The Law of Kindness

Kind words have been a recurring theme the past few months when I read the bible, when I read inspirational books and even on some of the message boards I belong to. Now it is cropping up on several of my blogging buddies blogs. Stacie over at A Firefighter’s Wife has a whole post on this. Parsley at Seasons of My Mind has this as one of her New Year’s Resolutions.

I can definitely tell that God is telling me this is something I need to work on this year. As a way to journal my progress in this area, I have opened a new blog The Law of Kindness.

I am not sure how often I will be posting there, but it will open as constant reminder for me to open my mouth only with kindness when I speak to my children, my husband and others in my world.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Wii did it.

I relented and let them get a Wii. I must say we have a decent system going right now. We had enough on the gift cards to get 4 controllers, the main system, and a few games. I made sure most of the games can handle 4 players at one time.

So far everyone is loving it and fights have been at a minimum. I put all the names on pieces of paper and put them in a basket. When it is time to play, I draw out names. Those that are left out for the first round will be guaranteed to play the next round. They all seem to think this a fair way of deciding on who plays. We shall see how it goes in the future.

I have played a couple of games and definitely think we can all have a good time with it. Next up is to figure out which Wii fitness program to get for me.

Tonight after the girls head to bed, I expect a Wii tournament or tow to happen before the ball drops at midnight.

Happy New Years!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

To Wii or not to Wii?

That is the question. The children want to pool together their gift cards and purchase a Wii. They have enough for a basic system, another controller, and a game or two depending on the cost of the games.

I admit I am intrigued with getting one, but we already have an XBox 360. This was also a collective purchase 4 years ago or so. It does get used, but do we need another video game system? I am undecided and the children are begging to go one and I am getting tired of listening to them.

I think if get one, a treat to myself will Wii Fit or the new one with Jenny McCarthy, Your Shape. That way I can get some exercise in while the girls are napping. That may be what tips the scales in the children’s favor for getting the Wii.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday

Monday
Beef Noodle Bake
Salad
Rolls

Tuesday
Pork Roast in the Crock
Mashed Potatoes
Carrots

Wednesday
Chicken Breasts on Rice
Broccoli

Thursday
Leftovers
Late night snacks for News Years Eve

Friday
Spaghetti
Sausage
Garlic Bread
Salad

Saturday
Homemade Pizzas
Salad

Sunday
Beef Pot Roast
Potatoes
Asparagus/Broccoli

Have a wonderful and flavorful week!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Share a Recipe Sunday

Last night we had left over ham. I just didn’t want it to be Christmas Dinner, Part 2. So I searched for recipes with ham:

Glazed Baked Ham — Already had that
Split Pea Soup — Nope, I can’t eat the stuff, reminds me too much of The Exorcist Movie
Bean and Ham Soup — Had possibilities, but I hadn’t soaked any beans.

Then I came across a Baked Omlet with Ham. BINGO! I made this and it had great reviews from everyone, but my non egg eaters (who would eat an egg if their life depended on it). I would recommend this for a dinner, a brunch or even a holiday breakfast.

8 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon season salt
3 ounces diced cooked ham
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 8×8 inch casserole dish and set aside.

Beat together eggs and milk. Add seasoning salt, ham, cheeses and onion. Pour into prepared dish.

Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes. A knife inserted will come out clean.
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I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9×13 pan. It took about an 1 hour and 5 minutes to bake. I was also thinking this is so vesitile that I can make changes to it and have a totally new meal: All cheese, vegetable, mushroom, chicken. I can see this becoming a favorite at our house.

Enjoy!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Christmas Clean-up

So yesterday and today we have we had wonderfully “quiet” days. Played some games, watched some videos. We ate ham, candied yams, green beans and mashed potatoes. The children (all of them, including the oldest (Richard)) had a few NERF gun battles. Richard’s big gift was this gun. Needless to say it turns into kids versus dad, with dad most often winning.

The living room and kitchen are just about back to normal. Tomorrow we are going to start the big clean, getting all the rooms back in shape since the past week completing the daily chores has been sporadic.

I hope you are enjoying this time with your family and friends too!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Christmas Eve Traditions

Our family has a few Christmas Eve traditions. During the day we bake a few last minute cookies. Then we have the envitable last minute wrapping of one or two or three presents. Dinner is leftovers or a fend for yourself type of night to clean out the fridge for the Christmas feast. Everyone takes early baths and then we hunker down with some popcorn and watch the Polar Express. I think this is one of our favorite scenes:

Today went to the mall for the first time in years. Wasn’t too bad since we went early. Here is what we did:

Everyone have a blessed and Merry Christmas

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Mega-Family Blogs

Thanks to Milehimama over at Mama Says I found out about Mega-Family Blogs site. This is a site where large families (7 and up children) can gather and learn from one another. I applied and was accepted. I shocked the moderator when she saw that I had two sets of triplets. What can I say, we get that reaction a lot. 🙂

If you are interested in the large family lifestyle, come on over for a visit.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Changes a coming….

This as definately been a mixed up week. Monday and Tuesday were snow days, meaning the children were off from school. Everyone one was betting Wednesday would be too. But nope, the idiots at the Board of Education decided to have a 2 hour delay on the last day before Christmas break. Why? What learning was done? I doubt very little. Oh the fourth grade classes HAD to take thier math test today. Gee I wonder what the scores will be?

Given my disenchantment with the public school system and the whole special education process we have a big change happening. We are bringing Patrick home! Since all the fourth grade was doing today was a math test, I kept him home. I dropped off the required paperwork. So as of today Patrick is a home school student. While they others were off, we were starting to work. I must say that so far it has been easy. We have three days under our belt, so I am sure it will get tougher.

So today we dropped the bombshell on the school and Patrick said good bye to all of his teachers and friends without a tear. I am so thankful for that. So now we join the ranks of a homeschooling family, not quite how I would like it (I would love for all my children to be home) but it is a start!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome