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Friday, November 4, 2011

7 Quick Takes


I took all five kids to Walmart by myself. It was right before I took them to a restaurant by myself. At Walmart, Malcolm began to cry. In the checkout. With the slowest. cashier. in. history. And know what people did? They stared at me. People pushing carts. People loading bags. People behind me in line. Everyone just stared and stared and stared. They looked at me as if I had magical powers to make him stop crying. I felt like I was on stage and that I should bust a move. Instead I just busted out some bra milk (as my sons so fondly call it).


I'm thinking about taking the kids to the Georgia Aqurium while I am down South. I was surprised how expensive it is. I'm sure it is worth it... right?


As I write this, my neighbor is at the hospital, having a baby! Most likely by the time you read this little Ashor will have been born. I don't know these neighbors that well, but there is something about a baby that brings people closer.


I recently had a conversation with a friend about meal planning. Do you do it? I try to, and perhaps I look like I do it better than I really do.  I see these fancy programs that folks blog about, but that isn't really my style. I am more of a "Nine cans of black beans?!?! We are so having Mexican food this week!" kind of gal.


We are getting all these emails about the unstable adoption environment in Ethiopia. People on message boards that I am on are complaining about children being moved and lack of information coming out of the country. I have been told that it looks like it is going a similar direction of Vietnam. Sigh. We originally contracted with Vietnam, but the country closed it's adoption programs about six months later. Michael and I have decided to think and pray more on this matter and make a decision by the end of the year. We have come so far in the process, both financially and emotionally.


Soccer is almost completely over for us. It ends on Sunday with two make-up games, one home and one away. With the cold weather and the runny noses throughout the house, we are very ready for this break.


I am thinking about offering embroidered purses as an adoption fundraiser. Disney is a licensed design, so I am unable to sell these products. But I was thinking that I could give them away for a donation to our adoption account, or I could sell the bag and embroider them for free. They are cute and we could definitely use some more fundraising ideas.

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karianna said...

Stopping by from Conversion Diary.

I, too, have nursed a child while in line at Walmart. DD2 was well over 1, which of course drew more stares as people watched me nurse the child, unload the basket AND complete the transaction... DD2 ended up falling asleep latched on as well. What is it about the slow checkers at Walmart??

We are a meal planning family. I go one month at a time, but started doing 1 week at a time. I don't use any fancy software, just a blank calendar page!

Heidiblossom said...

In regards to Take #1: Lots of times Audrey will start to cry and whine in public. I am used to it, and I know there is nothing really wrong. I don't want to give her attention for it. Then, I eventually notice that it is disrupting other people, you know, the general public. So I usually quiet her. But I wish the other people would just deal with it. Hey world: IT'S A BABY. IT'S SUPPOSED TO CRY. Get over it.

Katherine T. Lauer said...

Great job on taking all the kids out by yourself! Sorry everyone stared at you.

Yes, I believe the Georgia Aquarium is worth it. We have been two or three times and it is truly wonderful, especially with your having slightly older children. Book tickets ahead of time if you can to save time standing in line.

Beth ( said...

I just saw your blog at the Homeschool Blog Awards and decided to come check you out. I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-)