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5 Year Old Teaches Self to Ride Bike!

I was gone over the weekend to Savvy Blogging Summit (which ROCKED by the way! Look for FREE Smockity podcasts SOON!) and when I got home, children came spilling out the door, racing to be the first to hug me. I was thrilled my 16 year old son joined in and was the first to give me a big hug.

What was equally thrilling was what my 5 year old had to show me! She had been busy over the weekend teaching herself something we are all so proud of!

See for yourself. (Email readers may need to click through.)

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How to Change a Diaper

Our household is diaper-free for the first time in over 18 years!

But in case yours isn't here is a little video instruction on diaper changing tips. Plus, you get to hear me sing an 80's rock song.

Don't judge.

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When No One Greets the Visitor

Have you ever been a visitor or new person in a group and quickly figured out you are going to be The One No One Greets?

This happened to me recently, and because I am a confident and outgoing person, it only bothered me slightly, but I wondered what it would have felt like if I had been someone needing encouragement that day.

Here I am talking about exactly what happened. (Email readers may need to click through to the blog to see the video.) What do you think? What would you have done in this situation?

I posted about this on my Facebook page, and it got lots of comments over there. I was shocked that there are actually people out there who do not want to be greeted when they are in a new situation! This was like finding out that there are people who prefer not to breathe air!

Which one are you? Do you want to be greeted when you are new to a group? Or would you prefer everyone to leave you alone?

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How To Bottle Feed Orphaned Kittens {Video}

Since our mama cat was killed last week, we have been bottle feeding the 4 left behind kittens. They were only a week old when they were orphaned, so we had to feed them every 3 hours.

We researched quite a bit and found that "KMR" (kitten milk replacer) is the recommended brand and can be purchased at farm and ranch supply stores. We also read that the kittens will often develop diarrhea if the formula is used as prescribed, without diluting it a little, because it seems to be too rich for the kittens.

We tried a "wait and see" approach, and sure enough they did develop diarrhea, so we are using the following formula with much better results:

  • 1 Tablespoon powdered KMR
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons goat milk
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored yogurt

1. Mix ingredients well.

2. Heat to body temperature.

3. Feed with tiny bottle or medicine dropper. 1 teaspoon every 3 hours for kittens 1-2 weeks old. 2 teaspoons every 4 hours for kittens 2-4 weeks old.

We have found that the kittens finish their portions much quicker when we use a medicine dropper. The bottle, no matter how we enlarged the hole in the nipple, always takes much longer.

When it is my turn to be on "kitten duty", I like to wipe their little bottoms before I feed them to ensure they don't do their business on my lap. This must be done to mimic how the mama cat licks them to stimulate urination and defecation.

Here is a video of my 10 year old, Adrienne, bottle feeding one of the kittens. (Email readers may need to click through to view the video.)

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Leadership Training for Christ

We spent the weekend, as we do every year at this time, gathered at a hotel with thousands of others competing in Bible bowl, signing for the deaf, scripture reading, chorus, puppets, drama, art, and other events. LTC, Leadership Training for Christ, is a huge event each year among our fellowship.

Children for many congregations gather in Dallas, after having prepared, practiced, and memorized for months. Afterwards they are awarded bronze, silver, or gold medals for their efforts.

My children got some of each kind of medal, but in the Bible memory events, they all took gold! We are so very proud of them! They worked so hard!

Here is our 10 year old, Adrienne in part of her chorus event. (Email readers may have to click to the blog to view.)

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Favorite Christmas Morning Breakfast ~ Monkey Bread How-To

It is our tradition to have monkey bread for breakfast on Christmas morning.

The recipe is so yummy and only takes a few minutes to get into the oven. That means the kids AND the mom all love it!

Here is a video showing just how simple it is to make monkey bread for your Christmas breakfast.

The dance moves are just a little something extra I threw in at no charge. You're welcome. (Email readers will have to click to the blog to view.)

Monkey Bread Recipe

  • 2 cans of biscuits
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. water

1. Cut biscuits into fourths.

2. Heat butter, sugar, and water until melted. Add nuts.

3. Remove from heat and add biscuit pieces.

4. Stir until well coated.

5. Pour into a greased bundt pan.

6. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

7. Let cool and turn out onto plate.

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