School Pictures

Posted On September 22, 2007

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My mom thinks that even though we homeschool we should still have school pictures. My sister-in-law is in a co-op that takes really cute pictures for each family and I heard several times how it was unfortunate my kids didn’t get that at our co-op. SOOO, Mom, here are some pictures of the Orme Homeschool Academy.

Ethan ~ Preschool ~ Mrs Orme’s Class

Ethan ~ Preschool ~ Mrs Orme’s Class

Sam ~ Kindergarten ~ Mrs Orme’s Class

Sam ~ Kindergarten ~ Mrs Orme’s Class

Noah ~ 3rd Grade ~ Mrs Orme’s Class

Noah ~ 3rd Grade ~ Mrs Orme’s Class

Here were some other pictures… it was such a beautiful day and we were loving being in our backyard!!!

That’s My Husband…

Posted On September 20, 2007

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Brian was featured in Cedarville University’s first Alumni e-news… you can read here. I’ve always known of his writing talent because for years he did it in secret… but I got letters and poems that no one else saw. So when he went into ministry, I knew it would be a matter of time before he would be using it in that field as well. Its just neat to see what other people are saying about him and his writings. Brian’s parents also said that one of their pastors at their church referred to one of his articles in his sermon the other day, too. I guess we as women not only get proud of our kids, we get proud of our husbands too!

Here’s to a New Start

Posted On September 18, 2007

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I never thought I would love doing a colon cleanse, but I do. I’m weird that way. I am feeling very, very good. I have a ton of energy and the sluggishness is not there at 3 in the afternoon. I feel I can think clearer and really focus. There’s another bonus I feel is attributed to the cleanse too, but its a female thing and I won’t blog about it, but it was definitely a good thing. I’ll be done by Monday, but I am tempted to go back to TJ’s (Trader Joe’s) and purchase another one and do one more. We’ll see.

Also last night, Brian and I watched Supersize Me a film by Morgan Spurlock… it was a documentary of his life on a 30-day McDonald’s diet ~ you can read about it here… his health completely was crashing after the 30 days.He became depressed, had headaches, tired and gained 25 pounds in one month. I think with all the carbs, he had ingested 35 pounds of sugar over that time as well. I know the diet is extreme and most people don’t eat that much fast food in a month, but the message is clear… its not good for you! I highly recommend the movie.

Brian and I were convinced… we are done with it, that being fast food ~ not that we frequented it a lot, but enough, I’m sure. And a good thing happened too after watching the show, Brian said he’s giving up his diet pop!! I have been pushing this for a long time… the effects of artificial sweetners are terrible.

So we’re off… here’s our smoothie recipe from this morning…

Healthy (don’t tell my kids) Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup of organic frozen strawberries

1 cup of Stoneyfield organic yogurt

2 teaspoons of fresh, ground organic flaxseed

1 tablespoon of organic, raw, extra-virgin coconut oil

A few splashes of OJ

1 packet Coromega (high DHA Omega-3/fish oil supplement for kids)

Scrubba-Dub-Dub

Posted On September 11, 2007

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If you know me, then you know I love anything health… now, that doesn’t mean I adhere to every specific nutritional guidelines 24/7, but I do strive to feed myself and my family healthy. Brian knew I was a little tired yesterday and told me to hit the road and spend some time to myself. I rarely turn those opportunities down. So I left and after a couple errands found myself curled up in a leather chair, sipping a delicious Seattle’s Best, reading The Weight Loss Cure by Kevin Turdeau at Border’s Books. It was a very interesting read, but the cure basically is giving yourself hcG injections (that is the hormone found in pregnant woman’s urine)… don’t think I’ll be collecting any of that right now. Doctors don’t like to prescribe it in the US so people (ie: royalty and celebrities) are traveling overseas to get themselves some. Sounds convincing, but I’ll stick to the old fashion way of losing weight.

So all through his book you read about whole body cleanses, liver cleanses, colon cleanses, etc… basically everyone that eats American foods (mostly fast food or out of a box or from a beefed-up cow) have an over-abundance of toxins in their system. This causes a slew of problems ~ weight problems, slow metabolism, brain fog, parasites, etc. Well, I decided to get my little kit last night at my favorite spot… Trader Joe’s. I started it before I went to bed and as I’ve heard before the detox “scrubs” your intestines clean. I literally felt the scrubbing through the night… no cramping or pain, just scrubbing. Its a two-week cleanse so I’m waiting to see how full of toxins I am (based on the side effects) and how good I feel after its over.

I did a cleanse last summer during our vacation Bible school and had some terrible effects only to find out I was probably highly toxic. I did feel much better after the cleanse. So its that time again. We’ll see how it goes.

Soccer & Good Friends

Posted On September 7, 2007

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Well, the soccer season is well underway and Brian and I couldn’t be happier in the crowd. We love soccer. Baseball was definitely more of a stretch for us to sit through a whole season. But soccer we are definitely pumped up for. Ethan and Sam are playing too and that is a trip. Ethan, our most athletic child, cries on the sidelines with me and says he’s too tired to play while Sam, our least athletic child, is playing his heart out and doing great. Oh well, its fun anyway! Noah is doing great too. He loves the fact he gets to “travel” this year with an all-boy team.

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Last Friday, I spent the day at my dear friend’s, Ruth, house. As usual she had a wonderful lunch prepared for us and a craft for the boys to do. We have so much in common even though she is 12 years older than me, I consider her one of my dearest friends. She’s like a sister I never had. Our biggest bond besides being Christians and RN’s, is the fact that we homeschool our boys. She is very laid back, but gets things done. She definitely has a perfect balance of being a loving mom, homemaker, teacher to her sons and she also works 26 hours every weekend. Proverbs 31 woman comes to mind. She is consistently reminding me to not stress out over little things.

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Here’s Ruth doing the craft… Life Saver Airplanes.

And lastly, we are finally done with our new school room. It took a lot of work plus buying a new pyramid bunk bed for the boys, a full-size mattress and the bedding to go along with that. But it is done and let me tell you it was worth every drop of sweat we put into it. The boys love the room and they love their own space. I actually know what I have and where it is now. We have accumulated a lot of good books and craft supplies over the last year and a half so it is nice to actually have it in plain view. Now getting the boys to sleep at night is another stress, but at least the school thing is working out for now!

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