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Here’s a recap of our week in fuzzy phone pics.

If you get up to go to the bathroom, these guys will steal your spot. You’ve been warned.20131115-081005.jpg

I spent Sunday morning trying to teach the kids how to crochet. Turns out, left handed crocheting is TOTALLY different than right handed. My poor little chica! I did not know how to teach her. We will be learning from Youtube together, later. This guy rocked it, however.20131115-081042.jpg

Finished product!20131115-081104.jpg

I made some too.20131115-081136.jpg

Then there was an epic battle.20131115-081207.jpg

I got to go a fun concert with some of my favorite twins!20131115-081230.jpg

Crowder was my favorite part! He had a full on bluegrass band and they were incredible.20131115-081338.jpg

This kid has a really hard life.20131115-081424.jpg

I’ve been working on a ton of projects that I’m hoping to share soon. This is our kitchen table getting a little white-wash action.

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I’m linking up here:

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Do you always flip your cushions to the good side?

I’ve spent the better part of today cleaning a love seat that I rescued from a moving neighbor. It’s so cute, and funky, and vintage. It’s probably as old as I am with its bright yellow and green leafy pattern. I’m in love with it!

As I was cleaning both sides of the cushions, I noticed that both cushions, have a newer, less stained side. The side you would flip over for company. But I wanted to clean both sides. Partly, because my children throw cushions on the floor for play and fort building. But also, I because I wanted the entire couch to be clean and good smelling. Then, I thought that I would like to keep the “not-so-good” side of the cushions up, most of the time. That way, I won’t have to worry about the kids and all the havoc a family of five can wreak.

This got me thinking, do I live the kind of life where my good side, my company side, always has to be flipped out? Or, do I have a comfier, more well worn side, that I can switch to when I’m in the company of family and close friends? With the cushions, it seems like a whole lot of responsibility to keep the good side good. And, what is the point of that?

Since I’ve devoted my whole day to cleaning the couch, I can tell you that it is all equally clean. This is really just more of an image thing, a pride thing, if you will. Of course, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the good sides of the cushions. In fact, the hospitable thing is to put them out for company. I always want to give my company the best that we have to offer, out of love. But, I heard a warning from my funky, cute couch.

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If I always need to have the good side up, I will be exhausted. Just like the poor cushions. The good side will get so worn and need more cleaning. But, if I take the time to let down, and flip my cushions to the comfier “no-pressure” side, I will be living more of the kind of life I want to live. The life where it is okay to build forts and play. How about you? Is it hard to let your more worn side out?

Remedial Elementary School

My children, and their books, teach me new things everyday.  Here are some of my latests discoveries:

1.  Did you know that stretched out your blood vessels would extend over 93,000 miles?

I sure didn’t.

2.  Early on in Egypt’s history, it was split into two kingdoms: Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt.  What’s funny is that Lower Egypt was in the northern part of the country and Upper Egypt was in the southern part.  They got their names based on the flow of the Nile.  Lower Egypt was down river, and at a lower elevation, from Upper Egypt.

I feel like my sense of direction and lack of spacial understanding would have been appreciated in Ancient Egypt.  I was born in the wrong time.

3.  Do you know about Dorodango?  It is a Japanese art form using mud.  The mud/dirt is molded to create beautiful polished balls.

We learned about this one from Mythbusters.  We have already decided that we will be learning/practicing this art form during Spring Break.  How long until we have a mudslinging battle?  I give it 15 mins. tops.

4.  When Dr. Thomas Harvey dissected Albert Einstein’s brain, after he died of course, he found that it weighed less than average, but there were more neurons in the cerebral cortex (gray matter).  Also, “they found unusual grooves in the part of the brain–the parietal lobe–that deals with mathematical reasoning.”

We have been referring to learning as “wrinkling your brain”, ever since.

5.  Do you know what a ford is?  According to Webster’s, a ford is a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.

This was an important discovery, because in Kidnapped, Mr. Campbell walks Davey to the ford, and I was pretty sure that they were not talking about a Mustang.

I know, what you’re thinking.  Why would they ever allow that ridiculous woman to educate her children?  I have no idea.  My poor children.  When your kids are in college, and that random kid in the back of the class raises his hand to say, “Did you know that {insert random and obscure fact}?”  It will be one of my kids.  Then your kid will roll his eyes.  Sort of like, how you’re rolling your eyes now.  It’s the legacy I pass down to my children.

Sources of information: Body, An amazing tour of human anatomy, by Richard Walker, The Story of the World, Vol.1, by Susan Wise Bauer, Wikipedia, MythBusters, Webster’s Dictionary

Glasses and a cardigan, do not a librarian make

I’ve been drowning in a sea of books.

These are my parent’s books.  Well, let’s be honest, these are my dad’s books.  I’ve wanted to organize them for him, since we’ve been here.  There are books in every room of the house, but this room is lovingly named the library, because shelves line each wall.

First, I wanted to get all the books from the other rooms and have them all in this one centralized place.  I have “sort of” done that.  There are shelves in the master bedroom that I am ignoring, because it all got a little overwhelming.

Do you see these boxes in front of FULL bookshelves?  They are full of books too!  I’m praying for a small miracle, and the organizing prowess of Martha Stewart. 

We weren’t smart enough to do anything but alphabetized by author, but that is not as simple as it seems. I mean, where do I put the book by St. John of the Cross?  Under J for John?  Under C for Cross?  I put him in S for Saint. 🙂  But, over half of these authors are saints!  I had no idea this project was going to become theological.

Before you judge me and my simplistic organizing, I should tell you that I have a friend that organizes his books by height!  (Yeah, judge him. 🙂 )All I know is, next time someone tells me they have their PhD in library sciences, I will bow at their feet in reverence.  It’s not easy people.  We need librarians.  In fact, if you know one, send them over!

P.S. How many Heidelberg Catechisms do you think one person should have? 5? 10? 15?