Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesdays with Judith, Visiting with RT, Mother's Day, Tuesdays with Judith (AGAIN), Blog Linkage, Pinterest Stuff (Godly Things vs. Earthly Things Object Lesson) AND One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Good Tuesday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Tuesdays with Judith - On this particular Tuesday (two weeks ago), nothing HUGE happened. We just happened to look cute in our purple romper...

And we climbed a tree...

With a little help from Aunt Ro.

RANDOMNESS #2 - Visiting with RT - The little man heard Aunt Ro was home, and he came over to say, "Howdy!"

RANDOMNESS #3 - Mother's Day - This particular Mother's Day was special because RT was dedicated at church Sunday morning. Even if I wasn't his Nana B, I would have to emphasize how well he behaved during Pastor Kevin's talk and prayer.

It was pretty amazing, I tell you.

Aunt Bev, Uncle Tommy and Zac came to the Dedication to show their support, and Bev and Zac borrowed our church's Mother's Day backdrop.

After lunch with RT and The Gang, we headed to Oxford to visit with Mrs. Faulkner.

You cannot tell from this pic, but Mikie's t-shirt has a huge crawfish on the front.

It messed with the entire integrity and ambiance of the photograph, and in the end, I just had to get rid of it.

RANDOMNESS #4 - Tuesdays with Judith - This past Tuesday, I decided to take Aunt Ro and Judith to the Zoo.

I wanted Judith to try out the Splash Pad AND I wanted to find out what all the signs around the Zoo announcing "Pirates - Coming May 2017" meant. I was hoping there would be Jack Sparrow-types walking around with real parrots on their shoulders, but it was much more simple than that.

It was the train!

There were animatronic pirates all along the train route, and while we rode past the pirates, the train engineer told corny pirate jokes over the loudspeaker.

Q: What has 8 legs, 8 arms and 8 eyes?
A: 8 pirates.

Q: What do ye call a pirate with two eyes and two legs?
A: A rookie.

Q: What did the ocean say to the pirate?
A: Nothing, it just waved.

You get the idea.

No "live" pirates walking around with "live" parrots on their shoulders, but animatronics AND jokes?

I loved it!

Blog Linkage - I found this little gem on Pinterest, and I liked what I saw. Lots and lots of things to do with your little ones while teaching them all about Jesus. Go to and look around when you get a minute.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

You will need the following:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

2. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

3. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

5. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.

6. Serve immediately.

This was really, really good, and the only thing I changed...

I added one pound of ground chuck (browned).

I served it like a taco salad, and Mike said he would eat it again and again.


Pinterest Stuff

Godly Things vs. Earthly Things Object Lesson

Read Philippians 3:1-11 together. (Highlight verses 7-10.)

Talk about how Paul considered everything rubbish compared to knowing Christ! (You can even talk about how rubbish was garbage/trash/dung/absolutely disgusting/worthless.)

Have some balloons (or balls) and a container/bucket of bubbles ready. I adapted this activity from Bubbles, Balloons, and Chocolate by Kirk Weaver. After doing the activity, I think balls might be more effective than balloons. (They don’t easily pop, and, if large enough, are not a choking hazard. We had fun with the balloons, too.)

Work together to make a list of different things you have done today on labels or masking tape. (Some of ours included riding bikes, reading the Bible, praying, playing games, blowing up balloons, sinning, trusting Jesus, arguing, swinging, having faith, being sick, etc.)

Talk about each activity listed.

If it is something that helps you to know Christ better (things of eternal value), stick it on a balloon.

If it is something that does not help you to know Christ better (earthly value), stick it onto the container of bubbles.

Ultimately, most things CAN help you know Christ. For example, sinning helps us know Christ when we realize His sacrifice for our sins.

Likewise, most things can hinder us from knowing Christ as well. For example, we can have the whole Bible memorized and still not know Christ.

You will want to choose the category the activity would NORMALLY fall into without analyzing them too much.

Play the game!

Label one child/group “heaven” and one child/group “earth.”

Have them stand facing each other, with a gap in between.

“Earth” tries to get the balloons and bubbles to “heaven.”

In the end, only the balloons reach “heaven” because all the bubbles pop.

Unfortunately some of our balloons popped, which is why I recommend balls.

Read Matthew 6:19-21. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Pray. “Thank you, God. You want us to know You more. Help us to store up treasures in heaven."

Have a fantastic week. I'll be back in a day or so with the last of the May "stuff."


The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. Here's one more pic of Mikie and Roxie from the other night. It was a good one.

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