Jun 30, 2008

Daniel bought a digital camera...

Before you get all excited, it's a digital spy camera from wild planet that he got on sale at Target. It only holds 18 pictures at a time, so we have to download it very often. But it is cool and does take fairly good pictures for a "toy".

Jun 9, 2008

Q: What is the first thing you expect a bank teller to be able to do?

A: Count your money accurately!!!

Today I had to make a small deposit of cash, rolled coins, and a money order at the local bank that I use mainly for buying and selling homeschool curriculum.

It was the first day of a merger, so I'll give them some slack for computer problems, learning a new system etc.

BUT, it took 2 tellers 10 minutes to count my deposit of less than $100. My 10 year old was in with me and she kept telling them how much it added up to. They had to re-count several times and kept getting the wrong total!!

Object lesson: kids, this is why I make you practice counting money and giving back accurate change at home. This is why you do your own transactions when you're buying something.

BUT, I did remain calm and gracious, which was not my temperment, my God working in me. So, will we drop this bank? I think I'll give them several more chances.

At least their web banking was easy and accurate!

Jun 4, 2008

Sarah's 10th Birthday

We celebrated Sarah's 10th birthday this past Sunday. We had both sets of grandparents, 8 kids plus our 2, 2 sets of parents and 2 single gals, for a total of 20 people!

She had a great time playing dodge ball, having a super- soaker fight, icing cupcakes, watching "Pinky and the Brain".

We started after church with lunch around 1 and had folks here until 8. Most of them left by 5, but we had also offered to "babysit" one families kids so they could have a church meeting.

It was a tiring, busy, fun day. After all, 10 is special, it's the first time you have 2 digits in your age.

Thanks to Karl for manning the grill, I kept forgetting and the dogs would've been burnt.
Thanks to my Mom for the photos, I'll get a digital camera one of these days.
Thanks to Pam for helping with the cupcakes,

Especially, Thanks to everyone for giving up Sunday afternoon naps, letting their kids get way too tired, wet, full of sugar, over-stimulated watching goofy cartoons, and whatever else they got into.

It was a wonderful day, full of fun, no fights, laughter and conversation.

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Replacing Fiber Rush Chair Seats

This week I am replacing the seats in 2 of our dining room chairs. These chairs are hand crafted by a man in Spruce Pine, NC and were part of our wedding present from Davids parents.

Unfortunately, when we first got married, I had a calico cat that decided to use 2 of the chair seats for her scratching post. Add to that the daily, constant use that the chairs see, and it was way past time to fix them. I've had the information about how to do it for quite a while. I also had some free material to use that my friend Wanda gave me before they moved.

So, Memorial Day, when David was home, I decided to tear one of the chairs down and give it a try. It's not hard, but it is tiring and hard on my sore shoulder. So the test chair gave me a good idea of what to do, I ran out of material, and couldn't finish the job.

Tuesday, I placed an order for more supplies from my wonderful basketry supplier. http://www.ncbasketworks.com/ and by Wednesday afternoon my supplies were here.

I didn't do anything else until yesterday, Sarah's birthday party was Sunday afternoon and that took precedent until then. More about that later.

So today and tomorrow, I plan on getting both chairs done. My mom wants to come down and learn the technique in case she ever needs to do any for their ministry with JAARS.

Here is a picture from the website of this type of chair seat.

What do you think? When I checked on having this done 2 years ago, the price started at $50 per chair. At the time I thought it was a ridiculous price. Now that I've had a tiny bit of experience, I totally agree with the price, and would probably charge more!