Learning Fractions with Chocolate


E is beginning to learn about fractions now. The textbook called for saltine crackers to use as a visual, but we didn’t have any. I think chocolate was a good substitute. Mmm.


I am so excited about my newest find. Four solid, non-wobbly chairs for $20. They need a little paint, but they are perfect for the school room!


Poor Oliver


Oliver has been an “outside cat” for about a month now. He was getting the girls confused with play toys, so we decided to let him venture into the great outdoors. He has just loved it, and has been very happy with his new large space.

The other day he came home with a scratched up ear, and a hurt paw. I was trying to take a picture of the bottom of his paw for one of M’s classmates, who is also a veterinarian, so he could tell us what could be done about it, but the picture did not turn out very good for that purpose. You can’t really see the boo boo on his paw very well, but the picture sure did turn out cute!


Today is M’s last day of classes. The next week and a half will be final exams… please pray that he does well! 

A Little Trivia for You

M told me yesterday that he had read an article that said that women in Europe clean their floors on an average of 4 times a week.
“And that’s just on an average,” he said.

I took that as a hint.

I can usually take a hint (unless I pretend that I don’t), so I went ahead and scrubbed the floors today.


Do you think they’re clean enough?

Dental Abominations

april-07.jpgOkay, I know on my about page I said that I probably won’t be telling any of my problems on this website, but remember– I said probably… and yesterday, I sat in a dentist’s chair for about 3 1/2 hours getting my teeth drilled. I didn’t mention this on here before, but when I had my root canal the other week, I ran into some huge problems with my dentist. The normal course of action for this sort of thing would be that he would send me to an endodontist for the procedure — a root canal, and a filling. After that I would go back to the dentist for the crown.

Well, apparently, for some unknown reason, my dentist had told the endodontist not to do the filling. I did not find out about this until after I was sitting in the endodontist’s chair with my mouth all numbed– minutes before the root canal. If I had any time to think about it, I would have told him not to do the root canal if he was not able to do the filling also. But, as it turned out, I was left with a root canal and a cotton ball in my hollow tooth, with a piece of tape over the whole thing.

I was mad. Especially since I had already read an interview with George Meinig, D.D.S. , and was skeptical about getting a root canal at all.

I went in to talk to my dentist the next day to find out that he was planning on doing the filling himself– and charging me almost TWICE what the endodontist would have charged. On top of that, he was going to charge me $1200 for the crown alone! Seeing that this price tag would currently be impossible for us, I found another dentist. And this is why I was sitting in the dental chair for 3 1/2 hours yesterday.

He had to re-drill part of the root canal to put a post in for the filling to adhere to, then do the filling, then make a temporary crown, and then fill a cavity in a different tooth that was really close to the nerve. Since it was so close to the nerve, he had to shoot me up with Novocain six times. After the 5th time, I almost passed out, and the dentist had to put warm wash cloths on my forehead. It was horrible.

After that was over with, me and my very sore mouth picked up the girls from my friend’s house, and picked up M from law school, and proceeded on to the doctor to have them checked for Lyme Disease (remember the ticks? — R was bit by one too a few days before E’s incident). I have been concerned of the possiblity of Lyme Disease ever since it happened (they were deer ticks), and have had several people tell me of their concerns as well.

Good news– they are both in good health, and the doctor said that she did not think there was any threat of Lyme Disease. But, me being a mother, she told me that I could go get a blood test done at the hospital if I wanted to. I was going to bring them today, but they both woke up with colds, so we are going to have to wait.

I’m fine.
(Have you seen the movie Elizabethtown?)

You know what? It is fine. God is in control, and these things are good for us.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 

Rainy Days


As with any typical Spring, we have had lots of rainy days, and therefore, have been spending many days inside.

The other day E wanted to paint some watercolor paintings… and she did… about 35 of them! She sat there and painted for about 2 hours while R and I ran some errands.