Saturday, July 28, 2012

Baby photos

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. - James 1:17
Many thanks for all the well-wishes. We are doing well and adjusting to being a family of nine. Stephen is turning out to be another picture-perfect, mellow, and easy baby. He eats, sleeps, and has happy awake times - but he never fusses! He's even happy to snooze for a couple of hours on his own after eating, without me having to hold him the entire time. Very low maintenance - our older kids are more work than he is! :)
There's not much time to blog today, but I wanted to share some more pictures of baby Stephen. He is growing and changing by the minute - little stinker! :)


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

He's Here!

Stephen Gilliatt Anderson was born today on his Dad's 31st birthday, measuring 21 inches and weighing 8 lbs. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Innocents Betrayed - The True Story of Gun Control World Wide

Caution: graphic content. Not suitable for children.

From the description:

This is the true story of Gun control from around the world, especially in the 20th century. It details how governments have ALWAYS BEEN the biggest threat to the safety, security and prosperity of the people. While Americans can see how this could happen in other countries, most can't EVER imaging it being able to happen here because there are so many rights guaranteed by the constitution. But that ONLY when the people STAND UP for those rights, because it's the nature of government to constantly try and TAKE them away from us.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Journal, part 2

For Part 1, click here

We've been staying busy around here. A few highlights:

Monday, July 9

The kids and I worked on getting ready for baby - we washed, dried, and folded all the newborn diapers, worked on putting together the birth kit, etc.

For a special treat in the evening, we put glow sticks in balloons, and floated them on the pool for "night swimming."

NOT a picture of our pool, but the same idea.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chocolate-raspberry poppers

Purely by accident, I "invented" the ultimate fruity, chocolaty indulgence today. I call this creation "chocolate-raspberry poppers", because you will just want to keep popping one after the other. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Marathon cooking day

Over the course of the last month, whenever I could, I would make a double batch of breakfast or dinner and freeze the extra food to have on hand for after baby. My goal was to have three weeks' worth of both. For lunch, we always have dinner leftovers, so this plan really would take care of most of our food needs for at least three weeks post-baby.

Up until yesterday, I had managed to freeze about a week's worth of food that way. It seemed that many times, the kids decided that a double batch of pancakes meant they should eat twice as much, so not all the extra food actually made it to the freezer. One morning this week, I literally made crepes using 2 lbs of flour, 10 eggs, a quart of milk, and a stick of butter - all to have them shovel it down their little throats faster than I was able to cook them up!

Well, yesterday had been set aside as a day dedicated to precooking and freezing as many of the remaining meals on my list as possible. To this end, I had asked three ladies from church, as well as another friend, to come over and help (my kitchen is very small and can only fit a handful of people), while my husband was going to take all six kids out of the house for the entire day so they wouldn't be underfoot.

 Full to the brim - literally!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Another day at the office

My husband was working in Southern California earlier this week. On his way there, within a short amount of  time, he was stopped at three random, internal checkpoints along I-8, which is an East-West highway that NEVER intersects the international border. As usual,  he refused to answer any questions, which he legally has the right to do (although it really ticks these little Hitlers off).

His video of two of the three encounters has since gone viral, so I thought I'd share it below for the enjoyment of all.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Freecycle, not FREAKcycle

Being the tightwad frugal zealot that I am, I just love freecycle. Over the years, we have been blessed with some wonderful things, thanks to the generosity of random strangers. 

In addition, I love giving away things on freecycle whenever I need to declutter or downsize. The very vast majority of people are polite, courteous, thankful, show up when promised, etc. "No-shows" are extremely rare, unless you are offering junk that people leave on your porch after driving by and glancing at it. So don't offer junk. If I'm getting rid of something because it is old, broken, stained, etc - it needs to go in the garbage. No reason to make someone drive to my house just to pick something up and then put it in their garbage can at home. 

Last but not least, being on the freecycle email alerts can provide some interesting, umm, entertainment. Such as when a lady offered several dozen empty (as in, used) Capri-Sun pouches. What??!? Turns out, people make all sorts of creative items out of them. Just google it

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Journal, part 1

It's been a busy week around here. Mostly just so I won't forget, I am hoping to do a weekly "summer journal" post with pictures and a brief description of what we did to avoid going insane in the heat.

Sunday, July 1

Freedom Sunday at our church, with a barbecue after the service

boys made bean mosaics

Monday, July 2

taught the boys how to set off tea bag rockets

finished sewing Becky's panda bear mask

went swimming with the kids after dark, and threw a couple dozen glow sticks in the pool for a cool effect

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Questions and Answers

Please read on below for the latest round of questions and answers. Thank you for your comments, I enjoy hearing from you!

I know that you don't let your children watch television, but if there were a particularly interesting event of learning value during the London Olympics, would you let them watch it on your computer or no?

In general, yes, we occasionally allow our children to watch educational, newsworthy, or otherwise important clips on the computer. Think: documentaries and the like. None of us are much into the Olympics, however (as in, not at all), so I doubt we'll be watching any of that, simply for a lack of interest. If we were to, one requirement would be not to watch half-nude athletes.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Summer activities

Last week, the kids and I sat down to brainstorm ideas for summer activities. With no school work to keep our mornings busy, we have been having about three hours of extra free time each day. Without a plan, however, it is so easy to fritter that time away. One huge drain on our days is making unnecessary messes out of sheer boredom, and then having to clean them up again. 

 Making candles out of sheets of beeswax