Monthly Archives: June 2012

Moving Day!

To most people, MoViNg DaY consists of packing up boxes and hauling furniture into a U-Haul or Budget truck.  When our moving truck pulled into the yard last week, this is what it read:

That’s right!  We MOVED our house!  Let me tell ya, God works in such amazing ways.  There is no way we would have made this decision if God didn’t make it so easy on us.  He guided us every step of the way and the outcome was better than we could have ever planned on our own.

In the upcoming months I will be sharing pictures of the process, the work required to make it happen, our definition of “moving”, and all the other crazy things I did (like giving our kitchen a major facelift only a couple weeks before the move!).

It has been an unforgettable time of our life, but like I said in a previous post, we’ve done well at soaking it all in and making the best of the chaos.

I look forward to sharing this with you!  Be sure to check in next Friday for more!

~Lara

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Follow Your Heart and Use Your Head

For the past two summers I have enrolled my son in a swim school that offers phenomenal programs to teach children how to swim.  He has a summer birthday so it is always hard for me to decide what age group I want him to be with.  Last summer I put him with the 3 year olds even though he was turning 4 because it was his first experience swimming, but this summer I decided to put him with the 5 year olds since he did so well last year.  What I didn’t factor in was that by moving him to the 5 year olds I was taking him out of the smaller pool where he can reach the bottom and putting him in the bigger pool where he has to rely on his swimming ability.  After 3 days of swim school I was already regretting my decision.  Nicholas was giving me a hard time about going in the morning and kept saying he wanted to go back to the little pool.

That night I told my husband I was going to talk to the director and get Nicholas switched into the younger group with the 4 year olds so that he could go back into the smaller pool.  I tossed and turned all night thinking I had made a terrible decision and that I just wanted to make everything better.  I guess the PrOtEcTiVe MoMmY in me had gone into overdrive because I couldn’t wait to get to swim school and fix everything for my little boy.  When we got to swim school the following morning I decided that rather than just go to the director and switch Nicholas I should talk to his instructors first and get their opinion.  As a teacher I always encouraged parents to come to me with questions or concerns so I thought following my own advice might be a good idea.  Nicholas’ instructors assured me that he was swimming with a group of children who are at a level that is perfect for him.  They also reminded me that it was Nicholas who expressed interest in swimming in his very first race that same week and he even came in first place.  Dropping him to the younger group would allow him to touch the bottom of the pool and make him more comfortable,  but it also would never have given him the opportunity to rise to the ChAlLeNgE and SuCcEeD!

I guess in the case of parenting it is important to FoLlOw YoUr HeArT and UsE YoUr HeAd!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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{Family Favorite Recipe Book}

Live-It List item #7 – Compile a recipe book of family favorite recipes.

Check!!

Here’s a peek at my recipe book from Shutterfly consisting of my family’s favorite recipes.

Hopefully Sophia and Isabella will keep the traditions going…

A childhood favorite German recipe – Shooten Kraphlen.

I included pics of the family cooking….

and cookies…

and family traditions…

I went to shutterfly.com to make my book, but you can make a homemade version by using page protectors and inserting your favorite recipes.

Happy Cooking and Baking!!

:)

Robynn~

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Easiest Way to Shuck Corn

Take a second and check out this video!  If you love eating corn on the cob, this is the COOLEST and EASIEST way to shuck corn!

http://www.wimp.com/shuckcorn/

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Happy Summer!

~Lara

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Easy Patriotic Windsocks

Here is an easy craft to get your kids excited and involved in decorating for July 4th celebrations!

Save old cans (only use if your can opener leaves smooth edges that are safe for children) and purchase spray paint that can be used on metal.

Use acrylic paint to add designs!

Use a large nail to make holes in the top for a string to hang your windsock.

Attach patriotic ribbon (from dollar store) with a glue gun on the inside of the can.

ENJOY!

My kids loved painting the designs on the cans and Nicholas did all of the hammering to make the holes for the string on top!  For under $10.00 we made 6 tin can windsocks to decorate for the 4th and lots of MeMoRiEs!

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{Speak No Evil}

Canvas by Lara

WorKiNg On tHiS oNe.

:)

Robynn~

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Happy Father’s Day From Suede Sofa!!

The movie CoUrAgEoUs has really had an impact on Lara and I.  So much so, we are working our way through the book Courageous For Women together.  (Published by the writers of the movie. You can find a link to the book and movie at the end of this post.)  If you have not seen the movie and you asked me to sum it up in one sentence it would be:  Have the courage to do the right thing.

Although this movie focuses on fatherhood, having the ChArAcTeR to be courageous applies to all of us.

In what area do you need to step it up?  In your parenting?  In your marriage?  In your thought life?  In your diligence on the job?  In your faithfulness to others?  In your FaiThFuLnEsS to God?
I love this song from the movie and would like to DeDiCaTe it to all the fathers in my life – my dad, my husband, my father-in-law, the men who are like second dad’s to me and most of all, the Greatest Dad ever – who has left the perfect example of what a real Father is – Father God.
We at Suede Sofa wish you a wonderful Father’s Day!!
:) Robynn~

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I Am…Going to Culinary School

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A Tradition of Giving

This past weekend my son went to a 5th birthday party for his friend, but instead of bringing a present for the Birthday Boy, he brought a bathing suit that will be donated along with a sackful of others to children who until now didn’t own a bathing suit of their own.  My friend Bridget started a tradition in her family where her boys choose a charity to collect items for in lieu of gifts at their birthday parties.  I was so ImPrEsSeD with the uniqueness of this idea that I had to share it with all of you!  I hope it will touch your HeArTs as it has mine and that maybe you will start a similar tradition with your children as I plan to do with my kids in the future!

Cael with all of the bathing suits he is donating to the children who attend Camp Hope NJ!

RoByN: What first gave you the idea to collect something for charity in lieu of gifts at your kid’s birthday parties?
BrIdGeT: The idea really came just because they have so many toys and what more could they possibly get??? We like to have big parties, but I (selfishly) couldn’t stand the thought of another 20+ toys in the house.
RoByN: Did your boys give you a hard time at first?
BrIdGeT: They never had a problem with it (surprisingly). They are given a choice of a big party with donations or a special birthday experience with 2 friends.  They always choose the party.  We then take some time to find a charity that they are excited about donating to.  Of course, they still get presents from us and our families.
RoByN: How did you hear about Kids4Kids Project Camp Hope, the camp that your son chose to collect swim suits for at his recent birthday party?
BrIdGeT: We heard about Kids4Kids Camp Hope through my older son’s school.  They were collecting suits this spring for the camp and it seemed to be a great fit for a summer birthday.
RoByN: What other charities have you donated to in the past for others who are looking for ideas to get started?
BrIdGeT: We have donated to The Pajama Program, Toys for Tots, and  I also looked into toy donations for The Valerie Fund.
RoByN: What do you hope the children attending the parties will learn from bringing something for someone in need?
BrIdGeT:  My kids have learned that it actually makes them pretty happy to help other people.  It’s the reminder they need once in a while to show them how fortunate they truly are.  There are so many great charities that the kids can relate to so that they are excited when the donations come in.  Cael was so happy yesterday to see that someone donated an Angry Birds bathing suit!  So I’m hoping other kids will learn that giving to others can also make them pretty happy too!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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{100 Zillion}

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So, a couple of days ago I told my girls to go upstairs and clean their room and play-area while I cleaned the downstairs.  Although we frequently talk about working with DiLiGeNt hands, this day left much to be desired.

As we were cleaning, my 6-year old came down to the landing and as she talked to me {NiNe} steps below where she stood, she had the audacity to tell me that she does way more work than I do and I don’t work at all!!

Yes, I should have told her I would address that comment in a few minutes after I had let off about 80,000 psi of steam!!  But I didn’t.  I marched up those {nine} steps and dealt with that sassy, disrespectful, little attitude right there on the spot.  I’m sure my eyes were bugging out and my head bobbing side to side as I informed her that I did “100 ZiLLiOn” more things than she ever did.  (Yes, I really did say that before I could even think about what was coming out of my mouth.)

After I finished my ranting and she apologized we both went back to work.  As I vacuumed I was still fuming when God spoke, “So……, you do 100 zillion more things than she does?  Probably not.  However, this is a CoNvErSaTiOn we could have because I really do 100 zillion more things than you do.”

Oh, GrEaT Now I have two people to apologize to.

The point of this post?  Well, it could be not to deal with people or make rash decisions when you are angry – a total and complete recipe for disaster.

Or, it could be that God does way more than I could ever even imagine.  In those moments when I think He is doing nothing or at least not what I think He should be doing I forget that He is the One who painted the sky with white puffy clouds, causes the BuTtErFly to flutter in the warm air, lights up lightning bugs in the summer night, and gives my heart another beat, along with countless other deeds.

Psalm 139:17-18 says:

“How PrEciOuS are your thoughts towards me, O God.  How vast is the sum of them.  Were I to count them they would outnumber the grains of sand.”

After this experience I think I now have a little bit clearer picture of that number.  Somewhere cLoSeR to 100 zillion.

:)

Robynn~

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