Here's the weekly run down of stuff that was too big for Facebook and too small for its own blog post.
: 1 :
In case you somehow forgot, I'd like to remind you that my children have curly hair. Sydney's hair is the least curly--probably because it's the longest--and Jules' is crazy curly. Even though once in a while I hear them say they wish they had straight hair, they don't really mean it. They'd rather have curly hair.
Addie, on the otherhand, really and truly wishes she had straight hair. I have instructions NOT to comb her hair when she gets out of the shower or tub because she wants her hair to stay flat on her head.
We've told her umpteen times, "God gave you curly hair. It's beautiful." "It's not beautiful," she cries. "I hate it."
Yesterday morning after her shower, I saw her standing in front of our mirror with her hands on her head, trying to keep the hair from drying into curls. I also heard her praying. "Dear God, please give me straight hair. I really want straight hair." Later, she came up to me and said, "God said He'd make my hair straight."
I don't doubt that God can speak to 3 year olds, so if she loses all her curls, you know why.
: 2 :
I got a new Bible.
I've been meaning to write an actual post about it, but I haven't gotten around to it.
I've had my old Bible since I was 16, and while I do still love it, I risk losing a minor prophet every time I take it out, the pages are so loose.
So, I finally got a new one. Up until the very end, I was going to get a New American Standard Version, but then I was won over by the English Standard Version, which appears to be what all the cool kids are using these days.
I'm not usually swayed by Bible trends, but sometimes trends are happening for a reason. I've already started writing in it, so I think it's a keeper. (It's a Ryrie Study Bible, for those interested.)
: 3 :
Because I shopped at Target in December, my bank is reissuing me a new credit card. I'm trying to look on the bright side about this. I'm thankful my bank is being proactive and that my card was never hacked, unlike my parents' card which was used to purchase an airline ticket. In Panama.
However, we do a lot of our banking online. In fact, aside from Jules' school fees (she buys chocolate milk every day at lunch), all our billing is done automatically because I cannot be trusted to write a check every month before a due date (point of fact: I'm late every month in paying that chocolate milk bill). I know people freak out about having automatic payments, but we've been doing it for probably ten years, and never had any issues.
All that to say, now I have to go reenter our new card for the dozen or so places that will need it. Meh.
: 4 :
Do you have a spot or item in your house that absolutely has to be clean, even if everything around it is a disaster?
We've been living here for four years, and I just now realized my has-to-be-clean spot. The stove. We have a glass-top range, and I can't stand to have it dirty. I don't want to see grease spots on the range or near the buttons on the backsplash. I pretty much want the stove top to look brand new all the time. The kitchen can be a disaster, but the stove? Got to be clean.
(I think Jason's must be dishes in the sink. He hates having dishes in the sink. They either go in the dishwasher or they are hand washed and put away. Alas for him, I am not that way.)
I was thinking back to our old house in Salem, and trying to remember what was my has-to-be-clean spot. It was the coffee table. The sunlight highlighted every speck of dust and every smudge. So I dusted it every day.
I'm not a clean freak (and I'm definitely not a neat freak), but I guess I just have to one spot that I can count on to be clean.
: 5 :
As I've mentioned before, Super Bowl Sunday is the same day as Soup Night, so I'm hosting a Souper Bowl party. Well, I'm hosting it at my parents' house because they have more space and more TVs, although I promised my mom that I would be in charge of the food and she could watch the game without being interrupted.
Although I know what soups I'm making, I'm still coming up with some ideas for snacks to eat during the game.
Any suggestions? What says "Game Day" to you?
: 6 :
On Wednesday, I went to a parent orientation meeting for an alternative school that we were trying to get Sydney enrolled in. I saw "were" because it turns out the school is full and they aren't taking any more students.
The meeting wasn't a total wash, though. I brought Sydney with me and they tested her to see where she is academically.
I have not, thankfully, ruined her with my less-than-stellar homeschooling methods. She tested at 6th grade reading level, and almost 6th grade math.
Big sigh of relief from me. It means she'll be okay whenever she goes back to school.
: 7 :
Got to cut it short, here. I'm off to celebrate my birthday weekend with Megan. Oregon Gardens here we come!
Have a great weekend! And GO SEAHAWKS.