when the cat’s away . . .

the mice will play! We mice have been playing around while our cat (aka Superman, daddy, husband) has been away for a few says. Today we enjoyed our favorite theater on the planet and saw the movie Planes. We like that you can cuddle up on their couches and order some food from the restaurant that they deliver right to your seat. Later, we had a great time on a Skype call with Daddy. And as much as the mice have had fun playing, we’re ready for the cat to come home.

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a walk in the Old Mill District

This afternoon was cool and sunny. It was perfect weather for a walk. One of my favorite locations in town to walk is along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. I have been there during community events where there are thousands of people around. Or during the holidays when it’s full of shoppers. Or on hot summer days when the river is full of people floating the Deschutes. But today there was hardly anybody around. I think I might have seen more dogs than people. It was a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Here are some snapshots:

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now don’t get me wrong

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love my kids. But I got to do something tonight that I don’t do very often. Here it is: I went to the grocery store ALL BY MYSELF! I strolled with my cart at a leisurely pace down every single aisle. I took my time to compare prices, make decisions, and even read the ingredient lists on the back of some of the packaging. I actually heard all of those announcements that they say over the P.A. system.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. But tonight I didn’t have to say “No” to anyone asking if we could by donuts or Bagel Bites or soda or those toys that are strategically placed by the checkout.
When I was waiting in line for a cashier, I got stuck behind someone who was buying a whole bunch of groceries and it seemed like it was taking forever. But you know what? I didn’t care! I was just enjoying the peace and tranquility of not being in a hurry and only needing to worry about myself. Oh the bliss!
Now don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. And I love spending time with them, even at the grocery store. But tonight, it was nice to be there all by myself.

hospitality fun

Our hospitality team at church is awesome. They are so faithful to make our church a welcoming place when it comes to refreshments. They do a great job. This morning it was my friend Ami’s turn to be the host on duty. And since it’s costume season, she decided to give the food some costumes too. Nothing scary, but definitely cute. Happy snacking!

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going for a pony ride

Last month, we has the opportunity to visit some friends from church for dinner. They were very gracious to let us have some fun with their ponies. It kind is reminded us of the Amish buggies we drove by when we travelled through Southern Minnesota last summer. We had a blast going through their neighborhood with the horses. If course, hanging out with our friends was the best part if the evening. But a pony ride was a pretty cool way to start off the visit,

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quotable quotes

Right now I’m reading Jim Trelease’s The Read Aloud Handbook. I’m enjoying this book immensely. It is reinforcing all the good stuff that I know to be true about children and reading, which are two topics I happen to love very much. At the beginning of each chapter, the author begins with a quote. Some of them I’ve heard before. But I wanted to share a few that were new to me.

The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together. -Eric Hoffer

Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way. -Orville Prescott

Just some food for thought. Happy reading – especially of you’re reading to a child!

parenting advice

Here’s my parenting advice for the day: If your seven-year-old says to you, “Mom, I found a recipe for pancakes in my Little House Cookbook. Can you and I use it to make pancakes together in the morning?”, be sure that your answer is “Yes!” That’s it. That’s all the advice I have for today.

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lego creation

We have a lego fanatic in our house.  Sometimes he puts together a kit exactly according to its specs.  But eventually, everything gets piled together with everything else.  Other lego parents will know exactly what I mean by that.  When that happens, the real fun begins.  The best designs and inventions come along when he takes the time to get creative and try something new.  Here is one of his latest lego masterpieces.  Happy creating!

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out on the town

The kids and I did some shopping tonight. When we’re not pressed for time and have the freedom to look around awhile, you never know what kinds of treasures we’ll find. It’s only October, but we knew we had to get this cute little ornament to commemorate this summer’s cross-country trip. Later we found some super-fun foam hats at Target. We didn’t purchase any, but we sure had fun trying them on. Shopping with three kids can be quite an adventure!

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pastor perks

One of the best perks about being in the ministry is getting to be with people at some the most important days of their lives.  This weekend, Brent had the privilege of officiating a wedding for a sweet couple from our church.  One of the coolest things about the ceremony was that they were surrounded by their regular families and their Jesus family.  There was a lot of love going around!

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Places everyone!

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Don’t forget to take care of the paperwork.