Friday, August 24, 2012

A Day in the City

Yesterday the kids and I went to Manhattan to help distribute some Gospel booklets.  This was Mission NYC, an evangelistic push “hosted” by Operation: Revival USA.  I didn’t feel as if I “covered my area” very well because I was constantly stopping to help the kids or fix the kids or catch the kids or…you get the point.  But we did distribute a big bag of John/Romans booklets, so it’s up to God to use His Word in the hearts of others.

Operation NYC
We took a break near the Art Museum.  Here is Nolan, Jill Lucena, Elaine, and Havilah.  Hava has one of the booklets which we were distributing.

Operation NYC
Elaine and Hava…being Elaine & Hava!

Afterward we had lunch and went to the Central Park Zoo to let the kids work off some energy and get out of the stroller a little bit.  It was a fun afternoon, not too hot, and worth the trip!

Central Park Zoo
Giant bouncy spider’s web.

Central Park Zoo
He gave up, laid down, and enjoyed being bounced by everyone else!

Central Park Zoo
Nolan L.O.V.E.D. the goats!  He has recently become very aware of cats and dogs when we are out walking. He always points and squeals with delight.  I wish you could hear the excitement in his giggle as he ran from goat to goat, feeding, petting, annoying them.  Laurie is trying to get Nolan to open his hand to feed the goat here.  He held out the pebbles of food, tightly clenched in his fist.  The goat would lick Nolan’s hand, trying desperately to get the food.  Nolan would laugh.  It was difficult to pry his fingers open so that the goat could actually have a treat!

Central Park Zoo    Central Park Zoo

Nolan feeds the goats jpg

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo
This goat REALLY wanted some of Nolan’s food!

Central Park Zoo
Can you see his smile?

Central Park Zoo
Grandma & Grandpa…Nolan wants a goat for Christmas!

Central Park Zoo  Central Park Zoo
Elaine and Havilah as bunnies

Central Park Zoo
Kaitlynn the bunny

Central Park Zoo
She wanted to touch the water in the water fall!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Genesis of a Baseball Player

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My First HerbsSo I guess I haven’t been on here much lately.  I just realized that I missed Wordless Wednesday last week!  Wow!  But I’m back.  Here’s what I’ve been up to…I have a new “hobby!”  A while back there was a guest post on my friend Nicole’s blog about herbs.  I was astonished at the author’s claims to healthiness resulting from using herbal remedies.  I was intrigued enough to ask some questions and start researching.  I watched YouTube videos.  I read articles on  I purchased a used book at Amazon.  I checked out books at the library.

Finally I decided that I wanted to give it a try myself.  I went to our local Farmer’s Market and purchased a few bundles of herbs to dry, still not exactly sure what I would do with them.  I also bought a mint plant.  I should tell you that I definitely do NOT have a green thumb, and I have killed every plant I ever owned except one hardy African Violet.  But my mint plant is still alive!


Then I found a recipe for homemade sunscreen and I ordered the raw materials from an Etsy shop.  The sunscreen was easy to make, and it actually turned out…and worked!  So I decided to try some more “recipes.”

After some more reading, mostly from Rosemary Gladstar’s book entitled Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner’s Guide, I finally selected a few basic “remedies” which I thought our family would use the most.  I purchased some herbs from both Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Rose Herbs.

Breakfast TodayI now drink tea in place of my coffee.  I discovered that my coffee pot is still very useful for brewing loose leaf tea.  I ordered a sampler kit of various herbal teas {because Ben wanted to be sure we would “like” all of these natural remedies}. 

I have made a Plantain Salve which serves as an all-around boo-boo cream.  My First Herbs{Now I just need my kids to trip on the sidewalk or something so I can try it out!}  I also have Echinacea and immune-booster tinctures extracting for warding off colds this winter.  I have the supplies to make an elderberry syrup this week which will also boost our immune system.  And I am infusing an oil with calendula flowers for making my own diaper rash cream. 

Little by little I purchased plants and/or seeds at the farmer’s market or nursery and I have several pots on the front steps, including peppermint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, basil, catnip {for cold remedies}, stevia {sweetener}, sage, and I’m trying to get a spearmint clipping to take root.  I’m trying to grow some chamomile too, but it may not make it before winter.

My First Herbs

I’m having fun doing this – it’s a nice little diversion.  I feel better knowing exactly what is in our creams/medicines because I made them myself.  And I’ll let you know how we fare this winter once the germs start flying around!

My First Herbs

Friday, August 10, 2012

Just Like Daddy

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nolan heaped the flattery on Daddy yesterday.  I was working on dinner in the kitchen when Nolan came sauntering in, carrying his little tool box with him.  At each object or piece of furniture he would pause, set down his little box, and then take out a tool.  Usually he reached for the hammer.  He would give a little bang-bang and then keep moving, “fixing” everything as he went.  It was so cute to see him being so boyish, so much like Daddy!

Mr. Fix-It Nolan B&W

Mr. Fix-It Nolan

Thursday, August 9, 2012

DIY Swiffer Dusters

For a while now I haven’t purchased replacement dusters for my Swiffer Duster.  I love how they work, but I’ve been trying to cut costs.  I have been using old microfiber diaper inserts to trap the dust in my house…on those rare occasions when I actually dust…which is usually when we are having company. 

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When I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for DIY Swiffer Dusters from Sew Much Ado, I immediately pulled out the sewing machine DIY Swiffer Dusters& fabric scraps to get started.  Well, not quite immediately, but as soon as breakfast was almost over.

They were very easy to make, and I just used old receiving blankets that had been placed into the “upcycle” fabric bag.  I wasn’t very exact in my measurements or neat in my cutting…they are just dusters!  I sewed up 3 of them during a small portion of the kids’ naptime {like after I made cream of chicken soup, washed the dishes from all day, and made a pot of tea}.  The clipping took me longer than the actual sewing!

DIY Swiffer Dusters   DIY Swiffer Dusters

My kids were very enthusiastic about the new dusters.  Elaine usually gets to “help” me dust.  {Please read the last sentence as “Elaine walks around with a duster and pretends that she is doing Mommy work.”  I always have to fix her area when she’s not looking!}  Nolan couldn’t wait for me to put my duster down so that he could join in the fun!  He “swiffered” the floor, the rug, the trash can…even a tomato!

DIY Swiffer Dusters

DIY Swiffer Dusters   DIY Swiffer Dusters
Nolan is a litlte blurry.  He is normally too fast for my camera shutter…but today he was especially blurry because he was busy swiffering.

DIY Swiffer Dusters

I haven’t washed and dried these yet to get them soft and fluffy, but they still worked great!  Another great Pinterest project!

DIY Swiffer Dusters

Do You Think They Are Related?

Elaine & Nolan 12 months comparison jpg
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I came across the left picture in my archives recently.  I actually thought it was misfiled…Why is this picture of Nolan in Elaine’s file?  They look rather alike at that age!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: The one where we nap, go to the beach, have creative play time, and eat Chick-fil-A!

Elaine's Nap Time
{Nap time with extra toys…been getting out of bed, little girl?}

PeeWee Beach Party 2012
{Beach party at Miss Jeanne’s house}

Baby in the Basketball Hoop
{Elaine put her baby in Nolan’s basketball hoop}

{Hooray for New Jersey – they have a Chick-fil-A!  It was worth every minute in line and every bit of the $20 we spent!}