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Katrina's Musings (Boredom)

This is an article on boredom by Todd Friel sent out in the Wretched Radio newsletter. I found what he said to be very helpful, so I thought I would share it here. 
Dealing with Boredom
“I’m bored,” is the child’s summer battle cry.  You did it, I did it, our kids still do it. Undoubtedly your children have registered their boredom complaints with you many times.  How do you respond? - When I was your age, we didn’t have half as many things to do as you do.
- Get used to it.  Life is really boring when you are an adult.
- Then go outside and play.
Most likely, regardless of your response, you had a sense that your child should not be complaining about boredom.  Why is that? Why do we get annoyed when our kids lament their lack of amusement? Until we figure out what boredom is, we will never know how to handle it rightly.  For our children, or for ourselves.
Understanding boredom Boredom is the feeling that we would like to be doing something other than what we are doing.   As is always…

Cookie Baking Night 07/21/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. We made one of our favorite summertime cookies tonight: The Hamburger Cookie.

Here's what you'll need for the Hamburger Cookie: Vanilla wafersSmall chocolate mint pattiesWhite frosting + yellow and red food coloringCoconut + green food coloringA few kids to help you out

First, divide the frosting into two bowls, color one red and one yellow to resemble ketchup and mustard.  Next, color the coconut green to resemble lettuce (or as Alli would say, "salad"--please pass the salad)

Frost the inside of one cookie with mustard (yellow frosting) and the inside of another cookie with red frosting (ketchup). Place a mint patty on top of one of the cookies, sprinkle with coconut (lettuce) and top with the second cookie. 

Ahh, the finished product

Can't beat this no-bake recipe on a hot July evening

Tonight we continued on in our book Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade.  …

Graduation Musings (07/13/14 Meghan)

My niece, Meghan, graduated from high school in June, and today she celebrated that accomplishment with a graduation open house party. 

I love you, Meghan. My prayer for you is that your course will be marked not by worldly accomplishments but by a life that honors God and makes much of Him. 

Babysitting Musings 07/12/14

Today I did a little babysitting for the youngest niece and nephews: Alli (3-1/2), Rylar (2-1/2), and Enzo (11 months). 

There was coloring

and sitting 

and standing

and wagon pulling 

and wagon eating
All the elements needed for a fun afternoon, and that it was. 

Cookie Baking Night 07/07/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. Carissa turned 9 years old on the 1st of the month, and as is our tradition here at Cookie Baking Nights, today was her birthday choice. For supper, she chose macaroni & cheese, berries with half & half, and fruit smoothies. For her "cookie" choice she went with "Dirt Cups". 

There is much to do when you make dirt cups. First, there is the scraping of the cookie, taking the filling out. 

then the crushing of the cookies to make the "dirt"

then the filling of the cups ... for our layers in the cup we use chocolate pudding, a cream cheese/whipped cream mixture, cookie crumbs, and .... don't forget the gummy worms. My new favorite cup for this project is this one. It comes with a lid and a straw, which is great for attaching a flower. 

We traced and cut out paper flowers to complete our dirt cup/flower pots. 

The finished product

Tonight we also continued in o…