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I have been soooo busy! Working full time is hard. Time flies and there isn’t much of it. Whew!

We did get a tree up and decorated and most of our Christmas shopping done. Yeah! I just wish there was more time for baking and decorating. Maybe we’ll get in at least one batch of sugar cookies. 🙂

We are still sniffling and coughing at our house. I actually have walking pnumonia (and can’t spell, heee, hee). I hope it will be gone by Christmas. I’m getting really tired of coughing, and coughing, and coughing…..

Looking forward to visiting family over the holidays, enjoyinging staff parties and the contagious excitement out at the school from all the little ones. Miss my friends bunches!!!

Love to you all!

(I apologize, this is long poorly written.)

Let’s see, I started out by sleeping in 30 min.longer than I was supposed to, then I went about my usual routine, forgetting that I was short some time. My carpets were driving me nuts. they were sooo dirty that I just had to vaccume before I ate breakfast which I then ended up not having time for so I grabbed a yogart to eat in the car. I bustled the kids out the door and told them to get in the car while I took the dog out back. (In the rush two of the kids forgot their jackets, and it was chilly.) When I returned. Nick had gotten in the car and locked the others out. Cristofer was yelling at him so that the whole neighborhood could hear him.

Finally Nick opened his door so Cris could get in, but Cris being miffed hit him on the way across to his seat. Nick started crying and hit Cris back and then was too upset to get his seat belt on. I’m running late so I don’t wait for the kids to buckle up. I take off trying to eat my yogart and console Nick at the same time. Nick needs help with his belt, but Cris is too mad to help. We pull on to the highway and I notice that Nick’s door is not shut! I yell at the boys to hurry and get Nick buckled so he won’t fall out the car. That convinced them to quickly work together. At some point Cristofer made the comment, ” I wish Papa would come home.” Oh, yeah, and Cristofer was holding a live snail he found on the sidewalk right before we got in the car. I could hear Aria exclaiming, “Oooh, look it’s trying to crawl away!”

We pulled into our parking spot at school and we made it into the building without anything more distressing than Cristofer whining for me to wait for him as he struggled to drag his extremely heavy book bag onto his shoulders. Whew, we made it. I took the kids to my room where I frantically signed a couple of planners and then rounded up a wet wipe to clean the snot off of Nick’s face (he has a cold). I wished them a good day and hugged them as they went to their classes.

My work day went ok. I had another schedule change to deal with today. I’ve decided to write my schedule down in pencil from now on. It keeps changing! The student I work with had a big weekend and was tired and grumpy. We got through the day though. After school a couple of my kids go to tutoring which doesn’t end until 4:30. I’ve decided to use this time to do some yoga or pilates in my room at school. Tomorrow I’m going to advertise and see if anyone would be interested in joining me.

It was almost 5:00 by the time we got home. I pulled out the pasta casserole Matt had fixed ahead of time for me. Ooops! I forgot I was supposed to get it out the night before to thaw! Well, I thought surely it won’t take that much longer to heat up. Wrong. It was 7:00 before I started setting the table. At that time the phone rang and it was Mom asking if she could drop off some clothes for the girls. I said sure.
When she got here I checked the casserole and it was still frozen in the middle!! I gave up. We had peanut butter sandwiches instead. Mom helped with the dishes which I really appreciated. I had the kids get ready for bed and we sat down to read a story. As I read we noticed some honking outside. It sounded far away, but it made me think someone was playing with a panic button to a car. I tried to ignore it as I read. Suddenly someone knocked on the front door. Their were some people out for a walk and they noticed a van parked in front of our house (Mom’s van) that had been honking when they walked by about a half hour earlier and it was still faintly honking! One of the kids accidently knocked Mom’s keys and hit the panic button. I don’t know why we didn’t notice it sooner. We checked with the neighbors and they didn’t notice either! Well, by the time Mom got it turned off the battery was dead. Dad had to come and jump it for her. Crazy. I got everyone to bed, wish I had bathed a couple, but oh well. Wheww, I hope tommorrow goes better. Sheesh.

I have a little garter snake sitting on my kitchen counter! He’s in a critter box. He’s so cute! He’s about 10 inches long and thin like a pencil. I’ve always wanted a pet snake. (So has Nick, he keeps informing me. 🙂 ) I don’t know how long we will keep it, but it sure is fun to watch and learn about. This would be pet number 11. Too many?

I guess snakes don’t eat bugs. Worms, slugs, frogs, toads, and fish are their main diet in the wild. An adult may occasionally eat a mouse or maybe another snake.

The kids caught a little frog and put it in the box with the snake. Immediately the snake made a grab for the frog. He caught it by the back leg but then let go. We wondered if the frog was too big for him. This morning the frog was gone and their is a suspicious bulge in the snake’s middle. I guess he won’t starve. 🙂

Correction: it is a western ribbon snake, smaller than garter snakes and eats a bit more selectively. It ate two tadpoles yesterday and it shed it’s skin! Cool!
Here is a picture from the MO Conservation site.
Now we’re trying to come up with a name for it. So far we have “Snakey”, “Stripey”, and “Gideon”. Hmmm…

Several months ago I saw an ad in a magazine for a wall hanging called a wall pocket. It is a similar idea to those wall boards with the criss crossed ribbons on them to put photos or notes etc. on. This one had pockets instead with a couple of ribbons holding it together along with upolstry tacks. I used the ad photo and came up with my own design. I used an inexpensive cork board and painted it with glossy acrylic paint and then used two contrasting fabrics to make the pockets. (You could also use a third fabric.) I tacked it to the board with pieces of gold and scarlet ribbon and the upolstry tacks. There was no sewing or gluing involved. (We’ll see if it holds together!) This was a lot of fun and pretty easy to do. I finished it in two afternoons, with interuptions and added on time for figuring out how to do it. 🙂

Here are some pics. (I need to touch up my paint job, as I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry all the way before I worked on it.) The second pic is natural lighting and shows the colors better, though it is a bit blurry.

This is what we had for breakfast this morning, we call it The Egg Thing.

The recipe is actually called a Dutch Baby, but I triple the recipe to feed the kids and I and bake it in a big pan instead of the iron skillet they suggest. My dad used to make this for my siblings and I on the weekends. We loved it, but it looks so strange! It seems to be growing and trying to escape the pan! Hence it bacame and will always be The Egg Thing to us.

We serve it with powdered sugar which soaks up the melted butter that settles on the top, yum!

Day 4 post surgery. Still giving meds every two hours. Tried to skip the motrin, bad idea. Acidentally skipped the motrin, bad idea. Longggggg weekend. Somehow in the middle of this I ended up with an intestinal bug. I am feeling a bit better today, but we are very tired at the Bowman house, including the siblings who have been woken up in the night by Nick’s crying. Keep us in your prayers. In the words of a favorite Disney character, I’m gonna “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” 🙂

P.S. If I don’t answer the phone I’m probably just napping. Will get back to you eventually.

I am listening to Wayne and Brad on The God Journey. They have a friend, guest speaker on who is talking about the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist. I am really enjoying it so far. I just had to do this quote, I thought it was so good…

For the first 200 years Christians held the Lord’s supper in thier homes around their own diningroom tables, there were no alters, there were no churches…what does that say about the nature of the Lord’s supper and the nature of the church?….The table upon which the Lord’s supper is spread is not the table where God sits and the world has to come to. It’s our table to which God comes to sit with us.

Wow. He comes to us!!!

Someone shared with me recently that they told someone that they should forgive or God would not forgive them. I knew this was something that Jesus said and so I looked up the scripture. Matthew 6:14. As I read this I began to think about the idea of “unconditional love”. I began to do some research and you know what, I am not sure that this is a biblical idea. As I looked at scriptures there seem to be “conditions”. Here is an article I ran into. How about some dialog! 🙂