Today: Jan 6th

Thoughts of the Day

Outside my window: Cold with a light dusting of snow on the ground. Supposed to get colder tonight and tomorrow morning, with wind chills in the -30s!
I am thinking: Making progress on cleaning!
I am thankful: For a warm house!
In the kitchen: Cube steak with shake-n-bake, Annie’s mac & cheese, lettuce salad and peaches. Yum!
I am wearing: black dress pants, green long sleeved tee, red and white striped fuzzy socks, homemade long necklace and Christian’s Christmas gift to me: silver owl necklace.
I am creating: Clean spaces.
I am going: To work and back; to work on homework & make cookies.
I am wondering: How I will be able to make student teaching work. 😦
I am reading: “The Invention of Wings” via audio book.
I am hoping: To get caught up on cleaning by Friday.
I am looking forward to: Planning my garden, buying more trees for the orchard.
I am learning: About curriculum for my studies and about how to play Magic: The Gathering b/c the boys got a few decks for Christmas and want me to play.
Around the house: Organization and purging! I’m caught up on laundry at least!!
I am pondering: What all I have in my freezer to meal plan.
A favorite quote for today: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else” Benjamin Franklin.
One of my favorite things: Hugs from the boys when they come home from school, leaving to catch the bus and before they go to bed.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Working 2 more days, working on homework, speaking to a few schools about student teaching, working on my mail pile.
A peek into my day:

My office
My office
lunch: homemade veggie stew
lunch: homemade veggie stew
sunset over pond
sunset over pond
beautiful country sunset
beautiful country sunset
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Winter Youth Rally

Winter Youth Rally: Gregory Church of Christ
Winter Youth Rally: Gregory Church of Christ

This was C’s 2nd Winter Youth Rally and L’s first. They had a good time and learned a lot they both said. Logan was shocked at how well some of the other kids knew their Bible and said that he’s going to study harder so he can come back next year ready to compete! Ha!

The Winter Youth Rally is just for kids ages 11-18, so I had to piddle around until they got out. It was 1.5 hours away from home, so I had to keep myself occupied. The first day (Monday), E was with me (K was with my sister) and we went to Kohl’s, got some great deals and went to McDonald’s for lunch. He played at the Play Place while I wrote letters. A win-win for both of us!! Tuesday, my mom watched K & E and I only had to entertain myself which was so strange!! I would have shopped but was broke. Luckily, I brought my laptop and letters so I worked on homework some and wrote letters some.

I’m trying to get totally caught up on my correspondence by the New Year, and while I’m very close I don’t think I will make it. Maybe I should extend my goal to Jan 5th (that’s when the boys and myself go back to school/work).

On the way home from the Winter Youth Rally on Tues, we stopped at the library because everyone was out of books. Christian got a few (mystery and fantasy), Logan got a R.L. Stein book and an Encyclopedia Brown book and I got 4 books. All 4 I will be able to mark off of my 2015 reading challenge! Yea!

The Invention of WingsBook #1  is an audiobook=I have to drive 1 hour to & fro when I work, so it’s a great opportunity to “read” plus it makes the drive go by so much faster AND it’s relaxing! Complies with the Reading Challenge “a book you chose based entirely on its cover”.

Killing Patton Book #2: I don’t know much about this story, so I’m interested to see what I find out! Complies with the Reading Challenge “a nonfiction book”.

Big Little Lies Book #3: Looks interesting, plus it complies with the Reading Challenge “book with antonyms in the title”.

It looks like it’s going to be a good year!

Big Hero 6

L’s 11th birthday was in November and one of his presents was that he could go to a movie and take a few friends. This was in place of a friends birthday party. We’ve tried to have a friend’s birthday party for him but since his birthday falls in between Thanksgiving and opening day of deer season, it’s very hard to get people to show up.

He really wanted to see the movie “Big Hero 6” but it wasn’t playing anywhere around here even though it came out right around his birthday. FINALLY it came out around here Christmas weekend. He was so excited and called the 2 boys that he was inviting.

Big_Hero_6_posterHis friends were also excited because this was their first movie in theaters! That was a little surprising to me but both come from bigger families than my boys and it makes sense.

I was late picking up L’s friends because the temperature dipped and my car wouldn’t start! Ahh! Luckily my mom was home and she was able to come over and jump start my car. When planning what time to leave, I added an extra 30 minutes because I know how pokey I and the boys are, as well as I allotted time for driving to and picking up L’s friends SO because of that, we weren’t late getting to the movie and were actually early!! We had enough time to go to the bathroom, get popcorn and pick out our seat!

The movie was funny, sweet and very cute! A really warm-hearted movie for families to watch together; I highly recommend it!

Logan, Jaydin, Gavin

big hero 6 inside

Independence Day!

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Today’s the 4th and it’s not feeling very summery. I’m wearing a jacket for pete’s sake! Blah! So today swimming is just $1 at the pool and that should be fun (if it every warms up). Tonight there’s this thing at Luke’s mom’s house and I’m not looking forward to it. Ugh. It’s going to be bad enough w/just his family there and now apparently there will be all these other people going who I don’t know. Not to mention that she wants everyone there at 5pm. Why? That’s FOUR hours before fireworks start!! That’s much too long to be able to keep my sanity around these simple people. Ugh. Wish me luck!

Triumphant Return

image (1)Hello, hello! I’ve been gone for ages but I’m back and plan on making this blog better. I realized that I really wasn’t using pictures or posting very often, so I plan to change that! Look for more of me in the future! 🙂

This is some daffodils from Spring that I picked at an abandoned house. The lady who used to live there had an amazing flower garden and loved to share her flowers with the neighborhood. I’m sure she wouldn’t have minded sharing them with me.

image (2)  I’ve been writing letters to some of my pen pals. This was several days of writing, just mailed them all at the same time. 🙂 I’m always writing a letter, it’s just my replies aren’t always that quick. I get very busy! lol! But I love getting a letter and it’s very special to open up your mailbox and see a letter waiting for you. There’s also something therapeutic about writing and it connects you to the other person in a different way than email or texting.

image (3) We got a new dog. She’s adorable, tiny and named Lucy. This isn’t the greatest picture of me but a super great picture of Lucy! 😀 Housebreaking a dog isn’t fun but she is learning.

image  Here’s a picture of all of the boys. It’s a little old. I think from this winter when we went to Cold Stone Creamery.

Loving this summer so far! Can’t wait to update you more!