God’a amazing works!

How can anyone watch a video like this and not be amazed at the power and creativity of our Creator?
The girls and I watched it over and over with mingled sounds of ugh, ooh, and !!!

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Shannon for class president!

My blog-friend Shannon of Rocks in my Dryer, with whom I TIRLED just the other day (Talked In Real Life), is a finalist in the 2006 Weblog Awards in the Best Parenting Blog category, and our girl is blowing away the competition!
I have to admit that there are two other blogs I read in the list of competitors (hi Lisa, hi Chris), and I’m sorry, but I have to back the candidate who uses the word Y’all the most. After all, I’m in Texas. I don’t want to get lynched or something.
So y’all go vote for her and help her keep the amazing lead. Can’t you just feel the love?
BTW, daily voting is allowed and encouraged, so don’t be shy.

Reformed Chicks Blabbing is up for Best New Blog – give them a vote too while you’re over there pumping up Shannon’s numbers. They have a great blog, and you have to love their name!

And the late great Spunky Homeschool blog is in the running for Best Educational Blog. Even though Spunky has moved on, wouldn’t it be nice to throw her a little going away party and give her a 2006 Weblog award?

Homeschooling links

Carolyn at Guilt-free Homeschooling has given us some real keepers lately. My favorites:

If you’re not familiar with Carolyn’s blog, plan to spend some time browsing her copious archives. She is always good for a fun idea (or 20), an encouraging word or some good hard facts.

And it’s a good thing that Carolyn is blogging faithfully because Spunky has bid bloggerdom farewell. I’m sorry to see her go and hope to run into her someday in real life. I wonder if she would introduce herself as Spunky?

And I want to introduce 2 wonderful homeschool-grandma blogs: I have had the pleasure of meeting both these ladies in real life, and they have also commented a bit here on my blog.
Both love their husbands and speak highly of them, and both are very active in the lives of their children and grandchildren, helping with schooling, spiritual training, and in a myriad of other ways.
These are the Titus 2 bloggers that those of us with young children need to be watching. We have much to learn from these wise and wonderful women!

Little man’s milestones

At 5 months and change, it’s time for an update on our little Perry Boy.

  • He can sit up
  • He has a tooth: bottom left
  • He laughs when his sisters tickle him.
  • He has tasted smushed potatoes, carrots and dumplings from our stew; ice cream and jello; grits and cream of wheat; and bread. He enjoyed them all way too much, and is suddenly obsessed with everything we put into our mouths.
  • He loves peekaboo, and seems to understand when he sees Mama holding him in a mirror. If I set him in front of mirror and peek at him from behind his left side, he looks over his left shoulder to find me. Ditto for the right. Is my boy smart or what?

And size 3 diapers fit him very nicely. This may not surprise you unless you know that none of our others wore size 3 until they were nearly 2, and I have never used a diaper larger than size 3 on any of my children.

WFMW: speed dials

Since it’s Wednesday at Rocks in my Dryer (oh, is it Wednesday here too?) I’ll share my system for speed dials in my phone.
I use my cell phone as a phonebook: aside from personal contacts, I store the number of nearly any business that I call regularly: Walmart, McDonald’s, the bank, the county clerk, my midwife’s office, 4 different auto parts stores where we compare prices before buying…
I probably have well over 100 numbers stored in my phone (with capability to store up to 1,000) and I have no expectation of ever memorizing all the speed dials, so I have a system:
My honey is #1. Did you ever doubt it?
My sibs are numbered by birth order. This is very convenient, since I would be #1 in the family and Hubby has that taken. So the single digits 2-8 are dedicated to my sibs who are old enough to have their own phone and/or household. If they have both, the household number is the default, and the sib’s cellphone number is a doubled digit: Brother #5′s house is 5, and his cell is 55. Taken a step further his wife’s cell is 555.
So far, so good.
For extended family, I use 2 digits: the first 2 letters of the last name. So the Smiths, for example, would be 76 (for S-M).
For businesses and acquaintances outside of the family, I always use the first 3 letters of the business name:
WalMart is WAL, or
Auto Zone is AUT, or
You get it, right?

What if 2 numbers would get the same space in my system? I store the less used number at a location just 1 higher: for example, if it should be at 767 but that’s already taken, I put it at 768. You’d be surprised how rarely this is necessary.

I have so many numbers in my phone and so few memory cells in my brain that I often don’t remember if I have yet stored a particular number, so it’s easy to check: just dial the first 3 letters. If it’s empty, I don’t have it. If it’s filled, I check the next spot just in case.

Easy. No memory required. Math skills: I’ve got em. Memory: out of luck. This works for me.
What works for you?

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Free shipping or 10% off at CBD ends soon

Just a head-up to all you procrastinators out there (please, oh please tell me I’m not alone!):
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See this post on my Shoelaces blog for codes, expiration dates, and the low-down on which one to use.

Our new chore list

We have revised the division of labor in our house slightly. Here is the newest job list, enacted on December 2.

Deanna (13yo): bathroom, floors (includes vacuuming living areas, sweeping and mopping as necessary)

Kaitlyn (11yo): kitchen (all but washing dishes), surfaces (mirrors, windows, appliances, cabinets and bookshelves, all as-necessary)

Lydia (10yo): dining room (our school room, which accumulates a lot of stuff), wash/dry laundry. Laundry is still kept separate by room, so she does 1 load/day/room and notifies the residents of a room when they have clean laundry to fold and put away.

Megan (8yo): living room, animals (dog, cat, rabbits, gerbils)

Natalie (almost 7yo): trash, deck

Becca (5yo): make bed, help w/bedroom, be a helper to the older sister of her choice.

All children are responsible for their bedrooms; each is responsible to fold/put away her own laundry.
We do have some trouble making sure jobs get done w/o nagging. I find that almost any sort of reward/consequence program works so long as we consistently enact it and inspect jobs frequently. I think this is key, and most of the troubles we have in work quality and work ethic can be traced back to a failure on my part to hold the children accountable. Don’t misunderstand: they do very well overall and are a great help to me, but there is always room for improvement!

Ideally, jobs are maintained throughout the day, rather than just done once.
Honestly, Natalie and Becca have run under the radar for a while. They are capable of far more than they do right now, but Becca’s going to continue to slip by just a little while I focus on Natalie, who is ready and raring to go as an official Big Kid.

Dinner dishes are still done on rotating shifts. Natalie and Becca clear and wipe the table (it gets wiped again by somebody older).
They are both learning to do dishes as well, and sometimes do the breakfast or lunch dishes with very little help. They generally enjoy this, and I make sure somebody older puts away the dishes for them so they can be inspected.

Carnival of Kid Comedy

Smacking Myself in the Forehead

I did it again – I let the week go flying past and didn’t even take a shot at assigning a guest host for the carnival.
Could some kind soul please rescue me from my lack of planning and just email to tell me when and where I should forward the submissions for their week of choice? Really. Just email and say, “Kim, send me all the carnival submissions for the December 19 carnival and I’ll host it.” You’ll be my best friend for life…or until the next person emails and claims Dec 26, or Dec 12…you get the idea.

Moving On

We have 2 weeks’ worth of entries this week and lots of newcomers, so strap on your seatbelt!
We have:

  1. Super-Mommy writes an open letter to Spitup Boy.
  2. The Harmoniser shares What children think about marriage.
  3. More4kids shares fun pics of son’s first birthday.
  4. The Bruggie family provides a collection of tales from Rose, proving the eleventh Reason for having children. (link corrected)
  5. Dana is chuckling over her 3yo’s first joke.
  6. Christa manages to find the humor in kid hysteria.
  7. Michael’s son Nathaniel knows that real men do play with dolls…they just do it on their own terms.
  8. Rhonda’s daughter has trouble with those tricky Old Testament names.
  9. The Melvilles’ 12yo has a plan to avoid at least one sticky situation.
  10. a Geek family knows how to laugh at themselves, and encourages us to join in.
  11. Little Trinity learns the hard way that you can have too much of a good thing.
  12. Lydia has figured out why hunters wear orange, in hunting according to Lydia.
  13. I had to laugh at what I overheard in the car.

And I found these in my own blog reading over the past two weeks. I found more, but lost them.

A hearty welcome to all the newcomers this week (there were several of you!), and a note to those whose blogs I read regularly: If you posted something funny and I forgot to save it for the carnival, well, it’s your own fault for not submitting it. hmph.