Resurrection Morning!

Luke 24

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8Then they remembered his words.

9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

The kids checked the ‘tomb’ this morning and got a surprise as well!

The Last Supper…

Luke 22

17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

We had a great time tonight as a family reading through the final supper of Christ with his disciples and his crucifixion.  We talked about what it means to be guilty and have to pay a price for your guilt, and what it means to have someone who isn’t guilty choose to volunteer to pay that price for you.  Now that is love!

The kids will be checking inside the canister (aka tomb) in the morning where there are currently broken pieces of bread and some juice that they put inside.  Stay tuned for what happens next!

Chicken Kiev!

Elias made his second culinary masterpiece tonight- Chicken Kiev!  He flattened the chicken breast, made the herbed butter to spread inside when he rolled the chicken around the chunk of jack cheese, then rolled the whole thing in bread crumbs with herbs and parmesan cheese and baked it.  It was served with spears of asparagus encrusted with grated jack cheese and drizzled with olive oil and garlic and a side of brown rice.  There are no leftovers!

Just for the record…

….4 and 5 yr olds aren’t great at ‘guided relaxation’.

Bayus informed me at bedtime, on the first night in his new bed/bedroom,  that the tree and green canopy is ‘scary’. I asked him if he didn’t want it in his room (I don’t want to take it all apart and return to IKEA but I will) and he says he wants it at daytime but wants me to take it out at night Shocked Yeah, that’s not happening. I went in there and tried to do some bedtime guided relaxation (I do this on occasion with Hannah and she always has great dreams after) and lets just say 4-5yr olds aren’t fantastic at this. Me- ‘I want you to go to a place you really love, a happy place, somewhere you feel cozy….’ and he interrupts with ‘hey! I got Fred Meyer in my head! (grocery store) how did Fred Meyer get in my head?!’ to which I talk to him about his imagination and then get him to resettle and I start again- this time going with the Fred Meyer idea. Halfway through talking him through the ‘experience’ including things I know he’ll like (colors of favorite foods, sounds he likes, tasting a cookie from the bakery) he interrupts again ‘hey mama, you forgot the baby. I saw a baby there and it was a girl baby with a lady. Why didn’t you talk about the baby? There was a baby in my head, didn’t you see it? I don’t like babies. They are always trying to touch me, I don’t like babies. Babies are cute but I don’t like them’. Rolling Eyes

Ok, kid- go to sleep, I love you but I’m out.

Check out the new bedroom!

You know how when you get a great idea, and that great idea grows with more great ideas and then you find yourself stumped on exactly how to make that great idea a reality?  I’ve been stumped for a while now.  My kids bedroom began with great ideas but after the first several steps, cool though they were, I was at a stand still.  The things I envisioned for the rest of the room either didn’t exist or I needed more man-power and time than I had.  This past weekend it finally all came together!

Picture 1 is the view from the door looking in, there are glow in the dark stars on the ceiling. I have a cloud/raindrop window treatment planned but its not made yet. To the left of that picture is the kids closet which has another castle curtain and to the right is the kids chest of drawers (small as most of their clothing is in the ikea baskets and shelving in the closet).

Picture 2 is from standing in the corner with my back to the chest of drawers. You can see a glimpse of the castle closet but from this view you can’t see how the top tabs of the curtain are made to make it look like the top of a castle wall. The tree here is from the pet dept at IKEA and is meant for cats to climb on. It has a series of small shelves which the kids are using to put all their stuffed birds, monkeys and other appropriate animals in.

Picture 3 is my oldest son’s lower bunk. He has his magnetic wall to the right and his flickering castle lights at the head of the bed. I still need to make him a kingly sign for over the head of his bed

Picture 4 is the top bunk where my daughter sleeps with her fairy land in the ‘clouds/forest canopy’

Picture 5 is down below my youngest’s loft bed which is the ‘forest floor’ where the guinea pigs reside and I plan to add some lights under here and change the bean bag chair/stuffed animal storage to allow for more room in their nook under here.

Picture 6 is a closer picture of my youngest son’s bed here just under the tree tops. He LOVES the color green and chose this perfect tree/leaf printed bedding from IKEA. I found this 5′ circular green netting canopy in the outdoor decor section at IKEA and I just used some green thread to tack it up and billow it to be the tree top.

The Chef

Elias woke up and saw that daddy was working from home Friday, excitedly he asked if daddy was making pancakes (common weekend occurrence). Eddie said he wasn’t but that he could do it if he wanted. Elias pondered that suggestion and then went to the kitchen, found the recipe book (Joy of Cooking), read the recipe and made the pancake batter (with only a few questions of us), cooked them up and little bro Bayus set the table for us all to eat together!

Elias then the found a Sunset cookbook (more pictures) and brought it to me to tell me he want to make a souffle next, its a tie between that and chicken kiev. We had a discussion on the differences between stirring, whisking and folding ingredients together as well as what a roux paste is and how many more things he can make once he learns how to make a roux.  Ahhh, the Joy of Home Schooling ala the Joy of Cooking!

Next on the menu:

Chicken Kiev for tonight (with garlic roasted asparagus and brown rice) and he wants to make the souffle for Easter Sunday breakfast!

Sometimes my husband throws ideas and assignments out to the kids that are far more than I think they can handle….and often they surprise me with their capabilities.  I’m so glad that between my husband and I we can balance one another and each bring our own strengths into the raising of our children, I’m blessed!

The ‘Wall of Love’

Sometimes I get these ‘ideas’, sometimes they go as planned and often they don’t.  The other day I was at the grocery store in the office supply aisle (its an addiction) and I saw one of those items that immediately causes me to think ‘I love this so much I need to think of a purpose for it!’- heart shaped post-it notes!  Right up there with new colored pencils and the perfect journal is my affinity for notepads, and if they are colored, shaped, and patterned  well then its LOVE.  I brought them home with the plan of having them available to my budding writers to jot down things they love and add them to the sliding glass door (aka dry erase board/command central) whenever they felt the whim.   I figured over the course of weeks we’d have this lovely wall of positivity.  The positivity is there but it didn’t take weeks, my kids took the idea and ran with it….for about 4 hours in one sitting!  Note after note, giggle after giggle and only occasional requests for spelling help (would have been a good idea if they had asked a time or two more) and now we have this lovely ‘wall of love’ right next to where we eat our meals and do our daily school work.  I often find myself standing there letting my eye meander about from note to note and smiling at the sweet hand writing, phonetic spelling, and heartfelt thoughts.  This is one of those projects that didn’t go as I planned- it went better!

(click the pictures if you want to see them bigger and read some of the notes)