Kitchens, Driving and Other Uninteresting Subjects

Kitchens, Driving and Other Uninteresting Subjects

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 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!


  1. Hey Lisa – We also use to help evaluate movies. I like their rating system in three dimensions, and you even get a per-word or per-view count of every worrisome word or scene! Check it out and see what you think.

  2. Thanks for answering my question about your stove! I like the Plugged In from FOF too! I use it a lot. We already have a G-only rating stipulation but let the kids watch a PG with us if we have really done our homework. But, it’s rare and I hardly take them to movies – I grew up a Baptist and
    movies weren’t allowed, at all! Now I could really care less about most movies! I can hardly believe that my parents take MY kids to the movies…what happened? Ha, ha!! I have a friend with a Cricut and I was thinking of borrowing it from her – I keep seeing the Silhouette too and wondered which was really a better deal – cause it’s all about being cheap. My daughter would LOVE to have something like that for crafts and I would LOVE it for labeling!! I always look forward to reading your posts 🙂 They make my day!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  3. Lisa~
    My kids are late drivers as well.
    My son will be 17 next month and has very little desire to drive. And, frankly…The longer he waits the happier I am. I mean, really, most kids who drive early are probably doing and going a lot of places they shouldn’t be. I know, from my own experience! ;o)
    Also, I looked at Martha’s recipe for the hot doggies and was trying to figure out what Occident Flour is as well. I saw that you asked in the comments, but I didn’t see a reply. Do you know?
    Thanks, Kristin

  4. I have the same thing going on regarding driving in my house. On a smaller scale, though. Probably because my family is smaller-scaled than yours. My oldest will be 18 in October and we made him get his permit a couple of years ago.Since then, I think he’s driven probably 5 times. Or maybe 6. He really has no interest in it.

    My other son (turned 16 in March) IS more interested in having his permit, but his super organized and efficient mother lost his birth certificate and his social security card. Either that, or there are aliens pretending to be him after they stole his identity. That’s been a real joy to deal with. Replacement birth certificate? Piece of cake. Replacement SS card? Not so much. But there’s light on the horizon. Or in the lamp. It looks like we’ll be able to get his permit in the next few days. He even has a truck that he’s been paying on. He’s just over halfway there.

    My goodness. That was a book of a comment. Or maybe a chapter. You know, in case there’s not enough to read in your inbox, I figured I’d help out. 🙂