Monthly Archives: September 2008

Computer Woes


Ok, so this is really random, and not at all what I usually post on my blog, but I couldn’t resist. My mom sent me this tonight, and being a person who both loves and despises her computer I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Hope it gives you a chuckle!

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, 

‘If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.’ 

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: 

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash…….. 
Twice a day. 

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car. 

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this. 

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine. 

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads. 

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single ‘This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation’ warning light. 

7. The airbag system would ask ‘Are you sure?’ before deploying. 

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna. 

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none o f the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 

10. You’d have to press the ‘Start’ button to turn the engine off. 


What A Week!


This past week was very busy! In it we celebrated Isabelle’s sixth birthday, and thus I am no longer the mother of five children five and under. Isabelle is a delight, and as a fresh six year old is reading as much as I could imagine. She’s turned into a book worm like mommy, and is currently loving Bobbsey Twins books and the like. Hence I am facing a new dilemna. I once had this grand theory that I would pre-read the books my girls read, making sure they were reading good things. But this child goes through a full size book every two days, and I certainly can’t keep ahead of that. Soooo, if anyone would care to recommend their favorite books for little ones to read alone, which they don’t have any objections to, please feel free to do so! 

Daddy took Isabelle to have her ears pierced, which she is quite thrilled about, even though they’re still a bit sensitive. And she is (as are we) also thrilled with the gifts she was given, in particular a special one we got for her. She had asked for over a year for a real bow and arrow, and we decided to get her this little archery set along with a set of extra arrows. Since it’s not a suction cup toy set, we have to make sure she’s shooting only in the proper area (we set up a little range with stacked straw bales for a great target), and only with supervision, or if her little sisters aren’t outside at the time, but we’re so glad we chose this one. We have been VERY impressed with the quality of this bow and arrows, especially considering the price. It’s made by Bear Archery, which is a very respectable archery company, not a toy company, and is made for 3-7 year olds, so the draw weight and length are perfect for her.  We must admit, we enjoy it as much as her, and sometimes want to sneak out for some archery practice. It’s definitely a sport we enjoy together!

Other exciting news this week is that our horse, Farah has arrived. We couldn’t be more pleased with her! She is adorable, but even more than that, her temperment is amazing! This is a yearling Arabian we’re talking about, and they can tend to be on the "hotter" side. Not Farah – she is the most level-headed, calm and sweet horse I could have hoped for. She’s not dull by any means – she enjoys exploring her new surroundings and such – but she is so very calm that it continues to amaze me. She also seems to be pretty happy with us. Even without a lead, she’ll just follow us around the arena if we’re in there. I think she will be the perfect family horse as she grows, and we are quite taken with her. I’ll get some pictures up when I get a chance!

I need to get some sleep, so I shall close for tonight with a very random quote. It is from the movie Sleeping Beauty, and it makes me laugh every time the girls watch that movie.  We women can be fickle, even in our cartoon princess version!

Aurora: "Goodbye!"

Prince: "But . . . when will I see you again?"

Aurora, in all her princess-like drama: "Oh, never, never!"

Prince, shocked and disappointed: "Never?"

Aurora: "Well, maybe someday. . . "

Prince: "When, tomorrow?"

Aurora: "Oh no! This evening!"

There you have it, folks: goofy quotes that make Melissa laugh, especially when she’s tired!

Last Vacation Pictures


In answer to a question about my schedule post below, EOW means every other week, SOTW means Story of The World, by Bauer (it’s world history in story form. Eventually I would love to get Mystery Of History, but this is a nice overview for us as long as I *discuss* certain things as I read aloud). Rod and Staff refers (this year) to their first grade workbooks. Isabelle and Hannah love workbooks, color pages and the like, so we have Rod & Staff workbook pages for math, penmanship, and music – very simple, good practice for them, and they enjoy it. Milly Molly Mandy rerfers to a group of wonderful little stories we love to read, and a neat little study guide to go with them published by Veritas press, which is just at Isabelle’s level. I’ll try to make a better post with all of our school books later. But here are the last of our vacation photograph for now.

  Isabelle, having made her own "camp fire"

The girls hanging out with their cousin Teddy.
Lunch with the family after church
The Youngs have been our dearest friends for years  – we were so happy to enjoy a few days with them on our trip! As you can see, we were vastly outnumbered by our little ones!
Naomi having fun getting all prettied up with Miss Katie.
More special times with wonderful friends! The girls had so much fun playing with their California buddies.
Alyssa loves Grandma Anna and cousin Sarah!
Enjoying some snuggle-time with Grandpa Jon.
Uncle Tim helping the girls to feed the fish in his pond.
We enjoyed McKinley Park in Sacto with some friends.
Cute Juliette!
Mommy and Hilary, Joseph and Alyssa – all those blondies except for me!
Hilary is one of my dearest friends as well, and though we missed the whole family pictures together with our two Matt husbands, I’m so glad we have some pictures of us mommies with the kids!
Cousin Timothy makes a friend for life – he gave the babys some yummy food!
The girls watching movies with their big cousin Chris.
Flamingos at the zoo – we have no such things around here, so the Sacramento Zoo was a treat!
Silly girls!
I love giraffes!
Don’t know why, but I really like this picture  Zebras are so intereresting!
Isabelle "on safari"
It was such a hot day that most of animals, sadly, were hiding. The girls did get to see a tiger up close, though!
Isabelle said, "Now we’ve seen Sher Khan, we’d better go look for Aslan!" Alas, Aslan was determined to hide that day!
Fun times on a wonderful trip!

Autumn Schedule


Now that we’re getting ready to start school again, I’ve made my new *written routine* for this autumn. I try to say that rather than schedule, since I rarely use it as a schedule. These are the things I generally do, but I don’t stress if I miss one or more of them on a given day. And some days I switch the whole thing around (like yesterday, for speech therapy). It’s just a way to get my thoughts onto paper, and show me what I have time for so I won’t try to add a bunch of other projects or activities, and likewise so I won’t go through a week feeling like I don’t have time to do any projects at all! Writing my routine down always helps me to feel a bit less scattered.


 Our days (except Sunday) together In Autumn, Year  Of Our Lord 2008

             600 I wake, read Bible, Pilates, dress, computer time, school prep,breakfast

820 Wake girls, dress/hair/teeth, morning chores, baby bottle, girls breakfast. While they eat, review calendar & weekly ladylike habit. Tidy and set up school after breakfast. Alyssa back to bed. 

1000 School Time: run, hop, dance, etc. between sections to get energy out. Can vary order: One hour table time for phonics, writing, speech therapy (Nao and Juli can sit at table with school games or play quietly in living when not their turn); 30 minutes circle time for Bible & memory verse, church liturgy practice, catechism, prayer, & Bible story; 50 min couch time read alouds for Science stories, picture books, longer story books and History stories if time. *Crafts if time.

*Monday at ranch; Saturday: make bread and cookies/arts and crafts with girls, they choose fun books to read. EOW read SOTW on Saturday so I can grocery shop Thursday at 4.

1230 Wake Alyssa, tidy together with girls while baby plays.

100 Make lunch.  Isabelle may play Bella Sara, Hannah Rod&Staff, Baby playpen with bottle, movie or school game/playmobil for Juli and Naomi.  Girls help to set table, then may color.

130 Eat lunch, girls clear their dishes, Belle vaccuums,then Rod&Staff or Milly Molly Mandy paper,  Hannah may play Bella Sara, little three free play if happy together. Girls may color, too.

200 Juli down for nap, baby plays on floor, laundry and sing with the big three girls.

230 Naomi quiet play/rest on couch, Belle and Hannah school: Math 2 days, French 1 day, Music or drawing 1 day  Baby plays on floor or playpen till ready for nap.

 300 Everyone to nap/reading rest. Belle reads Bible first. Me: 30 min project or read/ 30 minutes rest

400 Big girls up, tea time, read SOTW, defrost meat, finish laundry or school if needed.  Shop EO Thu.

430 Juli up, all play outside, mommy practice guitar, Isabelle empty garbage cans at end of play time.

520 Start dinner, girls’ chair time except dinner helper, Belle/Hannah may do school papers; after dinner prep play outside till dinner.

630 Dinner (manners/dinner games), then girls with Matt for baths, pjs and play while I finish dinner dishes/Matt’s lunch & coffee.

800 Family time: Bible, story, pray, sing. Then four girls to bed; dinner helper stays up late for special time (each girl has a day for this each week).

900 All girls in bed; my time with Matt. We have nights we try to read, play a game, practice guitar, watch a movie, or get to bed early, among other evening things

Bed by 10:30 (in theory – I usually mess up this part of the schedule!)

*Dinner ideas: Saturday tacos; Sunday Rotisserie & mashed potatoes; Monday: chicken & rice (soy sauce chicken, pinto bean, or mushroom); Tuesday Spanish rice; Wednesday chicken,potatoes&carrots, Thursday enchiladas, Friday pork&rice.

More Holiday Pictures

After enjoying the beach for a week, we played tourist for a little while. We were able to visit some of our old favorite haunts, and explore some new ones, like the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Here are some of our touristy pictures:
Matt especially loved the aquarium, and he took ever so many pictures of amazing sea life!
Here are the "babies" getting a bit weary -we just loved the facial expressions!
Visiting Mickinley Park with some friends
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More from the aquarium
My favorite were the penguins!

We went to the Boardwalk where the girls got to go on real carnival rides! 

We celebrated Alyssa’s birthday with lots of ice cream at Leatherby’s!
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