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Free pancakes for kids.
This Friday, October 28th, IHOP will celebrate Halloween early and give trick-or-treaters 12 and under a FREE Scary Face Pancake all day, from 7 am to 10 pm. No purchase is necessary. Enough said. Guess who's getting pancakes Friday?! I might pick up Libby from school early so we can go at an "unconventional" time when people won't be out in droves. At least I'm attempting to beat the masses.
Here are more details:
WHAT: IHOP restaurants will celebrate Halloween by offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event. The Count Spatula “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake.
Also, you can arrange to have a reminder call from Count Spatula... pretty cute! And helpful so you don't accidentally forget!
My beautiful friend Celinda passed away yesterday evening. We haven't been friends for long but it didn't take but a minute for me to love her. She was that kind of person that snuck into your heart so quickly.
I remember the first time I met her. I have the honor of working in nursery in children's ministry at my church. One Sunday at church I was told by another member that there was a family who had a daughter with profound disabilities that needed to be looked after in the nursery. My heart leapt. I was thrilled at the thought. I had the privilege of meeting Celinda and her husband that day. I expressed my excitement that I would get to work with their daughter, Lenita.
I have the joy of helping look after Lenita during the message on Sundays. She is in her mid-twenties, wheel chair bound and has the mind of an infant. But not only have I come to know Lenita I also got to know her mom, Celinda.
Celinda is one of those people that just radiate joy and peace. I feel li…
No, we are not advocating nudity. This is how the boys were found. Michael's favorite activity as of late is playing with the garden hose. He is not allowed to do this. This afternoon he managed to fill up an extra large bin with water and created his own home-made outdoor bath tub. His brothers quickly joined in.
As punishment I washed their hair and bodies and used the cold water of the garden hose to rinse them off!
So I escaped to the beach this morning. I packed up the kids and sunscreen and snacks and water. The kids put on their suits and got their towels and boogie boards. Libby even put the music on the drive I needed- Radiohead and The National. And I tried to escape and distract myself. This afternoon we get the results of Samuel’s testing. Last week we were up in Northern VA at the Children’s Heart Institute. I know what they’re going to say. Just waiting to hear the official word from the specialist. So why the angst? This label doesn’t define him. Samuel is still the same person- just because we have an official diagnosis doesn’t make him magically different. And yet I’m angry. I parked my umbrella and chair and got situated. And 5 minutes later a woman and her grandchild park themselves right in front of me. Literally obstructing my direct view of the water and view of my kids in the water. And I’m freakin seething. I know she has no idea. And I cannot help but wonder how many times have I bee…