Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemaker Monday: What Parents Do

Welcome to the 118th weekly edition of...


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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Suzy over at Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom! She shows how to make an absolutely gorgeous faux stained glass window hanging. Not only does this tutorial sound fun and not-all-too-difficult, I am super-impressed with Suzy's creative skills. She's a fantastic artist! Just look...

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So Suzy, thank you so much for linking up! I'm looking forward to making some time to try this. And don't forget to feel free to grab the "I Was Featured" button from my left sidebar! We'll look forward to hearing from you again! For Suzy's tutorial, click HERE.

MINE: So John and I had a list of things we were going to get done on Saturday. I was going to catch up on laundry, get the kids clothes ironed for church, organize our loft, and bake desserts for Sunday. John was going to spend some time working on a jungle gym he's building for the kids, plan our summer vacation, ready the garden for spring planting and accomplish myriad other tasks.

Here's what we did instead....

6:30: Wake up and make breakfast for the two opposing JV Girls basketball teams who slept over at our house.

7:30: Clean up said breadfast.

8:30: Drive said teams to the high school gym.

9:00: Put cookie bars in the preheated oven to bake for the rodeo grade school fundraiser. Drop off the 10- and 8-year-olds at said rodeo.

9:30: Remove cookies from oven, individually package them, then leave to watch the 15-year-old girl's basketball game.

10:30: Still at the basketball game.

11:00: Arrive at the rodeo with the 4 four and under. Stay there for much longer than hoped for.

1:30: Return home to warm up the soup and corn bread for the missionary's lunch at 2:00.

2:15: Greet the missionaries and eat lunch with them.

3:00: Head back to the rodeo to see where the four oldest are.

4:30 onward: The day after this became a blur. One lovely lady brought us dinner, as a gesture of gratitude for a favor John did, we had several unexpected visitors, which is always fun, and I'm not being sarcastic this time, it really is, then we did the whole bedtime routine, which seems to take from 45 minutes to an hour. We really need to shave that down.

So no, John and I didn't get a thing crossed off our lists, and my laundry is piled nearly to the ceiling, but we did something way more important. We were parents and we did what parents do. We went to our kids' games and took them to the rodeo and laid on the floor and built train tracks with them and nursed them and put them to bed. A day well spent....

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And here are more pictures from the day!

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OURS: Okay, now it's your turn! What homemaking/parenting tips do you have for us today? If it's your first time here, feel free to dig in your archives and link up! Thank you so much and have a great Homemaker Monday!



P.S. My sister and I are finally getting skinnier!
See how we're doing it HERE! :)

9 comments:

Suzy said...

Wow! I am very honored to have my project featured!! You totally made my day! Thank you!

suzy

Alison said...

Wonderful photos! YOu have a beautiful family!

Thanks so much for hosting another great Homemaker Monday!

21st Century Housewife© said...

What super photos - and what a lovely family! Looks like you had a wonderful day. Thank you for hosting Homemaker Monday :) Have a great week!

Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-)
While looking down through your pictures, I felt like I was browsing a pamphlet encouraging people to move to your area! You have definitely 'tweaked' your photography skills friend! Good job! :->
Any families with young men will be packing to move once the sons see the picture of the two BEAUTIFUL young women on horseback!! ;-p

John's original goal list for Sat. included getting the garden ready for spring planting?!?! chuckle, chuckle. Here, it was a whole 7 degrees, with blowing snow, and the wind chill was farther below 0 than the temp was above it!

M-a-n-y a time I have said that I wish the children were half as patient as the house work. But there are times, such as your Sat. was, that it's only right that the house work be patient! While "quality time" is important - it's quantities of time that produces the highest quality of influence in a child's life! That's my motto - and I still stick to it.

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Thanks so much for the compliment, Cheryl! I would love it if more people moved down here!!!!

I totally agree with you about quantity rather than quality. Quality is good, but we can have the most effect by spending large quantities of time with our kids. Thanks again for your comment. I always love them!

Andrea said...

Your family is so beautiful! It's so nice to see kids doing stuff outside in the country.
This week I am sharing a really healthy and great tasting soup recipe- Smoky Cauliflower Soup With Kale.
Have a great week!

shopannies said...

what a beautiful family so many wonderful very happy pictures

Tasha Lehman said...

That stained glass is beautiful!!

a moderate life said...

Ohhh, Suzy! I absolutely LOVE your stained glass! those are my favorite colors! What a lovely rodeo day you all had! Love love love to get the kids outside running around like that! I am linking up an article about an inspired kitchen makeover that cost almost nothing! All the best, Alex