Sunday, December 28, 2008


My husband and I went on a date this afternoon to the movies. This doesn't happen all that often. Usually we are disappointed in the movie we see, but this time we were very impressed. We saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire. This is an outstanding movie!!! The movie takes place in India, which of course is close to our hearts. The story line is pure genius. This movie touches on so many subjects and emotions. It is a love story mixed with sacrifice, survival, abuse, betrayal, greed, corruption, poverty, perseverance, which leave you speechless.

With having traveled to India a short time ago several scenes from the movie were like flashbacks for us. I would highly recommend this movie. It is violent and has a bit of language, but the storyline and basis of the movie overrides all of that. I would be curious to see what your take is on this movie if you see it.

Here is the description of the movie -

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...
Production Status:
An illiterate kid looks to become a contestant on the Hindi version of Who Wants to be A Millionaire in order to re-establish contact with the girl he loves, who is an ardent fan of the show.
Art/Foreign, Comedy, Drama, Adaptation and Teen
Running Time:
2 hrs.
Release Date:
November 12th, 2008 (limited)
MPAA Rating:
R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Friday, December 26, 2008


The snow this year is definitely memorable!!! I have lived here my entire life and haven't seen this much snow and have it last this long. It never snows this much in our neck of the woods. This year for the first time on Christmas day there was snow falling from the sky and snow all over the ground. I love the snow!!! It is so beautiful and pure. Snow reminds me of the song that says...." sin has left a crimson stain, HE washed it white as snow" Thank you Jesus for your saving grace!!

The boys were so excited to see how much snow there was
Martin is holding a knife because he had to cut through the ice
so the yard stick would go to the ground for an accurate reading.
Just about 12" of snow. AMAZING!

Luke is holding a sheet of ice. It snowed and then we got
freezing rain and about 1/4" of ice and then more snow on top.
It is going to take quite a bit of time before this all melts.

This is the view from my kitchen window. I love to look
at the beautiful snow while I am cooking away in the kitchen.

This is the view from our front room window..oh so pretty!

Another view

Silly photos by Martin

There is NEVER a dull moment at my house! I love it that we have so much fun!

For the life of me I CANNOT do this!!

Crazy boys!

The boys took the camera and this is what I got when I downloaded some photos from the camera. I tried to figure out what it was at first then I realized they were simply falling face first into the floor...who wouldn't think that was fun....right??? I thought they did a good job of capturing the action!

The fall

The result

Again, the fall

Again, the result.

Christmas Caroling

Our homeschool group went to a care facility this year and sang Christmas carols to the residents. We also brought a craft the kids prepared the week before and had cookies to hand out to the residents too! It was fun and the residents really enjoyed it.

The boys practicing a bit before we left.

The group singing their hearts out.

The residents enjoying the singing and the visit
from the children.

Christmas tree fun

The wonderful things about having a fake tree is you can set it up whenever you want. It is a bummer we can't go and have the whole tree cutting experience, but I have 2 members of the family allergic to Christmas trees :-( Martin is one of them. This way he is able to help decorate the tree. The boys were old enough this year to put the entire tree together and decorate it will just a little help. Iput on the lights with the help of Luke and Darin put the star on top....I couldn't reach! The boys did a great job.

Excited to put the tree up.

taking a rest since he wasn't tall enough to do the top branches

Let the decorating begin

They needed a bit of help putting the decoration up high.
The boys told me where they wanted me to hang them and
I put them up for them.

Darin had to put the star on top.


This video made me laugh!! There are so many gifts out there that are nearly impossible to wrap. I for one am thankful for gift bags!! The pants crack me up and I love the back-up dancers shoes too! Enjoy :-)

Monday, December 22, 2008


(this is a stock photo, not from my bathroom, but this gives you a good visual to the below event)

This morning at 8:20 a.m. I hear my boys laughing hysterically. I go to see what is going on. In the bathroom I find my two boys by the toilet. They had taken the end of the toilet paper roll and put it in the toilet and flushed the toilet and watched as the toilet paper roll spun out of control as the toilet water sucked it down the drain. After half the roll was gone I informed them that that could very well cause a major clog and lets not do it anymore. They laughed and said, "but Mom, it's SO AWESOME!!!!" Boys will be boys :-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I really enjoyed this video. I am still in shock that several people lost their lives on Black Friday so desperate to obtain the "best deal", "the must have present" very sad that a material item was more important than a human life.
This video gives a very powerful message.

Friday, December 05, 2008


We celebrated our son's 10th birthday the first weekend in November. Of course, the party was a skating party. This boy LOVES to skate. I can't believe Martin is already 10. The years go by so fast!! Martin says to me on his birthday "Hey mom, I'm an entire decade old!" Yikes, put that way it REALLY sounds old. Happy birthday son, we love you!!

Spinning the Birthday Wheel - Won an extra-large Icee!
As if there wasn't enough sugar at this party.

The monkey race game. Martin is on the right side
of the photo in the lead. He plays this game any chance
he gets.

12 kids at a skate party is quite the

Blowing out the 10 candles on the birthday donut.

Martin was allowed to light his own candles this year
and was pretty EXCITED about it!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Today makes the 11 month marker of our adoption process. I can't believe it has already been that long. It is strange at times to think that one day we will finally have a little girl running around our home. I often think of how different situations will play out. We sit at the dinner table and imagine the high chair that will be holding our little girl, going out to a restaurant and knowing someday we will ask for a table of 5 not 4, knowing that there will be 3 kids in the back seat of our car, instead of just 2, and on and on it goes. I know in my heart that our daughter will come when the time is right, but to be honest there are times when I wonder if it will ever really happen.

I have been having a VERY difficult time waiting lately. This is a problem, because I don't even have a referral yet! When I actually have a photo of my little princess I know that the wait will just be that much harder. At the moment I am very frustrated with getting the approval of our I-800A form. It has been 5 months since we sent in our paperwork, we have been fingerprinted in August, and still no approval. I have spent countless hours on the phone and have sent countless emails and am growing weary. It is frustrating when you always get a different answer to your questions. At this point it appears that there might be a light at the end of this very long and dark tunnel. I want so badly to control things, but know there is only so much I can do. I know I need to get used to the waiting and all the snags along the way, but it is so hard when our baby girl is on the other end of this enormous amount of paperwork.

At this point all I can say is (sing the below to the song "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth"

IS MY I-800A,
MY I-800A,
MY I-800A

MY I-800A

I WILL and DO wish you all a Merry Christmas even if it doesn't come.


I found this website a few months back and love it! You play a game of math, vocabulary, art, geography, etc. and for each correct answer you choose, 20 grains of rice is donated to feed the hungry. I have really enjoyed adding this into our homeschool days. It is a great and fun way to help improve, review, and learn different subjects, while allowing my children to take part in helping the millions of hungry people around the world. If you want to keep your brain sharp, have fun, and feed the hungry all at the same time check out