies from Hollywood is controversial enough. I would say, to take it a step further, to watch a movie about the Bible is even more wrong. Why are we learning from them? They should be learning from us.

This is the 1st I have heard that Christians are not suppose to watch Hollywood movies.  My family has blown this commandment big time!  We own every Veggie Tale ever made.  We own The Passion of The Christ, The Jesus Film, Left Behind, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Which is my very favorite movie!), Prince of Egypt….  I could go on to name many, many movies we own… Maybe it is because I worked in Hollywood before I had kids, but I cannot agree that watching a movie about the Bible is wrong.  I have wonderful fond memories of watching The Ten Commandments with my parents when I was young.  To be quite honest it is the only exposure I had to the 10 Commandments as a child.  I have no knowledge of whether or not this movie was made by Christians.  But, I did not go to this movie to learn about the Bible.  I went to enjoy the Bible story with my children.  Just like I do when I go to a Christmas concert or drive thru Nativity or set up a store bought Nativity with my children.   I did not expect that movie to teach my children about the Nativity, because I have already done that myself. 

Once again unsaved people are just trying to make a buck, well, millions of them, off of our Lord. The sad part is we are stupid enough to give it to them. If we took all the money that we spend on Hollywood and gave it to missionaries or churches we might actually make a difference. Instead we are just making filthy, sinful, slimeballs richer.

Whew…That is a mouthful…Again I do not know if the makers of this movie are unsaved.  I do not think the church that blessed my family with this movie was stupid.   And, I think that we are all sinners, saved by grace.  I also think that many, many people that are never going to darken the doors of a church or hear the words of a missionary will see this movie.  Through the years and it will bless and very possibly save souls.  While I think that missionaries and churches are wonderful things I don’t believe they are the only way to find Christ.  One of my very favorite songs puts it best:

She'd never darken the door
Of any church
She would say "What for?
No one there would care for me"
We have to go where she lives
Simply show her who Jesus is
Watch him set her free
For grace flows down from above
And faith requires a self-less love
For a world
That's dieing to see
The hope in you and me

I hope you don’t take this the wrong way. If you read it with the wrong tone of voice in your head it could happen.

I don’t know if I took this in the wrong way or not.  It made me sad.  It reminded me of a post I read once by a Christian filmmaker who made secular films.  He was asked why he didn’t make Christian films and he said he didn’t do it because he didn’t like getting torn apart by the Christian community.  He said if you make a secular film people acknowledge you are human.  But it you make a Christian film you are expected to do a perfect job and represent every given detail of the faith perfectly.  Because of all the different denominations that is impossible.  Therefore, he had decided not to get involved in the bickering of the faithful. 

I think the intent of this movie was to honor and show the amazing story of the birth of Jesus.  It makes me sad when we are so busy judging that we miss the message of love and forgiveness that Jesus came to give us.  As the movie trailer put it so eloquently this movie is about…

One family…
One journey…
One child…
Who would change the world forever.

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Twas The Night After Christmas

December 26, 2006 at 6:45 pm (Uncategorized)

Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house not a thing was in order, not even my Spouse. 

The stockings were slung by the chimney, who cares?  The jolly guy Santa is gone for the year!

The leftovers are keeping the fridge door ajar and the trash in the driveway spills out to the car. 

The tree is still lit up, but looks tired and worn, kind of like Mom who feels battered and torn…..

The children play happily with there slew of new gifts and we even found one to open that we missed! 

The wrapping paper is piled up all around the doors, and boxes and batteries are slewn on the floor….

Then what to our wondering eyes did appear but the garbage truck with 3 shining workmen in beards!

Like courses we flew to pick up all the trash, tear down the garland and wipe down the sash! 

The moon on the on the trash cans glowed silent and silver and Mom felt at peace as she watch the garbage disappear!

For Christmas is now over for a whole ‘nother year and although we do love it and hold the traditions dear….

It is nice to get back to our normal life. 

Happy New Year to all and to all a goodnight!

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The Nativity Story – Movie

December 26, 2006 at 5:38 pm (Uncategorized)

I don’t know about you, but I have heard very little about The Nativity Story in the Christian Community. As a matter of fact, the first time I heard about it was when I happened to walk past a movie poster for it.  I have to admit that when I saw the movie poster I just assumed that it would be a poorly done movie trying to cast doubts on Christianity.  However, I came home and looked up a review online and I was intrigued.  It actually was a liberal review of the movie slamming Christianity, but all the points the reviewer was making made it pretty obvious that the story followed the Bible and the reviewer didn’t!  Anyway, one day last week a local church put a invitation on our front door to a free showing of The Nativity Story at 9:30 a.m. Christmas Eve.  Cool!  Well, I am here to tell you it was a WONDERFUL movie!  We took the whole gang and each and everyone of us enjoyed it!  (Well, the 3 year old probably enjoyed the free snacks more than the movie, but he did sit through it!  LOL)  Anyway, I was very impressed with how closely the movie stuck to the Bible.  The filming was done beautifully. 

It is really 3 stories in one.  The 1st being the story of Mary and Joseph and they way this honor changes their lives.  The 2nd being the story of the wisemen and how they are following a prophecy and a star long before the Christ Child is born.  And the 3rd being the story of King Herod and his hate and jealousy for a prophesized King.  The story of Mary and Joseph was tender and hopeful.  The 3 wisemen showed the seriousness of what they were doing and made us laugh at the same time!  King Herod made us realize what a brutal and difficult times these people were living in. 

Yes,  know there has been some controversy over the actress who played Mary being an unwed pregnant mother during the filming, but in my opinion if we are only going to allow perfect people to act in movies we will all be sitting home never seeing another movie.  This movie was a true blessing for our family and I cannot wait for it to come out on DVD so we can watch it again and again!

Click here to view trailers and see scenes from the movie.

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December 23, 2006 at 8:49 am (Uncategorized)

This year our family had the honor of attending a Hanukkah party at a Messianic Jewish Church.  Today in honor of the last night of Hanukkah I am posting a story written by my 5 year old daughter about what she learned this year about Hanukkah.

Here it is:


Hanukkah is a time when Jewish people gather in their church and celebrate.

They have lots of food, songs, candles and fun! But fun isn’t the meaning of Hanukkah.

The meaning of Hanukkah is celebrating the miracle of the oil.

We are grateful God saved the Jewish people!

Jesus was Jewish and through this miracle God later gave us His son as our Savior.

What to learn more about the Messianic Celebration of Hanukkah?  Click Here

If you are interested in learning more about celebrating Biblical Holidays click here


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The Water Heater Box

December 22, 2006 at 10:54 am (Uncategorized)

You know what I most love about being a Mom?  The things my kids teach me. 

Our water heater went out 10 days ago.  There is never a good time for this, but now is really not a good time!  Luckily we had a home warranty.  (Or so we thought.)  So we called them up and they sent out a plumber 2 days later.  The plumber confirms that the raining noise we hear in our hallway combined with the hot water pouring our the heater vent is reason enough for a new hot water heater.  The bad news is because we have the warranty he can’t just run over to Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up a new one.  We have to wait a WEEK for one to be shipped from the warranty companies warehouse.  We decide to be good sports about it since we think it will only cost us $50.00.  So we go 9 days without hot water.  (The 1st two days we had no water at all! Thank God for our wonderful neighbors who let us fill buckets with their hose to flush our toilets! Oh, and also the 3rd day my Mom arrived for a 5 day visit!) I must admit I generally take hot water for granted.  Well, that is no more my attitude about hot water!  LOL  After 9 days of boiling water on the stove to wash dishes, take bathes, wash hair, mop the floor, and add to the washing machine I have a WHOLE new appreciation for hot water!  Boy is that time consuming!  So finally the day comes for the new hot water heater to arrive….nothing happens.  We call the plumber the next day only to find out we were suppose to get a call a week ago explaining to us that we would need to pay $485.00 to bring the hot water heater up to code.  Well, to make a loooong story short after 9 days without hot water my husband ended up going to Lowe’s and buying a hot water heater and installing it himself!  (We are now waiting for a cash out settlement from the Home Warranty company to pay for part of the new water heater. It was much cheaper to do it this way than to pay the plumber the extra money.  We have brought it up to code ourselves.)  So anyway, I have been pretty caught up in all this the last week.  I must admit it has made me feel pretty cranky and I have had quite a few woe is me moments.  So today I am taking out the trash.  my 2 year old follows me and sees the water heater box.  He is THRILLED.  We drag it inside.  We have all spent the better part of the day inside the box.  It has been a rocket ship, car, doghouse, fort and probably a few things I don’t know about.  My 3 year old thinks that box is better than Christmas!  LOL  I know we will be crawling over that box in our living room for days.  So what did I learn?  Celebrate the temporary, see the bright side of things, enjoy simple pleasures, be thankful for the small things in life.  Kids are full of lessons.  All of which I have to learn over and over.  So why I am enjoying the new water heater I got for Christmas I hope I can remember these lessons.  Thank you God for my precious little ones who teach me so much!

What’s not to love about the magic of a box?!!?

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Chex Mix Puppy Chow

December 22, 2006 at 1:20 am (Uncategorized)

I love the internet!  At a St. Patricks Day party this year we had something called Puppy Chow.  One of the Mom’s had brought it and it was delicious!  All I could remember was it had Chex Mix, chocolate chips and powdered sugar in it.  So I Googled those 3 words and voila!  Here is the link to the recipe!

Chex Mix Puppy Chow

The kids and I made it last night for the  Awana Leaders  Christmas party.  I know it sounds bizzare, but it is really yummy and easy to make.  Another recipe I can add to my list that I don’t mind making!

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