Thursday, November 29, 2007
I get so consumed with remembering the gazillion birthdays, appointment dates, special event dates, sport dates, and every other misc. date on the calendar, that I do tend to forget those special, romantic dates that happened forever ago. About a week ago, my dear husband blogged about one of those "dates". If you are curious and haven't already read about it, go here.
Thanks, Babe, for remembering stuff like that!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
For a more thorough post on our family's Christmas decorating weekend, see my husband's post.
Friday, November 23, 2007
My mom and me. Thanksgiving was at her house.
My sister and her husband enjoying turkey and cider.
The boys table--where goofiness abounds!! They had so much fun together. Tried to get pictures of them playing football with Grandpa D, but they didn't turn out. :(
And here are those adorable twin faces!! They are both walking around and getting into everything! Though they are identical, Kenny (right) is always full of smiles and Ryan is a bit more subdued.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Don't mean to take your thoughts from mouth-watering turkey, tangy cranberry sauce, and sweet pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream, back to the fact that there are only 33 shopping days left, but Black Friday is only 2 days away! How many of you plan on facing the endless sea of humanity? Wouldn't it just be easier to shop from the comfort and quiet of your own home? I think so!
Before you finish your on-line shopping, stop by CouponChief to get some great coupons. You can find coupons for almost every store imaginable! It's not just limited to coupons, though. The site gives you a heads up on great deals offered by different stores. These tips can help save you money!!
Besides Christmas shopping, I need to finish buying my daughter winter clothes, and I could definitely use a $5.00 coupon to Target! They really do have some cute, affordable toddler clothes. Books always make great Christmas gifts, and our family can never have enough of those! Check out Barnes and Noble for some great deals. I was just at that store and saw so many books I would love to own. I thought about buying my husband a Paula Deen cookbook, since he is totally hooked on her show!
So remember, after enjoying a satisfying Thanksgiving feast, sleep in the next day and finish your Christmas shopping on-line, but not before arming yourself with coupons
Screen It is a site that reviews movies in great detail. This is a free service. You do have the option of joining for a price, so if you don't want to just scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the "No Thanks" button. After that you are ready to start "screening" movies.
I have tried to use Christian sites in the past for this, like Focus on the Family, but I always felt that the reviews were not detailed enough for me, or that the reviewer gave too many opinions instead of just sticking to the facts.
Screen It has definitely worked for our family! If you know of any more sites out there like this one, please pass it on!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Yep, you read right! I am giving away $50 (USD). Why you ask? Well, this money is purely money ive earned doing paid posts & in order to get more paid posts i need to increase my google page rank. So in an effort to do that im puting a competiton on here - got to spend money to make money right?First off let me say that you absolutly have to have a pay pal account to enter this comp, payment will ONLY be made via pay pal. You also need to have a blog - but thats it.So what do you have to do to enter? Two things - First write a short post linking to my main page http://www.melinanutshell.com/ including info on this competition. Then stick my cute little badge somewhere on your site, heres the code:
Lincoln is such a great big brother. He loves to play with his baby sister. He is such a big helper when he entertains her. This is what I saw when he came downstairs the other day. I asked him if I could take his picture, and he said okay. As I was pressing the camera button, Mullin blurted out, "She's gonna put it on her blog, Lincoln!"
So this is the face the camera captured!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We even turned on some Christmas tunes, and Shiloh wanted to dance with Daddy. Oh that face--it's adorable!
Lincoln was in charge of putting on the very top part of the tree.
Daddy and Mullin check to see if the colored lights still work. Most of our white lights didn't. The ones that did, Mark decided to put on a tree outside.
Lincoln holds the chair still while Daddy strings the lights around our tree out front. Mullin helps with light hanging. What a team. Momma's inside giving Shiloh her bath.
That's it for now. Will post more as we continue the decorating process...
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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Sword Fighting has been such a blessing for me and my kids, so I thought I would share it with you all.
This is such a wonderful way of memorizing scripture--if only I would have thought of it sooner. I have always had trouble committing Bible verses to memory long term.
Following the suggestions in the book, I wrote the temptations on an index card. Then, I wrote the matching verses on swords, which I cut out in the shape of Sting, Frodo's sword. The boys really liked that!
Though, Shiloh isn't memorizing just yet, she enjoys handing out the temptations to the boys on Fridays. (We have already completed the entire book, so on Fridays we just do a review.)
The book contains 52 temptations and verses, so you memorize one a week. Each day you read a Bible story that corresponds to that particular temptation and verse. It really is a great way to teach kids how to specifically apply God's Word when dealing with temptation.
I love this way of learning Scripture so much that I plan on using this technique to write out more temptations and matching verses when I have the chance.
*If you do click on the above link, it will take you directly to Karyn Henley's site. She is the author of the book. You can just type in Sword Fighting in the search box on her site.
To read more great tips visit RocksinmyDryer.
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Monday, November 12, 2007
So, here in this post I shall reveal its origin.
Once upon a time, there were 2 very best friends. One was tall and lean with dark, brown eyes, long, autumn-brown hair and a freckled nose. The other was short and petite with a silky, blond mane and watery, blue eyes.
On the outside, they both appeared to be your typical, model students. They were smart, responsible, and very well behaved. On the inside, though, they were really just silly, little, giggly high-school girls with wild and fanciful imaginations.
They shared so much in common, even their love of American Indian culture. Mostly, it was just an infatuation with the romanticized version of that time period in American History. They read lots of books, fiction and non-fiction alike, and imagined that one day dark, handsome Indian Braves would carry them off into the sunset upon beautiful, wild horses. They even learned how to speak a few Cheyenne words and went to local Pow-wows.
To make their vivid imaginations come even more alive, they decided to give themselves "Indian" names. The blond was given the name, Sky Dancer, because of her dancing, sky-blue eyes, and the other was given the name, Autumnfawn, because of the shape of her face, coloring, and freckles. Such fun times--they even began signing all of their notes to each other with these names. To make it even more fun, they gave their other friends and even all of their secret "crushes" Indian names, too. "Wounded Doe" was one of their sisters who always seemed to have some sort of ailment, "Flaming Hair" was a red-headed friend, and I believe "Tall Oak" was one of their secret "crushes", just to name a few.
Many years passed and Autumnfawn and Sky Dancer eventually went their seperate ways, but Autumnfawn kept her name in order to keep her cherished memories alive.
Mullin doesn't particularly like dictionaries. He knows how to use one, but just doesn't like to use it.
Well in English class for the past couple of days we have been studying how to use a dictionary on a deeper level, and of course Mullin is rolling his eyes throughout the lesson and slumping his shoulders a bit to show his displeasure.
So I say, "Using a dictionary can help you to be really smart."
Mullin replies, "I don't want to be really smart."
With a confused yet concerned look I say, "What, Why not?"
Mullin answers, "I want to know how to put my pants on."
Okay, now my brow is really furrowed, my eyes are all squinty, and my nose is wrinkled up. "Huh" is about all I can manage to get out.
After a brief pause, it hit me. Einstein.
"Are you referring to the story I told you about Albert Einstein?" I asked. (This was not a recent story, either.)
"Yeah," Mullin simply stated.
I am not sure what the moral of this story is. Maybe it is: When you are telling your kids about Einstein, leave out the part about him having no common sense.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
So glad God has blessed my with an Arizona friend. Well, acutally she isn't from Arizona--she just moved here from Colorado. We met at church and found out that we have so much in common. I am used to being the youngest in my circle of friends, but this time I am the older one. :(