Happy Reformation Day

Apparently today is “reformation day“.  I have somehow never heard of this till last night.  Did some quick googling this morning to find a short story about it for the kids today & found lots of cool stuff (that takes advance preparation).  So mental note:  Next year we’re totally having a “Reformation Day Party”.  ;)

So today, we read a story, mostly about Martin Luther, then drew some pictures about it & answered some questions related to the story (never ceases to amaze me the fact that they actually listen to stories & can answer questions about them).

Grace started drawing “people” today for the first time! (circles w/dots inside):

Asher has insisted i put his picture “on the internet” (i have a hard time figuring out sizing & am not going to spend anymore time on this).  The large pink “guy” is Luther, with a hammer in hand.  Bottom left guy in chair is reading a bible to his kids (focused in the story was how the reformation brought literacy in general & esp. biblical literacy for “common folk”).

Oh & just for fun, a couple pics from yesterday, they dressed up for storytime at the library.  I’m sure there will be some more costume pics after tonight’s festivities….i’m getting a little out of control w/this new found picture posting ability.  ;)    Asher is a “Good Roman Soldier”, Grace ended up being a unicorn vs. kitty cat b/c I found this coat super cheap at a thrift store & she’s all about unicorn’s lately.  Big sigh of relief, this will be much warmer than what would’ve been a kitty cat!

On the bus:

Garlic-ked

Here he is the

We discovered this week that Goldfish crackers do have garlic.  I have suspected as much and thus, make sure to tell childcare workers at church & the like not to give them to him, but in all honesty I was just assuming that included in “spices” was garlic.  I tried finding out if Ketchup includes garlic in their “spices”, but since it’s not a “top 8 allergen”, they won’t release the information without a signed doctor’s note saying I need it.  …embarrasingly..I’ve been too lazy to call & get the note (bag over head).  But we have limited his ketchup consumption dramatically & i always give him enzymes with meals that contain it.  I assume the cracker company would be as difficult.

Anyhow, back to the fish.  On monday at playgroup one of the mom’s brought goldfish & I completely  forgot they were a potential issue.  Asher probably ate MOST of them himself.  He sat in front of that bowl for a looong time & even carried one around with him.  Then halfway through the group, i remembered & told him not to eat anymore…this was of course not met pleasantly and he kept saying, “but my tummy doesn’t hurt!”.  So I told him it would be an experiment to see if momma was right or not, but that it likely wouldn’t show anything till the next day.

Sure enough tuesday morning he woke up considerably early complaining of a stomach ache & spent the next 20 min. quite unhappy on the toilet with lots of subsequent trips that morning…he’s better but still not 100% in that area yet.  So yeah…mental note:  no goldfish crackers.  And thankfully Asher seems to have learned from it & has asked me not to let him eat them anymore.  Smart kid.

Wiping Tears

This morning I needed to make a short grocery list.  I reached into the recycling bin (well…bag) and pulled out Asher’s tracer sheet from yesterday.  He is on a major drawing kick and wants to throw nothing away, so when he’s not looking I have to carefully put his papers in the recycling bin, under other stuff. I feel kinda bad, but we can’t keep that many sheets around!   Anyhow, the piece i tore off still had a bit of “evidence” and Asher saw it.  he knew exactly which paper it was and was totally heartbroken.  No tears yet, but I could tell he was sad, so I explained a bit, apologized and then moved on.  Turned around & he was quiet but had tears streaming down his cheeks.

This of course caused me to cry & we sat in a wet heap on the kitchen floor for a few minutes.  I again explained that we just couldn’t keep ALL of his drawings, but I would start a folder for ones he deemed “extra special”.  He sighed & grabbed my hair & proceeded to wipe off his tears with it.

I was struck by the image of Luke 7:38 when the sinful woman washed Jesus’ feet with her tears.  So then we got to have a fun little talk about that story (it is in his bible book).

Grace was still eating her breakfast at the table & seemed not to have noticed the entire exchange.  …btw, she still loves the boots.

Update From the Bus

It has been a while since I’ve had a blog post, so I thought I’d use my bus ride home today in order to catch you up on the daily Burns…

Well, let’s start with work. I’m currently in the midst of week four and am still very much enjoying my job. I suspect, however, that I might be driving my office mate crazy with my ceaseless questions. To his credit, he’s only not known an answer to, at most, 3 questions. In the course of almost a month I’ve had ask at least 200… so, that’s pretty impressive stat on his part.

Speaking of my office mate, he and his wife came over for dinner the other night. We had a great evening despite the fact that I served overcooked rubber steak (sheesh). See, since we don’t have a grill (it didn’t make the cross country trip) I had to resort to Alton Brown’s broiler technique. Now, I thought for sure that Alton was going to steer me in the right direction; however, the timing was all off and resulted in medium well instead of medium rare steaks. Top it off with the fact that the meat was rather tough to begin with (don’t know why, the cut looked great, but even the one that was more rare was still tough) and the whole steak was a general let down.

I’ll also have to mention for public record that we had instant mashed potatoes with dinner. This was much to my wife’s protest… however, it was more a logistical decision than anything and since I was cooking, she allowed it this time.

A final note on the food front is that Jenn made some bomb-tastic (read: yummy) roll things from scratch for dinner that night. In my opinion it was some of the best bread she’s ever made… it even looked professional.

So, enough about the food. With the Gons’ visiting we got to sit around and share life stories, which was a real blast. We both took turns telling our humorous “so how’d you get together” stories. Listening to Phil and Shanna had us laughing as they have a really great and entertaining story. I highly recommend you ask them to tell it to you some day if you have the occasion.
Of course, Jenn and I got to share our story, which is always fun. I love seeing people’s reaction when I get to the point where I ask her to marry me. Always a good time!

(changing buses)

Changing buses reminded me that the weather here, right now, is amazing. The days are in the mid to upper 50’s with the lows at night and in the morning in the lower 40’s. Since it is fall, the trees are exploding with yellow, orange, and red. It is so gorgeous to look at the hills every day and see the speckling of color all over them. The street going to our neighborhood is lined with trees for about 2 miles and it is simply amazing to drive down it this time of year.

Speaking of weather, it is funny to see the difference between Jennifer and I up here. For me, I’m in heaven. I typically wear long pants, long shirt, and a hat when I go out. Jenn, on the other hand, rarely wants to leave the house without a jacket. The funny part is that both of us project out temperature preferences on the kids. Whenever I take them out I usually think they’ll be fine with pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Jenn always want them to add a jacket. Of course, mom always wins that battle, but it makes me chuckle every time because, in reality, we don’t know how they feel. Jenn did, however, mention the other day that she is finally at the point where she trusts their judgment and if they say they are hot, then she’ll let them shed a layer.

On the church front, we’re still looking for home. This past Sunday we visited a church that sang songs from a hymnal (bonus points in my book). However, while there wasn’t anything “wrong” with the church, it just didn’t feel like home. Oh, and the church also got bonus points for the sermon title being “the warning of apostasy.” The pastor was preaching out of 1 Timothy and the text was dealing with apostasy… thus the title. I just thought it funny… I mean, only in a church that preaches verse by verse through the Bible will you ever get a sermon on apostasy. I love it!

So, this weekend we’ll be checking out another church and we’re hoping that the Lord will soon show us where “home” is.

Well, we’re nearing my stop, so that’s all for today. Until the next bus entry…