Thursday, July 31, 2008

We've been calling him "Butterfingers" lately

This is why:
I'm not sure why he was playing with the bag of quinoa...but this was the result. Do you know how far quinoa rolls when it hits the floor and how hard it is to sweep up?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ummm...what's a froat?

Actual conversation:
Steven:: Momma, can I go outside and ride my bike while you watch me?

Momma:: Maybe after Sissy gets home. Mommy's not feeling very good today. I have a sore throat.

Steven:: I'll pray for you! Dear Jesus, help Mommy's froat to feel better and that we can go outside. Jesus' name...Amen

Conversation according to Steven:
(In the car on the way home from school...)

Steven:: Sissy, we can go outside. Momma
said we could. And you can watch me and I'll ride my bike. Out front. Momma has a froat but I prayed for her.

Sissy:: Whahat?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

As Promised...

...our finished Bonus Room. Here's the before and here. And here's the after! Ta-da!

Furniture from Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Fred Meyer, and Ikea. Curtain rods are from West Elm.
We might eventually change the rug, but it's neutral and protects the carpet from little spills. The blinds in this room are black-out shades. It makes for a good movie room.
The bulletin boards are from the local craft store. Just choose any pre-made frame from their framing department and they'll turn it into a bulletin board. Very economical. The white nesting tables next to the couch are from PB Teen.
Pillows from Pottery Barn. They have great pillows! You can see the hallway in this picture, and the guest room and guest bath.
I sewed the curtains out of fabric-by-the-yard from PB.
Desk chairs from Pottery Barn.
Art Supplies! The kids sit facing each other, but each have their own space, bulletin board, and storage.
Light fixture from Ikea.
There you go! Just a little peek into my house. This is probably the most finished room in the house. I better get busy...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

He's gonna' hate this blog when he grows up

Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA, October 2007

Back to School

4th Grade
Track B
Teacher: Mrs. Lasher

"There's my name!"

It's back to school tomorrow. 4th grade here she comes!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Getting lots done today?

This should stop you in your tracks!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sushi anyone?

Our kids are unique because they are great eaters! There are not very many foods that they won't eat and they are usually game to try anything. One of our favorite restaurants is Ahi Sushi Bar.The last time we went, Steven knocked back 5 pieces of California Roll.
Megan's favorite is the crispy roll with shrimp.

VBX 2008 Highlights

Vacation Bible Experience 2008 from Marcus Hackler on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Feel free to drool a little

Spills aside...I knocked it out of the ballpark with dinner tonight. Mango curry chicken with coconut rice. It was delish!

Make That Five

Spill #4 - While helping to put away groceries, my sweet Megan dropped a container of yogurt. It cracked and spattered across the floor.

Spill #5 - Then, I slopped coconut milk across the counter while trying to pour it into a pan.

Time to hang it up and go to bed. Tomorrow will be better :)

Three Spills and a Lesson

This afternoon I took the kids to see "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl". It was charming and at times moving, watching an American family struggle through the adversities of the depression. But our time at the movies was not without our own adversity...

Spill #1 - We bought nachos and hot dogs for lunch (me being the ultra-health conscience mother that I am.) Steven wasn't in his seat 10 minutes before - CRASH! The nacho chips flew everywhere, and the giant glob of cheese food oozed across the floor. The container landed helpfully upside-down, covering the whole mess. "Clean up in Theater 16!" The movie theater staff graciously gave us a free replacement nachos.

Spill #2 - After the movie, in the restroom, I was helping Steven wash his hands when my drink slipped out of my hands. It landed upside down with the lid still on, but as I picked it up, the lid popped off and Diet Coke spilled everywhere. Another mom laughed with me at the mess and helped me wipe up the spill.

Spill #3 - A few errands later, we stopped at Tully's for something cold to drink. You would think I would've learned my lesson by then...but you'd be wrong. On the way home, I heard the dreaded sound of ice crashing on the cup lid and liquid splashing on the shopping bags below. Noooo.... Time to pack it up and go home. Mommy's had it!

The lesson came in during the movie. Sitting in front of us was a young girl and her grandmother. The grandmother had a walker and every 10 to 15 minutes during the movie, she would get up and limp around in the aisle next to their seats. It was clear that sitting for too long was painful for her. It couldn't have been easy for her to bring her granddaughter to the movies. It would have been easier to stay home. But she didn't stay home. She came, and she sat in front of us, and she limped around the aisle to relieve the pain of sitting too long, while her granddaughter happily watched the movie.

This is sacrificial love at it's best. SHE is sacrificial love. It makes me smile...and cry...and repent...and forgive. And it makes me a little more in love with the people God made. I think the three spills were worth it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Some Spider!

Yesterday, we rented Charlotte's Web. (The recent live-action movie, not the cartoon.) In this charming movie, Charlotte is a GIANT, real-looking spider. Although they do a good job of trying to make Charlotte look friendly, and Julia Roberts' voice helps, she is still alarmingly realistic. This was Megan's assessment of the movie:

"Mom, the only thing I don't like about this movie is...Charlotte's kind of creepy."

I'm with you sister!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Steven Holsinger Samuel

...was what Steven said when asked what his full name was! He knows the right names, it's just the order that needs work.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

You should see the rest of my house...

It's VBX week here...(that's "Vacation Bible Experience" for those of you not in the "know.") And my house is a wreck. But I don't care!

Here's why I don't care...

325 kids have come to our church this week to experience the love and presence of a God who thinks they're awesome!

Over 100 volunteers have given up a week of their summer to pour into the lives of those kids.

I am getting to do crazy stuff on stage every day in an effort to captivate kids with God's love.

We are having a blast!!

(I'm sure there are some moms out there who could carry the weight of 400+ people every morning, be wild and crazy on stage, love and care for her own kids and husband, take time to rest herself, AND clean the house. I am not that mom. So guess which one goes?)

It's SOOO worth it!

Monday, July 7, 2008


We had our annual 4th of July church picnic yesterday evening. It was a great way to cap off a long weekend.
Good friends...
...and beautiful weather. Now...on to VBX!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lazy Fourth

Since yesterday was the last day off we will have for a while, we allowed ourselves a lazy day. No picnic, no parks, no do-it-yourself fireworks. We did have a nice family dinner on the back porch at about 8:30 pm and then went to Eagle Island State Park, 10 minutes away for a great fireworks display.

Since fireworks are legal here in Idaho, you can see them everywhere throughout the valley. And the weather was beautiful, low 70's last night. The only downside to the evening was when Steven got a small cut on his hand and the 35 minutes of waiting in line to get out of the park.

Fireworks show...$4.00, band-aid...$.50, the freedom to do whatever we want with our family...priceless.

Friday, July 4, 2008

There's No Place Like Home

Ken and Megan are home from Alaska. They flew on the red eye and got in at 9:00 am yesterday morning. We went straight to church for a full day of work (no rest for the weary!) Last night they were both asleep by 6:30 and are sleeping late this morning.

Things were quiet here. Kate and her cousin came and hung out with us a couple of nights. And Steven spent Tuesday night with his good pal, Gid. Momma was alone all night Tuesday was weird but glorious! We kept busy cleaning house and working (I'm up to my neck in VBX details.)

Here is Steven with his present from the cousins:Mr. Potato Head Transformer...Opti"mash" Prime! Haha love it!

Thanks Toddler Bible...

Try explaining this to a three-year-old:
Steven was fascinated. At least this picture is on the next page...
Happy ending!