Friday, February 24, 2012

Family movie night tonight and a free movie!

A DVD rental machine in Indiana.
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We love our family movie night! Tonight we're watching Puss in Boots from DreamWorks. Anyone seen it?

We used to get our DVD's from Netflix, but after their rate hike, we've been enjoying RedBox. They have a nice selection that is kept up to date with the new movies and very convenient. Now we can rent 8 movies during the month for the price of the one DVD at a time Netflix plan. We used to misplace the DVD from Netflix and not get to watch it for a while until it resurfaced. Now, we rent, watch, and return. More movie viewing; less clutter! :)

The kiosk can look a bit intimidating, but the touch screen walks you through everything. After you choose your movie, it spits it out for you like a vending machine. When you return the movie, you tell it you're returning and put the movie back in the slot. Easy peasy! You can even look up the available rentals online before leaving home, reserve a movie, and pick it up later. And they have a smart phone app that will let you search and reserve movies on the go (or from your car if it's raining/snowing).

You should try it out. If you click on my link and it's your first time renting online, they'll give you a free one-night online rental credit. And I'll get a free rental each time you rent via my link during the program, thus helping my family have more family together time and movie nights. :)

Let me know what you think about RedBox and Puss in Boots!

Blessings in your Adventure,

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Monday, February 20, 2012

It would have gone much differently...

The kids and I were driving home Friday after dark. I had the green light all the way into a normally busy intersection, so I continued through. The opposite traffic was all going straight. As I reached the middle of the intersection, I saw a large truck turn toward me. Me, in a tiny tan Toyota with my 3 precious kids, saw a LARGE dark green MONSTER headed right at the driver's side of our car. They were turning into us! I did my best to swerve away from them and then turned to come around so I wouldn't hit the cars waiting to go through the other direction. (I'm sure they were hoping I didn't get hit either!) I stopped right next to a light pole and felt a thump from the back driver's side. The other driver didn't stop -- kept right on going! -- so I pulled out of the intersection to not block traffic and got out to check the car. I did't see anything by the street light, so I decided to keep going after leading the kids in a "Thank you, Jesus!" A couple of the kids were having panic attacks (the 4 of us were badly hit by another car in 2007). One kid said he was laughing on the inside, but I'm pretty sure that was from my "Need for Speed" driving. :) We mused that the bump we felt was our angel absorbing the impact for us. So so thankful for that angel!

We got most of the way to my parents' house and were going up a steep hill in a very dark section of road in the woods, and the car all of a sudden stops accelerating. I know there were turnouts behind us where I could safely pull off, so I rolled back down the hill but overshot the turnoff since I don't have headlights behind me. (Whose idea was that? :D ) So I think, let's try going forward a bit, and it went right up the hill! Again, thank you, Jesus!

Of course, by this time the kids in the back seat are complaining of wobbling like the tires will fall off... So at the top of the hill I pull over again and use my cell phone as a light to see the tires. Still not seeing anything, we continue to, and finally arrive at, my parents' house.

My wonderful Dad comes to give the car the once-over and all we find is a cracked mud flap and a dark green swipe on the back driver side quarter panel. Again, thank you, Jesus!

Without that angel and God's loving protection, the evening would have gone much differently.


This picture will be going in our Memorial Album along with the story. When we need a reminder of God's protection, we can read the story and remember.


Jump over to A Place Called Simplicity by clicking the picture below to read other Memorial Box Monday stories...



"For what You have done I will always praise you in the presence of Your faithful people. And I will hope in Your name, for Your name is good."
Psalm 52:9

Read my blog-friend, Linny's, explanation of the Memorial Box

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Buried under dishes

So... for the past 3 months (has it been that long??) We've lived like this (or worse)...



The dishwasher broke. Again. And this time, about a month into "life without a dishwasher" I fell and hurt my knee. Really hurt it. Like, can't walk on it. Immobilizer, crutches, sit-down-with-your-leg-up, ouch. After a month of that, I've graduated to a patellar brace that bends and being able to walk short distances without crutches. And I can stand up longer. Hence, I've been able to wash more dishes. :) My kids and hubby did a great job while I was completely down. But the dishes seem to keep multiplying!

I remembered what we did 4 years ago the last time our dishwasher broke. So we did it again. And the kids were actually happy to see it back! Now my counters are clean! (And my PDD/Aspergers child cleaned and rearranged all the appliances. But that's another story...) Now it looks more like this:



Each family member has their own section, with a place card, to store their cup, bowl, plate, knife, spoon, and fork. They have to wash them before they can use it again. All the other dishes are stacked under the counter. I'm not sure why you would really need more than 1 place setting per person in your family until you have company over, so maybe we'll keep it this way! Of course, it won't solve the entire problem (that would take everyone washing their dishes right away), but it certainly will help!

Blessings in your Adventure,

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