Tuesday, August 31, 2010

School has begun!

A few weeks ago Katelyn started preschool and Jocelyn started kindergarten. I was going to wait after Labor Day, but things are going to be crazy the week after Labor Day, so I just started when we had a little lull in activity. We are just doing 2-3 days a week until things calm down and we are done traveling. Here is a peak at some of the activities we have been working on. Having a good time...well at least the girls and I...Easton on the other hand isn't taking it so well...good thing for his morning nap!! And YES...the kids are for the most part still in their pajamas...:)

Music time!! We play some kid music and start off with an instrument and then trade throughout the song/s.
Jocelyn and Katelyn working on Math...Katelyn just counting...Jocelyn counting and adding.Arts and Crafts...my favorite part and the kids love it too!


Reading....Jocelyn is working on the Hooked on Phonics package and BOB books
We do devotions with this book right now. It focuses on an animal trait and then what God and the Bible tells us how we should act.
Telling time with our clock...that thing drives me nuts...no on/off switch and goes off in the middle of the night...but it helps with telling time!
Katelyn working on her shapes
The girls working on month, days, dates, tomorrow, yesterday, and today.
The girls working on spelling their names...Jocelyn already knew, but Katelyn just learned the past week...she is so proud...if you are around her...she might just tell you how to spell it!:)

I gave Jocelyn a spelling test and she wrote them on the dry erase board...then called out the letters and Katelyn.....
....found the letter that Jocelyn called out.
The girls making fake money.
Easton coloring
More arts and crafts

Monday, August 30, 2010

Grass is growing!

So it isn't really the season to be growing grass...but so be it! Jocelyn planted grass in a cup and made it look like a person. Sean already had to give it a haircut. We had a lot of fun watching his hair grow...sometimes it would even grow a bit over naptime!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our trip to Las Vegas


A little over a month ago, Sean called me from work and said we needed to think about flying somewhere before March or his frequent flyer miles were going to expire. The perks of frequent flier miles…they force you to use them or you lose them. Kind of frustrating since ideally we would love to save them for a big trip somewhere and with having another baby in 3 months our time frame was quiet limited. Sean mentioned Las Vegas, but left the ultimate decision up to me. I researched and researched and the outcome ended up being Las Vegas. We had limited weekends available and didn’t want to fly all day. So Las Vegas. I had been there before in 2003. There are good things and bad things about Las Vegas. Unfortunately the bad out ways the good (in my opinion). Don’t get me wrong, we had a wonderful time…away from the kids, sight seeing, taking scenic drives. There are various hotels that depict certain places around the world like Venice, New York City, Paris etc. Those are always neat to see. The Bellagio—one of our favorites-- was fabulous. Sean said if we end up in Vegas again we need to look into staying there. We rented a car at the last minute and drove to Red Rock Canyon National Park and took a 13 mile scenic drive. That was so pretty! We went to Lake Mead the next day. The water was so blue (quiet different from here in Nebraska). We took a quick trip to Hoover Dam. What a sight! We didn’t want to walk in the 109 degree heat, so we just got out of our car really quick to look at it. We also spent time on the strip. I am not sure how people justify bringing their kids to Vegas. You might as well just hand them a pornographic magazine and let them take a gander. The street corners were full of solicitors handing out cards and magazines with naked women on them. Billboards were all over advertising shows that featured the cast in very provocative poses. There were prostitutes hanging out on the streets…apparently it is legal. It is possible to stay off the main street and go through the back of the hotels and you could miss most of that junk, but then you don’t get to see the front of the hotels, so we just put up with it. So if you do go to Veg as, be prepared and I wouldn’t even consider bringing a child/teenager there…or you will have a lot of explaining to do. All in all...it was nice to get away from the little munchkins for a while, because it will be a long time before we can go somewhere without them. That is ok...we miss them when we are gone.

Friday, August 20, 2010

3 more months to go!

Three more months...I sure hope it goes fast. I have quiet a few friends that LOVE being pregnant. Unfortunately I am not in that category. Yes I like the thought of having kids, but being pregnant takes a toll on my body. I still say I don't feel like I ever recovered from having Easton. Rest. My prescription from my wonderful husband. I need to rest. I try. All of my kids still take naps and I was tempted to take my 5 year off the nap schedule, but right now I need my afternoon nap. The naps still leave me exhausted and tired afterwards, but help me rest my feet. I try to find times throughout the day to sit down and put my feet up, but with 3 little munchkins and one not able to take care of himself in any way, it is a bit hard. But I try. My pelvic bone feels like it is going to shatter and it is hard to sit and walk. My girls have been a big help, but they still need direction on things. I can't wait until September 11th rolls around. That is the last major scheduled thing that I have that will take a toll on my body...that I know of so far...
We are heading out of town early tomorrow morning (Saturday) to Las Vegas so please pray that I am able to rest a bit and not be on my feet the entire time. Thank goodness that my parents can watch the kids. We are also planning another trip to Missouri during Labor Day weekend. The long drive scares me this time as an hour drive to Omaha is a killer on my body. I know I whine too much (according to a loved one). Just can't wait for the 3 months to be over so I can maybe feel semi-normal.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pretzel Fluff Salad-- You must try!

A few weeks ago, we were at a barbecue at my aunt and uncle's house. My dad's aunt Pearl brought a wonderful pineapple fluff salad. I could have eaten the entire bowl...it was so good. My aunt got the recipe from Pearl and now everyone can enjoy it. My mom just made it at a potluck...and again it was a winner. The picture is not mine...and the salad looks confusing when you make it...the common reaction is that people aren't sure if it is a potato type salad or if it is something sweet. TRUST ME....this will be a crowd pleaser at your next get together.

Ingredients

1 Cup broken/crushed pretzels

1 Cup sugar

½ Cup melted butter

8 oz cream cheese (softened)

8oz Cool Whip

20 oz crushed pineapple (drained)

Heat oven to 350°

Mix together:

Pretzels

½ Cup Sugar

½ Cup melted butter

Mix together, press into 9x13 pan; bake 7-8 minutes. Let cool, stir every 5 to 10 minutes

Beat together:

8 oz cream cheese (softened)

½ Cup Sugar

Fold in:

Pineapple

Cool Whip

Pretzel mixture

Note: Pretzel mixture should be added shortly before serving, can also add additional Cool Whip if desired.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birthday excitement complete!

In our family we have 2 birthdays 3 weeks apart. Celebrations kind of get jumbled up a little bit and combined, but the girls enjoy every minute of celebrating. A surprise birthday party was thrown for all 3 kids in Missouri in early July while we were down there on vacation. We then had a little party at my parents for Katelyn's 3rd birthday and a pizza party for Jocelyn on her 5th. Here are a few pictures of our birthday events! Good thing our boy's birthdays will be spread out a bit!
(You have to click on the pictures to see them clearly)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Jocelyn Rene turns 5!

My first born Jocelyn Rene turns 5! She was born on Sunday, August 14th at 12:36 am weighing 9 lb 4 oz. She has kept our lives pretty busy and we joke with her that she has been talking since the day she was born and hasn't stopped yet. She is full of imagination and is a fun little girl to be around. She will start kindergarten this fall and likes to play with her friends.
Jocelyn at the hospital
Jocelyn turns 1!Jocelyn turns 2!
3rd birthday!Jocelyn is 4!
5 years old!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thinking ahead....


As I grew up, I always thought about what God’s plans were for me. Was I to get married and have kids? Would he come back before I was of age to even get married or have kids? Well so far he hasn’t, but he could by the time I post this blog entry…he could come tomorrow…we really don’t know.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

(The New Testament mentions over 300 times about the Lord coming back….)

So far, the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband and 3 kids and one more on the way. My thoughts have transferred from myself, to will we still be around for Sean and I to see our own kids get married and have kids. Personally I would rather have the Lord Jesus Christ come back…but I would say (not positive here) people think so much about the futures of themselves and of their children’s that they almost in a sense would like for Jesus Christ to delay his coming. Sad..

Because we don’t know exactly when he is coming, my desires for my children would be to see each of them get saved and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

1 John 5:1-13 God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

(also many other verses in the Bible on how you can get saved and have eternal life)

Another thing I would like to see is each one of them to be baptized. The believing part is the inward part of what one is to do to be saved, but a baptism is the outward symbol that shows a believer going down under the water as a picture of Jesus’ death and burial for sin. Coming back out of the water is a picture of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Baptism shows a believer is united with Jesus in His death and resurrection. Because Jesus died and rose to conquer sin, at salvation a believer dies to his old, sinful self and is raised to new life in Christ. Baptism is a picture of what happens to a believer at salvation.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:3-5 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection

(Also lots of other verses about baptism…after you are saved…)

Right now, Jocelyn can tell you how to get saved and shows concern for people, especially family that are not saved. She likes to share with Katelyn mostly how if she (Katelyn) does a bad thing that she needs to ask Jesus to forgive her…she needs to work on herself a little more though. She can tell you the story of how Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again and that we need to believe that so we can go to heaven. She wants to get baptized, so one of these days she will…Sean and I have discussed it, but she needs to work on the understanding of repentance a little more. Kind of hard to judge another’s heart, but this is our first go around with one of our kids, so pray that we can help them understand clearly what the Bible says.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Our family band!

My husband is such a funny person...a few weeks ago when I was away in Missouri with the kids and he was home alone, bored, he went shopping. My husband is a huge impulse buyer. I think I am used to it by now. I get home and noticed, hmmm he got a new guitar bag...cute! Maybe he is getting his guitars out...the collection of guitars that have been gathering dust for many years now in our master bedroom closet. No, it wasn't just a new guitar bag, it was a new guitar. Again, I am ok with it. He can go out and buy whatever his little heart desires (within reason..ok drugs, porn, things like that are not ok) but toys, I am fine with. Anyways, he used to play the guitar growing up during church and is a self taught player. His uncle down in Missouri plays in their church and is always entertaining our kids and family with gospel hymns. We have such a good time singing along and the kids just love it. So Sean has been working hard in the evenings learning new songs that the girls love. He even made this really funny joke about how we need to keep having more kids so we can have a nice little family band and a few extras to work as the backstage crew-- or if some didn't turn out talented. Funny...:) I know nothing about how to play the guitar, but Sean can just pick out a song and you can actually tell what song he is playing. This afternoon after a little bit of work he was strumming the tune to the girl's new favorite song. Right now as I type this blog post he is listening to one of my favorite songs "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me and playing only. Amazing little fingers.
So here is a picture of the start of "The McGee Family Band."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cloth diapering..my two cents...

How I started? Am I crazy?
When Easton was 4 months old a friend of mine posted a question on Facebook asking if anyone had recommendations of what brand of cloth diapers she should look into. She was a first time mom and wanted to look at what options were out there. My first reaction…like many first reactions….was oh my goodness….good luck with that one. I asked my friend Megan if she had any advice for my mommy-to-be friend, as Megan was an advid cloth diaper user. After Megan responded I decided that I shouldn’t just form opinions about cloth diapering when I really knew absolutely nothing about them—(in today’s time.)

The “olden days” and today’s cloth diapering! Things have changed!
I had images in my head of cloth diapering when I was little—(30 years ago!) you know the old pre-folded cloth diapers…that looked like cleaning rags, that you try to pin on the baby and then put a plastic cover on them. Yes—those are out there still and some mom’s still swear by them. But oh my goodness…things have changed. This is a hot industry now-a- days. They are also kind of stylish depending on what brand you choose. If you decide to go with the older form of pre-folds—you can still use pins, but they have these really handy plastic things called snappies to seal in the diaper. They also have one-size fits all diapers or diapers in particular sizes depending on the weight of the baby. You can get ones that snap on easily or ones that velcro. There are quite a few companies out there that manufacture cloth diapers.
My first try at cloth diapering—finding a good deal!
So after researching for myself, I decided that evening that I might just a try a few and see how it goes. How bad can it really be? I searched on Craigslist for some used cloth diapers—the upfront cost is expensive—so I wanted to try used first. A lady down my street was past the cloth diapering stage and had a ton of different brands and sizes listed. I went over to her house and we sat down and went over the basics. I have to admit, it is a little overwhelming at first and I wanted to do everything just right. The part that I was nervous about was what to do with poopy diapers and how to properly wash the diapers. After figuring things out and trying them out at home…I was sold. I was amazed at how my disposable diaper bill went down dramatically, because I wasn’t buying them as often (I was still putting him in disposables at night and when were out).

More Laundry--yikes?

I got myself on a laundry schedule where I would rinse the diapers in the hot water cycle every other night before I went up to get the kids ready for bed. By the time I was done tucking them in, it was time for the regular cold rinse with soap, right before bed I would put them in the dryer on low. The nice thing is—you don’t really have a lot of sorting to do—or folding like regular laundry. This was the easy stuff!

My favorite brand?

Again there are quite a few brands and types to choose from. Because I bought used, I was a bit limited on my selection, however I have found that I liked the Fuzzi Bunz brand the best. Others swear by other brands. I did however find that there are similar ones listed on ebay that are knock-offs. They are made in China/Hong Kong and my guess is that they are ripping off the real guys. Kind of sad…but you can get 5 or 6 new ones for the price of one new “real” one. I actually like the knock-offs just as well as the real ones. They take a few weeks to ship, but I am all about saving money.
So that is my two cents on cloth diapering! I know there are a lot of families out there that are trying to save money and in my opinion this is one way to go. Really not as bad as you are picturing in your head. Don’t be turned off by the upfront start-up—in the long run it does pay off!
Search around on the internet to see what is out there.

Here is another bloggers opinion on cloth diapering…it is a bit outdated because she was having a contest…
http://www.mycharmingkids.net/search/label/cloth%20diapers

Here is a website for used cloth diapers and accessories:

http://www.myuseddiapers.com

My favorite brand:

http://www.fuzzibunz.com/