The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

sunrise service

It wasn’t easy getting everyone up by 6 am on Sunday morning. Getting out of the house by 6:30 is something we NEVER do. But, it was worth it to be at the Sunrise Service for church. It wasn’t too terribly cold, there was space for our blanket. And FishPapa found a parking space. Eventually.

The girls built this cross with the girls sitting next to us.

easter cross

Their dad said that they do it every year. I have a feeling it may become a tradition for us as well. The beach is so rocky that the girls didn’t need to go far to dig up rocks. Great way to do church. No fidgeting!


One of the kids got baptized, too. He’s been wanting to do that for several years so this was a great opportunity. How neat to be baptized on Easter, huh?

We came home to make a grilled fish lunch and decorate the cake. I ended up making fish packets in the oven since a rat had visited the bbq. Yuck. We won’t talk about that in any more detail.

The tomb cake was fun to decorate. The night before my six year old pointed out that we needed girl Playmobil for the cake since the women were the ones to go visit the tomb. Just when I think she’s not listening. Boom! She surprises me with something profound that I had never thought of.

tomb cake with marys

It never occurred to me to add the women to the cake. Huh.

This year I combined my favorite Easter dessert (Carrot Cake) with the decor of the empty tomb. The cream cheese frosting was my white sands of the dessert with almonds and graham cracker crumbs providing the texture of dirt and rocks. I was thrilled to be able to pull it off without crazy food coloring. (FishChick6 is not allergic to almonds and I check for cross-contamination warnings.)

After Sunday, the week was fairly rough. Teens and tweens are more mentally challenging than toddlers. Be forewarned. Cathy is right. It’s all good, but it’s not all a piece of cake after they’re potty trained.

It was nice to have a date with my hubby. We do this once a week now that we’ve got three kids old enough to hold down the fort. So nice! So, even though your brain will take a beating, at least you get to go out to eat!

dream fridge

I’ve been pining away for a second fridge for the last month.

1. I realized that most big families have two. Who knew.

2. I’m tired of running out of room before half the groceries are put away.

3. The water spout area is disgustingly gross after 12 years of use and hard to keep clean.

We found my dream fridge on date night. It’s a Samsung 4-door refrigerator. FishPapa really doesn’t like the drawer freezers that are standard on most appliances now. The four door gives you the spacious convenience of the french door refrigerator, but the bottom freezer compartments are separate. In fact, a reader told me that one of the bottom freezer compartments can be reverted to refrigeration. I am sold!

Except for the price tag. This particular model is $4k. Yikes! No, thanks. I found it half price at Sears Outlet, so I may be swayed — once I save the money. We shall see.

In the meantime, I scrubbed and scraped at the water spout area and got it looking a lot better. I keep a wash cloth there to catch the water drips. Looks good after two days now, so that’s something. And it’s cheaper than four grand.

spring produce box

The produce box was beautiful this week! Look at that! Chamomile flowers, strawberries, oranges, and the first tomatoes of the season. Very yummy!

We get a large box from Abundant Harvest Organics about twice a month. Love it!

pet rock

We capped off the week at our monthly homeschool park day. I’ll be honest, after six years of attending, we still struggle to fit in and connect. We keep trying, though.

This girl loved making a pet rock.

FishBoy12 loved buying a venus flytrap from his friend. Heaven help us.

Afterwards we went to a nearby Target so she could buy this. It was cheaper at Target, thank goodness. And in stock in that particular Target. It’s been hard to find. She was so thrilled.

target mall

The thrill of Target was not just getting a new Lego. This particular Target is a three-story baby in the mall! We’d never been here, but it was quite intriguing. Every kid commented how much it reminded him or her of France. Ha!

So, the week was a full one, eh?

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

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Coming next week:

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  • Tips for Traveling in Europe
  • Apps to Help You Save Money

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Sounds like a full week! I have coveted that very same fridge for months. our family is smaller, but my three boys do a number on the grocery consumption and we had a 20 cubic foot fridge that was just too small. I saved up freelance money and finally went with a Sears model that was 28 cu feet and far less than the samsung. very happy so far!

  2. I hear ya on the Tweens and Teens!!! Can I have 3 year olds again , puhleeeez??!!!!!

  3. “I’ll be honest, after six years of attending, we still struggle to fit in and connect. We keep trying, though.” Thank you for being honest. I’m about to give up, and I only have a 15-month old. Why is it so hard to connect?

  4. Michelle Baesler says:

    Yes, thank you for being honest about your co-op. We feel the same way after 2 years. We also keep trying!

  5. I am glad I am not the only one the “struggles to fit in”, and the more I think of it, maybe we all feel that way. I had such a hard time making friends as a new mom- We had moved across the country and I didnt know anyone, and I was trying to figure out who I was as a mom- its hard to make friends when you dont know who you are. Now I feel like life is just so busy, and my family needs to come first, that trying to fit in with a group of friends just isnt high on my priority list. Making friends as a child was so easy, but it seems so hard as an adult!

    • I think it is easier when you’re young because your opinions aren’t as formed? Seems today that differences of opinion get so in the way of connecting because we’re so afraid to say what we really think?

  6. Jen Beaman says:

    I loved your account of your very real week. I am amazed at what you said about connecting in your homeschool group. I have been homeschooling since 1999 and I have always felt this way. I am glad yourself and others admit to this.

    • It seems that comment connected with a lot of people. I’ve realized that for me and my husband, in many ways we’re men without a country. We don’t fit perfectly into any one demographic so we’re always “different” in some way. Just guessing here.

  7. What a beautiful way to get baptized for your son. He’ll probably always remember the “feel” of that very special morning. You guys are so blessed with a beautiful family!:)

  8. Hey Jessica, this note is long over-due as i’ve been following your blog for about a year now, and have used MANY of your recipies and housekeeping hints… You ‘fit in’ with me!! and many other readers-I also home-schooled (for a temporary time-my kids went to school at the high school age)
    and found my home-school group to be a strange mix… I really think it’s just an odd situation-you have a group of people with NOTHING in common -except for homeschooling-in my situation-even my kids did not enjoy it-but we kept trying just like you are doing!! Thank you for sharing your struggles with us so we know that we are not alone!!

  9. That is sure a pretty fridge LOL

    And yes I think you need two!

    I loved sunrise service though last time we had to get up at 4am – yikes – skipped this year for a variety of reasons and went to mass at our home church but I missed it!

    I am intrigued by the homeschool crew not feeling like they fit in en masse – it’s obviously not just you. Do you feel that way at, say, soccer? Worth trying though obviously 🙂

    Sounds like a great week – kudos to that little fishchick for making such a great observatino about the cake!

    • You ask a good question. I would say that when we’ve done soccer or hockey (here or in Kansas) we were able to find people to talk to during the game, but the acquaintance hasn’t gone very far past the field/rink. And once the season is over, folks moved on. It’s basically the same. I’m guessing it must be me. 🙂 lol

  10. We have two 28 cu. ft. Samsung fridges. I like them a lot – they’re very roomy and they’ve run reliably with no problems since we got them a few years ago. My only word of warning is that the plastic used on the interior of the fridge is pretty flimsy and has cracked in several places. We’ve now got duct tape holding together a few of the shelves on the inside of the door and above the produce drawers. We bought ours on sale at Lowe’s and I don’t remember the exact price, but it was nowhere near $4000. Ours aren’t stainless (which was quite a bit more expensive, if I remember right), and we have the freezer drawers instead of the divided freezer.

    • Thanks for the tip on the interior! I imagine that the more you pay, the better the interior? But, I’m not going to pay $4k! Ha! I read an article that said last year’s model will get marked down in May to make room for new ones, so we will see. 🙂

  11. Sounds like it’s not just you from the comments – fwiw I live a more ‘mainstream’ life and still have a hard time going beyond the acquaintance thing – ah well – first world problems . . .

  12. Neat sunrise service. And you are right on the tweens and teens thing! When my kids were young, I asked moms with older kids if motherhood got easier. They said, “No, it doesn’t get easier. It’s just different.” That’s the truth!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I identify all too well with the struggling to fit in and connect! We’re there, too. I have a 3 year old with a profound speech delay and a super-attached one year old, so that makes connecting hard, too. Glad to know I’m not alone. 🙂

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