Monday, January 12, 2009

random monday

Here's a few things going on around here.

--> Jake went back to school today and Danielle will next week. It's hard to remember what my house is like with them both gone. I love having them home but I'm also looking forward to a quieter, slower, more peaceful pace of life.

--> We've been playing a lot of Wii, and having a lot of fun. If you hear of someone who is playing a lot on a gaming console, you might think that they are wasting time and/or don't have a life. But I would argue against that as our game playing has actually been a wonderful family time.

One night we spent a couple of hours playing tennis, baseball, and bowling against each other. We only have two controllers so only two can play at one time. We play where the winner gets to stay while someone else challenges him/her. None of us are good enough to stay in the winner's spot so the players were always changing, but all of us were engaged in the game and the conversation. This was good, clean, cheap [after the cost of the console] family time that I would recommend for every family, with kids of any age.

An added bonus... it gets you moving - much better than sitting on the couch watching TV or reading.

--> Last night, we watched the first episodes of the new season of 24. If you don't watch 24, you just wouldn't understand how much the viewer loves this show. And we, the viewers, have been waiting over a year for this new season. The writer's strike of last year delayed it some and then the producers of the show decided to wait until January 2009. Why? I don't know or understand, but watching it last night was a real treat and you'll know where I'll be every Monday night.

--> I woke up to nearly 3" of snow on the ground and it's still snowing.

--> Don is heading up to Canada again tomorrow. Let's hope nothing happens like the last time he was up there.

--> Don and I have been asked to help our Pastor with a series of sermons on marriage. It was an honor to be asked as he said he can see that we have a good and Godly marriage. We will be celebrating our 28th anniversary here in another week or so.

I've been thinking about what could and/or should be said to encourage a man or woman in their marriage that is Biblically based. I have some ideas but if you have any thoughts or ideas, please leave them for me in a comment or email me. I'm sure there's things I wouldn't even think of so I would love to hear from you.


Christine said...

It is snowing on your page. At first I thought my eyes were going buggy so I took my glasses off and yes It is snowing for sure! Cool.

Everyday when I get up I remind myself that I will reap what I sow. If I plant weeds, I will reap weeds. I don't want a harvest of weeds and you wouldn't think that others would either.When I look around, I sure see a lot of them getting planted and then when things go bad people have a hard time understanding what went wrong.

We have been married just about 35 years and yes, I have planted the occasional weed. They are very hard to get rid of once planted especially if you let it take root.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

We were huddled around the TV last night for 24 too. We've missed it!

kailani said...

I've been playing Animal Crossing for Wii and I am totally hooked! I can't wait till Girlie Girl goes to school in the morning so I can have the Wii all to myself. LOL!

Penless Thoughts said...

How wonderful that you & Don have been asked to do the marriage talks. That does speak highly of your marriage!!! Sounds like you have a wonderful, close neat family. Two of our 4 kids have WII's.

barb said...

Fun to hear what is going on in your life.

Wii sounds great. I have some friends that also love it.

Snow at your house and it's quite windy and in the high 80's here.

Jamey said...

We love our Wii!! We have been enjoying Rock Band and Guitar Hero. I really want Wii soon as I can find one!

We don't watch 24 but I have a friend that loves it. I might have to start watching it. It does sound good!

I hope you don't get too lonely once both kids are gone again. Will they both be home for the summer?

Mrs4444 said...

Well, maybe it's a good idea to look at your spouse as a gift from God and to always treat him/her as such, even if you sometimes would like to return it? :)

Snowing here, too....

Momma Roar said...

Today's picture is BEAUTIFUL!!

We've been big 24 fans - but I didn't think we'd get into this year. We didn't watch last night, but I did watch 1 1/2 hours of it tonight and I think I'm hooked. I just like trying to figure out who is bad!!!

How wonderful to be used to share with other couples! I think one of the things I learned is that prayer works much more than nagging. Instead of me nagging hubby to change, sometimes, the Lord uses those times of prayer, to change me!!

MightyMom said...

hug often, laugh daily, pray constantly.

any questions?

(short speech, huh)

Lori said...

Glad you are having fun times with your kids home...playing the WII.

We don't have one yet..but Derek wants one.

I haven't watched 24 before. May have to check it out sometime.

Enjoy the rest of your time with your kids at home.

It is snowing here too.
I loved having the kids and Al home yesterday afternoon due to blowing snow.

Melissa said...

We use the Wii for family gaming too. It's fun to hear everyone tease and laugh together :)

Advice? I started writing my advice... but it got VERY LONG! I'm gonna email it too you!

Sending a prayer for Don to have a safe trip to Canada!!!

Karen said...

My son brought a Wii home while he's staying here for six weeks. My husband and the kids have had a great time playing guitar hero.

It is truly an honor that you've been asked to do the class on marriage. Advice? Here's something from a guy's point of view. When we were married (25 years ago in June), one of our friends penned a short, simple note in a card. DH says it's the one piece of advice he's remembered all these years. "Just be good to each another." DH is a man of few words, so maybe that's why it stuck with him. Simple but true.

I think you were looking for Biblical references, but I'm not well versed in scripture!