The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Piano Recital

WHEW! This weekend was a busy one -- whatever happened to the day of rest. Saturday was spent practicing piano and shopping. Sunday was a lineup of church, bridal shower and piano recital. A little full for my taste, but all in all a fun weekend.

The piano recital was really great. It was Ricky's first time; he just started taking lessons a couple of months ago. He loves it so much he can hardly wait to go. You never have to ask him to practice he is always in there.

Their piano teacher is a wonderful, older German lady. She still has a hint of an accent and the kids say she will talk on the phone in German. All the kids love her so much. Usually a first recital is a little duet with the teacher, however, since Riane is advanced she played the duet with Ricky:

Braydon is doing great. At home he seems neither excited or frustrated. He just does it everyday. It is on his list and he checks it off. He likes his teacher and he seems to like playing -- just not much emotion. When it came his turn at the recital, he got pretty nervous. A few baubles while he was playing, but he did a good job.

Riane is really getting used to playing in front of people. She is part of the praise band at church now. So she had her nerves in check.

After recital the nerves were gone and the three were cutting it up a bit:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pictures from My Life

Life just seems to move so fast and I haven't even had a chance to blog. I had a cook and freeze night that a lady from our church organized. You do some prep work and all show up to work stations and at the end of the evening you have main dishes to put in your freezer. 30 minutes or so of heating up and dinner is on the table. It was a fun night. Due to our family's food allergies and such (I blogged about before THE GREAT DELETE), we could not eat any of the meals. I wanted to go to the night though and I decided that 8 freezer meals would be a great gift for an expectant Mama -- so I went and gifted my meals.

This week another friend has asked me to help with her daughter's bridal shower. No, not to bring food -- something I would be totally comfortable with -- but to help with games. OOOOH - I am not really a shower person and GAMES? Well, after much searching she has come up with two simple games she wants included and I came up with a White Bible Ceremony that I would like to include.
On with some pictures from my life of late.

Labels are my life:

Discovering that Ricky does not tolerate wheat or dairy has sent me on quite a journey. I have had to learn how to cook separately for him and keep my eagle eye open for offending products. Since, it would be prohibitively costly to have a family of 8 keep up with this it is only Ricky who follows it. Hence, the labels all over our house. One side benefit, is that it is encouraging Mary to work on her reading. She will often pick up a package and say it says everyone! No, Mary sound it out. Oh, let's see..... it says Wheat.

Today is my birthday, I am not shy about my age, I am 43. I asked Wokelle how old he thought I was turning and he confidently said 8! Okay, I can go with that. The kids did not really have any money of their own this year and it forced them into creativity. It was wonderful. Here is a sampling of my gifts:
Braydon and Wokelle spent one whole evening locking everyone out of the basement while they rehearsed two magic tricks for my birthday. I was still bleary eyed from the early awakening, so I didn't get any pictures, but the tricks were awesome.
Mary and Adela were so excited they got up at 5:30am to take showers and get ready for the day. Braydon and Riane set alarms to get up at 5:00am to be able to bake me a cake. It did turn out lovely:

Labels even sneak into birthdays. I baked the "NO Wheat" version the night before.

Jerome helped with one gift that is supposed to update Mom. I have had so many crappy can openers in my life that when the last one broke I refused to buy anymore. I have been using the totally manual one you see below ever since. You bang it into the can and work it around like a knife. It was working for me, but now I have been updated. No school to teach today and a trip to "Cracker Barrel" I am feeling particularly loved.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Break In the Day

"Green acres is the place to be...."

I don't know how well you can see them, but our family devotions this morning were interrupted by the sight of these two deer right out our window. There are some advantages to living on the edge of a village.
What a nice break -- a moment to breathe in the middle of busy family life and .. dare we forget ... presidential elections.
I hesitated to comment on the election since this is a family news blog, however, it would seem a rather large gap to not even make a nod toward such an event. All I will say in this venue, is that I voted. Who I voted for is of no real consequence. God has ordained a new leader for our country. My job is to obey and pray for the authorities placed over me as long as they do not contradict the Word of the Lord.
Proverbs 21:1... The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
AHH all is in the hands of God. And he is gracious enough to bring deer to my window to brighten my day.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Children's Bible Quiz

The first Children's Bible Quiz of the season was held on Saturday. Much to my relief, everything went off smoothly. This was just an invitational, or practice, quiz. That means that scores did not count for moving on to other quizzes.

Wokelle is too young to quiz, Riane is too old and Adela is not interested that leaves 3 left to quiz. I didn't know how Mary would do, but she did great -- coming from Liberia 7 months ago and she could hold her own.

Singing the opening songs:

Look at those awesome shirts Angie was able to get for us:The whole team:
Ricky was proud of his ribbon:
The blue level 1st place team:

After a rousing day of Bible quizzing -- they crashed at our house with brotherly love. How in the world do they sleep with all that stuff up there?

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Family Picture

Getting a family picture is always a bit trying. We try to do it after church so that everyone has on nice clothes. We forgot! So after lunch I told everyone to put on a nice shirt -- no one sees your pants anyway. So everyone looks lovely and then has something goofy like soccer shorts on the bottom half - crazy.

Here's the picture I think we liked the best. It is still not my favorite family picture year. It is just hard to get 8 people to all look right at the same time.

We went through various trials like losing Braydon and cutting off Jerome's head.
OOOPS! Here we lost Mary.

Here we are setting up for lighting. Now this is a snapshot of real life. My boys are lovin' mama -- Mary is hanging out, Riane is POSING, and well... Adela... if looks could kill I'd be fertilizer.