Sunday night I spent two hours washing all of these dishes:
Some from camping, some were just dirty on the counter, and some were used that day at home for dinner. We go through a lot of dishes.
During those two hours I listened to two of Scott DeGroff's messages from a Word Alive conference in 2003; My Bible & I: Principles of Forgiveness. Good stuff. To backtrack, I have listened to his first four messages from 2009 at the Meadow Ridge Memorial Day Conference: Footwashing, Tests of Life-Fellowship, The God of Self Must Die, Must Lead-Must Love. Just realized I didn't listen to the fifth one about Grace, so that's next on my list!
How I found out about Scott was through Mike Attwood, who spoke at our chapel retreat. Mike mentioned a conference called the Rise Up Conference, and the name Scott DeGroff tickled my brain that it sounded familiar somehow. From a friend's fb page, Joe H. Sure enough, Scott is a friend of friends that I used to go to Kansas Bible Camp with. Small world!
Before I started in on Scott's messages, I had listened to 22 of Mike Attwood's. Baptism, Lord's Supper, Church History, Clergy, Laity, Developing Gifts, Headcoverings, Pride in Life, Priesthood of Believers, Responsibilites, Spiritual Gifts, Moral Purity, Pride In Us. Not in that order, but they were all good. I learned a lot!
I was discussing church history with Jeremy one day, and he already knew about Darby and others, and I was like, how do you know about all this and I don't?! He joked that he read the pamphlet on church history located at our chapel back home in Kansas. So funny. There was no such thing! I know because I once read all the tracts that were in the lobby area that he was referring to.
I feel like I've got some catching up to do in regards to church history! A very interesting topic.
Monday morning it took half an hour to put all the dishes away, and then I had a clean kitchen, so of course I had to use it. It's like an addiction or something, I can't not use a clean kitchen.
Little side note: That is the fastest way to do a lot of dishes, is to wash them all, then dry and put away the next morning. They're mostly all dry by then. Plus, it would take so much longer and is more frustrating to wash, then dry and put away, then wash, then dry and put away, etc. At least for me anyway.
On a rare occasion I do actually keep up with the dishes.
Monday for example: I used my kitchen to make a pumpkin pie, chili, and
It's how I roll. And that was all done by noon. Well, the cheesecake was in the oven then. But I did keep up with the dishes and washed everything I had used up to that point. Then I stepped out of the kitchen for the day, pretty much.
We won't talk about how I have yet to clear the table after dinner. (btw, it's Monday night that I'm writing this.) Usually the girls clear the table, but I wanted to get them to bed ASAP. It's the tradeoff. Sleep for tired kids is good.
Also, break for mom is good. Love those kiddos, also like my recharge time.
Hayley has been taking ice skating lessons on Mondays, and oh snap, those boys...
at this week's lesson Blake pulled a good amount of my hair, and Seth was his usual wild self. It's like, Seth hits that cold air at the rink, and he turns into another child. No joke. We do jackets, it's not that he's cold. He's like, I don't even know. He doesn't know what to do with himself. Last week I let him bring a car and that helped a little bit, especially when there was another boy who had a car and they kinda "played" together even though they were on separate sides of a glass partition.
Last week Ada started watching the kids playing games on electronic devices, so she's been better since then. Blake was only as bad as he was today the first time we went, so I don't know how to predict his behavior. Usually he is pretty chill in the Ergo, but if he wants out he makes it really annoying to have him in there by pulling my hair... urgh! It's only a half hour lesson so he's got to stay in. The Ergo is the only reason Hayley is getting to do these lessons; without it I don't think I could survive two crazy boys trying to go wild!
Jeremy and I weren't planning on paying for any kind of sports for the kids until they were older, as let's face it, running is free and it's a good sport. ;)
But, he had taken Hayley ice skating for her birthday last year, and she fell in love and had talked about it ever since. So, we decided that would be a good birthday present for her, ice skating lessons. She's been enjoying them! And also it's been neat to see her challenged with new things to try, and her working towards the goals and achieving them. Well, as much as I get to watch with trying to keep my wildling corralled. Was going to try bringing a book for him to look at today and we forgot it. He loves sitting and looking at books now. Not sure if it'd work for the rink or if anything would, but it's worth a shot next week.
Ideas are welcome!
I know what does keep his attention: This Monday the zomboni came out after Hayley's lesson and that dude was glued to the glass. We stayed until it smoothed out everything.