I had a little bit of unexpected down time today so I spent it doing important things, like poking around on Pinterest and playing Facebook games.
Also, just for fun, I read back through your comments from the past couple of weeks. I get so much encouragement from your comments…really…it means the world to me.
Thanks to those of you that suggested pluggedin.com for movie reviews. I haven’t used it before, but I checked it out after some of you mentioned that you check there THEN if the movie still looks good you go preview it. Great idea!
On that subject, Autumn asked if I have noticed that some kids react differently to movies than other kids. Definitely! Two of mine are much more drawn to anything and everything on the screen. It goes into their thought life and they struggle, even if it is a good movie, with thinking about it all of the time. This is why we limit all of our movie viewing to once a week. A couple of my other kids are more sensitive to worldliness and ungodliness. We use them as our gauge. If they can’t watch it then no one can. The real point is, know your kids, spend time with them. Don’t fool yourself into thinking they can watch things that your instinct tells you is a bad idea.
From my post on how hard I work, Becky asked if I have 2 stoves in my kitchen. Yes, when I remodeled my kitchen a few years ago I did everything I could to make it work for a large family. We have 2 ranges, 2 microwaves, 2 refrigerators. I know I’m spoiled.
From my post on what we did last weekend, Cha Cha asked if Jacob was finally driving. No, none of the kids drive yet. Grace and Jacob both have been taking driver’s ed from James for a few years now. They do finally have their learner’s permits and are doing driver’s ed in parking lots and empty neighborhoods at this point. Believe it or not, they don’t even care. I say, “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just go to the store and get that for yourself?” or, “Don’t you think it would be good if you drove yourself to work?” They just shrug. What is that about? I remember making sure my mother knew to pick me up from school ON my 16th birthday to go get my license. We always told our kids they would be much older before they got their license, but I am still surprised at their lackadaisicalness. (yes, I had to look up how to spell that)
From my last post about food, Lori asked about my beloved Cricut. I’m not sure how we got from apple pie to the Cricut, but you know I am always glad to talk about my beloved. Lori and her sister were on the roof of her sister’s house and apparently got heat sick because they started to wonder if her sister needed to get a Cricut and Lori decided asked an expert. Here’s what I use my Cricut for: wall decals, making stencils, cards, tons of home decor, place markers at our party, gift bags, applique patterns, Christmas ornaments, tags, we used it last Friday to make a topper for a friend’s parent’s 50th anniversary cake. I do use it at least once a week. It is expensive though. It’s not just the cost of the machine, but each cartridge, replacement mats & blades. Now that I have a bunch of cartridges it seems worth it, but it took me time to build up my stock. I love mine and do a lot with it, but if I didn’t make crafts a LOT then I would think it might be better to find a friend that owns one and see if she’d be willing to let me borrow it every once in a while.
OK, I’m tired now. Using my brain and spelling long words wears me out. If anyone asked me a question that was important, please ask me again. I tend to forget things or lose my focus while looking up pretty pictures online.
Happy Independence Day!