Wednesday, March 16, 2011

chirp, knit, paint, draw, stir, pray!

So far, the second week of Lent has been just gorgeous. The weather has been balmy and warm, the birds are-a-chirping, and we seem to be falling into a lovely new routine. Less tv, less distraction, less junk food - more Jesus. Like our priest said, "We say no to ourselves, so we can learn to say yes to Jesus."
So in the less, we've received more. I've taken on knitting again and learned how to bind off (ok -re-learned to bind off) and most excitedly, I learned how to add another color yarn. Hannah and I have been playing with a little cross-stitch project, and I even have a project all ready for us to learn how to sew. We've been busy with all kinds of craftiness.

As for reading, I'm over half done with The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios. I was pretty ignorant of Hinduism and Eastern religions/philosophies besides some non-religious yoga for exercise so it's been an enlightening read. Some of the experiences the young man shares are down right creepy! It' not always the best thing to read before bed. But then I remember to make the sign of the cross and I can sleep in peace. :) The Elder Paisios is so captivating, and his love, care and patience for the young man so beautifully reflect the love of Christ Himself. Through his example I can see my own lack of love and grace. God help me, in my deficiencies.

My plan was to also read A Tale of Two Cities, but a hefty late-fee at the library has prevented me from going back to borrow. Some late movies and a missing Star Wars book really added up. Woops. Not a fun way to spend 25 bucks. So maybe later this week I'll pay up and be allowed to return as a welcome library patron, and get my next read on.

My pregnancy is going well. I'm feeling pretty good, though I'm starting to feel like even more of a home-body than I already am. Some friends at the park yesterday mentioned a trip to the Aquarium, to which I said, "I just really don't like the Aquarium. It's boring." But really anything right now, which does not involve a nearby couch, I feel an aversion to. It could have been the pregnancy talking. Or not. Ask me again in like, 8 months.

The kids are all doing well, thank God. After a couple months of seemingly unrelenting colds and illness, we are gratefully enjoying good health again. Hannah continues to do well with her lessons, and is happy to draw and read and sing all day (when she's not fighting with her brothers). James (when he is not pestering his siblings) has been learning to color in the lines - a novel idea! He continues to be my social butterfly and makes friends wherever he goes. He's especially sociable in his church Sunday school class where he and his little buddies have become quite the disruption. Phillip is growing and talking much more. He copies everything we say, including our scoldings of the other two kids. So immediately after we tell James, "James - that is NOT ok!" Phillip says, "Naje, NOT oh ay!"

Also, regarding Phillip, I am no longer the potty training champion of the world. We gave it a stab last week. Phillip sat on the potty for a good 15 minutes only to get up, walk to the play room and pee on the floor. FAIL. He just won't do it. After getting all worked up and angry at myself, I thought, why am I doing this? Is it the end of the world if we wait a little longer? Nope. So we're gonna come back to that another time. Hopefully before he goes to college.
In other failure news: Last night's soup was gross. I made a recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance for Corn Chowder. Jason said it was OK with lots of Tapatio. I thought it was just plain gross and too sweet. Hannah actually ate hers (because she was so hungry) but the boys barely touched theirs. I'm glad I had toasted some bagles and sliced some avocado. If I ever attempt it again, I think I'll half the corn, double the potatoes, omit the teaspoon of maple syrup and add roasted garlic. This time, I also made the recipe in my crockpot and ran it through the blender to make it more smooth, but I don't think that changed the flavor much.

So far the hits for vegan meals in our house are:

Veggie sandwiches
Big Middle-Eastern Salad with cous cous and chickpeas and lemon garlic dressing
Sunday's shrimp kabobs with cous cous (not vegan but lenten nonetheless)
potato tacos
mexican rice and bean burritos with guacamole

God bless your 40 days!


Blogger Mimi said...

What a sweet update, glad to hear things are going well. I need to read that book.
I'm sorry you aren't along on the read-along, but that's ok ;)

1:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle M. said...

I love reading your updates. I'm happy to know that things are going well for all of you. How many weeks are you now? I know we are just a week or two apart, but I can't remember your due date. We do pray for you and the child you carry every morning :)

3:52 PM  
Blogger Yara said...

Glad everyone is doing well. It was lovely seeing you yesterday!

4:09 PM  
Blogger jenny baker said...

i do enjoy your blogs :)

7:46 AM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

thanks mimi - don't give up on me... i might just get on the questions, just a bit late. :)

thanks for your prayers and your fam are in mine too.

jenny and yara - :D

12:19 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

How did I miss this blog post?? You're STILL the PTCOTW!

9:45 PM  
Blogger tifandtheboys said...

dude, knitting!!! nice.
it feels good to hear from you again. we have missed you!

10:32 PM  

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