Monday, October 29, 2007

My kids

Kaitlyn and her friend, McKaila.

Gardner Village

Here are the kids looking all cute! We went to Gardner Village for a field trip for Kevin's preschool. The kids had fun walking around looking at the witches, and going in the shops. We even stopped at the bakery and got some cookies and doughnuts. I'm usually not that nice.

More Thanksgiving Point

Kevin riding a pony. He had a hard time deciding which one he wanted to ride. At first he said he wanted to ride the bigger one, that you can see in the background, but when we got over there, he changed his mind pretty quick.
Kaitlyn on an even bigger pony. I think this one might be called a horse. :)
Even Ethan gave it a try, although he didn't really like it at all. I guess he doesn't really see the point. He just wanted Troy to take him off.
Ooh, scary! Kevin loves these teeth. He wears them all the time, but the sad part is that he can't swallow while they're in, so there's a lot of wetness.
Kevin really, really wanted me to take a picture of them next to this sign. If it was that important to him, it must be important enough for me to put here.

Thanksgiving Point

Kaitlyn and Kevin petting a horse

This horse really liked Ethan. It kept sticking it's nose through to try to get him.

Two of my cuties, by this real looking pumpkin.

Ethan wasn't too crazy about the wagon ride.


Last Saturday we went to the Barnyard Boo thingy at Thanksgiving Point, and then today I took the kids to Gardner Village. I have pictures of both, and will put them up later when I'm not too lazy to go upstairs and get the camera.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Something New

A certain someone was just complaining to me that there isn't something new here every time they check my blog. What they must remember is that my life is so busy and exciting, that I don't always have time to come here and write about it. Just imagine the most interesting things possible, and then pretend I've written them here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One more Kevin funny

Kevin sneezed twice in a row, and I didn't say anything. So he came up to me and said, "mom, I have two bless you's".

Holy Mungus!

This is Kevin's new saying. As in, "Holy Mungus! Look at the snow outside!" It's almost enough to make me want to change the title of my blog from "Me Never Like That". Since I had to wake up in the middle of the night (okay, 5:30) with Ethan, I'm not really coherent today, so that's all I've got in the way of blogging today.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Prayer of Jabez

Originally posted 10/15/07

I just read this book tonight, and it really touched me. It's pretty short, and it may be simplistic, but it's something I needed to read right now. I know God has a plan for me, and I'm sure there are opportunities and things that He wants for me to do, but I need His help finding them and then doing them. I will be praying the prayer of Jabez starting tonight. What a wonderful book!

What in the . . . ?

In case you're wondering where all of these posts came from, I decided to put all my blogs into one blog, so I transferred them all here. So these are all the posts from my various other blogs over the past few months, and now there will just be the one.

Also, I changed my layout once again. I'm nothing if not fickle.


Originally posted 10/11/07

So, awhile ago I bought Staind's most recent CD, and I absolutely loved it. It's one of my very favorite CD's. So I thought I'd buy more, and BMG happened to have one of their older ones. I'm not sure if it was their first CD, or what, but I'll tell you, it sucked. It was barely passable as music, if you ask me. It sounded so different from the CD I had, that I almost couldn't believe it was the same group. It was a huge disappointed. The older one I bought was called Dysfunction, I believe. Don't buy it!!!

Finished Knowing God 101

Originally posted 10/4/07

Last night I finished Knowing God 101. It's going on my list of favorite books, and is one that I'll be keeping on my shelves. I loved this book as a starting point for learning more about God. It is pretty much what the title suggests--a beginner course for learning about God. Excellent book!

The Faith Club . . .still

Originally posted 9/26/07

I'm still working on The Faith Club. While I really liked the idea of three women from three different religions getting together and learning to understand each other, I'm having a hard time getting through this book. To be honest, it's just not all that interesting.

Also, something the pastor at my church said last Sunday really resonated with me, and it's especially timely considering issues in this book. He said you can't pick your religion buffet style. You can't pick which of Christ's teachings you'll follow, and which don't really work for you. And I guess the same would be true of the Muslim and Jewish religion. And although I don't think religions have to be followed with such rigidity that there's no room for personality or wiggle room, I do think if you're going to claim to be a follower of Christ, you need to be so completely. No buffet style religion. You can't say, I'll follow Christ telling me to love my fellow man, but I won't follow Christ when he says "no man comes unto the Father but by me".

Knowing God 101--the creation

Originally posted 10/1/07

I'm currently in the middle of Knowing God 101 by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. I have to say, this book is absolutely awesome! It's really informative, yet really simple. It's not the kind where you're reading information, and your eyes start to glaze over, because it's just too much. I know some people like to read details upon details upon details, but most of the time, I'm not one of those people.

I just finished the chapter called Creation: A Likely Story. It didn't just say, here's what the bible says, believe it or be damned. It gave information on how the creation story in Genesis actually gels with science. That was a cool part for me, because I've never really seen it laid out like that. And I'm sure there are books that go extensively into this (and maybe I'll read one someday), but this was just short and right to the point, but I feel like it laid out enough information that I could understand it.

They briefly touched on the "when" of creation. How the debate used to be between creationists and evolutionists, but now the debate is between Young-Earth and Old-Earth creationists. I've read theories for both young earth and old earth, and I have to say I fall into the old earth camp. And evolution without creation just doesn't even fall onto my radar, because I think it's ridiculous.

There was a quote in the book that I especially liked. It said: "What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of science is not able to make an oyster." (Jeremy Taylor)

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, although there are a couple of things that I have disagreed with so far, such as the part where they referred to the Jehovah's Witness religion as a cult. Also the part where they said there are two worldviews about how the earth came about, and that's the Christian or the Secular view. Off the top of my head, don't the Jewish people and the Muslims both believe that the earth was created by God? I can't say I'm an expert on religion, but I would think that they do. Other than that, though, I think this book is excellent.

The Biggest Loser

Originally posted 9/19/07

I watched The Biggest Loser last night. I enjoyed the first season of this show, and then after that I kind of stopped watching it. Or I'd catch bits and pieces of it when I was flipping through channels, but I never made it a point to watch. I am liking this season a lot, though, and it has been motivation for me to be more active. I figure if these people, who are very out of shape, can do this, why can't I?

Sometimes I think I'd like to go somewhere, exercise that much in a day, have a trainer to help me, and just get in awesome shape. They need to make something like this for people who aren't really overweight, but who just want to get into really good shape.

As for the particular show last night, I was glad that the red team lost the weigh in. I think the boys on that team are fine (and thank goodness the only boy available to be voted off wasn't), but the girls are really annoying. You signed up for the show, stop your darn complaining! It was also kind of funny how the black team thought they were sooooooooo tough, and doing so much better than the other teams. I don't know the percentage of weight they lost the first week, but only a couple of them did great. I mean, one of the ladies has only lost 5 lbs so far. If it weren't for the men on that team, there's no way they would have won the weigh in.

Despite that, I like the black team, but I think it's cause of the trainers, I like Jillian best. If I were just looking at the teams, independent of their trainers, I'm rooting for the blue team.

The Faith Club

Originally posted 9/19/07

I've been reading The Faith Club, which is a book about a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim woman. They originally got together after 9/11 to write a children's book, mostly to promote understanding between the religions. It turned into more than they thought, and they ended up writing a book about it.

I like it mostly, but sometimes these women are really whiny, and it's not enjoyable to read. Also, it seems at times that they are hypocritical, and that's annoying too. I guess both of those traits are human nature, especially when dealing with others who you feel don't understand you.

I'm waiting for the part where they reach their understanding of each other and stop squabbling and whining. I think it must be coming, else why write a book about your meetings together? Despite all the annoyances, I am enjoying it, because it's also been a way to learn about the Jewish and Muslim religions.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Originally posted 9/4/07

I've heard so many good things about this one, and never heard much in the way of criticism for this book. I'm over 100 pages in now, and I can't see what the hype is about. I'm still waiting for something to happen. Right now it's just a story about a girl in high school. I mean, I know there is going to be more to it. I'm just wondering if this book really needed to be 500 pages. I'm hoping it gets really good really soon, because everyone says it's so good, and I don't want this to be another book that is raved about that I can't get into (such as Eragon).

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Originally posted 9/4/07

I finished reading Blood Bound the other day. It was excellent. This was the second in a series by Patricia Briggs. I thought the first was one (Moon Called) good, but it seemed to get less good by the end of the book. Almost like the author ran out of steam or something. So I can't say that I was too excited about reading Blood Bound. It turned out that this one was interesting and fast paced the whole way through. It looks like this is one of those series that just gets better throughout. I'm really looking forward to the next book, Iron Called. I'm not sure if this is just going to be a trilogy, or a longer series.

How I Met Your Mother

Originally posted 9/4/07

I recently heard about a website that has tons of different TV shows that you can watch from your computer. So I decided to see what How I Met Your Mother Was Like. And boy, am I glad I did. I've seen bits and pieces of this show when on TV, and it never looked very good to me. It was slightly funny, but nothing that I'd make it a point to watch. But after starting from the beginning, and actually watching whole shows at a time, I'm definitely changing my view. This really could be the next Friends--I think it was advertised as that when it was just starting. It's hilarious, the characters are likeable and fun, and it's just a darn good time.

I've almost finished watching the second season, and will absolutely be tuning in to season 3 when it starts this fall.


Originally posted 6/21/07

Ooh boy! This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time, and easily goes on my favorite movies list. There was a lot of violence, but I really think that's to be expected since it was a movie about a war. It wasn't really what I thought it would be; it was actually so much better. Sure it's probably not historically accurate (at all). It almost was more like a fantasy movie than a historical epic. It was based on historical events, though, and if nothing else makes the watcher want to find out more about the history of the Battle of Thermopylae. And okay, so there were a ton of hot guys with rock hard abs, but that was just a bonus. This is definitely one to see on the big screen, but I'll be buying the DVD as soon as it comes out.

JR Ward

Originally posted 8/27/07

I just recently discovered J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. At first I was hesitant to pick these up, because the covers were just really offputting to me. Waaaaaaay too romance-ish. And while there is definitely romance in these books, they almost remind me of a Vin Diesel movie. And if you know me at all, you know this is definitely a good thing. I wouldn't recommend these books to everyone. There is quite a bit of sex in them, and if you don't like that kind of stuff in your books, you probably won't like these ones.

I'm really looking forward to the next book out in the series, since it's about my favorite character. Counting down the days until it comes out in September.

The Black Dahlia by James Elroy

Originally posted 6/21/07

I just finished this one late last night. It was terribly hard to get into, and I thought the first 75 pages were unecessary background blah. It did get more interesting, although sometimes the story strayed a little bit too far from the point. Some of the time I was thinking "just get back to the main plot already". Not too bad overall, though.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Originally posted 3/2/07

This book started off very slow, and I was quite bored. So bored, in fact, that when I got to my usual 50 page quitting point, that I was about to quit. I pushed through, though, because I really love to read about Chinese culture, and I had heard so many good things about this book. I'm glad that I continued, because I think it turned into a very good story. Not an amazing, must read book, by any means, but still quite good. I enjoyed the characters, and the story, although hard and sad to read at times, was well written. I don't know that I'd read any more by this author, but I think I would recommend this book to others.

Music and Lyrics

Originally posted 6/21/07

Troy and I have been watching a lot of TV shows on DVD, but we were both in the mood for a regular movie, so I went to see what they had at the Redbox. There wasn't a whole lot of selection, and I remember seeing previews for this one, and thinking that it looked cute. And that's pretty much what it turned out to be. It was quite funny in parts, and a sweet romantic comedy. This is the kind of movie I like sometimes, when I just want to enjoy and not have to think too much. It also helps that I really like Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. There were some fun songs in the movie as well. And Hugh Grant was great as an 80's pop singer. :D

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Originally posted 3/2/07

This was a hard book to read in one sitting, but I had to because I needed to hurry and finish it. I think it would have been much better read maybe a chapter a day. That being said, it was a beautiful book. It's very well written, and I'd like to read more by this author. I think many of her feelings and thoughts throughout the book touched me, and really caused me to think. This book was about her travels in Italy, India, and Indonesia. The India part was probably my least favorite, just because it was a lot of the same, chapter after chapter. This is the part that I think would best be read a chapter a day, or little by little.

The Lake House

Originally posted 10/30/06

If I just suspend all rational thought, I really enjoyed this movie. I like Sandra Bullock a lot, and this was a really sweet love story. The acting was good, the story was interesting, it was a good movie. It just doesn't work. We spent a good share of the movie saying, "why doesn't she just . . ." (don't want to give anything away) or "would this have happened if that happened". Man, it's really hard to review this movie without giving anything away. Overall, I would say this was a nice chick flick. You just have to turn off your brain for a couple hours and watch.

A Girl's Best Friend by Kristin Billerbeck

Originally posted 3/2/07

It seems that almost all of Kristin Billerbeck's books start off a bit slow, and then end up being pretty okay. I haven't read one that I've loved, or that I would heartily recommend to a friend. This book was the same. I also couldn't really bring myself to care about the main character.

Elric of Melibone by Michael Moorcock

Originally posted 10/30/06

This book is the first in the Elric series. It was very short, which is not usual for fantasy books these days. That's probably because it was written in the early 70's. It was kind of nice not to have a 500+ (usually more like 1000) for once. This wasn't the best fantasy I've read, but it was very good. It didn't feel dated at all, like some of the books I've read that were written so long ago. The characters were interesting, and I liked the book well enough to want to continue on with the series. I give it a B.

The Sentinel

Originally posted 10/28/06

I wasn't too excited when Troy brought home this movie. I'd never heard of it, and usually that means the movie wasn't good enough to generate any buzz. I don't remember even seeing previews for it. For those reasons I probably went into the movie expecting not to like it. I was pretty bored for the first 15-20 minutes of the show. It didn't start off well, and if Troy hadn't been watching it with me, I probably would have turned it off and watched something else. This is the part where I'm supposed to tell you it got really good and I'm glad I kept watching. I can't tell you that. :) It did get better, and was interesting with enough action to keep my attention, but I'm not going to tell anyone to run out and rent it. Maybe if you can't find anything at all at the video store, it'd be better than nothing.

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier

Originally posted 10/24/06

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I think the thing I liked best about it was that it was written from the point of view of many different characters. I never got bored, because the story was constantly shifting. The thing I didn't like was that the book was so darn depressing. And it just got worse and worse as the book went on. Even so, it was very well written, and one I'd readily recommend. I gave it a B+.

The Fast and The Furious: Toyko Drift

Originally posted 10/23/06

This movie was pretty cheesy. Not as good as the first one, and I don't even remember the second one to compare. It was entertaining enough to watch, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless they really liked cars or the other Fast and the Furious movies. It did have a nice cameo of Vin Diesel at the end, which maybe made it worth watching. :)


Originally posted 10/22/06

We watched this one last Thursday. I think it's definitely worth watching once, but it's not one I'd buy or watch again. The reason is because it's kind of painful to watch. It's not your usual Adam Sandler comedy. It's kind of dark and depressing in parts. I thought it had a really good message to it, though. Not really what I was expecting when I told Troy to rent this one, but that's what I came away with. It made me want to spend more time with my family, which is always a good thing.

Monday, October 15, 2007


To avoid any confusion, and because I know people read and ponder my blog for hours, this template that I currently have is new. It's not the aforementioned too bright template. I guess I'll stick with this for awhile before I go searching for something else.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hmm . . .

I'm not loving the colors of this layout. And I'm not sure I like the three column thing either. But it took me forever to set it up, and now I don't want all that time to be wasted. These are the problems that vex me in life. And there are no easy solutions. What does one do? One doesn't know.

Editing to add: Okay, so I changed it, but now I'm still not sure I like it. It seems a little too bright, making it hard to read. One of these days I just need to figure out how to design my own template completely, and then I can make one I really like.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Knowing God

Troy and I went to the home group at the pastors home tonight. We're reading the book Knowing God 101, which is absolutely awesome. It's easily becoming one of my very favorite books. It was so nice to have Troy be able to go with me this time. Tonight was the second time we've had Kaitlyn watch the kids, and she does great. I can't believe I have a daughter old enough to babysit! Although we wouldn't let her watch other kids at this age, she does really well with Ethan and Kevin.

Anyway, it was a great night. Life is going so wonderful for us right now!

Important Questions Answered

I had a conversation with Kevin today that went like this:
Kevin: "I know where Jesus is."
Me: "Where?" (at this point, I fully expected him to say Heaven)
Kevin: "In his house."
Me: "Where's his house?"
Kevin: "At the North Pole."
Me: "The North Pole?"
Kevin: "Yeah, by Santa's house."
Me: "I think Jesus is in Heaven.
Kevin: "Yeah, I saw him there."
Me: "What was he doing?"
Kevin: "They were fixing birdhouses."

So there you have it. If you ever wonder where Jesus is, and what he's doing, just ask your kids. I bet they'll have an answer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Today we mourn the death of . . .

Yesterday Kevin pulled out the only plant in my flower garden that I really care about. It was so pretty, and now it's dead! Dead, I say! Here's a picture of the beautiful, beautiful plant.

And here we have evidence of the deadness of the plant. Look at it just lying there with it's lifeless eyes. Now I have to try to figure out what it is, and go buy more.