Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Save the Internet!

Summer is fast approaching -- we've had temps in the nineties the past two days, and it looks like we're headed there again today (but today has the humidity too, so it's much worse). Anyway, with summer upon us (tomorrow is Deborah's last day of school, so I know it's true!), I expect I'll be a little more sporadic in my posting. Lots of time spent outside with the kidlets or back in my bedroom with my best friend, the air conditioner!

Not much going on here. I'm working through some "significance" issues lately. Some day when it's a bit cooler, maybe I can put them into a coherent thought and share them, but today, my brain is a little too overheated to make sense!

So in lieu of my brilliance, I shall leave you with the Ninja. He is my new favorite internet personality, and this video on Net Neutrality is just brilliant. Seriously, save the internet from gluereed. It's bad stuff.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

(Belated) Deborah's birthday!

Friday was Deborah's 8th birthday! I know that it's all about her, but dang! I've been a mom for eight years! Which is really something, considering the plan was that I didn't want to get married til I was nearly 30 and then maybe one or two kids somewhere in my mid-30s! Ah, how life changes!

Anyway, Deborah seemed to have a good birthday. She had a half-day of school and Jason and I had a meeting to find out if she made it into the gifted program at school. Praise God, she totally did! I was really excited about that -- our little smarty-pants! I'm really happy for her.

Then after school, all of the kids and I schlepped up to Target in Morgantown to buy Deborah her birthday present. She hasn't asked for much this year, but she really wanted a pair of roller blades. I told her that was all we could get her, but if that's what she wanted, we'd go pick them out. She was thrilled to get them, but unfortunately it was raining like crazy on Friday, so she couldn't get them out and use them. She asked for mac & cheese and sundaes for supper, so we did that, then we watched "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" together. Overall, a nice day.

The bonus for Deborah is that being born close to Memorial day means that she gets an extended birthday. Yesterday we visited over at Megan & Justin's, then mom, Megan, Deborah and I went shopping. She got some really cute clothes and just enjoyed a little girl time. Very fun. Then she went with me to praise practice and got to try out her new skates in the basement. She had a great time and did a great job.

Today we're going to church over at South Ridge. Jason is filling in for their drummer, and since everyone else already goes there, we thought it would be nice to go together as a family. Then we're coming back here for Little Ceaser's & cake and to celebrate Deborah's birthday officially. It should be a fun day, other than that it's supposed to near 90 today, and I hate being hot. Blech. But I love my daughter, so it won't be all bad!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Annoying Alise

Sorry, I'm gonna' be a wee bit annoying here. Feel free to skip today's blog!

I do lots of searches for a message board that I'm on, and I used Google almost exclusively. I've recently joined a sweeps site, and have been entering lots of contests and what have you. One thing that I registered for is Blingo which is a search engine that allows you to win prizes. Cool. They also have a program where you can join up with friends and if they win, you win too. Which is extra cool. You can do 10 searches for prizes (you can search all day if you want!). They do little promos and stuff like that, and it's just really neat.

So, if you'd like to join my friends list, just click the Blingo button on the right sidebar or you can just click this link. I really don't do stuff like this, but this is a spam-free thing that uses the Google search engine, so you don't sacrifice quality for prizes.

Thanks for checking this out. I promise I'll post something really brilliant soon to make up for my little ad here today! :-D

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Rough couple of days

Things have been difficult around here for the past two days. There was a shooting here in our area. The whole thing is terrible enough, but the couple that was shot were very good friends of Kevin & Marie and Justin & Megan (they went to their church). Despite not knowing the victims apart from meeting Tanna a couple of times at their church (she sang on the praise team), the whole situation has really affected me.

I think mostly, I'm really feeling it for the pastor of the church and for Megan & Justin. I know that Justin is the music director for the church, and as an occasionally sermon-giver, is also a bit of a pastoral figure. They have such a huge job of getting a church through the death of two members, but a death that was caused by murder. That's so hard to wrap my mind around. I don't know murder victims. I don't know people affected by murder. But yet, here we are.

I'm praying for the church. It would be so easy to be bitter over this. The conflict has gone on for a long time, and nothing was done about it. People who know both the victims and the shooter have stated that it was just a matter of time before someone ended up dead. Over a property dispute.

How screwed up are we that we'll let something like an invisible line saying that this belongs to you and this belongs to me drive someone to murder? And what can the Church do to help stop this absolutely senseless, needless violence? What can I do to help stop it?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Potty update

BTW, we restarted the potty training today and it's going WAY better. This afternoon, the last two times I've asked him to try to pee, he's been able to make something come out, which is GREAT. It means that he's figuring out what it feels like and how the muscles work. I'm so happy about that! Woohoo!

Mother's Day

So yesterday was mother's day. It was an okay day.

Jason and I definitely don't buy each other gifts for mother's/father's day. We're not each other's parent, and neither of us feels obligated to give the other a gift.

However, I do like to have the kids do something for me for mother's day. A little card or some flowers picked from the yard or something. And this year, Jason just didn't have the kidlets do anything like that. I admit, I didn't say anything about it, but really, we've been doing the mother's day thing for a few years now, and I would expect that he'd still remember from previous years. So I was marginally bummed that I didn't get anything from the kids at their dad's behest. I did get some cute gifts from the kids that they made in Sunday School, and for the most part, they were pretty settled (especially in the afternoon/evening), so it wasn't a total dud. Plus, Jason got my foot bath out, so I got to soak my feet while I watched the series finale of "Malcolm in the Middle" (Waaaaah! I'm gonna' miss that show!), and then he gave me a nice long foot rub. So any lack of planning in asking the kids to make me a card was forgiven!

We're hoping to go over to C&J's on Sunday night to play Texas Hold 'Em. I'm pretty excited about that. We just have such a good time when we get together. I'm so glad we have friends we can be REAL with, but who challenge us. What a major blessing!

I'm hoping to hear from another woman about a couple more piano students. K said that another woman in the homeschool co-op was interested in getting her daughters some lessons. I'm hoping to have half a dozen or so students. I know Jason is seriously stressed at work, and I know that our budget is very strained right now, so I'm hoping that having a few more students would take the stress off of him a little. I would love to have some extra money to be able to do some nice things for him once in a while. Or nice things for myself! ;-P

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Goings on

Been a few days since I posted, so I need to get caught up!

They Might Be Giants were all I had hoped they would be and more! The only song I was hoping that they would do that they didn't was "Ana Ng" but other than that, they did 'em all. It was awesome. I absolutely loved it! Woohoo! I purchased a DVD at the concert (Venue Songs, autographed, even!), but left it at my parents' house like an idiot. So I guess I'll see it when they come down here for Deborah's birthday. The concert was really fun and I'm so glad I got to go. They played about 3 dozen songs and included stuff from all of their cds, from their podcast and from an upcoming cd (sometime in 2010, according to Linnell ;-D).

Potty training has stalled out for a bit. I hope to get back on it on Monday. *sigh*

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. No major plans here, but I'm looking forward to it anyway. Hopefully the kidlets will choose to give their mom the gift of good behavior, my all-time favorite gift!

I'm sure there's a lot more to write about, but I'm totally blanking here.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Bah!

So much for the good potty training! Stinker boy is just giving me fits today! He told me today, "I hate it." Okay, it's really cute to hear him say it, but even so. I really would like to have this done, and I'm disappointed that he just abandoned it after such a strong start. But I also don't really want to fight about the toilet either. I just hope that we'll get it down in the next week or so.

In other news, I got my hair cut and colored last night. I love the color (dark purple), but I'm less thrilled with the cut. I had a really cute style picked out. Now, I know that it rarely turns out just like the picture, and I'm good with that. The picture obviously had hair that was less thick than mine, and the color obviously changes things, but the stylist cut my hair waaaaay shorter than I asked her to cut it. I've had long hair for a while now, so any change was going to be drastic, but this is just far more butch than I was hoping for. I'm pretty bummed about it, because it's just so darn expensive to get my hair done. I hate spending the money on it and not being happy with it. Bummer.

The exciting thing is that tomorrow is the They Might Be Giants concert! WOOHOO! I'm still totally pumped about that. I flippin' can't wait to see them!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Progress!

Bubba actually took himself to the potty once this morning -- woohoo!

We spent most of yesterday on the potty. He peed in it pretty much every time, which was great. This morning he had the beginning of one accident, but then took himself to the potty when he realized what was going on. I'm really excited about it!

My goal is to have him using underwear by Wednesday. I think that might actually happen, which would just be thrilling!

I miss James & Faith, but I admit, it's nice to be able to spend lots of alone time with Christopher. He just gets so little one on one attention, it's great when we're able to have that. Deborah doesn't have school tomorrow (election day here), so I'm not sure how that will go, but I think it should be fine. I hope that he'll be doing even better by then.

That's it for now. Just wanted to give a quick update before getting back to the task at hand!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Quick meeting update

The meeting went really well. Two on the team weren't able to be here, which was kind of a bummer, but we're going to try to give a little more time in our rehearsals to the study of what God's word has to say about how and why we worship, so even those who weren't here for the initial meeting will still get to be a part of it, which is awesome.

I feel really good. I think this is going to be an on-going dialogue and that is just what I was praying would happen.

Jason and I are singing "I Need Thee Every Hour" this morning for communion (Jars of Clay version). I'm really looking forward to it. Here are the lyrics -- may God richly bless you as your worship Him corporately and personally!


I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord
No tender voice like Thine
can peace afford

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby
Temptations lose their power
When Thou art nigh

I need thee, oh, I need thee, every hour I need Thee
I need thee, I need thee, I need Thee every hour

I need Thee every hour in joy or pain
Come quickly and abide or life is in vain

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee, every hour I need Thee
I need Thee, I need Thee, I need Thee every hour
I need Thee, I need Thee, I need Thee every hour

Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee

I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee
Oh I need Thee every hour

I need Thee, I need Thee, I need Thee every hour
I need Thee, I need Thee, I need Thee every hour

Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Stirred up

So, today is the praise team meeting. Yeehaw!

Honestly, I can't believe how worked up I am about this. I buried my passion for authentic worship for so long that it really feels a little foreign to be this excited.

When we were chastised for "performing" back at BFC, and then weren't supported by our pastor, it just crushed me. Our "youthful zeal" was criticized rather than shaped, and as much as I thought those wounds had healed, they definitely did not. We went to a church with one of the strongest bands in the area, and some of the most amazing worship music being written, but I never fully participated in the team. I'd play some, but I didn't mind not playing. I would have told you (even just a few weeks ago) that I didn't care because God broke my need to play out of me, and I guess to some degree that's true. I needed to learn to worship as a person and in my whole life rather than just behind the piano, and I think the years we spent at NHFS were beneficial in that regard. But I also now believe that I "didn't care about playing" because I didn't want my full gift to be slighted and minimalized again. Having my gift called less than what it was (and I know, even to this day, that it was a genuine gift of love) hurt me to the core in a way I simply didn't realize.

So this is both outrageously exciting and terrifying at the same time. I know that in encouraging more from the team I must give more of myself, and that's scary. I know that I have a much deeper understanding about worship, not just the moments of music in church, but the attitude of worship in my life, but my expression is still one of exuberance and I have a desire to see it carried out to the very best of our ability. Please Lord, allow that heart to be seen and not scorned.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Slow Going

So potty training is going slowly. Bubba seems fairly enthused about it, but Mommy is not. I've been horrible about actually helping him acheive the goal of learning to pee/poo on the toilet. I hate diapers, but I'm not real fond of cleaning up poop and pee off the floor either. Blah.

Anyway, my parents are coming down tomorrow with our van (hopefully fully fixed at this point!), and they're going to take James and Faith with them for a few days. I should have almost 3 days to work one on one with Bubba on the potty, so I'm hoping that constant vigilance for those few days will pay off. I guess we'll see!

Beyond that, I'm feeling pretty lousy here. Jason and I had a bit of a fight last night -- I think it's probably related to tomorrow's worship meeting here. I'm really excited to talk with the team about the place of worship in our lives and in our church, but that's being met with some attack. Of course, in the midst of it, I forget the "the battle is not against flesh and blood" part and lash out. You'd think at this point in my walk I'd remember that more often, but sadly, I still get irritated at people a little too easily. *sigh*

Tonight we're taking Deborah to see J. Nicholson here in Fairmont. Should be pretty fun. I know she's really looking forward to it. I admit, I'd just as soon stay home and get everything cleaned up for tomorrow, but I know that clean doesn't matter if I'm spiritually dry. This will be a good time!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

All aboard!

I asked Bubba the other day if he wanted to potty train and his response was, "Choo-choo!"

So I busted out the potty chair for the last time today so that we can begin training the last of the children. Christopher seems to be excited about it, which is more than I can say for the last two kids. I know that I'm certainly ready to be done with diapers. Changing someone's butt for the past 8 years straight is plenty for me! It will be lovely to put that task behind me (::snicker::). I know that I'm ready to retire the potty chair for good!

We're the naked potty trainers. I just stripped him down to a t-shirt and let him figure it out. It has worked for the last 3, so I have high hopes that it will work again. I really want to have him trained before vacation, and there's no better time than the present! He probably could have been trained a year ago, but that clingy "but he's my BABY" thing had a hold on me. Fortunately, I'm good with that now! ;-D His brother and sister are great helpers too. They think it's just wonderful that he's a big boy and is going to use the potty now. I'm sure that will encourage him to get it even faster.
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