Thursday, April 29, 2010

High Definition Cleaning

We have a new toy at our house (at least the kids think it's a toy for now, which is a good thing). We are getting to try out Panasonic's new vaccum cleaner, which is supposed to be great for those with pet hair problems.

Boy, did they pick the right place to try this out. We have always had long-haired dogs until two years ago when we picked out Jingle at the pound. At first, we marveled at how her coat stayed so clean and soft. Then we realized her secret. She gets a new coat of hair every day! Terry has threatened to get rid of the dog because of all the little white hairs he finds on his dark business attire.

Anyway, I think she has now met her match:

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We tried it out this morning, and it works great! It cleans so much more thoroughly than our old vacuum, and it's SO QUIET! Jingle doesn't even bark at it.

Noah begged to vaccum today. His enthusiasm undoubtedly won't last long, but I'm going to enjoy it while it does! Thanks, Panasonic!

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High Definition Weeding

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No, Panasonic didn't give us these shovels! What makes this High Definition Weeding is the size of the weed. Terry has been paying the boys a nickel a weed for weeding in the flower beds. Caleb and his friend, Brian, got a whole dollar for this one!

Friday, April 2, 2010


From Passover2010

We started celebrating Passover about thirteen years ago, and it has become one of our favorite family traditions. No, we're not Jewish, but we celebrate the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt and the deliverance from sin that we have through Jesus, our Passover lamb.

We eat the traditional seder foods and follow a "haggadah" (order of service). We use the one here because it's the one we first found thirteen years ago. It's from a Catholic website, so we modified it a little (for instance, our children don't think in terms of "Eucharist," but they are familiar with the "Lord's supper").

We've had different things on the menu through the years, but my kid's favorite is the haroseth (diced apples with cinnamon, nuts and grape juice) which is part of the seder meal.

This year we celebrated with a few families from our small group Bible study. Noah was glad that he was still the youngest boy present, so he got to ask the traditional questions, starting with "Why is this night different from any others?"