Thursday, June 19, 2008


One of the first things...

we want to do when we move is install a new front door- a red one. I know I've read somewhere that a red door means welcome, and we definitely want to be a welcoming presence in our new neighborhood. The only problem we foresee is that our home is white with black trim. A red door would most assuredly add to the Georgia bulldog look, which wouldn't be so bad, except we will be living in a different university town- one whose mascot is NOT compatible with a bulldog!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008



So we're moving in a few weeks....Ha! No really, there were times in our housing search that I told Rob I wished we could just physically move our home to the new location instead of trying to find a different one.

I'm almost ready to share all that God has done for, with, and to us in the last year, but here's a hint: I might change the name of this blog to An Urban Housewife....


Wednesday, June 04, 2008


WFMW: I'm bored!!

"Mom, I'm bored!" Oh, don't get me started. But it's inevitable, right? Most kids are used to the structure of every day school, whether homeschool or dayschool, so when vacation rolls around, it's easy to become bored with the lack of activity.

So here's what works for me: I plan certain activities for certain days. A week or so before school is out, I go the the local library and check out their scheduled events for the summer. Ours offers several things a week, but I choose the ones that all four of my kids can enjoy. For instance, yesterday we went to see a magician- hilarious! I also know that one of our local theaters offers $1 movies in the summer on Tuesday and Thursday, so the kids choose which movie they want to see, and we plan for that particular day.

I don't book up every day of the week, but this is helpful in scheduling certain chores too. If the kids know we are leaving on Tuesday at 10:00 am, then they also know they must get up and straighten their rooms and put away toys before we leave. See? It's a win/win situation!

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Monday, June 02, 2008


Guess what we made...

So, school's out, and what do I want to do? COOK!!! Ironic, huh? I know the weather is hot, humid, and hazy here in Suburbia, but I've been cooped up in a classroom for the better part of 9 and 1/2 months. When the kids got up this morning, I told them we were meeting another family at the strawberry farm (which will be the blueberry farm in two weeks) to pick some berries. They asked, "Are we making jam?" And even though I have never, in the history of my culinary experience, made jam, I responded with a confident, "YES!"

Then we got home with the berries, hulled and washed them, and I looked up the recipe: FOUR CUPS OF SUGAR?!?!?!?! You've got to be kidding me. There must be a better way, I told myself. So I called Taylor, and she calmly assured me that I could substitute that garbage for two cups of Sucanat with honey (just Google it; I don't have a link).

So we did, and now I have sparkling jars of jam on my kitchen counter and WAAAAAAY too many berries left over, even after we have all been popping them all day long. Now I'm thinking strawberry/blueberry jam for tomorrow. Yeah, blueberries are on sale at Publix this week, but I'm sure we'll be out there in two weeks, picking again. Ooh! I have a great blueberry-pear bread recipe to share with y'all. Stay tuned....

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