My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

A most satisfying Saturday… September 27, 2008

Filed under: family,fun,kids,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:12 pm

I woke up this morning to hear my kids playing together downstairs. Chip got up a bit before I did and made me coffee. So, when I came down the stairs, I could smell the coffee, hear my kids happily chattering as they ate cold cereal in front of Saturday morning cartoons, and saw my husband relaxing in his chair. It’s the soundtrack of my life and I *love* it! I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down and cracked open a new book. (For those who care, it was Sunset by Karen Kingsbury – the last book in the Baxter series).

We lazed around the house this morning and then after lunch, decided to head to the outlet mall. My favorite jeans finally gave up this week and I needed a new favorite pair. I brought the laptop with me and was able to work in the van on the way there as Chip listened to some football game on the radio. The kids watched a movie and it was just a peaceful trip. I will say, it’s rather difficult to use a touchpad mouse when you’re driving on bumpy country roads!

We hit the mall and I was so excited to see they are finally getting a Children’s Place! I didn’t find my jeans at the mall, but we did find Chip a pair of golf shoes and a couple new shirts. We also got a super yummy wallflower from the Bath & Body Works outlet. My whole house now smells like Kitchen Spice. It’s making me hungry.

Because I didn’t find a pair of jeans at the mall, my wonderful husband took me all the way to Decatur so I could look at Target. Even though he was skeptical. But that’s just the great kind of guy he is. He spoils me and I know it.

And y’all, I found the cutest pair of jeans at Target! I had picked up a couple different pairs to try on, but the first pair I tried on fit perfectly. P-E-R-F-E-C-T-L-Y!!!  My butt looks great in them. And any pair of jeans that can accomplish that are definitely a keeper!  Then I took the girls (Kait and her BFF, Destiny) to look at the girl clothes. Where I bought them really cute matching t-shirts. Which they, of course, had to put on right away.

We stopped quick at Kroger for milk and bread (because those four kids of mine have started eating so much bread in a week that I’m sure they are making Dr. Atkins turn in his grave). We grabbed McDonald’s for dinner and ate in the car on the way home.

And now we’re home. Chip and Elijah are watching the Illinois vs. Penn State game. Kait and Seth are playing on the computer and giggling together. And if I listen really hard, I can just barely hear Noah playing and singing in the bath. I’m going to finish up the church stuff for tomorrow that I couldn’t do without internet, and then I’ll dive back into and hopefully finish my book.

It’s been a great day and my heart is happy…


You’ve heard of homecoming king and queen… September 25, 2008

Filed under: family,kids,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 3:48 pm

But around here all we have are the Drama King and Queen – otherwise known as Noah and Kaitlyn. Because oh. my. word. y’all. With the drama around here today, surely those children of mine deserve an Oscar or an Emmy or maybe even a Grammy with some of the pitches they’ve been hitting today.

And the monstrosity that caused all the drama? I asked them to *gasp* clean their rooms!

And then I asked them to go back and make them “mom-clean.” Which is different from “dad-clean.” Dad-clean simply means that they clean up the middle of the room so we can walk in it. And there is nothing wrong with that. But when we tell them that it needs to be mom-clean, I mean that I want them to clean under their beds, behind open doors and the floors of their closets. It means I want them to actually be able to just get in their beds and lay down and not have to clean them off first.

But that also means that they must torture me. And I’d ground them, but then they still win. They get to play in their rooms with their stuff and whine at me even more. Which will just lead to them having to clean their rooms again. And I have a low tolerance for punishing myself.

So, we’re in the final 15 minutes of room cleaning. They are clean enough to be halfway between dad-clean and mom-clean. And all I’m asking for is 15 more minutes. Then I’m going to kick them all out of the house, take some excederin and remind myself that they are going to bed EARLY with a movie tonight so we can watch the season premier of The Office!

And that makes it all worth it!


Weekend Image Meme… September 20, 2008

Filed under: family,fun,kids,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 9:49 pm

I’m still sick. So, here’s a kind of fun meme that I’ve seen floating around – which I’m sure you’ll enjoy more than my whining…


1. The age you’ll be on your next birthday:

2. Place you want to travel to:

3. Your favorite place:

4. Your favorite food:

5. Your favorite pet:

6. Favorite color combination:

7. Favorite piece of clothing

8. Your all time favorite song:

 I really have no one favorite song. It changes almost by the minute.

9. Favorite TV show:

10. First name of your significant other:

11. Which town do you live in:

12. Your screen name/nickname:

13. Your first job:

14. Your dream job:

15. One bad habit that you have:

16. Worst fear

17: Things you’d like to do before you die:

18. The 1st thing you’ll buy if you get $1,000,000:

19. Your husband:

20. What present would you like for your next birthday?


Foto Friday… September 12, 2008

Filed under: family,friends,fun,kids,life,photos — Rebekah Sanders @ 10:21 pm

I know, I know. I’m a bit late in my Friday-ing to get this up. But it’s still technically Friday everywhere in the US, so I figure I’m still good!

It has been a BUSY day my friends! I’ve washed my kitchen floor. TWICE! The first time because it was just gross and I couldn’t stand it anymore. The second time because Kait and Noah somehow managed to drop an entire GALLON of strawberry kool-aid – and the plastic rubbermaid pitcher just shattered. I even ended up moving the stove the second time to scrub underneath.

That wasn’t the biggest part of my day though. The big news around town was the homecoming parade and game. Kait was sick, so I skipped the game to stay home with her. We all made the parade – couldn’t miss our Elijah being *in* the parade.

Seth & Lexi while I mopped the floor…

Seth did *not* like all the sirens…

The Okaw Valley Marching Band…

Elijah in the parade – he’s chanting SOV! Best picture I got…

Learning to share (and blackmail when they are older)…


Menu Plan Monday – September 8th… September 8, 2008

Filed under: family,food,healthy living,kids,life,marriage,menu,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:56 am

Well, Chip threw his back out last week, so we never ate any of the meals that required grilling. That’s right – we’ve been married 12 years and I’ve never once been forced to endure the grilling. Chip enjoys it and I enjoy letting him! rofl Hopefully we’ll get to those meals towards the end of the week.

I’m going to try letting the kids cook with me more often. If nothing else, they can help with side dishes. I’ve heard one story too many lately about people who just don’t know how to cook. There was a time when I was convinced that I couldn’t cook. It just wasn’t a talent that I picked up on as I was growing up. But I’m learning. Chip and the kids even tell me that I’m an excellent cook and request food all the time. I never thought I’d get to that point. Seriously, I couldn’t even boil water successfully at one point. So. not. kidding.

So, I know if I can cook, then my kids can definitely learn to cook. And I figure I might as well teach them when they are still at an age where they *want* to help me. So, for the most part, my menu this week is kid friendly and has stuff they can do to help me…

Monday – Black & Blue Nachos

Tuesday – Homemade gnocchi with marinara sauce and cheese sauce (or both I suppose) and garlic bread

Wednesday – We’ll eat out this day because of football

Thursday – Grilled pork steak

Friday –  Shrimp lettuce wraps and/or springrolls

Saturday – Garlicky Grilled Orange Chicken

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigator Night)

How do you involve your kids in helping prepare your main meal? Or do you just let them do the dishes?


Sunday bulletin… September 7, 2008

Filed under: family,kids,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 5:15 pm
  • This morning was one of those mornings where everything that could go wrong, did.
  • The sound system has a locust in it I think. At least Chip’s mic did during worship with a lot of “crackling.” As soon as worship was done, it stopped. Weird.
  • The powerpoint for one of the songs was wrong. Apparently it got “saved” as a new song instead of “Save as”d. I punted and typed up the chorus to use, but it was just a few select who could sing the whole song. Even though we’ve done it many times.
  • Our *cat* got into the church this morning. And apparently didn’t like it. She was catterwalling at the door. I thought it was the kids, so I went to check on her. In the middle of setting up the computer.
  • I forgot to plug the laptop in. 
  • Fortunately, it was towards the end of the sermon, so I just let it go.
  • Unfortunately, we lost Chip’s sermon recording.
  • Lexi – who’s not quite two yet – escaped during children’s church this morning and came up the steps next to the platform. She was real proud of herself until I snapped my fingers to get her mom’s attention. You’ve never seen a child move faster to sit down. Apparently I must do that snapping thing at home too if she’s picked up on it.
  • I had to take my own two littles out of service this morning. They were *not* happy, but neither was I.
  • I took a much needed nap this afternoon. It was great!
  • I’m going to church without my husband (who threw his back out on Friday) tonight. That’s just weird.
  • Looking forward to the Packers vs. Vikings matchup tomorrow night. Our house is split down the middle in alliances.

Slow turtles and hushpuppies… September 5, 2008

Filed under: family,fun,kids,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:22 am

My kids have made up a new game. And I’m absolutely giddy about it!

If there is one thing about my kids, it’s that none – as in not one of them – is quiet or walks much. My house is chaotic on it’s good days and the words maelstrom or tornado are used regularly on days when things are less than ideal.

My kids run just about everywhere (unless of course a parental figure actually *asks* them to do something quickly). Elijah is starting to grow out of that running everywhere, so maybe there is hope for the future. Only 8 more years until the youngest is the age the oldest is now!

For some reason, bedtime is especially chaotic. It’s like they know that they are going to be forced to go lay in bed, so they better to their best to use up any energy they have left. Anyone else have a bedtime like that? By that time I just want them to go to bed and let me rest a bit, but instead there is usually some arguing about who gets to sit where, who has brushed their teeth and taken meds, and my all time favorite – who gets to kiss yours truly before bed.

Last night was a typical night. Someone was running into the room and fallen. Someone was jumping on the couch. Chip and I were just trying to get them to please sit down and be quiet so we could have our family prayer time. We’ve been trying not to yell, but last night we came close.

Until Noah yelled out, “1… 2… 3… SLOW TURTLES AND HUSHPUPPIES!!!” Then he immediately plopped his rear on the couch and stopped talking. And the rest of the kids followed suit.

WHAT? I asked him what he said and he called a “time-out” to explain things to me. Seems my brilliant 11 year old came up with a new version of “The Quiet Game.” Whenever someone yells out 1-2-3 slow turtles and hushpuppies, then everyone must slow down their motions and stop talking. Elijah? He’s BRILLIANT!!!

Chip asked who came up with that game and I just grinned.

I told them that I don’t care who came up with it, it’s my new favorite game! Absolutely. LOVE. it!!

And I plan to use it. Oh yes I do! 

Because walking and being quiet just became fun!